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House to Home

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RECIPE Jamaican chicken with rice and beans When hunger strikes this healthy chicken with rice and beans dish will not only fill you up but provide plenty of nutrients, too, containing three of your five-a-day.

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For the rice and peas 125g brown basmati 1 red onion, chopped l 2 garlic cloves, chopped l 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, plus extra to serve l 1 tsp vegetable bouillon l 400g can black-eyed beans l l

Step by step 1 Heat the oil in a very large non-stick frying pan and cook the onions for 5 mins or until soft. Meanwhile, coat the chicken thoroughly with the thyme, curry powder and allspice. Add to the pan and briefly brown the

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1 tbsp rapeseed oil 2 red onions, halved and sliced 4 chicken legs (about 1 kg in total), skin removed 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 tbsp Madras curry powder 1 tsp ground allspice 4 large tomatoes, chopped 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 tsp vegetable bouillon

Prep: 15min

chicken, then tip in the tomatoes, chilli, garlic and bouillon. Pour over 450ml water, cover and simmer for 30 mins or until the chicken is tender. 2 Meanwhile, tip the rice into a mediumsized pan with the onion, garlic, thyme and bouillon. Pour in 600ml water, cover and cook for 25 mins or until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Check toward the end of the cooking time to ensure it isn’t starting to catch on the pan. Stir in the beans and heat through. If you’re following a diet plan, serve half the rice with half the chicken (saving the leftovers for a second meal later in the week). Otherwise you can serve four portions, scattered with a few extra thyme leaves, if you like.

Recipe tip If you have any left over, chill the remaining chicken and rice straight away and store in the fridge. When serving it later in the week, heat through thoroughly in the microwave or in a pan until piping hot. You will need to add a dash of water to the rice to prevent it from sticking to the pan as it reheats.

Cook: 30min

Serves: 4

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Holidays

India

Where to go on holiday in 2020 T

he new year is set to be a corker in the world of travel thanks to a whole host of major events taking place, new flight routes opening up glamorous destinations and highly anticipated movie releases bringing Hollywood-worthy locations to our holiday wish lists. Hosting this year’s Rugby World Cup and next year’s Olympics, Japan will become ever more appealing - and not just for sporting fans. Meanwhile, beach lovers will want to consider the Caribbean and an underrated Greek location that offer powder-soft sands and more in 2020.

firmly on every sports fan’s radar too. There’s something for everyone in this fascinating country and 2020 is the year to finally make a trip happen. Whether you want to see the snow monkeys, marvel at the cherry blossom trees, ride the famous bullet train or climb Mount Fuji, Japan is one of the most mesmerising places on the planet. Experience its highlights in spring on an 11-day tour for an adventure like no other. More details at ghk.tripsmiths.com

Jamaica

The Bahamas

Going off the beaten path has never been so easy, with top tour companies launching fascinating tours to lesserknown places.

Those searching for the best place to stay in Jamaica will want to head for Ochos Rios on the north coast. For a luxurious escape, check into the all-butler, all-suite Sandals Royal Plantation. Here you’ll find Jamaica’s only Champagne and caviar bar and the most heavenly sea views fit for Bond himself. More details at virginholidays.co.uk

Whether it’s whale watching in Canada’s Haida Gwaii Islands or escaping the British winter in South America, the coming year is the time to try somewhere different. Here are our top picks for the best holiday destinations in 2020.

Los Cabos, Mexico One of the top places for a long-haul beach holiday in 2020 is glamorous Los Cabos (yes, the place loved by George Clooney) thanks to TUI’s new direct flights launching in November 2019.

