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

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


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

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

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

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have turned into “sardine specials” with passengers cramped and standing in a small number of carriages. The plan may mean, though, much better and easier journeys for many, and the opening up of areas which currently struggle for direct transport. I suppose we shall see exactly what it involves as 2018 unfolds. For me, though, the plan transports me back to the regular train journeys when I was young and each Summer we journeyed to my mother’s home town of Swansea in South Wales and the glorious Mumbles’ coast. As the miles clicked by and all the little stations took us nearer to our destination, my Mum’s Welsh accent got broader and broader and we all became more relaxed. Trains do that. They allow you to sit back and consider life. And if this new plan promotes easier, stress-free travel then it will definitely be a move in the right direction.

Here is the news – and it’s actually true WE’VE all heard plenty about “fake news” over the last year or two and how information can be manipulated especially via social media. As a journalist, I’m always horrified that anyone will accept spurious stories on face-value because I’ve had a working life of checking and re-checking information before it goes out to the public. It’s just all too easy to see something online and take it as true because someone else has put it out there. Commonsense, really, dictates that we should question the source and try to verify it but sometimes I guess we just can’t be bothered. All of which is why it’s good news that, according to a report from Ofcom – the UK’s communications’ regulator - children are becoming increasingly savvy about fake news on social media. More than half of youngsters aged 12 to 15 use Facebook and Twitter to access news online. Often, they click on stories that have been recommended by “friends” in their network or by users they “follow”. They like to access news in this way. Now, however, they are becoming more selective about trusting these articles. The majority are making an effort to check out these items for veracity, possibly with other news’ sources, and are also checking if it was published by an organisation they can trust. This is very heartening, especially as, if they do discover an item is fake, they will often alert parents or another family member and may post comments telling others that it’s false. All we need now is for adults to follow their lead and question news’ sources, relevance and accuracy and we’ll raise news’ reporting standards at a stroke.

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South West Coast, Torquay Abbey Lawn Hotel

A stunning seaside resort located in Devon, Torquay is a jewel in the English Riviera. The iconic palm trees and international marina could fool you into thinking you were in the Mediterranean!

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South Coast, Eastbourne Imperial Hotel

Eastbourne, of Saxon origin, is an unspoilt elegant Victorian seaside resort. Nestling under the Sussex Downs it enjoys a very clement climate all year round, it has one of the top sunshine records in the UK and offers a variety of ways for you to unwind and relax.

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Shanklin, Isle of Wight Ocean View Hotel

Located on the historical Isle of Wight, Shanklin is home to our very own Ocean View Hotel. The Isle of Wight has captured the hearts of many household names we all know and love today, from Winston Churchill, Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens to the Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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Ostend is the largest and most popular resort on the Belgian North Sea coast with fine sandy beaches stretching for miles with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

The former Greek colony of Roses stretches between the sea and the mountains in the northern area of Costa Brava. The town is popular for its splendid beaches.

The Black Forest or Schwarzwald, is one of the most beautiful regions of Germany, bordered by the Rhine to the west. A wonderfully picturesque region.

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Lake Garda

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The sheer splendour of Italy’s largest lake is legendary. Charming waterside resorts and villages lie sheltered before a stunning backdrop of mountain scenery.

Tuscany is a remarkable region of unspoilt beauty where historic cities and ancient villages lie amidst rolling green hills. Our base is the famous spa town of Montecatini.

Lake Como is regarded as one of the most spectacular of all Italian Lakes and the deepest in Italy, with pretty villages that line its shore.

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✓ 7 nights dinner bed and breakfast at the Hotel Sole ✓ 1 night bed and breakfast in Reims ✓ Visits to Verona, Venice & The Dolomites

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sponsored by Accommodation is in compact, en-suite cabins of varying configurations – again, all combinations happily satisfied. Breakfast of the hearty continental variety and a tasty 3 course dinner, using produce bought en route, was served onboard each day. We were introduced to the ‘packed’ lunch by our charming Italian crew: essentially cheese, cold meats, fruit, chocolate bars and rolls were provided each morning so you could create your own picnic to eat along the way. Although it must be said that we stopped each day near cafes, so there was always the chance to have a plate of pasta or pizza instead.

Bspoke Tours – Bike and Boat By Jennie Carr from Silver Travel Advisor The best things in life are so often simple, and so it is with Bspoke Tours and their Bike and Boat trip in Italy, cycling from Venice to Mantua. Take a large converted barge, many bicycles (some electric), an international group of passengers of all ages, great Italian food, a hilarious and charming crew and two expert guides for a week of cycling along the mighty River Po. You cycle along the rivers during the day, meeting the boat late afternoon, for a short cruise to an evening destination, where you take a walk for cultural points of interest, have dinner onboard and then repeat again tomorrow! It’s a recipe that’s attractive to couples, single travellers and families – we had three generations on our trip, which was in total a small group of around 30. We travelled with Italians, Swiss, Brits, Germans, Canadians and Americans. What’s more the cycling is flat, a word I like in relation to bicycles. Distance I can do, hills I’m not keen on. Everyone is provided for – the ebikes a real bonus for older legs and



clever tandems, where a child’s bike can couple (and de-couple) easily from an adult bike for younger legs. Our age range of 7 and a half (most important) to 82 worked beautifully!

