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How Old Is Old?

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For many it has not been a good Christmas. The bitter blow of the steel closure delivered at the worst possible time has meant that for those who face redundancy the future holds a great deal of uncertainty. Perhaps Middlesbrough FC Chairman Steve Gibson’s comments as the workers were joined by Middlesbrough football players in a demonstration before the home game with Cardiff demonstrated the feelings on Teesside most eloquently. He said the closure would “rip the heart out of the Teesside community”. Since ‘The Eye’ was launched it has been our policy to try and look on the bright side of things, but in this instance it is extremely difficult to actually find a brighter side. Perhaps, however, the best way to do it is to compare the fortunes of a similarly hit area – Consett – since it ceased to be a player in the steel industry in 1980. We have done that on page 24. In the meantime let us continue to hope and pray for a satisfactory outcome of what is a potential catastrophe and hope that everyone involved can somehow manipulate a successful conclusion.

In This Months Issue Carole’s Fit & Feeling Fab Page 8 You Could Have Heard A Pin Drop Page 12

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College going higher with new development PLANS have been revealed for a multi-million pound Higher Education Centre at a leading Teesside college. Redcar & Cleveland College is collaborating with two key sponsors, The Sir William Turner Trust and Teesside University, to deliver the state-of-the-art learning facility for students studying Higher Education courses at the college. The exciting new centre will make it much easier for people in Redcar and East Cleveland to study degree courses by providing a local facility. Following approval of the plans by Redcar and Cleveland Council this month, construction will begin in January, with the new centre opening to students at the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year.

Higher Education Centre, we are expanding the range of world class facilities available to our students further. “The new facilities will mean that more people than ever will be able to fulfil their ambitions and equip themselves with the skills employers are looking for by studying courses at HE level in partnership with Teesside University.”

The £3.5 million centre will cater for the growing number of students who are studying Higher Education courses at the college and will feature a 250-seat lecture theatre, as well as dedicated ICT and learning resource facilities.

The building will be constructed to the rear of the college’s existing £26m campus, which opened in September 2008, and will use similar materials to match the look and feel of the existing building.

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and Cleveland and the wider Tees Valley. “We are delighted that the Sir William Turner Trust and Teesside University have agreed to back our vision and provide us with the necessary funds required to deliver this important project. Professor Graham Henderson, Vice-Chancellor of Teesside University said: “We are delighted to be taking forward our longstanding partnership with Redcar & Cleveland College through this investment. The College is one of our most important and valued partners and we very much look forward to the conclusion of this exciting collaboration” Continues on page 6


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College going higher with new development Continued from page 4 Peter Sotheran, Chair of the Sir William Turner Foundation, said: “The Sir William Turner Foundation has been supporting education in Redcar for over 300 years. “Our support for Redcar & Cleveland College’s Higher Education Centre development is a continuation of this work and we are delighted to be involved in this prestigious project that will help to put the town on the higher education map.” With the number of students going on to study higher education courses continuing to grow, the centre will

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An old farmer who had never been to the city before decided to take his family for a special treat. So he, his wife and son loaded up the old truck and headed off into town. When they arrived they were fascinated to see the most enormous store imaginable so they decided to go in and have a look round. The old lady said she wanted to see things for herself and went off on her own. The father and boy wandered around and eventually found a lift, all stainless steel and flashing lights. ‘What’s that dad?’ asked the young man. ‘Don’t know son,’ said pops, ‘but let’s watch a while. As they watched an old lady struggled up to the lift, pressed the button and the PAGE 6

