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Twittering on With Angela Kelly Celebrities? Get them out of here!

Fast-forward to 2017 and you can’t move for so-called celebrities. Every actor or actress in a TV soap qualifies for the name and the natural respect that goes with it – even if they were only in Emmerdale for three episodes.

Don’t you find the word “celebrity” extremely over-used these days? When I was younger, I’m sure that celebrity really meant something. It was someone with Sir or Lady in front of their name, a war hero like Douglas Bader or General Montgomery or an American film star who was so far away from our reality as to be living on another planet.

Reality TV show “stars” – that’s just ordinary people who are basically showoffs – are now celebrities and have joined the acclaimed bunch we are supposed to look up to and copy. The sad thing, of course, is that many younger people in particular do look up to these people, they do emulate them, wear what they wear, act as they act.

People who appeared on TV were “entertainers”. Quite a different category. They were famous for being funny or being fine actors or for being an important presenter.

called “social influencers” who also now qualify as celebrities. And if we simply reject that standard, the genuine celebrities – the really worthwhile people who have earned their fame in some amazing way – will start to surface and make that category great again.

Ask the expert not the internet

I really think we need to re-think our values on what we classify as a “celebrity” because we have definitely devalued the coinage.

Sports people were famous for what they did and we admired them for it. If they got a honour as a result, that just added to their fame and our admiration. I don’t remember hearing the word “celebrity” much at all.

Personally, I don’t want to either look like or have the lifestyle of Kim Kardashian or even have the online followers of the so-

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We Brits apparently live in fear of the doctor’s waiting room or the dentist’s chair.

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TWITTER Nothing too surprising about that, I suppose, except that new research shows that we are definitely a fearful nation when it comes to our health and wellbeing. For example, almost a quarter of Brits questioned feared the doctor’s waiting room and 34% confessed to a fear of the dentist’s chair. Perhaps the most unlikely statistic is that 17% admitted that visiting the optician’s made them nervous. The top fear-prompter was discovery of a previously unknown health problem; 69% felt frightened about that. Maybe that, along with 22% having had a previous bad experience, explains the statistic that 79% hesitate to seek medical advice. The daft thing is that we know that seeing an expert makes sense. We know that we should go to the doctor, dentist or optician if there’s a niggling health worry yet we prolong the agony by ignoring it. I’m always shocked, for example, by the number of women who miss their mammogram appointment when it’s just a simple procedure and it can pick up rogue cells so early. I know it’s not something you’d ever do for fun but it’s quick, uncomfortable rather than painful, and it can be a life-saver. It would be interesting to see how we compare in this area with other countries. Are the French as frightened of the dentist? Do Germans hate eye-tests? How many Italians

refuse to see a doctor when they have symptoms? It’s probably just human nature to believe that if we don’t know the worst then it won’t happen. The crazy part of this is that, quite often, there’s nothing wrong and we’ve just been worrying needlessly. Me? I always look up my ailments on the internet first and think about the doctor later. Well, you can’t be too careful with suspected dengue fever, can you?

Hands off old TV favourites I don’t mind re-makes of films but I’ve started to get very shirty about the re-creating of some of my favourite TV shows. There is no way that modern producers should touch Dad’s Army or Porridge and yet they insist on fiddling with the format, bringing in a new cast and generally updating them. No-one can ever play Captain Mainwaring like Arthur Lowe, in spite of actor Toby Jones having a good stab at it in the new film. Nor can anyone ever play Fletch in Porridge like Ronnie Barker. They set the tone, create the right humour – they are the programme. The old American saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” definitely applies here. Hands off – just keep the re-runs going!

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Travels with Winston Churchill’s granddaughter – Celia Sandys By Jennie Carr from Silver Travel Advisor If you’re travelling to or through London with the escorting touring specialists Tauck, you may well have the pleasure of meeting Celia Sandys, one of their ambassadors, at a dinner or presentation where she tells tales of her grandfather that cannot be found in the history books. Celia is one of Winston Churchill’s grandchildren and she spent many holidays with him in the last five years of his life. She has also written five books about her grandfather, including one on his early life and one on his travels.

his grandchildren had little notion of the public figure he was, but rather saw him as a benign figure who they rather took for granted. Feeding the fish and visiting the animals were simple pleasures they all enjoyed together here. Celia also accompanied him on painting trips, where he enjoyed the

Her first trip with him was aged sixteen, as she was an available grandchild of the right age. They were guests of Aristotle Onassis and his wife on his incredible yacht sailing in the Mediterranean. Fellow guests were Maria Callas and her husband. And it was on this voyage that two marriages ended and a love affair began. What an extraordinary trip for the littletravelled young Celia to experience! She recalled her grandfather asking her to describe what she could see from the cabin windows each morning, particularly the colours. This was so very important to the artist that he was. Many of her memories of Winston Churchill are from his country home, Chartwell, in a domestic setting, where

