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Welcome to the latest issue of Community Spotlight on S66. I want to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers and advertisers a Happy New Year. I hope 2012 turns out to be a good one for you. The New Year can herald many new beginnings, and can be an exciting and sometimes even a daunting time. If you own a business or know someone who owns a business why not use this new year as an opportunity to push your products and services into the forefront of people’s minds. The power of consistent and persistent advertising shouldn’t be underestimated. If you would like to advertise in future issues of Spotlight please contact us or enter into this months competition to win a free 1/2 advert. See page 29 for this months competition information. In this months issue we think about valentines day and give some advice on page 6 on what not to buy. One valentines gift maybe to think about any snoring problems you may have. Perhaps your loved one just really needs a good nights sleep! See page 16 for more information. In this issue we also have articles providing advice on plumbing and plastering. Please continue to send us your feedback and input for future issues of Spotlight. Don’t forget if you would like to see a back issue of the magazine they are available online at www.communityspotlight.org.uk.

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Contents

Community Events What Not To Buy On Valentines The Food Of Love New Year, New Job The Three Best Resolutions Garden View Are You Sweet Enough? Snoring Activities Page Kids Page Choose A Plumber Plumbing Mishaps... Recipe Of The Month Price List Sugar Solutions Get Plastered... A Good Read Puzzle Solutions Competition Index & Directory

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SPOT LIGHT On What Not To Buy On Valentines What NOT to buy HER for Free slimming club membership might seem like a good idea, especially if she Valentine’s Day moans constantly about her weight, but In the film What Women Want, Mel Gibson plays a man with the incredible ability to read women’s minds and is able to say, do and give them exactly what they want. If only it were that simple... On Valentine’s Day, a woman does NOT want to be treated like your mother, brother, cook or cleaner. So coming home with a pair of bed socks because she complained once of cold feet, is not night wear she’ll warm to.

anything that hints she is looking fat or old will go down like a lead balloon.

You might be safe with flowers, chocolates or perfume, but NOT if they are cheap! She can tell the difference between a £3.99 bunch of chrysanthemums and a £30 bouquet of roses even if you can’t. And a ring from Claire’s Accessories that turns green by Easter is definitely a no go area!

Presenting her with tickets for the match will not score you points (unless she’s a die-hard footie fan, in which case do your worst), nor will the latest gadget to speed up house work. No woman wants new baking tins for Valentine’s Day either. Diamond ring – Yes! Flan ring – No!

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What NOT to buy HIM for Valentine’s Day

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Whether it’s for Christmas, his birthday, your anniversary or Valentine’s Day, the problem remains the same. What do you get the man in your life? So why not simplify things by considering what NOT to buy!

His six-pack might have reduced to a half pack, but is free gym membership really the answer? Once a man gets home, the only exercise he is interested in takes place within six feet of the television and involves just one part of the body – the index finger.

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A book might seem like a good idea, but what man is actually interested in reading? You could get him one with lots of pictures, but the type he’d like might not be suitable with kids around. Good luck - and happy shopping! By Debbie Singh-Bhatti

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The Food of Love At this time of year the sales of chocolate and oysters go way up. But do aphrodisiacs really work? Is the way to a man's heart really through his stomach? Many old wives tales abound about food and love, and some of those tales actually have a grain of truth! Oysters have long had a romantic reputation. It turns out they are a good source of zinc, which is vital for the production of those hormones responsible for our libido! If you don't like oysters, try cheese, pumpkin seeds, peanuts or lamb, which all have high zinc levels. Chocolate, especially dark, is also high in zinc. But in addition, it increases the amount of serotonin in the brain, inducing relaxation, as well as other hormones that increase pleasure

New Year, New Job? Despite the current economic climate, there are still jobs out there, and if you are really determined to find work, you will. Firstly, put yourself on a good job website like www.direct.gov.uk. Register with employment agencies or simply send your CV out on spec. Far more jobs are picked up through personal recommendations than through job ads. Tell people you are looking for work and let them act as your eyes and ears, plus with online networking sites there has never been an easier way of getting your name out there.

