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Finishing touches for the party season WITH just a few days left before Christmas, it is time to put the finishing touches to your festive preparations – and your LifeStyle magazine is here to help you once more. From last minute gift ideas for men on page seven to a guide to the very best kids’ gadgets on the market on page 23, we are helping make sure you pick up the best presents this year. Meanwhile, although you may have the perfect outfit ready for the big party this year, but do you have the right accessories to make sure you dazzle? You can find out for yourself in our special fashion guide on page 13. There is also our guide to what’s on in Falmouth and Penryn during the festive season, including details of a very special Christmas writing extravaganza set to be held next week. Our book reviews focus on new offerings by some of Britain’s best-loved authors, while music reviews include the return of some old favourites. Alongside our normal mixture of recipes, motoring reviews, and gardening hints and tips, as well as our beautiful readers’ pictures, there really is something for everyone in this edition. Happy Christmas! The LifeStyle team

n Contents What’s On 4– Where to see the lights 5– Festive entertainment Reviews 6– Ben Elton Family history inspires novel Albums Donald Fagan Alicia Keys Girls Aloud Gifts for him 7– What men want this Christmas Competition 9– Win with Morgans Gifts and Homeware

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LifeStyle Views 10 – 11 Your pictures Fashion 13 – Accessories for the party season Motoring 20 – Porshe 911 Carrera 4 Gadgets 23 – Six of the best for kids Food 23 – Homemade food gifts Gardening 26 – Make your Christmas tree last

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n A Christmas goose and Trebah elves from the Father Christmas trail

Great time to explore Trebah WITH the dark evenings upon us and leaves fallen from the trees it is easy to get cosy and curl up by the fire and get into the mind set that the great out-doors is off-limits until spring. This is not so. Be brave, pull on your mittens and put on a hat and head down to Trebah. Winter is a great time to explore the garden without the crowds, there is still plenty of Mediterranean colour in the garden and as new year approaches you can start to see the impressive bare structures of some of the champion trees, and cheer yourself with the sight of winter flowering camellias. The giant rhubarb (Gunnera) is felled creating an eerie pre-historic landscape that is fun to explore on misty days. From early December visitors to Trebah can experience the magic of the garden by follow-

ing Father Christmas’ sleigh trail. Navigate the garden and discover giant magical silhouettes created by the elves in their hidden workshop. The stunning hand crafted hydrangea display will return to the visitor centre throughout December providing the perfect backdrop to convenient “stress free!” Christmas shopping. Festivities intensify as the month goes on with carol singing evenings, flower and wreath making workshops, as well as traditional Christmas lunches available in the café. Once the Children have broken up from school the Yuletide activities get into full swing in the few days before Christmas when Santa makes his yearly visit to Trebah. This year the elves have been busy and have created a cosy cabin for Father Christmas in their village alongside their workshop where visitors can make

their own decoration. The ever-popular Tarquin balloon bender extraordinaire will also be entertaining the crowds in the village square on these days. To find Father Christmas youngsters follow his Sleigh trail to find the Elves Village. Their workshop will be open and Father Christmas will be in his cabin ready to hear your every Christmas wish from Friday, December 21 to Sunday, December 23 between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Normal entry prices apply to adults with £3 for children under 15 years, which includes entry to the garden, sleigh trail, visiting Father Christmas and a fantastic gift. You can also follow the sleigh trail everyday throughout December even when Father Christmas isn’t visiting for just £2, which includes a fabulous festive prize!

n Morgans offer a wide range of gifts as well as barista made coffee

A stylish family business AFTER trading in numerous shops in Helston, St Ives and Falmouth, Morgans Gifts and Homewares moved to much larger premises in St Agnes in August 2011. Now run by founder Wendy Morgan, husband Den, their daughter Rhalina and her husband Tom, Morgans can now be found on the outskirts of St Agnes village in what was formerly Presingoll Barns. Set in a complex of barns with a large car park and cafe, Morgans is now a great shopping destination. On entering the main barn there

are a wide range of gifts and homeware, from cards and stationary, jewellery, soft toys, and gifts for the whole family, to soft furnishings and unusual furniture pieces. Across the courtyard there is the “Cornish Roots” barn, filled with gifts made or designed in Cornwall, local preserves and fudge, quality Cornish candles and of course at this time of year, Christmas decorations. In the centre of the courtyard is “Wendy’s Coffee Barn” where you can relax with friends, enjoy a wholesome lunch, homemade

cakes and “Origin” coffee served by barista trained staff. There is also a separate coffee snug open all day and available to reserve free of charge for small groups, perfect for mums, dads and little ones. When the sun is shining there is plenty of courtyard seating, a large picnic area where Tom has built a living willow dome, and with coastal walks nearby, Morgans is an ideal place to visit. Only 2.5 miles from the A30 Morgans is open Mon-Sat 10am5.30pm and Sun 10am-4.30pm.

CHILDREN in Cornwall are being offered a spectacular festive writing opportunity, as best-selling novelist Emily Barr and children’s author and scriptwriter Craig Green team up to host a Christmas writing extravaganza in Falmouth on December 22nd. Emily Barr is the well-known author of 11 novels and a former Guardian journalist. Craig Green has written scripts for Rik Mayall, Stephen Fry and Catherine Tate, among others, and is the author of the award-winning Clickety Books series for children. Together, Emily and Craig offer children the opportunity to try out many different forms of writing and to gain an insight into what life is really like as a professional writer. ‘We are both enormously enthusiastic about sharing our passion for writing,’ says Emily. ‘We offer these workshops to show children the joy of creative writing, as an antidote to the National Curriculum and its associated box-ticking.’ Craig adds: ‘We are constantly amazed by the enthusiasm and often surreal inventiveness the children bring to their writing. Christmas is a wonderful time to let creativity run riot and we can’t wait to see the results.’ This workshop is the latest project from the Barrington Green creative writing school, which Emily and Craig set up to offer courses for children and adults. The Christmas Extravaganza follows a highly successful week-long summer school last August, which was

n Emily Barr and children’s author Craig Green will be hosting a Christmas writing extravaganza for children. described by the students as ‘amazing’, ‘inspiring’ and ‘the highlight of the holidays’, and which was attended by children from far beyond the local area. Future plans include week-long courses at Easter and summer 2013, and workshops at various festivals. The Christmas workshop will take place in the Council Chamber in Falmouth, and will be divided into two three-hour sessions, for children aged eight to 11, and 12 to 16. For more details, see www.barringtongreen.co.uk or email writers@barringtongreen.co.uk. Places are limited, and demand is expected to be high, so anyone interested is advised to book early.