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Courage is the quality that Celia said Winston Churchill would most want to be remembered for. It was this which allowed him to defy everyone during the Second World War and to convince the nation that they would win the war in the end. Meeting Celia Sandys is a fascinating experience; her insights into her remarkable grandfather are warm, amusing and give a rare opportunity to learn about the more private moments of this great statesman. Her recollections are a graciously fitting tribute to him. More about Tauck In 1882, Herman Tauck arrived in New York City from Germany in search of the American dream. His son, Arthur Tauck Sr., would realise that dream with ingenuity and an innovative spirit, starting Tauck Motor Tours – at age 27 with a first tour through the backroads of New England in 1925. It embodied the same successful formula used by Tauck today: do the right thing. Craft a life-enriching travel experience; provide it at a single all-inclusive price; ensure there is great value for money; and rely on recommendations of satisfied customers to build a following and grow the business. Over the next 90+ years – and three generations of Taucks – the scope of destinations served and the variety of modes of travel would grow dramatically. Today, with six brands and more than 140 trips across seven continents, Tauck delivers life-enriching travel experiences to every corner of the globe, incorporating small cruise ships, premium riverboats, trains, helicopters and more…

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Bournemouth ‘The Garden City by the Sea’ attracts millions of visitors each year, with its seven miles of golden sands and sheltered waters, beautiful gardens and variety of shops and restaurants. TOUR BOUR ~ MAYFAIR HOTEL 6nts dinner, bed & breakfast 20 Aug

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TOUR BOUR ~ MAYFAIR HOTEL 5nts dinner, bed & breakfast 17 Sept £350

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Closely sheltered by the chalk hills of the South Downs, Brighton’s charm plays perfect host to an abundance of restaurants, art galleries and cosy boutiques. Explore the narrow cobbled streets and visit famous landmarks such as the Royal Pavilion and The Lanes.

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Babbacombe sits adjacent to Torquay but with its own charm and character. The promenade gives stunning coastal views across Lyme Bay. The resorts 2 beaches can be accessed by coastal paths, or the original working funicular railway.

TOUR 05MB~ IMPERIAL HOTEL 4nts dinner, bed & breakfast 18 Sept £265 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT : NIL

Weymouth

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The popular resort of Weymouth, situated on the Dorset coast is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Its crowning glory is perhaps the beautiful beach and seafront boasting a variety of shops cafés, perfect for a leisurely stroll.

and the Cornish Coast

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What better way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of these two National Parks than by rail and boat. Our tour is based in Morecambe which is conveniently situated between the two areas.

The twin towns of East Looe and West Looe sit astride the Looe River and offer safe beaches together with the possibility of boat trips around the bay or up the river. There is a good selection of shops and restaurants along the harbourside.

TOUR MLAD ~ AUCKLAND HOTEL 4nts dinner, bed & breakfast 18 Sept £336 16 Oct £311

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Eastbourne is an elegant resort at the foot of the South Downs in Sussex. It is renowned for record-breaking sunshine and breath-taking beaches. A popular holiday destination for all, you’ll never be short of something to do.

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19 Aug

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£445

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8 DAYS

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Jersey, the largest and most southerly of the Channel Islands has much to offer. A delightful blend of England and France, the pace of life is refreshingly relaxed and easy going.

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Situated on the edge of the beautiful north Yorkshire Moors National Park, Scarborough ‘Queen of the Yorkshire Coast’ is a popular seaside resort steeped in history and surrounded by beauty.

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20 Aug

and Sussex

By road, rail and boat

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Lakes and Dales

Superbly situated beside the sparkling waters of Sandown bay, the twin resorts of Sandown and Shanklin have delighted generations of holiday makers. Sandown seafront is just yards from the town’s shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants with easy level walking along the broad promenades and sea wall.

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Yorkshire Coast and Country

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Scarborough

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT : £125

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The Famous Voice From The Valleys IT’S not unusual for singer Tom Jones to attract almost as much female attention in 2017 as he did when he first burst onto the British music scene in 1964. The famous Voice from the Valleys, even at 76 and a grandfather, is still seen as the same Sex Bomb he ever was before, during and after his hit record of that name. He may have built his reputation on belting out iconic hits of the past five or six decades with his powerful, raspy baritone but he long ago left behind the clinging leather trousers, shirt split to the waist to reveal his hairy chest and gleaming medallion. Today, give or take the odd glint in the eye, he could be any well-preserved former bank manager or city gent – until he either speaks with that Welsh lilt in the background or, better, lets rip with a moving ballad that still has the power to shake the emotions.

