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The local magazine for the over 50s

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  • BernieNolanBOUNCES BACK IN TRUE CHICAGO STYLE

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    AUGUST - OCTOBER 2012 | EDITION 27

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    Constable House, 5 Bulwer Road, Barnet, Herts EN5 5JD

    Beard Bros specialise in providing all types of life enhancing mobility and daily living aids. We provide high quality products, that are very good value for money.

    We offer a complete and free assessment prior to any purchase or order, this is to ensure that our customers receive the correct product for them to use enjoyably and safely. Our customer pledge is 'no hard sell' just friendly and honest advice. We take pride in our hard won reputation for customer service and want you to

    enjoy your chosen purchase.

    POWERCHAIRS - WHEELCHAIRS - SCOOTERS - RISER/

    RECLINER CHAIRS - ADJUSTABLE BEDS - STAIRLIFTS -

    DAILY LIVING AIDS - INSURANCE - SERVICING -

    MOBILE ENGINEERS

    Tel 01442 248 516 Fax: 01442 248940 e-mail: [email protected]

    2 Maxted Court, Maxted Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP2 7BLwww.beardbros.co.uk

    Beard BrothersSince 1881M o b i l i t y S p e c i a l i s t s

    From initial enquiry to the delivery of my new scooter, I have been dealt with in a both professional and caring manner. I would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone needing help or advice

    on all aspects of mobilityMr. John Doncaster, Edgeware, Middx

    "People depend on there products and if they go wrong they want itrepaired as soon as possible. I take pride in getting them up and

    running with the knowledge and satisfaction that their independence is restored."John Whitaker, Senior Mobility field Engineer (Pictured)

    We understand that it is not always possible for you to come to us which is why we offer a home demonstration service. This is provided with NO OBLIGATION and we view as an essential element

    in ensuring we understand your needs fully and help you choose the most suitable product Simon Greenway showroom manager

    10% DISCOUNTOn presentation of the voucher in showroom or home demonstration.

    not in conjunction with any other offers

    Beard BrothersSince 1881M o b i l i t y S p e c i a l i s t s

    CALL NOW FOR HELP, ADVICE OR A FREE HOME DEMONSTRATION

  • We offer a complete and free

    assessment prior to any purchase or

    order, this is to ensure that our

    customers receive the correct product

    for them to use enjoyably and safely. Our

    customer pledge is a no hard sell just

    friendly and honest advice.

    We take pride in our hard won reputation

    for customer service and want you to

    enjoy your chosen purchase.

    Powerchairs Wheelchairs Scooters Riser/Recliner Chairs Adjustable Beds Stairlifts Daily Living Aids Insurance Servicing Mobile Engineers

    Rent and try

    before you

    buy on certain

    items

    mobility made easyBeard Brothers, established in 1881, specialise in providing all types of life enhancing mobility and daily living aids. We provide high quality products at the best value for money.

    Call now for

    help, advice o

    r

    a FREE home

    demonstration

  • TEL 01442 248 516 email: [email protected]

    www.beardbros.co.uk2 Maxted Court, Maxted Road,

    Hemel Hempstead HP2 7BL

    Rent and try

    before you

    buy on certain

    items

    From initial enquiry to the delivery of my new scooter, I have been dealt with in both

    a professional and caring manner. I would not hesitate to

    recommend this company to anyone needing help or advice

    on all aspects of mobility.

    Beard Bros specialise in providing all types of life enhancing mobility and daily living aids. We provide high quality products, that are very good value for money.

    We offer a complete and free assessment prior to any purchase or order, this is to ensure that our customers receive the correct product for them to use enjoyably and safely. Our customer pledge is 'no hard sell' just friendly and honest advice. We take pride in our hard won reputation for customer service and want you to

    enjoy your chosen purchase.

    POWERCHAIRS - WHEELCHAIRS - SCOOTERS - RISER/

    RECLINER CHAIRS - ADJUSTABLE BEDS - STAIRLIFTS -

    DAILY LIVING AIDS - INSURANCE - SERVICING -

    MOBILE ENGINEERS

    Tel 01442 248 516 Fax: 01442 248940 e-mail: [email protected]

    2 Maxted Court, Maxted Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP2 7BLwww.beardbros.co.uk

    Beard BrothersSince 1881M o b i l i t y S p e c i a l i s t s

    From initial enquiry to the delivery of my new scooter, I have been dealt with in a both professional and caring manner. I would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone needing help or advice

    on all aspects of mobilityMr. John Doncaster, Edgeware, Middx

    "People depend on there products and if they go wrong they want itrepaired as soon as possible. I take pride in getting them up and

    running with the knowledge and satisfaction that their independence is restored."John Whitaker, Senior Mobility field Engineer (Pictured)

    We understand that it is not always possible for you to come to us which is why we offer a home demonstration service. This is provided with NO OBLIGATION and we view as an essential element

    in ensuring we understand your needs fully and help you choose the most suitable product Simon Greenway showroom manager

    10% DISCOUNTOn presentation of the voucher in showroom or home demonstration.

    not in conjunction with any other offers

    Beard BrothersSince 1881M o b i l i t y S p e c i a l i s t s

    CALL NOW FOR HELP, ADVICE OR A FREE HOME DEMONSTRATION

    VISIT OUR SHOWROOM WITH FREE PARKING

    In addition to our low prices our vouchers can save you even more money...

    Mobility Hire ServicesTelephone: 01442 248516VISITOUR SHOWROOMWITH FREE PARKINGBeardBrothers, 2MaxtedCourt,Maxted Road,Hemel HempsteadHP2 7BL

    From 25per week

    From 50per week

    From 25per week

    Pavement ScooterUp to 4milestop speedFull light packageincludedFrom50perweek

    FoldableLightweightWheelchairSelf propel or transitversions availableFrom25 perweek

    Mo ilityMade easy...

    NHSApproved

    From 50per week

    MHH9

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    GR

    RENT and TRY BEFORE YOU BUYIf you wish to purchase any of the above,your rental fee will be deducted from thepurchase price.

    friendly & honest advice

    Mobility Hire ServicesTelephone: 01442 248516VISITOUR SHOWROOMWITH FREE PARKINGBeardBrothers, 2MaxtedCourt,Maxted Road,Hemel HempsteadHP2 7BL

    From 25per week

    From 50per week

    From 25per week

    Pavement ScooterUp to 4milestop speedFull light packageincludedFrom50perweek

    FoldableLightweightWheelchairSelf propel or transitversions availableFrom25 perweek

    Mo ilityMade easy...

    NHSApproved

    From 50per week

    MHH9

    13471139M

    GR

    RENT and TRY BEFORE YOU BUYIf you wish to purchase any of the above,your rental fee will be deducted from thepurchase price.

    Call now for

    help, advice o

    r

    a FREE home

    demonstration

    Beard Bros spe

    cialise in provi

    ding all types o

    f life enhancing

    mobility and d

    aily

    living aids. We

    provide high q

    uality products

    , that are very g

    ood value for m

    oney.

    We offer a com

    plete and free a

    ssessment prio

    r to any purcha

    se or order, thi

    s is to

    ensure that o

    ur customers

    receive the cor

    rect product for

    them to use en

    joyably

    and safely. Our

    customer pledg

    e is 'no hard se

    ll' just friendly and

    honest advice.

    We take pride

    in our hard w

    on reputatio

    n for customer

    service and wa

    nt you to

    enjoy your chose

    n purchase.

