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Karols Korner

Happy New Year! A bit early but its on the way! New years resolutions – outdated or bang on trend? What are you planning to resolve to do in 2017? Are you looking to grow your business in 2017? Get a new job? Go on a diet? Get fit? All great ideas and very admirable, but how about something completely different? How about giving a bit of yourself, how about volunteering for a charity – even a couple of hours a month would be a great help. Or what about becoming a voluntary car driver for the hospital service? What about walking a dog at the local dog rescue? A dog would love to have the opportunity for a couple of hours a month to go out for a walk! And it keeps you fit! http://www.halfwayhome-dogrescue.org/ What about a befriending service, lots of people are lonely and it would mean so much to them. www.beafriendtoday.org.uk Make 2017 the year you give back! Happy New Year

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Interest Rates Are Low, So What Are Your Best Options For Saving? By Ann Haldon

With interest rates set to remain low for a while, it is worth considering what you could do with the spare cash you might now have. It is always a good idea to pay off \RXUGHEWVÀUVWEXWWKHUHLV DOVRVRPHEHQHÀWWRVWDUWLQJD small nest-egg. From April 2016 everyone has a Personal Savings Allowance, which means that many people won’t need to pay tax on their savings (subject to a maximum limit). This broadening of your options means you could switch your current account to EHQHÀWIURPWKHFUHGLWLQWHUHVW offered by a different bank, RUSHUKDSVRSWIRUDÀ[HG term ISA that removes the temptation to spend. With each bank applying their own rules for eligibility, here are a few of the different accounts available at the time of writing. BANK CURRENT ACCOUNTS It is not something that we are used to, but currently some banks are offering high credit interest rates on their current accounts. Most of these deals only last for a year, however, and are used to attract new customers, but many also 6

offer cash back or a monetary incentive. • Nationwide offers 5% AER Ă€[HGRQWKHLU)OH['LUHFW account for balances up to ÂŁ2,500. This rate lasts for one year only and then drops to 1%, so you will need to be prepared to swap again if you want to get a higher rate after this. In order to be eligible for the account you have to pay in at least ÂŁ1,000 per month. REGULAR SAVINGS ACCOUNTS As the name suggests, these accounts require a regular SD\PHQWLQRUGHUWREHQHĂ€W from the higher interest rates. Again, some high interest rates are only available for a year as the banks use them as ‘loss leaders,’ assuming their new customer won’t be inclined to move once the rate falls. ‡)LUVW'LUHFWRIIHUV$(5 for one year, to customers KROGLQJD)LUVW'LUHFWVW Account. You are allowed to save between ÂŁ25 and ÂŁ300 per month, but if you miss one deposit your savings account will close and the balance will be placed into a low-interest account. CASH ISA Once the obvious choice to maximise your savings, a cash ISA can be a good place to start your nest-egg if you don’t want to switch bank accounts or save a regular amount each month. • The Coventry Building Society Easy Access ISA

offers a rate of 1.1% AER. There is no limit on the number of withdrawals, and you can replace money that you have taken out in a tax year without it becoming part of the ISA limit. FIXED-RATE ACCOUNTS If you want to guarantee your rate of interest and are sure you won’t need the money IRUVRPHWLPHDĂ€[HGUDWH account could be a good option. • Atom Bank offers 1.4% AER for a one-year term, but you must open the account with their Android or iOS app, which won’t appeal to everybody. You can deposit between ÂŁ50 and ÂŁ100,000, and the interest is applied either monthly or annually. Savings accounts offer a guaranteed return on your money, which can grow surprisingly quickly, especially if the interest is applied monthly. Having some cash to one side gives you a degree of control to deal with unexpected life events such as redundancy, or simply the reassurance that you have a ‘cushion’ to fall back on. http://www.moneysavingexpert. com/banking/compare-bestbank-accounts#interest http://www.moneysavingexpert. com/savings/best-regularsavings-accounts#bb http://www.moneysavingexpert. com/savings/best-cashisa#manipulate http://www.moneysavingexpert. com/savings/fixed-rate-savings

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Horoscopes by Russell Grant ARIES

LEO

SAGITTARIUS

March 21st - April 20th

24th - August 23rd

November 23rd - Dec 21st

2017 begins in a quiet, understated way. Instead of plunging right into the thick of things, you will gently test the waters. Quiet, contemplative activities will give you the emotional strength to assume big career responsibilities. A gathering on the 28th is worth attending; you'll attract admirers like a flower draws bees at this stimulating gathering.

Financial gain through a marriage, business partnership or investment deal could arrive early in the month. This is a good time to indulge your love of luxury. Splash out on a new outfit, fancy gadget or anything else that appeals to your sensual side. The New Moon on the 28th is ideal for embarking on a partnership of some kind.

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April 21st - May 21st

August 24th - Sept 23rd

Rubbing elbows with VIPs will be a trend during the first half of January. Whether you're looking for love, want a job or feel compelled to showcase your creative work, get out and network. Having good connections will help you reach goals that were unattainable last year. The New Moon on the 28th will attract a welcome career opportunity.

