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to the August/September issue. Gosh! it only seems like yesterday that I was doing the previous magazine. I cannot believe how fast the year is going! By the time you get your copy the ParaOlympics will be in full swing. Hopefully, many of you had the chance to enjoy some of the Olympic events. We were fortunate in the ballot to get the Rowing at Dorney and what a spectacular event it was. We had a fabulous day, not only was it amazing to see Team GB win two gold and one silver in the rowing, I also felt very proud how well the event was staged. However, because of all the excitement and shouting for Team GB I had a sore throat for days afterwards, but i was definitely worth it! Our local astrologer has a fabulous offer which can be found on page 36 and we have a feature packed issue with all the regular articles such as fashion, garden, health and beauty and much more. In addition to our regular items there is a small feature on education along with an article by the winner of the Along The Thames Creative Writing Prize from Brunel University. This is the first year in which we have sponsored this prize at the University and were delighted with the entries submitted. Not only have we featured the winning article but you can also find the entries from the runners up on the website. 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..........
Contents 10. The Perfect Afternoon Tea 12. Clever Lifestyles for Mums 16. Travel - Short Breaks 18. Emmett & Stone Country Sports 20. Garden 22. Country Wise 24. Favourite Walks 25. Readers Corner
27. Interiors - Period Living 30. Fashion 32. Beauty 35. Alexander’s Hair Surgery 36. Horoscopes 39. Sally’s Smalltalk 40. How to choose the right Secondary school
42. The Success of British Film 46. Business 49. Pets 50. Motoring 54. Out & About 58. Services 59. Useful Numbers
EDITOR Serena Edwards
CONTRIBUTORS Harriet Subramanian, Phil Walker Alexander Parsons, Christine Chalkin, Kasia Cole, Jill Coleby, David Rhys Price, Claire Fryer, Sally Todd, Alex Iszatt, Emma Filtness, Vanessa Woolley, Niki Schäfer, Jacky & Mark Bloomfield, Sophie Ward
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Food & Drink
Al fresco dining at The Oakley Court Set in 37 acres of beautifully Now that summer is here there’s nowhere better for al fresco landscaped gardens with manicured lawns leading dining than the riverside terrace at The Oakley Court Hotel. Dining at straight down to the River Thames, the hotel is steeped The Oakley Court is a memorable affair with gourmet cuisine using in history. Sumptuous carved the best locally sourced seasonal and moulded features including ingredients. Chef Michael Mealey’s ornate ceilings and stone carved gothic window panes create a modern British style of cooking memorable setting, partnered has found its perfect match at with stunning river views. this 152 year old hotel. Whether it’s morning coffee, a leisurely Make the most of the stunning lunch, afternoon tea or an intimate riverside location and hire one of the hotel’s self drive boats dinner, you’ll enjoy gourmet for an hour. Pick up a delicious cuisine and impeccable service. picnic hamper from the hotel and
enjoy a leisurely lunchtime cruise exploring this picturesque stretch of the River Thames. Come back for a relaxing afternoon tea on the terrace or a game of croquet - it all adds up to a memorable day out. Stay overnight in one of our luxuriously furnished rooms overlooking the gardens or the river and you can really relax. Enjoy our extensive leisure facilities – indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room and gym, all weather tennis courts, and a 9 hole par 3 golf course. You may never want to leave!
Tel: 01753 609 988 The Oakley Court Windsor Road Water Oakley, Windsor SL4 5UR 4
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Stunning riverside Al fresco dining Come to The Oakley Court this summer and you can be sure of a warm welcome. Enjoy Al fresco drinks, lunch or afternoon tea on our stunning riverside terrace. Or hire one of our self drive boats for up to 10 people, sail away and explore the Thames. Let us pack you a delicious picnic hamper for a leisurely cruise and have a truly exceptional day to remember. At A Glance
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Grape, Apple, & Walnut Salad With Blue cheese This is a really satisfying salad, which is simple to make, and has a really fresh crisp quality to it. Serves 6 INGREDIENTS: 1 Bag mixed salad leaves 200g Grapes halved and stoned 3 Dessert apples of choice, cored and chopped 4 Celery sticks , strung and chopped 100g Walnut pieces 1 Tablespoon pumpkin seeds 150 g Blue Cheese, (e.g. Gorgonzola, Stilton, Danish blue) diced into small chunks METHOD: 1. Place grapes, apples, celery, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and cheese in a mixing bowl, and pour over the dressing stirring well in the process. 2. In a salad bowl place the mixed salad leaves, and then add the grape and apple mix. 3. Garnish with sprig of mint. DRESSING INGREDIENTS: 1. 4 Tablespoons of olive oil 2. 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3. 1 Tablespoon honey 4. Dash of light soy sauce 5. Pinch of black pepper. METHOD Place above ingredients in a screw top jar, and shake well. Pour dressing over the salad mix.
Strawberry With Lemon cream This delightfully simple to make recipe is an absolute joy, and in essence is similar to the more famous Eton Mess but without the meringue. Serves 4 INGREDIENTS: 1kg Strawberries halve or quartered 3 Tablespoons icing sugar to taste Juice of half a lemon 2 Sprigs of mint leaves only 150ml Whipping cream 2 Tablespoons of lemon curd Slices of shortbread bought or homemade to serve with METHOD: 1. Puree half the strawberries in a processor, with the icing sugar, lemon juice and mint. Add more sugar if required. 2. Fold in the remaining strawberries and set aside and chill . 3. Whip the cream to a soft peak and add the lemon curd. Serve the strawberries with the lemon curd and a slice of shortbread.
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’
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An evening of Cheese Welcome to Aubergine, at the Compleat Angler Hotel, where guests can enjoy an unrivalled fine dining experience in a warm and elegant setting while looking over the stunning Marlow Weir. Enjoy exquisite dishes prepared by Executive Chef Miles Nixon, using the finest seasonal ingredients and displayed in his unique signature style. Miles has been with Aubergine in Marlow since its inception and is renowned for delighting his guests with beautifully prepared gastronomic dishes. The restaurant boasts an extensive range of fine and rare wines, exceptional vintages as well as reasonably priced bottles all sourced by the in-house Sommelier, Arnaud Tubeuf In September, Aubergine will be presenting an evening of Cheese, hosted by Cheesemonger “La Cave a Fromage” who are based in South Kensington, London. You will be offered drinks and canapes before enjoying a three course dinner, prepared by Executive Chef Miles Nixon, where each course will be made using a different cheese. Each course has a specially selected wine to complement the dish and of course the meal wouldn’t be complete without a wonderful Cheese Plate to enjoy at the end. Complete your meal with coffee all for £75, excluding service charges.
To find out more details about the evening and to reserve your place please call
Aubergine evokes simple elegance, serving modern European cuisine in a relaxed and informal atmosphere with stunning views across Marlow Weir. Set lunch, Monday - Friday £23 for two courses
Evening a la carte £44 for two courses and £50 for three
Sunday lunch from £39
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or weddings, Stoke Park is a stunning backdrop to your perfect day. Set within 350 acres of beautiful parkland, landscaped gardens and lakes, stands an imposing white Palladian Mansion. Over 200 years old, the grand building is truly one of the most romantic settings for a marriage ceremony, civil partnership or wedding reception in the country. Not only does it make a picture perfect setting but as Europe’s leading 5 Star Hotel, Spa and Country Club it offers undeniable luxury for your special day. Located in the heart of leafy Buckinghamshire, and yet only a few miles from Windsor, Heathrow Airport and London, Stoke Park exudes romance and luxury, and can cater for a wide range of needs to make your dream day come true. Whether it be a champagne breakfast or a sumptuous reception banquet, a live swing band or an awe-inspiring fireworks display over the fountains and gardens, the happy couple works closely with our Wedding Coordinator, Michele Connelly and Executive Chef, Chris Wheeler, to ensure preparations for the big day run flawlessly. Every aspect is planned to the highest quality and finest detail, to guarantee a day that will engender fond and lingering memories. Movie star glamour is evidently present within the grounds of this enchanting estate. Our very own Bridal Suite was used as the iconic romantic mini-break destination in the 2001 film ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’, our 1908 Championship golf course featured prominently in the 1964 James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’ and more recently, the Mansion made a star appearance in Daniel Craig’s ‘Layer Cake’. Stoke Park’s Bridal Suite, the Pennsylvania Suite, was also voted ‘the most Romantic hotel 8
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room in the UK’ by the Sunday Times Magazine. Stoke Park is licensed to hold Civil Marriage Ceremonies, which means that you can take your vows in any of our three licensed beautiful rooms or outside on the gorgeous Southern Terrace. Every room is beautifully and individually decorated with fine antiques and works of art, and all offer breathtaking views across historic gardens and landscaped parkland. With dining facilities for up to 120 guests prepared by our Executive Chef Chris Wheeler, 11 Spa treatment rooms in our award winning Spa, a 27 hole championship golf course, 49 luxurious bedrooms and suites and 14 acres of private gardens offering stunning photographic scenery, Stoke Park will make your day a truly memorable occasion. For more information, to request a brochure or to arrange to come and see Stoke Park, please contact Stoke Park’s Wedding Coordinator, Michele Connelly at email@example.com tel: 01753 71 71 71 www.stokepark.com
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CREATING MEMORIES... YourWedding Day at Stoke Park WEDDING OPEN DAY Sunday 16th September Entry from 10.30am - 3pm No entry fee and no need to book Intimate event with prestigious exhibitors All visitors will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast stay at Stoke Park Exhibitors will include photographers, bridal wear, florists, suit hire and wedding cakes Stoke Park’s Palladian Mansion is truly one of the most breathtakingWeddingVenues in Buckinghamshire Please contact our Wedding Co-ordinator on 01753 717171 or firstname.lastname@example.org Stoke Park, Park Road, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire SL2 4PG 35 minutes from London and 7 miles from Heathrow Airport
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The Perfect Afternoon Tea Indulge in afternoon tea on the riverside terrace at The Oakley Court Hotel in Windsor and you’ll fall in love with this quintessentially British tradition. Beautifully manicured lawns sweeping down to a secluded stretch of the River Thames set the scene for the perfect afternoon tea. The AA 2 rosette award winning Head Chef’s modern British style of cooking has found its perfect match at this 153 year old hotel. With all the fresh, local produce that Berkshire has to offer, Michael Mealey provides guests with a new gastronomic experience that is highly memorable and distinctive.
Head Chef - Michael Mealey
Create Michael Mealey’s simple Fruit Scone recipe at home INGREDIENTS: 50g /1/2 stick butter 225g /2 cups plain / all-purpose flour 3 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 30g /1 oz caster / fine sugar 50g /1/4 cup sultanas or chopped dates 150 ml /1/4 pint milk 1 egg beaten with a little milk METHOD: 1. Heat the oven to 400F/205C/Gas 6 2. Generously grease a baking sheet with butter then sprinkle with flour. 3. Sieve the flour into a roomy baking bowl, add the cubed butter, the baking powder and salt. Quickly rub the butter into
the flour using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. 4. Add the sugar and the dried fruits, mix well. 5. Make a well in the center and using a dinner knife, stir in enough milk to make a soft, pliable dough. If the dough is too sticky sprinkle with a little flour. 6. Turn the mixture on to a floured board and knead very lightly until just smooth then lightly roll out to 2cm / 3/4” thick. 7. Cut rounds with a 7.5cm /2” cutter or cut into triangles with a sharp knife. 8. Place on the baking tray and brush with the beaten egg and milk mixture. Bake near the top of the hot oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and well risen. Cool on a wire rack before eating.
