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Welcome to the Thames Valley Business Women’s Group (TVBWG) Established in 1989 in High Wycombe, TVBWG is a successful business support, advice and networking forum for businesswomen to meet like-minded people, share ideas, advice and support, network, make friends and learn ways to expand and improve their business, as well as creating sales opportunities. Today, TVBWG has many long-standing members who not only work together but have become close friends too! We hold monthly meetings for interactive sessions, some with specialist speakers; and participants are encouraged to liaise, work and socialise togetherin-between meetings.

TVBWG Meetings and Diary Planner: MONDAY 16 APRIL: Social Media Workshop Facebook, Linkedin, twitter etc... MONDAY 14 MAY: PR for Business Presentation interactive workshop and networking. MONDAY 11 JUNE: Style & Confidence evening for business and personal events. MONDAY 9 JULY: Open Networking Forum JUNE/JULY: Summer Social (date, venue and details will be published on our website) MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER: Business Advisory Clinic – specialist advisors on hand for key business areas – strategy, finance, legal, branding, PR, marketing, sales -plus more… TVBWG meetings are open to ALL business ladies, whether you own a business owner or partner, are a department head or company manager or are thinking of starting your own business! Our meetings are held at The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Moor Hall, Cookham SL6 9QH. Meet from 7.00pm for networking and we start promptly at 7.30pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available during meetings and the CIM bar is open for attendees to meet and network before and after our monthly sessions. Please remember to bring your business cards, leaflets, promotions and products to each session. Meetings are free for Members and £10 for guests.

For more information, please visit us at www.tvbwg.com and our facebook page.


to the April/May issue. Thank goodness the days are getting longer and the weather warmer! Hopefully, it will stay this way through the Easter Holidays for those of you who are having a break. We have a packed issue this time with details on how to hold a street party for the Jubilee (page 27) and information on the Olympic Torch - soon to be running through your neighbourhood. Lots of Spring Fashion starting on page 30 and please don’t forget we only feature our local Independent retailers so all the products featured are literally available on your doorstep. We have some fabulous recipes for you to try, a smoked haddock omelette, from Tom Kerridge, Orange Caramel Creams from The Spicy Chef. If you’re looking for a favourite walk then follow the route Kate Robinson takes through the bluebell woodlands in Cookham Dean (page 25) Stubbing’s Nursery have a fun filled Spring/Summer Programme, which can be seen on page 22. There is plenty to do this Spring and all the events are featured on pages 51 onwards. If you’re looking for a new book to read why not enter our book competition for the chance to win one of 3 books (page 24). We have our usual articles including Sally’s Smalltalk, Vanessa Woolley, the Mobile Office and what to look for in a performance coach. If you fancy a day out in London then take a look at the article from Emma Filtness who has investigated what’s on at two of the best known department stores. Please remember to support all our advertisers as they are at the heart of our community, along with all our local retailers who support the community themselves Until next time, Happy Reading..........

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Contents 6. Recipe - Smoked Haddock Omelette - Tom Kerridge 9. White Wine 12. The Sleep Issue 14. Part Joy part guerrilla: the art of wedding planning 15. Unreasonable behaviour leads to access limitation 16. Emmett & Stone Country Sports 18. Garden 20. Country Wise EDITOR Serena Edwards SUB EDITOR Alex Iszatt ADVERTISING Serena Edwards Eddie Pearce PUBLISHED BY Along the Thames Magazine 1 Bell Street, Maidenhead Berks SL6 1BU t: 01628 771419 m: 07711 887107 e: office@AlongTheThames.co.uk w: www.AlongTheThames.co.uk Copyright © 2012 Along the Thames

24. Readers Corner 26. Travel - Branching out with a holiday in the sky 27. A Diamond Year and Flaming start to the Olympic opening 28. Hair by Alexander 30. Fashion 35. Beauty - Spring make-up 36. Interiors - Window Dressings 38. Extending - Schedule of works

40. Property Investment - Get rich quick? err.. not really! 44. Social Media: Facebook 45. Mobile Office 46. Performance Coaching 47. Horoscopes 49. Motoring 51. Community 54. Out and About 57. Services 58. Useful Numbers

CONTRIBUTORS Harriet Subramanian, Phil Walker Alexander Parsons, Mike Beckley Christine Chalkin, Kasia Cole, Jill Coleby, David Rhys Price Tony Silver, Sally Todd, Colin Baxter Emma Filtness, Vanessa Woolley, Niki Schäfer, Shelagh Wright, Jacky & Mark Bloomfield, Sophie Ward,

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SMOKED HADDOCK OMELETTE 2 Michelin star - Chef Patron - Tom Kerridge - The Hand and Flowers INGREDIENTS

METHOD

Serves 6

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In a Pan bring the milk, cloves, bay leaves, parsley stalks and onion up to the boil.

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Remove from the heat and leave to infuse.

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Reduce down the white wine, white wine vinegar, black pepper, tarragon stalks to a glaze and leave to cool.

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Bring the milk back up to simmer and place the smoked haddock in. Take the pan off the heat and allow the fish to gently cook and cool down.

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Blend 10 eggs and pass through a chinoise.

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Take the haddock out of the milk and flake the fish.

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Pass the milk mix into a saucepan and heat. In a separate pan melt 1oz of butter then add the flour and cook the roux out.

6 Egg Yolks

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Slowly add the milk mix, whisking the whole time.

3 Shallots (chopped)

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When made and cooked out remove from heat.

4 Cloves of Black Pepper Tarragon Stalks

10. Make a hollandaise sauce with the shallot reduction, 2 egg yolks and 250 of melted butter. In Blinis pans cook the blended egg mix until just soft.

200ml White Wine Vinegar

11. Then add the flaked haddock, sprinkle with the grated parmesan.

100ml White Wine

12. Mix together 1 tablespoon of bĂŠchamel with 1 tablespoon of hollandaise and one egg yolk per person.

500g x Smoked Haddock 1 Pint of Milk 2 Cloves 2 Bay Leaves Parsley Stalks 1 Onion (chopped) 300g Butter 1oz Flour Salt Pepper

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13. Spoon this mix on top of the haddock and glaze under the grill. 14. Serve in the Blinis pans.


Crowne Club for Kids at Crowne Plaza Marlow With its Crowne Club for Kids, Crowne Plaza Marlow is rapidly Cr becoming renowned for being one be of the most child friendly hotels in

area. the area Every weekend, Kids’ Corner in Agua café & bar is set up to offer a child friendly environment with a range of toys and a soft play area. The lawns offer the perfect setting for cricket, tennis, swingball and a variety of other games which the hotel provide. Or if the weather isn’t suitable for outdoor play, there is a Wii Room along with a Movie Club. Kerri Cicirello, Marketing Co-ordinator at Crowne Plaza Marlow says “Long before I started working at Crowne Plaza, I used to come down to the hotel for lunch and a chat with my husband, whilst our children played in the soft play area. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to work here. The staff have always been

very friendly to children - and there are not many other places in the area where you can enjoy a nice lunch without worrying about the children being bored.” Executive Chef, Stuart, has developed a Kids’ Menu tailored for children up to the age of 12, so you can relax in the knowledge that the children are well catered for, with everything from Bagel Snakes to Bow Tie Pasta – fun and healthy food options for the younger guests. Keep an eye out for our LEGOLAND® Windsor Packages, Summer Garden Parties, Kids’ Discos and other fun filled events for your kids throughout the year. For information on Crowne Club for Kids and child friendly activities call 01628 496 800 or email: enquiries@cpmarlow.co.uk www.cpmarlow.co.uk/kids-corner

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Enjoy White Wine this Summer I

n my last article I talked about my preference for heart warming red wines throughout the winter months. Whilst I have not yet reached for the suntan lotion and sunglasses this year, there are the welcome signs of spring’s arrival and long summer days ahead. Inevitably, my mind has been turning towards white wines. Hopefully I can introduce you to a number of new varieties to try, and some new wine regions that you may not have previously considered. Sauvignon Blanc is one of the world’s best-known grape varieties and the New Zealand variety has been particularly popular in recent years. Why not try a Sauvignon Blanc from nearer home, such as Touraine Sauvignon from the Loire Valley in Northern France. Touraine Sauvignon provides bags of gooseberry and limes as well as great mouth-watering acidity, citrus fruits, and herbaceous notes. Acidity is commonplace in northern hemisphere wines and gives a mouth-watering sensation at the sides of the mouth. The

herbaceous notes, which are often compared with elderflower and nettles all combine to give a wine complexity and raciness. Try Alain Marcadet Touraine Sauvignon - £8.99 per bottle. Spain is now producing some fantastic white wines. Rias Baixas is located on Spain’s western coastline, to the north of Portugal, in an area of surprisingly high rainfall. These conditions make the area ideally suited to the Albarino grape. The combination of peaches and apricots and the tropical notes of melon give a wine of some complexity, whilst the high rainfall and relatively low temperatures (for Spain) ensure high acidity and flavours that are slightly on the “green” side of ripe, giving an intriguing wine of real class and distinction. Try Albarino Abadia San Campio 2010 - £13.75 per bottle Rueda is located approximately 170 km North of Madrid and is famous for wines from the Verdejo grape. Verdejo is a great alternative to Sauvignon in that it produces crisp white wine tasting of green apples,

with herbaceous and floral tones. Altitude has the effect of creating a large diurnal range of temperatures (the difference between daytime and night-time temperatures). This preserves both fruit and acidity within the grapes and many of the vineyards of Rueda are harvested at night time to ensure that no acidity is lost before the grapes are delivered to the winery. Try Finca Remendio Rueda 2010 - £8.55 per bottle. Finally, I could not end without at least mentioning Pinot Grigio. Although incredibly fashionable over the last five years, it has become a victim of its own success. Massive vineyards on the plains of the Veneto are producing extremely high yielding vines that in my view produce bland, flavourless wines - albeit cheaply. Treat yourself to a bottle from the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains; Pinot Grigio Meza Corona - £9.95 per bottle. Whatever your personal preferences we hope you enjoy these wines! Colin Baxter

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Orange Caramel Creams This is a fabulous crème caramel based on a Spanish recipe from the Valencia region. The novelty of this pudding is that it uses fresh orange juice in place of milk, and yet still remains deliciously creamy, with the full flavour of the orange taste.

