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June ‘11

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Local Issues

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Oracle Motoring Lost in Translation

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Priscilla - Queen of the Desert

Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh - Courtesy National Gallery, London


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racy Jones who ghost writes many of Oracle’s articles and writes the Cultured Club column each month,is to host a brand new Show on Southend Radio and Chelmsford Radio from Sun 29 May, 8am to 12pm, called Sunday Live. It will be a very local magazine programme and the line up looks great. Oracle wishes Tracy the best of luck.

Front cover image, again has been kindly supplied by the National Gallery. It’s the famous Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh, 1888. Van Gogh intended to decorate Gauguin’s room with these paintings in the so-called yellow house that he rented in Arles in the South of France. For further information on this painting and other paintings at the National Gallery, please visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk Competition time again, this month, sponsored by Waitrose Southend who are offering one lucky Thorpe Bay Oracle reader the chance to win a £50 voucher. Check out their website to see the many ways you could spend the £50 voucher, www.waitrose.com. To enter, simply send your name and contact details to: Oracle Southend Waitrose Competition, 39 Alexandra Street, Southend, Essex. SS1 1BW. The closing date is Monday 20 June.

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ORACLE June ‘11

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Local Issues Southend Airport is taking off! By Alastair Welch

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Brides and Grooming Hair & Beauty by Craig Smith

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A Less Taxing Life in the Sun Money Matters by Jacqui Moyies

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Individual Summer Puddings Judy’s Recipe Page

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Lost in Translation

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Oracle Motoring by Stuart Winder ADI

Gardens for Lifeboats

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert Cultured Club by Tracy Jones

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Weighty Matters: Want to get fit? Health & Beauty by Cris Ramis

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Celebration time! elebrating the refurbishment of their beautiful Thorpe Bay showroom, Morris Interiors invite you to join them for their open evening on the 17th June. The new look showroom will be open until 8pm on this day , to launch the introduction of carpets and flooring, bespoke wardrobes, kitchens and blinds. Please join us for a drink, browse and an opportunity to meet the staff. We look forward to seeing you.

Huge Transformation The Thorpe Bay showroom, located in Station Road, has undergone a transformation to incorporate a large carpet sample area and amazing bedroom and kitchen displays set off with a range of blinds to complete the new look. This of course is in addition to their own renowned range of exclusive handmade bespoke upholstery. Morris has been manufacturing upholstery in their factory for over 40 years, and encourage their customers to visit the workshop, see their upholstery being made and enjoy feeling part of the experience.

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worked with Peter for over 35 years.... and are now encouraging Peter’s daughter Suzy who now works as part of the team. Interior Designer, Michelle Elliott-Britto, is always on hand to offer you professional advice in creating your dream home. Michelle will visit you at your home and help you with all those difficult decisions, whether it be the size of your furniture or the colour scheme. With a wealth of experience to guide you through the sample books you can be sure that you will receive a personal professional service at Morris Interiors.

20 years of experience Morris Interiors also has an onsite curtain making workroom in which your curtains are handsewn and finished to your individual needs. Their

curtain makers have over 20 years of experience ensuring quality and attention to detail. With the introduction of blinds, Morris interiors will now be able to complete that fantastic look by supplying luxurious blinds. Whether your sofa needs a new lease of life or you want a complete home makeover you can be sure that every effort will be taken to meet your individual needs.

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Local Issues

Southend Airport is Taking Off By Alastair Welch – Managing Director, London Southend Airport

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he vision of turning London Southend Airport into a fully functional regional airport by the 2012 Olympics is now well underway. This is an exciting time for all of us working there, as we are finally starting to see our development plans coming to fruition.

This opportunity for South Essex to boast a modern, efficient regional airport - and the significant investment this will bring to the area - is unique. The new airport will allow modern, fuel efficient aircraft to operate passenger services to destinations across Europe, potentially serving two million passengers a year by 2020 – the majority of these passengers will either live or work within the local area or Essex. Our brand new, state of the art £5 million Control Tower has been fully operational since late March.

