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VILLAGER TheIssue 143 - July 2018and TownLifeLOCAL NEWS ã LOCAL PEOPLE ã LOCAL SERVICES ã LOCAL CHARITIES ã LOCAL PRODUCTSIn this issue Win tickets toMeraki…
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VILLAGER TheIssue 143 - July 2018and TownLifeLOCAL NEWS • LOCAL PEOPLE • LOCAL SERVICES • LOCAL CHARITIES • LOCAL PRODUCTSIn this issue Win tickets toMeraki Festival The Invention ofPhotography Win £25in our Prize CrosswordBringing Local Business to Local Peoplein Biggleswade, Sandy, Potton, Gamlingay and all surrounding villages 16,000 copies delivered to over 30 towns and villages every month To advertise in The Villager and Town Life please call 01767 261122ur Yo EE FRco1py2Please mention The Villager and Town Life when responding to advertsInside this issue...Win Tools to make Gardening Easier12The Invention of Photograhy.................................................................. 4 Mauritius: Natural World........................................................................ 8 Win Tickets to Meraki Festival.............................................................. 10 Win Tools to Make Gardening Easier..................................................... 12 Garden Tools......................................................................................... 14 Wines: More Gems of Austria............................................................... 17 Party On Potton.................................................................................... 19 Take Control of your Electronic Inbox.................................................... 20 Cambridge Summer Music................................................................... 22 How Safe is your Suntan?..................................................................... 24 Beauty and the Beach.......................................................................... 28 Steps to a Healthier Heart.................................................................... 30 Dwile Flonking with the Devil and his Tailors....................................... 33 Abbotsley Feast Week.......................................................................... 34Tips for a Formal or Black Tie Summer Event........................................ 37 Helping People in Bedfordshire Reduce their Risk of Breast Cancer...... 40 Out and About - Tech tools for wherever you may roam....................... 43 Piercing Problems................................................................................ 44 How to Save Money on your Summer Holiday this Year........................ 46 Feeling Fruity....................................................................................... 48 Rural Ramblings................................................................................... 51 Stretch Benefits.................................................................................... 52 Animal Know-How............................................................................... 54 R.A.T.S. Rehoming Appeal.................................................................... 57 Ask Alan............................................................................................... 58 Children’s Page..................................................................................... 60 Summer Fun on a Budget.................................................................... 62 Should you buy an automatic car?....................................................... 65 Still not sure if I’d trust it...................................................................... 66 Nick Coffer’s Weekend Recipe............................................................... 69 Plastered.............................................................................................. 70 What’s On............................................................................................. 74 Meditation: Marvellous Medicure or New Age Fad?............................. 78 Puzzle Page.......................................................................................... 86 Prize Crossword.................................................................................... 86 Bladder Weakness................................................................................ 90 Book Review........................................................................................ 