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Issue 33 December 2012

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A True Christmas Story You may already know this story, but we think it’s worth re-telling. It conveys a valuable message; No matter how tough things are, don't give up. You just don't know what lies around the corner.....! Robert May was a small baby born in the early part of the nineteen hundreds and only ever reached around five feet tall. That meant he was bullied at school and even as he grew up he was often mistaken for someone’s little brother. When he left college he became employed as a copywriter with Chicago mail order house Montgomery Ward. He eventually married, had a daughter and then tragedy struck. When his daughter was only two his wife became ill and bedridden. Nearly everything he earned went on medication and doctor’s bills. Money was short and life was hard. One evening his four-year-old daughter climbed onto his knee and asked, “Daddy, why isn’t Mummy like everybody else’s mummy?” It was a simple question, asked with childlike curiosity but it struck a personal chord with Robert May. He had often asked the same question about his lack of height and to try and relieve the awkwardness of the moment he began to tell his daughter a story. It was about someone else who was different, ridiculed, humiliated and excluded because of the difference. Bob told the story in a humorous way, making it up as he went along as many fathers do. His daughter laughed and clapped as the misfit finally triumphed at the end. She then made him start all over again from the beginning and every night after that he had to repeat the story before she would go to sleep. Because he had no money for fancy presents, Robert decided that he would put the story into book form. He had some artistic talent so he turned the story into a poem and illustrated it to Page 4

create his daughter’s Christmas present. On the night before Christmas Eve he attended his office Christmas Party and took the poem to show to a colleague. The colleague was impressed and insisted that Robert read his poem aloud to everyone at the party. Somewhat embarrassed by the attention, he took the small hand written volume from his pocket and began to read. At first the noisy group listened in laughter and amusement. But then became silent and after he finished, they broke into spontaneous applause. Later, and feeling quite pleased with himself, he went home, wrapped the book in Christmas wrapping and placed it under the modest Christmas tree. To say that his daughter was pleased with her present would be an understatement. She loved it! When Robert returned to work he was summoned to the office of his head of department. He had heard about Bob’s poem and told him that Marketing were looking for a promotional tool and wondered if Robert would be interested in having his poem published. The following year, 1939, printed copies of the book were given to every child who visited the department stores of Montgomery Ward and it eventually became an international best seller, making Robert a rich man. His wife had unfortunately died during this time, but he was able to move from the small apartment and buy a big house. He was at last able to provide handsomely for his growing daughter. The story is not quite over. In 1947, songwriter Johnny Marks used the theme of Robert’s poem for a song. He showed the song to a famous film star of the day, Gene Autry - ‘The Singing Cowboy’. Autry recorded the song and it became a world-wide number one hit. You may just remember it. The first line goes....”Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer had a very shiny nose.....!” December 2012 | The Local Answer Magazine


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The Origins Of Expressions With the cold weather setting in, a whole range of expressions on how the weather is are being mentions, many which I can’t say in print. One expression I heard got me thinking... How did that expression come about? So I researched the expression and though I would share my findings. It was necessary to keep a good supply of cannon balls near the cannon on old war ships. But how to prevent them from rolling about the deck was the problem. The storage method devised was to stack them as a square based pyramid, with one ball on top, resting on four, resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem -- how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding/rolling from under the others.

The solution was a metal plate with 16 round indentations, called, for reasons unknown, a Monkey. But if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make them of brass - hence, Brass Monkeys. Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannon balls would come right off the monkey. Thus, it was quite literally, cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. And all this time, most folks thought that was just a vulgar expression?

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By night, The Beckfields becomes one of the best pubs in the area. From Monday 9th July, we have open mic night. We have something for everyone across the week, Quiz nights on Thursday from 9pm , Join the pool league on a Wednesday night, Tuesday is Live Sports and Offers on Drinks with Terrific Tuesday. And the return of Karaoke and now live bands on the Weekend .

