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As you get older eating can become a bit of a chore especially if you are not feeling your best. So the easiest and simplest meals become our staple and there is nothing that beats toast, even having some fruit with it makes it less boring but there are many other things you can have with toast as you can see in the picture.

We need to start our day off the right way and we do that by giving our bodies the substance they need to keep us fueled up until lunchtime. If you say breakfast I think the most popular thing people think of is eggs and what a great breakfast they make and so much choice in how to cook them and what to have with them.

Some elderly people have trouble getting going in the mornings so a brilliant idea is to prepare your breakfast the night before and these oats in jars are a brilliant example. The choice is vast what you can put in them so they appeal to all tastes. You can use vegan ingredients and just put in the things you like.

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Whatever you decide to make for your breakfast just make sure it’s healthy by using all the good ingredients and less sugar, use fruit to give yourself that sweetness instead. I love a bowl of ready brek in the winter with some fruit. Summertime gives you more choice in your fruit so you can vary it each day with your cereal. I enjoy a poached egg on toast for something a bit more filling or if I am going out.

So please don’t skimp on your breakfast and let us become healthy oldies.

 

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I fancied reading something a bit fun and lighthearted so picked this from my to be read pile (TBR) It has not dissapointed me so I am really enjoying it. What did we do before Gin?

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PUBLISHED BY JOFFEE ON 17th JULY 2019

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MEET DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES IN THIS NEW SERIES THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM THE EXPLOSIVE START TO ONE OF THE MOST SHOCKING TWISTS THIS YEAR.

Early Sunday morning, a rainy city centre. A ten-year-old-boy steps out in front of traffic. He is dazed, confused and barefoot. He is covered in blood. It’s not his.

Detective Maddie Ives is called out and finds the boy backed up against a shop front. He can’t or won’t speak. His face is a mask of shock and his whole body is tense. He’s ready to run again. He can’t tell her why.

WHO SCARED THIS BOY OUT OF HIS WITS?

Then a man is found brutally murdered, dragged to death. And Maddie and Detective Harry Blaker are determined to find out who is pulling the strings.

IF THEY DON’T STOP HIM, HE WILL FIND MORE VICTIMS. AND THE EVIL WILL COME CLOSE TO HOME.

HE WILL FIND YOU: The new heart-pounding thriller from Charlie Gallagher. Maddie Ives faces her most dangerous adversary.

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Has been a serving UK police officer for twelve years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a frontline response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and also as a detective investigating the more serious offences.

His books are a series of thrillers and, rather unsurprisingly, policing is central to the stories. The central themes are greed, ambition, corruption and addiction. Characters from both sides of the law will fall foul to their respective temptations.

He is inspired by what he does in the day-job as a police officer, though the books are entirely fictional. He is aware that the police officers in the books are not always shown positively. They are human and they make mistakes. This can be the case in real life too, but the vast majority of officers are honest and do a job in trying circumstances. From what I see on a daily basis, the men and women who wear the uniform and among the very finest, and I am proud to be part of one of the best police forces in the world.

The books are set in and around the fictional town of Langthorne. This is an area that is typical perhaps of many seaside resorts on England’s south coast: beautiful scenery, raw and rugged terrain and a dark underbelly. He lives on the coast in Kent with his wife and children and not forgetting the dog.

WHAT DID I THINK:

Charlie is up there with my very top authors, his books get better and better so if you like really gritty crime stories then these are for you. For someone that only takes three months to write his books, they are absolutely brilliant, goodness knows what his dreams are about! Maddie Ives and Harry are a good match and work brilliantly as detectives and they really get some gory crimes, always getting the criminals in the end. I can never predict what is going to happen as there always seems to be a twist.  This was not one of my favourites and I know Charlie did have problems with this one and it does show a bit in the middle its all a bit drawn out. I’m looking forward to his next one though so get writing Charlie.

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Book 1 – He Is Watching You
Book 2 – He Will Kill You
Book 3 – He Will Find You

The books of the Langthorne Series:
Book 1 – Bodily Harm
Book 2 – Panic Button
Book 3 – Blood Money
Book 4 – End Game
Book 5 – Missing
Book 6 – Then She Ran
Book 7 – Her Last Breath

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LEAS CLIFF HALL, THE SUNFLOWER LANYARD SCHEME                                image004

LAUNCH 5TH OCTOBER

Please find attached all the details about this scheme which is designed for customers with hidden disabilities, we will be sending an email to all our customers letting them know we have joined the fabulous scheme.  We will also be posting on all social media the details.

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Which hidden disabilities eligible for a sunflower lanyard?

The types of hidden disabilities that are eligible for a sunflower lanyard include:

  • autism and Asperger’s
  • learning disabilities
  • dementia
  • mobility issues (e.g arthritis, MS, ME, chronic illness)
  • visual or hearing impairments.

How does the sunflower lanyard work for people with hidden disabilities?

If you’re wearing a lanyard, staff can offer you help but won’t know what your individual disability and needs are. Just let them know what they can do.

The support that can be provided with a lanyard includes:

  • more time at the checkout
  • packing your bags
  • speaking face-to-face to allow lip reading
  • using clear and easy-to-understand language
  • help with hard-to-reach products
  • making others aware a person may be struggling or have behavioural issues.

