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Contents<br />

2 Inside this issue<br />

Welcome<br />

3 <strong>Freebird</strong> Club founder, Peter Mangan,<br />

kicks off the first issue.<br />

5 How to read the <strong>Freebird</strong> <strong>Times</strong>.<br />

Travel<br />

6 Dave Ryan takes us on a tour of Southern<br />

England.<br />

9 Intrepid 50-something Dermot Higgins<br />

tells us why he?s cycling around the world on<br />

a push bike.<br />

10 Gaetano Forte relaxes in the beautiful<br />

surroundings of Lake Zurich, Switzerland.<br />

Let's Cook<br />

12 Making scones and clotted cream while<br />

listening to singer Doris Day!<br />

Tech Savy<br />

16 Learn how to screen share.<br />

Living & Lifestyle<br />

19 Go green when brushing your teeth.<br />

21 Start a new career instead of retiring.<br />

23 Soothing remedies for sore skin.<br />

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Cover photo: Founding team Peter Mangan and Nga-Hong Lau by Sean Lawlor<br />

Editor : Olive Keogh<br />

Design & Layout : Deeksha Gautam<br />

(C) 2017 Published by <strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> Club. All rights reserved<br />


3 Welcome<br />

Peter Mangan, founder and CEO of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> Club<br />

Welcome to the first edition of<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> <strong>Times</strong>. This digital<br />

magazine is our way of engaging<br />

more fully with both our<br />

members and those interested<br />

in learning more about <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Freebird</strong> Club.<br />

For the uninitiated, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong><br />

Club is a new travel-based social<br />

network for those over 50. It is a<br />

membership-based club,<br />

whereby members can travel<br />

and stay with each other in the<br />

context of a trusted social<br />

community of peers.<br />

It offers a whole new way of<br />

travelling for mature adults, a<br />

potential new source of income<br />

for hosts and a fun and<br />

accessible way to meet new<br />

people and enjoy social and<br />

cultural interaction in later life.<br />

Our mission is to connect and<br />

enrich the lives of older people<br />

through meaningful travel and to<br />

foster an age-friendly and<br />

inclusive world in the process.<br />

This Club is designed to be a fun<br />

place to hangout with<br />

like-minded people who share<br />

the view that life and the world<br />

around us are to be enjoyed<br />

regardless of age. As you will see<br />

in our member profiles, people<br />

share their interests and<br />

passions on the website so they<br />

can get to know a little bit about<br />

each other in advance of<br />

potential stays. We want people<br />

to connect through<br />

commonalities and shared<br />

interests. This Club is about<br />

people, not just places to go. We<br />

already have <strong>Freebird</strong> members<br />

in 36 countries worldwide and<br />

membership is growing daily.<br />

Here in our digital magazine,<br />

you will find all kinds of<br />

interesting articles chosen to<br />

appeal to the more mature<br />

reader .

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We have a very interesting and<br />

information-rich feature about<br />

travelling in the South of England<br />

written by <strong>Freebird</strong> Club<br />

volunteer, Dave Ryan , while Club<br />

member, Gaetano Forte, shares<br />

his experiences of staying with<br />

hosts Luisa and Joseph Roesli in<br />

Switzerland.<br />

We will also show you how to<br />

screen share with Skype to keep in<br />

touch with family and friends and<br />

share our recipe for scones, an<br />

essential and delicious part of a<br />

traditional British afternoon tea.<br />

Don?t forget to come and check<br />

out our website:<br />

www.thefreebirdclub.com. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

you will find wonderful welcoming<br />

hosts in amazing destinations<br />

around the world. If you are not<br />

yet a member we would love to<br />

have you on board. Better still,<br />

why not tell your friends and<br />

family who are also over 50 about<br />

us?<br />

This Club is built around<br />

"<br />

great<br />

people enjoying the potential that<br />

a longer life presents. <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Freebird</strong> Club is driven by its<br />

members and we are open to<br />

suggestions about what content<br />

and features you would like to see<br />

in future editions. Please feel free<br />

to send us your ideas. We hope<br />

you enjoy this first edition of <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Freebird</strong> <strong>Times</strong> ? and remember,<br />

it?s never too late to have the time<br />

of your life!<br />

Happy Travelling.<br />

Enjoy the issue!<br />

Peter<br />

Peter Mangan, Founder & CEO,<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> Club<br />


"<br />

Peter with his father Owen , who helped inspire what has become <strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> Club

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Welcome<br />

How to Read <strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

While most people know intuitively how<br />

to turn pages in a printed publication,<br />

the techniques for reading a digital<br />

publication are a little bit different. We<br />

want to make your read as easy as<br />

possible and have made a short video to<br />

help you navigate the magazine with a<br />

few simple clicks.<br />

If you still prefer to read a paper version,<br />

you can simply download and print it.<br />


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TFC volunteer Dave Ryan brings us on a journey through the South of England.<br />

<strong>The</strong> counties of southern England<br />

are recognised as a<br />

mouth-watering combination of<br />

rural tranquility, coastal cliffs,<br />

nestled coves, forests full of<br />

intrigue, national parks and<br />

desolate moorland ? all<br />

complemented by a rich historical<br />

and cultural heritage.<br />

If your travels ever take you to the<br />

South of England there is a wide<br />

variety of things to do all fuelled by<br />

a variety of gastronomic options<br />

showcasing the best of English<br />

food. A good meal is often followed,<br />

of course, by a trip to one of the<br />

many hundreds of lovingly<br />

preserved versions of the<br />

traditional English pub! <strong>The</strong>y vary<br />

greatly in style and character and<br />

many serve local tipples, such as<br />

the scrumpy (a type of cider), the<br />

county of Somerset in particular is<br />

famous for.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is also a wealth of regional<br />

cultural festivals to enrich your<br />

experience across many fields<br />

including music, food, literature,<br />

drama and the arts. In terms of<br />

gathering information on the<br />

options available, you?ll find that<br />

each county/town has its own<br />

official tourist information website<br />

as do the events themselves. <strong>The</strong><br />

VisitEngland.com and<br />

artsfestivals.co.uk websites are<br />

also handy for information for your<br />

trip. <strong>The</strong>re are so many choices ?<br />

but here are a few examples to<br />

whet your appetite.<br />

Minack <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

If you are spending time enjoying<br />

the considerable charms of Devon<br />

and Cornwall, look out for the<br />

remarkable Minack <strong>The</strong>atre hewn<br />

out of the cliff-face above the<br />

waters of Porthcuron Bay in the<br />

1930s. It has seating for 750<br />

View of Pulteney Bridge in Bath, England<br />

Rainforest Biome, Eden Project, Cornwall<br />


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people and presents plays, operas<br />

