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Ideas for inspiring people in Yorkshire

APRIL 2010 Issue Forty One


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6 HERITAGE Touch of glass: Meet the stained glass volunteers of Silkstone

HOMES Hall’s well: Inspired restoration of a Georgian wreck

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17 INTERIORS Keep it cool: Don’t be neutral: Think light and bright this spring

GARDENS Dropping in: Working to make a castle more beautiful

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37 OUTDOORS Laking about: How a love of fishing is crossing the divides

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WELCOME TO MOSAIC

THE clocks have gone forward. We can say goodbye to the harshest winter in a generation and look forward. There is an outdoor feel to this issue as we meet a group of volunteers who are helping restore a stately garden and join anglers in Penistone as the fishing season starts in earnest. We welcome the arrival of tarragon, one of the first herbs to appear in the kitchen garden, and consider ways of using this versatile ingredient. Elsewhere we turn our eye to fashion and ask two shop owners for their take on the spring look. We join a class that meets to learn the ancient art of fencing and we discover why a group of villagers have been learning how to make a stained glass window. Adam Civico, assistant editor

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COOKING Handy herb: Add the tang of tarragon to your spring dishes

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE FLOORING Piles of style

BATHROOMS Bathe with a friend

INTERIORS A case of books

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FASHION New shop on the block

SPORT Sharp end: Trying to cut it as a novice fencer at Penistone

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20 22 25 33 44 74 Sales Executives Helen Chadwick Richard Storrs Jillian Kendrick Susan Johnson Jim Phillips Karen Gregory 01226 734330


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Volunteers at Silkstone church are creating a stained glass memorial window to commemorate the lives lost in the Huskar Pit disaster. Katia Harston reports

Glass act: Trevor Hayward fits sections into lead

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Team work: Tina Green, left, Dorothy Travis and Trevor Hayward

A touch of glass

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n the south aisle of All Saints’ Church in the village of Silkstone, 25 volunteers are working hard to finish a stained glass window to be fitted in July. This is no ordinary window and these are no ordinary people. No ordinary church, either. It is grade one listed and dates from the 12th century. With furrowed brows and backs bent, the jovial group works on glass cutting, staining and leading – processes which will make up the nine sections of the three-panelled memorial window. Their only reward is a constant supply of hot drinks, scones and cakes – but it seems enough to fuel them on to completion. Local artist Julie Tyler designed the artwork and

stained glass specialist Rachel Poole is leading the team in the task of turning the idea into a reality. The design is of a coal seam at the bottom bearing the names of each child who perished, with a striking depiction of the flood water and torrential storms. Lightning with stars in the sky represents each life lost. It will be a centrepiece for the church and is a community effort with folk from the village working under the eye of tutor Rachel to do their bit shaping the window. “It is a tribute by the community for the community to remember those 26 children from the village who were killed when the pit flooded following torrential rain on July 4, 1838," says Rachel. “It’s going really well and we are on

course for finishing on time, if not a little earlier. We have six out of the nine sections just about finished including the complex middle sections. This is a massive relief.”

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Sharp relief: tutor Rachel Pool, above; top, volunteer Simon Brock; right, Tina Green and Margaret Bower

Visitors to the church on Thursdays, and alternate Saturdays, are greeted by a small production line in the aisles. Nine months on, the volunteers have completed the bottom and middle sections and are hoping to hit their April deadline in time for the unveiling at the Huskar anniversary. Rachel, a stained glass tutor for Barnsley Adult Learning, says it is the first time she has worked on such a large community project but is loving every minute. “It will be the finest stained glass window in Yorkshire. It's such a buzz working with such lovely people who want to get involved and are keen to do their best, it makes the whole job a lot easier when people have the will to work. “What is great is we have all the

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church kids come down and I show their parents some basics who then teach them to their kids. So it really is a community effort.” The idea for the glasswork arose in July 2008 after the 170th anniversary of the disaster. It was marked with a week-long play in church. As a response, Simon Moor, priest at All Saints’, and members of the congregation, decided a stained glass window would be a fitting tribute to the lives lost. The glass window will be about 12ft by 8ft and volunteers say it will serve as a poignant reminder by the residents of Silkstone to the youngsters killed in the pit disaster. Funding was raised by the church through activities such as coffee mornings. But a big chunk came from

ticket sales of the play. “There is about £5,000 in the pot which has only paid for the materials and fitting of the window. If the church had had to pay for all of the labour work it would have been much more. That is why the volunteers have been so important at keeping costs to a minimum.” “In terms of training the team with the necessary skills, Barnsley Adult Learning funded the starter courses in stained glass work for these students. Everyone here has done a five-week starter course or taster sessions, which can be anything from one hour to ten hours, learning to cut the glass, colour and lead it.” Help is still needed. If you’d like to try, contact Rachel on 01142 830971.


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Peter and Wendy McQuilkin rescued this Georgian house and turned it into a striking home. Emma Spencer reports MOSAIC HOMES AND INTERIORS 11


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The Mansion, Storthes Hall, top; part of the principal bedroom suite, above, and the kitchen, right.

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hen Peter McQuilkin needs to speak to his wife Wendy he rings her mobile. She could be in of any of the 30 or more rooms at The Mansion, Storthes Hall Park, Kirkburton. “It is quite a house to keep going and just the two of us here is getting a bit ridiculous,” says Peter, a former engineer and business owner. After six-years of work, The Mansion has been restored to Georgian grandeur. It took some getting there. When the couple bought it as a retirement project in 2001 it had been empty for ten years and was nearderelict. The 1793 property, in 12 acres, had been set on fire and everything that could have been stolen had been, including the roof. What was left had been vandalised and no mains services were connected. New Zealander Peter says: “It seemed such a magnificent house, it was a shame to see it like that. If

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something had not been done then the whole place would have been lost in a few years.” The first job was to make the house secure, watertight – and safe. That became urgent when Peter was standing in the library and a main beam collapsed, missing him by inches. It was at that point they realised the extent of the project. But they had fallen in love with the house and had a clear vision for it. Wendy with her eye for interior design researched the architecture, style and colours of the Georgian period and any fragments of original coving, architrave or panelling that could be salvaged were re-moulded.

