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FEBRUARY - APRIL 2018

MERSEYSIDE, SOUTHPORT & ORMSKIRK EDITION 46

Debbie Harry

Wonderful Holidays, Historic Wonders

DELIGHTING UK AUDIENCES SINCE THE 70’S

WITH HIDDEN HISTORY TRAVEL & ARCHAEOLOGY

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2018 DOOR TO DOOR Quality British and European Holidays by Coach DATE

DESTINATION

DAYS/BOARD

HOTEL

PRICE

DINER

SS

FEBRUARY 2nd Feb

BLACKPOOL - Weekend including Sunday Lunch

3HB

Park House Hotel

£129 NO NOA

9th Feb

CUMBRIA - Line dancing weekend with BILL and ANNE

3FB

Gilsland Hall Hotel

£205 NO £12

Suncliff Hotel

£299 NO NOA

Park House Hotel

£229 NO NOA

MARCH 05 March

BOURNEMOUTH - All inclusive

5 ALL INCL

09 March

BLACKPOOL - Long Weekend

4HB

18 March

MINI-CRUISE - Bruge

19 March

BABBACOMBE - Bar Promotion

02 April 08 April

Pride Bruge Cruise Ferry

£99 NO -

5HB

Anchorage Hotel

£209 NO NOA

ISLE OF WIGHT

6HB

Channel View Hotel

£439 NO NOA

BLACKPOOL - Blackpool 1940s Hilton Hotel Break

2HB

Hilton Hotel

£129 NO £21

09 April

PAIGNTON - Entertainment Package

5HB

The Marine Hotel

£319 NO NOA

09 April

SIDMOUTH - Includes Vintage Tram Ride

5HB

The Royal York & Faulkner Hotel

£379 NO NOA

16 April

MINI-CRUISE - Dutch Bulbfields

Pride of Rotterdam

£129 NO -

19 April

TENBY - All Inclusive

5HB

Belgrave Hotel

£299 NO NOA

20 April

CUMBRIA - Line Dancing Weekend

3FB

Gilsland Hall Hotel

£205 NO £12

30 April

WARNERS - Entertainment Package

5HB Bembridge

£359 NO NOA

30 April

JERSEY BY AIR

6HB

The Mayfair Hotel

£519 NO £90

04 May

LLANDUDNO - Victorian Extravaganza

4HB

Queens Hotel

£259 NO £12

07 May

LLANDUDNO - Spring Break

5HB

Queens Hotel

£349 NO £16

07 May

WARNERS - Entertainment Package

5HB

Holme Lacy

£419 NO NOA

17 May

BARMOUTH

4HB

Arbour Hotel

£249 NO £20

12 May

CORNWALL - Cornish Splendor & Doc Martin

6HB

Rosemundy House Hotel

£439 NO NOA

13 May

NORFOLK & SANDRINGHAM

5HB

Le Strange Arms Hotel

£499 NO NOA

20 May

BAMBURGH - DINER TOUR

6HB

The Victoria Hotel

£469

27 May

DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

5HB

Cairndale Hotel

£349 NO £72

30 May

LOIRE VALLEY - The Garden of France

8HB

Ibis Hotel, Chinon

£849 NO £218

06 June

EASTBOURNE

6HB

Haddon Hall Hotel

£399 NO NOA

16 June

LLANDUDNO - Summer Holiday

8HB

Queens Hotel

£479 NO £30

17 June

TORQUAY

6HB

Belgrave Sands

£445 NO £40

24 June

WESTPORT

6HB

Castlecourt Hotel

£499 NO £93

29 June

CRICCIETH

4HB

Lion Hotel

£275 NO NOA

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APRIL

3

MAY

YES NOA

JUNE

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JULY 01 July

SCARBOROUGH

5HB

Esplanade Hotel

£354 NO NOA

02 July

ISLE OF MAN

5HB

The Rutland Hotel

£449 NO £40

06 July

CUMBRIA - Line Dancing Weekend

3FB

Gilsland Hall Hotel

£205 NO £12

09 July

WARNERS - Entertainment Package

5HB

Cricket St Thomas

£426 NO NOA

09 July

BOURNEMOUTH - DINER TOUR

5HB

Suncliff Hotel

£398

YES NOA

15 July

CUMBRIA - Summer Tour DINER TOUR

5HB

Gilsland Hall Hotel

£379

YES £45

23 July

TORQUAY

5HB

Headland Hotel

£385 NO NOA

23 July

PERTHSHIRE - High Peaks of Luxury in the Highlands

5HB

Crieff Hydo Hotel & Resort

£465 NO £95

30 July

ISLE OF ARRAN - Includes Off Road Safari

5HB

Best Western Kinloch Hotel

£439 NO NOA

02 Aug

DOWNTON ABBEY & BATH

5HB

Best Western Blunsdon House Hotel

£389 NO £80

05 Aug

ANGUS - Includes Glamis Castle & Cruise - DINER

6HB

Park Hotel

£472

07 Aug

EDINBURGH - Includes Tattoo

3HB

Kings Manor Hotel

£422 NO £65+

12 Aug

CORNWALL - Cornish Splendor & Doc Martin

6HB

Rosemundy House Hotel

£439 NO NOA

19 Aug

BABBACOMBE - Great Value Summer Tour

6HB

Anchorage Hotel

£335 NO NOA

24 Aug

EDINBURGH - Includes Tattoo - LONG WEEKEND

4HB

Kings Manor Hotel

£422 NO £65+

26 Aug

EASTBOURNE

6HB

Best Western Lansdowne Hotel

£449 NO NOA

AUGUST YES £75

SEPTEMBER 06 Sept

ANGERS

5BB

Séjours and Affairs

09 Sept

BAMBURGH

6HB

The Victoria Hotel

£429 NO NOA

10 Sept

AUSTRIA - Romantic Rhineland, Austria & The Heart of Europe

11HB

Belle Vue Hotel/Weiss Kreuz Hotel

£1019 NO £195

17 Sept

BLACKPOOL - Blackpool Illuminations

5HB

Park House Hotel

£299 NO NOA

23 Sept

LLANDUDNO - Summer Holiday

6HB

Queens Hotel

£395 NO £20

23 Sept

PEEBLES

5HB

The Brony Castle Hotel & Spa

£398 NO £80

27 Sept

LOCH LOMOND - A Victorian Steam Journey

5FB

The Winnock Hotel

£449 NO £56

02 Oct

JERSEY BY AIR

6HB

The Mayfair Hotel

£489 NO £90

12 Oct

BLACKPOOL - Long Weekend

4HB

Park House Hotel

£299 NO NOA

12 Oct

CUMBRIA - Line Dancing Weekend

3FB

Gilsland Hall Hotel

£205 NO £12

19 Oct

MINI-CRUISE - Dutch Bulbfields

21 Oct

TENBY - Turkey & Tinsel

5 ALL INCL

The Belgrave Hotel

£299 NO NOA

27 Oct

ISLE OF WIGHT

6HB

Channel View Hotel

£439 NO NOA

02 Nov

BRIDGWATER, TAUNTON - Guy Fawkes Illuminated Carnival

3HB

Holiday Inn Taunton

£199 NO £40

05 Nov

LUDLOW - Pre Christmas Party

4HB

The Feathers Hotel

£299 NO NOA

02 Nov

LLANDUDNO - Turkey & Tinsel - includes fireworks

4HB

Queens Hotel

£235 NO £20

11 Nov

THURSFORD - Christmas Spectacular

4HB

Best Western Le Strange Arms

£389 NO NOA

19 Nov

LLANDUDNO - Turkey & Tinsel

5HB

Queens Hotel

£299 NO £20

12 Nov

CUMBRIA - Turkey & Tinsel

5HB

Queens Hotel

£295 NO £25

12 Nov

BABBACOMBE - Turkey & Tinsel

5HB

Anchorage Hotel

£235 NO £25

19 Nov

THURSFORD - Christmas Spectacular

4HB

Best Western Le Strange Arms

£389 NO NOA

23 Nov

LONDON and Winter Wonderland

3BB

Novotel London West Hotel

£179

29 Nov

LOCH LOMOND - Edinburgh Christmas Markets

5 ALL INCL

The Winnock Hotel

£329 NO £56

29 Nov

VALKENBURG - Christmas Markets

6HB

Schaepkens Hotel

£479 NO £85

Est £425 NO

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OCTOBER

£129 NO -

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NOVEMBER

NO

-

DECECEMBER 23 Dec

CUMBRIA - Christmas Package

5SMA

Gilsland Hall Hotel

£449 NO £20

23 Dec

DUMFRIES - Christmas Package

5SMA

Cairndale Hotel

£395 NO £60

23 Dec

LLANDUDNO - Christmas Package

5SMA

Queens Hotel

£599 NO £20

30 Dec

DUMFRIES - Hogmanay Package

4HB

Cairndale Hotel

£420 NO £60

30 Dec

CUMBRIA - Hogmanay Package

4HB

Gilsland Hall Hotel

£449 NO £20

