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throughout the day for messages, emails, texts, Messenger and What’s App groups etc. Everyone wants to stay in touch with the people who matter to us, in business, socially and personally. So, this is somewhere to start with phone justice. There should surely be a way (or research needs to be focused that way) to prevent individuals having the use of their own phones for set periods of time. Our names and profiles would be blocked.

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NFORCING justice in 2019 is always a matter of great discussion and can prompt a generational approach.

Older people, brought up in a tougher and probably more straightforward age, tend to want old-fashioned justice.You know, you do something wrong, you pay the price, whether that’s making reparation to an individual, doing something for the community or just going to jail.

Then, for example, anyone caught using a phone while driving would automatically lose it for, say, 60 days plus a fine. Loss of access to any form of mobile service would massively affect people, especially younger people who live on their phones. This could also be rolled out as a second line of punishment for plenty of other crimes like drug dealing (where it might be particularly effective), drunk driving or dangerous driving. The potential is endless. Could it work? Well, in today’s hi-tech world we can’t be that far away from such research findings so let’s give it a go. Thoughts, anyone? Sorry, our Development Chief is just doing his homework ANYONE who has looked at the jobs’ market recently may be surprised by the sorts of posts that are available.

Sentencing today has to take into account bulging jails, the actual amount of cash available to deal with law-breakers and a court system that is constantly questioned. Irrespective of personal opinions, though, there appears to be a fascinating trend of relevant justice that could be taken to some interesting logical conclusions.

Well, we have lost whole rafts of jobs, thanks to technology and cheaper imports. Our textile industry was long ago decimated, for example. And when I started out as a journalist in the dark ages of linotype, the newspaper I worked on had 90 compositors who worked with type. That job doesn’t even exist today.

Now, police remove the results of ill-gotten gains and sell them to aid the public purse. Boats and posh houses have long been on the agenda for convicted criminals to lose to make restitution to society, along with other obvious trophies from criminal “achievements.”

Now there are hundreds of different new jobs, many of them online or in other hi-tech areas. New digital posts abound and many jobs have become digital, demanding fresh and different skills.

More recently, one criminal lost his entire collection of designer trainers which were sold off to raise public funds. He had prized these above all else so that’s got to hurt. That got me thinking about what other things we could threaten to take off law-breakers - even minor ones-to effectively get the message across that what they did was wrong and there is always a price to pay. And the main answer was mobile phones. Today, millions of us would be lost without our phones. Those in business check them 4

Some people now make a living from their hobbies, playing online games to an audience. Their every move is streamed to others who wait, fascinated, for what happens next. Then there are the social influencers - individuals who recommend online everything from food to make-up and holidays to other people. They’re paid well for their opinions because their influence is so great; a nod of approval from them can mean a product or service is sold out. These jobs have nothing to do with age or experience, just their appeal to the very wide

audience out there wanting to know about the next big thing. Amazingly, even small children can earn a fortune through their “job” online. In America, a seven year-old boy called Ryan earned $22 million (yes, you’re reading that right) in 2018 playing with and reviewing toys on YouTube. The lad even has his own range of toys in Walmart and Target. As they say, the world is certainly changing. Marriage CAN last for lucky lads like Harry and Tom IN a throwaway society when little is expected to last any length of time, relationships have become affected. To many younger people, the idea of a long marriage- just like the idea of staying in one job for 40 years- is generally deemed daft and consigned to the past. But all that was before Harry Redknapp and his wife Sandra stepped into the public eye. The erstwhile football manager turned I’m A Celebrity …Get Me Out Of Here! winner has been married to his wife for more than 50 years and, as he showed in the Australian jungle, he is still besotted. He missed her terribly, spoke of her regularly and fondly and generally impressed all ages with their lengthy, loving relationship. Film star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have broken the Hollywood mould by remaining married and faithful since they first got together in the 1980s. And, surprisingly, they both still seem affectionate and to actually like each other. Astonishingly to some, the official average length of marriage in the UK is 30 years, usually ending with the death of a spouse. Even the number of heterosexual couples getting divorced in England and Wales is at its lowest since 1973. According to the Office for National Statistics, this, though, is also consistent with the decline in the number of marriages and the increase in people living together rather than marrying. Either way, there may well be a trend towards staying with the same person and promoting longevity in personal relationships. Whatever happens in the next few years, it’s great to see loving couples like the Redknapps still caring for each other. And long may it last!








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The old town of Dubrovnick

10 Top Things to Do and See in Croatia By Cathy Bartrop for Silver Travel Advisor Back in the days of the former Yugoslavia, President Tito made one of his better decisions when he decreed that no multistorey construction could happen with 100 metres of the coastline. The Croatian government subsequently continued the policy and, as a result, the country can now boast what must be the most unspoilt and scenic coastline in Europe.

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One of the best ways to explore it is to take a cruise as I did on a filming trip with Noble Caledonia. Our ship was the Princess Eleganza, a gem of a small ship, carrying just 36 passengers and nimble enough to slip in to the smallest of ports. What a joy is was to berth overnight in peaceful harbours and spend at least half of every day cruising.

1. Dubrovnik Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the medieval Old Town of Dubrovnik has long been a magnet for tourists. It’s also tiny, which means it gets packed especially when up to 5 mega ships can be docked at once, spewing out up to 20,000 passengers. When we were there, late afternoon in early June, it

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2. The 'Lavender Island' of Hvar Hvar has gained a reputation as party central in recent years, especially with students and backpackers. I must say they have good taste – it’s an incredibly pretty port with a castle backdrop, cobbled backstreets, expansive squares and clear blue seas. Hvar is more than just the port though - we actually docked in Starigard, another delightful and much quieter harbour and only 30 minutes’ drive away. Driving back along the country roads we got to see Hvar’s other claim to fame: the beautiful rural landscape, heady with the scent of lavender, pine and rosemary. 3. Captivating Korcula Neat alliteration but also very true Korcula is just lovely. It’s a tiny port, reputed to be the birthplace of explorer Marco Polo. They certainly milk the connection but it seems plausible enough as you wander the crooked streets and elegant squares flanked with palaces of old nobility. Another Marco, Marco Andijic, a 15th century stonemason played a part in creating the bell tower of the cathedral which gave us our 360 view of Korcula. It’s a steep old climb but well worth the effort. NB Korcula now restricts cruise ships docking before 5pm.  4. Cocktails and sunset dining Still in Korcula, it was also memorable for its bars and restaurants. Massimo's must be one of the more unusual locations for a cocktail bar - atop a medieval tower. Access is via a steep staircase and then

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a ladder up through a tiny hole - I very nearly got stuck on it with my back pack! Fortunately the drinks are delivered more easily, via a winch and pulley system on the side of the tower. Along the waterfront there is a great selection of restaurants - by recommendation we plumped for Nonno's where the antipasti and homemade pasta dishes, even if a little pricey, were as good as anything I've eaten in Italy. 5. Churches, castles and palaces Croatia is awash with historic buildings. Among the most memorable for me was a tour of Diocletian's Palace in Split - the approach to Split from the sea didn't look all that promising but then, just steps from the waterfront, you enter the complex that the Roman Emperor Dioclea had built as his retirement Palace in AD 305. Facing the sea on one side, it was built like a Roman military fortress with walls up to 700 feet long and 20 feet high, enclosing an area of 9.5 acres. Split's enchanting old town is within its walls. Zadar is equally as mesmerising - by the 1st century it too was a Roman Municipality. Over the centuries the city has been the subject of numerous assaults, not least more recently during the Yugoslav wars in the 90s. 6. Culture and tradition You come across so many examples of this in Croatia, from its citizens who are clearly proud of their musical traditions, crafts and heritage. The Dalmation ‘Klapa’

or ‘a capella’ singers perform daily in Split's vestibule within the palace walls. The acoustics are unbelievable - needless to say they do a fine trade in CD's. 7. Zadar Sea Organs Back to Zadar for more music - slightly less harmonious but nonetheless appealing - this time from the famous Sea Organ running the length of the peninsula. Completed in 2005, wave action pushes air through a series of underwater pipes and up through niches cut into the steps, producing random melodic notes. The stronger the waves, the louder the music. It’s a wonderful spot to watch the sun set. At the end of the promenade there is also another installation 'Greeting to the sun', basically a huge round solar panel which radiates a random sequence of coloured lights at night. If the organ is the music, the sun is the disco dance floor!  8. Krka National Park Declared a National Park in 1985, Krka is an absolute stunner. Covering 109 square kilometres the park follows the River Krka about 2kms down river from Knin to Skradin. The most impressive and most visited waterfall is Skradinski Buk, considered one of the most beautiful cliff waterfalls in Europe. I can't argue with that. 650m of river create 12 waterfalls with a total height of 27m. The falls themselves are stunning but walking through the shady woodland that surrounds them is also a delight especially on a hot day. 

