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The Island on the Edge of the World By Paul Heley


number of years ago, I was with my cousin and her husband (who had a reasonable sized, sea going yacht) and we'd spent a while sailing around western Scotland. At the end, Dick asked me if there was anywhere that I would really like to go and, without even thinking, I said St Kilda - somewhere which had been on my "would love to visit but doubt I'll ever get there" list for many years. He didn't flinch!; and it was agreed that if I could get to the Outer Hebrides at the drop of a hat, we'd have a shot the following year. And, it happened: the 'phone call came, I leapt on my motorbike, charged off to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris and was met by Dick and Gillian a couple of days later. NB Speed was of the essence, and a suitable weather window was imperative, because the seas round St Kilda are notoriously tricky. Although you might get there, you might not be able to land (or even leave!) Anyway, next day we loaded up with provisions and diesel (the boat had an engine as well as sails) and during the afternoon, we sailed westwards through the Sound of Harris headed for St Kilda 50 miles away in the North Atlantic. We arrived overnight, dropped anchor, and went ashore by dinghy early next morning. I must admit to having a tremendous feeling of achieve-


ment upon first setting foot on the land - it was as though something long anticipated could now be ticked off and was almost mystical. I'd read a bit about St Kilda - dubbed "the island on the edge of the world" - and the more I read, the more intriguing it became. For example :St Kilda is not an island as such but is an archipelago of four islands and a number of sea stacks. The main island is called Hirta but there is also Dun, Soay and Boreray. The whole archipelago is a result of volcanic outbursts 60 million (or so) years ago and has geological affinity with Rhum, Ardnamurchan, Mull, Faroes and Iceland plus many other places. Archaeological evidence shows it was first inhabited more than 3000 years ago and had been periodically inhabited ever since. Even before the Vikings (roughly 1000 years ago) and until the island's evacuation in 1930, people have been there continuously and it is amazing to think that folk have chosen to live on this remote, isolated, cold, rain lashed, storm riven island since time immemorial. Apart from the ancient "souterrain" (literally "below ground") and "horned" habitable structures, Hebridean "black" houses had been used during the last few centuries. These were oval in shape (to combat the wind), had very thick stone walls, a single door for both animals

and family, a single window, no chimney for smoke to escape (hence "black" because of the soot encrusted interior) and a turf covered roof held down with ropes attached to heavy boulders. There are stomach churning accounts of how people and animals lived together in these old houses. Forget about sanitation! But during the mid 19th century, most (but not all) people moved out of the black houses into the usual idea of stone built, rectangular, cottages. It's important to note that there are no trees on St Kilda so wood (in the form of driftwood) was precious, and 99% of any structure was stone. There's plenty of that! The population never exceeded 200 and this number fluctuated greatly due to disease, epidemic, lack of sanitation, high infant mortality, emigration, etc. The life style of the St Kildans was unchanging: perhaps, and because they were living so close to the edge of disaster, their extreme conservatism and reluctance to change in any way is understandable. They grew some barley, oats and vegetables where possible, ate the mutton of the wild Soay sheep on the next island on occasions - but rarely ate fish. Although the surrounding seas teemed, fishing could be very dangerous in little boats and, anyway, the islanders considered fish to be relatively tasteless.

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For their staple, the islanders had adopted a completely unique diet based on sea birds. Since there are literally millions of them eg puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, fulmars to name but few, the supply was inexhaustable. Birds were used mainly for food but their feathers and down were used in bedding and clothing and their oil was used for cooking, lighting and heating. As food, they were either roasted, boiled or "grilled" in front of the fire. The fulmar was especially prized and was effectively "squeezed" in order to release its plentiful supply of oil. There was also the requirement to store the birds for the winter time and, after plucking and gutting, the flesh was dried. The landscape is covered with hundreds of "cleitean", ie small, stone built and turf roofed structures where the wind blowing through loosely packed stones could do the drying and the rain was kept out. Such structures are unique to St Kilda. In order to harvest the birds and their eggs from Hirta and Boreray, St Kildans had to be expert "cragsmen" in order to scale the precipitous cliffs - reputedly the highest in Britain. They climbed bare footed and it is suggested that evolution was slowly developing opposable toes in the men so as to cling onto tiny footholds on the cliff face. There is also the story of the "Mistress Stone" upon which a young man had to balance precariously in order to prove his ability as a cragsman and to be suitable as a husband and father. The graveyard on Hirta gives testimony to some of those who fell from these daunting cliffs. Amongst the islanders themselves, money and politics played no part. Some of the more romantic writers have described the St Kildan lifestyle as "serene", "idyllic", "heavenly", "utopian", whilst those with their feet more firmly on the ground use such adjectives as "ignorant", "poverty stricken", "deprived", "medically unaware". Yer pays yer money and yer takes yer choice on this one! The lifestyle was virtually an example of pure communism - everything was shared equally and everyone worked for the good of the community as well as for his own family. Each day, the men of the village met at a specific spot along "The Street" (singular) and decided what needed to be done that day and who would do what. This meeting was known as The Parliament. It is extremely poignant to walk along this deserted street, in and out of the deserted houses, trying to imagine the men, all dressed identically, deliberating the day's events whist the womenfolk would prepare food or weave cloth.