The sash windows were restored but the original glass had long gone, so panes were handblown to replace them. The original stone floor was uncovered and cleaned. Six years later, The Mansion was finished enabling Peter and Wendy to enjoy living in this spectacular house. While the restoration addressed period detail, aspects of modern comfort have been subtly incorporated. Even so, the renovation is so honest you can imagine the Horsefall sisters, who built the house, living here and enjoying the vivid cultural life of Georgian society. Farrow and Ball paint has been used throughout and ‘print room yellow’ in


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Clockwise: One of seven bathrooms, a reading room, drawing room, flower room, and White Room.

the hallway is vibrant against crisp white deep skirting, ornate coving and a domed ceiling. The reading room landing is painted in ‘pantalon’ – a sombre shade for a serious room with a black fireplace, leather furniture, including chaise longue, and a pair of stags’ heads. In contrast is the romantic and soft tapestry room with its hessian-covered walls displaying Wendy’s collection of tapestries. In the White Room – the name speaks for itself – the four poster is bound by floor-to-ceiling drapes and archways lead to a marble bath and walk in shower. Some of the world’s best hotels, the source of some of the couple’s ideas,

would struggle to better the principal bedroom suite which occupies three rooms. It is hard to decide which is the most imposing feature of the room: the bed, draped in deep blue fabric, or the 17th century French marriage armoire which Peter bought Wendy for a birthday present. In the adjoining bathroom, a roll-top bath is lit by a chandelier and wallcandles. There are a further five bedrooms on the first and second floors. The ground floor has space for a drawing room, library, dining room – the table and chairs come from a house in Ireland once visited by Lord Byron – a cloakroom, boot room,

flower room and orangery. Modern gadgets are discreetly incorporated, including the plasma television in the library which is hidden by wooden panelling. And old meets new to striking effect in the kitchen where exposed stonework is complemented by an Aga, white walls and high gloss black units. Peter says: “This project took it out of both of us but the sense of satisfaction is enormous. It is a gorgeous house and such a privilege to be able to live in a house like this.” The Mansion is on the market with Carter Jonas at £2,995,000.

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Spring brings renewed enthusiasm to anyone wanting to make home improvements. Property expert Sarah Walker, left, explains how to inject new life into interiors

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nterior design over the last few years has been a gorgeous explosion of colour, textures and fabrics and it’s showing no signs of subsiding. The buzz is all about bold colours, patterns, statement flooring, retro styles, glamour and dramatic lighting. As homes start to reflect the economic climate, open-plan kitchens become essential for those wishing to entertain at home. Dining tables in wood with either big benches, or contrasting retro plastic and metal chairs create a more informal entertaining space. Low-hanging retro or modern statement lighting can become a focal point in an open-plan kitchen, and the trend for blending the traditional and the modern means it’s pretty hard to go wrong. Bold colours and patterns can feature strongly and are particularly striking when set against a neutral, natural backdrop. Bold floral wallpapers on an accent

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Simple yet striking: Bold colours work well against a neutral background

wall and dramatic patterns and vibrant colours on accessories can easily make a room individual without breaking the bank. And if you have more to spend, a bold striped carpet, bright sumptuous sofa or high-glossed wooden floor can instantly change the look of a room, but be careful when combining this with accessories and colours to allow some ‘clean’ space to let the colours and textures breathe. The idea is to get a room looking sumptuous and striking, not crowded and messy.

Oriental opulence is another theme that has been popular for a couple of years and will continue to thrive. Team rich colours with gold and metallic accessories to lend vintage glamour to living rooms and bedrooms. Dark wood against a neutral colour with orient-inspired furnishings will turn the most basic bedroom into something gloriously inviting. A key question many homeowners ask when thinking of making improvements is whether it’s worth moving to a property better suited to


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Stylish: Above, open-plan kitchens have become essential for home entertaining. Left: High-glossed wooden flooring can transform a room. Below: Invest in new furniture and accessories that can move with you

their needs rather than staying put and making changes. If you do want to sell your house, you might think it is a waste of time decorating and updating it, but there are options that allow you to turn your interior into the space you want, without letting someone else enjoy the fruits of your labour. If you are thinking of moving or are planning to sell your property quickly, then invest in new furniture, lighting

and accessories that pick up on key trends, and can move with you. And remember it’s your taste that matters. Interior design, if done well and working sympathetically with the style of the property and function of the space, can be whatever you want it to be. Sarah Walker is a partner in Platinum Property Group which has an office in Barnsley.

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Rachel Parry is impressed by new designs in carpets

Weaving Plain andabout: simple:Verdi, Neutral top, shades from Zoffany. have a strong The carpets appealintothe those with rooms left and classic below tastes, areleft, by Fun while onlines the Floor can help extend a room, below. Both from www.funonthefloor.com. Top is the earthy tones of Verdi from Zoffany

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here is a general misconception that neutral equals dull, but as the popularity of carpet continues to grow it is proving quite exciting. What came before it in recent floor fashion – laminate – is far from thrilling, and although it may be easier to keep clean, its pros over carpet tend to end there. In a search for its replacement, homeowners are choosing neutral shades of carpet with texture and depth to add interest and comfort to floors. As well as appealing to those with classic tastes, simple patterned carpets make perfect backdrops for bright interiors and rooms with quirky feature walls. The toneddown shades mean the floor covering does not detract attention from the main focal point of a room, but its pattern enables it to still make a statement of its own. Unlike bright colourful carpets that demand attention, neutral coverings can also help to subtly change the appearance of a room.

