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Welcome & Contents

Hello Readers,

Welcome to the July/August edition of HULLMAG we have another great feature packed magazine for you to enjoy. Features, Articles and Topics include: A Few ideas for the summer holidays from denise Foley of East Yorkshire Mumbler. Alan Raw talks about Hull Holds Its Ace in his Creative & Cultural column. There is lots going on this summer so please look in our summer what’s on guide for some really entertaining and energetic activities for you and your children.


Holiday Ideas for Mums

Our regular pets feature looks at keeping rabbits and how to look after them. We have two fantastic prizes this month starting with a pair of tickets to see the new Mrs Browns’s Boys tour later this year at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. We also have some copies of a cracking new novel, The Beach Hut by local author Cassandra Parkin to give away too. Marion Owen brings another great travel feature, this month she looks at Cruising from Hull and if boats aren’t your thing we have some great little coach trips advertised with East Yorkshire Coaches.

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We have a very topical interview with Micci from She’s Got Claws about her new concept EP that mirrors the television series ‘Humans’ that is currently showing. We also have our regular Gardening Advice from Ian Ashbridge and a very interesting piece of motivational advice from Pam Featherstone. Plus we have all our regulars like Fiona Dwyer and the Crossword Puzzle - so please do enjoy the magazine. So until next month take care.


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What bugs Bunny?

Each month, vet Dr. David Robinson from Kingston Vets will be giving advice about looking after your pets. In this month’s article he discusses rabbit care.

Rabbits are a popular choice of pet, particularly for children, but they do need a lot of care and attention to stay happy and healthy. Here are some of the key areas you should consider: Vaccination Rabbits should be vaccinated every year against two killer diseases – Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD). Myxomatosis is spread by biting insects and by contact with infected rabbits. Affected rabbits develop skin tumours, and in some cases blindness, followed by fatigue and fever; they usually die within 14 days. VHD is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that is easily spread between rabbits, other animals or by contaminated food. It causes bleeding from the eyes and nose, and sometimes sudden death. Dental Problems Rabbits’ teeth grow continuously, about 10-12 cm every year, and the most common cause of dental problems is overgrown incisors (front teeth), or overgrown molars (back teeth). Even if your rabbit’s teeth appear to look healthy you should get your vet to check them regularly. Feeding your rabbit appropriately is the most important thing you can do to prevent dental disease. Grass and hay

provide plenty of fibre and – as they are naturally abrasive – help to wear the teeth down. Signs of dental disease include loss of appetite, drooling, runny eyes, weight loss and a dirty bottom. Neutering Neutering stops your rabbit from having unwanted litters and also reduces the risk of it developing a serious disease. Female rabbits can be spayed at about four months and males at about three months. Neutering also reduces aggression and in the female the risk of uterine and mammary cancer. Parasites and Fly Strike The most common parasite that affects rabbits is E-cuniculi, which is passed in the urine and picked up when rabbits eat contaminated feed. Once infected your rabbit may get eye problems or become unsteady on his feet. Your vet can provide treatments to help prevent infection. Fly strike is a serious problem and is caused by flies laying their eggs on a rabbit that is injured or dirty. These hatch into maggots and start to consume exposed flesh. You should check your rabbit daily, twice daily during warm weather, to ensure that he is clean and dry. Soiled bedding needs to be removed to prevent flies laying their eggs in it. If you suspect fly strike contact your vet straight away, as the earlier the condition is treated, the better the outcome. If you have any queries about your rabbit you can ask us for advice. Contact us on 01482 223688 or visit our website

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Hull Culture and Leisure New York, New York and Hull City Council So Embarrassing we’ve named it twice!!! welcome Morrissey to It must now be about about ten years since the New Hull York Hotel was boarded up and this building is now a complete embarrassment to the city of Hull. Will it ever be removed?

In May hundreds of Arsenal fans travelled up from London and the first sights they may have seen after leaving Paragon Station would have been the place alight. A derelict hotel with windows knocked out and trees growing out the building was set on fire by someone during the afternoon. Away fans take great delight in singing ‘Hull is a s**thole and I want to go home’ This hardly challenges an impression of Hull created by the ‘CrapTown’ book for the visiting fans from big city’s such as Liverpool, London or Birmingham. So what is going to happen? We were told that this would have been demolished by Christmas at the latest but nothing happened. Apparently the costs were £250,000 and the owners couldn’t afford to do this. Now the council are to make a compulsory purchase and bill the owners. Will this happen? Will the recent blaze lead to demolition at long last? What is the point of pushing for electrification of the Hull - Selby Line to speed up the train journey to Hull and then that’s what you see as your first impression. Is anything happening to improve the City? Castle Street won’t be upgraded in time for 2017, similarly the train line may not be electrified, the Castle Street bridge / walkway could be delayed, the Arena/Conference Centre may be built in 2020 (if funded) and a new Ice Arena/Swimming Pool proposed for the Edwin Davis scene of dereliction wont even fit into that space!

Hull Culture and Leisure and Hull City Council welcome the booking of artist Morrissey at Hull Arena this September. Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd, Councillor Terry Geraghty said, “Hull Arena is a fantastic venue for music, with stars including Ed Sheeran and the Arctic Monkeys previously playing soldout gigs. This booking of world-renowned artist Morrissey shows just the calibre of artists Hull can attract. Straight from playing Madison Square Garden in New York, he is coming to Hull - this is a real coup! “Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd are working hard to provide an excellent offer to residents and visitors and, following this booking, can promise there will be more to come”.

