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Contents September 8 Picture Puzzler

30 Internet Manners

10-11 Pets Corner: Cats

32 House to Home

12 Crafts

34 Man Cave Ideas

14-15 Holiday Review

36 Gardening Tips

16-17 Pets Corner: Puppies

39-43 Motoring Review

18 Film Reviews

46 Recycling

19 Top Ten Computing Tips

47 Spend Now, Save Later

20-21 Recipes

48-49 Horoscopes

28-29 Brain Teasers

50 Useful Numbers

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Pets corner

Are you ready for a cat? reconsider. You will be the primary care-giver for any pet, no matter how many promises your six-year old makes. If you don’t want to be responsible for an animal yourself, don’t get a cat. “Easier than a Dog” – Cat care is less work than dog care, overall, it’s true. However, cats need more attention and work than most people realise. The truth may seem obvious to you, but some people think that cats don’t need to be fed regularly because they are mousers (farm mousers and ship’s cats are more effective in their duties if they are well fed), that veterinary check-ups are unnecessary (“wellness checks” should be scheduled every six months), and that a cat will be fine on its own for a few days if the owner goes away (in most cases, the animal will panic). If you’re thinking of a cat just because cat care is easy, please, please, please buy a plush toy at the toystore instead.

Keeping a cat

Keeping a cat (or two) is a wonderfully rewarding experience. However, to be fair to the cat and to yourself, it’s important to make sure a cat is right for you and your household. Cats are wonderful companions. Although many cats are less emotionally dependent than dogs are, they still require your attention, time, money, and life-long commitment. Are you ready to bring a cat into your family for the long haul? With proper care, that kitten you’re considering can live to be old enough to vote. It is a serious, long-term decision.

Why Do You Want a Cat?

People bring cats into their lives for many reasons: some good, and some bad. Let’s take a look at the main ones.

The Good

Companionship – Cats aren’t the pack animals that dogs are, but they are still very social creatures. Cats bring a lot of love into a home, and there are few joys that rival reading a good book while a cat sleeps on your lap. Health – Living with a pet is good for you. It lowers blood pressure, encourages activity, and gives you a reason to get up in the morning. If this is your only reason for adopting a pet, however, consider starting a dog-walking business instead. It will be better for everyone involved.

The Bad

Impulse – Sometimes a stray decides to move in, and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as you are able to take the animal in at the time. Otherwise, avoid adopting any animal on the spur of the moment. Too often, those cute faces at the pet store end up abandoned as soon as the kitty enters adolescence. Children – If your reason for getting a cat is either the pleading of one or more of your children, or to teach your children to take care of something, please hold off and


Are You Ready to Live With a Cat?

You will be taking on a number of commitments if you bring a cat into your home. Money – A good rule of thumb when thinking of adding any pet to the household is: If you need to think about how much the animal costs, you can’t afford to take care of it. Cats need regular veterinary care on top of the kittenhood deworming, de-sexing, and vaccinations. The costs of catfood, toys, litter, cleaning products, scratching posts, pet carrier, bedding, and parasite control will add up quickly.

Time and attention – The idea that cats are solitary is a myth. Pet cats need your attention and playtime. Unlike many animals, cats can adjust their schedules day or night to fit yours, which makes it easier to give them attention even if you have a busy workday. Can you devote an hour a day to playing and cuddling? Yes? You’re good to go. Space – A pet cat doesn’t need much room to be healthy, it’s true. Cat-trees extend the territory upward, allowing an active indoors-only cat to exercise and play in the smallest loft apartments and recreational vehicles. You will need to figure out how to fit the cat-trees and litter pan in your house, but it can be done.

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Cats living with dogs

Care: There are many pet cats who never visit the vet and who are left to their own devices when their owners are away for the weekends. And they suffer for it. These cats tend to die young, often of simple dehydration on a hot weekend or of diseases that are easy to prevent or treat. Be prepared to make arrangements for your pet’s care and health.

The majority of cats can happily coexist with a dog if they are given time to comfortably get to know each other. If a puppy and kitten are raised together, they generally will learn right away to tolerate each other, and some cats and dogs grow to be real friends, even playing and napping together. However, if a dog is already an established member of the household and a new cat or kitten is going to join the family, certain precautions need to be taken. When you first introduce a cat and dog, make sure the cat is at the dog’s eye level. You should also keep a firm grip on both animals, which will make them feel more comfortable and provide them with a sense of security. If one of the animals seems either aggressive or frightened, immediately remove the cat and try again at a later time. You don’t want to force the situation by pushing them before they’re ready, as this will only make matters worse. If you take a few minutes several times a day to give the cat and dog this carefully supervised time together, you should soon see them feeling more relaxed around each other.

Future plans: Any plans for moving, changing jobs and so on must take kitty into account. Incidentally, you might have read some scary things about Toxoplasmosis and pregnancy. You’re far more likely to catch it from undercooked meat than from your cat, in any case. But if you’re pregnant and your cat is your only housemate, don’t panic. Simply wear rubber gloves when you change the litter box and be sure to change or sift the litter at least once a day (twice is better), and you’ll be fine. The kitty droppings need to be sitting around for a day before you can reasonably catch Toxoplasmosis from them. (You wouldn’t leave the kitty poo lying around after sifting it, right?) Are you really ready? There is a lot to think about before getting a cat to share your life and home with and it’s important you take the time to carefully consider whether a cat is right for you. Too many cats end up at shelters each year because people weren’t really ready to have a cat in their lives. Think about how your life will change once you get a cat and try to be realistic about your expectations. If you decide that you are truly ready then consider adopting a cat or kitten from the local shelter. Not only will you benefit from lower adoption fees for a healthy, micro-chipped cat; you will also be saving a life.



