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Twittering on With Tyler Grundy Starting this edition's ‘Twittering On' a rather sombre note. Remembering the vast amount of celebrities that we lost throughout 2016, the social media world has been typing in fear. Will this trend continue into 2017? (I mean it is likely, we are after all an ageing population).

Now I do not mean to boast but as I write this, I have just finished watching the series on my ultra-high definition TV and some of the scenes are truly breathtaking. I myself love the show and would recommend it to you readers today, if you have not watched it already although, I imagine many of you will have done. But I must admit, I had a second agenda other than for my viewing pleasure when I watched the show.

I shall regale you with one of my favorite tweets before moving swiftly on. I imagine you will be able to guess the famous figure to which the user was referring;

“He’s made it into 2017, Brucey! Wrap him up in cotton wool now!”

Attenborough Does It Again!

The internet following its initial airing was in uproar over a certain scene in the very first episode involving newborn iguanas and racer snakes. The scene unfolded into a deadly chase between the two. If you have seen it then I imagine the scene has stuck with you.

The original Planet Earth presented by David Attenborough is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV series’ ever produced. The series originally aired in 2006 and the follow up aptly titled Planet Earth II concluded this winter.

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The epic scene has been widely compared to this decade's hit show Game of Thrones. Now if you are not familiar with that show it is filled to the brim with sex, incest, and head popping violence (literally). I saw many a viewer compare the intensity of the snakes swarming the baby iguana and the close ups of its final moments of its short life with the violence and gore ever present in Game of Thrones, many noting that Planet Earth had just raised the bar. In case you are one of those not familiar with Game of Thrones, I shall regale you with a story I heard going around about the show's latest season. It is renowned for its openness in showing full frontal female nudity and there was recently a rumor stating that if the showrunners did not even the score with full frontal male nudity then the show would risk being cancelled. Coincidently, they obliged. Anyway, that is just a taster of what kind of a show Thrones is. Admittedly, the scoring of the Planet Earth scene by world-renowned

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TWITTER composer Hans Zimmer did add a sense of epic proportion to the chase.

65 Years of Queen Liz!

Understandably, the internet could not miss such an opportunity to create an account for the iguana that made it to safety. With its first post being a thank you to all its fans who wished him well, while also informing us he was “bricking it” running across those rocks.

Indeed, this is the popular term of endearment for Queen Elizabeth II within the Twitter universe. As I write this section, I must admit I was a little puzzled as to how long a ‘Sapphire Jubilee’ was a recognition of. Then to realize that it was the first of its kind as no other English monarch has celebrated 65 years on the throne.

30p For A Freddo?! Yes, you read that correctly. The famous frog chocolate bar, that back in my childhood days was an affordable 10p has been steadily rising in price over the last few years. Now at the risk of not making myself sound too old, 30p in my childhood would have bought me a 10p Freddo and two 10p mixes from my local corner shop. I have no doubt this little tale will have you musing what you could have purchased with that amount of money back in the day. Some are linking the sudden rise in price with Brexit. First, they say it was the Toblerone when the chocolate bar, just weeks after the Brexit vote, announced they would be changing the traditional triangle shape of the bar. Albeit a minute change to the size of the triangles. Those passionate Twitter users have remerged here as well once again relating the rise in Freddo’s price to Brexit. Light humor over, here comes the academics. Here comes the inevitable history lesson from a history graduate. Some of you may be familiar with my historical tangents by now. Freddos were first introduced to Britain in 1973 and enjoyed their first stint on our shelves up until 1979 before again reappearing 15 years later.

The evolution of the Freddo bar can be seen above. And don’t let the picture fool you, as in recent years the Freddo has actually decreased in size as the price has increased. There is also a rumour that at one stage in the life of Freddo it stood at an absolute bargain price of 5p.

This picture is the Coronation of a young Queen Elizabeth II on the 2nd of June 1953 which took place more than a year after her reign began. I thought it was apt to take this opportunity to see what Twitter was saying about her reign as Britain’s longest reigning monarch. The most bizarre fact I have stumbled upon, although I am dubious about it, is that the Queen is the only person in the UK who does not require a driving license to drive. We really are in the realms of twittering on now.

Watch out Ticket Touts are about. In recent weeks, a string of high profile artists have announced tours of the UK. From Celine Dion, of Titantic fame and the young and hugely successful Ed Sheeran, the ginger haired bloke who started off as a busker and made it big. Both were sellouts in the multiple arenas they announced. For Sheeran the tickets ranged from a modest £44 to £77 for the better ones. Whereas for Dion officially the tickets stood at £49 to £163. Crazy right? I mean £163 for a one hit wonder, well in my eyes anyway. Now the shows are sold out, and this rather sadly is not because of committed fans but due to touts who buy tickets in bulk (in many cases you can buy up to 7 per person) and sell them on in some instances up to 10 times the normal asking price. Tickets that were originally priced at £44 are now going for the cheapest price of £152 right up to £220 and beyond. And this is on a website that is basically dedicated to the touting of tickets! We all know ticket touts to be shady men standing outside of arenas buying and selling tickets on the night. Now the game has changed.

I believe I can divide the rest of the tweets about her reign into three categories. We have the “65 years of doing nothing” brigade. We have, “Time to step down and let your son have a ago” posse and finally we have, “God save the Queen long may she reign” patriots who are the overwhelming majority in this case.

