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TWITTERING ON BY ANGELA KELLY Is Italy that long bit – or is that Brazil? WE live in an age when far-flung countries are now highly accessible to us all and holiday destinations get more and more exotic. There are now few places in the world where we do not travel. In fact, many people consider themselves very welltravelled indeed and they probably are. But, an interesting survey by travel experts Expedia reveal that adults asked to complete geography questions meant for 10 year-olds often proved to be bottom of the class in this subject. Of the 2,000-plus adults questioned, a third were unable to locate France on a map. More than half failed to recognise Japan and India. Four in 10 adults were able to spot Argentina but, unfortunately, one in 10 thought it was Brazil. The trickiest place to pinpoint proved to be mountainous Austria with 76 per cent getting that one wrong. And, although they are both favourite destinations with holidaymaking Brits, identifying where either Egypt or Turkey were drew a blank from 59 per cent. Naming capital cities also proved tricky. A quarter thought Sydney was the capital of Australia instead of Canberra while 71 per cent wrongly guessed Toronto as Canada’s capital and not the correct answer of Ottawa.


So what does all this lack of geographical awareness prove? Personally, I think it backs up a theory I’ve had for some time that we don’t really think about where we’re actually going when we go on holiday. We have little awareness of our real destination in relation to other countries because we don’t really care: it’s just abroad. We step aboard the plane into a little world of cosseted isolation where nice staff bring drinks and food, a pilot announces the stats on a regular basis and we view the passing world through tiny windows that reveal very little. Often when we get to our chosen holiday destination, travellers hunker down in a hotel or resort, never venturing beyond the local beach or swimming pool and bar. The area, its culture and surrounding towns and villages are of little interest as we relax, over-eat and drink and acquire a tan. We could be anywhere in the world. I know not everyone holidays this way and there are many people – especially older travellers – who take advantage of retirement or just more disposable income to visit places they’ve always dreamed of and really do appreciate them. But then, they probably do know where France is and have a good working geographical knowledge of the world, anyway.

Scammers beware! Photos online tell the truth IT’S heartening that the number of compensation claims for holiday sickness and car accident whiplash has fallen dramatically. This is after the introduction of legal curbs as laws last Summer to prevent profiteering by claims companies along with bans on cold-calling. Anything that puts an end to bogus holiday injury and illness claims and phoney injuries from car crashes has got to help all our insurance premiums and ensure people stick to the truth. The holiday claims in particular reached ridiculous proportions with holidaymakers claiming they had been taken seriously ill – only for their sunshine snaps to pop up on Facebook revealing them having a brilliant time! But that’s one thing about those who try to cheat the system: they’re not very bright in thinking things through. Why else would those making false benefit claims happily boast online about their prowess in everything from running to wrestling when they’ve claimed they can scarcely walk to the front door?

The truth will definitely out – usually with a useful video or graphic photos giving the lie to their claims. Life after 30 years of the World Wide Web UNBELIEVABLY, this year is the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web although it seems to always have been with us. Creator Sir Tim Berners Lee has taken the opportunity of the anniversary to call for people to come together and stop abuse of the internet.

In a letter, the British engineer lamented the fact that the internet has “made all kinds of crime easier to commit” and is used by “scammers” to such an extent that they will be “impossible to eradicate completely.”

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He even warned that the internet has degraded the quality of debate online by fuelling outrage and polarising opinions. Sir Tim urged Governments around the world to tackle the problems warning that it would be “defeatist” not to.

It is not his fault that people have discovered their voices to the extent that their opinions must be heard above all others and they now have no stop-button when it comes to the way they express themselves.

It’s a great pity that his amazing invention has been hi-jacked by evil individuals across the globe. There seems to be scandal after scandal over vile content on platforms like Facebook, Google and Twitter where dark forces promote every depravity from child sex abuse images to extreme racism and jihadists. Such shocking, almost casual, use of the internet for these ends hides the fact that it has done remarkable amounts of good and made life easier for millions. Communication has never been simpler thanks to Sir Tim’s invention. We can have

Nor is it his fault that differing pubic opinion prompts extreme reactions like death threats that are not only out of all proportion to the original opinion expressed but also stifle freedom of speech. Would we, however, want to be without the internet and all it has brought us? Probably not. On balance, the positives generally outweigh the negatives. And, perhaps fortunately, we can’t un-know things or turn back the technology clock. So we’re stuck with it. But let’s heed Sir Tim’s words and tackle the real problems it brings to refine its influence for good if at all possible.

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check whether any under 12s will be sharing your safari vehicle. It’s one thing if it’s your grandkids who shout and frighten off the big cat you’ve just caught sight of. It can be frustrating if they are someone else’s. Many companies make special arrangements for family groups.   Enjoy the jungle sounds at night The croaking frogs, the giggling geckos, the territorial roar of a lion if you’re lucky – the soundtrack of an African night will remind you of just how far from city life you have travelled. Bring ear-plugs if you really can’t sleep through it, but you’ll miss one of nature’s most glorious dawn choruses too! Dress for the bush

Top Ten Tips for taking your first Safari By Gill Haynes for Silver Travel Advisor Go at the right time of year for you At the end of Namibia’s dry season (October) water is scarce so animals cluster around the waterholes. In May/June, the grasses are dying back in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, making the game easier to see. In February, the wildebeest calves are born and come August, the Great Migration across Kenya’s Mara river takes place. Check your vehicle If you can, it’s worth paying a little more to have fewer people in the safari vehicle with you. As a minimum, check whether everyone can have a ‘window’ seat – no-one wants to be stuck in the middle. If your hearing is not so good, turn up early and sit as near the safari guide in the front as you can. They not


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You will feel much more part of the scene and at one with the animals if you wear colours found in nature – khaki, subdued shades of green, brown and beige. Do not wear red (unless you are a Masai warrior), pink, white, black or jazzy patterns. And don’t wear army-style camouflage – in some countries, such as Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is banned.Your ranger guides will dress in beige or dark green; you’ll fit in just right – and look like an old hand at this - if you dress similarly. Don’t be tempted to take too many clothes either; the lodges and camps offer

overnight laundry and it provides extra jobs for the local people. Don’t get bitten You’ll have mosquito nets provided and most places also supply bug sprays but to be absolutely sure, bring your own 50% deet mosquito repellent and use it religiously. And cover up, especially after sundown. Wear socks, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts in light colours. And remember to take the malaria pills a few days before you enter a malarial region and for a week after you leave – it’s not worth taking chances. Take the Game drives Most places will include – or offer – early morning and late afternoon game drives.You may think getting up at 4am to go on a drive is a bit much, but you don’t want to be the one who missed seeing the baby elephants or the rhino. Rest instead in the heat of the day, like the animals do, so you’re ready (once you’ve had afternoon tea, of course) for the later game drive, when animals will be up and about again. The safari vehicle will shake, rattle and roll - which is part of the fun but they usually also come equipped with

blankets and those all-important sundowners in the cool-box. Listen to the people who live there The ranger guides, the camp managers, the waiters – the people who live and work in the properties all have stories to tell that will amaze, amuse and sometime appal you. Keep asking and keep listening – it’s how you’ll gain a real understanding of the people, the wildlife and the special places you are visiting. Do not run In almost every situation in the bush, this is the wrong thing to do. The only exception in my experience was when we were surprised on a walking safari by two rhinos that had doubled back on us. All of us, the silver travellers included, found that we could quickly climb trees when necessary.  Relax Follow the instructions, and you are safe on safari. Always listen to and take your guide’s advice – they are total professionals. A pride of lions once came into our camp in the early morning; the male roared right outside our tent and I could hear its intake of breath. Two of our guides came rushing out and scared

