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A good read..............................6 Autumn fare.............................12 Delicious dishes.......................14 Battle of the bulge.................18 Not so high rollers....................20 Cache-ing in............................22 Perplexing puzzles..................27 Paint Like Picasso Challenge...28 Reinventing the wheel..........30 Baking bliss................................32 Dig It Challenge.............34 – 37 Anyone for a rain dance?...40 Octoberfest....................42 & 43

Regulars Community................. 8, 16 & 26 Useful Numbers.......................44 Index...........................................46

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Welcome to the October edition of Gainsborough Life. It’s a new season and a new month. As autumn has arrived and with winter not far behind, this month we report for the last time this year on our Dig It Challenge journey. Looking back over the last seven months was an emotional experience, after all the sweat and hard work we have put in. Read the full details on page 34–37. Now we can officially count ourselves as belonging to the ‘gardeners club’, we found Jonathan’s opinions, in this month’s gardening article, an insightful way to explain this year’s growing pains most of us as gardeners have experienced, read more on page 40. Although this season's Dig It Challenge has come to an end officially, one of us has started their very own new challenge, curious? Then read page 28 for the full details. Gainsborough Octoberfest is now underway. This month long event celebrates the best of what the community has to offer. There is so much to see and do and we’ve put together our quick-reference doublepage guide for you on pages 42 and 43. Don’t forget the full listings of many of these events will also feature on our website www.gainsboroughlife.com. Just search the date and the category of events which interest you most, to find events for you to be part of. We’ve all your favourite features once more in this month’s magazine. In the motoring feature, Kit Johnson takes a look at bagging a bargain

Rolls — without breaking the bank! Helen, our Baking Bliss writer, will inspire you once again to dig out your baking utensils and get cooking not one, but two great recipes from her collection. This month’s property article is a thought-provoking piece, in which Darrin Carter reflects on the ways in which estate agency has to change and evolve. Add to the above articles on books, food, being healthy in autumn, technology, plus lots of community information and news, and this edition for October is fit to bursting! If you’re looking to find out what’s going on in your wider local community then the Gainsborough Life magazine and our website www.gainsboroughlife.com can help you to do just that! Do you have an event you want to promote? You can now promote it on our website for free! It’s easy to do, simply visit our website and click on ‘Add your event’ on the left near the calendar and the rest is self-explanatory. Our Gainsborough Life Facebook page is now live. Visit it at www. facebook.com/gainsboroughlife simply ‘like’ the page to be kept up to date with events, articles and community news from your area. You can also stay in contact with us via Twitter — follow us @gainslife. We hope you enjoy this month’s magazine and have a wonderful October!

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A good read LEISURE

Kath Bennet takes a look at the best books this month Hospital Babylon Imogen Edwards-Jones

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well as rather a lot of flirting, drug-taking and workplace banter. The pace is relentless — A&E never empties, and as the staff battle to keep waiting times to a minimum, tempers often fray and split-second decisions need to be made. Some cases move in and out quickly and smoothly, while others, like 15 year old Marsha, who doesn’t know she is pregnant until her baby starts to arrive, or elderly June, who slips in the rain and breaks her hip, are likely to stay with the reader for some time. There is a serious message here about the constraints placed on staff by reform of the NHS, and about the workload that is still expected of a junior doctor. If nothing else, it will certainly put you off being ill around the first Wednesday in August when staff traditionally move on to new placements, and a new set of junior doctors arrive fresh-faced and more than a little confused. As with the other books in the series this is not for the faint-hearted, in places it is stomach turning. But like A&E, the doors keep opening to admit more and more people and we move relentlessly on — and I guarantee you will keep turning the pages as they do.

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The branch would like to thank everyone that came to our stall during our collection in Tesco, a total of £311 was raised, and we’re really grateful. Our October meeting will take place at the Therapy Centre Lincoln on Tuesday 4th at 7.30pm. This is our annual Harvest Supper and transport is available. On Saturday 22nd the Branch for the very first time - are having a stall at Metheringham Feast. For this event Ping have donated us a golf bag which we believe will boost our much needed funds. Last but not least Mrs Adlington wishes to thank everyone that came to visit her during her recent stay in hospital. To attend the monthly meeting, please call 01427 611095.

KLEO brings Indigo Moon Theatre to Kirton in Lindsey The Kirton in Lindsey Entertainment

Organisation (KLEO) in conjunction with LIVELINCS has organised another special show on Sunday 6th November, at 4.00pm in Town Hall, Market Place, Kirton in Lindsey. It is the Indigo Moon Theatre with their giant shadow theatre presentation of Aladdin. This colourful tale from the Arabian Nights is set in the Middle East: a place of mystery, enchantment and strange, mythical creatures. Large scale contemporary Shadow Puppet theatre tells of a poor street boy who falls hopelessly in love with a Royal Princess. What magic would he need to just see her again? Follow his wild and dangerous adventures as he gets caught up in excitement way beyond his control. The show is suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years old accompanied with their parents/families. LIVELINCS is the Rural Touring Scheme for North Lincolnshire, it organises high

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Kirton in Lindsey Amateur Gardeners The KLAGs 2011 season of indoor meetings continues on Wednesday 19th October at 7.30pm, in the Town Hall, Market Place, Kirton in Lindsey. The speaker will be Peter Hawes, from Kirton Pottery, who