    POWERCHA

    IRS - WHEELC

    HAIRS - SCO

    OTERS - RISE

    R/

    RECLINER CH

    AIRS - ADJU

    STABLE BED

    S - STAIRLIFTS

    -

    DAILY LIVIN

    G AIDS - IN

    SURANCE -

    SERVICING

    -

    MOBILE EN

    GINEERS

    Tel 01442 2

    48 516

    Fax: 0144

    2 248940 e

    -mail: enq

    [email protected]

    rdbros.co.u

    k

    2 Maxted

    Court, Max

    ted Road,

    Hemel Hem

    pstead, He

    rts HP2 7BL

    www.bear

    dbros.co.uk

    Beard Brothe

    rsSince 1881

    M o b il i t y S

    p e c i al i s t s

    From initial e

    nquiry to the d

    elivery of my n

    ew scooter, I ha

    ve been dealt w

    ith in a both p

    rofessional

    and caring ma

    nner. I would n

    ot hesitate to r

    ecommend t

    his company to

    anyone needin

    g help or advic

    e

    on all aspects o

    f mobility

    Mr. John Donc

    aster, Edgewar

    e, Middx

    "People depen

    d on there pro

    ducts and if th

    ey go wrong th

    ey want it

    repaired as soo

    n as possible. I

    take pride in g

    etting them up

    and

    running with

    the knowledge

    and satisfactio

    n that their ind

    ependence is r

    estored."

    John Whitaker

    , Senior Mobil

    ity field Engine

    er (Pictured)

    We understan

    d that it is not

    always possible

    for you to com

    e to us which i

    s why we offer

    a home

    demonstration

    service. This is

    provided with

    NO OBLIGAT

    ION and we vie

    w as an essenti

    al element

    in ensuring we

    understand yo

    ur needs full

    y and help you

    choose the mo

    st suitable pro

    duct

    Simon Greenwa

    y showroom

    manager

    10% DISCOU

    NT

    On presentat

    ion of the vou

    cher in showr

    oom or hom

    e demonstrati

    on.

    not in conjunctio

    n with any other o

    ffersBeard

    BrothersSince 1881

    M o b il i t y S

    p e c i al i s t s

    CALL NOW

    FOR HELP,

    ADVICE O

    R A FREE

    HOME DEM

    ONSTRATIO

    N

    Beard Bros spe

    cialise in provi

    ding all types o

    f life enhancing

    mobility and d

    aily

    living aids. We

    provide high q

    uality products

    , that are very g

    ood value for m

    oney.

    We offer a com

    plete and free a

    ssessment prio

    r to any purcha

    se or order, thi

    s is to

    ensure that o

    ur customers

    receive the cor

    rect product for

    them to use en

    joyably

    and safely. Our

    customer pledg

    e is 'no hard se

    ll' just friendly and

    honest advice.

    We take pride

    in our hard w

    on reputatio

    n for customer

    service and wa

    nt you to

    enjoy your chose

    n purchase.

    POWERCHA

    IRS - WHEELC

    HAIRS - SCO

    OTERS - RISE

    R/

    RECLINER CH

    AIRS - ADJU

    STABLE BED

    S - STAIRLIFTS

    -

    DAILY LIVIN

    G AIDS - IN

    SURANCE -

    SERVICING

    -

    MOBILE EN

    GINEERS

    Tel 01442 2

    48 516

    Fax: 0144

    2 248940 e

    -mail: enq

    [email protected]

    rdbros.co.u

    k

    2 Maxted

    Court, Max

    ted Road,

    Hemel Hem

    pstead, He

    rts HP2 7BL

    www.bear

    dbros.co.uk

    Beard Brothe

    rsSince 1881

    M o b il i t y S

    p e c i al i s t s

    From initial e

    nquiry to the d

    elivery of my n

    ew scooter, I ha

    ve been dealt w

    ith in a both p

    rofessional

    and caring ma

    nner. I would n

    ot hesitate to r

    ecommend t

    his company to

    anyone needin

    g help or advic

    e

    on all aspects o

    f mobility

    Mr. John Donc

    aster, Edgewar

    e, Middx

    "People depen

    d on there pro

    ducts and if th

    ey go wrong th

    ey want it

    repaired as soo

    n as possible. I

    take pride in g

    etting them up

    and

    running with

    the knowledge

    and satisfactio

    n that their ind

    ependence is r

    estored."

    John Whitaker

    , Senior Mobil

    ity field Engine

    er (Pictured)

    We understan

    d that it is not

    always possible

    for you to com

    e to us which i

    s why we offer

    a home

    demonstration

    service. This is

    provided with

    NO OBLIGAT

    ION and we vie

    w as an essenti

    al element

    in ensuring we

    understand yo

    ur needs full

    y and help you

    choose the mo

    st suitable pro

    duct

    Simon Greenwa

    y showroom

    manager

    10% DISCOU

    NT

    On presentat

    ion of the vou

    cher in showr

    oom or hom

    e demonstrati

    on.

    not in conjunctio

    n with any other o

    ffersBeard

    BrothersSince 1881

    M o b il i t y S

    p e c i al i s t s

    CALL NOW

    FOR HELP,

    ADVICE O

    R A FREE

    HOME DEM

    ONSTRATIO

    N

    Beard Bros spe

    cialise in provi

    ding all types o

    f life enhancing

    mobility and d

    aily

    living aids. We

    provide high q

    uality products

    , that are very g

    ood value for m

    oney.

    We offer a com

    plete and free a

    ssessment prio

    r to any purcha

    se or order, thi

    s is to

    ensure that o

    ur customers

    receive the cor

    rect product for

    them to use en

    joyably

    and safely. Our

    customer pledg

    e is 'no hard se

    ll' just friendly and

    honest advice.

    We take pride

    in our hard w

    on reputatio

    n for customer

    service and wa

    nt you to

    enjoy your chose

    n purchase.

    POWERCHA

    IRS - WHEELC

    HAIRS - SCO

    OTERS - RISE

    R/

    RECLINER CH

    AIRS - ADJU

    STABLE BED

    S - STAIRLIFTS

    -

    DAILY LIVIN

    G AIDS - IN

    SURANCE -

    SERVICING

    -

    MOBILE EN

    GINEERS

    Tel 01442 2

    48 516

    Fax: 0144

    2 248940 e

    -mail: enq

    [email protected]

    rdbros.co.u

    k

    2 Maxted

    Court, Max

    ted Road,

    Hemel Hem

    pstead, He

    rts HP2 7BL

    www.bear

    dbros.co.uk

    Beard Brothe

    rsSince 1881

    M o b il i t y S

    p e c i al i s t s

    From initial e

    nquiry to the d

    elivery of my n

    ew scooter, I ha

    ve been dealt w

    ith in a both p

    rofessional

    and caring ma

    nner. I would n

    ot hesitate to r

    ecommend t

    his company to

    anyone needin

    g help or advic

    e

    on all aspects o

    f mobility

    Mr. John Donc

    aster, Edgewar

    e, Middx

    "People depen

    d on there pro

    ducts and if th

    ey go wrong th

    ey want it

    repaired as soo

    n as possible. I

    take pride in g

    etting them up

    and

    running with

    the knowledge

    and satisfactio

    n that their ind

    ependence is r

    estored."

