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Contents

New Year New Body 6 Get Switched On 8 Spanish Casserole 10 Wood Burning Stoves 12 Smooth Operator 14 Out With The Old 18 Wake Up Refreshed 20 The Joy Of Sledding 22 A Pain In The Neck 24 Puzzles Pages 26 What’s Your Goal? 28 Index 30

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With the dawning of the new year, our first thought must be to wish all our readers, advertisers and contributors a very happy healthy and prosperous 2014, and also to thank the thousands of you who read the magazines every month. If you haven’t already done so, it is time to make your new years resolutions, and here’s hoping, that whatever it is, that you can keep it going - at least until the end of the month! Spotlight magazine is delivered to 6,000 homes and businesses in the Mansfield Central area each month, with similar magazines also going to Mansfield South, Mansfield North and West Bridgford To Advertise or contribute: T: 01623 706570 E: info@spotlightlocal.co.uk

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New Year, New Body!

o you are thinking of getting into shape S for the new year after all the excesses of Christmas. If you are looking for some great fitness tips, well, we have got you covered. Here you will find some of the best ways to get your body into the shape that you have always dreamed of. Read on to find out how our tips can help you.

Tip! Always have a backup plan for your workouts. If you were planning on doing an hour of cardio and strength training, but then can’t get to the gym on time, you’ll have an alternative workout. Tip! Don’t be afraid to ask for help at the gym. If you don’t know how to use a machine, go ahead and ask. You may need a personal trainer at first because you may not have the selfcontrol to push through your first couple of workouts. A good trainer can help you identify your problem areas, figure out your goals and suggest a workout regimen that suits your needs. Although your first gym session can be scary, you can breeze right through it by hiring a professional to get you started. Give yourself a powerful start to a great workout plan! Tip! If working out in a gym bores you, you are not alone. Don’t be discouraged to see other people fervently exercising in the gym. Gym classes, led by an instructor, are an excellent way to improve your overall fitness level. Instructors plan routines in advance to optimize the right proportions of muscle work, aerobic work and stretching for each class. You just show up, follow the teacher’s lead, listen to some good music, and hopefully have some fun too.

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In order to maximize your fitness routine at the gym, be sure to only rest when needed between sets. This will save time, at the gym and get you moving to other activities quicker. Later on in your workout you’ll need more rests, however you can start it off strong without any ill effects. Tip! A good way to make sure you routinely do as much as you can to get fit is to take a friend to the gym with you. When you take friends to workout with you they not only make sure you don’t slack on going to the gym, but they help motivate you when you’re there as well. Workouts can be very hard to finish, especially if you do not enjoy going to the gym. The best thing that you can do is to find extra motivation and incentive to get to where you want to be. Think of all the people who said you could not get skinny and use that as fuel to your fire in the gym. Tip! A 24-hour gym can be a useful ally in the fight for total fitness. While establishing a consistent exercise routine is a good thing, what if the would-be fitness maven’s schedule dictates that the only time he or she has to work out is at two am? Ask around if you feel that you’re performing an exercise wrong. Working out is all about experiencing new things, but sometimes when you perform an exercise without correct form it can lead to lessthan-ideal gains or even injury. Asking your fellow gym-goer can be helpful, but an experienced trainer who helps people work out generally has more expertise in those areas than your average Joe. As you can see, there are many quick, yet efficient things you can do, right now, to get your body into shape. Follow our tips and you will see your body change into the shape that will make you proud. What are you waiting for? Get out there and try our tips.

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Get Switched On!

raditional light bulbs have now been phased out across Europe, and we are gradually getting used to the low-energy alternatives. But with a whole new set of names, numbers and jargon to get used to, it can be difficult to know if you’re buying the right thing. There are three main types of low-energy bulbs available – compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), halogens and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). CFLs use only a fifth of the electricity that an old incandescent bulb would, because they don’t generate as much heat. This also means that they are kinder to your light fittings. Replacing one bulb in your house can save you £7 a year, so the savings can really add up! They also last a lot longer. One disadvantage of CFLs is that they can take a little while to reach their full brightness, unlike halogens and LEDs which come on straight away. Some CFLs don’t work well at low temperatures, so are not suitable for unheated rooms or garages. LED bulbs are even more efficient than CFLs and can save you nearly £7.50 per bulb per year. They usually cost more to buy, but can last up to 30 years! Halogen bulbs use a similar amount of energy as incandescent bulbs, and so are more expensive to run than CFLs and LEDs. They also have a much shorter lifespan.

LEDs and halogen bulbs can be disposed of with your normal waste, but you will need to take CFLs to a recycling point or tip as they contain a small amount of mercury.

