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APRIL 2012

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Whether you have a dedicated room, a corner of the kitchen, a converted outbuilding or are simply looking to squeeze an office in under the stairs, our expert Katherine Sorrellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guide will help you create a work space thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just efficient and functional, but also inviting and comfortable.

Road safety organisations have said forcing elderly drivers to retake their test when they reach a certain age is not the best way to improve road safety. There has been a recent spate of accidents involving older drivers who police have claimed were not fit to hold a licence. One accident saw a 16-year-old girl killed by an 87year-old driver who swerved onto the pavement in Colchester, Essex crushing the girl against a wall. Police had asked the driver to give up his licence three days before the fatal crash after he was involved in a separate crash, an inquest heard. However, road safety groups have told us that they think incidents involving elderly drivers are more widely reported in the press â&#x20AC;&#x201C; heightening the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s negative perception of older drivers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Older drivers do of course make mistakes as do all older people, said Adrian Walsh, director of charity RoadSafe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is evidence to show that risk increases as drivers get older, but the type of error is quite different from young drivers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; most of them are to do with errors of judgement rather than breaches of the law and most are â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;lapsesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. One thing is quite clear â&#x20AC;&#x201C; older drivers take less risks.â&#x20AC;? Andrew Howard, head of road safety at The AA, agreed, adding: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very difficult to base decisions about older drivers on the more outrageous accidents that they have. After all we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t base our rules on all young drivers around those who pinch cars, speed or drive stupidly to impress their friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By and large, most older drivers are safe drivers. Risk curves fall from teenage to late 40s and only really begin to turn up again by late 60s/early 70s and sharply by 80s. Even then they struggle to have a risk level challenging the youngest (and fittest) drivers.â&#x20AC;? Howard added that stopping older people driving would have immense costs too â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both personally and to the economy as other forms of transport would have to be funded. The Institute of Advanced Motorists said they think older drivers get an â&#x20AC;&#x153;unfair pressâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In terms of the number of crashes they have they are one of the safest groups on the road and far safer than young drivers between the ages of 17-24,â&#x20AC;? said the IAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Neil Greig. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When an older driver knocks down a pedestrian or drives the wrong way up a dual carriageway they get banner headlines and calls for tough retests. The vast majority of older drivers are responsible adults who know their weaknesses and change their driving to cope with them.â&#x20AC;? The IAM wants to see voluntary assessments made widely available, such as its DriveCheck55, where

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A P R I L D I A RY Saturday 7th April Village communities from the River Yealm in South Devon have been knitting squares and triangles night and day with the aim of making 1.5 miles of “flags”. The knitters are being sponsored to raise funds to repair the 87 year old Womens’ Institute Community Hall at Newton Ferrers, which is the village’s hub for community activities. Hundreds of knitters and spectators are expected to carry the the knitted bunting through the village of Noss Mayo, across the bed of the river and through the village of Newton Ferrers to its final destination at the community hall.” Low water at 13.15 so come along and join in the fun!

Saturday 14th April

Growers Organics Open Day on Saturday 14th April where Joa and the team will be on hand to talk about the plants. There will also be craft stalls, live local music, fresh pizzas and demonstrations in rural crafts and organic gardening. Joa will be teaching on the Introduction to Organic Gardening courses on Sat 21st April and Wed 13th June, also at Growers Organics. courses@ growersorganics.com

27th-30th April Trebeurden Newton & Noss Twinning Association are organising a weekend visit to Treveurden France. Why not come along for a weekend of hospitality from our local French connection. French hosts and accommodation. Families most welcome. Group travel being arranged by ferry. Tennis tournaments are planned. For more info please contact Andrew Matthews (Travel & Hosts) on 872942 or Roger Barnett (Tennis Tournament & Hotel) on 872663.

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Saturday Watercolour Workshop - Led by Professional Artist Carol Hill. 10am to 4pm Yealmpton Community CentreLearn to create atmosphere and depth. All abilities. www.carolhillartist.com

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My name is Sasha James and I have been doing meals on wheels and now books on wheels for 25 years. I am looking to hand over the reigns to another volunteer and have reorganised everything so that all that is required is some good soul to volunteer for one day a month, male or female.Volunteer must have a car, to select and deliver books or tapes to some lovely housebound people in Newton Ferrers and Yealmpton. They would need to join the W.R.V.S. If they are interested they can contact me Sasha James on 01752 873015.

