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Welcome

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The Power Of Nature – Good & Bad! The early part of winter might have been quite mild but we’ve certainly suffered since the turn of the year. It always amazes everyone that at the first sign of snow everything comes to a standstill yet nothing is done to improve the situation throughout the year. Thanks to the current financial plight of councils, the last thing they want to spend money on in summer is preparing for a potentially bad winter so it simply gets left alone until the snow arrives. By then, of course, it’s too late. Perhaps next year…..

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This edition sees the continuation of the ‘new look’ Eye and includes a piece on the new wind farm’s first energy input into the Redcar area. Power from the first turbine is imminent and that will be followed by a further twenty six in the second quarter of this year. Whatever your feelings regarding the construction of wind turbines there is a strong feeling that we must make the most of any energy production that gives us an alternative to fossil fuels. Let’s wait and see how it pans out.

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Whats Inside

STUDENTS HEAD FOR USA Page 4

A BUDGET VALENTINES Page 10

HEALTH & FITNESS Page 18

MOTORING Page 6

BUSINESS Page 12

HUMOUR Page 22

LIVING & LIFESTYLE Page 8

DIY & IMPROVEMENTS Page 14

SPORT Page 30

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Students head to America

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ngineering students at Redcar & Cleveland College are heading to the USA to boost their skills and qualifications in robotics and automation. The group of six engineering apprentices will fly to Tennessee in February, where they will spend a week studying at the Cleveland State Community College. It will be a chance in a lifetime opportunity for the students to experience college life in the States, where they will take advantage of the latest equipment, methods and research in both robotics and automation. Student Daniel Thompson, 20, of Middlesbrough, who works at Lotte Chemical UK Ltd as a Mechanical Engineering apprentice, said: “The trip will be the chance of a lifetime for me. It’s a great opportunity to widen my horizons and further develop my skills and knowledge, which will help with my future career. I really appreciate the support Lotte Chemical has shown me through my Apprenticeship.” Engineering tutor Neil Walker has been taking students to America since 1999. Every year, students stay with host families and attend Cleveland State Community College for five days, before enjoying some down time by PAGE 4 | THE EYE MAGAZINE - ISSUE 44

sightseeing and hiking. “Cleveland State Community College has a fantastic robotics workshop, so it’s a great chance for some of our engineering students to gain new skills and experience to enhance their studies,” said Neil. “They will all study intensively for five days before being assessed. It will be an amazing learning experience and something they will never forget. “Last year we also visited the new Volkswagen factory, and we will probably do the same this year. It was a phenomenal place, full of the latest robots, so that in itself was a real eye opener.” Students going on the trip have been sponsored by their individual employers, with additional funding provided by the Sir William Turner Trust. Student Mark Harrison, 18, of Redcar, who is an apprentice Mechanical Fitter at Grow How, said it would be his first ever trip to the US. “I’m really excited about the trip and the opportunity to gain qualifications in robotics. We will be working hard, but it will be worth the effort. It’s a great thing to put on my CV.”


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Car review

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he Skoda Octavia has always been one of the roomiest cars in its class, but this new model - available from March 16th - is the biggest yet and is nearer in size to the Ford Mondeo than the smaller Focus. Skoda these days is obviously a VW and the latest model is therefore based on the platform that underpins the latest VW Golf. The Octavia, however, has a longer wheelbase and extended rear overhang to help distance it from the Golf. Prices have risen by around £2000 compared with the outgoing model, but equipment is much better so if you take into account the extra standard features it’s actually better value for money.

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Living & Lifestyle

Five ‘February Resolutions’ you'll actually want to keep

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ell, it’s now February and all those good intentions that began on January 1st have probably been abandoned and you’re left feeling a little guilty that you’ve given up so easily. The problem, of course, is that you were probably too ambitious in the first place and set up resolutions like exercising every day, cutting out all sugar, and maintaining a zero clutter policy in your homes - things which in a truly busy modern life are almost impossible to sustain. To make you feel better, however, we’ve created five great resolutions that can begin now, will do you the world of good and aren’t impossible to keep up. In fact, they’re not only easy to follow, they are also good fun! Number One – Meditation. It might sound a bit oriental, but this simple practice can have a huge impact on your life. Researchers have found that regular

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meditation can help ease stress and even chronic pain, by allowing you to better control what your mind focuses on and mentally "dial down the pain." Getting started is easy. Just find a quiet spot, sit with your back straight (so you can breathe easily), close your eyes and try to clear your mind and focus only on your breathing. Start with about 5 minutes a day, and you can increase the time as you go. It’s amazing what a few quiet moments just concentrating on your own thoughts can do. Number Two - Exercise three times a week. Let's face it, for most of us, a resolution for daily exercise just isn't going to happen. We're busy, and a trip to the gym is easier said than done. But if we try, all of us can squeeze in some sort of workout at least three times a week, and studies show this can help prevent against heart disease and a prevention of other ailments. Doing things differently is the key. You need a loaf of bread and the shop is four hundred yards down the road. Don’t take the car, walk! That’s half a mile you’ve walked more than you normally would and that will really improve a lot about your personal fitness. Things like this may seem very small on the surface but they will make a difference. Make a note in your diary of how you do each time you change your routine and see how things add up!


