Forward 50: November 30, 2017

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NOVEMBER 2017

INSIDE

Commemorating

rewi alley

Page 3

making the right

ChoiCes

Page 6

new business

Challenge

Page 7

healthier gifts

for Christmas

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2 RecReation

The popular Pioneer and Jellie Park

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an upgrade and repairs project starting

this month.

The revamp gets underway at Pioneer

Monday, December 4 and continues at

Jellie Park on Monday, December 11.

Phase one will be carried out in stages

over the next 18 months.

Both Pioneer and Jellie Park

suffered minor damage in the 2010 and

2011 earthquakes. The Christchurch

City Council carried out engineering

assessments at the time that showed both

facilities were safe and could remain

open to support the community in the

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PoPULAR

PooL

comPLExES

to be upgraded

1999

post-quake

environment.

However,

the council

has decided

it is now time

to carry out

the remaining

earthquake repairs

in tandem with

work to upgrade the

facilities to make them

more user-friendly.

Council manager of Western Area

Recreation Nigel Cox said while there

would be some disruption for people in

the short term the work would be well

managed and was definitely necessary.

“We’re confident the improvements

we’re going to be carrying out will be

really noticeable and beneficial for the

thousands of people who regularly use

these very popular centres.”

Both buildings will be strengthened to

the latest New Zealand Building Code

standards.

Pools will be repaired and the indoor

hydroslide will be replaced at Jellie Park.

Pioneer’s wave chamber will also be

repaired and there will be improved air-

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conditioning in the pool areas at both

centres as well as refurbished changing

rooms and improvements to the fitness

areas.

Repairs and improvements will include

fixing cracks, painting and repairs to

flooring, walls and ceilings as well as

upgrading fire systems and replacing

wet area flooring with a non-slip hardwearing

material.

The work at Pioneer will start in the

pool area and at Jellie Park the first

project will be the spa, sauna and steam

room.

Phase one of the work is expected to

be complete by December 2019. Work

on Jellie Park’s sport pool and re-roofing

work on both facilities is planned when

new pool facilities will be available at

QEII Recreation and Sport Centre, the

planned Hornby Library, Customer

Services and Leisure Centre and the

Metro Sports Facility.

Pioneer and Jellie Park will remain

open overall while repairs are carried out

but some areas will be closed in stages.

Any facility that is closed at Jellie or

Pioneer will be open at another centre,

and recreation and sport members are

able to use other centres at no extra cost.

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Commemorations

3

Celebrating

rewi alley-

Canterbury’s

famous son

Top left: Rewi Alley with 1984

Christchurch delegation (a

young Councillor Vicki Buck in

the front)

Top right: Rewi Alley takes

a class in motor repairs,

Shandan Bailie, School, Gansu

Province, 1950s

Bottom left: Chairman Mao

Zedong shakes hands with

Rewi Alley, 1966.

December 2, 2017 marks the 120th

anniversary of the birth of Rewi Alley at

Springfield.

To celebrate the occasion, under

the auspices of the Rewi Alley 120th

Anniversary Commemoration Committee

Canterbury, 10 Canterbury organisations,

along with Rewi’s family, have come

together to highlight Rewi’s legacy.

Delegations totalling about 80 people from

China, including 17 from Rewi’s Chinese

family, as well as about 100 from around

New Zealand, are coming to Christchurch

to take part in commemoration activities.

Through these activities it is hoped to

present to a new generation the story of

this remarkable New Zealander, who had

a huge love and respect for the Chinese

people.

Rewi Alley went to China in 1927,

where he lived until his death in 1987.

His first job in Shanghai involved being

a fireman and factory

inspector. This opened his

eyes to the appalling living

and working conditions of

the ordinary people. Being the

quintessential Kiwi bloke he

was, he rolled his sleeves up and

went to work.

Over the next 60 years, through

civil unrest and Japanese invasion,

he toiled tirelessly, helping during

famine and flood, setting up

industrial co-operatives, establishing

schools and giving the rest of his

life to improving the conditions of

its people. He is one of the 10 most

revered foreigners in China.

