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Welcome to the Review Magazines. Produced to the same high standard as the popular Ossett & Horbury Review, the Wakefield North Review, Wakefield South Review, Normanton Review and Hemsworth Review are delivered through letterboxes across the Wakefield district every two months and are available in many local shops and businesses. They’re a great way to keep in touch with local news and events and to find and promote local businesses.


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Welcome to Issue 6 of the Hemsworth Review. Spring really does now appear to be just around the corner, although, as I write this, the forecast is for heavy snow in the run up to Easter! And talking of Easter... although it’s quite early this year we’ve included a delicious recipe for Hot Cross Buns for those who fancy trying a homemade treat - why limit them just to Easter? There’s also an article which argues that chocolate is in fact good for us - something we females have suspected for a long time, so no need to ration the easter eggs then! Our next issue will be looking to the summer and the school holidays. Please let us know about any summer events you may be organising - fairs, galas, holidays events etc. The Diary pages are free of charge to non-profit making groups and if we have the available space, we’d love to publicise your event. A big Thank You as always to our advertisers for supporting the Review magazines - their support is always very much appreciated and make the magazines possible. Here’s to a lovely Spring...


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food&drink Hot Cross Buns Ingredients 450g strong bread flour 1tsp salt 2tsp ground cinnamon 2tsp ground allspice Sachet (7g) dried yeast 75g raisins 75g glacé cherries Grated rind of 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 lime 110g caster sugar

50g unsalted butter 2tsp vanilla extract 250ml milk 1 egg, beaten Paste 80g plain flour, 2tbsp sugar, 100ml water Glaze 2tbsp brown sugar, 3tbsp milk, 1tbsp marmalade

Going Bananas! Leave the chocolate alone and tuck into a healthy banana instead...

• Bananas have no fat, cholesterol or sodium • Eating two bananas provides enough energy to see you through a strenuous 90-minute gym workout.


• The banana "tree" is not really a tree, but a giant

1. Sift flour, salt and spices into a large bowl and mix in the yeast, fruit, rind and sugar. 2. Melt the butter, stir in milk and vanilla extract and heat until tepid. Whisk into the beaten egg and add to the flour mixture. Mix to a dough and knead on a floured surface for 10mins until smooth and elastic. 3. Divide into 12 buns, cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in size. 4. Mix the infredients together for the paste, put in a piping bag and pipe a cross on each bun. Bake at gas mark 4, 360°F, 180°C for 10min, reduce the heat to gas mark 2, 300°F, 150°C and bake for a further 15min. 5. To make the glaze, melt the sugar with the milk and marmalade and lightly brush the buns as soon as they come out of the oven. Cool on a rack.

herb.The banana is the fruit of this herb.

• Bananas are the world’s most popular fruit after tomatoes. In western countries, they could account for 3% of a grocer’s total sales. In the West, only Germans eat more bananas than we do.

• Bananas consistently are the number one compliant of grocery shoppers. Most people complain when bananas are overripe or even freckled.The fact is that spotted bananas are sweeter, with a sugar content of more than 20%, compared with 3% in a green banana.

• Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

To Serve

• Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try

• Split and spread with butter and marmalade or jam • Split, toast and served buttered • Use to make bread-and butter pudding - even more delicious when spread with marmalade

• In 2001, Britain recorded 300 incidents of injuries

Did You Know... Traditionally eaten on Good Friday, Hot Cross Buns are made from white flour with spices, sugar, dried fruit and dairy produce. No-one knows when the tradition began, but in 16th-century England, bakers were limited by law to occasions when these special doughs could be made Good Friday was one. “Cross buns” marked this holy day towards the end of the Lent fast. The rhyme “one a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns” recalls the habit of selling them warm from baking. 10

rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation. related to bananas.The majority of these involved people slipping on banana peels.

• As bananas ripen, the starch in the fruit turns to sugar.Therefore, the riper the banana the sweeter it will taste.

• Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little "stringy things" off of it.That's how the primates do it.

health & wellbeing Can Chocolate Be Healthy? We Brits consume over 80 million chocolate eggs each Easter which works out at a staggering 9kg per person, so research that chocolate is good for us is great news! The reason chocolate gets the ‘thumbs up’ from researchers is because it contains large quantities of antioxidants which neutralise damaging free radicals that contribute to problems such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Scientists have found that just 40g of chocolate contains more than 300mg of polyphenols - a type of antioxidant that has heart-protecting properties. Research published in the British Medical Journal suggested that a daily meal of seven ingredients, which included 100g dark chocolate (along with fish, fruit, vegetables, almonds, garlic and 150ml wine) could cut the risk of coronary heart disease by a massive 76%. They found clear evidence that eating 100g dark chocolate per day could reduce blood pressure by an average of 5.1/1.8mmHg, which is enough to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke by 21%. There is also the feel good factor! Eating chocolate increases brain levels of several chemicals, including moodaltering PEA (phenylethylamine, related to amphetamine),


which produces a mild, confidence-instilling buzz. Chocolate also contains tryptophan - a chemical converted to serotonin in the brain to lift mood and increase euphoria and theobromine, a stimulant that peps you up. But there is a downside to the research. Unfortunately the healthy benefits are gained only from eating the more expensive good quality DARK chocolate, usually sold with a minimum of 70% cocoa solids. The milk and white chocolate, much loved by us Brits, just simply won’t do! And researchers have advised that the 500 or so calories in 100g of dark chocolate should be offset against other foods that you would normally eat during the day, so as not to cause weight gain which could cause other health problems. You can have your chocolate and feel good about it, but you need to less of something else or burn off the extra calories to get the health benefits without the extra inches! So, the good news is that you can happily treat yourself to a few squares of good quality dark chocolate without feeling guilty. A little bit of what you fancy really does do you good!

You’re not going to believe this but...... * Earth is the only planet not named after a pagan God.

* 80% of all pictures on the internet are of naked women

* A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight. * J" aws" is the most common name for a goldfish.

* Ten tons of space dust

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* On an average work day, * Blue and white are the a typist's fingers travel most common school 12.6 miles. colors. * Every minute in the U.S. * In a normal lifetime an six people turn 17. American will eat 200 pounds of peanuts and 10,000 pounds of meat.

* In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her cheating adulterous husband but she may only do so with her bare hands.

* The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep.

* A new book is published * Inventor Samuel Colt

every 13 minutes in America.

* The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

* Because radio waves travel at 186,000 miles per second and sound waves saunter at 700 miles per hour, a broadcast voice can be heard sooner 13,000 miles away than it can be heard at the back of the room in which it originated

patented his revolver in 1836.

* In deep space most lubricants will disappear.

* The average person can live 11 days without water.

* There are 35 million digestive glands in the stomach.

* Please note that the information contained on this page has been sourced entirely from the internet. The Review Magazines holds no responsibility for the validity of these facts!

parenting... Baby Massage Being a new mum can sometimes seem an endless cycle of feeding and changing nappies. Massaging your baby gives you a time when you can relax and be together and it can have lots of wonderful benefits.

Relaxation Baby massage can be relaxing for mum and baby. Babies sometimes get stressed being in new environments and are able to pick up on your stress - taking time out together for a massage teaches your baby how to relax, and mums find they relax too. Scientists have now shown that very gentle touch, even something as simple as a hug releases the hormone oxytocin. It’s effects are to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and pain and promote relaxation. The benefits are two-way, when you massage your child your own stress hormone levels improve and your blood pressure lowers.

Bonding Bonding is a loving emotional connection between parent and child, which is formed and strengthened over time. Research has shown that healthy physical and emotional development depends on successful early bonding. The establishment of this bond between parent and child is a complex process involving several elements. Baby massage incorporates critical elements of bonding and attachment; skin contact (touching or holding), smell, making eye contact, facial expressions and vocalisation (talking, making soothing sounds, or singing).