    John Whitaker

    , Senior Mobil

    ity field Engine

    er (Pictured)

    We understan

    d that it is not

    always possible

    for you to com

    e to us which i

    s why we offer

    a home

    demonstration

    service. This is

    provided with

    NO OBLIGAT

    ION and we vie

    w as an essenti

    al element

    in ensuring we

    understand yo

    ur needs full

    y and help you

    choose the mo

    st suitable pro

    duct

    Simon Greenwa

    y showroom

    manager

    10% DISCOU

    NT

    On presentat

    ion of the vou

    cher in showr

    oom or hom

    e demonstrati

    on.

    not in conjunctio

    n with any other o

    ffersBeard

    BrothersSince 1881

    M o b il i t y S

    p e c i al i s t s

    CALL NOW

    FOR HELP,

    ADVICE O

    R A FREE

    HOME DEM

    ONSTRATIO

    N

    Beard Bros spe

    cialise in provi

    ding all types o

    f life enhancing

    mobility and d

    aily

    living aids. We

    provide high q

    uality products

    , that are very g

    ood value for m

    oney.

    We offer a com

    plete and free a

    ssessment prio

    r to any purcha

    se or order, thi

    s is to

    ensure that o

    ur customers

    receive the cor

    rect product for

    them to use en

    joyably

    and safely. Our

    customer pledg

    e is 'no hard se

    ll' just friendly and

    honest advice.

    We take pride

    in our hard w

    on reputatio

    n for customer

    service and wa

    nt you to

    enjoy your chose

    n purchase.

    POWERCHA

    IRS - WHEELC

    HAIRS - SCO

    OTERS - RISE

    R/

    RECLINER CH

    AIRS - ADJU

    STABLE BED

    S - STAIRLIFTS

    -

    DAILY LIVIN

    G AIDS - IN

    SURANCE -

    SERVICING

    -

    MOBILE EN

    GINEERS

    Tel 01442 2

    48 516

    Fax: 0144

    2 248940 e

    -mail: enq

    [email protected]

    rdbros.co.u

    k

    2 Maxted

    Court, Max

    ted Road,

    Hemel Hem

    pstead, He

    rts HP2 7BL

    www.bear

    dbros.co.uk

    Beard Brothe

    rsSince 1881

    M o b il i t y S

    p e c i al i s t s

    From initial e

    nquiry to the d

    elivery of my n

    ew scooter, I ha

    ve been dealt w

    ith in a both p

    rofessional

    and caring ma

    nner. I would n

    ot hesitate to r

    ecommend t

    his company to

    anyone needin

    g help or advic

    e

    on all aspects o

    f mobility

    Mr. John Donc

    aster, Edgewar

    e, Middx

    "People depen

    d on there pro

    ducts and if th

    ey go wrong th

    ey want it

    repaired as soo

    n as possible. I

    take pride in g

    etting them up

    and

    running with

    the knowledge

    and satisfactio

    n that their ind

    ependence is r

    estored."

    John Whitaker

    , Senior Mobil

    ity field Engine

    er (Pictured)

    We understan

    d that it is not

    always possible

    for you to com

    e to us which i

    s why we offer

    a home

    demonstration

    service. This is

    provided with

    NO OBLIGAT

    ION and we vie

    w as an essenti

    al element

    in ensuring we

    understand yo

    ur needs full

    y and help you

    choose the mo

    st suitable pro

    duct

    Simon Greenwa

    y showroom

    manager

    10% DISCOU

    NT

    On presentat

    ion of the vou

    cher in showr

    oom or hom

    e demonstrati

    on.

    not in conjunctio

    n with any other o

    ffersBeard

    BrothersSince 1881

    M o b il i t y S

    p e c i al i s t s

    CALL NOW

    FOR HELP,

    ADVICE O

    R A FREE

    HOME DEM

    ONSTRATIO

    N

    Beard Bros spe

    cialise in provi

    ding all types o

    f life enhancing

    mobility and d

    aily

    living aids. We

    provide high q

    uality products

    , that are very g

    ood value for m

    oney.

    We offer a com

    plete and free a

    ssessment prio

    r to any purcha

    se or order, thi

    s is to

    ensure that o

    ur customers

    receive the cor

    rect product for

    them to use en

    joyably

    and safely. Our

    customer pledg

    e is 'no hard se

    ll' just friendly and

    honest advice.

    We take pride

    in our hard w

    on reputatio

    n for customer

    service and wa

    nt you to

    enjoy your chose

    n purchase.

    POWERCHA

    IRS - WHEELC

    HAIRS - SCO

    OTERS - RISE

    R/

    RECLINER CH

    AIRS - ADJU

    STABLE BED

    S - STAIRLIFTS

    -

    DAILY LIVIN

    G AIDS - IN

    SURANCE -

    SERVICING

    -

    MOBILE EN

    GINEERS

    Tel 01442 2

    48 516

    Fax: 0144

    2 248940 e

    -mail: enq

    [email protected]

    rdbros.co.u

    k

    2 Maxted

    Court, Max

    ted Road,

    Hemel Hem

    pstead, He

    rts HP2 7BL

    www.bear

    dbros.co.uk

    Beard Brothe

    rsSince 1881

    M o b il i t y S

    p e c i al i s t s

    From initial e

    nquiry to the d

    elivery of my n

    ew scooter, I ha

    ve been dealt w

    ith in a both p

    rofessional

    and caring ma

    nner. I would n

    ot hesitate to r

    ecommend t

    his company to

    anyone needin

    g help or advic

    e

    on all aspects o

    f mobility

    Mr. John Donc

    aster, Edgewar

    e, Middx

    "People depen

    d on there pro

    ducts and if th

    ey go wrong th

    ey want it

    repaired as soo

    n as possible. I

    take pride in g

    etting them up

    and

    running with

    the knowledge

    and satisfactio

    n that their ind

    ependence is r

    estored."

    John Whitaker

    , Senior Mobil

    ity field Engine

    er (Pictured)

    We understan

    d that it is not

    always possible

    for you to com

    e to us which i

    s why we offer

    a home

    demonstration

    service. This is

    provided with

    NO OBLIGAT

    ION and we vie

    w as an essenti

    al element

    in ensuring we

    understand yo

    ur needs full

    y and help you

    choose the mo

    st suitable pro

    duct

    Simon Greenwa

    y showroom

    manager

    10% DISCOU

    NT

    On presentat

    ion of the vou

    cher in showr

    oom or hom

    e demonstrati

    on.

    not in conjunctio

    n with any other o

    ffersBeard

    BrothersSince 1881

    M o b il i t y S

    p e c i al i s t s

    CALL NOW

    FOR HELP,

    ADVICE O

    R A FREE

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    ONSTRATIO

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    9-11 Cozys of Hertfordshire Holidays by Coach

    FOOD & DRINK26-27 Rick Steins' Recipe Pages Rick's favourite recipes

    HOME14-16 Is it time to Downsize? Tips on furnishing something smaller

    16 Do not be a victim say NO to doorstep callers Advice from Trading Standards

    HEALTH29-31 Need a new Hip or Knee? Rivers Hospital giving your health back.

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    Graham Smith has a Twitter

    Life is just a tweet!Do you tweet? Twitter seems to have become all the rage but dont some people make themselves look twits by what they say?

    Even David Cameron is tweeting, and for once its not about Nick Clegg. As I write hes just popped up to announce that Prime Ministers Question Time is about to start. A sure cue for everyone to switch off their computers and phones and hide in a darkened corner before this adult version of Childrens Playtime starts.

    Does the Queen tweet? Well not officially but someone assuming her name, @Queen_UK, and claiming to be Elizabeth Windsor, gives me many a chuckle with irreverent comments and quips at various member of the Royal Family and the government.

