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Sept/Oct 2011


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The Face of Chelmsford

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Hello. My name is Kelly Sanger and I am now the proud new Owner of The Face Of Chelmsford magazine!! Special thanks to Jane Holloway for creating such a great magazine and passing it my way!

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I will be bringing you the same great articles, reviews, good stories, local news, competitions, as well as some new features. 0845 6345048 63 MAIN ROAD | SOUTHMINSTER ESSEX | CM0 7NA

Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this issue is correct and appropriate. FIG Publications cannot accept any responsibility for inaccuracies, omissions or mistakes. Products and/or treatments have not been endorsed by any of the celebrities’ pictures, unless stated. Any images that are displayed within this publication are for presentational purposes. Articles may not be reproduced without written permission from ‘The Face of CHELMSFORD’. All prices are correct at the time of this issue going to print. All rights reserved.

Like Jane, I will still be doing plenty of “Behind The Scenes” videos for you to watch online and have been revamping the website to include a business directory , events guide and blog! I hope you all had a great summer, even though the weather wasn’t at it’s best, and will continue to enjoy our magazine!! As always, you can view this and all the previous magazines online, by visiting and the next edition will be available to read online 7 days before the printed copy which will be available at a selection of venues around Chelmsford! Also, why not pop along to the website and subscribe. Then come over to our Facebook and Twitter pages and say hello!! To contact us, email Remember to mention The Face of Chelmsford magazine when responding to features, articles and adverts! Kelly Sanger Editor




This Month’s Features 5

Meet The New Editor


Get Sporty


Green Tea Extract and Weight Loss


Losing Weight Eating Fry-ups And Chocolate


Natural Skin Care


Wedding Photography


Review; Doctor Who




Interview With Joanne Bushnell


Solar Power


Virtual Winemakers


Dads Bonding With Your Kids

Regular Features



E d i t o r s L etter


Sar ah Tucker


B e h i n d T he Scenes


Kids Corner

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W h o I n v e nted The


Ask The Accountant

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J a m e s S t Pierre


Satellite Sights

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B e s t O f B ritish


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The Face of Chelmsford Magazine Now Has A New Team... Here I ask Jane Holloway about her time with the magazine...... Hi Jane. Well done for creating such a great magazine!! What made you decide to start the magazine in the first place? Chelmsford needed an upbeat positive magazine which focussed on local companies, events and people! The magazine is always packed with articles from many of our contributors from different parts of the world. How has the feedback been? Have people taken to the magazine well? We have had a great response from the magazine from day one, with a loyal following of readers. What has been your highlight with it? There’s been loads of really fun stuff, it’s been really great mixing with all of the local companies, meeting the business owners, getting an inside view of things. Probably the best/most fun was the behind the scenes features that I did especially learning how to make sausages and milking a cow! Will you miss it? Yes, it’s all been so much fun! What is next for you? Many, many things! I’ve run many different businesses and love setting up and starting new things... so watch this space... Do you have any words of advice for the new editor (Me!!)? Speak to people, get out and about locally, see what’s going on, get the readers and local business involved, make sure everyone has your number & email to keep you up to date with what’s going on and everything new. Do you have a goodbye message for the readers? I’d like to thank the readers for all your great feedback, ideas and positive comments. I have really enjoyed working with local business owners, I’d also really like to thank all of our contributors for all their hard work, Sarah Tucker, Brian Biro, Richard from Mustard, James from Unique Results, this list goes on. It’s been a great ride, long may it continue! On behalf of the new team, I’d like to thank Jane and her team for handing over the magazine to me and would like to wish her well in her all her new exciting ventures!!



Green Tea Extract and Weight Loss

Green tea has always been known to have several health benefits, but who knew that it could contribute to weight loss as well? A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show that green tea extract can increase metabolism and fat oxidation of the body. In theory, scientists believe that the weight loss benefits of green tea extracts are due to their caffeine content but the results of the study show otherwise as they discovered that green tea extracts have weight loss benefits beyond that of caffeine. In their study, the researchers administered alone the same amount of caffeine as that in green tea extracts but found that it did not make any significant changes in the body’s overall energy expenditure. This led them to conclude that green tea extracts have ingredients in them that actively interact with each other, promoting increased metabolism and fat oxidation that lead to weight loss. Further findings indicated that a certain compound found in green tea extracts might be the ingredient that causes weight loss. These green tea extract compounds called Flavonoids may alter the way the body uses norepinephrine, a hormone that monitors how calories are burned. When flavonoids interact with other green tea extract ingredients, more calories are burned thus contributing to weight loss. Another ingredient that actively contributes to the weight loss benefits of green tea extracts is the compound catechin polyphenols. These compounds also interact with other green tea extract ingredients in order to promote weight loss by fat burning and thermogenesis (a process of losing energy by daytime heat). The great thing about the weight loss benefit of green tea extracts is that it does not have any adverse side-effects. Unlike other herbal products like ephedra and prescription drugs for obesity, green tea extract does not increase the speed of heart rates or raise blood pressure. In this regard, green tea extract is an effective and safer alternative to other weight loss products which may cause harm to the user. The study conducted by the University of Geneva on the weight loss benefit of green tea extract implicated that green tea extract can also help thyroid patients. According to dietitian Lynn Moss, M.S., R.D., green tea extract is a healthier choice for people with thyroid who may be too sensitive to stimulants. Green tea extract can promote weight loss by increasing metabolism without over stimulating the adrenal glands. A common beverage all throughout Asia, green tea has recently gained popularity in the West. Further researches were conducted to identify other health benefits of green tea extracts aside from weight loss. It was found that certain green tea extract compounds can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and even ulcers.


