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Leigh at a glance

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Oracle Competitions Win tickets for the Buddy Holly Show or Breakfast atWaitrose See page 3 for details

Local Issues Longer opening hours in Leigh bars?

Oracle Films Iron Man 2 / Robin Hood

Hair & Beauty Tell‘em about theYummy Mummy

Oracle Motoring A brief guide to car finance

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ongratulations to everyone that won tickets for Southend Garden Show which is this weekend. For those of you that missed out, you will be pleased to know that Oracle is running two very different competitions this month, kindly sponsored by Waitrose of Fossetts Way and Entertainers. Firstly, Waitrose at Fossetts Way, Southend, would like to give Oracle readers the chance to win a breakfast for up to four people plus a drink with their food, in their All Day Restaurant which can be used any day of the week.

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ORACLE May ‘10

contents Local Issues

Longer opening hours for Leigh bars?


IronMan2/RobinHood Film Reviews by Andrew Dex



Tell‘em about theYummy Mummy Hair & Beauty by Craig Smith


A brief guide to Car Finance Oracle Motoring by Stuart Winder


Pork,asparagus & baby corn stir-fry Judy’s Recipe Page


Grow your own Oracle Gardening by Marion Nasskau


Exercise during pregnancy Health & Beauty by Sarah Ellis


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LongerOpeningHours inLeighBars? By A concerned resident


t present, a bar in Leigh Broadway, which shall remain unnamed in this article, is seeking an extension to it’s opening hours to Midnight from Sunday to Thursday and 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. I am one of many residents, in the numerous roads off the Broadway, that have opposed this - and speak for countless more - as the potential of the longer licence means even later disruption into the night and yet more evidence of loutish behaviour littering our streets the following morning, as the increased drinking-time that results, we fear, could tip out even more intoxicated people as the doors are closed.

I love living in Leigh and would not want to live anywhere else for the present.The parking is a nightmare and the houses expensive compared to surrounding areas, but this all pales into insignificance against the advantages of living in a perfect balance of nice houses, good schools, shops, parks, sea, good transport links and most importantly,the community. I am one of the ‘Mummy Brigade’ and appreciate the amount there is to do and the fact that so much is available within walking distance - not dissimilar to the duration of a baby’s nap! However, it is the fact that it appeals to a wide age-range and the overall harmony, that helps make Leigh such a This application will be read at a hearing this desirable place to live and visit. week and by the time this article is published, The Morning After we could even know if it has been successful or not. Yet, I feel compelled to write this, as, if Yet, although we enjoy these privileges, we this licence is agreed, we fear that this could similarly make sacrifices regarding house open the doors for even more late licences to prices and parking. What’s really hard to be granted in the neighbourhood. swallow though, is the noise coming from the





The dawn of ‘All Night Drinking’ in Leigh?

late night bars. Numerous times a week, we are woken late at night by drunken behaviour outside. At least once a week, it’s a fight - often threatening due to the sheer level of violence and menace in the rasied voices of those involved – and, in the morning, the broken glasses and bottles are the nicer symbols of the nuances of the night before, compared to the urination and piles of vomit that also reside. Ashtrays are washed out and residue runs down to the drains.Ours is one of many houses that appreciate beautiful, period features but the original windows are not the best form of defence against late night noise; heightened in the sleeping quiet of the residential streets. “Live Music Night” hardly creates a good start to the week as the music, far from being contained within the four walls, spills over into the streets and crowds outside the bars mingle on the pavements, intimidating through their simple presence and raucous behaviour and the subsequent cacophone really disrupts the neighbourhood. This may sound like storyline out of Eastenders but why shouldn’t these bars go outside in the morning after main, drinking nights with hot, soapy water and wash away any evidence of the night before (we all know the bodily fluids I am alluding to) and remove any evidence of drinking so that the residents, and our children, do not have to pick our way through it? Why shouldn’t they put notices up asking their clientele to respect their neighbours and keep noise to a minimum? Bouncers on busy nights could ask smokers outside to keep the noise down should people get too rowdy. It would all help to breed more respect. It would not attract less people but hopefully just help people to curb their enthusiasm and become more thoughtful. These bars need to become more community savvy rather than just think about satisfying their clientele.

Alternative Venues already exist I am only in my early thirties but before I settled down, Leigh was known to be more



sophisticated: a place to go for a drink before catching a taxi into neighbouring Southend where, if you wanted a crazier night, the venues and facilities exist.It has less residential areas, less young families vacating the houses and apart from the Conservation Area, less single-glazed, period properties. Why encourage Leigh as an ‘End of the Night’ place by increasing opening hours? It doesn’t need to be and apt venues already exist, albeit a taxi journey away.

Appreciate and Maintain So let’s appreciate Leigh for the gem it already is and work on maintaining what is special here. We need a balance of businesses in the area and also regard for the residents before we even begin to attract visitors. At the end of the day, the residents use the shops, pay their council tax to help keep the area nice and help to keep house prices high. For those local politicians, keep us happy as if the young families and older residents – both demographics probably feeling the affects the worse - and all those in between, start to move out, we will lose what essentially Leigh is and what makes it dear to us all.