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Carole’s fit and feeling fabulous in her 50s. Carole Naylor has lost over 3 stone and dropped four dress sizes and feels absolutely fantastic, this is her story. “I had felt uncomfortable about my weight and changing shape for years. I knew that as you get older you put on a bit of weight and having children, as wonderful as that is, also contributes to a woman changing shape” Carole spoke to a colleague at work who had joined Oxygym Health and Fitness Club. Like many Carole had a preconception that gyms were full of fit lycra clad women and poseurs, and that exercise would be just ‘too much hard work, and too expensive’. “Anyway I was told that there was no one judging you at Oxygym and everyone got on with their own training”. Carole plucked up the courage and called into Oxygym one Sunday morning. “I was made to feel at ease immediately by a very respectful and helpful instructor who showed me around and let me try some of the equipment. I was also given a free trial, which I took full advantage of. Any hesitation I may have had disappeared immediately and I joined,” Carole weighed over 13 stones. “During my first week I saw a girl running freely and easily on the treadmill, I thought I’m going to do that, that’s my goal. At first I could only walk, then I would walk for a minute and jog for a minute. I was more determined every time I went to Oxygym. They have the Hits Channel on at Oxygym and I would run for one song and walk for another then I would try to run for two songs. One day I thought, tonight I am going to run without stopping for twenty minutes, I was determined. It hurt but I managed it. I was so happy with myself.” PAGE 8

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English to be the official language of the European Union Following a recent complaint from a French ambassador that English tended to be the language used at international meetings we got to thinking about the problems that may arise if English was officially adopted as the language of the European Union. They went something like this …………

“ The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as ‘Euro-English’. In the first year the letter ‘s’ will replace the soft ‘c’. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard ‘c’ will be dropped in favour of ‘k’. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome ‘ph’ will be replaced with ‘f’. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

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In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horibl silent ‘e’ in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away. By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing ‘th’ with ‘z’ and ‘w’ with ‘v’. During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary ‘o’ kan be dropd from vords kontaining ‘ou’ and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru. Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas. “ It was mealtime during a flight on a British Airways plane: ‘Would you like dinner?’ the flight attendant asked the man seated in the front row. ‘What are my choices?’ the man asked. ‘Yes or no,’ she replied. The policeman got out of his car and approached the boy racer he stopped for speeding. ‘I’ve been waiting for you all day,’ the bobby said. The kid replied, ‘Yes, well I got here as fast as I could.’ When the policeman finally stopped laughing, he sent the kid on his way without a ticket.


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You could have heard a pin drop There are occasions when something is casually said that makes everyone stop and take notice and I recently learned of several such occasions. Very thought provoking, I felt it was only right to share them with a larger audience. When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if plans for Iraq and Afghanistan were just an example of empire building by the American President. He answered by saying, ‘Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not come back.’ You could have heard a pin drop. There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying ‘Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the Tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?’ A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: ‘Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day; they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?’ You could have heard a pin drop. A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from PAGE 12

the U.S, English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, ‘Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?’ Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied ‘Maybe it’s because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.’ You could have heard a pin drop. AND THIS STORY - THAT FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE, WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THIS MAGAZINE FOR THE REMEMBRANCE EDITION IN NOVEMBER. WE MAKE NO APOLOGIES FOR REPEATING IT! Robert Whiting, an elderly American gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry-on luggage. ‘You have been to France before, monsieur?’ the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. ‘Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.’ The old gentleman said, ‘The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it. ‘Impossible! Americans always have to show passports on arrival in France!’ The American gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ‘Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to.’ You could have heard a pin drop.


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How old is old? Part 2 In November’s edition we featured a series of stories that suggested being a little more mature could sometimes be quite a pleasant experience and could be an obvious source of amusement when taken in the right manner. Since then we have had a number of responses and these, I have to say – are my favourites. We have promised to keep names private for obvious reasons. “I was sitting in the waiting room ready for my first appointment with a new dentist. Noticing his DDS Diploma on the wall, I realised that his full name was the same as that of a boy I had been particularly keen on who had been in my class at school many years previously. He had been tall, dark and handsome and I began to remember some of the occasions that our paths had crossed at that time. Nothing had come of it and I hadn’t seen him since. Could he, I wondered, be the same guy I had the crush on way back then? When I was called in, however, I quickly discarded any thoughts of that as he was balding, grey haired with a deeply lined face and I thought he must be far too old to have been a class mate of mine! After he examined my teeth, however, my curiosity got the better of me and I asked him if he had attended Park Grange Comprehensive School. He said he had and the years he attended coincided with my own. ‘In that case’, I said ‘you were in my class at school. ‘Really,’ he answered. And then that ugly, old, bald, wrinkled faced, fat back-sided , grey haired, decrepit old man said ‘Sorry, I can’t remember you. What did you teach?” Grandma is eighty-eight years old and still drives her own car. She writes: “The other day I was at our local Christian bookstore and saw a ‘Honk if you love Jesus’ car sticker. I was feeling particularly exuberant because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance and a tremendous prayer meeting. So I bought PAGE 14

