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Welcome to the February 2013 edition of Gainsborough Life. Winter finally arrived and with it the snow, and after having a covering of the white stuff on the ground now for well over a week, and still four inches left to melt, we can say with some conviction that ‘we’re over it!’. Hopefully as you receive this edition, it will be a little bit warmer and as like last year we will even start to see the first shoots of snowdrops and daffodils. There’s also no escaping the fact that this month Valentine’s Day occurs once more. A day to embrace for loved-up couples, or a hyped-up commercialised day? We know we don’t need an excuse to say those three precious words, yet sometimes we do need a bit of prompting and a reminder so why not forget the cheesy cards and red balloons this year and find a new way to say ‘I love you’ this 14th February. If your goal is to cook a lovely meal for your loved ones, you can’t go wrong with this month’s winter warmer dish from our resident cook Richard on page 16, and for afters you could always indulge in the sweet treat from Helen on page 38. For us Valentine’s Day is now a birthday celebration, and this year it will be the big three for our daughter Holly and we can’t wait! Getting the most for your money

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and saving for the future don’t always go hand in hand, yet this magazine is packed with consumer advice. Paul Flynn discusses what the new Government Work Place Pension means for both employers and employees on page 12. Whereas this month’s article from Martin Lewis has an emphasis on protecting your wallet from rising heating bills and gives some handy tips! In addition to which, the advice from your local Citizens Advice Bureau this month is all about finding out if you qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment allowance, find out if you are eligible on page 45! You may have also bought or received gifts that you still need to return after Christmas, so what are your rights? Our Legal Eagle Dean Dunham covers this for you on page 34. If you’re in to motors, don’t miss Tim’s latest Motoring review of the latest Honda Civic on page 28, to see if the numbers stack up for you! One of our favourite features this month is all about the pros and cons of eReaders on page 40! In addition to the above, you’ll find many more great features and the latest from your community, we hope you enjoy this month’s magazine.

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Now the website, www.geocaching. com, offers members thousands of treasure troves (known as caches) to be found all over the world and there are over 60 within the distribution area of this magazine. See map for details. The Geocaching community offers you the chance to take a walk through a wood, a field, a park or even a street to find containers that you don’t need a metal detector for. The boxes vary in size and shape, from ones the size as a picnic hamper to some smaller than a 35mm film canister. On the website you can enter your postcode and the site will point you in the direction of the nearest cache. Clicking on that cache will provide you with a set of GPS coordinates and an encrypted clue or two. With the technology of today it is very easy to put the coordinates into your smart phone and you are on your way, but you can also pop them into a mapping software and go from there. The very smart GPS devices will tell you how close you are to the right coordinates and where you have to go, then it’s down to you, poking your head into bushes or under tree, logs, fallen branches or in some cases, climb the tree to find the cache. The map here gives you an idea

of where the closest cache is to you. But to make life easier head to www.geocaching.com enter your postcode and it will give you a list of the caches for you. On the site, each cache is marked with a difficulty and terrain meter (D/T on the site) this will help you know whether it will be easy to find or not. The best place to start, is to look for caches highlighted in green — these are beginner caches. Even though this one isn’t highlighted green, it was the first one I ever found, titled J.E.M.S No4. Pop these coordinates into your GPS device: N 53° 24.577 W 000° 46.060, take note of the hint ‘Sit down and make a trunk call,’ and you will be on your way to your first Geocaching adventure. Though keep an eye out for ‘muggles,’ you don’t want to be caught by one when you have your head submerged into a bush. ‘Muggles’ refer to non-Geocachers. When you find a cache, simply write your name in the log book along with the date, then take something out and put something in. Then when you get home, log your journey on the website, with a comment on each individual cache, and a smiley face to say you found it. Add a TFTC while you’re at it, which stands for ‘Thanks For The Cache.’ It’s well worth checking their website before you go out travelling anywhere, whether it is on holiday, to school or on a business trip, you might find time to take a small detour and find a geocache, but it’s down to you how you explain having dirt on your knees and elbows, to your family, teacher or boss.

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Tearing it up Gainsborough and Retford-based indie band, The Torn, have just completed their second music video which you can find on YouTube now — search ‘The Torn — A Thousand Leeches’. Formed in 2005 the four like-minded musicians are; Damian Dalton-Smith on vocals and rhythm guitar, Nick Berry on lead guitar, TJ Taylor on bass and Ben Mullins on drums. Their distinctive brand of indie-rock has travelled to many venues nationwide. The band who are well-known throughout the area, came up with the idea for the video, and also filmed and edited the three-minute production themselves. The idea for the video, is loosely based on the Dragons Den TV series, and was filmed at the recently renovated Old Willow Works at Beckingham, run by Mansfield based company Groundworks at Mansfield. Nick Berry, of The Torn who directed the video, said “It suited us because of the interior, and excellent facilities. We worked over five days, racking up 32 hours of film, meaning we were pretty well self-contained”. Appearing in the video as guest “dragons”

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were Maxine Downes, Paul McCaig, Alan Malone and Ali Smith who kindly loaned her Rolls Royce for the shoot. The models are Sarah and Emma Carter, from Gainsborough. The band’s first ever gig was a Battle of the Bands competition which they went on to win, and since then have supported many bands such as The Bluetones, as well as headlining gigs to audiences from 12 to 12,000. Whatever the size of audience, the band injects the same energy and passion into every performance, and love every second of it. They are now planning their third video, and taking a break from gigs to complete some new songs, playing live studio sessions on BBC Lincs and BBC Humberside and then back on the road in Lincoln and Nottingham. Later in the year, they plan to film their fourth video built round a song “Wild Girl” written by vocalist Damian Dalton-Smith for his sister, actress Sheridan Smith. Sheridan will direct the video in which she will feature. Why not catch one of the local gigs planned this month where The Torn are playing, you won’t be disappointed.

