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Health Column Oct/Nov 2014

Tea and Coffee – The Good and the Bad by Alison Runham We meet up for coffee, and invite friends for a cuppa. But are these drinks friends or foes? Caffeine The good: Caffeine increases our alertness, and may temporarily sharpen our cognitive abilities. Substantial research suggests that coffee and tea drinkers are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, most likely due to caffeine, which may also help with symptoms.  The bad: Caffeine can raise blood pressure and adrenaline levels. It can also relax pelvic muscles, making you urinate more frequently. High levels may be linked to low birth weight or miscarriage.  The truth: Maximum protection against Parkinson’s disease seems to come from just three cups of tea or coffee daily. While lab results seem promising, there’s no definitive evidence linking tea and coffee drinking with reduced Alzheimer’s risk. […]

By |October 3rd, 2014|Health and Beauty|Comments Off on Health Column Oct/Nov 2014

Gardening with Pippa Greenwood Oct/Nov 2014

Conifers
Conifers are a great way to add colour, texture and living sculpture to your garden 365 days of the year. With several hundred different cultivars of conifer to choose from in the UK, there really is one to suit every situation.

Dwarf Conifers

There are many conifers which reach a maximum height of 1m (3ft). These are obviously particularly useful for small gardens and will often add a great extra dimension to a rock garden or a small-scale border. They may need an occasional trim, but generally hold their shape well.

Recommended: Picea abies ‘Little Gem’, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Gnome’, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Minima Aurea’, Cryptomeria japonica ‘Vilmoriniana’, Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’.

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By |October 3rd, 2014|Home and Gardens|Comments Off on Gardening with Pippa Greenwood Oct/Nov 2014

Money Matters Oct/Nov 2014

Three Easy Ways to Save Money This Winter By Ann Haldon Fuel bills are a major worry for all of us in winter. Prices go up but the need to stay warm remains, and it’s not just heating the house that’s the problem. Skyrocketing costs of petrol and food drain your finances on a weekly basis, but there is a little cheer on the horizon. Below are three ways to help you make ends meet this winter. All are easy to implement, they just take a little thought and planning, so make a start now before the bad winter weather strikes. Reduce Energy Consumption According to the Energy Saving Trust, savings of around £300 a year can be made using cavity wall and loft insulation in an average semi-detached house. At the time of writing, British Gas offers free or subsidised loft and cavity wall insulation to eligible homeowners on mainland Britain. […]

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Natural Health with Elizabeth Oct/Nov 2014

How to Help Improve Your Chances of Avoiding Alzheimer’s Disease
Elizabeth Beetham, BSc Holistic Nutritionist, Natural Health Journalist and Wellbeing Expert shares her knowledge about Alzheimer’s Disease.

As I have just had yet another birthday, I admit that the one thing I fear most about aging and my future health is Alzheimer’s disease. My eldest sister has had Alzheimer’s for almost ten years and it is heartbreaking to see the deterioration in her. The question many of us want answered is, “What can I do to protect myself from getting Alzheimer’s disease?” There are currently 500,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease in this country; it is the most common form of dementia.

Alzheimer’s is one of a group of conditions that all gradually destroy brain cells and lead to progressive decline in mental function. There is no cure but much research is at present being conducted and there is hope that within the next few years new treatments will become available to help sufferers of this disease. It is an awful disease and I really sympathise with anyone who is struggling with it and also members of their family.

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By |October 3rd, 2014|Health and Beauty|Comments Off on Natural Health with Elizabeth Oct/Nov 2014

Health and Fitness Oct/Nov 2014

Walking for Health
Walking is a great way to lose weight and get more active. It is a perfect form of exercise for people of all ages and fitness levels – it’s free and simple and one of the easiest ways to get fitter.

There are many health benefits in walking. Regular walking has shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Asthma, Stroke and some Cancers. Before you begin regular walking I recommend you invest in a pair of walking shoes or trainers. Make sure that these are comfortable, provide adequate support and don’t cause blisters. If you start taking regular, longer walks, you may want to invest in a waterproof jacket and some walking boots for more challenging routes.

Start slowly and try to build your walking regime gradually. You can start with a strolling pace and then progress to brisk walking and then fast walking. To get the health benefits from walking, it needs to be of moderate-intensity aerobic activity. In other words, it needs to be faster than a stroll. Moderate-intensity aerobic activity means you’re walking fast enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat.
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By |October 1st, 2014|Health and Beauty|Comments Off on Health and Fitness Oct/Nov 2014

Bits and Bobs Column Oct/Nov 2014

A Sticky Business By Bob Garlick
Going back to my days in infant school, I can remember the teacher asking us to bring in some flour and water paste as we were going to ‘make something’ in the afternoon. My Mum duly made up a paste in a cup and I took it into school. I think we cut out bits of coloured paper and stuck them to a larger piece of paper, thus making some kind of pattern. Flour and water paste was widely used for paper hanging in those days, but I didn’t know that.

So impressed with the result at school I asked Mum to save the remains of the paste and then forgot about it for some time. When I looked for it at a later date it had grown a bit furry and didn’t smell very nice. I hadn’t, however, forgotten the pasting experience and periodically would knock up another batch of paste for a bit of home handicraft. I never quite got round to cleaning up the remains of the paste but I had a very tolerant Mum.