    Her catchphrase is gin oclock and he or she has an astonishing 646,553 followers and counting. The latest tweet, Camilla on the phone, worried that the interweb has gone. The DoE (Prince Philip) thinks shes trying to find Ceefax. Then there was this little gem, Alvin and the Chipmunks (Mr Cameron and Co) are back from their Burma holiday. The poor Burmese still have no idea who they are.

    Or Bungle (Boris Johnson) on the phone. Not really sure what hes saying, partly due to one having hung up. She creases me!

    The gin oclock bit comes in when our supposed monarch announces at 5pm each day that its home time and gin oclock. And one of my favourites, Just been out with the dogs. The DoE is trying to dry Linnet the corgi off with a hairdryer.

    To me this is great humour and I am an avid follower. Others make me laugh for other reasons. They tweet before theyre out of bed and I even know the flavour of one southern ladys toothpaste thanks to her being retweeted by one of my followers.

    Then there are the dodgy ones. I sat at my machine one morning and discovered I was being followed by three brothels in San Diego and a dispensing chemist for some very suspect stuff in India, duly deleted. Be very careful if you click any links to these kind of people or you will find your computer or mobile phone infected with something which spreads like mumps and ruins any social standing you ever had.

    Last word with the Queen after the budget, Text from Nick Clegg: I didnt agree with the tax on fruit machines. People shouldnt pay tax on their apples and bananas.

    Waiting for a Princess!Joining a small crowd waiting to see the Princess Royal in Keighley I had to laugh at some of the comments as time ticked by and she did not emerge from the Civic Centre she was opening.

    I suppose shes had her dinner, Im on the wrong side of mine, growled one elderly lady.

    Who does she think she is being so late, royalty?, from one man.

    I was curious to see this much travelled, often criticised member of the Royal Family whose dog has a penchant for eating geese and who can be a bit nippy behind a steering wheel.

    Security was tight for the only royal to have been close to being kidnapped some years ago. On the centre door were two local security people who collectively must have weighed 50 stone but when Annes exit was signalled they were dwarfed by her own security men, and women, one of whom could have been seven feet tall with a tell-tale bulge under his immaculately tailored suit jacket.

    Then there she was, initially wearing that so serious look she is known for but she kindly broke into a half grin and her eyes lit up as a lady beside me made a light hearted comment about how long she had been inside before leaping nimbly into the back of a Range Rover.

    She certainly has the royal look and for a woman slightly older than me, in her early 60s, she is still youthful.

    Ive immensely enjoyed my trip to Yorkshire, she said to us all.

    We enjoyed having you Maam, but next time could you save us a sandwich if we have to wait so long?

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    RhossiliVisitors to the area should head straight for Rhossili, which has been described on numerous occasions as one of the best beaches in the UK, and even the world! Rhossili is located at the most Western part of the Gower Peninsula. The most photographed part of Gower, The Worms Head, stretches out to sea and becomes an island when the tide comes in. History buffs can investigate the wreck of the Helvetica, which ran aground in 1887. For the best panoramic views, walkers should head for the top of the Downs where they will be able to see for miles in each direction.The breathtaking view is completed by the long sandy beach and the towering cliffs and this makes it a popular destination throughout the year with surfers, paragliders and ramblers. However, Rhossili still manages to maintain its tranquillity and unspoilt beauty.

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    Village LifeAmongst the Gowers many other charms are its tiny fishing villages, from Llangennith to Horton. Perhaps the most well-known is The Mumbles, a delightful Victorian village with lovely views over Swansea Bay, boasting little boutique shops and a plethora of pubs and restaurants. Up on a hill overlooking the town is Oystermouth Castle, a picturesque and atmospheric 12th century castle that used to be the chief residence of the Lords of Gower and merges perfectly with the dramatic landscape. In fact, the area is so picturesque that Catherine Zeta Jones chose to build a house there not so long ago.

    Bright LightsNearby Swansea offers a vibrant nightlife, with the Wind Street area turning from a modern caf quarter during the day to a party zone at night. The city is also home to Waless must see largest indoor market which is a huge and buzzing expanse selling cockles, lava bread and fresh Welsh cakes. Swansea city is also the birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas, (for information about his house then visit www.5cwmdonkindrive.com).

    WELSH WONDERSThe GowerIn 1956 The Gower (a peninsula in south Wales jutting from the coast into the Bristol Channel) was named the very first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK by the Countryside Agency and its not hard to see why.

    Its rugged coastline boasts some of the cleanest water in Europe and with the Gulf Stream keeping the water warm the Gower is a tempting place to take a dip. The

    spectacular landscape also makes the Gower perfect for rambling walks, country cycling or even horse riding along the golden sands. Despite all this, the Gower has remained one of Wales best-kept secrets and is all the better for it.

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    Eating and DrinkingThe Gower is spoilt for choice for quality when it comes to eating out locally but the Gower itself is limited to the number of establishments that it could viably sustain; however, Swansea certainly offers everything that you could hope for and all within driving distance.

    SleepingThe rugged nature of the landscape is offset by The Gowers many attractive places to stay ranging from one or two rooms in a family home to self-contained en-suite rooms with dining and sitting room facilities reserved especially for guests.

    The Gower may only be 70 square miles but it seems vast. With its huge deserted beaches, isolated landscapes and tiny, pretty villages, the peninsula will envelop you and you wont want it to let go.

    SnowdoniaLakes, castles and waterfalls create a surreal experience which could be right out of Lord of the Rings as you enter Snowdonia National Park. Located in north-western Wales, the national park was established in 1951, which made it the first national park in Wales - it covers 840 square miles! www.snowdonia.org.uk

    Local signs are often both English and Welsh and many aspects of traditional Welsh life, including food, clothing, and crafts are still to be found. The region is very popular for hiking, mountaineering, kayaking, amongst other outdoor pursuits. It also features the magnificent Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at 1,085 m (3,560 ft).

    Talyllyn RailwayThe Talyllyn Railway is one of The Great Little Trains of Wales, a group of Welsh narrow gauge railways which offers bargain travel through its Discount Card scheme.The Talyllyn operates over 7 miles of 2ft 3in gauge track along the Fathew Valley from Tywyn Wharf near the coast of Cardigan Bay, to Nant Gwernol, three miles from the lake which gives the railway its name. Much of the route is within the Snowdonia National Park, and leaflets are available detailing scenic walks from many of the stations.

    The line opened in 1865 and still uses two of the original locomotives and coaching stock, in fact three of the locomotives are over a century old! The Victorian train runs on Saturdays and offers the unique experience of travelling in the original coaches behind a Victorian locomotive. The line was the first

    narrow gauge railway designed for use with steam locomotives. It was built to serve the slate industry but also carried passengers almost from the outset. The quarry closed in 1946, but the railways owner pledged to keep the line open for as long as he lived. He died in 1950, but the line was saved from closure by a group of enthusiasts who formed a preservation society (the worlds first) dedicated to safeguarding its future.

    Riding The FootplateWhilst on the Talyllyn Railway and if you are very lucky, you can ride part of the way on the locomotive footplate - a sensational experience! Not wanting to disappoint, the Railway also offers members of the public the opportunity to drive one of its historic steam locomotives. For information see either:www.talyllyn.co.uk or www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk

    Picture PerfectThe picturesque town of Barmouth rests just within the south west corner of Snowdonia National Park. Barmouths location lying between a mountain range and the sea on the mouth of the river Mawddach is arguably one of the most beautiful locations in Wales. The old town is well worth a visit with its steep steps and slate-roofed cottages set on the side of a mountain. The harbour is beautiful and you can walk across the spectacular Barmouth Bridge spanning the river which can be an ideal spot for an evening stroll.The beach is large and perfect for sunbathing; surfers can often be seen here depending on the swells and time of year. It also has a large range of shops, pubs, hotels and other accommodations including caravan parks. A funfair and amusement arcades are open from March to October.