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will be telling us about ‘Garden Sculptures’. It will be preceded by our Annual General Meeting. At each monthly meeting, competitions are held for members, this month it will be ‘Two Apples’, fundraising raffles are also held. Please come along and join us, we are a friendly bunch. The meeting in November be will a talk on Peonies. We have an exciting new programme lined up for 2012 which will be available later in the year. Our Annual Show took place on Sat 3rd September in the Town Hall, Kirton in Lindsey. It proved to our most successful for a couple of years, the quality of the exhibits belying the fact that it has been a mixed growing season for gardeners. There were also culinary

and preserves classes plus lots more. Many awards and trophies were given out, the main winners (each winning several classes) being Dr Pat Frankish for most points in all Gardening classes, Janet Bright for most points in Fruit and Pot Plant classes, Jim Flear for most points in Flower classes, George Shaw for most points in Home Made wine classes and Martin Hollingsworth for most points in Vegetable classes (he also won ‘Best Exhibit in the Show’ for his set of Three Stump Rooted Carrots). Next year’s show will be on Saturday 1st September 2012 — put it in your diary now and come along! For more information about the society, please call Chairman Martin Hollingsworth on 01652 648435.

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HEALTH

Making the most of Autumn fare Sue Blain looks at how to keep a healthy balance as the nights draw in

October is a month of

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by RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Assuming they do go back, go to bed earlier and rise with the sun rather than sticking to your usual bedtime hours. Early morning exercise, anyone? Surely that’s better than a walk in the dark! Prepare the house for winter. Check for draughts and hidden dust and moulds, another cause of respiratory problems and easily removed using tea tree oil. Even though it may be cold outside, open the windows for 10 minutes each day to air the house. Plants such as palms, ivy, peace lily, African violets and spider plants will help improve the atmosphere. I recommend BC Wolverton’s book “How to Grow Fresh Air”. Try a gentle detox to help strengthen the immune system and then nurture yourself with baths instead of showers, candles to brighten dull rooms, extra cushions on the sofa and by adding warming spices to meals and hot drinks. Finally, the best thing about autumn is the harvest of bright berries, local

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INGREDIENTS • 400g pasta, whichever's your favourite • 350g brocolli • 240g peas • 150 Parmesan cheese • 2 chicken breasts, baked and sliced (optional) For the salad dressing: • 20g parsley • 10g tarragon • 10g mint • 20g basil • 1tbsp capers • 1 clove garlic, grated • ½tbsp wholegrain mustard • Zest and juice of 1 lemon • 100–200ml olive oil • 1 red onion, very finely sliced • Salt and pepper

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a little oil, salt and pepper and a spash of water, cover with foil and bake for 20–25 minutes in your oven at 180°c • Slice into small pieces and mix in with the pasta and dressing • Spoon into bowls and finish with a generous amount of Parmesan shavings ARATI EP

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• Pour into a mixing bowl along with a good twist of salt and pepper and the onion • The acid in the lemon juice will start to cook the onion, so by the time your pasta is ready it will be nicely softened • If you haven't already done so, get your pasta on for 10–12 minutes, or as per packet instructions in a large pan, using slightly more water than you would normally, along with a glug of oil and a twist of salt • After 8–10 minutes, while the pasta is still al dente, drop in the brocolli • About a minute before the brocolli is done, drop in the peas too • Drain the pasta, brocolli and peas, then mix them into your bowl with the dressing in • If you're adding the chicken, pop the breasts in a roasting tin with

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Local organist puts finishing touches to CD Local organist Sally Taylor has just released a new CD, playing on the Wersi Verona electronic organ. The CD, entitled ‘Sugar and Spice’, has been professionally produced and recorded live. It features many different genres of music, including; showtunes, a 1960s selection, Roy Orbison tribute, Morricone and Shoshtakovich, a James Bond selection and theatre organ medleys, with 24 tunes in total.

KLS Exhibition Kirton in Lindsey Society are holding an exhibition on Edwardian Kirton (1901 – 1910) in the Diamond Jubilee Town Hall. This is the society’s fist major exhibition for several years and it will be in the newly modernised and refurbished Town Hall, which re-opened last year. Many displays on various themes including; Costume of the period, Schooling, Farming, Industry, Entertainment, Local Papers of the time, Early years of the Town Hall and much more. Gainsborough Heritage Association will also be present with displays about Rose Brothers and Marshalls; there will be craft displays including Willow Basket Making. Have you heard about Jack Binns? No? Well he is a real unsung hero! He helped to save more than 1,500 lives in 1909 on the high seas! Come along and find out more. There will be a talk each afternoon — on the Saturday it will be Linda Hotchkiss, local genealogist

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Picking up sticks at Trent Valley Academy Men and women in Gainsborough Sally recently played at Belton Party in the Park and received a great reception from local people. “I have wanted to make a CD for quite some time and never got around to actually producing one. With the help of a friend who is a professional organist, I have now completed the mission at last. I play live with no sequencing or midi files and no automatic accompaniments either, just me and the organ! I have tried to put different tunes on there, something for everyone I hope.” Anyone wanting information on Sally or the CD, should call 01427 753354 or email sallytaylororganist@live.co.uk. 16 Gainsborough

