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A free community magazine for the Luton area of Bedfordshire. Packed with an engaging variety of articles, news, puzzles, competitions and local what's on guide. The Vine is also a local business directory, offering affordable and effective advertising to local businesses - "connecting local people to local businesses". 10,000 copies delivered to homes in the Bramingham, Icknield, Barnfield and Stopsley areas of Luton. www.thevinemagazine.com

Transcript of The Vine Luton - August / September 2014 -I ssue 4

  • Local NewsWhats On

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    August/September 2014 Issue 4

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  • 4Editors:Scott NightingaleShelly Nesbitt

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    Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the content of advertising and articles published in this magazine are accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial con-tributors can accept and hereby disclaim any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors.Neither do they reflect the opinion of this publication. The Vine does not officially endorse any advertising material included within this publica-tion.No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission.

    Conkers! 6Guinness World Record! 6 A Good Read 8Whats Best For You 10Consumer Clinic 12Health, Beauty & Wellbeing 14Puzzles 16Looking Up! 18Tastes So Good 19At Home 20In The Garden 22Auto-biographies 24Reduce Parenting Stress 26The Importance Of Tailoring 27Out & About 28

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  • 6Most sources agree that the glori-ously eccentric game of conkers

    began in England, but conkers is also played in North America, Canada, Ireland and Switzerland. Success in conkers relies on good equip-ment. Hence you need a good horse chestnut . The best are firm, uncracked and symmetrical. Drill through the centre and thread a shoelace through the hole, knotting it securely.The aim is to smash your opponents conker with your own and if you achieve this, your conker becomes a one-er. From here it gets a bit more complicated. If it then smashes another one-er it becomes a two-er. If it then smashes a two-er it automatically becomes a four-er. If it then smashes a six-er it becomes a ten-er and so on. Still with me?The rules of conkers are many and varied. I rather like the one which states that if you

    drop your conker your opponent can yell stamps and crush your conker with his foot. If you yell no stamp first, hes not allowed to do this. Good luck with that

    one one in the heat of battle!Dense conkers are best. If yours

    sinks in a bucket of water its a good one. Less legitimately include baking your conker in a low oven, soaking it in vinegar or coat-ing it in nail polish are all guaranteed to improve your chances of success in open competition.The official world conker championship is held annually in Ashton in Northamp-tonshire. Contestants are not allowed to use their own conkers. They also dispense with the points rule mentioned earlier, and no-one is allowed to stamp on anyone elses conkers, which surely takes some of the fun out of it.In recent years the Health and Safety police have banned conkers in schools up and down the land. This is a shame and perhaps we should campaign to get conkers back into playgrounds as part of our rightful heritage.

    Conkers! Guinness

    World Record ChallengeWardown Park Museum

    Saturday 16th August11:30am - 3pm

    To register to take part in this World Record chal-lenge go to: www.museummakers.co.ukLargest Gathering of People Wearing Boater Hats On Saturday 16th August 2014 Museum Makers and Wardown Park Museum will be attempting to break a Guinness World Record for "Largest gath-ering of people wearing boater hats" live outside the museum.Luton has a long association with the hat industry, both in the UK and around the world. Wardown Park Museum is home to an international hat collection with over 700 hats, pieces of head-wear, materials and objects from the trade. And of course our awesome local football team are oth-erwise known as the 'Hatters' making this World Record one that deserves to be held no where else but Luton Town.This is where we need you! The current record stands at 250 people and in true Luton style we are going to raise the bar as high as we can. We need a minimum of 2000 people to help us do this, here's how; We are asking all participants to register indi-vidually online with Museum Maker's so we can keep track of how many of you will be helping us break this record.From here we will keep you up-to-date with how and where its all going down, and how you can get others involved with the Museum Maker's project.Before the event we will send you a need to know information pack to prepare you for the big dayIf you can't find your own straw boater, boaters will be available on the day.Participants must be available from 11.30am on Saturday 16th August 2014Participants 16 or under must complete a paren-tal permission form and be supervised by an adult (18 or over) The first 300 sign-ups will receive a special Mu-seum Makers gift and be located in Zone A (stage front) for the event.

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    In the 30 years since EMMA JOHNSON was crowned BBCYoung Musician of the Year she has established a trulyoutstanding career as an international solo artist.We are very excited at the prospect of her first visit to Luton.

    .' ' - The Sunday Times

    Get your FREE colour brochure (Aug) with details of all 21concerts, contact LMC Secretary, Hillfoot Cottage, BartonRoad, Pulloxhill, MK45 5HR or [email protected] concerts 15 on the door or Box Office 01582547474, concessions 8, under 18yo FREE. Season or Friendssubscription see our website www.Lutonmusic.org.uk

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    Clarinet and piano recital. Programme includes Schumanns , Poulencspoignant late sonata and a new work by rising star composer Samuel Bordoli.

    This recently formed flute, viola and harp trio are winning plaudits throughout Europe fortheir impeccable musicianship. Programme includes Mozarts Trio, theTrio by Bax and Brittens haunting Lachrymae.

