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October / November 2015




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We’d like to extend a big thank you to all of you who filled our mailboxes with kind comments about our new style magazines. In addition, the huge response to our Whittlebury Spa competition has also meant that we’ve been chained to our office desks over the last 6 weeks! With Summer now at a close and pupils back in school, it’s back to normality. Before we know it, Christmas will be upon us and another year will have flown by . . . it’s frightening! In this issue there’s the chance to win a trip to a London theatre and free tickets to a local Rock n Roll gig . . . . so best of luck, but above all, enjoy your read!


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A look back at the life and times of the king of reggae . . . .




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Something to warm you up when the dark nights draw in!

What’s On:

A selection of local events for those who want to get out

This journal does not accept any responsibility for errors and omissions in this publication, or for the accuracy of claims made by advertisers. Views expressed by contributors are their own and are not necessarily shared by the publishers. This publication has no political bias.

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Detoxing your body by Becca Mclachlan It’s no good doing a detox programme for just one week, two weeks or even a month you should be aiming to remove toxins from your body 365 days a year. Proper detoxification is so essential for health and fat loss, you’ll always struggle to lose weight and overcome health issues if you have a toxic body! Here are my top twelve tips to help detoxify your body. 1. Stop poisoning your body with sugar and processed foods — eat as clean as you can preferably organic produce and include lots of detoxifying foods into your diet like cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, collards, kale, cabbage, Brussel sprouts) and the garlic family (garlic and onions), which help increase sulphur in the body and help detoxification. 2. Water — Drink plenty of clean water, aim for 2/3 litres of filtered water a day this will keep you urinating regularly throughout the day to flush out the toxins. 3. Eliminate Properly — It’s really important that you are having regular bowel movement at least once or twice a day. If you are dehydrated this will prevent your bowels from working regularly so this is another reason you need to drink loads of water. Including flax seed, chia seeds and lots of green veg in your diet will also help to keep you regular. 4. Minimise drugs & stimulants —  I’m not suggesting you stop taking your medication but often we don’t always need medication. The reality is that most of us are overmedicated and use medications to treat problems for which there are better solutions, such as lifestyle and diet. 5. Get Moving — Be as active as you can and exercise regularly. 6. Sweat — Sweat profusely at least three times a week through exercise or using a sauna or steam.

7. Removal of Amalgam fillings - this is a biggy if you have amalgam fillings. Mercury is constantly leaking into your body, it really is worth having a discussion with your dentist about getting these replaced. 8. Alcohol - Causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances and prevents proper digestion. It also weakens the immune system, inflames the liver and damages the heart. 9. Choose natural skin care products - We actually absorb 60-80% of all creams, lotions and potions that we put onto our skin. 10. R&R - Rest & Recovery is an important part of any detoxification programme, find time to relax whether its getting lost in a book, beauty treatments, reflexology, yoga, Tai chi, meditation or a walk in the countryside. Try to do something every day which will get your nervous system in a state of calm, rest, and relaxation. 11. Box breathing - this is something you can do every night when you get into bed before you go to sleep. Start by breathing in through your nose for 2 secs, hold for 2 secs, breath out through your mouth for 2 secs, hold for 2 secs, repeat again for a 3 sec cycle then a 4 sec cycle. Focus on taking each breath down to your belly. Box breathing will also assist you to have a decent nights sleep. 12. Learn to love yourself as well as others Anger, jealousy, and hostility, all create toxins in our system. Constantly beating yourself up will make your body and mind more toxic, focus on your good points and stop being so harsh on yourself, also try to distance yourself from people with toxic minds! Simply following these steps will help to correct problems caused by toxicity, maximise your body’s own detoxification capacity and help you safely eliminate toxins stored in your body. If you would like to join one of Becca Mclachlan’s fitness classes, visit her website: Brampton Health Golf Centre, Church Brampton, Northampton. NN6 8AX 5

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SPORTSWORD Answer questions 1-7, fill in the grid and use the initials to name a new recruit at the Etihad Stadium. Answers to all 3 puzzles are on the events page near the back of this magazine!

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1. Motorcyclist, known as the Prince of Speed. 2. Undefeated Mexican Light Welterweight. I Y 3. Australian cricket coach, E working in England. 4. Singles and doubles Grand Slam winner. 5. Liverpool’s all-time leading goalscorer. 6. Kiwi & Canterbury hooker destined for a bright future. 7. Striker currently in a third spell with Arsenal. 6 always welcome relevent contributions or articles