India

Whether you’re looking to soak up the Mexican charm, bask in the heavenly sunshine or go whale watching, this is a spot that should be on your radar for next year. Fly there with TUI and stay at one of the sprawling beachfront hotels in San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas. More details at tui.co.uk

This means it’s a great time to visit India’s top wildlife locations, such as the Nagarhole and Ranthambore National Parks, where you can spot the majestic creatures in their natural habitats. Try a tour of India to see its tigers, temples and more with Good Housekeeping Holidays. More details at ghk.tripsmiths.com

Bahamas Cruise addict or not, this new destination will make you want to hit the seas. In late 2019, the Bahamas’ Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will welcome its first guests and become the latest eco-destination for the cruising crowd. The island, which is only accessible to MSC Cruises guests, focuses on restoring the existing natural beauty of the former sand extraction site to create a flourishing marine reserve. Visit Ocean Cay on a Caribbean cruise with MSC Cruises. More details at msccruises.co.uk

Haida Gwaii Islands, Canada Known as the Canadian Galapagos for its complex ecosystem and diverse wildlife, the Haida Gwaii Islands, just

off British Columbia’s northern coast are perfect for those who want to venture to the ‘edge of the world’ in 2020.

for space watchers. Head for both South American countries to take in their breathtaking highlights before witnessing the 14 December event.

In 2020, Intrepid Travel’s first tour to the region will be led by a local leader to make the remote islands more accessible, allowing you to visit traditional Haida villages that live in harmony with pristine wilderness. More details at intrepidtravel.com

From the bustling streets of Buenos Aires to Patagonia’s epic mountain panoramas, there are a wealth of places to explore.

Argentina and Chile Next year will see a total solar eclipse cross Chile and Argentina, making for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday

What’s more, December is summer in the Southern Hemisphere so you can soak up the heat while Britain freezes! Celebrate the solar eclipse in Argentina with a local astronomer during a 10-day trip with explore.co.uk More details at explore.co.uk

Epic: Patagonia’s spectacular mountain panoramas

Athenian Riviera, Greece The Athenian Riviera has been patiently waiting for its time in the spotlight and 2020 is its year. Greek holiday specialist Olympic Holidays also predicts this glorious coastal setting will be a top destination for holidaumakers next year. Expect relaxed elegance, gorgeous sands and stylish places to dine in the likes of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza. You can easily combine your beach break with days of exploring the history of bustling Athens, just a 20-minute drive away.

Japan A country that needs no introduction, Japan has always been high on most travellers’ bucket lists. It’s hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the summer Olympics next year, putting it

All eyes will be on this Caribbean island when James Bond film No Time to Die hits the big screen in April 2020. Confirmed as the first location in the latest instalment, Jamaica is where Ian Fleming created the James Bond character (you can even rent Fleming’s villa).

Majestic: Japan’s Mount Fuji

There’s good news for tiger lovers as there’s been a drastic increase in numbers recently, with almost 3,000 wild tigers in India right now (up from 2,226 four years ago).

Haida Gwaii Islands

Stay at Vouliagmeni’s Divani Apollon Palace and Thalasso for its luxurious surroundings, private beach and highly praised wellness offerings. More details at olympicholidays.com

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Holidays

Where to go on holiday in 2020 T

he new year is set to be a corker in the world of travel thanks to a whole host of major events taking place, new flight routes opening up glamorous destinations and highly anticipated movie releases bringing Hollywood-worthy locations to our holiday wish lists. Hosting this year’s Rugby World Cup and next year’s Olympics, Japan will become ever more appealing - and not just for sporting fans. Meanwhile, beach lovers will want to consider the Caribbean and an underrated Greek location that offer powder-soft sands and more in 2020.

firmly on every sports fan’s radar too. There’s something for everyone in this fascinating country and 2020 is the year to finally make a trip happen. Whether you want to see the snow monkeys, marvel at the cherry blossom trees, ride the famous bullet train or climb Mount Fuji, Japan is one of the most mesmerising places on the planet. Experience its highlights in spring on an 11-day tour for an adventure like no other. More details at ghk.tripsmiths.com

Jamaica

The Bahamas

Going off the beaten path has never been so easy, with top tour companies launching fascinating tours to lesserknown places.

Those searching for the best place to stay in Jamaica will want to head for Ochos Rios on the north coast. For a luxurious escape, check into the all-butler, all-suite Sandals Royal Plantation. Here you’ll find Jamaica’s only Champagne and caviar bar and the most heavenly sea views fit for Bond himself. More details at virginholidays.co.uk

Whether it’s whale watching in Canada’s Haida Gwaii Islands or escaping the British winter in South America, the coming year is the time to try somewhere different. Here are our top picks for the best holiday destinations in 2020.