Physical Benefits Massage has lots of physical benefits and for babies can play a vital role in circulation, digestion and growth. Using simple techniques you can ease the symptoms of colds, colic and teething. Stimulating the immune system through massage increases your baby’s resistance to disease. Massage can help babies who are premature and those with disabilities too, improving muscle tone and stimulating growth hormones.

Where to Enjoy Baby Massage For hundreds of years many other cultures have been routinely massaging their babies. As baby massage gains popularity in the UK, the number of places where you can go along and learn how to massage your baby is increasing - baby clinics, children's centres, complementary therapy clinics and independent instructors. Some offer drop-in sessions while others will 14

run a short course. You'll usually be shown how to do some gentle strokes and a short routine that you can do at home. You'll need to take along a towel and a spare nappy. Your baby will probably want a feed and a nap afterwards and most places will provide refreshments for you and time to chat to the other parents. Group classes have the added benefit of meeting other parents and sharing experiences as well as offering the opportunity to learn more about your baby. The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) offers specialist training for instructors and promotes the benefits of baby massage. Chosing an instructor certified with the IAIM ensures that you are benefiting from IAIM’s 30 years of teaching experience. Your local IAIM Certified Infant Massage instructor is Anne-Marie Barnes. Anne-Marie can be contacted on: Tel: 01924 278461 Mobile: 07956 266144 Email:


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In a privileged position on the northeastern coast of the Iberian peninsula and the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain in both size and population. It is also the capital of Catalonia, 1 of the 17 Autonomous Communities that make up Spain. There are two official languages spoken in Barcelona: Catalan, generally spoken in all of Catalonia, and Castillian Spanish. The city of Barcelona has a population of 1.510.000, but this number spirals to more than 4.000.000 if the outlying areas are also included. The capital of Catalonia is unequivocally a Mediterranean city, not only because of its geographic location but also and above all because of its history, tradition and cultural influences. The documented history of the city dates back to the founding of a Roman colony on its soil in the second century B.C. Modern Barcelona experienced spectacular growth and economic revival at the onset of industrialization during the second half of the 19th century. The 1888 World's Fair became a symbol of the capacity for hard work and the international outlook projected by the city. Culture and the arts flourished in Barcelona and in all of Catalonia; the splendor achieved by Catalonian modernism is one of the most patent displays. Barcelona, more than just a single city, is really a collection of multi-faceted and diverse cities. The visitor unfamiliar with its history might be surprised that such a modern and enterprising city preserves its historic Gothic center almost intact, or by the curious contrast between the maze of narrow streets and the grid-like layout of the Eixample, the urban planning "Enlargement" project of the end of the 19th century. 18

PLACES TO SEE BARCELONA Barcelona's old city is, without doubt, one of the nicest and most romantic of Europe. Its small streets, shops, the air you breathe, everything invites you to wander around, getting to know every place of this charming area. The best tip is to walk haphazardly around, without rushing, guided by what you see. PARK GÜELL Güell park, designed by Antonio Gaudí is the most famous park in Barcelona, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It has been subject to all types of praise and criticism, including comments Gaudí's multic such as "outrageous olored mosaic reptile fount modernism", ain at the main en trance "surrealistic island", "nightmare expressionist park". First conceived as a private estate, it became a public park in 1922. The main entrance to the park and the stairway leading to the Hundred Columns Room are structures where Gaudí clearly let his imagination run free. LA RAMBLA Five separate streets strung end to end, La Rambla (also called Las Ramblas) is a tree-lined pedestrian boulevard