How to make a kissing ball

Kissing balls are a beautiful alternative to fresh flowers on your wedding day. Foam flowers are much cheaper and just as pretty, and you can create a stunning floral arrangement in no time at all - give it a go!

How to make 1. To start, cut your wired roses leaving about 1cm of wire from the head, as this will help place the roses into the polystyrene ball more securely.

Top tip! ...Most polystyrene balls have a join around the middle of the ball. This is great to use as a start guide when gluing your flowers. 2. All the way around the middle of your ball, place your

flowers into the polystyrene. Once happy with the spacing of the flowers, use your glue gun to glue in place.

3. Repeat step 2, placing more flowers above and below the first line of flowers securing with a glue gun. Fill the ball until you are left with a small space at the top. 4. To hang the kissing ball take a piece of ribbon and fold it in half, using a pin to collect the two ends of the ribbon and place into the top of the polystyrene ball. Glue to secure. 5. Once your ribbon is secure, place your last flower next to the ribbon to hide the join.

6. To add detail to your kissing ball, use wired crystals

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randomly placed in between the flowers. Use the wire they’re on to place into the polystyrene ball and glue into place. For optional detail, you can place beads into the centre of some of your roses. Pearls and crystal beads look great for this, and you can glue them in place with your glue gun. They also look great as Christmas decorations using your evergreen branches, cones, berries and a bit of gold spray, just hang your gorgeous globe outside to spruce up a porch, patio, decking area.

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Holiday review

September We embarked from Manhattan Cruise Terminal on the Hudson River. I took a table at the Aquavit Terrace by the stern (adjacent to a glassencased infinity swimming pool), a front-on view of Midtown’s skyscrapers glittering to light as dusk fell. Two hours later we sailed out, passing within 200 yards of the Statue of Liberty. An elderly Jewish couple from Los Angeles gazed at Ellis Island lit up in the bay. “My grandfather arrived there 70 years ago,” said the man, misty-eyed. We drank to that.

On board Viking Star, the luxury ship that will change your mind about cruising “Being in a ship is being in a jail – with the chance of being drowned,” wrote Samuel Johnson. The good doctor doth protest too much, I mused over a martini in the soaring atrium of a ship cruising south through the midAtlantic. In front of me a trio of classical musicians performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Soon I would head to an Italian restaurant Manfredi’s for truffled risotto and a marinated rib eye. Any drowning would have been done in the restaurant’s epic wine list. It was the second evening of a four-night cruise from New York City to San Juan, Puerto Rico. My only other voyage was a decade ago, from New York to the Bahamas on a 3,000-passenger vessel the size of an aircraft carrier. Viking Star was instantly different. In 2015 Viking began operating ocean cruises in the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Baltic, unveiling Star as the first in what will be a five-ship ocean fleet.

A mid-sized ship, Star has the sleek pointed bow of a yacht, wooden decks and a 360-degree second-deck “promenade” with a full-loop jogging track. Interiors channel Viking’s Nordic roots. On board are several hundred works of art – paintings, photographs, sculptures – numbered as in a gallery. You can download a Viking Art Guide app for a narrated tour. The second day the sea was choppy and I spent most of it in the Explorer’s Lounge, a two-storey area at the bow with floor-to-ceiling windows. Its upper floor is an immaculately curated museum and library full of ancient artefacts (Viking axes and arrowheads), old seafarers’ maps and telescopes. Hundreds of hardcover books by and about great explorers (Cook, Amundsen, Heyerdahl) line the shelves. It felt like a private collection: when I opened a copy of Wilfred Thesiger’s Arabian Sands (1959), a yellowing copy of an old newspaper review fell out.

The third, Sky, will be christened under the Midnight Sun in Tromsø, Norway, in July. The cruise I was on heralded the next step in Viking’s ocean expansion: Star will spend European winters island-hopping the Caribbean, with other sailings to Belize, Brazil and the Amazon. The NYC-San Juan leg formed part of a “repositioning” to the Caribbean, which meant I was one of 650 guests in a ship that can take 930. Still, it had all the trappings of an official voyage, including star chefs, guest lecturers and Swedish masseuses. And Viking’s founder and chairman, Norwegian Torstein Hagen, came along for the ride.


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the lobby of a Vegas hotel. But these are quibbles. Besides, the spectacular spa more than made up for deciencies elsewhere. I had already spent time there, alternating, Nordic-style, between its sweltering sauna and icy “snow grotto” (real snow), but on the recommendation of Karen Schragle, owner of Boston’s Wayland Travel, who I’d met earlier at Mamsen’s, I booked a 90-minute “cupping massage” on my final evening. The treatment uses plastic suction cups to suck toxins out of the skin (all that wine and rich food had to go) and it was extraordinary. When it was over I felt I was floating on air. Between reading and looking through the lounge Kornat telescopes, I popped downstairs for snacks at Mamsen’s, a traditional Norwegian café serving small-plate delicacies: steak tartare, a succulent gravlax sandwich, skakke (shcakes) on rye bread, and glorious sponge cake. There are 15 places to eat and drink on board, and while Memsen’s and Manfredi’s were my favourites, the chowder

All 465 of the ship’s rooms have private balconies and I stepped onto mine and stood in the fresh sea air. Puerto Rico was getting close, we’d be there by dawn. I went inside, left the door open, and turned on the flatscreen TV. Our Man in Havana starring Alec Guinness was on. Why not? In the darkness beyond my window was the coast of Cuba. I lay in bed, the sound of the ocean churning against the ship’s sides, and fell asleep to a classic.

and whole lobster in the main restaurant gave them a run for their money. By day three the weather had cleared. I ate a juicy hamburger beside a pool mercifully void of screaming children (Viking has an adults-only policy), and by 3pm settled in the Wintergarden, a glorious tea room with retractable roof and a ceiling of wood carved in the shape of Norwegian trees. And what tea! Waiters ferried multi-layered towers of scones, meringues and cucumber sandwiches, as well as steaming pots of coffee, all to the accompaniment of a jazz quartet.