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Candlelit carol service

n Gabrielle Aplin is heading for Falmouth next year following her success in the charts

The power of a voice THE voice of the John Lewis Christmas TV advert, Gabrielle Aplin, currently at the top of the charts is heading back to Cornwall in 2013 as part of a UK tour to promote the release of her debut album and will be at the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth on Wednesday 27 March. First seen by Cornish music fans on the main stage at Boardmasters this summer, English singer songwriter Aplin is currently enjoying major chart success with her no.5 single “The Power of Love” (Frankie Goes To Hollywood cover) which is

this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert. Aplin started playing guitar at the age of 11 and soon developed a style influenced by her parents musical tastes (Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan etc). She started to develop her fan base by posting her performances on You Tube, with covers of the likes of You Me At Six and Katy Perry she soon became a You Tube sensation…attracting the attention of record labels. In 2012 she signed to Parlophone

records and is getting ready for what looks like being a busy 2013. Following on from the success of her current single she will release her debut album in March alongside her UK tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 30 at 9am and are available from www.gabrielleaplin.co.uk, seetickets.com or from the venue box office 01326 211222 – all subject to booking fee (Under 14’s accompanied by adult).

THE Princess Pavilion will be hosting two Christmas carol services commencing with the annual Salvation Army event at 4.30pm on Sunday 16th December. The Salvation Army have held a Christmas carol service at the Pavilion for as long as one can remember and the popularity of the event is as high as ever. Come and sing along with many of your favourite carols, listen to the band & songsters choir and also the child singers. The theme for the day will be The Light Has Come. Proceeds from the carol service will be used to support this year's chosen good causes which are, The Cardiomyopathy

The Storysmiths return with a chill JOIN the Scary Little Girls at the Princess Pavilion as they delight another audience with their signature brand of wordy theatre. Back by popular demand, Scary Little Girls bring you a feast of delectable thrillers which bring back the Victorian tradition of Gothic horror at Christmas time! These readings, by celebrated story tellers hidden in the dark grounds of the stunningly

122 years of experience

WEARNES jewellers established in 1890 in Camborne, also in Helston in 1914 have opened in Arwenack Street, Falmouth, bringing with them 122 years of experience in the jewellery trade. Wearnes is still a family run business, currently headed by fourth generation Sarah Corbridge and her husband Adam. Sarah is a jewellery designer specialising in bespoke commissions in gold, platinum and diamonds, and is also the inventor of Cornish Tin & Gold (patent pending), a unique 9ct/18ct gold alloy containing shipwrecked Cornish Tin from a ship that sank in 1863. "By wearing a item of jewellery made from my unique Cornish Tin & Gold you will be carrying a tiny piece of Cornwall

with you, wherever you are in the world. And if you have a love for Cornwall like me, this means so much." says Sarah. All wedding rings made from Cornish Tin & Gold have a map of Cornwall lasered inside, and pendants and bracelets have a map hanging next to the clasp. Wearnes design, manufacture and wholesale to over 20 jewellery stores throughout Cornwall and Devon (see the stockist page on www.cornishtinandgold.co.uk) , as well as worldwide on their website www.wearnes.co.uk. Adam Corbridge has developed his own specialist side in the business, offering collectable reconditioned prestigious watch brands such as Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Cartier, Gucci etc.

Association and The Salvation Army's, Kalimpong Children's School for The Blind in India. And if you can’t make Sunday or fancy double dose of Christmas carols, then there’s also the Carols by Candlelight event being hosted in the Garden Room at 7.30pm. The ticket price for this event includes a glass of mulled wine and mince pie or a soft drink and an ice cream for children. Start times: 4.30pm on Sunday 16th and 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th. Tickets £3 for each event or £1.50 for children - available from the Pavilion box office on 01326 211222.

Wearnes offer every other service you would expect to find from a traditional jeweller, from jewellery/watch repairs, purchase/part exchange of unwanted jewellery and scrap, christening gifts, Trollbeads, Beswick china, Dartington & Royal Brierley glassware as well as local Cornish jewellery. Wearnes will be opening an on-site workshop in the new year, where they will be able to carry out commissions, repairs and ring sizing. They also hope to involve local silversmiths and designers with a base to work from and an opportunity to sell on site. "The key to our success has been prioritising customer service, and having a fantastic team of staff, as well as a deep passion for jewellery!"

restored Gyllyngdune Gardens, will create an intimate and chilling festive night to remember. Please note that this is an outdoor event so please dress appropriately for the season. Starts 6.30pm. Advance Tickets £5 (includes a mince pie and warming mulled wine in the interval - available from the Pavilion box office on 01326 211222.

All the Fires CHRISTMAS is coming .... and there are goodies for everyone to enjoy at The Acorn, Penzance, with a supersized selection box of musical treats and an overstuffed stocking bulging with gorgeously gift-wrapped theatrical treasures. To kick start the party there is some wonderful regional talent on show. On Saturday, December 8, Falmouth based All the Fires will perform with Police Dog Hogan and on the 20th Penzance's own The Ascension Plan who promise “the end of the world as we know it”


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Family history inspires new novel

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WRITER and comedian Ben Elton talks to Hannah Stephenson talks about his latest novel Two Brothers, a disturbing tale of Nazi persecution inspired by his own family history, which saw his German Jewish father flee to Britain after Hitler's rise to power while one adopted member of the family ended up fighting for the Germans.

