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THE ISLAND January 2017 Edition • 15,000 Homes Monthly • 01268 330 271

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Hi there, Welcome to our January edition Where did 2016 go? I’m still struggling to believe it is 2017. I’m hoping that this year slows down just a touch! Anyway! Happy New Year everyone! I truly hope that 2017 is amazing for you all. In the first edition of the year we have put together some really interesting and helpful articles to really kick your year off! Our headscratcher of the month is none other than Einstein’s Riddle, apparently only 2% of the world (in the 20th Century) could solve it, so be sure to see if you have what it takes! The local charity space that we donate every month has gone to Run for MS-UK. A half marathon in Colchester raising money and awareness for MS. If your new years resolution is to get running or fit, what better way to put the wheels in motion? We have a slightly more boring article this month, BUT for those of you who are self employed it could really come in handy helping you save some much needed cash on your tax return which is due January 31st! Check out exactly what expenses you can claim! Don’t forget to check out the

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Movie Preview this month as well. The new film Sing looks like a great film for the family certain to make you laugh! In this months quiz we have a BFG DVD to win for the kids. Remember you’ve got to be in it to win it! Last month’s quiz winner was Kelly Hood from Canvey who won a Finding Dory DVD from Stay & Play. Congratulations, we hope you enjoy your movie! If you would like to advertise with us, the last day to get your advert in is 18th January. We can design your ad for Free and a Month’s Advertising to 15,000 homes costs from as little as £50. You can contact us on 01268 330271 or email at sales@ essexbusinessandleisure.co.uk. We do not vet our advertisers and take no responsibility for anyone who advertises with us. Please stop by and like our Facebook page (Essex Business & Leisure)

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Sudoku page 4 Einstein’s Riddle page 8 Sesame Butterflied Chicken page 10 WinRun a Party for 10 Kids for MS-UK page 12 17 Preparing the Garden page 16 Win a BFG DVD page 18 What Expense to Claim page 22 SING Movie Preview page 24 Volunteers... page 26 Index & Useful Numbers page 28

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Headscratcher of the Month

Einstein’s Riddle The Situation There are 5 houses in five different colours. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. These five owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar or drink the same beverage.

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Sesame Butterflied Chicken 100 g fine rice noodles • groundnut oil • 4 spring onions 2 x 120 g skinless free-range chicken breasts ½ a Chinese cabbage • 200 g sugar snap peas 1 fresh red chilli • 2 limes • 1 tbsp low-salt soy sauce 1 tbsp peanut butter • 2 tbsps natural yoghurt 2cm piece of ginger • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

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PREPARING THE GARDEN Four useful things to do to get your garden ready for the spring and a year full of gardening.

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