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THE LOCAL MAGAZINE FOR LOCAL PEOPLE - ISSUE 24, OCTOBER 2015
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Welcome to the October issue of Essex Central! This month we have featured some of the most ‘haunted’ places in Essex for you to visit this Halloween, and also included some spooky events happening locally. Our fashion pages have taken on a gothic theme and personal trainer Dean Kramer gives his advice on how to stay fit during the coming winter months, we have all our usual features including local news and a bumper events page plus the Dad’s Diary includes an exciting announcement. The featured charity is Loughton Foodbank, who are doing some great work in the local area, providing for many families in need. We also had the pleasure of reviewing Thyme restaurant in Waltham Abbey and urge you to give it a try too, it really was delicious! See you next month!
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WORK EXPERIENCE AT THE RITZ Two West Hatch High School students have recounted their work experience placement with a difference - after enjoying a two-week stint at The Ritz Hotel in London. Taking on the occasional role of bell boys, Danny Ballard and Red Walker undertook various roles, including carrying guests’ luggage and meeting with clients. Year 11 student Danny said: “I did many things during the two weeks such as going on jobs in central London and carrying out tasks in the hotel. “The Ritz is such a nice hotel and has a lovely team. I give special thanks to Michael De Cozar (head concierge) for such an experience and taking care of me.” Year 11 student Red Walker spent time working alongside the head concierge shadowing him at meetings.
Red added: “I was asked to perform a number of duties from posting letters to rooms to ordering expensive cakes, and the most important job - helping people with their luggage!” He added: “I enjoyed my time at The Ritz. The staff were very caring.”
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BUCKHURST HILL PARISH COUNCIL ‘COMMUNITY CINEMA’
Buckhurst Hill Parish Council is screening two films at its next Community Cinema. ‘The Land Before Time’, a 1988 AmericanIrish animated adventure drama film, will be shown at Roding Valley Hall, Station Way, Buckhurst Hill, at 2.30pm on Saturday, October 17. The film features dinosaurs living in the prehistoric times. At 8pm there will be a screening of the 1996 American black comedy crime thriller Fargo. Admission to both screenings is free to local residents but tickets must be booked in advance. Donations for the Alzheimers Society will be gratefully received. Snacks and refreshments will be available to purchase. To reserve tickets, ring the parish council on 020 8498 9933 or email film@buckhursthillpc. gov.uk
WHAT’S NEW AT LA NOSTRA?
As the Epping restaurant approaches its first birthday we caught up with the owner Sharmila to see how the first year has gone and the plans for the future. “We’ve loved giving the people of Epping a taste of traditional authentic Italian food with our rustic meals and we are delighted with the feedback so far. We are now changing the opening hours and will open from 11:30am until 11:30 pm, 7 days a week. By moving away from the breakfasts this helps us focus more on the lunches and dinners that our customers want”. Inside the cosy two floor venue you immediately feel the warmth of the traditional wood fired oven at the back and the intimate setting gives you a feeling of leaving the high street and stepping into a beautiful Bistro nestled in the heart of the Italian countryside. The food is incredibly good value and Sharmila explains the new offers, “We’re offering lunch time pizzas and pastas for just £5.95, or £7.95 with a drink, ideal for locals to either eat in or take away, and of course all of our pizzas are freshly cooked in the wood oven by our head chef who has over 15 years experience cooking authentic Italian food.” 168 High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4AQ Tel: 01992 572 995 www.lanostrarestaurants.co.uk
ST CLARE WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR OF PATIENT CARE
Ensuring the services provided by St Clare Hospice are “beacons of specialist, person-centred care” is the mission of our new Director of Patient Care. Philip Ball joins the Hastingwood-based hospice from Sue Ryder’s Clinical Quality Team, having run the charity’s Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough since 2009. Having previously worked in the retail and catering industries, Philip embarked upon a career in healthcare in 1978 after a friend at work said she thought he would make a good nurse. “I trained in Edgware and almost immediately recognised working with those nearing the end of life was what I wanted to do,” he said. “With a view to working in a hospice at some point, I began my nursing in general hospitals, including Edgware, Milton Keynes and the Luton and Dunstable, until eventually the opportunity arose to join a hospice team, moving to Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes in 1991. “Since then I have worked in almost every role, from staff nurse to Inpatient Unit manager, as well as setting up a hospital palliative care team at Northampton General Hospital in 1993.” The married dad-of-two, who is a special advisor to the Care Quality Commission, said he believes enabling those in our care to flourish even as their lives are coming to a close is at the heart of the role St Clare plays in the journey faced by those with a terminal or life-limiting illness. “The challenges we face are about being ready to embrace opportunities, and recognising how transferable our specialist skills and knowledge
are,” he said. “In future, St Clare will be heading towards a bigger role in the wider community and we will need to continue our efforts to reach those who need support in places that are familiar and safe to them.” Philip joins St Clare following the departure of his predecessor Beth Burton, who has taken a post as the manager of a nursing home in Shenfield where she will be using her clinical expertise to set up a nursing wing specially for palliative patients.
