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John Bishop THE CHEERY SCOUSER GOES ON TOUR

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Imperial Hotel The Imperial is an impressive Victorian Hotel, situated at the seaward end of Devonshire Place with a short stroll from the local facilities and amenities in the town centre and across the road from the promenade and bandstand. The Hotel is full of character, it offers a great standard of comfortable accommodation, relaxing lounge area and a large restaurant offering hearty, home cooked food.Visit our new coffee lounge and enjoy a relaxing latte or cappuccino.

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Ocean View Hotel The Ocean View Hotel which is in Shanklin on the south-east of the island sits on stunning clifftops overlooking Sandown Bay. With its gardens and close proximity to Shanklin Old Village plus the local town centre only a few minutes walk away. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation, an indoor swimming pool, snooker room, a bar with a lounge and ballroom and a friendly atmosphere. (Steps to be negotiated in and around the Hotel).

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Ocean View Hotel Hotel Facilities 3 Ensuite Rooms 3 Traditional English Breakfast 3 Lunch available 3 Waiter service 3 Table d’hote menu 3 *A la carte menu 3 Lift to all floors 3 Lounge & Bar 3 Wifi in public areas 3 Garden 3 Heated indoor swimming pool 3 Ballroom/dance floor 3 24hr reception 3 Porterage * supplement applies

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

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Abbey Lawn Hotel The Abbey Lawn Hotel is a traditional family hotel in the grounds of the former Torre Abbey. The standard of comfort is exceptional throughout, with many bedrooms offering panoramic views of the bay. The hotel is a short distance from the promenade and town centre. The hotel boasts an indoor heated swimming pool and dance floor, plus a newly refurbished conservatory lounge overlooking the bay.

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Twittering on With Angela Kelly The battle of the sexes 2017

while the men’s toilets’ signs just show a man with a tie. The great thing is

I THOUGHT we’d moved on in the

that they do have baby changing

battle of the sexes into an uneasy

facilities in some men’s toilets.

peace but these days it doesn’t feel like it.

Now, the giant store has bowed to social media pressure over the subject

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It only seems like a short time ago that

when it was criticised for implying that

the whole issue was so debated that

women are the only parents looking

we never thought we would have to

after children. The signs on both

go to war again to get female equality.

toilets will now also show a child.

Yet, here we are, in 2017, and still some men are paid more than women

Interestingly, before the turnaround,

in broadly similar jobs and there are

M & S said that some people “walk

still skirmishes around everything from

around wondering what to get

shoes to toilets relating to gender

offended at”, and you do wonder

equality.

sometimes if they don’t have a point with this.

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Tesco is the latest organisation to be accused of sexism for selling girls’

These days, we are much more open

school shoes with “sensitive soles”

to the equal nature of boys and girls

while boasting about its boys’ shoes

in particular and try to treat them

being tough enough to last in the

flexibly. Girls don’t have to play with

playground.

dolls and boys don’t have to play with fire engines. Fortunately, children have

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We do seem to have become sensitive

a way of finding the middle ground

souls ourselves over this, though. All

themselves and don’t need to rely on

right – it isn’t in the spirit of equality to

over-sensitive parents.

create different types of shoes. What about boisterous girls and shy, retiring boys? But is it really worth a fuss?

Buckingham Palace – a saga of royal folk

Tesco have taken the diplomatic route and promised to update the wording

Soaps may come and go but there is

on their website about the properties

one enduring “soap” saga that keeps

of the school shoes. No word yet from

on giving: the Royal Family.

the children. The 20th anniversary of the death of

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Probably more sensible is Marks &

Princess Diana this year has prompted

Spencer being forced to change its

plenty of articles and photos across

toilet signs because the pink female

the media, especially information

signs show a woman with a baby

culled from her diaries. This shows

(denoting baby changing facilities)

the depth of her despair over Prince

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Charles’ continuing relationship with the then Camilla

large rubber band and a pair of incontinence knickers

Parker Bowles and the rest of the family’s response, or

makes me want to leap onto the sofa with a mug of tea

otherwise, to it.

and a large bar of Cadbury’s Wholenut and hide from the world.

It comes as the Queen, now 91, appears to be making plans for Charles to succeed her with Camilla, now

There are a few things I’d vaguely like to do before

his wife, by his side. It can’t be an easy time all round,

I shuffle off into the after-life. I’d quite like to make

especially for Prince William and Prince Harry.

a successful meringue or go for a tour around a film studio. I might enjoy being in the audience for The

Over the years, there have been plenty of widely-

Jeremy Kyle Show although I wouldn’t want to be too

publicised scandals concerning the Royal Family and,

close to anyone who’d failed their lie detector test

whatever your individual views on the monarchy, it’s hard

unexpectedly in case they turned a bit nasty.

not to be fascinated. The huge leaps in communication technology now mean that little stays secret for long and

My husband once described me as “timid” to which I

that photos of any indiscretion of any kind are swiftly

took some exception. Not great exception, of course,

passed around the world.

because that would be a bit extreme. I’m not an extreme person. I don’t hanker after mad rushes of adrenalin from

This is the key, of course. The scandal with American

life or want to suddenly jet off abroad on an adventure.

socialite Wallis Simpson and King Edward VII led to his abdication in 1936 but, if we’d had the internet then,

As for ultimately “kicking the bucket”. Well, that sounds

we’d have known about her rather eventful life in full

a bit violent to me, too. I suspect that when the final call

detail.

comes, I’ll just push over that particular bucket until the life runs out of it. Then on my gravestone they might inscribe

As it is, we can now watch footage of the royals in action

the words “Born To Be Mild”. That seems about right.

and scrutinise it carefully and hear about every dalliance or utterance more or less just after it’s happened. Fortunately, the Royal Family is full of interesting characters who continue to provide us with total fascination. In fact, we can’t wait for the next episode!

Have you got a bucket list? You know, things you plan to

“I no longer dread having to climb the stairs.”

do before you die? Increasingly these days, people have

Mr. Rowe, Nottingham

Living beyond my mildest expectations

a bucket list like visiting all seven continents, sky-diving from 12,000 feet up, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef or going to all the Harry Potter locations. Me? No chance. Why on earth would I want to do terrifying things like running with bulls or swimming with sharks? I get vertigo on a high pavement and at times of stress I yearn for the quiet solace of the frozen vegs section at Asda.My idea of a heart-pounding experience is when Pinot Grigio is on BOGOF. But I am completely in awe of those who take trapeze classes or enjoy bungee jumping in New Zealand.

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Santorini and Crete – slices of Greek island paradise Santorini Silver Travel Advisor writer, David Graham, tells us why it’s one of his favourite places. Cliche time, but there’s one Greek holiday island that really deserves its place on any ‘must see’ list before you take the final trip no traveller ever returns from. No surprise to be told that it’s Santorini, which stakes a firm claim to being the inspiration for the mythical paradise of Atlantis and still manages to cast a spell on everyone lucky enough to go there. The approach is simply stunning, especially by sea, as you sail in under the towering, multi-coloured cliffs, with the picture-postcard clusters of gleaming white houses and bluedomed churches icing the top at the capital, Fira, and picturesque Oia. Once ashore, the first thing that strikes you about the beaches is that the sand is black. Or sometimes white. Or even red – but mainly black, for mile after unspoiled mile. It becomes even more bizarre the more you look at what you’re walking on – and realise you’re visiting one of the most amazing places on the planet – the remains of a volcano that erupted around 1,500BC.

