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We’ve been blessed with a very mild winter and with the daffodils in full bloom and trees and hedgerows erupting in blossom, there is a wonderful feeling of new beginnings and happiness in the air! Welcome to the Spring issue of QueenBee! This issue is packed with some really great features and all the regular articles you have come to know and love so much. Ditch the woolies and boots as we focus on Spring fashion and all the must-have trends for the new season. We have invaluable travel advice for you too, which will have you rushing to the travel agents to book your summer holidays! And we look at the latest, revolutionary fatbusting treatments in readiness to perfect the beach-body you have always dreamed about. On top of that, we are giving away a fab pair of ankle boots to one lucky reader!

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Good old baking soda! … for more than just baking! It can: • Help freshen up your breath – mix some baking soda with water and have a good old gargle! • Whiten your teeth – put some baking soda on your toothbrush and brush your teeth. This is the most effective homeremedy for tooth-whitening.

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From colour to sparkle, these It’s time to ditch the darkness and spring clean your beauty bag with a pop of colour! GO BIG OR GO HOME If you thought big bushy brows were going to be plucked from the list you thought wrong, as bigger is better this year! So ditch the tweezers and brace yourself to be as ‘au-natural’ as possible. Besides there’s nothing quite like a bold brow to make a statement. Avoid colouring them in or penciling them on, and opt for making them fluffy and thick and if all else fails, look to the goddess of the high brow, Cara Delevingne, for inspiration! Benefit Brow Zings: £24.50, Boots

SCENTS APPEAL Lighter nights and warmer weather, it’s time to freshen up your fragrance. Choosing scents that can make you reminisce of those ‘happy times’, there’s nothing better than a new scent to lift your spirits. Stalk the beauty counter for a concoction that brings together sweet, fruity scents and hints of aromatherapy oils that relax. SEE by CHLOE: £39, John Lewis

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Putting a fresh spin on the red lip tradition, warm coral hues will give skin a dewy glow that makes lips speak volumes. From orange hues to hints of pink, coral colours will help to tone down the drama of a typical red and bring about a fun and flirty vibe. YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick: £26, Boots

LET’S BE FRANK If you haven’t seen Frank Coffee Body Scrub trending across Twitter and Instagram, you’ve probably been a social recluse. This invigorating body scrub has been papped on the beauty shelves of all of our favourite celebs. Get down and dirty in the shower and step out with skin feeling brand new. Frank Coffee Body Scrub: £11.99 uk.frankbody.com

BACK TO KOHL Eyes rimmed in black kohl liner made a bold statement in the Spring/Summer catwalks, so it’s time to embrace your inner 90’s cool girl and get a little grunge. Rather than overload the waterline, apply along the lower lash line and smudge in a little for an effortlessly cool look. GOSH Kohl Eyeliner: £4.99, Superdrug

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Each issue, Gary Johannes from Peterborough Does Business chats to one local business woman to discuss their personal experiences of running their own company. This issue he met Emma Savage who runs Travel Counsellors. WHY DID YOU BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR? I wanted the flexibility of being my own boss. WHAT OR WHO HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST INFLUENCE IN BUSINESS AND WHY? My husband was the person who convinced me I could do it! WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED IN BUSINESS? Never give up. Tomorrow is another day. WHAT IS NUMBER ONE BUSINESS GOAL YOU PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH OVER THE NEXT YEAR? My main aim for 2016 is to grow the business travel side of my business. I offer a fantastic business travel management service, with specially negotiated airfares and hotel rates; I even offer business credit accounts. HOW CAN PEOPLE GET HOLD OF YOU? travelcounsellors.co.uk/emma.savage and my Twitter is @TCEmmaSavage > Peterborough Does Business provides an inspiring, educating and collaborative growth platform that enables small local businesses to succeed. To find out more visit www.peterborough.doesbusiness.co.uk or contact Gary Johannes on admin@peterborough.doesbusiness.co.uk