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A wide range of bulb fittings is now available – particularly in CFLs – and you should be able to find one to fit all your existing lighting, including ceiling spotlights and chandelier fittings. Most can also be used with dimmer switches. Remember to check that the shape and size of the new bulb is suitable. To choose the correct wattage, you simply need to divide by five – so if a lamp used to take an old 60W bulb, you will now need a bulb of around 12W.

You will also need to consider the lumen (lm) value to find out how bright the bulb is. The brightness of an old 60W bulb is roughly equivalent to 700–900lm and a 100W bulb equates to 1300lm. Finally, look at the colour temperature of the bulb to decide on the type of light you require. This is measured in Kelvin (K). A low value (2700K) means the light is warmer (often labelled as ‘warm white’), whereas a higher value (3500K+) will give you a colder white effect. By Alex Albrighton

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Spanish Style Casserole

A Spanish casserole is just the thing for this cold wintry weather. Try adding whole olives too for a real authentic taste. Preparation time 30 minutes Cooking time 1 hour Serves 6

Ingredients 2 tsp vegetable oil 600g/1lb 5½oz thick, good quality pork sausages 150g/5½oz chorizo, cut into serving pieces 1 medium onion, sliced 1 small chilli, seeds removed, flesh chopped 2 fat garlic cloves, finely chopped 75ml/2¾fl oz white wine 400g/14oz tinned tomatoes, chopped 200g/7oz canned butter beans, or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 tbsp clear honey

releases a lot of fat and I prefer to drain this off. Add the onion, chilli to the same pan and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic and the wine then bring the mixture to a simmer until the liquid has reduced in volume by about a quarter. Add the chopped tomatoes and the beans then return the sausages and chorizo to the pan and stir well. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over a low heat, cover the pan with a lid and cook for at least 45 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and reduced in volume. If the sauce becomes too dry, add a little more water or wine. Just before serving, stir in the honey and season, to taste. Then serve over plain boiled rice or creamy mash, and sprinkle with parsley.

Method Heat the oil until hot, add the sausages and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until browned but not completely cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside on a warm plate. Add the chorizo to the empty pan and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown. Remove from the pan and set aside with the pork. Chorizo

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Wood Burning Stove Tips!

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storage hopper. These appliances can operate at efficiencies over 80% (gross).

woodburning stove and another at face value. But behind the stylish façade of a modern appliance there are a few key factors to consider before making your decision. Output Your local professional installer will be able to calculate the size of appliance required for your intended location. In addition to room size, the following must be considered when “sizing” an appliance: • Rate of refuelling • Temperature requirements • Household insulation • Appliance efficiency Efficiency When you are in the showroom, you may find that some woodburning stoves quote net efficiency while others quote a gross figure. Arguably, the gross figure gives a more realistic representation of an stove’s performance. As a guide, to convert to ‘gross’ simply multiply the ‘net’ figure by 0.91 (for wood burning appliances) or 0.98 (for solid mineral fuel burning appliances). The efficiency of an woodburning stove is roughly based on its design. Traditional open fires will display the lowest efficiency figures, often well below 50% (gross). Closed appliances such as room heaters and stoves are far more efficient, with a typical gross efficiency of up to (and in some cases exceeding) 80%. Another high efficiency solution is the pellet stove. This appliance is fed with wood pellets (see below) via a

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Fuel Type: Firewood – If sourcing your own firewood, ensure that you “season” it to a point where moisture content is less than 25%. If buying firewood from your supplier, politely ask them to prove that the moisture content is consistent with the figure they advertise. Avoid burning treated wood at all costs. It can damage the appliance, but more importantly your health. Following the guidance above will ensure that your wood burner stays healthy and works well for many years. Most firewood stoves can burn wood briquettes as well (but always check with the manufacturer first). Pellets (wood) - Pellet stoves are designed to be super-efficient at converting fuel into useful heat. These stoves are capable of operating for many hours without refuelling, as an automatic feed from a storage hopper supplies pellets. The pellets themselves are a clean heating solution and require less storage space than conventional wood logs. Installation/Home insurance When considering your first or replacement wood burning stove, check with your home insurance provider about their requirements. In order for your installation to be deemed legal, you will need to have your stove installed by either a registered installer from a competent person scheme (such as HETAS) or the installation has to be signed off by the local area Building Control. Speak to your home insurer for more details. Laurence Jones

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few months ago I was in India and popped into a barber’s for a trim. While I was there I was offered a shave, and what a shave it was. I came out feeling super-smooth, refreshed and, according to my wife, heavenly fragrant! I visited that particular establishment several times during our stay. On our return to England, I wasn’t feeling the love from my previously trusty electric razor. I wondered if there was any way to recreate that lovely sensation of a really smooth wet shave in my own bathroom. So began my research, in barbers, on the web, and in the ‘male grooming’ section of our local chemist store.