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How to make the perfect Christmas tree

In my house the Christmas tree has always been my wife’s domain but having been introduced to this perfect man’s tree I’m now not so sure. This one was actually put together with superglue and it’s a bit difficult to see how it will come apart very easily but the most important aspect of it is to follow the one vital rule. Drink the beer first! Have a great Christmas.

Make your own gorgeous rum truffles this Christmas They’re one of those treats you allow yourself at Christmas and literally everyone love rum truffles, so how much better would you feel when you hand them out at your party if you could say you’d actually made them, yourself? It’s easy and here’s how! Preparation time: 20 minutes + 1 hour refrigeration Total cooking time: 1 minute Makes 25 Ingredients • 200gms dark cooking chocolate • 60ml cream • 30gms butter • 50gms chocolate cake crumbs • 2 teaspoons dark rum, brandy or whisky • 100gms dark cocoa powder Method Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Put cream and butter in a small pan, then heat and mix until the butter starts to melt and the mixture is just boiling. Pour the hot mixture onto the chocolate. Mix until the chocolate melts and the texture is smooth. Add the rum and cake crumbs and mix altogether. Put in the fridge for 20 minutes then take out, roll into a slab and cut into 25 pieces, Roll each into a ball. On a sheet of baking paper, spread the dark cocoa powder and roll each ball in it until coated. Line the truffles on a foil lined tray. Refrigerate for 40 minutes. Can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Enjoy and have a very happy Christmas!

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A True Christmas Story

For The Man Who Hated Christmas It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas. Oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it – overspending and the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Bob and talcum powder for Grandma – the gifts bought in desperation because you couldn't think of anything else. Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way. Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was on the junior football team that Mike managed and just before Christmas they had a friendly match against a team that represented a small chapel across town. When the opposition arrived they played in a strip that was so ragged there seemed to be very little holding them together. They presented Page 12

a sharp contrast to our boys in pristine shirts, shorts and boots. Our team won easily, of course, and Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, "I wish just they could have scored just a couple of goals," he said. "They have a lot of potential, but losing like this could take the heart right out of them." Mike loved kids – all kids. He so enjoyed coaching the kids’ football team and it was that fact that gave me the idea for his Christmas present that year. That afternoon, I went to a local sports shop, bought fifteen identical football strips, and sent them anonymously to the chapel. On Christmas Eve, I placed a small, white envelope on the tree, the note inside telling Mike what I had done, and that this was his gift from me. Mike's smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year. And that same bright smile lit up succeeding years. For each Christmas, I followed the tradition – one year sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas, and on and on.

became the highlight of our Christmas. It was always the last thing opened on Christmas morning, and our children – ignoring their new toys – would stand with wide-eyed anticipation as their dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal its contents. As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical presents, but the small, white envelope never lost its allure. The story doesn't end there. You see, we lost Mike last year due to dreaded cancer. When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me placing an envelope on the tree. And the next morning, I found it was magically joined by three more. I didn’t know they were going to do it but each of our three children had for the first time also placed a white envelope on the tree in memory of their dad. The tradition has grown and someday will expand even further with our grandchildren standing to take down that special envelope. Mike's spirit, like the Christmas spirit, will always be with us.

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A Fragrant Centrepiece for the Christmas Dinner Table. Some of the loveliest Christmas accessories can be created both cheaply and easily and this is a typical way to achieve a real feel of Christmas. Let the scent of a true Yuletide fill your home with this wonderful arrangement of aromatic herbs, beautiful flowers and fragrant spices. All you’ll need are: Cinnamon sticks: a circular glass vase: Elastic band or string: a phlox plant: ribbon: a selection of greenery and berries that can be picked by the roadside: rosemary sprigs: white roses: florist’s wire and star anise. Method: 1. Attach the cinnamon sticks around the vase with elastic or string. Fill the vase with water. 2. Carefully cut stems of phlox plant and place in vase. Add ribbon to vase to hide the string. 3. Add greenery and berries, making sure taller stems are at the back. Add white roses – trim stems if needed. 4. Thread florist’s wire with star anise at intervals and gently place over the arrangement.