Two heads are better than one in the early days of January. Spending quality time with a loving partner will strengthen your commitment. It will feel like you can move mountains with your beloved by your side. If you're single, you could meet someone special at a professional conference. On the 28th, the New Moon could mark an exciting job offer

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May 22nd - June 21st

September 24th - Oct 23rd

You'll be basking in the public spotlight in the opening days of January. This is a terrific time to make a sales pitch or public appeal. People will respond warmly to your wit and humanity. Working at a university or law firm could be profitable. Start sending out applications on the 28th, when you'll have the strength of the New Moon on your side.

The opening days are January are perfect for sprucing up your wardrobe or updating your look in some way. The New Moon rises on the 28th, and you could get a terrific offer. Working for a company that places a strong emphasis on creativity will be the answer to a prayer. You'll get the full support of your best friend or romantic partner to pursue this line of work.

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June 22nd - July 23rd

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Spend the opening days of 2017 touring a city that has fascinated you since childhood. If you can't take a trip at this time, you can always armchair travel via the internet or a movie. On the 12th, the Full Moon could make you quite emotional. You'll be ready to cut ties with a relative who is always overstepping their boundaries.

Love, adventure and leisure will characterise the opening days of 2017 for you. This is a wonderful time to go on a romantic trip with your amour, post a dating profile or launch a creative project. On the 12th, the Full Moon will expose some gaps in your knowledge. Don't hesitate to ask for help and additional training. Nobody will look down on you for wanting to further your education.

The opening days of 2017 offer a welcome opportunity to recover from the Christmas season. Stick close to home, spending quality time with your relatives and pets. As January comes to a close, you'll get some good news on the 28th. That's when the New Moon will help you reconnect with a fun loving neighbour or relative.

CAPRICORN December 22nd - Jan 20th The opening days of the month will be pleasantly pleasing and relaxing allowing you to talk with upbeat people who bring out the best in you. On the 12th, the Full Moon will put strain on a close relationship. You'll have to strike a better balance between your personal and professional lives to keep this romance alive. Stop erring on the side of your career all the time.

AQUARIUS January 21st - Feb 19th You have a good chance of making money from your creative work in early January. This is a great time to show the fruits of your labour to an editor, talent agent or boutique owner. The Full Moon on the 12th may prompt you to change your routine in a radical way. Quitting a job, starting a health regimen and breaking a bad habit are among the possibilities.

PISCES Feb 20th - March 20th All eyes will be on you in the early days of January. Your enhanced charisma will attract love, money and creative opportunities. The New Moon on the 28th could find you adopting a lower profile. Use this time to rest, relax and recharge your spiritual batteries. You'll be much more productive after you catch up on your sleep

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Realistic Resolutions for a Happier, Healthier New Year LESS ALCOHOL Your Unrealistic Resolution: “I’ll give it up entirely!â€? “I won’t drink at home/when I’m out/on weekdays/until Easter!â€? If you UDUHO\GULQN\RX¡OOĂ€QGVWLFNLQJ to such drastic resolutions easy. But if you rarely drink, you’re probably not making alcohol-based resolutions...

New Year resolutions sound like a great idea; a fresh year and a IUHVKVWDUWVHHPWRÀWWRJHWKHU and even if we’re determined not to make any, other people can sometimes inspire us – or shame us – into making our own. But if resolutions are such a good idea, why do they fail so often? SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE At New Year, festive goodwill and New Year enthusiasm can give us a rosier view of life, tricking us into making a multitude of overly ambitious resolutions. They reverse the positive effect of goal setting by setting us up to fail - making us more likely to give up completely.

MORE EXERCISE Your Unrealistic Resolution:

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You haven’t managed to do any of these things every week this year - so it’s unlikely you’ll achieve all of them, every week this year. Be honest about why you don’t do them. 7KHDFWLYLWLHV\RX¡OOÀQGWKH motivation or time for are those \RXFDQÀWLQPRVWHDVLO\DQG enjoy the most. A Better Resolution: I’ll do an hour’s exercise every week. Perhaps you most enjoy a walk, but bad weather puts you off? Plan to walk every weekend, but commit to doing your exercise DVD instead if the weather’s awful. Or plan to ÀWLQWKHH[HUFLVH'9'ZHHNO\ anything else is a bonus. While it’s not the NHS recommended amount of exercise, it’s some, and it’s consistent. You can increase it later.

A Better Resolution: Think about when and where you drink alcohol, and plan to reduce your intake gradually. Here are a few strategies to try: • If you usually have 4 drinks on a night out, replace drink 3 with a large soft drink; it may last you the rest of the evening, halving your alcohol intake. • Match every alcoholic drink with a soft drink. • Find other ways to relax if you always have a drink on your return from work, and try to make it a Friday-only treat (or reduce your measure). Feeling you ‘need’ a drink is a ZDUQLQJVLJQ²DĂ€UVWVWHSRQ a potentially dangerous path. Consider if you need to make changes in your work life. • If you drink wine with dinner

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Here are some tips for turning three popular, doomed-tofailure aspirations into realistic resolutions.

