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That Was The Year That Was!

Looking Back On 2013


his time last year we were able to look back and celebrate the wonderful feel-good factor that had united the country through amazingly successful events like the Olympic Games and The Queen's Jubilee. Following that, 2013 was almost certain to be something of an anti climax even though locally we have had quite a lot to be pleased about. Here are just a few of the major - and relevant - news stories of the last twelve months. The first three months of the year meant that a combination of higher than usual snowfalls and lower than usual temperatures created havoc across the region with flight, rail and road travel being seriously curtailed, schools being frequently closed and ice-age conditions prevailing. The adverse conditions, however, didn't stop the March opening of the iconic ÂŁ1.6m seafront tower 'The Redcar Beacon.' Initially dubbed the "vertical pier" the Beacon opened to the public amid some controversy, but initial doubts were quickly dispelled when - within 4 months - the new attraction had welcomed its 100,000th visitor. You can say what you like about it but it certainly helped to put Redcar very much back on the map! The feel-good factor was maintained PAGE 4 | Local Answer - Issue 46

throughout April. The first anniversary of the re-opened steelworks included an announcement that 2.5million tonnes of steel had been produced in the first year, creating a wonderful feeling of security for many Teesside families. The announcements of further investment that have been made since can only be great news for Teesside.

Alongside that great news - and following on from the Beacon launch - came the official opening of the new-look seafront with the ÂŁ30million, 2.7km sea defences finally in place. That was coupled with a return of old favourites like 'The Penguins' and the 'Director's Chair' sculpture that commemorated the filming of 'Atonement.' We were finally treated to the introduction

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tempered by the team's poor performance so far in Oz.

The new defences were really put through their paces in December with some of the worst tidal flooding for 60 years creating difficult times across the East Cleveland coastline and it's hard to imagine what the results would have been without the improvements. They therefore represented a timely and advantageous addition to the region.

Internationally there wasn't a great deal happening throughout 2013 but the Roman Catholic Church was able to welcome a new Pope in March after the unprecedented resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina took the name Pope Francis I after becoming the first Jesuit and Latin American Pope.

So locally, we've had quite a lot to celebrate but looking at the sporting front it was sad to see one of 'Boro's favourite sons lose his job at the Riverside after a couple of seasons of under achievement. Lovely bloke though he is, Tony Mowbray didn't quite make the desired difference. We can only wait to see whether the first foreign manager Aitor Karanka can pull things round and get us back to the promised land. Elsewhere on the sporting front we had Andy Murray giving us our first British Wimbledon men's champion since Fred Perry; we had the lovely sight of Estimate - the Queen's horse - winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup and our football team reaching the World Cup finals in Brazil. Now that's something to really look forward to! Another superb England Ashes victory on home soil, however, has since been

Sadly, however, another wonderful Icon passed away in December and though it was obviously inevitable the world was still devastated by the passing of a true legend. The unbelievable differences that Nelson Mandela brought about in South Africa is probably one of the most incredible stories of the last fifty years. That the world recognised his achievements in such a positive way, however, made his passing a little less sad because we were able to appreciate his enormous contribution to the end of Apartheid. And finally, the birth of little Prince George brought back lovely memories of how well the country had once again taken the Royal Family to its heart with the Queen's Jubilee and it was nice to see how these 'new' Royals looked just like any ordinary family celebrating the birth of their first son. Like his father and his Uncle Harry, George will no doubt turn out to be a great lad that we can all admire! We have no doubt that both he and his father will ultimately reign with dignity, humility and a real understanding of life outside the Palace!

Which only leaves us the opportunity to wish you all a very happy and successful 2014.

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Both of these terms are used mainly in the context of facial aesthetic procedures, both ‘anti’ ageing and for rejuvenation. Botox is the tradename used by Allergan pharmaceuticals for botulinum toxin type A, a powerful neurotoxin from clostridium botulinum bacteria. Botox is very powerful, and a cup of pure toxin could kill the population of the world! However there is no need to worry as the therapeutic dose is some 600 times lower than the lethal dose.! Botox is a very versatile medication and has various uses in general medicine eg correction of squints, relaxing spastic muscles, and relief from excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Cosmetic applications; botox injections can prevent the development of wrinkles by’ hybernating’ facial muscles. The injections are commonly used on the forehead, eyebrow region and smile lines/crows feet areas. The effects can last between 3 and 5 months, occasionally up to 6 months ,before new nerve shoots grow and re-innervate the affected muscle groups. Fillers or dermal fillers as they are referred PAGE 6 | Local Answer - Issue 46

