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Can’t hear Holby City? You don’t have to go to hospital NHS hearing services now available at Specsavers If you’re having to turn up the TV to hear your favourite programmes, it could be time for a hearing test. But now, you don’t have to go to hospital. Specsavers Hearing Centres have been accredited to provide free NHS hearing services for people over 55 in your area who are referred by their GP. You can choose an appointment time to suit you and get the latest hearing technology free. Just contact your GP and ask them to refer you to Specsavers. Birkenhead Grange Precinct. Tel 0151 650 1666 Wallasey 33 Cherry Tree Centre. Tel 0151 638 3341 specsavers.co.uk/hearing NHS services delivered by Specsavers on behalf of NHS Wirral. ©2014 Specsavers Hearing Centres. All rights reserved.

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News 7, 8 Exclusive Interview Paul Hollywood 10 Recipe Spinach, feta & pine nut parcels 16 Healthwatch Your voice counts 19 Mrs Ordinary The cool beauty of winter 21 Well Versed Alwen Jones 25 Big Garden Birdwatch RSPB 27 Top of the Logs Good wood guide 28 Exclusive Interview Glynis Barber 30 Meet the Midwife Tracy Thomas 34 Yoga Mother and baby 39 Inclusive Wirral Mobility feature 41 New Music Local bands 50 Fitness ‘Wait training’ 52 Puzzled Brain teasers 54, 56 What the Stones Say Runes reading 58 Get Creative Origami 60 Published by Neil Rees neil@waitingmagazine.co.uk Assisted by James Milton and Averil Sayle. With thanks to all our contributors, distributors, and other supporters. If you’d like to get in touch, please email hello@waitingmagazine.co.uk,, and you can always message us on Twitter @waitingmag or via our Facebook page /WaitingMagazine - we’d love to hear from you! You can also visit our smartphone and tablet enabled website at www.waitingmagazine.co.uk, where you will find exclusive content. To advertise or write for our next issue, please email us in the first instance at hello@waitingmagazine.co.uk or call/text 07549 611293. © Sunrise Design for Publishing 2014/2015. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced - in whole or in part, including advertisements - without prior written permission from the publisher. While we take every care when compiling the magazine, we cannot be held responsible for claims made, or the accuracy of content supplied, by advertisers or contributors.


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Charities to benefit from The healing power of music new initiative BTR Footsteps Fundraisers is a joint fundraising partnership which will bring five Merseyside charities together to benefit financially through BTR’s key race events over the next year. The five charities include Wirral’s Claire House Children’s Hospice, alongside Everton in the Community, Jospice, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and Radio City’s Cash For Kids. Full details can be found at www.BTRLiverpool.com.

Weight Loss Information Evening at Spire Murrayfield A bariatric surgery information evening will be held within Spire Murrayfield hospital on Thursday 29th January 2015, with two sessions, starting at 5pm and 7pm respectively. These free sessions include a presentation from a consultant bariatric surgeon and bariatric nurse specialist Lorraine Crofton, with topics covered on the night including Gastric band, balloon (including Obalon), bypass and sleeve.The evening is an opportunity to gather any information that you require and also to ask any questions you may have. To reserve your free place, please contact their Private Patient Advisers on 0151 929 5408.

BBC Radio 2 recently brought its Good Morning Sunday show, presented by Clare Balding, to Arrowe Park Hospital to understand more about the healing power of music. As part of Radio 2’s annual Faith in the World Week, this year’s theme explored how music can change and shape people’s lives - affecting minds, bodies and spirits. BBC 1’s ethical current affairs show Sunday Morning Live also came from Arrowe Park Hospital later that morning. Not only did the programme link in to Radio 2’s ‘healing power of music’ theme, but also debated another hot topic - alcohol and the effects it is having on emergency departments such as the one at Arrowe Park. For more about Radio 2’s visit, go to the news area at the hospital website www.wuth.nhs.uk.

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Cancer centre hopes to build new hospital Trust delighted with report

WIRRAL COMMUNITY NHS TRUST’S SERVICES have been rated ‘good’, following a comprehensive inspection by the Care Quality Commission. Inspectors said patients were consistently treated with compassion, dignity and respect, while patients themselves spoke positively of the experiences they had of services. ‘Exemplary instances of caring, respectful and compassionate treatment’ were among the many positive findings. The report is available on the Trust website www.wirralct.nhs.uk in the ‘About us’ section.

New Bromborough branch for Beers AFTER SIX SUCCESSFUL YEARS in Eastham, Beers Timber & Building Supplies and MBS Plumbing & Heating Supplies have relocated from December 2014, moving to fantastic new premises at Thursby Road, Croft Business Park, Bromborough CH62 3PW. Michael Beer, Managing Director, said, “This new site in Bromborough will not only stock all our normal timber and building ranges but will also continue the growth of MBS Plumbing & Heating Supplies. We look forward to welcoming customers, old and new, to our new branch.”


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THE HEALTH TRUST that provides specialist cancer care in Merseyside and Design concept showing how Cheshire has the new hospital could look ambitious plans to transform services with a new hospital in Liverpool. The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust (CCC), based in Bebington, Wirral, wants to expand its services with a new hospital beside the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the University of Liverpool. Its Wirral site would continue providing outpatient care, along with its radiotherapy unit at Aintree and chemotherapy clinics in hospitals across the region. Cancer experts say the £118m project – known as Transforming Cancer Care – would have massive benefits for patients. The Liverpool site would be more centrally located for people in Merseyside and Cheshire, and radiotherapy would be available in an additional location. The most complex and seriously ill patients would have on-site access to intensive care and other key specialties. Currently, some patients are transferred as these services are not available on the Clatterbridge site. The Liverpool site would also enhance opportunities for cancer research by experts from the university and NHS. Andrew Cannell, Chief Executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, said: “This is a once-ina-generation opportunity to transform cancer care. We are absolutely committed to providing people in Merseyside and Cheshire with the very best care, and these proposals are crucial to achieving that.” A 12 week public consultation from July to October 2014 found strong support for the proposals. The Trust now hopes to develop an initial business case by next summer. If approved, the new hospital would open in late 2018.

