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Teesside’s most famous icon turns 100 When you talk about Teesside Icons a number of names have always sprung to mind including the wonderfully controversial Brian Clough but one name stands out as the definitive Teesside icon and the best known symbol of the area since it was opened in 1911. We mean, of course, the fantastic Transporter Bridge which this year celebrates its hundredth birthday, and If ever there was a more deserving recipient of a telegram from the queen we can’t imagine what it could be. Connecting Middlesbrough on the south bank with Port Clarence on the north bank the bridge consists of a ‘gondola' suspended from the main structure that can carry a cargo of 200 people, 9 cars, or 6 cars and one minibus over the river in some 90 seconds. Spanning a total of 851 feet (259.3 metres) the bridge is the longest of those remaining in the world and its cantilever construction with three main bridge spans gives it its unique appearance. It is effectively two almost independent structures joined at the centre of the River Tees with each half having an 'anchor' span of 140 feet (42.6 metres) that cantilevers across the

river some 285 feet (86.8 metres) from the tower leg to meet its twin from the opposite bank. The passenger gondola is suspended by steel cables and runs on a wheel and rail system approximately 160 feet (48.7 metres) above the river. Built by Sir William Arrol & Co. of Glasgow between 1910 and 1911 the bridge cost £68,026 6s 8d. (The modern equivalent of that has been estimated at £5.33 million.) The opening ceremony on the 17 October 1911 was performed by Prince Arthur of Connaught. Some well known TV personalities have since enjoyed publicity thanks to the bridge and in 1974 the comedy actor Terry Scott, travelling between his hotel in Middlesbrough and

a performance at the Billingham Forum, mistook the bridge for a regular toll crossing and drove his car off the end of the roadway, landing in the safety netting beneath. In more recent times the bridge was made even more famous by the TV show ‘Auf Wiedersehen Pet’ in which it was depicted to have been disassembled and sent to Arizona in America to benefit a tribe of American Indians. The programme designers obviously did a very good job on their computers as panic set in with a number of Teessiders who actually thought their beloved bridge was on its way across the Atlantic. Fortunately it’s still here and will hopefully stand as a symbol of the area for many years to come. A very Happy Birthday!

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The Motor Industry Fights Back. Those of us who feel the deepest affection and enthusiasm for the way computers have enhanced our lives can only have the utmost admiration for Bill Gates and the enormous empire he has built.

On occasions, however, the man himself has delved into areas where perhaps he has overstretched his own imagination and a typical example took place at a recent computer expo (COMDEX) where he reportedly compared the computer industry with the motor industry. He attracted the wrath of the motoring world with his claim that 'If motor companies like General Motors had kept up with technology in the same way the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that get 1,000 miles to the gallon.' Such an outlandish claim obviously invited a response and GM issued the following press release: “Further to Mr. Gates’ observations we would like to say that If GM had developed technology that followed Microsoft’s example we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash .. at least twice a day. 2. Every time they improved road systems – even by merely repainting the lines on the road - you would have to buy a new car. 3. Occasionally your car would die on the motorway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all the windows, turn off the car engine and wait a couple of

minutes before restarting it, then reopening the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this without demanding an explanation of why turning something off and back on again would work. 4. Occasionally, executing a manoeuvre such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine. 5. Apple Macintosh, on the other hand, would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads. 6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single ’This Car Has Performed an Illegal Operation' warning light. 7. The airbag system would ask 'Are you sure?' before deploying. 8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna. 9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car. 10. You'd have to press the 'Start' button to turn the engine off. Touché Mr Gates!

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Useful Observations on life. There are some things in life that are almost too obvious for intelligent discussion yet when you do begin to think about them they can become quite useful observations on the way we should be living our lives. Here are just a few of them…. 1. If at first you don’t succeed, then sky diving’s not for you! 2. All good health means is that you die a little more slowly. 3. Why can’t we all take a lesson from the weather? It pays no attention to criticism whatsoever. 4. The early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese. 5. The number one D.I.Y rule. If you can’t fix it with a hammer it must be an electrical problem. 6. A clear conscience is normally indicative of a lousy memory.

7. If you lose something of both value and importance you’ll never find it again until you’ve actually bought a replacement.

12. If you think nobody cares whether you exist or not just try missing a couple of payments.

8. Life is a bit like a roll of toilet paper. The nearer you get to the end the faster it goes.

13. It simply isn’t fair that a day like Monday should represent the same percentage of a week as Saturday.

9. Why is it that whenever you set out to do something you enjoy there’s always something that has to be done first that you bloody hate?