There’s less than two years till 2017 so will be see anything happen around here besides work in the Fruit Market and improved footpaths in the city centre. Just leave the New York hotel site as an overflow car park or at least put a massive banner in front of the building. ‘Welcome to Hull’, just don’t look behind the banner!! Grant the Rant..

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School Holiday Ideas for Mums

The Hull and East Riding Mumbler’s School Holiday Suggestions by Denise Foley The long school holiday is upon us. As a local mum to a 4 and 1 year old I was feeling slightly worried about a full summer with no pre-school! However there are lots of great things going on locally to do with young children over the break. Here are a few suggestions from the things I have listed on the Hull & East Riding Mumbler website. 1) Holiday clubs and workshops – from Spectac-u-lab science workshops at venues across East Hull to Musical Theatre workshops at Hull Truck, there are lots to places running holiday clubs and workshops. We’ve added a School Holidays section on the website to list them all 2) Trial classes – many of the local children’s classes are running summer specials, instead of signing up for a term you can go along and do just one class. You can ‘turn up and dance’ at Hessle My Baby Can Dance sessions, join the teddy bears picnic at Music with Mummy in Hedon, and many swim schools are doing a short summer program or even free taster sessions. 3) Head for the beach – we’re lucky to be near some great coastline, taking a picnic and some beach games up to the coast is a cheap and fun day out. If you’re going to Hornsea, pop into Hornsea Freeport who have children’s workshops each weekend, a children’s magician every Thursday, a Disney’s Frozen adventure trail running daily and their big Frozen event on the 25th July

Hull’s event of the national ‘Play Day’ on 5th August. 5) The River Humber – there are some great stretches of the river to walk and cycle along, skim stones and hunt for wildlife. On the 8th and 9th August Powerboat racing will take place around the Marina and St Andrews Quay. 6) Don’t forget the Deep – the Deep have a special summer exhibition ‘Pre-historic Seas’ to show you the dinosaurs of the seas, Dinostar will be there plus a trail to follow and crafts.

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4) Go to the park – we have lots of great parks in Hull. Try the miniature train at West Park, feed the ducks at Pearson Park and see the animals at East Park. Queens Gardens are hosting

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Yum Festival of Food & Drink 7th and 8th August 2015, 10am-6pm – Free entry

Hull city centre plays hosts to two days of tasty street food, culinary talent, fresh local produce, and a bustling market of world flavours. With over 50 stalls of delicious hot and cold food, a variety of drinks and even dog biscuits, as well as live cookery demonstrations, talks and book signings, Hull city centre will be buzzing with gastronomic delights. Whether you are looking for Italian, Turkish, Thai, Spanish, Caribbean, Chinese, Dutch, Mexican, American, Indonesian, Portuguese or just hearty English food, Yum! has it all. Have a bit of a sweet tooth? We can certainly cater for that. Cheesecakes, cookies, chocolate, sweets, ice cream, cakes, macarons doughnuts and waffles will all be making an appearance. Plus, for the health-conscious, protein shakes, gluten free products, fresh fruit and vegetables can be purchased too. We really have thought of everything.

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Organised by Hull BID, the Yum! Festival of Food and Drink aims to promote the excellent food and drink establishments and retailers we have in the area, as well as increase the number of visitors to the city centre for what is always a great occasion. Sponsored by American Chip Spice – a well-known Hull staple – and Nisa Local, the event is sure to appeal to people of all ages. The family event will also see a Kidz Kitchen set-up which encourages children to get involved in cookery workshops, as well as cupcake decorating, balloon modellers, magic shows, and a face painter throughout both days. Best of all, everything is completely free! There will also be a huge selection of offers from food and drink retailers, restaurants and venues throughout the city centre to tickle your tastebuds and save you money. Come and see what’s on the menu at Hull city centre’s annual celebration of food and drink. From traditional dishes to a touch of spice – stay local and taste the world! To whet your appetite, make sure you follow @YumFoodFest on Twitter, like us on Facebook and check out the website, which will be regularly updated as more activities are confirmed.

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The Creative & Cultural Column by Alan Raw