packed with buskers, living statues, mimes and itinerant salespeople selling everything from lottery tickets to jewellery. The noisy bird market on the second block of La Rambla is worth a stop, as is the nearby Palau de la Virreina, a grand 18th-century rococo mansion, with arts and entertainment information and a ticket office. Next door is La Rambla's most colourful market, the Mercat de la Boqueria. Just south of the Boqueria the Mosaic de Miró punctuates the pavement, with one tile signed by the artist. The next section of La Rambla boasts the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the famous 19th-century opera house. Below the Plaça Reial, La Rambla becomes decidedly seedy, with strip clubs and peep shows. La Rambla terminates at the lofty Monument a Colom (Monument to Columbus) and the harbour.You can ascend the monument La Rambla by lift. Just west of the A living statue on monument, on Avinguda de les Drassanes, stand the Reials Drassanes (Royal Shipyards), which house the fascinating Museu Marítim, with a huge collection of seafaring paraphenalia including boats, models, maps,

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paintings, ships' figureheads and 16thcentury galleys. BARRI GOTIC The Barri Gotic contains a concentration of medieval Gothic buildings only a few Archway acro blocks northeast of La ss Carrer del Bisbe Irurita, a narro w pedestrian Rambla, and is the only street in the Ba rri Go tic nucleus of old Barcelona. It's a maze of interconnecting dark streets linking with squares, and there are plenty of cafes and bars, as well as the cheapest accommodation in town. Most of the buildings date from the 14th and 15th century, when Barcelona was at the height of its commercial prosperity and before it had been absorbed into Castile. Around the Catedral, one of Spain's greatest Gothic buildings, you can still see part of the ancient walls incorporated into later structures. The quarter is centred around the Plaça de Sant Jaume, a spacious square, the site of a busy market and one of the venues for the weekly dancing of the sardana. Two of the city's most significant buildings are here, the Ajuntament and the Palau de la Generalitat.

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MUSEU PICASSO The Museu Picasso is Barcelona's most visited museum. It's housed in three strikingly beautiful stone mansions on the Carrer de Montcada, which was, in medieval o ass Pic u Muse times, an approach to the port. The museum shows numerous works that trace the artist's early years, and is especially strong on his Blue Period with canvases like The Defenceless, ceramics and his early works from the 1890s. The second floor shows works from Barcelona and Paris from 1900-1904, with many of his impressionist-influenced works. The haunting Portrait of Senyora Canals (1905), from his Pink Period is also on display. Among the later works, all executed in Cannes in 1957, are a complex technical series (Las Meninas), which consists mostly of studies on Diego Velazquez's masterpiece of the same name. LA SAGRADA FAMILIA La Sagrada Familia is truly aweinspiring - even if you don't have much time, don't miss it. The life's work of Barcelona's favourite son, Antoni Gaudí, the magnificent spires of the unfinished cathedral imprint themselves boldly against the sky with swelling outlines inspired by the holy mountain Montserrat. They are encrusted with a tangle La Sagrada Fa milia of sculptures that seem to breathe life into the stone. Gaudí died in 1926 before his masterwork was completed, and since then, controversy has continually dogged the building program. Nevertheless, the southwestern (Passion) facade, with four more towers, is almost done, and the nave, begun in 1978, is progressing. Some say the shell should have been left as a monument to the architect, but today's chief architect, Jordi Bonet, argues that the task is a sacred one, as it's a church intended to atone for sin and appeal to God's mercy on Catalunya. LA PEDRERA Another Gaudí masterpiece, La Pedrera was built between 1905 and 1910 as a combined apartment and office block. Formerly called the Casa Milà, it's better known now as La Pedrera La Pedrera

