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New dates announced for exhibition inspired by Marvel
The much-anticipated Power of Stories exhibition, which includes a display of sensational costumes from the hit film Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, will now open from 3rd April to 29th August 2021. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the exhibition was unable to open in July as planned. The exhibition will echo Black Panther’s inspirational call to millions of people around the world to think about where they came from and who they want to be. From folklore to fake news, people have told stories for thousands of years. A team of Community Curators, made up of local people, are working with the museum to create an exhibition which encourages visitors to think about how storytelling can be used as a tool to unite or divide people. A community-led activity programme will also enrich local people’s experience of the exhibition. Ipswich Borough Council’s Museums Service Portfolio Holder Cllr Carole Jones has said: “The exhibition is a thrilling collaboration between museums and Ipswich’s community. We did not want to tell people how to get the most out of Power of Stories – we wanted them to inspire each other and visitors with their stories and, hopefully, to bring new audiences to the Mansion. “I want to thank the community for joining us on such an exciting project and I also want to thank Marvel Studios for the loan of these film costumes. Having the opportunity to display them shows that our museums service has an international reputation with the support of Arts Council England and other partners.” Power of Stories follows two epic exhibitions at the Mansion – Kiss & Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture and Ed Sheeran: MFH Ad Ipswich24.qxp_Layout 1 03/11/2020 15:13 Page 1 Made in Suffolk. Now Ipswich is breaking new ground again.
The outfits of T’Challa, Shuri and Okoye will sit alongside Marvel comics and historic museum objects: from music to movies, carvings to cartoons, this exhibition highlights how the stories we know shape the way we see the world. Phanuel Mutumburi, Business and Operations Director for Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality, is part of the group working on the exhibition. He believes this is a huge opportunity for local young people to take inspiration and to harness the positive energy the show will bring. “Having representation on such an iconic film is as much for young black people as it is for others to see and understand them. This exhibition will contribute to shaping their sense of identity and provide opportunities for people to participate in many ways.” Curator Melanie Hollis has said, “Themes of storytelling and culture will be explored along with local stories. Black Panther is a point at which museums, history and storytelling cross over beautifully. Some of the cultural traditions represented in the film can also be found in the Ipswich collections and it’s wonderful to be highlighting them in such a positive way. Museums are great spaces for sharing stories and for learning more about the world we live in. Weaving local voices into this display gives it much more meaning.” Community Curator Lāna’i Collis-Phillips is part of the team designing this exciting exhibition: “We want to celebrate lots of storytelling traditions from across the globe, but also get people thinking about the things they hear or read.” To find out more, and hear the latest announcements about the exhibition, sign up to the Ipswich Museums mailing list here: https://www.ipswich.gov.uk/content/ keep-touch-ipswich-museums
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE DECEMBER-JANUARY 2020 has been a challenging and strange year for everyone, both locally and worldwide. We have all had to adapt and make sacrifices – in our personal, work and business lives. But many have also come to realise how lucky we are to live in a wonderful part of the country, discovering our parks and countryside. Thank you to all our readers and advertisers for their support. Hopefully 2021 is going to see a new beginning and everyone at Ipswich24 wishes you all a Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year.
Spirit of Christmas:
Despite the current situation this is still a time of celebration and hopefully everyone will find something of cheer, while of course staying safe. We have some great gift ideas for that last minute Christmas shopping, plus we suggest some feel-good Christmas movies as well as news of a panto at Home! 8-13
Our monthly lifestyle section includes: What we look for in a home, plus ideas to earn some extra cash and the usual round-up of improvement suggestions.
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Madness have announced dates as part of Forest Live 2021, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England. Drawing on their musical roots in ska, Madness were responsible for some of the most credible pop compositions of their generation with the ability to write songs that sparkle with the spirit of British life. Creating their trademark ‘nutty’ sound, they became the UK’s consummate singles group with a huge haul of hits such as ‘One Step Beyond’, ‘My Girl’, ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘Embarrassment’, ‘Grey Day’, ‘House Of Fun’, ‘Driving In My Car’, ‘Our House’ and ‘Wings Of A Dove’. Last year, Madness celebrated their 40th Anniversary, testament to the band’s enduring popularity as music makers, with the loyal ‘Madheads’ fanbase always craving their legendary live shows. Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series that introduces forests to new audiences in unique, natural woodland arenas around the country. Over 1.9 million people have attended a Forest Live gig in the last twenty years, enjoying great music and supporting the nation’s forests when buying a ticket. Going to a concert helps Forestry England create beautiful places for people to enjoy, run important conservation projects and keep growing trees. Every year they plant some 8 million trees sustainably, caring for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests and welcoming 230 million visits annually. Madness with special guests The Farm and guest support Emily Capell will be at Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk on Saturday 19 June. Tickets are on sale now at www.forestryengland.uk/music
Accidents in the Home More accidents happen in the home than anywhere else. It is therefore important that homeowners and those occupying property (including both landlords and tenants) do all they can to spot, and repair any defect that could be a potential hazard, and could lead to injury and loss.
As a tenant of a rented property, what are the landlord’s obligations?
What are the most common types of accident that take place in the home?
Landlords should have the following in place:
• Slips, trips or falls from uneven, defective or inadequate flooring • Injuries from falling objects • Illnesses caused by a leak • Faulty equipment leading to injury or illness • Illness caused by disrepair / poor maintenance • Injury from poorly undertaken works
There is a general duty on landlords to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of visitors, including the tenants. procedures to assess their premises at appropriate intervals – inspections of the property and a record of those inspections. a good system of repair and maintenance. following reports of a defect or hazard, a quick response to rectify any potential issue.
As a tenant or visitor to a property, what should I do if I notice a hazard or defect? Notify the property owner as soon as reasonably possible. That property owner could include the following: Landlords Homeowners Public Authorities Estate / Managing agents Public or private property owners Claims against property owners are notoriously complex - it is often difficult to prove that a homeowner knew of a defect or hazard, and that they did nothing about it which then resulted in an accident, injury and loss. At Prettys, we have experience of dealing with claims as a result of defective premises, including claims against property owners for their failure to keep a property in a state of good repair, which could result in personal injury to you either as a tenant or visitor to that property. • If you therefore have suffered injury or illness as a result of being a tenant/ visiting a property, please contact us on 01473 23 21 21 or email Louise Plant on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WITH Christmas not very far away, December is a great time to visit Stonham Barns Park. This bustling family complex on the A1120 tourist trail in Suffolk is filled with 18 different family attractions and over 30 shops for you to enjoy when you visit.
Take a wander around the shopping village and explore the wonderful range of unique shops and businesses. There is so much to choose from ideal for finding that perfect gift for your family and friends for Christmas. With shops selling gifts, toys, books, jewellery, pictures and frames, clothes, furniture, hot tubs, garden products, beauty products, sweets, post office and convenience store to name a few. If you are in need of refreshments during your visit, then pop into the Bistro which serves homemade food seven days a week or visit the Teapot Tearoom for a pot or tea or coffee, delicious sandwiches, cakes and pastries. If you like a bargain or have things to sell why not come along to Stonham Barns on a Sunday morning and visit the very popular car boot sale. Other attractions to visit are the Stonham Barns Golf Park which offers eight different golfing
activities including Smugglers Bay Adventure Golf. The Teapot Pottery with a range of teapots for sale or paint your own. Two fully stocked fishing lakes ideal to enjoy a relaxing day fishing or join in the competitions. The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary which has over 90 different birds of prey, regular flying displays, Meerkats, red squirrels, disabled friendly play area and much more. For the younger ones in your family Tumbledown indoor soft play barn and sensory room or the children’s play zone which includes seasonal fairground, train rides and bouncy pillow. You will also find the Stonham Barns Holiday Park offering you many ways to stay with them, you can bring your own caravan, tent, motorhome or hire a luxury furnished bell tent which sleeps up to four people. If you fancy something more home away from home, then why not stay in a four or six berth fully furnished holiday homes or if you wish to come
back again and again there is also the option of buying your very own holiday home which you can use 11 months of the year with prices starting from £29,995. Stonham Barns is a ‘dog friendly’ site and are open seven days a week so whether you visit them for the day or you stay in their holiday park for a holiday, you will find lots to keep you busy.
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Huge Growth for Virtual Business Networking n Business Networking in the New Normal Handshaking and business card swapping – may have been put on hold during 2020 but the need to connect continues across our business communities. MENTA launched online virtual networking in March and has seen month on month growth in participation and engagement. Alex Till, CEO of MENTA business support, says, “Norfolk and Suffolk business people told us they wanted a networking platform that was easily accessible and had a wide cross sector reach - we have delivered regular events that reach around 300 people within just a few days of going live and continue to see a growing audience” “Delivered as Facebook live events, businesses connect, raise profile and enjoy some form of break from the feelings of isolation” Mr Till added. MENTA will be hosting business networking through 2021with the hopes that face-to-face events will return when safe to do so. Find upcoming events here by visiting www.menta.org.uk/ networking-events Norfolk and Suffolk business are welcome to join this and future events and many are increasingly realising the benefits of virtual networking. Event host Nick Pandolfi, says, “we encourage visitors to reach out post the networking event sand continue the connection process via LinkedIn, we have heard some great stories of new connections being made and business being undertaken “. Networking offers a wealth of benefits to business owners, freelancers, and entrepreneurs; from building and leveraging a professional community and developing new business opportunities, to knowledge and skill sharing, and easing feelings of loneliness associated with working independently. MENTA offers this advice on how to get the most from virtual networking Do your research Prior to a networking event, it is common for a list of attendees to be made visible, so identify those you wish to engage with before the event. LinkedIn Your LinkedIn profile is your new virtual business card. Share this far and wide with attendees and invite them to connect. Engage with the host and fellow delegates by asking questions, sharing interesting information and keeping conversations relevant. Have a regular presence Networking requires commitment – a commitment of time and of energy. To form and nurture meaningful business relationships, you need to commit to having a regular presence. MENTA has Facebook live networking event through 2021 - to join in, simple head to the MENTA Facebook page
2020 – a VERY different year for Ipswich Oddfellows! December is a time for reflection and of anticipation! No one had a crystal ball at the end of 2019 therefore no-one could’ve predicted how 2020 would go down in history as “unprecedented”. The Ipswich Branch of the Oddfellows has worked
tirelessly to remain engaged with its members. Staff and volunteers have written letters, made phone calls, sent texts and met-up (socially distanced of course). Social events moved to Zoom and, while it’s not the same, it has made an impact on people’s lives. Branches across the country have arranged a variety events and members have benefitted from the opportunities to join quizzes and games, informal chats and guest speakers. The Facebook “Sunday Live@5” quiz has been running weekly since April 5th. As we move into winter, online meetings will be invaluable to combat the feeling of isolation and loneliness. The Oddfellows have been encouraged by the increase of enquires about membership from people preparing to get involved in friendship in the “new normal”.
