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his year we thought we'd do what a lot of other people have done for many years and go on one of the Baltic cruises and see some of the historic cities before they become indistinguishable from each other in the ever increasing drive towards global uniformity. Previous cruises for us have always been to out of the way, often tiny, scenic places which insist that the ship be small - really small otherwise they can't get into the little coves, fjords and rivers. But this time, because we were going to large cities instead, we opted for a ship described as "small" but which still carried approximately 600 passengers - absolutely huge in comparison! A definite bonus for us was that the cruise started and finished at Dover which meant that our journeys there and back were no more than 3 hours each way. And since we could park the car only yards from where the ship was berthed, this made things even easier. Our first destination was Copenhagen. Mercifully, the sea was very calm so there were no problems on that front (I'm not a good sailor!). At dinner in the restaurant on the first evening, we found ourselves with a group of four Canadians from Vancouver Island who all knew each other and we feared we might be "guinea pigs". But they immediately invited us into their world so it was all very friendly (and something of a relief!) But the cafeteria (with its amazing selection of food) rather than the restaurant was our usual choice for breakfast and lunch. During the

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fortnight we met all manner of interesting people from UK, America, Canada, Australia and many other parts of the world and what was so noticeable was the easy going attitude everywhere - most likely because this was an American ship. But having said that, it was not a complete free for all where anything goes and I had to endure three Captain's Dinners where dress was very formal. Personally, I hate this sort of thing - but the ladies love it! Arriving in Copenhagen, the weather was dull and overcast with a hint of rain. However, it cleared as we were taken on a coach trip around the city. We were shown the Little Mermaid the emphasis is on Little! - and buildings of civic importance but I'm afraid the Danish capital didn't really set my juices racing. No doubt, it's my fault. Other people found it fascinating. On our return, we went for Afternoon Tea - a trip down Nostalgia Avenue with little fingers in the air, delicate sandwiches, tiny cakes, and scones with strawberry jam and cream. As Oscar Wilde once said "I can resist anything except temptaion" - and we found it very difficult not to succumb at these times. In the evenings there was always a show of some sort given either by a troupe of singers and dancers (who were very slick and well rehearsed) or by solo performers. I was pleased to discover a little jazz duo who played until quite late each evening and caused me to lose a lot of sleep (why is it always assumed that jazz fans are insomniacs?!) After Copenhagen, there followed

three places in quick succession :Klaipeda (in Lithuania), Riga (Latvia) and Tallinn (Estonia) - the so called Baltic States. Each one greeted us with absolutely wonderful weather with the blue skies and sunshine which lasted throughout the entire trip. We were so lucky. Although Riga and Tallinn are capital cities, Klaipeda is simply a port on the Baltic. But it has a large central square where a local band in regional costume performed Lithuanian folk music. Very enjoyable. There were also lots of small stalls selling amber jewelry and hand made wooden toys. I already knew that the Baltic region is where most amber originates but had always thought it to be purplish brown. But, in fact, it comes in all colours with the cream coloured variety (apparently) the more valuable. However, if an insect is trapped inside, this adds further value (amber is fossilised tree resin). Val bought a bracelet from a handsome and persuasive young man who spoke very good English! Riga was very different to Klaipeda. It's a big capital city with impressive buildings to match. We went ashore fairly early in the morning and went round the cathedral. Having seen many Anglican and a goodly number of Catholic cathedrals, I was interested to see how the Lutherans did things.