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His singing career has been an important part of the British history of pop and he is still making the headlines, both as an entertainer and these days as a coach in BBC TV’s popular talent show The Voice. Even away from music, he can’t help the media taking note of everything he does, because the public still has a warm appetite for Tom Jones. It’s a safe bet none of what came later could have been guessed by Thomas Jones Woodward as he grew up in the small mining town of Pontypridd in South Wales. Like many Welshmen, he began singing at an early age in church and in the school choir. He left school at 16 and was married and having a son a year later. He brought in money for his family from an assortment of jobs including singing in pubs at night.

In 1963, he was singing with his own group in working men’s clubs when Gordon Mills, a performer who had branched out into songwriting and management, saw him perform. He became his manager, re-named him Tom Jones and got him a record contract. His first record Chills and Fever failed to make an impression, but his second, It’s Not Unusual written by Gordon Mills, was a sensation – on both sides of the Atlantic. The sexy singer with the swivelling hips and handsome looks could really sing – anything from pop and rock to R & B, show tunes, soul and gospel music. He followed up his first hit with a string of others and began a hugely successful career, selling more than 100 million records with 36 Top 40 hits in the UK and 19 in the United States.


CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Songs like What’s New Pussycat, Delilah, Green, Green Grass of Home, She’s a Lady and Kiss were what the public wanted to hear. Fans not only bought his records but flocked to his shows and mobbed him on a regular basis. He won a Grammy as Best New Artist in 1965 but didn’t win a Brit Award until he took the title of Best Male Artist in 2000, then after a music career of more than 30 years. He was always appreciated by his fans, however, and added many thousands more when, in 1967, he performed in Las Vegas for the first time. This began a relationship with America’s entertainment capital – and with the States itself which he later made his home - that has spanned the decades and brought him into contact with some of the most legendary names in showbiz.

continue singing to getting him through this dark time. This Summer, he’s on the road again pleasing new audiences, this time on a Forest Tour of open-air venues which include Cartmel Racecourse in Cumbria, Delamere Forest in Cheshire and Cannock Chase Forest in Staffordshire. His voice is as strong as ever and his shows are bound to not only impress with new songs but cover some of his best-known hits. There’s no doubt his many established fans, plus the new ones who have come to appreciate Jones the Voice more recently, will turn up to enjoy the feelgood music and shared love of entertaining that Tom Jones always offers. But then, that’s not unusual, either.

It was here Tom first met his own idol, Elvis Presley, and they became good friends right up until Elvis’s death in 1977. Tom also had an internationally successful TV variety show entitled This is Tom Jones which reportedly earned him millions during the three years it ran. At the same time, he toured regularly – a major attraction with his hit records dominating the charts. Over the years, he has changed his musical style as markedly as he has changed his sartorial trademark, in the last decade or so venturing again into gospel music. He has also recorded with various famous names including his good friend Robbie Williams. Tom was awarded the OBE in 1999 and in 2006 was knighted by the Queen for his services to music. After receiving the knighthood, he stated: “It is fantastic. It was lovely to see the Queen again. I love seeing the Queen and I have always been a royalist. “She has got a great smile and her whole face lights up when she smiles. I told her I have been in showbusiness 41 years successfully and she said to me that I had given a lot of people a lot of pleasure.” “I come from a coal-mining, working-class background. My father was a coalminer. Today is just tremendous.” While his reputation and undoubted talent have endured, his public profile was given a boost in 2012 when he became a coach on The Voice with will.i.am, Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue. He mentored the first winner and impressed everyone with his down-to-earth humour and self-deprecating approach. He returned to later series, apart from one season, and established himself there as a knowledgeable and much-loved real celebrity. When his wife Linda died last year after a short battle against cancer, Tom attributed his determination to

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Bringing The Outside Inside THIS is definitely the time of year that we throw off all our Winter worries and time spent indoors and start to appreciate the Great Outdoors that starts at our own back-door. We Brits do love our gardens – be they undulating acres of greenery or a small back garden with room for a few pots and a sunbed. And as soon as the temperatures start to rise even a little, we throw open our doors and windows and get plenty of good fresh air into our lungs. Now that more and more of us are investing in our homes to spend sparetime there relaxing, we are also investing more time and money in our gardens. Everyone has their own definition of the Perfect Garden – be it minimalist with gravel paths, large pots and the occasional seated area to lush lawns with borders with flowers and shrubs bursting into life.

Certainly, this is the time to make the most of the garden you have to achieve just what you want from it – budget willing. Let’s start with that LAWN if you’ve got one, or want one. Improve the one you’ve already got by aerating it, punching holes throughout to help give your grass a proper medium to grown in. Water it deeply and less often, use natural lawn fertilizer and cut your grass correctly to the recommended cutting height, re-using grass clippings in “grass-cycling” that returns needed nutrients to the soil. And if you don’t want to maintain a lawn and want a pristine one all the time, consider investing in an ARTIFICIAL LAWN. This technology has come on in tremendously and they can be made to fit any sized garden and look remarkably natural - they’re also pet-proof and child-proof!

