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JANUARY 2019 | ISSUE 66

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WELCOME TO INSIDE FLINTSHIRE JANUARY 2019 EDITION .................. Welcome to our first issue for 2019. I hope you all

had a great Christmas and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year. We start the year of with another jam packed issue full of great local businesses for you to call upon should you need their services. Please don’t forget to give us a mention. Now the festive season has finished I suspect most of us are now focusing on where to go on our Summer holidays? take a look at pages 8-9 where we look at how to get the best deals. If you need a hand choosing that perfect holiday give Dragon Travel, Buckley a call on 01244 455 345. Our discover feature takes us to the beautiful city of York this month on pages 16-17. We take a look at what the stars have in store for us this year with our 2019 horoscope guide on pages 24-25. We continue where we left off in 2018 with more fantastic prizes to give-away in our competition pages 20-21. Have you every thought about going eco friendly with an electric powered car? We take a look at the cost implications on pages 56-57. We have all the usual editorials, inside including our house to home, gardening, monthly film reviews, beauty, health and fitness, plus lots more.

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2019 getaways:

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hether you’re suffering from post-holiday blues or simply want to get organised for 2019, there’s nothing quite like booking a holiday to lift your spirits. Whether you’re after all-inclusive holidays, cheap holidays, family holidays or even staycations, there’s an abundance of breaks on offer - but sometimes it can feel like a daunting task to search out the best deals. And then there’s when to book. Do you book as early as possible? Is it better to hang on and chase a bargain later in the year? And when is the best time bag cheap flights? Our guide will help you work out how to navigate the forest of offers to help you plan your next holiday.

The rules are simple - book before the end of February to stand a chance of getting the holiday you want without having to compromise. You already know that going away in the school holidays is more expensive, so there is no point in having to settle for second best by picking from what is left at the last minute.

On top of that, you’ll find the prices for family-based hotels with the facilities you want for a stress-free trip tend not to get discounted, so book now to insure against holiday disaster. The big tour operators, such as TUI and Thomas Cook, often offer free child places or prices from as little as £1, online booking discounts and low deposits to help you get the best price. Meanwhile Virgin Holidays often hosts flash sales with discounted packages to a whole host of exotic destinations. For summer holidays, it’s worth checking out online travel agents such as Travel Republic,

Stuck with school holidays? If you have school-age children, then you are of course already restricted as to when you can make a break for it

OnTheBeach or LoveHolidays; they tend to use low-cost flights for beach destinations, and the only direction that prices go for the peak summer dates is up. So get in early before prices start to escalate.

Tip: Opt for the middle weeks of the school holidays rather than the beginning or end and avoid travelling at weekends to keep costs as low as possible.

Can you go any time? If you know what you want, then don’t waste another minute.Get online, visit high street travel agents too, and plan that trip as soon as you can. Compare all the prices and deals on offer and get that booking made. Even if prices do come down later date, you’ll have secured what you want at a price you were happy to payand will now have something to look forward to. If you’re planning on waiting until nearer the time, then you’ll need to steel yourself for the roller coaster ride of looking for a deal. If you play the game well, then off-peak package holiday prices can often drop like a stone, with the best last-minute deals being found for travelling to the Med in May and June or in September and October. The biggest reductions in recent years have been to Greece, as

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ith more attractions per square mile than any other UK city, you’ll be spoilt for choice with fun things to do in York. Whether you want to take in the majesty of the iconic York Minster, journey back in time at JORVIK Viking Centre or discover the city’s grisly past at the York Dungeon, there’s an attraction to suit everyone. If you’re only in York for a short time, make sure to tick these must see attractions off your list!

York Minster Since the 7th century, the Minster has been at the centre of Christianity in the north of England and today remains a thriving church rooted in the daily offering of worship and prayer. Every

from the tower walls. With sweeping panoramic views of York and the surrounding countryside, it isn’t hard to see why Clifford’s Tower played such a crucial role in the control of northern England.

Take a fascinating 2000 year journey through interactive underground chambers in Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft.

Come and see hundreds of years of York’s history in one place – from recreated Jacobean dining rooms to infamous Victorian criminals and all the way to the Space Age and the swinging Sixties.

