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In this issue... Local businesses Local News
- Bournemouth Air Show Pictures - Dorset Wildlife Trust: Foraging for food
- Lewis-Manning: Back to School Quiz
Prize Wordsearch - Win tickets to see iMagician
- The Adventures of Nellie
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Well I have to say that this summer was a great success all round. The weather was good and from our point of view Hayden, our 9 year old son, was kept busy on a four day camp at Sixpenny Handley with the Viking Cub Scout Group, a week on the Isle of Wight with us and then ten days at Grandma and Grandad’s in Hull! Oh to be young and carefree again… You can read about our trip to the Isle of Wight with Nellie on pages 18 and 19. So, I hope you equally had a good summer and are getting ready for the autumn again.
Stephen & Debbie Corney at Dorset Publications
Copy deadline for the October edition: 25th September 2013
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We have some interesting articles this month. The Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital has good information for you. Age UK Bournemouth have some good advice. Volunteers raise money for Lewis-Manning Hospice and Lewis-Manning themselves have a charity ‘Back to School Quiz’ at Parkstone Grammar School on 27th September! Dorset Wildlife Trust has interesting data about wild life and plants and what is edible and what is not! There is a beginner’s guide to planting shrubs. iMagician with Jamie Allan arrives at the Pavilion next month and there are free tickets to the show to win, so do fill in the prize wordsearch. Finally there is some good finance advice from Martin Lewis. This is all inside, so do use the Directory to support your local groups. Of course we have our very important advertisers. There is quite a selection so please continue to help us, help them, by giving the local businesses and trades people a call for their services. Wishing you all a good month of September,
Debbie & Stephen Corney
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Investing in our front line Investing in staff is crucial to ensure we continue to provide high quality care. • More than £1m has been invested in nursing staff. • Some 59 newly qualiﬁed nurses have been appointed and will join the Trust in early autumn. • Four additional doctors are to be recruited. • Two further consultant acute physicians are to be appointed to provide greater consultant cover. • An intensive care consultant will join the outreach team. • Plans to recruit a sixth consultant for the Emergency Department. Investment in senior medical staff is a priority within the hospital at night and at weekends.
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Enhancing the healing environment for patients with dementia Funding has been approved for a range of ward improvements, including: • New reception with patient seating area • Colour coding for bathroom facilities and pictorial signage • Use of orientation boards • New nurse stations on bays Investment in the dementia ward environment is designed to reduce patient stress and anxiety, promote independence in day to day activities and reduce falls.
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Charity head back to school and get quizzical School might be out for the summer but Lewis-Manning Hospice in Poole is already making preparations for its ‘Back to School Quiz’, sponsored by Jobshop UK, which will once again be held at Parkstone Grammar School on Friday 27 September. Lewis-Manning, who offer free specialist palliative nursing care to around 650 local people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, will be providing school dinners of bangers and mash, a tuck shop and a bar, as well as a prize for the winning quiz team. Entry is £15 per person, with a maximum of six people per team, and school uniform fancy dress is also strongly encouraged.
Last year’s LewisManning ‘Back To School’ quiz team
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Talking about Wildlife...
Foraging for food It It’s hard to imagine a life in which foraging for food is essential. Today, food shops and supermarkets provide us with a constant supply of food; we can even have food delivered to our door. However, these food outlets were not an option 10,000 years ago. In order to secure a meal, our ancestors had to scout the land, foraging for plants and seeds and hunting for meat and fish. It was a full-time job and communities had to work collectively. We could not live from wild foods alone in 21st Century, but it seems that in Britain, an interest in foraging has grown in recent years. Some forage because of environmental concerns and the cost of food, whilst others are drawn in by the opportunity to uncover a wealth of nutritious, seasonal and free ingredients. Before you raid nature’s larder, make sure you know how to forage safely. Remember, some plants and fungi are poisonous; a deadly fungus may have a similar appearance to an edible mushroom. Do not eat anything unless you are 100% certain that your identification is correct. You should also avoid foraging in an area where agricultural sprays have been used, as these can contaminate produce. If you want to learn about how to forage safely, visit Kingcombe Centre on Sunday 15th September and take part in Hedgerow Harvest.