Rosie Returns! Consistent viewers of the nation’s favorite soap Coronation Street will have noticed a familiar face return to the cobbles in these past weeks. That is correct, Rosie Webster has returned! Online, fans of the show were quick to point out that although she may provide a bit of glamor and beauty for the show's male audience; it cannot make up for her lack of acting talent. One Twitter user wrote;

“Clearly Rosie Webster hasn’t spent the last few years away from Corrie at acting school”.

Fans these days will go to desperate measures to see their idols. One young Twitter user has already been forced to sell her house and car after spending £1,300 on tickets to see Ed Sheeran (pictured above) and is now moving back in with her parents. Of course, there is no guarantee the tickets will even come her way. I guess 30p for a Freddo does not sound so crazy after all. I shall leave you with some musings as I always do. How much would you be willing to pay to take you and your other half to see their favourite act? A few years ago I myself saw Sir Tom Jones who if the opportunity comes I would urge you to see. 50 quid I paid. So go on, treat yourself.

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TRAVEL it not for the sea walls and drainage ditches dating back to Roman times. This precarious platform of land is something of a world apart, a ‘Fifth Continent’, but it has been vital to the defence of England since Saxon times and always prized for its busy ancient ports and fertile sheep pastures.

Mermaid Inn, Rye

Travels in History: The Fifth Continent and the Making of England. Two regions of England have a fascinating story to tell. It is one that reaches back through centuries of interaction between the people, the land and the sea, and which is found within their particularly rich and striking natural and cultural heritage.

But the distinctiveness of this open, almost eerily strange landscape is more than physical. Life on ‘The Marsh’, as locals refer to it, has evolved a fascinating character and identity of its own. People have lived here since prehistoric times but most of the Marsh would now be flooded were

ROMNEY MARSH: THE FIFTH CONTINENT. “The world, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh” (The Ingoldsby Legends by Richard Harris Barham). Situated in the south-east corner of England, Romney Marsh is one of Britain’s most unique and intriguing regions, renowned for its rugged beauty and rich history. A flat tract of some 100 square miles, it projects bravely and calmly out to sea, distinct from the rolling hills and cliffs nearby. A 28 mile long canal hugs the Marsh’s landward edge, effectively cutting it off from the mainland.

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Fairfield Church

A tour of the Marsh will reveal evidence of Saxons, Vikings, Normans, notorious smugglers, Nazi spies, inspired authors and many more colourful characters. It is famous for its medieval churches, within the walls of which are clues to a forgotten past, a past that was once carried on the shoulders of Kings, Archbishops, murderous pirates and scheming politicians. The churches are sometimes the only surviving testament to whole communities that disappeared to become the eleven lost villages of the Marsh. The smuggler’s tales of Russell Thorndyke’s Dr Syn novels are perhaps the best known stories from the Marsh but many famous authors and artists have found inspiration in the hidden history and strange beauty. This summer, local resident and professional archaeologist Dr Christopher Cole, invites you to join him on a unique 5 day tour based in the historic Mermaid Inn in Rye. His passion for and knowledge of the Marsh, its people and its history, give the tour an especially intimate insight (for details see below).


Latest research and discoveries. Based in the 4-star St Giles House Hotel in Norwich, this unique six day tour includes a fascinating day on a live excavation seeing the latest discoveries being made and the field techniques used, coupled with a wider exploration of the region’s unrivalled Anglo-Saxon and medieval sites. Enjoy lectures and guided visits to Sutton Hoo, Castle Acre, Walsingham, West Stow, Burgh and Norwich. Romney Marsh: 19 June, 17 July and 14 August 2017. Only £625 per person including 4 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, a 3-course evening meal on the first night, all excursion transport, entrances and expert guiding. East Anglia: 23 July and 30 July 2017. Only £699 per person including 5 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, a 3-course evening meal on the first night, all excursion transport, entrances and expert guiding.

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Located on the south coast within the historic county of Sussex, lies the elegant seaside resort of Eastbourne. Renowned for its top sunshine records and award winning beaches, Eastbourne is understandably a popular holiday destination for all. With a sprinkling of high street shops, centrally located, a Victorian pier and a rich history boasting a variety of castles, museums and galleries, Eastbourne is sure to cater for your every need. Imperial Hotel Located just a stone’s throw away from the promenade and band stand, this grand Victorian hotel is full of character and home to a number of spacious, comfortable bedrooms, all accessible via lifts. Guests are able to unwind in the relaxing lounge area before an evening meal in the Majestic Restaurant, offering hearty, home cooked food. Hotel facilities l All rooms are en-suite with telephone, television and hairdryer l Free WiFi in Public areas l Premier rooms available* l Complimentary tea and coffee in all rooms l Waiter service l Traditional English breakfast l Lunch snacks available daily l Table d’hôte menu l Optional a la carte menu available l Live entertainment most evenings l Ballroom/Dance floor l Two lifts serving all floors l Porterage.

Take a short boat ride across the Solent and discover the Isle of Wight, an island of astounding natural beauty with a variety of attractions to suit all ages. Located on the south east coast of the island, the traditional seaside resort of Shanklin is home to golden sandy beaches and a quaint collection of shops housed in traditional thatched cottages. It is understandably one of the most popular resorts on the island with plenty to entertain. Ocean View Hotel Situated in a premier location with an idyllic seaside position, the charming, well-appointed Ocean View Hotel boasts uninterrupted panoramic views across Sandown Bay. The hotel also offers a large sprung dance floor and provides live entertainment most evenings. Hotel facilities l All rooms are en-suite with telephone, television and hairdryer l Free WiFi in Public areas l Premier and sea views rooms available* l Complimentary tea and coffee in all rooms l Waiter service l Traditional English breakfast l Lunch snacks available daily l Licensed bar l Table d’hôte menu l Optional a la carte menu available l Live entertainment most evenings l Ballroom/Dance floor l Heated indoor swimming pool l Indoor bowling green, table tennis and snooker room l Lift serving all floors l Porterage. Please note that on each floor of the hotel, some steps may need to be negotiated.

