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February 2012

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Affinity is an aspirational, luxury lifestyle magazine for Beds and Bucks. It features the best in homes & interiors, music & events, food & travel, beauty & fashion as well as interviews with celebrities and local personalities.


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rom time to time our customers twit us on our pricing. And we sympathise, we really do. After all, we are consumers as well. We’d just love to be able to keep our prices at the same level, year in and year out.


But we’re not the masters of our own fate when it comes to purchasing goods to sell in the shop. Prices are trending up, particularly prices for imported goods or goods containing raw materials which are, however temporarily, in short supply. We absorb quite a few of the smaller price rises, and I think a lot of other retailers do the same. We will often keep the price at the “old” price, reducing our margin. We do this because we recognise that people are struggling to make ends meet. Our margin isn’t something you’d write home about in any case, but we believe that the pain should be shared. There are limits to this, of course, because we have to make a reasonable margin to survive.

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Moggerhanger House n the middle of Bedfordshire is a jewel of British architecture... Moggerhanger House.

Stephen Thornton inherited Moggerhanger on the death of his father in 1805 and Soane continued to implement alterations to Moggerhanger.


Since the early part of the eighteenth century a building has existed on the greensand ridge where Moggerhanger House is situated.

The estate was sold in 1857 to reverend Edward Henry Dawkins, at the time it comprised 2,056 acres.

In 1777 Robert Thornton inherited Moggerhanger from his uncle, Richard Astell, but he considered it far from suitable for a gentleman of his status. Although he took up residence for a while, in 1784 he sold the estate to his brother Godfrey Thornton. Godfrey was Governor for the Bank of England from 1793 until 1795.

In 1919 having passed through several hands it was acquired by the Bedfordshire County Council as a Sanatorium, first for TB and then as an Orthopaedic Hospital. At this time it was known as Park Hospital. The hospital closed in 1987 and was acquired by Hillson & Twigden Homes as a building site. They planned to build on the kitchen garden but had no use for the main house, which was a listed Grade II Georgian building. In June 1997 the house was uplisted to Grade I when it was discovered that it was such an important part of Sir John Soane's work.

From 1790 -1797 Godfrey Thornton appointed Sir John Soane, to work on the house for him, he made various alterations and improvements including moving the entrance to the east side of the house and enlarging the property by adding a new hall, drawing room and some additional accommodation. The new entrance was protected by a single storey, rectangular ionic portico, the roof of which formed a balcony outside the window of the new boudoir on the first floor.

In 1995, the house and some of its grounds were acquired by ‘Harvest Vision’ for a Christian Conference and Retreat Centre, and restoration work started on the outside of the house. They established ‘Moggerhanger House Preservation Trust’ and in 1997 obtained a landfill Tax Grant which allowed them to acquire Garden Wood and the walled gardens that were still owned by Twigden Homes.

In 1791 Humphrey Repton (a prominent landscape gardener of his time) was commissioned to landscape the Moggerhanger Estate.


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The house is currently used as a beautiful, unique wedding venue as well as a conference and training centre. To see this jewel for yourself why not pay a visit this month to enjoy a spectacular display of snowdrops, that were planted over 200 years ago and afterwards enjoy refreshments in the new garden room cafĂŠ or visit on 4th March for their spectacular wedding showcase to see how you can create your very own unique country house wedding.

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footie corner

January was a crazy month for transfers! The transfer window opened for a month in January and is the worst time to do any business whatsoever, but year after year clubs spend an absolute fortune on transfers. I think last year the total spent was around £225 million and all of it is panic buying. The prices go up, there is no value for money and often clubs leave it until the last minute. Of that £225 million spent in January 12 months ago, I think £175 million was in the last few days when Andy Carroll went from Newcastle United to Liverpool and Fernando Torres swapped Anfield for Stamford Bridge. If you ask Liverpool or Chelsea fans whether or not they have been a success, over a year later, neither have established themselves at all. Plenty of clubs splash out in January, even in the Championship as clubs try to get into the Promised Land of the Premier League. There is no money about in the game, in fact there is no money about in the world, yet these obscene transfer dealings go through every year. As a previous owner of a football club, I am staggered that better businessmen than I will ever be, run these football clubs, yet they never bring any sanity or common sense to the game by refusing to do deals that their managers want in this crazy window. That means we at Peterborough United will not be bringing anyone in or letting anyone go during this January window. That is what I am saying to you now, but who knows what will happen between now and the end of this window so WATCH THIS SPACE!

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Help with

Arthritis Kapha Arthritis Joints are stiff and swollen but also cold and clammy to touch. However, unlike Vata and Pitta Arthritis, movement and exercise tends to ease the symptoms.

yurveda has a very interesting understanding of the development and manifestation of arthritis. Arthritis results from weak digestion, which results in a build-up of toxins in the colon which then migrate to the joints. These toxins, along with an imbalance of at least one of the doshas, results in painful, swollen and stiff joints. Ayurveda differentiates between Vata, Pitta and Kapha arthritic symptoms as treatment will differ depending on the root cause and original dosha imbalance.


Rheumatoid arthritis has Kapha and Pitta involvement

Vata Arthritis Joints are dry, swollen and will crack and pop. They are painful with movement initially, but some exercise is important to prevent further stiffness. Typically, we know this as osteoarthritis Pitta Arthritis Joints are hot, inflamed and are very painful, even without any movement. They are red, swollen and hot to touch – if it is possible to touch them. Bursitis and gout are two of the main Pitta arthritic conditions

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The Beautiful


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Top 6 Scents to send him head over heels! Whether it’s a first date with the guy from Accounts, or a date night after years of being together, perfume is always one way to be remembered. For instance, when you leave a room and your perfume lingers behind… Just a subtle spray on the neck, a couple of dabs behind your ears or even a spritz in the air for you to walk through is always a good idea before a romantic night out (Or in. They do say a night in is the new night out!). Don’t overdo it. You don’t want to choke them with a heavy layer of the stuff. Needless to say it might go to their head for all the wrong reasons! But keep it subtle, so any chance of closeness between the two of you will mean a slight breeze of your gorgeousness passing by their nose… Here are a few classic scents that you should consider for the big night.

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Staying Power Another makeup bag MUST HAVE for the most romantic month of the year, is the SuperStay 24 Color by Maybelline.

end of the stick has a clear balm that you can apply whenever you fancy re-moisturising your lips. The colour itself just doesn’t budge.

With romantic nights ahead, you can never be too prepared for being wined, dined and gazing lovingly across the table at one another. With that in mind, don’t make the mistake of getting lipstick on your teeth, or enjoying the food so much that you forget where you are for a moment and get that bright red lippie smeared all around your mouth. The key is to look perfectly preened at all times, while not fussing or constantly looking in the mirror to check you’re still in place. No man likes a self obsessed woman!

I’ve wiped it across my hand, I’ve given the better half a smooch on the cheek (after successfully convincing him that he WILL be lipstick free post smooch), I’ve eaten dinner, had pudding, and drank numerous drinks… and the result was amazing! Even at the end of the day, I had to give my lips an extra scrub when cleansing my face in order to get it off! Now THAT my lovely readers, is the kind of zero maintenance lippie you will need in your makeup bag! With 18 different shades to choose from, you will all find the perfect colour to suit your skin tone! They even have Concealers and Foundations in this collection. Never again will you need to touch up and waste time in front of the mirror! Visit for more information.

