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Frank Mangna’s guide to losing weight As a Personal trainer/ Fitness Motivator, I have seen and

also be linked to being overweight. The risk for these diseases

worked with so many different people/clients who have

increases more as your BMI (Body mass index) elevates.

been affected by weight gain and obesity. To give you a

Many people don’t understand that being excessively

real insight and first hand information on the physical and

overweight can cause some serious psychological and social

psychological effects of being overweight, I have invited my

problems for the individuals. People who are overweight

client, Jo Lally to share her journey and experience later on

are subjected to some form of judgement or criticism from

in this article.

teachers, strangers, family or even

The main cause of obesity and being overweight is the

friends. They experience sneers and remarks in their

lack of balance between calorie consumption and calorie

everyday lives. This behaviour is propagated by the social

expenditure. Eating an increased amount of energy-dense

belief that obese people lack self-discipline and have some

foods which are high in calories, together with the lack of

form of moral weakness.

regular physical activity/exercise will result in excessive

Most obese people feel self-conscious and believe that they

weight gain. Changing from being sedentary to living an

are being taken for granted. They end up being enclosed and

active lifestyle will help you to lose weight.

lack in social or active environments. Living with this mindset

Being overweight can cause cardiovascular diseases (e.g.

and these experiences everyday for many years, leads to

heart disease), diabetes, breathing difficulties, strokes and

depression, low self-esteem, anxiety and possible mental

musculoskeletal disorders like osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis


is a highly disabling degenerative disease which affects the joints. Some cancers like endometrial, breast and colon can

Jo Lally is a well known writer who has written books on critical thinking, she is also the director of Thinking Global Education. I have worked with Jo for a few years and she has been battling tirelessly with the physical and psychological effects of losing weight.

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believes that I can be healthy even when I don’t, and he carries me through the bad times with that belief. He’s not perfect. He sometimes (quite often) shouts and he has made me cry a few times. He also has terrible taste in music, and I want to kick him in the head. But I can partly thank Frank for the fact that now I actually could kick him in the head – so long as he stood still and waited for it. About four years ago I was grinding along on the treadmill, wishing I was anywhere but in the gym, when I saw Frank holding pads while a young woman punched and kicked them. I wanted to do that too. So I started working with Frank. Now I go to spin classes, do weights and use the punch bag at Studio Red Fitness. Frank always has time to check how I’m getting on or have a chat. Because of the Read more about Jo’s Journey and experience below.

confidence that Frank helped me gain, I’ve joined a Tae

I’ve been overweight since puberty. I can’t remember

Kwon Do club. I recently gained my blue belt – about half

being naturally slim in a healthy way I can remember being

way to a black belt. Me!

bullied for being fat. Eating sweets and chocolate to hide.

I’m still on a journey, and parts of that journey are going

Hating myself for not being perfect. Diving further into food

to be hard. I’m still a heavyweight. My clothes range from

to hide from the feelings. Being fat became who I was, so

size 18 – 22, and sometimes the need to force feed myself is

finding a way of being healthy has been a real struggle for

overwhelming. But I’m fit and strong, and I’ve found exercise


that I enjoy. And I know that Frank will be there to help me

A couple of times in my early twenties I did get thin – I used to cycle twenty miles, eat cake mixture and throw up.

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unattractive one with no social skills, so I hadn’t learned how

to deal with male attention. A couple of bad experiences later, the weight piled back on. For most of my adult life I have been obese, varying between a size 26 and a size 32. I’ve worked with Personal trainers who have been good and helpful, but most of them have focused on just, ‘Eat salad and work out.’ It makes me want to scream. I’m not stupid – I KNOW what I need to do. The problem is that I can’t make myself do it – and I even work quite hard to sabotage any efforts I do make. For the last few years I have been working with Frank. Frank is different because he understands that you have to address the mental reasons why people make themselves overweight. He’s tremendously motivational, he’s intelligent and funny, and he makes me laugh. Most importantly, he

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Has your house got the ‘Home Appeal’? Congratulations! You made the big decision to sell your home. Well, whether you are just about to phone your estate agent to begin the process or have been trying for some time to unsuccessfully to get that sale, I encourage you to read on. What is the most common mistake sellers make? The answer is fairly simple: they assume that, because they are comfortable in their own home and love it just the way it is, a prospective buyer will feel the same way. Nothing could be further from the truth. Buyers need to be able to visualise themselves and their things in a home, before even thinking of making an offer. They have to be able to see it as theirs not yours. “First impressions are often what make or break a sale” By following a few simple, common-sense tips….you will be able to get the highest and best price for your home and get it fast. Exteriors: ‘Kerb Appeal’ is critical when selling your house, don’t ever underestimate the importance of how it looks from the outside. What use is a perfect designerstyle interior, if the outside of your house is so scruffy that prospective buyers drive right past. Are the boundaries clear? Invest in some fencing, a brick wall or hedging plants. Mow the lawn, tidy the edges and prune trees that block the view of the house. Even invest in some attractive bedding plants. Make sure the paintwork is in good repair, mend broken guttering and think about painting or re-varnishing the front door. Cleaning windows can make a huge difference too. Entrances: Stepping into the entrance hall will create a lasting impression on your potential buyer. Remember the hall is the space that sets the mood for the rest of the house. First of all remove any clutter. Having done that, look at the walls, strongly patterned wallpaper or bold colours can be overpowering and feel claustrophobic. Paint in a neutral shade where possible.

Maximise the available light, by cleaning windows and adding a well-placed mirror. Remember too, it’s not an art gallery, don’t overcrowd it with pictures and personal photos. Reception Rooms: Get rid of all of the junk! Old magazines, bags of knitting, children’s toys – everything must go. Remove all evidence of your pets and any lingering smells. Weed out crowded bookshelves, the same goes for that CD and DVD collection. If shelves, like rooms, look crowded, it gives the impression that there isn’t enough storage space. If you’ve made a bold statement with your choice of wallpaper or paint, it makes sense to redecorate in a neutral colour.

Kitchens: The kitchen is probably the biggest selling ticket you’ve got, so make the most of it! As with every room: remove all superficial clutter, including those jolly fridge magnets, letters on the fridge door and all evidence of your children and your hectic social life. Then you must clean, clean and clean again! These days people want light, bright, spacious kitchens, so if you have used a strong wall colour, it would be wise to repaint in a safe neutral colour subtly echoing the colour in the tiles or curtains. Work space is at a premium, so double check that you’ve cleared the worktops of all inessential items, thought a bowl of fruity or a vase of flowers can make a nice finishing touch. Disguise a well-used kitchen table with a table cloth or a length of colourful PVC and make sure that the waste bin is empty. Bedrooms: Always remember the importance of the master bedroom! A buyer won’t want a room which leaves their nerves jangling from the unexpected combinations of bright colours, or one that gives the impression of being in ‘a storeroom with a bed squeezed in the corner’. Once again, it’s a question of clearing all the clutter out of the way, and creating the illusion of space and calm.

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Having cleared the room, look at it objectively. What will the colours say to another person? It only takes a lick of paint to turn your funky choice of wallpaper into something more neutral. A fresh new rug can add a splash of colour to the room, as well as cover up any bits of carpet that have seen better days. Bathrooms: It is absolutely essential that your bathroom gets the same TLC treatment. Make the room as clean as possible. Clean the bath, basin and lavatory for all you are worth. For tiles, clean the grouting between them, remove any lime-scale marks, and replace any missing ones. Paint the walls a soft, light colour, and double check the flooring, too. Grubby toothpaste stained carpet is a real turn-off, as is curling linoleum. It may be worthwhile replacing it. Again remove all the clutter, including your well used toothbrush and collection of shampoos and deodorants. Get rid of what you can and hide the rest in a basket or medicine cabinet on the wall. Gardens: It’s easy to overlook a garden, when selling a house, but it can be a huge asset. It should be seen as another room, which can be enjoyed just as much.

