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Health & Well-Being problems in the circulatory system. With the help of a cholesterol levels chart, one will be able to monitor his or her cholesterol levels and prevent this from happening. How
Cholesterol levels chart can give you an idea of the present state of your body in accordance with the presence of cholesterol in your system. Most of the people are convinced cholesterol is very unhealthy for the body but this might not be true all the time. Technically, there are two known types for cholesterol, and these categories are typically called the “good” and the “bad” cholesterols. The reality is, cholesterol is vital in the different processes of the body system, including the vitamins regulation, nerve fibers insulation, hormones production, and also the development and growth of body cells. Unfortunately, if the body has too much of the “bad cholesterol”, the health of an individual becomes at risk.
In any case, both these two types of cholesterol need to be maintained in a normal level. Once there is a buildup of cholesterol in your system, it has a tendency to block the arterial blood vessels and thus can cause certain
A simple blood test can determine the level of cholesterol present in the body. The blood test can be administered after fasting for a couple of hours or more, and the result of the test is indicated in mg/dL. The amount of cholesterol is measured in milligrams per deciliter of blood. The different things that can cause the condition can include unhealthy lifestyle that involves smoking cigarettes and alcohol consumption, extreme consumption of fatty foods or foods high in cholesterol and the person’s family history regarding such health problem. Right after doing the test, your health care practitioner can present you with the end result, and the cholesterol levels chart can inform you of what the results mean. Here are a few essential things to keep in mind regarding these charts.
This chart provides information about the general presence of all forms of cholesterol in your body, be it good or bad. The total amount of LDL (Low-density Lipoprotein), HDL (High-density Lipoprotein), and VLDL (Very Low-density Lipoproteins) present in the body is determined after the test. Once you’ve the final results of the test, you can refer to the Total Cholesterol Levels Chart and see what the results suggest. LDL
The LDL can be produced from existing VLDL in the body, and as such, can produce a more accelerating increase in the amount of cholesterol in the body. Low density lipoprotein is the kind of cholesterol that clogs the arterial blood vessels and inhibits optimal flow of blood- leading to serious heart illnesses. You can refer to the LDL Cholesterol Levels Chart below based on the results of your test.
Along with the proper help from a physician, the LDL levels in the body can be reduced through proper workout and certain medications.
HDL Cholesterol Levels HDL or High Density Lipoprotein is the “good” type of cholesterol, and in fact is responsible for the reduction of LDL levels in the body. It is also the type of cholesterol that aids in the completion of certain bodily functions, as stated before. The recommended amounts of the HDL men and women may have a slight variation, as suggested in the cholesterol levels chart below. If you would like to decrease the level of LDL in your body, simply try to increase your amount of HDL. Making positive changes to one’s lifestyle could considerably affect the overall body and decrease the amount of LDL. Triglyceride Levels Besides the cholesterols, high amounts of triglycerides in your system could aggravate the chances of having cardiovascular disease. Because of this, the triglycerides levels should be frequently checked to see whether it is still within the average range. In any other case, an individual must act immediately regarding this. The triglycerides levels chart below will allow you to do this. The several methods to accomplish an all around health center around one major point: watch your health and wellness closely and use the essential measures that can help you look after the body from unfavorable health problems. When (according to these charts) you have learned that you have inappropriate blood cholesterol levels present in your body, then probably it is high time to change your diet and lifestyle. Putting in an easy exercise such as walking as an alternative to taking a cab could truly assist in continuing to keep those heart conditions at bay. Even using the stairs rather than using the elevator is actually a good way to keep your body on the move, thereby helping in the reduction of cholesterol in the body. Knowing these important things will let you have a better idea of your overall health condition, thus making the cholesterol levels chart an important part of your combat against heart diseases.
From The Editor’s Desk W elcome once again to our little magazine and thank you for taking the time to browse through the pages.
