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Advertising Circulation & Editorial 0845 6345048 Editor Kelly Sanger info@thefaceofchelmsford.com

Hello!! Well, Christmas is just around the corner now, so everyone is busy shopping and preparing for the celebrations of the season!! Kids are getting excited and writing their Christmas lists to Santa and the Christmas adverts have already began on the TV!!

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There are lots of exciting things happening in and around Chelmsford, with the Christmas lights being switched on on the 27th of November!

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In this issue, we have some interesting health articles, a lovely Christmas cookies recipe from the famous author Carole Matthews and a new Top Tips page!! Don’t forget to check out my Behind The Scenes video made at the Lush shop in Chelmsford. For the latest and every previous issue, visit our website and if you sign up on the website, you can use our Events section to let everyone know of any big events that are coming up. To join our subscribers list, please do so online, or you can email us at infor@thefaceofchelmsford.com Remember to mention The Face Of Chelmsford magazine when responding to features, articles and adverts! On behalf of all the team here, we would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a very happy new year!! Enjoy!! Kelly Sanger, Editor

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CONTENTS

This Month 5 Useful Numbers/ Ever Wondered Why... 6

Living With Lupus

9 Get George To America! 10

Bell’s Palsey

13 You Snooze - You Loose! 14

Review: Doctor

Who 16 Review: Wildwood Resturaunt

Mafia

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Thought Of The Day

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Travel Review

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Kids Corner

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Top Tips & Hints

36 The Body Shop At Home 39

Ask The Accountant

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Satellite Sights

41 Behind The Scenes Lush 42

Did You Know...

18 Recipe: Christmas Cookies

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Useful Phone Numbers Broomfield Hospital

Phone: 01245 443673 (Switchboard)

The Greenwood Surgery

Phone: 01245 426898

Essex County Fire & Rescue

Phone: 01245 328388

Best Friends Veterinary Centre

Phone: 01245 321717

Citizens Advice Bureau

Phone: 0844 9938667

Broomfield Library

Phone: 01245 440254

Ever Wondered Why... Why don’t you ever see the headline “Psychic Wins Lottery”? Why is “abbreviated” such a long word? Why is it that doctors call what they do “practice”? Why is lemonade made with artificial flavour, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons? Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food? When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it? Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes? Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections? You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?? Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together? If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress? If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal? Why do we park In the driveway and drive on the parkway? www.thefaceofchelmsford.com

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ARTICLE Health

Living With Lupus

By Sarah Pearson Hello, my name is Sarah and I am a 44 year old mum to four great children living in a small waterside village in Essex. Having spent all my adult life completely healthy it then became a bit of a shock to me when In 2006 I started feeling very unwell! At first it was just aching joints and muscle pains in my arms and legs and then suddenly I started getting terrible migraines for the first time in my life and tons of mouth & nose ulcers too. After visiting my doctor countless times it became clear that he didn’t know what was wrong with me....

Fast forward to 2011 and I’m now happy to say that I’m back to living my life to the full again (although i do have the odd bad day if i over do it !) and this is down to a combination of the right Lupus & Hughes Syndrome drugs, a healthy diet and also a Symptoms of lupus bit of exercise thrown vary, but some of the most in too !

common symptoms are:

Pain or swelling in joints Muscle pain Fever with no known cause Red rashes, most often on the face Chest pain when taking a deep breath Hair loss Pale or purple fingers or toes Sensitivity to the sun Swelling in legs or around eyes Mouth ulcers Swollen glands Feeling very tired.

Two more years passed like this and I was continuing to feel unwell with constant migraines, mouth ulcers, joint and muscle pain and also a red rash appeared on my face and neck area which looked truly awful. I also found that if I went out in the sun I would feel so tired I would have to sleep much more than normal.

Feeling totally fed up I decided to research my symptoms at the library and this is where I came across a disease that fitted exactly how I was feeling and this disease was called LUPUS. When I first read the symptoms list I went cold.....I had nearly all of the symptoms listed. Armed with this info I went to see my doctor again and he agreed that Lupus seemed to fit all my symptoms and he would happily refer me to a specialist. At this point I can’t tell you how relived I was, Finally

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after years of feeling so poorly someone was actually listening to me and I wasn’t going mad after all !Finally In September 2008 after my visit to the specialist I was diagnosed with “Lupus”and also another Disease called “Hughes Syndrome” (Which causes blood clots) and I was put on a medical treatment plan to make me feel better.