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Behind the Scenes


Zumba Lessons with Kelly Sanger In this month’s Behind The Scene’s, I took part in a Zumba class at the Blackwater Leisure Centre in Maldon! The Zumba instructor, Joanne Bushnell, made the lesson fun and worked us hard!! The video can be viewed online now and shows some of the moves I had to do!! If you would like to take part in a Zumba lesson, there are many classes around in most areas, but if you would like to be a part of Joanne’s classes, she can be found at many places, such as...

Riverside Ice and Leisure Center Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre Fitness First, Chelmsford Virgin Active, Chelmsford Blackwater Leisure Centre, Maldon Dovedales Sports Centre, Chelmsford Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre

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Natural Skincare

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How To Deal With Dry Skin Problems When you are dealing with dry skin, finding the right dry skin remedy becomes vitally important. Luckily, there are a wide variety of different home remedies for you to choose from when it comes to remedying dry skin. The following is a brief selection of some of the options you have available for you in terms of dry skin remedies. If you want to get the most out of your skin care regimen, then you need to be willing to combine different dry skin remedies until you find the combination that is driving the best possible results. Determine whether or not hydration issues are playing a role in your dry skin issues. If you are dehydrated, then you are going to have problems relating to dry skin as well. If you are not dehydrated but you are dealing with dry skin, then just drinking more water is not likely going to help you. If you’re not already drinking between 7 and 8 glasses of water a day, now is the time to start. If your skin is dehydrated, then one of the most natural dry skin remedies is to soak your skin in water. You can soak your skin in lukewarm water for a period of fifteen minutes. Avoid hot water, and stay toward the room-temperature end of things. You should not be doing this every day however as the rule of thumb about soaking your body is to bathe less and use water that is cooler in order to remedy dry skin. -Another home skin care remedy for dry skin is to follow every bath by applying moisturiser in order to lubricate your skin properly. The moisture that you soak into your skin tends to evaporate. If you bathe a lot, then using a moisturizing product is going to be even more important because the moisturizing product is going to help you keep the water in. The reason for applying a moisturizer product is not simply to put oils back into the skin. Instead, you should understand that dryness on the skin is a function of loss of water rather than necessarily loss of oil. Think about how much easier it is to exfoliate or cut your fingernails or toenails following a bath. This is an excellent example of what happens to your skin when you’ve bathed. When you apply a moisturizer after you take a bath, you can keep the water in your skin rather than letting it evaporate, and this will prevent skin dryness. Combining these and other dry skin remedies is the best way to overcome your dry skin. Returning your skin to its former health and beauty will take work, but it’ll be worth the effort in the end when your skin is properly healthy and nourished and looking beautiful and looking young. Keep the aforementioned tips in mind and you can and will achieve better, healthier and better nourished skin.


WIG To many, it is an important accessory and to others a complete joke. The wig has always been an important item for those that want to conceal their lack of hair, although it can be difficult to make your new ‘hair’ look authentic, and the look crosses the line of embarrassment when it falls off or out of place. But who invented the head rug? The early use of wigs date back to the ancient Egyptian times, when fake hair was used to protect people with bald heads from the hot sun, and was used in a similar manner by Romans, Greeks, and Assyrians, amongst others. The look never really caught on, though, until the ‘Tudor period’ in English history, where royalty using wigs to display extravagant ‘tall’ or long hairstlyes (and to protect from headlice) prompted many male members of the public to follow suit, with the term ‘wig’ added to the English language in 1675. Over the years, the use of wigs and hairpieces worldwide would then develop with the styles of the times, eventually reaching the modern approaches and uses that we see now. Today, wigs have developed not only into a means for people with a lack of hair to look as though they have some, as part of a job (e.g. acting or ‘traditional’ court judges) or even as a fashion accessory, like ‘extentions’, but also as a means of fancy dress at parties, leading to ‘party wigs’, that are generally much more colourful and bizarre, and are often used to help ‘complete a look’, with costumes such as ‘Elvis’ or ’70’s Afro’. A concern for some wig-wearers, though, whether serious or recreational, is what they are made of, as it can be a big issue for those that only want ‘nice’ materials touching their body. Although modern wigs are made to begin life clean and usable, some potential wearers could be put off by the fact that to be made to look realistic, their wig is likely to have been made out of one of, or a combination of, the following materials:Wool, Feathers, Recycled Human Hair, Synthetic Materials, Animal Hair (Horses or Buffalo),Yak Hair (most commonly used)


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Cause and Effect – It’s NOT Rocket Science!


