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June | July 2013
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CONTENT4 Travellers Tale6 Traveller contd8 Auto Biographies 10 Knickers12 Beauty for Men14 Brain Power16 Beat the Bulge18 On Yer Bike22 Gone Fishing26 Got a blockage?28 A fathers rights30 Baileys ice cream 32 Best for you34 Whats On36 Puzzles38 Nutritionforlaterlife40 Chossing a care home42 Puzzlesolutions43 Changes in the NHS44 Book Review46 Tax free child care
SOME DATES FOR YOUR DIARYJune8th West Bletchley Carnival
16th Fathers Day
18th -22nd Ascot
24th-7th July Wimbledon
July19th -14th Chelsea Flower Show
see whats on guide for lots, lots more. Page 34
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
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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.
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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And, as you might expect with a diesel turbo, the 24,795.00 V40 D4, on test here, is an efficient motor. On average it can return up to 65.7mpg, so it certainly endorses Volvos thinking that it offers the solution for drivers who want a premium vehicle experience with low emissions and low running costs, but who don't want to sacrifice equipment, styling or safety features".
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GONE ARE the days of wardrobe on wheels or only teachers drive those jokes. Volvo now has some seriously stylish cars in its stable - and the V40 is the latest one. Like all Volvos it is well built but this has a definite athletic appearance about it. From the twin tailpipes to the low profile tyres on 18 inch rims the V40 D4 SE obviously means business. But does it deliver? Absolutely. The 1984cc five cylinder, 20 valve oil-burner churns out 175bhp, so 0-62 comes in a rapid 8.6 seconds. The wide car sits low on the road and takes corners on rails. The diesel rattle is barely noticeable, even on start up, and, as with all Swedish-made cars, the seats are ultra supportive on long commutes. The V40 isnt just about performance and grip though; it also provides enough space for four-up. The boot, although not massive, is decent enough to shove in everything a young family might need from a weeks worth of shopping to a couple of baby buggies and all the gear that goes with young kids. Of course, safety is never an issue with Volvo and the V40 is no different. It is the safest car in its class, having achieved the highest score ever recorded by EuroNCAP in recent crash tests. This is thanks, in part, to pioneering technologies such as the world's first pedestrian airbag and Volvo's autonomous braking system, City Safety,
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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
under some clothes may sug-gest a hint of baby knickers or maybe the adult incontinence pant and no-one wants to sug-gest that do they? So at best 6 days worth but only with the right outfit.
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
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.
And so finally to the comfy pants, the happy pants, M&S cotton pants, the lacy 3 in a pack from TU pants, the spotty, flowery, pretty multi-pack pants from Primark, the okay to wear in a changing room pants, the pack them just-in-case pants. Hooray for the everyday pants........I'll let you do the maths.
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Traditionally men spend less time caring for their skin than women, but also spend more time damag-ing it through outdoor activities and hazardous work conditions. As the bodys largest organ, the skin works hard to provide protection against the elements and to regulate body tem-perature - and it needs looking after. Achieving better skin can be quick and easy if you follow these three simple steps.
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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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BRAIN POWERHow to Improve Your Memory
If our brains were computers, wed simply add a chip to upgrade our memory. The human brain, however, is more complex than even the most advanced machine, so improving our memory isnt
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There are many things you can do to improve your memory and mental performance. Here are some promising ways to keep your mind and memory in top form.
Dont skimp on exercise or sleepJust as an athlete relies on sleep and a nutrition-packed diet to perform his or her best, your ability to remember increases when you nurture your brain with a good diet and other healthy habits.When you exercise the body, you exercise the brainPhysical exercise increases oxygen to your brain and reduces the risk for dis-orders that lead to memory loss, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Exercise may also enhance the effects of helpful brain chemicals and protect brain cells.
sleep on itWhen youre sleep deprived, your brain cant operate at full capacity. Whether youre studying, working, or trying to juggle lifes many demands, sleep deprivation is a recipe for disas-ter. But sleep is critical to learning and memory in an even more fundamental way. Research shows that sleep is necessary for memory consolidation, with the key memory-enhancing activ-ity occurring during the deepest stages of sleep.