9. Zrmanja Gorge 43 miles long, the Zrmanja is one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe and a boat trip is a delightful way to witness the dramatically changing scenery. Starting off in lush green waterways, gradually the river widens and the banks brown, eventually turning into sheer rock cliffs split by the blue sparkling water. And just as you begin to tire of looking at rock, suddenly you round a bend and the river opens up into a stunning lake. 10. Water, water everywhere The ever changing colour of the water is a constant delight on a tour of coastal Croatia. Beaches may be small and often shingle but to jump from a boat or a platform in to the crystal clear water is always delightful. 

Factbox Cathy experienced the Croatian coast with Noble Caledonia on board the Princess Eleganza. For details visit  Her video - 10 great things to see in Coastal Croatia - reflects that voyage and also reflects the beauty of the scenery, the ports, the National Parks, the culinary scene, the sunsets and everything else that makes Croatia such a popular tourist destination. Watch the video at www. For general information about holidays in Croatia see 


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KATHERINE JENKINS POPSTAR TO OPERA STAR – operatic arias, popular songs, musical theatre and hymns. As she recalled: “I’ve only ever wanted to be a singer. I never wanted to be famous.”

The mezzo soprano from Neath in South Wales has become a firm national favourite over the past 18 years

Katherine and her sister Laura were raised in a loving home. Bright and hard-working, she received A grades in her GCSEs and A levels and took part in college musical productions. She passed her Grade 8 exams in both singing and playing the piano with distinction.

Just by way of starting her professional career, in 2004, she was given a rare six-album deal by Universal. This was the most lucrative in the UK’s classical recording history and reportedly worth £1 million. Six out of seven of these albums have reached No.1 in the UK classical charts. She also became the first female artist to win two consecutive Classical Brit Awards. Blessed with a beautiful voice, Katherine has always impressed because she moves effortlessly between all kinds of music 10

Katherine was a member of the Royal School of Church Music Cathedral Singers and gained its highest award for female choristers. She was also a member of the National Youth Choir of Wales and won the BBC Radio 2 Choirgirl of the Year contest twice.

I have such happy memories of performing in a choir and I don’t think I’d have got where I am today without all that experience

BRIDGING the gap between classical and mainstream music is especially difficult – but Katherine Jenkins has managed it beautifully.

“So my advice to young singers is to either join your school or church’s choir or find one in your local area. Choral music at any level teaches you so much about musicianship and blending your voice.” Katherine was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with honours and receiving a music teacher’s diploma. She worked as a freelance voice coach, a tour guide on the London Eye and as a model. In fact, she

entered a modelling competition in 2000 and became The Face of Wales.

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Her pure tones were first properly heard when she sang in Westminster Cathedral in honour of Pope John Paul II’s silver jubilee in 2003. Then followed that amazing album deal. On the advice of the original Forces’ Sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn, in December, 2005 and 2006, she travelled to Iraq to sing to the soldiers for Christmas On her first visit, when travelling to Shaibah, the largest British base in Southern Iraq, the helicopter she was travelling in was targeted by missiles. Anti-missile flares were deployed and the group landed safely – with true professional Katherine going on to perform for her appreciative audience. Since those early appearances, she has toured extensively and successfully, becoming an all-round entertainer and appearing in prime-time TV hits like Strictly Come Dancing. She has sung at major sporting events, on TV shows and in support of many charities – and even appeared in “Dr Who”. She plainly doesn’t limit herself and is always up for a challenge. While chatting with TV presenter and magician Stephen Mulhern at a post-awards party in 2010, she happened to mention that she had always wanted to be sawn in half by a magician. The result was that Mulhern invited her to appear on his Saturday Night phone-in game show Magic Numbers. Here, she acted as his assistant and Mulhern and singer Olly Murs sawed her in half inside a see-through box! That same year, she was a mentor to the celebrity contestants as well as a judge on ITV’s “Popstar to Operastar”. In 2012, she competed on the American TV show “Dancing with the Stars” and finished second. Katherine seems unaffected by fame. “I really see myself as a homegirl,” she stated. “Wales is my first home. London is my second home. I love coming back to Neath – this is home and always will be.” Far from being a diva, she has a down-to-earth niceness that appeals to audiences. “Although I’m not shy when I’m singing,” she explained. “I am whenever I hear applause. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I giggle a lot on-stage. That’s shyness. And the stage manager is always telling me to take a longer bow whenever I come off-stage. I still haven’t learnt to do that

properly. I see other artistes milking the applause but I can’t quite do it.” Katherine has always said she wanted to get married and have a family and in September, 2014, she married New York artist Andrew Levitas. Their first child, daughter Aaliyah Reign, was born in September, 2015, and their son Xander arrived in April this year. Now, when Katherine performs, she has the tough challenge of balancing work and motherhood. She told Fabulous Magazine recently that she breastfed Xander while backstage at the Classical Brit Awards. Last year, she turned her talents to acting when she starred in the English National Opera’s revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s wonderful musical “Carousel.” Next year, she undertakes a 22-venue tour across the UK through April and May, finishing in Belfast. which will no doubt please her many fans. Katherine has always been interested in charity work – in 2014, she was awarded an OBE by the Queen for her charity work and services to music. Whatever the future brings for Katherine Jenkins, it will be decided very much by her. As she once explained: “I have to believe that I know what’s best for me. For instance, I choose all my songs. I never record anything I don’t want to record. No-one tells me what concerts to do.” And, as long as Katherine Jenkins keeps singing and keeps pleasing her many fans, that will be good enough for them.

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How to make your Will Have you ever thought about making your will and then busied yourself with something else less taxing? You’re not alone; more than two thirds of people in the UK don’t have one. It’s often viewed as one of those jobs that you know needs doing, but you’ll get round to it when you have time. However, the reality is that drafting a will is the only way to make sure your money, investments, property and possessions go to those who you want to benefit from them. Without a will, you’ll ‘die intestate’ which means that it’s the state that decides who inherits your assets, not you. For those who have never done it before, it can be a daunting process. Being aware of what’s involved can be overwhelming, so we’ve outlined the things you’ll need to know when making your will:

own, jewellery, artwork, family heirlooms or antiques. Do you have any other items that are of value? Most households contain a variety of goods, such as televisions, music systems, gadgets and other contents that are considered valuable, either financially or sentimentally, so don’t forget those. Next, outline your debts. Do you still have a mortgage, a loan, a credit card balance to pay? Any overdrafts or equity release arrangements also need to be accounted for. What about the kids? A will isn’t just about money and possessions. If you have children under the age of 18, a will helps you to plan for their future by allowing you to nominate their guardians in the event of your death. Without a legally binding instruction from you, via your will, your

Value your estate The first thing to do is to understand what your estate will be worth.You can do this by making a list of your assets and debts.Your assets will include things like your home or any property you own. Do you have any savings, stocks and shares or premium bonds? What about life insurance, endowments policies, pensions or policies that pay out on your death? Also, don’t forget about any online accounts that you may have as they can easily be missed if there’s no actual paperwork to evidence them. Other assets to consider are the physical ones - your car or any other vehicles you 14

children will be cared for by who the law states should look after them. Who do you want to benefit? It’s really important to be clear about who you want to leave your estate to and what exactly you want them to have. This doesn’t just mean your next of kin, but cousins, friends, organisations or charitable causes too. While it might be easy to bequeath the majority of your assets, are there specific items or monies that you would like to go to people who may not be a blood relative? Do you want to donate some money to a local charity or perhaps contribute to a cause close to your heart? It’s also worth bearing in mind what should happen if any beneficiaries you elect die before you do – who will you gift their inheritance to instead? Donating to a charity If you decide to leave money in your will to a charity, ensure you include its full name, address and registered charity number. Without it, your charity may not be eligible for your gift.

