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  • 2 The Carpenters Arms

    A friendly welcome awaits you at our 14th century Grade II listed pub situated just around the corner in the quiet village of Slapton. Enjoy a mouthwatering

    menu from light bites to a full 3 course menu in our cosy bar or restaurant.

    1 Horton Road, Slapton LU7 9DBwww.carpentersarmsslapton.co.uk

    Reservations 01525 220563

    10% off food with this advert valid follow us on Facebook to find out Thursday - Saturday 6pm-10pm about our live music nightsoffers not valid with any other offer Carpenters Slapton

    Carvery every Sunday 12-5pm 9.95 adults 5.50 kids 10 yrs and underunder 5s eat free(one child per adult)

    Curry BuffetTuesday 5-10pmeat all you like9.95 adults 5.50 kids 10yrs and underunder 5s eat free

    Seniors Special OfferMonday Lunch12-3pm enjoy our lunch time menu with a main course, pudding, tea or coffee with biscuits for only 6.50 per head

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    CONTENT

    6 Locally 10 Linslade School12 Budget Travel14 Beauty for Men16 Auto Biographies18 Knickers 22 Got a blockage?24 Beat the bulge28 A fathers rights30 Baileys ice cream 32 Choosing a care home34 Whats On36 Puzzles40 Tax free child care42 Puzzlesolutions44 Book Review46 CrypticJack

    Dear AllIt is carnival and festival season and we have so many events to choose from as we head into summer. I have crammed as many of them in to the whats on page as possible but you can also follow on Facebook and Twiter to be updated on even moreHave a great timeAll the best, Andrena

    Editor:Andrena CardenWhiteAdvertising & Editorial, The Vine Magazine 0797 155 4604 [email protected] (Leighton Buzzard/Bletchley)

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  • The Carpenters Arms

    A friendly welcome awaits you at our 14th century Grade II listed pub situated just around the corner in the quiet village of Slapton. Enjoy a mouthwatering

    menu from light bites to a full 3 course menu in our cosy bar or restaurant.

    1 Horton Road, Slapton LU7 9DBwww.carpentersarmsslapton.co.uk

    Reservations 01525 220563

    10% off food with this advert valid follow us on Facebook to find out Thursday - Saturday 6pm-10pm about our live music nightsoffers not valid with any other offer Carpenters Slapton

    Carvery every Sunday 12-5pm 9.95 adults 5.50 kids 10 yrs and underunder 5s eat free(one child per adult)

    Curry BuffetTuesday 5-10pmeat all you like9.95 adults 5.50 kids 10yrs and underunder 5s eat free

    Seniors Special OfferMonday Lunch12-3pm enjoy our lunch time menu with a main course, pudding, tea or coffee with biscuits for only 6.50 per head

    Wednesday nightsis Steak nightsee our website fordetails

    Our delicious lunch time menu is available Tuesday to Saturday

    12-5pm

    if you dont join us on one of our special nights we have an outstanding evening menu available Thursday to Saturday

    5pm-10pm25% early bird discount if you order food between 5pm-6pm Thursday to Saturday

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    Mabels News from Appledown

    Hello again! I am Mabel the resident dog at Appledown Rescue and Rehoming Kennels in Eaton Bray. As usual we have lots of dogs who, through no fault of their own, are in need of a loving new home. I would like to introduce you to one in particular. My friend, Hurricane, is a 4-year-

    old lurcher. He is fully vaccinat-ed, neutered and microchipped. Hurricane is house-trained and has been living with a family for two years but sadly, due to a change in family circum-stances, he has been returned to us. He has an impeccable temperament and has done

    nothing wrong. We would love to see him happily settled again. If you

    feel you could offer Hurricane, or any of our other dogs, a loving and secure home please call in at the ken-nels any day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Our staff will be happy to offer advice and information. Please note that we have restrictions on rehoming dogs to families with children under 7 years of age, so please ask for details.

    CAKE STALL - Saturday 15th June

    Visit our stall at Leighton Buzzard Market and choose from a selection of delicious of home-made cakes.

    ELVIS NIGHT & BBQ - Saturday 13th July

    Elvis and sixties music band Carnaby Street will be providing the entertainment at Totternhoe Memorial

    Hall. 7.30 -11.00 p.m. Barbecue, licensed bar & raffle. Tickets 10 from Appledown and the Memorial Hall.

    Appledown Rescue and Rehoming Kennels, Harling Road, Eaton Bray, Beds LU6 1QYReg. Charity No. 1116848

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    Mabels News from Appledown

    Hello again! I am Mabel the resident dog at Appledown Rescue and

    Rehoming Kennels in Eaton Bray. As usual we have lots of dogs who, through

    no fault of their own, are in need of a loving new home. I would like to

    introduce you to one in particular.