to are used to correct static wrinkles or depressed scars in the skin. The most commonly used filler is hyaluronic acid, a natural intracellular material. Examples of these are Juvaderm and Restylane. Modern fillers also incorporate a local anaesthetic material to make application as painless as possible. Dermal fillers work by boosting the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers revitalise and add volume to the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and giving a natural softer look. Dermal fillers are a soft injectable gel consisting of stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid. The gel is tissue-friendly and closely resembles the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. It is long-lasting but not permanent. Dermal filler injections provide an easy way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, smooth the skin and give a more youthful appearance. The result of a single treatment can be seen instantly and can last for around 9 to 12 months. Dermal filler injections can give a natural looking result that does not affect facial expression. As your face changes over time, dermal fillers allow you to control you looks subtly as you age. Here at banksdental we offer a free consultation to discuss all aspects of your facial aesthetic treatments.






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nce we get into the New Year the automatic thought in most peoples heads is how do we improve the home now that Winter's on the way out. A long period of dark nights and cold weather makes us feel like doing something bright and cheery to herald the arrival of spring but what can we do relatively easily and without too much financial outlay to achieve that aim? Here are a few ideas that might help! Natural candle holders....... The most satisfying finishing touch is the one that costs you nothing and yet creates quite an impact. If you're beside a river or at the seaside look out for a few reasonably sized and well worn pebbles or stones and try to find those with natural holes in them. It's easy to drill your own with a masonry bit, of course, but if nature's done the work for you it's even better. Use them as natural candle holders by placing a thin tapered candle into the hole and securing it at the base with 'Plasticine' or 'Bluetac.' While one on its own may look a bit lost, putting a cluster together can give a charming effect, especially with a taller and quite different holder to accompany them. All that glitters..... For something that will glitter all the year round at a very reasonable cost, try this lovely idea for a bit of bedroom magic. Simply take an appropriately sized piece of 9mm MDF (most good DIY stores will cut it to your required size) and drill a uniform grid of holes just large enough to take the dusted off Christmas fairy lights that will represent the centre-point of your display. Sand, prime and paint the board with an appropriate colour then insert your Christmas lights through the holes, holding them in place with electrical tape. Fix a screw eye to each side of the piece and run picture wire through to hang it. If you would rather have a 'sky at night' effect then it would be better to drill the holes randomly ensuring, of course, that you have the correct number of holes for the number of lights on the Christmas tree string! White lights seem to be the obvious choice here because they go with anything but you could also use the gold or bright blues that are now readily available. Pretty and Practical..... For the best possible good looks in a kitchen it's great to get all those PAGE 8 | Local Answer - Issue 46

LOCAL ANSWER lovely natural ingredients like pasta, sugar, pulses, dried fruit, nuts and flour displayed on a prominent shelf in glass jars. Getting all those natural ingredients out of the cupboard and on display makes your kitchen look much better and makes you look like a cook who knows what she's doing! Sealed glass jars - normally reserved for preserving and bottling - are perfect containers for a country-style kitchen, especially since they're comparatively cheap and usually dishwasher safe. If you buy them in lots of different sizes and put all your dried ingredients into them they will not only look great but will keep your stuff fresher for longer. Spaced Out..... It doesn't matter how much you love those photographs or how well they're framed it's always difficult to get them looking good when they're just hung individually. So put them in a group, even though at first glance it may appear really difficult to get them to hang in a perfect rectangle or square. To make it easy, arrange the frames on the floor in the order and shape you wish them to appear on the wall. Cut newspaper to the same size as each frame and mark the hanging point on the paper. Use low tack masking tape to hang the pieces of newspaper on the wall until you have the perfect symmetrical design that matches the layout on the floor. Nail picture hooks in the places you've marked on the paper and then hang the pictures. For larger picture use two hooks and nails so you can be sure they will take the weight.

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We frequently mention the fact that people pick up all sorts of knowledge as they go through life but how much do you really know? Check it out with these festive brain teasers. 1. Name the ranch that was the base for the hugely successful Dallas TV series.? 2. Which scientific scale is used to measure the power of earthquakes? 3. In which military conflict did Florence Nightingale become a prominent figure in reforming military healthcare? 4. How many separate scoring segments are there on a traditional dartboard? 5. At which battle did Richard III - whose remains were recently found under a Leicester car park - die? 6. What is the colourless, odourless gas produced when paraffin or other heating fuels are burned without proper insulation?

