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HUMAN RIGHTS LECTURE 13 May, 6-7.30pm University of Southampton, University Rd, SO17 1BJ By Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK. Hosted jointly by the Southampton Amnesty International group and University of Southampton. Free. 02380 555824 amnestyssouthampton@ yahoo.co.uk CHARITY FASHION SHOW 14 May 7pm to 10.30pm Grande Cafe, 1 South Western House, SO14 3AS Catwalk shows of the latest fashion trends for 2015, cocktail reception with three course dinner and entertainment. Register early! Tickets £25 alanna. lee@uhs.nhs.uk or 02381 204713. (B) SOUTHAMPTON GERMAN BEER FEST 2015 15 & 16 May 2015 Guildhall, SO14 7LP Buzzing with live music, vocalist, steins of real German ale, sumptuous sausages and pretzels all served by traditionally dressed mädchens. £12 pp. www.beerfestuk.com 02380 768277 BIG BANG STUDY DAY 16 May, 10-4pm University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Highfield Road, SO17 1BF Bringing together historians

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Perks of the Job Hi, my name is Izzy Ewen and I’m Magazine Coordinator for Discover. Publishing your local magazine keeps me busy but I’m not complaining, I love it and admit to enjoying a few perks of my job.

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Firstly, as I research for the What’s On pages six weeks in advance I’ve become the team Entertainments Officer! I find out about all the fantastic events going on and tell Melanie and Tania. Last month Melanie and I went to a talk by Shaun Attword at Winchester University put on free by the Criminology Department which was quite eye opening (check out www.shaunattwood. co.uk!). Tania and her daughter enjoy local theatre so she booked tickets to see Tunnel of Love at Titchfield Festival Theatre. We also get the odd free ticket to gigs at The Brook in Portswood; a great place to see up and coming bands and tribute acts (www.thebrook.co.uk). Secondly, when I need a window fixed, carpets cleaned or blinds made I have an instant access to all our advertisers; over 350 of them now. We pledge to Support Local Independents so use our own advertisers first and foremost and we shop locally whenever possible. If you contact any of our advertisers please remember to tell them where they were “Discovered”.

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From Sweets to Suites! Partners in Dee Cee Upholstery and Interiors, Derek and Karen Caplen, set up their business in 1978 in a small corner shop in Church Street, Shirley which was once a sweet shop. At the time, Derek was elected to the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMU&SF) and was proud to become the youngest member in the country. Following on from this prestigious accolade and Derek’s long term commitment to the AMU&SF, he was elected to become a Fellow (F.A.M.U.) of the organisation (again the youngest to hold this position in the UK). With all this and more,

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Making a pest of themselves By Pippa Greenwood

They might be small but aphids - widely known as greenfly and blackfly - are one of the most common and widespread garden pests, with more than five hundred different species found in the United Kingdom alone. Greenfly and blackfly vary in colour, from green or black to grey, yellow, pink, brown or kaki. The majority are about 2mm long Most damage is done throughout spring and summer but there are aphids feeding somewhere pretty well throughout the year. In sheltered parts of your garden or in greenhouses and conservatories, some can be 8

found even during the cooler winter months. They can breed rapidly and this is often done asexually or without need of a male. For much of the year females are predominant and give birth to huge numbers of genetically identical offspring. The symptoms they cause include leaf yellowing or other brightly coloured discolouration, puckering, poor growth and stunting. The plant sap on which the aphids feed has an extremely high sugar content; in fact it is so sugary that the aphids cannot digest it all, so their excreta is very sticky and sugary. This is called ‘honeydew’ and you may have noticed it beneath aphidinfested plants. Because it is

so sugary, honeydew attracts harmless but unattractive black ‘sooty moulds’. On roses there are several species of aphid which may attack, often forming dense colonies on shoot tips, new leaf growth and flower buds. These aphids are mostly green, pinkish or yellowish in colour and up to 3mm long. If vegetables are more your thing then you may see the black bean aphid as it forms dense colonies especially at the shoot tips and beneath the leaves of broad beans in the spring. If you pinch out the aphid-encrusted shoot tips on beans the problem is often solved.


