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Fly tipping by the New River has got worse


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New trains coming into service shortly


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watch the video 

 


 

Proposed New Development on

Bush Hill

 

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https://bushhillheights.com


 


 

Check out who is building what near you

 

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here

 


 

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http://talkies.org.uk/event/premiere-talkies-short-film-commissions-3-2/

 


 

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https://bhpgc.com/women-s-golf



 

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Rugby Tots

 


 

 30.1.p1

 

 

 

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 more details here

 


 

Enfield Council undertakes

Retail 

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and the 'patient' is poorly

a cause for concern?

more details here

 


 

you can make a difference 

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Join the Park Run

in Grovelands Park


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www.parkrun.org.uk/grovelands/

 

Lots of other sporting activities

to join in N21!

more details here


 

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Bush Hill Park Residents Association


Enfield Town Residents Association


Fox Lane & District Residents Association


Grange Park Residents Association


Grovelands Residents Association


Western Enfield Residents Association

 

Winchmore Hill Residents Association 

 

 

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The Friends of Grovelands Park

more details here


Become a Friend of Firs Farm

find out how to join here


Gardening Friends

more details here


Grange Park Horticultural Society

more details here


North London Organic Gardeners

more details here

 

Woodcroft Wildspace

more details here

 


 

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Are you thinking of starting a business?

 

Are you unemployed?


www.enterpriseenfield.org

 


 

 

New & Updated Business Pages

 

Anokhi Restaurant

Armour Security

Barber El's

Chi Chi's Coffee & Waffle House

Cloud9 Wellness Hub 

Create Life Space

Fitnesshub21

Fortitude Dance Company

Fun English Conversation Classes

Gadget Bees

Geo Thermal

Hair 21

Mesa Kitchen & Lounge

Mi Homes

More Yoga

Nourished Naturally

Parkwood Builders

 PH Sports

Punto

The Sacred Tree

S.E Beauty

Siobhan Cosgrave Herbalist & Naturopath

The Southgate Club

Swiss Care Clinic

Winchmore Lounge

                            


 

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Stop building cycle lanes in London

that cause traffic gridlock

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Sign the petition 



 


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YES - Because the A105 cycle lane scheme is an 'EXPERIMENT'

 

Enfield Council 'forget' this crucial fact when they announced that the project was completed in July 2019. 

Now lbe has to consult residents and businesses on the charges to parking and loading regulations.

 

HAS THIS SCHEME BEEN BUILT ILLEGALLY?

 

WE NEED A PUBLIC INQUIRY

Find out more

 


 

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Confused by the Station Road junction lights?

 

 


 


Dr Linda Miller and members of the Enfield Town Residents Association (ETRA) & campaigners, delivering a petition to Theresa May

at 10 Downing Street


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"We submit this plea to you following the experiences of elderly, disabled and blind people in Enfield. Elderly, disabled and blind people have been dealt a major injustice based on negligent road planning and been subjected to road re-engineering schemes that have: reduced pavements below recommended widths; introduced shared space (also called shared use) bus-boarders (where the cycle lane passes between the bus and the bus stop); removed pedestrian crossings and pedestrian refuges; and introduced recognised trip hazards ('orcas' and 'armadillos') along our major shopping streets. All of these present real dangers to all pedestrians but much more so to older, infirm, disabled and blind/visually impaired people."


 


 

ANOTHER ORCA FALL


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Lucy Wilkinson fell over an orca in November 

and spent Christmas on crutches

more details on the Enfield Independent website

 


 

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"Green Lanes from the PG direction can get so bad that I drive anywhere but head towards those lights. The stupid thing is that the Sainsbury entrance used to work fine without lights. And there was never a jam on Green Lanes"

Robin C

  


 

The distance between the zebra crossing

north of Masons Corner and the crossing

outside the Post Office at 822 Green Lanes

is 400 metres


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If you are concerned about the safety of orcas

please sign the petition

 

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https://www.change.org/p/london-borough-of-enfield-tell-enfield-council-to-take-the-orcas-out 

 

Have you tripped over or hit one of these

whilst walking, driving or cycling?


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download the leaflet on how to report incidents

here


 Report it to Enfield Council

on the incident reporting page

here

 

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Enfield Council say orcas are safe - really?


 22.5.17

 


 

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Read this research published

in the Evening Standard

here

  


 

Segregated cycle lanes are putting patients' lives at risk

medical leaders have warned

 

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Ambulance on the wrong side of the road opposite Sainsbury's

read the Telegraph article

here

 


 

Check out pollution levels today

  

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http://www.londonair.org.uk/

 


 

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Enfield's Green Belt

& Open Spaces under attack

from proposals in the draft Enfield Local Plan Consultation


Enfield's future is in YOUR hands


ACT NOW before it's too late!

Deadline 28 February, 2019

more details here

 


 

 STOP SPEEDING ON OLD PARK RIDINGS

 

Sally Mason writes an open letter to Grange ward councillors

about the problem which she campaigned about in 2015:

nothing has changed

 

Read Sally's letter here


 


 

 

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Enfield Local Plan Consultation

 

The draft plan sets out options for development over the next 15 years through 'good growth' principles, as endorsed by the Mayor of London

Consultation closes

28/2/19

 

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MORE DETAILS HERE

 


 

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Can you support Girl Guiding in N21?


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contact Martha Coleman for more details

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Save The Intimate Theatre

 

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Sign the petition

 

The Intimate Theatre has been added

to the 'Theatre At Risk' register

more details here

 

https://www.facebook.com/TheIntimateTheatre/

 


 

BAMBOS CHARALAMBOUS MP

FOR ENFIELD SOUTHGATE

https://www.bambos.org.uk/

 


 

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Bush Hill Park councillors here


Grange councillors here


Winchmore Hill councillors here


https://new.enfield.gov.uk/

 


 

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Winchmore Hill ward

February newsletter

download here

 

Grange ward

February newsletter

download here

 

 

Winchmore Hill Police 

CONTACT HERE

 


 

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Southgate Homebound

and Disabled Association

 

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 more details here

 


 

Ruth Winston Community Centre

 

 

 ruthwinstoncentre.com


 

Winchmore Hill Community Care

 

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more details here  


 

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Dementia Cafe

at St Peter's Church Hall

on Fridays

More details here

  


 

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www.noahsarkhospice.org.uk



Chickenshed Theatre 

 


 

The Fontliners Book Club

meets once a month in the Winchmore

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 READ OUR 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

The Highlands Village Book Group

invites new members

 contact Kate on 07944 756757

 
Winchmore Hill Book Club
 


Grovelands Park
Facebook Group

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Winchmore Hill & Palmers Green Memories 
Facebook Group

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Winchmore Hill Families 
Facebook Group
 


 

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Giving your lawn some autumn TLC

on Tuesday, 25 October 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Giving your lawn some autumn TLC


David Fortune of Greensleeves explains what you need to help your lawn recover from summer and withstand the winter ahead.