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Find the Christmas words in the Christmas word search grid. Words can be forward or backwards, vertical, horizontal or diagonal. Circle each letter separately, but keep in mind that letters may be used in more than one word. When you have found all the words, read the remaining letters left to right, top to bottom, to learn an interesting Christmas fact. Words to find: CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS TREE DECEMBER DECORATIONS FAMILY GIVING HOLIDAY LIGHTS ORNAMENTS PRESENTS REINDEER RIBBONS Page 14

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Gardening Tips for December Essential Jobs Checklist For December

 Store terracotta pots in a shed unless you’re sure they’re frost-resistant  Line your greenhouse with bubble-wrap for insulation  Move houseplants off windowsills at night  Send off for lots of seed and plant catalogues

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conditioning and improving your soil. To do this successfully you need first to find out what sort of soil you’ve got, whether it’s acid, neutral or alkaline, whether it’s sandy, peaty, stony, loamy or sticky with clay. If you’re new to gardening ask your neighbours. Buy a soil testing kit – this will measure the acidity of your soil. Any soil will benefit from having organic matter added so while you’re digging add plenty OF Westland ’ s Farm Manure.  As long as the weather remains dry you can continue planting evergreens.  Clear up any fallen leaves and cut back perennials if you haven’t already done so curl up in front of the fire with lots of colourful catalogues to give you lots of ideas for next year.

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Liquid Ericaceous Feed and stand them on damp gravel. When they form buds you can take them into the house if your prefer but continue to treat them in the same way. They do prefer to be kept on the cool side.  You may think pests are dead or hibernating but unfortunately whitefly and greenfly find greenhouse very congenial all the year round. Be on the lookout for them and spray as necessary.

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 Clear away the remains of old crops and put them on your compost heap. Remember to add biological compost maker every 15 cm (6 inches)

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Racism? All Depends On Where You Come From! I was recently in Liverpool and having a bar meal when I overheard a bunch of blokes making fun of people from the North East. The same set of stories have probably also been leveled at people from Essex, but since they were quite funny I’m going to get our own back ..… so here are some stories about Liverpool folk!! Q. How do people know Jesus wasn’t born in Liverpool ? A. You try finding 3 wise men and a virgin there! A Primary Teacher explains to her class that she is a Liverpool fan. She asks her students to raise their hands if they too are Liverpool fans. Everyone in the class raises their hand except one little girl. The teacher looks at the girl with surprise and says, 'Mary, why didn't you raise your hand?' 'Because I'm not a Liverpool fan,' she replied. The teacher, still shocked, asked, 'Well, if you are not a Liverpool fan, then who are you a fan of?' 'I am a Chelsea fan, and proud of it,' Mary replied. The teacher could not believe her ears. 'Mary, why, pray tell, are you a Chelsea fan?' 'Because my mum is a Chelsea fan, and my dad is a Chelsea fan, so I'm a Chelsea fan too!' 'Well,' said the teacher in an obviously annoyed tone, 'that is no reason for you to be a Chelsea fan. You don't have to be just like your parents all of the time... What if your mum was a prostitute and your dad was a drug addict, what would you be then?' 'Then,' Mary smiled, 'I'd probably be a Liverpool fan.’ An Australian, an Irishman and a Scouser are in a bar. They're staring at another man sitting alone at a table in the corner. He's so familiar, and not being able to recognize him is driving them mad. They stare and stare, until suddenly the Irishman twigs: 'My God, it's Jesus!' Sure enough, it is Jesus, nursing a pint. Thrilled, they send him over a pint of Guinness, a pint of Fosters and a pint of bitter. Jesus accepts the drinks, smiles over at the three men, and drinks the pints slowly, one after another. After he's finished the drinks, Jesus approaches the trio. He reaches for the hand of the Irishman and shakes it, thanking him for the Guinness. When he lets go, the Irishman gives a cry of amazement: 'My God! The arthritis I've had for 30 years is gone. It's a miracle!' Jesus then shakes the Aussie's hand, thanking him for the lager. As he lets go, the man's eyes widen in shock. 'Strewth mate, the bad back I've had all my life is completely gone! It's A Miracle.' Jesus then approaches the Scouser who says, 'Back off, mate, I'm on disability benefit. A Scouser walked into the local job centre, marched straight up to the Counter and said 'Hi, I'm looking for a job'. The man behind the counter replied 'Your timing is amazing’. We've just got one in from a very wealthy man who wants a chauffeur/ bodyguard for his nymphomaniac twin daughters. You'll have to drive around in a big black Mercedes and wear the uniform provided. The hours are a bit long but the meals are provided. You also have to escort the young ladies on their overseas holidays. The Salary package is £200,000 a year'. The Scouser said 'You're bullsh***ing me!' The man behind the counter said 'Well you started it!' Police cordoned off Liverpool City Centre this morning when a suspicious object was discovered in a car. It later turned out to be a tax disk. Page 18