Indulge in the Oakley Court Afternoon Tea comprising of: Freshly made finger sandwiches including: • Glazed ham and mustard, • Smoked salmon and lemon, • Egg mayonnaise and cress, • Cream cheese and cucumber Warm homemade scones, clotted cream and afternoon fancies Available: Monday - Saturday 12 - 5pm and Sunday 12 - 6pm To book please call 01753 609988” 10
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An alternative wine August is a big month for wine making, it is a time to forage the countryside and pick the juiciest plums, rowan berries and blackberries to make an alternative – but tasty wine. Why not try it yourself, here are some wine recipes:
4lb plums Water to 1 gallon 2 1/2 lb sugar 1 cup of strong tea 1 teaspoon yeast nutrient 1 teaspoon pectinase 1/2 teaspoon citric acid (if the plums are very ripe) All purpose, white or red wine yeast. Put the plums into a straining bag, and that into the sterile bucket. Get the rest of the ingredients, save the yeast and pectinase, boiling, and pour it onto the plums. Cover, let it cool, add the yeast and pectinase. Give it about a week in primary, and rack off as normal. Enjoy
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Wedding Showcase Sunday, 14th October from 11am to 3pm The Grovefield House Wedding Showcase is a perfect opportunity to look round this beautiful venue set in over 7 acres of grounds, and to meet the team who can help create your big day. Taplow Common Road, Burnham, Slough, Buckinghamshire SL1 8LR Tel: 01628 603131 www.classiclodges.co.uk www.marks-phillips-photography.com | in proud association with Queensberry Albums of New Zealand
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Clever lifestyles for school run Mums A recent study published in The Lancet highlighted that a lack of exercise is as deadly as smoking, with the UK worse than the world average, and in this day and age it is no secret that many mums are kept extremely busy juggling work and family commitments, and exercise becomes a foreign concept. For many it is easy to put exercise on the back burner and focus on looking after everyone else. However, finding time to exercise is important if not life-saving. Many local mums also want to change and incorporate exercise into their daily routine so that they can focus on themselves as well as encouraging a positive attitude to exercise in their children. To help you get started we have put together 5 clever ways to make small lifestyle changes to get the body and fitness you want and deserve. Finding the best time to exercise is challenging especially when looking after under-fives, but before you convince yourself you have no time, think again.... Ditch the car Even completing one school run a week on your feet (or buy a scooter like the kids) will help your body burn off those calories. HiiT It work outs Our daily recommendation is 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, but that doesn’t mean skipping a workout because you only have 10 minutes to spare. Rather than pressure yourself to complete a 30-minute workout, exercise in shorter bursts several times per day. Doing short (10- to 12
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15-minute) high-intensity exercise sessions will build muscle and burn more calories for longer. Buggy run Having a toddler at home and a child in school means even less free time, but you can easily strap your baby into a jogging pram or snuggle your infant in a baby sling. The extra weight can help you burn more calories. Why not join up with other mums in the same boat and walk, jog or run from the school gates once you have dropped off the children. Play time Don’t let children become obstacles to exercise, rather incorporate play into all family members’ lives. Take young children out on their bikes while you run or walk and encourage older children to run with you. Or choose a park you can loop around while older children play football. Plan, Prepare, Practice Plan what your family are going to eat during the week so you can prepare meals and healthy snacks in advance. Spending 30 minutes on a Sunday night and perhaps even completing an online shop will save valuable time in the week to come. Remember it does take time to incorporate new habits so try not to put too much pressure on yourself to exercise. Instead, have fun doing it without allowing it to become a chore. A change in routine is far more likely to be kept to, if it is enjoyed and doesn’t impact other areas of family life too greatly. Practice making healthy choices every day and the habit will soon take by leading weight loss expert Julie Brealy
Health Olympic Host Cities There have been 30 Summer Olympic Games and 21 Winter Olympic Games since they began in 1896. London is the only city to have had the Summer Olympic Games three times. Due to both World Wars the Olympic Games were not held in 1916, 1940 and 1944. The 1992 and 1944 Winter Games are two years apart due to the transition of the Winter Games to alternating even numbered years. The next Winter Games will be in Sochi, Russia,2014 with the 2016 Summer Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Host Cities since 1988 1988 - Seoul, South Korea 1988 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1992 - Barcelona, Spain 1992 - Albertville, France 1994 - Lillehammer, Norway 1996 - Atlanta, United States 1998 - Nagano, Japan 2000 - Sydney, Australia 2004 - Athens, Greece 2002 - Salt Lake City, United States 2006 - Torino (Turin), Italy 2008 - Beijing, China 2010 - Vancouver, Canada ALONG THE THAMES
Temple Golf Club Temple was founded in 1909, designed by Willie Park Junior of Musselburgh and “quietly” opened for play a year later in May 1910. Conveniently located in the heart of the Thames Valley, the golf course is beautifully situated in unspoilt landscape and enjoys extensive panoramic views of the River Thames and Chiltern Hills beyond. The view from the 1st tee is simply breathtaking. The course layout is challenging and interesting; difficult enough to test the low handicap player but friendly enough to encourage those with higher handicaps. Whatever the season, the course always has something very special to offer: Spring has its many shades of green as the leaves burst into life. Summer brings a stunning myriad of colour with the wild flowers including several rare species of
wild orchids. Autumn is utterly beautiful with the varying russet shades of the countless specimen trees on the course creating a stunning backdrop and due to the fact that it is built on chalk, the course is an excellent winter golfing venue. The original clubhouse is still in use today and provides a truly magnificent setting for a quiet drink, a snack or a meal. The clubhouse is charming, attractive and comfortable and the Club prides itself on providing a friendly and efficient service in a relaxed atmosphere and convivial surroundings. The beautiful setting, great attention to detail, wonderful hospitality, excellent value for money and friendly service guarantee an enjoyable and truly memorable visit.
Finding the right balance As I am writing this words, I can catch a glimpse of the breathtaking view over the lush Corsican maquis with the shimmering med in the background. Taking the family abroad felt like an escape, a lucky one! Never before have we had to endure such damp, cold, dark, or as a patient put it a “rotten summer.” The impact has certainly been felt by most of us as a strain to the immune system with most definite repercussions on general state of health and wellbeing. This is especially true for children who went through a very busy summer term. Parents are looking for alternatives to conventional drugs as in the last few years several over-the-counter medications have become off limits for children with research recently suggesting a link between antibiotic use and Irritable Bowel Syndrome in children, or between paracetamol and asthma. Whilst on the other hand, there is a surge of high quality scientific evidence that homeopathic medicines are effective over and above that of placebo. Common ailments such as upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, ear infections, sinusitis and flu are greatly relieved with the simple use of no toxic remedies. With the help of a qualified and registered homeopath, any parents can put together a “Nursery first aid Kit”. It can be either catered to your family needs or a standard version can be bought through Helios Homeopathy of 14
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Ainsworths, the old and well respected London pharmacy traditionally used by the royal family. This is such a simple and cost effective way to tend to minor ailments that if I had my way, every household in Berkshire would support sporadic bursts of temperature with some Belladona, runny dirty nose with a good dose of Pulsatilla and a dry cough that keeps everyone awake at night with some Bryonia. In the field of alternative health, preventing rather than curing is plain common sense. Entering September on top form is going to be crucial and my thought especially goes to those children who have to sit through a summer of revision to then face the daunting 11+. Bearing in mind that being back to school is always a stressful time of the year, there are ways to slowly build up your child immune system to a stronger, more resistant level, the simple combo Omega 3 fish oil + Little people supplement from the range Cytoplan is one of my favourites in my practice. More practically, make sure to maximise that time on your lounger and replenish on plenty of vitamin D ahead of the winter. Sophie Ward 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.
Te m p l e G o l f C l u b Henley Road, Hurley, Berkshire, SL6 5LH Membership options include: • Full • Associate (preferred green fees with membership benefits) • Corporate • Intermediate (Ages 25 - 29) • Colt (19 - 24) • Junior (14 - 18) • Junior (10 - 14) • Starter Membership • Forces
If you are a discerning golfer who enjoys playing golf in tranquil and un-crowded surroundings then Temple is the golf club for you. Whether you are looking for golf or social membership, either on an individual or group/corporate basis, a year round golfing venue, or a casual round of golf; we have a range of options that will fulfil most requirements and, if not, we will do our best to find one. Please call to take advantage of our excellent “twilight” green fees available daily from 4pm or our ”Monday Special”. For more details about membership, group packages or to book a round of golf, please contact us.
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Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Venice Chain Bridge, Budapest
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Need a holiday but don’t have time? If this sounds familiar then a short break can provide a much needed respite in a busy schedule anwd it is also the perfect way to indulge in inspiring museums, taste exciting new foods and experience different cultures. Choosing a European city for a short break, such as Istanbul or Berlin, can also beat the post-Olympic blues!
Five European destinations for a short break Venice
Italy is one of Europe’s most beautiful countries and Venice is at the heart of its seduction. When Napoleon conquered this enchanting city, he looked at the Piazza San Marco and called it the “drawing room of Europe”. Whether exploring on foot or by boat, this romantic city is an inspiration with its grand palazzos, piazzas, magnificent courtyards and marbled churches. More than 800 years old Basilica di San Marco church is a Byzantine dream with its façade and interior features. A voyage on a gondolier in the canal is the perfect way to soak up Venice and immerse yourself in this romantic city.
From the Second World War, to the division of East and West Berlin city and the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall, Berlin has played a central part in modern European history. The city has developed into a hugely influential and vibrant city offering exciting nightlife, superb restaurants and fascinating museums. The elegant tree-lined boulevard of Unter den Linden is one of the grandest streets in the Europe. Key sites to visit include the old Jewish quarter, the area around Hackescher Markt station which dates back to the 19th century, Brandenburg Gate, the old city’s entrance and the Reichstag, the historic parliament building transformed
by Lord Norman Foster. There is a multitude of bohemian cafes, contemporary bars and galleries that will captivate and keep you coming back for more.
Founded by Peter the Great, St Petersburg is widely known as the window to the west. Neoclassical and Baroque influenced buildings interweave Russia’s second largest city dubbed the “Venice of the North” for its palace-lined waterways. St Petersburg escaped the architectural incursions of Stalinism, and its grandiose relics of the tsarist days are still enjoyed today. The waterside walkways and elegant streetscapes are best seen on foot. With more than three million works displayed, the State Hermitage museum is one of the world’s largest museums and highly recommended when visiting this imperial metropolis. Boasting an intriguing collection that ranges from oriental art, Russian culture and western European art, it’s a culture vulture’s paradise.