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Waiting chats to A-list celebrity baker Paul Hollywood about his beginnings, iced buns, and boosting Wirral’s profile. We often hear you referred to as being “the son of a baker”, but how did you actually get into baking yourself? After leaving Mosslands School, I originally went to Wallasey Art School and studied sculpture, but then my dad – who at that time owned a chain of bakeries up the east coast of the country - bought a bakery in Liverpool and said ‘Come and join in’, so I said ‘Okay, I will!’ And I realised quite quickly, because my dad was a baker, that I was alright at it; it seemed to be in my DNA. I enjoyed doing it, picked it up really quickly, and stayed with it. I continued working for my dad for a couple of years, and then I went off to work in big flash hotels including the The Dorchester, Chester Grosvenor and Spa and the Cliveden Hotel. I enjoyed the challenge of those positions a lot! And I think that’s when it became all about turning my passion into doing what I do for a living. Did you take any baking qualifications, and is it an easy trade to learn? Do you think a person can learn to be a great baker? No, I never did any qualifications at all. I just got stuck in! An apprenticeship, which is what I did, was - for me, at least - more worthwhile than actually going to college; I found I got more from it. I took the apprenticeship through

my dad’s business, so he looked after me and he shuffled me around from shop to shop, where I learnt different skills at the different bakeries he had. But I think some of it was from being born and raised around bread and the bakery … and the pies … and the cakes … and the doughnuts … and everything else! You sort of grow up with an affinity with it. Yes, I think you can learn to be a great baker, as long as you enjoy doing it - if you don’t enjoy it, you’ll never be good at it. In fact, I’d say you’ve got to enjoy it, otherwise there’s no point doing it in the first place. Is it a hard career to go into, and what would be your advice for the latest generation of budding Wirral bakers? You can make a good living from it. You’ve got to love it obviously, but you also need experience. So the first thing you should do is approach your local bakery, one you admire and like their stuff, and say “Have you got any Saturday jobs going?”, just to get a real feel for what it’s about. And then - unless you find a really friendly bakery that want to take you on full time - I’d suggest going to college and even uni, to get some qualifications. At the same time, start looking for a job as a baker as well. The key thing is to get experience as quickly as possible and that’s really where it all starts. > wa it ing maga z ine . co . uk


Do you work at all with young people wanting to follow in your floury footsteps? I just don’t get much chance at the moment, but I am involved with the Flour Advisory Board and the Grain Chain, which educates kids on flour and what you can do with flour. And I do that through the website. Baking seems to be a very relaxing pastime... It depends what you’re making! Do you still find it relaxing or is it just work these days? It is work for me, but I do find I relax when I’m baking. It sort of hits all the right things for me: when I’m baking, I’m chilling out; but I know what I’m doing, which does make life a lot easier. But I think it comes back to practice: the more you practice, the more you familiar you get, the more it becomes a chilled out thing to do, rather than, you know, making it a big chore. So, the Waiting office is about to attempt their very first loaf of bread. What would your top tips be? Buy my book! <laughs> Seriously, I think my top tips would be: follow the recipe carefully; get a good set of digital scales; and make sure your oven is reading what it says it’s reading, and make sure it’s clean. A friend insisted I ask you this: she bakes a lot of cakes; how does she avoid a soggy bottom? You don’t get soggy bottoms on cakes; you get soggy bottoms on pies. You shouldn’t get a soggy bottom on a cake at all! She’s doing something really wrong then, isn’t she? <Laughs> Something very wrong, yeah! It’s probably not in the oven long enough. 12


Do you think baking and healthy eating/ nutrition are at odds with one another? No, no, I don’t. Because it depends how you approach it. You could say ‘Are potatoes bad?’ No. ‘Are meat and potatoes bad?’ No. ‘Are lashings of gravy?’ Well, not in moderation, no. You’ve got to have a balanced diet; if you take something out of your diet, it then becomes unbalanced and it’ll never be sustainable. So the whole idea is eat pretty much whatever you want but eat it in quantities that your body can take on without storing fat. So you’ve got to work-out a couple of times a week, but at the same time, eat what you like - in moderation. Who or what has been the biggest inspiration in your life? When it comes to getting into my actual job, I suppose the family really, because they were all bakers. >

Wirral is very proud of you! Do you visit often and do you still feel a connection with Wirral? Yeah, I do; all my family are there, so I go back as often as I possibly can. Actually, I’ve been talking to Paul O’Grady recently, who’s from Birkenhead, and we’re trying to get something off the ground to promote Wirral more. Something which will get the area some much needed money; all the local money seems to have gone to Liverpool and sod all’s gone to Wirral, and that upsets me a lot because Wirral needs money to be pumped into it to, you know, to help businesses. The area is clearly still dear to you. So, do you have a recipe that makes you think of your hometown? Everything time I do an iced bun, I always think of Malcolm’s at the end of the road in Wallasey! It always makes me think of home for sure.

So, you’ve done so much in your career already: do you have any remaining aspirations, either in baking or something completely different? At the moment I’m getting involved in a bit of motor racing, with my car and bike. I’d really like to do a bit more out on the track with the car. Is that your other big love? Yeah, I’ve been testing the new Aston Martin race car recently and I might, hopefully, be doing some races in that car next year. Okay, last question: How would you like to be remembered? Errrr <laughs>, the fat bloke from The Bake Off!! Paul’s new book ‘British Baking’, published by Bloomsbury, is available to buy now from his official website www.paulhollywood.com.

We have three sets of prizes to give away - each containing a copy of Paul Hollywood’s latest book ‘British Baking’, plus a fantastic autographed tour programme from his ‘Get Your Bake On’ UK Tour. To be in with a chance of winning these, simply email your name, address, age and where you picked up your copy of Waiting, to paulhollywood@waitingmagazine.co.uk. Closing date 6th February 2015; the winner will be chosen at random and notified by email and their name published on our Facebook page.

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“These triangular pasties are based on a Lebanese speciality called fataya and use soft bread dough, rather than pastry, to enclose the filling” says Paul. “I prefer frozen spinach for this recipe - it’s very easy to use and actually produces a less watery mixture.” 1. To make the dough, put the flour into a large bowl and add the salt to one side and the yeast to the other. Add the olive oil and pour in 125ml of the water. Start to mix with the fingers of one hand, adding a little more water as you go, gradually incorporating all the flour from one side of the bowl until you have a rough dough. It should be soft and slightly sticky. You may not need to add all the water or you may need a bit more (depending on the absorbency of the flour). 2. Trickle a little olive oil onto your work surface and knead the dough on it for a good 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and is no longer sticky. Return to the bowl and cover with cling film. Leave it in a warm place for about an hour until doubled in size and puffy.

For the dough 250g strong white bread flour 1 tsp fine salt 1 tsp fast-action dried yeast 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for kneading 125-150ml water For the filling 1 tbsp olive oil 2 garlic cloves crushed 500g frozen whole-leaf spinach 125g Yorkshire Fettle cheese, or feta, crumbled 2 tbsp pine nuts, lightly toasted 3 tbsp chopped mint Salt and black pepper Equipment Baking tray 18cm plate 16

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3. Meanwhile, make the filling. Heat the olive oil in a wide frying pan over a low heat, add the garlic and cook gently for a minute or until just starting to colour. Transfer to a large bowl. Now add the frozen spinach to the pan and turn the heat up high. Cook, stirring often, until the spinach is soft and all the liquid released has evaporated. Add to the bowl with the garlic and season with pepper and a pinch of salt (remember that the cheese will be very salty). Leave to cool, then add the cheese, pine nuts and mint. Mix thoroughly. 4. When you are ready to assemble the parcels, heat your oven to 220°C/gas mark 7 and line a baking tray with baking parchment. 5. Transfer the risen dough to a lightly floured surface and deflate it gently, then roll it out to a 5mm thickeness. Using a plate as a guide, cut out 4 circles, 18cm in diameter. 6. Divide the filling between the circles, forming it into a pyramid shape in the centre. Dampen the pastry margin with water. Bring the dough up over each side of the triangle of filling, forming a pyramid shape. Pinch the edges of the dough together with your fingers to seal. Trim off any excess and press together again. 7. Put the spinach parcels on the prepared baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden. Eat hot, warm or cold. Taken from Paul Hollywood’s Pies & Puds, published by Bloomsbury, available from www.paulhollywood.com. Photograph © Peter Cassidy