Another common one is the woolly aphid which attacks apple trees and is also often seen on ornamental Malus such as crab apples, pyracantha and cotoneaster. Colonies of the aphid covered with white, waxy, fluffy fibres develop on the bark, especially near pruning cuts on older stems, or on younger stems where they also cause swellings on the stem. It is pretty well impossible to garden without aphids causing some grief – the best

you can do is to reduce their numbers. Encouraging naturally occurring predators such as blue tits, ladybirds, hoverflies and lacewings will all help. In some situations it is also worth introducing biological controls and these work especially well in an enclosed area such as a greenhouse or conservatory. Aphid predators such as the larva of the midge Aphidoletes and even ladybirds, can all be purchased, as can the tiny parasitic wasp Aphidius. Ladybirds (available from my website, www.pippagreenwood. com) are perfect for using on aphid outbreaks anywhere in the garden from pots and borders to hanging baskets and hedges. The great thing with these is that, once established they will start to breed and add to the natural ladybird population. There are a number of different chemicals (including organic

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Top 5 Eco Cars By James Baggott

As the costs to run our beloved petrol- and diesel-powered cars increase, it’s no wonder we’re all on the hunt for an alternative solution. With electric and hybrid powertrains driving some of the industry’s most esteemed

supercars – the new Honda NSX and BMW i8 – it would appear that there is another way forward. But if eco is at the forefront of your mind, which car should you have on your driveway? Here are our choices.

BMW i3

BMW’s futuristic i3 is one of just a few cars that has revolutionised the way we view the future of motoring. Not only does it combine eco-friendly driving with premium qualities, it can also reach 93mph, can go from 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds and has a driving range of 106 miles, thanks to its on-board petrol motor, which works alongside a 127kW electric unit. Sadly, its £29,130 price means we don’t see many of them on the road.

Ford Fiesta

The Fiesta is the best selling car on the market – and not without good reason. Although it’s not labelled an official ‘eco’ car, its low running costs make it the ideal cost-effective solution for most buyers. Choose the 1.4-litre TDCi, priced from £13,065, and you can expect an average mileage of 68mpg and emissions of 107g/km.

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 completes the ‘Thee Musketeers’ line-up, alongside the Mini and VW Beetle, as one of today’s most stylish cars. Running a 1.2-litre engine, the 500 TwinAir can achieve 49.6 urban mpg and dodges road tax by emitting just 95g/km of CO2. The TwinAir is priced from £12,715 and is the perfect city run around.

Volkswagen E-Up!

The E-Up! is one of the most practical and reasonably-priced electric cars on the market, with five doors and an estimated driving range of 93 miles. It takes six hours to recharge and has a comfortable top speed of 81mph. The price isn’t so attractive at £19,525, but this electric motor is close to feeling more like the average supermini.

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Renault’s Twizy is just as fun as it looks. It may be the slowest of the pack, with a top speed of just 56mph, but it’s guaranteed to provide you with the most entertainment. Priced at £7,795, its 15kW battery takes four hours to charge, it has a driving range of 62 miles and emits zero emissions. And just look at its styling! 20



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Keeping Plaque at Bay: Brush often. Brush at least twice a day after meals, but not more than three times daily; it may do more harm than good. • Follow a teeth-friendly diet. Acidic drinks and foods (e.g. citrus fruit, pure fruit juices) and sugary products are major tooth-damage culprits, as are fizzy drinks – even diet versions contain high phosphate levels that damage teeth. Reduce the risk by saving them for meal times and using a straw, or make healthier fizzy drinks by combining sparkling water and sugar-free squash. Don’t chew the ice cubes either (see ‘respect your teeth’ below). Carbohydrates can damage teeth too, so think •

twice before tucking into pizza or crisps. Remember: Prevention is better than Cure, so: • Find a dentist you’re happy with. While location is important, it may be worth travelling further to find a dentist you trust. The NHS website lists dentists in your area and indicates which accept NHS patients: http://www.nhs. uk/Service-Search/Dentist/ LocationSearch/3. Private dentists often offer payment plans, but ensure you’re clear about what’s included. Check opening hours suit you, read testimonials and ask friends and family for recommendations too. It’s also worth checking their credentials and what other services they offer, such as implants, cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics. The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and social care in England, and their reports on dentists can be found here:


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tooth damage. Respect your teeth. Using them as bottle openers or scissors can cause tiny cracks that may be invisible now, but could cause decay or splintering later. Get things straight. Crooked or overlapping teeth can make good oral hygiene difficult, and some braces are now invisible. Ask your dentist for advice.