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See them: 2nd February The Stags Head Lincoln 23rd February Misterton Sports and Social Club Misterton 20th April Cancer Research Charity Event Saxilby 6th July Retford Fake Festival Retford

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Did you get what you wanted for Christmas, no? Are you suffering from a Christmas debt hangover? Why not join Lincolnshire Credit Union (LincUp) your local community bank and start saving for Christmas now, save what you can when you can and it will soon mount up. Save £2 a week for 45 weeks and you’ll have £90 to spend, save £5 a week and you’ll have £225. All you have to do to join is fill in the application form, provide some ID and start your savings with £5. “Its helping me save for a nice Christmas for my daughter, as she’ll be 10 months by Christmas — I’ll be able to buy her that big Christmas list with out scrimping at the last minute to get the money together a week before Christmas — that’s the brilliant thing about LincUp, that could also be you! “ said one our young mum members. Your money is safe with us as we are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme you will even get a dividend on your money, all we ask is that you keep your money in the account until the 1st November. If you haven’t quite saved enough money you could even apply for a small low cost loan to tide you over the Christmas period. For more details Telephone 01522 528886 or 01522 845100, check out the website www.lincscreditunion. org.uk or your nearest Access Point. 10 Gainsborough

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meal at Gainsborough Golf Club and a Carol Service at St Andrew’s UMC. The first monthly meeting of 2013 saw Dr Pat Frankish speak on Emotional Development. Kirton WI’s next meeting will be held at the Town Hall on Tuesday 12th February at 7.30pm, when Emma Stevenson will demonstrate how to put together a winter flower arrangement. Emma’s talk will be preceded by the AGM. Kirton is a very active WI and 2012 saw members taking part on various courses such as; metal detecting, walking and even gliding. We visited RAF Scampton, got painting, danced and listened to a range of speakers from gardening experts to television make up artists. We also had special events to celebrate our 75th birthday which included an exhibition and service at St Andrews UMC in Kirton, while the Town Hall provided the space for our first Christmas Craft Fair which was organised by Humberside Federation. This amounted to a

on offer again this year, at both local and Federation level. There is another chance in July for members to visit Denman, our very own residential college in Oxfordshire. There is a Passionate Poems and Puddings evening to look forward to at Broughton in February, when the speaker will be Judy Theobald who is guaranteed to entertain. Also, we have craft courses on offer at Brigg to keep our more creative members happy. In April, the speaker at the Federation AGM in Scunthorpe will be our National President, Sue Bond, while Lesley Smith is Nell Gwynn! These are just a few highlights for what is going to be another busy year for Kirton Lindsey Women’s Institute. We meet every second Tuesday of the month at Kirton Jubilee Town Hall, in the Market Place, at 7.30pm. So ladies, see you there where you’ll get a very warm welcome. Please contact Jean Hall on 01652 649360 for more details.

Gainsborough Organ Society On Sunday 17th March, the Gainsborough Organ Society have arguably the world’s number one organist Phil Kelsall from the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom playing in concert for us, at our usual venue, the “Weston Rooms” Hickman Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2DZ. The event starts at 2.30pm with

doors opening at 1.00pm. Due to the popularity of this event, we are only able to offer admission by ticket only, and these are £6 each from Peter Naulls by calling 01427 615265. We can guarantee music to suit all tastes, and as usual we will welcome people of all ages and from all around the locality.

Lincoln & District MS Society February sees the beginning

of our 2013 activities. Our first monthly meeting is on the 5th of February at the MS Therapy Centre, Outer Circle Road, Lincoln. We shall be setting out our programme for the coming year, and any ideas from our members

would be most welcome. Members from Gainsborough please note it's our turn to run the raffle, and Mary is putting on Soup & Roll. Our usual transport is available, so please ring Charlie on 01427 611095, and please note that Subs are due to Headquarters.

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LIFESTYLE

How would you like your nest eggs… broken or scrambled? Paul J Flynn Dip.PFS Pension Specialist & Investment Adviser

Workplace pensions arrived in October 2012 and are here to stay… it’s one New Year resolution you can’t break. If you are an employer you will have duties, responsibilities and decisions to make. If you are an employee you will have options and decisions to make. Before undertaking your duties and responsibilities, it may be useful to understand “What the heck is going on?” and “What are workplace pensions anyway?”. Employers may be forgiven by dismissing this new ‘legislative intrusion’ as suspect at best, reserving a view that a deepening National Welfare issue has been transferred to the corporate community. ‘Government’ and ‘pensions’ used in the same breath conjures a perceived image of complexity, confusion, bureaucracy and failed outcomes. As an employee you may well think “is it worth it?” or “why bother?”. Speaking with local businesses these perceptions certainly appear to reflect accurate sentiment, raising the following questions; “do I need to do it?”, “is it expensive?” and “is there a get-out option?”. So let’s have a look at the basics just for now.

