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TWITTERING ON BY ANGELA KELLY successfully created his famous cyclone Hoover-type machine. That took out four years of his life - and probably most of his temper - but he got there. As he points out: “Folklore depicts invention as a flash of brilliance. That eureka moment. But it rarely is, I’m afraid. It is more about failure than ultimate success.” He beavered away in his workshop every day, building cyclones, testing them for their effectiveness in collecting dust. Fortunately for James, he had a very supportive wife who believed in him and allowed him to put their home and home-life at risk to develop his dream. But if you look at crucial inventions all through history, they come at the price of consistent, dogged determination – and often health and wealth. The real value of grandparents WHAT value on grandparents in 2021? Are we still useful and relevant in this age of Love Island and Tik Tok? I only ask because it was interesting to see that Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas, is reported to be considering going to court in order to be able to see his grandchildren Archie and Lilibet. I don’t want to go too deeply into personalities here. The Sussexes generally make me rather annoyed and disappointed and I don’t know what kind of father Thomas was. What I do know is the value of grandparents today and what they can mean to busy young parents and children who may not have many family members nearby. Grandparents have often got the time and willingness to spend on both caring for their grandchildren and being the patient listening ear that youngsters need. They have experience of life generally, and particularly of bringing up their own children, and have learned from the mistakes that we all make as parents. Grandparents offer children a second, different view of adults. Sometimes, one that is gentler and kinder partly because we’re

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not full-time carers or disciplinarians and we can always give them back! This allows a special kind of freedom of loving and enjoyment of life with grandchildren that busy parents can’t always provide. Grandparents can supplement that caring basis in the home and take it in different directions. So I hope – for the sake of Archie and Lilibet and, oddly, for the sake of the Sussexes themselves – that they can all resolve this in some way and allow the generations to get to know each other better. It’s what can ultimately make real families. Going through trying times IF there’s one life-lesson that should be passed through the generations it’s that simple saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” We seem to have moved away from that kind of “stick-at-ability” and often give up when faced with the first real hurdle in many things we’re doing today. One person to show just how this can work brilliantly positively for us, though, is inventor James Dyson. Talking about his life and inventions in a national newspaper recently, James recalled how it took 5,126 attempts before he

There’s no doubting that Alexander Graham Bell didn’t just suddenly discover the telephone one day. It was the result of years of hard work. Or that Marie Curie happened on the power of radium by chance. Everything important since the advent of the wheel has been achieved by someone – or a group of someones – being prepared to put in the hard yards and keep going with an idea until it worked. It’s true that during that time there will also have been thousands for whom effort didn’t ultimately pay off. But the main thing is that they had a dream and they tried and didn’t just chuck in the towel when things got a bit tough. It would be unfair and unjust to say that there aren’t success stories today because of course there are. It’s just that this determination to succeed, to reach a goal, isn’t always given the kudos it deserves. We might acknowledge the achievement in creating a clever idea and making it work but we seldom pay homage to the huge amounts of time and energy it took to reach that point. In fact, having “stick-at-ability” isn’t necessarily something that’s admired in people today. We praise the flexibility and vision of people prepared to move on from projects to something else if it doesn’t pan out.


Granted, life doesn’t work out all the time but James Dyson’s kind of stoicism offers much to be admired. Fortunately for him, it’s also made his fortune. Waste not want not! IT’S a shocking fact that the average UK family wastes £730 a year on uneaten food – especially when nearly eight million people don’t get enough to eat. As domestic users, we throw away about 18 per cent of the food we buy, 85 per cent of it is perishable and 70 per cent of it still edible. I only know these figures because I saw an article by the excellent Great British Bake-Off judge and food expert Prue Leith who was bemoaning the amount of food we waste every day. She was harking back to World War Two and reminding us all that during the war you could go to jail for wasting food. She still thinks it’s a crime now and she’s right. I don’t know how scrupulous you are about chucking out food but I’m ridiculous about sell-by dates and reach for the bin at the first sign of imagined mould. Prue recalled that one of her earliest memories was of her mother’s stricken face during WW2 when the family’s precious egg ration (five for a family of five) smashed on the hall’s tiled floor after the bag gave way. “We scooped them up and ate them anyway. Scrambled,” stated Prue. “To waste them would have been a sin.” She advocates more realistic shopping, more frugality and a realistic approach to the freezer as well as using up leftovers. It really is a matter of commonsense and a way to conserve the world’s resources.

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2. You will be required to read some letters or numbers from a board. To assess your prescription needs, your eye doctor will ask you to read letters and numbers from a board, as well as ask you to look at red and green boards. This will help them to determine what you need going forward. 3. Completing your prescription. Once the optometrist has determined the correct prescription for you, you will be required to choose your glasses frames if you desire. If you don’t find any you like, you can order prescription glasses online from Eyeglasses.com to find the perfect fit for you! Getting Used To Your Prescription & Health Tips

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GET YOUR EYES TESTED AT 50? As we age, our bodies change, and its needs and requirements shift with it. If you are reaching the fifty mark, or you have already gone past it, you may have noticed a change in your eyesight over the years. This is a totally natural change, but it might need your special attention in order to keep your eyes feeling healthy and comfortable. In this article you will find helpful advice on seeking eye care at 50+. Let’s get started! Symptoms of Strained Eyes Without taking care of your eyes, you can strain them and further damage your eyesight. You can experience negative symptoms that cause you stress and even pain. These include: • Headaches. Not wearing glasses when you need them, or wearing glasses or contacts that have the wrong prescription for you, can cause terrible headaches. These headaches are referred to as ‘vision headaches’ and mostly occur across the brow line and forehead. • Fatigue and poor concentration. If your concentration span has decreased, it could be down to straining your eyes. •

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If you experience these symptoms, it is important that you book an eye test to see how your symptoms can be alleviated through prescription glasses or contacts. Eye Care At 50 According to healthcare experts, having an eye test every two years is important once you reach the age of 50-60. This does not sound very frequent, but is an increase in recommended eye tests compared to the proposed once-a-decade between the ages of 20-29. At the age of fifty and over, most people are likely to need some kind of eye support when reading or driving. What To Expect From An Eye Test If you have never had your eyes tested and don’t know what to expect, here is what will happen at your first eye test! 1. Your eye doctor will ask questions about your general health. There are myriad things that can affect your eyesight, such as the amount of time you spend looking at a screen, your diet, other health issues or medications. Before examining your eyes closely, your eye doctor will likely ask questions about these aspects of your routine.

Now that you have the right glasses or contact lenses for your eyes, you might continue to experience your previous symptoms for a while – or indeed, brand new ones.Your eyes will have become accustomed to their previous range of vision, meaning that the interruption of prescription lenses might cause you some headaches or other symptoms like nausea. In order to combat these, make sure to take breaks when wearing your new glasses. Wear them for an hour, then remove them for an hour, and build up this time until you can wear them full-time if needed. If they still give you grief after a few weeks, contact your optometrist to discuss this further. Here are some health tips to assist your eyes as you get older! • Eating healthily. Eating healthy, natural foods, such as fruit and veg, is hugely important for keeping your eyes healthy. The eyes respond to healthy foods just like any other body part, so ensuring that your diet is as best as it can be is a great way to take care of them. • Taking screen breaks. At any age, staring at a screen for hours at a time is unhealthy for many reasons. If you are required to be on a computer all day for work, make sure to take regular mini-breaks without a screen to protect your eyes. • Glasses with blue light filters. When having your eye test, speak with your optometrist about blue light filters. These are special lenses that help reduce your eyes’ exposure to blue light from computer screens. • Overall, taking care of your eyes as a mature person is vital. Use this guide to help you care for your eyes at 50+!


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Overview: Welcome to our brand new ‘Elite Tours’. We all want a little bit of luxury now and again and these tours are designed to give you that ‘VIP’ experience. We use a VIP Coach with Tables – please note some seats are backward facing – complete with Professional Tour Driver and Hostess. Just 38 seats on this coach so plenty of room to spread out. We use minimum 4-star standard hotels and all visits mentioned are included in the price.

Overview: With seven miles of golden sands and sparkling sea, the vibrant cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth has it all – a vast variety of shops and restaurants, buzzing nightlife, endless countryside offering peace and relaxation and beautiful awardwinning gardens.

Overview: The West Coast of Scotland is a beautiful place to explore with its stunning scenery of tranquil lochs and rugged vistas guaranteed to take your breath away. Our tours are based in Dunoon, a popular holiday resort and capital of the Cowal Peninsula which nestles on the shores of the Firth of Clyde, surrounded by a treasure trove of forests, hills, gardens and attractive bays.

Hydro Hotel

02 October | 5 Days | £579

The Mayfair Hotel

04 October | 5 Days | £319

The Argyll Hotel

04 October | 5 Days | £299

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Overview: The scene of much of the famous TV comedy, To The Manor Born, Cricket St. Thomas was also frequently visited by Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton. This classic country house is set in splendid parkland, with colourful gardens, lakes, and a unique woodland area. The hotel provides extensive entertainment, including nightly live performances, and excellent dining venues.