Istanbul has enjoyed more than four centuries of imperial patronage, creating one of the most famous skylines in the world. From the Bosphorus strait that divides Asia and Europe, to the mosques and western influenced buildings, the city is the meeting point where east
meets west. Smells of shisha and apple tea fill the air, alongside the smell of mouth-watering chargrilled kebabs. Highlights include the magnificent Blue Mosque built during the reign of Ahmed I, the Ottoman sultans’ Topkapi Palace and the former Orthodox basilica Hagia Sophia. After a day of sightseeing visit one of the city’s famous hammans for an authentic Turkish spa experience. Shopping is abundant at the Grand Bazaar with its maze of vivacious shops, practice your bartering skills and stock up on unusual spices at the nearby Spice Bazaar.
Hungary’s capital is a city filled with cosmopolitan cafes, fashionable restaurants, upmarket boutiques and soothing spas. The Buda Castle quarter, a UNESCO world heritage site, dates back more than 700 years and is a must-see on any visit. Sitting on the western side of the Danube River, the castle was once the residency of Hungarian royalty. Buda is home to the Banks of the Danube and Andrássy Avenue, the iconic Budapest boulevard that boasts a range of luxury boutiques. In addition, the area of Pest is filled with Art Nouveau buildings including the stunning Central Market Hall. For more ideas on European short breaks visit www.coxandkings.co.uk . Harriet Subramanian ALONG THE THAMES
The shooting season begins Although no longer a typical English activity, at one time Shooting Season was the height of fashion. The elite would leave the London season in August and head to the great estates, where the men would partake in shooting and the women would gossip and plan endless rounds of house parties and balls. The royals were always active hunters; heading to the Scottish highlands to hunt and shoot. The romanticism of the sport is clear throughout Victorian and Edwardian novels, especially those by the likes of Jane Austen and D H Lawrence. When the Game Act 1831 – which states which animals can be hunted and when – was relaxed it meant that anyone could obtain a permit to take rabbits, hares and gamebirds, and the sport rose in popularity around the country. Times may have changed, and people’s busy lifestyles mean that no one has a ‘season’ but many do choose to partake in the sport on weekends and evenings.
For those who are interested in taking it up, it isn’t just about pointing and shooting; there is still a skill to hunting. Shotguns have been massively improved since the Victorian era but there is still the angle and planning to consider; a bird will usually be eaten and who wants a spray of pellets through their breast meat? The best way to experience a shoot – without hurting yourself or animals; is to go clay pigeon shooting. A great day out for the family, it gives amateurs the opportunity to practice their skills. Be warned, it can be addictive and many who start clay pigeon shooting have been known to go back time and time again – in fact, there are numerous events and competitions around the country to get involved in. If you are serious about game shooting then you will need a licence, for information and advice go to a professional website or visit one of the many country sports stores – where staff will provide you will all the help you need to get you going.
England, Scotland and Wales Grouse: Aug 12 - Dec 10 Ptarmigan: Aug 12 - Dec 10 Blackgrouse: Aug 20 - Dec 10 Snipe: Aug 12 - Jan 31 Partridge: Sept 1 - Feb 1 Duck & Goose (inland): Sept 1 - Jan 31 Duck & Goose (below high water mark): Sept 1 - Feb 20 Coot/Moorhen: Sept 1 - Jan 31 Golden Plover: Sept 1 - Jan 31 Woodcock: Oct 1 - Jan 31 Pheasant: Oct 1 - Feb 1
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SLUGS AND SNAILS
Over the past few weeks the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory has been contacted over an ever increasing frequency of slugs and snails climbing into trees? Although snails and slugs have been the bane of gardeners for generations the concept of these pests in trees is quite uncommon and begs the question “why would slugs and snails start climbing into trees”. The main answer is for food. Because slugs prefer succulent foliage or flowers, they primarily are pests of seedlings and herbaceous plants that are close to the ground (hostas, cabbage, strawberries, tomatoes). However, they also will feed on foliage and fruit of some trees. Look for the silvery mucous trails to confirm slugs or snail damage (Photographs 1-2). Another potential reason includes the fact that slugs are very sensitive to weather extremes. It has been speculated that the increase in slug and snail “tree climbers” is linked to the torrential rain and subsequent flooding that has occurred through-out the UK. Some slugs such as the great, grey or leopard slug has a very unusual and distinctive mating method, where the pair of slugs use a thick thread of mucus to hang suspended in the air from a tree branch or other structure. Slug and snail populations can be effectively managed by either hand picking on a regular basis or use of bait products. Two types of bait product exist. Baits containing metaldehyde are most common. Iron phosphate baits - available under many trade names including Sluggo are recognized as more environmentally friendly.
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Front Gardens Important in all weathers! During this dismal summer, there has been little opportunity to enjoy sitting outdoors in the garden, but front gardens are important thoroughfares in all seasons and all weathers. Every time you arrive back home there is opportunity to appreciate a well thought out space and beautiful plants whatever the weather!
For contemporary houses both the choice of materials and the style of planting need to complement the architecture. A planting scheme for a front garden should include both good all year round structure as well as seasonal flowering plants; often with a touch of formality to provide a real sense of arrival! creative design solutions : project management : horticultural specialists : consultancy
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Country Wise The last few months of summer are upon us and our wildlife starts to prepare for the hard times that winter will bring. Every newborn creature needs to put on enough weight to build up reserves to see it through the hard times ahead. This feeding frenzy gives us a great opportunity to see animals that we might otherwise be hidden. This is especially true of one of our biggest mammals the Fallow Deer. Fallow are not a native breed. The Romans have been credited with the first introduction to our shores. But when the Romans withdrew the deer population it is believed, died out. So it wasn’t for another 600 or so years, until the Norman invasion that Fallow deer became permanently established. Originally imported by our French noble ancestors to provide good hunting the fallow being a deer of open woodlands, they were released into purpose made hunting parks. Today perhaps two famous ones that survive are the New Forest and Richmond Park. The open beech woodlands of the Chilterns provide Fallow with the perfect living space. Beech provides tender leaves to graze, a place to hide and you can see your hunter coming. As in Norman times we plant cereal and root crops on the edge of our 22
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woodland, within easy reach of a hungry deer they provide rich pickings. We also provide a diet, of sweet tasty morsels as many a keen Gardner has found. Deer just love a nice rose or maybe a little something from the border. This time of year is your best chance of seeing Fallow deer. The females known as a Doe having given birth in late June are more visible as they introduce new fawns to the world. At the start or end of the day, look out for small groups of Does and fawns at the edges of fields which border woodland. Identifying Fallow deer can be confusing, the most common colour is tan/fawn with white spots. In winter, this changes to greyish brown. Menil colour is paler, lacking the black bordered rump and keeps its white spots all year. The last variation is charcoal black, (melanistic). One way to identify a Fallow Doe is to look at its rump. If it has a white rump and black tail, said to resemble a lady’s looking glass it’s a Fallow deer. In Late September/October, the males known as Bucks start to join the Does, in preparation for the rut. You often hear Bucks before you see them as they groan and bellow rounding up the Does. Bucks are easy to identify as they wear the antlers.
For the first two or three years antlers will be simple spikes, as they get older the antlers grow the characteristic palmated antlers that identify this species. Normally starting at the beginning of October and sometimes lasting way into November, the rut is unpredictable. Things like weather, the number of Does in an area, birth rates, all affect the rut. Fawns conceived during the rut will be born next April, May time. Fallow are not hard to find. Once found use your car as a hide to sit and watch them. If you are on foot, they have a keen sense of smell so you need to be down wind to stand a chance of approaching. Move very slowly and keep in the shadows. If they see sudden movement or a human outline, they will run away. Please keep any dogs with you under control and on a lead. Hopefully we have inspired you to go and look for your local Fallow deer population. There can be nothing better than watching a herd of Does and youngsters feeding in the hot afternoon sun, or watching bucks preparing for the rut. Get out and enjoy our wonderful countryside and wildlife. Mark and Jacky Bloomfield Wildlife Photographers
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The weather is definitely changing.... whether its climate change is an open debate, but what we can safely say is that we are not quite sure of what to expect next! Plants have grown well this year, although flowers have not blossomed as well as one wishes... So, what about Lawns? When we get flushes of rain, grass grows and we tend to think lawns are ok... Well this weather attacks lawns in many ways... Red thread disease has been at its worst for many years and its one of those things that you canâ€™t treat from a garden centre shelf.... So, what can you do? Of course, calling in a lawn specialist who knows how to cure and how to help prevent this is one option, but generally, keep your lawn as healthy as possible..... The other main problem which no-one thinks about is soils..... During heavy periods of rain, the ground gets saturated and loses air space..... we very rarely do anything about this, but all lawns (everywhere), should be hollow tined, during the Autumn and winter..... So, be pro-active and get planning to keep your lawn great......David Hedges-Gower
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Reducing the Crown of the Tree
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Calibra Tree Surgeons was set up in September 1998 by Mark Grubb to offer the best advice to both Customers and for the health of the tree. The ethos of the Company is to have an outstanding level of skill and professionalism in both the office and on site through on-going training to ensure staff are up top date with best practice. Our top tip for this time of the year is about reducing the Crown of the Tree. At this time of the year trees are beginning to finish their fruiting, flowering and blossoming. Therefore, August/September is the time of year to consider reducing the weight and wind resistance of the Crown of the tree in preparation for the winter season. Throughout the Winter season the tree can suffer from heavy winds, winter snow and other adverse conditions Reductions can be achieved through deadwooding: the removal of dead, dying, damaged or diseased branches, back to sound wood and/or crown reduction: the reduction in the height and spread of the crown by a given amount. Calibra Tree Surgeons ALONG THE THAMES
Bloom Wood & Valley
In the next of our series Kate Robinson combines all that is special about our local countryside - the river, pretty villages and our broadleaf beech woods. It’s a six mile walk and takes approximately two and a half to three hours - or a little longer if you decide to visit one of the pubs along the way! The walk starts at the public car park situated on the right just after The Spade Oak Pub on Coldmoorholme Lane, which can be found off the A4155. Walk down the lane towards the river and cross over the railway line. Take the Thames path to the right, through the kissing gate into the field. There are pretty views of the river here, an assortment of leisure craft, river front houses and a boisterous gaggle of wild fowl. At the end of the field, pass through another gate and follow the hedge away from the river. This is the path to Little Marlow nature reserve and village. Spade Oak Lake, once a gravel pit, naturally flooded and is now a managed bird sanctuary. Take the path along the edge of the lake to spot Herons, Kingfisher, Great Crested Grebes and Reed Warblers. The path turns into a lane and alights in Little Marlow at picture postcard pretty 14th century St John the Baptist church. Try the lynch gate and note the old pulley system that still operates it. Next to the church is the Manor House, built in the 16th century. During the Second World War the Black Watch occupied the Manor House and
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Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and General Eisenhower inspected the troops and took the salute. Traditional cottages with quintessential English gardens line the road towards the village green and cricket ground. The Queen’s Head pub can be found down a lane on the left and the King’s Head pub is situated opposite the green. Take care crossing the main road to Wilton Farm and Emmett’s Farm Shop. The public footpath continues straight ahead through the farm and up the track. The track is way marked and rises a hundred metres to Bloom Wood. At the top there are lovely views over corn fields to Winter Hill and Cookham Dean. Go through the gate into a pretty valley, turn right and walk along the hedge to the edge of the woods. At the entrance to the woods take the left path. This path will soon meet the Chiltern Way. Where the Chiltern Way and public footpath diverge follow the public footpath across a track. It soon becomes a wider path which emerges on the southern edge of the wood facing the river. Follow the way marked path across farmland down into the hamlet of Fern. At the main road carefully cross over, turn left and follow the pavement to Well End. Coldmoorholme Lane is on the right. Just before the Spade Oak Pub is a house called Old Thatch. Enid Blyton lived and wrote many of her children’s books here in the 1930’s. The garden and tea room are open in summer on Wednesday afternoons and weekends.