THE EYE MAGAZINE Number Three: Weekly Bubble Baths Think of your weekly bubble baths as an opportunity for luxury meditating. Everyone deserves a little "me time" to relax, de-stress, and just be alone. So, make the effort to give yourself this much-needed time and spend it in the bath. The warm water is relaxing and can soothe tired muscles, plus you can add ingredients like Epsom salt to help detox and decrease aches and pain. And it certainly doesn’t do any harm to take a nice cold glass of white wine with you! Number Four: Monthly Wine and Dark Chocolate Girls' Nights At first glance this may seem like a silly indulgence, but actually all three ingredients in this monthly ritual are good for you. Wine and dark chocolate have good-foryou antioxidants, and studies show that maintaining close relationships with friends can prolong your life. So make your girls' nights a priority … for your health of course.

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Seasonal

Valentine’s Day On A Budget

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alentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year so it’s natural that we all want to celebrate it in a way that feels unique to our loved ones. It’s a day that is celebrated with a great deal of enthusiasm by people of all ages - young, old, middleaged, teens and adults. It is the day when people look forward to doing something special and gifting something unique to show their love towards their dear ones. The way this special occasion is celebrated differs from individual to individual depending on his budget as well as his preferences, so how we men can manage to impress our partner on a tight budget is the real question! Making Valentine's Day remarkable can only be down to our own thoughtful ideas but the most important thing is that whatever we do - straight from the heart – should be appreciated. Here are a few scenarios that will hopefully make everyone – boys and girls alike - think about how to get the best out of this magical day. 1. The current economic problems obviously means that teenagers have very little money to spare on gifts yet something as simple as a rose should make her realise you care. If she doesn’t react to that kind of thought then she obviously doesn’t realise your financial predicament. Do you really want to spend your life with someone who wants to live above their means? 2. Invite her to your place and rustle PAGE 10 | THE EYE MAGAZINE - ISSUE 44

up a dish using available supplies. This will cost you very little yet should still prove to be effective if she realises you’ve made the effort. Buy some fresh flowers and decorate the table with them to make your partner feel amazing. She should love the idea! 3. Prepare the morning tea when your Valentine wakes up and present a bunch of flowers to start the day on a celebratory note. Giving such a surprise to your partner in the morning will pave the way for a delightful day. 4. Celebrate Valentine's Day by wrapping up and taking her out to a park where you can just talk for a while. Follow that up by buying her a few flowers and chocolates while you enjoy each other's company. 5. Take her out to a place of natural beauty that has no entry fees yet has a romantic charm to help you both spend a wonderful time together. 6. If you’re lucky enough to have a few spare pounds to really surprise her look for great spa deals and you are sure to find a suitable rejuvenating package for both yourself as well as your partner. Let your senses relax as you both enjoy a day of real pampering! The most important part of Valentine’s Day is that you are spending it with the person for whom you really care. From all of us at The Eye, have a really great day!


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Business What does the new UK pension legislation mean? What does the new UK pension legislation mean for business and employees? With the average age of the population constantly increasing, governments over the past twenty years or so have tried to respond to what will eventually become a crisis by introducing a series of initiatives aimed at getting people into their own private pension schemes. Since these have been unbinding and also been accompanied by bad publicity surrounding fraudulent dealings there has generally been a poor response. Only 3 in 10 private companies currently have pension provision and since the over 60's are set to grow by 40% over the next 30 years the inevitable crisis has forced the government into the recently launched automatic enrolment pension legislation. The legislation is currently only applicable to a selection of the UK's biggest companies with the roll out being staggered over 5 years. By the end of this period, however, every UK company and every eligible UK citizen will have been subject to auto enrolment pension legislation. In short, automatic enrolment pension legislation will see everybody over the age of 22 and earning more than ÂŁ8,105 per year automatically enrolled in a pension scheme as long as they ordinarily work in the UK. And while employees do retain the right to opt out of the scheme they will be re-enrolled every PAGE 12 | THE EYE MAGAZINE - ISSUE 44

3 years. As long as they opt out within the given time frame their contributions will be refunded; if not they'll stay in their pension pot.

The scheme has the prime purpose of attempting to get the lower paid into pension schemes. Many who work in small shops or as nannies, carers etc. won't have been exposed to pension schemes before, and many that have may have been reluctant to join without any real push in that direction. Money is often more important or even vital in the here and now rather than for future planning. These people may still opt out, but those who have merely avoided the question or may have the spare capital will most likely surrender to the automatic enrolment pension legislation at some point. Companies should begin to seek advice if they have no pension provisions in place and will be notified as to when their staging period will be. There will be government approved NEST schemes on hand to fill much of the pension void.