    One of the countrys finest young quartets continue their survey of string pieces by RalphVaughan Williams. Programme includes his first Quartet from 1908, inspired by Ravel withwhom the young composer was studying in Paris & Ravels exquisite F major quartet.

    An ongoing series celebrating the music of Beethoven and the Celtic nations. This Irishprogramme includes John Fields rarely heard Piano Quintet, Beethovens Piano Quartet op16 and his Variations on St Patricks Day. Soprano Christine Bunning also performsBeethovens arrangements of Irish folk songs.

  • A Good Read

    For You For The Kids

    Magic Tree House: Valley of the Dinosaur By Mary Pope Osborne

    Time travel. A quest to solve. Exciting adventures. This book for young readers who are growing in confidence has all of these and much more. The first of a series of books, it follows the adventures of Jack and Annie as they discover a magic tree-house in their neighbourhood.As the story begins Jack and Annie are chasing an imaginary monster into a nearby wood when they stumble across a solitary treehouse. Curiosity getting the better of them, they decide to explore and inside they find wonderful collection of books. Jack is drawn to a dinosaur book and before they know it the two children are transported back to the time of the dinosaurs. Full of fascinating facts this book will appeal to any budding palaeontolo-gist. At ten chapters this is a nice introduction to reading without seem-ing too daunting. The sentence struc-ture can be repetitive and simplistic, but I am assured by young readers that this is not a problem!There are currently sixteen books available in the series covering dif-ferent time periods and geographic locations. These along, with an in-teractive website, promise to engage and educate young readers for many a long school holiday.

    When the Odds are EvensBy Colin Lord

    Colin Lord has lived in Luton for fifty years with a background work-ing in sales to corporate businesss and the Education sector. In his younger days he enjoyed many sports representing Bedfordshire in Rugby, Tennis and Football. He still follows many sports, including American football and Basketball. The Los Angeles Lakers are men-tioned in his book, which was a very daunting evening for him.

    The completion of this book is largely down to the encouragement from Colins late brother.Many times I mentioned that I could write a book and my late Brother basically said to me Stop talking about it and do it. So I did.

    The property world was good to the brothers, Colin and Mike. They were on target for a bumper year. Both had large houses, one in Hampstead, London the other in Much Haddam, Hertfordshire. Their cars were Aston Martins and they did their fair share of womanising.That was before a Triad was found dead on one of their build-ing sites.Things went from bad to terrible; a Chinese billionaire tycoon ac-cused them of stealing a fortune in London gold bars that he was importing into England. If the gold

    was not returned one of the brothers would pay with his life.Colin had spent some time in Hong Kong and had mixed with some unsavoury characters. Sell-ing insurance to ex-pats paid for his lifestyle but was secondary to one of his business interests, a floating brothel aboard an old Chinese junk ship. He had a feeling his ex-partner the Midget might be connected with the theft of the gold but he was dead. Colin had seen him jump off a bridge in Kowloom, the body was never found. Being accused of the theft and the death threat the brothers went looking for the gold, the trail led from Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands, France and ending in South Africa. They needed help. Favours were called in and the SBS and SAS were involved. The Special Forces brought with them sophisticated systems and firepower.When a meeting ended with a massive explosion in Canary Wharf, rumours spread like wild-fire. Was it the Taliban attacking Londons financial centre?It grabbed the Medias attention, not to mention the Government.Who was responsible?Would the Brothers pay with their lives?

    A highly charged global thriller, described as The Best Pint Youll Ever Read. Go to Amazon or Kindle and search for Colin Lord or just Google When the Odds are Evens2.99Follow @ColinLordAuthor on Twitter or Like the Facebook Page

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    A Good Read

    For You For The Kids

    Magic Tree House: Valley of the Dinosaur By Mary Pope Osborne

    Time travel. A quest to solve. Exciting adventures. This book for young readers who are growing in confidence has all of these and much more. The first of a series of books, it follows the adventures of Jack and Annie as they discover a magic tree-house in their neighbourhood.As the story begins Jack and Annie are chasing an imaginary monster into a nearby wood when they stumble across a solitary treehouse. Curiosity getting the better of them, they decide to explore and inside they find wonderful collection of books. Jack is drawn to a dinosaur book and before they know it the two children are transported back to the time of the dinosaurs. Full of fascinating facts this book will appeal to any budding palaeontolo-gist. At ten chapters this is a nice introduction to reading without seem-ing too daunting. The sentence struc-ture can be repetitive and simplistic, but I am assured by young readers that this is not a problem!There are currently sixteen books available in the series covering dif-ferent time periods and geographic locations. These along, with an in-teractive website, promise to engage and educate young readers for many a long school holiday.

    When the Odds are EvensBy Colin Lord

    Colin Lord has lived in Luton for fifty years with a background work-ing in sales to corporate businesss and the Education sector. In his younger days he enjoyed many sports representing Bedfordshire in Rugby, Tennis and Football. He still follows many sports, including American football and Basketball. The Los Angeles Lakers are men-tioned in his book, which was a very daunting evening for him.