Canterbury Museum benefitted from

his donations of many beautiful artefacts

(www.rewialleyart.nz), collected in China

over many decades.

Commemoration activities

the general public are invited to

attend are:

• Friday, December 1: 9.30am unveiling of a plaque to Rewi by Councillor Jimmy

Chen on behalf of the Mayor of Christchurch, at his former high school (Boys’

High) at the Christchurch Arts Centre, followed by a visit to a photographic

display on his life in one of the largest rooms in that same school. This display

runs until December 2, 10am-5pm

• A display at the Canterbury Museum of some of the Chinese artefacts Rewi

donated to that museum www.rewialleyart.nz

• Saturday,December 2: 10am: opening of the Garden of Reflection in

Chamberlain Park, Amberley by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Her

Excellency the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy.

• 2pm: Commemoration ceremony and display of the memorial erected

20years ago at Rewi Alley Memorial & Park, Springfield.

For more info on Rewi’s life and work, go to www.rewialley.kiwi.nz

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Have you thought about what care you

want to receive when you reach the end of

your life? During the course of our lives

we expend an enormous amount of energy

planning where we want to live, and what

we want to achieve during our lifetimes,

but we don’t give much time or thought to

what we would like to happen at the end

of our lives.

If you have a major health event that

robs you of the ability to make your wishes

known to your family, or to the health

professionals responsible for your

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the end of your life will

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to you and what treatment you do or do

not want in the event that you are unable

to communicate with those around you.

Under the Code of Health and Disability

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your health care wishes known. Examples

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transfusions, be resuscitated or kept alive

with the use of life support systems. The

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to make an Advance Care Plan. However,

you should be aware that at present

an Advance Care Plan has no specific

statutory status in New Zealand, and is

AdvAnCE

CARE

plans

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not be followed.

When deciding on whether to follow

your Advance Care Plan, your health care

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• you had capacity at the time the

Advance Care Plan was made;

• you made your Advance Care Plan of

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6

Decision making

By Ali Scott

A mother and her

young son were

driving through

an old part of

town when a big

earthquake struck.

Mum managed to

pull over to the side of

the road and park safely

as the shaking subsided.

They sat quietly. And then the young

boy started to shake and his mother

could see he was struggling with

emotions and words at the same time.

Between catching his breath and holding

it, he said, “I want to be brave but I can’t

be brave because I want to cry. And I

want to cry but I can’t because I want to

be brave.”

And his mother said, “It doesn’t matter

which one you do first,” and then when

the young boy thought it didn’t matter,

he did what came easily and he cried.

That night for dinner, (and this was

a boy who didn’t eat his vegetables), he

asked if he could have broccoli, “because

that’s what brave boys eat”.

Sometimes there are situations in life

where we need to choose, situations

where it seems we can’t do both. Stay or

go? Travel or settle? Head or heart? Cry

or be brave? And when we think about

what is more important to us, we can

end up going nowhere, like the Pushmi

Pullyu, the fictitious llama-like character

with a head at each end pulls itself in

opposite directions and ends up going

nowhere.

Another name for this problem is a

values conflict. Like being stuck between

a rock and a hard place, going round

in circles or banging our head against a

brick wall, when all we are trying to do

is work out what we value and what is

most important to us.

At life’s transition points, such as

the nest emptying, a new job, health

challenges or relationships changing, we

are often in situations where we need

to work out what is most important

for us, what we are valuing right now,

because as we grow we change. When

Brave

Boys eat

Broccoli

– or how we

know what’s most

important

we are young we value

excitement and

challenge over peace

and harmony. And

when we are older

some of

what is

important

to us

changes. You

know you have

reached ‘maturity’

when a cup of tea and a

lie down will fulfil your heart’s desire.

So, as we go through life’s transitions

and are faced with those big decisions,

what do we do?

What was so lovely about the mother

saying it didn’t matter, was that the

child forgot about what was the ‘right’

or ‘wrong’ thing to choose and relaxed

enough to do what came easily. Because

it actually did matter – the child needed

to cry and then be brave, so brave that

eating broccoli was a cinch.

So, here are three techniques for

sorting that values conflict and making

space between the rock and the hard

place.