Revel in the local landscape at the Kingcombe Centre, which is surrounded by nearly 1000 acres of nature reserve and learn about Kingcombe’s abundant supply of wild plants with expert and River Cottage regular, John Wright. There will be an opportunity to forage through the meadows and woodlands before you discuss and taste what has been gathered. John will also teach you how to identify plants, including those which are poisonous, and will introduce you to the law of foraging. We also have a Fungi Foray event with John on 16th November, where you can enjoy a brief introduction to fungi, followed by a guided walk with discussion and identification, and perhaps a taste if you’re lucky enough to find some edible fungi! For more information about events and courses at the Kingcombe Centre, please visit: www.kingcombe.org. By Judy Godsall Wayfaring Tree berries
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The Adventures of Nellie The Dorset Publications Camper Van Nellie, who got her name from the Nissan Elgrand that she is, and who also happens to be rather large, wearing her long, black skirts to cover her ‘oversized thighs’, is the Dorset Publications travelling campervan! This summer she took us to the Isle of Wight. She had friends with her too. “Lady J”, the rather posh Jaguar belonging to my sister and her proud husband and also the “Matrix”, my Mum and Dad’s new automatic Hyundai car. The latter was especially bought for the occasion as Dad is having a few difficulties with his knee. These are the same knees which won the 100 yards East Yorkshire Sprint Championship in 1949 at the age of 14! Dad even came 3rd in the whole of the Yorkshire Championships. It seemed to be running in the family as Dad’s grandfather was the 10 Mile Yorkshire Champion. He was only 4’ 11” and told that he was too small
Lady J & Nellie, by Martin Budden
Lady J, Matrix & Nellie at Dinosaur Isle
Family breakfast on clubhouse verandah for rugby, so took to cross country running instead. Unfortunately, with my Dad, that is where the sportsmanship era ended, as both my sister and I will now tell you that walking to the nearest coffee shop is what we do best! Anyway, Nellie with my Mum, Dad, sister and my brother-in-law in Lady J and the Matrix all set off in convoy for the Isle of Wight for a week. We lost ‘Lady J’ at the first hurdle, as Nellie and the Matrix both managed to get on the early ferry, by chance, leaving Lady J standing at the port as we sailed away! We were not to be floundered and took a slow drive around the Isle until we all met up again and then made our way to where we were staying - Rookley Country Park in the centre of the Isle of Wight. Sue and I had chosen it, as much to our Mum’s ‘incredulity’, it had a fishing lake for Dad and a swimming pool for Hayden. The youngest and eldest were therefore well catered for. Mum has had a lifetime of fishing with Dad. In addition to his running skills, and having also played football for Hull
Grandad and Hayden show off their catches City Boys, Dad has been a keen angler from a very early age. Twice he fished for Hull in the National Championships where 1200 anglers took part. Many a weekend when we were young was spent fishing - so Sue and I thought this was perfect.The two lakes at Rookley Country Park are very well stocked and I recommend them to the new and very experienced fisherman alike. There is a carp lake where you can catch carp up to 40 pounds in weight. Dad did catch some good sized fish in the smaller pond with Hayden who had fun catching small rudd and carp – 29 fish was his best afternoon’s catch! Take a look at our photos to prove it… Great fun. We ladies had a fantastic spa day at Liz Earle’s in Ryde whilst the boys were fishing. We all came back thoroughly refreshed!
Picnic time at Carisbrooke Castle
The week was a total success, except, as my sister put it, the ‘orchestra of snoring’ in the caravan that we all stayed in! All in all I think we visited most major towns of the Island with a visit to the Needles, taking the chair lift to the sea and a boat ride to see the Needles themselves. Dinosaur Isle was fun with lots of fossils and life like dinosaurs to give you a real flavour of how it used to be on the Jurassic Coast many many years ago. The Garlic Farm was also interesting and I now have a challenge to grow one of my own… Carisbrooke Castle was fascinating and, although this was not our best day for weather, we still had great views of the Island walking around the ramparts. For those that don’t know, it is where Charles 1st hid from his enemies before he was then kept as prisoner and later executed for Treason. Nothing like a bit of history to get you thinking! So if anyone is wondering where to go, that is not too far away, yet you feel that you are, the Isle of Wight could be just what you are looking for. Nellie did great and the picnic at Carisbrooke, with the whistling kettle made it all the more fun! Where will Nellie go next? See next month’s issue of… The Poole Directory! By Debbie Corney
BIOGRAPHIES Citroën DS3 By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer
THE FRENCH are at it again. They’re often regarded as fashionistas – and the new DS3 Cabrio from Citroën lends further support to that perception. The latest development in the chevron adorned motor company’s stylish DS line is the top-down version of the DS3. The car features intelligent design and glittery looks to make open-top driving easier and even more pleasurable. The Cabrio boasts all the characteristics that have made its hatchback sister so popular - daring styling, chic elegance, all-embracing personalisation and an enjoyable motoring experience. But Citroën’s unique selling point is that it is the only ﬁve-seater in its class and features a larger boot than key rivals such as the MINI Convertible and FIAT 500C. The powered roof can be opened or shut at speeds of up to 75mph - which is also exclusive in this segment. Quite frankly, rag-top driving has never been so simple. Continuing the DS line’s customisation levels, the Cabrio is available in seven body colours with three colourcoordinated roof designs for a choice of fourteen combinations. There are nine diﬀerent wheel styles to let you express your personality even further, and you can specify 16” or 17” alloys in an array of shades and patterns. Apart from the lid peeling oﬀ, another hip highlight is the motor’s attention-grabbing, three-dimensional LED taillight signature. The all-new technology was inspired by the designs on Citroën’s Revolte and Survolt concept vehicles. The central part of the light is made of a rectangular set of 31 LEDs with mirrors that reﬂect the light into ‘inﬁnity’. Inside, the DS3 Cabrio oﬀers a typically classy French cabin. There is white LED ambient lighting around the ceiling console and white lights in the instrument cluster. The strong soft-top material delivers soundprooﬁng comparable to the hatchback with some of the best acoustic insulation against road noise and the elements in its class. Behind the wheel, the DS3 Cabrio is comfy yet athletic. A button on the overhead console controls the roof to three positions - intermediate, horizontal and total - with the covering fully opening or closing in just 16 seconds. Even in the horizontal setting, your rear passengers get a clear view overhead. When the roof is open, a very useful aerodynamic front deﬂector provides further ear-soothing
assistance by deﬂecting air currents and preventing air buﬀeting. If only the seats repelled the cold as eﬀectively – heated seats would deﬁnitely be beneﬁcial for die-hard roof-oﬀ British motorists. The Cabrio inherits all the well-located technology of the conventional DS3, including Citroën’s integrated satellite navigation system, which features a colour screen, Europe -wide navigation; Bluetooth® and USB connectivity. And with rear parking sensors ﬁtted across the range, you have that extra reassurance when parking with the roof down. For added well-being, whatever the weather, automatic air conditioning is also available. Adding to a range praised for its enjoyable handling - and boasting a strong World Rally Championship (WRC) pedigree – the Cabrio remains a pleasure to drive, retaining the nimble and alert feel of the original DS3. At the same time, the car oﬀers comfort, control and safety, always putting you ﬁrmly in command. The new model is available in the DS line’s three signature trim levels - DSign, DStyle & DSport - with ownership starting at £15,045 for the VTi 82 DSign rising to £19,675 for the THP 155 DSport. The most popular variant is forecast to be the VTi 120 DStyle at £17,425 and the sales split is expected to be approximately 65 percent retail and 35 percent ﬂeet/business.
FAST FACTS PROS ‘N’ CONS Looks √ Max speed: 132 mph Handling √ 0-62 mph: 8.2 secs Comfort √ Combined mpg: 47.9 Boot √ Engine: 1598cc 16 value turbo No heated seats X petrol
Max. power (bhp): 155 at 6000 rpm
Max. torque (lb/�): 177 at 1400 rpm
CO2: 137 g/km Price: £19,675 on the road
Age UK Bournemouth reminds older drivers of the importance of car insurance at new registration time This September, as the new ‘63’ registration plates appear on the roads, it is an ideal time for drivers to review their insurance policy and check they are being offered a policy that meets their needs. Peter Kendall, Trading Manager of Age UK Bournemouth, said: “When buying insurance for a brand new car, or even for your current one, it is essential to always shop around before committing to a provider. Securing a car insurance policy that meets your needs, and not just the cheapest deal, is important. “You may wish to avoid paying for features that you don’t need and remember to always read your policy in depth, check for any hidden charges, cancellation fees or exceptions that
could invalidate a claim. Also watch out for providers that automatically renew car insurance policies each year and charge for cancellation of them. Older drivers should also check there is no upper age limit on a policy.” Age UK Car Insurance, provided by Ageas Insurance Limited, is designed to meet the needs of those in later life. It has no upper age limit, no hidden fees for policy changes. It can be paid by monthly instalment at no extra cost 0% APR Representative. For further information about Age UK Car Insurance, provided by Ageas Insurance Limited, please call us on 01202 530575 or pop into Age UK Bournemouth, 700 Wimborne Road, Winton, Bournemouth, BH9 2EG.
Sun shines on Air Festival spectacular! Nellie, the Dorset Publications campervan, took us to see the Air Festival on the Saturday. The weather could not have been better. With clear blue skies and glorious sunlight, the planes and helicopters dazzled above the glistening sea! Our 9 year old son, Hayden, in between running in and out of the sea, enjoyed taking photos of the displays. He managed to get a great shot of the Lancaster over the Pier Theatre as you can see here! We have also put together a small selection of our favourites from that days performers. A big thank you to all the organisers, pilots and supporters!