the sticker and put it on the back window of my car. I am so glad I did because a really uplifting experience followed. I was driving my teenage grandson to his part-time job and had to stop at a red light at a busy junction. I was so lost in thought about the Lord and how good he is that I didn’t notice that the light had changed. It’s a good thing someone else loves Jesus, because if he hadn’t honked, I’d never have noticed. In fact I found that lots of people love Jesus! While I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking like crazy, and then he leaned out of his window and screamed, ‘For the love of God, go! Go! Jesus Christ, go!’ What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus! Everyone started honking! I just leaned out my window and started waving and smiling at all those loving people. I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love! One of the other drivers was waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air. I asked my grandson in the back seat what that meant. He chuckled and said it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign, or something. Well, I’ve never met anyone from Hawaii, so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign right back. My grandson burst out laughing. Why, even he was enjoying this religious experience!! A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me. I bet they wanted to pray, or ask what church I attended. But this is when I noticed that the light had changed. So, grinning, I waved at all my brothers and sisters, and drove on through the junction. I noticed that I was the only car that got through the lights before they changed again and felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared. So I slowed the car down, leaned out the window and gave them all the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away. Praise the Lord for such wonderful folk!”




A few things the movies have taught us. As an avid cinema-goer, my friend was discussing some of the more important lessons he had learned from watching films all his life. As we talked it became apparent that they were lessons we had all subconsciously learned and that perhaps we should list them. See how many you agree with. In the movies..... 1. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices, which have large red readouts to tell you exactly when it will go off. 2. Should you need to pass yourself off as a German officer it will not be necessary to speak the language, a convincing accent will do. 3. All apartments in Paris overlook the Eiffel tower. 4. Most lap top computers are powerful enough to override a bank security system or the communication system of an invading alien civilisation. 5. Every single person in a martial arts film has a black belt in karate. 6. When staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises in their most revealing underwear. 7. 1 man shooting at 20 men has more chance of hitting them than 20 men shooting at 1 man if he is the hero. 8. During a police investigation it will be necessary to visit a strip joint at least once. PAGE 16

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Baroness visits a Redcar college Students at a Redcar college had a chance to find out about the work of the House of Lords recently when they received a visit from one of its Peers. Baroness Maddock visited Redcar & Cleveland College to talk to students on the public services preparation course about the role and function of the Upper Chamber of Britain’s Parliament. The Baroness, who worked as a teacher before taking up a career in politics, visited the college as part of the “Peers in Schools” programme that aims to give young people a better understanding of how the UK’s parliament operates. Many of the students on the public services preparation course are hoping to go on and take up careers in the police, armed forces or in other areas of public life. They regularly receive guest lectures from serving members of the army and local police, but this was the first time they have been visited by a politician. 17-year old Hannah Langham-Jones (pictured), a student studying the uniformed public services level 3 course, was surprised at how important a role the House of Lords plays in the making and passing of legislation in the UK. She said: “I feel like I’ve really learnt a lot from the Baroness’s visit. There are probably quite a few of us on the course who didn’t really know much about the House of Lords so I think we’ve all learnt something important today. It’s also made me even more excited about the forthcoming trip to London that the college has planned in the New Year, PAGE 20

