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appy New Year to you all! This month’s Local Issues is about a very inspirational local man, Clarence Adoo. I had the pleasure of meeting Clarence back in November and was really touched by this man’s outlook on life although he lives with the most dreadful disability. Clarence’s achievements are outstanding and when reading about him you can’t help but be inspired and appreciate your own life more, I really recommend the read. With the new year ahead it is a time when many people will be thinking about a New Years resolution, whether it is to lose weight, get fit, move house, give up smoking, study harder etc… whatever resolution you decide upon there are a number of local businesses who are happy to offer their particular service/product in order to help you reach your goal. Our competition this month is for one lucky winner to win two tickets to see the opera Carmen at the Cliffs Pavilion on 20 February. This lavish new production with its fabulous costumes and set, is directed by award-winning opera director Ellen Kent, featuring handpicked international soloists and a live donkey. To enter simply send in your contact details to, Oracle/Carmen Competition, 39 Alexandra Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1BW or email email@example.com closing date 25th January 2013. Good Luck! Emma Wynne-Morgan Publisher
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contents Local Issues My Local Hero By Harry Adoo
Investment Management Money Matters by Jacqui Moyies
Baby Bump Beauty Hair & Beauty by Craig Smith
Hot Yoga By Tracey Bailey
Chickpea, Chorizo and Tomato Soup Judy's Recipe Page
Selling Potential 26 Under the Hammer by Trevor Cornforth Music for 2013 Oracle Music Box by Warren Higgins
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ince the launch of Oracle over 7 ½ Below are just a few reasons why you need to be years ago it has had the pleasure of thinking about having your website converted working with well over 1000 clients locally and into a mobile phone website. knowing the success that many of them have People are spending more time on their had from running advertorials in the magazines, mobile phones than ever before. felt it was about time it used the service itself to launch Oracle’s newest product, Mobile Phone It is predicted that by 2014 mobile internet Websites. will take over desktop internet usage.
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Natural Progression Judging by the above evidence and seeing how the mobile phone market is still growing at such a pace it isn’t difficult to see why so many businesses are now making their general websites mobile phone compatible. This next stage in the development of websites is a natural progression and those businesses who want to maintain a strong competitive edge will need to think seriously about updating their website to become mobile phone compatible in order to maintain their market share and be credible within this continually challenging technical climate. For the past two years Oracle Website Solutions has been offering its client’s a 4 page bespoke website from as little as £350 plus VAT which includes the domain name, email address set up
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My Local Hero M
y brother Clarence Adoo was brought up by foster parents with myself and my two sisters. We spent most of our early days living in Richmond Avenue, Shoeburyness. Clarence went to Richmond Primary and then Shoeburyness High School. He always had a great love for music after learning to play the cornet (trumpet) with the Shoeburyness Salvation Army band from the age of six.
Today, despite his disability, Clarence has retained a role with the Northern Sinfonia as an Education Animator. He visits schools, colleges and adult groups in the north of England to lead music workshops or discussions on music and composers and has been selected on several occasions for the panel of BBC Young Musician of the Year. His charismatic personality and positive attitude have earned him opportunities to take part in television and radio programmes, where he is a strong Clarence or Claz as he is affectionately known, left advocate for disabled issues. School and worked in the insurance industry in London. The company relocated north, so he used Clarence was one of the founder members of the this opportunity to also follow his dream career as a recently formed British Paraorchestra, led by world professional trumpet player. famous conductor Charles Hazelwood. Their biggest concert to date was performing at the He studied at the Royal College of music and then Paralympics closing ceremony with Coldplay. They became a renowned freelance trumpet player. also made a Christmas single involving the Kaos During this time he worked in all forms of music, Choir for Deaf and Hearing children with the from pop and jazz, to classical. He worked with Cliff Paralympics GB team. Also, they were invited to play Richard, Courtney Pine, and the Jazz Warriors and their version of the National Anthem, by the Queen also in several West End shows. He freelanced for herself, following her 2012 Christmas speech to the many orchestras including The Scottish Opera, City country, a real honour. of London Sinfonietta and Symphony Orchestra. He toured Britain and Europe as a Soloist including a In recognition of his services to music and the way specially written solo performance at The Royal he has inspired people, Clarence was awarded the Albert Hall. MBE in the New Year’s Honours 2012. Clarence is a real inspiration to anybody who should have the Tragically, seventeen years ago he was travelling by pleasure of meeting him. He has a brilliant sense of car from Newcastle to London as a surprise to my humour and his interest and zest for life is truly Stag Party. He had an accident which left him remarkable and you can’t help but have real paralysed from the shoulders down and was in admiration for him. Music drive’s Clarence and his hospital for twelve months. DECEMBER
love of it enables him the escapism that he needs in order to live with this very difficult and challenging disability. The reason I wanted to write this article is that Clarence was not entitled to an insurance payment following his tragic car accident; this was because he had lost the use of his limbs rather than losing his limbs which the small print in the insurance stipulated. Consequently, a Trust Fund was set up to enable him to purchase specialist equipment necessary to retain an active and independent life. The running cost of Clarence’s care to enable him to teach and help other people with their music and their disabilities, over and above what Social Services contribute, is currently £70,000 per year. Thanks to the generosity of friends, work colleagues and organisations, Clarence is able to live in a specially adapted house in Newcastle. He uses a mouth-controlled computer for his work and travels across the UK and Europe helping with the design of disabled access for new buildings and has been heavily involved with the design of The Sage Concert Hall in Gateshead. Many people who have been touched by Clarence’s story, have organised various fundraising events and his Trust continues to encourage new initiatives. Fundraising events have included concerts, parachute jumps, dinner dances, coffee mornings and a DVD with world renowned musicians.
