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Happy February everyone! With Christmas and New Year out of the way we now have another opportunity to part with our hard earned cash. Valentines Day. A great time for the greeting card industry, and even better for Florists. Dig deep guys, you know the one you love is worth it!

Gung Hei Fat Choi 6 National Chip Week 8 Let’s Face It 10 Thoresby Market 12 Puzzle Pages 14 Business Focus 16 The Food of Love 18 Community Information 20 My Little Sat Nav 22 Garden Time 24 Legal Advice 26 Totally Locally 28 Index 30

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Spotlight Magazine be short of money in the following year. People also bring plants and fruit trees into their homes, especially kumquat plants and peach blossom. On New Year’s Eve, families gather together for a celebratory feast. They eat sticky rice dumplings to bring good luck and happiness. It is a time to be thankful for the year that is ending and to remember family members who have died. At midnight, the doors and windows of the house are opened to let the old year out and firecrackers are set off.

Gung Hei Fat Choi Celebrate the Chinese New Year on 10 February 2013 Chinese New Year is the biggest celebration of the year for Chinese people around the world. In China, the festival is marked by a three-day public holiday. Also called the Spring Festival, it is a special time for families to get together, and millions of people travel home from their places of work or study. Chinese people prepare for the New Year celebrations by cleaning their houses from top to bottom. The idea is to clear away any bad luck and make way for good luck in the year ahead. People also buy new clothes and have their hair cut. They decorate their homes with red and gold paper decorations and lights. Red is a lucky colour in China, while gold represents wealth. Debts must be paid off before the end of the year, otherwise it is said that you will


The next day, friends and families exchange gifts of food, flowers and sweets. Children are given money in red paper envelopes. There are fireworks and elaborate lion and dragon dances featuring beautifully coloured costumes and puppets. People try to forget grudges and wish peace and happiness to everyone. The date of the New Year is calculated using the lunar calendar and can fall any time between late January and the middle of February. A complete cycle of the lunar calendar lasts 60 years and consists of five cycles of 12 years. Each of the 12 years is named after a different animal – rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Legend has it that Buddha asked all the animals on earth to join him for a party. Only 12 turned up, and as a reward, he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. Each animal has certain characteristics which people born in that year are said to share. 2013 will be the Year of the Snake. People born in this year are said to be romantic, wise and charming. They are good at making and saving money, but can be stingy. Famous snakes include Audrey Hepburn, Bob Dylan and Brad Pitt! By Alex Brown • 01623 706570 •

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Food & Drink

National Chip Week named culinary genius decided that fish and chips were meant to be together and the British fish and chip trade began.

18-24th February is National Chip Week. Fish and chips is still the most popular take away meal in Britain. In fact we eat a staggering 38000 tonnes of chips per week between us! We think of it the quintessentially British take-away but chips are actually a French invention. A French chef named Alexis Soyer fled to England to escape the July Revolution in 1830. He fried raw potato shavings and put the instructions down in a book he wrote called Shilling Cookery for the People. It would seem these were the ancestors of our beloved chip. The Brits however invented the battered cod fillet and served them to the masses in fried-fish warehouses around at this time. At some point between then and1860 an un-


Lancashire and London both lay claim to the first ever fish and chip shop. In 1863 A Mr. Lees of Lancaster sold them from a wooden hut, then later transferred to a shop with a sign which boasted ‘This is the first fish and chip shop in the world’. Londoners however claim that Joseph Malin’s shop which opened in Cleveland Street in 1860 was the first. Whatever its origins the dish is now a national favourite, eaten and loved by every generation and class. So this week support your local chippy and indulge a little…you know you want to. Sarah Davey

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Health & Beauty Let’s Face It!

Non-surgical facelifts can roll back the years – without the pain They come to us all – wrinkles, laughter lines, crow’s feet. Whatever you call them, as we age, our faces age with us. But as 50 becomes the new 40 – or it is 30? Some of us don’t want to look the age we are, we want to look the age we feel! Until recently, the only option for a younger-looking face was a facelift. This meant expense, pain, a long recovery time and many potential side effects. Now, however, there is a nonsurgical option that is gaining in popularity. A non-surgical facelift reduces wrinkles and tightens loose skin. It is a minimally invasive procedure that works by heating the deeper layers of skin – the dermis – using either infrared (laser) or radiofrequency energy to promote what is called a ‘healing response’. This stimulates production of new collagen and remodels the existing collagen. The effect is to contract the layers of skin above and make the face appear plumper and smoother. The treatment can also be used on the jaw line, neck, abdomen, bottom, upper arms and thighs.