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For example, a large room can be made more cosy using dark earthy tones while light shades will help a room feel more spacious. Stronger patterned coverings in these tones can also help extend a room, horizontal weaved stripes will make a room wider and vertical, longer. Height and variation in cut pile and deeper loop textures are other ways to add interest and comfort, proving both pleasing to the eye and underfoot.


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When in the bath, do as the Romans do – and invite a guest, says Rachel Parry

Plugging hi-tech The Romans were encouraged to bathe every day for reasons of hygiene – and to socialise. By contrast bathing today is an excuse to be antisocial. We escape for long, relaxing soaks with the intention of cutting ourselves off. But with stylish tubs now big enough for two, is socialising returning? These examples from Kos, designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, are big enough to be experienced alone or shared. Stark-white fixtures like these fit in well with the current less-is-more philosophy in bathroom interiors. Kos believes in reinventing technical products by simplifying them, so many tubs are free-standing with simple steel supports. They follow straight lines and there is no puzzle of pipes to be found below. The Koas Two tub in metacrilate, comes free-standing or built-in. It can be equipped with a blower system, creating hot air massage, for an extra luxury. The design has been re-engineered to allow the motors to be enclosed under the edge of the tub. The resulting impression is that of a large, suspended tub sculpture. Meanwhile the Grande Quadra is a builtin three-dimensional form with strong visual and geometric impact, perfect for very large settings. Available in a version with a combination step/seat, it offers a welcoming invitation to bathe similar to that of the ancient Roman baths. www.kositalia.com

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Deep water: The Koas Two tub and, below, the Grand Quadra


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If the idea of a traditional wooden bookcase doesn’t appeal, there are more sinuous alternatives, writes Cleo O’Kane

Reading between lines: River Modular dividing bookcase by Antonello Italia and, right, the Ptolomeo bookshelf by Opinion Ciatti www.contemporaryhome.co.uk

Stack taking Bookcases were originally made to store and protect hand-written books. In modern interiors they are being used for much more. Designs have changed substantially over the years. The first major alteration – taking off cabinet doors – came with the invention of printing when books became more affordable, libraries grew and easy access was key. Today bookcases have changed more noticeably to form attention grabbing designs used to store and display more than just novels. Straight horizontal shelves built into walls have been developed into freestanding structures following curved

lines, adding depth and interest. Modern replacements are being slipped onto the shelves including magazines, cds and dvds, expanding the furniture’s appeal. They can also be used as grand display units for harbouring collectibles, family photos and home accessories, while large designs provide room dividers to segregate areas of open-plan interiors. But for those who want a bookcase purely to serve its primary purpose, designers are rotating shelves through 90 degrees to offer book racks, piling libraries upwards for a quirky spacesaving alternative.

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The volunteer gardeners at Wentworth Castle are growing in number. Carla George digs out the story

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ucked away among the pale primroses and sweet scented violets Wentworth Castle’s little helpers are hard at work. Kneeling next to a patch of delicate snowdrops, one of many to adorn Lady Lucy's Walk, an old man smiles happily. “It is the best day of the year so far, the first day of spring I’d say. The snow has really slowed us down, we just haven't been able to get on at all.” He is Jack Walkerdine, 79, a volunteer gardener who has spent five years helping to transform Wentworth’s 50 acres of grade one listed gardens. “They are historically some of the most important gardens in the country, but were relatively unknown until several years ago when they appeared in a BBC programme

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Our avenue: Trustee John Lees, left, with volunteer Jack Walkerdine

featuring the estate. “The publicity raised our profile to a national audience. It soon became apparent that a lack of funding and a short supply of gardeners were doing the grounds an injustice. That is when I signed up as a volunteer to help with the restoration.” Since Jack joined in 2004, numbers have grown and now at least 15 green-fingered helpers can be found pottering away in the flower beds. John Lees, a trustee who recently

became a volunteer himself, said the improvements that have been made are unbelievable. He said: “The gardens were so overgrown that in replanting them we had to literally tear them apart, it looked like a battle ground for a while, but now they are maturing again and will look better every year. “A big ambition of ours is to extend the seasons so that we get brighter colours all year round, the herbaceous borders in the Victorian Flower


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Raking it in: Volunteers Geoff Ryder and Jeremy Fowler

Spring greens: Volunteers Jeremy Fowler, Geoff Ryder, Chris Rudkin, John Lees, Kai Williams, David Hudson, Norman West, Jack Walkerdine and Richard Brown

Garden create a dramatic effect through their large scale, shape and colour and the dahlias are spectacular.” Describing it as a labour of love, volunteer Jeremy Fowler, 41, said he would much rather be working outdoors than in an office. He said: “I first came along to help three years ago when I saw an advert appealing for volunteer gardeners. I went away to train as a nurse but came back a few months ago. “The surroundings are magical, Lady Lucy's Walk is a favourite of mine and the conservatory, although in need of repair, has a fairy-like quality. The grounds could be used for a film.”

The conservatory was constructed in 1885 by Crompton and Fawkes of Chelmsford, who described it as an iron winter garden in their catalogue. It is a fragile and rare surviving Victorian glasshouse but is in urgent need of repair and the Heritage Lottery Fund has now given its approval to plans to restore it. Mr Lees said: “Development funding of £220,000 has been awarded and the completed structure will form a gateway to the estate’s 60-acre Pleasure Gardens for day and educational visitors. “In its day the conservatory would have been used for displaying exotic plants, including orchids, palms and

ferns. There are still some old varieties of Camellia japonica growing inside and you can see the tiled floor beneath.” The Wentworth Trust is appealing to members of the public to donate spring bulbs for the gardens to Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust, Lowe Lane, Stainborough, S73 3ET. Plants or bulbs should come from a recognised national nursery garden to avoid risk of disease. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact the trust office on 01226 776040.

