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Local News 30 Years of Rocking for Rufus Stone Those that have followed this local 8 piece soul band will know that the Rufus Stone Soul Band, has been around in many guises since their start in late 1984. After all this time you would expect that some of the sparkle would have gone, but not a bit. They still have the same distinctive sound, keeping many an audience entertained. Over the years they have built a loyal following and it is this support that has kept the band not only on the road but still as soulful as when they started. The music is authentic soul with selections from The Blues Brothers and The Commitments, but the bulk of the set comes from the soul greats such as Otis Redding, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex, Sam Cooke and many others. “We love what we do and it shows.” Says Jan Zawada, the band’s trumpet player. “By rehearsing regularly and keeping up to date with fresh material, our audiences say we often look like we are having the most fun at the party!” Rufus Stone was the vision of former Lulu and the Luvvers drummer Henry Wright when he came to Southampton all those year ago. Some of the very best musicians in the south play with or have played with the band over this period. Founder members bassman Solly Read and 6
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Some suggest that expensive film and video cameras will produce captivating films but the real skill is in how you use the equipment you own, to create an informative or interesting film. Even camera phones and small consumer video camcorders can produce impressive results if you work within their limitations. Your aim should be to obtain a video camera and start practicing.
Your holiday video or home movie might have a simple goal - to show granddad putting up the Christmas decorations – but you should think ahead about the story you wish to put across. Consider that old classic: the beginning, middle and end. Perhaps granddad could be approaching the house with a big carrier bag (the beginning); then see him at work decorating the tree with the contents of the bag (the middle); and finally, a shot of him standing proudly beside the decorated tree (the end). The addition of a simple storyline will encourage more interest from your audience than a series of abstract shots.
Let’s leap ahead to the final result, and the most common sin: making your film too long. If you shoot a five-minute video and make your friends wait for the ‘good bit’ at four minutes in, you will have lost your audience after minute one. So, above all other rules, cut out the superfluous footage and ensure your film is just a collection of those ‘good bits’ and nothing else.
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The great thing about working with video is that many of the principles of stills photography apply. So pick up any book on the subject and think about framing and composition. Keep the horizon level, try not to cut people’s heads off in the frame, keep distracting details (‘clutter’) out of the shot if possible, and keep the camera at eye level.
Light Harsh light is a videographer’s nightmare, so shooting at midday with the sun bearing down from directly above will cast unflattering shadows under the eyes of your subjects. Try to move
people into softer light, perhaps in a leafy area or under some other shade. Similarly inside, be sure that people’s faces are gently lit, but also be careful that they are not silhouetted by strong backlight, such as standing against a window.
Audio Many wonderful videos are ruined by unintelligible audio; the Best Man’s speech that’s inaudible because the cameraman was seated next to a child rustling sweet papers. The answer to this is to move closer to the subject, or even buy an external microphone that can be positioned very near to the subject with a cable back to the camera.
Editing Editing the footage is a great way to eliminate all of those boring shots that we mentioned before. Some cameras provide an editing facility, but this can be rather fiddly, so you might want to load the footage onto a computer and edit it with a program such as Movie Maker. Try to keep it simple - rely on simple titles, a great story with straight ‘cuts’ (rather than swirling patterns and fancy graphics), and finish off with ‘THE END’ to wind things up. Remember, follow these simple rules and practice as much as possible, and you’ll be surprised by how impressed your audience will be.