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DIY & Home Improvements

Let Your Home Express Your Taste And Personality!

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very building has its own character, so whether you’ve just moved into a new home or have taken a step back from your current one and are considering change, you obviously want to stamp your own personality on it and make it reflect your own taste. Going for styles you don’t like just because they are supposed to be the latest ‘in’ thing is wrong because if you aren’t keen on the style to start with it will constantly irritate. Decorating with sensitivity and confidence enhances the natural features of any home. While the more modern minimalistic look is not to everyone’s taste, it at least gives a good basis to work from. In the context of design, minimalism refers to simple, unadorned designs that embody only the most basic and fundamental needs. The look is clean and uncluttered and can be very striking in its simplicity. If, however, you prefer a more homely and cosy atmosphere, it still represents a great starting point because you can add your own touches as you go along. To make the most of the work you do here are a few basic rules that will help to achieve exactly the look you desire: Because it is almost impossible to carry exact colours in your head, when buying curtains or soft furnishings take a cushion from the sofa with you to ensure you get the right shades PAGE 14 | THE EYE MAGAZINE - ISSUE 44

and colours. Also if you’re trying to match wooden furniture with additional items, take a drawer front with you so you can get as close a match as possible. A great little electronic tool is now available to give you straight lines when wallpapering or hanging shelves. If you can’t find one then use string covered with chalk to mark straight lines on walls.

When planning a child's room get down to their level to see it from a child's perspective. This will prevent placing hooks etc. too high for them to reach. In the same way never get a tall person to hang pictures for you as this will probably result in them being fitted too high.


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Colours - in a dark room go for bright not light. The following colours can help enormously: Terracota (orange based) = warm : Pink based colours = vibrant and dramatic : Yellow for dull rooms which lack sunlight : Green = calming : Blue = cool and restful. Eggshell finish paint on woodwork doesn’t show imperfections as much as gloss paint does. Use car spray paint to revitalise light fittings. When painting corridors remember dark colours will have a shortening effect. Clever use of mirrors can give the illusion of more space. Remember though, choosing the right colours in the first place is the single most important decision you’ll make. There are literally thousands to choose from so choosing the right ones that will combine well and look stunning in your home can be a daunting task. So ask for help from the professionals and don’t rush into anything. Take your time, choose wisely and the end result will be give you enormous pleasure for years to come!

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Local News The Redcar Wind Farm A Matter Of Opinion

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ne of the most contentious East Cleveland projects over the last ten years has been the wind farm development on Redcar’s seafront. EDF Energy Renewables began construction in February 2012. Located 1.5km from the shore at its closest point it will feature twenty seven 126 metre high turbines created for the production of some 60MW of electrical green energy - enough to power up to 40,000 households. More specifically, that will power all the homes and businesses in Redcar, Marske and Saltburn. Agreement for the project was granted by the Secretary of State in conjunction with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s Planning Committee in November 2008. The installation of the first turbine towers was undertaken recently after the introduction of its rotor blades. That will be followed by commissioning tests and confirmation that all is well, and that will be followed by the first energy input into Redcar. That will initiate the start of the final stages that will see a further twenty six turbines installed. Work is expected to be completed in the second quarter of this year. Whatever your feelings regarding the construction of wind turbines – and there are obviously very strong opinions in both directions – we simply have to look at the bigger picture. The use of wind power is increasing at an annual rate of 20% and is PAGE 16 | THE EYE MAGAZINE - ISSUE 44

widely used in Europe, Asia and the United States. And while many renewable energy projects are large scale, this kind of renewable technology can also be suited to rural and remote areas where energy is often crucial in human development. That’s why we must make the most of any energy production that gives us an alternative to fossil fuels (in particular oil and gas). Looking to our own children and their children’s future we simply can’t be selfish. The continued development of renewable energy has to be the best heritage we can leave our kids! Whichever way you view turbines – and sadly the choice of artistic or eyesore seems to depend on how close to your expensive home they may feature – they are most certainly a wonderful way for future generations to combat the problems of creating enough energy to satisfy a growing population. But let’s not prejudge. Instead, let’s just examine the progress and success of the Redcar project. Many already feel it is situated in the more industrial areas of Redcar and is also sufficiently far enough out to sea to be almost innocuous. Despite that, its benefits can really be tremendous. Let’s just wait and see! The optimists among you will recognize the enormous benefits this kind of innovation can bring to the area! The pessimists will probably have a half empty glass sitting in front of them.


