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Contents What Break Your happened Bad Beauty Habits in January… 1962

By Helen Taylor

BadBreaking Beauty Habit 1 Local Living Bad p6 Habits p8 By Patrick D Cousins Beauty Neil Sedaka - The Best Solution selling single It’s the start of another new year, which means that there has never been a better time to leave your bad beauty habits in the past. If you are guilty of any of our top 5, then you will need to act fast to break them in time for 2014.

Never - no matter how tired you are - go to bed with any trace of make-up still on your face.

to your tresses that could result in split ends, dried-out lengths and tired, dull-looking locks.

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‘Happy Sixteen’ Try Sweet a new style - maybe sweep Mascara that hasn’t been Birthday your hair up, or use hair removed will quickly dry-out your accessories to attain a different eyelashes, making them brittle look. Find the right products and weak. Last night’s foundation to cater to your needs; if you will clog your pores, leaving you want straight lengths then use a prone to nasty break-outs. specially formulated straightening The Solution shampoo and conditioner.

On 1st January 1962 The Beatles, comprising John Lennon, Paul Establish aMcCartney, cleansing routine Pete Best and George You don’t have to say goodbye Make cleansing your face a top to your much-loved heat styler priority. Dedicate 15 minutes in Harrison, arrived at Decca’s altogether. Instead, you should the evening to your skin: cleanse, ensure that you use it more tone, moisturise and apply office your London for an audition. sparingly and don’t forget to face and eye creams. spritz your hair with a good They were a day late after their Always keep a pack of cleansing quality heat protecting product wipes next to your bed, so that road manager,first. Neil Aspinall, lost if you do return home after a big Beauty Habit 3 night out and skip way. the routine, his They Bad performed fifteen Using make-up that is past its you can still attempt to remove some of your make-up. in just under best songs an hour, Some plead ignorance, others say Bad Beauty Habit 2 can’t let go, but whatever starting with atheyLennon/McCartney Using heat stylers excuse you have for not throwing on your hair ancientDreamers mascara away won’t composition –that Like Do. cut it when you hear the truth everyday Decca eventually rejected the about out-of-date make-up. If you straighten, curl or blow dry Although your‘The cosmetics look commenting: Beatles your hair every Petrol was about 23p a gallon group, innocent enough, after being day you will be they offer business.’ a perfect have nodamage futureopened in show causing

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Nelson Mandela secretly left South Africa for the first time, touring Europe for six months. On his return, the future president was arrested and charged with leaving the country illegally. He was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison.

15th The Meteorological Office started giving the temperature in centigrade after mentioning Fahrenheit temperatures. By October it was the other way round.

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26th The US launched Ranger 3 with the aim of sending back images of the lunar surface. Unfortunately it missed the moon by 22,000 miles and went into orbit around the sun (and you thought your satnav was bad). It did, however, provide the first measurements of interplanetary gamma-ray flux.

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Without any record of the time passing, it’s nearly impossible to look back and say “what a good time we had” or “wasn’t that a great achievement” or even “that was a mistake, I won’t be doing that again”. Yes I can remember highlights of holidays but often it’s the smallest things that make for the best memories. Even remembering a nice meal out makes me feel happy.

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Not Hunger Games, War Games! The Wessex Wargames Society is a long established wargame club covering all aspects and periods of wargaming in various figure and model scales, as well as boardgames. Their next meeting is 18 January, 1pm-6pm. Held every other Saturday, Colbury Memorial Hall, Hunters Hill, Ashurst. www. wessexwargamessociety.co.uk or turn up for a fight!

Local Artist Exhibition Take a step in to the weird and wonderful world of local artist Sam Pierpoint. Explore the colourful dreamlike landscapes, pattern chaos and quirky animals in her new paper creations made especially for this exhibition. Until 25 January at Southampton City Art Gallery, Civic Centre.