May I be blunt? If you have decided to read on then I take that as a yes. This is not intended to be a rant, or offensive, or personal, or harsh but merely a wake-up call. We all have a fundamental choice to make in life, me, you and everyone we collectively know and that is if we CHOOSE to live at CAUSE or EFFECT. It’s a choice; a mindset shift, a paradigm realignment. Call it what you wish but it is essentially a way that we decide to look at our lives and the stuff that happens to us, both good and bad.

‘James St Pierre is a Personal Trainer, Fitness Writer, Professional Speaker & the owner/ founder of Unique Results - Personal Fitness & Development Studio. James has been a part of the ever evolving fitness world for over 15 years and has a wealth of experience and qualifications at every level of the industry. He is outgoing, energetic and has an infectious enthusiasm for health, fitness, exercise and personal development’

I chose to live at CAUSE about 5 years ago – and it wasn’t easy. That essentially means that whatever I generate into my experience, whatever circumstances I create within my world, whatever success I experience and also when the sh*t hits the fan in a major way – I am responsible. I am responsible for my actions, my thoughts, my feelings, the way I react to people and events around me, my successes, my failures, the lessons I learn (or don’t learn) and ultimately what I become and how I spend my time on planet Earth – I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR ME. What’s the alternative? That someone or something else is responsible for my life and the way it turns out? That I am bobbing my way through life like a hollow barrel in the middle of the ocean being tossed and turned between waves without any conscious thought or control of my own direction? Many people I meet have NOT DECIDED to live at CAUSE. Their lack of DECISION IS A DECISION in its own right and they are living at EFFECT. To live at EFFECT means choosing to believe that THINGS JUST HAPPEN TO YOU. You are not in control of much. Essentially your life is not your responsibility. Your health and fitness were handed to you genetically. The habits you have were handed to you by your parents and you are powerless to change them. Your economic situation is handed to you by your lineage, the government or the current economy. You were either gifted with a good education or not (after all, learning stops at 16 or 18 doesn’t it?) You had no strong role models growing up so can never achieve much as an adult.

For most relatively intelligent people the above paragraph will sound like utter CRAP! But I hear variations of living at EFFECT every week to a much lesser but no less important degree. I can’t train regularly because of BLAH BLAH BLAH Excuse, excuse, excuse!


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I am overweight because of BLAH BLAH BLAH Excuse, excuse, excuse! I smoke because of BLAH BLAH BLAH Excuse, excuse, excuse! I overslept because of BLAH BLAH BLAH Excuse, excuse, excuse! You either have EXCUSES or you have RESULTS. TAKE YOUR PICK but you can’t have both! Living at CAUSE is EMPOWERING NOT IMPRISONING! Living at EFFECT is CRIPPLING NOT COMFORTING! Be brave, make a decision and live with the minority in CAUSE. You will soon realise that with great RESPONSIBILITY comes great POWER! (kind of like Spiderman in reverse for the comic geeks out there!)

Insight of the day “Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.” Mary Manin Morrissey Speaker and Author


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Doctor Who Returning of the Series



Doctor who series 6 was describe as ‘terrific television’ and had a ‘triumphant return’, and as we patiently wait for the Part 2 of the 6th series, I can only portray myself as on the edge of my seat. The Last Time We Witnessed The Doctor (Matt Smith) In Action, We Discovered The Identity Of Mystery Character River Song. She Is The New Born Baby Of Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) And Her Husband, Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), Which After An Epic Battle, Was Stolen Away. “Steven Moffat Set It Up So Well And It Now Leaves The Story Open To Go In So Many Different Directions.” Matt Explains In A Resent Interview. The Quest Continues To Find Little Melody Pond. But The Main Story Line That Continues Is The Jaw Dropping Moment When The Doctor Is Shot Dead By The Impossible Astronaut, Who Emerges From The Lake In A Desert In Utah, Where Amy, Rory, River Where Picnicking After All Receiving A Mysterious Tardis Blue Letter, Sent By The Doctor With That Time And Place. But A Little While After The Doctor’s Death, The Group Meet The Doctor Alive And 200 Years Younger. He Too, Had A Letter The Same As The Others, But Doesn’t Know Who The Sender Is. The Companions Choose Not To Tell The Doctor About What They Just Witnessed, And His Future Self Sending The Letter. Why? Who? When? This Finale Episode Will Be Aired Saturday 1St October On Bbc 1, The Timing Is Yet To Be Confirmed, But When Ever It Is, I For One, Shall Be There Ready And Waiting. By Sian Sanger