It sounds like an unlikely plot in the prelude to the Second World War - German 'twins' end up on opposing sides, one a German officer and the other fighting for the British army. But that is the basis of writer and comedian Ben Elton's latest novel, Two Brothers, a fictional tale inspired by Elton's own family history which saw his Jewish father's adopted cousin fight in the Wehrmacht during the Second World War while his uncle was fighting for the British Army. With 13 best-selling novels and four hit musicals to his name, the 53-year-old multi-millionaire co-creator of Blackadder is keen that we don't talk solely about his family history, even though he concedes it's fascinating. Elton's father, Ludwig Ehrenburg, was born in Germany into a secular family of Jewish descent. With his parents and older brother Gottfried, he came to Britain in 1939 via Czechoslovakia, where his father worked as a professor of ancient history at Prague University. The two boys had experienced antisemitism in the Thirties, before the war began, Elton explains. “In the German schools they went Nazi before Hitler came in. They (his father and uncle) were insulted by Nazi teachers and witnessed the confusion of the so-called Mischling (the German term used during the Third Reich to denote persons deemed to have only partial Aryan ancestry). “My father's best friend was half Jewish and, on being given a chance, elected to sit with the Jews. He did not survive the war." Through his academic connections, Ludwig's father secured a research position in London and the family escaped Prague in 1939, a month before Hitler occupied the city. Their adopted cousin, Heinz, who, to

Being a fan of Donald Fagen's work requires a large degree of patience, because the former Steely Dan mainstay is anything but prolific. In the near three decades since Steely Dan were in their pomp, the 64-year-old has managed to produce four solo albums, the first of those being 1982's classic The Nightfly. Fagen has always been a great songwriter who meticulously puts together his albums and Sunken Condos is no exception to that rule. Beautifully played throughout with the groove-filled opener Slinky Thing setting the tone, other highlights are the heartfelt I'm Not The Same Without You and a cover of Isaac Hayes's Out Of The Ghetto, all done with Fagen's customary good taste and panache. Rating: 9/10

FROM Nando's, the purveyor of fine chicken, this Yuletide app is a riot. Pull a virtual on-screen cracker with a swipe of your finger and it'll offer up plenty of fun and gags. You can also use the interactive photo booth to dress up pictures of you and your mates with lots of seasonal accessories then, of course, share your snap on Facebook and Twitter.

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n Two Brothers the new novel by comedian and writer Be Elton use the Nazis' own term, was of pure 'Aryan' blood, decided to stay to be a farmer, but was soon drafted into the Wehrmacht. "People think, does that mean you had a Nazi in the family? Well, no, of course not," Elton reflects. "Heinz was an ordinary German who became a farmer caught up in a geo-political situation like many other people and was drafted into the Wehrmacht and, short of allowing himself to be shot, he didn't really have much choice." When Gottfried enlisted in the British Army he was told to anglicise his name in case of capture by the Germans so he became Geoffrey Elton while Ludwig became Lewis Elton. Later, it turned out that Heinz and Geoffrey actually came quite close to each other while fighting on opposite sides. "The fact that both cousins survived

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and were able to be friends afterwards is the best part of the story," says Elton. Only his father's side of the family are of Jewish descent, he points out, but some of them died during the war, including his grandmother's sister, who was shot accompanying a group of Jewish children being transported east. The children were also killed on arrival in Lithuania. Elton has known about the family history for a long time but has been reluctant to ask too many questions. "My experience of people who've lived through difficult times is they're not as anxious to talk about it as those who've been lucky enough not to live in difficult times are to hear about it," he explains. He feels uncomfortable talking about Heinz, who is still alive and whom he met as a boy through occasional family holidays. "I know him as a wonderful, kind,

robust farmer and three or four times we had holidays on his farm. My father and uncle were very close to him. Whether they ever discussed what it was like to fight for an army that was actively involved in wanting to kill us I don't know. I've never asked. I believe Heinz never spoke about it. "I remember once finding an old steel German helmet at his farm in a wood. I was 10 and terribly excited about it, went back and had it on my head and pretended to do a Nazi salute, utterly unaware of the significance. I remember the sadness on his face and my mum telling me not to make that symbol." While the novel follows the story of two babies born in Berlin in 1920 - one Jewish, the other adopted, but both raised as twins unaware of the adoption it is clear from the outset that under Nazi rule the truth will lead to very different fates for each boy.

Books: What’s new? A Week In Winter by Maeve Binchy A WEEK in Winter will be a bittersweet read for fans of best-selling Irish author Maeve Binchy, who died in July this year aged 72 after a short illness. Binchy's final novel does not disappoint. It is full of her trademark humour and realistic observations. Through the lives and emotions of her characters, she shows that what is often seen on the surface is not actually what lies beneath. Chicky Ryan lives in Stoneybridge, a beautiful but wet and wild paradise on the west coast of Ireland. She falls in love and moves to New York. Years later, she surprises everyone when she returns to help Queenie Sheedy convert her cliff-top home, Stone House, from a place of disrepair into a welcoming hotel with a big kitchen. It is winter when the hotel opens and Chicky and her staff welcome their first guests. They include a librarian; an American who arrived in impulse having missed his flight; a Swedish accountant; Nurse Winnie, who's with Lillian, the companion from hell; and troubled doctors Henry and Nicola. Both staff and guests have great expectations for that week's break... As with her previous works, Binchy has the uncanny ability to capture the drama of everyday life so wonderfully and that is what will be greatly missed. 10/10 (Review by Laura Wurzal)

Standing In Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin Cantankerous Edinburgh detective John Rebus returns to the fold after five years, thanks to a change in Scottish employment law which has opened an opportunity for the cop who retired at 60 to weave his way back as a civilian in a cold case unit. It's the 18th Rebus novel for Ian Rankin, the beer-swilling, heavy-smoking maverick puts his colleagues' backs up when he befriends a woman whose daughter has been missing for 10 years after disappearing off the A9, and who has made a connection with the recent disappearance of a 15-year-old girl off the same stretch of road. More probing reveals other missing person cases along that route. While colleagues on the unit have dismissed the case, Rebus pursues it, which fuels the anger of both old and new adversaries, including the teetotal, sober and serious internal affairs investigator Malcolm Fox, the hero of Rankin's two most recent police novels, The Complaints and The Impossible Dead. It's 25 years since Rebus first appeared on the scene, and as Rankin writes in real time, it's clear that age has made his anti-hero more cynical and pessimistic about the world.

