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A Ghostly Halloween Story On October 31st we celebrate Halloween, thought to be the one night of the year when ghosts, witches, and fairies are especially active. There are no records anywhere to show why we actually celebrate Halloween but since it takes place on the eve of the major Catholic and Christian Festivals of ‘All Saints Day’ (Sometimes called All Souls Day) and the Pagan Celtic festival known as ‘Samhain’ it can only be presumed that it is a precursor to those important religious days. The Celts believed that evil spirits came with the long hours of winter darkness and on that night the barriers between our world and the spirit world were at their weakest, so allowing spirits to be seen on earth. ‘All Souls Day,’ in fact, was the customary date on which people prayed for the souls of the dead, and because of these spiritual connotations the stories told of evil and ghostly events on that particular date take on a believable quality that makes Halloween the exciting festival it has become. Following is our favourite ‘spooky’ tale that an old lady friend of my mother swears happened to her in the Yorkshire dales! Enjoy! “After a few years of marriage my family and I moved into a nice house, big with a large garden, but right next door to a small family cemetery. It’s a very sad place. Most that are buried there are infants, some stillborn and others that passed away shortly after birth, mostly in the late 1880s. The move went well and my children settled into their new surroundings wonderfully, but one day I was downstairs with my youngest daughter when I noticed a movement on the stairs. At first I thought it was my youngest son, but when it dawned on me that he was at school I turned to see a little boy with brown hair and big brown eyes sitting on the stairs smiling at me. A little puzzled I called out the name of my youngest son Paul and the little boy seemed shocked and ran upstairs. I raced after him and. after checking all the rooms, even the usual hiding spots, found no sign of the little boy. I just shrugged it off as a mirage and carried on as usual. A couple of nights later, when everyone was in bed asleep, I went downstairs to get some water and noticed that the toy cars my boys had been playing with earlier were lined up on the fireplace hearth. I thought maybe one of them hadn’t put them away so I put them in the toy box and went into the kitchen. When I returned a couple of minutes later the cars were back on the hearth. Something told me to say in a very soft voice ‘Paul, it’s time for bed now. No more playing. Just go to sleep.” Then I went



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Please re-read to me your credit card number and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the reverse side of your charge card.'

Not thinking anything you might give this person your information, since the call seems to come from the front desk. But actually, it is a scam of someone calling from outside the hotel/front desk. They ask for a random room number. Then, ask you for credit card information and address information. Sounds so professional that you do think you are talking to the front desk. If you ever encounter this problem on your vacation, tell the caller that you will be down at the front desk

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‘Common – Law’ Families Lose Out

I recently attended a surprise party arranged by children to celebrate their parents 30 years of ‘Living in Sin’. The happy couple got together when mortgage interest relief was still around so to remain unwed gave them two bites of that luscious cherry. They prospered over the years to move up the property ladder and have a lovely home. If either were to die the house would pass to the other, but without the benefit of spouse relief for inheritance tax. On the second death their children will be faced with the hefty tax bill to pay. Not much of a thank you present for their kindness. My parting advice was – get married, avoid the tax and have another party! There are couples with successful careers or businesses who have lived together for years but starting out as singles, kept their money and property in separate names. If these relationships breakdown, real hardship and injustice can result, particularly for the partner who is less well-off or did not own the family home. Contrary to popular belief, the law in England and Wales gives no protection to a ‘common-law’ husband and wife. There is no right to maintenance or a share in the family home. Proposed reforms for new legal rights have just been shelved. If one partner dies without a Will to provide for the other, there is no automatic right to inherit. The bereaved partner may find themselves fighting for a share of the estate against their own children or their partner’s parents or siblings. Not a good place to be. Making a Will would at least avoid that heartache. Call Rosemary Young at Trustlaw Solicitors 01642 888088

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Mark Paterson has been a martial artist since the early 80’s when he lived in the Far East with his parents as his father worked for the UN. In 2005 Mark attained the grade of 8th dan Shihan (Master instructor) in Aiki-jiyujutsu, which was the unarmed combat system used by high level Samurai for over a thousand years and was a combat system without equal. Over the years Mark has been awarded black belts in many other styles such as Aikido, Taekwondo, Hapkido and Batto-jutsu. He also holds grades and has extensive experience in Brazilian Ju-jitsu, Dim-mak (pressure point fighting) and is expert in the use of and defence against weapons like-knives, swords, baseball bats, sticks of all kinds, firearms and improvised weapons, i.e. key’s, pens, torches, cables, magazines and items of clothing.