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F you’re looking for a Man for All Seasons in the entertainment world, Michael Ball is top choice. The 56 year-old singer with the ready smile and the resonant voice has become a popular performer in everything from musical theatre and film to TV and radio. He has even taken on the ample persona and flamboyant dresses of Edna Turnblad in the musical Hairspray! All that was very much in the future for young Michael growing up in Dartmoor. Although he never had a singing lesson, he learned some of the early skills involved by singing along to music. His favourites were Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Mahalia Jackson. His parents, however, took him to the theatre in the school holidays and a love of the stage was born. He joined a youth theatre which led to him studying drama at Guildford School of Acting. His professional debut was in Godspell, playing the role of John the Baptist/Judas but his big break came along when he appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance as Frederick at Manchester Opera House. Quickly recognised for his pleasing voice, dimpled smile and charismatic performances, Michael made his West End debut in Les Miserables. He originated the role of Marius and then Alex in Aspects of Love – a role he later recreated on Broadway. Michael also played Raoul in Phantom of the Opera and Giorgio in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion. The public was certainly becoming aware of Michael Ball, and appreciating him. In May, 1992, he represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song One Step Out Of Time. Although he finished in second place, this kickstarted his recording career. He has released many hit albums in a multiplatinum selling career and even reached No.2 in the UK singles’ charts with Love Changes Everything from Aspects of Love. He has also carried out numerous tours throughout the country and four of his concerts were released on DVD: Musicals and More,

Live At The Royal Albert Hall, This Time It’s Personal and Live in London. He returned to Les Miserables twice, in 1995 to recreate his role of Marius for the 10th anniversary concert performance of the show and again in 2004 when he was asked to play Jean Valjean in a special performance for the Queen and French President Jacques Chirac at Windsor Castle. In 2002, he played Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the West End. Michael has twice won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical – in 2008 for Edna Turnblad in Hairspray and in 2013 for the title role in the revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. His fame isn’t restricted to the UK. In 2004, he travelled to Australia where he performed five sell-out concerts and he followed that with his first concerts in America, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Always keen to challenge himself onstage, in 2001, he appeared at London’s Donmar Warehouse in a one-man show entitled Alone Together - with no props, no orchestra and just a pianist accompanying him. The performance was recorded and released on DVD in 2002. Michael has also had a long and successful relationship with both TV and radio. He briefly appeared in Coronation Street in 1995 as Malcolm Nuttall but first sang live during the televised Miss England contest. He had his own TV series in 1993 and 1994 and a Christmas special in 1995 but his amiable personality also lent itself well to presenting and his has had various roles in shows from The National Lottery Draws and Children in Need to reality TV shows like Soapstar Superstar. In 2010, he presented 30 episodes of The Michael Ball Show and that year and 2011, guest-presented six episodes of Lorraine for ITV Breakfast. He has guest-hosted other shows including The One Show and The Paul O’Grady Show and taken part in programmes like a celebrity edition of Catchphrase. His easy personality also translates well to radio and he currently has his own top-rated show on Radio 2.

He was awarded the OBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to Musical Theatre but still has a humble, approachable persona that people easily relate to. He has enjoyed collaborations with other stars at different times in his career. In 2004, he co-starred with Petula Clark in a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, which was later broadcast by the BBC. That same year, he was a guest star in Clark’s own concert. More recently, he has enjoyed a remarkably successful pairing with fellow singer Alfie Boe. They have toured extensively together after recording what became the biggest-selling album of 2016 and a Christmas No.1, followed up by a further successful album. They became friends during a disastrous staging of Kismet at the English National Opera, according to an interview both did with the BBC. But it wasn’t until 2015 that they had time to make an album together. They plainly both like and respect each other. As Michael explained: “You wouldn’t want to sing with someone you didn’t like. That would be miserable.” Michael’s latest tour, however, he’s performing solo. Called Coming Home, it takes him to 21 places across the country, starting from April 20 and including prestigious venues from York Barbican to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Bournemouth International Centre. He lives with Sixties icon Cathy McGowan, the highly popular presenter of TV legendary programme Ready, Steady, Go. His own taste in music sounds fairly allembracing. He once stated: “The reason I love the songs from Queen is they are theatrical. Freddie Mercury was very theatrical; he has that style about him.” Michael does, however, embrace all kinds of music, stating: “It’s labels, labels are rubbish. You don’t need to have labels on music. It’s either good music or not good music.” And Michael’s millions of fans know good music when they hear it.

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Caption: Resin Drives new Brighouse showroom also features fencing, garden rooms, garage doors and even a putting green. Ltd recently celebrated record-breaking figures over the last two months, proving not even Brexit can hold back the Yorkshire-based home improvement firm. The timing could not be better, as they opened their doors to customers with a brandnew flagship showroom in West Yorkshire, Brighouse. The showroom happens to be the biggest internal resin showroom in the UK. As well as resin driveways, it also includes their new line of outdoor products; such as state of the art garden rooms, garage doors, fencing, decking and artificial lawns. There is also a mini putting green for customers to try out their golfing ability or to keep the kids entertained while parents can peruse the many resin samples on display. “It was important to us to have an impressive flagship showroom for customers to see the quality and variety on offer for themselves. Despite being a national company, we’re proud of our Yorkshire roots so Brighouse was an ideal location for our flagship showroom. Plus, it’s just a stone’s throw away from the M62, making it easily accessible for people further afield too. We invite customers to come in at

their leisure, where they can expect a warm Yorkshire welcome, and wide range of outdoor products on display - from resin driveways to garage doors and more.”, explains Managing Director, Carwyn Richards. The showroom is their second showroom in the UK, with another based in South Wales. They also have their resin driveways on display in Express Bi-folding Doors showrooms, in Leeds and Romford. Resin Ltd have over 10 years’ experience and uses all their own installation teams to ensure consistent quality control across the board. Resin is becoming increasingly popular with more home owners than ever recognising its superior benefits over other surfacing options on the market: it’s porous, environmentally-friendly, weed adverse, slip-resistant, wheelchair-friendly and has excellent tyre traction. Aside from all the practical benefits, resin driveway gives customer’s many different aesthetic styles to add exceptional kerb appeal. With over 40 stone colours to choose from a trip to the showroom is definitely worthwhile.