I’ll go to Pilates every week, walk at least two miles every weekend and do my dance DVD every Tuesday!

Recent research shows that even low alcohol intake (well under the recommended limits of 2-3 units daily and 14 units per week) increases your risk of many serious conditions, including dementia and some cancers, so cutting back is well worth doing. But going teetotal or drastically reducing your intake may be hard if you’re a regular drinker.


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Use Locally - Issue 45 January 2017 every night, change to alternate nights (or alternate it with non-alcoholic wine). • Swap some alcoholic drinks for low alcohol or nonalcoholic alternatives. They’ve come a long way and there’s now a large range.

hard habit to kick, particularly if you’re a moderate or heavy smoker – and while a few people do succeed in going ‘cold turkey’, the most reliable and angst-free way is to reduce your nicotine intake gradually (and/or tackle your toxin intake).

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Your Unrealistic Resolution: “I smoke 30 a day, but I’m giving up forever at midnight, December 31st!” It’s probably quicker to list conditions not aggravated or caused by smoking than to list those that are - and it can be hard to accept you’re addicted to nicotine. But in reality, when you crave a cigarette to ‘calm your nerves’ that twitchiness you feel is a symptom of withdrawal, which can come on very quickly with nicotine. This can make smoking a

• Visit your GP, who can prescribe some nicotine replacement products and refer you to counselling. You can also buy nicotine replacement products experiment and see what works best for you. Some are particularly suitable for heavy smokers. • If you don’t already, make yourself smoke outside. It takes more effort and prevents toxins from your

cigarette lingering in the air (second-hand smoke) and settling on surfaces, where they are re-released (third-hand smoke), so you’ll be improving the health of housemates and visitors too. • Swap to e-cigarettes or vaporisers; you’ll be inhaling nicotine, but not cigarette toxins such as cyanide and arsenic. • Smoke to a timed schedule and gradually increase the time between cigarettes. Even if you smoke 25 a day and only drop one daily cigarette per fortnight, you’ll still be a non-smoker in under a year. ‘Resolution’ has an array RIVFLHQWLÀFDQGKLVWRULFDO meanings, one of which is ‘reduction to a simpler form’. So keep your resolutions simple – and realistic!

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Fussy Eaters by Kate Duggan

Ah, fussy eaters. Don’t you just love them? And don’t you just love those parents who gloatingly tell you that their child eats whatever they’re given, or goes to bed hungry? (Obviously these people have never been woken up at 3am by wails of, “I’m so hungry. Please can I have some porridge?â€?) Remember the days when your kids would eat most things, as long as it was blended with carrot? Or when you smiled smugly because your nine month old would happily chew on broccoli? It’s like they hit two and then develop taste buds that despise anything other than pasta, bread and sweets. )RUJHWĂ€YHDGD\VRPHWLPHV you wonder whether your child has eaten so much as a grapesized portion of fruit and veg all week. If you’re at your wits end trying to get them to eat some vegetables, these tips might just help. We know it’s winter, but there are few kids who’ll refuse ice-cream or lollies, even if it’s snowing outside. Try blending two small frozen bananas with a couple of handfuls of frozen raspberries or mixed fruit, and about a third of a cup of yoghurt. It makes a great

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ice-cream and uses up those bananas the kids have been turning their noses up at. Or, even simpler, buy a readymade smoothie, pour it into lolly moulds and freeze. While too much fruit juice isn’t great for a child’s teeth, one JODVVLVÀQH,GHDOO\JLYHLWWR them with a meal. Keep an eye out for mixed juices and smoothies too. (Some even have added multivitamins.) Contrary to popular belief, not all kids like tomato-based sauces. Most do however. Cooked tomatoes are even healthier than raw, so try whizzing up a batch of sauce with a few hidden veggies. Cook a couple of cans worth of chopped tomatoes, along with some salad peppers, carrots, leek and any other vegetables you have languishing in the fridge. You can add a tiny bit of sugar if you want. Blend until smooth if your kids are particularly fussy, then use it as a pasta sauce, or add it to mince to make bolognaise, or cottage pie. Freeze what you don’t use – it’ll keep for months. You can also disguise veggies LQRWKHUZD\V&DXOLà RZHU mixes well with potato for

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Chichen Itza By Solange Hando

Listed by UNESCO and the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza claims the largest Maya site on the Yucatan peninsula. From their mysterious origins around 3000 BC to the Spanish conquest in the early 1500s, the Maya were never an empire but a collection of autonomous city-states with a diverse culture and people who all left their mark across the ancient sites. Great architects, mathematicians and astrologers, skilled craftsmen, the Maya enjoyed their golden age during the classic era, around AD 250-900, though Chichen Itza FRQWLQXHGWRĂ RXULVKLQWRWKH next millennium and beyond as new settlers arrived. Named after the Itza tribe at the ‘the mouth of the well’, the stone city scatters its atmospheric remains deep in the rainforest. There’s much to see on its 15 square kilometres but the great stepped pyramid of Kukulcan FDVWVLWVVSHOODWĂ€UVWVLJKW Rising to a height of 24 metres, the four sides represent the cardinal points, each one with a stairway of 91 steps, the number of days between equinox and solstice. Add all the steps and one more to reach the top platform and that makes 365, the solar year. But the magic