1. Just pretend, for a moment, that it

doesn’t matter. Pretend that the clouds in

the sky are more important, or the dog

on the street or the bird on the fence is

more important. And in that moment

when you forget and relax, you will

remember something you know is really

important.

2. Send those thoughts outside to play

because the idea that they are opposites

and at odds is an illusion. They are,

in fact, connected. You can’t be brave

unless you know when to be afraid. And

crying takes a certain kind of bravery.

Let them play away. And it may be that

an even brighter and better idea arrives

back on your doorstep.

3. If after pretending, and cloud

Ali Scott

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matter and anything is better than the

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Changing direCtion

7

Trish Coleman outside her new shop

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Tim and Trish Coleman.

Photo credit: Nayhauss Photography

Many readers will have enjoyed dining at the

Nor’Wester Café in Amberley, probably more than once.

Forward 50 talks to former owner Trish Coleman about

her experiences there and about changing direction with

her new business.

Why did you get into that business and

how long did you own it for?

Nor’Wester was the most challenging and defining

thing I have done to date. During our 17 years of

ownership, it tested every ounce of me mentally,

emotionally and physically. Timing is everything. My

brother was home from Perth after working in the

mines, I was ready for a change after working in local

government for 17 years, and my husband Tim needed

less physically demanding work from his building

business, having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

We saw a gap in the market, the ideal building came up

for sale, we attracted the talented Andrew Brown as head

chef and the rest is history. Experiences in the restaurant

were far reaching and require a book not a Q&A to cover!

Generally though, creating a restaurant from scratch

with no industry experience was a big undertaking and

a steep learning curve. Stepping up to food and wine

challenges and competitions tested and honed our skills

and systems, and we were rewarded often. Buying out our

business partners in 2005 and managing the exit in 2014

were all valuable experiences.

What made it so successful?

While we were hands-on owners, the staff were

our backbone. Over the years we worked with many

outstanding individuals. Some came fully qualified,

others we grew into professionals as their potential was

realised. We involved our staff in a lot of our decision

making, and were always keen to attract people who

knew more than us.

Customer feedback was king at Nor’Wester. It made us

the great restaurant we were. We were only as good as our

last service, and I was always grateful for the customers

who took the time to notify us of their good and not so

good experiences.

Trading

challenges

Hospitality is not for

the faint-hearted. We

did a lot of behindthe-scenes

stuff that people

might never imagine a

restaurant would do. The work

around defining our culture,

our training and development and

food safety programmes, food and wine

training, and recycling initiatives, they were all

pretty special.

Why did you decide to sell that business

and start a new, different type of

enterprise?

The last four years of the restaurant were very tough,

especially as competition continued to grow. Restaurant

margins generally are very small, but with fewer patrons,

ours went into the red. The Christchurch earthquakes

kept us afloat for a period. The influx of people from

Christchurch and the destruction of many restaurants

in the city left provincial restaurants with opportunity.

It gave us a boost for a time, but slowly the reality of not

enough ‘bums on seats’ to sustain our level of product

and service came back to haunt us, and it took its toll. I

had neither the energy or the will to make the changes

necessary for us to continue. I would have had to cut

the guts out of the place to make it viable, and I had no

appetite to do this.

What have been the challenges in

starting something new?

Getting back in the saddle so soon was the hardest.

Tim and I would have liked a year to recuperate, but

the opportunity of grabbing the site we are in now was

too good to let go. We sold the restaurant in June 2014

and began work on Mumma T Trading Lounge in the

November and opened March 2015. We have settled our

shop footprint, and have stock levels to where I want

them. With the bricks and mortar phase settled, we are

looking forward to stepping up our marketing strategy –

there is much to do in 2018.

What do you find

fulfilling about

owning and running a

business?

It may sound strange, but I love the

challenge around self-discipline. I work

quickly to find remedies to problems I face.

Whether that be tracking down a person with the

skill-set I don’t have, or reading a book for knowledge.

Being self-employed means you have to be a self-starter, a

self-manager, a self-discipliner. It’s not for everyone.