Overview: The Winnock Hotel is Drymen’s landmark building. A former 18th century coaching inn, The Winnock, takes centre stage in the conservation village and sits on the village green looking out over the spectacular surroundings. The hotel offers a spacious lounge & bar, covered and heated outdoor decking area and Restaurant. Includes - Illuminight Light Show at Dean Castle.

Overview: This magnificent Grade II listed castle forms a unique part of the North Wales landscape, with views stretching to the coastline. This dramatic castle is the setting for many of The National Portrait Gallery’s Victorian paintings. For something more active, you can try archery or tennis and, of course, enjoy strolling in the castle’s extensive parkland and gardens.

21 October | 5 Days | £399

01 November | 5 Days | £389

Cricket St. Thomas

18 October | 5 Days | £409

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Overview: A fabulous holiday to enjoy out of season which includes a Drinks & Entertainment Package at the hotel as well as some visits to some lovely places with spectacular Welsh landscapes.

Overview: Welcome to Paignton, part of the stunning English Riviera, situated on the South Devon coastline in sheltered Torbay. Paignton is very popular if you are looking for a quiet break.

Overview: A holiday in Blackpool will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and recharged - even if you’re on the go 25 hours a day! Perhaps it’s the resort’s infectious zest for life. Or maybe it’s just that, uniquely, whatever your routine Blackpool can offer a perfect break from it.

The Royal Victoria Hotel

01 November | 5 Days | £379

The Palace Hotel

08 November | 5 Days | £369

The Doric Hotel

08 November| 5 Days | £289


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Overview: This elegant 3-star standard hotel is set in over 4 acres of secluded gardens and woodlands and yet only a hundred yards from the main street in the quaint village of St. Agnes. The Queen Ann style hotel is family run and has been tastefully extended and converted.

Overview: Located in a residential area on the seafront, the Best Western Beachcroft Hotel is just a short walk from the impressive beach and approximately a 15-minute walk along the promenade to the town centre. Evening Meals & Breakfasts at the hotel including a Traditional Christmas Dinner on one evening & a New Years Eve Gala Dinner on another night.

Overview: On this short winter break we visit the stunning Festival of Light at Longleat as well as Bristol Christmas Market. Each year, Longleat’s spectacular Festival of Light illuminates the park into a glowing winter wonderland. With a different theme each year, expect to be astonished at the wonderful characters and magnificent scenery.

Rosemundy House Hotel

09 November | 5 Days | £329

Best Western Beachcroft Hotel

15 November | 5 Days | £329

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel

19 November | 3 Days | £299

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Overview: Visiting the Lake District is one of the most popular breaks for people across the UK and from further afield. The Lake District National Park has a wide range of activities and attractions, as well as the natural beauty of the entire area Immortalised by artists, poets & writers The Lake District plays host to the many visitors who return year after year to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

22 November | 5 Days | £329

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Overview: A lovely festive tour with a visit to Blenheim Palace, which will be transformed into a magical fairy tale fantasy world with the State Rooms being decorated with seasonal decorations. During our visit there will also be a Christmas Market held in the Great Court with over 70 chalets adding to the festive atmosphere. We also take time to visit the lovely Cotswolds towns of Cirencester and Tetbury.

Overview: The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is the largest Christmas Show in the country! Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians – many of whom are West End performers. The 3-hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety.

Blunsdon House Hotel

25 November | 5 Days | £399

YORK CHRISTMAS MARKET & HARROGATE

BLISTS HILL VICTORIAN TOWN & THE IRONBRIDGE GORGE

Overview: Based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, our tour takes us to enjoy visits to quaint towns & villages of the Yorkshire Dales as well as spending some time in York to visit the St. Nicholas Christmas Fair. We end this holiday on a sweet note with an included Cream Tea.

Overview: Step back in time at this famous World Heritage Site, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, with a visit to Blists Hill. Experience the atmosphere of a bygone era and you will be treated to an array of traditional celebrations and have a chance to do some unusual Christmas shopping.

The Old Swan Hotel

29 November | 5 Days | £399

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Buckatree Hall Hotel

03 December | 3 Days | £259

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Holiday Inn Hotel

26 November | 3 Days | £369

TORQUAY ‘TURKEY & TINSEL’ Headland Hotel

Overview: An elegant hotel that sits majestically on the headland, looking out to sea. The Headland Hotel is set in 2 acres of lovely grounds and offers stunning views across Torbay. All of the tastefully decorated bedrooms have en-suite facilities and have direct-dial telephone, colour TV and tea/coffee makers.

06 December | 5 Days | £329

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choice of walks and the sociability of other guests, but this time I decided to opt for the flexibility of a self-guided break, travelling with my regular walking companion from home. Friends since school and both only children, Liz and I have been ‘surrogate sisters’ to each other for over 50 years, always up for a new experience, and never short of things to talk about! Set in large grounds with a lake, Abingworth House is tucked into the rolling South Downs and offers a wide variety of walking options. Independent hikers enjoy the same full-board deal as guided walkers, including cooked breakfast, copious picnic lunch, and a threecourse dinner with three choices per course.

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Gillian Thornton has been keen to stride out after months of staying close to home, she heads off to Sussex for a selfguided walking holiday. whilst ahead, the unmistakeable outline of the Seven Sisters rippled towards the horizon, my walking route for the next couple of hours. This famous stretch of coastline was a geological wonder I’d long wanted to see but never somehow got around to, despite living just a couple of hours away beyond the capital. But I’d always been too busy going to other places until Covid travel restrictions made me take a closer look at UK options. Now I was finally here, it was every bit as good as I’d hoped.

Standing on the clifftop above Beachy Head lighthouse, warm sun on my face and flowersplashed grass beneath my feet, I felt I had finally ticked a long overdue box. Far below me, the azure water of the English Channel was retreating from the gleaming chalk cliffs, 10

I’ve loved walking my local area during the pandemic, but I always love exploring someone else’s backyard too, and West Sussex ticked all my boxes for an active short break within easy reach of home. So I booked a Monday-to-Friday stay at Abingworth Hall in Thakeham, one of 17 country houses across the UK run by walking specialists HF Holidays. I have joined guided groups at a number of HF properties and always enjoyed the daily

I’ve always enjoyed HF food, but the young chef at Abingworth ticked all my boxes for both interesting dishes and attractive presentation. HF have long prided themselves on their choice of Gluten Free fare, and have now added additional Vegetarian and Vegan options to the mix. Monday is Local Food Night and Friday, Chef’s Tasting Menu. Abingworth also offers a wide choice of walking routes, from short strolls – great for those who want to combine walking with local heritage visits – to full day legstretchers. But whilst guided walkers have transport provided at either end of a linear walk, independent walkers must either go for circular trails (from the property itself if you don’t have a car) or be prepared to take public transport at some point. We tried both options. On day one, we set off from the front door for a delightful circular route of 8.6 miles, passing through rolling farmland to the RSPB reserve at Pulborough Brooks before winding through villages and vineyards. We dropped in at quaint country churches, stopped to snack on scenic benches, and even made friends with an alpaca farmer. RSPB Pulborough The laminated note cards were easy to follow with strategic photos accompanying written directions, and including an OS map section with the trail clearly marked. But having OS maps on a smartphone also enables you to zoom in for even greater accuracy. A chance conversation with one of the HF group leaders at dinner that night sent us off next day to explore nearby Knepp Wildland. This former farm was taken out of


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When it comes to inviting, relaxing breaks, we have the ideal holiday for you.. Whether you’re looking for a romantic break for two, a family holiday or getting away with friends, Robinsons’s Holidays offers 12 hotels in 10 of the most popular UK destinations. Our fleet of 26 luxury Mercedes coaches provide return travel in comfort and style from your pick up point and will take you directly to your hotel, aiming to arrive between 3 – 5pm. If you’d like to get out and about to explore the local area on your holiday, then all of our breaks can also be booked on a self-drive basis so you’ve got the freedom of having your own car.

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Every break includes: Return coach travel (self-drive option available)

Comfy en suite accommodation

Breakfast & 3-course evening meal

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Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice We are proud to announce that five of our group – Bournemouth Sands, Daish’s, Devonshire, Abbey Lawn, County – have been awarded the coveted TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice award for 2021.

