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June 2017

Style Counsel with Stephanie Berkeley

As I sit down to pen this month’s column I am painfully aware of the events in Manchester and I find myself writing and rewriting this introduction...

Because, no matter where this month’s musings take me, they can never erase the images of panic-stricken fathers and mothers desperately searching for their children amid the chaos of an unforgettable Monday night.

Every parent who has ever waved off an excited child for a night out with friends with a warning to be careful, or waited at a train station or in a car to pick them up after a show, will be thinking of those desperate parents in Manchester. We can only imagine the agony of the victims’ families, the anguish of parents trying to find their missing sons and daughters, the life-changing trauma of those who were there and saw the slaughter.

I could push all this aside and carry on writing about the rise of the metrosexual or the acceptance of the dadbod, but this all seems pointless when, at 10.30pm on May 22, 2017 the lives of so many families changed forever. As the explosion detonated in the foyer of the Manchester Arena, no one rightly cares what the concert goers were wearing; whether it was High Street or high end, Prada or Primark. What matters was that one insidious and effective plan ended the lives of 22 innocents.

This could so easily have happened on our doorstep. But it didn’t and I have to remind myself that life goes on. There is more good in the world than bad and there is more love than hate and love will conquer all.

“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties! In form and moving, how express and admirable! In action, how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a God.”

William Shakespeare put these words in Hamlet’s mouth, but he was definitely on to something. This month let’s celebrate Father’s Day and give thanks for all the men in our lives. Those we love, those we’ve lost, and those who will have a place in our hearts forever. They will never go out of style.

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