The face-to-face meetings are limited to “the rule of six” but they have organised events in shifts allowing more people to be involved, as well as Zooming them so others can participate. The Oddfellows may be rooted in the past, but the Society lives (and has adapted) in the present and is planning for the future. They hope you have been interested in reading about the Oddfellows and that you will make your New Year’s resolution to take action and join a community like no other. Just ring 01473 251867 and leave us a message, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ OddfellowsIpswich or www.oddfellows.co.uk We wish Ipswich24 staff and readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year from the Officers, Members and Staff of Ipswich Oddfellows.
Christmas for pets and their owners Gladwells Pet & Country Stores’ Christmas range has arrived in store! Festive pet treats, toys and accessories are the perfect way to bring some extra cheer to Christmas this year. Gift vouchers are also available all year round and make the perfect gift for any pet owner or animal lover. Each of their Suffolk stores offers a home delivery service - just give them a call to place your order!
situated in Copdock, Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds. Their regular and first-time customers can choose from a great range of pet and animal accessories and equipment, designed to keep
treats and accessories, helping you to get more for less. They stock feed, accessories bedding and much more for horses, dogs, cats, caged and wild birds, small animals, reptiles, fish, small holdings and poultry. If you are looking for a safe and easy way to drop off and collect parcels this Christmas season their Suffolk stores also have UPS Access Points.
To find out more just head to the UPS website. Gladwells Pet & Country Stores would like to take this opportunity to again thank all of their loyal customers that have supported them through this year and have adapted along with them to the ever changing guidelines in store. And to any new customers discovering them for the first time, welcome to the family!
• You can follow their stores on Facebook (@gladwellspetcountrystores) and Instagram (@gladwellspetandcountrystore). Keep an eye out for Competitions to win products and store vouchers as well as monthly special offers and any seasonal opening time changes.
Phone numbers can be found on their website at www.copdockmill. co.uk/countrystores. Alternatively, you can also call ahead to reserve a product for collection. Gladwells Pet & Country Stores have three branches in Suffolk,
your animals happy and healthy in their environment. The friendly, knowledgeable team will be happy to help you find what you’re looking for in-store. As an independent retailer, they compare favourably to supermarket prices for animal feeds,
Spirit of Christmas That’s the Spirit! Forced to close the doors again on its cosy little studio in November for the second national lockdown this quirky little business is working hard to make sure they can offer their unique products and services despite having to shut up shop. Following the success of the ‘Take Home Kits’ they offered during the first lockdown the enterprising team at Pennikkity Pots are again offering a paint at home service. All their wonderful ceramics are available to paint at home and for an additional fee of just £2.00 per item they come complete with full instructions, specialist underglaze paints, brush, sponge and pencil for you to get creative in the comfort of your own home. This fee also covers the glazing and firing process too. The studio stable door will be open every Tuesday and Saturday during lockdown between 11am and 2pm to
enable you to purchase a kit, return items for firing and collect your finished masterpieces. Kits will still be available even when the studio reopens its doors so if you don’t feel confident to stop and paint you can still take home a kit. Maybe with a little extra time at home you could consider painting something unique this year to give as a gift? Nothing beats a personal handmade present. Alternatively, paint at home ceramics make perfect gifts and Pennikkity Pots are happy to gift wrap any kit in cellophane and add some seasonal trimmings too for that special touch. Don’t panic about any mess, all the paint is water based and non-toxic. Gift vouchers are also available and any vouchers purchased before 1st January will be extended by six months so that they won’t expire until June 30th 2022. Plus, If you can’t get to the studio, vouchers can be purchased over the phone and posted out to you. Super service, and hats off to another of our great local independent businesses showing great spirit in difficult times. Cut out and keep the reader voucher which you can use against the purchase of kits as well as visits to the studio once they reopen their doors.
The pandemic has led many small independent businesses to look at operating in a totally new way and Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Café, based in the heart of Ipswich, is no exception!
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n What does it take to put on a Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto during lockdown?
The short answer is that it takes an awful lot of courage, hard work, learning and creativity. And then you need public support. Without audiences being willing to come back and support us, all that hard work is for nothing. Fortunately, at The New Wolsey Theatre we have all of this in bucket loads. But we’re not taking anything for granted. Part of the challenge is persuading our audience to try watching at home, which may feel a bit daunting if you’re not sure about how it’s all going to work. Perhaps we should first answer the question: ‘What does Live Streamed actually mean?’ The Snow Queen is actually pretty unique in the national picture of Pantos that will be available online. First of all, it’s a live show every night. There will be actors on stage every day of the run (with or without a small audience) performing the show. It’s filmed ‘live’ and sent out over the internet to people watching at home via the special link they’ve bought (the equivalent of a ticket). We’ve carefully planned the show so we can Rock ‘n’ Roll whether or not we’re still in lockdown on 17th December. So ‘live-streamed’ means exactly that – it’s recorded as the action happens and turned into a digital format that you can watch on your laptop, PC or Smart TV at home. If you tune in late for a Live Streamed show you will miss the action, just like you would in the theatre. We’ll be putting a video on our website in the coming weeks to show you how to connect your laptop to your Smart TV and to virtually hold your hand through the process of tuning in. It’s also worth saying that there’s no limit to
the number of Live Streamed tickets we can sell, so tell your friends and relatives to get tickets – distance is no barrier! Our second claim to fame is that we’ve made this the most accessible Panto you’ll find anywhere in the
media for more about that. If you’re on Facebook, we’ll be inviting you to vote for something during the show, so there are lots of ways to get involved. Finally, our Carers’ Big Night In on Tuesday 22nd December is a show
Snow Queen cast (pictures from previous New Wolsey Theatre shows) from L to R are: James Haggie, Lucy Wells, Adam Longstaff, Natasha Lewis, Steve Simmonds. Pictures Mike Kwasniak
dedicated to all the hardworking carers in our community. We’re giving away 400 free tickets to carers, as a big ‘Thank You’ for all the incredible work they do. If we’re permitted to open the auditorium, we’ll be inviting a small number of carers to join us in the theatre but most of the free tickets will be for the Live Streamed show. We’ll be able to give away even more free tickets to carers if the public get behind this idea and donate to the New Wolsey Theatre. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to donate, go to wolseytheatre.co.uk Tickets for The Snow Queen are now On Sale via our website. We’re encouraging as many online booking as possible because our team is so small. If you do need assistance to book, please call us on 01473 295900 and we’ll be pleased to help you. New Wolsey Theatre
UK. Every show has options for Audio Description and Captions and we have a BSL interpreted performance on 23 December. We’re also working on a special ‘Relaxed Performance’ recording that you can watch at home. Email email@example.com if you’d like to know more. The Snow Queen just wouldn’t be a proper New Wolsey Theatre Rock ‘n‘ Roll Panto without a big dollop of silliness and audience interaction (and great music too!). You can be in the show by sending in a video (see website for details) and we’ll also have a surprise every night for a family watching from home – keep an eye on our website and social
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Lockdown forces new date for Christmas Market Due to covid-19 lockdown the Stonham Barns Park Annual Christmas Craft Market due to take place on 28th and 29th November has now been moved to a new date Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December. This will be the ideal opportunity to get your special unique Christmas gifts for your family and friends. With many stalls selling locally produced hand-made gifts that you will not usually find on the high street. This event will be bigger and better than previous years with stalls selling anything from crafty goods, jewellery, clothes, sweets, candles, decorations, and many other gifts in between. There will also be live music
from Breeze Redwine, small children’s fairground and train rides. No entry fee for buyers, plenty of refreshments and lots of free parking. If that it is not enough then there is also the Shopping village with many unique shops selling gifts, toys, collectables, books, jewellery, clothing and accessories, spa and beauty products, crystals, tea pots, vintage items, sweets, garden products, hot tubs, pictures, frames, furniture and lots more. Safety procedures are in place for Covid-19, these include regularly disinfecting all surfaces and touch points throughout the park. Face coverings must now be worn in the shops,
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Send a Cuddle for Christmas Bring a smile and a warm cuddle to a child with cancer this festive season. Things are hard for many of us this Christmas, but especially for children who are being treated for cancer. Instead of enjoying parties, presents and celebrations with their family, many who need to be in hospital will be separated from loved ones because of coronavirus, and going through painful cancer treatments. These children really need a cuddle. You can help with a gift of just £10. For this, Cancer Support UK will send one of their teddies to a child who will spend Christmas in hospital being treated for cancer. Cancer Support UK will arrange for a teddy to be delivered safely to a child in a hospital or hospice in the UK. To add a personal touch, you can even send them a special message which they will have written on your ted’s gift tag! 2020 11 Ips Select Coast & Central HP FESTIVE.qxp_91mm h x 128mm w 09/11/2020 14:57 Page 1 Visit https://cancersupportuk.org/cuddleswww.cancersupportuk.org/cuddles
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Christmas is about sharing time with family and friends and for many of us, one of the best things about Christmas is spending time watching Christmas films together. The problem is come Christmas time, there are so many to choose from. We’ve decided to compile a list of what we consider to be the best films for Christmas ever and though you may dispute them, they are some of the best films to give you the fuzzy Yuletide feeling inside.