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are being encouraged to go ‘Back to Hockey’ with new sessions now up and running at Trent Valley Academy in Gainsborough. The sessions are for anyone aged 16 plus who may or may not have played hockey before, but want to take part in a non-competitive, fun sport whilst keeping fit. Whether it is about rediscovering sporting abilities you forgot you had, socialising and making friends or getting active again and learning new skills, the session will cater for all abilities. Rachel Belcher is the NGB Development Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership said, “We are really pleased to be able to provide the opportunity for anyone to begin

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Phoebe Hodge on the increasing problem of obesity across the globe

During the first half of the twentieth century, people started using cars more and doing less physical jobs. Food shortages during and after the second world war meant a decrease in food consumption, but by the 1960s food became plentiful again and, within a decade, levels of obesity had risen sharply. A problem that was originally limited to rich western countries is now sweeping across the globe. An estimated 500 million people across the world are now classed as obese. In the UK, one-in-four is currently obese and this figure is predicted to rise to 40% by 2030. Across the Atlantic it is even worse — a third of adults are already obese and this is expected to rise to

half within 20 years. It is estimated that obesity-related problems now account for between 2% and 6% of health care costs in most countries. With the increasing availability of fast food, this global issue needs to be urgently addressed. Researchers at The Lancet believe tough legislation is needed, such as a tax on unhealthy food and drinks and traffic light labelling on food. This would ultimately save money by reducing health care costs. Hungary has just introduced a tax on pre-packaged foods containing high salt and sugar content, such as crisps and chocolates; similar taxes are already in place in Finland and Norway. Restrictions on junk food advertising and school-based education are also recommended by the researchers. So how will our health benefit if we reduce weight to within a healthy range?

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Not-so-high rollers MOTORING

Kit Johnson finds a clutch of Royces that won't roll you over

Silver Shadow

For over a hundred years

As stately as the queen and as understated as a Barbour jacket, the Silver Shadow was the first modern Rolls Royce. This car was an exercise in craftsmanship; the Connolly hide seats were hand stitched, the burr walnut dash was hand polished and only the finest lamb’s wool would do for the carpets. The self levelling suspension gave a ride that is a match for a modern day Jag. Power from the huge 6.75 litre V8 was described as

Rolls Royce has produced cars that are the last word in luxury, quality and exclusivity. Naturally, they are extremely expensive but, if you shop carefully, you too can join the millionaires club and own a car that is also an investment. Here are the ones to go for.

Silver Spirit

(1980 to 1998)

The Silver Spirit was a new car for a new age. The 80s were all about brash, go-getting entrepreneurialism and this new Roller reflected that with its monolithic, in-yourface styling. It was as big as the QE2 and as luxurious as Donald Trump’s penthouse suite. The owner was more likely to be boss of his own company than a titled landowner and more likely to be behind the wheel than sitting in the back. Unfortunately, it was based on the same mechanicals as the Silver Shadow and retained the same aversion to corners and lack of performance. This might explain the falling rock depreciation — these days you can pick up a ’93 model that has been barely run in over 49,000 miles for £7,500.

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Camargue

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(1975 to 1986)

The Camargue is a 2-door coupe based on the floor pan and mechanicals of the Silver Shadow. The Pininfarina styled body is timelessly elegant and hugely

Silver Seraph

(1998 to 2002)

By the time the Silver Seraph came on the scene, Rolls Royce had fallen into Volkswagen ownership (they kept the Bentley brand and sold the Rolls Royce name to BMW). The engine was a 5.4 litre BMW V12 that finally gave the car the power it deserved. The electronics, equipment and running gear were all state of the art, but a lot of the craftsmanship that was a Rolls Royce hallmark had been lost. Visually, it was sleeker, curvier

Luxury, presence, value, quality Doesn’t do corners, a wedding car

“adequate,” certainly enough to waft this hefty car along in near silence. Prices start at £2,500 but a pristine 1977 model with a scant 80,000 miles under its belt can be yours for £8k.

Glorious looks, immense style You’d probably never drive it

luxurious. In 1976 this was the most expensive car in the world and the fact that only 500 were made makes it extremely collectible.Even so, I found a truly immaculate 1982 model with 64,000 miles on it for £43k. That may seem like an awful lot of money but this is a car that is only going to increase in value.

Looks, sophistication, comfort, manners It’s really a high end Beamer

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Cache-ing in… TECHNOLOGY

Graham Iek on the techo-game that gets you out and about

Why don’t you switch off your tv set and go and do something less boring instead? That was the irritatingly catchy theme-tune from popular children’s television show ‘Why Don’t You?’. Nowadays, TV would have to be replaced with games console/ Laptop/Mobile phone or the latest must-have electronic gadget we can’t live without (come in and make yourself comfortable, iPad). But there is a way to get the whole family out of the house with an electronic device whilst enjoying a good walk or bike ride in the countryside — Geocaching. This involves tracking down hidden items, or caches, with a GPS device and recording your find. You log-on to the Internet to find the coordinates of the cache, and then use your eyes to locate its exact whereabouts — like a good oldfashioned treasure hunt. Look online and you’ll find videos of cleverly hidden

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caches; inside sawn-up logs in forests, inside pipes by rivers and even stuffed in plastic bricks as part of the wall of a disused building! They’re usually made up of a logbook sealed in a plastic box or ammo-case, along with small trinkets to keep or swap for something of similar value, and are always found outdoors. And if you’re really lucky, you might come across a ‘trackable’ — a numbered coin or dogtag that’s moved from cache to cache. Each time it is moved, its serial number is logged on-line so it can be tracked. Bought online for a couple of pounds, some have been known to travel more than 10,000 miles over three continents! Geocaching started in the USA after early GPS-enthusiast Dave Ulmer planted a bucket filled with videos, books, software and a slingshot, together with a logbook and pencil, in woods near his house. After posting the coordinates online on 3rd May 2000, his package was found twice within two days after word spread rapidly among the online community. The official Geocaching website launched in September 2000 with the coordinates for 75 caches across the world listed on it. The craze soon took-off and today there are over 1.3m caches hidden in over 100 countries across the globe, with 5m registered users.