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Fabric face masks are nothing new, but they’ve been neglected by many of us in favour of peeling, wrinkle-defying masks, that claim to solve all of our anti-ageing problems. Admittedly they can look a little unusual, but these masks are enriched with vitamins and minerals that can improve skin hydration, as well as supercharge your average skincare routine taking it to new levels. With many of them soaked in highly concentrated serums, you need only lay back with a good book for a matter of minutes before they’ve worked their magic. Giving you a more spa-like feel to your pamper evenings, these face masks offer you pure luxury that you thought could only be found in the salon

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ast year saw a dramatic increase in appointments for fat removal treatments in a bid to instantly get rid of the pounds. For most people the approaching Summer means a new health and fitness regime, but for some the option of simply having the fat removed helps with more stubborn areas such as ‘love handles’ and belly fat. Here we ask your local salons about the different fat busting treatments available.

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t My Body Essentials we use the ROS’S Lipolytic Laser for body sculpting and fat reduction. An advanced lowfrequency cold laser treatment specifically designed to target and safely eliminate body fat deposits that can be difficult to remove. Each intelligent PAD emitting laser has been uniquely designed to deliver maximum energy and uniform distribution for superb results in body sculpting and fat reduction. This revolutionary treatment reduces fat and sculpts the body by targeting the adipocyte (fat cell) and encouraging it to release its contents into the interstitial space. An increase in the body’s metabolic rate then moves the released fat into the lymphatic system and subsequently discharged. Sessions can be taken at 72-hour intervals with up to a maximum of 12 treatments. After that, we recommend a break of two months to allow the body to re set itself and recover. The results of this treatment are immediate with a decrease in size, coupled with increased tissue oxygenation and effective lymphatic drainage.

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he credible alternative to liposuction! Here at Elysia Health and Beauty, we achieve outstanding results on inch/fat loss, body contouring, cellulite, skin tightening and lymphatic drainage. In addition, there is no downtime, results are not dependent on cardiovascular exercise and you can see improvements from your first treatment and... they just get better! Lipofirm Pro uses proven technology of Radio Frequency and Dynamic Muscle Activation. This increases fat metabolism in the subcutaneous layer and collagen remodeling in the dermal layer. Treatments can be performed on most body areas and on men and women. How many times do people say they can lose weight but never in the area they want? This is because our bodies hold on to fat in certain areas. Say goodbye to stubborn areas of fat, pregnancy pouch, stubborn cellulite. Lose inches and tighten your skin. We have a portfolio of real, proven client results.

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ltra-Ice Fat Freezing is a new innovative fat freezing eliminator, regarded as the next generation of body contouring and is available at The Sawtry Beauty clinic. This revolutionary treatment is Cryotherapy treatment; reducing fat in the area being treated to sculpt and contour the body for maximum results. It can literally freeze your butt off, lose that muffin top, love handles, back fat and even man-boobs for the shape you’ve always wanted. The treatment is completely pain free and comfortable. There is no surgery, no needles, no anaesthetic or numbing agent required, which means no recovery time. You can resume normal daily activities immediately after the session. You can start to see results in as little as two weeks, although it could take up to four months for you to see full effects of the Ultra Ice Fat Freezing. Not only is one session sufficient for most areas, this treatment is also permanent. Once destroyed, those same fat cells cannot return again. Book a free consultation today by calling Amanda.

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The result of over two decades of research, CACI’s non-invasive treatments deliver dramatic, visible results without the need for surgery. With a wide range of treatments available, we can always offer you the perfect face or body treatment to suit your individual requirements, all of which can be discussed at your FREE CACI consultation. CACI’s FAT BUSTING Body Treatments include: Bust Treatment: Lift, tone and strengthen muscles around the bust, for an enhanced, fuller and firm appearance Legs and Buttocks Treatment with ECM (ElectroCellulite Massager: Instant lifting and contouring of the buttocks. Tones and firms the thighs; Improves the appearance of cellulite and breaks down fatty deposits. It can also flush away toxins, giving the skin a smoother, tighter, brighter and dimple free complexion. A great pre-holiday / bikini blitz treatment, or as part of a healthy diet exercise regime. Stomach Treatment: Aimed at those who want to define their stomach muscles. Strechmarks/Scarring: Refines and softens the appearance of stretchmarks and scarring by nourishing the skin, stimulating tissue repair and healing, reducing redness and irritation. An excellent post natal or weight loss regime treatment. Courses of treatments are recommended. Book a course of 10 for the price of 9, or 12 for the price of 10.