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owever much government and green support is given to the development of the electric car the motor buying public hasn’t yet cottoned on and only one per cent of UK drivers own an ‘Alternative Fuel Vehicle’ (AFV). Since 2011 there has been a cost relief of up to £5,000 on the purchase of a new electric vehicle but with many drivers still completely unaware of this particular benefit only 100,000 have so far made the step. That, however, hasn’t affected Nissan’s attitude to the concept and the improvements they have recently made on the Sunderland-built Nissan Leaf electric car should be enough to attract many more buyers over the coming year. The real truth, of course, is that electric cars are not built for particularly long distances, but if you mainly use your car for commuting to work, picking the kids up from school, shopping around the town or gentle rides into the country it could save you an absolute

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fortune. It’s incredibly cheap to run, extremely quiet to drive and the purchase of a home charger can make it the most economical form of transport available. Add to that the fact that there are absolutely no CO2 emissions and you have the ultimate ‘green’ car. The new improvements have also made it a genuine family car and it now has a roomy interior with height adjustable, well supported front seats, increased rear leg room and a range of standard extras that include

LOCAL ANSWER electric windows, power assisted steering, sat nav, CD stereo/radio, alloy wheels and a smart phone app. Driving it for the first time will also give you quite a surprise because although there is a conception that electric cars are sluggish, the new Leaf’s 109bph motor means brisk acceleration, a top speed of 90mph and great grip and body control as well. As already mentioned, practicality depends on your own particular use of the car, but if you are what Nissan describes as a typical motorist averaging around 37 miles a day you’ll have no problems because the estimated mileage on a single charge is 124 miles. That, of course, depends on how heavily you accelerate, how much you use power guzzling extras like air conditioning and external temperatures. Re-charge is pretty quick, though, with a 50% charge achievable in just 30 minutes from a standard domestic outlet. There is also the extra benefit that coasting downhill without using the accelerator will automatically re-charge the battery. On the downside, the national charging infrastructure for electric cars still leaves a lot to be desired but careful planning should see you through any perceived problems. The car’s sat nav will help here because it is programmed to take you to the nearest charging point and give you directions if your battery is running low!


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New Year Resolutions


ou've probably already made - and broken - this year's resolutions but looking at life in all its glory there should be a few things that while initially appearing problematic can on reflection - be seen as huge bonuses. We offer you these examples of things for which you should be truly thankful. 1..... For the wife who greets you after a hard day's work with what is your least favourite meal, because it means she's at home waiting for you and not out with someone else! 2..... For the husband who comes home from work and vegetates on the couch. It means he's tired after working hard and isn't sitting at some bar. 3..... For your teenager who's moaning about having to help with the washing up because at least he's at home with you and not out on the streets creating problems for others. 4..... For the taxes you have to pay because it means you're in secure employment. 5..... For the mess you're cleaning up after your party because it means you've been surrounded by friends. 6..... For the clothes that are fitting a little too snugly because it means you have plenty to eat. 7..... For the lawn that needs mowing, the windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means you have a home. 8..... For the many complaints you hear about the Government because it means you have freedom of speech. 9..... For the fact that the only available parking spot is at the far end of the car park. It means you have both transport and mobility. 10..... For the large heating bill you get because it means you've been warm. 11..... For the lady behind you in church who is singing totally off key because it means you can hear. 12..... For the pile of ironing you have to do because it means you have plenty to wear. 13..... For the alarm that wakes you at 7am because it means your day has meaning and structure. 14..... And finally ...... For all those Christmas cards you sent and received because it means your life is full of people who care. HAVE A WONDERFUL 2014. PAGE 14 | Local Answer - Issue 46


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fter heavy snowfall, gently brush snow off conifers and hedges to stop the weight forcing them apart. If you have a chance, pack the branches of tender trees and shrubs with straw and secure with fleece to protect them from the cold; thick dry mulches will also protect roots from freezing conditions. When the weather allows, carry on clearing paths of moss and leaves.

insulation in greenhouses and that heaters are working properly. Clean and repair your garden tools, book the lawn mower in for a service and check garden furniture for any rot. When it is warm enough to brave the elements, treat sheds, fences and trellis with wood preservative; brushes and rollers are fine for most things, however a sprayer is well worth buying for tricky projects such as woven panels! When soil conditions allow, continue to dig over beds and borders, incorporating as much organic matter as you can. Forking over not only helps prepare the soil for next year, it helps reduce pests by exposing them to hungry birds. Weeds - sadly many will survive the cold weather so once the soil is workable, hoe away before they leap into action in the spring.

