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June 2012 NO. 36 01642 759064

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FREE 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Travels Through Redcar

...the London 2012 Olympic torch is in Redcar on Monday 18th June

Redcar Rocks

...a weekend of music and comedy by the seaside

Diamond Jubilee

...street parties and events in our area

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In This Month’s Issue Sometimes Teachers Can Be Very Special Page 6 Skoda Citigo The Ideal City Car Page 10 Paul Recommends In Redcar Page 18 Men Are Seldom Depressed Page 24 Children’s Section & Competition Page 28

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As we enter June in a haze of recent sunshine it’s exciting that there is so much to look forward to over the coming summer months. The major event for many people will be the Queen’s Jubilee, a celebration of sixty sometime difficult years for Her Majesty but throughout her reign she has been a wonderful and iconic presence that remains the envy of many other nations. The Diamond Jubilee offers the perfect reason to bring neighbours together for a celebratory street party – and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council wants to make it easy for residents to hold one. They are asking residents to fill in one simple form, which can be downloaded from www. to make sure it can keep an eye on any road closures or possible traffic disruptions. So get ready to street party to your heart’s content and show the rest of the world that we really do care about our Royal heritage. In sport, of course, we have both the European Football Championships and the Olympic Games to savour and the forerunner to the latter of those two is due to arrive on Teesside this month. The Olympic Torch has already had crowds flocking to support it wherever it‘s been and there is no doubt the same will apply when it winds its way through our area on Monday 18th June. As usual, some of the press have been critical of the huge exposure it’s getting but this is probably a once in a lifetime occasion for most of us and I for one will be cheering it on its way. After a so-so performance against Norway the expectations for Euro 2012 have remained down-beat and that could be a good thing. Given that at least six of the first choice were missing that night things – as we’ve heard somewhere before – can only get better. So here’s hoping for a wonderful and successful Olympics – without any kind of terrorist threat – and that our footballers surprise a lot of people with a good tournament. And for a lot more details of these big events check out the Eye Magazine website on Happy reading & have a great summer! 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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2012 Olympic Flame Comes To Redcar The London 2012 Olympic Torch is to pass through Redcar on Monday 18th June. Residents are being urged to turn out in force to commemorate a piece of sporting history. Celebrations will be taking place in communities throughout the area, on Monday 18 June, as the iconic torch passes through Redcar, Marske, Saltburn, Brotton, Carlin How & Loftus. Below is a timetable for the Olympic Torch route Through Redcar on Monday 18th June 6:59 am – Corporation Road 7:11 am – West Dyke Road 7:17 am – Esplanade 7:20 am – Lord Street 7:28 am to 7:40 am – A1085 Coast Road/Green Lane junction Best Vantage Points - pavements along the route; Locke Park entrances; Redcar College entrance; pavement opposite the town clock; Coast road from Zetland roundabout to green lane. PAGE 4

A series of exciting events and activities is being arranged to coincide with the momentous occasion. Local schoolchildren are making flags, BOOMA Carlin How will be performing drumming and dancing routines, folk singers are entertaining the crowds by Redcar’s Stray Cafe and a host of entertainment will be laid on in Marske Square and at Saltburn Pier. For time tables of the Olympic Flame through other areas of our region visit our website at or We would love to see your photos from the day and any other Olympic based photographs. We have created a Flickr group for this event which is FREE to join and can be found at groups/rc_olympics/


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Sometimes Teachers Can Be Very Special!

