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WOW ! Wimbledon 2013 ...What a start to the Summer ! Thank you Andy ! Wishing all our readers and advertisers a splendid July & August. Well done to Jamie B. Flanagan from Naunton Rd who won a bottle of champagne and strawberries in last months competition. There were indeed 21 hidden tennis balls. Long may this fabulous weather continue and allow us to make the most of our beautiful gardens, the parks and open spaces in and around our wonderful part of North Manchester, especially as the children (and their teachers) begin the holidays ! Special thanks and recommendations for Caketastic Creations p.26, JWS Roof Replacement p. 27 and Sam at Country Gardens on p.14. Best Wishes, Clare x For information regarding advertising Tel: 0161 654 0974 or 07838 371 712 clare@alkringtonlife.com www.alkringtonlife.com

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FOR POCKETMONEY & PENSION: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO BUY-TO-LET by Harry R. Hewitt PART 6 YOUR BOTTOM LINE PERCENTAGE PROFIT There is a species of buy-to-let investor who would simply refuse to buy any property unless it happens to be available at a rock bottom price. (See the mind-blowing foursome of book titles I selected for your delectation in PART 1.) Never in a month of Sundays would such an investor dream of purchasing a BTL property at my portfolio average of £50,000. No, the way such an investor operates in the main is to advertise in the local newspaper, offering to buy any property in the hope of attracting what is referred to in the trade as “a motivated vendor”. That is to say, a vendor who, for whatever reason (e.g. plans to emigrate, debt, divorce) needs to sell his house PDQ. Whereupon the advertiser in question will view the house and, either reject it as unsuitable, or offer to buy it @ 20% BMV (Below Market Value). This is how big money can be made from property investment. But is it, you need to ask yourself, the way you personally would want to operate for the time being? Because, speaking personally, this is not the way I operate, partly due to its being too timeconsuming. (I am at present committed to a quieter life-style in which my grandchildren feature more prominently than any undue cut and thrust with my BTL ventures.) If you feel the same, then you are exactly the sort of reader at whom this series of articles is pitched. In fact, let us remind ourselves of precisely what you want from your buy-to-let investment:  regular income plus  eventual capital gain. N.B. Nowhere is it written that you need or require the maximum capital gain; not at the expense of an unquiet life, you don’t! Like Lord Rothschild before you (as financier Jim Slater quotes him), you may well be prepared to make your personal fortune by leaving “the bottom [*%] profit” for somebody else to pocket. * Lord Rothschild’s idea of “bottom line profit! is quoted as being 5%.

So let us now consider in percentage terms the potential stream of income that will be provided by your BTL purchase.. Because hopefully, it will be a bit more than your bank/BS provides you with. By way of example, take a house purchased for £60,000 on which you put down a 20% deposit (£12,000) and incur the following expenses:  mortgage broker:£300  surveyor:£400  solicitor:£1,000; refurbishment: £5000. Add these figures together and you get £66,700. Now –  take the monthly rent for your property – £450 pcm;  multiply that £450 pcm by 12 (months), then again by 100.  bringing the total to £540,000, which  you should now divide by your total costs (£66,700)  giving you a return of 8.9%+ on your investment.  that is to say, compared to the measly percentage rate your bank/BS currently provides – say, 3%, if you’re lucky.