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responsibility.You can choose anyone to be your executor, as long as they’re over 18 years old. Writing your will Although there are a number of ways you can draft your will, it’s always advisable to seek guidance from a solicitor. They’re regulated by industry bodies, such as the Law Society or the Solicitors Regulation Authority to ensure that they have a duty of care to you and are insured. Unregulated will writers can hold themselves out to be experts when they may not be and DIY online wills only take into account straightforward circumstances, which could leave your loved ones in a legal minefield if your estate is a little more complicated. How do I make sure my will is valid? Without the relevant signatures, your will isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.Your will needs to be signed by yourself and two independent witnesses in each others presence. If it’s signed incorrectly, it won’t be valid. The witnesses, their spouses or civil partners can’t be a beneficiary of your will otherwise they’ll lose their right to their inheritance. In fact, they shouldn’t even be present when your will is being signed. It’s also wise not to ask an executor to be a witness. If you can’t physically sign the will yourself, it should be signed on your behalf with you present and having your consent that you’ve made the will voluntarily and without pressure from anyone else. In these instances there needs to be a clause added stating that you understood the contents of the will before it was signed. If you’re diagnosed with a degenerative mental illness, such as dementia you can still make a will as long as you have mental capacity and understand the effect it will have. Again, you’ll need to add a clause saying you understood the contents of your will before it was signed.You may also need a medical practitioner’s statement at the time the will is signed, certifying that you understand what you are signing. Store your will safely It’s advisable to store your will with your solicitor who can provide you with a copy for reference. It’s also important to let your executor know where your will is kept. Crucially, don’t attach any documents to the will with paperclips or staples because if they become separated and leave marks it could raise questions about whether the will is missing any parts or amendments. Keeping it up to date Making sure your will is kept up to date can’t be stressed enough. If your circumstances change it invalidates your will. So if you get married, divorced or have children, for example, you need to account for it in your will. Once you’ve updated your will, make sure you destroy any earlier versions to avoid confusion. At Russell & Russell, we specialise in will writing. We’re accredited to the Law Society Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme, which sets the benchmark for best practice and transparency in setting up wills and estate planning. We offer a free, no obligation consultation so that you can decide what you want to do and what’s best for you. 15










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The suspension is also new with a wider track and copes well with our rutted roads. Top models like the ST-Line get adaptive dampers for the first time in a mainstream Focus. Motorway cruising is no problem and particular credit goes to the lane assist system (standard across the range) which keeps you bang in the centre of your lane - unlike some other manufacturers’ systems which bounce you from side to side like a pinball!

FORD Focus SOME cars are such a part of our motoring lives that when a new version is launched it is a very big deal. Since 1998 Ford has sold more than 16 million Focuses worldwide, in part thanks to a reputation for great ride and handling, so the new version has some very big shoes to fill. For the fourth generation Focus Ford have improved interior space and quality and added cutting-edge technology. And it really is all-new with a new platform, engineered to be stiffer and safer in a crash yet lighter than the old Focus - by some 1,325kg for the three-cylinder manual. It is also not as instantly recognisable as a Focus with the external redesign having cues of Mazda, Mercedes and even BMW probably no bad thing. The profile is sleeker with a longer bonnet and more rear-set screen pillars plus a longer wheelbase, all giving improved aerodynamic drag and reduced wind noise.


Inside a central display does most of the work on the infotainment front with conventional dials ahead of the driver and driver-assist systems as comprehensive as any car in its class. The driver is also connected via built-in SIM so the car knows about traffic and can do online destination searches.You can also perform tasks remotely via a phone app and there is Wi-Fi and wireless charging for the latest generation of phones on higher spec models. Engine-wise the range starts with a threecylinder 1.0-litre Ecoboost, heavily revised and lifted from the Fiesta, which comes in 85, 100 and 125bhp guises. The bigger 1.5-litre petrol, still a three cylinder, with 150 or 182bhp can also close down one cylinder in Eco mode. Our Focus 1.5TDCI (EcoBlue) Titanium X auto 120PS had the 1.5 diesel, which is all-new and full of fuel-saving engineering. Power is up to 120bhp and there’s a revised 2.0-litre diesel with 150bhp. The auto versions, as our test car, have eight speeds with a BMW-style rotary controller.

The also standard emergency auto-braking system is coupled with ‘evasive steering assist’ which nudges the wheel to help you steer away from a collision - clever stuff. . That eight-inch touch screen has been developed for the UK market, so no quirks like in some European versions and it also does CarPlay and Android auto in every trim but the entry-level Style. It’s all well laid out with a feeling of quality. A longer wheelbase means more room in the back and the rear doors give passengers a better view plus a flatter rear floor means more space for the one in the middle. Every Focus gets alloys, air-con and lane keeping assist plus autonomous emergency braking. Go to Zetec trim and you get Apple Carplay/Android Auto on a 6.5in touchscreen, and cruise control. After that you’re into the Titanium levels and ST-Line has a body kit and stiffer adaptive suspension. The ST-Line X adds power driver’s seat and bigger alloys with red brake callipers. Our Titanium X has as standard 17” alloy wheels, privacy glass, part leather trim, a 6-way adjustable power driver seat and front and rear parking sensors for £25,120 on the road. Prices across the range start from £18,100 for the smallest engine Style up to £27,890 on the road for the ST-Line X… and if you ask me I would say Ford have another winner on their hands. More information at

five engine choices, three gearboxes and six trim levels means even more choice. There’s also a 2.0-litre diesel with 184bhp that comes as standard with four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. If you want petrol power, there’s a choice of two 1.6-litre engines. The cheapest comes exclusively with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, but it doesn't get turbocharging The turbocharged 1.6 T-GDi petrol is better but still needs revving harder than the diesels.You can have this engine with the standard six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive as standard.

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All versions get a rear-view camera as standard, with rear parking sensors added on 2 trim. If you want front parking sensors, you’ll need to upgrade to a 4 model which also adds safety features like blind spot monitoring.

Kia’s tag line on its advertising is ‘The Power to Surprise’ - which I would suggest is no longer true! That’s because the Korean car maker has been turning out such good cars in recent years that I, for one, am no longer surprised when I get behind the wheel. That is because I now expect a Kia to be good and the new Sportage did not let me down. At just £22,405 on the road our 1.6 GDi 2 model looked good, went well and had all the essential kit you could need. That all-new 1591cc diesel four pot gives a 0 to 60 time of 11.1 seconds and a top speed of 113 while being capable of a claimed 44.1mpg on a run (in 130bhp form). The kit list on this family SUV includes things like smart 17” alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, auto lights and wipers while inside there’s cruise control, dual auto air con, six speaker audio, 7” touchscreen with sat-nav, reversing camera and parking sensors.

Family SUVs don’t need to handle like a hatchback but the Sportage keeps body lean controlled through bends and stays more upright than rivals plus it grips well too.

Then there are the numerous safety systems - so numerous I don’t have space to mention them all here but top of the list are lane assist, driver attention warning, tyre pressure monitoring and hill start assist. Add to all that Kia’s famous 7 years/100,000 mile warranty and you have a pretty impressive package. So what’s new for 2019? The whole car has had a makeover improving what was already an attractive design. Infotainment and active driver aids are upgraded, there is a new 1.6, 130 to 174bhp  diesel engine (as fitted to our test model), GT-Line versions have been added for a sportier touch, there is a special ‘Edition 25’ to mark 25 years of Sportage production and 21 variants with

Even the most basic Sportage in 1 trim gets a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen with Bluetooth, a DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you really must have built-in sat-nav, you’ll need to upgrade to 2. Moving up to 4 or GT-Line S brings an eight inch touchscreen and a USB port for those in the back to charge their phones. The Sportage has a big boot, with a floor that’s flush with the rear seats when they’re folded down. The 1.6 diesel in 2 trim is keenly priced, undercutting the equivalent Nissan Qashqai and has a spacious interior. Prices are from £20,305 for the base ‘1’ trim model with 1.6 diesel power (114bhp) up to £35,140 for the GT-Line S 2.0-litre CRDi 182bhp AWD auto.

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BOLTON KIA ANNOUNCES RANGE OF RETAIL AND FLEET OFFERS FOR 2019 • £1,000 saving on Kia’s Hybrid Challenge • 2.9 per cent APR available on New Sportage and All-New Ceed range for retail customers • Dedicated Business User and Fleet Team with over 60 years combined experience New Year, New Car? At Bolton Kia – Europe’s No.1 Kia Dealer in Horwich, Bolton, there is a range of fantastic retail and fleet offers, available for retail or businesses customers looking for a new Kia in 2019. The first quarter of 2019 sees a range of retail finance offers, with an attractive 2.9 per cent APR available on the New Sportage and All-New Ceed including the 201bhp Ceed GT, as well as the newly launched Ceed GT-Line models. The rest of the Kia range is available with 5.9 per cent APR paired with low monthly payments alongside generous deposit contribution levels on PCP contracts available for most models including the Kia Stinger.


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Kevin Howard, Dealer Principal at Bolton Kia says: “The offers running here at Bolton Kia are fantastic and run across a range of Kia models. Whether you’re a private customer looking for your next car or a business looking for your next fleet of cars, we’re proud to be able to help you find the right car to suit your needs. We look forward to welcoming the people of Bolton, and the surrounding area, to our dealership in 2019!”

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GOING into a New Year offers the ideal opportunity to look at our lives and think of ways to make them better.

