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Old Credit Cards - If you’ve got old credit cards that you never use, tell the lender you want to close the account and cut the card up so the number is unreadable. Not only is this therapeutic, it keeps your credit file clear of old accounts. Other People’s Problems - If your partner has had a few credit hiccups along the way, it could have an impact on your ability to get credit. If you want to separate another person’s credit score from your own, ask the credit reference agency to add a “notice of disassociation”. This will mean their financial flaws shouldn’t have an impact on you. How To Correct Things - Even things like not being on the electoral roll to being can have an impact on your credit file. If you do have a problem, for example you missed a payment because you were made redundant, you can add a “notice of correctionto your credit report to explain things. Anyone searching your report will see the note and take account of it when you apply for credit. Look out for accounts being registered to the wrong address or anything that looks unfamiliar. If there’s a problem, write to the lender involved and ask it to correct the mistake. If it won’t, get in touch with the ombudsman who will try to help you get it sorted. If you do spot something out of the ordinary on your credit file and you’re not able to sort it out with the credit reference agency or lender, the Financial Ombudsman Service may be able to help. Just call on 0300 123 9 123 or have a look at www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk
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To lick or not to lick?
Social media shrinks the world When I began my career it was with a three-ton Remington typewriter that deafened the street, now I can find friends in Louisiana with the flick of a finger.
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Social media has shrunk the world, technology is advancing at such a pace that it is difficult to keep pace with the latest developments and new inventions that were once the stuff of science fiction are an everyday occurrence. But at what cost is all this in terms of progress? Sales of printed books have plummeted as the world spends an increasing portion of its life on computers, tablets and mobile phones and I worry sometimes that there is a danger of losing the power of joined up thought. Recently I was reading a piece sent to me on the Internet and half a dozen of the sentences written didn’t even begin with the standard capital letter. Worrying. I know people who are closing their Facebook accounts now because they have almost taken over their lives, and I have to say that on Twitter some of the most inane facts and comments are creeping in now. Do you really need to say, "Goodnight tweeps”? Just turn the thing off! Neither is the net and social media the province of the young, as it was. Increasing numbers of older people are using the social interaction on offer and in many cases it can provide a relief for loneliness and replace a social life lost due to immobility or loss of a partner, so no bad thing there.
Drives you mad Motorists are often an easy target but I notice that recently some have been getting away with blue murder. Did you read about the idiot who was caught driving with his hands behind his head? The clot was doing 62mph on a major road in a large four-wheel drive and argues in court that he was in full control of the car. Fortunately the court didn’t agree and banned him for a year and imposed a hefty fine and community service order. But what possesses these people? There are also cases of motorists still driving with over 30 and sometimes 40 points on their licences because magistrates have shown leniency towards their circumstances. Why? If you’ve clocked up that amount of points you’re quite simply not fit to drive a vehicle and I have serious doubts whether you should be using a wheelbarrow without stabilisers.
Do you seal your envelopes? Apparently whether you should or not has been the subject of a major and no doubt costly operation. Many older people labour under the misapprehension that you can send an unsealed envelope with a second class stamp on and it will be delivered first class. Err, no. The younger generation have other ideas. One Internet observation reads, “ Whilst I do seal my envelopes the first thing that came to mind when I saw the headline was the story that went round when I was at school and later repeated on a viral email about cockroach eggs being laid on the glue and when you lick it if you get a paper cut they can hatch in your lip.” A quick Google showed this story is still on the urban legends websites but it wouldn’t surprise me if that was the reason for people around early 30s.
Health and Safety nonsense Yes I know I’ve twittered about this before but here goes again. Our village church clock was stopped for several months recently because the Health and Safety ogres decreed that the ladder used to reach the mechanism was too short. This was despite it having been used for years by a six-foot plus expoliceman. Consequently it was twenty past three in Haworth for eight months until a grant was raised to provide a longer ladder! You couldn’t make it up could you? The bell ringers swung on ropes every Monday night during that period but the poor chap couldn’t wind the clock up because some mentally challenged twerp had nothing better to do than condemn the ladder. Have these people nothing better to do? How come one of them was lurking in Haworth Church clock tower to see the ladder in the first place? And he was back at Christmas to chuck Santa Claus out of the boiler room because there might have been asbestos! Poor chap had to cuddle customers in a gazebo outside the building. Talk about no room at the inn, and the donkey had to wear a coat. These chaps would have been a riot in Bethlehem. There’s have been no stable accommodation, too draughty and get those sheep of the bedclothes. You cannot bring your camel in here and stop swinging that foul smelling stuff under the baby’s nose….and has that chap with the wings got a Civil Aviation licence? The mind boggles.
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to a considerable degree upon this wonderful natural product. Portugal is the largest cork exporter in the world. NASA uses Alentejo cork to insulate the cones of its space capsules and to protect them from heat damage on reentry to the earth’s atmosphere. And cork is not only for wine bottles – you can buy cork jewellery, cork umbrellas, cork i-Pad covers - in fact, just about anything and everything can these days be manufactured from cork.
The Alentejo and the Centro Region of Portugal Visitors to Portugal who fly into Lisbon Airport tend either to head south to the Algarve or north to Estoril, Cascais, the city of Porto and the Douro Region. In doing so, they inadvertently miss out on two of the most traditional and interesting regions of the country. Both the Centro region - immediately north of Lisbon - and the Alentejo region - between Lisbon and the Algarve - are areas that tend to be driven through quickly yet, together, they make up half of Portugal, and both deserve to be visited in their own right. The Alentejo was known as the bread basket of Portugal and it boasts some of the country’s tastiest dishes. The countryside is made up of wide, sweeping plains interspersed with medieval hilltop villages topped by dramatic castles. In spring the region is awash with colour - the fields are full of flowers of red, yellow, white 6
Evora, just a 75-minute drive inland from Lisbon on uncrowded roads, is the capital of the Alentejo (which means below the Tejo, or Tagus, river). It is steeped in history, yet really alive and buzzing courtesy of the university within its ancient walls. It was the seat of the Kings of Portugal in the 15th and 16th centuries and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety. The Atlantic coastline, south of Lisbon, is like that of the Algarve 50 years ago and much of it is protected by law. Coastal villages like Porto Covo and Vila Nova de Milfontes are firm favourites yet have escaped mass development and still have great character; they are ideal for a lazy summer holiday and perhaps a little gentle coastal walking on a wellmarked pathway, the Rota Vicentina, if that appeals. The coast is a few degrees cooler than inland, often with a pleasant breeze in the height of summer. Beaches are many and seldom crowded, even in the peak of the season.
and purple or blue hues. The Alentejo produces 46% of Portugal’s excellent wine but has a mere 6% of its population. It is quiet, it is uncrowded and it is beautiful. In the summer it’s very hot - in fact, the hottest place in Portugal. Around May/June, depending on the weather, they harvest the cork trees; this is the region of the cork oak tree and the economy of the Alentejo still depends
So why have so few people heard of this region? It’s a very rural area with some excellent accommodation of character but local politics has meant an initial lack of interest in tourism, making it a latecomer to the travel game. This very fact will stand it in good stead – it has been able to learn from mistakes made elsewhere. The north of the Alentejo region is next-door to Centro, the central region of Portugal or, as I prefer to call it, the
That permission can be refused because, within the ancient walls, the Dean wields as much power as the President of the Republic. Needless to say, Coimbra is a must but there are also other interesting ancient cities to explore, like Aveiro on the coast and Viseu, the gateway to the Estrela National Park. Each area has its own local cuisine and specialities. Some of the most famous and delicious Portuguese cheeses come from the Estrela region.