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Record crowds for James Blunt at this year’s Wickham Festival James Blunt helped to make this year’s festival the best yet, according to organisers The international superstar drew a record crowd of 7,000 on the opening night and gave a stunning 90-minute show to delight fans who braved the rain. His presence also boosted the profile of the festival drawing fans from as far away as America and Australia to the tiny Hampshire village. Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “The festival has been a fantastic success, our best ever with record ticket sales and record numbers of fans. “Getting James Blunt was a real coup and really put Wickham on the map. He was a delight to work with and made a point of saying how much he enjoyed the festival. He really put on a superb show which thrilled not just his diehard fans but also those less familiar with his music. “It has given us a real problem for next year because how

with the clearing up. “It is a massive undertaking but well worth it when you see so many people enjoying the unique atmosphere of this festival. We were unlucky to have a real deluge of rain just before we were due to open but we were very lucky with the weather after that. “We put down a carpet of straw which made the surface very pleasant and after that we did not have a problem with mud at all. The feedback we have received has been hugely positive so we hope to see everyone back in 12 months.” Next year’s festival will be a week earlier, Aug 6-9, and those who book before September 1 can save £50 as well as having the chance to win a t-shirt signed by James Blunt. Contact for details.

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Wickham festival’s most exciting line-up yet Sophie Merritt gives her low-down on this year’s festival Wickham Festival goers may have been caught in a

The former Army captain, who was born just outside of

downpour this weekend, but their spirits were not dampened

Hampshire said: “It felt like coming home and it was a

as the event played host to its most exciting line-up yet.

fantastic atmosphere. The crowd were amazing.”

Thursday saw international superstar James Blunt headline

“After playing some huge arenas on the Moon Landing tour,

the 7,000 capacity festival, proving to be an explosive start to

it was really nice to play a smaller, more intimate concert and

the 4-day family event.

to get close to the fans. I loved it.”

Clad in an astronaut jumpsuit, the pop star took to the main stage as crowds bulged out of the big top. Having just returned from the European leg of his Moon Landing world tour, Blunt admitted it was a highlight to play to those who, he said, have supported him from the beginning.

included The Lightning Seeds, Steve Earl & The Dukes and Bellowhead, with a huge variety of other musicians appearing on the second and acoustic stages. But the festival didn’t only have music to offer – quirky stalls selling clothing, accessories and other oddities lined the

The singer wowed the audience with his set comprising of top hits including Goodbye My Lover and the lead single from 2013’s Moon Landing – Bonfire Heart. And if that wasn’t exciting enough for the crowd, his impromptu stage dive and crowd surfing session definitely did the trick. Of course though, the biggest reaction of the night came when Blunt played his 2005 smash hit, You’re Beautiful, spurring everyone watching to sing along at the top of their lungs.

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Hamble over the years Ian Underdown, who is Chairman of the Hamble Local History Society and has lived in Hamble all his life, tells us that prior to the early 1900s it was a small village with a significant maritime heritage. As early as 1346 Hamble supplied 7 ships & 117 mariners for the Battle of Crecy and in the 1700s it built sailing vessels for the Royal Navy. Various maritime activities and agriculture provided its residents with employment. In the 1800s it was an important fishing community and in 1842 it supplied 90,000 lobsters and crabs to the metropolitan markets. Most of its shellfish was not caught locally but brought from the West Country, Ireland, France and Norway.

Regattas at Hamble can be traced back to 1868 and have provided its residents and mariners with enjoyment and prize money over the years. It developed into a large event in the area with royalty attending in the 1870s. These regattas included sailing, rowing and various aquatic events such as walking a greasy pole over the water to win a pig in a basket at the end.

From the late 1880s to the Second World War, Luke Brothers built all sizes of yachts and motorboats up to 70ft and also offered its customers boat maintenance, moorings, mud berths, ashore storage and chandlery. After the Second World War the Fairey Aviation factory became Fairey Marine which was to become the largest boat building company in Europe. Ian’s first memory of the river in the 1950s was an open view of b*oats moored on individual moorings and even the posh owner had to be taken out to their large boat by their skipper or local boatman, either in a dinghy or a small motor launch. Local boatmen and sailing clubs helped the village’s children develop their interest and skills in this leisure activity. During this decade Hamble had over 25 shops serving the community, as well as other businesses. It also had horse drawn carts or motor vans delivering milk, bread, fish and other products. Over the years these reduced with improved transport out of the village and the introduction of supermarkets. In the 1960s and early 1970s Hamble was at the forefront of the development

Around the First World War the village’s population greatly increased with the coming of the aviation industry. Avro and Fairey Aviation built factories during the war, attracted by the appropriate local skills of the boatbuilding industry and its location being particularly suitable for seaplanes. Other aircraft factories followed, as well as Air Service Training which trained civil and military pilots from all over the world and became known as Britain’s Air University. In 1960 it was taken over by the College of Air Training to train pilots for the national airlines. Hamble had its own maritime educational establishment, TS Mercury that train boys for the Royal and Merchant navies.

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of marinas. These provided a more efficient way of mooring boats in crowded harbours and many boat owners found them more convenient. The village subsequently developed with large factory sites changed to accommodate small businesses, including Ensign Business Park which is today the home of contact lens maker, CooperVision, which is the largest employer in the Borough of Eastleigh. New homes were built on the land of the former airfield buildings, the last farm meadow and other sites, as Hamble is a very attractive and popular place for people to live. Today Hamble is one of the country’s leading yachting centres. It has three marinas, three yacht/sailing clubs and a multitude of marine based industries such as boat builders, sail makers, riggers, chandlers, yacht agencies, boat charters. The yacht/sailing clubs organise nationally renowned sailing regattas and events. Hamble is visited by thousands of people throughout the year. The majority are yachting and boating people using the river and its facilities, although many are just casual visitors possibly discovering the delightful old

village centre or the quay, foreshore and waterfront. There are public houses, restaurants and other similar businesses to cater for the visitors. Ian says that residents who have lived in the village for many years are trying to retain Hamble’s village character and the river for everyone to enjoy, including non boat owners, so that it does not become just a boat park. Hamble is a lovely place to live.

Blue Bijou Blue Bijou sells decorative antiques, gifts, fresh flowers and Nauticalia and is situated in The Square in Hamble village. Owner Janet Bradley had many compliments on the décor & fresh flowers at her pub, The King & Queen, situated just down the High Street so she set about finding a suitable shop in the village. Blue Bijou is an old characterful cottage was already painted bright blue, with low ceilings and wooden beams. Stock is sourced from all over the world and from local suppliers, with the flowers coming from The Netherlands overnight. Pestamals and Pashminas in bright beautiful colours from Turkey, furniture, soaps & candles from France and an eclectic mix of items from Africa & India. The business is growing and flourishing under the watchful artistic eye of Kate White who always has a friendly smile and time for a chat. A modern business run on oldfashioned terms – clients are encouraged to take furniture home on appro whilst flowers are delivered free of charge locally on a vintage bicycle. Open 7 days per week. The LOOP | 17

Free Dog Microchipping at Harrier Veterinary Surgery Throughout September 2014! Microchipping will be compulsory for all dogs in England from April 2016 and Wales from April 2015. Last year 111,986 stray and abandoned dogs were picked up by Local Authorities across the UK, with only 40% reunited with their owners. With support from the Dog’s Trust, Harrier Veterinary Surgery in Hamble, Southampton are offering FREE Microchipping throughout September. From 1st til 30th September, any local dog owner can contact the surgery to have their dog chipped. Microchips offer a range of benefits, not least the potential to reunite a lost pet with its owner.