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RODING VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SPEAK OF “EXTRA BOOST” OF HAVING OWN SIXTH FORM Students at Roding Valley High School have been speaking of the “great boost” their education has received now that they can undertake their A-level studies at the school. Roding Valley High School with Epping St John’s School, Debden Park High School in Loughton and King Harold Business and Enterprise Academy in Waltham Abbey form the Epping Forest District Sixth Form Consortium. Roding Valley has some 55 Sixth Form students who can use their own Sixth Form common room for their private time and studies. Lee Harris, the school’s Head of Sixth Form, said: “We’ve got very small classes which means the students are enriched. They get to have a good value on their A-level lessons. “Small classes mean there is good questioning, enabling teachers to assess deeper learning. Furthermore, the small classes offer teachers the capacity of building one-to-ones and tailored progress monitoring, all of which will help us secure the rapid progress for students.” Each of the Consortium schools specialises in certain subjects with students moving between
schools for some of their lessons. Mr Harris added: “The new Sixth Form is an exciting time for everyone. The Sixth Form at Roding Valley will be the same as Year 11 in some respects - in terms of normal high expectations, strong academic monitoring on progress, outstanding teaching and a range of successful Teaching and Learning strategies to encourage deep learning and engagement. “However the Sixth Form will be different in other respects as there will be more opportunities for leadership and volunteering and focussed mentoring to prepare students for the next step, whether it is employment or university.” Continuity of teaching staff is one of the benefits highlighted by the students as being plus factors for the new Sixth Form arrangements. Juan Sanchez is studying Psychology, Media Studies, French, English Literature and Spanish. He said: “We’ve established a relationship with the teachers already. It gives me that extra boost because you get more confident with the teachers.” Roding Valley High School, Alderton Hill, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3JA
EPPING ST JOHN’S STUDENTS RECEIVE EPPING IN BLOOM AWARDS Two Epping St John’s School students have received awards for their contributions to the Epping in Bloom initiative. Both pupils received awards from Epping mayor Michael Wright at the Epping in Bloom presentations held at Epping Hall. Year 8 student Sydney Hayden, 12, received an award for designing the school’s floral display for one of the raised flower beds at the Tower Road green. Her creation included an ornamental deer. She said: “I’m proud to have won. I had the deer in it because the deer is on the town sign. I chose red, white and blue (flowers) because they are on the Union flag.”