Heart of Portugal. This is an area that stretches from its Atlantic coastline, with long beaches stretching for miles, into a mountainous region with some historic fortified villages and castles along the border with Spain that defended Portugal from invasion in the Middle Ages. The most impressive are Almeida, Castelo Rodrigo, Monsanto, Sortelha, Piodao and Idanha-A-Velha. These castles and villages conjure up images of knights in armour, of damsels in distress and heroic deeds. Legends abound in this area which, in turn, was overrun by the Romans, Moors and Spanish. Tales are recounted of epic battles and ancient rituals, and religious festivals are still very much part of daily life. The Serra da Estrela national park is snow bound in winter and, in the summer, ideal for walks with breathtaking views across forested landscapes. The capital of the area is Coimbra, recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. This is a thriving, vibrant city, with a population of
2.3 million, and it is the seat of the oldest university in Portugal, dating from 1290. Since then, it’s been at the centre of Portuguese intellectual life. A visit to the university is a must and the 18th century Baroque library is one of many priceless historical monuments. There are three exquisite gilded chambers housing 300,000 leather-bound texts behind imposing wooden doors, probably some 30 feet tall. The precious books in this library are safeguarded from insect damage by resident bats, which sleep behind the serried rows of ancient tomes by day and eat insects by night; the mahogany reading tables are covered in cloth overnight to protect them from bat excrement. I would visit Portugal simply to re-visit the library - it is so fascinating and so totally extravagant. The university is nicknamed the ‘Little Vatican’ as it is protected by ancient charter and even the police have to request permission from the Dean before they enter the campus.
These two provinces, the Centro/ Heart of Portugal and the Alentejo, together make ideal fly-drive holiday combinations. There is some stunning accommodation, too, with two of my personal favourite hotels found in the adjacent regions. The Casa da Insua is a wonderful 18th century Baroque confection, located on the outskirts of Viseu in Centro, where you can try your hand at making cheese in the dairy if you wish, afterwards exploring an excellent in-house museum and art gallery. In the Alentejo, just outside Evora, is the Covento do Espinheiro, a historic monument once lived in by the Kings of Portugal - a superlative hotel that manages to be friendly while offering the best of cuisine and comfort. The manager’s tour of the hotel and a wine tasting in the former monastery’s water cistern is not to be missed. The true character of Portugal lies very much within these two regions and yet so many of us simply drive through on our way south or north. I urge you to spend a little time exploring them; you’ll enjoy a relaxing and inspiring taste of the real Portugal.
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TRAVEL AND LEISURE You can sample local ales in Devizes in Wiltshire, enjoy international arts in Salisbury and explore stone circles and Iron Age forts in the countryside. Consider an escape to the country’s largest oak forest in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, see Dover’s stunning white cliffs or visit the beautiful cathedrals of Rochester and Canterbury. Then there’s the glorious ancient woodland of the New Forest where William the Conqueror once hunted.
The Great British Holiday When it comes to choosing a break away many of us automatically go online or get brochures from the travel agent to look beyond our own shores to possibly sunnier climes in other parts of the world. That blinkered approach to homegrown charms means we may not appreciate the best of what this country has to offer. But, for the discerning, The Great British Holiday has become THE way to enjoy time away from home. Look at the basic reality: you don’t have to worry about changing money to a different currency or learning a foreign language, agonise over flight delays, spend long hours at the airport doing nothing or deal with the often baffling laws and customs of another country. By discovering the genuine wonders of the world on your own doorstep, you plug into a much more relaxed holiday that can quickly awaken all of us to just why so many visitors from other countries converge on the
UK each year as their destination of choice. For a start, there are all kinds of holidays we can take in this country – ranging from active adventure holidays to tailor-made tourism around fascinating towns and villages, to ultra-relaxing breaks to allow mind and body to rest and recharge to face the rest of life. There are few countries in the world where so many holiday choices are available. You can hire a cottage in a remote rural spot, take over a country lodge for a family break, stay in a piece of English history, or just put your trust in a reliable travel company and let a coach whisk you away on a scenic route to a super hotel homefrom-home. When you’ve got past the family holiday style of seaside breaks or activity holiday parks, you may just love the luxury and sheer lack of responsibility of being taken on a coach tour holiday.
Our first National Park in the Peak District is the scenery which inspired the Brontes, or you can view Creswell Crag’s stunning Ice Age legacy. Little around the world is as beautiful as our own Lake District and Cumbria, while the Yorkshire Dales offer mile upon mile of unspoiled landscape as a feast for the eyes and the senses. Explore the historic streets of Salisbury and Stonehenge and tuck into tasty local farmers’ produce, or wander the banks of the River Wear in Durham. Spare some time, too, to visit its iconic cathedral there before appreciating the wild and lovely countryside of the Durham Dales. Our cities have much to fascinate – from stunning landmarks in Norwich spanning the Norman, Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and modern eras to Windsor Castle, bursting with a thousand years of history. Soak up the atmosphere in Bath and visit the fascinating Roman baths or wonder at York’s remarkable old buildings and visit the Shambles, voted the country’s most picturesque street.
And there is just so much to see and do in this country!
Make a pilgrimage to Canterbury and discover the bloody history behind Chaucer’s tales. Or travel to our historic seats of learning and culture to stimulate the intellect and the imagination. Stratford upon Avon is home to all things Shakespeare; see works by Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Picasso at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, or study Charles Darwin’s specimens at the Zoology Museum in Cambridge. Of course, holidays don’t all have to be about sitting around or simply strolling about looking at tourist spots. You might prefer your walks brisk, exploring the Cornish coast, or hiking over the many English hills and dales. You might be one of the thousands of people who love caravan holidays, taking your accommodation with you to the hundreds of well-organised camp sites and their useful facilities to structure your own days. You might prefer to try out well-appointed static caravans at holiday parks which also offer entertainment on your independent holiday. Boating holidays are more popular than ever, with the country’s wonderful network of canals and rivers introduced to new fans every year.
The Lancaster Canal, for example, is one of our most scenic and gentle waterways, running for 42 lock-free miles through pleasant pasturelands, overlooked for most of the way by the foothills of the Pennines. Today’s narrowboats come fully-equipped, some with central heating, full-size shower and TV, appealing to all. As Robert Foulkes of Crabtree Narrowboat Hire explained: “Last year we had people in their early 20s, grandparents with their grandkids and 50-somethings whose children had left home and this was their first holiday on their own for 20 years.”
The Great British Holiday – in all its forms, price-ranges and activities or lack of them - offers the freedom to choose exactly how YOU want to spend your break. And the bonus is that it’s often a brand new voyage of discovery of the fabulous place that is our country.