Women aged 50 to 70 who are registered with a GP are automatically offered breast screening every three years. The NHS is currently in the process of extending the programme as a trial, offering screening to some women aged 47 to 73.

Once the excesses of Christmas are out of the way, there is a great chance for a fresh start.You don’t have to make several New Year Resolutions but it is sensible to make a couple that are achievable.

The mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts and takes only five minutes although the appointment is around 30 minutes. The breast screening programme saves around 1,400 lives a year by diagnosing cancer early.

One area always top of the list relates to HEALTH. We really need to look after our health so if you have had a nagging problem, are worried about something health-related or just need reassurance that all is well, do something about it! Going to your GP may be a good start if you have specific worries but also take advantage of all today’s tests and scans that can spot problems early. If you are due for any sort of screening, don’t ignore the letter – take up the appointment. Free bowel cancer home testing and breast screening, for example, are literally life-savers. The bowel cancer home testing kits automatically arrive through the post for 60 to 74 year-olds every two years. You can ask for a kit if you are over 75 by calling 0800 707 6060.


“This means the treatment required will often be less intense, and the chances of a full recovery much higher,” explained Liz Read, Breast Imaging Manager at East Lancashire Breast Screening based at Burnley General Hospital. “If breast cancer is diagnosed early at screening, 97 per cent of women will be alive five years later.” Mammograms are performed by female radiographers who have had additional training. To find out more call 01282 805317. Do you want to stop smoking in 2019? Making that decision may be the best one you ever make - and there has never been a better time to quit. A good start is the NHS website https://www.

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Try some new accessories. We all have our daily favourites but try wearing a necklace or earrings that makes a statement that’s all about you. You will be amazed how many compliments you get when you wear jewellery that’s perfect for your style personality and colour palette.

UPPING YOUR STYLE GAME A cold and gloomy January is the perfect time to gain style kudos by balancing warmth and comfort with sumptuous fabrics to create an altogether chic look. Even wearing the right winter wrap can mean you ooze layered style, especially if it is in one of your wow colours; whilst wearing the right or wrong type of boots for your body shape could make or break your outfit. Here’s how to up your style game in the colder months of 2019. The new year is often a time for selfreinvention. Do you know what you like and like what you know? Why not dare to try something a little different? Quite often we rule out wearing a different colour or style because we find its easy and safe to wear the same type of things. Find your fashion groove by mixing different neutrals and wow colours from your colour palette or choose an on-trend pattern you haven’t tried before. Now is the time to declutter. Evaluate whether you love each item of clothing in your wardrobe or whether its just ok.You don’t need a jam-packed wardrobe to look good, but you should love everything in it. Keep your loved clothes and give away anything that doesn’t suit you, giving you space to start afresh and organise your style. It also makes getting dressed in the morning a lot easier. Cleared wardrobe, clear mind.


On the back of the growing drive towards more ecological dressing, this new year choose carefully from shops you know support your ethics and only buy the items you love and will be able to wear again and again. Think carefully but don’t be afraid to spend if it is an investment and a muchneeded piece. Quality speaks! The new year is often a time for us to focus on giving our health a boost. Have you considered that what you wear when you exercise can really affect how you feel about taking part? If you look and feel good in your leggings, swimsuit or running shorts, then you are more likely to drag yourself out of bed to the gym. Invest in some quality sports gear to give yourself the oomph you might need to get out of bed.

Don’t turn yourself into a walking rainbow but try mixing up to three colours in your colour palette including the neutrals that suit your season. Everyone gets a form of white in their season, Autumn colour palettes suit rich, warm earthy colours such as oyster, whilst Springs suit a warm beige or cream. Winters look gorgeous in a cool bright white and stone. Summers suit cool, subtle neutrals such as soft white and pink beige. Add a pop of colour to your neutrals with a vibrant bag, hat/ scarf and gloves set, or a pair of red boots as seen in all the shops this winter. Love your body and shape. Cinch in your waist or elongate your mid-section, draw attention to your best parts and wear the right length hemline, trouser length and sleeves. Style is the detail. If you are planning to hit the sales just make sure that you choose items not because they are a great bargain but because they are perfect for you. A great rule of thumb is never to buy something you wouldn’t be happy to pay full price for. It is all about quality over quantity. Winter is an amazing time to wear gorgeous prints whether it’s this season’s hot checks, gorgeous floral or animal prints. Winter is also a great time to try different materials that suit your body type whether that be leather, tweed, velvet or silk just to name a few. Try pairing a chunky knit sweater with a leather skirt for a smart casual look if you love a bit of drama. Alternatively, a neutral colour wool dress worn under a tweed jacket will create a sophisticated yet chic vibe for anyone who loves a classic look. Not everyone suits high necks but if they look good on you then pair a high neck with long boots to create an elongated silhouette or opt for a high neck worn underneath a circle neck jumper or tunic dress for a layered and more casual look.


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BRING SPRING INTO YOUR HOME an enviable reputation over the last 30 years. We pride ourselves on our commitment to provide a professional and speedy service at all times, whilst maintaining the highest quality of work.

Look for cushions, bedding or vintage crockery with delicate or exuberant floral designs to offset a pale backdrop. Wider expanses on wallpapers and fabrics will create more impact.

It’s natural that the feeling of re-birth after the Winter “hibernation” should make us want to improve our own “habitat”.

Small-scale blooms, trailing botanicals, classic gingham checks and ticking stripes, whether in subtle neutrals or brighter shades, will introduce decorative detail to any room. Animal and bird motifs can also do this vital job, especially with a seasonal theme like hares and chicks.

But, how do you begin changing and improving your home without (a) spending a fortune and (b) finding a new style you’re happy to live with? Perhaps the best way is to be completely objective about the state of your home currently. Pretend that you are a potential buyer and are viewing your property for the first time. What would be your impression and what would need to change?

WHEN Spring is just around the corner we tend to have a sense of optimism and change that extends to our homes.

COLOUR is vital to our lives and I’m afraid we can get stale about home décor, just accepting those paint and wallpaper shades around us without really examining them.

People start to have a clear-out and head for their nearest charity shop with boxes of unwanted household ornaments, curtains and even the odd small item of furniture.

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You know your own taste best so do choose colours that you like. Home experts Ikea suggest yellow as a way of welcoming in the new Spring season and brightening up our lives.

While textiles, curtains and rugs introduce subtle colour tones into different rooms to create an impact, you might prefer a bolder statement piece of furniture. These can be in the living room or the kitchen. Brighter lighting – especially a modern pendant lamp or unusual upright lamp – not only brings light and an airy feeling into the smallest rooms but makes them look more modern. Are your WINDOWS looking a bit worse for wear? New windows not only give a real facelift to your home but dramatically improve insulation while giving it a contemporary atmosphere. Look in local showrooms or go online for clever ideas to shed new light on your home. This may also be just the time to plan that CONSERVATORY or ORANGERIE, giving you not only more space in your home but a lighter, up-to-date style to enhance daily living.

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Complement your new colour scheme with toning utensils, tea-towels and an eyecatching ornament or two. Or, find some really colourful artificial flowers and create a lovely display. Try seasonal blooms to uplift the atmosphere – a bunch of early tulips arranged in a large jug or emerging narcissus and hyacinth bulbs potted into a trug, old wine crate or terracotta pots. These instantly signal Spring like nothing else. Search out old MIRRORS from charity shops and re-paint the frame to suit your

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Springs and Autumns should check their own wardrobes before racing to the shops. You may already have variants of coral which range from soft peach through to perfect coral and orange reds - which look gorgeous on you and are already within your capsule wardrobe. Shockingly 30% of the clothes in British wardrobes are rarely worn. If you do want to buy something of sartorial style in Living Coral consider whether you would better suit wearing Living Coral from head to toe in a gorgeous maxi dress or summer suit, but for others it may best work as a blouse or as summer trousers.


The Pantone Colour Institute has announced their colour of 2019 is the gorgeous Living Coral (16-1546) but can we all wear this warm and energising colour? Through their extensive research, The Pantone Institute chose Living Coral ‘partly as an antidote’ to the ‘cold and distant’ digital world and as ‘a shade of connection’. Helen Venables, Managing Director of House of Colour explains how to wear Living Coral with style:We associate coral with the fresh, warmth and sun-kissed coral seas of Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines – but the gorgeous warm hue that is Living Coral will not work for all skin tones; particularly those that suit cool colours. Some of us have warm pigment in our skin which is yellow based, while others of us have cool pigment which is blue based. When you wear the right tones for your skin you will look brighter, fresher and younger but when a blue based cool skin undertone is wearing warm colours they appear sallow and slightly blurred. Equally when someone with a warm yellow based skin undertone wears cool colours they will appear washed out, older and tired. Coral is a warm yellow based pink and so will suit those with warm skin tones much better than those with cool.