Year 8 student Bradley Jay, 12, won the prize for the flower best water bottle. He said: “I’m really surprised that I won. I didn’t think that I would, but I did! “It was a cubic flower, bright pink with a little yellow scrunched up piece of paper in the middle.” The Epping in Bloom group includes members of Epping Horticultural Society, local Sydney Hayden receiv gardening expert volunteers and es her Epping in Bloom award from town council representatives. Epping mayor Michae l Wright Epping in Bloom chairman schools. Victoria Robertson said: “The “Congratulations to all of the standard was extremely high and winners whose efforts have helped we found it really hard to choose bring colour to Epping.” the winners for each of the local
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EPPING FOREST MP ELEANOR LAING CONGRATULATES LOUGHTON MUSIC ACADEMY ON ITS TENTH ANNIVERSARY
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing visited Loughton Music to be part of over these years the Loughton Music Academy to congratulate staff on their tenth anniversary. Academy has been the most rewarding. Mrs Laing joined staff for a cake-cutting and to toast “I have watched students grow up with us, some the Academy which offers a range of tuition on various who have been with us the whole ten years, watching instruments as well as singing and languages. them develop their musical skills and confidence and I Loughton Music Academy currently has 500 am proud to have been part of their journey. students of all ages on its books, and a 100-strong “It was a great privilege to meet Eleanor at our school waiting list. and we are so very grateful for her kind words and support. Two students recently auditioned for the next series “We will aim to continue to be at the forefront of of the BBC show The Voice. music education in Essex.” The Academy offers tuition on a range of instruments - strings, woodwind, brass, piano, guitar and drums as well as singing, and language courses in Spanish, Mandarin, French, Italian, German and English as a foreign language. Mrs Laing, who is a Loughton Music Academy Ambassador, said: “I’m really impressed by all that Cliff and his colleagues have achieved at Loughton Music Academy. “The Academy is absolutely at the cutting edge of new technology and it is wonderful that local people, especially young people, have the chance to develop their musical talents in Loughton and at the Academy’s new premises in Buckhurst Hill. “I congratulate them most sincerely on their tenth anniversary.” During her visit Mrs Laing played the drums, and a piano once used by Queen legend Freddie Mercury during his recording sessions. Mrs Laing said: “I was totally overwhelmed by having the chance to sit and play Freddie Mercury’s piano. It Eleanor Laing (front) with Sar a Shevlin, Rebecca Dim certainly adds a touch of celebrity to the Academy.” oline, Abby Bu she ll and Cliff Cooper (left to righ Loughton Music Academy director Cliff Cooper t) said: “Of all the projects I have been lucky enough
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items to help police track them down should they be stolen. 4 Mark valuable property like ipods, cameras and laptops with the initials of your university and your student number using a UV pen. This unique reference will make it harder for any burglar to sell on stolen goods and can help police return items to you. 4 Don’t put temptation in the way of housemates and visitors by leaving money, cash cards, car keys, ipods, iphones and laptops laying around on show. 4 Shred documents with personal details on like bank statements and receipts before throwing them away to help prevent identity theft.
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rom Boudicca battling the Romans to Wat Tyler and the Peasants’ Revolt, the bloody lives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I to the murderous Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins and so many more, Essex is a county rich in gory, fascinating history and legend. And when better to explore this exciting heritage and re-tell the tales of the past than Halloween? Nearly 900 years of history are etched into the stones of Hedingham Castle, with the Norman keep home to several ghosts. Queen Elizabeth I was actually a guest at Hedingham Castle and she famously rallied her troops at Tilbury
Fort, as they prepared for the arrival of the Spanish Armada in 1588. Her ghost is said to appear there but it is nearby Coalhouse Fort that is said to be even more haunted and every bit as fascinating. Eerie voices, the laughter of children and the sound of heavy objects being dragged have been reported there. Even the name, Mistley Towers, has a gothic ring to it. The twin towers themselves are all that is left of a Georgian church, surrounded by gravestones. Just over a century before they were built, the bloody reign of terror of self-styled ‘Witch Finder General’, Matthew Hopkins rampaged across England, but was centred in nearby Manningtree. It is
thought Hopkins and his assistant ‘Witch Pricker, John Sterne’ sent up to 400 souls to their deaths - 19 of whom were hung at Chelmsford in a single day. Hopkins retired to Manningtree and died there. The man whom proclaimed to have “The Devil’s own list of all the witches of England” was buried at Mistley Heath and his spectre is said to appear at full moon by the village pond, a scene of several of his witch trials. Britain’s oldest recorded town, Colchester, naturally has a wealth of tales - real or imagined - of spirits that haven’t managed to pass over to the other side. Colchester Castle is an ideal starting place
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Saturday 24th Sunday 1st November Halloween gets horribly spooky on the Secret Island during Autumn Half ls Term week Royal Gunpowder Mil when Dr Gore takes to the Mad Lab for a gruesome series of experiments. An array of frightfully fantastic activities will be available for all ages. Try hat and mask making to transform yourself into a witch, monster or other spooky character for the day. Be prepared to get messy with some ooey-gooey monster slime making, freaky monster skin, and make gruesome discoveries in the feely boxes. www.royalgunpowdermills.com
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I know what you are thinking, my wedding day is not the day to start acting super trendy and trying out new looks, however, if you want to be brave and ‘wow’ your guests with something sparkly this time of year then give metallic a go. You can keep your make up plain but add a metallic lip or eye to jazz up your look. I would suggest having your hair up with this look so you can really sparkle and the focus can be on your make-up.