We can all remember many of our teachers – even at my age - yet the most memorable are always the ones who somehow seemed to go that extra yard to make their lessons interesting. We recently heard a wonderful story of an American teacher who came up with a great idea for her pupils that created lasting memories for all of them. We felt we simply had to share it with you. Enjoy! In class one day a teacher asked her students to list the names of their fellow classmates on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. She then asked them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of those students and write it down. It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers. That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual. On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. 'Really?' she heard whispered. 'I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!' and, 'I didn't know others liked me so much,' were most of the comments. No one ever mentioned those papers in class again and she never knew if they had all discussed them but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and with each other. That group of students moved on. Several years later, one of the students was killed in Vietnam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature. The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to offer her blessings. As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her. 'Were you Mark's form teacher?' he asked. She nodded: 'yes.' Then he said: 'Mark spoke about you a lot.' After the funeral, the mourners were all invited to a buffet and it was there that Mark's mother and father approached the teacher. 'We want to show you something,' his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket 'They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it.' Opening the sheet of paper, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him. 'Thank you so much for doing that,' Mark's mother said. 'As you can see, Mark treasured it.' Mark's former classmates started to gather round. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, 'I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home.' Chuck's wife said, 'Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album.' 'I have mine too,' Marilyn said. 'It's in my diary' Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. 'I carry this with me at all times,' Vicki said and without batting an eyelash she continued: 'I think we all saved our lists.' And that's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again. Sometimes it’s the really small things that affect our lives the most, but there isn’t one of us who wouldn’t appreciate being made aware that other people admire us and care for us. It’s an easy thing to communicate but very few of us actually do it. If we did, the world would be a much better place! PAGE 6




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Vive la France! ....and Belgium! Since 1996 six of my closest friends have spent a couple of weekends each year touring the sites of the First World War battlefields in France and Belgium. They have enthused regularly about the unbelievable heritage the two nations have created in memory of the people who sadly lost their lives in the conflict and always look forward to their next visit where yet more new discoveries can be experienced. Last year, very sadly, one of the six passed away and as he was a very close friend I was incredibly privileged to be asked to take his place for this year’s spring visit. I humbly accepted and on Thursday May 10th we drove to Dover in the Group’s mini-bus – beautifully decorated in red, white and blue livery with a red poppy poignantly positioned within the white section to give it maximum visibility. The events of the next three days had a remarkable and – without doubt a lasting - effect on me. Prior to my visit places like The Somme, Ypres, Mons and Passchendaele were distant – if sad – references to the conflict that took place between 1914 and 1918. Of course I was aware of the huge numbers that had lost their lives but – like many people I felt that such atrocities belonged in the past. Now I know they don’t! Touring around Northern France and Belgium was an absolute inspiration. From landing in Calais to finally arriving in Ypres three days later

we saw some incredible sights. Whilst nearly 90 years have passed since the battle of the Somme, the region is relatively unchanged and even though modern roads and housing developments have been built you can still get a real feel for what the battlefields must have PAGE 8

looked like. Taking pride of place are thousands upon thousands of war graves in cemeteries that – to their enormous credit – have been nurtured and cared for by the French and Belgians and are an absolutely immaculate memorial to those who lost their lives. Not a weed can be seen and row upon row of white crosses are bordered by beautiful flowered borders. They are, without doubt, a wonderful tribute to the men who lie beneath. After three wonderful days, however, we were able to enjoy what to me was the highlight of the whole trip. We arrived in Ypres (locally known as Leper) in time to be part of the nightly service ‘The Last Post Ceremony.’ It originally began on 1st July 1928, a year after the inauguration of the Menin Gate Memorial, and apart from the years of German occupation has taken place every single night since. At exactly 8pm up to six members of the regular buglers from the local volunteer Fire Brigade step into the roadway under the memorial arch. They play Last Post, followed by a short silence and then play Reveille. On some occasions the ceremony may be extended with visiting groups laying wreaths or dignitaries making speeches. Whatever format the service takes it has become part of the daily life in Ieper (Ypres) and the local people are very proud of this simple but moving tribute to the courage and self-sacrifice of those who fell in defence of their town. For me it was the most moving occasion I have ever been part of and I make no apologies for admitting that tears flowed freely. I look forward more than I ever imagined to returning soon to once more pay tribute to the men and women who have given me my freedom.




The Skoda Citigo – Ideal For City Life!