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INTERVIEW: ROBERT LINDSAY
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Robert Lindsay had been out walking his dogs and taking the opportunity to learn his lines for his latest show. The fact that it’s the musical version of the 1988 hit film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, set to premier in Manchester before going into the West End, was exciting for the 63 year-old actor. But not because he was reprising the role Michael Caine took onscreen as the suave Riviera conman Lawrence Jameson whose life is suddenly disrupted by Steve Martin’s character, the anarchic Freddy Benson. “I’ve never seen the film,” he admits, “but it’s a wonderful show. The script is incredibly funny and the score by Yazbek (award-winner David Yazbek) is amazing – the man’s a genius.” The show did run for a time on Broadway where it won awards, “but it seemed to fade away,” adds Lindsay. “This is a totally different show, and there’s a fantastic buzz about it already. I think the plan long-term may be for it to go back to Broadway.” All of this is a long way from the very first time the Great British Public became aware of young Robert Lindsay when he played a Cockney layabout in the ITV series Get Some In! However, it was when he headed up the Tooting Popular Front as likeable but inept urban guerrilla Wolfie Smith in the hit comedy TV series Citizen Smith that the public really noticed him. This ran for three years, from 1977 to 1980, and established the actor firmly in viewers’ consciousness. He felt pretty comfortable in the role as he’d come from a council estate in Ilkeston, Derbyshire before graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), and had admittedly leftwing views. An early flexibility and desire to take on other, different roles – “as well as wanting to play posh people,” he quickly points out – steered him towards more serious productions. He played Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing in the BBC’s
Shakespeare series, and then moved up to Manchester to play Edmund in a Granada TV version of King Lear alongside Sir Laurence Olivier. He happily admits that his first love, though, is musicals and he famously played the role of Bill Snibson in the acclaimed 1984 London revival of Me and My Girl. This role not only won him an Olivier Award but, when it later transferred to Broadway, a Tony Award as well. “I find musicals easier because you’ve always got the music, it’s familiar,” states Lindsay. He has, however, also enjoyed plenty of film roles. Interestingly, he was at the same place making a different film (Strike It Rich with Mollie Ringwald and Sir John Gielgud) where Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was being filmed. “I met Steve Martin one day – we’d met previously when I’d been in the States and had dinner together – and he told me about the film he was making,” explains Lindsay. “He seemed to have some reservations about the script and I got the impression that they were adding to it quite a bit themselves.” Television has proved a remarkable showcase for Lindsay’s talents over the years. Although he believes that he wanted to get away from his roots for a long time – “I lost my way
The Generation Game with Bruce Forsyth – have three sons and he also has a daughter from his relationship with actress Diana Weston. It’s plain he doesn’t like being away from his home and family. “But sometimes they have to understand that you have to be, you’re doing it for them,” he states. For the most part, his children don’t like roles that take him away from them, or his being acknowledged as an actor rather than “just Dad” when he’s with them. “When I was in Hornblower and picking them up from school it was different. Normally, they don’t want me to walk with them and disown me, but suddenly I was cool!” Ask about the highlights of his career and he swiftly points to the work with Alan Bleasdale and Me and My Girl. “I suppose Citizen Smith, The Entertainer at the Old Vic and Cyrano de Bergerac at the Haymarket were also special,” he adds. He’s still regularly on TV and had just recorded Have I Got News For You as programme presenter. “You have to watch Mr Hislop and Mr Merton, though,” he says light-heartedly. “They’re very quick but I think they like actors because they understand timing and not hogging the lines.”
“I find musicals easier because you’ve always got the music, it’s familiar,”
Is there any TV he’d like to do, like Downton Abbey? “No,” he states, “that’s not my bag. “But I’ve just done a cameo role in Atlantis as the father of Icarus – that was good fun. It’s a very well made series and the boys there were great. My children were also very impressed!” * Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is at Manchester Opera House from February 12 to 22, 2014, in Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from February 26 to March 1 and then at the Savoy Theatre, London from March 10. To find out more go to www.scoundrelswestend.com
a bit in my 30s,” he says – he particularly enjoyed working with gritty Northern writer Alan Bleasdale. Lindsay was in his dark comedy serial G.B.H. (for which Lindsay won a BAFTA) as well as another Bleasdale play, Jake’s Progress with Julie Walters, and recalls both experiences with genuine affection. He played another posh character when he took on the role of Captain Pellew in the long-running and very successful series of Hornblower with Ioan Gruffudd as the young midshipman of the title. Was this largely sea-going adventure a fairly physical experience for Lindsay? “Not so much for me, but definitely for Ioan,” he laughs. “What was interesting was that it was the first time I had played a father character.” His longest running role was also as a father: as dentist Ben Harper in the popular BBC sitcom My Family – this ran for 11 years and still surfaces on Sky channels. “Zoe (Wannamaker) and I had a great time making that,” he states. Lindsay himself is very much a family man. He and second wife Rosemarie Ford – she was a dancer and a presenter on
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Urgently Needed Would you like to become one of our fantastic fostering team? A large amount of animals come through our Centre doors each year which require fostering. From a single puppy to pregnant cats, we often call on our fosterers to help out with the temporary care of animals. Fosterers are provided with everything they need including medical treatment. All we ask in return is for you to love and care for your foster animal until they are able to come back to the Centre for re homing. EARS animals stay in foster care until they are adopted.
If you would like to find out more about fostering or would like to become part of our team please contact Alex Darwell on 01422 365628 or AlexDarwell@rspca-halifax.org.uk
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RICK STEIN - IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT CURRY
PRAWN FRITTERS WITH CHUTNEY AND KACHUMBER FROM THE ALLEN KITCHEN, KOLKATA I couldn’t work out why these prawn cutlets were so delicious; there seemed to be nothing to them, just a simple batter, a bit of lemon, some onion rings and a bottle of mustard sauce. But the very enthusiastic blogger from Calcutta called Kaniska was keen to point out that this tiny little hole in the wall was one of the most popular foodie spots in the city. They may have put a secret ingredient in the batter, but I expect the success lies in using chickpea flour and frying the battered prawns in pure ghee. I consumed a few plates of them while having a thoroughly enjoyable conversation about the almost infinite possibilities of street food in that city. Later I woke up in the middle of the night in my hotel with my head spinning, thinking the pace of life was so frenetic that I was surely locked into a madhouse, albeit with some of the tastiest food I’ve ever found. This makes a quite soft batter, not a thick, crisp batter like you’d get with fish and chips. METHOD To prepare the prawns, pull off the head and peel away the shell, leaving the tail intact. Use a small, sharp knife to run down the back of the prawns and pull out the black intestinal tracts, if visible. Then use the knife to cut almost all the way through the prawns and butterfly them open. Flatten them out a little with the palm of your hand. Pat dry with kitchen towel. For the batter, mix the flours and salt together, whisk in the egg and enough of the water to give a smooth batter the consistency of single cream.
Serves 4 12 extra large unpeeled Raw prawns For the batter 60g plain flour 60g chickpea flour ¼tsp salt 1 free-range egg 150–225ml water 70g ghee, for frying To serve Lemon wedges, Mustard chutney Tomato chutney or Chilli garlic relish and Kachumber salad
Heat the ghee in a heavy-based saucepan or karahi over a medium heat. Once hot, dip 2 or 3 prawns in the batter and carefully lower into the ghee. Fry for 2–3 minutes, turning once, until crisp and golden and cooked through. Drain on kitchen paper. Repeat with the remaining prawns. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over and chutney and kachumber salad on the side. KACHUMBER SALAD - SERVES 8 -10 300g vine-ripened tomatoes, thinly sliced 1/2 cucumber, sliced 100g red onions, halved and thinly sliced 1 fresh green chilli, finely chopped 1/2 tsp toasted ground cumin seeds 1/4 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder Large handful of fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped Freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice or white wine vinegar Lime wedges (optional), to finish Layer the ingredients, or gently toss together, just before serving. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.