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Two Great Starters For Christmas Day You know how it is – the family have all arrived and everybody’s talking at once. The kids are showing off their booty from Santa and in the kitchen the Christmas lunch is doing nicely but is still quite a while away from being ready. The first drinks of the day are poured and while you don’t want to spoil anyone’s appetite for the feast ahead you nevertheless would like something light and tasty to offer them to go with their sherry. Here are two fabulously delicious but easy ideas to fill that gap. In both cases they can be prepared well in advance and popped into the oven just before the crowd gets there.

Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms Ingredients; Twelve whole fresh mushrooms ; 1 tablespoon olive oil ; 2 cloves garlic, minced ; 1 (200g) packet cream cheese, softened ; 60g (2 oz) Parmesan cheese, grated ; 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper ; 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Method Clean mushrooms with a piece of damp kitchen roll. Carefully break off stems. Chop stems extremely fine, discarding tough end of stems. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add garlic and chopped mushroom stems to the frying pan. Sauté until any moisture has disappeared, taking care not to burn garlic. Set aside to cool. When garlic and mushroom mixture is no longer hot, stir in the cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, black pepper and cayenne pepper – the mixture should be very thick. Using a teaspoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of stuffing. Arrange the mushroom caps on a prepared baking tray. Shortly before the guests arrive preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and bake for 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are piping hot and liquid starts to form under caps. Serve and enjoy!

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Ingredients; ready-made puff pastry – (ready rolled even better); large tub creme fraiche (You can use mascarpone or cream cheese instead which makes the tart richer. Creamy goat’s cheese is also lovely.) ; a handful grated parmesan ; a handful of chopped basil ; around 10 tomatoes ; salt and pepper Method Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Combine the creme fraiche, parmesan, basil and seasoning and spread thickly onto the puff pastry. Slice the tomatoes and lay them over-lapping in lines on top of the creme fraiche mixture. Put onto a baking sheet and put it into the oven for around 30 minutes. Cut the pastry into individual rounds and serve. It is also delicious served cool so it can be prepared in advance. Page 20

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Test Your Christmas General Knowledge Since the festive season is on its way this month’s brain teasers all have a Christmas theme. See just how much you know about our favourite time of the year! 1.Who was the first British monarch to broadcast a Christmas message to the nation?

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3.Yorkshireman William Strickland is believed to have brought the first what to Britain from North America in 1526?

8.In which Christmas carol does this line feature: "Bring me flesh, and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither"?

4.From which nut is Christmas cake icing base Marzipan made?

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The Joys of Technology We’ve all been through those irritating phone calls to helplines who’s function is purportedly to help us (the clue is in the title), yet how many times do we hang up feeling even more frustrated than when we made the call in the first place? We recently came across this lovely little piece that surely puts into words the way we all feel about this modern-day curse. Enjoy! Oh hecky thump and thumping heck, I’m climbing up the wall, ‘cos all I’m trying to do, you see, is make a little call. I’m sitting here and fuming, I really have no choice, but grit my teeth and listen to a disembodied voice. “We thank you for your patience” – that vanished long ago - “Your call’s important to us” – do we really think that’s so? But the thing that gets me going most and really makes me sick, is the meter racking up its costs with a bloody constant tick. Especially since I’m calling an 0871 that’s costing me a fortune but not providing any fun!