This trip is a variation of the escorted tour (a self-guided option is available) and as always in this situation, much depends on your guides. Our Dutch, endlessly energetic and efficient Hugo, proficient in all languages needed (at least 5!) and a positive walking Wiki on this route was partnered by Italian, friendly Frederico – a European version of Little and Large, if I’m honest! We were delighted to leave the planning and logistics in their highly capable hands, we woke up and did as instructed – a holiday in itself. And I must highly commend the ‘extras’ which we were not expecting, walks around


the destinations where we moored, full of interest and information. I’m always humbled by in-depth knowledge – Hugo had it in spades! We hit the trail on day 3, having spent time in Venice on foot on the day before. The boat left Venice, in the mist, very evocative, with a parting glance at St Mark’s from the water. We headed to the island Litorale di Lido, playground of the rich and famous, glamourous and sophisticated, as could be seen from the fabulous houses. Mornings started briskly at about 8am for breakfast and ‘packed’ lunch

making, with seats in the saddle being taken by 9am at the latest! The 7.57am to Marylebone it was not. A pitstop at a beach café and then on to ferry for 5 minutes to Pellestrina, with an entirely different atmosphere: it is a working fisherman’s island with scores of trawlers along the promenade. You sense not much has changed here in generations. Just one bar was open for lunchtime drinks, the siesta is still an essential part of life here. The cycling was easy along well marked trails or almost empty roads. We picked up the boat and sailed to Chioggia, for an afternoon walk in the sunshine. The town has an impressive fishing fleet and is a combination of working port, with a charming town. Our evening routine then followed: shower and change, pre-dinner drinks on the sun deck, a hilarious explanation of the meal by our Italian chefs (a career in TV must surely be waiting!) and then we ate companionably at three long tables, a set menu with variations for any with ‘dietary requirements’.

Good value local wines (including a very decent Amarone), beer and soft drinks were available and paid for at the end of the trip. We took a further evening stroll in Chioggia, although bed was calling after all the fresh air and exercise! No sluggards on this trip, and we were excited to enjoy what each day would bring. Hugo’s enthusiasm, the jolly exchanges with our companions and the sheer glory of Italy, fresh air and exercise made this week filled with pleasure and many happy memories, and remarkably free of any aches and pains.

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Why not join one of our Quality Door to Door Coach Tours? We pick- up at your door in most of the Greater Manchester area. We visit every part of the UK from the Shetland Islands to Cornwall. Our drivers are very experienced mature individuals with a wealth of knowledge about our wonderful country. We do city breaks, historic adventures, scenic tours, train rides, boat rides, canal trips, not forgetting our numerous coastal resorts. On your first day of travel we pick you up at your front door at a pre-arranged time in a minibus or taxi. You are then transferred to a central meeting point, either Birch Services or Poplar Services dependant upon where you live, where the coach is waiting for you. Within 15 to 30 minutes you’re on your way aboard our luxury coach travelling directly to your holiday destination, making suitable stops en-route. The hotels that we use are of a 3 or 4 star standard or occasionally a good quality family run 2 star hotel. Upon your return to either Birch Services or Poplar your taxi or minibus is waiting to whisk you home.

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Blackpool Doric Hotel Blackpool is Britain’s most loved holiday destination, which should come as no surprise when you think about the huge range of attractions available all year round, as well as the new seafront, world class events and spectacular lighting shows.

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Lytham & St Annes LINDUM HOTEL The seaside towns of Lytham and St Annes have a wide choice of places to eat and stay, a fantasic events programme throughout the year. Experience the wide open sandy beaches of St Anne’s with its traditional pier, beach huts, mini links golf, or the pretty green and historic windmill on Lytham Green offering views across to Southport and even North Wales on a clear sunny day.

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Coast to Coast and the ‘Jacobite Express’ ALEXANDRA HOTEL This exciting two-centre tour provides the perfect opportunity to explore the wonderful scenery of the west coast of Scotland, the delights of the east coast and so much more in between.

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Scarborough THE ESPLANADE HOTEL Scarborough enjoys an unrivalled position as one of Britain’s premier coastal resorts yet also lies tantalising close to North Yorkshire’s rugged National Park. On this holiday you can enjoy the golden beaches, superb parks and gardens and a wide range of leisure amenities which have given Scarborough its justifiable reputation, as well as the natural beauty and historical heritage of Yorkshire.

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Bournemouth MAYFAIR HOTEL The jewel of Britain’s South Coast, Bournemouth is a vibrant and colourful resort with miles of sandy beaches and panoramic views of the coastline, as well as a cosmopolitan and cultural town centre with hundreds of restaurants and bars that come alive long after the sun has gone down.