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Flatter with a Flutter False lashes seem to have become a normal routine now when getting ready to go out. Gone are the simple days of curling and coating. Now it’s all about getting the most luscious lashes possible – in a packet. Now being a Professional Makeup Artist I have a few do’s a don’ts when it comes to these peeper enhancing accessories: Plastic not so fantastic – Although we all know that these strip lashes are not real, hence the term ‘False Lashes’, it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t look real. Avoid lashes that have a plastic sheen to them. They will look anything but ‘natural’. Measure up – Eyes can appear ‘pulled downwards’ if the strip lash is too long and ends up being glued beyond your natural lash line and eye. To avoid this, make sure you hold the lashes against your eye first, before applying the glue, to

‘measure’ it’s length. Then simply cut away the extra length that isn’t needed. Don’t overdo the Glue - Strip lash glue is very rubbery and tacky, so bonds well to your eyelids. Therefore, there really is no need to pile on the glue, or even layer it on once the lashes are stuck. There is nothing worse, than seeing false lashes on young girls, where the glue is more than present. It only makes me assume they don’t actually take them off at night. Keep it wispy – Choose lashes that have a natural wispy cut to them and are not just blocks of black colour. You’ll create a beautiful frame for your eyes without it being obstructive. Until next time.... Sabina Ventriglia Professional Makeup Artist For bookings and enquiries:

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Good Location Great Company Fabulous Hair


n the heart of Castle Road in Bedford is a hidden gem, Barnets Hair Company owned by Andrea Setchell, Barnets has now been trading for over six years.

Andrea’s staff regularly go on courses enabling them to keep up with current trends and you can be sure they will know exactly what you want, they all come highly recommended and always listen to their clients. The minute you walk into this salon it’s like visiting a long time friend for a catch up over a coffee, they make you feel so welcome, the atmosphere is relaxing and the whole ambience makes you want to stay longer than your initial hair appointment. They offer you a large selection of teas and coffees, the latest magazines


(including Affinity!) as well as high end hair products. If you would like to have your nails done, Mel their resident nail technician offers a range of services from basic manicures to fabulous bio sculpture gel nails (which act as a three week manicure!) Andrea and her staff would like to say a big Thank You to all the loyal clients they already have and wish to extend a warm welcome to new clients “If you haven’t discovered the secret to great hair yet give Barnets a try – you won’t want to leave!” 01234 363416 159 Castle Road, Bedford

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Since it is the month of love I thought we could love our bodies this month (even more than normal!) We are always told â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;knowledge is powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and when it comes to our bodies this statement is so true. The more we can find out about how our bodies work the more we can be aware of changes it makes. Here are my top tips to love your body and to know how to look after it. After all we want to get the best out of it.


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Your history • Know your family’s health history. Speak to your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters about their health and you can begin to highlight potential hereditary conditions. By knowing the areas you could potentially be at risk from you can be aware of the signs and symptoms • Know your risk of cancer. There are lots of screening centres around the UK that offer a health check. If you have highlighted in your family history that there could be a problem then get checked out and be safe. Also you could address certain lifestyle choices - drink less, quit smoking etc. to try and minimise your risk even further. • Know your cholesterol levels. Ideally you should have you cholesterol checked every five years by your GP, or more frequently if your doctor has recommended so. Know the foods to eat plenty of • Broccoli - Broccoli is one of the nutritious foods you can eat. It is packed full of vitamins and minerals, it also contains the phytochemical sulforaphane, which can help reduce the risk of cancer. • Olive oil - switch your frying oil and salad dressings for olive oil and benefit from the omega3 fatty acids and unsaturated fats that can help reduce your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease too. • Berries - scientists in Finland found that eating 5 ounces a day offers 3 huge heart healthy benefits; Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, improving cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure. • Green tea - could you swap one of your regular cups of tea or coffee for a cup of super healthy green tea? Green tea is high in a chemical called EGCG, one of the most potent anticancer compounds ever found. Know the foods you should avoid like the plague • Processed and refined carbs - a sure fire way to increase your body fat percentage, increase your body weight and increase your risk of heart disease. Steer clear of white bread, pasta, cakes, sweets, jams, pastry, refined grains like white rice • Processed meats - hot dogs, shop brought sausages (as opposed to butchers own), Spam are all examples of fat and salt food bombs! They also

frequently contain nitrates and artificial colours and preservative which have links to cancer. • Artificial sweeteners - Five hundred times the sweetness of sugar but zero calories - too good to be true? YES! The sweetness of the flavour fools the body into thinking it is getting calories then when it doesn’t it craves more food. Doesn’t make sense as a weight loss tool then does it?! • Alcohol - Not only does alcohol contain empty calories but it can dehydrate you. More than 2 glasses per day can increase your chance of getting dementia later in life. Make a change Food quality has dropped in the past 10 years and stress levels are increasing which is leading us nicely into a whirlwind of ill health and obesity, so let’s STOP now and do something about it. • Shop organic where you can. There are plenty of farm shops around so visit them weekly and buy your fruit and veg fresh and LOCAL - not only are you supporting local businesses, you’re saving the planet by reducing the carbon footprint and you’re going to be getting the freshest possible fruit and veg. Yes, shopping local is more expensive than the big supermarket chains but there is a reason for it - good food costs more than mass produced, chemically enhanced, flavourless food. • Take your pills - Everyone should be taking a multivitamin. Even if we eat fresh fruit and veg, we can’t guarantee we’re getting enough of all the vitamins we need. I nag because I care! • Quit smoking - If there is going to be one change you make to your health and lifestyle, then let it be this one. You can literally add years to your life by giving up smoking. There are so many support networks available now so take the plunge and change your life. • Drink water - I know I go on about it but as a human your life depends on you drinking water. Remember the 8 glass rule as a MINIMUM. Dehydration can cause confusion, dizziness, headaches, kidney problems, muscle soreness....need I go on! • Exercise like your life depends on it - 30 minutes of exercise a day can decrease your risk of heart disease (the UK’s number 1 killer) by 80 percent.......YES 80 percent! It doesn’t have to be vigorous exercise but enough to elevate your heart rate - a walk in your lunch break could do the trick. Julie Holl 07808 739651

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woman of the month

Hazel Strickley Age: 50 this year! Occupation: Hair, Beauty and Wellbeing Salon Owner (Hazel Kaye) & Product Training Manager for ICON Partnership Resides: In the picturesque village of Oakley

Describe yourself in three words? I like to think I am caring, happy with a touch of Scouse humour!

Best Holiday destination and why? Bali – Beautiful scenery, a spiritual, peaceful ambience and lovely people.

What makes you stand out in a crowd? For those of you that know me – My boobs and my smile!

You can’t leave the house without? My lipstick (usually red) and my handbag, it has my life in it!

Your top 3 movies? The Godfather, Birdcage and War of the Roses.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? On a Caribbean beach most of the time

What do you do to relax? Being pampered in the No 1 beauty salon in the UK (I had to get that in!) Walking by the seaside or in the country. Drinking good red wine, eating good food and spending time with good friends.

What three people dead or alive would you invite to a dinner party and why? Tom Jones, I’ve adored him since I was 5 and he would be great for a sing song after. Michael Buble because everything about him is gorgeous and Ella Fitzgerald for the stories and the brilliance.