    The completion of this book is largely down to the encouragement from Colins late brother.Many times I mentioned that I could write a book and my late Brother basically said to me Stop talking about it and do it. So I did.

    The property world was good to the brothers, Colin and Mike. They were on target for a bumper year. Both had large houses, one in Hampstead, London the other in Much Haddam, Hertfordshire. Their cars were Aston Martins and they did their fair share of womanising.That was before a Triad was found dead on one of their build-ing sites.Things went from bad to terrible; a Chinese billionaire tycoon ac-cused them of stealing a fortune in London gold bars that he was importing into England. If the gold

    was not returned one of the brothers would pay with his life.Colin had spent some time in Hong Kong and had mixed with some unsavoury characters. Sell-ing insurance to ex-pats paid for his lifestyle but was secondary to one of his business interests, a floating brothel aboard an old Chinese junk ship. He had a feeling his ex-partner the Midget might be connected with the theft of the gold but he was dead. Colin had seen him jump off a bridge in Kowloom, the body was never found. Being accused of the theft and the death threat the brothers went looking for the gold, the trail led from Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands, France and ending in South Africa. They needed help. Favours were called in and the SBS and SAS were involved. The Special Forces brought with them sophisticated systems and firepower.When a meeting ended with a massive explosion in Canary Wharf, rumours spread like wild-fire. Was it the Taliban attacking Londons financial centre?It grabbed the Medias attention, not to mention the Government.Who was responsible?Would the Brothers pay with their lives?

    A highly charged global thriller, described as The Best Pint Youll Ever Read. Go to Amazon or Kindle and search for Colin Lord or just Google When the Odds are Evens2.99Follow @ColinLordAuthor on Twitter or Like the Facebook Page

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    What s Best For You By Martin LewisMartin

    LEWIS

    Tackle your bills

    Winter is coming. Dont wait until youre knee-deep in the white stuff to sort your bills. Here, prevention truly beats cure tackling your bills now means you can take the financial bite out of winter chills

    Free loft insulation and even boilers (for some). While the loft insulation free-for-all's ended, some will still be entitled to some serious free energy-saving measures. Most of the big six energy firms offer free boilers, typically worth 2,000, and free insulation, usually worth about 300. Crucially, you don't need to be with the energy provider to get it, but you do generally need an income under 16,000, and to be on income-related benefits or pension credit. I cant definitely say youll qualify, but it is worth checking. Alternatively, the well-meaning but stuttering Green Deal initiative is designed to let you pay for things like underfloor heating, double glazing and solid wall insulation, from the 'savings' you make on energy bills. Deciding whether its right for you is complex, so for full help read www.moneysavingexpert.com/greendeal

    Save 100s and beat the hikes. Rather surprisingly, fixing energy, where you lock in a set rate, is now cheaper than a normal switch. Five of the big six energy providers have now announced hikes, and their best new prices are costlier than the cheapest fixed tariffs. So right now you can get the very cheapest deals available, and it comes with no-hike certainty. The only exception to this is a variable (ie, subject to hikes) tariff from minnow Spark Energy though it hasn't hiked (yet?), needs paying upfront, and feedback ain't great, so Im ignoring it.

    The cheapest fix comes from E.on for a year, but slightly longer and only a touch more are deals from EDF or Npower. Crucially, these two have no exit penalties. So on the off-chance the Prime Minister delivers the price cuts hes promised, and the even more unlikely event that theyll be so substantial that other tariffs elsewhere are cheaper, you'll be free to leave.

    However, always do the numbers for your own circumstances. To check if you can save (you may be on an older, cheaper deal), and who your winner is, you can use my Cheap Energy Club top fixes comparison at www.cheapenergyclub.com, or do a standard

    comparison on any Ofgem-approved comparison site just search for The Confidence Code at www.ofgem.gov.uk to see the full list. If you're not online, use a comparison with a phone service, such as Energyhelpline on 0800 074 0745, or uSwitch on 0800 051 5493.

    Paying energy bills by monthly direct debits up to 6% cheaper. If you can, do, as itll usually mean discounted bills of up to 6% less, so contact your provider to check. Though always do regular meter readings for accuracy, as your bill is estimated. If its too high, you have a right to ask for it to be lowered.

    Got electricity only? You can still save. With electricity only, you can still get a cheap fix to save - just follow the info above. For those on Economy 7, assessing is trickier. Its only really a boon for those who use at least 40% of their energy at night. If not dont bother. Full help to decide at www.mse.me/eco7

    Can you find your stopcock? No sniggering - winter frozen pipe bursts can create an average 7,000 of damage, often worsened as many scrabble round searching for their stopcock - the mains water off switch - for ages as their home floods.

    Take the time to find it now mine is under the kitchen sink. Others find theirs in the bathroom or inside a cupboard. If yours isnt working, you may want to call a plumber now, before its a problem.