(the quarry) because of its uneven grey stone facade that ripples around a street corner - it creates a wave effect that's further emphasized by elaborate wrought-iron balconies.Visitors can tour the building and go up to the roof, where giant multicoloured chimney pots jut up like medieval knights. On summer weekend nights, the roof is eerily lit and open for spectacular views of Barcelona. One floor below the roof is a modest museum dedicated to Gaudí's work. MONTJUIC Montjuic, the hill overlooking the city centre from the southwest, is home to some fine art galleries, leisure attractions, soothing parks and the main group of 1992 Olympic sites. Approach the area View from Mo ntjuic Cable from Plaça d'Espanya Cars and on the north side you'll see Plaça de Braus Les Arenes, a former bullring where the Beatles played in 1966. Nearby, the Palau Nacional houses the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, which has an impressive collection of Romanesque art. Stretching up a series of terraces below the Palau Nacional are fountains, including the biggest, La Font Màgica, which comes alive with a free lights and music show on summer evenings. In the northwest of Montjuic is the 'Spanish Village', Poble Espanyol. At first glance it's a tacky tourist trap, but it also proves to be an intriguing scrapbook of Spanish architecture, with very convincing copies of buildings from all of Spain's regions. The Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring) is the group of sports installations where the main events of the 1992 games were held. Down the hill, visit masterpieces of another kind in the Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona's gallery for the greatest Catalan artist of the 20th century. This is the largest single collection of the his work. TIBIDABO At 542m (1778ft), Tibidabo is the highest hill in the wooded range that forms the backdrop to Barcelona. If the air's clear, it's a great place for views over the city. The locals come up here for some thrills at the amusement park Parc d'Atraccions, which has rides and a house of horrors. As

Parc d’Atracc ions amusement pa rc at Tibidabo

hair-raising as anything at the Parc, however, is the glass lift that goes 115m (126yd) up to a visitors' observation area at Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower. The more sedate can find solace in Temple del Sagrat Cor, Barcelona's answer to Paris' Sacré Coeur; it's even more vilified by aesthetes than its Paris equivalent. Looming above Tibidabo's funicular station, it is actually two churches, one on top of the other. The top one is surmounted by a giant Christ and has a lift to the roof.

DON’T MISS... COSTA BRAVA The rugged Costa Brava stretches from Blanes (about 60km northeast of Barcelona) up to the French border. Although parts of the coast are commercial holiday resorts popular with the 18-30 crowd (such as ssa de Mar To a av Br Costa Lloret de Mar), there are some equally spectacular locations. If you're driving, it is quite possible to choose a spot anywhere along the coast for a day trip. Those relying on public transport will find it a stretch and should plan on staying over at least one night. In the peak months of July and August, finding some lodgings can be difficult. MONTSERRAT Montserrat, only 40 kilometres (30 miles) inland from Barcelona, is a very powerful symbol for the Catalan people, and you would be hard pressed to find a Catalan who hadn’t, at some point in time, visited Montserrat. It is the site of a Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, which hosts the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary and which is identified by some with the location of the Holy Grail in Santa Maria Arthurian myth. de Monserra t

SITGES Sitges attracts everyone from jet-setters to young travellers, honeymooners to weekending families, Barcelona night owls to an international gay crowd - anyone after a good time. The beach is long and sandy, the nightlife thumps until breakfast and there are lots of groovy boutiques if you need to spruce up your Stiges wardrobe. In winter, Sitges can be quite dead but it wakes up with a vengeance for carnival, when the gay crowd puts on an outrageous show. Sitges has been fashionable in one way or another since the 1890s, when it became an avant-garde, art-world hang-out. It has been one of Spain's most anticonventional, anything-goes resorts since the 1960s. TARRAGONA Tarragona, located on the Mediterranean coast in the northeast of Spain, is the most southern of the Catalan provinces. Conca de Barbera is a hilly, green backcountry district comes as a refreshing La Muralla de Montbla nc (The medieval wall) surprise in the otherwise drab flatlands of southwestern Catalunya.Vineyards and woods succeed one another across rolling green hills, studded with occasional medieval villages and monasteries. The main attraction of the area, however, is the Monestir de Poblet. If you have time, you should explore the surrounding area, particularly the walled town of Montblanc, 8km southeast of the monastery.