Your most extravagant purchase and why? A Cartier watch I brought for my husband’s 50th Birthday, I wanted to buy it for his 40th but the money went towards the salon refit!

What makes you happy? My husband, My gorgeous daughter – All of my family and friends. We have some great times together.

If you could be anyone or anything what would it be? Michael Buble backing Singer!

Who inspires you? The Queen – Need I say more!

Describe your ideal man? Tall, dark, handsome and charming – Just like my husband!

Hazel Strickley Hazel Kaye, 40 High Street, Oakley, Beds 01234 826502 24

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With thanks to our lovely models Bernie and Zoe. Hair by The Look Hair & Beauty Salon, Barnstable Rd, Bedford

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Fever Millie Dress £60

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Drama Queen Lace Dress £29

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The Dragon The Year of the Dragon – 2012 2012 is the Year of the Dragon! There are 12 animals representing each Chinese New Year, and according to Chinese Mythology, the dragon is a symbol of success and happiness. It is believed that the Year of the Dragon will be marked with excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity. People born under the Dragon are passionate, brave and selfassured. In general they are blessed with good fortune. They are smart, enterprising and have a wicked sense of humour. Their charisma and charm is an immense draw to people of the opposite sex whose attention and admiration they crave. Though they have a tendency to treat love like a game, they can settle down when they meet the right partner, someone who’s strong enough not to be bowled over by the Dragon’s flamboyant, independent and stubborn personality.

On the twenty third January 2012 people all over the world will be celebrating the start of one of the most important events in the Chinese calendar – The Chinese New Year! Also known as the spring festival, it is very similar to the Western New Year, swathed in traditions and rituals. The celebrations begin on the first day of the lunar month and continue for fifteen days, when the moon is brightest. The first week is celebrated with visits to friends and family followed by lots of good luck traditions. On New Year’s Eve, families gather together and have a large, traditional meal – a bit like our Christmas dinner. Then people will stay up until midnight, when they set off fireworks to frighten away evil spirits. The end of the New Year is on the fifteenth day of the lunar month and is marked by the festival of Lanterns, which is a huge celebration featuring singing, dancing and stunning lantern shows.

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On the

Couch put the spark back into your

relationship Relationships really are no different. They need a daily effort if you want to be in it for the long haul and it’s the little things that make huge impacts, so here are some things you can do to reconnect with each other and put some spark back into your relationship today and everyday………….

e’re all GUILTY – Once the first flush of romance has passed, all relationships lose their sparkle and passion and if you don’t do something about it, you can easily become strangers and problems can surface.


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about how to “Put the spark back in your relationship”

Taking time each day to work on your relationship, even in the smallest way, will make for a happy and lasting one.

A relationship, like anything else you want to last, requires attention, work and regular maintenance. Imagine buying a car, driving it off the forecourt and never checking or changing the oil, filling it up with petrol, or getting regular services. You’re not going to get too far and it’s certainly not going to last you as long as it could. 30

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First date - Re-create your first date. Think back to where you went, what movie you saw, what meal you ate. Then re-create it. It’s fun to take a trip down memory lane and have all the excitement and feelings come flooding back.

Say ‘Thank You’ - We show gratitude to strangers and people we work with all the time, but it's easy to forget to do the same for our partners. A small gesture of thanks, whether it's saying thank you for emptying the cat litter, cooking a nice meal or just for being there goes an awfully long way.

Show affection - Hold hands, hug, and kiss or just put your arm around him/her. There is a lot to be said for the healing power of touch. Try a back rub, footsie under the table, whatever you like just make a point of having physical contact each and everyday. Kissing is one of the most intimate things you can do with your clothes on and will help to maintain and build up the romantic bond between you.

Make time - We all have busy lives and even evenings can be taken up with lots of chores or work. So try to spend just 10 minutes alone together every day to find out what each of you have been up to. Leave notes for each other - Get a pack of sticky notes and write little messages you can leave where your loved one will find them. We're not talking about ones that say: 'Remember to take the bins out'!

Communicate - Personally, I think this one is the key to any relationship. Just talk and listen to each other. Discuss your dreams and hopes for the future, your fears and what you most look forward to. Turn off the TV and just chat. Talk about stuff that you both like - films, books, cooking, gardening, DIY, anything as long as you talk. Communication is one of the biggest parts of a relationship and not talking will cause you problems.

Flowers - Think of her favourite flowers from time to time and give them to her “just because”. Forget the past - This means silly arguments or things where one of you may have done or said something they now regret. Move forward and concentrate on your future together. By harbouring resentment, you will never be able to move on with your relationship.

Go Away Together - Sometimes, it takes some distance and time together to remind you how much you love and enjoy each other's company. Get someone to look after the kids and get away for a night or weekend, where you can just do fun things together that you can never do at home.

Taking time each day to work on your relationship, even in the smallest way, will make for a happy and lasting one.

Date Night - Pick a night this week to go out on a date. Whether it’s dinner and a movie or just a couple of drinks after work followed by a walk in the park, the point is to have time alone together to reconnect. Take turns planning a special evening each week, make it a competition. To add a little twist arrange to meet somewhere, arrive separately, and then pretend it's the first time you've been out together. Find out about each other all over again. This will remind you what you used to see in each other. Massage - Book a couples massage at a local day spa. This can be especially invigorating after a long stressful week and set the tone for a relaxing weekend. Say 'I love you' - Those three words are often forgotten as relationships progress, but, said properly, they mean so much. In fact, you don't even need to say them, send a text or email and say it. 31

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Luxury at

Lotus Spa W


e all need some time away with our other half to escape the everyday turmoil and stresses of life and what better way especially as this is the month of ‘Love’ than some romantic luxury time together, and that’s just what myself and my husband did – but instead of getting in the car for an hours drive we discovered this guilty pleasure right on our doorstep at The luxury Lotus Spa situated within the 18th century Swan Hotel in Bedford, where we were going to enjoy a full luxury body massage with chocolates, champagne and rose petals – I couldn’t wait!

he whole experience was one of calm and tranquillity our bodies felt rebalanced and refreshed and we felt as if we had shared some actual ‘couples time’

Once the massages were finished we weren’t rushed out we were able to sit up and enjoy our champagne alone until we felt ready to rejoin the outside world. We then enjoyed lunch whilst we chilled in our fluffy white gowns and slippers in the relaxation area that is for spa guests only.

Angela and Sam who run the spa were inspired to create somewhere for you to come and relax, rejuvenate, rebalance and replenish your energy with a wonderful selection of western and eastern treatments – they wanted to create a real indulgence of your senses, and this is exactly what they have done at The Swan.

After lunch we then experienced some more bubbles but this time in the Jacuzzi! We left our spa day having spent more than 4 hours indulging in time for us. We both felt completely rejuvenated and refreshed.

When we arrived we spent some time relaxing in the Roman bath inspired swimming pool and Jacuzzi until venturing into the ‘couples treatment room’ for our full body massage by candlelight.

This is just one of the treatments the Lotus Spa offers as well as many packages for couples, mums to be, brides etc so why not visit their website or give them a call to see how you can recharge your batteries with a little bit of pampering.

As we stepped into the candlelit room, the ambience of calm and tranquillity was overwhelming and time seemed to stand still, the beds were scattered with rose petals with a glass of champagne to enjoy and chocolates waiting for us before our massage began.