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Your October horoscope


Aries (March 21-April 20): Although Aries are not known for their organisational skills, you will need these to go alongside your usual routine. Avoid beginning new projects then leaving them for others to complete. Instead, perfect what you already know, seek help from others when it is needed and remember to show your gratitude!

Leo (July 21-Aug. 22): Your most important asset at the moment is routine because it can be constant, continual, planned, systematic, and determined. Do your best and it’s possible others will recognize your abilities and offer you more assistance. If people want to feed you it’s their way of saying thank you.

Taurus (April 21-May 21): You always have a sense of duty but when a new arrives you’ll be in two minds and won’t know whether to maintain your normally rigorous effort or abandon the idea altogether. Actually, if you stick to somewhere in between and bring a sense of creativity to your duties, a sense of order and more beauty will result. Your diet, too, needs reorganization and salmon is best.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): If there's a wedding this Month it will first bring tears and sorrow then freedom and liberty. All four words apply to Cancer. Problems will be solved thanks to inner knowledge and cosmic impressions that are currently creating thought forms in your mind. Don't worry any more about money.

Gemini (May 23-June 20): Whatever your occupation you need to have a steadier and introduce a bit more relaxation towards your responsibilities. You’ll find others seeking strength, comfort, and nurturing from you, and that will create a fuller sense of wellbeing in your life. You may not be their parent but that’s how you’ll be treated for a while. Cancer (June 21-July 20): Don't try to do too many things at once or your life will be filled with a sense of self-interest that no one cares about as they realize that each of your pursuits will just lead to more and none will get you anywhere. This is because Mercury has taken over your thoughts and won’t leave until you engage it in study, solitude, and movement.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Your vision of what life is about will take on a new look thanks to the full sun/ moon guiding you in new ways. The Sun will fill you with lots of goodwill, resulting in better relations all round. If you stay aware of this opportunity it could lead to very good things. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Normal tasks will be easier if you try to do them communally because there is a possibility that you're out of sorts or are unable to relax. Apart from that, there could be something in your career or workplace that will take on a new sheen in the coming months, but put good human relations at the forefront of your activities because the response will be invaluable. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 20): Unless you are able to bring a bit of creativity and

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Your October horoscope enjoyment into your daily routine it will be rather tedious and dull. Try to resurrect the things you loved as a child and bring them back into your life because spending a few hours with whatever pleases you can only be good for you. Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 20): Your ambition continues to drive you and so you keep trying whatever you need to do to achieve your goals. This may mean overstretching at times which may suggest nothing is really working but the frustration that brings can be alleviated by an injection of extra discipline, humor and the thought that you provide inspiration to others. However hard you work, though, make sure you maintain intellectual stimulation. Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 18): Changing


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Official - Having Babies Makes You Healthier! According to recent research British parents are discovering that one of the best ways to improve your health is by having children. A study of 2000 new mums and dads revealed that 63 per cent of them had adopted a more healthy lifestyle following the birth of their child. Despite the popular misconception that new babies can cause you to lose sleep, making you feel irritable and unhealthy, just over half the people interviewed felt that the added responsibility of their baby after the birth had been the catalyst for them to pay more attention to their wellbeing by taking more physical exercise and paying more attention to the type of food they ate.

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Brains Of Britain

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Every month we publish a little brain-teasing quiz that we hope gives you a bit of a challenge. For real enjoyment, however, you simply have to take note of some of the answers that have emanated from major TV quiz shows over the last couple of years. The following are genuine answers that contestants have come up with. We’ve even shown which programmes they came from. You just couldn’t write humour like this. UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (BBC2) Jeremy Paxman: What is another name for 'cherrypickers' and 'cheesemongers'? Contestant: Homosexuals. Jeremy Paxman: No. They're regiments in the British Army who will be very upset with you BEG, BORROW OR STEAL (BBC2) Jamie Theakston: Where do you think Cambridge University is? Contestant: Geography isn't my strong point. Jamie Theakston: There's a clue in the title. Contestant: Leicester BBC NORFOLK Stewart White: Who had a world-wide hit with What a Wonderful World? Contestant: I don't know. Stewart White: I'll give you some clues: what do you call the part between your hand and your elbow? Contestant: Arm Stewart White: Correct. And if you're not weak you're...? Contestant: Strong. Stewart White: Correct - and what was Lord Mountbatten's first name? Contestant: Louis Stewart White: Well there we are then. So who had a worldwide hit with the song What a Wonderful World? Contestant: Frank Sinatra? LATE SHOW (BBC MIDLANDS ) Alex Trelinski: What is the capital of Italy ? Contestant: France . Trelinski: France is another country. Try again. Contestant: Oh um Benidorm. Trelinski: Wrong. Sorry let's try another question. In which country is the