Give up smoking. Smoking stains teeth and reduces blood flow in the gums, making smokers more prone to gum disease and tooth loss.

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Short Story By Jackie Brewster

Boat Number Six Barney secured the last of the pedalos, and gazed with satisfaction out over the boating lake. The ducks were returning to Smuggler’s Island and the water was as still as a tea tray. After four years as first mate, Barney had finally been trusted to take charge. This morning, Mr Vaughn, better known as Captain, handed over the cash tin. Muttering something about a trial run, possible partnership and avoid using boat number six, he’d staggered off for an all day meeting at the Dolphin. And what a busy day it had been. The late morning sun had scorched off the clouds and by midday a queue of holiday makers had stretched along the jetty. All he had to do now was lock the shed. He opened the door and noticed two flowery beach bags hanging on the peg. Barney’s heart sank. Customers 30

must have given them to him to take care of, and he’d neglected to return them. Captain would grumble, but it might be overlooked considering the weight of the cash tin. He then remembered the customers. How could he forget them? With supreme lack of coordination, and fits of giggles, that pair of elderly ladies had climbed aboard their pedalo. He was amazed they didn’t get a dipping. Following that fiasco, they had pedalled around in circles singing ‘We are sailing’ before eventually disappearing around the side of Smuggler’s Island. He also remembered that he had put them in boat number six.

Barney studied the pedalos sitting calmly on the darkening water. As instructed he had lined them up numerically. There was boat number five, and next to it boat number seven. Boat number six was not in position. He quickly counted the boats, and counted them again. He counted them slowly just to be certain. Boat number six was missing.

A canary yellow two-seater pedalo, boat number six had been patched up more times than he’d had chip suppers. Captain had retired her at the end of last season. But Barney had wanted impressive takings and that meant putting every vessel to work.

He glanced at his watch. He was expected in the Dolphin in ten minutes, but there was still time. He un-tethered a little rowing boat. With determined strokes he rowed out onto the lake. The ducks quacked with annoyance. The water was worryingly still. Then he heard a sound like a rusty saw. Backwards and forwards it

With a curious feeling of dread

On his first day in charge not only had Barney lost a vessel, he had also lost its crew. He dreaded the thought of a humiliating all night lake dredging. It was deep in places, but just how deep Barney had hoped never to find out.

went, slowly, deliberately, like someone lazily sawing wood for the fire. It appeared to be coming from the bulrushes along the banks of Smugglers Island. He peered into the reeds and saw a flash of yellow. It had to be boat number six, but where was its crew? “Ahoy there!” Barney called nervously. The sawing ended abruptly. “Is anyone aboard?” “Hello?” a shaky voice replied, “wake up Gert, we must have nodded off”. In the shadows the ladies rubbed their eyes and began to stand. “I don’t want to alarm you but you’re in a pedalo”, Barney called. “I’d advise you to sit tight”. It was with great relief that Barney towed boat number six home on her final ever voyage. All the while the ladies serenaded him with ‘We are sailing’ in booming carefree voices. Barney smiled, and joined in with the chorus.


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Saving for Children – What are the Best Options? By Ann Haldon

Children’s savings accounts provide a great way to build a nest egg for later life, perhaps for driving lessons or to fund a gap year, and are a good way to introduce the subject of money management. We look at three savings options below that could be ideal for your child. These are products that incorporate a range of features and benefits, including tax-free status, instant access, and longer savings terms. So let’s start with a product that was first introduced in 2011: Junior ISAs Junior ISAs are available to children under the age of 18 who don’t already have a Child Trust Fund. New legislation has recently been introduced to allow the transfer of monies from a Child Trust Fund into a Junior ISA, however, and this is due to take effect from April 2015. The contribution limit for a Junior ISA is £4,000 for the 2014-15 tax year, and there are two types of account available: •