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In essence, they - perhaps not surprising considering the founder of their Church - are far more sparse. One might say that Catholic cathedrals are dripping with elaborately decorated features whilst Anglican cathedrals are examples of soaring Gothic splendour. Lutheran cathedrals, in contrast, exude an elegant simplicity. Riga, a former Hanseatic city, is also famous for its Art Nouveau area where many of the buildings (often foreign embassies) are splendidly embossed. We eventually ricocheted to the particular area of town and were suitably impressed. But having got lost once or twice, our return to the ship became something of a stampede since we had to sail again in the early afternoon destined for Tallinn; where we arrived around 9.30 next morning. Of all the Baltic states, Estonia is the "must see" one because of Tallinn - a definite honeypot. We joined a coach trip and went first to an open air amphitheatre where Estonians gather in vast numbers to sing their hearts out on special days. We were told about the history of the country - only fairly recently independent - and learnt that, like the other Baltic states, Estonia had been occupied by, and part of, just about every other power in the region at some time (especially Sweden and more latterly Russia). The Estonian language is close to Finnish - which means that it's nothing like any other Baltic language, or German, or Russian, or Scandinavian. How strange! There is also a large minority of Russian speakers and, reflecting this strong Russian presence, there is the Nevsky Cathedral; a kaleidoscope of icons and colour outdoing even the Catholics. A walking tour around the Old Town - made difficult by the large cobblestones found in each of the Baltic states - showed many medieval buildings complete with sections of the original city walls and defensive towers. It's not surprising that Tallinn is regarded by many as the most interesting of these three countries - it certainly was with me. Sadly, Tallinn had been another quick look since, once again, we sailed out in the late afternoon headed for what most people regarded as the highlight of the entire cruise, namely St Petersburg. (To be continued)...



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oger Mason’s London to Birmingham by Rail is a fascinating record of forty

sites that can be viewed from the window of a train on the 115 mile jouney. The descriptions, stories and photographs bring to life many local views. Roger shares with The Vine how he came to write the book.

Saints spire can first be glimpsed from a point just after Cheddington, and with one or two interruptions some or all of it can be seen through all the three miles to Leighton Buzzard station. It is 191 feet high and is made from oolitic limestone that is believed to have been quarried near Oxford. The spire and the church were built in the 1340s, and it is humbling to think that what we see now is much the same as we would have seen nearly 700 years ago. The effort to build the church and the spire was colossal, and it was all done by men and horses. There was no machinery or electricity. Just think about the task of hauling limestone

I make the rail journey from Leighton Buzzard to London about 40 times a year and I also regularly travel to Birmingham. I generally enjoy the journeys, which is just as well. I never work on the train, which is an awful waste of time, so I often gaze out of the window at the fascinating sites that flash past. Some, like Wembley Stadium, are very well known, whereas others are not, but deserve to be. The grave of the last highwayman to be hanged at the scene of his crime comes into this category. This is clearly visible and is just north of Hemel Hempstead station. I found the sites so interesting that I wrote the book Great Railway Journeys: London to Birmingham by Rail. It describes 40 of the sites and contains a picture of each, all but two of them taken by me. Quite a number are in our area and two are actually in Leighton/Linslade. These are Leighton Buzzard’s All Saints Parish Church and the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Old Linslade. From a train travelling from London the All


blocks from Oxford to Leighton Buzzard, then meticulously positioning them up to 191 feet in the air. They took their religion seriously then and some people still do. It is of course a flourishing church. This book would make a great Christmas present: Great Railway Jouneys: London to Birmingham by Rail is available from bookshops at £14.99 and also from Amazon. It can be purchased with a 10% discount at

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Is Dairy Good? The Last Dairy article...

was it a MOOstake? Is Dairy Good? The article we printed in the August/September issue of The Vine has certainly had you writing in, some with positive comments and some not so. Firstly, although it was not specifically stated that cows in this country were injected with growth hormones, a local (anonymous) dairy farmer has pointed out that growth hormones have not been used in this country for over 30 years so we are very sorry if that was implied. Secondly, the same farmer also points out that antibiotic injections, at £120 for a small bottle, are used only as a treatment when necessary, they are not and cannot afford to “be jabbing cows left right and centre” so again we apologise if this was implied. We certainly do not want to cause further problems to our already financially squeezed dairy farmers and the reducing prices they get per litre of milk is for another article, however there is an ongoing debate about the benefits of dairy in our diet. Andrena Carden-White Bsc Nutrition, Health & Exercise Behaviour


The British Dietetics Association (BDA) is the advisory body for diet in the UK and its recommendations are clear; we need sufficient calcium from diet to prevent osteoporosis as well as from weight bearing exercise and Vitamin D which we can get from the sun (with sufficient exposure). The BDA have fact sheets on its website www. that explains why we need it and alternative sources if, for whatever reason, you do not wish to have dairy products. It is important to remember that the efficient absorption of calcium is dependent on a complex interaction of other nutrients such as iron and vitamin C and that some of the less researched evidence around dairy often look at results in isolation from other factors. It is very difficult to get unbiased and well researched evidence to support the non-dairy debate so I must be honest and say that whilst I will list the “for and against” for both camps, I feel excluding any food group should not be undertaken lightly.