 

How is your lawn looking as summer draws to a close?

Lush & green?

Parched & thirsty?

Patchy & weedy?

 

 

 

Do you know that autumn is THE most important time to give your lawn an extra bit of TLC? Your perennials and pots may also be looking past their best but if you give your lawn some attention now, it will be better prepared for the vagaries of our unpredictable winter ahead, when most other plants are bare and will be ready for a growth spurt in spring.

 

The most important tasks at this time of year are getting air, nutrients and water to the roots, removing dead grass, thatch, moss and weeds. Autumn lawn care jobs can include:

* Moss control

* Lawn scarification

* Lawn aeration

* Over seeding

* Feeding the lawn

 

These jobs should be done in this order, starting with killing off the moss and weeds; followed by scarification two weeks later to get rid of all the unwanted material.

 

Next hollow tine aeration alleviates soil compaction and involves perforating the soil and allowing air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. One of the main reasons for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction and this can only be done by hollow tine aeration.

 

 

 

 

Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots of essential nutrients as well as moisture and air.

 

Once the scarification and aeration has been completed the lawn surface will be left with grooves and holes, this creates the ideal seed bed, perfect for over seeding.

 

 

Applying an autumn - winter fertiliser or lawn feed will help build a strong sward and maintain the health of the lawn during the winter and give it a head start during the spring time.

 

* Other useful tips include raising your mower height and don't forget to keep your blade sharp, otherwise you tear the grass.

 

* Occasionally brush the lawn: Light brushing is done to keep the surface of the lawn clean and free of any debris such as leaves, twigs and worm-casts. Try to do this task when the surface is dry as worm-casts smear when the soil is wet which creates more problems.

 

* Keep an eye out for disease and pest activity. Red thread seems now to be having a much longer season than ever before and keep an eye on the birds – if they're busy, it's a sure sign that some grubs may be lurking!

 

* Remove heavy dews from the lawn: During periods of heavy dew, fusarium patch disease may become a problem, removing dew will help discourage this disease.

 

* When leaves start to fall, try and remove as quickly and as often as possible. Leaves that are allowed to lie for any length of time are one of the biggest enemies of grass, as they stop light and air reaching the roots making it easier for moss to grow. They stop it from drying naturally during the daytime and act as an insulation layer, creating perfect breeding conditions for diseases

 

*If the weather continues to be warm, your lawn will still continue to grow for months to come. Continue to cut the grass as and when it needs it, it is a myth that the grass doesn't require cutting through the winter, once a month is usually sufficient during the winter months.

 

You can of course do all this for yourself, or alternatively I would be happy to help you with these tasks, for a very small charge!

 

Thanks for reading, I am always happy to provide you with a free lawn consultation.

 

David Fortune

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

020 8363 4110

 

Read more about aeration and scarification here

Giving your lawn some autumn TLC

on Wednesday, 03 September 2014. Posted in N21 Experts

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Giving your lawn some autumn TLC

David Fortune has recently left the corporate world and set up a lawn treatment business. He explains what you need to help your lawn recover from summer and withstand the winter ahead.

 

How is your lawn looking as summer draws to a close?

Lush & green?

Parched & thirsty?

Patchy & weedy?

 

 

 

Do you know that autumn is THE most important time to give your lawn an extra bit of TLC? Your perennials and pots may also be looking past their best but if you give your lawn some attention now, it will be better prepared for the vagaries of our unpredictable winter ahead, when most other plants are bare and will be ready for a growth spurt in spring.

 

The most important tasks at this time of year are getting air, nutrients and water to the roots, removing dead grass, thatch, moss and weeds. Autumn lawn care jobs can include:

* Moss control

* Lawn scarification

* Lawn aeration

* Over seeding

* Feeding the lawn

 

These jobs should be done in this order, starting with killing off the moss and weeds; followed by scarification two weeks later to get rid of all the unwanted material.

 

Next hollow tine aeration alleviates soil compaction and involves perforating the soil and allowing air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. One of the main reasons for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction and this can only be done by hollow tine aeration.

 

 

 

 

Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots of essential nutrients as well as moisture and air.

 

Once the scarification and aeration has been completed the lawn surface will be left with grooves and holes, this creates the ideal seed bed, perfect for over seeding.

 

 

Applying an autumn - winter fertiliser or lawn feed will help build a strong sward and maintain the health of the lawn during the winter and give it a head start during the spring time.

 

* Other useful tips include raising your mower height and don't forget to keep your blade sharp, otherwise you tear the grass.

 

* Occasionally brush the lawn: Light brushing is done to keep the surface of the lawn clean and free of any debris such as leaves, twigs and worm-casts. Try to do this task when the surface is dry as worm-casts smear when the soil is wet which creates more problems.

 

* Keep an eye out for disease and pest activity. Red thread seems now to be having a much longer season than ever before and keep an eye on the birds – if they're busy, it's a sure sign that some grubs may be lurking!

 

* Remove heavy dews from the lawn: During periods of heavy dew, fusarium patch disease may become a problem, removing dew will help discourage this disease.

 

* When leaves start to fall, try and remove as quickly and as often as possible. Leaves that are allowed to lie for any length of time are one of the biggest enemies of grass, as they stop light and air reaching the roots making it easier for moss to grow. They stop it from drying naturally during the daytime and act as an insulation layer, creating perfect breeding conditions for diseases

 

*If the weather continues to be warm, your lawn will still continue to grow for months to come. Continue to cut the grass as and when it needs it, it is a myth that the grass doesn't require cutting through the winter, once a month is usually sufficient during the winter months.

 

You can of course do all this for yourself, or alternatively I would be happy to help you with these tasks, for a very small charge!

 

Thanks for reading, I am always happy to provide you with a free lawn consultation.

 

David Fortune

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

020 8363 4110

 

Read more about aeration and scarification here

New year - time for change

on Thursday, 24 January 2019. Posted in N21 Experts

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New year - time for change

 

Marie Kondo and her Netflix show are causing a storm worldwide. Whether you love what she does – she declutters homes - or you feel annoyed by what she does, there is no doubt that she is spearheading a change in our behaviour towards owning and accumulating 'stuff.

 

To sustain the type of lifestyle we have in the UK across the world in the future we would need 5 or 6 Planet Earths according to Professor James Evans at Manchester University. Not just the one we have! James was one of a number of experts who contributed to a recent broadcast on Radio 4 : New Year Solutions – Space. How scary is this?

 

We all have too much stuff. We are overwhelmed with the quantity of stuff we have in our homes. Instead of making us happier, it is causing anxiety and stress. It's also very bad for our planet as our demand for more and more products is seriously contributing to climate change and is not sustainable for the future.

 

Marie Kondo's book "The Life-changing Magic of Tidying" describes the KonMari Method* of decluttering homes. It's sounds trivial but it's not. It can be a life-changing process. When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order too. It allows you to establish the lifestyle you truly want and create a home that is right for you today and in the future. More importantly, it changes the way you consume. You really do think much more carefully about what you buy and accumulate after going through the KonMari Method.

