Soar Valley Life Magazine Issue Number 90/91 September and October 2019

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Soar Valley Life Editors ­ Steve & Mary Johns Adver sing ­ Steve Johns Distribu on ­ Peter Colle Graphic Design Alison Poole Designs Business Directory ­ page 58 Telephone 01509 813125 Email enquiries Adver sing Editorial & Compe ons ­ Business and other enquiries ­ Website Facebook Address 1 Burton Road, Sileby LE12 7RU Copyright © 2018 Fantas c State Limited trading as Soar Valley Life. The Publisher reserves and controls all rights to the work presented in this magazine. Any applica on for any use of any of the work, features, adver sements, quota ons, photographs, images or other work within this publica on must be made directly to the publisher. No part of this publica on may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmi ed, in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher. Disclaimer: Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of material in this publica on the publisher can accept no responsibility for the veracity of claims made by contributors in either editorial or adver sing content, or take responsibility for services provided by the adver ser. It is the responsibility of the adver ser to ensure their advert is correct and up to date at the me of publica on. General Data Protec on Regula on GDPR: All personal data collected through compe ons or related correspondence in this magazine are destroyed once the winners have been announced. We do not retain personal data.

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Contents Find the Robin 10 Top Gardening Tips 14 Quick Crossword 17 VAT Changes in October 18 Nicky Morgan MP 20 Recipe – Cinnamon Apple Slice 22 Recipes for Children 24 Quiz – Ghosts 25 Moss Solicitors Honoured 29 New Community Membership at the GCR 32 Seborrhoeic Keratosis 35 Pelvic Girdle Pain 37 Walking Quorn and the River Soar 38 Difference between Eczema and Psoriasis 39 Tracing your Family History 39 Spot the Difference 40 Henry Hedgehog’s Puzzle Page 41 Charnwood Division Girlguiding 42 Is it me for a New (school) Year Resolu on? 44 Health Check your Cat 46 Win! A Meal for Two on the Rothley Rose 49 Op ons for some Winter Sun 50 Astronomy 52 Easy & Hard Sudoku 54 Short Story – A Nasty Case of the Whiffs 56 Local Business Directory 58 Solu ons and Winners 60 Adver sing Prices 61

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Recipes Cinnamon Apple Slice

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You don’t know what you’ve got ‘ l it’s... I guess you can fill in the last word yourself? Of course it’s from that famous song by Canadian singer/song writer Joni Mitchell— Big Yellow Taxi—like the one here that took us to the airport on our way home from a beau ful family wedding on Vancouver Island. Normal life for Mary and I was suspended upon our arrival by car back in Sileby from Heathrow at 5pm on Sunday 19th August. We pulled up on the grass in front of our house in order to unload the cases. As soon as we’d done that, I went to open the back door to let in some fresh air and realised that our home had been broken into. The only evidence, at first, appeared to be the broken lock, but as soon as we went upstairs the extent of our predicament began to unfold. The contents of bedroom drawers were strewn over the floor; in Mary’s office there was sta onery and papers on the carpet and in my study the cupboard door was open with items of li le worth on the floor. We phoned 999, gave an account of what we had discovered and, within an hour, two police S.O.C.O. arrived and began dus ng for prints upstairs and downstairs. Our Ford van key was not in the fruit bowl in the kitchen where we’d le it, so I went round to look in our car park ­ no van. Over the next hour and a half we discovered many items of sen mental, emo onal and material value had been stolen. There was a mounted gold sovereign on a long gold belcher chain. The actual sovereign had been a 21st birthday present to