For laughs and stupidity and a festive feeling to boot, Elf secures itself on our list. The Will Ferrell persona of Buddy the Elf is one of his most memorable and may be remembered more than anchorman in years to come. Ferrell is brilliant in this film as a clueless elf in Manhattan and really makes one of the best movies we’ve seen of this kind ever. Elf is often available on a special deal on the high street or over the web this time of year.
Home Alone 1 & 2
Though both films have suspiciously the same plot line they are both brilliant. Boy left alone and ends up getting embroiled in trouble with two burglars. Joe Pesci is brilliant and Culkin excellent as eight year old Kevin. The film really is a funny and touching Christmas hit and one all the family will enjoy, while having a giggle at the 90s hairstyles and clothing.
Bin Cosby stars in this Christmas flick, that is more famous for the song from it than it even the film. The movie is a charming one where two GI’s home from WW2 fall in love with a pair of sisters and help them with their failing Inn in Vermont.
Miracle on 34th Street
This classic has been remade a number of times, yet it is the original that endures. Made in 1947, it is about Kris Kringle who is termed insane for thinking he is Santa Claus, when he actually is. However, after some brilliant acting and a great story all is restored and Christmas can continue.
Bill Murray fans will love this Christmas hit. Bill Murray’s amazing acting ability and the way he can walk the line between pathos and sheer outright hilarity is brilliant. Murray ends up receiving the Christmas Carol treatment in this Dicken’s romp, which takes a modern twist. The mixture of a great story, brilliant acting and Murray’s comedic genius makes this an excellent one for Christmas. Richard Nick
Having founded Woodbridge Antiques Centre in 2007, Natalie envisioned a shop that was bright and welcoming with emphasis on a good variety of stock with quality pieces that are affordable and well presented. Fast forward to 2020 and the shop maintains these values, but has a fresh new look. “It’s been almost 13 years since we first opened and during lockdown, we took the opportunity to freshen up the business.” Says Natalie, “As no one was able to visit us in store, we focused our attention on developing our online presence with a new and much improved website which is easy to navigate, shows plenty of detailed images and has a great search facility and related product suggestions to help you find what you are looking for. “Different pieces are being loaded to the website all the time, so if you are unable to visit us in store you can purchase online and have your pieces delivered swiftly using a secure, trackable delivery service. “Our fresh and inviting re-branded shop on Quay Street in Woodbridge, houses over 20 well-lit display cabinets showcasing a variety of pieces, with a focus on antique silver. We have vesta cases, stamp cases, desk items, tableware. In addition there is also a good selection of fine jewellery, vintage costume jewellery, accessories, glassware, treen, coins, postcards, clocks, watches, porcelain, pottery and other interesting items. “So, whether you are a dealer, collector or just looking for that special something, you are bound to find items of interest here.” Natalie looks forward to welcoming you in-store and online at www.woodbridgeantiques.co.uk 11
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Haven for crystal, Floral tradition rock and fossil fans No home is complete in the run-up to Christmas without that much-loved icon of the festive season – the poinsettia! As we prepare to say goodbye – and good riddance – to pandemic-struck 2020, there’s no better way to bring hope and cheer into our homes than by snapping-up one of the latest varieties of beautifully coloured poinsettia, created by leading plant breeding houses. There is, however, a quiet revolution taking place in the world of poinsettia breeding, with experts working behind the scenes to conjure up a new generation of novelty plants that that will wow shoppers in the run-up to the festive season. Breeders represented by Stars for Europe regularly release new poinsettia varieties – here’s a snapshot of the most innovative introductions that will be making their way to stores around the UK.
Arguably one of the best crystal shops in Suffolk, Stone Rose Crystals at Stonham Barns is serious about their rocks, fossils and minerals. Exclusively selling crystals, this well stocked shop is a haven for collectors, healers and enthusiasts of all ages. Here you will find a massive range of tumbled stones and rough minerals including rare and hard to find specimens. There is also a huge array of polished display pieces, from large spheres and points to palm stones, pebbles, buddhas, angels and hearts. You can even stock up on incense, charcoals and Himalayan Salt products too. This is truly an Aladdin’s cave full to the brim with all sorts of rocks, fossils and minerals so if you’re looking for a crystal pendulum or an Amethyst cave, this really is the place to come! Open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm! Find them on Facebook.
Breeder Selecta One has a uniquely different new poinsettia – the ‘Christmas Mouse’. Its rounded red bracts are more reminiscent of a mouse’s ears than a poinsettia’s traditional pointed leaves, making it a fantastic novelty that’s guaranteed to bring smiles to faces and add an extra touch of Christmas magic for children. The breeder has also unveiled ‘SkyStar’, a variety featuring white dots that are reminiscent of sparks of light, infused across its red-topped leaves. Newcomers from breeding house Dümmen Orange include the new Euphorbia Hybrid series ‘JÁdore’, which is available in white, pink, dark pink and soft pink. It has a striking, unique bract shape and colour while plants display a strong V-shaped structure and round growth. Look out for their other novel poinsettia called ‘Freya’ which displays dark leaves and an excellent habit. ‘Freya’ belongs to a group of poinsettias called NanoBract, meaning that all bracts are at the same height. Plants display rich red tones, even in artificial light. Breeder Beekenkamp’s new poinsettias for 2020 include ‘Robyn Red’ and ‘Blissful Red’, both of which have a beautifully branched habit. ‘Robyn Red’ displays darker foliage that contrasts with its smooth red bracts whilst ‘Blissful Red’ features medium-sized bracts and slightly smaller foliage. The breeders at Syngenta Flowers have also come up trumps with new Poinsettia ‘Mirage Red’ – a winner for dark green foliage topped by traditional Christmassy red bracts.
How to keep your poinsettia looking great this winter - Choose poinsettias from warm, sheltered displays located away from store entrances. - Ask the checkout operator to wrap your plant in paper to keep it snug on the trip home. - Never leave poinsettias shivering in chilly cars while you do other shopping. - Grow your plant a warm, draught-free position that’s kept between 15 to 22 degrees. - Poinsettias relish lots of light, so choose a bright location with filtered sunlight. - Only water when compost feels almost dry. Never leave pots standing in saucers of water. - Around four weeks after purchase, start feeding monthly with indoor plant fertiliser.
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A safe way for customers to support the Tide Mill Charity
Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum has launched an online shop to sell Tide Mill merchandise without the need for customers to visit the Mill. Like all Charities the Mill has had to come up with alternative ways to maintain some sort of income. The Mill relies on visitors’ entrance fees, donations and Gift Shop purchases to maintain itself. Visiting has been severely curtailed by the Covid pandemic and the need to restrict opening to pre-booked times at the weekend. This has hit gift shop sales hard so this online shop will be a big boost. The Mill is a major supporter of work by local artists. You can see the range of their work by visiting the online shop. The range of T towels, posters, postcards, mugs, prints, drink mats and fridge magnets features work by Claudia Myatt, Michael Coulter, Judy Mattin and Rebecca Pymar. They will make excellent Christmas gifts. The Mill, which has a Suffolk Carbon Charter Gold award, will use environment-friendly packaging to dispatch items. John Carrington, Chair of the Woodbridge Tide Mill Charitable Trust, said, “We need to maintain income to look after our lovely historic Mill. Creating a virtual shop will help us generate funds to run and maintain the Mill. It costs the Charity about £5,000 a month to run the Woodbridge Tide Mill. The notion of selling beautiful images of the Mill to help the Mill keep going has certain symmetry to it. The dreadful pandemic has caused us to be inventive. We have increased our online outreach support for schools and our other virtual activities. The online shop is just the latest manifestation of a wish to remain accessible to as many people as possible, even in extreme circumstances. We have also introduced an online means for Friends of Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum to order our stoneground flour online. Flour is heavy and delicate to distribute so, for now, it is only available to Friends to order and collect from the Mill ” The Tide Mill Gift Shop is available at https://woodbridgetidemill.org. uk/shop/
How to cook the Perfect Turkey From seasoned cooks to aspiring amateurs, cooking at Christmas can seem daunting. Whatever camp you fall into, there’s usually some guesswork involved in cooking the Christmas turkey. With ten million Turkeys being sold in the UK last year and around three and a half hours spent cooking and preparing a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, you don’t want to get it wrong! Don’t despair; it is possible to enjoy cooking on Christmas Day without turning to the sherry early. Getting your Turkey to the table perfectly cooked and succulent isn’t a problem if you use a digital food thermometer. Turkey is a lean meat, so if you leave it in your oven too long the meat can dry out; serve it too early and it’ll be underdone and could cause food poisoning. Top chefs recommend and routinely use a digital food thermometer by inserting the fast response probe into the thickest parts of the turkey breast and thigh. Both areas should give a reading of 75˚C or above. Once the meat exceeds 75˚C, take it out of the oven and leave to rest for 30 to 40 minutes. Resting the meat allows the lovely juices to redistribute, giving you enough time to make gravy! www.thermapen.co.uk
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What Disney+ means for streaming and the future of TV as we know it Earlier this year, Ofcom published some new research on our entertainment habits which revealed a staggering generational divide. While the over-65s are still devotees to traditional broadcast TV, for the younger generation, it is increasingly tuning out of traditionally scheduled channels. British under-35s are moving away from terrestrial and cable to streaming services like Netflix, Now TV, and Amazon Prime. Ofcom even found that a quarter of children (25%) say they have never once watched live TV! Streaming is already huge business and, with the launch of Disney+, the UK streaming market is growing at a phenomenal pace. With so many platforms, it can feel as though we’ve hit a saturation point where there is just too much content for anyone to keep up with. However, despite claims about peak TV and the seemingly endless supply of fantastic new shows, the reality is that this is only the beginning. We are at the start of an entertainment revolution which will see technology – such as VR and interactive storytelling – fundamentally alter what we perceive TV to be, forever. Its success depends significantly on the infrastructure underpinning it. Video streaming consumes large volumes of data, especially when potentially millions of viewers are watching simultaneously. To put this into perspective, nearly half of UK homes have a subscription to at least one of Amazon, Netflix or Now TV. Working to ensure the country doesn’t get left behind in this entertainment revolution is one of many reasons we’re so excited to be rolling out full fibre connectivity across Ipswich, providing future proof, gigabit capable, ultra-reliable internet to meet everyone’s streaming needs.