92How Safe is your Suntan?24Get your business off to a flying start this yearAdvertise with the Villager Magazine... prices start from just £37.50 +VAT per month Editorial - Catherine Rose, Solange Hando, Tracey Anderson, Trevor Langley, Lisa Calder, Alison Runham, Kate Duggan, Louise Addison, Kate McLelland, Jennie Billings, Ann Haldon, Rachael Leverton, Geoff Wharton, Sarah Davey, RSPCA, Potton Vets, Kate Duggan, Tom Wiltshire, Iain Betson and Nick CofferAdvertising Sales/Local Editorial Nigel Frost • Tel 01767 261122 nigel@villagermag.com Photography - Helen Hotson Design and Artwork - Design 9 Tel 07762 969460 • www.design9marketing.co.ukPublishers Villager Publications Ltd 24 Market Square, Potton, Bedfordshire SG19 2NP Tel: 01767 261122 nigel@villagermag.com www.villagermag.comDisclaimer - All adverts and editorial are printed in good faith, however, Villager Publications Ltd can not take any responsibility for the content of the adverts, the services provided by the advertisers or any statements given in the editorial. No part of this publication may be reproduced or stored without the express permission of the publisher.To advertise in The Villager and Town Life please call 01767 2611223HistoryBy Catherine RoseLight Drawing The Invention of Photography With summer finally here, many of us will be going on our annual holidays. Growing up, a camera was always on our family packing list to capture those happy holiday moments and the scenery of foreign shores. Nowadays, cameras in smart phones are so advanced that most of us already carry around the means to record our lives in our pocket. But how did photography come out of the darkroom? Before a way to permanently capture an image was invented, the forerunner to photography was the camera obscura, Latin for ‘dark room’. Discovered in 1600 (or probably earlier), an upside down, back-to-front image of the outside world can be projected onto a wall in a darkened room through a pinhole aperture. During the Renaissance, it was found that the effect could be replicated by using a box – the first ‘pinhole camera’ – with mirrors employed to reflect the image so that it was the right way round.4The first physical photograph, based on the camera obscura, was taken in 1825 by Frenchman Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. The result, ‘View from a Window at Le Gras’, is very grainy and took around eight hours to develop. Niépce did it by coating a pewter plate with bitumen of Judea, which hardens when exposed to light. He then placed it in a camera obscura. When the unhardened parts of the bitumen were washed away, it left a negative image on the plate from which a print could be made. He called the process heliography (sun drawing). But it was in 1839 that photography is said to have truly been born with the invention of the daguerreotype process by Louis Daguerre, a scenery artist and friend of Niépce who had inherited his notes on the latter’s death in 1833. Using a glass plate coated with light-reactive silver iodide, the image was developed with the aid of mercury vapour. Unlike heliography, the daguerreotype requiredPlease mention The Villager and Town Life when responding to advertsTo advertise in The Villager and Town Life please call 01767 2611225only minutes of exposure rather than hours. The image was later fixed onto the plate with a hot salt solution. Although still a negative, because it was silver on glass, it appeared as a positive image when viewed from the right angle. Photography, Greek for ‘drawing with light’, was unveiled to the world that same year and the daguerreotype became the first commercially viable process. There are numerous portraits taken at this time, some astonishingly clear, such as the self-portrait by Robert Cornelius, often claimed to be the “first portrait photograph ever taken”, and John Draper’s wonderful study of his sister Dorothy wearing an early 19th century decorated bonnet. At around the same time in England, Henry Fox Talbot had already created photographic negatives on paper using silver chloride but, much like Niepce’s heliography, the images took several hours to expose. Talbot began to develop it further, culminating in his invention of the calotype process (Greek for ‘beautiful picture’). Unlike the daguerreotype which formed a single image on a glass plate, one calotype negative could be used to produce unlimited prints. Talbot’s ‘silver halide’ was the foundation for wet film technology that has endured until the present day. In 1851, the wet collodian process was introduced by Frederick Archer, which used glass negatives printed onto albumen paper. This process could capture sharp images faster than ever before, with the advantage that one lightsensitised plate could fit up to eight prints. It soon became the universal method for producing carte-de-visites (photographic calling cards), tintypes (small inexpensive portraits printed onto thin sheets of black enamelled iron) and ambrotypes (like daguerreotypes in that they were printed onto glass). Renowned Victorian photographers like Lewis Carroll and Julia Margaret Cameron used this process to produce their remarkable studies. Its drawbacks were that plates had to be prepared and used immediately, and it remained difficult to capture movement without the image being blurred. 