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Health & Fitness

New Year, New You

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ith the new year well under way already the marketing madness has started trying to capitalise on peoples new years resolutions on losing weight and getting back into shape, Fitness DVDs, group classes, discount gym memberships, But which one to choose? Our resident expert will guide you through that decision. TRY H.I.I.T If you don't have time to go to the gym or fitness classes then give H.I.I.T a try. H.I.I.T is known as High Intensity Interval Training. It Basically allows you to work at a high pace to maximise your heart rate for a short period then rest for a period of time to allow the heart to recover and the pace of your BPM (beats per min) to drop to a slower pace again, Then work at a high pace again once more and best of all, it can be done in under 10 minutes at home with no special equipment.

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In the garden

February Gardening Tips GARDEN MAINTENANCE

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ontinue to dig over existing beds and borders, again incorporating as much organic matter as you can, your own home made compost is great, if you currently don’t do home composting keep reading future editions for advice and tips on home composting. Forking over not only helps prepare the soil for spring, it helps reduce pests by exposing them to hungry birds and help drainage of rain water. Although temperatures should start to rise this month, after the snow and cold snap last month, there is still a risk of frost and even more snow. Protect vulnerable plants, pots and taps from frost by wrapping insulation such as garden and containers & pots are raised off the ground if possible. Fruit trees and shrubs will thank you for a generous application of dry mulch to protect their roots from freezing conditions. Once the ground isn’t frozen, make new beds and borders - mark the shape with sand trickled from a bottle, remove the top layer of growing vegetation and dig the ground over, again incorporating as much organic matter as possible. If you are making a bed in PAGE 20 | THE EYE MAGAZINE - ISSUE 44

the lawn, remove the turf and stack it upside down somewhere out of the way - after a year or two it will rot down into fantastic compost. Alternatively chop it up and bury upside down in the planting hole a good spade’s depth down. Beware - if you just dig it in the buried grass will regrow and regrow and regrow.

Remember not to let leaves accumulate around alpines - they will die if left damp for long. Cover bare patches around clumps with gritty compost to encourage regrowth. When the weather allows, carry on clearing paths, check walls (but avoid concreting until there is no chance of frost), clean and insulate greenhouses and ensure heaters are working


GARDENING properly. Even a little insulation will make a huge difference to your heating bill. Clean and repair your garden tools, book the lawn mower in for a service and check garden furniture for any rot. When it is warm enough, treat sheds, fences and trellis with wood preservative; brushes and rollers are fine for most things, however a sprayer is well worth buying for tricky projects such as woven panels!

WILD BIRDS

Putt out fresh water and food for wild birds is really important, especially on cold days. Buy good quality bird food or fat/suet balls and check that water is not frozen.

LAWNS

Keep off the lawn as much as possible whilst it is still wet - damage to waterlogged lawns is easily inflicted. If, towards the end of the month, the weather turns dry and mild, the lawn is firm and the grass is starting to look a little shaggy, give it a very gentle mow with the blades on the highest setting. This will neaten up the look of your lawn - don’t be tempted to cut the grass short or if conditions are wet!

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Humour

The world of cars – according to Jeremy Clarkson.

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e have no doubt there are many people out there who consider Jeremy Clarkson to be both outspoken and arrogant but there is also little doubt that there are even more who find him both funny and knowledgeable – at least about cars. Here are some classic quotes from the man himself that subscribe to both beliefs! “ I'm sorry, but having a DB9 on the drive and not driving it is a bit like having Keira Knightley in your bed and sleeping on the couch.”

in the air saying there will be no war with Germany.” Illustrating the lack of power of a Boxster: “It couldn't pull a greased stick out of a pig's bottom.” On the Vauxhall Vectra VXR: “there is a word to describe this car: it begins with 's' and ends with 't' and it isn't soot.” “The Suzuki Wagon R should be avoided like unprotected sex with an Ethiopian transvestite.” “The air conditioning in a Lambos used to be like an asthmatic sitting in the dashboard blowing at you through a straw.” “Koenigsegg are saying that the CCX is more comfortable. More comfortable than what... being stabbed?”

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“This is the Renault Espace, probably the best of the people carriers. Not that that's much to shout about. That's like saying 'Ooh good I've got syphilis, the BEST of the sexually transmitted diseases.'' “I don't understand bus lanes. Why do poor


THE EYE MAGAZINE people have to get to places quicker than I do?” Clarkson's highway code on cyclists:”Trespassers in the motorcar’s domain, they do not pay road tax and therefore have no right to be on the road. Some of them even believe they are going fast enough to not be an obstruction. Run them down to prove them wrong.” “Britain's nuclear submarines have been deemed unsafe...probably because they don't have wheel-chair access.”

“Sure it's quiet, for a diesel. But that's like being well-behaved....for a murderer.”

“Now we get quite a lot of complaints that we don't feature enough affordable cars on the show.......so we'll kick off tonight with the cheapest Ferrari of them all!”

“I don't often agree with the RSPCA as I believe it is an animal's duty to be on my plate at supper time.”