    My friend, Hurricane, is a 4-year-old lurcher. He is fully

    vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. Hurricane is house-

    trained and has been living with a family for two years but

    sadly, due to a change in family circumstances, he has been

    returned to us. He has an impeccable temperament and has

    done nothing wrong. We would love to see him happily

    settled again. If you feel you could offer Hurricane, or any of our other

    dogs, a loving and secure home please call in at the kennels

    any day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Our staff will be happy

    to offer advice and information. Please note that we have restrictions on rehoming dogs to families

    with children under 7 years of age, so please ask for details.

    CAKE STALL, Saturday 15th June - Visit our stall at Leighton Buzzard Market and choose from a

    selection of delicious of home-made cakes.

    ELVIS NIGHT & BBQ, Saturday 13th July Elvis and sixties music band Carnaby Street will be

    providing the entertainment at Totternhoe Memorial Hall. 7.30 -11.00 p.m. Barbecue, licensed bar

    and raffle. Tickets 10 available from Appledown and the Memorial Hall.

    Appledown Rescue and Rehoming Kennels, Harling Road, Eaton Bray, Beds LU6 1QY

    Call 01525 220383 . E-mail [email protected]

    Facebook Appledown Rescue and Rehoming Kennels.

    (Reg. Charity No. 1116848)

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    The relationship shared with each pet is quite unique and we all grieve differently over individual pets.

    It is perfectly normal and acceptable to grieve over the loss of a pet.

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    TheCedars Upper School health and beauty department was built last year to provide hair and beauty courses to their year 10 and 11 stu-dents but on the back of its great success they can now offer courses to adult learners. They also have open days throughout the year where members of the public can attend for treatments for more details contact [email protected] or telephone on 01525 219359

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    Are these the oldest snooker tables in town?This year celebrates the cen-tenary of Leighton Buzzard Conservative Club, the now Grade II listed building opened by the Duke of Bedford on 16th September 1913. To find out more about events including its on centenary celebrations on the weekend of 14th/15th September visit www.lbconclub.co.uk 01525 377976

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  • le i gh ton buz z ard

    Harrisons Jewellers are a well -known and respected independent jeweller within Herts, Beds and Bucks with a long

    and illustrious heritage in designing,

    repairing and making fine jewellery.

    Maintaining their traditional roots with

    a thriving workshop now based at Woburn

    Sands, the goldsmiths and craftsmen carry

    out their work for loyal customers and

    jewellers nationwide as well as proudly

    being an official Pandora goldsmith

    carrying out repairs and services to

    customers of over 70 Pandora shops.

    In the year 2000 Harrisons Jewellers opened their fi rst retail

    outlet in Welwyn Garden City and since then there have been

    gradual additions in Woburn Sands, Buckingham, Aylesbury,

    Dunstable and Biggleswade and now Leighton Buzzard. Each

    store offers something slightly different with some focusing

    more on traditional jewellery while others focus primarily on

    the global brands.

    Company owner Matthew Harrison has lived in the Leighton

    Buzzard area all his life attending Leighton Middle and Cedars

    schools. It was always his ambition to open a shop in Leighton

    Buzzard and now the ambition has fi nally become a reality when

    the doors to Leighton Buzzard were opened on the 16th April.

    The Leighton Buzzard shop is a bright and modern store

    selling globally known brands such

    as Pandora, Thomas Sabo, ICE Watch,

    Radley and Tresor Paris. It is a complete

    contrast to the origins of the business

    but one which will fi t in well with fellow

    jewellers already established in the town

    who offer an array of specialist services.

    Harrisons Jewellers are delighted to

    have opened a shop in what is a thriving

    and vibrant market town with a great

    community spirit at its core. We are

    committed to the economic and community

    growth of the town and have already shown

    our support by getting involved with I love

    Leighton Buzzard now re branded as LB First.

    Our globally known jewellery brands such as Pandora, Thomas

    Sabo, ICE watch and Tresor Paris compliments the existing

    jewellers in the town to ensure Leighton Buzzard now has a

    complete jewellery offering meaning people have the choice to

    shop locally and support a local business rather than travelling

    further afi eld. Even on day one of opening, many have expressed

    their delight in not having to travel to Milton Keynes or Aylesbury

    to get the big brands. We are surrounded by some great shops on

    Bridge Street and we hope to help lift the footfall.