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serving on the Western Front in WW1 and had not regained consciousness until his hospital train passed through Bedford. As a result of this experience, his doctors recorded that he was easily excited and laughed immoderately at times. Above all, Rouse just could not stop talking and the grim irony was that when Rouse finally returned to Bedford, it was to be hanged. Had he not popped up from behind that hedge, there would have been no murder trial and no burial of an Unknown Man. What remained of Alfred Rouse, found in a blazing car, would have been interred, possibly in London where he had lived. Around 1930, Rouse, a commercial traveller, was one of a new breed. A dapper style, with sleeked back hair and one of those tiny Hitleresque moustaches. To top it off, Rouse had a car, a Morris which played a large part in the story. The one thing Rouse remembered about his victim was that he had hardly ever been in a car before. The car became instrumental in the life of Rouse as he took a wide variety of young women for trips and left a substantial slipstream of seduction behind him. With a documented income of £8 and his outgoings totalling in excess of £5 (for there was also a Mrs Rouse), outstanding paternity suits had gradually made life uncomfortable. Alfred Rouse became a man who needed to disappear. As he pondered his next move, he found himself engaging in social chatter with a total stranger in a north London pub and after hearing the man claim he’d no relations, the free drinks began to flow. Things were suddenly falling into place . . . the unemployed stranger, needed to journey north, and as sly as a fox, Rouse agreed to take him as far as Leicester without charge. He bought him a bottle of whisky, and in the vicinity of Northampton, in the early hours, he noticed his passenger had passed out. Now was his chance, so he parked the car, took a can of petrol from the boot and doused his passenger before laying a trail along the ground. He could so easily have got away with it. But that one remark to the two young men had revealed the presence at the scene of a second

In amongst the overgrown nettles and brambles you may find the little wooden cross that bears no name or date of birth, just the bland inscription, “In Memory of an Unknown Man, Died November 6th, 1936”. But then that is all that’s known, that and the fact that briefly, in Hardingstone churchyard, this was once the most famous grave in Britain! Forgive the pun, but graveyards are a dying culture with seven out of ten of us choosing cremation, allowing the grave as a family object to slip away into history as well as the future chore of tending a resting place that also denies weekly rememberances. Close by to that small wooden cross is a memorial to a man described simply as “Artist” with the inscription below reading “Remembered with Joy”. It’s a mystery in itself but only a few feet away, in the undergrowth, is a truly macabre story. Even in the mid 20th century, not many of us thought it possible for a man to disappear completely without trace, but in this small village it happened. Yet, in the full glare of publicity, this man was buried, with not a member of his family, with not a friend present . . . no one missed him . . . not even the slow trawl of bureaucracy revealed his absence. Even his murderer did not know his name. This is known because at two in the morning, two young men, coming from a dance that November evening, saw a car ablaze just outside of Hardingstone village. As the first thoughts of intrigue transformed into investigation a figure rose from behind a hedge and said in a strangely upbeat tone “Looks as if someone has had a bonfire.” Alfred Rouse had just started to talk his way to the gallows. At the age of 22, Rouse had been blown up whilst 9


man, and Rouse panicked. He hitchhiked back to London and then took a bus to South Wales, where there was yet another girl. And during all of this time he was talking, telling the booking clerk and the bus driver that his car had been stolen. By the next morning, the police had traced the car, and his name was in the papers. Still talking, he returned to London, and at Hammersmith the police were waiting. During questioning, he told them it had been an accident, that the two of them had run out of petrol and before he went to relieve himself, had asked his passenger to get some petrol from the can in the boot. The man had mentioned that he needed a smoke, and the next thing he knew was that the car had gone up in flames. He had tried to rescue him, but failed and afterwards he panicked and lost his head. It was a convincing story. The dead man had been drinking, which would explain the petrol spilt in the car. The police could not identify him meaning that they could not prove a connection between the two! They knew there was no motive so putting Rouse on trial at this stage was pointless.

The vital breakthrough came when, in a Northampton police station, Rouse (right) was relaxing with a few officers and continued talking, not noticing that one of them had his notebook open. This time he touched on his private life claiming that he was very friendly with several women, but that it was an expensive game! He said, grandly; “I was on my way to Leicester on Wednesday. I was then going on to Wales for the weekend. My harem takes me to several places!” ”Harem” . . . that one word doomed him. He was still talking in the death cell, where he admitted everything but claimed his victim was the sort of man no one would miss. That unknown man was buried near where he died. A metal box containing newspaper accounts of the trial was buried with him, and village children used to put flowers there every November. That custom died out during the Second World War, but his memory is preserved by a number of local archives.

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The annual Bonfire night celebrations are now part of English heritage. It’s an evening where joy often fills the skies, but the occasion has always had its risks so care needs to taken with all pyrotechnics. In 1975, George Plimpton, a New York citizen, decided that it was going to be the year when he’d become famous. His idea was to break the world record for the most spectacular firework ever ignited. In order to achieve his aim, he devoted a great deal of time and money to the manufacture of a Roman Candle that weighed in at around 720 pounds. This ticking time bomb was nicknamed ‘Fat Man’ and was about 40 inches long.

collections of the century was set out along the banks of the River Thames in London. As a large audience waited with excitement, an over enthusiastic spark gave premature encouragement to the rest of the collection and inside one minute ultra loud banging and simultaneous wheezing created mayhem nearby. Dozens of spectators chose to take their sanctuary in the Thames.