If you wish to book the ‘Romantic luxury time together’ package for a Valentine’s present or just because you want some relaxing time with your partner it is something I would highly recommend the cost is £130 per couple and can be tailored to your own individual requirements.

Both Angela and Sam made me and my husband feel completely relaxed and all the stresses of our busy everyday lives slowly disappeared as they expertly worked their magic.


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Of the Web Best

Those darn meddling geeks down at Facebook have done it again, apparently the new Timeline feature that is being added to all user profiles tweaks a few security settings quietly in the background. The first to come to light is losing all preferences for hidden friends.

elcome to Best of the Web - Affinity Magazines Monthly update on the best (and worst) the internet has to offer.


Latest News Windows on iPad – Free, legal and coming soon! Well we never thought we would see it but OnLive Desktop, a free app to be released during January will make running Windows on your iPad a reality, just run the app and see your full Windows desktop and files immediately. This cool and controversial app will not only run all of your favourite Windows software but it’ll also have Steve Jobs spinning in his grave!

Wunderkit is coming soon! The very same wonderful people that gave us Wunderlist have spent over a year working on Wunderkit, a free to use fully fledged task management tool that goes way beyond being explained in 25 words. Check it out at the link above. App of the Month Flipboard

Facebook Timeline – Wow another Facebook security scare! Big Hitters : This Month's most viewed Youtube videos 1) Jessie J - Domino : 10,871,983 hits 2) Vending Machine Win : 2,599,669 hits

Handy little free app that takes all of your Facebook, Twitter and news feeds and loads them into a magazine style reader. Follow Platforms : iPad and the crowd: This iPhone only at the month's Twitter moment


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.... February tips

Flower of the month

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Indeed, it's near-perfect in design. Resilient to frost and snowfall, it will spread enthusiastically around the garden and last throughout the greyest of months. With their pretty cup shaped flowers in rich yellow tones, they bring a sunshine glow to gardens – perfect at times when there is little else in flower. They appear almost overnight providing gardens with a very welcome splash of colour Planted as bulbs, aconites will come back into flower year after year and they look particularly lovely scattered about under trees, in borders or dotted about in the lawn.

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Mix them with white snowdrops for some lovely contrast, or bluebells for a woodland style display. Just like snowdrops and bluebells, aconites can be planted ‘in the green’ (ready sprouted bulbs) if you forgot to plant the standard bulbs in the autumn.

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Life Valentines Day is the perfect time of the year to tell that special someone just how much they mean to you. But whilst Valentine’s day allows you to get lost in the moment, it is also important we remember the environment. Affinity has put together some eco friendly Valentine’s gifts that will allow you to express your love for the Earth as well as Handmade Pendant Made from Recycled Silver £85 silver tree studio

that special someone!

Butler's Organic Chocolates £6.99 Waitrose

Organic gift set £32

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STYLEme eing chic is not something that’s reserved for the very rich or the very thin. Women on a tight budget or who think they have body shape issues can still look wonderful every day. Just look at Gok Wan and his ‘How to look beautiful naked’ – it’s all about simply knowing what’s right for you.


First stop and apparently this is Mary Ann’s first stop for everyone, House of Fraser for some ‘Spanx’ underwear, it is important to make sure the underwear is right otherwise the whole look can be ruined. Everyone should own some Spanx they are £30 (well I now have mine – very Bridget Jones – but hey as long as you don’t unwrap me you’ll never know!) It’s apparently what all the celebs wear!

The key to dressing well and developing a personal style is surprisingly simple: find out what suits you and your lifestyle, how to pull it all together, and where to buy it – so I decided to give it a go and contacted ‘Style Me’ a London based company that have just branched out into Milton Keynes. My styling session started with a phone call to a lovely lady called Mary Ann Ventour, who got some basic info from me on the phone such as lifestyle, size, what I usually wear, my colouring, particulars etc – she also asked me what my budget was as she said she could work within most budgets no matter how large or small

Next stop H&M, where Mary Ann informed me we were going for a ‘spring look’ - the trench (£29.99) should be a staple in any wardrobe and is perfect for showing off a small waist and excellent proportion (hourglass is THE best shape a woman could be!), which is what she told me I was – I love this woman!

I told her I was looking to update my work day wardrobe, and she suggested that as I don’t work in a corporate office we had the flexibility to add jeans to my new look, and with my budget we would be able to put together 2 distinct looks.

She then teamed the trench with a striped top (H&M) which has an exposed zip at the back (on trend) but the style of the top is not clingy which means I am able to hide my tummy area which is something I’d told her previously I don't like to accentuate.

We then agreed a day to meet in Milton Keynes to put my new look together (Mary Ann did tell me she would go to Milton Keynes before our meeting to pre select some outfits)

Then it was the H&M £29.99 boot cut jeans which are a must for anyone with womanly curves...worn in the right size they lift and separate the bum whilst elongating your legs...the length plays a big part and they HAVE to been worn with a good heel.

I was getting very excited and looking forward to seeing the clothes/outfits that were picked out for me – I could get used to this personal shopping experience!

Talking about the shoes...she went for red as she said they really finish the look (we got these from House of Fraser from a brand called Kaliko £70)

The day arrived and we met at Starbucks in Milton Keynes for a coffee at 11am, I had never met Mary Ann before, only spoken to her on the phone yet it felt as if I was meeting an old friend.


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To finish the look Mary Ann added a H&M £24.99 bag (which is a YSL copy but nobody needs to know!) and aviator sunglasses (H&M £3.99) which literally never go out of fashion. She told me to finish this look with red lips.

£25.00), and then by adding the jewellery and clutch bag it can be glammed up for the evening! Wow, I look fantastic and all the items are versatile and can be mixed and matched, allowing me far more than the two outfits she had promised me, I am amazed as I wouldn’t have chose these outfits myself - the time went so quickly and the whole shopping experience was a pleasure – to top it all off and to celebrate the ‘Newly styled me’ what better way than to finish the whole experience off than with a glass of wine – Thank you Mary Ann.

Then we go for my second look (remember we are working within my budget), this second look not only looks great but is multi functional. A black dress (H&M £24.99) which nips in at the waist is really going to give me a great silhouette which will be...very Jessica Rabbit! This dress is teamed with THICK black opaque tights (£7.99) which are apparently the sincerest form of flattery to any leg shape whether you have shapely pins or not.

As a special Valentines offer Mary Ann is offering this whole experience for £150 to Affinity readers and not the normal £200 so if you’re in a wardrobe rut and need some help give Mary Ann a call – it will be the best thing you ever do!!!

Mary Ann told me that because we have an expanse of black we need to break it up, so she added for some statement jewellery, gold/black cuff (H&M £3.49) and silver/gold necklace (H&M £3.99) with gold/white ring (H&M £3.49) and an orange bag which can be worn as a clutch (bang on trend) by H&M £12.99.