Here are a few facts about Lupus: lupus is a widespread and chronic autoimmune disease causes the immune system to attack the body’s own tissues and organs, including the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood, and skin

Symptoms may come and go. The times when a person is having symptoms are called flares, which can range from mild to severe Typical treatments include steroids, painkillers, and immunosuppressant’s, Ninety percent of those afflicted are women and 80% are between the ages of 15 and 45.. There are many treatments for lupus but there is no cure…yet! If you need any more info please check out the Lupus UK website @ http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/ or The Hughes Syndrome website http://www. hughes-syndrome.org/

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Get George to America!

ARTICLE Health

By Vikki, Jamie and George Balding This is seven year old George Balding of Mayland, Essex. He was born 5 weeks prematurely at St John’s Hospital, weighing in at just 3lb 2oz. At some stage during pregnancy or the birth George suffered from damage to his brain and at 15 months George was diagnosed with a form of Cerebral Palsy called Hemiplegia, which mainly affects his right side of his body and speech. Everyday activities are difficult due to the tightness and stiffness in his muscles. George is able to walk short distances but tires very easily and uses his buggy most of the time. Since receiving the diagnosis we looked into all the available treatments, and this is when we found out about Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy which is currently performed by Dr T S Parks at the St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri. We applied to Dr Parks to see if George is a suitable candidate and within a few weeks we received the exciting news that George is suitable and that he had been accepted to have the SDR surgery in February 2012. The operation, Flights accommodation and intense physiotherapy whilst in the US and upon return to the UK will cost in excess of £45,000. As soon as George was accepted, the fundraising began, we held a Coffee morning, Quiz Night, Charity meal and Disco, Sponsored Walk, Boot sales and have a lot of events still to come which include a Sky dive with 17 people taking part, a London to Brighton Bike ride and the Mucky Race at Colchester in November. We still have a long way to go but will do whatever it takes to raise the funds as this operation could potentially change George’s life forever and enable him to do all the simple tasks that we take for granted every day and we can say goodbye to his buggy and wheelchair forever! If you would like to know more about George’s fundraising and progress please visit our website www.getgeorgetoamerica.com, we also have a Facebook page where you can follow our progress Georges SDR Page. Thank you in advance for your interest and support. Vikki, Jamie and George Balding.

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ARTICLE Health

By Kelly Sanger

Bell’s Palsy

About 3 years ago, I woke up one morning to find the left side of my face wouldn’t move and I couldn’t close my left eye. Panic started to set in. The first thought my husband had was, “Is she having a stroke”? I was taken to the doctors straight away, where he diagnosed Bell’s Palsy. He talked us through what had happened to my face and explained what Bell’s Palsy is.

What is Bell’s Palsy? Bell’s palsy is a condition where one side of the face becomes paralysed. The symptoms usually come on suddenly, but have no obvious cause, but stress is said to be a link. Most people make a full recovery. Every year, about one in 5,000 people develop Bell’s palsy in the UK. Anyone of any age can be affected. Both men and women are equally affected. The symptoms of Bell’s Palsy can come on very quickly. This can be as quick as just a few hours or even overnight, and are at their worst within two days. The main symptom is that one side of your face becomes weak or paralysed. Most people have mild earache or a pain behind their ear. You may also find that on the affected side of your face does the following... •

your eyebrow sags

your eye is difficult to close

your eye is very watery, or alternatively very dry

the corner of your mouth droops, causing saliva and drinks to dribble from your mouth

you become more sensitive to high pitched noise

When you smile, you may notice that the affected side of your face appears expressionless. The amount of weakness can vary from person to person. Some people experience a very mild weakness, but others may have complete paralysis. T is not uncommon to find that you cannot taste at the front of your tongue or you have an altered sense of taste. The symptoms of Bell’s palsy occur when the nerve that controls the muscles in your face becomes inflamed or compressed. It is not known what the exact cause of this damage is.

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ARTICLE​ Health

Bell’s palsy sufferers may find it difficult to blink and close their eyelid. This means that the surface of your eye could be at risk of drying out. You can keep your eye moist by using lubricating eye drops such as artificial tears, eye ointments or eye gels. Some people try to use an eye patch or tape to keep their eye closed before going to sleep. If you experience any of these symptoms, see your doctor for advice as quickly as possible.