Clifford’s Tower Clifford’s Tower stands as a proud symbol of the power of England’s medieval kings. Originally built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebels of the north, it was twice burned to the ground, before being rebuilt by Henry III in the 13th century. The tower takes its name from one grisly incident in its long history, when Roger de Clifford was executed for treason against Edward II and hanged in chains

York Castle Museum

There’s something for everyone at York Castle Museum. Our interactive galleries hold thousands of historic objects that really bring the past to life, and our new exhibitions for 2019 promise fascinating displays and innovative new ways of learning about York’s past. Don’t forget that kids go free with a paying adult – it’s the perfect family day out.

Mainstream destinations, such as the Canaries, Red Sea and the Spanishspeaking Caribbean islands, offer some of the best savings with deals of up to 60% off brochure prices with the big tour operators. Tunisia, Malta and the Spanish Costas are on offer from around £125 upwards for a week’s winter sun. Even ski and snowboard breaks can be found from as little as £250 for self-catering trips to France (but don’t forget to add lift passes and any equipment hire to those costs). Tip: Organise your travel insurance, holiday money and airport parking all online before you go using a comparison site to get the best possible prices. You’ll save a fortune.

It’s definitely sale time with a raft of deals on offer – but the best prices tend to be for departures from March to June. This is simply down to the fact that a large part of the holiday cost is driven by the air fare, and airlines currently have some great sales on to attract passengers for those months.

City breaks January is a fantastic time to book a short break to a fascinating city for travel before the summer. Airlines have sales on now and before flights fill up you can pick up some amazing prices to popular places, especially in Europe.

So companies such as Kuoni and British Airways Holidays pass on those savings in the form of price reductions. It’s vital you compare all the deals on offer and you are unlikely to find any huge savings on trips at Easter at this late stage.

If you can avoid weekend travel, then you’ll shave more off your flight. And if you can stay on a Sunday night, you’ll often find hotel prices for that night are lower.

If you’re planning to travel later in the year, then it may pay to hold back and wait for better airline deals - although summer dates to places such as the USA and

Tip: Book now for Easter and the two bank holidays in May. The earlier you do so the better the price you’ll get as the demand almost always outstrips supply.

JORVIK Viking Centre

National Railway Museum

Get up close to icons of the rails including Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive. Climb on board the Japanese bullet train, discover how high-speed rail travel began and journey back in time to experience the working life of a station. You can visit Queen Victoria’s favourite saloon, explore over 200 years of history and find out how railways shaped our world.

the last Viking King in Jorvik, has been expelled and the city is transforming itself. You will discover the impact of international trade on Viking-Age York, including the evolution of a multicultural society in the city, as it’s not just trade goods that flowed into Jorvik but people from across the globe! The gallery allows you to get up close to precious Viking artefacts and you will have the chance to dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre. Viking-age York was around 6.5 metres below the current street level, and this is where visitors will find JORVIK Viking Centre’s recreation of 10th century Coppergate – a key trading street in Viking-age York.

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Securing his name in the R&B history books, Alexander O’Neal is one of the genre’s most iconic names. With chart smash ‘Criticize’ lighting up dance floors across the world thirty years after its release, his sound has transcended generations. Working with Prince back in the early days as part of ‘The Time’ his journey in and out of various band formations propelled him to be the solo artist that we best know him for today. American born, Alexander O’Neal has created a cult appreciation across the globe. His back catalogue transporting his singles in to the UK and Billboard top ten’s as well as a triple platinum selling

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LIBRA

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This will prove to be an extremely romantic year for those born under the sign of Libra. You will experience excellent compatibility with loved ones, and in partnerships there are going to be some very happy times. Even if you are not feeling on top of the world at the beginning of the year, by the end of it you will find that you have a real skip in your step.

SCORPIO

(October 23 - November 21)

It’s probable that your drive and intense focus on your work will bring excellent rewards this year, both in terms of your career and any business deals you manage to set up. Certainly, great gains and considerable wealth could come to you from your professional life. You deserve all the accolades that come your way, and the likelihood is that you will accept them graciously and modestly.

2019 will be a year where you look to the future. You will be in a positive frame of mind and ready to embrace the changes that come your way. If you have stagnated in the past, then this is most likely going to be the year when you have a focus. It is a time for making plans for the future and looking forward, not back, while remaining upbeat in the face of adversity and opposition.

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(May 21 - June 20)

CANCER

(June 21 - July 22)

Luck will favour both men and women born under the water sign of Cancer this year. Your natural instincts will alert you to the important things to worry about, so try not to get bogged down by trivia and learn how to best prioritise your time. Careful management of your personal resouces will see you fly through this period, and as 2020 dawns you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about.