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ealthwatch Wirral is the consumer champion for health and social care service users in Wirral. We want to involve the public in shaping Wirralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health and care services, and to raise awareness of peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s views and experiences with commissioners and service providers. These experiences can be positive, negative or neutral - it all helps build a picture of the standard of service provision in Wirral. To help us do this, we rely on people like you telling about us their experiences with health and social care services. We recently held a very successful Healthwatch Week at a variety of venues in Wirral, including Birkenhead Library, Stein Centre, Hoylake Community Centre, MSDP Merseyside Society of Deaf People, Conway Park College, Birkenhead Pavilion, Wirral University Teaching Hospital, and Tesco Community Room in Bidston Moss. During this time we have received a lot of feedback from service users, which we can now collate and analyse, bringing any trends to the attention of the people providing health and care services. The most common issues that seemed to be raised during Healthwatch Week were around lack of support for service users with a disability, and problems with appointment booking systems.

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Wirral blogger ‘Mrs Ordinary’ joins Waiting to seek out our peninsula’s hidden beauty, in the first of a new series - this issue, our parklands in winter.

I love Wirral! The more places I meander around, the more I value the beauty, wildlife, diversity and history we enjoy here. Sadly, however, many of us are more familiar with Europe than we are our own home ground, so I am on a small but determined mission to encourage more exploration of places that can be reached, wherever we live on Wirral, in no more than 30 minutes. It’s winter. Let’s stay in all day, where it’s warm and cosy. Or we could get up, wrap up and go out, because then we will feel like we have earned our warm, cosy idleness! A great place to go is Royden Park and Thurstaston Common, which covers almost 250 acres of fields and woodland here on the Wirral. It’s ideal for the whole family, and somewhere you can: • Walk for miles – or as long as you feel like! • Visit Thor’s Rock, where you (well, the children at least!) can have great fun climbing this sandstone outcrop • Enjoy the model railway rides • Relax in the tranquil walled gardens • Watch the wildlife around the ponds; or • Have afternoon tea in the coachhouse or nearby ‘hostelries’ and teashops.


Did you know that Royden Park is the site of a ‘house transplant’?! In 1865, the land here, with tremendous views of the surrounding countryside, was bought by a Septimus Ledward Esq., who then built the original Hillbark in around 1870. This house remained in place until the present mock-Tudor house was erected by Sir Ernest B. Royden in 1931. This new Hillbark had originally been built in a different location - several miles away in Noctorum, in 1891 by Robert Hudson, the soap industrialist - where it was known as Bidston Court. Now, forty years later, every brick and every piece of wood at Bidston Court was numbered and the complete house was dismantled and then carted to, and re-erected, on its present site in Royden Park (the original Hillbark having been demolished to make way). This massive undertaking took two years to complete – and whilst it might sound crazy to us, we are very lucky that the Royden family have left a legacy which can still be enjoyed by us all. And if you are over in Noctorum, you can also still visit the original site of Hillbark, now called Bidston Court Gardens. See over the page for another Wirral gem > wa it ing maga z ine . co . uk



Another perfect place to visit is the magnificent Birkenhead Park, the world’s first publicly funded park, and the inspiration for New York’s Central Park. After the advent of the Mersey Ferry Service in 1820, the population of Birkenhead suddenly grew from about 100 to over 2,500 in under 10 years. This, together with terrible living and working conditions, brought problems of social unrest, so the theory was that by providing open spaces (nationally) for public use, the wellbeing of the industrial workforce would be improved. The land was purchased cheaply due to its poor quality, and by 1843 the design was approved. In 1847, an estimated 10,000 people attended the official opening of the park. Local tradesmen were encouraged to give each employee a holiday along with half-a-day’s wages. There was cricket, football, games, pig chasing, and even a ‘foot-race for women of all ages’ – imagine!

Sadly, by the 1970’s - having enduring two world wars, various, indifferent governments and general neglect - the park had fallen into disrepair. However, in 1976, The Friends of Birkenhead Park was established in response to this, and major renovation work was eventually carried out in 2004, transforming the park. The charity now aim to also address many local, social needs and encourage community groups and schools to take part in various schemes and projects. So, thanks to The Friends, we still have a wonderful, ever evolving, community park, whose elegant splendor and glorious ponds and gardens are there for everyone to enjoy. Who said there’s nothing to do outside on a cold, winter’s day! For more information about Birkenhead Park, visit www.friendsofbirkenheadpark.org.uk.

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e’re very pleased to publish two poems by talented local writer Alwen Jones. If columnist ‘Mrs Ordinary’ (see Page 21) encourages us to get out and about exploring the cool beauty of winter, Alwen’s poem From a Balcony evokes outdoors in the balmier days of an Indian summer. Alongside writing, Alwen works in Higher Education, and the rhythmic, worried rush of words that is her second poem Emerging – concerning the challenges of establishing an academic career - stands in contrast to the care-free and wistful character of Balcony; ultimately, however, it is a piece about tenacity, change and optimism.

From A Balcony Clear water in the wide river, silent ripples beneath the surface pattern the silky countenance of this small-town Aquarius. Downstream the current is swift and the water white and frothy but here it is tranquil and still. The sun is bright on this pleasant afternoon and the blue tits perch with twitching heads. The warm, autumn breeze sifts through the leaves like strings of a harp softly strumming. The town in the distance is bustling; tourists crowd the bridge eating ice creams and scones and chips. But I am free from that here on my balcony to dream and muse and breathe.


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Big Garden Birdwatch 2015

Take part in the biggest wildlife survey in the world!

The RSPB’s local nature reserve, Burton Mere Wetlands, is hosting two

Think you know your blackbird from your chiffchaff, and your swallow from swift? Dan Trotman, Visitor Development Officer at RSPB Dee Estuary Nature Reserve tells Waiting about the Big Garden Birdwatch 2015.


ne of the world’s largest annual wildlife surveys will take place in January, with over half a million people expected to watch and count their garden birds for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2015. The survey, which will now be in its thirtysixth year, provides information about the changes in numbers of birds using our gardens in winter, and helps to alert conservationists to those species in decline, like house sparrows, greenfinches and starlings. Anybody can take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch; do it from the comfort of your own home, or your local park or any public space. It’s a fun, free hour of your time, which will make a valuable contribution to the future of garden wildlife in the UK. From 15 December 2014, you can register to take part at www.rspb.org.uk/ birdwatch. The more participants we have, the greater our understanding of our closest, most visible wildlife, and the more assistance we can give to help them thrive.

events to help people prepare for the Big Garden Birdwatch. On Sunday 11th January, visitors to the reserve can learn how to make a bird cake, then take it home to hang in their gardens to keep their local birds healthy. The following Sunday (18th January), the team will be running lessons around the reserve’s busy feeders, giving visitors the confidence to know their blue tits from their coal tits and so on! For more information on the reserve and its events, check out www.rspb.org.uk/deeestuary.