On behalf of my brother, I’m asking for people to help Clarence as he is in desperate need of a newer specially adapted disability van which is essential for him to be able to travel around the country and carry on his work, his present van is 14 years old! The cost of this is estimated at £40,000 and I am asking you to please help in any way you can whether it is to organise a fundraising event or simply make a donation, so that my brother is able to have a reliable disabled van to take him around the country and carry on with the work that he so loves.
By Harry Adoo
To make a donation please contact the following:The Clarence Adoo Trust c/o Nigel Hiscock 4 Doncella Close, Chafford Hundred Grays, Essex, RM 16 6HB Tel: 07973 142639
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uccessful investment is critical to your future financial well-being, but it is a field which presents a unique problem; future performance is unpredictable. For whatever reason, there exists today an obsession with the short term and this manifests itself with investors buying the latest fashion, only then to be disappointed. What really matters to investors is the longer-term performance of their investments, rather than the outcome for any particular year because short-term results are illusory and have little or nothing to do with the preservation of wealth over the medium to long term. There are a number of ways to select an investment manager. Firstly, you can look at their past performance. Regrettably this in isolation is of little help - simply because the figures alone do not tell you whether the person who achieved that good result is still managing the assets. Furthermore, past performance figures should not be seen as an indication of future performance. In the investment industry it is commonplace for managers to move around and this has significant ramifications for investors because if they do find out that a star manager has left, they then have to decide what to do next. 14
Having selected a manager to look after your portfolio or indeed a number of investment professionals to manage your assets collectively, you then have the task of monitoring their performance. Most of us do not have the necessary resources or probably the interest to do this in a thorough, meaningful way on a daily basis - preferring instead to review our investments once or maybe twice a year. The final, and often overlooked, aspect is the benefit of diversification, which is widely recognised as an effective way of reducing investment risk. Experience shows that too many investors are either not diversified or, in contrast, excessively diversified. So as a first step you need to reassure yourself that those who are entrusted with the day-to-day management of your money have been handpicked, have a good long term track record and are being independently monitored by other investment professionals.
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The “three sisters and a mister” consists of three San Fernando Valley sisters Danielle, Alana, and Este Haim, and unrelated ‘mister’, drummer Dash Hutton. The sisters grew up playing classic rock songs with their parents in a family band called ‘Rockinhaim’, and having struck out on their own, the acclaim has spread quickly. Their EP ‘Don’t Save Me’ it out now through National Anthem/Polydor Records. Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton has already awarded them her record of the week and having just been announced as part of the BBC Sound of 2013 Long List – 2013 is set to be the year of the sisters.
Bastille is the musical guise of singer/songwriter and producer Dan Smith; a vehicle for his different musical worlds - full of songs with danceable rhythms and beautiful soaring vocals encased in harmonies. A busy summer saw the band play over 30 festivals, which culminated in a storming, tent-packed set at Reading. Bastille have already sold out two headline tours including a date at London’s KOKO – a great feat having only released a couple of singles, and set to release a debut album March 2013. With the band receiving great support across Radio 1 where they have been championed by Huw Stephens and Greg James, Bastille are destined for huge things in 2013. Supporting Two Door Cinema Club 24th January-7th February 2013 Headline Tour 28th February-28th March 2013 Album 'Bad Blood' - 4th March 2013
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Heavens Basement are certainly making a name in the Rock’n’Roll scene. Their hard metal sound has led them to tour with acts such as Papa Roach, Bon Jovi and Buckcherry. The band’s mission is to make Rock’n’Roll modern and relevant by creating great music and playing energetic live sets. Guitarist Sid Glover stated that as a band they are determined to make audiences say - “I haven’t heard an album that’s made me feel this pumped up in ages, I haven’t seen a band with this much energy”. Their debut album ‘Filthy Empire’ being released via Red Bull Records is released on the 4th February 2013.
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