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DON'T MOVE HOUSE CHANGE IT THIS is often the time of year when you look around and consider the whole thorny process of moving house. It may be that you have outgrown your present property, or your family is now independent and living in their own home or just that you’re fed up with where you live and need a change. Moving house is always a reasonable choice but can be stressful. Instead, what you might well consider is CHANGING your current property to make it very different to suit your changing lifestyle. For example, when your family is young, your home needs to be practical and easy to run. Life is lived largely in the kitchen for many families and rooms allocated to suit the basic needs of all members of the household. It may be that your home has – by its geographical position and the type of property – been ideally suited to the regular juggling of job, school and interests. Remove at least some of these areas - like when you retire - and a fresh assessment of your home is required. So, it’s time to cast a fresh eye on your home and see if you can alter it to become the property of your dreams.

Assess the ROOM SPACE you have and see if you want more or just want to reconfigure space. Would you prefer a dining kitchen or maybe the addition of extra rooms to suit hobbies or current lifestyle? Do you want to open up rooms for a more contemporary look? An EXTENSION to your property not only changes the space proportions but also adds to your property’s value. Consider where this might go to be the most use and look the best. Do you use your garage regularly or could you convert it into living space? GARAGE CONVERSIONS are very popular, especially with the increasing number of people who work from home or who are looking for an extra lounge or to create a gym.

The same criteria applies if you want to have a CONSERVATORY or ORANGERIE built. Ask friends and relatives for recommendations and then go to their showrooms if possible and certainly see some of the work they’ve already done. Having NEW WINDOWS installed makes a huge difference to both the look and the insulation of your home. Take advice on the right style for the age and type of property you have. The installer’s experience here is invaluable. It’s also worth having the outside of your home PAINTED and areas like fascias and soffits addressed. At the same time, look at the garden or area in front of your house. Would gravel rather than grass look better and be more practical? Does your garden want a re-think and overhauling? Call the experts in for a quote.

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Select a signature colour if you’re thinking of having new WALLPAPER or painting your walls. Take a sample of colour with you to look at new CURTAINS or BLINDS so that you can mix and match for a smart new co-ordinated look. There are many kinds of blinds available now and they can really open up a room. Take a look at the latest types of FLOORING and choose the right one for the right area.You need something durable and easy to clean for an entrance hall. Porcelain, ceramic and stone tiles are all good choices as is solid or engineered timber. Natural fibre flooring is also suitable for hallways and stairs.

While PAINTING and DECORATING internal walls will always make a difference to the smartness and lightness of rooms, it can. be crucial in areas like the hallway. Is this the welcoming place you want to portray? Is it light enough or would new lighting help to improve it? Strategically placed spotlights can work well in halls, especially when combined with large, unusual mirrors.You don’t have to spend a fortune on either and you might even pick up a really eye-catching mirror in a charity shop, saleroom or online. Re-think your ROOMS. It may be that you want to knock through a kitchen and dining room to create one big dining area or even create a new lounge in an upstairs bedroom. Homestyle magazines and websites can offer plenty of ideas on modern, alternative living. This is not always expensive but does requires a willingness to expand your ideas about day-to-day life at home.

In open-plan kitchen diners, having two different flooring types for each area can work well, both visually and practically. Stain-resistant flooring that’s easy to clean is best. There are also many types of vinyl flooring on offer now so ask your local retailer. Wooden floors of all kinds can enhance a lounge area, interspersed with cosy rugs or you may prefer a good-quality carpet. Porcelain or ceramic tiles are useful in bathrooms but don’t rule out vinyl here, either. Many people prefer carpets in bedrooms for their warmth and feeling of relaxation but look at your décor before you decide. New KITCHENS are always a welcome change and make a terrific difference to the look of your home and lifestyle. But, if funds don’t allow for new units, changing your unit doors or just having the old ones painted makes a difference. A change in colour scheme in kitchen furniture, utensils and appliances can also give this vital room a real facelift. The same is true of BATHROOMS where even a new shower curtain and different coloured towels and accessories can brighten up the whole place. Add new LIGHTING around the house and you’ll feel like this is a new property – but still right where you want to live.

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and there are many grasses that can offer the ideal solution too, among them Hakonechioa macra ‘Aureola’, which enjoys part shade and will slowly spread to produce gorgeous bright yellow leaves with green stripes that tinge red in autumn and early winter.

Plants for problem gardens Choosing plants for the garden should be fun and exciting but when you’re battling difficult growing conditions, like the dry shade of a tree or permanently wet soil alongside a pond, it can turn into a real headache. Knowing which plants are most likely to thrive in a problem area will allow you to plan ahead with confidence and ultimately avoid disappointment.

Permanently wet soil Wet, poorly draining areas of the garden can be a real challenge so try to improve the soil before planting by digging in grit to help with drainage and organic matter to reduce compaction and improve soil structure. Astilbe is one perennial that likes a lot of moisture and can cope with sitting in wet conditions during the winter months. It’s upright feathery plumes of tiny star-shaped flowers in summer turn into lovely autumnal seed heads. While it will grow happily in shade, a position in full sun will help it reach full size. Then there’s Cornus alba, a great deciduous shrub for tolerating soggy, waterlogged conditions, providing brilliant stems in different shades of crimson in winter. It will grow well in both sun and shade but sunnier sites will ensure the colours are more vibrant. If yours is a smaller garden go for Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’. But if space isn’t an issue the gigantic clump forming perennial 18

Gunnera manicata is pretty imposing with sharply toothed leaves that can reach up to 4ft (1.2m) across and tiny brown-red flowers in summer. It’s most definitely a statement plant that adds a tropical feel, however it does need protection from frost in winter. Others worth considering are the elegant grass Molinia, the pure white arum lily Zantedeschia aethiopica and Euphorbia paulustris with its large yellow flowerheads that appear in spring.

Dry shade solution Deciding what to plant around the base of a tree can often be tricky, especially when its over-hanging branches create shade. Trees can also deprive plants beneath them of moisture and nutrients as well as light, so prepare the planting site by incorporating compost or well-rotted farmyard manure or leafmould and water in plantings well afterwards. Where the tree canopy is low or evergreen, causing deep shade, a lovely evergreen shrub to go for is Daphne pontica. With its clusters of sweet smelling yellow-green flowers in mid to late May, it will grow to just over 3ft (1m) and can spread to 5ft (1.5m). If there’s more moisture in the soil because the tree canopy is higher or the tree is deciduous, consider ground-spreading Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Gnom’, which has small white flowers in summer, followed by red berries. Ferns for shade include Hart’s tongue Asplenium scolopendrium

Of course it’s not just trees that cause shady problems – buildings, fences, walls and hedges all play a part, leaving the soil beneath dry and lacking. One useful ground cover plant is the understated epimedium that not only thrives in shade but loves dry soil. Some varieties, like Epimedium x Warleyense ‘Ellen Willmott’ even retain their foliage in the winter. This clumpforming plant spreads freely and has cupshaped yellow and orange flowers in mid to late spring. St John’s wort, Hypericum calycinum, is a good choice too and great value for money as it will creep across a wide area once established. It’s almost evergreen and has bright yellow flowers in summer. Take a look at Ivies and variegated large-leaved periwinkle as well.