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Sexy Rexy or Buxom Beauty? The snowdrops maybe in full bloom right now, but as February marks the month of love, there is another flower which cannot go unmentioned. This is of course the Rose. Roses have been the symbol of love for hundreds of years, and where would our florists be without them? Come to think of it, where would men be without them? We'd have to make a decision as to which single flower to purchase, to show our affection to our intended. Roses had a great 'boom' period in the 60's where homeowners and councils alike, removed geometric shapes from their lawns, creating island beds filled with roses. Equally spaced and pruned accurately, these hardy, woody shrubs lived on for years and examples of these schemes can still be witnessed. Associated with bare soil, manure, flat caps and the dreaded 'P' word (pruning), these woody and often stumpy plants, with their short lived blooms in vile colours, would eventually be seen off with a white talcum powder like coating of powdery mildew by late summer... I really don’t understand why they ever went out of fashion!!! Well thankfully those days are gone, and I reckon it's about time our roses made a 21st century comeback. Just as Dahlias did a few years ago, I think roses deserve a second chance. Some of the modern roses with great pest and disease resistance and an instinct for repeat flowering, have been bred with the old fashioned

Are You Sweet Enough? It’s a new year, and many of us are feeling more than a little guilty about all the over-indulgence. We’re making resolutions to cut-down and shape-up. This article is not exactly good news for cake, biscuits, and chocolate-lovers, but the latest statistics for the growing crisis of type 2 diabetes, makes far worse reading! Baroness Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, is determined to spread the word as some 2.8 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with it, and an estimated 850,000 more probably have it, but don’t yet know it. All carbohydrates are converted to glucose in the body and our cells use this as their primary source of fuel. Glucose enters our cells using insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body does not produce enough insulin to maintain a normal blood glucose level, or when the body is unable to effectively use the insulin that is being produced, resulting in high glucose levels in the blood. The biggest risk factors are: having a family member with the problem, being overweight, especially around the waist, and being over 40 years of age. People of South Asian or African descent are at higher risk at a younger age. These ethnic groups are generally less able to digest lactose (milk sugar). Research is also beginning into the

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sweet smelling types to make wonderful garden plants. In addition, there are roses for every situation, from pergolas and pots, to hedges and even partially shaded walls. They look great planted in a mixed border, especially when under-planted with a free-flowering hardy Geranium. It's not too late to buy your bare root roses, but act quickly, as ideally they need to be in the ground before the end of the month. Soak the roots in a bucket of water for around 30 minutes, while you dig a very generous hole about 40cm deep and 30cm wide. Incorporate well rotted manure or compost into the planting hole and plant slightly deeper than you would normally, so the graft (knuckle) is under the ground. Back fill with soil and firm well. Don't prune until next month. Other jobs to do this month include: • Pruning deciduous shrubs such as Berberis • Prune Clematis (type 3 / late flowering types only) • Prune Wisteria (search spearjac on youtube.com for my video ‘how to’ guide) • Order seed potatoes and onion setts Lee’s favourite Rose of the moment, 'Gertrude Jekyll'. Until next time, happy Valentine’s Day! Lee

growing evidence of a link between diabetes and milk intolerance. Excess calories are stored as fat, and an accumulation of excess fat around the liver and the pancreas is thought to be a key cause of type 2 diabetes. Check your own risk score on Diabetes UK’s own website, www.diabetes.org.uk. You should consult your GP if you’re already experiencing increased thirst, blurred vision, tiredness and urinating more than usual. Fortunately, eating less sugar, salt and fat and exercising more regularly will help to reduce the risk. You may need to consider diluting fruit juices and limiting dried fruits, such as figs and raisins, and sweeter fruits like ripe bananas and grapes which although packed with nutrients, do contain high sugar levels. White bread, pastry and white rice also create a sugar rush compared to the wholegrain version. The New Year is a good time to start making changes. A chromium supplement may help if sugar cravings become a problem. Small regular meals, containing protein with vegetables, and healthy snacks, such as nuts and berries in between meals, will help to stabilise blood glucose levels and stop between-meal hunger pangs. These days it is easier to cut down on fats rather than sugars. When offered sweet treats just decline politely, explaining that you’re sweet enough!

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SPOT LIGHT On Snoring Snoring - causes and cures By Rita Williams-Hall

Getting a good nights sleep can be difficult at the best of times, especially when you're juggling running a house with work, hobbies and other commitments. If you live with a snorer, it can be even worse. Spouses of snorers can be a very sleep-deprived bunch! But snoring is not just annoying; it can also be an indicator of underlying health problems. Here we take a look at the most common causes and cures for snoring, and hopefully lead you toward a more peaceful sleep. One of the most common reasons for snoring is over-eating and/or lack of exercise. Just a few extra kilograms can lead to a build up of fatty tissue around the throat, narrowing the airways and making it more difficult to breathe well while you are sleeping. This tends to affect men more than women, but if you carry a little excess weight, lose it and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably cure the snoring, as well as improving your general health. Indulging in a glass or two of a favourite tipple is the way many of us choose to unwind after a busy day. However the relaxing effect we seek can also be the cause of snoring, because alcohol relaxes the muscles in your airways, causing them to go floppy. Sleeping tablets or other sedative medicine can have the 16