Los Cabos, Mexico One of the top places for a long-haul beach holiday in 2020 is glamorous Los Cabos (yes, the place loved by George Clooney) thanks to TUI’s new direct flights launching in November 2019.

India

Whether you’re looking to soak up the Mexican charm, bask in the heavenly sunshine or go whale watching, this is a spot that should be on your radar for next year. Fly there with TUI and stay at one of the sprawling beachfront hotels in San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas. More details at tui.co.uk

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Athenian Riviera, Greece The Athenian Riviera has been patiently waiting for its time in the spotlight and 2020 is its year. Greek holiday specialist Olympic Holidays also predicts this glorious coastal setting will be a top destination for holidaumakers next year. Expect relaxed elegance, gorgeous sands and stylish places to dine in the likes of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza. You can easily combine your beach break with days of exploring the history of bustling Athens, just a 20-minute drive away.

Japan A country that needs no introduction, Japan has always been high on most travellers’ bucket lists. It’s hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the summer Olympics next year, putting it

All eyes will be on this Caribbean island when James Bond film No Time to Die hits the big screen in April 2020. Confirmed as the first location in the latest instalment, Jamaica is where Ian Fleming created the James Bond character (you can even rent Fleming’s villa).

Haida Gwaii Islands

Stay at Vouliagmeni’s Divani Apollon Palace and Thalasso for its luxurious surroundings, private beach and highly praised wellness offerings. More details at olympicholidays.com

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India

Majestic: Japan’s Mount Fuji

There’s good news for tiger lovers as there’s been a drastic increase in numbers recently, with almost 3,000 wild tigers in India right now (up from 2,226 four years ago). This means it’s a great time to visit India’s top wildlife locations, such as the Nagarhole and Ranthambore National Parks, where you can spot the majestic creatures in their natural habitats. Try a tour of India to see its tigers, temples and more with Good Housekeeping Holidays. More details at ghk.tripsmiths.com

Bahamas Cruise addict or not, this new destination will make you want to hit the seas. In late 2019, the Bahamas’ Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will welcome its first guests and become the latest eco-destination for the cruising crowd. The island, which is only accessible to MSC Cruises guests, focuses on restoring the existing natural beauty of the former sand extraction site to create a flourishing marine reserve. Visit Ocean Cay on a Caribbean cruise with MSC Cruises. More details at msccruises.co.uk

Haida Gwaii Islands, Canada Known as the Canadian Galapagos for its complex ecosystem and diverse wildlife, the Haida Gwaii Islands, just

off British Columbia’s northern coast are perfect for those who want to venture to the ‘edge of the world’ in 2020.

for space watchers. Head for both South American countries to take in their breathtaking highlights before witnessing the 14 December event.

In 2020, Intrepid Travel’s first tour to the region will be led by a local leader to make the remote islands more accessible, allowing you to visit traditional Haida villages that live in harmony with pristine wilderness. More details at intrepidtravel.com

From the bustling streets of Buenos Aires to Patagonia’s epic mountain panoramas, there are a wealth of places to explore.

Argentina and Chile Next year will see a total solar eclipse cross Chile and Argentina, making for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday

What’s more, December is summer in the Southern Hemisphere so you can soak up the heat while Britain freezes! Celebrate the solar eclipse in Argentina with a local astronomer during a 10-day trip with explore.co.uk More details at explore.co.uk

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THE CELTIC ARMS the manager who shown us to our table, we were asked what we would like to drink which was a hard decision given the impressive wine menu you would find it hard not to find the perfect beverage to pair with your meal from a traditional welsh cask ale to a generic brand lager.

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his month took us to the beautiful Celtic Arms which is set in the stunning picturesque surrounding of Northop Country park, set amongst immaculate manicured gardens The Celtic Arms is impressive even more so lit up at night with the elegant twinkling fairy lights and the spotlights emphasising how Grande and beautiful the building is.