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There may still be a nip in the air, but now’s the time to think about whether or not you are coming to Music of the Night in Plymouth in July of this year – as tickets are selling extremely well, with the event already half sold. July sees the final production of this popular outdoor spectacular which will be presented by 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery and staged with Team Army, a charity raising money for the funding of Army sports as well as a variety of selected Service and local and military charities. The event, which began in 1992 to commemorate the re-dedication of the Royal Citadel after its refurbishment (it was built in 1671), has developed into a hugely successful event in the West 10

Country and is loved by local audiences and fans who travel the length and breadth of the country to see it. The show’s magical mix of military pomp, the talents of local singers and dancers and the military musicians, set against the historic backdrop of the Citadel has resulted in over £600,000 being raised for charity as the show often plays to capacity audiences of 5,000 people a night! Auditions in February saw hundreds of talented local amateur singers and dancers vying for places in the cast and choir and they are now all looking forward to the start of rehearsals after Easter. Months of rehearsals will culminate in them performing with the professional musicians of the Royal Artillery and Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, and being part of a show which also features a stunning finale with gunfire from 29 Commando Regiment RA, as well as stunning fireworks and lasers aplenty.

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Music of the Night takes place Monday 16 – Friday 20 July 2012 (for five performances – note there is no Saturday performance). Tickets are available from Plymouth Pavilions Box Office on 0845 146 1460 and online from www.plymouthpavilions.com www.motn2012.co.uk

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It’s a fact that many of us stubbornly hold on to our old favourite ‘can’t live without’ product, even though it lurks deep within a jam-packed make-up bag and is - more often than not the most unappealing looking thing in there.

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Make-Up Bag That perfect shade of red lipstick, easy to apply liner and super-lengthening mascara might do its job expertly, but if it’s been hanging around for months, it may be threatening your health. Although your cosmetics look innocent enough, after being opened they offer a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. And over time, you can end up suffering from some seriously nasty eye infections, skin irritations and blemishes, all because your products are long past their best. Not all manufacturers place ‘use by’ guidelines on their make-up, so it can be hard to know what is an acceptable amount of time to keep your beauty buys for. So we have compiled a guide to give you the low down on when is the right time to say goodbye to your trusty old product.

Mascara: Buy a new one at least every three or four months. Changes in texture and smell can indicate that it’s past its best. If you’ve had an eye infection, then discard the mascara you were using when it started and invest in a new one to avoid re-infection.

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Liquid Eyeliner: Should be treated the same as mascara and replaced every three to four months. As with all eye make-up, never be tempted to share yours or borrow someone else’s - it’s the fastest way to spread an eye infection. Eye Shadow: Fine for a few years as long as they are stored properly in their original container. Make sure you replace the applicators regularly though and, as with all eye make-up, if you suffer with an eye infection at any point, always replace everything you were using at the time.

Foundation: Generally safe to use for around twelve months, foundations should be kept away from direct sunlight or intense heat to ensure a long lifespan. If you use a foundation brush or sponge to apply your make-up, clean them thoroughly on a regular basis.

Powder Blusher: Safe to use for a few years as bacteria can’t breed easily in the dry formula, though applicators should be kept clean - washing every few weeks is essential.

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Fitness ~ Health ~ Beauty Lipstick: They should really be replaced after a year as they are in constant contact with your mouth. Be aware of changes in smell and texture to determine if it’s time you should be looking for a new one.

Moisturiser: Aim to discard moisturisers after six months. Changes in smell and consistency indicate that the product has reached its ‘use by’ date.

Sunscreen: Aim to purchase brand new sunscreen every year, as the ingredients that protect you from damaging UV rays can become less potent over time.