and musicals during the Summer<br />

months. Bring your own cushion<br />

and a warm blanket would also be a<br />

useful accessory.<br />

Newquay is host to multiple<br />

Summer /Autumn festivals<br />

(literature and film, not just<br />

surfing!) and the spectacular Eden<br />

Project is not just a daytime<br />

pleasure but also a location for<br />

performances in Spring and<br />

Summer held in a broad grassy<br />

arena much admired for its<br />

originality.<br />

Padstow in Cornwall is famed for its<br />

harbour and gastronomic charm ? a<br />

destination for many given the fame<br />

of local restauranteur and TV chef,<br />

Rick Stein. It is also at the heart of<br />

regional cultural tradition. One of<br />

its variety of events is the famed<br />

Obby Oss Festival which is<br />

celebrated annually on May Day. It<br />

is thought to be the oldest dance<br />

festival in Britain involving troupes<br />

of local dancers, a maypole,<br />

costumes and general fun and<br />

merriment.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Hunting of the Earl of Rone<br />

festival takes place in Combe<br />

Martin, Devon, each year and<br />

re-enacts a 400-year old manhunt<br />

with full costumes and general<br />

chasing around. A must for Agatha<br />

Christie fans is the annual Festival<br />

in mid-September (in Torquay) with<br />

all manner of exhibitions, author<br />

talks, murder mystery dinners and<br />

jazz. Also of note is the literary<br />

festival held each May in Fowey<br />

over three days with a<br />

concentration on the works of<br />

Daphne du Maurier.<br />

Somerset<br />

<strong>The</strong> county of Somerset has always<br />

evoked England?s pastoral heritage<br />

but the tranquillity is breached<br />

every year or so (if the fields<br />

recover in time!) by the<br />

Glastonbury Festival. It has been in<br />

existence on Worthy Farm since the<br />

1970s. With its roots in flower<br />

power, alternative lifestyles and of<br />

course music, the festival has<br />

evolved into much more than a rock<br />

music festival with all types of<br />

music catered for from classical,<br />

jazz and blues to folk, rock, dance<br />

and soul ? a veritable feast for the<br />

senses. <strong>The</strong>re are also many<br />

themed areas covering food,<br />

meditation, politics, comedy,<br />

literature and arts & crafts. Bring<br />

your wellies in case it rains and<br />

leave the mudsliding to the youth!<br />

Also, look out for music and<br />

literature festivals in Bristol and<br />

Bath ? notably Bath?s annual<br />

International Music Festival in<br />

May/June featuring jazz, classical<br />

and world music; Bristol?s Upfest,<br />

Europe?s largest street art and<br />

graffiti festival and Bristol?s<br />

Slapstick Festival celebration of<br />

silent film and comedy held every<br />

January.<br />

<strong>The</strong> counties of Hampshire, Dorset<br />

and Wiltshire overlap with the<br />

ancient English kingdom of Wessex,<br />

the location of Stonehenge and the<br />

region where King Alfred saw off<br />

the last of the Vikings.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Isle of Wight, just off the coast,<br />

is host to festivals throughout the<br />

year ? especially literature and of<br />

course sailing (Cowes Week in<br />

August). Also in the locale, Longleat<br />

House hosts not just the famous<br />

safari park but also events/concerts<br />

over the Spring/Summer months,<br />

while near Winchester, the<br />

Watercress Line is one of the most<br />

famous steam-powered railways in<br />

England.<br />

<strong>The</strong> rather odd Tichborne Dole<br />

Festival takes place in the<br />

eponymous town each March and<br />

locals line up to be ?doled out? an<br />

allowance of a gallon of flour in<br />

ceremonies dating from the 12th<br />

century. Recognised as the most<br />


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traditional event in England, the<br />

annual Chippenham Folk Festival<br />

Weekend (May) carries over 200<br />

separate events celebrating<br />

traditional English music,<br />

storytelling and dance ? including<br />

Morris dancing, ceilidh and maypole<br />

ceremonies.<br />

Sunny South East<br />

<strong>The</strong> South-East comprising Surrey,<br />

Sussex and Kent has by tradition,<br />

been the holiday destination for<br />

Londoners from Victorian times<br />

with heritage coastal towns serving<br />

the multitudes including Brighton,<br />

Bognor, Margate, Ramsgate and<br />

Tunbridge Wells. Brighton is<br />

perhaps the best known destination<br />

and hosts a diversity of events<br />

throughout the year, the most<br />

notable being the Brighton Festival<br />

in May, now recognised as the<br />

largest festival in England.<br />

Also noteworthy is the annual<br />

Burning the Clocks celebration at<br />

the winter solstice.<br />

Nearby, Broadstairs is famed for its<br />

Folk Festival and Dickens Festival,<br />

while Canterbury runs a two-week<br />

Festival of <strong>The</strong>atre and Music in<br />

October. Cantebury Cathedral is<br />

the mother church of the worldwide<br />

Anglican community and one of the<br />

oldest and most historic religious<br />

sites in England. Pilgrims have been<br />

visiting Cantebury since the Middle<br />

Ages and it forms part of a World<br />

Heritage site and combines a mix of<br />

Gothic Romanesque architecture<br />

and English Gothic architecture.<br />

Not to be missed is the annual<br />

Whitstable Oyster Festival in July ?<br />

its oysters have been famed since<br />

Roman times and the festival<br />

incorporates parades,<br />

performances, fireworks,<br />

oyster-eating competitions and <strong>The</strong><br />

Landing of the Oyster ceremony. If<br />

scallops are more your thing, the<br />

ancient town of Rye, overlooking<br />

Romney Marshes, hosts Scallop<br />

Week in February each year.<br />

Kent is the centre of the<br />

now-vibrant English wine industry<br />

with multiple tasting/tour<br />

opportunities in one of the 400+<br />

vineyards producing more than four<br />

million bottles of wine per year.<br />

Hastings is not only the site where<br />

King Alfred lost England to the<br />

Normans, but also the location for<br />

the annual Jack-in-the-Green<br />

festival with three full days of<br />

festivities that culminate in the<br />

Release of the Spirit of Summer.<br />

Founded in the 1930s the<br />

Glyndebourne Opera Festival is<br />

recognised as the spiritual home of<br />

English Opera with a season<br />

running from May to August. <strong>The</strong><br />

opera house sits amongst rolling<br />

green hills surrounded by luscious<br />

gardens. <strong>The</strong> season is at the centre<br />

of the high society calendar and is<br />

an opportunity to dress up, mix with<br />

the gentry, listen to wonderful<br />

music and have a lavish picnic on<br />

the lawn.<br />

<strong>The</strong> county of Kent is also the<br />

location of the famous White Cliffs<br />

of Dover and to the equally famous<br />

gardens of Sissinghurst Castle<br />

created by the legedary British<br />

gardener, Vita Sackville-West. This<br />

must-see garden is now maintained<br />

by the National Trust and is<br />

described as ?Historic, poetic,<br />

iconic; a refuge dedicated to<br />

beauty.?<br />

Happy holidays!