1. Put six ramekin dishes or muffin moulds, into an oven tray and boil up a full kettle of water. In the meantime preheat oven to 160c. 2. For the caramel, put the sugar and water into a small pan, on low heat until sugar has dissolved. Then increase heat so that mixture boils rapidly, until the syrup becomes a thick caramel tinged with red. 3. Remove from the heat and pour a little of the mixture into the base of each of the ramekin/muffin dishes. 4. Finally grate the zest from two of the oranges, and squeeze the juice from all of them into a pan. Add the orange zest and caster sugar, and bring to boil over low heat, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar. 5. Meanwhile, put the egg yolks and whole eggs into a bowl and whisk together. 6. When the orange juice comes to the boil, turndown the heat slightly, and simmers rapidly for 2 minutes. Pour the mixture onto the eggs, stirring and then strain through sieve into a jug. 7. Pour the mixture equally into each dish, and then add boiling water to the oven tray up to about two thirds of the height of the dishes. Bake for approximately twenty minutes and then check that each mixture has set. Remove from oven 8. Using a flat knife ease around the edges of each mould, and put small plate on top of each mould. Holding the plate firmly quickly turn over the mould so that the caramel cream comes out on the plate. Chill in fridge for around 4 hours before serving. If more caramel is required, boil up another portion of the sugar and water and pour over the puddings. 10

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4 Large oranges 300g Caster sugar 12 Egg yolks 2 Large eggs For the caramel 100g Caster sugar 50ml water Serves 4 - 6

David is a Maidenhead based cookery writer, and Internet Chef, who is passionate about all aspects of cooking, and through his’ spiced up’ recipes aims to bring the enjoyment and benefits of spicy food, to a wider readership. David Rhys Price The ‘Spicy Chef ’


Grovefield House

A Perfect Wedding Venue For All Seasons Gone are the days when Summer was the only time to get married. In fact, at the Grovefield House Hotel, Burnham, the Autumn and Winter months are increasingly popular as are weddings on Friday’s and Sunday’s. With the arrival of snow last winter some of our brides enjoyed a true white wedding in the beautiful surroundings of the large terrace and 7 acres of grounds. At the Grovefield House Hotel, only one wedding is taken per day ensuring each bride truly feels special, unique and completely looked after from the beginning to the end of her day. Stacey Walker, the hotel’s wedding co-ordinator has over 7 years experience working alongside brides and groom and their families and is with them throughout their journey; giving confidence that the team at the hotel will listen to their needs, be there for them and ensure that their day is a huge success while the hotel excels at offering unobtrusive yet attentive service at all times. The Hamilton Restaurant (awarded 2 AA Rosettes) offers an excellent wedding breakfast, as the food is an important factor when choosing the venue, as this father of one of the brides wrote “Every aspect of the day was perfect and I was impressed how smoothly the hardworking staff worked together. I must say the meal was excellent and many guests have since told me that it was the best food they had ever been served at a wedding.” There are different wedding packages and offers available for 2012 & 2013 as no two wedding budgets are the same. For selected dates between January and March 2013 the hotel is offering a wedding package at just £3013.00. This includes room hire for the Civil ceremony and reception, Bucks Fizz for 60 guests with a three course wedding breakfast, a glass of sparking wine for the toast and an evening buffet for 100 guests. As with all packages, the Bride and Groom are offered a complimentary bridal suite for the night of the wedding. Many brides and grooms return year after year for anniversary dinners and the hotel has been fortunate to host a christening for one of their couple’s new arrival! There are many venues to choose from in the Buckinghamshire/Berkshire borders but few have such an enviable reputation for hosting weddings as the Grovefield House Hotel, which gives glorious backdrops for wedding photographs whatever the weather. Call Stacey Walker on 01628 603131 for more information and a time to view the hotel.

Where Your Dreams Begin

Set in its own private grounds and gardens, Grovefield House is the perfect place to start your married life together. This Edwardian country house, tucked between Burnham and Windsor, has a licence for a Civil Wedding, a dedicated suite for your wedding breakfast, a private terrace for reception drinks on summer days and 40 luxurious and contemporary styled bedrooms for you and your guests. We’re also brilliantly located close to the motorway network and hold two rosettes for dining excellence. Let Stacey, our wedding coordinator, tell you about our superb packages and facilities, and work with you to create the wedding of your dreams. Call her on 01628 603131 or email

weddings.grovefield@classiclodges.co.uk

Taplow Common Road, Burnham, Slough, Buckinghamshire SL1 8LR Tel: 01628 603131 www.classiclodges.co.uk

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The sleep issue We live in a world where rushing, chaos and confusion have become the order of the day and the bliss of a sound night sleep has become as elusive as a cherished dream. Sleeplessness is indiscriminating, it affects the old and the young, in fact it affects all those who have lost the ability to “switch off” from life’s daily grind. A qualified homeopath will always try to take you to the very root of the imbalance experienced at the time and can be very enlightening for the patient. St Thomas Hospital in London introduced a Sleep Disorder Clinic in 2000 addressing four main specialities: • Sleep apnoea • Unusual behaviours during sleep such as sleepwalking and acting out dreams • Restless legs • Cause of excessive sleepiness All are serious medical conditions that affect one’s quality of life. However no services are provided for the treatment of insomnia, which can also have devastating consequences on one’s wellbeing. With a holistic approach,

homeopathic patients are encouraged to investigate with their therapist the whole hygiene around sleep, not just the “non sleeping” aspect. As a result, it is often the case that by the end of the consultation, patients have realised by themselves that watching TV late into the night, having that extra glass of wine or going to a combat

Before prescribing any remedies, some relaxation methods can be discussed and those are the same for both infants and adults: Work your sleeping time backwards. So if you are planning to go to bed at 11pm allow a good hour beforehand for some “mind space”. Simple things such as reading, having a bath. Avoid all stimulants (both physical and mental). If indigestion is one of your triggers, do not have spicy or strong flavoured food for supper. Establish your sleeping pattern. With the help of a diary keep recording your progress to identify the reasons of your sleep disturbance. And if all of the above fails, do not try and fight it. If you cannot get to sleep or wake up in the middle of the night, it is better to actually get up for an hour or so and make yourself a cup of tea, rather than staying in bed tossing and turning, your mind racing and getting more and more restless. Sweet dreams now! Sophie Ward

Work your sleeping time backwards. So if you are planning to go to bed at 11pm allow a good hour beforehand for some “mind space”.

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training class at the gym after a long stressful day at work, is NOT ideal! The best way to tackle sleeplessness is to identify its reasons and then remedial measures can be taken although it can be difficult to explain a general feeling of “stress”, and therefore the introspective journey to find our emotional triggers can be a long one.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not represent or constitute medical advice. If you are in any doubts or you have been diagnosed with a medical condition, always seek the advice of your medical practitioner.


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Part joy part guerrilla warfare:

the art of wedding planning.

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he trials of preparing for the big wedding day can take their toll on all involved and it really starts the moment the engagement ring is produced. When two families are linked it can be tough; I have known two sets of parents who just refused to meet in the middle. Major areas for concern from both are usually money - who pays for what; guests - who, how many; style -traditional or modern; colour themes, flowers and bridesmaids. And of course, the dress! Very little attention is paid to the relationships between the key people in the wedding party. Cost is usually easy to sort when a budget is in place. However, family relations can be harder to fix. To combat the stress of parents intruding, it is important to be clear about is who is ‘hosting’ the wedding. This distinction might not appear that significant, however it really decides the process of the wedding in a number of ways. Whoever is ‘hosting’ the wedding will determine who will be the person/people that get called upon for decisions to be made as well as (if the brides parents are the ‘hosts’) offering a degree of protection for the couple if disagreements are present within families.

The key thing here is that it is about personalities and relationships between people: for the parents it is about putting your own feelings to one side and giving space for your son/ daughter and chosen person to make choices about how they want the day to be. For the bride and groom, it is about being clear about the important things for you and not giving too much importance to the bits that don’t matter or the bits that are not within your control. This is a time when feelings are strong, and emotions are high, and as a bride do not be surprised if you find that you are having more conflict than usual with the people around you. Clarifying expectations is important; don’t expect everything to be perfect and accept that others also have their limitations. Brides can often be very emotional and have difficulty in seeing the bigger picture - for the people around it is important to be supportive and undemanding of her; for the emotional bride, talk to the important people about your worries so that everyone is aware of how you are feeling. All families have some relationships that are more difficult than others, and during

Dr Shelagh Wright

stressful times these usually come to the fore. However as a bride or a groom it is not your responsibility to make sure everyone gets along. The most important relationship is the one between the bride and groom. Don’t worry too much if you find you are arguing more with each other: again it is important to be clear with each other about what you want and expect. Don’t forget that it is only one day, and you are far more likely to produce happy memories if the expectations and priorities are realistic. Shelagh Wright

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Unreasonable Behaviour Leads to Access Limitation

The normal presumption of the family court is that a child will benefit from contact with both of its parents. However, when a judge heard evidence of numerous examples of unreasonable behaviour by a girl’s father, the court ruled that he should not contact his daughter, her mother or her child minder and could only see the child if her mother permitted it. The judge believed that the girl’s mother was capable of assessing whether or not contact with the father would be beneficial to the child. The father, on the other hand, was described as obsessive and considered to be untrustworthy as regards any assurances he might give regarding his future behaviour. As he had repeatedly threatened legal action, he was also banned from bringing any further legal proceedings with regard to the child for a period of two years. In addition, the court ruled that the mother was required to keep the father reasonably well informed about the girl’s upbringing and wellbeing. The father appealed against the decision, but it was upheld by the Court of Appeal. Says Karen Newman, “The circumstances in this case were unusual, but it is not uncommon

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Advertising Feature

Emmett and Stone Country Sports

We recently caught up with Ryan Emmett and Tony Stone on the opening of their new retail shop in Little Marlow, which caters for the needs of game and clay shoots and walkers mainly. It is great to see new and unique retail shops opening in these tough times. Tony and Ryan, who have both been shooting for most of their lives, wanted to offer Customers an inviting, informative and comfortable environment in which to browse through the products on offer as well as present a down to earth service where no question is a “silly one”. Ryan was previously a retained Fireman, in Marlow, and has always lived and worked in the area on his parents Farm in Little Marlow. Tony, on the other hand was originally from South Africa, but has lived locally for the last 13 years and worked in retail in Bourne End for the last 8 years. They met through their enjoyment of shooting. While Ryan has an understanding of shotguns, Tony’s passion is rifles, so between them they have a wealth of experience to share with their Customers. Why did you decide to set up ES Country Sports? We always wanted to run a business together and have both enjoyed shooting from a young age. When we were presented with the option of opening a Country Sports Store locally we both decided to turn 16

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a hobby that we are both passionate about into a business. It’s not like a normal day job as we both really care about what we are doing. Who is your ideal Customer? The novice to the experienced shooter, walkers, dog trainers and anyone who needs clothing or sporting equipment for the great outdoors. What range of products do you carry? The Shop stocks a wide range of clothing from caps to boots, waterproofs and in-field safety gear to rifles, shotguns, air rifles, scopes, ammunition and a wide range of accessories. With regards to our sporting equipment we cater for all levels and all budgets, from what rifle/air rifle or shotgun would be best to a bespoke solution. Walkers are catered for with Wellies, leather boots, range finders, Nordic walking poles and Loake shoes for the more formal occasion. We also have gift and lifestyle ranges, such as bespoke walking sticks, sporting the head of your dog, beautifully crafted to your specific requirements. Do you offer any other services? Yes, we offer a service, cleaning, restocking, storage or repair of your gun, for example anywhere from repairing a ding on the barrel to a complete refurb and advice on local shooting lessons. We also have a wide range of dog training equipment and can advise on places locally to get your dog trained for the shoot. We offer alterations and personalisation on our clothing and leather wear, such as cartridge slips

and gun cases. We also carry a range of products for cleaning your boots. Have you plans to expand? Yes, we have plans to grow our product range and offering to include tuition in clay pigeon shooting, but for the moment we are happy to establish ourselves and build up a local clientele offering the advice that we felt was lacking in the local market. We welcome everyone to come and meet us in the shop and have a browse and a chat, but if you can’t we will be exhibiting at the Berkshire College of Agriculture on 21 and 22nd April during their Lambing weekend. Based at Wilton Farm, Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 3RR the shop has easy access from the M4 and M40 with plenty of parking

sales@escountrysports. co.uk or call 01628 474187. Visit us at www. escountrysports.co.uk/ for full details of all our products and services.