14. Does it not strike you as strange that when you go to see a psychic the first thing they ask you is your name?

10. Why does a ‘slight tax increase’ cost you about £200 and a ‘substantial tax cut’ only save you £20?

15. Why is it these days that in order to be given a personal loan from your bank you first have to prove you don’t really need it?

11. Contradictory sign on the back of a car – ‘Honk if you love peace and quiet.’

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Local Art Gallery to Celebrate Transporter Bridge Centenary Teesside’s iconic landmark the Transporter Bridge celebrates its one hundredth year and to mark this occasion, ArtsBank is holding a dedicated exhibition at its flagship gallery in Saltburn. A fascinating body of work will be on display in ‘The Centenary Exhibition’ including archival photographs and objects documenting the construction of the bridge, its official opening on the 17th October 1911 through to its more recent transformation to star of film and television. A plethora of artwork inspired by the Transporter can also be seen, including watercolours by Barbara Renton-Wood, mixed media images by Maggie Potter Biggs and photographs by Graham Lowe, and Ian Macdonald with retrospectives by Robin Dale. As with all work at Artsbank it has been created by North East artists. The exhibition also pays tribute to the bridge as a remarkable feat of engineering, with pieces of its original mechanism on display and a stunning scale model spanning the ground floor of the gallery. The Transporter Bridge Centenary Exhibition was officially opened at 12.00 midday on Saturday 29th January by Alan Murray (Bridge Master) and Rodger Wakerley (Principal Engineer). We look forward to seeing you there. The gallery opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm (Closed Wednesdays) and Sunday 11.00am to 5.00pm. For further details please contact ArtsBank on 01287 625300 or visit the website on www.artsbank.co.uk

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Sharpen your wits & try this brain teasing test.

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As tests of brain power go we found this one really surreal. On the surface it seems comparatively easy but dig a little deeper and you’ll be amazed how easily you can be found wanting. Answer as quickly as you can and see how you do! QUESTIONS: 1. You are participating in a race and you manage to overtake the person who is second. What position does that put you in?

2. What position would you be in if you overtook the last person? 3. This is a tricky arithmetical question that must be done in your head. Don’t use a pencil and paper or a calculator. Try it. Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add another 1000 then add 20. Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What is the total? 4. Mary’s father has five daughters. The first is called NANA, the second is NENE, the third is NINI, the fourth is NONO, What is the name of the fifth daughter? 5. A mute person goes into a shop because he needs to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the act of brushing his teeth he manages to convey his requirements to the shopkeeper and the purchase is completed without any problems. A blind man follows him into the shop and he wants a pair of sunglasses. How does he indicate to the shopkeeper what he wants? ANSWERS : 1.If you answered that it puts you in first place then you are wrong. If you overtake the second person and take his position you are still only in second place. 2.If you answered that you are second to last then you are … wrong again! Please explain how you could possibly overtake the last person! You’re not very good at this are you? 3.Did you get 5000? Well I’m afraid you’re wrong again. The correct answer is actually 4100. If you don’t believe it check it with a calculator. It just isn’t your day is it? 4.You probably said NUNU. Wrong. Her name was Mary. Read the question again! 5.Very simple, really. He opens his mouth and asks for them.

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In the running for a record-breaker ORGANISERS of one of the biggest sporting events in the North-East calendar are targeting a recordbreaking year - as they start the search for hundreds of people to pound the streets of a seaside town. The Redcar Half-Marathon will take place on Sunday, June 12, with entrants invited to tackle either the fast and flat 13.1-mile main event or the more leisurely one-mile family fun run on grass. Entries for the popular event – organised by Tees Valley Leisure and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council - are now being taken after some of the Borough’s potential sports stars of the future came together for this year’s official launch. Rugby-playing brothers James and Ryan Daniels, of Guisborough, were joined by volleyball talent Jenny Little and tennis starlet Tom Hollingworth at Eston Sports Academy. James, 17, plays rugby league for Gateshead Thunder, while 16-yearold sibling Ryan has represented the county of Yorkshire. Eighteen-year-old Jenny, of Marske, has already attended England girls’ training sessions, while Tom, 13, of Saltburn, is ranked among the top five players in the region for his age. And with the Council and Tees Valley Leisure aiming to top last year’s 1,500 half-marathon entrants, it is hoped that plenty of budding athletes will follow the future champions' sporty lead. The family fun run, which takes place at Redcar Athletic FC’s Green Lane

Playing Field and is sponsored by the Redcar and Cleveland NHS Primary Care Trust, is also looking to attract hundreds of entrants. The day will provide a boost for the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland Councillor Ray Goddard’s charities - Zoe’s Place, the RNLI and Mike Findley’s MND Fund - as well as TFM Radio’s Cash for Kids appeal. Runners are also encouraged to use the event to raise money for any other good causes. Race organiser Ian Donley, Managing Director of Tees Valley Leisure, said: “The Redcar HalfMarathon is now in its 29th year and continues to go from strength to strength.

