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Wolverhampton and South Staffs Scene Magazine Summer 2022

Welcome to your summer edition of the Scene magazine, packed with local attractions, festivals and things to do this summer! Enjoy and as always support local where possible! To be in the next edition contact Chris Dawson on 01952 780058 covering September and October The Scene Team! x

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Attractions for adults, kids and summer festivals, Sports, Keeping cool & fit,

Cocktails, Fun pages, Car reviews, House, home & garden and more...

SUMMER EDITION 2022


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WELCOME... TO YOUR SUMMER EDITION

OF THE SCENE MAGAZINE

Chris Dawson

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September & October

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Contents:

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Pages 29 - 33

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Pages 36 & 37

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Pages 41 - 45

Pages 46 & 47

Pages 48 & 49

Pages 50 & 51

Pages 56 & 57

Pages 58 & 60

Pages 64 - 67

Pages 76 - 82

Pages 88 & 90

Look after you with Spire

Krazy Races

Staying fit this Summer

Coffee Cocktails

Dad Jokes

Hair & Beauty

+ Horoscopes

Tribute to Ray Liotta

Theatre on the Steps

Shrewsbury Flower Show

Adult Attractions

Family Attractions

Summer of Festivals

Shrewsbury Steam Rally

Good Vibes only!

Self Care - Shadow Work

Car Reviews

Education

Summer Recipes

Puzzles

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Explore nine signs you may

have a cataract!

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of your eye,

which causes a decrease in your vision. Most

cataracts develop gradually and won't disturb your

eyesight in the early stages. You may not even be

aware you have cataracts until they’re more

advanced. Over time, cataracts can lead to visual

impairment and eventually blindness — both can

be reversed with surgery. It’s important to see your

optometrist so they can monitor your cataracts

and let you know when it’s the right time for

treatment.

What are the signs and symptoms of

cataracts?

1. Blurry vision

The first and most common symptom is blurry vision.

Your eyesight may be cloudy, filmy or foggy. As cataracts

worsen, less light can reach your retina (the back part of

your eye, which detects light). As your cataracts worsen,

these blurry patches can make daily activities more

difficult.

2. Light and glare sensitivity

You may experience glare and light sensitivity as an

early symptom of cataracts, as well as halos around

light sources. Cloudy lenses scatter the light, which is

what causes glare, halos around lights — even when

your surroundings are not especially bright. This effect

can happen indoors (eg seeing halos around ceiling

lights) or outdoors (eg more extreme glare from

streetlights).

3. Brown or yellowish eyes

Cataracts cause discolouration of the lenses in your

eyes. At first, they become tinged yellow and later, in

more severe cases, brown. This can affect the way you

see colours around you and make it more difficult to tell

the difference between colours, especially black, brown,

blue, purple and green.

4. Difficulty seeing at night

In the early stages of cataracts, you may first notice

changes in your night time vision. Cataracts cause your

vision to dim or darken, which you may not notice

during the day when there is enough natural light to

compensate for your dimming vision. However, this may

become apparent at night.

5. Faded colours and hazy objects

As your cataracts grow and your lenses become more

cloudy, colours may appear faded and dull. Your vision

will also become less sharp.

6. Difficulty reading

The lens in your eye is made of proteins and water.

When these proteins are aligned, your lens is clear.

When you have cataracts, these proteins clump

together and make the lens cloudy, which makes

reading difficult, especially if the text is small, eg on

medicine or food labels, in books or newspapers.

7. Double vision

Double vision occurs when you see two images of an

object at the same time. These images can be on top of

each other or side by side.

8. Changing contact lenses or glasses frequently

As your cataracts get worse, you'll find that you need a

stronger prescription in your contacts or glasses. This is

a temporary fix and you will eventually need treatment

for your cataracts.

As your cataracts develop, you may notice a temporary

improvement in your near vision — this is called second

sight. It occurs when cataracts begin in the centre of

your lenses, causing them to temporarily swell. This

swelling improves their ability to focus light from near

distances. However, this effect does not last and you will

eventually see your near vision deteriorate again.

9. Filmy vision

The damage cataracts cause to your lenses can result in

a permanent glaze. You may feel like there is a

transparent layer of cloth covering your eyes. This will

not go away and may gradually worsen over time. This

can affect your depth perception and cause eye strain

and headaches.

If you notice any of these signs of cataracts, it's

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Taylor Biddle Are Making Bald Moves

for Charity Fundraising.

They say that charity begins at home – and to us that means

our community. We love supporting local, whether that’s local

businesses, local suppliers or local events.

We recently had the chance to support two local charities by

getting involved in fundraising events and it was incredibly

rewarding to see the impact they had, with thousands of

pounds raised to support some extremely worthy causes.

First up was an open evening to thank patients for their

loyalty and to showcase our new Gotti and Maui Jim

eyewear collections. The practice was buzzing with guests

enjoying fizz and nibbles from Zooma whilst browsing the

latest ranges of glasses and taking advice from our

audiologist. The event featured a raffle to raise funds for

Compton Care – a hospice based in Wolverhampton – with

additional money going to the Mayor of Wolverhampton

Ukraine Appeal.

The event, which was organised by Asian Music Radio, saw

presenters Khalid Akhtar and Shabaz Ahmad have their

bodies waxed in public while on air to raise money. The event

raised an incredible £8,000 for Secret Angels

Seeing the difference these events have made to all those

charities has been a real boost to the Taylor Biddle team and

has reinforced the importance of supporting worthy causes in

our local community. We’re looking forward to getting

involved in many more events in the future!

This year marks 40 years of Compton Care providing

countless moments of care and support to families across the

region who have been affected by incurable illnesses.

It was a privilege to be able to support them in their work and

we were delighted to help contribute £438 to be shared

between the two causes.

Secondly, we were delighted to sponsor a particularly hairraising

event held in support of Secret Angels – a small

non-profit organisation set up in Wolverhampton that

provides information and advice, runs services to empower

local communities and transform lives by helping residents in

deprived areas tackle fuel and food poverty.


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THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES -BIRMINGHAM 2022

On 28th July The Commonwealth Games comes to Birmingham

for a celebration of sports across what was the British Empire.

72 Commonwealth Nations competing

over 12 days in 21 different sports.

The Commonwealth Games are a

celebration of talent all over the globe,

with Athletics, Swimming and Boxing to

name but a few sports that will be really

popular but unlike the Olympics there

are certain events that we did not see in

Tokyo last year, that we will see in

Birmingham and here we celebrate

them:

Lawn Bowls

The Lawn Bowls competition will not

actually take place in Birmingham but in

Leamington Spa. Consisting of 11

events over 9 days and also including

Para Sport events. The one legend that

always springs to mind over this sport

was the Scotsman Willie Wood. If ever

there was an appropriate name for a

competitor for this event then Willie

Wood was that man.

Growing up in the 70's 80's & 90's

every time I switched on the telly to

watch the Bowls he seemed to be there

and in fact he won Four medals over

the years, A Bronze in 1974 at

Christchurch, a silver in 1978 at

Edmonton and two golds at both 1982

in Brisbane and 1990 in Auckland, this

was the commonwealth's Mr Lawn

Green Bowls.

Look at that natty kit!!

Netball

For all those "Wing Attackers" out there

the Netball Event starts on 29th July,

with the final taking place on Sunday

7th August and all games will take place

at the NEC. England and Australia will

be the two favourites, so let battle

commence!

England flying through the air

Cricket

For this years Commonwealth Games,

like the Netball, it will be an only

women's event with a Twenty/Twenty

format. Eight countries will compete,

England, Australia, New Zealand, India,

Pakistan, South Africa, Barbados & Sri

Lanka batting it out over two mini

leagues of four countries each and then

having a Semi Final and Final, all taking

place at Edgbaston.

Squash

No not the drink!! but that hot sweaty

event that takes place in a box, (As I

remember it), this all takes place at the

University of Birmingham and like

tennis we will have Mens and Womens

singles events, Mens & Womens

Doubles and also Mixed Doubles!

Also at this year's Games will be 3x3

Basketball. This variation of normal

basketball and its wheelchair

counterpart will take place at Smithfield

in Birmingham between 29th July &

2nd August.

Highly competitive Wheelchair

Basketball

I hope this wets your appetite for what

will be a tremendous celebration of

sport and especially as a lot of the

events are just down the road in

Birmingham and around the West

Midlands they will give you a great

opportunity to watch some of the best

athletes in the world performing at the

peak of their event. With Tickets still

available for most sports, what are you

waiting for this summer, get online and

get to the Commonwealth Games, it will

probably be your only opportunity to do

so!!


Wolverhampton

Krazy Races

21st August 2022,

Queen Square, Wolverhampton

On Sunday 21st August 2022 we are bringing our

successful brand of Krazy Races Events to

Wolverhampton in partnership with Wolverhampton

City Council. There will be fun, entertainment and

"wow, did they really just do that!?" moments.

Come and join thousands of spectators from across

Wolverhampton and beyond to cheer on our krazy,

wacky and outrageous soapbox downhill racers at our

first Wolverhampton Krazy Races. Launching

themselves through Wolverhampton city centre past the

iconic Beatties building in their carefully hand-crafted

karts our racers will tackle our track of over 350m with

chicanes, obstacles, water and more. Hopefully they will

avoid the traffic lights and stop in time as they zoom

through the finish line!

The event is fuelled by our amateur teams who will be

entertaining the crowds and competing to be the best

dressed, have the best designed and the fastest soapbox

karts powered by nothing more than krazy courage,

wacky inspiration, gravity and a bit of luck!

Our competitors will work their way through a

knockout style competition with only the fastest 10 cars

making it through to the final, where they will battle to

take home the winner's trophy!

To get involved go to: www.krazyraces.co.uk

to enter your team and join us on

Facebook: Krazy Races


5 ways to stay fit in summer...

We all want to look and feel our best, especially in the

summer! But, once summer arrives, many people

struggle to keep up with their fitness routines because

they go on holiday, make social plans or get

demotivated. However, we often forget how summer is a

great time to stay in shape, because there are plenty of

activities you can do which are also fun!

The great thing about summer is that the temperatures rise,

which means you can spend time by the beach or by the

pool, the days are longer, allowing you to enjoy outdoor

activities. We’ve selected 5 ways you can stay in shape this

summer, whilst also having fun!

By Chris Dawson

3) Have fun with water sports! Whether it’s paddleboard,

windsurf, wakeboard, kayak or water ski, there are many fun

water activities that you can practice with friends and family

that will also keep you in shape.

1) Working out outdoors is always more enjoyable. Take

advantage of the warm weather to go on runs, walks or bike

rides around the park.

4) Take your workouts outdoors! Bring your workout app with

you (Nike Training App is perfect!) and train outdoors.

2) Swimming either in your local pool or by the sea.

Swimming is one of the most complete exercises you can do,

as it works every single muscle in your body. Go on long

enjoyable swims that will both tone your body and help you

disconnect your mind.

5) Walk whenever possible. Make the most of the summer

weather to walk instead of taking public transport or taxis. We

underestimate the power of walking, yet it is great way to stay

in shape and destress


Espresso shots can get you through a tough day,

and they are also a popular way to start off an

evening out or finish a meal with a buzz. Like a

Red Bull and vodka, an espresso martini

combines a shot of alcohol and caffeine. It would

be stupid if you drunk them all night if you value

your sleep, but they certainly are a great to start

off the night on a high note.

An espresso martini, sometimes called an

espressotini, comes in various mixes. The only

consistent ingredients are espresso and vodka.

Despite the association with martinis, this cocktail

never uses gin, which is too bitter to mix with already

bitter espresso.

Poor versions of the espresso martini use regular

filtered coffee and even instant coffee, but the real

thing should always use genuine cooled espresso

shots. If you are making one at home, make a

double espresso and allow it to cool down before

chilling and adding it to your cocktail shaker. Using

ice to cool down your espresso will just give you

watered down espresso, although you can put an

ice cube in the glass when serving.

The vodka in an espresso martini, always one single

shot, is almost always of the flavoured variety. The

most popular option is using vanilla vodka and

COCKTAILS WITH

A COFFEE BUZZ!

adding a coffee liqueur such as Kahlua. To the base

of espresso and vodka, some people like to add a

splash of Grand Marnier, while other recipes prefer

Tia Maria, Amaretto or Creme de Cacao. Even

chocolate liqueurs can be added if you prefer the

taste of a mochaccino to a regular espresso. Pick

your favourite liqueur and if you think it will go with

your espresso martini then give it a try. Whatever

you choose, make sure you only use a splash

because the main purpose of this additional liqueur

is to add a just hint of flavour. You do not want to

overpower the primary flavours.