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The shoes we added to this outfit were from Zara at £25.99. They are ultra modern and can also be worn with trousers/jeans making them super functional and versatile. In principle Mary Ann told me this great Little Black Dress can be worn by day with my trench coat and Warehouse scarf (From House of Fraser


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Crab & Asparagus

Linguine Ciao everyone! This rich and buttery pasta dish is perfect for that romantic Valentine night in ‘A meal fit for a goddess,’ (so it was spoken years gone by in Italy) also because asparagus is considered to be an aphrodisiac! In Italy we would use the fresh catch of the day. When they had crab on their morning’s catch then that was the restaurant special that evening. Asparagus spears are a wonderful vegetable which are packed with goodness, and taste absolutely great. Traditional Chinese herbalists have used asparagus for thousands of years to treat maladies, including such widely disparate ailments as arthritis and infertility, and today scientists have established that asparagus is a heart-healthy food, containing no fat, cholesterol or sodium.

‘’The Don’s Delicious Dining’ is exclusive to Affinity,. Each month ‘The Don’ will be sharing delicious recipes for you to WOW your family and friends with!! If you would like the services of ‘The Don’ for private dining in your own home, please contact him at 46

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Ingredients Dried linguine pasta 1tbsp olive oil Crab meat from two crabs 1 bundle of asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2.5cm lengths 100g butter 3tbsp parsley, finely chopped 2tbsp chives, finely chopped 1 onion peeled and finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped 1 mild red chili, deseeded and finely chopped 50ml vegetable stock Juice from 1 lemon

Recipe Cook the linguine pasta in plenty of boiling salted water, according to the packet's instructions. Drain the majority of the water and add the olive oil, stir through the pasta and keep warm. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large frying pan, add the onion and asparagus and season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook over a medium heat for 2-3 mins then add the chili and garlic and cook for 1 min. Add the crab along with the vegetable stock and cook for a further 2 mins. Stir in the chopped parsley, chives and lemon juice then add the pasta and make sure all the ingredients are mixed together thoroughly. Season, if necessary, to taste and serve immediately

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The romance of Valentine’s day deserves an equally romantic drink, so why not turn into Tom Cruise and wow your loved one with our very own cocktail for lovers created by Modello ………


Chocolate Valentine’s Cake Forget the usual chocolates and roses for your Valentine, and instead say, 'I love you,' with this chocolate heart-shaped cake decorated how you choose.

'Satisfaction' Eristoff Black Vodka Archers Cranberry Juice In a tall glass add 25ml Archers, then fill three quarters of the way up with cranberry juice. Fill the rest of the glass with the Eristoff black vodka, which will float on the top, add a slice of lime or strawberry for decoration – serve chilled or over crushed ice!

For the cake: 4oz dark chocolate (grated) 4oz ground almonds 4oz butter 6oz caster sugar For the granache: 6 tbls milk 6oz dark chocolate 4 eggs separated 1oz butter 6oz self raising flour 1 tbls cream Method Line a heart shape tin, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk egg yolks and add a little at a time to the mixture. Fold in ground almonds, grated chocolate and milk. Whisk egg whites and gently fold into the mixture. Add the flour and bake in an oven 170C or gas mark 3 for approx 1 hour 10 mins or until centre of cake springs back when touched. Gently melt the remaining chocolate and butter in a bowl over simmering water. Cool slightly, and then add the cream. When cooled slightly, pour over cake and if necessary smooth with a palette knife. You can then decorate the cake how you like with: roses, raspberries, strawberries, white chocolate hearts and much more – you choose.

Why not come in with friends or a loved one to have this cocktail and others made professionally for you at Modello. They specialise in cocktails and for the whole month of February, Monday to Friday 5pm - 8pm buy one cocktail get the other FREE! Modello 18 - 20 St Peters Street Bedford MK40 2NN 01234 343455

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Valentine Fudge Ingredients Milk Chocolate Layer: 1 ¼ cups chocolate chips ½ cup sweetened condensed milk Dash of salt White Chocolate Layer: 1 ¼ cups white chocolate chips ½ cup sweetened condensed milk Dash of salt Foil Love heart sweets 64 red foil bonbon cups or mini muffin cases

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Play Method Line an 8-inch square tin with foil. In a medium-size, microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk chocolate layer ingredients. Microwave the mixture on high at 30-second intervals until the chocolate is melted (about a minute), stirring at each interval. When the mixture's smooth, use a spatula to spread it evenly into the prepared tin. In another medium-size microwave-safe bowl, combine the white chocolate layer ingredients. Repeat the melting process as described, but stir at 20-second intervals, as white chocolate tends to scorch easily. Spread the white chocolate evenly over the dark chocolate layer. While the fudge is still warm, use a knife to gently score it into 1-inch squares, then put a love heart on top of each square. Chill the fudge uncovered in the fridge for at least 2 hours or until firm. Lift the foil to remove the fudge from the tin and place on a cutting board. Use a large knife (a parent's job) to cut apart the squares, then peel the foil from the bottom. Place each fudge square into a foil bonbon cup or mini muffin cup.

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A creative approach to...........

creative writing or those who have children in formal education there is in almost every academic year a requirement to write creatively. As parents most of us may not have had to do that for more years than we care to remember. But take heart it is not only something that is very achievable but it is also something that can be fun.


Creativity is a noun that means the ability to transcend traditional ideas. Put simply it’s a new way of looking at something or making something or, in terms of writing, a new or different way of writing about something. Writing is putting thoughts down on paper, or more commonly these days, on a computer or word processor. For us as parents that is often where the problem lies. Unless we happen to work in a role that involves writing, it is not something we are likely to do a lot of and therefore it is a skill we probably lack confidence in, and as the old saying goes ‘practice makes perfect’. We tend to get better at things when we have to keep on practicing the skill. Although there are often degrees of natural talent as evidenced by progress made by contestants on the X factor, practice and training also contribute to skill and success. For parents, shopping lists, the odd letter, email or face book status, hardly counts as writing practice.

In terms of helping your child the first hurdle for many adults to overcome is quite literally putting pen to paper. It helps if it’s a decent pen and if you have a bit of time, so you don’t feel rushed and, with any sort of work, a bit of peace and quiet and a decent table space also helps. But do not fear there are lots of things you can do to help your child write creatively long before that hurdle is reached. Writing is about putting thoughts down on paper and the thinking part can be done literally anywhere. In fact a good place to start is when you are outdoors at the park or visiting somewhere, try talking about things you see and ways of describing them. Trees can be a good place to start, think about ways of describing the different types of leaves, large flat ones or spiky pines, greens, reds and every shade in between. Clearly the type of words you use will depend on the age and ability of your child, but try thinking of different ways and words to describe what you see. Then you can start thinking about the use of metaphors and similes. A simile is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared – ‘she is like a rose’ A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a phrase is applied to something it is not; literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance ‘… she was a rose’ 52

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If your child is reluctant try to make it fun by getting them to use all their senses and trying some of the activities below. Taste Close your eyes and you and your child both eat something, sherbet lemon sweets work well, but anything with a distinctive flavour will work. Try and describe what you are tasting – then contrast it with a completely different taste and try to describe that. Touch Have a few secret objects in a bag and again with eyes closed try to describe what you are touching, often it’s good to aim for contrasts, a ‘brillo’ pad then a piece of silk for example. Again try to describe what you are feeling and with this you could take it in turns and see if you can guess from the description what the other is touching Sight Postcards of different objects or places work well for this or you could try designing something