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Family Fun for Jubilee Year! This summer will be a special one with parties and celebrations for the Jubilee and many of us need to think about ways we can share the garden with the children over those long summer holidays. You may want to banish football games to the park to avoid the destruction of your plants, but there are clever ways to incorporate some of the ‘garden fun’ such as a trampoline or play house. Here are a couple of ideas to help provide safe but attractive play space without compromising on style. You do not have to give up your garden; you can still have a beautiful space with room for family fun. DIG DOWN OR BUILD UP Ever thought of burying the trampoline? It does require digging a big hole, but the results make the trampoline safer to use, and if you create a circular mound with the spoil, it’s almost completely hidden from the adult space (also saves on expensive skip hire to remove the soil!). The kids can loll around on the bank whilst taking turns to bounce, and in a sunny spot you could plant Grasses and Verbena Bonariensis to make a soft screen from the rest of the garden PLAY HOUSES & HIDES Every child loves a space to hide in the garden. There are many more naturalistic options these days. Willow hides & tunnels create a play space that give hours of fun and quickly become a living feature in the garden. Enjoy being outside together as a family this summer, have picnics, BBQs, & tea parties ... and don’t forget to invite the Teddy Bears! by Marlow gardeners Jill Coleby and Vanessa Faulkner

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Fight back against Honey Fungus

A mini forest of honeycoloured toadstools at the base of any woody plant usually signifies the presence of a root rot fungi called Armillaria mellea. This fungi with the ring on its stalk causes white rot in woody plants, and is also a long-lived and soil-borne parasitic fungi that wreaks havoc on many precious garden plants. Initial symptoms of the disease

are: failure of leaves to appear in spring, yellowing and wilting of foilage, reduced number of leaves, die back in the crown and prolific flowering or fruiting. Poor growth, stress and reduced vigor of garden plants appear to be the trigger in the success of this pathogen. A tree stressed by lack of water, poor soil nutrition, compaction or physical injury is more likely to contract honey fungus than one that is well fed and regularly watered. In essence, good plant husbandry reduces the incidence of both pests and diseases. The use of supersonic compressed air to cultivate the soil in which the tree grows and to disrupt the fungal bootlaces is a key component in the methods used to repel the advancing army of bootlace strands, which can heavily infect the soil, spreading the disease and feeding on trees and shrubs.

Root Invigoration applies compressed air to the soil and cultivates compacted and unmanageable heavy soils without damaging plant roots. Fertiliser amendments can then be added to the backfill to create a fertile, oxygen laden and porous medium in the top layer of soil in which the fungus tunnels. The effects of this treatment on any woody plant are significant in terms of plant health and growth, but especially on the menace of honey fungus.

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The warmer weather and longer days are stirring the countryside into action

Country Wise

Spring is here. The warmer weather and longer days are stirring the countryside into action. Everywhere you look something new is emerging or new life bursting forth. Some birds will change their diet from seed to insects to take advantage of the glut of things that crawl and creep. Insects provide chicks of Blue tit, Chaffinch and their like, a food source, easily digestible and high in protein. Just what is needed for growing feathers. If snakes are your thing then April has its advantages. The very mention of snakes sends shivers down many a spine. April is normally your best chance of seeing our only venomous snake, the Adder. UK Adders are nowhere near as poisonous as say a African Black Mamba, but you don’t want to get bitten. Bites tend to occur when someone picks up a snake. The rule is don’t touch, only admire. Adder bites are rarely serious but can be very painful. How to spot one? Try areas of heathland on a still day and the temperature is between 9-18 degrees C. Spring is the Adder mating season. A courting snake cools down quickly and needs frequent rests in the sun to warm back up. This gives you a better chance of finding a basking snake in an open area. Adders are tricky to approach. They can feel vibrations and will detect you walking by. If it feels threatened, it is able to move off into nearby cover. The best way to observe is with binoculars from a distance. Both sexes have a V or X marking on the head, a vertically slit pupil and zigzag strip patterns down the back. Are you looking at a male or a female? A male has a grey to whitish colour, whereas females tend to be brown or darker in colour. You can’t beat early April for a trip down to the woods to see the long await highlight of our year – Bluebells. Enter a wood full of bluebells just after a shower the air is filled with an intoxicating smell. With the trees yet to come into full leaf you can see a blue carpet of thousands of flowers stretching away into the distance. We have lots of old woodland in our area and you have a great chance of seeing bluebells. Two of the best places are the BBOWT reserves of Moor copse just off junction 12 of the M4 and Warburg, just outside Henley on Thames. May sees the start of the orchid season. Exotic looking you can’t mistake these plants for anything else. Names like Common Twayblade, Early Purple, Marsh, Military, Monkey, Fly and Green Winged, do nothing to dispel the exotic theme. Our favourites 20

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include the Green Winged Orchid; these plants depend on infertile nutrient poor grasslands. The flower is pink in colour with lanced shaped, unspotted leaves and a distinctive green strip on the sepals extending as wings. Green winged orchid The scientific name for this orchid is Anacamptis morio. In Latin morio means fool or jester and it is believed that it was named such because the hooded part of the flower resembles a jester’s hat. A few days of the southerly winds and our skies will be full of foreign immigrants. Swallows and House Martins will wheel overhead once more. Having perhaps covered thousands of miles from their winter feeding grounds in Africa, they return to the place of their birth to build nests and breed. Nesting sites in an old building may be seeing birds for the fiftieth or sixtieth consecutive year. We are lucky in the UK that our geographical location provides us with a unique diversity of flora and fauna as well as very changeable weather. Our position provides almost unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the natural world. Hopefully we have given you inspiration to get out and see what you can find. Jacky & Mark Bloomfield.


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Stubbings Spring/Summer Programme The Grade II listed Stubbings House was built in 1750 and added to during the Victorian era and has had many interesting occupants over the years including housing the Dutch royal family during the Second World War. Another famous owner of the house was Sir Thomas Merton, Professor of spectroscopy at Oxford, who converted the stable block into the largest private laboratory in the UK and was knighted in 1944 for his contribution to radar development and range finders in fighter aircraft. The gardens of the House are dominated by lawn and surrounding trees with two giant Cedars estimated to be over 200 years old and thought to be amongst the largest of their type in the country. There is also a wall of Wisteria which should be in full bloom during early May, just in time for the National Garden Scheme visit, see below. As well as having one of the best Nurseries in the area renowned for stocking and supplying mature shrubs and trees across the Thames Valley the estate and grounds are used extensively for events throughout the year. This year is no exception the 2012 programme includes 3 fairs along with the following activities: 5 - 7 May - National Garden Scheme – Gardens open to the public 11- 13 May - Thames Valley Antique Dealers Association Fair 18th & 19th May - Summer Screens films on the lawn 25/26 June - Salvo Fair (Architectural Heritage/Salvage etc) 19 July - Jazz Concert 20 July - La Boheme, Puccini (Opera box office – 01628 820140) 21 July - La Traviata, Verdi (Opera box office – 01628 820140) 29/30 September - Berkshire Food and Craft Fair We look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to our events as well as assisting you with any questions you may have as to our extensive collection within the Nursery.

11th to 13th May 2012 The Thames Valley Antique Dealers’ Association Fair The beautiful grounds of Stubbings Estate will act as a magnificent backdrop for this unique event held within a large marquee attracting over 45 of some of the country’s most recognised specialist dealers of fine antiques and object d’art. Discover an impressive abundance of distinctive pieces for sale including traditional and decorative furniture, jewellery, silver, the finest period and contemporary art, clocks, barometers, ceramics and glass; complimented by displays from furniture and ceramic restorers, gilders and upholsterers. 11th & 12th May 10am – 5.30pm & 13 May 10am – 5.00pm Admission £5 per person with Free car parking Ticket holders will be able to access the private grounds of Stubbings House and Estate for a separate charge of £3.00.

18th & 19th May: Cinema on the Lawn We are delighted to announce that one of the country’s premier open air film companies Summer Screens is coming to Stubbings this year to bring you a whole new cinema experience. The events will be held on the main lawn in front of the house where you will have the choice of reclining in a deckchair, cuddling up on a giant beanbag, or lounging on your own rug. Alll whilst enjoying amazing wine, cocktails, draught ales and much, much more . Films to be announced shortly.

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IIn this fascinating evocation of the dying days of the British Empire, we follow in the footsteps of James Digby-Sloan, from his time at Oxford ffo to his pioneering ventures far away in the mist-shrouded mountains of Ceylon. There he develops his tea plantations and creates a stunning Ce home and garden by a lake and waterfall, which he names ‘Diyalami’, ho meaning ‘water and mists’, which he believes is the closest thing to m paradise a man can create.On a visit to England James woos and pa wins the affections of a beautiful and gifted concert pianist, Clara. She w is the love of his life and they have two children. In time the whole family are ensnared by the place and lifestyle they have created. fa For your chance to win one of 3 copies of “A Lesser God ” by Stephen Solomons, please send your name and address to competition@AlongtheThames.co.uk by 11th May, 2011..

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The Black Pencil Woman is Ros Holland’s highly personal memoir of her life and family, centred around her parents and sparked by her mother’s death. Her mother was the black pencil woman of the book’s title, slim and chic in her customary stiletto heels. Her father, whom Ros adored, died when Ros was only ten, and her mother’s overwhelming grief coloured Ros’s early life in unexpected ways, which she examines with calm, almost brutal, honesty. Through an experimental narrative that roams freely, from the First World War and the hardships of a Northumberland mining community in the 1930s, to the post-war rehabilitation wards of a 1950s hospital and the stark reality of a murder in the 1960s, Holland explores the rawness of childhood bereavement, and all the joys and sorrows of family life. A Gilded Vagabond...Keith Hindell Inspiring memoir of BBC United Nations correspondent

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In the next of our series Kate Robinson takes us in the bluebell woods of Cookham Dean.

If there is ever a time to pull on walking boots and explore the beech woods, it’s when the English Bluebell transforms winter’s dull brown leaf litter into a riotous carpet of lavender blue. Bisham Woods, which slopes from Cookham Dean to the Thames valley, puts on a spectacular display every spring. This walk starts from the village green at the heart of Cookham Dean. There is parking around the green. The footpath starts to the right of the hotel/restaurant Sanctum on the Green. The path leads through the trees and traverses a National Trust valley with a turkey farm and alights on Grubwood Lane. Cross over and enter Bisham Woods. This section of the woods is called Quarry Wood. Originally nine separate woods, the Woodland Trust purchased the woodland in 1990, to safeguard the land for wildlife, public enjoyment and landscape. There are many paths through the woods. You can choose to stay on the top of the escarpment or head down hill and back up again. To follow the top path, turn left along the southern perimeter of the wood. The path crosses a section of the woods called, The Hockett, which is next to the hamlet Bigfrith. The woodland footpath meets another footpath, which enters the woods from farmland. Walk to the kissing gate. On a clear day Windsor Castle can be seen in the distance. With your back to the view, this time

take the path straight ahead into the heart of the woods. It leads gently down hill and loops gradually around to the left. The distant rush of traffic from the A404 can be heard to the right. There are glimpses through the dense canopy of the Thames valley and the Chilterns. The path will rise up gently and stakes with blue markers now edge the path. It is here that the Bluebells are at their most beautiful. The path alights on a farm track and there is a Woodland Trust information sign and map. There is a further section of the woods, called Park Wood, to explore if you wish. To complete the circular walk back to Cookham Dean village green, head down the lane to the left. It passes Park Farm and meets Winter Hill Road. Cross the road and take the footpath across Cookham Dean common and through the trees. The footpath alights on Church Road, which is an unmade leafy lane flanked by large houses. Walk up the lane and turn left into Stubbles Lane. At the cross roads look for the public footpath opposite, that leads into the National Trust valley with the turkey farm that you traversed earlier. Half way along the valley take the footpath to the right and return the way you came. Bluebells are at their best from mid April to early May. For more woodland walks visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk..