In saying that, though, I am a very ‘unstructured’

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body clock and rhythm. Half the time I couldn’t even tell

you what day of the week it is, and that suits me fine. Tim

and I were unable to have a family (that’s another long

story), and I guess without dependents we are able to go

with the flow pretty easily. Our health and wellbeing is a

big one for both of us. I no longer smoke or drink coffee

and I eat three meals a day. I enjoy wine, sometimes

too much, other than that I lead a pretty, healthy

uncomplicated lifestyle. Tim is amazing in managing his

MS. It is great that he can still be involved in this business

at his pace, something he would struggle to do if working

for someone else.

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8 HealtHy eating

By Lea Stening,

Dietitian

If we want to enjoy

the company of

friends and family

as we get older, then

it is important that

we look after their

health, as well as our

own, as we age.

We can do this by

not only serving them

less alcohol and more

healthy foods at our parties and

gatherings this Christmas, but also by giving

those we love gifts that promote better health.

Tips for healthier giving

FooD giFtS

Instead of always giving boxes of chocolates, shortbread,

cakes or truffles that can be very high in saturated fat

and energy, why not try something new this year? While

lowering cholesterol levels, and reducing weight and the

risk of diabetes usually comes down to how much of these

foods we have, the following ideas may certainly head you

and your friends in a healthier direction:

• Halve the number of mini Christmas mince pies you

usually give, bundle them up in cellophane and bulk up

the parcel with cherries.

• Turkish delight or licorice

• Dried fruits or combination of dried fruits, nuts and

seeds (unsalted)

• A basket of fresh seasonal fruit

• A basket of cherries

• A mixed basket of anti pasta foods such as jars of

sun-dried tomatoes, gherkins, pickled onions, tinned

oysters, salmon, fruit paste and fruit logs

• If you want a cheese theme, choose feta, Camembert

or Brie, but you could also add a variety of hummus or

pestos.

• Try a seafood basket such as canned oysters, mussels,

tuna, salmon, crabmeat and shrimps, complete with a

lemon or two.

• Bottles of avocado or olive oil – you can get these now

spiked with flavours such as orange, lemon and lime.

Here’S TO

a HeaLTHIer

happy Christmas

• A variety of mustards, onion marmalades, pickles or

relish to accompany meat or vegetable dishes

• A variety of herbal teas or a selection of coffee

beans

• Replace the crisps with toasts, pumpernickel

bread or whole wheat crackers.

• A selection of tomato sauces or oil-based

dressings

FitneSS iDeaS

To encourage people to get fitter you could give the

following:

• A gym membership or membership to a sports club

• A basket containing a drink bottle, gym towel,

pedometer, sports toiletries e.g. deodorant, sunscreen or

flowing soap

• Sports gear e.g. rackets, balls, hula hoops, swing ball,

golf balls, golf towels, roller blades, swimming goggles,

knee or elbow protectors etc.

• Sports clothing, sun hats and sun visors, beach bags and

towels, vouchers for sports shops

• Lessons for golf, tennis, squash, horse riding, cycling,

swimming, coaching in athletics, rugby or netball.

PamPering treatS

Busy people often need to just re-connect with

their bodies, to value the bits that still work and to

de-stress and look after their mental health. Gift

ideas could include:

• Facials, pedicures, massages, nail treatments,

spa treatments

• Baskets of skincare products

• Vouchers to their favourite hairdresser

• Magazine subscriptions and coffee

vouchers

• Dinner for two and a night away

• Service vouchers so they can save

time and energy; they might cover

jobs such as babysitting, house

and car cleaning, dry cleaning,

lawn and garden maintenance.

giFtS to heLP the LeSS

Fortunate

If your family or friends feel

fortunate this Christmas and would like to give a gift that

benefits the less fortunate you might also like to donate to

Oxfam. In this way your generosity can benefit the health

and lives of others in developing countries. Here are some

examples of what your donation can give to those less

fortunate:

• A pair of chickens $15

• A goat $47

• Clean water for 25 people $45

• Food hamper $28

• Christmas honey bees $21

• A pig $40

• Build a toilet $50

• Solar energy $58

Visit www.oxfam.org.nz for more details.