    The team at Leighton Buzzard welcome you to the store at

    21 Bridge Street, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1AH, open Monday

    to Saturday 9am to 5pm, Tel: 01525 854552.

    www.harrisonsjewellers.co.uk

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  • 10

    LINSLADE SCHOOL, Mentmore Road, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2PA TEL: 01525 372640 FAX: 01525 851437 EMAIL: [email protected] WEB: www.linsladeac.co.uk

    Linslade School is a thriving 9-13 Middle School in Leighton BuzzardWHERE WE AIM TO:

    Provide a safe and secure environment in which everyone is welcomed, respected and valued.

    Encourage high aspirations and expectations, striving for excellence in all that we do.

    Provide all learners with the opportunity to achieve to the best of their ability both in the classroom and via a broad range of extra-curricular experiences including:

    A wide range of extra- curricular sporting opportunities;

    An exciting range of trips and visits;

    Our school productions, which this year included Joseph and the much acclaimed Bugsy Malone

    The chance to take part in clubs and activities ranging from ICT club, to beading, chess to art, singing group to gardening club and dance club to cookery club. This year we have even built our very own green car!

    In addition, we offer a strong and caring environment in which our pupils feel safe. New pupils are supported via a buddy system in order to make their journey to Linslade as smooth as possible.

    Our children are happy and tell us Its brilliant at Linslade School!

    We currently have a number of places available for entry in Years 5 and 7 in September 2013. If you are still looking for a place for your son or daughter, please do not hesitate to contact us to ask for a prospectus to be sent to you or to arrange a time to come and take a look around.

    LINSLADE SCHOOL

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    A Travellers

    Tale

    The Island on the Edge of the WorldBy Paul Heley

    A number of years ago, I was with my cousin and her hus-band (who had a reasonable sized, sea going yacht) and we'd spent a while sailing around western Scotland. At the end, Dick asked me if there was anywhere that I would really like to go and, without even thinking, I said St Kilda - somewhere which had been on my "would love to visit but doubt I'll ever get there" list for many years.He didn't flinch!; and it was agreed that if I could get to the Outer Hebrides at the drop of a hat, we'd have a shot the following year. And, it happened: the 'phone call came, I leapt on my motorbike, charged off to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris and was met by Dick and Gillian a cou-ple of days later. NB Speed was of the essence, and a suitable weather window was imperative, because the seas round St Kilda are notori-ously tricky. Although you might get there, you might not be able to land (or even leave!)Anyway, next day we loaded up with provisions and diesel (the boat had an engine as well as sails) and during the afternoon, we sailed westwards through the Sound of Harris headed for St Kilda 50 miles away in the North Atlantic. We arrived overnight, dropped anchor, and went ashore by dinghy early next morning. I must admit to having a tremendous feeling of achieve-

    ment upon first setting foot on the land - it was as though something long anticipated could now be ticked off and was almost mystical.I'd read a bit about St Kilda - dubbed "the island on the edge of the world" - and the more I read, the more intriguing it became. For example :- St Kilda is not an island as such but is an archipelago of four islands and a number of sea stacks. The main island is called Hirta but there is also Dun, Soay and Boreray. The whole archipelago is a result of volcanic outbursts 60 million (or so) years ago and has geological affinity with Rhum, Ardnamurchan, Mull, Faroes and Iceland plus many other places.Archaeological evidence shows it was first inhabited more than 3000 years ago and had been periodically inhabited ever since. Even before the Vikings (roughly 1000 years ago) and until the island's evacuation in 1930, people have been there continuously and it is amazing to think that folk have chosen to live on this remote, isolated, cold, rain lashed, storm riven island since time immemorial.Apart from the ancient "souter-rain" (literally "below ground") and "horned" habitable structures, Hebridean "black" houses had been used during the last few centuries. These were oval in shape (to combat the wind), had very thick stone walls, a single door for both animals

    and family, a single window, no chimney for smoke to escape (hence "black" because of the soot encrust-ed interior) and a turf covered roof held down with ropes attached to heavy boulders. There are stomach churning accounts of how people and animals lived together in these old houses. Forget about sanitation! But during the mid 19th century, most (but not all) people moved out of the black houses into the usual idea of stone built, rectangular, cottages. It's important to note that there are no trees on St Kilda so wood (in the form of driftwood) was precious, and 99% of any structure was stone. There's plenty of that! The population never exceeded 200 and this number fluctuated greatly due to disease, epidemic, lack of sanitation, high infant mortality, emigration, etc. The life style of the St Kildans was unchanging: perhaps, and because they were living so close to the edge of disaster, their extreme conserva-tism and reluctance to change in any way is understandable.They grew some barley, oats and vegetables where possible, ate the mutton of the wild Soay sheep on the next island on occasions - but rarely ate fish. Although the sur-rounding seas teemed, fishing could be very dangerous in little boats and, anyway, the islanders considered fish to be relatively tasteless.

