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ith this edition Oracle has another new feature from a local, well travelled lady called Karen Goldman. Each month she will be taking us to all sorts of wonderful destinations around the world. This month she has initially given an overview of the pitfalls of not using a travel agent. Over the next few months watch out for the Travel Expert page and allow your mind to be transported to some great destinations in the world covering a vast range of budgets. Oracle’s competition this month has been kindly donated by Entertainers. One lucky winner can win a pair of tickets to see the ever popular Buddy Holly at the Cliff’sPavilion on May 17th, in A Legend Reborn. Please send your entries in by April 27th. Please check out their website on www.thecliffspavilion.co.uk for further details on this show.
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ORACLE contents Local Issues Local Nature By Pat Wortley
Beard & Wonderful Hair & Beauty by Craig Smith
Why You Need a Travel Agent Travel Expert by Karen Goldman
Sovereign Debt Crisis Money Matters by Jacqui Moyies
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Detailed Design Planning by Tim Knight
What is it worth? 32 Under The Hammer by Trevor Cornforth
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Local nature By Pat Wortley
ne Spring day in 2009, I looked out of an upstairs window and saw a stream of Painted Ladies, newly arrived from the Continent, flying past. A sight like that is one aspect of the enjoyment of natural historians in our local wildlife. There are many surprises. A kingfisher may be seen flying along beside the stream in Willingale Way if you are lucky and up early.
Among our parks Priory Park has been specially enhanced by a little stream leading into the Prittle Brook. Brent Geese from Siberia on the shore in the autumn, a stunning array of rose hip berries on the sea wall in winter.The list goes on.
Our Society was founded in 1934. Local naturalists were anxious to protect the ancient woodland in Belfairs. The battle took several years, and included An animal was seen there recently that might have a petition of 20,000 signatures before Southend been a mink, but are the water voles still there? Borough Council purchased the land.Together they Maybe you will hear a cuckoo on Two Tree Island secured it for the enjoyment of generations to soon or a nightingale if you go further afield. come. The changing seasons bring a succession of The richness of the wildlife in the NatureReserve led different interesting things. Beautiful Pyramidal to its classification later as a Site of Special Scientific Orchids may be seen on the golf course in summer, Interest (SSSI). Part of what our members do is to record the flora, fauna and fungi they find. Spotted Orchids
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New local records are found all the time, some during our field meetings. Some occur, as is to be expected these days, as a result of climate change, e.g.Wasp Spiders extending their range up from the Continent for example. We engage in conservation work, some in Belfairs. There, in Dodds Grove, an area is managed to help the Heath Fritillary butterfly by encouraging the growth of the Yellow Cow-wheat the food plant for its larvae, which otherwise can get smothered by other plants.This butterfly became extinct but was reintroduced. A rich reward is to see numbers of this dainty, pretty creature flying freely in the sunshine. Another project is to encourage the presence of the Deptford Pink around Hadleigh Castle and on the Belton Hills, by monitoring and creating small patches suitable for seeds and Plants. It is an exquisite small type of Pink. It is rare and we have deposited seeds in Kew’s Millenium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place. Our President, Don Down, discovered a wonderful place for wildlife and for visitors at Canvey Wick. Originally a grazing marsh, but subsequently part was developed as an oil refinery. He found an astonishing carpet of the Southern Marsh Orchid and also the rare Shrill Carder Bee. Since it supports “one of the most rich and rarity-dominated populations of insects” in this country, the site was declared a SSSI by English Nature.This part of South Heath Fritillary butterfly in Dodds Grove
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Essex is fortunate in having the Belton Hills and the Southend-on-Sea Foreshore, both of which have been designated as Local Nature Reserves. The former was largely as a result of work by Joyce MacConnell, the later by other members. Our Borough has some smaller Local Wildlife Sites e.g. Thorpe Hall Golf Course. The Borough Council has a Biodiversity and Environmental Awareness Working Party to which our Society contributes We hold meetings in the Southend Central Museum, some addressed by experts in natural history, including our Recorders. We have themed members’ evenings where we research and present material ourselves. These all provide the opportunity to learn more. Who would have thought, for example, that the life history of the huge Swan Mussel includes parasitizing a fish called the bitterling, as we were told the other day! We invite visitors and new members. Details of our activities can be found in our Newsletter, in our journal The South Essex Naturalist and on the website which we are developing senhs.org.uk.
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ust a couple of years ago, headlines were about the demise of the travel agent, about to go the way of the Dodo and the dinosaur. Guess what? Travel agents are not only still here, they are experiencing a rebound – despite (or because of?) the myriad travel tools available online.
Among the many major advantages high-powered agents bring to the table is personal connections and clout. “Connections” means knowing GMs and executives at top hotels personally. Who do you think will get you that special room and VIP service ? You calling an 0800 reservation centre, or your travel agent calling the GM whom he or she has known for 20 years – and sends a lot of business to? All these extras come from the travel agents calling on your behalf – at no extra cost to you. The clout part comes from volume. When your travel agent books hundreds of room nights with a high profile luxury hotel each year, the hotel will move heaven and earth to look after their clients.