Come the big night, Plimpton, who’d predicted that his firework of art would go higher than 3000 feet, stepped forward and set light to his pride and joy. As he raced for cover, a large ‘FUT’ echoed around the sky followed by a hissing and whistling noise just before the untested concoction exploded, leaving a ten foot crater in the earth.

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The lost king of reggae

Worshiped by millions, Rastafarian reggae superstar Bob Marley captivated audiences worldwide until he collapsed whilst performing in Pittsburgh in October, 1980. Originally named Nesta Robert Marley, his middle and first name were swapped around to preserve his masculinity after a comment was made that Nesta was seen as a girl’s name. Born on 6th February 1945, Bob turned out to be good at mathematics but his school life was truncated when he managed to secure himself employment as an apprentice welder. After a dangerous injury in which a piece of metal flew into his eye, he decided to leave, ultimately for the whole world’s benefit.

Reggae’s loping, hypnotic rhythms carried a catchy and unmistakable signature that rose to the fore of the music scene in the seventies, largely through the recorded work of Marley and the Wailers on the Island and Tuff Gong labels. Such albums as ‘Natty Dread’ and ‘Rastaman Vibration’ endure as reggae milestones that gave a voice to the poor and disfranchised citizens of Jamaica and, by extension, the world. In so doing, he also instilled them with pride and dignity in their heritage, however sorrowful the realities of their daily existence. Moreover, Marley’s reggae anthems provided rhythmic uplift that induced what Marley called “positive vibrations” in all who heard it. Regardless of how you heard it - political music suitable for dancing, or dance music with a potent political subtext – Marley’s music was a powerful potion for troubled times. After being arrested for possession of marijuana, the singer spent a month in prison, during which time he met many prisoners that he formed strong relationships with. These prisoners motivated him to write songs with a stronger political message.

In Kingston, he was known by the natives as a “white boy”. This was due to his mixed raced origins being clearly visible in his facial skin tone. This made Bob feel very alienated although it was a huge aid in helping him build confidence and selfesteem, turning him into the man he was. As a teenager, Marley formed a vocal trio in 1963 with friends Neville “Bunny” O’Riley Livingston (later Bunny Wailer) and Peter McIntosh (later Peter Tosh). The group members had grown up in Trench Town, a ghetto neighbourhood of Kingston, listening to rhythm and blues on American radio stations. They heard such R&B legends as Ray Charles, the Drifters, Fats Domino and Curtis Mayfield. They took the name the Wailing Wailers (shortened to the Wailers) because they were ghetto sufferers who’d been born “wailing.” As practicing Rastas, they grew their hair in dreadlocks and smoked ganja (marijuana), believing it to be a sacred herb that brought enlightenment.

Though the Wailers were popular in Jamaica, it was not until the group signed with Island Records in the early Seventies that they found an international audience. Their first recordings for Island, ‘Catch a Fire’ (1973) and ’Burnin’’ (1973), were hard-hitting albums full of melodic propaganda. The latter contained “I Shot the Sheriff.” Reggae aficionado Eric Clapton’s version of the song went to the top of some charts in 1974, which further carried the name of Marley and the Wailers beyond their Jamaican home base.

Marley became reggae’s foremost practitioner and emissary, embodying its spirit and spreading its gospel to all corners of the globe. His extraordinary body of work embraced the stylistic spectrum of modern Jamaican music - from ska to rock steady to reggae - while carrying the music to another level as a social force with universal appeal. Few others changed the musical and cultural landscape as profoundly as he did.

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I-Threes vocal trio – which included his wife, Rita – Marley rose to the occasion with 1974’s ‘Natty Dread’ (his first album to chart in America) and the string of politically charged albums that followed. By now Marley had become an influential and cultural icon on his home island and on December 5, 1976, he was scheduled to give a free “Smile Jamaica” concert, aimed at reducing tensions between warring political factions. Two days before the scheduled concert, he and his entourage were attacked by gunman. Though Bob and Rita Marley were grazed by bullets, they electrified a crowd of 80,000 when both took to the stage with the Wailers - a gesture of survival that only heightened Marley’s legendry status. It further galvanized his political outlook, resulting in the most militant albums of his career: ‘Exodus’, ‘Survival’ and ‘Uprising’. Given the violent culture that he survived and transcended, Marley’s death seems almost cruelly flukish. In 1977, surgeons removed part of a toe that had been injured in a soccer game, upon which a cancerous growth was found. This led to the discovery of spreading cancer in 1980,

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Pandas have long been seen as a bit of a lost cause. The argument goes that it is an animal unwilling to help itself survive whilst funding is poured into saving it which could arguably be better spent elsewhere. Whilst stories about its incredibly fussy eating habits do not help its cause, the truth about wild populations breeding habits do.