Hull holds its Ace

Apparently the British buy more convertible cars than any other European nation, despite not really having the weather for it. Is it our national propensity to waste money that drives these ill considered purchases? Or does the unfailing ability of middle aged men to make bad life choices have a part to play? Actually, I rather think that it is because on those few occasions when the weather is perfect, the only thing that can improve it is a drop top sporty number: Or a 3 day party in a field. Yes, we are well and truly into festival season. What was once the preserve of hippies and traveller communities has become a national pastime. For the British it’s a challenge to nature as much as a celebration. Any country south of the European frost line can hold an outdoor party in the summer months and be almost guaranteed fair weather. For us and our northern neighbours we risk it all for a weekend of love and partying; or mud and trench foot, depending on the vagaries of the weather. The undoubted summer festival capital is the South West, not just because of Glastonbury, but because of a climate that enables dozens of festivals that run from early April to late September. What do we bring to this national party, both as a city and a region? Let’s be both fair and honest, we don’t have the biggest, or most famous. Whether we have the best is possibly a meaningless question. But we do have a tradition, long experience and talent and we have character. What’s more we have some unique features that should be the envy of any festival fan that doesn’t have these on their doorstep. Hull and the East Riding was in at the beginning of the modern festival. And when I say beginning I mean 1969 and a series of weekenders at Burton Constable Hall. For any serious festival historian these were significant events. Sitting somewhere between the semi-corporate Behemoth of the Isle of Wight festival, and the anarchic counter-culture of Stonehenge, they were the progenitors of today’s middle sized and boutique festivals. Surveying the current landscape, we have one of the more senior citizens of the local festival world in Beverley Folk Festival, now over 33 years old and still going strong. It’s also one of the few festivals outside of Edinburgh to boast a fringe. We have 2 festivals that are held in stately homes, Cornucopia Festival has made its home at Burton Constable Hall. And as for the Burton Agnes jazz festival, I’m sure you can find it without my help. One of the jewels of the festival scene is actually south of the river, at Cabourne Parva. It’s perhaps surprisingly little known, even amongst the festival cognoscenti. Yet it has been a venue for several festivals over the past 3 years, including ones organised from this very city. It’s a dedicated boutique festival site; with a permanent bar, stages, bistro and hot tub. And you can get there from Hull in well under 1 hour. London has Brighton and Parisiens spend their weekends at Deauville. We need our Brighton and I nominate Cabourne Pava as the place most fitting, where the city of culture vultures can go to play. Put Hull and festivals into the same article and it would be fair for some to assume that I can only be describing the aforementioned places out of town, that we will visit for a weekend of music and fresh air. And to be clear, in my mind a

festival is a transformative event. Turning a field into a surreal party town for the weekend. An urban festival is a different beast altogether, and you could question whether they can count as a festival at all, and I do include the one that I direct (HIPfest) in that question. I just think a Saturday in a park is an open air gig, surely. And most town centre ‘festivals’ are a collection of individual venues sharing a common purpose on the same date. Even at their best, (and I work at some great ones), the illusion is broken when you meander from one venue to another and have to share the thoroughfares with flocking hen parties and a pride of vocal lads out on the pull. And this is where Hull holds it’s ace. The Fruit Market/arts quarter has the ability to transform itself into a perfect festival site. And it does this, for Humber Street Sesh and especially for Freedom Festival. Any festival regular wandering round the marina and Fruit Market on that September weekend will be on familiar ground. It really does feel like a music and arts festival that has been transplanted into a city. There’s nothing like it in the rest of the country, save perhaps Boomtown Festival where they have built streets in a field like an old cowboy film set, artificially creating a space like the one we have here, or the Pleasance complex in Edinburgh, and even that has the feel of a courtyard rather than a festival village. Let us not underestimate the potential of this area in 2017. While we may take it for granted ourselves, for the swathes of outsiders that will then descend on us it will seem as if we have built the city around the year, not the other way around. Of course, this will depend on what happens to that quarter in the next 18 months of redevelopment. We need the current development in order to make the quarter sustainable. How sensitive this development and planning has been remains to be seen. There should be no reason why the new residential buildings should undermine the vibrancy of the area, or stop the city wide weekend migration on that first weekend in September. But I just feel a nagging concern about the future neighbours, the worry that they might just be the type that moves next to a picturesque church for the view, and then complains about the bell ringers. One thing that happens in many cities, is that the artists move into an area that is underused and in need of regeneration and they breath new life into it. Making the area attractive and getting it noticed. This is often the catalyst to regenerate the area and developers finish the process. The artists then often can’t afford to stay or are not so free to express themselves. and so they move on to regenerate another zone. If that does happen in the Humber Street area we could lose a unique and valuable festival site. The Fruit Market isn’t the only creative hub, I’m based in Princes Quay, The Old Town has plenty of creative credentials. And in 1969 you can bet that most of the hippies setting off for Burton Constable Hall did so from HU5, something that holds true to this day. The worry isn’t just that we will lose an asset, but that we will also lose a treasure. . Now who’s off to Cabourne Pava?

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She’s Got Claws When you think of Hull, you rarely think of electronic synth pop music. However a solo musician She’s Got Claws entered the arena in 2012 with her debut album and now she is embarking on releasing a concept EP for 2015 called Synthetic Emotion. Hull Mag caught up with her to find out more… HM: For anyone who isn’t familiar with She’s Got Claws, will you please introduce yourself.. SGC: Hello, I am a solo musician called She’s Got Claws. This is the project I launched in 2012 with my debut album which is also called She’s Got Claws, as I wanted to hammer home my new name. When I eventually perform live, the band will be called She’s Got Claws and my name will be Manchine. My music is purely electronic with no help from drum loops or auto tune as I wanted to create an honest concept for She’s Got Claws’ sound.

them. This was called Singing With The Enemy. After this show I became tired of the assumptions regarding the band and our personal lives in the tabloids so I ended Paparazzi Whore to go solo and became She’s Got Claws. HM: You write all the songs, you program, produce and engineer, how important is it for you to have this much control over your work? SGC: When you visualise a song in your mind it can often be hard for others to visualise this the same way. Sometimes this is a good thing as it can develop a song and take it to greater heights, however sometimes it can hinder the creative process. Through my own experience I have had the latter so this control for me works. I am not saying that I am against working with others, if someone crossed my path and we were on a similar wave length then I cannot see why I wouldn’t work and create music with another or even a band or producer. Sometimes I feel I take on too much, however when I listen back to the results I know that I am making the right decision for me at the moment.