 

And although it is a simple process, it is much easier to do it if you have someone to guide and motivate you. Start with the unemotional categories first so you hone your decision making skills regagarding what makes you happy.

 

There are 6 simple steps:

RULE 01

Commit yourself to tidying up.


RULE 02

Imagine your ideal lifestyle.


RULE 03

Finish discarding first.


RULE 04

Tidy by category, not by location.  


RULE 05

Follow the right order. The recommended order is:

Clothes

Books

Papers

Komono (general categories such as cleaning supplies, bathroom supplies, kitchen etc)

Sentimental items. This is the hardest category because it often means letting go of the past.


RULE 06

Ask yourself if it sparks joy.


The focus is on keeping what you really need or what makes you happy. It works! If you follow the process properly, you will only need to declutter once!

 

Not only am I a decluttering consultant, I am a life coach too. There are times in our life when we feel we need impartial guidance; facing a career change or challenge at work, coming up to retirement, becoming a new parent, returning to work after a break or lacking direction. Although decluttering and life coaching are distinct services, they often overlap. Making changes to your home can lead you to making life changes too. I have a heart for empowering people to take control of their lives both at home and work.

 

To find out more, get in touch. I offer an initial free 45 minute consultation. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

* Trade Mark

 

www.createlifespace.com.

http://n21online.com/business-directory/item/create-life-space.html

The Essential Steps To Consider For Nourishing Your Family

on Thursday, 24 January 2019. Posted in N21 Experts

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The Essential Steps To Consider For Nourishing Your Family

 

How frustrating is it when you spend time slaving over a hot stove cooking for your children, then they turn their noses up at what you have prepared?

 

Early food experiences have a significant impact on children's eating patterns and eating habits as these are learned in the home; so it's vital that parents and carers demonstrate a healthy relationship to food in order to support children's development and promote an environment that encourages good habits around food.

 

Research tells us that good protein and fat sources are vital for children's brain and gut development. We now know that the brain continues to grow until later into adulthood, 25 to be precise! We didn't know this 5 years ago. Here are some simple suggestions that might help your children to develop a healthy relationship with their food and benefit the whole family.

 

* Take meals together and being their role models for good food shows them how important it is to try new food and a varied and colourful diet. Show them its' good to try out different food - make a point of doing this even if it takes you out of your comfort zone.

 

* Offer nutritious healthy food which is carefully balanced. Seek guidance on this if you feel stuck and become better informed of what to offer children during their key developments stages.

 

* Offer food from all the 5 food groups to help children become more familiar with these. Naming them as they are served will help increase there awareness and promote more acceptance at meal times of their importance.

 

* Make 3 meals a day the norm at the dining table in your home- 3 meals a day is really important for self image and self esteem, particularly in teenage daughters and sons.

 

* Show children it's good to eat at a dining table to promote positive family time. Ask them questions about their day to support wellbeing goals and social skills for their future development.

 

* Introducing seasonal food shows them what food is available and when it is available and how good it tastes when it is actually in season. Try not to buy vegetables and fruits when they are not in season.

 

*Give children the right amount of protein and fat each day is vital to brain function and development.

 

* Try new recipes or include food your children and partners enjoy. As a nutritionist I have scores of reecipes that have been tried and tested as wins for my children. You can find some easy to prepare recipes on my Instagram page


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* Seek your children's views on what they like or might like added to the weekly menu or side dishes. Consider giving them healthy choice suggestions to choose from to make it easier or reach a consensus.

 

* Promote the importance of hydration - instil the need to have regular drinks throughout the day particularly for young children and their bodies use more water because they are more active and on the go- this is the same for children who take part in sport.

 

* Being mindful of each person's food preferences and then including these; will help them see something on the plate for everyone that they all enjoy. I always say 'there's something on the plate for each of you" as I try to balance the meal showing them to show regard for each others needs!

 

* Try not to force them to eat everything... simply serve them less of what they don't like and more of their preferred food..

 

* Give your children a little of your time everyday and something that's fun!   Try not to reward them with food as your default - We have been playing banana grams and boggle which is a game young and older children can play with each other and takes 2-5 mins. This creates a nice moment which can be helpful to bonding time using simple universal games.

 

* Limit bad carbs and talk about why you do this - the usual offenders are packet snacks, fried food, added sugar, tea or coffee, squashes, shop bought biscuits and cakes, popular chocolates are also laden with bad ingredients – get into the habit of always checking labels – its not just hidden sugar and bad fat in there.

 

* Get everyone involved in a regular exercise. Simple things like going to the park or having a regular sport will help them feel happier healthier and fitter.

 

*Create routines that work for all of you and review these so they feel part of the outcome. This will create consistency and boundaries which children all need no matter what age they are

 

Don't forget to praise them regularly for trying out any or all of the above. After a child has tried a new food four times there is a good chance that they will start to like it. 

 

I am taking bookings for family consultations. Please get in touch if you feel I might be able to help and inspire you to make sustainable changes. Good luck.

Randhiraj Bilan

 

24.1m9

 

www.nourishednaturally.co.uk

http://n21online.com/business-directory/item/nourished-naturally.html

How to keep your dog cooool when the temperature rises

on Friday, 29 June 2018. Posted in N21 Experts

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How to keep your dog cooool when the temperature rises

 

Ice-cubes, frozen carrots or stuffed frozen Kongs – rinse under tap to take the frosting off first so that the dogs lips don't get stuck to it. Just a few suggestions that you might not have thought of to keep your dog cool when the temperature rises

 

Here is an inexpensive cooling mat you might like to buy should this heat wave continue.

 

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Cooling mat link

Remember if you are warm your pets are probably feeling the heat too. 

 

Keep them in the shade.

 

Give them lots of opportunities to cool down

 

Don't walk on the pavements – do the back of your hand test... If too hot for your hand it's too hot for their paws.

 

Walk early morning or when cooler in the evening.

 

Don't go over the top with ball throwing and running. Instead do sniffy walks and scatter feed your dog to encourage calm slow brainy walks. These are more calming for a dog and you will have a more relaxed dog as a result.

 

Take water with you.

 

Check freshwater lakes, rivers, ponds and canals to make sure they are clean before letting your dog dive in. Some types of algae, including blue-green algae, are toxic to dogs. If your dog swims in algae-contaminated water, contact your vet immediately.

 

If swimming in the sea rinse of salt water straight away and remember drinking sea water can make the dog sick.

 

Dogs can and do drown in rivers and the sea. If your dog has inhaled water, contact your vet, as they can suffer complications.

 

Pale-coloured dogs are vulnerable to sunburn, particularly on their ears, noses and sparsely haired areas. Sun damage can lead to skin cancer which may require extensive surgery – even amputation in severe cases. Sunlight can also make existing skin conditions worse, particularly if your dog has allergies.