One of the ways everyone can increase their vocabulary is simply by reading. Try finding some descriptive passages from books. I remember reading Great Expectations as a child and being able to picture exactly what Miss Haversham’s wedding room looked like. If you find a good description in a book then you can ask how would you ‘set’ it for a film. Lots of children may have read Harry Potter books for example, before they saw the films and reading a description of a scene or character can open up a discussion about how the director chose to portray it and whether or not it was like they had imagined that part of the book. Reading the opening sentences of books can be good fun too. They really have to capture the reader to make them keep reading. I have heard of a game where you can read the back of a book then try to write the opening sentence and compare your own with the real one. This can work with adult or children’s fiction.

together, an alien for example and then describing it to someone else. Smell Trying to describe smells is something lots of people find tough, especially if you ban using words like nice or nasty and try to think of other descriptive words. Visits to places outdoors can be good for this and often it helps concentrate the mind on one sense if you can shut your eyes or minimise sounds. Sound Music can be an obvious stimulus here but it is also fun to try describing the noise everyday objects make, like the dishwasher or vacuum – what do they really sound like if you were trying to describe the sound to someone who had never heard the sound The before. purpose of these exercises is simply to get your child thinking about describing things and while doing that trying to extend their vocabulary by introducing new Then having words or thinking of done some of alternative words that this preparatory could be used. work and really got your child thinking about words and hopefully extended their vocabulary, it’s also useful to do some exercise in developing ideas, choosing alternative words, learning to use adverbs, adjectives and connectives to good effect. There are plenty of good quality inexpensive work books that can be used which can also give practice exercises for organising writing and structuring work. Then there comes that moment when the pen must be put to paper if they are to get writing and be creative!!

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Who said that winter gave you the blues? Forget the headlines and get on with what you do best! People are still spending and they will spend with people who smile the most! Happy New Year everyone!!! We have just had our January network at Champneys, Henlow. A place very close to my heart since I started my training at the age of 16 and continued to work there for four years as a Beauty Therapist, teaching exercise classes and offering personal training. Mrs Purdew gave us a fantastic insight into her business success with Henlow Grange and the Champneys group. February is the time to focus on your business. We will be celebrating International Women’s Day on Thursday 16th February at Shuttleworth College, Old Warden. I would like to thank Bedford College for sponsoring the event and making it possible for us to have the excellent Ruth Badger from The Apprentice as our guest speaker. The fun starts at 10am with coffee and networking, followed by an inspiring and motivational talk by Ruth; then a two-course lunch put on by the superb catering team at Bedford College. I also have a surprise guest on the day that is a very brave and wonderful woman to share her story with us. We are aiming for 200 guests and we already have 20 business stands booked to showcase what they do. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet lots of new business contacts, so why don’t you join us? I opened an email the other day, which gave me a

smile. I have been asked to be ‘Cilla’ for Bedford College as they put on their business version of Blind Date! I will be asking students 3 tough questions associated with business and depending on their answers I will have to make the difficult decision as to who I would employ (and have alorra laughs!) Margaret Beaufort Middle School in Riseley have been doing an entrepreneurial competition and I was invited to share with the pupils my business success and talk to them about my role as President of Bedfordshire Business Women. It is always a pleasure to try and inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow! Really pleased that 5th Avenue is now working with Creative Beauty and Fresh Face – fellow BBW members. They are now offering semi permanent make up, botox and chemical peel treatments at the salon. We held a launch night with over 50 guests attending. Have a great February and remember to keep positive and make the most of every opportunity. Now is the time to grow your market share! Warm Wishes, Kerry Cash President BBW For enquiries -

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E S L 8 A I D U A here are few better luxury cars on the road than the Audi A8. While the design may not break many boundaries, the flagship of the Audi range showcases cutting edge yet user-friendly technology, along with impressively efficient engines. Like the previous model, it uses a lightweight aluminium body that boosts economy and aids handling. All models also come with Audi Drive Select - a system that allows the driver to change the steering, suspension and automatic gearbox settings. The 3.0-litre models also get stop/start in a bid to reduce fuel consumption. Then there's the superb cabin which oozes class with its top quality materials and elegant, yet modern design. Whether you're behind the wheel or relaxing in the sumptuous rear seats, the A8 is simply a wonderful car to travel in.


tepping in to the new A8 the fantastic attention to detail is obvious, both in the front and the rear, and there are a host of little touches that illustrate this. Ambient lighting, rear reading lights and hand-sanded and varnished wood panels are just some of the elements that indulge. A central-locking button in the back will be fine for chauffeuring duties, but annoying with inquisitive children as passengers.


Technology has moved on in more areas than just engine development though, and the toy that all A8 owners will want to show off is the touch sensitive pad for controlling the satellite navigation. You spell your desired destination out with your finger rather than having to fiddle with a wheel. Announcing each letter after you have traced it on the pad should eliminate any mistakes, and it stood up to our poor handwriting on test.

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E wo specification levels are available to UK A8 customers, SE and SE Executive and the latter adding to this equipment list features such as electrically operated boot closing, the Audi Parking System Advanced with rear parking camera and larger 19-inch wheels in place of the 18-inch design fitted to SE models.

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Customers will be able to specify all-LED headlights in place of the standard Xenon set-up, and for even greater opulence fivemode seats with ventilation and massage function, a rear seat entertainment package and a 1,400-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system. Online connectivity, night vision assist capable of marking out pedestrians, Audi side and lane assist and Audi pre-sense expansion packages will also be available to further enhance this technological tour de force. This has just got to be one of the most complete luxury motoring packages available today and not only does it deliver all the qualities of an executive saloon, but it has the added bonus of sportscar-like handling.

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Non-Stop Action at ..........

Santa Pod Stunt Fest


tuck for something to do this half term, why not take a trip to Santa Pod Raceway, the home of automotive thrills and spills is ready to kick 2012 off with a bang, thanks to its all new Stunt Fest show on Saturday18th February.

high-octane half-term entertainment for families and petrolheads of all ages, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take some beating! The live action arena boasts more horsepowerderived antics than the typical Hollywood blockbuster and headlining the talented cast is Podzilla, the nitro-snorting Monster Truck that lays waste to literally dozens of cars in one sitting! There will be a stunt man show wowing the crowds along with a Stunt Fest surprise act of weird and wonderful stunts!

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Tickets are priced at £15 on the gate or £9 in advance and under 13s get in for free. Also, Santa Pod has made all parking and grandstand seats free, making this incredible value for money for a full family. The gates will be open from 12pm until 6pm and the stunt performances run from 2pm until 5pm. VIP tickets are just £20 for children and £40 for adults.

The death-defying antics of the best Freestyle Moto-crossers in the UK will leave you gasping in a mix of admiration and horror as they trash the laws of physics and leap almost 60 feet in the air. Want to get up close and personal with the action? Then strap yourself into a drift car passenger ride and experience the thrill of powersliding at up to 100mph. Or if you’re really feeling brave, try the Red Dragon 10 seater Monster Truck for a birds-eye view of the whole thing. The simply awesome power of the Fireforce 3 Jet Car will be flaming out for its fans and keeping everybody warm and toasty. And, on the subject of fire, the talented boys and girls of the Poi Circus will also be juggling burning clubs and diablos for what is quite literally a flaming good show! It’s not all tortured tyres and screaming engines however, High Glee Club, a Glee Tribute act will be providing a more sonorous soundtrack and with Kid’s Entertainers on hand, a funfair, licensed bar and catering and a huge firework display, there’s as much going on outside of the arena as in it! You need to keep an eye on the site, as there are still yet more acts to be confirmed.