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We absolutely love the Celtic Arms not only in the Winter when the log burners are blazing and it’s all cosy in one of the many nooks but also in the summer on the large decked area overlooking the scenic views of the beautiful surrounding of the country park.

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green beans and a creamy white wine sauce. There is nothing more wonderful than perfectly seared, tender and cranberry chutney, the rich pate had a subtle but warming taste of Port to it and married well with the sweet zing of the apple and cranberry sauce. The Prawn and Cray fish cocktail was extremely tasty with crisp iceberg lettuce ,celeriac and chunks of apples smothered in delicious creamy Marie Rose sauce and then served with a hearty buttered bloomer. The service was first class the moment our starters were finished they were

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unbelievably well together 5 stars to the chef! We were adamant we had indulged far too much for a dessert but Jose tempted us with the menu and we could not possibly resist. Reg plumped for Caramelised Apple & Gingersnap Cheesecake with a lime Coulis and I had the Black forest roulade with boozy cherries & Chantilly cream. All I can say is we were in a food coma and dessert heaven they were both to die for and definitely the icing on the cake to a superb meal from the surroundings, the ambiance, the staff, service and of course the wonderful chef and 5-star food! Well done The Celtic Arms we now have their sister restaurant The Plough in near Congleton on our to do list!

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RECIPE Jamaican chicken with rice and beans When hunger strikes this healthy chicken with rice and beans dish will not only fill you up but provide plenty of nutrients, too, containing three of your five-a-day.

Ingredients l l l l l l l l l l

1 tbsp rapeseed oil 2 red onions, halved and sliced 4 chicken legs (about 1 kg in total), skin removed 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 tbsp Madras curry powder 1 tsp ground allspice 4 large tomatoes, chopped 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 tsp vegetable bouillon

For the rice and peas 125g brown basmati l 1 red onion, chopped l 2 garlic cloves, chopped l 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, plus extra to serve l 1 tsp vegetable bouillon l 400g can black-eyed beans l

Step by step 1 Heat the oil in a very large non-stick frying pan and cook the onions for 5 mins or until soft. Meanwhile, coat the chicken thoroughly with the thyme, curry powder and allspice. Add to the pan and briefly brown the

Prep: 15min

chicken, then tip in the tomatoes, chilli, garlic and bouillon. Pour over 450ml water, cover and simmer for 30 mins or until the chicken is tender. 2 Meanwhile, tip the rice into a mediumsized pan with the onion, garlic, thyme and bouillon. Pour in 600ml water, cover and cook for 25 mins or until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Check toward the end of the cooking time to ensure it isn’t starting to catch on the pan. Stir in the beans and heat through. If you’re following a diet plan, serve half the rice with half the chicken (saving the leftovers for a second meal later in the week). Otherwise you can serve four portions, scattered with a few extra thyme leaves, if you like.

Recipe tip If you have any left over, chill the remaining chicken and rice straight away and store in the fridge. When serving it later in the week, heat through thoroughly in the microwave or in a pan until piping hot. You will need to add a dash of water to the rice to prevent it from sticking to the pan as it reheats.

Cook: 30min

Serves: 4

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YOUR STARS FOR 2020 Aries (March 21 - April 19) For Arians, 2020 is a balancing act of a year, astrologically speaking, as you will often find yourself caught up in dilemmas between career and personal life. The previous period has made you wiser and more mature, so those decisions should come more naturally, although not without some effort. The focus in 2020 will be more on your professional life, as the love gods prepare to shake up your world towards the last part of the year. If you manage to keep your impulsivity in check and plan ahead cautiously, you will be rewarded!

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Taurus’ yearly prediction seems to continue the patterns established in the previous few years. You are in a phase of building the foundations in matters that are important to you and the stars are giving you a little bit more time to do just that. As you’ve changed, your needs and wants might have changed too and now is the time to finds ways to fulfill them. Your home and family situation –or even your marriage- will be a key focus in 2020. Expect the new arrangements to consolidate around the summer and autumn.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Gemini, your astrology forecast for 2020 is one of the most interesting and rich among the signs, particularly when it comes to love and relationships. Love planet Venus will be spending one third of the year in your sign –this doesn’t happen often! Get ready to welcome her gifts, because love will be fun, spontaneous and exciting this year! Career and money will be on your mind, but it is all under control! 2020 will keep you on your toes either way and this matches your personality so well, that you will probably enjoy it a lot!