The dog owner’s contact details relating to each number are logged on a central database, so should the dog ever go missing or be stolen it can be scanned by the authorities and returned to his owner swiftly and safely. It is vital that the owner takes responsibility for updating their details with the database should their circumstances change.

Richard Hatton BVSc MRCVS, Practice Principal of Harrier Vets explains: “The team at Harrier Vets are very happy to be working with Dogs Trust to offer free microchipping to all local dog owners in September. Microchipping is a simple procedure which could mean the difference between being reunited with a lost pet and never seeing them again. We hope to see lots of local dog owners taking up this great offer during the month ahead!” A microchip is a small electronic chip, around the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted under the dog’s skin and contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner.

Yvonne and Jean at Jeeves Boutique have recently celebrated 4 years in Hamble after relocating from Chandlers Ford where they established their business in 1997. Jeeves Boutique stock a range of mens and womens clothes and accessories from the UK and Europe including Brakeburn from Poole, Marble and Hawick from Scotland, Campioni from Germany. Plus a range of Italian accessories from Golunski and silver plated jewellery from Peace of Mind. Also mens and womens shoes from Chatham Marine for boating and fashion. Jeeves stock womens sizes from 8 to 18 and mens sizes from small to 3XL. Mens formal hire and highland wear is also available for weddings and functions with next days delivery if ordered by 3pm. Open 10.30 to 5.30 Tuesday to Saturday, 11 to 4 every Sunday High Street, Hamble, SO31 4JE Telephone: 07918 056350/351

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One of Hamble’s best kept secrets, the Sea Sky Art Gallery is tucked away on the cobbled high street of this picturesque riverside village. It’s easy to pass it by, but find it, and you’ll be invited into an inspiring space of creativity where everyone can create, discover and enjoy all forms of art. Its gallery shop is brimming with original art from local painters, photographers and printers, one-off sculptures and ceramics, as well as beautiful hand made cards and jewellery. Furthermore, its fully equipped studio offers local artists a calm and tranquil place to work as well as a range of courses for all abilities including life drawing, painting, photography, creative writing and an art club for kids.

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Drawing and painting workshops - Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm Studio based workshops. experimenting with a variety of materials and techniques. Cost £100 for 5 weeks Life drawing - Thursdays 6.30-8.30pm All materials and model included. Cost £125 for 5 weeks Photograph workshops - Mondays 6.30-8.30pm Cost £100 for 5 weeks Creative writing - Wednesday 6.30-8.30pm Cost £100 for 5 weeks Budding Artist - Saturday Art Club - Age 9-15 from 10.30-12.30am For more information or to book your place please contact - 07710 420748 or pop into the gallery. Capstan House, High Street, Hamble, SO31 4HA The LOOP | 19

All aboard for a fantastic family festival at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show 15 August 2014 – The internationally renowned PSP Southampton Boat Show unveils its plans for the 46th annual event. As one of Europe’s biggest outdoor boat shows, visitors will be treated to an array of exciting attractions, exhilarating experiences and world-class boats, all set against a stunning backdrop of the Show’s spectacular marina. Running from Friday 12 September until Sunday 21 September 2014, the PSP Southampton Boat Show is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to banish those back-to-school blues with a fun-filled day out. This year’s event located at Southampton’s waterfront, boasts a number of new additions to the packed programme, not forgetting favourites from previous years. From boating accessories to superyachts, marine clothing to sailing holidays, the Show will offer everything needed to have fun whether on the water or land. For the first time in the history of the Show, visitors will be able to take to the air on the new PSP Southampton Boat Show Eye. The impressive ride will whisk guests more than 100 feet off the ground for a spectacular 360 degree view of the Show and surrounding Southampton area. Once back on the ground visitors can enjoy the festival-like atmosphere of the Show with the wide range of entertainment on offer, from live music, socialising in one of the many bars to simply soaking up the seafaring celebrations. Whether speeding across the waves care of the On The Water Try-a-Boat

sessions or climbing aboard the historic tall ship Phoenix, there are plenty of opportunities to take to the water during the week. Novices can learn boating basics with the RYA Active Marina classes whilst more experienced mariners can join a team of 11 other tenacious sailors for a trip on a 72ft racing yacht in the Challenge 72 Round The World Experience. For those who prefer to watch from dry land, marvel at PSP Logistics; a 70ft ocean racing yacht, fresh from competing in the gruelling Clipper Round the World Yacht Race which finished earlier this month. With a number of child friendly activities on offer such as the Get Afloat sessions, there is sure to be something for everyone to have a go at. Supported by the team at Rockley, these free 90 minute lessons are designed to help budding sailors discover a new hobby and explore the excitement of dinghy sailing to stand up paddleboarding. Murray Ellis, Managing Director of PSP Southampton Boat Show said “We’re very excited about this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show, a perfect event for everyone passionate about the outdoors and what it has to offer. We hope to inspire visitors to try out something new for the day, whether that is on the water or even in the air! The mix of shopping, attractions, marine activities and boats will create a vibrant and exciting atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy. “With our new attractions and hundreds of boats to climb aboard, many being unveiled for first time, it really will be a spectacular Show!”

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Tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show start from £15 per adult with concessions available for over-60s, disabled visitors and groups of 10 people or more. Two children under the age of 15 go free with each paying adult

For this year’s Festival of Boating we have over 600 boats, 104 of which are confirmed debuts, and great new attractions including the Boat Show Eye and Barts Bash, ‘the largest sailing race in the world’ record attempt, to make it an event with fun for all the family.

Attractions As part of promoting this year’s Show as a festival of boating, for all the family, there will be an array of attractions on land as well as on the water, featuring: • On The Water’s Get Afloat • On The Water’s Try A Boat • Suzuki RIB Experience • RYA Active Marina Experience • Platinum Experience • Watch & Learn Traditional Wooden Boatbuilding Techniques

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Southampton Sea Cadets Southampton Sea Cadets is the local Unit of the Sea Cadet Corps, based in Bitterne Manor Southampton. Offering the Young People (between 10 and 18) of Southampton the opportunity to learn and develop vital life skills like leadership, communication and team working and can earn extra qualifications which help boost confidence to give them a head start in life. With externally recognised qualifications and awards that can boost opportunities in later life, creating responsible and self disciplined citizens of the future. With a multitude of activities such as Power Boating, Canoeing, Rowing, Sailing available on the water to playing in the Unit Band, First Aid, Seamanship, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and BTEC qualifications to name but a few the activities and fun times are endless. Each Unit of the Sea cadet Corps is a recognised charity in its own right and as such has to raise vital funds to maintain the opportunities for both young people and adults alike, which is why we are pleased to announce that for over 20 years we in Southampton have had a presence at the Southampton Boat Show and 2014 is no exception. Please visit our stand in J010 Mayflower Hall where the focus will be recruiting and Fundraising. We are always offering places for young people and adults alike to come and join us and at the show we will be on hand to offer information about us as well as raising funds to support us in the form of our annual grand draw with many exciting prizes.