INTERVIEW WITH JOANNE BUSHNELL Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness programme created by a dancer and choreographer Alberto Perez from Colombia during the 1990’s. It involves various dance and aerobic elements that include hip-hop, samba, salsa merengue and mambo, to name a few!! In the 1990’s, Alberto Perez had forgotten to take his music to the class he was teaching and decided to use the tapes from his car! The tapes consisted traditional Latin salsa and merengue music, so he improvised! The class went very well and Zumba was born! I caught up with a Zumba instructor, Joanne Bushnell to ask her a few questions… Hi Joanne, what got you interested in Zumba? I was already a fitness instructor and I taught aerobics, legs, bums and tums and I teach aqua as well and I work up at Virgin Active and there was a lady who had done a course and I saw her doing a demonstration downstairs on the gym floor and it just looked really interesting, so I researched it and found that Zumba seemed to be the way forward, so I booked myself onto the course. Why do you think Zumba has captured the public’s imagination so much? Because it’s fun and as they say, ditch the workout and join the party!! The music is motivating and a lot of people come out smiling!! I love teaching aerobics, but this is so different and each track has different routines so it doesn’t get boring. I make up the routines myself. I


don’t always use the Zumba music, I look through iTunes and when I hear a track I like, like for example, Rock Party Anthems, as long as you use the Zumba rhythm and you stick to that, then that’s fine and you can use the music you like. As a form of exercise, is Zumba any better than say Step or Aerobics? Personally I think it is because it’s what they call intermittent training, so you’ve got times when you have a lot of cardio going on, then we will stand and do stationary moves and lots of hip circles for your waist , so your metabolism fluctuates , so it’s very good at burning calories. How many classes do you teach a week? I do 18 classes a week, that’s Zumba plus water aerobics as well. My family keep telling me that I over exercise, but it’s work and I enjoy it and that’s why I like to keep it all fresh and keep updating songs because you can get bored of it yourself. I just love it!! Zumba is predominantly for women, do you agree and why do you think that is? No I don’t think so, I think men are a bit

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more self-conscious, however, I do have men come to my classes, not many though! You probably get say about 50 people and 1 man. I had a guy come and do a class with me for a while actually and he had done salsa before and he loved being among all the women. I think that because it is manly women, men don’t like to come. I don’t think it should just be for women, bearing in mind that the creator was a man!!

moves, then they would have to adapt it themselves. People will come in and say they have bad knees, hips or whatever and I say to them, adapt it, don’t do the jumps and work at your own ability and that puts people’s minds at ease and they don’t feel so pressured. But really, Zumba is an all over workout. As long as people enjoy themselves and they are loving the music, sweat a bit, then job done!!

Do you think Zumba is a passing fad? I hope not!! I don’t think so because it’s been going on for too long now and the classes are picking up and up, so it would be such a shame. I think as long as the instructors keep their classes fresh with new moves and routines it should keep going.

Is there an age limit for doing Zumba? Definitely not! I’ve got ladies who come to my classes who are in their 70’s, they enjoy it! Even my Mum comes along and she has got herself the Zumba trousers and tops!! The thing is, if you don’t exercise as you get older, you can become a little bit stale. The ladies in my classes love it, they do what they can do!! Definitely no age restriction anyone can do it. I’m going to be starting a family Zumba for kids aged 8 years and up to come along with their parents. I do kids parties which I incorporate a lot of the Zumba tracks and kids love it!!

.Apart from Zumba, are there any other exercise crazes coming up that you know about? To be honest, I’m so focused on the Zumba, so I haven’t heard of anything. I’m going to be doing a Zumba toning course, which is still the Zumba, but with weights as well. There is a course coming up in London in October which I will put myself on. Riverside, in Chelmsford, have asked for me to do classes there as there is a demand for it. So I’ll do the course and hopefully we will launch it in January. Zumba is an all over body exercise. What if someone just wanted to work on a certain part of their body, is Zumba for them? It would be, depending on what part of their body they wanted to work on. If they wanted to work more on their abs and their waist, then the hip circles will help, but if they didn’t want to do high impact

I would like to thank Joanne Bushnell for taking time out of her very busy schedule to talk about Zumba. So there you go, why not find a Zumba class near you! As they say…Ditch the workout and come to the party!!!!