and I’m particularly interested to go and visit the House of Lords.” Talking about the Peers in Schools Scheme and her visit to Redcar & Cleveland College, Baroness Maddock said: “I think it is important that young people understand how the work that is carried out every day in the House of Commons and the House of Lords affects their lives. “I’m especially pleased that the students who I met seemed to have a real interest in how the law and legislation that we pass in parliament will relate to the careers that they are hoping to take up in the future, whether that be as a police officer or as a member of the armed forces.” As well as contributing to the debates on housing and climate change, she has also served as the Liberal Democrat nominee on the Committee on Standards in Public Life since 2003. Principal of Redcar & Cleveland College, Gary Groom, said: All of the students at the College are engaged in the ‘Citizenship agenda’ as part of their programme. The opportunity to meet Baroness Maddock has been fantastic for the students and this has given them a really good insight into the mechanics of Government. Indeed many of the students are just coming up to voting age and are looking forward to being able to engage in the shaping of the future of Government. Baroness Maddock gave freely of her time with a questions and answers session followed by a tour of the College and it was clearly appreciated by the students and staff involved in the visit.”



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Healthy fast food from scratch. So the festive season is over, the usual January depression is about to hit and there’s that awful realisation that next Christmas is a long time away. What’s worse is the fact that we all still feel a bit bloated by the inevitable over-indulgence that has become a feature of most people’s Christmas. The only way to snap out of all this is to use January as a launching pad for the new you and what better way is there to begin that journey than the implementation of a really healthy diet. ‘Oh no’ I can hear you say – ‘boring food that’s supposed to be good for you! ‘Well, good for you it may be, but boring it certainly aint! Cooking ‘from scratch’ – rather than using any of the myriad of ready sauces and meals - is also the perfect way to know exactly what you are eating, ensuring it’s healthy and contains no unpleasant surprises like trans fats and artificial colours. So, for a delicious start try these chicken kebabs.... Serves 2 : Prep time 10 minutes : Cooking time 20 minutes : Calories per portion 274 : fat per portion 8g : Sat fat per portion 1.5g : Carbs per portion 11g. • Ingredients: • 2 chicken breasts cut into large chunks • A drizzle of olive oil • Juice of one lemon • A pinch of oregano • 2 peppers – red and yellow – cut into large chunks • 1-2 courgettes cut into large chunks • Serve with salad, pitta breads and lemon wedges. Preheat grill to high. In a large bowl mix chicken, oil, lemon juice and oregano and season with salt and pepper. Add peppers and courgettes and toss together so it’s all coated. Slide onto a skewer, alternating meat and veg. Sit kebabs on a roasting tin then cook for about ten minutes on each side till cooked through and beginning to char. Serve with warm pitta bread and salad.

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History shows there is always hope! For many it has not been a good Christmas. The bitter blow of the steel closure delivered at the worst possible time has meant that for those who face redundancy the future holds a great deal of uncertainty. I worked on the local newspaper (The Consett Guardian) in the Consett area in 1980 when the death knell sounded for the steel furnaces and the Steelworks closure came with the loss of 3,700 jobs. It was an industry that at its height in the 1960s had provided jobs for 6,000 workers in a town with a 27,000 population. Ironically the intense competition from both Teesside and from abroad led to moves to close it as early as the 1970s, despite heated debates about the future of the plant. When it did close in 1980 it was a devastating blow to the town, not least because the unemployment rate in Consett was already double the national average at 15%. The closure made it the worst unemployment black spot in Britain, rising to 36%. The ultimate demolition of the works led to a massive hole in the heart of the town. In similar circumstances PAGE 24

to Redcar the government promised funds to help the area and the ensuing regeneration plans throughout the eighties and nineties – aptly named ‘Project Genesis’ - went some way to repair the damage. Unemployment is now down to the national average and Consett did not become a ‘ghost town.’ One has to feel, however, that had the Government invested that money in helping develop the industry in the area beforehand, the ‘stable door’ might not have closed quite so quickly! The first sign of Consett’s ability to emulate the famous Phoenix and ultimately ‘rise from the ashes’ was the development of the Phileas Fogg crisps factory at the town’s Meadomsley Road. Launched in 1982 by Derwent Valley Foods, the company was founded in a portacabin. The four original directors saw a gap in the market for a range of

snacks specifically aimed at adults and they began television advertisements in 1988. As a result of the products’ success the company expanded to three locations and employed more than 250 people on Medomsley Road. The company became well known in the area for sponsorship activities as well as setting up the Acorn Trust in Consett which also went a long way to alleviating the problems caused by the demise of the steel industry. Similarly, when the 26-yearold Mark I’Anson arrived in Consett in 1981, demolition teams were working on the steelworks, and gangs of men were hanging around on street corners. ‘It was awful,’ he says. ‘Like a scene from a Depression film.’ But he decided to stay, and so became one of the first of the new generation of Consett entrepreneurs. I’Anson wanted to build... Continues on page 26


