GETTING OLDER IS SO ROCK N ROLL

GETTING OLDER IS SO ROCK N ROLL

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As I glance into the tell-tale car mirror on my way to work, I can clearly see the lines on my face that I fondly call ‘my map of life’ – as the sun streams through the window.

I am a huge fan of heavy rock, which is always a surprise to my friends, as I look like the typical middle-class mum of two teenage kids, but I have studied the exciting life of my favourite rock stars, with their drug and alcohol abuse, from the safety of the suburbs. I have watched their tempestuous lifestyle, followed by rehab and subsequent salvation, or worse, with secret envy.

Deep lines are etched on their faces telling the tale, and I am beginning to look a bit like them – without the back story of course, apart from a few wild nights in my youth. Well I am not going to incriminate myself at this stage.

I am certainly not averse to a nip and a tuck where necessary, or even a boob job or a bit of Botox (although I am yet to venture down that road), but believe it or not, I am embracing the inevitable aging process and beginning to relish the freedom that comes with it.

I was always amazed by the sheer outrageous behaviour of my late mother, as she told people off in the street, used the odd swear word (which was most unusual for her younger self) and generally upset people, especially her neighbours.

So, with the exception of throwing the television out of the bedroom window (à la Keith Moon), I am planning all sorts of revelries in a few years’ time, along with some equally daring and dangerous safari expeditions, which are bound to upset a few people!

Having said that, I am already divorced, so don’t have a partner to shock, although my ex already believes I am a loose cannon, and so nothing to disprove there.

My kids are smart and I feel I have done them proud as they are heading to university; and my sister already knows my capabilities, so no worries there.

I need to take the plunge and head off on my own Rock n Roll adventure, which will probably involve a few bottles of wine (nothing stronger as I want to remember it all) and some brave decisions, for a safe middle-class female; after all, the world is our oyster the older we become, and the less we need to justify our actions.

So rather than plan your innocuous retirement, look upon the inevitable as a chance to explore other options, and live your dream.  You definitely won’t regret it, and you will get respect rather than criticism as you embark on your voyage of discovery.

After all, why always take the tried and tested route? If you haven’t done so before, throw caution to the wind for the first time in your life – which is so very rock n roll!!

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YOUR NEW SPRING BODY WITH THE ELIXIR OF LIFE

YOUR NEW SPRING BODY WITH THE ELIXIR OF LIFE

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YOUR NEW SPRING BODY WITH THE ELIXIR OF LIFE
by our Editor in Chief, Dee Anderson

As someone who has tried out most types of diets, from California juicing and Atkins combination to sheer starvation, believe me I have been a dedicated follower of them all – and I have lost the weight, only to have gained it back after the diet has finished.

So as a seasoned weight loss fanatic, I feel that I am more than qualified to shout about a miraculous discovery that has not only changed my life and body shape, but has altered the way I approach ‘diet’ as well as optimum health and energy.

This ‘discovery’ is in the shape of a highly experienced health practitioner, Gudrun Jonsson, whose life work has been dedicated to health issues, through the combination of healing remedies, diet and personal interaction.

 

Wind back to late September 2017, yes, just last year. I had been through a particularly stressful time with family issues, I had gained loads of weight and was feeling sluggish, anxious, unattractive and lacking in energy.

Around this time I was introduced to a lady who told me that she had lost a lot of weight by visiting a dietician, and as my resolution was merely in the area of shedding the pounds, I decided to give it a try.

The question of dealing with the problem at root level was way off my radar at the time, but as Gudrun explained my past mistakes in failing to address issues of digestion and acid in the system, together with high levels of sugar in the blood, I began to take it more seriously.

Gudrun focuses on a combination of the traditional healing arts from the subcontinent, biopathic treatments and the latest advances in scientific health, ageing and wellness.

Before establishing her practice in London, Swedish-born Gudrun trained and qualified as a biopath at the Institut for Biologisk Medicin in Copenhagen. Gudrun has written two bestselling books – ‘Gut Reaction’ and ‘The Gut Reaction Eating Plan’ – and has made numerous television appearances. Her success has earned her the respect of complementary and medical practitioners alike, and a devoted following among her many clients.

Drawing upon her extensive knowledge of the healing properties of plants and foods, Gudrun’s treatments lead her clients to have a more alkaline and balanced digestive function that impacts on their overall health and wellbeing. Her treatment also includes plant-based serums, oils and balms that can heal skin conditions ranging from acne to psoriasis, and can balance acidic constitutions and heal inflammation.

I have to confess that she probably caught me at the right time, as I was desperate to turn everything around in the health department, but I was in for a shock as she told me that my digestion was practically non-existent. She also explained that I was just skimming over the surface of the problem by doing all the fad diets, and that I needed to look at the core issues before I made any headway at all.

Gudrun prescribed a variety of remedies after administering the most incredible reflexology – and my admiration for her as a practitioner has grown as my health and energy has returned over the past few months, and as my body has shrunk in size – even my feet have lost their puffiness.

