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Vol.1 No.09 April/May 2013 All the juice on your doorstep & online

Welcome to Squash, the paper and online magazine for Market Harborough and the surrounding area, bringing you what you want and where to get it. In this serving of Squash: the Green Man, gardening, wedding advice, What’s on, tasty savoury and sweet recipes, a hair-raising Slice of Life, Matron, music reviews, puzzles and much more. Plus win fantastic prizes from Flowers in Style, The Sugar Shack and Dingley Races! We don’t spill a single juicy drop in bringing you the best read for miles around. Happy Squashing!

April/May Edition What’s On 02 Local Spotlight 06 Recipes 08 Alternative Gifts 10

Slices of Life 12

Pots and Plots 18

Ooh Matron 22 Puzzles 26 10 Top Tips 28

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What’s On with

Dr. Lawrence Fellowes

It’s that time of year again, isn’t it? In the garden the green buds are bursting through, while the kitchen table is a colourful vision of discarded Easter egg wrappings. April 1st 1578 was the birth of William Harvey, discoverer of circulation of the blood, while on the 9th (1831) Robert Jenkins lost an ear, sparking war between Britain and Spain. On May 1st 1889 aspirin became available in powder form, and on the 26th in 1925 baseball legend Babe Ruth finally got out of bed, five weeks after ulcer surgery. April and May, a time of anatomical astonishment and medical merriment. Which brings me, with a quick check of my pulse, to:

Alternative medicine gift of the month Individualised acupuncture doll Price and provenance unknown

A small, crudely carved doll, sporting a moustache, tie and blazer and containing a generous number of pins, found under a bucket in my garden – no doubt placed there by a thoughtful neighbour to keep it dry. I’m sure this will be an invaluable learning aid for treating the unexplained sudden aches and pains I have been experiencing. Individualised acupuncture doll – get stuck in! Until next time…. Pip! Pip!

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April 2013 Sunday 7th Fineshade Woods Craft Fayre, Nr Corby Northants NN17 3BB. Local handmade craft stalls10am-4pm. www.tamfordartisansguild.co.uk/fineshade-woods/ Greentrunks Garden Centre & Bugtopia. Meet and greet our inhouse bugs, snake and terrapins. 11am-4pm, incl. handling the creatures. £2. Loddington Road, Great Cransley. Tel. 01536 799778 Saturday 13th Car boot/tabletop sale, All Saints Church, William St, Kettering Northants NN16 9RR. £6 pitch/table - contact Richard: 07887617978 (set up from 8am) www.kaspc.btck.co.uk Sunday 14th Battle for the Crown - delve into life & times of Richard III. Displays, activities, illustrated talk. 11.30am-3.30pm. Jewry Wall Museum, 156-160 St Nicholas Circle, Leicester LE1 4LB. Free. Tel. 0116 225 4971. Thurs 18th Alice In Wonderland - Ballet Theatre UK. Opulent costumes, sumptuous stage sets, stunning special effects. Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering NN15 6PB. Tickets: 01536 414141 Mystery Novels and the Creative Writing Process, 6.30-8pm. Market Harborough writer Malcolm Noble talks. Oadby Library, Oadby LE2 5BF. Pre-booking advisable £3.50. Tel: 0116 3058761 oadbylibrary@leics.gov.uk Saturday 20th Kettering Record, CD and Memorabilia Fair, Parish Hall, Market Place, Kettering. Bargains galore, new and second hand. 9am-3pm. Free. Contact: 01536 520547 Sunday 21st Music at Dingley - Brahams Clarinet Quintet and Beethoven Septet, 4.30pm, £18. www.musicatdingley.org.uk Leicester Regatta 2013. Leicester University Boat Club v De Montfort University Rowing Club. Free. www.leicester-rowing.co.uk Thurs 25th Sulby Gardens - open garden for NGS. 12 acres incl. working Victorian Kitchen Garden, C19 Ice House, 2-5.30pm. NN6 6EZ www.ngs.org.uk/ Saturday 27th Dingley races, Fernie Point-to-Point. First race 2pm, course opens 9.30am. www.dingleyraces.com