WHAT ARE WORKPLACE PENSIONS? The Government introduced autoenrolment last October, aiming to 12 Gainsborough

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improve the living standards of millions of people when they retire. Autoenrolment is a way of making sure that all eligible employees automatically become members of a pension scheme with at least a minimum set level of contributions. Employers will have a major role and a number of new obligations involving additional expense and administration. If you are an employer, you will have to ensure that your company‘s approach to pensions meets the new legislation. If you already have a pension scheme, you will need to make some changes to it. Otherwise, you will need to set one up. The introduction of auto-enrolment started with the very largest employers last October, gradually extending through to smaller organisations with staging dates. It will probably not be until October 2018 that this stage is reached, because the Government has decided to phase in both the auto-enrolment process and the level of contributions. Even that final date is not yet set in stone because a consultation on timings has not ended. Businesses with less than 250 Employees, auto-enrolment is scheduled to begin April 2014. By the time auto-enrolment is fully implemented, virtually every employee aged between 22 and state pension age with earnings at least equal to the personal allowance £8,105 (2012/13) will either be a member of a pension arrangement to which their employer

contributes, or have chosen to opt out. Total minimum contributions (2012/13 terms) will be 8% of pay between £5,564 to £42,475. The new employer duties are arguably the biggest compulsory introduction witnessed in the U.K Pension Industry. The potential impact on employers should not be underestimated. The DWP has started an £11m National advertising campaign on workplace pensions/ auto enrolment, so your employees may start asking questions now. The Government expect the employer to act as a “distributor of information”, but must not give financial advice. Workplace Pension offers an opportunity to further enhance employer/employee relationships with valuable tax incentives and flexibility of benefits. If you are an employee it may be a good time to assess your retirement planning provisions as workplace pensions are unlikely to meet all your income needs in retirement. If you are a small employer, 2014 might seem far enough away to forget about, but my advice is to begin planning now. As with all Financial planning matters it is imperative to seek Independent Advice. For further information and advice, please email advice@pjf-lifestyle. co.uk or visit www.pjf-lifestyle.co.uk

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You’ve put your home up for sale and you receive that all important call from your estate agent informing you that you have a viewing. This is your chance to let your home shine and help your potential buyer realise the benefits of living there. HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS FOR SHOWING YOUR HOME • Maximise the light in every room to make your home will feel more welcoming. Before your potential buyer arrives draw back all blinds and curtains and switch on all ceiling lights and lamps. • A warm home is an inviting home,

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METHOD • Pre-heat the oven to maximum • In a pestle and mortar, grind the salt, pepper and fennel seeds to a rough powder • Dry the pork belly and score the fat • Rub half the fennel seed mixture all over the pork, working it well into the scored fat • Coat the pork with a little oil and place in a lined baking tray • Peel and slice the red onion, parsnips and carrots and coat with the remaining fennel seed mixture 16 Gainsborough

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and olive oil in another baking tray, leaving a good amount of room around the vegetables so they brown nicely • Place the pork in the top of the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on size to crisp up the skin • Turn the oven down to 150°c and add the vegetable roasting tray to the oven • Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size of the pork (if you are roasting the strips, remove these after crisping the skin and return later) • Meanwhile, peel and dice the swede and boil in slightly salted water for 10–15 minutes • Finely slice the potatoes (use a mandolin on the finest setting if you

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Village Harmony is a mixed voice choir based in Sturton-le-Steeple, near Retford and a few miles from the centre of Gainsborough. We sing a wide range of music including songs from the shows, modern pieces, folk songs, etc, mostly arranged in three part harmony. The choir is now taking bookings for concerts up to and including Christmas 2013. If you are looking to hold an event to raise money, or just want to have an entertaining evening, why not consider Village Harmony? We can offer programmes of varying lengths to suit your plans, and we charge only a modest fee to cover our expenses. We can bring our own keyboard if your venue does not have a piano available. Please contact our concert secretary June Taylor-Rabjohn on 01427 880965 for further information or to book.

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paintings and limited edition prints of local scenes including; Tuxford, Retford, Newark, Lincoln and Chesterfield will take place starting this month. There will be a special preview on Sunday 24th February from 1.00pm to 4.00pm at Sally Mitchell’s Gallery, The Newcastle Arms, 1 Market Place, Tuxford. During the preview refreshments are being served, and all are welcome. James is a Chesterfield-based artist, whose background is as a landscape architect and environmental designer. His love lies towards the artistic side of his skills and when time allows he immerses himself in his paintings, often until the early hours of the morning! His scientific and architectural background heavily influences his painting and his subjects which often include landmark buildings, streets and even just rooflines. His interest is more often in the structure and design of a building than simply its ascetic qualities. Alongside this his environmental side has left him with a strong interest in botanical and landscape studies. Often his approach centres around the ways in which people interact with art and design in both natural and urban

settings. Self-taught, he mixes many skills and influences to create unique and charming artworks that reflect the character of the subject in question. The Sally Mitchell exhibition will be his first major exhibition in this part of the country and only his second to date. We hope you will join us for a drink and a chance to meet this unique young man on Sunday the 24th. It represents an unusual opportunity to become one of his first collectors. The exhibition then runs from Monday to Saturday, from 9.00am to 4.00pm until 9th March.