LEO

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(November 22 - December 21)

You may well find yourself overseeing changes in the forthcoming calendar year. There could be a significant career change which will engender a feeling of excitement and positivity. On the home front, there are unlikely to be any changes and recent events in your love life may cause you to question exactly what is going on, what you feel about it and how you intend to resolve any issues.

CAPRICORN

(December 22 - January 19)

2019 could prove rather slow moving for you and you might find yourself thinking of ways to speed things up. If you have time on your hands, why not inprove your own personal skill set through additional training. Since you dislike being idle, you could find much enjoyment in embarking on a new training course. This in turn could spark off new professional opportunities in the year ahead.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)

2019 has the potential to be a really exciting year for Lion people. If you are thinking about extending your family, planning for a new baby, this could be the perfect time. It will also be a very pleasurable spell for those not interested in having more children. Much of the year will find you in very convivial company and you will enjoy partying and being part of a wider social group.

Aquarians could find that 2019 will give an opportunity to focus on hobbies and interests. You will be physically active, enjoying both your work and your home life. For single Aquarians, there could be the beginnings of a new romance. For those already in partnerships you will feel happy and content and the communication between the two of you will be excellent.

VIRGO

PISCES

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You may be in a dreamy mood for much of 2019. Your focus will be on your own professional development and you may already have your eyes set on a new goal. You can be assured that your boss has already noticed you and you have nothing to worry about. Don’t be surprised if a new and unexpected opportunity comes your way and makes a dream a reality. Please mention Inside Flintshire Magazine when responding to advertisements

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After an excellent 2018 when Lady Luck was on your side, the Aries forecast for the year ahead promises another positive period where you truly feel you can make a difference. There will be lots of progress made in all areas of your life and Aries people will watch with pride as their carefully thought out plans finally reach fruition.

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hear, smell and feel York’s stories come to life before your eyes as frighteningly funny characters transport you through 2000 years of history. Delivering an unforgettable 75 minutes of edgy entertainment and 10 live shows, The Dungeon is a must-see attraction. Surprises await you…if you dare to pay it a visit! You’ll meet some of the city’s most despicable and murderous rogues, from the Vikings, to Guy Fawkes and even Dick Turpin. Step into an appointment with the plague doctor, face the wrath of the courtroom and discover exactly why The Golden Fleece is York’s most haunted pub... You can even finish off your journey with a seat in a fully themed Tavern, with something stiff to steady your nerves...if you survive of course.

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Either way, last-minute prices are on offer for departures almost through to Easter so if you are ready to go, then get online for the best deals now.

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How to get the best deals y s a d i l o H with the kids. So getting it right when it comes to booking Easter, summer or half-term breaks in May or October is essential.

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hether you’re suffering from post-holiday blues or simply want to get organised for 2019, there’s nothing quite like booking a holiday to lift your spirits. Whether you’re after all-inclusive holidays, cheap holidays, family holidays or even staycations, there’s an abundance of breaks on offer - but sometimes it can feel like a daunting task to search out the best deals. And then there’s when to book. Do you book as early as possible? Is it better to hang on and chase a bargain later in the year? And when is the best time bag cheap flights? Our guide will help you work out how to navigate the forest of offers to help you plan your next holiday.

Stuck with school holidays? If you have school-age children, then you are of course already restricted as to when you can make a break for it

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The rules are simple - book before the end of February to stand a chance of getting the holiday you want without having to compromise. You already know that going away in the school holidays is more expensive, so there is no point in having to settle for second best by picking from what is left at the last minute.

On top of that, you’ll find the prices for family-based hotels with the facilities you want for a stress-free trip tend not to get discounted, so book now to insure against holiday disaster. The big tour operators, such as TUI and Thomas Cook, often offer free child places or prices from as little as £1, online booking discounts and low deposits to help you get the best price. Meanwhile Virgin Holidays often hosts flash sales with discounted packages to a whole host of exotic destinations. For summer holidays, it’s worth checking out online travel agents such as Travel Republic,

OnTheBeach or LoveHolidays; they tend to use low-cost flights for beach destinations, and the only direction that prices go for the peak summer dates is up. So get in early before prices start to escalate.

Tip: Opt for the middle weeks of the school holidays rather than the beginning or end and avoid travelling at weekends to keep costs as low as possible.