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Councillor Sheelagh Clarke, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: “The halfmarathon is always a superb day out for everyone involved and it would be tremendous if we could see a recordbreaking number of people come to the Borough this year to enjoy the occasion, as well as bringing a boost to the local economy.” To enter online or download an application form, log onto www. teesvalleyleisure.co.uk Alternatively, visit any Tees Valley Leisure centre or telephone 01642 492905.

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Beef Goulash – Health & comfort combined!

At this time of year we are looking forward to trying all the things we associate with spring and a healthy lifestyle but weather conditions dictate that we also try and take in foods that are more warming and substantial. This goulash combines both ideals as it combines healthy and easily available ingredients with a comforting and filling plateful of excellent food. Try it for complete enjoyment! Ingredients: 750 grams of stewing steak cut into 4cm pieces 4-6 tablespoons of olive oil 1 tablespoon of plain flour 2 onions – diced 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 3 tomatoes peeled, de-seeded and roughly chopped 2 teaspoons paprika 400 ml beef stock (Diluted Oxo cube is fine) 1 tablespoon of parsley grated rind of half a lemon squeeze of lemon juice 100ml soured cream 50 grams red peppers cut into strips (can be from a jar) Method: 1. Season the beef with salt and pepper, then dust in the flour. 2. Heat the olive oil in a casserole pan and brown the meat over high heat. 3. Remove the beef from the pan, turn down the heat and add the onions and garlic. Cover and cook until softened, 10-15 minutes. 4. Return the meat to the pan and add the tomatoes and paprika. Stir well and cook for 1 minute before pouring in the stock. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the lid, add the peppers and continue cooking for a further 30 minutes. At this point the sauce should be thick and the beef tender. Scatter with chopped parsley. 5. Stir the lemon rind and juice into the soured cream and serve with the goulash. Absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy!

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Alternative approach to disease Grief or loss Why do we struggle so much when we lose someone in our lives? Well, I don’t think there is one answer to this question, as it depends on our individual nature and the relationship dynamics prior to the loss. As we know, a child can lose a pet guinea pig resulting in a greater sense of loss than with a member of the family, and this is down to what the guinea pig meant to the child in that instance.

Grief is an awful thing to have to contend with, but generally speaking we are one of the worst societies in the world at dealing with it. The most common problem is the British temperament of not allowing others to see how much we are hurt, so we tend to keep ourselves occupied or pretend that we are OK by living in denial. Both of these strategies are destructive as the emotion will internalise to express itself as a physical manifestation, or we find ourselves taking it out on someone or something else. Another problem is that we condition ourselves into a dynamic of possession as in ‘My Dad’; ‘My wife’; ‘Our Tracy’. A sense of possession can lead to a greater sense of loss. If we don’t own something in the first place how can we lose it? It can help if we can see death as part of the deal we take on for life. It can help if we consider that we are sharing a journey through life with others and that somewhere along that journey our paths will separate to take different directions. It can help if we try not to become too dependent on others so that we can cope when they go before us. It can help if we strengthen our faith. Many of the established faiths have strategies for dealing with death. It can help to realise that the one sure thing in this world is impermanence, then, just maybe we would not take each other so much for granted. That can then reduce the sense of regret, guilt and anger that seems to be so much a part of our grief. It can also help to talk more openly about death as any ordinary part of life, and not treat it as a taboo. It will help to talk openly about it, although it may hurt at the time. Whatever approach we take, we must acknowledge that grief is a normal process, that it does hurt, and that we must be allowed to go through it. Taking suppressants or living in denial will only push the problem in deeper and prolong the process. If the process gets stuck then it can be helped by various natural therapies.