If you like your coffee a little creamier like a

cappuccino, you have the option of creating an

Italian-style Irish coffee using the same espresso and

vodka base. Shake two shots of espresso with one

shot of vodka and two teaspoons of caster sugar.

Carefully pour over a layer of Amarula Cream

Whatever recipe you choose, like James Bond’s

martini, it should always be shaken, not stirred.

Though be sure to leave out the olive! The one thing

that almost all espresso martini recipes agree on is

the garnish. Three espresso beans will top your drink

off properly. The rules for garnishes say that odd

amounts are lucky so go with one, three or five

beans. Serve simply in a martini glass, which you

can rim with a mixture of sugar and cocoa powder.


BREWING TODAY: ROUND CORNER

BREWING COMPANY

Multi award-winning Round Corner

Brewing Company is located in Melton

Mowbray and produces beers of

unmistakable character. Indeed, their

logo states, ’Uncommonly Good Beer’.

The beers are inspired by, and pay

respect to, the hugely popular and very

much thriving agricultural town and

surrounding area. Certainly, the

standards of Round Corner Brewing are

very high – the numerous awards they

keep gaining are testament to that!

Melton Mowbray, plus the surrounding

area, is recognised and renowned for

locally-made Stilton cheese and pork

pies. The market in Melton Mowbray

has a long history. Food/drink events

take place each year and attract vast

amounts of visitors.

The Round Corner Brewing Company

has more than twenty years of

knowledge and experience, inputted by

head brewer and co-founder Colin

Paige. Combie Cryan is also co-founder

and with their committed, dedicated

team, they produce beers to an

exceptional standard, which have

something for all tastes and palates,

having numerous lovers of their beers

becoming ‘devotees’ to the brand.

FRISBY (4.2% vol). This very popular

lager has its maturation period

extended, plus, with Fuggles hops, then

produces a most pleasant aroma and

drinking taste. DROVERS (4,3% vol) is

described as a ‘Session IPA’. This hazy,

Vermont beer is dry-hopped and uses

Lemondrop, Bavaria Mandarina, Citra,

Mosaic and Motueka hops very well.

STEEPLECHASE (4.4% vol) is a classic

pale ale, utilising English barley malts to

great advantage. New Zealand and US

hops combine, for this very popular

beer. GUNMETAL (4.8% vol) I would

describe as a ‘Black Lager’. The dark

brown appearance entices to the aroma

and then on to the mouth’s pleasures.

Biscuity, malty, smooth. REVEREND

HOOKER (5.5% vol). This Irish stout is

a further, hugely popular production.

The mouthfeel and palate’s smooth

experience definitely do not disappoint.

HOPPING SPREE (6.6% vol). This West

Coast IPA is a golden delight. The ABV

is raised, so that the full potential of this

beer comes to recognition – Splendid!

For all details of the full range of beers,

plus latest news, tours and tastings,

please make contact or visit the website.

Round Corner Brewing Ltd,

Melton Mowbray Market, Scalford

Road, Melton Mowbray,

Leicestershire LE13 1JY.

Tel: 07585 792 494 E-mail:

info@roundcornerbrewing.com

www.roundcornerbrewing.com

As always, Enjoy!

Trevor Langley


A relaxing eating spac e in

Wolverhampton Art Gallery to meet up

with family and friends this summer.


Quotes from Funny Car Insurance Claims

All of the statements below were taken from actual insurance accident claims in Great

Britain. We thought they were too funny not to share. You can’t make up this kind of stuff!

Enjoy reading them and be glad it wasn’t you.

1. “I was driving along the motorway when the police pulled me over onto the hard shoulder.

Unfortunately I was in the middle lane and there was another car in the way..”

2. “Going to work at 7am this morning I drove out of my drive straight into a bus. The bus was 5

minutes early..”

3. “The accident happened because I had one eye on the lorry in front, one eye on the pedes

trian and the other on the car behind.”

4. “I started to slow down but the traffic was more stationary than I thought.”

5. Question; “Could either driver have done anything to avoid the accident?”

Answer: “Traveled by bus?”

6. The claimant had collided with a cow. The questions and answers on the claim form were –

Question: What warning was given by you? Answer: Horn.

Question: What warning was given by the other party? Answer: Moo.

7. “I didn’t think the speed limit applied after midnight”

8. “I knew the dog was possessive about the car but I would not have asked her to drive it if I

had thought there was any risk.”

9. “The car in front hit the pedestrian but he got up so I hit him again”

10. “The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intention.”

11. “I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way”

12. “A pedestrian hit me and went under my car”

13. “I had been shopping for plants all day and was on my way home. As I reached an

intersection a hedge sprang up obscuring my vision and I did not see the other car.”

14. “An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.”

15. “Coming home, I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have.”

16. “I thought my window was down, but I found it was up when I put my head through it.”

17. “The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.”

18. “I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.”

19. “As I approached an intersection a sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign

had ever appeared before.”

20. “To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front I struck a pedestrian.”

21. “My car was legally parked as it backed into another vehicle.”

22. “I told the police that I was not injured, but on removing my hat found that I had a

fractured skull.”

23. “I was sure the old fellow would never make it to the other side of the road when I struck him.”

24. “The pedestrian had no idea which way to run as I ran over him.”

25. “I saw a slow moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the roof of my car.”

26. “The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.”

27. “I bumped into a lamp-post which was obscured by human beings.”

28. “The accident was caused by me waving to the man I hit last week.”

29. “When I saw I could not avoid a collision I stepped on the gas and crashed into the other car.”

30. “The pedestrian ran for the pavement, but I got him.”


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OH NO NOT

DAD JOKES!

In an increasingly mad mad world, to lighten

matters we thought we would list some of

our best Dad Jokes:

The other day I bought a thesaurus, but when I got home and

opened it, all the pages were blank…

I have no words to describe how angry I am.

My girlfriend said: “You act like a detective too much. I want

to split up…”

“Good idea,” I replied. “That way we can cover more ground.”

My grandpa warned people the Titanic would sink…

No one listened, but he kept warning them until they got sick

of him and kicked him out of the cinema.

People say smoking will give you diseases…

But how can they say that when it cures salmon?

A slice of apple pie is £2.50 in Jamaica and £3 in the Bahamas.

There are the pie rates of the Caribbean.

Accordian to a recent survey, replacing words with the names

of musical instruments often goes undetected…

(Go on, read that sentence again!)

My friend asked me if I wanted to hear a really good Batman

impression, so I said go on then. He shouted, “NOT THE

KRYPTONITE!” and I said, “That’s Superman…”

“Thanks, man, ” he replied, “I’ve been practising it a lot.”

I don’t like people who take drugs…

For example, airport security.

I started a band called 999 megabytes…

We still haven’t gotten a gig.

A man is washing the car with his son. The son asks…

“Dad, can’t you just use a sponge?”

How do parents lose their kids in a shopping mall?

Seriously, any tips are welcome…

I invited my girlfriend to the gym with me and then didn’t

show up…

I hope she gets the message that we’re not working out.

I bought shoes from a drug dealer once… I’m not sure what

he laced them with, but I was tripping all day.

The police just pulled me over, and the officer came up to my

window and said “papers?”

I said “scissors, I win!” and drove off. He’s been chasing me

for 45 minutes now, I think he wants a rematch.

I just found out my friend has a secret life as a priest…

It’s his altar ego.

I was thinking of running a marathon, but I think it might be

too difficult getting all the roads closed and providing enough

water for everyone.

It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the

world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.

I was in my car driving back from work. A police officer pulled

me over and knocked on my window. I said, ‘One minute I’m

on the phone.'

My Dad always knew I was going to be a comedian. When I

was a baby he said, ‘Is this a joke?’

I went down to the local supermarket. I said: ‘I want to make a

complaint – this vinegar’s got lumps in it.’ He said: ‘Those are

pickled onions.’

Police arrested two kids yesterday. One was drinking battery

acid, the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let

the other one off.

My Dad told me to invest my money in bonds. So I bought

100 copies of Goldfinger

By Chris Dawson, the original bad joke teller!


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Keeping cool this summer...

We’re quickly rolling into the main part of Summer and

judging by the way that things are going, it’s going to be

a scorcher.

While hot weather is nice, and you’ve never looked

better than with that killer tan, it’s crucial to know how to

keep yourself cool.

Heat stroke—or worse, hyperthermia—are very real

things. When your body produces way too much heat,

or absorbs way too much heat, it can cause some

serious damage.

Without further ado, here are some tips on how you can

keep yourself cool, even when it’s heating up.

Drink lots and lots of water

Hydration is key when your body is trying to maintain

homeostasis, or the regulated state (in this case, at a decent

temperature). Sweating, though kind of unappealing

sometimes, is your body’s way of cooling you down.

Contrary to popular belief, while iced water is your safest bet

in cooling you down, things like pop or energy drinks will

also help you cool down. Any liquid is better than no liquid.

Having said that, make sure you’re not drinking coffee, as it’s

a diuretic and can have dehydrating effects.

By Chris Dawson

Refrigerate or freeze your bedsheets

Once you try this trick, you’ll wonder why you haven’t thought

of it before. Place your bedsheets in your fridge or freezer for

a half an hour before you sleep, and you’ll never have trouble

falling asleep because of the heat again.

Also consider investing in soft gel packs that you can place

underneath your sheets, or tucked between your legs

(wrapped in a tea towel).

Get spicy

Weird but true: spicy foods actually help you cool down.

Spicy food increases your blood circulation, which in turn

gets you sweaty and sweating cools you down when the

sweat cools down.

Eat an Ice Lolly

It was the best way to cool down when you were a kid, and

nothing has changed. Cool down by eating an Ice Lolly!

Avoid the sun between 11am to 2pm

The sun is the hottest between 11am and 2pm, and sunburns

are most likely to happen during that period. Limiting your

exposure will limit your chances of overheating.

If you can’t get around not being outside during those hours,

make sure you dress appropriately.

Dress appropriately

Wear loose, breathable (think: cotton) clothing and footwear

that won’t leave your feet sweaty. Hats are also crucial for

blazing hot weather, keeping you cool by providing shade.

Sunglasses will protect your eyes from damaging UV rays

Have more salads

How does a hot bowl of soup sound on this hot sunny day?

Not so good?

Choose chilled items for lunch instead. Salads are a great

option, and you’ll also be feeling healthier than if you downed

a burger for lunch.

So keep cool this summer and enjoy the lovely weather!!


Enroling Now

New Adult Education

Classes Starting September

@ The Dormston Centre, Sedgley, DY3 1SN

Course Title Start Date Duration Time Fees

Introduction to Computers - Workshop 19/09/22 1 Day 7.00pm-9.00pm Free

Introduction to Computers 26/09/22 3 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £30.00

Setting up a Website - Workshop 19/09/22 1 Day 7.00pm-9.00pm Free

Setting Up a Website starting September 2022 26/09/22 4 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £40.00

Maximise your Website 07/11/22 1 Week 7.00pm-9.00pm £10.00

Word for Beginners - Workshop 31/10/22 1 Day 7.00pm-9.00pm Free

Word for Beginners 07/11/22 5 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £50.00

Power Point for Beginners - Workshop 21/09/22 1 Day 7.00pm-9.00pm Free

Power Point for Beginners 28/09/22 5 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £50.00

Excel Spreadsheets for Beginners Workshop 22/09/22 1 Day 7.00pm-9.00pm Free

Excel Spreadsheets for Beginners 29/09/22 5 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £50.00

Using Health care Apps 17/09/22 1 Week 10.00am-12.00pm £10.00

Online Safety 24/09/22 1 Week 10.00am-12.00pm £10.00

Business Enterprise - Workshop 21/09/22 1 Day 7.00pm-9.00pm Free

Business Enterprise 27/09/22 4 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £40.00

Digital Media & Marketing -Workshop 01/11/22 1 Day 7.00pm-9.00pm Free

Introduction to Digital Media & Marketing 08/11/22 5 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £50.00

How to Create a CV 21/11/22 2 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £20.00

Using Social Media to find Work 27/09/22 3 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £30.00

Digital Devices & The Best Free Apps 01/11/22 2 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £20.00

Introduction to Sign Language - Workshop 22/09/22 1 Day 7.00pm-9.00pm Free

Introduction to sign Language 29/09/22 10 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £100

Deaf Awareness Workshop 17/09/22 1 Day 9.30am-12.30pm Free

Spanish For Beginners 01/10/22 8 Weeks 9.30am-11.30am £80.00

Spanish For Improvers 01/10/22 8 Weeks 12.00pm-2.00pm £80.00

Holiday Spanish 29/09/22 8 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £80.00

Painting with Pastels - Workshop 14/09/22 1 Day 7.00pm-9.00pm Free

Painting with Pastels 21/09/22 5 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £50.00