Virtual Winemakers Raise a Toast with Their Wine

After 10 months of deliberation, cogitation and frenzied voting, the first ever Virgin Virtual Winemakers turned out for a night of celebration on Friday at the beautiful Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrave Square, London, to raise a toast to their efforts in creating a new wine, as a community, via the power of the internet. This pioneering project is the brainchild of the world’s leading specialist online wine retailer Virgin Wines and was launched back in October. The premise was to bring together a group of impassioned wine lovers in the creation of a new wine – one that didn’t yet exist - and actively play a part in the decisions that shaped its future through a series of democratic votes. The votes covered decisions in the vineyard and winery, the wine’s name and even the label. All of this interaction was delivered through a dedicated online platform, allowing anyone - wherever they were located - to get involved. The wine was made by Pallavicini, one of Italy’s foremost familyowned wine estates, active in their native Lazio for over four centuries. Speaking at the event, Jay Wright, Managing Director of Virgin Wines said, “We’re here not only to bring delicious wines to our customers, but to make wine more exciting and fun. As an online business, it made complete sense to me to unleash the power of the web to take wine to a new level… a level where people can really engage with it and work towards a common goal. That’s how the Virgin Virtual Winery came about.” Friday’s celebrations marked the culmination of 10 months’ hard work and a unique experience for the Virtual Winemakers to hob-nob with viticulturist Mauro de Angelis and Managing Director Claudio Latagliata of Pallavicini, who had flown in from Rome especially for the occasion. Along with Consultant Winemaker Jake Woodhouse, Claudio and Mauro were keen to chat about the wine and show off the finished product. Mr Wright added “Tonight marks the realisation of a very special dream and more than 50 of our Virtual Winemakers joined us to taste their wine – a wine that they can go home and say that they helped to make.” The wine in question is called “Cordis Vinum” and will be available to purchase from Virgin Wines in September. It is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Further plans are already afoot for a second Virtual Winery endeavour, this time based in Australia and due to be launched in the lead-up to Christmas. Watch this space!


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RECIPE Haddock Fish Pie


Ingredients (serves 6) 1.5kg (3 lb) Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes, peeled and diced 600g (1 lb 6 oz) haddock fillets 300ml (1/2 pint) milk 1 bunch spring onions, finely chopped 200g (7 oz) creme fraiche 100g (4 oz) Emmental or Leerdammer cheese, finely grated salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method Prep: 45 mins | Cook: 15 mins 1.Preheat the oven to 220 C / Gas Mark 7. Cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling water until partly soft for about 10 to 15 minutes. 2. Then, put your haddock in a pan, pour over the milk and sprinkle over the spring onions. Cover, bring to a boil and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes until the fish is cooked and flakes easily. 3. Take the poached haddock out and remove the skin and any bones. Pour the warm milk and spring onions into a jug, there should be 200ml (7 fl oz). 4. Drain the potatoes well and mash until smooth. Mix in the warm milk and spring onion, followed by the crème fraiche. Gently fold in the flaked fish and half the cheese. Season with a little salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture into a large, shallow, heatproof dish and sprinkle over the remaining cheese. 5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden and crunchy on the surface. Serve with peas or vegetables of your choice and enjoy!


“Powering the way to a brighter future”

The strangest news story going around in these cash-strapped times is that the UK is experiencing something of an unseemly consumer rush on light bulbs. Yes, light bulbs of all things. The old incandescent filament-style bulbs are selling out in their hundreds, leaving shelves empty all over the country. Why? Well, it’s because they’ve been banned. The brightest 100 watt ones are going first, to be followed by all the other wattages (60 watt is my favorite, but then I’m a bit of a traditionalist) over the next three years to 2012. The ban prevents the manufacture and import of incandescent bulbs into the EU but not the sale of existing stocks. It’s all part of moves by the European Union to protect the environment. Their new regulations have set minimum energy efficiency targets for bulbs, meaning that the old-fashioned filament sort is out, and we’re going to have the modern energy-efficient variety. The EU claims that this legislation will save the rough equivalent of the energy consumption of Romania. There are many concerns being raised by various groups of disabled people, who say that the demise of the humble incandescent bulb will adversely affect them - from partially sighted people who rely on the brightness of 100 watt bulbs, which cannot be equaled with the energy-efficient alternatives, to those with conditions such as epilepsy, migraines and lupus, where it’s claimed that the more modern bulbs can worsen their symptoms. At The Electrical Shop we still carry stock of most incandescent bulbs and as the major retailers have dropped them from their ranges we have easy access to the huge stock piles that were made prior to the ban. We also have alternatives to the normal energy saving fluorescent lamps which many people dis-like. These come in the form of halogen lamps being fitted in normal bulbs and are a great if not better alternative to the incandescent bulb. If you have questions regarding the above subject please feel free to pop in we will be more than happy to advise you and recommend the right products for your needs

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The Best of British



Having hit the end of summer, now we find ourselves in the cooler months where British food really comes into it’s own in my opinion. Hot Pots, Pies, Roast Dinners and Broths and Stews. Finding two cooks who will agree on what should go in a Lancashire Hot-Pot is about as easy as finding a straight-talking politician, there is even discussion as to weather it should have lamb or beef. Most commonly Lamb is used and this is how we make it too. Lancashire Hot-Pot is not some delicate concoction formulated with precise instructions as to method and ingredients, it is good pleasant and hearty fodder. The dish is quick to prepare, left to cook gently for hours without needing attention. And it is filling and cheap using traditional meat, mutton, best-end of neck, middle neck, or even scrag end. To minimise wastage you can even use the left over Sunday roast lamb. The dish is assembled with a layer of fairly thickly sliced potatoes followed by some meat, then usually thinly sliced onions, this construction seasoned with salt and then repeated until a layer of potatoes forms the top, the whole of this having water, enough to prevent it drying out in cooking, and leaving a tasty gravy at the end. Lamb is excellent at the moment and in abundance full of flavour. The Mustard Hot Pot was served with seasonal vegetables (carrots, cabbage and courgettes) which were lovely and crisp and lightly buttered - The Hot Pot was full of flavour with browned potatoes on top and tender pieces of diced lamb in a rich gravy good enough to drink!!