My friend the Indian barber had used a steamy, almost unbearably hot towel on my face prior to shaving. This I learned was to soften the hairs and open the pores. A steamy hot morning shower will do pretty much the same thing. One of the reasons I switched to an electric razor several years ago, was because I was fed up with suffering from ingrown hairs and razor burn. I discovered that both of these issues are linked to poor lubrication and dull blades. Like many European men I have particularly thick and very stiff stubble, and because my hair is dark I often look as though I have a five o’clock shadow by lunchtime. In India, the barber used a pre-shave oil massaged all over my chin to further soften the hairs. I had no idea these even existed prior to my trip, so I was delighted to find that I could buy very similar products back in the UK. Then there’s the shaving cream. Several barbers advised that I should buy glycerine-based products, because they provide high-quality lubrication and are kind to the skin. They also advised that I should avoid anything containing menthol,

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as this tends to close pores and stiffen the hairs. Badger-hair brushes were unanimously considered the best and last many years if looked after. The cream should be applied in a circular motion, which lathers better, while lifting the whiskers and exfoliating the skin. Blades should be very sharp so buy the best quality you can afford and replace regularly. Hold the area of skin you wish to shave taut, and let the razor glide over it in the direction of hair growth. Don’t apply pressure because that’s how nicks occur. Make sure you rinse the blade frequently. If you want a closer shave, re-lather then run the razor back over the skin in the opposite direction to the hair growth. When you’ve finished, splash your face with cool water. This closes the pores. Then apply a good quality aftershave balm, avoiding anything which contains alcohol as this can irritate the skin. If you do manage to nick your skin, make sure you have a styptic pencil on hand. These can be bought in good pharmacies and contain aluminium sulphate. When dabbed on to a small wound, they stop the bleeding as if by magic. So there you have it, my guide to being the smoothest guy around. By Tom Hancock

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Ashlands is a family run Care Home where excellence of care is the standard. With half an acre of pretty gardens backing on to woodlands, our residents have the space for quiet reflection while being close to local amenities. The two South facing sitting rooms and large sunroom all have full length windows and, along with the dining room, all overlook the rear garden. • Our care manager has 25 years care experience and leads a team of highly trained staff • Capacity for 30 residents, both for old age and dementia • The majority of our rooms have en-suite WC facilities • Long and short stay, respite and day care available • Full-time activities co-ordinator, music, entertainment and regular outings • Hair dressing, Chiropody and motivation therapy • Award winning gardens giving a safe and quiet area to relax • In-house cooks producing a varied range of freshly made meals, with special diets catered for • Second floor accessed by lift, with wheelchair access throughout • TV and phone available for every room • All rooms have Nurse call points and are decorated and furnished to a high standard • Close to local shops and public transport • Registered with the CQC and Nottinghamshire County Council

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Out With The Old

nce you are told that most of your household dust is shed skin, you tend not to forget it and probably recoil in horror at the very thought of dead skin on every surface!

 

Shedding skin (desquamation) is perfectly natural and necessary. Our skin is dynamic and just like an escalator constantly moving upwards: young skin cells, pushed by the formation of new cells, gradually rise through the top layer of skin, until, as dry old cells, they are shed. As we age, the speed of the escalator slows and because the rate of desquamation is less, older skin looks dull and darker. Oily skin can also be slow to shed and the outer layers of cells appear ‘glued’ in place and so contribute to clogged follicles. Oily skins therefore especially benefit from help with desquamation.

As we age, the moisture in our skin becomes less than the normal 10-20% and feels dry and flaky.

One quick way to make older skin younger is to exfoliate. The simple mechanical action of rubbing off the top layer of skin cells immediately reveals younger, fresher looking skin. Skin creams with fine particles, effectively remove these duller outer layers, while gently massaging the skin and so help stimulate blood flow keeping skin radiantly healthy. Shedding skin is natural. Exfoliating and skin re-surfacing will bring about an immediate improvement and so is considered as anti-ageing. Email the salon direct at: alexsa@ntlbusiness.com with your address and we will post you out some exfoliating samples, free of charge, so you can feel the difference for yourself! Jenny Dunville

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Furniture or Household items NOT Re-Usable If you items are not suitable for re-use, we can for a charge remove them for Recycling

Excess Stock Sales We have a wide range of household furniture and Bric-a-Brac for sale in our warehouse, open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Saturday 9.30 am to 2.30pm. We are situated at Unit 190, Road E, Boughton Industrial Estate, near New Ollerton on the Tuxford Road, NG22 9LD We also have an outlet in New Ollerton on Forest Road. All items are at affordable prices

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How To Wake Up Refreshed

o you spring out of bed each morning D with the bright eyes and energy of a five-year-old on Christmas morning? No,

and interferes with the quality of our sleep. A good mattress should support your spine and allow your body to relax totally.

