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Do you need a venue for a Friday or Saturday night party? Ampthill Town FC offers a fully licensed bar, excellent catering facilities and capacity for 80 people

For further information, contact: Pauline Marlow

01525-750217

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H e l l o yo u n g l o ve r s wherever you are and a huge welcome to this packed edition of your Fuddler! There’s all your usual fun and nonsense inside with all your favourite characters plus one or two surprises too! We hope you enjoy the

edition and don’t forget to carefully look at what our advertisers are saying because - you know it ‘whatever you’re looking for you’ll find it in The Fuddler!’ If you would like to advertise with us all our contact details are on page 4.

THE DROVERS ARMS INDIAN RESTAURANT Flitwick Road, Steppingley, Beds Fine Dining and Take Away

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THE WHITE HART HOTEL OF AMPTHILL 10 Luxurious en suite double rooms from £59.95 including full English breakfast

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ARAGON WINDOWS Your local specialist in UPVC for:Windows, Doors, Patio Doors and French Doors, Conservatories Fascia, Soffit and Guttering Our windows and doors are 70mm internally glazed for security. All windows are fitted with fire hinges, locking handles, a twin action espagnolette mushroom headed bolt system, and with vent facility. Doors are fitted with claw and mortice lock, and panels are reinforced. Fully compliant with current FENSA Regulations, plus insurance backed guarantee.

CHRIS FREEMAN Tel/Fax 01525 403992 50 Russell Drive Ampthill Beds Established in 1990 and built on reputation

Staples Garden Centre, Fordfield Rd, Millbrook, MK45 2HZ

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Coming Soon:- Sirdar Wool and Quilting Supplies

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CHINESE and PEKING CUISINE

Eddie has received an enormous number of thank you cards from wives since their husbands have had a meal in the Dew Drop ...

...They now appreciate how good their wife's cooking is! 111, Dunstable Street, Ampthill Telephone: 01525 840096

With Winter now firmly here, isn’t it time you considered replacing those doors and windows? Or maybe a new conservatory to enjoy. Don’t compromise on style - call into our showroom and see our stunning range of doors and windows including “The Composite Door”.

No window or glazing job too small.

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You too can experience …

The Joy of Painting

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The Solicitors who care for you, your family and your business 88 Dunstable Street, Ampthill Telephone: 01525 750 750 1 Harpur Street, Bedford Telephone: 01234 30 30 30 Email: mail@SharmanLaw.co.uk Website: www.SharmanLaw.co.uk

Have a wonderful day learning this special Wet-on-Wet oil painting technique.

No experience necessary! This is a great painting technique for those who have never painted before. (Ages 9 - 90) Never more than 3 in a class, so personal attention assured! All equipment, paint & canvasses provided.

‘Paint a beautiful picture the very 1st time!’

Mike Cox, C.R.I. 01525 280849 for details

There is to be a huge charity event on August 15th of this year at the Millennium Park in Flitwick. Raising funds for The Anthony Nolan Trust and The Willow Foundation, the event includes a 40 mile and 10 mile cycle challenge plus a host of other attractions on the day. Watch out for the human ‘Foosball’ tournament, BMX competition plus a lot more. To take part in the events, registration will be from the beginning of March and we will have more details for you in the March edition of the Fuddler.

The Templefield Association (Registered Charity no 1091051) are organising two events in February to raise funds for Templefield Lower School in Flitwick. Firstly, there is to be an adults Quiz Night on Saturday 7th February at the School. Starting at 7.00 pm entrance is £5.00 per ticket which includes sausage and chips supper, and you are invited to bring your own drink along if you wish. Tickets are available from the School office. Secondly there is to be a Jumble Sale at Flitwick Village Hall on Saturday 21st February from 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm.