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As clocks spring forward it’s time for a change. Rachel Parry warms to fashion trends

Soft leather ruche top £95, clutch £39, linen twist trousers £85 and leather cuff £25 from Moo Designs

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Model: Monika Godlewska Pictures: Scott Bairstow

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pring days have finally arrived meaning warmer weather and new fashion trends. If you have tired of the loud rockchick and 1980s looks of autumn and winter, this season’s trends will be a breath of fresh air with flirty nude shades and floaty feminine designs leading the way. Barnsley fashion experts Clare Parkin, owner of Mode Boutique, and Clare Bottomley, who owns Moo Designs, reveal the key looks that will be strong this season. “Pretty feminine designs are big for spring, especially in nude colours such as creams, soft pinks and beige,” says Clare of Mode. “Floral prints and lace form part of this look, encouraging ladies to be very girly in dainty, delicate designs. Key pieces for this look include maxi dresses, light cardigans and cute dresses above the knee.” For those who don’t like the thought

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Mode mood: top left, Firetrap maxi dress £89, necklace £25 and bracelet £15 from Mode Boutique. Above is a Reem scrunched cotton eco dress £135, leather zip cuff £25, clutch £39 and a soft leather belt £30 from Moo Designs

of being too girly, Clare says the look can easily be adapted to other outfits. “The feminine look can be made edgy by wearing a printed T-shirt and jeans then adding layering with a long nude-coloured cardigan. Denim is key for the season but a lot are still preferring to wear a lighter option of jeggings or leggings. “Another important fabric is leather in soft pale colours with the leather

jacket being a key piece.” Meanwhile Clare of Moo has a different take on the trends, encouraging ladies to be quirky and individual while incorporating key looks into their wardrobe. “It’s possible to be on trend but not look the same as everyone else,” she says. “For example mixing the feminine look with masculine designs works really well. Soft ruched leather


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tops worn with masculine trousers are perfect for this. “Muted colours are another big trend for spring, but rather than wearing all toned-down shades, add strong colours such as black to make an impact. “Draping is also proving really popular, which I love because it can be worn in so many different ways, whether it’s a wrap or a jacket.” She suggests experimenting with tribal trends in khaki colours and linen fabrics, as well as animal influences such as feathers. And one thing the ladies are agreed on is that accessorising will have a big impact on outfits for the season. Clare at Mode says: “Long chains with floaty designs such as maxi dresses work perfectly together, as well as lots of bangles to create a boho look. “A simple change of jewellery and footwear can easily transform an outfit

Pretty patterns: Traffic People design, top left, £52 and Lipsy dress, above, £50 with Fiorelli bag £35 from Mode Boutique

from daytime to evening wear.” And Clare at Moo says accessorising can make or break an outfit. “Our Peppercorn jewellery is contemporary and can transform an outfit. A simple dress worn in the day has a different impact when worn with a large statement necklace. “The addition of a leather belt, bag or cuff can also help carry an outfit through the daytime into striking

evening wear.” Mode Boutique on Regent Street South, Barnsley, has an exclusive collection and brands include Firetrap, Lipsy, French Connection and Fiorelli. Moo Designs in Lucorum stocks collections from independent designers world-wide including Mouse of Paris, Grizas from Denmark and Reem of London as well as its own collection.

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Hooked on fishing: Avril Brearley waits for something to bite at Nether Mill

Nether Mill Coarse Fishery attracts nearly as many women to its banks as it does men. Kate Pickles went fishing for details.

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Tickets please: Adam Hinchliff, who created Nether Mill Coarse Fishery, and, right, Nigel Lovatt casts his line

Casting about

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ishing is often regarded a solitary pursuit, perhaps a chance to get out of the house and into the fresh air while having a little break from the other half. But not at Nether Mill. Set in the beautiful Penistone countryside, the fishery draws a mix of men and women, young and old to cast their lines over its clear waters. Keen anglers arrive at daybreak to ensure they get their trusted peg on the banks of the tree-lined lake, which brims with carp, bream, tench, roach, perch and rudd. Avril Brearley, 71, would often pack her husband Eric off fishing for the day before deciding she fancied a go at it herself. “I catch more than he does now,” she proudly says. “I started coming last year and go

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two to three times a week, I really enjoy it. It’s lovely here, nice and open, well looked after and there’s plenty of fish. “I’ve got all sorts for bait – maggots, tuna and groundbake with a bit of aniseed into give them something to smell. My biggest catch has been a 17.5lb carp. I was actually watching Eric’s rod for him when it bit but I’ve claimed it as my own.

“It nearly pulled me in the water with it, it was so strong. I did need a bit of help bringing it in as I’ve been in the reeds more times than I can count but that’s all part of the fun.” The three acre site was a plain field seven years ago until crop farmer Adam Hinchliff decided its clay base would make the perfect bottom for a pond. It took less than a month to create


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Team sport: Marion and Les Dixon fish together twice a week while, below, Nigel Lovatt enjoys the tranquility of Nether Mill

the beauty spot which features islands at both ends, bordered by lilies. A long, central island has been planted with weeping willow, sedges and grasses while clumps of bull rush provide excellent margins to fish to. Cormorants and herons are kept at bay by brightly coloured bird scarers that twirl in the wind ensuring fish don’t go astray. “It’s impossible to know how many fish we have here, I couldn’t even hazard a guess,” says Adam. “We stocked it initially but fish get transported into ponds by various means and obviously they breed as well. There was an eel here for a while as they can cross land or anything. “The boy who caught it was unimpressed and didn’t want to touch it because he thought it was a snake. We’ve got a couple of trout in there

as well that got in during the floods of 2007. The river was up so high they washed in and they’ve been here since. I had to put netting around to stop the fish getting out when it flooded.” Nether Mill is popular with fishing

clubs and matches are frequently a feature on weekends so space can be limited. Day passes can be bought on the bank or call Adam on 07770 670042 for match bookings.