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Debbie Harry

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


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

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


Blondie in 1977

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

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

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


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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.

lifestyle you dreamed of by having this improvement in light and space.” There are many varying styles of both available and, again, choose your supplier carefully. Go online and study

“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 “Conservatories and orangeries are also very popular these days,” says Allyson, ”and you can often finally achieve the


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.

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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 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? Follow this simple formula to give you a good starting point. For example a room 4 meters by 3 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.

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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? If the room is used for several different functions and occasions, or is a large 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. And now spring is here and the days get longer property maintenance tends to be foremost in people’s minds, with lighter mornings and evenings any failed double glazed units (Misty Glass) become more obvious.

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HOME Spruce up your space Again, before your guests arrive, take a few hours to spruce up your space. You’ll be a much more relaxed host if you’re not kicking things under the sofa or apologising for the state of the kitchen if you’ve given it the once-over. So, do the little things you’ll be grateful for later: empty the dishwasher so it’s good to go when you need it, and take the bin out so you have a fresh liner for the night. If you’re hosting a film night, make sure the sofa is clean and that the cushions are well-plumped up. Lay out snacks on your coffee table

Hosting the Perfect Night in: How to Impress Your Guests Whether you’re hosting a movie night or a dinner, there’s a series of steps you can take to ensure your guests remember it for all the right reasons. If you’re a novice (or simply want some confirmation that you’re on the right track), here’s how to pull off the perfect night in…

you’re a pro at rustling up spaghetti and meatballs, don’t be afraid to serve steaming mountains of the meal. Make your meatballs and sauce ahead of time, ensure your water is hot and wellsalted, and just spent 10 minutes in the kitchen cooking your pasta and plating it up when it’s time to eat.

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Ensure you have plenty of side dishes – even if it’s just a great salad and some garlic bread – as well as something to cater for any dietary requirements your guests might have. And remember – it’s better to overfeed your guests than have any of them go hungry.

Start by making a list of everything you need, and shopping for it the day ahead of your event. That will help to keep your stress levels to an absolute minimum, and will ensure you’ve left yourself a full day to run to the shops to get whatever it is you end up forgetting. Choose your menu carefully Whether you’re just having friends over for a movie night or are entertaining a crowd for dinner, you’re going to be serving food of some sort. If it’s the former, make sure you’ve stocked up on all the traditional movie night essentials such as popcorn and other tasty snacks. But if you’re hosting a dinner party? You’re going to need to do it properly. A dinner party is no time to try out a new recipe, so do yourself a favour by cooking your signature dish – if


Chill your wine There’s nothing more theatrical than swinging open the French doors on your fridge to reveal the stash of wine you’ve been chilling all day, so plan well ahead of time by cooling down your white wine and beer ahead of guests arriving. Don’t forget to chill some soft drinks too, as it’s likely someone will be drinking lemonade or Diet Coke.

Snacks are a great idea, as not only will they stave off hunger, they’ll also soak up the alcohol your guests are drinking. So, fill up your coffee table with crisps, nuts, olives and anything else that’s easy to pour into a bowl. Then, on a corner table, set out wine, beer, a corkscrew and some glasses: let your guests know they can help themselves in case you forget to top everyone up. Have a loosely structured plan Are you planning on serving dinner in your open plan kitchen diner? Will you be staying at the table for card games and wine afterwards? Or are you retiring to the living room for a movie? Have some idea of what’s happening next. But, don’t worry about making the night perfect: someone often ends up sharing YouTube videos if they come across a laptop, so just let it flow. Leave the tidying until tomorrow Finally, don’t let your guests lift a finger (unless they’re related to you). And try to leave the mess until the morning, or at least until your guests have gone – they won’t appreciate feeling like they’re cluttering up your home, and this kind of etiquette goes a long way in making a positive lasting impression.

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GARDEN maintenance and protect the stone. Unlike reconstituted stone, the colour and texture run right the way through the paver so jetwashing can clean the paving, removing algae, without damaging the appearance of the surface. When purchasing natural stone, be aware of the ethical trading policies of the supplier, there are several schemes which support the responsible quarrying and transportation of material. Design Tip Curves are more expensive than straight lines requiring more cuts which increases wastage and labour charges. Plan the size of your terrace based on the size of paving you are going to use. For example, if your paver size is 600mm x 900mm, work in increments of 600mm to ascertain the depth of the terrace; a 4.2m terrace equates to 7 rows of pavers.

Extending your home into the Garden With space at a premium, our gardens have become an extension to the home, providing extra living space for dining, entertaining or simply to enjoy a morning coffee. The trend for open plan living and kitchens with large bi-fold doors into the garden further develops the outdoor room, with clients requiring a seamless transition between inside and outside space. When designing a garden, the hard landscaping creates the bones of the garden providing terraces, paths, walls, steps and other structures for both function and aesthetics. When selecting materials for these elements, budget is a key consideration as hard landscaping is a significant proportion of the overall cost. Which Material? Think about how much the area is going to be used, a terrace with a table and chairs needs a flat surface, a high footfall path will need a hard wearing, non-slip material, a path to an occasional bench could be constructed from a less expensive material such as bark or gravel. Natural stone paving The range of paving available to the UK market these days is vast, from natural stone, reconstituted stone and now, porcelain.