Whoopee! Success at last folks, I hear a human voice, but, no, hang on, just wait a bit – it’s the dreaded ‘option’ choice. Number one’s no good to me, nor number two and three, for they’ve no chance of taking me where I really want to be. Four and five are useless, too, so I click on number six, but it only gives more options so I’m really feeling sick. Finally, I reach at last a girl who says she’s Emma, so I explain to her at length the cause of my dilemma. “I’m sorry, I can’t help you,” and it’s not that I don’t care, it’s just you need someone else, I’ll transfer you to her.” I wait and wait and wait and wait – try not to feel rejected - until I hear a click that tells me I’ve been disconnected. With pounding heart and a head like lead, I finally admit defeat , so I make myself a cup of tea and something nice to eat. Later on, when I’ve calmed down and feel a little better, I’ll sit down in my comfy chair and WRITE A BLOODY LETTER!

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Chrysler 300C review With a price tag of between £35,000 and £40,000 you can be forgiven for looking for something a little special and in the new Chrysler 300 executive saloon you won’t be disappointed because you’re getting a lot of equipment for your money.

Chrysler stopped making the old 300C two years ago, but thanks to their partnership with Fiat that began around that time they’ve now reintroduced it in a new format with bold styling and a number of real improvements. The trans-Atlantic partnership has had an influence on the 300C, says Chrysler, with the new model aiming to combine German quality, American comfort and European finesse. Customers can choose from either the Limited or the Executive trim level. The Limited version includes heated front and rear seats, load-levelling suspension and height control, LED daytime running lamps, electronic stability control (ESC), hill start assist, active head restraints, and curtain, side, front and rear airbags. If you go for the 300C Executive, however, you’ll also get adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring system, forward collision warning, keyless entry, powered rear sunshade, and heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats as part of an Page 26

exhaustive equipment list. The 300C is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine producing 236bhp and 540Nm of pulling power, and claimed average fuel economy is 39.8mpg with CO2 emissions of between 185-191g/km depending on wheel size. It’s all-wheel-drive and it works in tandem with a host of safety systems including Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, and Rain Brake Support, which applies slight pressure and dries the brake discs as soon as wipers are activated. Like all good Americans there’s plenty to boast about and typically, it centres around size. It has the largest standard colour touch screen display and the largest sunroof in its segment. It’s not too loud and proud though: Chrysler claims it is one of the quietest vehicles available as there's only minimal noise intrusion from the engine, wind or tyres, no matter what speed you're doing. For this new model the styling has been toned down, but only slightly. An integrated rear spoiler, a raked-back windscreen and improved aerodynamics give it an impressive look while the iconic grille, LED headlamps and taillights all add to the effect. Chrysler has certainly succeeded in creating a comfortable car - the 300C soaks up minor imperfections in the road December 2012 | The Local Answer Magazine


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The long list of standard equipment also includes adaptive cruise control, heated front and rear seats, a digital radio and cup holders that can heat or cool your drink. There's plenty of space in the front of the 300C and lots of electric adjustment to help you get comfortable, but headroom is a little tight in the back. The middle seat would be a little difficult for adults because both foot and headroom are minimal to allow plenty of room in the front. In all, though, for buyers who demand something a bit different, the 300C is a compelling choice. Bold new looks and a luxurious interior combine with quiet refinement and a strong engine to form an impressive package. Visit: www.local-answer.co.uk | December 2012