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So why should we save the panda? Well, the explanation lies in where the pandas natural habitat is . . . . China, one of the worlds fastest growing industrial nations. Population and industrial growth in China has inevitably fuelled a construction boom and one of the chief components in rural housing and scaffolding is bamboo, therefore with a massive growth in building comes a massive increase in bamboo harvesting. This has a knock on effect to panda populations as their habitat is destroyed to fuel this construction boom. Population growth is another factor too, pushing humans further and further into the pandas natural environments.

Over the last few years, experts have uncovered further evidence of the pandas’ general ineptitude when it comes to surviving as a species. It will come as no surprise to any of us that their exclusive diet is bamboo, but what is not common knowledge is how ill suited this diet is to this unique animal. It also offers an insight into why these strange bears spend all day sleeping and eating bamboo. Pandas can spend up to 14 hours a day consuming up to 12.5 kg of leaves and stems, but they digest less than 20% of it. To conserve energy, the bears can also spend up to 12 hours each day sleeping. All in all, their dietary habit appears to be yet another nail in the coffin for endangered species the only exception being that the pandas seem to be nailing themselves willingly into coffins. The other well known fact about pandas is that they avoid sex almost as comprehensively as a convention of nuns and their prudish behaviour is so well documented that Edinburgh Zoo even resorted to building a ‘ tunnel of love’ to encourage their captive pair to breed. This experiment met with little success as their pair stoically refused to consecrate their love tunnel. Building a tunnel to encourage pandas may seem a bit like placing a male rabbit in with a herd of female giraffes, but it shows how desperate officials are to get pandas to breed. It also feeds in to the assumption that pandas are the biggest prudes of the animal kingdom. This is remarkably untrue though; pandas unwillingness to breed is only confined to captive populations and wild Pandas have equivalent reproductive rates to the American black bear.

This construction boom in pandas natural habitat makes protecting pandas simply more important than just protecting the bear itself. Protection of the panda offers protection of wild and pristine bamboo forest that would otherwise go the same way as swathes of the Amazon have. Using pandas as cultural landmarks also helps bring money and investment to local communities who would otherwise be cut off from industrial China and engaging in the (often illegal) trade in bamboo. It is also worth noting that as China’s national animal, conserving pandas can bring a much needed voice of conservation into China, no matter how small this voice is, it is very important. The problem with panda conservation is it immediately conjures up images of slightly awkward bears, sleeping, munching on something that is not very good for them and completely failing to breed. Our impression of them and media images of them are dominated by the panda trade amongst zoos. Whilst zoos around the world build their love tunnels and other pointlessly expensive attractions, the real focus needs to be on those pandas out in the wild . . . . something we are all in danger of forgetting! 22



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Footie farce! With the new football season already well into its stride, the meaningless pre-season friendlies are now all but forgotten. However, for one West Midland team, the memory of one such friendly will never disappear after one of the most bizarre foul-ups in world football occurred back in 1973. It was decided that the lads of Oxbarn Social Club F.C. would get a bit of pre-season practice during a holiday trip to celebrate the marriage of two team members. A friendly match was arranged in Germany. It was an opportunity for the lads, who played in division seven of the Wolverhampton Sunday League, to get a holiday abroad and also meet some new opposition. Only when they entered their opponents luxury stadium did

they realise that they had mistakenly arranged a friendly with a top bundesliga side. For their part, SVW Mainz were expecting to play Wolverhampton Wanderers, one of the strongest teams in Britain at that time. The Oxbarn Club secretary said, “I thought it looked a bit posh, and when I heard the other side were on an £80 win bonus, I thought ‘this ent right’!” Naturally, the Mainz crowd were delighted to watch a team like Oxbarn rather than mighty Wolves and gave them a prolonged cheer on the rare occasion they got the ball. Oxbarn lost 21-0. The foul-up can be traced back to the Mayor of Mainz who received a hopeful letter from a team in Wolverhampton asking about the possibility of a friendly who he thought was the famous Wolves. Hurriedly, the game as well as a civic reception was arranged. Although Oxbarn didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory on the football field, they did repair some of the damage at the civic reception. When the alcohol began to flow there was only one team in it as they drunk the Germans under the table!