 

Do not leave them in the car ... EVER!! If transporting in the car make sure there is plenty of fresh air circulating for them.

 

Extra water and change it regularly.

 

Keep water in the shade.

 

Don't leave your dog unsupervised.

 

Watch for erratic breathing and panting. Don't underestimate these signs. Move the dog straight away. Cool off with cool water... NOT freezing cold water.

Symptoms of heatstroke are:

· Panting.

· Dehydration.

· Excessive drooling (ptyalism)

· Increased body temperature - above 103° F (39° C)

· Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body.

· Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine.

· Sudden (acute) kidney failure.

· Rapid heart rate.

 

at this point it is too late, the damage is done!  Seek medical advice ASAP

 

Clare NL Grierson

Muddy Mutley

07532 243153

ISCP.Dip.Canine.Prac|INTODogs|ICAN 407|PPG |MAPDT, UK 01328| IMDT 2217|

4 tips for first time property buyers

on Monday, 07 August 2017. Posted in N21 Experts

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4 tips for first time property buyers

 

In recent years and since the global economic meltdown of 2008 many people have found it more difficult to obtain a mortgage, but none more so than first time buyers, who have needed to stump up additional cash to meet larger deposit requirements and match lender's stringent affordability tests. In this article we discuss and share a number of tips for first time property buyers.

 

1. Getting a mortgage agreed in principle


Many first time buyers start their journey with plans for their dream house, from deciding where their home gym will go, to designing their garden with extravagant water features. It's so very easy to get caught up in this exciting process, however making such plans is often premature and usually leads to massive disappointment.

 

Seeing a mortgage broker is the first thing you should do, in your initial meeting your mortgage broker will give you an indication of what you might be able to afford. It can sometimes be a disappointment to learn that your budget can only afford a small apartment and that your plans to have luscious gardens with water features will need to be put on hold.

 

You should also consider stamp duty costs, here's a link to our very own stamp duty calculator.

 

Your mortgage adviser is on your side though and will work with you continually to help find a suitable first time buyer mortgage. Finding a local mortgage broker is often best as you may need to meet more than once. Mortgages and Insurers Solutions are based in Grange Park and have direct access to multiple lenders, this means they can source you a mortgage from the whole market, if you visit a mortgage broker at your local bank they will only offer you their own deals and not those available via other banks and lenders.

 

Here's a link to a mortgage calculator which can help give you an approximate figure on what your mortgage repayments might be.

n help give you an approximate figure on what your mortgage repayments might be.

 

2. Location, location, location

 

Before you begin your property search you should settle on the location in which you want to live in. Your choice is dependent on your personal priorities, for example you may choose to live in an area close to family members or buy a property closer to your place of work. Google Maps is a helpful tool and can help you decide on suitable locations.

 

3. The search


This is the most exciting stage for first time buyers. You've established how much you can afford to spend and decided on the location you want to live in. You now need to go off and find the perfect home.

There are a number of ways to find a home, with the internet offering a number of solutions, for example you can search for property and contact estate agents via Rightmove and Zoopla property search engines.

 

We also recommend you visit estate agents local to the area in which you want to live in. Popping in and meeting local estate agents ensures they can put a name to a face and this might just help increase the chances that they will call you when a new property that matches your requirements becomes available.

 

4. Picking a solicitor


Picking the correct solicitors is important. We recommend you choose an experienced solicitor who specialises in property conveyancing and who works local to you. Your mortgage broker and or estate agent can usually recommend an experienced solicitor for you to use.

 

Buying your own home can be daunting, but worthwhile when you finally achieve it and can shut the door on the world, as they say, an Englishman/woman's home is their castle.

 

Mark Edwards

Mortgages and Insurers


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The Inheritance Tax Nil Rate Band has been raised to £1,000,000?

on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Posted in N21 Experts

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The Inheritance Tax Nil Rate Band has been raised to £1,000,000?

True or False?

 

Most definitely false. I've been asked this quite a lot in the last year and I know where the confusion has come from. It has come from the announcement of the new Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) which started on 6 April 2017. The trouble is in the summer budget of 2015 a proposal of a new residence nil rate band was announced which didn't start until 6th April 2017 and will be phased in over the next four years to reach the full benefit. Many people think it started immediately.

 

Inheritance Tax ( IHT ) was once only seen as a tax for the wealthy. Substantial rising property prices however together with a static Nil Rate Band has meant that IHT has inadvertently affected many families who are property owners within Greater London.

 

The existing Nil Rate Band works as follows:

If your estate (this includes but is not limited to your family home, property, investments/money and personal property) exceeds the Nil Rate Band on death IHT will normally be charged at a rate of 40% after the deduction of any liabilities, reliefs and exemptions that may apply. The current figure of the Nil Rate Band is £325,000 and this will be frozen until 2020/21. Since the family home often makes up a large percentage of an estate the Residence Nil Rate Band was introduced to offer some relief here.

 

The RNRB will be phased-in from 6th April 2017 over four years. It will take until tax year 2020/21 when the RNRB will have reached £175,000. This figure along with the existing Nil Rate Band of £325,000 means an individual will in the future be able to leave up to £500,000 if they meet the criteria of the new RNRB.

 

The Residence Nil Rate Band along with the existing Nil Rate Band can also be transferred to a spouse or civil partner. There is no IHT on the first death of a spouse or civil partner due to the spouse exemption. IHT only occurs on the second death if all assets were left to the survivor on the first death. The survivor will have two Nil Rate Bands of £325,000 each and by 2020/21 two Residence Nil Rate Band's of £175,000 each. Hey Presto this is where the £1,000,000 figure has come from. For some reason many people are of the view that the Nil Rate Bands have been increased now but as you can see this is not the case.

 

A further word of warning. The Residence Nil Rate Band is not automatic. There are criteria that must be met. Firstly it can only be used if you are a homeowner. The additional RNRB will be of no use to you if you do not own a property which is your main residence.

 

Secondly the main residence must be left on death to a lineal descendant. This includes biological children, step children, adopted and foster children or a lineal descendant for example grandchildren. You cannot benefit from the RNRB if you do not have lineal descendants.

 

Finally if an estate reaches a net value of £2 million the RNRB is withdrawn at a rate of £1 for every £2 over this threshold. By the tax year 2020/21 with an estate in excess of £2,350,000 you will not benefit from the RNRB. So as it stands today a couple (or an individual who will transfer a deceased spouse NRB) can benefit up to £850,000 as long as the conditions are met.

 

If you are concerned about the effect that IHT will have on your estate and the amount of money that will be left to your family and friends I will be pleased to help. Please just get in touch.

 

George Ttouli APFS Chartered Financial Planner

Director

Burlington Wealth Management

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Stroke Awareness: Act FAST

on Wednesday, 10 May 2017. Posted in N21 Experts

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Stroke Awareness: Act FAST

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   Home Care Preferred, based on Station Road supports many people who have experienced a stroke.