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THE KEY TO SUCCESS By Louisa Parr

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t the end of last year, just five weeks before Christmas, I downsized my home from a large four bedroomed townhouse to a much smaller two bedroomed bungalow in a quaint village just outside Peterborough. My health hadn’t been great and as my eldest sons had all flown the nest, that left myself and my youngest offspring to rattle around in a house that was far beyond our needs. It was time for a change.

I had no choice, I had to be brutal. Out went the LP’S and cassettes I’d had since my teens, all the old clothes that I thought might come back into fashion again one day, the odd pots and pans with broken handles and missing lids. I took trips to the charity shops, sold or gave away the more valuable items and the rest of the stuff that wasn’t of use to anyone went to the local tip. Some things that had to go broke my heart, but getting emotional about the loss of a Welsh At the end of the day, dresser was bordering on the all those things we irrational!

I’m told that one of the most stressful things you could ever do during your lifetime is move house! I can now safely think we can’t live say from experience that I We’ve settled into our new without, really don’t agree with that statement. abode quite nicely now , Even though I’ve moved home mean that much in the surrounded by only the grand scheme of things. most precious and treasured several times in the past, it’s always been to a property of a of possessions and feeling similar size or bigger than the previous one. none the worse for it. At the end of the This time it was like moving from a shoe day, all those things we think we can’t live shop to a shoe box and I’m Imelda Marcos! without, really don’t mean that much in the grand scheme of things. I’ve realised that I It wasn’t until I started packing that I have been on a journey, both literally and realised just how much furniture and ‘stuff’ spiritually, cleaning out my cupboards as I’d managed to accumulate over the years. well as the clearing of my mind. Where in heavens name had it all come from? There was so much that was surplus As I stand in my back to requirements, it was ridiculous. Without garden and look out knowing it, I had become a hoarder, buying across open fields and unnecessary items and keeping things for breath in the fresh air, I ‘Justin Case’, which, of course, he was never know I’m truly home... going to need! only one problem It was time for a clear out, for some serious cleansing, and not of the colonic kind either (although most of it was crap anyway). 36

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tart thinking about your spring wardrobe now and grab some essentials that will see you through to the summer. Think lightweight denim, bright orange and pops of pink. Crisp white shirts, marled knits with Spanish influences. Look for accessories in the form of halfmoon bags, 70s inspired suede and treat your feet to some stylish flat mules. Find some inspiration in these top picks! ^ Soft Jacket £50 Next, Queensgate, Peterborough


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Napoleon’. No matter what it is, no symptom h my word, whilst I’m happy to age is taboo and I for one am grateful for the slowly and a little disgracefully societal changes that have allowed me to I cannot wait to rid myself of share it all with my husband! the monthly (or not so monthly now) blot on the landscape that has blighted However, joking aside, it is important that we my wonderful, child-bearing all know the symptoms because A simple blood test years. It has always been women no longer have to suffer my personal grudge against confirmed I was indeed in silence. We can now get the evolution that the distribution pre-menopausal and help we need as soon as it’s of reproductive consequences I must admit it was required. Typical symptoms has been so unfairly stacked a relief. I had been include, but are not limited against women that to finally to, reduction in and irregular feeling under par for be on the verge of ending the periods, hot flushes, night so long that it was endless flow has got to be one sweats, tiredness, mood swings, wonderful to finally of the major highlights of my depression, dry ‘crawling’ skin, know why. middle age! lost libido and unexplained Thankfully, these days, women can openly acknowledge the menopause and how it affects them. From debilitating tiredness to body drenching hot flushes, from sudden onset temper to ‘not tonight

weight gain. The trouble is the symptoms of menopause can sneak up on you and it was not until I became aware of the obvious longer spells between periods, that the penny dropped and all the other little ailments suddenly made sense. A simple blood test confirmed I was indeed pre-menopausal and I must admit it was a relief. I had been feeling under par for so long that it was wonderful to finally know why. Now all I have to do is to decide whether I’m going to HRT or not to HRT. If your symptoms are not too debilitating, you may chose to go it alone or opt for more homeopathic remedies but for me, with the ever increasing need to get my chin threaded, I’ve a feeling I’m just putting off the inevitable! ^