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Should we stop turning our clocks back & forward? Ever since my earliest memories, policymakers have been urged to permanently adopt Daylight Savings Time, more commonly known as British Summer Time. This would put an end to gloomy winter evenings, making it feel a bit more like summer all year round. As usual, there are arguments for and against. Conserving energy was one of the main reasons summer clocks were moved forward in the first place; Britain changed its clocks during the Second World War to help save electricity and boost working hours. It would also bring the UK in line with Central European Time, which means London would work the same business hours as Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt and Milan. For businesses that operate internationally, this could cut down staff overtime costs - not to mention any confusion over scheduling, from conference calls to deliveries. It would also give the UK an extra hour of overlap with the growing economies of Asia. Though some parents may be concerned about children travelling to school in the dark, winter daylight savings could improve safety on the roads and reduce crime. A three-year experiment to keep British Summer Time year-round, held between 1968 and 1971, found an 11% reduction in road casualties in England and Wales during the hours affected by the time change - and a 17% reduction in Scotland. In addition, the Home Office believes crime would see a 3% drop, as crime is more likely to be committed in the evening than in the morning. Lighter and longer winter evenings could provide an annual boost of £3.5bn to the tourist industry, according to the Tourism Alliance. The yearly income boost from the 60,000 to 80,000 extra jobs this would create could amount to £720m. Businesses would be inclined to stay open longer, while tourists

and locals alike would have more time in the day to spend on outdoor recreational activities. This equates to approximately 235 hours of post-work daylight each year, something that the tourism industry would greet with open arms. Then there’s the sports industry to think about. The Football Association, The Lawn Tennis Association and the England and Wales Cricket Board have all backed year-round daylight savings, and with good reason. The extra hour of daytime increases the time available for exercise, makes people more likely to attend evening sporting events and means professional athletes can train for longer. In the 1980s, the golf industry estimated that one extra month of daylight savings could generate up to £246m a year in extra sales and fees. Although these facts present an overwhelming case in support of a permanent change, there is a valid argument for staying with the current format. In parts of Scotland, the sun wouldn’t rise until around 10am in winter. Some of the country’s 1,000 plus dairy farmers, whose working day starts as early as 5am, would in effect, almost be working a night shift. Based on the 5am start, these farmers would only see two to three daylight working hours. Other farmers and construction workers, who need sunlight to perform their jobs, would end up working later into the evening. Naturally, UK and Scottish parliamentarian, Alex Salmond strongly opposes a change, and says that any campaign for change would be an attempt to “plunge Scotland into morning darkness.” The debate about Daylight Savings Time stretches back into past years and the future of British time is still unclear. As they say, only time will tell. As winter draws closer and we are once more plunged into darkness, one can’t help but think of the benefits of lighter evenings, cheaper energy bills, reduced crime rates and maybe even some British sporting successes. Had the Scots voted in favour of independence, a decision may have been easier to make. For the time being, it’s on ice! 26

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One regular occupant of my fridge is a green pepper. Sometimes there are two or three of them and inevitably they end up in food waste. Like most people, we buy our peppers in a sealed pack that usually contains a red, a yellow and a green pepper and the least popular is the poor old green pepper. Annoyed by this waste, I decided to do a bit of research and found out that it is highly nutritious, more so than its more popular relatives.


green! peppers in general are packed with nutrients and are a good source of vitamins, key minerals and phytochemicals. Antioxidants can seriously slow down the buildup of cholesterol in your blood vessels which supresses the likelihood of stroke and heart disease. As they are also rich in fibre, the degree of exposure of colon cells to bacteria and toxins is greatly reduced. This is because it speeds up the transit time of waste matter through the gut. Research has shown that vitamins A, C and B9 significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer. In particular, green peppers are an excellent source of these vitamins. Go on, give ‘em a try!

In comparison, a cup full of chopped green pepper has a carb count of 2.5 grams, a fibre count of 1 gram and has a calorie count of 9. A similar amount of chopped red pepper has a carb count of 3 grams, a fibre count of 1.5 grams and has a calorie count of 23. The red pepper is merely a ripened version of the green but has a slightly fruity flavour, whereas its green rival has more of a tangy or sometimes, bitter taste. However, when chopped into small pieces and used in a salad, I am of the opinion that the difference in taste becomes negligiable, especially if eaten with tomato, cucumber or lettuce. Salad 29

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The Philips lighting company also makes a bulb, called ‘Hue’, that can change the intensity of its component colours via an app, and GE recently announced a reduced-blue LED bulb, meant to be used before bedtime.

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For those of you who are serious gamers, you may well want to follow the growing trend in the States where the entourage of online gamers are exhausting stocks of orange-tinted goggles. However, be aware that not all brands of orangetinted glasses have undergone independent testing for their ability to aid sleep. An industrialsafety brand called ‘Uvex’ is popular, but some say that they make some colours, notably blues and greens, harder to distinguish.

In today’s high tech world, one of the biggest health issues mankind faces is the amount of screen time we subject our eyes to every day. People nowadays are spending more and more time staring at computer screens, tablets and other handheld devices – a phenomenon that threatens to degrade our eyesight prematurely and inhibit sleep patterns.

If you are not willing to sit in your home looking like an extraterrestrial zombie wearing orange glasses then there are other options. Applications designed to alter the blue light impact of electronic devices depending on the time of day could be one answer. Look out for an app called ‘f.lux’ for computer and ‘Twilight’ for mobile phone. On offer at www. are filters said to block blue light by covering the screens of electronic devices like the iPhone or iPad. They also market “low blue” LED lights and orange eyewear.