We recently reviewed VW’s new and already very popular model The UP, and now it’s sister company Skoda’s turn with the launch of what is almost the same car. They claim, however, that their new Citigo is the most direct competition the Up will face, so let’s examine the facts. Both have the same engine, of course, but every body panel has been changed in the Citigo. Add the fancy new Skoda grill and the overall look is a bit more up-market than the VW version (no pun intended). As its name suggests the car is ideally suited to its city car role with a length of just 3.5m. To counter that its long wheelbase gives excellent interior space to comfortably accommodate a family of four, though there isn’t a great deal of leg room for a tall person sitting in the back unless the person in front moves up a little. Add the fact that the front seats don’t offer great support and it’s obvious the car is not really intended for long journeys. As a city car, however, it’s ideal with a reasonably economic three-cylinder engine, though if you’re looking for efficiency features such as stop-start you’ll have to pay extra. PAGE 10

The car tested had a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine but it still felt quite nippy with a claim of 0-62mph in 12.7 seconds. The engine starts with a distinctive but typical three cylinder hum, but despite this slightly off-beat sound it works well and responds quickly. Get used to the sound, though, because most four-cylinder engines up to 1000cc will soon be replaced with the more economical three cylinder model. The steering and gear change is light, while the ride is unexpectedly smooth for such a small car, making it feel more refined than you would expect. The handling is neat and tidy, but don’t expect to fly around town in it. It’s really all about enjoying the benefits of small cars (low cost, easy parking) without losing the sophistication you’d enjoy in a bigger car. Price-wise, the Citigo is cheaper than the

THE EYE MAGAZINE - JUNE 2012 UP by around £500 but for those who prefer the name VW on their car rather than Skoda that wouldn’t be a particular disadvantage. Economy is good, though, with a return of over 60mpg rising to 70 with the optional stop-start system. Fairly low emissions also mean a saving as a Citigo will be road tax free for the first year and only £35 thereafter. Skoda is also pushing hard to keep insurance costs down – especially important when targeting younger drivers. Skoda has an excellent reputation for both reliability and build-quality and the Citigo is no exception. Safety is assured with head and thorax airbags on both sides, plus the expected driver and passenger airbags. The car really comes into its own with storage, however, with a cut-out for iPhones, nets on the back of the front seats for storing items like water bottles and a load more little cubby holes. So, to sum up the Citigo is only slightly cheaper than the VW Up, but because the Up is already good value the Citigo must be one of the best deals around. It is small and relatively cheap, but feels neither. It’s certainly worth a try!

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During the course of our lives, countless snippets of information are stored in the brain: some useful, others merely interesting. Take the quiz and see how much you’ve picked up of over the years! 1) What is a cat-o’-nine-tails? 2) Of which Caribbean country is Montego Bay the main tourist centre? 3) Who wrote David Copperfield? 4) What name is given to the programs run by a computer as opposed to the hardware? 5) In medicine, what name is given to a state of deep unconsciousness in which the subject is not able to be roused? 6) What are the flat, treeless plains of Argentina called? 7) Which bay of the Atlantic, between northern Spain and Western France, is noted for its rough seas and high tides? 8) What was the first British film to take more than one hundred million dollars at the US box office? 9) What is the capital of Vietnam? 10) What name is given to members of the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus?

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Redcar Rocks! Bigger and Better in 2012 Redcar will again be rocking with music and laughter this July when the second Redcar Rocks! Festival is held at Mackinlay Park in Redcar. With over 100 performers across 5 stages Redcar Rocks! promises to be one amazing weekend by the seaside this summer. Redcar Rocks! will be held over the weekend 13th – 15th July, both day tickets and weekend tickets are available, giving festival goers the opportunity to stay for the day or get their tents and wellies out for the full festival experience!

The 3 music stages will be showcasing the finest in northeast talent with performances from Little Comets, fresh from their recent headline UK tour, The Watchers, Cattle and Cane and many more. The comedy tent will be bulging with side splitting acts this year, with headline comedy from ITV’s ‘Show me the Funny’ winner Patrick Monahan and full line up of great comedy stars across the whole weekend.