... all that is special about our local count side - the river, pre villages and our broadleaf beech woods ...
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Be one of the first to read these latest titles A World of Words ... By Ronald Batchelor G Geographic and humorous exploration of how to learn language The English are notorious for their dislike of, if not ineptitude for, foreign languages. la Doesn’t everyone abroad speak English anyway? And isn’t the solution for those little international misunderstandings just to talk rather louder? so Dr Ron Batchelor takes the diametrically opposite point of view. Learning lang languages, he argues, is an exuberant joy and the key to unlocking whole new worl of experience – intellectual, personal, cultural and sensual. A second, third worlds ev fourth language can help us, in short, to live richer, fuller, deeper lives. or even Batchelor’s own romance with Romance languages began just after Wo War II when, as a student, he began to explore France by bicycle. World His explorations – both geographic and linguistic – have never stopped since, and in this delightful, dazzling book, over-brimming with words, sin puns pu and yet more words – as well as more than a dash of his prodigious learning – he recounts some of his adventures and encounters le For yo your chance to win one of three copies of “A World of Words” by Ronald Batchelor, please send your name and address to competition@AlongtheThames.co.uk by 14th September, 2012..
Uncertain Luck... By Nicholas Taylor Twelfth century historical adventure romp When twelve-year-old shepherd boy Peter finds a man lying apparently dead near his hut in the hills, little does he know that it will change his whole life. The mysterious man turns out to be just barely alive, and the resourceful Peter nurses him back to health. In gratitude, the man, who refuses to give his name, teaches Peter to read, write and fight with a sword – all skills that are not usually available to a peasant in twelfth-century England. Armed with his surprising education and his natural intelligence, Peter follows his luck on a series of adventures that see him honing his skills in the service of Baron de Cours in Devonshire, then chancing his arm in turbulent Normandy. Sooner or later, however, he must return to England, where the baron’s beautiful daughter Amelia waits silently. Where will Peter’s luck lead?
Beyond my wildest dreams ...V.P. (Hemant) Kanitkar Born in genteel poverty in a small Indian village, V P (Hemant) Kanitkar found that his life was to change beyond his wildest dreams when, as a young man, he took ship to the UK. In this candid autobiography he looks back on a long and successful life,a passionate and loving marriage to a British woman, a successful career dedicated to teaching, and a prolific second career as a writer. He weaves a rich, colourful tapestry that contrasts the different cultures and ways of living in India and Britain, and pulls them together in this account of his own experiences. A young, naive foreigner, he made the difficult transition between two disparate worlds, becoming accepted as a British teacher and writer, yet never losing touch with his Hindu roots and indeed keeping the traditions alive in the UK through his writings. Despite squabbles between members of his extended family, the family ties nevertheless proved unbreakable, with Kanitkar going on to return the help he received as a young man by supporting his family back in India. BOOK GUILD
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Period Living Period living brings about a sense of nostalgia and memories. The detailing that is found in wellkept period properties shows a sense of love and attention through decoration, every corner tended to, every skirting board well cared for. These are wonderful characteristics for a home where our lives and stories should be entangled into the fabric of the house. If you are lucky enough to have a period home then you can revive and renew it easily but equally if you do not, then it is possible to add these characteristics and achieve a period feel.
One of the most effective ways to do this is through your use of fabrics. Try finding fabrics that have been taken from historical designs and since brought up to meet modern standards. These are often floral patterns and trails as well as pretty motifs. Alternatively use robust fabrics such as horsehair, tweed or corduroy as the Georgians and Victorians did. These fabrics are extremely hardworking, long lasting and will give a masculine, country feel to a room. For either look, keep patterns in proportion - small
for small window treatments and upholstery and larger designs for bigger pieces of furniture.
Fabrics need not only apply to upholstery and drapes, they are also very successfully used on walls in period properties – using battens, a fleecy lining and a colourful fabric. This gives walls a whole new dimension of comfort, warmth and texture. Or try some of the bold wallpapers from the period. Be brave and replicate the strong colours – only a small amount is needed if you use it over the top of the dado rail and leave the lower area for the lincrusta, as was the Victorian style. Or cover an entire room – ceiling and walls – in a delicate floral paper, ideal for a small attic room.
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to research your paint manufacturer. Paint used to be very matt and this can be achieved by using chalky type paints. Bear in mind, however, that they are not ideal for high traffic areas. Painted furniture is also very much of this period. Try limewashing a piece of wooden furniture for a distressed look.
Gas lighting in this country wasn’t available until 1870 and prior to that we used oil lamps. (Now might be a good time to ask how authentically ‘period’ you want your home to be?). Period lighting involved lots of lamps at varying levels, sconces and chandeliers – try them in wrought iron fittings or beautiful, delicately coloured glass. Candles were essential for dining tables so find the perfect candelabra to house them and bring back the romance at dinnertime.
If you love the period style, you are without doubt a fan of antiques – whether you are a serious auction goer or merely a car boot sale hopeful. Antiques can be surprisingly good value if you know what you are looking for. However, it’s best to obtain a catalogue and learn the system and the jargon before launching yourself into Christie’s. And then always, always stick to your budget – be ruthless about money or the drama of the auction room will get the better of you. Lastly always keep the paperwork – the provenance of a piece can be as interesting and appealing as the furniture itself. By owning it, you are part of its history, so enjoy it, care for it and then pass it on to someone who will do likewise. Niki Schäfer - dwell-being designs
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The animal print is a wardrobe staple of any fashion lover. The trend was present at most of Autumn/Winter 2012 catwalks and will inevitably make a great impact on how we dress and accessorise this season. 2
Winter White The favourite colour to wear this winter. It's bold, feminine and ultra chic. It makes you stand out from the crowd and it looks expensive. What else can we ask for?
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Combination of Black and Blue is expected to be the most seen on the High Street with Burgundy becoming the new black! 6
Luggage Handbags Structured bags appeared on the catwalks for autumn 2012 with references to all things vintage and romantic. Animal prints are heavily applied to add extra glamour and sophistication. 8
Leather Anything from outwear to daywear has been influenced by this trend. From the conservative pencil skirt, through the chic leather top to sophisticated eveningwear they will all make an appearance in the coming months. Stockist information: 1 Animal print jersey dress from Frank Lyman - Swish boutique, Marlow 2 White pleated motif top by Lindi - No 25 of Bourne End 3 Black dress from Michaela Louise - No 25 of Bourne End 4 Blue & black jersey dress from Frank Lyman - Swish boutique, Marlow 5,6,7 Variety of handbags - Swish boutique, Marlow 8 Multi Jersey dress from Chianti - No 25 of Bourne End ALONG THE THAMES
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Want to create that natural Summer look? We show you how.
Apply a foundation5 to the skin. Using a foundation brush we applied light strokes working from the eyes outward. Keep working the foundation into the skin until you have the coverage required.
To warm the skin and give a peachy pop of colour lightly apply a blush. We are using the sugarbomb box o powder8, which is four in one blush (swirl between a mix of colours) to the cheek bones using a blusher brush. Then with the excess dust lightly over the full complexion as the golden undertones will compliment any skin tone and give you that natural summer look.
To fix the foundation (allows it to last longer) and take away any shine on your face, dust sheer powder6 lightly over the whole face using a large brush.
Don’t forget to highlight your brows to add definition to your face.
To give a summer glow to the cheeks use Sunbeam7, a liquid highlighter, that enhances as well as gives a golden shimmer to the cheek bones. Using your finger lightly dab the product onto the areas of the cheek bones that you want to highlight.
Apply a light coating of the They’re Real mascara9 on the top and bottom lashes. Reapply to get a full finish as the rubber ball on the tip of the wand allows you to create a false lash affect with dramatic long wearing results.
To finish use a lip gloss. By using the Sugarbomb gloss10 you will be matching in with the colour you used for your cheek bones and overall complexion. This moisturising gloss gives a pretty sheer finish to the lips that can be dressed up or down by applying a brighter colour underneath. To transform this look into a more ‘evening finish’ simply apply a slick of liquid eye liner to the top lash line.
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Don’t forget...... We recommend that you use Benefit B.right skin care range1 daily to keep your skin hydrated and refreshed. Prior to applying any make-up ensure that you have used moisturiser with an SPF2 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. To rehydrate, brighten and hide the dark circles under your eye use a cream both morning and evening3. Apply gently around the eye area, using your index finger and a small drop of the cream by gently dabbing on the bone area all around the eye. To prepare the skin for make-up use a primer4. Using a foundation brush buff the primer into the skin to provide a perfect base before applying foundation. You will find that your foundation goes on more easily and will have a more even finish.
Products used: 1. The B.right skin care range has been developed and perfected in the LVMH labs. The range includes cleanse, tone, moisturise, eye cream, moisture prep and polish for a brighter, refreshed and more radiant skin. Benefit also offer a money back guarantee on the full B.right range if you do not see a difference in 28 days. 2. Triple performing facial emulsion - This is Benefit’s oil free concentrated moisturiser with SPF 15 PA++. The emulsion is absorbed quickly, helping to capture and maintain the water on the skins surface. £19.50 3. It’s Potent - Has been developed to reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eye area (Perfect after a bad nights sleep). The cream contains a peptide complex known to help restore elasticity & firmness, it has a blend of hydrating botanical extracts including apple extract, which are known to help boost collagen. Ideally the cream should be applied morning and evening. £23.50 4. The Porefessional - silky light weight primer used to minimise the appearance of fine lines pores and wrinkles. The Porefessional provides a translucent pore coverage and a smoother than smooth finish to the skin. £23.50 5. Oxygen Wow Foundation - The oil free brightening liquid foundation builds from light to medium coverage which is perfect for daytime/ evening. Oxygen Wow provides SPF25 PA+++ protection and is our first anti-ageing product! £24.50 6. Hello Flawless – Is a customer blend sheer powder with SPF 15, It’s an easy blend powder which evens the skin tone and covers imperfections to give a flawless complexion. You can layer to achieve your desired shade. £24.50 7. Sun Beam – This is a golden bronze highlighter which gives you a natural, sunkissed radiance. You can apply to cheek and brow bones for a bronzed glow that compliments all skin tones. £18.50 8. Sugarbomb – Is our four colour box o powder which is made up of shades of peach, soft plum, pink and rose powders. You can build up the blusher to the brightness of your choice. £23.50 9. They’re Real Mascara – This is the No1 bestselling mascara in the UK. It curls, volumises, lifts and separates. The jet black, long wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. The specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had. £18.50 10. Sugarbomb gloss – 6 new shades of extra smooth glosses in soft squeeze tubes perfect for an easy application to match our Box o powders.