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Take care not to let leaves accumulate around alpines - they will die if left damp for long. Cover bare patches around clumps with gritty compost to encourage regrowth.



Remove dead, diseased or damaged wood in deciduous trees and shrubs. Avoid pruning birches, acers and vines, which are liable to bleed profusely if pruned after midwinter. Prune Wisteria this or next month (cut all stems coming off the main framework to 2 or 3 buds of the previous years’ growth). Leave evergreens and tender plants until spring or summer. Check all recently planted trees and shrubs - if they have been lifted by frost, firm them down.


Keep off the lawn as much as possible when there is a frost or if it is wet - damage to waterlogged lawns is easily inflicted.


To keep your Christmas houseplants looking in top condition, follow these simple guidelines... Poinsettias, phalaenopsis and Christmas cacti - like to be warm, although not blasted with heat on top of radiators and the like! Poinsettias will reward exposure to cold or draughts with almost certain death, so treat them with kid gloves. Beware overwatering any of them. Feed poinsettias weekly, the others fortnightly. Cyclamen, azaleas and cymbidium orchids - prefer cooler conditions and like to be moist, though not overwatered. Dunk them in a bowl of water until the pot feels heavy and allow to drain before replacing on a saucer of gravel. Pinch faded cyclamen

flowers at the base of the stem and remove spent azalea flowers very carefully - the new buds are often just below the old ones.


Do remember to put out fresh supplies of water and food for the birds; prolonged periods of harsh weather are a real threat to our feathered friends. Feed them with good quality high energy bird food and fat/ suet balls and check that water is not frozen. If you can’t find any bird food, scraps of bacon fat, mild cheese, fruit, breakfast cereal and uncooked oats are all fine. Moistened bread is only an empty filler, but better than nothing.


Sow sweet peas under cover to give you a head start in the spring. Raise any containers not already on feet or bricks to protect them from the cold and lag them with bubble wrap or straw and hessian; even hardy plants need protection in really cold weather. Tucking them all close together in a sheltered spot by the house is another useful ploy. Don’t allow containers under cover to dry out; and check that evergreens outside haven’t got dry while pots have been frozen. Pick over pansies and violas, removing leaves with mildew or black spots on them, getting rid of any badly affected plants altogether. Replace these with lovely new plants next month. Local Answer - January 2014 | PAGE 17


New Year Humour


t's traditionally said that January is the most depressing month of the year but we think it has quite a few humorous aspects that can make it a pretty fun time. Here are just a few excellent examples!

An old person's New Year prayer.... Lord, grant me the senility to forget the people I didn't like anyway, the good fortune to constantly run into the people I do like and the eyesight to tell the difference.

On New Year's eve Howard left the pub at around 2am with a lot more drink inside him than he should have. He decided to leave his car in the pub car park and walk home. As he staggered along the road a police car pulled up and the young officer asked him where he was going at that time of the morning in a somewhat inebriated state. 'I'm going to a lecture' was the reply. 'It's two o clock in the morning,' said the policeman, 'who's going to conduct a lecture at this sort of time?' 'My bloody wife,' was the reply!

There was a lovely little pub in the village where everyone knew everyone else and they were all friends. To emphasise that fact and to show how close all the couples in the village were a lady stood up and said she hoped that at midnight when the clock struck twelve all the men in the pub would rush to stand next to the person who made their life worth living. At twelve o clock the pub landlord was almost crushed to death.