Kirton in Lindsey Society The Kirton in Lindsey Society’s

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with the aid of old street maps and photographs of Kirton in Lindsey. Please consider an advance date for your diary. As part of our 25th Anniversary events on Saturday 18th May, a Wise Woman and Barber Surgeon will be visiting the Town Hall. This will be an exciting real-life re-enactment of these professions from the Tudor period and before by Jannet Parker and Dave Reade, members of Lord Burgh's Retinue. We will supply further details as we confirm them. For all the latest news and

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LIFESTYLE

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due to this. Hair sometimes loses density as we get older too, with some women reporting their hair feels noticeably finer, making is more limp and prone to greasiness. The hormonal changes of the menopause can affect hair’s natural condition greatly — causing excess sebum production rather like adolescence. COLOUR Colour is a great rescue remedy for

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In addition to the weekly lessons for the Misterton Art Group by SAA recommended artist Graham Hanks each Thursday, there will now be an additional set of workshops on offer for artists of all abilities. The art sessions and workshops take place at the Dovecote Granary room, Grove Road, Misterton and provide an exciting new chapter in what the group is able to offer to both members and non-members. Visiting top class artists will teach a variety of disciplines and the first one will take place on Monday 4th February, with Richard Rogers. Richard is a local Artist who specialises in acrylics, and his workshop will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm. The second workshop will also be hosted by another local artist Helen Silcock on Saturday 9th February. Renowned as a fine watercolour and mixed media artist, with her own studio at the Rum Runner in Retford, participants will very much gain from

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of meetings starts off on Wednesday 20th February with Mike Kirk giving an illustrated talk entitled ‘Helebores Galore’. At each meeting monthly competitions are held for members, this month it will be ‘A bunch of Snowdrops’. Future subjects include: Organic Pests & Diseases; Ings Wetland Nature

Reserve; Ness Botanical Gardens; Following on from the success of last years’ show/event called ‘Daffodil Delight’, we are holding it again on Saturday 23rd March 2013. More details to follow in the next issue about the classes, times etc. It will

her experience she will share at her workshop from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Doncaster based artist Dawn Ogden-White is also an expert in painting with watercolour, and you are able to see some of her work at www.dawnogdenwhite.co.uk. Her workshop will be held on 9th March from 10.00am to 3.00pm. The final workshop on offer in this current series, will be with Frazer Scarfe, a young Lincoln Artist who is known nationally for painting dramatic skies. His workshop will be from 10.00am to 4.00pm on 18th April. The Art Group is really excited to be able to offer these workshops to the general public, and not just members. However people are advised to book early as spaces are limited. You must also bring your own paints, brushes and boards. Please call Sue Salmon on 01427 891616 for details. There is also currently space for new members would be made very welcome, please enquire further for more information.

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Everton Village Hall Cabaret Night On Saturday 9th March Everton Village Hall will be transformed into an intimate cabaret setting when, by arrangement with Nottinghamshire Village Ventures, we present “Oh La La!”, a top professional acoustic band whose repertoire includes classic jazz, ‘Musette’ (Parisian folk), ‘Chansons Realistes’ (made famous by Edith Piaf), and a selection of French favourites and pop tunes. “Oh La La” have performed at 22 Gainsborough

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venues including Ronnie Scott’s, the Royal Opera House, Wilton Music Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the National Theatre. They have also played on the Orient Express and on boats including the QEII and the Belle Vallee on the River Seine, Paris. More details are on their web site: www.ohlalamusic.co.uk. As with previous cabaret evenings, the doors will open at 6.30pm; a hot meal will be served at 6.45pm

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Winter isn’t good for your wallet.

Whether it’s a crisp sunny day, or you’re knee deep in snow, the added chills mean bigger bills. Sadly, neither the weather nor the costs are likely to improve any time soon, yet that doesn’t mean you’re powerless. Work your way through my winter checklist to help save yourself £100s. IS IT CHEAPER TO LEAVE THE HEATING ON ALL DAY? Is it worth just heating when you’re in, or keeping the central heating on all day at a lower level? In pubs and cafes across the land, people debate this (or maybe they just ask me when I go in). The answer, according to the Energy Saving Trust, is turn the heating on when you need it — don’t unnecessarily leave the heat on — you’ll pay more. While we’re at it, there’s little point painting your radiators black. Try to keep the doors to rooms you’re heating closed, plus drying your clothes in an airing cupboard is cheaper than a tumble dryer (though watch out for damp). IT’S THE PERFECT TIME TO SWITCH — LOCK IN NO PRICE HIKES FOR TWO WINTERS All the big six energy companies have now announced price hikes, and even though the last, Eon’s, doesn’t hit until 18th January, the price comparison sites are updated with the new prices. That means now’s the perfect time to switch, for if you do a comparison, it’s a level playing field. When doing a comparison, one tariff to watch out for is the new EDF June 2014 fix. It isn’t the very cheapest deal, so won’t come top. But its big boon is the rate you pay is fixed until June 2014 — meaning no price hikes guaranteed. Plus it has no early exit fees, so you’re free to leave if other prices drop. CAN YOU FIND YOUR STOPCOCK? Winter frozen pipe bursts can create an average £10,000 worth of damage. This is often worsened as many scrabble round searching for their stopcock (the mains water off tap) for ages as their home floods. Don’t wait for an emergency — check