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    Eating and DrinkingThe foodie scene in this area has come a long way in the last 20 years or so. The Snowdonia mountains and coast are bursting with quality local produce, from Welsh lamb and black beef to farmhouse cheeses and Dyfi salmon, not to mention the sensational seafood from the rich waters of Cardigan Bay. This freshly sourced and home-grown produce has helped transform bistros and fine dining restaurants, cafsand country inns throughout the region.

    DONT LEAVE WALES WITHOUT ...Hanging Ten On The Gower!The Gower lends itself to a large range of water sports, such as surfing, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. Most of the beaches do NOT have a lifeguard, so dont forget to stay safe and check the tides. Surfing is very popular in this area so whether youre a novice or more advanced, try hanging ten on the Gower - Hanging Ten is a difficult surfing maneuver when the surfer walks to the front of the board and

    GETTING AROUND...

    By RailAs previously mentioned, there are a large number of local steam railways, rescued by railway enthusiasts during the Beeching era, known collectively as The Great Little Trains of Wales. Passport tickets are available, giving access to all the railways for the whole season (email addresses supplied above).

    By RoadMany of the smaller roads are slow, and in upland areas may become impassable during bad weather. The latest traffic information is available from Traffic Wales www.traffic-wales.com

    ClimateWales has a temperate climate, which means, like the rest of the UK, it never really gets very hot and never gets really cold. The best times to visit is during the summer months. May, June, July and August are generally the sunniest and driest months. During the winter it can rain frequently, but temperatures rarely drop below zero. Theyre normally between five and seven degrees. A raincoat and a thick jumper will usually cope with the worst that the Welsh weather has to offer!

    SleepingSnowdonia has a wide-range of hotels, B&Bs - traditional or fashionable boutique, country houses or even campsites to satisfy even the most discriminating visitor, whether you choose to stay in Llanberis, Betws-y-Coed, Beddgelert, Abersoch, Harlech, or any of the other pretty towns and villages.

    hangs all ten toes over the nose of the board easier said than done! For people fortunate enough to have their own equipment popular surfing spots include: Sumpters near Overton, Boilers Reef near Port Eynon or Petes Reef not far from Pilton, but for those who dont or would like a taster session, there are a number of companies who can hire boards and wetsuits, or provide you with more information

    Try these websites: www.samssurfshack.com or gowersurfing.com

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    Bernie Nolan has taken on the pivotal role of Mama Morton in multi award-winning musical Chicago this year.

    In 2009, the singer and actress played the fairy godmother at Manchester Opera House, following on The Nolans reunion tour which proved a spectacular success and filled arenas around the UK. But between then and now, Bernie, aged 51, has fought a dramatic battle against breast cancer which saw her having to have a mastectomy and six months of chemotherapy.

    In true showbiz style, Bernie has bounced back from this traumatic time to entertain us once more. All of which is no surprise when you consider her strong family background, and the way she has lived much of her life in the spotlight.

    Bernadette Therese Nolan came from an Irish family, the second youngest of eight children, and was brought up in Blackpool. Showbiz was in her blood and her sisters, brothers and parents would often perform in clubs and pubs around the resort.

    It was when Bernie teamed up with four of her sisters, however, as The Nolans that fame and success finally came their way. The pretty, harmonious pop group sold millions of records worldwide in the 80s and 90s including more than nine million albums.

    They had chart hits like Im in the Mood for Dancing and were regular guests on some of the top TV shows of the time. Their appeal apart from singable, danceable hits was their wholesome niceness and visual charm, which proved a pleasant antidote to the extreme vagaries of the pop scene.

    Bernie had one of the strongest voices in the group, but when she first tried her hand at acting she showed that she also had talent in this direction. She became a presenter on BBC Saturday morning childrens show On The Waterfront , and pleasantly surprised critics by her gift for comedy and the ability to laugh at herself.

    In 1993, she appeared in the stage play The Devil Rides Out, and left The Nolans in 1994 to pursue a solo career, scoring solo hits and an album All By Myself. She also had noteable success in the Willy Russell musical Blood Brothers which brought her to the attention of TV bosses, and in 2000 she joined the cast of popular Liverpool soap Brookside as Diane Murray.

    Bernie played this role successfully for two years before leaving to play Sheelagh Murphy in ITVs iconic police drama series The Bill where she was given several strong storylines. Her character proved popular and, although she left in 2005, the door was left open for her characters return.

    In 2006, she took part in the Channel 4 series The Games, raising funds for Alzheimers and childrens charities, and the following year starred in the play Mums The Word. During the summer, she appeared at Blackpools North Pier Theatre in Soap Queens , enhancing her reputation as a reliable stage star when she went on to play Hannah Owens in Flashdance The Musical.

    The Nolan family had already been affected by cancer previously:

    sister Anne had breast cancer in 2000 and Linda suffered from the disease in 2006. However, little could really have prepared Bernie for her own breast cancer diagnosis in April, 2010.

    As she recalls: The day I found out, I cried my eyes out for about two or three minutes with my husband, Steve. After that, I didnt cry again the whole way through my treatment.

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    At the very beginning, though, its important to let out every feeling youve got. Cry, scream, shout, do whatever you want because its one of the biggest things that will ever happen to you.

    As a strong woman, however, Bernie very quickly adopted a positive attitude. I thought theres no way Im going to die from this. Once you make that decision, you can get on with beating it. From the start, its a case of taking things one day at a time.

    Dont worry about whats coming up in two weeks time. Deal with today, youve got enough on your plate.

    Inevitably, though, there were terrible times. One of the worst for Bernie was telling her children. I was diagnosed a week before my daughter Erins 11th birthday and we didnt want to tell her until that was over. But kids arent daft she knew something wasnt quite right, she recalls.

    So we just sat her down and told her the truth. She knew about cancer because of Annes and Lindas experience and she knew they were OK, which helped. Erin asked if I was going to die. I told her no and then she asked me if the lump was big. Again, I said no, and explained theyd found it early. One little tear ran down her cheek and she accepted it.

    Bernie had great support from her large family, and especially from her husband Steve in spite of the understandable initial shock and fears for the future. Much of the optimism surrounding Bernie, however, emanated from herself. When her hair fell out from the treatment, she didnt hide but spoke out publicly about the problem and campaigned for early diagnosis and better understanding of the disease.

    She believes in check-ups and self-awareness in the battle against cancer, and has a practical approach to the disease itself. Youve got to take every bit of support youre offered, whether thats from the doctors, your family or friends, she insists. And, take it from me, none of it is as scary as it sounds. I wouldnt lie.

    Given that strength and determination, its logical that she has now returned to the stage and performing, and is reportedly excited about her role in one of the most enduringly successful hit musicals of recent times.

    In fact, Bernie has followed the advice of one of The Nolans biggest hits Gotta Pull Myself Together. And in 2012 she is certainly one together lady!

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    THE children have all left home for lives of their own or you suddenly realise one day that the house youre in is simply too big for your needs. Whatever the reason, its time to DOWNSIZE!Once, downsizing carried a bit of a stigma, almost as if you couldnt afford the home you had so you had to go for something less. But, in todays cost-conscious, energy-efficient and finance-orientated world, many more people are downsizing for all the right reasons.