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) 2020’s yearly horoscope for Cancerians predicts one of the best years of your life, believe it or not! There are so many planets in the sector of your chart that rules relationships, that it will be impossible for you not to get numerous opportunities for a caring, lasting romantic bond! A little extra care around the Eclipses and Full Moons –as usual- will go a long way to secure your intuition is at the top of its game. That is what will guide you to make the right decisions and reap all the fruit towards the end of the year

Leo (July 23 - August 22) Your yearly horoscope shows important relationships in your life coming to a head, dear Leo. It’s not that you haven’t noticed, but whatever has started in the last 6 years is slowly coming full circle now. Throughout the year you are ambitious, confident and in touch with yourself. That can’t go unnoticed but it will also bring upon you important changes. Whatever doesn’t fit into your new life will make room for something new, something better. Embrace change and don’t resist it - 2020 marks the beginning of a new life stage!

Virgo (August 23 - September 22) Are you ready to shake things up in 2020? Virgo’s yearly horoscope sure says so! This year you will see a new version of yourself take charge. Well thought out and meticulously carried out plans are not a thing for 2020, so you might feel like you don’t belong, like you don’t know what to do. As long as you accept the things you cannot control and loosen up a bit, there’s a lot to gain this year, both in relationships as well as in financial matters. There’s a lot to gain this year, both in relationships as well as in financial matters. A little planning never hurt anyone, but try not to overdo it this year.

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TECH TALK D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using ‘additive’ processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.

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3D printing is the opposite of normal ‘subtractive’ manufacturing which is cutting out/hollowing out a piece of metal or plastic with for instance a milling machine. It enables you to produce complex shapes using less material (and producing less waste) than traditional manufacturing methods.

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3D printing industry Adoption of 3D printing has reached critical mass as those who have yet to integrate additive manufacturing somewhere in their supply chain are now part of an ever-shrinking minority. Where 3D printing was only suitable for prototyping and one-off manufacturing it is now rapidly transforming into a production technology. Most of the current demand for 3D printing is industrial in nature. Recent research forecasts the global 3D printing market to reach £35 billion by 2026.

A few examples: l Dental products l Eyewear l Architectural scale models l Prosthetics l Movie props l Design (lamps, furniture etc) l Reconstructing fossils in paleontology l Replicating ancient artefacts in archaeology l Reconstructing bones and body parts in forensic pathology l Reconstructing damaged evidence retrieved from a crime scene

As it evolves, 3D printing technology is destined to transform almost every major industry and change the way we live, work, and play in the future.

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The self-taught way

Getting started with 3D printing means asking yourself what you would like to learn first. Are you interested in the hardware, or do you want to focus on the end result - creating objects? Answering this question could lead you to the decision if you should buy a 3D printer or outsource the actual printing to a 3D print service.

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Examples of 3D printing 3D printing encompasses many forms of technologies and materials and is being used in almost all industries you can think of.

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optionally on S Edition trim, are also less visually impressive and configurable than in other small SUVs too. All-told, both the Kamiq and T-Cross are stronger here.

That means the Captur’s boot, at 536 litres with the seats pushed forward is the largest of any small SUV, and at 422-litres with them all the way back is seriously competitive.

Still, the quality of materials inside are high and the Captur’s space is great. Adults in the front will have no complaints and the driver enjoys decent visibility and an easily-adjustable driving position. In the back the Captur is similarly impressive, managing to seat a couple more adults in comfort, even if three across the back will prove tight.

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to the Captur’s engines and gearboxes, with three petrols, two diesels and a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid due to arrive soon. An automatic ‘box with seven speeds, or five and six-speed manuals are available, depending on the engine.

But the Captur has a party trick - its rear bench can slide forwards and backwards, trading rear legroom for boot space.

