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Welcome Hi everyone welcome to the June Issue. I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year, where did all that time go? It seems that time passes quicker and quicker the older I get, and as next year will be a significant birthday for me, I’m concerned that I’m hurtling toward it at breakneck speed. In my head I’ve not changed a bit, but a quick look in the mirror soon puts me straight! From time to time I hear myself saying things that shock me into the realization that I have turned into my mum! The mirror says it all, yes, I‘ve turned into my mum, or is that my dad I see or maybe even my nan! Of course I’m a mixture of them all, and that’s not a bad thought for the day. If I can be for my son what my parents were for me, then I’ve done well. As much as we may try, we can’t hold back time, so acceptance is the key. So bring it on, it will all come out in the wash, as my mum used to say, there I’ve done it again!. And next year I will have one very big party to prove I can still “party like it’s 1999”! George Bernard Shaw said “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing”. This intro it was not intended as a therapy session but it’s amazing where your mind can take you at a times. Just for now take a moment or two to chill and browse these pages to see where your mind takes you, it might be a fantastic holiday or maybe plans to attend a local event, on the other hand it might be the answer to getting your toilet fixed, who knows! Until next time, whatever you’re up to have a great month. Debbie
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Outdoor Relaxation by Pippa Greenwood
When you get back from a hard day’s work, or when you simply find the time to escape into the garden after a stressful day, then it is essential that you are met by a soothing environment. It is all very well creating a garden with lots of straight lines and wacky bits of metalwork, but if you want to really let your garden take the strain, then concentrate on a truly relaxing feel that will help you to unwind as you enjoy soft shades and textures of foliage, delicate flower colours and fabulous perfumes. Plants have an amazing ability to calm and soothe even the most wound up, stressed out mood, but what should you grow if you really want to create that perfect place to relax? Start by considering a fairly gentle perfume, like that produced by many roses. One of my favourites is ‘Felicia’. For something slightly richer try ‘Tuscany Superb’. 4
If you have an arch, arbour, pergola or even a spare bit of fence then train a honeysuckle over it. The combination of its delicately coloured flowers and fabulous perfume will cheer you up and you can even enjoy it in the early evening as you sit back and relax with a cup or glass of your favourite tipple! A sowing of night-scented stock will produce plants that, although not flamboyant, have the most heavenly rich perfume – also perfect for early evening relaxation as this is when the flowers open and produce wafts of really sweet scent. If you have space for a good-sized container plant, then grow your own Datura or Brugmansia. Commonly known as the angel’s trumpet and although potentially very poisonous, these plants produce large elegant trumpet-shaped flowers with a wonderful perfume. Think too of plants with a
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The Garden are available; the rustling sound of bamboo foliage as the stems sway gently in a breeze, or as you brush your hand against them, is one of the most relaxing sounds I know, and for smaller spaces many of the grasses form wonderfully rounded and quite irresistible clumps of foliage. When it comes to choosing favourite flowers, don’t forget that although some bright colour is a good way to cheer you up, if you want to relax then concentrate on cream, white and, of course, the pastel shades. There are a host of these available for annuals, perennials, shrubs and climbers. Don’t forget that green is known to be a
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Would you like to create displays of your treasured possessions that show them off to their finest advantage? Our top ten tips are sure to help. 1 Consider what you are displaying, whether it is sturdy or fragile, valuable or everyday. Do you wish to admire it from afar and protect it from sun, dust or accidental damage? Or are you happy for it to be close to hand and perhaps picked up at will? You may find you can manage with a display on a mantelpiece, shelf or table top, or you may wish to invest in a specially designed cabinet, case or stand. If you opt for specialist display furniture, whether that is a former shop fitting or a set of glass shelves, choose pieces that complement the style and proportions of your home. 2 Good lighting makes all the