Although St Kilda was, to a large extent isolated, it was not totally removed from the rest of the world. On a good day, it is possible to see the Outer Hebrides - and to be seen. Consequently, each community knew of the other's existence and from times long past, St Kilda had come under the stewardship of Scottish clan chiefs who periodically sent their representatives to exact a form of tithe. "Missionaries" had also visited St Kilda since well before 1700 and had converted the islanders from a type of GaelicNorse paganism into devout Christians. Some of these missionaries stayed for some time and contributed much towards the general welfare but one, the Rev. John Mackay - from the hell fire and brimstone Free Church of Scotland - was there from 1865 to '89 and exercised an exceedingly harsh rule and most likely did more harm than good. The missionaries were not only preachers and savers of souls but were also the school teacher, the doctor and someone who could intervene on the islanders' behalf when dealing with mainland officials - they were powerful people who could not be ignored. In times of emergency, the islanders had devised the "St Kilda mailboat" which was a variant on the "message in a bottle" idea. The "mailboat" would be launched in the hope that it would wash up on the Scottish mainland and acted upon. Sometimes it worked, and one even got as far as Norway. On a grimmer note, there is the story of Lady Rachel Grange who had been banished to St Kilda by her husband because she knew too much about his Jacobite sympathies and was prepared to spill the beans. Marooned on St Kilda for 7 years unable to speak Gaelic (and the islanders knew no English) she slowly went bonkers. Following her eventual release, she died in 1745 - by then completely mad. But over time, the St Kildans became increasingly aware that they were beyond the edge of normal society and that their life was unnecessarily primitive. This was emphasised during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as more and more visitors came to the island until, eventually, in 1930, the islanders asked to be evacuated to the mainland. By this time, there were only 36 of them left and they realised that they were, effectively, a species on the edge of extinction. Thus ended the story of a particular group of people who, over centuries or even millenia, had followed a unique way of life. All that now remains are memories.

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under some clothes may suggest a hint of baby knickers or maybe the adult incontinence pant and no-one wants to suggest that do they? So at best 6 days worth but only with the right outfit. Ladies, I now come on to those knickers that are at the very back of the drawer, the sexy little numbers that were either bought for us (wrong size but you have to admire their optimism) or the ones that came in a matching set, sometimes even with suspender belt. Let me digress to the suspender belt for just one moment. Some of us, (yes me) did make brave attempts to breach the chasm between belt and stocking top with a piece of elastic under such tension that should either end fail, the recoil could have resulted in significant injury. I think, unless sylph like, we mostly reach the same conclusion and that is, framing and concentrating the worst bits of flesh into bulgy mounds is not conducive to anyone reaching even the lowest heights of passion. I digressed, even without the aforementioned many of these sexy little numbers are not without an element of pain. G-strings, Tangas, Brazilian fit (not to be mistaken with other similar sounding services) and even boy shorts can, without any encouragement from their owner, travel to parts they were not destined for and whilst on their journey induce significant discomfort

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ou know what they say about riding a bike – once you’ve learned you never forget. So if you enjoyed zooming down hills when you were younger (and struggling up them!) road cycling may be the ideal sport for you. As the name suggests, road cycling involves riding exclusively on roads, and the aim is to build up your speed and the distance you can cover. It’s a very efficient way to get fit and lose weight as it’s one of the few sports that you can sustain for two to four hours. Like running, it gets you out in the fresh air, but it is low impact and places less strain on your joints. Road bikes are designed for racing. They have a lightweight frame, narrow tyres and rounded handlebars so that you sit forward in an aerodynamic position. You can pay anything from £150


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Three types of fishing are most prevalent in the UK: Fly fishing - Used to catch fish like trout and salmon, as well as pike, bass and carp. Fish are caught using very light artificial flies - made by tying hair, fur, feathers and other materials together. They are cast with a fly rod and a fly line. Fresh water fishing - Uses water that contains minute quantities of dissolved salts. Some of the