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One of the biggest changes in the way we think about TV is the introduction of interactive programming. For example, in December 2018 Netflix launched a film unlike any other – Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. The plot centred around a young programmer working on adapting a fantasy choose-your-own-adventure novel into a video game – in and of itself nothing too special. What made Bandersnatch unique was the fact that it was an interactive film with an astonishingly intricate and non-linear plot that put viewers in charge of the protagonist’s decisions. It was an enthralling mash-up of film, TV show and video game all in one. Tellingly, in addition to its two Emmy wins, Bandersnatch also won the ‘Best Game Writing’ award at the 2019 Nebula Awards.
A few years ago, live streaming something as ambitious as Bandersnatch would have been unimaginable. Now, creating a choose-your-own-adventure programme feels entirely possible and something that other streaming services will be looking to do themselves in a bid to avoid falling behind in the innovation race. Outside of interactive TV, the other technology that is set to change TV is Virtual Reality (VR). Already, there are a gaggle of VR TV creators looking to offer an even more immersive experience for viewers by broadcasting via headsets like Oculus. This is being coupled with the maturation of haptic technology, meaning that soon we won’t just be able to live inside our TV shows, we’ll be able to touch and feel them too. It’s exciting to think about the stories that artists and directors like Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker, Mindhunter’s David Fincher, or Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan might create for us with such technology behind them.
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Children ordering takeaways Nearly a third of Britain’s children are using food delivery services every week, reveals new research from Direct Line Life Insurance. The study found that nearly a fifth (19 per cent) of children are ordering takeaways once a week, while around one in 20 order takeaways up to three times a week (six per cent) and even up to five times a week (four per cent). The scale of the problem of fast food accessibility, especially among young people, can be seen from the fact that 55 per cent of adults (29 million) and 97 per cent of GPs would support a move to ban the sale of fast food to children similar to steps taken in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, which recently banned the sale of fast food and sugary drinks to children in an attempt to reduce high obesity and diabetes levels. Children don’t just rely on takeaways to consume fast food, as over three quarters (76 per cent) actually visit fast food outlets and restaurants at least once a week. Nearly a third of parents (31 per cent) believe their child buys fast food meals on their own, meaning that at least 4.7 million kids are visiting fast food chains alone at least once a week. Children also visit fast-food outlets with their parents (64 per cent), other family members (46 per cent) and their friends (42 per cent). It isn’t just children and young people who are eating fast-food regularly, as parents are also prolific fast-food consumers. While the majority of parents (59 per cent) agree that it has become too easy for people to order takeaway food, two in five (43 per cent) admit that they use delivery services due to this very convenience. On average parents order 53 takeaways a year, one every 6.8 days while their children order 42 per year, one every nine days. Staggeringly, 6.4 million parents (12 per cent) admit to having ordered at least one takeaway meal per day using a delivery service. Young parents under 35 years old order the highest number of takeaways
at 64 per year, equating to one every six days. The children of younger parents unsurprisingly also consume the highest number of takeaways at 48 a year, averaging one every eight days. Parents aged between 35-54 and their children consume an average of one takeaway every eight and ten days respectively. Over 12 million people (23 per cent of all adults) admit that they used delivery services for takeaways more during lockdown. The age group that has increased its use of food delivery services over lockdown is 18-35 year olds, with a third (33 per cent, or 4.8 million people) stating that they had ordered more takeaways. Direct Line’s research shows that people are still trying to be health conscious, with two-fifths (40 per cent) saying that ordering a delivery from a restaurant rather than a fast-food outlet allows them to eat healthier options. Nearly half (48 per cent) of those who use delivery services believe restaurants now offer healthier options than before. Chloe Couper, Business Manager at Direct Line Life Insurance, commented, “Fast food outlets are now accessible from anywhere. All you need is a delivery app and food can arrive within minutes, meaning temptation is there for parents and children alike. While it can be tricky for parents to keep track of what their children are eating when they are out of sight, access to so much fast food may have serious negative health consequences. “Direct Line Life Insurance (provided by AIG) gives customers access to the Smart Health online app, allowing them to keep track of their health with nutritional consultations for the whole family and an online fitness programme. Smart Health also provides customers with unlimited, 24-hour access to health services such as UK-based virtual GPs and mental health support.”
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Why blue is the colour of the season and how to welcome it into the home this Christmas
How to Have a Chic Blue Christmas at Home n Move away from the usual hues of red and green, and celebrate Christmas with the Pantone Colour of the Year instead: Classic Blue. An elegant, confident shade, it pairs wonderfully with luxe pops of white and gold for a calm, sophisticated look. Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at FurnitureChoice.co.uk, explains why blue is the colour of the season and how to welcome it into the home this Christmas.
1. Anchor the room with colour
Choosing a colour and theme for Christmas decor creates a cohesive, intentional feel, which is important this time of year, when planning and buying new items can be a dizzying experience. Classic Blue is a strong choice since it can easily make a memorable statement, but also has traditional, elegant roots - perfect for this season. “An easy way to introduce this rich shade of blue to the home is with a feature wall, which also offers a quick, impermanent transformation to any room,” advises Rebecca. “But for more wow factor, a centrepiece such as a beautiful velvet sofa or armchair would really do the trick. Once you have your mainstays in place, you can experiment with other colours and additions. Blue and white is a timeless pairing for a clean and cosy feel, especially when you add warm knits and rugs.”
2. Embrace luxury with pops of gold and silver
Christmas wouldn’t feel right without a little dazzle, and Classic Blue offers a wonderful palette for metallic accents and finishes. Its understated quality means it is difficult to go overboard, while also being bold enough to not get overshadowed.
and Christmas crackers in gold or silver can all be fun, meaningful ways to have little pops of opulence for the season.”
3. Personalise with DIY decor
Part of the joy of choosing a specific colour for Christmas decorations is in being able to customise the look and feel to one’s home for a more individual style. One way to do that is through personalised, DIY decor.
“DIY projects come in all shapes and sizes, and some begin from scratch - but a great option is to take what you can find in the stores and give it your own spin,” advises Rebecca. “Adding your favourite leaves and flowers to a simple hoop, which can be found in a craft store, is a lovely project. It’s a simple, yet beautiful centrepiece that comes together quickly, and evokes nature, adding greenery against a blue wall.”
“Introducing gold and silver tones into the home immediately evokes festive cheer and a moody, neutral backdrop allows these finishes to really shine,” says Rebecca. “For instance, a sculptural silver dining table, or a velvet sofa are luxurious, daring choices, and look especially beautiful against a dark blue wall.” However, there are also smaller, but no less impactful ways to introduce shine into a room. “Being thoughtful about decor is a really important way to tie a look together, especially when working with a theme,” Rebecca explains. “Lamps, Christmas baubles, and even candlestick holders
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Wash Hands - But Wash Towels Too! We are all familiar with government advice to wash our hands more regularly to prevent the spread of Covid 19, but a recent survey by Soak&Sleep has shown that nearly one in five of us are at risk of picking up germs from dirty hand-towels because we are not washing them often enough. Hand-towels are classed as high-risk items by the NHS because they are often shared by multiple users. The NHS advise washing them separately at 60 degrees or more with a bleach based product.
• Only 23% were adding anything (like bleaching agents) to the laundry to help kill germs • Before the pandemic 36% washed their hand towels more than once a week and this has now increased to 82.7%, with twice a week being the most frequent (48%) In the Spring, the government recommended washing hands for 20 seconds and more frequently than usual, particularly after coming in from work, after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze and before eating or preparing food.
However, the survey showed: • 17.7% of us were only washing our hand-towels weekly or even less frequently • 46% of people were using their hand towels to dry other parts of their body, including their faces, heads and even feet • 85% of people are washing their hand towels more frequently than before the pandemic but 14% of people haven’t changed their habits • 59% were washing at less than 60 degrees
Dr Alanna Hare, Consultant Physician, Department of Sleep & Ventilation, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust said, “Germs don’t live for long on most fabrics, but hand-towels can harbour germs because they are often kept in damp, warm conditions in households, and so bacteria is able to live longer. When they are being used by multiple people in the home, it is best to change them at least twice a week for fresh towels and follow the government advice on cleaning them thoroughly”.