Make time for friends and funWhen you think of ways to improve memory, do you think of serious activities such as wrestling with the New York Times crossword puzzle or mastering chess strategy or do more light-hearted pastimes-hanging out with friends or enjoying a funny movie-come to mind? If youre like most of us, its probably the former. But countless studies shows that a life thats full of friends and fun comes with cognitive benefits.
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Laughter is good for your brainYouve heard that laughter is the best medicine, and that holds true for the brain as well as the body. Unlike emotional responses, which are limited to specific areas of the brain, laughter involves multiple regions across the whole brain.Furthermore, listening to jokes and working out punch lines activates areas of the brain vital to learning and creativity.
Keep stress in checkStress is one of the brains worst enemies. Over time, if left unchecked, chronic stress destroys brain cells and damages the hippocampus, the region of the brain involved in the formation of new memories and the retrieval of old ones.
The benefits of meditationThe scientific evidence for the mental health benefits of meditation continues to pile up. Studies show that meditation helps improve many different types of conditions, including depression, anxi-ety, chronic pain, diabetes, and
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Bulk up on brain-boosting foodsJust as the body needs fuel, so does the brain. You probably know already that a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats will provide lots of health benefits, but such a diet can also improve memory. But for brain health, its not just what you eat-its also what you dont eat.
Give your brain a workoutBy the time youve reached adulthood, your brain has developed millions of neural pathways that help you process information quickly, solve familiar problems, and execute familiar tasks with a minimum of mental effort. But if you always stick to these well-worn paths, you arent giving your brain the stimulation it needs to keep growing and developing. You have to shake things up from time to time!
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Eat regular healthy meals including breakfastA healthy breakfast will set your day off to a good start and prevent those mid morning sugar cravings. Aim to have 3 small meals and 2 snacks a day, try and eat every 3 hours and ditch the sugary foods and drinks.
Choose Whole-Wheat/Wholegrain Bread, Pasta, RiceThese foods are known as complex carbohydrates which take longer for the body to break down into sugar. They contain more natural vitamins and minerals than their white counterparts.
Eat Healthy FatsHealthy fats such as vegetable oils, olive oil and oily fish will actually help you lose weight. The fat in oily fish may increase the amount of calories you burn in a day.
Chew Your Food Well And Eat SlowlyYour body will recognise when you have had enough to eat sooner, as it takes twenty minutes for the stomach to tell the brain that you are full.
Drink Plenty Of FluidsAim to drink 1.5 litres of water a day to help you flush away toxins and keep you hydrated. Be aware that thirst can actually be mistaken for hunger pangs.
Avoid Caffeine And AlcoholCaffeine and alcohol are dehydrating and can also contribute to the appearance of cellulite. Include a healthy protein source in every meal. Proteins can help you feel fuller for longer as they take longer to digest. Healthy protein foods include lean meats, dairy, eggs, fish, nuts, seeds, beans, pulses, peas and lentils.
Use Smaller PlatesA smaller plate can be a really effective way of reduc-ing your food intake, without feeling like you have been short changed.
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With the summer finally on the way many of us turn our attention to the holidays and our summer wardrobe! If you have decided that it is time to take action and get your eating habits back on track, then follow these easy and effective tips to help you get in shape.