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ith Father’s day around the corner, many dads around the country will be looking forward to spending some quality time with their children. But what about those dads who have to fight for access? It is all too common a story unfortunately – relationships break down and somehow it becomes a battle to say good night to your child on a Friday night. There are, of course, those instances where direct contact is prohibited, or supervised for very good reasons, for example, where the welfare of the child cannot be guaranteed. Taking those aside, what can the average father actually do and what are his rights? The first question that should be asked is whether or not he has Parental Responsibility. This is not an automatic right. If the parents were married at the time of their child’s birth, the father has it. If the parents were unmarried, the father will only have Parental Responsibility if he is named as the child’s father on the Birth Certificate (after 1st December 2003). Having the right itself is defined as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property”. In practical terms, this means being able to make decisions regarding education, religion, medical treatment and so on. As long as it is in the child’s best interests, then there is no reason in law why contact should not occur. Getting to that point can, however, be difficult. The first port of call has to be mediation and if successful then lawyers needn’t get involved. If agreement cannot be reached, a Defined Contact Order will have to be applied for at Court, which will specify the agreed pattern of contact. Crucially, this Order is legally binding and there are consequences for any parent who chooses the breach it. 01525 378177


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thermometer is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. Take care to make sure the mixture does not boil. Remove from the heat. If it’s not completely smooth whisk it well before proceeding. Pour the double cream into a clean, large stainless-steel or glass mixing bowl set over an ice bath. Strain the custard into the cold cream. Add the vanilla extract and stir until fully incorporated. Stir occasionally until the mixture has fully cooled. This should take about 30 minutes. Remove the mixing bowl from the ice bath, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight. Stir in the Baileys. Pour this chilled mixture into the ice-cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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2. Get the best deal on your holiday spending by getting the right card for the job Choose the best plastic and the rates are unbeatable. The cheapest way to spend abroad is to use a specialist overseas credit card that you only use when abroad. Though you must repay it in full each month, preferably by direct debit, so there’s no interest or that more than wipes out any gain. Most plastic adds a 3% ‘load’, so spend £100 of euros and it costs £103. Yet these top cards smash bureaux de change with near-perfect rates, as they are ‘load’ free worldwide. The cards include Halifax Clarity, Post Office, Saga (over 50s) and, for Nationwide FlexAccount holders ONLY, its Select card. Even poor credit scorers can get them too via the Aqua card. To find the best for you, read http:// Fail to pay these in full and you’ll pay 11.9-34.9% representative APR.


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Throughout June and July Music in the Park at Parsons Close Rec ground Sunday 3-5pm contact Leighton Linslade TC for more details Throughout June and July Bletchley Bandstand Elizabeth Square live music every Saturday 10am - 1pm www.bfstc. co,uk notices.

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Visit for all the open gardens in June and July 8th Milton Keynes Food Bank festival, Monkston Playing throughout our local area Fields, St Bartholomews MK10 9FJ bring Big Doggie Do food donations Date: 1st June 2013 Time: 12pm - 5pm Willen Lake 8th & 9th Woburn Abbey South MK One day doggie festival in the park. Bring your Country Fair 10.00 - 18.00pm MK17 9WA four legged friends and enjoy the dog stalls, dog charities, 8th West Bletchley Carnival activities and dog show. Free parade starts at 12 noon at entry and small fee to enter dogs book here www.thepark- Melrose Avenue then Rickley Park, West Bletchley. 9th Luton Festival of Transport, Stockwood Park Luton Leighton Buzzard Market Charter Celebration Weekend 9th Open Farm Sunday at Hill 1st Market Charter handover Farm 10am-2pm There will 12-2pm at Market Cross, LB be a sponsored dog walk in 2nd 11am - 4pm Medieval aid of Dogs for the Disabled. Banquet in conjuction with Telephone 01493 732307. the National Big Lunch LB charge to take part in the H contact Jo Martindale for sponsored dog walk Slapton, details 01525 631911 or visit Leighton Buzzard, uk/events 9th Motorama 2013 Classic Car enthusiasts will 5th Family History Talk -Was one of your ancestors adopted. want to visit Olney to see the large range of Classic vehicles Donations appreciated. which will be taking over the Medthodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley, contact Market Square and surrounding streets. visit our website www. Graham Gough publicity@ where you can obtain an application form if you would like to enter 6th, 7th 8th Slapton Players Amateur Dramatics are proud a vehicle. to perform Alan Ayckbourn’s 19th NCT Picnic in the Park, Seasons Greetings! promptly Parsons Close Rec, Leighton at 8, Tickets £ 8.00 booked in


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65 years and what is this I hear about changes to the NHS?