8/10 (Review by Hannah Stephenson)

"It's been a while, I'm not who I was before...it's a brand new kind of me," sings Alicia Keys, 14-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer on Brand New Me, penned by Emeli Sande. Three years on from 2009's The Element Of Freedom, the 31year-old's fifth album has been inspired by her marriage to producer SwizzBeatz (Kasseem Dean) and firsttime motherhood, with the couple's two-year-old son Egypt even cameoing on When It's All Over. From the opening chords of piano intro De Novo Adagio to the closing beats of 101, Girl On Fire shows Keys remains at the top of her game and is definitely on "fiyah". Each track sounds gloriously different: the reggae-infused New Day, Inferno version of the title single with rapper Nicki Minaj, jazzy soulful ballad Fire We Make with Maxwell, delicate One Thing (co-written by Frank Ocean) and Motown-like Tears Always Win. Rating: 9/10

Girls Aloud - Ten

It's been 10 years since Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Tweedy, Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle and Sarah Harding found fame on TV show Popstars: The Rivals. From the off, they were blessed with some of the best-crafted pop tunes of the 21st century, thanks to hitmakers Xenomania topped with the girls' own sprinkling of pop magic. From Sound Of The Underground to No 2 single Something New, this greatest hits collection displays what has kept loyal fans listening and waiting for their return after a three-year hiatus. The four new tracks prove Girls Aloud have still got it in spades, with ballad Beautiful 'Cause You Love Me showing a fragility not usually seen from the feisty fivesome. On The Metro, co-written by Roberts, remains faithful to the girls' signature sound, while Every Now And Then is classic melancholic Xenomania. The pop queens are back and long may they reign. Rating: 9/10


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What men really want for Chrismas this year

Socks and slippers are all well and good, but why not treat the men in your family to one of these Christmas gifts?

n Box of brilliance For the foodie who has everything, a Carluccio's box bursting with goodies is bound to get the thumbs up. La Collezione hamper contains 15 favourites, including a delicious bottle of Chianti, rich Neapolitan coffee and Antonio Carluccio: The Collection cookbook. La Collezione, £100, Carluccio's (available from www.carluccios.com from early November and in stores nationwide from the end of October) n Dram dead gorgeous

n Music to his ears Blow his mind, rather than his ear drums, with this beautifully designed digital audio docking system. Complete with tweeters, woofers and all sorts of things to make his spine tingle. Marley Freedom Collection Get Up Stand Up Digital Audio System, £297.50, Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk)

Everyone loves a drop of the good stuff after a turkey dinner, and a bottle of Jura Superstition is believed to bring all receivers the gift of good fortune, as well as a lovely tipple. Jura Superstition, £25, Asda (also available from www.isleofjura.com/shop and good whisky retailers nationwide)

n Toasting Christmas No festive feast would be complete without this stylish set of liqueur glasses. Just add a bottle of port for the perfect pressie. Seven Piece Ribbon Liqueur Set, £28.95, Ziggiziggi (01923 268849; www.ziggiziggi.com)

n Pukka up Jamie Oliver is a favourite among most men, and the TV chef's new book means you might even get a delicious dinner cooked for you in 15 fast minutes. Mmmm! Jamie's 15-Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver, £12, Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk)

n Winter warm-up n Head for hats Keep him warm and snugly on wintry days with this cosy bobble hat. Chunky Stripe Beanie Pom Pom Hat, £20, Fat Face (available from www.fatface.com and stores nationwide)

A warm cup of coffee on a cold winter's day is hard to beat, especially when you're nowhere near a kettle. This 500ml Flying Scotsman flask will raise a smile on a frosty morning. Flying Scotsman Flask, £15, National Railway Museum (www.nrmshop.co.uk)


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MORGANS Gifts and Homewares is a family run business which was started 23 years ago as “Off The Rails” in Helston by the late Wendy Morgan. In this time there were ten gift stores including one located at St Agnes in a converted barn complex, formerly known as Presingoll Barns. The gift store is now run by Wendy’s husband Den Morgan, his daughter Rhalina and her husband Tom. In the main barn you will find a huge range of gifts including cards and stationery, jewellery, tableware, pottery, soft toys, furniture, clocks, and lots more for all occasions. In the second barn, “Cornish Roots”, visitors can choose from Cornish candles, fudge, biscuits and preserves to local artist’s jewellery, textiles and ceramics. Why not make a day of it and have brunch, lunch or afternoon tea in our cafe, ‘Wendy’s Coffee Barn’, which is situated in the middle of our sunny courtyard with indoor and outdoor seating. There is a large free car park, picnic area (with living willow dome) and are pram and wheelchair friendly. Morgans is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm and on Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm.

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Fresh, locally sourced foods is offered at Wendy’s coffee barn.We use a wide range of Cornish produce to make our wholesome light lunches, and in our cafe’s open kitchen you can see your meal being lovingly prepared by our passionate staff. Cakes, scones, quiches and lots more all cooked on site. Morgans only use the finest beans from Origin Coffee Roasters in

Helston, less than 20 miles away. The current house blend is Farmer30, and when made by the trained baristas this makes an amazing coffee. The store also has a lovely range of Clipper organic and fruit teas, soft drinks and treats to enjoy. Fancy a quiet coffee with friends or family, or need a venue for a small meeting? Why not try out our Coffee Snug? In addition to our cafe, the Snug seats about 12 in leather sofas and tub chairs. Reservations are free of charge, just give us a bell. For further information call 01872 553 007. n For your chance to win a £30 gift voucher, to be used only on our website and cannot be used any other offer we have running at the time, just answer this simple question:

What night are we open until 8pm over the Christmas period?

To find the answer visit the Late Night Christmas Shopping section of of the website, www.morgans-online.com Email your entries to Carley Savage at carley.savage @packetseries.co.uk. The competition closes on December 19. The winner of last week’s Natural Health Spa treatment at Budock Vean Hotel is Angela Laud of Penryn.


