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MAGAZINE MAGAZINE your FREE local community magazine & what’s on guide

MAY 2013

INSIDE THIS MONTH We’ve won an award! - see page 3 Langage Farm also wins award Another local success P34 What’s On In Your Local Area? Lots of things to do on pages 4-7 Plus, Articles, Puzzles And Much More Inside....

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Newton Ferrers

Noss Mayo

Holbeton

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CUSTOMERS TELL US............ “The carpet wasn't new and I kept it when moving in, Ross did the best he could and is a conscientious and hard working young man who deserves the accolade. I would employ him again.” Mr C, Plympton “I would rate the service as very good.” Mrs L, Newton Ferrers “Our guest rooms and reception area look as good as new thanks to the thorough approach from Majestic” Mr G, Dartmouth

............AND YOU TELL US ............ “A careful and informative approach from start to finish. Far better better results than expected with the rugs and sofas.” Mr B, Plympton “Very freindly and efficient”

CURTAINS, CARPETS & RUGS......

Mrs M, Ivybridge

“Thank you for taking time with our leather sofa and curtains. The curtains came up better this time than when we took them to be dry cleaned and the leather looks great. You even cleaned my wife’s designer handbag.” Mr K, Kingsbridge

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“Thank you for the upholstery and carpet cleaning you guys did for us over the weekend. Thanks for the professional manner you did the work in and also the fact that you were willing to do it over the weekend.” Captain DDW, MDA, Falmouth Marina

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couldn’t resist putting the picture of my dog Bella on the front cover of this months magazine. This shot was taken on my iPhone whilst out on an early morning walk, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the dafodills were out - a really beautiful Spring day that makes me realise how lucky I am to live in Devon! It got me thinking that there must be plenty of budding photographers out there and, if you’d like to send in any pictures that may be suitable for use on the front cover of Signpost Magazine then please feel free to send them in and you might see your photograph in glorious full colour print! Talking of photography, if you’d really like to get to grips to how to take a great photo then take a look at Page 5 as local photographer Tony Cobley is running a photography workshop at the beginning of June. Tony is a very talented photographer and he will be focusing on photographing ‘lansdscapes and people’ in his workshop. I have some exciting news to share with you this month - I recently won the award for ‘Devon Entrepreneur of the Year;’ as voted for by members of The Entrepreneurs Circle. Running your own business (or in my case businesses) is incredibly hard work and it’s lovely to receive some recognition. Another local business has also won an award - Langage Farm have added to their trophy cabinet winning at the ‘National Environment & Energy Awards 2013’, you can read all about their success on Page 34. - if you hear of a local success story then please share it with me so I can shout it from the roof tops about how great Devon businesses are - ring me or email me at lindsay@signpostpublishing.co.uk.

Receiving my award from serial entrepreneur Nigel Botterill at Westpoint Arena, Exeter

As always, this months magazine is absolutely jam packed with editorial, recipes, puzzles and of course local events - it’s been great to received such a lot of local event info and I’m doing my best to fit them all in so keep them coming! The useful telephone numbers page is back by popular demand (see Page 60) - remember, if you’d like to include a number that we’re not already showing, just let me know. Enjoy May!

Lindsay

TO ADVERTISE FROM £28 PM CONTACT LINDSAY ON 01752 331688 OR EMAIL LINDSAY@SIGNPOSTPUBLISHING.CO.UK Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of material published. Signpost Magazine/YNNS Ltd take no responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by contributors or advertisers or for loss arising from non publication of any advert or event.This publication may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form in whole or part with out the express permission of the publisher. Edited & published by Lindsay Brown 01752 331688.

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Local Events Until 2nd May

Tuesday 7th May :

Devon Gardens Trust exhibition at the Devon Rural Archive To mark 25 years of the Trust’s work in conserving and preserving the gardens of Devon. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am to 3pm. Free entry. For further information, please contact Abi on 01548 830832 or visit the website: www.devonruralarchive.com.and Karl Gibson

Thursday 2nd May Evening Lecture at the Devon Rural Archive, 7pm - ‘Holy Wells in Devon and Cornwall’ by Terry Faull. Tickets £5. Booking essential. To book please call Abi Gray on 01548 830832 or email: abi@dra.uk.net. For further information please visit www.devonruralarchive.com

Saturday 4th May Uncommon Players present Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’, South Brent Village Hall, Uncommon Players present Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’, a satirical bittersweet comedy. 7.30pm. Tickets £7, on the door or in advance from Artworks, Station Road, South Brent, tel. 01364 649424

4th, 5th & 6th May Spring Craft Market Weekend, The Newton & Noss Village Committee are hosting a “ Spring Craft Market Weekend”. 10am....4pm. Refreshments available. Crafts people from the area will be displaying and selling their beautiful products.

