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PRESENT PERFECT personal shopping with Ruth Linton

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FIVE YEARS IN WEST DIDSBURY The Burton Rd Clinic

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DIDSBURY DINNERS Amanda Woodvine

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BOOK REVIEWS Chorlton Bookshop

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HAPPY COMPUTER CHRISTMAS Christopher Turner’s PC gift ideas

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IT TAKES 2 Nick Brimelow

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BEAN SPROUTING fun with bean sprouts!

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CHRISTMAS ALL WRAPPED UP with Danielle Lowy

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DIETING MERRY-GO-ROUND Gloria Hanson

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Ruth with her daughter shopping in London

It was after persuasion by her friends that Ruth Linton set up Present Perfect Personal Shopping, a unique service that has already come to be valued by a growing list of delighted clients. For years Ruth found herself called on by friends to join them shopping for a special outfit, a holiday wardrobe, or home makeover. And, whether it’s picking out that perfect dress or re-arranging the living space, Ruth has always been the person to make things happen. And now she has set up Present Ruth at Ladies’ Day

Perfect Personal Shopping, a bespoke service to give you the benefit of her expertise. Ruth’s innate sense of style inspires all her clients. Only last week, she received an SOS from a pal immobilised by a fall, and in desperate need of an outfit for a fast approaching golf club dinner. Ruth’s intuitive understanding of her friend’s taste, and her own instinctive sense of what’s hot and what’s now, meant she achieved just the right look – resulting in a delighted response. She can find the perfect items for any budget with an easy mix of high street and designer looks, all on trend and just right for individual needs. If you want all designer, her connections with top stores means she’ll find just the right pieces, but if the High Street’s your bag, she can pick up the perfect bargain too. As for cost, Ruth will only charge for actual shopping hours. So your initial consultation and Ruth’s research is all free, and any discounts will be directly passed on to you, so you could end up saving in more ways than one – saving making a fashion or gift howler, and saving in money terms too. So how does it all work? After an initial consultation, Ruth will shop with or without you - the

Perfect Personal Shopping choice is yours - either putting items away for you to try at your convenience or by bringing them directly to you on approval. That’s because Present Perfect Personal Shopping will always be tailor made to suit you. Why not try PPPS next time you need something special, or if you’re looking for a gift with a difference, a Present Perfect Personal Shopping voucher would make an ideal choice for an individual friend, or girls’ weekend treat. If you have a busy lifestyle, find time runs away, or simply can’t get out, use PPPS and feel reassured that a discreet, intuitive shopper is on hand to find those extra special presents or outfits with all the care and more you’d want to give yourself. To find out more, contact Ruth for details or to arrange a free consultation.

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Five Years in

West Didsbury

THE BURTON ROAD CLINIC IS CELEBRATING 5 YEARS AT 121 BURTON ROAD, WEST DIDSBURY. Back in 2005 the building, on the corner of Burton Road and Goulden Road, was an abandoned off license standing empty and looking sorry. Registered Osteopath Nick Vine bought the premises, and after a total renovation moved his central Didsbury practice into them. The appearance of the building has changed dramatically, having become a modern, smart clinic whilst keeping many of its original features. The side of the building which was once a popular spot for fly tipping, is now a patient car park bordered by beautiful French Laurels. Talking about the whole process Nick explained “The renovation was a long, hard effort with a major part played by Scott

McGrath, another Osteopath, who practised from here initially too. Whilst the work on a building of this age is always ongoing, the result has been a building designed to suit our needs as a reasonably sized multi-disciplinary practice.” Over the last five years the clinic has grown steadily, now with 4

staff and 13 different therapists it provides a wide range of treatments. The main provision is osteopathy and chiropody, but it also includes acupuncture, hypnotherapy, nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, psychotherapy, orthotics, massage and the Alexander technique amongst others. When asked about the patients that he and fellow Osteopath Carolyn Greenhalgh see, Nick said, “The majority of our

“The whole Burton Road area of West Didsbury is changing rapidly, and it’s exciting to see and be part of it. It is busy in the daytime and the evenings, and the plans for the Metrolink seem to be continuing despite the spending review, which I think will be a tremendous benefit for the area.”