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20 Bands, 20 Comedians, 5 Stages, 1 Great Weekend Comedy

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Camping Silent Disco Fun Fair

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Jubilee Themed Arts & Crafts at Kirkleatham Bellamy Pavilion Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd, Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th June 10am – 3pm • Pottery painting and Art & Crafts, prices from 50p - £3.50 • My Little Pony – Sessions 10.30am – 12noon & 1pm – 2.30pm learn how to look after a Shetland pony & a beach donkey. From how to groom them to feeding them and finishing off by making them look pretty, ready for a walk around the museum site and show them off to the public!! Spaces are limited, cost £8 per session. An experience not to forget! To book a place call Arts & Events Team 01642 496442 Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June • 11am -2pm - Free children's craft drop-in workshop delivered by a local artist, crafts made at this workshop will contribute towards the themed decoration of the museum & pavilion to celebrate The Queens Diamond Jubilee & Olympic Event.

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• Bring a picnic or purchase food from our on-si tables and join in the family fun in our very own s face painting, donkey rides, children's rides, tradi prizes. • Come in fancy dress and enter the ‘Kirkleatham Museum’s Prince & Princess Competition’. • Jubilee themed Arts & Crafts will also be available which will include pottery painting & paper crafts, prices from 50p £3.50. Price includes free child admission to Kirkleatham Owl Centre.

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Diamond Jubilee Beacon lighting

Beacon’s will be lit across the Borough in celebration on 4th June, approx 10pm 1 Redcar: St Peter’s Church 2 Eston Nab: RCBC Arts and Events Team 3 Roseberry Topping: National Trust 4 Birkbrow: Skelton and Gilling Estate 5 Skinningrove/Loftus: Loftus Town Community Special Events Group 6 Highcliffe, Guisborough: Guisborough Town Council

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Paul Recommends in Redcar

Welcome to Paul recommends. Many of you may remember the bright yellow publication I did quite a number of year ago called ‘Paul Recommends’. Since then I have travelled to many towns and village’s in the North East of England and spoke to hundreds of shop keepers, managers, directors, councillors, the list goes on, with a view to publishing a magazine to promote and raise awareness as to what each town or village had to offer. Well I’m back. I love Redcar and the surrounding area and look forward to seeing it back to its old self. So every month we hope to recommend a variety of businesses and services that we recommend you should try for yourself.

Incredible Cakes Cake Toppers have established themselves as one of the finest cake companies in the northeast since Dawn Shelton started the business six years ago. Having worked in a bakery for more than ten years, and completed numerous cookery and sugar craft courses, Dawn has a wealth of experience and knowledge in cake baking. Over the years, Dawn has made some of the most outstanding cake creations seen in the northeast and has had some fairly unusual requests, she explains: “I would say the most unusual one we’ve had recently has been a cake in the shape of a pork pie, but we’ve also had a lifeboat station, handbags, dogs, castles and cars, such as Mini Coopers, are always very popular.” Dawn also supplied two cakes for SSI UK which formed a book for the ‘re-lighting of the blast furnace’ in April This year. PAGE 18

Each cake weighed in at over 10 stone each !!!. Cake Toppers have gained a fantastic reputation locally for their unique, inspiring cakes and Dawn is always pleased at the positive feedback they receive. She says: “We’ve had brides in tears, hugs and kisses. Most people don’t realise what we can create and they are absolutely amazed by what we can do and of course, seeing that type of reaction is great.” Cake Toppers use only the finest ingredients and regal icing, have a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and are always happy and ready to help. Prices for birthday cakes start from as little as £28, whilst traditional three-tier wedding cakes start from £300. But book very early as waiting lists can be from 2 to 3 months (standard cakes 2-3 weeks). Discover more of Dawn’s magnificent creations at www. or to discuss your personal requirements, call 01642 510069.

I would personally recommend Cake Toppers because it’s a small, local company, who have cake’s for all your celebration needs. All are of the highest quality and are finished by hand, from the very best ingredients and there is such a wide range to choose from.