Also don’t forget the City Mission this Christmas. Their

food bank works hard to give Christmas dinner to the

needy and food parcels to those less fortunate not only at

Christmas but all year round.

For more information on healthy eating, go to the

website leastening.com

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Parkinson’s is a condition that affects

more than 13,000 New Zealand. One per

cent of Kiwi adults over the age of 60 have

the disease, but it can affect anyone of any

age.

However, while there are no known

cures, and drugs treat only some of the

issues, exercise and movement have been

shown to significantly improve the lives of

those who have Parkinson’s, ExerciseNZ

chief executive Richard Beddie says.

“What’s important is that exercise needs

intensity and also a cognitive function –

engaging the mind and the body – to have

the best effects. So, things such as dancing,

or workouts with certain types of agility

components, can be the most effective,”

Mr Beddie says.

“People with Parkinson’s should get

good advice, work with their doctor or

physio, and then an exercise professional

that has specialist training. Starting

exercise early after diagnosis is key for the

best outcomes.

“Parkinson’s is a progressive,

neurological disease, with no cure.

Symptoms and progression can be

managed, as exercise helps,” he says.

Regular

exercise can

improve lives

for people

with Parkinson’s

“Even 20 minutes a day of gentle exercise

can help people. Exercise increases the

body’s response to dopamine cells in the

brain, thus slowing the progression of the

disease in some people, and helping to

manage the symptoms in others.”

Symptoms of Parkinson’s include lack

of balance, tremors, stiffness or rigidity,

and slowness of movement known as

bradykinesia.

“Balance exercises assist with reducing

falls,” Mr Beddie says. “People with

Parkinson’s are at greater risk of falls.

Exercise activities such as walking or

dancing are steps in the right direction for

people living with Parkinson’s disease.”

Note: There is no cure but there is

a range of treatments for Parkinson’s

diesease. Scientists and researchers agree

patients benefit from physical therapy.

While Parkinson’s itself is not considered

fatal, people can die from complications of

the disease.

Pensioners amazed

by new hearing aids

Hearing aids have historically been

something most people have avoided for

as long as possible. On average, a person

experiencing hearing difficulties will

delay seeking help in this regard for over

seven years. Imagine enduring any other

medical complaint for so long!

In New Zealand, one in six people

have some degree of hearing difficulty.

Over the age of 60, more than half the

population are living with a significant

hearing reduction. As the main first sign

of this is a drop in speech clarity, it can

easily be blamed on other people not

speaking properly, the TV sound being

unclear, or just too much social noise

causing the problem.

A leading Danish hearing aid

manufacturer has just launched a

brand-new range of instruments that

are amazing pensioners with hearing

difficulties around the world. These

incredibly discreet devices are so

comfortable, you can forget you are

wearing them. Hear Again, the newly

opened hearing clinic at The Hub,

Hornby, have been fitting these devices to

their many very satisfied clients with huge

success.

Nick D. aged 78, describes his

experience.

“I was reluctant to have my hearing

tested as I really didn’t want to get hearing

aids,” he says. “It was only when my

granddaughter said she was concerned

that I was missing out on family fun that

I thought I should check it out. We have a

big family and when they all get together,

it becomes too noisy for me. I just take

myself off into another room.”

Nick had a FREE hearing check at

Hear Again, which confirmed he had a

reduction in his hearing causing social

noise to be a problem for him. After being

provided with a pair of the new hearing

aids he cannot believe the difference.

“It’s just like I’ve got my ears back

again. Nobody can see I’ve got the hearing

aids in and they feel so comfortable, I

forget they are there!” says Nick, “I can

hear so clearly now, the kids can’t get

away with anything! The whole family are

so pleased!”

Neil Hardisty, NZAS Audiometrist, sees

results like these every day at Hear Again.

Neil has been expertly overcoming

hearing difficulties for residents of

Christchurch since moving here from the

UK in 2009. He is frequently praised for

his limitless patience, wonderful caring

nature and ability to solve problems other

clinicians have deemed impossible. Neil is

never satisfied until you are. His expertise

coupled with this very latest technology

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Hear Again offer FREE no-obligation

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10 Motoring

Price – Ford Escape Titanium, $53,490

Dimensions – Length, 4524mm; width, 1838mm; height, 1736mm

Configuration – Four-cylinder, four-wheel-drive, 1999cc, 178kW,

345Nm, six-speed automatic.