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Accidental kitchen fires cause concern Raising awareness of kitchen fire safety is at the top of Cleveland Fire Brigade’s agenda this month after latest figures showed that half of accidental house fires start in this part of the home. The main causes are people leaving pans unattended including grills and chip pans, or items being left too close to the heat source such as towels, a CD player, paper and a washing basket. Fire Chiefs are urging residents to take more care when cooking, to be aware of how to deal with a fire if one occurs in their kitchen and not to take any risks. They are also advised to make sure they have a working smoke alarm which is checked weekly. Les Jones, Head of Community Safety for Cleveland Fire Brigade,

said: “Last year 101 fires started in the kitchen accidentally and these fires could have been prevented. There are several things you can do to help avoid fires such as try not to get distracted when cooking and avoid leaving children on their own in the kitchen whilst keeping matches and pan handles out of their reach. “Also take care if you are wearing loose clothing and don’t cook if you have been drinking alcohol or have taken strong prescription drugs as you may become drowsy or lose concentration. “If a pan does catch fire, don’t move it, turn off the heat if it is safe to do so, get out and call 999. Don’t use a fire extinguisher on a pan of oil because the force of the extinguisher can spread the fire and never

use water on chip pan fires as this could cause a fire ball.” Cleveland Fire Brigade offers residents a free Home Fire Safety Visit, where firefighters will come to your home and give valuable safety advice and help make an escape plan which will be tailored to you and your family’s needs. Free smoke alarms will be supplied and fitted if needed. Call is on 01429 874063 to arrange a visit at your convenience. You can also visit our website at www. clevelandfire.gov.uk to view more safety advice as well as our news and details of events happening throughout the Brigade. For more information please contact Les Jones, Head of Community Safety on 01429 872311

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Is this the modern equivalent of the freak show? In the early part of the twentieth century one of the strangest forms of entertainment were the freak shows that invariably accompanied travelling fairs. Incorporating a variety of weird exhibits ranging from five legged sheep to dwarfs and hunchbacks, the shows obviously appealed to the more voyeuristic nature and took advantage of the sad creatures born with a range of horrible deformities. Modern surgical techniques and political correctness have – to a great extent – wiped out these dreadful exhibitions, but having been subjected to morning television on a number of occasions recently I reckon there is a modern equivalent. Ringmasters like Jeremy Kyle and Gerry Springer now parade their own versions of freak shows in front of huge television audiences on a daily basis, but the strangest aspect of this twenty first century phenomenon is that the freaks themselves have obviously volunteered to appear, intent on achieving their ‘fifteen minutes of fame.’ My immediate reaction is always ‘where the hell do they find these people?’ Society in general – or at least the part of it that we inhabit – is full of nice people whose attitude to life has remained unaltered for generations. Do the best you can with the talent you have; find a compatible partner with whom you can share your life; rear your children to have respect and appreciation and within your budget enjoy life to the full. That, I would suggest, is the perfect recipe for a happy existence. It therefore makes you wonder who has brought up and taught the morons who appear on

these shows daily with an apparent belief that the world owes them a living without them having to actually work for it and that partners are something to use and discard at will. The growing number of people who appear and subject themselves to lie detectors, DNA tests and an amazing amount of abuse from the partners they’ve scorned suggests that the dysfunctional population is growing and that growth is in direct proportion to the increase of readily available recreational drugs, the ease with which unmarried teenage mothers seem to secure council accommodation and the benefits that go with it , and – most importantly - the lowering of disciplinary standards in both schools and society. Sadly, there appears to be little that any government is willing to do to address the problem. Even if they were there are numerous human rights groups who try to prevent any measures that restrict a person’s ability to do what the hell he likes regardless of who it offends. Kyle and Springer frequently feature wonderful examples of the type of person who would quickly change the do-gooders attitude if they were moved in next door to them. If only....

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Telephone canvassing & how to prevent them..... You’ve just arrived home after a hard day’s work ready to have a nice meal with the family and relax for the evening when the telephone rings. You can’t ignore it in case it’s important so you pick it up only to be met with some sort of telephone canvasser who either wants your money or your opinions. In either case it’s inevitably about something in which you have absolutely no interest but your natural politeness precludes you from being rude. The other irritation is that in many cases the caller will speak very poor English, finds the word ‘No’ particularly difficult to understand yet can still adopt aggressive sales tactics that can be both unpleasant and time consuming. I’ve discovered several ways to get rid of them: The quickest and by far the best way is to ask them if the conversation is being recorded. When they reply in the affirmative say ’Good, because I’m a legal professional and my hourly rate for giving advice on the telephone is £85.00. The clock is now ticking so ask away and I’ll forward you my bill as soon as we’ve finished!’ The phone will undoubtedly go dead! If you merely want revenge for the meal interruption then you can just say ‘hold on a minute’ and then walk away leaving the phone off the hook. This will leave them with a real problem because they’re trained not to hang up first. To really spoil things at their end – especially with computerised calls - hit the hash button loads of times while their tape is running. It kicks your number out of their system and should mean an end to those annoying calls. Good Luck! P.S. Sorry guys, I know you have a job to do but couldn’t you just become something more popular like a traffic warden?