This year the focus of the draw will be Sea Safety with prizes ranging from Personal Locator Beacons and Life Jackets, essentially to any boat user through to Binoculars and many other prizes that do not always have a maritime theme, so why not pop along and visit us and enter the chance to win, while finding out about our fantastic organisation, we hope to see you there.

For more information on Southampton Sea Cadets visit our website: Like us on Facebook: Sea Cadets Southampton Follow us on Twitter: Soton Sea Cadets @SCCSouthampton Or why not give us a ring: 023 8022 9050

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The National Waterspor ts Festival place in fancy dress you never know if you’ll be competing alongside Batman or Bugs Bunny. It takes the stress out of racing and makes it much more fun (although still pretty competitive as no one likes to come last!). “We’re delighted as the event, once again, attracted the top manufacturers including Tushingham, Neil Pryde and Cabrinha, all showing off their brand new kit to a massively captive audience. Every year we see people walk straight out of a ‘taster session’ and head directly to the trade fair and buy A huge event set sail from the shores of Hampshire recently: all the latest kit – there and then! They’re hooked and we’ll the National Watersports Festival, billed as the largest multi

then see them every year, happy as larry that they had a go at

discipline watersports event in the UK.

something they’d always harboured a desire to try.”

Over 500 competitors in windsurfing, SUP, kitesurfing and kayaking converged on Hayling Island – from all over the

Something that the novices didn’t get to try their hand at this year was the brand new ‘Night Skate Park’, where the top

UK and overseas - for three days of racing, coaching and the odd bit of partying! All ages and levels took to the water, leading to a mass of sails and colour! The shoreline and marquees were packed with around 10,000 spectators, many of whom had a go at the different sports, thanks to the ‘taster sessions’ laid on by event organisers. Events director, Allan Cross explained: “The event is all about having a go. Of course we do get the pros to the event and they never fail to amaze the spectators with their phenomenal racing and tricks, which they perform right up

kiteboarders put on a floodlit display on the opening night on a

close and personal. However, we also invite racers of all

water playground of ramps and kickers!

levels and indeed any age. It may sound like a cliché but it’s

Thousands was raised for the official race charity,

the taking part that counts and with some of the races taking Watersports 4 Cancer Research, with a huge auction held in the main marquee on the Saturday night. Now in its ninth year, the festival attracted some of the biggest names in the industry including Ross Williams Sam Light and Marie Buchanan. What is great about the event is that everyday ‘weekend warriors’ get to rub shoulders with Olympians and world champions; all racing, side by side. Maybe the Loop editorial team will have a go next year when the event celebrates its 10th anniversary. Well, we’ve got a year to practise! For highlights of the event visit www.

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Demand is on the increase for stairlifts and wet-rooms allowing people to keep their independence and stay in their own homes for longer. There is a wide range of mobility scooters in the showroom, plus furniture, beds and many more aids to help overcome everyday mobility challenges. If you want to know more about mobility aids to keep you or a family member or friend mobile, visit www.solentmobility. and browse the extensive selection on-line or pop along to the showroom at 107 High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent and have cup of tea and speak to one of the team about your needs or you can telephone the showroom on 023 92 292501.

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Locks Heath couple enjoy fruits of their labours with Charlie the mannequin taking his place behind, hand raised waving at passersby. Carol and Roy have for many years supported the Southampton hospital cancer care, because of all the help and care they gave their daughter in being treated for breast cancer; sadly she passed away. But in her memory they both strive to raise much needed funds for this wonderful cause. Now with flowers blooming, plant sales on the go, should you stop and look there is a donation box for all to use. Not only do Carol and Roy tend their garden, but every Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights getting cooler, with the leaves changing colour and falling to the ground, it is a time to relax for one local couple, Carol and Roy Young from 140 Locks Road, Locks Heath to enjoy the fruits of their labours. For their year started early, pondering over all of the various seed catalogues in the spring, planning out their garden design. Always willing to try new things, this year and last Roy constructed a cart and the year before that they had a boat in the front garden all planted up. The cart has been planted up with Fuchsias and begonias,

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Alan Davies comes to Southsea The veteran comic returns to his stand-up roots In 2012, Alan Davies returned to the stand-up arena with a

now, so when they say, ‘1998’, I feign physical pain. But I

huge national tour of the show, “Life Is Pain”. After a hiatus

have to admit I’m not always feigning – sometimes it causes

of 12 years, to begin with he was understandably nervous.

actual physical pain!”

But it turned out he needn’t have worried. Alan’s return

Alan goes on to explain where the neat title of his new show

to stand-up was an unalloyed triumph. Looking back Alan

originates. “It comes from a routine about me trying to get my

says, “Going back on stage really felt like coming home.”

dad to eat blackcurrant jam. He has a limited palate. He also

The critics agreed. Big Issue declared that, “Alan Davies has lost none of his appeal… Heart-tugging and deeply funny.” The Guardian hailed him as, “One of the best stand-

thinks that Indian food would make him ill. It would drive us mad as children – it’s almost pathological. “He has just decided that he doesn’t like certain things. We

up comics out there… Packed with deft silliness and shrewd

had plenty of jam at home – strawberry, raspberry, apricot

observation.” The Age, meanwhile said that he, “Had the

– it was jam a-go-go. But he would refuse to eat jam made

audience in stitches… Hilarious.”

of blackcurrant, the finest of all the currants. So we set him

It is my pleasure to report that Alan remains hilarious. As we chat over coffee in a North London cafe in the run-up to the tour, he has me in stitches, too. Alan is now going back on the road with an entirely new

a trap … That’s one of the routines in the show. It’s a classic Little Victory.” Another of the major themes of the show is how to be a good parent. “It’s on me to keep my children happy. They’re full of

show entitled “Little Victories.” It can be summed up by all

fun and laughter and have really nice days. I can’t bear to

those adjectives beginning with C: coruscating, compelling

think of them being anxious.”

and completely comic. As a stand-up, Alan is an absolute natural. He is totally

But, Alan adds, there is a danger that we glorify our children too much. “These days children are worshipped.

at ease on stage; he generates a tremendous warmth that

Look at those parents who send pictures of their children as

draws audiences in.

Christmas cards. We were house-hunting recently, and we

The tour two years ago got Alan’s comic juices flowing again. Now he just can’t wait to start performing live once more. What distinguishes his shows is the wonderful relationship he enjoys with his audience. “From the outset, any gig is all about establishing a rapport

saw a house that must have contained 200 framed photos of the owners’ children. Really? Those frames cost a bit, too!” Alan shows no sign of wanting to take another break from stand-up. Now he’s got the taste for it again, he doesn’t want to stop. “I love stand-up and I really like touring - I get a big

with the audience. It has to go beyond your material –

kick out of it. I don’t find it arduous at all. It’s that or a 17-hour

otherwise, you’re just a monologist. You go on stage empty-

day looking toddlers, which is much more difficult! Stand-up

handed (like a karate expert!) and have to find the audience.

is a doddle comparatively. You go around the country making

“So you might start by talking to them about their town and

people laugh. It’s a really nice thing to do.”

towns nearby. Then get everyone to agree on what is the

Alan closes by reflecting on how lucky he feels. “Having

most rubbish village in the area. That’s one way of getting

been away from stand-up for so long, I initially returned to

people to offer things up. It’s really important to have that

it rather unwillingly. But now I count my blessings, which is

interaction. Although it often appears as if you’re not doing

something you don’t always do when you’re younger. I can’t

anything, the opening 10 minutes is a vital part of the show.