Red Arrows Sally B (B-17)
Across 1 Swerved (8) 5 An ointment (6) 9 See-through (8) 10 Known as (archaic)(6) 12 Spring month (5) 13 Creates something new (9) 14 Chompers (6) 16 Part or serving (7) 19 Famously (7) 21 Make smaller (6) 23 Parts of a word (9) 25 Foliage (5) 26 Mar (6) 27 Something used to tie (8) 28 Gestures of indiﬀerence (6) 29 Break the heart of (8) Down 1 Brandy (6) 2 Personal discipline (9) 3 Electronic letters (5) 4 Foes (7) 6 Cured or healed (9) 7 Clumsy (5) 8 Craftsmen (6)
11 Break (4) 15 Hugging (9) 17 An inserted document (9) 18 Followers of an early heretic teaching (8)
20 Christmas time (4) 21 Relaxing (7) 22 Glue (6) 24 Outcast (5) 25 Panache (5)
JAMIE ALLAN INTRODUCES HIS BRAND NEW SHOW:
iMagician - THE EVOLUTION OF MAGIC
BOURNEMOUTH PAVILION Sunday 20 October at 2pm Having performed around the world for 10 years, Jamie is set to astound UK audiences with his debut national tour this autumn, in his brand new show, iMagician. Jamie blends technology with incredible magic and illusion all enhanced through cutting edge projection and world class sleight of hand. Jamie said: “What I’m trying to do is use to our advantage the same technologies that are making some magicians obsolete. We have some amazing illusions with high powered laser beams, flat screens, voice recognition and virtual assistants. You will see magic like never before and be more amazed than you thought possible. That’s my promise!” Jamie Allan is one of the finest magicians the UK has ever produced. He has worked alongside and designed effects for many top stars in the entertainment industry including Sting, Tim Minchin, Kathrine Jenkins, Lulu, Blue, Leona Lewis, Billy Ocean and Jools Holland. Kelly Clarkson even described Jamie as “the best magician.” He has worked in all facets of the entertainment industry, as a performer as well as a producer, writer and director for innovative and ambitious projects for the European Television and Theatre Markets. His special illusions have included making the new Mercedes M class and A class appear from thin air at the UK launch. Jamie designed the patent pending laser technology for the show “Lumina the Laser Violinist”. He has even vanished and reproduced a $250,000 Robinson R22 Helicopter live on stage of the RMS Queen Mary 2 maiden voyage, a trick he recently repeated again on the TV show Mega Clever to millions of viewers. Jamie said: “15 years ago I developed a routine using a TV set which I would interact with by making small objects appear and disappear off the screen, now all this time later this one concept for bringing together a digital world and the art of magic has led to iMagician.” The creative team include BAFTA & Rose D’or award winning director, Anthony Owen who is also the Executive Producer of Derren Brown and magic consultants David Penn from C4 & Paul Cooke the head of magic for Dynamo Magician impossible.
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NECTARINE & RASPERRY SEMI FREDDO WITH RASPBERRY COULIS
The Italian name semi freddo refers to the fact that this is a semi frozen or half cold dessert. The fruit can be replaced with any soft fruit such as peaches, mango or apricot and the cream can be replaced with yogurt or crème fraiche.
Ingredients FREDDO 4 good sized very ripe nectarines 50g caster sugar 1 egg 3 egg yolks 15ml lemon or lime juice 300ml double cream RASPBERRY COULIS Small tin of raspberries Tablespoon of caster sugar
Equipment: Food processor and large sieve. 2lb loaf tin (this will comfortably hold 1 litre of water if you’re unsure of sizing). Method: Line the loaf tin with cling ﬁlm. Don’t worry about wrinkles it adds character to the ﬁnished dish! Leave 5cm overhang on each side. This helps to release the freddo when serving. Drain the raspberry juice from the can into a small pan. Heat juice with the sugar until slightly thickened. Taste raspberry juice and add more sugar if it’s a little too sharp. Sieve raspberries and discard the seeds from the sieve. Stone nectarines, no need to skin, blitz in processor. Mix raspberries and nectarines. Whisk egg and egg yolks together with the caster sugar in a bowl over hot water until at least double in size and thick and creamy. Gently beat the cream until thickened, but not stiﬀ, and fold into egg mixture. Finally add nectarine and raspberry puree. Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin. Pop into freezer and leave for 5 hours. Remove from the freezer, pull gently on cling ﬁlm. Run water over the bottom of the tin if it’s being obstinate and sticking. Place freddo loaf onto serving dish, pour over some raspberry coulis and serve the rest in a small jug.