May 2013 Saturday 4th Antiquarian & 2nd hand book fair, Congregational Church Centre, High St., Market Harborough. Fair Manager: Phil Woolley, 01162 512 756, blackcatuk@aol.com. 10am-4pm, £1. Sunday 5th (and Monday 6th) British Falconry & Raptor Fair, Althorp House Northants. NN7 4HQ. Enquiries: 01588 672708. www.countryfairs.info Adults £13.00; Children £5 (under 5’s free). Monday 6th Miniature railway train rides, Lower Delapre Park, Northampton, NN4 8AJ. Open 1.30pm, rides 2-5pm. 50p per ride. Light refreshments sold in clubhouse. Free parking in Delapre Park adjac. to railway. www.nsme.co.uk Sunday 12th Greenway - open garden for NGS. Arboretum style garden set in 1/3 acre with Japanese influence and features. 2-6pm £3. Tel. 01536 760934. Greenway, Desborough NN14 2SN, www.ngs.org.uk/

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Friday 17th Late Spring Meeting - Dingley Point to Point. First race 2pm, course opens 9.30am. www.dingleyraces.com Friday 17th (to Sunday 19th) Brigstock International Horse Trials, Rockingham Castle. Incl. cross country, show jumping, dressage, falconry, animals, bar, trade stands, food. www.rockinghamcastle.com Sunday 19th (to 1st June) Rutland Walking Festival. Walks with stunning views and interesting history. Full programme of walks (from 3 to 64 miles!) www.discover-rutland.co.uk/walking-festival Thursday 23rd (to Sunday 27th) Cider & Sausage Festival, Oakham, Rutland. Celebrate all that’s great about English Cider and Sausages. www.oakhampeople.co.uk/event Wednesday 29th (to Sunday 2nd June) Oadby Society of Artists, Annual Art Exhibition, Brocks Hill Visitor Centre, Oadby LE2 5JJ. Free. http://www.oadbysocietyofartists.co.uk

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The Green Man Biff Raven-Hill gets to the roots of a rustic legend. I recently told a friend that I had put a Green Man in my bathroom. No, not the decomposing corpse of someone who upset me, but an archetypal image found in churches and cathedrals. Green Men come in various guises: faces with greenery issuing from the nose, mouth or eyes, faces from which leaves are growing, and faces disguised by leaves and foliage, often interpreted as ‘Jack in the Green’, another prominent figure in early English mythology. ‘Green Man’ isn’t really a very helpful description - in architecture none of them is actually green and only some are men. ‘Foliate Head’ would be more accurate, but this has never really caught on.

The Green Man was thought until recently simply to be a pagan symbol that survived into the Christian period. However, understanding of preChristian faiths and indeed the history of Christianity itself has advanced greatly in the past fifty years, and there seems to be evidence of foliate heads turning up in Mesopotamia, India and Nepal. Green Man carvings first appear in churches in the 11th and 12th Centuries. These churches were built by wealthy patrons who could dictate much of the structure and iconography, and who were as much influenced by fashion as we are today. Rich ornamentation was often applied to focal points such as doorways, roof bosses and window surrounds. The chancel arch – separating the main part of the church from the chancel (the sacred part) was a favourite spot. But foliate heads can also be found anywhere where there is elaborate carving, such as fonts, misericords (small wooden shelves on the underside of folding seats) and bench ends.