do eight nights at the 02 or sell a million DVDs. But I’m still

If you get that right, it sets the evening up perfectly.”

in a very privileged position where a lot of comedians would

Alan is very grateful for the immense affection in which his loyal audience holds him. “They’ve made an effort to come

love to be. “I went to Sweden in 2012 with the QI producer John

out, they’ve booked the babysitter. It’s important never to

Lloyd. They had also asked me to do a stand-up show. I

forget that they have come specifically to see you.

said, ‘Really? Will they get it?’ But sure enough, the Swedish

The genuine bond between Alan and his audience

audience understood every single word and were loudly

frequently spills over into good-natured mickey taking. He

enthusiastic. Afterwards John said to me ‘Every night people

laughs that, “Fans often come up to me and say, ‘I saw

laugh and clap and leave happy. It’s not a bad job, is it?’ I

you performing in Bournemouth in 1999. Have you met my

said “It’s a great job”.

grandchild?’ “I’ve started asking audience members when they were

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short fiction

The Case of the Heart of Gold

In fairness to myself I must ask the reader to bear in mind that the following events took place in the early days of our friendship, before I had really got to know the man. A pleasant autumn afternoon found me working on some medical notes. Holmes lay on the chaise longue, deep in thought. He had been out all morning, on what business I had not ventured to enquire. Suddenly he sat up, and with a gesture towards the window, said, “Well, Watson, what do you make of that?” A heated argument had just broken out in the street below. “Why,” I replied, “it sounds like a dispute over a cab fare, between the driver and his passenger.” “That much is obvious. But what, from her voice, can you tell of that passenger?” “I should say she is quite young, quicktempered, assertive, and decidedly of the people – “bleedin’ daylight robbery” is hardly a term one associates with ladies.” Thinking I had done rather well, I was disappointed when Holmes merely said, “You can deduce nothing more?” “Why, no; not without going to the window and taking a look at her.” “Pray do not trouble yourself, my dear fellow. I can tell you that she is in her early twenties and has a fine Junoesque figure. Her dark-green dress, which goes well with her abundant auburn hair, displays rather more décolletage and silk-stockinged ankle than we are used to seeing in Baker Street. She wears long black gloves, and her elegant shoes were not fashioned with very much walking in mind.” Although I had known him for only a short time, I was already familiar with Holmes’s amazing powers of observation and deduction; but this defied belief. “You recognize this person’s voice, Holmes,” I said accusingly, “and happen to know her preferred mode of attire.” “I assure you, the voice, for all its considerable volume, is quite unknown to me.” He held my incredulous gaze for several seconds before bursting into laughter. “Ah, Watson, I confess I am teasing you; for although the young lady is indeed a stranger to me, I am confident

By Terry Parsons that my specified requirements as to her form and dress will have been faithfully complied with.” “You mean she is coming here?” “As soon as she has settled with the cabby. I am very much looking forward to meeting her.” I had quickly formed the conviction that my new friend was a confirmed bachelor; however, my days as an army surgeon had taught me that such men are not always immune to the temptations of the flesh. I got to my feet. “Perhaps I should leave you for a while, Holmes?” “My dear fellow, by no means. In fact it is I who must leave you for the moment; I need to effect a little disguise.” That he should engage in deception only served to deepen my worst suspicions. “But I say, look here, Holmes – “ He cut me short with a wave of his hand. “Listen. Our housekeeper has been given her instructions, and I want you, Watson, to receive the young lady. Tell her that she will not be kept waiting long. On no account are you to mention my name.” I readily assured him that neither of our names would be mentioned by me. “Excellent, Watson. You may refer to me as your “noble friend”… Well, it sounds as though the cab fare is finally being settled, so I will leave the lady in your capable hands. I am sure she would welcome a glass of sherry.” And with that, he retreated to his bedroom. The unseemly haggling had indeed come to an end. The cabby cracked his whip. “I bet it ain’t you what pays, anyway!” was his parting shot. The woman’s I shall not record. Soon there was a knock on the door and our worthy housekeeper primly asked if “a young female person with an appointment” might be admitted. The young person, I need hardly say, was just as Holmes had described. She turned to me with a dazzling smile, which was quickly replaced with a puzzled frown. “Pray be seated,” I said. “I have been instructed to offer you a glass of sherry.” Her expression brightened. “Oh, of course! you’d be one of his servants. A sherry? Thanks, I don’t mind if I do.” She

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had now assumed an accent of affected gentility. After sampling her drink (with evident relish), she added, “So, my good man, where’s your master got to, then?” “My friend will be joining us before long,” I replied coldly, unable to bring myself to include the epithet “noble.” “Friend? I hope I’m not expected to entertain two gentlemen!” I was spared having to make a reply, for, to my relief, Holmes now stood in the ill-lit doorway. In other circumstances I should not have recognized him. The master of disguise was wearing an elaborate frock-coat, a jet-black curly wig with sidewhiskers, and a thin waxed moustache. The woman sprang to her feet with a squeal of delight, uttered an indelicate term of endearment and twirled herself around several times. “Like the ensemble? You needn’t have sent that reminder. I hadn’t forgot what you said charmed you most particular.” I watched in dismay as she advanced towards Holmes, arms outstretched. She had almost reached him when she stopped abruptly. “’Ere, what’s going on?” she cried, the false accent now abandoned. “You’re not… What’s the bleedin’ game?” “I must apologize for the deception, Nellie,” said Holmes, removing the wig and moustache, “but I needed to be sure that I had got the right girl. Permit me to introduce myself: my name is Sherlock Holmes.” “I’ve heard of you – you’re one of those detectives. You’ve got nothing on me, Mr Holmes.” “Many people would be surprised, not to say alarmed, if they knew what I had “got on them,” young lady. But fear not, no harm shall come to you, provided you do none. I trust this sherry is to your liking? Allow me to refill your glass.” “Thanks, but listen – “ Holmes raised a masterful hand. “No, you listen, Nellie. I am going to tell you a story. Two evenings ago a young man, whose illustrious title we shall not mention, was led astray by some wild companions. Much the worse for drink, they visited what I shall delicately call a house of pleasure.

Now, this young man has a particular weakness for auburn-haired, curvaceous beauties like yourself.” “Thanks very much, I’m sure.” “Not at all. But alas, beauty and virtue do not always go together. When our misguided young man reached his apartments he discovered that his index finger lacked a ring – a large gold ring with a heart-shaped emblem. It was a gift from his loving mother and carries an inscription to that effect. I want that ring, Nellie.” “Who says I’ve got it?” “I do. I am assured that only the fair charmer I have described could have taken it. You are far too smart a girl to have involved the proprietress of the establishment, who would have cheated you as readily as she cheats her clientele.” I had to admire the subtle mixture of gallantry and firmness employed by Holmes. “Now,” he continued, “the son cannot long delay a meeting with his mother. The loss of her gift would cause her much pain, to say nothing of the circumstances of that loss! To business: I am authorised to offer you this purse of one hundred guineas for the return of that ring.” “A tidy little sum, Mr Holmes, but you’re asking me to give up what could be a nice steady source of income.” “Blackmail is a very serious crime, Nellie. Besides, you surely would not wish to distress a loving mother.” “He could tell her he was robbed at knife-point. We’ve all got to live, Mr Holmes. Why shouldn’t the money be spread around a bit more? No doubt you’re getting well paid for your services. I bet if it was some ordinary bloke you’d let him stew in his own juice.” “You do me an injustice, Nellie,” said Holmes, replenishing her glass yet again. “A recent somewhat similar case enabled me to be of service to a young man from a very impoverished background. A young man, moreover, who hails from the same district as yourself.” “You don’t say! Oh, how touching! I wasn’t born yesterday, Mr Holmes.” To my amazement, Holmes merely smiled at the brazen hussy’s impertinence. “You may even have heard of him,” he continued, “I speak of a certain flame-haired footballer.” Her eyes widened and her jaw dropped.