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Go Go Dermo!<br />

Dermot Higgins is aiming to become the fastest person over 50 to cycle around the globe and he<br />

hopes to set a new Guinness World Record in the process.<br />

Dermot?s Route<br />

Start: Madrid<br />

Route: Cycle across Europe, into<br />

Asia via Russia, Kazakhstan and<br />

China.<br />

Progress along Australia?s<br />

southern coast arriving in<br />

Melbourne in time for Christmas.<br />

Cycle the length of New Zealand.<br />

Cross the United States.<br />

Fly across the Atlantic to Portugal.<br />

Finish: Madrid<br />

It?s going to take him nine months.<br />

He will spend an average of eight<br />

hours a day in the saddle. He will<br />

start his odyssey in Madrid, Spain, in<br />

June 2017 and will hopefully end<br />

there in one piece over 30,000km<br />

later on Easter Sunday 2018. Most<br />

of his sleeping will be under canvas,<br />

he will have no back-up support and<br />

he will need to cycle 160km six days<br />

a week to meet his goal on time. Is<br />

the man completely mad?<br />

?Well yes, I suppose you do have to<br />

have a degree of madness to take on<br />

something like this,? he says. ?I know<br />

there will be a lot of energy and<br />

effort and probably pain involved,<br />

but circumnavigating the globe is<br />

something I?ve wanted to do ever<br />

since I read Around the World in 80<br />

Days by the French author Jules<br />

Vernes when I was a child.?<br />

Dermot (55) leaves Ireland the day<br />

after he retires as a teacher after 35<br />

years. He is doing his trip on a<br />

shoestring budget of ?20 a day with<br />

a little bit of help from a small<br />

number of sponsors including <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Freebird</strong> Club which will provide<br />

him with a comfortable bed with a<br />

<strong>Freebird</strong> host on his rest day each<br />

week.<br />

As a teacher and an active<br />

environmentalist, Dermot is<br />

passionate about educating people<br />

about protecting the planet. He<br />

?Travelling around the<br />

globe, under my own<br />

power will be my life?s<br />

ambition realised", said<br />

Dermot. "Having the<br />

opportunity to promote<br />

the Global Goals is the<br />

icing on the cake!?<br />

plans to make stops along the way<br />

to visit schools and environmental<br />

projects to spread the message of<br />

the UN?s Global Goals for<br />

Sustainable Development, a series<br />

of ambitious targets aimed at<br />

ending extreme poverty, inequality<br />

and tackling climate change.<br />

Throughout his trip Dermot will be<br />

working in partnership with the<br />

Irish aid organisation, Trocaire, a<br />

global charity which shares his<br />

interests and ideals. He is hoping his<br />

epic journey will raise ?20,000 for<br />

the organisation through donations.<br />

Dermot is no stranger to taking on<br />

tough challenges as he has always<br />

been involved in adventure sports.<br />

He runs, cycles, hikes and kayaks<br />

and says he has effectively been in<br />

training for his world trip for most<br />

of his life.<br />

Asked what aspects of the trip<br />

might test his resilience most he<br />

says, ?being wet, miserable and<br />

uncomfortable, having an accident,<br />

camping in the wild and coping with<br />

adverse weather conditions such as<br />

headwinds.? But this ironman is not<br />

dwelling on what could go wrong.<br />

His focus is 100% positive and he<br />

can?t wait to get started. <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Freebird</strong> Club proudly salutes its<br />

adventurous ambassador and adds<br />

its voice to his campaign?s slogan:<br />

GoGoDermo!<br />

If you would like to support Dermot,<br />

log on to gogodermo.com

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May 2017<br />

Day 1<br />

I arrived at Zurich Airport<br />

yesterday and followed my host,<br />

Luisa's, very clear instructions:<br />

Take train S2 on Gleis (platform 1),<br />

destination, Zieglebrucke. Go to<br />

the last stop. Sit upstairs on the left<br />

and you will get a view of Lake<br />

Zurich as you travel along. She<br />

wasn't wrong. It is a stunningly<br />

beautiful train ride. Fast, punctual<br />

and picturesque.<br />

Luisa met me at the station and we<br />

drove to her house along a scenic<br />

route which is full of picture<br />

Diary of A <strong>Freebird</strong><br />

<strong>Freebird</strong> Club member Gaetano Forte visited hosts Luisa and Joseph Roesli at<br />

their home overlooking Lake Zurich in Obstalden, Switzerland.<br />

postcard images. We arrived at the<br />

house and were greeted by Luisa's<br />

husband, Joseph. Over a cool beer,<br />

we started chatting and did not<br />

stop until well into the evening.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are a fascinating couple who<br />

are so hospitable and warm, that I<br />

immediately felt I had known them<br />

for a very long time.<br />

Sitting on the terrace, we had a<br />

Raclette, a famous Swiss dish of<br />

grilled cheese poured over<br />

potatoes with pickles, chili and sun<br />

dried tomatoes. Delicious. <strong>The</strong> rosé<br />

wine was very slippery and I went<br />

to bed in a mellow mood. I woke in<br />

the night and looked out the<br />

window at the stars. Because the<br />

area is away from light pollution<br />

they were spectacular. This is a<br />

really magical place.<br />

Day 2<br />

Woke up to the sound of the birds<br />

and the sun streaming in the<br />

window of my loft room. Sat down<br />

to a breakfast of farm fresh eggs,<br />

ham, home-made bread and coffee.<br />

Lots of chat around the table.<br />

Really important decisions to be<br />

made, like where should we go for<br />

our picnic. Looking across the lake<br />

to the imposing cliff with its<br />

spectacular waterfall, we decide to<br />

travel to the top, by car I hasten to<br />

add, and look at the view from<br />

there.<br />

On arrival we make a short walk<br />

along a road through farmland<br />

populated by cows grazing<br />

peacefully in the sunshine. <strong>The</strong><br />

land is fertile and pristine. <strong>The</strong><br />

smell of new mown grass is sweet<br />

and sublime.<br />

At the top we stop at the viewing<br />

platform and gaze at the view<br />

which is really beautiful. <strong>The</strong>re are<br />

boats on the lake, pleasure craft,<br />

water buses, kite surfers, water<br />

skiers and swimmers.<br />

Below us, an eagle soars on the<br />

thermals. This is nature at its best.<br />

Alongside the natural lake, there is<br />

a canal, built to combat flooding,<br />

which links to Lake Zurich. <strong>The</strong><br />

only sound is cowbells and<br />

birdsong.<br />

Back in the car for a short hop to<br />

our picnic spot. We find a patch of<br />

green and pull up some small logs<br />

and spend an idyllic hour sharing

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food and conversation surrounded<br />

