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This month, it’s Valentine’s Day and we’re all about love! We’re sharing our love for window dressings, we’ve got a guide to the best out there from decadent drapes to cool curtains and from beautiful blinds to stunning shutters; we’ve also got a guide to how to create your own lovely kitchen garden from scratch and our health feature this month is focusing on ears and hearing problems. Our cover story this month features BBC Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha Kovalev who brings his dance show Let’s Dance The Night Away to Redhill next month and we’ve got tickets to the show up for grabs! Enjoy February with us, so whether you’re loved up or not, catch up with our great lifestyle features and local community content! Don’t forget you can contact our community writers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if there is something you would like to see in the magazine next month. It’s over to you! The RH Team
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LeLa.Body and Mind cultivating the power of the mind Lela.Body and Mind is an umbrella project created by two paths crossing – Angelika Hajdecka from ‘Balanced.With Angelika’ and Rebecca Jame from ‘Sarvanga yoga’ – both are passionate yoga and mindfulness teachers based in Sussex.
ngelika and Rebecca have now joined forces to create retreats, events and workshops to help both adults and children to live a rich and mindful life. The adolescent workshops are tailored to different age groups, from 4-9 years-old and 9-16 years-old and there are plenty of adult mindfulness courses also available. Angelika is a mum of two children who worked as a member of staff in a psychiatric hospital for ﬁve years before starting this venture - she is also a trained counsellor and a yoga teacher. Like Angelika, Rebecca is a trained yoga teacher but is also an aromatherapist and practices massage therapy. They both share a strong desire to introduce mindfulness teaching into the education. Since last year, Angelika has been teaching yoga and mindfulness in schools under the name YogaZest. Together they believe every child needs to learn to be still, to develop skills and notice their emotions. Children are living in a very demanding and busy world and their minds have few opportunities to re-wire and reﬂect what is actually happening around them. The workshops include creativity, storytelling and aromatherapy using eco-friendly products, encouraging children to use crafts to represent their
By Georgia Lambert emotions and mindful walking to get back in touch with nature. There is also a focus on teamwork within the group, noticing their circles of friends and learning how to support each other in a positive way. In the sessions, Rebecca encourages the children to design their own guided meditation using the skills they have learnt and to share them with the group. Angelika and Rebecca also run a workshop for parents and their children. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn about different mindfulness and techniques and how to translate them into daily life. “Yoga and mindfulness have helped my children and I understand each other better. After I pick my children up from school, we sit in the car and meditate for one minute, focusing on our breath and re-connecting ourselves to the present moment,” Angelika said. “Using mindfulness daily helps you to recognise intuition and it enables you to discover
yourself. Even if that means meditating for two minutes while the kettle boils. Sometimes stress can stem from unresolved issues from childhood and mindful meditation can help you heal the worries,” Rebecca added. As well as the classes, Angelika visits elderly people in care homes around the community to guide sessions of gentle movements and breathing exercises, ﬁnishing with a relaxing cup of tea. Lastly, Lela.Body and Mind have an online shop that sells products that are featured in their workshops including lavender eye pillows and essential oils, perfect for a good night’s sleep!
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Providing Support for People Living With Motor Neurone Disease In October volunteers from the West Sussex North Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association organised two successful and original events to raise much-needed money for the organisation.
By Georgia Lambert
he ﬁrst was an innovative murder mystery play devised by members of GROPE – the Goring Regional Occasional Players Ensemble. “I can only describe it as Agatha Christie meets Spinal Tap,” said Sue Sheppard, a long-time supporter of the Association. The second was a fashion show held at the Queen’s Hall in Cuckﬁeld and run by Jo Jo Dennis of ‘Jo Jo’s Boutique’ with a team of glamourous models, all branch supporters. Guests were treated to a glass of prosecco and there was a chance to win some incredible rafﬂe prizes. The sell-out evening was supported by local businesses and raised more than £2000 to help care for people living with the disease. MND is a terminal neurological condition that attacks the motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord causing muscle weakness and wastage. It affects the person’s ability to walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe - the progression and presentation of symptoms do not necessarily happen in the same way or in the same order for everyone.
