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Welcome to the June/July issue. I cant believe where the time has gone and here we are in Summer, well lets hope so!!This issue has a real a summery theme, covering light bites, what to wear in the Sun and how to keep your feet happy.Id like to welcome a new contributor - Sally Todd - she will be writing a regular article called Sallys Smalltalk and on page 10 youll find her first contribution, all about Mums at the school gate. If youre a Mum Im sure youll recognise some of these characters at the gates, and if not it makes great reading.We have some recipes, perfect for those summer days, from John Burton-Race and David Rhys-Price. Having a dinner party or just looking to present your food in a different way then think of joining Miles Nixon at Aubergine for his masterclasses. I was lucky enough to attend one of these masterclasses recently, see page 14 for more details.Want to go to Henley Regatta and watch the rowing?? Enter our competition on page 54 for that opportunity. Until next time, Happy Reading..........
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CONTRIBUTORSHarriet Subramanian, Alexander Parsons, Christine Chalkin, Kasia Cole, Jill Coleby, Clare Chambers, David Rhys PriceJohn Burton-Race, Sally Todd, Shelagh Wright
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features4 Unique Application? Anyone?6 Marlow Regatta10 Sallys Smalltalk
54 Henley Regatta
54 Reader offer for Henley Regatta
regular features10 Recipe from John Burton-Race28 Hair by Alexander 30 Fashion
56 Community information
59 Out & about
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Unique application? Anyone?
More than ever today students are having a hard time. The Bank of Mum and Dad is drying up, university fees are rising; arriving on campus is difficult enough, but staying there can be a real problem.
I work at Brunel University as a Professor of Creative Writing and can bear witness to the struggle many students are having to see out their degree courses, desperate as they are for qualifications to improve their job prospects, burnish existing skills, or just for sheer love of their subject. Students are not the drunken layabouts so often depicted in the press and on TV; for the most part they are profoundly serious, sober, aspiring and deserving young persons. Many work part-time on minimum wage jobs to survive, some have major responsibilities
as parents or carers or both. Scholarships, bursaries, prizes help them avoid the real tragedy of having to give up and give in for financial reasons.
Along the Thames editor Serena Edwards, has been particularly ingenious in the annual prize she has just instituted the Along the Thames prize in Creative and Journalistic Writing awarded to the student demonstrating outstanding, unique and professional application to their writing
As part of the prize, winners will have an opportunity of writing for this magazine, practicing their skills, getting the feedback they need as embryo professionals, adding strength to their C Vs. So thank you, Serena. Enough to reassure one that, yes, there actually might be a Big Society out there.
There is quite a controversy at the moment can creative writing be taught or not? I come down on the yes side, once having belonged to the no camp. You can teach writing. You cant teach students to be great novelists, but you can teach them how to express themselves clearly and concisely, how to order their thoughts, make themselves understood on page or screen. Just as a painter goes to art classes, as a dancer has to learn to dance,
a musician to play music, so writers too need training and practice before they can be safely unleashed on the public.
Perhaps you can write a fine and persuasive speech, or compose a clear company report or council booklet, even though youre not likely to end up as a Matisse, a Mozart or a Dickens.
Though you never know. I can see one of our music students writing a symphony to the M25 as we have an excellent music department. Or an Ode to the Nightingale or a Trout Quintet.
A 15 minute walk from campus and youre in the Colne Valley Nature Reserve, 800 acres of woodland, a beautiful spot for walking, fishing and bird watching. The Colne, a tributary of the Thames in London one is never far away from the Old Father teams with roach, perch and trout.
Or perhaps, thanks to the Along the Thames prize, well produce another Kate Adie, or a John Humphries, or well, name your favorite journalist and read a new him or her in these columns soon.
Fay WeldonOur Thanks to Fay Weldon for launching our new prize. If you would like more information, please contact Brunel University - Admissions enquiriesTel: 01895 265265Email: email@example.comWeb: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/
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With over 700 theatre schools worldwide and more than 40,000 students, Stagecoach is the longest running and most successful performing arts schools network in the world.
Our classes operate for 4 -18 year olds throughout the school academic term time during evenings and at weekends
Early Stages 4 - 7 year oldsThese are specially adapted classes that run for one and a half hours each week, where children are taught elementary skills in dance, acting and singing. Early Stages focuses on allowing the
children to express themselves whilst building up confidence, poise and self esteem.
Main School: 7 18 Year oldsMain School classes run for three hours each week. Whilst the emphasis is on confidence building and self-esteem many students become accomplished performers over a period of years. Performance opportunities take place twice a year for both schools.
Many of the students at Stagecoach are offered professional work, others attend purely to learn new skills or gain confidence. All of them come to have fun!
Well-loved characters, familiar story lines and musical songs all mixed withan unusual twist makes this the best week of the holidays!
Every summer, old hands and first timers light up Stagecoach Henley, High Wycombe and Maidenhead for a brilliant week of summer friend-ship and performance fun! The workshops include as much singing, dancing and acting as they can handle culminating in an energetic performance at the end of the week for friends and family.