I now bump into old friends and acquaintances who hardly recognise me from a distance, and remark on my drastic transformation. I have bought clothes two sizes down from where I was four months ago and am loving getting into my original size 4 kitten heels again without destroying my feet.

Having said all of this, I was ready to listen, and if you do visit Gudrun you have to follow her guidance with dedication; it is not time-consuming and it is not as strict as you would imagine, but you have to be ready to change your life. Your mind, body and soul have to be working together in harmony.

I do believe in Angels, and believe they come in many manifestations. I really believe that Gudrun is a walking angel, who has been sent to me as someone who has transformed my thinking, and ultimately saved my life.

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THE SILENT CHILD – WHEN HER WORLD REFUSED TO LISTEN

THE SILENT CHILD – WHEN HER WORLD REFUSED TO LISTEN

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If you haven’t managed to catch up with the award winning Documentary Drama The Silent Child aired on BBC 1 recently, I suggest you do while still available on Catch Up.

The film was based on Rachel Shenton the writer’s own experiences as the child of a parent who became deaf. The film features profoundly deaf six-year-old first-time actor Maisie Sly as the titular child. British Sign Language (BSL) is used in the film. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09rfcbz/the-silent-child

The Silent Child won best short film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in August 2017. This made it eligible for entry to the Oscars. In December 2017 the film was selected as one of the final ten films in the category for the 90th Academy Awards. On 23 January 2018, it was announced that The Silent Child was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for the 90th Academy Awards, which it then won.

We observe an over-achieving Mother and emotionally detached step-father from a well-heeled British middle class family, who put their children’s education and piano lessons above the needs of their socially challenged daughter Libby who has hearing difficulties.

As we follow the progress of this young girl from her isolation within a large family, to her progress with a ‘one to one’ specialist carer, whose love and commitment gradually brings her into the real world, we feel outraged as the narcissistic parents deprive her of all hope by cutting her off in her prime, through their own refusal to listen to their child or the expert caring for her, even stopping her sign language as they feel it is better for her to lip read.

It is heart wrenching as the carer secretly visits Libby at her new school, and they sign ‘I love you’ to each other – with no one to observe the tragic consequence.

It certainly strikes a chord as we are subtly informed of the lack of care and understanding in the Education system with the need of sign language and awareness in schools, in addition to the loneliness of someone who constantly feels excluded.

We also observe that a classroom can be the most isolating place for someone who cannot engage with other kids, through the school’s inability or refusal to educate their own staff into how to improve the situation with these simple communication skills.

We are brilliantly educated into the silent World of the child, and quickly learn that neglect comes in all forms, and is not necessarily restricted to grimy areas of poverty or bad education, but with the absence of love, and with love comes listening, which as we know, is the most important thing of all.

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Why ‘mansplaining’ is not just reserved for Men?

Why ‘mansplaining’ is not just reserved for Men?

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We have heard a lot about men’s superior attack on women recently, whether in the work place or on the casting couch, but what about the recent reporting in the House of Commons where Theresa May called out Jeremy Corbyn for telling her the date of the imminent International Women’s Day.   Is this taking the issue of ‘manshaming’ a little bit too far?

I have personally been at the bitter end of sexism in the workplace, as a young actress years ago when propositioned by a well-known Film Director (who shall remain unnamed) when innocently auditioning for him in his office apartment in Kensington.  At the time as a naïve hopeful, who had my dreams squashed by his bullying behaviour, I had no option but to escape, literally by the fire exit, and consequently called my agent in floods of tears.

My Agent who was a key partner of one of the better known Managements, told me in no uncertain terms that I should have taken more care about being alone with him in his apartment, (how could I when this was the address I had been given), and to let the matter rest and keep quiet as the damage had already been done.  My damage I hasten to add, as she was in fear of her own reputation as I had made a complaint and stood up to a giant in the industry.  But that was back the nineties.

It is true I never auditioned for him again, nor did I want to but it was a lesson learnt, and I watched out of interest which actress did actually land the leading role in the movie.  This information will also remain confidential.

So, when I talk about ‘mansplaining’, I am coming from a place of empathy for women.  But in defence of the ‘unfairer’ sex, have had a lot of ‘mansplaining’ in my time from both males and females.

First those of you who do not know what the word means, and I am not about to act as the perpetrator.  But It is the act of a man explaining to a female who they feel is less intelligent or who needs information spelt out.

I think we have all been at the other end of this type of ‘put down’ as it certainly feels like that.  It has happened to acquaintances and friends a number of times.

A close friend recently told a group of us how he was talked down to by an employee who happens to be female, yes it can happen the other way round too.

My friend is a highly motivated entrepreneur, but is single and hopeless at the intricacies of technology and keeping house.  His PA who is a smart middle aged woman constantly ‘mansplain’s’ to him irrelevant information, forgetting that the person in question prefers to spend his time carrying out more urgent tasks, which is why the PA has been employed in the first place.