There is to be an open day with private readings given by visiting medium Tony Gadsby who is from Irish Romany parentage, in the meeting rooms at The Star & Garter, Silsoe on the 14th March from 1 pm to 10 pm. Limited tickets available, book early to avoid disappointment. 10% of all profits are being donated to Keech Cottage Children’s Hospice. (Registered Charity no: 1035089)

For details please contact 07813 145112

VALENTINES DAY Huge range of fragrances for her and for him at up to a massive

70% OFF LIST PRICES!! Don’t forget Mothering Sunday too!

F o l l o wi n g t h e overwhelming success of the 2008 Wedding Fayre, The Rufus Centre in Flitwick will be holding a 2009 Fayre on Sunday 15th March from 11 am - 3 pm. Entry to the event is free, with many people on hand to offer practical advice and suggestions on how to make your special day really special! A big feature will be the interactive catwalks plus lots more besides. See next month’s Fuddler for more details. If you would like more information please contact Nigella or Mary on 01525 631905

Ampthill Wood Floors is a company specialising in solid and engineered hardwood flooring for the last 10 years. We take pride in genuine quality and we offer a friendly and efficient service. We are confident you will not be disappointed with the quality, prices and service we offer. See our full range at www.ampthillwoodfloors.co.uk

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LORD DEE’S PONDERINGS Check-It-Out, Duster and myself were watching some ghastly TV programme or another and the particular scene showed the cast dining and drinking wine. It was outrageous - does not the producer have any idea? A glass of wine should never be more than two thirds full, and held by the stem whilst drinking. Not gulped down as if one had been in the desert for hours!

Now you know

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Finance Matters

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Finance Matters – The Search for Income Recessions are nothing new. However, unlike previous recessions, on this occasion we also have a ‘Credit Crunch’ to make matters worse. Rapidly increasing unemployment and dramatic cuts in interest rates highlight the worrying times that we are in. As is always the case, some will do better in a recession than others. This is equally true of companies, where some will see an increase in business in a recession (such as cheaper supermarkets, discount stores and cheaper clothing outlets) and others will suffer considerably (car manufacturers, DIY stores and pubs/restaurants). The individuals to benefit will be most borrowers, who will see their payments fall, although the fact that the rate cuts are not being passed on in full will restrict this benefit. The main losers, and they are often the forgotten majority, are savers. The returns on savings accounts are falling rapidly, although the real impact of this will depend upon individual circumstances. For those who do not use the interest they receive as income, the expected plummeting level of inflation may actually see them better off. However, for those using the interest as an income, an altogether more worrying problem is faced – how to generate sufficient income? Arguably the most successful savings vehicle in modern times is the Cash ISA. Millions of savers have taken advantage of the annual allowance and moved money, in banks and building societies, out of their normal taxed accounts, into the tax free shelter of Cash ISAs. Like other accounts, however, the rates on these are falling fast.

One of the key factors to be taken into account when looking at alternatives is the level of risk that you are happy to take. For those who want the lowest possible level of risk, then it is a case of searching for the best returns from the vast range of savings accounts available. Of course, the first port of call is to check how much you are receiving on your money at present and can it be moved without penalty. If you are happy to have your money tied up, then a fixed rate bond may be attractive and certainly provides stability. However, be careful how long you tie your money up for as no one knows how long we will be in a low interest rate regime. National Savings are another popular choice, especially as they are government backed. However, be careful to check exactly the terms of each investment account. For instance, the current Indexed Linked Certificates are paying 1% above inflation. If inflation does fall to 1% or lower, as many are predicting, then this would be a low rate of return. For those prepared to take some risk with their capital, there is a greater choice available. Gilts and Corporate Bonds are an obvious area to consider at present, especially the latter as they are offering high levels of income due to their low capital values. These could be particularly attractive to those who are used to taking regular income. For the more adventurous minded, the option of investing into shares is always there and with the falls seen in the markets over the last eighteen months, this could be an advantageous time to be investing. However, this carries with it a much greater risk. Finally, remember that it is now possible to move Cash ISAs into Investment ISAs.