Rkade Skate Park Redcar’s R-Kade skate park is continuing to go from strength to strength as the new skate section came to life recently and was excitedly received by all regulars and newcomers. The brand new fully heated café area is now serving a range of hot and cold foods and drinks. The chill out zone is also close to its completion, which will create an excellent environment for riders and skaters to relax and rest those tired and aching muscles!! Nicki Whaites, the Manager of the park, said “We were really worried as to how everyone would take the news about the Mungle jungle closing for a while to expand the Skatepark, but everyone has been brilliant and the kids are all loving the new areas that we have created”. She went on to say that “the huge project we are undertaking is really starting to take shape

and the excitement for all the new changes is growing daily” You can follow the progress of R-Kade skate park on their facebook page. Nicki would also like to take the opportunity to apologise again for any inconvenience caused by the on-going renovations. R-Kade is definitely going to be challenging the country for the title of ‘best skate park’ when it’s complete. R-Kade is a great place for Skaters, BMXers, Skateboarders and scooters to go. I would definitely recommend the R-Kade as a fun place for kids ‘and adults’…. after all you’re only as old as you feel.


Iemelda Wallace took over Buds ‘n’ Blooms Florists when the previous owner Margaret Green retired in October 2011 after working alongside her for over 8 years.

25 Years of cycling

Tom McNamara has over 25 years of cycle retail & mechanical specialist knowledge. His knowledge & traditional friendly service makes East Coast Cycles on Queen Street a premier independent cycle shop. Tom is also a Volunteer Crewmember with ‘Redcar Lifeboat Station’, saving lives since 1802. Tom says ’ All our cycles are sold 100% built and road ready for our customers, We offer a specialist repair service with excellent advice’

They cater for a wide range of services from Weddings, bouquets & balloons to Chocolates, gifts and Funerals. Imelda said’ I love my job and enjoy working alongside my friend and colleague Amanda creating a large variety of exotic, traditional and sometimes unusual bouquets.’ After being in Redcar for many years Iemelda commented that ‘almost all our business is through recommendation and referral, we must be doing something right!’ I recommend you check them out at 13 queen street Redcar.

Find them at or call 01642 494330 I have had dealings with Tom for years and can personally recommend East Coast Cycles. PAGE 19


Gardening Tips for June Essential Jobs Checklist For June

Water containers and feed when necessary Plant new acquisitions and water regularly Stand cacti and houseplants outside – repot if necessary Continue to feed and mow lawns. Aerate Harvest vegetables and herbs. Earth up potatoes Harvest soft fruit Prune fruit trees Mist greenhouse on hot days and shade Clear blanket weed from ponds Clip hedges and topiary and feed

Green House

 Keeping plants moist and protecting them from intense heat will be priorities this month. Paint shading onto the glass, and mist plants as well as watering regularly. You can boost the humidity of your greenhouse by spraying the floor with water each morning. Keeping the atmosphere moist will help to keep red spider mite at bay.  African violets and Begonia rex can be propagated from leaf cuttings. For African violets, push a leaf with an inch or slightly more of stalk attached vertically into a small pot containing a mixture of equal parts peat and sharp sand. For begonias, cut the veins on the underside of the leaf in several places and lay the leaves, cut side down, on top of a small tray of the same mixture. Fasten the leaves down with two or three stones or hair pins. In a few weeks baby plants will be produced – these can be potted up separately into compost.

Vegetable Garden

 You can start planting out young leeks this month – make holes with a dibber, plant the leeks then water without a rose on your can so that the soil is washed from the sides of the hole. Cut the tops of young leeks back by about a quarter before planting out.  Brussels sprouts, winter cabbages and sprouting broccoli can also be planted out  Earth up potatoes when the foliage is 23cm (9 inches) high. Drawing the soil up around the stems in this way will prevent tubers that form near the surface from being green and unfit to eat.  With a bit of luck you should be harvesting early summer cabbages and cauliflower this month. PAGE 20



 Finish planting up containers of summer bedding. Make sure you keep them wellwatered, especially hanging baskets and shallow window-boxes. Aim to water these once a day if you can, preferably when the sun isn’t on them.


 Feed your lawn with Summer Lawn Food, if you didn’t do it last month. If weeds or moss are still a problem use an appropriate lawncare product  Mowing should now be done with the blades set low, unless the weather is very dry – in such conditions a medium setting will be better for the grass  Aerating your lawn will enable it to take up moisture as well as improving drainage, so if you didn’t do it earlier in the year it’s worth doing now. However, don’t do it in really dry conditions – best done after rain.