   Ken Waterhouse explains about strokes and why it is vital to ACT FAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of Stroke Awarenes Month, our shop at 49 Station Road, N21 3NB has information leaflets about strokes. In addition, people can visit for advice on the support that Home Care Preferred can provide people who are recovering from a stroke.

 

 

What is a stroke?


A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. Without blood your brain cells can be damaged or die. This damage can have different effects, depending on where it happens in your brain.

A stroke can affect the way your body works as well as how you think, feel and communicate.

 

What are the different types of strokes?


Ischaemic stroke – This is the most common type and when there is a blockage that cuts of blood to the brain.

 

Haemorrhagic stroke – This is caused by a bleeding around the brain

 

Transient ischaemic attack or TIA - also known as a mini-stroke. It is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms last for a short amount of time and no longer than 24 hours. This is because the blockage that stops the blood getting to your brain is temporary.

 

Childhood Strokes – Although less common anyone can have a stroke including babies. However, the causes are different

 

What causes stroke?


As we age our arteries become harder and narrower and more likely to become blocked. However, certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors can speed up this process and increase your risk of having a stroke

 

Can you recover from stroke?

 

All strokes are different. For some people the effects may be relatively minor and may not last long. Others may be left with more serious problems that make them dependent on other people.

Unfortunately, not everyone survives – around one in eight people die within 30 days of having a stroke. That's why it's so important to be able to recognise the symptoms and get medical help as quickly as possible.

 

What are the symptoms of a Stroke?

 

A stroke is a medical emergency. If you, or someone else, shows any signs of having a stroke you need to seek immediate medical attention.


FAST test


The FAST test can help you to recognise some of the most common symptoms of a stroke:

 

Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?

Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?

Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?

Time to call 999.

 

If a person fails any one of these tests, get help immediately by dialling 999.

 

Ken Waterhouse 


Homecare Preferred

www.homecarepreferred.com

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How to give your kitchen a makeover in 10 (easyish) stages

on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Posted in N21 Experts

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How to give your kitchen a makeover in 10 (easyish) stages

 

With the cost of moving escalating, many people are preferring to stay put and give their homes a makeover instead. Let's start with the kitchen, which is often described as the 'heart of the home'. According to Ideal Home magazine painted Shaker style kitchens "have a timeless look that never seems to go out of fashion"

 

Read more at http://www.idealhome.co.uk/kitchen/kitchen-ideas/kitchen-trends-2017-146193#eDykrwYAOv8uQzbv.99

 

Could your kitchen be given a new lease of life with a couple of cans of paint? As well as presenting large financial savings, having an existing kitchen hand-painted is an attractive option if you are basically happy with the design and layout of your kitchen but it looks "tired" or out dated because of its wood finish or colour.  Wooden worktops can be restored or you may choose to have them replaced and this can be an opportunity to add character in terms of changing cupboard and drawer handles. Wall tiles can also be painted any colour to give a durable finish, and of course the ceiling and walls can be redecorated to give the look and feel of a totally new kitchen – for a fraction of the price of replacing it and with far less disruption and mess.

 

Whether you want to do your makeover yourselves or perhaps invite me in to give you a quote, here are some simple tips to ensure you get the best quality finish for your 'new' kitchen, with minimal disruption to the household.

 

1. Think about how you are going to manage your lives whilst the work is being undertaken. Ideally children and pets should be barred from the area. What appliances are absolutely essential? Can you rig up a temporary kitchen somewhere else in the house with a kettle, camping rings and microwave?

 

2. All fixtures and surfaces including the floor and areas not to be painted (eg, the inside of cupboard carcasses, drawer sides etc.) are masked off using high-grade masking tape designed to allow crisp, clean edges and protect from dust.

 

 

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3. All doors and drawers should be removed and numbered, along with their handles if they are to be kept the same. By now you will hopefully have decided if you want to change the handles, so they can be delivered to the site and checked that they will fit the newly painted doors/drawers without modifying the holes.

 

4. All surfaces are now thoroughly cleaned and degreased using a powerful citrus based cleaner, then rinsed and allowed to dry. Now begins one of the most important phases of the process – sanding. Every surface is sanded thoroughly, mostly using a dust-free sanding machine, in stages. Detailed areas are sanded by hand and then all surfaces are thoroughly vacuumed and wiped with a tack cloth to remove all traces of dust.

 

5. Before any paint can be applied it is important to seal any knots in the wood. When dry, these areas are then spot-primed. Any obvious splits/cracks/holes can be filled also at this stage, then sanded, dusted and spot-primed. If a kitchen has been previously painted there might be brush marks and nibs of paint on the surfaces. These should be obliterated to allow a flawless finish.

 

6. After a further wash down, the painting process can now begin. I would advise that a first coat of specialist adhesion primer paint is applied to all surfaces and allowed to dry. As well as providing a sound base for further coats and also preventing any tannin bleed-through from certain wood types, this reveals any remaining areas that require filling, after which they are sanded again and all dust is removed.

 

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7. Choose your paints carefully. It pays to invest in quality paints for finish and durability. I favour the use of Tikkurila paints for priming and finishing kitchen refurbishments. Originating from Finland, they are widely acknowledged to be one of the most durable products for furniture painting and in addition to their own colour range, they have the advantage of being able to be mixed to match any colour available by any paint manufacturer in the UK – including Dulux, Crown, Farrow & Ball, Little Greene, Paint & Paper Library, Mylands, Zoffany, etc. I have a vast library of colour charts for you to peruse!

 

8. If necessary a second coat of primer is now applied. When dry the surfaces are once again sanded using a very fine grade of abrasive paper and all dust is remove.

 

9. Two to three coats of the finish paint are now applied, with light sanding and washing between coats. Drawer and cupboard fronts are stacked carefully between coats.

 

10. Finally, when everything is dry, the doors and drawers etc are replaced and adjusted to ensure proper closing and that everything is level. The handles are replaced, all protective sheeting is removed and the kitchen is left clean and tidy, ready for you to enjoy!

 

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Have a look at some of the pieces of furniture that I have transformed with a fresh coat of painted. Fitted and free-standing wardrobes, office units, chests of drawers, bedside cabinets and beds, tables and chairs, shelving units and built-in cupboards, even loudspeakers! Almost any surface can be painted with the right know-how, skills and products.

 

 

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Give it a go or better still give me a call.

John Worsley, on 07878 464902 to discuss how I can help with your decorating needs.

 

For more information about Oakwood Painting visit:

www.oakwoodpainting.co.uk and

http://www.duluxselectdecorators.co.uk/decoratorprofile?id=330437968

Its beginning to feel a lot like Winter

on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Its beginning to feel a lot like Winter

 

Katy Schweiger of Domestico provides simple and inexpensive tips for facing up to winter, our most challenging season.

 

So before the thermometer drops any further, wh not fully prepare yourself, your family and your home for everything the weather throws at us. Have a look below for our list of essentials

 

Those boots are made for walking

The staple of British winter – boots are a must. Whether trendy leather, flower power wellies or the sensible sort, give them a spray inside with shoe freshener if they haven't been worn for a while. Check right down to the toes, when we were children, my poor aunt found a dead mouse in the bottom of her boot!