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What kind of Christmas Shopper are you? By Kate McLellan
It’s that time of year again: the month when you start making lists of the Christmas presents you need to buy for your nearest and dearest. We all approach Christmas shopping in a different way but some of us display a more creative edge than others when shopping for that perfect gift. See if you can spot the shopping technique that most resembles yours in the list below: 1. The Very, Very Early Bird You are the shopper who can be found cramming your basket full of cut-price wrapping paper, Christmas cards and toiletry gift sets in the January sales. No matter that those beautifully boxed hot toddy mixing kits failed to interest shoppers in the pre-Christmas rush. Now they’re reduced to half price you can think of at least three relatives who would just LOVE to receive them next Christmas. Well done, Very Early Bird. You might save yourself a good deal of money, but will you remember where you’ve hidden all those 14
cut-price goodies by next December? 2. The Last Minute Man You are the antithesis of the Very Early Bird: someone who just can’t find the motivation to buy presents until three hours before the shops are due to close on Christmas Eve. Then you dash round the streets with a look of sheer panic on your face, desperately hoping that the items on your list are not out of stock. If you shop online, then it’s likely that you delay your search until the day when the free delivery option is no longer available and end up spending as much on postage as you do on the presents themselves. Come on, Last Minute Shopper – you know you can do better, but deep inside you crave the adrenaline rush that comes from holding back till the very last moment. 3.The Smugly Organised Shopper It’s mid September and not only have you already compiled your gift list, you’ve probably placed your first online order, for that ‘must-have’ new gadget that will
be all the rage this Christmas. By the 1st December all your presents will be immaculately wrapped, labelled and stored in boxes under the bed. Similarly your Christmas food shopping will be a breeze, as you already have most of the things you will need, stored away in your cupboard or freezer. Organised Shopper, you are the envy of all your chaotically disorganised peers. But watch out - are you ready to face the bitter resentment of friends who shopped too late to get that ‘must-have’ gadget? 4. The Wishlister Do you remember the “Good Old Days” when Christmas presents were a surprise? Of course, some of them might not have been such a good surprise (especially Auntie Beryl’s knitted tank tops) but the mystery surrounding Christmas gifts led to a wellintentioned, communal impulse to pretend everything was lovely on the day: “Oooh, a hot water bottle cover - just what I needed!” Nowadays the element of surprise is completely missing, and all
recipients seem to do is mentally tick off gifts that, three months earlier, they entered on their Amazon wishlist. This habit leads to lazy present buying: there’s no need to spend time thinking about what your nearest and dearest would like when all you need to do is follow an on-screen link and click a button. Dear Wishlister, while we understand your desire to buy something your friend or relative really wants, we’d like to see you use a little more imagination and effort this Christmas. 5. The Crafty Maker You’ve been watching too many Kirstie Allsopp shows on TV and you now believe that the way to show real love at Christmas is to give friends and family a gift that you have made yourself.
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“ It’s Behind You!” December and January are wonderful times to take children to the theatre with a host of pantomines to choose from and other Christmas themed performances. But tickets go quickly so to avoid disappointment get booked up early. Here’s a choice of what’s on over Christmas so don’t say we didn’t give you plenty of chance to book the best seats!
14 Dec 2013 to 12 Jan 2014 The Mayflower, Southampton Box Office: 023 8071 1811 Starring Brian Conley as Robinson Crusoe and Lesley Joseph as The Enchantress of the Ocean.
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11 Dec 2013 to 5 Jan 2014 Theatre Royal, Winchester Box Office: 01962 840 440 Can the Seven Dwarfs help Snow White, or will they come up short? Will the Wicked Queen prove to be rotten to the core when it comes to the crunch? And will the castle cook, Dame Dolly Dollop, and her silly son Muddles have the recipe for success or are they just cooking
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7 Dec 2013 to 5 Jan 2014 The Pavilion, Bournemouth Box Office: 0844 576 3000 Winner of the ‘Sexiest Male’ soap star award for the past four years, Scott Maslen, better known as Jack Branning in Eastenders, is stepping out of the square and onto the Pavilion stage as the evil (but sexy) Abanazar. Scott is of course also very well known as DS Phil Hunter from The Bill, and for his long run on Strictly Come Dancing. Joining is Bobby Crush will be bringing over 40 years’ worth of musical, acting and television presenting experience and playing the part of the much loved Widow Twankey.
9 Dec 2013 to 5 Jan 2014 Kings Theatre, Southsea Box Office: 023 9282 8282 Danniella Westbrook, best known as Samantha Mitchell in Eastenders will play Fairy Sparkle. She also appeared in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2003
and Dancing on Ice in 2010. Christopher Maloney 2012 X-factor finalist, will sweep Sleeping Beauty off her feet as the Prince. Returning to the Kings is Lynne McGranger, Australian Home and Away soap star to play the villain everyone loves to hate, wicked fairy godmother ‘Carabosse’. Tony Adams who played Adam Chance in Crossroads and Dr. Neville Bywaters in General Hospital is also returning and will join us as King Egbert the Oval.
up trouble? Music, jokes and loads of audience participation make Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs a Christmas treat for all the family. Don’t miss this short tale that’s BIG on adventure.