Performance –

0-100km/h, 8sec

Fuel usage – 8.6l/100km

By Ross Kiddie

Escape has been a

popular brand for

Ford New Zealand.

That being the

case, I was surprised

when the name

of the sport utility

vehicle was dropped

in favour of Kuga. The

latter also sold well, but

now Ford has reverted back

to Escape, the latest name change

also coinciding with a new release.

New

release

with a familiar

name

Those who do relate to the old Escape will be aware of

its pedigree; it was a model shared similarly with Mazda

(Tribute) in New Zealand and had its origins in Taiwan.

The new Escape is totally different. It is now sourced

from Europe – Spain to be exact, and unlike its V6

predecessor it has only four cylinders, but there are many

varying engine types – diesel and petrol and in 1.5-litre

or 2-litre capacity. The range is extensive, with seven

models starting from $37,990, some offered in fourwheel-drive.

The test car was Titanium-badged and sits in the

line-up at $53,490; there is only one model with a higher

ticket and that is the diesel-powered version with the

same specification ($54,990).

The 2-litre petrol, all-wheel-drive variant is certainly a

worthy choice. The Escape in this form is a cross between

the traditional SUV and a sports car, that comment

simply because of its engine output – it is rated at 178kW

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That’s mostly due to the turbocharging system

fitted to the twin-camshaft, 16-valve unit; it offers

significant boost at a low operating area. Peak

power arrives at just 5500rpm, while maximum

torque is available all the way from 2000rpm to

4500rpm. The significance of those figures is the

punchy way the engine works – it is feisty and lively,

yet it delivers with little audible sound.

If you also factor in the way power is transferred

through a silky-smooth, six-speed automatic gearbox,

the driveline is structured for quick momentum with a

responsive nature.

The Escape in this form will accelerate from a standstill

in 8sec and will complete an overtaking time of 4.9sec to

make 120km/h from 80km/h. My comments about sports

car performance aren’t an exaggeration.

Ford is quite proud of its Ecoboost range of engines;

they have been developed not so much for the

performance I’ve just commented on, but they also stand

out for their economy.

As it turned out, I drove the new Escape at city speeds

for a fair chunk of my evaluation and that wasn’t kind to

the economy, with the fuel usage readout listing around

10.6-litres per 100km (27mpg) when I took the car back

to the dealership.

That’s quite distant from Ford’s combined average

cycle claim of 8.6l/100km (33mpg), but that’s put into

perspective when you take into account the 6.2l/100km

(46mpg) sitting instantaneously at a steady 100km/h, the

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footprint and formidable reputation there is a lot of

steering feel and strong self-centering feel within the

steering mechanism. Turn-in is direct and accuracy

within the handling process is positive.

I particularly like the way the Escape handles, and that

doesn’t surprise me. I’m a big European Ford fan, and the

way the designers engineer balance and handling ability

into the chassis of all their varying model styles is a credit

to them.

The Escape is also fitted with state-of-the-art gear for

comfort, convenience and safety. Some of the major items

include full leather trim with heated front seats, satellite

navigation, full-length electric sunroof, voice recognition

communication and infotainment, and radar cruise

control. Of course, it is also five-star safety rated.

I was a little ambivalent when I picked up the Escape;

I knew that its engine wouldn’t live up to the thrill of

the old Volvo-derived, 2.5-litre, turbo five-cylinder unit

found in some variants of the old Kuga, which is still one

of my favourite engines. That being the case, the Escape’s

2-litre engine had to really work hard to win me over and

I should have known it wouldn’t disappoint. Its honesty,

power outputs and generally quiet operating manner

make it a real honey.

Just as well, then, that the rest of the vehicle has

the quality to support it – the entire package is quite

outstanding. It will certainly lure Escape buyers of old,

and those who are contemplating trading up from Kuga.

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