Feline flicks are a massive trend on catwalks this season. You could say they are classic but definitely not dated, you get a slick look that comes back into fashion time and time again. If you want to add a little sass to your wedding look, this is the way to go. Team up with some false eyelashes to go with your cat eye, this ensures your eye make-up looks fresh all day. Make sure you hire a make-up artist or someone who knows what they are doing - there’s nothing worse than wonky false lashes!
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Moles are small mammals which live underground and dig a network of tunnels through the soil. They feed on insects, worms and other small invertebrates. Look out for mole hills - fresh upturned soil on your lawn or within your borders. Moles can be deterred by the unpleasant smell of moth balls which can be pushed into the mole tunnels.
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his month you will begin to see some spectacular transformation in gardens, woodlands and hedgerows. There will still be some warm bright days ahead for us although the mornings are usually quite cold and crisp. The colourful autumn displays will mainly come from leaves. The greens, orange, red, purple, and yellow ones will really help to brighten up even the dullest of days. Horse chestnut trees last remaining conkers will now drop to the ground, sloes will begin to stand out prominently on their spikey branches of the blackthorn, apples are now ready to harvest and many people will be enjoying pumpkin carving too. In flower this month is
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s we entered the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey we were unsure what to expect from a ‘hotel restaurant’ as they can be very hit and miss. However, as soon as we saw the creative menu at ‘Thyme’ we knew this was going to be special, and so it proved to be. Before we get to the food, a quick note on the décor which was very modern, comfortable and spacious with an open kitchen for added entertainment during the meal. We browsed the new menu and decided for starters to have the Tea Smoked Gressingham Duck with salt and pepper pineapple and rhubarb ketchup, (I said it was creative!) whilst my companion plumped for the Butterflied Garlic Prawns. My dish tasted superb and was presented immaculately, the salt and pepper gave a mouth-watering contrast to the juicy sweet pineapple, and that’s just the base. On top sat the duck which was tender, pink and full of flavour, the whole dish was fantastic.
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WHEN: Sunday 11th October, 11am-4pm WHAT: Apple Day - Apple Day is a national annual celebration of apple orchards and local distinctiveness. Join in the fun, play some traditional games, help with the juicing and have your own apples identified by our expert. Apple display and apples for sale. Entertainment, refreshments and bar, lunches, produce for sale and the Trust shop. Entry £8 per person. Access to gardens and mansion (room stewards). WHERE: Copped Hall, Epping WHEN: Sunday 11th October, 5.30pm WHAT: Vintage Film Night - Death on the Nile - In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the London Boroughs earlier this year, Valentines Mansion is delighted to invite you to a screening of Death on the Nile, featuring one of Redbridge s former residents and acclaimed actresses, Maggie Smith. The library Bar will be open during the evening. Film classification PG Tickets: £8 per person (includes a serving of popcorn). Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100.