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QUALITY CRAFTSMAN EST.1990 FOR ALL ASPECTS OF CARPENTRY & BUILDING WORK Call: 01525 713590 or 07949 072133

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Meerkat would like to draw your attention to a very exciting theatre evening in Ampthill in March. The very talented Alison Neil will be performing one of her creative “one women” shows…………Meerkat hopes to welcome some of you that evening. The Ampthill and District Preservation Society, in support of Parkside Hall, theatre evening: “Yours Truly, C.B” the story of Charlotte Bronte: Written and performed by Alison Neil Friday 6th March 2009 at Parkside Hall 7pm for 7.30pm Admission by ticket £10 Cash bar, raffle and Lucky ticket draw with prize Tickets and further information from:

Carolyn Chappell, 19, Morris Gardens, Ampthill. Tel: (01525) 403095

With Geoffrey THE Golfer When the Maharajah of Merchandandalani was taken suddenly ill during a holiday in England he was attended by a young locum filling in for the Wimpole Street surgeon. The Maharajah's appendix was deftly removed and the patient was beaming. ‘You saved my life,’ he said to the young man. ‘Whatever you want shall be yours.’ ‘It was quite a simple procedure really,’ protested

the young surgeon. ‘But I am a rich man, I insist,’ said the princely patient. ‘Well, I'd love a new set of matching golf clubs,’ the young doctor admitted. ‘Consider it done,’ came the stately reply. The surgeon forgot all about this grand promise until some weeks later when he received this cable: HAVE YOUR CLUBS BUT SADLY ALL NOT MATCHING STOP FOUR DO NOT HAVE SW IMM ING POOLS STOP GTG

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BMJ HOME & GARDEN SERVICES For all those jobs around the house and garden, that you never have time for!

We are an established, reliable trustworthy & a very reasonably priced company. NO JOB TOO SMALL

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Avec Monsieur Lolo from France

Bonjour mes amis, and zis time I ’ave found zis picture of a magnificent tiger’s head. C’est bon, n’est ce pas?

… or is it 2 tigers laying on the rocks by a waterfall? You decide - I cannot! Au revoir until next time.

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Quiche tasting

By Julio Van Peebles

1) Why does having a bit of common sense have anything to do with bread ? 2) What happens if you spill carpet cleaner? 3) Is there a right end to a stick? 4) Who is Joe Public? 5) When it is quite clear you do not have a bag why do supermarkets say "Do you need a bag" - OF COURSE I NEED A BAG !! Julio's Top Tip: Save electricity by shortening all the cables on your household appliances N.B. To the Julio fan (great taste) who tried to worry me for a second time last month - Well I'm afraid I didn't let it get to me this time mainly because your worries only came in to the class 2 bracket of worries and have already been filed away, so all I can say is um? ........yawn ........dribble .........zzZZzzz!! P.S. It isn't funny to make jokes out of people who are suffering with their sanity - after all, as you said, it could be you!

With Dave (Theo) Saurus Two weevils grew up together. One of them went off to Hollywood and became a world famous actor. The other stayed behind in the cotton fields and never amounted to much at all. The second one, naturally, became known as the lesser of two weevils.

Exciting news for Ampthill’s Sweet Shop! ...

...Yes, due to expansion we are moving into our new premises at

100a Dunstable Street Ampthill! Doors open on 2nd March!!

So now we will have even more room for all your favourite sweets, chocolates etc.

In the meantime we still have a great range of gift ideas for Valentine’s Day Boxes of love sweets, hand made sweet flower bouquets, gift bags and a whole lot more!!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sweet Sensations, Church St, Ampthill Tel: 01525 405352


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MRC CONSTRUCTION

Call Paul on 01525 751752 or 07906 221444 for a free written estimate. References available. email: paul@prbmaintenance.co.uk x x x x

General carpentry Kitchen fitting Tiling Coving

Babs decided that she would broaden her knowledge and, taking a tip from Henry, popped into the library to borrow a book. She didn’t like it at all so went back to the library to complain. ‘What was wrong with it?’ asked the librarian. ‘It had too many characters and there was no plot whatsoever’ replied Babs. ‘Ah’ said the librarian nodding, ‘You must be the person who borrowed our phone book.’