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    For Men

    1 Cleanse your face daily, not with soap, but with a proper gel cleanser. It doesnt have to be anything fancy, but it should be strong enough to break through the grease that comes from open pores and active sebaceous glands, whilst gentle enough to be used every day.

    2 Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. This dislodges debris from clogged pores below the skins surface. Choose a scrub with granules in it to make your skin look smoother and brighter, and it will also soften the hair follicles to give you a closer, less irritat-ing shave.

    3 Moisturise daily. Shower-ing and shaving open up pores which allow water to escape, making the skin dry and taut. Moisturising regularly replaces lost moisture and also helps prevent razor burn. Use one with SPF to protect you against the suns rays.Follow these simple routines and your skin will soon look and feel much better!

    Following the success of Mothers Day which originated in the USA, it seemed apt of course to give Dads a chance to be recog-nised for a special day in the year when they too could be treated and pampered. It is acknowledged that a lady called Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired by the American Mother's Day celebrations and she planned a day to give thanks to fathers and indeed this special day has been celebrated in the USA since 1910.Held on the third Sunday in June, Fathers Day is a day to honour those who play a fatherly role and visit them and or treat them to gifts to show how important they are in our lives. With the increase in availability of personally printed products, Dads often get given mugs, Tshirts or calendars. Depending on the age of the children involved a specially drawn picture or painted pebbles can be treasured for years to come - for those who are older a pub lunch is often favoured!

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    A Travellers

    Tale (Continued)

    For their staple, the islanders had adopted a completely unique diet based on sea birds. Since there are literally millions of them eg puffins, gannets, guillemots, kitti-wakes, fulmars to name but few, the sup-ply was inexhaustable. Birds were used mainly for food but their feathers and down were used in bedding and clothing and their oil was used for cooking, light-ing and heating. As food, they were either roasted, boiled or "grilled" in front of the fire. The fulmar was especially prized and was effectively "squeezed" in order to release its plentiful supply of oil.There was also the requirement to store the birds for the winter time and, after plucking and gutting, the flesh was dried. The landscape is covered with hundreds of "cleitean", ie small, stone built and turf roofed structures where the wind blowing through loosely packed stones could do the drying and the rain was kept out. Such structures are unique to St Kilda.In order to harvest the birds and their eggs from Hirta and Boreray, St Kildans had to be expert "cragsmen" in order to scale the precipitous cliffs - reputedly the highest in Britain. They climbed bare footed and it is suggested that evolution was slowly developing opposable toes in the men so as to cling onto tiny footholds on the cliff face. There is also the story of the "Mistress Stone" upon which a young man had to balance precariously in order to prove his ability as a cragsman and to be suitable as a husband and father. The graveyard on Hirta gives testimony to some of those who fell from these daunt-ing cliffs.Amongst the islanders themselves, money and politics played no part. Some of the more romantic writers have described the St Kildan lifestyle as "serene", "idyllic", "heavenly", "utopian", whilst those with their feet more firmly on the ground use such adjectives as "ignorant", "poverty stricken", "deprived", "medically una-ware". Yer pays yer money and yer takes yer choice on this one!The lifestyle was virtually an example of pure communism - everything was shared equally and everyone worked for the good of the community as well as for his own family. Each day, the men of the village met at a specific spot along "The Street" (singular) and decided what need-ed to be done that day and who would do what. This meeting was known as The Parliament. It is extremely poignant to walk along this deserted street, in and out of the deserted houses, trying to imagine the men, all dressed identically, deliberat-ing the day's events whist the womenfolk would prepare food or weave cloth.