Drawing for Beginners - Workshop 13/09/22 1 Day 7.00pm-9.00pm Free

Drawing for Beginners 20/09/22 5 Weeks 6.30pm -9.00pm £62.50

Acrylic Painting for Beginners - Workshop 15/09/22 1 Day 7.00pm-9.00pm Free

Acrylic Painting for Beginners 22/09/22 5 Weeks 6.30pm -9.00pm £62.50

Floristry Halloween Wreath Workshop 15/10/22 1 Day 10.00am-3.00pm £60.00

Floristry Christmas Wreath and Decorations 26/11/22 1 Day 10.00am-3.00pm £60.00

Flower Arranging for Beginners 13/09/22 6 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £60.00

Flower Arranging for Improvers 14/09/22 6 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £60.00

How to use a Sewing Machine - Workshop 12/11/22 1 Day 10.00am-12.00pm Free

Introduction to Sewing - Workshop 19/11/22 1 Day 10.00am-12.00pm Free

Fashion Sewing for Beginners 15/09/22 6 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £60.00

Fashion Sewing for Improvers 14/09/22 6 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £60.00

Soft Furnishing for Beginners Workshop 17/09/22 1 Day 11.00am-1.00pm Free

Soft Furnishing for Beginners 26/09/22 6 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £60.00

Beauty - Nailcare & Manicures 19/09/22 5 Weeks 7.00-9.00 £75.00

Beauty - Nailcare & Nail Art 07/11/22 5 Weeks 7.00-9.00 £75.00

Cake Decorating for Christmas 14/09/22 6 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £60.00

Cake Decorating - Edible Gifts & Treats for Xmas 02/11/22 6 Weeks 7.00pm-9.00pm £60.00

Cake Decorating Working with Buttercream 01/03/22 1 Day 10.00am-3.00pm £50.00

Cake Decorating - Airbrushing 26/11/22 1 Day 10.00am-3.00pm £50.00

To enrol and secure your place

Telephone 01384 816389

email aeadmin@dormston.dudley.sch.uk


Summer Cocktails!

As the weather heats up, cool off with these refreshing summer drinks.

Whether you're hanging poolside or barbecuing in the backyard, there's nothing better than

enjoying the warm weather with a summery cocktail in hand.

These cocktails are the epitome of summer in a glass.

Strawberry

Basil

Smash

Peroni Fiore Spritz

Ingredients

1.5 oz Bitter Italian Aperitif

.5 oz Elderflower Liqueur

2 oz Club Soda

5 oz Peroni

Ingredients

1.5 oz Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Whisky

3-5 strawberries

3 basil leaves

.75 oz lemon juice

.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Shake all ingredients, pour over fresh ice and rock

glass. Garnish with a strawberry and basil leaf.

Summer

Fizz

Instructions

Add all ingredients to your

glass over ice and stir,

garnish with a slice of

grapefruit and edible flowers.

Watermelon Sangria

Ingredients

4 cups cubed watermelon

1 750-ml bottle moscato

1 cup rum

Juice of 4 limes

Zest of 2 limes

1 tbsp sugar

Lime slices, for garnish

Instructions

In a blender combine

watermelon, moscato, rum, lime juice and zest, and sugar and

blend until smooth. Refrigerate until chilled. Garnish glasses

with lime slices and serve.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Don Papa 7 rum

.5 oz ginger syrup

.5 oz peach purée

.5 oz lemon juice

1 egg white

Soda top

Instructions

Dry shake, re-shake with ice, top with soda. Garnish

with fresh ginger and lemon peel.

Watermelon Jalapeño Clicquot Rich

Ingredients

5-6 large ice cubes

2-3 cubes of watermelon

2-3 slices of jalepeño

1 bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rich

champagne (or prosecco)

Instructions

Place 5 ice cubes in a large wine glass, add cubes of watermelon,

sprinkle in jalapeño slices, and top off with

Veuve Clicquot Rich.


Formed in April 2022 Long term friends and Dj's Darren Summers and

Will Morris decided to form a fresh Events Brand in Wolverhampton

where people can share their love of music on a regular basis.

Having taken the local circuit by storm the lads from Shindig Socials take their first

steps into Wolverhampton's Centre, at one of the Cities most quirky venues;

On Saturday 13th August at North Street Social - (7a North St, Wolverhampton WV1 1RE)

Shindig will be hosting the first floor with

resident DJ's Darren Summers and Will Morris who will be on rotation all night.


With the days getting hotter, man's best friend will need

a bit of help during this period and here are some steps

you can take to ensure your dog stays cool during the

summer months.

Keeping your dogs

safe this summer!

Give your pet damp towels to lie on (never place a damp

towel over your dog as this can trap in heat) or an ice pack

wrapped in a towel. Both simple methods could provide

welcome relief from the heat

Never leave dogs in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings

or caravans on a warm day (even if only for a short while).

When it's 22°C outside, temperatures can quickly rise to

47°C (117°F) in these environments, which can be fatal.

Use pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pet's skin,

such as the tips of their ears and nose, to avoid sunburn.

This is especially important if your dog has white or lightcoloured

fur, as they can be very vulnerable to getting burnt.

If you're unsure which is the right product to use, please ask

your vet.

Ensure pets always have access to shade and fresh drinking

water to help keep them cool.

Put ice cubes into your dog's water bowl or make some

tasty ice cube treats. You could also freeze a kong with treats

and water!

If you're planning a day out with your dog, check before

leaving home whether dogs are allowed. If they're not,

arrange a pet-sitter or choose another, dog-friendly

attraction.

Groom them regularly - regular grooming in warmer weather

can help brush away any dead or excess hair, leaving your

dog with a less dense coat - much better for staying cool!

Dogs may also appreciate a paddling pool to splash around

in, although not all dogs like water, so there's no need to

force them if they don't want to!

So However hot it gets this summer make sure

your doggies are cool and happy!

By Chris Dawson


Alpaca Walks, Alpaca your Picnics,

alpacas at your wedding,

school visits, walk and Talk,

Easter Events and much more...

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HEAR THE SOUNDS

OF SUMMER

There’s nothing quite like the sound of the waves

on the seashore, the birds singing in the sunshine

and most importantly the sound of our family’s

laughter as we get together on those lazy summer

afternoons.

At Hear in Hagley and Hear in Wombourne we are ready

to help you enjoy the sounds of Summer and beyond!

If you’re not hearing so well it could just be a build up

of wax, this can be easily treated at any of our clinics

with minimal fuss using the very best equipment. Our

audiologists and earcare specialists are fully qualified to

keep those ears squeaky clean. We test your hearing

during the wax removal appointment and can even show

you what the inside of your ears look like so that you

can see what a great job we’ve done!

If it’s hearing aids you need then you’ve certainly come

to the right place. As independent hearing care

specialists we can choose from the very latest in hearing

aid technology that best suits you, your lifestyle and

your pocket. Our hearing solutions can even connect to

Our clinic address in Wombourne is:

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Contact: 01902 302266

Email: wombourne@lifestylehearingsolutions.co.uk

your mobile phone, tv or computer to get the very best

out those simple, everyday sounds.

We pride ourselves on our excellent aftercare program.

Purchasing hearing aids is an investment in your future

hearing, ongoing care is key and we’re here to support

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Contact: 01562 884400

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Rugby School's first official rugby kit

in 1871 included a bow tie.

Horses and cows can sleep standing up,

but they can only dream when lying

down.

??

The average person will spend six months of their

life waiting for red lights to turn green

In the course of an average lifetime,

while sleeping you might eat around 70

assorted insects and 10 spiders, or more..

In the time it took for you to read this

sentence, around 50,000 cells in your body

died and were replaced by new ones.

???

Every continent except Antarctica has at

least one McDonald's.

A Great Dane named

Juliana peed on an

incendiary bomb

during World War II,

earning her a Blue

Cross Medal!

The first advert on

Channel 5 was for

Chanel No.5.

??

A cloud can weigh more

than a million pounds.

It is impossible to

whistle in a spacesuit.

J. K Rowling has no middle name.

One-quarter of all your bones are

located in your feet.

Traffic lights existed before cars.

???

Not a cat fan? You would have loved Pope Gregory IV.

In the 13th century, he declared war on cats because

he believed they were instruments of Satan.

By the age of 60, most people lose

half of their taste buds.

Ketchup didn't catch

on as a popular

condiment until the

late 19th century.

Prior to that point, it

was sold as a cure for

indigestion.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

Dolphins may seem like happy-go-lucky

creatures, but they actually sleep with

one eye open.

Spider webs were used as bandages in

ancient times.

Pigs suffer from

anorexia.

Baked beans aren't

baked. They're stewed.

?

???

Some of the most famous cowboys in

history didn't wear cowboy hats in real life

(as often depicted in movies). Rather,

icons like Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid

wore bowler hats

Sumo wrestlers make babies cry

for good luck.

???

?

Sunglasses were originally designed for Chinese

judges to hide their facial expressions in court.


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THE SECRET TO THE

PERFECT BLUSH!

Blushers are an essential part of any beauty

regimen, whether you're after a youthful, rosy glow,

or a warm, contoured face. They're great for any

age. Find out which ones are best for you here.

Whether you call them blushers or blush, they are

many a lady's favourite make-up tool and an ageold

beauty secret. Adding a touch of colour to

your cheeks can do a lot to enhance your features

and make you look vibrant. It's the reason many

parents pinched their children's cheeks just before

a photoshoot or family outing back in the day.

If makeup is like an artist's palette, then the blusher

is the sculpting tool. Whatever face shape you

were born with, you can dramatically alter your

look and refresh your appearance with the right

blusher. There are so many products and colours to

choose and quite a number of ways to apply

them.

Here’s a guide to achieving two popular looks with

blusher:

Slimming definition

If you would like to slim the look of your chubby

cheeks with some clever contouring, try applying a

blusher in the hollows of your cheeks, just below your

cheekbones. For accuracy, suck in your cheeks and

apply upward strokes in the hollows. Then, use an

illuminating highlighter along the top of your

cheekbones. This will create the illusion of fuller

cheekbones and a slimmer face.

The classic rosy apple cheeks

The apples of your cheeks are the fullest part. If you

use a pale illuminating shade applied directly to

your apples, it will instantly add a refreshing glow to

your face.

Some more hot tips for you:

A little blush goes a long way.

Don't get carried away with applying blusher. Stick

to the apples or the hollows. Spreading blusher all

over your face could have you looking like you’re

wearing the wrong shade of foundation. Instead,

use a bronzer to add colour and dimension to other

parts of your face. A bronzer can actually be

applied all over your skin if your wish.

Know your skin's undertone.

Hold a piece of blank white paper up to your

makeup-free face. What colour jumps out? That's

your skin's undertone.

It could be yellow for most people who have pale

skin or red for many who have dark skin. If your skin

has yellow undertones, go for warm blushers such as

peach or brown. If yours has red undertones, opt for

cool pinks.

Product choices: powder, cream or fluid?

Powder

Powder blushers are the ideal choice for most

people. They can either be loose, compact or in ball

form, and they are easy to apply because they will

not overly disturb your foundation base. Once

applied over your base, powder blushers can last

many hours and are easy to add to for an evening

look.

Cream and compact stick

Achieving a fresh, youthful finish is easy with a cream

or stick blusher. They're also good for warm, summery

days as they are more likely to stay put. However,

cream blushers need to be applied over liquid

foundation before the foundation is set with a

powder.

Fluid

Working with fluid blushers, sometimes described as

cheek stains, can be difficult. They are great for

adding a healthy glow to SPF protected face while

on holiday. However, it takes a bit of skill to apply

them properly because they have to be blended

just right to achieve a natural finish. Too much

blending may disturb your base, so they are best

used in small areas, like your apples.


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Moon Year Forecast -July/August 2022

Combining planetary influence, Astrology and Clairvoyance, let these Moon Forecasts guide you in life with love and light....

45-minute readings giving guidance from the past present and future and information from spirit are available at £20 via video.

Telephone readings also available. contact 07519 584975 or Facebook page: Katie Anne Reynolds Clairvoyant and Artist

Cancer - (22nd June - 22nd July)

The Planet of Communication Mercury enters your sign on

July 5th where it is important to be honest and examine who is

hiding what behind their mask, maybe some honest talk is in

order... Around the area of love Venus arrives on July 18th and

we're now looking at pleasure! Actually, this pleasure may build

and builds and erupt like a volcano. Wow Cancer! You’re

feeling hot and why not!

Leo - (23rd July - 23rd August)

It’s a busy planetary spell for Leo! As Mercury arrives July

19th we may 'silver tongue' our way to compromises that

mutually benefit all-parties, you could sell ice to Eskimos if

need be, but fairness is important. Then its onto making

birthday plans as the Sun enters July 22nd. The New Moon

arrives July 28th, a perfect time for any new starts or

intentions, to begin new phases and chapters in life. Venus also

influences August 11th, where a romantic break or more

unusual type of first date may bring laughter and fun.

