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August | September 2013

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CONTENT Dear All I don’t know about everyone else but I am looking forward to my week in the sun. Not that I need to travel away to get it, as I write it is another scorcher and long may it last. I have crammed as much in as possible to the What’s On Guide this issue but why not visit the website and use the new calendar for lots more Regards Andrena twitter @thevineLB

4 Electrical Safety 6 Traveller Part 1 8 AutoBiographies 14 Meditation 16 Problem with Dairy 18 Traveller Part 2 22 Cromarty Court 26 In the garden 28 Abuse and the law

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only nearby habitation was a reindeer farm down the road. That night we slept in remarkably warm and comfortable beds even though the outside temperature was -25 or -30 degrees C. Our venue was beside a large frozen lake and the scene was straight out of a picture book - a veritable winter wonderland with snow covered hills, millions of trees, snowy log cabins all glistening under a sunny, blue sky. Absolutely magical. But first, time for our survival gear - it can get very cold at this latitude. We received inner and outer gloves, thick socks, balaclava, crash helmet, boots and an all covering, quilted, oversuit. Together with our own undergarments such as long johns, thermal vests, warm shirts, fur lined bra, head gear and anything else to combat the cold it was a case of Jack Frost, eat your heart out !! When fully togged up with all the various layers, we looked like rolypoly Michelin men: any bending movement was impossible for me! Then a quick lesson on how to drive a skidoo (snowmobile). These have been described as "motorbikes on skis" - but I can assure you that the only similarity is that they both have handlebars! We set off on a "skidoo safari" across the lake, in and out of forests, to the top of a fairly high hill and then back. Driving on a smooth lake is easy but driving over rutted forest tracks and negotiating tight corners on hills is not. Especially when your skis get caught up in someone else's tracks - bike tyres caught in tram lines -

remember? Very difficult to extricate oneself. Afterwards, we had a well earned rest; younger, fitter members went snow shoeing or cross country skiing. There was also a sauna and a dip in the lake through a hole in the ice. But not for me! We hadn't finished yet: there was another burst on the skidoos at 9pm. But lumps and bumps can't be seen in a dark forest and it was hard work trying to stop the beast leaping about all over the place. I'd found a new form of medieval torture:- "ordeal by skidoo"! Passengers were invited to have a go themselves and, although Val had a bash, her wrists didn't hold out long enough. Still, she's driven a skidoo in the Arctic. Not many can say that. Well done, Val. For me, this 30 kilometre experience brought it home loud and clear that I'm not as young as I was and my shoulders took a terrible pounding. But thirty years ago! Just before our evening meal, there was a brilliant display of the lights. But it was all over in a minute - very fleeting, very transient. But it gave us hope for wonderful things to come. So, later on, we tried for the lights again and went onto the lake and marvelled at the wonderful starlit sky. Truly magnificent. Occasionally an intense green glow suggested something might happen - but it just fizzled out. Sometime after midnight, we'd got pretty cold standing about in -25 C temperature even though we'd learnt that the aurora prefers the

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If I may start by quoting Voltaire, he said “Common sense is not that common”. I believe this is the key when it comes to dairy and milk consumption. If we think about dairy logically, why would we drink another animal’s milk? The other question is why would we drink any kind of milk after weaning? The answer simply put, is that we don’t need to drink another animal’s milk and we certainly don’t need to drink milk after breast feeding. Eyebrows tend to be raised when I say something like this because we have been made to believe that dairy is a staple for humans. The fact is that dairy is not necessary for human beings although breast milk on the other hand is important for babies to grow.


Casein is the protein found in milk and dairy. Casein has some similarities to gluten. Gluten (protein and wheat) is linked to leaky gut or eroding of the intestinal wall. In the book “The China Study” Casein heavily linked to cancer development. The following is taken from the Live Strong website “Casein is thick, coarse and often used to form the strongest glue known to man. It’s also a strong mucus-forming substance. There is 300% more Casein in cow’s milk than in human milk. Due to this high amount of Casein in the diet, the human respiratory system can become clogged and irritated.

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In the “Paleo Diet” Dr Loren Cordain is quite damming of dairy. In one particular blog, he quotes five studies that link excess milk and whey protein to acne. While there doesn’t seem to be anything concrete here, I would recommend cutting dairy out for a few weeks if you do have skin problems.

