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Welcome to the village directory Hi everyone, I hope you’re enjoying the wonderful weather, the magazine can be a real challenge though when the office turns into a sauna at deadline time. Luckily I don’t overlook the sea, so there’s no likelihood of me suddenly making a dash for a cooling dip, like my husband did last month! By the way, one reader said that she had to look twice, apparently his cream trousers gave the impression that he was “starkers�, she did make me laugh! You have to feel sorry for my family, if they do anything noteworthy the whole borough is likely to find out about it!


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Our summer weather isn’t usually unbearably warm; in fact it is often pretty cool and a little bit of extra heat would be very welcome. With a little bit of planning and some careful planting, you could turn your garden into the hottest site out, regardless of the real weather. You can plant to create a mass of hot colours. All you have to do is plant beds, borders or containers full of hot reds, screaming yellows and glowing oranges. True, most of the planting is best done in the autumn, but a visit to a garden centre at this time of year will reveal a fabulous display of plants which can be put to good use in your garden now. For real energy and vibrancy, choose plenty of yellows and golds, including some of the golden rods (Solidago), which should be flowering well into September. I am a great fan of coreopsis, including the various forms of Coreopsis verticillata, which flowers well into the autumn and is unlikely to need staking. If you like to see flat looking flower heads in your garden then take a closer peep at some of the achilleas, including ‘Coronation Gold’. No late summer border is complete without the cone flowers or rudbekias with their

deliciously bright, daisy-like flowers - these should last you through October. For some screaming scarlets and other shades of red, consider growing the dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff ’, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Lychnis chalcedonica. In damper areas you could use Lobelia ‘Queen Victoria’ or many of the other moisture-loving types of lobelia which produce huge spires of red flowers, so different from those tiny blue, pink and white bedding lobelias which are more widely grown. To make sure that your summer time plantings do well, take heed of the following tips: • If it’s a hot day, try to plant in early evening or at least late afternoon when the main heat of the sun has died down. • Always make sure that plants are really well watered before you put them in the ground. • Soak the compost thoroughly and make sure that it’s wetted right to the base before you begin. • Incorporate plenty of bulky organic matter, such as garden compost, well-rotted manure or some proprietary compost from your garden centre, as this will help to retain moisture.

• Once the plants are in position, water them in thoroughly - the water needs to go right down to where the plant needs it, at its roots. • Once the soil is moist, apply a good, deep mulch of 2–3 inches (5–7.5 cm), all around the soil surface. This will help to keep moisture in, protect the plant roots from the heat of the sun and at the same time keep weeds at bay. Don’t forget to tend to your hot border again in the autumn, when you will find small versions of many of these plants readily available in garden centres, often at only a couple of pounds per pot and when you will also be able to plant some more warming oranges and reds using bulbs and corms. Visit Pippa’s website www. for her ‘Winter thru’ Spring’ vegetable collection, great plants for September planting and regular advice emails from Pippa. Buy a great range of gardening products including Nemasys caterpillar, slug, ant and other biological controls, Enviromesh and Envirofleece.


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Life Begins Does everybody need good neighbours?


In search of a radical change of lifestyle, my partner and I recently moved from the secluded, detached town house where we had lived for fifteen years to a tiny terraced cottage in a village street. One of the greatest contrasts between the old life and the new was that we found ourselves completely surrounded by neighbours. It soon became clear to us that our street was blessed with a particularly strong community spirit. As soon as we arrived, several people knocked on our door to welcome us to the neighbourhood and we received a number of drinks invitations. As the old song goes: “That’s when neighbours become good friends.” Or is it? Although we enjoyed all this social interaction, as time passed the things we learned about our neighbours’ personalities made us wonder whether we would be wise to hold back a little… There was Marianne (or “Saint Marianne” as we subsequently named her) whose chief mission in life was to save the neighbourhood from degenerating into urban chaos:

drop a sweet wrapper in the road and she’d be out there with her bin bag and rubber gloves. Then there was Sandra, the Santa Claus of the gardening world, who would drop round with gifts of various cuttings and plants. However, her visits were inevitably followed by anxious requests for us to deal with our dandelions before their seeds spread to her garden. Billy was the jolliest neighbour on the street, but when he’d had a couple of pints at the local pub he would feel inspired to sing opera at the top of his voice. Then there was Maggie with her chickens and Joe with his tendency to tell off-colour jokes whenever his wife was out of earshot. We liked them all, of course – but our former lives had not prepared us to live within such close proximity to other people. Were we really cut out for community life? We called on some old friends for advice. Our research turned up a variety of viewpoints. Some treated their neighbours as an extension of their own families, whereas others simply exchanged pleasantries over