CLIMATE Barcelona's location on the shores of the Mediterranean means that it enjoys a warm, welcoming climate and pleasant temperatures all year round. Between the Barceloneta district and the River Besos, the city has over four kilometres of perfectly equipped beaches which are frequented by its residents during most of the years. Barcelona also has an olympic harbour which provides excellent conditions for water sports. Rainfall is often heavy, with levels of around 1,000mm per year. This helps to maintain the many green areas around the city. In any season of the year, Barcelona basks in the sun.You can eat in open-air restaurants or have a drink on the terraces, by the shores of the Mediterranean sea. 21

Testing Your Soil Where do you start?

Soil can be Acid or Alkaline.

We have to determine what sort of soil you have in your garden. We can do this by watering an area of soil with a watering can. If the water disappears quickly, then you have probably got sandy or gravely soil, but if the water remains longer on the top of the soil then it is probably a clay soil.

Simple testing kits are available to test the pH of the soil. Some plants such as rhododendrons and heathers hate alkaline soil, but thrive well in an acidic soil. If your soil has a lower pH than 5, then this is classed as being very acid. Vegetables are not best suited to very acidic soil, so lime has to be added to counteract the acidity. The ideal growing soil should be slightly acid and have a pH of between 6.0 and 6.5.

Clay Soil is heavy to dig; it is sticky and retains water. In summer the soil becomes rock hard. This sort of soil requires a bulky organic matter to be added. Compost or manure can be added to aid the drainage and the soil becomes more manageable.

Sandy Soil is quite dry. Because of the high proportion of sand in the soil, drainage is rapid and therefore we need to add a binding agent to the soil. Sandy soil may lack nutrients and will need feeding with fertiliser.

Silty soil is a well-drained soil that is smooth and “soapy” to the touch, it retains more moisture than sandy soil, but less than clay soil. Nutrients are better preserved, and the soil is easier to cultivate. It does need a little TLC, and is a very good soil if treated well.

Loamy Soil is the perfect soil. It has good structure, is full of nutrients and drains well, but retains enough water so that it doesn’t dry out in Summer. Chalky Soil has a pH of 7.5 or above, which means it is Alkaline. It is usually quite stony and free draining. Chalky soil usually has a chalk or limestone bedrock and some minerals like magnesium and iron may be missing from its structure. These can be replaced by adding fertilisers. 22

What soil do I have? Every garden soil is different. All are mixtures of sand, clay and silt, but in differing quantities. To determine what your soil is, take a piece of soil about the size of a golf ball and roll between your fingers removing any large stones. Now try to roll into a ‘worm’ shape. A sandy soil will not form this shape, it simply falls apart. If you can form this shape easily and when rubbed, the surface turns shiny, this is clay soil. However, if the ‘worm’ can be crushed in the palm of your hand, then you have a loam soil, perhaps the most desirable of soil types.Very similar is a silty soil, which possesses a silky feel. You can improve every soil by adding organic material such as compost or manure.This helps bind particles together in a sandy soil, or helps clay soil become more workable. Knowing your soil will help you choose the right plants for your garden and enjoy more success growing healthy and happy plants.

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Welcome to the first in our series of Short Stories - a beautiful tale from 18 year old Laura icholson. Please email all short story submissions to: (max 1500 words)