Depeche Mode, Daft Punk and Human League have all been mentioned also. I am inspired by many electronic artists, The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers and many other artists whom have pushed the boundaries using electronics.

HM: How does it feel to get the thumbs up from Andy McCluskey (pictured above) of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark? SGC: I initially played a couple of the songs from the EP to Andy in my studio. I couldn’t believe his response, especially to Hurtbeat, which is the second song on Synthetic Emotion. I will always remember his favourable reaction to this song. He asked HM: How did you me to play it again and was humming the get into music? chorus. He said and I quote from SGC: I am not his review “The tracks ‘I Die For You’ and going to say ‘Hurtbeat’ are two of the best modern the usual cliche electronic songs you will ever hear.” I’m of saying that I extremely flattered that Andy likes what I started singing at a write. He is very honest with his opinions and young age because it makes me yawn every HM: For all the technical boffins out there, I know some people do not appreciate this time I hear this. The voice to me is another could you tell us what equipment you kind of honesty but I know Andy says what instrument put into the melting pot with began using and what do you use now? he truly means. He has seen it and done other musical instruments. I had an audition SGC: I began on an Atari STE running Cubase it and is one of the pioneers of electronic in my teens to join a band and my hunger for software with a Soundcraft Ghost 8 bus desk music, so please or offend he will say what is learning about the creation of music comes and a healthy amount of keyboards. It was on his mind. I like him, we get along well, he from being around other musicians. I cannot hard to let go of this way of working as it is a true inspiration for me to carry on writing stress how important it is to get yourself into worked for me for many years throughout as he knows how to motivate me with a band and learn from the ground up as this Paparazzi Whore. I needed to make sure what his kind words. His review is up on OMD’s is the only way to learn about your own skills I use now is compatible with other studios Facebook page and it is blogged on SGC’s as a musician. in case I need to use their facilities. So my website. studio has gone through many transitions For a short time I had this bee in my bonnet resulting in now using an Apple Mac running HM: A concept for an EP is truly original, about people naturally assuming I was the Logic Pro X with an Akai audio interface. I could you tell us more about the 4 singer in the band so I gradually learned to still have my Soundcraft desk which I use for songs which make up Synthetic Emotion use technology to create my own songs. In monitoring and my keyboards. A list of my and why you decided to create this 2005 I had the idea of melting electronic equipment old and new is on the She’s Got story? music with organic instruments to create an SGC: I spend a lot of my time writing songs electro pop punk band, this band was called Claws website under ‘Studio’. in the studio and sometimes one song Paparazzi Whore, a term we often threw HM: Who inspires you? inspires you to create ones that follow a around when seeing how desperate others SGC: You would naturally assume that Gary similar story. This resulted last year in were to become famous. Numan would be my main inspiration as my seeing the strong potential of putting The album was called I’d rather be infamous name is a Gary Numan song. He is beyond together a concept EP. doubt one of the pioneers of electronic than famous, with my tongue firmly in my music and style. When I play my music to Playing around with the effects within Logic cheek. This led to Tiger Aspect (Endemol) Pro X, I multilayered my vocals to create asking us to become part of a TV experiment friends they will say it reminds them of a certain artist so I will go and check them out. a robotic style tone, which inspired me to where they would put us in a house with Chris who was the bass player in Paparazzi treat all my vocals like this for the EP. This another band with a different style and Whore has said many times that he could is the voice of Manchine whom is telling the beliefs, hoping we would clash for pure hear John Foxx in She’s Got Claws. Needless story of how she was created, how she entertainment. We wrote a fantastic song to say I checked him out and he’s amazing. fell in love and how she developed her together and it was fun writing this with

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Creative & Cultural human emotions to become the future of mankind. With films like Ex-Machina becoming more and more popular I feel this is the right time to explore robot alchemy and how you can create life using metals and circuitry. A brief synopsis of the EP… I Die For You, Manchine is singing to her creator as he programs her to learn and feel, thus every time he restarts her after upgrading her system she is falling in love with her creator more and more. Hurtbeat sees Manchine feeling bereft as her creator dies and leaves her alone. Manchine is a song about creating a humanoid soul mate through honing her skills she learned from her creator. Intentionally her new companion shows a strong resemblance to her creator. This is her way of resurrecting him as an immortal like herself so he can never leave her again. Utopia is the beginning of a future world where Manchine realises her abilities go beyond just creating a soul mate for herself. She has the ability to create a race of humanoids to live harmoniously with humans. But will humans want to live harmoniously with a life form that has a greater ability to learn at speeds which would leave our greatest minds bewildered? This EP makes you think about our future and how we are advancing towards this kind of world, maybe not in our lifetime but it will happen. Our future is in our hands.

imperfections, the greatest works of art are full of imperfections and this is what makes them masterpieces. There seems to be no artist development anymore, singers for example are used by puppeteers and then chewed up and spat out the very next year and people seem to accept this. There has to be an end to this soon to save music and its integrity as an art form.