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the garden fence. Others told us chilling stories about noisy parties, barking dogs, overgrown trees, unregulated extensions – all delivered in a tone which suggested: “You watch out – it could happen to you.” We are all vulnerable when it comes to antisocial behaviour, but useful guidance is available from the Citizens Advice Bureau, who offer a handy guide entitled “Neighbour Disputes” (www. Here you’ll also find contact details for Environmental Protection UK, who publish an excellent series of leaflets on dealing with noise pollution. Web forums are full of tales about “Neighbours from Hell” and it’s a sobering experience to read how badly things can go wrong when territorial disputes arise. Strangely enough, however, it was those very horror stories that provided the greatest reassurance to us in relation to our own neighbours. In spite of all their small eccentricities we agreed that we were lucky to share our street with such a group of community-minded individuals: they not only added colour and character to the neighbourhood, they worked hard to make sure that it remained an attractive place to live. The kind of place, in fact, that even cynical old ‘townies’ like us might be proud to call home.


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Seasonal Delights Peach Melba Shortcakes Serves 4

Serves 8

Ready in 35 minutes, plus cooling These shortcakes are perfect for a speedy summer dessert. They take just minutes to make and bake and can be filled with whatever seasonal fruit you have to hand. Here they are filled with a rich and sweet mascarpone cream with juicy peaches and fresh raspberries but a simple dollop of extra thick cream and some sliced strawberries will be just as impressive.


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175g self-raising flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 75g butter, chilled and diced 55g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling • 1 large egg, beaten • 1 tbsp milk

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125g mascarpone cheese 2 tbsp icing sugar 6 tbsp single cream 175g fresh raspberries 2 ripe peaches, stoned and sliced

Tip The shortcakes can be made a day in advance and stored in an airtight container. Fill with the cream and fruit 1-2 hours before serving.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the diced butter and rub into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar then add the beaten egg and milk and mix to a soft dough. Knead the dough lightly on a floured surface and roll out to a 1cm thickness. Using an 8cm round cookie cutter stamp out 8 rounds, gently re-rolling the trimmings as necessary. Place on the prepared baking sheet, prick the top of each round lightly with a fork then sprinkle with a little caster sugar. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until risen and pale golden. Carefully transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. To make the filling, beat the mascarpone cheese with the icing sugar and cream until smooth. Push half the raspberries through a fine-holed sieve to make a puree. Slice each shortcake in half horizontally and top the bottom halves with the cream mixture, peach slices and remaining raspberries. Drizzle over the raspberry puree and top with remaining shortcake halves.

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THE BARN SHOP TRADITIONAL MARKET Challock - 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month 10am – 2pm Contact 01233 740237

CHARING FARMER’S MARKET Charing Church Barn 9 -11.30 every Thurs morning Contact 01233 740176

EGERTON Every Friday 2 - 4.30pm Millennium Hall

ROLVENDEN - 01580 240763 Every Thursday 10am -12 noon St Mary’s Church and the Village Hall


RYE FARMERS MARKET Every Wednesday at Strand Quay 10am - 1 pm (12pm Oct - April)

RYE MARKET Every Thursday at the Cattle Market Car Park. Early till around 3pm (depending on the weather)

RYE COUNTRY MARKET Formerly WI Market Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill. Every Friday 10am -11.30am

TENTERDEN COUNTRY MARKET Every Friday 9.30am -11.30am St Mildred’s Church Hall, Church road.