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A present that everyone is guaranteed to love is a photograph printed on canvas. It is a unique gift item that touches the heart of the recipient. An example is a wedding anniversary, birthday or christening. Canvas photos are a gift That can last for a lifetime. Photos printed onto canvas can be much larger than the original photo. There are also special effects and modifications you can do with your photos. For instance, you can get your favourite photo turned into a watercolour or sepia tone. Have the background or red eye removed as well. The framed canvas photo can be put on any wall of your home. It adds a warm, personal touch to the house. In canvas photo printing, your photos are transferred onto canvas with the help of digital art technology. Photos onto canvas not only look great, but they also last for many years.


You Snooze – You Lose!

ARTICLE Wellbeing

By James St Pierre. “When the sun comes up, successful people start running” Brian Tracy

James St Pierre is a Personal Trainer, Fitness Writer, Professional Speaker and the owner / founder of Unique Results – Personal Fitness & Development Studio. What is it with some peoples obsession with sleep? The belief that a weekend or day off somehow isn’t ‘legitimate’ unless they have lay in bed till about 10am? I believe that people can be separated into two main categories based on the answer to this next question: Are you a ‘Snoozer’ or a ‘Springer’? Take the average morning, you are sound asleep (unless you have young children!) and the alarm goes off to signal the start of your day. Do you: a) Roll over and hit the snooze button (any number of times from 1 to 15ish!) or b) Turn the alarm off and spring out of bed? The way we start the day very often sets a pattern for the way the day unfolds. If we begrudgingly clamber out of bed after 7 ‘snoozes’ complaining that we are ‘tired’ and mope around feeling sorry for ourselves our attitude and outlook may not be the most positive. If we turn the alarm off and habitually ‘spring’ out of bed and get the day rolling, we are mentally far more alert and setting ourselves up for a day of success. I don’t want to seem judgemental as I firmly believe that ‘Snoozers’ and ‘Springers’ are not specific ‘types’ of people. More so, these habits are a symptom of a level of motivation within each individual. These habits are a RESULT of programming (primarily self programming) that either causes you to be excited by what you may experience or achieve on any given day, or be apathetic to what may happen to you on any given day. There is a huge difference in mindset here. I had the pleasure a couple of years ago of seeing Dr John Demartini speak in London and something he said was very simple and also very profound ‘Nobody has to get you out of bed in the morning to do something you love’ What are you getting out of bed in the morning for? Many people I speak to turn their noses up at waking up early and exercising or doing something that would enrich their lives, yet we have all sprung out of bed in the early hours to drive to the airport for a holiday – how many snoozes did that take? If you find yourself struggling to wake up early and be productive ask yourself a few questions. Am I passionate about my life, job or business? Could the quality of my sleep be improved by more physical exercise and better nutritional habits? Am I staying up late watching rubbish on TV that is not helping me in any way? If I HAD to get excited about one thing in the day ahead – What could that be? Finally – Where can I purchase myself an alarm clock WITHOUT a SNOOZE BUTTON!? www.thefaceofchelmsford.com

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REVIEW Entertainment

Review - Doctor Who Experience

By Sian Sanger I recently travelled through time and space in the TARDIS, fought daleks and saved the doctor from the pandorica...again. How you ask? the doctor who experience is a amazing walk through and props expedition. We started our experience by walking through a small props expedition, with real outfits and props used in episodes. Then as a medium size group, you enter a dark room with benches placed round a screen. As you watch a dramatical clip about the eleventh doctor and his many incredible adventures a tiny crack appears from and slowly grows bigger and bigger and at the end, the crack lights up and the screen splits apart, yes apart, and reveals a room cluttered with old boxes and junk. But your briefing by a tour guide robot is interrupted by who else but the doctor himself on a screen requesting help by, well us, the ‘Shoppers’ as he calls us. He’s stuck in the pandorica, again and we need to get him out, but first, we need to get the TARDIS to him. And the only way to get a TARDIS anywhere, is to fly it! It appears from nowhere in the corner of the room and inside is how the TARDIS should be. It was HUGE on the inside, with the console, which is so much more amazing close up. Now being the only people in the TARDIS, us shoppers, we have Levers in font of us to fly the TARDIS and one by one the doctor tell us to push the levers but to be honest, the only one who should fly it, is

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REVIEW Entertainment

the doctor as, unfortunately, we make a crush landing... in the daleks mothership. The walk through goes on, ending with an amazing 3D viewing of the pandorica disintegrating into a time vortex. After the walk through, there’s a even bigger Expedition with more props and photo shoots and chances to get up close and personal with some of the most terrifying enemies of the doctor. For me, a massive Doctor who fan, it was more than brilliant. I highly suggest you take a visit to the Doctor who experience as it opens a whole new world of imagination and excitement!