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May An introduction to Green Woodwork Course Growers Organics,Yealmpton. PL8 2LT. In this 2 day course learn how to use traditional Bodgers’ Tools and make a stool to take home. Cost £120 + £5 for materials. For more details or to book www.growersorganics.com 

Devon Rural Archive 1pm to 3pm House Surgery at the DRA: A free drop-in session for people interested in starting to research the history of their home. For further information, please contact Abi on 01548 830832 or visit the website: www. devonruralarchive.com.

Saturday 11th May Plant Sale & Coffee Morning at Noss Mayo Village Hall 10.00 - 11.30am A wide selection of plants, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, bedding plants and some vegetable seedlings, - all at very reasonable prices.Contributions welcome in manageable sized pots and labelled, if possible. Bring to Village Hall between 4.30-6.30pm on Friday 10th or 8.30-9.45am on Saturday 11th

Tuesday 14th May : Yealm Art Society - Printing Without A Press With Caroline Barker Demonstration of printing techniques, and how to transform paintings into beautiful little books.Yealmpton Methodist Hall, 7-9.30pm

Tuesday 14th May : Guided tour of Shilstone House and Gardens. Tickets £15. Booking essential. Please call Abi on 01548 830832 or email abi@dra. uk.net to reserve your place.Visit www.devonruralarchive.com for further information.

16th-18th May South Brent Amateur Dramatic Society’s Production Of ‘Dancing At Lughnasa’Featuring a family of five sisters living in rural Ireland in the 1930s, the play explores the tension between the strict discipline demanded by the Catholic church and the unbridled, emotional paganism of the local community. South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TICKETS: Priced £7.50, available from the Mare and Foal Charity Shop in the village from Tuesday 7th May, between 10am and 12.30pm, or call 07812 414916 from that date.

Sunday 19th May HeartSWell South West Got Wheels Moor Challenge At Plym Valley Cycle Track, from Coypool. Start Time: 9.30am For any further information please contact: Nick Tedesco 07738019066

Wednesday 22nd May Yealm art society-Trip to Penlee Gallery, Penzance. Talk and Exhibition tour ‘Summer in February’. We will meet at the gallery. Details and registration of attendance please with Robert on robert@wajones.eclipse.co.uk

Tuesday 28th May Children’s Lotions and Potions CourseGrowers Organics, Yealmpton. PL8 2LT. Tutor Tania Bryson. A chance to make your own natural herbal bath products. For more details www. growersorganics.com or 01752 881180

TO LIST YOUR EVENT FOR FREE CONTACT LINDSAY ON 01752 331688 OR EMAIL signpostmag@gmail.com Visit www.facebook.com/signpostmagazine and click ‘like’ to be kept up to date with local event info! PLEASE SUPPLY EVENT INFO BY 15TH MONTH FOR INCLUSION IN FOLLOWING MONTHS MAGAZINE

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Baking At The Barn Cupcake Decorating Days Now Available in Yealmpton

Come along and learn the techniques to create your own stunning cupcakes to wow your friends and family. Home cooked lunch, fresh coffee all day and your own cupcakes to take away!

