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By Gail Walker

We’ve loved putting together this super-sized read — and we’re sure you’re going to love it, too! Every week, we’ll bring you an unrivalled mix of revealing celebrity interviews and reportage, plus a fabulous lifestyle section all about you and how you live now.

From relationships and health to interiors , travel , gardening and cookery, our experts are here to help .

Not sure what’s hot and what’s not? Fear not, we have the lowdown on everything from how to transform that dowdy room or cheer up your garden to where in the world you should visit next.

And we’ve got two great columnists to entertain — and provoke — you. Writer Carlo Gebler’s take on the monstering of Gary Glitter makes for a brave and thought-provoking read, while Frances Burscough comes over all nostalgic for her first Saturday column, recalling her favourite sweets of yesteryear. Anyone for a Flake ?

Also, in this edition, Ballymena-born movie star Liam Neeson tells us why he’s found contentment with wife Natasha and their two sons. Radio Ulster’s Wendy Austin reveals what she’s up to this weekend, while Belfast’s Gemma Garrett, aka Miss Great Britain and would-be MP, gives us the inside track on her loves and hates.

An unmissable read is our exclusive report on how women are finally making the cut as plastic surgeons here. We were hugely inspired by these ladies, who are juggling being mums with the sort of work which really does transform peoples’ lives.

On a more fun note, make sure you’re bang on trend with our fashion pages, which follow the catwalk trends right through to your high street — this week we show you how to make like Cheryl Cole.

And our beauty expert, top Belfast make-up artist Paddy McGurgan, reveals how to get Madonna’s latest look.

Of course, stars are fond of age-gap relationships ... but they’re not the only ones. Our report on ‘ generation game ’ relationships here, featuring two Northern Ireland couples, makes for fascinating reading.

So, take some time out, sit back and enjoy.

See you next week.

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