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Tarragon is one of the most versatile herbs. Robert Cockroft looks at some of its uses

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Tarragon or dragon’s-wort (Artemisia dracunculus L.): Perennial herb in the family Asteraceae related to wormwood. A common term for the plant is ‘dragon herb.’ It is native to a wide area of the Northern Hemisphere from easternmost Europe across central and eastern Asia to India, western North America, and south to northern Mexico.

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arragon cheers us by being one of the first herbs to emerge in the spring garden. The pointed shoots are well through the soil and the first leaves will be picked in the next week or so. Its sweet, aniseed-going-onliquorice, flavour gained it entry to French classical cuisine where, with bay, parsley, and thyme, it forms the bouquet garni. With parsley, chives, and chervil it becomes fines herbes and it also provides the focus in the sauces Bernaise and tartare. Chefs like to pair tarragon with chicken, fish and eggs but it is too versatile to be constrained like that. I’ve used it with mushrooms, where it adds depth and complexity, and with potatoes where the slow braising brings out the liquorice flavour. A few leaves scattered on a green salad also add interest and tarragon mayonnaise, simply made by adding chopped leaves, is a good accompaniment to new potatoes. Before we start, though, there’s one essential: always plant and use the

French variety over its milder Russian cousin. It is propagated by cuttings and is sold in good garden centres. Garlic mushrooms with tarragon 75g butter One small onion, finely chopped 250g mixed mushrooms, sliced One clove of garlic, crushed Salt, pepper Splash of dry white wine 250ml double cream One sprig of tarragon, chopped Four slices toasted granary bread Over a low heat, sweat the onion in the butter until, soft, about 20 minutes. Add the mushrooms, raise the heat a little and stir for five minutes. Add the garlic then the salt and pepper. Now add the wine, raise the heat to dry the mixture then add about half of the cream. Put in the tarragon and simmer for 20 minutes. Add more cream if needed; the sauce should be thick and sticky. Serve on the toast. Tarragon potatoes 500g new potatoes, washed and left in their skins

100g butter Two sprigs tarragon, chopped. Salt, pepper Melt the butter gently in a small Le Creuset casserole or similar and add the tarragon. Put in the potatoes at once and season them with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Clamp the lid on and place in an oven at 150C for two hours. Remove the lid, raise the temperature to 200C and cook for a further 15 minutes. Drool. Chicken herb casserole Rest a free-range chicken on a bed of unpeeled garlic cloves in a covered cast-iron casserole. Don’t be coy over the quantity. Rub the bird with soft butter, salt and pepper the breast, and put it to roast for an hour at 180C. After this time, baste the bird with the juices in the bottom of the casserole and add three or four sprigs of tarragon. Cook, lid off, for a further 45 minutes and allow the bird to rest in a warm place for 15 minutes before carving. Give each diner a few sweet garlic cloves to break open and chew.

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Sauté: Chef Wayne Roddis in the kitchen of Mustard and Punch

A matter of crust

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o here’s the menu. Veal and mushroom pie looks a good prospect. The waiter, hovering with his order pad, agrees. “The chap over there is enjoying it,” he says, nodding towards a single diner with a round, happy face that suggests its owner knows all about the quality of pies. On cue, he puts down his knife and fork to explain just how fine this pie is and how excellent the previous week’s model was. Decision made. Mustard and Punch is that sort of place. Over the years it’s developed from a slightly gloomy, bohemian bistro into something lighter and more sophisticated. Its friendly spirit remains, however, along with the mustard jars that line the walls. In short, it does all the things that neighbourhood restaurant should and a couple more besides. Handpumped beer on the bar, for example, is a thoughtful touch. And the food? Chef-owner Richard Dunn and Wayne Roddis have been pleasing locals for eight years with modern cooking, rooted in Britain. Starters include venison Scotch egg, beer battered Somerset brie, Yorkshire black pudding, and smoked salmon with brown shrimp risotto. Among mains are pan-fried venison

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Restaurant review Robert Cockroft at Mustard and Punch, Honley liver, chicken with confit cabbage, Yorkshire rump steak and canon of lamb with white beans. Cheeses include a cheddar from Pickering and a Wensleydale Blue and it’s encouraging to see Yorkshire rhubarb and an apple and sultana crumble on the pudding menu. I’ve dined here many times and admired the kitchen’s consistency, so it was odd to find a miscalculation. The smoked chicken salad with Chinese leaf, spring onion, coriander and yogurt dressing looked pretty in white and green but the acidulous dressing obliterated the chicken. By contrast, the black pudding was exemplary: soft and savoury and seated on diced roast vegetables. A pool of sauce Bearnaise gave an emollient tang and fine balance. Sound technique and flair were evident also in a main course of roast Jerusalem artichokes. It takes care for the gentle, earthy flavour of these tubers to shine and they did so in the company of an immaculately

poached egg, some spinach and goats cheese. The chefs, perhaps striving to fulfil the restaurant’s name, seem keen on sharpness and impact. The cheese brought it to the previous dish and mustard seeds brought it, perhaps too stridently, to the (overworked) mash with the pie. But the pie was still lovely. Its crisp crust harboured rich meat and the dark sauce was turned to magic by the nutty tone of the mushrooms. The apple and sultana crumble is the best for miles around. So, too, the pecan pie with lavender ice cream which mixes class and comfort in one dish. Rather like the restaurant. Value, incidentally, is remarkable. Mustard and Punch, Westgate Honley, Huddersfield, HD9 6AA. 01484 662066. Dinner with half a bottle of wine: two courses £18.50; three, £21.50. Early bird menu with glass of wine: Monday to Thursday two courses £10; three, £12.50