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WHEN: Tuesday 27th October, 10am - 2.30pm WHAT: Duck House Making Come and lend a hand to help us to make some duck houses, giving the wildfowl of South Park protection over the coming season! Meet at The Wildlife Centre inside the park, beside the gate and adjacent to the bandstand. Use South Park entrance on the junction of South Park Road and South Park Crescent. WHERE: South Park, South Park Road, Ilford
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WHEN: Thursday 29th October, 10.30am WHAT: West Essex Ramblers Walk - Explore Wanstead Park and its surroundings, meet the group outside Wanstead Station for a five-mile circular walk. For more details, ring 020 8502 1628. WHERE: Meet at Wanstead Station
WHEN: Thursday 22nd Saturday 24th October, 8pm WHAT: Yes Prime Minister – a comedy by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, writers of the original television series Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. The UK is in crisis, debt is spiralling, unemployment is on the rise, and the fragile coalition cabinet, led by Prime Minister Jim Hacker, is at breaking point. However, salvation may exist in the form of a deal with the oil-rich country of Kumranistan, but, all is not straightforward. Tickets - £8.50 from Mr and Mrs James - 01992 812250. www.theydondrama.org. WHERE: Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois CM16 7ER
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WHEN: Saturday 24th October, 7pm for a 7:30 start WHAT: 1940s Dance - Come and join Treble Trouble and the Bass Cleffs for a 1940s Dance in aid of The British Legion with great music, a fully licensed bar, vintage craft stalls and raffle! Tickets £10, contact: 07941 389232. WHERE: North Weald Village Hall, High Road CM16 6BU
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here are fewer places in Redbridge with a richer history than Valentines Mansion. Built in around 1696, the grounds and gardens were owned by middle class patrons and housed themselves and their staff. It was Grade II listed in 1954 however until around twenty years ago it was a fairly neglected attraction. When this was recognised, Redbridge Council and Heritage Lottery Funds worked together to restore this site to its former magnificence. Valentines Mansion was built for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s widow, Elizabeth Tillotson and their family. When it was first built, it was a three story mansion home to her family and staff. From 1702 to 1870, Valentines Mansion played host to many different owners, boasting gentlemen such as Sir Charles Raymond (1754), who had strong connections with the East India Company and an eventual founding member of Raymond, Williams, Vere, Lowe and Fletcher, a bank which is now part of the The Royal Bank of Scotland. Other owners included Robert Surman (1724) and Charles T Holcombe (1838) all of who made improvements to the Mansion. It wasn’t until 1870, the year of Holcombe’s death that the Mansion was passed down to Sarah Ingleby when she and her family added a two story extension and made vast improvement and extensions to the grounds. After the passing of Sarah Ingleby in 1906, her son donated the grounds adjoining to Ilford Council, who soon after made the purchase of the Mansion and additional land in 1912. Until the 1990’s the Council made the Mansion a home to wartime refugees, a hospital, a public health centre and a council housing department, however the Mansion
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stood uninhabited until 2006 when restoration projects began, making this historical building a place for visitors to enjoy. Interest in restoring the grounds
“Valentines Mansion played host to many different owners”
started brewing in 1989, when a petition was collected from local historical societies and was presented to the council by Redbridge Mayor, Councillor Frank
Cobb which saw interest in turning the mansion into a museum, however this was knocked back. Revisiting the idea of restoration in 1999, a Lottery Heritage Fund agreed to the planning if a conservation plan could be compiled. This was the beginning of a long process, in which work didn’t begin until 2006. It wasn’t until conservation plans were put in place that the history and chronology of the Mansion were truly taken into interest and the Friends of Valentines Mansion started to collate information about previous owners and uses of the building. Valentines Mansion was awarded
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a Grade II listing on April 10th 1954, and while the preservation of such a beautiful building was at the heart of the project, difficulties arose in the restoration project. There were two main restoration projects; one on the Mansion, the other restoring the gardens and park back to their previous splendour. Restorations included the Boat House, the Cowling Shelter and moving the Parks Police headquarters to the Park Keeper’s lodge, all of which were eventually completed in 2009. Since work was completed and Valentines Mansion and Gardens were restored, this Grade II listed building has become a museum