Bisham Woods which slopes om Cookham Dean to the Thames valley puts on a spectacular display ever spring

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Branching out with a holiday in the sky

Chewton Glen Tree House suites, Hampshire

No longer just the remit of Ewoks and children, tree houses seem to be growing in popularity as a place to holiday. Appealing to all ages (or at least the child deep inside of you), tree houses provide a welcomed respite from the annual summer camping trip. VisitEngland has come up with some swinging ideas of where to book your ideal tree house. They recommend the following of some of the UK’s finest treetop accommodation. Chewton Glen Tree House Suites, Hampshire (Coming July 2012) New for 2012, the award-winning five-star Chewton Glen has recently announced the development of six Tree House Suites within the grounds of the hotel. The Tree House Suites will appear to float across a wooded valley and will offer impeccable eco credentials along with Chewton Glen’s world-renowned service and attention to detail. Each tree house will be on stilts, like floating lily pads balancing between the valley and tree canopy. Floor-to-ceiling glass will provide panoramic views of the New Forest. They will provide a feeling of showering under the stars, with a spa bath and fire pit on the deck and a covered outdoors. The six Tree House Suites will comprise of 12 suites (4 junior suites and 8 master suites). A maximum of six people can stay in each tree house. www.chewtonglen.com/ lister/news/tree-house-suites.aspx Fair Oak Farm, East Sussex Two new luxury eco-lodge tree houses are now available to book for self-catering breaks at Fair Oak Farm, Mayfield, for grown-ups that want to fulfil their childhood dreams. 26

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Set amidst an ancient treeline and mature trees, both lodges provide couples with complete privacy and uninterrupted valley views across the stunning Sussex countryside. Built almost entirely of sustainable timber and fully insulated, the tree houses have sheltered balconies and are connected to a dedicated parking area by a winding path. 2 nights from £150 (two sharing) www.fairoakfarm.co.uk The Tree house, Somerset The Tree house has a stunning treetop location with an idyllic outlook and beautiful garden. If you are holidaying with children, they are happy to provide toys, games, books and DVDs. The Tree house is always supplied with Egyptian cotton linen; fluffy towels, flowers, cosy bathrobes, toiletries and a complimentary basket of seasonal local produce. The wood burning stove is always set ready to light during winter months. From dining out in style to sleeping in the stars, the Tree house provides highlife living. 4 nights from £495 (two sharing) www.lavenderhillholidays. co.uk/properties.asp?id=101 Castle Cottage Tree house, Sussex Built into a huge sweet chestnut tree on the edge of a wood, a substantial staircase leads you up to a thatched room with a double bed set between the tree branches, looking out through large glass doors to the tree tops. It has an en-suite shower room bathed in light from the glass roof and covered with handmade mosaic tiles. A large balcony with swing seats sets the scene to the perfect romantic break. From £145 per night (two sharing)www.castlecottage. info/thetreehouse.html

Alnwick Tree house Northumberland A restaurant with a difference Enter this wooden turreted eatery via a wobbly, candle-lit suspension bridge to see trees actually growing out of the dining room floor. Once inside, nature really is all around you, with creepers clinging onto the walls and wood just about everywhere you look – including on the tables – which are formed from tree slices. The focus on what’s natural continues with the menu, which features local sea crab, organic sausages from nearby Northumberland farmlands and whole roasted wood pigeon. Three-course Sunday Lunch menu from £19.95 (per person) www.alnwickgarden.com Want to go further afield? Then some of the most spectacular tree house accommodation can be found in New Zealand. Embracing the natural surroundings, Hapuku tree houses are “nested” 10 metres above the ground in the canopy of a native Manuka grove with views of Kaikoura’s mountains and coastline. There are both one bedroom and family tree houses. For further information or to make a reservation telephone +64 (0)3 319 6559 or email info@hapukulodge.com They are located approximately 12km north of Kaikoura on the south island, and Hapuku Lodge can also advise you on a range of travel packages. Harriet Subramanian


Flaming start to the Olympic Opening

A Diamond year Raising the flag to celebrate the queen’s 60th year June is ripe with excitement as the UK marks 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne. The celebrations will centre around the 2, 3, 4 and 5 June. The following events are planned throughout the city; Saturday 2nd June, Epsom Derby The 2012 Investec Derby is the first engagement of Diamond Jubilee central weekend celebrations. www.epsomderby.co.uk Sunday 3 June, Big Jubilee launch As well as The Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 3rd June, there are a whole host of activities taking place during the Diamond Jubilee weekend celebrations. http://www.thebiglunch.com Monday 4th June, Concert at Buckingham Palace Organised by the BBC it will be attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and other Members of the Royal Family. http://www.bbc.co.uk/diamondjubilee/ If you want plan to make your own bunting and bake cakes for a street party don’t forget these top tips; • Inform your local council’s events or communities team at least four weeks in advance. • If you want to close a road for your party you will need to get permission from your local council. • A licence is not normally needed for food, drinks or music at a street party. • If you want to sell alcohol you will need a 'temporary event notice' which costs £21. You can get one from your local council. • You can serve and sell food up to 11.00 pm without a licence. • You don’t need a music licence, whether the music is live or prerecorded, as long as: • Your street party is a private party for residents • The music has not been advertised in advance to attract people or to make money Planning a party shouldn’t be too stressful if you keep it simple, get everyone on your street to help out and bring food, make decorations or set up games. Don’t forget seating –it’s going to be a long day!

The Olympic Torch Relay route has just been announced, there will be 8,000 inspirational people carrying the Flame as it tracks across the UK. Individuals have been nominated by friends, family and co-workers due to their altruistic nature and will be given the opportunity to shine. The flame will travel across the country giving the majority of Britain’s the chance to see the torch on route. In fact, the organisers promise that the flame will come within ten miles of 95 per cent of people in the UK.

Olympic Torch facts:

• Designed by east Londoners Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who won the opportunity through a competitive tender run by the London 2012 Organising Committee and the Design Council. • Barber and Osgerby worked closely with Basildon-based product engineers Tecosim and Coventry manufacturers Premier Sheet Metal to develop the prototypes for the Torch. • Made up of an inner and an outer aluminium alloy skin, held in place by a cast top piece and base, perforated by 8,000 circles. • The circles represent the inspirational stories of the 8,000 Torchbearers who will carry the Olympic Flame. • The torch design ensures heat is quickly dispersed without damaging the holder. • The Torch stands 800mm high. • The Torch is being tested in BMW’s climatic testing facility in Munich to make sure it can withstand all weather conditions. • The triangular-shaped Torch was inspired by a series of 'threes' that are found in the history of the Olympic Games: • Respect, excellence and friendship; • Olympic motto – faster, higher, stronger; • Third time the UK has hosted the Olympic Games. It will pass through Berkshire on the 10th July, travelling in a rowing boat to Henley-on-Thames and passing landmarks such as Ascot Racecourse, Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre and the Olympic rowing venue at Eton Dorney. Over its 70-day journey, the Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles either in Relay or in convoy (driving and other modes of transport). ALONG THE THAMES

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Alexander’s Hair Surgery All worked up into a lather?

“Which shampoo is best for my hair?” Now, that’s a loaded question! For this issue I thought it would be a good idea to explain a little about shampoos. The differences between them and how to choose the right one for you. The primary function of a shampoo is to cleanse the hair and prepare it for what ever is coming next. For example, a conditioner or perhaps a treatment. The shampoo its self does not have enough power to alter the hair to any great degree. It’s more like an undercoat really. With so many products on offer at vastly varying prices, how do you know which one to buy and from where? Over the years, I have devised a simple model to explain these differences in easy terms. Think of hair care products as if they were arranged as a pyramid. Underneath the pyramid are supermarket/chemist brands. There is something for everyone, but they are all much of a muchness and don’t really do anything except smell nice. Professional products (only the ones you buy from a salon) sit inside the pyramid. Nearest to the base, are brands such as Paul Mitchell, TIGI, Fudge and Wella Lifetex. Again, something for everyone but these brands are vastly superior to anything you can buy in the supermarket. As you progress upwards in the pyramid, the products become more and more specialised and you begin to need guidance to select the right one for you by your stylist. In the middle are brands like, Wella’s System Professional, L’Oreal’s Kerastase, Schwarzkopf’s Seah, KMS and Redken. Suddenly shampoos are given names such as, “bath” or “cleanser”. Nearest to the top are the more prescriptive ranges such as Merlin, Philip Kingsley and Joico. Products at the top of the pyramid are highly specialised and must be used as directed by a professional specialist. They are more like prescription medicines in that respect. These

products are chosen for you and NOT by you. It is also important NOT to “mix and match” professional ranges. The formulas are designed to work together and if you use a shampoo from one brand with a conditioner from another, you could be doing more harm than good. Besides, how would you ever know which product was actually working for you? Also, it is important to “do as you are told” by your stylist and not “make it up as you go along” to get the best results. So, if a shampoo claims to, “greatly improve the condition of your hair after one or two applications”, the result must be more cosmetic than restorative. This can sometimes cause problems when you want to colour/perm the hair as the ingredients used in such shampoos sometimes form a barrier. At the end of the day, a good shampoo is one which works for you and helps you to maintain the manageability, style and colour of your hair and scalp. You only need to change products if you are having difficulties with the behaviour of you hair. In that case, you will need to trade up to a more prescriptive brand. You need to decide what is important to you when it comes to your hair needs. Are you interested in fashion trends, or do you want to maintain and improve what you have on your head right now? A good stylist would never recommend something you don’t need. After all, we are all on some sort of budget these days. Before you ask, no, you hair doesn’t “get used” to a shampoo, so there is no need to change for change sake unless your hair doesn’t need that particular shampoo any more. (Prescription brands only) It’s more likely to be YOU not using it properly! Oooo harsh! Or maybe a build up of an inferior brand! Oooo, harsh again! Either way, there really is no need to work yourself up into a lather over shampoos. The only real difficulty is misdiagnosing a problem, but your stylist can help you with that! So lather away and don’t forget to rinse it out thoroughly!

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Flower Power From the quintessential English tea party to digital prints and placement motifs flower prints are heavily featured across all sectors of fashion this s/s12. 30

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Sporty The most talk about trend of this season clearly influenced by the Olympics. Not to be mistaken with sportswear! Swimmer's buff shoulders, drawstring-waist pants and sporty hoods could be found in many designers' collection but the sporty look has got a sophisticated and elegant feel about it.

Frank Lyman Swish, Marlow

Notre Dame Catwalk, Maidenhead

Pepita Swish, Marlow

Shine Although traditionally reserved for occasion and evening wear "sheer and shine" is very much a day wear trend for s/s12. Applied to blouses, dresses or simply as a detail the look is followed through to accessories and makes a stunning fashion statement.

Playful Prints Prints are covering everything from tops and trousers thorough to dresses and evening wear. Geometrics, flowers, fruit and veg - all found a place on s/s 12 catwalks and undoubtedly will make a great impact on our summer wardrobe. Notre Dame Catwalk, Maidenhead

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Tribal Ethnic-inspired prints and colours were the highlight of many catwalks with bright, geometric prints and animal motifs leading the trend. The tribal theme was also present in accessories. Fringed handbags, embellished belts and shell decorated necklaces are likely to be seen on the high street this season.