Virgo - (24th August - 22nd Sept.)

Virgo will feel influenced by the Moon's Waxing Gibbous stage

on May 10th and the 11th as it’s a time to use redirection

adjustment and flexibility, this is not a time to dig the heels in,

adjusting now so that close Full Moon stage doesn't make us

overemotional and say things uncalled for or act

controversially! Smile sweetly and rethink our moves... The

June 7th First Quarter Moon stage marks important endings,

deadlines, and a feeling of 'There its finished!'

Libra - (23rd Sept - 23rd October)

Libra, the Moon's First Quarter phase arriving July 6th and 7th

comes at a perfect time to evaluate how far you have come.

Also, thoughts around health, your own and others really can

really make us appreciate 'living in the moment' It may

sometimes feel that life is about just about ‘keeping going,' One

step in front of the other, but please stop and see all that you

have to be grateful for. Mercury comes August 26th so duos

pairings and having someone on the same team is important,

two minds are better than one!

Scorpio - (24th Oct - 22nd November)

Scorpio the first week in August sees you caring for others,

whether it be to their physical needs or emotional or practical

support. The August 4th Waxing Crescent Moon stage sees

you assisting in important new beginnings for them, by First

Quarter August 5th it may feel like this is too big a project and

will it ever end?....yet by the Waxing gibbous stage August 6th

the final steps are already happening. It’s a week where it

seems you can really assist someone else. This will not be

forgotten by karma, Well done it will say! as you will have

helped someone more than you know!

Sagittarius - (23rd Nov - 21st Dec.)

Sagittarius, July 10th and 11th sees the Moon's Waxing

Gibbous phase, Thoughts may turn to travel, house moves or

certainly situations where we need to pack a suitcase and go!

so treat these two days as a time just to crack on before we

can finish or break away from a situation. A spiritual break or

meditation time will help us release stresses and strains, take

notice of dreams during this time as they give the clues which

help us know that what it is best to cut off and release. A

definite fork in the road is ahead, where we must choose

between two paths...

Capricorn - (22nd Dec - 20th January)

Capricorn the Full Moon arrives in your chart July 13th, so we

may be a bit over emotional or sensitive, so make a note of this

full moon phase to 'play it as cool as a cucumber' wherever

you can regarding more official matters, rash decisions can be

avoided if we keep calm. This Full Moon energy does have its

benefits though as our feelings of love and close personal

relationships can be amplified, we may feel our love

overflowing, to partners, children, even our animals, who if

we're a bit 'touchy feely' would not mind at all! '

Aquarius - (21st Jan - 18th Feb)

Aquarius we may feel that we are 'giving too much' in situations

around the Waxing Gibbous Moon stage on August the 11th,

especially where some aspect of life feels as though its actually

'take take take' all the time. Yes, you’re a giving person but

charity starts at home so it is good to realize that you can only

give so much. The Full Moon arrives on August 12th fully

illuminating these situations, trust our feelings during this time,

self-care and rest is key, remember 'you cannot pour from an

empty cup' So... now up with those feet now Aquarius!

Pisces - (19th Feb - 20th March)

Pisces, The Moon goes Waning Gibbous for you July 16th and

17th, This may feel a perfect time to look at our lifestyle,

certain habits we may want to address, or indeed to stop and

give up. New hobbies especially ones that make us healthier

are brilliant at this time. Exercising the mind, creative

endeavours, art, music, decorating the house even! Anything

that gives that 'lick of clean paint ' feeling helps our senses.

Also, we may be feeling rather maternal or paternal, Pisces

parents are really stepping up to the plate. Family is

everything....

Aries - (21st March - 20th April)

Aries, there’s a lot to release this Summer especially around

the Moon's Waning Gibbous phase July the 18th and 19th, We

may feel the need to 'let go' around relationships. Whether it be

letting go of issues and deciding to let go of grudges, or to

actually let go of a relationship altogether, honesty and integrity

will serve well. August 15th and 16th sees another Waning

Gibbous phase, this time nudging us to let go of unnecessary

pressures so as we can recharge our batteries, rest up during

this time.

Taurus - (21st April -21st May)

Mars arrives in Taurus July 5th which may bring Taurus to

notice feeling a boost in desires and guttural instincts, sexual

desires! Also, this summer remember that as long as you’re

showing off your talents to bring good to others then this all

good! But note that Mars will bring a healthy aggression where

we get all competitive and feisty! Around the Moon's last

Quarter phase August 19th, we may be better to seek balance

and heed the old saying 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the

bush' and not gamble that what we worked hard for...

Gemini - (22nd May - 21st June)

Gemini, we see Mars enter with vigour on August 20th with an

intense energy to push your own ideas on the career front,

promotions in the workplace are now starred! New business

can benefit to. Interestingly we also have the Moons Waning

Crescent stage August 20th to! Where we may find we are

breaking bonds and releasing anyone who sabotages us, were

taking no prisoners it seems! There really is no arguing with

you when you have Mars on board...


Take Some Time For

You

Visit our beautiful and spacious Salon on Darlington Street, Wolverhampton and

treat yourself to a bit of pampering. Leave the world outside the Salon door and take

some time to focus on you! Sit back, relax and let our expert team take care of all your

hair needs.

Whether you’re looking for a

new haircut for Summer, an

elegant style for a special

occasion or to dip your toe into

the world of colour; our expertly

trained and experienced team

will craft a tailor-made look for

you.

Hair Colour Experts

We’re proud to be amongst a

select number of Salons in

the UK to house our very own

L’Oréal Colour Specialist!

Helen (pictured left) recently

joined our team as our resident

‘Colour Queen’ and is also

delivering Colouring Courses

to Hairdressers from across the

Country, at Francesco Group’s

Advanced Academy.

She will create your own

bespoke colour, perfectly

crafted to suit your style, skin

tone and lifestyle, using the

latest products and techniques

to give you a truly professional

and personalised service.

Don’t Miss Out!

Book your Summer Appointment

today, or take advantage of a

Complimentary Consultation for

an in-depth chat about what you

want to achieve.

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Ray Liotta 1954 - 2022 RIP

We look back at the life of an actor who sadly passed

away at such a young age, the late, great Ray Liotta.

Ray didn't have the greatest start to his life as when he

was born in Newark, New Jersey on December 18th

1954 he was abandoned at an orphanage. Thankfully

though after 6 months he was adopted to parents of

Italian and Scottish descent, Alfred and Mary Liotta.

"Alleged" gangsters; he also starred as Frank Sinatra in

the television film The Rat Pack (1998).

All in all Ray appeared in 84 movies in a movie career

that lasted nearly 40 years. Ray Passed away in his

sleep on May 26th. R.I.P. Ray and thanks for the

memories

Ray attended the University of Miami where he studied

acting and while there performed in Musicals, such as

Cabaret, Oklahoma and the Sound of Music.

After College, he came back to New York and landed the

role of Joey Perrini in the American TV soap opera

Another world, he was there for three years from 1978 -

1981. His first Major acting role in a movie was in the

Film, Something Wild (1986) for which he was

nominated for a Golden Globe and then in 1989 he

played "Shoeless Joe Jackson" in the Fantasy Drama,

Field of Dreams, "Build it and they will come".

Then came the Massive movie, Goodfellas (1990),

(Personally one of my favourite films of all time!) where

he took on the role of Henry Hill and talking of

Ray as Henry Hill in the classic movie,

Goodfellas

By Chris Dawson


SUMMER/AUTUMN 2022

t: 01746 766477

BOOK ON LINE at www.theatreonthesteps.co.uk

KILLER RHAPSODY

A NIGHT OF QUEEN

FRI 29th JULY & SAT 30th JULY 8:00 pm

Performing a spectacular show, running for

over 2 hours long; featuring both the mega hits

and deeper cuts such as:

Last Horizon, I'm In Love With

My Car, Brighton Rock and

more...

Any major or casual QUEEN

fan is in for an amazing time

you will not forget.

Tickets £15

THE RAT PACK IS BACK!

SATURDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 8:00 pm

LAS VEGAS LIVE WITH THE RAT PACK & MARILYN

The Official UK No: 1 Tribute show . Together they

amaze audiences with

their recreation of the

music of Sinatra, Martin

and Davis, in a fabulous

show which brings the style

and excitement of the Las

Vegas heyday to vivid life.

Including all the great hits

Tickest £20

DESPERADO

FRI 9th SEPT & SAT 00th SEPT 8:00 pm

The Eagles songbook

stretches from an era

when country-tinged rock

and fine harmonies spoke

to the youth of the

seventies

through almost 40 years

to the “Long road out of

Eden”.

Tickest £18

ALADDINSANE

SATURDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 8:00 pm

David Bowie, the legend,

through his timeless music

and many incarnations;

from Ziggy Stardust to the

Thin White Duke, into the

80’s and beyond.Hear the

sound and experience

the vision through the

performance of Paul

Henderson and

Aladdinsane, widely

acclaimed as the best

Bowie tribute in the UK.

Tickets: £18

HATS OFF TO LED ZEPPELIN

FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2022 8:00 pm &

SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER 2022 8:00 pm

WINNER - BEST TRIBUTE ACT IN THE UK 2019 -

Hats Off to Led Zeppelin continue to be the only

tribute act in the UK officially endorsed by

MARSHALL AMPLIFIERS and are MANAGED BY

WARREN GRANT, son of Led Zeppelin’s legendary

manager Peter Grant - the connection to the

original band is unsurpassed.

These guys are a truly professional outfit

guaranteed to give you a night that you won't

forget in a hurry!

Tickest £17

TOWN HALL, HIGH STREET, BRIDGNORTH

www.theatreonthesteps.co.uk


FRIDAY 12 & SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2022

IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK!

Tickets Now on Sale!

Day tickets £30 Evening tickets £20 Membership £70

PHIL VICKERY TOBY BUCKLAND PENNY MEADMORE DAVID DOMONEY

TV Gardening Experts

Arena Entertainment

Floral Marquees

and Show Gardens

Celebrity Chef

Live Music

Choirs, Massed Bands

and Fireworks Finale

Shopping opportunities in the Food Hall,

Home & Craft Marquee and Trade Stands

Shropshire Horticultural Society

Charity Number: 501564


Shrewsbury Flower Show returns for the first time since 2019 and will be celebrating its

133rd Show, making it one of the world’s longest running independent flower shows.

On Friday 12 and Saturday 13 August The Quarry, a beautiful 29-acre park in the heart

of Shrewsbury, will once again be awash with wonderful flowers, fabulous food and live

entertainment, making it the ultimate summer day out!

Attractions for all ages will include stunning floral arrangements and inspiring show

gardens, equestrian competitions and exciting arena entertainment, including

The Shetland Pony Grand National.

There will be great shopping opportunities to be had with the dedicated Food Hall,

Home & Craft Marquee and a large Trade Stands area.

Celebrity gardener Toby Buckland, known for presenting numerous gardening TV shows,

including BBC Gardeners’ World and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show coverage, will be on

hand to offer advice. He will be joined by Penny Meadmore and David Domoney.

We are excited to welcome to our Dingle Marquee this year, Fleurs de Villes who have,

for the past five years, been delighting audiences globally with their signature fresh floral

mannequins. Popping up in cities around the world, their brand of floral story-telling is

compelling with local florists in each city bringing floral art to life in a fashionable way.

This year marks the launch of the Fleurs de Villes FEMMES series – featuring floral works

of art inspired by remarkable women. And in Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebration

we are delighted to bring Fleurs de Villes to Shrewsbury for the first time with one iconic

mannequin of the Coronation Robes en fleurs!

ITV’s This Morning’s chef Phil Vickery will be demonstrating his cookery skills on both

days, along with other local chefs.

AMY JONES (SATURDAY NIGHT) THE RONNIES (FRIDAY NIGHT)

ARENA ENTERTAINMENT

FLEURS DE VILLES

On Friday evening live music will be by The Ronnies and on Saturday, South African

pop star, Amy Jones will take to the stage.

Both days will be topped off with choirs, the massed bands finale and a colourful

fireworks display.

With children 15 years and under admitted free when accompanied with a paying

adult the Shrewsbury Flower Show is an ideal family day out.

For further information call: 01743 234058

ShrewsburyFlowerShow @shrewsflowershw shrewsburyflowershow

SHREWSBURYFLOWERSHOW.ORG.UK


www.shrewsburyebikehire.co.uk

Discover historic Shrewsbury and the

beautiful surrounding countryside with the

ease & pleasure of an electric bike tour.