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tep into springtime at Snow Designs, where we are brimming with fresh ideas to keep your home looking fabulous! This year we are all about creating a calming ambience in the home. Create your own Scandi sanctuary with our glorious array of Tibetan furs and animal hides, combined with dusky hues, authentic faux plants by Abigail Ahern, and mid-century and modern furnishings. As we enter a new season, we are particularly excited to be incorporating new designers and brands to our shop floor. Cushions from Jen Rowland, eclectic prints, Lush lampshades, Turkish jewellery and innovative lighting are just a few of the captivating products we offer. We are also now proud stockists of Lampe Berger; products which are not only decorative and extinguish bad odours, but also purify the air and produce a long-lasting fragrance

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> TAPE HAIR EXTENSIONS Tape hair extensions are quick and easy to fit. The extensions are pre-taped and then sandwiched on either side of your own hair. These types of hair extensions can last anywhere from six to twelve weeks. Paul Mitchell taped extensions are available at House of Hair and Beauty in Stanground. www.houseofhairandbeauty.net > PRE- BONDED/FUSION EXTENSIONS These have a Keratin tip on the end of each strand of hair for attaching to your own hair, using a heat connector to bond the hair extension. Keratin is much kinder to your natural hair than harsh glues and makes them easier to remove without causing damage to your own hair. With good staying power and longevity, they’re good for busy ladies who don’t have time for extensive maintenance. Pre-bonded Balmain extentions are available at Millie & Co, Hampton, Peterborough. www.milliebrown-hairsalon.co.uk. Get 10% off Balmain Hair Extentions when mentioning QueenBee magazine! Valid until 29.4.16


QueenBeebeauty > CLIP IN HAIR EXTENSIONS For quick hair extensions with no long-term bonding, clip-ins are easy to attach giving you longer hair, lowlights, highlights, > or added volume. Available in one or multiple pieces (wefts) of varying widths, they can be clipped–in or out in minutes. They allow you to transform your hair temporarily without the time and cost associated with other types of extensions. Great for a special occasion without permanent change. Available to order at House of Hair and Beauty in Stanground. www.houseofhairandbeauty.net > MICRO AND NANO RING EXTENSIONS These are applied by looping the extensions through natural hair and clamping it down with a pair of pliers and a metal bead to finish. Nano rings are ideal for people with fine hair and in need of more hair round the sides to create thicker, fuller locks. Very gentle on the hair as no adhesives or heat are used to attach them. Available at Laylas Lengths in Werrington. www.laylaslengths.co.uk BEFORE

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well at the sides which is really frustrating so I mainly wanted extensions to add more length there with some extra volume throughout. Nicola at Laylas Lengths specialises in hair extensions and I was surprised that it only took her a couple of hours to apply them. Layla’s Lengths only use their own highest quality 100% human hair which is lovely quality; very soft and easy to manage. The bonds are tiny and very discreet. I’ve had them in for four weeks now and find the extensions easy to manage - I can straighten or curl them like my own hair. I sleep with my hair is a loose plait or pony tail to help prevent tangling and find I’m only washing my hair once or twice a week, just using dry shampoo in between if necessary. Tip: You have to be gentle when brushing your extensions - I find the best brush is a tangle teaser (available at Boots). Also, using a leave-in hair oil helps keep them soft. I really like Aldi Carino Miracle Oil and at only £3.99 it’s a real bargain! I rub a little into the lengths of my hair once or twice a week”. Visit www.laylaslengths.co.uk for more info ^

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here are many different types of flour available to make cakes, breads, pancakes etc. that are really healthy for you and wheat/gluten free. Customise and replace your ordinary flour recipes with alternatives to create delicious allergen-friendly goods. You don’t need to be a trained chef to knock up tasty treats! We give you three of our favourite flours to bake up a delicious and nutritious storm.