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GARDEN STUDIOS are particularly popular now as an extra room, an office or a playroom or gym. Prices are more competitive these days and there are more styles than ever. Work out what fits into your garden space and available budget – they can be very basic or quite luxurious but they all offer a lovely feeling of being nearer to Nature. There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of water, is there? So it’s definitely worthwhile considering a WATER FEATURE, POND or FOUNTAIN. Even quite a modest budget means you can install a pond yourself with a pump and suitable plants, with fish, for a reasonable amount. Of course, if you’re thinking bigger, there’s nothing quite like your own SWIMMING POOL in the garden to enhance your lifestyle – and make the neighbours green with envy. Site it in the open air with its own cover for poorer weather or during the Winter, or give it its handsome, purpose-built home. It’s guaranteed to be a hit with the younger members of the family and offers readymade exercise and good health for all ages. Go to the British Swimming Pool Federation’s website on www.bspf.org. uk for useful help. You might prefer a HOT TUB – still very popular as a way of relaxing outdoors with many people - and the beauty of a tub is that you can use it all year round. Visit the British and Irish Spa Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) at www.bishta.co.uk to get advice and ideas and to download a homeowners’ handbook. Don’t forget to add a BARBECUE area to your garden if you want to spend quality time out there. If you prefer a mobile barbecue there are plenty to choose from, even brazier-type barbecues that heat the area, too. In fact, as this is the British Summer that we’re talking about, treating yourself to some effective PATIO HEATERS could turn out to be the very best buy of all!


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pots of around 5cm (2in) in diameter if you don’t have much room. The ideal container gives each plant at least 10cm (4in) of space on all sides, to allow for roots and over-ground growth. Put a layer of stones into the bottom before adding the soil, or make sure there are a couple of little holes in the bottom to allow for draining. Seeds and cuttings can be planted in containers outside unless otherwise stated. Planting seeds: Unless the specific guidelines tell you otherwise, all you need to do is sprinkle a row of seeds over the top of the container, covering with a light dusting of soil and giving them a good water. As they start to shoot, separate any that are too close together, leaving a gap of at least 2.5cm (1in) between each plantlet.

Plant l Grow l Eat There’s a real joy in growing your own herbs and flowers, in using the fat of your land to add flavour to your cooking. Having spent an entire childhood avoiding anything to do with my parent’s garden, I’ve discovered the pride involved in snipping off a sprig and popping it straight into your pot. And the best thing? It’s really pretty easy. This guide intends to show you how simple it is.

garden centres will work just fine. Fill your boxes almost to the top, plant your seeds or cuttings and give them a really good drenching with water. Once a week, in summer months, it’s worth giving them a capful or two of plant feed, available from the same places as the soil. Containers: The larger your containers, the better, though herbs can survive for shorter times in tiny

Then, after a couple of weeks, discard those that look a bit weedy and meek to leave room for the ones that are flourishing, this time with at least 5cm (2in) of space between each. cuttings: Flowers like lavender and honeysuckle grow best from cuttings rather than seeds. Snip a healthy, nonflowering shoot from an existing plant – you want it to be around 5–10cm (2–4in) long. Keep only one or two pairs of leaves at the tip, dip the bottom in root power and poke the cutting into your container, leaving space around it. Water well and watch it grow. Once it’s about 15cm (6in) high, you should pinch off the top two leaves to encourage it to grow outwards – repeat this every 10 days or so. Plants: The fastest way to success, of course, is to buy plants from the garden centre and replant them. Squeeze them out of the pots they come in and gingerly break up the clump of earth that clings to their roots, taking care not to damage the roots. Place them into your container and pat some soil in around them. Water them well and you’ve got a ready-made garden that you can cook from straight away.

a few notes before you get out your trowel Soil: For herb and window boxes, the multi-use potting soil you buy in massive bags at DIY warehouses and

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Chive

tarragon

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tastes: Strongly like onion.

tastes: Fragrant, like aniseed.

tastes: Peppery and sweet.

when to plant: Early spring to midsummer.

when to plant: Spring to late summer.

when to plant: Late spring, starting off inside.

when to pick: After a couple of months it will have grown enough for you to be able to slice off most of the chive, leaving just 2cm (3/4 in) to grow back. Chopping off the edible flower head will encourage more to grow.

when to pick: Late spring until late autumn. Snip off the stalks and pinch the leaves.

when to pick: Until late September, removing the leaves from growing stalks.

how to plant: Start growing the chives inside, sprinkling the seeds in a row and then barely covering with soil. Water them well and move them outside once they’re 5–6cm (2–2 ½ in) tall – you can carefully dig them up and transplant them to another container if you like, spacing them about 15cm (6in) apart. Although they might disappear in the winter, they are still alive – you can leave them outside and they will grow back again in the spring. plant it with: Chives tend to grow pretty tall, so plant them with squat, equally reedy herbs like dill and thyme. works particularly well with: Beetroot, chicken, haddock, goat’s cheese, parsnip, potatoes, sour cream. substitute it with: Basil, oregano, winter savory.