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doesn’t stop there. During the equinox, a strange zigzag shadow creeps down the north stairway and for the Maya, this was the ‘feathered serpent god’ slithering down from the sky. They were at ease with the duality of the world, life death, day night, earth sky, hence the feathered serpent and the carvings of birds alongside jaguars and snakes. ‘Clap your hands,’ suggest the guides and suddenly the echo turns into a spine-chilling squeak, the call of the quetzal, they say, the Maya’s sacred bird. The sound travels far and one can imagine the high priest invoking the gods from the pyramid, watched by the 20,000 strong crowd gathered below. But in the Maya world, religious ULWXDOVZHUHQRWFRQĂ€QHGWR the great pyramids. Chichen Itza boasts one of the largest surviving ball courts where warriors proved their worth, throwing heavy rubber balls through stone rings, eight metres above the ground, without using their hands. The rings were shaped like serpents, the high priest watched and on occasions, the winner would EHVDFULĂ€FHGIRURQO\WKH best should be offered to the gods. The sacred well had a

similar use, a 60 metre wide VDFULĂ€FLDOVLQNKROHVDLGWREH the ‘womb of Mother Earth’. The Maya’s written history was almost entirely destroyed by conquerors but stone friezes and carvings say it all. Among the many archaeological sites in this part of the world, Chichen Itza is unique for its similarities to Tula, the centre of the Toltec empire some 1,300 km away. The connection remains a mystery but both elements fuse beautifully, from the Temples of Warriors, Eagles, Venus and more to the striking complex of 1,000 pillars, the market where the slightest whisper can be heard across the square or the snail-shaped observatory used to study the sky. By late morning, when day trippers arrive from Cancun, stall holders set up their colourful ware in the main alleyway, Mayan masks jostling with minipyramids, hammocks, silver bangles and toy jaguars which roar as you walk past. But on this vast enticing site, there’s always a quiet place where you can stretch out your hand and almost touch the past. There, nothing disturbs the peace but the occasional gust of wind or the distant call of jungle birds.

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Do You Let Your Age Do The Talking? by Kate McLelland

The invitation arrived via social media: “A group of us are going to Glastonbury Festival for the day. Do you fancy coming along, too?â€? I had been to the festival twice in the early 1980s, watching sets by artists like Elvis Costello and the Style Council. I’d loved it all - the mud, the dodgy burgers from a van, the opportunity to bond with thousands of other young music fans, but now, at the age of 56, I just couldn’t VHHP\VHOIĂ€WWLQJLQ HYHQ though I still have the same pair of wellies). Almost without thinking, I replied, saying that I would be busy on the day my friend had suggested. It was an instinctive reaction, but as I pressed ‘send’ and watched my reply appear online, I immediately regretted my decision. My husband and I have watched Glasto on TV many times in recent years and we’ve often remarked on the number of older people we see in the crowd. 26

This reaction made me think about other times when I have refused to do something, or hesitated to take part in an event, because of my age. I realised that since turning 40 I have begun to censor everything I do, looking at life through an ‘age appropriate’ lens rather than thinking about what I really wanted. It was a sobering thought, but within ten minutes I had come up with a list of things I could do differently in future:

RQWKHGDQFHĂ RRU From now on, although I may QRWEHWKHĂ€UVWRQWKHGDQFH Ă RRU,FHUWDLQO\ZRQ¡WEHWKH last. DON’T BE AN AGECONSCIOUS SHOPPER Worries about not dressing appropriately for our age can hold us back when choosing what to wear. We opt for ‘safe’ styles that often have the effect of making us feel even older than we are.

MUM AND DAD DANCING The jokes about “Dad dancing� have no doubt been responsible for millions of older men making an excuse to visit the loo as soon as the music starts playing at a family wedding.

It may have been different in the Seventies and Eighties, EXWWKHVHGD\V\RX¡OOÀQGD real cross-section of ages browsing through the clothing rails: what’s more shop assistants don’t seem to care that the person entering the ÀWWLQJURRPVLVQ¡WDVL]H aged twenty-something.

We’re all probably a little self-conscious when it comes to dancing, particularly if our kids are watching, but provided you’re not planning to moonwalk or point at the ceiling, Saturday Night Fever style, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t strut your stuff

Short skirts, revealing tops, body-hugging clothing and huge heels will still be out for me, but I’m giving myself permission to drop into some of the more youthful stores I used to shun, just in case there’s something that catches my eye.

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YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD FOR ADVENTURE We may be less physically able than we once were, but this doesn’t rule us out from ever enjoying another adventure, whether that’s climbing Machu Picchu or pony trekking in Bridlington. Nowadays we may be more inclined to stay in a hotel than camp out at a music festival, but at least we are still taking part. It’s important that we keep our minds and bodies active, staying open to experiences and interests that enrich us. Next time I receive an invitation from friends to go somewhere unusual, I won’t come up with the kneejerk response of saying (or thinking) “I’m too old for that.”