Rice flour Made from ground raw rice. This flour is low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol. It is a suitable and healthy replacement for wheat flour in cakes and biscuits. Rice flour is easy to digest with a mild taste because of it’s glutenfree quality. Use for: Pancakes. Beat 3 eggs, stir in ½ cup milk, 1tbsp vegetable oil and ½ tsp salt with 1 cup rice flour. Whisk and cook.

Cornflour Milled from corn into a fine, white powder. Cornflour is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of dietary fibre and has 11 grams of protein per cup. It is virtually tasteless and is used as a thickening agent. Use for: Cakes. Replace every unit of flour with half a unit of cornflour.

Coconut flour Made from dried, defatted coconut meat. This flour is high in fibre and rich in protein which makes it exceptionally filling with a light coconut flavour. It is also a good source of lauric acid, a saturated fat thought to support the immune system and the thyroid. Use for: Bread. Combine 1 ½ cups coconut flour, 1 cup ghee, 12 eggs, 2 tbsp honey and 1 tsp unrefined sea salt. Mix and bake in oven preheated to 180 °C for 40 minutes ^ QueenBee Spring 2016

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he Peterborough Branch of the Clandestine Cake Club (CCC) are a group of local bakers, that meet up once a month at a secret location. You don’t necessarily need to be a top chef to join the club! Event organiser, Katie Brennand, said: “Anyone with an interest in baking can join the CCC and attend the secret meetings or just send us photos of their cake. We are a small and friendly group. We don’t judge, there is no winner – we just bake a cake and chat, drink tea and of course eat the cake. It must be a whole cake, that’s pretty much the only rule”. The Peterborough group was established two years ago as the nearest CCC in Stamford was too far away and inconvenient for locals to get to. It currently consists of thirty members, with around ten attending the monthly secret meetings. The club has a mix of men and women members, ranging between the ages of 18-60.

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Katie said: “I wanted to do it because I love baking but I have made so many new friends in the process. We have become a group of friends and do stuff outside of cake club as well.” The CCC, founded by Lynn Hill, host events worldwide, creating the opportunity for people to get together over tea and cake. “If anyone wants to just make a Victorian sponge cake every week and come along, they are more than welcome to,” Katie laughed. “People tend to feel quit relaxed as we are an informal group and try to do fun things like the Glastonbury-themed party we held last year, where we had a BBQ, cakes, drinks and plenty of music.” The local cake club arrange meetings at free venues and decide on the monthly themes for the secret meetings together beforehand. Over the last 12 months, CCC also attended the Beer Festival and visited most of the community centres and pubs in the Peterborough area.


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Classic Victorian Sponge 4 eggs 225g sugar 225g self-raising flour 225g butter > Preheat the oven to 180 deg C (170 for fan-assisted ovens). > Bake the cakes for 20-30 minutes (every oven is different so keep checking). Fill with your favourite jam and fresh double cream.

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Cauliflower Rice FOR 4–6 This is a brilliant alternative to rice – gluten-free, very simple and something really quite different. It’s just like rice but with bags more nutrition, less carbohydrate and, dare I say it, more flavour. This rice is ideal for serving with curries and I like to add the turmeric for a little colour, but it can easily be omitted to give pure white rice instead. THE BITS • 1 large cauliflower, chopped very finely • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric • 1 tablespoon water • 1 teaspoon sea salt

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DO IT Make sure that your cauliflower is very well chopped – the easiest way is to put it into a food processor and pulse about five times, until it resembles rice. Any big bits can be picked out and kept for a later pulsing. Heat the oil in a frying pan on a medium-high heat and begin to fry your cauliflower. Stir it regularly, and after 5–7 minutes, when the cauliflower is getting a little colour, add the turmeric and water. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes, until the cauliflower has become tender but still has a bit of bite to it. Season with salt and serve ^


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COUPLES HOLIDAY Looking for a lavish, tropical retreat, surrounded by palm trees and beach huts? Buccament Bay will tick all those boxes. This beautiful resort is situated on the unspoilt island of St Vincent in the Caribbean. St Vincent offers the whole package - mountains covered in rainforest, spectacular waterfalls, beaches and even a volcano! Popular with celebrities, the Buccament Bay resort offers 2 pools, a private beach and a spa, plus loads of sports activities and daytime excursions. This really is a gorgeous place to visit.