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19/12/2014 Located in the heart of the English Riviera, Torquay is renowned for its mild climate, award winning sandy beaches and secluded coves and has been a popular holiday destination since the early 19th century. With its distinctive European atmosphere, sophisticated environment and beautifully varied scenery, Torquay remains a popular holiday destination. Abbey Lawn Hotel If you’re looking to unwind in style, this elegant Georgian hotel is the place to stay. Located in the grounds of the former Torre Abbey with stunning views of the bay, the Abbey Lawn hotel offers an exceptional standard of comfort throughout. The hotel comprises superb facilities, including a heated indoor swimming pool and a conservatory lounge overlooking the bay, where guests can relax and enjoy a drink. Hotel facilities l All rooms are en-suite with telephone, television and hairdryer l Free WiFi in Public areas l Premier and front facing rooms available* l Complimentary tea and coffee in all rooms l Waiter service l Traditional English breakfast l Lunch snacks available daily l Licensed bar l Table d’hôte menu l Optional a la carte menu available l Live entertainment most evenings l Ballroom/Dance floor l Heated indoor pool l Lift serving all floors l Porterage.

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With over 90 years of experience in tailor making holidays, we at Robinsons offer a personal service. Whether you need help with part or all of your groups holidays we can lend a hand in organising, booking and everything in-between. We are flexible in our approach and can offer destinations found in this brochure or we can tailor make to your specification, whether in the UK or Europe. We offer all of our group’s excellent benefits: • 1 FREE place for every 10 paying passengers • Special interest and activity groups catered for • Complete financial security-BCH Bonded

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top hotel), and the not too arduous task of deciding on the plan for the day ahead. The ship called in at a different island each day (St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, St Kitts, Iles des Saintes and Martinique), and a range of excursions were on offer. Usually we would return to the ship for lunch which was also a buffet (including a fabulous beach barbecue in Antigua – what a way to lunch in style!), and any thought of hunger later in the afternoon was soon dispelled by tea served at 5pm in the tropical bar area where a soulful singer and keyboard player entertained. Then it was time to ascend to the upper deck, to savour the setting sun, cocktail of the day in hand, and enjoy the Sailaway. Dramatic and emotional music (Vangelis, `1492 Conquest of Paradise’) provides the atmosphere while the crew hoist the sails, the captain watches over and the guests step to the side of the incredible web of ropes and pulleys, as our elegant ship set sail for the next destination. Dinner is a la carte, where guests can choose to sit separately to eat if they choose, although it’s more interesting to be on a mixed table for 6 or 8. Evening entertainment is very informal, with a highlight being a steel band. Snorkelling equipment is available free of charge, and for those who prefer a little self-indulgence, there’s also

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Rick Astley The Quiet Man of Pop You won’t see photos of him in celebrity magazines falling out of nightclubs at 4am or attending every premier in sight. Yet, in almost three decades in the limelight the shy lad from Warrington, Cheshire, has had a string of hits and possesses one of the most distinctive voices in the business. He has just finished a sell-out tour across the USA and the UK and the reaction from fans old and new underlines the long-lasting appeal of the clean-cut icon who, with his smart hairstyle and metrosexual wardrobe, looks years younger than 51. This timeless assurance may be down to his simple philosophy on life:

“I’m a person who tries not to have regrets.” Some of that down-to-earth approach could lie in his Northern upbringing. He was the youngest of three boys and a

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girl and showed musical promise early, singing in the choir at his local church at 10. He learned to play the drums, piano/ keyboards, guitar and saxophone and in his teens was gigging in pubs and clubs with various bands like FBI. He commented: “I used to go to soul nights because I loved dancing, and so did my friends, and we loved the music. We used to go to listen to black American soul.” In 1985, Rick was performing with FBI, playing their own music, when he caught the attention of well-known record producer Pete Waterman. He persuaded the youngsters to come to London to work at his company, PWL recording studio, under what became the famous production team of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman. In ‘80s pop, Stock Aitken Waterman was THE leading force.

During this time of learning, the young singer also doubled as studio teaboy. As he recalled: “Working as a teaboy may have helped my confidence but not everyone else was so pleased. I could never remember who had milk or how many sugars, and I had an unusual talent for spilling tea on the recording console!” At just 21 in 1987, Rick released his debut single “Never Gonna Give You Up”, and it had a huge impact. It took instant residence in the charts and became the year’s best-selling single in the UK as well as making No.1 in 16 different countries. The song became the centrepiece of debut album “Whenever You Need Somebody” which sold a remarkable 15 million copies worldwide. He even cracked the US Top 10 – a notoriously difficult achievement for any British singer, especially with a debut single, earning him a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist.”


CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Suddenly, the shy Northern lad was catapulted into the international world of stardom, and the following years saw Rick released a string of further hits. The soulful songs with a mature depth of delivery from his rich voice made him a household name. “Whenever You Need Somebody”, “Hold Me In Your Arms, “She Wants To Dance With Me”, Take Me To Your Heart” and “Hopelessly” all propelled him into singles’ charts across the globe. During the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Rick Astley was everywhere – on TV, radio and the music charts. By 1993, he was a wealthy man with little to prove to the world. Some might say his innate shyness made him a slightly uncomfortable fit with the often brash world of celebrity. By then, he had a baby daughter, Emilie, and a wife, and he wanted to spend more time with them. So he decided to retire - at the age of just 27.

material I was working on was pretty good. So I decided to go for it.” It proved to be a good decision. The album reached No.1 and the single from it, “Dance” with its official video proved to be a hit. Suddenly, Rick was everywhere in the media again – although this time, a more assured and confident performer, comfortable in his own skin. As he insisted: “My time away from the spotlight allowed me to rediscover my love for music, and I’m doing it for me now and no-one else.” The quiet man of pop has found his voice in more ways than one.

For much of the ‘90s and into the 2000s, he was out of the music business, out of the spotlight. Then, in 2001, Rick returned, signing a co-publishing deal with Polydor and releasing single “Keep It Turned On.” When his first compilation album “Greatest Hits” came out in 2000, it reached No.16 on the UK albums’ chart. In 2003, he reached No.10 in the UK as a songwriter with “Shakespeare’s (Way With) Words” performed by boyband One True Voice. In 2004, Rick toured for the first time in 14 years, which led to a record contract with Sony BMG. In 2005, he released the album “Portrait” covering classics like “Vincent” and “Close To You”. In 2008, the album “The Ultimate Collection: Rick Astley” burst into the public’s consciousness and again went into the UK Top 40 albums’ chart. Later that year, Rick was nominated for the “Best Act Ever” award at the MTV Europe Music Awards and fans went into over-drive to ensure their hero received it. On the back of this, “Never Gonna Give You Up” returned to the UK charts – more than 21 years after it was released. During the late 2000s, Rick continued extensive touring across the globe and in 2010 was a special guest on Peter Kay’s tour “The Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour … Now On Tour” and to mark the occasion, he released a new single, “Lights Out”, on his own label which was well-received. He became a DJ for London’s Magic FM with a popular weekly show, then co-hosted Chris Evens Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, again with Peter Kay. In 2016, Rick released “Keep Singing” from his forthcoming album “50” – prompted by his turning 50. He told Amanda Holden on the “Lorraine” show: “It was a big milestone. I got back in the studio and friends were telling me the

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HOME of these extensions is that they can be tailor-made into even the most testing of spaces, letting in an unrivalled amount of daylight. TILED ROOF EXTENSIONS are also designed to look and function like a permanent part of the property. This additional space makes your house a more desirable place to live and, should you come to sell your property, it immediately allows would-be buyers to envisage using that extra room for their lifestyle needs. To open up kitchen and living areas, how about installing BIFOLDING DOORS? These clever additions not only look stylish but offer a large area bringing in light, and they can easily fold back to allow in fresh air and the beauty of your garden.

Bringing the outside in... NATURAL light and space are among the popular hallmarks of modern homes in 2017 whatever size your property. When we investigate new apartments or houses with a view to moving, a feeling of space with plenty of natural light in evidence is what we are searching for. It not only makes us feel better but it’s a great way to help reduce energy costs. Architects and developers know that these elements sell their homes to the public and plan accordingly. But, it may not be quite so easy to harness plenty of natural light and create more space in less modern properties. Most of the homes built in the UK after World War II favoured smaller, more intimate rooms which were relatively cheap to heat, and this legacy has continued to a lesser extent into the early Noughties. However, in the last 10 years or so in particular, more of us are demanding open plan living areas with as much natural light as we can get. In fact, through solar panels in the roof more and more of us even turn natural sunlight to domestic energy to cut household bills. Getting more fresh air into your home along with that vital light and creating more space for growing families - or simply giving yourself more room to breathe - can be costly if you have to think about remodelling homes or building on large extensions or wings.

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So, more and more people are going for a range of other options that still help to bring the outside inside. CONSERVATORIES are particularly popular for this, not only because they come in such a variety of sizes and styles to suit all kinds of properties but because they are now cheaper and more efficient than ever. Conservatories enlarge homes and can genuinely enhance the look of a property. They offer a private, bright space for hobbies, for family time or just for reading alone. They also bring people closer to their gardens, both physically and emotionally, and allow a new perspective on greenery without having to suffer from the vagaries of the British climate. ORANGERIES are another popular addition to homes, generating extra living space and creating a special place to live – and work if you prefer – in a private but bright room. They tend to contain more brickwork than glass, can be a bigger project to create, but always add elegance to homes. You can add a bold and unique visual element to your property with a GLASS ROOF EXTENSION. The glass naturally creates a light living space and the beauty

These doors come into their own for families and open up the whole house. Socialising in the kitchen – which often predominates at parties - is then less cramped and more easygoing. Cooking smells vanish and individuals can spill out onto the patio to enjoy the best of the outside in convivial company. Another clever way to enjoy the outside and still protect yourself from the less attractive parts of the British weather is to install an AWNING. These handsome, often brightly coloured additions to your home allow you to dine or just sit outside, away from the sun or even drizzle, as an easy extension of your lifestyle. You can get awnings custom-made to look just right on your home. And the beauty of them is that when you don’t need them they simply fold away until the next time. Many of us enjoy our gardens and it’s lovely, not only to see close up the fruits of your labours when it comes to admiring the plants, flowers and other greenery, but also because of the health benefits. Fresh air is good for the digestion, improves your blood pressure and heartrate, strengthens your immune system and cleans your lungs. It also gives you more energy and sharpens the mind – and, probably the most important thing, it makes you happier!

So it’s worth crafting a lifestyle that takes advantage of Nature’s free gifts, and open up your home to all the best possibilities of living. Please note: Planning permission may be required for some cases. Check with your local planning authority.