Half –Day Hire £35 & Full-Day Hire £60

NEW for 2022: Take in all the sights with

our heritage trail

Hires available all year: Age 14+ : max rider weight

125kg: Photo ID & deposit required

eBike pick up from bookingoking of 昀 ce:

6 Claremont

Hill, SY11

11RD

Book onlinene or call 01743 244 800

info@shrewsburyebikehire.co.uk


"What to do and where to go this summer - Adults"

Hopefully we can give you some great ideas to have a brilliant time!!

Set across 4 acres of grounds, you’ll get

to work with your fellow prisoners, to

break out and prove your innocence,

but don’t forget to keep your eyes out

for the hindering prison officers along

the way!

Clockwork Escapes

Wolverhampton’s premiere escape room

experience. You and your team have 60

minutes to break out! So much fun...

you’ll never leave.

Each of the themed locked rooms within

is a race against the clock to escape.

But they're also more than that. At

Clockwork Escapes, you will aid the

proprietor, the exuberant Professor

Clockwork, in achieving one of a

number of tasks whilst in the room of

your choosing.

Ghetto Golf - Birmingham

Crazy Golf, Cocktails, Dj's & Street

Food. An ode to street art, it’s writers

and it’s origins. Based in the Custard

Factory , we bring you Insane Crazy

Golf , Cocktails, DJ`s & Street Food set

in a Ghetto Wonderland.

www.ghettogolf.co.uk

Southwater - Telford

At Southwater the menu caters for all

tastes with a wide range of venues

matching every occasion whether it is a

quick lunch, a formal business meeting

or a casual meal with family or friends.

There is also the option to dine for both

indoor and alfresco dining.

With a wide range of restaurants and

café bars serving a mouth-watering

selection of cuisines from around the

world including rustic and traditional

English, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Italian,

Portuguese and Mexican. Southwater

also has its very own cocktail bar to go

to after a meal out, trip to the cinema or

just to catch up with friends.

Prison Break at Shrewsbury

Prison

Ready for an exciting challenge like no

other? Discover Shrewsbury Prisons

Prison Break, your real life chance to

escape out of a real life old prison!

Pop on your orange jumpsuit and get

ready for the biggest escape challenge

of your life. Once you’ve stepped

through Shrewsbury Prison gates and

confessed to your crimes, you’ll have

2.5 hours to break out from your cell in

a bid for freedom through a series of

thrilling challenges, puzzles and clues!

Axe Throwing @

Timberjacks - Shrewsbury

Axe throwing venues located in

Shrewsbury, Kidderminster, Leeds &

Liverpool.

Shrewsbury Tel: 01743 624232

https://linktr.ee/timberjacks

Floodgate - Digbeth

BLEACHERS - Baseball Cages

CURL CLUB - Curling Lanes

PIT PAT - Table Golf

STREET FOOD

COCKTAILS, CRAFT BEER

BEER GARDEN

www.thefloodgate.co.uk/


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9.30am until

4.30

Book your day on the water

now and experience the

beauty of the Llangollen Canal

from Blackwater Meadow and

Whitchurch Marina.

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Fun

Science Facts

For Kids!

It would only take one hour to drive to space if

you could go straight up in the air.

The Solar System formed about 4.6 billion years

ago.

Our average body temperature declines as we age.

Mars has lower gravity than Earth. That means a

person that weighs 200 pounds on Earth would

only weigh 76 pounds on Mars.

While most of us think the Earth is shaped like a

large sphere, it actually looks more like a

“squished ball” that bulges out at the equator. We

can thank gravity for that!

About 75% of your brain is made of water.

Your heart beats about 115,000 times a day.

Jupiter is the fastest spinning planet in the solar

system.

The nearest star to Earth is 4.2 light-years away.

It’s called the Proxima Centauri.

The sun is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Over one million Earths could fit inside the sun.

The average star is between 1 and 10 billion years

old.

Experts predict that there will be 9.7 billion people

on Earth by 2050.

Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system,

with temperatures of over 450 degrees Celcius.


‘Fun for all the family’

Mini Pro Golf Parks,

Wolverley is located by the

river Stour, with views across

the Valley, a wonderful

setting for a unique fun Mini

Golfing experience.

The course boasts 18 Holes of

golf on perfectly trimmed grass

fairways, perfectly manicured

greens, sandy bunkers and real

rough to catch the unwary

golfer.

The course recreates all the fun

of real golf - just miniaturised

with some extra features,

obstacles and characters that

may or may not help you as you

progress around the course!!

On your golfing journey players

will come across various feature

holes including: Lighthouse

Point, Crocodile Alley, The

Minefield, Willard the Magic

Wizard, Eagles Nest... and of

course there’s a Windmill.

Golfing Fun For Everyone

MINI-PRO G LF PARKS WOLVERLEY

18 HOLE MINI PRO GOLF COURSE ALL EQUPMENT PROVIDED

EVERYONE WELCOME

Mini Pro Golf offers a very

family friendly activity at great

value and the venue is very

popular with customers

returning for regular rematches...

Yes, they even run

competitions!

This is a unique Golfing

experience that everyone can

play and enjoy. There is

disabled accessibility, a

sheltered picnic area you can

take drinks and you are even

allowed to bring your own

Sandwiches.

Our Clubhouse Kiosk sells icecream,

hot and cold drinks and

many snacks. Children's Parties

are catered for and great fun,

contact Matthew to discuss

your requirements.

Chip and Putt Golf with all

equipment provided.

OPEN FRIDAY - SUNDAY 10AM TIL 6PM

AND OPEN EVERY DAY DURING THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

07830 259766

WWW.MINIPROGOLFPARKS.COM

NO NEED TO BOOK!

JUST TURN UP AND WE ALWAYS GET YOU ON

Mini Pro Golf Parks,

Wolverley Road, Wolverley, Kidderminster DY10 3RN (Situated next to THE LOCK INN public house)


"What to do and where to go this summer - Kids"

If you're looking for something to do in the summer holidays there's plenty to do to keep the whole family

entertained in The West Midlands and Shropshire

Cadbury World

A fun day trip with a chocolate twist -

discover the world of Cadbury at

Birmingham's Cadbury World.

Cadbury World currently features 14

zones which tell the story of chocolate

and the Cadbury business through

various sets, animatronics, video

presentations, multi-sensory cinema,

interactive displays, activities and staff

demonstrations.

The zones include the 4D Chocolate

Adventure, Manufacturing, Bull Street,

Cadabra, Purple Planet, Making

Chocolate Story, Aztec Jungle, Cadbury

Story, Packaging, Advertising Avenue,

Bournville Experience, Chocolate

Making, Journey to Europe, African

Adventure Play Area, Cadbury Cafe,

Green Screen and the World's Biggest

Cadbury Shop.

Dudley Zoological Gardens

For 80 years Dudley Zoo has

entertained families with its wide array

of much-loved animals. Dudley Zoo is

home to more than 1300 animals, and

has around 200 different species

including some of the rarest creatures

on the planet. The zoo boasts daily talks

and feeding demonstrations as well as a

range of interactive exhibits such as

their lemur and wallaby walkthroughs.

You can also treat the children to an

authentic zoo keeper experience with

their experience packages - with the

opportunity to feed the sea lions,

chimps, big cats, giraffes, penguins and

more.

Black Country Living Museum

Travel back in time with the kids at the

Black Country Living Museum, and

discover the world of industry.

Over fifty authentic shops, houses and

workshops have been carefully

reconstructed to preserve the character

of the region when its manufacturers

brought worldwide fame to Black

Country Towns.

Take a trip on the tram to explore the

canalside village, where you can meet

and chat to the costumed characters.

Explore the underground mine and

experience the authentic sights, sounds,

smells and tastes from the past with a

cast of staff in replica attire.

Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Whether you are interested in fine

china, decorative tiles or exploring a

recreated Victorian Town, you’ll find it all

in this World Heritage Site.

Experience life as it was over 100 years

ago at Blists Hill Victorian Town, test

your reactions against a robot and pull a

locomotive by hand at Enginuity, and

discover the history and techniques of

china making at the famous Coalport

China Factory.

You can also walk upon magnificent

tiles at Jackfield Tile Museum, visit

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron,

discover the history of Ironbridge Gorge

at the Museum of The Gorge, step

inside the house of Coalbrookdale's

former Quaker ironmasters at Darby

Houses, explore the Tar Tunnel and the

Broseley Pipeworks, and finally step

onto the Iron Bridge itself and follow in

the footsteps of millions of tourists.

Telford Town Park

A great open space for all ages to enjoy!

Telford Town Park is a large park,

occupying 1.7 square kilometres of land

adjacent to Southwater Square and

Telford Shopping Centre in Telford,

Shropshire, England.Telford Town Park

is a large recreational area for residents

and visitors alike to enjoy. The park

offers multiple play areas, fishing pools,

bike hire, nature trails, extensive

grassed areas as well as the 'Maxell

Cherry Gardens', which are a popular

place for people to sit and relax.


With the sun shining and summer finally here

have a look below at some Summer festivals

in our region and some not too far away

B Fest Wales

Fri, 8 July – Sat, 9 July

Ty Uchaf, Betws-y-Coed

B-Fest Wales is a growing music festival

set in the scenic countryside of

Caerwys.

Running from Friday night through to

Saturday night and offering camping

www.bfestwales.co.uk/

Tonnau Festival - Tropical

Garden Party

Sat, 9 July – Sun, 10 July

Carreglwyd Estate, Holyhead

A three day Tropical Garden Party set

between the mountains and the sea in

the beautiful grounds of Carreglwyd

Estate on Anglesey.

www.tonnaufestival.uk/

DEPOT in the Castle

feat Rag'n'Bone Man

Sat 9 July – Sun 10 July

Cardiff Castle, Cardiff

DEPOT In The Castle is a familyfriendly

one-day festival at the

prestigious Cardiff Castle. Previous acts

have included Nile Rodgers & Chic,

Clean Bandit, Tom Odell and Sister

Sledge.

www.depotinthecastle.com/

Shrewsbury International Comedy

Festival

14th July - 17th July

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

We've combined a fabulous roster of

headline acts at the 600-seat Sunday

evening Gala Show in Theatre Severn’s

main auditorium on Sunday 17 July,

with up-and-coming performers for the

smaller shows in and around

Shrewsbury town centre.

Hosted by Dan Nightingale, MC at the

popular Severn Jesters comedy nights,

the 2022 Gala Show line-up includes

Steve Royle, Gary Delaney, duo Flo &

Joan, Seann Walsh and Paul

‘Sinnerman’ Sinha.

Let's Rock Shrewsbury

Sat, 16 July.

The Quarry, ShrewsburyThe UK's

favourite and largest retro festival

returns to The Quarry

www.letsrockshrewsbury.com/

Y Not Festival

Thu, 28 July - Sun, 31 July

Pikehall, Derbyshire

3 days of quality music, food & drink,

performing arts, comedy, workshops &

good times in a stunning Peak District

setting.

www.ynotfestival.com/


Feels Like Summer

Saturday 6th August

Bute Park, Cardiff

The festival line-up has been carefully

crafted to ensure that everyone has a

fun, lively, and dance-filled day out.

Headlined by British music icon Billy

Ocean , the festival also has Sophie

Ellis-Bextor , House Gospel Choir and

Mr Motivator on the bill. Other acts

include Bristol's Bloco B, festival

favourite Lycra 80s Party and the

incredible GRL TLK DJ's.

Deva Fest

Sat, 13 Aug, 12:00–23:00

Chester Lakes

Cheshire's Music, Food & Lifestyle

Festival

www.devafest.co.uk/

Camp Bestival Shropshire

Thu 18 Aug – Sun 21 Aug

Weston Park

Join us for the first-EVER Camp

Bestival Shropshire, a stellar sister

show to the UK’s favourite family

festival

shropshire.campbestival.net/

The Big 90's & 00's RnB Festival

- Wolverhampton

Sat, 20 August

The Hangar , Pearson street,

Wolverhampton

Throw back to the very best of the 90’s

& 00’s as the international touring

festival smash hit arrives in the U.K for

the very first time for the biggest night

of your life.

www.thebigrnbfest.com/

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Fri 26 Aug – Mon 29 Aug

Greenhous West Mid Showground

Gravel Hill Ln, Shrewsbury

Between the Trees Festival

Fri 26 Aug – Sun 28 Aug

Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve,

South Wales.

Between The Trees is a family-friendly

music, art, spoken word and science

festival. The music genre is modern

folk. It takes place in a welsh woodland

SSSI next to the sea, on the last

weekend in August.

www.betweenthetrees.co.uk.

Telford Balloon Fiesta 2022

Friday26th Aug - Sunday 28th Aug.

Telford Balloon Fiesta returns in 2022

bigger and better! Taking place in

Telford Town Park and QE11 Arena.

