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October 2013

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Local Issues

Time for some horse sense

Interior Design Flash of Colour

Hair & Beauty Mane Attraction

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are I mention it there are only 12 weeks left until Christmas! In the Oracle there is a wide variety of local businesses and services that are keen to attract your business during this very busy period. I am sure as a local resident like me; you want to support local businesses as much possible. Award winning local photographer Andrew Areoff has kindly provided the front cover images for both Oracles this month. Andrew’s own words on his work are :‘Be it coastline, landscape, urban, still-life or the minutiae of an environment – I use a camera to capture these moments; concentrating less on the medium but instead more on how I can use this to encapsulate the essence of what I am seeing before me and what it means’. www.areoff.com October’s competition is a chance to win a meal for two people at Tiffins Indian Restaurant located near the Kursaal, Southend. Win a voucher for food or drink to the value of £50 to be used any day of the week and valid until March 2014. Thank you Tiffins and for further infomation visit www.tiffinsrestaurant.co.uk

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ORACLE contents Local Issues Time for some horse sense by Cllr Adam Jones

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Oracle Exclusive Vouchers

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Flash of colour Interior Design by Samantha Gundy

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Mane Attraction Hair & Beauty by Craig Smith

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outhend is defined by its relationship with the sea, but it is also bordered by picturesque rural villages, open countryside and big skies.

This creates frustration for motorists and I regularly see car drivers pull out to overtake cyclists as they approach a blind bend. This is dangerous for all concerned, but such incidents would be far fewer if there was better road sense The prospect of escaping the busy esplanade and town centre is a big draw for a multitude of applied by both parties. people; from dog-walkers to cyclists, couples and The increasing popularity of mass-participation families heading out for lunch in one of the many ‘Sportives’, such as the London to Southend Bike superb pubs to motor bike riders out for a blast. Ride can attract thousands upon thousands of Unfortunately, a number of these road users participants and, ironically, they are often routed appear to be wholly unprepared for what lies through country roads for the riders’ safety. beyond the fringes of town. Another developing issue concerning people in The lasting ‘Wiggo Effect’ created by Sir Bradley rural communities is the fact that a fit, sports bike Wiggins’ success in last year’s Tour de France and rider can achieve speeds around and in excess of Olympics, plus Chris Froome’s victory this 30mph. Riding alone on thin tyres makes them summer, has seen an explosion in the MAMIL virtually silent, which has led to a number of population.‘Middle-Aged Men in Lycra’ make up serious incidents where horses have been the bulk of cyclists using rural roads at weekends spooked by a previously unseen and unheard and many appear to be living out a fantasy that cyclist. A frightened half-tonne horse can do a they are taking part in a stage of Le Tour, huge amount of damage - I wonder how many creating mini pelotons they often block whole bike riders make their horsey counterparts aware sections of roads and lanes, refusing to ride in line that they are coming up behind them? astern. OCTOBER 2013

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Similarly, modern cars tend to be much quieter – especially the burgeoning number of electric vehicles – and all too many motorists either confuse an advisory road sign or disregard it altogether. The national speed limit sign is a common sight in the country, but to drive at 60mph on some of the roads would be suicidal. Yet many do. The triangular sign depicting a horse and rider in silhouette appears to have no effect on slowing drivers and the recent awful accident on the A127, in which two escaped horses were killed as they grazed in the 50mph zone near Wickford, demonstrates that a section of the British public knows very little about horses and their behaviour. I must confess that one of my pet hates in and around Southend, are signs encouraging me to Think Bike! This irks me, as the bucolic idyll of sitting in my back garden in Barling watching the sun go down with a glass of wine, or walking my dogs through the fields near my home is regularly shattered by the sound of motor bikes being hammered around the nearby roads. This behaviour is encouraged by a potent mix of the performance capabilities of modern machinery, a lack of policing in rural areas and general ignorance of other people’s, or the individual’s own, safety.

I welcome people to the countryside and would encourage more to explore it and invest in the rural economy, but would urge greater consideration and responsibility. Mutual courtesy and care is essential. As is some foresight. Country lanes often have things you don’t see in the middle of town, such as tractors, horses, dog-walkers and groups of cyclists. All are entitled to share the road. My advice to motorists is to look ahead and prepare for the unexpected. On left-hand bends and on narrow lanes keep your speed DOWN. When you see a horse or cyclist, reduce your speed and give them plenty of room as you pass. Do not sound your horn or rev your engine as you approach a horse. They are powerful, heavy animals and can become scared by unexpected sights and sounds. A moment’s patience and good humour costs nothing and a cheery ‘thank you’ wave of the hand can not only make your day but may also save a life. by:

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Fabulous new colours There are many of us out there that love to spend time pouring over images of fabulous interiors, studying paint charts and collecting little sample pots. If you are one of these kindred spirits you will be thrilled to learn that in the last month two of the biggest and best names in Interiors have launched a Fabulous selection of new colours to their already glorious array of paint colours.

neutral and grey is far from over and now we have an excuse to decorate another room. My personal favourites are Loft White and Inox from Little Greene and Mole’s Breath and Ammonite from Farrow & Ball. Tackling the neutrals is something most of us are confident enough to handle but what really creates the wow factor is when you add a flash of colour. If the thought of straying from neutral scares you then I would advise you start small . A cushion, candle or throw in a lovely bright jewel colour, a fashionably pretty pastel or a dramatic deep grey, blue or green will really give the room visual interest. By Samantha Gundy

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One may assume ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,’ but a study conducted by the University of Westminster suggests that guys actually fact prefer brunettes. A woman visited three separate nightclubs with her hair dyed brunette, blonde, or red – she was approached the most as a blonde, second as brunette and least as a redhead. However when inquiries were made with men in those clubs, they said they found her more appealing overall as a brunette, saying she came across most attractive, clever-looking, approachable and dependable. They thought a redhead would be more temperamental and a blonde needy. Ouch! Blondes not necessarily preferred

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Such comments can be seen as mere stereotyping, but it was unusual to see that chaps, whether gents or not, really don’t prefer blondes. On the other hand, or paw, women of all hair types say they prefer men with dark hair - just like lionesses. Apparently, male lions possessing dark manes tend to be the pride leaders.

s Chloe Moretz stepped out of her limo and onto the red carpet at the Kick Ass 2 premiere in London she followed in the recent footsteps of Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Britney Spears and Scarlet Johansson, by dramatically changing her hair colour and again re-igniting the classic argument – blonde v brunette.

In 2011 a survey of 2000 British blokes discovered that almost a third said they preferred brunettes. When the same was research was conducted in other countries such as France, U.S., Spain, Italy and Brazil, the most preferred hair colour was black. What’s that about men marrying versions of their mums…?

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