Taking the Call
by Sue Montague
She couldn’t look at the phone, sure it wouldn’t ring if she did. The woman in the ofﬁce had said that there was a possibility there wouldn’t be a call but that, if there was, it would be this afternoon. Five o’clock already. A half-eaten sandwich lay on the coffee-table tray by the side of her chair. She had decided against a ﬂask of coffee or tea, both of which might occasion too many visits to the bathroom, choosing a jug of water and a glass instead. Now she really wanted a cup of tea. With her foot still painful and swollen, would she get back to the sitting-room in time if the call came? Why hadn’t she bought one of those phones to walk about with? It would have been better to buy one of those than the six tins of paint now under her kitchen table, acquired in a bout of do-it-yourself enthusiasm. What had she been thinking of, unable even to change a light bulb without falling and hurting herself. The neighbour who’d taken her to casualty had been very kind, stressing that she was to ask him if any more light bulbs needed changing and that it was lucky just to have broken a bone in her foot and not, at her age, her whole leg. Smiling to herself, she mused that a newly-married young man in his twenties probably would consider someone over sixty (though only just) rather aged. With his blue eyes and ready grin, he reminded her of her father. Her adopted father. She had adored her parents. The warmth of their love and care remained. It hadn’t been a surprise to learn she was an adopted child. With her sleek dark hair and deep brown eyes, her mirror showed no resemblance to either of her parents. After her twenty-ﬁrst birthday, the three of them had sat together in the garden. She’d learnt that her army captain father and her mother had been posted to a garrison near Beirut, Lebanon, attending a nearby church with an attached convent. One day, they had been approached by the Mother Superior and taken to see a baby girl a few days old. The mother had come to them in the last stages of pregnancy, given birth to twins and then died, despite huge efforts to save her. The other child had, apparently, been dangerously ill and not expected to survive. Unable to have children themselves, they had eagerly agreed to take her, with a brief document giving her date of birth and the name her mother had given the nuns. ‘Convent of the Holy Cross’ was stamped at the top.
Over the three years since her parents had died, curiosity concerning her beginnings gradually grew. She had written to the Central Registry and Information Ofﬁce for the Armed Forces in Beirut, sending them a copy of her only document. The answer now rested on the arm of her chair. A little shiver of excitement ran down her back as she gazed at it. Her twin had survived. Following the Convent’s closure some twenty years before, papers as lacking in detail as her own had been transferred to the Registry. Her twin had been adopted and taken to Australia. Contact had been made by the International Red Cross. The letter from them stated that her twin had been given her name, address and telephone number, and was arranging to make contact - today. She wondered, again, if her sister looked exactly like her. Would she be friendly? Had she got a family of her own - how wonderful to be part of bustling family life again. The phone rang; she jumped, her hand shook as she reached to pick up the receiver. ‘Hello.’ ‘Hello, there.’ A man’s voice; her excitement evaporated, must be an ofﬁcial of some sort; her sister wasn’t going to call. ‘Hello. Dora...I’m Denis. I think I’m your twin brother. I hope I am - it’s pretty certain - talking to you all the way from Melbourne here. The wife and I want to come to England - meet up you know. Can we?’ ‘Y...yes!’ ‘Good. I need a break from my building business. Sons can take over. Can we stay a while with you?’ Dora smiled contentedly. ‘Oh, yes. Stay as long as you like.’ A builder, she mused. Maybe he would be handy with a paint-brush. Sue Montague is a local writer, a member of the Writers Group. If you are a budding writer and would like to send in a short story, we would love to hear from you!
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Blinds, Curtains & Shutters Tuscany Blinds.................................................. 2
Insurance Age UK Bournemouth.......................................21
Builders & Carpenters Excellence Homes.............................................17
Kitchens Flair Interiors....................................................15 Portman Stone.................................................. 2
Carpets & Flooring Carpet Barn...................................................... 1 Chimney Sweeps Oliver Chimney Sweep......................................11 Community News Adventures of Nellie...................................................18 Back to School Quiz night for Lewis-Manning.......... 8 Beginner’s Guide: Container shrubs..........................12 Bournemouth Air Show..............................................22 Charity challenge completed by local church...........14 Dorset Wildlife Trust: Foraging for food.................10 80’s Mania hits Bournemouth..........................24 Martin Lewis: Winter Travel.............................16 Motoring: Citroen DS3......................................20 Recipe: Nectarine & Raspberry Semi Freddo....26 Short Story: Taking the call...............................28
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