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Clarins new OMBRE MINÉRALE Autumn Make-up Collection (Featuring some of the range available from September)
Mineral Eyeshadow Smoothing & Longlasting - £16 A collection of sixteen, wet and dry formula mineral eyeshadows with a variety of finishes: matte, satin, pearl and shimmer.
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Nuxe Crémé Fraiche de Beauté - from £23.00 24 hour soothing & moisturising cream Leaves skin soft & smooth after being revitalised with this formulation. Percy & Reed No oil oil for fine hair (60ml) - from £14 Leaves hair shiny and sleek while adding volume & nourishing the hair. The vitamin B5 strengthens and aims to offer heat protection.
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Alexander’s Hair Surgery OK. So you’ve packed far more than you will ever need for your much awaited holiday and your suitcase is now bulging with “just in case” outfits. You then hope to god that it all comes to within the weight allowance so you don’t have to pay for any excess baggage, even though it was ALL necessary; actually. The hotel and resort are lovely and you have just spent all day lounging by the pool getting that hunky fitness instructor you just met to rub sunscreen onto your back when, thoughts of the evening ahead occupy your mind. Suddenly, panic sets in just after you get back to your room and look in the mirror. Somehow, gone is the beach babe and something resembling a “larded up” cross channel swimmer stares back at you! “OMG! Just look at the state of my hair!” What’s a girl to do? This is where clip-in ready made hair pieces and wefts become your new best friend. Just remember to wash and blow-dry your hair before putting them in! Balmain makes a range of clip in hair pieces in a variety of colours and styles. The Complete Extension and the Nice twist from the Prêt-a-Porter range are among my favourites. Simply match a hairpiece to your natural colour as close as you can (with help from
From Beach Babe to Goddess in 30 seconds! a stockist) and you’re away! These hairpieces make it look like you’ve spent hours curling your hair or creating an “up do”, when you really haven’t. Wefts are great for a more fun look where you can either match their colour to your own hair, or an outfit. Always buy human hair wefts which are the same length as your own so you don’t have to cut them. Human hair can be curled, where acrylic hair cannot. There is no reason why you can’t use more than one hairpiece. I recently used a combination of a clip-in and pre-curled wefts for a bride. It looked great and really natural! Most hair care companies make travel sized products. While on holiday, I would recommend that you take a salon only brand of shampoo, conditioner and an intensive
treatment with you (if you don’t already use one you naughty girl!) as the formulas are much more refined and prescriptive than supermarket or chemist brands. Philip Kingsley offer a comprehensive range of travel products, most of which come in a see through zip up pouch. For the rest, hairsprays or mousses can be bought from Boots on the other side of passport control and security. Just make sure that these items are no larger than 100mls. Cloud Nine make a brilliant pair of mini travel size hair irons. Just don’t forget the heat protector spray! Also, don’t underestimate the power of a set of MAC lashes and a low cut maxi dress. My wife wore this recently to a party. It was a shame we had to go out at all, but then I couldn’t wait to get home!
Alexander Parsons has been in the hairdressing industry for 30 years and has worked for a variety of major local salons, and has taken care of clients from all over the world with many different professions and lifestyles. “I think that I have just about seen or heard it all! However, from time to time, there are a few surprises!” Alexander is currently working at Stoke Park Salon in Stoke Poges (www..stokepark. com) and his unique take on all matters hairdressing makes him very popular with his clientele. ALONG THE THAMES
Horoscopes NAVIGATE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS – with in-depth knowledge and cosmic awareness. Your personal birth map helps you gain a fresh perspective on your life choices and how to handle its challenges. You can identify your true nature and distinguish between yourself and your conditioning. As a professional Astrologer and Life Coach I can help motivate you to discover your purpose and to achieve personal transformation. Be authentic – be successful, create your vision and manifest your goals! August/September Special offer for Along the Thames readers, £50 for a forty-five minute telephone or Skype astrological overview. Please contact me for more information. Gift vouchers are also available.
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Gemini May 22 - June 22
You have enjoyed Venus in your sign for over three months, on the 8th she moves into sentimental Cancer. Light-hearted relationships could turn into something far more serious as you contemplate your future. Your adventurous spirit is awakened with the full moon on the 2nd. September: The Sun and your ruler Mercury, both occupy the domestic sector of your chart this month – Feeling more restless than usual, you’ll find yourself re-evaluating and reassessing many areas of life. Mars in Scorpio offers stamina to see a project through to its conclusion
Cancer June 23 - July 23
Your assets and cash will have been on your mind lately, any difficulties should start to ease as Mercury goes direct in your financial sector on the 8th. Also on the 8th the love goddess Venus slides into you sign. Romance could come calling, and in any case your relationships will blossom. September: Money matters become a big focus from the 7th onwards as Venus enters your financial sector. Unanticipated events surrounding your personal finances are likely, particularly around the new moon on the 16th. Trust in your intuition as creative projects will bring rewards
March 21 - April 20
July 24 - August 23
Things start rather slowly for impatient Aries, have faith, on the 8th communicative Mercury moves forward again and life should flow smoothly. Assertive Mars, your action-packed ruler, moves from balanced Libra into turbulent Scorpio on the 24th. Whatever your passion, positive energy is available. September: Creating firm foundations on which to build your future is the main energy this month. Expansive Jupiter is firmly placed in the communication sector of your chart and with your ruler in powerful Scorpio; do pay attention to any professional opportunities that come your way.
It’s your birthday month and you should be celebrating in regal style. Mercury in your sign is changing direction on the 8th; this eases any delays and confusion that you may have about where you are going next. The full moon in Pisces on the 31st illuminates a financial challenge in your life. September: Venus enters your sign on the 7th, enhancing your overall charm and perhaps bringing gifts, money and favours your way. The Sun, your ruler, is particularly powerful illuminating the financial sector of your chart. Friends are also important and you’ll enjoy reaching out to others.
April 21 - May 21
August 24 - September 23
Your ruling planet, Venus the goddess of love, moves from flirtatious Gemini into deeply sensitive and caring Cancer on the 8th. Time for you to really question if your needs are being met in any of your relationships. The new moon in Leo on the 17th brings your home into focus. September: The time is fast approaching when you must be open and honest about your goals and ambitions. Both the Sun and Mercury in hard working Virgo can help with new ideas. Venus, your ruler, moves into creative Leo on the 7th, courage and adventure are yours for the asking..
Mercury, your ruling planet, moves forward again on the 8th ending any delays and setbacks that you have been experiencing. Expansive Jupiter illuminates the highest point of your chart and Venus also sheds favourable light. Cooperation from friends and colleagues gets you to the top. September: It’s your birthday month and communicative Mercury, your ruler, is also in your sign. Plans and solid foundations for the future can really get going now. Energetic Mars in Scorpio is strong on confidence, and you are now open to experiences and adventure beyond your usual routine
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September 24 - October 23
Venus, your ruler, is at the highest point of your chart from the 8th. You could be at the top of your game this month as almost anything you want to achieve is possible now. Responsible and determined Saturn, in your sign until the 6th of October, helps you to focus on your priorities. September: Responsible Saturn is coming to the end of his long 2 ½ year stay in your sign. You have learnt many things and now you can reap the rewards with your stronger sense of purpose and clarity. Venus, your ruler, enters creative Leo on the 7th, brining new and innovative ideas. .
October 24 - November 22
Venus and Jupiter, both money signs, are settled into a financial sector of your chart. Capital and resources come to the forefront and you’ll entertain new and creative ways of making money. On the 24th Mars bursts into your sign, bringing renewed determination to achieve your goals. September: An important month for Scorpios as fiery and headstrong Mars moves through your sign. You’ll have big ideas about how to increase your income, and these may well include learning, communication and networking. This is also a powerful month for enhancing close partnerships.
DURING AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER There is still ongoing tension in the sky and this pattern of challenge and change continues until May 2015. We all need to approach this dynamic energy in positive and constructive ways. Uranus in Aries wants freedom and self-expression, whilst Pluto in Capricorn wants to maintain the power of the status quo. This energy can, if used properly, propel us forward towards a new vision of the future. Venus, the planet of love and relationships, moves into the emotional sign of Cancer on the 8th, bringing opportunity to tune into what you know to be right and connect with your innate sense of knowing and wisdom. Harmony and peace will hopefully be possible, at least until the 24th when Mars leaves balanced Libra for the more emotionally turbulent Scorpio. We have two full moons this month, the first on the 2nd and the second one on the 31st – it’s a “blue moon month” so there’ll be plenty of action!
SEPTEMBER: As the Autumnal Sun moves through diligent Virgo, our attention is turned to learning new things and acquiring new skills. Schools and colleges start their new term and the focus is on hard work. Motivational Mars is in passionate and determined Scorpio, giving strength to creative expression. Venus, the planet of love and romance moves into demonstrative Leo on the 7th, all relationships can benefit and bloom from this dynamic energy. The second exact square between transformational Pluto and revolutionary Uranus takes place on the 19th. How will this volatile clash manifest as people all around the globe continue to fight for freedom, fairness and justice? Hopefully the Virgo new moon on the 16th will have brought up new ideas on how to move forward positively and constructively. . NAVIGATE LIFE WITH KNOWLEDGE AND COSMIC AWARENESS
Your ruler, the mighty Jupiter, is in your opposite sign of Gemini and challenges you to make the extra effort to reach all your goals and be successful this month. The full moon on the 2nd illuminates your communication sector, urging you to express yourself in innovative new ways. September: Your relationships and close partnerships are the focus of this month. Mighty Jupiter, your ruling planet, is illuminating the need for better understanding and open communication. Energy levels should be stronger than they have been recently, but do take time to rest and relax
The full moon in your sign on the 2nd ensures that this is an exhilarating month. What have you been trying to achieve and where are things not working out? Mercury’s forward motion after the 8th helps ease any difficulties, particularly in your close relationships and partnerships. September: Partnerships and finances are illuminated this month, particularly after the 7th as Venus moves into Leo. On the 13th a powerful alignment between Venus and Uranus, your ruler, causes you to reassess your goals on a romantic level. Work and career matters are well favoured.
November 23 - December 22
Capricorn December 23 - January 19
August starts with an Aquarian full moon in a pivotal position in your chart. You are questioning your values and new and innovative ways of thinking and acting will come into view. Venus in your opposite sign asks that you be gentle with yourself, some pampering may be required. September: Plenty of planetary action in the travel and adventure sector of your chart ensures a busy month. You are ready to enter a fresh and positive phase of existence, probably with original and interesting people. Exciting opportunities arrive after the Virgo new moon on the 16th
January 20 - February 19
February 20 - March 20
This will be an interesting month, culminating with the second August full moon in your sign on the 31st. Beforehand there is work to be done on the home and work front. Many challenges arise and any setbacks should ease after the 8th as Mercury moves forward and Venus enters Cancer. September: This month begins with continued attention to your career development and you have vast ideas about how you might increase your income. Don’t underestimate your talents as this is a strong period for creative plans. The new moon on the 16th brings unexpected opportunities your way.