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REVIEW Food

Restaurant Review of WILDWOOD

I visited the Wildwood Restaurant to do my first review as the new editor of The Face Of Chelmsford magazine. I was greeted and shown to my table by the supervisor Krzysztof Sniezek and my waitress for the evening was a lovely lady called Bryony. Wildwood have a good selection of lovely food on their menu. Whether your a vegetarian, or a meat eater, there is something for everyone. Choose between pizzas, pastas, something from the grill section and salads! The staff are friendly and make you feel relaxed and nothing is too much trouble!! Children are welcome and have a great menu with lots to choose from and are given puzzles to do while they wait for their food!! Wildwood can cater for parties too! So if your looking for an intimate dinner for two, or want to celebrate something with friends, Wildwood restaurant will welcome you! The Wildwood restaurant offers a good selection of seating; from bright tables to party, to romantic corners with candles! The atmosphere was good and the ambience was very pleasent. The food is very good and distinctly fresh. Wildwood also offers a wide selection of wine, beer, cocktails and soft drinks, including champagne cocktails and peach lemonade. Wildwood restaurant is situated at the back of The Meadows shopping centre in a pleasent riverside location. There is nearby parking in the multi-story car park.

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Take-Away Pizza Wildwood pizzas with up to four toppings are available to take away for just £4.95, during opening hours.

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Outdoor Seating Wildwood in Chelmsford has a riverside terrace, so when the weather is nice head out and enjoy!

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Cocktails With a range of intriguing cocktails, something will definitely tickle your fancy.

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Change Your Dish! Since everything is freshly prepared, Wildwood is happy make changes. Whether you’d like it more spicy, less spicy, no mushrooms, different potatoes, etc., you will get your food exactly how you want it.

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Conservatory The front of the restaurant is like a conservatory, which really maximises the light.

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Kids Menu Wildwood is family-friendly and offers a separate kids’ menu.

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Christmas Menu for Groups During December Wildwood is offering set Christmas menus for groups of eight or more. Visit the website or stop into a Wildwood location for more information.

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General Manager: Leigh Reed

DETAILS Head Chef: Cipni Orofnei

Cuisine: pizza, pasta, grill, meditinerenian Our Ratings: - Outstanding | Excellent | Good | Average | Poor Food Excellent – There is plenty of choice and something for everyone, with good portion sizes. Décor Good – The restaurant is clean and bright, with a fresh and comfortable feel. Service Excellent – The service was efficient and the staff happy and polite. Value Excellent – Prices start from around £8.00 and wine from £3.65, there’s plenty of choice and it suits all budgets. Opening Hours Monday - Saturday Sunday

12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Reservations Please call 01245 690586 to book. Parking Parking is available in the Meadows shopping centre. Meals served Lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks Dress code None Website www.wildwoodrestaurants.co.uk Telephone Number 01245 690586 Email chelmsford@wildwoodrestaurants.co.uk Address 13-15 Backnang Square, Chelmsford, CM2 6FD. Date Opened September 2010 Good for All occasions, all ages, from business lunches to romantic meals to large groups. Special Features There’s a wood-burning oven which is great for pizzas! Atmosphere Vibrant yet quaint. www.thefaceofchelmsford.com

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RECIPE Food

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Carole’s Cracking White Chocolate, Macadamia and Cranberry Christmas Cookies 15 minutes 10-12 minutes 180c/160c fan/Gas4 24 cookies 2 baking sheets

INGREDIENTS 1x200g bar white chocolate, chopped 100g butter 1 egg 50g light muscovado sugar 90g golden caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 180g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp cinnamon 50g dried cranberries 50g macadamia nuts, chopped METHOD •

Melt two thirds of the chopped chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water.

Allow the chocolate to cool, then beat in the egg, butter, both sugars and vanilla – preferably using an electric hand whisk.

Stir in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cranberries and macadamias.

The dough should be quite stiff. Add a little more flour if it seems too runny.

Use a tablespoon to drop small mounds onto a greased baking sheet.

Space them out as much as you can as they do spread quite a bit.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until pale golden. If they go brown they’ll be too crunchy!

Leave to harden on the tray for exactly 2 minutes – then you’ll be able to lift them with a palette knife onto a cooling rack.

These yummy cookies don’t keep that well, so make sure you eat them all up the same day! As if that’s going to be difficult!