As I got a bit older I suppose I moved on to tubes of glue. Usually sold under the name of Fixit or Mendit or something similar. These products were made I think from fish glue, or at least that’s what they smelled like. I should mention that this was Wartime Britain so as children we were encouraged to make our own birthday cards etc. I used to manage to get the glue on every finger and it was a major task to wash it off.

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Beauty Oct/Nov 2014

Professional Make-Up Secrets – How to Get a Perfect Pout With the help of a few simple make-up tools and techniques it’s easy to transform your lips into the pout you’ve always wanted. Thin Lips Thin lips are a big beauty concern for many women – especially as they age. That’s because over the years, our lips lose their plumpness and become visibly thinner. Fortunately there’s plenty that can be done to add some volume, without having to resort to fillers. Choose lipsticks in light shades and always opt for a glossy finish. Lighter colours work to make lips look bigger by bringing that area of your face forward, whereas darker shades have the opposite effect by pushing it back. Light-reflecting pigments in glosses and lipsticks add instant fullness to thin lips – unlike matte formulations that make the lips look flat. […]

By |September 30th, 2014|Health and Beauty|Comments Off on Beauty Oct/Nov 2014

Blue Daisy’s Garden Diary Oct/Nov 2014

Using Plants as Focal Points by Nicki Jackson
A focal point is something that is different to its surroundings and can often control the way the garden is viewed by leading the eye around the space. A lot of people would usually associate structures like urns or statues as focal points but plants, used correctly, can provide that visual impact as well.

A plant must be dramatically different from its surroundings in order to be a focal point, so one of the first rules of using a plant for this function is to consider its form or shape, its size or colour. It should draw the eye towards the area you wish to emphasize. Plants should also look good throughout the season and where possible for the whole year (although you can use perennials or annuals grouped together but they will be more transient, seasonal focal points).

Adding a focal point to a flower bed can be very effective, for example, a tall plant or a bright flower amongst others; if you are able to add height you could consider using a tree such as an Acer, or you could dress up a wigwam or obelisk with sweet peas or a scented climber.

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By |September 30th, 2014|Home and Gardens|Comments Off on Blue Daisy’s Garden Diary Oct/Nov 2014

Horoscopes by Christine Chalklin Oct/Nov 2014

YOUR HOROSCOPES For October and November 2014 by Christine Chalklin
What’s happening in the Cosmos in October?
Mercury goes into retrograde motion on the 5th and remains there until the 26th. As always, it is important to carefully check all your communications and travel arrangements, more than once! This is always a good time to re-adjust any areas of life that aren’t working as well as you would like. The full moon eclipse on the 8th falls on the Aries Libra axis and brings all relationships into focus. You may need to ask some important questions; is there a good balance and exchange of energy in your relationship, is there enough emotional support? What structures are steady and dependable and what needs changing? The Sun enters the watery and transformational sign of Scorpio on the 23rd, the same day as the new moon partial solar eclipse. This signals a powerful time to be courageous and embrace change.

What’s happening in the Cosmos in November?
Investments, possessions and resources are in the spotlight for this month. The Sun, Venus and Saturn all in Scorpio, bring these subjects to our attention. The Sun emphasises the Scorpio ability to be very resourceful and creative, and also to make do with what one already has. Motivational Mars is in the industrious and ambitious sign of Capricorn all month, further enabling solid plans for advancement. Communicative Mercury moves in to Scorpio on the 9th and entices us to dig deep and get to the bottom of things, confront our fears and limiting habits and be ready for transformation and change. The full moon is on the 6th in Taurus and the new moon is on the 22nd in Sagittarius.

ARIES  MARCH  21 – APRIL 20
October: Full moon lunar eclipse in your sign on the 8th is in conjunction with Uranus, the planet of the unexpected. Dramatic changes are now in the air and you may be called upon to take up a challenge. Creative change is certainly on the agenda with abundant Jupiter in Leo shining on you favourably.
November: The Sun, Venus and Saturn occupy the financial areas of your chart for most of this month. This is a good time to make some informed decisions about your assets, savings and investments and all general plans for the future. The new moon on the 22nd puts relationships into perspective.
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By |September 30th, 2014|Horoscopes|Comments Off on Horoscopes by Christine Chalklin Oct/Nov 2014

What’s Happening at Kenilworth Town Council Aug/Sept 2014

Firstly thank you and congratulations to all those who organised and worked on the 82nd Carnival which we enjoyed at the beginning of July. This is an event which requires a great deal of preparation and we are fortunate that the Carnival Committee are prepared to undertake that work year after year for our enjoyment, whilst raising money for local causes.

The Town Council is also very pleased to support another group who work hard for our benefit, namely the Kenilworth in Bloom Committee, whose work is very evident in the beautiful displays which we have across the town. These displays keep the Town bright and cheerful throughout the summer.

The Council’s response to the final consultation on the Local Plan has now been filed and can be seen on our website at www.kenilworthtowncouncil.co.uk. This consultation was limited as to whether the Plan meets the criteria of Soundness, Deliverability, Sustainability and whether proper process has been followed. The Town has raised various concerns on these points and will be looking for these to be rectified so the Plan is acceptable and sound.

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By |August 15th, 2014|Regular Features|Comments Off on What’s Happening at Kenilworth Town Council Aug/Sept 2014
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