 

Warmth and comfort first, especially standing on cold stations, talking the kids to school or out with the dog. You can keep chilblains at by adding some wool or felt insoles.

Try our DIY solution. Simply use one of the insoles from your favourite winter shoes to make a pattern on the fabric of your choice. Try re-using an old jumper for a more environmentally-friendly approach.

 

Heads and toes

With temperatures gravitating more and more towards the single digit range, make sure everyone is wrapped up warm.When you watch Scandi box sets they are always wearing hats, so should we!

 

Not sure it is worth investing in good gloves, except for special occasions. We have a basket of cheap gloves, hats and scarves in the hall, perfect for when you just can't seem to find your favourites in a rush or guests need wrapping up.

 

Make Water Afraid

Protect your clothing from water by spraying it with some hydrophobic (water-repellent) spray. From personal experience, I'd recommend NeverWet – available from amazon.co.uk and Homebase. A light coating protects your clothing by creating a barrier between the fabric and the outside world, repelling any liquid which comes in contact with it. The spray works on a large variety of surfaces including leather, suede, polyester, cotton/poly blends and canvas.

 

Newspapers In Shoes

A simple, cheap and effective way to keep damp away from your shoes is to simply stuff them with some old newspaper sheets. Not only will the paper absorb the moisture from the air which otherwise would have collected in your shoes, filling your shoes will help keep their shape (particularly useful for boots). Definitely a useful trick to try this season!

 

Umbrella Stands

With heavy, grey clouds looming over the outside world ever more often, November can be a time particularly devoid of colour. So, if we can't improve the weather, how about making the home more colourful to help beat the autumn blues. A useful little addition which can greatly brighten any home is a colourful umbrella stand; so you always know where your brolly is before dashing out.

 

Wet Dog

The bane of dog owners across the land during every rainy season. Make sure your home is not engulfed in the horrid smell by following these simple tips to get your pet ready for those long walks in the park, even after the rain.

 

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Dry your dog and keep them smelling fresh and clean. You can't eliminate the smell of wet dog from your home until you first eliminate it from your dog first. Bathe your dog at least every other week and dry their coat thoroughly before letting them roam the house. You could also try a leave-in conditioner to not only keep your pet's coat in good shape, but also to help eliminate more odour.

 

Minimise muddy footprints around your house by using a microfiber doormat designed especially with wet paws in mind. My personal favourite is the Soggy Doggy brand.

 

Use a steam cleaner to clean the mud and dirt which will, inevitably, get on your upholstery at some point during this season. For the peskier stains, we recommend the Vanish products, especially for stains on your carpets. Also, to keep your carpet dog-smell free, we recommend Glade's Shake n Vac, available in several scents. From my own, personal experience, these work great to remove odours on any carpeted area

 

Leave a generous amount of oil diffusers around the house for a fresh scent. Its like the telly ad, you might not smell dog in your home but your visitors will!

 

Keep your dogs' beds clean on regular basis. The simplest way to do so is to cover the beds with children's fitted sheets, allowing you to simply remove the sheet and wash it as needed.

 

Once that's done, draw the curtains, shut out the world, get out the throws and the rugs and enjoy the warm and comfortable 'hygge' you have created!

How SAD are you?

on Monday, 28 November 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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According to the National Institute of Health data, roughly 6% of us living in northern climates suffer from seasonal affective disorder (or SAD), whilst approximately 14-percent of that same population experiences milder seasonal mood changes, or winter blues. That is an awfully large number of SAD people. Common signs and symptoms include:-
 
Disabling Fatigue
 
A draining and sudden lack of energy for no apparent reason may be your first indication that something is amiss, feelings of both mental and physical fatigue, as well as a weighted feeling throughout the entire body that makes otherwise easy activities and tasks completely exhausting.
 
Lack of focus
 
Issues with memory and concentration may also indicate SAD. Many describe this lack of focus as difficulties with remembering appointments to the more severe inability to make simple and routine decisions i.e. what to wear or eat.
 
Sleep difficulties
 
Sudden changes in sleep patterns—which can range from sleeping all the time (hypersomnia) to not sleeping at all (insomnia)—will often indicate an issue if health is otherwise good. You may notice that you wake up frequently throughout the night or wake exhausted even though you slept 8 hours.
 
Joint & Muscle Pain
 
Neck, back, knees, hips, shoulders, headaches, and stomach upset—everything suddenly hurts for no apparent reason
 
Irritability/Anxiety
 
Many SAD sufferers complain of being on an emotional rollercoaster where one minute they are in tears and the next minute they are overcome with anger. You may also feel agitated and restless, but not understand why or what to do to soothe this irritability. The anxiety that spreads through SAD sufferers can range from a mild restlessness to severe stress and jitters.
 
Weight & Appetite
 
You may experience sudden and significant weight loss or weight gain without a change in health, diet, or activity level in a matter of a few weeks, and you may lose all interest in food or use food as a way to comfort your emotions.
 
But it’s not all doom and gloom there are lots of ways to counteract these debilitating signs and symptoms.
 
Try a Light Box
 
If you suffer from mild or severe winter blues, light boxes expose you to light (at 10-times the degree of household lighting) and have been proven to reduce the symptoms of SAD. A light box is meant to supplement actual daylight exposure when the days are longer and darker. You can set your light box to the desired (to emit anywhere between half an hour to 2-hours of happy light).
 
Get Outside
 
While you may supplement your normal light exposure with a light box or a vitamin D supplement—it’s still vital that you get outside as much as possible in winter. After all, vitamin D (aka: the sunshine vitamin) is most effectively absorbed via the skin.
 
Use this as an excuse to get out for some fresh air and sunlight. Go for a winter hike, bike ride or make use of outdoor ice rinks. Daily aerobic exercise won’t only help you stay fit and energetic during winter—it will also lift your mental spirits (thanks to happy endorphins) as well. We already know that morning exercise can help boost your energy levels, mood, and metabolism for the day ahead. That’s why, even if you can’t get out for a run every day mid-winter—a morning walk especially on a clear sunny day will do the trick! It will take roughly 3 days of sun exposure outside to reverse those winter blues.
 
Eat for Better Hormone Balance
 
In addition to your circadian rhythms, the hormone melatonin greatly impacts your need to sleep and hibernate during winter. It also affects your sleeping-waking schedule, your mood, your energy levels, and the risk of seasonal affective disorder.
 
Your body emits greater amounts of melatonin during the dark, cold months of winter, which explains your need to bundle up on the couch and not emerge until spring. According to research from the University of Texas, certain foods (i.e., almonds, walnuts, and lettuce) naturally promote sleep.
 