by wild flowers. It doesn't get<br />

better than this. We visit a small<br />

reservoir where there is a<br />

hydroelectric power plant,<br />

completely underground, which<br />

generates electricity for the<br />

surrounding area with no impact<br />

on the environment whatsoever.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n it's back to the house for a<br />

well-earned beer and a lie down.<br />

Enjoying yourself is very tiring, you<br />

know! As we approach the house,<br />

we see a neighbouring farmer,<br />

stripped to the waist, cutting grass<br />

with a scythe.<br />

I'm pressed into service to help<br />

with dinner. I have to do one of my<br />

favourite things - make a fire! <strong>The</strong><br />

wood is carefully chosen from the<br />

store room. Joseph has a wood<br />

stack which is neat and tidy with all<br />

logs of the same size. We take our<br />

chosen specimens up to the top of<br />

the garden and light the fire.<br />

Day 3<br />

Another great sleep and another<br />

day in Paradise begins. This time it<br />

was eggs sunny side up on<br />

home-made brown bread.<br />

Luisa makes marmalade like you<br />

have never tasted it. Not the<br />

normal English bitter stuff. This<br />

was fruity and delicious. If you<br />

come here, and I suggest you do,<br />

ask Joseph to tell you the story of<br />

the marmalade. Be prepared it has<br />

an unexpected ending!<br />

After some more lying around, it<br />

was time for lunch. Here, Luisa's<br />

Italian heritage came to the fore.<br />

We had a plate of spaghetti,aglio<br />

eolio with home-made chili oil. I<br />

may have a seat to myself on the<br />

plane home. I am now chilling on<br />

the terrace in 25 degree heat<br />

soaking up the last rays of sun.<br />

I have been lucky with the weather.<br />

I have been fortunate also with my<br />

hosts. If you are looking for a place<br />

where you can totally relax and do<br />

as much or as little as you like, this<br />

is it.<br />

Luisa and Joseph have had guests<br />

who prefer to keep to themselves<br />

and this is fine. If, like me you enjoy<br />

company this is also fine with them.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are always there to make<br />

your stay enjoyable and have an<br />

extensive knowledge of the area<br />

and what it can offer.<br />

For someone travelling alone, it is<br />

ideal. We had a guest staying who<br />

was studying for an exam and<br />

found the solitude he needed here.<br />

But if you are alone for walking or<br />

sightseeing it is nice to chat over<br />

dinner about what you have done<br />

that day.<br />

Check out <strong>Freebird</strong> Club hosts'<br />

Angelika, in Alstatten, and Eve in<br />

Murten. Between these locations<br />

you could have a lovely week in<br />

Switzerland experiencing the<br />

different foods, wines and<br />

geography of each region.<br />

Travelling here is really easy. <strong>The</strong><br />

road system is superb and the<br />

trains are reliable and always run<br />

on time.<br />

Check out our hosts on<br />

thefreebirdclub.com<br />

Once the embers are hot, we put<br />

the sausages on to cook. <strong>The</strong>re is<br />

nothing like the taste of food<br />

cooked over an open fire in the<br />

company of friends. <strong>The</strong> piece de<br />

resistance is Luisa's apple tart,<br />

mmmmm. We stay there chatting<br />

until dark and then it's time for<br />

bed. Another day in paradise<br />

comes to an end.<br />

<strong>Freebird</strong> member, Gaetano Forte<br />

"I?m pressed into service to<br />

help with dinner. I have to do<br />

one of my favourite things ?<br />

make a fire!"

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Travel<br />

1<br />

Explore the South of England<br />

with <strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> Club<br />

From Devon to East Sussex our hosts are ready to lead you around one of the most attractive parts of England.<br />

Read the suggestions from hosts Catherine and Sara on local attractions and ?must sees.?<br />

Catherine Scott , (East Sussex)<br />

What are your top three<br />

?must see? things?<br />

Coastal Currents<br />

(coastalcurrents.org.uk), is a<br />

fantastic open arts exhibition which<br />

takes place between the 2nd and<br />

the 10th September in Saint<br />

Leonard. It incorporates galleries,<br />

studios, private houses and even<br />

beach huts.<br />

We have many different music<br />

events over the summer months.<br />

Our choirs come together for the<br />

?concert in the park? event and in<br />

Haldon, a small coastal village in<br />

South Devon between Teignmouth<br />

and Torquay, the 28th Classic Music<br />

Festival takes place from 22nd to<br />

25th June at St. Peter?s Church.<br />

I suggest a visit to the Smugglers<br />

Adventure in St Clements Caves. It<br />

tells the story of smuggling in a very<br />

interactive way. You can access this<br />

attraction via the original West Hill<br />

funicular railway which opened in<br />

1891.<br />

Where do you recommend for a<br />

traditional English afternoon<br />

tea?<br />

Ashley Manor (outside Battle) is in a<br />

wonderful setting with beautiful<br />

grounds. <strong>The</strong> Orangery is the<br />

perfect spot to enjoy a cream tea.<br />

Tell us about something that?s<br />

not on the usual tourist trail?<br />

Hastings bonfire is a big winter<br />

event which will take place on<br />

Saturday 14th October 2017, with<br />

parades, music and dancing in the<br />

streets. <strong>The</strong> day ends with a<br />

fantastic pyrotechnic display.<br />

Burton St Leonard?s has wonderful<br />

architecture and like all of Hastings<br />

and St Leonard?s is steeped in<br />

history.<br />

Sara Lawes, (Devon)<br />

What are your top three<br />

?must see? things?<br />

<strong>The</strong> coast, with its long sandy<br />

beaches and great surfing.<br />

Darlington Crystal at Great<br />

Torrington.<br />

Clovelly Court Gardens.<br />

Where do you recommend for a<br />

traditional English afternoon<br />

tea?<br />

<strong>The</strong> Hidder Treasure Tea Room in<br />

Exeter. It offers delicious traditional<br />

scones with homemade jam, not to<br />

mention its fascinating location.<br />

Tell us about something that?s<br />

not on the usual tourist trail?<br />

<strong>The</strong> Gnome Reserve, West Putford,<br />

Holsworthy. It?s something<br />

completely different!

