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SP4 Magazine January/February 2012

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Dear Readers, Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of 2012. As I write this, Christmas is still two weeks away but I think it’s fairly safe to say that my New Year will start with a) a bigger waistline, b) a smaller bank balance, and c) a huge list of New Year’s resolutions! It’s a time to reflect and plan for the year ahead and we have some great articles to help you on your way. Our book review this month is all about self-help and there are some fab titles to inspire you. If the late nights and festive partying have taken their toll we also have some excellent beauty tips plus some useful advice on how to sleep better... that’s if you’re not sleeping like a baby (from exhaustion!). New Year plans often involve home improvements and security should also be high on your list - read our article on page 16 to find out more. Whatever your resolutions are, Red Fox Publishing wish you a very healthy and happy 2012!


Inside this issue

4 COMMUNITY NEWS What’s On........................................................ 6/8 Competition - Win tickets to the Odeon Cinema..... 6 BEAUTY New Year, New You.............................................. 4 HEALTH How to sleep better............................................ 22 HOME & GARDEN Child’s Play - Decorating a bedroom................... 18 Think like a Burglar........................................... 30 MOTORING Tips to going Green............................................ 10 PUZZLES Crossword, Sudoku, Solutions............................ 28


REVIEWS Self-help books for the New Year........................ 26


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New Year, New You

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ou’ve had a fantastic Christmas and a fabulous New Year but as great as all those champagne-filled parties were, the late nights, weeks of socialising and care-free indulgence will have taken its toll on your skin, hair and, not to mention, your waist line.

back in to dried-out skin, instantly reveals a more youthful and refreshed look. Alcohol consumption, harsh winter weather and centrally-heated rooms sap essential oils from the skin - with all three combining at this time of year, fine lines and wrinkles are sure to appear.

The seasonal vacation from watching the calories, skipping the daily skin-care routine and using heat styling tools excessively on your hair, leaves us all crying out in January for some products and a routine that will put back what the partying took out.

Refreshing the skin with a detoxifying and cleansing face mask is the first stage for postparty pampering. Thoroughly removing deeply ingrained make-up, lurking in the pores, will ensure a blemish-free complexion and a perfect base to absorb much needed moisture.

So, it’s definitely the right time to detox. Firstly, getting rid of the telltale dark circles that have emerged after countless late nights will immediately create a fresher looking face. Use a specialised eye cream and remember to apply lightly, not rubbing or pulling at the delicate eye area. Putting much needed moisture 4 | The SP4 Magazine

Gentle exfoliation removes blackheads and prevents the onset of blemishes, but can be harsh on sensitive skin, so use a fine grain and apply carefully. It’s easy to assume that oily skin doesn’t need to be moisturised, but it certainly does. Always choose specially formulated products that won’t be too rich

for greasy skin. Typically defined by having dry and oily parts, combination skin has a greasy T-zone (forehead, nose and chin), combined with flaky, dry cheeks and needs to be treated with special care. It’s worth investing in quality products that will address this problem without exacerbating either part of the skin. In extreme cases though, the only real solution is to treat sections separately. Always speak to a specialist skin care consultant to find out what will work best for you. Expert advice and free samples that you can try at home will be sure to save you money in the long term. It takes time to improve the look of tired, battered or blemished skin, but with perseverance you’re sure to look glowing. To complete your newly refreshed and rejuvenated look, turning attention to your locks

is vital. Left frazzled after weeks of curling, straightening and styling, hair needs to be nurtured back to health. If you’re finding that dry, split and unsightly ends are making your tresses totally unmanageable and unsightly, then now is the time to book your stylist and try a whole new look. Losing a few inches will greatly improve the appearance and feel of your lengths. Forget home hair colouring and instead opt for a salon applied colour that will even out dry hair and instantly add a shine. Avoid blonde and instead choose light-reflecting hues of deep brown, red and copper for sumptuous locks. Use intensive conditioning treatments weekly to repair weak ends and ensure that you make time to properly care for your hair. Remember: a glossy mane is key to creating a youthful appearance so when it’s combined with a fabulously refreshed complexion, it will leave you looking totally flawless for the coming year.