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Pets corner


Having a new puppy in the house is generally predicted to be a happy time; full of endless fun, games, and cuddles — and for many this is true. However, there can be a darker side to the arrival of a new puppy in your home, which not everyone is prepared for. As a result the owner may feel exhausted, panicky, resentful, or just completely overwhelmed by the responsibility of a new puppy. Feeling resentful of a new puppy is more common than you think.

out between them in the end). ● Your new puppy is a particularly house challenging breed or breed combination. ● Be aware that how manic, energetic, challenging, destructive, bitey, or chewy, a puppy is can all be down to genetic factors. ● So do your research on breeds well before you get your new puppy. If you are particularly house proud, you may be frustrated by the mess that the new puppy is making of your house or garden.

Why you might be stressed by your new puppy

● You have never owned a puppy before. Either you have never owned a dog before getting your new puppy or have only had older dogs before getting your new puppy. ● You are grieving the loss of an old dog and you think that the new puppy will never by like your old dog. ● You feel that your new puppy is not living up to all the behavioural expectations that you had when you brought him home. ● You have read too many books or manuals on raising perfect puppies (relax — these don’t exist!). ● You feel your puppy is harassing or upsetting other dogs you may have (relax again — it nearly always works


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How you can cope with your new puppy Don’t have really high expectations of your new puppy. Understand that a young puppy has only just left its mother and what they need most is warmth, comfort, security, and a calm atmosphere — not an owner who is always stressed and pulling their hair out each time the puppy wees on the floor or when the puppy chews the carpet. Set daily activity and rest time routines for puppies from day one, which they soon get.

Worming & Flea Control

It would be impossible to isolate your puppy from the risk of getting fleas. If you wait until you see the fleas it is likely that your puppy (and your house) has lots of them. There are spot ons and tablets that prevent and kill fleas - just make sure you pick one that’s suitable for your puppy’s age. Treat your house at the same time and your

home and your puppy will be flea free.

Playtime & Toys

These should be used for entertainment and rewards.

A puppy will respond well to you if you have its favourite toy in your hand. Playtime is an ideal opportunity to teach your puppy the basic commands you wish to use – but always make it short and enjoyable or your puppy will lose interest very quickly. Make sure you buy toys that are suitable for your puppy’s age and chewing power, some toys are also not suitable for your puppy to use when unattended.

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Film review

September Detroit The 1967 ‘Detroit’ riot was one of the largest citizen uprisings in United States history. Protesters, police and the National Guard clashed on the streets in the horrific, deadly conflict. When a shot is heard at the Algiers Motel, armed police converge on the area and begin a standoff with those inside. Everyone just wants to survive the night, but as tensions escalate between police and civilians, not everyone’s getting out alive. Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow takes on one of the most terrifying events in US history, with a stellar cast including John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and Will Poulter. Released on 25/08/17 | Genre: Drama Cast members: Anthony Mackie, John Boyega, Will Poulte | Running time: 143 minutes | Directed by Kathryn Bigelow


Derry isn’t like other towns. There’s a 7pm curfew, and people die or disappear six times more often than average. Everything’s connected by the sewers, and that’s where ‘It’ lives. When children start disappearing, a group of young kids are forced to face their worst fears as they confront the culprit: a monstrous clown called Pennywise, whose legacy of murder and violence stretches back for centuries. You’ll float too if you meet ‘It’, a terrifying horror based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, which will teach a whole new generation to be afraid of clowns. Released on 08/09/17 | Genre: Horror | Cast members: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis Running time: 135 minutes | Directed by André Muschietti

Rough Night Jess is in Miami for her bachelorette party, but what should be the best weekend of her life becomes a ‘Rough Night’ when her friends accidentally kill a stripper. They don’t get to see each other often, so they’re determined to make up for it with a weekend of drinking, dancing and debauchery. Unfortunately, what should have been the capstone on an amazing night turns into a disaster as they frantically try to figure out what to do with the body. Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon and Zoe Kravitz are in for a ‘Rough Night’ in this hilarious comedy from director Lucia Aniello. Released on 25/08/17 | Genre - Comedy | Cast members: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz | Running time: 101 minutes | Directed by Lucia Aniello


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Top 10 keyboard shortcuts everybody should know Using keyboard shortcuts can greatly increase your productivity, reduce repetitive strain and help keep you focused.

1 Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert and Ctrl + X Both Ctrl + C and Ctrl + Insert will copy the highlighted text or selected item. If you want to cut instead of copy press Ctrl + X. Apple computer users can substitute the Ctrl key for the command (cmd) key on their computers.

2 Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert Both the Ctrl + V and Shift + Insert will paste the text or object that’s in the clipboard. For Apple computer users use Cmd + V.

3 Ctrl + P Open a print preview of the current page or document being viewed. On Apple computers use Cmd + P to open the print preview.

4 Ctrl + Back space & Ctrl + Left/Right arrow Pressing Ctrl + Backspace will delete a full word at a time instead of a single character. Holding down the Ctrl key while pressing the left or right arrow will move the cursor one word at a time instead of one character at a time. If you want to highlight one word at a time, hold down Ctrl + Shift and then press the left or right arrow key to move one word at a time in that direction while highlighting eachword. PC only!

