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Hello all you romantics and welcome to the February edition of your Fuddler! You’ll find the usual fun and nonsense inside plus of course those all important messages from our advertisers! Do look carefully through because, as you know and we know,

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GET PLAYING CRICKET THIS SUMMER! Steppingley Cricket Club are looking for new players young or old, currently playing or a bit rusty we want to hear from you. We are holding weekly net practice sessions at Marston Vale Middle school in Stewartby on Mondays from 8-10 pm so even if you haven't played for a while there is plenty of time to get back in the swing of things. Alternatively if your playing days are behind you but you still want to be part of the cricket team get involved as a non -playing member. Just let us know what area you would like to get involved with and your help will certainly be appreciated. The club is made up of people that want to enjoy their cricket, win matches and have a good time off the field. So if you are interested in making the best possible use of your summer please get in contact with Gary. email or check out our website


Friday 11th February sees a ‘Pamper Night’ to be held at Flitwick Lower School Hall. The event, which is to help raise funds for the school, starts at 7.00 pm and entrance is just £4.00. ‘Come and be pampered and shop till you drop: Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Body Massage, Thai foot massage, manicures, pedicures (simply pay the therapist on the night for your chosen treatment/s); Vie at home, Jamie at home, cards, jewellery, crafts, candles, Ann Summers, Body Shop. Free drink and nibbles.’ For tickets please contact Debbie on 07752 390 829

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MT. KILIMANJARO TREK - 23/06/11 In June, Ampthill locals Jonathan Duckett and Chris Geary are participating in the extremely challenging trek of Mt Kilimanjaro on 23rd June. It's a 10 day trek, and it's a trip which requires sheer determination and effort to get to the top and it will be an achievement of a lifetime. However, for them to take part in this adventure they both need to raise £3,750. The money goes towards Marie Curie Cancer Care, which is an extremely important charity who help provide care for terminally ill cancer patients in the community. This year Marie Curie Cancer Care expect to provide care to around 29,000 people with cancer and other terminal illnesses, so they both believe with their donations they can help them achieve this. Please help Jonathan and Chris climb to the roof of Africa and support this worthwhile charity. Any donations you make will be greatly appreciated and will really help them to meet their targets. Donations can be made at: or call:

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Friday March 18th sees a huge Charity Dance to be held at Parkside Hall in Ampthill. The event is to celebrate The Fuddler’s 100th edition next month and is being held to raise money for Alzheimer's research. (Charity no: 296645) Starting at 7.33 the event promises to be fun for everyone with all types of dance music being played by Paul Roberts and his Dance Band! There will also be a licensed bar and tickets, priced at £10.00 to include a table buffet, will be available from March 1st. See our ad on page 25.

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LORD DEE’S PONDERINGS Now, regarding the Fuddler awards luncheon. I had to advise Duster and Check-It-Out that I was appalled to be nominated not once but twice for the most forgettable report of 2010. Really! Such impertinence!

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We have received an electronic missive from our chum the Meerkat to say that she hasn’t lost the plot but she is currently busy working on a story about her mischievous feline friend ‘Benedictus’. As she said last month, Meerkat wants to tell us all about his latest adventures and escapades which hopefully she will send to us in time for our very special edition in March! Thank you for that news Meerkat and we look forward to next month!

With Geoffrey THE Golfer

Cyril is an avid golfer. Every Saturday morning he has an early tee time. He rises early, keen and eager to get to the golf course. He golfs all day, sometimes 36 holes. One Saturday he got up early, dressed quietly, retrieved his clubs from the cupboard, got in his car and got ready to drive to the course. The weather was dreadful. The rain was coming down in torrents, sometimes with a bit of snow and sleet

mixed in, the wind was blowing a 50 mph gale. So he got out of his car, went back into the house, and tuned into the weather forecast for the day. He found out the atrocious weather was to continue, so he put the clubs back into the cupboard, went back upstairs, got undressed and slipped back into bed. There he cuddled up to his wife and whispered ‘the weather’s terrible out there.’ To which his wife sleepily replied ‘Can you believe my stupid husband went golfing in this?’ GTG

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With Jimmy The Voice It’s Valentines! As there is so much love in the air, Jimmy has been very kind to us this month and sent in what he considers to be a simple and straightforward illusion... ... Apparently all we have to do is to count the pencils! We don’t think he’s quite right!