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it out now. Commonly, they’re under the kitchen sink, in cupboards, near the bathroom — plus there’s usually another one out in the street. ON A PREPAY (KEY OR CARD) ENERGY METER? You can still switch and save. Prepaid comparisons are possible at Energyhelpline, MoneySupermarket and uSwitch, with £200 a year savings for some. Better still, check if you can move off prepay to a normal billed meter, which is likely to be far cheaper with more competitive tariffs. ARE YOU DUE WINTER FUEL/ COLD WEATHER PAYMENTS? If anyone in your home was born before 6th July 1951, you’re due up to £300 in tax-free winter fuel payments. If you’ve received a winter fuel payment in a previous year, you don’t need to do anything. If you’ve never had it before, you may need to register. You can do this by filling out the claims forms at www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment or calling 08459 15 15 15. There’s also a cold weather payment available for those on pension credit and some on income support or jobseekers’ allowance. You get £25 for every seven days the temperature is below 0°c for this. You don’t need to apply. If you’re eligible, you’ll be paid automatically within 14 working days. SLASH £100 A YEAR OFF BOILER COVER COSTS Don’t mistakenly think you need to stick with your energy provider’s boiler cover — there may be a lot cheaper out there. uSwitch has a comparison which can help you cut costs. It misses a few, but it’s still worth checking. GOT A CAR? Do you need breakdown assistance? The consequences of winter breakdowns are much worse than the rest of the year, but modern cars are pretty reliable. So it’s a gamble whether it’s needed or not. However,you can get basic AA or RAC cover for as little as £12 a year, often worth it for added peace of mind. To do this, simply arrange the cover via a cashback website like Topcashback or Quidco.

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A good read LEISURE

Kath Bennet takes a look at one of the best books this month Daughter of Smoke and Bone Laini Taylor

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well. So begins this novel which really falls into the category young adult (YA) fantasy fiction yet manages to elevate itself through the sheer inventiveness of the plot. It begins in Prague and is the story of teenage art student Karou. She’s in college and has issues with her boyfriend. So far so YA. But this novel quickly develops into something strange and beautiful. Where does Karou go when she disappears from the city without warning, on strange ‘errands’? How can she speak so many languages? Why does her long, bright

blue hair never seem to need dyeing? Karou is a girl who transcends two worlds; the real world, and the place she calls ‘Elsewhere’, where she was raised by chimaeras — strange hybrid creatures. But her secret world and all it contains is now threatened by deceptively beautiful interlopers. And Karou’s peculiar fate is to fall in love with one of them. There is a saying that there are no really new ideas in literature and Taylor’s novel bears similarities to Romeo and Juliet, not unlike the Twilight series, but it’s so much richer, more inventive and colourful. It will appeal to fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. Karou is certainly as spirited as Lyra — and with an equally

confused heritage. To whom should she remain loyal – her adoptive father or her murderous soul mate? Daughter of Smoke And Bone starts small and grows, taking you on an imaginative journey of forbidden love, intrigue and divided loyalty. Sometimes it’s worth taking a break from your regular genres and dipping into something new. With Valentine’s Day approaching this may just be one of those times…and it certainly makes a change from a clichéd ‘They sailed off into the sunset and lived happily ever after…’

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MOTORING

With the exception of the high

performance Type R model, the Honda Civic used to have a rather run-of-the-mill image. But the 2005 incarnation was radical and sexy enough to change that perception. Now the car has gone ‘under the knife’ again to achieve an even tighter, sharper appearance. The result is an aesthetically pleasing, sporty motor that drives as brilliantly as it looks. Inside, the fresh Civic has a more athletic cockpit layout, a redesigned small and chunky steering wheel, as well as cool, blue door lining illumination. The car’s lightweight six speed manual gearbox is slicker than ever, and the gear ratios have been optimised to give higher speed refinement and a more satisfying action. In fact, Honda’s 2012 Civic has moved general driving pleasure up a whole notch. The steering is more direct, thanks to a retuned electric power steering system, and cornering is more precise because of stiffer suspension. This hasn’t affected comfort though. Far from it; the car has improved refinement and a good, stable ride — especially at motorway speeds. Fuel economy is impressive with the 1.8 i-VTEC petrol powered Civic. It returns an average of 47.1 mpg and emits143 g/km of CO2. For maximum efficiency you can choose to press the green ECON switch on the dashboard. This clever device ensures a very smooth increase in torque (turning power) for a more relaxing drive and less fuel consumption. But of course an engine is at its cleanest when it’s not running at all — that’s why idle stop technology is also fitted. The Civic is generally aimed at the family market so, as you would imagine, space is no issue — especially with Honda’s ‘Magic Seat’ system. Flip up, fold down or recline — you can transform the cabin at the lift of a lever or the push of a button. For example, the rear seats can be folded down completely to give a flat load space which is large