Dick Whittington and His Cat
4 Dec 2013 to 11 Jan 2014 Playhouse, Salisbury Box Office: 01722 320333 Dick Whittington and His Cat is packed with catchy songs, colourful sets and costumes, plenty of audience participation and loads of laughs. It’s the perfect family entertainment this Christmas. The cast includes Kieran Buckeridge as Mrs Whittington, who had audiences in sticthes as Nurse Nanny in Sleeping Beauty last year.
5 Dec 2013 to 12 Jan 2014 The Nuffield, Southampton Box Office: 023 8067 1771 No children’s season would be complete without a classic family Christmas show and this year is no disappointment: Based on the original tale by E.T.A Hoffman, this family play is a feast of colour, song and fantasy. Without a sugar plum fairy in sight, this darkly magical story is the ultimate Christmas show!
12 Dec 2013 to 5 Jan 2014 The Anvil, Basingstoke Box Office: 01256 844244 Starring Colin Baker (Doctor Who, I'm a Celebrity) as Abanazer, Derek Moran (Channel 5's Milkshake) as Wishee Washee and Ian Good as Widow Twankey.
8 Jan to 24 Jan 2014 Plaza, Romsey For tickets see: www.plazatheatre.com Their annual traditional family pantomime - directed by its (published) author! Editors note: Tickets not on sale at time of going to print.
12 Dec to 24 Dec 2013 Berry Theatre, Hedge End Box Office: 01489 799499 Adapted by Toby Huls. A new adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s much-loved tale – this story of a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy is packed with magical characters, cartwheels, circus antics and dollops of fun for all the family.
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Fighting the Flu and Combating Colds Your throat is sore, you can’t breathe through your nose and the only thing you want to do is watch TV all day under a duvet. But is it a cold or the flu? It can be difficult to tell them apart. Both can cause runny or blocked noses, sore throats and coughs. But there are some differences. A cold: • Symptoms come on gradually • You feel worse on days 1-2, and usually better in a week • It doesn’t often cause a temperature; if it does, it will usually be brief and mild (not above 38°C) • Your nose tends to be painful, irritated and red • You will feel unwell, but not overwhelmingly tired or incapable of doing anything • Sometimes you may also suffer from eye irritation, ear pressure or earache, mild headache and mild muscle pain.
The flu: • Symptoms come on very rapidly • You usually feel worse 2 or 3 days in, rather than at the start, but improve after 5 or 6 days • You may have a high temperature - 38°C or above which comes on suddenly and 24
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can make you sweat, or give you ‘the chills’ Your cough tends to be dry and chesty, and can be severe Headaches are very common; muscles and joints may ache badly You may develop diarrhoea You may have difficulty sleeping, although you feel very tired and only want to lie down.
Whichever is the culprit, both are highly contagious infections caused by viruses and there are only two ways to combat them: 1) avoid contact with them 2) boost your immune system to fight them off and reduce symptoms.
Avoiding Contact Think how many surfaces you touch; door handles, stair rails, taps, keypads when we enter our PIN. Now consider how many people have touched them before you. • Clean high-contact surfaces regularly and thoroughly; don’t forget telephones and door handles • Clean your hands regularly and thoroughly, especially after touching your nose or mouth • Don’t share cutlery or cups • Cold and flu sufferers need their own hand towel or disposable paper towels • Make sure they have tissues close by too. Coughing or
sneezing into a tissue (and throwing it away immediately) prevents virus-laden droplets escaping into the air.
Boosting your immune system If you have a medical condition which can make flu more serious, or are over 65, pregnant or a carer, you should be offered the flu vaccine every autumn. Whilst it won’t guarantee that you won’t develop flu (new strains often appear), the chances are greatly reduced. There are also many foods and supplements that claim to help. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): There is no evidence that it prevents colds; but a regular daily dose may reduce how long your infection lasts and the severity of your symptoms. Zinc: Zinc appears to lessen symptoms and speed up recovery, if taken from the start; it’s not clear how as yet, but it may prevent formation of proteins that allow cold viruses to reproduce. Sources: wheat germ, eggs, seafood. Garlic: Ingesting garlic regularly seems to boost your immune system, but only one study has shown it prevents a cold or flu; once you’re infected, there’s no proof garlic helps. Leave for 20 minutes after peeling and chopping to activate its immune boosting enzymes.