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Newquay

Blackpool

Lake District

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Don’t miss these coach inclusive breaks! Local pick up points from make it easy to get away. Price includes return coach travel from:

Bolton, Farnworth, Walkden, Eccles, Stretford, Sale, Altrincham, Lymm Services. All offers are subject to availability and standard terms and conditions (see brochure or website for T&C’s). DATE

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Somerset Hotel – Llandudno

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Daish’s Hotel – Isle of Wight 

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£214

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Russell Hotel – Weymouth

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£259

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Sands Hotel – Bournemouth 

5

£209

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Barrowfield Hotel – Newquay

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£194

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Russell Hotel – Weymouth 

5

£219

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Imperial Hotel – Eastbourne

5

£229

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Hotel Prince Regent – Weymouth 

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£229

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Barrowfield Hotel – Newquay

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£199

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County Hotel – Lake District 

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£254

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Abbey Lawn Hotel – Torquay

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£219

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Imperial Hotel – Eastbourne 

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£214

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Russell Hotel – Weymouth

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£204

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Daish’s Blackpool Hotel – Blackpool 

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£259

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DECEMBER 01

Devonshire Hotel – Torquay 

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£199

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Daish’s Blackpool Hotel – Blackpool 

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£189

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Esplanade Hotel – Scarborough 

5

£224

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Barrowfield Hotel – Newquay 

5

£159

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Somerset Hotel – Llandudno 

5

£224

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Somerset Hotel – Llandudno 

5

£184

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Imperial Hotel – Eastbourne 

5

£219

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Imperial Hotel – Eastbourne 

5

£184

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Blackpool

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Daish’s Hotel

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set off on a round-trip tour in the sunshine, which began along a cycle path through meadows of sunflowers and freshly harvested straw. It really can’t have been hard for Van Gogh to find inspiration here. If I had an ounce of artistic talent, I’d have been off that bike, whipped out an easel and pastels, and captured it on canvas too.

STARRY NIGHTS TOUR DE PROVENCE WITH CYCLING FOR SOFTIES Debbie Marshall pedalled leisurely in rural Southern France, enjoying gourmet delights en route. The Tour de France is the pinnacle of stamina, strength and nerves, when nearly 200 lean and mean cyclists fix their sights on winning the ‘maillot jaune’ (the infamous yellow jersey). With its gruelling schedule of daily rides, each up to 200 km long, steep ascents, frantic sprint finishes, and with thigh and stomach muscles like reinforced steel, this is hardcore cycling.

The town was also home to Van Gogh after he removed his own ear, and very sensibly admitted himself to the St. Paul Hospital (well worth a visit). Here he produced some of his most famous works, including Starry Nights, after which our tour was named.

By chance, our very own Tour de France in July 2021 (a small sliver of Van Gogh’s Provence) coincided with the timing of the big race. The peloton of two silver cyclists fixed their sights on lunch, afternoon patisserie and a 3-course dinner with a local vintage. With 4 gentle rides of around 45 km, mainly flat terrain, glorious views, plenty of rest stops, and thighs and stomachs with a bit of a wobble, this is Cycling for Softies.

Soon after arrival, we were introduced to our trusty two-wheeled steeds by our friendly Cycling for Softies local representative Marc. Even my inexpert eye could see that the bikes were high quality, well-equipped, relatively lightweight, and with a full complement of first-aid kit, inner tube, maps and water bottles. I had briefly considered taking the electric version, but I’m not that soft just yet, and the itineraries of around 24 miles each day looked manageable. What’s more, our luggage was being moved from one hotel to another, and all we had to do was pedal!

Our starting point was Saint Remy-deProvence, a picturesque town, buzzing with bars, restaurants, shiny streets, smart boutiques, and the very comfortable Hotel Gounod, our base for the first two nights.

The next morning, fortified by a fabulous dinner arranged by Cycling for Softies, and a swim in the pool, we were ready for action and adventure. With the excellent route directions downloaded on the GPS app, we

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Our tour continued with an uphill climb to the top of the medieval fortress town of Les Baux, although with a fairly gentle gradient. It was well-worth the pedal for outstanding views across the Alpilles (little Alps!), and a wander through cobbled streets filled with boutiques and, most importantly, a wide choice of places to have lunch. I felt sorry for the Tour de France chaps devouring their energy bars at full-speed, as we relaxed into a lengthy calorific sojourn on a shady terrace. A lovely downhill ride was a further reward, and a gentle cruise back to St. Remy. There was no rush the following morning, as it was Wednesday and market day in St Remy, a treat to be enjoyed at leisure. The entire square was a festival of clothes, linen, tablecloths, bric-a-brac and antiques, with the pedestrian streets of the medieval village centre dedicated to food and art with street music at every corner. Deciding on a picnic lunch, we bought fresh bread, cheese, tomatoes and local nougat, and, like mad dogs and Englishmen, eventually set off for our 24-mile cycle to Arles at high noon. The journey, meandered through many huge fields of crops: wheat, melons, corn on the cob, lavender and more sunflowers. I discovered why they are called ‘tournesols’ in French, as they literally turn their heads around to face the sun during the day. In the late afternoon, we arrived in Arles along the banks of the Rhone, almost like a lake it is so wide, and a welcome ice-cream in the main square. A wonderful treat was to find our hotel room directly overlooking the Arena where sadly no gladiators were to be seen, although bullfights and bull racing events were scheduled to take place a few days later. After another fabulous dinner at a Softies choice of restaurant, the next day we cycled in a leisurely fashion around the Camargue. The sound of cicadas disappeared as we pedalled into the Rhone delta marshland


where some of the roads are impassable in winter when the river floods, and in summer the freshwater wetlands are on either side of the road. On closer inspection, many of these are paddy fields which initially came as some surprise to me, but of course Camargue rice is to be found worldwide (or at least at Waitrose). Other farming abounds with melons, peaches, tomatoes and aubergines. And wildlife is abundant too: frogs, coypu (rodent-like water animals, similar to beavers), dragonflies, pink flamingos, many types of birds, wild ponies and bulls. It was far too hot to go fast (goodness only knows how the Tour de France cyclists keep powering on), and a welcome pitstop came at what was the only restaurant on the circuit. Highly recommended, especially if you like bull steaks. Returning to Saint-Remy on the final day, our tour ended with a wonderful dinner at a backstreet restaurant, prebooked by Cycling for Softies and which we would never have found on our own, and a ‘religieuse’ dessert, which was a truly spiritual experience. The Cycling for Softies formula is a winner and has been honed and perfected over many years. It might be cycling with a soft centre, but it wins the ‘maillot jaune’ for me.

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FROM RAGS TO RHINESTONES DOLLY Parton’s life is a rags to rhinestones story worthy of any feelgood film and with plenty of traumas and triumphs along the way. But, the singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, businesswoman, author and philanthropist with the down-to-earth approach would probably categorise her own life dismissively with something like “honey, you get out of life what you put in.” Dolly was born on January 19, 1946, the fourth of 12 children. Most of her cherished memories are around the oneroom cabin in Locust Ridge nestling in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee where the Partons lived. Life must have been hard there with her daddy running his own small tobacco farm. But young Dolly learned a lot about music from her mother, whose family had originally come from Wales to Southern Appalachia a century earlier and still sang the old songs.

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They were a churchgoing family and the life and surroundings later figured in the songs that Dolly wrote including My Tennessee Mountain Home. The status she always described as “dirt poor” was revealed in Coat of Many Colors and In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad.)

for performers like Skeeter Davis and Hank Williams Jr.

Dolly began performing as a child, singing on local radio and TV programmes and by 13 was recording the single Puppy Love and appeared at the Grand Ole Opry – a weekly country music stage concert in Nashville. There, she first met Jonny Cash who encouraged her musical career.

Fortunately, the record company eventually recognised Dolly’s country music potential. Her first country single Dumb Blonde reached No.24 on the country chart followed by Something Fishy which made No.17. Both songs appeared on her first full-length album Hello, I’m Dolly.

After she graduated from Sevier County High School, Dolly moved to Nashville and her first success was as a songwriter. Her songwriting partnership with her uncle, Bill Owens, resulted in several chart hits

But it was when musician and country music entertainer Porter Wagoner invited her to have a regular spot on his weekly syndicated TV programme that Dolly really broke through.

Dolly signed a record deal at the age of 19 and was categorised then as a singer of bubblegum pop. Her single Happy, Happy Birthday Baby charted during this time.


She signed with RCA and her first single was a remake of Tom Paxton’s The Last Thing on My Mind as a duet with Wagoner. This not only reached the country Top Ten but began a six-year run of basically uninterrupted Top Ten singles for the pair. Her first solo single was Just Because I’m a Woman, released in 1968, which became a moderate hit but by 1970, solo success was still eluding her. The canny Wagoner persuaded Dolly to record Jimmie Rodgers’ Mule Skinner Blues which caught the public imagination and catapulted her to No,.3 in the charts. This was closely followed by her No.1 single Joshua and kicked off a string of solo hits for the next two years including her signature song Coat of Many Colors. Her biggest hit during this period was Jolene in 1973. It topped the country chart early the next year and reached the Hot 100 as well as later charting in the UK at No.7. Dolly decided to leave Wagoner’s organisation to pursue her solo career. Possibly her best-known song, I Will Always Love You – later a huge hit for Whitney Houston - was written about her professional break from him. This went to No.1 on the country chart and about the same time, Elvis Presley said he would like to record it. Elvis’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, tried to get Dolly to sign over half of the publishing rights as “standard” but the feisty gal refused – a decision credited with making her millions of dollars in subsequent royalties. Dolly had three solo singles reach No.1 on the country chart in 1974 – Jolene, I Will Always Love You and Love is Like a Butterfly. She again topped the singles chart in 1975 with The Bargain Store. Her transition into a pop princess happened between 1974 and 1980 when she had a series of country hits. Her songs crossed over into mainstream music through performers like Olivia Newton John, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt who covered them. In 1977, Here You Come Again became her first million-seller album, winning a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance the following year.