SWEET AND TANGY POTATO SHREDS Lilo chevda This is a snack beloved by Gujaratis, a sweet and sour shredded spiced potato dish. The shredded potatoes are deep fried until crisp, as are the lentils, cashew nuts and peanuts, but plenty of lime juice is sprinkled on just before you start eating so you get this tantalizing mix of crisp bits and soft bits. There’s plenty of chilli in it, sweetness from the raisins and sugar, sharpness from the lime juice, and a good sprinkling of salt too. Perfect balance in street food.
Serves 8 150g chana dal (Bengal gram or split yellowpeas), soaked overnight in coldwater 1kg potatoes, such as Maris Piper, peeled, coarsely grated Vegetable oil, for deep frying Salt 3 tbsp unsalted cashew nuts or peanuts (skinned) 1 tbsp sesame seeds 1 tbsp fennel seeds ½tsp turmeric 1½tbsp caster sugar, plus extra to taste 2 fresh green chillies, finely chopped with seeds 2 tbsp raisins Juice of 1–2 limes
METHOD Drain the chana dal and pat dry with kitchen paper. Spread out on a tray lined with a clean tea towel (or more kitchen paper) and leave on one side. Soak the prepared potatoes in salted water for 20 minutes. Drain, use your hands to squeeze out any excess moisture, then pat dry with kitchen paper. Two-thirds fill a large, deep-sided sturdy pan with vegetable oil and place over a medium heat. Test it’s hot enough by dropping in a piece of potato; it should sizzle and turn golden in about 20 seconds. (Or use a deep-fat fryer heated to 180°C.) Deep-fry the potatoes in batches until crisp and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Season with half a teaspoon of salt and set aside. Using the same oil, fry the chana dal in batches for about 3–4 minutes, or until they rise to the surface and turn a shade darker. Drain on kitchen paper, and add to the fried potatoes. Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a low-medium heat. Add the cashew nuts or peanuts and fry for 3–5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted. Add the sesame seeds and fennel seeds and cook for 2–3 minutes, stirring all the time. Remove from the heat and stir in the turmeric, followed by the sugar, half a teaspoon of salt, the chillies and the raisins, then mix with the potatoes and lentils. Add plenty of lime juice to give a sweet-sour flavour (you may need to add more sugar and salt at this stage to balance the flavour). Serve at room temperature in small bowls as a snack.
FOOD & DRINK
MADRAS FISH CURRY OF SNAPPER, TOMATO AND TAMARIND I have written at some length in the main introduction about finding this curry, which I have nominated as my favourite. I’ve used the same fish it was cooked with on that day in Mamalla puram – snapper – but in the UK I recommend using any of the following: monkfish fillet, because you get firm slices of white, meaty fish; filleted bass, preferably a large fish, because although you’ll get softer flesh it has plenty of flavour; or gurnard. I think more than anything else that this dish typifies what I was saying about really fresh fish not being ruined by a spicy curry. I can still remember the slightly oily flavour of the exquisite snapper in that dish because fish oil, when it’s perfectly fresh, is very nice to eat. I always think oily fish goes well with curry anyway, particularly with the flavours of tomatoes, tamarind and curry leaves.
SERVES 4 – 6
Method Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan or karahi over a medium heat. When hot, add the mustard seeds and fry for 30 seconds, then stir in the onion and garlic and fry gently for about 10 minutes until softened and lightly golden. Add the curry leaves, chilli powder, coriander and turmeric and fry for 2 minutes, then stir in the tomatoes, tamarind liquid, green chillies and salt and simmer for about 10 minutes until rich and reduced. Add the fish, cook for a further 5 minutes or until just cooked through, and serve with plain rice.
60ml vegetable oil 1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds 1 large onion, finely chopped 15g/3 cloves garlic, finely crushed 30 fresh curry leaves 2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder 2 tsp ground coriander 2 tsp turmeric 400g can chopped tomatoes 100ml Tamarind liquid 2 green chillies, each sliced lengthways into 6 pieces, with seeds 1 tsp salt 700g snapper fillets, cut into 5cm chunks Boiled basmati rice to serve
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FOOD & DRINK - DAIRY DIARY
Creamy Leek & Potato Soup
Fruity Chicken & Almond Salad
Butter 50g (2oz) Olive oil 2 tbsp Onion 1 large, peeled and chopped Leeks 5 weighing about 750g (1lb 10oz), trimmed, washed and sliced Potato 1 weighing about 225g (8oz), peeled and chopped Vegetable stock 1 litre (13/4 pints) Double cream 150ml (1/4 pint) Snipped chives 3 tbsp
Olive oil 2 tbsp Blanched whole almonds 50g (2oz) Ground turmeric 1/4 tsp Cooked chicken breast 2 Orange 1 peeled and segmented (juice reserved) Peach 1, halved, stoned and sliced Mixed salad leaves with wild rocket 25g (1oz)
1 In a heavy-based pan melt butter and oil until foaming. Add onion, leeks and potato and cook gently, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes until softened. 2 Add stock, bring slowly up to boil, stirring frequently, then reduce the heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Season to taste and add cream. 3 Blend the soup. Pour into warm bowls, garnish with chive and serve with bread.
1 Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a small non-stick frying pan, add almonds and turmeric and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes or until nuts are well coated in turmeric 2
Slice chicken breast width-ways. Arrange chicken and prepared fruits on two plates. Sprinkle with orange juice. Arrange salad leaves on top. Scatter with hot almonds. Drizzle with remaining oil, season and serve.
Serves 2 Calories 461 Time 15 minutes.
Serves 6 Calories 289 Time 50 minutes.
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If everything is in order, the trader or business is enrolled into the directory, wherein they will sign a customer charter which sets out the code of conduct they must abide by as a member.
If you would like to find a trader or business you can trust call us on freephone 0800 012 6508 or visit the directory website www.aubdcalderdaleandkirklees.co.uk
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IN THE HOME Colours in the living area are so important and have a big impact on the feel of the room and the mood of the people within it. Painting a room is a much quicker and cheaper way of decorating because it is then easier to change and redecorate in the future, without the hassle of removing and replacing wallpaper. If you are looking for a warm and energetic environment, try a red or orange tone. This may not be suitable for those wanting to relax with the family as they are loud colours, but if you are the type of person who likes entertaining, then the warmth will brighten up the vibe of the room. Yellow is the perfect warm colour for livening up your space, but try to keep it to a feature or accent wall. Too much of it can be overpowering. For those folk who want to feel laid back and relaxed, a cooler blue or green room might be more suitable. Do be careful of the shades you pick however. An icy blue may make visitors feel unwelcome. A warmer shade, such as turquoise, may give the desired effect you want, but make others feel more welcome as well. For a more sophisticated feel, stick to neutral tones, whites and creams. Not only do these provide a blank canvas to incorporate furniture and patterns, but allow the room to become a peaceful setting, which looks elegant and refined.
HOW COLOURS CAN CHANGE A ROOM Itâ€™s surprising how much the colours and fabrics in a room can vastly improve and change the look of it. Picking a new colour for the walls, or buying a new rug or carpet can mix up the style of your home and make it look brand new. 28
Combinations of fabrics and patterns are also hugely inspiring when it comes to decorating and can create a theme for your house that you may wish to follow; from a cosy cottage to a Tuscan villa. If your tastes cater to soft pastels, floral fabrics and rustic wood furnishings, then a cottage style home may be your cup of tea, where as finding wallpapers with an old plaster texture, tapestry style rugs and cushions with gold, coppers and greens infused can give the feel of Tuscany in your home.