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Twittering on With Angela Kelly Just get on with life – don’t dissect it I’M not a major fan of New Year Resolutions – mostly because my track record means I hardly ever keep them beyond January 12.

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However, I’m going to make an exception this year, thanks to a rather game 90 year-old called Vera. She booked an 11-day P & O cruise with a 91 year-old man she had met just 45 minutes before. She was on a coach trip and when they stopped for lunch, this charmer called John – not with her group – got chatting to Vera over a glass of wine about holidays. The upshot was that he took her over the road to the travel agents and paid £3,700 for them to have an 11-day Mediterranean trip.

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It was all above board: they had separate beds and enjoyed a lovely time. But the really interesting bit of this rather sweet tale is Vera’s take on the whole thing. When asked why she had done it, she replied: “I would say to people ‘Seize the day’.” Coming from a feisty 90 year-old, that is good advice. In other words, don’t waste too much time pondering over everything – just get on with living. Now that will mean different things to different people. To the adventurous, it might mean going travelling for a year, sailing right around the British Isles, finally getting a tattoo or changing your hair colour – or your husband. It might be something much less dramatic like taking a new work qualification, starting a particular hobby you’ve always been interested in or booking that longed-for sunshine holiday. Whatever it is, the message is clear. Life is just too short to worry too much

about the small stuff. So why not grab it by the horns and simply enjoy it? And the interesting postscript to Vera’s story is that John asked her to go on holiday with him again – to the Caribbean. Our Vera, though, has other plans. “I just haven’t got the time to waste,” she stated. “I could pop off tomorrow – I’ve got things to do.” Just love it!

Old stations and routes could be back on track THE name “Dr Beeching” may not mean much these days but at one time it was synonymous with the destruction of the Great British Railway as we knew it. Richard Beeching was, for a short time, chairman of British Rail as it then was and an affiliate of the Labour Party who, in the early 1960s, became a household name for restructuring the national rail network. His “axe” fell on more than 4,000 route miles and dozens of small stations were closed on cost and efficiency grounds. His name has been back in the papers more recently because the current Government is suggesting re-opening some of these lost lines and stations in order to drive house-building nationally. Irrespective of any political motives, this seems like a fascinating move to me and, I would guess, to many other people who love train travel. It’s such a sensible way to move through this country of ours, seeing villages and towns in a relaxed way that driving can never offer. Of course, it won’t be like in Dr Beeching’s day. Trains and train travel have altered dramatically in the intervening years. Although trains are generally more comfortable, a lack of investment and rolling stock has also meant that some busy commuter routes

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have turned into “sardine specials” with passengers cramped and standing in a small number of carriages.

Here is the news – and it’s actually true

The plan may mean, though, much better and easier journeys for many, and the opening up of areas which currently struggle for direct transport. I suppose we shall see exactly what it involves as 2018 unfolds.

WE’VE all heard plenty about “fake news” over the last year or two and how information can be manipulated especially via social media.

For me, though, the plan transports me back to the regular train journeys when I was young and each Summer we journeyed to my mother’s home town of Swansea in South Wales and the glorious Mumbles’ coast. As the miles clicked by and all the little stations took us nearer to our destination, my Mum’s Welsh accent got broader and broader and we all became more relaxed. Trains do that. They allow you to sit back and consider life. And if this new plan promotes easier, stress-free travel then it will definitely be a move in the right direction.

As a journalist, I’m always horrified that anyone will accept spurious stories on face-value because I’ve had a working life of checking and re-checking information before it goes out to the public. It’s just all too easy to see something online and take it as true because someone else has put it out there. Commonsense, really, dictates that we should question the source and try to verify it but sometimes I guess we just can’t be bothered. All of which is why it’s good news that, according to a report from Ofcom – the UK’s communications’ regulator - children are becoming increasingly savvy about fake news on social media.

More than half of youngsters aged 12 to 15 use Facebook and Twitter to access news online. Often, they click on stories that have been recommended by “friends” in their network or by users they “follow”. They like to access news in this way. Now, however, they are becoming more selective about trusting these articles. The majority are making an effort to check out these items for veracity, possibly with other news’ sources, and are also checking if it was published by an organisation they can trust. This is very heartening, especially as, if they do discover an item is fake, they will often alert parents or another family member and may post comments telling others that it’s false. All we need now is for adults to follow their lead and question news’ sources, relevance and accuracy and we’ll raise news’ reporting standards at a stroke.

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sponsored by everything that the Romans gave to the world. As we walked the history of these remarkable people, and as the rain began to soak into our DNA (and jeans!) POMPEII BEGAN TO WORK ITS MAGIC. This is archaeology at its most vivid and compelling. Walking around town showed how uneven the roads were and how uncomfortable a ride in a cart would have been. If you started with a full load of lemons as you entered Pompeii it was a fair bet that you wouldn't have many left as you exited fruit jumping up and down like balls in a bingo caller's number machine.