Avoid Overloading On Carbs
 
During the winter, you’re likely to turn to comfort foods filled with carbohydrates and that sit heavily in your stomach. Pastas and breads, mashed potatoes and pies, can tempt you to overload on carbs. While it isn’t necessary to cut out carbs completely from your diet, having too much can worsen your symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Carbs can make you cathartic, directly affecting your mood with the spike—and inevitable drop—in your glucose level. Instead, eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in fruit, vegetables, protein and fiber. Get as much of the good stuff as you can and cut back on the carbs if you’re feeling sleepy and lazy a lot throughout the winter.
 
And finally……………..
 
Stick to a Schedule
 
When it comes to work, sleep, exercise, and eating one thing is very important: doing these things on schedule. So do your best in winter to resist the urge to stay up too late or sleep in too long. The same goes for eating too much and eating healthy, balanced meals throughout the day.
 
Establishing and sticking to a regular schedule when it comes to sleep, physical activity, and eating will ensure your circadian rhythms stay balanced. Circadian rhythms are essentially your body’s internal clock. These 24-hour rhythms respond primarily to light and darkness (which is why regular sleep is essential) and affect you physically and mentally.
 
 
Stretching
 
Stretching is an activity we strongly advise to be used by athletes, older adults, rehabilitation patients, and anyone participating in a fitness programme.
 
Passive stretches are muscle stretches that are performed with the aid of equipment or a partner to hold the limb in place. Dynamic stretching involves moving the limb from the neutral position to the end range position and then moving back to the neutral position. Dynamic actions are carried out in a smooth and controlled manner (Murphy, 1994). A static stretch, however, is performed by moving muscles to their greatest possible length and holding them there for a period of time (Anderson & Burke, 1991).
 
Obviously, there are many factors and reasons for reduced joint range of motion, only one of which is muscular tightness. Muscle tightness results from an increase in tension from active or passive mechanisms. Passively, muscles can become shortened through postural adaptation (sitting all day) or scarring; actively, muscles can become shorter due to spasm or contraction. Regardless of the cause, tightness limits range of motion and may create a muscle imbalance (Page P, 2012).
 
Static stretching is effective at increasing range of movement. The greatest change in range of motion with a static stretch occurs between 15 and 30 seconds (McHugh, et al. 1992; Bandy & Irion, 1994); most authors suggest that 10 to 30 seconds is sufficient for increasing flexibility (Bandy & Irion, 1994; Cipriani et al., 2003). In addition, no increase in muscle elongation occurs after 2 to 4 repetitions (Taylor et al., 1990).
 
Stretching is also usually incorporated pre-exercise as it has been suggested to improve muscle flexibility, prevent muscle injury and enhance physical performance (as cited in O’Sullivan, Murray & Sainsbury, 2009). Though other studies have shown passive stretching prior to exercise can reduce performance by up to 20% (American Journal of Applied Physiology)
 
We recommend that everybody, regardless of your activity level and especially those over 65 years old, should incorporate static stretching into daily regime to help maintain joint health, range of movement and overall flexibility.
 
This should enable you to maintain flexibility into later life.
 
Robert Hawkins

Total Wellness
 
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Stress affects our health - how do you deal with it?

on Thursday, 10 November 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Stress affects our health - how do you deal with it?

 

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Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure, when you feel unable to cope, which can cause health problems.

 

We all experience stress at one stage or another, some level of stress is unavoidable but modern day living, ever on technology and situations outside our control all add to our feelings of anxiety, sleeplessness, lack of contentation, frustration, mood swings, excessive eating and drinking and even depression.

 

Whatever the causes, health issues, money worries, constant worrying, loneliness, pressure at work, no work, family problems, bereavement, divorce and other reasons, stress is a growing problem for society. It has become one of the main causes of sick absence from work and it seems that more and more children are suffering with stress due to school or peer pressure.

 

We are all different and that includes how we response to problems that inevitably occur. A situation that feels stressful to one person may be motivating to someone else and this can be down to our past experiences, our learnt behaviours, our thought processes and our own level of self-esteem.

 

So how can hypnotherapy help reduce stress levels?


Stress is caused by our subconscious protecting us. We may go into a flight or fight response when we are in an uncomfortable situation. Our subconscious can't tell the difference between what is real and what we are imagining so it sometimes acts as if we are in a life threatening situation when in fact all we are doing is about to give a presentation in front of 20 people or starting a new job! We are then left with all this extra energy with nowhere for it to go. This can leave us with feelings of stress and inadequacy which are bad for our health.

 

Being stressed is a physical reaction as much as an emotional one. Stress is an inevitable part our lives, you cannot change that, but you can change your reaction to it. The aim is to find ways of managing stress and using it to our advantage. Here are some simple tips to help you to learn to cope with the hard times, which will make you feel good about yourself.

 

Hypnosis is recognsied to be a powerful tool to help reduce stress. Hypnotherapy for stress can be effective even after just one session. You can reinforce your hypnotherapy sessions with self-hypnosis at home.

Give this a try.

 

1. Find a place where you can relax and be free of too many distractions e.g. your favourite chair, lying on your bed.

 

2. Take in a slow deep breath, imagining you are breathing in positive thoughts and feelings and then gently close your eyes. As you exhale, relax your body as much as you can and blow away any worries, stress and negative thoughts.

 

3. Count down from 10 -1 with each deep breath, feeling yourself sinking deeper and deeper into the chair.

 

4. When you get to 1, imagine the most peaceful place for you, whether it's a tropical beach, a beautiful garden or maybe your home. Then repeat positive affirmations, such as "I am calm.....I am relaxed.....I am in control".

 

Whatever you say to yourself in your mind, make sure it is positive (so don't say to yourself...I am not stressed... as the subconscious does not recognise the negative.)

 

After approximately 2 mins, you can count out 1,2,3, open your eyes and continue with your day. I if you do this every day for two weeks, you will find that you start to think more positively.

 

Bridgette

 

Bridgette Mansfield Hypnotherapy

Snoring - why you should go to the dentist

on Thursday, 10 November 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Snoring - why you should go to the dentist

 

 

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        If you are a habitual snorer, you not only disrupt the sleep patterns of those close to you,

        but you also impair your own sleep quality and maybe even your long term health.


        Snoring can be a symptom of a disorder called sleep apnoea, which can have serious health risks.

    

       

 

 

Snoring or sleep apnoea is very common, according to the Sleep Apnoea Trust, but less than one in four sufferers are diagnosed. To quote the Sleep Apnoea Trust:

 

"Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a serious condition where the muscles in the throat relax during sleep causing the sufferer to temporarily stop breathing. If untreated it can occur hundreds of times in a night leading to daytime fatigue and other serious health problems"

 

Snoring is caused due to a vibration of respiratory structures with the resulting sound produced from the movement of obstructed during breathing while asleep. Although sleep apnoea can affect men and women of all ages. It is estimated that around a third of people aged over 30 are snorers, rising to 40% of middle aged men, the most prevalent snoring group. According to a recent SAT survey, two thirds of adults with partners say they have been distrubed by their parter's snoring.