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Visitors are astounded by wind-carved rocks which look like a Star Trek set, cave houses dug into hillsides all over the island, and cliffs sculpted into shapes which would be impressive in the Tate Modern. That said, there are vineyards too which produce very drinkable wines, offered in settings just perfect for the most romantic of Santorini sunsets. There are trendy new establishments on the island, although it’s not too hard to find a traditional taverna, where the

whole family is involved in cooking and serving exceptional local dishes. Akrotiri on the south coast is a good spot for such an experience. Perissa and Perivolos are also here and cater very much for the tourist market, which might not be for everyone’s taste, but are certainly worth a look. We stayed in Kamari, just around the huge, high headland which is the site of the island’s ancient capital – a five-minute trip by handy water taxi from Perissa, or a scenic drive by car,


TRAVEL Ancient Treasures The serene charms of Crete and Santorini provide the perfect setting for an archaeological odyssey into the deep-rooted antiquity of European culture. Meet the Minoans, Europe’s earliest civilisation. This creative, prosperous society, named after the legendary King Minos, was the forerunner to Classical Greece and has been shrouded in an aura of mystery and mythology ever since. Here was the birth of Zeus, the seduction of Europa, the labyrinth of the Minotaur and the fabled city of Atlantis.

via Emporio and back to Pyrgos, gateway to the rest of the island. It is a bustling resort in summer and also an established little town with family life at its heart, where locals live all year round. Excellent for the more authentic Greek holiday. If you love the high life, you can also discover that luxury hideaways in Fira, its upmarket neighbour Imerovigli, or sunset spot Oia. Spoiling yourself in such a stunning place is easy to do!

Crete Silver Travel Advisor’s Jennie Carr visited Crete, where she was thrilled by the peace and quiet to be found on the western side of the island, with weather still perfect in October. Heading up into the White Mountains, there are villages which step out of previous centuries, and a languor in the air which induces relaxation within seconds. Although the roads and switchbacks here do require a wide-awake driver, with an inclination to rallying! We happened upon a Byzantine church, open every other Tuesday afternoon, with original icons, and several tiny cave chapels that seemed to have grown from the ground. One of the great games in Crete is spelling because place names need to be translated from the Greek alphabet into Roman letters. What is seen on a road map may not reflect, by quite a few letters, what is seen on the actual road sign. And given that some road signs have suffered the odd bullet scar due to historic feuding, finding where you want to go can be a cross between orienteering and good guesswork. We loved it! Back on the more popular coast, the city of Chania has everything you’d expect from a former capital: Venetian harbour and lighthouse, a well-stocked produce market and restaurants ranging from Italian to tiny tavernas literally in archways. There’s a strong cultural life too, the English National Ballet were due to visit. Rethymnon charmed us – cobbled streets, wooden doorways aplenty and a flock of black-coated Orthodox priests popping up on every square. The Fortezza here is impressive, with Venetian origin and Ottoman overtones including a masque within the fortress walls. For a relaxing beach afternoon we sampled Kalives, good sand and a warm sea – wonderful in the warm October sun. What could be better?

Get off the beaten track to where myth and reality converge in one of the Mediterranean’s most significant and sought after destinations. There is a fascinating array of archaeological sites to explore, including the palaces of Knossos and Phaistos, and a wealth of artistic treasures to see in the island’s museums, including superb frescoes, snake goddesses and golden-horned bulls. More details from Hidden History Travel. CONTACT -Simpson Travel offer villas and hotels on Crete www.simpsontravel.com Telephone 020 3393 0610 -Sunvil offer wonderful holidays on Santorini. www.sunvil.co.uk Telephone 020 8758 4758 For archaeological discoveries in Greece, Hidden History Travel offer super escorted tours. www.hiddenhistory.co.uk Telephone 0121 444 1854

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John Bishop The Cheery Scouser IF you ever needed an example of a cheery Scouser it’s a pretty safe bet that comedian John Bishop would come to mind. He is 50 now but with the boyish looks and toothy grin that he’s probably always had and, judging by his three sons, has passed this particular gene pool on to the next generation.

He still enjoys playing when he can and is an avid fan of Liverpool FC.

Analysing what makes so many people from Liverpool good comedians, it’s been said that it’s a defence against the wind whistling through the Mersey Tunnel or off the Irish Sea. Whatever the reason, it’s certainly all around this bustling city – in the pubs and clubs, the streets and football grounds.

He didn’t start performing stand-up comedy in clubs around the North-west, though, until he was 34. In front of the tough club audiences, he honed his act and people began to enjoy colourful tales about his life and family told in his engaging conversational way.

And the latter could well be where John Bishop’s humour was honed. He was always a keen footballer and played for non-league teams Hyde and Southport.

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Brought up in Huyton on Merseyside and in Winsford and Runcorn in Cheshire, John worked as a pharmaceutical rep. Plainly, however, he always had that dry Scouse humour.

His first appearance was in Manchester and the following year he made it to the final of major new act competitions including So You Think You’re Funny, the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards,

the BBC New Comedy Awards and the City Life North West Comedian of the Year Award – which he won. His first TV appearance was on RTE topical comedy show The Panel and he went on to the popular Channel 4 show 8 Out of 10 Cats. What really elevated him in the public consciousness and boosted his career, though, was an appearance on BBC’s Live at the Apollo comedy series when national audiences really began to warm to the likely lad from Liverpool. Unlike many comedians, John Bishop is also a talented writer, presenter and actor. In 2009, he started his own TV show on LFC TV called John Bishop Meets …. where he interviewed former Liverpool footballers.


CELEBRITY INTERVIEW In 2010, he was a celebrity team captain on What Do Kids Know? on Watch TV and also appeared on BBC’s Mock the Week and Radio 4’s Act Your Age. Revealing his acting talents for the first time, he appeared in two series of Skins and in 2010 was in Ken Loach’s film Route Irish, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Quick-witted John has appeared as a regular panellist on Sky 1’s A League of Their Own and been a panellist on BBC’s Have I Got News For You. He also wrote and presented the BBC One series John Bishop’s Britain. Since he first broke through into the professional comedy field, John has seldom been off TV screens or radio prorammes. He’s been on Desert Island Discs, appeared in genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? and has been the presenter of choice for various one-off programmes.

Although he has notched up plenty of major successes and showcased his talents in a variety of ways, John Bishop remains grounded. And he is keen to keep his family grounded, too. He recently revealed to The Mirror his advice to his sons: “When you grow up, try to be a good man. “I don’t want them thinking money is more important than people. I hate the idea that ambition needs to be more important than reality. You can end up at the top of the tree and be on your own. I don’t think that’s worth it.” And with that philosophy, it’s clear that John Bishop, his warm personality and his pleasantly cheesy grin, will be around for a very long time.