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The planning has already begun! Would you like to get involved planning the 2009 Ampthill Festival? Well planning may have already started, but it’s never too late to get involved! Why not join our planning committee, as we need help in planning the following on Gala Day, namely:

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The Arena Stage The Music Stage The Festival Site Attractions, Rides, Fun Fair, Charity and Business Stalls & Food Concessions The Festival Parade

Sub-committees do the ‘leg work’ in planning the above and additional sub-committees also plan the Art Festival and consider fundraising, sponsorship and publicity. It should not be forgotten that Ampthill Festival is reliant and a small band of dedicated volunteers who organise Ampthill Festival each year and that it is not the Town Council that stage the event as many think! We are however very grateful for the Town Council’s continued support. Also, have you got any ideas that might reinvigorate and refresh the Festival? If so, contact us with your ideas. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Mark Smith (Home 402560 or Work 01234 354366 or mark.a.smith@ampthill.org.uk). Alternatively, visit www.ampthill.org.uk/festival.htm for more details. And don’t forget - the festival is run entirely by volunteers!

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Beat the credit crunch with Formula One Scooters After six months of trading from the new premises in Dunstable Street, Ampthill, F1 Scooters are proud to announce that during current the financial downturn and credit crunch, sales are going from strength to strength.

With the price of car-parking, tax and petrol, the ideal vehicle for commuting is a scooter; a years’ tax on a scooter is only £15. Very cheap to insure. At Most rail stations parking for a scooter is free (£6.20 a day for a car), coupled by the fact that you can actually park. The other obvious advantage is that you can get circa 100 miles to a gallon.

You can ride a 50 cc at age 16, or if you have a full car licence, just twist and go, no test or ‘L’ plates required.* We have a wide range of 50cc and 125cc scooters, both in sports and retro style. Prices vary from £749.00 to £1,099.00 including road tax and registration. * Providing licence obtained prior to February 2001

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Ampthill Festival Planning Committee is pleased to announce that Proms in the Park will take place Saturday 27th June 2009 (the evening before this year’s Gala Day). So make a note on your diary and look out for booking information for this new cultural highlight in Ampthill’s calendar of events. More details will be posted on www.ampthill.info as and when they become available. If you are interested in helping plan or help out on the day of this event (or indeed Ampthill Gala Day), contact Mark Smith at mark.a.smith@ampthill.org.uk or phone 01234 354366 (Work) or 01525 402560 (Home). Ampthill Festival ‘Proms in the Park’ is supported through funding from the National Lottery’s ‘Awards for All’ Funding Programme. Mark Smith, Ampthill Festival Planning Committee

FARMERS MARKETS The Farmers Market in Woburn is held on the third Sunday of every month at The Pitchings, whilst Ampthill Farmers Market is held on the last Saturday of each month at their new home at The White Hart Hotel car park.

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And here’s another brilliant snapshot of things that chefs get up to when they get bored!

Very many thanks again! A very Happy Birthday to the Lady Miriam for the 18th February xx

equipment and stuff you need are provided and you can create a painting at your first class! I’m all for it - means I can nip off with Henry to grab a bite and a pint somewhere whilst she’s at it. (I’ll let you know how we get on.) Thinking about it, if she gets that good at painting the hall needs doing … You can see Mike’s ad on page 3 of this issue.

With Archie Fairweather Mrs F. is very excited! She has seen an ad in this month’s Fuddler promoting a special technique for oil painting with a gentleman called Mike Cox. Having always wanted to create beautiful pictures she has decided that she must sign up for a class to learn the ‘Bob Ross’ technique as apparently you don’t need any experience, all the

JD - Congratulations on your 21st Birthday on the 13th February!!

CAUTION: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.

