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Chocolate can help protect against heart disease - Yipeeee!

Chocolate can . . . .

Lowers blood pressure as effectively as standard drug treatments. Chocolate has in the past been linked to many possible health benefits , such as protecting the brain against the effects of stroke. 

Other studies have found that eating chocolate can also help reduce the risk of heart disease, and now a study has for the first time shown how this might be possible.

Study leader Ingrid Persson explained that the reason for investigating  chocolate was linked to the presence of certain key ingredients: "We have previously shown that green tea inhibits the enzyme ACE, which is involved in the body’s fluid balance and blood pressure regulation. Now we wanted to study the effect of cocoa, since the active substances catechins and procyanidines are related."

. . . . help protect against . . . .

About the study

The researchers, from Linköping University in Sweden, put a small group of volunteers on a strictly controlled diet for two weeks. After this they were given 75 grams of unsweetened chocolate with a cocoa content of 72 percent. Blood samples were taken in advance and then a half hour, one hour, and three hours after eating the chocolate.

In the sample taken three hours afterwards, there was a significant inhibition of ACE activity. The average was 18 percent lower activity than before the dose of cocoa, fully comparable to the effect of drugs that inhibit ACE and are used as a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure.

. . . . heart disease

As the ACE activity reduces, the blood pressure will also go down. However this particular effect was not directly observed in the volunteers as it would only happen over a longer period of time. But the study does show how chocolate consumption could lead to a blood pressure reduction - a key factor in heart disease risk.

Commenting on the results, Dr Persson said: "Our findings indicate that changes in lifestyle with the help of foods that contain large concentrations of catechins and procyaninides prevent cardiovascular diseases."

The study is published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology.

However, we would say the study is about chocolate in moderate quantities - and not all the fillings!

School - maths & english - This is for Both Parents !

IXL Maths & English

Excellent site covering English and Maths for all 'years'. You can have unlimited free tries at this before deciding to commit to a few pounds a month if you like it. Well worth a good look via the plentiful free samples. You need to let your cursor 'hover' over the questions to keep them visible.

Please work in line with teacher's methods.



This site is brilliant - yes, we know, it is American - but not typically and don't let that put you off. In this case the videos cover a huge spectrum of maths knowledge, given in a light mood with touches of welcome humour to get a point over and everything is illustrated with examples and method. DO check this out - and all the videos are free!


SATs Papers

Great site if you have youngsters in Year-6 who are approaching SATS, this will give you and your children a good idea of what they need to know in English and Maths. Obviously the papers will not be for the upcoming year (!) but the similarities are relevant. Equally, of course, SATS are not to be confused with 'stress' which is a big unnecessary no-no!



Learn your language of choice in a very relaxed and pressure-free way - we think this is a great way to pick up either some easy phrases or much more of the language.


Seriously folks . . . .

Do you trust our current crop of politicians?

We would love to know what you think about Teresa May, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Philip Hammond, etc? Tell us what you think. Could they do better with OUR Health Service, Social Care, Education, Police Service and Care for our Children? What about policing Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Google, YouTube, etc? Are our children being allowed to be abused and scarred online and is anyone actually doing anything about it? - Or is the Cabinet made up of bungling, self serving power seekers. How badly were we lied to before voting for Brexit and should we be hanging on to the coat-tails of Donald Trump & the USA. What do you think?

Wedding Anniversary gifts

Which gift for which anniversary

If you're wondering, like everyone else(!) what to get your loved one s when their anniversary comes up, send us a free email and we'll send you full lists - no charge!

5 things that men notice first about women

How to make a great first impression

First impressions matter. Love at first sight may be a myth, but those first few moments are vital when you're out to impress. People can't help but form an immediate opinion of you based on your appearance, your body language and the way you're dressed, and this opinion helps to determine whether they hang around long enough to get to know you better.

Some first impressions matter more than others, particularly when you're meeting men. One recent survey for a women's magazine found that three-quarters of men notice a woman's hair first, wheras only a handful of men mentioned clothes. That's something to bear in mind next time you're wondering whether to spend 50 quid on a haircut or a dress.