WITTERSHAM MARKET Every Tuesday Village Hall 9am. - 11am Tel: 01797 270757

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The Speechless Poet My name is Len Hynds and I am an ancient Laryngectomee, that is a person who survived throat cancer but lost my vocal cords in the process. I speak now with an artificial device implanted in the throat, and talk normally although rather robotic. I went to College before the device was fitted, to speed up my only method of communication, that of writing, and on advice went on to Canterbury University and graduated three years later in Creative Writing, Poetry and Writing for Stage and Screen. at the age of 78.


I am now 83 years old and a widower. I am also an ex-military policeman serving in Egypt, Palestine and the Sudan from 1947 to 1950, then a London bobby until joining the CID at Scotland Yard, in the famous Flying Squad, or “Sweeney“ as known by the criminal fraternity, being active on the Great Train Robbery. Then running my own company supplying car parts to the car repair industry where I worked until 74. During nine operations from 1994, I have had open heart surgery, when metallic heart valves were fitted, and a by-pass carried out, and numerous replacement parts installed, to such an extent, that I can jokingly say, “ There is very little left of the original me.” Then of course the throat cancer, caused by a lifetime of smoking, when the the vocal cords had to go sadly. But eventually a speaking valve was installed and I learnt to speak again. I spend a lot of time with people who have throat cancer, before their operation, where they think they are going to die, to give them confidence that they will survive and learn to speak again. That there is life after cancer. I hope you enjoy my work. www.the email:

A Mothers Love Love usually has conditions, in one way, or another, but no conditions do exist, between a child, and its mother. From long before, the day of birth, they form such natural bonds. That love a mother always gives, and the way the babe responds. Just see them when they are together, and imagine them apart. No other love’s quite like it, it can melt the hardest heart. The love between a mother and child, is impossible to explain. It ‘s just a simple fact of life, and will always be the same.

A Thought For The Day Don’t put off until tomorrow, things that should be done today. Cos’ cruel fate could step right in, and steal your chance away. Don’t put off until, some other time, the things you need to say. You never know if there will be, the chance of another day. Don’t wait to say, “ I love you,” till your voice may not be heard. or whispered into frail ears, who cannot understand your words. So cradle one anothers hearts, don’t let the feeling slip. Through good and bad times, cling on, don’t lose the loving grip. Look warmly in each others eyes, whilst still the chance is there. Be thankful for each other, and the pleasures that you share. By Len A.Hynds


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The Biddenden Horticultural Society Annual membership £5. New members welcome. Contact Irene Orsborne on 01580 291777 or Lesley Lidgett on 01580 291931. Egerton Over 60’s Club We’ve still have a few vacancies for our Club, any age and any area. . We are a friendly group who enjoy stimulating speakers and outings. We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month at 2pm in the Egerton Millennium Hall.Speaker’s subjects for 2013 include”And so we raised the Mary Rose”, “Old Ashford” -”Policing in Kent” “Stoneacre” “Public timekeeping in Kent” “The tale of Beatrix Potter” “Windmills in Kent” to name but a few. Outings to--Blue Town Heritage, Kent Life, Dover Transport Museum, Stoneacre, Wingham Wildlife Park, and a Mystery Tour with cream tea. Meetings end with endless cups of tea , sandwiches, savouries and cakes .We are holding an OPEN DAY for July’s meeting, so why not come along and try us.Interested--contact David on 756544, Graham on 756260 or Sheila on 756294.


Friendly duplicate bridge every Tuesday afternoon at Little Chart Village Hall. For more information please contact Carmen Gunther on 01233 840 395. Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton Knatchbull School on a Wed evening from 7.30 p.m.10.00 p.m. Contact Mark Feeney on 01233 663030 or Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134. Smarden Heritage Centre - Smarden Charter Hall, Smarden. Open every Friday 9:30am to 1:30pm visit: Biddenden Squash Club 01580 291130 email Biddenden Junior Football Club - Always looking for new players 7 -18, for fun and enjoyable football. Contact Steve on 07958 447948.

Charing Scottish Dancing Beginners Club Friday evenings, Charing Parish Hall, 7.30pm. We guarantee a relaxed and enjoyable evening. But we desperately need a few younger members who might eventually with training form a small demonstration team for pub events or fetes . Do come along and bring a friend. Ring Evelyn or John Voller on 01233 713758.