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Let's Cook<br />

Tea Time Treat<br />

Tea and scones with clotted cream is a quintessential part<br />

of a traditional English afternoon tea.<br />

<strong>The</strong> idea of breaking the fast between<br />

lunch and dinner with a selection of<br />

finger sandwiches, scones, miniature<br />

cakes and a refreshing cup of tea,<br />

came from Anna, the seventh<br />

Duchess of Bedford, in 1840.<br />

It seems the Duchess tended to get a<br />

little peckish around 4pm and as the<br />

evening meal in her household wasn?t<br />

served until 8pm, she created<br />

afternoon tea to fill the gap.<br />

Scones are an essential part of a<br />

traditional English afternoon tea and<br />

are typically served with butter, jam<br />

and cream.<br />

<strong>The</strong> sandwich was ?invented? by the<br />

18 th century Earl of the same name.<br />

A compulsive gambler, he refused to<br />

leave the table during a 24-hour<br />

session and asked for a slice of meat<br />

between two pieces of bread to<br />

sustain him.<br />

Anna,<br />

Seventh Duchess of Bedford<br />

English scones with jam and cream

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Let's Cook<br />

Plain scones<br />


- 1.5 oz /40g butter at room temperature/ slightly soft<br />

- 1.5 tablespoons caster/fine sugar<br />

- 8oz/225g self-raising flour<br />

- a pinch of salt<br />

- ¼ pint/ 150ml milk (you may need a little extra)<br />

- Extra flour for dusting worktop and rolling pin<br />

- A rolling pin<br />

- A flat baking sheet greased or lined with non-stick<br />

baking parchment<br />

- A circular pastry cutter roughly 2 inches/4 - 5cm<br />

across.<br />

- Set your oven to: 220 o C, 425 o F, gas mark 7<br />

Let?s get started<br />

Sieve the flour into a medium<br />

sized bowl.<br />

Add the butter and rub it into<br />

the flour with your fingertips<br />

until the mixture looks like fine<br />

breadcrumbs.<br />

Stir in the sugar and salt.<br />

Add one third of the milk and<br />

stir it into the mixture using a<br />

knife with a broad blade. Add<br />

the remaining milk in two<br />

batches. If the mixture is very<br />

dry add a little more milk. <strong>The</strong><br />

mixture should be soft but not<br />

sticky. When all of the milk is<br />

incorporated, flour your hands<br />

lightly and gently knead the<br />

dough into a ball. Sprinkle some<br />

flour on the worktop, tip the<br />

dough out on top. Put some<br />

flour on your rolling pin and roll<br />

out the dough to a thickness of<br />

not less than 1 inch/3cm. Cut<br />

out rounds with the pastry<br />

cutter and place on the baking<br />

tray a few centimeters apart.<br />

Remix the remaining dough and<br />

repeat. Dust each scone lightly<br />

with flour for a plain finish. If<br />

you would like a shiny finish, mix<br />

an egg with some milk until<br />

combined. <strong>The</strong>n use a pastry<br />

brush to paint the top of the<br />

scones with the mixture. Bake<br />

near the top of the oven for<br />

12-15 minutes or until they are<br />

risen and golden brown.<br />

Transfer to a wire rack to cool<br />

but eat them as soon as possible<br />

as they go stale very quickly.<br />

Serve with butter or clotted<br />

cream and jam.<br />

Tip: Do not roll the scone dough<br />

any thinner than 1 inch/3cm or<br />

they will not rise properly.<br />

Tip: Freeze as soon as cool.<br />

Re-heat on a low temperature<br />

before serving warm.

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Let's Cook<br />

Clotted cream<br />

Clotted Cream is a delicious complement to scones. It is mainly associated with<br />

the south west of England and the counties of Cornwall and Devon in particular.<br />

It enjoys protected food status once the product originates in Cornwall.<br />


4 cups heavy whipping cream<br />

Preheat oven to 100C/200F<br />

Let?s get started<br />

Pour the cream into a heavy<br />

bottomed oven proof shallow<br />

container.<br />

Put it in the oven for 8-10 hours or<br />

overnight. When ready, a thick<br />

golden crust will have formed on top<br />

of the cream.<br />

Remove from the oven and allow to<br />

stand in a cool place for 10-12 hours.<br />

Remove the golden top part with a<br />

slatted spoon and gently stir to create<br />

clotted cream. Don?t agitate the<br />

mixture or it will start recombining<br />

with the liquid beneath.<br />

Put it into a tightly sealed container<br />

and place in the refrigerator to let it<br />

settle for 2-3 hours.<br />

Clotted cream will last for 3-4 days in<br />

a refrigerator. You can use the left<br />

over liquid to make bread or scones.<br />

To serve<br />

Clotted Cream is delicious when<br />

served with warm scones and jam.<br />

Doris Day was a celebrated<br />

American-born actress, singer and animal<br />

rights activist, who died in 1973. Her<br />

talents stretched across musicals and<br />

drama and she starred alongside film<br />

legends such as James Cagney and James<br />

Stewart. She had a wonderful singing<br />

voice and here she sings of finding<br />

happiness in spending time and drinking<br />

tea with a loved one! For a bit of escapism,<br />

check out her sparkling performance in<br />

the movie, Calamity Jane!<br />

Ask the expert?<br />

I love making meringues but I<br />

hate the way they weep when<br />

baked. What causes this?<br />

Meringues will weep for two main<br />

reasons: you have added the sugar too<br />

quickly or you have added too much<br />

sugar in one go. Always add the sugar<br />

gradually in small amounts and let it<br />

mix through.