Mary’s mum from her grandfather; there were rings and necklaces handed down from Mary’s aunts. There was a jewellery case I had bought for my late wife in the 1990s containing all sorts of keepsakes from that life: wedding rings, a lock of hair, a golden heart necklace, etc. Going out on foot for a pint and a takeaway a er the police had le , it dawned on Mary that the spare Kia car key had been in her mother’s jewellery case which was also missing, so we decided it would be a good idea to move the car elsewhere. On the way home, I went to the Chinese takeaway and Mary went to the chippy. Mary got back before me and went to look in the car park to make sure the car was okay. She walked round to the house and was unlocking the front door when she no ced a male person loping past wearing a black hoodie pulled well forward over his face. She went into the kitchen and was pu ng plates out for our meal as I got back. ‘The car’s okay, I just checked,’ she said. I picked up the car keys saying I would move it before we ate. But, unbelievably, when I went round to the car park, it had gone! I rang the police straightaway and they quickly located it in Loughborough and gave chase. A er hi ng a lamp post the

occupant fled. He was caught and spent 24 hours in police custody. The case is s ll under inves ga on. We have since learned, on the grapevine, who this person is: a nasty piece of work , a local thief and convicted criminal. There was a box and a half of Soar Valley Life magazines in the van which must have been dumped somewhere. Please let us know if you spot them—the ones with the cricketers on the front. As each day has unfolded we have found more and more items that aren’t with us anymore. Strange how you don’t no ce something is missing un l you want it… We have been overwhelmed by a great many offers of help and support . People have sent us flowers, lent us their cars and offered all kinds of prac cal help with our business. And all this in our Autumn magazine deadline week! So we sincerely apologise for this being a thinner magazine this me, but it has been one of the most tes ng weeks we have ever known. We’ll be back to some sort of normality for the next issue and hopefully we’ll have put an end to the growing list of our possessions that are ­ well, here it is then, that missing word—GONE!

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Nicky Morgan MP This is a me of year when students will have received their exam results and moved on to the next stage of their lives – perhaps to the next part of their educa on or to an appren ceship or a graduate role. I want to wish everyone in that posi on well, and also to salute the support and hard work given by teachers, families and others. Every year I a end one of the gradua on ceremonies at Loughborough University and they usually start with the graduates being invited to applaud those who’ve supported them. Life as Loughborough’s MP is always varied – from unveiling a new parcel post­box, asking ques ons about Loughborough business, Intelligent Energy in the House of Commons or raising a cons tuency case with the Prime Minister, to raising awareness about pensioner benefits. Un l recently I was Chair of the All­Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail. We recently published a report on what the disappearance of coal would do to the sector. There is a great deal of focus, quite rightly, on how the UK can get to a net zero carbon figure by 2050. But the end of fossil fuels such as coal, while welcome in many ways and providing an opportunity for development of and investment in renewable energy, also has implica ons. As we know from the fabulous Great Central Railway in Leicestershire people visit heritage railways to see steam and, for now, they need coal to produce it. Our new report (available on looks at this and discusses what can be done to tackle the issue now. Much to my surprise the new Prime Minister offered me a role in his Cabinet as the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports. This is an extremely interes ng and diverse role and touches on issues of real importance to our lives – the role that technology has in driving economic growth, the dangers and opportuni es of the online world and how it could be regulated, the importance of art, culture, music, theatre, sport and so much else in enriching our lives, the development of youth policy outside schools and how we tackle loneliness.

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Sweet Recipe Just Great Music!

Cinnamon apple slice

Makes 10­12 slices Ready in 1hour 10 minutes, plus cooling

A quick and easy tray­bake style cake that can be served warm or cold. Any le overs can be stored in an air ght container for up to 5 days.


Place the cooking apples, lemon juice and granulated sugar in a heavy­based pan. Heat gently un l the sugar has dissolved then simmer for 3­4 minutes un l the apple has just so ened. Leave to cool.


Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. Grease a 23cm square shallow cake n and line the base with baking paper.


Place the bu er, caster sugar, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and eggs in a large bowl and, using a handheld electric mixer, beat together for 2­3 minutes un l pale and creamy.


Spread half the cake mixture in the base of the lined cake n. Drain off any excess liquid from the cooked apples then spoon them over the cake mixture in an even layer. Gently spread the rest of the cake mixture over the apple filling.



Bake for 40­50 minutes or un l the cake has shrunk from the sides of the n and springs back when pressed in the centre with your finger ps. Leave to cool in the n for 15 minutes. Serve warm or cold, cut into slices and dusted with icing sugar. If you prefer replace the cooked apples with two peeled, cored and diced ea ng apples – no need to cook them, just toss them in the lemon juice and use only 25g granulated sugar, then spoon onto the cake mixture.