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difference to an effective there’s something extremely display. For serious collectors, pleasing about this mirroring carefully positioned ceilingand doubling. The only catch mounted spotlights are is that you must ensure your the ideal solution, but if objects are placed evenly you experiment with an and symmetrically. If you’re adjustable lamp you may not confident about judging well be able to provide a by eye, there’s nothing wrong more informal (and much with using a tape measure! cheaper) quick fix for a simple 5 When choosing a group of domestic display. Think about different objects to display, where the light comes from: look for ways in which they directly above, behind (for a will work together, whether dramatic silhouette) or from by colour, size, shape, texture the front, and how ‘warm’ or or proportion. It is important ‘cool’ the bulb should be in to have something that order to enhance colour and creates coherence, and don’t texture. forget that what you leave out can be as important as 3 Group objects together and what you put in. However they can be much more than much you love them, some the sum of their parts. Even objects may simply not fit the most unprepossessing well into the group. of objects carries a certain weight when displayed in 6 Every time you display more a group, and this sort of than one object, you need display is also ideal if some to make a decision whether of the pieces are not exactly to opt for symmetry or perfect, or if the items are asymmetry. It depends partly not of great individual value on the items you have and or importance. A group partly on your home and display may consist of almost personal taste. Symmetrical anything: a series of Delftware displays tend to appear more plates or tiles, a dozen classical, considered and framed silk headscarves, refined, and suit traditional pebbles in graduating sizes, rooms; the Georgian period, mirrored baubles, wooden for example, tended to shoe lasts, a row of modern emphasise the rules of chairs in sorbet shades… symmetry. Asymmetry, you can have great fun with on the other hand, is ideal almost anything you decide for making an impact in a to gather together. contemporary space, and can seem more spontaneous and 4 Displays of identical pairs intuitive. of objects are probably the most simple, and often the 7 Less can often be more, and a most visually powerful, great way to make an impact of all. Whether it’s a pair with a display is by showing of silver candlesticks or off a single, fabulous, huge two raffia-wrapped lamps, object. Bear in mind that
The Home a large item needs space on the floor and assessing around it in which to how well the elements ‘breathe’, so ensure it doesn’t cohere. Choose the piece overwhelm its surroundings that you wish to be most by giving it plenty of wall, prominent, then surround floor, cabinet or shelf space, it with pieces that work and don’t place furniture too well alongside it, perhaps close. making a larger rectangle of the group, or else setting 8 Small objects can be a consistent line along one lost among the general side, the top or the bottom. furnishings of most rooms, so be particularly careful about 10 Finally, stand right back and how you display them. Try get an overview of your to ‘frame’ them within their final display. Does it need surroundings – maybe in a tweaking? Don’t be afraid specially designed cabinet to experiment and change or niche, on a side table things around. Whatever rather than a coffee table, your choice of objects and or on a plinth rather than a however you have arranged long, wide shelf, and they them, try not to make the will demand an appreciative finished result overly formal glance and a closer look. or perfect. This is, after all, your home and not a gallery, 9 Don’t be daunted by the and the only important thing thought of displaying large is that you absolutely love groups of paintings, prints or what’s around you. flat objects on a wall. Start by laying your potential group
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Cake and Bake Apricot Jam Swiss Roll Great for a teatime treat, this light sponge cake is best eaten on the day it’s made. For a chocolate version replace 25g of the flour with 25g sifted cocoa powder.
Ingredients: • 100g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling • 3 large eggs • 100g self-raising flour FILLING • 100g unsalted butter, softened • 225g icing sugar • Few drops vanilla extract • 6 tbsp apricot conserve
Serves 8-10 Ready in 40 minutes, plus cooling time TIP
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Put the mince, basil and oregano into a food processor or blender with half the chopped onion and half the crushed garlic. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then process until almost smooth. Divide and shape the mince mixture into about 28 small meatballs. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, turning frequently until browned all over. Remove the meatballs from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the rest of the onion and garlic to the pan and fry for 5 minutes. Pour in the passatta and add the sundried tomato paste and sugar. Bring to the boil. Return the meatballs to the pan and stir in 150ml water. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, adding a little more water if necessary. Season to taste. Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of lightly salted water for 12 to 14 minutes or according to the packet instructions. Drain well. Serve the meatballs and sauce with the spaghetti and top with grated Parmesan. Garnish with fresh basil sprigs.