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Babs was very excited again. She managed to get a job in a fast food outlet. A customer came in and wanted to buy two ‘Family Specials’. He asked for one regular and one extra crispy. Babs replied that she couldn’t do that and went on to explain that the firm were pushing their regular, so she was unable to sell a whole bucket of extra crispy. ‘But’ she added ‘I could make it half and half.’ ‘You mean you can sell me a whole family dinner with half regular and half extra-crispy’ said the customer ‘and also sell me another one just like it?’ ‘Yes’ replied Babs sensibly and did.

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Beauty isn't being able to shop in fancy stores where you have to empty your wallet to buy something in a bottle the size of a gumdrop. I need ten hours sleep a day. Eight at night. How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire? My friend’s husband is so silly that, with safety in mind, he decided to look for fireproof matches. Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. When you have a stressful problem run away from it. Fast as you can. Rule of life: the night you can’t be bothered to go out, your hair will be looking too good to stay in. I realise reliability is important, but so is my need to remain an enigma. I’m not gossiping - it’s called knowledge sharing. Take it easy - but take it. And I still can’t believe the editor is 100 next month!?!

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CANCER (June 22-July 23) It’s February! The most romantic month of the year. Now could be a very good time to wear your heart on your sleeve and let them know!

CAPRICORN (Dec 23-Jan 20) There may be a major decision that you will have to make before too long. Think carefully through the ramifications.

LEO (July 24-August 23) Look around you at all the wonderful things that exist in your world. Do you really want to change it all just on a whim?

AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 19) It may be time to throw caution to the wind and get on with what you wish to do. The planetary alignments indicate good fortune.

VIRGO (Aug 24-Sept 23) There could be good news coming your way concerning a planned travel trip. Could it be that your excursion will be for longer than you thought?

PISCES (Feb 20-March 20) After perhaps an unsettling time, things do appear to be heading back to normal. Make sure that loved ones know how you feel.

LIBRA (Sept 24-Oct 23) Although work prospects may seem a little gloomy, there should be a light at the end of the tunnel appearing in the next few weeks.

ARIES (March 21-April 20) There may be a certain excitement in the air for Arians at this time. This could well be due to forthcoming travel plans, or a new idea.

SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22) At the time of the forthcoming full moon you may find that with it comes an exciting opportunity to achieve that which you wish to.

TAURUS (April 21-May 21) The romantic side of you seems to want to show itself this month. Don’t be afraid to let these feelings show only good can come of it.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 22) If you are about to embark on a new project, be wary of taking unnecessary advice from well wishers - good intentions though they may have.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Although financial commitments can seem onerous just now, the stars foretell a new start for you in the coming weeks.

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Valentine’s Day is on its way And we have loads of gifts and cards for you out on display. From fancy socks, to great boxes of chocs, Come and see the great range we have in stock. I have no problem as there is just me, I just keep sending the same card each year, you guessed it, it’s from me. But if you would like to send me one Pop in the shop and we will sell you some. (Need the sales you see). Now let’s get down to doing something nice We can offer you newspapers at half price. Yes it’s a great offer, this is true, And we can also deliver them straight to you. This offer will last for thirteen weeks, Come on now calm down I can hear the shrieks (of joy). The offer is with the Mirror, Independent, Guardian, Express, and The Telegraph, And remember you will only have to pay half. Our paperboys are all ready to go, They want to deliver your paper did you know? So please don’t disappoint these little lads, Without your delivery they will be sad And if you want you can also have your papers saved in store With a great deal like this come and see us and we’ll tell you more. Oh and good news for all you Fuddler fans, We will soon be getting a Fuddler stand. So soon the Fuddler will have a nice new display, Ready for you to take each new issue away. So that’s it from me till the next issue, Oh and that’s just reminded me we have some great deals on toilet tissue, (4pk a £1) Hope to see you soon MARTINS NEWSAGENTS 17 CHURCH STREET AMPTHILL. 01525 404314

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Ampthill Town CC will this summer be fielding 4 senior elevens on both Saturday & Sunday. On Saturday the first & second elevens will compete in the Saracens Hertfordshire League with the third & fourth eleven taking part in the more local Millman Competition. Sunday all four elevens will take part in the Bedfordshire County League We also have a Mid-Week XI entering the Cup Competitions as organised by the East Beds Charity Shield. Indoor nets are on from Thursday 17th March to the 14th April at Marston Vale Middle School in Stewartby between 8pm & 10pm. Practice during the season will take place on Wednesday nights on our Park ground. More details from Ian Smith 07880 850269, or email We shall be running youth teams at Under 10, 12, 14 & 16. To join this popular section of the club please contact Graeme Presswell on 07946 863262 or email On Sunday 8th May we shall be hosting Bedfordshire CCC vs. Hertfordshire CCC in a 50 over a side game starting at 11am.