Safe Christmas Market planned
Christmas is not cancelled at ActivGardens, they are bringing their wonderful array of produce, crafts and gifts to you – but this year at the community garden so everyone can keep safe in the open air. The event will be held on Friday 4th December, from 10am to 1pm at ActivGardens’ lovely site on Maidenhall Allotments. Owing to Covid-19 restrictions, they will need to limit numbers of people on site, and manage the site safely, so please be patient if you have to wait for admission at the garden gate (on the laneway between Halifax and Wherstead roads). Please get in touch to book a slot if you are coming in a bubble/ group (of no more than six people please). Come along to pick up some freshly harvested winter produce or lovely own-grown plants. Make up a hamper of delicious garden-made jams, chutneys and pickles. Choose a wooden gift from ActivSheds. There will be Christmas wreaths, crafts and much more to browse – all made by the volunteers and learners. ActivGardens will also be serving seasonal refreshments so you can enjoy a socially distanced chat with your friends and get to know other people in the community. Please park at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE or on surrounding roads. For information and bookings, please get in touch with Susannah on 07530 407302 firstname.lastname@example.org or call ActivLives on 01473 345350. 18
Suffolk clothing designer helps international Soprano n Jinnie Barham, a Clothing designer from Suffolk and owner of Clothing by Jinnie recently worked with singer Christina Johnston.
train as a gift to cheer her up in these dark times. And it did cheer her up as she looked marvellous. I also enlisted help of local hat designer too, Lucy Quinn Milliner Mischief. So whole outfit was ready to wear for the concert in October.
for Christmas shows this year, and this is way too long for some places. Some individuals have been left without any form of government help as they have slipped through the net, not eligible for any financial help due to lack of realistic profits over the past few years for example. So, some of these creatives like Christina are unable to function in any shape or form. It is a tragedy. After all the years of training to an extremely high level, they are being left out in the cold. This is the reason why I wanted to help. So we were women helping to work together to help each other in these tricky times and I feel that her outfit is so poignant as it harks back to the style of the dresses of the emancipated ladies in 1920’s. So, could Christina become the new icon of this crazy era right now and help motivate us all in this dress, just like Vera Lynn?”
“Lucy and I were pleased to help brighten up Christina’s day and it was a fantastic challenge making an outfit which was so over the top and creative in such a short space of time and for free! All that lace and bows. Plus we wanted to highlight that the creative industries are important. “Music is important and has such a powerful and amazing reach, it is necessary for us all and to be sidelined at this time, and left without any regard is hard for an industry. To hear that most venues or theatres won’t reopen
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“I was pleased to meet singer Christina Johnston last year when she needed a dress to be beautified for her concert with Jose Carreras, which was cancelled due to inclement weather.” Jinnie told Ipswich24.
“I started looking for costumes that she could wear for her virtual concerts. So I started by searching for pictures of Audrey Hepburn in the dress/outfit for Christina’s up coming My Fair Lady concert and I got in touch with her.
Christina and Jinnie’s friendship grew over the recent lockdown period. “Christina has been completely unable to earn the money she normally would, so she diversified, like we are all having to do, and has put on some fantastic concerts online each week. This has kept Christina in extremely good voice and is also broadening her repertoire.” Continues Jinnie.
“In under a week I made parasol, pompom and full lace dress with
However, her online performances where bringing in very little money and the cost of setting up a special studio in her garden had cost Christina a fortune. “Over recent weeks Christina has had some personal difficulties and I did feel I wanted to help her somewhat if I could as I have been earning recently.” Explains Jinnie,
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AT HOME New research from Direct Line Home Insurance reveals Brits should take care when lighting candles this Christmas as more than 1,000 home insurance claims are made every year as a result of a fire caused by a candle. In fact, the time after Christmas (25th – 30th December) accounts for nearly half (44 per cent) of all candle-related fire claims during December. Claims data from the insurer found that one in five (20 per cent) candle fires throughout the year occur in December alone. Candle fires are more than twice as likely to take place in December than in the average month, accounting for one in eight (12 per cent) fire claims over the festive period. A house fire can cause serious amounts of damage to a property in a very short space of time. Since the start of 2015, it is estimated that more than £1.7 billion in fire claims have been made to insurers across the UK. With the cost of both houses and furnishings continually rising, the cost of damage is continually increasing, this is by an average of 11 per cent per annum between 2014 and 2018.
As Brits plan to collectively light around 84 million candles every day this December, the insurer is calling for people to be vigilant to avoid potential fires. Worryingly, 3.5 million people admit they have accidentally left candles burning when they have left the house or gone to bed over the past year alone. Lighting candles isn’t the only cause when it comes to domestic fires, as over three million, in the last twelve months, have accidentally left an open fire burning when leaving the house or going to bed. Christmas seems to bring out potentially dangerous behaviours more than other times in the year, which may account for why December sees a spike in fires. Some 10.7 million people (20 per cent) admit to decking their halls with hazardous decorations, whether that be hanging stockings in front of a working fireplace (2.7 million), putting Christmas cards on
or in front of heaters or lights (2.6 million) or hanging decorations in front of working fireplaces (2.5 million). Dan Simson, Head of Direct Line Home Insurance, said, “Lighting candles and fires during winter can make us feel nice and cosy, especially when it’s cold outside, but they can potentially be dangerous if not extinguished carefully. “While we all want our homes to look nice and festive over Christmas, we encourage people to take care and make sure whatever they are decorating their home with doesn’t pose as a potential fire risk. Christmas is a time for enjoying and spending time with family and friends, so it’s very important that people take the precautions necessary to protect their homes”. Considering the danger open flames can pose, it’s still apparent that 4.2 million people are putting their homes at risk by lighting candles around their Christmas trees. This equates to two million people lighting candles beneath their Christmas tree, 1.9 million lighting them next to
their Christmas tree and 1.8 million hanging candles on the tree itself. With so many people leaving an open flame near their Christmas tree, it is also the case that 8.5 million people, nearly half the number (49 per cent) who buy real Christmas trees, never check how long the tree has been cut for to know that it isn’t too old. The Fire Service advises that anyone buying a real Christmas tree checks that it is fresh, as older trees which have been cut too long and dried out are a fire hazard.
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To encourage the survival of our birds, people should provide food like meal worms, fat-balls, crushed peanuts, dried fruit, seeds and grain to compensate for birds’ natural food which is covered in snow and ice and impossible to get to. Leftovers like grated cheese, porridge oats, soft fruit, unsalted bacon, cooked rice, pasta and the insides of cooked potatoes are also a good source of energy for garden birds, and water for both drinking and bathing is vital. The RSPB is asking people to follow a wild bird winter survival plan that will help wildlife during the harshest weather: 1. Put out feed regularly, especially in severe weather. Set up a bird table and use high calorie seed mixes. This can also be used to put out kitchen scraps such as grated cheese, pastry and porridge oats.
2. Put out hanging feeders for black sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts, sunflower-rich mixes or unsalted peanuts. 3. Ensure a supply of fresh water every day. If it is very cold use tepid water. 4. Put out fruit, such as apples and pears, for blackbirds, song thrushes and other members of the thrush family. 5. Food bars or fat hung up or rubbed into the bark of trees is a great help for treecreepers, goldcrests and many other species. 6. Put up nest boxes to provide roost sites for the smaller birds. They will then be used for breeding later in the year. When the weather conditions take a turn for the worse there is often a noticeable change in the behaviour of wildlife. Birds will try to replenish energy lost overnight first thing in the morning and last thing in the afternoon with a spurt of activity. During winter birds must feed at an increasing speed, but must also take plenty of rest to conserve energy. Many birds become more sociable to improve their chances of survival during cold weather, flocking together to improve their chances of locating food, and huddling together during the critical night-time period to help conserve body heat. Another approach birds take to combating the big chill is to fly to milder regions in search of areas less-affected by the weather where food is still readily available. This can create a sudden and dramatic change to the birdlife of an area. • More information about helping garden wildlife is available at www.rspb.org.uk
How to choose the perfect Real Christmas Tree — with David Mitchell, the UK’s real tree expert 1. Don’t wait until the last minute to buy your tree – they are all cut around the same time so buying early means you have the widest choice and can start caring for your tree as soon as possible. 2. Buy a tree that has had the netting removed for display – that way you can see the shape and be confident the tree has been looked after. Trees left in netting can begin to form a micro climate where the centre warms up making them more prone to needle drop and can shorten its life. 3. The colour of the needles should be a dark green rather than pale and washed out, and should feel waxy to the touch, not dry. David Mitchell (Wyevale Garden Centres’ Real Christmas tree buyer) recommends you should stroke the tree to see if needles come off easily.
4. If you’re concerned about needle-dropping choose a variety of tree such as the Nordman Fir, which is known to retain its needles. 5. Keep your Christmas tree fresher for longer by chopping or sawing a few centimetres off the bottom and soaking it in a bucket of water outside, either overnight or for as long as possible, before bringing it inside. 6. Once you’ve brought your tree inside make sure you fill the stand with water to continue to feed the needles. 7. Keep your tree away from direct sunlight, draughts and heat from radiators and fireplaces to avoid drying it out and shortening its life. Ideally, try to use LED tree lights which emit less heat and are better for the environment www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk
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1000’s are startin Dog walking, and selling old clothes and tech are among the ways adults are starting a ‘side hustle’ to make money for Christmas and beyond. A study of 2,000 adults found a third expect to have a shortfall of £239 on average this festive period. And 13 per cent anticipate being £500 or more short of what they need this year. As a result, a fifth have started a ‘side hustle’ to increase their income ahead of December, while a further one in four are considering starting one up.
times of the year coming up, people may be feeling daunted about covering the cost of this year’s holiday season.