Last year, for the first time, the RSPB

asked participants to log some of the other wildlife they see in their gardens to help build an overall picture of how important our gardens are for giving wildlife a home. Participants don’t have to see and count these other species during their Big Garden Birdwatch hour, just fill in the form to tell the RSPB whether they have ever seen them in their gardens, at any time of year.

Feeding garden birds is a popular and rewarding pastime, and essential in helping them survive the cold winter months. These days, a wide range of seed mixes, nuts, fat balls and even mealworms are available to buy, but it is often possible to supplement this by sharing foods from your own kitchen. Cooked rice, raw porridge oats and dry breakfast cereals are ideal, along with wholemeal bread - but only in small quantities. And it’s important if putting out leftover rice, that it has not had salt added during cooking. Don’t forget birds need water too, so providing a fresh, clean supply is just as vital as food. wa it ing maga z ine . co . uk


Five Examples of Good Wood

Awesome Ash: a strong, consistent burner. Reputed to be up there with the log greats!

Using wood for heating should always be about valuing trees, and understanding the heat properties offered from burning the wood of particular species. Our little guide here provides an overview of some of the best wood to use (and some to avoid), to give you some ideas of what to forage from your garden or request from your log supplier.

Beech Brightness: another reliable source of heat and cosiness in the winter months. Fragrant Fruit Trees (but only dead or wind-

damaged ones from your garden please, Louise): apple, cherry, pear and plum all provide a slow, steady burn, and what-is-more are rich in scent. (Avoid burning lime tree logs, however, as, in comparison, they’re not all that!)

Hazy Hawthorn: another slow burner, kicking

out some right good heat. A real retro-burn, in fact.

Old Oak: and we mean that in a respectful way, of course… If dry and well-seasoned, this thick wood burns proper lovely and hot.

Five Not-so-good Woods – reputed to be a bit low rent and not worth the effort… Chestnut; Holly; Pine and firs; Poplar; Spruce.


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Exercise is the closest thing there is to an anti-ageing pill


ooking at her now, it is hard to believe that three decades have passed since Glynis Barber appeared in the iconic crime-fighting show Dempsey and Makepeace. One of the biggest TV hits of the Eighties, it made her - and co-star and future husband Michael Brandon famous like never before. Waiting chatted to the actress, who is just a year off her sixtieth birthday, about how yoga, exercise and nutrition have helped her stay youthful as well as deal with the pressures of fame. As an actress, you must have felt immense pressure to look good throughout your career. Do you still feel it now, and has that influenced your desire to stay looking as youthful as you can? Seeing yourself on TV or in photos is a strong motivator to look good. There is a lot of pressure on women generally in this day and age but the pressure on actresses and people in the public eye is insane. However, my main motivation is remaining healthy and not being ill and suffering. Has there been someone in particular who has inspired your drive to keep fit and healthy? The person who inspired me to a healthy lifestyle was the teacher of an aerobics class I used to go to many years ago. She gave me books to read and talked about nutrition. She changed my life. Yoga is clearly a passion of yours. When did you become interested in it, and what is it about yoga that particularly appeals to you? I first started doing yoga when I was shooting Dempsey and Makepeace

and have been doing it ever since. It’s a wonderful stretch for the body and the breathing has a very calming effect. I love it! How would you sell yoga to any readers who might be considering trying it, and do you have any tips for making it a regular routine? Yoga suits most people. It’s not a competitive sport. You do it to the level you’re capable of. As well as great exercise, it’s calming and therapeutic. To my mind, stretching is very important as you age, as we tend to stiffen and become less flexible.


Do you use exercise purely for physical fitness, or do you use it to help your mental wellbeing too? I swear by exercise. It keeps me sane! It’s the time of the day just for me, and I find that it’s the best way to manage stress as it gets it out of your system and cheers you up. On my website, agelessbyglynisbarber.com, I put exercise as number 1 on the list on how to stay youthful. > wa it ing maga z ine . co . uk


My favourite quote is “exercise is the closest thing there is to an anti-ageing pill”. It’s imperative for staying healthy. But if they developed a true anti ageing pill tomorrow, would you be tempted? It would depend what’s in it! If it were some kind of processed medication with side effects, definitely not. If it was all natural and beneficial, for sure! What other forms of exercise do you enjoy? Do you use a gym, or have an instructor, and if so what does an average routine involve? I try to mix up different types of work-outs as the body gets used to it if you always do the same thing. I also go to the gym and do weights and also do a cardio work out. Sometimes I’ll go to a class or go hiking, just for a change.

Twitter is a great way to talk about things that interest you. It was because of Twitter I started my website and most of my subscribers come from Twitter. I like the immediacy of it. It makes everyone very accessible. However, I got very addicted at first and was tweeting morning, noon and night! Thank goodness I’ve calmed down and now just do it as and when I feel like it.

Does your husband Michael follow the same kind of health routines as you? My husband glazes over when I talk endlessly about different health issues! He has zero interest in health which is frustrating for both of us. I try to keep him healthy by keeping fresh organic foods in the house but when he’s out... he’s bad!

It’s hard to believe that in January it will be exactly 30 years since Dempsey and Makepeace first aired in the UK. The years have faired so well for both you and Michael, if they were to bring it back you could still play those roles! Where do you think those characters would be now? There’s always been talk of bringing back Dempsey and Makepeace but it never happened. I wasn’t too keen anyway for many years but I think now it would be great fun to revisit these characters all these years later. What happened to them? I’m convinced Makepeace would be head of MI5. Michael doesn’t like the sound of that at all. Ha ha, I bet he doesn’t!

So you eat healthily, but do you have any particular vices? I try to eat healthily all the time but no, I’m completely human, and love junk food just like anyone. I have a sweet tooth that challenges me constantly. However, the major part of my diet is very healthy. You’re a fervent twitterer! Do you find social media a good way of inspiring others to follow your health and wellbeing ideas, and do you struggle to ‘switch off’ and take time out from it like so many others?

For more information, and to sign up to Glynis’ weekly ‘Ageless’ newsletter, visit www.agelessbyglynisbarber.com. Glynis is due to appear in the West End musical Beautiful, The Carole King Story, in 2015. www.beautifulinlondon.co.uk.