Natural stone is a popular choice due to it’s wide range of colour tones and textures, derived from the geological formation of the locality where the stone is quarried. Imported stone from India, Europe and further afield has made natural stone more affordable with sandstone, slate and granite being widely available. Finishes vary from the traditional riven or tumbled with raw edges and uneven surfaces, to sawn, polished stone creating sharp, uniform edges and smooth surfaces, suitable for a contemporary design. Consider the size and pattern of your paving, random sized project packs are suitable for a traditional laying pattern whilst large format pavers, laid in a uniform stretcher bond pattern suit a clean, minimalist look. If budget is key, a more contemporary feel can be achieved by combining the cheaper riven sandstone with a more modern size and pattern. Pointing also impacts on the final look of the terrace with 15mm gaps usual for traditional riven paving where the edges are uneven, going down to 5mm for sawn sandstone. Natural stone can become slippery, particularly in shady areas where algae can flourish. Most stone is porous and therefore prone to staining, a sealant can be applied to help reduce long term

Vitrified paving Porcelain and ceramic paving has increased in popularity over the last few years as advances in the technology have resulted in a paving range that is guaranteed even in our unpredictable climate. Porcelain paving offers the solution to the seamless transition between inside and outside space with the same tile being used internally and externally. The surface of the paver is produced by embossing a 3D texture during manufacture, using sophisticated technology to capture an actual image of the material the paver is mimicking whether stone, slate or wood. Good manufacturers will randomly rotate and scale these images to avoid repeat patterns. The vitrification process results in the paver being completely impermeable to liquids, the pattern should never fade, blister, crack or stain and the pavers are not affected by algae, moss or frost. No wonder then, that porcelain is the go to product for designers. However, it is pricey and more difficult to install, requiring special equipment to cut the porcelain. The cut edge exposes the core material which can be unsightly on steps and raised edges so most suppliers offer special pavers for such situations. Setts, bricks, cobbles and aggregates. The small size of setts and cobbles lend themselves to winding paths, intricate patterns and edging. A gravel path can be edged in setts, a stone circle extended with concentric rings of setts or bricks, or cobbles set in feature panels within a terrace.

Granite and sandstone setts are supplied as traditional rough setts or sawn for a sharper look and usually come in a range of sizes. When using bricks in a path or in fact generally in the garden, make sure they are frost proof. Clay pavers are designed for landscaping and come in a rich range of reds and browns. They offer the opportunity to explore laying patterns such as herringbone and basket weave. Using brick in the design scheme can be a way of picking up the house detail and so linking the house design style to the garden. Gravel is worth considering for covering large areas or low traffic areas. Don’t settle for standard pea gravel which can look utilitarian, investigate local aggregates as there are many different stones from flint and granite to limestone and slate. The softer stones such as limestone tend to break down quicker creating a fine dust, whereas flint is hard wearing but has sharp edges. Concrete Concrete technology has also moved on since the days of being considered as the poor relation to natural stone. Concrete lends itself to being moulded into interesting and unusual shapes and

bespoke features in the garden relatively simply, incorporating benches, lighting, water features, planters and screening into the design. Painting feature walls in a striking colour adds an accent to the garden in much the same way as a feature internal wall, the colour can then be picked up in the planting scheme. These walls look fabulous but they do need to be kept clean to maintain the impact over time.

the manufacturing process guarantees consistency. Concrete pavers come in a range of sizes, shapes and finishes, but don’t be fooled into thinking these ranges are cheaper than natural stone, some are sophisticated products with in-built coatings and detailed surfaces, and a price tag to match. Retaining walls If your garden is sloping or has significant changes of level, more than likely the design will require a retaining structure and probably steps. Changes of level add interest in the garden and offer a wealth of opportunities in terms of design. In order to keep within your budget, it is worth considering what to build these structures from.

More traditional styled garden designs will probably use brick or stone for retaining structures, reflecting the stone or brickwork of the house or natural stone of the local area. Picking out the detail of the brick pattern or construction of local walls and incorporating this into the garden design gives the garden a sense of place, anchoring it in the wider landscape.

If budget is tight, we tend to build from oak sleepers either laid lengthways, or on end if a curve is required. Installation is simpler because foundations are not required. Oak is preferable to softwood as it doesn’t need treating, turning an attractive silver grey with age.

Steel I’m a big fan of steel as it’s so versatile. Weathering steel turns a lovely rust tone with age, but steel is also supplied powder coated so is suitable in many different situations. All shapes and sizes can be fabricated for use as low edging to a gravel drive, bespoke sculptural shapes or retaining walls and even steps. It offers a cost-effective option for curves and can be shaped on site.

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Rousing classics with a grand flag waving British finale!