You may think that adding a splash of colour to your home will get expensive but that isn’t the case. Paint is a much cheaper option than wallpaper, but how about just repainting and wallpapering one wall in a vibrant colour or pattern to add some variation. If you can’t afford a new sofa or lounge chair, find some new fabric you like and get the existing furniture reupholstered. Wooden furniture is easy to transform too. Take an old chair that needs a make over, or buy a cheap one from a second hand shop. All it needs is sanding down and a coat of paint, to fit whatever mood you are going for in the room, and you have a brand new piece of furniture. The same can be done with tables, cupboards, and fireplaces.
FINAL TIPS... • Fabrics can easily change up a room, don’t be afraid to experiment. • Be aware of light and colours. Warmer light coming into your house allows for cooler colours. With colder light, try a warmer colour.
Carpets are a highly important part of a room. Many people prefer plain, block colour materials on their floors, which are great for flexibility when designing and changing styles. However they can make a large room look empty. Going for a patterned carpet might seem a bit risky, but if the right one is selected, it can make a big difference. Patterns can create a focal point in a big room if you feel like keeping the furniture quite simple, but try and avoid busy patterns in a small room as this can make the space seem closed in and cluttered. Fabric texture is also important. Kristen Schmitt says on Better www.50plusmagazine.co.uk
Homes and Gardens that: “Texture adds dimension to a room. It appeals to our senses, both visual and tactile, which makes the room interesting.” Add some pillows and cushions to your bed and sofa; fluffy, ruffled, floral,tartan, anything that takes your fancy. Even a textured throw for the end of the bed can provide a contrast in a room. Bring in a patterned rug to create a focal point and make small rooms look larger. Round shapes in a square room can also soften the space. Don’t be afraid of contrasting patterns and colours either, but try not to go beyond three and use samples to decide on the best combinations.
• Something as simple as adding a mirror can instantly make a room look bigger. • Patterns are good, but don’t go overboard. • Buy a signature piece of furniture or rug you like and base the colour scheme around that. • Bright ornaments and furniture can look great in an otherwise plain, white room. • You don’t need a massive income to completely change your style.
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By Niki Schäfer, MD of Dwell-Being
TOP TIPS: ART DECO Niki Schäfer shares her tips on creating an Art Deco look: 1. The incredibly glamorous Art Deco period spans from 1920 – 1939 and epitomises the opulence of inter-war Britain. The period was characterised by modern, sleek designs with a luxurious use of materials. The New York’s Chrysler building, The Savoy and Sybil Colefax were icons of this era, look to them for inspiration on a smaller scale! 2. The luxury and decadence was increasingly noticeable in contrast to the austerity of the First World War. The use of rare and exotic woods and materials such as ivory, shagreen (imitation shark skin) and mother of pearl was familiar to this era. Decorate using an excess of mirrors, satins and pale leathers.
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3. The Art Deco period was heavily influenced by international style, so perhaps use lacquer as a finish on furniture, a design style developed from China. The period also admired enormously style icons of the era such as Eileen Gray. 4. The era was nicknamed the ‘Cocktail Age’ so for true Art Deco style track down walnut cocktail cabinets in a stepped shape, symbolic of the Aztec pyramids that were also hugely popular at the time. 5. Advances in technology moved towards a more ‘streamlined’ look. Every day objects such as radios became streamlined, swayed by the aerodynamic shapes cut from ocean liners and Zeppelins.
6. Choose fringed lighting and fitted furniture to incorporate an Art Deco look into your home without creating an overwhelming look. Try Tiger Moth Lighting for some wonderful fringed metal lamps and pendants. 7. Search for cantilevered chairs made popular by Marcel Breuer and Miles van Der Rohhe, who made the most of technology advances fashioning original and modern styles from new materials. The Barcelona Chair is another popular design choice, still contemporary today and found in many modern homes and offices. 8. To truly emulate the ‘elite’ style you need to find the original pieces. The technology advances spurred the creation of imitation products made from cheap materials, which led to the eventual end of the era. 9. Rugs were hugely popular throughout this period. Search for wild geometrical shapes in a spectrum of bold colours to liven up any room. Imitation zebra and other wild animal
skins are widely available as fabrics nowadays, and if you’re feeling extra brave use some flocked wallpaper in the same design. 10. If you live and breathe for Art Deco inspired design then take a visit to La Maison de Verre in Paris, or slightly closer to home stay at The Park Lane Hotel and dine in Claridges
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Great choices for the smallest room Thinking of updating your bathroom? Then take a look at the extensive showroom at Huddersfield’s Atlas Bathrooms of Lockwood. With now even more choice in store, Atlas has invested heavily in the extensive showroom and now has even more displays of bath suites, showers and wet rooms to choose from. It now has one of the biggest displays of bathrooms and accessories in the Huddersfield area. Spread over two floors it has ranges from top manufacturers including Jacuzzi, Heritage, Roca and Ideal Standard. There is also plenty to suit all budgets with bathrooms and showers ranging in price from affordable to the luxurious end of the market. There is also a wide choice of bathroom furniture and accessories along with a new display of Christy Towels, one of the UK’s longest established iconic brands. Atlas Bathrooms has recently been appointed an official stockist. He said: “We have something for all tastes and to suit all sizes of bathroom, from the very traditional to the very modern. Wet rooms are growing in popularity along with larger walk-in showers.” Atlas also has a great range of accessories which are sure to add the finishing touch.
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can get confirmation that the piece is authentic. An expert will be able to tell if pieces from different periods have been put together, which does happen. Anyone checking jewellery must have a loop [eye glass] to be able to see properly. Watch out for signs of restoration Restorers use clever techniques to repair antiques, which can easily go unnoticed by the untrained eye. With furniture there are some simple giveaways to look for, such as obvious use of machinery or tools not available when the piece was made – bandsaw blade marks, for example. If you buy a piece with original colour and patina it is much less likely to be restored as French polish and waxed finishes can hide restoration.
Tips for making money from antiques Big returns are possible from antique collecting. A £19.95 terracotta figurine bought an eBay is now worth £800. Here, we look at what novice antiques investors should watch out for, as well as some of the investments the experts believe could generate the best returns in years to come. Invest only in things you like You should invest only in antiques that you are happy to have in your home for years to come. A spokesman for Miller’s Antiques Handbook and Price Guide said: “Although you will no doubt have some interest in the financial value of your collection, this should be seen only as a bonus. Just like any market, fashions and tastes change over time. This means that something that is not valuable now may become so in the future, and vice versa.” Look for original untouched furniture Furniture that hasn’t been restored, preferably with provenance, is likely to be among the best investments. Choose prewar pieces if buying glass If you are buying glass for investment purposes, look out for prewar Lalique items, as this will mean they have been designed and overseen by René Lalique himself. Be wary of signs of 32
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Spirit, Dewsbury’s free annual street theatre show, is back for a seventh consecutive year and is one of the earliest Yorkshire Festival events. Theater Tol’s cycling inspired show Luce is sure to wow audiences young and old. Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi are two of Italy’s greatest cyclists. They raced against each other in the 1940s and ‘50s in a series of highly charged encounters and their passion, dedication and sportsmanship united a nation. Italians today still argue over who was the best.