Stagecoach welcomes Children and Young People of all abilities, no auditions, no interviews, just lots of enthusiasm!
Dont delay- secure your summer workshop place today!
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Marlow Regatta - 18th & 19th June
Come and enjoy a great family day out at Marlow Regatta, Dorney Lake, Eton Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2011. The event takes place at Dorney Lake, which is the picturesque setting for all the rowing events at the 2012 Olympics. There is plenty of parking by the Lake for you and your family to enjoy a picnic or food. Drinks and ice creams will be
available in the restaurant facilities, situated near the finish. Marlow Regatta at Dorney is the largest and one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the UK. Offering two days of exciting racing over six and seven lanes. Top crews from all over the UK, Europe and other parts of the world come to pre-qualify for the prestigious Henley Regatta,
held at the beginning of July. You and your children will be able to experience the atmosphere the intense competition generates and take away memories to remind you of your day at Marlow Regatta, Dorney Lake when you watch the Olympic rowing next year.More information is available on the website:http://www.themarlowregatta.com
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Rewards & Rentals from Westmount MusicAlong the Thames can exclusively reveal that Westmount Music have launched a Membership scheme, for local customers and schools. For the customerThe free membership works in much the same way as a loyalty reward card. Customers earn points when they buy or rent these points can be redeemed in store, on the website, or saved to redeem against a variety of Reward Tickets such as free lessons, free rentals or further discounted products. There will also be free entries into raffles and heavily discounted products made available to members only. For the schoolsThe best part for the local institutions is the shop will also put the same points their customer earns onto their nominated participating school account. This way the local schools (if signed up to participate in the scheme) will be
able to accrue points every time one of their pupils or parents shops with Westmount Music.Paul Coombes who runs the shop in Marlow Bottom says about the new scheme Its a community initiative to say thanks to the local schools and customers for supporting us. As well as the individual customer earning points every time they shop with us, their school can benefit by redeeming their accumulated points against new instruments, equipment and sheet music The shop is already taking registrations and all points to date are being recorded for when the scheme goes live in June.Registrations will include a membership card for individuals to easily add and redeem points against rentals or products in store. Each registration will also receive a personalised online account for customers and the schools, so they can
easily view the points they have accumulated, account activity and the exclusive Reward Tickets made available to members each month. Dont forget that as well as earning reward points for shopping in store, you will also earn reward points while you rent any instruments with Westmount Music, A customer will earn points every month they rent with us which means their local participating school will earn points too! Rentals are now available from 6.99 a month, instruments include Guitars, Keyboards and Brass & Woodwind. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Westmount Music Club, or for further information on rentals, contact Paul or Katy at email@example.com or call the shop on 01628 481510
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Playground politics is a hot topic amongst weekend tabloids, chick lit and undoubtedly the post school run coffee catch ups! There are an abundance of articles out there categorising groups of parents, mainly women doing the school run, almost dictating a playground pecking order! These articles all make very interesting subject matter as many readers can relate to it. Its almost impossible not to mentally scan your childrens playground and plop people into different boxes:Playground Probationer is a new mum to the school and sticks closely with other new mummies, particularly those whose children are in the same class as her off spring. Generally the Playground Probationer will arrive the earliest for school pick up, often found standing alone until a familiar mummy arrives.Earth Mother the over affectionate mummy who smothers her children with public shows of love and dresses in organic fair-trade clothing as do her offspring. Her little darlings lunches are packed with nutritious food and snacks that would barely keep a sparrow alive.Pushy Parents will refer to their childrens teachers by their first name and be found in school on a regular basis having one to one meetings about how their son or daughter is getting on. The children of Pushy Parents are rarely available for play dates as they have after school activities every single day. Some might even go as far to suggest that they are trying to achieve their competitive ambitions through their children.Yummy Mummy This can actually be found in the Oxford Dictionary
an attractive and stylish young mother. Perhaps what most mummies aspire to but sadly very few carry it off convincingly. The mummy who takes pride in her appearance and actually makes an effort to look good at all times, not just at the school gate. Style
is the key word here and it doesnt just extend to their wardrobe. Generally their children are equally well turned out and their home will resemble a show home.Slummy Mummy Sadly this has not yet made it to the Oxford Dictionary which is slightly surprising given the number of Slummy Mummies out there who far outweigh the Yummy Mummy. The Slummy Mummy will be found in the local shop before school buying a convenience food packed lunch having experienced a domestic fail, or in the school office begging to pay for a school dinner. They generally arrive and depart from the school gates in a flap running late for something, dressed in whatever they picked up off the bedroom floor that morning.Absent Mums the fulltime working mum, who if they are lucky can do a quick drive by and shove their offspring out of the car door at the gates but never picks up sending a parent, au pair or nanny in their place.Mummy Mafia this is a term given to the established parent who is an active member of the PTA using it as a form of networking. Some Mummy Mafia types have even admitted to using afterschool play dates to network for their mumpreneur businesses! Often found in the school office and on first name terms with all...