    Along with finding a smaller property to live in, however, comes some unusual dilemmas along with the usual dilemmas of how to furnish the new home and what is surplus to requirements.

    Interior designer Chrissy Halton from Innerspace offers some simple advice: When downsizing, dont try and replicate the house you had go for a new look.

    And only take with you items that really mean something to you. Off-white walls look great with more antique furniture items, for example. Less is more!

    The advantages of moving to a smaller property can be that your bills are likely to be smaller and there will be less housework needed. The first big minus, though, is that youve probably got far too many possessions to fit into your new home.

    You cant take everything with you, says Chrissy, so start by having a really good de-clutter so that you can really see what you have that you love. That way you can more easily make the decision about what to take and you dont have to pay the removal company too much!

    Ask your relatives and friends if they would like to have particular items that you dont want to take with you. Theres a growing trend for mixing old and new furniture currently so they may be glad to be offered a piece theyve coveted or that may fit in their home. Or look to sell items on ebay and start afresh in your new home with some new furniture.

    The National Association of Estate Agents says that downsizing offers a chance to have a thorough springclean and focus on exactly what you want in your new home, and what you dont.

    You may have furniture which isnt suitable for your new home, or that could do with replacing. So think ahead and make sure you have taken proper measurements of your new property so you dont struggle on moving day with items that you probably shouldnt have brought with you.

    For many of us, the pull of our old home is all about the memories that weve shared as a family within those bricks and mortar. Our children may have grown up here, and every room can be associated with personal milestones or events that matter to our own family history.

    If youre worried about losing all the history behind your old home, think about using photos to show your life, adds Chrissy. Its easy to make them into beautiful collages, and that way you can take the items with you without having the real thing.

    When it actually comes to chucking out much-loved and possibly worn furniture or other items, contact a local charity which might be glad of household goods and especially furniture in good condition. The national homeless charity Emmaus, for example, may have a local collection service for unwanted furniture, or

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    another charitable organisation may be willing to pick up your item to sell for funds or to give it a good home with someone else who really needs it.

    Its important to plan ahead with your new space. Think about how youre going to use the space you are moving to, says Chrissy. What is the purpose of each room? How many people will you need to fit in to sit? Will you really need a dining room specifically?

    Situations change and what you once needed you may no longer require. If you actually look at how

    much time you spend in each room of your current home now, you may be very surprised at how little space you actually use on a regular basis. Take this and what items you use as a gauge for what you need to take with you.

    For example, she points out, if your new bathroom is smaller than youve been used to, is it worth removing the bath and having a larger shower? This may not only make more sense for your daily living but can help with any current or future mobility issues.

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    Whatever style of dcor you choose for your new home, its worth trying to avoid clutter and opt for todays cleaner lines and minimalist approach if only to cut down on housework!

    Take a look at current interior styles and how these can be easily achieved. Open up a dark room or small bathroom with a roof window or skylight, for example.

    Take advantage of the wealth of modern flooring including natural woods that can make a room warm and homely in Winter and cool and calming in Summer. You might like to team this type of flooring with a handsome rug in a shade or pattern that tones with your rooms chosen colour scheme.

    Plain walls matched with attractive fabrics in curtains or blinds give a room a modern look and allow smart furniture and impressive pictures or photographs to really come into their own.

    If the downsizing also applies to your pocket, then you dont have to spend a fortune on your new place. In fact, theres often an enjoyable challenge in keeping within a tight budget yet coming up with something fresh, new and comfortable even if the items are cut-price or second-hand. Again, ebay can be a boon here.

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    Paradise Wildlife Park is a fantastic fun day out for all of the family with over 400 animals including; tigers, lions, monkeys, zebras, meerkats, lemurs, the Birds of Paradise area, the Reptile Temple, plus regular keeper talks, daily shows and events. There is also 3 adventure playgrounds, the Tumble Jungle, Tractor Trailer Rides, the Dinosaur Woodland Railway*, Formula Fun*, Jungle Gems*, Woodland Walk, On Safari Adventure Golf*, Paradise Lagoon paddling pool and the National Speedway Museum. (*additional charge).

    Paradise has a good a selection of catering outlets including Safari Sams Diner and the Tumble Jungle, offering snacks and ice cream, to plated meals. Toilets are located around the Park and most of the site is wheel chair accessible.

    Paradise Wildlife Park is situated 20 miles north of London, just off the A10 near to junction 25 of the M25. Simply follow the brown and white tourist signs! For Sat Navs it is EN10 7QA. We are also accessible by rail at Broxbourne Station via National Express. There is a mini bus service which is 1 per person each way to and from the Park.

    Amazing Animal ExperiencesParadise Wildlife Park is Europes leading zoo for Wild Animal Experiences. These give you a real sense of beauty, size and strength of our wonderful animal friends. You can Feed A Big Cat, Meet The Meerkats, have Tea with The Tigers, Feed A Lemur, Shadow A keeper or Big Cat Keeper, have Breakfast with the Big Cats, Face Your Phobia and much, much more. They make great birthday and Christmas presents, and gifts for special occasions. Of course you could just simply treat yourself. These experiences create fantastic memories and all the family can participate. For more information and a full list of experiences go to pwpark.com

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    Continental breakfast is served in the secluded Tiger Treetops Cafe. Exclusively yours for the morning, it overlooks the tiger enclosure. Savour freshly made croissants and coffee while the tigers enjoy their breakfast with you! Youre then free to spend the rest of the day enjoying the activities Paradise has to offer.

    The highlight of your stay is a VIP guided tour by one of the well trained keepers. Youll learn all about the conservation work that happens at the park, and can get hands on with some of the smaller creatures too. But the fun doesnt stop when the gates close. After hours you will have exclusive use of the Paradise Lagoon and Woodland Walk surrounded by foxes, deer and owls.

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    Dave Myers and Simon King alias The Hairy Bikers were in the middle of a regime of diet and exercise when we chatted.

    Yes, sorry, I know youll probably have to read that sentence again. Those two well-covered foodies? Diet? Exercise?

    Fear not. Its all in the cause of a new cookery book about dieting and Dave and Simon had thrown themselves into both food and exercise regimes with the kind of enthusiasm they normally reserve for a piece of garlic-dripping Italian foccaccia bread or a couple of their favourite beers.

    Yes, I know, explains Simon, the blonde Geordie member of the famous chef duo. It doesnt sound like us, but obesity is a real problem in this country at the moment, hen, and were just trying to help.

    As a result, Simon, aged 45, had been hitting the gym regularly and its working. Im not sure how much weight Ive lost because Ive got some dodgy scales that say 20 stone 5lb one minute and 14 stone 8lb the next, but I know I can get into some jeans I couldnt before. Mind you, Im still a fat lad! he roars familiarly.

    Dave, at 55, sounds like hes taken a more scientific approach to the subject. Hes lost a stone and a half, has taken up boxing but still manages to sound incredulous when he says :Do yknow, Im actually enjoying the sessions.

    You might be forgiven for not putting weight-loss and The Hairy Bikers in the same sentence because the likeable lads have spent the past eight years showing us what fun food can be both making it and eating it.Theyve travelled around the UK and across the globe gathering culinary experiences and footage for their TV series, astride some seriously large motorbikes. Their trademark has been making new friends via food, cooking in peoples homes and generally acting as brilliant ambassadors for the best dishes that people can make for themselves.