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January and February January Sun 31st Dec, from 7.30pm NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL at The Glebe Hall, Winterbourne Earls, SP4 6HA In aid of the newly-reformed Winterbourne Cricket Club. Tickets are priced at £30 per head. There will be a live band playing throughout the evening, along with a disco, auction and raffle. The price of the tickets also includes a Hog Roast (please let us know if you are a vegetarian). Dress is Black Tie or Lounge Suit and Formal for ladies. Tickets available from Jamie Harvey, or from club website: www.

Thurs 12th Jan – from 2pm to 4pm – THURSDAY SENIORS’ CAFE In Newton Tony Memorial Hall, SP4 0HF.

Thurs 12th Jan – at 7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm) at The Glebe Hall, Winterbourne Earls, SP4 6HA – MOVIOLA FILM Jane Eyre (12A), from the novel by Charlotte Brontë. Tickets available in advance from Winterbourne PO & Stores £5.00 (or £6 at the door). Gill: 01980 611465

Sat 14th Jan – MURDER MYSTERY EVENING at Newton Tony Memorial Hall, SP4 0HF Tickets £6, to include a 2 course meal, and BYOB with no corkage charge. But beware, don’t trust anyone - there may be a guilty one amongst you! Please book early (by 7th January) to avoid disappointment. 01980 629278. 6 | The SP4 Magazine

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Top tips on turning your motoring life ECO THERE are some eco-warriors out there who believe the humble automobile is the devil on wheels. But in recent years car manufacturers have worked hard to change the car’s planet killing image with hybrids, electric vehicles and fuel-sipping eco models like VW’s Bluemotion range. But what if you can’t afford a new car and still want to go green? Well, fortunately there are ways you can cut your carbon footprint – and it doesn’t have to mean walking! Simply thinking about how and when you use your car, the products you use and the way you look after your vehicle can make a real difference. Simply planning trips to coincide with one another, not going out especially to buy fuel, and sharing a commute can all help. But it’s not just about how and when 10 | The SP4 Magazine

you use your motor – just as important is the way it’s looked after. Here are our practical tips to make car ownership greener.

CHANGE YOUR STYLE No one likes to be told how to drive – but if there’s one guaranteed way of slashing your CO2 output it’s by changing your driving habits. Avoid harsh acceleration and braking, drive with the windows up to avoid drag and remove any unused extras such as roof racks. Stick to the speed limits and change up at the most economical point – roughly 2,500rpm for petrols and 2,000rpm for diesels. And think about switching off the engine if you’re going to be stationary for more than two minutes.

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SPRING CLEAN Carrying around your golf clubs and a set of tools can seriously inflate your fuel consumption – 100kg of unnecessary extra weight can increase it by as much as six per cent. Have a clean out of any unneeded kit in your car and stash it away in your garage instead.

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he next time you buy print, think ‘environment’. That’s the message from Foundry Press, the Horsham printers that have just launched their Green Manifesto under a continuing drive to meet and exceed their obligations to the planet. Foundry Press are breaking the mould of print industry traditions by developing a programme of environmental management regimes, right from paper supply through to finished printed product, that includes sourcing vegetable rather than oil-based inks and recycling aluminium printing plates and waste paper. Since taking over the reins of the business, Managing Director Bruce Phillips and business partner Alan Houliston are committed to gaining the best possible green credentials, at a time when buyers are growing increasingly choosy about where they source their print. They have also invested nearly £2m in cutting edge technology, including a 10-colour

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Home Decorating a child’s bedroom is all about flexibility – and with a bit of flair it’s easy to create a space that’s as practical as it is imaginative, and that doesn’t cost the earth

Child’s Play

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Get the basics right, and then it’s easy to provide visual stimulation in the form of wall decorations, rugs and bedding. Hastings hideaway bed, £349, Choo Choo bedset, £25, both Marks & Spencer, 0845 302 1234;