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Sovereign debt crisis â€“ A good time to invest? by Jacqui Moyies
inancial issues have hardly been out of the headlines in the last five years, ever since the credit crunch first came into the national consciousness, and the European sovereign debt crisis of the last two years has merely served to intensify the media coverage. Since the autumn of 2009, the European Union has been struggling with the mounting debts of some of its weakest economies, notably Greece and Portugal. The crisis has even raised questions about whether the Euro can survive as a currency, placed strains and risks on banks across the continent and forced cuts in government spending, putting several countries back into recession. So what are the opportunities for investors in what remains a tough and uncertain economic environment? Equity markets so far in 2012 have started on a much more positive note. There are exciting and attractive investment opportunities out there. Take, for example, large blue-chip companies with a strong and healthy market position and a continuous record of generating profits and earnings during all phases of the economic cycle. Some of the best opportunities today can be found in the telecom and pharmaceutical sectors. And one of the safest places to invest in equity markets in times of economic turmoil are in defensive sectors such as consumer staples â€“ industries that manufacture and sell food and
beverages, tobacco and household products. These are typically the last products to be removed from the household budget at times when disposable incomes are being squeezed. In addition, many analysts see corporate bonds as a promising asset class. Exaggerated fears of mass defaults are, in the eyes of many, presenting investors with unprecedented value in high quality corporate bonds. Commercial property, too, continues to represent a high-yielding and relatively stable asset class, presenting a further valuable opportunity for investors to diversify their assets and ultimately be rewarded over the longer term. After the events of the past few years, investors need no reminding that equity investing can be volatile. But history is clear - stock markets tend to rise over the longer term, despite short-term fluctuations. Good investment opportunities still exist for the prudent investor, across a diversified portfolio. However, to find those opportunities requires the expertise of a skilled and experienced wealth management specialist in order to satisfy properly medium to long-term investment objectives.
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4. Knead briefly on a lightly floured surface, then cut off a 200g piece and set aside. Roll out the remaining pastry and use to line the base and sides of a lightly buttered 5.5cm deep, 20cm loose-bottomed round tin, leaving the edges overhanging. 5. Separate one of the eggs and set the yolk aside in a cup. Lightly beat the egg white and another egg with the cream, nutmeg, a little salt and some pepper in a small jug. Scatter two-thirds of the bacon mixture over the base of the tin and drizzle over half the cream mixture. 6. Carefully break the remaining eggs one at a time into a cup and slide them side-by-side onto the top of the bacon mixture, taking care not to break the yolks. Season them lightly, scatter over the remaining bacon mixture, then drizzle over the remaining egg and cream mixture. 7. Brush the overhanging pastry with a little water. Roll out the remaining pastry into a round, carefully lay it over the top of the pie and press the pastry edges together. Neatly trim ›back the overhanging pastry to 2cm, brush with a little more water, then roll it over on itself to form the edge of the pie. Crimp it well between your fingers, lightly score the top in a criss-cross pattern and cut a small slit in the centre of the lid. 8. Beat the reserved egg yolk with 1 tsp water and brush generously over the top of the pie. Re-knead and roll out the pastry trimmings, cut into leaves and use to decorate the top of the pie. Brush them with a little more glaze, slide the pie onto the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour or until the pastry is golden. Remove from the oven and set aside for 30 minutes. Carefully remove from the tin and serve warm, cut into wedges. Next month’s recipe:
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heavily in our teachers, our staff:pupil ratio is excellent allowing us to create even smaller classes for pupils who need more support. It is not uncommon for these pupils to be taught in a class as small as 5 or 6 – and the benefit is enormous, with pupils outperforming their benchmarked predictions by many grades at GCSE.
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o now we have a design, considered aesthetics and presented a comprehensive application to the local authority for approval. Of course approval is not guaranteed and refusals are unfortunately issued, but should that occur you still have the option to amend and re-submit or appeal the decision. In this event specialist Architectural services may be required together with involving a planning consultant who would advise on the appropriate method of appeal. For our purposes we will assume approval has been granted and you are ready to get into the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the development.This is the detailed design stage when you and your architect fully plan the structure and detail every operation your chosen builder will perform. As a famous architect said “God is in the detail” and this phase shouldn’t be avoided or under-estimated….spend enough time at this stage and you have a far better chance of avoiding unnecessary over-run and extra expense during the works.
You may need to employ Structural, Mechanical and Services Engineers or other design consultant to help design the project.The team works closely, interpreting your requirements, to produce the construction information and tender package. Traditionally the Architect leads the team and should advise on all elements of the construction. Decisions should be made at this time that include construction techniques and contract details, materials, finishes,
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What is it worth? Trevor Cornforth
fter the last issue Michael sent me an email about a Chinese ceramic panel he owns but knows nothing about. Photos can often be deceptive so I asked him to let me take a look and neither of us was disappointed. It is quite clear to see that it is a Cantonese enamelled porcelain tile but the subject is a lovely Imperial Court scene with the typical cut-away allowing a view of the interior of the building where the Emperor is receiving petitions. Once I was able to see it first-hand it became apparent that it is a mid 19th C piece of very fine quality which has been set later into a lacquered frame, probably in Shanghai in the 1920’s ready for export. Such panels were usually set as table screens rather than wall decoration and this one will definitely attract the Chinese buyers who are clawing back their own heritage.Value wise I would expect it to run into several thousand pounds.
A very fine famille rose panel with lacquered frame.
have been used for cutting silk or paper. Similar examples can be seen in important museum collections so it is quite a surprise to see them popping up in Leigh on sea.
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