A big thank you to Carole Matthews; Author of The Chocolate Lovers Club and The Chocolate Lovers Diet as well as many other great books!! For fabulously funny romantic fiction and other yummy recipes, please visit www.carolematthews.co.uk

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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 The Mallard Salad!

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Sciurus carolinensis, sounds double yummy I know. Probably one of the fastest selling meats on the market. Elvis got through a few in his time, the humble Grey Squirrel, brash American bully to its cuter redder native cousin. I recently put these on the menu at the mustard bistro and despite my reservations, we couldn’t prepare them quickly enough. Well done good folk of Chelmsford for giving something different a bash. The recipe was a simply one, squirrel legs, stuffed with garlic and ginger coated in an egg wash, then rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs and deep fried for 2 minutes. Any more and you’ll spend most of the evening chewing. The King of rock and Roll must have had more biting power per square inch than a hyena. As winter draws in local game will start appearing on menus around the country. Whilst staples like venison and pheasant are delicious why not try something a tiny bit unusual? Mallard instead of duck, partridge instead of pheasant. The best thing is, all the wonderful and largely unconsidered bounty is perched/floating/soaring on our proverbial doorsteps just aching to be shot. Indeed why not give squirrel a try or pop over to the bistro for a breast of mallard salad with a poached red pear and winter berry compote. Winter doesn’t have to mean just casseroles. You can find all game referred to above from our friends at wildaboutmeat.co.uk

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Nuclear BOMB! It is possibly the most lethal and most feared weapon in the world, and as proven in 1945, can prove to be a real statement of intent during wartime, whether it is used or not. The nuclear bomb is a WMD (weapon of mass destruction) that creates a nuclear fission (’splitting the atom’) of high energy upon impact with its target, with even the smallest of these bombs often carrying the ability to wipe out entire cities, and creating a giant version of the iconic ‘mushroom cloud’. While modern-day usage of the nuclear bomb is buried under a legal minefield, and often used (and kept) by big nations only as a threat, who was it that first invented this killing machine, and why did they do it? It may come as a surprise to many that did not know before that a key player in the development of this weapon was famed scientist Albert Einstein, and while it was unclear if he actually conceived the idea of a nuclear bomb, he (who had defected Nazi Germany to become a US citizen) and a group of fellow scientists wrote a letter to American President Roosevelt on 2 August 1939 (little over a month before World War II started), warning him of recent Nazi German developments of purifying ‘uranium-235′, sparking fears that they could be creating an weapon with the material. In response to this during the war, the US government (working alongside allies the United Kingdom and Canada) commissioned a team of scientists (led by Columbia University’s Harold Urey, but not including Einstein, who wanted the allies to win the war, but did not believe in using such a powerful and dangerous weapon) to develop an atomic bomb for them (known as ‘The Manhattan Project’), which soon progressed into the more powerful nuclear bomb. While the Nazis never bore the brunt of this creation, America’s main rivals during the war, Japan, did, with the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945 (with nuclear bombs codenamed ‘Little Boy’ and ‘Fat Man’, respectively), an event which went a long way towards forcing a Japanese surrender and ending the war, though debate over the ethics of deploying the bomb (and killing many innocent civilians in both cities) rages on even today around the world. Following World War II,

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the USA, along with the now-defunct Soviet Union, were encouraged to come up with treaties to reduce the amount of testing done on these weapons, having witnessed the destruction they can cause. This didn’t stop tests completely, though, and the Soviets posted an still world record when they deployed the ‘Tsar’ for a test in 1961, with the device letting off an estimated 57 million tonnes of TNT (an explosive material) on an uninhabited island in north Russia, an explosion which has never been matched since. With numbers of public protests on the matter during the past few decades it is likely to remain that way, with the threat and presence of nuclear weaponry having decreased, and the two US attacks on Japan in 1945 remain the only instances of nuclear weapons being used in combat. Today, 9 nations (USA, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, Russia, and the UK) are known as owning nuclear bombs, and so far none of them have broken major international regulation (such as ‘WMD treaties’)

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There are over 25 thousand nuclear warheads in the world, enough to make humans an endangered species.

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There are up to 2 million kilograms of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) in global stockpiles, and it takes just 15-24 kilograms for a nuclear weapon.