Sometimes only one treatment is required, but often two or three treatments are given a month apart. The full results may not be seen until six months later. You should bear in mind though, that the effect will not be as dramatic as with a surgical facelift because the non-surgical procedure doesn’t actually remove excess skin or fat. Results will vary according to differences in skin thickness and texture, in healing response and in the person’s lifestyle. Non-surgical facelifts are most suited to younger people who are beginning to notice that their skin is ageing, but wish to delay more invasive procedures for a few years. They are also good for people who are unable to have surgery. If you decide to go ahead with a nonsurgical facelift, make sure you research the experience and training of the person who will perform the procedure. Always ask for references and follow them up. Then lie back and watch the years melt away.

Some procedures use local anaesthetics or over-the-counter pain relief, but others need nothing at all. You will be given something to cool your skin during the procedure and you may experience some temporary swelling, redness or skin blanching. Unlike chemical peel and microdermabrasion techniques, no skin is removed and so non-surgical facelifts are generally more suitable for people with darker skin. More serious side effects such as bumps, blisters, pigmentation changes or skin depressions are very rare. Because the treatment is non-invasive, there is normally no need to take time off work. An advantage of the non-surgical facelift is that it is significantly cheaper than a surgical procedure.


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Thoresby Sunday Market Re-Opens Sunday 10th March 2013 The Famous Thoresby Sunday Market is back for 2013! Thoresby Sunday Market, the largest outdoor Sunday Market in the region held at the beautiful country setting of Thoresby Park re-opens on Sunday 10 March 2013. For 2013 we will have a new layout and new stallholders showcasing a host of new products and foods. Whether you love shopping for clothes, tools, plants, toys or food, Thoresby Sunday Market has something for you. Parking is only £1.50 per car but you’ll get free entry if you hand this article to the team at the Market entrance! We are always looking for new and interesting stall holders. With pitches available from £25, whether you are an existing or new trader, there is no better time to join us at Thoresby Sunday Market. For further details please contact Ben Perry on 01623 822301. We are open from 8am every Sunday and 9am every Bank Holiday Monday. Set your Satnav to NG22 9EW and follow the signs for the market. Come along and join us for a Shop in the Park! Like us on Follow us on Twitter @thoresbymarket Listen out for us on Mansfield 103.2!



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t Kitchen World (Mansfield) Ltd., there’s no pressure selling and no pushy salesmen, David, Lee and Justin (the three company directors) will not only be your designers, but also your project managers, ensuring that you not only receive the very best service available, but also gain from having some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry in this area overseeing the supply and installation of your new kitchen or bedroom right from the start through to completion at no extra cost to yourself With over 50 years’ experience specialising in fitted kitchens and bedrooms they have recognised that not everyone is looking for a full new kitchen or bedroom every time, that is why they not only offer a fully installed service where the customer can relax in the confidence that their new kitchen or bedroom is being installed to the highest standards by experienced and qualified tradesmen, but they also offer all of their products on a supply only basis too. Kitchen World (Mansfield) Ltd. can cater for even the smallest of jobs such as door or worksurface replacements, through to fully bespoke kitchens and bedrooms, and along with the comprehensive installation service available (if required) all you have to do is decide what you would like them to include! Customers are also presented with a full presentation file, detailing every measurement, product, accessory, appliance and service, so you can see exactly what you are purchasing. This full specification includes a free survey, measuring and quotation service, plus product images and specifications, room elevations and floor plans. It even lists product codes, colours, manufacturers and material types of each product included, plus a clear breakdown of the installation included (If required), plus all other requirements and instructions. Well-renowned locally for their quality of service and having the largest product choice available, they specialise in top quality products including painted, solid timber, acrylic and vinyl wrapped doors, laminate, solid timber, Corian, composite and granite worksurfaces (most available with matching back splash panels and up-


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The Food of Love hey say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so why not experiment with some tempting titbits this Valentine’s Day?

In Japan feeling flirty can become – quite literally – a matter of life or death! Puffer fish is considered to be a great delicacy and an aphrodisiac, but it contains a poisonous gland that is deadly and must be removed before eating! A safer seafood option is the oyster. A favourite with the Romans some oysters are able to change sex repeatedly and so are said to give you the ability to experience the male and female sides of love.