Contact Lesley Tugwell On 07866 886752 lesleytugwell@btinternet.com

We now have TWO NEW CLASSES of ‘Dance fit’. After much success in the Yealmpton and Plymstock classes there is now a second Plymstock class and one in Modbury for women of ANY age! Mondays : 10.30/11.30 Plymstock at St Margaret Mary’s Catholic church hall ( opp Drakes Drum pub) Cost : £4 Tuesdays: 6.45/7.45pm Modbury at Modbury School hall ( from 14th May in the Memorial hall ) Cost £5.50 (or £20 for 4 sessions paid in one go) ‘Dance fit’ is an hour of basic choreographed dance and movement including warm-up and cool-down. You’ll most certainly go home feeling uplifted with such great music to dance to and get fit to! Physically Fabulous also run circuit training and 1-1 fitness sessions in doors and out. Need to know more? Please call sarah Danning ( Level 3 personal trainer and Registered exercise professional) for more info on 07588 640241 or 01752 881447 www. physicallyfabulous.co.uk

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Local Events Sunday 26th May

Friday 31st May

Open Garden In Aid Of RNLI ‘Westfield’ Riverside Road West, Newton Ferrers 10.30am - 5.00pm Morning Coffee, Cakes/cream Teas Garden Admission: £2.50 Children (Accompanied By An Adult) FreeSorry ~ No Dogs No Parking Or Turning At The House

“The Day Of The Dead Moon”‘A talk on the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 and the Battle of Isandlwana and the Defence of Rorke’s Drift Holy Cross Church 6.30pm – 9.00pm The speaker is Andrew Rattray, who is a renowned expert on the Anglo-Zulu war. Tickets are £10 (this includes a glass of wine and light nibbles) Tickets available from Lesley Challacombe on 872233 or email: singerEA@ aol.com and Tubb’s Pharmacy. In aid of the Royal British Legion (Yealm Branch) and the David Rattray Foundation set up to raise funds for the underprivileged communities of KwaZulu Natal

Brownie Leaders Needed After 5 years the present Brownie leaders have moved on to other roles within Guiding so are looking for new leaders between the ages of 18 to 64 to take over the running of Yealm Brownies. We usually meet fortnightly (although you could meet weekly if you wish!) so not a huge commitment, it is very rewarding to see girls achieve and grow in confidence, meetings can be really good fun too. Plus you would be doing your bit for your community keeping the organisation going locally. You will have the support of present leaders for as long as you want it plus the full back up of Girlguiding uk for advise and training at local, regional and national level. It’s really not as daunting as you may think, honestly! We presently have 23 girls from the River Yealm area of Brixton, Newton & Noss and Yealmpton (although about 7 will soon be moving to Yealm Guides) and it would be a shame to see such a thriving unit close. We are looking for leaders to take over in September but you are welcome to get involved as soon as you wish. Have a look at the below website for more information. www.girlguiding.org.uk If you or a group of friends are interested in being Brownie leaders please contact Lesley Mackay 880507 or Nic Butler 881132 Email: Yealmguiding@yahoo.co.uk



7pm Thursday 23rd May 2013 In this year we Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of our Queen`s Coronation

Come and join us with - Tipples and Tarras At The White Hart Inn Modbury Drinks & Canapes on arrival

Followed By

An Exclusive Talk on “ The Queens jewels ” by Meg de blank Tickets £10 Book or Info :- Contact Mary 01752 880047 or Jean 01752 872906

White Hart Inn - Special offer 25% off all meals on the night ! With valid Tipples & Tiarras Ticket . Book direct .01548 831561 Tipples and Tiarras is organized by The Fundraising Volunteer Committee -

Raising awareness and funds for Hannahs a charity which specializes in delivering therapy and medical services , education and care for children , young people and adults with a range of disabilities . Dame Hannah Rogers Trust . Registerd Charity No.306948 Be inspired visit - www.discoverhannahs.org

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Friday 11 Admission Prices: Course £12 Paddock £18

The following discounts apply for Paddock Enclosure tickets only booked in advance of the day. Parties of 8-19

10% off £18

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FRESH ART IN A COUNTRY HOUSE SETTING

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11th annual exhibition of painting, photography & sculpture

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01–31 MAY 2013 • 10.30AM–4.30PM DAILY • ENTRY £6.50 Cornwood, Devon PL21 9QT Tel: 01752 837236/07507 662895

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Courses in Art, Design & Digital Media NEXT OPEN DAYS Sat 11 May, Sat 01 June Places still available for Sep ‘13 plymouthart.ac.uk/opendays /PlymouthCollegeofArt

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Beauty Blown Away - A Salon Blow-Dry at Home

You can’t beat the feeling when you leave the hairdressers with a perfectly blow-dried mane that’s glossy, bouncy and completely glamorous. There’s no doubt that when your hair looks great you feel fantastic, but as we’re all trying to cut down on our monthly spend these days, it can be hard to justify visits to your stylist in between your regular cut and colour. So, because we don’t want you to compromise on looking and feeling good, we’ve compiled a guide that will help you to achieve a professionallooking blow-dry at home - saving you a trip to the hairdressers and some extra cash.