how to plant: Tarragon is one of the easiest herbs to look after – it is hardy and doesn’t need much care. It likes a bit of shade, so choose a spot that gets some light but also some respite from the sun. Plant the seeds in shallow dips in the soil, cover with a light dusting of earth and water frequently, making sure the seeds doesn’t dry out. Thin the plants out so that there is 10cm (4in) between each one. Either let it die off in the winter, or bring it indoors where it will live happily on a sunny windowsill. plant it with: Chervil, coriander and chive. works particularly well with: Chicken, lemon, green peppers, mushrooms, potatoes. substitute it with: Oregano, lemon balm, chervil. can be eaten: Raw, roasted or in sauces.

how to plant: Plant the seeds sparingly in small pots and cover with a very fine layer of soil; water well. Leave on a sunny windowsill. After about 5 weeks, move them outside, thinning the plants out until they are about 20cm (8in) apart. Basil needs sunshine and small amounts of water often, and will perk up quickly if it dries out a little. Pinch out the top leaves to stop it from growing too tall. plant it with: Mint, rosemary and thyme for a very fragrant box. works particularly well with: Chicken, pasta, Parmesan, salmon, peaches, tomatoes. substitute it with: Mint, lemon balm, oregano. can be eaten: Raw or steamed, although it can turn bitter if it is cooked for too long.

can be eaten: Raw, steamed or cooked in sauces.

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FOOD & DRINK

JAMES MARTIN’S FRENCH ADVENTURE

Whole John Dory with clams & courgettes

Also known as Saint Peter’s fish, after the patron saint of fishermen, John Dory is a beautiful fish. This was the first dish I cooked on the show, and no sooner had I finished and walked away to wash my hands than some eager French people huddled around the pan and started to dive in. A vote of confidence, if ever I saw one!

INGREDIENTS SERVES 2 2 courgettes, thickly sliced 2 heritage tomatoes, thickly sliced 2 shallots, thinly sliced 1 x 1kg John Dory, gutted and fins removed 50ml olive oil 375ml dry white wine 15 basil leaves 300g clams, washed handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Arrange the courgettes and tomatoes over the base of a roasting tin. Slot the shallot slices in between the courgettes and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Season the John Dory with salt and pepper, place on top of the vegetables and drizzle with half the olive oil. Pour the white wine over and scatter with the basil leaves. Cover tightly with foil and cook in the oven for 20 minutes. Carefully lift the foil and add the clams, then cover again and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes or until the clams open up (discard any that remain closed). Remove from the oven, scatter over the parsley leaves and add a final drizzle of olive oil.


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Croque monsieur INGREDIENTS SERVES 4 8 thick slices white bread 100g Cheddar cheese, grated 4 thick slices ham 100g butter sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

The ultimate cheese and ham toastie... Simple. I love it.

For the béchamel sauce 25g butter 25g plain flour 300ml milk

For the béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in the flour using a wooden spoon, then cook gently for 1 minute, still stirring. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually whisk in the milk until smooth. Return the pan to the heat and continue to cook, stirring constantly with the wooden spoon, until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper, then remove from the heat and leave until cold. To make the sandwiches, spread a layer of the béchamel sauce over one side of four slices of the bread, then top each one with cheese, ham and another slice of bread. Melt the butter in a large, non-stick frying pan until foaming, fry the sandwiches, two at a time, for 2–3 minutes on each side. Serve with a sprinkle of sea salt.

Crêpes Suzette I’ll never forget cooking this dish on location: it was 34 degrees in the shade, and we were under a beautiful tree by a swimming pool overlooking Saint-Tropez. The other thing I should mention is that the person I was cooking it for was my great friend and three-star Michelin chef, Michel Roux Snr… We were at his house. No pressure, then. INGREDIENTS SERVES 2 For the crêpes 250g plain flour 2 eggs 2 teaspoons melted butter, plus extra for cooking 600ml milk

For the sauce 50g butter 3 oranges, 1 zested and all juiced 1 lemon, zested and juiced 3 tablespoons caster sugar 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier 2 tablespoons Cognac

To make the crêpes, whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl to form a smooth batter. Set aside for at least an hour in a cool place. Place a small frying pan over medium heat and add a little butter, then a ladleful of batter and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Cook for 1–2 minutes until just set, then flip and cook for a further minute until the underneath is lightly browned. Remove the cooked crêpe from the pan and repeat until all of the batter is used – you should end up with four crêpes. Place layers of baking parchment between the cooked crêpes to stop them sticking together. For the sauce, place all the ingredients in a large frying pan and bring to the boil, gently shaking the pan to ignite the alcohol. When the flame dies down, fold the crêpes into quarters and nestle them into the pan of sauce. Let them warm through for a few minutes, then dish out.