Don’t despair though if you are cool toned ie if you have a Winter or Summer colour palette, blue based equivalents range from Winter’s shocking pink, magenta and ice pink to Summer’s softer rose, powder pink or raspberry. If you are cool toned but still want to wear the oh so modern Living Coral then an alternative is to wear a pattern with a splash and a dash of coral.

As a pop of colour, coral looks gorgeous as a scarf, belt, shoes or handbag, particularly against a backdrop of a warm navy and maybe more in 2019’s spring and summer time which are the times of year when coral naturally finds its way into the shops. Using a pop of coral in these types of accessories will also work well with your neutrals for a memorable business look. In comparison’s to last year’s pantone colour of the year, the bold and empowering ultra-violet, coral is an effortless, mellow colour which doesn't dominate making it the perfect hue to accentuate other colours. Coral teams well with all warm neutrals including the current 1970’s inspired browns, the Dulux colour of the year Spiced Honey, greys, coffee, beiges, khaki or dark olive for a rich and expensive look.

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HELP YOUR LAWN SURVIVE WINTER Winter can be a deadly time for lawns but experts have identified five techniques to ensure grass not only survives but thrives following the cold snap. Experts at have counteracted the problem by creating a list of methods to help prompt and ultimately increase grass growth in the lead up to spring. Gardeners are being advised to kill any weeds or poor-looking grass at least two weeks before the growing process to ensure grass can grow without any interference from other plant species. Cultivating the perfect lawn is surprisingly simple and only requires gardeners to complete a few simple but effective steps. A spokesperson for Gardeningexpress. com said: “A lot of people believe that growing grass is extremely arduous and time consuming - this is simply not the case. 42

“The key is in the preparation and the nurturing. Making sure to continuously water the developing seeds is particularly important. “Gardeners should always use a hardwearing family lawn mixture containing rye grass to achieve the best results possible.” Here are five ways that you can grow grass quicker: TIMING Planting seeds at the correct time of year will enhance the speed of grass growth. Seeds are more likely to germinate at a faster rate when sowed in mid-spring. Keep the soil damp by regularly watering the grass and make sure all areas are thoroughly doused. Don’t attempt to grow in summer because it’s unlikely you will be able to give the lawn enough water to prevent it from dying. FLATTEN THE SURFACE It’s more challenging for grass to grow on bumpy surfaces and will make your

PLANTING Spread a thin layer of lime, yes that fruit that you put in your cocktail, on the lawn 60 days before seeding. The magnesium in the lime will help the grass grow faster than a snail on steroids. Spread the seed carefully and then lightly rake over the area to cover the seed with a thin layer of dirt. Muddy soil is ideal because the seed will adhere to the dirt and be exposed to instant moisture. NURTURING After planting the seed, spread a thin layer of fertilizer across the surface. Proceed to cover the area with hay and lightly penetrate the soil to drive the seed into the ground. This will ensure that all the seeds germinate and will prevent you from having peculiar gaps in your lawn. Once grass begins to appear, fertilize the area again to maximise the yield. AFTERCARE When the grass is finally embracing daylight, stretch fruit netting over the top of it to protect the seeds from opportunistic birds. It is also worth cordoning off the area with string and canes to prevent the kids from trampling on the soil and damaging the grass. Carefully weed the area by hand and ensure you remove any weeds before they begin to flower.

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Winter-Proof Your Garden THIS YEAR conservatory, take the opportunity during the winter; also wrap burlap, tarpaulin or fabric around any delicate tree trunks or shrubs.

Refresh the compost Autumn tidying will generate plenty of organic waste on compost heaps, so winter is the perfect time to spread it around the garden and start afresh for the new year.    Cover ponds Place a thin mesh net or tarpaulin over ponds and any other standing water, such as in features, to avoid problems with putrefying leaves-they can then be easily collected from on top of the material and composted.

Clean up Remove any rubble or debris, collect any personal rubbish or diseased foliage, and clear away any disused or broken items from your garden- it’s not complicated. Hoard grit   Tossing salt on icy paths and patios might do, but the best prepared British gardeners will get their hands on a bag of product especially designed to save them from slipping this winter.

The bad weather might be unavoidable, but there are so many ways green-fingered Brits can prepare and protect their garden for the colder months. Sort out the bedding Dig up and replace any dead plants in garden flower bed, cut back any perennials and spread out a strong layer of organic fertiliser, manure or mulch (this can be bark, grass clippings, dry leaves or even old newspaper).  Plant Evergreens Green-fingered Brits can brighten up dull winter gardens with colourful and hardy varieties of year-round plants – great choices include heather, primulas and witch hazel.  Remove vulnerable species Gently dig up any tender plants or bulbs that would be susceptible to frost damage (along with the top soil), trim the stems and find them a more suitable place to spend the winter-such as in a box on a cool indoor window sill. Take extra precautions   If hanging baskets and potted plants can be moved into a less exposed porch, patio or


Don’t forget to water The icy cold outside won’t necessarily mean wet weather every week, so if a few days pass without any rainfall, it is still important to give the garden a once over with a hose or can, just as in summer.  Remove soft furnishings Cushions, sun loungers, picnic blankets and other summer essentials should be stored away for the winter in sheds, lofts or cellars, along with weak plastic garden ware and metal items that may be vulnerable to winter rusting.  Rake the lawn Get rid of any moss or thatch on the garden grass with a good old-fashioned rake and use the prongs to aid drainage and ventilation – this will help the lawn establish firm roots over the winter.  Stock the shed Gardens exposed to the worst of the winter weather need all the help they can get, so it is vital to ensure all tools in the shed are capable of doing their jobs-service, sharpen or swap any that aren’t up to scratch.  Clean water butts Any tanks collecting water for plants should be emptied and cleaned before the height of winter, allowing plenty of time for natural rainwater to collect before it is needed in the spring.

Take care of wood Fix any loose screws or edges on fences, decking or wooden garden structures in advance of the worst of the weather and paint or spray wooden surfaces with an appropriate wood preservative product.  Let the sun in the shed Use hot water and muscle power to remove shade paint from greenhouse or shed windows, to allow as many of the suns warming rays through as possible this winter. Be   kind to birds Non-migratory birds are especially vulnerable during the colder months, so it is vital for big-hearted Brits to leave well stocked feeders and water baths around their winter gardens. Watch the waterworks   Any outside taps should be isolated and drained, or if this is impossible then insulated and covered, to reduce the likelihood of burst pipes or other damage in freezing weather.

Green-fingered Brits have been urged to make New Year’s Resolutions and help their backyards thrive over the next twelve months. Be organised Keep on top of garden tasks every week and

month rather than letting your to do list pile up; lay firm foundations for the coming months by noting down a detailed and timed plan. Plant a crop Make the garden feed the family this year by planting some tasty and nutritious homegrown fruit and vegetables.   Great options for British gardens include anything from parsnips, peas and potatoes, to blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. Start composting   When meals are finished, leftovers and suitable scraps should be taken from the kitchen to an appropriate location in the garden, to cut food waste and provide a nutritious natural fertiliser.

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Nurture seeds It’s always nice when someone else has taken care of most of the hard work, but bored Brits gardeners should also take on the rewarding project of nurturing a new plant from birth more often.

Build an insect hotel In a quiet corner of the garden, pile up a selection of bricks, logs, rocks, twigs and leaves to create a mini monument that will quickly become home to all sorts of insects, bugs and spiders.

Use natural remedies Purchase organic pest solutions and fertilisers or find recipes online to make them at home, as an alternative to ones that damage the environment.

Enjoy the garden Spend more time in the backyard socialising and entertaining, or even just relaxing and appreciating the surroundings, rather than only stepping outside to do gardening.

Save water Wise gardeners will toss sink or even bath water over outdoor plants, whilst the best prepared will collect rainwater.

Take inspiration Get out and about to see neighbours’ backyards, to attend any classes or courses, to visit public or botanical gardens, or to talk to friends for tips and tricks; don’t be afraid to steal ideas from online research either – imitation is flattery.   Try something new   Buy a relatively unknown species, add bright colours to replace boring greens or plant a tree, which could also provide fruit such as apples; there’s a first time for everything.

Tidy up Making a concerted effort to tidy the garden will make it look so much better, so regularly remove any weeds, dead species or fallen leaves; also trim the borders and grass frequently.

Plan for holidays Green-fingered Brits shouldn’t allow their outdoor plots to be forgotten about when they choose to spend time soaking up the sunshine abroad; ask a kind friend, relative or neighbour to water and tend to everything.