Studies have shown that such light, especially from the blue part of the spectrum, slows down the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that helps us fall asleep. Options are growing for blocking blue light, though most experts stress that few have been adequately tested for effectiveness and the best solution is to avoid brightly lit electronic devices at night. Older adults may be less affected by blue light as the yellowing of the lens and other changes in the aged eye filters out increasing amounts of blue light. But blue light remains a problem for most people, and studies of adults aged between 18 and 68 proved that those who wore ambertinted glasses for three hours before they went to bed improved their sleep quality considerably. Experiments using yellow-tinted lenses, which only blocks ultraviolet light proved to be largely ineffective.

Daytime exposure to blue light is not overly frowned on, but the best is sunlight, which contains many different wavelengths of light. Short of cutting out all evening electronics, experts say, it’s advisable to use a small screen rather than a large one; dim the screen and keep it as far away from the eyes as possible; and reduce the amount of time spent reading the device – gawping at an iPhone for 10 minutes rather than three hours, could help you in the long run.

Devices such as smartphones and tablets are often illuminated by light-emitting diodes (LEDs), that tend to emit more blue light than incandescent products. Televisions with LED backlighting are another source of blue light, although because they are viewed from much farther away than phone screens etc., they may have less effect. 30

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It’s time to put your Pelargoniums to bed! by Emily Mitchell of Cramden Nursery I hope you have had a wonderful display from all your Pelargoniums this summer? As the days begin to draw in it is time to begin to think about putting the garden to bed for the winter and that includes your Pelargoniums. They are not frost hardy so will not survive our winters.  Ideally they would like you to pack them up and send them off to the Med for the winter months.  However if Mediterranean residency is not a possibility then I can give you some good advice on how to overwinter your Pelargoniums here in England.

They will look dreadful but by removing the aerial part of the plant you are removing the need to water them and all that material that would offer perfect conditions for botrytis (grey mould) to grow during the winter months. These ‘stumps’ now need to be kept frost free and dry for the winter, so no watering, not even a little bit!  You are putting them into hibernation for the winter. They do not need light so a garage will work or a spare room.  The most important point is to keep them dry and frost free from here on.

So, the most important point is that wherever you choose to keep your plants for the winter is that it is frost free and dry. So a cold greenhouse will not do, nor will a shed if we get a cold winter.  Neither will stay frost free for long.

Do not cover them in plastic to give them extra frost protection they will just sweat in there and the dampness will encourage grey mould which will just kill them off.

If you have a heated greenhouse or a conservatory that will be heated through the winter, these are ideal places for your Pelargoniums to be overwintered as green plants. Many will continue to flower well into the winter for you if they get enough winter sunshine and food.

Fleece can be used to offer a little extra protection but it would be good to make sure it is removed occasionally to allow fresh air round your plants to ward off any possibilities of grey mould. Now here is the tricky part: You have to leave them alone till the end of the winter, no well meaning watering after New Year when we all get that ‘January itch’ to start doing things in/for our gardens.  A well meaning watering at this point will just lead to a soggy mess of grey mould for you to find at the end of winter, leave well alone!

If neither of these are an option for you then a garage attached to the house (to benefit from some of your residual central heating warmth) or a spare room will do nicely. For this option you must prepare your plants for the winter. They need to be allowed to dry out in their pots and then with clean sharp secateurs cut them back hard.

Now this is not a failsafe system, sometimes for reasons unknown plants do not survive but if you can get say 50% through the winter then it is well worth a go.

Now, this is where you will need to be mentally strong, you will feel awful, after all summer feeding and watering your plants, I am now asking you to cut them right back. Cut them back to about 3inches and then take off any leaves that are left, you should be left with just stumps. 

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Who is Sara Spade? THE UKULELE LADY . . . . . . Are you local? I was born in Northampton but grew up in Daventry, attending Southbrook Comprehensive where I played Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar when I was 13. That was some education for a 13 year old let me tell you! How long have you been playing the Ukulele? I taught myself guitar at the age of 10 or 11 and became obsessed. I made up funny little songs and recorded them in my bedroom using two separate tape decks to record multi-track harmonies. Then I met a lady who played the Uke, and was absolutely charmed by it’s character and was feeling the need to play music that was upbeat, got people dancing, made them smile and feel happy. The Uke seemed like the perfect candidate and offered me fresh inspiration. What music did you grow up with and who are your biggest musical influences? Pop music! Plus jazz, blues and classical. One Christmas I was given a Sony Walkman with bright orange foam earphones. I used to RollerSkate around my neighbourhood listening to the Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Queen and Barry Manilow! I was obsessed again. Somehow the word jazz has a weirdly negative connotation for some people and is misunderstood, so I brand my cover versions as ‘vintage’. Seriously though, they are jazz songs! . . . . I just don’t tell anyone. The jazz era was a glowing golden age of music. Who else is in the band? The core members of the band are myself, Jonny Mattock on snare drum (also from Northampton), Jonny Gee on the double bass and Rod Fogg on guitar (both from London). Natasha Thompson (from Towcester) also plays double bass.