Working with clay By its very nature clay can be extremely difficult to work but as it is able to retain nutirents it can also be quite fertile. Be prepared to help it by digging it over in autumn to expose the clods of soil. This way, when the water in the soil freezes and then thaws it expands, helping to break down the clods and make them easier to work. Dig in some course grit to aid drainage and open up the soil along with plenty of organic matter like leafmould and manure. There are lots of plants that will tolerate a heavy soil that’s slow to drain. Again, the wetloving astilbe and gunnera are perennials that favour the wetter conditions along with monarda and trollius. Shrubs you can count on are Hydrangea macrophylla, Kerria japonica and weigela and for trees choose ash, birch or elder.

Hot spots In a south-facing bed that becomes hot and soon dries out in summer ideal shrubs and perennials are: • Cistus ladanifer, an evergreen shrub. Its beautiful large white summer flowers have blotches of red at the base of each petal; • Eryngium, with its thistle like flowerheads; • Allium sedums, penstemons and hebes; • Helianthemum, a low growing rock rose, available in a variety of colours

A hardy rug will brighten up the room too, as well as a variety of scatter cushions or fabric wall hangings.

PAINT EASEL Painting can strengthen memory, build problem-solving skills, and offer stress relief, so it’s the perfect activity for those wanting to home in and concentrate on their general wellbeing. Install a paint easel in the shed away from the commotion of everyday life – and you won’t be so worried about spilling paint on the furniture, walls or floors!

YOGA MATS The benefits of yoga are innumerable. Not only does it result in increased flexibility, muscle strength and energy levels, but it also helps cardio and circulatory healthy and to maintain a balanced metabolism.

Transform Your Shed into a Wellbeing Haven Health conscious Brits are being encouraged to use their humble garden sheds as a base to focus on their physical and mental wellbeing this year. A group of experts behind shed specialists have teamed up with lifestyle website to offer their favourite tips and tricks for transforming neglected garden buildings into wellbeing havens. With a few simple changes, humble garden sheds can be converted into idyllic retreats away from the hustle and bustle of the main house. A spokesman said: “Sheds often sit neglected at the bottom of gardens for months on end, but with a few cheap and easy changes they can be the perfect space to concentrate on your personal wellbeing. “Our suggestions include adding soft furnishings and installing plant stations or yoga mats, but it’s really about making

the building a place that works for you personally. A spokesperson added: “Whether you like to read, write, play music or exercise, sheds can be more than a simple storage solution – they could be a cost-effective solution to help you concentrate on your physical and mental wellbeing.”

SOFT FURNISHINGS If you’d like to make your shed a personal space but it just feels too bare and uninviting, treat it as you would any other room in the house. There’s nothing to prevent you from hanging a pair of plush curtains over your shed’s windows – and from a security point of view it actually makes a lot of sense.

The hustle and bustle of home is often not ideal for this ancient practice, but retreating to a building at the bottom of the garden could be the perfect solution.

PLANT STATION For most people, their sheds will house all the equipment they need to keep their gardens looking preened and perfect, but why should flower power stop there? If you’re planning on spending more time in your shed, there’s no reason why you can’t install a couple of shelves to place potted plants. Many varieties help to reduce airborne dust and pollutant levels, and they can help reduce stress and create a general feeling of wellbeing.

MEDITATION Sometimes, all you need is a few minutes to yourself away from the distractions of everyday life, so take a wireless speaker and a comfy mat or cushion down into the shed for a spot of meditation. Meditation is all about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective, and so sitting amongst the peace and quiet of your garden, surrounded by greenery and nature could be just the trick.




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Make Your Lasting Power of Attorney or Risk More Expense Later As we age, thoughts about how we might cope if we’re diagnosed with a debilitating condition can become more persistent. Suffering a physical impairment is bad enough, but when your mental health starts to fail you, it can feel overwhelming. News reports of celebrities, such as Barbara Windsor have highlighted the importance of making arrangements should you lose mental capacity, and with the number of people being diagnosed with degenerative illnesses like dementia increasing, it’s more important than ever to make plans.You need to make sure that should anything like that happen to you, arrangements will be in place to care for your health and wellbeing, and your finances.


This is where a lasting power of attorney comes in to its own. It’s a specifically designed legal document that allows you to select an individual to act on your behalf should you lose mental capacity due to an accident or illness. The person you choose is known as your attorney and can be anyone you like as long as they’re over the age of 18 and haven’t been declared bankrupt. When setting up a power of attorney you need to bear in mind that timing is everything; you have to be of sound mind when you do it, otherwise it won’t be valid. Deciding who will be your attorney is key. All too often people choose their children, but this can be a terrible idea. Being an attorney is a job that comes with a great deal of responsibility, so if your children are

not good at managing money or there’s a possibility they may steal from you, they’re the last person you should elect. It’s a hard decision to make, but at the end of the day, it’s your money and your welfare and they both need to be looked after by someone who will respect that. If you prefer, you can have more than one attorney, but if they don’t see eye to eye it may end up in a conflict about what’s in your best interests. To alleviate this, you can stipulate whether they all need to agree on decisions made on your behalf or if they can act independently of each other. Alternatively, to save any falling out or ill feeling, you may want to appoint a solicitor to act as your attorney. Of course, they’ll

charge you for it, but the advantage is that they’re neutral and are accountable for any wrongdoing. There are two types of power of attorney; one covers property and finances while the other deals with health and welfare. A property and affairs LPA allows your attorney to handle your finances, such as any property and savings you may have, paying for care fees or arranging the sale of your home if necessary. A health and welfare power of attorney addresses your personal well-being. It outlines what medical treatment you should receive, where you live and can even give your attorney the power to accept or refuse lifesustaining treatment on your behalf. Whether it’s the expense or the time needed to do it, failing to make provisions like a power of attorney can cost much more than you think. In the event that you haven’t put any arrangements in place, your loved ones will need to apply for a Court of Protection to be legally responsible for you. A Court of Protection is a specialist document which grants permission to safeguard someone who has lost the ability to look after their own affairs. It allows those who apply for it – a deputy – to make decisions about finances and welfare on your behalf if you can no longer do it yourself. Applying for a Court of Protection can be a complex and lengthy process, which requires specialist assistance from a solicitor. The application fee to be a deputy is £400 and it takes around

six months to complete. The solicitor’s fee, which is fixed by the court, is £950 + vat and a medical report can cost in the region of £150-£250. On top of this, there are ongoing supervision charges from the Court of Protection to safeguard the vulnerable person; you. There may also be care fees to pay while the deputyship is being processed. So, when you weigh up the price of setting up a power of attorney against applying for a Court of Protection, it’s not difficult to see which is the most cost effective and least time consuming.

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PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE Everyone should consider some basic legal planning to make sure their families and loved ones are protected in case of future events which can affect anyone. Contact us to arrange a free consultation about the "essentials" of making a Will, Lasting Power of Attorney and Gift of Property into Trust. There is no obligation and any work then carried out will be on a fixed fee basis to be agreed in advance. We are happy to visit you at home if more convenient.