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Brains Of Britain (part2) THE BIGGEST GAME IN TOWN (ITV) Steve Le Fevre: What was signed to bring World War I to an end in 1918? Contestant: Magna Carta? JAMES O'BRIEN SHOW (LBC) James O'Brien: How many kings of England have been called Henry? Contestant: Well I know there was a Henry the Eighth .. ER. ER ... Three? CHRIS SEARLE SHOW (BBC RADIO BRISTOL ) Chris Searle: In which European country is Mount Etna ? Caller: Japan . Chris Searle: I did say which European country, so in case you didn't hear that I can let you try again. Caller: Er ......Mexico ? PAUL WAPPAT (BBC RADIO NEWCASTLE ) Paul Wappat: How long did the Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel last? Contestant (long pause): Fourteen days.


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Helping Tackle Fire Risk In The Countryside PRISONERS on Teesside have been paying something back into the community by making it more difficult for fires to spread at a local beauty spot. Six low-risk inmates from Kirklevington Grange Prison near Yarm have spent four weeks in a supervised project to make fire breaks in the Eston Hills. They have created more than a dozen large fire breaks by clearing areas in the gorse and saplings. The initiative was a partnership between Cleveland Fire Brigade, the prison, Redcar & Cleveland Council’s Greater Eston Neighbourhood Management Team and Cleveland Police. Neil Roberts, Cleveland

Fire Brigade’s Community Liaison Officer, said: “This is the first time we have undertaken a project like this with local inmates and the Eston Hills were chosen for the project because it is one of the Teesside areas which has been prone to fires – accidental or otherwise in recent years. “The gorse bushes play a particular part in that because they burn vigorously, even when wet. “The inmates worked with their supervisors to remove the gorse bushes along the tree-line and also to cut a number of 3-4 metre wide firebreaks at other strategic points within the gorse. “We are very pleased with the way the project went and we will be looking to carry out similar schemes

in the area next year, including during Easter and the summer holidays. “It has had a double benefit – it has helped to protect the countryside and has encouraged the prisoners to develop a sense of their responsibility to society.” Councillor Steven Goldswain, Redcar & Cleveland Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Protection, added: “We are delighted that we could assist Cleveland Fire Brigade and the prison with this community initiative that also benefits the environment. “They have made a major contribution to preventing fires on the hills and we look forward to working together with them in the future.”

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A brilliant run whichever way you look at it. Eight games, five wins, three draws, undefeated and with a goal difference of Plus 8. Had any of us been offered that at the start of the season we would have taken somebody’s hand off! And yet there are still many fans who don’t seem convinced because with a home record at the time of writing showing played four, drawn three there is a strong indication of an inability to break teams down when they arrive at the Riverside and put men behind the ball. Away from home the natural pace comes to the fore and ‘Boro are taking advantage of that by hitting teams on the break. But while it’s most gratifying that the Ipswich game was the first time the team have failed to score in a competitive match for 21 games, at home the forwards are simply not getting the service needed. Overall, however, we should be delighted with the way Tony Mowbray has harnessed the same players that failed Strachan so badly. Some of that was self-inflicted, of course, because the little Scotsman didn’t give the likes of Emnes and Bennett a chance yet they have shown just how good they can be under Mowbray. Both, in fact, have been terrific. A lot of the credit for the run must go to the defence, though, because it is certainly doing its job wonderfully. Last season’s habit of dropping points with late goals seems to have been alleviated and the recent run of three consecutive clean sheets enabled three points to be secured with just one goal at Crystal Palace. Carl Ikeme’s loan spell has also been a big plus and he has certainly brought stability to the defence. We can only hope a run of home victories starts soon. It would also be nice to top twenty thousand through the gate. The team has been great so far and certainly deserve better support. And despite the negativity of the piece this month, I for one think results have been fantastic and I firmly believe the run can be maintained. Keep it up, lads, and very well done!

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