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The Biddenden Horticultural Society Annual membership £5. New members welcome. Contact Audrey Davies on 01580 291624 or Lesley Lidgett on 01580 291931

Smarden Short Mat Bowls Club We welcome new novice or experienced bowlers of all ages. We meet every Thurs. morning at 9.45am and the first Tues. of month at 7.15pm, in the Charter Hall Smarden. Contact Malcolm 01233 770572. Headcorn Flea & Collectors Market held at Headcorn Methodist Church Hall. 9th of the month. 9.30am to 2.30pm Free Entry 01622-890735 Headcorn Modern Sequence Dance Club, meet every Monday 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm in the Andred Hall in Headcorn Village Hall. If you enjoy Ballroom dancing, bring your partner or friend along and learn more. We are a friendly little club, nice music- social evening- tea and biscuits - all for £3.00 per person. Call Rita on 01580 852289. Clandestine Cake Club is a great way to meet new people, catch up with friends and the perfect excuse to eat cake! We meet approximately every six weeks with a different theme for each meeting to make things even more interesting! It’s a social thing - not a cake competition, so everyone from complete novices to professional bakers are welcome. The idea is to share your cake and have some fun! For more information, contact Zarina Hawkins on zjbm1965@ Pilates Classes. Westwell Village Hall. Thursdays 915am. £36 per 6 week block. Contact Victoria 07543543373/

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Anyone living, working or studying in Bridge or a rural Parish within 5 miles, is invited to submit up to three exhibits – including sculptures and craft work. All abilities are welcomed. Children and young persons are especially encouraged to exhibit.

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The Bourne Gallery, Chalkpit Farm, Bekesbourne and in September from Colebrook Sturrock & Co, Estate Agents, High Street, Bridge

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Events August The Biddenden Horticultural Society meets on Wednesday 14th August at 1:15pm in the village Post Office car park. We will be visiting Godinton House Gardens, Ashford. The Head Gardener is going to give us a guided tour. Cost £10.50 which will include tea and cake. We will be at the gardens from 2-5pm so we hope the weather will be good. Contact Irene on 01580291777 or Lesley on 01580291931

Headcorn Flea and Collectors Market. Methodist Church Hall, Headcorn. (Monthly) 9.30 - 2.30pm Free Entry. 01622 890735. August 10th

Pluckley Cream Teas. Come and enjoy a cream tea in the ‘Darling Buds of May’ village. We’re in Pluckley Churchyard ( or inside the church if wet or windy) every Sunday and Bank Holiday until 26 August, 2:30 to 5pm. Homemade scones, jam, and cake. Pluckley tea or filtered coffee. Well behaved dogs welcome.


Headcorn Modern Sequence Dance Club, meet every Monday 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm in the Andred Hall in Headcorn Village Hall. If you enjoy Ballroom dancing, bring your partner or friend along and learn more. We are a friendly little club, nice music- social evening- tea and biscuits - all for £3.00 per person. Call Rita on 01580 852289. Saturday 14th Sept 10am -6pm Ride & Stride -

Friends of kent Churches. Bicycle, walk or run around Kent churches. Sponsorship money raised will be divided equally between the Friends of Kent Churches and the church or chapel of your choice. Contact Carolym Miller 01622 843383 Please send your events to: events@thevillagedirec tor . Please note that this email address is not continually monitored, therefore if you require a response please also copy your email to Thank you

Weald of Kent Art Group Summer Exhibition at Tenterden Town Hall from Monday 26th to Saturday 31st August 2013, 10am-4pm daily. A great opportunity to see very affordable art work for sale, in all mediums, by local artists. Why not join us in this active and lively local society ? All painters welcome ,from beginners to experienced amateurs and professionals. We have an excellent yearly programme of 12 winter lectures, summer painting days and workshops. For application details tel: 01580766390

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Beauty Looking Good - How to look great in every photograph

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Let’s face it, we have all seen less-than-flattering pictures of ourselves turn up on a friend’s Facebook page at some point and cringed. Nowadays it’s more important than ever to look good in all of your photos, because you don’t know just how public they will turn out to be.

look too ‘posy’ but which captures you looking your best. Firstly, you’ll need to take a lot of ‘test shots’ so that you can find the most flattering angle for your individual face shape. Generally it’s a good idea to focus your eyes onto the camera, move your face forward a bit, and tilt your chin downwards. Take inspiration from how celebrities and models pose - because they have looking gorgeous down to a fine art.