Adult Scratch Wind Band Class Own an instrument that hasn’t seen daylight for a while? Like the idea of brushing up your playing in a wind band? All playing levels including ‘rusty’ players are welcome to join the Scratch Wind Band. Open to woodwind, percussion & brass players of all playing levels, aged 18+. Cantell School, Violet Road, Bassett £5 for the session 1.30-4pm 8th February. Enquiries: 023 8083 3635

Free Giveway and Discover Southampton Find answers to clues and match pictures whilst reading stories about this fabulous maritime city – you’re guaranteed to spot things you’ve never noticed before. The two walks can be enjoyed separately or joined together to form one longer walk – depending on available time and energy! Walks are suitable for all ages and abilities and typically take 1-2 hours each to complete. Discover has 10 “Curious About Southampton” Booklets to give away – worth £3.99 ea. Available on a first come, first serve basis – visit www.discovercommunity.co.uk and enter online!

Take to the Stage with Rock Club Rock Club is offering a five week course for young musicians who want to play in a band and perform at their own gigs. Every Wednesday night, they rehearse at The Academy of Music and Sound with their new band before taking to the stage at one of Southampton’s Live Music Venues. Each week, they’ll be coached by a local professional musician to perfect their sound and their performance. For ages 8+. Course costs £49 for five weeks. Tel: 02380 829666


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Calling Female Footie Fans Southampton Women’s Football Club is looking for new players – are up for it? SWFC is made up of two teams, competing in the Southern Region Premier League and Hampshire divisions. Whether experienced or not, turn up for a trial at North Baddesley Recreation Ground, Sandy Lane SO52 9EP. For info Call 07966599046 or email lsu03@hotmail.com.

Is the next TeenStar a Discover reader? The exciting, new music competition offers teenagers and pre-teens from all around the UK the fantastic opportunity to launch their singing careerFuture Music, the organisers behind the hugely successful Open Mic UK competition and bringing us such acts as Birdy, Lucy Spraggan and Jahmene Douglas to light is behind TeenStar. If you are 19 or under and think you could be crowned the UK’s best teen singer, duo, vocal group or rapper enter to win! Southampton and Portsmouth auditions on 16 February at Ferneham Hall, Fareham. To register online www. teenstarcompetition.co.uk.

Social Club Friends Unlimited is Southampton’s Premier Dance and Social Group, now in it’s 14th Year. It has evolved into an active group for singles or couples the mature side of 40, wanting to make new social contacts. In addition to regular dances, arranged walks, lunches, theatre trips and lots more a cruise has been arranged in October on the Independence of the Seas. To find out more, call

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Break Your Bad Beauty Habits By Helen Taylor It’s the start of another new year, which means that there has never been a better time to leave your bad beauty habits in the past. If you are guilty of any of our top 5, then you will need to act fast to break them in time for 2014.

Bad Beauty Habit 1 Sleeping with your make-up on Never - no matter how tired you are - go to bed with any trace of make-up still on your face. Mascara that hasn’t been removed will quickly dry-out your eyelashes, making them brittle and weak. Last night’s foundation will clog your pores, leaving you prone to nasty break-outs.

The Solution Establish a cleansing routine Make cleansing your face a top priority. Dedicate 15 minutes in the evening to your skin: cleanse, tone, moisturise and apply your face and eye creams. Always keep a pack of cleansing wipes next to your bed, so that if you do return home after a big night out and skip the routine, you can still attempt to remove some of your make-up.

Bad Beauty Habit 2 Using heat stylers on your hair everyday If you straighten, curl or blow dry your hair every day you will be causing damage

to your tresses that could result in split ends, dried-out lengths and tired, dull-looking locks.

The Solution Try something new Try a new style - maybe sweep your hair up, or use hair accessories to attain a different look. Find the right products to cater to your needs; if you want straight lengths then use a specially formulated straightening shampoo and conditioner. You don’t have to say goodbye to your much-loved heat styler altogether. Instead, you should ensure that you use it more sparingly and don’t forget to spritz your hair with a good quality heat protecting product first.

Bad Beauty Habit 3 Using make-up that is past its best Some plead ignorance, others say they can’t let go, but whatever excuse you have for not throwing that ancient mascara away won’t cut it when you hear the truth about out-of-date make-up. Although your cosmetics look innocent enough, after being opened they offer a perfect


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breeding ground for bacteria. And over time, if you don’t keep a careful eye on your products, you can end up suffering from some seriously nasty eye infections, skin irritations and blemishes.