The original tower was erected in the 1960’s and was only intended as a temporary structure. Its 32-metre high replacement has been equipped with the very latest technology and provides Air Traffic Controllers with significantly improved views of the runway including line of sight to both ends, which is something its predecessor was unable to claim – it also boasts conference and training facilities. The £16 million railway station is complete and ready to open shortly. It sits on the National Express Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street line, which also runs through Stratford, the site of the 2012 Olympics. This ideally positions the airport to serve the Games, but also key London destinations. The station itself has been built just 50 paces (or two minutes walk) from the terminal and will be connected by a wide glazed covered walkway providing a seamless train to plane experience. Work is progressing well on the new light, modern and airy terminal building that has been designed with a number of green initiatives in mind. The whole terminal has been planned to give customers a swift, hassle-free journey from

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Check-In to Boarding, with minimal walking distances a key consideration. Queuing time at Check-In will be kept to a minimum thanks to six desks. From Check in passengers will proceed though security, located on the first floor / mezzanine level – we are pressing for a security queue with a maximum four-minute waiting time. Passengers will then descend into the departure lounge featuring retail and food outlets. From the Departure Lounge passengers will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the apron and airfield and will be a short walk from the Departure gates and aircraft stands. On arrival you should be able to process through to the train station platform in 10-15 minutes from when your aircraft doors open (without hold baggage). The infrastructure we are creating is about simplicity, speed and service. High quality, convenient hotel facilities are an essential ingredient of successful regional airports and are an important part of our plans to modernise London Southend. Therefore a key part of our development is a new 129-bedroom hotel sited on land adjacent to the Harp House Roundabout. Our aim is that this hotel will provide high quality facilities for airport passengers, local residents as well as serving airport businesses. It will feature cafe and bar areas, plus conference and meeting facilities. Target for completion of the new hotel is early 2012.

Alastair Welch – Managing Director, London Southend Airport The 300m runway extension project is underway with the planned diversion of Eastwoodbury Lane. The runway extension will allow new, modern and more fuel efficient aircraft to be able to use the airport. This means local residents will finally be able to fly to a wide range of international business and holiday destinations from right on their doorsteps, instead of having to travel to other airports as they currently do. Essex business and tourism has already received a welcome boost, as Aer Arann recently started two daily return flights between London Southend Airport and Galway on Ireland’s Atlantic west coast and Waterford, the crystal city in Ireland’s south east. This was a significant milestone in the Airport’s development as it is the first new daily passenger service since the Stobart Group took ownership two years ago. This joins the weekly Flybe service to Jersey that operates between May and September. But is not just about the convenience of a local airport serving popular destinations, the development of London Southend Airport is about the regeneration it will bring to the wider Southend-on-Sea area, with the potential to enable many thousands of additional jobs over the next ten years. For all the latest news and information about London Southend Airport, visit www.southendairport.com

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equally good. Head of PE, Richard Turner, told the Oracle, "Our Senior Boys were comfortable winners at the Independent Schools Association Regional Athletics event, beating ten other schools to the Victor Laudorum prize. Many of our Athletes will "Sport is now a strength at Thorpe Hall School now represent East Anglia in the National and we need to acknowledge the tremendous Finals in Birmingham in June." hard work and commitment shown by both staff and pupils for that." said Mr Hampton. The The school also boasts good results in fixtures school recently joined the local state school in Rugby, Football and Cricket. "We have league which covers a wide range of sports broken the tradition that says that Independfrom Cross Country to Netball. Thorpe Hall ent Schools should only play against each currently lies 2nd in the league of 16 local other and have taken on local Maintained schools in the Infants group. The league reSector schools as well. This has given us many flects both achievement and participation. more fixtures with schools throughout Essex "Parents have been delighted to see their and given us the chance to compete against children taking part in sports such as Tag much bigger schools with strong sporting Rugby from as young as 6 years old." said Year traditions. Results against these schools have 2 teacher Hayley Middleton, "These games been really encouraging." said Mr Turner. teach the children so much about team spirit and cooperation; it is also wonderful that the Thorpe Hall School is having a Community children's amazing determination and Open Day on June 29th from 4.00 pm until commitment has led to really strong results." 7.00 pm for everyone in the area to come and Elsewhere in the school recent results are see for themselves our successful school.

hen Headteacher, Andrew Hampton, joined Thorpe Hall School in September 2007 he pledged extra support to the Sports Department. Now, four years later, he is very proud of the pupils' sporting achievements.