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16 NEWS<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> Club Comes of Age<br />

Nga-Hong Lau, CTO, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> Club, Moira Allan, Paris, founder Pass it on Network & Peter Mangan , CEO, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> Club<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> Club came of age on<br />

April 5 th , 2017 with its official<br />

launch in Dublin. <strong>The</strong> event,<br />

which was hosted by founder<br />

Peter Mangan and CTO<br />

Nga-Hong Lau, also celebrated<br />

the fact that the organisation had<br />

already reached the milestone of<br />

1,000 members across 34<br />

countries.<br />

Numerous guests, including<br />

<strong>Freebird</strong> Club members,<br />

representatives of ageing<br />

organisations, public institutions<br />

and journalists were welcomed<br />

by the start-up team, in the<br />

charming setting of Airfield<br />

Estate, Dublin.<br />

Reflecting the international<br />

nature of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> Club, it<br />

was appropriate that the launch<br />

was attended by representatives<br />

from abroad. <strong>The</strong>se included<br />

Moira Allan from France, the<br />

international coordinator of the<br />

Pass it On Network who also<br />

coordinates the 2Young2Retire<br />

network in Europe with its<br />

French counterpart ? Le Cercle<br />

des Seniors Actifs. Facilitated by<br />

video link, Crispin Baynes, Aging<br />

2.0 New York, Merry Alexander,<br />

TFC area champion in NYC and<br />

Doug Flockhart, CEO Clubs<br />

Queensland in Brisbane also sent<br />

their best wishes.<br />

Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise<br />

and Innovation, Mary Mitchell<br />

O?Connor also sent her<br />

congratulations, stating: ?I?m not<br />

the only one that thinks yours is a<br />

very good idea", pointing out the<br />

numerous awards won by the<br />

start-up already, including the<br />

European Commission?s Social<br />

Innovation Competition.<br />

Speaking at the launch founder<br />

Peter Mangan said: ?We are a<br />

real ?heart and soul?venture<br />

which aims to connect older<br />

adults in very real and valuable<br />

ways. We seek to create an<br />

international community which<br />

provides opportunities to enjoy<br />

the world around us regardless of<br />

age.? He went on to say that as<br />

awareness of our rapidly ageing<br />

society grows, it is hard not to be<br />

struck by the sheer numbers<br />

involved. "Worldwide the<br />

number of adults over 60 is<br />

projected to soar from 840<br />

million in 2013 to around 2<br />

billion by 2050,? he said. ?This<br />

presents obvious societal<br />

challenges, but also opportunities<br />

for organisations such as <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Freebird</strong> Club to address this<br />

growing market.?

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Tech Savy<br />

Staying In Touch<br />

HEAD<br />

LINE<br />

by author<br />

Skype is a great way of staying in touch with family and friends<br />

Finding ways to connect<br />

meaningfully with friends and<br />

family across the globe is always<br />

a challenge. <strong>The</strong> telephone is<br />

great, but there is no substitute<br />

for seeing a loved one?s smiling<br />

face or watching the fun of<br />

grandchildren playing or<br />

receiving a virtual hug from a<br />

close friend.<br />

Skype is a great free way of<br />

staying in touch with family and<br />

friends very easily .<br />

All you need is a computer<br />

screen ? on a desktop, laptop or<br />

tablet. Skype uses your<br />

computer like a telephone.<br />

It allows both sides of the<br />

conversation to see and speak<br />

to each other ? regardless of the<br />

physical distance between<br />

them.<br />

Skype is ideal for making a voice<br />

or video call, but it has<br />

additional interesting features<br />

you can master to enrich your<br />

engagement with your loved<br />

ones.<br />

One example is the screen<br />

sharing option. This lets you<br />

share live video of what's on<br />

your computer screen. It is an<br />

easy way to show another<br />

person what you're working on<br />

or get help from your service<br />

provider with any technical<br />

issues you may be having with<br />

your computer.

19<br />

Living & Lifestyle<br />

Time to Become 'Virtuous' About Your<br />

Toothbrush<br />

Dylan's Eco Tip<br />

I really worry about the over use<br />

of clingfilm. It is a very high use<br />

item in most households and as it<br />

usually ends up with food<br />

particles on the surface, this<br />

contaminates the whole recycling<br />

bin. One alternative is to use<br />

waxed cloths to cover food or<br />

wrap your sandwiches in. Cloths<br />

can be made to any size, washed<br />

and reused. You can also make<br />

them look good by choosing<br />

fabrics (100% cotton) with a nice<br />

pattern. It is possible to buy them<br />

online or you can make them<br />

yourself.<br />

To make your own cloths see<br />

less-stuff.co.uk for instructions.<br />

Dylan Regan, inventor of VirtueBrush.<br />

Dublin-based Dylan Regan first<br />

had the idea for the VirtueBrush<br />

when he was running a blog called<br />

greenliving.ie. ?I was thinking<br />

about items in people?s homes<br />

with ?green? potential and the<br />

plastic toothbrush kept jumping to<br />

the forefront of my mind,? he says.<br />

?Most plastic toothbrush handles<br />

can?t be recycled and this is very<br />

troubling considering how many<br />

millions are discarded each month.<br />

Plastic toothbrushes ultimately<br />

end up in landfill and clogging our<br />

seas and waterways damaging<br />

delicate aquatic ecosystems.?<br />

Regan began looking into<br />

alternatives to plastic handled<br />

toothbrushes and quickly<br />

discovered that toothbrushes<br />

made with Moso bamboo were<br />

popular in countries like Australia.<br />

?I realised there must be a gap in<br />

the market in Ireland and many<br />

other countries for them and I set<br />

up my company, VirtueBrush, to<br />

introduce them to Irish<br />

consumers,? he says.<br />

?Moso bamboo has been<br />

recognised as a ?plant of virtue?for<br />

millennia. It?s a type of grass with<br />

naturally antibacterial qualities<br />

that grows up to three feet per<br />

day and re-grows very quickly<br />

after harvesting. It dries out<br />

quickly and has a tensile strength<br />

that rivals steel. I did a lot of<br />

research and eventually tracked<br />

down a 200- year old company in<br />

China that grows its own bamboo.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are now manufacturing the<br />

