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• Choose A Wedding Photographer • Dr Seuss Day • Lawn Tips • Totally Locally • Choc Facts • Puzzles • Your Community info. • Local Businesses

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Spotlight on North Mansfield Contents

Recipe 6 Dr Seuss Day 8 Puzzle Page 10 E. M Swimming Academy 12 Wedding Photographry 14 Lowdown on Laptops 16 Making a Will? 18 Still Stopping Smoking? 20 Choc Facts 22 Easter Egg Hunt 24 Top Lawn Tips 26 The Dukeries Lions 28 Index 30

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Dr. Seuss Day!

It’s no understatement to say that he revolutionized children’s literature. Prior to Seuss, US children had been taught to read using the rather sterile Dick and Jane books. I can remember in the UK, aged Fascinating Fact five, being taught using the English One of Seuss’s most popular books, equivalent, Green Eggs and Ham, was written as the Peter and Jane. result of a bet that he could not write a I remember my book using only 50 words. mother rolling her eyes and saying, ‘I’m sure we can The words are, in order of appearance: find something I am Sam; that; do not like; you green more fun than this eggs and ham; them; would here or darling,’ before there; anywhere; in a house with mouse; presenting me with eat box fox; car they; could; may will see The Cat in the Hat. tree; let me be; train on; say the dark; I was hooked. rain; goat; boat; so try may; if; good; thank.

ou’re never too old, too wacky or wild, to pick up a book and read to a child…

This is taken from the US website for ‘Read Across America’ Day, which takes place on March 2nd the anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s death. The slogan caught my eye when I was looking for something else entirely because it was so unmistakeably Seuss-ish, and in our family Dr. Seuss is worshipped across the generations.

In spite of being born in Kent, I was brought up on the works of Dr, Seuss. My mother was a trainee English teacher who wrote her dissertation on him. She adored the way he played with language. My own children could recite The Cat in the Hat word-for-word before they could ever read it for themselves. Like all the best young-children’s authors, Seuss never talked down to them. His work is playful, silly, and anarchic, something which appeals to children the world over, yet he never had any children of his own. He was born Theodore Seuss Geisel. He started using Seuss while at university and added the ‘Dr.’ as a joke; because his father always said he wanted him to be a professor! He loved to write and draw cartoons, yet his first book, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected by 27 publishers - a lesson to aspiring authors everywhere.


Seuss published more than 40 books during his lifetime and they’ve sold over half a billion copies, more even than JK Rowling. We don’t celebrate Dr. Seuss in this country as they do in the US, but perhaps we should. Without him we might not have the marvellous works of Julia Donaldson, Lynley Dodd or Lauren Child. So Happy Seuss Day! By Sarah Davey

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The East Midlands Swimming Academy says “Hello” to Mansfield The East Midlands Swimming Academy, are the Midlands longest established swim school and they are soon to open their doors at Dawn House in Rainworth. They have been teaching babies, children and adults to swim since 1998. Swimming is recognised as one of the most important life skills that you can teach your children and is the best form of low impact exercise for people of all ages. It develops all the muscles in your body as well as strengthening the heart and lungs. Regular swimming exercise supports the physical development and coordination of children. The East Midlands Swimming Academy specialises in individual and small group tuition. Our lessons are perfect for people of all ages, we cover every aspect of swimming and teaching, one-2-one, parent and child, group and adult lessons, to all ability levels, from complete beginners to those swimmers who wish to develop their technique or to improve their competitive performance

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How to choose a Wedding Photographer

fter you’ve set the date and booked your venue, your choice of photographer is probably one of the most important decisions to make about your wedding. Your photos will shape your memories for years to come, and it’s crucial that they capture the atmosphere of your special day. Photography is also likely to be one of the biggest costs of your wedding – another reason to get it just right. To give yourself the widest choice, start researching photographers as soon as you can. Visit wedding fairs, look at websites such as www.findaweddingphotographer. for ideas, and ask friends and family for recommendations. Your venue may also be able to make suggestions. Before you meet potential photographers, think carefully about what you want from them. Most will offer prices based on how many venues you need them to attend, how long they stay with you, how many photos they take and how many you have printed.

Get together a list of shots that you’d like to have taken. Your photographer will tell you the traditional groups, but you may want different combinations, family portraits, or pictures of friends visiting from abroad for example. When you have a shortlist of photographers, arrange to meet each one in person so you can see their work and get an idea of their personality. You need someone who can get everyone organised, but they must also make you feel at ease. Look at as much of their work as you can, and if possible ask to see one couple’s full album to see the story it tells, rather than a random selection of the photographer’s best shots. You will need to decide whether you prefer traditional photographs, or a more informal style, or perhaps a mixture of both. Also consider if you like colour, black and white, sepia or other effects that may be available. Look carefully at a variety of shots. In the big groups, is everyone looking at the camera? Do the happy couple look relaxed? Do you like the poses and backgrounds used? Can you see the detail in the dress, flowers and cake? How have they coped with bad weather? It’s very important to find out if photographers have wedding indemnity insurance to cover the cost of retaking your photos if something goes wrong. If not, you will need to take out your own insurance. Finally, you should think about how you want your photos to be displayed. An album is traditional, but digital versions on a website are easy to show to friends and family. Talk through different options with your photographer to make sure what they are offering is right for you. Alex Brown


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Processor – a dual core basic processor should come as standard. Processors are normally made by Intel or AMD. AMD is cheaper; Intel processors get more powerful as the model number increases. Battery life – most laptop batteries will last for five or six hours. More expensive models may go for longer, but invest in a spare if you are often out for the day. Screen size – a 15-inch display is fine for most users. Choose a larger screen for playing computer games or using design software. Weight – hold it in your hands if you can! Remember, you’ll be carrying the laptop around, or sitting with it on your knee. Controls – Make sure the keyboard and trackpad are comfortable to use and consider getting a separate mouse. Drives – some laptops don’t include CD/ DVD drives and you may need to buy an external one. By Alex Brown

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Choc Facts

Chocolate comes from the Aztec word

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Columbus brought the cocoa bean

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Top Tips for your Lawn this Spring Like everything else in the garden, our lawns are learning FROM AS to cope with the ups and downs of climate change. LITTLE AS Our lawns take a real battering as a result and we ENT PER TREATM expect them to come back year after year. inc. VAT Well, they will - we take it for granted. Their ability to bounce back is amazing but that doesn’t mean they don’t need some help because every year it gets that bit more difficult. With a little time and effort you can have a handsome and healthy lawn for your family to enjoy which is the envy of all your friends and neighbours.


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