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Editor’s Letter Its Flaming June! This month we road test the Range Rover Sport HSE, review Harry Hills new book, get some great holiday packing tips, gardening and homeopathy articles, great puzzle prizes and lots more. With any luck we might even be able to enjoy a barbeque or two while celebrating the England teams fortunes in the world cup! Just maybe! Thanks to all our advertisers and contributors, and as always please feel free to comment or contribute by emailing to Tell us about the good things that are happening in the area so we can all get positive. Have a great month.

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omeopathy hit the headlines recently. Its effectiveness has been  questioned. Those of us who have used it for years though, wonder what all the fuss is about. The major problem with homeopathy is not whether it works, but in the understanding of how it works. Conventional medicine targets and treats  specific symptoms whereas homeopathic remedies, which are made from diluted plant, mineral and animal substances, stimulate  the body’s own healing powers. This helps to eliminate  toxicity, and works on negative mental and emotional feelings which might be causing a problem. One bonus is that it is particularly safe and effective for children, pregnant ladies,  babies  and animals,  as the remedies are non-addictive and have no side effects. Homeopathy was discovered  200 years ago  by a German  doctor,  Samuel Hahnemann,  at  a time when poisons, such as arsenic, were used to treat diseases.  He decided to give  his patients a much lower, diluted dose of the arsenic and was surprised to find it worked even more effectively and without the harmful side effects. He  experimented further and realised  he could treat  like with like:  a  substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person if taken in a large dose could cure an ill person if taken in diluted amounts. In fact the name,  homeo,  means similar, and pathos, means suffering. Dr Harvey Quin founded the British Homeopathic Society and was instrumental in opening London’s Homeopathic Hospital in1850. There are now four such hospitals. Many millions of people world wide find it an effective therapy and it was recognised by an Act of Parliament in 1948 as a safe, alternative form of medical treatment.



ith summer on its way most of us start to thinkcan about holidays and Critics argue,  ‘How such a diluted most women that means the substancefor heal?’ Professor Jacques nightmarish howclaimed do I get Benveniste, a Frenchdecision; biologist, rid ofextreme unwantedlevels body of anddilution, facial hair? We’ve that similar to all seenused pictures in the glossy still magazines of those in Homeopathy, achieved beautiful tanned women with silky, smooth, a positive result in his experiments. Since hair free legs and most of us have probably then, other scientists made yearned for that look but have  have no idea similar how to claims achieveinit.laboratories in France, Israel, Italy and Canada, concluding that these diluted substances actually work. In medical trials, Homeopathy has been used successfully for upper respiratory tract infections, allergies, ear & throat infections, asthma, eczema, hayfever, migraines, female hormonal problems, IBS, arthritis, fears & anxieties, depression and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  It can help in emergencies such as cuts, burns, bruises, bites, stings, sprains, strains, indigestion, headaches, hiccoughs and even hangovers!  In a 6 year study of 6,500 patients, 70% responded positively to Homeopathic treatment after previously trying conventional medicine without success. If you are  troubled by any of the above  complaints, it may be worth consulting a  homeopath?  The Queen and Prince Charles have used homeopathy for most of their lives and the Clintons and the  Beckhams swear by it, so you’ll be in good company!

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llipse Ipl Skin Rejuvenation treatment is non-invasive treatment used to erase skin damage without disruption of the skin’s surface. The Skin Rejuvenation treatment is ideal for clients who find they have skin discolouration, sun damage, age spots, mottled pigmentation, dull complexions, diffused redness (high colour) and the symptoms of rosacea and large pores. The Ellipse Skin rejuvenation treatment stimulates collagen production in the dermis, which in turn produces an antiaging effect on the treatment area. Clients notice their skin looks smoother and younger, fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced and make-up goes on more evenly.