YORKSHIRE FESTIVAL 27th March - 6 July A 100 day cultural festival, starting on 27 March, celebrating the Grand Départ weekend of the Tour de France across Yorkshire in July. It’s the first ever cultural festival to precede the Grand Départ in its 111 year history. As the only local authority across the whole of Yorkshire to be chosen by festival programmers to deliver official events, Kirklees will be in the centre of the cultural action.
Relive the nail-biting moments in Luce by Belgian company Theater Tol, an amazing aerial show that suspends the performers high above the audience. If you saw and were delighted by Theater Tol’s Corazon de Angeles amazing show at the Festival of Light in 2010, you won’t want to miss Spirit 2014. Dewsbury Town Centre, Dewsbury, WF13 1DQ
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Wallace & Gromit are calling on people across the UK to join The BIG Breakfast on the 4th April to raise thousands of pounds for sick children in hospitals and hospices by enjoying their BIG Breakfast. People from all walks of life are being invited to take part and host a ‘Wallace & Gromit BIG Breakfast’, on the 4th April. The event aims to get people to host their very own BIG Breakfast, giving children and adults alike a great start to the day. Research suggests that breakfast eaters have lower stress levels and better concentration than breakfast skippers, yet 1 in 4 adults in the UK admit to regularly skipping breakfast. So Wallace & Gromit’s BIG Breakfast calls on the nation to wake up to a BIG Breakfast which not only helps everyone who takes part have a brighter day but also helps raise vital funds for sick children across the UK. Nick Park, creator of Wallace & Gromit and trustee of the Children’s Charity , says: “The BIG Breakfast is a great way to start the day and to help sick and terminally ill children in the UK.” Since 2003 over 600,000 people have supported Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s charity, helping children in over 87 children’s hospitals and hospices across the UK and 18,000 families every year.
HUDDERSFIELD FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL Thursday 7 - Sunday 10 August 2014 St George’s Square, Huddersfield Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival 2013 was the busiest ever in the history of the event. Visitors to the festival, which took place in St George’s Square topped 160,000 over the course of the four days. Now in its 14th year, Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival is Yorkshire’s largest free food festival, running for four days every August and set against the impressive backdrop of St George’s Square. The festival programme boasts an impressive line-up of free demonstrations and sampling sessions, as well as workshops and entertainment for children. Marquees stay open until later on Friday and Saturday evenings to give festival-goers the chance to enjoy the live music and soak up the atmosphere a little longer. For more details visit www.foodanddrinkfestival.org.uk
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GHOST HUNTING IN DEWSBURY 5th April 2014. 9pm-3am. Ghost hunting & paranormal ghost hunts at Dewsbury Town Hall. This fine Victorian Town Hall stands in front of the old marketplace in the centre of bustling Dewsbury town centre. Dewsbury Town Hall is most famous for holding The Yorkshire Ripper in custody in the cells before charging him here in the courtroom. You can join us in these very cells.
HALIFAX FESTIVAL 28 June – 5 July 2014 10 days of amazing cultural events across Halifax such as comedy shows, dance shows, exhibitions, music, talks, theatre and much more. This year’s festival runs alongside the grand départ in calderdale and yorkshire. The full festival programme will be published in the Spring. To be the first to hear join the mailing list, follow on twitter or like on facebook. Last year over 12,000 people enjoyed 98 events across 26 venues, including aerial displays, heritage walks, music, theatre and film. For more details please visit www.halifaxfestival.co.uk
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Staff tell us certain areas have a negative feel as though you dont want to be there, Who is the apparition of a man many people have seen in the Cells area, He dissapears as soon as he is seen. Cold spots, Hot spots and lots more to investigate, Our medium Stuart said on our walk round he was picking up on many energies which hopefully we can unravel on our night at Dewsbury Town Hall. For more informaton, please visit www.skiddle.com/e/12106948/
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Lace up for the 2014 Midnight Memory Walk today! This year, around 1,000 walkers will descend on the John Smith’s Stadium to take part in the challenge and to remember family and friends who cannot be there. 2014’s Midnight Memory Walk is set to be a great occasion, with a new 10 mile (or shorter 6 mile) walk around Kirklees. Fun, laughter and wonderful memories are guaranteed. The entry fee is just £12 per person (and £6 for walkers aged 16 and under).
EARLY BIRD OFFER! If you register before the 31st March 2014 you will qualify for the early bird special price of just £10 (and £5 for walkers aged 16 and under). Your entry fee covers the cost of your place in the walk, your t-shirt, medal and breakfast butty. There is no minimum sponsorship requirement, all we ask is that you raise as much money as possible for Kirkwood Hospice. James and Sharon from Huddersfield first decided to take part in the Midnight Memory Walk after James’ mother Christine died from cancer three years ago. For the married couple of 17 years, the event has become a poignant and uplifting experience.
“Although she died a few years ago, it’s still very raw.” said Sharon. “She wanted to stay at home, so we had a lot of support from Kirkwood. They helped us understand what we should be doing. Through the Hospice’s support we managed to give her that wish.” “At the Midnight Memory Walk everyone else has been through something similar, some form of loss. This event provides a real boost. It helps us to know that we are not alone.’ she added. So don’t miss out. Dust off your walking boots and lace up for the Midnight Memory Walk 2014!
How to register: Online at: www.kirkwoodhospice.co.uk Call: 01484 557911 Or pick up a registration form at any of our 20 shops across Kirklees.
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Get the very best view of the Tour On Sunday 6 July 2014 the Tour de France Stage 2 is coming to Huddersfield. During this stage the riders will face the epic HOLME MOSS ascent, testing both the cyclists and their bikes. Kirkwood Hospice is offering a unique chance for you to be a part of this once in a lifetime event. Kirkwood has just 200 places available for their exclusive private hospitality day, offering guests the ultimate front row seat to le Tour. A private courtyard overlooking the Holme Valley has been set aside for the event, offering stunning views of both the roadside and Holme Moss. Guests will almost be able to touch the teams as they ride by, safe in the knowledge that they will not be pushed aside by the crowds. Enjoy hospitality throughout the day in a private marquee and courtyard with exclusive private facilities. Upon arrival guests will indulge in a complimentary champagne reception with a fabulous continental buffet. As the parade snakes it way through the Holme Valley from 1pm, guests will be able to ascend to the stage’s summit, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere from the comfort of their private courtyard. A big screen TV will ensure you don’t miss any of the drama! Following the excitement of the race, our guests will be invited to relax and unwind with a sumptuous three course meal, served with complimentary wine. Prosecco and summer pale ales will also be available for guests to purchase throughout the event to compliment the local produce on offer quality and refinement with a Yorkshire twist! Tickets are priced at £279 per person. Group bookings are also available.
For the full package details and to book your VIP place, please visit: www. kirkwoodhospice.co.uk/tour or call Gabrielle on: 01484 557911. Places are limited, so don’t miss out!