5 Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y Pressing Ctrl + Z will Undo any change. This shortcut can also be pressed multiple times to undo or redo multiple changes. Pressing Ctrl + Y would redo the undo. For Apple computers use Cmd + Z and Cmd + Y to undo and redo.

6 Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Tab Pressing Alt + Tab switches between open programmes moving forward. On Apple computers instead of using the Alt key use the Command (Cmd) key. For Example, Cmd + Tab to switch between open programmes.

7 Ctrl + Home or Ctrl + End Ctrl + Home will move the cursor to the beginning of the document and Ctrl + End will move the cursor to the end of a document. These shortcuts work with most documents, as well as web pages. On Apple computers use Command and the Cmd and the up arrow to get to the beginning of a document or text or Cmd and the down arrow to get to the end.

8 Ctrl + F Pressing Ctrl + F opens the Find in any programme. Ctrl + F includes your Internet browser to find text on the current page. For Apple computer use Cmd + F to find.

9 Ctrl + S While working on a document or other file in almost every programme, pressing Ctrl + S saves that file. Use this shortcut key frequently if you’re working on anything important in case an error happens. Apple computers use Cmd + S.

10 Page Up, Spacebar and Page Down Pressing either the page up or page down key will move that page one page at a time in that direction. When browsing the Internet, pressing the spacebar also moves the page down one page at a time. Information taken from

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SKEGMINIFEST minis and music 2017 on the east coast nother fantastic year for Skegminifest. We are pleased to announce that we have presented a cheque for £4,035.96 to Margaret Spence, representing our charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Minifest.

involved in the form of sponsorship, and if we’ve missed anyone, we are truly sorry, but collectively, we all pull together and make these events totally memorable weekends!

Let’s hope we can smash this years figure next year. Skegminifest 2018 will be held on 13th, 14th and 15th July 2018 ...see you there!!

A big thank you to Clare and Fydos at The Welcome Inn, Burgh Road, Skegness for a great venue, and arranging the trailer for the stage. These events are totally voluntary and everyone involved gives their time completely free of charge. Everyone from clubs up and down the country, traders and businesses who donate raffle and tombola prizes etc. All staff members who give up their time before, during and after the event, without their help, we couldn’t do what we do. Also security staff and Chris our sound engineer, who survives on coffee and adrenaline for the whole event.


So, once again, thank you to everyone involved, including those

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People First Mobility Wins Awards People First Mobility, based in Skegness on Lumley Square near the train station, offer sales of Mobility Equipment, including mobility scooters, wheelchairs and walkers, plus lots of different items to help you stay more independent in your own home, and to help make your life easier including items to help in the kitchen, bathroom aids and incontinence products. There’s a device available for the majority of everyday chores and tasks. You can also hire mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walkers while you are on holiday in Skegness. They have a workshop where many repairs can be undertaken on most mobility scooters, and as well as daily living aids they can supply batteries, tyres and many spare parts for scooters and wheelchairs. People First Mobility have won several awards and owner Karen, who is Business Person of the Year in the Skegness Partnership awards 2016, told us why these awards are so important to her business: “The awards we win show that we have been independently valued by an unbiased expert. They give both me and my team a great feeling of pride and satisfaction, motivating us all to carry on giving excellent customer service and putting our customers first. The awards test us on all aspects of the business and customer care and as we get nominated and are successful it proves our dedication to getting things right for the customer”. Most recently they were a finalist for independent retailer of the year in the East Lindsey Business Awards 2017, also being a finalist in the Skegness Business Awards for Retailer of the Year two years running, and finalist for Customer Care Award in 2015. Further to these they have also recently won the Community Lincs Age Friendly Award. This Award recognised the Skegness based retailer’s agefriendly customer service, as well as consumer comfort, clear marketing & communications and accessibility.


Karen commented: “To win the age-friendly award has shown that we are committed to customer service and always looking at ways in which we can improve.” People First Mobility also won the #WOW Award , founded by Jacqueline Gold. We asked Karen what this win meant, “Winning the #WOW Award on twitter is a real buzz and to be recognised as a female entrepreneur and being part of that network is amazing. It encourages me to carry on and achieve even greater things.” The company is no stranger to awards, having also won Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday competition in 2013. “We are always giving better than our best and the awards show this to our customers” Karen explained. “It shows we care and I think customers take note of this. It gives people confidence to buy from us and confidence that we are fully committed to offering the best products and customer experience..” Other awards won include the #smartsocial award on Twitter which was won this year adding to previous twitter awards of #queenof, #twittersisters and #purplebiz. There is more news of winning another national business competition for their commitment to customer service and going above and beyond, caring about the customers experience and offering the best products with advice to help customers find the right product for them, this will be announced shortly so remember to follow them on social media to be the first to know. For further information People First Mobility can be found on facebook and also on twitter @pfmobility, their website is www. They can be contacted on 01754 898883 or via email at:

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September to a strict budget, as you can take an affordable plain tile and turn it into something altogether more dramatic. You could even re-grout an existing wall with darker grout to overhaul the look of your kitchen or bathroom. There are lots of ways to decorate around this look. You could really go for it and embrace monochrome full-on, with white kitchen units and black appliances, or a clean white bathroom suite with matching black and white floor. If that look is too stark for your tastes, there are plenty of ways to warm things up. You could team your tiles with pale wood furniture, plants, metallics or a combination of all three. We love the way the tiles and grout here are offset by soft sage units and copper fixings…