Yes as from 1 April 2013 the NHS has seen possibly the biggest change since it came into being. There are four main changes you need to be aware of and some other changes you may see.

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Management of the NHS

The Department of Health has been moved away from the day to day running of the NHS. This has passed to what was originally called the National Commissioning Board, who have re-christened themselves as NHS England. This replaces Strategic Health Authorities although the new body has national, regional and some local offices. Primary Care Trusts (PCT) have also closed and these have been replaced with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG). The functions of the CCG’s are to take over the commissioning of local services and they are supposed to be run by local GP’s...The functions of the old bodies have not altogether been taken over by the new bodies and there are some changes in what each does.

NHS Direct and the new 111 service

The old NHS Direct number 0845 46 47 is no longer in operation. All of England is now covered by the new 111 service which is a free service. The 111 service also provides cover for your GP’s out of hours when your surgery is not open. The 111 service can put you through to the ambulance should you need one or the on call GP but will also link you to other healthcare professionals such as Pharmacy, District Nursing; Social Services etc. The 111 Service in Milton Keynes is provided by Harmony (a private company) while in the rest of Buckinghamshire it is provided by the old NHS Direct service which is providing about a third of the English service. NHS Direct Wales and NHS 24 in Scotland are still operating.

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LINK organisations changed to Health Watch Each Council has taken over some of the funding from the NHS. Part of this was for Public Health and other funding was for a new organisation Health Watch which takes over the functions of Link organisations like MK LINK and others. Health Watch have expanded services.

Independent Conciliation and Advocacy Service (ICAS)

As from 1 April the old ICAS is being taken over by other services as it was put out to tender by local Health Watch organisations. Councils now oversee these advocacy services that help people with complaints about the NHS.

Other changes you may see

There are more and more clinical services being put out to tender. Organisations like Virgin Care, Care UK, and others are taking over services across the country including hospitals and departments within a hospital. John Dale, Ideas 4 Use, Specialises in NHS Complaints, Consent Issues and medical Records Requests as well as Customer Service. http://www. Contact 0773 645 4327

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For The Kids Just Imagine

By Pippa Goodhart & Nick Sharratt

Delete This At Your Peril By Neil Forsyth You know those spam emails you receive on a daily basis? What do you do with them? Click and delete? Wonder idly if there really is a longlost relative somewhere who has left you his entire fortune? Swear at the screen? Most likely a combination of all three. Well, here is another answer. Reply. Forsyth's 'hero', Bob Servant, does just that. Every email is read carefully and replied to just as carefully. The ensuing correspondence is detailed in this book, and it is laugh-out-loud funny from beginning to end. Each of the initial scenarios will be familiar to anyone who has ever noticed the spam piling up in their mailbox. The first is from 'His Royal Highnest (sic). Jack Thompson', who offers Bob 20% of a $75m fortune. Bob manages to haggle upwards, eventually requesting four live lions, preferably ones that can talk, as his share of the profits. This is followed


by a long saga involving a kidnapped postman; more than one 'relationship' with nubile Russians; a misunderstanding which sees Bob flying to Dhaka, Bangladesh rather than Dakar, Senegal and a long-distance relationship between Bob's female alter-ego Bobby, and Benjamin, who is desperate to see a photograph of his conquest. The exchanges become more and more ridiculous the longer they continue, as Forsyth changes Bob's stories and demands while drawing the correspondents on in the hope of eventual financial gain. Bob's own history is gradually pieced together too, with footnotes to confirm that he is of course, a compulsive liar. The book can be read all at once, or dipped into. Some of the language is not for the faint-hearted, but it will make you laugh. And it will possibly make you look at those emails a little differently‌

This is the new book from the author and illustrator behind the perennial favourite 'You Choose' - so popular in some houses that occasionally parents resort to hiding it in the hope of a night off. 'Just Imagine' does exactly what it says in the title - offers children a chance to use their imagination to develop their own stories, dreams and possibilities. Each page is richly illustrated with a series of possibilities - being very BIG or very small for example. Children can read the text and then decide from the pictures what they would like to be, and what they would not! They can go back in time, be magical, live underground, in the air, or even under the sea. At the end, they can choose their dreams for that night. This is a book that promotes talk and play as well as imagination. Readers can role play the different scenarios, pretending to be a wild animal or a pet, or choosing and trying out their favourite vehicle. There are hundreds of 'What if...' questions that could be asked, and older children can use the book as a starting point for their own story writing. Destined to be a classic as quickly as its predecessor, this is one for kids of all ages.