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Combat these rising costs by installing solar panels to your house & remember solar works on UV not just Sunlight so you can gain free energy all year round! We are an accredited company which means Grants are available towards the cost of the work (currently up to £400.00) All types of plumbing and heating work considered:

CANCER (June 22-July 23) The current planetary aspects indicate good times ahead for Cancerians ever ywh er e. Ta k e ca r e wi th expenditure for a while.

CAPRICORN (Dec 23-Jan 20) There can be no let up if you wish to achieve the goals you have set yourself. The toughest part is to make the decision and stick to it.

LEO (July 24-August 23) With this the most romantic of months upon us, it may be time to wear your heart on your sleeve so that others know your true feelings.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 19) Sometimes you can be too obstinate for your own good. Try seeing the other person’s point of view and accepting good advice.

VIRGO (Aug 24-Sept 23) As we move towards the next full moon you may find an interesting development on an unexpected front with fulfilling consequences.

PISCES (Feb 20-March 20) If you have your travelling head on just now, you may wish to consider the implications that this could have on those around you.

LIBRA (Sept 24-Oct 23) You could find that the latter part of the year is best for your travelling plans. Meanwhile make the right decision about an important choice.

ARIES (March 21-April 20) Now is the time to keep your head clear and think positively about those things that you wish to happen. Anything is possible.

SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22) Your undoubted attraction to that person could yet lead to that which you hope for. Be careful not to push too hard. Think happy.

TAURUS (April 21-May 21) As with most springtime babes, you tend to keep a positive outlook which can only keep you in good stead with the forthcoming situation.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 22) There seems to be a positive aspect to your thinking just now. Could a big change be on the horizon? Keep your feet on the ground.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Over the next month or two you could notice a significant change in your plans. This can only be for the good if you keep your nerve.

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How are we all doing with our new year’s resolutions? If getting fit & losing weight were on your list, here are a few tips to keep you motivated if it’s all getting a bit dull! Weight Loss: x Drink plenty of water – it’s a natural appetite suppressant and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. (Important: only drink to thirst, it is very dangerous to drink too much water). x Nettle tea supports metabolism and has natural diuretic properties, and chickweed tea is also good for breaking down fatty deposits. They actually taste quite good! x Co-enzyme Q10 is a metabolic stimulant that assists with weight loss and is particularly useful if you are feeling tired or lacking in energy. Available from health food shops. x Relax and reduce your stress levels. Excess stress causes us to hold onto body fat. Consider yoga, meditation, or treat yourself to a relaxing aromatherapy massage once a week. Tackling Cellulite: x Vigorous massage can help break down fatty deposits. Aromatherapy oils such as grapefruit and fennel boost the draining and detoxifying effect. This form of massage may be a little uncomfortable but should always be well within your pain tolerance. A course of 6-8 treatments is usually needed to achieve good results.

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One of our readers has sent us this interesting exercise in the power of punctuation! The two examples with the same words have very different meanings as you will see! Thank you Sir! Example 1: Dear Thomas, I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart. I can be forever happy - will you let me be yours? Susan

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This new book charts how shopping has changed in the Georgian market town of Ampthill. The book takes you for a walk through the streets remembering the parts of old Ampthill that have disappeared. Postcards and pictures illustrate the home grown parlour shops and family businesses that served the towns folk. The author, Jeanette Waller, had a keen eye for a collection and a particular interest in History and Architecture. She took great pleasure in using her postcard collection to document the social and commercial changes in the town. She delighted in sharing her knowledge and understood the importance of “keeping the memories alive”. Shopping plays a major part in all our lives, take a trip down memory lane, how many of the shops featured can you remember? George the Mynah Bird in Hills Dairy, buying a cake from Norah’s Bun Shop or Saturday mornings at the Zonita Cinema or going to Pecks for your Christmas Gifts. After the successful launch at Christmas, it is now available to purchase at Pastiche, Bows and the Antique Emporium. Further details can be found at www.earlyclosingontuesday.co.uk

To keep up to date with everything that’s happening in the town, do have a look at the new Ampthill website at www. ampthill.info where you’ll find lots of helpful information.