Tile grouting ideas

Grout has changed! Once a boring basic, it’s now a great way to make a statement in a kitchen or bathroom. Grout. It’s not exactly the most exciting word, is it? Perhaps that’s why, when it comes to making decorating decisions, choosing grout is usually bottom of the list. Which is a shame, because, as you’ll see from our tile grouting ideas, this stuff can be – whisper it – rather sexy. Grout choices have moved way beyond white versus off-white. There’s a whole rainbow of colours to choose from, and even sparkly options. What’s more, the shade you choose can dramatically change the look of your tiles, and transform the plainest ceramic into something glamorous or dramatic. Grout can play a crucial role in the overall finish of a room, which is why homeowners should take their time when considering which grout they want to use. It also has a significant effect on the look and feel of the tiles used in a project, and is instrumental in either creating a seamless finish through a co-ordinating shade, or adding structure and definition through a contrasting tone. Add instant wow-factor to your kitchen with this simplest of ideas. Just team a white tile with a dark grout and, boom, your room just got a whole lot cooler. We’re finding that a dark grey grout is particularly popular with a classic white tile. This shade not only disguises marks, but gives a defined edge to the tile, creating a bold, geometric look that highlights its shape.’

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Grout can be the stuff of nightmares – particularly on a tiled floor, where dirt builds up quickly. It’s therefore worth considering a darker grout that will mask any grime. Just promise you won’t use it as a reason not to clean your floors regularly! When you have a patterned floor, try to match your grout to one of the tones in the tile for a cohesive look. Who knew that the process of choosing this most practical of finishing touches could be so creative?

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Man cave ideas Some of the best mancave design ideas are centered around a sporting theme. Whether it be football, cricket or rugby, creating a room that incorporates a man’s favourite team is the perfect way to make him feel at ease. If the room is small and you only want a few decorations, consider using neutral paint colours on walls such as creams, whites, or greys and adorn them with cheap mancave signs such as posters of your favourite athletes or memorable moments fron your team’s history. For those who want more elaborate decorations, consider mounting signed memorabilia such as jerseys, balls, or other equipment onto the walls. Sports themes are also great ways to decorate a teenage boy’s bedroom, using your son’s favourite team or displaying memorabilia, trophies and awards from his own athletic career. With a larger room, great man cave design ideas for a basement or garage include a home theatre or sports bar theme. Home theatres are best built in larger areas because they require more space or seating. The most important components of a home theatre is the television and sound system. While a larger TV is preferable, you do not need a floor to ceiling-sized projector screen to create your own movie theatre. A large flat screen TV combined with a good surround sound system will create the perfect home theatre. Interior decorating with man cave design ideas are popular this year with fathers of multiple children, newlywed husbands or guys just moving in with their girlfriends. Having a space in your home to call your own is a necessity. A man cave is a room devoted to men. It is their private sanctuary where they can drink a few beers with the guys, watch sport, play pool or just get away from the stresses of everyday life. It is an area where they can spend time by themselves, separate from the women of their lives where they can just enjoy being a man. You do not need a large area to create the perfect man cave; all you need is a small room separated from the rest of the house to call your own. Great ideas for places to build your man cave include a spare bedroom, office, den, basement or garage. If you are using larger rooms of the house such as the basement or garage, consider sectioning off areas in these spaces for your man cave so you have complete privacy and still allow them to serve their original functions. After choosing the right room in the house for your man cave it is time to pick a theme and design plan for the area. Decorating a man cave in the right way is important to the overall look of the room and will set the mood and create the perfect atmosphere for you to enjoy. The best way to find inspiration for your sanctuary is to look at pictures of man cave designs online. Make sure to pick a room design, styles and themes that make you feel at home in them.


For seating, consider using comfortable couches that blend with the rest of the décor. Modern design colours are ideal for this type of room as they will provide a nice contrast to the bright television screen and enhance your viewing. With small room designs, bright lights are not necessary. Wall sconces are a great addition in providing dim lighting for the room. Some of the coolest man caves seen online feature rooms resembling cabins that use wood furniture, leather couches, and display fishing or hunting equipment on the walls alongside deer heads or fish mounted on the walls. Other awesome man cave online room designs include hunting themes, home theatres, and sports bars. You can find a variety of inexpensive man cave décor ideas by taking a trip to your local second-hand shop. Here you can find old tables or pieces of furniture that can act as a bar, card table or other various features of your man cave.

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weather, and also keep it resistant to treading as the wet weather arrives. You can harden your lawn up for winter by applying an autumn lawn feed, which is high in potassium. Do this after scarifying and aerating but before applying a top dressing. Do not give summer feeds that are high in nitrogen as this will only result in weak, soft growth, which will be prone to disease in the autumn weather.


Late summer progresses into autumn

September is generally a cooler, gustier month than August and the days are noticeably shorter. While there’s not as much to do in the ornamental garden at this time of the year, if you have a fruit or vegetable patch, you’ll be busy reaping the rewards of harvest. It’s also time to get out and start planting spring flowering bulbs for next year and you can collect seeds for next summer’s colour too. Make the most of the remaining warmth while you can!

Cover the surface of ponds with netting to stop fallen leaves from entering. Accumulated debris in the pond can encourage growth of algae and weeds, which will eventually harm the fish by reducing available oxygen levels.Top up water levels when necessary, particularly during warmer weather, and continue to remove blanket and duckweed. Remove dead leaves from waterlilies as the foliage dies back. Now is also a good time to divide waterlilies and other pond plants to increase stocks or control over vigorous growth. Overgrown marginal plants can just be cut back, if further stocks are not required. A maximum of 50 percent of the water’s surface should be taken up with planting. Waterlilies can be prone to fungal problems such as crown rot and leaf spot, so nip any problems in the bud by dealing with them promptly. Remove affected leaves.

Pest and disease watch

Inspect chrysanthemums for signs of white rust. Distortion on Phlox could indicate the presence of phlox eelworm. Discoloured leaves on herbaceous plants, such as Chrysanthemum, Anemone and Penstemon could be leaf and bud eelworm. Powdery mildew can still be a problem in a dry and warm September.