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PACS Autumn concert Our Octoberfest concerts

will take place at the Scouts Hut, Love Lane,Gainsborough. The dates of the concerts are Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd of October, and are our Autumn concerts. The performances are entitled PACS Past to Present,The Story So Far, Part II. This is our second concert of 2011 celebrating our fifth anniversary as a group, and it includes songs from Grease, Disney, Fame, Calamity Jane and many more. Each events starts at 7.30pm, and there's no need to buy tickets, just make a contribution if you wish to. All donations received go towards club events and activities. We hope to see you there.

Gainsborough Beer Festival

Gainsborough’s third Beer

Festival takes place Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd October 2011. The festival is being held in the atmospheric Great Gall, with free admission to the rest of the Old Hall on Saturday until 4.00pm. Featuring an A-to-Z of 26 East Midlands beers including four festival specials plus six beers from the awardwinning local Grafters brewery, together with four ciders and three perrys. Plus, souvenir festival glasses are available for just £3. The festival is open Thursday 7.00pm to 10.30pm, Friday 11.00am to 10.30pm, Saturday 11.00am to 10.30pm and Sun (beer permitting) 12.00pm to 3.00pm. 26 Gainsborough

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Mayflower Animal Sanctuary, Bawtry Now the dark evenings are upon us, at this time our dogs are in their bedrooms for longer periods, and therefore require long lasting dog chews to keep them from getting bored. The list of dogs and cats doesn’t get any shorter, and at the moment we are inundated with beautiful cats and kittens. If you are thinking of having a cat join your family please come and see us, you will not be disappointed. This month we have had a cross breed dog called Ruby who came to us after a road traffic accident. She was very traumatised but is making a good recovery. We also have with us another Staffy, named Malcome (of all things!). He came to us with a very horrendous skin complaint, but he is now getting the medication he requires and will hopefully make a full recovery. They will both make lovely pets after their ordeal. Last month we talked about Pip the Tibetan spaniel, who has a spine problem. We now have some wonderful people fostering him. He is still waiting for his set of wheels to get around easier, but they will be here soon. It is really sad when

families have to part with their pets but when they come to us we ensure that they have a clean bill of health and that their new adoptive carers have all the correct criteria. Our next fundraising event will be the Sponsored Dog Walk in Bawtry Forest courtesy of Sir Jack Whittaker. This will be on the 9th October and starts at 11.00 am. If anyone needs any sponsor forms please call us we will be happy to oblige. As the weather is getting colder we would still appreciate donations of blankets and duvets (not feather) and towels. We’d also love some long lasting dog chews as we run out of these constantly. Lastly we have a job vacancy for a kennel assistant; it is minimum wage and four to five days a week. One day must be on a Saturday or Sunday. Please call the Sanctuary or bring your CV to us between 2.00pm and 4.00pm any day. If anyone would like to adopt a dog or cat please come and see us we will ensure that you choose the correct pet and give you all the information you require. Please call us on 07969 203206 Mags or 01302 711330.

Voglia d’Italia lecture Voglia d’Italia, the Italian

Society for South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire, continue their programme of events this month. The Society presents a programme of monthly events on all aspects of Italian culture, such as art, architecture, literature, music, history, food and wine. All talks are in English but for those who wish there is an opportunity to practise Italian in a separate conversation group afterwards.

This month the group present a talk by Mark Bradley from the University of Nottingham, entitled “Obesity, Corpulence and Emaciation in Roman Art”. The event will take place on Friday 7th October from 7.45pm at Tickhill Pavillion, Tithes Lane, Tickhill DN11 9QN. Admission is £3 for non-members and further information may be obtained by calling 01709 814106 or 01909 481136.

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LEISURE

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of the seasons comes the end of our Dig It Challange. I got to thinking what challenge we could take up next, and after chatting with Leanne and also a conversation with Sean from Imagine Arts, I decided it was time to break out the paints and learn the techniques of how to paint as a hobby. As a child I always enjoyed ‘doodling’ and enjoyed art at school. However, I’m not fantastic at drawing and painting, so a 10-week course to ‘brush’ things up (pardon the pun) seemed like a great idea. The course is run by lmagine Arts’ owner and local artist Sean Coupe. He runs a variety of courses and also one-to-one sessions to enhance a beginners' skills like myself, or for those that are more seasoned artists. Each course is specific in the type of painting that you enjoy doing. Prior to booking myself on the course I had the option of choosing either acrylic painting (which I have painted with before) or water colours. I have never painted with water colours before, therefore I chose what I have been told is the easier medium to work with — acrylic paints. The courses are held at Sean’s studio at the Antiques Centre in Budby, 28 Gainsborough