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HM: What is the feedback like so far for your EP? SGC: Mechanical PR is running a 6 week campaign so I am receiving many requests for interviews along with lots of HM: So you have a love for science fiction? reviews of the EP. The reviews so far are SGC: I love Science fiction! My EP is inspired very complimentary. A magazine from New York got in touch and asked if they could by robot alchemy and sci-fi. Star Wars, Star review so Mechanical PR sent them a private Trek (thanks to JJ Abrams), Alien and Predator films, these all happily sit in my DVD link on Soundcloud where magazines can listen to the entire EP. Reviews and collection. I am so happy films like Exinterview links are being uploaded to my Machina had a cinema release this year as website and SGC’s Facebook page as they this is showing how writers are now seeing come in. the possibility of creating life with metals. You only need to check out the progress HM: When is the EP released and where Japan has made with their latest humanoid, can people buy it? she is so life like. I am also inspired by books SGC: The EP release date is 4 July on Ditto written by Arthur C Clarke (2001, Records. You can buy the EP as a bundle 2010, 3001) and Texe Marrs whom wrote an online from iTunes, Google Play and Amazon inspiring book called Robot Alchemy. MP3. I decided it should be sold as a bundle This book rarely leaves my side. The future is and not individual tracks as this is a concept such an exciting place to visit as it is so needs to be told in its entirety. full of so many possibilities, we just need to become brave enough to write it. HM: What’s next for She’s Got Claws? SGC: I would love this EP to be told visually, HM: How do you feel about the talent so if there are any film makers, video shows that dominate our TV screens, for companies or even students who would like example The Voice, X Factor, and this to visually create this concept, please get in treadmill of writing songs to order? touch via my Twitter, Facebook or She’s Got SGC: I find all this striving for stardom very Claws’ website. saddening as music is an art form and these mentioned shows do not engage the HM: And finally in true Smash Hits style, viewer into creating the music from what is your favourite coloured Smartie? silence, therefore they are not teaching SGC: Haha! Well, when I used to eat smarties people to respect music as a form of artistic as a child it was either the orange or purple expression. ones, but since I have been vegan for many years I shall have to wait until some nice People are sadly being used as a circus person makes Smarties available as dairy free act to stand and perform like a trained for me to give you a more recent answer. monkey and to be ridiculed if they are To find out more about She’s Got Claws, visit her deemed as ‘not perfect’ in any way. Art is a website: natural progression for the individual and does not happen overnight. Art has many Photos by O-Ten Photography.

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Funding cuts force Councillors to consider major changes in adult care services Councillors in Hull are to consider significant changes in adult care services in response to government funding cuts and new legislation designed to improve the quality and choice of care provided.

 A new report sets out recommendations about how the Council can make a further £15.3 million in savings from its £95 million adult care budget by April 2020 - having already faced funding cuts totalling £10 million since 2010 - Produced a comprehensive review of adult care services, the report proposes changes in a number of key services with the aim of making them financially sustainable, whilst meeting the requirements of the Care Act 2014.

 Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “The government has imposed deep funding cuts on adult social care, despite the fact that we have an ageing population, creating an even greater need for care.

“We now have no option but to make further cuts but we are determined to do this in

a way that will ensure we are able to continue to offer a high standard of care to some of the most vulnerable people in our community”.

The report proposes long-term changes to learning disability services, older people’s care homes, day care and the help given to people who are discharged from hospital. By remodelling these services, the Council aims to reduce costs whilst putting a greater emphasis on prevention, helping people earlier and enabling them to live independently for longer. The proposals will also give people more choice and influence over their care.

People directly affected by the changes, adult care staff and the public will be consulted on the proposals during July and August.

 Councillor Helena Spencer, cabinet member with responsibility for Public Health, Prevention and Safeguarding Adults added: “Reviewing these important services has been a long and difficult journey. The changing landscape of adult social care, the continued reduction in council budgets and other external factors, such as the Care Act, have meant that we have had to completely reassess not only what we provide but how we provide it.

We have come to understand current services are outdated and not fit for 21st century living. Initial consultation with the people who use them shows they want ‘a life not a service’ and accept the current offer because they believe there is no option rather than because it is right for them.

By changing and redesigning these services we aim to make them more sustainable for the long term as austerity measures continue, but also to make sure they are services that people choose to use.

We are still at an early stage of this process and we are carrying out a full consultation with local residents, staff and most importantly those people who would be directly affected by the changes.”

Plans are due to go before the Council’s Scrutiny Committee at a public meeting later in July.