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In the 19th Century the Green Man declined in popularity in church architecture but he started to find his way into secular buildings, such as a stone representation at St Enoch Station on the Glasgow underground railway built in 1896. From a modern day Pagan perspective, the Green Man symbolises the fusion between humans and nature and its cycles. It has also assumed a more masculine character suggestive of the ‘wild man’, the hidden spirit of nature

who even in today’s artificial world could leap forth upon us at any time. I love looking round old churches, and there is always a slight thrill when one comes across one of these foliate heads peering down from a cloister vault or peeping out from the tiny carved seat of a misericord. One of the finest collections of carved foliate heads in England can be found at Warmington Church, Northants. Whether a Christian warning, a Pagan hangover, or an expression of the cosmopolitan tastes of their commissioners, the Green Man is a solid reminder of the communion between man and the beautiful world in which we live. Biff blogs at: www.wartimehousewife.com

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Local Spotlight This issue’s focus is on...

Royal British Legion Market Harborough Branch This is a special year for the Royal British Legion in Market Harborough. 90 years ago a group of service and exservicemen, many of them veterans of World War I, met to form their local branch of the Legion for mutual support and comradeship. Today the branch continues that mission. This anniversary year it will take part with a float in the Market Harborough Carnival in June and on Armed Forces Day in Welland Park on 30th June. A 90th anniversary dinner was held recently, with guest of honour HM Lord Lieutenant for Leicestershire, Jennifer Lady Gretton, and a message of congratulations from the Queen herself. The Legion’s work has four main ‘pillars’: the welfare of the service and ex-service community; comradeship; representing the service community in local and national structures; and as national guardian of

Remembrance of sacrifices made in conflicts past and present. There will soon be a national freephone point of access for anyone seeking help or welfare support from the Legion.

young people who are part of the local affiliated Cadet forces. New members are always welcome. Members are of different age groups, many have not served in the Forces, and about a third are women.

Each year the branch carries out the Poppy appeal for the Harborough area, for which new collectors are always needed.

What they all share is the aim of supporting the work of the Legion. 90 years after the Market Harborough branch first met, that work is as valuable as ever.

In recent years, the branch has laid out the Garden of Remembrance in November with a simple poppy cross for every son of Harborough who gave their lives in the two world wars. It has also led local commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the town’s War Memorial, and the preparation of the Millennium Project Books of Remembrance, now in the council offices.

Membership enquiries: Branch Secretary Betty Ramsey on 01858 434923. Website: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/ branches/market-harborough

The branch meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the Conservative Club, Fairfield Road, at 7.30pm. Current membership is about 150, plus many

Local Spotlight is a free feature about organisations and events, old and new, in Market Harborough or the surrounding area. If you know of one which has a story to tell, please write to info@squashpublications.co.uk, and we will feature it if possible.

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Recipes

These savoury and sweet softies are ideal for the taste tourist who doesn’t want to go too far.

When in Spain... or Scotland. Spanish Omelette

Preparation

Stop stamping your feet, put down your castanets, and tuck in.

Chop spring onions, courgette, de-seed and dice red pepper. Boil and drain frozen peas. Boil potatoes until nearly tender and drain then cut up into cube size pieces. Spray a frying pan with Fry Light or add a little vegetable oil, and on a medium heat, cook the spring onions and red peppers until they are tender. Increase heat and add the potatoes, cook for about 2-3 minutes, add the peas and stir to mix thoroughly. Preheat the grill, and in a bowl beat the six eggs and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour beaten eggs over potato mixture in the frying pan, lower the heat and do not stir. When almost cooked, place the frying pan under the grill and cooked until set, or until golden. Cut into wedges and serve..

Ingredients 300g/ 10.5oz new Potatoes 100g/ 3.5oz frozen Peas 6 large free range Eggs 4 Spring Onions 1 green Pepper

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1 Courgette Fry Light/vegetable oil Salt Freshly ground Black Pepper

Photography by Create-a-Brand


Millionaire Shortbread Enrich your tastebuds. Kilt-wearing stylish, but optional. (Makes 12 good slices)

