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The Rise & Rise... ...of Saltburns cliff lift.

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Gardening Tips

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A Happy Christmas to all our readers.

In This Month’s Issue Helping To Tackle The Fire Risk. Page 6 Mitsubishi Helping You Go Green Page 12 Middlesbrough Has Got Talent Page 14 Festive Guide Page 21 - 29 What Might Have Been? Page 30

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It really doesn’t seem like a year since we were last looking forward to celebrating what has long been regarded as the ‘Most wonderful night of the year,’ but Christmas is once again almost upon us. This month’s edition has included some great ideas to make your Yuletide even more special and here at ‘The Eye’ we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very, very happy Christmas. Leading up to this very special season we have been hard at work making local news for local people even easier to access as The Eye magazine launched its brand new fully interactive website. Designed to build on the success of the previous website, the new look will include a number of exciting new features. They include a wider, more extensive news archive designed to be accessible to all : breaking stories available directly from the home screen : a classified section that enables you to sell your unwanted goods for free and new photo galleries linked with our Flickr account. We have also launched an official Eye Magazine Facebook page linked directly to our website, so new information posted on the website will be instantly available on the Facebook page. Visitors to the new website can view all of the articles posted and even post news, poems and stories of their own quickly and easily! Sharing news and stories with friends keeps everybody up to date on local news & happenings. Readers of the magazine who sign up to a FREE Eye Magazine account on the website can also comment on news stories and articles, making sure their views on local stories are heard. To access our brand new website visit . Have a truly wonderful Christmas. The Eye is published by Media Eye (NE) Ltd, Unit 205, Innovation Centre, Corfu Way, Kirkleatham Business Park, Redcar, TS10 5SH. Tel: 01642 759064. Whereas all care is taken to ensure that advertisers adhere to advertising codes of practice and are of good standing, the publisher accepts no responsibility for any statement, error or omission in any advisement or editorial matter. Advertisements have been accepted in good faith but this does not imply that the advertisers have The Eye magazine’s endorsement and no guarantee can be given by The Eye. Whilst we make every effort to identify the copyright of photographs, the lapse of time invariably makes it impossible to credit individual pictures. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior written permission of the publisher © The Eye. The content and opinions expressed in articles published in The Eye magazine are those of the contributor and are not necessarily the view of the publisher.



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The rise and rise of Saltburn Cliff Lift Saltburn's water based cliff lift has been extremely popular this year. The recently refurbished lift has not only been popular with the public on their trip to the Victorian seaside town but also from the media. The lift was featured in a television programme, entered into the world famous Guinness Book of Records and a two short documentaries recorded part of its history. The lift, which was commissioned in 1884 by Henry Pease the founder of Saltburn, is the oldest funicular powered cliff lift in the world and carries passengers up and down from the beach to the top of the cliff. The refurbished carriages which have beautiful stained glass windows give a clear view of the coastline and travel on a track that is 207ft in length and goes to a height of 120ft. Since the lift reopened in April this year, over 110,000 visitors have travelled in this wonderful example of Victorian engineering. This summer a Guinness Book of Records event took place in the lift. The record for the

number of live interviews while travelling in a water powered lift was set at 114 by Alex Lewczuk, presenter for Southside Radio, based at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough. Alex set this record with the help of residents, visitors and local business people and has earned a place in famous Guinness Book of Records. Reef TV is to feature the lift in a BBC2 programme presented by John Sergeant on the works of Frances Frith, the pioneer Victorian photographer. The recording took place in early October and should be on our screens around February 2012.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Tourism and Rural Affairs said ""We are delighted that one of the treasures of our Borough is The recent refurbishment of the lift has also been featured being showcased in this way. in two short films '55 Seconds' The area is full of wonderful places for visitors to discover and '150' by Jan Cawood of and many return time and Tinn Mann Films. The first time again. Our Borough documentary, '55 Seconds' is has a lot to offer and we are the time it takes to travel on the lift and features views and continuing to improve and expand visitor facilities to comments from travellers. increase tourism and boost The second film follows the our economy" restoration of the carriages, by Stanegate Restorations Photograph by “Simon Gaunt� of Haltwhistle in time for Saltburn's 150th Anniversary. Councillor Sheelagh Clarke,