His easily identifiable thick Scouse accent lends itself to voiceovers but he is actually a multi-talented man with a modest streak and had his own autobiography How Did All This Happen? published in 2013. He hosted the Royal Variety Performance that same year and in 2014 appeared in A Night In with Olly Murs. In 2015, he presented his own variety show on BBC One called The John Bishop Show. Early last year, he took part in the BBC series Stargazing Live, from the European Astronaut Centre, following Tim Peake’s astronaut training programme – right down to a simulated spacewalk underwater. Last year, he also started the notoriously difficult task of presenting his own chat show on W, formerly Watch TV, John Bishop: In Conversation With …. Here, he showed his likeability and easygoing chatty style with James Corden, Charlotte Church and Lenny Henry. The second series, which started in March this year, featured Lindsay Lohan, Russell Brand, Louise Redknapp and Jason Manford among the guests. This year, he also surprised TV viewers by appearing in the suspense drama Fearless where he offered an absorbing professional acting performance. He is currently on a warm-up tour for his Winging It tour which takes place later in the year and which has shows from Brighton to Belfast and many places in between - no doubt pleasing his many fans around the country.

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HOME think about whether they will suit their purpose and fit in with their lifestyle." “You wouldn’t buy a cream carpet if you had four children, two dogs and lived on a farm, or a large corner sofa and lived in a tiny high-rise apartment, would you?” Another mistake is painting a wall in a colour you have seen in a magazine or on TV “and realising it looks totally different in your own home and doesn’t work with the lighting or wall texture.” Vicky also warns against taking on complex DIY projects, thinking that you’re an expert. “If you see something like creating shelves on TV, Facebook or Pinterest and then just go ahead and try it, it may well not work out,” she states. “Leave it to the professionals.”

Simple ways to update your home WHEN it comes to updating your home and changing the décor and furnishings we tend to view it as stepping into a major minefield.

and décor. “One of the most common is not measuring items of furniture, TVs, beds and especially sofas,” she states. “People also buy for how these items look and if they’re on trend and don’t

How can we alter our rooms without spending a fortune? What are the latest design trends and will they be suitable for our house or apartment? How can I really bring a fresh look to rooms easily and without major disruption?

In a small hall, try to avoid cluttering it up with too much furniture. Go for wall hooks rather than a hallstand and a built-in cupboard for shoes and wellies rather than a freestanding one. Ditch old carpets and choose something fresh and practical like a wood or smart vinyl flooring. You’ll be surprised at the designs and colours available in the latest floor coverings so it’s worth consulting a local flooring expert.

“Don’t panic!” is the advice from interior design consultant Vicky Callan. She regularly deals with people revamping rooms – and sometimes fixing mistakes they have made – and suggests a cool head when it comes to making changes at home.

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A new FRONT DOOR can make a major difference to your home. It’s not only an important part of the outside look of your property but is also the welcoming gateway to your home. A fresh coat of paint might suffice to fresh up your door but it may be worth investing in a new one, especially one with glass to allow in more light. Consult a local supplier with a good reputation and get advice on what will work in your home. HALLWAYS can soon become dark places unless you work to maximise every bit of light. So, opt for very light wallpaper or paint and use mirrors to open up even the most cramped hall.

At this point, it’s worth taking a deep breath and doing some research. It’s also important to ensure that any new look to your home is something that you’re going to be happy with every single day.

First of all, Vicky points to mistakes that people often make when they upgrade rooms and change furniture, furnishings

However, there are many areas in the home you can tackle for yourself that will transform your rooms and enhance daily living.

interior design consultant Vicky Callan

Be objective about your LOUNGE or living-room. This is somewhere you will probably use a large part of the time so


you want it to look and be comfortable and inviting.You may want to upgrade furniture or invest in a new suite. Vicky suggests keeping colours light and airy “but add a contrast colour to occasional furniture with pictures and cushions.” Use the room’s features to their best advantage. “If you have a bay window, for example, make the most of it and use it as a feature, moving curtains back into the wall, letting more light in. Floor to ceiling curtains will give the room height,” adds Vicky. Cushions and throws in different textures “keep things interesting,” she says, “and mirrors will reflect light into the room and give the illusion of space.” If you want to be bang up-to-date with your décor, Vicky states that a bright, refreshing green called Greenery is the 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year. The industrial look is also still on trend. “Mixing patterns in fabrics like patchwork effects for cushions and bed throws is also very popular, along

with lots of designs with butterflies.” Texture is important in fabrics for sofas and also textured rugs. Madeto-order furniture and lighting are also now much more accessible through independent businesses for homeowners to find and commission. Installing window blinds is one of the easiest and most effective ways to instantly change the appearance of a room in your home. Window blinds come in an endless variety of styles, colours, and patterns, allowing you to create the perfect look in your kitchen, living room, or bathroom. Sovereign Blinds of Leyland offer a free home visit and quote service. All of their blinds are made-to-measure for a professional fit. Your in-home advisor will take precise measurements and

return to deliver and fit your finished blind at a time that’s convenient to you. Then all you need to do is sit back and enjoy your beautiful blinds. KITCHENS can gain a brighter look with painted walls or by investing in new items like a kettle or storage jars. Continue a new colour scheme with a piece of suitable artwork on the wall and new floor covering in something durable but attractive. If you can’t afford a new kitchen currently, why not change doors on

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HOME Think Child Friendly Opt for products like soft closing toilet seats, thermostatic showers reduce the risk of scalding as well as mono mixer taps can have temperature regulators them too. Anti-slip shower trays, baths and tiles are also readily available and can reduce the risk of slips and falls. Think about design, perhaps more curved features on baths and vanity units, reducing scrapes or bumps.

your units or opt for new work surfaces? It’s surprising what a big difference that can make to a kitchen. Treat yourself to professionally measured and made curtains or blinds here, and make the window into a real feature. The current trend for BATHROOMS is still to go for pristine white suites. But you can add your signature touches through tiles or painting doors or walls in a clean, sharp shade. Take this new colour through into towels and even clever ornaments, strategically placed. Investing in a new mirror will also give your bathroom a fresh and appealing look. And if you are thinking of updating your bathrom here is our guide to creating the perfect family bathroom HAVE Plenty of storage Bath time needs to transform from fun playtime to serene relaxation so adequate storage is really important. As well as toys you’ll need to accommodate the extra Toiletries, cleaning products, towels and linen. Pull out draws and shelves makes storage stylish but practical (nothing can hide at the back, meaning mollies favourite bath toys doesn’t got lost). install Heated towel rail & Electric under floor heating With so many family members using the bathroom on a daily basis heated towel rails are a fabulous way of keeping a nice temperature in the room as well keeping towels fluffy, warm and dry.