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Pastels Pretty pastels are key pallet this season. Feminine and sweet - pastels are given a makeover by being layered and mix together. The soft shade of peach, mint and lilac are wonderfully refreshing and make a great alternative to trendy brights.

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Spots, stripes, white and navy are nautically inspired trend of s/s12 with crop cotton trousers in bright colours and traditional Breton stripes.

The Twenties (Gatsby glam) is back on the fashion scene with trouser suits and drop-waist dresses heavily embellished and featuring fringing and art deco geometrics. The blazer is also featured in many collections although its masculinity is softened by relaxed shapes and lighter shades of black, navy and camel.

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WHAT DOES A FOOT HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DO? Your initial consultation will last 45 minutes which includes taking a full medical history, foot health check, advice and treatment. Your feet are thoroughly examined for any existing conditions and treated accordingly. Nails are trimmed and filed and a moisturising cream is applied with a relaxing mini foot massage to finish. You need regular foot checks because your feet have to work hard and last you a lifetime. Failure to look after your feet can cause serious ailments and back problems.

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You probably never think about it, but your feet are a masterpiece of engineering! When they are in good condition, they work in total harmony with the rest of your body, but if you neglect them, your feet may start to feel uncomfortable or painful, and problem feet can create other health problems too. In an average lifetime we walk up to 100,000 miles. The foot has a lot of demands made on it and in a normal day can easily walk fifteen miles. In return we rarely give them the attention they deserve, hiding them away in shoes and forgetting about them, until they begin to hurt. They are a complex network of blood vessels, nerves, muscles and bones. There are a number of ways that we can care for our feet at home – and it’s never too late to start! A Foot Health Professional will advise you how to best care for your feet, and offer you assistance on what products can be used at home or when you need to be referred on to a chiropodist/podiatrist. 34

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This spring’s makeup is all about beautiful, bright bursts of colour in everything from blues to purples and greens to corals instantly brightening your face during the warmer weather. The solution to pulling off this seasons trend is to know how to find wearable colours that will work well together. Anyone can wear bright makeup, but it’s all about finding out what shades work best for you. To start determine which colours you can wear, taking into account age, skin tone, skin type, season and the occasion. If you’re nervous about going bright, try more intense versions of shades that you love and make you feel confident. Go one or two shades brighter, and apply with a lighter hand if you’re unsure. Remember, your makeup should leave you feeling and looking like yourself. When it comes to wearing bright makeup, the possibilities are endless. An easy way to add colour to your eyes is to apply a single bright shade on the lid. Start by covering the entire lid from the lash line to brow bone with your base eye shadow. Next, cover the entire lid three-quarters of the way to the brow bone with your bright shadow, blending as you go. Apply additional layers for a more intense appearance. If you’re hesitant about investing in a bright lip colour, try a bright lip gloss instead. Layer it over your regular lip colour to give it an extra boost, or wear it alone to add a hint of colour to your lips. Nothing looks healthier than a pretty blush of pink on your cheeks. Whether you use pot rouge or a powder blush, pick a colour that is one or two shades brighter than your normal blush and apply it on the apples of the cheeks, making sure to blend well. If wearing bright colours scares you because you are afraid of looking overdone, the secret is to wear bright shades on only one or two of your features and balance them out with neutral colours. For example, a bright eye will look best paired with natural shades on your lips and cheeks, while colourful lips and cheeks should be complemented with a neutral eye. To find your neutral shades, look for the colours that naturally appear in your face. • Choose eye shadows that play up the tones found on your eyelid, • Choose lip colours that are close in hue to the colour of your bare lips. • Choose natural blush that flushes to the same colour of your cheeks after exercise or after pinching them. • Look for a palette that contains all of the shades you’ll need.

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Dressing Windows Not all windows need to be dressed. Some have such a distinct shape or design, stained glass for example, to want to cover. But these windows are few and far between. For the most part, windows can look very bare without curtains, blinds or shutters and when the nights are dark, bare windows can leave a gaping black hole in the wall. Needs There are plenty of solutions for windows so it’s important to understand what you need specifically. Do you want to block out the light completely? To keep the warmth in? Or do you want to diffuse or play with the light? Or to combine these roles depending on the time of year?

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will require complete blackout and appropriate linings whereas other rooms might not need as many layers. Consider how well your fabrics drape and the effect the thickness of the linings will have on your choice, as blackout lining in particular is thick and frequently stiff. Fabric Weight Double poles now mean it’s much easier to have both voiles and curtains at the window and this is a great solution for flexibility throughout the day and the year. It’s worth paying attention to the combined weight of the fabrics though as the poles will require considerable support for heavier fabrics (ones that might also be suitable for upholstery for example). Acoustics An abundance of fabrics at the windows will, however, help with the acoustics of a room. If the room has wooden floors and lots of glass or mirrors then the ability to deaden bouncing sound can be required, certainly if there are noisy children (or adults) around. Styles Windows can be dressed with swags and tails and look like historical masterpieces or can be a simple muslin on a string. Blinds can be Roman – the general trend at the moment – or roller (be warned of fraying edges) but also far more flamboyant in the Austrian festooned style or practical and office-like with Venetian blinds.

Fabrics Curtains add a fabulous splash of colour and texture, so your choice of fabric is key for the look and feel of the room. Wool drapes beautifully and has an inherent warmth and strength to it, silk has amazing reflective qualities but can appear quite stiff. A good cotton-linen mix is an excellent option but in fact most curtain fabrics are now composed with a mix of materials to give an all-round durable yet beautiful finish. Coordination Choose accessories – cushions and rugs – that will coordinate with the curtain fabric. This is a fundamental part of the room’s scheme and how these materials work together will say a lot about the room. Combine textures if you are working with neutrals or have fun with patterns if you are brave. You only need to keep a colour in common and they will tie together well. Niki Schäfer dwell-being designs


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Most of us use vinegar to make salad dressings or to splash on our chips, but it is far more versatile than that. For instance, white distilled vinegar can be used to tenderise meat, a dash added to cooking pasta will prevent stickiness and adding a splash to a poaching egg will keep the white better formed. When you’ve finished cooking, you can even mix it with water to make a cheap, but effective, detergent. What’s more, if you’re finding it hard to lose weight, mix a tablespoon of any type of vinegar into a glass of water and drink daily. It will regulate your blood sugar levels and curb your appetite. It’s also worth keeping some white distilled vinegar in the bathroom, where you can use it as an antiseptic on cuts and grazes, to soothe painful sunburn or even, mixed with equal parts water, as a skin toner. Even the car can benefit from this ancient ingredient. Use it neat on a soft cloth to polish chrome or wipe clean dirty windscreen wipers and if you need to get rid of unpleasant odours from inside your car, just leave a bowl of white distilled vinegar on the car floor overnight. White distilled vinegar is equally as useful in the garden. Poured neat onto weeds and unwanted grass growing up through drive and walkways, it acts as an effective but non-toxic weed killer. It will also discourage cats and ants from congregating where they’re not welcome. So, what ever you are doing make sure your home is never without this economical, versatile and totally natural product.

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Extending: Schedule of works In this series on developing your home we talked about the benefits of appointing an Architectural consultant who can assist in gaining the very best enjoyment from your home for your family, the look and feel, and what it says about you and your lifestyle. In this issue we introduce and develop the latter stages where detailed tender information is given to the chosen contractors to cost, submit binding costs for the various elements of the build and, upon making an informed choice, award the build to the preferred contractor to carry out the construction. Taking each element in turn, it is key for a builder to have a ‘Schedule of Work’ to accompany the drawings, in order to avoid ambiguity when calculating the cost of the works. A Schedule of Works can easily be generated by your Consultant with their knowledge and experience, and whilst adding a small cost to the professional fees it does avoid later confusion. It provides basic preliminary information with guides on your preferred dates for the work, anticipated expectations such as working hours, conduct, facilities you will make available and potential ‘Liquidated damages’ (daily contra charges if the work is not completed with in the agreed time frame – this encourages and focuses your contractor on his completion programme). After the appointed deadline, you will compare and review the various submitted tender prices with your Consultant, who will coordinate

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meetings with the chosen contractor to refine any queries you may have. This information forms the basis of your contract which, typically, will be a Minor Works Contract. Agreeing with the contractor at this stage makes the ensuing build so much less fraught. With the correct documentation in place all parties fully understand, how much and when payments will be made to the contractor. However, there may be large capital items which reasonably the contractor may not have sufficient resources to pay for ahead of delivery; specialist windows for example. You may agree to pay for these directly within the terms of the contract. Furthermore, allow a contingency fund for items that are unforeseen, such as additional foundations which may be required and requested by the Building Control Officer representing your Local Authority, who will visit and oversee the statutory building standards laid out by Government. It is important to agree who is responsible for instructing the contractor. Preferably the Consultant or ‘Project Manager’ to ensure the process of the build is stuck to. Avoid making changes over an early morning exchange with the contractor, or worse, for example, the subcontractors who then submit additional fees on hearsay arrangements. Upon completion you should have a build, fully checked and specified to

your vision and budget. Ensure you receive all signed off certificates for the various aspects such as ‘Gas Safe’ and Building Control Completion. Agree a date six or twelve months after for a visit to rectify any defects which may transpire. Whilst for some smaller works it is often said that someone “knows a builder and they can do it without all the hassle of the paper work”, and in some cases it may work this way. However, there are many schemes which end up in dispute, wrangling over details, and a client at their wits end, with a contractor convinced they are owed more money for work which they deem not to have been included at the outset. With assistance from a professional, at a comparatively small cost to the overall build, the project can be controlled and run smoothly, making the whole experience both positive and empowering, allowing you to peacefully enjoy all the benefits of your remodelled home.


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SHINING AND SMOOTHING WITH OLIVE OIL While you are likely to be aware of the health benefits of consuming olive oil, you may not realise the many other uses of this natural product. Not only is it a good lubricant, as its molecules have the ability to slide easily over one another, but its film can fill rough spots in many surfaces, making them look polished and shiny. For instance, it has many cosmetic uses. Olive oil can give a closer shave than shaving cream and can also be used to remove eye make-up, by simply dabbing some under the eyes and rinsing off with a face cloth. What’s more, you can massage it into your nail beds to moisturise your cuticles and if you have dry skin, rub in a thin layer after a shower. Around the house, adding a little to your duster will leave surfaces looking polished and stainless steel will look great when you use olive oil as a shining agent. You can silence squeaky doors by wiping the top of the door hinges so that the oil runs down the sides. Similarly, pour a little onto a cotton bud to get sticky zips moving again. Even the cat can benefit, because adding a quarter of a teaspoon to your pet’s food will help to prevent hairballs. So, not only is this ancient oil good for you, it’s also good for your home and your pets.

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Property Investment Get rich quick? .....Err not really! T

here are a lot of stories, rumours, and myths surrounding the world of property investment. I would ask you to think about some of them, consider our view of the realities of this, and examine your potential to achieve financial independence. Property Investment is for wealthy people... right? We would argue that this is not so. Investment can be defined as “buying a durable commodity” rather than hiring, renting or subscribing. Back in 1980 I doubt many council house tenants would have considered themselves amongst the wealthy in society. But suddenly they became “Property Investors” almost overnight. The “Right to Buy” legislation was brought in by Margaret Thatcher under the “Housing Act 1980”. In 1982 200,000 council houses were sold to their tenants by local authorities, subject to qualifying conditions. By 1987 more than one million council houses had been sold. But more importantly these council tenants became

“investors in property”. Buying a second or third property should be considered a natural extension of this process. If you already own a property, or have some equity in a property, you have a start point for further investment. Our mantra is “make your money work for you, rather than you work for your money”. By refinancing/equity release, most home owners are able to start a portfolio, if they want to.