    Choosing between heating and eating? If you're seriously behind, or in general financial hardship - as far too many are after the hikes - you may be eligible for special help. Call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to check. Plus if anyone in your home was born on or before 5 January 1952, you're due up to 300 in tax-free winter fuel payments. Payments should be made automatically, but if youve never had it before then you may need to register - see www.gov.uk.

    Plus anyone on specific income support, jobseekers' allowances or pension credit gets 25 in cold weather payments for every 7 days it's sub-0 C.

    @MoneySavingExpert

    Credit scoring has become a key part of our financial lives. It impacts far more than most people think.Its not just about whether you can

    get mortgages, credit cards and loans, but can also effect contract mobile phones, monthly car insurance, bank accounts, even if you

    can pay energy bills the cheapest way.

    Credit Scoring

    Even if you're accepted, we live in a 'rate for risk' world, so credit scoring then dictates what you pay too. Many people get unstuck by this. They ap-ply for today's record cheap rates, but find they're charged more. So heres what you need to knowYou DON'T have a universal credit rating - there's no blacklist. This is a myth. In the UK, there's no univer-sal credit rating or score, there's no blacklist of banned people. Each lender scores you differently and secretly. So a rejection by one doesnt mean a rejection by all. Their aim is to see if you match their profitable customer wish list. A key part is as-sessing the risk of non-repayment. If that's high, many won't lend to you; but some specialist lenders will like you more as they can charge you high. Yet even those who are good risks can be rejected, because the lender thinks you won't make it money. Or perhaps you're applying for a credit card, but it wants to cross-sell mort-gages, so scores you on how likely you are to get one.

    What they know about you. Lenders assess you with 3 key pieces of information: 1 Your application form. Many underrate how crucial this is. Be consistent on each application form, eg, job title, salary. Regular inconsist-encies can trigger rejection as you hit a fraud score trigger. 2 Any past dealings with you. A lender you've banked with can inter-rogate your behaviour far more than others. This can work both for and against you.

    3 Your credit reference files. These come from either Equifax, Experian or Callcredit and contain info on the electoral roll, court judgments, what credit applications you've made, products you have and if you've paid on time. However, they dont know every-thing. They dont know your criminal record, medical history, speeding fines, salary, student loans, declined applications and more dont get too conspiracy theorist about it.

    How to make yourself more attrac-tive. Getting accepted for credit is like going on the pull - like people, different lenders find different things attractive. Its more art than science, but there are some cosmetic changes that work for most. Here are 10 tips: 1 Get on the electoral roll. If not, get-ting credit's tough. Check if you're on it and apply via www.aboutmyvote.co.uk. If you're not eligible, write a notice on all the credit files that youve proof of residency. 2 Stability's good. If possible, put a landline, not mobile, on applications.

    3 Beware over applying. Too many applications for products especially in a short space of time can hurt. So if youre about to get a mortgage, dont apply for lots of credit cards just before. One problem though is often the only way to know what rate youll get is to apply, so the system is anti-shopping around. 4 Time it right. Problems stay on your file for 6 years, applications for 1 year. So if you can wait until they've

    lapsed to apply, it should boost your score. 5 Never miss or be late on repay-ments. Small errors can hurt large. Set up a direct debit to be sure you never miss. Do this even if just for the mini-mum repayment, then you can call up and pay more on top each month, see it as an insurance policy. 6 Don't let 'paid-for credit scores' overly worry you. In recent years credit reference agencies have started to flog these, but dont take too much notice. Theyre only based on your credit file, not the other info lenders look at, and remember each lender scores differently. One may see cancelling a credit card as good as it reduces available credit, another as bad as its closing down a long term relationship. 7 Payday loans can kill mortgage ap-plications. Some mortgage underwrit-ers simply won't lend to anyone with payday loans. 8 Deal with unfair defaults. First go to the firm that put them there and ask it to remove them. If not ask for a notice of correction to be added to your credit file where you can explain briefly why its unfair and appeal to the Financial Ombudsman. 9 Check for address errors. An old, active, but unused mobile phone registered to your old address could even cause a mortgage rejection. 10 Don't withdraw cash on credit cards. This is both expensive and seen as evidence of poor money manage-ment - avoid.

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    By Jonathan Vernon-Smith

    How To Deal With Debt

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    It is a sad reality that most of us are in debt these days. With the high cost of housing, its perhaps unsurprising that people are having to borrow more money than they really should. For many, this debt is perfectly manageable. However, it only takes a problem like losing your job, or ill health to suddenly turn manageable debt into an utter nightmare. If you are having financial difficulty and realise that you are unable to meet your debt responsibilities, the most im-portant thing to do is to face up to the reality. As tempting as it may be to bury your head in the sand and ignore the demand letters, it is simply going to make the problem much much worse. When you have accepted the situation, you need to sit down and look openly and honestly at the money you have coming in, and the money going out. Even if the prospect is thoroughly depressing, you need to under-stand exactly what the numbers are before you go any further. At this point, I would advise

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    1 Go All OutWhen Ive seen eclectic done badly its because some-one feels unsure of what they are creating. Eclecticism says confident! In order for it to work you need to go all out. You know that saying about how supermodels could wear a black bin liner and still have everyone demanding where they got it? Well, styling your home in an eclectic way is the same it needs confidence and attitude to carry it off. Instead of being shy with one or two pieces, get a few. Go for items that make you feel something. One wacky item on its own can look odd, but a few strange items grouped together alongside new products looks casually cool!