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She’s Back!! Mrs Brown’s Boys Motorpoint Arena Sheffield • Tuesday 1st - Saturday 5th December 2015 The award winning series returns with


Starring Brendan O’Carroll and Mrs Brown’s Boys Following the release of D’Movie the Award Winning Mrs Brown’s Boys will be returning to live arena in 2015 with their new show ‘How Now Mrs Brown Cow’. The tour will be heading to the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield for a five day residency, including a Saturday matinee show, from Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th December 2015. Tickets booked through the Arena web site & ticket hotline 0114 256 56 56 are priced £24.75, £35.75 & £43.45 including booking fee. Tickets booked in person through the Arena Box Office are priced £23.63, £34.13 & £41.48. Mrs Brown’s Boys success has been nothing short of incredible. From awards and accolades including two National Television Awards, TV Choice Awards, a Scottish BAFTA, an IFTA award, a TV Times Award and a TV BAFTA for Best Situation Comedy to being a ratings smash across the globe, Mrs Brown’s Boys live has also broken box office records across the UK and Australia. If you haven’t experienced Mrs Brown’s Boys live, this new tour is set to be one of the hottest tickets for 2015 and is not to be missed. ‘How Now Mrs Brown Cow’ is part of the hilarious series written by and starring Brendan O’Carroll and will be coming to the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield Tuesday 1st - Saturday 5th December 2015.

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Local Author Releases Second Novel The hotly-anticipated second novel from the author of the Amazon Rising Star shortlisted novel The Summer We All Ran Away. A novel about love, loss, memory and family relationships. Cassandra Parkin grew up in Hull, and now lives in East Yorkshire. Her short story collection, New World Fairy Tales (Salt Publishing, 2011), won the 2011 Scott Prize for Short Stories. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. The Beach Hut is her second novel. The Beach Hut It is autumn time and on a peaceful Cornish beach, Finn and his sister Ava defy planning regulations and achieve a childhood dream when they build themselves an illegal beach hut. This tiny haven will be their home until Ava departs at Midwinter for a round-the-world adventure.

In the town, local publican Donald is determined to get rid of them. Still mourning the death of his wife, all he wants is a quiet place where he can forget the past and raise his daughter Alicia in safety. But Alicia is wrestling with demons of her own. As the sunshine fades and winter approaches, the beach hut stirs old memories for everyone. Their lives become entwined in surprising ways and the secrets of past and present are finally exposed. The Beach Hut is available from Amazon. Book Details


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New ‘Lit & Phil.’ display at Hull History Centre

The Lit & Phil still thrives and members hope that telling the story of the Society’s part in the history of the City will attract new members to carry it forward to its two hundredth anniversary in 2022.

Hull History Centre is hosting a new display telling the story of the Hull Literary and Philosophical Society – the ‘Lit & Phil.’

Martin Taylor, City Archivist, said: “We are pleased that the Lit & Phil chose the History Centre as the location for its display. The Society’s records are kept here underlining the crucial role that it has played in the history of Hull.”

Founded in 1822 at a time when the Enlightenment was generating an enthusiasm for scientific discovery, the Lit & Phil was intended to educate and inform its members. The first President was Dr John Alderson, whose statue stands outside the Royal Infirmary, and the Vice-President was local customs officer Charles Lutwidge, grandfather of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ author Lewis Carroll. The display tells the story of the Lit & Phil, and follows its development of Hull’s first public museum and its attempts to bring university education to Hull for the first time in the form of university extension lectures. It also looks at The Royal Institution, which the Lit & Phil built as its Albion Street home in 1853 and which was destroyed in the Hull Blitz of 1941.

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Cruise from Hull ...

Will we get our own cruise terminal? It is said a cruise terminal would bring wealth to the East Riding and I agree but this will not occur by ships turning around in Hull carrying guests oversea’s but by bringing those from overseas to visit our county taking in our culture and spending in our shops. It would of course be nice to hop on board in Hull to sail around the world but we have a small catchment area and therefore it seems our port can only sustain a handful of cruises a year sailing from Hull. Our position in the UK favours travelling north hence itineraries are somewhat similar, but with a new ship it is a new experience and in 2016 we have the best ship ever to offer sailings from Hull. The Marco Polo has four sailings departing next summer from the port of Hull:15 May 8 nights to Norway 23 May 12 nights to The Baltic Capitals, 04 June 12 nights to Iceland & the Faroes 16 June 6 nights to the Scottish Isles & Faroes* All four of these cruises offer you super scenery and interesting ports of call. As with all cruises your meals and entertainment on board are included in your fare. Book early for these sailings and you only pay for 1 person the 2nd goes free when sharing a twin cabin. This bargain offer is due to finish on 31st July fares start at £939* total for 2, subject to availability when making your booking. Lynne & Beth have recently experienced the facilities on board the Marco Polo and where very impressed. She is an older traditional style of ship with sleek lines yet inside she is modern offering a good choice of comfortable public areas in which to relax. Should you wish to burn off those excess calories there is a gym and swimming pool. You will definitely not go hungry on board. There is a choice of dining either formally at your designated table (1st & 2nd sitting) in the lovely Waldorf Restaurant or should you prefer a buffet you can choose to eat in the casual Marco’s Restaurant. The cabins range from inside without any natural daylight which are the cheapest accommodation on board to the most expensive an elegant suite with a large sitting area. All cabins have ensuite facilities and ample storage for your luggage. Cruising is great for all ages and cruising from Hull offers a relaxing atmosphere for adults and is great for first timers. Embarking so close to home is wonderful not only is it easy but it cuts down on travelling costs too. With good support on these cruises you never know our number of sailings from our very own port of Hull may go up in years to come. Wherever in the world you are looking to experience do remember Marion Owen Travel. We can book all of your arrangements, do give my team a call. We are experienced in all corners of the world, with all tour operators and our enjoyment is to fulfill your travelling desires & aspirations. We look forward to hearing from you. Marion

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Tourism and spend continues to rise in UK City of Culture for 2017

The 2014 GBDVS result highlights a continued trend of growth in the wider local visitor economy which has seen an increase of £142 million in recent years that is worth £757 million a year and supports 17,000 local jobs. These results were welcomed by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, the local tourism partnership who recently launched a new three year Tourism Strategy for the region with a key ambition of achieving a tourism industry worth £1 billion by 2018.