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 June is one of the most popular months for buying perennials and shrubs – hardly surprising with so many beautiful plants flowering this month. Make sure all new acquisitions are planted with a good handful of your favourite planting mixture. Water new plantings in very well and continue to water regularly – every couple of days if it’s really hot – until the plants are established and making new growth.  Summer bedding can be planted out in your borders this month. Follow the usual planting rules, remembering that many bedding plants only have small root systems and very likely to dry out in hot weather.  Prune shrubs that have finished flowering, such as flowering currants, kerrias, weigelas, philadelphus and deutzias, by cutting back flowered shoots to a healthy bud. In mature plants, you can cut out whole branches that have flowered to open up the shrub and promote new growth. It’s best to cut back about one third of branches each year in a three-year cycle. After pruning, water the shrubs well and give them a good feed using Fish Blood and Bone  Evergreen hedges and topiary of yew, privet, box, and Leyland cypress can be clipped this month and given a light feed of all-purpose plant food.

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 Apples will drop many small fruits this month – it’s known as the June drop. Don’t worry! It’s nature’s way of thinning out the crop. Gardeners can do even more thinning if a particularly heavy crop is being carried. This is easy on dwarf trees, but is not worth doing on large old standard trees.  Check gooseberry bushes for sawfly and mildew and spray if necessary PAGE 21


The Apprentice 2012 – A Poor Bunch!

I don’t begrudge anyone the right to be ambitious. Nor do I begrudge anyone the right to feel they are better than their peers – just so long as they have something to back up their claims. But having avidly watched ‘The Apprentice’ since it was first aired in 2004 the current series makes it obvious that finding a half decent applicant is becoming increasingly difficult because the standard has definitely diminished with each passing year. Perhaps the reason for that is that anyone having the natural talent to be a genuine contender has enough common sense to steer well away from the pantomime that ‘The Apprentice’ seems to have become. It’s still fascinating to watch them snipe at each other in the boardroom in a last ditch attempt to save themselves, but there have been some really disastrous efforts so far. The only one who seems to have come through pretty much unscathed is market trader Adam Corbally who has at least shown a human side to the proceedings and is prepared to get stuck in. No wonder Sugar likes him! He has to be this year’s favourite though I think Nick Holzherr may turn out to be a bit of a dark horse. He has quietly survived and that’s always a good sign. Perhaps the strangest aspect of the series is how much the contestants change once the finger has been pointed in their direction. When they make their appearance on the excellent Dara O Briain’s ‘The Apprentice – you’ve been fired’ they look like different people. Not sure whether it’s the BBC’s make-up department that creates some kind of metamorphosis but so far each of the sacked contestants has appeared to have undergone a personality change. Mind you, in the case of two of this year’s survivors (at the time of writing) that would mean actually finding one! Jade Nash has offered little other than an ability to avoid the firing line by redirecting the blame onto someone else. Perhaps that’s a talent in itself, but I for one can’t wait to see the back of her. It is strange how in the aftermath of their sackings, though, most contestants seem to have developed a sense of humour and an ability to laugh at themselves. A little more of both in the actual contest would no doubt have seen them go a lot further.



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Why Men Are Seldom Depressed: I don’t know about you, but my wife always seems to think that she has to take all the responsibility for organising things. I let her, simply because it’s the easiest option, but to be fair women simply don’t have a natural tendency to chill out when the onus is on them. They worry about little things far too much! An examination of the real facts of life, however, shows that it is the natural order of things that has made it much easier for men to be happy. Here is the evidence:1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33.

Your last name stays the same. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can choose between wearing a white T-shirt or no shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another petrol station toilet just because this one is just too yucky. You don't have to stop and think which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay (apparently). Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress £2,000. Suit rental-£50. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood - all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day holiday requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is £3.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original colour. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck. You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one colour for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a moustache. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24th in 25 minutes.