The research, commissioned by musicMagpie also found one in three of those who are already earning some extra money started doing so before May this year. But 55 per cent plan to continue even after Christmas. Personal finance expert Mrs Mummypenny said, “This year has been a challenge for many financially and with one of the most expensive
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“We want people to know that there are so many ways you can raise some extra money these days to still have a special Christmas, and it’s interesting to see how many are already taking matters into their own hands. “As well as things like pet sitting, DIY jobs, or selling crafts, you can sell old belongings you no longer need and have a clear out at the same time - which is a sure-fire way to make some extra cash.” The study also found Christmas typically costs £619 to cover the expense of gifts, travel, presents, Christmas dinner and even charitable donations. As a result, people are hoping to make around £192 from their side hustle, although a fifth are banking on earnings of £250 or more. Lesley Finlayson, 59, from Walthamstow, London, has managed to rustle up hundreds of pounds of additional income from jumble sales, online surveys and selling old tech. Lesley said, “I started side hustling initially to clear out my clutter and make some money from it, but it then led me to raising money for a care home that I volunteered at. “As I was doing well and was able to raise this money on the side, I then decided to build up a pot for Christmas and start other side hustle funds that I set aside for specific reasons, like birthdays. My side hustles have included selling old books, CDs, and DVDs. I was also able to collect old books from around the village which went towards my neighbour’s daughter’s Irish dancing lessons. There have also been a few jumble sales locally, where I have pitched my table. I have made £165, £150, £186, £55 respectively from all jumble sales and £120 from a big garage clear out. “My Christmas fund is building up this year and I’m looking forward to treating my friends and family from my side hustle money.”
to this year. Because of this, 28 per cent are also looking to cut costs on gift buying with more than one in 10 planning a Secret Santa to ease the financial strain. Almost one in five (18 per cent) will be making their own presents and 17 per cent will be buying second-hand gifts, such as refurbished tech, instead of brand new. The research, conducted via OnePoll, also revealed that the festive period isn’t the only time adults look to earn some extra cash, with 35 per cent having ways of increasing their earnings throughout the year. Taking on a second job and selling pre-loved items such as clothes, tech and toys are among the more popular ways of adding some extra money to the piggy bank. Liam Howley from musicMagpie, said, “Previous research has found the average Brit has £598 worth of unused tech at home, which could pay for Christmas dinner and gifts for the whole family. “So it’s worth digging through the cupboards and attic and seeing how you could make a few extra pounds this year.”
TOP 20 WAYS PEOPLE WILL BE EARNING EXTRA MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS: 1. Selling old clothes 2. Selling old DVDs, games, CDs 3. Selling old tech 4. Selling old toys 5. Working longer hours 6. Taking on a second job 7. Selling old furniture 8. Using their current profession to do extra work for others 9. Doing odd jobs for others like mowing the lawn and cleaning windows 10. Doing DIY for others 11. Putting money into shares/ stocks
The study also revealed that among the reasons for earning extra money for the festive season are the rising costs of Christmas, having less in savings this year and wanting to make the holidays more memorable.
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But three in 10 put their need for a side hustle down to a drop in their earnings during 2020, with a fifth seeing a reduction in their wages. This has led to 50 per cent of those struggling to afford Christmas stating that their situation is specific
16. Making and selling artwork
13. Cleaning 14. Making and selling Christmas decorations 15. Baking and selling cakes 17. Making and selling clothes 18. Childcare 19. Fixing things for others 20. Pet sitting
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5. SELL OLD TECH, TABLETS, MOBILE PHONES, CONSOLES Many of us have a few of these stashed away in the kitchen drawer. Use a site like musicMagpie to sell those old tech devices.
1. RAID YOUR WARDROBE Raid your wardrobe for clothes that you haven’t worn for more than a year or that don’t fit anymore. List these for sale on sites like eBay or Depop where branded clothes or vintage clothes work well.
6. SELL LEGO If your house is anything like mine, I have boxes and boxes of mixed Lego. I was pleasantly surprised that you can get a price per kilo for Lego on sites like musicMagpie. 7. SELL FURNITURE Bigger items to sell often work well on local Facebook selling sites and collection on Gumtree.
2. SELLING OLD BOOKS, CDS, DVDS Use websites to list all your unwanted items. I did this with my huge CD collection and made £70. 3. MYSTERY SHOPPING A personal favourite of mine and something that I do every few weeks. Get paid to buy products and review the customer services of the brands that you love.
8. GET CRAFTING Do you have a crafting talent that could make you money? Maybe you can paint, write beautifully, sew, knit or crochet. Can you make pieces and sell them online or locally? 9. PET SITTING Can you offer your services to pet sit? With many of us working from home, having a cat or dog to stay for the day can make you some extra money while making great company
4. SELL OLD JEWELLERY Sell old unwanted gold jewellery for scrap value, which has risen in value recently. Do some online research for the price of gold per gram and take it to a cash for gold outlet for a valuation.
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Donation celebrates former heritage of school site
AT HOME The heritage of a former school site in Felixstowe will be remembered in town’s archive after East Suffolk Council donates key items. East Suffolk Council has been working with the Felixstowe Society to identity key items to donate from the former Deben High School site to the town’s archives. The site was transferred to East Suffolk Council from Suffolk County Council earlier this year and will facilitate the ongoing development of Felixstowe Sports Hub and a new home for Felixstowe Indoor Bowls Club and Cricket Club. Proposals for the redevelopment of the main school building also include a range of housing, in particular affordable units for the town. To enable the development, a large portion of the former
school buildings will be demolished so that the site can be repurposed to accommodate the new development. However, the original Lower School Assembly Hall will be retained as a community asset. The Council has been working closely with the Felixstowe Society to ensure that key pieces which hold many special memories for the local community are saved for the Felixstowe Secondary School’s Archive before the demolition. The items identified are mainly from the original Grammar School Building and include the wooden front doors, which will match the special commemorative key held by the Society, corridor signage and masonry. The Council is also working with the Society
to create a final photographic library before the work start. Cllr Steve Gallant, Leader of East Suffolk Council, said, “This is a hugely exciting scheme for the Council and for Felixstowe. We are committed to increasing leisure opportunities in the town and also to improving the housing mix and this will help us to fulfil our ambitions on two important fronts. “We know that a lot of local people hold very special memories of the former Deben High School and it has been great to be able to work with the Felixstowe Society to save key items that will help ensure these memories are not lost
and can be shared with future generations.” Jean Macpherson, from the Felixstowe Society, said, “We are really pleased that East Suffolk Council has donated these items to the town’s archive, so we can preserve these special memories for many years to come. “We have had many requests for final tours of the site before work starts, but unfortunately this is not possible due to health and safety restrictions. We hope that the photographic library we are currently working on with the Council will be a positive way for those interested to have a final ‘virtual tour’ of the site.”
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Shut the lid when flushing A fascinating series of images illustrating bacteria being propelled from a toilet show the dangers more than half of Brits face by not closing the lid when they flush. One flush of the toilet produces thousands of tiny aerosol droplets, which can contain bacteria and viruses and contaminate surfaces up to six feet away. But research has revealed 55 per cent of UK adults don’t close the lid when flushing the toilet - despite almost three quarters (72 per cent) saying they are more hygiene aware than ever before. Toilet bowl water remains contaminated for several flushes after becoming exposed to harmful pathogens. To highlight the dangers, Harpic used high-speed specialist camera technology to capture the droplets and particles leaving the toilet. What looks like fireworks going off is actually aerosol droplets being catapulted out of the toilet pan, which in a different setting could be flying onto surfaces and even into the faces of those in the bathroom. A research and development associate at Harpic, said, “There has never been a more important time to take extra care around
our homes, although the risks associated with germ spread in unhygienic bathrooms are high, the solution to keeping them clean is simple. As experts in hygiene, Harpic are on hand to help everyone stay safe at home.
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of not flushing (47 per cent), feeling afraid to touch the lid (24 per cent) and general forgetfulness (15 per cent). However, almost all of the 2,000 respondents (95 per cent) admitted they will start to close the lid after being made aware of the risks.
The research commissioned by Harpic revealed Brits are already taking important steps in ramping up their cleaning efforts. Cleaning the toilet bowl (49 per cent), deep cleaning the bathroom more frequently (45 per cent) and mopping the floor (44 per cent) are the top things the nation has started doing more of over the last six months. To help keep households safe and happy, Harpic is calling on the nation to carry out a simple three stage routine when cleaning the bathroom: 1) #CloseTheLid when flushing to help prevent the spread of germs. “We hope our new #CloseTheLid campaign helps inspire people to make simple changes to their cleaning routine that can have long-
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What we look for in a home Buyers have revealed what they look for in a new home – UPVC double glazing, wooden floors and downstairs loos are ‘in’, but wood burners, Artex ceilings and shabby chic décor are ‘out’. A poll of 2,000 adults found a good energy efficiency rating also gets a big tick, as do alcove bookshelves, converted lofts and free-standing bathtubs. However, homes with tiled countertops, open plan layouts and pink rooms are likely to receive a thumbs down.
The study also found built-in storage is big plus among potential buyers as is a garden with a lawn, underfloor heating and space for a home office. Outdoor lounge areas, Belfast sinks, and neutrally coloured walls are also viewed favourably among those polled, as well as breakfast bars,
The study was commissioned by Independent Network powered by VEKA, which has created an interactive infographic [https://www.inveka. co.uk/social-hub/top-tips/home-buyers-have-revealed-what-they-lookfor-in-a-new-home/] to highlight the different home trends. The research also found almost a fifth of adults are looking to buy a new house within the next six months. A spokeswoman said, “Trends come and go so it can be hard to keep up with what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to property – and there are some surprises which perhaps illustrates this very point. “For instance, the likes of wood burners and pink rooms - both of which have been very popular in recent years - are now not viewed quite so favourably among many of those polled.”
paved patios and marble kitchen surfaces. But artificially turfed gardens, word art on walls and single glazed windows hold little appeal. The same goes for dark coloured rooms, a lack of plug sockets and painted floorboards. Coloured taps – specifically black ones - white tiles with dark grouting and trampolines also don’t go down well, while other people are put off by wood panelling and lino floors. It also emerged colour is a significant factor when it comes to how a property is perceived by potential buyers – inside and out - as 77 per cent argue this is one of the most important aspects of home décor. And if door and window colours are anything to go by, white is by far the most popular shade with 44 per cent of homes having a white door and 73 per cent having white windows.