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Helping tackle fire risk in the countryside Prisoners on Teesside have been paying something back into the community by making it more difficult for fires to spread at a local beauty spot. Six low-risk inmates from Kirklevington Grange Prison near Yarm have spent four weeks in a supervised project to make fire breaks in the Eston Hills. They have created more than a dozen large fire breaks by clearing areas in the gorse and saplings.

Brigade’s Community Liaison Officer, said: “This is the first time we have undertaken a project like this with local inmates and the Eston Hills were chosen for the project because it is one of the Teesside areas which has been prone to fires – accidental or otherwise - in recent years.

the area next year, including during Easter and the summer holidays.

“The gorse bushes play a particular part in that because they burn vigorously, even when wet.

Councillor Steven Goldswain, Redcar & Cleveland Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Protection, added: “We are delighted that we could assist Cleveland Fire Brigade and the prison with this community initiative that also benefits the environment.

“The inmates worked with their supervisors to remove the gorse bushes along the tree-line and also to cut a number of 3-4 metre wide firebreaks at other strategic points within the gorse.

The initiative was a partnership between Cleveland Fire Brigade, the prison, Redcar & Cleveland Council’s Greater Eston Neighbourhood Management “We are very pleased with Team and Cleveland Police. the way the project went and we will be looking to Neil Roberts, Cleveland Fire carry out similar schemes in

“It has had a double benefit – it has helped to protect the countryside and has encouraged the prisoners to develop a sense of their responsibility to society.”

“They have made a major contribution to preventing fires on the hills and we look forward to working together with them in the future.”

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Beauty tips from around the world. India It’s traditional for Indian women to give themselves a hot, pure coconut oil scalp massage once a week. They heat the oil in a bowl and rub it into the roots. For a more intense treatment, hot oil is applied at night and then washed off in the morning. We, of course, don’t have the benefit of fresh coconuts but most pharmacies stock a pure coconut oil glossing spray that leaves hair smooth and shiny without making it look greasy. Spray liberally onto damp hair before styling. Australia With all that gorgeous weather and those fantastic beaches Australian women wear sandals and strappy shows more than most. So to keep their feet super soft they rub nourishing avocado skins all over them. Our cheaper alternative is an avocado foot cream that can be picked up almost anywhere these days and is easily absorbed into rough, dry or calloused skin. Spain The Spanish stay up pretty late so it’s no surprise they’ve had to come up with a cheap remedy for dark circles under the eyes. They take two thin slices of raw potato and rest them on the eyes for ten minutes, allowing the juice to seep in. if you are going to give this one a try keep your potato in the fridge for a while before use because the coolness will help combat puffiness. Turkey As well as being a vital ingredient in Turkish Delight, Rosewater is a great tonic for the skin. It tightens pores, stimulates circulation, has antibacterial properties and is a traditional remedy for acne and dermatitis. There are some great products on the market in the guise of a Rosewater facial tonic that will cleanse, moisturize, soften, tone and calm your skin. Brazil On Brazilian beaches it is not unusual to see women rubbing handfuls of sand on their bodies. Sand, after all, is a natural exfoliator and sloughing off dead skin cells will help prevent cellulite by stimulating blood and lymph circulation. It also leaves the skin feeling super-soft! Jamaica In the Caribbean, the inside of banana peels are rubbed on the skin and hair to moisturize them. Try it!



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Modern day logic – or lack of it! Have you ever taken note of all the really weird things that – although every-day occurrences – seem to be totally illogical? We were discussing some of the things we take totally for granted that really should be questioned and this is the list we came up with. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.

Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front? Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke? Why do we leave cars worth thousands of pounds on the drive and put useless junk in the garage? Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters? Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin? Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed? Why have you never seen the headline 'Fortune Teller Wins the Lottery'? Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word? Why do doctors and legal eagles call what they do 'practice'? Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavouring, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons? Why is the person who invests all your money called a broker? Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? Why isn't there mouse-flavoured cat food? Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes? Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections? You know the indestructible black box used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff? Why don't sheep shrink when it rains? Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together? If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

We feel sure you have loads of other examples. Do let us have them and we’ll print another list next month!

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In the run up to Christmas: • Why not keep your recycling bin next to the main bin not only during the festive season, but also all year round, so you can take out the rubbish and recycle at the same time • Get your kids involved in the household recycling routine while they’re on Christmas holidays. It’s a great educational activity • When you go to do your big Christmas shop at the supermarket, you could take any recycling that’s not collected from home with you. If you have recycling boxes at home, this will make it even easier to transport to the supermarket • A good way to reduce wrapping waste is to use ‘furoshiki’ a Japanese-style of wrapping presents with material which can then be reused. Watch the video on • Look out for gifts with packaging that can be reused or recycled easily. Gift bags can be reused again and again. Some retailers are packaging goods in tins or plastics containers that can be used again for food storage at home or easily recycled Over the festive period • A whole range of jars - from cranberry sauce to mincemeat and baby food - can all be recycled: just give them a rinse in your leftover dish washing water and they’ll be ready to recycle them with your other glass. Don’t worry about removing labels; they will come off in the recycling process • Remember there are lots of unexpected Christmas items you can recycle or even reuse like chocolate tins and mince meat jars. Go to to find out more • The wire ties that often accompany gift packaging are not generally recyclable, so they could be kept aside and reused as garden ties Home composting – top tips for Christmas Help next years’ plants grow by making use of this year’s tired vegetation. Adding spent bedding plants to your compost mix will help to capture all the nutrients and will give your new plants a great start when you wake the garden back up in the spring. Bring the inside, outside! A third of our household waste can be composted at home. Anything from loo roll tubes and egg boxes to coffee grounds and tea leaves are all welcome additions to your compost bin Make your compost mixture more a-peel-ing. Don’t forget to regularly add your kitchen waste to your compost. It will really appreciate the peelings from your tasty winter vegetables and festive fruits such as Satsumas and Clementines Give your mix a Christmas present! Many of us will have extra waste over the festive period. Your compost mix will benefit from adding a few of the telltale signs of Christmas; fallen poinsettia leaves, scrunched up wrapping paper, Satsuma peel and egg shells will all be welcome winter additions

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The journey into electric cars has accelerated dramatically over the last few years and local councils (including Redcar & Cleveland) are currently trying them out in an effort to lower their carbon footprint. The electric world is a world in which cars are clean and quiet, 100% electric, yet offer surprising power and a smooth, quiet ride. Leading the way is the Mitsibushi i-MiEV a car that is on sale now and beginning to redefine the way the world drives. Available from only £23,990, including a £5,000 government plug-in car grant, the iMiEV is the perfect car for the urban environment because it can park in the tightest spaces, breeze through traffic like a dream and can still comfortably accommodate four adults. Over 3,000 i-MiEVs have been sold worldwide and in the UK it has been involved in official government trials since mid-December 2009. Testing the i-MiEV against typical UK urban usage has proved the benefits are real: • Costs just £270 to charge for 12,000 miles driving (£2.09 per full charge based on an average of 10p per kWh). If you are using the Economy7 tariff then the cost for 12,000 miles could be as little as £135 (£1.05 per full charge based on an average of 5p per kWh) • Low servicing costs and downtime – only 4 major working parts compared to over 300 in a typical internal combustion engine • The i-MiEV Mitsubishi Service Plan (MSP) covers the first three years servicing at a cost of just £300 • Servicing carried out by any one of Mitsubishi’s 133 service dealers • Exempt from road tax • First year capital allowances for fleet vehicles • Zero benefit-in-kind company car tax • Exempt from London Congestion Charge • Free parking in some London boroughs and cities such as Milton Keynes • 5 year battery warranty and 3 year vehicle warranty The above are all genuine, corroborated facts that make the car an extremely attractive proposition, especially for people doing numerous, short journeys in town centres and urban areas. Test drives are available at Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle Centres so why not pop along and see for yourself? PAGE 12


festive refuse & recycling update Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Over the festive period your collection dates will change to the following:

Working together we’re now recycling and composting nearly 42% of general refuse.