The petite blonde with the remarkable figure was a natural for TV and her unique personality and voice endeared her to millions across the world. She wrote the song 9 to 5 for the feature film of the same name, starring in it with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. This also gave her a country and mainstream hit. Then in 1982, Dolly was in the film “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, earning her a Golden Globes’ nomination. Her screen career also included an impressive role in Steel Magnolias. Also in 1982, she got into the mainstream Top 50 with what became an enduring favourite, Islands in the Stream with Kenny Rogers. Since then, in spite of times when her star has dimmed slightly in the entertainment firmament, Dolly has continued to write and record songs for herself and other famous singers. She is always eminently quotable and honest. She once stated: “I’m not offended by dumb blonde jokes. I know that I’m not dumb. I also know I’m not blonde.”

And of her personal style, she famously said:

It takes a lot of money to make a person look this cheap! Alongside her singing and songwriting career, Dolly – now 75 - has also proved herself a naturally astute businesswoman. Her Dollywood Company operates the Dollywood theme park, a dinner theatre called Dolly Parton’s Stampede, waterpark Dollywood’s Splash Country and the Dream More Resort and Spa. She is also a long-term supporter of many charities, particularly relating to literacy, and created the Dollywood Foundation. This mails thousands of books to children each month and works across the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and the Republic of Ireland. Her list of awards and national honours is enormous but it is Dolly herself who has been taken into the hearts of millions around the world. And, being a warm Southerner, that probably means the most.

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ou could be forgiven for thinking that once a will has been written there are no other formalities to administer a person’s estate after they’ve passed away. After all, a will expresses who the deceased wanted to benefit from their estate and how much, or what, each beneficiary inherits. It’s a legal document that’s drawn up by a solicitor with an appointed executor – the person (or persons; you can have more than one) who administers the estate of someone who has passed away) – so you might wonder what probate has to do with it? Well, a will in itself doesn’t grant authority to distribute an estate. It merely tells the executor(s) who gets what. To actually administer the estate – allocate the assets of the deceased person – the executor needs to obtain a grant of probate. This is a legal document which confirms that the executor

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Is the will actually valid? You’d be surprised how many people forget to sign it. Not only that, would you be able to tell the difference between a valid and an invalid will? Responsibility Being an executor is a responsible job and not one to be taken lightly. It’s vital that the processes and protocols are followed so that the estate is administered correctly, otherwise the executor can become personally accountable for any mistakes. More worryingly, beneficiaries can hold executors liable for things they haven’t done if they cause a loss to the estate through poor administration. Legal speak The law is no stranger to mind boggling jargon and for those who are unfamiliar with legal terminology, it can be difficult waters to navigate. Misunderstanding the terms of a will could also lead to being sued by disappointed beneficiaries. Taxes As with death, the only other certainty in life is tax. Executors are responsible for paying any tax due to HMRC on behalf of the deceased. Inheritance tax is the obvious one that springs to mind, but there could be other taxes waiting to be paid before the remainder of the estate can be distributed. The executor may even need to check the deceased person’s historic records of transactions to ensure that they don’t need reporting to HMRC. A final word of caution on this: failing to settle any outstanding debts could render the executor personally liable. Paperwork Put simply, there could be a lot. While some organisations will release money below certain limits without a grant of probate, most do need authority. Getting hold of all the necessary paperwork from the banks, insurance policies, HMRC etc. can be a daunting task. In terms of properties to be transferred to beneficiaries, it’s the executor’s job to make sure the legal title is transferred correctly or, again, they can be sued for loss to a beneficiary. Seek Advice Probate is complicated and ignorance of the process is no defence in the eyes of the law. It may appear cheaper to ‘DIY’ but if there’s even the slightest doubt about the capability of obtaining and carrying out the duties associated with a grant of probate, it’s always far wiser to seek legal advice. At Russell & Russell, there is a team of specially trained probate solicitors who can provide advice and guidance through this complex area of the law. The firm offers a free consultation, so that you can understand what’s required and how to resolve any issues. Call 0800 103 2600 to book an appointment or fill in the contact form on the website and someone will call you back. www.russellrussell.co.uk 21


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more light flood in and retain your home’s warmth. Tame your CURTAINS! They often partially block out light without you even realising it. It may be time for new curtains – something brighter and less gloomy that can soon transform a room and help maximise available light. Consider blinds as a modern option. Bright, well-planned blinds can really open up window areas offering extra space and enhancing the amount of rays coming through. Ask your local supplier about the best type to let in the most light.

KEEPING SUMMER IN YOUR HOME ALL YEAR WHEN the sun is shining outside and our homes are filled with light and warmth it makes us want to keep that sunny feeling indoors all year round. Unfortunately, the British weather has other ideas. Don’t give up, though, because there are plenty of ways to keep that Summer feeling in your home all year round – and they don’t even have to cost a fortune. Some are very simple and involve that route the sunshine takes into our homes: WINDOWS. It may sound over-simple but just cleaning your windows can put a different aspect on a room. We can get used to the marks and blemishes and, let’s face it, the grime that can build up without us even noticing. A good “springclean” any time of the year allows the windows to do their “job” properly and us to better appreciate the space in which we live.

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If you’re having any RENOVATIONS done at home, it’s worth considering adding extra windows, maybe into the ceiling. Infinity roof lights or fixed flat rooflights are also good options to let

Go for SHINY home fittings as they reflect light. Mirrors, glass or shiny metal bounce light and brighten up rooms. Putting a large mirror opposite your biggest window will also really open up that space. The hall, too, will benefit from mirrors especially teamed with paler walls, lighter flooring and good lighting. Try strong CONTRAST in a room, especially your main living rom. A black picture frame, for example, emphasises the lightness of everything around it to reveal bright areas you didn’t even know you had.


opportunity to alter the colour scheme and go for shades that lift your mood. While you’re re-decorating, it’s worth checking what shape your kitchen TILES are in. Re-tiling can change the look of a kitchen, bringing it up to date and even giving it a Mediterranean feeling if that’s what you want. However, if you don’t want such a drastic change, consider colourful stick-on splashbacks to give this area a lift.

Take a closer look at your FURNITURE. Is it gloomy and past its sell-by date?

looking materials also promotes light and that sunny feeling that Summer brings.

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Try to have three different LIGHT SOURCES in any one room. A lounge might need a central ceiling light – especially a crystal chandelier which is literally brilliant at reflecting light around – and two table lamps. Remember that uplighting can work best in main general living areas and LED lights or strips under kitchen cabinets can get rid of shadows. LED lights are a real friend as they can cut your bills and, by selecting the type carefully, can cheer up any area with their warm looks. Nothing makes a room look darker than CLUTTER so now is a great time to just get rid of all the things you don’t need or that you’ve just not put away. Invest in more cupboards and storage spaces if you must keep them and use those odd corners for shelves to open up areas. FLOORING can cheer you up if it’s warm and uplifting or depress you if it’s just too drab. A light-coloured runner or rug on dark flooring lifts a room. Re-painting floors or opting for light wooden floors is another way to get more of that important Summer feeling.

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Vibrant ARTWORK can brighten any room or busy space. How about a fabulous beach view or vista of sun-kissed mountains to take you back to super Summer holidays? A large picture can soon become a pleasing focal point and remind you of blue skies and warm days even on the most miserable day. Remember that painting any space with sunshine shades like yellows, reds and oranges will also give you that glowing feeling Or, paint your ceiling light blue! High-gloss paint reflects light well and adds a special element to any room. There’s no point in changes within your home to make it feel more like Summer all year round, though, without addressing your HEATING. Is your boiler working properly or does it need a service or attention? Have you got sufficient radiators for individual rooms?

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Wood burners have become very popular in the last decade and part of their appeal is that they look cosy. They’re also very contemporary so can give tired rooms and furnishings a more up to date look It may sound obvious but simply trimming the TREES AND BUSHES outside your windows makes a difference to the amount of light and sunshine that’s allowed indoors.

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Some garden experts recommend never planting trees on the southern side of your home as the sun will be too high for the trees to provide shade in the Summer and can block windows, limiting solar warmth and light in the Winter. And if there’s a way of bringing the outside in – like bifolding doors in your kitchen or lounge area - this may be one investment that makes sense all year round.


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A statement piece like a grandfather or grandmother clock can transform any interior look without adding other pieces to them. But be careful to note the difference between grandfather and grandmother clocks to be sure you’re choosing the right one for your home. Decorate with vintage textiles

SIMPLE WAYS TO ADD A TOUCH OF ANTIQUITY TO YOUR HOME DECOR Decorating your home with vintage collections is a beautiful way to connect with the past while sprucing up your home. Granted, making your home look gracefully gorgeous with antique findings isn’t the easiest thing to pull off, especially if you have a modernthemed home. So, do you love collecting antiques? Do you want to know how best to incorporate them into your home without messing up the overall theme? Here are a few tips you can use. Choose items you truly love The truth is, you want to spend money on antique items you are proud to own. You want your interior design to make you feel comfortable and happy, and you can do this by buying only the antique items you love. This way, you can never go wrong with your design – at least from your perspective. Not everyone will appreciate your choice of antique design pieces, but as they say, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. And as long as you’re happy with your items, it shouldn’t matter what others think

about it. So, go ahead and buy items you truly love. Statement pieces Antiques are pretty powerful design elements, as most of them can stand out on their own. That means you don’t necessarily need to have loads of antique pieces to create the desired effect. Of course, if you are a collector, you can have a space in your home dedicated to your collection. But if you want to incorporate some of your pieces into your interior decor, it’s best not to do too much, especially if your home interior doesn’t have an antique theme.