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beautiful wedding in Prague for a client followed by an adrenaline filled honeymoon full of fun in Norway.” What’s the difference between the “usual” travel agency and Morgan’s Travel Agency? “Everywhere our clients wish to go we provide experienced tourist agents who perfectly know the destination and are very dedicated. Our colleagues can show you places that you would not usually find in a general tourist guide. We don’t want our tourist agents to be like a professor of history, we want them to be your friendly travelling partners, taking you, for example, to the best local food and drink venues in the area. This is why we don’t call them guides but tourist agents. So how would you describe a “typical trip”? We offer trips in small groups where people can have fun and maybe develop new friendships, this is less formal than when you have large groups of maybe 60 people. It’s also difficult to find common interests among a large group so we provide the perfect service for people who like originality.”
Leisure Your favourite destination is Czech Republic but today you are introducing your Israel offers, why? “Yes it’s true that I love the Czech Republic. That’s because I was born there and I love the country, but that will be our topic next time. We have travelled extensively throughout Israel and have become specialists in the region. Whatever your background, Israel will grab you and stay with you for the rest of your life. People may be scared to go there but this country is perfectly safe for tourists, it may be small but it’s huge in its diversity. A variety of religions, historical monuments built thousands of years ago plus an atmosphere which is different from the western world.” How long does it take to see these places and appreciate the atmosphere? “I recommend spending at least 7-8 days in Israel but we also offer a 12 day stay, where you can also visit Jordan. These trips are ideal for those of faith, but also those interested in history. When in Israel you can’t miss places like the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or the Wailing Wall, you also need time in Jerusalem or Bethlehem, these places offer a unique experience if you know where to go, and our tourist agents definitely know where to go.”
Jerusalem must be an interesting place considering that Jews, Christians, Muslims and Armenians all live in one city. What experience do you have with this? “These people live together in one city and they have no problem with each other. Most people speak Hebrew and live in individual quarters. Some quarters are really worth visiting, for example Mea Sarim, where you feel like you’ve gone back in time, only Orthodox Jews live there, it’s a very interesting place. Within the different quarters people have different lifestyles but they have no problem with each other.” “Another unique offering of Israel is the Dead Sea. We believe this is an unforgettable experience and highly recommend a visit. There is nothing else like it in the world, it’s also believed to have healing properties.” I feel that you could talk about Israel for hours but it can`t compare with being there, am I right? “Definitely. There’s nothing like being there to experience it for yourself, so why not consider a different type of holiday and come with us to Israel. We promise you an unforgettable trip with Morgan`s Travel Agency, with people who love what they do and the destinations on offer. A traveller’s dream can come true with us.”
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functions”. Annual membership is £10.00. Nonmembers are welcome at £2 a visit. Full details: http://www.wealdofkentcomputerclub.co.uk/ Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org The Biddenden Horticultural Society meets on Wednesday 28th June in the New Village Hall (7:15pm for 7:30pm start). Jacqueline Aviolet will be giving a light hearted talk entitled ‘I am a Tulip – what are you’. Members fees are £2, Non Members £3. Annual membership £5. New members always welcome. Contact Irene on 01580 291777 or Lesley on 01580 291931 Brocante Fair Saturday 1st July. Charing Sports and Social Club Pavilion, The Playing Fields. Indoor and outdoor pitches. Food available. To book a pitch, or for more information, please call; 01233 714068/713035. All profits from both events will go to the Charing Christmas Lights Fund. Please help keep our lovely village illuminated with the twinkling fairy lights. Hothfield Village Fête Sunday 2nd July. Starting 2.00pm until 4.00pm on the Village Green. Stalls, games, cakes, competitions. Prize Draw with £200 First Prize. Contact 01233 421149 Wealden Literary Festival is an annual celebration of place and nature through books, food, arts & crafts. Set in the enchanting gardens and woodland of Boldshaves Garden near Tenterden in Kent, this festival, which takes place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July, offers a unique opportunity for both children and adults to explore the magic of the natural world.This year’s programme includes talks from authors such as Nicholas Crane (co-presenter of Coast), the award-winning garden writer Alys Fowler, Dame Fiona Reynolds (former Director-General of the National Trust) and acclaimed naturalist, Mark Cocker. There are also art exhibitions, artisan foodstalls and woodland activities from craft workshops and foraging courses to wildlife safaris.