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And all your Proms favourites RULE, BRITANNIA! NESSUN DORMA LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY Samuel Sakker tenor James Cleverton baritone Joo Yeon Sir violin John Pryce–Jones conductor Manchester Concert Orchestra

Wednesday 27 December 7.30pm



The giddy romance and gilded ballrooms of old Vienna brought to life by the music of the King of the Waltz and

Audition Aria from Die Fledermaus Vienna City of my Dreams Wine, Women and Song The Blue Danube Waltz Radetsky March plus many more JOHANN STRAUSS DANCERS & ORCHESTRA in glorious costumes of the period John Rigby conductor with Corinne Cowling soprano Nicky Spence tenor

Saturday 24 February 3.00pm

ANTON AND ERIN The nation’s favourite ballroom couple return.

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Considered one of the greatest composers to come out of the 20th century, George and his brother Ira composed iconic and distinctive works. With lyrics to fit their up-tempo tunes and heartfelt ballads with a seamless finish, the pair quickly became cherished and highly acclaimed musicians across the world with a legacy that has continued to flourish for decades. This concert is filled with some of their most acclaimed works including Someone to Watch Over Me, Lady Be Good, A Foggy Day in London Town, ‘S Wonderful and the iconic Rhapsody in Blue.


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Out & About A guide to the amazing events around the region for 2018

The Plaza, Mersey Square Stockport SK1 1SP Box Office: 0161 477 7779 Friday 6th April at 7.30pm

The Searchers 1 Apr 2018 09:00 - 15:30

The Edgeley Park Stadium Antiques & Collectors Fair Shepherd & Williams present The Edgeley Park Stadium Antique and Collectors Fair, offering up to 80 stalls and a huge variety of antiques and collectables. The Edgeley Park Stadium Antique & Collectors Fair Edgeley Park Stadium, Hardcastle Road, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 9DD

The Searchers remarkable career continues. With such classic hits as, Sweets For My Sweet; Needles and Pins; Don’t Throw Your Love Away; Sugar and Spice and When You Walk In The Room , they have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world’s leading nation in the music industry. The Plaza, Mersey Square Stockport SK1 1SP Box Office: 0161 477 7779 7th April 2018

22 Apr 2018 11:00 - 16:00

Celebrating Quincy Jones

Plant Hunters' Fair at Bramall Hall

We celebrate the phenomenal success of the legendary composer, arranger, record producer, instrumentalist, film and television producer and actor, Quincy Jones. From his early beginnings as a talented trumpet player, with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra...

On Sunday April 22nd Bramall Hall will be hosting a great plant fair bringing you some of the country's most highly respected specialist nurseries including RHS medallists each with a brilliant range of plants. Bramall Hall, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 3NX 13 May 2018 11:00 - 13:00

Race for Life Stockport 5k

Hallé Concerts Society The Bridgewater Hall Lower Mosley Street Manchester, M1 5HA Box Office: 0161 907 9000

Run, jog or walk. Raise £200 or £10. THIS IS BEATING CANCER. Sign up for Race for Life RIGHT NOW. Time: 11am Ages: all Price: £9.99-£14.99 Woodbank Park, Stockport,  Lancashire, SK1 4JR Tuesday 3rd April at 7.30pm

Menopause The Musical - Adults Only

The Plaza, Mersey Square Stockport SK1 1SP Box Office: 0161 477 7779 Thursday 5th April at 11.00am and 7.30pm

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OUT & ABOUT Sunday 8th April at 2.00pm and 7.00pm

Friday 13th April at 11.00am & 7.30pm

The Green Room: TJ Higgs

Film: Sir Alec Guinness Double Bill The Lady Killers & Kind Hearts and Coronets (Cert U)

T J Higgs makes a welcome return to the intimate Art Deco surroundings of The Plaza Green Room for an evening and by special request Matinee appearance on Sunday 8th April The Plaza, Mersey Square Stockport SK1 1SP Box Office: 0161 477 7779

In two of his greatest films The Plaza is honoured to present a double bill homage to one of our nation’s greatest actors Sir Alec Guinness The Plaza, Mersey Square Stockport SK1 1SP Box Office: 0161 477 7779

Wednesday 11th April at 7.00pm

RSC Live Screening: Macbeth Our contemporary screening of the production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company. The Plaza, Mersey Square Stockport SK1 1SP Box Office: 0161 477 7779 Thursday 12th April at 7.30pm

That'll Be The Day The UK’s premier Rock & Roll production That’ll Be The Day returns with another chance to see its latest most popular show!