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Founded in June 2012 Bolton Cancer Voices is an inspirational, welcoming Choir open to anyone who has received a cancer diagnosis of any type of any time.The Choir provides a positive, motivational and diversionary environment where members have fun, enjoy the challenges and exhilaration performing and have a focus aside from their illness. Membership is FREE: there is no requirement to read music and no auditions to worry about. The Friends Meeting House Silverwell Street, Bolton BL1 1PP T: Karen Elliott 01204 595562 07773 164235

FRIDAY 1 MARCH- The Amy Winehouse Experience AKA Lioness

Lioness provide an authentic tribute to the precocious talent of Amy Winehouse. The Met Market Street, Bury BL9 0BW Box office 0161 761 2216


UNTIL 28 SepTEMBER 2019 Victoria Wood Exhibition

Victoria Wood was born in Prestwich and attended Bury Grammar School for Girls. She was one of the nations most respected and loved comedians winning more television BAFTAs than anyone in BAFTA history. She has won awards for her stand up, her drama and her light entertainment programmes. Working in collaboration with her Literary Estate the exhibtion will feature some well-loved and recognisable scripts for shows such as, As seen on TV (including the soap Acorn Antiques), An Audience With......1988, Pat and Magaret, Dinnerladies, the first draft of Acorn Antiques - The Musical, Housewife 49. There will also be the chance to see Victoria Wood's handwritten notes and the lyrics for 'Fashion', the song that won her New Faces 1974.Also on display will be photos, some of those numerous awards and the iconic yellow beret worn by the character Kimberley's Friend. * Closed Sundays and Mondays. Bury Art Museum Moss Street Bury BL9 0DR Tel: 0161 253 5878

Take a step back in time to Lark Hill Place, an atmospheric re-creation of a typical northern street during Victorian times. The street is set at the turn of the last century, although many of the items are older to show development over time.The ambience is set at teatime on a winter's evening when the street gas lamps have just been lit.The sounds of children playing, horse-drawn carriages and a 'knocker-upper' fill the street.Walk down the street and take a peek inside the any shops and houses, including a toy shop, chemist, grocers, a blacksmiths and an artisan's cottage. Lark Hill Place was originally created in 1957 when many shops and houses in central Salford were being demolished to make way for new developments. Many of the shop fronts that are in Lark Hill Place today were saved and restored.The interiors have been furnished and are full of authentic objects, recreating the way they were used in Victorian times.Visitors can explore the street and dress up in traditional Victorian costumes to really get in the spirit of things! Salford Museum & Art Gallery Crescent | Peel Park, Salford M5 4WU 0161 778 0800

16 -23 march Early one morning - les smith

This is Bolton writer Leas Smith's true story of Great Lever soldier James Smith, who after 3 years of fighting in some of the fiercest battles of war, finds himself on trial for his life for desertion. An enormously moving and thought provoking play. Farnworth Little Theatre Cross Street, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 7AJ T: 0845 643 0808

Saturday 16th March, 7.30 pm BURY CHORAL SOCIETY “Of Kings and Queens”

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Sunday 24th March GABRIELLE

Gabrielle comes to The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester with her Under My Skin Tour. Performing music from the new album as well as her hits.



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Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2018, Sindhu Vee comes to The Met with her critically acclaimed and Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show, Sandhog. Loving your children, spouse and ageing parents (in that order, please don’t tell my mother) is very hard work, very intense and a lot of the time it sucks. But who wants to live without love? A highly anticipated debut show from the host of BBC R4’s Comedy of the Week podcast. As seen on QI – BBC2, Have I Got News for You– BBC1 and Alan Davies As Yet Untitled– Dave, and heard on Guilty Feminist podcast. The Box £15 / £13 concession. The Met Market Street, Bury BL9 0BW Box office 0161 761 2216


Mezzo Soprano:        Margaret Mc Donald Bass:                          Samuel Jackson Conductor:                 Barry Sugden Orchestra Leader:     Julie Proctor Organist:                    Alan Beedie The concert will celebrate the 70th Anniversary year since its formation and include excerpts from the great oratorios that the society has performed over the years and will include choruses and solos from the following works: Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Brahm’s German Requiem with How Lovely are thy Dwellings, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St John Passion and Fauré’s Requiem. Bolton Road Methodist Church, Bury, BL8 1ED. Further details Barry Sugden: 0161 761 2985

Following the release of her critically acclaimed second album A Northern Soul and the intimate ITV special which captured an insight into the life of the award-wining star, Sheridan Smith returns to the Bridgewater Hall in March 2019. The Bridgewater Hall Lower Mosley Street, Manchester. M2 3WS.

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 JULIAN CLARY

In this outrageously camp new show, (that he was going to call Bed Knobs and Knee Pads but was advised might not sell too well in Harrogate), renowned homosexual Julian Clary will bare his soul as never before in the interests of light entertainment. Manchester Opera House Quay Street Manchester. M3 3HP

Tuesday 26th March 2019 THE HOUGHTON WEAVERS

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The Houghton Weavers have been entertaining folk now for over forty three years with their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation. The Met Market Street, Bury BL9 0BW Box office 0161 761 2216

Tuesday 26th March 2019 ELKIE BROOKS

Elkie will be performing her biggest hits including “Pearl’s A Singer”, “Lilac Wine”, “Fool (IfYou think It’s Over)”, Don’t Cry Out Loud” & “No More The Fool” as well as many more featured on her recent hit album “Elkie Brooks – Pearls – The Very Best Of ” The Lowry Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ


Larger Than Life? British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. An Evening with Brian Blessed is an experience that nobody should miss. His eloquence and humour will have the audience captured from the moment he walks on stage until the moment he leaves. The Lowry Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ

8-13 April 2019 The Dresser By Ronald Harwood @ 7.30pm

World War Two is grinding on and England perseveres. Ageing actor/ manager ‘Sir’ and his wife ‘Her Ladyship’ continue touring Shakespeare in the provinces with a company depleted by conscription. Sir is plainly unwell, discharging himself from hospital and Her Ladyship believes he should cancel his upcoming performance of ‘King Lear’. However Norman, his loyal, outspoken dresser disagrees and is determined that the show will go on. Performances start 7.30pm Mon-Sat. Monday night 3 for 2. Wheelchair space available (please book through the theatre Box Office). You can book at Bolton Little Theatre box office in person or by telephone on Monday night from 7.30 to 9pm and Friday mornings from 10.30 to 12 noon. Bolton Little Theatre Bolton Little Theatre, Hanover St Bolton BL1 4TG T: 01204 524469




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Monday 8th to Saturday 13th April 2019 HAIR THE MUSICAL

Adored for its Grammy awardwinning score featuring iconic hits such as Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In, I Got Life and Good Morning Starshine, experience the intoxicating power of Hair and celebrate its affirmation of life, freedom and equality. Come join the tribe and relive the summer of love! Palace Theatre Oxford Street, Manchester. M1 6FT

Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th April 2019 DIRTY DANCING

Dirty Dancing is back! Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion & sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby & Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds...

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From 28th April December 2019, 10am - 3pm NOW 4th Sunday of every month

A range of fantastic stalls selling quality Artisan products, gifts and food.

A truly gripping play that dramatises the true story of Ruth Eliis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and takes a fresh look at the woman behind the headlines. She is a divorcee with a young child to care for and works in the kind of nightclubs where there is more than a drink on offer. This play tells her side of the infamous story. Farnworth Little Theatre Cross Street, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 7AJ T: 0845 643 0808

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Sunday 28th April 2019 DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES

Daryl Hall & John Oates bring their show back to the UK for their first tour since July 2015 and their first European show since their triumphant sell-out headline set at The O2 for Bluesfest in 2017. Manchester Arena Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1AR

Saturday 18th May, 7.30pm Handel’s “Judas Maccabeus”.

With harpsichord, choir and orchestra conducted by Juan Ortuño. All Saints Church (Stand Church) Whitefield, Bury, M45 7NE For tickets email or Bury Fusilier Museum. For more information visit or tel. 0161 761 1544.