Around half of those diagnosed will pass away within two years, although others have longer prognoses - there is currently no cure. However, the MND Association continues to fund much of the research into possible causes and treatments. ‘A world free from Motor Neurone Disease’ is the association’s ultimate vision. It is doing everything it can to enable people living with MND to receive the best care and achieve the highest possible quality of life for the time they have left. Volunteers are crucial and an Association Visitor (AV) role is central to providing such support. It involves visiting people living with MND to provide them with information, advice, support and a friendly face. “Volunteers taking up this role can make a meaningful difference, not just to the life of the person living with MND, but also their family,” said the branch chair, Julie Unsted.
“Following diagnosis, many people feel isolated. The AV provides stability by acting as the important link between the family and health and social care professionals.’ “It can, of course, be a challenging and emotional role but it can also be extremely rewarding by helping to solve the often complex issues that people living with MND face.” Stapleﬁeld resident Ron Stevenson, who was diagnosed in 2010, explains the hugely important role that his AV, Chris Sheridan, has played for him and his family. “Chris has been with us every step of the way. She encourages us to plan ahead and her advice is carefully considered,” he says. “She has guided us to the appropriate people and agencies as our situation evolved. Having her friendly shoulder to lean on has reminded us that there is still a quality of life despite living with the condition.”
If you could contribute or you know someone who is living with MND please visit: www.mndwestsussexnorth.com/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. @RHUncovered
Anyone for tea?
We’ve been in search of the perfect cuppa There is nothing cosier than cup of tea or drinking coffee a rainy morning; sometimes the simple pleasures in life evoke happiness! By Georgia Lambert
hile I was a student living in Bath I visited different coffee shops to write my assignments – I dread to think how much of my loan went towards millionaire shortbread and coffee! Besides the caffeine and sugar, it gave me the chance to explore the city I was living in. I have been back home for a year and I have explored the cafes that Sussex has to offer and I have found some real gems! Sabrina’s Sweet Things is a delightfully comfortable tea room in Handcross with a varied menu including homemade cakes and a speciality selection of teas and coffees. It has four rooms: The Vintage Tea Room, The Tate & Modern, The Chic Room and ﬁnally The Library. It is wheelchair friendly and in the Tate & Modern room there’s a children’s play area with a baby changing facility. The Library is the perfect room to get snuggly with a good book, play a game of chess and to try one of their ﬂavoured coffees. For all you Mary Berry lovers, there is even a shop selling baking supplies and goodies.
Shopping and cake is a match made in heaven. The Toll House in Lindﬁeld is a 17th Century building converted into perhaps the smallest department shop in the world. It has three ﬂoors selling vintage and homeware treasures. It’s not only the perfect gift shop but it has a lovely café on the second ﬂoor. The Toll House café serves delicious cakes, lunches and refreshments. The Gardenia Tea House in Cuckﬁeld is tucked away behind the High Street and is quaint and elegant. As you walk in it’s like stepping back into the 1940s.
The tea house dates back to the 18th century, with a secluded courtyard, and the owners are very welcoming. Lunches, teas and refreshments are served in vintage crockery which is for hire for a tea party of your own. If you’re a workaholic and fancy a change of scenery, try the Café Cosy, based on London Road, Burgess Hill. With free Wi-Fi and a buzzing atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to work on a rainy morning. An independent café, it cares what it provides to its customers, from the freshness of its food and drinks, to the quality of the service. They have a reasonably price menu serving breakfasts, brunches and lunches. If you’re feeling particularly naughty, I would highly recommend treating yourself to their hot chocolate - their bread, cakes and pastries are supplied daily from an artisan bakery. There are so many incredible tea and coffee shops in Sussex; these are only a few that I have recently discovered. Head out this February and enjoy the best brews and beans locally!