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A spokeswoman from Independent Network powered by VEKA added, “We can’t get it right all the time when it comes to our homes and with tastes changing all the time it can be a struggle. But if you look at what people do and don’t want from a home there are some things there which are safe bets for the long-term. These include - but not limited to - UPVC double glazing, good energy efficiency rating and space for the home office area.”
Carried out through OnePoll, the study also found 58 per cent browse property websites and apps just to see what’s out there - despite not ‘officially’ looking for a new home. And 53 per cent of adults actively keep an eye on the latest home style trends. But despite so many having their finger on the pulse when it comes to décor, 22 per cent admitted they have made improvements to their home which they subsequently regretted. TOP 20 MOST POPULAR PROPERTY TRENDS 1. UPVC double glazing 2. Downstairs loo 3. Good energy efficiency rating 4. Built-in storage 5. Lawned garden 6. Walled garden 7. Separate living spaces 8. Neutrally coloured walls 9. Separate shower cubicle 10. Wooden floors 11. Converted loft 12. Underfloor heating 13. Security system 14. Home office area 15. Paved patio 16. Marble kitchen surfaces 17. Outdoor lounge area 18. Modern retro furnishings 19. Coloured window frames 20. Breakfast bars
TOP 20 PROPERTY TRENDS WHICH PUT PEOPLE OFF 1. Lack of plug sockets 2. Having no bath - only a shower 3. Artex ceilings 4. Single glazed windows 5. Wood panelling 6. Shabby chic décor 7. Pink rooms 8. Lino floors 9. Large wallpaper patterns 10. Artificial turfed garden 11. Word art on walls 12. ‘Trendy’ bathroom tiles 13. Dark coloured rooms 14. Farmhouse décor 15. Tiled countertops 16. Tiled floor living rooms 17. Open plan layouts 18. Dark kitchen cupboards 19. Painted floorboards 20. Wood burner
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Face masks damaging hearing aids Insurance company Direct Line ses claims for lost or damaged hearing aids increase because of wearing face masks.
Dan Simson, Head of Home Insurance for Direct Line says, “With people required to wear a face mask in public, those with hearing loss have found it increasingly challenging. As face coverings are often secured using ear loops, which can dislodge behind-the-ear models or cause hearing aids tubes to become entangled when the wearer removes their mask. As a result, Direct line has seen nearly 300 claims for lost or damaged hearing aids, since March.” Hearing aid users are becoming increasingly concerned about the prospect of knocking out their hearing aids when removing their mask. With the help of some simple tips you can help to protect your hearing aids and stay connected, which is more important than ever during this socially distanced pandemic. Top 5 tips to safeguard your hearing aid when wearing a mask - Select a mask that ties around your head and not with elastic around the ears - Choose a secure environment to place/remove your mask - Make sure the tie is outside of the aids’ tube - Carefully hold the hearing aid with one hand whilst using the other to remove the mask - Final check that your hearing aid(s) are still in Afull set of tips and a video on ‘How to safeguard your hearing aids when wearing a mask’ can be found here – Link https://www.hiddenhearing.co.uk/blog/2020/ how-to-wear-a-mask-or-face-covering-when-you-wear-a-hearing-aid
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A study of 2,000 adults found last winter 81 per cent often had days where they didn’t step outside at all during daylight hours. And just nine per cent of 18-24 year-olds have some time outside every day compared to almost 30 per cent of the over 55s. But the study, commissioned by supplement brand Healthspan, revealed this winter could be more extreme with one in four admitting the lack of commute and Covid-19 restrictions means they will spend even less time outside. Others believe they will see less daylight this winter due to seeing friends and family virtually and doing more online shopping than in previous years. This can not only have an affect on mental health, but also physical wellbeing and immunity levels due to the lack of vitamin D. Dr Meg Arroll, a psychologist specialising in health on behalf of Healthspan, said, “We all see the pattern every winter. As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, we spend less and less time outside in the daylight. “This winter, with restrictions in place and more on the horizon this will have an effect on our mental health, but it could also affect our physical health and immunity levels due to the lack of vitamin D.” “Also, an experimental study conducted at Pennsylvania State University found that people who feel low or in a bad mood consistently over a given day, for several days, had higher levels of inflammation in their bodies. “This new study also shows that long-term anger and sadness can also have a direct physiological impact. “Therefore, it’s important to first of all notice when we’re feeling chronically down in the dumps or frustrated. “Short bouts of irritation aren’t harmful, but months and months of dreading the winter is not only unpleasant, but there is increasing evidence to show that this mindset can impair immune function, potentially leaving us less able to fight off infection.” The study also found just over an hour is spent outside on working days, rising to a little over two hours a day at the weekend. Those in Edinburgh spent the least amount of time outside, averaging just 47 minutes of daylight a day, compared to Londoners’ one hour and 30 minutes. But a lack of daylight leaves 44 per cent feeling more tired than usual while 33 per cent often feel unmotivated as a result. Others feel grumpier, depressed and even unable to function properly. It also emerged 57 per cent are dreading this winter more than usual due to the Covid restrictions, with 61 per cent worrying it will be harder on their mental and physical health. Dr Sarah Brewer, Healthspan medical director, said, “Prevention and selfcare is key and it’s good to see that over half of those surveyed said they are taking steps to support their immune health - a third take vitamin C and nearly half take vitamin D. The UK government recommend everyone takes vitamin D to help boost their overall health, and there is increasing evidence for the immune benefits of medicinal mushrooms. “It’s also important to look after your diet and lifestyle - get enough sleep, get physically fit and avoid excess stress.” But the study, carried out via OnePoll, revealed that despite the lack of time outside, 74 per cent are looking forward to being able to spend cosy days and nights at home this winter. Some are even looking to other countries for wellbeing inspiration, with 35 per cent adopting the Scandinavian trend of ‘Hygge’ – to surround yourself with things which provide comfort. Twenty-two per cent will try out Còsagach – a Scottish term meaning snug and sheltered while 14 per cent are going to try Cwtch - Welsh for cubbyhole and a trend of crafting home spaces which embraces people like a hug. One in six are inspired by the Norwegian trend of Friluftsliv – open air and outdoor living – and one in 10 are looking to the Swedish ‘Fika’ which encourages you to take time out. Dr Meg added, “During this time when the world is still dealing with Covid-19, it’s helpful that we do everything we can to limit the harmful effects of persistent negative thought patterns such as winter dread and instead look to other countries who embrace the colder and darker months with aplomb. “There are many things in the world that we cannot change, such as the pandemic, but we do have control over our emotional responses – therefore, let’s do all we can to keep healthy and balanced this winter.”
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Watching the news each day we have to accept that things are different at the moment and realistically we have to expect that they will remain so for a while. The ‘rule of 6’ has been introduced and there continue to be discussions around further measures being put in place to curb the spread of the virus. Christmas 2020, therefore, may be one unlike any we have seen before. One thing that is for certain however is that it whatever shape it takes Christmas will remain a time for family and friends. It will still be a time when our instincts are for catching up, togetherness and reunions even if this year it may have to be done virtually.
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Omega-3 for healthy body Omega-3, the fatty acid found in fish, helps to decrease blood pressure and can aid the battle against depression, a study has found. Dr. James Brown, a professor from Aston University, explored the correlation between marine oils and a range of health benefits, in particular heart health. The scientific report revealed fish oil has a positive effect on five different areas of heart health, including blood pressure and chronic heart disease. It is beneficial in the fight against body fats, atherosclerosis, which is the plaque that builds up in the arteries, and irregular heart rhythms. On top of the physical health benefits of fish oils on the heart and in fighting arthritis, Dr Brown’s research revealed how some individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression or premenstrual syndrome would benefit from the use of Omega-3 supplements. A placebo study previously conducted on nearly 50 participants showed those who took fish oils containing Omega-3 had improved mood profiles, with increased vigour and energy and reduced anger, anxiety, and depression states. Dr James Brown said, “Omega-3 fats, and the benefits associated with them, have been widely debated in both the media and by scientists
for many years. The recent report draws from published literature, assessing the strength of any claims of benefits from Omega-3 consumption, and evidence suggests that the maintenance of a healthy heart can be supported by Omega-3 intake. “As we grow older, worries about heart conditions
can be concerning, and it is reassuring that substances as accessible as Omega-3 can help maintain a healthy heart, including helping to maintain a healthy blood pressure, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and lowering the levels of some circulating blood fats. “This research hasn’t just revealed benefits of Omega-3 intake on cardiovascular health, but also across a range of key health conditions including mental health and cognitive development too, showing Omega-3 intake to be a good way of maintaining various elements of general health.” Humans don’t naturally create Omega-3 so it is recommended we eat at least two portions of
fish per week, including one of oily fish. Taking a cod liver oil supplement is also a great way to get Omega-3 into a diet. It is particularly important to do this during the winter, as fish oils are an excellent source of Vitamin D which we tend not to get due to lack of sunlight, with Vitamin D supporting muscles, bones and our immune systems during the harsher months. Dr Zoe Williams, NHS GP and TV health advisor, added, “Many people don’t realise that our body can’t produce omega-3 naturally, so we do need to get it from our diet. We all require a different level of Omega-3 for our health to be optimal. “It is best to get Omega-3 from natural food sources, such as fish and certain nuts, seeds, and oils, but for those of us who struggle with this, taking a cod liver oil supplement is a good to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
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2. Eat a varied diet, with lots of colourful fruit and vegetables, legumes, wholegrains, lean protein sources and fish. Your body doesn’t produce Omega-3 by itself so you need to get it from your diet and fish oil supplement. 3. Try to limit processed and sugary foods. 4. Eat lots of high fibre foods. 5. Aim to consume 30 different types of plant species. 6. De-stress.