Investment can be defined as “buying a durable commodity” rather than hiring, renting or subscribing. Can I get rich quickly? No, not easily... that’s the short answer. You might get lucky with a “below market value (BMV)” purchase but they will most likely be in high rental yield region, with no growth potential. For growth you need an investment structure and purchasing strategy that will deliver a consistent supply of viable properties

to build a viable portfolio. What if the market downturns? It will from time to time, get over it and don’t try to beat the system. I know that sounds blunt and a bit harsh, but it’s the truth. I am not going to try to gloss over the fact that the value of UK residential property is subject to periodic fluctuation. However if you have bought in the right place at the right price, the property you invest in will be worth more in ten to fifteen years time, and that is the most important thing about this process. During that time your tenant will have been funding your ownership of that property by paying you rent. you pay the mortgage, the surplus is some money (which you bank to cover maintenance etc) and the value goes up, over time. When the growth is realised by a sale or a refinance that is when you get the rewards. How can I be sure? Property investment is not for everyone, we know this. We also know how to help you with some advice and guidance. If you would like to know more, give me a call Mike Beckley

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Sally’s Smalltalk Words don’t come easy

Admit it, you are now singing the song by F.R David aren’t you? Go on, hands up - I include myself in that count. In fact, when I gave this piece a title I ended up looking him up on Youtube and lost an hour of my life mesmerised by the online world. This is a frequent problem of mine and this here writing lark isn’t as easy as you might think. My life as a writer was born from a great love affair with Facebook and a constant stream of perpetual status updates. Some friends pleaded with me to stop as I was filling up their news feed. I had clearly not found twitter at this stage. Others encouraged me to write more. Clearly my cryptic one liners were too much of a tease. But how was I to write more with such little space. “Start a blog”, they chimed! I have been blogging, copywriting, and writing features for over a year now and have been absorbed, at what seems to be warp speed, into a whole entire new world I never knew existed. I have embraced twitter, which is really just a micro blog, like a long lost friend and now chat to complete strangers online, some of whom I now regard as good friends. From dabbling in blogging I re-ignited a long lost love of 42

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words and writing. Something I was passionate about at school but cut to the quick by, what was then, the careers service. So my blog was born and so were my ramblings and so was my career as a freelance writer! But it’s not as plain sailing as you would think. Here are some things I find myself doing when I sit down to write and most likely I have been doing while writing this Sally’s Smalltalk article: • Looking up words in a thesaurus which starts with one which leads to another and another and so on, to the point at which I forgot what I was looking for in the first place. • Looking for images, causing a memory jog that I haven’t yet uploaded holiday snaps to Facebook. • Updating my Facebook at least twice; it is the law! • While on Facebook, a quick game of bejewelled…. for at least 20 minutes usually! • Update status again. • Quick check on Twitter to see what’s going on only to get involved in a conversation or see a new blog post which absolutely definitely must be read, this second….. and commented on. • Tap away at a few more words and remember I

haven’t checked email today. Gmail here I come. I spend what seems a life time trashing messages from stores and online shops offering me a measly 5% discount or free shipping. Meh! Nothing is considered a sale or attracts my attention unless it has at least 50% off. • Whilst typing, these nasty red lines appear under my words and so I seek the authority of the Concise Oxford Dictionary to settle some personal arguments. Do a quick check online, only to be teased with UrbanDictionary. Com; after ten minutes I feel adequately updated with the latest youth speak. Typing makes my fingers cold so turn on the heater I have stashed under my desk and head for the kitchen for a cup of tea. That will warm me up nicely… and in the true character of twitter *rubs hands together* #warmandcosy. This list is by no means exhaustive, is in no particular order and items may appear more than once. It’s a pure miracle I manage to do anything really…….now where was I? If you would like to share your ideas with Sally, please contact us and we will pass on all comments: office@AlongTheThemes.co.uk


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While we all know that our daily newspaper is a source of news and entertainment, what you might not realise is that it is an extremely useful product to keep around the house. So, consider the following uses. Newspaper is a very absorbent material - it has to be to absorb the ink that’s printed on it. But this means that it’s also fantastic at absorbing all sorts of moisture. One of the most useful ways of taking advantage of this characteristic is that of drying out leather shoes and bags. Simply place crumpled newspaper in the shoes or bag overnight and in the morning not only will they be dry, but there won’t be any water stains. Newspaper will absorb any odours in shoes, lunch boxes or vegetable drawers. Just place a balled-up piece of newspaper in the offending items and it will deodorise them in no time. If you come home with wet wellies or snow boots, placing them on a pile of old newspapers will avoid creating messy puddles on the floor. You can use newspaper for cleaning tough marks off mirrors and windows by using cleaning fluid on the paper. To clean antique glass that might be damaged by cleaning solutions, use the paper with a solution of one part white vinegar to one part warm water. With all these versatile uses, let’s hope the digital age doesn’t signal the end for the newspaper, because it’s clearly not just for reading the news.

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e c a F Facebook is not as intimidating or complicated as other web applications and once set up is both easy and fun to use as well as being a business tool. Facebook is user-friendly and in plain English, rather than the computer-speak that tends to be a prerequisite for most other web applications. This is the primary reason, I believe, that Facebook is so popular as seen by the increase in user demographics among the 40-60 age group. Why should you use Facebook Business Pages? There are many reasons to use

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7. Someone else can manage the page for you, if needed through the administrator feature; 8.You can target by area so you control where the messages are sent; 9. It increases you exposure in the market place as it is also availabe on mobiles and tablets. A Facebook Business Page extends your business presence on the Web over and above your website and is free to set up and run. Next time LinkedIn. Tony Silver

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Mobile Office It is time IT departments move with the times? As someone who regularly works from different locations including client sites, coffee shops and the gym, being on top of IT is paramount. Luckily for me I have my own personal IT guru (A.K.A husband) who makes sure my kit is fully functional and I am ready to work wherever that may be, and according to Jabra, the brand of GN Netcom, I am just part of a growing trend called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). In fact, Jabra is calling on IT departments to evolve to meet the needs of a new generation of multitasking, mobile workers who want a bigger say in the communications devices they use at work, as published in a recent report by Jabra entitled, ‘GenM: Defining the workforce of tomorrow’. The study of 1,000 workers from a diverse range of job functions and sectors including Sales, Marketing, Finance, Customer Service and Administration, uncovered a new attitude to work that transcends both demographics and job functions. Jabra has used the term GenM to describe this new workforce which sees multi-tasking as a way of life, whether at home or at work, regards work-life balance as a far bigger priority than job fulfillment and is willing to work beyond traditional office hours in order to achieve it.

The research found that almost half (46%) of office workers use a mobile or smartphone for work, 35% use a laptop and 1 in 10 are using VoIP to communicate. In addition 72% of the office population regularly takes calls and responds to email outside of office hours and just over half (53%) of all workers are choosing to do so. Despite this, 1 in 5 people say they do not have the tools and devices to be able to work the way they want. However, many workers are taking matters into their own hands and joining the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend with 28% saying they use their own personal devices for work. Tomorrow’s workforce will no longer rely on email and deskphone, but will favour more immediate, collaborative methods of communication. The use of social networking to communicate and collaborate with colleagues will have a far-reaching impact on the workplace – and this trend will be driven by the younger members of GenM. Work will no longer be defined by the 9-5 office routine, but rather by connectivity to the business network Is your business moving with the times, is it time to complete a device audit to help improve your workforces output? Harriet Subramanian

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situations? Be as clear as you can be about what you want to achieve – later, a good Performance Coach will help you to better define your goals. With a good idea of what you want to achieve, and some potentials that you haven’t yet made contact with, now is the time to limit your exposure – ask if you can have a “taster session”, or a free consultation. Good coaches recognise that the relationship between the coach and the person being coached is fundamental, and also recognise that sometimes the “chemistry” is just not right. Good Performance Coaches will be just as keen as you are to see if you can work successfully together. Ask the coach about their past and future training, how they define coaching, how they coach, and why they do it. If you are getting a good feeling about the person, give it a go. If you’re not, try another coach, having only spent a little of your precious time. Philip Walker

how connected are you? The other day I was beginning to wonder if I was suffering from ‘nomophobia’ – a morbid fear of being without a mobile phone. The increased technology of smart phones has meant that we are never far away from a small, electronic gadget that can do practically everything. You can find restaurants, buses, and diving schools. You can record your calories, monitor your sleep patterns and measure your pulse after exercise. If you are going on holiday you can download an app which tells you everything you need to know about that place including a map. Additionally, the ease with which we can use social networking sites, adds to our desire to never be far away from them. This is all great, but what it actually means is that we are unable to cope when we are disconnected. In fact, some people almost go into meltdown, hence the term ‘nomophobia’ . The fact that the fear of being without a mobile phone has actually been given a name means that it is indeed endemic. There is even a support group website. Surveys done by various phone security companies show that on average, we check our mobile device at least 34 times a day, and that around 66% of us can’t live without our phones.

I only have to glance across at my family when we are all sitting around relaxing to agree with that. A recent survey done by the AA motor organisation also shows the increase in mobile phone related accidents and penalties. Motorists interviewed on a recent television documentary confessed quite openly their need to chat on social networks while driving. It’s frightening how needy we have become. I am old enough to remember the days before these devices came along and that the world functioned perfectly well without them. Yet when I forget to take my phone out with me, I do worry that somebody might need to get hold of me, or might need an urgent answer on an email. But what actually would happen if I didn’t have it with me all the time? Would I get lost? Would the world fall apart? I doubt it. After all, it got along perfectly well without me in the old days. And somehow, I managed to function perfectly well on my own too. There is no doubt that this technology has given us freedom and opened up the world. But likewise, perhaps freeing ourselves from always being connected might just liberate us too? Go on – give it a try! Vanessa Woolley


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The love planet Venus moves into your sign on the 4th and your ruler, the planet Mercury, changes sign on the 17th. April is an interesting and rather turbulent month and you’ll need to channel and focus your energies wisely. Your mind may be especially inquisitive during this cycle. Its all systems go with your domestic life this month, energetic and fiery Mars provides you with extra energy, motivation and power to move forward with your plans. Money might be invested in your home, and turning a long-standing dream into reality is now possible

Cancer June 23 - July 23

The Libra full moon on the 6th falls in the domestic area of your chart; your thoughts turn to family, loved ones and personal matters. Your living space is also in the spotlight and home improvements will be high on your agenda. With Mars gathering speed conversation is energetic and plentiful. Communication is high on your agenda this month as energetic Mars stirs you into action. You could surprise those around you who are used to you demure and conciliatory approach to life. The full moon on the 6th is very favourable for bringing your determination to the forefront.