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a 20 minute drive from the centre of Retford. Attending the course are Roz and Sue, both of whom have a little experience of painting with acrylic paints. As the course is a beginners' course we’re going to be starting from scratch and covering all the need to know basics. Such as using different materials and colour theory techniques, to blending and layering, whilst also painting a few pictures along the way. So it was time to get down to the serious task of perfecting that hand-eye coordination. The first week was an introduction to the tools and materials and their uses. We were shown a brief outline of the different painting methods and also the different techniques that can be applied when painting with acrylics. From the onset, it’s been particularly useful to not only learn the theory, but also to try the techniques there and then. In our sessions so far, we’ve always been given time to put brush to paper. In week two, we covered a little about colour theory. Primary colours red, blue and yellow, as they cannot be created by mixing two colours, the secondary colours, created by mixing two primary colours, and the colours in between called intermediate colours. We experimented with paints to see how the primary colours are affected by

Sean's studio in Budby

mixing with black and white and also a brief insight into mixing different colours to create both warm and cold colours. Although we’re only a few weeks in, over the next few months I will cover two to three weeks of the course. Already I've learnt that acrylics are a great medium to work with. You can paint straight from the tube to create a textured painting, and it can even be mixed with sand or other substances, to create an even wider range of textures. Acrylics can also be watered down and applied almost like water colours — plus, other forms of medium such as pastel, charcoal and oil paints can also be used with acrylic paints. The ideas are already flowing, and I can’t wait until I’ve built up my knowledge and skills to put more of them in to practice. Whatever I paint I’ll share with you, my only obstacle currently, is finding more time to do it!

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Reinventing the wheel? HOMES

Darrin Carter asks how we can change the way we buy and sell

To make over completely, to bring

back into existence or use. That’s what the dictionary quotes for reinventing the wheel. So can we reinvent the wheel with estate agency in the UK? I have spent all my working life selling houses, big ones, small ones, clean ones, dirty ones, cheap ones and expensive ones. I have sold thousands of properties across the UK for big corporate agencies, leading independents and now for the second time my own business. The common denominator in all of these over the past 25-plus years was the process, match the house to the buyer and then hold it together through to exchange of contracts. So not much reinvention there, so how can we change the way we buy and sell our houses for the better? When James Dyson first looked at a vacuum cleaner, he knew that the actual process wouldn’t change, but his ideas on cyclone suction, no bag and a ball would significantly improve the experience and end up revolutionising the industry. The same with budget airlines, you still go to the airport get on a plane and end up at your destination, what’s changed is that you probably book your tickets online, you don’t have an inflight meal and the cost is less or should I say better value for money. So how can we link these analogies to what’s still rumoured to be one of the most stressful times of our lives — moving house? Where we find agents, how we interact with them, how we pay for their service, and who we use is more than likely going to change over the next few years. With improving technology and choices on how we communicate, some agents may start to leave the High Street and look at alternatives such as home working or 30 Gainsborough

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lowercost managed offices. My personal view on this is that estate agency will never become totally virtual, as both sellers and buyers still like to meet the agent at their office. One thing that’s certain is there will be more ways for us to interact with each other, with agents having better websites, and learning how to use technology and social media to the full. There will be choice for consumers on how they can pay, as more agents move away from the traditional percentage based no sale no fee model. We will also see other retailers, and Internet companies joining the market and offering alternative ways to market our homes. What also needs improvement is the actual sale process, and my hope is that the government do look at this over the next few years. Buyers and sellers losing thousands of pound to a

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FOOD & DRINK

Helen Thompson shares her favourite baking treats THIS MONTH Apple Scones and Gooey Chocolate Pudding

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Plus, to celebrate East Markham Apple Day, why not try baking these delicious and moist apple scones? Is there ever an excuse needed? They're great with butter and even better with jam and cream!

vintage teacups! For some woman its shoes, but for me its lovely pretty little tea sets. Here is a recipe for chocolate pudding, which I discovered and it is a great way to use them.

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• Dip a 6cm cutter into some flour then cut out the scones, flouring the cutter each time • Squash offcuts lightly back into a round and repeat until all the dough is used up • Brush tops with a little milk then place on to a lightly floured baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes until risen and golden then Allow to cool on the tray • To serve, split scones then spread with butter and jam and enjoy, for an extra special treat why not add a dollop of clotted cream?

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Gooey Chocolate Pudding INGREDIENTS • 115g butter • 115g dark chocolate • 3 eggs • 35g plain flour • 150g caster sugar METHOD • Preheat the oven to 200c/180c Fan/400F/Gas Mark 6 • Butter the tea cups you will be using then place on a baking tray — I used a Yorkshire pudding tray just because it stops them sliding around • Melt the butter and chocolate together in a bain-marie • In a bowl whisk together the eggs, flour and sugar • Beat in the chocolate mixture and mix till thoroughly combined • Divide the mixture between the four tea cups and pop in the oven for 12–16 minutes, depending on how gooey you like the middle • Serve whilst still warm with some lovely double cream

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At the start of this year, Julian and I were continuing with our fitness challenge as before, yet it wasn’t going to plan. The missing link in this instance was the fact that our diet was still very poor! But without the time and motivation to change this around, it just wouldn’t click in to place. It was the realisation that for a while I had mused with the whole ‘Grow Your Own’ thing, and I thought and hoped that in doing just that, it would once more spark an interest

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◄ although our first main growing season has been a tricky one, we’ve certainly had a good one overall. The best results we’ve had have been with; carrots, courgettes, spring onions, squashes, potatoes, home grown bedding plants, strawberries, so many different herbs (including my prized lemon grass plants), beans, and our 1,001 tomato plants. Yet by far, the biggest satisfaction has come from seeing how much our daughter Holly loves being in and around the plot and eating her fill of fresh fruit and vegetables. She knows the names of them all now, and tomatoes are by far her favourite!