When decorating a child’s bedroom, remember the three Fs: fun, function and flexibility. Children need stimulation – though too much brightly coloured plastic will make your eyes ache – and organisation, so that you can occasionally see the floor. But it’s flexibility that’s the most important. Unless you really want to redecorate every couple of years, keep the walls, floors and major items of furniture relatively neutral, just changing the accessories, such as rugs, cushion covers, bean bags, blinds and lampshades, as necessary. That way you’ll be able to create a room that will last right through from babyhood until your little darling leaves home. Nurseries The younger the child, the more ‘stuff’ they seem to have, and for a newborn storage is all-important. You could buy a 18 | The SP4 Magazine

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As for décor, choose soft colours and ensure your lighting isn’t too glarey. Fitting a dimmer is a great idea – usually a quick and inexpensive job for a qualified electrician. Older children The storage theme continues as your children grow older, so increase the options (and avoid spending a fortune) by thinking laterally and visiting junk-shops for chests of drawers, blanket boxes and the like. Make sure they’re stable and don’t have any splinters; then simply sand and paint, changing any knobs and handles if necessary. For storage of small toys, felt tip pens and so on, use washed-up tins (no sharp edges, mind), ice cream tubs or shoe boxes, perhaps covered in offcuts of wallpaper for a unified look. Now’s the time to consider a raised sleeper bed – children of this age need plenty of space in

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e spend approximately a third of our lives asleep. It is as important to our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing. Sleep helps to repair and restore our brains and bodies. Poor sleep can affect mood, concentration, judgement and reduce our immune system’s ability to fight off minor ailments such as colds and flus. Longterm sleep deprivation can lead to health problems including diabetes, heart disease and clinical depression.

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Eat breakfast Did you know, skipping breakfast can put you on the path to poor sleep? It all starts with eating breakfast within 30-45 minutes of waking, as there is a biochemical link back to our sleep.

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Keep a watchful eye on your caffeine and sugar intake Ensuring you eat healthily and minimise sugary snacks is essential for keeping your brain and body contented. Sugar causes the body to run on a higher energy pattern, which creates highs and lows as the quick-fix energy hit wears off. This, in turn, sparks a need for more sugar in the body via drinks and caffeine.

Don’t eat too late Eating your main meal earlier can also help with improving sleep. A large meal can impact on your digestive system and cause heartburn. Leave three hours before having a meal and going to bed. Make time to unwind As we rush through each day,

balancing a busy lifestyle and juggling responsibilities left, right and centre, finding time for a rest can feel impossible. However, if the mind has no opportunity to process information from the day, it waits until bedtime to recap, when the frantic pace of the day has finally stopped. This results in a poor, restless sleep. Nerina suggests trying to build rest into your day by meditating or power napping. The 15-minute time out from your day will create that internal chemistry that is just right for sleep. Additionally, deal with worries or a heavy workload by making a list of things to be tackled the next day. Make your bedroom a sleep haven Create a restful space: your bedroom should be as quiet and dark as possible. “Managing technology is very important as you need a break from TV, computers, emails and mobile phones, before going to bed. Without this break, you are over stimulating your mind and it will be unable to find processing time,” says Nerina. Set boundaries with technology and keep all gadgets out of the bedroom.

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My boss gave me a self-help book for my 29th birthday. I was so appalled that someone had deemed me in need of ‘help’ that I quit and went to Australia. So you can say what you like about them, but they really do work…one way or another! Whether it’s a new diet, relationship or job, there’s a book that claims it’ll help you achieve it. What better way to kick-start 2012 than turning over a new page, and a new leaf? Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway. Susan Jeffers They say a life lived in fear is a life half-lived and Feel the Fear is based on the principle that doing something that scares us, is a good thing. It promises to show you how to ‘turn fear and indecision into confidence and action’. Packed with real-life examples of people who have let fear dominate them, this is a very grounded and level-headed book. There are lots of practical tips and activities to help you start to face your fear, and end it. This Book Will Save Your Life. A.M. Homes Ok so it’s a fictional satire rather than self-help novel, but it most certainly IS lifeaffirming. Written with wonderfully quirky Los Angeles as a backdrop, it’s been hailed as an antidote to modern life. When reclusive stockbroker Richard Novak ends up in the 26 | The SP4 Magazine