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With the close season seemingly getting shorter each year, the UCL season 2015/16 started even earlier this year with the second UCL hop (a planned set of games over the weekend to allow ground hoppers/fans to see up to 6 local games in space of three days) commenced in July. Friday’s opener between Harborough and Yaxley was the first ever July league match in the competition and meant that UCL football has been played in every month of the calendar year - after the fierce winter of 1947 some matches were played in June. This season the UCL bids farewell to AFC Rushden & Diamonds, who have been promoted to the Southern League Central Division, with the void filled by Leicestershire side, Kirby Muxloe who have been moved sideways by the FA in a Pyramid reorganisation. The Premier Division will have two further new club’s with Northampton Spencer promoted after last season’s excellent campaign and runners up Rothwell Corinthians. Relegated Long Buckby are joined in Division one by Oakham United, the first club from Rutland to join the UCL. The Town now boasts two top flight UCL teams with Spencer joining Sileby after last season’s promotion, with the two sides scheduled to come head to head on Boxing Day and over the Easter weekend. Northampton Sileby Rangers have a new man in charge this season with Lee Duffy taking up the reigns after the departure of Darren Young. Sileby have added a couple of new faces to their strikeforce and have recruited possibly the league’s tallest player in 6 foot 9 inch striker Leon Simpson who joins from AFC Dunstable having played for a host of higher level clubs and joining him in attack is Brian Farrell who helped Corby Eagles win the Northants Combination last term. Rangers started the season with a draw on the opening day, but this has been followed by two defeats, the latest a narrow 2-1 reverse in the local derby against Cogenhoe. In the National competition FA Cup the club have progressed after seeing off Sun Postal Sports and now have an attractive home tie

against Southern League Leighton Town to look forward too. There has been little change in personnel for Northampton Spencer with boss Ben Stone giving his promotion winning squad their chance to establish the Millers back in the top flight. One player making a return to Kingsthorpe Mill is midfielder Sean McBride who has had spells with Newport Pagnell and AFC Rushden & Diamonds since his previous stint in Spencer colours. It’s a steady start for Spencer as they find their footings in their higher grade surroundings, with 3 draws and a single defeat from their opening 4 games. On a positive note, Spencer progressed in the FA Cup after a 3-0 away win at Whitworths of Wellingborough, but now face a difficult away tie against higher grade opponents - Uxbridge. Meanwhile the O.N. Chenecks Junior Cup winners will be back in action this season. The addition of some new faces will give Graham Cottle’s squad greater depth. Tom Caton and Ben Foster have switched from Bugbrooke while a trio of players have also been signed from Woodford. Goalkeeper Darren Smith, left back Perry Moore and striker Justin McKenzie are the new arrivals. The forthcoming season will see Chenecks make history as they compete in the FA Vase for the first time. Chenecks kicked off the campaign with a win, a draw, and a defeat in their opening three games, which have all been away because of cricket commitments at their Billing Road ground. The victory being a 3-2 victory at Woodford United, which also saw them score their first goals of the new campaign, Ben Foster and a brace from the marauding Ben Lewington secured three valuable points. 49

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What’s on in October & November 1-3 Oct Hairspray at Derngate 2 Oct Golden Gate of Magic at Royal 2 Oct Murder Mystery Eve at Wheatsheaf Dallington 3 Oct Right on Song at Abbey Centre Tel: 752771 3 Oct O.N’s 1st XV v Peterborough at Billing Rd (3pm) 3 Oct Antiques & Collectors Fair at Abington Church Rooms, Park Ave North 4 Oct Harvest festival at Abington Church in Pk 10am 5 Oct Jeeves & Wooster at the Royal 6 Oct Antiques & Collectors fair at Bugbrooke FC 6-10 Oct Days of Wine & Roses at 11 Derngate 7 Oct Buddy Holly Tribute at Derngate 8 Oct Paddy McGuiness at Derngate 8 Oct MacMillan Coffee Morning 10.30-12 noon at Abington Library 9 Oct Steve Hackett at Derngate 10 Oct Cobblers v Hartlepool at Sixfields 13 Oct All Star 60’s at Derngate 15 Oct Coffee Morning Mary Winslow - Living with dementia 10.30-12 noon at Abington Library 16 Oct-7 Nov Gaslight at the Royal 16 Oct Masquerade Ball in aid of Autism at Guildhall 17 Oct Mums Union Autm Fayre at Christchurch 10-12 18 Oct Oboe Recital at Abington Church in Park 3pm 20 Oct Cobblers v Carlisle at Sixfields 23 Oct Elvis Tribute at Derngate 24 Oct Cobblers v Stevenage at Sixfields 24 Oct Saints v Newcastle (AP) at Franklins Grdns 24 Oct Hansel & Gretel at the Deco 24 Oct O.N’s 1st XV v Scunthorpe at Billing Rd (3pm) 24-31 Oct Big Draw Event at Delapre Abbey