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The six-week school holiday looms. Up and down the country you can hear collective groans from working parents beginning to stress about securing holiday care for their children.Whether you need childcare while youre at work, or a way to keep your energetic offspring entertained, holiday clubs can be a lifesaver. There is such a wide variety available that you are sure to be able to find something that suits both you and your child.Some clubs are run by local authorities and are based at schools, nurseries or community centres. Youll find that places offering before and after school clubs often have holiday clubs too. Others are linked to clubs offering specific activities, such as a sport or performance art. There are also some big companies offering schemes throughout the UK, such as Kings Camps (www.kingscamps.org) and Super Camps (www.supercamps.co.uk).Visit www.daycaretrust.org.uk/nafis to find details of your local Family Information Service. They will have details of childcare in your area, including holiday clubs. Most clubs will be registered with Ofsted and you can find details of their latest inspection at www.ofsted.gov.uk . Its a good idea to visit the venue and speak to the manager. Make sure you are happy with the child/adult ratios and the qualifications of the staff they should all have been CRB checked. If you
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In rivers and canals, streams, lakes, reservoirs and sea, angling is one of the UKs most popular sports. It is estimated that 3.3 million people partici-pate on a regular basis. People enjoy fishing for a variety of reasons. Some love the peace and tranquillity they find outdoors. Others relish the opportunity to socialise with like-minded individuals and take part in competitions, usu-ally organised by angling clubs. Many pick up their rods each weekend because they enjoy the challenge of trying to out-smart the fish, deciding which stretch of the water to fish in, persuading the fish that the lure is food, and of course the thrill of the catch.Fishing enthusiasts need a rod, something to attract the fish, nets, and suitable clothing. Rods can vary hugely in price depend-ing on their size, quality and specifications. Skills involve casting a rod, tying knots, and catching and releasing the fish. Fishermen (and women) believe it is the combination of good equipment and fishing skills that leads to greatest suc-cess. There are a variety of different lures and baits. Natural baits
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Fly fishing - Used to catch fish like trout and salmon, as well as pike, bass and carp. Fish are caught using very light artificial flies - made by tying hair, fur, feathers and other materials together. They are cast with a fly rod and a fly line.
Fresh water fishing - Uses water that contains minute quantities of dissolved salts. Some of the
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Sea fishing - This obviously takes place in or by the sea. Most sea angling takes place from a boat, but it can also be done in estuaries, on piers and from rocks. Piers and jetties are ideal places for catching mackerel and codling. Mullet, flounder and dab are often found in estuaries and harbours. Conger eel live in the foam covered seas next to rocky headlands, and bass can be caught from beaches.
There is a requirement for most anglers to have a rod licence and fishing permit. The Environment Agency oversees this and fines may be imposed for none compli-ance. Anglers must also abide by local byelaws. Izaak Walton was a seventeenth century fisherman who wrote The Compleat Angler. He famously said, I have laid aside business and gone afishing. Why not join those 3.3 million people who regularly do the same?
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Fiction - It is the owner to the left of a bound-ary who is responsible for maintaining fences, walls etc
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Fact - Generally, there is no obligation to erect a barrier unless you need to keep pets from straying, or there is a clause in the deeds stipulating it
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Fact - Though it is usual to erect a fence with the smooth side facing your neighbours, this is not compulsory. But if you erect a fence, you are generally considered its owner
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Since October 2011, homeowners are responsible only for the maintenance of pipes or drains on their own property. Once they cross the boundary line onto the pavement or road, they become the responsibility of the water company. In addition, the water company is liable for all shared sewers (i.e. drains that meet from more than one building) even if they are on private land.So, how do you find out where the blockage is? A chat with a neighbour or a quick look into the inspection chamber should give you a clue. Most blockages can be easily cleared and you could have a go yourself with drainage rods, but as its a dirty, smelly job, or if you are struggling to locate the source, you might want to call in a specialist. Occasionally, blockages occur due to a collapsed or broken drain, in which case you will need a professional to inspect the damage and quote for remedial work. You can choose whoever you like to repair drains on your own property.