Can you go any time? If you know what you want, then don’t waste another minute.Get online, visit high street travel agents too, and plan that trip as soon as you can. Compare all the prices and deals on offer and get that booking made. Even if prices do come down later date, you’ll have secured what you want at a price you were happy to payand will now have something to look forward to. If you’re planning on waiting until nearer the time, then you’ll need to steel yourself for the roller coaster ride of looking for a deal. If you play the game well, then off-peak package holiday prices can often drop like a stone, with the best last-minute deals being found for travelling to the Med in May and June or in September and October. The biggest reductions in recent years have been to Greece, as

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well as to the Spanish Costas. One of the best-value times for a two-week, last-minute deal is to travel out on August bank holiday, when a fortnight in the sun can be reduced by as much as 70%, providing there are still seats on the plane. These reduced prices tend to be found within six to 12 weeks of departure. Check holidays you like the look of daily to plot what is happening pricewise. Tip: Sign up to all the email newsletters from your favourite airlines and operators to ensure you know when seat sales start.

Long Haul holidays It’s definitely sale time with a raft of deals on offer – but the best prices tend to be for departures from March to June. This is simply down to the fact that a large part of the holiday cost is driven by the air fare, and airlines currently have some great sales on to attract passengers for those months. So companies such as Kuoni and British Airways Holidays pass on those savings in the form of price reductions. It’s vital you compare all the deals on offer and you are unlikely to find any huge savings on trips at Easter at this late stage. If you’re planning to travel later in the year, then it may pay to hold back and wait for better airline deals - although summer dates to places such as the USA and

Canada are unlikely to get any cheaper. Tip: Be sure to compare various airline options as part of your long-haul break. Firms such as Expedia, Netflights and ebookers often give you a choice of airline where you can trade off direct flight, service and comfort against better pricing and indirect routes.

Last minute breaks A fix of winter sun could be just the tonic after the excesses of Christmas and New Year. Or maybe you fancy the thrill of some winter sports action on the slopes?

Either way, last-minute prices are on offer for departures almost through to Easter so if you are ready to go, then get online for the best deals now. Mainstream destinations, such as the Canaries, Red Sea and the Spanishspeaking Caribbean islands, offer some of the best savings with deals of up to 60% off brochure prices with the big tour operators. Tunisia, Malta and the Spanish Costas are on offer from around £125 upwards for a week’s winter sun. Even ski and snowboard breaks can be found from as little as £250 for self-catering trips to France (but don’t forget to add lift passes and any equipment hire to those costs). Tip: Organise your travel insurance, holiday money and airport parking all online before you go using a comparison site to get the best possible prices. You’ll save a fortune.

City breaks January is a fantastic time to book a short break to a fascinating city for travel before the summer. Airlines have sales on now and before flights fill up you can pick up some amazing prices to popular places, especially in Europe. If you can avoid weekend travel, then you’ll shave more off your flight. And if you can stay on a Sunday night, you’ll often find hotel prices for that night are lower. Tip: Book now for Easter and the two bank holidays in May. The earlier you do so the better the price you’ll get as the demand almost always outstrips supply.

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ave you started on the Dry January challenge this month? 1 in 6 Britons start on the Dry January challenge, with 62% of people saying they had better sleep and 49% saying they lost weight. Those who complete the challenge are more likely to reap the benefits up to six months after, by consuming less and becoming better at saying no to alcohol. But how can you make sure you succeed? Here are seven ways to help you through the month…

4. Hold the phone

The proof’s in the pudding with the Dry January & Beyond app. Download it to find out how many calories and how much cash you’re saving by doing Dry January.

2. Create a mantra Set yourself a little reminder every day by keeping a post-it on your fridge or computer screen with ‘I’m doing DryJanuary’ or ‘I don’t drink’. This can be a really powerful trick as you’re less likely to be tempted by a postwork tipple and can start every day with your new mantra.

3. Buddy up

If working out with a friend means you push yourself harder and are more likely to stick to your workout sessions, the same can be said with doing Dry January. People who take part with a family member or friend are more likely to succeed – if one of you feels a wobble, the other is there to help you to12 keep on track.

79% of people said they saved money during Dry January, and with three glasses of wine per week setting you back as much as £18, it’s no surprise. Put the money you save on booze into a savings fund and watch the pennies add up, then spend it on your reward at the end of the month.