Cash Junior ISA: offering tax-free interest and instant access Stocks and Shares Junior ISA: cash is invested in stocks and shares, with no tax paid on dividends or capital growth

Children are entitled to open one of each of these accounts, and although parents or guardians can open and manage them, the money belongs to the child. Withdrawals by children are not allowed until they turn 18, but they can manage their own accounts when they reach 16 years of age. The Junior ISA will be in the child’s name, but parents and guardians opening the account are the ‘registered contacts’ as far as the bank or building society is concerned. NS&I Children’s Bonds These are tax-free investments that run for a 5-year term. They can be purchased by a parent, guardian, grandparent or great grandparent on behalf of a child, and each ‘issue’ has its own guaranteed rate of interest which is paid at the end of the term. The minimum investment amount for these Bonds is £25, with £3,000 being the maximum amount allowed per issue. Interest is calculated daily and added to the account each year, so that the child also benefits from compound interest. Children’s savings accounts These types of account can be opened with as little as £1, with most bank and building

societies offering at least one savings account for children. In most cases money can be withdrawn with no notice. Once a child reaches the age of seven they may be able to manage the account themselves, which is a great way for them to learn how to deal with their money. There are two different types of children’s savings accounts, and you can open more than one: Easy access: the interest rate will probably be lower with an easy or instant access account, but money can be withdrawn or deposited with no restrictions. These accounts are popular with children as many of them offer free gifts, including piggy banks and toys. Regular savings: interest rates will be slightly higher for this type of account, but money is not accessible and you need to make regular monthly deposits into the account. If any payments are missed you may suffer a reduction of interest. Which savings account you choose for your child depends on your own circumstances. The Junior ISA has proven to be very popular, and the new legislation regarding transfer of monies from a Child Trust Fund to a Junior ISA opens up the product to more people.


Should I start my business from scratch or buy an existing one? Investing in a “going concern” brings the security of trading history, established customers, suppliers and staff who already have relationships with your customers. On the downside, you have to pay for it. While starting a business from scratch gives the owner a completely blank canvass, there are significant hidden start-up costs not to mention a high degree of risk. Found empty premises of the right size, location, rent and lease terms? Are the premises approved for your intended use? All commercial premises are classified by your local authority’s Planning Department and planning consent will be needed if you want to change the current permitted use. The application process will take at least 8 weeks and you will have to pay £385 just to find out if your proposed use will be permitted. As a rough guide, florist shops, hairdressers and sandwich bars are classified as A1. Restaurants, snack bars and cafés selling hot food for consumption on the premises are A3. Hot food take-aways such as Fish & Chip shops, pizza and burger bars are A5. Will your premises need new flooring, lighting and heating? Have you sourced and worked out the cost of all the essential equipment? There are strict Health & Safety laws protecting staff and customers - non-slip floors, hand wash stations, disabled access and staff rest 36

rooms, for example. Your business plan will identify how long it takes to hit the monthly sales and profit targets needed to cover your monthly rent, rates, insurance, utilities and staff wages. Don’t forget that on top of these fixed monthly costs there is also the question of risk. What guarantee is there that your customers will support your new business within your estimated time scale?

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By now your gardens and baskets must be coming alive with the fruits and flowers of your efforts earlier this year. So why not show it off and enter this year’s Southampton in Bloom Competition? There are lots of categories to enter, for example a hanging basket or container, a balcony, or maybe you live in sheltered accommodation. You can also enter your front or back garden and if you’ve not entered either before there is a special First Time Entry category so you will be in the same league as other first timers! There’s a category for everyone even one for the Under 16s. All of the entrants are amateur gardeners and are just like you.


You can find Southampton in Bloom team at The Gardener’s Fayre, Wide Lane, Swaythling, on Sunday 31st May so why not come down and get a few tips on judging criteria.