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Now time to enter Win Your Wedding THE countdown to the 2013 Win Your Wedding competition has started, so make sure you get your entries in before January 6.

Packet Newspapers and The Falmouth Hotel are again looking for their perfect couple to marry at the venue on April 26, 2014. Everything will be provided, including the venue, the rings, the dress, the morning suit, the car, entertainment, flowers, food; even an event for the stag and hen is included from the sponsors listed below. This fabulous package includes: Wedding breakfast, civil ceremony and evening venue at The Falmouth Hotel Flowers from Celtic Flowers Chair covers from Simply Lovely Classic 30s car from Treverbyn Cars Photography from Ben Salway Photography Rings for bride and groom from Roy Doble Jewellers Suits from Moss Bros Suit Hire Invites and stationery (up to 100) from Quayside Design & Print DJ from Perfect Party Cake from Blossom Bakery Professional video from Mitchell Productions Make-up by Cinnabar and hair by Waves of Falmouth Wedding breakfast acoustic entertainment by Cobalt Roots Live music from Karenza & the Driftwoods Stag event courtesy of BF Adventure Hen event at the Greenbank Hotel To be in with a chance of winning this once in a lifetime prize, just complete the coupon at the bottom of this page and send it along with a photo of the couple, either print or disc, to: Win Your Wedding, Packet Newspapers, Falmouth Business Park, Bickland Water Road, Falmouth TR11 4SZ. Alternatively you can email it as a jpeg to paul.armstrong@packetseries.co.uk Deadline for entries is 4pm on January 6, 2013. You can nominate yourself or a happy couple you know. Entrants MUST live and work in Cornwall. The couple MUST be legally eligible for marriage. The couple MUST be able to attend the Falmouth Hotel Wedding Fair on April 7, 2013. The couple MUST be available to marry on April 26, 2014. You MUST read and accept the full terms and conditions of the competition. Check the box on the coupon to confirm you have read and agree to the terms and conditions which can be found at thepacket.co.uk/winyourwedding where you can also download the entry form which should be sent with a jpeg picture to paul.armstrong@packetseries.co.uk To see details of all of the services available from all our sponsors go to thepacket.co.uk/winyourwedding

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Accessories are just the icing on the cake Bright embellishments

UPDATE last year's dress with a statement accessory. Lisa Haynes looks at ways to decorate your outfit.

Whether it's a dress, top or suiting, partywear in kaleidoscopic rich jewel shades is always a festive winner. Your accessories need to complement the shade of your chosen block colour bright. Delicate jewellery will fade into the background so bring out your party hue with statement gem-laden pieces. If you want to look like you're dripping in precious stones, get your magpie fix with costume jewellery that resembles family heirlooms. Either go metallic or try a clashing coloured gemstone, like emerald against an amethyst dress for example. If in doubt, be all the colours of the rainbow in a multi-hued assortment. Whether it's necklace, earrings, cuff or cocktail ring, keep your piece supersized so that it makes as big an impression as the Crown Jewels.

AS Christmas trees and festive lights go up, so does the pressure to decorate yourself with a dazzling party ensemble. If you have invitations aplenty but only one fail-safe party frock, don't fret. Accessories have the power to switch up your look with a single statement piece. They're the festive trimmings that you can't overlook when you're planning your killer outfit. The key to finding your transformative accessory is all about balance. If your dress is all-singing, all-dancing then keep your extras pared down, and vice-versa. Time to make your party dress disappear into the background. These statement accessories are the equivalent of the star on top of the Christmas tree.

LBD little extras If the little (or long) black dress is your trusty party piece then you can seriously go to town on decor to counteract your low-key outfit. The gold baroque look is both big and bling. What's more, it's made to team with black, so choose uberornate accessories to go overboard with this trend. Try a jewelled clutch, embellished headband or standout swinging necklace that will give your look some dazzling Gothic charm. Lavishly layer up various accessories for maximum impact. When your LBD has been worn to death, you need a game-changer of an accessory. Your shoulders are the area that will be exposed stylishly in all those festive party photographs, so try a statement feather cape or bejewelled collar to really transform the look of a once-plain party frock.

Sequin supplements Outfits with built-in bling require careful thought when it comes to accessorising. Often the frock will do all the talking minus any trimmings. The same goes for metallic looks if you're channelling

n Kitsch Coutre at Bank Gina glitter heels, ÂŁ35 (bankoffashion.co.uk)

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n Clutch bags and jewellery from a selection at a golden goddess or silver screen siren. Forget jewellery and focus on your feet with dancing shoes. Keep your sequins cool and edgy with a pair of ankle boots to keep the look fresh and modern. Experiment with a clash of textures by opting for a plush velvet material. Pointy toe courts are instant leg lengtheners. Ditch black and bring out your chosen metal with jewelcoloured heels in blue, red or purple for added drama. There's just one clause: make sure your heels are dance-worthy for when you're pulling out your best moves.

From bold geometric to winter florals, statement prints are big news this party season. Whether you're going for season's two-piece suit or dress, Accessorize this you need an accessory that isn't going to compete with your busy look. Scan your outfit and look for one colour that's repeated in your print. It might be a subtle accent or bold main feature, but use that tone to find a complementary clutch bag. Your chosen shape and texture is down to you - bow, envelope or oversized, you can try a matte, sparkly or shiny bag as long as it sits seamlessly against your print. If you're struggling to colour match, you can't go wrong with classic black. Fashion mavericks can always print clash their shoes or bag with their outfit. In this case, all matchy-matchy rules were made to be broken.