So, to guarantee that you will always look gorgeous whenever there’s a camera pointed in your direction, follow our tips, tricks and make-up hints and you’ll never ever have to worry about a bad Great hair and well applied photo again. make-up are essential for ensuring that you look your The Perfect Profile Pic best on camera. Choose a light-reflecting foundation, in Okay, so you want to impress a full coverage variety to even your friends with a pretty out your skin tone and help to profile picture that doesn’t

create a flawless look. Sweep bronzer over your entire face and neck to avoid that washed out look that is so common in photographs. Sculpt your cheekbones by using a pinky blusher - make sure you apply it in the right place by leaving the width of two fingers on either side of your nose. Define your eyes by using three different shades of eye shadow to contour your eyelids. Use the lightest shade on your brow bone as well as on the inner part of your eye, then sweep the medium colour on the natural crease, to add depth, before using the darkest shade on the outer part of the eye and extending it all the way across your lash

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defined eyebrows which are too light compared to your hair colour will make your facial features look unbalanced - but don’t be tempted to make them too dark either, as that can result in you looking bad-tempered.

Using black eyeliner, carefully line your eyes. Remember that using a white eyeliner on the inner rim, creates a wideeyed look. Next, curl your lashes with a good quality eyelash curlier and apply the first coat of mascara. Apply a pair of ‘natural looking’ false eyelashes and finish with another coat of mascara to blend them seamlessly with your natural lashes.

To make your teeth appear whiter, choose a lipstick shade which has a blue undertone to the colour - this could be a pink or red hue. A lot of cosmetic brands have lip products now on sale which have been designed with this in mind.

You will be amazed at the difference that the false eyelashes make to your photo - they immediately open up your eyes and draw attention to them, whilst making you appear younger and more youthful.

Use lip liner to create a perfect cupid’s bow. Line your lips with a shade which matches the lipstick you will be using. Keep to feather like strokes as you apply and gently fill in the lips with your pencil, so that there are no visible unnatural lines. Using a lip brush, coat

If you choose to dye your hair, make sure that your eyebrows match your hair colour. Poorly

your lips with your lipstick and finish by applying a generous dab of lip gloss to the centre of your lips for a lovely, full look. Here’s a top tip for getting a perfect smile - put your tongue behind your teeth. This relaxes the whole face and results in a completely natural smile being captured on camera. Most importantly, be confident and enjoy creating some fantastic photographs which will no doubt be the envy of all of your Facebook friends. By Helen Taylor


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Misconceptions About Wills As part of our regular series on legal matters, Rosalind Johnson of Tenterden law firm Pengelly & Rylands looks at common misconceptions about Wills. Q Can an Executor benefit under a Will? A Yes, an Executor can benefit from a Will but they or their spouse or civil partner must not be one of the two witnesses when the person making the Will signs it. Q My family know what I want, do I need a Will? A Without a Will, your family will lack the power to make important decisions. They will be bound by what the law dictates about such things as how to administer your affairs, who will get your assets, when they will get them and who will have legal authority to look after your children.


Q My family is very close, they won’t argue over money. Do I need to be specific in my Will? A In these austere times, more and more families are contesting Wills. Grief and money are not a good combination and will bring out strong emotions. The clearer you are about how you want your affairs handled after your death, the less chance there should be for costs of litigation and disputes which can destroy family relationships (and see the estate swallowed up in legal costs). Q Will all my assets pass under my Will? A No. Assets which are in joint names such as bank accounts automatically pass to the joint owner on the first death, even though they may have made no contribution to the money in the account. Accounts are sometimes put into joint names for practical reasons, e.g. an elderly parent and an adult child. Although the account may pass automatically to the child, the share provided by the parent will be added to the parent’s estate in calculating if any tax is due. Q Is a homemade Will kit enough? A In many cases, homemade Wills create more work for lawyers but are not good for beneficiaries who could wait many months or even years to receive their entitlement.

