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...and welcome to your latest LOVE LOCAL! I have to begin with wishing you all the very best for 2014! I love the start of a new year, time for fresh starts and new beginnings. I do try and make some new goals and targets for the New Year and whilst some of them go by the wayside for one valid reason or another, I have found repeatedly that if I write them down I will achieve more than just thinking them! By writing it down, your thoughts are really only transferring from your head (or is it a combination of heart and head… there’s another interesting theory to investigate….) on to a piece of paper. The thoughts aren’t any different but they are visible and therefore perhaps more real? If you keep that piece of paper then you can also review your progress towards your goals at any time. You may find then that perhaps they no longer relevant, in which case you can ditch, but more surprisingly is that I find that even if I haven’t achieved the whole goal, I have certainly done either part of it, or done other things that will enable me to meet the goal in the future. Even occasionally that I have totally blown the goal right out of the water. Occasionally... And the best thing about goals as opposed to resolutions, is that you can create them at any time, not just the New Year. Just remember to write them down!

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Happy New Resolution! Right! Time for breaking New Year Resolutions, or considering whether they ever were a good idea. Did you make (or break) any yet? I did consider some, but every year my reasoning is flawed by ‘feeling Merry’ (don’t ask!) and by Twelfth Night, good sense and sobriety prevails. These were my considerations Get Fit! Resolving to join a Gym, I did join, only to discover that just joining wasn’t enough! One must also join frantic and earnest people exercising, using equipment that cause great anxiety, sweating and a feeling of total inadequacy. That can’t be healthy! Un-joined immediately. Eat and drink wisely? This has far too much to do with eating herrings, liver, whole grains ....and drinking more water! I would choke trying to swallow any of the first three (surely, choking isn’t healthy).....whilst the last is a contradiction since they have been

telling us for years to SAVE water...and I do that already...I drink wine or brandy instead - and I’ve saved gallons of water that way!. Walk! Don’t take the car on short journeys, thus reducing your carbon footprint. I’m only a size four shoe, and I don’t tread in a lot of carbon, so don’t blame me for Climate Change! What’s more, driving reduces my number of any footprints at all, which surely helps. If it’s dirty black footprints that bother them... they need to tell those walkers to wipe their feet!! Recycle more! My blue bin gets conscientiously loaded with bottles and I’ve enrolled in the council ‘points scheme’. I get a free scented candle if I spend £50 on stuff I don’t need...and will end up as landfill. Moreover, there drops through my letter box a shed load of rubbish, and the Recycle Police get all of that....I don’t mind toting junk mail directly from my hall to the Blue Bin, so that my lovely Mr Postie can deliver lots more tomorrow, enhancing his prospects of staying in work whilst reducing the clunking from the bottles which betray my alcohol unit consumption. Some recycling is good and I do my bit! Get off the couch...watch less TV! Right, I’ll go along with that one. I have

resolved, for instance to stop watching ‘Antiques Road show’ Why? Because I am seeing too many exhibits of late which I remember owning...or even still own...and that makes me a candidate for becoming an antique myself. A Depressing and an unnecessary burden on my ego. I will lose the Antique Road Show...and my makeup magnifying mirror at the same time... Both are damaging and far too revealing. Dismiss both from my life and age less noticeably. Declutter! OK, A peep and forage into my clutter! Five wardrobes full of wonderful memories, fashion mistakes and things I just might wear again.... plus three pairs of skinny jeans and just enough jumpers and tops to ensure I can leave the laundry until I have a ‘full load’ (very Green or slothful?) However you judge me, there is still a small issue. Our Green Police say we must leave the Central Heating Thermostat at near to freezing point and wear more jumpers. John Lewis have some nice (more) jumpers...for roughly the same price each as our annual heating allowance. I wonder if they would see this as an acceptable use of public funds. Or do we have to buy coal? I’d rather have more new jumpers! Could I apply for an increase please? But I digress into the dream world of Government Funded Retail Therapy, when we are talking about New Year Resolutions...most of which seem to be about Saving everything, Being Cold, Eating Grains and Walking a Lot whilst building our brave new, green world from recycled junk (and worn out shoes) I tried to think of a small animal creature with which to equate this lifestyle, but I simply don’t think there is one which is not all ready extinct. With that thought foremost, I table the motion that most New Year Resolutions should go, and it should be The Law! What do you think? *Ban New Year Resolutions Police (BNYRP) If you would like to get in touch with The Unwidow, you can email her here at unwidow@thelocalmags.co.uk