On the Lotus Elise: “This car is more fun than the entire French air force crashing into a firework factory.”

“Much more of a hoot to drive than you might imagine. Think of it if you like, as a librarian with a G-string under her tweed pants. I do, and it helps.”

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Pets & Animals

Exotic Pets – Satisfaction With Responsibility!

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he desire for ‘things different’ is a modern phenomenon that covers many aspects of life but perhaps one of the most unusual has arisen amongst pet owners. For many the cuddly kitten or the faithful puppy have lost their appeal to be replaced by a fascination for what are termed ‘exotic’ animals. There are a large number of species that can be included in that description including mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and invertebrates. The easy availability of many different options has led to more people keeping these animals in their homes. Snakes, spiders, lizards and chipmunks are all becoming more and more popular as pets, but before you buy an impressive looking lizard or a furry spider it’s important that you consider the following: •

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Many species are actually illegal in the UK, either because of their conservation status or the danger they may pose. Check before you buy in case you need a permit. Find out as much as you can about the species. They may need more care or more space than you are able to provide. How long will it live? Some reptiles may outlive you, so are you prepared to spend the whole of your life looking after it? Can you handle your pet? Tarantulas may

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bite if they feel threatened and other reptiles are slimy and uncomfortable to the touch. Is there a vet available who has experience with exotic pets? You may be making a big financial investment and you need to know it can be looked after. Exotic pets have specific dietary requirements. Will you be able to handle things like frozen mice or live locusts? Find out how big it can grow to. Some pythons can grow to over 6ft. The cost of accommodation, food and vet bills is likely to exceed the initial price of the pet, so think carefully about whether you are prepared for the expense. Will your pet need company? Some species become stressed if kept alone, whereas others will prefer to be solitary.


THE EYE MAGAZINE Once you’ve made all the necessary checks and you are still happy to go ahead then find a reputable supplier that can guarantee all the necessary health checks have taken place to bring the animal to this country. Having been the owner of both a tarantula and a snake in the past (not to mention mice, rats, gerbils and guinea pigs) I can assure you that there is a great deal of pleasure to be had from owning something reasonable exotic. The corn snake, for instance, was quite affectionate, though on occasions could deliver a bit of a nip. The tarantula, however, was always very calm and he handled beautifully. You do, however, have to be ready to accept their tantrums!

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Food & Drink

Diet-friendly snacks that won’t pile on the pounds.

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e all do it. Telly isn’t all that interesting and you don’t want to eat this late but you do fancy a little snack. So, while lazing around expending no energy whatsoever you start nibbling away at the usual time-bomb cocktail of crisps, chocolate and biscuits to relieve the boredom. You know it’s an unhealthy habit that can leave you feeling drained and can play havoc with your blood sugar levels, but you still do it. There are some great alternatives, however, and the following great ideas will not only keep your diet on track they can even boost your overall health. Give them a try! Almonds. A popular nut found in many healthy recipes, almonds on their own are a delightfully crunchy and savoury snack food with many health benefits. They are an excellent source of nutritional value and provide a significant amount of the daily recommended values for vitamin E and manganese. They can also boost your heart health as they contain good fats that help your body lower LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. A great snack! Blueberries. This gorgeous little fruit should be top of your PAGE 26 | THE EYE MAGAZINE - ISSUE 44

list. With just 80 calories a cup and virtually no fat blueberries offer many nutritional benefits. They are packed with vitamin C, with almost 25 percent of your daily requirement present in just one serving. They are also an excellent source of the antioxidants that work against unstable molecules linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age related conditions like Alzheimers. They also constitute an excellent source of manganese and dietary fibre. Apart from all that they are simply delicious!

Hard Boiled Eggs. A hard-boiled egg is a great way to nibble yourself to healthy satisfaction. Eggs contain protein which will help keep those unhealthy munchies at bay and are also a great source of Vitamin B – essential for helping to release energy from food.


THE EYE MAGAZINE Vegetable Crudites. Two sticks of carrot or celery dipped in two tablespoons of reduced fat hummus make a nutritious snack. Hummus itself is a healthy and tasty dip made from chickpeas, lemon, sesame and garlic and gives your vegetable sticks a tasty and crunchy appeal. As well as the veg counting towards your five a day the hummus itself contains protein and fibre so it’s good news all the way! Low Fat Yogurt. Priobiotic or bio yogurt is ultra low in calories and is a great aid to digestion. It also contains valuable protein and can contain up to 30 percent of your daily calcium requirement. Dried Fruit. For anyone with a sweet tooth the option to use dried fruits instead of sugary sweets will still satisfy your urges while simultaneously giving you the same benefits as fresh fruit. Dry fruit is rich in carbohydrates and low

in fat and are a source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. (Vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, vitamins e and niacin, iron and magnesium.) There are many options available like apricots, raisins, dates, bananas, apples, pears, figs and prunes and all are a perfect alternative to your usual confectionary.

