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CONTENT 6 A Traveller’s Tale - part 1 8 Zap goes the laser 10 Auto Biographies 12 Flexible Working 14 A Good Read 16 Kerching 18 It’s the Law 20 What’s Best for You 22 In the Garden - up the wall 24 Recipe 25 Puzzles 26 Looking Up 26 Puzzle Solutions 28 What’s On 30 Traveller’s Tale -part 2

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A Travellers Tale

A Brief Trip To Poland Part II

By Paul Heley


fter our first couple of days in Krakow, if the salt mines were mind blowing, Auschwitz and Birkenau were mind numbing and one comes away wondering how on earth such terrible things could possibly be done by one people on another. There are information boards everywhere (in Polish, English and Hebrew - but not German) and our guide shot information and statistics at us as though from a machine gun. My head was reeling at the end and the full horror of it all has not yet completely sunk in. We started at the ironic - and sickening - entrance gate above which the infamous "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work makes you free") slogan is seen and then we visited a series of different buildings each covering various aspects of life for the prisoners :separation areas, living quarters, punishment blocks, gas chambers. We were shown collections of clothing, suitcases with people's names still on them, shoes, artificial limbs, masses of hair (approximately 7000 kilograms subsequently woven into


cloth). Particularly poignant were babies' and childrens' clothes and bootees - tiny relics of lives extinguished before they had even begun. All personal belongings were removed and taken to a huge sorting area called, for some inexplicable reason, Canada. Anything of value or use was given to the Reich command. Those who were condemned to be killed were told they were to be given a shower and de-liced. They were stripped, completely shaven, and tightly crammed into the "shower room"; the door was shut and then five small openings in the ceiling appeared from which granules of ZyklonB impregnated with hydrogen cyanide were dropped. The gas thus given off was sufficient to kill hundreds of prisoners in one go. It was extremely "efficient" and was basically murder on an industrial scale. When in full swing, there were 8000 or 10000 killings each day - an horrific statistic. The bodies were then cremated in the ovens - but a few were burnt whilst still alive. When the crematorium couldn't keep up with the demand, bodies

were burnt outside for all to see. After cremation, any gold (as from rings or teeth) was extracted and any jewelry or precious stones were removed prior to burial in mass graves. We were shown the punishment yard with its "wall of death" for shootings and gallows for hangings. Prisoners disposed of here were "special"; somehow, they were either of higher status and/ or were being killed as a deterrent to others. Teutonic efficiency recorded much of what went on and, although the Nazis tried to destroy the evidence at the end of the war, surviving records still supply so much information today. One imagines that it was only Jews who were dealt with at Auschwitz. Not so. Admittedly, Jews made up the great majority but homosexuals, criminals, "antisocials", Roma (gypsies), political prisoners, Polish intellectuals and Slavs in general (eg Russian prisoners of war) were also considered to be "untermenschen" (ie sub-human) so, therefore, needed to be exterminated - for the good of society!

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I have to admit that I am a total wuss when it comes to undergoing beauty treatments, although I am a fully trained therapist (many years ago) even the experience of having my cuticles tidied gives me the eeby jeebies. As a trainee therapist at Henlow Grange we volunteered our bodies to each other for practice purposes but the minute I qualified I would run a mile if a wax strip was merely waved in my general direction, however, the idea of permanent hair removal was too much of a lure and so with trepidation I entered Toddington Laser Clinic. As with my previous articles this one might be best suited to our lady readers, after all I don't want to be the one to destroy any sense of mystery or delusion about our silky smooth bodies and there are some finer points to discuss about the choices you can make when having laser hair reduction that might not be for the gentleman reader. However laser reduction is perfectly suited to men and yes even their beards! Not to put too finer point on it (excuse the pun) but when using laser to reduce hairs in some areas, it is worth remembering that it will be permanent and therefore you may wish to venture into some careful research about shape. I say careful because it is not a subject that comes up much in conversation and when it does (I dropped it in very subtly) you will be surprised how opinionated others can be. You can, of course, use Google to explore the options but again I urge caution particularly when deciding what to write in the search bar. Again, you may be very surprised at the variety of choice from the very tame, akin to a short back and sides, to arrangements Kew Gardens would be proud of. I think that is probably enough said on the topic but you get my gist – it is permanent, choose wisely.


