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LOCAL HEARING CENTRE MINGLES WITH THE STARS What brings Annie Lennox, Mick Jagger and Amy Winehouse under one roof? Answer, the Hear the World Ambassadors photography exhibition by leading hearing system manufacturer Phonak in cooperation with musician and photographer Bryan Adams, which is being sponsored by Bedfordshire Hearing Healthcare. Bedfordshire Hearing Healthcare as part of the Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals network (AIHHP), is sponsoring the London leg of the Hear the World Ambassadors exhibition, which will be showcased at London’s Saatchi Gallery and is open free to the public from 22nd to 26th July 2009. The exhibition has previously visited New York, Berlin and Zurich. Bryan Adams has taken a series of exclusive photographs of renowned personalities for Hear the World, a global initiative which raises awareness about the importance of hearing and the impact of hearing loss, which was launched by Phonak in 2006. As official photographer, Bryan Adams captured each of the celebrity supporters with a hand cupped behind their ear to convey conscious hearing. Stephen Beale from Bedfordshire Hearing Healthcare says: “In the UK, people struggle with hearing loss for an average of 15 years before seeking advice, despite there being many solutions available that could make a significant difference to their lives. The Hear the World initiative is addressing this problem by providing support and raising awareness about hearing loss on a global scale.” To celebrate their involvement in the campaign and encourage people in Bedfordshire to have their hearing tested regularly; Bedfordshire Hearing Healthcare will be offering complimentary hearing assessments until September 2009. For more information call 01234 348144. “I’m excited to lend my support to such an important cause,” said Adams. “As a musician, I’m naturally sympathetic to an initiative dedicated to helping people appreciate and preserve an individual’s sense of sound. I hope this exhibit helps to remind people of the tremendous value of their hearing.” Over 800 million people worldwide, more than 16 percent of the world’s population, have hearing loss and the number is expected to increase to 1.1 billion by 2015. In the UK the number of people with hearing loss is estimated at 8.5 million. Studies have shown that untreated hearing loss can have a significantly negative effect on a person’s social, emotional and physical wellbeing. More information about the exhibition is available from

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‘I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended or helped with both the Ampthill Park Proms and Gala Day. The good weather and careful planning helped to make this one of the best Festivals we have ever had. The support of the people of Ampthill to make the weekend a success is in no doubt, everyone pulled together to make this a great community event. Our first ever Proms was a great success and we now need to secure funding to start planning next year. This year we were fortunate to have Lottery Funding and we need to replace this with sponsorship for 2010. If anyone wishes to sponsor the Proms please ring me on 07795 624263. The Gala Day is growing each year and we need more volunteers to join us. If interested please email me on and you can then be part of the team of hard working volunteers. I am standing down as Chairman of the Festival after 5 years as I feel it is time for someone else to bring in fresh ideas. I feel that I am leaving the Festival in good shape to whoever takes over and I will be still around to help out where I can. I would like to thank the Committee and all the other volunteers for their help over the years. See you all at next year’s Festival Weekend the 26th and 27th June 2010. TBC.’ Chris Hayes Chairman Ampthill Festival And congratulations to everyone involved for all the hard work culminating in a truly superb event for Ampthill!

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Hello again. My friend Gladys has just been round for coffee and biscuits and left some more silly things that have been in Church newsletters where perhaps the words should have been checked. The Church will host an evening of fine dining, superb entertainment, and gracious hostility. Pot Luck supper Sunday at 5.00 pm. Prayer and medication to follow. The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon. This evening at 7.00 pm there will be a Hymn Sing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and be prepared to sin. The Pastor would be grateful if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the Pancake Breakfast next Sunday morning. Low Self Esteem Group will meet Thursday at 7.00 pm. Please use the back door. Year 8 will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement on Friday at 7.00 pm. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy. Weight Watchers will meet at 7.00 pm at the Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance. Thank you once more Mavis!