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OUT & ABOUT

Out & About A guide to the amazing events around Preston & Fylde for 2017 13th August

Memorial Park Companion Dog Show Join Wyre Council and Friends of Memorial Park for this year’s Companion Dog Show. Why not enter your dog into one of the many classes or competitions? Event will include refreshments, stalls and family fun! Memorial Park, Fleetwood goo.gl/6JJyBR

19th August - 20th August

Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend The 1940’s Wartime period brought to life with a bang! Come join in the atmosphere on Lytham Green and throughout Lytham and immerse yourself in a brilliant weekend of live entertainment, re-enactments and have-a-go fun! Historic Vehicles, music and dance, memorabilia stalls, thrilling battle re enactments, educational talks and demonstrations plus living history camp! Why not pick up the latest war winning gardening and food tips or join the Home Guard?!? Why not hire your 1940s costume and join in the fun? The fun begins on Friday evening with Pete Wayre and Claire Louise in the main marquee and there are events throughout Lytham at a variety of venues. The Green, Lytham goo.gl/s7RV63

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9th September - 10th September

Lancashire Game and Country Festival

Enjoy all aspects of country life in beautiful countryside – clay pigeon shooting, terrier show, gundog scurry, Cyril the Squirrel and his racing terriers, fly fishing demonstration, dog agility display, food hall, trade and other exhibitors. Woodacre Lodge Farm, Preston lancashiregamefestival.co.uk/index. php/location

22nd September

The Beach Boys Story If you like the Beach Boys songs, you will love this band! Guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face, with a song in your heart and reflecting on a truly memorable live music experience, this is a show you do not want to miss. “Excellent!”, “Fantastic!”, “The best tribute band I’ve ever seen” are comments often heard at the end of this remarkable show; it’s easy to see why this is such a huge smash. You will be amazed how just five performers can reproduce 100% live, the complex orchestral arrangements and intricate harmonies of America’s biggest ever pop group. Lowther Pavilion, Lytham lowtherpavilion.co.uk/show/thebeach-boys-story/

30th September

Supersonic 70s Show ‘The Supersonic 70s’ are a 6 piece ‘100% live’ band, with both male & female lead vocals featuring the incredible ‘Cat suited wondergirl’ Janey Bombshell, one of the finest female singers in the UK. Janey adds some real ‘Agnetha glamour’ alongside co-lead vocalist Mark Keen, the ‘velvet voiced’ singing sensation with the moves to match! Lowther Pavilion, Lytham lowtherpavilion.co.uk/show/ supersonic-70s-show/

15th October

A True Lancashire Hotpot The Lowther Pavilion, St Anne’s will see a real ‘treat’ on Sunday the 15th October 2017 with a return visit of ‘Lancashire favourites’ Norman Prince and Paul Johnston when they return with their 2 hour show of Lancashire songs and humour! Norman was the front-man and leader of the country’s top comedy folk group, The Houghton Weavers, for over 24 years and his humour and tales were a major part of the Weavers success over many years. Their TV series ‘Sit Thi Deawn’ is still the definitive example of North West life! He left the band 17 years ago and is now one of the country’s top ‘afterdinner’ speakers, speaking at venues as far apart as Aberdeen to The Dorchester Hotel, London, and St Helier in Jersey. Lowther Pavilion, Lytham lowtherpavilion.co.uk/show/a-truelancashire-hotpot/

6th October - 7th October

Chorley Live 2017

The entertainment event of the year is back for the fifth year and it promises to be another fantastic weekend of live entertainment. If you’ve been before the event needs no explanation but if you haven’t it is well worth a visit. Chorley Council organises the event alongside the Creative Network and will be taking over 30 venues each night from 7pm with performances on the hour at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm Chorley Town Centre visitlancashire.com/whats-on/chorleylive-2017-p798960


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Tue 8 – Sat 12 Aug OLIVIER AWARD NOMINEE

The Tiger Who Came to Tea a musical play adapted and directed by DAVID WOOD based on the book by JUDITH KERR

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World Snooker Qualifiers Various dates throughout August Footloose: The Musical Tue 8 – Sat 12 Aug (various times)

The Tiger who came to Tea Tue 15 – Wed 16 Aug (various times)

Dick and Dom Live! Fri 18 Aug 2pm & 5pm From The Jam Fri 18 Aug 8pm Comedy at the Guild Fri 18 Aug 8.30pm

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An Audience with Katie Price Fri 1 Sept 8pm Some Guys Have All The Luck: The Rod Stewart Story Thu 7 Sept 7.30pm Magic of Motown Sat 9 Sept 7.30pm

The King is Back: Starring Ben Portsmouth Sun 17 Sept 7.30pm Rob Brydon: I am Standing Up... Wed 20 Sept 8pm