Little Ham and the Starlit Sky Little Ham awoke from a deep sleep. Rubbing her small, black, beady eyes, she stretched her little legs and sat up. Bits of buried food tumbled into a warm, embedded patch of sawdust where she had nested herself the previous morning. Able to see more clearly now, she looked across the flowery, moon-lit bedroom to see little girl Annie tucked up in bed, fast asleep, dreaming of ponies, princesses and pretty pink dresses. Little Ham then peered through the bars of her cage, out of the window and into the night’s sky. Millions of tiny, shiny dots decorated the velvet night- Little Ham gazed in amazement. Suddenly, she heard a noise. Her soft, furry ears twitched at the sound of rustling, somewhere in the corners of the cage. Little Ham abandoned her thoughts to turn and watch the mysterious movement coming from underneath the bedding. Out popped a wet, pink nose from a pile of mounted sawdust, speckled with long, thin whiskers. A pair of ears then emerged, attached to a ruffled, brown and white, coloured head. The other hamster yawned before opening its tired eyes. This other hamster was called Charlie; Charlie was a girl, but christened at a time when Annie was unsure of this. Annie, by all means, could have renamed Charlie, Charlotte, but Annie knew, that a hamster by any other name, still smells… like a hamster and this hamster was called Charlie, not Charlotte. “Little Ham? Are you awake?” she squeaked, “Yes Charlie,” Little Ham answered, “wide awake”. “And the Badger?” “He’s still asleep, we shouldn’t make too much noise,” Little Ham whispered, “we don’t want to wake him,” “Quite right,” Charlie agreed, “best to let him sleep”. The Badger’s real name was Sebastian; he was the eldest out of the three hamsters and had grown wiser with time. In his youth, Sebastian’s fur was ebony black, but was now patterned with grey streaks that journeyed from his short stubby tail, across his body, past his withering ears, until reaching his nose and whiskers, where a small pair of round spectacles framed and magnified eyesight failing him with old age. When Sebastian received his first grey streaks, Charlie adopted the affectionate name of ‘Old Badger’ to address him

by. He didn’t mind, in fact he rather liked the antiquity of it. Little Ham had entered the cage a great deal of time after Sebastian. She was the smallest and youngest, a reddish-brown colour with a sweet disposition, always eagerly anticipating and longing to hear Sebastian’s stories of adventure and mystery that took place beyond the doors of the cage. “I’m hungry,” said Charlie, rubbing her podgy tummy, “You’re always hungry,” Little Ham told her. “What’s in the food bowl tonight? Any sunflower seeds?” Sunflower seeds were Charlie’s favourite; indeed they are for most hamsters, especially the ones with more fat to their coats. “Yes,” Little Ham told her, “but save some for me and Sebastian, will you? Your pouches get bigger each night…” “It’s my coat getting thicker,” Charlie assured her, “and shinier, might I add…” Little Ham remained unconvinced. “Well… there’s always time for a few more runs on the wheel,” Charlie added, “especially since that squeak in its hinges stopped,” “That’s since you stopped running on it,” Little Ham informed her. “I suppose I could spare a few more seeds for you and Old Badger, tonight…” she said, “He should be awake soon,” Little Ham glanced at a clock, ticking, on the flowery, printed wall of Annie’s bedroom, “Good, it’s nearly midnight and I need to ask him something”. “Ask him what?” muffled Charlie, already stuffing her pouches with stripy, sunflower seeds and dried, richtasting raisins. Little Ham scuttled closer to the bars of the cage, “I want to know what they are,” and with one small, pink arm, gestured towards the millions of tiny, shiny dots, painted in the sapphire sky. Charlie shuffled her bottom beside Little Ham and observed the glinting dots,

