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Spotlight on Mansfield South Contents Dr Seuss Day 6 Wiggle Wiggle 8 Still Stopping Smoking 10 Why Skin Ages 12 True Gems 14 Penne Pasta 16 Easter Egg Hunt 18 Spring Trends in Interiors 20 Puzzle Page 22 Choose a Wedding Photographer 24 East Midland Swimming Assoc. 26 Lowdown on Laptops 28 Index 30 Published by Spotlight Local Media Ltd Company No. 6841257 Tel: 01623 706570 Suite 104, 1 Hanley Street Nottingham NG1 5BL Graphic Design and Layout: Spotlight Local Media Distributed by Leaflet Media Trusted Delivery Partner of the Spotlight Magazine


So March is upon us! We have several important dates to remember this month. Mother’s Day is Sunday 10th, so we had better not forget that one, and of course we have an early Easter this year coming at the end of the month. British Summer Time begins at the end of this month too, with the clocks going forward by 1 hour at 2am on Easter Sunday, 31st March Thanks once again to all our advertisers and contributors, and of course all the readers for supporting our local businesses. Spotlight magazine is delivered to 6,000 homes and businesses in the Mansfield South area each month, with similar magazines going to Central Mansfield, North Mansfield and West Bridgford. To Advertise or contribute: T: 01623 706570 E:

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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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Home & Garden Wriggle Wriggle! A new dance craze perhaps? Well maybe … if you’re a worm that is! In my opinion, worms have to be the unsung heroes of the garden. They only eat what I don’t want, they tidy up leaves from the borders by dragging them down into the soil, and who else improves our soil structure by adding air holes, incorporating organic matter en route and even provides food for the birds (sorry worms!), all for free? As far as I’m aware, garden worms don’t have their own ‘worm awareness week’, they just carry on doing what they do best, quietly making beautifully rich, dark brown garden goodness. You may be happy to leave the worms well alone, merrily munching away in the compost heap, but why not have a go at making your own worm villa (known as a

wormery), or buying a pre- made version online? Most kids love worms so it’s a great activity to do as a family, or indeed if you enjoy the idea of reducing landfill and nourishing your garden at the same time. Worms will happily nosh through your kitchen waste. They’re not that fussy but they don’t like acidic things such as citrus peels, garlic and onion, but things they do love (strangely) are teabags, eggshell and cold mashed potato, (I’ve heard that for worms these foods are like us eating oysters…they erm… put them in the mood for a little wriggle wriggle).

Other jobs to do this month include: • Protecting early spring growth from pesky slugs (try a midnight slug hunt!) • Hoe off any newly germinating weed seedlings on a dry day • Cut back shrubs such as Cornus (dogwood) and Buddleia • Herbaceous perennials such as Hostas which are just beginning to re-grow can be dug up and chopped into 2 or 4 pieces and replanted to make more. • Begin feeding fish • Don’t forget to provide food for the worms – add a 5cm layer of compost to the top of the soil and let the worms pull it in.

That said, worms never over populate and are able to regulate their breeding actively in line with their environment. Bizarrely they can also change gender to suit the local talent on offer! They don’t like extremes in temperature, so I’d advise keeping them in a shaded corner which does not get too hot or cold. Their home can be insulated in winter, or moved into the garage. The resulting compost is rich and when scattered into the borders makes a highly concentrated soil improver, as does the liquid ‘wee tea’ which can be accessed via the tap at the base of the wormery. Diluted 9amat 1:10 with water it makes a great natural liquid plant food too. By Lee Bestall


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National Stop Smoking Day Did you make a New Year’s Resolution in January? How did it go? If your New Year’s Resolution was to stop smoking, but you were unsuccessful, how about trying it with the help of New Leaf, your local NHS Stop Smoking Service for National No Smoking Day on Wednesday 13 March? We are hosting community events across Nottinghamshire to encourage quitters to access the support and help that we can offer. Don’t pay for your prescriptions? We can provide 12 weeks worth of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) totally free of charge, and if you do pay, you get 12 weeks worth for only 1 prescription charge of £7.65! And with 7 forms of NRT available to you, we’re bound to have just the right thing to help you get a handle on those cravings. If you would like to use Zyban or Champix, we can provide you with all the information


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Why Skin Ages

mongst a host of causes is the gradual but progressive loss of important hormones, together with many other bodily changes. Some evidence also suggests that a vitamin A deficiency may play an important part in skin ageing because some changes in the skin can also be reversed by using vitamin A topically. Of course smoking, too much alcohol or sun exposure and too little sleep or water consumption all makes us age faster. But in simple terms our skin ages because our DNA gets old and in sunny areas this ageing is aggravated by light, especially ultra violet. Fortunately, we can do something about this: adding vitamin A in rich doses to our diet helps our skin to preserve the chromosomes that carry the DNA and can keep our cells younger! A significant part of skin ageing is damage caused by free radicals from UVA, race contributes enormously to ageing caused

by light: the darker the skin is, the less damage occurs in the lower layers in the skin and the younger people look. We can’t do anything about our inherited skin colour but we can do something about light by making sure we don’t expose our skin - wear suitable clothing and use sun screen that contains anti-oxidants to reduce the damage caused by free radicals. I also believe that adequate nutrition with large quantities of vegetables and fruits and sufficient proteins will help to slow the ageing process. Avoiding gluten and milk proteins is another way to reduce the chronic inflammatory process that aggravates its progression. One of the most beneficial ways to help combat skin ageing is regular professional salon facials. To achieve optimum effects and results, each treatment can be tailored to individual requirements and serves as a double benefit for instant relaxation too!

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Penne Pasta with Kale and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Kale is from the same family as cabbage. It’s packed with calcium, vitamins and other nutrients as well as being full of fibre. It’s already classed as a super food, but this simple supper dish proves that it’s super-tasty too.

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aptop computers can offer the power of a desktop with the flexibility and freedom to use them where you wish. There is an astonishing range of products available, ranging in price from a few hundred pounds up to two thousand. As with all technology purchases it’s essential to do your research first – work out what you need, what you’re willing to pay for, and what you can do without. The cheapest option is a netbook. They are smaller and lighter than laptops, but don’t have the same range of features. They are perfect if you want to browse the internet and send emails while you’re out and about. The keyboard and larger screen can make them easier to use than a smartphone or tablet computer, such as an iPad. The next step up is a cheap laptop. These are suitable for everyday tasks such as word processing and web browsing, and are good for computer novices. They are portable, but may be bulky. You may have to pay more if you need to store more data on the computer (such as movies) or use it for more demanding tasks (such as gaming or editing video). Sleek and light designs also come at a premium.

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

Use this quick guide to help you understand laptop lingo and work out which one is right for you: Operating system – Windows is the bestselling operating system. Macs are easy to use and good for graphics and publishing, but can cost two or three times as much. Memory – this has a big influence on how fast the laptop will run. Aim for at least 4 gigabytes (GB) of RAM. Storage – the hard drive is where programs, files, data and documents are stored. Look for 320 GB, or 500 GB if you want to store lots of videos, music or photographs.

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