6. Do it for good

Ask people to sponsor you throughout the month by signing up with Alcohol Concern – knowing you’re helping others by ditching the booze is great motivation. Plus, advertising the fact to so many people on your social channels means you’ll feel the pressure to keep it up.

1. Do it properly Sign up to the Dry January campaign online and you’ll receive email support with tips and motivation from the experts to complete the challenge. As a reward for not hitting the pints, you’ll also receive weekly discount codes from Groupon, so you can try out new restaurants, beauty treatments and fitness classes.

5. Tot up the savings

7. Go out sober There are also alcohol-free recipes and workouts to try. Watching your waistline shrink is a great incentive to keep going.

If you’re ditching the alcohol but afraid you’ll miss going out, try a sober morning rave (no, we’re not joking), a sober night club or a zero alcohol bar – Redemption Bar in London, Sobar in Nottingham or The Brink in Liverpool are all alcoholfree zones.


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ith more attractions per square mile than any other UK city, you’ll be spoilt for choice with fun things to do in York. Whether you want to take in the majesty of the iconic York Minster, journey back in time at JORVIK Viking Centre or discover the city’s grisly past at the York Dungeon, there’s an attraction to suit everyone. If you’re only in York for a short time, make sure to tick these must see attractions off your list!

York Minster Since the 7th century, the Minster has been at the centre of Christianity in the north of England and today remains a thriving church rooted in the daily offering of worship and prayer. Every

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York Minster aspect of this ancient building - from the exquisite, handcrafted stone through to the unrivalled collection of medieval stained glass - tells the story of Jesus Christ. Discover this sacred place which has attracted people from across the globe for more than 1000 years.

from the tower walls. With sweeping panoramic views of York and the surrounding countryside, it isn’t hard to see why Clifford’s Tower played such a crucial role in the control of northern England.

Take a fascinating 2000 year journey through interactive underground chambers in Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft.

Come and see hundreds of years of York’s history in one place – from recreated Jacobean dining rooms to infamous Victorian criminals and all the way to the Space Age and the swinging Sixties.

Clifford’s Tower Clifford’s Tower stands as a proud symbol of the power of England’s medieval kings. Originally built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebels of the north, it was twice burned to the ground, before being rebuilt by Henry III in the 13th century. The tower takes its name from one grisly incident in its long history, when Roger de Clifford was executed for treason against Edward II and hanged in chains

York Castle Museum

There’s something for everyone at York Castle Museum. Our interactive galleries hold thousands of historic objects that really bring the past to life, and our new exhibitions for 2019 promise fascinating displays and innovative new ways of learning about York’s past. Don’t forget that kids go free with a paying adult – it’s the perfect family day out.

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Get up close to icons of the rails including Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive. Climb on board the Japanese bullet train, discover how high-speed rail travel began and journey back in time to experience the working life of a station. You can visit Queen Victoria’s favourite saloon, explore over 200 years of history and find out how railways shaped our world.

the last Viking King in Jorvik, has been expelled and the city is transforming itself. You will discover the impact of international trade on Viking-Age York, including the evolution of a multicultural society in the city, as it’s not just trade goods that flowed into Jorvik but people from across the globe! The gallery allows you to get up close to precious Viking artefacts and you will have the chance to dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre. Viking-age York was around 6.5 metres below the current street level, and this is where visitors will find JORVIK Viking Centre’s recreation of 10th century Coppergate – a key trading street in Viking-age York.

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The York Dungeon

Hop aboard the new and improved ride experience and you’ll be transported back to the year AD960; Eric Bloodaxe,

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You may well find yourself overseeing changes in the forthcoming calendar year. There could be a significant career change which will engender a feeling of excitement and positivity. On the home front, there are unlikely to be any changes and recent events in your love life may cause you to question exactly what is going on, what you feel about it and how you intend to resolve any issues.

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2019 could prove rather slow moving for you and you might find yourself thinking of ways to speed things up. If you have time on your hands, why not inprove your own personal skill set through additional training. Since you dislike being idle, you could find much enjoyment in embarking on a new training course. This in turn could spark off new professional opportunities in the year ahead.

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How to keep your house warm in winter That happened fast, didn’t it? One minute it’s a balmy 20 degrees C and the next it’s below zero – and your thermostats is suddenly seeing some action! However, staying warm can be expensive, which is why we felt the need to come up with some tips for insulating your home against the cold properly this winter. They’ll keep your family cosy until spring, without breaking the bank! Whether you’re after small steps to make your home that little bit toastier or are looking at completely refurbishing it to make it as energy efficient as possible, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent unwanted draughts.