Friday - live music evening and a

fabulous warm up to Balloon Fiesta on

Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday - music and entertainment as

well as the popular Night Glow.

Sunday - crafts, parade and a day of

family entertainment and have-a-go

activity

Moseley Folk & Arts Festival

Fri, 2 Sept – Sun, 4 Sept.

Moseley Park, Birmingham

Featuring traditional, contemporary

and downright experimental Folk

music plus a brand new arts

programme with comedy, cabaret,

crafts and more...

https://linktr.ee/moseleyfolk


Good to be back… In full steam for 2022!!

Enjoy some amazing sights and sounds at Shrewsbury Steam Rally.

The County of Salop Steam

Engine Society has confirmed

that the 2022 Rally will take

place at Onslow Park,

Shrewsbury on the August

Bank Holiday, - Sunday 28th

August and Monday 29th

August.

Edward Goddard, Chairman of the

Society said: “We are delighted to

hold what promises to be an

exciting Shrewsbury Steam Rally

in the lovely setting of Onslow

Park, near Shrewsbury where

people can relax and ‘enjoy some

freedom’ after the recent

restrictions. It’s good to be back!

The event will showcase over

1000 exciting exhibits; and the

highly-entertaining variety of

attractions will include the

wonderful spectacle of working

tractors, steam engines, and

beautifully preserved classic

vehicles from yesteryear, all to

delight visitors to the popular

annual family event. We welcome

friends and families to come along

and enjoy a super two-day eventthat

includes a 60th Anniversary

Celebration – with tickets on sale

now online at

www.shrewsburysteamrally.co.uk

This year there will be a Sentinel

Spectacular, celebrating the

locally produced products

manufactured at the Sentinel

Works, in Whitchurch Road,

Shrewsbury; which included

everything from buses and steam

wagons to railcars and steam

trains!” Information:

www.shrewsburysteamrally.co.uk

In the main arena, spectators can

also enjoy moving convoys of

historic commercial vehicles,

including buses and fire engines;

vintage cycles; working horses;

vintage tractors; pre-and post

World War II cars; classic

motorcycles; and perambulators...

with all entrants invited to be in

period costume.

The Rally covers 45 acres of

beautiful parkland, with 6 acres of

Trade Stands. The Rally hosts a

variety of preserved commercial

vehicles, that includes lorries,

buses, fire engines and a large

display of military vehicles. The

Olde Time Fair offers lots of fun,

with steam-powered rides for all -

accompanied by vintage

fairground music. Finally there are

some excellent miniature steam

engines, and a Craft Marquee -

which gets bigger each year! The

family-friendly event provides

some enjoyable entertainment

with a full Arena Programme on

both days, including the highlypopular

and majestic cavalcade of

Showman’s engines, traction

engines, steam rollers and steam

cars.


Enjoy the Sights, Sounds & Smell of Steam

SHREWSBURY

STEAM RALLY

ONSLOW PARK SY3 5EE

Sun 28 th ~ Mon 29 th

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY

WEEKEND CAMPING

(Pre-Book Only)

A Great Day y Out

For r All A The Family

y

Over 1,000 Exhibits and Something for Everyone

Adults: £16.00 ~ Senior Citizens: £15.00 ~ Children: £1.00

www.ShrewsburySteamRally.co.uk

Email: info@shrewsburysteamrally.co.uk Tel: 01938 570874


POSITIVE THINKING IN A WORLD THAT FEELS NEGATIVE

When it feels like the world is such a mess, staying

positive may seem a bit of a stretch. With petrol

prices rocketing, electricity and food bills going up

and up, life can seem very daunting now (not

mentioning the Covid pandemic). The overall cost

of living is a frightening reality, so in all the chaos

and stress of the world, is it even possible to find

some positivity amongst the darkness?

Laugh

Laughter is proven to reduce stress and anxiety as well as

helping your self-esteem. Try being open to humour in

different situations. Humour can even be found in

difficult times and situations. Give yourself the

permission to laugh whenever you can. Isn't laughter

also contagious?

There are many benefits for thinking positively. These

include a longer life span, stress reduction, faster

recovery from illness, better physical health, better

psychological health and generally a better quality of

life.

Let's be realistic about this. Thinking positively isn't

magic. It won't dissolve all your problems and turn your

life into a wonderful fairy tale. However, what it can do

is to allow you to manage your problems better and

enable you to approach your issues with more clarity,

thought, and allow you to handle them in a much more

productive way.

Optimism doesn't come easily to everyone and if you are

particularly pessimistic, the change isn't going to happen

overnight. But there are ways that can help you become

a much more positive thinker and slowly but surely, you

can incorporate this wonderful new thinking into your

everyday life.

Surround yourself with positive people

Both negativity and positivity can be spread from person

to person, so give some thought about your friendship

group and who you enjoy spending time with. By

surrounding yourself with positive people you are

allowing yourself to reap the benefits and improve your

self-worth and self-esteem. These friends will lift you up

and keep the negative thinking at bay. If you group with

negative friends, their ‘glass half empty’ mood will rub

off on you and everyone else there. Don't you deserve to

feel happy and positive?

Therapeutic Journaling

Writing your daily thoughts and feelings down is proven

to be extremely cathartic. You can include negative

impacts that have affected you, to work through

processing them as well as things you are thankful for.

As well as this you can make list of goals, wants, likes etc.

Identify your ‘go to’ negative thoughts

Focus your attention at the different areas of your life

and consider where you are most likely to be the most

negative. Reflect on those areas and try and work out

why this happens. Once you can find out the when and

why, it's only you that can make the changes you need to

turn things around.

Concentrate on the positive things

Everyone has their own issues to deal with. It's real and

that's ok. But when a challenge comes your way, large or

small, it is helpful to use this as a time to focus your

attention on the good things that you have. No matter

what the issue, there is usually a positive that can be

found. You may have to look hard but even a learning

curve can be seen as a positive.

Exercise Thankfulness

Being thankful for all the positive aspects of your life can

really help lower stress and boost self-esteem. Close

your eyes and use your imagination to form pictures of

special people, times of fun or objects that make you

happy. You can even say thank you, out loud or in your

mind, to all of these for making you happy.


Confident Self-Talk

Are you your own worst critic? It's far easier

to be negative about yourself right? Have

you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and

ripped yourself apart with harsh words or

thoughts? The problem is that the more you

do this, the worse the negative opinion of

you embeds itself in your mind. The good

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I have recently been delving far deeper into the

realms of shadow Work and wanted to share a

little about it with you.

I have found it to be the most powerful healing

work and while it isn’t always easy I would go so

far as to say it is totally life changing!

So what is Shadow Work? Well Shadow work is

the process of exploring your own inner

darkness or ‘Shadow Self’. Shadow work helps to

uncover all the parts of you that you have

disowned, repressed or rejected. It is learning to

listen to, and accept the parts of yourself that

you deny… even to yourself.

Our anger, our jealousy, our vengeance, our

greed, our neediness.

We judge all those parts of ourselves all the

time.

Anger is bad, jealousy is ugly, vengeance is

wrong, greed is distasteful, neediness is weak….

We all do it in some form or another.

We ‘unconsciously’ judge our feelings all of the

time.

Even the good ones… we all have our own

version of ‘I don’t deserve to be happy’, ‘It’s not

appropriate for me to feel joy when others are

suffering’, ‘If I tell/show people how great I feel

they will think I’m smug’, ‘If I show people how

passionate I am they will think I’m overbearing’,

‘If I tell people how well I’m doing they will think

I’m bragging’.

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learnt it.

We heard all the people around us talking, giving

their opinions, their experiences of life and we

listened. We learned what they approved of and

what they didn’t….

And we took notice…because our survival

depended on it!!

We also had direct experience ourselves of how

our feelings were met.

By parents, teachers, siblings, grand parents,

friends, lovers, bosses… etc!

We were little we were given many messages….

We may of been told not to get upset… I know

for me crying was always met with ‘don’t cry’.

(making it more difficult as I grew up to allow

myself to get upset).

Maybe we were told not to get angry. That good

children don’t get angry. We were most likely

punished if anger did explode out of us, and as

we became more engaged in society this was

just reinforced. Anger was punished. At school, at

work. In life.

But what were we punished with??

Probably more anger from the person opposing

ours?!!

And that confused us.

We weren’t allowed to get angry.

And if people get angry at us it’s scary.

Anger is bad.

When In truth anger is a very important part of

who and what you are.

Anger is there to protect you.

Your higher self knows when you are being

violated and anger is the correct response. It’s

the start of our defence mechanisms. The ones

that keep us alive.

Anger expressed positively or in some external

form is very very healthy.

And anger let’s us know when we need to

defend ourselves, or when we have been

triggered. But in its purest wildest state, anger is

our friend.


The problem is it’s been distorted and made

negative and bad. Therefore we repress it!

We don’t let it out.

So it leaks out at other times.

Like a traffic jam causing you to become furious.

Or losing your shit In the grocery store because

they don’t have any tomatoes… that kind of

thing !

And we need to learn how.

First to bring them up and out.

And then to learn to feel them when they arise.

That is true healing. And enlightenment follows.

That is shadow work.

We do the same with ALL our emotions, good

and bad, based on what we were taught and

saw as children and our subsequent experiences

(maybe even our previous soul experiences).

This is why shadow work is so important and

also sometimes challenging.

We are looking at the very parts of ourselves

that we have rejected for so long, we are

allowing ourselves to feel the emotions we

condemn.

So naturally in the midst of our emotions our

unconscious mind judges this to be bad and

doles out punishment.

This happens whether we are conscious of it or

not. To all of us.

Our moral judgements live in our unconscious

mind. So we judge ourselves without even

realising it.

That’s what that voice in your head is. The one

that tells you that you are not good enough,

thin enough, clever enough, strong enough etc

etc!!

And the liberating part is that you are doing all

this to protect yourself in some way. To keep

yourself safe. In the way you learned. You are

just attempting to be loved and accepted as you

were taught to. You are keeping yourself safe.

All you need to do now is to understand how

you feel about this stuff, what you think is

good/bad, what emotions you do/can feel and

what you tend to repress and why? Allow it to

come up, feel it, listen to it, it’s a part of you that

wants to be heard. It’s a message from yourself.

What do you need? What is it telling you?

It comes up for a reason.

All emotions have a purpose.

They are trying to tell us something.

They are truly our sat nav through life.

But how can we listen to that sat nav if we

never allow ourselves to feel our feelings?

Jessi Carrera-Maybury

Tel: 07944 501998

Charmed Healing Therapies

Reiki Master Teacher,

Theta healing Practitioner

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Car Review:

Genesis G70 sport saloon

By Sue Cooke

Every time I ventured out in the

luxury sport saloon I was road

testing this week, I had to build in

time for the constant questions of

‘what is it’. I was driving the new

automotive brand, GENESIS which

is the luxury arm of owner, Hyundai

Motor Group.

The Genesis G70 saloon is unique

on our roads currently and has a

compelling character and getting

behind the wheel made me feel

special too. In a Havana red

exterior, the heart shaped front

grille, exterior light units inspired by

orchids and a winged logo which

was reminiscent of other luxury

brands, was what attracted

inquisitive people.

The spacious interior is pure

hedonism and I found the cabin a

very tranquil place to be. A G

matrix pattern is repeated in the

styling throughout and sewn with

red stitching into the obsidian

black quilted finish of the very

comfortable nappa leather

seating. Front seats are heated as

standard and have automatic

lumbar adjustment. I like that the

system remembered my seating

position and as soon as I pressed

the round button for start, the seats

automatically moved into my

favourite space.

There is a choice of Premium Line,

Luxury Line or Sport Line trim, but all

offer well equipped sometimes,

quite innovative technology. My

road test car at £49,590 included

innovation pack, comfort seat

pack, Lexicon audio and nappa

leather seats pack. The quality

leather steering wheel has useful

control buttons for audio etc.

Apple car play and android auto;

a 14.5” navigation display; 9

speakers with DAB digital radio and

Bluetooth hands free phone are

standard as is Genesis Connect

with advanced over the air

updates. There is a long list of Smart

systems which includes Cruise

control.

Ambient lighting not only helped to

set my mood but increases safety

by changing colour depending on

which 8 speed automatic

transmission gear is selected. Red

denotes reverse and I could even

choose my own ambient colour for

drive or neutral. All trims have

advanced passive safety features.

Euro NCAP has awarded the

GENESIS a five star safety rating

and it is the first in class to have a

front centre airbag.

Press the round stop start button

and the advanced Smartstream

turbocharged four-cylinder petrol

engine fires, with surprising

subsequent acceleration. Stop

start technology saves fuel when

waiting at traffic lights. There is a

choice of diesel engine too.

GENESIS is not producing a hybrid

model, but all-electric vehicles will

join the GENESIS stable later this

year.