The Solution Regularly clear-out your makeup bag Mascaras, liquid eyeliners and lip glosses should be thrown away every 3 or 4 months. Foundation is ok for around 12 months, as are lipsticks and eyeshadows.

Bad Beauty Habit 4 Stuck in a make-up rut You’ve been applying your make-up in the same way for as long as you can remember. You haven’t updated the colour of your cosmetics for many years and you’ll only ever buy certain products.

It sounds like you’re stuck in a make-up rut.

their most important facial features.

The Solution

Eyebrows serve as a frame for your eyes and by creating the right shape you can instantly lift your face, draw attention to your eyes and look altogether younger and more beautiful.

Seek a professional opinion The easiest way to break this bad beauty habit is to seek some professional help. Visit any one of the top beauty counters in your favourite department store and ask for a make-over. Most consultants will be more than happy to help you find a new look and often this service is completely free, although you will most likely be encouraged to try some of their latest products.

Bad Beauty Habit 5 Overlooking your eyebrows Over-plucked brows are as bad as over-grown brows; many women make mistakes when it comes to one of

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What happened in January… 1962 By Patrick D Cousins

Petrol was about 23p a gallon and the average price of a house was £2,900

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On 1st January 1962 The Beatles, comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Pete Best and George Harrison, arrived at Decca’s London office for an audition. They were a day late after their road manager, Neil Aspinall, lost his way. They performed fifteen songs in just under an hour, starting with a Lennon/McCartney composition – Like Dreamers Do. Decca eventually rejected the group, commenting: ‘The Beatles have no future in show business.’

7th The UK was blanketed in snow, with temperatures in Oxfordshire plummeting to minus 18° centigrade.

the vessel. Captain Begeba, who was making an external inspection of the submarine at the time, survived but the rest of the crew drowned as it sank to the bottom of the Borents Sea. The blast also killed men on nearby ships and docksides; 122 people perished. The explosion hurled the submarine’s anchor over a mile. Nelson Mandela secretly left South Africa for the first time, touring Europe for six months. On his return, the future president was arrested and charged with leaving the country illegally. He was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison.

10th An avalanche on Mount

15th The Meteorological Office started giving the temperature in centigrade after mentioning Fahrenheit temperatures. By October it was the other way round.

Huascaran in Peru killed 4,000 people.

26th The US launched Ranger

8th An express train heading for Amsterdam collided with a commuter train from Rotterdam in thick fog, killing 91 people.

11th The Soviet submarine Patrick D Cousins is the author of Rainbows, Dreams and Angels, available from Amazon at £6.99. This a double novella with both stories set in London’s East End, mostly during the Fifties and Sixties.

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B-37 was moored at Polyarny naval base, undergoing maintenance, just nine days before it was due to be sent to Cuba. At 8:20am a fire in the torpedo compartment detonated all twelve torpedoes, destroying

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SHORT STORY

Scrabble with the Drabbles Melanie had arrived at the hotel in Lanzarote exhausted but excited, then received a glowing welcome from a handsome young Receptionist, with the name ‘Angel’ on his badge. Her family had thought her decision to holiday alone was crazy, but Melanie wanted, just once in her life, to do something reckless. If the hotel guests are as nice as Angel, she’d thought, this holiday is going to be perfect. After exploring the hotel complex, however, she’d slumped into a state of dismay. She discovered the island was having its wettest January for thirty years, and she had booked herself into an out-of-season resort with a crowd of Bingo-loving pensioners. This was not going to be the big adventure she’d hoped it would be. It was dull, but bearable, until she met Dennis and June Drabble. Dennis swooped upon her like a clammy vulture declaring his intention to take her under his wing. He had a fondness for his own awful opinions. And June was kidding herself that wearing massive sunglasses concealed the fact that she was constantly lusting after Fario, the overweight lifeguard with one eyebrow. The Drabbles wouldn’t leave her alone. So far Melanie had shared an evening of Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Cluedo with them in the hotel lounge. Dennis was the type of person who sulked whenever it looked like he might not win. June glugged back allinclusive gin until her sunglasses