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Whats On Redcar and Cleveland is home to many talented, dynamic and interesting young people; Tuned In! will provide them with a facility to develop and showcase their talents.

What’s On at Tuned In!, Monday 4th February 2013

4.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Study Support Sessions Free to members of Tuned In! Study support sessions available to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students. A quiet space for you to do your homework with a teacher on hand if you need any support. Open to ages 11-16 year olds. 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. – Can U? Project Are you interested in singing or playing instruments with other young people? Then this is the group for you. Open to age 11 – 19. Cost per session: £1.00. 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. – Zumba Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness programme aimed at all abilities. Open to age 12 upwards, including adults. Cost per session: £3.50 for 1 hour.

Tuesday 5th February 2013

4.00 – 5.00 p.m. – Ballet / Modern Open to ages 3-5 years. 5.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Ballet / Modern Open to ages 6-9 years 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. – Ballet / Modern Open to ages 10 years and upwards Cost per session: All ballet / modern classes are £4.00 per person.

Wednesday 6th February 2013

6.00 – 7.00 p.m. – Zumba Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness programme aimed at all abilities. Open to age 12 upwards, including adults. Cost per session: £3.50 for 1 hour. 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. – Tae Kwon Do Open to ages 6 years and upwards. For more information contact Instructor Mr. Chris Black 3rd Dan ITF. Mobile: 07866461047

Thursday 7th February 2013

4.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Study Support Sessions Free to members of Tuned In! Study support sessions available to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students. A quiet space for you to do your homework with a teacher on hand if you need any support. Open to ages 11-16 year olds. 4.00 – 5.00 p.m. – Jazz / Street Dance Open to 6-9 year olds 5.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Jazz / Street Dance Open to age 10 and upwards 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. – Adult Dance and Fitness Open to age 16 and upwards All dance classes are £4.00 per person.

Saturday 9th February 2013

9.00 a.m., 9.30 a.m. or 10.30 a.m. – Piano Lessons 30 minute piano lessons available Cost per lesson £13. For more information email: Bankfields2002@ yahoo.co.uk 11.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon – Glee Club A fantastic dance and singing session each week where you get to learn and perform songs in the style of Glee. Open to 11-16 year olds. Cost per session: £1 for members of Tuned In!; £2 for non-members. 1.00 p.m., 1.30 p.m. or 2.00 p.m. – Piano Lessons 30 minute piano lessons available Cost per lesson £13. For more information email: Bankfields2002@ yahoo.co.uk 1.00 – 2.00 p.m. – Zumba Fitness Fun dance / fitness sessions for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students. Open to age 11-16 year olds. Cost per session: £2.50 2.00 – 3.00 p.m. – Zumbatonic Fun dance / fitness session for primary school aged pupils. Cost per session: £2.50 3.00 – 5.00 p.m. – Topline Performing Arts Come and join this fantastic performing arts group for students aged between 5 and 16 (split into aged groups) to work on a mega performance of musicals for Middlesbrough Theatre. Come along and join the fun! Dance, drama and singing with some amazing shows! Cost: £5 per week

Monday 11th February 2013

4.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Study Support Sessions Free to members of Tuned In! Study support sessions available to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students. A quiet space for you to do your homework with a teacher on hand if you need any support. Open to ages 11-16 year olds. 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. – Can U? Project Are you interested in singing or playing instruments with other young people? Then this is the group for you. Open to age 11 – 19. Cost per session: £1.00. 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. – Zumba Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness programme aimed at all abilities. Open to age 12 upwards, including adults. Cost per session: £3.50 for 1 hour.

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Tuesday 12th February 2013 4.00 – 5.00 p.m. – Ballet / Modern Open to ages 3-5 years. 5.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Ballet / Modern Open to ages 6-9 years 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. – Ballet / Modern Open to ages 10 years and upwards Cost per session: All ballet / modern classes are £4.00 per person.

Wednesday 13th February 2013

6.00 – 7.00 p.m. – Zumba Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness programme aimed at all abilities. Open to age 12 upwards, including adults. Cost per session: £3.50 for 1 hour. 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. – Tae Kwon Do Open to ages 6 years and upwards. For more information contact Instructor Mr. Chris Black 3rd Dan ITF. Email: instructor@nest-tkd.com Mobile: 07866461047

Thursday 14th February 2013

4.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Study Support Sessions Free to members of Tuned In! Study support sessions available to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students. A quiet space for you to do your homework with a teacher on hand if you need any support. Open to ages 11-16 year olds. 4.00 – 5.00 p.m. – Jazz / Street Dance Open to 6-9 year olds, 5.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Jazz / Street Dance Open to age 10 and upwards 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. – Adult Dance and Fitness Open to age 16 and upwards All dance classes are £4.00 per person.