HOLIDAYS FOR FAMILIES Fancy saying goodbye to the car, being surrounded by trees and wildlife, getting endless amounts of fresh air and great activities for all aged children? And saying good bye to the UK? Then why not try Center Parcs Europe? With villages in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany, you can choose how far you >


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Charters Bar, Town Bridge, Peterborough Sunday 19th March at 10.30pm www.charters-bar.com Charters presents, for the final ever time, the Dizzy Miss Lizzys! The band is Peterborough’s favourite Beatles cover band, including premier guitarist and Prodigy guitar celebrity, Gizz Butt. Head down to Charters to enjoy the range of award winning ales on offer and a guaranteed sing-a-long.

THEATRE: THE WIZARD OF OZ Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough Tel: 01733 207239 Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March at 7.30pm. Tickets: £15 (concessions £12.50) Join the West End Wildcats this March for a fun evening out with 60

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THEATRE: LEGALLY BLONDE Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough Tel: 01733 207239 Weds 4th to Saturday 7th May Tickets: £17 (concessions £14) Inspirational Productions proudly return to the Key Theatre this May with the heart-warming story of Elle Woods, as she pursues her dreams and travels to Harvard Law School. Based on the adored movie, “Legally Blonde”, the fabulous musical is complete with the unforgettable songs we all know and love.

JUST FOR FUN: BURGHLEY EASTER EGG HUNT Burghley House, Burghley Park, Stamford Tel: 01780 761989 Sun 27th March, 11am – 5pm. The popular Burghley Easter Egg Hunt takes place once again in the Gardens of Surprise at Burghley House. Follow the treasure hunt and solve the riddle to claim your chocolate egg from the Easter Bunny! With the addition of a quiz for the parents, it’s a fun-filled day for all the family.

MOVIES: BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Release date: Friday 25th March A thrilling, new, action movie in which the world’s greatest superheroes, Batman and Superman, face off. With the superheroes fighting, mankind faces a new threat as Lex Luthor creates Doomsday; will Superman and Batman set their differences aside to stop them from destroying Metropolis?

THE JUNGLE BOOK Release date: Friday 15th April Join Mowgli on his epic journey to self-discovery as he is forced to leave his home with the wolves. Watch him learn valuable life lessons, meet an array of jungle animals and have a whole lot of fun along the way!

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THEATRE: THE RAILWAY CHILDREN Starbright Entertainment at Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford Tel: 01780 763203 www.stamfordartscentre.com Friday 1 April at 2.30pm E. Nesbit’s well-loved tale is brought to life in this new adaptation by Woolford and John. Roberta, Peter and Phyllis live in a comfortable house in London until their father is falsely accused of selling state secrets and is imprisoned. The children and their mother have no choice but to leave their home and move to a quiet little cottage next to a railway in Yorkshire. A beautiful blend of storytelling, drama, comedy and musical theatre, this really is the perfect way to make literature come alive for all the family!

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MOVIE: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 Release date: Tues 22nd March Katniss fully realises that the stakes are no longer for survival, but the future. The mortal traps, enemies and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than ever before. An electrifying journey not to be missed.

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The Common Law Wife and Other Stories?