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A secure future with EQUITY RELEASE? THESE days we have to look at a variety of ways to raise cash and ensure that our future will be secure and one popular way for anyone over 55 to do just that is via equity release, which offers the chance to access the cash – the equity – tied up in your home. It can be as a lump sum or in several small amounts, or a combination of both. There are two equity release options: lifetime mortgage and home reversion. The Money Advice Service explains that a LIFETIME MORTGAGE means that you take out a mortgage secured on your property, provided it is your main residence, while retaining ownership. You can choose to ring-fence some of the value of your property as an inheritance for your family or you can choose to make repayments or let the interest roll-up. The


loan amount and any accrued interest is paid back when you die or when you move into long-term care. Most people who take out equity release use a lifetime mortgage. Usually you don’t have to make any repayments while you’re alive and interest “rolls up” (unpaid interest is added to the loan), meaning the debt can increase quite quickly over a period of time. However, some lifetime mortgages do now offer the option to pay all or some of the interest. Some will let you pay off the interest and the capital. In the same way ordinary mortgages vary from lender to lender, so do lifetime mortgages, and if you’re looking at this option it’s worth knowing that the minimum age for this is usually 55. As we’re now all living longer, the earlier you start the more this is likely to cost in the long run.

The average borrower in their late 60s can usually borrow around 35% of the value of their home, but how much can be released is dependent on your age and the value of your property. The percentage typically increases according to your age when you take out the lifetime mortgage, while some providers might offer larger sums to those with certain past or present medical conditions. Many lenders offer interest rates which are fixed or, if they are variable, have a “cap” or upper limit which is fixed for the loan’s duration. Check whether the product has a “no negative equity guarantee” This means that, when your property is sold and agents’ and solicitors’ fees have been paid, even if the amount left is not enough to repay the outstanding loan to your provider neither you nor your estate will be liable to pay any more.

It’s also worth finding out if you have the right to move to another property, subject to the new property being acceptable to your product provider as continuing security for your equity release loan, as different lifetime mortgage providers might have slightly different thresholds. Consider whether you can pay none, some or all of the interest. If you can make repayments, the mortgage will be less costly. However, with a lifetime mortgage where you can make monthly payments, the amount you can repay might be based on your income. Providers will have to check you can afford these regular payments. Look at whether you can withdraw the equity you’re releasing in small amounts, as and when you need it, or whether you have to take it as one lump sum. The advantage of being able to take money out in smaller amounts is you only pay the interest on the amount you’ve withdrawn. If you can take smaller lump sums, check if there is a minimum amount. A HOME REVERSION involves you selling part or all of your home to a home reversion provider in return for a lump sum or regular payments.You have the right to continue

living in the property until you die, rentfree, but you have to agree to maintain and insure it. You can ring-fence a percentage of your property for later use, possibly for inheritance - the percentage you retain will always remain the same, regardless of the change in property values, unless you decide to take further cash releases. At the end of the plan, your property is sold and the sale proceeds are shared according to the remaining proportions of ownership.You will get a lump sum or regular payments – normally between 20 per cent and 60 per cent of the market value of your home, or the part you sell. With home reversions, it’s worth checking whether or not you can release equity in several payments or in one lump sum and the minimum age at which you can take out a home reversion plan. Some providers insist you’re at least 60 or 65 before you can apply. Keep in mind the percentage of the market value you will receive. This will increase the older you are when you take out the plan but might vary from provider to provider. Also check whether you have the right to remain in your property for life or until you

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need to move to long-term care, provided the property remains your main residence and you abide by the terms and conditions of your contract. Again, check whether you have the right to move to another property, subject to the new property being acceptable to your product provider as continuing security for your equity release loan and whether the product has a “no negative equity guarantee”.You will also need to know what level of maintenance you’ll be expected to carry out and how often your property will be inspected – this could be every few years. Overall, equity release might seem like a good option if you want some extra money and don’t want to move house, but it’s worth bearing in mind that equity release can be more expensive in comparison to an ordinary mortgage. It’s also worth considering any additional changes taking out equity release could make to existing arrangements, with the potential to lose means-tested benefits being key among them. It’s also worth considering involving your family throughout the process, as any equity taken out of the home will impact their inheritance later down the line.


• Lifetime mortgages are helping more and more over 55s finance their retirement • To see if it could be the right option for you, contact an independent financial adviser


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STEVE HOWARTH'S TESTDRIVE An indepth look at the new Hyundai Kona

place to be with plenty of room in the front while the rear is a little cramped for adults and boot space is less than some rivals. However, it has to be said the 1.0-litre turbo petrol version, at £3,000 less, is better value unless you are a very high mileage driver as it still returns over 50mpg and is only 1.3 seconds slower to 60… and considerably quieter. Electronics and connectivity feature heavily in the Kona. There are 5.0in, 7.0in and 8.0in infotainment displays according to trim level, the base option including Bluetooth. The larger touchscreens have a reversing camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the 8.0in one has navigation and seven years' free subscription to real-time traffic, weather and speed camera location updates.

Hyundai KONA THERE is no doubt the boom sector for new cars these days is for SUVs. Almost every manufacturer has their own ideas about what will sell and Hyundai last year decided going compact is what people want. So enter the Kona – a striking small crossover with lots of kit which has now gained a 1.6 turbo diesel engine with the ability to stretch every gallon out to a claimed 67.3mpg. We got to try out the mid level spec Premium 1.6CRDi which came with a close set six speed manual box in ‘Lake Silver’. Now it has to be said the Kona is best known here in the UK for its electric versions which range in price from £31,500 to £38,000, depending on battery power. The electric Kona holds the title for best ‘real world’ range on a single charge for any SUV at 259 miles and is also one of the most affordable EV SUVs to buy. Non-electric versions start from £16,295 for a three-cylinder 1.0 litre petrol turbo

in base spec. There is also a four-cylinder 1.6 petrol and now Hyundai have added the diesel option with two power levels, our 115 bhp version and a 134bhp unit. Despite many other car makers turning away from diesel Hyundai still says there is still a demand. The 115bhp car comes with a manual gearbox while the 134 gets seven speed automatic transmission as standard. It has to be said the diesel engine can be noisy if pushed hard but despite being the lower power unit it performs well with a 0 to 60 time of 10.7 seconds and top speed of 114. I had to put this to the test while using the Kona for a trip to a classic car event where I was following a petrol head pal in his Porsche 911 GT3. While there was no comparison performance wise the little SUV did not get left behind and was surprisingly good when pushed hard into corners. The front wheel drive Kona (four-wheel drive is available on the higher-powered petrol) is also a comfortable and enjoyable

As for trims, there are five to choose from – S, SE, Premium, Premium SE and Premium GT. Entry-level models get 16in alloy wheels, electric windows, hill start assist and lane departure warning as standard while inside, there is air conditioning, tinted rear windows, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Upgrade to SE and you gain 17in alloys, roof rails, rear parking sensors, rear view camera, and smartphone integration, while our Premium trimmed Kona includes 18in alloy wheels, climate control, auto wipers and lights, and keyless entry and start. Premium SE models adds electrically adjustable and climate controlled front seats, leather upholstery, folding mirrors, a heated steering wheel and front parking sensors, while the range-topping Premium GT Kona is equipped with LED headlights and head-up display. All versions feature a host of safety equipment including rear cross traffic alert and lane-keep assist. The only negative on our car was the slightly cheapening effect on an otherwise well designed and functional interior is that it is entirely black, headlining included. There’s contrast colour stitching and decor, but the dark trim is a little dull. More information at



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6 - 7 July 2019 The Folk Forest


A Guide to what's happening in your region ... 20 June 2019 Tales of Whatever

True stories told live by a different monthly line-up of performers, guest speakers and audience members.