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Electric under floor heating will assist in keeping the room a nice ambient temperature but also helps dry the floor preventing slips after splish-splash bath time. Easy clean & maintenance Busy family life means keeping your bathroom clean and tidy should be easily maintained. Your design choices can make all the difference. Make sure you have the best fan, this will protect you against nasty mildew. Innovative product design means toilets can be rimless and include quick release easy clean seat (because we all want that chore to be as quick and easy as possible) Also your tile choice, try to go floor to ceiling, a well fitted, quality tile will be there forever and takes the pain of painting every few years away.

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CHANGING the mood of your home is a definite way to alter and improve your lifestyle in 2018. The wonderful thing about this positive decision is that it can cost as much – or as little – as you want it to, involving differences to your home that are radical or merely minor. “It really all depends on your budget and how much change you want, your circumstances and your surrounding space,” explains interior designer Allyson Houghton from Ideas Interior. She has noticed that a major trend in improving homes today involves glass and letting in plenty of natural light through glass walls and roofs. “This is a natural improver of your mood and helps bring the outside in,” she adds.

”and you can often finally achieve the lifestyle you dreamed of by having this improvement in light and space.” There are many varying styles of both available and, again, choose your

“In bathrooms and kitchens you generally want brighter lights, with softer lighting in the lounge and bedrooms,”

Select your builder carefully, preferably on recommendation, and see for yourself the kind of work he has already carried out. Look at the planning permission or building control approval you might need first by checking on the Government website www.planningportal.gov.uk “Conservatories and orangeries are also very popular these days,” says Allyson,

Take a look at your existing front-door: does it need sprucing up with a lick of paint or do you need a new one? A modern front-door, often with smart glass panels, can make quite a difference to your hallway – “and this area is the gateway to your home as it’s the first thing visitors see so it really needs to give a good impression,” says Allyson.

Try panels on the walls that reflect light. “LED lighting is so far advanced now that you can change the mood whenever you want.” If you are planning major changes to alter the whole mood and atmosphere of your property and way of living, it may well be worth investing in an extension to provide more rooms or an extra bathroom.

supplier carefully. Go online and study the styles that would both complement your own home and will provide the changes you want or visit local showrooms.

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Lighting around your home is a major improver of mood and feelings. Allyson advises investing in dimmer switches to change the lighting as your own mood changes, and use good-quality candles around the home. “These not only give out a lovely light but can also scent your home – and the senses need soothing in this way so they are a definite mood-changer.” If you’re buying new light fittings, while it’s useful to see what is available by going online, it’s always best to go into shops and stores and see light fittings

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HOME for yourself and the effect they have on an area. Here are some hints and tips to get you started. Size is Important Think about the size of the room before you begin planning. This may sound obvious, but lots of people don’t take the time to consider how the light will look in a certain space. Some bulbs in days gone by were much brighter bulbs than we have today. They may have been as high as a 150 watt bulb (which is now banned). Fast forward to today and it seems we expect a little more from our lighting, and why not? Sure, light fittings are there to do a job - bring light to a room, but just as importantly they add decoration and character to a room. Think about how much light you will need for the room in question?

meters will be 12 square meters 4 x 3 = 12 meters square 12 x 25 = 300 watts Measuring your ceiling height is always a wise move as not all ceiling heights are the same. You don’t want to fit a light that hangs too low or a light that is unreachable if you need to change the bulb. At Pemberton Lighting you have many options to choose from that fit rooms of all shapes, sizes and ceiling heights. If you find you need a little extra light, why not add a decorative or even simple table lamp to boost brightness and character. You may want to consider increasing the light level if you have a very high ceiling. A light fitting with more bulbs or extra table lamps will help as mentioned above. Consider the colour of the room; darker colours absorb more light whereas lighter colours reflect more making the room appear brighter. How will the room be used and what function should each light fitting perform?

Follow this simple formula to give you a good starting point.

open plan space - extra consideration will be needed. It’s common sense that in a kitchen/ diner you will need brighter lights, such as spotlights, to help when preparing food, but when it comes to that ambient romantic dinner, it would be handy to have a dimmer to get the atmosphere just right. Be careful about choosing wall colours and décor throughout your property. Bold colours like reds and greens can be harsh but if you want a more relaxing ambience, neutral shades and gentler colours like blues and lilacs can soothe and improve how you feel as soon as you step through the door. Colour is vital in your home. Introducing colour will change a room, and different rooms need different colours which send out different messages, so it’s important to get it right. If you’ve definitely got a generous budget for changes, investing in a new lounge suite that offers a more comfortable way to relax is worth the effort.

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'I Love India' Steamed Nepalese meat momos Momos are a Nepalese dumpling similar to a Chinese one, but made with Nepalese/Indian ingredients. Calcutta is full of momo houses and, whenever I go, I have to eat in them at least once. You are given a menu full of options, steamed and pan-fried and stuffed with as many fillings as the chef can imagine, everything from mutton to vegetables – even paneer. The traditional dipping sauce is fiery and tomato-ey, but I often mix some finely chopped ginger, garlic and green chillies into soy sauce and that normally hits the spot without much fuss. Momos are easy to make, fun and really satisfying. The dough can be made in advance, but will soften as it sits. You can form the momos just before your friends arrive and have the steamer ready and the kettle boiling so, when your friends are settling in, all you need to do is light the fl­ame. Makes 24 Mix together all the ingredients for the filling. (You can fry a little of it to test the seasoning, if you like.) Cover and leave this one to rest for 1 hour in the fridge. For the dough, mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl and add the water slowly, mixing well to create a medium-stiff dough. Knead well and add a little more water if the dough splits. Cover with a damp dish towel, or wrap in cling film (plastic wrap), and leave to rest for 20 minutes. Take out the dough and knead well again. Roll it into 2 long sausage shapes about 2cm in diameter. Mark the halfway point with a knife and then further mark each half into 6 sections, giving you 24 equal pieces. Cut one sausage of dough at a time, covering the remainder each time to prevent the rest drying out. Roll each piece out thinly, on a lightly floured surface, into a 7.5cm circle about 1mm thick. Place 1½–2 tsp of the filling into the centre of each skin. I hold the momo in my left hand with my thumb on the stuffing. With my right hand I seal the tops together, folding a little as I go. My thumb from the left hand presses the filling down to make sure there is none in the sealed edges. Basically, you need to enclose the filling in the dough without any tears; you can do it any way which feels easy. Oil the surface of a steamer basket, or line with greaseproof paper. Arrange the momos on the oiled surface as you make them, leaving some space between them as they expand a little. Cover and steam on a rolling boil for 11–13 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Ingredients: For the filling 250g (9oz) minced (ground) pork, lamb or chicken thigh 10g (1⁄2 packed cup) coriander (cilantro) stalks and leaves, finely chopped handful of green peas, defrosted (optional) 1⁄4 small red onion, finely chopped 20g (1⁄6 cup) spring onions (scallions), finely chopped 1⁄2–1 tsp green chillies (chiles), finely chopped 3 large garlic cloves, finely grated or finely chopped 15g (1 tbsp) finely chopped root ginger (peeled weight) 3⁄4 tsp garam masala (fresh if possible). 2 tsp dark soy sauce 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 good pinches of salt vegetable oil, for the steamer basket (optional) For the dough 100g (3⁄4 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour, plus more to dust good pinch of salt 5 tbsp cold water, plus more to seal