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Oracle Hair & Beauty

However, if you want to dazzle your guests and of course the lucky groom, well shaped and maintained eyebrows will ‘open’ up your eyes and define your face. Start early, as it might take a month or so to get it right. Tinting can make a huge difference if you are fair or red haired. Make-up wise, avoid pink-based concealer or foundation and ditch the sunscreen. They all do weird things to your skin tones in photographs. A facial on the afternoon before the wedding is great for containing any outbreaks of spots and will give you a radiant glow on the big day.

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Older brides find they often feel more relaxed with more coverage in their outfits - so strapless and halter neck might be out, unless twinned with a jacket. Sleeves are back on the fashion hot list, thanks to the former Ms Middleton. Ankle or floor-length gowns are also perfect but please, don’t go for a train… When choosing the colour of your frock, I’d recommend you go for cream instead of ivory white, and despite the temptation, I’d suggest you go for a hat or fascinator, rather than a veil.

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On April 29th the world joined Prince William and fell in love with Kate Middleton, or the Duchess of Cambridge, as one should now say.

When Will’s mother, Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981, the average age for a bride was 23 but today it is 30. If you are one of those women choosing to wed later in life, creating that picture perfect look on your big day might take a little longer but should still leave you looking and feeling just as beautiful as ‘Waity Katie’. Let’s be honest, what you might lack in youthful dewiness you more than make up for in poise, confidence and style. You know what suits you and have not yet lost that eternal battle with gravity.

Of course, a bride’s hair is every bit as important as the dress.You can’t go wrong with a classic chignon. Simply sweep all the hair up into a pony tail high up the back and secure with a covered band. Set the ponytail in medium heated rollers. When they’ve cooled down, roll the hair into stylised curls and secure with grips - but leave some hair around the face for softness. You can add fresh flowers or other accessories if you like. Right, I’ve got my placcy tiara from Claire’s, you just tell me when and where! For all your hair and beauty issues write to beauty@oraclepublications.co.uk Sponsored by

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steoporosis (or brittle bone disease) is now recognised as a major public health problem involving enormous costs to the individual, the NHS (£2.3 billion a year) and to society. 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture, mainly due to osteoporosis. The fragility of the bones can cause pain, disability and death and results in more than 230,000 fractures every year.

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Money Matters

A less taxing life in the sun by Jacqui Moyies

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t is estimated that more than 5.5m Britons have moved to live or work overseas in the past decade (Source: Institute for Public Policy Research, December 2006). The most popular destinations include Spain, France, Portugal and Cyprus – not places that most people would immediately associate with tax havens.

Tax havens evoke images of film stars, sports stars, luxury yachts and champagne. But you do not have to be a formula one racing champion to mitigate tax nor do you have to move to exclusive locations such as Monaco or the British Virgin Islands. With some careful planning there are significant savings to be made on income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax in countries that do not appear to be exotic offshore tax havens. Unfortunately tax is a bug bear most of us have to face - wherever we live - and it is paramount that if you are considering living overseas you should seek specialist tax advice otherwise it could end up costing you much more than you bargained for.

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1. Place the berries in a pan with the sugar and liqueur or cranberry juice. Heat gently and you will see the fruits just starting to release their juices. Remove from the heat and tip into a sieve over a bowl to collect the juices.

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2. Find a cutter that fits the size of the base of your pudding basins or ramekins and stamp out 8 rounds from the slices of brioche. Dip 4 pieces in the drained juice and press the soaked circles into the bottom of 4 x 200ml ramekins.

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3. Cut strips from the remaining brioche, dip in the juices and use to line the sides of the ramekins. (this is a bit fiddly but persevere). Divide the berries between the four dishes and cover with the remaining four circles, soaked in the juice, as lids. Cover each one very loosely with cling film and then stack one on top of each other, pressing down each one like a weight. Pop a spare ramekin on top and then weigh the whole stack down with a small plate. Chill for 2 hours or until ready to serve. 4. To serve, run a knife around the inside of the ramekins and tip the puddings carefully out onto plates. Drizzle with any leftover berry juice and top with a fresh strawberry or raspberry. Serve with single cream.

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recently came across a list of the top ten worst car names of all time, and at first I thought some completely fictitious until I found images of them. As you can see from the above pictures, some of them look as bizarre as their monikers, with the Japanese seemingly throwing random magnetic-backed words at the nearest fridge to come up with a name.