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practically at the door and if, like me, you are prone to getting a bit blotchy a fast and discreet get away is desired. Verity is the lovely and supremely knowledgeable laser therapist and she has such a calm and approachable way about her you are immediately put at your ease. I am sure she won't mind me saying that she has enough years (and children) to make you feel comfortable talking about the “areas” you would like treated. The consultation was extremely thorough and I knew exactly what to expect and what to do and not to do, before my test patch. As well as hair reduction I was having treatment to remove red veins and pigmentation from my face. Before the treatment I had read descriptions of the sensation as being like a rubber band being pinged on you, I suppose this is true but with laser the feeling lasts for only the briefest second and is far more comfortable and bearable than waxing or epilators. This said I do have to admit that my session was quite a raucous affair. Who knew that my reaction would be to laugh hysterically and I am afraid quite loudly with each zap. I am ashamed to say there was an element of swearing and other outbursts of noises, so much so that a visitor who had waited in the reception during my treatment later reported “I can't even imagine what was happening in there”. Verity did say (I have known her for some time) that I was the worst client she had ever had, although she laughed along quite happily too. The sensation is “pingy” or “zappy” but it is far more comfortable than waxing and best of all the results are incredible even after the test patch. I have been back for two treatments; at first I was sceptical but two weeks after the first treatment many of the red veins and dark patches on my face had completely gone and as for the hair reduction the results have been fantastic – I won't give you the details!


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And just when you think the Jaguar ndeed, the automotive world, exhaust system. With just a touch of a button youincan the note latest into Jaguar is leading the pack. F-TYPE couldn’t possibly release any change an already throaty sounding exhaust The jaguar is the third more endorphins into your bloodone that builds to a thrilling crescendo at the red line. The two-seater convertible embodies largest feline after the a return to the company’s heartland, Driving theand F-TYPE isn’tlion. rocket science though. It on hasathleticism, a tiger the focusing dexterity

set of eight closely-spaced gear ratios in and its Quickshift behind-the-wheel involveauto transmission, giving you superior control. The V6ment. What's more the F-TYPE is a The flesh and blood  powered S model also includes a Dynamic Launch of a sporting lineage continuance stretching feature, which optimises acceleration from rest. back over 75 years. big cat has a compact  The engineering philosophy

body, a broad head  fortifyingthe the F-TYPE is focused on Taking cues from cockpits of fighter aeroplanes, Jaguar’s expertise when it comes to switches are grouped by function. Further aeronautical and powerful jaws. aluminium. The metal is lightweight, inspiration can be found in the joystick-shaped so its use in the car’s architecture This describes perfectly  SportShift selector controlling the gearbox. Additionally, helps provide a perfectly balanced thethe attributes of the  air vents on top of the dashboard willweight only deploy distribution. That permits the when you instruct them to, or by complex control Jag’s rear-wheel drive dynamics to new F-TYPE from algorithms, staying tucked discreetly outbe ofexploited sight in to the max. Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. Three types of the Jaguar model are other circumstances. available: the F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and

V8 S. Each The concentration on driver passion andF-TYPE performance in is distinguished the power of its superthe F-TYPE is highlighted by the ‘one plusbyone’ layout output of charged petrol engine, with all of the asymmetric cabin. This is confirmed by the grab them featuring stop/start technology handle whichFAST racesFACTS down the centre console on the to increase efficiency. passenger side, delineating from the driver’s side. Max speed: 171itmph My press car was the F-TYPE S, powThe F-TYPE is, without doubt, a car that delivers 0-62 mph: 4.9 secs ered by a new 3.0-litre V6 lump. precisely the key mpg: sporting31.0 characteristicsProducing that Jaguar Combined 375bhp and 338lb/ft of intended. It’s2995c definitely and girls –power), the car has Engine: V6 a big toy for big boys torque (pulling and it’s available from only £58,500 entry more thanlevel, enough horses and grunt supercharged petrol for the get you moving rapidly. The freerisingMax. to £67,520 the F-TYPE S, on to atoprice-tag of powerfor (bhp): revving, willing nature of the engine £79,950 for the V8rpm S. 375F-TYPE at 6500

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So Bridget is back. This time with kids and without husband - not really a spoiler, unless you have been living under a rock for the last year. Mark Darcy is dead, and our heroine is left to ‘keep buggering on’ in her own inimitable fashion. Most of the headlines as the book was published last year, focused on Darcy’s demise and on the fact that Bridget has found a toyboy. It is the first of these points that sets the tone of the book, which opens four years after the event, tempering the typical comic misunderstandings that result from a return to the dating scene with a resounding sense of the intense sadness of widowhood. Mark Darcy is a constant presence, either in Bridget’s own reminiscences or in the careful efforts of others to avoid mentioning him. The format is the same as


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The Perils of DIY Wills The only way to make sure your assets are distributed in line with your wishes is to have a Will. However it is always best to seek legal advice when looking to make a Will. Homemade Wills often contain mistakes and without advice may not be the most tax efficient way to deal with an estate. Although Will Writers may be cheaper they do not undergo the intensive training or have the professional indemnity insurance that solicitors have, they also are less likely to be well versed in tax planning advice. Here are some examples of problems that we have had to unravel for clients when their loved ones have left home-made Wills.