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Use heavyweight curtains Thermal-lined curtains can help you keep the cold out more effectively, especially if you have single-glazed windows. At the very least, make sure your curtains are lined.

Draught-exclude the letterbox Fill the floorboards Stripped floorboards look fantastic, but the small gaps between the boards can really let cold air in. Try using a silicone-based filler to prevent draughts sweeping in through the gaps.

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FRESH YEAR -FRESH SKIN!

Time to spruce up your skin, do your skin products take your skin to the limit? does it resurface, re- texturise and deliver vital nutrients into your skin?

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Stan & Ollie Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, Stan and Ollie is the heartwarming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda) a formidable double act in their own right - the pair’s love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.

Mary Queen of Scots Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies

The Mule Broke, alone and facing foreclosure on his business, Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood) takes a job as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. His immediate success leads to easy money and a larger shipment that soon draws the attention of hardcharging DEA agent Colin Bates. When Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on his conscience, he must decide whether to right those 52 before law enforcement and wrongs

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Cast: John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Steve Coogan, Stephanie Hyam and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones and change the course of history.

pressure to remarry, returning to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear cartel thugs catch up to him. It is Eastwood’s first acting project since 2012’s Trouble With The Curve, and his first starring role in a film directed by him since 2008’s Gran Torino.

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here are several benefits to owning an electric car; along with environmental brownie points, electric vehicles (EVs) get tax grants, and are also exempt from certain congestion charges. However, one of the most obvious – but often unquantified – benefits of owning an EV are the low running costs. We’ll say it now: an electric vehicle will cost potentially far less than a diesel or petrol equivalent given the same use. But how much cheaper are they? Keep reading to find out.

How to calculate running costs for an electric vehicle (EV) Every electric car comes with a different-sized battery. The capacity

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of a battery is usually expressed in kilowatt hours (kWh), a measure of the energy storage available. So to calculate how much it costs to charge your car, simply look at the cost of electricity (either your home supply or at a public charging point) and do the maths. Every electric car comes with a different-sized battery. The capacity of a battery is usually expressed in kilowatt hours (kWh), a measure of the energy storage available. So to calculate how much it costs to charge your car, simply look at the cost of electricity (either your home supply or at a public charging point) and do the maths. Let’s consider a 100kWh Tesla Model S. A typical public rapid charging point in the UK currently charges around 35p per kWh, so the cost is 100 x 35p = £35 if you were to theoretically charge from completely empty to full. Switch to a cheaper home supply, which could cost 12p per kWh on a good-value overnight

tariff, and the maths works out at a more palatable 100 x 12p = £12. That’s a major saving over the cost of a £70£100 petrol/diesel tankful for a typical executive car.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car? Just like conventionally-powered vehicles, electric cars come in different shapes and sizes, and will therefore have varying costs per mile. For this article, we’ve studied the running costs of a cheap and cheerful Renault Zoe, comparing it to the other vehicles so you can get a better idea of just how much it costs in the real world. Don’t forget you’ll need to add the initial cost of of a home-charging point to these prices, and that’ll set you back around £850 to £1250, including parts and labour. Grants are currently available from the government to subsidise the cost of installation.

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Running costs of a Renault Zoe EV compared and analysed The cost of the Zoe over three months are as follows. We used a 66-mile round-trip journey to work and back as a benchmark, and studied the real-world costs of rival long-term fleet cars for comparison. Before we get into these figures, it’s important to note that these cars are driven by different people with different driving styles, and also that the Leaf’s figures were attained during the winter months; don’t forget that colder weather usually means less efficient batteries. Renault Zoe cost per mile: 6.1p Renault Zoe commute cost: £4.03 Compare this with the Nissan Leaf: Nissan Leaf cost per mile: 4p Nissan Leaf commute cost (est) £2.64 We’ve also compared the same 66-mile journey to the similarly-sized VW Golf GTE plug-in hybrid: VW Golf GTE cost per mile: 11.5p VW Golf GTE commute cost: £7.66 Compared to the Toyota C-HR hybrid (non plug-in), you’ll find the following running costs: Toyota C-HR hybrid cost per mile: 13.4p