    2 Mix Art StylesThe easiest way to create an eclectic look using pieces from different ages is with art. A clas-sic Black & White film photo-graph can look great against an abstract piece or POP art print. You can tie the look together by using the same colour or finish frames throughout and creating a gallery wall space. Choose a colour scheme to work with, and try not to stray too far outside of it. This will give your collection a theme and help older pieces sit alongside mod-ern with no problem!

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    Leave A Wild Patch Build your own army of slug and bug killers. A pile of logs and fallen leaves and a patch of nettles will provide shelter for all manner of garden wildlife, including hedge-hogs, ladybirds and beetles.

    Does the thought of your garden fill you with guilt as the weeds grow bigger and bigger? Chances are your garden is not based on the 3 Essential Foundations or one or more are out of balance.

    Or do you want to change something in the garden but dont know where to start? Then the 3 Essential Foundations will be vital in helping you create the most relevant and best possible starting point for your new garden.

    Having designed and planted small to medium sized gardens for the past 17 years, I have found that the ones that are the most beautiful and pleasurable to be in are those that are based on an equal combination of what I call the 3 Essential Foundations and its never too late to look at them again.

    The first one is to Know what you want. Work out exactly what youd like to do in the garden and what you must have to make it work on a practical front. The way to do this is to sit down and take a few minutes to really think about what you like doing outside. For example, many people like to eat outside, to entertain or just to relax at the end of the day with a glass of wine and I expect that you will too. Make a list and consult the others who use the garden too.

    The second is to Know your gar-den. Work out what the physical

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    The third is to Know how much time youre REALISTICALLY pre-pared to give to looking after the garden. Once you know this, design the garden to fit in with your lifestyle. Err on the side of caution rather than enthusiasm because it is much better for the soul to look at one or two areas that look beautiful and feel right rather than the whole garden be-ing a burden.

    The answers to these 3 questions will guide and direct the design that emerges and will dictate how much maintenance you will have to do in the future. When you feel on top of the maintenance, then you will be able to relax and enjoy the garden.

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    If I had over 35,000 I would happily buy the 2.0 TFSI quattro S line version of the Audi Q5 .You see, the styling of the Q5, with its coupe-like roof line and wrap-around tailgate, has been subtly refreshed. The design of the headlights has been changed, and the sparkling xenon units are now framed by new-look LED daytime running lights that form a continuous band surrounding more of the lens. Inside, the Audi Q5 is pure understated refinement. The con-trols are trimmed in chrome, and the narrow panels of the centre console are finished in high-gloss black. The hi-tech central media component, MMI navigation plus, has very few buttons,

    so you dont need a degree in Rocket Science to work out how to use it. Other touches such as heated seats, air condition-ing and a multifunction steering wheel make the Q5 a dream to drive.The car is as solidly made as an oak table and yet seems as light as a feather. Theres a reason for this: the bonnet and tailgate are crafted from aluminium, while the cars structural elements integrate ultra-high-strength steels; they reduce weight and improve crash safety. The result is that the Q5 handles like an executive saloon and takes off like a bat out of hell when you dab the accelerator. Indeed, the performance totally matches the looks of this Germanic road war-rior: top speed is 138mph and the 0-62mph sprint is done in a satisfying 7.1 seconds. Another explanation for this awesome performance is the updated Q5s TFSI petrol engine, which combines direct fuel injection, while the eight-speed tiptronic automatic powers the 2.0 TFSI Quattro up the cogs effortlessly. The chassis of the latest Audi Q5 also adds a great dollop of refinement and comfort, thanks to changes to the spring, shock absorber and anti-roll bar settings. The new power steering system gives you a better feel for the road too. The Q5 driving experience is fur-ther enhanced when the optional

    Audi drive select system is speci-fied. Audi drive select lets you vary the operating characteristics of the throttle pedal, the shift points of the automatic transmis-sion, the degree of power steer-ing assistance and the operation of the automatic air conditioning system via four modes, including an efficiency mode. In addition, three optional components can also be controlled by the Audi drive select system if they are fitted. These include adaptive cruise control, damper control and dynamic steering. Dur-ing higher speed cornering, it compensates for understeer and oversteer by intervening with slight steering pulses.Im not saying youll ever get sick of driving the Q5, but when youve had enough of all that commuting to work and driving the kids to school malarkey, the Audi will thrill you off road. It may look a bit bling but it actu-ally performs well on rugged terrain. Its maximum climb-ing angle is 31 degrees and its approach and departure angles are each 25 degrees. And you wont rip anything off the Q5s underbelly because the vehicles ground clearance measures 20 cm. This is truly a motor for everyone but youll have to have a decent bank balance, or a boss whos nice enough to put this on the company car list to drive one.