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Hang on, they scream! Doesn’t dairy and milk provide us with vitamins such as calcium? This is a very questionable point and the challenge is that we barely absorb the calcium from cow’s milk, particularly if it has been pasteurized. The other paradox is that milk is actually very acidic, which actually erodes bones. This happens because the body uses the calcium from the bones to neutralize the acidic effect of the milk and dairy. It does make you think, doesn’t it? Consumption of dairy products, particularly at the age of 20 years, was associated with an increased risk of hip fracture in old age. “Case-Control Study of Risk Factors for Hip Fractures in the Elderly” (American Journal of Epidemiology. Vol. 139, No. 5, 1994)


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seems seems to be nothing substantial about it. Walking back to Torassieppi, it started to snow which didn't promise much joy for the evening minibus trip looking for the lights. Val went (to be sociable) but I stayed behind with a few other doubting Thomasses and we swapped stories and drinks around a roaring fire in the restaurant. The others didn't see anything - not surprising and justified our decision to stay in the warm. Next day was the final day and some of us went on a coach trip around the area. We saw a film show of the local wildlife and visited an excellent museum depicting the story of the people of Lapland. Then off to the Lainio "Ice Hotel":a series of rooms and bedrooms freshly created each year with ice and snow carvings kept at -4 C. All the "furniture" is ice but seats and beds are covered in skins for thermal insulation. A couple from our party stayed overnight and claimed it wasn't at all cold. Not for me though! After dinner (reindeer again), and as a final finale forever in hope, we went down to the lake again but, although there was the usual magnificent sky, we looked for the lights in vain. The temperature eventually beat us so we gave up. Tails between our legs! Defeated! Next morning, a last walk across the lake and into the forest. Once more, we had brilliant blue sky and sunshine with the whole scene looking as though from a picture postcard. It's not dramatic scenery but when covered in unbroken snow, it is wonderfully peaceful, very serene, and deafeningly silent. We left after lunch and retraced our homeward journey arriving chez nous around midnight absolutely shattered and in need of a restful holiday! In conclusion, we'd gone to Lapland to see the northern lights and, apart from that one brief sighting, didn't really see them as we had hoped (or expected). But, as compensation, we saw beautiful scenery, met some interesting people, and experienced skidoo, husky and reindeer driving. All in all, very good, very enjoyable and very memorable.

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he residents of Cromarty Court decided to stage a street party for the 60th Anniversary of the Queens Coronation. Really an excuse for a get together and to enjoy this glorious weather. It was a fantastic success, we had BBQs on the go and enjoyed tug-of-war competitions, egg and spoon racing, water games, a raffle and bric-a-brac stalls

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o doubt you’ve been enjoying some fresh, local strawberries, full of vitamin C and folic acid, good for the heart and for whitening teeth too, apparently. Soon it’ll be local raspberries and cherries but a few months before we can help ourselves to free blackberries. All berries are packed full of anti-aging antioxidents, especially blueberries and cranberries that can also inhibit urinary infections. Cherries, classed as anti-inflammatory, contain cholesterol-lowering properties, as do many fruits such as cranberries, avocados and the strangely named dragon fruit. Sliced fresh pineapples and papaya, containing the enzymes bromain and papain respectively, are a good way to start any meal as they aid digestion. In fact papaya is ACE, containing loads of those very vitamins and, like kiwis, also high in minerals. Canteloupe and water melons, containing lycopene and potassium, like tomatoes and blueberries, are reputedly good for the memory. Pomegranates have been used in the Middle East since ancient times for medicinal purposes. It was linked to fertility and rebirth, the root bark used to treat intestinal parasites. It is described as an excellent heart tonic, due to its high potassium, folic acid and iron content. Red grapes, containing lots of resveratrol, are also apparently good for the heart but not to overdo them if you need to keep a check on sugar levels. Recently laboratory tests have demonstrated that grape seed extract slows down Alzheimer’s and kills head and neck cancer cells. Interest is also being shown in the

possible cancer-inhibiting qualities of blueberries, pineapples, papaya, olives and avocados but the fruit that has undergone the most testing for its anti-cancer qualities is the South American fruit known in different regions as Sour Sop, Graviola or Guanobano. The bark, leaves, roots, fruits and seeds have been used for centuries to treat heart disease, asthma, liver problems and arthritis. I recently tracked down the juice, Guanobano, in Luton market at the Jamaican stall but fresh fruit is hard to obtain. Supplements are available in health shops. Lauric acid, the main fatty acid found in coconut oil, has antiviral, bacteria and parasite functions as guava and olive very likely have. Olive oil is now widely used in salads and light cooking. Ayervedic medicine recommends mangos as being good for the heart, skin, eyes, liver, and as a natural diuretic. And so the list goes on. Years ago we were eating fruit , usually just apples, pears, oranges, grapes and bananas, for some sweet juicy food, then also for their vitamin and mineral content, later as part of our 5-a-day and now for their other great qualities, almost medicinal in fact . So medicine or tasty fruit? No contest!!