    The new cookery book will still be about food, though, states Dave, the darker, bespectacled one. Its just that well be showing good food that you can easily make with fewer calories in it so it wont put too much weight on.

    The two are speaking ahead of their new country-wide tour that starts in September and takes in 41 venues over the next three months, from Barrow in Furness to Bolton and Lowestoft to Liverpool. Its their first live tour since their last sell-out tour two years ago, and it sounds like their usual eclectic mix of fun, socialising and, er, some cooking.

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    Its definitely not going to be two blokes on a sofa talking about food, laughs Dave. Theres loads going on. Were having strip tombola and an escapologist oh, and well be doing the tango. Well also have a couple of people from the audience having a meal with wine and beer on the stage with us. We love that, and so do they!

    In fact, Dave and Simon love most things about their lives currently, although it wasnt always as easy or straightforward. Both grew up with ailing parents: Daves mum had Multiple Sclerosis and Simons Dad was on kidney dialysis.

    For Dave, who was born when his father was 55, his earliest memory of cooking is when he was around eight helping his mum bake bread, simple fruit scones and a Victoria sponge.

    As an older dad, his father was able to spend plenty of time with Dave, although from around the age of 13 it was Dave who did the bulk of the cooking at home. He later went to art school but I was a better cook than an artist, he recalls.

    It was when he became a make-up artist specialising in prosthetics and was working on the set of a Catherine Cookson TV drama that he met Simon, then a first assistant director and locations manager. The two shared a love of bikes and food, began cooking together and a legend was born.

    Simons first foodie memory is of making sandwiches, strangely enough with the crusts taken off and cut into little triangles, when he was about six and helping in the kitchen. But most of the time I was just off out scrambling about, no time to cook! he says, with that gentle rumbling roar of laughter bubbling up.

    Their first programmes for the BBC eight years ago were more travelogue than cookery show, but the emphasis gradually changed to the enjoyable format that has attracted so many viewers today.

    Theyve also sold millions of cookery books linked to the series, and now earned themselves a BAFTA nomination for their Meals on Wheels programmes. These highlighted the vital visiting service to the elderly, and they also tried successfully - to put the emphasis back on regular freshly-cooked meals for them.

    Theyre both delighted about the nomination and, Simon insists, they hope the subject will continue to catch the public imagination because its an important one. In the series, it wasnt Dave and I who were the stars of the show but all these marvellous older people, he insists.

    Theyve got the most wonderful cookery knowledge themselves. Its so important for older people to keep on cooking good food like they always did, and share their skills with their grandchildren to keep these going and become a real legacy.

    The two Northerners and their easygoing style has already been credited with tickling taste-buds at home and abroad, whether thats sampling breads in Poland or guzzling nougat in the French town of Montelimar.

    But its plain they are genuinely passionate about all thats best in food and sharing the enthusiasm to create it. Although the new cookery book has a dietary theme, food enjoyment as always comes first. Well be doing dishes like a really tasty cassoulet and a great Masala Spatchcock Chicken, states Dave.

    As for the problematic weight-loss, theyre both confident they can lead this new campaign trimly from the front. Well, adds Simon, If God is good and he keeps me off the brown ale!

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    WillsIf you have not yet made a Will, or it is some years since you did so, then now is the time to deal with this essential task. For many people, this is the most important document you will ever sign and yet, although nowadays we are all aware of the importance of having our affairs in order, many people still approach retirement without having an up to date Will professionally drawn up and in place.

    Dying without a valid Will means that all we own passes according to the law (the intestacy rules), which may not be in the manner we thought or would have wished. If we are married, everything does not necessarily automatically pass to our spouse. If we are not married to our partner, they would receive nothing: nor would our step children, our good friends, our favoured charities, or perhaps our late spouses niece who helps us with cooking and shopping. Worse still, if we have remarried, unless the situation has been discussed with a solicitor and a Will drawn up specifically to deal with such a situation, all we own could end up passing to the children of our second spouse, and not to our own children.

    Care fees are a constant worry; with a professionally drawn up Will a specialist solicitor will be able to explain how these are calculated, and will be able to suggest ways of mitigating them in the event that you should need care at some point in the future. It is no use waiting until you or your spouse is on the verge of going into care to start thinking about these matters; now is the time to address any concerns.

    Inheritance tax (death duties) is another cause of anxiety for many people. When we meet clients to discuss their Wills, we look at all their circumstances and, if appropriate, explain about lifetime gifts and discretionary trusts, just two of the methods used to reduce the value of your estate and possibly avoid the

    burden of inheritance tax on your eventual death. The maxim a little knowledge is a dangerous thing is never more true than with estate planning, and well explain why it is generally not possible to avoid inheritance tax simply by giving your home to your children while you continue to live there, and in fact may result in additional tax being payable.

    Lasting Powers of AttorneyAs important as Wills are for what happens on our death, Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are equally important during our lifetime. We liken LPAs to holiday insurance; We hope well never have to claim on it, but wed never go abroad without it.

    An LPA is a document by which we give authority to a person or persons to act on our behalf if we find ourselves unable to do so. There are two types of LPA, and it is possible to have either or both set up for our use:-

    l Property & Financial Affairsl Health & Welfare

    The first type allows your attorney(s), who will be your choice of responsible person(s), to manage your financial and property affairs. For example, you can authorise them to write cheques on your behalf, pay bills, and claim benefits for you. By planning ahead, you are able to give your instructions while you are of sound mind, in anticipation of not being capable, either mentally or physically, to do so at some future date. Hopefully, it may never need to be used, but you will have peace of mind knowing that it is in place.

    The Health & Welfare LPA allows you to authorise your attorney(s) to make health & welfare decisions for you, and can only be used if you lose the necessary mental capacity. They can make decisions about where you live and your day to day care; if you wish, your attorney(s)

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    will also be able to refuse or consent to medical treatment on your behalf. In the event of a disagreement between them and the local authority, the latter will have to abide by the decisions of your attorney(s).

    What problems might arise if I dont have an LPA?

    Not having LPAs in place could cause untold distress to you and to your loved ones, and create problems which could easily have been avoided. If you were struck down by a sudden illness or disability, such as a stroke, there would inevitably be significant delays before money was available for care or (if necessary) your home sold; no decisions could be made, and even your spouse would not be able to have access to money or savings held in your name. With a registered LPA in place, your attorney could deal with these problems straightaway by stepping into your shoes. If you lost your mental faculties, all your finances would be frozen until someone makes an application to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship Order, a lengthy and expensive option which could have been avoided.

    Probate & Estate AdministrationAfter your death, it is the responsibility of the person(s) you have appointed in your Will as your Executor(s) (or your next of kin if you have no valid Will) to deal with the winding up of your estate. If you are married and everything is held in joint names, or the value of all you have left is very modest indeed, it is sometimes straightforward enough for the executors to deal with everything without professional assistance, or perhaps only using a solicitor to apply to the Court for a grant of Probate in the estate to enable the executor(s) to collect in the assets.

    Often, though, matters are rather more complicated. There will be an inheritance tax Return to complete and submit, and possibly a final income tax Return; estate accounts will generally need to be prepared, and it may be sensible to review everything with a specialist solicitor to see if steps might be taken to prevent assets which pass to a beneficiary or next of kin being lost to care fees, or a Deed of Variation being executed to avoid a future tax bill. When a client contacts us to advise us of a death, we usually recommend a meeting to go through the Will (or intestacy), and explain what steps will need to be taken. Depending on the complexity of the estate, and the enthusiasm (or otherwise) of the Executors to deal with some matters themselves, we can advise whether we feel it is practical for them to do so, or whether they should consider instructing solicitors either to apply to the Court for a Grant or deal with the entire administration on their behalf.