Up Pompeii - Roaming Around a Roman Treasure By Dave Harcombe from Silver Travel Advisor Off to Pompeii. We had obviously upset the Roman Gods, somehow, because as we set off on the train from Sorrento it began to rain in torrents. The great Vesuvius was hidden by mist and clouds. Water everywhere and people too. The roads, paved with Vesuvian stone, were underwater—it felt a bit like rock pooling on Bamburgh beach. Over 3 million visit Pompeii each year and it appeared that most were here today. Hordes of people splashing water everywhere. And, of course, Japanese coach parties running from one photographic site to another. Sightseeing at a pace. Very few with coats, never mind umbrellas. We had come prepared. If the Roman army could live for years along Hadrian's Wall wearing nothing more than flimsy Italian designer clothing then a good old British brolly should do the trick in Pompeii. And we were unlucky with the weather; it’s more often beautifully warm and sunny. Pompeii is amazing. The visual drama is intense. Rough and rugged, beautiful and so atmospheric. The eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 flung a deep,

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protective blanket of pumice over the whole town and its surrounding landscape. It lay completely buried for centuries and was only rediscovered in the 1700’s. Brought back to life from its ash-filled grave, it continues to reveal discoveries of unparalleled value and breathtaking detail. To many, Pompeii is just a load of ruins, but for others, me included, this UNESCO World heritage site represents

The preservation is staggering; loaves of bread in an oven, a bowl of eggs on a table. Even the people themselves have left us their body casts, entombed in ash. I began to imagine hooves on stone echoing through the narrow streets. Look carefully and you can make out the furrows left by heavy wagons that passed to and fro. Via dell' Abbondanza was the main street in the town. It was lively with open bars and takeaways facing the street. On every corner a Subway and Starbucks of the day. Like a moment frozen in time, it really captures the imagination and brings history to life. Wooden shades overhung the entrances providing relief from the blistering sun, and the rain today. A jumble of terracotta red roofs, this was a busy, thriving Roman town. Stepping stones enabled the good folk of


TRAVEL Above the five cubicles are painted images of sexual acts. Pictorial notice boards of the services on offer, perhaps? Or just ancient erotica, there to arouse prior to activities? An early Viagra maybe? A fascinating insight into Pompeii leisure time. We finally began to tire a little after seeing so many amazing and thought-provoking things. Time for a rest. In deference to Mars, the Roman God of War, we ate one of his chocolate bars. It did the trick. The sun began to shine and the crowds began to thin out. Grazie.

Factbox: The best way to visit Pompeii is with a company that doesn’t rush you around but gives you the whole day to take it all in, with an expert guide to bring it to life, and with several days to explore the magnificent archaeology and scenery of the whole Bay of Naples, including Herculaneum, the National Archaeological Museum, and other fabulous sites.

Pompeii to cross the roads with ease - ye olde Pedestrian crossings, with gaps to allow carts to pass unhindered along the road. It is a fallacy that the phallus was simply an erotic symbol. It is thought that in the Roman world it was also a symbol of good luck and happiness. No more erotic than hanging up a horseshoe. It was quite a common presence in the town, playfully carved or painted on the walls, or fashioned into oil lamps and objet d’art. The archaeological museum in Naples has a whole room full of such art. An attractive Italian lady had "L'ammore nun s'accate e nun se venne" emblazoned across the front of her t-shirt. It translates as “you can't buy or sell love”. Well maybe not love, but certainly in Pompeii you could buy sex. Plenty of it, in the Lupinare—the brothel. It is fascinating and the most popular attraction in the town.

We recommend Hidden History Travel, who specialise in such tours and have a great itinerary with seven nights in a lovely hotel, daily excursions to all the main sites, and a knowledgeable tour director to help bring it all together. Their 2018 departures are on 28 April, 26 May and 07 September. And the price is from only £1195 per person. Visit www.hiddenhistory.co.uk for more details or call 0121 444 1854 to speak to an expert.

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TOUR 08M Ocean View Hotel Shanklin 4 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 night speciality dining and unlimited singles plus 2 Excursions

TOUR 01M Abbey Lawn Hotel Torquay 4 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 night speciality dining and unlimited singles plus 2 Excursions

TOUR 05M Imperial Hotel Eastbourne. 4 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 night speciality dining and unlimited singles plus 2 Excursions

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Imperial Hotel, Eastbourne 5 Days/ 4 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast plus 2 Excursions Mon 05 March Mon 12 March Mon 19 March Mon 26 March Mon 30 March Wed 04 April Mon 09 April Mon 16 April Mon 23 April Mon 30 April

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SAT TOUR 15A/SUN TOUR 15B 8 Days/7 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast plus 2 Excursions Sat 10 March Sun 11 March Sat 17 March Sun 18 March Sat 24 March Sun 25 March Sat 31 March Sun 01 April Sat 07 April Sun 08 April Sat 14 April Sun 15 April Sat 21 April Sun 22 April Sat 28 April Sun 29 April

£249 £249 £259 £259 £269 £269 £279 £279 £289 £289 £299 £299 £325 £325 £349 £349

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Ocean View Hotel, Shanklin 5 Days/ 4 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast plus 2 Excursions Mon 05 March Mon 12 March Mon 19 March Mon 26 March Mon 30 March Wed 04 April Mon 09 April Mon 16 April Mon 23 April Mon 30 April

£145 £155 £159 £159 £165 £175 £179 £185 £189

SAT TOUR 18A/SUN TOUR 18B 8 Days/7 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast plus 2 Excursions Sat 10 March Sun 11 March Sat 17 March Sun 18 March Sat 24 March Sun 25 March Sat 31 March Sun 01 April Sat 07 April Sun 08 April Sat 14 April Sun 15 April Sat 21 April Sun 22 April Sat 28 April

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Supplements per person: Sea View Room £5.00 per person per night/ Premier Room (including sea view) / £10.00 per person per night.

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Abbey Lawn Hotel, Torquay 5 Days/ 4 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast plus 2 Excursions Mon 05 March Mon 12 March Mon 19 March Mon 26 March Mon 30 March Wed 04 April Mon 09 April Mon 16 April Mon 23 April Mon 30 April

£145 £149 £155 £159 £165 £185 £189

SAT TOUR 11A 8 Days/7 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast plus 2 Excursions Sat 10 March Sat 17 March Sat 24 March Sat 31 March Sat 07 April Sat 14 April Sat 21 April Sat 28 April

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Debbie Harry

Delighting UK Audiences Since The 70’s DEBBIE Harry has been delighting UK audiences in the same way that she first did 50 years ago – with a mixture of talent and charisma. The Blondie star is unbelievably now 72 and still looks like the startling singer who first crashed into the public consciousness in the early 1970s. Her career is the stuff of films. In fact, glamorous Malin Akerman did play her in a film about seminal punk club CBGB. But any director would struggle to cover the broad spread of events, achievements and milestones in her life so far. She was born Angela Tremble in Miami, Florida but at three months was adopted by Catherine and Richard Smith Harry and raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey.