“Not… not “Carrots” Clooney?” Even I, a dedicated follower of rugger, was familiar with the name “Carrots” Clooney – the “flame-haired, frecklefaced fiend of the football field,” as one sports-writer had dubbed him. Taking the silence of Holmes as affirmation, the girl exclaimed, “The brilliant “Carrots” Clooney! Best footballer in England, they say! Oh, Mr Holmes, what did you do?” “It was a rather delicate matter…” “I swear I won’t blab. I can keep a secret – I do keep lots of them. My kid brother worships “Carrots” Clooney. He’d murder me if I did anything to harm him.” Holmes fixed his piercing gaze on the girl’s face. “Nellie, I am going to trust you. Clooney had been out celebrating what I believe is known as a “hat trick” when he became involved with a vicious woman of the very lowest sort; a woman, moreover, old enough to be his mother, adding the risk of derision to that of shame in the event of the encounter being made public. While he languished in a drunken stupor, she cut off a lock of the famous carroty hair as proof of their liaison. Now a victim of blackmail, he confessed all to his dear mother, who, as luck would have it, happened to be working as a skivvy at my lodgings. Having heard something of my work, she begged me to save her boy from ruin.” “Ruin?” I interjected. “Isn’t that pitching it a bit strong, Holmes? I mean, how can the poor be blackmailed.” “His fortunes were changing. You are evidently unaware, Watson, that today’s top footballer is often a professional, earning as much as a fully-skilled tradesman.” “For kicking a ball around on a Saturday afternoon! Surely not?” “Such, I assure you, is the case. But would the paying public forgive, or even care to watch, a player who had lapsed in this way?” “I take your point, Holmes. Our English football fans revere moral integrity as highly as good sportsmanship.” “Exactly, and their high expectations do them credit. But was the lad to lose the rewards of his talent because of one foolish mistake? I determined it should not be. By methods perhaps a little questionable, I obtained that incriminating lock of hair. Clooney, who had been sick with worry and quite off his game, swiftly went from strength to strength. His

widowed mother, who had once lived in dread of the workhouse, now runs a prosperous pie-shop adjacent to a large football stadium. His two sisters, their carroty hair expertly dyed blonde, their freckles concealed by the best cosmetics, have every chance of finding good husbands.” I was surprised to see that the girl actually had tears in her eyes. “Oh, Mr Holmes, I’m sorry. I thought you only worked for the police and the toffs. But you were prepared to listen to the troubles of a skivvy.” “A mother’s love is a sacred thing, Nellie. It is always much the same, be she in a pie-shop or a palace.” After some fumbling with the lining of her reticule, the girl withdrew a large gold ring. “Take it, Mr Holmes, you’re a good man.” “And you, Nellie, are a good girl,” said Holmes, discreetly handing her the bulging purse. “I knew your heart was in the right place.” “Thank you, kind sir. Well, gentlemen, I’ll bid you good day.” After a pause, she added coyly, “If there’s nothing else…? “Just one thing, Nellie,” replied Holmes. “As you said, we’ve all got to live – remember, that includes cabmen.” She winked. “Point taken, Mr Holmes. I might even give the next one a tip!” And with that, she was gone. “Well, Watson,” said Holmes, rubbing his hands in satisfaction, “I think we have earned ourselves a little treat. What do you say to a night at the opera?” “An excellent idea, Holmes.” “The Bohemian Girl is being performed at the Savoy; at Covent Garden it’s La Traviata… shall we say the former? I think we have had enough of fallen women for one day.” I readily concurred. And never again did I for one moment doubt the morals of the great man. The LOOP | 33

motoring Welcome to September’s Motoring Section. With the best of Summer behind us I’ve been looking back at what a great season it’s been. The South has been packed full of motoring events, which the sun has mostly shone for. For me at least, the summer has ended on a high - I’m delighted to say this issue of The Loop includes our first ever road test of a Jaguar no less. But here’s to looking ahead to Autumn. I always say nothing beats driving through the countryside in the Autumn...If only I could have the Jaguar back! Enjoy, Sam Mace, Motoring Editor

DRIVEN: The Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Ride and Handling The ‘S’ specification means this car benefits from a more sporting suspension set up. The ride is firmer than a standard XF, but the S still retains an excellent ride quality. The Sportbrake does a very good job of fending off harsh jolts and vibrations, and any bumps that do make it into the car are soaked up by the seats and cabin brilliantly.

Performance and economy The 3.0 V6 engine powering our test car is available in two states of tune: 240 BHP and 275 BHP. The car I drove was equipped with the more powerful of the two units. On the road, this translates into effective overtaking and instant, smooth acceleration. Slip roads are dispatched with ease and hills don’t require a change of gear to keep up good progress. Although you can override the eight speed automatic gearbox by using the paddle shifters to go up and down through the gears. This doesn’t come at the expense of sensible fuel consumption, though. Our test car averaged around 40 miles per gallon. In such a high performance car, that’s very good. This is made more impressive when you factor in the large amount of town and country driving I did, where economy will always suffer. More economical engines are available for the XF and XF Sportbrake though, if you want your fuel to go even further.

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When cornering, the body is controlled, composed and poised. Not even the terrible road surfaces I subjected the Jaguar to unsettled it. Impressively, you can take most roundabouts with almost zero body roll, while retaining a supple, relaxing ride quality. During motorway driving, the sure footed nature of the car’s set up means it is remarkably easy to keep in your lane without having to constantly make adjustments to the steering.



The engine whispers when you’re making gentle progress, and under hard acceleration, the engine note is nothing more than a muted growl.

The overall impression this car gives is one of high quality. Everything you touch feels like it will stand the test of time, which is a very important advantage in this price bracket. The interior had no obvious weak points - another plus if you’re planning on using one as family transport.

A combination of a great ride and a well constructed interior means that if the Sportbrake does find a bump, there’s no annoying squeaks or nasty rattles to spoil things. The car is at its most serene though, on the motorway; with the windows and sunroof shut, it’s near silent.

Practicality The XF in saloon form is hardly a car which anyone could accuse of being difficult to live with. The Sporkbrake though, gives the XF even greater practicality. The load area is big enough for a pram or a dog, and the rear seats fold flat with surprising ease to give improved load carrying capacity. The centre consul has two deep storage bins, with one doubling up as a cup holder. All the doors have sensible sized pockets. The driver’s one was filled with my sunglasses, mobile phone, water bottle and compact camera with room to spare. This may sound trivial, but it makes life a lot easier when you can put everything in once place when you’re on the move. The door mirrors give great visibility, and this car came equipped with a reversing camera and parking sensors on both the front and rear (rear parking cameras are standard across the Sportbrake range). Overall, the car was no more difficult to drive and live with than a hatchback.