Bob’s Story

Bob made his a Will with a Will Pack however this meant he received no legal advice as to what might happen should his circumstances change. This Will was made prior to Bob’s new relationship and the birth of his youngest son, Jack. The Will therefore only benefited Bob’s children from his first relationship. Luckily, the other beneficiaries agreed to vary the Will to include Jack, something they had no legal obligation to do. A Deed of Variation was drafted for them which incurred additional legal fees to rectify the problem. This was far more expensive and stressful than if the Bob had a professional make the Will. Jack was lucky that his half-brothers were so happy to make sure he benefitted. Things can’t always be rectified so easily. Jane’s Story Jane made her Will at home however when she signed the Will only one witness was present, the Will was therefore invalid so we had to


rely on the ancient intestacy laws when she passed away. These provisions step in when someone dies without a Will. Jane died leaving an estranged husband and two daughters. She had been separated from her husband for 2 years and he was in a new relationship. Despite this the intestacy laws stated that the first £250,000 of her estate, all of her personal belongings and a life interest in the other half of what was left over passed to him. This was her entire estate, which meant her daughters, who were only in their early 20s, received nothing despite the fact they both lived with their mother and were in full time education. The property was inherited by their father and they were kicked out of their mother’s home. The daughters were able to successfully bring a claim against Jane’s estate as they needed reasonable financial provision. They received maintenance from their mother’s estate although without a valid Will we will never be able to enforce Jane’s wishes. Solicitors are able to provide you with tax planning advice when making your Will, are covered by professional indemnity insurance and can securely store your original Will and the original file and notes in the event a dispute arises after you have passed away. Often the Partners are able to act as Executors if you do not have a suitable person in mind. Solicitors are able to administer the estate in a cost effective manner lifting the burden from family members at this difficult time. Camilla Haggith Camilla Haggith is a solicitor in the Wills Trusts and Probate Department at Osborne Morris & Morgan 01525 378177


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A special week from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th May It’s the anniversary of The Stani Art Company which includes 2 Art Galleries, Tea Rooms and provides Art & Craft classes in Stony Stratford. As a thank you to their customers and supporters, there will be a week of celebrations with great offers, demonstrations by art tutors from The Stani Studios as well as painting in the shop window by artists from The Stani Gallery and The Stani Art House. Make sure you visit and join in the fun ! See website – - for further details

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The Night Sky in April and May 2014 By Seb Jay

Scetch of Mars through a telescope.

Catch Mars At Its Best For 2014:

April and May this year is a great time to view Mars through a telescope. The Red Planet reaches opposition on April 8th, and so is at its biggest and brightest for 2014. In April look to the south east sky as soon as it gets dark for a bright orange coloured ‘star’. Through the evening Mars climbs higher into the sky and swings over towards the south. By May Mars can be found more than 30-degrees above the horizon towards the south in the late evening twilight. In a telescope you’ll see the Red Planet’s ice cap, and dark markings on the Martian surface.

Watch The Lyrids Meteor Shower:

The maximum of this year’s Lyrids Meteor Shower falls on April 22nd. Expect to see up to 25 shooting stars per hour flashing across the night sky between midnight and dawn on the 22nd, and again once it is dark on the evening of the 22nd. Look high up to the east for your best view of the Shower.

Get A Glimpse Of Saturn In The Evening Sky:

Saturn follows Mars into the evening sky this year. By Mid April the ringed planet is rising in the south east by 11pm. Come Mid May it is already 10-degrees above the south east horizon by the time it gets dark. In a telescope Saturn looks spectacular. You can see the planet’s rings, markings in Saturn’s atmosphere and some of the planet’s

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5th Beacon-Rail 2014 Tring & District MRC Pitstone Memorial Hall, Vicarage Road, Pitstone, LU7 9EY.10.30am-16.30pm Admission: adult £2.50, child £1.50, family (2+2) £6.00. Refreshments. Access for disabled visitors. Free car parking Members and visiting layouts, preservation, and trade. Contact: 01442 824350