Christmas Tree Collection

Dormanstown, Kirkleatham & West Redcar - 11th January Dunsdale & Yearby - 11th January Marske & Mickledales - 12th January East Redcar - 18th January New Marske - 20th January

Residents can also take their real Christmas trees to: Warrenby Household Waste Recycling Centre Dunsdale Household Waste Recycling Centre Guisborough Forest & Walkway at Pinchinthorpe

Christmas Card Recycling

You can place your Christmas cards (non glitter only) along with your plastics and cardboard collection.

Wrapping Paper

Please remember that we cannot accept wrapping paper in the blue bag due to the plastic coating and glitter which interferes with the recycling process. If you are unable to re-use please dispose into your normal household bin.

Waste & Recycling Collection Calendar 2011/2012

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Middlesbrough definitely has talent! Having wowed the judges with her original audition singing a fantastic version of Beverly Knight's "A Piece of My Heart" Amelia Lily, the 16 year old singer from Middlesbrough, was unceremoniously dumped from the show without even a public vote. Considerable protest from people in the know who felt she should have been kept on followed but she really must have thought that that was the end of her X Factor ambitions. Now, however, in a rollercoaster couple of weeks she has been recalled to the show after winning a sing-off between herself and three other previous contestants 2 Shoes, James Michael and Jonjo Kerr to replace the disgraced Frankie Cocozza. She won the public vote in the sing-off with a great version of Queen's storming classic ‘The Show Must Go On.’ More drama was to come in the following week as she was initially in the bottom two but was voted through to beat previous favourite Craig Colton, though the joy of that win was somewhat tempered by the fact that he was one of her best friends on the show. Amelia said afterwards that she was 'absolutely devastated' following the departure of Craig, describing singing for survival against her friend as ‘the worst thing she's ever had to do in her life. ‘ It left Gary Barlow to place all his hopes of winning the X Factor 2011 crown with remaining act Marcus Collins, while fellow judge Tulisa described the sing-off between Amelia and Craig as ‘the hardest of the

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competition so far.’ And just to demonstrate that winning the X Factor is never straightforward Amelia has also had to cope with rumours that fellow contestants were angry that she had been readmitted and felt it gave her an unfair advantage. While girls’ mentor Kelly Rowland was overjoyed after Amelia was reinstated as a contestant, rival girl Misha B and Gary Barlow’s act Marcus Collins were reportedly furious at the twist and were both said to have thrown tantrums after hearing an act would be returning to the competition. To clear it up, however, Marcus said when questioned that in actual fact Amelia was ‘welcomed back with open arms,’ so everything finally seems to be coming right for the ‘Boro lass. With early deadlines beckoning we have no idea what will happen this week but her performances so far have clearly been excellent so there is a strong possibility we may see a Middlesbrough girl win the X Factor. Let’s not just keep our fingers crossed though. Let’s use them to dial our votes!




You a Merr istmas h s i W y Chr We And a Very Happy N w Year e 2011 has been a year that seems to have passed swiftly for most people. The world has been in turmoil both on the economic and humanitarian fronts, and Redcar has certainly had its share of upheaval... In October four members of our dedicated staff braved the Arctic condidtion of Redcar Sea and did the “Pink Dip”

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We raised our prices slightly this year but we still remain very competitive, with a high standard of service. Hopefully with the revival of our steel works Redcar may see an improvement on the economic front.

Leanne has left on maternity leave. Her baby is due on Christmas eve. We all wish her well and look forward to the new arrival and her return to the Salon in summer. Many thanks to our clients and best wishes to all for a happy and peaceful Christmas and good new year, From all the staff at...