Palace Theatre Oxford Street, Manchester. M1 6FT

Friday 26th April to Saturday 11th May 2019 THE KING AND I

The King and I is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals – with one of the finest scores ever written including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance, with over 50 world-class performers AND full-scale orchestra. A celebration of the lavish heritage of the very best in romantic musical theatre from an unparalleled multi award-winning creative team. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness this glorious production. Manchester Opera House Quay Street Manchester. M3 3HP


Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 2019 MONSTER JAM

Monster Jam is the most accessible & family-friendly sport in the world today. Unexpected, unscripted & unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, ever-evolving trucks to their limits. The Monster Jam drivers are athletes at the core & experts in 4-wheeled, controlled aggression. Manchester Arena Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1AR

Saturday 22nd June 2019 GLADYS KNIGHT

Gladys Knight, known for her collection of classic hits such as: ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’; ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’; ‘Licence To Kill  (the official theme song to the James Bond film); ‘The Way We Were’;  ‘Baby Don’t’ ChangeYour Mind’ and You’re The Best Thing (that ever happened to me) plus her critically acclaimed  latest album ‘Where My Heart Belongs’. O2 Apollo Theatre Stockport Road, Ardwick Green, Manchester, M12 6AP


NFORCING justice in 2019 is always a matter of great discussion and can prompt a generational approach. Older people, brought up in a tougher and probably more straightforward age, tend to want old-fashioned justice.You know, you do something wrong, you pay the price, whether that’s making reparation to an individual, doing something for the community or just going to jail.

My Fair Lady | 10th - 13th April

Sentencing today has to take into account bulging jails, the actual amount of cash available to deal with law-breakers and a court system that is constantly questioned. Beauty & The Beast | 14th - 23rd April Irrespective of personal opinions, though, there appears to be a fascinating trend of relevant justice that could be taken to some interesting logical conclusions. Now, police remove the results of ill-gotten gains and sell them to aid the public purse. Boats and posh houses have long been on the agenda for convicted criminals to lose to make restitution to society, along with other obvious trophies from criminal “achievements.” More recently, one criminal lost his entire collection of designer trainers which were sold off to raise public funds. He had prized these above all else so that’s got to hurt.

Menopause The Musical | 9th May

That got me thinking about what other things we could threaten to take off lawLeo Sayer Just a breakers Boy at- even 70 tour | 14theffectively May minor ones-to get the message across that what they did was wrong and there is always a price to pay. And the main answer was mobile phones. Today, millions of us would be lost without our phones. Those in business check them throughout the day for messages, emails, texts, Messenger and What’s App groups etc. Everyone wants to stay in touch with the people who matter to us, in business, socially and personally.

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So, this is somewhere to start with phone justice. There should surely be a way (or research needs to be focused that way) to prevent individuals having the use of their own phones for set periods of time. Our There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A names and profiles would be blocked.

Fly | 31st May

Then, for example, anyone caught using a phone while driving would automatically lose it for, say, 60 days plus a fine. Loss of access to any form of mobile service would massively affect people, especially younger people who live on their phones.




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SWEET CHILLI CRISPY WINGS Double-fried, super-crunchy, spicy and juicy wings… This recipe does take a little longer to cook, but to get the crispy coating on the wing you have to double-fry. I guarantee that once you try this dish, it will become the one you pull out of the bag to wow your friends and family – it really is that good!

INGREDIENTS Serves 4 people 1.6kg (3lb 8oz) chicken wings ½ tsp salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp grated fresh ginger 125g (1 cup) cornflour (cornstarch) vegetable oil for frying 4 garlic cloves, crushed 3 large, dried red chillies, deseeded and cut into quarters 60ml (¼ cup) light soy sauce 120ml (½ cup) runny honey 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp palm sugar 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted


Pat the chicken wings with kitchen paper to make sure they are absolutely dry. Cut the tips off each wing and then cut each wing in half. Put the chicken into a large bowl and mix with the salt, pepper and ginger. Add the cornflour to a separate large bowl, then thoroughly coat each chicken wing, gently squeezing to make sure the flour is sticking. Put the coated wings on a plate and set aside. Heat a large non-stick wok over a medium to high heat. Add 1–2 tablespoons of oil, then fry the garlic and chillies for 30 seconds, taking care not to burn the garlic. Add the soy sauce, honey and vinegar, mix well and simmer for a couple of minutes. Add the palm sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Put enough vegetable oil in a large saucepan to be deep enough to deep-fry the wings, and heat to 170°C (340°F). Gently fry the wings in batches of five, cooking for 8–10 minutes depending on the thickness of each wing piece. Turn the wings frequently to ensure even cooking. Remove wings and drain on a wire rack. Continue until all the wings are fried. Once all the wings are cooked and slightly cooled, reheat the oil (to the same temperature) and fry the wings again for another 12 minutes, until golden brown and crispy, remembering to turn the wings frequently. Remove and drain on a wire rack and repeat with the rest of the wings. When all the chicken has been doublefried, reheat the sauce in the wok, add the wings and mix well to coat. Transfer to a serving plate, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve straightaway.


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Visit our Café Everyone, and I do mean everyone, LOVES this dish; it’s the perfect sharing plate to be enjoyed with friends and family. INGREDIENTS Serves 4-6 people 4 spring onions (scallions), halved a thumb-sized piece of fresh unpeeled ginger, sliced 1 litre (4¼ cups) chicken stock 120ml (½ cup) rice wine 120ml (½ cup) dark soy sauce 100g (½ cup) demerara sugar 1½ tbsp Chinese five spice 2 star anise 1 tsp cloves 3 cinnamon sticks

Put the spring onions, ginger, stock, rice wine, soy sauce, sugar, spices and salt into a large, lidded saucepan and stir well to combine. Add the duck legs and massage the marinade into the skin. Pop the lid on, put the pan in the fridge and leave to marinate for at least 2 hours or ideally overnight. At the end of the marinating time, take the lid off the pan and set it over a high heat, bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer. Cover and cook for 1–2 hours, keeping an eye on the liquid to ensure it doesn’t boil dry – add water if needed. Remove the duck legs from the liquid and place

½ tbsp salt 4 duck legs (or you can use a whole duck cut into quarters) To assemble 1 pack of Chinese pancakes (average 10 pancakes per pack) 2 spring onions (scallions), cut into matchsticks 1 cucumber, cut into matchsticks 60ml (¼ cup) hoisin sauce


on a wire rack to cool. Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F). Arrange the duck legs on a baking tray and cook in the oven for around 15–20 minutes, or until the skin has turned lovely and crispy. Towards the end of the duck’s cooking time, steam the pancakes for 6 minutes (or according to the packet instructions). Remove the duck from the oven and shred the meat from the bones using two forks. Serve straight away with the warm pancakes, spring onions, cucumber and hoisin sauce and let everyone fill and roll their own pancakes.





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Bury Market has a well deserved reputation for friendly service, fantastic produce and great value.

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As one of our customers recently said ‘Traditional market with great atmosphere and great product choices. Fish, meat and veg is second to none. You can be sure of a bargain. I recommend it to - family and friends. Too good to keep to myself'

450g (1lb) beef fillet, sliced into bite-sized pieces 2 tbsp oyster sauce 1 tbsp Chinese rice wine 2 tsp light soy sauce a splash of sesame oil 2 tsp cornflour (cornstarch), plus 1 tbsp mixed with 2 tbsp water

This dish was always served on a sizzling platter in the restaurant.We had ox-shaped, heavy cast-iron platters that we’d heat until they nearly glowed red.They were then placed onto their wooden serving boards and billows of smoke would fill the kitchen.We’d pour the beef covered with its rich sauce onto the platter and it would sizzle and spit, filling the air with an aromatic cloud of smoke that smelled simply amazing.

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Coarsely grind the peppercorns in a pestle and mortar – not too fine but you don’t want any whole corns. Put the beef strips, threequarters of the ground pepper, the oyster sauce, rice wine, soy sauce, sesame oil and the 2 teaspoons of cornflour into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly to coat the meat and leave to tenderise and marinate for 2 hours or overnight. (This isn’t essential but it does make a huge difference). When you’re ready to cook, heat your wok over a high heat. As soon as the

1½ tbsp groundnut oil 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 small green (bell) pepper, de-seeded and diced 1 small onion, diced 120ml (½ cup) chicken or vegetable stock

wok starts to smoke add the oil and the marinated beef, leaving any marinade in the bowl for later. Stir-fry until the outside of the beef has browned, then add the garlic, green pepper and onion and continue stir-frying for 2 minutes. Add the remaining marinade and the stock. Once boiling, drizzle the cornflour mixed with water into the sauce, stirring continuously, until the sauce thickens. Transfer immediately to a plate, sprinkle over the remaining ground black pepper and serve.