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It isn't just the Prescription Unlike other shops, pharmacies have something quite unique, a pharmacist. A pharmacist is a specialist, a university graduate who has completed a degree course, followed by a further year of postgraduate education, to become a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Only then is he or she allowed to practice. A pharmacist is an expert on medicines, and is probably the only professional person you can freely access without making an appointment. Only when a pharmacist is present may prescriptions be dispensed or the sale of many medicines take place. There have been many changes since the start of the National Health Service, but one thing has never changed, the professional service offered by pharmacists. Gone are the handmade preparations, no longer is the pharmacist tied to the dispensary bench compounding exotic potions. More time is now available to advise patients and doctors about the new and increasingly potent medicines of today, and to check for potential drug interactions and side effects. If you regularly use the same pharmacy for your prescriptions, their patient medication record system will be building up a profile of your medicines to highlight any potential problems. There is much more to dispensing than just counting the tablets and handing out the bottle. In addition to dosage directions the label on your medicine will bear cautionary warnings about avoiding alcohol or not taking the medicine at the same time as certain other medicines, or foods. Your pharmacist is available to advise if you have any queries, and will make a point of clarifying instructions to ensure that you use your medication effectively. For minor ailments, your pharmacist may advise on the purchase of a suitable medicine; pharmacies have a wide range of potent medicines that are restricted to sale under a pharmacist's supervision. Alternatively, you may be advised to seek further medical advice. We are here in the community to offer a service for patients using ostomy and incontinence equipment. It is not necessary to send away to mail order companies to receive these goods. Only pharmacy can offer the flexibility and personal service that health care demands.
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LIFESTYLE trails you can find, or see if they run any guided walks. Many areas have their own rambling or walking clubs; joining one of these could keep you on track and help you meet people with similar interests. A scheme called Walking For Health aims to get people active and their walks can be located all over the country on their website.
Make a Change! By Kelly Spencer
I’m sure there were many of us that made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, stay healthy and do more exercise. But putting too much pressure on yourself can lead to giving up on your goal and going back to old habits. However, doing a little bit as often as possible can make a big difference, and there are simple activities to help you achieve this.
automatically make you feel better. Allowing yourself a ‘cheat day’ where you can eat what you like will also help you stay on track to reach your ideal weight.
If you’re thinking about going on a diet, don’t try one of these complicated have nothing but juice for a week fads that are currently all the rage. The best way of losing weight and feeling healthier is to cut out the ‘rubbish’ from your diet. Eating fewer snacks, sweets, and junk food and adding fruit, nuts and other nutritious foods instead will
If you’re stuck for money but still want to get out there and get fit, walking is a great activity to take up. The brilliant thing about it, is it’s free and you can do it absolutely anywhere. Whether it’s walking the dog or using your legs to get to the shop, rather than jumping in the car, there’s nothing better for you than getting out into the fresh air. Head to your local country park and see what
Swimming Swimming is one of the best exercises to do, and it’s fun as well. It has a number of health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and improving joint movement in arthritis. There are plenty of classes available to suit everyone’s needs, including those for older adults. Aqua Gym is one of these and is on offer at most leisure centres, where you do gentle exercising in the water. Set aside an evening each week to go and take part in a class. You’ll see a big difference in yourself and make some new friends at the same time.
Regular exercise can reduce stress and depression and cycling is a low impact activity, helping to keep you fit and alert. Research shows that regular cyclists have, on average, the health of someone ten years younger. Not only is it an activity you can do anywhere, it is also a good solution to transport issues to get you from point A to point B. Try taking your bike out on the weekend and cycling for a couple of miles or even changing your travel habits and using your bike to get to work rather than a car or bus.
Dancing With the popularity of BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, ballroom dancing is now a much loved past time for many people, and is also excellent for getting in shape as it exercises the whole body. There are hundreds of dance schools across the country offering classes for beginners up to the professional level. You could take this up with your partner or friend, or even go alone and meet new people. Dancing is a skill that will come in handy at many social occasions, so learn to dance and show off to your friends.
Simple Exercises There are plenty of other ways to stay in shape in the New Year but the easiest is to set aside a bit of time each day and do some simple exercises at home. You can do these morning, noon or night, while watching the television. Something as basic as a few stretches or even a bit of yoga every day or so will soon start showing differences. If you’d like something a bit more tailored to you, your local leisure centre or gym may have a personal trainer programme, who will assist you in deciding on the best exercises to improve the areas you want, in a safe and productive manner. 39
As we get older, we have an increasing risk of prostate cancer. Researchers have shown that Lycopene (the red colour in tomatoes and one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants) is beneficial for those at risk as well as those who already have the disease. For example, the following studies all point towards positive benefits: Harvard Medical School, USA A study of 50,000 men showed a significant reduction in the incidence of prostate cancer for men on high (tomato) Lycopene diets. “Frequent consumption of tomato products is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer.” Kings College Hospital, London A 12 month trial involving men with confirmed prostate cancer found that about 70% of those consuming Lycoplus, a dietary supplement containing Lycopene, benefited from a much reduced rate of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) increase or an actual reduction in their PSA. “Our clinical study lends weight to the probability that dietary supplementation with Lycopene [from Lycoplus] slows disease progression in men with prostate cancer.”
Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, USA Amongst a group of men with prostate cancer who were to have radical prostatectomy, some took a Lycopene supplement, some not. Following surgery it was found in the Lycopene group that more than two-thirds had the cancer confined to the prostate whereas in the other group more than half found the cancer had spread. Similarly, in the Lycopene group less than 20% had tumours larger than 4cc but in the other group the equivalent number was approximately 50%. “Lycopene as tomato extract may not only help prevent prostate cancer but also may be useful to treat prostate cancer.” Although the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, it is known that Lycopene accumulates in the prostate gland. Many researchers think that Lycopene’s antioxidant properties help to protect the body’s DNA from damaging free radicals. Others believe that Lycopene improves cell-to-cell communication, reducing the risk of the uninhibited growth seen in cancer cells. In all likelihood, several mechanisms are at work simultaneously and there is much research currently being conducted across the globe to understand these interactions. In the meantime, many men are not waiting for full scientific explanations but are turning to Lycopene to reduce the risk of prostate disease. Humans possess no mechanism to make Lycopene; instead we accumulate it from our diet. Furthermore, natural Lycopene is hardly taken up at all from the consumption of raw tomatoes and only becomes “bioavailable” if the fruit is cooked and/or processed prior to eating. Consequently, supplements such as Lycoplus EXTRA are an increasingly attractive option.
Reactivating Lycopene with Vitamin C Every time a damaging free radical is removed by a Lycopene molecule, the antioxidant becomes “spent” – in essence, the Lycopene sacrifices itself to protect the body’s DNA. However, research has shown that the presence of plenty of vitamin C allows the “spent” Lycopene molecules to be reactivated, rejuvenating them and preparing them to quench another poisonous free radical. Thus, vitamin C is believed to prolong the antioxidising effects of Lycopene.
STOP PRESS Diet rich in tomatoes may lower breast cancer risk In work to be published in 2014 in the Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Dr Adana Llanos from Rutgers University, USA shows that a tomato-rich diet could help to protect at-risk post-menopausal women from breast cancer because Lycopene affects the level of hormones that play a role in metabolism and cancer risk. The risk reduction was clear for older (50+) women after only 10 weeks of 25mg Lycopene per day – approximately 2 capsules of Lycoplus Extra daily.
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www.clarkandpartners.co.uk However, studies show around 2.45 million people in England require help on a regular basis.
At Home Mobility superstores situated around the country, specialise in products to help people live independently. They sell thousands of items to allow you to feel comfortable at home. Climbing the stairs is one task that becomes increasingly difficult as we age. But not to worry, a stair lift or extra hand rails can make this much easier. Fitted to the wall of the staircase, they create a better grip when climbing or allow you to sit and bypass the steps altogether. Bathing can become tricky too, especially with slippery surfaces. However, bath lifts and safety rails have been created to aid movement in the bathroom. These give extra support when getting in and out of the bathtub, by lowering and lifting you from the water, if this is found to be most challenging.