The usual advice applies here: if you drive mainly in town, pick a petrol Renault’s 128bhp 1.3-litre we drove

To fend off this little lot, Renault’s contender has been completely overhauled. Outside, it has new C-shaped LED running lights, LED headlights as standard, a wider grille, re-designed bumpers and larger alloy wheel options. It’s still a Captur, but it’s all grown up. Inside the Captur has moved also on, getting a new infotainment system, slicker design and upgraded materials. And, because the Captur is taller, wider and longer than before mainly between its front and rear axles - there’s more space for people inside, particularly in the back. Entry and mid-level Capturs get a 7in portrait infotainment system without built-in sat-nav but featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as DAB radio and Bluetooth. Mid-level Iconic then adds built-in sat-nav to this same system. Then, range-topping S Edition models get a larger 9.3-inch system with sat-nav. All-in-all, the new screens are highres, but in all three cases the native menus and response times don’t live up to the better systems in alternatives. Renault’s digital dials, available

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strikes a good balance between price, performance and fuel economy. If you spend more time on the motorway, then the 113bhp diesel will make more financial sense. Company car driver or have reliable access to charging? Don’t write off the hybrid, as it will prove to be extremely efficient in the right circumstances. In any of its guises the Captur is no thriller to drive, but few (if any) small SUVs are. More importantly it steers precisely and feels grippy and stable through turns. Where it doesn’t live up to cars like the VW T-Cross is on comfort and noise, proving a little bumpy in town and less hushed on the motorway than the VW. Which leaves the Renault Captur in a favourable position among the huge, and growing, number of small SUVs available these days. It’s not quite the most rounded of them all, but more importantly with this type of car, if you love the way it looks, the Captur is well worth your cash.

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On Saturday, January 2, 1971, 66 people were killed in a crush as supporters tried to leave Glasgow Rangers’ Ibrox Stadium. In the last minute of an Old Fim fixture, Glasgow rivals Celtic took a 1–0 lead; however, in the final moments, Rangers equalised.

On January 5, 1934, motorcyclist Arthur Grant claimed to have nearly hit a creature while approaching Abriachan (near the north-eastern end of the loch) at about 1am on a moonlit night. According to Grant, it had a small head attached to a long neck; the creature saw him, and crossed the road back to the loch. Grant, a veterinary student, described it as a cross between a seal and a plesiosaur. It was suggested that this was a faulty observation due to the poor light conditions.

At the same time, as thousands of spectators were leaving the ground by stairway 13, it appears someone fell, causing a massive chain-reaction pile-up of people. It was the worst British football disaster until Hillsborough in 1989. Glasgow Rangers FC were later ruled to be at fault in a sheriff’s judgement on one of the deaths. They not dispute this ruling, and were sued for damages in 60 other cases brought by relatives of the dead.

1973: UK joins the EEC The United Kingdom’s membership of the EEC came into effect on January 1, 1973. Previous applications to join in 1963 and 1967 were vetoed by the President of France, Charles de Gaulle, who said that “a number of aspects of Britain’s economy, from working practices to agriculture” had “made Britain incompatible with Europe”.

The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a phenomenon without biological basis, explaining sightings as hoaxes, wishful thinking and the misidentification of mundane objects.

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On January 14, 1954, mobbed by reporters and fans, movie legend Marilyn Monroe married New York Yankees baseball hero Joe DiMaggio. The ultimate All-American romance lasted only 274 days. Tension started to build, particularly around DiMaggio’s discomfort with his wife’s sexy screen image. By October they were divorced, with Monroe accusing her husband of “mental cruelty”.

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1994: Tonya Harding v Nancy Kerrigan On January 6, 1994, the day before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Tonya Harding’s rival Nancy Kerrigan was attacked in a corridor after a practice session at the Detroit Cobo Arena. She was struck on the knee with a baton by Shane Stant, hired by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly. The attack on Kerrigan received a substantial amount of publicity and news media crews camped outside her home.