same effect. If you find you snore after drinking, try not to drink just before bed time. Leave four hours or so to allow your body to absorb and process the alcohol. If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medication which is the problem, ask your GP if there is a non-sedative version available. Smoking, allergies, stuffiness and mouth breathing are all common causes of snoring. Smoke from cigarettes irritates the lining of the nasal passages and throat, causing swelling and catarrh. This reduces the airflow. Simple allergies to dust mites or feather pillows can have the same affect. When you have a cold, your nose may be blocked, which leads to mouth breathing. Mouth breathing means the air that would normally pass gently over your soft palate hits the back of your throat directly, causing vibrations and snoring. Try steam inhalation, or nasal strips to clear and widen your nasal passages. If you smoke, giving up or even just cutting down will have a multitude of benefits, not just on the snoring! Finally, snoring may be caused by a medical condition called sleep apnoea. This is a condition where you momentarily stop breathing during your sleep, before waking with a loud snort or snore. You may suffer without knowing. If you find yourself unusually tired, irritable, and suffering from morning headaches, or if your partner notices you are snoring heavily punctuated by gaps of silence, consult your GP for a check up.

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SPOT LIGHT On Choose A Plumber & Plumbing Mishaps... Choose a Plumber When something goes wrong with your plumbing, the stress can often be made worse by not knowing what to do or who to contact to get it fixed. What if you get a cowboy? We’ve all seen the TV programmes with their tales of time wasting, overcharging and replacing parts needlessly. How can you ensure that you choose a reputable engineer? Here is some advice to help if the worst happens. Check with your insurance company whether you are covered, and whether they can be billed direct, or if you need to pay first and claim the costs back. Also check the excess on your policy; it might be more cost effective to pay for the work yourself, especially if it will affect your no claims bonus. It may be worth joining a plumbing insurance scheme, such as those offered by British Gas or The AA, where you pay monthly and know that if something goes wrong, qualified engineers will come out to your home to fix it, usually at a fixed price or for no extra charge. If you have to find a plumber yourself, ask your family and friends to see if they’ve had good service from an engineer or company. These personal recommendations are often the best way to make sure your plumbing is fixed well.

Plumbing Mishaps... Would you know what to do? Frozen Pipes: Turn off the mains water supply. If the frozen pipe has a split, empty the cold water cistern by opening all the cold taps. If the pipe hasn’t split, thaw it out slowly by applying hot water bottles. If any part of the hot water system is frozen or there is a split, turn the central heating off and call a professional. Burst pipe: Turn off the mains water. Open all the cold taps so the pipes and storage system drain quickly, but do not turn on the hot taps. Turn off the central heating, any electric immersion heaters and call a professional.

When contacting a plumber, especially if you’ve found their name in the phone book or on the internet, ask if they are members of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE). Members must hold recognised qualifications and/or have extensive experience. In addition, CIPHE has a complaints procedure should things go wrong. Make sure you get at least 3 quotes for the work you need doing, and check the following areas are covered: whether there is a call out fee; how many people will be doing the job and whether the fee is a flat rate per hour or per person, and whether parts are billed for separately. Get your final quote in writing, on headed paper. The final cost of the job shouldn’t be too different to what is written, unless there are unforeseen circumstances and everything is agreed with you in advance. Find out in advance how long the job will take. This will also help you estimate the final cost of the job. When the job is finished, ask for a complete breakdown of what’s been done, so you know exactly where your money has been spent. If your plumber has done a good job, don’t hesitate to let others know! By Rita Williams Hall

Blocked sink or toilet: If the sink is blocked, unscrew the trap - the u-shaped pipe under the sink (don’t forget to put a bowl underneath to catch any water!) - and check. If the blockage isn’t there, or your toilet is blocked, use a plunger that completely covers the outlet. It creates a vacuum to suck and push the blockage away. A chemical dissolver breaks down organic material, clearing the blockage away with little or no mess. Call a professional if the blockage remains. The best way to prevent plumbing emergencies is to make sure your storage system and exposed pipes are well insulated and have your central heating system serviced annually. By Rita Williams Hall

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SPOT LIGHT On Recipe Of The Month & Prices Heart Melts - Why not whip up a batch for Valentine’s Day? Makes 24-30, depending on the size of the cookie. Preheat the oven to190C / Gas Mark 5 Method

Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk and orange extract. Sift the flour and salt into the mixture, then add the chocolate chips and raisins and mix until they are thoroughly combined. The mixture should be quite firm. For the cinnamon coating, mix together the caster sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Scoop out walnut-sized pieces of the cookie dough, roll them into balls, and then roll them into the cinnamon mixture to cover. Place the cookies on a greased baking sheet, spaced well apart. You might need two baking sheets if you make the full amount. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Leave to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, and then use a palette knife to transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Pop the cooled cookies into a gift bag or decorative jar and your Valentine gift is all wrapped up. Enjoy.