Coastal crab and coconut curry Ingredients: 5 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp brown mustard seeds 15 fresh or dried curry leaves 1 onion, finely chopped salt 40g (2 rounded tbsp) roughly chopped root ginger (peeled weight) cloves from 1⁄2 large head of garlic 400g (14oz/4 medium-large) tomatoes, blended until smooth 1⁄4–1⁄2 tsp chilli (chili) powder, or to taste 1⁄2 tsp ground turmeric 2 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp ground coriander 3⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 3 tsp garam masala (fresh if possible) 80g (3⁄4 cup) fresh grated coconut (you can buy this frozen in Asian supermarkets as well as fresh in some supermarkets now), plus more to serve (optional) 2–3 green chillies (chiles), stalks removed, pierced with a knife 1 medium-sized crab, around 1.2kg (2lb 12oz) cleaned, lightly broken up in places 2 tsp tamarind paste, or to taste handful of chopped coriander (cilantro, optional), to serve

Having grown up with a father who absolutely loved good food (I’m sure most of our holidays were based around a city he wanted to eat at) and also had a general passion for travel and eating, I have had my fair share of the world’s delicious crab dishes. I’ve eaten fried soft-shell crabs by the Potomac in Washington, crab cakes in New York, chilli crab in Singapore… and just American-style, cooked and served with a butter sauce. But, I have to say, none are quite as delicious as India’s Malabar Coast crab dishes. Cooked with local spices and coconut, you are literally licking your fingers as you break bits open. Many feel that cooking an expensive crab with Indian spices is a waste and that the flavours would be drowned out. I think that cooking it any other way is a waste of good crab! This is not a watery curry; here the sauce is thick but not so dry it clings. Serves 4 Heat the oil in a large non-stick karahi, wok or saucepan. Add the mustard seeds and, as they are popping, add the curry leaves and cook for another 10 seconds or so. Add the onion and a little salt and cook until it is soft and has a good golden brown colour on the edges, around 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make a paste in a blender of the ginger and garlic with some water. Add to the pan and cook for 1–2 minutes or so, or until the water has dried off and the garlic smells cooked. Add the tomatoes, seasoning and powdered spices and cook well until the masala releases oil into the pan, around 15 minutes, stirring often. Once it has released oil into the pan, stir-fry over a high heat to darken a little. This will deepen the flavour and colour. Meanwhile, blend the coconut with some water until smooth. Once the tomatoes are done, add the coconut and chillies, bring back to the boil and add the crab. Cook for 2–3 minutes, then add enough water to come just halfway up the crab. Return to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Once the crab is done, add most of the tamarind, taste and adjust the seasoning and add more tamarind or chilli powder for more tang or heat respectively. There should be a lot of thick sauce; this is not a watery curry, you should be able to eat the creamy sauce with rice. Serve sprinkled with coriander or coconut, or both.

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Sindhi-style grilled fish Ingredients: 1⁄2 onion, chopped 2 large garlic cloves, finely grated 7g (1⁄2 tbsp) finely grated root ginger (peeled weight) 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cumin 1⁄3 tsp garam masala (fresh if possible) 1⁄4 tsp ground turmeric 1 rounded tbsp Greek yogurt 1 tomato, chopped small handful of coriander (cilantro), to serve small Indian green finger chilli (chile), finely chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 medium gurnard, sea bream or other whole fish, butterflied by the fishmonger, or a fish steak, or even a thick fish fillet

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“Sindhi” refers to a group of people who had to leave their home town of Sindh in Pakistan upon the partition of India. Growing up, many of my Indian friends were Sindhi, so I had many occasions to eat their food. Like all Indians, they love good food but they also love to entertain – and do so very well. Their tables are always laden with more than a handful of dishes, all a little different from other regional food. Yet this koak palla dish is one I have missed and only just learned about recently. The Sindhi people use palla fish, an oily, meaty river fish with thick flesh. I like butterflied whole fish and have tried it with gurnard and sea bream, but also with halibut steaks. I have written the recipe for one fish so you can scale it up for however many you want to cook. Here I have used fillets of fish which are a good option for guests who might feel a little squeamish with whole fish and fish bones. Serves 1–2 If you have a fan-assisted grill (broiler) function on your oven, turn it on fairly high, around 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7. Otherwise, preheat the oven and turn on the grill at the same time or – if you can’t do that in your oven – preheat your oven to as high as it will go. Pulse-blend together the onion, garlic, ginger, spices, yogurt and three- quarters of the tomatoes to a very coarse paste. Stir in the coriander, chilli and remaining tomatoes. Season well with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Season the flesh side of the fish. Once hot, add the fish, flesh side down: it will spit. Cook for 1–2 minutes or until lightly golden. Take off the heat and flip on to a baking sheet or some foil, flesh side up. Meanwhile, in the same pan, add the blended ingredients and stir-fry over a high heat for 3–5 minutes or until the paste releases oil back into the pan. It should taste harmonious. Adjust the seasoning and heat to your own liking. Top the fish evenly with the paste. Place on the upper shelf of the oven, under the grill if possible, and cook for 6–7 minutes or until the topping is dried and has lightly browned in places. After about 6 minutes, l like to sprinkle with the optional breadcrumbs (see below). Serve hot. Optional crispy topping

I like to tear up some white bread (one-quarter of a slice for 1 fish) into 5mm (1⁄4in) pieces, add a little olive oil (if you want to be more fancy, you can make a coriander oil by whizzing coriander in it) and toss. Add this to the top of the fish 30–40 seconds before taking the fish out.


Sticky saffron dumplings INGREDIENTS Makes 18 (serves 1–2 per person) For the dumplings: 400ml (12⁄3 cups) whole milk powder (measure it in a measuring cup), plus more if needed 100g (1⁄2 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour 2⁄3 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp ghee, plus more to form the dumplings 5 tbsp plain yogurt 5 tbsp whole milk vegetable oil, to deep-fry sliced pistachios, to serve (optional) For the syrup: 450g (scant 2 cups) granulated sugar 650ml (22⁄3 cups) water 2 good pinches of saffron threads 1⁄2–1 tsp rose water, depending on strength

India has a whole genre of sweet desserts which were once made in the home, but are now mostly made by specialized halvaies – Indian pâtissiers. Gulab jamun are one of India’s favourites: little syrupy doughnuts made from thickened milk instead of flour and soaked in sugar syrup rather than stuffed with jam or sweetened in the batter. I use dry milk powder which I rehydrate, not the traditional thickened, solidified milk, as that takes too long and needs too much attention to make. There are only two tricks to getting these doughnuts right: the right consistency of dough (not too soft, not too hard); and frying them over a very low heat so they cook all the way to the centre, stirring the oil almost continuously so they brown evenly. I like them warm as they will be softer, and you can reheat them in their syrup, but you can equally eat them cold. Serve as they are, or with a little ice cream. Mix together the dry ingredients for the dumplings. Spoon in the ghee, yogurt and milk. Mix well with your hands to bring the dough together; it will be moist. Set aside. For the syrup, heat the sugar, water and saffron together in a saucepan, stirring to help the sugar dissolve. Once boiling, simmer for around 3–4 minutes, then turn off the heat. Add the rose water, using the smaller amount first and tasting until you have a strength you prefer.