steamed up. All day Melanie had been dreading their threat of Scrabble, so tonight she decided to rebel. When the coast was clear she tiptoed into the lobby and asked Angel to call her a taxi. “Where are you going, Miss?” he asked politely as he picked up the phone. Melanie shrugged. “A bar? Somewhere lively? I need to get out of here.” He glanced towards the lounge, looked back at her sympathetically and winked. “I know the perfect place: good food, great music, young people.” Melanie smiled with gratitude. “That sounds absolutely perfect.” Across the lobby Melanie caught sight of the Drabbles parading through to the lounge. She ducked down behind a potted palm but was too late; they had spotted her. “Ready for Scrabble, Missy?” Dennis rattled the scrabble box in her face just as Angel announced, “Your taxi will arrive in five minutes.” A look of supreme offence crossed Dennis’s face. “You’re not going out?” It sounded more like a statement than a question. “I am actually,” Melanie gulped. “I’m going to a bar”. “On your own? Surely that isn’t safe?” “No,” Melanie lied. ”I’m meeting someone.” “Not Fario?” croaked June. “He’s

a terrible gigolo I hear.” “We should come with you,” Dennis said glancing at his watch as though this was all very inconvenient. “I’ll need to find my wallet”. “Oh no,” Melanie said quickly. The last thing she wanted was the Drabbles chaperoning her on an imaginary date. “I would hate to spoil your evening.” “It would seem it is already spoilt,” Dennis said tossing the scrabble box onto the desk. “What the young lady means,” Angel intervened, “is that she will be in perfectly safe hands and delivered back to the hotel in one piece - by me.” With authority, he ushered them towards the lounge. “Thank you,” Melanie said, once the Drabbles had gone. “Honestly though, you didn’t have to lie on my behalf.” “My shift has just finished and I would love to show you my beautiful island,” he smiled shyly. “Unless you’d prefer Scrabble.” The taxi pulled up outside. The rain had stopped and a warm breeze blew in that smelled of sea mist, adventure and, possibly, romance. By Jackie Brewster


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PET PORTRAIT WINNER The ipet portraits competition we ran in November was incredibly popular and we had hundreds of lovely pet pictures sent it. The ipet portrait comptetition was won by Debbie from Highclere Road, Southampton. Here’s the result created by artist Sue McLachlan.

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Southampton over-50s Star in Saucy Calendar “You’re as old as you feel!” That’s what the members of The Horrill Centre in Dibden, Southampton believe as its over-50s launch a saucy calendar full of surprises. The Wellbeing Centre, run by Age Concern Hampshire is visited by over 300 members a week who enjoy a range of activities including laughter yoga, belly dancing and Nordic walking.  Enlisting the help of local photographer Brian Pain, the team set about recruiting volunteers for cheeky and humorous poses that summed up life at The Horrill Centre. Photographer Brian Pain said: “I was amazed by the enthusiasm shown by everyone involved. From ladies in hot pants, showing their stocking tops, to a lady taking a bubble bath, surrounded by tealights, everyone threw themselves into the project.  When I was shooting the laughter yoga group photo, everyone, including me, was laughing so much that I struggled to keep the camera steady!” The calendar costs £6, with all proceeds going to Age Concern Hampshire. To buy a copy or to find out more about activities at The Horrill Centre, call 023 8087 7880. Fancy a Saucy Calendar? Discover has 5 of these calendars to give away so ring the Competition line 0n 023 8026 8676 and quote CALENDAR with your name, address, postcode and email address if you have one. First come first served.

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10,000 Reasons to Cheer Staff at the landmark Balmer Lawn hotel have got 10,000 reasons to be toasting an amazing fundraising effort for conservation work in the New Forest. The Balmer Lawn Hotel, on the outskirts of Brockenhurst, has raised £10,000 for the New Forest Trust – and they have done it £1 at a time. Chris and Alison Wilson, who own and run the Balmer Lawn Hotel, encouraged guests to pay an extra £1 on their bills to “lovetheforest” – the conservation fund run by the New Forest Trust (www. lovetheforest.org.uk). Since starting in 2010 only one person has objected to having the £1 added to their bill. There’s always one, isn’t there? Well done, Balmer Lawn Hotel!