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CANNY LIFE READER: Yes, but the letting agent will take 10% of that, won’t he? A cash total of £45 pcm, say, or £540 per annum. HARRY R. HEWITT: For professional services rendered, remember. CLR: Well, yes. But then I’ll need to pay for the upkeep of the property, too, won’t I? HRH: That’s true. Shall we say as much again as the letting agent’s commission? £45 pcm, say, or £540 pa? CLR: Then there’ll be another charge for buildings insurance. HRH: Approx. £20 pcm. Shall we say: £240 pa? CLR: And don’t forget I’ll have the mortgage to pay. HRH: Let’s see how much that will be. You borrow £48,000 @, say, 4.49 %, which is £2155.20 you’ll need to repay pa, which is £ 179.60 pcm. Now, let’s rack up the percentages again before you cry foul. The rental payment is £450 pcm, less agent’s commission of £45 pcm, less upkeep of £45 pcm, less a mortgage payment of £179.60 pcm, less buildings insurance of £20 pcm. So that amounts to outgoings of £289.60 pcm from £450 in receipts, which leaves you £160.40 profit. CLR: Yes. It’s a far cry from the £450 pcm in receipts you were trying to fob me off with, isn’t it? HRH:I agree, except for the fact that nobody was trying to “fob you off”, as you put it. CLR: Even so, it’s not very much is it, £160.40 pcm? HRH: Well, it’s still more than 3 times as much as your building society was prepared to cough up for a similar investment of your hard-earned cash. CLR: How d’you make that out? HRH: Well, you personally have only contributed £18,700 to this investment, remember? The £48,000 advance was made by the mortgagor – and all expenses connected with the mortgage and the mortgaged property are being covered by what is hopefully a long-term rental payment of £450 pcm. So, after all expenses, a balance of £160.40 pcm remains, or £1924.80 pa. Meanwhile, if you simply left the £18,700 you’ve contributed in a building society account @ 3% interest, say, it would yield just £560 pa – or a measly £46.66 pcm. QED, methinks. Your investment in a BTL property will pay you more than 3 times as much as the building society would. Perhaps more if the partial refurbishment comes to less than £5,000. CLR: But with my building society account I’d at least have instant access to my savings, wouldn’t I?. HRH: That’s certainly something to be thankful for, given the measly interest rate on offer. CLR: But with a BTL property my savings will be tied up till I manage to sell the house. And who knows when that will be? HRH: Why the hurry to jump ship on what is obviously a good investment? CLR: Well, suppose I need the funds in order to support my Blair-bankrupted student grandchildren at university. HRH: If you want out, I’ll tell you how to get out PDQ. Except that you will have to wait for my contribution to next month’s magazine. N.B This article does not constitute advice within the terms of the Financial Services Act or any subsequent revisions, additions or amendments thereto. Always consult a solicitor, accountant and/or surveyor prior to proceeding with any property purchase.

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A Good Read Delete This At Your Peril - Neil Forsyth You know those spam emails you receive on a daily basis? What do you do with them? Click and delete? Wonder idly if there really is a long-lost relative somewhere who has left you his entire fortune? Swear at the screen? Most likely a combination of all three. Well, here is another answer. Reply. Forsyth's 'hero', Bob Servant, does just that. Every email is read carefully and replied to just as carefully. The ensuing correspondence is detailed in this book, and it is laugh-out-loud funny from beginning to end. Each of the initial scenarios will be familiar to anyone who has ever noticed the spam piling up in their mailbox. The first is from 'His Royal Highnest (sic). Jack Thompson', who offers Bob 20% of a $75m fortune. Bob manages to haggle upwards, eventually requesting four live lions, preferably ones that can talk, as his share of the profits. This is followed by a long saga involving a kidnapped postman; more than one 'relationship' with nubile Russians; a misunderstanding which sees Bob flying to Dhaka, Bangladesh rather than Dakar, Senegal and a long-distance relationship between Bob's female alter-ego Bobby, and Benjamin, who is desperate to see a photograph of his conquest. The exchanges become more and more ridiculous the longer they continue, as Forsyth changes Bob's stories and demands while drawing the correspondents on in the hope of eventual financial gain. Bob's own history is gradually pieced together too, with footnotes to confirm that he is of course, a compulsive liar.