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In the 1960s, she worked as a Playboy Bunny and hung out at Max’s Kansas City, a famous nightspot frequented by pop artist Andy Warhol. Her professional singing career began in 1968 as a backing singer with a folk band which later broke up but in 1973, she met Chris Stein who became her longtime boyfriend. They were both in a group called the Stilletoes. Then, together, they created punk rock/New Wave group Blondie in 1974. It was originally called Angel and the Snake but eventually took its name from the catcalls numerous truck-drivers would yell out to Debbie in the street. Her bleached blonde hair, sparkling green eyes, photogenic face and seductive voice teamed with a series of catchy songs - mostly co-writtten by her - quickly became a successful formula for the group. They swiftly transcended the cult elitism of punk to enjoy

mainstream hits in the US and UK, with Debbie taking on iconic status during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She had always wanted to be an underground artist and her new role satisfied her. As she later recalled: “That was what I always felt was the beauty of rock ‘n’ roll, it was entertainment and showbiz yet it had the idea of the voice of the people. It had an essence to it which was socially motivated. “Not that I want to change the world, you know? But it was sort of relevant to real life. It involved the real essence of poetry or the real essence of fine art. But it was also entertainment. That was the real vitality.” Whatever the formula, Blondie and Debbie Harry proved to be a major success with the record-buying public, sending hit singles like Heart of Glass, Picture This, Sunday Girl, Hanging on


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Blondie in 1977

the Telephone, Call Me and the Tide is High soaring up the charts. Like many groups do, however, Blondie broke up in 1982. Debbie took a few years out to care for Chris Stein, who had been diagnosed with a rare auto-immune skin disease, then she moved onto a solo career. This allowed her not only to record solo albums but to take up a film and TV career which saw her become a highly visible star. She played a female wrestler in Teaneck Tanzi on Broadway and even dyed her hair red for her role as James Woods’ masochistic girlfriend in the film Videodrome.

The British public clearly still has an appetite for both Blondie and its music, and they are certainly still fascinated by Debbie Harry. She once said: “The only person I really believe in is me”. And perhaps it is that unique element of her that has so caught the attention of her fans over the years and is now bemusing a new generation. Well, she is unusual. After all, not everyone can be immortalised as a Barbie Doll as she was – and still be wowing the concert crowds in her 70s.

Blondie re-formed in 1997 and achieved renewed success and a No.1 single in the UK with Maria in 1999 – exactly 20 years after the group’s first UK No.1 single with Heart of Glass. They have sold more than 40 million albums over the years. The group has toured extensively and regularly throughout the world ever since and was inducted into the Rock ad Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Their 11th studio album, Pollinator, was released in May this year. The title is not a random choice. Debbie has long been associated with a variety of good causes and has put on many benefit shows for AIDS charities as well as being outspoken on various subjects. She is currently running Blondie’s BEE Connected Campaign to raise awareness of the decline in the bee population by promoting organisations dedicated to conserving and improving the health of pollinators through education, consumer empowerment and political activation.

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OUT AND ABOUT

Out & About A guide to the amazing events around the region for 2018 First Saturday of every month – 12- 5pm – Free entry

Pillbox Vintage Vintage Saturdays at The Shipping Forecast. 15 Slater St Liverpool L1 4BW Thursday 01 March 7.30 pm

Bowie Experience The Golden Years Tour Bowie Experience is a breathtaking concert celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon, David Bowie. A must see for all Bowie fans, the latest production promises an unforgettable journey of sound and vision, featuring all the hits from A to Ziggy including Life on Mars, Space Oddity, China Girl, Heroes and a whole lot more! Bowie Experience continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail, bringing the golden years of David Bowie to theatres across the globe. So, put on your red shoes and Let’s Dance! Empire Theatre Lime Street, Liverpool Merseyside, L1 1JE. Booking number - 0844 871 7660 Saturday 03 March @ 7.30 pm

Southport Theatre The Promenade, Southport PR9 0DZ Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3021 March 21

My Fair Lady A fantastic musical score including ‘Wouldn’t it be loverly’,… Gladstone Theatre Greendale Rd, Wirral CH62 4XB For further information about shows please ring 0151 643 8757

Empire Theatre Lime Street, Liverpool Merseyside, L1 1JE. Booking number - 0844 871 7660 Tuesday 24 April 2018 Saturday 5 May 2018 @ 2.30pm, 5pm, 7.30pm

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England Legends Live! - Peter Beardsley, Peter Reid and Phil Thompson. Presented by Adam Leventhal of Sky Sports. Three stars of English and Merseyside football grace the stage in Southport to discuss their brilliant careers, ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Epstein Theatre Hanover House, 85 Hanover Street Liverpool, L1 3DZ BOX OFFICE: 0844 888 4411

Join: Everton, Liverpool and England striker *Peter Beardsley, England and Everton star *Peter Reid and legendary Liverpool and England defender *Phil Thompson (now a Sky Sports pundit).

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Tuesday 27th March @ 7.30 pm

Southport Theatre The Promenade, Southport PR9 0DZ Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3021 22 April

The World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2018 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship.

The Drifters delivered numerous hits on both sides of the Atlantic that saw them inducted into the 'Rock & Roll Hall of Fame' in 1988.

Featuring the very best from the Eagles’ repertoire including Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado and plenty more!

This Is Elvis recreates all the drama leading up to the comeback as well as staging the monumental concert. It then proceeds with the King to his Vegas debut. Featuring Elvis’s greatest hits including Trouble, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, All Shook Up, Suspicious Minds and many more...

The race for the holy grail of pop memorabilia is on, in the worldpremiere of a brand-new comedy. From the writer of the stage play adaptation of Helen Forrester’s Twopence to Cross the Mersey, comes a play about the disappearance of Lennon’s first musical instrument and the hunt to find it! TICKETS FROM £16

The Illegal Eagles

This phenomenal group of musicians have been touring for over two decades and remain true Eagles fanatics! Their longevity and continued international acclaim are due in no small part to their extraordinary mastery of the Eagles’ distinctive sound.

legendary drummer DJ Fontana and bassist Jerry Scheff.