Fri 13, Sat 14 & Sun 15 April

Fast and Furious Live The action and excitement from one of the most popular and enduring film series of all-time 2 Fast 2 Furious will come to life at Manchester Arena from Friday 13- Sunday 15 April for this ground-breaking live-arena tour. The adrenaline-fueled, two-hour show is set to be the most spectacular live arena production ever produced. Fans will be transported straight into this immersive extension of the Fast & Furious movies. Tickets are on sale now, priced from £35.00 (booking and facility fees apply). Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1AR

The Plaza, Mersey Square Stockport SK1 1SP Box Office: 0161 477 7779

National Helpline 0800 917 7650

Alcoholics Anonymous has over 4,400 groups throughout Great Britain dedicated to helping those with a serious alcohol problem learn how to stay sober. Groups are made up of people from all walks of life and all age groups. Through friendship and mutual support, members assist each other in coping which is made easier by meeting others with the same problem. There are no dues or fees for membership and anonymity is carefully preserved. Anyone who believes they have a drink problem can contact Alcoholics Anonymous by using the helpline number above or email; Further information may be obtained from the web site above or from the General Service Office at the address below. For information: P.O. Box 1, 10 Toft Green, York. YO1 7NJ Tel: 01904 644 026


Thurs 19, Fri 20 & Sat 21 April

Michael McIntyre Britain’s biggest comedian Michael McIntyre, the global phenomenon, brings his Big World Tour to Manchester Arena. Michael McIntyre will be performing 3 dates in April. Tickets for the Thursday 19th April, Friday 20 April & Saturday 21 April shows are on sale now, priced from £25.00 (booking & venue facility fees apply).  Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1AR

Homeshare helps Sale lady stay in her own home Things could have been very different for Shirley (85), when she was diagnosed with dementia. With her family living abroad, it looked like she might have to follow the route of many dementia sufferers and go into a home. Yet thanks to an innovative new scheme called Homeshare, Shirley offered a vacant room in her home in return for a few hours a week of social support. Haylea, a volunteer with Princes Trust, heard about the scheme and was soon matched with Shirley. She said “It’s great here, I do a bit of cleaning and put the bins out for Shirley. We like to have tea and make chocolate mousse, and then I have my own life too. I live in a great place that I wouldn’t normally be able to afford”.

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Shirley’s daughter Brenda praised the scheme “It’s not easy when your relative is diagnosed with dementia. It’s even harder when you live far away like I do. Homeshare is ideal for older people whether or not they have dementia”.

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Ruth Bamber of social enterprise PossAbilities manages the scheme. She said “We are delighted about the opportunity to promote Homeshare across the region, and are looking forward to supporting more people, finding matches and making lives easier. We hope to reduce isolation and loneliness in the local area with Homeshare”.

Hallé Concerts Society The Bridgewater Hall Lower Mosley Street Manchester, M1 5HA Box Office: 0161 907 9000

We want to hear from anyone who has a spare room, could use some social support, who needs a place to live and could offer up to ten hours of support each week. We do all the matching and the safety checks. If you think you or a relative could be a Homesharer contact Ruth on 07976 812121. More information is at

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Fri 25 May

The Elvis World Tour featuring Shawn Klush & Dean Z The world's most successful Elvis tribute artiste of all time, Shawn Klush, and the incredible Dean Z are bringing their incredible show to the Manchester Arena on Friday 25 May. Tickets are on sale now and are priced from £23.00 (booking and facility fees apply). Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1AR Saturday 5th May 2018

THE KEN DODD HAPPINESS SHOW Ken Dodd's incredible and hugely successful career as a professional entertainer now spans over 60 fun-filled years and has been recognised with the Knighthood bestowed upon him in the 2017 New Year's Honours list. The Plaza, Mersey Square Stockport SK1 1SP Box Office: 0161 477 7779

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Would life be easier with an extra pair of hands? Do you have a spare room? Homeshare is ideal for those who would like a little security, just having someone around the house can be a great comfort. Would life be better with some extra help with tasks such as shopping, gardening or a trip to the pub? Would a meal be more enjoyable with someone to share it with? We could match you with the perfect homesharer!

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OUT & ABOUT Season 23 May 2018 19:00 - 20:00

Tony Warren's Coronation Street Villains Join experts in scriptwriting for a discussion of the antagonists that have populated Coronation Street over the years. The event will look at how these villains have generated conflict and meaning from the earliest days of the programme to the current crop of villains who help make the programme so memorable and dramatic. Led by Colin Muir, former Programme Leader in MA Film Screenwriting and in MA TV and Radio Scriptwriting at the University of Salford and Sarah Cassidy, MA TV and Radio Scriptwriting and currently part of this year's Liverpool Everyman Theatre Playwright Programme. £5 (plus booking fee), booking required. Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, M5 4WU Tel:0161 778 0800

fresh new cinematic, musical experience, 25 years on after the film was first released. The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester. M2 3WS. Wednesday 12th September 2018

THE BILLY JOEL SONGBOOK Following on from his highly-acclaimed reunion concerts in the USA with Billy Joel’s original touring band and now in its fifth, hugely-successful year, Elio Pace delivers this sensational and critically-acclaimed tour celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel. The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester. M2 3WS. Friday 12th October 2018

Sat 26 May 2018


Harlem Globetrotters

With 103 album releases, 123 single hits and the equivalent of 20 years spent in the UK charts, Britain’s ‘Ultimate Pop Star’ Sir Cliff Richard will be celebrating his 60th Anniversary in the music business.