emergency room, he’s forced to open his eyes to the world around him. It’s the perfect accompaniment for welcoming in the New Year and seizing 2012 with gusto. How to Win Friends and Influence People. Dale Carnegie One of the most successful self-help books of all time and not to be confused with the film ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’, which could get you fired. Although the original was published in the 1930s, this master class in how to handle other people continues to be relevant. With the exception of Willy Loman, there has never been a greater advocate for being ‘wellliked’ than Dale Carnegie. Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps. Allan and Barbara Pease I was going to go for the obvious ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus’ here but decided instead to go for

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Crossword Across: 2 Mass, 4 Magi, 6 Ivy, 8 Inn, 9 Green, 10 Gold, 11 Lord, 14 Joy, 15 Dolls, 16 Sled, 17 Pie, 19 Elves. Down: 1 Wassailing, 2 Miracle, 3 Boxing Day, 5 Angel, 7 Yuletide, 12 Roast, 13 Red, 14 Jubilee, 17 Pine, 18 Toys.

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Thi k like a Burglar Your home is not just the place that you keep your belongings and sleep at night. It is somewhere you feel safe and secure, and where you go to take a break from the outside world. So to be the victim of burglary is to suffer more than simply loss of your property and personal effects; it’s a violation of your sanctuary. Prevention is better than cure so put these measures in place before you are caught out. Think like a burglar Stand outside your property and imagine that you were trying to break in. Where would you start? Flowerpot on the front step? Remove that not-so-secret key that’s underneath. Downstairs loo with the window that is always left open? Buy an air freshener instead! Full height ladder stored at the side of the house? It’s like a written invitation.

Security basics It doesn’t matter how expensive your alarm system is or how strong your door locks are, if you don’t employ the most basic security measures you are just asking for trouble. As you leave the house or are preparing to go to bed, get into a routine of thinking about each room in turn and whether the windows or doors are likely to have been opened that day. Around 20% of burglaries don’t involve any force – the intruder has simply walked in the unlocked door or climbed through the window. You should extend this mental check to your car and garage too; easily overlooked because they are out of sight once you are indoors. 30 | The SP4 Magazine

Remember too that more break-ins happen during daylight hours, so vigilance then is every bit as important as night time.

Good locks = good security Each of your windows should have a key locking mechanism fitted – standard with most double glazed units these days, and the key should be stored nearby but not within reach or visibility of the window itself. If you have nothing like this at the moment, and can’t afford to upgrade your windows just yet, make it a priority to have locks fitted on all the downstairs windows at least. Doors should have a good locking system such as an automatic deadlock or a mortise deadlock. Check too that the frame is solid and the glass panel is laminated.

Be flashy – but only with your security 80% of burglaries are spur of the moment so the only thing you should be showing off is your security measures. Don’t display your worldly goods to attract the opportunists in the first place. If you have an expensive bike keep it out of sight; don’t leave mobile

phones on the windowsill; and don’t leave the empty box for your flashy new flatscreen TV standing by the bin for days. The same rules apply with your car. Don’t think that robbers don’t break in just to steal a handful of loose change. They do.

Tell-tale signs When you are away from home, don’t leave the curtains drawn all day – nobody does that if they are in the house. Use inexpensive timer switches for table lamps and a radio to come on when it’s becoming dark, both downstairs and upstairs. And ask a friend or neighbour to move your post each day particularly where you have an outside box or you can easily see if the post is ‘on the mat’. These are all basic measures and will go a long way to ensure that your home and property stay safe.

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