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It’s going to be one packed day out and something not to be missed by adults and children alike.

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The Six Nations………………………..

A Whole New Ball Game The Six Nations Championship is the oldest rugby championship in the world, dating back to 1882. This year it kicks off on 4th February. Originally held between the four United Kingdom countries England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, France joined in 1910 and Italy twelve years ago in 2000.

hen the English rugby team travelled to Swansea in 1882, few could have realised the importance of the occasion. The game in which England beat Wales by two goals and four tries to none, sparked a festival of rugby that has since become the pride of the northern hemisphere, known in the early days as the International Championship – with only England, Ireland, Scotland and


There were no points system, and teams were judged simply on whether they won or lost.

source of controversy. England and Scotland were the most successful teams in the early days but by 1900 all of the four teams had found success at a game that was growing rapidly in popularity.

Before the turn of the century the Championship was marred by disputes and three times (1885, 1887, and 1889) it could not be completed. Indeed, even after 1900 it continued to be a

In the first decade of the 20th century, Wales were the team to beat. Unbeaten at home between 1900 and 1913, they won six outright titles before England staged a comeback that

Wales competing – and being far less organised than the modern tournament.

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coincided with the 1910 opening of the RFU’s new home at Twickenham. France joined the fray in1910, and initially struggled to achieve any notable success. The outbreak of war saw the tournament put on hold between 1914 – 1920 and the inter war years were dominated by England as they swept to nine championship victories including five Grand Slams. France continued to struggle and in 1931 they were forced to pull out of the championship, and didn’t rejoin until the end of the Second World War in 1947 – in the early post war seasons Ireland took three outright titles including consecutive triple crowns in 1948 and 49. France shared the title in 1954 and 55 and were then champions for four years in a row from 1959 – 1962 and in 1968 won their first Grand Slam. The 1970’s brought mixed fortunes. In 1972 the

tournament couldn’t be completed because Scotland and Wales refused to play in Dublin because of the escalating political problems. And the following year the tournament ended with a unique five way tie – every country having won and lost two games. The 1970’s belonged to Wales, whereas England struggled throughout the 1970’s and most of the following decade – in the 1980’s it was France that came into their own, winning the title outright three times, including two Grand Slams in 1981 and 1987

Italy started this newly christened tournament superbly, winning their opening game gainst Scotland in Rome, and in 2007 had their best tournament to date with back to back wins against Scotland and Wales. The 2010 Six Nations belonged to France as they won the Grand Slam for the first time since 2004.

In 1984 Scotland won their first Grand Slam for 59 years and Ireland 12 months later – neither have won it since.

The 2011 Six Nations could have brought England their first Grand Slam since 2003 but Ireland beat them in the penultimate game of the tournament, leaving Wales a slim chance of taking the title if they had beat France by a wide margin, but France beat Wales and England took the title.

The dominance of England and France during the 1990’s brought criticism that the championship was not offering a high enough standard of competition, and thus Italy were asked to join in 2000, and the six Nations were born.

The 6 Nations has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a simple challenge from one country to another. It is now one of the most exciting events in the rugby calendar and 2012 looks set to be no exception!

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Discover your.....

Destiny Sue has over 30 years experience in the psychic field, is an authority on crystals and psychic energy, and is a world renowned Tarot reader and teacher. Each month readers are welcome to send their questions in for Sue to answer at Sue also offers private readings on a one to one basis, workshops, courses and much more, please visit her website: Tel: 01234 327090

Questions from readers My husband has struggled with my friendship with a special couple of friends ever since we seperated for a while ; because he says they remind him of this time, he has now gone off for a month on a personal challenge and has told me when he comes back he knows he needs to address this issue saying things will be different and we can all begin to have fun together again- do you see this happening and him doing as he says? I do see a start with it, but your partner is a man who puts a high price on respect, (which means toeing the line in his language) so he will aim to do this on his terms, However he will have seen the wonder and awe of the world, and been made to feel quite a small cog in the scheme of things, which is a new experience for him. This will put small difficulties into their proper place. He stands a good chance of making this work , if you can ignore the little pushes back towards his comfort zone, every so often . I have started a new course on colour therapy, interior design etc. Do you see me being succesful in this? There is success there, if you also learn how to sell yourself. It is pointless being really good if no one gets to know what you can do. You have a real passion for interiors, and the cards are showing a zany grace and style which would work well in coporate work as well as private housing, If you take this on board, you can do really well.

I keep having the recurring nightmare nearly every night now - that my teeth fall out - and it is really starting to worry me now. I am 22 years old and female? This is a common enough dream, and totally scary, as sometimes they crumble, or fall out in situations where others are expecting much of us, often in front of an audience. The teeth in our subconcious represent one of our only predator weapons, and to lose them symbolises having nothing to fight with, feeling powerless in situations, especially when questions arise about our own self belief, or in situations that we feel alien to. Recognise the situation that has you feeling like this and the dreams will stop. It is something that you are telling other people you are ok with, but are just about dealing with, rather than handling right.

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A spell to bring confidence With so many people in difficult situations regarding work , a spell to bring self belief is a must, especially just after the new year, when so much is expected of the year ahead. A small mirror Pen and some paper Ribbon and a candle (any colour) Write your Name on two sheets On the first sheet write down all the reasons that you should not have the good life that you want. Dig deep, and write down all the things that worry or annoy you about yourself. Roll this sheet up into a thin tube. On the second sheet, write all the things that you feel that you are due, and should have to make you happy and confident. For the third sheet choose a person in public or private life that you respect and believe has the qualities that you admire and need. Write their name on this sheet of paper. Write down why you respect them, and what they have about them that you do not have. Lay these last two pieces of paper together writing so that the words face each other. Roll the sheets up together into a tube. Stand it on its’ end on a small plate. Making sure that you are in a safe place (like a fire grate),

Take the first sheet of paper which has been rolled into a thin tube, light the paper and watch the smoke take difficulties away. Say: “Away with this smoke my problems fly Into the space of the endless sky” Take some golden oil such as corn oil, or rape seed oil, and say (as you pour the oil down the rolled tube of papers......) “Written words laid face to face, Must meld within each other, And hopes and dreams will move though space To tie each to its brother, As he (she) who I aim to replicate Shows me the way to a new fate, Each deed and dream to duplicate And every facet cover” Around the plate or saucer, place pictures or written words of things that you aim to have or get. As the oil covers these, they will be included in the spell, to be brought toward you. Leave the spell, for three days, light a yellow or golden candle, to burn for 3 minutes while you look into the flame and then step forward with confidence into every pathway that opens for you.

Magnesium This soft mineral connects with the brain and brain energies. It is used to bring a harmonious feeling to those whose thoughts are torn or tormented. Bringing a feeling of wholeness and oneness with humanity, while allowing users to find the happiness which is inherent within them, without feelings of self doubt. It is said to bring brain respite in mental difficulties and remove feelings of anxiety . In medicine Magnesium also works on the cardio vascular systems in the body. As a mineral ‘rock’ it actually looks like part of the lobal brain. It is used by the bedside, or in areas of rest, to calm the mind, or in scholarly situations to stimulate the mind, to help aid memory and thought. For this reason it is a valuable stone to keep with you in examinations, and tests.