Ingredients For the shortbread base: 115g/ 4oz butter (plus a little extra for greasing) 175g/ 6oz plain flour 55g/ 2oz golden caster sugar For the caramel sauce: 175g/ 6oz butter 115g/ 4oz golden caster sugar 3 tablespoons golden syrup 400g/ 14oz can condensed milk For the chocolate topping: 200g/ 7oz plain chocolate

Preparation Preheat oven to gas mark 4 / 180degC / 350degF Add the flour, sugar and butter to a large mixing bowl. Mix until well blended and starting to bind. Press into base of your dish until evenly covered. Bake in oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Whilst this is cooking start the caramel sauce. In a non-stick pan, place the condensed milk, sugar, golden syrup and butter. Heat gently until butter melts into sauce, then bring to boil whilst stirring continously. Then simmer for approximately eight minutes, stirring all the while, until sauce is lovely and thick and looking like caramel. Pour over the shortbread base, and chill in the fridge until set. This will need a couple of hours minimum. Once caramel has set, melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, allow to cool and pour over the caramel. Chill again until chocolate has set, then cut into pieces.

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Alternative Christening Gifts Whether traditional or modern, Christening or other baby-naming gifts don’t have to be expensive - what matters is that there is a special thought behind them.

Life Book This book has space for a whole lifetime! It can be added to by family and friends as well, and punctuated by drawings, invitations and other (flat) mementos. (www.amazon.co.uk £22-30)

Silver Box This beautiful hinged box contains five delicate charms for life’s journey: a flower for inspiration: a key for empowerment: a shamrock for luck: a heart for love and friendship: and an angel for protection. A perfect gift for a Goddaughter. (notonthehighstreet.com approx £50)

Vintage bottle of Port This is a great gift as it will mature with the child and can be enjoyed at a future celebration to celebrate the child’s maturity (that’s if the parents can resist opening it!) (cotswoldport.co.uk, starting at approx £40)

Shadow Box Frame This modern twist on the picture frame makes a fabulous gift for the star of the day. Why store all those precious little items in a box hidden away in the loft? Preserve them forever in one of these frames – and relive the memories everyday. (notonthehighstreet.com starting at £25)

Christening Picture If you already have children of your own, why not ask them to paint/draw/create a picture for the new arrival? Framed, this makes a unique gift that will be treasured as the recipient grows. Make sure the artist signs it on the back, with date and occasion details.

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Slices of Life Curl Up and Dye Katie Miller Going to the hairdresser is the highlight (excuse the pun) of my month, a time to relax, be pampered, and catch up on all the fashion trends I wish I was still young and slim enough to wear. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way... This time I am late. My usual hairdresser has had to move on to her next appointment, so I am handed over to a new girl, Molly. Molly is young, thin, very pretty, with beautiful crimson hair geometrically cut. I suddenly feel very old.

to Molly’s kindly interrogation. “Going anywhere nice after this?” “Yes. Um, no. I’m going back to work... I mean, work’s nice. Too.” “Going anywhere on your holidays?” “Yes. Going... somewhere. Um, not sure yet.” Then she drops the bombshell: “Do you like pie?” Do I like pie?! Someone has flicked a switch in my head. My face is getting hotter, my heart is pounding, my hair foils are starting to shake.

My usual hairdresser knows that I like to ‘chillax’, and leaves me to my Marie Claire while she snips Me: (icily casual) “Um, do I look away. Molly, as she begins, tries to like I do then?” engage me in friendly chat. Molly: (brightly) “Some people are scared of it.” It occurs to me that hairdresser Me: (outraged) “Well of course chairs could have little indicators I’m not scared of it!” on the sides, one for “yes please Molly: (crestfallen) “Oh. It - I like to chat” and another with terrifies some people. I was “no chatting today, thank you.” on a plane once and we went This way there will be no awkward through a lightning storm. Um... conversations, and everyone anyway...” knows where they stand (or sit). But for now, while she covers my Oh. ‘Like to fly...’ – not ‘like pie’! hair in gloop and tin foil, I submit I suddenly wish the shiny mockleather spinning chair I am stuck in would eject me. Luckily it is time to let the colour rest for 40 minutes. Molly sheepishly hands me