Following on from a fantastic first time event under Classic Shows management in 2018, we return to the stunning Castle Howard, nr York for the Father’s Day Classic Car & Motor Show at Castle Howard. The event takes place on 16 June 2019 and features a display of vintage, classic, modern classic and electric cars and motorcycles. A number of modern and electric vehicle manufacturers will be represented, and the event also includes a full vehicle concours overseen by Mercedes-Benz Regional Office and Valuer, Richard Lee. The event includes full access to the superb Castle Howard grounds and gardens (extra fee to access to tour the house). Join us on 16 June 2019 for a spectacular day of motoring heritage ideal for enthusiasts, day trippers and families. Castle Howard, York, N. Yorkshire


Founded in Manchester in 2011, Tales of Whatever Sheffield mixes seasoned performers and first-time speakers, all sharing true stories of first-hand experiences. Hosted by Mark Powell and Lee Moore. Past ToW storytellers have come from Buenos Aires, Gauteng, Salford and NYC to talk about being shipwrecked, marrying pantomime horses, picking up in-laws from prison, and solving domestic hauntings with GCSE chemistry. 146-148 Gibraltar St, Sheffield 8-10pm (Doors 7.30pm)


Explore Brodsworth's beautiful historic gardens at their blooming best with tours, demonstrations and stalls. Our gardeners will be on hand throughout the day to share their hints and tips, and you can listen to live music as you soak up the sights and scents of the garden. On June 29th we are hosting Cawthorne Brass Band and on June 30th Linthwaite Band will be entertaining us. Brodsworth Hall and Gardens 11am - 5pm

2 days of music across 5 stages, Arts & Crafts Market, Heritage Craft Workshops, Concerteenies stage, Site Gallery Introducing Stage, Tree Fayre, Children's activities, Forest school, local food & drink and lots more! 2019 Line Up First Announcement: Roy Ayers,Yussef Dayes, LAU, Honeyfeet, Sheffield Beatles Project, Alasdair Roberts & Friends, David Thomas Broughton, Jack Cheshire, Oh Papa, Captives on the Carousel, Little Robots, and much more TBA. Endcliffe Park, Sheffield

7 July 2019 Farm Fayre

Our annual Farm Fayre event returns this July, bigger and better than ever! For the little ones expect childrens activities*, fun fair, entertainers, facepainting, pop-up beach, free craft activities and more, all on our working farm! There's plenty for grown ups too, with artisan craft and foods stalls, our famour Whirlow BBQ and street food stalls, live music and our on site bar serving local craft beer and more. Kids aged 13 and under have FREE ENTRY and adults are just ÂŁ6 on the day with parking FREE too! All the money raised at the event will go toward supporting the charitable work of the trust who turns 40 years old this year. The trust is an educational charity working with children across South Yorkshire to improve aspirations and improve the life chances of vulnerable young people outside of mainstream education. Whirlow Hall Farm, Sheffield

13 July 2019 Coalfields Music Festival 2019


4 stages, over 25 live acts at Barnsley’s premier summer music festival event. It’s Summer time again, which means it’s Coalfields Festival time!

Grace, pace and horsepower - join us for a beautiful display of classic cars.

The multi-stages that hosted music last years are back again at the same venue.....Woolley Cricket Club. This year, Coalfields organisers return to Woolley Colliery site Coalfields does have its very regular and reliable followers, as well as multi-stages of live music, fairground rides, stalls, hot food and a bar, for which beer tokens are for sale. Coalfields is a family festival and a place to enjoy a beverage & celebrate a marathon of music in the Sunshine. Barnsley Woolley Miners Cricket Club

Learn about the various makes and models on display, with a chance to speak to their owners. Catch a tune from the brass band, treat yourself to lunch in the tea room, and enjoy a stroll around the gardens. Brodsworth Hall and Gardens 11am - 5pm


Join us this summer for a classic British concert in the stunning setting of Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. The wartime singing trio, The Honeybirds, will be joined by an orchestra for an evening of 1940s classic songs and traditional Prom favourites. Bring your deck chair or blanket and enjoy a truly spectacular evening of music and entertainment as the sun sets. Picnics are welcome but there's no need to come prepared – there will be refreshments readily available. Brodsworth Hall and Gardens 7pm - 10pm


13 July 2019 Coalfields Music Festival 2019

Discover what life was like upstairs and downstairs for the lords, ladies at Brodsworth Hall and the people who served them. Join in on the fun and get hands on with the life in a grand stately home. Brodsworth Hall and Gardens 11am - 5pm





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9 - 11 August 2019 Last of the Summer Soul Weekend

Hooton Lodge Farm presents Yorkshires largest open air last of the summer soul weekend featuring music from Motown, Ska and Northern Soul in aid of Rotherham Hospice. Join Hooton Lodge for a fantastic line-up of live performances from:

18 August 2019 Kibitz

22 August 2019 Afternoon Tea Cruise

Leeds-based Kibitz perform energetic and soulful instrumental material taking influence from traditional Eastern European and Klezmer tunes.

Come aboard our luxury Dalesman canal boat and relax as we take care of everything for you! With a fully-stocked bar, you might want to start your cruise with a drink served by our friendly staff. We leave at 2:45 pm and for the next 2-hours, sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery outside your window.

Alwoodley Village Green, Leeds 0113 378 6600

Wharf Office, Skipton 01756 790829

TOMMY HUNT - JOHNNY BOY PRIOR - FRANKIE HEART - JOHN KANE There also will be an exciting line-up of DJs performing. Hooton Lodge Farm, Rotherham

17 - 18 August 2019 A VERY VICTORIAN WEEKENd

Step back in time to the Victorian era this summer at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. Laugh at our silly jester’s tricks and acrobatics, gasp at the Human Torch show, and marvel as the performers of the Music Hall play out their creative, cheeky and rowdy numbers with audience participation. Have a wander over to the tent and see what new sort of conmanship our Quack duo is up to, but beware of their dodgy medical stock. May we suggest a snack in our tea room instead? Brodsworth Hall and Gardens 11am - 5pm


18 August 2019 Mr Magnolia Outdoor Theatre

Mr Magnolia has many things, such as an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot, some very fat owls learning to hoot, a big purple dinosaur who’s a magnificent brute, two sisters who play the flute, and even a swimming pool, but he still only has one boot! Join Mr Magnolia on his wacky adventures, filled with Folksy Theatre’s bold characters, live music, puppetry and audience interaction, it’s a day out not to be missed! Based on the book by Quentin Blake. Harewood House, Leeds 01698 854409