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HOME ALTERATIONS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER IF an Englishman’s home is his castle then it’s up to each of us to keep that “safe place” as comfortable and easy to live in as possible as time goes by. Fortunately, there’s never been a better time to improve homes with easy living in mind. Innovations are emerging constantly - from something as simple as a heated butter knife that slices through cold spreads to smart plugs that switch electronics on and off remotely.

office or sewing room, or creating an extra small lounge to give you both somewhere to sit separately where you are in charge of the TV remote control! If you like the property you’ve got but want to extend it, talk to a local builder preferably one referred to you by someone who has had work done by him. If you don’t know anyone, consult the Federation of Master Builders at

Is your living room THREE PIECE SUITE or SOFA a lot less comfortable these days than it once was? Perhaps it’s time to treat yourself to a new suite or even a large corner sofa that makes the most of your room, allowing plenty of seating options and looking thoroughly modern. Many have integrated recliners to allow you to really stretch out and relax. Pop down to your local furniture store or browse online to see what suits your rooms best and what fits both your lifestyle and budget. Now that many of us love our home entertainment and prefer to see our favourite films on TV alongside our favourite programmes, perhaps it’s also time to invest in one of the latest smart TVs. Stream films on Netflix or surf websites on the big screen if you prefer. You’ll be surprised at how TV technology has changed in the last few

A sensible starting point is to look at whether your PROPERTY is too big or too small for you. When family have grown up and moved away, it’s often a good time to look around you and honestly assess whether you either need the space you’ve got or if you need more. The former could prompt a move to something smaller, more economical but which involves a more comfortable lifestyle. If the latter applies, then it might be time to consider either adapting the space you have more effectively or extending it to meet your needs. You can often adapt a room yourself, turning a small bedroom into an

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HOME years so take a look at what will work best in your living room or bedroom Another area that is now very hi-tech is HOME SECURITY. There are smart locks providing something extra in protection and a wireless world in which smart locks, CCTV cameras, smart doorbells, smoke detectors and even your lights can all communicate with one another. A safe night’s sleep and peace of mind is all there on offer. Logically, we spend a large part of our lives in our BEDROOMS so it’s definitely worthwhile spending money here and especially on your bed. If you’ve had your mattress for several years, it’s time to invest in one of the latest Memory Foam mattresses that react to your body shape and ensure you a good, supported night’s sleep. Dimmer switches, calming décor and soft lights can all add to the relaxation here. When it comes to clever gadgets, the latest KITCHEN ideas are set to make life so easy. From the newest blenders and spiralisers to boiling water taps and intelligent pans that work with a an iphone app to tell you when your salmon is cooked.

It may also be time to invest in new kitchen units or install a useful island unit that allows you to work easily when you’re baking or making a meal. Today’s kitchens are designed to make your lifestyle as easy as possible so it’s definitely worth consulting an experienced kitchen company about this. Ensure you’ve got comfortable chairs or stools available and a system of storage and work spaces that allows time spent there to be really enjoyable. Are your rooms looking a little shabby? Investing in new DECORATING lifts the spirits and lighten rooms. The latest bright shades banish dark corners and open up dingy areas and if you combine these with new LIGHTING and more MIRRORS you’ll be astonished at the amount of useful light suddenly available in your home. It even feels more airy! Incidentally, if you’re looking at light, it’s definitely worth installing good lighting outside to give both you and your visitors better visibility there. BATHROOMS have now become THE place to spend time relaxing. Try a large tub instead of your old bath, a walk-in shower instead of your current model and twin sinks and vanity units that allow you both to get ready at once.

If you have limited use of hands or fingers, there’s a world of amazing gizmos out there – from ringpull openers and twohandled cups to tap-turners and kettle-tippers, all designed to make your life simpler and easier.

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HOME AND GARDEN Great start. The top section that has the handle will be flipped upsidedown to become the planting section, and the bottom part of the bottle is now the water reservoir. Fill the reservoir with about 30 mm (1.in) of water. Grab your old cotton t-shirt. It’s time to create your ‘wick’, which will help pull the water from the reservoir to the soil where your seedling will use it. Have you ever dipped a tissue in a glass of water and watched the water travel vertically through the fabric? That’s what your cloth will do, too. Cut a 20 mm hole. Push the wick through the bottom of the planter – where the lid once was – leaving half of it DANGLING.

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I never really came to grips with the scale of the dairy industry until I had kids. Within a couple of years my partner gave birth to two beautiful little girls and before we knew it, both of them turned into milk monsters. Milk is everything for a milk monster. It is their mornings, their nights, their middle of the nights and, when in

doubt, it is any other time of day they start misbehaving and tearing the place apart. I still don’t feel completely comfortable that my children’s main source of nourishment comes from a farm animal that goes moo, but I am comfortable and confident that I am now truly a parent. We now duly pay taxes and contribute to the economy because our kids drink most of our income in milk. Rather than live in fear at the idea of an empty bottle of milk when the monsters are calling, shift your focus to creating a handy planting device, because a bottle can be easily converted into a selfwatering planter. A planter that waters itself you say?! Yes, it is possible to build a mini wicking planter using nothing more than an old milk container and some simple household materials. This could be the beginning of the end of the milk horror story, and the time you start feeding the monsters more vegetables instead. Cut the plastic milk bottle horizontally about a third of the way down, just underneath the handle. You want this to be even, so rather than free-styling it, make a line and follow it.