You can use vintage textiles to transform any interior space from the perfect pillow covers to beautiful wall hangings. Vintage scarves and old quilts, for example, can serve as excellent hanging artwork, while antique blankets and curtains can replace some of the modern ones you have.You can also find other creative ways to decorate with vintage textiles, like using the smaller ones as coffee or centre table covers. Accent pieces Not every antique item needs to be a statement piece. And this is especially true for furniture pieces. Also, not every antique item needs to be inside your home. For example, if you already have a modern interior design in your home, you can try incorporating your antique pieces into your exterior living space instead. Places like your balcony and garden can look truly unique with the right pieces.You can also use accent pieces to give your interior space a more subtle character without making them the centre of your design. For example, you will find various accessories, accent tables, rugs, and smaller pieces to enhance any living space.

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Helping to Create Beautiful Homes A message from Karen Simpson… Hello again! We hope this edition finds you well, happy and more relaxed! It’s good to see things calming down and a bit of normality returning, don’t you think? It’s been quite full on in the Simpson’s camp over the past few months. Lots of new things happening. We’ve been busy working alongside our existing manufacturers to enhance the products we already stock, and we are proud to be able to offer their new designs. Celebrity’s Mayfair is a stunning suite which is already proving to be popular with our customers. We have also been in discussion with some exciting new suppliers, allowing us to broaden our designs and give a slightly more contemporary slant to some of our ranges.

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We are also in the process of designing some ranges that would be produced to our very own specifications and would be exclusive to Simpsons, so some very exciting times ahead. We are aware that shopping trends are changing, but we remain staunch advocates of shopping being an ‘experience’. Yes, we work hard on all areas of our business and offer a broad range of products online. We use social media to advertise our products, especially new arrivals and special offers, But we firmly believe that you just can’t beat the experience of walking into one of our outlets; being met and greeted by one of our friendly members of staff; being allowed to wander around to soak up the extensive array of quirky and unusual products; be free to explore our vast range of suites and chairs, and marvel at our stunning wood furniture; all without any hard sales pitch or pressure. We want you to enjoy your visits to our outlets, we want you to be advocates of Simpson Furniture, and we want you to go away and tell your friends. Now that is what we consider good advertising!

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Problems arise in every business, so we make sure that our after sales service is also second to none. When you ring Simpsons, you speak to a person, not a machine. We deal with any issues promptly and efficiently, and a member of our team will call round to deal with any issues that have arisen.

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In short, we are with you every step of the way. Finally, we want to share the most exciting news. We are thrilled to announce that we are now able to offer a home visit service. We have spent many hours discussing the past 18 months and have been very conscious of the limitations that have been placed on where people can shop. We were frustrated that we were unable to service our loyal customers during the lockdowns, and we are very aware that people are unable or nervous about coming out in the short term.

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Get ready for Autumn. Time to get out and start planting Spring flowering bulbs for next year and you can collect seeds for next year’s Summer colour too. We also have a large range of houseplants to bring colour into your home during Autumn and Winter.

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you have heavy soil you can improve drainage by digging in some horticultural grit before planting. After that the main thing to get right is the planting depth. Bulb planting depths vary As a general rule plant at a depth of up to two to three times their height and two to three bulb widths apart. The pointed tip should always be facing upwards and the flat root end down. But if you really can’t be sure you can always plant them on their sides – the stem and roots will grow in the right directions. A trowel is all you need for this but there are specialist bulb planters available with depth gauges.

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Gently fill in the hole and firm down with your hands. Then mark up a plant label and place it in the centre of the area planted – it’ll act as a reminder of what’s in there and not to get too close when digging nearby. Planting in lawns Crocus do well in lawns. Bulbs like narcissi, crocus, snowdrops, grape hyacinth, winter A goodand option for plant is a bringing pergola. colour It’s a feature in that aconite cammassia arelovers great for to a lawn you’re about mowing. Thisclimber is important because the grass itself not but fussy growing your favourite up it quite literally can’t bethe cutlook fromtowhen the level. first bulb appear until theisflowers takes another Oneleaves fast-growing option have gone and the foliage has died(star back. Trachelospermum jasminoides jasmine), which has evergreen

After the depths of winter there’s no better sign that the garden is beginning to stir into life than the sight of the first snowdrops or daffodils raising their heads above ground in a rallying cry of colour.

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If you want a slice of this action then now is the time to set the wheels in motion for a stunning display next year.You can plant them all the way through to November, as long as it’s before the risk of frost, so that they can become acclimatised and start sending out roots.

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Wait until you’ve done your final cut of the season before planting. Then start by making sure the soil is moist and weed free. For a natural drift formation simply throw a handful of bulbs in the air and plant them where they fall. Using a sharp-edged trowel dig out a plug of turf that’s three times the depth of the bulb you’re planting. Then add some good compost or grit if the soil is heavy. After planting break up some of the earth belonging to the plug and place it back on top of the bulb. Replace the remainder of the turf plug and gently firm it in so that it’s level with the rest of the lawn.

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Alternatively, for the smallest bulbs, try cutting into the turf, peeling it back, forking over the surface and adding some grit before planting as before. A bulb planter, which will lift out an individual plug, can also be used for larger single bulbs.

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Left in position your bulbs will naturalise, propagating across the lawn to bring even bigger displays. Try this method in a wildflower area to add some different interest in the spring. Bulbs in pots To get the most out of pot displays go for the layering technique that’s become known as lasagne planting. Just by planting layers of bulbs that flower at different times you can get a fantastic display that will last for months. Choose a pot that’s deep enough to accommodate bulbs that need the deepest planting depth and line the bottom with crocks for drainage. Then add a layer of bulb compost or multi-purpose with added grit for drainage. Plant the largest and latest flowering bulbs first at the correct depth then add another layer of compost followed by an earlier flowering group of smaller bulbs. For a third, top layer, add more compost followed by the smallest and earliest flowering bulbs. Finish with a layer of compost, stand the container on pot feet for drainage and water it well. For a three-layered treat go for something like daffodils on the bottom layer, hyacinths on the middle and crocus on the top. Bulbs can also be placed closer together than if they were growing in the soil and don’t worry about them being directly on top of one another – the shoots of those at the bottom will just bend around the smaller ones.

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Tips for better displays- Snowdrops establish better when planted in leaf or ‘in the green’ in early spring. Winter aconites and lily of the valley benefit from this too. - When buying go for the largest bulb you can find in that variety. Smaller ones are more likely not to flower in the first year or produce weaker blooms. Check for mould and discard any that feel soft. - Insulate pots against freezing winter weather by wrapping with bubble wrap. - Protect newly planted bulbs from squirrels by laying chicken wire over the top and covering with a layer of soil or compost. Five spring flowerers to plant now

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- Crocus: Grows from a corm in full sun or partial shade. Plant in natural flowing groups for maximum effect; - Snakes head fritillary: Nodding bell-shaped mauve flowers are happy in full sun or partial shade; - Daffodil: Plant in sun or light shade. Dwarf daffodils do well in lawns, pots and even rockeries; - Bluebells: Best grown in partial or dappled shade around trees or under shrubs; - Chinodoxa: Also known as ‘Glory of the Snow’, these star-shaped flowers do good in well-drained soil in full sun. Try planting under deciduous trees; Hardy summer flowering bulbs:

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Plan ahead for next summer by planting these in September and October: - Lilies: Ideal for containers and borders in full sun or partial shade; - Allium: Flowers best in a sheltered but sunny site in well-drained soil; - Crocosmia: Plant from corms in sun or partial shade. Good on most soil types but ideally moisture retentive in summer; - Bearded Iris: Grow in full sun in well-drained soil.


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STEVE HOWARTH’S TEST DRIVE As with all Kias these days build quality is good as are the materials used throughout and then there is the manufacturer’s much lauded 7 year warranty to fall back on in the unlikely event of a problem. From there it was into the totally electric world of motoring with the e-Niro. I tried the ‘4+’ spec range topping model which is £39,395 on the road (e-Nero prices start from £30,345).

KIA DRIVING DAY A DRIVING day featuring almost their whole car range highlighted just what a motoring force Kia have become in the UK. Yours truly was one of the northern journalists invited to try out the Kia range at the recent event near Skipton – from the diminutive Picanto up to the fire-breathing new Stinger – nearly all models were on show. They each have their own merits but I chose to put two in the spotlight, the all electric Kia e-Niro and XCeed PHEV as hybrid and electric cars are very much in buyers’ minds at the moment.