Rosalind Johnson, Senior Partner Q Does having a Will avoid probate? A No. A Will is the primary tool of the probate system. A Will is like a letter to the Probate Court telling it how you want your property distributed and who is to deal with it – your Executors. In small estates, or when assets are held jointly, it is not always necessary to apply for probate. It very much depends on individual circumstances. Q Does my Will and the gross net value of my assets remain private? A No, once probate is granted, a Will becomes a public record. This means nosey friends or

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neighbours can apply to the Probate Registry for a copy of your Will to know the size of your estate and who benefits. The only people whose Wills cannot be made public are the Royal Family! Q With no Will, does my property go to the state? A No. Without a Will, you will die intestate and the intestacy rules say who will receive your assets. So called “common law”, husbands and wives have no entitlement and if they need provision from your estate for a child of the relationship, or themselves, they would have to apply to the Court to decide what, if anything, was “fair and reasonable” provision. There is a limited time without the Court’s consent to bring any claim.

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The other night I was invited out for a night with the ‘girls.’ I told my husband that I would be home by midnight , ‘I promise!’ Well, the hours passed and the Margaritas went down way too easily. Around 3 a.m., a bit loaded, I headed for home. Just as I got in the door, the cuckoo clock in the hallway started up and cuckooed three times.

The next morning, my husband asked me what time I got in, I told him ‘ MIDNIGHT .’ He didn’t seem annoyed in the least. Phew, I got away with that one! Then he said ‘We need a new cuckoo clock.’ When I asked him why, he said, ‘Well, last night our clock cuckooed three times... then said, ‘oh, crap...



Quickly, realizing my husband would probably wake up, I cuckooed another nine times. I was really proud of myself for coming up with such a quick-witted solution, in order to escape a possible conflict with him! (Even when totally smashed... three cuckoos plus nine cuckoos totals 12 cuckoos-- MIDNIGHT !)

Del & Peeps Peeps urgently needed a few days off work, but knew the boss wouldn’t allow any leave. So he thought “maybe if I acted “Crazy” the boss would tell me to take a few days off”. So he proceeded to hang upside-down from the ceiling and made funny noises. His co-worker, Del, asked him what he was doing, he said “ I’m pretending to be a light bulb, so that the boss thinks I‘ve gone “Crazy” and gives me a few days off. A few minutes later the boss came into the office. “What on earth are you doing?” he said to Peeps. Peeps said “I’m a light bulb”. The boss said, “You’re clearly stressed out, go home and recuperate for a couple of days.” Peeps jumped down and walked out of the office.... But when Del followed him the boss said “...And where do you think you’re going?!” Del said, “I’m going home too. I can’t work in the dark..”

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Around Britain 5 Inventions & Discoveries 1. Belfast, Northern Ireland - Professor Frank Pantridge of Belfast’s Queens University used two car batteries to invent the portable defibrillator, used to administer an electric shock to cardiac patients, in the 1960s. Weighing 70kg/154lb, the first device was installed in an ambulance in 1965. 2. Crowmarsh Gifford, Oxfordshire - It was while living at Crowmarsh Gifford in Oxfordshire in the late 17th century that Jethro Tull invented the seed drill, a simple wheeled device used to plant seeds at regular intervals and depths. His invention paved the way for the agricultural revolution. 3. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk - Comprising a copper cylinder containing three gallons of potash solution, the first fire extinguisher was invented by Captain George Manby, Master of the Great Yarmouth Barracks, in 1813. Manby also invented a type of harpoon and a device for rescuing people who had fallen through ice. 4. Newtown, Powys - When the Welsh entrepreneur Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones began selling homemade Welsh flannel through the mail in the 1830s, he became the inventor of what is now mail-order shopping. His clients included Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale. 5. Stanhill, Lancashire - The spinning jenny was invented by James Hargreaves, a weaver working in Stanhill in Lancashire, in 1764. The device vastly increased the amount of yarn a single weaver could produce, and is considered one of the first developments of Britain’s industrial revolution. © Taken from The British Isles: A Trivia Gazetteer by Paul Anthony Jones, out now.

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