Wash and Go

It’s really important to think carefully before buying shampoo and conditioner. You need to assess your hair’s needs and select products that will work with your hair to achieve the look you want. If your hair is dry, brittle 10

and straw-like, you’ll need a shampoo and conditioner that will add much-needed moisture to your locks, leaving them manageable and supple when you come to style your hair. Coloured hair - particularly red shades, as they fade so fast requires a specialist shampoo and conditioner that won’t strip away your hue, but will instead pamper it and prolong the time between colours. It is worth investing in quality products for your hair, because cheap shampoos tend to contain harsh ingredients that strip the natural oils and remove your artificial colour in no time. Although you pay a lot more at the time of purchase, you’ll find that good shampoos and conditioners last a lot longer, because you don’t need to use so much of them. Be

prepared not to see much lather when you wash though; professional products don’t behave the same way as cheaper versions, because their ingredients are better. Always ask your stylist for advice - they know the products they sell well. Because they use them every day, on all different hair types, they’ll know what will work best for yours.

Ready to Blow Once you’ve washed your hair, wrap it in a towel and leave it for a short time, so that it’s damp rather than dripping wet when you start to dry it. Don’t be tempted to rub your hair with the towel, as this encourages frizz and can cause damage; instead, gently squeeze out the moisture. Next, lightly brush through your hair using a good brush -

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Health/Beauty Cont’d from P10 natural bristles are best. Keep an eye on plastic varieties, because over time plastic bristles tend to break and can snag and pull at your hair, resulting in split ends and damage. Remember that your tresses are at their weakest when wet, so take time to detangle the lengths and don’t be tempted to pull. If you find that your locks are prone to knotting, use a detangling spray to make the process easier. Section your hair using clips, even if it’s relatively short. This allows you to move systematically through your lengths. Start at the bottom of your hair first, moving to the top of your head last. Whilst your hair is damp apply a little oil or serum to the lengths and ends of each section to lock in moisture

and add much-needed shine.

Dry Like a Professional Using a round barrel brush - this helps to create volume and lift - start drying the first section, roots first. Keep your dryer about six inches away from your scalp, so that the heat isn’t too intense. Use your brush to grip and pull hair taut in the direction you want it to go. If your hair is very fine or weak, use a cooler setting on your dryer so that you minimise the damage caused by the heat. A thermal protecting spray will help to safeguard your locks too. Whatever your hair type, always remember to use a good quality heat protecting product when straightening or curling your tresses. Direct the air from your dryer downwards - the nozzle will

help with this - to create a smooth, sleek finish. Don’t move on to the next section of your hair until each is completely dry - your stylist would never let you leave the salon with even a slightly damp mane. Be sure to keep moving your dryer, as leaving heat concentrated on one area for too long will frazzle your locks. Set and add shine to your blow-dry by finishing off with a cool blast of air from your dryer. And, if you want your tresses to look even shinier, add a little more serum or oil to your finished style. Hairspray will keep your blowdry in place all day long, but use it sparingly for a modern look.

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Cheese, Bacon & Onion Pie Makes 8 Slices

Ready in 1½ hours, plus chilling Perfect for a simple lunch or for an early summer picnic this savoury pie has a really rich and buttery crisp pastry and a tasty smoked bacon and onion filling. It tastes just as delicious warm or cold. Look for packs of smoked bacon pieces near the bacon rashers in the supermarket or use flavoursome Italian diced pancetta instead.

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Tip: Serve simply with a fresh tomato salad made by thickly slicing ripe vine tomatoes and layering with finely chopped spring onions and a few fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with a little olive oil and season with freshly ground black pepper.