Friday 15th February 2013

7.30 – 10.30 p.m. – Valentine’s Disco Cost: £2 Members, £4 Non-Members.

February Half-term activities Monday 18th February 2013

9 - 11 a.m., 11a.m. – 1 p.m. or 1 – 3 p.m. – SAKS Hairdressing 2 hour workshops. Designed for people who enjoy hair! Learn how to do hair professionally whilst working with an award-winning stylist from SAKS Redcar! Open to KS3 and KS4 students. Cost per workshop: £10. Booking forms available from School. For more information email Bankfields2002@yahoo.co.uk


THE EYE MAGAZINE 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. – Can U? Project Are you interested in singing or playing instruments with other young people? Then this is the group for you. Open to age 11 – 19. Cost per session: £1.00 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. – Zumba Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness programme aimed at all abilities. Open to age 12 upwards, including adults. Cost per session: £3.50 for 1 hour.

Tuesday 19th February 2013

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – EA Sports FIFA 13 Tournament 2 hour workshops. Come join the ultimate FIFA experience, battling for victory in a room with a 200” Screen, Surround Sound and Tiered Seating! Open to KS3 students. Cost per workshop: £10. Booking forms available from School. For more information email Bankfields2002@yahoo.co.uk 9 - 11 a.m., 11a.m. – 1 p.m. or 1 – 3 p.m. – Catering Workshops 2 hour workshops. Come to experience a real catering environment, experiment and work in a real kitchen. Open to KS4 students. Cost per workshop: £10. Booking forms available from School. For more information email Bankfields2002@yahoo.co.uk 4.00 – 5.00 p.m. – Ballet / Modern Open to ages 3-5 years. 5.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Ballet / Modern Open to ages 6-9 years 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. – Ballet / Modern Open to ages 10 years and upwards Cost per session: All classes are £4.00 per person

Wednesday 20th February 2013

9 - 12 p.m. or 12 – 3 p.m. – Playleader Course Learn how to care for children whilst experiencing it first hand joining in with Star Academy activities. Open to KS4 students. Cost per workshop: £10. Booking forms available from School. For more information email Bankfields2002@yahoo.co.uk 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. – Tuned In! To Talent Challenge of the year: Prepare a performance and perform it in the same day to an audience of over 100 people! Open to KS3 students. Cost per workshop: £10. Booking forms available from School. For more information email Bankfields2002@yahoo.co.uk

Thursday 21st February 2013

9 - 12 p.m. or 12 – 3 p.m. – Stagehand / Technician Are you interested in all things techy? Get yourself here if you fancy the opportunity to learn how to operate the range of new facilities in Tuned In! Open to KS4 students. Cost per workshop: £10. Booking forms available from School. For more information email Bankfields2002@yahoo.co.uk 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Mac ‘School of Rock’ Visit the school of rock in a Mac-sized practise space! Using iMacs and GarageBand as the perfect combination. Open to KS3 students. Cost per workshop: £10. Booking forms available from School. For more information email Bankfields2002@yahoo.co.uk 4.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Study Support Sessions Free to members of Tuned In! Study support sessions available to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students. A quiet space for you to do your homework with a teacher on hand if you need any support. Open to ages 11-16 year olds. 4.00 – 5.00 p.m. – Jazz / Street Dance Open to 6-9 year olds, 5.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Jazz / Street Dance Open to age 10 and upwards 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. – Adult Dance and Fitness Open to age 16 and upwards Cost per session: All classes are £4.00 per person.

Saturday 23rd February 2003

9.00 a.m., 9.30 a.m. or 10.30 a.m. – Piano Lessons 30 minute piano lessons available Cost per lesson £13. For more information email: Bankfields2002@ yahoo.co.uk 11.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon – Glee Club A fantastic dance and singing session each week where you get to learn and perform songs in the style of Glee. Open to 11-16 year olds. Cost per session: £1 for members of Tuned In!; £2 for non-members. 1.00 p.m., 1.30 p.m. or 2.00 p.m. – Piano Lessons 30 minute piano lessons available Cost per lesson £13. For more information email: Bankfields2002@ yahoo.co.uk

6.00 – 7.00 p.m. – Zumba Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness programme aimed at all abilities. Open to age 12 upwards, including adults. Cost per session: £3.50 for 1 hour.