The Drifters

Echo Arena Kings Dock, Liverpool L3 4FP Box Office: 0344 8000 400 Monday 23 - Saturday 28 April

This Is Elvis Internationally renowned, award winning Steve Michaels stars as Elvis. His masterful renditions of The King and his music have garnered him worldwide fame, and appearances alongside the extraordinary Jordanaires and the Sweet Inspirations as well as Elvis’s

The Searchers The Searchers in concert - Sugar & Spice | Needles & Pins and many more… Gladstone Theatre Greendale Rd, Wirral CH62 4XB For further information about shows please ring 0151 643 8757 Sunday 13th May, 2018 10.00am to 5.00pm

Secret Gardens of Oxton Discover the many gardens on view in this conservation village, have a lunch break, enjoy the music and entertainment (including activities for children and adults) and visit the arts and crafts stalls. There is something for everyone. Most importantly, enjoy the day with your friends and family. Admission on the day £8.00 per ticket Advance ticket £6.00 per ticket. Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis. Oxton Village, Wirral CH43 5UP Tel: 07963 248 268 Oxtonsociety.org.uk

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Sally Bee The Home of Gorgeous Gifts is an independent gift & card store which offers a handpicked eclectic mix of beautiful product, in the fabulous thriving Village of Birkdale. Sally Bee stocks fabulous brands such as Kate Spade NY, Melt Candles, Tales of the Earth jewellery, Ted Baker Accessories and la de da Vintage silver. Much of the product is made in the UK by small independents, the aim is to offer something a little different. Owner Sally Bee, hand selects all the brands and works hard to ensure there is always something new in the shop. “I love my job, as we help so many customers find their perfect gift!” says Sally Bee. The Bee team are fanatical about service, you will always receive a warm welcome, help in selecting your treats or gifts and they even offer a free gift wrapping service. “Customers love this service“ says Sally Bee.

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The store is bursting with gorgeous gifts, for all the family or your home and is based in the buzzing Village of Birkdale with lots of shops and bars. “We are finding as the Village has developed over the last few years, people are coming over for the day to browse, shop and eat. It’s great to be part of such a fantastic community“. If you can’t get to store Sally Bee also has a website. www.sallybeegifts.co.uk “You can shop with us 24/7 online, we offer a delivery service or you can click and collect in store.“ says Sally. Sally Bee has lots planned for this year: late nights, shopping events and much more. To keep up-to-date follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or sign up to the Newsletter on the website.


OUT AND ABOUT May 14th, July 28, September 23rd

25 May - 28 May

Canning Dock to Acton Bridge Cruise

Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018

Steam across The River Mersey on a unique 1903 Steam Ship, which boasts beautiful Art Deco interiors. The ship is a heritage attraction which can take passengers either across The Mersey or onto Cheshire and its picturesque River Weaver.

Everything will be shipshape and Liverpool fashion in 2018 as we welcome the wonderful Tall Ships back to the River Mersey.

This full day cruise will see you leaving the historic setting of the Albert Dock as we depart through Canning Lock into the River Mersey where we will travel in steam powered, Art Deco splendour taking in the sights along this often busy river as we sail south towards the entrance of the Manchester Ship Canal at Eastham. We will enter through the Eastham lock system and spend a couple of hours on the Manchester Ship Canal before we turn off and join the Weaver Navigation and sail through some of Cheshire's most stunning countryside to our destination, above Dutton Locks – Acton Bridge. A coach will transfer passengers back to the Albert Dock once the cruise has ended. Cruise Duration approx. 6 hoursMersey or onto Cheshire and its picturesque River Weaver. Albert Dock, Liverpool, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 4AQ Tel: 07983489681 www.thedanny.co.uk for prices May 18

Roy Chubby Brown Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown is a comic genius and one of the funniest. Gladstone Theatre Greendale Rd, Wirral CH62 4XB For further information about shows please ring 0151 643 8757 25 May - 28 May

The Bordeaux Wine Festival Raise a glass! During the last bank holiday weekend in May, the most celebrated wine event in Europe, Bordeaux Fete le Vin (The Bordeaux Wine Festival), will be coming to Liverpool while the Tall Ships are in the city. Perfect for food and wine lovers, this ticketed event will bring the very best of France’s food and drink to the Pier Head during one of the most electric happenings in the city. Liverpool Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1BY

The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta will link a trio of vibrant port cities – Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux – with some nail-biting racing across the Irish Sea and Bay of Biscay. And it all begins here over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. We can guarantee the magnificent masted ships will create a stunning sight as they make their way up river to start the hotly-contested Regatta from Liverpool’s world-famous, UNESCO World Heritage waterfront.

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Southport Food and Drink Festival If you love food then make a date with the Southport Food and Drink Festival – a ‘foodies’ paradise with a little something for everyone to enjoy which usually takes place over the first weekend in June.  Stimulate your senses and try food from different cultures – you can enjoy crepes, gourmet burgers, hot wings, churros, spiral potatoes, paella and curry from the Street Food stalls. Tantalise the taste buds by sampling the different produce around the event handmade cheeses, sausages, sweet and savoury pies, chutneys and pickles are just a few of the delights that can be taken home.

Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all year round from 9am - 4.30pm Also open all Bank Holidays and Tram Sunday

Traditional British food is celebrated throughout the street food and producers with homemade pies, chutneys, local sausages, hog roast, and ice cream from a local dairy. Victoria Park, Rotten Row, Southport PR8 2BZ 21 July

King of Pop This incredible production stars the world’s leading MJ tribute artist Navi (hand picked by Michael himself as his official body double). Echo Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool L3 4FP Box Office: 0344 8000 400

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Exhibitions at the

WILLIAMSON ART GALLERY & MUSEUM, BIRKENHEAD 13th January – 4th March

Steve des Landes: un-settled

The painter Steve des Landes has been working steadily for the last 5 years to produce the paintings for this exhibition, his first solo show in Wirral. He is one of the most exciting and profound painters working today, with brooding landscapes and emotionally involving figure subjects. Originally from Southport, Steve has lived quite literally within a stone’s throw of the Williamson for many years and we are thrilled to present this show of 50+ of his paintings to open Wirral’s Year of Culture & Creativity.

10th February – 18th March Dragons of the Pool In 1946 over 1,300 Chinese sailors were put on specially assigned ships at Liverpool and deported by the British Government without notice. Their wives and children thought that they had been abandoned and it was decades before the scale of the operation was revealed. Many of these men had travelled to England as part of the war effort and felt that they were going to build lives here. Heritage Lottery funding has assisted in gathering these stories which will be told for the first time in this exhibition, which includes archive photographs by Bert Hardy of the Liverpool Chinese community.

23rd March – 6th May Williamson Open Exhibition The Williamson Open is our annual celebration of local talent, bringing together work by amateur and professional artists and photographers to show the very best that Wirral can offer. Each year at least one prizewinner is selected for adding to the Williamson’s collection, last year’s prize went to Mark Moynihan.

Throughout 2018 Animal Encounters Have you ever considered how our relationship with animals has changed over the years? Animals, be they wild, farm or domestic, are all represented in the Williamson’s collections and here is a selection from six centuries of art. Schools workshops are available and we have established a link with Chester Zoo to help raise awareness of conservation issues and the illegal wildlife trade.

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Only a few minutes from Birkenhead Park Open Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm www.50plusmagazine.co.uk Closed Monday & Tuesday and Good Friday 30th March.