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Aquability can help you prevent problems before they occur and enable you to stay independent for longer. Sometimes a simple solution is all that is needed to improve home safety, such as installing grab bars or using a specially designed inflatable cushion to get in and out of the bath. As the UK’s leading bathing solutions provider Aquability have been changing the lives of their customers for over 15 years. Their mobility products include walk- in baths, sit-down showers, powered safety seats and more. With a comprehensive product range that is constantly updated and an expert team on hand to advise you, Aquability can deliver the perfect solution to your mobility needs, on any budget.
Visit www.aquability.com to find out more. Specialist furniture stores also sell remote controlled chairs and beds that move and adjust to allow sitting up and lying down without any pain or problems.
Out & About Finding you have trouble walking can be a daunting thing and can make leaving the house hard. Mobility stores have a selection of walking aids and frames, in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes, fitted to the individual. Wheelchairs can be purchased, but they are accessible on the NHS, so look into your options. Mobility scooters are a great invention too if you’re wanting to get out and about. Although, they can be pricey, they are worth the satisfaction of knowing you can travel wherever you like, without the assistance of others. You may however have to register with the DVLA.
Tilt-in Space Local mobility specialists Clark & Partners Ltd have been established for over 50 years, and are a wellknown and trusted name in mobility. Christmas and the New Year are when we spend the most time with our loved ones, and this is often the time of year when their needs become apparent. Getting the right chair for your relative is very important, as the health benefits and improvements to quality of life can be astonishing. Our amazing range of specialist comfort chairs are designed to achieve the perfect seating position for your relative, giving maximum comfort and pressure relief. We work closely with relatives and Healthcare Professionals should your loved one live in residential care. With a wide range of chairs available for
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Pressure Relief trial, you can speak to our Trained Advisors to arrange a free assessment to find the right chair to suit your needs. The store has an extensive product range and excellent parking facilities so it’s convenient and easy for customers. We can supply everything from large mobility vehicles to specialist chairs and footwear, and smaller daily living aids such as kettle tippers and grab rails to help make life that bit easier. Products can be purchased in store, via our mail order catalogue or online at: www.clarkandpartners.co.uk Simply call us today on 01484 420082 to book your FREE no obligation assessment. Clark & Partners are open:
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturdays 9am-3pm.
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Affordable Funeral Service
Losing a loved one can be one of life's most upsetting and distressing times. We go out of our way to help ease the worries where funeral arrangements are concerned. Not only involved with losing a loved one is the emotional upset, but it can also be a time of financial worry and strain and we not only lend a sympathetic ear but also an affordable funeral service too. Or maybe you see not the need for an elaborate funeral and want only a simple, low key occasion without all the fuss.
Personal Family Touches We strongly believe that a funeral service for a loved one should be as personal and unique as they were and we will do everything possible to ensure that all wishes are carried out to make things easier on the day. Be it that family members would like to carry the coffin or perhaps certain members would like to speak within the funeral service. We encourage family involvement and are more than happy to discuss all options possible.
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Includes:• The payment of the Cremation Fee, • The payment of the Doctor's Fees, • The payment of the Minister's Fees, • The provision of an Oak effect coffin and interior of your colour choice, • The bringing in of your loved one into our Chapel of Rest, their care, dressing and repose, • Our professional fees for the arranging and conducting of the funeral, • The hearse and necessary staff on the day of the funeral to meet family and friends at the Crematorium.
We offer a caring, personal and professional Funeral Service tailored to your needs, without compromising on care. IF WE CAN BE OF HELP TO YOU AND FOR AN INFORMAL CHAT,
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You’ve earned your retirement... now start enjoying it
Retirement living schemes (sometimes referred to as sheltered housing) are a great housing choice for single people or couples over 60. They offer affordable accommodation for people who want to live independently but who also want the security of support if they need it.
We have 19 schemes across Kirklees. Each one offers:� Self-contained flats with their own front doors, kitchens & bathrooms � Communal lounge, kitchen, laundry and garden � A wide range of social activities, including craft sessions, IT, music, coffee mornings, lunch clubs, bingo, trips, parties, gardening and cooking � A guest flat for friends and family � Independent living with optional low level support � Optional 24/7 monitored home safety service
But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what one of our tenants, Pat, has to say: “Before I moved into a Retirement Living Scheme I was in a bad place. I didn’t want to go out and I was quite a nervous and worried person. But I didn’t feel that I needed sheltered housing. However it is a lot different to how I imagined. I have the privacy of my own flat, have made lots of friends and everyone helps one another out. We organise coffee mornings, lunch clubs, computer lessons and even have ukulele sessions! Linda, the Scheme Coordinator, is there to help me no matter how trivial my problems may seem, and knowing I am safe is one less thing for my daughter to worry about. Although I still have the occasional off day like anybody, I don’t feel alone, knowing that I have friends that live here and the scheme coordinator to help me if I need it. It’s the best decision I have ever made!”
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New Permanent Teeth Now Cost 50% Less Any soreness gone within 48 hours... Successful in 95% of cases. Smile confidently...and easily bite an apple, chew nuts or a steak.
hen you have missing teeth or wear dentures you can feel self-conscious when you talk, smile or eat.. You can feel as if everyone you meet is looking at your teeth. The result? Your self-confidence gets knocked and you don’t smile so often. But, here’s some good news for you. Thanks to a breakthrough, it’s now possible to have new permanent teeth to replace any missing teeth you might have. They’re called tooth implants. They look like natural teeth. And they fill the gaps between your teeth whether they are at the front or the back of your mouth. You can now have a tooth implant, even if your dentist has told you in the past you weren’t suitable. That’s because tooth implant techniques have dramatically improved the last few years. What’s more, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve had missing teeth. People who have had missing teeth for years can still have successful tooth implants. Uses Keyhole Technique This newer procedure uses a “keyhole” technique which is ideal for nervous patients.. So there’s no major gum surgery involved. Patients report that it’s not painful to have an implant. And having teeth implants means you no longer need to wear dentures. No need to worry about your dentures breaking. No embarrassment or feeling self conscious when you’re with other people. No need to worry when biting into an apple, eating nuts or chewing a steak. Now Affordable For Everyone The cost of tooth implants has dramatically fallen. A typical tooth implant costs around £935 plus the cost of a crown. And you don’t need a separate implant to replace every missing tooth. For example 4 missing teeth can be replaced with only 2 implants. Just imagine not being self-conscious when you smile and laugh when you’re in the company of other people.
A FREE Consultation – Save £42 Now you can have your mouth checked to see if these new tooth implants are suitable for you. Normally such an consultation costs £42. However The Fresh Smile Clinic is offering a FREE 15 minute consultation for 10 readers of 50 Plus Magazine who respond before 30th April 2014. During your consultation you will NOT be sold to and there is no future obligation. So phone 01484 714640 (24 hours) or email email@example.com and reserve your free consultation today by quoting CODE: 50FSC “My new implants have transformed my smile and made me more confident. My friends tell me how good they look.” Gwen Rika, Bradford “I’m delighted with my new teeth and feel much more confident!” Carol Armitage, Halifax “The procedure is easy and the results are fantastic.” Yolanda Gallagher, Huddersfield PS. The Fresh Smile Clinic has completed over 1000 successful tooth implants with a 95% success rate. And they offer a money back guarantee with any tooth implant they perform. So if you have a tooth implant and it’s not successful you receive a full refund.
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