So, Pop Pickers, here’s the countdown from ten to one.....

At 10: The Mazda Bongo Friendee; (1995) the name sounds more exciting than the rather bland little van it is attached to. Number 9: The Datsun Fairlady; is a pretty roadster that is the exception that proves the rule. It was named after the Musical “My Fair Lady”. In 8th position: Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear; was manufactured between 1994 and 2007 and followed Mitsubishi’s long history of dreaming up ridiculous names At 7: Honda That’s; on sale in Japan only for the first half of the ‘noughties’. Insert your own insult in the blanks...

Sticking at 6 is: Isuzu Mysterious Utility Wizard; The compact SUV with the far-fromcompact name!

Just outside the top three at No. 4: Geely Beauty Leopard; the only claim to fame of this not very beautiful compact car is that it sported the world’s first in-car karaoke machine! At 3: The Studebaker Dictator; the American maker can be forgiven for the name on the basis that the likes of Mussolini, Hitler and Franco had not come to prominence in 1927 when this car first hit the road.

Pushing the top slot at 2: The Zimmer Quicksilver; based upon the awful Pontiac Fiero, this luxury sports coupe needs more than a quirky name to overcome that bad start to life. And finally, at No.1: The Mohs Ostentatienne Opera Sedan; who knows what seaplane mogul Bruce Baldwin Mohs was thinking of when he put his name to this monstrosity! If you have any alternatives to the above and can argue a case for their inclusion, I’d be delighted to see them. Stuart Winder Planet Leasing

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Once again there will be four gardens open offering visitors a variety of experiences and activities as follows :91 St James Avenue, SS1 3LL – many areas of interest starting in the front garden, which is home to miniature topiary bushes, and in the rear garden herbaceous borders with rockery areas. Lawn and patio areas provide plenty of opportunity to sit and enjoy a ploughman’s lunch, or tea and cakes, which will be available throughout the day. There will also be an RNLI souvenir stall 45 Broadclyst Gardens, SS1 3QS – this large garden has lots of herbaceous borders and lawned areas adorned with many interesting statues. The garden also boasts a pond and plenty of areas to sit and enjoy the garden views. Refreshments will be available, plus a bric-a-brac stall. JUNE 2011

102 Barnstaple Road, SS1 3PW – a ‘secret’ garden boasting many different areas of interest: gravel beds, herbaceous and shrub borders and a small veggie patch. There are also 2 greenhouses one featuring cacti and succulents. This an interesting and very beautiful garden with much to delight and see. 61 Barnstaple Road, SS1 3PL – a very pretty garden measuring 80’ by 60’ where a large patio leads you down some steps to a lawn edged by beautiful herbaceous borders. There is a little Fairy Woodland Garden with a stunning magnolia tree and other woodland delights. With many garden ornaments, hanging baskets and container planting there is much beauty and interest. There is a fine gazebo on the lawn where you can sit and admire this lovely spot. Sadly, this garden is not suitable for the disabled In his Foreword to this year’s souvenir brochure, Chris Beardshaw said “The Open Gardens Scheme in 2011 is set to be a huge success since we all know that gardeners enjoy a good snoop around someone else’s

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Southend Lifeboat Station News There are 235 lifeboat stations strategically placed around the UK and the Republic of Ireland and in 2010 the Southend Lifeboat Station was the second busiest with 127 launches and 130 persons rescued. The Station has more rescue units than any other station with 3 lifeboats and a hovercraft. The lifeboat station at the end of Southend pier has both a D class lifeboat and an Atlantic 75. The lifeboat station on the shore end of the Pier has another D class lifeboat and a Hovercraft.

It also has a Gift Shop at the end of the Pier which is open 7 days a week selling an extensive range of souvenirs. There are 45 volunteers trained as crewmembers, launchers and helpers. Southend on Sea was one of the first stations to be considered for an inshore rescue hovercraft, where the extensive intertidal area and adjacent mud flats at this popular seaside resort beckon the unwary. From 2004 to 2010 it has launched 169 times saving 7 lives and assisting 239 persons. This year the Southend Branch of the RNLI is raising funds to replace the existing shore side temporary structures and build a modern and flexible facility from where they can launch the search and rescue hovercraft and inshore lifeboat with ease and provide training areas for the volunteer crew members. This year’s Open Days are on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of June and the public are warmly invited to attend and see the rescue craft in action and have a good look inside the boathouse.