WIRRAL

Have you visited Birkenhead Priory? The small place with a big history?

A site now wholly enclosed by modern Birkenhead, the Priory has the oldest standing buildings in Merseyside and is usually a haven of tranquillity, until the shipyard next door starts banging!   The Undercroft Museum tells the story of the mediaeval Priory and the Chapter House dates back to 1150, still in use as church since St Mary’s parish church closed forty years ago. Upstairs in the Scriptorium is the museum dedicated to HMS Conway, the training ship stationed on the River Mersey off Rock Ferry for many years: this is open by arrangement.   St Mary’s Tower offers unrivalled views across the River Mersey to Liverpool; watch the ferry sail in front of the site of its original passage – did you know that for 200 years the Priory of Birkenhead operated the ferry from Birkenhead to Liverpool? Look the other way, across Cammell Laird shipbuilders where ships are regularly in the dock next door, and, on a fine day, you can see all the way to Helsby and Runcorn.

Please note that some areas of the Birkenhead Priory site are only accessible via steps.

Birkenhead Priory

Priory Street, Birkenhead CH41 5JH www.50plusmagazine.co.uk 0151 666 3537 www.thebirkenheadpriory.org

Opening Hours: Up to 31st March: Wed-Sun 12noon - 4pm, Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm From 1st April: Wed-Sun 1pm - 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm 17 Closed Monday & Tuesday & Good Friday 30th March.

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HOME

The nights have drawn in and the temperatures have dropped but your home can be a cosy refuge during the Winter months.

through an ill-fitting front door so it’s worth considering investing in a new one. The Energy Saving Trust says there is a 20% heat loss through doors and WINDOWS so taking a look at both should be on your warmer home list. Double glazed windows and doors really help create a cosier home and cut heating bills at the same time. Choose a front door which allows plenty of light into your HALL. This offers a welcome to your home and if your hall is gloomy, chilly and unwelcoming, it’s not just visitors who won’t enjoy coming in through your door – you will feel the same.

However, are you making the most of it and what can you do to improve it for a season when you will probably spend more time than usual at home? And it’s not just all about getting the right energy tariff - although that is obviously important.

find out more about what you can do to improve the fabric of your home. There may also be schemes available to help you pay for insulation improvements; log on to https://www.gov.uk/greendeal-energy-saving-measures to find out more.

The key to getting your home as cosy as possible is to start from the outside ad work in. Ensure that the fabric of your property is weather-proof and waterproof and that Nature can bring on its worst and your home will stand up to it. If you live in a house with solid WALLS, according to the Energy Saving Trust, you are losing 45% of your heat that way which costs you money. So insulating the walls dramatically prevents heat loss.

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FLOORING is important to the warmth and look of your home and there are plenty of modern choices these days, including traditional carpets, so it’s definitely worth taking a look at what’s available. Getting new carpets can make all the difference to your home and you don’t necessarily have to pay a fortune if you shop around. Actually visiting carpet stores gives the opportunity to feel the quality and warmth of carpets and other flooring that online shopping doesn’t allow. Lined CURTAINS are a stylish way to stay cosy this Winter as they not only help to keep heat in but also look more homely than bare windows. Toned in with wallpaper and other décor in your lounge or sitting room they provide a fashionable look guaranteed to give you a warm glow, especially matched with cosy CUSHIONS.

Cavity wall insulation can also help prevent huge heat loss in homes. This stores the heat with the inner walls, bouncing it back into the room and holding it for longer. Loft insulation is another important way to prevent heat loss - as much as a third of the heat you pay for in some cases. Go to www.energysavingtrust.co.uk to

Since “cosy” is as much about the atmosphere created in your home as keeping warm, take an objective look at your hallway and see if it could do with painting and decorating. A light colour, even in a small hallway, can brighten it – one colour works best in a smaller space. Having a small cupboard for shoes and a place to hang coats here – even if it’s only hooks – also helps your lifestyle.

Check that there are no leaks in your FRONT DOOR. Have you had the door for a long time and does it need replacing? You can lose a lot of heat

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FOOD & DRINK

JAMES MARTIN'S SLOW COOKING PORK AND ARMAGNAC TERRINE This dish is a must for me, as my family were pig farmers, and it’s from them that I got a real taste for pork. It’s just so simple, and uses all the best parts of the pig. The recipe comes from a château kitchen in the south of France, where I was inspired by its pure, simple flavours. There’s no need to be put off by making a terrine – it’s very simple, and it’s actually the dish it is cooked in (the terrine) that makes it easy for us. Serve it with pickles, chutney or gherkins and some crusty bread and butter. Serves 10–12 INGREDIENTS 300g pork liver 900g pork mince 120ml good white wine 6 tbsp Armagnac 16 thin back bacon rashers 2 eggs 100ml double cream 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper A good pinch of nutmeg 3 fresh thyme sprigs

First, the meat needs to marinate for 24 hours before cooking. Cut the pork liver into dice, place in a food processor and process to a purée. Combine with the pork mince in a large bowl, pour over the wine and Armagnac, mix well, cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge overnight. Preheat the oven to 140°C/275°F/Gas Mark 1. Line the sides and the base of a 30 x 11cm terrine with the bacon, allowing it to hang over the sides. To make the filling, whisk the eggs and the cream in a bowl and slowly pour onto the marinated pork meat mixture, then add the salt, pepper and nutmeg. Pack the mixture into the

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terrine and press it down as you do so, with either a spoon or a spatula. Once the terrine is full, place the thyme on the top and fold the bacon over it, then cover with a lid or a piece of foil. Place the terrine into a deep baking tray and half-fill the tray with hot water, then cook in the oven for 1½ hours, or, if you have a thermometer probe, until the centre reaches 70°C/160°F. Leave the terrine to cool completely before putting it in the fridge to chill and set. Turn it out to serve.


SPICED RED LENTIL SOUP I’ve worked with many Indian chefs during my career, and I’ve managed to learn a lot about their food, but that’s just a drop in the ocean when you think of what’s out there. This was one of the soups we used to serve as a pre-starter for customers in the restaurant. Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 200g red lentils 1 tsp ground turmeric 2 tsp salt 2 dried red chillies 1 tsp coriander seeds ½ tsp cumin seeds ½ tsp fenugreek seeds ½ tsp black peppercorns 4 tbsp vegetable oil

Place the lentils in a large saucepan with 2 litres water, turmeric and salt. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat, break the dried chillies into pieces and add to the pan with the coriander, cumin and fenugreek seeds and black peppercorns. Toast for 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove and place in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder, then grind to a powder. Finely chop the onion and garlic. Return the pan to the heat, add 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil, the onion and garlic, and cook gently for 10 minutes, until softened. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Add the spice mixture, onions and tomatoes to the lentils and bring to a simmer. Skim off and discard any scum, then cook for 1 hour over a very low heat, stirring occasionally. Shortly before serving, slice the fresh chilli. Heat another frying pan until very hot and add the remaining vegetable oil. When the oil is smoking, add the mustard seeds, fresh chilli and curry leaves, then quickly remove from the heat. Finely chop the coriander. Remove any last residue of scum from the soup, then transfer it to a blender in batches and process until smooth. Return it to the pan to heat through and add the tempered spices and coriander. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into serving bowls and finish with a spoonful of yoghurt. Serve immediately.