7 patients come in suffering with neck or back pain. We do treat a lot of shoulder, hip and knee problems too, in fact almost anything involving joints or muscles, but I think most people associate osteopaths with back problems.” “We recently reviewed our patient base and found that whilst males and females had some

differences in presentation, such as fewer women injuring themselves in manual work, and understandably fewer men developing problems due to pregnancy, computer usage was a very common cause amongst both. I started to notice this trend as far back as 1999 when IT contractors were working very long hours to contend with the millennium bug threat. People who work in IT

or jobs involving computer usage have been the commonest career group since then. IT workers can reduce their risk by supporting their lower back and sitting back in their chair when working. Also setting their screen at eye level and putting the keyboard at the edge of the desk helps. Monitors offset to one side are a bad idea, and laptops should not be used on the lap, nor the coffee table whilst you sit on the sofa. Take regular breaks to get up and move around, and if you’re developing symptoms of stiffness or pain see an osteopath.” For information regarding the Burton Road Clinic feel free to call on 0161 446 2533 or visit our website www. theburtonroadclinic.co.uk

Nick Vine

Carolyn Greenhalgh

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Nicholas Vine & Carolyn Greenhalgh Registered Osteopaths Osteopaths treat back and neck pain and muscle and joint problems such as whiplash, sciatica and headaches. These problems may be caused by manual work, computer use or stress. Osteopathy can help with the mechanical effects of pregnancy – both during the pregnancy and afterwards, and with age related conditions and the pain of arthritis. We also treat sports injuries such as shoulder problems and knee problems, and injuries due to repetitive actions such as playing musical instruments. Appointments are available Monday to Saturday, including early mornings and evenings.

0161 446 2533 www.theburtonroadclinic.co.uk The Burton Road Clinic 121 Burton Road, Didsbury M20 1HZ


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Didsbury Dinners

Calling all Didsbury Foodies Attention budding masterchefs, young and old - here’s your chance to feature in an exciting new recipe book!

around plant foods, and naturally - will taste great! If we all ate this way, each one of us would produce 1.2 tonnes less global warming gases each year.

angle, such as the apples being from your grandma’s tree on Palatine Road, or that the dish is best enjoyed in winter!

All contributions will be acknowledged as soon as possible Here’s how you can get involved. after the deadline closes, at the Email your recipe to amanda. end of January. woodvine@afsl.org.uk or jot it down and place it in the recipe Good luck! ‘ballot box’ in Didsbury Library. SERVING BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT Amanda Woodvine, Local Project Don’t forget to include your Healthyspirit is a health and spiritual shop Manager (Didsbury) name and address, and your age with a holistic healing centre. We offer: if you’re under 18. Try to include Action for Sustainable Living The gold-standard dish will a note about why the recipe is make use of local, non-packaged HOLISTIC DIETARY special to you, and any local TREATMENTS SUPPLEMENTS organic produce, be based Spring 2011 will mark the launch of Didsbury Dinners: The LowCarbon Community Cookbook. The book will showcase recipes from real Didsbury folk, made from locally-sourced ingredients, and will be on sale in Didsbury and surrounds.

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Book Reviews from Chorlton Bookshop

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The Longest Whale Song by Jacqueline Wilson As gritty and realistic as ever, Jacqueline Wilson is once again at the top of her game. Ella has a brand new baby brother but her Mum is left in a coma following his birth. Instead of being depressing this is a powerful story about positive thinking and survival. Despite it’s themes it would be suitable for an 8+ age range but would also appeal to older readers.

The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry Following on from “Moab is my Wash pot” This fantastic raconteur shares more tales from his incredible journey

Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney This is the fifth instalment of the hugely successful series. As the main character grows up so the themes are becoming slightly more in depth. Suitable for 8+.