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The most common area for treatment is the face, however the treatment can be successfully used on the neck, chest and hands as these areas are regularly exposed to the sun, through day to day activities. A full consultation and patch test is carried out prior to treatment to establish eligibility of the client. Treatments should be performed once every 4-6 weeks. Results can be noticed after just one treatment however to achieve the best results a course of six treatments is recommended. Treatments should be carried out at monthly intervals. For more information please call ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ MANSFIELD ELECTROLYSIS AND LASER CLINIC LTD on 01623 625816

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Road Test

road tested the excellent Range Rover Sport in HSE spec. The Sport differs from the standard and increasingly upmarket Range Rover in a number of ways. It has a steeply raked windscreen and lower roof for better aerodynamics. The glass area is shallower and the huge wheels are pushed further out. There’s a single piece aluminium tailgate with useful opening rear glass which makes loading smaller items much easier. The first thing you notice about any Range Rover - and the Sport is no exception - is just how big it is. Both inside and out, this luxury 4x4 is huge. And it’s high off the ground; with 227 mm of clearance to give it better off-road capability as well as the ability to ford streams. There are also front and rear spoilers, an attractive hatched radiator grille and shark’s-gill outlets either side. It has the ultimate in capability off road but is still very well behaved on road. As well as being a superb motorway cruiser the Range Rover can go from tarmac to mud without the driver having to do anything other than choose the terrain setting on a simple rotary control. The vehicle’s electronics work out the rest, including ride height, engine torque, traction and hill descent control. I test drove a Range Rover Sport with the gutsy 3.0 litre V6 turbo diesel engine. This unit has plenty of power, delivering power throughout the range without ever feeling reluctant to propel this big car. It’s quiet and smooth running. The six speed automatic gearbox is exceptionally flexible. It’s particularly frugal - this is a big unit - delivering a creditable 30.7 mpg in mixed driving.


Handling is stable and predictable, with no suspension wallow, and flat cornering. On road its manners are impeccable and it’s a great motorway cruiser. Steering is light but precise. Specification is very good and includes cruise control, satellite navigation, electric front seats, park assist with rear camera, centre console cooler box and 19 inch alloys. My test car came with the options of steering wheel mounted paddle shift (£196) tyre pressure monitoring ((£386) an uprated in-car entertainment system with custom iPod connection (£978), a TV system (£498) and a twin-screen DVD player with the screens in the backs of the front headrests (£2,202) The Range Rover Sport doesn’t come cheap. The model I tested will cost you £50,695. But it’s a Range Rover and whatever anyone tells you, there’s nothing quite like it. Ian Strachan is a motoring and business writer and PR consultant. He can be contacted on 01543 490932 or 07949 202596 or via email: ian@strachan13.

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ou’re more likely to be a target for mosquitoes if you consume bananas.

Biting activity increases by 500 times when there is a full moon. A mosquito’s wings beat 500 times a second. The animal responsible for the most human deaths world-wide is the mosquito. Mosquitoes dislike citronella because it irritates their feet. Mosquitoes prefer children to adults, and blondes to brunettes. A mosquito can detect a moving target at 18ft away. The average life span of a female mosquito is 3 to 100 days. The male lives 10 to 20 days.

Mosquitoes: lay up to 300 eggs at a time, fly across 150 miles in their lifetime, range from sea level to altitudes as high as 10,800 feet (3,600 meters), and develop from egg to adulthood in 4 to 7 days. There are about 2.700 species of mosquitoes. Only female mosquitoes bite; using proteins from a blood meal to produce eggs. Most species can produce several batches of eggs during their lifetime. Worldwide, mosquito-borne diseases kill more people than any other single factor. Most mosquitoes remain within 1 mile of their breeding site. A few species may range up to 20 miles or more.


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Food and Drink Minty Milkshake Ingredients 150ml / 5fl oz milk 2 tbsp peppermint syrup 400g / 14 oz peppermint ice cream Sprigs of fresh mint to garnish. Method Pour the milk and peppermint syrup into a food processor or blender and use a slow setting to combine them. Add the peppermint ice cream and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into tall glasses and decorate with sprigs of fresh mint. It’s really that simple! It also works brilliantly with mint and choc chip ice cream. Grate chocolate curls over the top before serving. Try adding mint liqueur in place of the peppermint syrup for a shake that packs a punch. Serves 2



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Lifestyle and Leisure Retirement?