That battery system can be charged up in just a few hours so as the average commute in this country is less than 25 miles, providing you can also plug in at work, driving almost completely on environmentally-friendly electric is possible. For an on-the-road price of £34,905 this XCeed is mid-range (prices start from £31,805 for the PHEV models) and comes with 18” alloys, panorama sunroof, leather seats (memory, heated and cooled in the front), heated steering wheel, smart cruise control, 10.25” infotainment central touch screen, park assist with reversing camera, digital dashboard and a whole heap of safety systems.

That all-important electric range is up to 282 on a full charge in mixed driving and Kia say the car will fully charge from zero on a domestic socket in 29 hours, but that drops dramatically if you use a 100kW commercial charge point to just 54 minutes. In reality topping up the charge overnight at home will be feasible if no long journeys are planned. What also changes is performance as this car’s 64kWh motor can get it from 0 to 60 in just 7.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 104. Again the quality in both build and materials is evident and a long spec list includes such essentials as heated leather seats (again memory and cooled in the front), big central infotainment touch screen with sat nav, wireless phone charger, smart cruise control and the usual comprehensive line up of safety systems and driver aids.

First up was the XCeed, which I tried out in 1.6 GDi ‘First Edition’ spec. As the name suggests there is a 1,580cc conventional internal combustion engine doing most of the work but this is mated-up with an electric motor to give 104bhp on tap.

Kia has just picked up two category wins at the annual What Car? Electric Car Awards for their EV6 and the e-Niro. The EV6 has won the ‘Readers’ choice’ award and the e-Niro earned the title of ‘Best electric small SUV’ for the second year running.

The first figure everyone wants to know is the electric only range – around 33 miles – while the combined mpg is a claimed 167.

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What is impressive is the seamless way the car switches between power plants or employs both together under hard acceleration. It is comfortable and fast enough for most with a 10.6 0 to 60 time and top speed of 99mph.

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HALEWOOD GETS INTO THE SPIRIT OF ELECTRIC WITH KIA

• Beverages firm transitions fleet to electric with Kia • 25 e-Niro ‘2’ Long Range ordered to replace diesel and PHEV fleet • A further order for six more e-Niro and three EV6 has been placed • The e-Niro ‘2’ Long Range is capable of up to 282 miles to a single charge thanks to its large 64kWh battery • Halewood commits to install workplace chargers at each of its UK locations to support its electric fleet drivers Halewood Artisanal Spirits PLC has taken delivery of 25 Kia e-Niro from Bolton Kia to help transition its fleet to electric power. Halewood chose the e-Niro ‘2’ Long Range, which was introduced in March this year and offers up to 282-miles (WLTP combined) or 382-miles (WLTP city) range from a single charge of its 64kWh battery. This e-Niro model also benefits from the high-power 201bhp (150kW) electric motor that top specification e-Niros are equipped with, while also offering an on-the-road starting price of £34,945. This qualifies for the UK Government Plug-in Car Grant, reducing the price by a further £2,500. The ‘2’ Long Range also offers the same large cabin and spacious boot as other e-Niro models, with generous space for five occupants and 451 litres of cargo capacity. Halewood Artisanal Spirits is one of the UK’s leading independent distillers, producing an award-winning range of spirits. Still family36

owned, Halewood’s brands are distributed in 75 countries, with a turnover of £400m+ and 950+ employees. The company plans for 90 per cent of its fleet to have transitioned to electric power this month. An order for a further six e-Niro and three of Kia’s latest electric car, the EV6, has been placed bringing the total number of e-Niro to 31. The EV6 electric cars, which are capable of 10-80 per cent charge in just 18 minutes, will be used by the firm’s senior management. To support its switch to electric cars, Halewood has committed to installing workplace chargers at each of its UK facilities, allowing its electric fleet drivers to charge up when on site for work or while attending meetings, or travelling between Halewood’s own locations. Halewood’s drivers will also benefit from comprehensive driver training, teaching best-practice to get the most out of driving efficiently in an EV, in addition to being provided with information about home charging and cheaper energy deals available with off-peak EV tariffs. Iain Wilson, Fleet Manager at Halewood Artisanal Spirits, said: “Our previous fleet was made up of diesel and plug-in hybrid vehicles, and we’d monitored the EV market for quite some time before taking the plunge. The Kia e-Niro addressed all our concerns about EVs convincingly, thanks to its excellent

practicality, range and charging speeds. We know that all of our fleet can cope with the car’s range, especially once we have chargers at all of our UK facilities, which will really make a big difference to the ease of adoption. We’re looking forward to adding to the e-Niro fleet in the near future too, having placed an order for a few Kia EV6. “There are many reasons why fleets should at least look to go electric. There are significant savings to be had including the cost of electricity versus fuel, lower SMR costs and of course significant tax savings for our company car drivers too.” John Hargreaves, General Manager for Fleet and Remarketing at Kia UK Limited added: “This is an excellent example of how seamlessly electric cars can fit into a fleet operation that knows its staff, their journey types and takes concerns out of the equation with charge points at all of its facilities.” Providing simplified and comprehensive access to the UK public charging network, fleet drivers are able to sign up to Kia Charge. This service offers access to more than 17,500 charge points across the UK, including those from major networks such as bp pulse, Pod Point, IONITY, Source London, Chargepoint, NewMotion, Char-gy and ESB. Furthermore, Kia Charge provides access to 260,000 chargers across 28 other European countries, all from the convenience of a single account. With fully itemised billing, Kia Charge also makes it convenient for fleets to monitor public charging expenses. Kia Business caters to small and large businesses as well as company car drivers, whether running a single car or an extensive fleet. Visit https://www.kia.com/uk/ business/ to find out more about Kia’s latest range and business offers. Bolton Kia is proud to be Europe’s No.1 Kia dealer and a Business Specialist Dealership, located in the Middlebrook Retail Park, Bolton, close to Junction 6 of the M61. To speak to a member of the Fleet and Business User Team, contact them directly by emailing fleet@boltonkia. co.uk or calling 01204 664 800 (option 3).


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‘TOXIC POSITIVITY’ - IT’S NOT NEW, BUT IT’S ON THE RISE AND IT IS DANGEROUS What is toxic positivity? Toxic positivity can come in the form of advice from someone else who possibly unwittingly invalidates your feelings when you’re feeling low, or stops you feeling justified about your response to a situation with “things could be much worse” or makes light of your experience. Toxic positivity also occurs when we feel we have to be positive all of the time and avoid feelings that are difficult to deal with like anger or hurt. Often our self-talk may be around guilt such as “I’ve no right to feel fed up, look at how many people are suffering in the world”, or as shame “I should be doing so much better” or as low self-worth “feeling anxious is stupid” and so we swallow these feelings and try to project ourselves as doing better emotionally than we are. Both forms can have harmful long-term consequences because toxic positivity inhibits people from feeling perfectly normal emotions, which if left unchecked can lead to longer lasting deeper issues like anxiety, diminished self-esteem and burnout.

Why is toxic positivity on the rise at the moment? Many of us have suffered hardship, anxiety and low mood during the pandemic, but have forced ourselves, or been pushed or urged by someone else, to swallow those feelings and to count ourselves as lucky. We have also watched others seemingly thrive during this time, flaunting their new wonderful hobbies, revealing lockdown achievements and enjoying their time as the world’s happiest family, often projecting false realities. Toxic positivity has also flourished because of social media which often only shows us at our best in the moments we want to share. This kind of positivity overload encourages a comparison culture and has made us far more critical of ourselves. We feel pressured to be positive all the time and feel like failures when we are having an off day or month. Why we need to express our emotions We typically use the term positive emotion to describe being happy, hopeful and optimistic and the term negative emotion to describe fear, sadness and anger. In fact, all emotions are positive because they are our barometer to know when things are going well or not, a warning signal and learning tools to motivate us to do better.