GREENSAND RIDGE ROVERS MARATHON WALK Saturday 26th April 2014 My name is Carol and long Greensand Ridge I nearly died in 2012 in Bedfordshire over from an undiagnosed 3 days.The Greensand brain tumour. Since Ridge Rovers will be recovering I have walking either half spent some of my marathon distance time raising funds (13 m) or for the for The Brain Tumour bravest, marathon Charity as I was (26m) . Please shocked to learn of support their efforts the small amount of to once again raise funding Government funds for TBTC in puts into research 2014 to help beat this and support of this terrifying condition. condition. They will start at its In 2013 a fantastic beginning in Leighton team of friends and Buzzard and finish family, The Greensand either just beyond Ridge Rovers, raised Woburn over £6000 by or near walking the 47 mile Clophill.

sweets.Suitable for children of all ages. Not available Saturday12th/Sunday13th April. Tickets cost £5.99 (which includes refreshments) Frosts Garden Centre at Woburn Sands, Newport Road, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK17 8UE 15th EASTER BUNNY HUNT Join the rangers for Easter fun games, activities and a visit from The Parks Trust bunny. Booking essential. Park in the car park on Merlewood Drive, off V2 Tattenhoe Street. Shenley Wood 10am – 12pm £3/child 18th-22nd Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Join us for an exciting egg hunt with our sponsors Cadburys. Complete our trail exploring the Downs and win a yummy Cadburys chocolate egg! There’ll be lots of family Easter fun happening too, all in the glorious surroundings of Dunstable Downs. More Information: Chilterns Gateway Centre Shop, 01582 500925,

HULA Animal Rescue Glebe Farm, Salford Road, Aspley GuiseMK17 8HZ (Between M1 Junction 13 and Woburn Sands, near Aspley Guise Rail Station)

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7th-18th 10am-4pm An Eggcellent Treat! This Easter, children can come along to Frosts Garden Centre at Woburn Sands for a fun two-part Easter themed activity – which includes chocolate of course! Children will begin with an ‘Easter Hunt’ that will lead them around the Garden Centre to the party room where they will be greeted by the Easter Bunny and receive their chocolate prize. The second part of the activity is Easter egg decorating; each child will get their very own chocolate Easter egg which they can embellish with icing and

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27th Mentmore Village Green Plant Sale 12-5pm to be held on Mentmore Village Green. Barbeque, cake stall and refreshments will be available on the Green. Call Jonathan 07707 218 719 or Sue 01525 372757 Entrance £1 includes free prize draw (Children free)


Sat 3 MAY DAY FESTIVAL Dance around the May Pole and celebrate May Day at our annual fair. Fun for all the family with Morris Dancers, children’s entertainment, stalls and fair rides. Recommended parking located along Silbury Boulevard. Campbell Park Canalside 12pm – 5pm Free 4th and 5th, 17th Bedfordshire Classic Motor Show Hundreds of classic vehicles, in beautiful surroundings, including Saloons, Sports, American, Commercial, Military, Classic Motorcycles plus Kit, Custom, Replica, PLUS Club Displays. All pre-booked vehicles on display receive a commemorative brass plaque Concours takes place on the Bank Holiday

3rd-5th May 1st Flower Festival in 10.30-4pm Festival 10 years St Luke’s Church, Stoke Hammond daily 10.30am Sat 3rd May

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Official opening by The For the first time in many Rt. Hon John Bercow, decades the village will MP, Speaker of the host, Bishop Alan, The House of Commons Bishop of Buckingham, when the church will be Teas, Coffees, who will be taking a open for viewing and also and light lunches United Family Service a Plant and Craft Fair by will be available. visiting local crafts people. organists Admission by programme £2, children up to 14 free.

Monday Autojumble, Trade, General & Craft Stands Children’s Entertainment and reduced admission to house, gardens and park.Adults £8 Children £4 (4-16 years) Woburn Abbey Bedfordshire MK17 9WA 7th Family History Talk: A E Housman, A Shropshire Lad This talk by Julian Hunt covers the family history of the poet A E Housman and includes material from Lancashire, Leicestershire, Cambridge, London, Devon, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire; in fact, almost everywhere except Shropshire! The time period is from around 1750 to 1936. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Free; non-members of Buckinghamshire Family History Society are very welcome; a small donation will be appreciated. Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK2 2HB 25th Luton International Carnival 2014 With spectacular colourful costumes, music from around the globe, street entertainers and international food to tickle your taste buds, it will be a truly unmissable day. Put the date in your diary and get ready to enjoy a fantastic free family day out, a truly multicultural event, outstanding carnival arts and great entertainment! Please visit our website for more information: Free. Luton Town Centre Bedfordshire LU1 2LJ telephone: 01582 437100 24-26th Mentmore Arts Festival. 11am-5pm daily. £2 Adults includes catalogue, Under 16’s FREE. Refreshments available. www.mentmoreartsfestival. 07831 707023