    auto BIOGRAPHIES Audi Q5 By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer

    www.carwriteups.co.uk @carwriteups

    FAST FACTS Max speed: 138mph

    0-62 mph: 7.1 secs

    Combined mpg: 35.8

    Engine: 1984cc 4 cylinder 16 valve diesel

    Max. power (bhp): 222 at 4500 rpm

    Max. torque (Ib/ft): 258 at 1500 rpm

    CO2: 184 g/km

    Price: 35,350 on the road

    PROS N CONS Looks

    Performance Build

    ExpensiveX

    If I had over 35,000 I would happily buy the 2.0 TFSI quattro S line version of the Audi Q5. You see, the styling of the Q5, with its coupe-like roof line and wrap-around tailgate, has been subtly refreshed. The design of the headlights has been changed, and the sparkling xenon units are now framed by new-look LED daytime running lights that form a continuous band surrounding more of the lens. Inside, the Audi Q5 is pure understated refinement. The controls are trimmed in chrome, and the narrow panels of the centre console are finished in high-gloss black. The hi-tech central media component, MMI navigation plus, has very few buttons, so you dont need a degree in Rocket Science to work out how to use it. Other touches such as heated seats, air conditioning and a multifunction steering wheel make the Q5 a dream to drive. The car is as solidly made as an oak table and yet seems as light as a feather. Theres a reason for this: the bonnet and tailgate are crafted from aluminium, while the cars structural elements integrate ultra-high-strength steels; they reduce weight and improve crash safety. The result is that the Q5 handles like an executive saloon and takes off like a bat out of hell when you dab the accelerator. Indeed, the performance totally matches the looks of this Germanic road warrior: top speed is 138mph and the 0-62mph sprint is done in a satisfying 7.1 seconds. Another explanation for this awesome performance is the updated Q5s TFSI petrol engine, which combines direct fuel injection, while the eight-speed tiptronic automatic powers the 2.0 TFSI Quattro up the cogs

    effortlessly. The chassis of the latest Audi Q5 also adds a great dollop of refinement and comfort, thanks to changes to the spring, shock absorber and anti-roll bar settings. The new power steering system gives you a better feel for the road too. The Q5 driving experience is further enhanced when the optional Audi drive select system is specified. Audi drive select lets you vary the operating characteristics of the throttle pedal, the shift points of the automatic transmission, the degree of power steering assistance and the operation of the automatic air conditioning system via four modes, including an efficiency mode. In addition, three optional components can also be controlled by the Audi drive select system if they are fitted. These include adaptive cruise control, damper control and dynamic steering. During higher speed cornering, it compensates for understeer and oversteer by intervening with slight steering pulses. Im not saying youll ever get sick of driving the Q5, but when youve had enough of all that commuting to work and driving the kids to school malarkey, the Audi will thrill you off road. It may look a bit bling but it actually performs well on rugged terrain. Its maximum climbing angle is 31 degrees and its approach and departure angles are each 25 degrees. And you wont rip anything off the Q5s underbelly because the vehicles ground clearance measures 20 cm. This is truly a motor for everyone but youll have to have a decent bank balance, or a boss whos nice enough to put this on the company car list to drive one.

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    auto Biographies

    Max speed: 138 mph 0-62 mph: 7.1 secs Combined mpg: 35.8Engine: 1984cc 4 cylinder 16 valve diesel Max. power (bhp): 222 at 4500 rpm Max. torque (lb/ft): 258 at 1500 rpm CO2: 184 g/km Price: 35,350 on the road

    FAST FACTS

    PROS & CONS Looks Performance Build Expensive X

    By Tim Barnes-Claywww.carwriteups.co.uk

    Audi Q5

    If I had over 35,000 I would happily buy the 2.0 TFSI quattro S line version of the Audi Q5 .You see, the styling of the Q5, with its coupe-like roof line and wrap-around tailgate, has been subtly refreshed. The design of the headlights has been changed, and the sparkling xenon units are now framed by new-look LED daytime running lights that form a continuous band surrounding more of the lens. Inside, the Audi Q5 is pure understated refinement. The con-trols are trimmed in chrome, and the narrow panels of the centre console are finished in high-gloss black. The hi-tech central media component, MMI navigation plus, has very few buttons,

    so you dont need a degree in Rocket Science to work out how to use it. Other touches such as heated seats, air condition-ing and a multifunction steering wheel make the Q5 a dream to drive.The car is as solidly made as an oak table and yet seems as light as a feather. Theres a reason for this: the bonnet and tailgate are crafted from aluminium, while the cars structural elements integrate ultra-high-strength steels; they reduce weight and improve crash safety. The result is that the Q5 handles like an executive saloon and takes off like a bat out of hell when you dab the accelerator. Indeed, the performance totally matches the looks of this Germanic road war-rior: top speed is 138mph and the 0-62mph sprint is done in a satisfying 7.1 seconds. Another explanation for this awesome performance is the updated Q5s TFSI petrol engine, which combines direct fuel injection, while the eight-speed tiptronic automatic powers the 2.0 TFSI Quattro up the cogs effortlessly. The chassis of the latest Audi Q5 also adds a great dollop of refinement and comfort, thanks to changes to the spring, shock absorber and anti-roll bar settings. The new power steering system gives you a better feel for the road too. The Q5 driving experience is fur-ther enhanced when the optional