Echinacea: A variety of preparations have been trialled with differing results. Some trials show that Echinacea takers are 30% less likely to develop a cold but there’s little evidence it helps once you’re ill. Glutathione and bioflavonoid: These help to maintain a healthy immune system, although there’s no cold or flu fighting evidence yet. Glutathione sources: watermelon, broccoli, cabbage. Bioflavonoid sources: cherries, green peppers, red onions. Selenium: Low levels of selenium have been linked to developing more severe flu, so maintain healthy levels. Sources: fish, nuts, mushrooms. Saline (salt water): Saline drops and sprays can reduce congestion and remove virus and bacteria particles. Chicken Soup: Chicken has anti-inflammatory properties, so
it really can help, and you can add other immunity-boosting ingredients too. Hot Toddy: Hot drinks with honey, lemon and a small measure of whisky can ease congestion, soothe the throat and help you sleep. Remember however that too much alcohol affects immunity.
Cold and Flu Myths • The flu jab gives you flu False. Inactive viruses are used in the vaccine, but you may have a temperature and ache for a short time afterwards. • Being cold or wet gives you a cold/flu False. But if you’re already carrying a virus, it might allow it to develop.
Do I need to see my GP? Usually, over the counter painkillers and decongestants plus plenty of rest and fluids will be all you need, and steam inhalation can ease congestion. But do see your GP if: • Your symptoms last more than a week, or become much worse: very high temperature, severe headache, shortness of breath, coughing up blood or chest pain • You develop symptoms not typical of flu, such as a rash • You have a medical condition that is making your flu worse.
• Antibiotics cure colds and flu False. Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses.
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Through the Woods at Ampfield This walk is suitable for walking or off-road cycling. If you are cycling however be aware that there are quite a few gates to go through and a steep hill. The paths do become very muddy in winter although if the weather is near or below freezing it will be fine. If you are walking you would be advised to take a change of shoes with you for the car journey home. You can start from (and possibly finish at!) the Potters Heron Hotel. You can park on the road near the off road start of the walk (on Knapp Lane or Claypit Road), but this is a residential area so if you do decide to do that, please be considerate of the residents. With the hotel on your left walk along the main road as if heading towards Romsey. Approximately half a mile along there is a right turn into Claypit Rd or if you miss that turning Knapp Lane just at Ampfield School is fine too. At the end of Claypit Rd turn right onto Knapp Lane and go right to the end until you see a small no entry sign. On your left you will now see a five bar gate and a Forestry Commission sign which is the start of your walk. Walk round the gate and head straight up the path. 26
You will come to a junction on the path where you can either turn left or walk straight ahead. Keep going straight ahead. After a couple of miles you will come out onto a country road called Dores Lane onto which you turn left. On your left you will see two very large country homes. After around quarter of a mile – just after the land belonging to the country homes – look for a gate on the left with a bridleway sign. Take the path back into the forest. Keep going on the path until you reach a gate where you can see a large field on the other side. Turn right and then almost immediately left along the field boundary. Follow the path for some distance further on until you come to another five bar gate. There is
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This richly spiced traditional German festive biscuit provides a grown up alternative to gingerbread. Slathered in rich dark chocolate and studded with sweet cherries, these are chewy and sweet, with a spicy kick. Perfect with a cup of strong black coffee. You will need...
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100g ground hazelnuts
70g almond flour
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Prepare all dry ingredients and sift together in a large bowl until combined.
350g plain flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
In a separate bowl, combine honey, sugar and butter, and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time to the mixture and beat until well mixed.
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons nutmeg
Gently fold in the sugar mixture into the dry ingredients. The mixture will be sticky and dense.
1 teaspoon mixed spice
3 teaspoons ground ginger
Add glacé cherries into the lebkuchen mixture until evenly distributed.
� teaspoon salt
� teaspoon baking powder
Prepare a large tray with greaseproof paper. Place heaped teaspoon sized portions across the tray, with plenty of space around them.
