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Local Issues

Boris Island - Resurrection of an old idea

Oracle Interiors Style Secrets

Travel Expert Elephant Hills Thailand adventure

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his month Oracle has some great ideas, offers and information, something for everyone. Jim Worsdale takes the stand again and has written this month’s local issues on the not so new idea of Boris Island. Visit Thailand’s Elephant Hills with Melanie Williams or perhaps interior design is your thing, read about some style secrets from Samantha Gundy…….and lots more! Another fabulous competition this month that offers two lucky people the chance to dine either for lunch or dinner at the Southend Holiday Inn’s 1935 Rooftop Restaurant & Bar to the value of £60 (food only). This restaurant is the only rooftop restaurant and bar in Essex and offers traditional food with a modern twist. You will be able to experience the panoramic views of London Southend airport and the surrounding Essex countryside. For further information on the restaurant and bar please visit their website on www.hisouthend.com To enter please send your contact details to: Oracle/1935 Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, 39 Alexandra Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1BW or email info@oraclepublications.co.uk closing date 25th February 2014. Good Luck!

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contents Local Issues Boris Island - resurrection of an old idea 9/10 by Jim Worsdale How to gym and bear it Hair & Beauty by Craig Smith

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Style Secrets Oracle Interiors by Sam Gundy

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Elephant Hills Thailand Adventure

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Oracle Travel by Melanie Williams

Creamy Chicken Gratin

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Judy's Recipe Page

A New You for 2014

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Oracle Health by Cris Ramis

Do you know your Security 'ABC'?

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Oracle Security by Simon Wakefield

6 top tips to prevent viruses

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Local Issues

Boris Island - resurrection of an old idea I

have been searching among old papers and documents, in a collection gathered through a long lifetime as a journalist and well into retirement, for references to airports in Southend and in our county. And I have unearthed some real surprises I now share with Oracle readers. For long before the Stobart group bought Southend Airport and developed it into today’s much expanded, much in demand and still growing hub; long before London Mayor Boris Johnson began his campaign for an island airport in the Thames and, even, ahead of the highly controversial proposal of the early 1960s for a Maplin airport, our neighbourhoods and our county were eyed for such development. 78 years ago investigation commissioned Way back in 1936 -- yes, some 78 years or so ago – Essex County Council commissioned an investigation and report into future aviation needs or possibilities. A London-based firm of consultants, Norman & Dawbarn, produced a substantial document entitled Air Planning in the County of Essex, dealing with “the new science of aeronautics” and hoping that it “may make some lasting contribution to the correct planning of air facilities in a county destined to play an important role in the future of English flying.”

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Listed as existing, or as sites already selected those almost eight decades ago, were Ashingdon, Southend, Burnham-on-Crouch, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Abridge, Broxbourne, Stapleford, Ilford and Fairlop Plain. The report stressed: “The development of air transportation is at present at such an early stage that it is difficult to form any reasoned estimate of the future air needs of the population of Essex. Position of greatest importance “It is clear, however, that in addition to the local requirements the county occupies a position of the greatest importance as an approach sector to the Metropolis. The Fairlop site may be developed as one of the major London air terminals, while we believe that the Thames Estuary may also one day become a base for large marine aircraft.” Well, as we have known since the late 1960s, the Thames Estuary was very much a target of dreamers, planners and politicians, as the site for London’s major new airport – not for large marine airliners, of course, but for jetliners in the worldwide network. Long before the current speculation of a “Boris Island” in the Thames, somewhere off the Isle of Grain, there was much debate and loud fanfares of publicity or opposition to the idea of an airport out

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on the Maplin Sands, with a possible monorail link

to the capital and a vast new highway cutting across Essex, below the Crouch and linking to London. That particular dream or nightmare ended when the Government of the day, headed by Ted Heath, cancelled the Maplin project and the idea of Stansted as London’s third international airport, after Heathrow and Gatwick, became reality. Manmade island still visible From Foulness Island and from east Shoebury, where the Thames opens its wide mouth to the North Sea, the manmade island created to test tidal flows ahead of any massive development out on the sands, can be seen still on clear days. It remains as a monument to a scheme that many so gratefully saw killed-off – or a reminder of what might have been, to those who saw Maplin airport as a much more acceptable proposition than Stansted.