Sow sweet peas in a cold frame or the greenhouse for early summer blooms next year. If you sowed any spring-flowering biennials such as Viola, Digitalis (foxglove) or Erysimum (wallflowers) earlier in the summer, they will now need planting out. This is a good time of year to plant new perennials, especially towards the end of September, as the soil is still warm, but moisture levels are increasing.

Cutting back, pruning and dividing

Don’t neglect hanging basket maintenance - a little deadheading, watering and feeding can keep them going until mid-autumn. Once they are past their best, re-plant as winter/spring hanging baskets with spring-flowering bulbs, winter heathers, trailing ivies and spring-flowering plants as above. Continue to deadhead plants such as dahlias, delphiniums, roses and penstemons to prolong the display and give colour well into the month.


Mow less frequently during autumn, and raise the height of cut as the growth rate of the grass slows down. This will help the lawn to withstand the last of the warm, dry


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Bring inside any tender perennials, such as fuchsias, gazanias, lantanas and abutilons, before frosts cause damage. Some tall late-flowering perennials, such as asters, may still need staking to stop them being blown over in the wind. Most perennial weeds are vulnerable to weedkiller in early autumn. Applying a product containing glyphosate will ensure that the roots, as well as the top growth, are killed. Treasured plants must be protected with plastic sheeting. If the weather is already autumnal, you can now plant and move shrubs and trees without having to worry excessively about their survival and establishment. Shrubs planted now will get off to a flying start next spring, as they will have had all winter to settle in.

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Ford Mondeo Titanium 2.0 TiVCT Hybrid (2017) It’s such a part of the furniture that the Ford Mondeo feels like it’s been around forever, but this is a slightly different take on the standard car. This is Ford’s first hybrid to reach Europe, and although in the US they take a large share of the market it’s a tougher sell in diesel-friendly Euro states - hence the Mondeo Hybrid is only available in saloon guise. The Hybrid’s battery pack is actually assembled in Ford’s Rawsonville plant in Michigan.

So will I be able to spot that this Ford Mondeo is a hybrid then? Unlikely. The Mondeo’s shape was already familiar by the time it arrived in the UK and the differences between it and the standard car are limited to some suitably eco badges – in other words leafy – and skinny wheels as standard, although you can of course bump these up via the options list.

What’s the set-up of the hybrid system?

You get an Atkinson-cycle 2.0-litre petrol unit paired to a 1.4kW battery pack mounted in the boot, feeding one

electric motor to deliver drive to the front wheels while a second motor operates in regeneration mode to send energy back into the cells. In total there’s 184bhp when both motors combine, but there’s a worryingly scant 128lb ft of torque to go with it. As is typical of the breed, the Mondeo Hybrid uses a CVT transmission to send that power to the front wheels.

Ah. So can I expect lots of noise and not much go then? I’m afraid so. In a steady-state cruise, which is commonplace in the US of course, the Mondeo Hybrid settles down and gets on with getting along. But on a typical UK journey which can take in a broad mix of roads and speeds it feels out of its depth. All too frequently you end up squeezing the accelerator virtually to the floor in order to get sufficient acceleration,which negates any attempt at saving fuel. Then there’s the unseemly cacophony that goes with it; at a cruise the Mondeo is sufficiently refined, but the groaning in between is a soul-draining experience. It’s not a great deal better when you try to stop either.


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September The brakes are irritatingly hard to modulate as the system switches between pure regenerative braking and the discs doing their bit, leaving you jerking to a halt or dancing on the pedal in order to smooth out your stops.

Are there any good Mondeo bits left?

The chassis hasn’t been spoiled by the weight increase and retains the strong mix of a composed ride and assured handling that mark out all Mondeos, even if the steering feels a little odd - thanks to a self-centring action bordering on the political. If you can ignore the powertrain’s resolutely fuel-saving approach there’s a little fun to be had on a B-road, just don’t expect to make up any time...

What about inside the Ford Mondeo Hybrid’s cabin? It’s perfectly acceptable in here but likely to cause the occasional grumble rather than peace and tranquillity. The space on offer is good front and rear – only boot space is reduced with the addition of a sizeable battery pack – and like most Fords finding a good driving position should be possible for everyone. Less impressive are some of the fixtures and fittings which feel a little behind the times, although Titanium spec means a stack of kit.


The Ford Mondeo Hybrid is an interesting prospect on paper, but it sadly has too many shortcomings in Europe to let us recommend it. The Hybrid gets its own ‘Smartgauge’ interface to help you drive better and improve your economy, but the best way to do that would be to buy the Ford Mondeo 1.5 TDCi for five grand less.

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September reassurance this technology brings will be welcomed by many. We’re also pleased to see that this family ’van doesn’t just sleep four people, it has four travel seats, too. Lift the two parallel settees in the front lounge and you will find two Aguti travel seats. They can be lifted up once you have folded the settee frame away against the wall.


The kitchen itself has an adequate workspace, thanks to the inclusion of an extension flap at the end by the rear lounge. And this whole worktop is impressively lit with two LED lights.

Relax in twin-lounge luxury in the Elddis Autoquest 195, a family-focused four-berth with four travel seats. Is it the great-value proposition it appears?

Overview It is no surprise that Elddis has been angling its Autoquest range more and more at families, as, with prices starting only just north of £35,000, that is still the kind of price that young families can afford. For 2017, the big news for families was the launch of the Autoquest 196, a six-berth with the County Durham manufacturer’s first ever dropdown bed.