So where ‘mansplaining’ is concerned, it can happen in all walks of life and by both male and female.  So from now on I will call it ‘peoplesplaining’ and although it does not have such a delicious ring – it is certainly more honest – and may loosen the noose around our male counterparts necks for a while at least, and call a truce on the subject of ‘mansplaining’.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MEETS INTERNATIONAL RESCUE

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MEETS INTERNATIONAL RESCUE

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Low cost Indian airline SpiceJet is conducting a special drive to recruit women pilots this International Women’s Day. The airline is hiring women pilots for its Boeing 737 and Bombardier Q400 fleet and aims to increase “the strength of its women cockpit crew to one-third of the total number of pilots at SpiceJet.”

“The airline has extended an open invite to women pilots across the country as part of the recruitment program which is scheduled for March 7 and 8, 2018 and is open for both captains and first officers, having a valid commercial pilot license,” the airline said.

An all-women selection board consisting of the airline’s management lady pilots will conduct the interviews and selected candidates will be given offer letter same day with “due diligence towards the airline’s esteemed selection standards.”

They are following the path of many female pilots, Amelia Mary Earhart who was an American aviation pioneer and Amy Johnson CBE who was an English aviator who was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia. Flying solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, she set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, but they were not alone.

Amy Johnson

Then who could forget the FABulous Angels from Captain Scarlet created by Sylvia Anderson.
Five fearless jet fighter pilots, Silvia’s vision was way ahead of any other television program, she certainly pushed the boundaries in 60s and 70s television. In fact many female pilots wrote to Sylvia over the years saying that’s what inspired them to be pilots or to be in the aviation industry as Air traffic controllers or mechanics.

The Angels

Times are finally changing for the better and airlines are catching up.

To celebrate pioneering women we are giving away a special edition stamp frame signed by Thunderbirds
creator Sylvia Anderson who was also the voice for Lady Penelope.
To be in with a chance just enter your details below, good luck and FAB

Click here to view this promotion.

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Crackdown on parental alienation

Crackdown on parental alienation

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Frances Hipperson, B P Collins’ family partner, advises on how CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) is aiming to prevent parental alienation within families.

Parental alienation is a common occurrence in the UK. According to CAFCASS, it exists in a considerable number of the 125,000 cases it deals with every year. Parental alienation is when one parent actively attempts to distance their child from the other parent, by, for example, badmouthing or belittling the other or persuading the child that the other parent doesn’t love them, to, at its most serious, seeking to persuade the child to permanently exclude the other parent from their life. Anthony Douglas, Chief Executive of CAFCASS has commented that parental alienation is a type of adult behavior which causes adverse childhood experiences and has suggested it is a form of child abuse.

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CAFCASS is attempting to combat this serious issue through a pilot scheme that will initially give parents the opportunity to change their behaviour through counselling and therapy. Ultimately, in the most serious of cases, if the parental alienation continues, the child or children may no longer be allowed to live with the alienating parent or indeed have contact with them.

It must, of course, be recognised that some parents may have genuine reasons for not wanting their child to have contact with the other parent. Parents with legitimate concerns are not who the scheme is aimed at. This scheme is intended to help families where there are cases involving high conflict, including (but not limited to) parental alienation. It is hoped that when the pilot scheme comes to an end, a full programme will commence in the spring of this year.

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At B P Collins, we have sadly seen the impact that the alienation of one parent can have on a child and the fact in some families the alienation begins even prior to the parents’ separation. It can be extremely damaging not only at the time it starts to occur but as the child continues to into adulthood. In some cases one parent may not see their child for months or even years because the child believes everything the parent who they are living with is saying; or may not want to offend or be ‘disloyal’ to them, and on this basis chooses not to see their other parent.

We believe that this is a positive move from CAFCASS, but of course it remains to be seen how the scheme will work. We are, however, in support of what it is trying to achieve and of the recognition that where there is genuine parental alienation, this can be damaging and action needs to be taken. We also support its recommendation of counsellor intervention, which B P Collins often suggests, as the practical advice imparted can really help both parents and the child address this issue before the child feels permanently estranged from one parent.

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This is a highly complex issue and if a parent considers that their relationship with their child is deteriorating or their child starts to want to spend an increasingly reduced amount of time with them, then advice should be sought from a specialist family lawyer. The earlier this issue is detected and addressed the better, and hence a new scheme directed at early intervention must be welcomed.

If you are affected by this matter, please get in touch with Fran who is part of B P Collins’ team of specialist family solicitors and will be able to provide both legal advice and practical support based on their experience of dealing with such cases. They are also recognised as one of the best family teams in the region according to legal directory Chambers UK, so you’ll be in expert hands.

 

Fran can be emailed on frances.hipperson@bpcollins.co.uk or call 01753 889995.

 

 

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