1871 saw the beginning of modern photography with the advent of the6dry plate. Coated with silver salts suspended in gelatin rather than collodian solution, it was sixty times more sensitive and meant that handheld cameras could be used without the need for a stabilising tripod. In 1888, George Eastman made the first commercial camera available to the general public – the Kodak. Under the slogan: ‘You press the button, we do the rest’, the camera came with a roll of flexible film – initially paper and later transparent nitrocellulose – which, following exposure, could be sent to one of Kodak’s printing facilities. Although there had been early experiments with colour photography, most notably James Maxwell’s tartan ribbon of 1855, photographs remained black and white, with colour only achieved by hand-tinting. The first colour photography appeared when the Lumiere brothers invented their Autochrome process in 1907, which used panchromatic emulsion. Although it didn’t become a commercial success, some of the images it achieved are stunning, such as the 1913 ‘Portraits of Christina’ by Mervyn O’Gorman (The Royal Photographic Society) – a series of colour photos of a young girl identified only recently as 16-year-old Christina Bevan. The invention of Kodachrome colour film in 1935 meant that colour photographs were well and truly on their way. But just as some artists falsely believed the advent of photography meant an end to painting, so black and white photographs, with an artistic and often edgy interpretation of their subject, have remained popular even in the new era of digital photography.Please mention The Villager and Town Life when responding to advertsMAking LifE EASiER | WE SELL | WE REpAiR | WE CARECOMFORT HOMECARE Mobility SuperstoreSEE OUR WAV CARS IN THE MOTOR SECTIONfrom£3495 LOW RATE FINANCE AVAILABLE* PART EXCHANGE WELCOME * EXCLUSIVE TO COMFORT HOMECARERISE & RECLINE CHAIRS STOCk CLEARANCESCOOTA CAR £5995 • Remote Central Locking • Reversing Camera • parking Sensors • phone Charger • Heating • Roll Down Windows • Window Wipers • HeadlightsOVER 25 On DiSpLAY MADE TO MEASURE SERViCE AVAiLABLEfrom£495WHEELCHAIRS BOOT SCOOTERELECTRIC BEDS£495Wheelchair & Scooter Adapted Cars 20 Now in Stock£395from£11.50 pER WEEkSTAY WARM & DRY THIS WINTER SCOOTER CANOPY FROMSpECiAL OffERLEASE YOUR SCOOTER fROM AS LiTTLE ASfrom £99SALE 8MPH SCOOTER FROM3YRS gUARAnTEE£595£495STAIRLIFTS Bedfordshire’sleading mobility specialist.from £950 fittedWe also stock one of the Largest and most comprehensive Range of Bathroom & kitchen aids, Cosyfeet Shoes, Daily living aids.We lead others follow!OVER 40 SCOOTERS On DiSpLAY in OUR SHEffORD SUpERSTORE 3 years guarantee on all new mobility ScootersLarge selection of used scooters from £250 with guarantee free delivery and set up*5B & 5C St francis Way, Shefford, Bedfordshire, Sg17 5DZ. www.comforthomecare.co.uk 01462 811211 www.comfortwavs.co.uk Opening Hours Monday – friday 9.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 9.00am – 4.00pm *Some of the advertised scooters may already be sold, we reserve the right to change any offer without notice, some scooters advertised may be ex-demo, lightly used (full description available on request) ex lease hire scooters, bankrupt stock or part exchanges, a minimum or 3 months guarantee applied to all used scooters and 3 years on all new scooters.Off ROAD pARking RigHT OUTSiDE THE SHOWROOM ©LWTo advertise in The Villager and Town Life please call 01767 2611227TravelBy Solange HandoMauritius: Natural World In the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is blessed with idyllic beaches, but a few steps inland another kind of paradise waits to be discovered, stunning and lush, as the island endeavours to protect its wildlife and dwindling forest. Great swathes were lost to timber and plantations. The remainder covers about 18% of the land, only 2% of it native trees, but nestling in gorges or climbing to mountain tops it still harbours 670 species of plants. Meanwhile, imported casuarinas sway along the shore, banyans thrive and Chinese guava bushes spread unhindered. There are fan-shaped traveller’s palms and unusual trees protected in botanical gardens, including the hyophorbe amaricaulis palm in Curepipe and the rare talipot in Pamplemousse, which takes up to 60 years to flower and then dies. As for the wildlife, boars and Javanese deer live alongside the long-tailed macaques, the ornate rainbow-coloured geckos and thousands of fruit bats, or ‘flying foxes’, the only native mammals, with wings up to a metre across. Although the dodo is extinct, other native birds may fare better, such as the pink pigeons and Mauritius kestrels breeding once again in protected areas. Down in the south west, beyond the tea plantations of Darling Wood, the road climbs through scented pines towards the Grand Bassin sacred lake and Hindu shrine. Nearby, the Native Garden of Petrin displays the lovely red ‘earring’, or national flower, and an array of medicinal8plants. But most enticing of all in the area is the Black River Gorges National Park, covering over 6,000 hectares of forest laced with scenic trails. Echo parakeets flash emerald green along the Macchabee ridge, white tropicbirds flit through the air with the grace of ballet dancers. On the very edge of the gorge the Black River viewpoint can be easily accessed, a breathtaking place where, below the jagged peaks, the thicklywooded slopes tumble down to the sea More views can