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The T he Science Science of of Snow Snow S Shovelling hovelling Maurice laced his boots up p eagerly elf eagerly,, pleased with himse himself for remembering to get the snow shovel out of the she d shed last night. Thanks to a thick blanket of o snow g was snow,, this Sunday morning the perfect opportunity to win w back the favour of Mrs Har by, Harby, his comely neighbour at neighbour.. Wha What woman could resist a man with a shovel? And when it cam me came to snow and the shovelling of it, Maurice considered hims self himself quite the expert. He opened his front door and a was met with an unwelcom me unwelcome sight. Mrs Harby’ s teenage e Harby’s grandson, Dale, was alread dy already pacing her drive wielding a shovel of his own. Maurice ’s Maurice’s last encounter with Dale had ended with a line full o off Harby’s sheets going Mrs Harby’s XSLQÁDPHV 7KHER\ZDVD XSLQÁDPHV7KHER\ZDVD menace, and, d by b the th looks l k off s things thought Maurice, his snow shovelling technique an was a disgrace. Rather tha than methodically working down n the driveway mly driveway,, Dale was random randomly throwing snow everywhere everywhere.. ce “Can I give you some advic advice young man?” Maurice calle ed called over Yo ou’re going about th hat over.. “Y “You’re that all wrong.” “Nah, I’m alright,” Dale calle ed called back. “Y Yo ou’re just making more work,” w “You’re Maurice said. “I’m sure you ur your grandmother would like to get g her car of ff the drive at som e off some point.” “Y Ye eah,” Dale said, hacking at “Yeah,” the ground. “She’ s going ou ut for “She’s out Sunday lunch.” “Anywhere nice?” Maurice liked to keep abreast of all

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s comings and Mrs Harby’ Harby’s goings. “I didn’t ask.” Dale kicked a pile of snow snow.. “I’d better lend a hand.” Maurice strode purposeful ly purposefully across with his shovel. It was w time to impress the lady by y taking control of the situati on. situation. “Y Yo ou know what would get “You this done quicker?” Dale s aid, said, stumbling into a snow drift drift.. “Chucking down some hot water .” water.” s where you’re wrong “That’ g,” “That’s wrong,” ay Maurice said. “The only wa way to clear this drive is with ha ard hard work. Hot water will do mo ore more harm than good.” “Y Ye eah, right,” Dale said “Yeah, sarcastically wn his sarcastically,, throwing dow down shovel. “I’m of e.” offf to get some some.” Good lord, Maurice though ht, thought, don’t they teach them anyt thing anything at school h l these h days? d ? At A le lleast east with the boy gone for a few w minutes he could get on with w the job properly properly.. Dale returned with a freshl ly freshly boiled kettle. “Out the way ,” he said, “I’m m way,” going to pour this.” “Don’t,” Maurice said. “It’ll just make matters worse.” “Course it won’t,” Dale said d. said. “Just to prove it, do a patch h t t ” Maurice test,” M i said. id “Pour “P a small amount somewhere that ead your grandmother won’t tre tread and see what happens.” “Good plan,” Dale said. “B ut if it “But here.” works we’ll pour it everywh everywhere.” If it works I’ll eat my shove el shovel Maurice thought. ´6RPHZKHUHVKHGHÀQLWHO\ \ ´6RPHZKHUHVKHGHÀQLWHO\ rs won’t tread?” Dale said. M Mrs

Harby opened the front do oor, door, elegantly dressed for her lunch l date. “Morning!” Maurice gave DGLJQLÀHGERZ ´:H·UH DGLJQLÀHGERZ´:H·UH conducting an experiment t.” experiment.” “How How lovely ,” she said. said This This lovely,” is wonderful Maurice thou ght, thought, ed not only will she be please pleased with me for clearing her dr rive, drive, she’ll be impressed by how w I’m educating her grandson. “Go ahead lad,” he said indulgently.. “Whenever yo you’re indulgently ou’re ready.” ready .” Dale stood next to his grandmother’s grandmother ’s car with the e kettle held high, a cloud off steam coming out of the Maurice spout Then, spout. Then before Mauri ice poured could stop him, Dale pour ed the scalding water all overr was the windscreen. There wa as a sickening crack as the gla glass ass shattered into a thousand irreparable fragments. Maurice’s Maurice’ s face drained of all colour. colour. “You “Oh mate!” Dale laughed. “Y You o were totally right.” Mrs Harby scowled and stormed back inside the h house, ouse, slamming behind l i the h front f door d b ehind hi d her.. her Maurice’s Maurice’ s next challenge to t how impress Mrs Harby was ho ow to get a windscreen replaced d on a snowy Sunday morning.. And the less Dale was involved d in better.. that the better Brewster By Jackie Bre ewster

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The frosts are here, and in the weeks ahead the worst of the winter is likely to arrive too. Added to that there is often a fair bit of rain or even snow at this time of year, so our gardens can be in for quite a battering. Now most of the plants you grow in your garden are probably fairly frost-resistant, but what can you do to ensure that damage to those which are not so hardy is kept to a minimum? Some deterioration may already have occurred, but it is the last frosts and those which hit the plants in spring that are likely to be most damaging, as they catch plants out when they have already

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Although most fruit trees - like apples and pears, cherries and plums - are hardy, they are also prone to damage. The main risk is to newly-opened blossom, though the buds themselves may be damaged too, with

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they continue to need a fair amount of water and if this is frozen solid in the soil, they soon suffer. So it is essential to continue to water these, especially if they are in a spot where they are sheltered from a lot of the rain which does fall, or if the weather has been dry. A deep mulch applied to the soil or compost surface before the ground becomes frosted will help too. Once frozen, soil moisture becomes unavailable, so this mulch will help to keep the water available.