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Sheena Munrakah Head of Family Law at Osborne Morris and Morgan Solicitors offers some professional advice about Paternal Rights
With Fathers day around the corner, many dads around the country will be looking forward to spending some quality time with their children. But what about those dads who have to fight for access?It is all too common a story unfortunately relationships break down and somehow it becomes a battle to say good night to your child on a Friday night. There are, of course, those instances where direct contact is prohibited, or supervised for very good reasons, for example, where the welfare of the child cannot be guaranteed. Taking those aside, what can the average father actually do and what are his rights?The first question that should be asked is whether or not he has Parental Responsibility. This is not an automatic right. If the parents were married at the time of their childs birth, the father has it. If the parents were unmarried, the father will only have Parental Responsibility if he is named as the childs father on the Birth Certificate (after 1st December 2003).Having the right itself is defined as all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property. In practical terms, this means being able to make decisions regarding education, religion, medical treatment and so on. As long as it is in the childs best interests, then there is no reason in law why contact should not occur. Getting to that point can, however, be difficult. The first port of call has to be mediation and if successful then lawyers neednt get involved. If agreement cannot be reached, a Defined Contact Order will have to be applied for at Court, which will specify the agreed pattern of contact. Crucially, this Order is legally binding and there are consequences for any parent who chooses the breach it. www.ommlaw.co.uk 01525 378177
Fathers DaySunday 16th June
Following the success of Mothers Day which origi-nated in the USA, it seemed apt of course to give Dads a chance to be recognised 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 celebra-tions 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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Here are my 10 must-knows if you are heading abroad.
1. Cut the cost of car hire by sorting it out well before you leave home
Dont imagine youll get the best deal by leaving it until you arrive at your destination often that can more than double your costs.
As a simple start point, use comparison sites www.carrentals.co.uk and www.kayak.co.uk to find the cheapest deal. In some locations it's possible to get a car for under 10 a day. Yet when you try to collect the car, the hire firm will try a hard sell based on additional "excess insurance".
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2. Get the best deal on your holiday spending by getting the right card for the job
Choose the best plastic and the rates are unbeat-able. The cheapest way to spend abroad is to use a specialist overseas credit card that you only use when abroad. Though you must repay it in full each month, preferably by direct debit, so theres no interest or that more than wipes out any gain.
Most plastic adds a 3% load, so spend 100 of euros and it costs 103. Yet these top cards smash bureaux de change with near-perfect rates, as they are load free worldwide. The cards include Hali-fax Clarity, Post Office, Saga (over 50s) and, for Nationwide FlexAccount holders ONLY, its Select card. Even poor credit scorers can get them too via the Aqua card. To find the best for you, read http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/spendingoverseas
Fail to pay these in full and youll pay 11.9-34.9% representative APR.
3. Urgently check if your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid
These give access to EU state-run hospitals and GPs on the same basis as locals. If they pay noth-ing, nor do you. Four million of these cards will expire this year, so check you are not one of them and renew it now.
Don't leave it at home, as it's only valid if you show it. If you need to renew it, dont Google it is as youll end up looking at scam sites that charge 15. You never have to pay to get or renew an EHIC. Ignore any pay for fast-track scams it's always free. Go via www.ehic.org.uk 4. Dont pay the earth for travel insurance
Getting insurance with your holiday is usually expensive, yet it's still important to get it at the same time for holiday or youre not covered for cancellations. If you go away twice a year, including weekends, even if theyre in pre-booked accommodation in the UK, an annual policy is usually cheapest.
If you just want cheap do-the-job type policies covering medical and lost luggage rather than big compensation in the event of volcanoes, prices can be very cheap as little as 16 for an indi-vidual in Europe up to 42 for a family worldwide. Full help to find the cheapest, including over 65s, at www.mse.me/travelinsurance 5. For the cheapest deals, book flights early and package deals late
With flights, early booking's usually cheaper leave it late and you compete with business folk willing to pay big bucks. Use comparison sites such as skyscanner.net, travelsupermarket.com and kayak.co.uk to hone down prices. With pack-ages, booking less than eight weeks before depar-ture will get you the hottest bargains, provided you're flexible.