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Ignoring feelings can cause anxiety, stress, low self-esteem and inhibits our ability to regulate emotions. In fact, extensive research has been undertaken to study the effects of suppressed emotions. Being in a state of high stress can make us more susceptible a number of medical conditions due to increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol and being stuck in a constantly active sympathetic nervous system, will continue to increase our heart rate, prevent good quality sleep and disrupt our digestive system. So, what can we do to avoid toxic positivity? 1) Embrace all emotions… All feelings are valuable and contribute to our human experience. Even ‘negative’ feelings like anxiety, anger and fear are primitive responses that our brain releases to keep us safe from threats. Honour your emotions and allow yourself to feel whatever you need to feel. All feelings are valid and normal. Feelings are responses so they need to be given time and space. 2) Be authentic… Give yourself and others permission to experience all emotions, including ‘negative’ ones so you can work through them and let them go in

your/ their own time. If we don’t act with authenticity it affects our ability to make social bonds and destroys trust in us. 3) Social media does not project a true reality… If you’re going through a tough period avoid getting engrossed in social media and remember that more often than not it projects a false reality of eternal happiness and perfection. 4) Don’t compare yourself to others… We have all had varying life experiences that have shaped us, and we deal with things differently. If your friend responds to something in a contrasting way than you that does not make your response wrong. There are people who are naturally inclined to be happier than others and people who have had terrible experiences that have conditioned them to notice the dreadful events more than the joyful events. We feel things in different ways. 5) If you are talking to others, listen… Take the time to understand what is wrong, rather than invalidating their feelings with toxic positivity. Listen carefully and try to put yourself in their shoes. Enter the conversation without judgement and show

respect. Validate their feelings by offering sympathy, showing understanding and offering your help rather than trying to shut down how they feel and shake them up into feeling better. 6) Take healthy steps… by going on a walk to clear your head or having a chat with a friend. Plan something for you to look forward to but allow yourself to feel what you feel. 7) You wouldn’t ignore a physical pain, so don’t ignore an emotional one… If you had a chronic physical pain, you would do something to fix it – we should do the same with our mental health. It is best to acknowledge our pain in order to work through it. Suffering allows us to learn and can give us perspective to build upon. 8) Shift the focus on mental health… Too much emphasis is placed on ‘being positive’ in order to maintain good mental health. Rather than pushing negative feelings aside, give them space and attend to them accordingly. By shifting the focus, accepting and understanding our feelings can lead to powerful learning through life’s ups and downs.

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CLASSIC TAKEAWAY IN 5 FROM KWOKLYN WAN

Try these classic Chinese dishes from Kwoklyn Wan that use only five ingredients. Alongside a basic store cupboard of five essentials - salt, pepper, soy sauce, sugar and oil - you can make a feast of easy dishes using the bare minimum.

SINGAPORE CHOW MEIN Indo-Chinese flavours have become increasingly popular in the UK over the last 10 years, thanks to the explosion of street food markets in most major cities. This dish is a classic Indo-Chinese creation mixing ingredients from China with spices from India.

Ingredients • 2 chicken breasts or 300g (10oz) shredded char siu pork • 1 nest of dried egg noodles • 1 red (bell) pepper, cut into strips • 175g (3½ cups) beansprouts • 1 tbsp mild curry powder • 3 tbsp vegetable oil • ½ tsp salt • ¼ tsp white pepper • ½ tsp sugar

Method • Bring 800ml (3½ cups) water to the boil in a medium saucepan. Add the chicken breasts, bring back to the boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook for 12–15 minutes. Drain and set to one side. Once the chicken has cooled, cut into thin strips. • Meanwhile bring another 800ml (3½ cups) water to the boil in another saucepan. Add the dried egg noodle nest and cook for 5 minutes until soft. Drain and set to one side. • Place a wok over a medium heat; once it begins to smoke add the vegetable oil along with the red pepper strips and cook for 1 minute, then add the beansprouts and cook for a further minute. Add the curry powder and continue to cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the salt, pepper and sugar and mix well. • Add the cooled sliced chicken (or pork, if using) and drained noodles to the wok and continue to cook for a further 5–8 minutes, making sure all of the ingredients are well combined and heated all the way through, allowing the noodles to catch some colour in the wok. 41


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You can buy everything from fresh fish, meat and game, locally sourced and exotic fruit and vegetables with speciality stalls selling deli meats and a huge selection of cheeses, plus there is a whole host of traditional stalls selling everything from furniture to flowers, bedding to broomsticks and much more.

Well worth a visit!

Bolton Market has it all. Opening Times; Open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm. How To Find Us Bolton Market, Ashburner Street, Bolton BL1 1TQ. Contact: 01204 336825 Email: bolton.markets@bolton.gov.uk

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SATAY CHICKEN UDON NOODLES Even I was surprised at just how quick this dish was to cook; no sooner had I started the dish, than it was on my plate and being scoffed. Washing up consisted of just my wok and the wooden spoon I used. Chewy noodles, juicy chicken, crunchy onions and peppers smothered in a rich spicy satay sauce. Lovely!

Ingredients • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces • 1 white onion, cut into strips • 1 green (bell) pepper, cut into strips • 4 tbsp satay dipping sauce (or use 2–3 tbsp satay paste, to taste)

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300g (10oz) straight-to-wok udon noodles 2 tbsp oil (vegetable, groundnut or coconut) 1 tsp salt pinch of white pepper

Tip: Add a sprinkle of crushed salted peanuts just before serving to add a lovely crunch.

Method • Heat a large non-stick wok over a medium-high heat and add the oil. Add the chicken and allow to brown on one side, then stir in the onion and green pepper for 1–2 minutes to soften. • Season with the salt and pepper, then stir in the satay dipping sauce, along with 250ml (1 cup) water. Once all of the ingredients are well combined in the sauce, add the noodles and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently to separate the noodles. Serve immediately.


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BLACK BEAN TOFU AND VEGETABLE STIR-FRY

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4 tbsp fermented Chinese black beans 340g (12oz) firm tofu, cut into bite-sized pieces 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated 1 bag of ready-prepared stir-fry vegetables 1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch) mixed with 2 tbsp water 2 tbsp vegetable oil ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp white pepper 1 tsp sugar 2 tbsp light soy sauce

Tofu has been used in China for well over 2,000 years. As a staple ingredient for vegetarian Buddhist monks, Buddhist chefs often shape and cook the tofu to resemble meat. Black bean fried tofu can be found on many Cantonese restaurant menus and is still one of the top ordered vegetarian dishes. Method • Soak the fermented black beans in 120ml (½ cup) water for 10 minutes, then drain in a sieve and set to one side. • Heat the oil in a wok over a medium-high heat and fry the tofu for 6–8 minutes until golden brown on all sides. Drain on kitchen paper and set to one side. • Reheat the oiled wok over a medium heat and gently fry the garlic and black beans for 45 seconds until fragrant. Add the stir-fry vegetables, increase the heat to medium-high and fry for 2 minutes. • Then add 120ml (½ cup) water, the salt, pepper, sugar, soy sauce and fried tofu and bring to the boil. • Give the cornflour mixture a stir and slowly pour into the sauce, stirring constantly, to thicken. Serve immediately.

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OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! BREAST CANCER FACTS BREAST CANCER FACTS Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer in Breast cancer the most common cause of cancer in women in thisiscountry women in thisincountry 1 in 8 women the UK will be diagnosed with breast 1 in 8 women the UK will be diagnosed cancer at someinpoint during their lives with breast cancer at some point during their cancer lives are diagnosed Over 45,000 new cases of breast Over year 45,000 cases breastwill cancer are diagnosed each of new which overof13,000 be women aged 70 each year of which over 13,000 will be women aged 70 or over or overscreening saves 1,400 lives each year Breast Breast screening saves 1,400 lives each year BREAST SCREENING BREAST SCREENING All women registered with a GP aged 50 to 71 are invited All women registeredevery with three a GP aged to 71 are invited for breast screening years.50Women over 71 for breast years.every Women over 71 will not bescreening called for every breastthree screening three years, will not beyou called breast screening every three years, however, canfor self-refer by contacting our office on however, you can self-refer by contacting our office on 01204 390454. 01204 390454.

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What is breast screening? What is breast screening? Breast screening (or mammography) is an X-ray of the Breast mammography) is an the breast.screening The X-ray(or allows doctors to see anyX-ray earlyofchanges in breast. The X-ray allows doctors to see any early changes your breast. Most of these changes may not be because ofin your breast. Mostitofis these changes may not be because of cancer, but when cancer, the early detection will often cancer, buttreatment when it is is cancer, the early willofoften mean that less intense anddetection the chance mean treatment intense and the chance of makingthat a full recoveryisisless higher. making a full recovery is higher. If you receive a letter asking you to book an appointment If receive letter asking you to book anitappointment foryou your breasta screening, please don’t put off. for your breast screening, please don’t put it off. Breast Screening Saves Lives! Breast Screening Saves Lives!

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MASTERCHEF CONTESTANT SHARES HER TAPAS RECIPES Michele is a creative and innovative designer by trade whose passion for food, family and design all stem from her warm Spanish heritage. Having grown up with creative parents, Michele has experienced different cultures and worlds and applied all of those to her exquisite repertoire of dishes. Michele’s passion for food, wine, hotels and restaurants is something she grew up with. Her parents came from the hotel and restaurant industry, running their own restaurant for over 30 years in Valencia, Spain where her elderly mother still lives today! More recently, Michele appeared on Series 17 of MasterChef where she battled the competition to make it to the quarter finals. Her dishes were loved by many, with TV personality, Greg Wallace stating “It’s a very brave thing to do, and in that I’m quite impressed” following Michele’s first ever attempt at a Thai curry without using curry paste. Having five daughters and two dogs, Michele understands and appreciates how a home needs to function and integrate in order to satisfy the needs of the individual and the broader family.

Ingredients • 1 Whole pork fillet, 1 cm slices. • 2 tbs olive oil • 1 Large French Baguette • 12 Padron Peppers • 2 Cloves of garlic crushed • 300 gms Manchego Cheese or Mature Cheddar (grated or thinly sliced) • Salt & Pepper • Pimenton Dulce (Spanish Sweet Paprika) for Garnish

METHOD 1. Take off any white sinue from fillet and slice into 1 cm slices. Sprinkle sliced pork with salt and little black pepper.