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Leaflet Printing The Most Cost Effective Way To Advertise Today Everyone is in a tough place right now, with the ongoing recession and people tightening their belts. This holds true for both the general public and companies both small and large. But even with a suffering economy, life goes on and sales are their to be made. Money is still being spent by consumers and business owners alike, and the most effective way to have a piece of this revenue is by advertising your message to prospective clients. The most cost effective and proven ways to advertise today is leaflet printing and distribution. Using Leaflet Printing For Advertising Since the inception of the printing press, leaflet printing has been a big part of businesses marketing and advertising plans. This is because printing leaflets is a relatively cheap and efficient way to spread the word about your business, special offer or event. So we know that leaflets are a prominent marketing source, what is the best way to start promoting your business, and which printer to use? A good starting place is Internet. based printers. You can simply visit the website, choose from a wide selection of leaflet sizes such as A6, A5, A4 or Folded Leaflets Their are many good printing companies online that will design and print your leaflets. You not only save money when using an established online print company, but you also get a friendly and helpful service. Placing orders is easy, uploading your artwork a breeze, and the free delivery comes to you in just a few days! So while everyone else is bemoaning the state of the economy, take advantage of the Internet and cheap leaflet printing to stretch your budget that little bit further and reap the rewards that effective leaflet promotion will bring.





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With the news being filled with stories about how obese the British public are, from babies up to middle age, we all seem to be out of shape and unhealthy. Now may be a good time to take a look in the mirror and decide on some positive action. You may hate the idea of the gym, pumping iron or endless hours on a static exercise bike. But have you considered taking up a sport? You may be surprised to find that you can participate in a whole range of sports that are all based within Chelmsford. From Canoeing to baton twirling, there is a sport available for all ages. For the less mobile you could try bowls, angling or yoga. It does not have to be health related either, as sports make a great hobby and new way of making friends After having a quick check, I found the following sports that all have a club within our town:-

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Losing Weight Eating Fry-Ups And Chocolate!!

If like me, you have spent years trying different diets to lose weight and find that you can’t live without eating your favourite things, and even worse, as soon as the diet stops, the weight STILL comes back, then this article is for you!! Since having my four children, my weight crept up and up and up and the more weight I put on, the more depressed I became. I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror and I was even told by a fitness instructor that I would struggle losing my tummy because I have had four children. The last straw came when three different people asked me when my next baby was due, because it looked like I didn’t have long to go, and someone gave up their seat on the train so that I could take the weight off my legs. I was not happy...I wasn’t pregnant, I was just fat.

didn’t work for me. After Christmas I was a size 16 in clothes, heading towards an 18. It was time to shake myself into changing the way I looked. No one else could do this for me, I had to do it myself! April 2011, my Husband signed me up to the local gym. I was so determined to lose weight, so I asked

about the classes they run. Me being in a group with other people who want to lose weight Over the years I’ve tried various diets, including Weight Watchers, Rosemary Con- and get fit meant nolly and the Atkins diet. With each one, I I wasn’t alone. started off losing a little bit of weight, but I was restricted to what I could eat. No more chocolate, no more fry ups, no more takeaways! These diets didn’t last very long with me and I gave up...Hence I put the weight back on. Counting calories, checking points and cutting out certain foods just wasn’t doing it for me. they have helped lots of people to acheive they goals, they just


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enjoyed it! The instructor was so much sure that I’m good the rest of the day until fun to follow, and others around me I have dinner. I make sure we don’t have were all enjoying it too!! After the first dinner any later than 6pm, so that by the month, I plucked up the courage to weigh myself and found that amazingly I had lost weight. When I first started exercising in April, I was 12 stone, after just one month, I was down to 10st 12lb. The best thing was, I hadn’t given up my favourite foods, I’m now just careful with what I eat I decided to cut down my bread intake. I didn’t want to cut it out of my life, so if I have toast for breakfast, I won’t have a sandwich for lunch, or if I plan to have bread with my spaghetti bolagnaise, then I won’t have it earlier!! I eat either muesli, or cereal 5 / 6 times a week and then for lunch I can have a sandwich or motzos (giant cream cracker!!) with pate or cheese. I’m quite enjoying the odd salad for lunch too!!! Then I don’t eat anything else until my dinner! Because I’m now exercising much more than I was, I’m not hungry between meals! If I do find that I’m a bit peckish, I eat friut and drink more water!! If I fancy a fry up for breakfast, I make sure I don’t have any lunch. The same if we go out to town with the kids and pop into McDonald’s, I just make