Kit-wise, you get a threeburner gas hob including a rapid burner, a rectangular sink and two mains sockets, with just enough space for a kettle. Underneath is a stack of four drawers between the 85-litre Dometic three-way fridge, with a removable freezer, and the oven and grill. There’s a small locker at the bottom of the stack and a pan locker under the oven. You also get a pair of overhead lockers containing a mug and crockery rack, plus a Daewoo microwave. But if you’re using the microwave you might find space a bit of a squeeze – the aisle is not the widest we have seen and the washroom door opens outwards.

The range as a whole has been made more comfortable and easier to drive with the introduction of a low-line Peugeot Boxer chassis, bringing the Autoquest into line with the other two ranges of Elddis motorhomes. But if you don’t feel your family needs six berths, how about the 195? It has everything the 196 has, minus the dropdown bed. Which means more headroom in the lounge. On the outside, Elddis has sought to alleviate the idea that this vehicle is just a large white box by including relatively discreet decals that are in line with the sleek flow of the Peugeot cab. Under the bonnet, there’s a 2.0-litre, 130bhp, Euro 6-compliant turbodiesel engine. In addition, our test ’van was fitted with a rear-view camera (a £320 option) – the 195 does have a window on its back panel, but the


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Lounging & dining

One of the things that makes the Elddis Autoquest 195 a great family motorhome is that it has two lounges, one at the front and one at the rear. Let’s start with the former. The absence of a dropdown bed makes the front lounge area feel more spacious. But although there is a rooflight, there is no sunroof over the cab – it’s not even an optional extra. This means that the lounge isn’t quite as bright as it could be. However, a generous four spotlights and ambient lighting help to keep things bright in the evening. Another grumble is that the nearest blown air heating vent faces straight out the door from the washroom wall. Moving back, beyond the central kitchen and the washroom, you’ll find the rear lounge. It is usefully served by three large windows that let the light flood in. Our test ’van has parallel settees and a central chest back here, but for £210 you can have a rear U-shaped lounge, which some buyers might like to consider. With corner cushions, four spotlights and ambient lighting, this should be a perfect adult refuge. Especially as there is a second TV bracket here (in addition to the one in the front lounge) that folds away into a space by the overhead locker. It’s just a shame the absence of a partition here means you might have to engage in a volume battle with the kids. However, unlike the front lounge, the rear area has a well-positioned heating vent, so should be a very comfy place to spend time. Both lounges in this Elddis motorhome feel warm thanks to the honey tone of the woodwork and the soft grey furnishings. And, while it is stored in the wardrobe at the rear, the lightweight table fits well in either lounge. But as there is a step up to the front lounge from the kitchen, you might be more inclined to keep the table at the rear, so that the cook isn’t required to remember that fact every time they serve dinner.


There are two double beds in the Elddis Autoquest 195. Either use the two pull-out slatted platforms to make a double at the front, or roll out the slats down the centre of the rear lounge to make up the double there. In both cases, the Ozio mattresses are comfortable enough to disguise what can be considerable differences in the

levels of support offered by the two make-up systems. Only the rear lounge settees are long enough to be made up into single beds, and even then they are only six-foot long. One other point to note is that even with the front double bed made up, there is still just enough space left on the offside settee to make a perching point if someone wants to make an early morning cuppa.


From the outside, the Autoquest 195’s washroom looks long enough to include a separate shower cubicle, particularly as there is space enough to include a large mirror left of the door– a welcome and thoughtful inclusion. However, it’s the circular loo that rests at the far end as you enter, with the shower tray left to take up space in the washroom proper. It is encumbered by a wheelarch, and has only one drain hole. But at least you get a separate tap for the shower, as well as a rack for bottles of shower gel and shampoo. You also get a fashionable salad bowl basin with a wellproportioned mirror above it, and a wooden locker above the loo. Little, good-to-see extras inside this washroom include a towel rail and a toilet roll holder, while the room is well lit with a screened rooflight.

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Better recycling over all the clean materials and potentially ruining the whole load. In both cases, useful recycling material has been contaminated, wasting both your time and valuable resources.

How you can help:

Please throw all food waste, including food-related paper or cardboard items, in the rubbish bin – not the recycling. Rinse recyclable items such as milk containers, tin cans and plastic trays to get rid of any leftover food.

Plastic bags

Sometimes residents put their recycling in plastic bags before dropping it in the recycling bin. Unfortunately, the bags then have to be removed by hand, adding to the cost for taxpayers.

How you can help: Lincolnshire residents make a big effort to recycle but sometimes put the wrong things in by mistake. Thousands of tonnes of recycling in Lincolnshire have to be thrown away every year. The problem is the contamination of recycling by non-recyclable waste – and food and plastic bags are the main culprits. Just one dirty pizza box or unemptied milk carton in the recycling can ruin an entire lorryload of otherwise perfectly good items. Plastic bags can also cause problems and add to the overall cost of the process. Thankfully, there are a few simple tips that could save all that recycling from being wasted – as well as a lot of taxpayers’ money!

Your food waste

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Spend now, save later cause a 12% loss in heating efficiency. Shower heads, toilets, taps, pipes, radiators, boilers, kettles, dishwashers and washing machines will all need more frequent repair and replacement, not to mention the cost of lime scale removers for appliances, sinks and toilets, and the greater quantities of detergent, shampoo, shower gel, washing up liquid and toilet cleaner required. Economy: British water estimates that a water softener could save the average 4 person household around £200 a year. Ecology: Softened water can remove existing scale deposits over time in heating systems. Fewer chemicals and less energy are used, and appliances will need less frequent repair or replacement.

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These days, we’re all being urged to return to ‘make do and mend’ to reduce, reuse and recycle because it’s economical and ‘green’. But sometimes this can be a false economy - and false ecology, too. Some things may be worth replacing or investing in.