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The market has over 200 stalls to choose from located both indoor and outdoor which are all under cover. Customers travel for miles just to visit the famous fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetable halls, lifestyle hall and food court seating area. The outdoor, undercover market compliments all our halls on Bolton Market. The Lifestyle section offers everything from furniture to flowers, bedding to broomsticks. Plus much, much, more along with a friendly service, hints and tips. There are plenty of eateries to choose from and a food court for the more leisurely where you can sit and watch the world go by whilst eating and drinking both continental and traditional foods. Bolton Market provides everything you need for your weekly shop and more, all at fantastic value. Fruit and vegetables can be plain or exotic, but always fresh and healthy. The famous fish and meat market is considered to be the best and largest in the north west, offering outstanding variety, low prices and excellent quality fish, meat, eggs, poultry & frozen foods. So there is only one place to be when planning for great shopping and free family fun, Bolton Market. How To Find Us Bolton Market Ashburner Street Bolton BL1 1TQ Tel: 01204 336825 Opening Times Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm


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We’ll get you smiling ... Many denture wearers suffer with poor fitting, worn out or artificial (false) looking dentures that cause the wearer to feel a lack of confidence in their dentures. This can present itself when chewing or even by just worrying about the denture dropping during a conversation. All these are issues that Bolton Denture Centre specialise in correcting.

Bolton Denture Centre houses the only qualified CDT in Bolton, solely focusing on provide the highest quality dentures. What is a Clinical Dental Technician? A Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) is a qualified dental technician that has under gone further Education and Training in areas such as Medical Emergencies Cross Infection Control and Oral Pathology (cancers and anomalies) to name just a few sections that make up the Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology as Awarded by the Royal Collage of Surgeons (RCS).

is this qualification, which means that only Dentists and Clinical Dental Technicians are the only Dental Professionals permitted to supply dentures direct to the public. A dental technician is not qualified to supply a denture directly to the public. However, despite this being an act of Mal practice many technicians will still practice illegally without informing the patient that they are not qualified. If you are unsure if your denture provider is qualified; ask them for their GDC registration number, then contact the GDC to see if they are registered not just as a dental technician but as a CDT.

It is this qualification that allows the clinicians at Bolton Denture Centure to be able to be registered and regulated with the General Dental Council (the official body for protecting the public with regards to dentistry) and carry indemnity insurance. It

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Dentures on Implants This type of Denture is constructed in conjunction with the Dental Implant Surgeon. This is a very good procedure when the patient has limited control and retention of their Dentures. The finished Dentures ‘click’ into position offering the ultimate in Denture Retention. Should I have a spare set of Dentures made? Yes, it is very important to have a spare set of dentures for emergencies in case of breakage. Constructing a Good Set of Dentures Constructing a functional and aesthetically pleasing set of dentures is the most difficult task in dentistry. We are not only replacing lost teeth, but also lost tissue matter and bone. In other words, we have to re-create your facial features as they were before the loss of your natural teeth. In most cases we do not know what your teeth looked like, what size they were or what position they were in originally. We have a few indications but mostly we have to rely on our visual and artistic judgement. At the same time we have to use our technical expertise in order to make the denture stable and functional. Denture construction is more art than science. Bolton Denture Centre can offer all aspects of denture care including; Free Consultations Denture cleaning and polishing service l Repair of broken or cracked dentures l Relining existing dentures to improve fit l New full dentures l New partial dentures (following treatment plan from dentist) * l Sports mouth guards *Dentist treatment plan can be arranged. l l

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if someone you are with is experiencing any stroke symptoms. Never wait to see if it is going to get better independently. Never leave a stroke victim - additional harm could be done if they were to fall over and injure themselves therefore it is essential that you are there for guidance and help. Don’t offer them any food or medicine. Take note of any medication they are taking, the time the stroke took place and tell the medical team as they will need all the information they can get. HOW TO AVOID HAVING A STROKE

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HAVING A STROKE Strokes are a serious medical emergency and occur when the blood supply is cut off to part of the brain and the brain cells begin to die. The blood supply is usually cut off either because of a blood clot, which accounts for 85% of all cases (ischaemic) or because of a weakened blood vessel to the brain bursts (haemorrhagic). How often does it happen? A stroke changes someone’s life approximately every three and a half minutes in the UK. Strokes can occur at any age, however the risk doubles each decade after the age of 55. Risk of reoccurrence of a stroke is most in the first 30 days. Symptoms The way to tell if you are having a stroke is to remember the word F.A.S.T which stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time. Symptoms to look for may be your face drooping to one side, your arms may become weak or numb, your speech could be slurred, or you may be unable to speak. Time refers to you needing to dial 999 as soon as possible. A stroke sufferer may experience confusion, a lack of attention and have a painful headache. A stroke can vary in severity and can result in brain injury, disability or even death.

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can affect your mental and physical health. Having a social life can reduce stress levels and relieve anxiety and depression.

A small amount of stress is known to actually be good for you, but research continues to pour in suggesting that excessive stress or handling stress badly is linked to countless serious diseases. Mindfulness and meditations techniques are extremely effective at reducing stress. Love the job that you do. Heart attacks are 20% more likely to occur on a Monday with some researchers suggesting that it could be linked to the stress of another working week.

Try to have a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep a night, as any less can decrease the effectiveness of your immune system. Getting enough sleep gives you more energy for rich cognitive function and prevents mental issues, such as depression. Think positively, it can increase your lifespan. Having a positive outlook even during times of stress can help turn negatives into positives and really aid recovery.

Try and be as active as possible. Exercise gets your blood flowing and your heart pumping. Muscle tissue is three times more efficient at burning calories than fat. To maintain good fitness levels, adults aged 20-65 should do 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity like cycling, fast walking or swimming a week.

Recent studies have found that spending time in the sun can actually reduce the risk of liver cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer by providing us with Vitamin D which maintains calcium levels in the body which keeps bones, teeth and muscles healthy. Simply exposing our hands and faces to sun for up to 15 minutes a day in the sun is enough. However, continue to take care in the sun as burning can be harmful to your skin.

Try and exercise your mind too. As you grow older your mind can deteriorate, so change your weekly routine and try to visit somewhere new, read challenging books or learn a new language to help keep your mind sharp. The most obvious way to increase your life expectancy is to stop smoking. Smoking is the largest single preventable cause of cancer each year in the UK yet some 9.4 million people in the UK smoke every day. Spend time with loved ones and friends and enjoy making new friends. Feeling lonely and isolated

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Coffee can be good for you in moderation. A daily cup of coffee can fight against type-2 diabetes and can reduce the risk of heart disease. Coffee is said to stimulate the nervous system, raise metabolism and increase the oxidation of fatty acids which can aid in weight loss. Avoid sugar in your coffee though!.

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THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT UNHEALTHY EATING Junk food may be addictive in the same way drugs are. Eating junk food regularly has been said to alter brain activity in a similar way to addictive drugs such as heroine and cocaine. A recent study performed on rats showed that a high-calorie, fatty diet in rats caused them to additionally overeat. Unhealthy eating has the same impact on the liver as hepatitis if consumed regularly enough. A continuous diet high in fats and sugars can be highly toxic to our vital organ, the liver. Luckily, this damage can be reversed so if you think your diet might need improving then there’s no time like the present to start eating healthily. Brits consume half a billion crisps a day! That is around 17 million potatoes, but crisps are also high in both saturated fats and salt. The UK consumes more crisps than anywhere else in Europe, with Walkers producing 10 million packets of crisps a day to satisfy our needs. It has been said that eating one pack of crisps a day each year is the same as drinking five litres of cooking oil a year. There are so many healthy snacks in the market now, try something new.

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Eating ice cream actually warms up the body rather than cooling it down. Whilst we may think that ice cream is the perfect cooling summer snack, the high fat content in this treat can cause the body to warm up. Furthermore, ice cream also contains lots of sugar which can contribute to health problems such as weight gain, tooth cavities and high blood pressure if eaten too regularly.

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White carbs significantly increase the risk of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Wholegrains on the other hand help control blood sugar, contain lots of fibre and lower ‘bad’ cholesterol. Try to eat brown rice, pasta and wholemeal bread. That extra sausage could be one bite too far. Fatty meats such as sausages are high in ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol. Bad cholesterol can cause clogged arteries which can lead to heart disease, angina and even puts you at a higher risk of a stroke. Healthy fats such as avocados, eggs and nuts help reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol and increase ‘good’ cholesterol.

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Although toast is a favoured breakfast choices, it is often very unhealthy. Toast covered in sugary spread can nearly exceed the recommended daily amount of sugar in one swoop. Consuming too much sugar will in turn increase your blood sugar levels and triglycerides which increases your risk of heart disease. Try porridge, eggs or green juicing as healthy breakfast alternatives. By the way... did you know you could cover the Great Wall of China eight times with the number of jars of Nutella sold in a year?

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Bolton & Bury 50 plus Magazine issue 61  

Local magazine for the over 50s, includes leisure lifestyle, finance, recipes, holidays, travel

Bolton & Bury 50 plus Magazine issue 61  

Local magazine for the over 50s, includes leisure lifestyle, finance, recipes, holidays, travel