And yes, the number of marriages is falling and as a consequence, the number of divorces. But does that mean there are less couples living together, with or without children, or less relationship breakdowns? Of course not. Human nature remains pretty constant, whilst social conventions develop and change with the times. If you are married you have the protection of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and the wealth of case law that has built up since. Divorce law is often seen as a charter for wives, leaving the poor old husband impoverished and cut off from the kids. 62

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In fact the principles applied to the division of matrimonial assets on divorce, are to achieve equality, with adjustments either way according to who needs what to set up new homes and survive apart. Very different to cohabiting relationships. There is virtually no legal protection for the separating couple, unless there are children involved and then only on a timelimited basis, until they finish school. Why is this? It’s down to public policy really – successive governments don’t have the stomach to confront the traditionalists and effectively demote marriage. So what can be done? A Cohabitation Agreement will cover the whole range of aspects of living together, particularly the ownership of your home, which is usually the major asset. It may be advisable to draw up a Trust Deed to specify the terms of ownership for now and the future ^

Belinda Smith is the owner and principal of Belinda Smith and Co., Family Law solicitors based at Asset House, 27-28 Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SR www.bscosolicitors.co.uk

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In cohabiting relationships there is virtually no legal protection for the separating couple, unless there are children involved and then only on a timelimited basis, until they finish school.

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he Common law wife is dead – no sorry, she never existed. Apologies to all those women out there and yes, (it is nearly always the woman) who have brought up children and run homes for years but not made it to the altar with their common law husband – or the registry office or hotel or wherever people are getting married nowadays.


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mood food Madeleine Lillywhite from Streets Marketing Agency gives us some tips on staying alert, energised and positive during your working day.

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ertain foods can improve your mood – we call them Mood Food. Improve positivity, brainpower and energy by including these items in your weekly shop – bananas, brazil nuts, seeds, avocado, green veg, fibre and good carbs. Making a few select changes to your diet can start improving your mood almost instantly. Give it a go!

SUPER JUICE Even in the best-ordered lives there are times when hauling yourself out of bed requires superhuman effort. There are days where energy seems to be lacking and the thought of getting dressed and dragging yourself to work is enough to bring on an instant attack of doom and gloom. Let’s call it TTFN (Total but Temporary Fatigue Neurosis).

BANANAS: Did you know that a lack of potassium is often associated with low mood, depression and mood swings? Plus it can put pressure on the nervous system. Make sure you eat foods that are potassium rich such as bananas, tomatoes and mushrooms.

It can be caused by too much junk food, late nights and too much alcohol yet many people suffer from it through no fault of their own. They are simply ground down by the stresses and pressures of modern life with jobs and children, poor absorption of nutrients due to digestive disorders or other seasonal disorders such as SAD, ME or chronic fatigue syndrome.

BRAZIL NUTS: These are one of the only natural sources of selenium, a mineral that protects against depression, exhaustion and anxiety. Get scoffing! Just three nuts a day is the recommended daily allowance. GOOD FATS: Foods rich in omegas 3 and 6 help your brain function better. Make sure your diet includes: avocados, organic milk, yogurt and cheese, nuts, seeds and oily fish. GREEN VEGETABLES Green veg is fantastic for your wellbeing. Broccoli, cabbage, kale and spinach are not only super-healthy, but high in folic acid, a natural anti-depressant. CARBS Did you know there’s a reason carbs are termed ‘comfort food’? They trigger the brain to release tryptophan, the precursor to serotonin. Make sure you choose wholegrain, fibre-rich carbs rather than the sugary, simple kind. 64

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These are just some of the reasons that so many people need a pick-me-up, and there’s no better way than to get one from a freshly made juice. Here’s a couple of juice recipes guaranteed to add a spring to your step! LIFE SAVER • Apples 3, unpeeled, uncored and quartered • Oranges 2, peeled, leaving the pith on • Lemon 1, with peel if thin-skinned • Iceburg lettuce - 2 handfulls GRAPEFRUIT GLITZ • Grapefruit 2, peeled, leaving pith behind • Oranges 2, leaving pith behind • Lemon 1, with peel if thin-skinned Blitz in the blender and drink! ^


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ave time and money by signing up to the following websites – all of which are designed to make your life a little easier on the purse! All of the featured websites have an app that you can download, making booking super-easy when using your smart phone or tablet.