Win ‘Anti-Ageing Secrets’ DVDs We have three copies of Glynis’ fantastic Anti-Ageing Secrets DVD to give away. On it she shares her secrets to “natural beauty at any age” with the help of yoga expert Howard Napper. To be in with a chance of winning a copy, email your name, address, age and where you picked up your copy of Waiting, to glynis@waitingmagazine.co.uk. Closing date 6th February 2015; the winner will be chosen at random and notified by email and their name published on our Facebook page.


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meet the Waiting talks to midwife Tracy Thomas about the journey in midwifery that has taken her to the position of Clinical Director at UK Birth Centres, and her advice for any aspiring midwives. Okay, first things first! What does a midwife do? A midwife is a trained healthcare professional, responsible for providing care to pregnant women and their families from early pregnancy right through to a month after the birth. Working outside of the NHS as a private midwife, I am honoured and privileged to spend unlimited time with my clients, usually in the home and including in the evenings and at weekends, enjoying meeting the partner and other members of the family too. During a clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pregnancy, I offer health promotion advice and support them with plans for the birth and life as a new family. Once the baby is born, I visit the family every day for the first few days and continue visiting regularly for six weeks or longer. It truly is a wonderful way to practice. How long have you been practicing midwifery, and what is your background? I have been working in midwifery since 1999. Prior to this, I worked on the health visiting team, supporting families in the community with parenting skills and specialising in breastfeeding support. My 34

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very first position, as a nursery nurse in 1989, involved working with children and families in a residential care setting. So all of my working life has been focused on caring and supporting families.

Why did you become a midwife? Do you find it rewarding? What do you enjoy most about it? I first became interested in becoming a midwife when I had my second child, as I realised firsthand what a difference a midwife can make at such a special time. My first birth was what I would describe as traumatic and it had an effect on me for many years - so much so that I held off having another baby for a while. When I did find out I was pregnant again, I was fortunate to meet a midwife that could provide one-to-one care at home and support me for the birth. Having â&#x20AC;&#x153;my own midwifeâ&#x20AC;? helped me to relax I am still friends and enjoy the pregnancy and I had a very straightforward with my own birth and breastfed my baby midwife, and I am immediately. It was so different and life changing. I am still grateful to her friends with that midwife to for inspiring this day, and I am grateful to her for inspiring me to follow me to follow in in her footsteps. I have never her footsteps looked back.

So once you decided, what kind of training or qualifications did you need to become a midwife? When I studied to become a midwife, it was a diploma qualification taking three years full time. Currently, all midwives need to achieve a degree to become a midwife and the entry requirements seem to become stricter year on year. Interest in midwifery has grown and there are so many applicants but still very few places; it is very competitive. I did make the decision to complete my degree after I qualified and I was proud to achieve first class honours. It was very tough with a small family but a huge personal achievement. Since qualifying I have not really stopped. I have gone on to train to perform new born baby checks instead of needing a paediatrician (baby doctor) to do this. I also specialise in holistic therapies to offer natural alternatives, and I am a hypnobirthing teacher. What are the most important skills or character traits needed to be a good midwife? Midwife means â&#x20AC;&#x153;to be with womanâ&#x20AC;? and the greatest skills a midwife can have is to be able to observe, listen and trust. A pregnant womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body has been designed to give birth and for most it can happen without the need

to intervene. Every woman is different and every birth is different, but if I provide relaxed and confident support, I can help to enable the woman to feel empowered and in control. The majority of births unfold naturally, and every one of them is amazing. Roughly how many births are you involved in each year? I work in a team with two other midwives and a wonderful maternity support therapist; together we provide care to up to 10 women in one month. During the past 12 years, I have been present at all the births I had intended to be. There have been times when some babies have arrived quite close together, but is incredible how you find the energy to continue. It is all about safety of course, and being part of a team means we are all supported. What do you consider the main advantages to giving birth naturally, and giving birth at home? What would you call a positive birth experience? This is my favourite question! And it is a case of where do I start? When I am working with a client it is always about providing encouragement to trust her body. > wa it ing maga z ine . co . uk


So many women start their What do you see as the main pregnancy in a place of differences between private fear - often based on with and public midwifery care? what they see on the TV, The main difference is being horror stories from their able to give women the time The joy on the friends and not-so-nice they want and deserve. It is a images on social media. I challenge as an NHS midwife woman’s face feel that a positive birth is to spend the time we do as when she says one in which the woman private midwives, simply due has achieved inner peace to the amount of women that hello to her baby and feels more relaxed and need to be seen. Working trusting of the process. privately is about achieving a for the first time Having a birth at home can partnership with the woman is absolutely help to achieve this, as it is where she feels in control of often here women feel safe her decisions; having more magical and in control. For some time enables me to provide women they do want to give more information and for us to birth in hospital but having discuss things in detail so she a midwife they know and trust really helps to feels able to make informed choices. keep them on a natural path. I do also enjoy having more time with the fathers and extended family; I only ever got You are Clinical Director at UK Birth Centres. to meet the dad on the day of the birth when I What does that involve? Can you tell us a little worked in the NHS - often he would be scared more about UK Birth Centres’ collaborative and did not know much about how to support work with the NHS? his partner. Now, I visit at a time where he can My role as Clinical Director is to ensure that be really involved; the result is that he is also any clinical decisions about care provision are positive about the lead up to the birth, fully appropriate to our business ethos, are designed supportive and committed. Dads that feel part to meet the needs of our clients, and above all of the journey also bond more easily with their are safe decisions. new baby. Our latest development is working in collaboration with the NHS to offer home birth Do you have a most treasured memory from services in many trusts throughout the UK. As your time in midwifery? Clinical Director, I will be a key member of the I have many of them but the big birth day is the management team to ensure midwives are well real reward. Every birth is so special. There is supported, that the NHS and UK Birth Centres nothing quite like being called out to a client in work in true partnership and that women labour, who I have go to know well throughout experience positive births. the pregnancy - even if it dark and cold in the I have also been instrumental in the middle of the night, when most babies choose formation of the unique private birth suite to arrive! The joy on the woman’s face when option for UK Birth Centres, in which a she says hello to her baby for the first time is known midwife can be clinically responsible absolutely magical; it doesn’t get any better within a NHS hospital setting. The model was than that. I always say thank you to the clients established to meet the needs of women who for enabling me to practice midwifery in this were wanting to know which midwife will be way. It truly is a lovely way to work. with them at the time of birth, and who are also looking for the added reassurance of being For more information about UK Birth in hospital should the care pathway deviate Centres, visit www.ukbirthcentres.com. from normality. I am proud to see this model For information about midwifery, visit the being rolled out across the UK, offering women Nursing and Midwifery Council at www.nmc-uk.org. further options on birth environment. 36