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Family History Seminar London Temple Visitors’ Centre
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Saturday 11th March 9:45am - 3:30pm The London Temple Visitors’ Centre enthusiastically invites members of the general public to attend its Fourth annual Family History Seminar. We are excited to welcome back Ian Waller, Jan and Steve Hough and introducing Katrina Friess. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the family is the most important unit in this life and the next. Family history strengthens family units by creating identities that span many generations. Those identities emerge when we use the challenges and successes our forebears experienced to overcome our own challenges and create our own successes.That could mean we learn from their mistakes and improve our lives, or that we learn from their success and model their lives, or that we do both.
From past experiences we are providing a fresh approach to help beginners and providing new methhods of research. This year the Seminars are designed to be more interactive. Below is a list of the Seminars being held throughout the day.
“Getting started with your Family History” By Katrina Friess and Jan & Steve Hough.
“Progessing your Family History” By Jan & Steve Hough.
By nature we feel a connection to our progenitors and to our descendants.
By Katrina Friess. Looking at the records of our dissenting ancestors.
Additional information and updates will be available on the London Temple Visitors’ Centre Facebook page.
By Ian Waller Looking at the wealth of records either side of the 1834 poor law act.
We express our graditude to those who are giving their time to share their knowledge and experience with us so that you enjoy the day.
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The event has limited availability (65 places) so book now Phone: 01342 837 952 Ample parking available. Wheelchair accessible. ‘Garden Tour’ aslo available if requested on the day. Find us on the web www.lds.org/placestovisit Follow the London Temple Visitor’s Centre on Facebook
From screen to stage Five minutes with Pasha Kovalev
Let’s Dance The Night Away If you love Strictly Come Dancing you’re going to love dancer and Strictly winner Pasha Kovalev’s new show! Let’s Dance The Night Away is coming to the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill this spring! By Jacob White
re you missing your Saturday night ﬁx of Ed Balls? If you’re in need of some jive or want the Charleston in your life Pasha Kovalev’s show Let’s Dance The Night Away will be just the thing to get you tapping your feet! Complete with special guests, live singing and involving local dance communities, the tour of the show launches close to home at the Harlequin Theatre with two dates next month – Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18. A total of 58 performances are planned across the United Kingdom from March – May 2017 with the passion for Pasha and dance reaching fever pitch after the December ﬁnal of Strictly Come Dancing – now a national institution.
Pasha arrived on the UK dance scene in 2011, joining the professional dancers on hit show Strictly Come Dancing and his ﬁrst celebrity partner was actress Chelsee Healey, the pair ﬁnished runners-up. A year later, he danced with Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh and was again a runnerup. In 2013, Pasha teamed-up with Countdown’s Rachel Riley before ﬁnally winning the coveted trophy in 2014 with TV presenter Caroline Flack.
Pasha toured with the Strictly Come Dancing Tour in 2012 and in 2013 toured with his dance partner Katya Virhilas in a sell-out show. A ﬁnalist on the US show So You Think You Can Dance in 2003, he has also appeared on Broadway and in the West End. Pasha Kovalev is now touring again after the huge success of his Life Through Dance and It’s All About You tours. Teaming up with Pasha will be spectacular professional dancers including Anja Garnis and a host of local dance schools. Dance schools and their students will be able to showcase their abilities as part of the production jampacked with positive energy and emotion, breathtaking choreography, sensational music and stunning costumes.
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Ahead of his performance at the Harlequin, I caught up with 34 year-old Siberian-born Pasha who specialises in ballroom and Latin dancing to see what inspired him to dance and what it is like to be part of the phenomenally successful TV show Strictly Come Dancing.
What inspired you to take up dancing? “At the age of 8 my mother took me to see a dance competition and I fell in love with it. I just wanted to be on stage. I loved the lights, the costumes and the beautiful girls!” What is your favourite dance? “It’s so hard to pick a favourite dance because after so many years of studying and practicing dancing, you can’t help but fall in love with them all for different reasons.’