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The Playground Mafia by Sarah Tucker 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. www.sarahtucker.info

Sarah Tucker is the author of a fictional novel ‘The Playground Mafia’, which hit a nerve because there was so much unspoken emotional truth in it that it has sold over half a million copies. Sarah does not claim to be a psychologist or counsellor, her tips have developed through the research and some direct experience of playground politics over the years. She receives between 50 to 100 emails each week on playground politics and has collected together here some advice from those she has interviewed over the years, from teachers, parents, mafia members and victims of playground politics as well as some words of wisdom from the children themselves. This list of ten tips might help you with playground issues and over competitive parents. Remember the only thing you have in common with the other mothers at your child’s class is that they have children the same age as yours. That is where the similarities end. They are not your friends or confidents. Don’t treat them that way. Or feel you need to treat them that way. This causes unnecessary pressure. Always keep your own counsel. Confide in your friends out of school, never those in the playground no matter how sympathetic they may be. You are going to meet them every day for the next nine years. Do not mention any marriage or financial or emotional difficulties.

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Furthermore, do not act as ear to any gossip mongers either. Just because your son/daughter picks a best friend, you do not need to make best friends with the parents. Parents often feel obliged to do just that. Don’t. It is not necessary. 4. The teachers are extremely aware of the playground mafia and I got many anecdotes for the book from this source. If you need advice, always speak to the head teacher or the form teacher about your child. You don’t need to network with other mothers who – if they are mafia – will treat information as power. 5. Never arrive early for pick up. More opportunity for you to be pounced on. 6. Always polite but opaque, as in quite dull. If they cannot grab onto anything about you, good or bad, they will neither be threatened by you, interested to cultivate you as one of their members. Most mafia were bullies as children and haven’t kicked the habit. As children you could have had a fight in the playground, as an adult you are likely to get a GBH assault charge. So no matter how much they snipe, ignore them. Focus on your child. 7. Be aware that there is no mafia ‘type’ – they do not look like bullies, they come in

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all shapes and sizes, may have had or not had successful careers. The one thing they have in common is that they need to get a life, stop taking themselves so seriously and focus on their child’s development and no one else’s. They need above all to mind their OWN business. 8. Mummy blogs and networks are not necessarily the best way to work out issues. If you need to befriend a mother, make it one who has children two years above 9. that of your own,who you genuinely like and trust. She is not in direct competition with you and will have been through the playground mafia issues herself. 10. See the funny side of all situations. I met a mother who googled all the children’s parents in her class and only asked those children around for playdates who had parents with high disposable incomes. This is more common than people might think. These parent types live vicariously through their children on many levels. 11. Playground Mafia will always claim they are being overly competitive because it’s necessary to get into good schools and they must push their child and further his progress. They do nothing of the sort. All good parents encourage their child to do well, mafia systematically try to undermine other children so they do less well, and also undermine the confidence of other parents. That is not good parenting, this is politics. Most playground politics occurs when the children are at infant and primary school. There is less need to mix with other parents at secondary school so less opportunity for the playground mafia to snipe. Enjoy your children’s childhood. Don’t let the mafia ruin it. And if all else fails, just drop your child at

the school gate and pick up avoiding all eye contact with any other mother. Sarah has now devised an APP for mums to use not only to detect mafia mums but also avoid becoming one themselves. As part of a nationwide ‘mummy mafia’ campaign in conjunction with Red Balloon, the organisation which focuses on the recovery of bullied children, Sarah is asking mums throughout the UK to take the mummy mafia test and send in the results to her at madasatucker@aol.com. Alternatively send them to her website www. sarahtucker-website.com on the comments section, with anecdotes about some of the playground politics you have personally experienced. Sarah says, “Tackling playground politics is a step closer to making sure the time in the playground is something new mothers can enjoy and look forward to, rather than dread and navigate around. I believe children bully because they witness the grownups doing the same - lead by example is always the best policy.”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

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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.

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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!

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Travel Review Taranaki NEW ZEALAND

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By Staci Holmes When I was asked by your lovely new Editor Kelly Sanger to write a travel review for The Face of Chelmsford I thought it would be easy. I was WRONG!

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Taranaki is one of the most beautiful places in the World (I am slightly baiased) and reducing all the amazing things available down into one article is so hard! Taranaki is on the West Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. We are the little bump you see sticking out on the map. In a single day you can go skiing on the beautiful Mt Egmont/Taranaki and 20 minutes later be sunbathing at the gorgeous beaches that define our area. You can visit the pristine parks and the world renowned Pukeiti Gardens – home of the most beautiful

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amazing Museum called Puke Ariki where collections with renowned reputations reside. Our main shopping centre is a town called New Plymouth which has attractions ranging from Childrens adventure playgrounds to restaurants and Nightclubs for adults. New Plymouth has an annual Festival of the Lights which is one of the most beautiful things to visit. The lovely Pukekura Park is adorned with lights and animations that really capture the delight of children young and old. During the Festival there is often musicians playing throughout the day and night creating an enchanting atmosphere.