time it’s bedtime, I’m not going to bed on a full tummy! If I’ve been good all week, (No fry ups, no McDonald’s etc) I will treat myself to a lovely bar of fruit and nut chocolate that I share with my husband when the kids have gone to bed!! The best thing is....I’m STILL losing weight!!! In June/July, I was layed up in bed with sciatica, so I had to miss 4 weeks off Zumba and the gym. I missed the exercise so much. I now do a Zumba class 3 times a week and try to go swimming and use the sauna after each class and I go for lots more walks now too! I am having such a good time and I am now 10st 1lb and I’m now in the size 12/14 clothes range!! The moral of this story is to get some exercise each week and be careful throughout the day/week with what you eat and then you don’t have to give up your favourite foods AND you can still lose weight!!! Losing weight for me has been the result of changing my lifestyle permanently!, Find what works for you and that you can happily live with! Good luck!!



GLUM IN THE SUN by Sarah Tucker

And so I went to Thorpe Park. Hot heady heat amidst rides that had names of tortuous horror films (Saw), condom sounding rides (Colossus - or is that just my mind?), and weapons of natural destruction (Tidal Wave, which perhaps should be called Tsunami. Or perhaps not). Then there were others called Rush, Vortex, No way out (I identified a bit with this one as it was in the dark), and Nemesis Inferno which the boys I took thought was 'the best'. I think they should call a ride 'Ouch'. I'm sure 'Brain Damage' would attract a following. I was surrounded by teenagers. Fat ones, emaciated ones, join the dots spotty ones, ones who practiced the Victoria 'I am too cool to smile' Beckham pout, and others who were cool but didn't know it. Many others who thought they were, but weren't. I am so pleased I am not a teenager again. Anyone who ever angst for these times should go to Thorpe Park.

Sarah Tucker is an award winning travel journalist, novelist, producer and broadcaster. She has edited, produced and presented her own radio and TV series as well as presenting reports for BBC Holiday Programme and anchored I Want That House on ITV. She devised and presented the award winning Jazz FM Travel Guide for over two years and was a travel correspondent for Classic FM. She is the author of bestselling novels The Playground Mafia, The Last Year of Being Single, and the Control Freak Chronicles.


It reminds me of the insecurities of that age. Of wanting to be noticed and not wanting to be noticed. Of wanting to stand out and not wanting to stand out. Of wanting to be something, anything other than who you are, under the guise of gaining any experience, good, bad and ugly. I know quite a few forty somethings that are still going through this phase or have re entered it. I didn't go on the rides. Instead I waited in the 'shops' the riders had to walk through at the end of each roller coaster. In one they sold 'victims blood slime' next to sweetly smiling teddy bears with Thorpe Park emblazoned in embroidered yellow on little blue jumpers. It made the bears look creepy and sinister. Then there were the voodoo doll key rings (without the pins), mini marshmallow chain saws (they looked like chain saws), little statues of a man with a very white face and blood red mouth on a tricycle which is something to do with the film Saw, but I've never seen it so didn't get the point and rather than be impressed I just thought them very strange. There were a lot there so don't know if they had sold any. Then there were huge medals for going on each of the rides. You could get three for ÂŁ10. And loads and loads of jelly sweets and other brightly coloured sugar immersed gelatin filled crap. I sat there in the sun, and kept thinking of what the place reminded me of. I've been to Alton Towers and Universal Studios in Florida and Phantasialand in Germany, and other 'lands' with rides of this scale, but this one was different. As I sat watching everyone scream their heads off, and praise themselves afterwards for not throwing up and still being able to smile, speak, see, walk - I breathed in the whiff of pizza, pasta, curry, chinese, fish 'n chips, mexican all at once - and I thought of the story of Pinnochio and the land he ended up in when he started to turn into an ass. I left with stealth, as the ride Stealth was closed.