I told all the inquisitive potential

new owners of the luxurious G70

saloon - don’t go looking for a

dealership. GENESIS says “we

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online. Genesis has employed

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“Friendly, inclusive and purposeful” are the words Alex Frazer,

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historic façade might at first seem a little imposing but as you

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500+ years since its foundation.

Do not be confused by the name, Wolverhampton Grammar

School is an independent day school and offers all the

benefits of a private education. You can expect academic

excellence, small class sizes, outstanding pastoral care

including one-to-one counselling, a plethora of extracurricular

activities of which sports and music tours play an

exciting part, careers advice and an emphasis on life skills. A

network of former pupils supports the current success of the

school in many ways including the sharing of career and

study experiences to inspire students as they prepare for

university and the workplace.

Open to all!

Due to growing demand, Wolverhampton Grammar’s thriving

Junior School, established in 2011, was expanded further to

admit boys and girls aged 4 years for the first time this

academic year. Now an all-through school from Reception to

Sixth Form, a WGS education is truly available to all!

Pupils regularly travel in from the surrounding counties and a

dedicated school bus service offers convenient transport

options for families in the wider West Midlands, Staffordshire

and Shropshire areas.

Help with School Fees

A generous means tested bursary scheme is available with fee

remission up to 100%. In addition, the School encourages

students with a talent in Music and Sport to apply for subjectspecific

scholarships, as well as rewarding academic

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Visit on the next Whole School Open Day on Saturday

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Concord College is delighted to

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The programme, for students between the

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College since 2019, due to the global

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In 2020 and 2021, the usual Summer

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flavour of the ‘Concord Summer

experience, nothing can replace the

quality educational experience and

forming of new life-long friendships in

person.

The Summer School team are extremely

excited for the return of the College’s

leading Summer School provision and

face-to-face teaching and learning, as well

as a variety of enjoyable activities on and

off-site.

The 2022 programme is set to run from

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Senior English, General Science, and

Select Science – which, depending on the

course selected, can be intertwined with

Concord Summer’s ‘Integrated Learning’

and ‘Concord Plus’.

Both the Integrated Learning and Concord

Plus components allow students to further

improve their language skills, meet

friends from across the globe and grow in

confidence, through engaging in exciting

extracurricular and leisure activities. This

also means each student has their own

personal tailored timetable – ensuring

they have the best time!

Integrated Learning activities this year

include art, outdoor activities, music

performance, swimming pool games,

business, cookery, debating, drama,

careers, computer science, problem

solving, public speaking and more.

Concord Plus includes a wider variety of

sports and coaching provision, movie

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Said Concord Summer’s Administrator,

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students – from the local area and around

the world, new and returning, back to our

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She added: “We have certainly missed the

smiling faces, the laughter, the

international collaboration and making of

lifelong friendships and memories!”

If you are interested in attending a

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The Premier League is back and

what a weird season we have to

look forward to with the World Cup

right in the middle of it!

Will Man City retain the Premier

League this Season?

The matches kick off at the

beginning of August with Crystal

Palace v Arsenal on Friday 5th and

the highlights of that weekend being

Liverpool's game away at newly

promoted Fulham and Manchester

City's visit to West Ham.

This will be a crazy season though,

because right in the middle of it we

will have the World Cup in Qatar

which means The Premier League

will have a break of more than Six

weeks!! So from the weekend of

12th/13th November till Boxing Day

no Premier Footie!!

Fifa, world football's governing

body, has already stipulated that

players must be released on 14

November for the World Cup and

there will be no meetings between

the Premier League's so­called 'big

six' on the weekend of 12­13

November ­ the one before the

World Cup ­ following a request by

the Football Association. England

will meet up on 14th November

before flying to Qatar the following

day.

Special arrangements have also

been made to allow more time

between games played across the

three festive match rounds. After

fixtures on 26­27 December, the

following match round will be

played across 29th, 30th and 31st

December. The New Year match

round will then be played on the

2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th January.

Looking at this neck of the woods,

Wolves will start the season away to

Leeds and will be playing two of the

promoted sides in there first five

games, which you might think might

be a nice way to start the season ,

however, Bill Shankly famously said

he never wanted to play a promoted

side in the first six games of the

season, for the reason they will be

at their most dangerous then and

will treat those matches like cup

finals and if you think times may

have changed look what happened

when Brentford played Arsenal first

game of last season!!

With a fully fit Neto how well will

Wolves do this season?

Whatever happens in 2022/23 it will

be a crazy condensed football

season with a World Cup Final right

in the middle, something that has

never happened before. C'mon me

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Gets Ready for Summer

Park Hall Countryside

Experience in Oswestry has

planned a series of themed

weeks to keep Shropshire’s

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the upcoming summer

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The first themed week will be

Pirates and Princesses Week

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Hysterical Historical Week from

1-7 August will be a wacky and

educational event, with a daily

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life in the on-site trenches and

get a glimpse of life in the Iron

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From 1 August through to the

end of September, Maisy’s

Maize Maze returns, with clues

along the way to help lost

visitors escape.

Dinosaur Week from 8-14 August

is back by popular demand.

Park Hall will be adding

dinosaurs to the usual livestock

found at the farm attraction, as

well as a fossil digging area,

dinosaur training and their

hilarious dino races made

possible by their sporting farm

team.

That is followed by Science

Week 15-21 August featuring

Grandolph the Wizard’s science

show and experiments.

Finally, from 22-28 August, Park

Hall will host Animal Magic week

with the animal man - Simon

Airey. Simon will be bringing

animals from Corner Exotics,

including snakes and scorpions

for visitors to meet.

All the activities are included in

the normal admission price, and

under 2s go free.

Joint owner – director Richard

Powell said, “We are delighted

to be heading into summer filled

to the brim with fun down on

the farm. The activities we have

got planned have proved

popular in the past, so we

expect lots of happy customers!

“As well as the themed events,

visitors can enjoy all the usual

activities at Park Hall. Inside we

have our role-play village, play

barn and brickworks, and under

4's sensory play area. Outdoors,

families can meet the animals,

see the rabbits in Burrow Land,

the goats in their playground,

take barrel train rides, and enjoy

the Crazy Farm Adventure

Course and our Woodland

Adventure Play Area with a zip

wire. There is non-stop fun on

offer, and I hope visitors come

to see us as many times as they

can over the holidays!

“We will be open every day of

the holidays. Our activities last

summer were very popular, so

we recommend booking early

to avoid disappointment.”

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patient care. We are delighted to be supporting Guide

Dogs and the enthusiasm for our fundraising has been

overwhelming – thank you to everyone who has helped

us!”

Every day, 250 people in the UK start to lose

their sight! Guide Dogs enables thousands of

people with sight loss to lead confident,

independent and fulfilling lives but rely solely

on donations for their life-changing work. It

costs c£34,600 to breed and train a single

guide dog and c£54,800 to support one from

birth to retirement!

In October, the SHO team take part in The London Royal

Parks Half Marathon and have started a ‘Go Fund Me

page’ in the countdown to their run. “We are well out of

our comfort zone with this one but are really excited to

be able to take part for such a great cause!” says Robyn.

“I’m sure the generous support will make our very sore

legs worthwhile!”

Donations can be made at

https://gofund.me/c0783857

Samantha Hague Optometry celebrated their 3rd

anniversary with a “Champagne & Canapés” event on

18th June 2022 and used the special occasion to raise

much-needed funds for Guide Dogs, their 2022 chosen

charity. The team, led by fundraising champion Robyn,

garnered support from many local businesses who

generously donated to the occasion helping raise over

£500.

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Summer Recipes!

Griddled

halloumi with

watermelon &

caper

breadcrumbs

Ingredients:

750g watermelon

2 small shallots , very finely sliced

100ml extra virgin olive oil , plus extra for

brushing and to serve

4 tsp white balsamic vinegar

300g halloumi , sliced

good squeeze of lemon juice

For the breadcrumbs

75g slightly stale country bread , crusts

removed, blitzed into coarse breadcrumbs

1-2 cloves garlic , finely chopped

½ medium red chilli , halved, deseeded and

chopped

2½ tbsp capers , rinsed

50g blanched almonds , toasted and

chopped

small bunch of mint , leaves picked, half of

them torn

Method:

STEP 1

Cut the watermelon into either cubes or

slices and transfer to a bowl with the

shallots. Add 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

and the balsamic, then season with fresh

black pepper. Cover and put in the fridge

for about 15-20 mins.

STEP 2

Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan. Fry

the breadcrumbs until turning gold. Add

the garlic, chilli and capers and cook for

another minute, then toss in the almonds.

Remove from the heat, add the torn mint

(it will wilt a little), then taste – it will be

quite salty, but the watermelon won’t be,

so you’ll get a good contrast.

STEP 3

Brush the halloumi with a little oil and

heat a griddle pan. Griddle the cheese on

both sides until just starting to melt but

still holding its shape, with nice golden

griddle marks. Toss the cold watermelon

and shallots with the rest of the mint

leaves and some salt. Divide between four

plates, or pile onto a platter. Put the hot

halloumi on top. Squeeze over some lemon

juice and top with some of the breadcrumb

and caper mix. Serve immediately.


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Potato Salad

Ingredients:

800g Jersey Royals, Charlotte or

Anya potatoes , or another waxy

variety

2 tsp wholegrain mustard

2 tbsp muscatel or white wine

vinegar

4 tbsp olive oil

1 shallot , very finely chopped

3 tbsp mayonnaise

2 tbsp soured cream

1 tbsp horseradish sauce

¼ lemon , juiced

2 spring onions , finely sliced

handful of crispy fried onions

Method

STEP 1

Tip the potatoes into a large pan of cold

salted water. Bring to the boil, then

simmer for 10 mins until tender to the tip

of a knife.

STEP 2

While the potatoes are cooking, whisk the

mustard, vinegar, olive oil and chopped

shallot together with a good pinch of salt

and a grind of pepper. When the potatoes

are cool enough to handle, peel if you

prefer, then halve, quarter or cut them into

bite-sized chunks if large, then toss in the

mustard dressing until completely coated.

Leave to cool completely.

STEP 3

Meanwhile, mix the mayonnaise, soured

cream, lemon juice and horseradish

together. When the potatoes are cool, toss

them through the mayonnaise mixture

along with the spring onions. Tip into a

dish and scatter with the crispy onions

just before serving, or serve the crispy

onions on the side for sprinkling over at

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Summer Recipes!

Pineapple & pork

skewers

Ingredients:

400g pork fillet

4 tbsp light muscovado sugar

60ml cider vinegar

1 tsp fish sauce

½ small pineapple , peeled, cored and cut

into chunks (or use ready prepped fresh

pineapple, drained well)

1 green pepper , deseeded and cut into

squares (optional)

4 spring onions , trimmed and cut into 4

equal lengths

small bunch coriander , chopped (optional)

cooked rice or pitta, to serv

Method:

STEP 1

Cut the pork into cubes. Heat the sugar and

vinegar in a pan over a low heat until the

sugar melts. Add the fish sauce and cool.

Tip in the pork and mix well so that all the

cubes are covered in sauce.

STEP 2

Heat the barbecue. If you are using coals,

wait until they turn white. If you are

indoors, heat a griddle pan. Thread the pork

and pineapple onto skewers, alternating

pieces with the pepper and spring onion.

STEP 3

Barbecue or griddle the skewers for 3-4

mins each side (you may need to cook them

for longer if griddling). Sprinkle with

coriander, if you like, then serve with rice or

slide into pitta breads.

Goes lovely with...

Elderflower spritz

Ingredients

handful of ice

25ml elderflower liqueur

20ml gin

90ml prosecco

35ml soda water, for topping up

lime slices, to garnish

Method

STEP 1

Fill a tumbler with ice, then pour over the

elderflower liqueur.

STEP 2

Add the gin

and prosecco,

then top up

with soda

water and

garnish

with lime

slices to

serve.


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Luscious lemon baked cheesecake

Ingredients:

225g digestive biscuits

100g butter, melted

250g tub mascarpone

600g soft cheese

2 eggs, plus 2 yolks

zest 3 lemons, juice of 1

4 tbsp plain flour

175g caster sugar

For the topping

½ a 284ml pot soured cream

3 tbsp lemon curd

handful raspberries, to serve

(optional)

Method

STEP 1

Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line the

bottom of a 23cm springform tin with

greaseproof paper. Tip the biscuits and

melted butter into a food processor, then

blitz to make fine crumbs. Press into the

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STEP 2

Whisk all the other ingredients in a large

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cheesecake has a uniform wobble.

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Turn off the oven and leave the cake inside

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Ingredients

50ml vodka

100ml cranberry juice

50ml grapefruit juice

ice, thin slice of lime

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the vodka, cranberry juice

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Stir gently until

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WHATS IN

A NUMBER?