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â&#x20AC;Ś...Yet still listen to your favourite Digital Radio stations as you relax in the brilliant weather conditions(?) the weather experts tell us we are going to enjoy during the coming summer months. The answer to going green is, the ROBERTS Solar DAB Radio. This wonderful little radio is perfect for days in the garden, at the beach, fishing trips, picnics and conservatories. While it can be charged via the mains electricity supply the real benefit to everyone is to sit it in the sunshine and let the solar panel do its work. The radio is a departure for the normal Roberts designs. The Solar Dab is available in a range of 5 colours with the front of it dominated by a large speaker grill and a cluster of knobs and buttons with an LCD screen on the left hand side of the face. The buttons are fairly standard. Tuning, volume and presets. The LCD screen shows station information, any text being broadcast and the battery status. There is however one crucial addition to the display and that's the charge bar. This shows the amount of charge that the Roberts Solar is getting from the panel on the top edge of the radio. One end of the scale shows a cloud when the radio is on a low charge and a sun when it is on full charge, so you always know what is happening. In fact, when it's fully charged, you'll get up to 27 hours of easy listening from it, when it's in a darkened place. That's the sort of green gadget that we should all be putting into our homes... The sound quality is excellent as you would expect from a company of Roberts standing. For more information on Roberts Solar DAB Radio, contact Tavistock Sound & Vision 21 The Broadway, Bedford. MK40 2TL or Tel: 01234 356323 (see their ad on the back page of this issue)

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Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifests: I decide to wash my car. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can under the table, and notice that the trash can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check left My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the cup of coffee that I had been drinking. I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the coffee aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the coffee is getting cold, and I decide I should put it in the microwave to reheat it. As I head toward the kitchen with the coffee a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need to be watered. I set the coffee down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers. I splash some water on the flowers, but most of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do. At the end of the day: the car isn't washed, the bills aren't paid, there is a cold cup of coffee sitting on the counter, the flowers aren't watered, there is still only one check in my checkbook, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, and I don't remember what I did with the car keys. Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired.

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£5.00; this is a one off fee. Being disabled will allow you to apply for concessionary fare travel permit. This permit will allow you to travel free Where can I go? -We can take you most places though out Bedfordshire. We cover an area of 200sq miles and each vehicle averages over 120 miles per day. We will take you Shopping, to visit a friend, visit partner etc in nursing home. Even to the hairdressers, or to a doctor’s appointment. Most things are possible. What hours do you operate? We operate Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Do I have to give up my Senior Citizens bus pass? No, Central Council recognises that there are occasions where

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‘What great hot weather we are having, and what a great time to pop down to your local Martins to stock up with those much needed cold drinks from our extensive range. We also have a large range of ice creams and summer toys in stock, including cricket/tennis sets, footballs, paddling pools and water pistols. Following the sad death of Michael Jackson, we also have a range of souvenir books celebrating his life and his music. And finally, if you are looking for new business premises, !7a Church Street Ampthill has become vacant, this is the building behind Martins. For further details please pop in or telephone 01525 404314. If you would like to have newspapers or your favourite magazine delivered please give us a call on 01525 404314. We hope to see you soon …’

Redbornstoke Morris are always looking for new dancers and musicians and YOU could quickly become part of a great team. YOU are welcome to join at any time - the only requirements are that you are male and keen to learn. The best thing to do is come along and watch us dance - you’ll find our programme at - and have a chat with any of us, or please ring Andrew on 01234 212110.

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I thought I’d got away with it but those beastly chaps in the studio have changed me! (Though not much, thank goodness!) I star in a popular American TV show (as if you’d need telling!) currently being shown. The answer is at the foot of the page.


With Archie Fairweather Mrs F. had decided that we ought to have a drive out in the sunny weather so we motored out to Ridgmont. There, right in the middle of the village is The Firs Guest House and Tea Rooms. Recently refurbished the Firs offers a splendid range of value for money meals either to take away or eat in. We opted for their sumptuous all day breakfast to eat in. We

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could have sat outside in the gardens protected from the sun by the parasols but we chose to stay indoors and enjoy the quaint ‘Continental’ feel of the tea rooms. The breakfasts arrived and we spent a leisurely time enjoying the home cooked food and a cup of tea to follow. All in all a rather good find! You can find their ad on page 13 of this issue.