Toyota C-HR hybrid commute cost: £8.84 The above suggests that when it comes to hybrids, an electric car is around 50% cheaper. But interestingly, when comparing the running costs of a diesel or petrol car, you’ll find less of a difference. Citroen C3 BlueHDi 100 cost per mile: 10.6p Citroen C3 BlueHDi 100 commute cost: £7.00 Meanwhile, the Suzuki Swift – which is powered by an efficient 90bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine, and driven very efficiently - bears the following costs: Suzuki Swift 1.2 Dualjet 4x4 cost per mile: 8.7p Suzuki Swift 1.2 Dualjet 4x4 commute cost: £5.74

How much cheaper are an EV’s monthly costs? Victory for the Zoe, then. And just to make the advantage clear, multiply those commuting costs by five for a typical working week, and then that by four to get an estimate of the monthly difference, and so forth. It’s advantage electric car all the way.

Electric car charging in the UK This is more real-world than a science lab test, and we’ve taken the figures of different drivers for different cars – but the trends are obvious. Don’t forget our running costs only take into account the daily commuting we’ve done; add in extra miles done at weekends and in the evenings, and you’d be saving even more money.

What about public charging of EVs? Home charging is generally cheaper than public charging. However, when you consider that 80% of electric car owners charge at home, according to BP Chargemaster, this is the most common scenario for the majority of EV motorists. For a more comprehensive look at electric car running costs, we’d recommend looking at how much you’d use your EV and calculating how much you’d need to charge up at home versus on the open road. The likelihood is that an electric car will save you hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of pounds a year.

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Football Whether it’s the Premier League, Spanish La Liga or Italian Serie A, European clubs pay annual salaries that the average British employee can only dream of.

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The Premier League is currently the richest in the world, and the table below spotlights eleven of England’s senior squad at the recent World Cup to analyse the lifestyles of our highest-paid

players. The figures reveal their salary, properties and vehicles, comparing these with the salary, vehicle and property value of the average citizen.

Lifestyle investments of England’s international stars Team

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Everton

£4,381,103

Mercedes 220 AMG Sport

£50,707

£2,129,703

Kyle Walker

Man. City

£6,328,261

Lamborghini Huracan

£284,872

£2,535,361

John Stones

Man. City

£4,867,893

Mini Cooper

£37,118

£3,549,505

Phil Jones

Man. Utd

£2,920,736

Range Rover SV

£172,405

£5,070,722

Marcus Rashford

Man. Utd

£2,433,946

Mercedes CLA 45 Coupé

£60,849

£2,028,289

Jesse Lingard

Man. Utd

£4,867,893

Bentley Continental GT

Jordan Henderson

Liverpool

£5,365,682

Audi RS7

£85,675

£2,028,289

Tottenham

£3,650,920

Rolls-Royce

£373,471

£2,086,289

Man. Utd

£5,354,682

Bentley Continental GT

£170,275

£12,169,732

Jordan Pickford

Dele Alli Ashley Young

£202,829 £3,042,433

Harry Kane

Tottenham

£9,735,785 Continental GT Supersports £213,989

£7,873,177

Raheem Sterling

Man. City

£8,518,812

£3,143,847

Bentley Bentayga

£137,924

Lifestyle investments - a comparison Yearly Salary UK citizen Premiership footballer

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In this month... 1848

1973

1991

1559 1973: Vietnam ceasefire

2002: The Euro is born

1559: Coronation of Elizabeth I

On 15th January 1973 US President Nixon announced a ceasefire in Vietnam, bringing to a halt American bombing and ending US involvement in the war. The announcement followed peace talks between the US and the representatives from North and South Vietnam and agreement on the terms for peace - the eventual reunificiation of Vietnam and the release of all American prisoners of war within two months providing all American troops had been withdrawn. American involvement in the war had started nearly 20 years earlier – in February 1955. Over 5 million people are thought to have died during the conflict.

On New Year’s Day 2002, 12 European countries adopted the Euro as their only legal form of tender. The Euro is now the official currency of 15 countries and is used in a further 11 countries – as a result the total population using it as their single currency now stands at more than 320 million people. Two European Union Member States have opted out of using it – the United Kingdom and Denmark. According to the European Commission, the € symbol that was adopted to signify the Euro was inspired by the Greek Epsilon, a reference to the “cradle of European civilisation”. It is also the first letter of the word Europe, which they state was crossed with two parallel lines to represent stability.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth I as queen regnant of England and Ireland took place at Westminster Abbey, London, on 15 January 1559. She had had ascended the throne at the age of 25 upon the death of her half-sister, Queen Mary I, on 17 November 1558. Mary had reversed the Protestant Reformation which had been started by her two predecessors, so this was the last British coronation to be conducted under the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. Historians view Elizabeth’s coronation as a statement of her intention restore England to Protestantism, but to allow the continuation of some Catholic customs, a compromise known as the Elizabethan Settlement.