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Understanding the myth and legend of Christmas

WITH Christmas just around the corner we’re spoilt for choice when selecting a myth or legend associated with this magical time of the year, says Kenny Roberts of Ribticklers. It’s well known that the Christian festival was purposefully overlapped with an existing Pagan festival and therefore so many of the traditions of Christmas find their roots in Celtic folklore. The Winter Solstice takes place on December 21, a time that the Cornish pagans believed the sun died, since this was the shortest day of the year and the new sun was born on December 22, as every day afterwards was notably longer. To celebrate this good fortune in many parts of Cornwall a “sea of fire” would be created by dancers wearing masks, known as Guise Dancers, carrying lanterns or candles through their towns. The dancing culminated with the “Chalking of the Mock”. A Mock is a Cornish version of the Yule Log and is sometimes called the Stock of the Mock. A member of the procession is chosen to draw a stick man on the Mock. The stick man represents “Old Father Time” and the death of the old year. The Mock is burnt on a beacon as a celebration of the birth of the New Year and the new light of the world. A similar festival has been revived in Penzance over the past few years as an interpretation of the original Montol Eve celebrations. One of the season’s most beloved traditions has to be the hanging of mistletoe over doorways. Although the actual legend is set in Nordic history the Cornish Druids had long used mistletoe in their rituals. A gold sickle would be used to cut the mistletoe branches to ensure purity. Branches were given out to towns’ people and everyone who received some would be blessed with good health and luck for the following year. Sprigs were originally hung over doorways to ward off evil spirits not for kissing under. Another favourite linked to this time of the year is holly. Christian tradition connects the sharp prickly leaves with

the crown of thorns worn by Jesus and the red berries with the drops of blood that he shed. However in Cornish mythology there is an existence of a Holly King, who is said to rule over the half of the year from the summer through to the winter solstice, at which point the Oak King arrives to rule until the following summer solstice. The Holly King is described as being a giant covered in holly leaves and branches, wielding a holly bush as a club. This description is close to that of the Green Man, a symbol that can be seen in many places in Cornwall, including churches, parks and official buildings. The Holly King also features in the Arthurian legend, although this time as the Green Knight who challenged Sir Gawain at the Round Table’s Christmas celebrations. Where better to finish our Cornish Christmas myths, than the origins of Stargazy Pie. A pie that is made from baked pilchards and potatoes, covered with a heavy thick crust. The heads of the pilchards poke through the crust, so they appear to be gazing at the stars. The dish originated and is still served in the village of Mousehole. It is believed by many to have been started in order celebrate the bravery of Tom Bawcock, a local fisherman. The village was facing starvation in the lead up to Christmas since no boats could make it out of port due to a massive storm. Tom bravely took his boat out and returned with enough fish to feed the entire village. The fish were baked whole in a pie with the heads poking out to prove that there was indeed fish in the pie. The people of Mousehole celebrate this festival on December 23 known locally as Tom Bawcock’s Eve. The pie is served in the village pub and the following song is roared out by all: Merry place you may believe, Tiz Mouzel 'pon Tom Bawcock's eve To be there then who wouldn't wesh, to sup o' sibm soorts o' fish When morgy brath had cleared the path, Comed lances for a fry And then us had a bit o' scad an' Starry-gazie pie As aich we'd clunk, E's health we drunk, in bumpers bremmen high, And when up caame Tom Bawcock's name, We'd prais'd 'un to the sky

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First drive: Porsche 911 Carrera 4S EVERYTHING happens for a reason, writes Matt Joy, if your belief system lies somewhere between the fatalist and the determinist. You could argue of course that this notion merely helps the human brain cope with the completely randomness of the universe but putting the philosophy aside for one moment, it is true that a chance occurrence can help you make sense of something previously confusing. This idea perfectly describes the existence of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4. Whether you plump for the standard 4 or the 4S, you are paying a premium over the two-wheel-drive Carrera 2 and 2S that also nets you subtly different rear bodywork (including a unique light arrangement and a wider track) and the inevitable gains in traction that an extra pair of driven wheels brings. But the question mark comes simply because the two-wheel drive Carrera is a devastatingly effective machine already. If there's one thing it's not lacking that is traction, the rear-engined arrangement maximising the available grip when powering out of a bend. Not forgetting of course that your new 911 comes with the hugely effective Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM) system to help you out in a tight spot. So why would you choose a Carrera 4 then? Well unlike previous Carrera 4s, the 991-generation is

a lot closer visually to the two-wheel-drive version. In the past the extra width at the rear has been known to unbalance the overall shape a little and leave it looking like it was carrying a little too much Christmas indulgence around its behind. But now it's been perfectly judged, and it carries a little more muscle to arguably make it more visually appealing than the Carrera 2. And that rear light signature might seem like a small thing but it catches the eye and makes you wonder why every 911 doesn't have it. Mechanically the differences between the 4 and the 2 are straightforward. You get the same sonorous 3.4- or 3.8-litre flat six engine with two outputs (standard and S model) with a choice of seven-speed manual or sevenspeed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. A further trick up its sleeve is a double de-clutch facility which can be switched on or off; essentially in manual-equipped cars it will blip the throttle for you on downchanges to match the revs to the wheel speed, thereby avoiding any nasty locking of wheels when really pressing on. But the majority of this is under the skin, so you climb aboard the 911 and are greeted by the same appealing cabin, much improved over the outgoing car in both ergonomics and material quality. Pinching several bits from the Cayenne and Panamera give it a more grown up feel and make it much easier to live with, and the

reassuring snap and click of the switches gives the impression that it will last as long as the bulletproof mechanicals. There's nothing to indicate that this 911 is four-wheeldrive as you pull away. In fact the Carrera 4 diverts most or all of the power to the rear unless it detects a loss of grip, so you have the four-wheel drive only when you need it. That means that for much of the time it drives exactly how you would want it; namely just like a twowheel-drive 911. You sacrifice nothing in terms of the slickness, sensitivity and accuracy in the way that the car responds to your inputs. You don't feel any additional weight, nor that the car is compromised as a result. Sure, there is a modest weight penalty but that's offset by the increased traction. Where you really feel the benefit is when conditions aren't ideal - namely most of the time - and the reassurance of four-wheel-drive gives greater confidence. You can exploit the Carrera 4S's mighty flat-six more of the time, hear that distinctive engine note rise and fall but accelerate harder and sooner out of the bends. On the higher-powered S version you get torque vectoring as standard, which can switch power between wheels on the same axle as well as front to back. It's fiendishly clever but all you really need to know is that it punts you

out of a corner with as much traction as it can possibly muster. And when you do get caught out by an unseen change of surface or even something as dramatic as an unhelpful spillage on the road, the Carrera 4 can switch the power from front to rear or vice versa in 100 milliseconds. You still have complete awareness of what's going on beneath you - there's just a little more happening to help you out. It's for this precise reason that the four-wheel-drive version makes the 911 even more of a practical, everyday supercar. Not that the standard Carrera 2 is untrustworthy of course, but with the Carrera 4 you can savour its power, precision and sublime chassis all-year round. Facts at a glance Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, ÂŁ87,959 Engine: 3.8-litre petrol producing 400bhp and 324lb.ft of torque Transmission: Seven-speed manual gearbox driving all four wheels Performance: Top speed 185mph, 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds Economy: 28.5mpg combined Emissions: 234g/km of CO2