Two Is Company… Alongside Pasha is Anya Garnis who made her name on US TV starring on So You Think You Can Dance. She began her training in Russia and after moving to New York she quickly rose to become a US National Finalist. She has since embarked on a US national tour performing in more than 50 cities and was asked to perform at the 80th Annual Academy Awards. She was a special guest on the world televised Emmy winning Idol Gives Back.
“Although, I do enjoy Latin dancing which is funny as coming from Siberia I couldn’t be further from Latin America and I don’t have a drop of Latin blood in me!” What is it like to be part of a huge show like Strictly? “Strictly is an amazing show to be part of and I’d wanted to be on it for quite some time. I’ve done six years and I hope to do many more! It’s great to use my skill to entertain.” What did you think of Ed Balls’ performance? “Ed did a great job! You cannot place him in the same box as the professionals but each week he improved and I was cheering him on each week!” What are you looking forward to most about your show? “I love meeting people and dancing in front of a live audience who want to be entertained. I hope to share my vision with them and hopefully they will leave happy.’ “With a live show people can feel energy and be part of the show which is cool and pure. Sometimes TV as a medium can lose this feeling and emotion.” What can our readers expect from your new show? “Whether you’ve seen one of my shows before or not this is brand new! New story, new routines and new costumes. It’s a show for the entire family – music, dancing and audience participation!’ “I don’t want to reveal all my cards but if you’re looking for a great experience and the chance to forget about life for a few hours – come to see the show!”
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Ears in Focus
Ears are our organs for hearing but all too often we can neglect these critical parts of our body when it comes to making sure they are working as they should, by getting our hearing tested. For some, there is a stigma attached to ear testing and the possible ﬁtting of a hearing aid, but there shouldn’t be! You wouldn’t think anything of regular visits to the dentist or optician to maintain your oral and visual health; your audio health should be no different in 2017. By Jacob White
id you ﬁnd you needed to ask relatives to speak up over the Christmas and New Year period? Do you ﬁnd you need to turn up the volume on the TV? If these are scenarios you are familiar with now is the time for you to think about getting your ears and in particular your hearing in focus. Who can help? If you are having hearing problems, there are several tests available to determine the cause and treatment you may need to remedy the condition. The ﬁrst step is to see your GP who will be able to investigate the extent of the problem – they may refer you to an audiology clinic or a specialist for tests. The most common tests for hearing loss causes include; a physical examination of the ear, a whispering test, a tuning fork test and an audiometry test. Physical Examination of the Ear A preliminary form of testing the ear for hearing-loss done through the outer ear checking for problems such as liquid blocking the ear canal or swelling of the eardrum. This test can reveal to a medical professional an indication of any liquid inside the inner ear, whether there is a punctured eardrum, or even foreign objects lodged within the ear.
Whispering Test An assessment by way of someone whispering words behind one of your ears, while your other ear is blocked. You might be asked whether you heard anything and in some cases asked to repeat words. Tuning Fork Test Using a metallic apparatus that when tapped vibrates and emits a ﬁxed pitch sound. A tuning fork is held next to the ear to test how well sounds transmitted through vibrations in the air. Sometimes, the tuning fork is held against the bone at the rear of the ear, called the mastoid, to test hearing when sound vibrations are directed to the inner ear through the bone. Audiometry Test For this test, you will be required to wear earphones with sounds played of varying volumes before being asked to either raise your hand or press a button to indicate when you hear a sound. What to do? If you’re told by a medical professional you need a hearing aid, there is a much wider range of choice than you may think
available both on the NHS and from private suppliers. If you opt for an NHS hearing aid, today’s versions offered are slimmer, lighter and smaller than ever before and you can ﬁnd all sorts of funky colours and designs to suit your style. By going private, there is more choice which can mean you can get an aid better suited to your form of hearing loss and the wait for the ﬁtting of the aid is much shorter. It’s estimated that there are 4 million people with hearing loss in the UK who could beneﬁt from wearing hearing aids, but don’t, so if you’re advised to wear one, don’t become part of that statistic.