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Bright boy: Charlie Dickinson and, below, Fran Farrar, Joe Wood and George Watts

Penistone Young Farmers was set up in 1944 but nearly disbanded six years ago. Kate Pickles finds out why it’s popular again. MOSAIC COUNTRY LIFE 47


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Hand in: A sketch by one of the group and, right, some boys master the art of nail-painting

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ff the beaten track, in a barn surrounded by trees, teenage boys giggle as they paint girls’ fingernails. On a table opposite, more lads carefully select choice stems for their flower arrangement. It is a far cry from the masculine traditions of sheep-shearing and haystacking but Penistone Young Farmers are preparing to do battle. It is almost time for the most important event in the group’s social calendar: the district and county rally. Pitted against Holme Valley, Cawthorne, Worsbrough and Calderdale, there is pride at stake for who takes the honours in this hotly fought countryside contest. The buzz around Langsett barn shows how seriously the members –

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aged 10 to 26 – take it. “We’ve always done all right but we haven’t won for the past ten years,” says club secretary Heather Harrison. “We’ve been second for a couple of years and feel we've got so many members it’s about time we won. “There are all sorts of competitions from cattle judging to flower arranging. The males get more enthusiastic than the females about the flowers. “We judge dairy cows and beef, ewes and lamb by ranking the animals

in four categories and giving reasons why to the judge. Whoever gets closest to the judge’s marks gets the most points. “We have a few members who are farmers so that helps and some of our older members give us pointers.” This year’s theme is home counties and besides the livestock judging there will be the traditional pastimes of cooking and flower arranging as well as competition for face and fingernail painting. Training has begun for the tug-of-


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Happy bunch: Penistone Young Farmers get ready for the county rally, above. Right, Dean Goodlad, Scott Broadhead and Shane Goodlad

war contest, a club favourite taken seriously by the northern champions. Heather says: “They’ve been going on diets and running to get into shape, they’re a dedicated lot. “We have a rig set up at Daisy Hill Farm where they pull weights up and down a telegraph pole. People live and breathe tug-of-war at this club. “The team is practising one night a week at the moment but it will be three or four nights a week in the build-up.” The five clubs take turns to host the event and this year it is the biggest rivals Calderdale who will hold the rally at Holmfirth auction market. They have the county’s largest membership but Penistone’s is growing in popularity and not far behind. It was established in 1944 to

bring young people with an interest in the countryside together in a social setting. “A lot of us are in it through family, our parents were in it and it's moved on a generation,” says Heather who has been a member since she was 13. "”We went through a stage where there were 13 of us but now we are approaching 50 so we have really grown over the past six years. “People think we’re all about farming but we’re not. We enjoy

going out for things like bowling and ice skating. We put on a pantomime every year and a lot of us do ballroom and Latin dancing. “We have lots of guest speakers like the Yorkshire Air Ambulance who we raised £1,000 for recently with our harvest auction and a beetle drive. “It’s a chance for local people to get together and enjoy themselves.” Beating the other young farmers' groups is a bonus. Get painting those fingernails, lads.

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Kate Pickles has a stab at fencing with a club that meets in Penistone

In waiting: Joel Bentzen contemplates his next move

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n garde, ready...fence! Swords clink back and forth furiously as two white-clad figures, faces masked by mesh, battle it out in one of the world’s oldest sports. But this is no medieval battle ground. It is a school hall in Penistone where Barnsley Fencing Club meets to practice the ancient art. This particular session is teeming with eager-eyed nine-year-old boys, desperate to get their little hands on a real sword. Within minutes they learn the most effective – and gruesome – way of injuring someone was by stabbing them through their vital organs, or taking their head off, depending on the weapon. Fencing has come on a bit since then and there is very little bloodshed. But the fundamentals of the

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Touché: Instructor Adam Blight gives a lesson in the threat technique

gentleman’s sport remain largely unchanged. Coach Adam Blight says: “Injuries are very rare. They’re usually caused by the blade snapping in two but that scarcely happens.” Protective equipment, designed to withstand hundreds of Newtons of penetration, sees to that. Making sure it is put on in the right order is the first test for the youngsters. First on goes the plastron, a half-jacket to give the fighting arm extra protection. Then the full jacket,

glove and last on, the mask. The next big decision is the choice of sword. “We tend to use the foil which you use to aim for the torso of your opponent. They were used originally as training weapons for the short sword,” says Adam. “Once you have mastered the foil you can move on to the other two where the techniques are similar but the methods of scoring are different. “The sabre was used by the cavalry on horseback with the target area


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Young blades: Coach Adam Blight shows a beginners’ group, top, how to hold a foil while, above, two experienced fencers duel in the hall at Penistone Grammar

anywhere above the waist. It has the most attacking approach and is the fastest in style but defence is less easy. “The epée is like the foil but has a stiffer blade and anywhere on the body is the target. It was a training weapon for fighting duels.” As the beginner’s lesson continued, the club's professionals demonstrated the levels achieved after years of practice. British under-12s championship competitor Nathan Doherty practises twice a week, has coaching and takes part in competitions. He has already been fencing for more than four-and-a-half years –

after finding inspiration in a galaxy far far away. “I like Star Wars and I saw the light sabres in that and thought, ‘I want to do that’. That's what got me interested in it. “I just really enjoy it. I’ve been in a few competitions already but what I’d love to do eventually is compete in the Olympics.” Fencing is one of the only sports to be contested at every Olympic Games. But what exactly makes the perfect fencer? “You have got to be clever, well coordinated and balanced to be a great fencer,” says Adam.