In a community lead project Ampthill is looking to join a growing band of towns that has a twin with a town/village in another country to enable the residents (in particular the young) of Ampthill to experience the culture of another country. We are looking to our near neighbour France and initial links have already been made with Nissan Lez Enserune, a village in the Languedoc Rousillon area of France. Nissan is approximately 25 minutes from Beziers airport that has a direct flight from Luton with Ryanair. Would anybody wishing to volunteer to be involved in the creation of the formal Twinning please contact Dave Ratcliffe in the first instance at davidratcliffe@ntlworld.com. www.nissanlezenserune.com (website under Construction)

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3 tbps olive oil 1 can condensed tomato soup and 1/2 soup can of water 2 tbps lemon juice 1 tbps Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon thyme 200 gm spaghetti And - as we are Italian how about some decent Chianti for slurping purposes! This is what to do: Dust chicken in seasoned flour. Fry in the oil till browned, then remove. Slice pepper into strips, slice mushrooms and chop

up the garlic. Chuck all this into the frying pan and lightly brown. Throw in all the remaining ingredients except spaghetti and replace chicken. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally, giving you ample time for a crafty slurp and to get the spaghetti on. Drain spaghetti and serve with the chicken and sauce. Warning - if you over consume the Chianti you might be tempted to burst into a rousing rendition of Nessun Dorma much to the chagrin of your family members and possibly the neighbours!

Although the weather has been pretty atrocious of late, our correspondent Sil has found these pictures taken in April 1908, 101 years ago, and just look what happened then! (Thanks Sil)

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The Flitwick Club 20 High Street, Flitwick, Beds Tel: 01525 751555 We have a large function room available for hire for any special occasion £60.00 for members, £110.00 for non members. The club can also offer ample parking facilities for £40.00 per month including free membership to the club! Thursday is quiz nite, newcomers welcome - 8.30 pm onwards. Cash prize. Darts Mondays 7 pm - 9 pm PLUS - TEXAS HOLD’EM POKER EVERY MONDAY 7.30 for 8.00 pm £5.00 registration fee. Saturday February 28th Sensational Singer / Dancer KARIN BELLO Members free, guests - £3.00. 8.30 Onwards

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Hello again. My friend Gladys has just been round for coffee and biscuits and she has found some advertisements where perhaps the words should have been checked more carefully!

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Very many thanks to you all for sending in your nominations for this prestigious event and to everyone involved in making the afternoon one to remember!?

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As with everything in life, technology changes the way we do things and forces us to think about the world in which we live. Who would have thought that technology would have had the same impact on the boring everyday world of doing our laundry and washing our clothes as say modern televisions? This technology has allowed Miele to design a new washing machine that will use less water per washing cycle and still bring your clothes out sparkling clean. MIELE’s PRESTIGE PLUS 6, A energy rated Washing Machine with its 1300 rpm spin speed, 6 kg Wash load, Variable wash temperature, Time remaining indicator, Delicate wash and a Half Load option, led it to be voted “Which” Magazines BEST BUY washing machine in their October 2008 edition. As well as all of the above, Miele have so much confidence in this machine that they have given it a full 5 year Parts and Labour Guarantee. They can do this because they test their machines programmes for at 10,000 hours, they close and open the door 60,000 times, they run the spin programmes for 600 hours and give 50,000 tests to the control panel of their machine to ensure reliability. This they believe is the equivalent of twenty years of use in normal service. On the ECO friendly front, the machine itself will only use a maximum of 49 litres of water per wash cycle. It only uses coldwater filling to ensure no wastage of electricity. Both of these in this era of conservation saves both energy and money thus reducing your carbon footprint. To find out more about this great washing machine call into: MICHAEL R PETERS 19 The Broadway, Bedford. MK40 2TL or Tel: 01234 352107 (see their ad on page 15)

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Covering Ampthill, Flitwick, Maulden, Clophill, Silsoe, Barton-Le-Clay, Westoning and surrounding villages for all your pets needs.