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And Another Thing... Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Year Resolution by Tom Hughes @groomsdaybook

January - a new beginning, a new start. Sarah, my Dearly Beloved, plonked a cup of green tea in front of me and announced: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tom I have decided that 2017 is the year of change. I have new dreams for this family. But before I go on, I want to hear all about your New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions.â&#x20AC;? Replacing my copy of Diesel Injectors for Dummies on the coffee table, my thoughts WXUQHGIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHWRWKH impending twelve months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well for starters, I am determined to avenge Nigel for his 4-0 whitewash on the pool table in the bar of WKH2OG3DUDIĂ&#x20AC;Q/DPS%XW of course that means more practice, so...â&#x20AC;? Apparently, my punishing training schedule on the threadbare green baize in the bar of our local was not the kind of resolution Sarah had in mind. A glossy tome was unceremoniously plonked into my lap. 48

´:HOFRPHWR:KLWHĂ&#x20AC;HOG Gardens, your new Johnson Ian Home. What on earth is this?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come on, grab your coat - weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going house hunting.â&#x20AC;? Weaving the Mondeo around the exposed ironworks of an unadopted road, I eased my chariot into the visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car park. Slaloming through a strange wrought iron maze, Sarah guided me into an RIĂ&#x20AC;FHDGMRLQLQJDQHZO\ constructed house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the show home, Tom, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it lovely?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The architect hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t half gone to town on the study KDVQ¡WKH",FRXOGĂ&#x20AC;WWKUHH desks in here.â&#x20AC;? A middle aged lady wearing an azure blue suit, sporting Shirley Temple curls and a face the colour of burnt ochre rose from behind her desk and announced, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sir, this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t DQRIĂ&#x20AC;FHWKLVLVWKHJDUDJHÂľ Wondering how easy it would be to smash the

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my head into a cupboard under the stairs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left a toilet in here.â&#x20AC;? A stony-faced Miss Temple corrected me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the downstairs cloakroom, sir. And through here is the lounge.â&#x20AC;? I followed Sarah into a modern-day front parlour where I nestled into the soft furnishings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This armchair is very generous, I bet with DVTXHH]HZHFRXOGERWKĂ&#x20AC;W on here.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tom, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sofa. By the way I love the wallpaper.â&#x20AC;? Shirley Temple beamed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the whole house dressed by our interiors team.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;When are they going to

Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLWRII":KDWDERXWWKH rest of it?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tom - that is called a feature wall.â&#x20AC;? Suitably chastised we adjourned upstairs to a collection of pokey rooms, most of which seemed to FRQWDLQWRLOHWV´/RRN6DUDK thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another loo in here!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tom, they are en-suites. I just love the way theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve designed it all.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bit cramped though isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it? Imagine shoehorning all our stuff into here?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the whole point, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it dear - we are going to have to declutter!â&#x20AC;? Miss Temple, irked at my candid remarks, through the most insincere of smiles said,

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Grow your Business in 2017!

So 2017 is going to be the year that you grow your business! Have you made a plan? Set yourself goals? Worked out the path to achieve those goals? Are you part of a massive organization or working for yourself? Whatever your size of business, a plan is a must and then a marketing plan needs to be in place for the year. Marketing to grow your business needs to look at all the ways you can contact your potential clients. First you need to know your clients

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Who currently buys from you – who are your regular customers? Where else do they shop? What are their hobbies? Then work out how to access them. l Do they read magazines? l Do they read newspapers? l Are they social media readers? l Do they use twitter? l Are personal recommendations useful? l Would networking be a way to find more clients? Are

you a B2B business? Marketing needs to encompass a whole mix of ways of getting your business in front of your potential clients. Doing a bit of FB won’t make you a million dollar business, but if you have a plan of advertising in printed media, social media, leaflets and networking, you are well on the way! Networking is a brilliant way of achieving personal recommendations and there are lots of good groups to visit to see which ones suit your business, your personality and