Nail Varnish: Usually varnish will last for a good twelve months. If after shaking you aren’t able to mix it together, then it’s a sure sign it is ready to be thrown away. Left: loveithaveit.com ‘Object D’art’ Make-up Bag £16.99 Right: 1. Estee Lauder ‘Double Wear’ Mascara £19.50, 2. Clinique ‘Cream Shaper Eye Liner’ £14, 3. The Body Shop ‘Liquid Liner’ £9, 4. Clinique ‘Colour Surge Eyeshadow - Spruced Up’ £20, 5. Estee Lauder ‘Resilience Lift Extreme Radiant Makeup’ £30, 6. Clinique Bloom All Over Colour £25, 7. Clinique ‘Different Lipstick’ £16, 8. Clinique ‘Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator’ £30, 9. Forever Living ‘Aloe Sunscreen Spray’ £16, 10. Estee Lauder ‘Pure Colour Nail Laquer’ £14 by Helen Jane Taylor

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Buy For Your Body Shape If you love the latest fashion trends then you will no doubt regularly spend time traipsing the high street to update your wardrobe with the latest buys from your favourite stores. It’s a fact that most of us are happy to break the budget on the fashion front. But, no matter how stylish you are or how much you pay, your clothes will just not look good if they don’t flatter your figure. Recognising and understanding your body shape is essential for looking great in the outfits that you spend your hard-earned cash on. Choosing the appropriate shapes, cuts and styles will prove to do more for you than the latest ‘must have’ designs ever could - and that’s because the correct clothes work with your body shape to emphasise everything that’s good and conceal what’s not. So, before you go shopping, check out our guide to what’s right for you - you’ll be surprised at the results. There are four classic female body shapes:

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This is regarded as the most desirable female body shape - it epitomises femininity. This figure is defined by shoulders and hips that are similar in size and a waist that is significantly narrow in relation to the two. Choose simple, tailored and classically cut clothes that will show off your curves. Always emphasise your tiny waist by choosing wrap tops and slim fitting jackets. Dresses and skirts that finish just above the knee will showcase your shape. Be sure to avoid frills, embellishments and fussy clothes; instead keep things simple.

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Fitness ~ Health ~ Beauty - perfect for squeezing into any top designer dress. Creating curves is important for this body shape, so wearing tops that are structured to create the illusion of a hourglass figure are ideal - especially when embellished with layers of lace and fabric around the bust and hips. Drawing attention to the waist with a wide belt shows off a slim figure and creates a curvy silhouette. Bold patterns, colours and prints look best on a slender frame. Avoid clothes that are plain and shapeless - they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t create the feminine look you need.

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Narrow shoulders, wide hips and fuller thighs create the pear shape. The main consideration when choosing flattering clothes is to draw attention away from the lower half and bring the focus on the shoulders and bust. Tops should be fitted and should end at the top of the hips to show off the

waist. Wide, structured and embellished shoulders broaden the frame and patterned and textured blouses, jumpers and shirts create volume where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed. A-line dresses and skirts skim the hips for a flattering result. Keep away from short, tight skirts that emphasis your biggest area.

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An enviable large bust, broad shoulders, narrow hips and a full middle are typical of an apple shaped figure and so the goal when dressing this body shape is to attain balance. The shoulders and waist require slimming and the torso lengthening. Choose clothes that skim your figure and that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cling. Bootcut jeans and belted jackets look great on apple shapes. Patterns and detailing arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t flattering for this shape - so stick to straightforward designs. All clothes shown are available from House of Fraser stores. By Helen Taylor

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A Real Life Success Story (without the aid of airbrushing!) There are plenty of magazines out there that constantly shout from the roof tops about how the latest celebrity managed to lose 2 stone by eating some hideous soup concoction or who ate celery for a month and suddenly lost all their baby weight - we all know the pictures are air brushed and that the featured celeb has had professionals working on their hair and make up for hours! However, despite the fact that we know all that, It still make you feel that you’re never going to look that good and that it’s totally unachievable.Well this month I came face to face with a very inspirational person (although she probably wouldn’t describe herself as that). Kellie has lost 5 stone in weight in the past year! I don’t know about you but that makes me go ‘wow!’ and wonder how on earth she achieved such a goal? Well I can tell you that she certainly hasn’t been eating cabbage soup or eating nothing but melon - she’s taken it slow and steady following the Slimming World eating plan - she admitted to the group that it wasn’t always easy but taking it week by week and setting achievable goals was the key. Kellie was presented with ‘Slimmer of the Year’ at the local Ivybridge group and I was there to see her get her award - I’ll be honest, I had had a couple of weeks 22

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We tend to take air for granted, but the air around us isn’t always on our side: it can contain airborne allergens that make our eyes red or our noses run, or it can be too hot, too cold, too dry or not dry enough - but technology can help.