By the time Prime Minister Edward Heath signed the Treaty of Accession in January 1972, exports from Britain to western Europe were outstripping those to Commonwealth countries and the Confederation of British Industry were advocating the importance of panEuropean investment, collaboration and coordinated industrial policy.

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FITNESS f you've decided it is time to start walking for health, fitness, and weight loss, you've already taken a great first step. Walking is an effective, natural way to achieve the daily physical activity amount recommended for weight management and good health.

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Walking helps you burn calories and fat, which is necessary for weight loss. The recommendation is 60 minutes a day a few times a week. Generally, for a 160-pound person, walking will burn about 100 calories per mile. Best of all, it's cheap - no expensive gym membership needed - and it can be done anywhere. Combined with a balanced diet, you can start achieving your goals. If you're just getting started, take some time to familiarise yourself with the basics. Once you get going you can work your way up to walking comfortably for 30 minutes to an hour, the level of physical activity recommended to reduce risks of heart disease, type II diabetes, breast cancer, colon cancer... and more.

Is walking better than running? It may feel like walking is too low-impact to have a meaningful effect on your weight, but that's not true. Especially if you're just starting out, running may be too much too fast and is also not the best weight loss exercise for everyone. Ultimately, it comes down to your situation and needs. A walking programme is effective exercise and can lead to weight loss with proper calorie balance, so you shouldn't feel like you're not doing enough. It may be easier to stick to a walking plan instead of a running plan.

Before you get started There are a few things to consider when starting a walking programme: Preparing to walk: Learn what you need to do before you begin a walking program. This may include getting medical advice, investing in basic walking gear like shoes and clothing, and more. Walking Technique: Next, you will learn good walking technique, focusing on proper posture, use of arms, and leg motion.

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Recent research has found that those who chewed each mouthful 40 times ate nearly 12 per cent fewer calories than those who chewed just 15 times, proving that taking your time over each mouthful could have huge benefits for your waistline.

Many people think that healthy food is low fat food (and vice versa) - however you needn’t cut out all fats in order to lose weight. In fact, monounsaturated fats - found in avocados, olive oil and nuts - can actually help weight loss. While it's still important to monitor your consumption of fat, studies have shown that eating a diet rich in monounsaturated - and low saturated fats can help promote weight loss.

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1. Get more sleep Sleep - and the lack of it - can affect your willpower and motivation to exercise or generally eat sensibly. Sleep will also affect your stress levels and, if overly stressed, your body increases its levels of cortisol, an appetite stimulant. If you don't receive the necessary rest to reduce this stress, you can find yourself consuming extra food. Studies have found that those who get enough sleep eat almost 300 fewer calories than those who are sleep-deprived.

2. Eat breakfast Although you may be tempted to skip breakfast to cut calories or save time, eating a filling breakfast can help curb your hunger, preventing snacking throughout the day or overeating at lunchtime. This is because the metabolism is believed to be more efficient in the morning - eating breakfast can kickstart your metabolism and continue burning through the day. Breakfasts also stop your body entering a state of starvation and will prevent your body storing any food you eat later in the day.

3. Eat slowly It generally takes a minimum of 20 minutes to start feeling full, so slowing down the speed in which you eat will mean that you start feeling full after less. Simple tricks can help you slow how fast you're eating; chewing more thoroughly for example, not only takes up time between bites, but also helps your digestive system by breaking down more food before entering the stomach.

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While increasing the number of meals you eat may sound counter-productive, eating five small meals (rather than three larger ones) can actually help you lose weight. This is largely because eating more frequently throughout the day will not only keep the hunger at bay, but help maintain good energy levels and keep your metabolism burning. All of these factors will encourage you to keep from overindulging or reaching for those easy-energy, high-sugar foods that satisfy your cravings and energy levels.

5. Start exercising By adding in some exercise, you can see the benefits of losing weight without having to cut your diet.

How to lose weight without dieting

Although a combination of healthy eating and working out is ideal for weight loss, if dieting is unfeasible for you, exercise is the perfect way to lose weight, enhance fitness and improve your overall health. Not only will regular exercise help to burn off the calories you consume, it will also help tone up and improve the shape of your body.