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powerful Unix computers with his colleague, David Liddell. By 1988 Integrated Micro Products was turning over £4m annually: its computers were widely used in the automotive industry. IMP was one of the 362 companies that received official help in Consett in the first 13 years of the project. Many still exist, most of them startups. According to Eddie Hutchinson, chief executive of the Derwentside Industrial Development Agency (Dida), the town’s success was due to the abundance of managers - many redundant - who decided to have a go on their own; and also due to liberal help from outside. ‘Without the £35m from central government, and the involvement of the

various authorities, Consett would be dead now,’ he says. Now there is cuttingedge biotech and computer industry, and an aerospace factory where they make the main spar for the wings of the European Airbus. When Consett closed, about 10,000 jobs were lost directly and indirectly. There are now nearly 7,000 jobs in the new Consett industries. It is also a cleaner area with the heat and the dirt and the dust gone. Visitors and inhabitants also now realise the beauty of the picturesque views over the Derwent Valley, and Consett is becoming a popular place to live for commuters from Durham and Tyne & Wear looking for a taste of the country. New houses are springing up round the town and the Derwent Reservoir is located close by. Since 2000 several new housing developments have taken place on the

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former Steel Works site and surrounding areas. Derwentside College has relocated to a new campus at Berry Edge and national retailers have moved into Hermiston Retail Park. There are plans for a new £20,000,000 sports complex, incorporating a swimming pool, regional tennis centre and new football stadium for Consett A.F.C. There are also plans to build a new hotel complex and a second Retail Park within walking distance of the town centre. All great news for an area that at one time was in the depths of despair. It may have taken some time and there are obviously people involved in the closure who did not ultimately benefit from Consett’s new found success but the story does demonstrate that however bad things may seem at the time there is most definitely always hope!


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How to stay warm and save money When cooler weather arrives, most people are tempted to turn up the heat to stay warm. However, with energy costs rising around the country, taking some cost saving measures can have a big impact on your wallet. Making sure your home is properly winterized will reduce warm air from escaping your home. Provided below are some winter tips to help you stay warm in an energy efficient manner. 1. During the winter, set your thermostat at 68 degrees fahrenheit (17 degrees celsius) or lower. Every degree above 68 adds 4% to your utility bill. 2. Dress in layers or warm clothes (woolly jumpers are a great insulators), including socks when around the house to retain body heat. 3. At bedtime, lower the temperature of your thermostat and add extra blankets to your bed. 4. When you are away from your home for more than 4 hours, lower your thermostat. For best results install a programmable thermostat. 5. Make sure air vents are open in the rooms you use and close vents and doors to unused rooms. 6. Adjust your water heater temperature to 120 degrees fahrenheit (48 degrees celsius) or “warm”. Each 10 degree deduction can save you up to 5% on your utility bill.

Coffee break humour A lorry driver was driving along on a country road. A sign came up that read ‘ Low Bridge Ahead.’ Before he realised it, the bridge was directly ahead and he got stuck under it. Cars are backed up for miles. Finally, a police car comes up. The policeman got out of his car and walked to the lorry’s cab and said to the driver, ‘Got stuck, eh?’ The lorry driver looked down at him and said, ‘No, I was delivering this bridge and ran out of petrol!’ PAGE 30

7. Purchase and install a water heater blanket to insulate your water heater. 8. Consider purchasing Energy Star products, they use 15% to 75% less energy to operate. 9. Caulk cracks and gaps around windows or doors to keep cold air out and warm air in. 10. If you can see light around a closed exterior door, install a threshold and weather-stripping to keep cold air out.

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