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Wake up with Jez & Lou Since taking the reins of The Breeze’s breakfast show Jez and Lou have been waking up thousands of households across the south coast. They’d be the first to agree that they’ve hit the ground running - literally! “Right after joining, the station bosses asked us to tour the area in an electric car, meeting many listeners along the way - a fantastic way of re-acquainting myself with the area,” says Jez, who presented high-profile shows in this area before. The duo have also hosted some of the region’s biggest festive events. “We’ve counted down to fireworks, bonfires and Christmas light switch-ons,” says Lou, a new recruit to the station. “We’ve had so many

great prizes to give away on air recently – it’s been really festive!” Jez and Lou broadcast their show Monday to Friday from 6am to 10am – playing feel good music with local travel and news. Their ‘Word Is Out’ competition at 8.10am is proving very popular. Listeners guess the missing celebrity word to win the ever growing cash jackpot. “It’s amazing,” says Jez, “sometimes I think the clip will go for ages and win somebody thousands of pounds – and it goes within a fortnight. Other times, it’s the complete opposite!”

Jez lives locally with his family, and Lou, having recently moved to the area, is enjoying exploring the region. “There’s just so much on offer,” she says “a night out, a yoga class, a relaxed lunch or a quick trip to the beach – it’s all here.” And what’s the worst thing about presenting the breakfast show? “Definitely the dark mornings at this time of year,” says Jez, “I can’t wait for Spring.”


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Gadgets that give you a handle on your health A gadget a day keeps the doctor away: according to a recent survey, one-third of people believe that using health and fitness gadgets have made them healthier and reduced the number of times they’ve needed to visit the doctor.

Health and fitness gadgets are big business, whether it’s trendy fitness trackers such as the Nike FuelBand (£129) and the Fitbit Force (pricing tbc, but likely to be similar) or more serious devices such as blood glucose meters and body composition analysers. As tech becomes smarter, smaller and cheaper, DIY health monitoring has never been easier or more affordable. Diabetics need to monitor their glucose levels regularly, and there are lots of gadgets designed to help, such as the Lifescan One Touch UltraMini (around £33) and the Bayer Contour NEXT USB (£29.99). Both devices enable you to analyse your blood glucose levels and can store the results - 50 in the case of the UltraMini and 2,000 with the Contour NEXT. The latter device can also plug into your computer to create easy-to-understand charts and tables to help you spot patterns. That’s not all you can monitor. A trip to Maplin

or Amazon uncovers all kinds of health monitoring gadgets, including blood pressure monitors that can upload data to your PC (around £39), finger pulse oximeters (£27) and fully digital heart rate monitors (around £29), and you can also buy bathroom scales that analyse your body composition: for around £30 you can pick up scales that can tell you not just how heavy or light you are, but what your BMI (Body Mass Index) is and what percentage of your body is made of fat. Scales such as the Omron BF508 also have a guest mode, so visitors won’t see your vital statistics. Using health monitors has become something of a craze, and it even has a name: Quantified Self, or QS for short. Devotees use gadgets to monitor


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Now that January is here it’s a perfect time to start sowing seeds in trays and pots. But how do you make sure that yours germinate and produce seedlings and then plants which thrive and grow well? A shopping list for first time sowers should be: • Good quality seed and cuttings compost. • Some seed half-trays, which are about 5” x 8”. • A heated propagator, a clear propagator lid to go over the trays or a small unheated propagator. • A dibber to make it easy to transplant the seedlings into a new home. • Some small pots into which you can transplant the seedlings. If you buy seed and cuttings compost it’s rarely necessary to sieve it as it has a very fine and even texture. However, if you’re using multi-purpose compost, you’ll need to either break up any lumps carefully with your hands or sieve it. Depending on the types of seeds you have chosen, you will need to sow them at different depths. Some seeds are tiny