How to protect your hearing?
Hearing is one of our most important senses playing a role in our day to day lives including our safety- as society gets louder, we place our hearing at increased risk. Whether in a loud club or bar, or if you are merely walking by the side of a busy road, your hearing is being put under strain, and regular exposure will harm your hearing.
The human ear is a sensitive organ able to pick up very low and loud sounds – did you know? Conversational speech is generally 60 decibels, a busy road is around 80 decibels, a rock concert is typically 120 decibels, but the intensity at which pain can begin is just 125 decibels and the intensity at which even limited exposure can cause hearing loss is only 140 decibels. @RHUncovered
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The beneﬁts of interacting with animals are well reported, and you don’t have to own a pet to enjoy them! We’ve got suggestions for how you can add some animal magic into your life! By Jacob White
nimals are magic! There are so many opportunities for you to enjoy their company from animal fostering to volunteering at a rescue centre or charity – go on, feel the beneﬁts! Foster an animal Many animal charities rely on fosterers to provide temporary homes for the animals in their care. Could you foster a dog or cat? Charities need people willing to open up their homes to dogs and cats looking for a fresh start in life. When you foster, you’ll be freeing up space in pet centres so that they can rescue more animals. Beneﬁts to the animals Fostering is an important role in the rehabilitation of animals and helps improve their chance of ﬁnding a new home. Many animals taken in by a charity have either suffered or are not used to the care and affection that they deserved. Living with a foster family helps them adapt to a normal lifestyle. Beneﬁts to you Fostering can be a pleasurable experience – it’s rewarding to know that you played a part in the rehoming process when a foster animal is successfully rehomed. It also gives you the chance to enjoy a pet in your home if you’re unable to take in an animal permanently due to other work and family commitments.
Volunteer for an animal charity Volunteering is an enjoyable way of helping animal welfare and can be extremely rewarding. Volunteers make a contribution to the work charities do to prevent cruelty and offer help to animals. With a wide range of volunteering roles available, there is sure to be a suitable opportunity near you. What will you gain? Volunteering is an excellent way to meet likeminded people who share the same enthusiasm for animal welfare, and there are other beneﬁts too, such as learning new skills or developing existing ones, doing something useful and rewarding and gaining a sense of achievement in the community. Who can volunteer? Anyone – most charities value diversity and encourage volunteers from all sections of the community although opportunities for anyone who is under 16 years of age are limited but if helping or support an animal charity is for you there’s always fundraising events to get involved with! How do you volunteer? Contact a local animal charity centre – after that you will usually be asked to complete an application form, attend an interview and provide referees for the charity to contact. You’ll usually go on an induction course and best of all you give as much or as little time you have.
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Dressed to Perfection Too often when decorating our homes, the windows become an afterthought, but are we all missing a trick? If we consider their purpose and dress them accordingly, they can literally transform a room. By Shelley Welti
indows are an important feature of every room in your home, but with a seemingly dizzying array of choices for window dressings, it can be tempting to just throw up a pair of curtains, without considering all of the options available! If this sounds familiar, don’t worry! We’ve got a whole range of ideas this month to make sure your windows are dressed to perfection! Decadent Drapes Want to make your windows a fabulous focal point? It’s time to unleash the drapes and dress them accordingly then! Look out for luxe fabrics such as sumptuous silks and dramatic velvets to sprawl across your window and wonderfully frame your view. To really add to the WOW factor; don’t forget to dress up your drapes with elegant trimmings like beaded tassels and tantalising ties. Or perhaps, you’d prefer to make a chic, sophisticated statement with white drapes?
Sheer fabrics, such as muslin, allow light in and add a fresh, contemporary feel to rooms yet still retain that touch of glamour. Cool Curtains While many of us may think curtains are old-fashioned and the ‘easy’ option when it comes to decorating window spaces; they actually can be cool – if given a 2017 update! Seek out beautiful rich colours, unusual textures and shapes (stripes and geometric prints are particularly hot in homeware right now!) to modernise your windows. For luxurious living rooms with plush interiors, silk curtains illuminate and make your space even more elegant, without too much effort!