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You can plan most things for a wedding with a good degree of certainty but in the UK, and especially in Scotland, you can’t know in advance what the weather will do. Providing your wedding ceremony and reception venue are indoors the weather shouldn’t provide that many problems – but indoor photography can be restrictive and not representative of the day. No doubts about it - there are moments during the big day when you would like to be outside. Natural light and the charm of your surroundings at that very special venue you hired - at great expense - will be important elements of your wedding photographs. If you have hired a venue in a Scottish castle with views out over mountains and sea or at a country house hotel with its beautifully manicured gardens then you will want to capture them in your photographs. An experienced photographer will have a “Plan A” and a “Plan B” (bad weather). And (s)he’ll be prepared for both plans to go “out of the window”! Your photographer should have researched the location and know which locations to use in any weather. On what is merely a grey, cloudy day a skilled wedding photographer will know how to make the best of the light. In fact for outdoor portraits this is the best sort of light – beautiful even light that’s kind to any face. Stormy skies add drama and a professional will know how to balance artificial light but retain that drama in the sky (just one more argument against leaving the job to friends and amateurs, but that’s another wedding photography story!) More problems present themselves when the rain starts to fall and the wind starts to blow, and for the bride, problems for her dress and hairdo in particular. There are several options available to the wedding couple if the weather should turn against them and their wedding photographer’s best efforts. One obvious strategy to insure against heavy rain and having to be photographed in interiors indistinguishable from a thousand others wedding venues is to choose a venue where exteriors protected by a high roof are available. Think pergolas, bandstands and canopied doorways. Photographers love doorways; the light falls off quickly and that beautiful soft light is back. Indoors by a window is the next best thing. Window light makes for dramatic images – a large window with a wood panelled or stone wall and all sorts of possibilities open up. Photography is about light and this setting is wonderful. In the absence of roofed exteriors it may make sense to have large white umbrellas on hand – I always carry several. Apart from protecting against the rain they diffuse the top light and reflect back the bottom light – soft light again! You may even want to bring your own umbrellas in other colours to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. Plenty of clips and pins for holding hair in place and battening down gowns won’t go amiss either. The wind can be used to our advantage too – with a bit of cover that natural wind machine can be useful! The employment of umbrellas can dovetail nicely with another important strategy for wedding photograph success in inclement weather. That strategy is, in three words, “Go with it!” Embracing the conditions can not merely save the day – it may make the day. You can’t change the weather but you can change your attitude to it. A strong gale, a refreshing shower or even snow will make your wedding day a memorable one and add to the fun. I’ve seen the Bride arrive in “wellies” and it’s a great photograph. Who knows - perhaps that awful weather will forever be associated with happiness? by Leo Friel




Richard, my husband, never really talked a lot about his time in Viet Nam, other than he had been shot by a sniper. However, he had a rather grainy, 8 x 10 black and white photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann Margret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures. A few years ago, Ann Margret was doing a book signing at a local bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get her to sign the treasured photo so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o’clock for the 7:30 signing. When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the bookstore, circled the parking lot, and disappeared behind a parking garage. Before her appearance, bookstore employees announced that she would sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted. Richard was disappointed, but wanted to show her the photo and let her know how much those shows meant to lonely GI’s so far from home. Ann Margret came out looking as beautiful as ever and, as second in line, it was soon Richard’s turn. He presented the book for her signature and then took out the photo. When he did, there were many shouts from the employees that she would not sign it. Richard said, “I understand. I just wanted her to see it.” She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and she said, “This is one of my gentlemen from Viet Nam and I most certainly will sign his photo. I know what these men did for their country and I always have time for ‘my gentlemen.” With that, she pulled Richard across the table and planted a big kiss on him. She then made quite a to-do about the bravery of the young men she met over the years, how much she admired them, and how much she appreciated them. There weren’t too many dry eyes among those close enough to hear. She then posed for pictures and acted as if he were the only one there.


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Later at dinner, Richard was very quiet. When I asked if he’d like to talk about it, my big, strong husband broke down in tears... “That’s the first time anyone ever thanked me for my time in the Army.” he said. That night was a turning point for him. He walked a little straighter and, for the first time in years, was proud to have been a Vet. I’ll never forget Ann Margret for her graciousness and how much that small act of kindness meant to my husband. I now make it a point to say ‘Thank you’ to every person I come across who served in our Armed Forces. Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all those who have served their country. Author Unknown Note: I have searched to find out if this story is true, and every indication, including a response from Ann Margret’s representatives state that yes, this is a true story. Unfortunately I cannot confirm with certainty who the author is.

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Did You Know? Human Head and Brain Size The human head contains 22 bones, consisting the cranium and the facial bones. The cranium is formed by 8 bones: the frontal bone, two parietal bones, two temporal bones, the occipital bone in the back, the ethmoid bone behind the nose, and the sphenoid bone. The face consists of 14 bones including the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw). (The skull has many little holes in its base which allow the cranial nerves to travel to their destinations.) The cranium protects the brain, which, for an average adult male weighs about 1400 gram (49 oz). The brain of Russian novelist Turgenev, weighed 2021g (71 oz), Bismarck’s brain weighed 1807g (64 oz), while that of famous French statesman Gambetta was 1294g (46 oz). Female average brain mass is slightly less than that of males. The largest woman’s brain recorded weighed 1742g (61 oz). Einstein’s brain weighed 1230 gram (43.39 ounces), meaning Einstein’s brain was smaller than average. An elephant’s brain weighs 5000g (176oz or 11 lb), a whale’s 10000g (352oz or 22lb). In proportion to the body, the whale has a much smaller brain than man. This seem to give man the edge, until it was discovered that the dwarf monkey has 1g of brain per 27g (0.95oz) of body, and the capuchin monkey has 1g of brain per 17,5g body, whereas man has 1 gram of brain to 44g of body.

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