1848: The Gold Rush

1991: Operation Desert Storm

On January 24th 1848, James Marshall found a few tiny gold nuggets whilst working on a saw mill building project on the American River near Sacramento in California. Within months a massive global migration had begun with nearly half a million people flooding to the area as the Gold Rush started in earnest. Within 4 years, California’s annual gold production reached an all-time high of 81 million US dollars. The first people looking for gold mainly used panning as a technique, but within a few years hydraulic mines had been set up.

On January 17th 1991, Gulf War Allies carried out more than 400 bombing raids on Iraq after they refused to comply with an ultimatum to withdraw their troops from Kuwait. Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi president, said the ‘mother of all battles’ had begun. Operation Desert Storm lasted just over a month – by the 25th February Iraqis began to retreat and an allied victory was declared two days later. Operation Desert Storm lasted just over a month – by the 25th February Iraqis began to retreat and an allied victory was declared two days later.

1948: Gandhi assassinated ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi, the father of India, was assassinated on January 30th, 1948 – shot at point blank range by Hindu nationalist Nathuram Godse. Blaming Gandhi for sacrificing Hindu interests by agreeing to the partition of India, Godse had tried to assassinate Gandhi several times before approaching him when he was on his way to evening prayer and shooting him three times. Millions of Indians took to the streets to mourn Gandhi, plus anti-Brahmin riots soon broke out across the country, as Godse was Brahmin. Godse and his co-conspirator Narayan Apte were sentenced to death for the murder.

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Prune your Wisteria plant now, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds. Prune rose bushes now whilst they are dormant. Cut back to just above a bud and remove any crossing or dead branches. You can plant bare root roses now in a sunny position for spectacular summer colour. Cut back the old foliage from ornamental grasses before growth begins - clip them to within a few centimetres of the ground. Cut back damaged, diseased and the oldest stems of brightly coloured willows, and thin overcrowded stems. Remove any faded flowers from your winter pansies to stop them setting seed.

Plant Amaryllis bulbs in pots now for stunning indoor flowers in early spring. Brush heavy snow off of greenhouses and cold frames to prevent the glass being damaged. Keep your potato planters inside as frosts will kill the foliage. For better seed germination, try using electric propagators to help your early seedlings along.

In the vegetable garden Harvest parsnips and leeks. If you’d like to grow early peas, place a cloche over the soil to let it warm up for a few weeks prior to sowing. While you’re waiting for the weather to warm up, try growing your own mushrooms using a mushroom kit indoors. You can start growing potatoes in containers under cover for a very early crop (Charlotte potatoes are a good variety for this). Potato Patio Planters are ideal for growing early potatoes in

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In the fruit garden Begin pruning your apple trees and pear trees if you haven’t done so already - this is best done whilst they are dormant. Continue to plant raspberry canes on sunny sites with free-draining soil. Leave plums, cherries and apricots unpruned until the summer as pruning these fruit trees now will make them susceptible to silver leaf infections. Prune blackcurrant bushes, gooseberries and redcurrants to maintain a productive framework. Try forcing rhubarb plants by placing an upturned bucket or bin over the crown. This will force tender pink stems to grow that will be ready in about 8 weeks time.

Other garden jobs Brush heavy snow of off hedges and conifers to prevent the branches from snapping out under its weight. Shred your Christmas tree and add it to compost bins. Alternatively the stripped down branches make great pea sticks. Hang fat balls and keep bird feeders topped up to attract birds, who will in turn eat pests in your garden. Get rid of slimy patches on the patio, and paving by scrubbing with a broom or blasting with a pressure washer. Wash empty pots by scrubbing them with hot water and a mild detergent. Rinse them well afterwards. Consider purchasing water butts now ready for the summer. Rainwater is particularly useful for watering acidloving, ericaceous plants (tap water is often slightly alkaline). Continue planting trees and shrubs while they are still dormant.

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