DOG WALKING! We provide an excellent dog walking service, from once a week to daily, from occasional to regular. We collect from your home and transport in safe, segregated vehicles, for 45 minutes of fun and exercise in beautiful local parks and woods. All dogs are walked off lead where possible. Excellent socialisation for your pet, and peace of mind for you, knowing that they are having a great time!! (Max 4 dogs per person per walk)

PET SITTING! Friendly dogs are welcome to stay with one of our host families, they live in the home as part of the family. You provide their food, bed, toys etc, we provide a minimum of 2 walks a day, lots of playtime with other dogs and plenty of love! Cats can relax in their own home, with either one or two visits per day. We can let them out, bring them in, feed, clean litter trays and provide tickles! Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats etc are all welcome in our home! We collect the hutch / cage, run, bedding and food, then transport them here for their stay.

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With Kerf Headcap Kerf’s been out and about again finding more silly words and their new dictionary definitions:

Arbitrator: A cook that leaves Arby's to work at McDonald's. Avoidable: What a bullfighter tries to do. Bernadette: The act of torching your mortgage. Burglarise: What a crook sees with. Control: A short, ugly inmate. Counterfeiters: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets. Eclipse: What an English barber does for a living. Eyedropper: A clumsy ophthalmologist. Heroes: What a guy in a canoe does. Left Bank: What a robber did when his bag was full of loot. Misty: How golfers create divots. Pharmacists: A helper on the farm. Polarize: What penguins see with. Primate: Removing your spouse from in front of the TV. Relief: What trees do each spring. Rubberneck: What you can do to relax your wife. Seamstress: Describes 250 pounds in a size 6. Selfish: What the owner of a seafood store does. Subdued: A guy that works on submarines. Sudafed: Bring litigation against a government official


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Martin on 01525 841434 not everything is black and white

. . . in Arthur’s World Has any one bumped into Michael McSpleen lately ? He seems to have gone “walk about” – missing – kaput – done a runner – scarpered or words to that effect. Or maybe he’s simply retired to the warmth of his duvet for an extended stay ! Who’s Michael McSpleen queries the voice from the back as the devout Fuddler readers swell the public bar grappling over the “hot off the press” copies of this month’s Fuddler. I don’t believe this, I thought to myself, after steadying my one good arm to get a hefty slurp of my ale. “You Fuddler readers have got short memories” I shouted to the gathered throng. “You must remember Micky McS” – mind you, I thought to myself, he has been in hiding for a few months. “He’s yer actual Man In Black – the scourge of Old Ampthill Town” I reminded them. “Awe ‘im “ came the united response “isn’t he the geezer that wrote about mystery and magic and The Ampthill Horror in The Fiddler or was it The Fuddler” said one, hand trembling with fear and spilling his beer at the mere mention of the name. “Thought The Maffia had caught up with him” Well his absence and whereabouts have just ever so slightly brought cause for concern among the readership. I’ve seen the black sombrero around town but I don’t think it was him under it. Someone thought they’d seen him dressed in white – but we think that might have been the butcher dashing off to the bank with the days takings. He might have got into his Arctic combat gear to merge into the recent snow, we are aware he’d bought a suitable pair of boots for such weather. But I can’t go along with the gossip about him being that “White Vision of Beauty”, that emerged from a foggy dawn in Ampthill Park up by the war memorial. That’s stretching nonsense a bit too far ! ! He was supposedly sighted hiding under Westy’s Throne beside the fag machine. But that turned out to be Micky’s black and white dog attempting to be partly in disguise. We’ve tried by putting a “Wanted notice” in the post office window. Nice white card and beautifully handwritten in black. Someone rang in to say they had found a child’s black and white panda – is that what we were looking for ?