Ingredients: • 350g cooking apples, peeled, cored and diced • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 50g granulated sugar • 225g bu er, so ened • 225g caster sugar • 250g self­raising flour • 1 tsp baking powder • 2 tsp ground cinnamon • 4 medium eggs

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Recipes for Children Just Add Pa ence by Kat Gilbert

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Stuffed Mushrooms Ingredients: • 4 large flat mushrooms • 40g mozzarella • 15g pine nuts • 1tbsp pesto • 10g grated cheddar • 20g breadcrumbs

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Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180°c fan and lightly grease a baking tray. 2. With a table knife, carefully chop off the mushroom’s stalk and chop into small pieces and place in a bowl.

3. Chop the mozzarella into small pieces and add to the bowl with the mushroom stalks. 4. Add in the pine nuts and pesto and mix un l it is all combined. 5. Spoon the filling equally between the four mushrooms. 6. In a separate bowl, add the breadcrumbs and the cheddar and mix together. 7. Sprinkle the cheesy breadcrumbs over the mushrooms. 8. Place in the oven for 15­20 minutes un l the mushrooms are cooked. 9. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

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Quiz – Ghosts 1. Which famous literary character is haunted by a ghost called Banquo? 2. Named a er Ghos ace Killah from the hip hop group the Wu­Tang Clan, which social networking app has a ghost called Ghos ace Chillah as its logo and mascot? 3. Ghos ace is the name given to the killer or killers in which film series? 4. How is the ghost of Jennet Humfrye known in the tle of a 1983 book by Susan Hill? 5. In the Harry Po ery novels, what is the nickname of the ghost that haunts the first floor girls' lavatory at Hogwarts, with author J.K. Rowling saying she was inspired by "the frequent presence of a crying girl in communal bathrooms, especially at the par es and discos" of her youth? 6. Which famous song is played on a jukebox in the famous po ery scene from the film Ghost? 7. In the video game Pac­Man, what colour do the ghosts turn when Pac­Man eats a power pellet? 8. Who had a hit single in 1984 with the theme song from the film Ghostbusters? 9. How many ghosts visit Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens novella A Christmas Carol? 10. Which famous person won a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Suppor ng Actor for a cameo role as himself in the 1989 film Ghosts Can't Do It?

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MOSS SOLICITORS LLP honoured for helping to secure vital funds for Cancer Research UK

Moss Solicitors LLP have been recognised by Cancer Research UK a er facilita ng over £2.13million worth of gi s from people choosing to leave a legacy to the charity in their Will. Moss Solicitors LLP were presented with a Gold Cer ficate to acknowledge the firm’s ongoing support. The firm have been offering the Free Will Service to people aged 55 and over in the Loughborough area for several years, giving guidance and support for those wishing to write a Will or update an exis ng one. As part of the service, Moss Solicitors LLP gives guidance for those wishing to leave a legacy gi for Cancer Research UK.

Anything le to the charity can be marked to be ring­fenced for research into a specific cancer type or research within a local area. The charity receives no government funding for its research and relies heavily on the generosity of people leaving gi s in their wills. Over a third of its research into the preven on, diagnosis and treatment of cancer is funded through supporters leaving a legacy to the charity. Clare Moore, Director of Legacies at Cancer Research UK, stated “By offering Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service, Moss Solicitors LLP have become well informed about our work and are very suppor ve of our life­saving

research. Whenever their clients express a desire to support us, Moss Solicitors LLP act with great sensi vity as they explain the various op ons and allow individuals or families to make the right choice in their own good me”. The Free Will Service has been running successfully for over 20 years throughout the UK. Anyone who wishes to use the service is asked to consider leaving a legacy gi to Cancer Research UK but is under no obliga on to do so. For more informa on about leaving a legacy gi and Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service, visit freewillservice or call Moss Solicitors LLP 01509 217770.