18 August 2019 Stone Carving Workshop

Join Melanie Wilks, the talented, professional sculptor and use castle stonework as inspiration to carve a unique relief piece inspired by the castle. Bring a packed lunch, or make the most of your visit with a trip to our Cafe. Pontefract Castle, Pontefract 01977723440

25 August 2019 Circus Family Raceday

Fun for kids includes funfair rides and side stalls from The Beverley Lions, and a Big Top with circus training by Greentop Circus. As well as a beer festival for the adults, and a great afternoon of racing. The Racecourse, Beverley 01482867488

25 August 2019 Wakefield Big BanD

Join Wakefield Big Band at Golden Acre Park for a free concert of brass band favourites from 2.30pm-4.30pm. A big band in Wakefield, set up for the love of playing Jazz. Concert takes place between 2.30pm4.30pm. Golden Acre Park, Leeds 0113 378 6600

27 August - 1 September 2019 Mr Montgomery's Circus Spectacular

Join Mr Montgomery and his troupe of spectacular circus performers as they showcase tricks, flips and dazzle audiences with their mesmerising circus skills. The show is co-produced by Yeadon Town Hall and Codswallop CIC, promising great entertainment for the whole family! This exciting new show is perfect for all ages - so gather your family, grab some popcorn and be prepared to be amazed. Wharf Office, Skipton

30 August 2019 Dusk Bat Walk

31 August 2019 Queen Machine

1 September 2019 Cawthorne Brass Band

The music of rock legends Queen is to be celebrated like never before as West End leading lady Kerry Ellis joins Scandinavian tribute stars Queen Machine for a fully orchestrated show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, on Saturday 31st August!

Cawthorne Brass Band is a non-contesting traditional village band, which has existed since 1873. It is a self-funded band, raising money from member subscriptions, engagements at fetes, galas, church services, plus a number of formal concerts. The band undertakes a variety of engagements every year, mainly within the Barnsley area. They play at Lotherton Hall Estate as part of the Edwardian weekend.

Queen Machine Symphonic featuring Kerry Ellis will see Queen’s greatest hits performed by leading European tribute band Queen Machine accompanied by the London Symphonic Rock Orchestra and conducted by Matthew Freeman, creating an unforgettable night of rock anthems. Burniston Road, Scarborough 01723 818111

Bring along a bat detector if you have one (although we can provide some!) warm clothes and a torch are advised. RSPB St Aidan's nature park 0113 232 0529

30 August 2019 The Rod Stewart Song Book

The consummate professional whose vocal ability and attention to detail shine through in every way, from the opening number through to the last Rod Stewart song of the set. Pete naturally sounds like Rod and his voice is without doubt the closest to the great man’s that there is. YMCA Theatre, Scarborough 01723 506750

7 September 2019 Northern Soul Live | Motown, Northern Soul, Funk and R&B Spectacular!

The Edwin Starr Band - The Team, featuring Edwin’s brother Angelo Starr, return to Yeadon Town Hall for the second time.

Join us on a bat hunt as dusk falls across St Aidan's. We’ll learn about their habits and sounds, searching by sight and listening for their clicks with bat detectors. If we're lucky, we'll see tiny pipistrelles feeding in the air, noctules searching for moths, and Daubenton's darting and gliding over the water.

Temple Newsam Estate 0113 378 6600

1 September 2019 Allied Air Forces Memorial Day Ceremony

The 2019 Allied Air Forces Memorial Day will also mark the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings. A truly international event, we celebrate the unique relationship and cooperation that Allied Air Forces have established throughout military conflicts across the years, leading to the representation of many nations at this significant national memorial event, which grows in size and stature each year. The event will feature a major Parade, led by the Yorkshire Military Marching Band, and comprising of members of various Service organisations, current serving personnel and Air Training Corps cadets. Halifax Way, Elvington 01904608595

A soul and Motown party like no other, expect all The Edwin Starr hits including War and Stop Her on Sight, as well as plenty of great covers. Motown, Northern Soul, Funk and R&B come together during this superb evening of live entertainment. Yeadon Town Hall 03336663366

7 September 2019 Sarah Collins and Keep the Faith

We are delighted to welcome back town hall favourites Sarah Collins and Keep the Faith for a long overdue return. Sarah's concerts are always high-energy, with classic tunes brilliantly performed. Sarah Collins is a firm favourite on today's Northern Soul scene with many appearances at UK and European festivals. Masham Town Hall 01765 680200




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Crab cakes with homemade mayonnaise Brown crabs are extremely commercially important and the crab fishery in British waters is one of the largest in the world, although the bulk of crabs are still exported to Spain and France. Brown crabs are found all over the British Isles where the rocks and weeds provide cover and, of course, the cold water. I’ve never eaten crab as good as the ones I tasted in Cromer and in the Orkney Islands on this trip. These cakes showcase the delicious flavour of fresh crab. Start by making the mayonnaise. Whisk the egg yolks, mustard and vinegar together in a medium bowl until smooth. Slowly pour the vegetable oil into the bowl, starting with a little drizzle and whisking well. This is easiest to do with an electric hand whisk. Continue to drizzle in the remaining oil, whisking all the time, until the mixture has thickened. Season to taste. Put the crab into a large bowl with the potatoes, spring onions, chives, lemon juice 30

and egg yolk. Season and mix everything together well. Divide the mixture into 8 portions. Dust your hands with flour and form each into a round fish-cake shape roughly measuring 8–10cm in diameter and 2cm thick. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat until hot. Drizzle with a little oil and pop the fish cakes in. Cook for 2–3 minutes on each side until golden and heated through.You may need to do this in batches, depending on how big your pan is. To serve, pop 2 crab cakes onto each plate, garnish each with watercress and a lemon wedge and serve with a dollop or a little pot of mayonnaise.

S E RVES 4 400g white crab meat 400g cooked potato, pushed through a ricer 6 spring onions, sliced small bunch of chives, chopped juice of 1/2 lemon 1 egg yolk sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 25g plain flour, for dusting olive oil, for frying For the mayonnaise 3 egg yolks 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 200ml vegetable oil sea salt and freshly ground black pepper To serve small bunch of watercress 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges


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Whisky chicken with wild mushroom & mustard sauce Heat a large, wide, non-stick sauté pan over a medium heat until hot. Add the butter and heat until melted, then add the chicken pieces, skin-side down. Season them all, then fry for about 10 minutes, until deep golden. Stir in the shallots and garlic and cook for 3–4 minutes, until starting to soften. Turn the chicken over so it’s skin-side up. Pour the whisky into the pan and bring to a bubble to burn off the alcohol. Stir in both types of mustard, then add the potatoes, mushrooms and tomatoes. Season well then stir in the stock, cover and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Cut through the thickest piece of meat and check there are no pink juices. When the chicken is cooked, pour over the double cream and stir in the parsley. Add the wild garlic to the pan and cook for around 1 minute until it’s wilted, then remove from the heat, sprinkle the flowers over the top and serve.