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Civic pride Tim Barnes-Clay finds the latest version of the Civic to be a step in the right direction enough to carry three mountain bikes, three large cases or three big golf bags. This is possible even with the front seats in their rearmost position. In EX trim the Civic is a very pleasurable place to be ensconced — particularly if, like me, you spend long periods on the road. Equipment includes leather upholstery, climate control, automatic headlights, electric windows and mirrors, as well as navigation, Bluetooth and a six speaker stereo. The up-to-the-minute Civic is indeed a top motor. Made by a company with a legendary reputation for bullet-proof reliability and comfort, the hatchback, although not the most affordable in its class, is one of the best looking. And, on top of that, the car is built in Britain alongside its popular siblings, the CR-V and Jazz. You’ll just have to find nearly £22,000 to pay for it — or wait for the new Civic to come on to the used market.

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HEALTH

Phoebe Hodge on doing your bit to help the health service

Although most people

between the ages of 17 and 65 can become blood donors, only 4% give blood, generally each donating two or three times a year. It is usually recommended that women leave 16 weeks and men 12 weeks between

donations. Regular donors can continue to donate as long as they are in good health. The generosity of our donors has enabled many people to be alive today who wouldn’t otherwise be here. During the winter, blood banks tend to run extremely low as more blood is needed and the problem is compounded by regular donors being struck down with colds and influenza. Could you become a donor? The actual donation takes five to 10 minutes and the whole visit will usually be done within 30 minutes. There is little discomfort; you may feel slightly light-headed afterwards but this can be minimised by eating a low-fat meal beforehand. After donation you will be encouraged to remain seated and have some refreshments. Not everyone can donate blood; this is to prevent risk to the health of the donor or the recipient. You cannot donate if you have received blood during the course

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COMMUNITY

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the sale of the Lea Estate a new book is to be launched on February 3rd 2013 by Darron Childs of The Delvers local history group. ‘The Last Baronets of Old Gainsborough’ features Sir Charles Henry John Anderson, the ninth and last Baronet of Lea and Sir Henry Hickman Beckett Bacon The Premier Baronet and last Lord of the Manor of Gainsborough. The book also celebrates Gainsborough’s early history and marks the 1000th anniversary of the arrival of Sweyn Forkbeard at Gainsborough, the effect of change and the end of an era. The publication has over 100 pages with colour

Cabaret Eventing

A Valentine Cabaret Evening

on a World War II theme is to be held at The Shires, Gainsthorpe Road West, Kirton in Lindsey, on Friday 15th February. Organised by the Kirton Branch of the Royal British Legion, proceeds are to help the welfare work of the Royal British Legion, supporting servicemen and ex-servicemen and their families. Doors open at 7.00pm, for 7.30pm. Cabaret will be by renowned nostalgic entertainers Natasha and Paul Hemmings. Period costume is optional but there will be a prize for the best-dressed couple! (Uniforms, if worn, to be those of Allied Forces only please). Tickets are £10 each and can be obtained from Angie’s Sweet Shop, High Street, Kirton in Lindsey, or by calling 01673 818771. You can also book a Pie & Pea supper as an optional extra of £3.50.

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Last Baronets book set for launch photographs and drawings in a quality case bound first edition book, priced £20. Advance orders can be made by telephone on 01427 811348. Advance orders also include an invitation to a reception at The Lindens, the former Dower House of The

Anderson family of Lea on Sunday, 3rd February 2013, to mark the book’s launch.

Clarborough & Welham IT Group Did you receive a new computer for Christmas but are now having problems getting the best from it? Or perhaps you have been using a computer for quite a while but really need to understand the basics that underpin its use? Or maybe you’re just an occasional computer user who lacks the weekly practice that is essential to get the ideas ‘under the skin’? If you find yourself answering ‘that’s me’ to any of the above questions, then why not come along to the Clarborough & Welham IT Group’s Absolute Beginners course. They are arranged in blocks of five weekly sessions (all avoiding school holiday breaks), and last for 90 minutes each. The cost is only £10 for the five sessions combined, and the next set of sessions will begin again on Tuesday afternoons from 1.30pm to 3pm, the first day on the 26th February, in Clarborough Village Hall. For the more adventurous, have

you thought about our attending our Beyond Beginners classes? The next sessions will resume on Wednesday 27th February from 10.00am to 11.30pm. The charge is the same as the beginner’s course. Topics we have recently addressed have included an introduction to digital photography and image editing and a first look at e-publishing (to Kindle or iPad). We aim to offer a ‘how do I do that?’ environment so that group members get a hands-on answer to their ‘burning issues’. Classes are limited to 12 by our establishment of laptops, all of which have wireless Internet facilities — we have a relaxed and comfortable ‘light’ touch with a dash of humour! If you are interested in either programme, get in touch with Greg by calling 01777 700918 to talk it over and book your place. Places are limited with many members opting to continue from block to block so do get in touch soon.