www.shopitize.com > Earn money shopping at supermarkets. Download the app or visit the website. www.quidco.com/clicksnap > Get paid for your everyday weekly shopping. www.checkoutsmart.com > Earn money doing your grocery shopping. With the Easter, May half-term and summer holidays coming up, claim numerous 2-for-1 attraction tickets to make your money go a lot further! Visit www.daysoutguide.co.uk Some of the offers listed here are only valid by producing an official train ticket. Listed below are online train companies where tickets can be issued for collection at the train station. If you prefer, you can also print an e-ticket at home. For the best train ticket prices look and book in advance up to 12 weeks from your preferred departure date. www.redspottedhanky.com/trains www.thetrainline.com www.mytrainticket.co.uk  If your train journey involves making changes, try the Martin Lewis Split Ticket tool www.moneysavingexpert.com/ split-cheap-train-tickets That’s all for now, so get saving those pennies! ^ QueenBee Spring 2016

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It’s good to talk

ur mental health has been high on the agenda recently and rightly so, with 1-in-4 of us likely to suffer every year, it’s about time we talked about it more. But is talking part of the problem? A recent campaign highlighting the terrible statistics surrounding suicide in young men – 13 men take their life every day – focused on men’s tendency to not talk about their problems leading to high rates depression and suicide. On the other hand, women, with their high evolutionary driver to form strong social connections tend to talk about their problems. But is it possible they are talking too much? We all know that talking about our problems is good right? Talking through a problem helps us to process it and receive feedback that might challenge our original perception of the issue and help us come up with a variety of solutions to take forward. So talking is good. But like many things, only in moderation. Our brains don’t know the difference between imagination and reality so every time we go back over a problem our brain thinks it is actually happening again.

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So when we find ourselves talking about one problem ten different times to ten different people our brains think the problem has happened to us ten more times, leading to high levels of stress and anxiety in women. So to improve our mental wellbeing we need to find that middle ground – make sure you have a few close friends you can confide in to help you feel supported and work through problems in a healthy and constructive way. And if you find yourself recounting the problem for the fourth, fifth or even sixth time it’s time to stop focusing on the problem and start working towards solutions ^ By Gary Johannes Inspired to Change Hypnotherapy 07780592625 • www.inspiredtochange.biz


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A sting in the tail by Tracy Hefferon

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iss and make-up?

Being a forty-something woman, I am fortunate enough to be more than a little comfortable in my own skin. After all, I’ve been staring back at my mush in the mirror since the days of glam rock… I’ve pretty much got used to it by now. What I do find baffling, however, is the current trend for young women to layer on so much slap, they become almost unrecognisable from the flawless canvas that lay beneath. A lack of confidence, unrealistic portrayal of celebrities in the media or just having a pretty best mate can all push a girl into cosmetic addiction. Contouring is big business, with everyone from teenagers to middle-aged women spending a small fortune on not just one foundation but three separate bottles of polyfilla; all in a bid to create the illusion of bones that don’t actually exist. And it doesn’t stop there. We have brow kits that create monstrous Brooke Shield-esque arches of chestnut and ebony, which allegedly ‘frame the face’. Lip maximizers that plump the flesh to near bursting point. False eyelashes so long, so black, so menacing, I often mistake them for house spiders and either scream when I spot one lying on the bathroom floor or worse, try to beat it to death with a slipper. Next up, layer upon layer of concealers, bronzer, highlighters, blusher, shimmer sticks and eyeshadows, creating an alluring effect of having fallen head first into a rainbow.

And let’s not forget the mouth – lips outlined so far outside the actual lipline, it’s hard to decipher whether you are looking at a girl or a pufferfish. What worries me most is what happens when said young woman falls in love? It’s a bit like the chicken-fillet dilemma of the 1990s… when the illusion of a perfect pair of breasts ended in utter dismay after removal of hot pink Wonderbra with added fillets revealed a couple of fried eggs… Most of us, if we’re honest, fall in love with a face. Everything else is an added bonus. So what happens when said young woman eventually has to remove the mask, exposing her canvas and she looks nothing like the goddess she resembled ten minutes before scrubbing commenced? I’m all in favour of enhancing your features and making the most of what you’ve got and personally, I wouldn’t be seen dead without my Double Wear. But I think its time girls started to embrace their natural beauty and realise that less really is more. Hiding behind a mask is for villains and we all know women are the true heroines of this story ^

Tracy x

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