Conclusion This is a Jaguar you can buy with your head as well as your heart. Convincing fuel consumption, performance and handsome looks make this an easy car to like - everyone who I showed the Sportbrake to were excited by it. There’s very few cars in this class currently on sale which are so evocative. And don’t be saddened if it’s out of your price range - I’m sure that H.A Fox will happily sell you a used one.

With thanks to Kim Bennett and Mark Knight of H.A Fox Southampton for allowing this to happen. The Loop and Beaulieu have teamed up to offer one lucky reader a family ticket worth £55 to Beaulieu National Motor Museum. For your chance to win, tell us which Bond film the Jaguar XKR, featured in. Was it: A) The Living Daylights B) Die Another Day C) The Man With The Golden Gun Email us your answer on with your name and contact telephone number. Correct answers will be drawn out of a hat...Good luck! The LOOP | 35

finance /legal

Ways to minimise inheritance tax Families hoping to pass their wealth down the generations should not be put off by HM Revenue & Customs’ attack on schemes that purport to reduce inheritance tax. The crackdown by HM Revenue & Customs is aimed at those schemes and the providers which use complicated legal arrangements and ‘aggressive’ tax avoidance schemes. It hopes to raise an extra £2billion of tax a year. The majority of families who are trying to preserve savings and property for their children and grandchildren are not being targeted. However, taxpayers should still be aware that there is a real prospect that some of their estate may be subject to Inheritance tax. In 2011-2012 around 3% of estates paid Inheritance tax. As tax allowances have been frozen and property prices rise it is estimated that 10% of all estates will pay some Inheritance tax at 40% in the next five years. Marriage Any wealth above £325,000 – known as the nil rate band – left by an individual to relatives or friends on death triggers a tax bill set at 40 per cent. However, husbands and wives and civil partners (but not unmarried couples) can pass wealth between themselves tax-free while they are alive and they can also inherit each other’s nil rate band on death. This increases the allowance to £650,000 after the surviving spouse dies. There are also a number of simple steps that taxpayers should be taking to reduce the risk of being subject to Inheritance tax. Annual Gift Allowance Money can be given away to one or more people as long as the total sum amounts to no more than £3,000 a year. The unused part of this allowance can be carried over to the following year for one year only. Multiple Gifts

Gifting up to £250 to an unlimited number of people in one year will not be caught by Inheritance tax. Wedding Presents Parents can each give cash or gifts worth £5,000 to the bride and groom, while grandparents can each hand over £2,500 and anyone else can give up to £1,000. These gifts must be made on or shortly before the wedding. Regular Gifts Out of Normal Income Regular gifts out of normal income will fall outside the taxpayer’s estate providing that the gifts were made regularly and the donors standard of living did not suffer as a result. It is a little used exemption, but if set up correctly can save a considerable amount of Inheritance tax. Plan Ahead Any gift of any size will not be considered for inheritance tax if the donor survives for another seven years. This is known as a potentially exempt transfer. However, the gift may crystallise a Capital gains tax liability Take Out a Simple Trust A Financial Adviser website has predicted that over £500million worth of unnecessary Inheritance Tax will be paid to the Government in 2014 – 10% more than in 2013. This figure is attributed to the number of life insurance policies that are not placed into a trust. A trust removes the policy proceeds from the policyholder’s estate so that on death it is paid direct to the beneficiaries. It will not pass through probate and the proceeds will be free of inheritance tax up to the nil rate band allowance. Trust law is complicated. To make sure you get things right, it’s vital to get professional advice before setting up a trust. Always talk to an adviser before doing anything. For more advice on Inheritance tax, tax planning and probate; Moore McCusker can be contacted on 01489 247047 or moore@

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When responding to these adverts

The Horse and Jockey: Live music nights

The Horse & Jockey


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At the head of Curbridge Creek lies the Horse and Jockey – a real winner of a pub that offers you a seat right at the water’s edge. A popular retreat for ramblers exploring the nearby wildlife sanctuary, the pub promises home-made food and lush liquid refreshment. There are quiz nights every Tuesday, as well as regular live music evenings. September: Sun 7 - Blues at Curbridge Creek (jam night), Fri 12 - Backwater Roll (blues), Fri 19 - The Rustyn George Band (Rock). October: Fri 3 - This Way Up, Sun 5- Blues at Curbridge Creek , Fri 10 - Riverside Blues Band, Fri 17 Sunflower Blues Band, Fri 31 - The Geckos (soft rock covers).

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LOCAL groups

Sarisbury Choral Society is a mixed

choir of about 35 members. They meet on Thursdays in the Community Centre, Sarisbury Green from 7.50 to 9.20 pm. New members are welcome. Visit

Warsash Horticultural Society meet on the last Wednesday of each month in the Victory Hall, starting at 7.30pm. For more information phone Suzanne Holleyoak on 01489 574498.

Solent Fuchsia Club

Locks Heath U3A meetings are held at St. John’s Church Hall, Locks Heath Park Road

meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the United Reform Church, starting at 7.30pm. For further details call: 01329 282186.

on the last Friday of the month from 2-4 pm. Members can park in the church grounds and

Whiteley Wags meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm at Whiteley Primary School.

nearby roads. There is a speaker each month and tea and biscuits will be available at the end of the meeting. There are numerous Interest Groups where you can learn together with fellow members in a friendly environment.

Sarisbury Green meet Burridge & Park Gate

Locks Heath meet on the

on the third Thursday of the month at 1.45pm at the Community Centre. Visitors and new members are welcome to attend.

third Wednesday of each month in the Memorial Hall on Locks Heath Park Road, starting at 7pm.

meet on the first Tuesday of the month at St Margaret Mary church Hall, Park Gate at 7.15pm. Visitors and new members welcome.

Warsash meet on the last Hedge End meet on the

Titchfield meet on the 4th

Thursday of each month in the Victory Hall, starting at 2pm. New members welcome. For more information phone Mary Ford on 01489 584923

Monday of the month starting at 7.30 pm and finishing about 9.30 pm in the Parish Rooms, Titchfield. Visitors are welcome.

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space times

Government reveals 8 possible locations for Britain’s first spaceport Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said: In order to lead the way on commercial spaceflight, we will need to establish a spaceport that enables us to operate regular flights. The work published today has got the ball rolling – now we want to work with others to take forward this exciting project and have Britain’s first spaceport up and running by 2018. The UK’s bid to become Europe’s leading space nation took a giant leap forward earlier this year as government revealed

The 8 coastal locations that could be used for a spaceport include:

the 8 locations now under consideration to base Britain’s

Campbeltown Airport (Scotland)

first spaceport.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport (Scotland)

Speaking at Farnborough Air Show’s ‘Space Day’, Aviation

Llanbedr Airport (Wales)

Minister Robert Goodwill and Chief Executive of the UK

Newquay Cornwall Airport (England)

Space Agency Dr David Parker unveiled the findings of

Kinloss Barracks (Scotland)

a recent Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) report highlighting

RAF Leuchars (Scotland)

8 possible airfields that could host a spaceport and the

RAF Lossiemouth (Scotland)

economic opportunities it could open up for the UK.