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Women are spending the equivalent of almost an entire month of the year worrying - and more than half said it is having an impact on their health. A study of 2,000 adults found women spend an average of almost two hours a day feeling worried or stressed, with two thirds of this time spent feeling anxious about other people rather than themselves. In comparison, men spend just an hour-and-a-half worrying each day, with almost one in 10 admitting none of that time is spent thinking of others. Almost two thirds (64 per cent) of women have periods where they feel constantly worried, with what’s going on in the world at the moment – including the pandemic, protests and fears about the economy - the biggest concern. But the health of loved ones, their family’s safety and needing to care for older parents is also causing them to feel stressed. It also emerged women are around twice as likely to worry about their children’s or grandchildren’s diets, health, education and future than men are. Worryingly, 57 per cent of those polled, by supplement brand Healthspan, admitted this leads to them neglecting their own health over fears about how it would affect their family. And a staggering 72 per cent of women have dismissed worrying health symptoms, simply putting them down to stress or tiredness instead. Chartered psychologist Dr Meg Arroll, on behalf of Healthspan, said, “Because women’s stress response is all about the ‘tend-and-befriend’, rather than the classic fight-or-flight, women will quite naturally worry about their loved ones. “Women’s role in our species’ survival is to take care of others, so when there’s constant disturbing news headlines, competing caring responsibilities or concerns over putting food on the table, it’s not surprising that stress levels skyrocket. “Managing all these competing demands often results in high levels of stress which exhibits itself in behaviours such as comfort eating, poor sleep and anxiety. This is why self-care is so very important - remember the old adage “put your oxygen mask on first before helping others. “This can be achieved by managing stress through techniques such as relaxation exercises and spending time in nature, eating well and adhering to a regular sleep routine. “There’s growing evidence that products which include CBD (cannabidiol) oil may help to tackle anxiety-related disorders, which impact our ability to fall and stay asleep. “In addition, self-care treats like bath salts which include magnesium can boost levels of this depleted mineral during stressful times, plus various non habit-forming sleep aids such as Valerian and 5HTP should be considered when dealing with poor sleep.” The study also found 47 per cent of women feel constantly overwhelmed, with almost a third turning to comfort eating to cope with their worries. But
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17. Parents ageing and needing care 18. Children/grandchildren staying healthy 19. Children’s/grandchildren’s future 20. Whether or not people like you 21. Your job security 22. Wondering whether you exercise enough 23. The environment 24. Dental problems 25. A heavy workload 26. Job prospects 27. Being in debt 28. Troubles/ arguments with a partner 29. Wondering whether you eat healthily enough 30. Your relationship
with 37 per cent of women worried about putting on weight, compared to only 18 per cent of men, this leads to a vicious cycle of feeling stressed, comfort eating and then being anxious about that weight gain. One in four women have even suffered a panic attack as a result of the stress they are under and 13 per cent have experienced chest pains. Almost 14 per cent of women polled, via OnePoll, feel they have developed a health complaint as a result of increased stress levels, while another 19 per cent think it has made an existing issue worse. Not getting enough sleep was also a concern for two-fifths of women. Dr Sarah Brewer, Healthspan medical director said, “We know from research that stress depletes the body of vital nutrients used up during stress responses, including vitamin D. “Between 30-40 per cent of the UK population have been shown to be deficient in Vitamin D and, as well as reducing immunity, this may also have an adverse effect on sleep. “Analysis of nine studies, involving 9,397 people, found that those with vitamin D deficiency had a 50 per cent increased risk of sleep disorders, with poor sleep quality, short sleep duration and sleepiness. “Sleep is a key copying strategy and without enough sleep people may experience low mood, lethargy, less resilience and more stress. “When people with low levels of vitamin D in their blood were given vitamin D supplements, they fell asleep more quickly, slept for longer, and experienced less chronic pain, for example. “Other vitamins and minerals which are believed to be important for sleep are B group vitamins, magnesium and calcium.
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Children’s first cars Doting parents want their child’s first car to be safe, reliable and have a low tax rating, while new drivers are most likely to desire an attractive motor to impress their mates. A survey of 2,000 parents, with children of driving age, revealed stark differences between what the generations believe to be important when looking for a first car. Parents look for something which is fuel efficient and practical, but a fifth of young drivers want something sporty looking - with one in 10 only concerned with impressing a potential partner. But the youth are willing to compromise, particularly if mum and dad are to pay for car outright. Understandably, more than half of parents are incredibly worried about their offspring getting onto the roads for the first time independently. Chief concerns were that they would drive dangerously (48 per cent), too fast (43 per cent) or concentrate more on showing off in front of passengers than the road itself (31 per cent).
The research was carried out by Ford Fiesta - the UK’s best-selling new car since 2009. Lisa Brankin, managing director, Ford of Britain and Ireland added, “Becoming the parent of a driver is a really big deal. Not only are you letting them out into the big bad world all by themselves, but you’re also trusting they’ll be careful, and that other drivers will be considerate of them too. Parents get very involved with the purchase of a first car, and understandably so.” But parents of learner drivers don’t always agree on what is best for a first car. Cost and value for money are more important to parents in the 41-50 year old age bracket than any other. While a good safety record is more of a concern to parents aged 51-60, who are also most likely to want a car which is robust and easy to handle.
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on the back, and can travel up to high speeds – all 10 per cent. One quarter of generous parents already have, or will, buy their child’s first car for them as well as pay for their insurance, while a further 23 per cent will split the purchase 50/50. Lisa Brankin added, “They’ll want to opt for something safe, reliable and cost effective, but parents do also want their child to be happy with their very first car it’s something you remember for the rest of your life. “The Ford Fiesta has been on UK roads for 45 years and holds a 5-star Euro NCAP rating – we’re very proud that it is a popular first car for many families.”
Survey finds many drivers don’t understand cars! n Half of adults are baffled by their motors and have no idea where to put the screen wash, how to pop the bonnet - or even what size engine is under it.
A study of 2,000 drivers found 44 per cent find cars ‘confusing’, with three in 10 unaware how to pump up their tyres - let alone know how much pressure they need in the first place. A quarter have no idea how to check the tread depth on their tyres, while 24 per cent could not confidently locate the dipstick. But one in 10 are also puzzled about how many miles per gallon their car can do and 41 per cent do not know the difference between horsepower and miles per hour. As a result, the study by YesAuto found buying a new car is considered more stressful than starting a new job, taking an exam or managing deadlines at work. Stuart Palombo, UK business director at YesAuto, said, “We’re not all ‘petrol heads’ – but that shouldn’t make buying a car harder, or more strenuous. From the data we have gathered, many people cannot confidently navigate a car such as popping the hood or topping up the screen wash.
average driver spends nearly two weeks looking for a vehicle due to the lack of knowledge. Stuart Palombo added, “It’s evident that it’s not just the car itself that is confusing for drivers, but the buying of a car as well. “Again, it’s one of those things where you know you need a car, but until somebody actually shows you what’s available and the choice out there, you may not know what you really needed until then.
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“This shows that motorists skills are lacking which makes the car buying process harder as over half of half of adults have to ask for help when purchasing a car. “We know buying a car is a significant investment for many people and that purchasing a car has often been a long and exhausting process especially when features can be confusing.” The research also revealed the reasons why motorists find vehicles bemusing, including never being shown how to do certain things with cars, or that there is too much jargon for them to follow. This lack of knowledge and know-how means 53 per cent find the car buying process stressful. And nearly a quarter of drivers dislike it because they find their lack of knowledge embarrassing, according to the OnePoll data. It also emerged 55 per cent wished purchasing a car was an easier process, as they don’t know what questions to ask, how much things should cost or what they even need in the first place. In fact, drivers would be more fussed about the colour of the car or size of the boot rather than the spec of their new set of wheels. This bewilderment when choosing a new car means the
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Sarah Cox, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, said, “The ID.3 is not only Volkswagen’s first dedicated, ground-up electric car, but it is also a sign of our intent to become a carbon-neutral company by 2050.
It was decided to use Airlite, rather than LED screens or a traditional boarded poster, because 100 square metres of the paint can reduce air pollution in the same way as planting 100 square metres of forest. The car manufacturer has created a series of six murals located in cities across the UK. Each mural took between three and five days to paint and was designed to showcase the environmentally friendly nature of the new pure-electric ID.3. The unconventional adverts are in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Bristol, and Glasgow. Volkswagen chose the environmentally-friendly campaign
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Lewis Hamilton is set to win a record-equalling seventh world title to put him alongside the legendary Michael Schumacher. He is a truly incredible driver full of flair and unrivalled talent, however, in my humble opinion Hamilton is a man who doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. So I felt that it was time for me to provide you with an insight into what a phenomenal athlete this man is. For Mr Hamilton breaking records is quite simply just something that he does. He achieved a quite remarkable feat by finishing on the podium in his first ever race and went on to have a quite astonishing debut season in which he only missed out on the world title by one point. He achieved the most wins of any driver in their debut season (four), the most podiums (nine) and the most points (109). To put that into footballing terms it is basically the equivalent of Ipswich Town’s 2000/01 Premier League season, the year after having been promoted from the Championship. Fast forward to a year later and unbelievably Hamilton was already champion of the world, winning the world title in the most dramatic fashion: on the final corner of the final lap of the final! And yes, you guessed it, in doing so he broke yet another record by becoming the youngest every Formula One World Champion. After a further three seasons at McClaren in which he pushed for more titles but ultimately failed to win them, Hamilton made the astonishing decision to move to Mercedes. To put it in the words of a certain Jeremy Clarkson, “Isn’t that a bit like moving from Manchester United to West Ham”. After a fairly unimpressive first season, Mercedes burst into life in the 2014 season as Hamilton took the world by storm and coasted to a second world championship as he won 11 of the 19 races during the season. The following season his phenomenal form continued as he won back to back world titles hence securing his third world title, however, in 2016 he lost out in a painfully close title race, a loss that would have effected even the most resilient of athletes.
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