Let your wallet take a holiday when you go abroad. If youre planning a trip away, act now to avoid pain in Spain, getting hustled in Brussels,
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7. Always pre-book airport parking
If you need to drive (public transport's often cheap-er), cut costs by booking early dont just turn up. There are a range of comparison sites which help such as skyparksecure.com, aph.com and fhr-net.co.uk. Local knowledge can sometimes trump this with much cheaper just off-site deals. Sometimes airport hotels have inclusive parking and occasion-ally that can undercut the parking itself. 8. Going to the USA? You need an ESTA (Elec-tronic System for Travel Authorisation)
Most UK citizens holidaying in the US must pay $14 for an ESTA before they go. They last two years or until your passport expires, so you don't need one if you've been recently, though double-check your status. Beware applying via spam sites, as you'll be charged more. 9. Posh hotel rooms at colossal discounts.
The start point is comparison sites like Trivago.co.uk and Travelsupermarket.com. Yet bigger discounts are possible with a raft of tricks such as uncovering top secret Lastminute.com hotels by playing detective with anonymous 3-5 star rooms (cut and paste the description into Google and it's often revealed).
This is just the start though, for a lesson in cheap hotel tricks go to www.mse.me/cheaphotels 10. Don't pay to pay for budget airlines
Some budget airlines charge up to 12 PER PERSON return to pay for their flights. They get away with this by often having one no-cost niche payment system, so all others are 'added extras'. So tool up to avoid these. For Ryanair, outrageously, the only option is its prepaid Mastercard. With BMI Baby and Jet2 you need a Visa Electron.
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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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After the journey
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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Please give me a call on 07796 302657 or email [email protected]
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JuneThroughout June and July Mu-sic in the Park at Parsons Close Rec groundSunday 3-5pm contact Leighton Linslade TC for more details
Throughout June and July Bletchley Bandstand Elizabeth Square live music every Sat-urday 10am - 1pm www.bfstc.co,uk notices.
Visit www.ngs.org.uk for all the open gardens in June and July throughout our local area
Big Doggie DoDate: 1st June 2013Time: 12pm - 5pm Willen Lake South MK One day doggie festival in the park. Bring your four legged friends and enjoy the dog stalls, dog charities, activities and dog show. Free entry and small fee to enter dogs book here www.thepark-strust.com/whats-on/event-details/514
Leighton Buzzard Market Charter Celebration Weekend 1st Market Charter handover 12-2pm at Market Cross, LB2nd 11am - 4pm Medieval Banquet in conjuction with the National Big Lunch LB H contact Jo Martindale for details 01525 631911 or visit www.leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk/events
5th Family History Talk -Was one of your ancestors adopted. Donations appreciated. Medthodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley, contact Graham Gough [email protected]
6th, 7th 8th Slapton Players Amateur Dramatics are proud to perform Alan Ayckbourns Seasons Greetings! promptly at 8, Tickets 8.00 booked in
advance. Call 01525 220393 or [email protected] Village Hall, LU7 9BX
8th St Barnabas Summer Fair Leighton Buzzard 10.30 - 3.30m. plenty of fun and refreshments all day
8th Sherwood Choral Society 40th anniversary concert 7.30pm Freeman Memorial Church MK3 5HH tickets 6
8th Milton Keynes Food Bank festival, Monkston Playing Fields, St Bartholomews MK10 9FJ mkfoodbank.org.uk bring food donations
8th & 9th Woburn Abbey Country Fair 10.00 - 18.00pm MK17 9WA 8th West Bletchley Carnival parade starts at 12 noon at Melrose Avenue then Rickley Park, West Bletchley.
9th Luton Festival of Transport, Stockwood Park Luton
9th Open Farm Sunday at Hill Farm 10am-2pm There will be a sponsored dog walk in aid of Dogs for the Disabled. Telephone 01493 732307. charge to take part in the sponsored dog walk Slapton, Leighton Buzzard,
9th Motorama 2013Classic Car enthusiasts will want to visit Olney to see the large range of Classic vehicles which will be taking over the Market Square and surrounding streets. visit our website www.npolneylions.btck.co.uk where you can obtain an application form if you would like to enter a vehicle.