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Accountants Wasley Chapman . . . . . . . . . Page 6 Aerials (TV) ADI Digital Aerials . . . . . . . . . Page 19 MWC Services . . . . . . . . . . . Page 13 Alarms & CCTV 1st Fix Electrical . . . . . . . . . . Page 21 Animal Feeds Animal Pantry . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 6 Appliance Repair Domestic Appliance Repair .Page 19 Eaglescliffe Domestic . . . . . . Page 2 Automotive Repairs Merc Spec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 32 Bathrooms Improve Your Surroundings .Page 2 Rubberduckbathrooms . . . . Page 25 Bedrooms Improve Your Surroundings .Page 2 Yarm Joinery & Build . . . . . . Page 29 Beauty & Hair Products HairOrder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 23 Builders Steves Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 21 Yarm Joinery & Build . . . . . . Page 29 Car Bodyshop Car Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 31 Eaglescliffe Body Repairs . . Page 3 Car Mechanic Redline Racing . . . . . . . . . . . Page 13 Toyo Tech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 27 Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Rise & Shine . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 28 Childcare Glenfield Nursery . . . . . . . . . Page 32 Conservatories Discount Windows . . . . . . . . Page 21 Decorating Service Mark Woodward . . . . . . . . . . Page 7 Rievaulx Decor . . . . . . . . . . . Page 21 Dog Walkers Pawfection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 19 Double Glazing All Seasons Windows . . . . . Page 31 Andys Double Glazing . . . . . Page 3 Marton Windows . . . . . . . . . . Page 2 NU Vision Windows . . . . . . . Page 29 Window Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . Page 28

Electrical Services 1st Fix Electrical . . . . . . . . . . Page 21 AEP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 19 Flooring James Stokoe . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 28 Garage Doors Cleveland Up Over . . . . . . . . Page 29 Garden Maintenance First Class Garden . . . . . . . . Page 3 Hair & Beauty Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 6 Heating AEP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 19 GM Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 22 GTS Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . Page 2 Jewelers Whittakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 5 Whittakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 15 Joinery Gemtoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 3 Mark Woodward . . . . . . . . . . Page 7 Steves Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 21 Yarm Joinery & Build . . . . . . Page 29 Kitchens Dream Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 11 Go Stone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 17 Improve Your Surroundings .Page 2 Space Master . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 13 Yarm Joinery & Build . . . . . . Page 29 Leaflet Printing Media Solutions . . . . . . . . . . Page 23 Lingerie Little Bra Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 1 Mechanics Redline Racing . . . . . . . . . . . Page 13 Toyo Tech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 27 Oven Cleaning Hobsnobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 7 Painting & Decor Mark Woodward . . . . . . . . . . Page 7 Rievaulx Decor . . . . . . . . . . . Page 21 Pet Shops Animal Pantry . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 6 Plumbers AEP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 19 GM Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 22 GTS Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . Page 2

Public Houses Beckfields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 9 Myton House Farm . . . . . . . Page 7 Roofing Services A Cook Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . Page 19 Satellite TV Installation ADI Digital Aerials . . . . . . . . . Page 19 MWC Services . . . . . . . . . . . Page 13 Security Alarms & CCTV 1st Fix Electrical . . . . . . . . . . Page 21 TV Aerials ADI Digital Aerials . . . . . . . . . Page 19 MWC Services . . . . . . . . . . . Page 13 Upholstery Cleaning Rise & Shine . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 28 Vehicle Servicing & Repairs Redline Racing . . . . . . . . . . . Page 13 Toyo Tech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 27 Vehicle & Race Tuning Redline Racing . . . . . . . . . . . Page 13 Wardrobes Space Master . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 13 Window Cleaning Rise and Shine . . . . . . . . . . . Page 28 Window Repairs All Seasons Windows . . . . . Page 31 Andys Double Glazing . . . . . Page 3 Marton Windows . . . . . . . . . . Page 2 NU Vision Windows . . . . . . . Page 29 Window Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . Page 28 Wood Flooring James Stokoe . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 28 -------------------------------------We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers for using the Local Answer throughout 2012 and we wish you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year -------------------------------------Deadline for January 2013 edition Monday 10th December 2012 for Bookings/Alterations/ Cancellations

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