"It's New Year's Day and so far I've kept all my resolutions. I haven't gossiped, I haven't lost my temper, I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or overindulgent. I haven't drunk too much or eaten too much and I haven't made passes at other women's men. I feel really good. In a few minutes time, however, I'm going to get out of bed and that's when I'm probably going to need a lot more help!" Trevor always held a New Year's Eve party and one year a stranger knocked at the door. Although no-one knew who he was he was greeted heartily and taken to the drinks table and poured a stiff whiskey. After an hour or so of the best conversation he had enjoyed for years Trevor said he hoped the man would have a Happy New Year. 'I doubt it,' said the man. 'I only knocked at your door because some of your guest's cars are blocking my drive and my wife is sitting in her car waiting to be let out!' A pessimist is someone who believes that the dawn of a New Year has very little effect on your life. If it sucked in 2013 it's probably going to suck in 2014 as well! PAGE 18 | Local Answer - Issue 46

George was at a New Year's eve party and asked his best friend Fred for a cigarette. After George had lit up and taken the first satisfying drag Fred said, 'Hang on, I thought your main New Year's resolution was to give up cigarettes.' 'It is,' said George, 'but this is just phase one.' 'Phase One?' asked Fred. 'What's that?' 'It's easy,' said George. 'I've given up buying them!' And finally, a few observations about the point of making New Year Resolutions ....

My New Year's resolution is to stop associating with people who make New Year's resolutions. I'll remember 2013 like it was yesterday! May all your troubles last as long as your New Year resolutions. Many things were preserved in alcohol this New Years Eve. DIGNITY was not one of them. I'm planning on finding new and interesting things to hate about my job in 2014. Just heard that in 2014 there will be a new device that can turn thoughts into speech. I have had that for years, it’s called alcohol. My New Year's Resolution is to break my New Years Resolutions....That way I succeed at something! Anyone who says that alcohol is a depressant isn’t drinking enough of it!




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etting stuck in a fitness rut can be surprisingly easy. Getting out of one and finding an inspiring activity to get you moving again can be a lot tougher. The new year is the perfect time to get yourself moving again and improve your health and fitness. Here are some fun ways to spice things up this fall.

Go for a walk

Walking is a great form of exercise and is easy to do, low impact and no special equipment is required. Make time everyday to go for a walk. Plan a route (maybe down to the town or round the shops) and enjoy the walk. If you do this everyday you will soon find your self finishing the route in a quicker time. Try changing up the route and increasing the distance. It’s great for the whole family.

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Many of us have a bike in the shed that’s lacking some attention. Why not get a group of friends together a go for a ride each week. It great fun for all the family and there any many local trails to explore.

Fitness trail workouts

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Has “Strickly” got you in the mood? Get yourself to a dance class or try a Zumba class! Zumba is a fun and fast way to get fit - a dance class spirited with Latin and international beats, a mix of rhythms, resistance training and aerobic conditioning.


Outdoor boot camps

These are similar to a fitness tail workout but with a more intense and sometime military style program. Many of these classes use what Mother Nature provided to sculpt and slim the body. A typical outdoor boot camp experience might involve running hills or trails, climbing trees, swinging on the monkey bars and other high-intensity exercises using your body weight and obstacles such as fallen trees.

Weight training

Cardio training is important, but don’t forget about strength training. “Pumping iron” can completely change your body in just a few short months. Some of the most popular variety is kettlebell classes.


Yoga has all sorts of benefits that are supported by research — mental and physical stress relief, mood improvement, slowing the aging process, along with peace and relaxation. Classes are available locally and a basic yoga is even available in your own home using a well know games system.

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The best way to keep your fitness up is to do something you find fun to do and enjoy. Getting a group of friend together is a great way to make things fun and a bit of friendly competition is always good motivation.

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Food & Drink January - The Month Of Burns Night And Haggis


anuary sees the annual tradition of 'Burns night' - a celebration of the life and works of Scottish poet and writer Robert Burns. Although it's obviously a more Scottish preserve we in England have now adopted it as an integral part of our January tradition that takes place as close to the poet's birthday of January 25th as possible. Usually quite a formal occasion with kilted bagpipers, recitals of some of Burn's best known works and 'Haggis, tatties, neeps and whiskey the nights can nevertheless be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. All you need is the following recipe and a large bottle of 'Scotch!' Recipe: Genuine Haggis is made by stuffing a sheep's stomach with the meat mixture but this is a more realistic and easier method that is nevertheless just as tasty. And whether you eventually like it or not is immaterial. It's a great excuse to drink plenty of Scotch! Ingredients: 2 lamb kidneys: 350g lamb shoulder; 125g beef suet; 250g beef liver; 1 cup of oatmeal; 1 cup of stock (tastier if this is preserved from boiling the meat); 2 large pureed onions, salt and pepper. Cooking Instructions: Boil the meat for about an hour and allow to cool. Chop the kidneys and lamb shoulder into small pieces but grate the liver. Toast the oatmeal in a shallow dish in a hot oven, shaking occasionally. Mix all the ingredients together. Pop into a well greased glass bowl and cover with several layers of foil. Steam over a pan of boiling water for two hours. Serve with 'neeps' and 'tatties' which, for the uninitiated , are as follows. 'Neeps' is mashed up turnip or swede, usually softened with a wee bit of milk. Tatties are boiled potatoes mashed with lots of butter. To eat, take a bit of the haggis with some turnip and potato on your fork at the same time for a real feast. It's even better washed down with a good dram of the whiskey and some even like to add whiskey to the meat once it's cooked. At a traditional Burn's supper the Haggis will be piped in by a bagpipe player and an esteemed guest will address the 'beastie' with some of Robert Burns' own words before it is served and toasted with a malt. It's all very delicious! PAGE 26 | Local Answer - Issue 46