Stornoway Airport (Scotland)

Government’s ambition is for a UK spaceport to open

The Department for Transport will consult on the criteria

in 2018 – providing a focus for regional and international

the CAA has identified that will make a location suitable for

investment for growth and establishing the UK as a leader in

a spaceport. In addition to meteorological, environmental

the rapidly-expanding space market.

and economic factors, these include:

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: Space is big business for the UK. It already contributes £11.3 billion to the economy each year, supporting nearly 35,000 jobs. That’s why it’s important for us to prepare the UK for new launcher technology and take steps towards meeting our ambition of establishing the first British spaceport by 2018. Exploring the opportunities that commercial spaceflight presents, and potentially making strategic investments in

an existing runway which is, or is capable of being extended to, over 3000 metres in length the ability to accommodate dedicated segregated airspace to manage spaceflights safely a reasonable distance from densely populated areas in order to minimise impact on the uninvolved general public Following the consultation further work will be done to develop locations which remain on the shortlist. This would include seeking the views of local people

this area, will support the growth of this thriving industry

and other stakeholders before any decisions are taken to

and underpin the economy of tomorrow, making the UK the

proceed with any planned spaceport.

place for space.

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UK Space Agency reveals winners of the Great British Space Dinner During his 6 month mission to the ISS, British ESA astronaut Tim Peake will be tucking into a unique British-inspired menu, thanks to the creative input of UK students who have won the UK Space Agency’s ‘Great British Space Dinner’ competition. Tim’s special menu for the ISS will be inspired by: The ‘Rocket Lolly’ menu by KFSPACEGIRLS This mouth-watering three-course meal in a lolly consists of tomato and basil soup, a spicy mackerel curry and an Eton mess. The KFSPACEGIRLS are Ellie Hiscock, Katie Perry, Nafissa Khan, Mia Tinnion and Suzi Peacock. They are

kitchens to work with him for the day, developing their

pupils at Emmanuel College, Gateshead.

ideas further and turning them into real space food that will

Chloe Cockshull’s ‘Nova Tiffin Capsule’

be launched to the ISS in 2015. The competition winners

Chloe’s Anglo-Indian meal of spicy fusion food and a delicious rhubarb and custard dessert is designed to be taken into space in a tiffin carrier. Chloe is from the Nova Hreod Academy in Swindon. The ‘Space Fuel’ menu by Astro Foodies Astro Foodies designed a delicious three-course meal consisting of soup in a shell of brown bread, a Sunday roast in a helmet-shaped pie and a dessert of bite-sized treats in the shape of planets. The Astro Foodies team is made up of Aminah Hussan, Nilum Khaliq and Iram Frooqui. They are pupils at Plashet School in East Ham. The ‘Big Breakfast Launch’ by Archie Luckett Archie’s savoury and scrumptious menu of a full English breakfast is in the guise of a big square burger. Archie is a pupil at Abberley Parochial V.C. Primary School in Worcestershire. ‘Space Menu’ by Joseph Drennan Joseph invented a cosmic menu of tomato and rocket soup, best of British beef stew with asteroid dumplings and a chocolate mousse with space dust. Joseph is a pupil at Wray Common Primary School in Reigate. The winning menu ideas were selected yesterday by Tim and award winning chef Heston Blumenthal. They were looking for fun and balanced menus that excited Tim, had an element of Britishness, and the potential to be transformed into a space dinner that could be flown to the ISS. The

will also be invited to an event that will include a live link up with Tim during his stay on the ISS. Tim said: “I’m incredibly impressed with the creative and mouth-watering entries we’ve received from children all over the UK and I’m really looking forward to enjoying a ‘Great British Space Dinner’ on board the International Space Station. This British-inspired menu will be a very special link back to planet Earth!” Heston added: “This has been such an amazing experience. The students are incredibly inventive and creative, quite possibly the next great chefs or scientists of tomorrow. I cannot wait to work with them in the Experimental Kitchen and see their final dishes. Tim is undoubtedly in for a treat on his upcoming space mission!” The Great British Space Dinner was open to classes, other groups (such as after-school clubs, Scouts, Guides, etc) and individuals. There were 2 categories, one for primary level children and one for secondary level children. Children were asked to design a British-inspired meal for Tim to eat in space, taking account of good nutritional principles as well as the constraints of space (such as handling, packaging and preservation). Images of Heston, Tim and competition winners are available on the UK Space Agency Flickr page. Picture above: UK ESA astronaut Tim Peake and Celebrity Chef Heston Blumenthal. Credit: UK Space Agency.

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Rosetta a big mission for UK to bring out the detail of the comet activity. Note there is a ghost image to the right. The image resolution is 55 metres per pixel. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/ UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA. “Our first clear views of the comet have given us plenty to think about,” says Matt Taylor, ESA’s Rosetta project scientist. Is this double-lobed structure built from two separate comets that came together in the Solar System’s history, or is it one comet that has eroded dramatically and asymmetrically over time? Rosetta, by design, is in the best place to study one of these unique objects. As the Rosetta spacecraft makes history as the first to orbit a comet as it swings around the Sun, our UK Rosetta scientists and engineers will be ‘on-board’ for the trip of a lifetime, ready to unlock the secrets of this time capsule from the dawn of our Solar System. Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and Rosetta now lie 405 million kilometres from Earth, about half way between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars, rushing towards the inner Solar System at nearly 55 000 kilometres per hour. The comet is in an elliptical 6.5-year orbit that takes it from beyond Jupiter at its furthest point, to between the orbits of Mars and Earth at its closest to the Sun. Rosetta will accompany it for over a year as they swing around the Sun and back out towards Jupiter again. Comets are considered to be primitive building blocks of the Solar System and may have helped to ‘seed’ Earth with water, perhaps even the ingredients for life. But many fundamental questions about these enigmatic objects remain, and through a comprehensive, in situ study of the comet, Rosetta aims to unlock the secrets within. The comet began to reveal its personality while Rosetta was on its approach. Images taken by the OSIRIS camera between late April and early June showed that its activity was variable whilst the stunning images taken from a distance of about 12 000 km began to reveal that the nucleus comprises two distinct segments joined by a ‘neck’, giving it a duck-like appearance. Subsequent images showed more and more detail – the most recent, highestresolution image was downloaded from the spacecraft earlier today and will be available this afternoon. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko activity on 2 August 2014. The image was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS wide-angle camera from a distance of 550 km. The exposure time of the image was 330 seconds and the comet nucleus is saturated

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Today, Rosetta is nearing the comet’s surface, but will edge closer still. At the same time, more of the suite of instruments will provide a detailed scientific study of the comet, scrutinising the surface for a target site for the Philae lander. Eventually, Rosetta will attempt a close, near-circular orbit at 30 km and, depending on the activity of the comet, perhaps come even closer. The primary landing site will be identified in midSeptember. The final timeline for the sequence of events for deploying Philae – currently expected for 11 November – will be confirmed by the middle of October. Among its wide range of scientific measurements, Philae will send back a panorama of its surroundings, as well as very high-resolution pictures of the surface. It will also perform an on-the-spot analysis of the composition of the ices and organic material, including drilling down to 23 cm below the surface and feeding samples to Philae’s onboard laboratory for analysis. The focus of the mission will then move to the ‘escort’ phase, during which Rosetta will stay alongside the comet as it moves closer to the Sun, monitoring the ever-changing conditions on the surface as the comet warms up and its ices sublimate. Speaking about the Philae lander’s UK-led Ptolemy instrument – a laboratory the size of a small shoebox Ian Wright, Professor of Planetary Sciences at The Open University, said: “Once the Philae lander touches down on the comet, we will be looking for evidence recorded in remnants of debris that survived the processes of planet formation. This is not merely a period of pre-history, but one that pre-dates the origin of life itself. Our quest is to gain insights into this transitional era, which took place more than 4.5 billion years ago.”

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