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A study published a while back and reported in The Teaching Times claimed that 42% of children have lost interest in reading by the age of 11. If that’s true it’s incredibly sad. Blame is apportioned to politicians, teachers, the TV and internet, but blame doesn’t achieve anything. Instead, as parents what can we do to encourage our children to engage with literature? Try these great tips to engage reluctant readers.


et them see you reading! It sounds obvious but it works. Read some funny bits from your own book aloud to them, or try an interesting newspaper article.


ry to schedule a small part of the day for reading. It doesn’t even have to be them reading. My ten-year-old son still loves me to read to him…especially when I put on accents and voices to suit the characters. Lose your inhibitions and have fun with reading and your children will follow suit.


ry a joke book or nonsense poetry books. Kids love jokes and rhymes, the sillier the better. They won’t even realise they are reading as they regale you with their new-found anecdotes and ditties.


se the power of movies. My ten-year-old really engaged with reading when he saw the first Harry Potter movie. He read the book straight afterwards and realised how much richer in detail it was compared with the film. From then on he was hooked. By Sarah Davey

In The Garden

Herb Gardens

Nature tends to dictate what we do in the garden and sometimes it’s just too late to plant those seeds, too early to prune that bush and incredibly you are already on top of the weeding. So what can you do to fulfil that urge to work the land? Why start a herb garden of course! Most activity on your plot is tied to the seasons, but this month we take a look at one project that can be started off at almost any time of the year - your own herb garden. As we’ve taken to growing more and more of our own food so we have found ourselves getting increasingly interested in trying out new recipes to make the most of all those lovely fresh flavours. Recipe books abound in our kitchen and they all have one thing in common - the use of herbs, and what a variety of them there is! Whether you’re looking for a sprig of fresh mint, a handful of rosemary, or some chopped chives what could be better than being able to choose and harvest them right outside your own back door? Choosing the right site for your herb garden is important, and outside your back door is often a good place to start! Planting near the kitchen makes it easy to pop out for a few fresh leaves when you


are cooking, and many of us have a patio which can easily become home to a variety of container grown herbs. Herbs can make an attractive, fragrant and tasty addition to your borders, or you may prefer to opt for a permanent herb bed. If this is the case you will need to give some consideration to containing the growth of some of the more vigorous varieties. This can be done by dividing the bed (a cartwheel design made with bricks is very attractive), or by using pots sunk into the ground. Herbs comprise of both annual plants, that germinate, grow, flower and die within the year, and perennials that will grow on from one year to the next. Whatever you plant, you will need to find out which type it is and the conditions that it favours. The more hardy perennial types such as thyme, rosemary or mint may be happy outside all year round. One of

the advantages of using containers is that tender varieties can be moved under cover during the worst of the winter and even tender annuals like basil can have their season extended by lifting plants to pot up and keep on the kitchen windowsill as autumn approaches. One of the great things about a herb garden is that it can be continually evolving. Look upon it as just the start of a collection, that will grow with time. Adding a new variety can be as simple as picking up a plant that takes your fancy on a trip out and adding a new pot to your collection. As well as using herbs fresh from the garden, you can dry leaves by hanging in bunches and then storing in an airtight container, or use ice cube trays to freeze chopped up leaves with a drop of water. Store the cubes in polythene bags, great for adding to a stew in the middle of winter!

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You will nearly always get more flowers for longer if you can spend some time regularly ‘dead-heading’. That means removing faded flowers to stimulate the development of more flowers, and of new shoots on shrubs and roses. If the dying flowers are left until they form seed pods, the plant thinks its job is done for the year and it won’t bother to produce any more flowers. However, with many of your plants, which have probably cost a packet from the local garden centre, you may want to leave some of the flowers until seed heads are produced so that you can collect the seeds and grow your own plants next season, saving plenty of money. Try it with plants with quite large seeds to start with, like Marigolds or try Aquilega (Grandmother’s Bonnets) or Foxgloves. When the seed capsules turn brown and start to split, cut them off and spread on paper lined trays until they’re fully dry. Take out the seeds and store in small labelled envelopes until ready for sowing. They may not grow exactly the same in character and quality as the original plants but it’s great fun to watch the results of your efforts spring into life.

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If you are being subjected to any form of harassment, domestic violence or abuse, then the first port of call should always be the police. However, it is also possible to obtain a civil Injunction, legally known as a “Non-Molestation Order”. This Order will forbid the abuser from “molesting” you and can have attached to it a “Power of Arrest”, which means that if the Order is breached, the police can immediately arrest the abuser. The breach is punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment. If you consider that your right of occupation in a property is in danger, then you can apply for what is known as an “Occupation Order”. This Order will stipulate who should live, or not live in the home. The Occupation Order can also go further and stipulate who is going to pay the rent or mortgage on the property.

The police is always the first place to go but there are other legal steps you can take to protect yourself, your income and where you live If you are not the legal owner of a property that you have been living in, i.e. it is owned by your partner, there are other measures that you can take that will protect your financial, as well as your rights as an occupier in the home.


An example of this is registering a “Restriction” against the legal Title, which means that the property owner will not be able to deal with property, e.g. place the property on the market for sale without notifying you first. A sale or any other such dealing may only proceed once you have applied to remove the Restriction from the Title. You may also have a right to register what is known as “Matrimonial Home Right” against the Title to the property, which will be a Charge that is binding on all third parties including mortgagees. The Charge itself will specify that you have the right to occupy the property and as such you cannot be evicted or excluded from the same. This can be particularly important where you are living in the home with children and have nowhere else to go.