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So, after the ending of the first film revealed our Iron Man as Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is our masked hero “Iron Man”? What will happen next ? In this second iron man adventure, as well as picking up a new rival called Whiplash (Mickey Rourke), Tony should also worry about the government who are trying to replicate his suit to use in ‘war type’ environments. With an old-school, rock soundtrack (that includes the awesome AC/DC), this is sure to be one of the most pumping, action movies of the year. In conclusion, having been completely blown away by the first film, I am certain I know what to expect from this one; yet another, brilliant, Robert Downey Jr. film Release Date: April 30th



Russell Crowe is finally back, kicking ass like he did in the Gladiator/3.10 and Yuma days. Ridley Scott is, again, in the directing seat. The combination of Ridley and Russell is formidable, somewhat similar to the Martin Scorsese / Leonardo DiCaprio duo, and is sure to bring us great things Robin Hood retells this classic tale. An unknown archer in Richard I’s Army swiftly rises through the ranks through his heroism and becomes legendary and renowned throughout England. Robin Hood stories have been around for centuries and we don’t need computer graphics or big budgets to bring this familiar plot to life on- screen. With that in mind I really don’t know what to expect. I hope this isn’t just like Gladiator, something we’ve all seen before. Having said that, I sure hope it’s just as good! This film looks to be gritty, and adventurous. Quiver in your seats, because Robin Hood is back.


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regnancy changes women’s lives in so many ways. And when you look past the obvious bump (and bumps in other areas), impending motherhood also changes a girl’s skin and joints, and can even make or break her crowning glory - her hair. The hormones associated with pregnancy can cause some very interesting things to happen. Even before that second blue line appears on the pregnancy test, your body is changing. A huge number of hormones kick in, right from the moment of conception.

Pregnancy and your body Tiredness, morning sickness, sensitivity to changes in temperature and different smells and of course, the dreaded spots - are all due to a rapid increase of certain hormones. Many women also experience increased hair and nail growth, as well as thicker and shinier hair – this is because increased oestrogen levels cause hair to grow thick and fast, and sometimes in areas where you’ll wish it didn't - including your face, stomach, back and legs! Other women might find it has the opposite effect and their hair goes limp and even falls out.

Body Hair Hair loss during pregnancy may be the result of iron, iodine, or protein deficiencies, which can also cause your hair to become dry and brittle and grow lighter than its normal colour. Many pregnant women don't get enough iron, especially those who experience severe



morning sickness and are therefore not getting sufficient nutrition. Foods that are particularly good for your hair include yoghurt; fresh fruit and vegetables; cold-pressed oils; pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds; whole grains such as brown rice and oats along with almonds, figs, and dates.

Stay a Yummy Mummy To combat undernourished hair, massage your scalp for five or ten minutes every day to stimulate circulation. Every few weeks, turn this into an aromatherapy massage by adding a few drops of essential oils (such as patchouli, sandalwood or ylang ylang) to a half-cup of warm vegetable oil. Massage the oil onto your scalp and hair ends, then wrap your hair in a warm towel and relax for ten minutes.

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1. Place the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, pepper and wine or sherry in a bowl and mix well together. To create a marinade, add all the pork and stir until well-coated by the marinade. Meanwhile blanch the baby corn in a pan of boiling water for 3-4 mins then drain and refresh in ice cold water. Put to one side. 2. Heat a wok over a high heat, add half the oils and swirl to coat the sides of the wok. Add half the pork mixture and stir-fry for 2 mins, then remove and repeat with the remaining oils and pork.

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ay is the best season for asparagus and it is at its finest. Just break the woody ends off (they naturally break where it’s tender). This is a very quick stir-fry and if the pork is thinly sliced will take just a matter of minutes. The sauce is based on Chinese-style flavours so would go brilliantly with rice or noodles. Enjoy ! Serves 4

3. Add the mushrooms, corn and asparagus stalks to the wok and stir-fry for 2 mins. Add the tips and return the pork and any juices to the wok and stir in the oyster sauce. Cook, stirring for another 2 mins until piping hot. 4. Serve with rice or noodles.


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t last the natural world seems to be waking up after a very long, winter slumber. The soils are nice and warm - yet still moist now - perfect for vegetable seed sowing! Growing your own is the best way to have vegetables that are as fresh as possible. It’s much simpler than you might think!

It can be very rewarding to cultivate a large, vegetable plot on an allotment. However, this will also mean a lot of hard work and dedication. Many delicious varieties of vegetables and fruit, though, will thrive in containers.

Any container will do You can use pretty pots or recycle any container of your choice, as long as it has drainage holes and is large enough to allow room for growth. Fill it with multi-purpose compost and you’re ready to go! If you have a little corner in your garden that receives a few hours sunshine every day you could even set up a small, raised bed for your vegetables and herbs. Once you’ve chosen your container fill it with fresh multi-purpose compost or good garden soil.

Seed sowing tips Water your compost before sowing, sprinkle the seeds evenly and thinly, and then cover them with the amount of soil suggested as your sowing depth on the seed packet. You can easily grow salad mixes such as red and green leaved lettuces with curly or straight edges, different varieties of rocket, spinach, French beans or runner beans, beetroot, carrot, spring onion and herbs such as parsley, chives, coriander, basil from seed now. When buying baby plants keep a watchful eye on their price: you don’t want to end up paying a fortune for the privilege of growing your own vegetables!

Watering and harvesting Keep your pots well watered and you should see some action within a week or two! When your salad leaves are 4 to 6 cm high (usually after six weeks) you can start harvesting baby leaves: cut the big outer leaves only leaving the rest of the plant to supply salad leaves for several months to come. Bon Appetit!

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