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First day Blues
No doubt many of you will be sending your child to their first day of school this autumn. The uniform and shoes will be shiny and new and the school bag tidy. After seeing three children off to both junior and senior schools, I can well imagine the thoughts running through most parentsâ€™ minds at this time. When Eldest Son started school for the first time, I still had two younger ones at home and he was very self-contained and had well and truly outgrown nursery. When Younger Son started, it was easy; he simply joined his brother on the path into the school and knew his way around. When Only Daughter started, I was fine at the school gate. It was when I got home that it all kicked in. All of a sudden the house was quiet and as I cleaned up the breakfast mess it suddenly occurred to me that from now on that was it. The sadness wore off quickly however as we settled into the following years of homework, school events and activities. Life became hectic and summer holidays were really long. The next thing I knew, we were looking at senior schools and Eldest Son was suddenly catching a bus to school and using a mobile phone. The other two followed suit shortly after and it wasnâ€™t long before we were choosing GCSE and then A level subjects. Easter and Christmas holidays are spent revising and most of August is spent biting our nails as we await exam results. All those wonderful years of school plays, sports days, projects involving glitter, homework headaches, times tables, spelling tests, pond dipping, pageant watching, parent teacher evenings. They have all slipped by in what seems like a record time. Eldest Son said to me the other day that he had been at senior school for six years. Six years! Where had that time gone? Now we are visiting Universities and studying the UCAS application like it was a United Nations Peace treaty. In two and half terms he will be sitting his A levels. It seems like only yesterday we were buying him a pair of sturdy school shoes and a blazer. So for all of you out there taking your young child to school for the very first time; it will be heart wrenching and it will be tough. But just remember one thing: enjoy every minute of their journey. Revel in their spelling words and reading books. Smile through the school Christmas plays and the carol concerts and get into the spirit of sports days and swimming galas. Before you know it they will be nearly eighteen and doing A levels; driving a car and wanting to break out on their own. Vanessa Woolley 38
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Sally’s Smalltalk A change in education
When I was at school.... I have school-aged children, occasionally I congratulate myself that they have managed to actually get to school age without a) they themselves or any of my daughters friends being injured by my son wielding his trusty baseball bat, b) me being carted off to The Priory, or c) me being interrogated by Child Line … they both know the number from memory. Things have certainly changed since I was at school and teaching methods have moved on, but for the better? I am not convinced. I remember my parents uttering those patronizing words, “Well when I was at school, we used to do it like this!” 30 years later, I find myself mumbling the same words under my breath, desperate in the attempt never to speak those words you vowed you would never say when you had children. Keeping a keen eye on what the children are doing at school not only allows me to
encourage and motivate them but also help where needed. Handwriting Children from the age of 4 are taught cursive handwriting from the very beginning when learning to write. Some children find this the easiest and most natural way, which is great. Some don’t and appear to find the physical act of writing a chore at best and are put off writing all together. If it is clear it is not right for a child let them express their writing in a natural way as long as it is neat. Who cares if it isn’t joined up? Who says it’s the right way? Times Tables Recently my son went for an assessment. He was asked various times table questions and although he knew the answers he took a long time getting to the answers. The reason? As far as I can make out they no longer chant their tables. The only evidence I see of any working is a list of numbers and they just say the answers, so
4,8,12,16,20 and so on. These numbers mean nothing without the rest of it 1x4=4, 2x4=8, you get the picture. So every time they are asked a question they have to go through the whole table to get to the answer. Spelling Children are encouraged at an early age to write and are given the freedom (in joined up writing of course) to express their thoughts in imaginative and thoughtful ways. The spelling at this stage, however, appears to have little relevance. When I questioned why my child’s work was not being corrected I was told that they didn’t want to discourage the child from writing by pointing out the spelling mistakes!! But surely we should be teaching the correct spelling from the start? Sally Todd 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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How to choose the right secondary school advice from the Girls’ Schools Association
League tables, car park gossip, Open Days, websites, prospectuses, current teachers… When it comes to choosing a suitable secondary school for your child how do you know whose advice to take? How do you decide? And who should decide – you or your eleven year old? President of the Girls’ Schools Association, Louise Robinson, advises: “Do visit as many schools as possible and do your homework before you visit. Look at the website, send for a prospectus and school magazine, read the latest Ofsted or ISI inspection report. Keep an open mind about single sex versus co-educational schools too - a study of Value Added scores by the Good Schools Guide shows girls really do learn better in girls’ schools than in co-ed ones.” Once on site, there are questions to ask yourself, the teachers and of course the pupils themselves. Questions to ask yourself: • What are the children like? Do I want my child to turn out like that? Pupils’ appearance and manners tell you a lot about what the school holds important. • Do relationships between the pupils - and between the staff and pupils seem open, friendly but respectful? • Are the school facilities at least adequate and well cared for? Excessively good facilities could indicate spiralling costs whereas tatty paintwork and shabby library books could mean that the school is financially stretched. Questions to ask the teachers: • How are pupils selected? Who will flourish at this school? And, more importantly, who might not? • What is staff turnover like? Too low and there could be stagnation; too rapid and something is amiss. • How involved are parents with the school? How does the school keep parents informed? Some schools still prefer parents to drop their children at the school gate and never cross the threshold till final prize giving. • What are the results like? And the “value added” scores? The latter is something most schools now measure – the improvement in pupils’ performance compared to their standard on entry to
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the school. • How big are classes? Are pupils streamed by ability? While there is no right or wrong answer to these Frances Holland School the replies will help you understand the school’s ethos. Questions to ask the pupils: • What do you like best about this school? Does their answer gel with what you are looking for? • Which subjects do you like best/ least? If the answer is science and your child is a budding astrophysicist check the science results carefully. • What sort of person would be happy here? And: what sort would not? An Open Day is an opportunity for a school to show itself off so you should be impressed but not over-awed. If you like what you see and hear, your next step should be to make an appointment to see the Head.
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As you will have noticed from the front of the magazine we sponsor a creative writing prize at Brunel University for a student in their last year of study. 2012 is the first year in which this prize was offered and we congratulate Charlotte Allenby, who is our first winner..
The Success of British Film From high brow Oscar winners such as The King’s Speech to the more coarse comedy of The Inbetweeners Movie, British film has something to offer everyone. Over the past few years the British film industry has witnessed success after success and this can be attributed to the diverse subject matter that it tackles. In recent years British audiences have been treated to everything from films documenting the lives of prominent figures, such as The Queen, to the long running fantasy action of the Harry Potter films. It is undeniable that the British film industry has become as successful in diversifying its subject matter as it has at breaking box office records. The industry has contributed £4.2 billion to the British economy from its £34 million National Lottery funding last year. Earlier this year the Prime Minister stated that Britain needs to put more money into producing blockbusters. Although this would boost the economy further, we have to wonder if we would lose the integrity and wit which makes the British films what they are today. Quite possibly, because the fact remains that it is very hard to predict what kinds of films will become hits. For example, who would have expected the success of a film concerned with the alien invasion of an inner city London council estate? As was the case with Attack the Block last year. Furthermore, if we look at film internationally, the success of the silent, black and white film, The Artist in winning three Oscars this year, further proves that there is no predicting the kinds of films which will become successful. Many would argue that the quality of British films has far surpassed those made in Hollywood over recent years. Whilst British film makers seek subject matters that range from historical events and figures, to real life portrayals of
British culture, a lot of the films churned out of Hollywood appear to be remakes of older pictures or endless superhero depictions. South West London plays a major part in the success of the British film industry, being home to three of the biggest film studios in the UK: Shepperton, Teddington and Pinewood. These giants in film production provide the location for British films as well as for many international pictures. Shepperton studios have recently seen the filming of Wrath of the Titans, the sequel to the 2010 film Clash of the Titans. Although recent plans for a £200 million expansion of Pinewood studios were rejected by the local council due to the greenbelt in place there, the Studio has stated that it still remains loyal to British creativity and film. Pinewood is proud to have taken part in the filming of the latest Bond film Skyfall which is due for release later this year. The prominence of British film studios has been furthered with the opening of the Warner Brothers Studio tour- The Making of Harry Potter, at their studios in Leavesden, West London. This new experience highlights the connection of the British public to their film industry. 2012 has already seen further recognition of British film as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy won BAFTA awards for best British film and best adapted screenplay. The Oscars have also noticed Northern Ireland’s Terry George who took home the award for best live-action short film, The Shore, demonstrating that the British are being recognised in all areas of the film industry. It is undeniable that we will be seeing much more success for British film throughout the remainder of this year and for many more to follow.
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Divorce and Family Location When a marriage breaks up, it is usual for the couple to separate physically as well as legally and in some cases the physical separation can be considerable. With the increase in international travel and residence abroad, marriages between persons of different nationalities are becoming increasingly common. When a couple divorces and one of them wishes to return to their country of origin, this can cause particular problems where there are children. Strictly, it is a criminal offence for a divorced or separated person to take a child under the age of 16 abroad contrary to the wishes of their spouse, unless they have a residence order in respect of the child. Recently, a number of cases have tested the limits of the previously established rule as regards taking children abroad, which was that permission should only be denied when there was a strong reason for so doing. This rule appears to be less strictly applied than before. When a parent wishes to relocate children within the UK, problems can arise if the other parent objects to the move. In a recent case, an application by a mother to move her children to the Orkney Islands from the North East was objected to by her ex-husband. Evidence was given of the mixed views of the proposed move held by the children, who were between nine and 14 years old.
The Court of Appeal supported the family courtâ€™s ruling that the move should not proceed. Regrettably, there are no hard and fast rules about what the courts will or will not think is acceptable in the event that a move (especially one to a quite different locality) is proposed, with each case being decided on its own facts. Notes Re F  EWCA Civ 1428 Also MK v CK  EWCA Civ 793.
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What is education? What should its focus be? Great thinkers throughout history have reflected on and recorded their opinions about education and its value. One of my favourite quotes comes from Anatole France (Nobel prize for literature in 1921). ‘An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t’ It seems obvious to say, but parents play a huge role in their child’s education, most of this will be felt in their attitude towards education and school. While the following quote from “The Teacher and the School” published in 1910 might be dated in some way, it still holds a lot of truth: ‘If the parents of any community are indifferent to the best interests and the proper training of their children, if they elect unfit men as school officers, if they permit petty quarrels and jealousies to interfere with the administration of the school, if they try to run the schools on the cheapest basis, if they encourage tardiness, irregular attendance, and insubordination in their children, then the schools of the community may be little better than training places in shiftless habits, incompetence, disregard for the law, and even positive immorality.’ In other words, it’s not so much
about parents understanding of the content of what is being taught but more it is the way that parents talk about school and education that demonstrates their commitment to their child’s learning. Parents and family can hinder their child’s education by both overt and subtle means, more importantly they can help their child’s education by being supportive of education in general. Of course children will complain about school and teachers but more importantly parents can listen. Complaints on the whole are the child’s way of drawing attention to issues in school. Parents who are involved with their children’s education also tend to feel better about themselves. It is quite possible, that taking an active role in your child’s learning makes a parent feel particularly useful, thus enhancing confidence. This, in turn, enables parents to model healthy selfesteem for their children. Since both parents and educators benefit from parent involvement in education, it makes sense that studies show school climate to be best at schools with active parents. So, all in all, if you want to make a big impact on children, parents and teachers alike, all you need to do is get involved. Shelagh Wright
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New initiative launched to support south east entrepreneurs Obtaining funding can provide a much needed boost in difficult times for SME’s and entrepreneurs, or if you want to get your project off the ground and running finding a support structure and sourcing finance are instrumental to success. Good news is on the horizon for entrepreneurs with a fresh scheme underway in the South East. The University of Southampton Science Park, www.science-park.co.uk, unveiled in July a new initiative which aims to reward entrepreneurial talent in the South East with a comprehensive, tailored programme of mentoring and support over a six month period. The programme has been developed in association with SETsquared, www.setsquared. co.uk, and will provide successful applicants with all the tools they need to turn a high quality, hightech idea into a viable business proposition. The Catalyst Centre initiative also provides free desk and meeting space, and up to £1000 towards business expenses. Mentoring and support will be on-going over the six month period. Chief Executive of the Southampton Science Park, and Catalyst Centre judge, Peter Birkett said, “The Catalyst Centre will allow individuals with brilliant ideas to thrive in an innovative and supportive environment. We hope this initiative will not only allow businesses to grow and develop but also inject added energy into the local economy whilst becoming embedded in the entrepreneurial Science Park community.” Entries are open now, and interested parties should visit the USSP Catalyst Centre, www.usspcatalystcentre.org.uk, for further information, and to submit their entry. Entrants will be asked to complete a short online form, describing their high tech business idea.