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Continuing the deductions we can all make after watching films:

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ANIMAL WISDOM The horses of hope run fast but the asses of experience amble thoughtfully

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1 If you take the letters ERGRO there are 3 letters you can put in front of it, and the same 3 letters after it to form a common English word. What are they? 2 What number gives the same result when added to 1.5 as when it is multiplied by 1.5? 3 rearrange the following letters to give the name of a US state: VIEWING A STIR 4 What do the following numbers have in common: 3,7,10,11,12? 5 Who’s name is hidden in this anagram? WESTERN VIDEO 6 And which song is hidden here? ECHO IN MUDDY LANE? 7 Peter picked 1 more pepper than Paul. Pat picked 1 more pepper than Pam. Peter and Paul picked 10 more peppers than Pat and Pam. Pat and Pam picked 60 peppers. How many peppers did Peter pick? 8 Rearrange the following letters to give three different 8 letter words: A A E L N P R T 9 And if you like quizzes, think of a nine letter word that has only one vowel. 1 UND, 2 The number three, 3 West Virginia, 4 The only vowel they each contain when written out is ‘e’. 5 Stevie Wonder, 6 Unchained Melody, 7 Eighteen peppers, 8 Parental, Paternal, Prenatal, 9 Strengths.

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Episode V: Fatter Christmas Well, if you remember the last time we saw our reluctant weight watcher he had slumped to an all time low, on a par with our beloved sterling monetary unit. I can now confirm that the month of December was classed as a holiday period in so much as the weight loss programme was put on unofficial hold until Jan 1st. Sounds corny I know but there you have it. The month had already announced parties galore; pub parties, university parties, rugby club Christmas party, old work chums’ parties and even the odd neighbour (and Topbird has a few odd neighbours!) invite to share in an annual glass of mulled wine and a mince pie or three. For Christmas itself I had been invited along with Topbird to her father’s in

Weymouth, for the readers who do not know Dennis, he is a retired “man of the cloth”, though you would not be aware of his retirement as he speeds around his parish, indeed he has been known to stand in for our very own minister here in Ampthill on occasion, on his motorcycle visiting the ill and recently bereaved. Christmas Eve was spent doing the last minute duties that comes with this time of year; wrapping presents, buying that elusive gift for an aged relation, preparing the vegetables for the big dinner the following day etc etc. The evening was spent watching Scrooge (no, not Westy), on the television before going to a delightful local parish church to attend a midnight service given by Dennis himself. When we arrived home a bottle of wine and some whisky accompanied by an array of

cheeses and biscuits was consumed. It was difficult to discourage Topbird opening her presents there and then. Christmas Day and for me it was as if I’d travelled back in time. It was perfect for a big kid at heart like myself. Dennis & his dutiful daughter set off around the parish, hospital and church whilst I assisted her stepmother in the kitchen, both armed with a wine of choice; she with a delicate dry white and your truly with a full bodied claret. For the meal itself there were two starters, a fruit salad followed by a homemade soup. For the main course there was a small allotment of vegetables, an assortment of potatoes, a small lake of gravy which the turkey was happily swimming in on each plate and some pigs in blankets too. As usually happens far too much was consumed at this stage and it was futile behaviour to bring out the flaming Christmas

pudding, mince pies and trifle, but it arrived anyway and an attempt was made by all to be polite and try each one. It was all rounded off with more alcohol, coffee (‘tea for the aged ones’) and cheese and biscuits. To say I was stuffed would honestly be an understatement. Little did I know that whilst I was having fun in Weymouth a certain brother of Fuddler was impersonating a well known jolly, rotund white bearded gentlemen famed for giving out presents to well behaved children and climbing down chimneys and drinking glasses of sherry and eating mince pies only half a mile away at Weymouth harbour. I shall have to endeavour to get another invitation next year to see him then… To be continued…… As ever all characters and events portrayed in this diary are real and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely intentional


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