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What to use instead of the white stuff Most of us are well aware of the need to limit the amount of sugar we consume, but a little sweetness is occasionally required! Best then to use more natural, nutrient-rich products than refined white sugar, such as chopped banana, pear or berries or a spoon of honey (local or Manuka) or maple syrup on cereals. Similar could be added when cooking tart fruit or you may wish to try Xylitol, an increasingly popular natural sweetener that can also be used in baking and jam making. Xylitol, recommended by Diabetes UK, has been extracted from the bark of birch trees since the 1940s, when sugar was in short supply. Found naturally in many fruits, it looks and tastes as sweet as sugar but has 40% fewer calories and, with a low glycaemic index (GI), has far less impact on blood glucose levels than sugar, and even honey and maple syrup. It inhibits yeast so cannot be used in bread making and will not promote Candida overgrowth (the organism responsible for thrush). There is evidence that bacteria do not feed on it so it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cause tooth decay. Large quantities may have a laxative effect on some so introduce it gradually. It is toxic to dogs so m u s t never be fed to them. It is available in some

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...and avoid those morning-after regrets! Today I’m going to tell you the secret of obtaining a good result when plastering. Are you sitting comfortably? Good, then I’ll begin. The all-important secret of plastering success is...to use a professional. I’m not kidding either. Believe me, plastering is not a job for the uninitiated. Most professional plasterers have trained for years to become masters of their craft . Plastering is part art, requiring tremendous eye-hand co-ordination, and part chemistry. Add water to dry plaster mix and you begin an irreversible chemical and crystallization process. The water and air content of the mix is critical, and timing is everything, as the plaster has to be ‘finished’ at just the right time. My poor husband learned the hard way that if it all goes wrong - and if you’ve never done it before, it will go wrong - no amount of paint or wallpaper will make that surface look good. So what does a plasterer do? Plasterers work internally and externally. They mix and apply finishes to external walls using sand and cement, pebble-dash and stone-effect materials. Internally they mix and apply various types of plaster to walls, floors and ceilings. As we discovered, they are also pretty adept at fixing DIY fiascos.

Fibrous plastering involves making ornamental plasterwork such as ceiling roses, cornices, ornamental columns and architraves using moulds, and a plaster and short fibre mix. Dry lining is the construction of internal partitions using plasterboard or wallboards fixed to a timber or metal frame. It really is best to use someone who has been recommended to you and whose work you’ve actually seen. Failing that, contact one of the trade associations below. They will be able to put you in touch with someone local. All the organisations promote best practice and all will mediate in the event that you are dissatisfied with the services of any of their members. To ensure that when you get plastered, you don’t end up with a dreadful headache the morning after—use a professional. You know it makes sense. Contact Details Federation of Plastering and Dry Wall Contractors (FPDC) www.fpdc.org tel: 020 7634 9480 Federation of Master Builders (FMB) www.fmb.org.uk tel: 020 7242 7583 Guild of Master Craftsmen (GMC) www.guildmc.com tel: 01273 478449

Solid plastering is the application of a wet finish to an internal surface or a protective covering such as pebble-dash on to an external surface. The plasterer will use a range of hand tools and sometimes spraying equipment in the case of pebble-dash.

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Knowledge of Angels – Jill Paton Walsh Jill Paton Walsh is an extraordinarily versatile writer. Many will know her for her numerous works for children, and more recently for her work continuing the legacy of Dorothy L Sayers’ Peter Wimsey novels. In addition to this, she has written a number of intriguing and thought provoking novels for adults, and ‘Knowledge of Angels’ is an excellent example of these two characteristics. The story is set on a Mediterranean island in the fifteenth century, described in almost cinematic detail in the opening pages, as Paton Walsh invites us to contemplate the nature of fiction and storytelling. To this closed community come two strangers – one from the outside, a castaway found by local fishermen, and one from within, a girl seemingly raised by wolves in the forests of the island. One is as eloquent as the other is savage, but their fates become irretrievably tied together as their stories progress. At the heart of the book lie a number of questions of belief. Palinor, the castaway, professes to have no religion, which poses a challenge to the authority of the Inquisition on the island. Amara, the wolf child, seems unredeemably animal in her behaviour, but begins to grow under the care of the nuns of Sant Clara, raising the issue of nature and nurture. Both of their stories are also about love, and self-knowledge, and what is and is not possible. Yet the book is written in such a way, that these weighty questions are explored at the same time as creating a page-turning thoroughly engrossing story, in which the reader is drawn in turn into the lives of Amara and Palinor.

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Community Magazine covering 10,000 homes and businesses in the S66 area of Rotherham.