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Gardening Tips for December Essential Jobs Checklist For December

 Store terracotta pots in a shed unless you’re sure they’re frostresistant  Line your greenhouse with bubble-wrap for insulation  Move houseplants off windowsills at night  Send off for lots of seed and plant catalogues

Flower Garden

 If you’re feeling energetic get out and do a bit of digging. Start a programme of

conditioning and improving your soil. To do this successfully you need first to find out what sort of soil you’ve got, whether it’s acid, neutral or alkaline, whether it’s sandy, peaty, stony, loamy or sticky with clay. If you’re new to gardening ask your neighbours. Buy a soil testing kit – this will measure the acidity of your soil. Any soil will benefit from having organic matter added so while you’re digging add plenty OF Westland ’ s Farm Manure.  As long as the weather remains dry you can continue planting evergreens.  Clear up any fallen leaves and cut back perennials if you haven’t already done so curl up in front of the fire with lots of colourful catalogues to give you lots of ideas for next year.


 Clean your lawn mower. When spring comes you’ll be glad you did.  Never allow leaves to build up on lawns as they will cause disease.

Green House

 Save energy and keep your greenhouse warm by lining it with bubble pack.  Potted azaleas need to be watered with rainwater. Feed them weekly with Liquid

Ericaceous Feed and stand them on damp gravel. When they form buds you can take them into the house if your prefer but continue to treat them in the same way. They do prefer to be kept on the cool side.  You may think pests are dead or hibernating but unfortunately whitefly and greenfly find greenhouse very congenial all the year round. Be on the lookout for them and spray as necessary.

Vegetable Garden

 Clear away the remains of old crops and put them on your compost heap. Remember to add biological compost maker every 15 cm (6 inches)


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Festive Guide Local Guide 2011

True Christmas Story Fragrant Centrepiece Christmas Humour Colour Competition Truffle Recipe

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A True Christmas Story You may already know this story, but we think it’s worth re-telling. It conveys a valuable message; No matter how tough things are, don't give up. You just don't know what lies around the corner.....! Robert May was a small baby born in the early part of the nineteen hundreds and only ever reached around five feet tall. That meant he was bullied at school and even as he grew up he was often mistaken for someone’s little brother. When he left college he became employed as a copywriter with Chicago mail order house Montgomery Ward. He eventually married, had a daughter and then tragedy struck. When his daughter was only two his wife became ill and bedridden. Nearly everything he earned went on medication and doctor’s bills. Money was short and life was hard. One evening his four-year-old daughter climbed onto his knee and asked, “Daddy, why isn’t Mummy like everybody else’s mummy?” It was a simple question, asked with child-like curiosity but it struck a personal chord with Robert May. He had often asked the same question about his lack of height and to try and relieve the awkwardness of the moment he began to tell his daughter a story. It was about someone else who was different, ridiculed, humiliated and excluded because of the difference. Bob told the story in a humorous way, making it up as he went along as many fathers do. His daughter laughed and clapped as the misfit finally triumphed at the end. She then made him start all over again from the beginning and every night after that he had to repeat the story before she would go to sleep. Because he had no money for fancy presents, Robert decided that he would put the story into book form. He had some artistic talent so he turned the story into a poem and PAGE 22