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“My six-year-old spent £3,200 on an iPhone game”.

Letting youngsters sit on your knee while you use your smartphone or tablet means they’re likely to know your password which in turn can be pretty expensive. Recently, England player Sam Vesty got smacked with a £3,200 bill after his six and eight year olds bought their virtual farm animals a mountain of food, with real cash at £70 a pop over three hours. This is just one of the countless examples I’ve heard of. It’s disgusting that a kids’ game allows this, but it happens, so protect yourself. If you’re going to let the kids use your tech, there are tips to follow. Protect your password—your kids may know it without you knowing so change it regularly. Plus ensure your phone’s “app purchases” setting is restricted, so it needs a password. Most phones let you do this. Also speak to your network about financial and parental controls. An alternative with iPhones is to delink your credit/ debit card from your account and buy vouchers instead. Then it’ll never go over the top. And, finally, if all goes wrong and you’ve been stung by a massive charge due to the kids, do call up and explain. Often they’ll wipe it on a ‘one strike and you’re out’ policy—as they did for the rugby-playing dad.


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Watch TV online? Don’t pay a hidden £5 per film

Web players now pump out programmes with image quality rivalling Sky and Virgin. Yet this hoovers up data and many broadband packages have data limits. You can be charged up to £5 per 5GB (about two HD films) if you’re over your limit. Consider an unlimited package, normally only a couple of quid a month more expensive.



“I got a £3,000 holiday mobile data bill.”

Many smartphone apps routinely check for updates and downloads in the background and this can lead to monster fees when abroad. Watching TV, videos or even streaming music is worse. Prices aren’t regulated outside Europe, so turn 3G off. One of my users got stung with a £3,000 bill just for a few emails and maps on a trip to India and the USA and leaving their data roaming on whilst not using it.

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Repay credit cards in full and you usually don’t pay any interest. Yet if you owe £5,000 and repay £4,999 many cards will still charge you that month’s interest on the whole £5,000.


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If you have credit cards, loans or mortgages at the SAME bank where you save then beware. Banks can legally ‘set off’ or use your cash to repay your debts without asking you. They tend to do it if you’re struggling to repay. This has cancelled Christmases and left many in misery. One proud dad told me he paid £12,000 to his daughters account for her big day. Two days later, the bank used £6,000 of it to pay off her credit card debt even through there was a repayment plan in place. It’s legal. If you’re at risk, the golden rule is to simply separate them and use different financial institutions to save and to borrow.

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British Cheese Week 7th - 15th September Believe it or not, the UK produces over 700 named cheeses and this special week, together with the annual Great British Cheese Festival in Cardiff is a celebration of our local cheeses, as well as being a time to educate us all about cheese itself. Incredibly 1 in 10 Brits had no idea that milk is the main ingredient in cheese with some believing it to be mould, cream, water or egg. Whilst cheese does of course contain fat, eaten in smaller quantities it can aid the intake of nutrients in other foods that our bodies need for good health. Plus it’s versatile - what other food can you think of that can be used for starters, mains and puds?! Cheese should always be served at room temperature to enjoy it at its best. Always use different knives for mould ripened cheese and blue cheeses. For further information:

WHAT’S ON August 3rd and 4th Summer on the Lawn at Bletchley Park Traditional country day out - tea and music on the lawn, local craft and produce stalls, children’s activities 5th - 9th Forest Schools Experience! At Camp MK for great holiday adventures every day! In the third week of Summer Camp MK have a Forest Schools Experience themed week where you can learn tons of outdoor survival skills! Go bug hunting, learn how to build a den, make a camp fire Knowhill Education Unit, 11 Roebuck Way, Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK5 8HL www.kidsplaychildcare. 7th National Play Day. Contact your local parks to find out what is on in your area. MK Play Day Campbell Park MK 11th Hula Rescue Open Day 1-4pm. Glebe Farm, Salford Road, Aspley Guise MK17 8HZ 11th Westend House Leighton Buzzard Open Garden LU7 0RP 2pm-6pm. 2-acre garden featuring herbaceous and shrub borders, formal rose garden, wild flower area adjoining natural pond, vegetable potager and steel bird sculptures. Paddock with rare breed hens, sheep and pigs. £3, Children free. Tel 01296 661332. 13th & 14th Treasure Island at Leighton Buzzard Theatre Treasure Island is a spectacular children’s show, we guarantee that everyone will leave with a smile on their face- no matter what the age. Join us for a swashbuckling, take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventures on the high sea, www. leighton-buzzard-theatre


18th Leighton Linslade Concert Band Parson’s Close Rec, Leighton Buzzard 3-5pm 18th Fenny Poppers Festival 11am6pm, Aylesbury Street, Fenny Stratford. Including the firing of the Fenny Poppers and the live final of Fenny’s Got Talent. www. 18th Craft Fair, Woburn Village Hall, local hand made items Free cuppa with the advert opposite.