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Clubs & Societies Considered Yoga for 2017 but thought you are not flexible enough? Good news! You are exactly who our classes are aimed at! Every Tuesday 6.30-8pm at Charter Hall, Smarden, Yoga & Relaxation Classes. Seated options are given for all poses, we use blocks & straps to ensure all poses are adapted to your own ability! Physically, we work on strength & flexibility. Mentally, we will work on stress & anxiety reduction using breathing techniques & meditation. £10 drop in or 6 weeks blocks at £8 per class. Feel free to come along or contact 07933 030071 The Gardening Group At Charing Surgery. Get fresh air, exercise, meet other people, have fun and enjoy being part of the community. Open to all patients, age 16+. Green Fingers not essential. Tuesdays 9am-12pm. Call Jo’anne Munro on 01233 713582. Biddenden Junior Football Club - Always looking for new players 7 -18, for fun and enjoyable football. Contact Steve on 07958 447948. Biddenden Squash Club 01580 291130 Gordon Jones Playing Field, Biddenden. Friendly club with 2 courts and a bar. email: firstname.lastname@example.org www. biddendensquash.co.uk 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 Egerton Over 60’s Club meet on the second Monday of each month. We enjoy stimulating speakers, delicious teas in a relaxing atmosphere and meet new friends. Come and try us--just turn up at the Egerton Millennium Hall by 2 pm, we’d love to see you.Here are samples of some of our speakers--Kent Fire and Rescue Service--What is Bushcraft? -Antiques-What’s Hot and What’s not,-Tree of Hope ,Tales of Courage and Determination--To Antarctica in a Russion Ice-breaker and more.Outings include --Mystery Tour to include Fish and Chip lunch,London, whole day trip on MV Pocahontas touring the Thames , Margate,Walpole Bay Hotel for cream tea,--Ashdown Forest,cream tea at Polhill Garden Centre near Sevenoaks,24
and finally our Xmas Lunch. Annual Subs-£5 ---monthly Subs--£2--includes Speaker, business, finishing with tea, sandwiches and delicious cakes. 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. 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. Little Chart Bridge Club Friendly duplicate bridge every Tuesday afternoon at Little Chart Village Hall. For more information please contact Carmen Gunther on 01233 840 395. Smarden Heritage Centre Smarden Charter Hall, Smarden. Open every Friday morning from 9.30 – 11.30. visit: www.smardenheritagecentre. synthasite.com Smarden Short Mat Bowls Club We welcome new novice or experienced bowlers of all ages. We meet every Thurs. morning at 9.45am and occasionally on a weekday evening, in the Charter Hall Smarden. Contact Malcolm 01233 770572. The Roots Project Conservation Volunteers What we do: Regular practical conservation tasks and woodland craft workshops based in Longbeech Wood, Charing. Contact: Carrie Eeles (Activities Officer) Tel: 07920404546 Email: email@example.com www.therootsprojectconservationvolunteers.org.uk Weald of Kent Computer Club meets in the New Biddenden Village Hall. Annual membership costs £10 and covers free admission to all 10 meetings. Non members are £2 per visit. New members welcome. Enquiries to:firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:- www. wealdofkentcomputerclub.co.uk East Kent Morris Men and Women: Do you like dancing, drinking, socialising, music, having fun? Then why not try Morris Dancing? We are recruiting now for new members. This is a mixed side of women and men dancing together. Weekly Wednesday dance practices start again on September 21st 2016 at Mountbatten
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Hobbies Hunters and Seekers, Sign Up Here By Kate McLelland An unusual arts project launched in Scunthorpe this year has reflected the public’s growing passion for interactive games, particularly if they involve solving puzzles to reach a goal. Five gold artworks, with a value of at least £1,000 each, were hidden around the area and clues to their location were encoded in paintings hanging at the town’s 20-21 Arts Centre. Everyone loves the idea of finding hidden treasure, but these days opportunities are not just limited to rare events like the Scunthorpe gold hunt. It’s now possible to take part in well-organised hobbies where you can use your skills to track down hidden items or find concealed information. The craze for such games began with Letterboxing. The origin of this activity can be traced to Dartmoor in Devon, where, in 1854, a well-known local guide called James Perrott left a bottle in a cairn beside Cranmere Pool. The idea was that visitors could place a card in the bottle as proof that they had completed the arduous, eight-mile journey there. This eventually inspired the idea of placing boxes in remote and