be enjoyed along the road down to the coast, most dramatic the precipitous peak on Le Morne peninsula where runaway slaves jumped to their death. Chamarel is a must-see, starting with the island’s highest waterfall leaping down 83 metres. But the top attraction is the legendary waves of ‘Coloured Earth’ spread across a slope, red, purple, pink, silver and gold. Now protected by walkways, this unique phenomenon was caused by the uneven cooling of lava, and you can buy a sample in a bottle. Shake as you will, the colours will separate again within a day. On the central plateau, the Deer’s Hole caldera is equally impressive. Its slopes are cloaked with vegetation, its floor is choked with silt but as you stand on the rim between heaven and earth, you look across an island bristling with eerie peaks, the Rampart, the Guard, the unmistakable silhouette of the Thumb or Pieter Both, resembling a human figure, named after a drowned admiral. Legend has it that if this pinnacle falls, disaster will strike. So far, fortunately, Pieter Both has kept his head and as kestrels soar above the rustling slopes, you can enjoy the natural world of a truly stunning island.Please mention The Villager and Town Life when responding to advertsTo advertise in The Villager and Town Life please call 01767 2611229All SaintsPixie LottJudge JulesWin 2 Tickets to Meraki Festival Meraki is back! We’re announcing our 2018 music lineup in the lead up to the festival and it’s already obvious that we’ve kicked things up a notch! We have two festival music stages filled with incredible artists, from global superstars like All Saints, Pixie Lott, Nik Kershaw and 10cc, to national and local favourites like Boogie Storm, Simon McBride and Annabel Williams. We also have an assortment of amazing activities which you can pack into your days at Meraki - these include: Europe’s largest outdoor waterslide, swimming pools, roller disco, caving, free massage, face painting, kids comedy & theatre and much, much more. Our All-Inclusive Tickets mean that once you’re through the gates, you don’t have to pay for any of our festival activities - you can enjoy all of your favourite parts of the festival and not pay a penny more – just focus on having a great time and creating magical summer memories! And for those of you who like to hear your tunes blasting off a set of decks, The House of Neon dance tent will be pumping out party classics each night with a stellar lineup of DJs that includes legends like Judge Jules, Danny Rampling, Tall Paul, and Seb Fontaine. Whether you come and camp for a long weekend, join us an amazing day or grab an evening ticket and party with us for one night only - we look forward to seeing you in August for an incredible festival filled with Meraki summer fun! To be in with a chance to win 2 tickets to Meraki Festival simply send your entry by 16th July 2018 to: Meraki Festival, Villager Publications Ltd, 24 Market Square, Potton, Beds SG19 2NP The winner will be drawn randomly.MERAKI FESTIVAL COMPETITION ENTRYFor a chance to win 2 tickets to Meraki Festival simply complete your details below and post your response by 16th July 2018 to: Meraki Festival Competition, Villager Publications Ltd, 24 Market Square, Potton, Beds SG19 2NP. Name:Don’t want to leave it to chance? For the full line-up and to book tickets go to merakifestival.comAddress:Please mention The Villager and Town Life when responding to adverts Tel: Email: 10Please mention The Villager and Town Life when responding to advertsAuthentic Italian Pizza Traditional Pasta Dishes Home-Made Desserts Our dough is made in house daily and proved for 48 hours to obtain a crispy, highly-digestible pizza.Book a table 01767 683259pecoro.co.uk Facebook: PECORO 12A Market Square, Sandy11Win Tools to MakeGardening Easier Win top quality carbon steel garden tools plus a gift voucher, together worth over £100.At Bickerdikes you’ll find a huge selection of best quality plants: flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs and turf. If you are new to gardening the Bickerdike team’s friendly, welcoming, professional and practical advice will ensure you plant the right plant in the right place. What’s more, hardy plants are guaranteed for two years providing they are planted and cared for correctly. For well over 80 years the Bickerdike family have been in the horticultural industry. Following the family tradition Mark and Debbie Bickerdike opened Bickerdikes Garden Centre in 1999, applying the same principles as previous generations of the family: quality, choice, value for money and above all personal service. The Bickerdikes service extends to their carry to car assistance and free delivery for larger items if you spend £15 or more. Plus the Bickerdikes Reward Card scheme means that every time you make a purchase you’ll earn points towards future purchases. Once you’ve browsed all the plants, containers and pots, tools and equipment, plant feeds and fertilisers, garden furniture, huge range of gifts and gift food yo
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