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Since 1985 Rotary have been fundraising to eradicate Polio. When they started the campaign Polio was endemic in 125 countries. 25 years later it remains in only 4 countries and Rotary are determined to finish the task. This February around the world they will be raising awareness and fundraising. In the UK 225,000 purple crocus bulbs were planted in October and when they flower in February in it will act as a potent reminder of what people working together can achieve. In Ampthill there will be a 2 day collection in Waitrose. On 25th February there will be a cake stall in the Market Square. All the local schools are supporting the campaign. Look out for posters advertising other fund raising events. Last year Ampthill raised nearly £4,000 in a week and thus enabled 18,500 children to be immunised.

Kindly sent to us by an avid reader ‘The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.’ Cicero - 55BC Evidently, nothing!








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YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2011 when... 1.You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave. 2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years. 3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three. 4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you. 5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses. 6. You pull up in your own drive and use your mobile phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the shopping. 7. Every advertisement on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen. 8. Leaving the house without your mobile, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it. 10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee 11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : ) 12 You're reading this and nodding and laughing. 13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to show this. 14. You are too busy to notice there wasn’t a ‘number 9’ on this list. 15. You actually checked to make sure that there wasn't a ‘number 9’ on this list . Well, thanks for that insight!




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With Archie Fairweather Henry, Gladys, Mrs F., and myself turned up at Parkside Hall in Ampthill to attend the inaugural performance at The Zonita, Ampthill’s Community Cinema. The red carpet was out so we naturally thought that it was for us. Alack and alas! It was for Ampthill’s Mayor and the various dignitaries associated with this new and exciting monthly venture. Taking our seats after a brief snifter in the bar, Gladys couldn’t help but to pop to the popcorn counter before the big picture started. The Shawshank Redemption was the film on offer - shown on a massive screen with the latest hi tech equipment - and what a cracker it was! Virtually every seat in the house was taken and it has to be said it was truly a pleasure to slip back to yesteryear and enjoy, as the advertisements said, ‘The Golden Days of Cinema’! Apparently the children’s matinee in the afternoon was packed too, so long may Zonita continue! For details of their next productions email


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With Pattie Newts

D.H. Lawrence wrote “The greatest virtue in life is real courage that knows how to face facts and live beyond them” It was wonderful, in this rather mixed up world of ours, where violence, sex and strong language seem to dominate, to actually see a film where these traits were not the dominant factors. Yet, this film seems to have the ability to hold the attention of its audience from beginning to end. Yes, there was strong language, but, it was so relevant to the authentic story and therefore to leave it out in this case would have diluted the story to the extent of meaninglessness. I am talking about the latest film ‘The Kings Speech’. The film is the courageous story of one mans ability in the public eye, to face the adversity of a speech impediment full on and conquer it. The casting of characters is excellent; the acting superb with even clever and respectful humour and the settings austere enough to portray the full meaning of the period of time. All this goes along way to make this film probably the best made for many years. As the story unfolds from the first speech delivered by a Duke (later to be our King) at Wembley Stadium, where every second of his agony was felt by those who heard it as he struggled to deliver but in desperation failed so miserably and was publicly humiliated; continuing on through the lives of a very dysfunctional first family, to the success of his first speech as King at the out break of WW2, brings a new dimension to the meaning of the word courage. Go and see it because for around two hours you will become, quite unwittingly, part of our history and heritage. What an experience.

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It’s The Fuddler’s

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CHARITY DANCE At Parkside Hall in Ampthill on Friday March 18th in aid of Alzheimer's Research (Charity no: 296645) Dancing to Paul Roberts and his Dance Band there will be all types of music for all types of dance - ranging from a genteel Waltz to the more energetic Quickstep and the even more energetic Jive!! The theme for the evening is ‘Hollywood’ so if you wish, though not compulsory, you could come along as your favourite film star, glamorous or not, in fact as far as costumes are concerned - anything goes!