A new, independent survey shows that Hull, UK City of Culture in 2017 enjoyed an increase in visitor numbers and visitor spend throughout 2014.

Councillor Steven Bayes, Portfolio Holder for Visitor Destination and UK City of Culture, said:

“Hull is a fantastic city and these figures set the bar for what we can expect in our year in the spotlight as UK City of Culture in 2017.”




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The latest Great Britain Day Visitor Survey (GBDVS) 2014, commissioned by the four National Tourist Boards highlights 5.06 million tourists visited Hull in 2014, up 14 per cent compared to 2013 and bucking the Yorkshire and National trend. At the same time day visitor expenditure in the city of Hull increased by an impressive 13 per cent from £139m to £158m in 2014.

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Nominations now open for Hull Youth Enterprise Awards 2015 Nominations are now open for a series Hull Youth Enterprise Awards 2015 that recognise Hull’s enterprising schools and businesses.

 The awards, which are organised by Hull City Council, in partnership with the Hull Youth Enterprise Bank include the following categories: l l l l l l l

Most enterprising school in Hull 2015 The business that has done the most to promote an enterprise culture in the City 2015 The Sheila Waudby Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Most Enterprising Teacher 2015 Most Enterprising Student Award 2015 Best Newcomer School to Enterprise Education

Special Awards l John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Award l Lee Creamer Youth Enterprise Leadership Award l Jack Brignall Youth Enterprise Award The awards are sponsored by local businesses and organisations from across the city. This year’s award winners will be announced in Global Entrepreneurship Week at the Guildhall in November. The deadline for completed entry forms will be Thursday 1 October and judging will be completed by Saturday 10 October. Winners will be invited to receive their award at the celebration event on Friday 20 November at the Guildhall from Martin Green Chief Executive of City of Culture 2017 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The winning schools will receive an engraved plaque and £200 to further develop enterprise activity. Councillor Rosie Nicola, Portfolio Holder for Learning and Skills, said: “I look forward to welcoming the nominations for these awards from

across the city as we look to develop Hull’s entrepreneurial culture amongst our young people. “The Council in partnership with the Youth Enterprise Bank is committed to supporting our enterprising young people and we are more than aware that the young people of this city are our future, and we want them to move forward in life equipped with the right skills to build successful careers.” Nick Sangwin, MD of the Sangwin Group, added: “It was a great honour last year to be announced as the recipient of the Lee Creamer Youth Enterprise Leadership Award and I am pleased that this year the awards will go ahead thanks to the support of sponsors. “There is no doubt that Hull as a city has real commitment through the Youth Enterprise Partnership to develop the enterprising skills of young people. With the right support and encouragement Hull’s young people are truly enterprising, and whilst not all will pursue an entrepreneurial career in the future, the majority of them will most certainly use their skills to help impact their outlook on life and in the workplace.” Last year Katie Norman of Lab Rascals was honoured with The Sheila Waudby Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, she said: “For two years my science party and science workshop business has had support from the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership and its many partners. I am very proud to be associated with them, especially during Global Entrepreneurship Week and as a member of the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank management committee. “I was really pleased to accept the title of Young Entrepreneur Year 2014 from the inspirational entrepreneur Claire Young and Karl Turner MP and I look forward to helping identify the winner this year to represent Hull.”

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Summer Flower Care August is usually one of the hottest months of the year - making watering essential. Try to use grey water wherever possible, especially as water butts may be running low if it has been a dry summer. August is traditionally holiday-time, so you might need to enlist the help of friends and family to look after the garden while you are away. When you are at home, take the time to prune summer-flowering shrubs. Towards the end of August sow hardy annuals directly into borders. They will overwinter and flower next summer.

Propagation Pinks and carnations can be propagated by layering. Propagate irises by dividing the rhizomes if not done last month. Propagate perennials by dividing once they have finished flowering, but only in areas with some rain and duller weather, to avoid drying out problems. Take cuttings of tender perennials such as Pelargonium and Osteospermum, as soon as possible. A greenhouse, cool conservatory or a light windowsill are ideal to bring them on until they are established. Rock garden plants, such as Helianthemum, Aubrieta and Dianthus can be propagated from cuttings at this time of year.

Cutting back, pruning and dividing Cutting back the foliage and stems of herbaceous plants that have already died back (e.g. Dicentra) is starting to be a priority.

General maintenance Feed containers, and even tired border perennials, with a liquid tomato food each week to encourage them to bloom into the early autumn.

Don’t neglect hanging baskets deadheading, watering and feeding will help them last through until autumn.

Alpines that have developed bare patches of die-back, or have become weedy, can be tidied up by in-filling the patches with gritty compost. This will encourage new growth as well as improving their appearance. Most perennial weeds are best dealt with when in active growth. Applying a weedkiller containing glyphosate.