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The book can be read all at once, or dipped into. Some of the language is not for the faint-hearted, but it will make you laugh. And it will possibly make you look at those emails a little differently‌ Just Imagine - Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt This is the new book from the author and illustrator behind the perennial favourite 'You Choose' - so popular in some houses that occasionally parents resort to hiding it in the hope of a night off. 'Just Imagine' does exactly what it says in the title - offers children a chance to use their imagination to develop their own stories, dreams and possibilities. Each page is richly illustrated with a series of possibilities - being very BIG or very small for example. Children can read the text and then decide from the pictures what they would like to be, and what they would not! They can go back in time, be magical, live underground, in the air, or even under the sea. At the end, they can choose their dreams for that night. This is a book that promotes talk and play as well as imagination. Readers can role play the different scenarios, pretending to be a wild animal or a pet, or choosing and trying out their favourite vehicle. There are hundreds of 'What if...' questions that could be asked, and older children can use the book as a starting point for their own story writing. Destined to be a classic as quickly as its predecessor, this is one for kids of all ages. By Kath Bennett


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Garden View Garden Travels As I take a break from the heat of the mid day sun perched under the shade of a Banyan tree, I am staggered by its beauty and the clever way it has adapted to colonising and 'getting around'. The large structures which develop from the underside of the 20 foot high branches head south and take root into the dry dusty soil as they hit the ground. With a record high temperature of 100 (f) and only 30 inches of water per year these are pretty hostile conditions - you may have noticed, I am not in the UK! An 11 hour flight will transport you Key West, Florida where the views are simply breathtaking and although some locals claim you can almost see Cuba (at a mere 90 miles out to sea?) I found some of the best views had no distance at all. For me the most stunning were the small, intimate courtyards created to the front and rear sides of the colonial houses. These beautiful little oases in the town provide not only a welcoming entrance, but also a cool shady place, where the several layers of plants seem at home. Although none of them indigenous to the area (due to the lack of soil on the island) they grow happily together and have done for years - mainly thanks to the daily irrigation! The plants are there for one reason only, to provide much needed shade from the sun. The plant life is diverse due to this being the only frost free place in the USA and to me, looks like a scene from my local garden centres houseplant department. Ficus trees and Coconut palms provide shade for less sun loving ferns. All tropical and all

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enjoying the high humidity (so that's why the tips of my parlour palm always go brown! As I sit in the garden located at the rear of the oldest house on the island a small lizard drinks from what's left of a puddle, created by the irrigation system of course. Jamaican style music plays in the background, its origin a local bar I presume, disturbed only by the intermittent and even louder 'cock-a-doodle-doo' thanks to the resident cockerel. Set free many years ago as a result of illegal cock fighting, these chirpy chaps roam free here, having found it easy to become native – and I can see why. If you're not planning on going away this year, here are some jobs to do in your own garden this month: 

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1st - 31st July Greater Manchester Fringe Festival. Live drama, music and comedy at various venues throughout the city www.greatermanchesterfringe.co.uk

Saturday 20th July Dancing through the Decades Presented by Dance Infusion Dance School Venue: Middleton Arena Time: Starts 7.30pm 07787 011805

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Sat 3 August - 4 August Day Out with Thomas Organised by East Lancashire Rail. Come and spend the day out with Thomas and his friends. Your one time entry fee gets you unlimited access to all of the events and attractions! Venue: East Lancashire Railway, Bury & all stations. Bookings/enquiries: 0161 764 7790 (10am-4pm)

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Tuesday 3 September to Friday 27 September Middleton Golden Cluster Visitor Open Days Tuesday & Friday Afternoons Throughout September, four of Middleton’s most spectacular buildings will be open to visitors every Tues & Friday between 1pm and 4pm. Knowledgeable volunteers will share information about each building and where it fits into Middleton’s rich story. Groups can book throughout the year, subject to availability. Time: Between 1pm & 4pm Enquiries: 01706 924928.