 

One major predisposing factor for snoring is being overweight. The excess fat deposits in the area of the neck and throat put pressure on the tissues surrounding the airway causing it to narrow. Snoring is also more common in people with a large tongue, a long soft palate, a large uvela (the fleshy extension at the back of the soft palate which hangs above the throat), or large tonsils. Snoring is also more prevalent in people with a receding chin because there is less space in the back of the throat for the soft tissues and tongue.

 

Cigarette smoking can also cause increased nasal congestion and mucous in the air passages, with consequent increased snoring.Patients with long-term snoring or sleep apnoea risk developing arrhythmia. Patients who have sleep apnoea also may have gastro-esophageal reflux as the narrow airway can cause pressure alterations following air movement from and to the lungs during sleep, which can suck the contents of their stomach back up into the esophagus.

 

Lack of sleep can hamper us in our daily lives and can even put us and others at risk. For example, sleepiness at the wheel, or drowsy driving, is said to be the cause of about 22% of road accidents, in fact it has been assessed that tiredness has cause of more road deaths than alcohol. A UK poll shows that up to 11% of drivers admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel.


Are you alarmed?  The good news is that once sleep apnoea has been diagnosed it can be easily treated.

 

In my practice I have noticed an increase in patients enquiring about help with snoring. More and more people are seeking advice from the dentist rather than the GP. That is because many of the oral appliance solutions to alleviate scoring most effectively are applied and fitted by dentists. When undertaking a check up we are often able to spot signs that the patient is a snorer. 

 

Dentists with appropriate training can construct oral appliances/devices for snoring and sleep apnoea. Much like an orthodontic retainer or an athletic mouth guard, the oral appliance is placed in the mouth. These appliances prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat to open the breathing passages during sleep. Adequate air intake is promoted by allowing normal sleep for those who suffer from snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. Your sleep is restored and your partner is happy!

 

At Dental Practice on the Green I undertake a screening to identify the risk of sleep related breathing disorders (SRBD's). If you want to know more or have a chat, if you have concerns please call Dental Practice on the Green on 0208 882 3909 where I have my clinic on a Monday 10-7pm.

 

Dental Practice on the Green, 33 The Green, Winchmore Hill, N21 1HS

 

MARIO CORREIA - BDS MSc DPCD MFD RCSI MFGDP (UK) Dip Aesth Med QMUL

Ten Top Tips for Easy Cleaning

on Wednesday, 28 September 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Ten Top Tips for Easy Cleaning

 

Katy Schweiger of Domestico provides ten simple and inexpensive tips for removing stains on kitchen utensils and crockery using cheap and natural ingredients, some from the larder- which have been used for centuries!

 

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1. Greasy baking trays can be cleaned with washing detergent. Add a scoop to the pan with hot water and leave to soak. It will help to lift off all the grease and food residue without much elbow grease.

 

2.  "The rainbow affect" in pans can be removed by boiling hot water and tartar sauce in the pan affected. Rinse and buff dry for clean shiny pots!!

 

3. Rusty knives can be cleaned by putting the blades into a raw onion. Wiggling the blade around activates the juice and gets rid of the rust.

 

4. To remove light stains from mugs or cups, rub with a paper towel and some salt. Borax or bicarbonate soda also works if you don't have salt.

 

5. Heavily stained cups are best left in soak for 5 minutes with hot water and bleach. This takes the mug back to its original colour but ensure you rinse well so no bleach residue is left in the mug.

 

6. Once you have used a frying pan put straight into cold water with a drop of washing up liquid. This avoids having to scrub too hard or have any marks left at the bottom of the pan.

 

7. To remove tarnish from copper cookware sprinkle with salt, cover with lemon juice or vinegar, rub over the affected area, rinse thoroughly and buff dry.

 

8. When washing up, add a dash of distilled vinegar to the final rinse. This brings the glassware up sparkling and is a great tip if you have dinner parties and want your glasses shining.

 

9. Vinegar also works wonders in removing scrambled egg, put the pan on to boil with a mix of water and vinegar for a few minutes, it comes off a treat

 

10. Red wine stains from the bottom of a decanter can be removed with rice and distilled white vinegar. Add a small hand full of rice and the vinegar and rotate gently. The abrasive action will help to remove the deposits that are inaccessible.

The Great Fat Diet Myth

on Thursday, 14 July 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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The Great Fat Diet Myth

 

Forget those strict regimes of self-denial that are truly impossible to keep up, what's needed is an eating regime that you can follow for life and that fits in with your own personal lifestyle. The western world is obsessed with diets we have become overfed and under nourished, obesity is now at worrying levels in both adults and children and un-realistic images of super thin models and muscle men give us a distorted view of what is to be fit and healthy.

 

The successful slimmer loses weight slowly with the key being to establish a way of eating and exercising that becomes second nature and lasts a life-time. It is when we feel well in ourselves that going back to our old patterns is no longer a consideration.

 

The aim of an effective regime is to bring about weight loss by reducing the amount of calories we take in from food and drink, and increasing the amount of calories we burn through exercise. What is very important here is that we want to lose fat not muscle, some people think that means cutting all fat from the diet, far from it, if you reduce good fats in the diet you can become hungry and many low fat foods are high is sugar. If you don't burn off that sugar, the body will store it as fat. It's all about getting the right balance and eating certain foods in moderation.

 

The Myths

 

Some slimming plans are scientifically based whilst others can be quite dangerous. Crash diets or detox diets if done incorrectly and not under supervision at best can cause water and protein to be lost rather than fat and at worst can lead to liver and kidney issues and disordered eating. Faddy regimes do not encourage healthy eating habits or establish safe and permanent weight loss.

 

Healthy slimming regime


Any programme undertaken, whether it includes smoothies, protein shakes, salads etc. must contain all the nutrients the body needs. To achieve this, vegetables, fruit, lean, meats, fish, pulses, etc. need to be included. Cakes, biscuits, sugary foods, alcohol and processed fats have no value and therefore need to be excluded. It all sounds very simple and fundamentally it is. However we are all individuals and what works for your friend may not work for you. This is where personalised nutrition comes in.

 

Personalised nutrition is where a programme is worked out especially for you, taking in to account your lifestyle and food choices. A regime that includes lots of fruit and veg when you suffer with IBS or other digestive issues could be quite unhelpful and living off smoothies made with too many high sugar fruits could be more harmful than anything else.

 

Keep a food diary of everything you eat and drink and the times for a period of four weeks. This will show you a pattern of eating, some things such as eating late at night or skipping breakfast or snacking on high calories treats throughout the day need to be addressed but when choosing the regime that works for you think about what you do already and adapt. You will be far more successful than trying something that is completely different and almost impossible to stick to.

 

If you would like further help to devise a plan especially for you, come in to clinic and see Kim, she will be only too happy to work with you to achieve your goals.

 

KIM KNIGHT

 

020 8372 5926

 

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