Mr Gum and the Secret Hideout by Andy Stanton Andy Stanton has done it again. Book 8 in the series is as hilariously fantastic as the previous 7. Polly is back protecting the streets of Lamonic Bibber from the

stinky disgusting Mr Gum.

Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers Written as a sequel to “Lost and Found”, this visually stunning story deals with issues of friendship and love. As with his previous books the story is mainly told through the illustrations with a minimum of text making it suitable for a 2+ age range.


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Happy Computer Christmas Christmas Present Ideas for the PC Owner in Your Life Christmas is coming! Is it time to drop some hints about presents you’d like? Or are you already running out of ideas for what to buy some people? Fret not, help is at hand. Here are some ideas for computer-related presents – for yourself or for someone else. 1. If you are thinking of buying a PC, make sure it is running Windows 7. On both desktops and laptops, it is a vast improvement on Vista. 2. Are you thinking of asking for or getting someone else a laptop? If so, please get in touch, as I have access to some very nice machines at very advantageous prices! Have a look at the specifications on my website (www.tlc-computing.co.uk). 3. Go wireless! Wireless networks are straightforward to set up - the main piece of hardware you will need is a wireless router. Just think about the flexibility it can give you. You won’t have to put the computer next to the telephone, you can have it where you want. All modern laptops are wireless ready, and desktop PCs can also be made wireless by installing a wireless card. A good present might be to give a “gift

voucher” (from TLC, naturally!) to supply, install, and set up a wireless system in someone’s home. Give me a call for details. 4. I know it’s not very exciting, but, along the same gift voucher lines, I could do a service and possibly add some extra RAM to a slow machine. Again, please get in touch – you could make someone’s Christmas! 5. USB Memory Sticks are always useful. They are good for backup storage (for all those precious photos, music collections, and documents). They are also a handy way of moving files from one PC to another. Students, teachers, and people who sometimes work from home and need to take files back to the office PC find them especially useful in that respect. Nowadays they can store a lot of files, and could make a useful stocking filler. Give me a call for prices. 6. For more serious backup and storage, portable Hard Disks should be considered. They work like memory sticks, but hold a lot more data. It’s good to get into the habit of regularly backing up files, so that if the worst happens and the PC’s hard drive

fails, at least the coursework/ dissertation/music collection/ photo albums won’t be lost. 7. Wireless printers are all the rage at the moment. One printer in the house can be accessed by all the PCs connected to the domestic network. 8. Still got a TV-style monitor, or know someone who’d really appreciate a flat-screen one? Prices are good at the moment, they take up much less space, and they’re more energy-efficient. Some even have built-in speakers. 9. What about a set of quality speakers for someone’s PC? They can really make a difference when watching catch-up TV, or listening to the radio over the internet, or playing your favourite tracks. 10. And finally … remember that VAT increases in January. Say no more! If I can help with any of the above, please get in touch. I can discuss ideas with you, as well as supply information about prices and services. I can be very discreet, and you can rest assured your Christmas surprise (if that’s what you want it to be) will be safe with me. Enjoy the Christmas Season, and I hope to hear from you. Chris Turner TLC Computer Servicing 0161 870 2563 07799 401793 service@tlc-computing.co.uk


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Nick Brimelow talks about the property market in 2010.

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arket conditions during 2010 have been significantly more bouyant than many would have you believe. Here in my Didsbury Office both my Sales and Rental staff have experienced a significant increase in trade and whilst I realise that we are moving into a seasonally quieter period, we want to be able to increase our market share in both fields. For that reason I am delighted to confirm that as of the 1st November, we will be opening a second office in the centre of Didsbury to cater purely for Lettings and Property Management. This will allow us to devote an office to each department as we start to prepare for what we hope will be a succesful 2011.

Situated directly opposite my sales office, the new operation will be headed by Lucy Brown who has recently been promoted as our Manageress. Lucy and the rest of her team have many years experience working in lettings in the Didsbury area and we hope that by investing in the new office that we can continue to expand our business, whilst at the same time provide a spacious environment for current landlords and clients. By transferring the Lettings Department into their own premises, I am able to revert my current office back to dealing solely with Sales. We are in the process of upgrading our computer systems, re-vamping our website and this move will also provide a much more pleasant working environment for both my staff and all visiting clients.