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FOOD & DRINK

BRAISED HALIBUT WITH CHICKPEAS AND CHORIZO Spain has some of the best ingredients in the world. Of all the amazing produce you can find in the markets there, the pork products have to be the best of the bunch. Chorizo sausage is made from pork, salt and pimentón peppers, which give it a fantastic smoky flavour and rich colour. Look out for the picante (spicy) version, and try to buy soft cooking chorizo, rather than the drycured version, which is better for slicing.

Serves 4 ingredients 250g cooking chorizo 2 banana shallots 2 garlic cloves 2 fresh thyme sprigs 6 tomatoes 400g tinned chick peas, drained and rinsed 200ml white wine 500ml chicken stock 4 x 200g thick fillets halibut on the bone 2 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas mark 3. Slice the chorizo, thinly slice the shallots and crush the garlic cloves. Heat a flameproof casserole dish until medium hot, then add the chorizo and fry for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oil is released. Meanwhile, roughly chop the tomatoes. Add the shallots, garlic, thyme and tomatoes cook for a further 3–4 minutes.

halibut on top of the chick peas. Cover again and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 5 minutes before removing the lid. Roughly chop the parsley. Carefully lift out the fish using a fish slice and place on a serving dish. Stir the parsley into the chick peas, season with salt and pepper, and serve them alongside the fish.

Add the chick peas and stir well, then add the white wine and chicken stock and bring to the boil. Cover with the lid and bake in the oven for 1 hour, then remove and place the

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How To Get The Perfect Smile WE would all love to have the Perfect Smile but we often think it’s out of our reach either because Nature or our bank balance aren’t kind enough to allow it. But, while there are bound to be ways to improve on your smile with the help of dental technology, there are some simple ways to help yourself free. A healthy smile starts at home where you need to look after your teeth properly. The NHS advises brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, one that contains at least 1,350parts per million (ppm) fluoride. It doesn’t matter whether you use an electric toothbrush or a manual one, just as long as you brush properly and regularly.

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Floss between your teeth or use interdental brushes every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth. Don’t be too aggressive with the floss or you risk harming your gums. The main flossing action is a firm but gentle scraping of the tooth from the top down. A healthy lifestyle shows in your smile so eating well, not smoking and limiting your alcohol and sugar intake is good for you all round. Sugar causes tooth decay and there are lots of sugars in sweets, chocolate, cakes and biscuits but also in sugary breakfast cereals, ice-cream and sorbets, dried fruit and honey. Smoking can stain your teeth yellow, cause bad breath and increase your risk of gum disease – not much to smile about there. Alcohol can erode the outer surface of the teeth, leading to a loss of enamel. Tea and coffee are also teethstaining culprits so keep a check on how much you have. It’s very important to have regular dental check-ups. Don’t put off going for a check-up as detecting problems early can mean they are easier to treat. If problems are left they can be harder, or even impossible, to repair. Your dentist is also a fountain of knowledge about how to improve your teeth and your smile and will let you know what is the best treatment or options for you as an individual.


HEALTH For example, if you have crooked or overcrowded teeth, braces may be a good choice. Braces are no longer just for children and teenagers, they are increasingly used by adults of all ages – even celebrities have been spotted sporting braces! Misaligned teeth can also trigger other dental problems like periodontal disease or gum disease. Overcrowded teeth may encourage headaches or earaches and an inadequate bite may lead to gastro-intestinal problems if food isn’t chewed properly. Misaligned or crooked teeth seldom look good when you smile. Braces have come a long way since their invention as they are now more comfortable than their metal predecessors and require less time to fit. There are also types of modern braces that are barely noticeable – so-called “invisible braces”. These are clear plastic aligners, custom-made to fit your teeth, which gradually straighten them over time. It’s worth finding out from your dentist about whether you need them and which are best for you. A word of warning: avoid some of the dangerous alternative “braces” suggested on the internet. DIY braces using household items like hair-bands not only don’t work but can be dangerous and lead to tooth loss, severe pain and infections.

bone of the jaw and a crown or bridge is put on top of this, substituting the full structure of an ordinary tooth. Implants are sometimes available on the NHS for patients who cannot wear dentures or whose face and teeth have been damaged. However, they are mostly available privately and it’s worth going to a dentist who specialises in implants. Once fitted, implants can last for years as long as proper dental hygiene is maintained. They also differ from a crown or bridge in that they do not affect the teeth on either side of the gap. A dental implant can be secure in isolation from the rest of your teeth. One sure way to brighten your teeth and improve your smile is by teeth whitening. Again, it’s worth going to a dentist who specialises in this rather than going to a non-dental person or using a home kit yourself. Teeth whitening basically uses peroxide bleaching agents. One quick method – 30 to 60 minutes – involves the application of special gel to the tooth enamel. Its activation is helped by a UV light. It’s completely painless and lasts up to three years, depending on additional factors like lifestyle and oral hygiene habits.

A trained dental professional like an orthodontist goes through years of special training to learn how to correctly fit braces, taking into account how each individual tooth will move in order to provide a satisfactory and safe end-result. Lost teeth can also badly damage any potentially Perfect Smile. There are a couple of ways of dealing with this problem, and it’s certainly worth addressing because not only will your smile look better but, as the Oral Health Foundation warns, the gap left by a missing tooth can mean more strain on the teeth at either side. The solution depends on the number of teeth missing and on where they are in your mouth. The condition of the teeth you still have will also affect the decision. Ways to improve this situation include having a removable false tooth (or teeth) called a partial denture. Then there is a fixed bridge, usually used when there are fewer teeth to replace or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth, or a crown which is a tooth-like structure which entirely covers or caps a damaged tooth. It strengthens it and improves its appearance. The partial denture is a plate with one or more false teeth on it. It may be all plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic, both types may have clips to help keep the denture in place in your mouth. Another modern method which is increasingly popular is implants. This is where an artificial root is placed into the

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Are your Dentures causing you teething troubles? 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 clinician at Denture Solutions to be able to be registered and regulated with the General Dental Council (the official body for protecting the public with regards to dentistry) and carry indemnity insurance. It 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. Dentures, like most things, have a limited lifespan; usually around 5-7 years. After this period of time the denture can start to offer inadequate facial support, which can leave cheeks looking sunken and withered as well as lips appearing excessively wrinkled. New dentures can reduce these age related features by supporting the facial tissues without making the teeth looking large and protruded.

Dentures on Implants An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants. An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn't need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.

