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June 1st & 2nd Market Charter weekend

6 Locally 10 Linslade School 12 Budget Travel 14 Beauty for Men 16 Auto Biographies 18 Knickers 22 Got a blockage? 24 Beat the bulge 28 A father’s rights 30 Bailey’s ice cream 32 Choosing a care home 34 What’s On 36 Puzzles 40 Tax free child care 42 Puzzle solutions 44 Book Review 46 Cryptic Jack

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A Travellers Tale

The Island on the Edge of the World By Paul Heley

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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-

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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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recent reconfiguration of my bedroom led me to a bit of a sort out in the knicker department and it is fair to say that the results were quite surprising. It may also be fair to say that this article is best suited to women and that men of a sensitive disposition (or those who would like to preserve a sense of mystery) might wish to turn the page. The grand total was 72 pairs, without further comparison it seems like quite a lot but if you then consider that if you, dear reader, are sitting in a doctor's surgery, have happened upon this publication on perhaps the 1st July, then, without the aid of a washing machine, I could survive, (although on many days, with a fair degree of discomfort – I will come to that) until precisely 10th September.....a whole summer of knickers. So to categories; the first, most practical and frankly the point I should have stopped at, are the days of the week knickers, 7 days, 7 pairs, the work is done. However, there is the problem of colours; I never wear Sunday because they are a slightly Caucasian flesh toned pink with yellow trim and there is nothing nice about flesh of a certain age and certainly no need to match any garment to it but particularly not a garment that is likely to be next to the biggest expanse of said flesh. They are also a tad frilly and

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

and even pain – without going into too much more detail lets just call that minus 14 days of knickers. Shapewear, so called because you get an aerobic workout pulling it on. Yes, since the days of Trinny and Suzannah we have been lulled into believing that shapewear will transform our figures into the goddesses we imagine and indeed if you have the required grip strength to pull them into the desired position the area for which they are intended is instantly and impressively compressed. It is unfortunate that the adjacent areas to this now become the recipient of transferred flesh – another piece of shapewear perhaps. In the defence of shapewear I do have a slip which is very effective under skirts and dresses however, it compresses my thighs together so much that my legs are slightly spring loaded so that I can only take miniscule steps forwards under great effort and can manage the stairs only by moving my legs from the knees down. Minus 5 days. And so finally to the comfy pants, the happy pants, M&S cotton pants, the lacy 3 in a pack from TU pants, the spotty, flowery, pretty multipack pants from Primark, the okay to wear in a changing room pants, the pack them just-in-case pants. Hooray for the everyday pants........I'll let you do the maths.

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With the summer finally on the way many of us turn our attention to the holidays and our summer wardrobe! If you have decided that it is time to take action and get your eating habits back on track, then follow these easy and effective tips to help you get in shape.

Dare To Bare! We all know crash diets are a bad idea, but impending holidays cry out for a quick fix. If you need to lose a few pounds before jetting off to foreign climes, we offer a few helpful hints and tips that will have you feeling fabulous by the pool!

Eat five or six small meals rather than three big ones. This will keep your blood sugar level steady and reduce cravings. Write down what you eat. This will stop sneaky snacking. Eat slowly. Concentrate on enjoying your food. Watch your portion size. Use smaller plates so you feel like you’re eating more. Bulk up meals with vegetables. Raw vegetables are ideal because your body burns extra calories as it digests them. Limit the amount of potatoes, pasta and bread you eat. Avoid processed foods which can be high in fat, sugar and salt, all of which encourage fluid retention. Chewing sugar-free gum takes your mind off wanting something to eat. Remember drinks have calories too... Stick to water and use skimmed milk in tea and coffee. Green tea is rumoured to help your body burn fat. Investigate fat-burning supplements. Staff at a good health food shop will be able to advise you. Be more active. Aim to exercise for 30 minutes a day. And finally, get enough sleep. If you’re tired, you’re more likely to reach for a sugary snack.

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Balance Your Blood Sugar Levels This will help sustain energy levels throughout the day and prevent cravings for sugary food. Follow the next few points to help with this. Eat regular healthy meals – including breakfast A healthy breakfast will set your day off to a good start and prevent those mid morning sugar cravings. Aim to have 3 small meals and 2 snacks a day, try and eat every 3 hours and ditch the sugary foods and drinks. Choose Whole-Wheat/Wholegrain Bread, Pasta, Rice These foods are known as complex carbohydrates which take longer for the body to break down into sugar. They contain more natural vitamins and minerals than their white counterparts. Eat Healthy Fats Healthy fats such as vegetable oils, olive oil and oily fish will actually help you lose weight. The fat in oily fish may increase the amount of calories you burn in a day. Chew Your Food Well And Eat Slowly Your body will recognise when you have had enough to eat sooner, as it takes twenty minutes for the stomach to tell the brain that you are full. Drink Plenty Of Fluids Aim to drink 1.5 litres of water a day to help you flush away toxins and keep you hydrated. Be aware that thirst can actually be mistaken for hunger pangs. Avoid Caffeine And Alcohol Caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating and can also contribute to the appearance of cellulite. Include a healthy protein source in every meal. Proteins can help you feel fuller for longer as they take longer to digest. Healthy protein foods include lean meats, dairy, eggs, fish, nuts, seeds, beans, pulses, peas and lentils. Use Smaller Plates A smaller plate can be a really effective way of reducing your food intake, without feeling like you have been short changed. Eat Your 5 A Day! Fruit and vegetables contain a broad range of vitamins and minerals and make a great healthy snack between meals, eat with nuts/seeds for extra blood sugar balancing.