    Audi drive select system is speci-fied. Audi drive select lets you vary the operating characteristics of the throttle pedal, the shift points of the automatic transmis-sion, the degree of power steer-ing assistance and the operation of the automatic air conditioning system via four modes, including an efficiency mode. In addition, three optional components can also be controlled by the Audi drive select system if they are fitted. These include adaptive cruise control, damper control and dynamic steering. Dur-ing higher speed cornering, it compensates for understeer and oversteer by intervening with slight steering pulses.Im not saying youll ever get sick of driving the Q5, but when youve had enough of all that commuting to work and driving the kids to school malarkey, the Audi will thrill you off road. It may look a bit bling but it actu-ally performs well on rugged terrain. Its maximum climb-ing angle is 31 degrees and its approach and departure angles are each 25 degrees. And you wont rip anything off the Q5s underbelly because the vehicles ground clearance measures 20 cm. This is truly a motor for everyone but youll have to have a decent bank balance, or a boss whos nice enough to put this on the company car list to drive one.

    auto BIOGRAPHIES Audi Q5 By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer

    www.carwriteups.co.uk @carwriteups

    FAST FACTS Max speed: 138mph

    0-62 mph: 7.1 secs

    Combined mpg: 35.8

    Engine: 1984cc 4 cylinder 16 valve diesel

    Max. power (bhp): 222 at 4500 rpm

    Max. torque (Ib/ft): 258 at 1500 rpm

    CO2: 184 g/km

    Price: 35,350 on the road

    PROS N CONS Looks

    Performance Build

    ExpensiveX

    If I had over 35,000 I would happily buy the 2.0 TFSI quattro S line version of the Audi Q5. You see, the styling of the Q5, with its coupe-like roof line and wrap-around tailgate, has been subtly refreshed. The design of the headlights has been changed, and the sparkling xenon units are now framed by new-look LED daytime running lights that form a continuous band surrounding more of the lens. Inside, the Audi Q5 is pure understated refinement. The controls are trimmed in chrome, and the narrow panels of the centre console are finished in high-gloss black. The hi-tech central media component, MMI navigation plus, has very few buttons, so you dont need a degree in Rocket Science to work out how to use it. Other touches such as heated seats, air conditioning and a multifunction steering wheel make the Q5 a dream to drive. The car is as solidly made as an oak table and yet seems as light as a feather. Theres a reason for this: the bonnet and tailgate are crafted from aluminium, while the cars structural elements integrate ultra-high-strength steels; they reduce weight and improve crash safety. The result is that the Q5 handles like an executive saloon and takes off like a bat out of hell when you dab the accelerator. Indeed, the performance totally matches the looks of this Germanic road warrior: top speed is 138mph and the 0-62mph sprint is done in a satisfying 7.1 seconds. Another explanation for this awesome performance is the updated Q5s TFSI petrol engine, which combines direct fuel injection, while the eight-speed tiptronic automatic powers the 2.0 TFSI Quattro up the cogs

    effortlessly. The chassis of the latest Audi Q5 also adds a great dollop of refinement and comfort, thanks to changes to the spring, shock absorber and anti-roll bar settings. The new power steering system gives you a better feel for the road too. The Q5 driving experience is further enhanced when the optional Audi drive select system is specified. Audi drive select lets you vary the operating characteristics of the throttle pedal, the shift points of the automatic transmission, the degree of power steering assistance and the operation of the automatic air conditioning system via four modes, including an efficiency mode. In addition, three optional components can also be controlled by the Audi drive select system if they are fitted. These include adaptive cruise control, damper control and dynamic steering. During higher speed cornering, it compensates for understeer and oversteer by intervening with slight steering pulses. Im not saying youll ever get sick of driving the Q5, but when youve had enough of all that commuting to work and driving the kids to school malarkey, the Audi will thrill you off road. It may look a bit bling but it actually performs well on rugged terrain. Its maximum climbing angle is 31 degrees and its approach and departure angles are each 25 degrees. And you wont rip anything off the Q5s underbelly because the vehicles ground clearance measures 20 cm. This is truly a motor for everyone but youll have to have a decent bank balance, or a boss whos nice enough to put this on the company car list to drive one.

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    Try these tips to bring mindfulness in to your role as a parent or grandparent:

    Start the day with a mindful ritual: spend a few seconds following your breath in and out before you get out of bed; really feel your feet in contact with the floor as you get out of bed; be mindful when you brush your teeth (not thinking about anything else and really feeling what it is like to brush your teeth)

    Be mindful with your child/grandchild: focusing intently on what they are saying or showing you without letting your thoughts wander to anything else. Do this at least a couple of times a day, even if it is not always possible.