You can collect an Entry Form from Mayfield Nurseries in Weston Lane or call: 0758 567 7866 sotoninbloom@gmail.com or www.southamptoninbloom.co.uk

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SOUTHAMPTON KENDO CLUB Meets Mondays 8-10pm Redbridge Community School, Cuckmere Lane A hard training and friendly environment to practice Kendo. The club has a diverse membership with a wide range of ages Kendo may be safely practised by men and women of all ages. Currently we are only able to take students over 18. www.southamptonkendo.co.uk SOUTHAMPTON CITY JUDO CLUB Tuesday 8-10pm and Sunday 3-5pm The main hall at St. Marys Leisure Centre (Off the Jurys Inn roundabout) in Southampton They teach and train people to participate in the Olympic Sport of Judo. All ages and adult beginners. Matt fees are £3 per session. lw@judocoach.com 07787 565233

Esso Club, Holbury SO45 2PA £2.50. High energy fitness that offers exercise & fun! Increase focus and self-confidence, boost metabolism and improve co-ordination. 07903115207 nickysnowden01@gmail.com SOLENT KITE FLYERS 44 Bellemoor Road, Shirley, Southampton SO15 7QU A club created to serve the interests of all kite makers and flyers of any age or ability, of any kite type or flying style. Ring for times and more information. 02380 770788 secretary@solentkiteflyers.co.uk NUFFIELD DRAMA CLUB Saturdays from 9:30am and Wednesdays from 4pm Nuffield Theatre, Southampton SO17 1TR In games, exercises and drama activities led by theatre professionals, Drama Club is the perfect introduction to theatre for 5 - 13 year olds, who want to develop their skills, build self-confidence or just have fun! Over 13? Check out Nuffield Youth Theatre for 13-21 year olds. 02380 315500 youth@nuffieldtheatre.co.uk ZUMBATOMIC FOR CHILDREN AGED 7-11 Tuesdays (term time) Foundry Lane Primary School, Shirley SO15 3JT Fridays (term time) 4:15-5:15pm

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Care home conundrum: responding to a relative’s complaints By Kate McLelland It’s often hard to know what to do when someone who may be suffering from mild dementia or confusion complains about a care issue. Should you take their concern seriously or just put it down to their age and mental condition? Better safe than sorry Moira Wilson from Cumbria was worried when her elderly aunt kept insisting that a young male, carer – Jack - was bothering her. “The home had a good reputation so I didn’t like to complain,” says Moira. “But to my great relief the manager told me that they had no male carers currently working there.” Moira’s decision to check out her aunt’s complaint – no matter how far-fetched it sounded – was undoubtedly the right course of action. Confusion in elderly people can lead them to make false accusations but the same confusion also makes it easy for care workers to get away with poor standards of care and sometimes, actual abuse. 42

Sending out a signal My mother – who is almost blind and has limited mobility – gets help with showering twice a week at her nursing home. When, on a number of occasions, she told me that she hadn’t been washed “Because the shower isn’t working”, I began to be suspicious. On some days it mysteriously refused to work, particularly when a certain carer was on duty. All it took was a friendly email followed by a brief chat with the manager to sort out the problem. Sometimes the very act of making an enquiry can signal to staff who are not pulling their weight that their actions are being monitored. New legislation to combat abuse Recently new legislation has been introduced in response to the Mid-Staffs and Winterbourne View abuse cases. The Care Act 2014 comes into force in two stages, between April 2015 and April 2016, providing a new statutory basis for safeguarding vulnerable adults and making it easier to prosecute managers who have allowed an abusive culture to exist in their organisations.

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the Diocletian’s Palace, set within the centre of Split itself. Climb the Bell Tower for breathtaking views of the city and surrounding landscape of mountains, islands and rooftops.


Okrug Gornji beach, Ciovo. From sunrise to sunset hire a sunbed for the day and be served drinks while you soak up the sun.

Historical town of Trogir; this World Heritage Unesco site has hardly changed in hundreds of years. Wind your way round the narrow, cobbled streets, wine and dine under the palms of the “riva” in view of the super yachts berthed nearby.




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From dolphin watching to spearfishing, bike tours and island hops to Hvar; excursions all start from Trogir so take your pick. Cocktails at Laganini Beach Club. Spend the day here on a double sunbed, treat yourself to a massage followed by lunch cooked on the grill and exotic cocktails served all day ...heaven.


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Ride the Cetina River in many ways; by raft, canoe, kayak or just in a wetsuit and drift downstream. For the more daring abseil the last 100ft drop!


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