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Pelvic Girdle Pain PGP, formerly known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunc on affects 1 in 5 pregnant women and symptoms can occur at any stage during or following pregnancy. PGP causes pain and s ffness in the pelvic joints, and difficulty walking, climbing stairs and turning in bed. The shape and flexibility of the pelvis/pelvic joints changes in pregnancy due to the weight of the developing baby and hormones released during pregnancy which increase laxity of the pelvic ligaments. Osteopathic treatment of the pelvic joints and so ssues is safe and effec ve during and a er pregnancy. Osteopaths can advise pregnant women on strengthening exercises for the pelvic floor as well as gentle treatment to alleviate back and pelvic pain experienced throughout pregnancy. Why not contact Angel Yard Osteopaths to see how we can help.

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Walking ­ Quorn and the River Soar

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2 Take Leicester Road to the le , towards Mountsorrel, for a third of a mile to the signpost on the le . Go through the kissing gate and bear slight right over a s le/footbridge. Keep direc on over a series of boundaries marked by yellow top marker posts and go under the A6 close to the river. 3 Con nue ahead through the next gate and bear le with the fence to the right, over a footbridge and take the concrete path right, across the bridge over the Grand Union Canal. 4 Bear le , up Mill Lane to the recrea on ground; bear le down the driveway and right at the signpost, along the path with the hedge to the le . The path bears right, up to Bridge Road in Barrow­upon­Soar. Turn le , along the roadside path and over the bridge across the River Soar, to the signpost on the le . 5 Turn le through the gate on the le , go down the steps and take the tarmac path over the grass, passing right of the pylon. Keep ahead over the footbridge across the A6. 6 Go down the ramp and keep straight on between houses into Quorn, to the road. Take the path right/ahead between walls; con nue through Catherine Close and the hedged path at the right hand end. Keep ahead past the ‘Apple Tree’ pub, to the town centre and the car park on the le . © Clive Brown All our walks are compiled by Clive Brown You can order any of his walking close to guides from See his new book from Bradwell Books Walking for all Ages in Leicestershire & Rutland h p://­for­all­ages­leicestershire­­rutland­581­p.asp

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The Difference between Eczema and Psoriasis Eczema is a kind of derma s; causes are unknown but associated with environmental factors triggering flare­ups. It’s red, itchy, flaky, looks like extremely dry skin, and can have lesions that ooze and bleed. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder which causes cells to behave abnormally. Plaque psoriasis is the most common form, called such because of the thick, white patches that develop. Nails may become ‘pi ed’ o en confused with fungal nails. Typically occurs in adults. Eczema usually results from things that irritate your skin, like soaps, disinfectants or some foods. Psoriasis shares some of these triggers, also stress and infec on if your skin is injured: sunburn, scratches. Treatment: In mild cases treated with a steroid cream, in more severe cases drugs like methotrexate. Psoriasis o en combines this with light therapy. Self help: Use a cream specially forma ed to help these condi ons without steroids such as Laufwunder Sensi ve Balm containing pure micro­ granules of silver (naturally an ­microbial) and no urea, colours or perfumes.

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Focussing on Charnwood Division Girlguiding Charnwood Division covers the villages of Barrow­Upon­Soar, East Goscote, Mountsorrel, Queniborough, Quorn, Rothley, Sileby, Syston, Woodhouse Eaves, and Wymeswold as well as everywhere in between. There are almost 750 youngsters who have a great me as Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers or Young Leaders and are supported by 265 volunteers across this area. Sadly we also have 114 girls (who are already old enough for their chosen unit) wai ng to join in with our fun and adventure. Could you offer your me to support any of our units? We have an urgent need for extra help with the following units:

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Is it me for a new (school) year resolu on? “Back to school” means so many different things. Your child may be star ng a new school, moving up a year, entering the first or second year of GCSE’s or A­levels, or perhaps even facing retakes if this summer’s exams didn’t quite go to plan. How will they approach these challenges? If they lack confidence, a program of individual tui on could make a world of difference to their academic a ainment, and they will reap the benefits of a new­found “growth mindset” for years to come. Our tutors love to work one­to­one with individual students, and to see them develop to their full poten al, so why not take a posi ve step and pick up the phone for a chat to see how we can help? We are a local company, employing local tutors to help children at Key Stage 2 and 3, GCSE, AS and A level, to be the best they can be at Maths, English, Sciences, Languages ­ any subject. SEN inquiries welcomed. Great tutors always required. Call us on 01509 767007 to arrange your free consulta on.