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To make the pastry, sift the flour into a large bowl and stir in the mustard powder and salt. Add the diced butter and rub into the flour between your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in enough of the iced water with a round bladed knife to mix to a crumbly dough. Knead very lightly until just smooth then flatten into a disc and wrap in cling film. Chill for 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Dry-fry the bacon pieces in a large non-stick frying pan for 4-5 minutes until just golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the oil and sliced onions to the pan and fry gently, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes until the onions are very tender and pale golden. Leave to cool. Preheat the oven to 190°C, 375°F, Gas Mark 5. Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat up. Roll out just over half the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use to line a 20x30cm loosebased fluted flan tin. Layer the bacon, onions and grated cheese in the pastry case and season between the layers with freshly ground black pepper. Roll out the rest of the pastry and use to cover the filling. Seal the edges of the pastry with water then pinch them tightly together with fingertips. Trim off any excess pastry. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg and pierce 3-4 holes in the top of the pie to allow the steam to escape. Bake on the hot baking sheet for 2530 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden. Serve warm or cold with tomato salad, if liked.

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The War on Terror. The War. Recycling. The Rag & Bone man. Mobile phones - talk wherever you happen to be. Then: Telephone boxes - conveniently placed almost everywhere you might need to be. And the battery never runs out. Now: Upcycling. Then: Make Do and Mend. Now: Going green and growing your own veg. Then: Dig for Victory. Some things are different, of course. According to the lovefoodhatewaste website we throw away over seven million tonnes of food from our homes every year, whereas, in the 40s, people didn’t have enough to eat. And, while there were fewer antibiotics back then, they didn’t have MRSA or the Norovirus. Maybe we need the best from the past to shape the future. Matron! © Derek Thompson www.alongthewritelines.blogspot.com

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Easy ways to protect your PC How to avoid a digital disaster

These days, we’re doing more and more things digitally: our holiday snaps sit on hard disks, our music is often in MP3 and we’re as likely to download films as buy them on disc. That’s great when your PC’s working perfectly, but how do you make sure it stays that way? Protecting your PC falls into three key categories: protecting your valuable data, protecting your PC from online threats and protecting your PC from physical damage. Protecting the hardware is the easy bit. Surge protectors can prevent nasty spikes in the electricity supply from causing any damage, and if you have a laptop you can buy a Kensington Lock to secure it to something suitably hefty. A compressed air canister can blow dust out of fan vents and debris out of keyboards, and it’s a good idea to keep your PC away from extremes of temperature - a sunny room in summer is a terrible place to keep a PC. Be particularly aware of potential spills: liquid can destroy computers and you won’t believe the damage a tin of baby food can do to a keyboard. It’s a very good idea to keep food and drink and PCs separate. No matter how careful you are, computers can and do break: 44

every hard disk will wear out eventually. That’s why it’s really important to keep backup copies of anything important such as family photographs, home videos or iTunes downloads. You can do this in several ways - using an online service such as Mozy (www.mozy.co.uk) or Skydrive (skydrive.live.com), by burning them to DVD or by copying them to an external hard disk, but remember that if your backup is in the same place as the original, a domestic disaster such as a burst pipe might ruin both of them. It’s worth remembering too that services such as Facebook won’t compensate you if they accidentally delete or damage your online photo libraries; once again make sure that if it’s important, you have more than one copy in case of disaster. The other issue to worry about is “malware”, which is software designed to do nasty things. Sometimes malware spies on you, trying to obtain your passwords and other details; other times it just damages files or slows your PC to a crawl. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to avoid: Windows 7 and Windows 8 both have firewall software, which can prevent nasties getting in, and if you’re suspicious you can avoid most malware. Don’t open unsolicited

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Porsche Panamera GTS It’s the Noel Edmonds of the car world: Some love his fuzzy patch of facial hair, while others detest his bankerbothering ways. Much like the Panamera. OK, not a lot like the Panamera, but you get my point, sort of. This baboonbottomed, super-sized porker isn’t for everyone. It’s big, brash and in your face – and this jazzed up GTS version is even more raucous. But is it too jazzy? We find out...

What’s the kit like?

What is it?

Any rivals?

It’s Porsche’s executivetransporting-super-giant machine with added fizzbang-wallop. The GTS sits below the Turbo, but is still ludicrously swift for a car and as long as your average P&O ferry. Slightly harder, sportier and more involving, the GTS is for punting pen-pushers to the office with a bit more vigour and involvement.

