Annalisa Barbieri

Aside from The Independent, Annalisa Barbieri writes for the Economist's Intelligent Life magazine, and the New Statesman. A former contributing editor of the Independent on Sunday and fishing correspondent of the Independent, she is also patron of Rights of Women

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Fishing: Roll on spring and my Gnats

I AM nowhere near a river and am sad. There is no crisp, frosted grass to crunch over, only horrid grey carpet tiles separating horrid grey desks all around. In place of twinkling sunlight there is electric light that neither warms nor cheers me like the proper stuff does. I am surrounded by people that do not know one end of a fishing rod from the other and think what I do is queer.

Beauty: Cleanse, tone, moisturise - Paws for thought

Don't forget the extremities, advises Annalisa Barbieri. Hands and feet need a lot of looking after in these dark days

Fishing: The insidious allure of Mick Jagger and the pike

Annalisa Barbieri on fishing

Fishing: A little insulation wire goes a long way on the icy Coln

WHEN WINTER settles right in, and the ground crunches underfoot it is time to go fishing for grayling. These fine, silver fish (kennel name thymallus thymallus) provide particularly fine sport when other game fish are out of bounds; although it is not just in winter that you can catch them. Last July, on the Test, I caught nothing but grayling, despite aiming for brown trout. It is highly fitting that these fish are almost as shiny silver as stainless steel, because the best time for catching them is when the landscape matches their outfit.

Fishing: Fine tales of the riverbank

IT IS closed season for the salmon and trout, so over the past few months I have been enjoying reading about fishing with a Monte Cristo or seven never far from my lips (sadly no real fire but a radiator, viewed through cigar haze and a half light, is an okay substitute).

Real Living: In love with my curves

Poor self-image and countless diets punctuated Annalisa Barbieri's teens. Only now, as a woman, has she learnt to appreciate her natural shape. Better late than never, she says

Beauty: Cleanse tone moisture - Smoothly does it

New Year, new beauty regime. Well, maybe not, but it doesn't take much to treat your skin to a little tenderness, says Annalisa Barbieri

Beauty: Cleanse tone moisturise - It's party time...

And what better excuse is there to indulge yourself in fab skin- savers and soothers, says Annalisa Barbieri

Fishing: Wish list includes Tierra del Fuego and Exuma Island

Annalisa Barbieri on fishing

Bananas about pyjamas

Nightwear is killing passion, believes the editor of 'Vogue'. On the contrary, says Annalisa Barbieri
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