    Take mindful pauses in difficult moments toddler tantrums or teenage moodiness follow a couple of breaths in and out. That pause might stop you throwing a tantrum too!

    A key aspect of mindfulness is self-compassion, so dont be too hard on yourself you really care about your family and are doubtlessly working hard to be a good parent. Give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it!

    How to Reduce the Stress of Parenting...

    Use Mindfulness

    Do you find yourself shouting at your children and afterwards regretting it?

    Is family life more often stressful than not?

    Would you like to have a stronger relationship with your son or daughter?

    www.space4you.org.uk for more information and courses locally, including Stewkley Mindfulness Centre, Tel: 07707 418 851

    By Patricia Downing Mindfulness Practitioner and Counsellor

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    If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to explore mindfulness, the currently hot topic in self-help. It has many applications: in sport for performance and focus; in the NHS for depression and chronic pain; and in the corporate world to help reduce work stress and improve creativity. Initial research also shows that mindful-ness may reduce parenting stress. So what is mindfulness? A search on-line will reveal information, books, CDs, and courses. Essentially it is about becoming more aware and present in the moment, which is achieved through mindfulness practices. These are simple in terms of what you do, but difficult in the sense that our minds are usually all over the place, with all sorts of thoughts jumping in, generating feelings and probably affecting our mood. Regular practice is necessary to get the benefits, just as with any new skill, such as learning to swim. However, even 10 minutes a day has been shown to achieve results.

    Try these tips to bring mindfulness in to your role as a parent or grandparent:

    Start the day with a mindful ritual: spend a few seconds following your breath in and out before you get out of bed; really feel your feet in contact with the floor as you get out of bed; be mindful when you brush your teeth (not thinking about anything else and really feeling what it is like to brush your teeth)

    Be mindful with your child/grandchild: focusing intently on what they are saying or showing you without letting your thoughts wander to anything else. Do this at least a couple of times a day, even if it is not always possible.

    Take mindful pauses in difficult moments toddler tantrums or teenage moodiness follow a couple of breaths in and out. That pause might stop you throwing a tantrum too!

    A key aspect of mindfulness is self-compassion, so dont be too hard on yourself you really care about your family and are doubtlessly working hard to be a good parent. Give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it!

    How to Reduce the Stress of Parenting...

    Use Mindfulness

    Do you find yourself shouting at your children and afterwards regretting it?

    Is family life more often stressful than not?

    Would you like to have a stronger relationship with your son or daughter?

    www.space4you.org.uk for more information and courses locally, including Stewkley Mindfulness Centre, Tel: 07707 418 851

    By Patricia Downing Mindfulness Practitioner and Counsellor

    There is a saying is that a well tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men. If that is to be believed why do so many gentlemen just make do? There is no denying the impression a tailored suit makes and one that is made to measure speak volumes about the person wearing it there are, however, some very simple rules and guidelines that every gentleman should fol-low whether its off the peg or bespoke.

    5 top tips

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    Its all about the fit

    SHOULDERS The jacket should hug your shoulders, not slouch off them. Be warnedmost gentlemen think they are a size larger than they are, for example a 42 regular instead of a 40. When you pull on the jacket there should be a firmness to ityou should snap to attention. If a jacket doesnt fit right on the shoulders it will never look right.

    SLEEVES Think about the width of the sleeves. Always a slim fit for sartorial elegance.

    CUFF Your suit sleeves should end just above the hinges of your wrists. Show a quarter / half inch of cuff.

    BODY Your jacket should contour your body and acce- tuate your shoulders. This will always make your shoulders look stronger.

    You should be able to easily cup your hands beneath the hem of the jacket; if you can't, it's too long.

    TROUSERS Trousers should just clip the tops of your shoes, not bunch over them. Slim fitting trousers with very little break at the ankle never goes out of fashion.

    LAPELS Thin or wide - nothing dictates a suits character more.

    BUTTONS Two or three? The choice is yours.

    TICKET POCKET The sign of an English gent.

    POCKETS Traditional flap or slit. Many options.

    VENTS As important as the lapel. The unobtrusive centre vent or the statement side vent, personal preference.

    One in 3 suits in the UK is purchased from a well-known retailer at prices that on first look are competitive. Take into account, the fabric and styl-ing restrictions, the price of alterations and the lack of personal service and you are often parting with a substantial amount of money for something that lacks personality and fits poorly. By choosing made to measure you remove doubt, you create individu-ality and a suit that fits perfectly. Consultations are personal ensuring posture, size and quirks are all catered for. Fabrics, linings, lapels, pockets, vents, buttons etc. are your choice and tailored to meet your needs. With autumn just round the corner its time to start thinking about your wardrobe, the casual sports jacket, the business suit or the dinner jacket its time to get something that creates confidence every time you wear it!

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