“Isn’t it obvious?” she said, “They’re bright, shiny, light bulbs, high up in the sky. They switch themselves on when it’s a child’s bedtime, and off, when that child wakes up”. “Really?” Little Ham asked, with fascination and growing interest, “I thought they were tiny, glowing ants, crawling around, above us”. “I don’t know, Little Ham, perhaps they are,” Charlie spoke, “but the fact is, we’re right down here and they’re right up there… so, I don’t think we’ll ever know”. “But I want to know!” Little Ham exclaimed, “I want to go right up there and find out for myself!” “And just how are you going to do that?” quizzed Charlie. “I’ll fly!” squeaked Little Ham. “We hamsters can’t fly!” Charlie told her, “we’re much too big and much too fat… especially me,” she admitted. “I could do it!” Little Ham insisted. “I’m sure you could,” a gruff voice reassured her, from the darkness of the cage, “I’m sure you could,” it repeated, resoundingly. Both hamsters turned to see an old, grey hamster crawling out of his shadowy nest. Sebastian had woken from his slumber, “however, if you will allow me to explain to you, the real story of the objects in question, I would be most obliged,” he said. “Old Badger!” shouted Charlie, “You’re finally awake!” “Finally,” Sebastian agreed, “it’s getting later every night”. “Tell me the story, Sebastian! I want to know!” Little Ham longed to hear what tale the old hamster would tell. “You want to know the wonders of everything, Little Ham,” Sebastian softly smiled at her and let out a deep, mellow chuckle that echoed around the cage, “and I will tell you”. The two young hamsters snuggled up by Sebastian’s side; his soft, grey fur warmed their cold noses as they felt each of his slow breaths, in and out, listening, as his story began to unfold. “Years and years ago,” Sebastian started, “there was a gigantic explosion that created an entire universe,” “What’s a universe?” Charlie questioned, lifting her head out of Sebastian’s coat. “The universe is the whole world and everything beyond it,” Sebastian answered. “You mean there’s a beyond, beyond the whole world that lays beyond the doors of the cage?” Charlie asked. Sebastian raised a long, bushy eyebrow, “Something to that effect Charlie, yes, there is a whole world, beyond the world we know about”. “Woooaaah!” said Charlie in amazement. “And in amongst the universe are those tiny, shiny, dots you see up there” Sebastian told them, “And they are called, Stars”.

The three hamsters gazed into the night, mesmerized by the shimmering objects, “But what are stars, Sebastian?” asked Little Ham. “Stars are big, glowing balls of gas,” Sebastian answered, then was immediately interrupted, “You mean the type of gas you give off when you’re asleep, Old Badger?” said Charlie. “What? No! No, no…” Sebastian grumbled, “and anyhow, I-I-I… don’t know what you’re talking about!” he added unconvincingly, then gave a stern expression to Charlie, before carrying on with his story, “These stars, lead very long lives, longer than us hamsters, longer than humans in fact”. “Longer than humans?” Little Ham couldn’t believe her furry little ears, there was more life to these stars than to the glowing ants she had once imagined; actually, she was rather relieved she didn’t have millions of ants crawling around, above her head at night. “Sebastian?” she said, “will I ever meet a star?” Sebastian turned to her; and noticed her eyes fixated on the net of glinting stars above their heads, “Little Ham,” he whispered, “you will become a star” “How?” she asked, with intrigue. “When each hamster comes to the end of its life on earth, its spirit forms a magical energy. It is this energy, Little Ham, which creates the radiating light you see shining from a star. Every hamster’s spirit lives on within each star and, someday soon I would imagine, mine will too,” he told her. “And me too” She added. “Yes,” Sebastian said, “However, you’ll have to wait a little longer”. “Why?” Little Ham questioned. “Because he’s an Old Badger and we’re young hamsters,” Charlie answered, “we have life to learn and wisdom to gain, before we can become a star. Isn’t that right, Badger?” she said. “That’s right, Charlie,” said Sebastian, with an old, soft smile, “That’s right”. The three hamsters snuggled into each other, as the stars they had watched gradually began to disappear into the morning light. “Where are they going, Sebastian?” squeaked Little Ham, trying to be heard above the snorts and sniffles Charlie was now giving in sound sleep. “The sun will outshine them,” he answered. “How?” Little Ham questioned, in wonder. “Because the sun is the brightest of all stars.” He told her, as his tired eyes began to close. The two hamsters nestled themselves closer to one another as morning further approached and the stars faded into the crimson colours of the sky. “When you become a star, Sebastian, you will outshine the sun,” Little Ham whispered to him and in the warmth of the brightest star, she fell asleep. by Laura icholson 25

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