8. Quickly remove from grill pan and arrange on long serving dish or large round dish. Add one patron pepper on top and secure with cocktail stick.

2. In a medium non-stick frying pan, heat oil to medium to high heat. Add pork slices, you may need to do this in two batches.

9. Lightly sprinkle Pimenton over Montaditos and dish.

3. Fry pork on medium heat until browned nicely, turning frequently for approximately 3 - 4mins. 4. Turn heat down and add garlic and stir until light golden brown. Leave pork to rest in pan. 5. Add tablespoon of oil to a separate frying pan bring to medium to high heat and add patron peppers, fry for approximately 2 mins turning constantly. The skin will turn opaque/ brown this shows they are ready. Remove from pan with slotted spoon onto piece of kitchen roll. 6. Slice Baguette into 1/2cm slices. Gently toast either on griddle or grill until lightly golden. 7. Bring grill up to medium heat, arrange toasted bread onto grill or oven tray. On top of the toasted bread add slice of pork fillet, then cheese on top of pork. Pop under grill until cheese has melted / gently bubbling.

Winter Warm-Up at Bolton Steam Museum. Saturday 28th December, Sunday 29th December: 10.00am - 4.00 pm. Bolton Steam Museum, Mornington Road, off Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 4EU. Free admission (and free unlimited parking on Morrison’s supermarket car park site) Contact Tel. 01204 846490 Website: www.nmes.org Information: Our volunteers have rescued and restored 30 old stationary steam engines - some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the North of England. Our oldest engine is now 180 years old, and most engines are well over 100 years old. Some of our engines are now unique - the only one of its kind to survive anywhere in the world! Most will be running in steam on these 2 days only.

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CLAMS WITH WHITE RIOJA WINE AND SERRANO HAM • 6 Slices of Serrano Ham. (One small packet.) • 1/2 tsp of Hot Pimenton (Spanish spice normally in small tin) or Paprika • 1/2 tsp of Sweet Pimenton • 1 tsp of plain flour • Salt & Pepper to Taste • Garnish with small handful of Chopped Flat leaf Parsley

Ingredients • 1 Kilo of Clams (Preferably Fresh) if not frozen (thaw before cooking) • 100 ml of Olive Oil • Small white Spanish onion or Shallot finely chopped • 4 Large Garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped • 150 ml of White Rioja Wine (or dry white wine)

METHOD 1. If you are lucky enough to get fresh clams (these can be purchased from supermarket or fishmonger and now online) Soak fresh clams in a large bowl for approximately 20 mins in cold water so that all the grit can be released. Rinse thoroughly in cold water. Please discard any that don’t close after tapping firmly with a metal spoon or and that are broken. 2. In a large deep-frying pan with lid, heat oil on a medium heat and fry the finely chopped onion, garlic for approx 5 mins. Please ensure they are not over cooked and brown; onions should be transparent.

When cooked add chopped ham. Approx 6 mins. 3. Keeping it at a medium heat add your pimenton spices and the flour and stir constantly for approximately 30 seconds. Now add your white wine ensuring you are stirring all the time. The wine will fizz keep stirring until all ingredients come together. 4. Drain clams and add, turn up your heat and stir or shake the clams vigorously making sure they have been mixed in well. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, don’t add to much as your clams are naturally salted and the salt from the

ham adds an amazing flavour. The clams will release beautiful juices which will add to the sauce. 5. Add your chopped parsley to the pan and then place tight fitting lid and cook on medium heat for approximately 3 minutes or until all your clams have opened. If using frozen clams may only need 2 mins. (If you see any clams that have not opened, please throw away)! 6. Give it a last stir and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve into small bowls or individual dishes with some lovely crusty fresh bread and a fresh glass of chilled white wine.

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POTATOES WITH SPICY CHORIZO, RED PEPPER & TOMATO, GARNISHED WITH A FRIED EGG

Ingredients • 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) olive oil, or as needed • 4 Medium, potatoes, or equivalent in New Potatoes. Approx 2 lb. (1 kg) total weight, peeled and cut into 1/2- inch slices. If using large potatoes cut into quarters. • 8 oz. (250 g) Spanish chorizo sausage sliced approx I/2 cm slices. • 1 white onion, chopped • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped into strips. Or roasted red peppers in jar, sliced into strips. • 3 Cloves of garlic cloves, minced • 1 tsp. Pimentón dulce (sweet Spanish smoked pepper)(Paprika) • 1/2 tsp of dried chillies. • 120 ml or 4 fl.oz tomato passata or chopped tomato. • Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper • 4 Eggs, 1 Fried Egg per person if serving in large dish, alternatively 1 quail egg for small tapas dish • 2 tbs / Handful of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

METHOD 1. In a large frying pan heat olive oil for minute or two Add the sliced potatoes and sauté, stirring often, until pale gold, 10 to 15 minutes. Should be soft in middle. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a dish. 2. Add the chorizo to the pan and fry on medium heat stirring and turning often, until crisp and brown, about 3 / 4 minutes, if the mixtures is a little dry add a little more oil. Using slotted spoon or tongs, transfer to a dish. 3. Add the chopped onion to the pan and sauté over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 15 mins, garlic, pimentos, dried chilli and sauté until the onion has absorbed all the spices, then add tomatoes and simmer for approximately about 8 minutes. 4. Return the potato and chorizo to the pan and bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, cover tightly and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 -15 minutes. 5. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large serving dish or individual dishes. 6. Fry eggs leaving yolk runny. Serve one per person or portion. 7. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve warm. Serves 8.

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CLOUGH & WILLIS SOLICITORS ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ON EQUITY RELEASE Lorraine Stratton-Webb, Partner in the residential conveyancing team at Clough & Willis Solicitors Answers your questions on equity release.

Q. What is Equity Release? Equity release is the releasing of some of the equity/capital that has accrued in

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your property during your ownership. You have two options when choosing an Equity Release product.

long-term care, the loan and interest will have to be repaid usually by the property being sold.

1) The most common is through a lifetime mortgage, whereby you release the lump sum by way of a mortgage against your property. Monthly repayments are not required and the interest accrues against the property. On your death, or on moving into

2) The other option is a home reversion plan whereby you sell all, or a portion of your property to the home reversion provider. Similar to the first option there is no interest to be paid, however it is likely that the provider will buy the proportion


of the property off you at less than market rate.You will have the right to reside in the property for the rest of your life. It is important that if considering equity release you seek advice from a specialist financial advisor as this product is not right for everyone but it can make a difference to those that it is suitable for, for the rest of their lives.

Q. Can I sell my house if I have taken out an Equity Release? Yes you can. However the loan would have to be repaid, unless you have agreed with the Equity Release provider that the loan can be transferred to another property.The lender would not automatically transfer the loan as the new property would need to meet the lender’s criteria.

Q.Would taking out an Equity Release affect my Pension credit? If you are considering taking out an equity release it could reduce your Pension Credit. It is therefore essential that you obtain the appropriate advice before proceeding with an Equity Release to see whether the product would be appropriate or not.

Q. Will taking out an Equity Release affect my benefit?

Q. Will I no long need to maintain or insure my home?

Equity Release might affect any means tested benefits, particularly if you receive Pension Credit, council tax support or housing benefit. It may affect your tax position. Therefore you should take appropriate advice from the Inland Revenue, Benefits Agency or local Citizens Advice Bureau before proceeding further.

Your obligation to insure and maintain your home continues after taking out an Equity Release. It would be classed as a breach of a term of the mortgage if you did not insure or maintain the property once you have taken out an Equity Release. If you have any questions on any of the above or any other property matters please contact Lorraine Stratton-Webb on freephone 0800 083 0815

Are you finding life is too short? Equity release allows homeowners over 55 to remain in their much-loved home and release an income or lump sum from their property. Lorraine is our specialist Equity Release solicitor who can help you if you are considering releasing money from your home. She will guide you through the process and help you avoid any pitfalls. For more information on Equity Relase contact Lorraine on freephone

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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). It is this qualification that allows the clinicians at Bolton Denture Centre to be able to be registered and regulated with the General Dental Council (the official body for protecting the public with regards to 52

dentistry) and carry indemnity insurance. It 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. Over recent years there have been many improvements in both the way we construct dentures and in the materials and denture teeth that we use. This means


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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 l 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 l

What our Customers Say Thank you so much for the care you gave to me and now I can smile again with the lovely teeth you made for me. PD What a difference you have made for me. I can smile again. No problems. Thank you so much. VH Thank you so much for my new dentures, they fit really well and I am very pleased with their appearance. I have had them for two months and not had any problems, just small niggles that have soon resolved without having to pay you a visit. Thank you for your time and trouble to ensure a perfect fit. I don’t need to use fixative and your recommended cleaning routine is working a treat. Your sincerely AW (Mrs) Just a few words to thank you for the work you have done. Everyone has been saying how well I look lately not knowing why. You have given me my smile back and I thank you so very much, you have made me so happy. C Thank you for putting a smile on my face again. S

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