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to Manchester Arena on Saturday 26 May as part of their World Tour. Tickets are on sale now and priced from £17.50 (booking and facility fees apply).  Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1AR Sunday 17th June 2018

DUSTY & THE SHADES OF THE 60S Dusty & The Shades of the 60s celebrates the life and music of one of the most iconic female artistes of our time, the legendary Dusty Springfield. The Plaza, Mersey Square Stockport SK1 1SP Box Office: 0161 477 7779 Wednesday 20th June 2018

GEORGE BENSON George Benson returns to the Bridgewater Halll to perform his Greatest Hits from his impressive back catalogue - which includes such classics as Give Me The Night, Lady Love Me (One More Time), Turn Your Love Around, Love X Love, Never Give Up On A Good Thing and In Your Eyes. The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester. M2 3WS. Saturday 1st September 2018

SISTER ACT LIVE CHOIR Sister Act fans from across the UK will be immersed in a


The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester. M2 3WS. Sunday 4th November 2018

SIMPLY SINATRA A sensational afternoon of music, song and dance celebrating Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. Matt Ford and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt are joined by a fabulous 27-piece show band and ballroom champions Chris and Emma Burrell to perform all of your favourite Sinatra hits. The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester. M2 3WS. Tuesday 6th November 2018

QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA A sensational afternoon of music, song and dance celebrating Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. Matt Ford and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt are joined by a fabulous 27-piece show band and ballroom champions Chris and Emma Burrell to perform all of your favourite Sinatra hits. O2 Apollo Theatre, Stockport Road, Ardwick Green, Manchester, M12 6AP Monday 12th November 2018

BILLY OCEAN Billy Ocean has had a load of R&B pop hits through the 70s and 80s. He won a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1985 for the hit "Caribbean Queen", then in 1987 he was also nominated for a Brit Award for Best British Male Artist The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester. M2 3WS.

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

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

Lycopene and Prostate Cancer

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

1 onion 3 garlic cloves 4 tomatoes 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 fresh red chilli 6 curry leaves 4 tbsp fresh coriander leaves 4 tbsp Greek yoghurt sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

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RUMP OF LAMB WITH PROVENÇAL VEGETABLES Lamb rump should be much more popular than it is. It’s the ideal cut of meat for 1 or 2 people, almost a mini-joint on its own. It can be simply roasted (it takes about 15 minutes), but I prefer it pot-roasted like this, as you get much more flavour. The cut comes from the top of the leg.

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1 red onion 2 large courgettes 1 aubergine 2 red peppers 3 garlic cloves 50ml olive oil 2 x 300g lamb rumps off the bone 2 large fresh thyme sprigs 125ml white wine 16 Kalamata olives 300ml tomato juice 1 tsp sugar finely grated zest of 1 lemon 4 fresh basil leaves Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas mark 3. Cut the onions into 2.5cm dice, the courgettes into 4 large chunks, and the aubergine in half lengthways, then each half into 4. Cut the pepper in half, deseed it and then cut the pieces in quarters. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Place a deep, sturdy roasting pan over a medium heat until hot and add a drizzle of oil. Add the lamb and fry until golden brown on each side, then remove from the pan and set aside. Add the onions, courgettes, aubergines, peppers and garlic to the pan and fry for 2–3 minutes. Add the whole garlic cloves and thyme and the rest of the oil


and stir well. Return the lamb to the pan on top of the vegetables and cook in the oven for 1 hour. If it starts to dry out at all, add a splash of water. Once cooked, remove and allow to rest. Place the pan back over a high heat, add the white wine and bring to the boil, then add the olives and tomato juice. Return to the boil, add the sugar and season with salt and pepper. Grate the lemon zest and tear the basil leaves straight into the pan, then stir well. Remove from the heat, divide the vegetables between the plates, then slice each lamb rump and place the slices on top.

BRAISED HALIBUT WITH CHICKPEAS AND CHORIZO Spain has some of the best ingredients in the world. Of all the amazing produce you can find in the markets there, the pork products have to be the best of the bunch. Chorizo sausage is made from pork, salt and pimentón peppers, which give it a fantastic smoky flavour and rich colour. Look out for the picante (spicy) version, and try to buy soft cooking chorizo, rather than the drycured version, which is better for slicing. Serves 4 ingredients 250g cooking chorizo 2 banana shallots 2 garlic cloves 2 fresh thyme sprigs 6 tomatoes 400g tinned chick peas, drained and rinsed 200ml white wine 500ml chicken stock 4 x 200g thick fillets halibut on the bone 2 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

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

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

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

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HEALTH but mostly we have to rely on our visual and artistic judgement. 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. Choice of Dentures

There are three main quality standards in denture materials: Denture Base Acrylics: standard quality, high impact much stronger non brittle and the latest thermoplastic. Denture Teeth: 2-layer acrylic very basic and cheap, 3-layer acrylic re-enforced much harder, 4-layer composite extra hard and natural looking. However, good materials on their own will not make good dentures. A skilful and experienced clinician and technician are required. The best results are achieved when the whole job is done by the same person.

How Long Should Dentures Last?

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


take longer to digest, especially for the elderly who could risk problems in the digestive system.