Leo

March 21 - April 20

July 24 - August 23

Your ruling planet, the energetic Mars, is moving forward again, as from the 14th you’ll notice your plans picking up the pace again. During the last few months you will have often felt hesitant about taking action – most unusual for Aries! Enthusiasm and assertiveness return now, enjoy! Finances are in the spotlight this month as the Sun illuminates all areas of earning and spending. Income may be somewhat erratic, but after the alignment of the Sun and Jupiter on the 12th you should get a better handle on the situation and a lucky break could come your way

Friendly and outgoing Venus in Gemini puts the spotlight on your friends and social life this month. Energetic Mars in hard working Virgo gathers momentum after the 14th in the monetary area of your chart. Some financial reviewing and reorganisation may become necessary now. Finances are still high on your agenda during May and new and innovative earning potentials can come to the forefront. The spectacular alignment of the Sun and benevolent Jupiter on the 12th occurs in the career angle of your chart. You could receive the good news that you’ve been waiting for

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Virgo

April 21 - May 21

August 24 - September 23

The love planet Venus and abundant Jupiter start the month in your sign and you should still be reaping the rewards of your past efforts. Venus moves into Gemini on the 4th and then the pace changes. Feeling rather restless, you’ll be questioning your social life and your relationships. A month of personal growth and transformation as abundant Jupiter gets close and personal with your Sun. You will be looking at the way others perceive you and how you could strengthen your sense of self and gain in confidence. Hard work and accomplishment are possible now .

After the 14th you’ll feel as if a great weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Mars, planet of action and assertiveness has been slowing you down since January, but now you can get going again! Plans and dreams can start moving and you’ll intuitively know where to begin. Mighty Jupiter smiles favourably on you during this month, helping you to treat minor inconveniences with a positive attitude and also boosting your morale. Neptune may well be casting a veil of confusion over partnership matters, but on the whole romance can flourish and bloom. ..

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Libra

September 24 - October 23

Mars retrograde has not been easy for Libra and its forward motion on the 14th will be a great relief. You will have reassessed your goals and your needs and start to have a clear plan of action now. The full moon on the 6th will challenge you to be direct and straightforward with others. The Sun and optimistic Jupiter are aligning themselves very nicely in one of the financial areas of your chart. This could be a very auspicious month for Librans. Financial opportunities will most certainly present themselves to you, and the 12th could turn out to be particularly lucky.

Scorpio

October 24 - November 22

Your social life may have been on hold over the last few months, confidence may not have been high and you probably preferred to lay low. It’s all changing now as Mars gathers speed and challenges you get out there and have fun. Venus in Gemini brings finances to the forefront. The month begins with a full moon in your sign on the 6th. This could turn out to be a rather introspective month as transformational Pluto also encourages you to look within for buried treasure. You could uncover facets of your personality that you haven’t yet accepted or acknowledged.

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The pace really gets going again during April, as Mercury turns direct on the 4th, followed by Mars on the 14th. Mercury rules communication and travel and these areas of life may have been fraught with difficulties during this 3 week retrograde phase. Mars is the planet of drive and energy, and has been retrograde in Virgo since the 24th of January. Although this presented wonderful opportunities for careful planning, great patience will also have been required. Now there’s a great sense of relief as our plans and desires can finally take off again. The full moon in Libra on the 6th requires that we take another look at the balance in our lives. Where are we taking on too much and are we spending enough time on rest and relaxation? The moon in Libra is also about beauty, harmony and love, more questions for us, are these areas being met within our lives?

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The Sun illuminates the down-to-earth sign of Taurus until the 20th and the great outdoors will be calling us all to get out and take pleasure in the joys of spring. A spectacular alignment of the Sun with mighty Jupiter around the 12th ensures an optimistic and abundant few days for all, if we are willing to see the positive side of life. The full moon in passionate Scorpio on the 6th brings our desires to the forefront. Determination is also heightened, and energy and willpower for solid, long- term goals will also be available. The new moon in frivolous Gemini on the 20th brings new delight in socialising, enjoying long spring evenings outside with friends and family comes to mind!. NAVIGATE LIFE WITH KNOWLEDGE AND COSMIC AWARENESS

Sagittarius

Aquarius

Delays and setbacks at work and in your career may have been a problem since the end of January. That is all changing now as energetic Mars starts to move forward in a pivotal part of your chart. The cosmos is asking you to reach for the stars and not to doubt yourself in any way. A busy month for you as the spectacular alignment of the Sun and expansive Jupiter on the 12th brings the culmination of an important work project. Events occur that highlight your responsibilities in your professional life. You might also use this time to reassess your romantic goals.

Since idealistic Neptune left your sign in February your life has probably become much clearer and your goals and future plans are much more apparent. Your ruler, the quirky Uranus, marches forward in pioneering Aries and your ideas should be abundant and openly creative. Enthusiasm and optimism should be high on the agenda for you this month. You’ll have big ideas about how to increase your income. While you continue to brainstorm money making potentials, your attention also turns to learning, networking and communicating in exciting new ways

November 23 - December 22

Capricorn December 23 - January 19

Mars retrograde in Virgo may have demanded that you review and reassess many areas of your life. Rather than asserting your desires you may have tended towards introspection. Now you can get back to being straightforward, assertive and courageous – with good results! Romance is in the spotlight this month as the Sun cuddles up to expansive Jupiter on the 12th. You have been evaluating what you need in a relationship and are probably quite surprised to find that freedom is very important to you. Don’t push yourself too hard, relaxation is important now.

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Pisces

February 20 - March 20

Communicative Mercury, retrograde in your sign, will up the pace as forward motion starts on the 4th. Moving into energetic Aries on the 17th you’ll find ideas and plans will really get going. You can now enjoy increased powers of concentration and lively discussion will come your way. The alignment of Sun and Jupiter put you in a courageous and optimistic mood. Your path to greatest fulfilment is through avoiding becoming too dependent on others and recognizing your ability to stand alone. In the past this has not always been easy, but in this new cycle it could become second nature.


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By James Baggott - editor of Car Dealer Magazine (CarDealerMag.co.uk)

The Mini brand is expanding yet again. This time into the niche Coupe market. James Baggott finds out more

WHAT IT IS? Yet another Mini that’s been tweaked to keep the brand’s sales moving upwards. Sales for the maker are up 14 per cent year on year in a market down five per cent and the Coupe aims to add around 3,000 a year to that total. Classed as a ‘halo’ model, it’s not expected to be a volume seller, but a rival to the likes of the VW Scirocco and Audi TT. It has a lower roof, boot spoiler and only two seats. WHAT’S UNDER THE BONNET? There are diesel and petrol options. As it’s the halo model, Mini won’t be offering One versions, only Cooper, Cooper S, SD, and John Cooper Works versions. We tried the SD and John Cooper Works. The latter is the range-topper offering 149mph top speed, 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds and 39.8mpg. The diesel is a bit clattery but great to drive. It returns 65.7mpg, hits 134mph and passes 60mph in 7.7s. WHAT’S THE SPEC LIKE? High. Standard equipment includes DAB radio, air-con, parking sensors, alloy wheels and sport stripes. But as with all Minis, it’s the personalisation – both via factory order and dealerfitted accessories – which are plentiful. The famous TLC servicing pack is available for £249 and some 98 per cent of buyers are expected to take it up. We’d like to know who the two per cent are that don’t… 50

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WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? Enjoyable, but for taller drivers, extremely uncomfortable. The low roof line means you have to constantly crick your neck and the seats sent our legs to sleep within 10 minutes. It handles much like the hatch and in the dry is extremely chuckable, but in the wet it suffered with under-steer. But none of that will stop fashion-hungry buyers snapping them up. WHAT DO THE PRESS SAY? Auto Express said they thought ‘the powerful model has the makings of a machine that will take the brand to a group of drivers who feel that the standard hatch just isn’t tough enough’. While rivals Autocar said: ‘If you can live with the striking looks and driving appeal is a priority, it’s certainly worth considering.’ WHAT DO WE THINK OF IT? The looks certainly grew on us during our test, but no amount of driving dynamics could take our attention away from the pain in our legs, not something any driver wants to experience. With only 3,000 expected to find homes, this low-volume model will be a fashion statement for style-conscious buyers. And with a Roadster due next year, it’s clear the Mini brand’s expansion is set to continue apace.


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Spring Clean 2012 Dwell-Being Spring Clean Charity Project Henley, April 21st & 22nd 2012 On April 21st and 22nd in the Henley area, you can donate your unwanted furniture to charity and Out of the Dark will collect it and then bring it back to life - helping the unemployed, the furniture industry and the planet in the process. The newly up-cycled furniture will then be exhibited and re-sold in a show in Henley in the Autumn. Out of the Dark, a charity based in High Wycombe, teaches disadvantaged young people how to restore and breathe new life into old furniture. They take your unwanted furniture (preferably the good stuff –pre 1970s) off your hands and will up-cycle, polish, re-upholster or simply paint it into something new. But it’s not just the furniture that is given a new lease of life - the people being taught this vital skill, the local furniture industry, even the planet benefits. (Not to mention the owner of the de-cluttered attic.) It’s truly a win-win-win situation. On the 21st & 22nd of April, you can arrange to have your unwanted furniture collected from your home and you will be able to see it again in an exhibition held in Henley in the Autumn. You might even want to buy it back again. Contact Jade Blades of Out of the Dark to make the arrangements. E: info@outof thedark.org.uk T: 01494 550286 (leave a message) Niki Schäfer of Dwell-Being (www.dwell-being. com), a home and lifestyle design company, based in Henley-on-Thames is working alongside Jay & Jade Blades of Out of the Dark Charity as is Frank Hudson Fine Furniture in High Wycombe who have volunteered to collect the furniture and Clare West, Photography who will photograph the exhibition The furniture trade in High Wycombe has its roots in the activities of the 19th century chair makers who made High Wycombe the chair making capital of the world. The Windsor chair was the most famous product of the trade, one of several different styles of regional chairs, such as the ladder back, which developed in the 18th century to satisfy the market created by the labouring and artisan classes.

er g n i lS Loca Knight Sally Local singer, Sally Knight, talks about how she is able to put together the right band to make your party go with a swing – whatever the occasion. Sally and Serena met whilst having their cars serviced – and started talking about what each did and as a result Serena asked if Sally could put a band together for her husband’s, David, 50th party at Temple Golf club, both were delighted with the results. David and Sally spoke about the different genres of music the he wanted the band to play and was surprised when she told him that they were able to play all of i. i.e. from jazz to soul, rock and pop. It is unusual for a band to be able to offer both styles of music, but with Sally’s musicians, she can put together the music styles you want. The dinner jazz set created an elegant club ambience so that people could easily chat and eat. As the evening progressed, the band were able to respond to people’s desire to have a bop and played dance and party music. Sally has been singing for over 20 years and was initially trained with Trinity and played in many function bands over the years. She later trained in jazz with Jacqui Dankworth and sang in the Montgomery school headed up by Laurie Holloway. She has a wealth of experience and is therefore able to ensure that her performance is always colourful, passionate and memorable. Other local venues she has sang at include: The Compleat Angler, The Wentworth Golf Club and The Wargrave Regatta to name a few. If you have a party coming up and would like to know more, then please contact her on www.sallyknighttrio@hotmail.co.uk. ALONG THE THAMES

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Policing matters

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A glimpse into the future I was privileged this week to talk to a large group of 15 and 16 year old pupils from a local school who were working towards a citizenship GCSE. They asked some very pertinent questions and one which stuck in my mind was, “Has face book made a difference to policing”? The answer has to be an emphatic yes. There is so much information available on social media websites. They can create reports of crimes such as cyber bullying but they can also help us solve crimes as they are an invaluable source of intelligence. I have always believed that policing is a reflection of society and as such it has to move with the times. I have often been told about those wonderful days when every village had their local bobby who spent his days cuffing kids round the ear for scrumping apples. The truth is that bobby would be completely ineffective in today’s world. If, next week, a robber walks into a local bank with a gun and holds them up then we will catch them. It is highly unlikely that someone would get away with an offence like that. Unfortunately a future bank robber will probably just be tapping away on a keyboard in Mexico or somewhere similar. How will an old fashioned cop like me deal with that? I do not have the answer but I am reassured by talking those teenagers that someone will. They are the future cops and in their world they will know the answers. If you want to find out more about policing in this are then you can visit our website at www.thamesvalley.police.uk. Inspector Ray Wilks The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Thames Valley Police

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njoy a day out at one of London’s famous department stores; you might even learn a thing or two!