Meanwhile, pour 8–10cm (3–4in) of oil into a medium-large karahi, wok or wide saucepan. Heat gently. Divide the dough in half. Wet some kitchen paper and place on top of the dough you aren’t working with. Grease your palms well with ghee, take half the dough and form it into 9 small balls; I like to make them slightly oval rather than round, but you can shape them as you like. The surfaces should be smooth and crack-free. (If the dough is too soft to shape, add a little milk powder.) Repeat to make and shape the remaining dumplings. To check if the oil is ready, put a tiny pinch of the dough into the oil. It should only sizzle very slightly. When it is ready, add the balls in batches so as not to crowd the pan, stirring the oil as you put them in. Cook over a gentle heat, stirring and turning them very often for even browning, they should take 15–17 minutes per batch to reach a lovely golden brown. Once done, take them out with a slotted spoon and place straight into the syrup. Repeat with the next batch. Cover and leave to soak for 2 hours, or overnight, in the fridge. They should last 10 days or more. Serve as they are, or sprinkle them with sliced pistachios.

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Hidden away in the heart of Preston’s old Industrial Docklands, Ribble Steam Railway has been greeting visitors since 2005. Whatever the weather, you can expect a warm and friendly welcome and a great family day out. Chain Caul Road, Ashton-On-Ribble Preston, PR2 2PD Tel: 01772 728 800 1 Dec 2017 - 2 Dec 2017

Poulton Christmas Festival Poulton town centre will again be transformed with a sprinkle of Christmas magic. Poulton Town Centre Poulton, Lancashire FY6 7BT 2 Dec 2017 - 3 Dec 2017

Victorian Christmas weekend Discover the festive spirit of Christmas in a large Victorian family home. See the Dining Room set for Christmas dinner and the house decorated throughout, visit the kitchen to learn the secrets of a great plum pudding from the housekeeper. Festive craft activities for children and meet Father Christmas. Concession £3.00 per ticket Adult Ticket £4.00 per ticket Accompanied children Free. Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham Lancashire BB128UA Tel: 01282 771 004 3rd December 2017

CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Crafts, Music, Streetfood and More. Hoghton Tower. Preston PR5 0SH 11 - 12 December 2017 Open 18:00 - 21:00

Garstang Victorian Christmas Festival 2017

People from all over the region join locals for an evening of fun. The town centre is closed to traffic with bands, singers, stilt walkers, and all kinds of street entertainment. Santa arrives in style and sets up shop in his grotto on the High Street. There are a vast array of stalls selling everything from hog roast, German sausages, candy floss and donuts. Many shops are open all evening so you can buy those last minute gifts. High Street, Garstang, Lancashire, PR3 1EA Tel: 01995 602125 16 December 2017

Derek Acorah Derek Acorah describes himself as a spiritual medium. He is best known for his television work on 'Most Haunted' broadcast on Living TV (2002-2010). The pioneer for Spiritualism and mediumship on television, he is arguably the world's most renowned Spirit Medium having demonstrated to many hundreds of thousands of people in theatres throughout the UK. Tickets: £18.50 Marine Hall, The Esplanade, Fleetwood, FY7 6HF. Tel: 01253 887693

18th December 2017

Grand Christmas Concert 2017 Poulton-le-Fylde Band returns to Blackpool's Grand Theatre with the heart-warming Grand Christmas Concert - a fabulous festive treat for all the family. £17. Under 26s (18-26) £12.50 (first 50 tickets, weekdays only; subject to availability). Family of 4 £50 (Select 4 adult tickets and enter promo code POULTON) The Grand Theatre, Blackpool 33 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HT Box Office: 01253 290 190 Email: box@blackpoolgrand.co.uk 19th December 2017

TEA DANCE DECEMBER Join us for a wonderful afternoon with live music provided by our organist Chris Hopkins (Direct from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom). Featuring mixed ballroom and sequence dancing. Refreshments available. PRICES FROM: £5.50 Grand Hall, Guild Hall & Charter Theatre, Lancaster Rd, Preston PR1 1HT. Box Office Tel: 01772 80 44 44 Guild Hall Tel: 01772 80 44 40 12th January 2018

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Breakdancing, Street, Contemporary Ballet, and Salsa are just a few spectacular styles which will be presented to you by our incredible and versatile team of dancers, performed to your favourite ultimate music hits of all time – you will be jumping from your seats to join in!

Based on a traditional folk-tale, set in the snow covered landscape of rural Russia, this seasonal sparkler follows the Snow Maiden as she dances into the human world. Captivated by the colourful village and the people who live there, she ventures too far and is swept up by feelings of love, temptation and betrayal. When finally she surrenders herself completely and warms to love, her heart melts in a tragic embrace.

Grand Hall, Guild Hall & Charter Theatre, Lancaster Rd, Preston PR1 1HT. Box Office Tel: 01772 80 44 44 Guild Hall Tel: 01772 80 44 40

£21 to £45. Concessions £2 off Under 16s £32 (first 80 tickets, subject to availability). Under 26s (18-26yrs) £12.50 (first 50 top price tickets; subject to availability) The Grand Theatre, Blackpool 33 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HT Box Office: 01253 290 190 Email: box@blackpoolgrand.co.uk 13th January 2018

‘Dance to the Music’ is a new exciting “must see” dance show like no other! Created by and starring Kristina Rihanoff – one of the most renowned dancers and choreographers from the popular BBC1 ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ TV show. A full cast of dancers, plus two amazing singers, including Chris Maloney (X Factor finalist). ‘Dance to the Music’ will present to the audience the one and only dance show in theatrical history, which will feature ALL styles of dancing. The audience will experience the evolution of dance through musical eras, starting from the roaring twenties, with tap and Charleston, going through every decade of dance crazes up to modern day Ballroom and Latin! Argentine Tango, Lindy Hop, Jive, Rock-n-Roll, Funk, Waltz, Disco,

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A Country Night in Nashville A Country Night In Nashville recreates the scene of a buzzing Honky Tonk in Nashville, capturing the energy of an evening in the home of country music. Prepare to be transported on a musical journey through the history of Country, featuring songs from its biggest stars both past and present. Hits from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly to the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Little Big Town, are showcased by the amazing vocals of Dominic Halpin, Shelly Quarmby and their fabulous backing band, the Hurricanes. With songs including Ring Of Bolton Fire, Crazy, Follow Your Arrow, It’s Council Five O’Clock Somewhere, Need you Now, 9-5, and The Gambler to name just a few, this incredible celebration of country music is a night not to be missed.