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HEALTH home environment as light and airy as possible, making the most of what daylight there is.

Five top tips to help you wipe out winter weariness Many people feel more tired and lethargic during the winter months, which can also manifest itself in low moods, sometimes called the ‘winter blues’. When the temperature drops, the mornings are darker and the days shorter, it’s hardly surprising that so many of us find it harder to get out of bed and get on with the day ahead. Some people just want to hibernate through the winter and emerge when spring arrives! But keeping healthy through the winter months means keeping going, and there are many ways to combat and even wipe out winter tiredness and the apathy it can bring. Here, from the NHS Choices website, are five ways to do just that: Let some light into your life: The long hours of darkness in the winter months can disrupt your normal sleep pattern and leave you feeling drowsy even when you’re awake. The lack of sunlight

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means your brain produces more of a hormone called melatonin, which makes you feel sleepy. The antidote is to let as much natural daylight into your life as possible. If it isn’t icy underfoot, wrap up warm and get outside in the fresh air and natural daylight. Taking a little walk will also get your circulation and respiratory system going. Just remember to always stay within your limits and don’t overdo it. If you don’t want to go out, try to make your

Get a good night’s sleep: A little exercise and fresh air during the day will also help you sleep better at night. Try to resist the temptation to ‘hibernate’ through winter and instead stick to your normal bedtime and getting up routine. Also try to resist snoozing in the chair during the daytime, as this will also disrupt your sleep pattern. It’s not always easy, especially if you’re keeping your home warmer than you usually would, but if you can stay awake during the day you’ll reap the benefit of quality sleep at night. We don’t actually need any more sleep in winter than we do in summer. Everyone’s different, but most people do best on around eight hours’ sleep per night. Exercise when you can: It’s tempting in winter to ‘hole up’ indoors and do as little as possible, but exercising however you can and whenever you can will benefit both body and mind. A little and often is the key and it’s important not to overdo it or put yourself at any risk, but any exercise is better than none. Some people find it easier to join an exercise group (your local council or GP surgery should have details of what’s available in your area), while others prefer to work out their own exercise


routine at home. It’s important to keep your body moving, especially in later life, and exercising regularly will increase your energy levels rather than make you more tired. It’s also been proved that a little exercise can boost your mood and help combat depression. If you’re planning to begin an exercise regime, it’s a good idea to consult your GP or another medical professional first, especially if you have an underlying or long-term health condition.

Eat healthily: Very few people fancy a salad in the depths of winter, when a bowl of hot stew and some bread to dip in it are much more appealing. But it’s important to keep eating a healthy and balanced diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables. Try to avoid too much starchy and stodgy food, or balance it out with healthy winter veg such as carrots, swedes, parsnips and turnips. There are lots of ways to prepare them for a little variety. Also, try to avoid too many sweet treats, especially around Christmas. There’s no need to deprive yourself, but by having ‘all things in moderation’ you can avoid winter weight gain which would be bad for your health generally. Also, try to eat at regular times and limit snacking inbetween meals – this will also help you sleep better by giving your body a routine. Drinking plenty of milk will also boost your energy levels. Make time to relax: When the days are shorter you might feel under more pressure to get everything done. This is especially true in the days and weeks running up to Christmas, but allowing yourself to become stressed is bad for your body and your mind. Try to make time in each day to relax and, as the young people say, “chill out”. Whether it’s reading a good book, watching your favourite TV programme, taking the dog for a walk or practising deep breathing techniques, everyone has their own way to calm down and ‘de-stress’.

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Tomato Lycopene and Prostate Health By Prof T G Truscott (Keele University) and Prof Fritz Boehm (Medical Consultant, Berlin)

As men get older the risk of prostate diseases, from prostate enlargement to aggressive prostate cancer, increases. While enlargement is common in men aged over 50, the risk of getting prostate cancer is no more for such men than it is without this problem. The main prostate disease, which DOES concern older men, is prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with near 1000 new cases diagnosed every week – it can develop slowly. If you have a close male relative, such as your father or brother, with prostate cancer you are at a higher risk. This means if you have this disease your son(s) are also at a higher risk, especially so if another male relative has the disease. One of the most common tests for prostate cancer is a blood PSA test (Protein-Specific Antigen) - while this test can sometimes be unreliable (a high PSA level may not be due to cancer) it can be useful in detecting early prostate cancer.

Lycopene and Prostate Cancer

Another trial comes from America - Omer Kucuk (Oncology Professor, Detroit) studied men with existing prostate cancer who were to have radical prostatectomy. The trial results, (published in The American Institute of Cancer Research) led Professor Kucuk to report: “Lycopene from tomato extract may not only prevent prostate cancer but may also be useful to treat prostate cancer”. As well as these and other promising results for men with established prostate disease, what about those currently free of the disease but possibly at higher risk? Here, we believe the results of a large trial from the USA are important. Professor Edward Giovannucci, (Harvard Medical School), has followed 50,000 men, investigating the relationship between the incidence of prostate cancer and lycopene intake. In a recent paper (published in ‘The Journal of National Cancer Institute’ - Oxford University Press), he concluded: “Dietary intake of lycopene was associated with reduced risk of prostate cancer, especially lethal prostate cancer”.

Lycopene is the red colour in tomatoes - it is known to accumulate in the prostate and there is evidence that lycopene can help those with established disease as well as those at a higher risk. A trial at Kings College Hospital, London, used Lycoplus (10mg Lycopene per day). All the men on this 1 year trial had established prostate cancer, an average age of 70, average PSA 23ng/ml and they were monitored during and at the end of the trial. The trial results (published in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases) showed that 70% of those on the trial had a significant reduction in the PSA rate or a PSA reduction. The urologists running the trial reported ‘‘Our clinical study lends weight to the probability that dietary supplementation from Lycopene [from Lycoplus] slows disease progression in men with prostate cancer”. The reason why only 7 out of 10 men showed an improvement and 3 showed no improvement is not explained in this work. We believe some men are unable to take up sufficient lycopene and so a higher dose may have increased the number who would have benefited. This is why we have increased to dose of bio-available lycopene in Lycoplus capsules, since this trial, from 10mg to 15mg/capsule.

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“Tomato pills that could fight prostate cancer”

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“Lycopene’s effect on preventing cancer of the prostate is near miraculous”

Daily Telegraph

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While the trials so far indicate the benefits of tomato lycopene for those men with established prostate cancer, more extensive trials would be worthwhile. However, many men are not waiting but are taking bio-available lycopene, such as Lycoplus, to reduce the risk of prostate disease and, we believe, mitigating the disease if it is already present.

What our customers say: We get many letters, emails and phone calls telling us of the success of Lycoplus. Often these tell us of a rising PSA value being stabilised or sometimes actually falling. Typically, recently a new customer from South Wales has told us his PSA has fallen 25% after only 12 weeks of taking Lycoplus.

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