So, you’re thinking shopping. Indulgence. Expense. This may often be the case, but London’s department stores have so much more to offer than swanky booty and an expensive credit card bill! From arts and crafts to special exhibitions, there is more to them than meets the eye. So, why not learn a new skill or broaden your mind rather than your wardrobe this spring and summer? Take a look at a few of the more creative and unexpected offerings from some of Britain’s best stores: Liberty London Sewing School Why not try your hand at something new this Spring and Summer – learn a creative craft

courtesy of the folks at Liberty London, who are offering a range of special craft, knitting and sewing workshops in The Liberty Heritage Suite, 3rd Floor between now and July. Thursday evening classes run from 5 - 7.30pm. The cost is £30 per class, including wine and nibbles. Classes include floral corsage, learn to crochet, and men’s sewing SOS. Liberty also offer Saturday classes that run from 10.30am – 4.30pm. The cost is £50 per class, which includes morning tea and afternoon coffee. Classes include an introduction to patchwork, learn to knit, learn to sew, stylish colour knitting, clutch purse making and lace knitting. Sewing school attendees can get 20% off at Café Liberty on the day of their class, so why not sign up to a class with a friend or relative and indulge

in afternoon tea for two before or after your class? Delicious! To book call 02077341234. Selfridges Events From wine tasting master classes to make-up lessons from the experts, Selfridges offers a range of events to suit a variety of interests and inclinations. Fancy a bit of delectable food sample tasting? Like to attend an event that will raise money for charity? Selfridges offers all of these plus more, including book signing’s by famous authors and a range of events linked to current concepts in store, such as their library, designerpromotions and range of talks themed around their most recent concept, Words Words Words. To find out what’s on soon at their London branch, visit: http:// style.selfridges.com/whats-on Emma Filtness

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LOCAL CLUB EVENTS: Maidenhead Over 30’s Disco parties every Friday, 8.30pm - 1am, Bird Hill Golf Club, Drift Road, off Hawthorn Hill SL6 3ST Maidenhead Camera Club every Tuesday, Cox Green Community Centre, 630861 Maidenhead Archaeology society meet last Wednesday of the month, WRVS, Maidenhead, t: 630 839k

THEATRE AND MUSICAL EVENTS Marlow Choral Spring Concert 12th May - see page 60 for details Bourne End Forum Players ‘‘ Murder Mystery 16 - 19th May, 8pm See page 60 for details Kenton Theatre - See adjoining page www.kentontheatre.co.uk BUSINESS/NETWORKING EVENTS Business Biscotti - Marlow Every second Thursday 9.30 - 11.30am Danesfield House Hotel, Marlow www.businessbiscotti.co.uk Thames Valley Business Womens Group Every second Monday 7pm for 7.30pm start CIM, Cookham, www.TVBWG.com Business Biscotti - Maidenhead Every third Thursday 9 - 11am Temple Golf Club, Maidenhead www.businessbiscotti.co.uk SPECIAL EVENTS Craft Fair & Family day at Bisham Abbey in aid of PACE 15th April, 11am - 4pm - see page opposite for details. 23rd April: St George’s Day Henley International Film Fair 27 - 29th April 7th May: Bank Holiday Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, including 4th June bank holiday 2nd - 5th June Marlow Town Regatta 9th June - the Regatta 10th June - Dragon Boat Festival Higginson Park, www.marlowtownregatta.org Key to Events:

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Wildlife in the Borough 1st June, 2.30-3.30pm Meet a Braywick countryside ranger at Maidenhead Library and learn about the wonderful wildlife to be found in local parks. t: 796969. Let’s Rock the Moor 12th May, from 11.30am onwards www.letsrockthemoor.com ArtSpace 12th - 27th May Barn Galleries, Middle Culham Farm, Aston, RG9 3DX info@barngalleries.com/07836209165 Cookham Village Jubilee Street Party 4th June, 12 - 4pm Cookham Village Fair 16th June, 11am - 4pm ON-GOING EVENTS Stanley Spencer Gallery 1st April - 4th November, 10.30am - 5.30pm daily

Old Thatch Gardens 12th May - 31st August, 2 - 5pm every Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday Spring Half Term Trail at Cliveden 1st June (10.30am-4pm )and every Wednesday - Woodland Wednesday - June (11am - 12.15pm) t: 605069; www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

CROWNE PLAZA, MARLOW 01628 496800, www.crowneplazamarlow.co.uk/ See page 7 for details

Midas Antique Fairs Every 4th Sunday, 10 - 4pm St. George’s Day Offer 21st – 23rd April Rebellion Beer at a price of £2 a pint for the weekend! Rat Pack Tribute Night 4th May Half Term Blast off - Kid’s Disco 1st June Weddings

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STUBBINGS NURSERY Stubbings Estate, Henley Road, Maidenhead SL6 6QL www.stubbingsnursery.co.uk See page 22 for details Gardens open to the Public 5 - 7th May Open Air Cinema on the lawn 18th & 19th May Thames Valley Antiques Dealer’s Association Fair 11th - 13th May

MARKETS Quarterly Markets 31st March,30th June, 29th September, 29th December 9am - 4pm - Maidenhead High Street Maidenhead Produce Market 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month Maidenhead High Street The Farmers Market, , 2nd Sunday of the month from 10am, Grove Street Car Park

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CRAFT, GIFT AND WELL-BEING FAMILY DAY AT BISHAM ABBEY, MARLOW, SL7 1RR SUNDAY 15TH APRIL 2012 11AM- 4PM

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A selection of forthcoming productions – for full programme please visit our web site Wednesday 18 - Friday 20th April, 7.45pm Saturday 21st April, 7pm JACK THE RIPPER ~ THE MUSICAL Now written into English folklore, the story centres around the infamous murders of five women in Whitechapel in 1888 by the self-styled “Jack the Ripper”. Set in an East End music hall pub, The Steam Packet, it is told in real time through the song and satire of the music hall songs that the Victorians were so good at. However, it is also a social comment on the times, which is still relevant today. Tuesday 8 - 11th May, 7.30pm & Saturday 12th May, 7pm THE HENLEY DRAMA FESTIVAL AT THE KENTON This Festival of One Act plays at The Kenton Theatre is now in its 41st year. A wide range of drama clubs and societies take part and there is a thriving and lively youth section as well. Over the five nights you will be treated to a full range of skills showcasing tragedy, comedy, pathos and humour. There will be something for everyone, some well known plays, some not so well known and some original plays from budding playwrights. So why not come along and have a fun evening with us? 5 nights for the price of 4 available until 6th May 2012 Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th May, 7.30pm Falcon Grange presents Derek Benfield’s TOUCH & GO This well woven tale of suburban married life hilariously portrays the complications encountered when the fallout from two couples’ affairs catches up with them. Brian is encouraged by his wife Hilary to take up jogging; so he dons his track suit, but instead of running around the park, runs straight to his good friend George’s flat, where his mistress Wendy is waiting for him! Little does Brian know that while the pair is using George’s flat George has romantic plans of his own. The arrangement works well, until George’s wife Jessica returns early from a business trip and discovers something unexpected in her front room. The resulting confusions and mistaken identities provide an evening of uproarious and innocent fun. Please mention Along the Thames Magazine when booking.

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Happy Birthday Puppy Training! 2012

brings a very special anniversary for dog lovers worldwide as it marks 30 years since the world’s first puppy training class. Canine behaviour specialist Dr. Jez Rose reveals why the celebration is so important. “Scientific research proves that early socialising and training is critical to a dog’s development, helping to ensure safe and well-behaved dogs. Training puppies prepares dogs to live with human companions and is instrumental in avoiding temperament and behaviour problems, which very often lead to re-homing, or worse, euthanasia”, explains Rose. Historically, dog training didn’t begin until the dog was at least six months old. However, it was English veterinarian and animal behaviourist Dr. Ian Dunbar who developed the very first off-lead training class specifically for puppies which focused on training puppies at three months of age, during the critical period of development where memory and learning is at its most effective. A development that redefined and revolutionised dog training.

30 years of teaching perfect pooches Rose believes early training is the key to an enjoyable future with our dogs: “Not taking your puppy to training classes is the animal equivalent of not sending your child to school until they are 16”. Joe Inglis, the BBC One Show’s resident vet agrees that puppy training is critical to the future of safe pet dogs: 56

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“As a vet, I see dogs with behaviour problems every day and know that the vast majority of these problems could have been prevented with proper training as a puppy, so I can really appreciate the value of high quality puppy training.” Dr. Dunbar is hopeful: “It is my expectation to see a rise in the number of puppies attending training classes and receiving a good early education. The more people are aware of just how critical training for your puppy is, the better, as this is the most effective way to prevent what is fast becoming a rescue and re-homing crisis”. Rose, from near Aylesbury, is one of a select group worldwide teaching puppy training off-leash endorsed by its originator, Dr. Ian Dunbar, through his Puppy Stars training academy. Classes are running at Hawkslade Farm Community Centre in Buckinghamshire and Coach House Vets in Berkshire - 30 years on from the first ever puppy training class. For more information on dog training and behaviour www.JezRose.co.uk


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Useful Numbers MAIDENHEAD- CLUBS Rotary Club of Maidenhead ................................... 632797 The Maidenhead Players ............................. 07879 476301 Maidenhead Drama Guild ...................................... 635017 Maidenhead Operatic Society ............................... 671589 Maidenhead Musical Comedy Society ........ 07813979894 Grimm Players ....................................................... 820429 Maidenhead Concert Band .................................... 624514 Maidenhead Folk Club ........................................... 448268 Tuesday Singers ..................................................... 629012 Athletics ................................................................. 522797 Maidenhead & Bray CC ............................... 07989 579899 North Maidenhead Cricket Club ............................. 624137 Rugby ..................................................................... 629663 Hockey ................................................................... 622669 Desborough Bowls Club ........................................ 629403 Rowing ................................................................... 622664 WAMDSAD ............................................................ 627690 Maidenhead LTA ...................................... www.mltc.co.uk Thames Valley Cycling Club .................................... 638984 East Berks Badminton ........................................... 636283 Maidenhead Camera Club ...................................... 630861 East Berkshire Ramblers ........................................ 634561 Lions Club of Maidenhead ..................................... 634333 COOKHAM - CLUBS Tennis & Croquet ......................................... 07968 173757 Line Dancing .......................................................... 486362 Petanque ............................ ................................... 417453 RBWM - COUNCIL Bus Services .......................................................... 796666 CIS .......................................................................... 507587 Council Tax .............................................................. 683850 Library - Cox Green ................................................ 673942 Library - Holyport Container ....................................796555 Library - Maidenhead ............................................. 796969 Recycling ................................................................ 796474 Police .......................................................... 0845 8505 505 Trains .......................................................... 0845 7000 125 Town Hall ............................................................... 683800 Youth & Community Centre ................................... 685999

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to the winners of the following book competition held in the February/March 2012 issue. The Games People Play: Sam Keery James Sweet, J.Kilns, S.Johnson

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Answers for Drop Down (page 33) from left to right: Diamond, Emerald, Kunzite, Olivine, Peridot

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