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LIFESTYLE

LEGAL EAGLE Dean Dunham

Returning an unwanted gift, what are my rights? If you are likely to change

your mind about buying a gift, it pays to shop on the web. It’s vitally important to be aware of your rights when it comes to returning or exchanging presents. But what are your legal rights if you need to return goods? I gave a speech about this recently at the Ideal Home Exhibition. The answer I gave is that it depends on whether you bought the item in a shop or over the Internet. If you buy something that is faulty then you are automatically entitled to a full refund regardless of where you bought it. So if that gleaming new toy that you’ve brought for a child is flawed when they open the box, take it straight back. It’s slightly different if you want a refund for something because you’ve changed your mind — and it depends on where and when you bought it. HIGH STREET SHOPPING Unfortunately, when you buy from a physical shop you are not entitled to a refund just because you change

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your mind. Last year I bought a jumper for my wife. I gave it to her on her birthday, but when she opened it up she absolutely hated it. When we took it back to the shop and asked for a refund, the shop said no. Annoyingly, they were fully entitled to refuse. Lot’s of people think you should get a refund for changing your mind, but according to the law you do not. Most retailers will, however, allow you an exchange if you have proof of purchase. A right to exchange is not a legal requirement, but often it’s part of the retailer’s own terms and conditions. It’s therefore a good idea to always check the shop’s exchange policy before you buy. ONLINE SHOPPING When you buy goods and services online you have enhanced rights, which entitle you to a seven day cooling off period if you change your mind. I purchased a camera online last year. I’d ordered it on the Monday and by the Tuesday I’d seen an

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advert for a brand new Sony camera, and I thought: “Oh, actually I would rather get that one.” When the first camera arrived I telephoned the website and I told them I’d changed my mind and asked for my money back. At first they refused, but what you need to know is that when you buy online your rights are different to if you walk into a shop, because of the cooling off period. When you are shopping on the net, you have seven days to change your mind from when you receive the goods. So if you have second thoughts when you get the item, you can get your money back and get something else in time for the special occasion instead. If a member of the public does not know their rights, they are often refused a refund and that’s the end of the matter. So you should say the following: “Under the distance selling regulations, you have to give me seven days cooling off. I know my rights and I want my money back.” If they still refuse to allow you to return the goods for a full refund, then make a note of date and keep a copy of any emails. You can then contact your local trading standards office. Happy shopping!

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Sunderland Lectures at the Old Hall The Sunderland Lecture

Programme was set up in 2003 to celebrate the work of the second Chairman of the Association, Mr Tom Sunderland on his 90th birthday. Tom served from 1958 to 1988 and was responsible for the major restoration after the Great Hall was completed under his predecessor, Mr Harold Witty Brace. 2013 marks 10 years of this lecture series which draws support from Members whilst appealing to a far greater audience from the area. Tickets are £6 each and are obtainable from the Old Hall Gift Shop or directly from FOHA by emailing officialfoha@hotmail.com or call 01427 612017. You can also visit www.gainsborougholdhall.co.uk. The next meeting will be on Thursday 21st February 2013 at 7.30pm, at Gainsborough Old Hall. The speaker will be Dr Jonathan Foyle, the Chief Executive of the Worlds Monument Fund, who will talk about ‘Coventry; City of Three Cathedrals’. In the late fourteenth century, Coventry was England's fourth city. Centuries later it became a commercial centre, infamously bombed in November 1940. But what survives has for decades been overlooked and underestimated. It is no less than the remains of England's heart of government at the outbreak of the Wars of the Roses. Architecture, painting, stained glass and tapestry all help to tell its story of a struggle for royal power that stretches all the way to Rome. 36 Gainsborough

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Hell Said the Duchess come to Kirton in Lindsey The Kirton in Lindsey Entertainment Organisation (KLEO) in conjunction with LIVELINCS has organised another special show on Saturday 23rd March at 7.30pm in Town Hall, Market Place, Kirton in Lindsey. In the spring production this year we are going to be entertained, in the Town Hall, by ‘Hell Said the Duchess’. This all-female accordion trio formed in 2009 for a one-off gig and enjoyed it so much, they decided to do some more — not least for the chance to wear lovely frocks and prove that the accordion can be a highly expressive instrument, capable of great beauty and subtlety, and not just a large noisy box designed to drown out bagpipes! The amazing Karen Tweed, Becky Price and Hannah James present an elegant, eccentric and effervescent

concoction of traditional and original music, harnessing various influences featuring dance music and airs from Ireland, France, Scandinavia and 18th Century England plus songs and dances from the Northern English repertoire performed by clog-stepping virtuoso Hannah. All absolutely wonderful! Visit www.differentstrings.co.uk for more information on the band. Information on ticket details will be provided within the February magazine, for advance information, please call Martin Hollingsworth on 01652 648435 to book tickets LIVELINCS is the Rural Touring Scheme for North Lincolnshire it organises high quality theatre, music and dance events to rural venues across local area in conjunction with local community groups.