some magazines – Woman’s Weekly, Good Housekeeping, The People’s Friend… As well as becoming hard-of hearing, I am evidently greying fast. But right now, any printed matter to hide behind is welcome. Eventually it’s time for ‘the sink with the bit missing for your neck’. The junior who washes my hair is very good at head massage, and I try to relax... try to forget trivial misunderstandings about pies and flying. And I succeed... “Mrs. Miller…. Excuse me, Mrs. Miller. ” I awake with a start. My neck aches. My mouth is very dry. It gradually dawns... I have nodded off with my mouth open – for the entire salon to see! I manage to compose myself, explain I’ll have to leave the drying of my hair as my parking has run out, and fumble for my purse. As I leave, Molly and the other girls give me nervous smiles. I head for the nearest coffee shop, knock back a swift double espresso – and start to sketch out my designs for the ‘chat or no chat’ hairdresser chair. Dragons’ Den, ‘hair’ I come!


The Juicy Pear The latest fresh (and rotten) album releases, reviewed by: Katie – middle-aged mum. Max – grumpy old man. Tanya – Reggae and R&B fan. Luke – Classical music fan.

David Bowie The Next Day (Columbia)

Emilia Mitiku I Belong To You (WM UK)

The juice: After a ten year silence, pop’s master of reinvention emerges from his musical wardrobe with a varied new set and a fresh sense of purpose.

The juice: Swedish popsoul singer’s 5th album mixes old and some new, with a soft, sunny, jazzy style predominating.

Flavours: Chameleon.

Flavours: Nina Simone, Dolly Parton.

Max: I tried to listen to this as if the past 40 years of (mainly) brilliant music by Bowie had never happened. It starts off with the rip-roaring The Next Day, and swaggers on, progressing through different styles, from the brilliant chaos of ‘If You Can See Me’ to the heartrending honesty of a man grown old in ‘Where Are We Now?’ It’s an album full of surprises, artistry and love. Compared to other new releases? - Awesome. (5/5)

Max: This is retro, up-beat and... the sort of music my parents used to listen to. The voice is warm and strong, hints of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Doris Day. This mix of elegant old classics and new compositions wouldn’t be out of place in 50’s Vegas with Old Blue Eyes singing them. Nothing will blow you away, but it’s like the Sunday lunch from my childhood - familar, but no less deliciously satisfying for that. (4/5)

Luke: Growing up, I wasn’t really into David Bowie, and thought this might be a bit of clinging on to history. But I loved it. Favourite is the title track, with its various depths of sound. ‘Valentine’s Day’ is also a brilliant rocker - it sounds like he really enjoyed singing that one. David still has something to say, and it’s worth listening to. (4.5/5)

Katie: Bizarre in places, particularly Zou Bisou Bisou, on one track I am thinking female Michael Bublé, the next Sinatra, followed by a smidgin of Ms Dolly Parton. This a really pleasant and totally unexpected surprise. My favorite is the title track. (5/5)

Katie: There is an amazing vitality to this record, from the shuddering ‘If You Can See Me’ through to the disco rockabilly of ‘Dancing Out In Space’. Fave tracks ‘The Next Day’ and ‘Valentine’s Day’ are upbeat Bowie at his best, but the whole album is great. (5/5) Pip of the Pops (14.5/15)

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Tanya: I love this amazing album, Emilia sounds like a wonderfully vintage mix of early Dolly Parton and Nina Simone. I will have this album on repeat all summer and if the weather is pants it will make me feel carefree and happy anyway. I really love her rendition of ‘Dream a Little Dream’. (5/5)

Pulp of the Pops: (14/15)

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Crafty Corner Handmade Wedding Invitations

Receiving a card that has been handmade by someone you know is a gift in itself. You can make stunning wedding invitation cards using simple cut out motifs, ribbons and buttons. We used a kit from the Leicestershire Craft Centre. Use any colour card that will compliment your bits and bobs. Then, using pva glue and a paintbrush, get creative. Allow your cards to dry and then write your message of choice as beautifully as you can on the front, inside or both.