Beautiful Blinds Blinds are a favourite and easy way of updating a room, without the need for bulky or heavy curtains clogging up valuable light space. They’re also the perfect accompaniment to effortlessly dressing bay windows too. Light coloured Roman blinds in whites and creams transform and open up rooms (and work beautifully in living rooms, conservatories and bedrooms). While for living rooms – or rooms you want to feel more cosy and homely; linens in softer vintage prints, two-tone blinds and bolder, brighter fabric blinds are a fantastic option. For those of you who love curtains, but want to keep light (or peeping eyes!) out during the daytime, blinds and curtains can work together for a snug and stylish look.
Stunning Shutters Whether you opt for interior or exterior shutters, they’re certainly a timeless trend that retains charm. Pretty exterior shutters can be thrown open to let light in or closed for extra cosiness and privacy. Interior shutters also keep that intimate, private feel and can cover full windows or just lower halves – all depending on your requirements. Opt for whites to keep rooms light, bright and airy or browns and darker colours to transform your room into a comfortable, restful den.
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Creating a Kitchen Garden from Scratch Do you aspire to create the perfect kitchen garden? Regardless of size, we’ve got tips and ideas for you. By Jacob White
kitchen garden is a dream for many, whether you are green-ﬁngered, a dab hand in the kitchen, or both, a kitchen garden is a great idea and isn’t as difﬁcult to plan and execute as you might think. Is your garden a waste of space or do you have room for improvement and potential? Are you past the stage of needing a lawn doubling up as Wembley and could you claim some of it for vegetables? There are few more rewarding ways to spend an hour or two a week than growing your own vegetables. Let 2017 be the year when you start growing your own – it could become a habit for life. A lot of vegetable growing requires little or no gardening experience, and by doing well, you can form the basis of hundreds of free and delicious meals over the next few months with very little effort. You will probably need to continue buying trickier to grow vegetables such as red peppers and aubergines, but generally, you can produce yourself a kitchen garden which will be ﬁt for supper! Grand designs Even if you’ve never sown a packet of seeds before, get set to bring in the salad, herbs and vegetables from just outside your door in a few weeks! In order to do so, it’s all about the design! If well-planned plots are the best-looking areas of a garden and you think about style as much as substance try using funky and creative-designed pots so you can create a style that is eye-catching! Location, location, location To determine the best location for your patch, go out into the garden and work out a location which is sunny yet sheltered, the spot where you might want to sunbathe – this offers the best of both worlds.
To help growth, your kitchen garden will need plenty of food to fuel the growing process. That’s only possible in full sun, so avoid overhanging trees and shrubs and shade-throwing sheds and buildings as far as possible. As well as the sun, many plants such as tomatoes and cucumbers need shelter from the wind – they won’t grow well if their roots are rocked and their leaves will become discoloured with wind burn. The spade work Clear the soil of perennial and annual weeds before you plant, and if you want to be 100% organic, you’ll need to clear the grass and then dig it over, making sure you’ve got rid of any roots of weeds. Go to war with the weeds If the weeds are already cleared, and only annual weeds are your problem, it’s good to cover the patch for a couple of weeks in early spring to keep the soil warm so you can plant earlier. Use sheets of clear plastic which warm and dries the soil, and being transparent it helps the germination of weed seed – when you uncover these are easy to clear by hand or hoe. Another key to weed control is to use mulch to prevent weed seed drifting in from germinating in your soil – as you plant out your seedlings in a few weeks, lay a good 2” (around 5cm) of mulch.