With November being the month that we remember our war dead and injured, the usual manner of front page has been changed to reflect the gravity of what we seek to remember. The aim is not to glorify war, hence the poem DULCE ET DECORUM EST on page 19. Nobody wants war, on any scale, but it is important that we give due respect to our fighting men and women and recognize the sacrifices made in wars past and present. “To respond to evil by committing another evil does not eliminate evil but allows it to go on forever” - letter 1989 Vaclav Havel - Former Czech President. The main aim of this little publication is to inform our readers as to the services and goods provided by our advertisers as well as to give some useful material and information to the general readership. We would urge you to use the services advertised and keep our local economy as fluid as possible in these difficult financial days. Please enjoy and feel free to comment or raise any questions you may have.
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AUTUMN HAIR Going for the Chop! In Autumn hair is often recovering from the debilitating affects of summer. Even a fortnight’s summer holiday can cause damage – both in terms of porosity and sensitivity. CONDITION Porosity is the hair’s ability to retain moisture, and this condition is caused by damage to the cuticle (the outside, protective layer of the hair). The cuticle is made up of overlapping scales (think of it as being like roof tiles or fish scales) and will reflect light when shiny and smooth. When the scales are missing or damaged, the hair will not shine. Conditioning treatments or serums with silicone mask this damage. Sensitivity is damage to the internal structure of the hair - the cortex, where chemical processes take place. Hair that is damaged internally is harder to repair. Both of these conditions are exacerbated by hair’s common enemies: electrical equipment, sun, salt and chlorinated water, over-
processing with chemicals. Air conditioning and central heating make hair more static and dry out natural oils, too. NATURAL SHEDDING In Autumn, we need to repair the damage and nurture the hair back into good condition. Hair is more likely to naturally shed in Autumn/Winter time (like animals losing their coats) as new hair is growing in its place, and many women rejuvenate their hair by going for a good blunt, thickening cut after the ravages of the beach. COLOUR Going darker in Autumn/Winter is common – most women want to reflect the key fashion trends by opting for richer colours which are denser in tone. Darker hair reflects light better, so going for a deeper take on your current tone and a chunky cut to get rid of your aged summer beach hair will make hair feel healthier. Go for a clear colour gloss to add shine and lustre or a vegetable colour glaze. THE AUTUMN CHOP As October sweeps in, long beach summer hair sweeps out. This annual trend is like a hair
migration; something about those straggly, post- holiday tresses inspires women all over the country to go for a real departure hair wise to greet the new season and complement their new wardrobes. I’ve seen an unprecedented number of salon clients of all ages come back from their summer holidays demanding a re-invented look for the Autumn / Winter and ditching the locks they once clung on to. A great nourishing product to condition and treat locks after the summer months would be either a Silk Protein or Clay Mineral treatment masques (depending on your hair type) from a couture hair range.
otters Barn is situated in the heart of the beautiful Roman village of Ribchester, ideally placed opposite the park and next to the council car park. Offering wholesome tasty food which is organic and locally sourced where possible, also including delicious cakes. The menu also lends itself to gluten, dairy and wheat free requirements. In winter sit by the roaring open fire or when the sun shines enjoy the garden complete with its own apple tree! Potters Barn is also a pottery painting café; feeling creative or just want to try something new come along and paint anytime. Groups of more than 6 will need to book. Its, fun easy and at the end you have a beautiful piece of pottery to take home or give as a unique gift. Great for Christmas presents or to design some new decorations; all new stock will be in at half term. Our gift shop has just been filled with exciting, new and exquisitely crafted products, ideal for Christmas, come and take a peek. Including cards, Mrs Darlington’s jams, chutneys and pickles and much more. Potters Barn is available for Children’s Parties or groups, committees or clubs, also for bookings over 8 we will open in the evening for your very own private pottery painting party and a tailored menu. Babies hands and feet imprinted on a plate, tile or cup are also a lovely keepsake and can be treasured forever. Open 7 days a week Monday 10-4pm Tuesday-Sunday 10-5pm (From November 5th Mondays will be closed until March) Open Christmas Eve & New Years Day 11-4pm for walkers, cyclists and painters!! POTTERS BARN GIFT VOUCHERS ARE AVAILABLE
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USED CARS Seven Seats for 7 Grand
t’s a perennial problem. If you have four kids, or even if you have three and they want to bring a friend along, a conventional car simply hasn’t got enough seats. The only answer is to buy a people mover or MPV. Don’t worry though; this doesn’t have to mean the end of life as you know it or imminent bankruptcy. Here are four elegant solutions to the problem.