1. Your hair takes the top spot for a number of reasons. First, it's easy to spot. You may have a bottom to make Pippa Middleton weep with envy, but it's unlikely to be the thing men notice first about you unless you're holding a wedding dress train outside Westminster Abbey.

Men don't just glance at a swooshy, shiny mane of hair and then move onto your other assets. They glance at it, and then keep on glancing. Long hair in good condition is extremely sexy, as is short hair with a sleek or fashionable cut. It's a potent symbol of femininity that screams out to be touched. It also shows that you look after yourself and take pride in your appearance - qualities that many men rate very highly indeed. That said, you don't want to look high-maintenance, so don't overdo the products or extreme styling. Just keep your hair clean and conditioned, and invest in a good cut that suits your hair and your features.

Don't feel pressured to cut your hair just because you're getting older, or because Emma Watson cut hers. Only an exceptionally elfin face can carry off a drastic buzz cut. Most of us benefit from a glossy frame of hair, and the right haircut can work magic on balancing your facial features.

2. Your eyes. If your hair is your face's frame, your eyes are its windows. Grown men can be hypnotised by a swoosh of beautiful hair followed by knockout eye contact. Eyes are so powerful because they are about direct communication, and eye contact enables you to make an instant connection with a stranger.

Psychologist Arthur Arun tested the power of eye contact by dividing pairs of strangers into two groups. One group of pairs engaged in intense conversation, while the other pairs stared silently into each other's eyes for four minutes. Each time he did this test, the eye-contact couples reported feeling much more connected than the intimate-chat couple. One eye-contact couple even got married. So much for the power of conversation!

Make the most of your eyes by getting used to making and maintaining eye contact. It can be difficult if you're the shy type, but its results can be extremely powerful. Also learn a few tricks of the make-up trade. Good make-up and well-shaped brows can make your eyes extraordinary, but too much can have the opposite effect. 

3. Your shoes. Hair, eyes… shouldn't smile come next? Not according to the men we spoke to. When asked what they noticed first, men were surprisingly keen to mention the importance of stylish shoes. Particularly, and predictably, high heels.

High heels will catch a man's eye because they give you a sexy edge and improve your posture and the shape of your legs, but only if you can walk in them properly. Uncomfortable heels, like too much eye make-up, do more harm than good. There's some reassurance for those of us who can't or won't wear heels: cool pumps, boots and on-trend trainers also go down well with men. Falling-apart old trainers or mis-shapen ugg boots, not so much. The key here is to wear stylish, quality shoes that co-ordinate with your outfit, and which you can walk in without wincing or lurching.

4. Your Smile. Smile at him, and that's when he really sees your face. He won't notice the slight crookedness of your teeth, or the chapped bit on your lip, or the spot that appeared this morning, or even if you've got a bit of food stuck in between your incisors - he'll notice the sincerity and friendliness of your smile.

Meet his eye when you do it and he'll find it impossible not to smile back - and that's about the best first impression you can make.

5. Your body. Men notice a woman's body. They can't help it. That’s not to say that men judge you on your body shape as soon as you walk into the room, just that they can't help but look at it. And chances are they'll notice within seconds whether you’re comfortable with your body, so be sure to dress in a way that shows off your best assets, but leaves a little something to the imagination. 

If you worry about the size of your tummy, thighs, arms and so on, don’t despair. Every woman has something about themselves that they’d like to change, but the good news is that most men won’t notice the bits that you do – they’re just happy at the prospect of seeing you naked. Embrace your femininity and go out with confidence, safe in the knowledge that your body will do at least some of the talking for you.

Great Careers to Pursue in a Recession

To recession-proof your career, the key is to focus on products and services that are always needed.

Health Care:

People will always get sick — sometimes even more so when they don't have the insurance or money to take preventative measures or eat healthy food.


Although consumers are likely to cut back, they're not going to stop using energy. In fact, this industry may grow, as companies look for more efficient ways to deliver using less energy.