1.00 – 2.00 p.m. – Zumba Fitness Fun dance / fitness sessions for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students. Open to age 11-16 year olds. Cost per session: £2.50

7.00 – 8.00 p.m. – Tae Kwon Do Open to ages 6 years and upwards. For more information contact Instructor Mr. Chris Black 3rd Dan ITF. Mobile: 07866461047

2.00 – 3.00 p.m. – Zumbatonic Fun dance / fitness session for primary school aged pupils. Cost per session: £2.50

3.00 – 5.00 p.m. – Topline Performing Arts Come and join this fantastic performing arts group for students aged between 5 and 16 (split into aged groups) to work on a mega performance of musicals for Middlesbrough Theatre. Come along and join the fun! Dance, drama and singing with some amazing shows! Cost: £5 per week

Monday 25th February 2013

4.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Study Support Sessions Free to members of Tuned In! Study support sessions available to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students. A quiet space for you to do your homework with a teacher on hand if you need any support. Open to ages 11-16 year olds. 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. – Can U? Project Are you interested in singing or playing instruments with other young people? Then this is the group for you. Open to age 11 – 19. Cost per session: £1.00. 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. – Zumba Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness programme aimed at all abilities. Open to age 12 upwards, including adults. Cost per session: £3.50 for 1 hour.

Tuesday 26th February 2013 4.00 – 5.00 p.m. – Ballet / Modern Open to ages 3-5 years. 5.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Ballet / Modern Open to ages 6-9 years 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. – Ballet / Modern Open to ages 10 years and upwards Cost per session: All ballet / modern classes are £4.00 per person.

Wednesday 27th February 2013

6.00 – 7.00 p.m. – Zumba Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness programme aimed at all abilities. Open to age 12 upwards, including adults. Cost per session: £3.50 for 1 hour. 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. – Tae Kwon Do Open to ages 6 years and upwards. For more information contact Instructor Mr. Chris Black 3rd Dan ITF. Mobile: 07866461047

Thursday 28th February 2013

4.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Study Support Sessions Free to members of Tuned In! Study support sessions available to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students. A quiet space for you to do your homework with a teacher on hand if you need any support. Open to ages 11-16 year olds. 4.00 – 5.00 p.m. – Jazz / Street Dance Open to 6-9 year olds 5.00 – 6.00 p.m. – Jazz / Street Dance Open to age 10 and upwards 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. – Adult Dance and Fitness Open to age 16 and upwards Cost per session: All classes are £4.00 per person.

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Sport What On Earth Goes Wrong In January?

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third straight league defeat at Leicester confirmed what we all dread every year. For some inexplicable reason, ‘Boro simply don’t perform in January. OK we had our pockets picked against Watford after the New Year’s Day drubbing at Derby, but even though a last minute penalty was missed to deprive us of a point against Leicester they had already hit the woodwork four times and had a perfectly decent goal disallowed so even though we should actually have come away with a draw a 1-0 defeat was really quite flattering. The good news is that thanks to other results we are still in the play off positions and now have the Leeds game in hand thanks to our involvement in the FA Cup fourth round against Aldershot – a game that comes too late for deadline but one that should see us into the next stage, But whatever the result of that match we now have to start putting a league run together again and February sees a great chance to do that. The first three games are at Ipswich, currently in 19th position then home to Barnsley – 23rd. and Leeds. Nine points from those three games will put a totally different complexion on the league table before our visit to high flying Crystal Palace. The other two February games are away to Burnley and home to Millwall, so

those six games will have a huge bearing on the possibly successful end product of a season that, until recently, promised big things. On the downside, at the time of writing there are ominous suggestions that George Friend is a target for a couple of Premier League clubs and even though Tony Mowbray is the first to accept that every player has his price we can ill afford to lose one of our most consistent players. That Barry Robson is returning from Canada to train with ‘Boro due to the inability of his family to settle could be an interesting development, however, especially as he has actually started 16 of the 17 games for which he was available, scoring three goals in the process. That means that fitness wouldn’t be a barrier against last year’s ‘Player of the Season’s availability in some form or other. I’m sure many would welcome the return of his ‘never say die’ spirit and the spectacular goals of which he is capable. We wait with baited breath!

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february half term Star Academy is a holiday club for Reception students through to Year 6. We start at 9am and finish at 3pm. Children no longer need packed lunches, their lunch will be provided by the new café. All children will need PE kit on Wednesday. All days include other activities but here are some of them: Monday: KS1 will take part in a wildlife adventure throughout the morning whilst KS2 will be enjoying a pamper party or competing in a PS3 FIFA 13 Tournament! All children will then have a movie afternoon! Tuesday: All of the children will try cooking some yummy recipes throughout the morning! KS1 will do a bit of singing with nice stroll to Pacittos’ for an Ice-Cream! Whilst KS1 do that KS2 will be using iMacs and iPads to jam on GarageBand. Wednesday: All children need to prepare themselves for a day full of arts and crafts and sport fun! Prepare to get messy!

Thursday: This day will be bursting with dance and drama followed by ceramics and games. KS2 children will then manage to get their ice-creams from Pacittos’! Friday: All children will take part in drama, music & arts as well as getting their hair done for the PARTY! Friday Night: Star Academy Party! Childrens Entertainers, party food, disco and party games! 6-7:30pm. Tickets £6 each. £12 Per Day (inc lunch) or £50 Full Week (saving you £10) Star Academy Party £6

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The Eye Issue 44 Feb 2013