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Baby yoga

Pregnancy yoga

supports and empowers women at a very special time in their lives. It is deeply relaxing, highly beneficial in minimising anxiety, and helps women to deal with the minor side effects associated with pregnancy, like disturbed sleep and backache. Pregnancy yoga also aids optimum foetal positioning, and provides an avenue for practical advice concerning pregnancy and labour, which in turn often helps to minimise medical intervention. Classes are hugely popular and have been designed specifically for women from fourteen weeks of pregnancy onwards - and are safe to practice even when overdue. A variety of modified yoga postures and breathing techniques are taught with special relevance to pregnancy and the minor complications that can arise. Classes also include birthing positions, use of birthing balls, leg strengthening movements, and finish with a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bonding with the babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; guided relaxation technique or appropriate meditation.

is a wonderful way for women to share calming time with their babies. Ideal for babies from twelve weeks, baby yoga classes incorporate elements of baby massage, rhyme, gentle stretches and movement, which babies enjoy and which also increases their sense of security and wellbeing. In promoting non-verbal communication, baby yoga can help a woman to attune to their babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs, with physical, emotional and psychological benefits. Mums also benefit from baby yoga classes, focusing on postnatal strengthening exercises to tone muscles that may have weakened during pregnancy and birth. Classes include a variety of breathing and relaxation techniques that can be used to help deal with stressful situations. It is also an opportunity to meet other new mums and share experiences. No previous experience in yoga is necessary. Kate Knowles, Yoga With Kate

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Promoting health, social inclusion and equality on behalf of Wirral residents affected by disabilities and long-term medical conditions

Introducing the River Park Rangers At the newly opened Port Sunlight River Park, people with autism are enjoying the great outdoors and finding a way to contribute to their local community, thanks to a partnership between Wirral Autistic Society, Land Trust and Biffa.


n summer 2014, Wirral Autistic Society (WAS) won a five year contract to manage the newly opened 76 acre park, which sits on the former Bromborough landfill site and offers spectacular, open views across the region. Day-to-day maintenance is being carried out by the River Park Rangers, small teams from WAS made up of people with autism and their support workers. The society already runs a landscaping service maintaining the grounds of WAS properties, local residences and businesses - but this is the biggest community project it has ever undertaken. With the guidance of a full-time park ranger, the River Park Rangers are responsible for keeping pathways open, maintaining signage and fencing, managing wildlife habitats, and ensuring the site is free of litter. WAS staff report that the park is already proving popular with service users, with several asking to work there regularly. Lex Freeman, WAS service manager responsible for the park, said, “People with autism are just like the rest of us. They want to be part of a team and to have an identity and a role, whatever their ability level. Being part of the River Park Rangers is helping them to cement that - it is wonderful to see the pride they are taking in their work.” News to share? Email inclusivewirral@waitingmagazine.co.uk

Wirral Autistic Society is now in charge of managing the newly opened Port Sunlight River Park. The River Park Rangers, a team of support workers and people with autism, will be carrying out dayto-day maintenance. Pictured at the park’s summit (from left) are: Frank Rushton, Stan Bell, Sion Arrowesmith, Gareth Jones, Rob Reid, Paul Edge, Dave Kelly and Allan Davies.

One younger man with autism is so hypersensitive to noise that he needs to wear ear defenders regularly, but thanks to the tranquil environment at the park, he is able to remove them. Another, who struggles to understand the world around him and communicate verbally, now says the word ‘Mersey’ whilst pointing to the river, proving he is making the a connection with the surroundings. Meanwhile, watching swans on the lake has kindled an interest in bird watching for a man in his 30s. Other team members love climbing to the summit of the hill and looking at the sweeping 360 degree views across Wirral, Liverpool and the River Mersey. WAS has many future plans for the park, including a visitor centre and café where people with autism and support workers will work side-by-side. Service users will be encouraged to cycle, walk, map read, bird watch and sketch the landscape, enjoying the site as well as working on it. wa it ing maga z ine . co . uk


Community Innovation Fund supports MS Society

New treatment for a healthy back

The Yoga Health Lower Back (YHLB) Course, now being offered by Wirral-based yoga teachers Kate Knowles and Ann Simmonett, was developed after The University of York’s Department of Health Sciences ran one of the largest research studies into yoga to date, funded by Arthritis Research UK. The positive results were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011. The cost evaluation in Spine Journal showed that this yoga would be cost-effective for the NHS and many employers and will help people with non-specific chronic/recurring low back pain. Kate and Ann are both British Wheel of Yoga Teachers with considerable experience, now specialising in this field teaching life-long skills to improve mental and physical health. For more information, search ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Team Merseyside’ on Facebook.

The Big Event and One Big Day 2015 Hosted by Motability, The Big Event and regional One Big Day events showcase Motability vehicles and provide a unique opportunity to test drive cars with adaptations. The Big Event in Manchester, on 8th and 9th May 2015, will be the UK’s largest display of vehicles for disabled people. For further information about the Motability Scheme ahead of the 2015 events, visit www. motability.co.uk/events, where you will find regional dealer events, which are held throughout the year all over the country. 42

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The Wirral branch of the MS Society have announced that the Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group Community Innovation Fund is providing financial support to their aquatherapy sessions, held at Total Fitness in Prenton on Tuesday and Friday mornings. The funding will allow the MS Society Wirral Branch to continue with its current classes and to open them up to those with similar neurological conditions that affect mobility. There are few exercises for those affected by MS that can have such a positive lifestyle impact as aquatherapy. Sparing just a couple of hours a week can help improve and maintain overall mobility, balance and coordination. As well as the potential physical benefits of improved core strength and fitness, participants gain an improved sense of wellbeing. Aquatherapy sessions are informal, fun and guided by a highly qualified coach, with MS Support assistants on hand to help you in and out of a warm, shallow pool. If you are less mobile, support assistants will chaperone you or even wheel you to/from the pool in custom wheelchairs, and a chair lift and in-pool assistance are also available to help you to transfer gently into and out of the pool, if required. If you wish to become involved, please first contact Berni or a member of the branch Support/Therapies Team for more details on 07833 051 707. The MS Society Wirral Branch still continues to provide its other wide range of therapies and support to those affected by MS. News to share? Email inclusivewirral@waitingmagazine.co.uk

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Wirral’s Wheelchair Service and Independent Living Centre have moved!


SENSEABILITY IS A SOFT PLAY AND SENSORY VENUE for disabled children and adults based at Europa Pools in Birkenhead. There is a wide range of equipment to use, including an interactive projector, a heated water bed, interactive light and sound panels, bubble tubes, a swing, a small climbing wall, a double height play frame, and dens. All the equipment is designed to be accessed by adults as well as children. SenseAbility is open to groups and individuals, and there is a timetable of sessions available for different age ranges and disabilities. SenseAbility is open to members only; membership is free and visits cost just £3.50 per person per hour, or £35 for exclusive use for a group for one hour. To become a member or for more information, contact Wirral Short Breaks Team on 666 4700 or email bethhogg@wirral.gov.uk or alexshears@wirral.gov.uk.

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Users of either Wirral’s Wheelchair Service or the Independent Living Centre should be aware that they have recently relocated to Lower Ground Floor, St Catherine’s Health Centre, Derby Road, Birkenhead CH42 7HA.