Sponsored by Leicestershire Craft Centre, 10a High Street, Market Harborough LE16 7NJ (Located above Monsoon). The centre offers courses in a wide range of crafts for ages 2-102. Tel. 01858 466 692, or 07587 636 660 create@leicestershirecraftcentre.co.uk www.leicestershirecraftcentre.co.uk

The RNLI Market Harborough Branch Needs You! Help save lives at sea whilst meeting new people and having lots of fun along the way. The RNLI is a charity operating a professional 24 hour search and rescue service around the coast of the UK and Ireland. The Market Harborough branch raises funds by a range of volunteer-organised events. We are currently seeking volunteer help with local collections. This requires as little as two hours collecting donations and generating local community support. Are you a friendly and welcoming person who enjoys being part of a team? We'd love to hear from you! You can apply online at www.rnli.org.uk/volroles or call 07500 60822 for more information.

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Pots and Plots Time to get growing!

Sponsored by: Langton Garden Centre. Hopefully the ground is warming up and the weather should be a bit milder than of late. You’re probably itching to get out into the garden, but beware, April can catch gardeners out with a sneaky late frost. So act with caution. The Veg Plot Prepare your plot. If it’s not too wet, dig the soil over and add some pelleted chicken manure. It’s full of goodness and has no smell once in the ground. Potatoes are traditionally planted on Good Friday but as this is very early this year, April will do fine. By May the main crop should be well and truly on their way. Meanwhile your seed potatoes can be chitted on a windowsill (stood in a seed tray or egg box to allow shoots to develop) then plant them out either in the ground or in large pots. If you haven’t already started, sow veg seeds now. Some, such as peas and broad beans, can be sown directly outside, but if you want to give them a head start, sow into 9cm pots or toilet rolls filled with compost, then transplant outside after risk of frost has passed, which in the Midlands should be early May.

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Once the warmer days of May arrive, tomatoes and salad can be planted out, and with a bit of luck your first earlies will need earthing up. The Border April is a good time to tackle the herbaceous borders before the sudden flourish of spring growth. Hoe any weeds now before they get going and mulch around your perennials with either your own leaf mould or a good composted bark from your local garden centre. Pests and Diseases April’s warmer, wet weather brings out pests and diseases that have been overwintering in greenhouses and pots. Give any ceramic or terracotta pots that you intend to re-use a thorough clean to remove any fungus. Use good old fashioned soapy water and a stiff brush and start scrubbing! Rinse them well afterwards. Keep an eye out for early aphid outbreaks and deal with them promptly. Your local garden centre can advise on what to use, depending on the plant affected. Slugs and snails will be out in force too, so keep an eye on those young tasty shoots which are their favourite! Samantha Kimber

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Trust Mallory! “A problem shared is a problem enjoyed.” Dear FJ,

To get it right… get it wrong! Dear Mallory, My wife and I have a great marriage, apart from one issue. She says I always have to be right. Most of the time I probably am right, but I don’t see what’s wrong with that. It seems obvious to me that you should always leave your housekeys in the same place, use cold, not warm, water through the back of the stain to remove blood, and never pull from under the knot when trying to untie one (instead twist the loose end as much as possible… and then push!). I also disagree that ‘how many yards are in a mile’ is ‘just a matter of opinion’. I know I’m not perfect. In fact, I presented my wife with a list of all the occasions – with dates and times where possible - when I know I made a mistake. She replied, “Even when you are wrong, you have to be right!” What can I do to show I don’t always have to be right? FJ Gumley

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Your marriage is becoming a competition when it should be a partnership of equals. It’s okay for you and her to think differently about some things. But unfortunately it’s clear that on this issue, you, FJ, are in the wrong.