No matter how dire the economy is, there are always jobs for teachers. Kids will still go to school, and many out-of-work adults may decide to continue their education.


Just like the energy sector, it's safe to assume that people are not going to stop lighting their homes. So utility administration, maintenance and other related jobs should remain intact.


Death and taxes are a sure thing. In a recession, people and companies are likely to get desperate for more deductions and a hard look at their books.


As long as doctors prescribe them, people are still going to take drugs. So whether you're behind the pharmacy counter or in the lab, you can rest easy.


As a general rule, anyone who is a source of income for a company will be safe, so salespeople — especially in recession-proof industries (see herein) — have little to worry about. Beware 'though sales need to be regular and of good quality. No business can afford people who only perform from time to time or who put through iffy deals! Also note that not everyone is suited to a job which can at times be stressful.


The military is always hiring, especially during wartime. Also, consider that most of your living expenses are covered, so cost-of-living expenses are not really a concern.

Skilled Services:

Hair will always grow, and drains will always clog, so you can expect steady work in skilled services like plumbing and hairstyling.

Debt Management / Advice:

Recessions mean crunch time for debtors, and they're sure to need some guidance. This can be a really worthwhile career so long as it is a bona fide company. Be selective.

Beauty and Health Services:

Regardless of a recession, people who enjoy being pampered will seldom give up the simple pleasures in life. But be careful if you're thinking of starting up on your own, we're not sure if there's room for yet another hairdresser or nails shop on our local high streets!


There are always places for people who really can cook or prepare something tasty or different  and who learn quickly. If you think there is a job somewhere, prepare something fab and give it to the chef or the proprietor at the interview and make him / her try it - if it's good it will sell you for the job! Stand out from the crowd.

Debt Collection:

As budgets get squeezed, people will fall behind on payments, and companies will look to debt collectors to recoup their costs. If you opt for this route, remember there are two kinds of firms -those that help debtors and those that threaten. Choose thoughtfully!

Check out 'The Male Room' too, especially the child safety app for your phone and theirs 'LIFE360'

Some websites for the girls . . . .


Shop Safe

Voucher Codes

Pretty Little Thing


Miss Selfridge

Summer Pregnancy wear

La Redoute

Affordable collection of maternitywear with french flair. Collection includes dresses,


Bumps Maternity Wear is a family owned independent business, based in the UK, with over 12 years experience selling fashionable, affordable maternity wear online. 


Fashionable maternity range with classics and up to the minute looks from Red Herring plus maternity underwear. 


Beautiful and affordable maternity clothes for a new generation of pregnant women. From everyday casual Maternity clothes and work wear to special occasion wear, from jeans to underwear. They offer a range of leg lengths in their trousers for tall and petite mums, too.

Jojo maman bebe

A wide selection of great maternitywear, French-style! The range includes classic basics, casual clothing, workwear, occasionwear, maternity underwear and swimwear as well as nursing clothes and bras. 

Yummy Mummy

'Yummy Mummy' is a classy site with some lovely options for all tastes and including nursing items, dresses, gym and swimwear. There is even a blog! Not overly expensive and  well worth a visit !

not the most popular female habits for the boys !!

It's ok and balance has been restored. Annoying male habits appears in 'The Male Room' section!

Annoying female habit 1: Making an anniversary out of everything:

What is it with women turning the nice little things in life into a grand gift-exchanging, champagne-popping ceremony? We return home from a normal day at work to be met with a candle-lit dinner and an expensive looking gift but, quite frankly, it makes our heart stop. Have you done something wrong? Is it your birthday? My birthday? Oh silly me, it’s the anniversary of the first time we looked at each other. Please refrain from doing this, ladies. We have a hard enough time getting event dates right without being shouted at for not buying the dog a card to celebrate the anniversary of his first vaccination. 