Keep picking flowers from the cutting garden to encourage more flower buds to form and open.

Deadhead plants such as Dahlia, roses and Penstemon and bedding to prolong the display colour well into early autumn. Don’t cut off the flowerheads of ornamental grasses. These will provide winter interest. Hardy geraniums can be cut back a little to remove tired leaves and encourage a new flush of growth.

Planning ahead Collect and store seed of hardy annuals and perennials for sowing later in the autumn. Good plants to try include Calendula, Nigella, Cerinthe, Papaver, Aquilegia and hardy Geranium.

Prune climbing and rambling roses that do not repeat flower or produce attractive hips, once the flowers have finished.

Buy or order spring-flowering bulbs. Some bulbs can be planted now, such as Colchicum, daffodils and Madonna lilies (L. candidum).

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Questions that make a difference every day

This month, I’m going to share with you some insights given to me by one of the most influential thinkers in the world, Marshall Goldsmith. I spent time with Marshall in Las Vegas a few weeks ago and this is one of the strategies that he recommends to get lasting change in our behaviour. It’s all about asking yourself a set of questions every single day to find out how well you are dealing with your life, your health, your family, your work and so on. The idea is that these questions force you to confront not only your values but also the way you live your everyday life. It helps you to hold yourself accountable for taking the actions which will bring about the results which you want. Look at where you are now and then look at how you would ideally like to be. Identify what needs to happen for that to become a reality. What do you need to do your best in, in order to achieve what you want, to be the person you want to be. You can ask yourself as many questions as you like – I typically ask myself 20 questions. You can decide on more or less, however many it takes to address the behaviours which hold you back. It is entirely up to you! To kickstart the new you, think about what you need to stop as well as start to help you to create the list.. Always begin your questions with “Did I do my best to……” So, for instance: Did I do my best to ….. • Be happy? • Be kind? • Be thoughtful? • Be a good parent? • Be nice to my husband/wife/children/friends? • Not eat between meals? • To follow my exercise plan? • Be efficient at work?

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FIONA’S FOOD FOR THOUGHT By Fiona Dwyer, broadcast journalist, PR & media consultant, slave to 2 children and a husband.


Yes it’s that time of year again! The time when we have to start organising what to do with the children for 6 weeks (or 7 as it is this year!) while we try to carry on working! The summer holidays will be here before you know it, so now is the time to start planning! I say it to myself every year – and while I manage to figure out most of the summer season, there are always a couple of weeks where last minute arrangements have to be made! We’re not all perfect!! So this year I am aiming for military precision! Regular readers will know all about my kitchen calendar (the one with columns for everyone so I know who is doing what, where, which day and at what time!) so I plan to have every week marked off! We probably all try to take at least 2 weeks off during that time. That leaves 4 or 5 weeks to sort out. Holiday clubs? Activities? Childminders? Not to mention it can all get a tad expensive. On top of that, how guilty do you feel that you can’t take all summer off? And if your children are like mine, they like it best when we can do things as a family! I know some parents who already have everything sorted – I wish! If you are one of those, why not share some of your great ideas with us lesser mortals? Thanks in advance! NAÏVE OR JUST STUPID?!!

We’ve just rescued 2 kittens! After having had cats for over 20 years (our last cat died about 8 months ago) we had every intention of staying pet free for a while – but my 8 year old had other ideas. She simply didn’t like not having an animal in the house, so what did she do? She googled the Hull Animal Welfare Trust and proceeded to show me all the cats and dogs that needed homes. There was one particular cat she liked, a one year old black and white cat who kept being overlooked because of her colour. So, eventually I was finally persuaded to “just go for a look”. Now this is where I should have just stopped, but my daughter’s little face was so excited that I couldn’t go back on my word. I did, however, make sure she understood that we weren’t coming back with a new pet and that she mustn’t get upset! As we left my husband gave me a wry smile and shook his head with the silent message that there was no way I could take her to an animal shelter and not come back with a pet! It turns out he was absolutely right! The cat we went to look at had already been reserved so we now have 2 beautiful black kittens who are enjoying climbing up my curtains and scampering about under our feet! The only downside is they can’t go outside until September – so we’re back to the delightful smells of having a cat lit tray! Yay! FINDING MORE HOURS IN THE DAY!

I know I’ve said it before, but I need more time! Well, don’t you? If I earned a pound every time I heard someone say this (myself included) I’d be a very rich woman! With work, the school run, children’s activities and generally keeping the house running, there aren’t many minutes left in the day! So what should we do? I’ve already figured out that I need to prepare packed lunches the night before instead of during the “getting ready for school” time in the morning. It’s not that it takes long to do it, it’s just about being more organised about everything! I’ve just been talking about the summer holidays needing to be approached like a military operation. I guess trying to achieve a work-life balance that works for everyone needs to be like that too. Saying that, I think parents also need to remember that “me” time is allowed. None of us are very good at it, but sometimes it’s necessary to stop us going mad! Not a lot, just a little bit! And if we do take that hour a week, it’ll surely free up our brains to concentrate on having more quality time with our families – time when we’re not worried that we should be doing something else. If you have any time-saving tips, please feel free to share!

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