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Entries close on the 14th September, and selected participants will be invited to pitch their proposition to the judging panel. Following the pitch process, up to seven individuals will be invited to take up places in the Catalyst Centre with immediate effect. On conclusion of the 6 month period, there will be a graduation event, where each business will present to the judging panel and invited guests. Following successful completion of the Catalyst Centre process, the best businesses will be considered for entry into the SETsquared Business Acceleration programme. SME’s are often faced with the difficult situation of sourcing funding beyond the traditional approaches to banks for a business loan. Help is at hand and if you need further advice and information on sourcing different finance options, from loans to business angels, then Smallbusiness.co.uk free App may prove useful. Unveiled in May this year the App offers help with raising business finance and importantly highlights sources of funding beyond traditional bank loans. The digital guide is aimed at entrepreneurs and small business owners. If you are a young entrepreneur looking to break into the small business arena then a StartUp Loan could provide much needed funding. In May 2012 StartUp Britain worked with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to commence StartUp Loans. StartUp Loans lend up to £2500 to any young person wanting to start a business. All information on StartUp Loans, how to apply, the StartUp Loans ambassadors and global partners can be found on the Startup Loans Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/StartUpLoansUK Harriet Subramanian
SEO and your business If you have a business and a website you won’t go a day without hearing the term SEO – Search Engine Optimization - it might seem like one of those techy things that you should find a specialist in, but if you take the time to learn the skill it won’t take that long to get the hang of it. Here are some basics to get you started: Step 1. Choosing The Right Keywords Choosing the right keywords to base your site optimization around is an important first step. General or generic keywords are usually not the best approach. Targeting a suitable market will depend on your website, as well as the products and services you offer. Try to be specific with your keywords, and remember that people no longer use single keyword search phrases – the average search phrase contains 3-5 related words. Step 2. Title Tag Your title tag is as important as your domain
name. Using keywords in your title tag can improve your Google ranking significantly. Trying to achieve a balance of professionalism with keyword density in the title tag however is sometimes a little more difficult. Step 3. Keyword Density Sprinkling keywords throughout your page content can improve your sites keyword density. Keyword density simply means the ratio of optimized keywords to the rest of the content on your page. It is usually expressed as a percentage, and should be between 7% and 10% for each page on your site. Step 4. Links, Links and More Links The general principal is the more back links you have, the higher your pages will be ranked. It is a constantly evolving practice, but once you get started, and you will see the benefits there will be no stopping you!
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Change is the new ‘normal’ Business is constantly changing nowadays, and this has significant impact on us, not only on our business lives, but also on our personal lives. How do we cope with the volume of change that is around us in business, and where does it all come from? How can businesses survive in such turbulent times, and is it possible to actually thrive? Change really is the new normal. Once the genie is out of the bottle (and it is) there is no putting it back. Businesses are grappling with the economic downturn, with changing customer and consumer behaviours, and with new competitor initiatives. Globalisation, new generational behaviours and desires, and disruptive technologies are all driving change. And, just to make it interesting, the pace of change seems to be ever-quickening. There is no viable option to ignore change, to just crawl under the duvet and hope for the best, to pretend what has been done in the past will be sufficient to cope in the future. I’m not sure many people would think that what worked in the past works today, never mind in the future. A few executives at Kodak may well have a view. In the 20th century, Kodak was one of the powerhouses of the world. It launched the Brownie camera in 1900 and was truly committed to making photography available for the masses. With the slogan “You push a button, we do the rest”, it established a dominant position in the lucrative film business. As we all know now, technology has moved on and being a dominant film provider became increasingly irrelevant. Today we use the digital cameras in our mobile phones, we share pictures over the Internet, and printing photographs has become a rarity. I saw a couple the other day looking over prints they had just collected from a photo processing company as 48
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they waited for their lunch. It took me back to the days of going on holiday, shooting several rolls of film, sending the rolls off to be processed and getting prints back about a week later. I haven’t done that for a long time, and some readers of this article will never have done that, and never will. Kodak was aware of the possibility of technology change and even had a prototype digital camera in 1975. They decided to kill the prototype rather than develop it! Later the company did make big investments in digital imaging – spending billions of dollars, and carving out a reasonable position in the market with their EasyShare range. In the 2000’s the company made a bold bet, buying photo-sharing site Ofoto. However, as the decade wore on the core business continued to decline, the company brought in new leadership, downsized, and pursued increasingly radical “big bets” such as low-cost ink and lines of printers. It is fair to say that Kodak did see the world, and the changes, fairly clearly and did what a lot of other companies would have done. But the brutal truth is that the transformations businesses need to undertake to handle significant change are unforgivingly difficult to get right. What if Kodak had thought of the idea of enabling people to share information about their lives (does this sound familiar to you?), rather than sharing their photos? Would that have been a way for Kodak to transform their business, rather than just changing it? Would that have provided an opportunity for a brighter future? In the next article, I will explore how businesses can survive, and even thrive, in the world where transformation is the new normal. Phil Walker
BBQ fun can spell danger for pets
Is your pet overweight? With the weather warming up, many people will be stoking up their barbecues. But pet owners should take extra precautions to ensure their pets stay safe when the heat is on. PDSA advises owners to take a few simple precautions to safeguard their pets: Skip the scraps - eating barbecue scraps can upset your pet’s stomach. Undercooked, unfamiliar or fatty food can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Bin it – make sure any leftover food and rubbish is properly thrown away in a lidded dustbin. A very common barbecue-related problem seen by PDSA vets is pets that have eaten corn on the cob cores. These can cause a serious blockage and have to be surgically removed. Don’t be a ‘fuel’ - lighter fluid contains hydrocarbons (derived from crude oil), which can prove fatal if ingested. So keep it well out of reach. Flamin’ hot – playing around a barbecue can lead to severe burns, so pets should be kept well away from flames and burning embers. Slap on the sun cream – pets can suffer from sunburn and heatstroke just like humans, so if you’re enjoying the sun ensure your four-legged friends have access to shade and plenty of fresh water. Special pet sun creams can be used on pets with white fur or damaged skin. Watch what you drink – make sure that glasses and drinks are not within reach of thirsty pets. Alcohol can be particularly hazardous for pets and glass bottles or cups can be easily knocked over and smash – so plastic cups are a much better option.
Many pet owners first reaction to this question is a very quick “no!!” The experts at Companion Care Vets advise us to take a moment and look at your pet and answer again…… you may now say, “a little”, or “I’m not sure” or even “yes, very!” Weight is a personal issue, for pets as well as humans and Companion Care Vets has worked with many pet owners who have let their guilt at having an overweight animal stop them from seeking help sooner. It is never too late, especially when it comes to a healthy diet and exercise regime and we wanted to share with you some tips to motivate you and your furry friends. A dog or cat can only eat the food that its owner offers – more often than not overfeeding is a case of the owner not realising how much (or what) their pet should be consuming. A family dog getting scraps from the children’s plates or a very inactive cat who loves nothing more than to spend the day sleeping …….these pets will put weight on very easily. It is important never to feel embarrassed…. please visit your vet. As well as ruling out any underlying issues your vet will be able to devise a diet and exercise plan to get your pet’s weight within healthier parameters. How to tell if your pet is overweight Standing above your cat or dog, look down and check for a “waist” – pets at the proper weight will have a visible indentation behind their ribs Place both hands, palms down, lightly on your cat’s or dog’s ribs. You should be able to
feel the ribs, but they shouldn’t be sticking out (If you can see the ribs, your cat/dog may be underweight so a trip to the vet is recommended!) If you cannot feel the ribs easily, chances are your cat/dog is overweight. Diet As a general rule it is best to feed your pet a complete pet food as recommended by your vet. Home-made diets are an option, but it’s difficult to make sure these contain the right amount and types of nutrients. Take the time to follow the guidelines on your packet of pet food - weigh the food to check you’re giving the right amount but please remember these are only guidelines and discussing how much to feed your pet with your vet is recommended. Exercise Regular exercise is good for both you and your pet and there are lots of ways to exercise pets besides walking. Dogs enjoy running and playing games like ‘fetch’ so mix things up and vary the types of exercise; please avoid throwing sticks as they very often cause injuries. Balls are just as fun! House cats definitely need an exercise plan as “couch-potato” springs to mind! Set aside time to play with house cats to ensure they get enough exercise and encourage them to ‘work’ for their food using toys that release food when pushed around. Outdoor cats should also be stimulated in the same way, although as a general rule they’ll move around more they may just as likely be lounging in a cozy corner of the garden! If in doubt visit your vet! Claire Fryer ALONG THE THAMES
Taking your Vehicle Abroad An at-a-glance guide to preparing for a driving trip to Europe or Scandinavia.
If you are planning to join the three million British motorists who will take their cars to Europe this year, this Driver’s Guide for 18 countries from the BMW | MINI Business Partnership sets out the essential things you need to know and do before setting off. DON ’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT…
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Your driving licence. A full UK licence is valid in all countries shown overleaf. If you don’t have a photocard licence, you may be asked to produce photographic proof of your ID, such as a passport.
Breakdowns abroad and recovering a vehicle to the UK can cost hundreds or thousands of pounds and this won’t be covered by your motor insurance. It’s always advisable to take out Breakdown and Recovery insurance, which is available from insurers and motoring organisations.
The vehicle registration document (V5).You may be fined on the spot if you cannot produce this. If you drive a company car, allow sufficient time to obtain the V5 document (or a certified copy of it) from your employer or the leasing company before you go. Your motor insurance certificate and insurance contact details. Always check whether your UK protection – e.g. for theft or accidents – extends to driving abroad. If not, you will only have the minimum legal (usually third party only) cover in the EU. You may need to pay an extra premium to extend your cover. Authorisation. This only applies if you do not own the vehicle. Company car drivers need to take a form or letter from their employer, authorising them to take the vehicle abroad. If the vehicle is leased or hired, you will also need a vehicle on hire ‘certificate’ (form VE103) from the registered owner. Your passport! THE KIT LIST. Many countries make it compulsory to carry certain items in your vehicle.