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It Would Have To Be A Magnificent Effort!


he start of a New Year means that in the football world the window of opportunity is once more open and on this occasion it’s fair to say that we ‘Boro fans can expect quite a bit of movement in both directions during January. Aitor Karanka’s start at the club has been quite mixed and he must have felt very unhappy that three of his first four games were away from home and registered only one point thanks in no uncertain terms to a couple of very harsh red card decisions. He has no doubt realised in the time he’s been here, however, that the very unprofessional mistakes that have been a feature of the last couple of seasons still persist and despite theoretically having quality in the shape of Jonathan Woodgate, Rhys Williams, Daniel Ayala and George Friend the defence has consistently let us down. In contrast the goal scoring department has been reasonably successful and has had us in a great position for three points on a number of occasions only for silly goals to be conceded in the last few minutes. That fact alone suggests that things aren’t as bad as they have often looked this season so if that can be addressed in the second half then there is still a possibility that we could mount a challenge for the play-offs. It’s been done before from our kind of position and it’s amazing what a few consecutive wins can do to the league table.

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Considering the post Christmas performances of recent years, however, it would have to be a magnificent effort from both manager and players to give us anything like hope up to the end of the season but while in the last two seasons we have performed admirably up until the festive season it has been quite the opposite this year. Let’s therefore hope that the same applies to the usual post festive results and the norm is also reversed! There have certainly been signs that Karanka is having a positive effect and his connections abroad could well see a few good additions during this window that can hopefully make the difference. That will be down to being able to conjure up some consistency especially at the back. A bit of a break comes in the form of what has always felt the most exciting day of the season when we entertain Premiership side Hull City in the FA Cup 3rd round at the Riverside and that should hopefully be something of an occasion. In this instance, though, there is certainly a case for saying that we could do without any distractions from the league programme so while a win would be great defeat would certainly not be a disaster. Let’s all enjoy it - whatever happens - and may it be the start of a very happy new year for all of you!


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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Accountants Johnson & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 21 Adventure Play Centre Crazy Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 32 Aerials (TV) ADI Digital Aerials . . . . . . . . . Page 24 MWC Services . . . . . . . . . . . Page 25 Appliance Repair Domestic Appliance . . . . . . . Page 2 Eaglescliffe Domestic . . . . . . Page 21 Bathrooms Rubberduckbathrooms . . . . Page 29 Bedrooms Yarm Joinery & Build . . . . . . Page 2 Beauty Banks Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 7 Image Hair And Beauty . . . . Page 7 Medicare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 3 Bin Cleaning BinzRus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 21 Blinds Polaris Blinds . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 20 Builders Yarm Joinery & Build . . . . . . Page 2 Car Bodyshop Eaglescliffe Body Repairs . . Page 13 Car Servicing & Repairs Marshbrook Motors . . . . . . . Page 13 Carpet Cleaning Class Carpets . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 27 Ingleby Carpet Cleaning . . . Page 21 Zero Dry Time . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 10 Childcare Yarm Childminding . . . . . . . . Back Pg Cleaning Diamond Cleaning . . . . . . . . Page 24 Conservatories Discount Windows . . . . . . . . Page 31 Conservatory Blinds Polaris Blinds . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 20 Decorating Service Mark Woodward . . . . . . . . . . Page 3 Rievaulx Decor . . . . . . . . . . . Page 25 Domestic Cleaning Diamond Cleaning . . . . . . . . Page 24

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