8th Hula Animal Rescue Fete and Dog Show 12-4.30 Glebe Farm, Salford Road, Aspley Guise, MK17 8HZ 14th Appledown Rescue and Rehoming Kennels 11am - 4pm Open Day and Fun Dog Show. Harling Road, Eaton Bray LU6 1QY 01525 220383

13th & 14th Organ Festival family day out - indoor & outdoor event All the sounds and spectacle of the fairground organd Hand turned organs and model steam 18th Children’s Trail Day and Mad engines. Marching bands all Hatters Tea Party starting at the weekend and brass band concert library in Lake Street, Leighton Buz- on Sunday! zard 11am -4pm contact Jo MarMilton Keynes Museum, McConnell tindale on 01525 631911 or email Drive, MK12 5EL partnershp@leightonlinslade-tc. 19th Why not come along and join the new season of Tea Dances 24th - 26th Chilli Festival at Frosts starting on Thursday 19 September Garden Centre, Woburn Sands, at the Memorial Hall, Grovebury Milton Keynes www.facebook. Road Leighton Buzzard from com/FrostsChilliFestival 2.00pm. Tickets cost £3.20 per person and 26th August Bank Holiday Fayre includes light refreshments. For The Woburn Sands Band is holding further information, please contact its’ Annual Fayre on August Bank the Events Manager on (01525) Holiday Monday on Mowbray 631916/5 Green, Woburn Sands. The Band will be playing throughout the 22nd Market History Day 10amafternoon. Refreshments and 4pm Leighton Buzzard High Street. a BBQ are available as well as Time to celebrate our Market tombolas, games, The Grand Draw throughout the years. With and other stalls. Mowbray Green, market stalls and entertainment Woburn Sands Buckinghamshire representing peiods through the MK17 8QQ ages. Plenty of things to do and see and look out for the Saxon reSeptember enactment! If you would like more information 4th Family History Talk for or would like to get involved please Beginners 7.15pm for 7.30pm Non contact Jo Martindale, Partnership members of Family History Society Officer. Email: partnership@ very welcome a small donation is or phone appreciated. Methodist Church 01525 631911 Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB 24th Macmillan Coffee Morning 10:30am St Frideswide’s Church, Water Eaton Church Centre, Drayton Road, Bletchley

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The Night Sky Looking Up In Beds & Bucks! in August and September 2013 By Seb Jay

Last Chance Saturn: Late summer is our last chance to see Saturn in the evening sky before it dips behind the Sun. The ringed planet can be found low down in the Southwest sky as it starts to get dark. Look for a yellow-orange point of light between 230°-240° SW, and 10°-15° above the horizon. Places like Dunstable Downs have a great view in this direction. With a telescope you’ll see Saturn’s rings in breathtaking detail and some of Saturn’s brightest moons. Moonless Perseids Meteor Shower:

The evening of Sunday 11 August and into the early hours of Monday 12 August sees the peak of this year’s Perseids meteor shower. The Moon sets earlyon, so choose a dark location away from streetlights with a great view towards the Northeast and watch Bedfordshire’s sky light up with the bright white streaks of up to 80 meteors an hour.

See the Summer Milky Way from the Chilterns: Early August and Early September are

great times to see the summer Milky Way overhead. So why not head up into the Chilterns to enjoy our galaxy’s starlight. Hire a telescope from and you’ll be able to pick out dazzling star clusters and the ghostly glow from summertime nebula. Dark Sky Telescope Hire

MK Miscarriage Support Group Miscarriage can be a very unhappy, frightening and lonely experience. If you have been affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy, we can offer the understanding and support that you need to help you through.

We meet on the third Thursday of the month at the 221a Whaddon Way, West Bletchley MK3 7DZ

Call Judith on 01908 582441 to confirm meeting times and find out more about our services. more advice about miscarriage can be found on

HULA Animal Rescue

View the animals seeking a home Family Car Boot Sale Delicious refreshments Meet the farm animals Bargains in the bazaar & pet shed Dogs welcome

Glebe Farm, Salford Road, Aspley GuiseMK17 8HZ (Between M1 Junction 13 and Woburn Sands, near Aspley Guise Rail Station) All proceeds for the care and welfare of HULA’s animals