19th NCT Picnic in the Park, Parsons Close Rec, Leighton
Buzzard 10am - 2pm 01525 242005
29th & 30th Armed forces weekend at The Hare, Southcott Village Linslade cadet forces displays and beer festival
July6th Cheddington Village Fete 2-5pm The Green Cheddington www.cheddington.org.uk
6th Southcott Lower School Summer Fair 11am-1pm
6th July Symphonia at sunset, Marston Vale Forest Centre . performances of Vivaldi, Morzart, Handel, Elgar tickets 01234 767037
13th Leighton Linslade Carival Parsons Rec Ground and High St 11am - 5pm leightoncarnival.moonfruit.com
14th Soulbury Fete 2pm -5pm including dog show, live music and cake bake offfind us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Soulbury-Village-Fete/166551710026226
19th Shakespeare in the park 7.30pm start - Gates open at 6pm Linford Manor Parkperformance by Illyria theatre company of Shakespeares As You Like it. Bring a picnic, your own seating Unfortunately gazebos are not allowed. Performance approx 2.5hrs inc. interval. book early www.theparkstrust.com/whats-on/event
19-21st July The Hare Fest at The Hare Southcott village, Linslade 5hrs of free music visit www.entshed.co.uk for details
27th Linslade Canal Festival Waterside Park 11-5pm
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Ageing is a natural biological process that we all have to go through. As we get older our bodies change, and in certain circumstances the demands for specific nutri-ents increases. Ageing doesnt mean that we are going to succumb to the diseases often associated with later life, but it is during this stage of life that nutrition plays a vital role in maintain-ing the bodys natural de-fences which help to protect against the development of chronic disease.
The Nutrition Coach
Later LifeA number of factors can affect nutritional status in later life:
A natural decline in the ability to absorb nutrients as ef-ficiently as before.
Age related change in smell and taste can lead to poor ap-petite.
Saliva production decreases making food less appealing and harder to break down into more absorbable components.
By the age of 50 our stomach acid production declines. This inhibits the absorption of certain nutrients in particular vitamin B12, a deficiency of which can be misdiagnosed as Alzhei-mers disease as they both display similar symptoms.
Tooth loss, ill fitting dentures or a dry mouth prevent the ability to chew properly causing discomfort, making eating a less pleasurable experience.
Some medications can prevent absorption of certain nutri-ents
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It is no myth that as we age we are more susceptible to developing chronic diseases. Enjoying food and maintaining adequate nutrient levels is an important factor during later life. Poor nutrition has been shown to increase the risk of infections and reduce the function of the immune system.
Identifying and correcting factors contributing to nutritional deficiencies is important to maintaining health. Increasing fibre and fluid intake along side gentle exercise will help support your digestive system, ease constipation and support your bodys natural defences. Supplementing with digestive enzymes can help with the breakdown of food particles into more absorbable components and hydrochloric acid supple-ments can help increase stomach acid levels and help with absorption of key nutrients. The inclusion of a good all-round multi-vitamin will help initially to correct any nutrient defi-ciencies but please make sure you consult a qualified health care professional before taking supplements as interactions can occur with certain medications.
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Nanette Adams, Registered Manager of The Knolls Care Centre in Leighton Buzzard, offers a three step plan
Making the choice to move out of your home to live within a care environment is probably the most important, and often most difficult, decision older people and their families may face.
However, it is important to understand that you are not alone in this process. A quality care home understands the pressures and anxieties you and your loved ones may have and should endeavour to make the whole experience, of choosing a new home, pleasant and unpressurised.
Remember, the provision of excellent care makes a huge difference to quality of life and a quality care home is used to helping people, just like you, on a daily basis.
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