inaccessible locations along the Dartmoor trail, into which visitors could drop a postcard or letter. Whoever subsequently discovered the box was obliged to post the letters inside (hence the title ‘Letterboxing’) and the challenge was to see how long it took before correspondents received their mail. In the 21st century it’s inevitable that the focus has changed from ‘snail-mail’ to the internet. Nowadays participants make the most of available technologies, using smartphone apps equipped with GPS mapping systems to reach their goals. TREASURE HUNTS If you’d like to try out a treasure hunt you can buy maps online that will allow you to explore a particular place in your own time, working alone or in a group. You can choose the option of a walking, cycling or driving trail (or even a combination of those elements). Many ‘hunts’ offer you the chance to get to know an area better, learning facts and exploring places you would not normally visit. At London’s City Hunt (cityhunt. co.uk) you can download a free map in order to explore
less well-known London areas with intriguing histories, such as Blackfriars, Elephant and Castle and Bermondsey. Unfortunately there are no prizes involved - the reward is simply enjoyment and knowledge - but City Hunt plans to run an annual, massparticipation event for which prizes will be awarded. Major treasure hunts often reach the news. The 2012 Olympics was the backdrop to the biggest ever treasure hunt game, when 466 participants, all ambassadors for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, worked in 93 teams of five to follow clues hidden on either side of the river Thames. GEOCACHING There are over 2 million geocaches hidden across the globe, and over 5 million people currently play the game. Geocaching is a world-wide, high-tech outdoor treasure hunting game that gets you walking in the outdoors, introduces you to interesting or scenic locations and helps you feel connected to others taking part. In order to get involved in geocaching you need a sense of adventure, a GPS receiver
(anything from a smartphone app to a standalone device costing several hundred pounds), access to the internet and some form of transport. A geocache is established when someone places a small, waterproof box in a favourite spot, then records its GPS coordinates on a website so a fellow geocacher can search for it. The cache hider’s ‘reward’ is to read the online comments left by the players who find the box. Geocaches normally contain a logbook, a pencil and a few (usually) low value items known as ‘swag’. You should never remove a ‘swag’ item unless you can replace it with something of equal or higher value. When you find a geocache, you must sign and date the
log book, decide whether you want to swap any swag items and replace the cache exactly where you found it. Once you get home you should record your discovery online. Some boxes can be found in towns and cities but most are hidden in the countryside. You will therefore need to reach your location by car or bicycle before beginning a search on foot. One important consideration is whether or not you have permission to walk through a particular area to reach a geocache. The Geocache Association of Great Britain (gagb.co.uk) holds a database of landowners who have given permission for geocache activities on their land. The GAGB site is also a good source of information on all aspects of geocaching.
If you enjoy following a trail and exploring new locations, not to mention the thrill of using your detective skills to find something that would otherwise remain hidden, then you’ll be well rewarded by these exciting outdoor hobbies. However you don’t always need the code-breaking skills of Alan Turing or the hightech powers of GPS to find what you are looking for. On the Scunthorpe gold hunt Rachel Welch of Grimbsy beat the crowd to discover the first object. How did she do it? By ignoring the codes provided and relying solely on her powers of observation!
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Kumon Ashford North Study Centre to open on Saturdays Due to growing demand for Kumon in the area, the Ashford North Study Centre has announced it is opening its Centre for one extra day a week. Beginning Saturday 15 July, classes with run on Saturday mornings from 9.30am. Open since 2008, the demand for more classes comes at a time when the Ashford North Study Centre is experiencing great success. Instructor, Jyoti Rajani said: “When I started running classes in Highworth Grammar School, I was excited about being able to provide the Kumon Maths and English programmes to students in Ashford
and the surrounding area. Over the next two years, I realised that I needed larger premises as I could not meet increasing demands from new families in a school classroom. I relocated my Centre to The Scout Hall in Kennington Ashford and continued with two class sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Now I am delighted to announce that we are increasing our class sessions to include Saturday mornings!” To join our classes, we are taking appointment bookings for students of all ages. Places are limited, so contact me to avoid disappointment.