Stephen Kings is a writer that

Film Companies Love. When you

look at Green Mile, The Running

Man, Pet Sematary, Dolores

Claibourne, Christine, The

Shawshank Redemption, The

Shining, Stand By Me, Misery

and Carrie to name but a few,

this man has been a godsend to

the cinematic industry.

However, in his films and books

there is a link to the number 237

that appears in one way or another

in three of his movies and we

thought we would highlight it.

By Chris Dawson...

The Shining

(This is a bit of a tenuous link) in

the Hotel. Room 237 is haunted by

Lorraine Massey, however in King's

novel the room number was

supposed to be 217. It was changed

to 237 at the request of the

Timberline Lodge in Oregon where

some of the footage for the

Overlook Hotel was shot. The

establishment's owners were

worried that people would become

too afraid to stay in Room 217!!

Camera and finally on a computer

screen!

Stand By Me

In the film Stand By Me when the

four lads are adding up there

change to buy supplies, it comes to

$2.37

Shawshank Redemption

Red's Cell number in Shawshank

Prison was number 237.

Toy Story 3

And then in homage to Stephen King,

The director of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich

who was a massive fan, used the

number 237 three times in the film,

once on a dump truck, again on a CCTV

Why 237?

Whatever the reasons for the

number 237 being used, is it

because the Moon is 237,000 miles

from the Earth or that the length of

the Oche in darts is exactly 2.37

metres!! We shall never know, but

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What do you see when you open

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Nothing makes a garden more inviting

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The secret behind the perfect lawn is

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Top Tip: Only mow when the grass is

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Like most things in life, a little

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your flowerbeds. These clippings are

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Taming unruly hedges is often seen as

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Trim evergreen hedges in mid to late

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cutting into old wood, which will leave

you with bare spots ­ you only need to

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CROSS CODE














ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ






Each number in our Cross Code grid represents a different letter

of the alphabet. You have three letters in the control grid to start

you off. Enter them in the appropriate squares in the main grid,

then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters

should go in the missing squares.

As you get the letters, fill in other squares with the same number

in the main grid and control grid. Check off the alphabetical list of

letters as you identify them.

MAGIC SQUARE

ISOLATE AS A WRITER

Using all 16 letters of the phrase above, form

four words each of four letters which will fit in the

grid to form a magic square in which the words

can be read both horizontally and vertically.




Quiz Challenge

1. Who was Princess Royal

from 1932 to 1965?

2. Which European city

features in the title of a hit

song by George Ezra?

3. America’s Grand Canyon has

which river running through

it?

4. Which meteorological

feature is measured in

oktas?

5. Where on a three-masted

ship is the mizzen mast

situated?

NONAGRAM

I F U

A L E

T U B

How many words of four

letters or more can you

make from this

Nonagram? Each word

must use the central letter,

and each letter may be

used only once. At least

one word using all nine

letters can be found.

Guidelines:

28 Good; 34 Very Good;

39 Excellent.

Any word found in the Concise

Oxford Dictionary (Tenth Edition) is

eligible with the following

exceptions: proper nouns; plural

nouns, pronouns and possessives;

third person singular verbs;

hyphenated words; contractions

and abbreviations; vulgar slang

words; variant spellings of the

same word (where another variant

is also eligible).

WORD PYRAMID

Spell out a 15-letter word or

phrase by moving from one

chamber to another within

the pyramid. You may

only enter each of the

chambers once and

may only proceed

through openings

in the walls. The

first letter may

appear in any

chamber.

FIVE ALIVE

HF RA AL LM SE

OI TI TP

U

LR IO NT TS EO

MN IE MX

SY

6. What name is given to a member

of the profession which

calculates insurance risks?

7. Anna Friel plays the title

character in which TV series

about a troubled detective?

8. The Clent Hills are in which

English county?

9. In which city is the Ashmolean,

England’s oldest public museum?

10. Who is the older of tennis players

Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal?

IU CN UK YS

A

R

E Q E

L S C T

C R I E H

Here are two

miniature fivesquare

crosswords

using the same

grid – but the

letters have

been mixed up.

You have to

work out which

letters belong

to which

crossword.

SUDOKU

Easy

Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box.

2

6 7 2 3 5

7 1 6

1 6 2

8 1 2 7 4 5

2 7 5 8

9 8 3 1

1 6 3 7 5 2 4

4 6 5 9 3

Hard

2 9 6

2 5

9 3

4 1 6 3

1 9 4

4 2 5 1

7 8

8 1 7

5 6

EQUALISER

8 7

5 4 6

4 4

12 4 1

4 1

Place the four signs (add,

subtract, multiply, divide)

one in each circle so that

the total of each across

and down line is the same.

Perform the first calculation in each

line first and ignore the mathematical

law which says you should always

perform division and multiplication

before addition and subtraction.

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CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

QUICK CROSSWORD

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ACROSS

1. Large glass vessel (8)

6. Hit so badly in church (4)

8. I leave the head cook (4)

9. Very high building in

Grangemouth (8)

10. If rich ever ran around, it

would undoubtedly be

here! (6,7)

11 & 13. Others will find

space in public building

for relief (4,4)

17. Members of the force who

get taken for a ride? (7,6)

20. Song about a leader of the

army, detested person (8)

21. Regulation measure (4)

22. A large quantity of

wood (4)

23. Indicate season before,

when water was at its

highest (8)

DOWN

2. Band of warriors give a shout

of derision in being caught,

say (6)

3. Crime of dealer in stolen

goods (7)

4. Nick cannot change inside (5)

5. Worried about it becoming

more noisy (7)

6. With an expression of

surprise American soldier

finds a dog (5)

7. Guard despatched by

railway (6)

12. The rate needs amending on

that account (7)

14. Idol removed strange barrel

(3,4)

15. Swoop down quietly on an

animal (6)

16. Carol oddly accepts classy

eyepiece (6)

18. Province of birth (5)

19. Tartan cloth Penny put

down (5)

ACROSS

1. Rain protector (8)

8. Excuse (6)

9. ---- Pitt, film

actor (4)

10. Adult males (3)

11. Vocal reaction (6)

12. Deceptive (8)

15. Grinned (6)

16. Fleet of ships (6)

20. Afternoon nap (6)

24. Soundless (6)

27. Outline of play (8)

28. Scruples (6)

29. Consume (3)

30. Back of neck (4)

31. Stroke (6)

32. Farm worker (8)

DOWN

2. Hard rock (6)

3. Radioactive

element (6)

4. Transparent (6)

5. Cessation of

breathing (6)

6. For the time being

(3,3)

7. Passionate (6)

12. Wading bird (4)

13. Shoe fastener (4)

14. Chair (4)

17. Destroy (4)

18. Affirm (4)

19. Singing voice (4)

21. Weather map

line (6)

22. Degrees (6)

23. Evaluate (6)

24. Boil (6)

25. Motorboat (6)

26. Child (inf.) (6)

SOLUTIONS

QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Princess Mary; 2 Budapest; 3 The Colorado; 4 Cloud cover; 5 Nearest the stern; 6 Actuary; 7 Marcella;

8 Worcestershire; 9 Oxford; 10 Rafael Nadal.

CROSS CODE































EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU

4 1 5 9 6 8 3 7 2

6 7 2 3 5 4 8 1 9

9 3 8 2 7 1 6 5 4

3 5 1 4 8 6 9 2 7

8 9 6 1 2 7 4 3 5

2 4 7 5 3 9 1 8 6

5 2 9 8 4 3 7 6 1

1 6 3 7 9 5 2 4 8

7 8 4 6 1 2 5 9 3




2 9 4 8 3 6 7 5 1

3 1 7 2 5 9 6 8 4

5 6 8 7 4 1 9 3 2

9 4 5 1 8 7 2 6 3

1 3 2 6 9 5 8 4 7

8 7 6 4 2 3 5 1 9

7 5 3 9 6 4 1 2 8

6 8 1 3 7 2 4 9 5

4 2 9 5 1 8 3 7 6


















MAGIC SQUARE:

wise; iota; star; earl.

WORD PYRAMID:

Square the circle.

EQUALISER:

Clockwise from top

left – add; subtract;

multiply; divide.

Total: 3.

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD:

Across – 1 Schooner; 6 Cosh; 8 Chef; 9 Towering; 10 French

riviera; 11 & 13 Across Rest room; 17 Mounted police; 20

Anathema; 21 Rule; 22 Deal; 23 Tidemark.

Down – 2 Cohort; 3 Offence; 4 Notch; 5 Rowdier; 6 Corgi; 7

Sentry; 12 Thereat; 14 Oil drum; 15 Pounce; 16 Ocular; 18 Natal;

19 Plaid.

QUICK CROSSWORD:

Across – 1 Umbrella; 8 Pardon; 9 Brad; 10 Men; 11 Outcry; 12

Illusive; 15 Beamed; 16 Armada; 20 Siesta; 24 Silent; 27

Scenario; 28 Morals; 29 Eat; 30 Nape; 31 Caress; 32 Shepherd.

Down – 2 Marble; 3 Radium; 4 Limpid; 5 Apnoea; 6 Pro tem; 7

Torrid; 12 Ibis; 13 Lace; 14 Seat; 17 Ruin; 18 Aver; 19 Alto; 21

Isobar; 22 Stages; 23 Assess; 24 Seethe; 25 Launch; 26 Nipper.

FIVE ALIVE:

(1)

(2)

Across – Halls; Rinse; Sinus.

Down – Horns; Linen; Stems.

Across – Frame; Lotto; Yucky.

Down – Filmy; Attic; Epoxy.

NONAGRAM:

able; albeit; albite; bail; bale; balti;

BEAUTIFUL; belt; bile; blat; bleat;

blue; bluet; built; fable; fail; fault;

fauteuil; felt; fetal; fibula; file; filet; flab;

flat; flea; flit; flub; flue; flute; fuel; futile;

ital; late; leaf; leat; left; lief; lieu; life;

lift; lite; luau; lube; lute; table; tael;

tail; tale; teal; tile; tubal; tubful; tubule;

tule; utile.


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It’s easy to give your garden the

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by borrowing techniques from interior

design and even great artists.

Magic is all about illusion. When it

comes to making a small space look

larger, there are loads of ideas to trick

the eye into a fooled sense of space.

Gardening for small spaces borrows

many tricks of the trade from interior

design and the world of art, both of

which can teach us a thing or two

about placement and perspective.

One of the first important concepts to

understand is the effect of colour on

the eye. Artists and interior designers

know that cool colours such as blues,

soft pinks and white appear to recede

from the eye. Blue in particular,

mimics the bluish tint that

atmospheric haze gives to distant

objects. Plant the perimeter of the

garden in cool colours and it will look

larger.

Hot colours including reds, oranges

and bright yellows have the opposite

effect. They jump out at the eye and

are useful for lending intimacy to toolarge

spaces, but should be avoided in

small spaces. Any bright colour, even

white, will appear to close in a garden

space. For example, a pergola painted

white will look closer than one

painted in natural tones. Painting

fences soft colours or muted greens as

opposed to Moroccan orange or

brilliant red will make the perception

of your boundaries recede away from

you and make your garden look bigger.

It was the Renaissance artists who

discovered the illusion of depth

through perspective by copying the

way in which natural scenes seem to

recede to a single point. A skilful

gardener can use this knowledge to

force the perspective, that is, to make

a landscape seem to have more depth

than it actually does.

You can, for example, run a path

straight back through the centre of

the garden, staking it out so that the

path gradually narrows as it

approaches the back fence. The

viewer’s eye will assume that the

width of the path is uniform and that

the edges seem to draw together

because the path is receding into the

distance.

Similarly, if you clip a hedge so that it

diminishes in height and width at a

uniform rate as it draws away from

the viewer, it will seem much longer

than it actually is. Echoing the

plantings near to the house with

similar but markedly smaller ones

along the back fence also creates an

exaggerated illusion of depth.

Overplanting is one quick way to make

a garden look smaller. Be conservative

with plants. Choose reliable plants

with soft muted colours, fine textures

and those that blend with surrounded

gardens for that borrowed landscape

effect.

The French expression trompe l'oeil

means 'fool the eye'. In its simplest

form, this technique involves the use

of a full­length mirror to give an

illusion of depth to an enclosing wall

or fence. Conceal the mirror at the

end of a path and at a slight angle to

the wall or fence so that when you

look into it, you don’t see a reflection

of yourself, which would destroy the

illusion.

Eyes can also be deceived by texture.

Fine texture is hard for the eyes to

focus on at a distance. The illusion

created is that fine textures appear

out of focus and therefore a

perception of space is produced. In

contrast, by placing large bold

textured items close, other items

behind it will look further away.

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