Top: Darley Avenue sold 2010 Left: Heritage Gardens sold 2010

Having two such desirable offices situated in the centre of the village shows our commitment to both Sales and Lettings and is a statement of our continued desire to remain market leaders in both fields. I know that my staff in both offices would be delighted for any clients to call in and I am certain that we can be of assistance to you.

Nick Brimelow Director

Queenston Road sold 2010

“Despite media reports, 2010 has been a thriving year in the South Manchester property market... which is why as from November 1st, our new Lettings office will open, allowing us to concentrate purely on Sales in our current office.”

To arrange a valuation on your home, contact Nick Brimelow directly on 0161 448 0622.


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Community Groups & Events Mondays SciBar Stop Monday night feeling like an inescapable black hole! Informal science talk with questions and discussion. Monday, 17th January 2011. 6.30pm-8pm at The Albert Club, 39-41 Old Lansdowne Rd. www.thealbertclub.co.uk The Challenger Quiz The experts’ quiz set to prove who are the real eggheads of South Manchester. Teams of 6 or less Monday 31st January at 8pm. Entrance fees are £2 per member (£3 for non-members) The Albert Club, 39-41 Old Lansdowne Rd. South Manchester Camera Club (SMCC) Meets on Mondays in Didsbury Methodist Churh, Sandhurst Lane 0161 442 0315.

Tuesdays

Didsbury Village WI Tuesday 7th December and 4th January 7.30pm, at Didsbury Methodist Church Hall. £3 for visitors, annual membership £29.50.

Wednesdays

Didsbury Film Club “The Power of Community” 19th January. The club screen films that address major social and environmental issues in an informal setting, with an opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the films over some refreshments. The club meet in the Parish Centre behind Emmanuel church,

normally at 7.30pm, with an admission charge of £3.50. Everyone is welcome, so why not come along and join us? at Emmanuel Parish, 6 Barlow Moor Rd, Didsbury.

Fridays

The West Didsbury Society of Writers For poetry and fiction writers. 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7pm-9pm, at the Fielden Centre site of City College on Barlow Moor Road, West Didsbury. Guest speakers, newsletter and workshops. Contact Jane Woolley 957 1663.

Christmas Party On Saturday 18th December from 2pm until 5pm children’s Christmas party. There’ll be a Santa’s grotto, Christmas games and treats for everyone. Adults Christmas party 8pm until late in the Clubhouse. Tickets in advance from reception at The Northern Lawn Tennis Club, Palatine Road, West Didsbury.

West Didsbury Book Group This group, for 40 something men and women meets every four to five weeks at 7pm. It is a stimulating, lively group and is a good place to meet new people. If you are interested in joining us please ring Diane on 0161 445 4483 - leaving your landline phone number and name. Bop Local Wednesday, 29th December at The Albert Club, 39-41 Old Lansdowne Rd. www.thealbertclub.co.uk

Thursdays

Didsbury Good Neighbours Regular Coffee Morning. If you live, work, study or have family in the local area, drop in for a cuppa every Thursday 10.30am to 12.15pm. Broom Field Court Lounge, Anchor Housing, Barlow Moor Road (opp Linden Ave) 0161 434 3835.

Mish Mash Cabaret Friday 15th December 8.30pm at The Albert Club, 39-41 Old Lansdowne Rd.

Saturdays

LOL Comedy Saturday, 29th January, at The Albert Club, 39-41 Old Lansdowne Rd.