VirtueBrush for me. I chose this<br />

name as I believe customers<br />

appreciate that sustainability is a<br />

virtue. "Unlike plastic which is a<br />

danger to our food chain, bamboo<br />

is an environmentally strategic<br />

material for the twenty first<br />

century with over 1000<br />

documented uses,? Regan adds.<br />

?We have also started an initiative<br />

with Trees for the Future (who<br />

work around the Equator) to plant<br />

three trees for every brush we<br />

sell. We feel this is a positive visual<br />

representation of the good that<br />

people do when they refuse<br />

plastic and go with biodegradable<br />

and sustainable options instead.?<br />

To know more, visit our website<br />


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2<br />

Age Is No Barrier To Innovation<br />

Joe O?Brien, 71, has<br />

developed a portable blood<br />

lab that could change the<br />

world.<br />

Joe O?Brien spent a large part of<br />

his professional life in the UK<br />

where he worked in the<br />

engineering, petrochemical and<br />

pharma industries. But work alone<br />

was never enough to satisfy his<br />

enquiring mind. His interests were<br />

wide and he admits to having an<br />

?obsessive interest? in science,<br />

especially physics.<br />

In 2012 the idea for what has now<br />

become the award winning<br />

Medimorpho Micro Blood Lab<br />

was born. Joe then spent three<br />

years refining the concept for his<br />

compact, cloud-based,<br />

GSM-enabled, portable blood cell<br />

counter and measurement device.<br />

Revolutionary Technology<br />

Joe?s technology has the<br />

potential to revolutionise how<br />

blood samples are taken and<br />

analysed. At present samples are<br />

sent to labs for processing and<br />

little about this method has<br />

changed in decades. If Joe gets<br />

his way, however, every doctor?s<br />

surgery in the world will have a<br />

Medimorpho and routine blood<br />

samples will be processed by the<br />

GP in less than 10 minutes at a<br />

fraction of the cost of using a lab.<br />

?Blood analysis requiring the<br />

transportation of samples to a<br />

lab followed by a wait for results<br />

was a problem begging for a<br />

solution,? Joe explains. ?<strong>The</strong><br />

model currently in use is overly<br />

centralised and 80 percent of<br />

the analysis at the world?s<br />

35,000 blood labs is completely<br />

routine and could be done at<br />

healthcare facilities. Yes, there<br />

were complex technical issues to<br />

overcome with the development<br />

of Medimorpho, but it was a<br />

question of becoming immersed<br />

and finding the solutions. <strong>The</strong><br />

machine itself is about the size of<br />

a ladies?Hermes clutch bag, but<br />

half the price!<br />

?People talk abut putting an old<br />

head on young shoulders. While<br />

developing Medimorpho I have<br />

had experience of the inverse! I<br />

found myself working with a<br />

team of young people and it was<br />

exhilarating. What takes place is<br />

lively and dynamic and life<br />

enhancing. But what about<br />

respect for age? Well, it was<br />

blended in equal measure with<br />

forceful and irreverent push! I<br />

am grateful for the experience -<br />

one that cannot be potted or<br />


21 Living & Lifestyle<br />

Banking On Alpaca Farming<br />

Meet Joe Phelan one of the new breed of mature entrepreneurs<br />

who is quitting his job as a banker after 37 year to follow his<br />

dream of setting up his own business.<br />

I am as excited today about the<br />

future as I was when I started<br />

working straight out of school. I?m<br />

not the type of person who is<br />

happy to sit back and spend my<br />

retirement gardening, hiking,<br />

enjoying good food and the odd<br />

drink. With my kids through<br />

college and independently on<br />

their way, I?m suffering a bit from<br />

empty nest syndrome. This got me<br />

thinking about what I?d like to do<br />

for myself.<br />

My roots can be traced back 10<br />

generations, almost 400 years, to<br />

1650 to a family farm in<br />

Kilcraggan, Co Kilkenny in Ireland,<br />

about an hour and a half from<br />

Dublin. <strong>The</strong> farm was a traditional<br />

farm with milking cows, drystock,<br />

pigs, horses and tillage. It was<br />

famous for its butter. It was a<br />

community then, but that kind of<br />

farm life is long gone and the farm<br />

is a shadow of its former self. It has<br />

been rented out for the last 15<br />

years.<br />

While looking at the next chapter<br />

in my life I started researching<br />

how I could re-establish the family<br />

farm. I found that traditional<br />

farming activities required<br />

significant capital investments<br />

with returns that would be<br />

questionable at best. <strong>The</strong>n<br />

something a lot more unusual (in<br />

an Irish farming context at least)<br />

caught my attention - alpacas.<br />

Why Alpacas?<br />

Alpacas are easy to manage,<br />

gentle on the land and you don?t<br />

need a background in farming to<br />

do well with them. <strong>The</strong>y are mild<br />

natured, intelligent and<br />

inquisitive animals who have been<br />

domesticated for over 6,000<br />

years.<br />

Alpacas are of the camelid family<br />

bred primarily for their wool and<br />

they come in 22 natural colours.<br />

<strong>The</strong> fibres?unique thermal<br />

characteristics keep you cool in<br />

summer and warm in winter. It is<br />

lighter than sheep?s wool yet three<br />

times warmer. It does not contain<br />

lanolin and so is hypo-allergenic<br />

and can be worn next to the skin.

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It is highly water resistant and is<br />

great at wicking moisture away.<br />

Eco-friendly Alpaca<br />

Alpaca offers a natural,<br />

eco-friendly alternative fibre for<br />

active wear clothing. It is a highly<br />

versatile fibre and has a lower<br />

tendency to shrink and pil (ball)<br />

than wool and cashmere.<br />

It is more flame resistant than<br />

plant or synthetic fibres and in<br />

case of fire it does not melt onto<br />

the skin like synthetics do. Alpaca<br />

jackets and coats are hardwearing<br />

but keep their luxurious looks and<br />

feel. <strong>The</strong>y become heirlooms such<br />

is their enduring nature.<br />

For sheep and poultry farmers<br />

Alpacas act as guards against<br />

foxes, they reduce losses to these<br />

predators and increase the birth<br />

rates amongst sheep. <strong>The</strong> Alpacas<br />

will stand up to and trample any<br />

foxes who might be looking for a<br />

tasty lamb or chicken dinner.<br />

Farmers have found that the<br />

problem with foxes disappears<br />

once Alpacas are run with their<br />

flocks.<br />

Mature Entrepreneur's<br />

Bootcamp<br />

To get things moving, I attended a<br />

mature entrepreneurs business<br />

start-up program to see if I could<br />

convert my idea into a business.<br />

Working for yourself is a lot<br />

different than working for a large<br />

multinational organisation and the<br />

start-up course provided me with<br />

a lot of knowledge and a great set<br />

of business tools.<br />

"Alpaca fibre is called the 'Fibre of Gods".<br />

My plan is to breed Alpaca and sell<br />

them to small farmers and land<br />

owners as an alternative source of<br />

income. I will be converting their<br />

fibre into cash or into finished<br />

products and will provide this as a<br />

service to other alpaca farmers. I<br />

am also involved in agri-tourism<br />

through alpaca trekking. I would<br />

like to invite <strong>Freebird</strong> Club<br />

members to come and try out<br />

what we have to offer in the<br />

beautiful Wicklow countryside<br />

including the majestic<br />

Powerscourt Gardens and<br />

waterfall near the picturesque<br />

village of Enniskerry.<br />

For more information please email<br />


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Living & Lifestyle<br />

Soothing Skin the Natural Way<br />

Having a family with sensitive skin inspired Dr. Maria McGee to set up Marble Hill Natural<br />