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Ricotta Pancakes with Poached Cherries Thousands of recipes can be found at www.waitrose.com Preparation time:10 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Total time: 40 minutes Serves: 4
2. Meanwhile, place the ricotta, lemon zest, milk and egg yolks in a bowl and beat to combine. Add the ﬂour, baking powder and a pinch of salt, and fold in to make a smooth
The world of work is changing, and so are the expectations of what we wear to work. Heels at work have hit the headlines but what are the alternatives? We’ve got your ofﬁce style updated for the 21st century… By Shelley Welti Stylish Shifts Gone are the days where bland black pencil skirts and trousers with white shirts were the only appropriate work wear for women! Nowadays we can look smart and stylish in shift dresses like this dogtooth dress from Apricot, £24.00. Team with a pretty blouse, opaque tights and a coloured cardigan to inject your personality!
Ingredients 200g pack Waitrose Cherries 200ml freshly squeezed orange juice Juice and ﬁnely grated zest of 1 lemon 2 tbsp clear honey ½ vanilla pod, halved lengthways 250g tub essential Waitrose Italian Ricotta 125ml semi-skimmed milk 2 large Waitrose British Blacktail Free Range Eggs, separated 100g plain ﬂour 1 tsp baking powder 1-2 tbsp sunﬂower oil
Method 1. Place the cherries, orange and lemon juice, honey and vanilla in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 15 minutes until the cherries are tender and the liquid is syrupy.
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batter. In another bowl, 4. Divide the pancakes beat the egg whites until between 4 plates, spoon they’re softly peaking, then over the poached cherries fold into the mixture. and serve. 3. Brush a heavy-based frying pan with a little oil and drop large spoonfuls of batter into the pan to make 6-7cm-sized pancakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes each side until golden and cooked through. Cover and keep warm while you cook in batches to make 12.
COOK’S TIP Any leftover cherries can be chilled and served the next morning with yogurt and granola. Look out for the stones in the cherries.
Wrap Up Constantly in and out of the ofﬁce? Keep warm and turn heads as you enter meetings in a relaxed wrap coat (similar to this one from Dorothy Perkins, £69.00).
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2006 On Film
Continuing our year of tenth birthday celebrations, this month to coincide with the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, in Los Angeles we’re remembering the top ﬁ lms of 2006.
By Jacob White
eld on March 5, 2006 the key awards were won by Philip Seymour Hoffman – Best Actor for his role as Truman Capote in Capote, while Reese Witherspoon scooped the Best Actress award for June Carter Cash in Walk the Line. Ang Lee took the Best Director award for his work on Brokeback Mountain and Crash won the award for Best Picture triumphing ahead of Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Good Night, and Good Luck and Steven Spielberg movie Munich. In the UK, the ﬁlms of 2006 packing in audiences included Pirates of the Caribbean and the return of Daniel Craig as James Bond.
The highest grossing ﬁlms of 2006 in the UK: 1.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (£52m) 2. Casino Royale (£44.6m) 3. The Da Vinci Code (£30.4m) 4. Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (£29.5m) 5. Borat (£23.7m) 6. X-Men: The Last Stand (£19.1m) 7. Cars (£16.3m) 8. Superman Returns (£16.1m) 9. Mission: Impossible III (£15.5m) 10. The Devil Wears Prada (£13.9m) (Source: Screen International)
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Heating Services, Storaheat, 23
Building & Construction, Moontree, 21 Carpentry & Joinery, Hayter and Smythe, 22
Kitchen and Bathroom Services, Dream Doors Interiors Ltd, 21
Charity, Cats Protection, 17
Locksmiths, Lees Locks, 23
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Driveways, New Look Driveways Ltd, 26
Religious group, London Temple Visitor Centre, 9
Driveways, Resin Drives, 32
Roof & Gutter Cleaning, Tilley & Co, 20
Driveways, Vintage Driveways, 25
Satellite/TV, Norsat, 22
Garage doors, G.M Garage Doors, 23
Scaffolding, Sussex Chimneys (East Grinstead Scaffolding), 22
Garden Buildings & Conservatories, Cousins Conservatories & Garden Buildings, 5 Handyman, Blue Local Handymen, 23
Taxi Services, AV Cars, 1 Tree Care, Bartlett Tree Experts, 27