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The two biggest disappointments we experienced were our beetroot crop and peaches. Had it not been for the pests who enjoyed them instead of us, both of these would have been plentiful and delicious! Our huge beetroot crop was eaten by

mice and voles, that came in the night and nibbled away until they were no more! More annoying though, was the wasps that swarmed around our peach and apple trees this year. If anyone knows of a way to protect fruit trees from them, please let me know it was so disappointing to see the peaches nearly ready and then not able to enjoy them. Now we’re coming to the end of this year’s growing season (and most of the strenuous work is over) I can truly say that we would do it

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size now (end of September!) It could have been different if we had more sunshine hours this year, but it’s just not worth the effort in my opinion! So was it all worthwhile? Yes, absolutely! And the great news is, as far as cooking and inspiration, I’ve definitely got my mojo back. Our healthy eating and fitness regimes are back on track, and the best they have been in years. So that’s it for 2011! As you know we’ve started planning 2012, so keep an eye out for updates early next year.

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Any one for a rain dance? GARDENS

Jonathan Wild wonders when we'll finally get a jolly good downpour

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recover next season with few apparent problems. In much the same way as last winter’s devastation of anything slightly tender, where plants have been left in-situ they normally show dramatic signs of recovery given time. The problem is what do we do in the future? Do we keep persevering with our typical English garden favourites, or do we throw the towel in and accept that we really have been “globally warmed”? In that case, we might as well start stocking up on sun-lovers such as Lavenders, Cistus and a few Cactii for dramatic interest. Personally, I’m not convinced that our fair land will become the first European desert, but I do think that our weather has been ‘Wayne Rooneyed’ and we are in for more erratic and dramatic weather patterns. This shouldn’t mean that we necessarily have to change what we grow, but it will mean that we have to be more aware that we could get caught with our trousers down with intensely cold weather or, as is currently happening, longer periods of drought conditions. With a bit of judicial planning it will still be possible to garden the ‘English’ way and the use of organic matter in the soil, mulches and companion planting will certainly help fight the effects of reduced rainfall. Equally, by having the right sort of protection measures such as cloches and some rolls of horticultural fleece, we can save some of the more tender

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From Electric Fires to Solid Fuel, Modern Gas to Traditional Stoves, Wood to Solid Marble and Stone Fireplaces • We Cater for all styles/sizes/budgets • We also manufacture our own range of Marble fireplaces which can be made to anysize, to fit any room in any material, to suit any budget • We also provide our own in house installation service 2 Year dry stored logs. £3.75 per bag discounts for large quantities Eco friendly Briquettes £5.25 per bag (approx 12kg) Kindling £2.60

Caravan Storage Now Available

N&P Burrows Fireplaces Ltd. Inglewood Yard, Northmoor Road, Messingham, Scunthorpe. DN17 3PY

Tel: 01724 762123 Fax: 01724 761195

Prestige Bathrooms

Everything you need for that Special Bathroom Wall Panelling • Flooring • Bathroom Furniture Shower Baths • Towel Rails • Accessories • Lighting FREESTANDING BATHS ................................ £425 BATH SUITES .......... from £289 WC & WHB SETS .............. £115

Full suites supplied and fitted from £685

QUALITY WALL AND FLOOR TILES SUPPLIED BY BRITISH CERAMIC TILE COMPANY Full installation and design service available FREE home visits and advice

Stockists of Designer Tiles from Laura Ashley & Studio Conran.

WE WILL NOT BE BEATEN ON PRICE!

Located just around the corner from Water Tower Antiques

OPEN 6 DAYS – 9.00am – 5.00pm (Closed Tues) After 5 by appointment Sunday 9am – 2.00pm

At Hemswell Cliff Business Centre

Please mention Gainsborough Life when responding to any adverts

Tel: 07702 352 873

www.ripplesandwaves.co.uk

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Index

Gainsborough Life

Aerial Installations & Repairs John Gregory’s.....................................34 Aesthetics & Beauty Amethyst Nails & Beauty...................23 Lighthouse Laser................................41 Sun Spot...............................................19 Bathroom Sales Carrington Bathrooms.......................... 7 Prestige Bathrooms............................45 Blinds and Curtains Vorbo Blinds........................................... 9 Building & Property Services ADB Builders........................................31 Booth Construction.............................31 Taylor Made Roofing & Construction...29 Car Bodyshop & Scratch Repair T & S Motors........................................29 Car Repairs & Servicing Diamond Autos....................................11 R & A Scott...........................................21 Caravan Storage N & P Burrows Caravan Storage.......34 Cattery Lea Wood Cattery...............................29 Chiropractic Clinic Gainsborough Chiropractic Clinic....... 1 Cleaning Services K Kleen.................................................15 Coal & Solid Fuel Sales DK & M Taylor......................................27 Collectable Bears Steiff Bears..........................................19 Computer Services & Sales Lidgett Computer Solutions..............19 The Computer Man.............................29 Design & Print Services Life Design & Print..............................47 Domestic Repairs Peter Ford.............................................27 Driving Instructor Sam’s Driving School..........................33 46 Gainsborough