and learning resource centre for children and adults alike. Primary students are welcomed to learn about the history of the Mansion as well as history of the time, using
“This Grade II listed building has become a museum”
role-play children are entered back to the eighteenth century as a fantastic visual learning tool. The syllabus for Secondary pupils is focussed on art, design
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ast month I was a dad of one boy, this month I’m the dad of two, as George has now been joined by Jake : ) ... he finally arrived 7 days late, so I guess he’s inherited his mother’s skills when it comes to getting ready. He also arrived at the same time as George, the worst time. 3am she started going into labour. Why can’t it start at a sensible hour? It’s almost as though he has zero consideration for us, and I hope he quickly grows out of this selfish phase. We made our way to the hospital amidst a mixture of sleepy excitement and a few hours later he was here. Luckily for me he’s been blessed with a strong crop of dark hair, in contrast to his brother who sports a light blond bouffant. This should make visually distinguishing them for a quick telling off easier in future, as the names ‘Jake’ and ‘George’ are fairly similar sounding, I fear I could get these continually muddled when trying to quickly discipline (certainly if my own
“We currently feed him using a high powered garden ho se.”
parents are anything to go by, often going through a book of names before painfully stumbling across my own). Thankfully George has taken warmly to him, although when asked where his brother is he still refers to the phrase “In Mummy’s belly” much to the despair of the misses. He has also taken to calling him “it” instead of Jake, and when he cries we are told to, “put it
back in basket,” (I must add at this point - this is a Moses ‘basket’ I’m referring to, we don’t keep him with the laundry). The main difference we’ve noticed between them so far is the colossal amount Jake has been drinking compared to George at the same age, he’s knocking back the milk in gallons and I fear the suppliers at our local dairy are already quaking with fear for when he moves on to cows milk. Most babies are breastfed or have a bottle, but we currently feed him using a high powered garden hose just to keep up with demand. A lot of the time he looks like one of those chicks in the nest on some Attenborough documentary, his red mouth spread open at a reflex angle beckoning for more food to enter. Another thing we have noticed is the side effect of so much milk means he burps slightly louder than Barney from the Simpsons. I’m not sure if he’s attempting some kind of record for volume and duration but it’s incredibly impressive and has given my own hair a rather windswept look. I’m not quite sure what we’ve created in truth, as he also appears to be half ape judging by his hairy ears, although on the plus side I should save money on earmuffs (every cloud). In addition to our new baby we also moved house last month so it’s been a delightfully pleasant period of tranquillity, I’m almost disappointed I didn’t have to climb Everest as I could have done with a challenge. During the ensuing chaos of moving with a 2 year old and a 2 week old we thankfully managed to pack them in comfortable storage and just a few days later found them again in
the loft of the new home. Boxes get thrown about during a house move so I guess this was inevitable (in case anyone reading this is unsure, that was all a joke). George is now starting to string quite long sentences together which is pleasing to hear, “Can I have a yoghurt from the fridge please Daddy? Let’s play on the trampoline daddy,” and the ever
“He burps slightly louder than Barney from the Simpson s.”
loveable “Why was I kept in a box for so long Daddy?”... The little cherubs melt your heart don’t they? I’m hoping Jake will learn quicker by having a big brother to play and learn from, although if my own childhood is anything to go by then Jake will be getting flung around the front room in a series of death defying wrestling manoeuvres (I was the big brother, sorry Dennis!). We were keen when George asked to give Jake a cuddle but proceeded to watch in horror as he gave one of those squeezing cuddles a young child gives a kitten, the kind where the eyeballs start to bulge and a strong purple hue starts to appear on the victim, “Now, now George, let’s put him down and let the blood flow around his body once again”. The dust has started to settle and all four of us are now in our new home and looking forward to more long sentences and even longer burps as the story continues… ...TO BE CONTINUED
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