Skincare in 2013.<br />

Dr. Maria knows a thing or two<br />

about problem skin from personal<br />

experience. Her children suffered<br />

from eczema when growing up and<br />

her husband, who is a surgeon,<br />

developed a problem with his skin<br />

from constantly using heavy-duty<br />

cleansers to scrub up.<br />

?My interest was in finding a blend<br />

of ingredients that worked with<br />

the skin to sooth and moisturise<br />

not against it to cause irritation,?<br />

Maria says. ?This led me to some<br />

very traditional ingredients such as<br />

neem and argan oils and shea<br />

butter. <strong>The</strong> reason we do not see<br />

shea butter for sale is because it is<br />

notoriously difficult to handle. It<br />

took us a number of years to<br />

develop a method of producing it<br />

in a consistent, usable way.?<br />

Maria began by making products<br />

for her family and friends and the<br />

business developed from there.<br />

Marble Hill now has a range of<br />

skincare products aimed at<br />

bringing relief from conditions<br />

such as eczema, acne, seborrhoeic<br />

dermatitis and psoriasis. <strong>The</strong><br />

company is based in Northern<br />

Ireland and sells its products all<br />

over Europe and the US via the<br />

Internet. <strong>The</strong> company?s range<br />

includes cleansing and<br />

moisturising creams as well as<br />

conditioning oils, aromatherapy<br />

products, soaps, lipsalve and<br />

Euventol a motivation oil that<br />

combines natural peppermint,<br />

eucalyptus and rosemary oils to<br />

decrease stress and fatigue and<br />

improve alertness and mood.<br />

<strong>The</strong> company?s flagship product is<br />

Pedisalve a hypoallergenic foot<br />

cream that is suitable for all skin<br />

types but was specifically<br />

developed by Maria for those with<br />

diabetes. ?One of the<br />

complications of diabetes can be<br />

problems with the skin on the feet.<br />

<strong>The</strong> nerves controlling the flow of<br />

moisture get damaged and the feet<br />

can become dry and cracked. This<br />

can lead to potentially grave<br />

consequences,? Maria explains.<br />

?PediSalve is a 100% natural total<br />

foot cream that moisturises,<br />

conditions and improves<br />

suppleness of the skin of the heels,<br />

nails and joints of the foot.<br />

Maria points out that many of the<br />

hand washes and shower products<br />

on the market today can be very<br />

hard on the skin. ?<strong>The</strong>y contain<br />

detergents, usually the same as<br />

you find in washing up liquid,? she<br />

says. ?People often find this hard to<br />

believe which I found strange as<br />

dermatitis and dry, itchy skin are<br />

now at epidemic levels and people<br />

are using these products every day<br />

without making the connection.?<br />

Dr. Maria Mc Gee of marblehillonline.co.uk<br />

MarbleHiill products in the mixing!<br />

?Have I ever thought about giving<br />

up? Well sometimes running an<br />

expanding business as well as<br />

everything else can seem<br />

overwhelming but I have a zeal for<br />

this and as long as our products are<br />

improving people's quality of life I<br />

will try and make sure as many<br />

people as possible have access to<br />


24<br />

<strong>Freebird</strong>s Around the World<br />

H ello fr om your ?Fr eebir d Club Cham pion? in New Yor k City!<br />

W hat a pleasur e it is to r epr esent <strong>The</strong> Fr eebir d Club in the Big<br />

Apple! H aving the oppor tunity to talk about the pur pose and<br />

m ission gives m e gr eat pleasur e, especially when I see faces light<br />

up k nowing that they can becom e m em ber s of this social tr avel<br />

club. <strong>The</strong> club offer s new way of tr avelling and a fun way to m eet<br />

new people and enjoy social inter action in later life. W hat could<br />

be better than that? It is exciting to be a par t of <strong>The</strong> Fr eebir d Club.<br />

East meets West<br />

in USA!<br />

Welcome to Merry Alexander<br />

from New York City and<br />

Jessica Warren from Marin<br />

County, San Francisco. Both<br />

ladies recently joined the<br />

<strong>Freebird</strong> Club administration<br />

team as ?Country Champions?<br />

who will actively promote and<br />

support local members and<br />

hosts.<br />

Merry and Jessica, who are<br />

both experienced hosts, enjoy<br />

welcoming guests to their<br />

homes and share a common<br />

interest in meeting new people<br />

and making meaningful<br />

connections.<br />

M er r y<br />

<strong>Freebird</strong> up for<br />

European award<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> Club has been<br />

selected as a finalist in the<br />

European Investment Bank<br />

Institute?s Social Innovation<br />

Tournament, which takes place<br />

in Riga, Latvia, in September<br />

2017.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Social Innovation<br />

Tournament recognises and<br />

supports the best European<br />

social entrepreneurs. It is<br />

organised every year in a<br />

different country to reward<br />

and sponsor European<br />

entrepreneurs whose primary<br />

purpose is to generate a social,<br />

ethical or environmental<br />

impact.<br />

I was so happy to discover <strong>The</strong> Fr eebir d Club and am<br />

thr illed to be a Countr y Cham pion her e in M ar in<br />

County, Califor nia. I look for war d to hosting visitor s to<br />

our ar ea and staying with Fr eebir d Club m em ber s<br />

when I tr avel to other countr ies.<br />

G?day Australia!<br />

Exciting developments for <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Freebird</strong> Club, as it joins forces<br />

with Clubs Queensland to<br />

launch its social travel and<br />

homestay programme in<br />

Australia. Planning is well<br />

underway for the<br />

Brisbane-based customer care<br />

team to support <strong>Freebird</strong> Club<br />

members with registration and<br />

hosting queries.<br />

?We are very excited about the<br />

joint venture and can?t wait to<br />

welcome <strong>The</strong> <strong>Freebird</strong> Club to<br />

Australia in June, ? says Doug<br />

Flockhart of Clubs Queensland.<br />

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