Tai Chi for those less mobile

THE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY now runs Tai Chi fitness classes led by their expert Kam Lau. Classes can accommodate people on scooters, wheelchairs, those using walking sticks, or those just unsteady on their feet. Partners are welcome too. The gentle exercise classes last 45 minutes and are followed by refreshments and a gossip! Located at the Hope Centre, in Pensby Park off Fisher’s Lane, the sessions are held Monday evenings, beginning at 6pm and 6.45pm respectively. Sessions cost £3.50, plus £1 for refreshments.

Mencap Mentors Needed MENCAP WIRRAL have a new project entitled ‘Volunteering for All’ that supports people with a learning disability to volunteer in the community. The project identifies suitable volunteer mentors that can offer motivational support and guidance to assist the person in their volunteering role. Mencap Wirral are looking for people to act as volunteer mentors in a range of placements, such as charity shops, offices and gardens, for which full training will be provided. For more information, please call Rose on 0151 666 1829 or email volunteer@mencapwirral.org.uk.

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Supporting teachers and school staff to provide high quality PE for all

Free workshops to help people affected by benefits changes Inclusive Access, Wired and Wirral CAB are working together to deliver workshops to people affected by changes to the benefits system. The workshops can help build confidence in dealing with changes to the money people receive. Remaining sessions are running from two locations on these dates: Rock Ferry One-Stop Shop 8th December, 12th January, 23rd March Wallasey Grosvenor Ballroom 20th January To book a place, call Anna Paul or Diane Jones on 0151 653 7111.


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The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) believes that every young person should have access to an active lifestyle, regardless of ability or impairment. To make this happen, we know the important role that a positive experience in PE can have. Through the Sainsburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Active Kids for All scheme we have free Inclusive PE Training to provide primary and secondary schools across the UK. This initiative is specifically designed to improve the quality of PE provision for young disabled people in mainstream schools. Through the training, teachers will be supported to ensure all pupils are engaged and make good progress within PE, both of which are essential in outstanding teaching. If you have a connection with a Wirral school, please make them aware of this training and ask them to register interest at send@youthsporttrust. org or www.inclusivepe-eng.co.uk.

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id you know that more than 50,000* people living on Wirral have some form of disability? Indeed, perhaps you or a family member is part of this sizeable segment of the local population. Evidence suggests, however, that while, in recent years, great strides have been taken, both locally and nationally, in improving disabled people’s access to services and opportunities that people without disabilities typically take for granted, there remains the need for greater action – and local businesses, employers and organisations have a key role to play here. Many people with disabilities still too often face gaps in the provision that is made for their particular needs as they go about their daily lives, whether this affects being able to go shopping, eat out or catch a film, or doing the job they would like. In response to this, a new government initiative has been launched called the Accessible Britain Challenge. *This an extrapolation based on the 2011 Census’ finding that 18% of the national population are disabled, as applied to figures (from the Office for National Statistics) concerning Wirral’s population in mid-2013 - this being 320,295.

New Brighton recently played host to an Accessible Britain Challenge Conference, whe re guest speakers included Merseyside Fire Service, Merseyside Disability Federation, Merseytravel, Liverpool Football Club and Visit England. Cllr Phil Davis also spoke about a programme designed by Wirral Council to help evacuate disabled people from buildings in an emergency, which is being used as an example of best practice by other local authoritie s.


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“The vision of the Accessible Britain Challenge is for communitie s to become more inclusive and accessible by engaging and wo rking with disabled peop le to remove barri ers that get in the way of them being full an d active contributors in th eir community. ... There is growing recognit ion of the very po sitive contribution that nearly 12.2 millio n disabled people [nationwide ] provide in terms of employment and vibrant local econ omies. We want to build on th is by harnessing, showcasing and sharing the ini tiatives and good practices that already exist .” The Accessible Britain Challenge: Aims and objectives

“Households with a disabled person [nationally] have a combined income of £212bn after housing costs. This figure represents a huge contribution to thriving local economies. It is growing as the population grows and ages, and the number of disabled people grows with it. If your business is not fully accessible to disabled people, you are missing out on your share of this massive spending power.” The Accessible Britain Challenge: Making the case for inclusive and accessible communities

“Inclusive employers can mak e use of the perspectives and insights of disabled employees to tap into the large and lucr ative disabled customer base and an und erstanding of its needs. They create an inno vative workforce that reflects the diverse range of customers it serves and the community in which it is based.” The Accessible Britain Cha llenge: Making the case for inclusive and accessi ble communities

told us: bility charity MASIS Peter Lyne of local mo d venues an s on ati loc e tiv rac “There are many att t only could engage with no on the Wirral which o encourage and als t bu , nts ide res local disabled m outside itors and tourists fro attract disabled vis rral while Wi the it vis to ose the area who may cho rist tou ny ma essing the also viewing and acc l.” oo erp attractions within Liv

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with Lauren Jones @themusicmanual

Having already spread like wild fire across Merseyside, Wirral quartet VYNCE have, in their short existence, also travelled the length and breadth of the country, bringing their highly addictive sound (compared by some to that of The Cure) to many of England’s major cities. With the recent release of EP Waves we are treated to four tracks of fully fledged jubilance – alongside festival favourites ‘Not My Girlfriend’ and ‘April Showers’ are two more, alternative, showcases for VYNCE’s seemingly vast abilities: the title track ‘Waves’ and ‘St Lucia’. As a whole, this EP has an ingenious flow, expertly growing an enticing personality. Playing with the likes of Jaws and Half Moon Run whilst being signed to KYC Management in October, VYNCE have a wondrous future ahead of them. facebook.com/vyncemusic • soundcloud.com/vyncemusic

Go Fiasco Potentially one of the hardest working bands in Merseyside, psychedelic rock outfit Go Fiasco have just had their most successful year to date. Consisting of four local lads Dan Duggan, Jamie Roberts, Ben Murphy and Liam Gardner - the band have built up a humongous tribe that follow them wherever they may lead. And with headline shows for music legend Alan McGee and the release of their prestigious Meet My Mystery EP, it’s no wonder. Their next single, the sinister sounding but anthemic ‘Ghost’, due for release this February, holds a post-punk ideology, and is reminiscent of Joy Division with a dash of Kaiser Chiefs. Conveying an eerie loneliness, there is both a richness in tone and an almighty vulnerability to this track that suggests a more mature Go Fiasco. facebook.com/GoFiasco • soundcloud.com/go-fiasco


The Ragamuffins With infectious, humming harmonies swirling around a wealth of glorious guitar prangs, and a sound evoking Franz Ferdinand in their prime, Liverpool-based The Ragamuffins provide us with an excellent basis to truly believe in the music they produce. There may have been some who feared the worst when the band seemed to go remarkably quiet during the summer of 2014; however, alongside performing the odd show, the five-piece had hit the studio, recording arguably their most lucrative work yet - new single Taped Off The Radio, which is set to feature in a multitrack release named ‘Get Cynical’ in early 2015. facebook.com/theragamuffinsuk • soundcloud.com/theragamuffins

Ba nd or a r t i st wa nt i ng to b e rev iewe d? Ge t in touc h! @Wa it i ng Mag

Many of us spend a lot of time waiting - for a train, at the hospital, for a show to start. And, of course, you’ve always got this little mag for company... But waiting time doesn’t only have to be reading time; it’s also a good opportunity to get a bit of a work-out going on too! Here are five discreet exercises you can do while either sitting or standing still – some you can even do while you read!