The Kumon Ashford North Study Centre is located at: The Scout Hall Lower Vicarage Road Kennington Ashford TN24 9AS with classes times: Monday and Wednesday from 3.15pm to 5.45pm NEW Saturday morning class from 9.30am By providing students with an individualised study programme suitable to meet their needs and abilities, they start at a comfortable level and work through the programmes at their own pace. Through this approach, they develop into confident independent learners, and reach an advanced level of study often far beyond their school curriculum. The independent study skills they develop help them to approach new work
with confidence both at Kumon and at school, and to tackle any challenges they may face in life head on. Students also develop a ‘can do’ attitude, which they apply to everything they do. For more information and to book a FREE assessment for your child, contact Jyoti Rajani on 01233 664190 or email email@example.com. 29
Face-Agram Or Instabook? The Mature User’s Guide To Social Media by Kate McLelland
Nowadays grandparents are proving a match for their grandchildren when it comes to posting comments and uploading photos to social networking sites such as Facebook. Social media’s fastest growing demographic is older users. When the seniors’ website silversurfers.com recently surveyed over three thousand of its members, it found that 81% of the sample checked their Facebook accounts more than once a day. But what if you haven’t yet ventured into social networking? How do you know where to start? These days, when everyone’s talking about ‘tweeting’, and ‘DMs’, or information appearing in ‘timelines’ or on ‘walls’, it’s hard to admit that you haven’t a clue about how it all works. If you’ve always wanted to dip your toe into the social networking pool - but fear you’ll drown in a sea of unfamiliar terms and bizarre practices - here’s a quick guide to three of the most popular platforms: FACEBOOK According to silversurfers. com, Facebook is the
platform of choice for the over-50s. Many older users believe that they will get even more value from the site as they grow older. What is Facebook? It’s a free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload videos and images and send messages. You can find out what your friends are doing through a newsfeed, ‘like’ and publicly comment on items they have posted on their profiles, or contact them using a direct message (DM) only seen by the recipient. Facebook is the most popular of all social media platforms, so it’s very likely you’ll find someone you know there. On the downside, the site has been criticised for invasive advertising and for being vulnerable to hacking attacks and scams. It has also been accused of causing envy. When you see pictures of a party you weren’t invited to, or you watch your friends enjoying a holiday you could never afford, it may be hard to grit your teeth and press the ‘Like’ button.
TWITTER According to statistics portal Statista, 27% of Twitter users in the UK are aged 45 and over. High profile ‘mature’ users include Donald Trump and Stephen Fry, both of whom have enjoyed a rather volatile relationship with the service. What is Twitter? Twitter is a free-to-use online news and social networking channel where users post and interact with short messages known as ‘tweets’. These messages are restricted to 140 characters, so Twitter probably won’t work for you if you’re the sort of person who likes to send longwinded ‘catch-up’ letters in Christmas cards. Tweeting is a great way to broadcast an opinion and connect with friends’ opinions. It’s also a shortcut method of finding what the public is thinking on any particular subject. Twitter uses a hashtag (#) indexing system, so you can find particular topics quickly and easily – for example #midlifecrisis will lead you to the latest comments related to that subject.
Health & Beauty The downside is that it’s not really designed as a messaging service. The brevity of the ‘tweet’ – at approximately 30 words – means that you need to be skilled at condensing your message into a short, pithy sentence. INSTAGRAM Instagram is the fastest growing social media network. It is currently more popular with the younger generation, but there are signs that older users are starting to catch on. What is Instagram? Instagram is a social networking app created so users can share photos and videos from a smartphone or tablet. As soon as you post a photo or video on Instagram,
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One for the boys Lightly massage Green People’s Organic Homme 7 Active Fix Repair Serum around your face and neck, and under your eyes, for a wealth of benefits. Ingredients have been clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and firm skin. Rich in antioxidants, the serum helps to fight free radicals, so protects against aging. It also helps to hydrate the skin and absorbs easily, so doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy. The serum is suitable for all skin types, including those prone to irritation, acne, eczema and other skin complaints. It’s £17 from www.greenpeople.co.uk.
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It only takes a minute to massage the serum into your skin before bed each night. The retinol helps to boost cell renewal and freshen skin. I was really impressed with the results; my skin felt softer, plumper and less tired looking within just a few days. I have quite sensitive skin so can’t always use retinol creams, but this was gentle enough not to cause any irritation. (I did get a couple of spots in the first week, but they soon disappeared.) Cost £65 from www.murad.co.uk.
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