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Six of the best kids’ gadgets and gizmos PETER Jenkinson looks at the six best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best gadgets for stylish techies With an ever-increasing number of children now taking ownership of gadgetry such as mobiles, consoles and computers, what can be done by the toy industry to pry their interest away from digital entertainment? Well, the answer is plenty! Toy companies have retaliated impressively over the past couple of years, but this Christmas is perhaps the year where they will regain the upper hand. Here's our pick of the hottest high-tech toys for 2012 - suitable for kidults too, of course.

Motor Head - Lego Technic 4x4 Crawler - £129 from pixmania.co.uk

We're almost certain that there isn't a person on the planet who doesn't love Lego, and anyone who isn't induced into a grin by a remote control plaything could be an equally rare discovery. So this infrared-controlled build should be near the top of any Christmas list. You can rebuild the 4x4 crawler, which features extreme suspension, into a tough offroad truck - so that's two toys for the price of one.

Sticky Fingers - Kurio 7 Tablet £149.99 from smythstoys.com

There is a plethora of kid-focused tablets on the market this year, but the Kurio is one of the best around. Packed with the biggest app gaming titles, it has a selection of parental controls - time management and web filtering - as well as Wi-Fi for access to a range of educational content that'll persuade parents to take the plunge. It comes complete with frontand rear-facing cameras and a decent seveninch display too.

Hello Again - Furby - £57.99 from smythstoys.com

In the 1990s, these creatures caused chaos as parents struggled to find them on retailers' Christmas shelves, and this updated version looks set to top plenty of wishlists again, so

the same scramble cannot be ruled out this year. This interactive companion develops its moods in tune with how it is treated. Starting with its own "Furbish" chatter, it learns your language over time. To understand more, you can download an app which will translate its chatter in real time, plus you can customise your Furby's favourite meal - clever stuff, but it's only available on iOS devices.

Robot Wars - Combat Creature Attacknid - £62.99 from smythstoys.com

This remote control robot kit is from a new range called Combat Creatures - and they look like they're about to lead an invasion of wallets across the nation. This six-legged machine has a turret on top with dissector discs that you fire upon other Attacknids, causing their leg armour to fall off. Alternatively, you can strike the battle brain of your opposition three times and it'll shut down all its systems. You can have up to 40 of these in action at any one time - you'll be able to hear the melee from miles around!

n Kurio 7 tablet

n Combat Creature Attacknid

Extra Dimension - AppBlaster v2.0 £24.95 from red5.co.uk

n Air Hogs Battle Tracker

Working in harmony with Android and iOS devices, the AppBlaster is part of a new wave of gaming that's sure to enhance you app experiences. Download the Alien Attack app, stick your smartphone in the cradle, and wander around your room to take out the creatures that appear to invade your real-world space. Other apps include Skeet Shooter, Duck Hunter and Overkill.

n Lego Technic 4X4 Crawler

Aerial Excitement - Air Hogs Battle Tracker - £99.99 from tesco.com/direct

n Extra Dimension AppBlasterv2.0

Remote control choppers can now come with built-in water pistols, working winches and cameras - and they're easier than ever to fly. But this set-up from Spin Master takes inflight play to another level. Set the base unit in battle mode and it'll track you while you fly, trying to knock you out of the air as you attempt to shut down the system with direct hits on its turret.

n Hello Again Furby

Homemade gifts will earn you Brownie points IN keeping with Britain’s recent baking boom, spend a weekend in your kitchen whipping up these simple yet delicious homemade goodies. They'll make great and impressive - gifts for family and friends, writes Diane Pilkington.. THEY say it's the thought that counts, and what could be more thoughtful than going to the trouble of making your own Christmas gifts this year? Not only will it save you some cash, you'll earn lots of Brownie points from your appreciative loved ones in the process.

PEANUT BRITTLE

(Makes enough to cover 30 square centimetres before it is broken into pieces) 200g caster sugar 60ml water 2tbsp strongly flavoured honey 150g golden syrup 150g salted peanuts 1½tsp vanilla extract 1tsp ground cinnamon 25g soft butter 1¼tsp bicarbonate of soda Take out a large sheet of baking parchment and set it beside the stove ready to receive the brittle once it is ready to pour. Add the sugar, water, honey and syrup to a pan and gently bring to the boil. Turn up the heat and let it boil seriously for ten minutes. It will be smoking by then so be warned! (Stand over it all the time to make sure it does not catch.) Be very careful as

the sugar will be seriously hot. Take the pan off the heat and, with a wooden spoon, stir in the nuts, followed by the vanilla, cinnamon, butter and bicarbonate of soda. You will have a golden, frothy, hot and gooey mix. Pour this quickly onto the waiting parchment and, using an oiled wooden spoon, coax and n Peanut brittle pull it to make a nutstudded sheet, puddle-shaped rather than heaped. Leave it to cool, then break into pieces and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Eat within 14 days. Top tip: Peanut brittle is best presented in either greaseproof bags or glass jars. You can buy glassine bags, which look fabulous with a printed label topper and ribbon fastening. Glass jars keep the air away from the brittle, allowing it to last a little longer. Print a cute “From the kitchen of. . .” label and fasten with a colourful ribbon for a simple homemade gift.