For instance: “I enjoyed that film. Did you?” or “That’s interesting, why do you think that?” Or on a car journey when she is navigating, say something like, “I think we’re going to Worcester. Where do you think we’re going?” Try to reach the right answers together, and don’t worry about making mistakes on the way. Remember: the couple that gets it wrong… gets along!

Many facts aren’t that vital. Does it really matter whether a particular event And deliberately occurred try to get it wrong on a “Men often sometimes. Put Wednesday want to know a shelf up badly. or a Burn that toast! Thursday, or precisely, where your whereas women Forget a dinner engagement. Or would often wife put something rather not know on a romantic evening, important exactly.” ‘mistakenly’ call to you? your wife by the No, the name of her best friend. really important thing is that it probably or possibly Her response may be unpredictable. Embrace that happened. Or maybe you unpredictability. just dreamt it, as perhaps you did last time too. These are just suggestions, not actual ideas. In life, men often want to know things precisely, Does it really matter how whereas women would many yards are in a mile, FJ? often rather not know No. The important thing is exactly – it allows so that you and your wife are much more scope for the walking that mile together. imagination. In fact you will be walking You need to create a neutral thousands of such miles together, in a sort of threeground for you to put legged race, for the rest of aside your unmistakable antagonism and reconnect your happy lives! in a relaxed and accepting way. Ask her opinion about Yours ever things in an enquiring and Mallory non-judgmental manner.

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Ooh, Matron! ‘H ee lin g’ Way s

Occasionally, dear reader, I shall spotlight an injury. The tendons attaching your calf muscles to your heel are named after a character in Greek mythology. Achilles was the son of an over protective mother, Thetis, who tried to make him immortal by dipping him in the river Styx. This wasn’t wholly successful as she held him by one heel, thus making that his only weak area. Achilles became a great warrior and led many successful campaigns in the Trojan Wars, but was eventually struck down when a poisoned arrow, guided by the god Apollo, hit his unprotected heel. Thus ‘Achilles heel’ become a symbol of a point of weakness. In fact the Achilles tendon is the strongest and thickest one in the body, enabling flexion of the foot and allowing activities such as walking, running and jumping – or as Squash postie Neil found out recently, playing, well... squash. Most cases of Achilles tendon rupture are during sports injuries and usually occur in men under the age of 45 years. Women only account for 5% of cases. As a triage nurse you can usually spot an Achilles tendon rupture quite easily. Patients usually complain that they felt a sudden pain, similar to being kicked or punched in the calf. ‘Matron’ is a qualified A&E and paediatrics nurse with 20 years experience.

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Sometimes this can lead to confusion... Once, in a busy London Accident and Emergency department, I greeted an ambulance out of whose rear doors hobbled two lycra-clad women. It turned out that during a strenuous aerobics class one lady felt what she thought was a kick from the lady behind her, but was in fact her Achilles rupturing. She did not stop to question the poor lady before punching her in the face. Both ladies shared an ambulance, with the first lady not nearly as apologetic as she should have been. Patients with a ruptured Achilles will not be able to point their toes, and if they lie face down with their feet hanging loosely, squeezing their calf will result in no movement of the foot; this is called the Simmond’s test. It’s quite fun to try it at home with a healthy Achilles: if you squeeze your calf, your foot will move easily. The treatment is either surgical or nonsurgical, depending on the severity of the rupture. Both of these options used to include 8 to 10 weeks of first full-length, then below-knee plaster casts. These days the treatment is shorter and more aggressive, but it is still seen as a worse injury to have than a broken bone. So, sorry Neil, get well soon.


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Come to the Point... for free!