1 Nov Glen Miller Story at Derngate 2 Nov Paul Potts at Derngate 4-7 Nov Last Night a DJ saved my life at Derngate 5 Nov Comedy All Stars at Duston Sports Centre 7 Nov Fireworks at Parklands Community Ctre 8pm 7 Nov Saints v Saracens (AP) at Franklins Gardens 7 Nov Antiques & Collectors Fair at Abington Church Rooms, Park Ave North 8 Nov A Day to Remember at the Royal 9-14 Nov Daphne Du Mauriers Rebecca at Derngate 11 Nov Hal Cruttenden at the Royal 12 Nov Pam Ayers at the Royal 14 Nov Cobblers v Mansfield at Sixfields 14-15 Nov Xmas Craft Fairs at Hanger 1, Sywell Air 14 Nov Saints v Scarlets (HC) at Franklins Gardens 14 Nov O.N’s 1st XV v Birm’ham at Billing Rd (2.15pm) 15 Nov NMPAT (Young Musicians) at Derngate 15 Nov – 03 Jan 16 The Snow Queen at the Royal 17 Nov Glitz, Blitz & 70’s Hitz at Derngate 19 Nov Coffee morning - Mike Gibson ‘Elgar and Me’ 10.30-12 noon at Abington Library 21 Nov Strictly Northampton at Derngate 25 Nov Jools Holland at Derngate 26 Joe Brown at Derngate 27 Nov Sinatra Centenary at Derngate 28 Nov Cobblers v Yeovil at Sixfields 28 Nov Saints v Gloucester (AP) at Franklins Gardens 28 Nov O.N’s 1st XV v Hinckley at Billing Rd (2.15pm) 28 Nov That’ll be the Day at Derngate 28-29 Nov Christmas at Castle Ashby 29 Nov Steeleye Span at Derngate

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World War 1:

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, and Royal & Derngate Theatre have been commemorating the World War 1 Centenary through a project titled ‘Conflict & Community’. The project involves gathering Northampton family stories from that period and a programme of family events and public talks held to remember the impact of the war on the Northampton community. As part of this project the Museum and Theatre are hosting a History Symposium from 9.30am to 3pm, on Saturday 10th October 2015. The symposium will include a wide range of talks, covering different Northamptonshire Regiments and their journeys, the effects of air raids on the county, the work of conscientious objectors and others left behind, as well as much more local wartime history. This will all be taking place at Northampton Guildhall, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, and Royal & Derngate Theatre. All are welcome, whether local history enthusiasts, researchers, or those with a general interest. For only £10 to attend the day, guests will be able to hear Professor Lloyd Clarke (Professor

of Modern War Studies, Buckingham University) deliver his keynote speech on the conflict and its impacts.There are a variety of speakers sharing their research into different aspects of WW1 Northampton. Explore a range of WW1 themed displays provided by local history organisations. View our exhibition about ‘The Battle of Aubers Ridge’. Local people are invited to attend and join in remembering Northampton during the First World War and can network with other researchers and the community over a buffet lunch. To book tickets call the Royal & Derngate Theatre on 01604 624811 or online:

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Monday 22 February 2016 to Thursday 24 March 2016 (dates taken from N.C.C. website & may vary)

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30th Northampton Company

The 30th Northampton Company celebrates its 70th birthday this year having been founded at Park Avenue Methodist Church with many of the founder members transferring from the Bush Hill Company which closed due to lack of leaders following the war. On Sunday the 8th of November there will be a special 30th Northampton Remembrance Sunday Boys Brigade birthday celebration service at 10.30am at Park Avenue Church. All past members and officers are invited to come along and meet old friends. An important part of the service will be an act of Remembrance for those who gave their lives serving their country including many Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Brigade members. Afterwards there will be tea, coffee and birthday cake served and the chance to talk about old times and meet the current boys and officers of the company. For further information, please contact Trevor Wood via the e-mail address pamc.youthworker@ or

Park Avenue

Methodist Church 90 years young!


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70 years old!

In September 1925 the doors of Park Avenue opened and immediately the building became an important centre of the community in the Abington area. Large congregations attended on Sundays and weekdays were busy too with meetings for all ages. Of course the church has moved with the times instead of morning and evening worship we now have 2 services in the morning. One keeps a more traditional style with the organ and choir providing the music and the other service in the hall is more informal with a music group and a more modern style of worship. For the young people there is also Sunday club. For more info call on 01604 720624. 62

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In and around Abington Oct Nov 2015  
In and around Abington Oct Nov 2015