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Staple the top of the wick using a conventional office or domestic stapler. This will keep it from slipping. Cut a cross into the lid. Feed the wick through the lid and screw it back onto the milk bottle. This will allow the wick to DRAW WATER up into the planter, while the cap will prevent soil from falling into the reservoir. Transformation is nearly complete. Now, combine the two sections to create the Optimus Prime of small space gardening. Organic potting mix. You know, the good stuff. The stuff that SMELLS LIKE DARK CHOCOLATE. Now, take your seedling of choice and plant it into your soil. Ideally you want a plant that can mature in this small space, such as a variety of lettuce or a basil plant. Water it in so that the soil is damp. The wick will draw water from the reservoir below and replenish the plant as required. Top up from time to time or as the water level drops. Behold! A thing of inexpensive, functional, unbridled BEAUTY. Wicking beds for everyone!


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TOM KITCHIN - "KITCHIN SUPPERS" This is one of my favourite Sunday roasts. You can’t get much more British than a leg of lamb, but serving it in this way gives a certain Mediterranean feel and flavour, which makes the dish seem light and fresh. Infusing the lamb with flavourings like rosemary and fennel seeds makes it deliciously tasty. Most side dishes work with lamb, so choose your vegetables according to the season. You might also like to serve new potatoes alongside here, or a potato gratin.

ROASTED LEG OF LAMB WITH RATATOUILLE-STUFFED TOMATOES SERVES 4 1.2kg boned and rolled leg of lamb 5 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped handful of rosemary sprigs, leaves only, roughly chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon fennel seeds sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 250ml lamb stock or chicken stock 50g butter STUFFED TOMATOES 4 large tomatoes on the vine olive oil for cooking 1 onion, peeled and diced 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1 tablespoon dried herbs de Provence 1 courgette, diced 1 aubergine, diced 1 red pepper, cored, deseeded and diced

Place the lamb on a board. In a bowl, mix together the garlic, rosemary, cumin and fennel seeds. Using a sharp knife, pierce little slits all over the surface of the lamb. Using your fingers, push the rosemary and spice mixture into the cuts. Season the meat with salt and pepper. Put to one side. To prepare the tomatoes, snip them off the vine, but leave the stalks intact. Cut a slice off the top off the tomatoes, removing about a quarter, and reserve these lids. Using a teaspoon, carefully scoop out the juice and seeds from inside, leaving the shells intact; set aside, along with the tops. For the ratatouille stuffing, heat a heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat and add a little olive oil. Add the onion and cook slowly for 3–4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and dried herbs. Now turn up the heat and add the courgette, aubergine and some salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for a further 3–4 minutes; you may need to add more olive oil as the aubergine

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will absorb quite a lot. Add the red pepper and cook for a further 2–3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check the seasoning and take off the heat. To cook the lamb, heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Heat a heavy-based ovenproof pan over a medium-high heat and add a little olive oil. Add the lamb joint and colour on all sides, allowing 3–4 minutes. Transfer to the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, fill the tomatoes with the ratatouille and put the lids back on. Stand the stuffed tomatoes in a small roasting tray. Add the stock, butter and a drizzle of olive oil to the tray. When the meat has been roasting for 15 minutes, turn the setting down to 160°C/Gas 3 and put the stuffed tomatoes into the oven. Roast the meat for a further 20 minutes, along with the tomatoes, basting these with the pan juices from time to time. Rest the lamb in a warm place for 10 minutes. Slice the meat and serve with the stuffed tomatoes, spooning over all the pan juices.


SMOKED SALMON & SPINACH LASAGNE This comforting pasta bake is easy to prepare and always popular. The recipe is based on a Scandinavian dish that my wife Michaela has been making for years. It’s absolutely delicious and has the added advantage that it can be prepared in advance, ready to bake and serve when required.

Serves 4–6 Béchamel sauce 75g butter 75g plain flour 850ml milk sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Lasagne 25g butter

1 leek, trimmed, washed and cut into strips 400g baby spinach 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 400g smoked salmon 300g Cheddar, grated 8–10 lasagne sheets 4 dill sprigs, roughly chopped, to garnish

colour. To check that the lasagne is cooked, insert a knife in the middle; it should meet with minimal resistance. Scatter the chopped dill on top of the lasagne and serve, with a crisp green salad on the side.

Heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. To make the béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan, stir in the flour and cook for 1–2 minutes. Slowly stir in the milk and cook at a gentle simmer, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. For the lasagne, melt half the butter in a heavy-based pan over a medium-low heat. Add the leek strips, season with salt and pepper and sweat gently for 2–3 minutes. Add the spinach leaves, a handful at a time, along with the garlic and cook for another minute or two. Drain off the excess liquid. Use the rest of the butter to grease a large square or rectangular ovenproof dish. Cut the smoked salmon into small pieces, roughly 2cm square. Spoon a layer of the béchamel sauce over the bottom of the dish and layer a third of the lasagne sheets on top. Spoon half of the leek and spinach mixture over the lasagne, followed by a good third of the smoked salmon, then cover with a third of the remaining béchamel and sprinkle some cheese over the surface. Repeat the layers of lasagne, leek and spinach, smoked salmon, béchamel and cheese, then cover with a top layer of lasagne. Spoon the rest of the béchamel sauce on top and scatter over the remaining smoked salmon and grated cheese. Bake for about 45 minutes until the top is a deep golden

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MUSHROOM BRIOCHES The idea for this savoury brioche came from one of the legendary chefs I once worked for in Paris, Guy Savoy. I love its earthy mushroom flavour, especially with pâté or alongside a soup. Served slightly warm or toasted, it is just heavenly.