hether it’s genuine retirement or redundancy late in your working life, suddenly finding yourself without a job can be tough. You can’t just switch-off all the knowledge, skills and qualifications you’ve achieved over the years and you might not feel ready to step out of working life entirely. If the calendar says one thing but your heart and mind disagrees, what should you do? Don’t despair, there are in excess of 1.3m pensioners still working. We represent 11% of the total workforce, and prove that many companies recognise our value, and that figure is still rising.  No surprise then that the Government has been pressured into bringing forward its review on the workingage limit. Benefits. Find out what your entitlements are. Check out to find out about pensions, earnings and tax.  If you prefer to talk to someone in person on the phone, ensure you have all relevant information to hand: P45, NI Number etc.  Even if you’re only entitled to a few pennies at this stage, the important thing is that you are registered. Other benefits may come your way later. Recruitment gives an abundance of information on vacancies and also free cv advice, which is especially helpful if you are out of practice in the art of selling yourself to a prospective employer.  You can register your cv on line with any number of

agencies, such as, which show jobs in your area, and assist with careers advice. If you prefer to register in person, pop into your local Job Centre or Recruitment Agency. These are all positive moves which will help you feel more confident and in control. There are many ways to research information about employment. The library and your local college are good starting points. Libraries often have computer terminals available for public use, and some run courses if your PC skills need polishing. When you get an interview: Be positive Stress the good reputation of the firm plus other positive information. Play to your strengths Explain how the skills you’ve acquired throughout your working life will benefit this company Play down the negatives of unemployment or retirement Describe any voluntary work, hobbies studying and training you’ve completed. As an older person Play on your experience and loyalty but… Reassure the employer You are hard working, flexible and willing to learn. Think of retirement or redundancy as a fresh start. It may be a chance to reinvent yourself and it’s never too late to land your dream job. Good luck.


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At The Movies Some of the movies showing at the Mansfield Odeon this month. Letters to Juliet An enchanting film about love, ‘Letters To Juliet’ tells the story of Sophie, a young American who travels to Verona – the setting of Romeo and Juliet. There she meets a group of volunteers, who respond to letters addressed to Juliet, asking for advice on love and relationships. Sophie discovers, and replies to, a letter that has been lost for 50 years. Soon the author of the letter travels to Verona to meet Sophie and, together, the two women embark on an adventure that changes their lives forever. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Based on the video game of the same name, Walt Disney Pictures presents ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’. The team behind ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ pull out all the stops in this action-adventure set in the magical, mystical lands of Persia.

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Lifestyle and Leisure A Good Read The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters The reviews on the jacket of Waters’ latest novel use words like ‘chilling’ and ‘haunting’, and for once this is no exaggeration.   This is a truly memorable story, and one which will remain with you for a long time. Waters has moved further into the twentieth century – her previous novels having ranged from Victorian times to the Second World War – and here she writes of rural post-war Warwickshire.  Her narrator, Faraday, a country doctor, finds himself called out to Hundreds Hall, seat of the Ayres family.  Having visited the house as a child, he is shocked to find it decaying.  He strikes up a friendship with the family: Mrs Ayres, struggling to cope with her change in status; her son Roderick, scarred in more ways than one by his wartime experiences, and her daughter Caroline, attempting to hold everything together. At first this reads like a tale of mourning for lost glamour.  Soon however, events at Hundreds take a sinister and supernatural turn.  Waters proves once again that she is a master storyteller, drawing us in and leading us first one way and then another until we are as caught up in the mystery as Faraday himself.  This is a genuinely disturbing book. When the strange events begin to occur, they are simply told but terrifying, so much so that at one point I had to stop reading and turn on all the lights.  (Erica Wagner, reviewing the book in The Times, reports much the same experience).  I almost resolved not to finish the story, but found that the characters kept popping up in my head at the oddest moments.


The pace and pitch is excellent - Waters keeps us moving forward, speeding up and then pausing for breath - and the ending is magnificently understated.  Weeks later, you will find yourself running this story over in your mind, again and again.  An absolute must read...if you dare.  

Tim the Tiny Horse – Harry Hill Tim the Tiny Horse was tiny but cheerful. Here he is playing with a 2p piece so you get the idea’.  So begins this delightfully mad book by comedian Harry Hill, ideal for children aged from 8 to 80. 

The book is a collection of short stories featuring Tim, the horse whose stable is a matchbox, with an empty Tic Tac box for a conservatory.  Each title gives a general clue to the content, but among the more ordinary ‘Tim gets the showbiz bug’, ‘Tim does some cooking’ and ‘Tim’s Christmas’ comes a flash of the surreal, such as ‘Tim has a brush with Anna Ford’. The text is kept to a minimum, and each page features two or three lines along with a drawing by Hill, which adds an extra dimension to the humour (Tim in a dressing gown answering the phone, for example).  The humour will come as no surprise to those familiar with Hill’s TV and stand up work, but is easily accessible to the youngest reader. Be warned though, sometimes you may have to explain to your children why you are laughing so much at a picture of a tiny horse and a tube of toothpaste... and explaining that is not always straightforward!