Ever hung on too long to a car that eventually cost more in total repairs than it did to buy? Buying a new (or even relatively new!) car is expensive, but in the long run it may save you money - depending on what car you buy.

Economy: A new car should be more fuel efficient, saving you money on petrol or diesel costs. Treat it well and it shouldn’t need major maintenance for years, plus a brand new car won’t need an MOT until it’s three years old.

Ecology: Greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions mean newer cars tend to be greener.


Once again we can hang onto boilers for too long and they can be expensive to repair, particularly if you need to call someone out overnight or during a holiday. Maintenance contracts aren’t always cheap either.

The government’s FIT (feed-in tariff) scheme offers 20 years of guaranteed, tax-free, index-linked payments to households that produce their own electricity from renewable technologies. To make the biggest saving, use as many appliances as possible in the daytime when generating your own power.

Economy: You’re paid for every kilowatt of energy you create, and every kilowatt you don’t use, which feeds back into the National Grid; and of course the bills from the supplier will drop dramatically too (solar panels create about two thirds of the energy necessary for a family of four). On average, installation costs around £7000 and you may need to replace the inverter, which links the panels to your domestic supply, once every 20 years. It takes around 10-12 years to get back the cost of the installation. Bear in mind that the FIT has dropped dramatically over the past few years, but then installation costs are dropping too. Ecology: Your household will be producing renewable energy and none will be wasted, as it’s fed back into the Grid when unused. Always research any major purchase to ensure you get the best deal. By Alison Runham

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Your Horoscopes

September ARIES (March 21 - April 19)

There could be a few niggles ahead as you try to keep a healthy work/life balance. You risk struggling to keep yourself from flying off the handle with work colleagues who lack your conviction. In your frustration, you may be inclined to snap at those closest to you. This horoscope month could prove physically, mentally and psychologically draining, so try to keep a clear and cool head. Avoid heated and impulsive emotional reactions to events beyond your control.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)

You will feel more like yourself this month because your stress levels will have reduced. You could be inclined to embark on a strict diet where you are promised results very quickly. Don’t be too easily fooled. With a sensible regime and regular exercise, you can easily achieve your desired results. Your family and friends may come to you for advice. Be prepared to offer them your wisdom and life experience, but don’t be surprised if they do not follow your way of thinking completely.

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)

You will seem more energetic this month and ready to explore new horizons. Travel is forecast, on both the work front as well as the home front. You might become interested in a job relocation opportunity which suddenly arises. It is an excellent month to look at your diet and cut down on the junk food and fizzy drinks. Keep a close eye on your sugar levels and do your best to ensure that they remain at a reasonable level.

CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

This is another very positive month for the crab star sign and you will find encouragement all around. People will want you to start a new business to show off your expertise. There will be many persuasive people who feel they can gain from following your lead. You have built quite a reputation around you and others will seek you out for advice. There could be news of a pregnancy in your family circle and you may even fall pregnant yourself if female, or father a child if you are male.

LEO (July 23- August 22)

Wow! What a lucky 30-day period for Leo! Now is the time to preen yourself and take centre stage. Get your hair done, buy yourself some new clothes and dedicate this month to making yourself look fabulous. Time will fly by like a whirlwind and you may feel that you don’t quite know what’s hit you. It’s a time for success and positive outcomes. Don’t be afraid to splash out... you can easily afford it. Enjoy!

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)

You will be celebrating your finances, since all your investments are doing well and you have nothing to worry about. Your monetary income remains steady and predictable and you will be able to see how your past financial planning has paid dividends. You may feel an increase in your psychic awareness and innate psychic abilities. Don’t be afraid to tap into your sense of knowingness.


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Find out what’s in the stars for you this month

LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

An analysis of your monthly indicators for September reveal that you will be mentally alert and switched on to life in general over this period. You will find life invigorating and challenges in work will excite you and make you want to stand out from the crowd. Your voice will be heard by senior people and your talents and creativity will be noted. Be prepared for the reactions of some of those around you - some may exhibit signs of jealousy.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)

There could be a serious flirtation going on at work this month. Certainly, your heart will be fluttering and there will be butterflies in your stomach. You may toy with the idea of starting an affair. The magnetism of one person will be very strong and equally hard to resist. Passions will run high and you will feel on top of the world. Nevertheless, it would be strongly advisable to exercise caution. Fools rush in, and heading down this route could have serious long-term repercussions.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

This is a month for relaxing and taking life easy. If you haven’t thought of a holiday, a last-minute getaway would do you the world of good. You may suddenly feel tired or on the point of exhaustion, so there has never been a better time to take time out. The money will flow easily this month and you will have plenty to spend on the things you enjoy. Don’t hold back - there’s really no need.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

This is a good time to take stock of your finances. You may have overspent in the last couple of weeks, which means you have little rainy day money. If you take the time to plan your spending more carefully, you could be surprised by how much you can save by simply sticking to a plan. Never go shopping without a list and always stick to it. Exercising a little caution now could prevent a lot of trouble later in the year.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)

You will be very busy with stuff, sorting through your own things as well as those of other people, during this calendar month. You might have dealings with certain humanitarian causes where your past efforts will be recognised and rewarded. You could also be offered a leadership role, an award, a promotion or a raise. In any event, you will certainly gain public recognition for past achievements.

PISCES (February 19 - March 20)

You could encounter some rather unexpected changes to your career path. Out of the blue you might be offered a new position. It will not be one you have applied for so it might come as a bit of a shock. The money is good - so go for it! If your love-life has been lacking lustre then this is the month when there will be fireworks again and you will feel great.

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