Gainsborough Country Markets The Gainsborough Country

Market is held at the Friends Meeting House (Quakers) in Market Street, Gainsborough every Tuesday from 9.00am to 12.30pm. On offer, each week, there’s a wide range of cakes, pastries, savouries, jams, marmalade and chutneys — all are which are homemade, and without preservatives. A selection of in season, homegrown vegetables are often available. All baked items are always freshly prepared and garden produce freshly picked. There is an on-site cafe, which serves tea, coffee and tea

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Helen Stevenson shares her favourite baking treats THIS MONTH Pistachio and Chocolate Fudge

Hello everyone! And welcome to the February recipe from Baking Bliss. As I write this, we are covered in a blanket of snow, so while it is cold outside, there is no better thing to be doing in my opinion than baking some of my wonderful Pistachio Chocolate Fudge. It is so easy to make, perfect to do with the kids or maybe make as a gift to your special

someone on Valentines Day, which is just over two weeks away. Whatever you decide to do, once made, make sure you keep it in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer. Utter bliss I promise you. Look out next month for my Mothering Sunday Cake recipe!

Pistachio & Chocolate Fudge

INGREDIENTS • 350g dark chocolate, chopped • 397g condensed milk • 30g butter • Pinch of salt • 150g pistachio nuts, shells removed

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eRead all about it! TECHNOLOGY

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Even I am surprised at the

extent that eReaders have taken off. Partly this is because of the rise of tablet computers such as the iPad, also because most smartphones now have an eReader built in. There’s also the question of convenience; why trudge to a bookshop or supermarket to sort through big heavy blocks of printed paper when you can just browse new releases on your tablet, pick what takes your fancy and download it in seconds? What surprises me even more are the prices charged by the main eBook retailers such as Amazon and iBooks; it is actually considerably cheaper to go to a supermarket and buy a paperback version of the latest bestseller than download an electronic version.

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Another thing to consider is that a book is a physical thing that looks nice on a shelf whereas an eBook, once you have read it at least, is just a file taking up valuable space on your tablet or phone. An ideal solution, then, would to be able to rent an eBook for two or three weeks, just long enough to give you time to read it. Well, the good news is that you can and, better still, you rent them from your local county Library so it’s free of charge. Most local libraries have now signed up with Overdrive — www. overdrive.com — which is online software that allows you to download eBooks and manage your account with the library. Just like taking a physical book out of the library, there is a time limit on your loan but, unlike with a physical book, when the time limit expires you are no longer able

to access the eBook. This means that there are no fines if you forget to take the book back on time. So, how do you go about taking advantage of this wonderful technological development? First of all, you do actually need to join your local library and get a library card. The next step is to download the Overdrive software onto whatever device you are using as an eReader. If you are using a device powered by the iOS operating system, there is a free App available on App Store. Similarly, for Android devices the App is available on Android market. For PCs or Macs you can download Overdrive software direct from the website. As yet you cannot download library books to a Kindle, although you can to a Kindle Fire because it’s powered by Android. Once you’ve got the software you then need to set up an account. This is free to do but you will need the long number off your library card and a valid email address. Just follow the instructions on screen — it’s pretty straightforward. Then you’re ready to take out your first book. You can browse by author or by title to find the book you want. You may find that the book you want is not available; the library has to pay for an eBook licence in the same way it has to pay for a paper book. However, you can reserve the book for when it next becomes available and the software will also tell you if there is a queue of people waiting to take the book out. If a book is not available, the software will suggest books you might want to take out instead, for instance books by the same author. If it is available, just click on the borrow button and it will download to your device. Although your access to the book will expire at the end of the lending period, it is public-spirited to return it as soon as you have finished reading it so someone else can take it out. That’s it, very straightforward, very convenient and free! To me this demonstrates that books are just the same as all the other things that have been revolutionised by the Internet, such as news and movie rentals. At the end of the day it is the content that matters, not the media it is delivered by.

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green shoots are starting to appear and we’re all just itching to get out in the garden now. Just one problem — it’s still likely to be blooming cold! Extremes in weather are typical for this month so even if we do have a warmer spell I wouldn’t be in too much of a hurry to start sowing seeds outdoors. It’s at this time of year that having some undercover growing space is a real boon — not least because it’s so much more of a pleasure working in a protected environment, basking in the glory of those few rays of sun, than it is feeling a gale force wind that seems as it if’s come straight from the arctic! If you don’t have a greenhouse, polytunnel or cold frame then why not think about investing in one now? Get it built in February and you can get a head start on many plants for the season to come. Which is best? Consider the space available — if space is limited then a coldframe, may be a good option. Green houses can offer lots of benefits but are generally not a great idea if your garden is also the kids play area and they can be hugely expensive. On the plus side, they are not easy to get rid of so if you’re prepared for a bit of work you may be able to pick up a secondhand one very cheaply providing you are happy to dismantle and move it yourself (try freecycle). Do you remember, at the start of our Dig It Challenge, we opted for a greenhouse, which was very reasonable in price and gave us several days of entertainment building it. Follow

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