Some 30 years prior to the decision to expand Stansted and abandon possible development of airports at Maplin and elsewhere; long before Southend Airport would boom in its popularity of today, Air Planning in the County of Essex recommended a series of Class 1 airports “to satisfy the needs of main airline traffic as far as we are able to foresee them,” and Class II airports for restricted, more localised use. The Class I recommendations were for Fairlop Plain, Colchester and Southend, with reserved sites at Chelmsford and Bishops Stortford. Some became pie in the sky. Flight of fancy - Boris Island If a similar investigation and report was made today, about the tomorrow of aviation directly affecting us here in the county of Essex we so love, especially here in Southend borough, what on earth – or above earth – might we be in for? Well, if London Mayor Boris Johnson and his supporters have their way, if their dream is no flight of fancy, there will indeed be an island airport in the Thames upriver from us. Good thing? Bad thing? Debate will go on and on, that’s one thing for sure. by Jim Worsdale

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s you read this, my Grateful Heads colleague Joe Tonge and I will be trekking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise £8000 for the Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association. So, looking good whilst exercising was foremost on my mind when writing this month’s column! Hitting the gym is great for your figure, but it can affect your skin and hair. Here’s my run down of the best tips for getting fit and looking great.

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recipe of the month In the Kitchen with Judy Barden

Good knob of butter 2 leeks, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves crushed 2 tbsp plain flour 500g/1 lb 2oz cooked chicken (could use leftover roast chicken), shredded 25g fresh parsley finely chopped 200ml double cream 200ml chicken stock Method: 1. Put the potatoes in a pan of cold salted water, bring to the boil and simmer for 1 minute. Drain well and leave to one side 2. Meanwhile, heat the oil and butter in a pan and gently fry the leeks for 10 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a further 30 seconds. Add the flour and cook for a further minute and then add the stock and cream, stirring until you get a creamy sauce. Stir through the shredded chicken and the parsley and season well. 3. Preheat the oven to 180c/fan 160/gas.

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SORT YOUR POSTURE OUT - Poor posture can make you look shorter and fatter. Improving your posture can help flatten your abs and improve overall appearance.

CUT OUT THE JUNK FOOD AND EAT ORGANIC Avoid junk food, processed food, alcohol, caffeine and sports drinks, and eat organic food which contains higher levels of beneficial minerals, essential amino acids, vitamins and cancer-fighting antioxidants.

REDUCE YOUR STRESS AND LEARN TO RELAX Find some daily 'me' time to chill out, such as 30minutes of daytime walking, Yoga or just simple stretching.

DRINK HALF YOUR BODYWEIGHT IN WATER EACH DAY - Water naturally suppresses appetite and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Drink at least half your bodyweight in ounces of water per day. GET TO BED ON TIME TO REPAIR PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY - To recover from your daily exertions and maintain optimum health, you need around eight hours of quality sleep. Aim to be asleep before 10.30pm as often as possible. DO THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF EXERCISE - Do too little exercise and you won't get any benefit. Do too much and you'll either injure yourself or OVERTRAIN and make yourself ill with a virus, which could stop you training for months.

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Oracle Security

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t’s really important to know your security ‘ABC’. Over the forthcoming months we’ll be giving you some FREE security tips to help make you feel safe, secure, protected & confident. Most of us don’t like spending money on things that don’t really give us something immediately ‘tangible’ in return. We ‘Brits’ consider security as a ‘grudge buy’ & leave it until something happenswhich of course means we become victims of ever increasing crime ‘statistics’. If you think you’ve done all you can to secure your property & belongings you might want to run through our ‘ABC Checklist’ to make sure you’re really ‘on the ball’. We’ve numbered them according to their importance but will cover one subject at a time over forthcoming issues so keep your eyes open.

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New ‘TS007’ Security standards are on the way so make sure you’re covered. Another dreadful statistic is that a disturbing amount of people do not lock their doors properly, thinking that ‘pulling the door to’ is sufficient; in short… IT’S NOT! This casual approach has led to a marked increase in burglary across the country, especially in Essex, and is very easy to remedy if you simply deadlock your door. Don’t be a victim follow the ‘ABC’ system Next months issue: Part2: Safes/Security Boxes

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