and are best scattered over the surface. Other seeds are best sown in drills. Once they are in place, in most cases you need to cover them with compost to the required depth. However others germinate best if allowed access to daylight and should be sown on the surface. With these it’s advisable to cover the surface of the tray with cling film to stop it drying out too rapidly. I like to put the seeds in place and then moisten the compost. Place the seed trays in a sink or tray containing about 1cm of water and allow the compost to soak up the water. Once the compost is just moist you should stand the trays in a position where any excess water can drain off. Then, if necessary, put the trays in a heated propagator. When it comes to watering the seeds, use mains water as water butts may harbour some of the disease-causing organisms which cause damping off, the fatal condition where the seedlings appear to suddenly flop and keel over. Always watch the seed trays carefully and check them regularly to ensure that the compost is adequately moist. Once the majority of the seedlings have appeared, it’s usually not long before you need to prick them out. Generally this

is carried out when the first true leaves appear. When the seedling first comes above ground you will see the ‘seed leaves’ which are relatively sturdy looking and rounded in shape. Then above this come the first true leaves which are typical of that particular plant. When pricking out, handle the seedlings very carefully, never by their stems or true leaves, but always by the seed leaves. Before you start to ease them out, make sure that the compost is adequately moist, so that the roots move readily without damage and that you have already prepared pots for transfer. To avoid rotting, always transplant seedlings so that they are at the same depth as they were in the seed tray. If you find that your seedlings have become rather leggy and drawn, this is usually because they’re not receiving enough natural light; move the trays onto a south or west facing windowsill.


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and historian, Philip Hoare. Additional Tower Tour available. Talk:1.30pm, £5 pp. Tower Tour: approx 3.30pm, £4 per adult, £2 per child (max 12 spaces). 023 8045 5157 or www.hants.gov. uk/rvcp LIFE DRAWING 20 Jan, 7.30-9.30pm Botley Market Hall, 11 High Street, Botley, SO30 2EA An instructive, occasional life drawing class using charcoal, pencil and watercolour paints. Ideal for complete beginners and those with prior experience. Drawing guidance available if required. £15 per class prepaid or £18 pay on the door. You will need to bring charcoal, pencils and paper. Tea and coffee provided. 07733 553408 for details. THE SNOWMAN 21-25 Jan Mayflower Theatre, Southampton Marvel at the live stage show version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s classic, to enchant audiences of all ages, suitable from four and upwards. The Snowman tells the magical story of a young boy’s adventures when his snowman comes miraculously to life on Christmas Eve.Online booking: www. mayflower.org.uk or Box Office: 02380 711811.

SCOUT JUMBLE SALE 25 Jan, 2-4pm Scout Hut, Boyatt Lane, Allbrook,SO50 4LJ Lots of bargains to be had! Sale of mens, womens and childrens clothes, textiles, glass and tableware, bric a brac, small furniture, toys and books. Raising funds for local Scout Group. Come early to beat the rush. Chairs provided for early queuers! Refreshments. Entrance 20p. ROTARY BURN’S NIGHT SUPPER 25 Jan Potters Heron Hotel, Ampfield, SO51 9ZF Celebrate the 255th anniversary of the life and works of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns. Enjoy a 3 course meal with traditional haggis, plus welcome cocktail & coffee and the sounds of the Scottish Piper’s serenade.


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RECIPE

Red Onion Soup with Melting Gruyere Croutons

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After all the indulgence and expense of Christmas and the New Year, this hearty soup is the perfect antidote. Ideal for a warming winter lunch or supper it’s simple to make, tastes delicious and doesn’t cost a fortune. You will need...

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for a small dog is equivalent to a human eating a 12 oz steak in one sitting. Now if they had two or three.... well you can see how serious the problem is. So we need to take sole responsibility for the weight of our pet. They would likely eat as much as they are given and we are likely to feed them more than they require; an unfortunate fact which we need to come to terms with. If you have an obese prone pet, their daily caloric requirements needs to be calculated and food rationed including treats, weighed out and kept to. Weighing your pet too on a bi-monthly basis will let you know how the diet plan is working. The trained nurses at Unicorn Vets run free weight clinics where they will check your pet’s weight, work out exactly how much food they require each day and advise on the best foods and treats to keep your pet’s calorie intake at the required level. So if you think you may be making your pet a secret eater, why not make an appointment with one of our nursing team to have a weight check and start 2014 with a resolution to keep your pet fit and healthy.


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