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A Pet Project There’s always a lot to say about small pests such as greenfly, caterpillars, vine-weevil and so forth, but early in the year it’s some of the bigger ‘residents’ which can really drive you around the bend. I’m talking about cats and dogs. What can you do to ensure that you continue to garden happily, successfully and safely, despite the fact the garden is visited by cats and dogs… and without harming these lovely creatures either? You may need to consider actively fencing off one part of the garden for your dog, and trying to keep another area completely dog free. If you have problems with dogs coming in from next door, then it’s essential that you make repairs to fences. Now is a good time because there’s relatively little plant foliage to hide holes, gaps or loose panels in fencing. Remember that the dog is also likely to be able to squeeze underneath or around many types of fence, so you may need to use chicken netting or similar. Don’t forget that gates as well as fences need

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to be dog-proofed, and never left open for the dog to wander through. If you really have a serious problem that this won’t resolve then you can try a fox deterrent such as ‘Fox-Watch’. Sometimes a few strategically planted dense and prickly shrubs such as pyracantha may help to deter digging paws. Obviously you don’t want to cause the animal actual harm, but something sharp, prickly or simply very dense can act as a good deterrent. Next door’s cat or others in the neighbourhood are trickier to deal with as unfortunately they do tend to try and do their ‘toileting’ along the edges of their own territory, making your garden a prime target area. If your cat or a neighbour’s cat is a problem, bear in mind that the more bare soil there is, the more likely that a cat will start to use it as its loo. Ground cover planting is essential and you could always use temporary annual flowers to fill in gaps between longer term planting. If you find that these too are scuffed up shortly after you have planted them, then the best thing to do is cover newly planted areas of bedding with an arch of chicken mesh or with sticks with taut string tied between them. Obviously this will look a mess but can be removed promptly once the plants have rooted well and started to establish. I have found that the electronic cat deterrent ‘Cat-Watch’ works very well too. Mulching materials can sometimes cause problems and despite what the label says, many gardeners have told me that they found that the cocoa shell

mulches seem to attract cats. Generally speaking soggy mulches like this or anything with a strong smell do tend to deter cats, as they hate digging in moist material. Take extreme care if dogs use the garden as cocoshell mulches can prove fatal to them. Mulches made of large pebbles or stones also tend to keep them at bay, but smaller diameter gravel or shingle seems to be quite attractive to some cats. Areas of freshly sown seed look very attractive to a cat or dog and again are best protected either by chicken mesh or sticks and string. Remember to keep the string taut at all times, as there’s a slight risk that birds could become entangled in it.

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Conventional denture solutions such as removable dentures, often requiring the aid of adhesives, do not adequately address these issues. Over recent years The Dental Academy has been at the forefront in the advancement of, and investment in, dental implants, and its dedication to offering denture wearers more choice has led to a significant improvement in quality of life for its patients. One of the biggest fears people who have lost, or are about to lose, all of their teeth have is the prospect of being without any teeth at all for a period of time.

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Many English language schools, and some universities, need ‘host’ families for their students, to provide a bedroom and meals, and make them feel at home. It’s often just for a week or so, but sometimes longer. How much can I make? From around £100 per student per week, before expenses. Pros A great way to learn about other cultures, and they’re not with you for long. Cons Not a reliable, year-round income. Need to know Tell your home contents insurer. Obtain a written contract with the language school.

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Worth considering if you have a spare room or two and live in a desirable area. How much can I make? Depends on location, number of rooms, quality of accommodation and food. About £35 per room per night is a minimum. Pros Meet interesting people. Open for guests when it suits you. Cons Early starts, lots of cooking and cleaning. Upfront costs to convert your home, plus marketing, insurance and book-keeping. Need to know You may need planning permission, or alterations to meet building regulations. Tell your mortgage lender. Don’t be overly optimistic: start by aiming for a 35-40% occupancy rate.

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One in ten homeowners now earns extra cash by letting a spare room to a lodger, according to Santander. You can also rent to commuters, Mondays to Fridays.

Rent your drive or garage to a commuter people attending the theatre or a sports event. Advertise in the local paper or online.

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How much can I make? You could earn £200 a month, depending on your proximity to offices, train/tube stations, stadiums and so on, and the local parking and restrictions. Pros Extra money for very little effort. Cons Getting rid of someone who stops paying but

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Got a field? How about putting a shepherd’s hut on it to rent out? This pretty example is painted in Farrow & Ball’s exterior eggshell in Mizzle.