VAUXHALL ZAFIRA SRI 2005 TO PRESENT
The Zafira has almost become synonymous with the word family these days and it has much to recommend it. It is based on the Astra so it is compact and handles reasonably well but, thanks to some very clever seats, it can fit seven people when required or just be a small estate car for the rest of the time. It is good value, well made and easy on the eye, if hardly a head turner. The main reason I’ve picked it, though, is the “140mph baby buggy” that Vauxhall created when they put a 200bhp turbo under the bonnet. It is plenty fast enough to have some fun while the handling is good enough to let you enjoy all the power. The Zafira is a big seller so there are plenty around; £6500 gets you an 06 model with 33k on the clock. FOR: Fast, good value, practical AGAINST: A bit long in the tooth these days
VOLVO XC90 2.4 D5 2003 TO PRESENT
This is the thinking man’s Toffroader; huge, understated and as well mannered on road as it is in a Swedish snowfield, it exudes prestige and quality. It is luxurious, very well equipped and as practical as a Transit Van. The V8 and V6 petrol engines are fast but anything other than frugal, so Volvo’s excellent 5 pot diesel is the one to go for – 163bhp won’t exactly stir the blood but it is commendably economical. And, yes, you can afford one with this miserly budget; an 04 model with 130,000 miles under its belt can be yours for £7k.
a rarity but the 2.2 diesel offers adequate performance and will do better than 40mpg on a run. They are good value too; our budget puts you in a pristine 6 year old with a scant 38,000 miles on it. FOR: Space, looks, comfort, value. AGAINST: Unwieldy, not as flexible as some of its rivals
FORD S MAX 2006 TO PRESENT
The S Max is based on the Mondeo and shares many of that car’s attributes – it is well built, good looking and has class leading ride and handling – whatever model you choose it will be a joy to drive. The Tardis-like interior is cavernous and astonishingly versatile, thanks to seating that is even more flexible than the Zafira. Go for the Titanium spec and you get all the goodies including leather and cruise control and, for once, I’d recommend a petrol engine; the 2.0 litre is fast enough to have some fun and still manages 35mpg. You can pick up an 06 model that has covered 70,000 miles for £7k. FOR: Driving pleasure, flexibility, good looks, well equipped AGAINST: Beware of ones that have been used as taxis
FOR: Space, luxury, prestige, bonus off road ability AGAINST: Relatively heavy running costs
RENAULT ESPACE IV 2003 TO PRESENT
The original and, to my mind, still the best large MPV, the Espace offers massive amounts of space. The funky styling still looks great after 8 years and you’ll be proud to have one parked on your driveway. The interior is airy, spacious, slightly space age in style and supremely comfortable, whatever seat you take. A petrol version is something of
The Fairytale of
’d like to fly in a long Christmas therapy year, can’t
to New York to indulge weekend of prer e t a i l e v e r y but I afford to. H a p p i l y, year was last one of those y e a r s when I could and it was well worth every penny. I went with a couple of likeminded friends in November; December can be surprisingly cold and everywhere is more crowded and consequently more expensive. The key to a successful shopping trip is to do some research and plan it well in advance; you will save a lot of money and also get a good table in the better restaurants in the evening. We flew Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow, economy class because it’s perfectly civilised for a 7 hour flight and saves a lot of money. To make up for this bit of cost cutting I’d arranged for a limo to pick us up from the airport; at $45, equivalent to £10 per head, it would be rude not to. New York is home to some of the best hotels in the world, and probably some of the worst too, but, by judicious use of Trivago, I’d managed to get us rooms in Hotel Pennsylvania on 7th Avenue for about £110 per night. The Pennsylvania is not über luxurious, but it is classy and comfortable and located right in the heart of the action. New York is five hours behind the UK so it felt like 10.30 at night to us when we checked in, even though it was really early evening. I enjoyed a reviving soaky bath in the huge American size tub before meeting the girls in the bar for cocktails – Manhattans of course! Dinner was in an Italian just round the corner, nice food, laid back and remarkably cheap – just what you need after 11 hours of travelling. We went to bed early to sleep off the jetlag.