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Have a bath – Yes really. A soak before bed will relax your muscles and calm your mind. Lavender bath products are especially good at inducing sleep.

me neither.

Get enough sleep – It’s so obvious it actually does need stating: most of us do not get anywhere near enough sleep. Sleep needs vary from person to person, but most of us need at least eight hours uninterrupted shut-eye. I haven’t slept like that since my children were born, and the oldest is now eight! Make your room dark and quiet – Too much extraneous light and noise is not conducive to good sleep. Invest in thick curtains or a sleep mask if light is an issue and soft earplugs if your neighbour has noisy dogs or a twitchy car alarm. Renew your mattress – Mattresses do not last forever. They become saggy and less supportive with age, which makes us fidget

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Clear your head – It’s difficult to sleep if your head is still whirring from the events of the day. Concentrate on your breathing and allow thoughts to float away. Anything you are dealing with will still be there tomorrow and you’ll cope better if you’ve had a good night’s sleep. By Louise Addison

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The Joy Of Sledding

hat child, or adult for that matter, W doesn’t love the sensation of sledding? Speeding down a snowy hill is the best fun ever. It can also be dangerous, which of course is half the fun.

Every time it snows, sledding injuries flood the country’s A&E departments and more than half of them are head injuries, most not serious, but some deadly. To sled in safety, follow these rules: Choose the right hill -The best are not too steep and have a long flat area at the bottom to allow for a gentle stop. Avoid those which end at a road or a car park, but also those which end at a line of trees, a pond or a wall! Choose the right sled - Old fashioned sleds with wooden seats and tall blades look wonderful, but on the soft sort of snow

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we tend to get in the UK, their sheer weight can cause them to sink or run too slowly. Conversely, on compacted snow or ice, the thin blades travel so quickly it’s easy to lose control. Plastic sleds with a braking system work well on softer snow, but can crack on compacted snow or ice, especially if they hit a stone. Metal tray-style sleds work well on all surfaces and are very robust, but can get up considerable speed, so may not be suitable for very young children. Wear sensible winter clothing - Hats, gloves, snow pants, winter jacket, snow boots, anything that is waterproof and warm. Cycle helmets can be useful head protectors in case of a tumble. Have fun, stay warm, stay safe. By Sarah Davey

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A Pain In The Neck

ost of us have suffered neck pain at some point, generally after sleeping in an awkward position, or perhaps after a fall or a jolt. A cricked neck is often a temporary state of affairs. Rest and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, are usually sufficient to alleviate it. If the problem is muscular, a heat pad can help, though if you suffer with an inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, heat may exacerbate any inflammation, so a cold-pack would be preferable.

They can also teach you some exercises to strengthen and stretch that area. Manipulating joints, especially in the neck region is not without risk, so be sure that your osteopath is registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Long-term, improve your posture, make sure you use a low, firm pillow when you sleep and take the time to stretch your neck gently during the day, especially if you sit at a computer for extended periods.

If the cricked neck is a recurring issue, it’s useful to consult your GP in order to rule out underlying conditions such as arthritis or scoliosis.

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What’s Your Goal?

any of us use the New Year as a time to plan ahead and set goals or resolutions. What would you like to achieve in 2014, and how would you like your life to be different?

It’s possible to set goals for most areas of life: - health, career, social life, relationships and finance for instance. Or you might look at the different roles you play, such as wife, friend, mother, employer, and use your thoughts about how you could improve your success in those roles to help determine your goals. Only you can decide what would really make a positive difference to your life, and you are most likely to succeed if you select goals that really matter to you. There is less chance of success if you are trying to achieve something because another person wants you to. Indeed some New Year’s resolutions only last a few days. To make a lasting change it’s important to make sure your goals are realistic, and to seek motivation, inspiration and support to help you stay on track. Do not set yourself too many goals or set targets way beyond your reach, as you will soon become disheartened and less likely to succeed. It’s better to set smaller goals that you can add to, or increase if things go well, and build on your positive results

Where relevant, you may also want to get inspiration, advice and training from others such as weight loss experts, sports trainers or personal and career coaches. Other useful tools include imagery – this might be visualising yourself having achieved your goals, or sticking photographs which represent success to your fridge door or mirror. You might also find the use of quotes, role models and affirmations useful. An affirmation is a statement which says what you are aiming for in a positive way, and in the present tense. It helps to imprint positive beliefs on your subconscious. Finally, don’t forget to congratulate yourself when you do achieve success. Break your goals down into manageable steps, and celebrate by rewarding yourself at each milestone. Here are some useful Goal related quotes: ‘A goal is a dream with a deadline’ – Napoleon Hill ‘If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else’ – Yogi Berra By Susan Brookes-Morris

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