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Electrician

Restaurant & Café

S J Wheatley.........................................29

Café 19................................................... 5

N & P Burrows......................................45

Gainsborough Golf Club....................... 5

Florists

Uncle Henrys........................................15

The Florist............................................... 9

Retirement Solutions/Care Homes

Funeral Services

Grosvenor House Care Home..... 24 & 25

Lincs Co-op Funeral Services...........13

Knights Care Home.....................................2

Garden Services

North Warren Care Home.......................17

DN22 Gardening.................................35

Sewing & Accessories

Greenthumb.........................................48

The Little Sewing Shop.......................33

Hill Top Tree Services..........................41

Solar Energy Solutions

Gates

Solar Enles Ltd.....................................31

Ironcraft Designs................................... 7

Stone & Aggregate Sales

Golf Course & Golf Lessons

A J Headland........................................35

Gainsborough Golf Club....................... 5

Taxis

Health & Fitness The Studio..................................38 & 39 Tranquility.............................................33 Holistic Therapist Holistic Therapies...............................11 Local Shopping Lincolnshire Co-operative.................... 3 Metal Merchants (Scrap) A1 Metal Recycling.............................41 Oil & Gas Supplier Chandlers Oil & Gas............................36 Oil Tank Supplier The Oil Tank Company........................37 Painters & Decorators CP Painters...........................................11 Steve Mann..........................................44 Plastering Service PL Plastering........................................11 Plumbing & Gas Services A Harris.................................................31 DC Installations..................................... 7 Heat 2 U................................................37 J Thompson..........................................44 Nigel Qualter........................................19

ABC Taxis..............................................35 Diamond Cabs.....................................37 Television Sales, Installs & Repairs Aegir Consumer Electronics..............18 John Gregory’s.....................................34 Wedding & Occasionwear Dressplace...........................................19 Osh Gosh..............................................33 Wedding Photography Andy's Wedding Photography............11 Wine Distributor Marron Wines......................................15

Sudoku solution 1 8 9 7 6 5 4 3 2 7 5 2 1 3 4 6 8 9 3 6 4 8 9 2 7 5 1 8 1 3 4 5 9 2 6 7 9 4 7 6 2 8 5 1 3 5 2 6 3 1 7 9 4 8 6 7 8 9 4 1 3 2 5 2 3 1 5 7 6 8 9 4 4 9 5 2 8 3 1 7 6

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G SM

Standard cards printed on 400gsm board, double-sided with either matte or gloss laminate

250 500 1000

£47 £49 £95

your Computer for Professional Care Small enough to care ,

big enough to cope

STAND OUT! Why not try metal effects, spot UV varnishing, shaped, cut-out, plastic or folding cards for that extra ‘wow’ factor?

Prices excludes design & are +VAT where applicable

A5: DL: 500 £69 500 £69 1,000 £99 1,000 £99 *2,500 £125 *2,500 £139 *5,000 £139 *5,000 £149

PORTUGAL Algarve

Freephone: 0800 917 7832 01427 874483

Prices excludes design & are +VAT where applicable

500 from £99

500 from £70

SUPER SAVER STATIONERY Equal quantitie of business cardss, letterheads & co slips in one bundmp le

from £145!

Prices excludes design & are +VAT where applicable

Feel the Warmth Of Natures Energy

IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

in your chosen sport, whatever it may be

CORE STRENGTHENING

to reduce the risk of injury to your spine, shoulder girdle and joints

pelvis,

PERSONAL FITNESS

IMPROVE MOTOR SKILLS to aid coordination

STRUCTURED DIET PLAN

activity based on your basal metabolic rate and levels broken down into calorie consumption, carbohydrate, fats and proteins

FITNESS ASSESSMENTS ONE to ONE

or GROUP TRAINING at a place to suit you

completed before initial training sessions

Friendly, professional, fully qualified and REPs registered

Luxury Penthouse Apartment

Trainer ¦ t: 07912 MICHELLE OLDALE Personal Tavira

Olhão Atlantic Ocean

Attractions and Activities

• A number of magnificent golf courses — less than 5 minutes away is the 9-hole course at Colina Verde, 20 minutes to the east are the 18 hole courses at Benamor, Quinta da Ria and Cima • Additionally the new Jack Nicklaus course at Monte Rei • To the west around 30 minutes drive are courses at Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura • The Spanish border is just 30 minutes and boasts the courses at Castro Marim, Quinta do Vale and Costa Esuri • Waterparks and ZooMarine are less than an hour's drive • Watersports from the beach include paragliding • Boat trips to the unoccupied islands from the Marina in Fuzeta, together with self drive and organised fishing trips • Horse riding in Moncarapacho, just a 10 minute drive • Guided Tours of the Ria Formosa National Park to view the exotic wildlife

Book online at www.ownersdirect.co.uk Property ref: P8431

Starters

No. required

Trifle Chocolate Log

Organiser’s name: .......................................... ....................................................... ..................... Telephone: .......................................................