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One day’s service – A lifetime of support One day’s paid service in any of our Armed Forces is all that is needed to qualify for assistance from SSAFA Forces Help. This includes those who serve in our Reserve Forces and anyone who did National Service as well as widows and widowers. The Cleveland Branch, with offices in Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar, provide advice, practical help, friendship and, as an independent charity, act as agents of Military Associations and work closely with Local Authorities and other agencies to help claimants obtain entitlements by presenting their cases to appropriate departments. If you have a problem, or are unsure if you are eligible, or know of someone in that situation, please telephone: 01642 217440. Should you have a few hours to spare and feel you are able to help your local SSAFA Branch on a volunteer basis, either in the office or as a caseworker (training will be given), we would be delighted to hear from you on 01642 701202. The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association – Forces Help - Registered Charity No. 210760 Est. 1885

Teesside Gallery First Artsbank are delighted to present an exhibition of original paintings by Mackenzie Thorpe from three private collections with a limited number of pieces for sale. Mackenzie Thorpe was born in Middlesbrough in 1956. He studied at Middlesbrough College of Art and later at Byam Shaw School of Art in London. Since then he has become one of the UK’s most popular artists and his work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. His quirky, colourful paintings featuring square animals, children at play and people with large heads and smiling faces are instantly recognisable, but his work also captures the landscape of industrial Teesside. Don’t miss this opportunity to view work by the North East’s most renowned artist. The exhibition will run alongside the ‘Transporter One Hundred Years’ display.

Artsbank has a commitment to concentrate and promote work from North East only and it is hoped that as with all Artsbank creations this will inspire new local talent. In addition to its Saltburn location, Artsbank has recently opened in Barnard Castle. The Saltburn gallery opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm (closed Wednesdays) and Sunday 11.00am to 5.00pm. For further details please contact ArtsBank on 01287 625300 or visit the website on www.artsbank.co.uk

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You just have to remain optimistic

It’s indicative of the optimism with which football fans view every small aspect of their team’s performances that they see every new event as ‘the catalyst that could kick-start their season.’ It doesn’t seem five minutes (it was actually October) that we were using that cliché to hail the enormous contribution that substitute Tarmo Kink made with two superb goals against Burnley. His efforts since have been virtually non-existent so while we can be forgiven for potentially celebrating the arrival of another Junihno after his sensational substitute performance in the 3-2 victory over Millwall, the impact of Tony Mowbray’s latest protégé Merouane Zemmama must also be treated with a little scepticism. Two superb deliveries into goal scoring opportunities (both taken) for Scott McDonald and Leroy Lita – the first after some sublime footwork to outwit two Millwall defenders – sums up memories of the kind of impact the little maestro himself used to produce regularly. The similarity continues with the comparative physique (or lack of it) of the Brazilian and the Moroccan. But that is where we must now look for equality in the most compelling attribute of any star footballer – consistency. Juninho produced it with consummate ease but since we haven’t really heard of a similar impact on Scottish football while Zemmama was with Hibernian we must temporarily consider the Millwall performance a wonderful one-off. But the fact that Mowbray sought him out and signed him after experiencing his performance and ability over a longer period would suggest that the manager has confidence in his ability. And since Mowbray has already had significant impact on the way Boro are performing we simply have to trust him. At the time of writing we are now a significant seven points above the relegation zone so we must be fairly confident that we can avoid a relegation issue but with league leaders QPR and the very competent Nottingham Forest as our next two home games there is no excuse for complacency. Fans’ confidence for the future must rely on current performance so we can take heart from the substantial improvement since Tony Mowbray arrived. They say that cream eventually always rises to the surface so we must be optimistic that we will again become a force to be reckoned with, bit it’s certainly not going to be this season. Survival is all we can hope for! For information about the Local Answer visit www.local-answer.co.uk


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Gas Appliance Service . Page 3

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