Help HULA help Animals 01908 584000


Regd. Charity 1094115

USEFUL NUMBERS Chemists Cox & Robinson 13 Melrose Avenue 01908 372651 Lloyds Pharmacy 127-129 Queensway 01908 373 674 Tesco Instore Pharmacy Watling Street 01908 854 247 P&I Smith Ltd 206 Whaddon Way 01908 372 161 Boots Store 1 The Concourse, Brunel Centre 01908 372 888 Cox & Robinson, 239 Queensway 01908 373 135 NHS 111 service NHS 111 is a new service that’s being introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. When to use it You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a lifethreatening situation. Call 111 if:you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency or you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service or you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call or if you need health information or reassurance about what to do nextFor less urgent

health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way.If a health professional has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number. For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, continue to call 999 Dentists- emergency 111 Bletchley Dental Practice 295-297 Whaddon Way Bletchley 01908 373445 Dental Specialists MK, 259 Queensway, Bletchley – 01908 630169 Oxford House Dental Surgery, Aylesbury Street, Bletchley – 01908 373614 Doctors Bedford Street Surgery 01908 658850 4 Bedford Street, Bletchley, MK2 2TX Drayton Road Surgery 01908 371481 20 Drayton Road, Bletchley, MK2 3EJ Red House Surgery 01908 375111 241 Queensway, Bletchley, MK2 2EH Water Eaton Health Centre 01908 371318 Fern Grove, Bletchley, MK2 3HN Westfield Road Surgery 01908 377103 11 Westfield Road, Bletchley, MK2 2DJ Whaddon Medical Centre 01908 373058 25 Witham Court, Tweed

Drive, Bletchley MK3 7QU Hospitals Milton Keynes 01908 660033 Milton Keynes Urgent Care Centre 24/7 walk in service for patients with urgent medical problems Milton Keynes Hospital Standing Way, Eaglestone MK6 5NG Walk in or ring the NHS 111 service Stoke Mandeville 01296 315000 Council Bletchley & Fenny Stratford Town Council 01908 649469 Library Bletchley Library 01908 372797 Police Bletchley Police Station Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, MK3 6TP Call 101 - (always call 999 in an emergency) Monday: 0900 - 1700 Tuesday: 0900 - 1700 Wednesday: 0900 - 1700 Thursday: 0900 - 1700 Friday: 0900 - 1700 Saturday: Closed Sunday: Close MP Iain Stewart Tel: 01908 686830 / Fax: 01908 686831 Email: Web:


Electronic Cigarettes


hey taste, feel and in some cases look like the real thing, but that’s where the similarity ends. Electronic cigarettes don’t contain tobacco and tar which can turn conventional cigarettes into killers, and by the year end around 1 million UK smokers will have switched to ecigarettes as a healthier alternative. So, what are they and how do they work? A typical cigarette is composed of three parts – a cartridge, an atomiser and a rechargeable battery. Liquid nicotine (which can come in a variety of flavours) is stored in the cartridge and converts into vapour as it passes through the atomiser when the user sucks. It is then absorbed through the mouth. Though it looks like smoke is being produced, what you see is largely water vapour. Electronic cigarettes produce no smoke, no smell and no ash.

Although e-cigarettes are less toxic than conventional cigarettes, they are not totally innocuous. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug and can raise blood pressure and accelerate heart disease. At present, there are no regulations on the purity or amount of nicotine contained in e-cigarettes, but it is generally accepted that the levels are lower than in conventional cigarettes. As yet there are no studies reporting on the safety of e-cigarettes, but some experts claim that if all smokers in Britain made the switch, 5 million deaths could be prevented in people alive today. If you’re a smoker and are concerned about your health, then maybe you should consider using electronic cigarettes. But if you are a non-smoker, do not be tempted into trying them thinking that they are a safe way to smoke. The only sure way to avoid the effects of smoking is to avoid it completely!


Traditional country day out - tea and music on the lawn, local craft and produce stalls, children’s activities and much more. As the summer haze settles over the iconic Mansion and Park, there will be tea and music at a new event for 2013, Summer on the Lawn on 3 & 4 August, will take you back to the traditional country fete with craft and produce stalls and children’s activities. Local craft and food stalls will be on the Oval, in the surrounds of the iconic Mansion and Lake. There will be traditional fete stalls such as coconut shy and roll-a-penny, and music of the era will be played live in our entertainment marquee, while visitors indulge in a traditional cream tea on the lawn. Children can try their hand at traditional crafts such as rag rug making, or learn about WW2 on the home front with the Home Guard and Land Army.


Pack ! n I It I don’t know how he does it. When it comes to packing for holidays it takes my husband four minutes flat. I look enviously at his little pile of shorts, T-shirts and underwear and wonder where I am going wrong, as I wrestle with zips and straps in a determined effort to squeeze everything in.


any of us do it - pack too much when we go on holiday - then end up wearing the same few items all week. So how can we make the job easier, quicker and (with ever stricter baggage allowances), cheaper? The answer is to remember that ‘less is more’ and to take only things we really love to wear in a capsule wardrobe that will cater for every occasion. The first step is to envisage how you see yourself spending your holiday. If it’s mainly sunbathing, all you need for the daytime is swimwear – a couple of bikinis per week plus a well cut swimsuit for genuine swimming or diving – flip flops and a loose fitting shirt to cover you up on the way to and from the beach or pool. If you plan on sightseeing or shopping, pack some comfortable sandals or pumps and a pair of shorts, cut off trousers or a skirt (neutral colours would be most versatile), and a selection of coloured tops. Before deciding on which ones, lay them out and match them up. Choose colours and styles that go together, so that you can make up multiple outfits simply by switching items around. Sarongs are also a great choice as they are both lightweight and versatile and may be used as a skirt, dress or wrap, depending on how they are tied. Scarves make a good alternative and can also be used to wrap around and protect hair. A wide

