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Make-up for women of colour, Inheritance, A history of military knitting

March 30th, 2016

Episode 538 of 763 episodes

It's sometimes said that Where There's a Will... there's a family row just round the corner. So how do you avoid pain and arguments over inheritance? As as family structures become more complicated is the scope for pain and conflict increased? Jane speaks to two women whose situations illustrate the emotional complexity of will writing. Solicitor Alison Meek, who specialises in disputes surrounding wills and acts as a mediator when there's disagreement joins the discussion. Are there too few options for women of colour when it comes to make-up? Florence Adepoju, founder of make-up brand MDM Flow, and journalist Kuba Shand-Baptiste discuss. From scarves and vests to balaclavas and gloves, military personnel have long relied on knitted comforts sent from home. Jane speaks to historical knitting expert Joyce Meader about her book "Knitskrieg - A Call to Yarns" in which she traces these garments across three centuries of conflicts and the army of knitters that have provided them. The Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition begins on April 7 in London. Featuring the world's most talented players under the age of 22, the competition is staged every two years and this year it has thrown up a surprise. Of the 44 violinists selected to compete, 36 are young women and girls, and in the Senior category there is only one male competitor. So why are young women dominating the field? Jane talks to previous Menuhin prize winner, renowned solo violinist and competition juror Tasmin Little and to 21 year-old British competitor Mathilde Milwidsky. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Helen Fitzhenry.

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