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Eyes Eye health issues are generally easier to spot, as redness or soreness becomes fairly obvious. Your cat may rub their eyes to relieve itchiness, or squint to avoid the light and ease soreness.

Health Check Your Cat Although your cat needs a check­ up with the vet once a year, you can also carry out your own health check at home. Here are some of the main areas to keep an eye on so your feline friend stays as healthy as possible through the year. Skin and coat Check for any lesions or scaling as this could indicate a skin condi on or infesta on of fleas/mites. Their coat should be shiny and glossy with no bald patches or dandruff – cats typically shed in autumn as well as spring me, so it’s a good idea to groom them regularly.

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Ears Although you shouldn’t examine too far inside your cat’s ears, you can look for any dirt, redness, or other signs that they might be infected. If your cat shakes its head or holds it to one side, they could have an ear problem and your vet will be able to examine them more closely.

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What are my op ons for some winter sun? Seems strange to be wri ng this on the ho est ever day in the UK. However, we know that all too soon we will be reaching for warmer clothes. The simple answer to finding winter holiday heat is in the Southern Hemisphere or as close to the equator as possible. However you need to sort out in your mind how hot do you want it to be? Southern Europe will be warm but not hot. If you want real heat then you have to travel further. For shorter breaks or long term stays (4­6 weeks) southern Spain has a lot of a rac on although you can s ll get some colder snaps. Tenerife and Madeira have always been popular with Brits as they do offer nice accommoda on and also numerous op ons for ac vi es. Cape Verde became very popular for a while and is a great op on if you only want to be in the sun; although there are other ac vi es such as walking or golf for instance. Malta is also good with lots to do in terms of sightseeing but again you can get the odd short colder spell. The long haul des na ons that we see as being popular during our winter are Australia, New

Zealand and South Africa plus of course the Caribbean. Longer flight mes but the sun is virtually guaranteed! South Africa has a lot of advantages: • No jet lag • The pound is s ll quite strong against the South African rand. • Fantas c accommoda on at a fair price. • World class safari. • Full range op ons, fly drives, train journeys or escorted tours. • Very warm welcome. Now is the me to pop in to our new offices in the Ca le Market near the Town Hall in Loughborough. We have a full range of brochures and experienced staff to help you decide based on your needs and budget.

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In 1978, I (Steve) joined the No ngham Astronomical Society—the NAS I became a commi ee member the following year and we began fundraising for the proposed new observatory which was to be built on land leased to the society from Severn Trent Water, which was one of the darkest sky sights in the East Midlands, on the No s/Leics border near Owthorpe, off the A 46. But then life intervened, I got married, had two children, moved away from the area to work and my membership lapsed. I have retained my interest in Astronomy, and especially since 2014, with

The 24 inch Newtonian telescope of the No ngham Astronomical Society which is available for members to use

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this page in Soar Valley Life. Meanwhile, as they say, life went on and in 2001 the Society obtained a grant from the Heritage Lo ery Fund ‘Awards for All’ scheme. Added to dona ons from Society members past and present, the Awards for All grant enabled them to order the large telescope from Beacon Hill Telescopes. It was installed in the dome in the summer of 2004. The following year, members constructed a raised floor in the dome. On 13 May 2006, sixty years a er the Society was founded, the Observatory was declared open by Prof. Michael Merrifield of the University of No ngham. The ceremony was a ended by present and past members of the Society and guests. Thanks to the construc on and maintenance work carried out by the Society’s members and friends over more than three decades, they now have an opera onal observatory. Out of the blue, on a Friday a ernoon in early July, I had a phone call whilst I was in my garden from the secretary of the society, who lives in East Leake and receives Soar Valley Life, asking if I would be interested in having the NAS as sponsors to the Soar Valley Life Astronomy page. “Absolutely!” was my response. I shall be renewing my ac ve interest in Astronomy forthwith and will a end their monthly mee ngs, held on the first Tuesday of every month, except August, in the Gotham Memorial Hall just off the northern end of