Bolton Market everything you need for the perfect Christmas 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. 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.

Prices £24.50 The Grand Theatre, Blackpool 33 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HT Box Office: 01253 290 190 Email: box@blackpoolgrand.co.uk Mon 5 - Sat 10 Feb 2018

THIS IS ELVIS Drawing phenomenal ratings, this event re-establishes Elvis as the major entertainment star of the decade, and twelve months later Elvis stars at the International Hotel in Vegas, performing live for the first time in seven years, and securing his place in history as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll! This

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.

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production celebrates 50 years since the TV phenomenon and is testament that his songs live on and the King still rules! THIS IS ELVIS recreates all the drama leading up to the comeback as well as staging the monumental concert. It then proceeds with The King to his Vegas debut.  Featuring Elvis’s greatest hits including… Trouble, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog, Love Me Tender, All Shook Up, Jailhouse Rock, Once Night, It’s Now or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Can’t Help Falling In Love, In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds, American Trilogy, Just Can’t Help Believing and many more… Price(s): £19.00 // £23.00 // £25.00 // £29.50 // £33.50 Winter Gardens,, 97 Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HL Booking line on 0844 856 1111

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This breath-taking play lets us into the real and imagined worlds of Charlotte, Emily, Anne and their enigmatic brother Branwell, as their fictional characters come to haunt the writers. A riveting drama, offering a tantalising, bittersweet glimpse through the window of a unique family home. Ticket prices Wednesday £8 & £7, Thursday to Saturday £9 & £8 All evening performances begin at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) unless otherwise stated The Playhouse, Market Street West, Preston, PR1 2HB TICKETS: 01772 744771 Thurs 1 March 2018

BROUGHTON PLAYERS present SPIRIT LEVEL A comedy by Pam Valentine

BRENDAN COLE: ALL NIGHT LONG

When famous crime writer Jack Cameron and his wife Susie drown in a boating accident, they are refused entry into heaven. Jack is a card-carrying atheist so they return to haunt the country cottage where they lived.

Ticket prices Wednesday £8 & £7, Thursday to Saturday £9 & £8 All evening performances begin at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) unless otherwise stated.

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

"How was it possible? Three Victorian spinsters living in isolation on the Yorkshire Moors?"

7th to 10th February 2018

Life is dull. Their only pleasure comes from spooking the estate agent and frightening away any would-be tenants.

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A play by Polly Teale, directed by Rachael Cottle

The Playhouse, Market Street West, Preston, PR1 2HB TICKETS: 01772 744771 21st to 24th February 2018

PRESTON DRAMA CLUB presents BRONTE

Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole takes to the stage to wow audiences with his latest spectacular production, All Night Long. Brendan is joined by his sensational cast of guest dancers, his captivating leading lady and superbly talented 14-piece band and singers, to whip up an extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom magic. From tantalising Tango to fiery Paso Doble, elegant Foxtrot to breath-taking Waltz – and with a few surprises in store – this is no ordinary dance show. Live music, stunning special effects and Brendan’s own dazzling choreography and charm make this an unforgettable night; join us for the party! “One of the most enjoyable shows I have ever seen! Creative, unique… You will be missing out if you do not see this show.” Callum O’Brien, Norwich Eye Price(s): £25 // £28 // £30 // £35 Winter Gardens, 97 Church Street, Blackpool Lancashire FY1 1HL Booking line on 0844 856 1111


LOOKING YOUNGER USING COLOUR & STYLE centred style is what is important and knowing what really suits you.”

The demand for a flawless, youthful look shows no signs of decline with the anti-ageing sector accounting for 42 per cent of total skincare spend. A study by Groupon recently revealed that British women spend on average £70,294 on their appearance in their lifetime. With a seemingly infinite number of treatments and skincare available in the market, we asked Helen Venables, MD of House of Colour, if wearing the right colours alone can make us look younger. “Colour plays a huge part in creating a youthful and healthy appearance. Wearing both your wow colours (which are likely to be the colours which people always compliment you on) as well as your best neutrals, will help you look brighter and healthier, and feel more confident and be more memorable. “Make up is also important. By adding the right colour to your face, for example by adding a swish of bronzer or a good blusher colour for you across the cheeks to lift and brighten your skin will help to give you an enviably youthful glow. Most importantly wearing the right coloured lipstick can dramatically change your look. “Ultimately there are two other factors to mention here. One is confidence. If you look and feel good about yourself then your confidence will make you ooze youthfulness and vitality. Secondly if you wear styles that suit your clothing personality then you will look more stylish and younger. This means understanding the character of your accessories, patterns and structure of your clothes. In other words, dressing who you are as well as the proportions of your body. This will of course affect things like the correct hemline on your skirt, or wearing the right length and fit trousers for your body shape. Age appropriate clothes are null and void in this day and age. Individual-

We asked some of the top over forties personal stylists at House of Colour what their special secret is to looking younger than their years. Jenny Goldsmith (age 43) says: “Wearing the right colours definitely takes years off you. Your wow colours have an illuminating effect thereby giving you a youthful glow. Feeling comfortable with my personal style and being authentic by really embracing who I am means I don't have to work too hard to look good - I know what works for me. This leaves more time for the good stuff in life which means I smile and laugh a lot.” Stylist Annabel Czyba (67) adds: “Wearing the colours from the palette that suits us best instantly makes us look younger and more vibrant - our skin looks healthier and our eyes twinkle. Greyness disappears from around the eyes and the right lipsticks help us to look years younger. As for style, when we understand how our personality and body shape play such a large part in knowing what to wear to create the right image, our look becomes somewhat ageless. Gone are the days of wearing suitable clothes for our age!” TIPS ON HOW TO ANTI-AGE YOUR WARDROBE - By Helen Venables, MD of House of Colour Make sure you’re wearing the colours that really suit you, your WOW colours! Wearing the wrong colours will make you look tired, run-down and much older. Wearing colours that suit you will mean that your skin looks radiant, bright and therefore younger.

try wearing different colours in the plum / amethyst family together for summers and for Autumns try moss, olive and lime greens together. Winter and Spring palettes look wonderful in high contrast looks from their palettes to create a more youthful appearance. Winters could try adding Chinese Blue to standard Navy and White and Springs could add a youthful splash to their look with this seasons on trend true red teamed with their Neutrals. You may love an outfit on someone else but it might not suit you. Know who you are. If you like a bit of drama think asymmetric patterns and statement dressing to ensure visibility. Classic dressers feel good in elegant, timeless clothes. Know your style personality and you will feel more youthful and energised as you will look more authentic in your clothes. 5. Wear the right hemline – whether that is a maxi, mid-calf, knee-length or for the lucky few, above the knee. It can surprisingly make or break an outfit as the wrong hemline can either be inappropriate and unattractive, or drab and frumpy. Different people suit different hemlines and this is not solely determined by your height but by the rebalancing of the natural proportions of your body. Patterns can add interest to an outfit and really flatter different body shapes regardless of your age. Just be sure you know if you are a floral or graphics person for example. Bootleg jeans will balance-curvy bodies and if you don’t like your mid-section so much then try slim leg jeans with a lowslung belt.