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Bad Beauty Habit #4 Stuck in a make-up rut You’ve been applying your make-up the same way for as long as you can remember. You haven’t updated the colour of your cosmetics for many years and you’ll only ever buy certain products. It sounds like you’re stuck in a make-up rut.

It’s the start of another new year, which means that there has never been a better time to leave your bad beauty habits behind.

The Solution Seek a professional opinion The easiest way to break this bad beauty habit is to seek some professional help. Visit any of the top beauty counters in your favourite department store and ask for a make-over. Most consultants will be more than happy to help you find a new look and often this service is free.

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Bad Beauty Habit #1 Sleeping with your make-up on Never, no matter how tired you are, go to bed with any trace of make-up still on your face. Mascara that hasn’t been removed will quickly dry-out your eyelashes, making them brittle and weak. Last night’s foundation will clog your pores, leaving you prone to nasty break-outs. The Solution Establish a cleansing routine Make cleansing your face a priority. Dedicate 15 minutes in the evening to your skin: cleanse, tone, moisturise and apply your face and eye creams. Always keep a pack of cleansing wipes next to your bed, so that if you return home after a big night out you can still attempt to remove some of your make-up.

Some plead ignorance, others say they can’t let go, but whatever excuse you have for not throwing that ancient mascara away won’t cut it when you hear the truth about out-of-date make-up. Although your cosmetics look innocent enough, after being opened they offer a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. And over time, you can end up suffering from some seriously nasty eye infections, skin irritations and blemishes. The Solution Regularly clear-out your make-up bag Mascaras, liquid eyeliners and lip glosses should be thrown away every 3 or 4 months. Foundation is ok for around 12 months, as are lipsticks and eyeshadows.

Bad Beauty Habit #2 Using heat stylers on your hair every day If you straighten, curl or blow dry your hair every day you will be causing damage to your tresses that could result in split ends, dried-out lengths and dull-looking locks. The Solution Try something new Try a new style - maybe sweep your hair up, or use hair accessories to attain a different look. Find products that cater to your needs; if you want straight lengths then use a straightening shampoo and conditioner. You don’t have to say goodbye to your much-loved heat styler altogether. Instead use it more sparingly and ensure that you spritz your hair with a heat protecting product first. Bad Beauty Habit #3 Using make-up that is past its best

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Bentley Flying Spur Individuals of high net worth are currently spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a luxurious fourdoor saloon to transport them to important business meetings and the occasional cruise to Monaco.

But two British marques remain the go-to guys when it comes to exquisite craftsmanship and superlative drives... One is a certain Rolls-Royce and the other is Bentley, which just so happens to have a brand new Flying Spur in showrooms.

What is it?

An updated version of the luxurious Flying Spur that was first unveiled to the world in 2005. Many hours have been spent working on a new identity for the model that doesn’t shy too far away from the iconic yet understated lines of a Bentley but adds a modern edge to keep it abreast with rivals from the UK and Germany. The levels of sumptuous, handcrafted detail remain amongst some of the best in the world but an injection of new technology aims to appease the slightly younger, more gadget-savvy buyer.

What’s under the bonnet?

The same almighty 6-litre twinturbocharged W12 unit that can be found in the outgoing model but with a few technological tweaks that reduce fuel consumption by 13.5 per cent and boost performance figures. Top speed is now 200mph, with Bentley marketing the monster as ‘the world’s fastest saloon’. That claim becomes quite apparent when the right pedal is pinned to the carpet as, despite weighing nearly three tonnes, it can despatch the 0-60mph sprint in just 4.3 seconds. After listening to feedback from customers, Bentley has slaved

The Knowledge Model: Bentley Flying Spur W12 Price: £140,900 Engine: 6-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 Power: 616bhp, 800Nm Max speed: 200mph 0-62mph: 4.3 seconds MPG: 19.2mpg combined Emissions: 343 g/km

tirelessly to decrease the encroaching grumble of the mighty W12, so noise in the cabin has decreased by an impressive 40 per cent.

What’s the spec like?

A basic Flying Spur will set you back £140,900 so naturally specification is going to be on the generous side but, if one goes wild with the options list, prices can easily tickle the £170,000 mark. Basic W12 models come with opulent, 14-way adjustable seats, multi-zone climate control, rear-seat entertainment units and swathes of hand-stitched leather and natural wood veneers. A W12 Mulliner version, that includes bespoke interior hide colours, diamond quilting on the seats, embroidered Bentley logos on the seats and sporty drilled alloy pedals and knurled gear lever, is available at a premium. To give an indication of the extent of possible luxurious specifications, the options list includes a lamb’s wool boot carpet at the cost of £600.