Annoying female habit 2: Piling the bed with cushions:

One would be mistaken for thinking that a bed is for sleeping in. We go to get our head down for the night, only to find the bed piled sky-high with strategically placed cushions that leave no room for us. What’s more, only a couple of these cushions actually have a purpose. We don’t need the tiny heart-shaped one or the big fluffy one that makes us sneeze – just a normal pillow to rest our head on will suffice. We don’t adorn the bed with DIY tools and model cars, so please tame your OCD (Obsessive Cushion Disorder) and stop making an elaborate display out of our bed so we can get down to the important stuff - couple on bed of cushions having pillow fight!

Annoying female habit 3: Asking us what we’re thinking:

It’s a classic example of how women like to test us, and possibly trick us into making the cardinal sin of admitting that we weren’t thinking about her at that particular moment. One minute we’re enjoying a cuddle, the next they’re hurling that question at us when we’re least expecting it. They say it so fast that we don’t have chance to make up a false reply or even to think straight, which leads us to stutter and then be accused of thinking of our ex. Asking what we’re thinking is basically a nice way of saying ‘you aren’t allowed to have private thoughts, unless they’re about me’. 

Annoying female habit 4: Saying ‘I’m fine’, when you’re not happy:

So she stood in front of the television while the football was on, we got a bit iffy and snapped, and now all sorts of issues have been bought up. Then she says it – that passive-aggressive statement that marks the start of the dreaded silent treatment: “I’m fine”. Erm, are you really fine because you’ve just screamed at us until you’ve gone red in the face, and now you’re laying face down on the bed crying. If you’re unhappy just outline the problem and then we can sort it out and carry on as normal. Or – even better – don’t outline the problem and let us watch the football in peace. 

Annoying female habit 5: Using sex as a weapon:

One of the most annoying things that a woman can do is deny her man of sexual privileges. Some women seem to take great pleasure in using men's weakness to their own advantage through the classic ‘if you don’t do this, we’re not having sex’ scenario. If you’re going to stop men from doing one thing, please don’t let it be sex. We don’t stop you from eating and drinking, so please don’t mess with our basic human needs either! 

Annoying female habit 6: Being over-emotional:

You cry at funerals, you cry at weddings, you cry at happy films, you cry at sad films. This makes us feel awkward because we just don’t know what to say or do when you’re sat sobbing all over our freshly ironed shirt. Where do all these tears come from? We think women should just have an annual crying day where they get together and cry for twenty four hours, before coming home and being normal for the other 364 days of the year! 

Annoying female habit 7: Incessant talking:

We’ve heard that women are estimated to say around 20, 000 words a day – which is an awful lot compared to the paltry 7, 000 estimated for men – so we understand that she needs to get her daily nattering fix, but why is it always at the most inappropriate times? She was quiet all the way through the family dinner when we needed her to break the silence, but as soon as we start getting to the competitive part of a multi-player game with our friends, she just won’t shut up about how cute the neighbour’s cat looks when it sits next to the rose bush. To make it even more annoying, the actual part of the story she was getting at whilst rambling on about the neighbour’s cat, was that the cat’s owner now works at the grocery store down the road. Ladies, if you’re going to talk, pick the right moment and please, just get to the point!

Ok! Enough bitching - you know we love you and now you can go and look at annoying men's habits - bet there are a couple more you can add!


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First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos...

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer. Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway or Nandos.

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on a Sunday, somehow we didn't starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because. WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were OK.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY, no video / dvd films, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms. WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. Only girls had pierced ears! We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time.

We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet because we didn’t need to keep up with the Jones’s!

Not everyone made the rugby / football / cricket / netball team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that! Getting into the team was based on MERIT.

Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and throw the blackboard rubber at us if they thought we weren’t concentrating.

We can string sentences together and spell and have proper conversations because of a good, solid three R’s education.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL! 

If YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

check out 'the skills centre' - in style

The Butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker . . . .

Teacher tells little Johnny off, “You know very well you can’t sleep in my class, Johnny.”
Johnny admits, “Yes, I know miss, but maybe, if you didn’t speak quite so loudly, I could.”

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