The Observatory of The No ngham Astronomical Society at Owthorpe just off the A46 on the No s and Leics border

our area. So, this month’s astronomy page is very different, but if you go to our website and follow the link to the NAS you will find a more comprehensive set of sky notes and astronomy informa on. You can of course go direct to the Society’s website: Our new look, enhanced and improved Astronomy Sec on will be launched with our next issue, in the mean me... For sunset and sunrise mes go here: h ps://www. uk/london?month=9&year=2019 Special Events To see our online guide on our website go here: h ps:// astronomy/ And don’t forget: The clocks go back 1 hour at 2am on Sunday 27th October


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Short Story By Jackie Brewster Just Great Music!

A Nasty Case of the Whiffs “What a nasty pong!” Lisa said, winding up her window. “They must be muck­spreading these fields.” Gareth had no ced the smell a few miles back, but had chosen to say nothing. Diane, Lisa’s sister, had picked them up from the airport. He was red a er a long flight, and uncomfortably squashed in the back of Diane’s coupé with Lisa’s pink suitcase on the seat next to him. He strongly suspected that the smell was coming from inside it. “Wind your window down again, babes,” Diane said. “It’s not coming from outside.” Lisa hurriedly wound her window down and gasped the fresh air. “I can’t smell anything,” Gareth lied. “Perhaps your air con filters need cleaning, Diane?” “I had the car serviced last week. I’m pulling over,” Diane said, indica ng. “It’s like something died in here, I can taste it.” “It’s like someone boiled old socks in milk,” Lisa added. Gareth groaned as Diane pulled into the layby, and Lisa pped her seat forward so that he could climb out. He looked at the suitcase ruefully. It was just a ma er of me before his guilty secret would be exposed. He stood on the grass verge with his hands buried deep in his pockets while Diane sniffed inside the car thoroughly. Straightening up, she slammed the car door and announced, “It’s Lisa’s suitcase.” Lisa’s mouth dropped open. “I put all my dirty clothes in a plas c bag.” She blushed crossly. “I don’t have anything smelly.”

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“The suitcase has to come out,” Diane said, folding her arms. “It absolutely s nks, and I’m not driving another second with that in my car; I will never get the smell out of the upholstery.” “We’re not just leaving it here,” Lisa protested, “all my holiday gear’s in it.” Gareth rubbed his eyes wearily. “Alright,” he said, “I think I know what’s making the smell.” “What?” Lisa snapped. “Have you put something in my suitcase?” “No.” Gareth sighed. “If I tell you, promise you won’t get angry?” Diane snorted. “We’ll see,” Lisa said, rolling up her sleeves. Gareth took a deep breath and pulled out the offending suitcase. “Yuck!” Diane shrieked. “Don’t get it near me.” “I just want to say that my heart was in the right place,” Gareth said, unzipping the case. “You know that bo le of designer perfume I gave you last night?” “What about it?” Lisa asked suspiciously. “Well, a bloke outside the resort was selling them for a frac on of the price,” Gareth said. “I figured it was a fake, but,” he swallowed, “I didn’t think you’d no ce the difference.”

Diane and Lisa gasped in unison. “The bo le must have leaked,” Gareth finished, then added unnecessarily, “Obviously they didn’t get the smell quite right.” “Quite right?” Lisa said. “It smells like the barnyard of death.” “I always said you were a cheapskate, Gareth,” Diane mu ered spitefully. “Just get the bo le out,” Lisa said sternly. “I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.” She was angry, Gareth decided. Holding his nose he gingerly opened the lid of the case. “What’s that?” Lisa peered at the contents. “That isn’t my beach towel.” “You’re right,” Gareth agreed in surprise, li ing up the faded towel, “it isn’t.” As he did, something large and white slid out and fell onto the grass. “Good grief.” Diane stepped back in terror. “That s nks, what is it?” Gareth kicked it with his toe. “It’s a wheel of very ripe Camembert,” he decided. The he looked up at Lisa. “You’ve picked up the wrong suitcase from the airport carousel.” “Who’s got my case then?” Lisa wailed. “Someone who really likes cheese?” Gareth offered, unhelpfully.

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