What’s under the bonnet? Under its Bergerac-esque conk is an utterly brilliant 4.8-litre lump lifted from the Panamera S. In GTS guise, it gets a bit more stomp – up 30bhp to 424bhp with torque at 520Nm. This is mated to a brilliant, self-shifting sevenspeed ‘box which makes for rapid getaways. Despite its bulk, it will rival a BMW M5 in the 0-60mph sprint, covering it in 4.5s whilst going on to hit 174mph top whack. 46

Suitably impressive, but like all Porsches you’ll pay through the nose for it. This test model had a whopping £15,159 worth of options on it. The red paint cost £2,517 alone, then there’s £3,197 for the dynamic chassis control and torque vectoring plus ceramic brakes cost a scary £5,924. You even pay £295 for the heated seats. Oh, you betcha. All premium manufacturers have a rival or two. BMW could flog you an M5 or a 7 Series, Audi has an S8 (which is awesome), Jaguar an XJ probably in R trim. And Mercedes would no doubt sell you something slightly duller like an S Class. But what you really want from them is something with an AMG badge. Anyway, you get our point – there’s lots of choice.

Is it any good?

In a word, yes. I was thinking of ending things there, but that wouldn’t have been much of a review. The GTS is quite possibly the best Panamera available. It’s rapid, incredibly entertaining, engaging to drive and sounds fiery. There are three driving modes, but I can’t remember them all as the only one you really want is Sport Plus. It sounds better, it

goes quicker and the steering feels crisp. On the road, the four wheel drive makes it feel planted and it’s one of the comfiest cars over distance I’ve tried for a long time.

The verdict

I want one... and I wouldn’t have said that about a Panamera before I drove the GTS version. For someone who likes involvement in their daily drive, but comfort to boot, the GTS ticks a lot of boxes. The looks won’t float everyone’s boat, but they certainly grew on me over my week with the barge. However, you’re going to need pretty deep pockets to enjoy this Porsche as the options alone cost more than three Dacia Sandero’s! But I know which I’d rather have on the driveway.

The Knowledge Model: Porsche Panamera GTS Price: £91,239 Engine: 4.8-litre, V8 Power: 430bhp, 520Nm Max speed: 179mph 0-62mph: 4.5s MPG (comb’d): 25.9 Emissions: 256g/km by James Baggott, editor of Car Dealer Magazine (CarDealerMag.co.uk)

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Garden Hide and Seek by Pippa Greenwood However much effort you make with your garden, you can be sure that there will still be a few things that look awful. You may have made (or hope to make) beautiful borders, sensational shrubbery and lots more besides, but how do you cope with those things you just cannot seem to hide? A washing line may be essential but rarely adds to the appeal of the garden. If yours consists of two large poles with a line in between, try growing a pretty climber up the poles. If you use a self-clinging plant such as variegated ivy it won’t need any additional support. Alternatively make a chicken wire, trellis ‘box’ or frame around the posts and then allow the climber to scramble up, using plant ties if necessary. Summer flowering clematis or sweet pea will look great too. If you do use a more vigorous climber then be prepared to do some intermittent pruning. Decrepit sheds or moth-eaten garages can be a real eyesore. Sometimes a thorough scrub of the walls will do the trick, or why not make a feature out of the shed or garage and re-paint it. Consider erecting a trellis on one or more of the 52

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Finance Ignorance is No Defence Taking professional financial advice is advisable, but your own education is essential In my parents’ day, money was a simpler matter. In many families they went to work, earned their money, paid their taxes and saved what they could. When it came time to buy a house, they approached the bank manager to see if he would be kind enough to lend them three times the husband’s salary (the wife stayed at home looking after the children) for a repayment mortgage which was paid off over 20 or 25 years before he got his final salary scheme pension. By the time I started earning money, it had become much more complicated. We were two people paying the mortgage needing much higher salary multiples to afford rising house prices. Then came the ending of MIRAS, the emergence of interest only mortgages and endowment policies to pay them off (or not as it turned out in some cases). Pensions became more complex too, with choices for opting out of SERPS, private pension schemes, money purchase schemes and final salary scheme pensions became a distant memory for most. Throw in the scandals of misselling of endowments and PPI to name just two, and it’s clear even for my generation the financial world has become a confusing place. Hedge funds, 56

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