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The Art of the Titanic Before you go to bed on 14th April this year, set your alarm for 2.20am. Open all your windows; take the duvet off the bed; wear your thinnest nightie (or whatever you go to bed in). And when the alarm goes off you’ll be disoriented and freezing, just like the 2,200 souls aboard the Titanic as it slid beneath the icy calm of the north Atlantic 100 years ago to the minute. Unlike more than 1,500 of them, though, you’ll live. Just four days into her maiden voyage, the Titanic was the biggest ship in human history. She was 882 feet long, 92 feet wide, 175 feet tall from her keel to the top of her four funnels. She displaced over 52,000 tons. For her 883 first-class passengers she was a palace; for her 1,006 thirdclass passengers she was a hostel. But for all of them, her 1½-inch hull – made, as it turned out, of brittle steel – was no protection against the iceberg lying in wait. Despite a meeting speed of less than 30mph the impact was enough to rip open five of her watertight compartments – she was designed to lose only four of them. Impact was at 11.40pm. Two hours and 40 minutes later she broke in two and went down. The magnitude of the disaster, and the terror and the pity of it, was quickly seized upon by artists as a metaphor of enormous power. For the German painter Max Beckmann it summarised the chaos and uncertainty of human existence: his enormous (8’ x 10’) canvas, completed less than a year after the sinking and now in the St Louis Art Museum, shows hapless humanity suffering almost stoically amid nightmarish white-capped waves (actually the night was calm). For Thomas Hardy, whose poem Convergence of the Twain: Lines on the Loss of the Titanic was published in 1915, it symbolised man’s powerlessness in the face of nature: Hardy pictures the fishes swimming about the submerged staterooms as an epitaph on the futility of human ambition. For the makers of the 1958 film A Night to Remember, it meant the opposite: they saw only human dignity and courage in the face of

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catastrophe. In 1979 the story was filmed again as SOS Titanic. This time the makers focused on a different aspect: class division. As well they might, for the richer you were the likelier you were to survive: 123 of the 883 first-class passengers died compared to 167 of 614 in second class, 528 of 1,006 in third class, and 693 of the 885 crew. Then there is the American figurative painter Ken Marschall who has been compulsively, almost obsessively, making paintings of the Titanic since 1969. His work is almost photographically lifelike and detailed and shows the great ship going about its business placidly as if nothing was wrong. And nothing is. It is only the viewer’s foreknowledge that makes the images so terrifying. Perhaps the greatest piece of art inspired by the disaster, though, came from the British indeterminist composer Gavin Bryars, whose The Sinking of the Titanic was written in 1969 and recorded by Brian Eno in 1975. In it, Bryars fantasises about the piece played by the eight-piece band as the ship sank – Nearer My God to Thee, supposedly – echoing forever around the wreck, the increasingly incoherent soundwaves trapped by the ocean as an eternal ghostly lament. Which brings us to 1997, and the James Cameron/ Leonardo diCaprio/Kate Winslett epic. Enough said. A commercial triumph; an artistic void. For a meditation on mortality occasioned by the centenary, go with Beckmann, Hardy, and above all Bryars. They really will make your heart go on...

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Keeping your body and mind stimulated will help you to get so much more out of your later years The changes to life that retirement brings can be quite a shock, even if you have been looking forward to it. Losing the focus of going to work each day can be hard and it is easy to slip into a sedentary lifestyle. But research shows that those who keep active both physically and mentally enjoy a healthier later life. So what can you do?