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Here are a few ideas for some great days out this Summer... Why not try something a bit daring at one of the UK’s outdoor adventure centres? Award winning Go Ape! Courses have sprung up all round Britain. They are high wire forest courses containing rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides up to 40 feet in the trees. Other outdoor pursuit centres offer the chance to try out water sports, abseiling, climbing, quad biking and many more activities. If you are looking for adrenaline of a different kind, you could visit a theme park. Alton Towers, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Thorpe Park are some of the largest and best known, but there are many others. Try to do some research before you go, to check that the park you are planning to go to has suitable rides for your party. Height restrictions often apply, and some focus on gentler rides for younger children, whilst others major on scary thrill rides. Some have other attractions in addition to the rides and have links with popular brands, such as Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Park and Legoland offering rainy day guarantees. Or you could take a trip to one of Britain’s castles. Some are presented in a very simple traditional manner, whilst others include animated wax work displays and

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regular events involving jesters, jousting and an opportunity to try your hand at swordsmanship. A visit to a castle can provide the opportunity to learn about history, and many will enjoy the now popular audio guides that are often provided. Some like Alnwick Castle have more recent history to thank for increased popularity. This glorious medieval castle has been the setting for many great films, including Harry Potter. Perhaps some animal magic would make your day more enjoyable. Britain has lots of great zoos where you can see a huge variety of animals and get an insight into the importance of conservation. Longleat and The West Midlands Safari Park are also long established favourites and offer the opportunity to drive past animals in larger more natural settings. Not forgetting Knowsley Safai Park - a firm favourite with my boys. There are lots of farm attractions too where you can feed the animals, hold chicks and lambs, as well as learning about farming. Monkey Forest at Trentham is one of the UK’s newer animal attractions. Others which have a focus on one type of animal include falconry centres, the donkey sanctuary, sealife centres and butterfly farms. See: http://www.visitbritain.com for lots more ideas. By Susan Brookes-Morris


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Seaside Crossword Across 4 You can find all sorts of interesting sea creatures in one of these. (4,4) 5 It's fun to splash in the ___. (3) 6 You'll need one of these to make a sandcastle. (6) 8 She sells sea ______ on the sea shore. (6) 10 You need to wear ___screen on the beach. (3) 11 Surfing requires big _____. (5) Down 1 These beach creatures walk sideways. (4) 2 On a hot day it's nice to eat an ___ _____ cornet. (3,5) 3 You could go for a trip in a fishing ____. (4) 7 These creatures live in the sea. (4) 8 You can dig it or make castles with it. (4) 9 You'll need a bucket and _____ (5)

Turn Wood to Sand We often find driftwood on the beach. Turn WOOD into SAND by changing one letter each time. Each letter change should make a new word.

Sea Riddle Answer An Octopus

Turn Wood to Sand Answer WOOD WORD WARD WAND SAND

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WOOD _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ SAND

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David Briggs Your Local Professional Painter & Decorator

Bringing high quality decorating to your home or business. Tel: 0161 654 8436 Mob:

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Have your new sofa and chairs hand made to order in sizes of your choice. All work done by British craftsmen in our factory. We also offer a friendly, reliable re-upholstery service. Call now for a free estimate without obligation.

Telephone: 0161 624 4477 Unit A2, Falcon Centre Victoria Street, Chadderton Oldham, OL9 0HB

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SUMMER PUZZLES Across 1 Thick material used to make tents (6) 5 Backless sandals with toe-post (6) 8 Planting medium (4) 9 Green vegetable (8) 10 Fruit beloved of monkeys (6) 11 Sauce served with seafood (6) 12 Area (4) 14 Frozen water (3) 15 8 Bits (computer term) (4) 16 Expression (6) 18 Waterproof jacket (6) 20 Sticky insect trap (8) 22 Acclaim, cheer (4) 23 Capital of Russia (6) 24 Brine (6) Down 2 3 4 5

Fragrance (5) 6 Golden award (5) Rural community (7) 7 Chivalrous (7) Boat, or type of sandwich! (9) 11 Reference book for writers (9) Also (3) 13 Shakespearean tragedy (7)

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Made, Supplied, Fitted and Maintained. We can repair your Electric Gates

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Bailey’s Ice Cream July is National Ice Cream Month so why not try this deliciously creamy and very grown-up version Serves 6-8 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Chilling time: Over night + freezing time (30mins- 3 hours depending on method used)