illustrated it to create his daughter’s Christmas present. On the night before Christmas Eve he attended his office Christmas Party and took the poem to show to a colleague. The colleague was impressed and insisted that Robert read his poem aloud to everyone at the party. Somewhat embarrassed by the attention, he took the small hand written volume from his pocket and began to read. At first the noisy group listened in laughter and amusement. But then became silent and after he finished, they broke into spontaneous applause. Later, and feeling quite pleased with himself, he went home, wrapped the book in Christmas wrapping and placed it under the modest Christmas tree. To say that his daughter was pleased with her present would be an understatement. She loved it! When Robert returned to work he was summoned to the office of his head of department. He had heard about Bob’s poem and told him that Marketing were looking for a promotional tool and wondered if Robert would be interested in having his poem published. The following year, 1939, printed copies of the book were given to every child who visited the department stores of Montgomery Ward and it eventually became an international best seller, making Robert a rich man. His wife had unfortunately died during this time, but he was able to move from the small apartment and buy a big house. He was at last able to provide handsomely for his growing daughter. The story is not quite over. In 1947, songwriter Johnny Marks used the theme of Robert’s poem for a song. He showed the song to a famous film star of the day, Gene Autry - ‘The Singing Cowboy’. Autry recorded the song and it became a world-wide number one hit. You may just remember it. The first line goes....”Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer had a very shiny nose.....!”


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A Fragrant Centrepiece for the Christmas Dinner Table. Some of the loveliest Christmas accessories can be created both cheaply and easily and this is a typical way to achieve a real feel of Christmas. Let the scent of a true Yuletide fill your home with this wonderful arrangement of aromatic herbs, beautiful flowers and fragrant spices. All you’ll need are: Cinnamon sticks: a circular glass vase: Elastic band or string: a phlox plant: ribbon: a selection of greenery and berries that can be picked by the roadside: rosemary sprigs: white roses: florist’s wire and star anise. Method: 1. Attach the cinnamon sticks around the vase with elastic or string. Fill the vase with water. 2. Carefully cut stems of phlox plant and place in vase. Add ribbon to vase to hide the string. 3. Add greenery and berries, making sure taller stems are at the back. Add white roses – trim stems if needed. 4. Thread florist’s wire with star anise at intervals and gently place over the arrangement.

Christmas Word Search

Find the Christmas words in the Christmas word search grid. Words can be forward or backwards, vertical, horizontal or diagonal. Circle each letter separately, but keep in mind that letters may be used in more than one word. When you have found all the words, read the remaining letters left to right, top to bottom, to learn an interesting Christmas fact. Words to find: CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS TREE DECEMBER DECORATIONS FAMILY GIVING HOLIDAY LIGHTS ORNAMENTS PRESENTS REINDEER RIBBONS


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Christmas humour for kids (both big & small) Here are some more great little Christmas jokes to tell your friends… Why did the snowman go to the doctors …. Because all he could smell was carrot. What do the other snowmen sing at a snowman’s birthday party? …. Freeze a jolly good fellow What did the man get when he stole a calendar at Christmas? …. 12 months. Which candle burns longer? …. None of them. They all burn shorter. How does King Wenceslas like his pizzas? …. Deep and crisp and even. Why was Santa’s little helper depressed?.... Because he had low ‘elf’ esteem What happened when Santa’s cat swallowed a ball of wool?.... She had mittens Who never eats anything at Christmas dinner?.... The turkey – because it’s stuffed Why should you whisper at Christmas?.... Because there are so many mince spies What do you call a cat on a beach on Christmas day?.... Sandy Claws

Children Colour-in Competition After the great response to our colouring in competition last month, we have decided to run another competition this month. Remember to visit our web site to see your images. Colour in Father Christmas checking his list and send us your final piece. The best pieces will be published in our next edition of the EYE magazine in December and published online on our web site. Send your completed Father Christmas with your name, age, telephone number and address to: The Eye Magazine Santa Colour-in Competition December Unit 205 The Innovations Centre Kirkleatham Business Park Redcar TS10 5SH PAGE 26


Children Colour-in Competition November Results

Thank you to all the children (and parents) who sent in their coloured-in Father Christmas’ to us last month. Here are three of our favourites. Could these winners please contact us.

Charlotte Lisle Age 8 From Redcar

Laura Gray Age 7 From Scaling Dam

Lewis Mitchell Age 4 From Redcar

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Make your own gorgeous How to make rum truffles this Christmas the perfect Christmas tree They’re one of those treats you allow yourself at Christmas and literally everyone love rum truffles, so how much better would you feel when you hand them out at your party if you could say you’d actually made them, yourself? It’s easy and here’s how!