Tea Dance (monthly event) Tue 12 Sept 7.30pm

Let’s Hang On: A Celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Thu 21 Sept 7.30pm

Stewart Lee: Content Provider Wed 13 Sept 7.30pm

Mad About The Musicals Fri 22 Sept 7.30pm

The Carpenters Story Fri 15 Sept 7.30pm

White Collar Boxing: Massive Fight Night Fri 22 Sept from 7pm

(monthly event)

Tom Stade: I Swear Sat 16 Sept 7.30pm

The Dreamboys Wed 30 Aug 7.30pm

The Quireboys Sun 17 Sept doors at 7pm

Preston Comic Con Sat 23 Sept from 9am Madama Butterfly Sun 24 Sept 7.30pm

G4: Live In Concert Mon 25 Sept 7.30pm TJ Higgs: Psychic Medium Thu 28 Sept 7.30pm The Big Moon Mon 2 Oct doors 7pm The House Of Love Tue 3 Oct 7pm ABD Productions present Jane Eyre Wed 4 - Sat 7 Oct

(various times)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: The Birds (full season online) Sun 8 Oct 2.30pm A Pandemonium of Poe (Matinee Selection) Wed 11 Oct 2.30pm

www.prestonguildhall.com Box Office: 01772 80 44 44


OUT & ABOUT 11th August - 13th August

The Royal Lancashire Air Show

1st September - 5th November

Blackpool Iluminations & Light Pool The world-famous Illuminations need little introduction, extending Blackpool’s tourism season from the end of August until early November and attracting some 3m visitors every year. As well as the miles of traditional festoons and tableaux along the Promenade, there are now extraordinary 3D projection shows on the front of the Blackpool Tower building every night during Illuminations season.

Magnificent livestock displays, wonderful food and drink, marvellous crafts, a huge country life area, and lots of traditional entertainment and avenues of trade stands offering a wealth of goods. Highlights include a wonderful local food and drink showcase. On the day there will be celebratory real ales and traditional ciders and award-winning artisan foods as well as magnificent meat. In addition there are exciting ring displays planned and plenty of stands with everything from designer clothing to combine harvesters. Salesbury Hall, Ribchester royallancashireshow.co.uk

THE NORTH WEST’S

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Bolton’s Award Winning Market Bolton market has over 200 stalls including a bustling food court serving food from all over the world, cafés complement our food offer, and we even have a licensed bar.

No wonder it’s commonly known as the greatest free light show on Earth! Blackpool goo.gl/7Wk1xB

12th August

Clitheroe Food Festival

4th August - 21st August

St. Anne’s International Food Festival St. Anne’s International Food Festival is a free event held in the center of St. Anne’s. Large Marquee with several quality local chefs demonstrating signature dishes and offering FREE samples. Out side the Marquee there is plenty of Stalls of Food, Drink and crafts. St. Anne’s Square visitlancashire.com/whats-on/ st-annes-international-foodfestival-p887530

2017 will not disappoint – experience up close ‘Tastings and Talks’ on your favourite food and drink – chocolate, Bolton cocktails, wine and beer, to name but Council a few! The highly popular Children’s ‘Culinary Food Academy’ returns giving young ones the opportunity to become mini master-chefs. Sample delicious street food and take home the finest Lancashire produce, then listen to live music whilst enjoying a drink from one of our pop-up bars. The streets are alive with summer festival fever, come and be part of the fun. Castle Street, Clitheroe clitheroefoodfestival.com

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

Well worth a visit!

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

Email: bolton.markets@bolton.gov.uk

Visit our website for a list of special events and activities that we are running at the Market.

www.bolton.gov.uk

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the voice of markets

WINNER BEST FOOD market 2017

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

17th September

The Quireboys

There's a neat bourbon in your glass, a good woman on your arm and a long night of hard partying ahead. All you need is the band. And for those seeking a group of true Brit troubadours, capable of crafting the quintessential bar room experience with arena-style style hooks, look no further than the Quireboys. Over 30 years and The Quireboys know how to keep the party going with no plans of stopping it anytime soon !!! LiVe Preston goo.gl/4nzRvg

The House Of Love formed in 1986 in Camberwell, South London and released their first single, Shine On, on Creation Records in May 1987. Two further singles, Real Animal and Christine, appeared before they released theirmassively acclaimed debut album in June 1988. The 10-track album, featuring classic tracks such as Hope, Man To Child & Love In A Car was quickly hailed as one of the definitive independent releases of the late 1980’s and was recently re-released by Cherry Red as a deluxe 3-cd version. LiVe Preston goo.gl/JhXi7K