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also where you feel comfortable. Women in Rural Enterprise (WIRE) meets once a month in Newark at the Aura Business Centre – the first Wednesday evening of the month at 6.30pm. Next meeting is Wednesday 4th January 2017. Always a great way to meet other entrepreneurial women and get an insight into the local area. Highly recommended! https://www.facebook.com/wire nottinghamshire/?fref=ts 4N is another great networking offer, regular meetings, and membership allows you to go all over the country so you can network all over the area you have clients in to grow your business and a great forum for finding trusted suppliers and contacts. Contact Karol to arrange a visit to a local meeting on karol@uselocally.co.uk. Sleaford group meets fortnightly at the fabulous Agra Indian restaurant – meet us for a curry! Newark also has a Thursday morning group. And there are

several groups in the area to make your networking very effective. Newark Business Club meets monthly at 7am on the first Friday of the month, next meeting is 6th January 2017 at the Everyday Champions Centre – just turn up! So networking is a good part of the marketing mix, but any

successful entrepreneur knows that you have to access your clients in more ways than just networking. Networking can provide those valuable personal recommendations but that’s not enough! So advertising in printed media and social media are a very valuable part of the mix. This is about branding and making yourself the “go to” business for your service. Its not about instant results. Yes there will always be customers out there looking for your products and you have to direct them to find you. This is where regular advertising and social media come in as the client has seen you over the last few months and now wants to find you and hey presto they can’t. So they Google you and find a competitor with a better landing page– all your hard work finding that customer down the drain! The competitor wins your client. Hope this has been helpful, and I look forward to seeing you at a networking event in the future.

For further info an any of the networking listed above just give me a call on 01529 469526.

Make 2017 the year you grow your business!

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Motoring

By James Baggott

Ferrari California T Handling Speciale and you lose all rear legroom – which means even carrying DÀYH\HDUROGUHTXLUHVWKH front seat passengers to perform some gymnastics for the journey. The boot is pretty cramped too. If you don’t want to use the roof, you get a little more space, but if you do then you’ll be restricted to two small bags at best. Weekly shopper, this isn’t.

Meet the California T HS – the tweaked version of the manufacturer’s folding hard-top family Ferrari. With two seats in the back for small children and a V8 turbo-charged lump up front, this is the convertible Italian supercar for those that need to carry more than one VLJQLÀFDQWRWKHU1HZIRUWKH Handling Speciale model are some stiffer springs, louder exhaust and some ever-sosubtle design tweaks – for which you’ll be charged £5,568 to add to an ever-expanding list of options. LOOKS AND IMAGE The California is aimed at a certain type of buyer and as such it has the ability to disappoint behind the wheel, unless you drive it in context. This is a GT car designed for comfort, looks and kerb appeal above driving entertainment, unlike its thoroughbred 488 stablemate. That means it’s more comfortable than exciting 58

to drive. Even with the louder exhaust system on this HS model, on the road we found it just a little too quiet. In fact, we found the California lacked a lot of the excitement you’d expect to ÀQGLQD)HUUDUL²GHVSLWH its impressive performance credentials it just didn’t feel as involving as we’d hoped. That said, it was certainly a comfortable companion over distance and never failed to draw a crowd whenever we parked it up. The quality of its build is without question too – perfectly demonstrated with a wonderfully dramatic roof mechanism. SPACE AND PRACTICALITY OK, so a Ferrari isn’t going to win any accessibility awards like a Citroen Berlingo might, however this is a sports car and comes with sports car compromises. Put the front seats back to anything less than a knee crushing position

BEHIND THE WHEEL For long distance motorway journeys, the California T HS is a comfortable companion. The 552bhp turbo-charged V8 has impressive breadth to its power delivery and although the feeling of acceleration is somewhat numbed in the cabin, it can hit 60mph in just 3.6 seconds. Sadly, the turbo engine loses some of the charms of a normally aspirated unit – it may offer improved performance, but lacks some of the aural pleasure you expect from a Ferrari. Those stiffer springs and louder exhaust come into play when you select the ‘Sport’ setting on the Manettino switch on the steering wheel. Hit the bumpy road button on the steering wheel too, and you’ll be rewarded with a compliant ride that’s just about perfect for our rutted roads. A parking camera makes backing the Ferrari into spaces a pretty simple affair and despite its sports car credentials the visibility isn’t too bad either.

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VALUE FOR MONEY The California T Handling Speciale costs ÂŁ155,244 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; pitching it against the Audi R8 Spyder and Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet. But that base price soon increases once you start ticking some options boxes. Two tone exterior (ÂŁ4,320), FDUERQĂ&#x20AC;EUHGDVKLQVHUWV (ÂŁ3,744), Scuderia Ferrari side shields (ÂŁ1,056) and front and rear parking cameras (ÂŁ4,032) are just a few of the options that can soon add up. In fact, our test car had no less than 29 options added â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including titanium wheel bolts at ÂŁ1,810 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which pushed the purchase price up to a staggering ÂŁ215,011. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whopping ÂŁ59,767 on extras. One well worth adding, though, is Apple CarPlay (ÂŁ2,400) which makes the infotainment system far more usable.

Ferrariâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standard system isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a match for the likes of Audi or Porsche, so the addition of Appleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s integrated software is well worth selecting. WHO WOULD BUY ONE? California buyers are family men or women who need WKHRFFDVLRQDOĂ H[LELOLW\ of carrying more than one passenger. OK, so that might mean compromising on space for everyone, but at least the option is there should they need it. VERDICT Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard not to be a little disappointed by the driving thrills the California fails to serve up, though what thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s GRZQWRLVGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRSLQSRLQW The turbo-charged engine isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as evocative as it could be: the sound certainly lacks the excitement of a Ferrari, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

for sure. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as emotive to drive either â&#x20AC;&#x201C; more functional long-distance GT than out and out sports car. However, for families that QHHGĂ H[LEOHVSDFHZDQW the style of a convertible but ZLWKWKHDGGHGUHĂ&#x20AC;QHPHQW of a folding hard top, and for whom anything less than a Ferrari badge simply wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do, the California will hit the spot. Throw in the fact the Handling Speciale pack looks like a bargain when compared to the other options on the list and buyers would be simply foolish not to opt for the HS option when signing the order form.

Review Of The Year 2016 1. After winning their first ever Olympic medal in 2016, which country's prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, announced they would no longer be progressing plans to change the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flag and that the union jack would stay part of it? 2. On March 1st, screenwriter Tony Warren died at the age of 79. Which longrunning TV show did he create? 3. Which three members of the Spice Girls reunited in 2016 and launched a new website called "The Spice Girls Gem"? 4. After a 12 year absence, which TV show returned in 2016 and was won by Apollo? 5. Words such as wondercrump, snozzwanger and scrumdiddlyumptious were included in a new dictionary that was compiled to mark the centenary of which author's birth? 6. Who was in the news in March 2016 for her use of meldonium? 7. In football, which Englishman refereed the final of Euro 2016? 8. Which country won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with a controversial song about Joseph Stalin's deportation of the Tatar people from Crimea in 1944? 9. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie separated in September 2016, with which one of the two filing for divorce? 10. In the week following the death of David Bowie, which five of his hit singles reentered the UK top 40 singles chart? Use Locally â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Partners with Newark & Sherwood District Council

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Just What Does It Take for Us to Realise? Recently, a lorry driver was convicted of causing the deaths of three children and an adult due to his use of a mobile phone when driving. After the verdict, the police issued a video of the parents urging drivers to stop using their phones whilst driving. It makes harrowing viewing, particularly the images of the impact and the crushed cars. ,DPVXUHZH·YHDOOVHHQEXQFKHVRIÁRZHUV or even cemetery-style ornate planters placed on the roadside. Whatever form they take, each has been left there by someone to mark the site of a loved one’s accident and, most probably, death on the road. Irrespective of our opinion of them, they serve as a warning that we should take extra care. But still the accidents happen: on the same roads and usually by us breaking the same driving laws.

I wonder what it will take to get into our thick KHDGVWKHGHVWUXFWLYHSRZHULQYROYHGLQWUDIÀF accidents and their impact on the human body. For us to slow down, to stop drinking and to stop texting. Not long ago I rounded a slight bend on a road I know well to see an engine on the left verge and the twisted remains of the car it was from on the right. The accident had been dealt with, but what I saw left me thinking “Someone must have died there”. Perhaps that mangled wreckage should be left there as a sharp reminder of what happens when you fail to heed the rules of the road. If it saves just one life it would have served its purpose. By Iain Betson

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Newark Paint and Hard 1-8 Clinton Street,

Opening his doors on Monday January 9th at 7.30am! Jon and his team are all ready to start off 2017 in their new location Bright and breezy, newly decorated and ready to welcome you, with a larger than ever selection of products, everything you could ever possibly need for perfect painting and decorating, great parking, convenient for the town centre, and his wonderful customer service. After 6 hugely successful years trading in Appleton gate across the road from Newark Northgate station, Jon is opening his doors at his new shop at 1-8 Clinton St in central Newark. A shining example of a local business, Jonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s key to success has been great customer service, and

he was a finalist 2 years running, in the Newark Business awards in this category.

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Known for giving great advice and helping you to buy the right product, Newark Paint & Hardware operate on the old fashioned principle of great products at great prices and incredible customer service! Jon even helps carry your purchases to your car! Going the extra mile is the mantra and it has certainly made sure that customers return time and again for their varying hardware needs. Not just paint either, NP & H stock a wide variety of other things, from brooms, to bins, log burners accessories to log baskets, fire grates, locks & latches & door handles, tools, bird feeders & bird feed, plumbing & electrical cable, plug sockets, wall lining paper, wheel barrows, water butts, chalky paints, and all painting & decorating sundries. Even tips and tricks to create the perfect finish are given to make sure that you get it right the first time! Any colour can be mixed for you

as well so you will get exactly the right shade of paint that you want. Now you might think that all the excellent customer service and being an independent shop might make the prices higher? And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an easy assumption to make! But you would be wrong, because NP&H are often below competitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prices and with such great advice on offer, avoids those costly mistakes, plus if you go for trade paint, it gives a better finish quicker saving you time and money! All these items at great prices and in stock. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a 1-stop shop for all your decorating and more! Make sure to mention Use Locally Magazine, and say Hi to Jon when you visit. Opening early January 2017 at 1-8 Clinton St in central Newark. Make sure to visit and check out the new DIY and Trade superstore!

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