Dingley Races have very kindly given Squash a FREE family ticket (value ÂŁ35) to the Fitzwilliam 'Late Spring' Meeting point-to-point on Saturday 18th May.* To have a chance of winning this great day out, please answer the following question: Which children's book about horses by Anna Sewell was published in 1877? A) White Lightning B) Green Goblin C) Black Beauty

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT For advice on plants and gardens come and speak to Samantha, our new and experienced Horticulturist. Tom is our indoor and outdoor tiling specialist and he can advise on all your tiling and landscaping needs. And don’t forget to visit our farm shop, a haven of fine foods, artisan breads and fresh meat supplied by Bates Butchers. We look forward to seeing you.

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The Sugar Shack has kindly supplied a fantastic ceramic Gingerbread Man with gingerbread goodies inside for correct answers to this issue’s crossword. Email your answers as a list or in scanned form to: info@squashpublications.co.uk by 5pm on 07/05/13. (NB please do not send answers to The Sugar Shack itself). The Sugar Shack Tel: 01858 433 722 21 Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough LE16 7LT February/March Competition winners Congratulations to‌ Crossword Sweet basket: Joanna Bullivant, Market Harborough Fabulous Flowers bouquet: Deborah Goodband, Market Harborough Dingley Races Family pass: Helen Keating, Market Harborough If you are a business and would like to donate a Squash prize or sponsor a page, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us on 01327 577 101, 07925 430 001 or email us at info@squashpublications.co.uk

Squash is published by Squash Publications Ltd. Registered in England No. 07850590 Cedar Hay Farm, School Lane, Yelvertoft, Northants NN6 6LH Tel. 01327 577 101 Email info@squashpublications.co.uk Website www.the-squash.co.uk The views and opinions expressed in Squash including those claims and opinions expressed in any advertisement are independent of, and do not necessarily reflect, the views and opinions of the publishers. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of the advertisements placed by advertisers. Editorial material does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the publishers and neither editorial nor advertisements are to be read as recommendations on the part of the publishers. All advertisements and editorial are published in good faith and advertisers are asked to provide advertisements that are accurate, legal and honest. No part of Squash may be reproduced without permission.

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. The 10 Top Tips.. For choosing a Wedding Dress

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There is so much to think about when organising your wedding day. Here are some top taffeta tips to make sure the purchase of your wedding dress goes as smooth as silk. 1. Choose a bridal shop that takes the time to make sure you get the perfect dress. It’s advisable to book an appointment – that way you will get the individual attention you deserve. And take someone with you who you trust – you may need an honest opinion! 2. When choosing your dress, try and picture yourself at your chosen venue – are there loads of steps to walk up and down? If walking down an aisle, is your dress going to be too wide? What are the floors like – will you be able to walk on them confidently in your chosen shoes?

4. If you have dreams of walking out of the bridal shop with your purchase... make sure your chosen shop sells off the peg, otherwise you may have to wait 12-16 weeks for your chosen dress to arrive. 5. Take advice from the bridal shop about accessories... they will know from experience what works with what. Accessories can make or break a look, so choose wisely – a simple dress can be accessorised more heavily whereas an ornate dress generally requires something more simple. 6. Many bridal shops stock shoes. Remember: you could be on your feet for hours, so pick a heel size you will be comfortable in. Wear them round the house a few times before the big day to break them in.

3. Go dress shopping with a totally open mind. Some styles look great in a magazine but won’t necessarily make the most of your particular figure. Try on some styles you wouldn’t normally go for – it’s fun and you may just 7. If you don’t want to find the perfect dress. wear white... or it doesn’t suit you, don’t. Good bridal

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8. Good underwear can make your dress look even more fabulous – invest in good quality comfortable undergarments that will make the most of your figure and your highly prized dress. 9. Once you have decided on the dress of your dreams... if you have more mature bridesmaids, so long as they are in harmony colour-wise, do allow them some leeway in choosing the right style for their figure – they will smile more in the photos. 10. It’s not every day you can get away with wearing a tiara - and they always set a gown off beautifully. There are many designs available and some bridal shops can even offer a bespoke service to give you just the right design to suit your dress.

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