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dated wooden sheds housing thousands of prisoners. It is reckoned that somewhere between 1.1 and 1.6 million killings took place at Auschwitz and Birkenau alone: some people think the actual number to be much higher. There are, however, those - some in this country - who claim the Holocaust never happened at all and that stories such as the above have been deliberately fabricated. I came away feeling completely sickened and wondering how the German people could ever sink so low knowing that some representatives of their country (the SS) carried out these atrocities. The everlasting tragedy is that the majority of the population simply turned a blind eye and condoned them. I asked our guide what was the reaction of German visitors to the lucky ones since those kept what they had seen. She (a Pole) back for slave labour were subject answered "the correct one" - an to bestial treatment at the hands enigmatic response. I also noticed of the SS guards (or their helpthe usual swarms of Japanese tourers - often other prisoners, or ists and wondered what they might Nazi sympathisers from the local think having had a similar history community), long hours of work, of dealing out atrocity themselves. cruel punishments (including No doubt younger Japanese floggings where 25 lashes was the have no knowledge of this ternorm), appalling accommodation, rible episode in their past since and very little (poor quality) food. it is suppressed and not taught in Some were subjected to barbaric their schools. But what do older medical "experiments" particularly privacy - and billets where prison- Japanese visitors think, ie those old designed for the German Luftenough to know the truth? waffe (Air Force) where the effects ers slept in bunks three deep and two or three persons per individual Being of this generation myself, upon the human body of long bunk. One thin, lice ridden, blan- I find it hard to forget - and even exposure to icy water and super more difficult to forgive - since ket was issued to each bunk. low atmospheric pressure were there are so many horrific pictures discovered: it was carefully noted There were scores of these bunks how long it took people to die on - hundreds of people - housed in a and snippets of information still in single wooden shed with a leaking my mind. I have two books dealing average under such conditions. roof and broken windows both of with Auschwitz and some of the Also experiments involving the which which let in rain and snow quotes, comments and accounts deliberate infection with malaria, typhus and spotted fever were con- so that some froze to death. It must are even more harrowing than the photographs themselves - they turn have been hell on earth. ducted alongside the study of the me inside out with the horror of effect of gas and phosphorus burns, Whereas the buildings at Ausit all. chwitz were brick built (being a attempts at bone transplants and It will take ages for the full story to mass sterilisation of women. Gen- former Polish army camp), each sink in - if it ever does - but I am billet at Birkenau was wooden erally speaking, those who were pleased that to have visited and exand originally meant to stable 50 not killed immediately survived perienced this place. I felt I owed it for three months - another ghastly horses. Eventually, there were to myself to go there. more than 300 of these delapistatistic. But some, miraculously, Upon arrival at Auschwitz, and after having travelled for days in unimaginably squalid conditions in cattle trucks, there was an immediate separation; first into male versus female and then into those fit enough to work - the considerable minority - and those not. These latter, ie pregnant women, women with children, the young, the old, the sick, the infirm, were immediately taken off to the gas chambers. These were, perhaps,


lived on to tell their horrific story to the world. After Auschwitz, we went the short distance to Birkenau. This was Auschwitz on a massive scale and was, essentially, nothing more than an extermination camp. We saw the toilet block - disgusting in its total lack of any semblance of

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A Superweek is our name for our unique residential adventure holiday. The holidays are designed to allow children age 8 to 14 to experience a week packed full of challenging activities and imaginative games. Some require team work, some require ingenuity and some just require being plain silly. Children have the chance to learn new skills, make new friends and hopefully try things that they might not normally have the chance to do.

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You might be able to take part in a huge Easter Egg Hunt across fields, through woods and over streams. There might even be an appearance from a certain floppy eared animal with a funny tail. We will play 325 games you have never, ever played before, go on expeditions, be set challenges and quests, have parties, toast marshmallows over the bonfire, play games in our sleeping bags by torchlight, have hot chocolate before bed, and 1001 other Easter activities and exciting things you haven’t done before.

The centre The Tythe Barn used to be apple farm. It is now has lots of comfortable dormitories hidden in different parts of the farm buildings and everything we need for a fantastic week. We will have 25 acres to play in and explore, and lots of different spaces for games and group activities. If this sounds like your sort of thing then hop along to to find out more.

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The Vine Magazine MK South Online April/May 2014  

The Vine Magazine, MK South edition, reaching the villages other magazines don't reach. What's On, articles, puzzles and local businesses

The Vine Magazine MK South Online April/May 2014  

The Vine Magazine, MK South edition, reaching the villages other magazines don't reach. What's On, articles, puzzles and local businesses