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It’s Out There Waiting For You! ummer will soon be here, are you going to use the warmer weather and light nights to improve your health and fitness? Every day we are bombarded with statistics about the obesity epidemic, the rising levels of diabetes or the levels of heart disease and strokes. It seems that the majority of people are accepting that these statistics are just a sign of the times and not something that they can do anything about! The latest figures available for 2010/11 tell us that in Central Bedfordshire over 24% of adults are obese, over 16% of children at year 6 are obese, early deaths from heart disease and strokes is at 56%, a further 10,317 adults were diagnosed with diabetes and only 10.9% of adults take recommended level of exercise. In the main these figures are better than average for England but does that mean we are ok? Leighton Linslade is a rapidly growing community with all the new housing being developed around the town and new people moving into the town on a regular basis. The environment around Leighton is generally good with no major pollution problems, so getting out into the fresh air is easy for all of us. We have a number of parks in the town, the Grand

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IT’S THE LAW Sheena Munrakah Head of Family Law at Osborne Morris and Morgan Solicitors offers some professional advice about Paternal Rights

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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. www.ommlaw.co.uk 01525 378177

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Fathers Day Sunday 16th June

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Bailey’s Ice Cream

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July is National Ice Cream Month so why not try this deliciously creamy & very grown-up version

Method Pour the milk into a medium size, heavy bottomed saucepan. Add 100g of the sugar. Place over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture registers 77C on a cooking thermometer. If you don’t have a thermometer the milk should be just bearable to dip your finger into… be careful! In a crock or stainless steel medium-size bowl, whisk together the 4 egg yolks and remaining 50g of sugar until foamy and slightly thick. Very slowly add half the hot milk to the eggs, whisking continuously. Pour this egg mixture back into the sauce pan with the remaining hot milk and return to the stove top on a low-medium heat. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon until the mixture reaches 85C on the thermometer or if you have no

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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.

Serves 6 - 8 Preparation time 5 mins Cooking time 30 mins Chill over night & freeze for 30mins - 3hrs

If you have no ice cream maker...

don’t worry, you can still make ice cream though it will take a little longer. Pour the chilled mixture into a large container. Pop it in the fast-freeze section of your freezer. Check it after 45 minutes. It will have begun to crystallize around the edges. Use a hand whisk, wooden spoon or electric hand whisk to break the crystals up and incorporate them into the mixture, then refreeze. Keep checking and beating the mixture every 30-40 minutes and within 3 hours you will have ice cream. Alcohol lowers the freezing temperature of ice cream so this ice cream will be quite soft. Don’t be tempted to add more Bailey’s otherwise it might never set!


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Cryptic Clue: JACK ON THE GRASS IN THE WOODS 2012 was wet, but even rain could not kill the fun and games at your local bowls club, Cheddington Bowls Club , the Recreation Ground in Cheddington High Street.

League and Cup success was on a par with last years. Celebrations included Pete Rowling (Leighton Buzzard) representing the County at the National Championships held in Worthing, and a great victory over the very strong Chesham Club. Rosemarie Duke (Eaton Bray) and Dave Matthews (Totternhoe) won Club singles championships. Jacqui Coote (Edlesborough) and Tony Duke (Eaton Bray) were runners up in the Mixed Pairs and John Hill (Eaton Bray) in the Men’s singles . 2012 was fun. Ours is a friendly and social Club. FAD Friday evenings were a great success welcoming new comers to GIVE BOWLS A GO with a bite to eat and a drink from the bar. On Tuesday afternoons it was tea and biscuits. The famed Molnar BBQs, Race Night, Beetle Drive, Bingo, Christmas Party and Short Mat Monday evening ’s tasty

treats all went down well. We are forever in debt to the Club’s dedicated DIY team of grounds men led by Green Keeper Ken Eames (Dunstable). The team work through the year; mowing two or three times a week, top dressing to level, repairing boundary ditches etc. to produce a green that meets the highest standards and is a joy to the eye – you should come see. 2013 PROMISES MORE. Time for you to GIVE BOWLS A GO? A Tuesday afternoon or Friday evening in May would be an ideal time to start. Or come and enjoy a tea or drink from the bar and watch a game or two. Bowls is a truly great game to play. You will make new friends, be exercising without really noticing it and, importantly, you will be having fun in the fresh air. I look forward to meeting you at the Club. Tony Duke: Chairman of Cheddington Bowls Club: Tel 220644 Answer: Bowls: Aim your bowls (woods) over the grass to be nearest the jack (target ball)

Give Bowls a Go! CheddinGton Bowls CluB, your friendly local Club, is for everybody – all ages: beginners to experts.

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