Sundays

The Fun Quiz and Food A lighthearted quiz and supper Sunday, 19th December & 16th January at 8pm. The Quiz entrance fee is £2 per head for members (£3 for non-members) with supper at £2.50 per portion. The Albert Club, 39-41 Old Landsdowne Rd. DIDSBURY LIBRARY Monday: 10am - 8pm Tuesday: 2 - 8pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 10am - 8pm Friday: 10am - 5pm Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: Closed Tel: 0161 227 3755

Are you part of a community group? Do you have regular meetings or events? Are you organising a social or not for profit event for February 2011? Please contact us with the details and we’ll include as much as we can. Submit your FREE community notices to: lesley@communityindex.co.uk or call Lesley on 0787 589 5604 Deadline for the next edition is 10th January. download the latest edition at www.communityindex.co.uk


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Christmas Fair 10am-4pm 4th December 2010

2nd Didsbury Scout Hut, School Lane (opp Beaver Road) Our amazing Xmas Fair will feature a raffle (with prizes donated by local businesses), a bouncy castle, Santa’s Grotto, lots of fun activities and tea, coffee, cakes, local honey, hotdogs and freshly made popcorn. This is an event not to be missed.

All proceeds go to sending 4 lucky scouts from South Manchester to the 2011 World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and we need all the help we can get with fundraising!

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Christmas All Wrapped Up

Danielle Lowy from Rubbish Revamped shares low-cost ideas for festive gift-wrapping The season for giving and receiving gifts is well and truly upon us. Whether you are a shopping diva or plod around the shops with gritted teeth, those gifts will need wrapping. Now, a beautifully wrapped present is a joy to behold and adds to the delicious anticipation of opening the gift. But wouldn’t you rather focus your money on the content than the packaging? The solution is to make your own wrappings, and you can do this from things you would normally throw away. Community Index will get you started here with a simple guide to making a lovely gift bow. And it’s pretty enough to add to the Christmas tree after the gift’s been opened. • Ruler • Scissors 1. Measure and cut six strips 2cm wide across the top of your sheet. Each strip will be

You will need • An A5 piece of paper (Community Index size). Try a magazine cover, an old map, junkmail or leaflets • Glue • Stapler

2cm wide by 21cm long. 2. Keep three strips 21cm long, cut 2cm off two strips and 9 cm off the final strip. 3. Glue the middle of a strip and twist the ends to meet at a diagonal in the centre. Make figures of 8 like this with the five longest strips.


Festive Wrapping Ideas to try:

4. Starting with the three longest, layer the five strips at well spaced angles. Staple the centre to secure them. 5. Make a loop with the smallest strip and glue it in the centre. Make different size ribbons by using more strips, cut thinner. Say, 8 strips measured at 1.5cm wide.

Ignore expensive wrapping paper: use newspaper, comics, magazines, old maps

Jazz these up with funky yarns (you know that scarf you never knitted…?)

Tie on some buttons or beads from broken jewellery

Decorate newspaper-wrapped gifts with cut-out pictures or strips from shop-bought wrapping paper or old Christmas cards

Last year’s Christmas cards can be cut to make present tags

Tie a Christmas tree chocolate to the gift tag

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Bean Sprouting

tasty, nutritious and fun

Bean sprouts are tasty, easy to digest and very nutritious and it’s a simple job to sprout your own. Our technical editor Sam Paechter shares his sprouting top tips. Here I’ve sprouted mung beans which are the most common bean sold as bean sprouts, but you can sprout aduki beans, lentils, chick peas, alfalfa seeds, barley and many other beans and seeds. You don’t need any special equipment. A glass jar with a cloth over the opening (to keep the dust out) or in the case of mung beans, which don’t mind being sprouted in the dark, a

bowl covered with a plate. But if you’re fond of gadgets, there are special bean sprouters you can buy. Choose a large enough container as your sprouts will grow to several times their original volume.

Sprouting Mung Beans 1. Take about 50g/2oz of mung beans and soak them in cold water until they’ve swelled up – this should take about twelve hours. 2. Drain, rinse and place in your chosen sprouting vessel. 3. Rinse regularly, at least twice a day. It’s really important not to let your sprouts dry out, but also make sure they’re not standing in water. 4. Watch in wonder over the next few days as your bean sprouts grow. You can eat your sprouts as soon as they’ve started sprouting, but if you’ve got more than you can use in one go, they will keep well in the fridge for a few days.


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