6. Eat more 'good' fats Many people think that healthy food is low fat food (and vice versa), however you needn’t cut out all fats in order to lose weight. In fact, monounsaturated fats – found in avocados, olive oil and nuts –can actually help weight loss. While it is still important to monitor your consumption of fat (as when trying to lose weight your aim is to burn through some of your fat stores) studies have shown that eating a diet rich in monounsaturated - and low saturated - fats can help promote weight loss, particularly in the abdominal area.

7. Don't shop hungry Shopping whilst hungry is a common error made by everyone which may not seem like a major factor, but when hungry, the brain desires foods that release energy immediately, typically high sugar or high glycemic index foods. These are typically foods which we categorise as unhealthy, which subsequently impact your weight loss. It is therefore important to eat something filling before doing the grocery shop, as not only will you choose healthier options but also purchase less food.

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GARDENS ere are some great ideas which will make your garden look extra special this winter.

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A well-placed container close to a doorway, window or path really makes an impact, especially once winter begins to pare the garden back to basics. But you must use a robust, frost-hardy container.

Shopping for plants Ignore any specimens with battered leaves or shabby branches and gather together the best you can find in one trolley - choosing more foliage plants than flowering plants as sumptuous leaves are much more important in winter than flowers. When you’ve assessed what’s available, decide on your foliage theme. Golden plants light up shade and go very well with blues. Rich greens vibrate in winter light and they look best with reds and cool whites.

Give your garden some winter colour From top: Sibirica, Myrtifolia and Aurea.

l ‘Crotonifolia’ - high-gloss plant with large green leaves liberally speckled with bright gold. l ‘Emerald Gem’ - invaluable, tight bun-shaped mound of tiny bright green leaves. l ‘Ferox Argentia’ (Hedgehog holly) compact, slow-growing male holly with prickles all over the leaf. l ‘Myrtifolia’ - a dense, neat male holly with purple shoots and small elliptical, dark-green leaves edged in spines. l ‘Green Pillar’ - an upright slender female with dark-green leaves and red berries. l ‘Gulftide’ - a slow-growing, holly look alike with twisted leaves dark-green leaves and fragrant white flowers. l ‘Goshiki’ - holly like leaves mottled in green and yellow.

Stems and skeletons l ‘Kesselringii’ - dogwood with

purple-black stems. l ‘Sibirica’ (syn ‘Westonbirt’) the brightest red dogwood. l ‘Winter Beauty’ - twiggy orange and red stems. l ‘Flaviramea’ - straight, substantial, olive-green stems. l ‘Contorta’ - corkscrew stems and catkins.

Leafy perennials l ‘Bressingham Ruby’ - large,

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glossy leaves. l ‘Wester Flisk Group’ - green flowers and finely divided, matt foliage touched with red. l ‘Atropurpurea’ (lesser periwinkle) - trailing plant with plumpurple flowers.

Before you plant Position the pot before you plant as once the soil and plants are added the weight may be too great to move it afterwards. If the drainage hole is small stand the pot on three pot feet to aid drainage.

Arranging plants Start off by placing your key plant on the ground and arrange your chosen plants around it roughly in the shape of the container. Look at each plant individually and make sure that the plant is showing its best side (most plants have a ‘back’ and a ‘front’). Fill the container about two thirds full. Remove the key plant from its pot by pressing firmly on the pot base and gently upending it. Check the root ball: if the roots are potbound, gently tease them out and straighten them.

Position the key plant in the soil in a central position. Arrange the other plants quickly -to avoid damaging foliage and then carefully back fill with compost and then water.

Suitable plants for winter containers Evergreen shrubs l ‘Kew Green’ - large, conical heads of pale green buds. l ‘Rubella’ - clusters of wine-red buds.

Grass-like foliage l ‘Ogon’ - erect fountain of green and gold. l ‘Variegata’ - solid olive-green leaves margined in cream. l ‘Aurea’ - soft, butter-yellow rosette of strappy leaves. l ‘Nigrescens’ - low-growing black strappy leaves - excellent with red flowers.

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