There’s also a licensed bar with hopefully our own ‘Old Fuddler’ beer!! Ticket are priced at £10.00 to include a table buffet and will be available from early March at selected outlets. Watch out for posters round town or see for details.

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Gladys told me to get out from under her feet so I took the opportunity to scamper along to the library to see what I could find. Perusing the ‘Thriller’ department amongst the shelves, I was drawn to a writer that I had not previously read - a lady called Karen Rose. On the front of the book it said ‘The Sunday Times Top Ten Best Seller’ so I thought it should be good. Good? It is absolutely tremendous! Even as I stood in the Library

reading the first page I could have read more there and then! I couldn’t wait to return to the wing back. The story revolves around a psychiatrist who someone is terrorising - tormenting her patients to commit suicide and then setting her up to take the blame. I can’t reveal more as it would spoil the plot, save to say that I would wager if you picked this book up you would not be able to put it down! Even the malt took second place! HF

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Sicily 1971 Carrying on from the tale about stealing boats, this is probably a bit embarrassing, When ignorant folk make judgements about intelligent people with experience, qualifications and peer group acceptance, the ignorant fellow is usually wrong! In this tale it is almost certainly ME. On the Marine archaeology Expedition in West Sicily that I joined, there were many professions skills and trades represented, apart from the academic archaeologists there were engineers, photographers, draughtsmen(/women), historians, divers, but most of the folk had at least two skills that were of use; for instance most of us could cook! Having said that, people came and went, so while I was there 30 40 people may have been on site but never more than ten at any one time. There was not a lot for me to do in daylight, so I found myself looking for things I could do, like making a system to wash developed film in a minimum of distilled water without washing away the whole negative with solar heated water, or finding some old concrete reinforcing steel from which I could fabricate a BBQ grill. Several of the people I met during the expedition have gone on to great things, (several arrived with great things behind them). Amongst these people were a few who, like me enjoyed the odd practical joke. I remember two that were discussed, we would buy a modern amphora in the market, (design not changed in centuries), drop it in the vicinity of the wreck site and after a suitable delay, recover said amphora and see what the other members of the team

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made of it. Now I am sure this subterfuge never materialised but it was a mind game and we pranksters were sure that the result would be just like what did happen when real stuff was brought up. The real test came when a length of timber was brought up. Because it may have been ancient, such artefacts would be carefully splinted between other timbers. After long examination the discussion became academic and the archaeologists shared their thoughts. It seemed to me that this process was mainly comprised of exchanging book titles, authors and topics, almost a war of attrition, who ever ran on out of sources last, won. I know this is false but that is how it seemed; back to the wooden plank that was brought up. A long discussion ensued during which many opinions were aired with the usual exchange of authors and title. Eventually one of the team said, “I know what made those marks”. The fellow was an engineer having a year out from Uni. The academics looked at him with a hint of distain but gave him the floor. He said “ I think those marks were made by a band saw” (not a tool of preference during the Punic wars!) The plank had probably fallen off a boat within the previous 20 years! He-Ho. In this instance the archaeologists wanted the wood to be old and related to the wreck and were a bit angry with them selves to be so wrong. But I have since learned that generally, discussions that they had, such as this one, were simply over my head, they were making sense to each other! They just got it wrong on that occasion. Prof Reginald V Q da Ghama IPA With kind permission of Jim Barr

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With Lauren Louella Boughalls

Greetings to everyone, and thanks for all your kind comments about my little competition! Well done to Michael and everyone else who correctly identified last month’s picture as the Church at Eversholt. This month Algi and I have again been out and about cycling round the villages (clue!) and I couldn’t resist snapping this lovely roof belonging to a well known building. But can you identify it?

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Episode 25: French Lessons (part 2) Joie de Vivre ... Continued from last month ... When we were not eating I went for nice walks or cycle rides with my new friend, secretly I imagined her as my girlfriend, although I was far too shy to make any such official suggestion to Francoise personally. On one occasion we cycled to Carnac, just a few miles away. Carnac has an exceptional amount of stone megalithic sites, alignments, single stones, tumuli and

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The Fuddler February 2011  
The Fuddler February 2011  

A free, lighthearted publication from Ampthill, UK