Any rivals?

The Flying Spur will always face fierce competition from the Rolls-Royce Ghost, a car whose badge arguably carries more gravitas amongst discerning customers, but also an equally eye-watering price tag. Bentley also cites the likes of BMW and Mercedes as key rivals as well as the sportier luxury saloons such as the Maserati Gran Turismo and the Aston Martin Rapide. Land Rover is also making waves in the luxury market with the Range Rover - a vehicle that is just as comfortable as the Spur but can also tackle a mountainside if the mood takes.

What’s it like to drive?

Effortless power is the name of the game here, the big Bentley whisking its

occupants to high speeds without those inside the leathery cocoon knowing any different. The suspension does a great job of wafting over cracks and bumps through town and manages to steam roller any imperfections in motorway surfaces - it’s an absolute joy to be driven in. But the real surprise comes when you actually slide behind the wheel and take control of the Spur. It feels big and heavy but not in a negative way, the car encourages a sensible driving style around town but the well-judged steering lightens up at slow speeds, making tight roads and tricky roundabouts a breeze to navigate. Firm up the suspension, slip the gear lever into sport mode and the twisting A-road becomes a fairground ride. It’s in no way a Lamborghini but the three-tonne cruiser handles with little body roll through corners and blistering pace on the straights. According to those who sell these machines, 90 per cent of Bentley owners drive themselves and we can see why.

The verdict

It is very difficult to find fault with such an expensive vehicle that is lavished with Bentley levels of attention to detail and there is no denying this is one very beautiful, very accomplished machine. Slight niggles would surround the additional tech elements with many of the menu screens proving fiddly and unintuitive. The Bluetooth phone connection requires too many stages to operate fully and we struggled with the on-board Wi-Fi. Eagle-eyed customers may also notice that a large amount of technology is carried over from other models in the Volkswagen group and those parting with £160,000 probably don’t want the Sat Nav from a Skoda. Tech aside, it is classic Bentley, boasting understated yet elegant looks, impressive power and interior comfort that is hard to find anywhere else.


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Red Onion Soup With Melting Gruyere Croutons

Serves 4 Ready in 1½ hours 2 tbsp olive oil 15g butter 650g small red onions, peeled and thinly sliced 2 tsp brown sugar 1 tbsp flour 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard 1.2litres beef or vegetable stock Few sprigs fresh thyme, plus extra to garnish Salt and freshly ground black pepper 8 thin slices day old French bread 75g Gruyere cheese, grated

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Food & Drink

After all the indulgence and expense of Christmas and the New Year, this hearty soup is the perfect antidote. Ideal for a warming winter lunch or supper it’s simple to make, tastes delicious and doesn’t cost a fortune.

1

Heat the oil and butter in a large, deep heavy-based saucepan until the butter is sizzling. Add all the sliced onions and cook very gently over a low heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

2

Sprinkle over the sugar and cover and cook for a further 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very soft and golden.

3

Stir in the flour and half the mustard and cook for 1 minute, then gradually stir in the stock. Add the thyme sprigs, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper (see Tip) and bring to the boil.

4

Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 35-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

5

Lightly toast the slices of French bread on one side. Spread the untoasted sides with the rest of the mustard and top with the grated Gruyere cheese. Pop under a hot grill for 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

6

Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and top each with two hot Gruyere croutons. Serve immediately garnished with thyme sprigs.

TIP

If you use stock made up from stock cubes taste the soup before adding any seasoning as some can be quite highly seasoned.


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Warrington & District Arts Council has been set up to encourage involvement in the Arts and act as a co-ordinator and liaison point for local individuals and organisations. Meet once a month. For details of next open meeting, please contact the Secretary, Dr Michael Murphy 07730 567138 or mikemm@talktalk.net

Farmers Market Starting on the 19 Jan & continuing the 3rd Sunday of every month Great selection of stalls, offering a range of local and seasonal produce Lymm Youth Community Centre

The Wednesday Club is a community group who aims to help promote the well-being of people aged 50 or over, by the use of mental and physical exercise. They have a chair based exercise group, crafting group, watercolour painting group, gaming group. Regular day trips are organised for those who are interested. For more info contact: Brian on 01925 573135 or email wedclub2907@ aol.co.uk