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

The question we should ask is, how long will my dentures be functional for? Dentures can last twenty or more years, but will lose their function (chewing ability, proper fit etc.) probably after two years. This will depend on many factors: 1. Quality of dentures. 2. Age of Patient. 3. General health of patient. 4. Any drastic change in weight.

Dentures Need Regular Servicing Dentures are in constant use almost 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are also in a pretty hostile environment in the mouth, being attacked by strong acid, bacteria, hot, cold and spicy food. Denture material absorbs liquids and food odour. Daily cleaning is essential as well as professional ultrasonic cleaning in a dental laboratory at least once a

year. Due to constant bone resorbtion dentures will become loose sooner or later.

Every dentist can make dentures, but not all of them will specialise in denture making.

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.

Denturists will take the greatest care to make your dentures look natural and fit properly. They can give you and your dentures the time and attention you deserve.

Have your dentures inspected by a dentist or denturist at least every two years, or more frequently if necessary.


Your Dentures need Attention 1. When they become loose. 2. When teeth or denture base discolours.

3. When tooth surfaces become flat. 4. When denture base does not fit around natural teeth (in partial dentures).

3. Have a new set made every 5 years if possible. 4. Keep a spare set for emergencies. 5. Remember, dentures do not have to hurt and do not need to be uncomfortable. 6.

1. Clean your dentures daily with a denture brush and denture cream.

With a new set of dentures, you should receive a written guarantee, a detailed prescription of the materials used in your dentures, cleaning and servicing instructions, and a cleaning kit.

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Dentures with worn down teeth Teeth can be replaced with a new set. Major improvements in Facial Features Padding dentures to reduce lines and fill up sunken cheeks will require a new set of dentures. It is advisable to have a new set of dentures made every 5 to 10 years.

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It’s important. If you’re aged 60-74 and registered with a GP, the kit arrives by post every 2 years.

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No one knows what the future holds and our circumstances change throughout our lives. There’s always a good reason to make or update your Will but, surprisingly, only a third of adults who die in Britain are covered by one. It’s human nature to put off thinking about dying and what will happen after we’ve gone. But making a Will is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family and loved ones, and it’s actually a really simple process. Many people don’t know that if you die without a Will, your family and loved ones won’t be able to decide what happens to your estate. This will be decided by the law according to certain rules, called the rules of intestacy. That means that the people you would want to leave an inheritance to may not receive anything, and it can make a difficult time even harder for them. If you live with your partner and you’re not married, things can get even more complicated. Having a Will makes sure that you are the one who decides what happens to your personal possessions, and it can prevent disagreement about who inherits what from your estate. But it’s not just about dividing up your estate. Making a Will also means that it’s you, not the courts, who decides who will look after your children, what will happen if you own a business, what sort of funeral you’ll have, how you can avoid or reduce inheritance tax, and how you can continue to support any charities that are important to you. St Ann’s Hospice runs a Will Week every year, and it’s a brilliant opportunity to get your affairs in order and gain peace of mind. Around 40 local solicitors are taking part this year, and they have very kindly agreed not to charge you their usual fee. Instead, they’re asking you to make a donation to St Ann’s, a local charity providing care for people across Greater Manchester who are affected by life-limiting illnesses, as well as their families, loved ones and carers.

Francesca Breakspear is a local solicitor at mosshaselhurst in Wilmslow, who have supported our Will Week for a number of years. Here, she tells us why this is a great opportunity, both for you and for St Ann’s. “Working as a solicitor I see first-hand the impact of how important getting your personal affairs in order can be. Something as simple as making a Will can really provide peace of mind. By making a Will you can chose who will administer your estate, who will be the guardians for any minor children, you can specify funeral wishes and also who is to receive your estate when you do pass away. Knowing that your wishes will be carried out is so important, no matter what your stage of life or situation. “Lots of people are concerned about how much work might be involved in making a Will, but it’s actually a really easy process and as solicitors, we’re here to help and guide you through the different stages and paperwork. “St Ann’s Will Week is a really good time for you to make your Will, as you’ll be benefitting a fantastic local charity, as well as yourself. Myself and all the other local solicitors involved are waiving our usual fees, and asking you to make a donation to St Ann’s instead. “I choose to support St Ann’s in this way because my Nan was a patient there. The staff were absolutely amazing, from the care that she received but also the support that they offered to us as family. I have also taken part in other fundraising activities that have been run by the hospice, such as the Manchester Midnight Walk.”

The St Ann’s Hospice Will Week is 12th - 16th March 2018, and it’s really easy to take part. Please get in touch with us on 0161 498 3631 or We’ll send you a pack, including a list of participating solicitors near you. Simply make an appointment with your chosen one, complete the donation envelope we’ll also send you, and take it along to your meeting. The solicitors are giving up their time to support us, and they’d like you to give a donation equal to their normal charges for making a Will. Every donation helps us to continue providing our services, free of charge, to local patients and their loved ones.

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Stockport & trafford issue 54  

Local magazine for the over 50s include, leisure, lifestyle, finance

Stockport & trafford issue 54  

Local magazine for the over 50s include, leisure, lifestyle, finance