    Although St Kilda was, to a large extent isolated, it was not totally removed from the rest of the world. On a good day, it is possible to see the Outer Hebrides - and to be seen. Consequently, each com-munity knew of the other's existence and from times long past, St Kilda had come under the stewardship of Scottish clan chiefs who periodically sent their repre-sentatives to exact a form of tithe."Missionaries" had also visited St Kilda since well before 1700 and had con-verted the islanders from a type of Gaelic-Norse paganism into devout Christians. Some of these missionaries stayed for some time and contributed much towards the general welfare but one, the Rev. John Mackay - from the hell fire and brimstone Free Church of Scotland - was there from 1865 to '89 and exercised an exceedingly harsh rule and most likely did more harm than good. The missionar-ies were not only preachers and savers of souls but were also the school teacher, the doctor and someone who could intervene on the islanders' behalf when dealing with mainland officials - they were powerful people who could not be ignored.In times of emergency, the islanders had devised the "St Kilda mailboat" which was a variant on the "message in a bottle" idea. The "mailboat" would be launched in the hope that it would wash up on the Scottish mainland and acted upon. Some-times it worked, and one even got as far as Norway. On a grimmer note, there is the story of Lady Rachel Grange who had been ban-ished to St Kilda by her husband because she knew too much about his Jacobite sympathies and was prepared to spill the beans. Marooned on St Kilda for 7 years unable to speak Gaelic (and the islanders knew no English) she slowly went bonk-ers. Following her eventual release, she died in 1745 - by then completely mad.But over time, the St Kildans became increasingly aware that they were beyond the edge of normal society and that their life was unnecessarily primitive. This was emphasised during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as more and more visitors came to the island until, eventu-ally, in 1930, the islanders asked to be evacuated to the mainland. By this time, there were only 36 of them left and they realised that they were, effectively, a spe-cies on the edge of extinction.Thus ended the story of a particular group of people who, over centuries or even millenia, had followed a unique way of life. All that now remains are memories.

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    A recent reconfiguration of my bedroom led me to a bit of a sort out in the knicker department and it is fair to say that the results were quite surprising. It may also be fair to say that this article is best suited to women and that men of a sensitive disposition (or those who would like to preserve a sense of mystery) might wish to turn the page.

    The grand total was 72 pairs, without further comparison it seems like quite a lot but if you then consider that if you, dear reader, are sitting in a doctor's surgery, have hap-pened upon this publication on perhaps the 1st July, then, without the aid of a wash-ing machine, I could survive, (although on many days, with a fair degree of discomfort I will come to that) until precisely 10th September.....a whole summer of knickers.

    So to categories; the first, most practical and frankly the point I should have stopped at, are the days of the week knickers, 7 days, 7 pairs, the work is done. However, there is the problem of colours; I never wear Sunday because they are a slightly Caucasian flesh toned pink with yellow trim and there is nothing nice about flesh of a certain age and certainly no need to match any garment to it but particularly not a garment that is likely to be next to the biggest expanse of said flesh. They are also a tad frilly and

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    Ladies, I now come on to those knickers that are at the very back of the drawer, the sexy little numbers that were either bought for us (wrong size but you have to admire their optimism) or the ones that came in a match-ing set, sometimes even with suspender belt. Let me digress to the suspender belt for just one moment. Some of us, (yes me) did make brave attempts to breach the chasm between belt and stocking top with a piece of elastic under such tension that should either end fail, the recoil could have resulted in significant injury. I think, unless sylph like, we mostly reach the same conclu-sion and that is, framing and concentrating the worst bits of flesh into bulgy mounds is not conducive to anyone reaching even the lowest heights of pas-sion. I digressed, even without the aforementioned many of these sexy little numbers are not without an element of pain. G-strings, Tangas, Bra-zilian fit (not to be mistaken with other similar sounding services) and even boy shorts can, without any encourage-ment from their owner, travel to parts they were not destined for and whilst on their journey induce significant discomfort

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    The grand total was 72 pairs, without further comparison it seems like quite a lot but if you then consider that if you, dear reader, are sitting in a doctor's surgery, have hap-pened upon this publication on perhaps the 1st July, then, without the aid of a wash-ing machine, I could survive, (although on many days, with a fair degree of discomfort I will come to that) until precisely 10th September.....a whole summer of knickers.

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    and even pain without going into too much more detail lets just call that minus 14 days of knickers.

    Shapewear, so called because you get an aerobic workout pulling it on. Yes, since the days of Trinny and Suzan-nah we have been lulled into believing that shapewear will transform our figures into the goddesses we imagine and in-deed if you have the required grip strength to pull them into the desired position the area for which they are intended is instantly and impressively compressed. It is unfortunate that the adjacent areas to this now become the recipient of transferred flesh another piece of shapewear perhaps. In the defence of shapewear I do have a slip which is very effective under skirts and dresses however, it compress-es my thighs together so much that my legs are slightly spring loaded so that I can only take miniscule steps forwards under great effort and can manage the stairs only by moving my legs from the knees down. Minus 5 days.

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    At Home&In The GardenA toilet that wont flush, sinks that wont empty, grates that overflow, and an unpleasant smell are all tell-tale signs that there is a blockage or damage to the pipes, drains or sewers that service your property. But who is responsible for carrying out the work?

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