17th September

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

Riverside Vintage And Artisan Fair

3rd Sunday of the month Riverside Vintage&Artisan fair, fabulous selection of Vintage&handmade stalls, Artwork, Clothing, Jewellery, Homewares&more Mix of Vintage and makers selling Clothing, Jewellery, Home wares, Vinyl, Curios, Artwork, Cakes and more.... New Continental, Preston goo.gl/4ddXkm

23rd September - 24th September

Crafty Vintage: Floating Markets

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

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Crafty Vintage is a regular social gathering where like minded folk can meet, socialise, share ideas and gather inspiration.We are purveyors of classic vintage, collectibles, retro wares, quirky handmade, fine foods and delectable cuisine. Come along and see a magnificent showcase of talent from the finest creators, collectors and artisans in the land. Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston goo.gl/hnxCZ4

8th October

North of England Orchid Show Come to see the wonderful world of Orchids as The North of England Orchid Society return to Brockholes for one of their monthly shows. The society has been growing and showing orchids on a monthly basis since 1897 and is the oldest orchid society in the world. We show regularly at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park and also the Southport Flower Show, in both cases this year as in previous years taking Gold Medals. These monthly orchid shows are a must for anyone who wants to see a fantastic display of orchids, or just lovers of plants, with displays, sales tables from visiting orchid nurseries, friendly help and advice always available, all are welcome. No need to book just come along Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston goo.gl/p24W7a


What will be? What will youryour legacylegacy be? Leaving a gift in your Will ensures we can continue our work giving shelter to over 1,000 animals each year. We depend totally on the generosity of our supporters. ANIMAL CARE has a long history in the Lancaster & Morecambe area so by remembering us in your Will you are supporting a local charity in a lasting way.

About Oscar...

Old man Oscar has come to us with his best buddy Jess. Both dogs are looking for a retirement home where they can enjoy a quiet comfortable life. Oscar is deaf and we think 90% blind. Jess is a little better but is still hard of hearing. Both boys adore each other and curl up together in bed. We are looking for a new home for both boys together as we feel separating them will cause unnecessary stress. Oscar and Jess were handed over to us as their owner was finding it hard to look after them both and felt finding them a new home was the kindest thing to do. Please call us for more information.

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ANIMAL CARE is a small rehoming centre helping stray, unwanted and ill treated animals until caring new homes can be found for them. Registered Charity No. 508819

Animal Care

(Lancaster, Morecambe and District)

Blea Tarn Road, Scotforth, Lancaster, LA2 ORD | Telephone: 01524 65495 | Fax: 01524 841819 Email: rehoming@animalcare-lancaster.co.uk | www.animalcare-lancaster.co.uk


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.

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Natural teeth grow in proportion and in harmony with your facial features and your dentures should be made accordingly.

A range of quality teeth are available.

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). • •

Standard Quality High Impact Acrylics (much stronger)

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Injection Pressure Formed (Premium Denture Base) Flexible (Partial Dentures) Metal Denture

The Denture Teeth

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. 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.


My Dentures have become loose!

a new set of dentures made every 5 to 10 years.

This is easily remedied by a procedure know as Re-lining. A new layer of Denture base is added to your existing Denture, improving the fit and restoring confidence.

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.

Dentures with worn down teeth

Difficulties in Constructing a Good Set of Dentures

Teeth excessively worn, require a new 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.

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.

In most cases we do not know what your teeth looked like, what size they were or what position they were in originally. We have a few indications but mostly we have to rely on our visual and artistic judgement.

Major improvements in Facial Features Padding dentures to reduce lines and fill up sunken cheeks will require a new set of dentures. It is advisable to have

the denture stable and functional. Denture construction is more art than science.

What is a Clinical Dental Technician? Professional Clinical Dental Technicians are members of the Dental Health Care Team. They have undergone specific training and education in the skills and knowledge necessary to provide a removable appliance service directly to the community. Equipped with solid technical training as a Dental Technician - plus posttechnician training in sciences, clinical skills, and interpersonal skills - the Clinical Dental Technician can design, create, construct and modify (repair and rebase) removable appliances to ensure optimal fit, maximum comfort and general well-being of patients. These skills enable the Clinical Dental Technician, whilst remaining a member of the Dental Health Care Team, to work independently of other Dental Health Care providers.

At the same time we have to use our technical expertise in order to make

LEYLAND DENTURE CENTRE for your next quality denture

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This new Ivoclar Vivadent technique is a great cost effective alternative to Implants for patients looking to improve the stability of their denture.

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GIFTS IN WILLS FUND OVER A THIRD OF OUR RESEARCH RESEARCH THAT IS SAVING LIVES LIKE NEVE’S RIGHT NOW

Help us save even more lives. To request a free information pack from your Regional Legacy Manager Call Mark Dwyer on 0151 920 5202

LET’S BEAT CANCER SOONER. Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666) and the Isle of Man (1103).

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Please note insurance breakdown and servicing only applies to Motability scheme.All images for illustration purposes only

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