brimmed hat will shield your face and hair from the sun, and is also a great fashion accessory. Some fashion experts suggest you take as many dresses as you can fit in. Teamed up with jewellery, a clutch bag and heels they are great for evenings out, and are still suitable for daywear when worn with flatties and a tote bag. Remember to take at least one warm item for chilly evenings or windy locations. Don’t forget to pack a couple of pairs of sunglasses in different shapes to create a varied look. Finally, take an oversized tote bag onto the plane and afterwards use it for the beach, or when you go shopping. Follow these tips and you shouldn’t go far wrong, but if you do, after your holiday write down all the items you ended up wearing (or that you wish you could have worn!) and use this as a guide next time you pack.

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A Good Read For You

My Animals and Other Family By Claire Balding In recent years, Claire Balding has slowly risen to ‘national treasure’ status. Not only does she know a great deal about sport, but she seems to have the knack of showing genuine interest in everything she presents and everyone she talks to. It all appears to be such good fun. This same personality shines out from her autobiography, which covers her childhood, school, university, and the very beginnings of her broadcasting career. As the title suggests, it is the animals who take centre stage in a world that revolves around horses and dogs. Each chapter is based on a particular character, from Candy the boxer dog who was her very first friend, to some of the greats of the equine world who passed through her father’s racing yard. From the first, this feels like a very honest book. Balding does not paint over her faults – she shows them very clearly and is not afraid of being the butt of the joke. The sections


which deal with her relationship with her younger brother Andrew are likely to feel very familiar to anyone who has ever coerced a younger sibling into doing something they really knew they should not: or indeed to anyone who has ever been that unfortunate younger sibling! Her school life is particularly well told too, as she documents the mistakes she made and the way in which she seized the second chance she was given. The most memorable and touching aspect though, is the passion for the animals who give the book their structure. As well as telling the story of her early life, Balding offers a fascinating insight into the life of a racing yard, and the highs and lows of competitive horse racing when your father is a champion trainer. Beautifully illustrated and always well written, this is an excellent read for anyone interested in sport, animals or even just people.

For The Kids

The Family from One End Street By Eve Garnett

This 1930’s classic has recently been re-issued as a Puffin Modern Classic, and rightly so. Telling the story of Mr and Mrs Ruggles and their seven children, it has captivated children for many years and will do so for many more. This is the first in Garnett’s series and introduces the family – Dad Jo, Mum Rosie and the children: Lily Rose, Kate, twins Jim and John, young Jo, Peg and baby William. The first chapter tells us how they all got their names and sets the scene, then each subsequent section details one of their many adventures. All of the Ruggles have an uncanny knack for getting into scrapes – from Lily Rose’s attempt to help her mother with a customer’s washing, which doesn’t go to plan, to the tale of clever Kate’s lost grammar school hat, and the daring escapades of Jim and John. The book ends with ‘The Perfect Day’ at the Cart Horse parade in London, riding on Uncle Charlie’s dust cart. Each episode is beautifully illustrated with Garnett’s line drawings. This may not be the most fashionable or up to date novel, but it has stood the test of time. Any reader will find much to enjoy, but particularly girls age 8 and over will take the Ruggles to their hearts and perhaps wish for the freedom and fun enjoyed by the children in days long gone.

Pensioners A . .. s n r e c d Con



refer to the statement made by the Labour Party earlier this month of June, concerning the Universal pensioners benefits ie; The free bus pass, free T.V. for the over 75's and the winter fuel allowance. They feel that such benefits should not be paid to those earning, or receiving an income, above ÂŁ50,000. Some may consider this a reasonable request, others will not, they may well consider that they paid National Insurance contributions all their working life in return for such benefits and will not consider parting with such benefits for which they have paid, I would tend to agree with the later point of view. It would seem that regardless the political colour of the flag fluttering over both houses of Parliament, the general view would appear to be that such universal benefits should be capped, they have carved up all other benefits which in most cases hit the poorer


Food For Thought? people within the country, in particular, the disabled who have seen all of their benefits refunded to supply cash to the International Monetary Fund because of deficit not of their making, but those that could assist recovery from dire financial problems contribute - due to lawful (but definitely unfair) - work by a bunch of highly skilled and very expensive accountants. It was ever thus and not likely to change, in my opinion. However, perhaps it is time to suggest to our political leaders, that they should lead by example which does not seem to be the way things work. Some of our M.P.'s have personal fortunes, even if they do not they have other paths of revenue they can follow apart from their duties to their constituents. The salary and expenses add up to a considerable sum, they have subsidized restaurants and bars, paid by you, the tax payer, perks by the score and a pension scheme that is far far better

By Mike Newman

than most. There is no cap on their benefits. In fact, they vote for their own pay increases, I doubt there are very few 'no' votes to such increases. One would think that as they are in the driving seat and are discovering ways and means of ensuring all benefits disappear and are replaced with something falling very short of what is required for a Welfare State to maintain a decent living standard, should consider what they themselves could do to assist in paying a similar share of their salaries as is expected from the majority of those lucky enough to be in work, to balance the economy. So come along fellows practice what you preach, give up your subsidized meals and alcoholic drinks, give up your perks and cut your salaries to match those that your constituents are required to make. Surely, the national deficit - that has to be paid back - applied to all citizens of the U.K. without exemptions?