Warrington Collegiate 29 Jan 5:00pm - 8:00pm View the facilities and speak to course tutors about courses you’re interested in Warrington Collegiate Priestly College Open Event 30 Jan 5:30pm-7:30pm Come and see the College, talk to students and teachers, meet the Principal and find out more about all the courses that interest you Priestley College Comedy Club 31 Jan, 9:30pm - 1am The Comedy Club organized a comedy show , 3 Top comedians as Seen on TV and Disco ‘Till Late Park Royal Hotel, Warrington Inspired Art Exhibition 3 Feb A brand new art exhibition to the museum Warrington Museum Warrington Jobs Fair 7 Feb 10am-3pm Available to all job seekers, free entry at Parr Hall Warrington Wolves 13 Feb, 8pm Kick off Warrington Wolves vs St Helens at Halliwell Jones Stadium Mike and the Mechanics 23 Feb, 7:30pm The Living Years 25th Anniversary Tour at Parr Hall

REGULAR EVENTS... ZUMBA Mondays, 6-7pm, GRAPPENHALL COMMUNITY CENTRE, Bellhouse Lane. Wednesday, 8-9pm, STOCKTON HEATH METHODIST CHURCH, Walton Road. ZUMBATONE & ZUMBA (half and half) Thursday, 6-7pm, RYLANDS RECREATIONAL CLUB in mem hall at rear (next to Ryfields Retirement Village). YOGA Tuesday, 7-8.20pm, GRAPPENHALL COMMUNITY CENTRE, Bellhouse Lane. Call Andrea on 07732 464714

Visual Impaired People’s (VIP) Centre is the new home to the former Blind Society (Warrington, Widnes and District). The new centre will offer much of its existing programme and more. Fairfield and Howley Neighbourhood Project (Old Fairfield CE Primary School), Fairfield Street Contact: John Taylor Tel: 01925 632700. Warrington District Camera Club welcomes everyone with a camera of all abilities, who want to get more from their photography. The club is very friendly and you will learn much from our more experienced members. Meets throughout the year, every other Monday 7.30pm at the GYCA, Bellhouse Lane Grappenhall. Till 930pm continues in the adjacent real ale bar. See www.thewdcc.org.uk or telephone 01925-653244. Friendship Group is a local group which enable people to enjoy company of other like-minded residents in the Latchford area. Westy Community Centre, Bridgewater Avenue, Latchford, WA4 1TA Contact: Sarah on 01925 572072 Email: sarahwatson1@nhs.net Warrington Light Opera is an amateur operatic society, established in 1970. Produce one stage show each year, usually around Easter. Members come from all walks of life. Some tread the boards and others work backstage as crew, make-up, costumes, front of house and production team. For info call Jackie Moore on 01925 812015.

LOCAL W.I. GROUPS Grappenhall 3rd Thursday of month at 2.15pm at Grappenhall Community Centre. Contact: Anne on 01925 264873 Higher Walton 3rd Wednesday of month at 7.45pm at St John’s Parish Hall, Walton. Contact: Doris Dailey on 01925 265488 Marlfield 4th Monday of month at 7.30pm at The Ind. Methodist Church Hall, Grappenhall. Contact: Sue, 01925 555656 Park 2nd Monday of month at 7.30pm at Appleton Parish Hall, Appleton. Contact: Sandra on 01925 212599 Stretton 2nd Thursday of each month at 2.30pm at Appleton Parish Hall, Appleton. Jill Holman on 01925 261069 Walton 1st Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at St John’s Parish Hall, Walton. Contact: Valerie on 01925 604384 Moore & Daresbury 1st Thursday of month at 7.30pm at Milner Institute, Runcorn Rd, Moore. Contact: Hazel on 01925 740675


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WARRINGTON MPs Helen Jones MP (Labour) Warrington North House of Commons London SW1A 0AA Tel: 01925 232480 Fax: 01925 232239 Email: jonesh@parliament.uk David Mowat MP (Conservative) Warrington South House of Commons London SW1A 0AA Tel: 0207 219 7178 Fax: 0207 219 5067 Email: david.mowat.mp@parliament.uk

LOCAL VETS Four Paws Veterinary Clinic Lingley Road, Great Sankey WA5 3ND 01925 723966 Johnson & Wood 7 Green St, Warrington WA5 1TW 01925 413106 Beech House Veterinary Centre Wilderspool C’way WA4 6OP 01925 445 500

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