One out of three isn’t bad I thought, clumsily attempting to lunge towards my opponent, sword outstretched. She batted away the attempt with ease before placing a sharp jab through the ribcage. It caused enough discomfort to ensure I made a better effort at the second attempt. “It’s a technically complicated sport and there are a lot of tactics,” says Adam. There's not one type of person who is suited to being a fencer, you get tall and short competitors. What you might lack in one area you can compensate for in another." The buzzer sounds. We have a winner.

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It’s handsome, quiet, quick – and it runs on diesel. Mark D’Apice purrs over the Jaguar XF

One cool cat

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o some it is seen as the most efficient way to power a car: a slow-burning fuel which dissipates energy in a controlled manner, manufactured from the leftovers of the petrol refining process. To others it is dirty, hinders performance and should be confined to use in agricultural machinery and buses. I can see both sides but after spending some time in the new Jaguar XF 3.0-litre diesel, I am inclined to come down on the side of the oil-burner. The XF was developed when Jaguar was under the wing of Ford, so at launch it found itself sharing the 2.7-litre diesel engine Ford developed with Citroen. It was a decent enough but lacked the magic the big cat deserved. Luckily, Ford and Citroen were developing a new 3.0-litre unit and that fitted the XF just perfectly. From this, Jaguar has developed two variants. The 237bhp gets to 60mph in just 6.7 seconds and tops out at 149mph, while in the 271bhp version, 60mph comes up in 5.9 seconds before going on to an electronically-limited 155mph. Surprisingly, both cars return 42mpg on the combined cycle and emit 179g/km of CO2, handy if you have one eye on your

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company car tax bill. Those who have had diesels will now be salivating or rushing to the nearest Jaguar dealer while the ardent petrolheads will still be wondering what the point of all that oomph is when the car sounds like a narrow boat. And that’s the thing. Inside, it is as silent as an angel passing wind while outside it makes a low hum, a little like a jet engine. I doubt anyone you pass in the street will realise this is a diesel. I won’t drone on about the looks because I think we all know that this is the best looking executive saloon on the market, apart from possibly the Maserati Quattroporte, but that costs twice as much. The XF also sports one of the best cabins, offering a well-balance blend of traditional materials and funky gadgets. But it’s at 4,000rpm where I enjoy the diesel XF the most. The power curve is almost perfect, meaning there is grunt all the way up the rev range – perfect for the keen driver and even better for anyone clocking up galactic miles on the motorway as there is plenty of power to overtake without the monotony of having to drop a cog.


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The Kia Cee’d has undergone minor surgery, Mark D’Apice tells us why it’s still a beauty

Mid-life makeover

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ithout wanting to stray from the subject, I want to talk about plastic surgery. It’s well documented in the tabloids how this can either enhance a career – think Jordan and her ilk – or spoil it. Leslie Ash springs to mind. Anyway, to get back to a cars, the Kia cee’d, launched in 2007 has undergone a mid-life facelift to keep it looking fresh in the face of the competition it faces from the new Golf and forthcoming Vauxhall Astra. This means it gets a new grille, headlights and bumper. Round the back are new light clusters that give an LED effect. Inside is a new steering wheel as well as a centre console which Kia hopes will be more ‘intuitive’. No detail has been missed in the overhaul as even the gear stick has been improved for a better feel. The one feature which has probably lured more buyers than any other stays the same. That’s the seven-year – or 100,000 miles – warranty, the most comprehensive available. The choice of engines remains the same. It’s

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between a 1.4, 89bhp or 1.6, 124bhp petrol engine that will deliver 46mpg and 44mpg respectively or the 1.6, 113bhp diesel engine which Kia claims will deliver just over 60mpg on average. New to the line-up is an ‘EcoDynamics’ model which features a slightly de-tuned diesel which, along the lines of the Polo Bluemotion, reduces performance in favour of economy and reduced emissions. This, coupled with the intelligent stop-andgo system, which cuts the engine when stationary, helps the cee’d EcoDynamic to a combined economy figure of 67.3mpg. It is often said that mid-life makeovers are a chance for manufacturers to get right things they should have done at the start, so the minor changes made to the cee’d reflect well on the designers of the original. It seems that going under the knife has benefited the range and thanks to its subtle upgrades, secondhand values of the 17,000 cars already sold in the UK shouldn’t be hit too hard.


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For a great value runaround, look no further than the Suzuki Alto, writes Mark D’Apice

Solid, safe: Suzuki

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uzuki struggled for some years to define its identity. It made its name building bikes but went on to deveop 4x4s, like the SJ410 and the original Vitara. In recent years, it has focused on smaller cars and experienced reasonable success with the Swift and the SX4. The old Altos were bargain basement motoring. I drove a couple and was amazed that someone would buy a car so unrefined, even if it did cost pennies. When a new model was announced, I had visions of a rebadged Tata Nano being shipped here – but as you can see from these pictures, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Since its launch it has been a hit and that is thanks to its wide appeal. For the young it is a good looking little car, with group one insurance and five doors if your mates need a lift. To those in the autumn of their years, it is affordable, reliable and comes with a good warranty and an economical engine. For those in-between it is what it looks like: a solid everyday run-a-round.

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Power comes from a 67bhp 3-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol unit which, if treated with respect, should return around 64mpg. Emissions of just 103 g/km CO2 means that road tax will cost just £35 per year. Inside, the cabin is comfortable with everything that you will need. Go for the higher of the two trim levels and they even throw in air conditioning. The seats are comfortable and three will fit in the back for short trips. The boot, while not massive, will comfortably accommodate the load from a shopping trip or even a couple of overnight bags. Around town the Alto fits in just right. That little three-pot engine revs nicely and feels punchy. The 0-60mph of 14 seconds is largely irrelevant as it will be rare that it ever needs to do this speed but rest assured it can hold its own for a day out in the country or even a motorway excursion. Small cars are often the most fun to drive and that’s the case with the Alto. It won’t blow your pants off, but it should do most that you expect of it.