Mike Newman is a member of The Dunstable And District Senior Citizens Club. If you have a view on any of the issues raised why not attend one of their monthly meetings, held on the last Thursday of the month at St Marys Catholic Social Club, West St., Dunstable.

Men! Read This It Could Save Your Life

Testicular cancer

is relatively rare, yet it is the most common type of cancer to affect men aged between 15 and 44. Factors that can increase the risk include having a family history of the disease, and being born with undescended testicles. Rates of the disease are also five times higher in white men than in black men. Thankfully, the outlook for men diagnosed with testicular cancer is one of the best for all types of cancer. Over 95% of cases of men with early stage testicular cancer will be completely cured. Even cases where the cancer has spread outside the testicles have an 80% chance of being cured. As with other cancers, early detection improves your prognosis and can reduce the amount of treatment necessary. The most common symptom to look out for is a painless lump or swelling in a testicle. Read how to examine yourself below, but be aware that fewer than 4 in 100 testicular lumps are cancerous. Other symptoms may include a dull ache or a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum. Sometimes, testicular cancer can spread to the lymph glands at the back of the abdomen, which can cause backache. Lumps can also form in the lymph glands around the neck and collarbone. Testicular cancer can spread to the lymph nodes in the centre of the chest. This leads to swelling, a cough and difficulty in breathing or swallowing. The cancer cells may also spread to the lungs themselves causing breathlessness, but they do not usually affect other organs. Treatment of testicular cancer involves surgically removing the affected testicle. This should not affect fertility or the ability to have sex, and a false testicle can be put in place so that the scrotum will have a normal appearance. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy or additional surgery may also be required, depending on the type and spread of the disease.


How To Examine Yourself You should check your testicles regularly – once a month is a good interval. The best time to do this is after a warm bath or shower when your scrotal skin will be relaxed. Hold the scrotum in the palms of your hands and use your fingers and thumb to gently feel each testicle. Look out for any lumps or swellings, or an increase in size or weight. (You should feel a soft tube at the back of each testicle – this is normal). It is rare to develop cancer in both testicles at the same time, so you can compare one with the other to see what is normal. If you notice anything unusual, contact your GP as soon as possible.

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Buying A Used Car Buying a car is a costly business, which is why it makes sense to check out the used car market where you can save thousands of pounds. Unfortunately it can also be fraught with problems if you don’t get it right. Here’s how to minimise the risks and give yourself the best chance of finding a bargain. Research

Once you’ve decided on the type of car you need (based on your particular priorities with regards to comfort, economy and space), research the costs to purchase, tax, insure, service and fuel it. Bear in mind that although older models are often cheaper to buy, they can be more costly to run and may work out more expensive in the long term.

Fact Find

Have a list of questions to ask the seller before viewing the vehicle. Find out about previous owners; the mileage; the condition; how long the MOT and tax have to run; whether it has ever been written off, in an accident or stolen; if it has any finance outstanding; whether there is a log book, full service history, MOTs and receipts; and whether any maintenance needs doing.


Always view the vehicle at the seller’s address in daylight and in dry weather. Check the sills, wheel arches and door bottoms for rust. Make sure all lights

and seat belts work. Check the condition of the tyres and mirrors. Look for mismatched or bubbling paint and uneven gaps between body panels. Check that the mileage is about correct for the car’s age (average is 10,000 per year). If the odometer numbers are out of line the mileage may have been tampered with. Check that the car’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), found under the bonnet and on the windows, matches the number on the V5 certificate (log book).

Test Drive

Drive the car for at least 15 minutes on different kinds of roads. Listen for unusual noises and look for excessive smoke from the exhaust. Make sure you’re happy with the brakes, gears, steering and suspension. If anything shakes, rattles or grates, the car may have problems that need sorting out.


Once you have agreed a price, make sure that all paperwork looks and feels genuine (no photocopies). Check that the VIN and recorded keeper details tally with the seller, and examine the service history and MOT certificates to verify the mileage. Get a receipt for your payment from the seller, and finally – make sure the new keeper sections of the log book are completed. Taking a knowledgeable friend along is always a good idea. Failing that, the AA and RAC both offer inspection services. You have to pay but for peace-of-mind it may be worth it. Good luck - and happy motoring!

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