The average Brit knocks back around 33 litres of bottled water per year! The UK bottled water industry is worth over £1.5bn per annum. Most consumers say they drink it because it tastes better and they believe it to be purer than tap water. However, this is not necessarily the case. Though both mineral and spring water are bottled fresh at their underground source, bottled table water may well be nothing more than filtered tap water - and some spring water is treated before bottling. Water from UK taps is the most stringently tested in the world and is quite possibly safer to drink than bottled water which can easily become contaminated, but the presence of chemicals can make the taste unpalatable. Fitting a filter to the water supply solves this problem.

Water filters vary according to the amount and type of contaminants they remove, but a popular choice is an under sink unit which will remove a wide selection of chemicals. Costing anything from £100-£250, cartridges need replacing every six months and cost around £15-25. A cheaper, but less effective alternative is a jug filter priced at around £40. You might want to consider that tonnes of plastic are used each year in the manufacture of water bottles. So consider fitting a filter, and if you really prefer bottled, remember to recycle.


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Your Money Matters Tax Free Childcare – A new scheme worth up to £1,200 per child The government has recently announced a new tax-free childcare scheme due to commence in autumn 2015. This means working families can benefit from lower childcare costs with parents receiving back 20% of their yearly childcare bills, going up to £1,200 per child. Tax-free childcare will open initially in 2015 to all children under five, going up eventually to include all children under twelve. Families where both parents are working and earning less than £150,000 a year each and are not already receiving support through tax credits or universal credits will be eligible. Families where only one parent is in work will not be eligible. During the first year of operation it is estimated that approximately 1.3 million families will be able to benefit from the new scheme. The current child-care scheme, Employer Supported Childcare (ESC), is only supported by 5% of employers whereas the new tax-free scheme will be compulsory. ESC will run up until the introduction of the new scheme in 2015 and parents will still be able to join ESC in that time. Importantly, no-one currently receiving childcare vouchers will be forced to join the new scheme if it means they will lose out as ESC will continue to run concurrently with the new tax-free scheme. It is important to note, however, that families will not be able to access both schemes at the same time. The tax exemption available for workplace nurseries will continue where offered by employers.


Under the new scheme, parents can claim £1,200 per child, per year, towards the cost of childcare. This means a potential loss of £660 a year for those families currently saving £1,866 (i.e. basic rate tax payers with one child), but there are potential gains for families of basic rate tax payers with more than one child, and for higher-rate tax payers, because unlike the current childcare vouchers, the new scheme won't be means-tested. So, how will the new scheme work? An online voucher system will be introduced that eligible parents will register to use. Parents will be able to open an online voucher account with a voucher provider and have their payments topped up by the government. For every 80p families pay in, the government will put in 20p up to the annual limit on costs for each child. Parents will be able to use the vouchers for any Ofsted regulated childcare in England, and the equivalent bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Full details of the scheme are yet to be set out following consultation so watch out for further details as the introduction date approaches. Jennifer Sewell 01525 853004

The Stani Art House is an exciting new addition to the high street in Stony Stratford Recently opened, The Stani Art House complements the unique distinctive art of its long established sister gallery - The Stani Gallery – with a wide range of original paintings, collectable limited editions, innovative ceramics and stunning sculpture by leading British and international artists. There is also bespoke patchwork and decoupage furniture, as well as the relaxed and elegant environment of the Tea Rooms. If you are looking for original work from local or published artists whether as traditional landscapes in oils and watercolours or urban pop art in acrylic and aerosol or innovative mixed media created from vinyl, resin or glass the choice of art is here in Stony Stratford at either

gallery. Advice is always forthcoming to help you make an informed decision when either trying to match your decor, make a statement in a particular room or buying art for investment. The Stani Art House has close relationships with fine art publishers ; are authorised dealers of the fabulous Frogman Collection of limited edition bronzes and have just introduced the vibrant pottery of Mary Rose Young, ceramic supplier to Lady Gaga and the new King of the Netherlands. Open every day, there is now plenty of opportunity to browse a modern and extraordinary range of art for your home and treat yourself to delicious homemade cakes and sumptuous savouries at any time during the day... and all at one convenient destination. The Stani Art House 58 High Street. Stony Stratford. MK11 1AQ

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