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KIDS CORNER Family

Kids Jokes Why do bees hum? Because they forgot the words What did the dentist say when his wife backed a cake? I’ll do the filling What has teeth, but cannot eat? A comb Where do wasps go when they are ill? The waspital Why do birds fly South in the winter? Because it’s too far to walk

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1. To wash vertical blinds, remove the weights from the bottom, take the blinds down and fold gently. Place into a white pillowcase and tie with a hair band. Put the bundle into the washing machine and put it on a cool wash (30 degrees), remember to turn off the spin!! Once wash has finished, hang your blinds up and allow them to drip dry, putting a towel underneath them to catch the drips!! Attach the weights and allow to dry!! Lovely, clean and fresh!!!

2. If you’ve been cutting up onions and garlic and can’t get rid of the smell, use toothpaste on your hands, rub it in, then wash it off!!! Smell, gone!!!

3. Use baby oil to buff up your dull tiles!! Brings it up a treat!!

4. If your toilet training your child and they don’t like using the potty, put a ping pong ball down the toilet and turn toilet time into a game!! If the child can hit the ball with their wee wee, they can win a prize (Or praise!!!) The ball won’t flush away and your child will be asking for the toilet...No more accidents!!!!!

5. If there are crayon marks on your wall, heat the area with a hair dryer on a high setting for a few seconds, then wipe with a soft cloth. The wax of the crayon will melt and can be wiped off!!

6. Not sure if your eggs have gone past their use by date? Gently place them in a bowl of cold water. If they sit at the bottom of the bowl, then they are fresh, but if they stand up or rise to the top, do not use.

7. If you have candle wax on your carpet, when it’s dried, try to get as much off as you can by hand, then put either a brown paper bag or a damp towel over the affected area, then iron over the top with a cool-warm setting. (Don’t use the hot setting as some carpets may burn). The wax will come away easily! www.thefaceofchelmsford.com

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The Body Shop At Home™ By Lisa Johnson In 1994 Dame Anita Roddick founded The Body Shop At Home™ to empower people to set up their own businesses, to enable people of all ages and races to share the wonderful opportunities it offered. So Now we can share with you our great products and wonderful stories from the comfort of your own home. What Makes us different is our values It’s what sets us appart from the rest : Against Animal Testing, Support Community Fair Trade, Activate Self Esteem, Defend human Rights and Protect our Planet. Did you know our nearest Communtity trade supplier is in Norfolk!!! I joined the business when my children went to school to give me a new focus, starting part time doing one evening a week. Within a year I worked my way to Area Manager, It’s the best thing I ever did! I work the hours I want, I’m around for the children and don’t need to worry about childcare, working with like minded people of all ages, some even have other full time jobs. I’ve made some great new friends, and won a trip of a lifetime to Mauritius earlier this year with 78 other wonderful people, it’s been truly inspirational simply the best job I’ve ever had. We’ve always believed in using profit for good. So in 1990 we set up The Body Shop Foundation, our charitable trust. Currently we make an annual donation of £650,000, as well as donating end-of-line stock for the Trust to sell. Since we established the Foundation, we’ve donated over £11 million to more than 3,000 projects around the world. This is only possible thanks to our wonderful customers who not only enjoy our fabulous products but make a difference every time they make a purchase. So Spread the Joy this Season and Shop from your seat not on your feet, get the opportunity to try before you buy, then we reward you with free and discounted shopping as a thank you what could be better on a cold winters eve. My top Winter products Hemp hand protector to nourish and protect those hands, Warming Mineral mask for a fantastic deep facial clean and vitamin C skin reviver an ideal skin pick me up to enhance your glow. We are a growing business having vacancies is the under developed Chelmsford district full or part time available. call now for further details Lisa Johnston Area Manager 07905 157364 lisajohnston71@hotmail.co.uk