� teaspoon baking soda
150g dark brown sugar
225ml clear honey
Bake for 10-12 minutes. The biscuits will rise and be firm to touch, with a little softness to pressure. Remove and allow to cool overnight.
3 medium sized eggs
200g glacé cherries
Once cooled, you can now dip them in chocolate. Prepare the chocolate coating by crumbling 300g of dark chocolate in a large bowl, over hot water. Stir until the chocolate is evenly melted, and of a smooth, glossy consistency.
300g dark cooking chocolate
Dip each biscuit into the chocolate mixture. You can either dip the front surface only, coat half a biscuit, or submerge the entire thing! (You may need more chocolate to do this for the entire batch.)
Place dipped biscuits on a tray and allow to cool and harden. Can be stored in an airtight container.
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The Perfect Gift Craig had never been in a long term relationship before. If he’d known way back in October when he first started seeing Tansy that she would still be around in December, he might have planned things better.
saving up to buy a particular pair of football boots. Craig realised he faced the first big test of his relationship: which to choose - the boots, which he loved, or Tansy, whom he rather liked.
To her credit Tansy had shown no signs over the last few weeks of either being annoying or being annoyed with him. Not only did she laugh at his jokes, she never complained when he played computer games all evening, and would even turn up on the frostiest of Sunday mornings to watch him play football. Craig didn’t like to jinx it but thought it was all going extraordinarily well.
A Saturday spent Christmas shopping in town was no fun for even the most committed boyfriend. The shops were crowded and hot, but Craig came prepared. He congratulated himself for subtly asking Tansy what she might like for Christmas, and was very pleased with her for hinting that she might like a new bag to go with her Christmas party outfit.
That was until the other day when, over the phone, Tansy dropped a bombshell. Her exact words were:
Initially Craig believed that buying a bag could not be difficult, but after almost an hour trawling the department store, his confidence waned. He discovered that bags came in many sizes, colours and prices, and he realised that all he really knew about lady’s bags was that, according to his Gran, you were never supposed to look inside them. He regretted not paying more attention to Tansy’s taste in bags.
“Do you mind if we give the cinema a miss tonight? I’m saving up to buy you something special for Christmas”. Three thoughts struck Craig as he hung up – the first was that Tansy still expected to be his girlfriend at Christmas and that was two whole weeks away, the second was that he had a bonus night off from boyfriend duty, and thirdly that if he hoped to still be seeing Tansy on Boxing Day he would also have to buy her a present, and he hadn’t budgeted for that. Not that Craig didn’t have any money. Recently he had been 34
In need of a break from all those bags, Craig headed to the Sports department. Here it was less crowded and the air-conditioning was welcoming. Across the room on a Perspex plinth he saw his dream football boots beckoning; they were truly an object of
beauty and Craig experienced a bittersweet ache. Underneath the stand he noticed a sign which read ‘Free bag with every purchase’. Free bag? Craig’s mouth went dry. Beside the sign was a black fabric drawstring bag, of the type he used to keep his school swimming kit in. Black, he remembered his Gran saying, goes with everything; could it go with Tansy’s Christmas party outfit? It was a good size, she could easily fit her purse and even her swimming kit in it. It was waterproof, which was also a bonus. He wondered if she would mind that it said ‘I Love Sport’ in red writing on it? Red was a very festive colour, and, he reasoned, she could always turn it inside out if she didn’t like that detail. Half an hour later, a triumphant Craig boarded the bus home carrying his brand new boots in Tansy’s bag. This Christmas, he thought, was going to be the best Christmas ever. By Jackie Brewster
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SECOnDARy SCHOOLS St Anneâ€™s Catholic School Upper Shirley High School St George Catholic College Cantell
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SIXTH fORM COLLEGES Barton Peverill Peter Symonds City College Totton College Itchen College St Anneâ€™s Sixth Form College
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SCHOOL HOLIDAYS All dates taken from www3.hants.gov.uk/ education/schools/schoolholidays Autumn term starts 3 September Half term: 28 October - 1 November End of term: 20 December 2014 Spring term starts Half term: End of term: Summer term starts Half term: End of term: Autumn term starts Half term: End of term:
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