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Home and Garden


Food and Fresh Air he summer is here and we all want to be outside. There is nothing nicer than Sunday lunch ‘al fresco’ with friends.

The great thing about eating outdoors for a less-than-great cook like me is that, for whatever reason, food really does taste better in the fresh air. Also, I may not be Nigella in the kitchen but I know a secret. When people sit down to a prettily-laid table in the garden on a sunny afternoon I’m almost home and dry in the catering stakes before I’ve served a thing! Dressing the table is fun. Most people love a bit of glamour because it makes an occasion seem a more special. White tablecloths and candelabras, which seem a bit over-the-top indoors, look fabulous in the garden. I also like gingham table cloths and if a lot of children are coming I use some pretty wipe-clean material, bought from a fabric outlet, and cut straight from the roll. If space isn’t at a premium, I place a big jug of flowers on the table and, if not using the candelabra, some tea lights in glasses. Really it won’t matter how you set the table or how mismatched everything is, because outdoors it doesn’t matter...the more rustic the better. Some people do love to sit in the sun, but most prefer the option of a little shade. A big umbrella, which can be moved around, depending on the sun’s position, is ideal.


I went to a party recently where the host had an awning, which looked terrific and also provided some cover when the inevitable few spots of rain intruded. One tip I picked up from an Aussie friend is to have a big dispenser bottle of high factor sun protection on hand for easy access - your friends with small children will love you. For a summer lunch make sure there’s loads of ice available. Spritzers (white wine and soda) over ice are very refreshing, as is Pimms or pink champagne. One great tip is to find a few tin buckets or a big metal container and fill them with ice. It’s a stylish way to store bottles of wine, beers and soft drinks. For me, the best thing about eating outdoors is that cooking can be kept to a minimum. Baked potatoes and bowls of salads I can manage and the deli does the rest: cold cuts of ham and beef; slices of quiche; dishes of olives and sundried tomatoes and rustic loaves of bread with lashings of butter. People think I’m a culinary genius and all I’ve done is assemble a few things on a platter or two! The final and rather lovely thing about eating outdoors, is the way that the afternoon stretches effortlessly into the evening. As light fades, try floating little candles in bowls or jars of water and string some fairy lights through the trees. Your guests will never want to leave.

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apanese Maples are surely one of the most beautiful trees. They produce the wonderful foliage in a variety of colours.

Add to this the fact that they never become too large and you have a tree which could have been specifically designed for small suburban plots. Acer palmatum is the base variety. It’s a handsome enough small tree with neatly cut green leaves, but the ‘wow’ factor really sets in when we get to some of its varieties. My favourite is “Atropurpureum”. It is an elegant tree which only reaches 10 feet / 3m tall in 15 years. Its leaves are crimson when they open then turn a rich shade of burgundy as they mature. It’s beautiful in any position but for maximum impact plant it where you will see the sun shine through the leaves. The feathery-leaved varieties are also stunning. Their slightly weeping habit gives them a graceful appearance. “Dissectum” is plain green, while “Dissectum Atropurpureum” is a dusky plum colour.

Acer palmatum “Little Princess” would be my first choice. It is such a pretty plant with small, bright green leaves edged with deep red. Being a dwarf variety it will only reach 1.5m / 5 ft and it produces a lovely display of red foliage in the autumn as a bonus. To grow a Japanese Maple in a pot use a large container and a John Innes No.2 potting compost. Every spring remove the top few inches of compost and replace it with fresh. This top-dressing will ensure that the plant stays healthy and vigorous. All maples prefer shelter. Persistent cold winds dry the leaves and turn them brown. They are also quite thirsty plants and it is important not to let the roots dry out. Really, in spite of their exotic appearance they are not at all tricky to grow, and they lend an air of elegant sophistication to any garden. Try one as a specimen plant and I’m betting that you’ll add another soon after... and another...

For full sun Acer palmatum “Bloodgood” holds the red colour of its leaves best. For a shadier spot try the more delicate “Orange Dream” which opens with fresh yellow-orange spring growth and turns lime green in summer. Acers do prefer a rich, slightly acidic soil, but fortunately for those of us with lessthan-perfect growing conditions many varieties grow well in pots.


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Interesting Facts A Peek into the Past


n June 11th 1959 a revolutionary new form of transport was launched in the Solent, off England’s south coast.