The benefits of activity

Regular exercise has a huge number of benefits: it strengthens your muscles, aiding mobility and reducing the risk of falls and conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and osteoporosis (brittle bones). It also helps to reduce the risk of other conditions, such as diabetes and stroke. It improves coordination and balance and encourages a healthy appetite, regular bowel movements and means you are more likely to sleep well at night. It also stimulates the brain, so that you’re less likely to suffer from stress or depression. Small amounts of regular exercise or activity is better for you than a big burst of energy one day and then nothing for the rest of the week. And exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym - there is plenty you can do at home and while you’re out and about to keep active. At home you can tackle the garden - just a little weeding or pruning is using your muscles and keeping them flexible; and even housework is great for strengthening muscles. Try an exercise DVD at home - and ask a friend to join you to make it more fun. Walk as much as you can each day - to the local shops or library and take up some social activities that will encourage you to meet other people as well as exercise, such as dance or arts &

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craft classes; or keep fit for the over 50s. And, if you have lots of energy, you could even try Zumba, which is fastpaced and fun. All these activities will keep your muscles moving and supple. Age UK (formerly Age Concern) has a nationwide programme, Fit as a Fiddle, which supports people over 50 with physical activity, healthy eating and mental wellbeing. Find out more at www.fitasafiddle.org.uk

Keeping mentally stimulated

Studies show that the more you use your brain the more mentally active you’ll remain. As well as slowing down memory loss (although you’re still likely to forget things!), you can also reduce the chances of conditions such as Alzheimer’s. As with physical exercise, keeping mentally active can also help to reduce stress and depression. There are many activities that can help to keep your brain mentally agile. At home you can tackle crossword puzzles, Sudoku or chess. Maybe now is the time to start reading all those books you never had time for when you were working? It is also possible to ‘train’ your mind by using trigger words to jog your memory. Using sticky notes on the fridge will help to remind you of what you need to do that day. Joining groups with common interests will encourage you to meet and interact with new people as well as keeping your mind occupied. Try bingo; learn a new language or how to use a computer; or enrol on a cookery course. Your local council or library will have information on classes and activities for older people - just take your pick! www.ageuk.org.uk

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The Play’s the Thing April sees us celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday. He’s our most celebrated playwright but who else believed ‘all the world’s a stage’?

Alan Bennett Fame came knocking overnight for Bennett after the Oxford university lecturer teamed up with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook to write and perform in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe. One of his mostloved series is Talking Heads which was originally written as a series of hilarious character monologues for the BBC. Bennett enjoyed further acclaim with his play The History Boys. Set in a fictitious boys’ grammar school it follows a group of students preparing for the Oxbridge exams. It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2005 and scooped Best Play at the Tonys the following year. Harold Pinter The best thing about seeing a Pinter play is hearing everyone in the interval trying to work out what it all means. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature so you know it’s good stuff, you just may not know whether you actually like it or not. Although Pinter didn’t win critical acclaim until The Caretaker, it’s

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worth reading his earlier work, The Room, which he wrote in three days. The Dumb Waiter produces a lot of laughs with an excellent twist at the end and A Slight Ache might leave you examining your own relationships. Alan Ayckbourn Playwrights don’t come more prolific than Alan Ayckbourn who’s written more than seventy plays. In Absurd Person Singular, three married couples take it in turns to host a dinner party on three consecutive Christmas Eves. It was adapted into a television drama with Geoffrey Palmer, Maureen Lipman, Michael Gambon and Prunella Scales among the cast. Sisterly Feelings is a challenging Ayckbourn play following the lives of siblings Abigail and Dorcas. The first and last scenes always remain the same, whilst the decision to go with either Dorcas’s story or Abigail’s is made on a coin toss at the end of the first. Some companies rehearse just one version but others learn both. Sir Tom Stoppard Stoppard began his career as a journalist before becoming a drama critic and then a playwright. His works often centre on themes of human rights, politics and

freedom of expression. His first great success, Enter a Free Man follows the story of George who has unrealistic dreams about a reusable envelope empire he’s planning on building. In his Tony award-winning play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead his two main protagonists are the actors playing the parts of the messengers in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Most of the action takes place in the wings during Hamlet and great confusion and ambiguity ensues. Sir Noel Coward There’s still time to catch Noel Coward’s Hay Fever which is currently enjoying a successful run in the West End. Hay Fever is a lesson in the importance of paying attention to your house guests. Set in the 1920s it deals with the four eccentric members of the Bliss family and the farce that ensues when they all invite a guest to stay for the weekend. Coward’s Blithe Spirit is also a theatrical mainstay. This time the socialite Charles Condomine is tormented by the ghost of his first wife who is hell-bent on ruining his second marriage.

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