Ingredients 480ml whole milk 150g granulated sugar 4 large egg yolks 240ml double cream 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 4 tbsp Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur Method Pour the milk into a medium size, heavy bottomed saucepan. Add 100g of the sugar. Place over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture registers 77C on a cooking thermometer. If you don’t have a thermometer the milk should be just bearable to dip your finger into…be careful! In a crock or stainless steel medium-size bowl, whisk together the 4 egg yolks and remaining 50g of sugar until foamy and slightly thick. Very slowly add half the hot milk to the eggs, whisking continuously. Pour this egg mixture back into the sauce pan with the remaining hot milk and return to the stove top on a lowmedium heat. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon until the mixture reaches 85C on the thermometer or if you have no thermometer is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. Take care to make sure the mixture does not boil. Remove from the heat. If it’s not completely smooth whisk it well before proceeding. Pour the double cream into a clean, large stainless-steel or glass mixing bowl set over an ice bath. Strain the custard

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into the cold cream. Add the vanilla extract and stir until fully incorporated. Stir occasionally until the mixture has fully cooled. This should take about 30 minutes. Remove the mixing bowl from the ice bath, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight. Stir in the Baileys. Pour this chilled mixture into the ice-cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have no ice cream maker, don’t worry, you can still make ice cream though it will take a little longer. Pour the chilled mixture into a large container. Pop it in the fast-freeze section of your freezer. Check it after 45 minutes. It will have begun to crystallize around the edges. Use a hand whisk, wooden spoon or electric hand whisk to break the crystals up and incorporate them into the mixture, then refreeze. Keep checking and beating the mixture every 30-40 minutes and within 3 hours you will have ice cream. NB. Alcohol lowers the freezing temperature of ice cream so this ice cream will be quite soft. Don’t be tempted to add more Bailey’s otherwise it might never set!


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Police Enquiries* (0161) 872 5050 Crimestoppers*† 0800 555 111 Middleton Neighbourhood Police* (0161) 856 8701 Heywood Fire Station* (01706) 901 203 Water (United Utilities)†† 0845 746 2200 Electricity (United Utilities)† 0800 195 41 41 Gas (National Grid)† 0800 111 999 Alkrington Life www.alkringtonlife.com (0161) 654 0974 clare@alkringtonlife.com

NHS Direct*†† 0845 46 47 North Manchester Gen. Hospital* (0161) 795 4567 Tesco Extra Pharmacy (open 7 days) (0161) 912 7147 Alkrington Library (0161) 643 7799 Rochdale Council (switchboard) (01706) 647 474 Manchester Council (switchboard) (0161) 234 5000 Traveline†† 0871 200 2233 GMPTE Enquiries (0161) 228 7811 National Rail Enquiries†† 08457 48 49 50

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Motor Mechanic S Bolz Car Engineer 30 MOT Centre Swan Mill Garage 3 Off Licence Damian’s General Store 43 Oven Cleaning The Oven Cleaners 18 Painter & Decorator Alan Storton 42 David Briggs 53 Deluxe Decorators 20 R Cullen 23 Ray Worrall 53 Pest Control Pro Kill 14 Photography Pixel Photography 62 Plasterer C Collins 49 Dan McArdle 20 MW Plastering 23 V. Martin 27 Plumbing Services A Allan Plumbing 5 Property Maintenance AGV Property Maintenance 18 JWS Property Maintenance 6 Pubs & Restaurants Toy Box 34 & 35 Roofing Crescent Roofing 42 Duckworth Roofing 23 Roof Repair JWS Roof Repair 27 Skip Hire Middleton Waste & Recycling 9 Solicitor Sedgwick Legal 16 Temperley Taylor 41 Tiling Colin Knight 27 J. Edwards 11 Upholstery Fittons 53 Vacuum Repairs Alkrington Vacuum Cleaner Serv. 27 Van Maintenance Van Parts 26 Windows & Doors Crown Windows 4 JLG Windows 12 Vista Windows 8 Whitefield Home Improvement 36 Your Choice 21


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