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Q. My cafe was badly damaged in the recent riots, but my loyal customers have collected £3,000 to help me open the business as quickly as possible. How should I treat this sum for tax purposes? Is it a personal gift, or a contribution to be set against my repair costs? A. The taxman would view that this gift from your customers should be treated as income for your business for income tax or corporation tax purposes. You are likely to have a lot of repair expenditure to set against your income for the current period, so you may well not have a profit to declare even after including the gift as income. Q. I’ve received a tax refund for 2010/11, but I’m worried that it’s not correct as I usually have tax to pay each year. Also I haven’t even submitted my 2010/11 tax return yet. A. You are right to be worried about the tax refund, as the Taxman’s computer has issued some incorrect refunds recently. If you normally complete a self-assessment tax return but also have some income taxed under PAYE, the computer should wait until your tax return has been submitted before calculating the tax to be refunded. In a few cases this has not happened, and the tax refund has been based only on the taxpayer’s PAYE income. Please ask us to check the tax calculation that should have arrived with your refund cheque. Q. The Tax Office has written to me saying £2,800 tax I owe will be collected by restricting my PAYE code for 2012/13. What does this mean? A. The Taxman is now permitted to collect up to £3,000 of unpaid tax or overpaid tax credits through PAYE codes. Your PAYE code tells your employer how much of your income to treat as tax free, and thus how much tax to deduct from the rest. A common PAYE code for 2011/12 would be 747L, which gives you tax free income of £7,475 for the year. If you owe £2,800 in unpaid tax, and your highest marginal tax rate is 40%, your tax free income will be reduced by £7,000 (£2,800/ 40%), leaving you with tax free income of £475 and a PAYE code of 47L. The numbers will be slightly different in 2012/13, but essentially you will pay more tax each month from April 2012 until the tax debt is eliminated.

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The Badlands Guardian The Badlands Guardian may look just like a human head with an Indian headress. Visible only from the air,this so called optical illusion is in fact a drainage feature created by wind & water erosion on the soft clay rich soil. It is a geomorphological feature located near Medicine Hat in the south east corner of Alberta, Canada. Viewed from the air, the feature bears a strong resemblance to a human head wearing a full native American headdress, facing directly westward. Because of additional man-made structure, it also appears to be wearing earphones. The See more satellite images of earth at -

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apparent earphones are a road and an oil well, which were recently installed. The head is a drainage feature created through erosion of soft, clay-rich soil by the action of wind and water. The arid badlands are typified by infrequent but intense rainshowers, sparse vegetation and soft sediments. The ‘head’ may have been created during a short period of fast erosion immediately following intense rainfall. Although the image appears to be a convex feature, it is actually concave — that is, a valley, an instance of the Hollow-Face illusion.

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BEHIND THE SCENES - Lush

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By Kelly Sanger In this issue’s Behind The Scenes video, I was invited along to the Lush shop in Chelmsford, where the manager, Sue McKenna, kindly allowed me to help make a bath ballistic! The bath ballistic we made was called a Tisty Tosty!! The Tisty Tosty is full of love!! Most of the ingredience are a secret, but I found out that the Tisty Tosty has some rose absolute, geranium, jasmine, lemon oil and orris – Lush say it’s enough to fill anyone with

love! I couldn’t agree more!!! It has 7 little rose buds put in it as a “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” and will always come out as He Loves Me!! To find out more about the Tisty Tosty (pictured right), or any of the lovely products available from Lush, go and see the friendly staff in their high

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Did You Know? The Most Popular Fruit Is The Tomato The tomato is the world’s most popular fruit. And were first cultivated in 700 AD by Aztecs and Incas. Explorers returning from Mexico introduced the tomato into Europe, where it was first mentioned in 1556. The French called it “the apple of love,” the Germans “the apple of paradise.” Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C and fiber, and are cholesterol free. An average size tomato (148 gram, or 5 oz) boasts only 35 calories. Furthermore, new medical research suggests that the consumption of lycopene – the stuff that makes tomatoes red – may prevent cancer. Lycopene is part of the family of pigments called carotenoids, which are natural compounds that create the colours of fruits and vegetables. For example, beta carotene is the orange pigment in carrots. As with essential amino acids, they are not produced by the human body. Lycopene us the most powerful antioxidant in the carotenoid family and, with vitamins C and E, protect us from the free radicals that degrade many parts of the body. A fruit is the edible part of the plant that contains the seeds, while a vegetable is the edible stems, leaves, and roots of the plant. Cooked tomatoes have higher concentrations of lycopene than non-cooked tomatoes. Don’t store ripe tomatoes in the fridge. Cold temperatures lessen the flavour in tomatoes.

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