In the morning I avoided the siren call of the American breakfast (they really do offer you steak and eggs to start the day) and contented myself with coffee and a croissant. Then we got down to some serious shopping. Planning your shopping trip(s) is essential; if you simply started at one end of 5th Avenue and worked your way along going into every shop, you’d be there for weeks. Instead we spent the day on Madison Avenue, which is a real designer paradise. Virtually every upmarket label you can think of has its own store there, from Calvin Klein to Versace and everything in between. Between them they took us up to 1.00pm when we became ladies who lunched. In the afternoon we checked out Barneys, a must visit destination for all fashionistas. Our evening destination was 21 Club, an iconic New York bar and restaurant dating back to the prohibition era. The food is classic American cuisine and they have a fantastic wine list; the cocktails are sensational. We had a great evening, but take note: this is definitely a place that you need to book in advance. Our other dining adventure was to Aquavit which claims to be the number one Scandinavian restaurant in New York, rather too much pickled herring for my tastes but classy all the same. Saturday also saw us making our pilgrimage to Fifth Avenue, starting off with Bergdorfs, a department store that is mainly devoted to fashion. They have an entire floor given over to shoes and handbags; I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Next up was Saks which is very much along the same lines – you can’t go to NY without going to Saks. We finished off at Century 21 off Broadway, a fabulous shop where you can buy all the designer clothes you looked at on Madison and Fifth Avenues but at half the price. We devoted Sunday to a long lie in, a lengthy lunch and a spot of sightseeing. Then it was back in the limo to JFK and the red eye home again. A weekend in New York is so uplifting they should provide it on the NHS. Frances Claibor
LOCAL Pets... Use these tips... Teach your dog some new tricks
top your dog from eating mess! For some reason, certain dogs tend to eat faeces, either because it tastes good or they are bored. Another theory is that a dog will eat its faeces because it sees the owner cleaning it up, and is trying to imitate that behaviour. If you see your dog doing this, use the basic ‘leave it’ command. If your dog already knows this command, it will work immediately. Reward desired behaviour. One last thing - dogs will eventually grow out of this habit on their own, so don’t worry too much about it. Start slowly if you have an aggressive dog. A sudden change in your behaviour can be seen as a challenge if your dog already considers himself to be the alpha dog in the pack. Make sure that you don’t approach with aggressive behaviour or it will take a lot longer to get your dog in an accepting, learning mindset.
an impulse to your dog to always pull. You do not want your dog to have this response. Therefore, you should always make sure its leash is at a comfortable level for it. Your dog is going to do the things reinforce. If he sits at your feet with his toy barking and you take it and throw giving him the idea that barking is make you do what he wants you he will continue to think of it
that you favourite it you are going to to do and that way.
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t h e collection enough to great start to do and expect when i t comes to training your dog. This collection was carefully constructed to help you begin to hone your dog training skills into having a better-behaved, obedient dog.