FOR • Rich in calcium and good for prevention of osteoporosis (BDA) • Aids in weight loss (research papers on • Reduce blood pressure (, DASH diet) • Reduction in Metabolic Syndrom Dairy consumption and metabolic syndrome: a systematic review of findings and methodological issues. , Chrighton GE, Brian, J, Buckley J, Murphy KJ (Obes Rev. 2011 May;12(5):e190-201. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2010.00837.x. Pub 2011 Feb 23)

AGAINST • Osteoporosis caused by calcium being used to reduce acid from our high protein diets: • Case-Control Study of Risk Factors for Hip Fractures in the Elderly (American Journal of Epidemiology. Vol 1. 139, No 5, 1994). • Skin Problems from whey protein “Paleo Diet” Dr Loren Cordain • Cassein and cancer risk The China Study, T,Colin Campbell's The China Study (2005) tests on rats. • Mucus formation, no research found to substantiate this. The Vine trys to provide a variety of articles that reflect the lifestyles and interests of our readers but without turning this article into a scientific essay I have found very little well researched evidence to substantiate the debate against dairy except for the already established and undisputed evidence around lactose intolerance. Most anti-dairy websites use out-dated or anecdotal research. For evidence based research the well respected Mayo Clinic has listed the latest from which you may wish to draw your own conclusions.


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WHAT’S ON? so much we can’t fit it all in! October

6th Leighton-Linslade Concert Band, Harvest Festival Service 2:30pm at Pitstone Memorial Hall, Pitsone. Tel 07707 995812 12th Leighton Buzzard Lions Club invite you to an evening with Onyx with hit songs and music from the 60’s to now. 7.30pm at Hockliffe Street Baptist Church, Leiighton Buzzard, free entrance including refreshments - a retiring collection will be made. 12th Model Railway Exhibition at The Cottesloe School, Aylesbury Road, Wing, LU7 0NY. 10am to 4.30pm. Over 20 layouts, traders, model making demonstrations, a train simulator to test your skills. Refreshments available & disabled access. £6 adult, £3.50 child, £14 family (2 adults + 3 children) www. 12th & 13th Organ Festival, Milton Keynes Museum. A selection of small and very large Fairground organs on display and playing. Miniature steam engines, antiques and bygones. http:// mkmuseumevents.weebly.

com/organ-festival.html 19th Stindberg’s Miss Julie - a new translation for 21st centure the Grove Theatre Dunstable 7.30pm. 20th Craft Fair at Woburn Village Hall 10am-4pm Free admission. 26th Mayor’s Charity Ball at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club. 7.30pm. contact Christine Barrow, Town Mayor’s Secretary 01525 531921 christine.barrow@ uk





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2nd & 3rd Makers Market for Keech Hospice Care, Barnfield College, New Bedford Road, Luton 9th Poppy Prom Concert 7:30pm in aid of St Mary’s Church, Eaton Bray and Help for Heroes. The evening combines the solemnity of words and music from The Festival of Remembrance with the lots more fun events for all 34

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9th St Barnabas Christmas fair; 11.00am to 3.00pm in the Church & Linslade Community Hall. Grand draw at 3.00pm; Father Christmas & various stalls. Refreshments available all day. 17th Craft Fair at Woburn Village Hall 10am -4pm

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22nd and 23rd 10am - 5pm Town Farm Art show 6 Town Farm, Cheddington, LU7 0TT. Parking on High Street. 8 artists showing paintings, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, wood carving and craft, basketry and jewellry. Plus mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas cake. FREE entry. donations for refreshments in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care.


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The Crow Road By Iain Banks

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