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After all the nonsense that Fergus has sent to us we are delighted to repeat Mrs Handislip’s advice: 1. Don't imagine you can change a man - unless he's in nappies. 2. What do you do if your boyfriend walks out? You shut the door. 3. If they put a man on the moon - they should be able to put them all up there. 4. Never let your man's mind wander - it's too little to be out alone. 5. Go for the younger man. You might as well, they never mature anyway. 6. Men are all the same - they just have different faces, so that you can tell them apart. 7. Definition of a bachelor: a man who has missed the opportunity to make some woman miserable. 8. Women don't make fools of men - most of them are the do-ityourself types. 9. Best way to get a man to do something is to suggest he is too old for it. 10. Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener. 11. If you want a committed man, look in a mental hospital. 12. The children of Israel wandered around the desert for 40 years. Even in Biblical times, men wouldn't ask for directions. 13. If he asks what sort of books you're interested in, tell him cheque books. 14. Remember a sense of humour does not mean that you tell him jokes, it means that you laugh at his. 15. Sadly, all men are created equal.


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With Auntie Vi GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED 1 No matter how hard you try, you can't baptise cats. 2 When your Mum is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair. 3 If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person. 4 Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato. 5 You can't trust dogs to watch your food. 6 Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair. 7 Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time. 8 You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. 9 Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts. 10 The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap. GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED: 1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree. 2) Wrinkles don't hurt. 3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts. 4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground. 5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside. 6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fibre, not the toy.

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They come out in the mid-day sun or for that matter any time of the day in Ampthill. I was sitting outside a favourite hostelry of mine the other afternoon soaking up the sun and thinking of a pleasant England and all that stuff. I was still full of nostalgia and national pride following a brilliant Proms in the Park event only a week earlier. I wished I still had my mini Union Jack with me to wave off the First World War re-enactment platoon as I watched them set off to do overnight duties in Shuttleworth following their successful campaign in Chatham recently. It brought a lump to my very dry throat . . . . what a time to desert their Ampthill post when the Bombardier had run out ! ! Talking about dry throats – have you heard about the latest “on line” drinking trend. Not “on line” as in Internet but “one line” as in BT Line. It’s the latest means of keeping in touch with your far away siblings, in between Christmas cards and the odd birthday card when you remember to send it. You can actually do the same with friends if you have any, or even the mother-in-law if she’s up for it. It’s dead simple, as one of our nearest and dearest members of staff on The Fuddler has proven. Nip down to your local shop on a Sunday morning, get your papers and a bottle of something you fancy. Get settled into your favourite armchair around about 11’ish. In the meantime your sibling brother, a hundred plus miles away has gone through a similar shopping routine of sorts. The telephone rings, the glass is filled and replenished several times at both ends of the line in that hour up to noon. A cosy family chat ensues. Boyhood memories are re-enacted, family gossip is swapped. It’s not a bad way to spend an hour on a Sunday morning and it doesn’t half set you up for the rest of the day and telephone rates are dirt cheap on Sundays or even free if you’ve got the right deal. Why don’t you try this new social trend for yourself ? PS – I’ve just gone ex-directory !

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The story last month composed entirely of song titles has inspired the following sent to us by ‘Edith Pioff’ - again using solely the titles of songs!! ‘Hey Joe - take these chains from my heart - I can't stay mad at you - I want to break free’ ‘My sweet lady - when all is said and done - I drove all night - take a chance on me’ ‘It's over - I have a dream - it's a hard life - please release me’ ‘Suzanne - everybody knows - I'm your man - don't stop me now - all I want is you’ ‘The carnival is over - I can't stand it - living on my own - I feel free’ Again - absolutely brilliant! Many thanks! And if you think up some more please let us know!