CROWN

Date of function: 25th December 2010

THE

Starters

Perfect for conservatories, offices, lofts, bedrooms, kitchens, shops and anywhere you need to heat effectively with low running costs

Absolute Energy Solutions

SPORTS PERFORMANCE

Find out more at www.fuzetariapenthouse.co.uk

Property ref: P8431

be the answer

Air Source Heat Pumps are one of the most efficient ways to heat your home

Call now for more details

Got a lot to say? For a bigger impact, why not try folded leaflets? Perfect for pricelists or menus! Fold once or twice for up to 4 or 6 panels Available in A6, A5, A4 & A3 (unfolded size) Book online www.ownersdirect.co.uk

An Air Source Heat Pump might just

UP TO

more efficient than gas or oil on average

Fuzeta Faro

Do you want to heat your home more efficiently while saving money on your heating bills?

5x

Chicken/Mushroom Basket

Pâté

Soup Roast Turkey Roast Beef Baked Salmon Vegetable en Croûte

Christmas Pudding Plum Crumble

Number in party: ............................................. Time of booking/party:...................................

Terms & Conditions A deposit of £10 per person is required to secure a booking for a Christmas function. A deposit of £25 per person is required to secure a booking for Christmas Day Lunch. All deposits are nonrefundable and non-

Save money on your heating bills

Folded Leaflets

Comp Slips 250 from £49

N

Heavier stock and larger quantities available, just ask us!

100 or 120gsm bonded stock

100 or 120gsm bonded stock

Find out more at www.fuzetariapenthouse. co.uk

Fuzeta is often described as the jewel of the eastern Algarve! Being a traditional fishing town nestled between Tavira and Olhão, it boasts unbeatable views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa National Park. With its numerous cafés and restaurants there is always somewhere to stop for a drink and a bite to eat. Fuzeta is only 30 minutes drive from Faro Airport and benefits from its two sandy beaches. It's the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Letterheads 250 from £80

A4: 500 £89 1,000 £129 *2,500 £179 *5,000 £219

Mains

Trifle

Organiser’s name: .......................................... ....................................................... ..................... Telephone: ....................................................... Date of function: ............................................. Number in party: ............................................. Time of booking/party:...................................

G SM

Best Sellers – Full colour on 170gsm gloss stock *DOUBLE SIDED FREE FOR 2,500+ QUANTITY!

Simply complete the form below and return to us 5 days before your booking date Meal choice

Parma Ham

Mushroom en Croûte Christmas Pudding Apple Pie

170 OR 300 OR 350

Business Leaflets GSM Cards G40SM0

No. required

Soup Melon Pâté Garlic Mushrooms Roast Turkey Roast Pork Baked Salmon

Desserts

•Gift vouchers •Beauty treatment vouchers •Posters and leaflets Whatever you need, speak to us now!

Christmas Day Lunch Pre-order Form

Simply complete the form below and return to us 5 days before your booking date Meal choice

Desserts

•Bespoke Christmas Cards •2012 calendars •Christmas & New Year menus •January Sale promotion

Sunday Lunch menu

Food served 12.00noon onwards Festive Lunch/Dinner Pre-order Form

Mains

Need Christmas print?

Celebrate with us this Christmas

Boxing Day Join us for our traditional

646964 ¦ e: mopersonalfitness@live.co.uk

Fuz eta. . .… 's The eastern Algarve u ndiscove red paradise

Luxury penthouse apartment for rent in the Algarve, Portugal www.fuzetariapenthouse.co.uk

transferable on cancellation or non-arrival. A festive booking includes table decorations and crackers. Any guests with special dietary requirements are asked to make us aware

pub & eating house

of them at the time or ordering. The management reserve the right to amend the menu subject to availability. Last orders at the bar are at the management’s discretion.

Tel: 01777 872507 • High Street, East

610

PVC GSM Banners

Printed on 610gsm polyester reinforced vinyl using outdoor solvent inks, brass eyelets and hemmed top and bottom All sizes available

£29 £55 £42 £55

6ft x 2ft 10ft x 2ft 7ft x 3ft 6ft x 4ft

LL FU COLOUR

From field to fork Superior quality, grass-fed Dexter Beef from the Isle of Axholme

LL FU COLOUR

Markham NG22 0QJ

Axholme Dexter Beef

Alan and June Turner

Call: 07719 932960 Fax: 01427 891671 Email: alan@axholmedexterbeef.co.uk

Poplar Farm, Park Drain, Westwoodside, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN9 2EP

Tribute Katy Perry May £28.95

Friday 27th

▪ Disco till 1.00am Three course served dinner

om Tel 01909 591610 ▪ www.thecharnwood.c

Make a night of it!

Overnight accommodation including entertainment and full English breakfast

from £130 (based on two people sharing)

Prices excludes design & are +VAT where applicable

Booklets, Brochures & Magazines Bringing Businesses Together

Square, A5 or A4 170gsm gloss or silk Optional 300gsm cover Digital texture, spot UV or embossing for a unique cover

Prices excludes design & are +VAT where applicable

www.nnbconline.co.uk ǀ January

– February 2011

NNBC Business Awards

Social Enterprise inspires start ups Small loans funding for East Midlands

170 OR 300 Geo-social Networking

Business events calendar

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Leaflets & Flyers • Brochures • Banners • Posters • Booklets • Vouchers & Tickets Business Cards • Letterheads • Compliment Slips • Menus • Wedding Stationery Calendars • Presentation Folders • Carbonless Forms Plus much more, just ask us!

High quality, low cost design and print /lifedesandprint t: 01777 839199 or 01777 839222 e: enquiries@lifedesignandprint.com


Gainsborough Life Magazine October 2011  

October 2011 edition of Gainsborough Life magazine

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