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Why Men Are Seldom Depressed: (cont.) NICKNAMES If Sheila, Margaret and Anne go out for lunch, they will call each other Sheila, Margaret and Anne. If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Skinny and Wildman. EATING OUT When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in £20, even though it's only for £45.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back. When the bill arrives for Sheila, Margaret and Anne, out come the pocket calculators. MONEY A man will pay £3 for a £2 item because he needs it. A woman will pay £2 for a £3 item that she doesn't need because it’s in the sale. ARGUMENTS A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

Solutions 1 A nine-lash whip, 2 Jamaica, 3 Charles Dickens, 4 Software, 5 Coma,

FUTURE A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A man doesn’t worry about anything until he gets a wife. BATHROOMS A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel. The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 237. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items. MARRIAGE A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't. A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does. DRESSING UP A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the bin, answer the phone, read a book or get the post. A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

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NATURAL Men wake up as goodlooking as they went to bed. Women somehow deteriorate during the night. THE KIDS Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about their dental appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, exam results, secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house. AND FINALLY A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY A married man should forget his mistakes. There's absolutely no point in two people remembering the same thing!


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To celebrate Wenlock visiting Wheatlands School in Redcar the Olympic flame travelling through Redcar, colour in the Wenlock for your chance to win a prize. The best piece will be published in our next edition of the EYE magazine. All entries are viewable on our website. Send your completed picture with Your name, Age, Telephone number and address to: The Eye Magazine, Colour-in Competition, Unit 205, The Innovations Centre, Kirkleatham Business Park, Redcar. TS10 5SH

Colour-in Competition May Result Congratulations To the this months winner: Kia Collantine (Age 8) Marske Thank you to all the children (and parents) who sent in their coloured-in picture to us last month. Visit our website to view all the other entries at : PAGE 28


Olympic Facts Host Greece won the most medals (47) at the first Olympic Summer Games in 1896. The first Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924. Norway has won the most medals (263) at the Winter Games. The United States has won more medals (2,189) at the Summer Games than any other country. The five Olympic rings represent the five major regions of the world – Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceana, and every national flag in the world includes one of the five colours, which are (from left to right) blue, yellow, black, green, and red. Three continents – Africa, South America, and Antarctica – have never hosted an Olympics.

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New Academy Initiative Important To ‘Boro’ The Football Association and Premier League have introduced the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) which will completely change the current structure of the academy system in the UK. The new system will categorise all club’s youth systems on four different levels, will replace the current tribunal system that determines a players worth and will also exempt top clubs from the current rules preventing them from signing under-16s who live more than 90 minutes’ travelling distance away (or an hour for under-12s). The implications to hugely successful academies like Boro’s are enormous considering that some thirty million pounds has been raised on the sale of ex-academy players over the last few years and we spoke to Academy Manager Dave Parnaby to try and gauge the effect it would have on the future.

and given a Category status of 1 to 4, with 1 being the most elite. Things like productivity, training facilities, coaching, education and welfare provisions will be assessed and the higher a club’s category the more funding will be available to it. At clubs like ours, though, the concern is that the new system will allow the big clubs to scout and recruit in our immediate area that was protected under the old system. “

He explained that for the past fourteen years the ‘Boro Academy has prospered under an FA initiative called ‘Charter for Quality’ that was originally designed as a model for excellence in recruitment and coaching. “Our academy, he said, “ has always been about offering the opportunity to the children of Teesside and the surrounding area to become professionals and the success we have enjoyed owes much to the continuity of staff at the Academy with people like Head of Recruitment Ron Bone spending 25 consecutive years at the club. “The intention of the new EPPP system is not dissimilar. It hopes to increase the number of home grown players playing first-team football at the highest level by creating more time for players to play and be coached.

A huge amount of work has been done to try and gain category 1 status for Middlesbrough and if successful will mean considerable investment having to be found by the club. The four day inspection was carried out from the 17th to the 20th of May and some clarification will be available during June. “The Chairman has been as supportive as always in helping us to try and achieve what we feel will be of benefit,” said Dave Parnaby,”but whatever happens in the future we feel sure the area can continue to provide us with special talent to develop.”

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