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By Michael McSpleen

Episode 400007

The little cheery little guy had not registered any kind of off world symptoms while he had been chatting to my oppo, so I reckoned it would be safe to maybe see what he felt about this part of town. I was becoming more convinced that this was close to where the presence was emanating and I still hadn’t seen anything unusual other than the “rushby” I’d had before lunch which was definitely not human. I could tell he was about to move off about his business and that I hadn’t been the most responsive guy he had ever met so I jumped in quick; “So, sir, could you tell us a bit about this part of your quaint English village. I never been here before and it’s only my second time in your country?” This had the desired effect and he began telling us all about

the history which, if I’d been on holiday rather than Agency business, I would have appreciated far more. The buildings themselves were older than anything state-side I’d ever seen. So I was happy to stand and enjoy before pressing him further; “D’you ever notice anything strange about the place, you know, anything kinda cooky?” His eyes seemed to light up at this and he came back straight back with his answer; “Oh, you mean ghosts and suchlike? You Americans love all that don’t you?” he said in a conspiratorial manner, “Aye lad, we got our fair share of them round here” and before he could begin another talk, I had the tranquilliser micro flare aimed and charged, taking a fraction of a second, and fired it to freeze the guy and enable a more accurate questioning of whatever he might know in his subconscious mind. To be continued

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Having arrived in Freemantle WA from Sri Lanka in April 74 with £10 in my pocket and nothing in the bank, I soon found work with a retired engineer who designed/built/ installed “portable” saw mills in the Australian bush. Bill’s sawmills were portable but BIG and it took 10 guys about one week to install one, but this time it was just Bill with some help from me and the two of us took ten weeks! He had been called out of retirement to move a sawmill from one location deep in the bush to the town of Yarloop, where a large sawmill already existed, some 100 miles south of Perth. I reckon the capacity of our additional mill increased the existing mill’s capacity by at least 20-30% but I really

cannot be sure… I was living at 110 Loftus street North Perth with some nurses, a chef and a nervous guy who had a job of some sort! Bill would collect me from the house and we set off to Yarloop where we lived in the only hotel for a week at a time. For an idea of size of Yarloop, the Hotel phone number was Yarloop 5! The police station was Yarloop 1. A pattern slowly emerged, while the plan was to return to Perth on Friday, it seemed that Bill was never ready on Friday and we worked a six day week and after one week we went home on Saturday, the next week on Sunday and so on; it ruined my weekends but Bill paid very well and I was not complaining. The other pattern that emerged

was a real surprise for someone brought up in England; the climate in West Australia is typical of large land masses, very predictable. After no more than two weeks we realised that at about 1500 hrs we would see a build up of cloud some ten miles away, by 1600 hrs it would have reached our vicinity and just slightly, darken the sky, ten minutes later we would be drenched by a sudden downpour and would have to run for cover. We soon planned for this and by 1603 hrs we had all the tools under cover and were sitting in Bill’s giant Holden Estate out of the rain! Fifteen minutes later, the downpour was over and we got back to work. Sometimes, we would work at his home in North Perth where he had a massive workshop;

we would repair equipment for later installation at Yarloop. Bill’s wife would cook a superb lunch but I cannot remember ever hearing her speak, the protocol in the house was stri ct and al most Victorian, (not that I can remember Victorian times!). I remember Bill chastising me for having bread with both butter AND jam on it. I tried to get in touch several years ago but I reckon he was long gone. I did not agree with or understand a lot of Bill’s attitudes to life but he taught me a great deal about the Australian culture; I reckon he was a good man. Sorry, no punch line this time but there is more about Bill later, some with a punch. Prof Reginald V Q da Ghama IPA With kind permission of Jim Barr

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With Andy - our Hampshire correspondent These are genuine complaints sent to a leading holiday company during the 2008 season! "Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women." "We bought 'Ray-Ban' sunglasses for five Euros (ÂŁ3.50) from a street trader, only to find out they were fake." "No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled." "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It only took the Americans three hours to get home." "I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends' three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller." "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the accommodation'. We're trainee hairdressers - will we be OK staying here?" "I was bitten by a mosquito - no-one said they could bite." "We had to queue outside with no air conditioning." "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel." "My fiancĂŠ and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked." Thanks again for these pearls of wisdom!?