Preparation time: 20 minutes + 1 hour refrigeration Total cooking time: 1 minute Makes 25 Ingredients • 200gms dark cooking chocolate • 60ml cream • 30gms butter • 50gms chocolate cake crumbs • 2 teaspoons dark rum, brandy or whisky • 100gms dark cocoa powder Method Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Put cream and butter in a small pan, then heat and mix until the butter starts to melt and the mixture is just boiling. Pour the hot mixture onto the chocolate. Mix until the chocolate melts and the texture is smooth. Add the rum and cake crumbs and mix altogether. Put in the fridge for 20 minutes then take out, roll into a slab and cut into 25 pieces, Roll each into a ball. On a sheet of baking paper, spread the dark cocoa powder and roll each ball in it until coated. Line the truffles on a foil lined tray. Refrigerate for 40 minutes. Can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Enjoy and have a very happy Christmas! PAGE 28

In my house the Christmas tree has always been my wife’s domain but having been introduced to this perfect man’s tree I’m now not so sure. This one was actually put together with superglue and it’s a bit difficult to see how it will come apart very easily but the most important aspect of it is to follow the one vital rule. Drink the beer first! Have a great Christmas.



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Let’s hope we’re not looking at what might have been! My earliest recollections of being a Middlesbrough fan include wonderful memories of that most prolific goal scoring partnership of Brian Clough and Alan Peacock, and with Clough’s personal tally exceeding 40 goals on no fewer than four consecutive seasons he was something of a machine. As a man, however, his selfish attitude and downright obstinacy made him somewhat unpopular with his teammates and ultimately led to one of his constant transfer requests being granted and him joining arch rivals Sunderland for a then record fee. Sadly, Scott McDonald is not in the same goal-scoring league as Cloughy. even though he has contributed significantly on the score sheet since signing from Celtic. It is instead his attitude that is more reminiscent of the young Clough. Hoofing the ball at Barry Robson while his back was turned following an altercation between the two in the Blackpool game was not a particularly nice sight for Boro fans. Nor is his rapidly growing reputation of being a bit of a moaner something we want to hear. Granted, his popping up with three goals in two games at the time of writing has been a welcome sight for Boro fans and I can fully understand his frustration at being removed from the game before the end while sitting on two goals but a player who visibly demonstrates irritation with teammates while ignoring his own shortcomings is too reminiscent of the old Clough for comfort. The real truth about the Blackpool game is that by the time he was taken off he should have been sitting on at least a hat trick. It’s safe to say that given the same opportunities McDonald had enjoyed the young Clough would probably have had four! Going a little bit further back it’s also true that the goal scoring opportunities with which McDonald has been presented over the early part of this season could – and should – have led to at PAGE 30

least five more goals and probably four or five more points. At the end of the season that could be significant and it’s to be hoped we are not left regretting what might have been. That Tony Mowbray has stuck with him throughout the drought, repeating on a number of occasions that he still believed McDonald would end up our top scorer at the end of the season can be construed as good management since he’s now started to score again. But perhaps it could also be a case of regardless of how much Tony Mowbray believes in him he nevertheless has very little alternative. Alex Nimely has yet to figure on the score sheet despite a number of run-outs and in truth has never really looked like scoring. Mowbray obviously doesn’t rate Tarmo Kink as his chances this season have been non-existent. Curtis Main and Luke Williams are obviously not doing it in the reserves or perhaps they would have been given an opportunity while Mowbray was quick to point out when he signed Bart Ogbeche that ‘we have not signed Lionel Messi.’ So it will be left to McDonald and Emnes until at least January because regardless of who becomes available in the transfer window there is still very little money available and literally every team in the country is looking for a player who can consistently put the ball in the net. So like it or not we are going to have to put up with McDonald’s tantrums and hope that getting into a goal scoring groove will lift his spirits and improve his demeanor. It’s probably going to be our only chance of turning the potential of our current third place into the desired promotion push. Happy Christmas to you all.



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