For a sophisticated saucy snack you can’t go wrong with asparagus. Served with hollandaise sauce and washed down with champagne it’s sure to pep things up. And do you know where the term ‘honeymoon’ comes from? In Medieval times newlyweds drank mead – a fermented drink made with honey – to sweeten their marriage. But I reckon the ultimate palate pleaser has got to be chocolate. Described by the Aztecs as ‘nourishment of the Gods’, it contains both a relaxing sedative that lowers inhibitions and a stimulant to perk you up. Even better is the news that it is more effective when combined with that other antioxidant, red wine – but don’t have too much, or your suitor may become a snorer! By Alex Brown

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Community Information Whats happening in your area These are free pages to publicise your local events and information. We would love to hear from you if you know of any event in or around the Ollerton area; copy deadline is the 25th of each month. Please email Age UK Notts Charity Tea Dance. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a fabulous afternoon of sequence and ballroom dancing with tea and cakes! St Peter’s Centre, Thursday 14th February, 1pm3.30pm. Admission: Just £2 donation (free to Kindred Spirits members). Booking essential, please call 01623 488 211. Mark Spencer MP for Sherwood MP Advice Surgeries Please phone the Constituency Office on 0115 968 1186 for an appointment or email 2nd SATURDAY EACH MONTH* (10am – 12pm) at Under One Roof, Vine Terrace, Hucknall NG15 7HN

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I have a little Satnav.......... It sits there in my car. A Satnav is a driver’s friend, It tells you where you are.

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I have a little Satnav, I’ve had it all my life. It isn’t like the normal ones My Satnav is my wife.

It lists the vehicles just in front And all those to the rear, And taking this into account It specifies my gear.

It gives me full instructions, Especially how to drive “It’s thirty miles an hour”, it says, “You’re doing thirty five.” It tells me when to stop and start And when to use the brake, And tells me that it’s never ever Safe to overtake. It tells me when a light is red And when it goes to green -

I’m sure no other driver Has so helpful a device, For when we leave and lock the car It still gives its advice! It fills me up with soundbites Each journey’s pretty fraught, So why don’t I exchange it And get a quieter sort?

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s we progress through the year our thoughts are drawn to spring. The days are gradually getting longer, though it’s hardly noticeable because the temperatures are still very cold. People think of February as ‘nearly spring’ but in fact it can be a much colder month than December or January at times.

If you are inspired by these wonderful scenes, now is the perfect time to buy and plant snowdrops, so why not add some to a tub, or plant a swathe by the front door? That way even when it’s icy outside you’ll be welcoming guests with a less frosty reception.

That said, the cold weather is just the stimulus some bulbs need in order for them to burst into bloom. Take the snowdrop for example: this tiny flower with its delicate head looks its best this month, especially when planted in large drifts. Galanthus (snowdrops) naturalise and spread quite rapidly when happy, and over 5-10 years will form the most beautiful carpet of white.

Cutting down – I’m not talking about the post Christmas calorie intake, but about the herbaceous perennials. Chop them down now, as far as you can go so that the new shoots will be free to grow next month.

Try and visit an open garden this month and you’ll see what I mean. Choose a clear day when the sky is an intense blue. Take a waterproof rug to lie down on and see the world from the woodland floor, just like a snowdrop would. It’s a beautiful place to be (and to take photographs from). If it’s not frozen solid, the earthy smell of the humus rich soil is wonderful and there will often be a layer of crunchy leaves still remaining from autumn, partially decomposed which add to the aroma. When you get up close and personal with plants in this way it really gives you a chance to appreciate their beauty. Lift up the little nodding head and see the loveliness within.


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Hedge your bets – overgrown evergreen hedges can be cut at the end of the month. Do one side this year and one in a couple of years time. It will look pretty awful until it re grows (in about 2 years) but it will be worth the wait. Compost all the waste you create in the garden, but remember to chop it up well. Consider investing in a shredder if you create a lot of bulky waste. You’ll be impressed with the quality of compost you can produce. Use last year’s compost to lay on the top of the soil around shrubs and roses (known as mulch) Until next time, Happy gardening, Lee • 01623 706570 •

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Door Opened to Equal Pay Claims

ou may have read recently in the national press that a group of 170 women have won their fight for equal pay against their local authority employer. Their victory has opened the door to thousands of other women who may now be entitled to compensation under the new rules. The Supreme Court in this case effectively extended the time that workers have to bring equal pay claims from six months to six years. This change was achieved by allowing the matter to be handled in the civil courts rather than by an employment tribunal. With compensation being backdated this makes such claims potentially very lucrative. Women make up more than half the UK workforce. Research has shown that despite laws on equal pay being in place for more than 40 years, the UK still has one of the highest pay gaps between men and women.


If you think you have been paid less than a male colleague, how do you find out what they are earning and how do you tackle this with your employer? As a starting point, you need to identify a male colleague who is employed doing the ‘same sort of work’. To define this don’t be restricted by job titles to compare the roles, the intention of the law is to look horizontally across a business to define levels for jobs of ‘equal worth’. This person then becomes your “comparator”. You are entitled under The Equality Act 2010 to make enquiries to establish if you have an equal pay case. This can be through informal discussions with colleagues or you can submit a pay questionnaire to your employer to seek further information. If you wish to discuss your situation with a specialist solicitor make an appointment to see Marc Turner, head of our Employment Team at Alcocks, on (01623) 460444 (see our advertisement below).

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