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Here are some more observations from the wacky world of Montgolfier: My girlfriend turned up in a pair of high heeled shoes to go rambling. I said ‘You shouldn’t be wearing those.’ She replied ‘They will be all right - they are not my best ones.’ I met a friend an the Doctor’s waiting room. I said ‘How are you?’ He replied ‘Fine.’ So I wondered why he was there. There is only one thing worse than finding a caterpillar in your cabbage when having a meal, and that’s finding half a caterpillar. Why do we all use capital letters when doing crosswords? A customer gave me his visiting card. I said it was blank. He replied ‘My name is on the other side.’ I asked him ‘What made you print it on the back?’ Did you know that if you had lived around 100 years ago and your grandfather clock stopped working you would have a job of getting the time set right again. There was no talking clock on the phone, no phones, no radio, no TV, no wristwatches. You could probably run down to see the church clock and run back again, or hope someone would turn up with a pocket watch. I promised my mother in law a Mediterranean cruise as she had been good to me, and that she would be able to have her evening meals with the ship’s captain. She replied ‘If I have got to eat with the crew, I’m not going.’ People take an aspirin for headaches, toothaches backaches etc. but how does the aspirin know where to go?

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Episode 11: ……….. Weighing it Up! It has been a year since I started to compile this column, penning my somewhat futile attempt to lose weight and documenting my adventures associated with the project and my encounters with the good folk, as well as some of the bad, from my rural township. In the first instalment “A Weighty Predicament” twelve months ago I hinted at the somewhat harmless ridicule and banter directed towards my “cuddly appearance” had encouraged me to set out on a quest to manage my eating and drinking in a more responsible fashion and to try and shed a few pounds, well quite a lot actually.

I had hoped that the likes of Fuddles, Squeaky, Plunkett and Mitch would be impressed and even offer good natured support with the odd piece of satirical wit to keep my interest going. Unfortunately the opposite ensued. I hardly made it easier for myself though, being a small community it is hard to come away from the corner shop or a fast food establishment armed with various items of unsuitable food substances without being spotted. Strangely, never around when one has been to the fruit and vegetable stall. I did and continue to have the support and encouragement from Topbird who is also on a regime of her own and having far more success than I. It has been an up and down, but

mainly up, twelve months in relation to my weight loss. For those readers who don’t recall I started off quite well losing over 13 lbs in the first few months, I t ee t e red b a ckw ards and forwards during the winter and then suffered badly heading towards spring where I ended up back to square one, at present I am 10 lbs over my starting weight, not good. With the summer upon us though, there is no excuse for not eating healthily, lots of salads and light meals are available, there is also an abundance of fruit a to be had and I will endeavour to reduce the alcohol intake as well but unfortunately I do like my fare washed down with a nice red wine. I recently came across this anecdote from George Orwell who sums up the whole scenario quite well especially with our current financial

situation ‘The ordinary human being would sooner starve than live on brown bread and raw carrots. And the peculiar evil is this, that the less money you have, the less inclined you feel to spend it on wholesome food. A millionaire may enjoy breakfasting off orange juice and Ryvita biscuits; [but]….. when you are underfed, harassed, bored and miserable, you don’t want to eat dull wholesome food, you want something tasty.’ George Orwell 1903-50 The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) This venture is still work in progress and if I’m still writing in another twelve months I hope to have made significant inroads into the challenge. As always all characters and events portrayed in this diary are real and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely intentional

……….to be continued.


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The Fuddler July 2009  

A free, lighthearted publication from Ampthill, UK