ALWAYS ALWAYS. Adjust headlamp beams to prevent dazzle. It’s compulsory for right hand drive vehicles driven in Europe. Fit adhesive masks and adjust for extra load if needed. Display a GB sticker. GB stickers, or modernstyle number plates showing the GB Eurosymbol, are compulsory when driving a UKregistered vehicle anywhere else in Europe. RARELY REQUIRED THESE DAYS. A Green Card is not usually needed in Europe, as your UK insurance automatically gives you minimum cover in the EU. An International Driving Permit (IDP) is not necessary either, as long as you have a full UK licence. An IDP, which shows your photo, can be useful as extra ID if you don’t have a photocard licence, though. WHERE YOU NEED A VIGNETTE. A vignette is a tax disc used in place of motorway tolls. You need to buy one before using motorways in Austria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
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Two new model names herald the UK arrival of the new high-performance Fiat:Abarth 500 and 595 ranges. Fiat has announced a series of changes to the Abarth 500 line-up. The Abarth models – which are badged as Abarths rather than Fiats are sold through a distinct network of Abarth dealers – are sportier versions of Fiat’s popular 500.
The existing Abarth 500 carries on as the entry-level model for the range but is joined by two new models, the 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione. The 595 badge recalls the famous Abarth 595 SS of 1964. The original Abarth 500 will have 4 new pastel colours and extra standard equipment has been added, while the on-theroad price has been reduced. All three models will be available with manual or semi-automatic gearbox. The modern 595 models have a 160-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine, a handy boost compared with the power of the similarly-sized engine in the Abarth 500 (135 in the case of manual cars and 140 in the case of those fitted with the MTA automated manual transmission). The standard Abarth 500 and the new 595 models are all available with a choice of hatchback or 500C-style convertible bodies.
Abarth 595 Turismo
“When the ground-breaking Abarth 595 SS was created in 1964 it established itself as a genuine performance car and a force to be reckoned with on and off the circuits,” Ivan Gibson, head of Abarth in the UK. Prices for the Abarth 500 start at £13,975, with convertible and MTA (semi automatic) versions costing more. The 595 Turismo starts at £17,725, and as well as its more powerful engine gets dark tinted rear windows, upgraded dampers, climate control, leather upholstery, red brake calipers, 17-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlamps along with special trims. The 595 Competizione adds further features such as cross-drilled brake discs, Sabalt seats, titanium grey front & rear sports grills and an upgraded exhaust. Prices for the Competizione range from £18,725 for a hatchback with a manual gearbox to £21,925 for an open-topped car with the MTA transmission – which may at first sight seem to be quite steep for a car based on the Fiat 500, but isn’t when you look at the 500’s rivals.
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LOCAL CLUB EVENTS: Midas Antique Fairs Crowne Plaza, Marlow Every 4th Sunday, 10 - 4pm 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: 630 839
THEATRE AND MUSICAL EVENTS Heartbreak Productions presents Oscar Wilde’s ‘An Ideal Husband’ 26th August, West Wycombe Park. For more info & for tickets: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Hughenden Manor 25 August, 12 - 4pm Meet the Beekeepers’, a chance to find out about bee keeping and honey production, (Free for NT members, normal admission charges apply). Cookham Arts Club 71st Annual Exhibition and Sale of Paintings By local artists 14th to 26th August Pinder Hall, Cookham Rise Open daily 10am - 6pm - Exhibition closes at 5pm on Sunday 26th Admission free 27th August - Bank Holiday Little Marlow Village Fete 27th August 2 - 5pm, Little Marlow Recreation Ground, Church Lane, Little Marlow. Stubbings Nursery Berkshire Food & Craft Fair 29th and 30th September Stubbings Estate, Henley Road, Maidenhead SL6 6QL www.stubbingsnursery.co.uk 29th August 9th September London Summer Para Olympics
Kenton Theatre - See opposite 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 Marlow Library 15th August, 11 - 12.45pm, 1 - 2.45pm and 1 - 4.45pm, Institute Road REWIND Festival 17th - 19th August, Henley www.rewindfestival.com Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue Rotten Romans Workshops’ 24 August, free sessions at 11.00 -12.00, 13.00 -14.00 or 14.30 -15.30, (Suitable for ages 7+) - have fun with Roman numerals and create your own cartoon strip
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Bucks County Show’ 30th August, 8am - 6pm, Weedon Park Showground, Aylesbury, HP22 4NN. Cookham Regatta 1st September, from 11am The Moor, Cookham www.cookhamregatta.org.uk Black Park Model Boat Show & Regatta 2nd September, 10am - 4pm Black Park Country Park, Slough In aid of Help for Heroes Peter 01753 884383 Gravity Grand Prix 9th September contact peter_bartlett.com or 077719 96000 Cookham Dean Diamond Jubilee Fete 15th September, 1 - 5pm The Old Cricket Common, Cookham Dean
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 WEDDING FAIRS 27th August, 11am - 3pm, The Compleat Angler Hotel, Marlow 27th August, 11am - 4pm, Court Garden House, Marlow 16th September, 10.30am - 3pm Stoke Park, Stoke Poges - see page 9 14th October, 11am - 3pm Grovefield House Hotel, Burnham see page 11
MARKETS Quarterly Markets 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
Visit us online for a more up to date and comprehensive events listing. You can enter your event for FREE on our website at any time www.AlongTheThames.co.uk If you would like your event advertised contact 01628 771 419 / 07711 887107 or e: office@AlongTheThames.co.uk
ON-GOING EVENTS Marlow Museum Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 1 - 5pm Pound Lane - opposite the Leisure Club
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Tradesmen beware If a job is worth doing then it is worth doing well and that often requires being in possession of the right tools for the job. Unfortunately the criminals who operate in this area are well aware of this. We have seen a rise in the theft of tools from vehicles and this is especially true of tradesmen who rely on their tools for a living. I would like to urge all tradesmen to think about the security of their vehicles. When you get to a job then unload all of your tools from the vehicle if you can. If not then make sure that your vehicle is kept locked at all times and preferably left where you can see it. Also never leave your tools in your vehicle overnight. Tools are very expensive and most tradesmen have a lot more than the cost of replacing them to lose. If you are having some work done on your property then pass on this advice to your tradesmen. After all if their tools are taken then how much longer will they take to complete your work? Tool security is also important for householders. Have you ever considered how much money is sitting in your shed or garage in the shape of your tools? Now consider what security you have on your shed. Is it alarmed or even locked in most cases. Alarms for your shed can be purchased at most garden centres or DIY shops. Another incentive for securing your shed is that many burglars will use a tool from your shed to break into your house. If you would like to know more about home security or your local neighbourhood team then you can visit us at www.thamesvalley.police.uk. There you can also sign up to Thames Valley Alert and find out about what crime is happening in your area. 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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Closed in August for routine maintenance Sunday, 9th September – 2.30pm The People’s Theatre Company presents THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY A family show that brings to life one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes for the very first time. Written specially for parents to enjoy with their children, the perfect treat for anyone aged 4 to 104. Thursday, 13th September – 7.30pm Elsewhere Theatre Productions GB presents Rodney Bewes as “A BOY GROWING UP ” An Entertainment from the stories of Dylan Thomas. A show put together by actor Emlyn Williams of the short stories of Dylan Thomas and called it “A Boy Growing Up”. Rodney Bewes (the star of ‘The Likely Lads’ plays Dylan Thomas in this beautiful one-man show. Suitable for ages 12+ Saturday, 15th September – 7.30pm THE UK PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE SHOW A true rendition of Pink Floyd’s studio album including “The Pipers”, “Division Bell”, “Astronomy Domino” and many others. Will keep you astounded and shouting for more. Tuesday, 18th to Saturday, 22nd September – 7.30pm Masquerade Young People’s Theatre presents LES MISERABLES – Schools Edition. Undisputed world’s popular musical with the dramatic score including the songs “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “One Day More”, “Do You Hear The People Sing”. Performed entirely by students. Sunday, 23rd September – 7.30pm Thames Valley Chorus invites you to COME TO THE CABARET A celebration of music, dance and comedy hosted by the fabulous international gold award winning Thames Valley Chorus comprising 40 men singing in perfect acapella harmony. Supported by the exciting Emma Jane Dancers and some comedy from Capt. John Ward. Monday, 24th to Sunday, 30th September HENLEY LITERARY FESTIVAL For times and dates of individual events, refer to Literary Festival Web site www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk Henley Literary Festival has established itself as one of the most prestigious events in the country. The Kenton Theatre has proved to be the perfect venue for leading speakers at the festival, from the Duchess of Devonshire to Sarah Brown to Alexei Sayle and the programme of events for 2012 promises to be the best and most diverse ever. Tickets from £8. To book telephone 01189 724700. Please mention Along the Thames Magazine when booking.
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Basildon Park hosts exclusiive Autumn Arts lectures Basildon Park, one of Berkshire’s grandest country houses, is the opulent venue for a series of exclusive autumn arts lectures. On 18 September, the man at the helm of Trust New Art - the National Trust’s exciting programme of contemporary art and craft in historic settings - takes an illustrated look at the history of great houses and art collecting. Drawing on his background in museums and galleries, Tom Freshwater reveals how the tradition of commissioning fine art by people such as Basildon Park’s former owners, Lord and Lady Iliffe, is being continued by the National Trust. Find out about the amazing impact that contemporary art and craft is having on some of the nation’s most illustrious houses and its visitors, and learn more about the Trust’s ambitions for the future.
Jill Constantine is Senior Curator of the Arts Council Collection, which holds one of the largest national collections of modern and contemporary British art. On 2 October, Jill gives a fully illustrated lecture that looks at the Collection’s history, its partnership with the National Trust and the Trust New Art programme. The talk highlights some of the most important and exciting work by UK artists, now accessible to the public through this innovative venture. Jill was instrumental in coordinating Basildon Park’s current exhibition of 1950s British art, which can be enjoyed by visitors until 4 November³. The twenty-nine pieces on loan from the Arts Council Collection were created in the 1950s by some of the best-known artists of the period, including Graham Sutherland, Winifred Nicholson, Dame Elizabeth Frink and Patrick Heron.
The lecture is followed by a delicious afternoon tea in the South Pavilion.
The lecture is followed by a delicious afternoon tea in the South Pavilion.
Tom Freshwater Lecture: 18 September, 12 - 2.30pm, £25, book on 0844 249 1895.
Jill Constantine Lecture: 2 October, 12 – 2pm, £25, book on 0844 249 1895. Two additional lectures will be added to this programme, details to be confirmed shortly.
Please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/basildonpark for more information.
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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 .............................. 7989 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 Cookham Bridge Rotary Club ...................... 07724 042708 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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Some extra little things that you might want to do through the holidays:
Notting Hill Carnival 26th - 27th August
Houses of Parliament Opening 27th July - 6th October (except 2nd - 18th September)
Buckingham Palace Opening 31st July- 7th October
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