Makes 10–12 mini brioches 180ml lukewarm milk 1½ sachets active dried yeast (10g) 4 free-range medium eggs 560g plain flour 15g salt 50g sugar 340g unsalted butter, softened Mushroom duxelle 400g button mushrooms, cleaned 20g butter 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1 teaspoon dried herbes de Provence sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Eggwash 2 egg yolks beaten with 1 teaspoon water and a pinch of salt

Pour the milk into a jug, sprinkle on the dried yeast and leave for 10–15 minutes, until the yeast is fully dissolved and the liquid begins to froth. Add the eggs to the yeast liquid, beating lightly to break them down. Combine the flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix briefly. Now, with the motor running, slowly pour in the yeast, milk and egg mix. Continue to work on a medium speed for 5–7 minutes. Once the dough appears smooth and elastic, begin adding the butter, little by little, until it is all incorporated. Continue mixing for a further 5 minutes. When ready, the dough should appear very smooth and shiny. Turn the dough out into a lightly oiled large bowl. Cover with lightly oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size; this should take about an hour. In the meantime, prepare the mushroom duxelle. Chop the mushrooms into small dices. Heat a heavy-based pan over a medium-low heat. Add the butter and, once melted and foaming, add the mushrooms, shallot, garlic, dried herbs and some seasoning. Cook for 3–4 minutes to soften and release

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all the liquid from the mushrooms. Then increase the heat to drive off the liquid; the pan should be quite dry. Set aside to cool. Lightly grease and flour 10–12 metal rings, 7.5cm in diameter, and stand on a baking sheet. Turn the risen dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly. Divide the dough in half. Roll each half into a rectangle, about 40 x 20cm and 1cm thick. Spread the mushroom duxelle on top of the two sheets of dough, leaving a 1cm margin along the edges. Starting at a long edge, roll each rectangle of dough up like a Swiss roll, finishing with the seam underneath. Cut into 7.5cm lengths and place in the prepared rings. Cover with lightly oiled cling film and allow to prove until they have almost reached the top of the rings. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Brush the brioches with eggwash and bake for 15 minutes until deep golden. Leave in the tins for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve while still slightly warm.


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OUT AND ABOUT NEIL ECKERSLEY presents

A whole new adventure for the Alice in us all.

Out & About A guide to the amazing events around Preston and Fylde for 2017

11th May - 7.30pm

A Tribute to Tom Jones by Jed Fry Enjoy a night of classic Tom Jones hits performed by award winning Jed Fry. Includes buffet and support artist. Licensed bar available. Phone the estate office to book your tickets. Lytham Hall, Lytham 15th April - 7.00pm

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Hangar 42 “First Light Bash” Big Band Dance

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The “First Light Bash” is the fist of Music by Frank Wildhorn Lyrics by Jack Murphy Book by Gregory Boyd & Jack Murphy UK adaptation by Ava Eldred

Seven 40’s style Big Band Dances

Theatre

scheduled through 2017. Tickets £15.00 per person, over 18’s only. Apply in writing to the LSA Spitfire Team at our website address, enclosing a post dated cheque for the full amount, the names of those attending and your preferred Dance date and second choice if

Wendi Peters

Dave Willetts as White Rabbit

as Queen of Hearts

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The Opera Boys

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Monday 10 - Saturday 15 April 2017

16th April - 11am-4.00pm

Easter Sunday Family Fun Day

Spine Tingling, from the moment these guys walk on to the stage and open their mouths it is obvious that

The Friends of Lytham Hall host

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an Easter trail through the parkland,

Leading men from London’s West

tombola plus a bouncy castle. Come

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vocal harmony to deliver a stunning

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13th April - 8.30pm

Woofers Comedy Club

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Phil Walker hosts The Woofers

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Days Out 15th April & 16th April

Easter at Marsh Mill

15th April - 7.30pm

The Timeless Music of Love

Come along and enjoy Easter at Marsh Mill for our season grand re-

There will be a treat in store for all

opening.

lovers of time served popular music when Blackpool’s own Vaughan

Have a tour of the Mill (for a small

Kennedy returns to the Lowther

charge) See the Sails turn and the

Pavilion Theatre, together with the

machinery hum into action. There

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will be a programme of family

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friendly activities throughout the day

11th April & 29th April

on the ground floor which is free to

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Fleetwood Road North, Thornton

activity for children and their families. Children will enjoy using

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Boogie Nights Do you remember where you were the night Elvis died? Well, tonight’s the night. Boogie Nights-The Musical tells the hilarious and heartwarming story of Roddy, a Jack-the-

navigational challenge. To take part simply register, collect your map and answer sheet and off you go.

Easter Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt/Egg Throwing

Wyre Estuary Country Park,

Competition/Nature Quiz. The Big

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17th April - 2.00pm

Easter Chicken will be in attendance again. Family fun with small prizes. Hawthorne Park, Thornton goo.gl/qDvhpt

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Scorton Bikes and Barrows Festival 2017 Scorton Bikes & Barrows Festival is coming this May Bank Holiday weekend. The weekend features live music, a dog show, food and craft

A traditional market with over 200 stalls. A shopper’s paradise for gifts, clothing and household goods. Bag a bargain today! /FleetwoodMarket

fairs, children’s games, family cycle rides, wheelbarrow racing, classic cars and much more to enjoy! Scorton Village, Scorton scortonvillage.com/bikes-barrows17th April - 23rd April

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St George’s Day Festival 2017 Local residents and businesses are proud to celebrate St George’s Day. The festival hosts the a wide range of music, comedy, family and sports events to celebrate all things English. All proceeds from the events go to charity. Lytham Green, Lytham goo.gl/3hwu5M 14th April - 17th April 6th May - 14th May

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

Warton Hall Open Gardens Bluebell Walk

We’re going on a Bear Hunt! We’re going on a Bear Hunt!