The Hovercraft was invented and designed by boat-builder Christopher Cockerell, who was later knighted. It could operate on sea and land and was described as a cross between an aircraft, a boat and a land vehicle. It was propelled on a cushion of air created by fans, so hovered above the waves at sea and over uneven surfaces on land. Christopher Cockerell originally came up with the idea of the hovercraft when he was thinking about how he might reduce friction to make a


boat go faster. He tested his ‘hover’ theory using a cat food tin inside a coffee tin, with an industrial air blower and a pair of kitchen scales! Initially, he wasn’t able to develop the product commercially because the Government placed it on a secret list, thinking it might have military potential. In 1959 Cockerell’s design was released and he formed the Hovercraft Development Company Ltd. A contract to build the first Hovercraft was awarded at the beginning of 1959 and the SRN-1, an experimental model, was built. The Dover to Calais route opened shortly after and only ceased in 2000, due to increased competition from ferries and the channel tunnel.

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Joshua Hill - Proton Therapy Appeal

oshua Hill is a 13 year old boy who has sadly been diagnosed with prostate cancer. His situation is particularly sad. Joshua was recommended for Proton Therapy Treatment by his oncologist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The treatment, which is fairly new and revolutionary, is carried out mainly in the USA. The family were led to believe that his treatment would be funded by the NHS. Two weeks ago Joshua was on the operating table having an operation to prepare him for Proton Therapy. While he was having this operation, communication was received refusing the funding for his treatment. This was turned down by the Proton Therapy Board who are responsible for authorising Proton Therapy throughout UK. The reasons given are that, as a 13 year old he is classed as a young adult. If he had been 10 or under he would automatically have qualified. We rescue stray and unwanted dogs every day of the year. We neuter all bitches and vacinate all dogs before finding them suitablenew homes. Please consider rehoming a rescue dog instead of paying expensive breeders, we have all types of dogs and our staff will help to find you a suitable dog for you and your family. All our dogs are assessed for a minimum of seven days, given full health checks, given at least a first vaccination, spayed (if female) microchipped and worm/de-flead. Our adoption fee is £99 which also includes 1 years free membership to the Jerry Green Foundation. Jerry Green Dog Rescue, Warsop Lane, Blidworth, Nott’s.NG21 0PG. Tel:01623 792886 Office opening times 1-3pm No public access to kennels, view by appointment only.


Time is short as Joshua was expecting to go to the USA in approximately four weeks time. I would therefore ask and even beg for some financial assistance to help Joshua in his fight for survival. This young boy deserves a chance - please, please, help us give him a fighting chance. After all, prostate cancer is usually found in people over 50 years of age - not a young boy of 13. He and his family have been badly let down by the system. The very least we can do is to help him to live any help will be greatly received And I know that Joshua and his family will be eternally grateful. Mike Hyman 07967 752696

Dogs needing homes: Shilo 9 years old Jack Russell Terrier castrated and fully vaccinated. Not suitable with small children or pets. Housetrained, good when left alone, good traveller and very affectionate. Laurel 6 years old Crossbreed castrated male. Good with older children but not suitable with other pets. Housetrained and fine to be left alone, good traveller and friendly. Open day and fun dog show, Sunday 29th August 2010 starts at 11.30am

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years + accompanied with an adult) 10am - 10.45am Free style Yoga (12 years + accompanied with an adult) 10am - 4pm Junior Fitness Suite 4.30pm 5.15pm Kids Fitness (6 years +) Thursdays 10am - 12 noon MINI Activity Morning (2-5 years) 9.30am - 10.15am Fitball (12 years + accompanied with an adult) 10am - 4pm Junior Fitness Suite10.45am - 11.30am Fitness Pilates (12 years + accompanied with an adult) Fridays 9am - 4pm Activity Day (8-12 years) 10am - 4pm Junior Fitness Suite4.15pm 5.15pm Judo (Beginners - 5 years +) 6pm - 6.45pm Pilates (12 years + and accompanied with an adult) Saturdays 9am - 9.45am Mini Movers (3-6 years) 10am - 4pm Junior Fitness Suite11.30am - 12.15pm Cardio Kick (12 years + accompanied with an adult) Sundays 10am - 4pm Junior Fitness Suite 11.15am - 12 noon Cardio Ball (12 years + accompanied with an adult) Puzzle Solutions

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Electricians RS Electrical CMS

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