Red is the hottest colour of the season and primary red is the only colour that suits everyone. Different seasons also have different reds that suit them in their colour palette such as summer palettes suit cherry and coral red, autumns glow in rust or brick reds, winters shine in scarlet and carmine, and springs look gorgeous in geranium and poppy red. Team red with a neutral such as grey, navy, black, cream, beige, tan or white dependent on your season to look effortlessly stylish, but remember to choose the right red and neutrals that suit you to really ensure your look makes you look years younger! Once you know your palette of colours, creating great colour combinations is simple e.g. summer and autumn palettes create younger looks with colours which blend and harmonise with each other e.g.

Use confidence to anti-age your wardrobe! Ooze confidence and focus on your best assets by drawing attention to them. If you have a lovely waist, then emphasise that with a beautiful, flattering statement belt. Or if you have lovely long legs then try some skinny jeans to elongate those great legs even more! Use accessories to make a statement in your outfit – try a scarf or a bright coloured clutch bag in this season’s on-trend bright red or one of your wow colours. This will make all the difference between a drab outfit and a sensational one. Buy jewellery that has several of your wow colours in the piece to add a really exciting focal point to your look. Unflattering trends won’t do you any favours. Aim for sensational and stylish instead. Look good to feel good. Revitalise and revalue yourself through colour and style.

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HEALTH

HOW TO RETIRE HEALTHILY in sugary drinks and cutting down on alcohol reduces your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. Get your five-a-day fruit and vegetables to limit the impact dementia has.

At any stage of life, it is important to keep healthy and happy. Drinking water, eating well, regular exercise and getting plenty of rest is usually the key to sustaining the best possible lifestyle. This becomes more apparent as we age. Here are ways to help you retire healthily: Reduce stress to reduce the possible risk of Alzheimer’s. In the UK, one in 14 people over the age of 65 are estimated to be at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown those affected by chronic stress in mid-life are more likely to develop the illness, due to the degenerative effect stress has on the brain. It is believed to be a result of increased inflammatory processes. During retirement, have a financial plan to help stop money troubles and reduce stress. Budgeting for essentials and being careful with luxury and lifestyle purchases can ease the transition from working to retiring. Reduce your risk of retiring with Diabetes. It is estimated that five million people in the UK have diabetes, 85% of whom are recognised as obese. Start today by controlling what you eat and drink. There are hidden calories

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Quit smoking to prevent having a stroke. It has been found that smoking single-handedly doubles your chances of having a stoke – 52% of those affected by stroke in the UK last year were active smokers. A happy retirement is a healthy one; consider quitting smoking to stop the thickening of blood and clogging of arteries. Speak to your GP for the safest way to quit. Safeguard your home to limit accidents. As we age, we tend to spend more time at home. Keep yourself safe from falls by maintaining flooring like worn carpet, avoiding leaving items in entrances, hallways or on the stairs, and if needed consider fitting support bars in bathrooms. Manage your weight to slim down the chance of developing cardiovascular disease. Heart failure is a common cause of death across Europe (and leads to irregular heart rhythms and heart attacks) and excess weight is a major risk factor, as the heart has to work harder. As we age, less calories are needed so try to cut back on foods high in saturated fats or sugars. See exercise as fun. Being physically active cuts your chances of cardiac

By Dr Riccardo Di Cuffa, Director and GP at Your Doctor www.your-doctor.co.uk arrest. Cardiac arrest happens when your heart stops pumping blood around the body. Try making exercise something you look forward to rather than a chore. Working out with a friend or with your favourite music can help motivate. Tackle loneliness and social isolation. Addressing the problem of isolation can be a big step towards a happy retirement. If you fear losing friends and lack social interaction – actively keep in touch with loved ones. Join local groups such as coffee mornings, voluntary work or even dance lessons! Learn a new skill to slow memory loss. Retiring brings the blessing of more free time so now could be the time to learn a new skill like cooking, starting a DIY project or learning how to play an instrument. Keeping your brain busy can help maintain and even improve memory. Include loved ones in your retirement plan. Be it your partners children, friends or family members – it is important to keep close ones in the loop. Set a retirement plan as a household, rather than an individual.


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HEALTH

Quality dentures mean a quality lifestyle The Importance of Dentures

The Denture Teeth

The eyes, nose and teeth are the focal points of every face; they give the first impressions of your personality.

A range of quality teeth are available.

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). • • • •

Standard Quality High Impact Acrylics (much stronger) Injection Pressure Formed (Premium Denture Base) Metal Denture

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every two years, or more frequently if necessary.

Your Dentures need Attention

Of course, the materials alone will not make a good denture. In the hands of a skilful and experienced Clinical Dental Technician the best results are achieved.

1. When they become loose.

Dentures Need Regular Servicing

4. When denture base does not fit around natural teeth (in partial dentures).

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.

5. When you develop deep lines around your mouth.

Daily cleaning is essential. 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

2. When teeth or denture base discolours. 3. When tooth surfaces become flat.

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.

If your Dentures Break Don’t try to repair them with glue. It may mean they then couldn’t be repaired correctly by a Dental Technician.

My Dentures have become loose! This is easily remedied by a procedure know as Re-lining. A new layer of


Should I have a spare set of Dentures made?

Denture base is added to your existing Denture, improving the fit and restoring confidence.

Yes, it is very important to have a spare set of dentures for emergencies in case of breakage. Remember to take your spare set on holiday with you, just in case you have a problem whilst away. Keep them in your toiletry bag.

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

Difficulties in Constructing a Good 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.

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.

Major improvements in Facial Features

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.

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.

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. If you have any natural teeth or implants we will work in conjunction with a dentist.

LEYLAND DENTURE CENTRE for your next quality denture

• Qualified Clinical Dental Technicians • New Dentures and Relines • Dental Repairs • Free Consultations

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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 Simba...

Simba has come to us via the dog pound so we have little history on her. She has settled in well and is a very people friendly girl. She loves cuddles and is very affectionate. Simba is ok with some dogs but can be picky for this reason we feel she would be best as the only dog in her new home. We feel she would be Staffordshir e Bull Terrie r, Female, 8 ok with children over 10 years as long as they years 4 mo nths old understand she can not be trusted with all dogs she meets. Animal Care is dedicated to finding each dog the right home. Your circumstances might not be right for every dog but the trained staff are more than happy to help you find a perfect match. Our dog behaviourist Kathryn is here to help any new adopters and a free session with her is encouraged. This is part of our adoption package and is well worth the time. Since Kathryn joined the team the amount of dogs needing further help once in their new homes has gone down to 5%.Â

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

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Preston issue 50  

Local magazine for the over 50s, includes leisure, holidays, lifestyle

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Local magazine for the over 50s, includes leisure, holidays, lifestyle

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