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It’s a comfortable run-in with the Mazda-6, as Mark D’Apice reports

Refreshed: The Mazda-6, an excellent driving experience

Mazda shows fresh designs on interiors

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any years ago, while working at an engineering company, I was caught reading a car magazine by the managing director. In his mind, that made me suitable for the role of car fleet manager. This meant we ended up with a car park full of Mazda-6s. Already a good looking car, it has been refreshed to bring it into line with the corporate image already seen on the Mazda-3 and MX-5. In line with demand, the four-door saloon will be dropped, meaning this face-lifted car is available as a fivedoor hatchback or an estate. But it’s not just the look which has been tweaked. The suspension and steering have been fettled to enhance

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what is already an excellent driving experience. There have also been changes to the engines to bring down emissions and increase fuel economy. The pick of the power choices is the new 153bhp two-litre petrol DISI unit which should return about 40mpg. A special mention should also go to the 2.2-diesel unit. It is available with two power outputs – a 127bhp engine which emits just 138g/km CO2, or a 161bhp version which returns 41mpg and gets to 60mph in 9.2 seconds. What I really like, though, is the interior. Many of these cars will be used by people who spend a lot of the day behind the wheel. With comfort being high on the

At hand: The ergonomic interior

shopping list, Mazda has ensured that the driving position is flexible and that everything essential falls easily to hand.


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Mark D’Apice takes a look at Ford’s first ‘global car’, the new Focus

Raising the bar: The new Ford Focus

Focusing on the future

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arlier this year at the Detroit Motor Show, Ford unveiled the new Focus, a car which could prove to be its most important since the Model T. Ford is recovering from the biggest cash crisis it has known at a time that it needs a new family-sized car in Europe and something to suit ‘downsizers’ in the US. To kill two birds with one stone, the Ford Focus will become the company’s first ‘global car’. It will have a new bodyshell and a new platform. This new ‘C’ platform will form the basis of ten cars to be launched over four years. So as well as the five-door model, you can expect a three-door car as well as a coupé in the style of the old Puma, a soft-top

convertible and a replacement for the C-Max MPV. Ford won’t comment on whether there will be a direct replacement for the mad-cap Focus RS at this stage. Ford is promising some major tweaks to the engine line-up which it forecasts will bring reductions in fuel consumption of between ten and 20 per cent compared to the outgoing models. One of the models is expected to be electric while the rest will get ‘econetic’ tweaks such as start-stop technology to reduce C02 emissions. Inside, a much improved interior is expected to be employed to give the Focus a premium feel to close the gap with rivals like the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series.

Special attention will be paid to the materials, the feel of the switchgear, interior panel gaps and to the seat comfort. The Focus has always been excellent to drive and Ford is keen to keep this feature in the new car. The company promises that it will extend the current car’s class-leading chassis dynamics by using a further enhanced version of the ‘control blade’ multilink rear suspension, originally deployed on the first Focus in 1998, to give ‘significantly improved refinement and ride control’. The new Focus will have a global launch in left-hand-drive markets at the end of the year before right-handdrive cars go on sale in the here in 2011.

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74 THE LAST WORD

GEOFF BRITTON ‘The politician who has the courage to admit to what’s wrong may be the person to put us back on the road to prosperity. Passion and theoretical knowledge are not enough’

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e’re told the recession is ended. What we’ve done to end it is to give loads of people stacks of money to spend, or replace what they’ve already spent, so that trade improves. The banks got lots of our cash, VAT charges were reduced and throwing cars on to the scrapheap attracted a subsidy of a couple of thousand quid for each one. The trouble is that we didn’t have this money to chuck away. So we borrowed a lot and printed some more, diluting and devaluing what was already in circulation. That’s how we created the dosh to give away. Now it has to be paid back. It’s a shame that those who’ll be repaying it aren’t those who received it – call it a sort of negative legacy for the kids. Maybe that’ll be a problem to explain for some future government. In fact the problem will be resolved by those who have to generate the repayments, not the people who simply talk about what others will have to do sometime in the future. It has to be understood that when we’re told that we were in a global recession there wasn’t a grain of truth in it. The money’s gone from here – but it’s gone to places East because they produce the goods and oil we buy. China, for example, is so successful that its economy grew by 10 per cent last year. Don’t think that we’re catching them up, or that the situation will reverse as a result of our putting yet more money into government control. Don’t imagine either that the Chinese survive on cheap labour alone. They’ve developed better technology than us and they have a will to work.

That’s why they’re taking more of the global cake. Neither should we overlook the ambitions of other emerging economies. If we are in any way less determined than they are we’ll lose out even more to them as well. In my limited experience life goes only forward. Things economic can never go back. Past days are gone. Our politicians – ignore the party – appear to feed us half-truths at best. Voters have to find leaders who can persuade that we must compete for our prosperity. To throw money at a problem cannot, even theoretically, substitute for good management. As a caring society we shouldn’t resent one penny spent on infrastructure needs – so long as we get that for which we pay. A good socialist weeps at the manner in which our welfare state is mishandled and once-great national institutions abused. The principle of funding idleness and waste is no way to win the global battle. The politician who has the courage to admit to what’s wrong may be the person to put us back on the road to prosperity. Passion and theoretical knowledge are not enough. It’s the doing of things which is what’s important. My best pal’s an avid Barnsley supporter and knows every move which should be made in every match. Despite his commitment, knowledge and experience, I have to tell him that I’d never pick him for the team ‘cos he just can’t do it. Let’ s apply the same logic to our politicians and judge the parties on which of their party members they choose to lead and play the game. We should also ask if they’re really playing for the nation to win.


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