S E RVES 6 25g butter 1 x 2-kg chicken, jointed into 8 portions sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 shallots, diced 1 garlic clove, chopped 50ml whisky 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon grainy mustard 200g new potatoes, halved 100g wild mushrooms 4 medium tomatoes, quartered 750ml chicken stock 75ml double cream small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, chopped small bunch of wild garlic, plus wild garlic flowers to serve


espite being within Sheffield's border, the Strines Inn could be a world away. Nestled amongst breathtaking moorland scenery, it is one of the local landmarks in the Peak District National Park.

Originally a manor house, it was built in 1275 for the Worrall family, although most of the present day structure is 16th Century. After becoming an Inn in 1771 when John Morton leased the property from the Worrall's, it got its name from an Olde English word meaning the meeting of water, quite appropriate as nowadays it overlooks the Strines Reservoir. In the height of Summer the Inn attracts hundreds of visitors on a daily basis. The glorious sunshine and stunning views perfectly compliment the excellent food and drink available, with many dishes being homemade. The Strines Inn is also famous for its numerous peacocks, the previous Landlord having introduced several pairs twenty years ago, there are now over thirty of them. There is also accommodation available for those people looking to escape for a few days to relax. All rooms have Four poster beds and En-Suite facilities.





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Bread & butter pudding with cherry compote The keys to a great bread and butter pudding have to be the egg and egg yolk combo, the cooking time and temperature of the oven.Too many eggs and it tastes eggy, too hot an oven and the mix will soufflé and split, too long in the oven and it will be too firm. When made right, it’s a great dessert and one that should be on menus around the country. By the way, Paul Ainsworth doesn’t make a bad one at Number 6 in Padstow. Preheat the oven to 150°C (130°C fan)/300°F/gas 2. Butter each slice of bread on one side only, then cut off the crusts. Slice each piece in half diagonally to make 2 triangles. Lay them in a 30 x 20cm ovenproof dish, overlapping each slice as you go. To make the custard, put the eggs and egg yolks into a large bowl and add the sugar and vanilla bean paste. Whisk together to break down the eggs then pour in the milk and cream and continue to whisk until smooth. Pour as much of the mixture over the bread as possible to cover and set aside to soak for about 20 minutes – you won’t use all the custard at this stage. Keep topping up with more custard until all of it has been poured into the dish. 32

Transfer to the oven and bake for 35–40 minutes. The pudding should be bubbling hot but not necessarily golden brown. To make the compote, put the cherries and sugar into a saucepan. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar then bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and pour into a bowl. Dust the bread and butter pudding with the icing sugar and use a blow torch to caramelise the sugar or place it under a hot grill for a couple of minutes. Spoon into bowls and serve with the compote alongside.

S E RVES 6 – 8 100g butter, at room temperature 1 loaf medium-sliced white bread 4 eggs 8 egg yolks 200g caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste 300ml milk 300ml double cream 2 tablespoons icing sugar For the compote 200g cherries, pitted 50g caster sugar

Extracted from James Martin’s Great British Adventure by James Martin (Quadrille, £25) Photography © Peter Cassidy








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10 THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T HIDE FROM YOUR GP AND WHY 3. Sharp pain in head or eyes.

“Being open to your GP about any health worries is really important. Some things may seem a little embarrassing for us to talk about but remember that doctors have seen it all countless times and having an examination or showing your doctor a lump may just save your life. If you have something that doesn’t feel or look quite right, always book an appointment and tell your GP all your symptoms, so they can either help or put your mind at ease. Here are some things you should never hide from your GP.

1. Unexplained weight loss. It is important for everyone to monitor their weight, and noticing an unexpected change in weight should not be overlooked. Unexplained weight loss for example is a symptom associated with type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that 1 in 17 people in the UK have diabetes – diagnosed and undiagnosed. If type 2 diabetes goes untreated it can lead to various health problems such as kidney damage, eye damage and increases the risk of heart disease. So, if you feel you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed, we encourage you to contact your GP talk about these problems as soon as possible. 2. Feeling faint or fainting. Feeling faint or fainting is relatively common, and most people have experienced this feeling at least once in their lifetime. Fainting or syncope is caused by a temporary reduction of blood flow and/ or oxygen to the brain. It is often caused by a trigger which may be something like an unpleasant sight, heat, shock, standing up suddenly or dehydration. However, there are some more serious conditions which may trigger you to faint or feel faint such as neurological conditions or diabetes. For this reason, a fainting episode is always best discussed with your GP. 34

A sharp pain in the eyes or head is usually nothing to be too concerned over and may be linked to medical problems such as sinusitis or a migraine. Still seek medical advice if you find yourself experiencing these symptoms because in rare cases you could be at risk for seizures, blood clots and brain damage.

warfarin to name just two and aren’t always as holistic as they seem. Always check with your GP if the supplements you wish to take are ok for you.

4. If you are overly stressed.

8. Whether you smoke or not.

Although we all experience stress throughout our lives and a little stress is good for us, sometimes things can feel overwhelming. Too much stress is a major health issue that can put you at risk of heart attack, stroke and mental health issues, as well as affect your relationships and work. It is important to share this with your doctor because they be able to find ways to help you cope. 5. Lumps, bumps and moles. Although most lumps and bumps are normal, it is important to always get them checked by your GP especially if they grow in shape or size, become painful or red and if they are found in specific areas such as the breasts or testicles. 6. Blood in stool or urine. Although finding blood in your stool is relatively common, it is always something you should flag with your GP. Rectal bleeding can be a sign of bowel cancer, and therefore should always be checked. Similarly, blood in urine is also something you must discuss with your GP, even if it has only happened once and you have no other symptoms. Also if you find you are passing stools or urinating very frequently, straining whilst you urinate or have a feeling that you haven’t completely emptied your bladder, visit your GP to get things checked out. 7. Taking herbal supplements. Although herbal supplements may seem harmless, they can cause adverse side effects and there is little evidence to show that many of them actually work. Supplements can also worryingly interfere with other medicines such as chemotherapy and

By Dr Riccardo Di Cuffa, Director and GP at Your Doctor

Those that deny to health professionals that they smoke typically tend to be the occasional or ‘social smoker’. By only smoking here and there you are still putting your health at severe risk. If you smoke at all then you are a smoker no matter how few cigarettes you smoke. By letting your GP know they can provide you with the necessary advice if you wish to give up and you are far more likely to be able to get rid of the habit entirely. Smoking causes 84% of lung cancer related deaths in the UK. 9. You take sleeping pills. These days we are often not sleeping enough and in order to function and feel our best, some of us turn to sleeping pills. Never take them without medical guidance or buy them off the internet. It is important to also understand that they can cause constipation, diarrhoea, daytime drowsiness and dizziness and there are risks associated with sleeping tablets including addiction and long term health issues. There are alternative ways to help with sleep, so seek advice from a GP before taking sleeping pills or let your GP prescribe the right ones. 10. How much alcohol you drink. Both men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week. It is important to note that these units should be spread over the course of the week rather than being consumed at once on the weekend! Drinking in moderation is ok but drinking too much can cause damaging effects to your heart and liver disease and is associated with cancer. If you’re worried you drink too much, try having dry days; dry January may be something you should try. Tell your GP so they can help support you.

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