Warton Hall is a Georgian Manor

Join us this Easter weekend (Fri, Sat,

House set in 4 acres of garden with

Sun, Mon) for a bear filled family

a beautiful bluebell woodland walk.

adventure at Botany Bay. Hunt to

Once owned by Augustus Wyckham

find all our cuddly teddy bears

Clifton of the Clifton family of

hidden around the mill, find them all

Lytham, Lancashire.

to claim a FREE chocolatey treat and

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Cleveleys Classic Car Show 2017 Now in its 6th year, the Cleveleys

centre, where our Botany Bay Big Bear will be on hand to offer hints and tips for how to find the hidden bears.

Car Show is a town centre display

Victoria Street / Adelaide Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 6AB Tel: 01253 887651

of sports, classics, American and

Plus, enter our free prize draw for

interesting cars which is free to enter.

your chance to WIN one of 15 build-

There will also be cars on the New

a-bear experiences with Your Cuddly

Promenade as well as a display of

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model aircraft.

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OUT AND ABOUT

Preston Theatre 2nd April

Showtime Come and enjoy Carlova Dance Studios’ dance extravaganza, featuring an array of styles from

3rd April

Ballet to Bhangra and Tap to Tango.

Lloyd Cole

Our dancers are aged from 2 years and up, including adults and even a few dads! They will show you their talents and techniques with a performance to get your toes tapping. With a splash of musical theatre, a few chart toppers and more blasts from the past than you can shake your tail feathers at! A fabulous family show! Charter Theatre, Preston prestonguildhall.co.uk/shows/ showtime/

Lloyd Cole (born 31 January 1961) is an English singer and songwriter, known for his role as lead singer of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions from 1984 to 1989, and for his subsequent solo work. Cole is on tour frequently, and now brings his high energy duo set to Preston for an all seated evening of Lloyd Cole songbooks. Guild Hall, Preston prestonguildhall.co.uk/shows/ lloyd-cole/

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5th April - 6th April

Hysteria 1938. Hampstead, London. Sigmund Freud has fled Nazioccupied Austria and settled in leafy Swiss Cottage. The ageing Freud intends to spend his last days in peaceful contemplation but, when Salvador Dali pays a visit and discovers a naked woman in the closet, eye-popping mayhem ensues. Charter Theatre, Preston prestonguildhall.co.uk/shows/ hysteria/


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HEALTH

Quality dentures mean a quality lifestyle The Importance of Dentures The eyes, nose and teeth are the focal points of every face; they give the first impressions of your personality. Natural teeth grow in proportion and in harmony with your facial features and your dentures should be made accordingly. Your teeth, or your dentures, have many important functions: to support your facial muscles, to help formulate your speech, and most importantly to chew your food and start the digestive process. It is very important to chew food properly, as poorly chewed food will take longer to digest, especially for the elderly who could risk problems in the digestive system.

Choice of Dentures There are four main quality standards in denture materials. The denture base (gum coloured on which the denture teeth sit).

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A range of quality teeth are available. Of course, the materials alone will not make a good denture. In the hands of a skillful and experienced Clinical Dental Technician the best results are achieved.

Dentures Need Regular Servicing Dentures are in constant use almost 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are also in a pretty hostile environment in the mouth, being attacked by strong acid, bacteria, hot, cold and spicy food. Denture material absorbs liquids and food odour.

Daily cleaning is essential as well as professional ultrasonic cleaning in a dental laboratory at least once a year. Due to constant bone resorbtion dentures will become loose sooner or later. Loose dentures will increase damage to the gums and bone structure, and increase the risk of breakage. Have them re-lined as soon as possible to get a good fit. It only takes a day or two. Have your dentures inspected by a Clinical Dental Technician at least every two years, or more frequently if necessary.

Your Dentures need Attention 1. When they become loose. 2. When teeth or denture base discolours. 3. When tooth surfaces become flat. 4. When denture base does not fit around natural teeth (in partial dentures). 5. When you develop deep lines around your mouth.


HEALTH 6. When your chin sticks out, and the corners of your lips are constantly wet, developing sores. 7. When you stop smiling and feel embarrassed.

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Dentures with worn down teeth Teeth excessively worn, require a new set of dentures.

Dentures on Implants

This type of Denture is constructed in conjunction with the Dental Implant Surgeon. This is a very good procedure when the patient has limited control and retention of their Dentures. The finished Dentures ‘click’ into position offering the ultimate in Denture Retention.

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Padding dentures to reduce lines and fill up sunken cheeks will require a new set of dentures. It is advisable to have a new set of dentures made every 5 to 10 years.

At the same time we have to use our technical expertise in order to make the denture stable and functional. Denture construction is more art than science.

Should I have a spare set of Dentures made? Yes, it is very important to have a spare set of dentures for emergencies in case of breakage.

Difficulties in Constructing a Good Set of Dentures Constructing a functional and aesthetically pleasing set of dentures is one of the most difficult task in dentistry. We are not only replacing lost teeth, but also lost tissue matter and bone. In other words, we have to re-create your facial features as they were before the loss of your natural teeth. In most cases we do not know what your teeth looked like, what size they were or what position they were in originally. We have a few indications

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Preston & Fylde issue 48  

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

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