Bum Clench Get pert and peachy with this

exercise, which you can perform while waiting almost anywhere - no equipment, no time worries, just a simple solution to help tone-up your gluteus muscles. Stand or sit as still as you can, and then concentrate on squeezing your bum cheeks together and upwards. It is not a big movement but you should be able to feel it. Hold each clench for five seconds, then relax your muscles and repeat. The movement is only small, basically shrinking the size of your buttocks at the sides. Aim to perform 10-15 repetitions each day; try and gradually increase the length of time you hold the position for, rather than increasing the reps you perform, aiming to hold for 15 seconds or more.

Commuter Crunch This exercise can add more tone to

your tum, even while you’re sat in your car! First, make sure your feet are flat on the floor and are hip width apart. Then, with neck and shoulders relaxed, contract your stomach muscles. While they are contracted, carefully lean forward, rounding your back and bringing your chest in line with your hips – all the time you should be breathing at a normal rate (no held breath necessary!). Hold the position for about 10 seconds and then gently straighten your back so you’re sat as you were originally, and relax your stomach muscles. You should look to do about 10 reps a day.


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On the Edge One for your pins! Sitting on the

edge of a chair or bench, gently lean forward and take hold of your left foot with your right hand. Keep gently leaning forward – make sure you don’t arch your back – until you feel a tension on the back of your left leg. Hold this position for 10 seconds or so and then relax; repeat the exercise two or three more times, and then switch your attention to your right leg (taking hold of your right foot with your left hand; same number of reps).

Shin Stretcher Another legs one but this

time for an often-neglected part – shins! – which can help with avoiding ankle injuries and also muscle imbalance. It involves leaning on your heels: so, carefully stand with your back against a wall, your feet positioned a good few inches away from the wall, and then, well, lean back onto your heels! From this position, point your feet up in the direction of your shins and hold for two or three seconds – then lower your feet while avoiding letting your toes touch the ground. Repeat as many times as you can manage, up to about 10 reps a day. Finally, Take a Stand This one really is very simple! If you’re someone who spends a lot of time sitting down (in an office, perhaps) and using the bus or train is a necessary part of your daily routine, then consider standing for some or all of your journey. Not only does it give you a chance to be on your feet, but holding onto a handrail means you strengthen your stomach muscles – particularly when the vehicle is turning corners or coming to a halt.


hatever is keeping you from exercising, it’s time to stop and face your excuses head-on. Get ready to get motivated!

I don’t have time...

Many of us have so much on our plates these days, but it’s not about time, it’s about priorities and a better quality of life. Invigor8 Leisure Centres are all open over 12 hours a day, so we’ve always got time for your visit. Think of it as ‘Me Time!’

I’m too old to start exercising...

It’s never too late! The rewards of exercise can be great for your health and your social life and, with a range of classes and activities specifically designed for over 50’s who want to stay fit, active and healthy…. There are no excuses!

I can’t afford it...

Our new range of memberships makes it even easier and more affordable to get fit and look good. With a free induction and no joining fee, an Invigor8 membership brings you an unbeatable range of benefits at the fraction of the price of a private gym….

I don’t have any exercise equipment...

That’s why we are here! And with two new stateof-the-art fitness suites opening in January 2015, all we need now is you.

I’m too tired...

This is a vicious circle. The less you do, the more tired you become, the more tired you are, the less appealing exercise sounds. The truth is that regular exercise actually increases your energy levels and improves the quality of your sleep, meaning more energy throughout the day. For more information, please visit www.wirral.gov.uk/invigor8. wa wait iting ingmaga magazzine ine..co co..uk uk 5 3

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A Rosetta is made up of a centre coloured hexagon encircled by 6 white hexagons. To complete the puzzle, fill in all 7 Rosettas with each number between 1 and 7 in no particular order while also ensuring that: 1. No number is repeated in a horizontal row. 2. Each number from 1 to 7 are represented in the 7 blue coloured hexagon cells.


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This is a forecast with a difference! Using runestones, the ancient method of divination, Lir Swanchild has created a unique forecast for the twelve traditional Western signs of the zodiac. Each reading runs from Samhain (Hallowe’en and the beginning of November) right up until Imbolc (2nd February) - two important times in the old Celtic calendar.

Aries Poor Aries; your patience has

been stretched, but hang on in there. You are looking for answers in a book with pages missing. A little extra patience will bring those answers and save you from making an expensive mistake. Luck will come with a job offer.

Taurus You appear to have argued

yourself into a corner. Even though you are right in what you are saying, there’s no way the other side will agree. It may be time to be a little more flexible. Try to see who is manipulating you and play them at their own game.


Communicative Gemini will have a very busy time just after Christmas. Old friends and some new, powerful ones will rally to your side and a lucrative deal will be struck just before Imbolc. Your star is in the ascendant!

Cancer Cancerians have been

having a tough time of it lately, and half the problem is their own, continual self-criticism! The next few weeks will appear as a ‘get out of jail free’ card. It will feel as if a burden has been shed. Use this time of peace to slow down and get some perspective on a niggling issue - taking time now will reward you later in the year.


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Libra Time to make that longed for

move, Libra. It will be scary, but once you’ve finally jumped off the fence, you will be asking yourself, ‘Why didn’t I do this ages ago?’ Good advice will come from an extremely unlikely source.

Scorpio Watch that tongue,

Scorpio! Usually you’re so great at keeping secrets, but this is a time of inadvertent disclosure. It’s not so much what you are saying, but who you are saying it to. Who is jealous of you?


Travelling is going to be a struggle for the next few weeks. Not impossible, not dangerous, just far more complicated than it needs to be. Allow extra time to get to any important meetings and keep an eye out for double bookings. An unexpected gift cheers you up.

Capricorn You’ve been feeling

nostalgic of late and this feeling will be enhanced when someone you haven’t seen for a long time comes back into your life. The magic may not have lasted but you will feel a greatly needed sense of closure. Check and recheck your finances; someone has made a mistake.

Aquarius You’re now beginning

to realise that one scheme is impractical but you are still madly attracted to it. There’s nothing wrong in this, just as long as you don’t fool yourself into thinking that it will show the return you had hoped for. Something lost will be returned to you.


Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better… it does! Count your blessings, Pisces, and that will send out the invitation card for even more to come to you. Conspicuous success comes with a pat on the back and maybe even a financial boost.

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Issue 4 Winter 2014/15 edition of Waiting Magazine, Wirral's brightest free magazine, available to pick up and take away.

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