Pyrite (Fools’ gold ) Pyrite is often sold as natural cubes, which look for all the world like nuggets of gold, but this less weighty crystal has many uses which make it much sought after. It is thought to expand energy, pull back strength into bodies which are overstretched and over tired, and remove depression. It is thought on a spiritual level to ground the spirit, keeping daydreams at bay, so that reality can become more evident, relieving the stresses and holds of low self esteem in the process. It is best set on a window sill in daylight to bring its best influence to a room, where it can give out vibrations to all who enter.

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What’s On February 2012

Late January – Mid February Snowdrop Walk The woodland trail is open all week during daylight hours with good parking facilities, hot drinks & lunch menu served in the newly restored Garden Room at the end of the walk. 01767 641007

Sat 11th – Sun 19th February Family Fun Trail – 11am – 4pm Wrest Park, Bedfordshire Join us this Half term for our Family Fun Trail, find the hidden clues to solve the puzzle and win a yummy prize. Sat 11th February Discover Dahl’s Archives at The Roald Dahl Museum For 10+ years: A behind-the-scenes look at our archive store which houses Roald Dahl’s manuscripts and letters, with our Archivist, Jane Branfield. Talks at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Free for Museum visitors. 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0AL

Tues 7th February Pamper/Shopping Evening 7.30pm – 10pm Riseley Village Hall Gold Street Bedfordshire MK44 1EG Come along for a treatment!! Mini facial, manicure, pedicure, eyebrow wax and many more....! Tickets £2.50 in advance (07577 701161) or £3 on the door. Includes a glass of wine/soft drink and nibbles!

Sat 11th February Make a nestbox RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy 01767 680541 Birds will be searching for places to nest soon; come and make a nestbox to take home and put up in your garden to help them raise their young. BOOKING ESSENTIAL Two sessions: 11am to 12pm and then 1pm to 2pm - £7 per nestbox

Thurs 9th February Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus As seen by over 700,000 people in Europe! One thing is certain, men and women live on two different planets. Everyone has been confronted with, or irritated by incomprehensible behaviour on the part of the opposite sex. Why is this? The answer lies in this witty one man show based on John Gray’s educational best-selling book ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’. 01234 269519 Bedford Corn Exchange, St.Pauls Square Bedfordshire MK40 1SL

Sat 11th February Second hand book sale – St Edmund/St James Church, Blunham 10am – 3pm Huge selection of second hand/nearly new books, refreshments, homemade soup from 1pm and tea/coffee and cakes.

Thurs 9th February Ladies Night – The White Horse, Newnham Ave, Bedford Wine tasting and food matching £8 includes supper and raffle 01234 409306

Tues 14th February Dinosaurs – Buckingham Old Gaol This is the theme for children's activities today at Buckingham Old Gaol and the regular volunteers are pleased that Clive Rodgers from 'Rocks and You - Bucks Earth Heritage Group' will be joining us with his special knowledge of dinosaurs. With this and the usual dinosaur fun it should be a great session. 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Call in anytime between the hours shown. Buckingham Old Gaol, Market Hill, Buckingham Buckinghamshire MK18 1JX 01280 823020 -

Sat 11th February Valentines Charity Abseil – 9.30am – 4.30pm Come and join in the fun this Valentine’s Day and abseil 120ft to raise money for children and young people with cancer. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading children’s & young people’s cancer charity, please register now.... we need YOU! £15 to register and £100 min sponsorship required 0113 288 3223 or 07771 968129 to register and for more details Bedford College, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AH Bedfordshire MK42 9AH


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Sat 18th February Stunt Fest at Santa Pod Raceway An afternoon of awesome stunts and displays for all the family, featuring some of the top UK stunt drivers and riders. Featuring: Monster Truck, Freestyle Motocross, Stunt Driver, Drift Rides, Jet Car Show, Fueltopia Barrel Sprint, Caravan Racing, Burnout Display, Kids Entertainers, Fireworks, Fun Fair Rides Autograph Sessions, Bar & Catering 01234 782828,

Tues 14th February Valentine’s Dinner & Dance 7pm onwards Sharnbrook Hotel £50 per couple 01234 783142 Thurs 16th February Bedford RSPB local group meeting - 7.30pm A.R.A. Social Club, Manton Lane, Bedford. 3rd Thursday of each month . Fri 17th February Stripy faces -The Forest Centre, Marston Vale, Beds Learn about our stripy faced friend the badger and make a mask to wear home Fun, facts and craft. Event aimed at 4-10 year olds. All materials provided. All children to be accompanied by an adult. £2.50 per child. When booking please specify names and ages of children, name of adult attending and contact phone number in case there are any changes. 01234 767037 or email for more details or to book your place.

Sat 18th February Live music charity night The White Horse, Newnham Ave, Bedford 01234 409306 Fri 24th February Abba Tribute Night Sharnbrook Hotel Come along for a night of Abba hits that will get everyone dancing away 01234 783142

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Quiet night in with..... If he can't have her……. Psychology professor Dr Sheila Tao is an expert on human behaviour, so when she begins an affair with charming graduate student Ethan Wolfe, she's well aware she's playing with fire. Consumed by lust and riddled with guilt, Sheila ends their three month fling when she becomes engaged to a kind and loving man who adores her. But Ethan has different plans... When a star student is stabbed to death, it's clear someone is raising the stakes of violence, sex and blackmail on campus. Before long, Sheila is caught in a terrifying cat-and-mouse game with Ethan: the lover she couldn't resist is now the monster who will never let her go. …… one else can! Jennifer Hillier makes her fiction debut with Creep, a thriller sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. At first, you might believe you know where this novel is going, but don’t write it off so easily. The surprising end has an unexpected twist. So, cancel your plans and settle in because this book is difficult to put down.

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Love is... having your wedding reception at Bedford Corn Exchange. Bedford Corn Exchange can cater for your wedding.

Valentine’s Menu Tuesday 14th February Starters

Homemade Roasted Plum Tomato and Pesto Soup

Confirm your wedding reception in 2012 and use our superb in house bars and catering facilities and you will receive a free bottle of luxury bubbly for the special couple.

Just quote bubbly when confirming your booking.

The Wedding Show Sunday 4th March 2012 11am - 4pm

Smoked Salmon and Atlantic Prawn Risotto With a Lemon Butter Chicken, Chorizo and Butternut Squash Terrine Served with Chorizo Jam and Toasted Sour Dough

Main Course Roasted Lamb Rump and Crispy Lamb Shoulder Served with Fondant Potato, Parsnip Puree and Thyme Jus Corn Fed Chicken Supreme Served with Potato Rosti, Creamed Savoy Cabbage, Wild Mushrooms, Smoked Bacon and Mushroom Jus Grilled Sea Bass Served with a Chickpea and Mussel Cassoulet and Crispy Squid Vegetarian options are available upon request

Millhouse Assiette of Desserts

Everything you need for your special day in one place for your enjoyment. Including canapé, cocktail on arrival, fashion shows and bags of goodies

A selection of sweets presented to enjoy together Mini Crème Brulee Homemade Icecreams and Sorbets Lemon Parfait with Sherbet Apple Shot Mini Chocolate Fondant

For more information please contact our reception on 01234 344813 or email cornexchange@ Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

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£25.00 per person, including a gift for the ladies Mill Road, Sharnbrook, Bedford, MK44 1NP 01234 781678

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