House-training a dog takes time. Make sure that you take the dog out first thing in the morning and keep taking him out throughout the day. Always take him to the same spot when taking him out to potty. The dog will learn to associate this spot with his business. If an accident happens clean it up and ignore the dog. This will let him know that you are unhappy with him. Do not physically discipline the dog or rub his nose in it, doing so just intimidates the dog and makes accidents more likely to occur. Set a routine as much as possible when training your dog. Dogs respond well to regular activities such as exercise or bathroom breaks, so putting them on a routine encourages good behaviour. Feed your dog at the same time each day to further establish a routine, and be as consistent as possible. If you want to train a well-behaved dog, you should never walk it with a tight leash. If you do this, then it will send
Community Spirit P
reston Fire fighter, Dave Gilmore, was one of the 8000 people chosen to carry the Olympic torch as it made its way, early in the summer, through the country. Dave’s part of the 70 day relay was to carry the torch through the Lancashire village of St. Michaels on Wyre. He was nominated to carry the torch by his wife Amy. Dave and Amy have three sons and live in Ribchester. If you thought that being a parent, fire fighter and welfare secretary for Preston Fire station was enough, then perhaps you need to think again. D a v e
Gilmore serves the
road safety, a service which the schools have found to be beneficial to the students. The under 10’s football team in Ribchester, Ribchester Rovers, is coached and managed by Dave and this job involves a lot of commitment, from training one evening a week to cutting and marking the pitch, playing home and away matches every weekend and raising money for a new kit. The current fund raising effort is for a new football pavillion to benefit the team and the village. The footballing interest doesn’t stop there: Dave coaches at his son’s junior school football team, St. Wilfreds, and accompanies them on tournaments. He is a Parent Govenor at the same school which takes up more time with meetings etc. Another role in this busy life is that of a Magistrate at Preston Magistrates Court. Dave is particularly passionate about his work there as the decisions made directly impact the local community. As if all the above wasn’t enough, Dave Gilmore is involved with Preston swimming club as a press officer and has been involved in fund raising for various good causes. Unsurprisingly, he has just been nominated by one of his sons for Parent of the Year, the result is not yet known but we wish him well. I thought I had a busy life until I found out about Dave Gilmore, now I feel positively lazy! Well done Dave and well done to Amy and the boys for allowing him to serve in these varied roles.
community in a variety of different ways, I in his spare time, as he doesn’t appear any!
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Once a month Dave co hosts a radio show on Preston FM called “Burning Issues”. The show is aimed at promoting fire safety and celebrating young achievers within the community. On top of that, he has taken on the role of delivering the “Wasted lives” programme to high school students to help create an awareness of
woman was trying hard to get the ketchup to come out of the bottle. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her four-year-old daughter to answer the phone. "It's the minister, Mummy," the child said to her mother. Then she added, "Mummy can't come to the phone right now. She's hitting the bottle."
man is ﬂying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised my friend I would meet him half an hour ago, but I don‛t know where I am.” The man below says: “Yes. You are in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above this ﬁeld. You are between 40 and 42 degrees N. latitude, and between 58 and 60 degrees W. longitude.” “You must be an engineer” says the balloonist. “I am” replies the man. “How did you know.” “Well” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost.” The man below says “You must be a manager.” “I am” replies the balloonist, “but how did you know?” “Well”, says the man, “you don‛t know where you are, or where you are going. You have made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is you are in the exact same position you were in before we met, but now it is somehow my fault.”
y parents recently retired. Mum always wanted to learn to play the piano, so Dad bought her a piano for her birthday. A few weeks later, I asked how she was doing with it. “Oh, we returned the piano.” said My Dad, “I persuaded her to switch to a clarinet instead.” “How come?” I asked. “Because,” he answered, “with a clarinet, she can‛t sing.”
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Remembrance Sunday: a history of the poppy
he significance of poppies to Remembrance Sunday is largely the result of Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, believed to have been written on 3 May 1915.
© David Roberts, the War Poetry Website, www.warpoetry.co.uk 1995
DULCE ET DECORUM EST Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind. Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time; But someone still was yelling out and stumbling, And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime . . . Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. If in some smothering dreams you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin; If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori. Wilfred Owen 8 October 1917 - March, 1918
The first two lines of the poem – ‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row’ – records the growing of the poppies across some of the bloodiest battlefields of World War I. An overseas American YWCA worker, Moina Michael, later published a poem herself in response to McCrae’s, and started selling silk poppies to raise funds for disabled veterans in Georgia. Following her efforts, the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as symbol ofremembrance in 1921. A French woman, Anna Guerin, was then inspired to produce artificial poppies similar to the ones worn today. She came to London and presented them to Field Marshall Douglas Haig, president of the Royal British Legion, whose decision to back the project led to their popularity today. He was joined in this decision by veterans’ organisations in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The selling of poppies is a major source of income for the Royal British Legion, although they have no particular price. Over the course of a year leading up to Remembrance Sunday, a team of fifty people produce the poppies in a factory in Richmond, most of them disabled and connected to the Armed Forces. By Jamie Sutherland
This year over 42 million poppies will be distributed by over 300,000 volunteers
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