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The potential for Priscilla to be adapted as a stage musical may now seem obvious – big characters, hilarious comedy, a heart-warming central story, conflict, sets, costumes and, of course, great music – but it was not until 2006 it finally happened. And this fabulous stage musical has been playing to sell out audiences across the globe ever since. On stage in London the £1million scenestealing bus will take your breath away and the 500 outrageous costumes from the movie’s Oscar winning designers will make you as jealous as hell. Twenty-eight of the most glamorous and talented performers the West End can muster, will have you singing along to dance-floor classics including I Will Survive, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Shake Your Groove Thing, Don’t Leave Me This Way and Finally. The whole show will make you laugh and cry in equal measure, and leave you feeling wonderfully uplifted.

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th century BC physician Hippocrates wasn’t wrong when he wrote "That which is used develops, and that which is not used wastes away."

Regular resistance training increases muscle mass and, therefore, metabolism – which all help you to get rid of unwanted flab.

There are many different ways I work with my clients in order to help them get fit and healthy – but the method I use most frequently in order to achieve optimum results, is weight training. This is because working with weights is brilliant for both your body and your health.

Weight training alone has been shown to significantly reduce resting blood pressure. It is even more effective when combined with aerobic exercise, such as rowing, running or cycling.

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The University of Florida Medical School has conducted years of research into exercise and back pain. Their studies show that strong lower back muscles are less likely to be injured than weak ones, and that a programme of exercise targeted on spinal muscles can noticeably reduce aches and pains in this area of the body.

Only resistance training can keep muscle mass and strength throughout your life. Adults who don’t weight train will lose muscle each decade. The same training stimulus that increases muscle strength also builds bone density and mineral content after just 4 months. Therefore working at your fitness now will help you prevent breaks, stay healthy and keep mobile in later life.

Increasing strength A basic training programme with hand or machine-based weights can increase muscle and strength over just an 8-week period. This is the typical response for both men and women who do 25 minutes of resistance exercise 3 days a week.

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The BMW 1 Series

The Ultimate Driving Machine

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For more information or to arrange a test drive†, please call us on 01702 420111.

Fairfield Arterial Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 4XX 01702 420111 www.fairfieldbmw.co.uk Official fuel economy figures for the BMW 1 Series 5-door range: Extra Urban 52.3-70.6mpg (5.4-4.0l/100km). Urban 32.5-52.3mpg (8.7-5.4l/100km). Combined 42.8-62.8mpg (6.6-4.5l/100km). CO2 emissions 154-118g/km. Offer available on selected 1 Series models ordered between 1 April and 30 June 2011 and registered by 31 August 2011, subject to availability. Retail customers only. Finance examples are based on BMW Select agreements for the model stated the BMW 116i ES 5-door, with a contract mileage of 30,000 and an excess mileage charge of 5.1p (per mile) and the model featured, a BMW 116i Sport 5-door, with a contract mileage of 30,000 and an excess mileage charge of 5.4p (per mile). ^^Option to purchase fee and optional final payment payable at the end of the agreement if you decide to purchase the vehicle. Excess mileage charges and vehicle condition charges may be payable if you return the vehicle. **On the road cash price is based on manufacturer’s recommended retail price and include 3 year BMW Dealer Warranty, BMW Emergency Service, 12 months’ road fund licence, vehicle first registration fee, delivery, number plates and VAT. Prices are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice. All finance is subject to status and available to over 18s in the UK only (excluding the Channel Islands). Guarantees and indemnities may be required. We can arrange finance and hiring facilities for you. Advertised finance is provided by BMW Financial Services (BMW FS). Whilst we have close links with BMW FS and commonly introduce customers to BMW FS, we do not work exclusively with BMW FS. ^BMW Service Inclusive covers servicing costs for five years or 60,000 miles (whichever occurs sooner). Full BMW Service Inclusive terms and conditions apply, for full details visit bmw.co.uk/serviceinclusive. *Figure based on fuel consumption on combined cycle. Range calculated by size of tank multiplied by fuel consumption on combined cycle. BMW EfficientDynamics reduces BMW emissions without compromising performance developments and is standard across the model range. †Test drive subject to status and availability.


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