    At Michael Anvoner & Company we deal almost exclusively with Estate Planning matters:- Wills, Probate, Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Inheritance Tax mitigation and Older Client Affairs. Every client has their own particular intentions, wishes and requirements, and we always aim to ensure every client receives a personal, prompt, efficient, and friendly tailor-made service. And for the elderly or those with mobility problems, we can often visit clients at their home.

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    F O O D & D R I N K

    Rick Stein's French Odyssey

    Rick Steins passion for fresh well-sourced food has taken him from continent to continent, across magnificent shorelines and to the very best produce the coast has to offer. Rick remarks My greatest enthusiasm in life has been finding dishes that change my perception of cooking, that reveal a whole new vista of flavour combination. I think we all enjoy that. Im just someone with an enthusiasm for food and a curiosity thats sent me sniffing around all over the place looking for lovely dishes in all corners of the globe

    Taken from his book French Odyssey (BBC Books, 25) here are three of Ricks favourite recipes inspired by flavours from France.

    Heat the butter in a large, heavy-based pan. Add the onions, garlic and sugar and cook over a medium heat, stirring regularly, for 25-30 minutes until the onions are really soft and well caramelized.

    Add the wine and leave to simmer rapidly until it has reduced by half.

    Add the beef stock and bouquet garni, cover and leave the soup to simmer for at least another 30 minutes. Then remove and discard the bouquet garni, and season the soup to taste with salt and pepper.

    Meanwhile, preheat the over to 150oC/Gas Mark 2. Place the slices of bread onto a baking tray and leave them for 30 minutes to dry out but not get at all brown. Then remove the tray and increase the oven temperature to 220oC/Gas Mark 7.

    To serve, place a slice of bread into the bottom of each of 4 deep ovenproof soup bowls and ladle the soup on top, making sure the onions and stock are distributed evenly. Cover the top of the soup thickly with the grated cheese, place the bowls onto a sturdy baking tray and bake for 30 minutes until golden and bubbling. You can also place them under a hot grill for 5 minutes if you prefer or are short of time. This soup should be served scalding hot.

    60 g butter

    1 kg onions, halved and thinly sliced

    4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

    2 teaspoons caster sugar

    300 ml dry white wine

    1.5 litres Beef stock, browned

    Bouquest garni of bay leaves, thyme

    and parsley stalks

    4 x 2.5-cm-thick slices French bread

    225 g Gruyre or Comt cheese,

    coarsely grated

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    SERVES 4 French Onion Soup

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    First you need to remove the bones from the fish. To do this, remove the head of each one, and then, working with one fish at a time, start to cut the top fillet away from the bones until you can get the whole blade underneath the fillet. Then rest a hand on top of the fish and cut the rest of the fillet away from the bones until you are about 2.5cm away from the tail. Turn the fish over and repeat on the other side. Then pull back the top fillet and snip out the backbone, close to the tail, with scissors. The fillets will still be attached at the tail. Repeat with the remaining fish.

    Melt the butter in a large frying pan and as soon as it is foaming, add the bacon and fry briefly until lightly coloured. Add the sliced ceps and the garlic and toss over a medium-high heat for 1 minute until lightly cooked. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.

    Lay the prepared trout on a chopping board and pull back the top fillet of each one.

    Season the outside of each fish with a little more salt and pepper, then dredge with the flour and pat off the excess. Heat the sunflower oil in one very large or 2 slightly smaller frying pans over a moderate heat. Add the fish and fry for 21/2 minutes without moving them until nicely golden. Carefully turn the fish over and cook for another 21/2 minutes, until golden brown on the second side and cooked through. Lift the fish onto warmed plates.

    Discard the frying oil (from one of the pans if using two) and wipe the pan clean. Add the butter for the beurre noisette and allow it to melt over a moderate heat. As soon as the butter starts to smell nutty and turns light brown, add the lemon juice, parsley and some seasoning. Pour some of the butter over each fish and serve.

    Fried trout stuffed with sliced ceps, garlic and diced bacon

    4 trout, each weighing about 300g 40g butter60g rindless streaky bacon, chopped175g fresh ceps, trimmed and cut into 4-mm-thick slices2 garlic cloves, finely chopped1 tablespoon roughly chopped parsley25g plain flour2 tablespoons sunflower oilSalt and freshly ground black pepper

    FOR THE BEURRE NOISETTE:75g unsalted butter2 teaspoons lemon juice1 heaped tablespoon chopped parsley

    SERVES 4

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    Cataract is one of the most common causes of sight loss in the UK, but it neednt be. Leading sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) warns that 50 per cent of sight loss could be avoided and that people should be more aware of what to look out for. A cataract is a clouding of the part of the eye called the lens. It causes vision to become blurred because the cataract is like frosted glass, interfering with a persons sight. The lens is a clear tissue found behind the iris, the coloured part of the eye. The lens helps to focus light on the back of the eye the retina forming an image.

    What to look out for:If you experience any of the following symptoms make an appointment for an eye examination.

    Blurry Sight: This is very common. You may notice that your sight has become blurred or misty, or that your glasses seem dirty or appear scratched. Dazzled By Light: You may be dazzled by lights, such as a car headlamps, and sunlight. Change of Colour Vision: Your colours may become washed out or faded. If your doctor or optician has told you that you have a cataract, dont be alarmed. Cataracts are very common with one in three people over 65 being diagnosed in the UK. Many people over 60 have some cataract and the vast majority can be treated successfully. Cataract surgery, where the cloudy lens is removed during an operation, is one of the most successful eye operations.

    If you or someone you know has a sight problem, RNIB can help. Call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk.

    If your vision has declined or become blurry in recent years, dont assume that a stronger prescription is all you need for a quick fix.

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    If theres one thing that has helped keep us fit an on our feet in the last 50 years its the increase in the technology and availability of hip and knee replacements.

    Hip replacements were first performed in this country in the 1960s, with knee and ankle replacements since the 1970s. In England and Wales each year, around 160,000 of us are able to enjoy a new lease of life and mobility thanks to our new hip and knee joints and, if youll forgive the pun, ankles are quickly catching up.

    For many people, hip or knee surgery not only signals a return to mobility but usually leaves behind grinding daily pain.

    If hip pain is so serve it interferes with quality of life including sleep, medication is not working and everyday tasks are difficult, it might well be the right time to for a hip replacement. Most adults having them are over 64, and women tend to need them more than men.

    Need a new hip or knee?A return to mobility.

    The most common reasons for hip replacement are: osteoarthritis (when the connecting tissue between the joint is damaged, causing the bones to run together painfully), rheumatoid arthritis (when the immune system attacks the lining of the joint resulting in pain and stiffness), septic arthritis (when the joint becomes infected), Pagets disease (affecting bone growth), bone tumours and other joint injuries.

    Osteoporosis can sometimes cause hip and joint fractures which need a replacement, as can late development dysplasia (which prevents the ball and socket hip joint from developing probably).

    Always speak to you GP about hip problems because they will know your history and examine you, and may want you to have an x-ray to confirm their diagnosis. Your overall health is important before any major surgery, so your GP will want you to be fit as possible beforehand.

    Before surgery, a physiotherapist will also discuss your rehabilitation programme and how to use walking aids