healthy heartThis year is moving on at a pace and we are already into the ‘Love’ month. We have spoken about the origins of valentines day before but this year we have decided to carry a more modern theme for the month: “The loving gift of health”.

This month sees our resident aromatherapist moving on to pastures new. Rachel has been offerd a position of tutor at Oldham College. She will be sadly missed and we are trying to find a replacement to fill the void left by Rachel.

In an effort to get more organised and keep you up to date on our plans, Anne is taking a well earned trip back to Oz, (Steve & the girls are going too). This is her first family holiday since last February and before panic sets in she will only be away for three weeks.

Anne has arranged for a fellow Ozzie to look after you all. Her name is Bridie and amongst her many achievments she has won the illustrious chirporactor of the year award in Australia!


This time of year we are looking forward to our next holiday so lets spend a moment seeing some of the stuff we put travel agents through.

I had someone ask for an aisle seat so that his hair wouldn’t get messed up by being near the window

I got a call from a man who asked, “Is it possible to see England from Canada?” I said, “No.” He said “But they look so close on the map.”

A guy called and said, “I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola on one of those computer planes.” I asked if he meant to fly to Pensacola on a commuter plane. He said, “Yeah, whatever.”

Lurpak ButterMargarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys the manufacturers (looking to return the money they invested) decided in their infinite wisdom to feed it to us!

Originally margarine was a white gloopy substance and was pretty tasteless, step in those clever boffins…They added yellow food dye and just to make it extra yummy, loads of refined salt! It was then and still is marketed as a ‘healthier’ alternative to butter.

Do you know the difference between butter and margarine?

  • Both have the same amount of calories
  • Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats (8 grams compared to 5 grams)
  • Eating margarine can increas heart disease in women by 53% compared to eating the same amount of butter

But the main reason to choose butter is that it’s a NATURAL PRODUCT! Our bodies can deal with it quite happily, however as always, use in moderation!