SPICED RED CABBAGE

(Makes 3 x 250ml jars) ½ red cabbage, thinly sliced 10tbsp table salt 400ml distilled white vinegar

1tsp white peppercorns 1tsp five-spice powder 3 whole cloves 1tsp light mustard seeds Place the red cabbage in a large bowl, covering each layer as you go with a sprinkling of salt. Cover and put to one side overnight. The following day, rinse the cabbage with cold water until all the salt has been removed. Sterilise the jars and lids by placing face down in a preheated oven at 140°C/Gas 1 for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, place the vinegar and spices into a heavy-based saucepan and boil rapidly for about five minutes. Add the cabbage and stir until fully covered with the vinegar and heated through. Spoon the mix into the sterilised jars and make sure the cabbage is submerged in the spiced vinegar. Never put hot liquid into cold jars or cold liquid into hot jars. Top tip: Present with a handmade label and decorative ribbon. Store in the sealed jars for up to a year. Once opened, refrigerate and eat within three months.

CANDY VODKA

(Makes a 250ml bottle) For the vodka:

Top tip: Fasten with a 1 family size bag of Skittles decorative ribbon and 35cl bottle of goodlabel: 'Please drink quality vodka responsibly'. For presentation: 1 airtight jar 250ml presentation MULLED WINE bottle SPICE BAG Coffee filter paper or muslin 1 cinnamon stick Start by separating all 20 whole cloves the colours of Skittles. 2tsp mixed peel You will end up with five 2 cardamom pods different options for your 5 whole allspice candy vodka. You could Also required: use both red and purple 20cm square of muslin in the same jar. The more Place all of the ingredisweets you add the n Spiced red cabbage ents into the centre of the sweeter the vodka will muslin square and bring up become. two opposite corners. If working with a different colour, Fasten into a knot and repeat for the remember that green leaves a bitter taste so remaining corners. take those out unless you like a slightly sour Bring the ends of the first knot over the tang! second knot and tie again to prevent any Place the chosen colour Skittles into the knots from slipping. bottom of the airtight jar and pour in half the Top tip: Add a swing tag with ingredients bottle of vodka. Fasten the jar and shake and instructions and fasten to neck of a red occasionally over the next day or two when wine bottle. Do not use died ribbon or string the Skittles will dissolve and leave a as the colours will transfer when boiled in crystallised layer of sugar on the top of the the wine! vodka. Line a funnel with either coffee filter n Gifts From Your Kitchen by Deborah paper or muslin and place in the neck of the Nicholas is published by Spring Hill, an presentation bottle. Carefully sift out all of imprint of How To Books, priced £14.99. the crystals, leaving a coloured but clear Available now. candy vodka.


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Top tips for a longer lasting Christmas tree IT is that time of year again, and the family tradition (for many) of choosing the all-important Christmas tree is coming around. But, when choosing your tree, what should you look for to ensure that it will last at least until the turkey makes it to the table – or until Auld Lang Syne rings out? Trevena Cross Nurseries, of Breage near Helston, have been sharing their top tips for getting the most from a Christmas tree. They advise the following: n Make sure you choose a British grown tree. It will be a stronger, better quality tree than an imported one and will last that much longer. n Decide if a cut or potted tree is for you. A cut tree, if cared for properly, will last the entire festive season – around four weeks, and a potted one can live on if you have space to plant it out in the garden. You can even continue repotting it as it grows, ready for next year. Something to be aware of – a potted tree may struggle indoors for long periods of time, certainly more than 12 days, and it may only last a few years with continued potting, because it is not naturally suited to on-going pot cultivation. n Measure the space you have for your tree and only consider buying a tree that you know will fit into this space. With a range of tree types available from reputable retailers, be sure to get advice regarding the right tree for your needs – e.g. a Fraser fir is a great needle retentive tree but often not as wide as the popular Nordman fir,

n Above, left, a Forest raised log planter (£49.99) and, right, a Forest potting bench (also £49.99)

n Be sure to get advice regarding the best tree for your needs so may be a great choice for a narrower space. n Cut the bottom inch of trunk off a cut tree when you get it home and place it in a sheltered spot outside, in a stand or a bucket filled with water. n Bring the tree – cut or potted – indoors as close to Christmas as you can and position it in a cool spot, away from direct heat sources such as radiators or fires. n Make sure that the tree continues to have a source of water once indoors – a cut one in particular, will drink a lot of water and require daily top-ups. For more advice on Christmas trees and festive plants over the festive season, visit the Trevena Cross Nurseries website trevenacross.co.uk.

Seasonal gifts for the gardener CHRISTMAS shopping does not have to be a chore. With products from Forest, the UK’s leading manufacturer of decorative garden timber products, you can be top of your garden-loving relatives’ good books this December. With everything from planters, potting benches, storage solutions and products that make gardening more accessible, Forest can help tie up all of your present woes in one easy shopping trip. For a present that is sure to get a thumbs up from green-fingered mum, how about giving a raised log planter (RRP £49.99)? The attractive log planter is ideal as a small raised bed for herbs, plants or vegetables and is perfect for adding interest to any garden space. Manufactured from pressure treated

timber and able to hold approximately 100 litres of compost, this is a longlasting and thoughtful gift that is sure to put a big smile on mum’s face. If you are still searching for a fantastic Christmas gift for dad that is both original and practical then why not surprise him with Forest’s potting bench (RRP £49.99)? Made from smooth plane pressure treated timber, it has a large work surface and useful shelf underneath, leaving plenty of space for gardening essentials. It is certain to be a winner this winter, making a refreshing and long-lasting alternative to the traditional gifts of books or socks. For a garden-loving granny, why not give a stunning Forest kitchen garden trough (RRP £129.99)? Perfect for

gardeners who might have a bit of trouble bending down, the raised height trough is easily accessible and creates a beautiful garden or patio feature when filled with granny’s favourite vegetables or plants. To really wrap up Christmas simply and easily, Forest also provides a home delivery service, meaning you can shop for all your seasonal gifts without having to leave the comfort of your own home. For more information about the itmes mentioned in this article, or to browse other Forest products, go to www.forestgarden.co.uk, call 0844 248 9801 or email info@forestgarden.co.uk. n Forest now has a series of useful “how to” videos shown directly on their YouTube channel. From assembling products from scratch, to how to make


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