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The lanyards are free and they can be collected from the Box Office, all staff will be aware that people wearing the lanyards may need a little bit more time or assistance.

If you cannot get here then you can purchase products here.

What a brilliant idea?

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I have got about six favourite authors and Charlie is right up there with these gritty crime stories. I have been waiting to read this one since publication but I had so many others to read before him, mind you it has made me read them all very quick.  I am also interested in this one as I know it took Charlie longer than any other book he has written apparently he got stuck on one part. After I have read it I am going to see if I can work out what part it was and have a chat to him about that, watch this space for Charlies’s interview.

If your a fan then pop along to The Chambers in Sandgate Road, Folkestone as Charlie and about 28 other authors will be there to chat to and sign books for you, what a great present for a book reader at Christmas. This is happening on the 21st of November from 2.00pm until 6.00pm.

See you there.

Available from Amazon here.

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Calling all Folkestone writers!

Ever wanted to write a sci-fi or fantasy short story set in Folkestone? Now is the time as you only have until the 21st of October. Send your stories into Andy and good luck to you all. If I get time I will write up my idea as I have the beginning in my head.

Prizes including HG Wells’ classic stories which is very appropriate as he built a house in Folkestone which is now a nursing home but the shed is still in the garden where he used to write.

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56 BOOKS

I think I am well on target and may even read more than my predicted 80 books this year! I will be very pleased if I can but then that puts the pressure on next year as I would have to predict an even higher number. When I think of it like 52 weeks in a year, so some I must read in a couple of days it seems an awful lot.  I really like a book that you read so quick though as they are normally the best ones and you just can’t put them down. I am lucky as it is not often I get one that I do not get on with and when you are sent a book from a publisher about something you don’t normally read it takes you well out of your comfort zone but then you find that you really enjoy it. A variety of what you read is good and enjoyable. I think I have about eight from publishers and once those are read I am going to spend some time reading what I have bought or been given as my shelve is full to bursting point.

How many books do you read in a year and what is your favourite book?

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This centre is really doing some good in the town and putting on many events for your wellbeing.

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You can subscribe to their newsletter like above to hear first hand the events they have going on the next month.  You can give a donation of about £3 for tea, coffee and biscuits when attending. If you need any details about anything then ask Sheree who runs everything and knows most details.  We are very lucky to have a centre like this in Folkestone so please make use of it and support them so we can keep it.  Also if you have any ideas about running an event or something you would like to see here then please talk to Sheree.

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MARIANNE DISSARD STOPS AT STEEP STREET COFFEE BAR IN FOLKESTONE, KENT

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Last Monday I had the honour of meeting Marianne at Steep Street, what an incredible lady, the things she has overcome would destroy some people but here we have one tough cookie. I am almost halfway through her book which is amazing and really from her heart. The descriptions are very well written and you can almost feel her pain in some parts. If you read a lot of books you will understand this next statement as for a self-published book it feels great.

Marianne is coming along to my author event on the 21st November 2 pm until 6 pm at The Chambers in Folkestone so you can have a chat with her and get her book. I will be doing a full review of it as soon as I have finished it and then it will go in the pile for prizes here.

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Thursday 26 Sept / Ramsgate – Archive Cafe (6 to 8pm)
Friday 27 Sept / Margate – Making Waves Festival – showcase slot (9pm-12am) not part of the walking tour
Saturday 28 Sept / Deal – The Deal Bookshop (3:30 to 5pm) + guest speakers Bettina Ji and BEAT Ambassador.
Sunday 29 Sept / Dover – Land Trust’s Fort Burgoyne (12:30pm-2:30pm) + guests Dover Tales, Bettina Ji,…
Monday 30 Sept / Folkestone – Steep Street Café (4-6pm) + guest speaker Megan Garrett-Jones
Tuesday 1 Oct / Canterbury – The Gulbenkian (7:30-9:30pm) + guest speaker BEAT Ambassador + videos
Wednesday 2 Oct / Faversham – The Hot Tin (7:30-9:30pm) – 5£/7£ + guest speaker BEAT Ambassador + videos
Thursday 3 Oct / Whitstable – The Umbrella Cafe ( 7:00-9:00pm)
Friday 4 Oct / Herne Bay – The Tranquility Space (6-8pm) + guest speaker Monica Marini
Saturday 5 Oct / Margate – Tom Thumb Theatre (launch party 8pm) + guest artists and BEAT Ambassador + videos

Sunday 6 Oct / Broadstairs – The Chapel (3-5pm) + guest speaker BEAT Ambassador

Thursday 21 Nov / Folkestone – The Chambers (2.00-6.00pm) Author event

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I thought this was a brilliant idea plus it is a bit different, a walking book tour! I also found out that Marianne lives on a houseboat, I would love to go and visit that. I would imagine that it would be really peaceful sitting and writing there, maybe not so much in the winter.

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PIVOTAL BY NIKKI VALLANCE

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I love it when I pick a book up, read the back and think, this sounds good. That is the feeling I got when I started to read this book. As most of the books I read are sent to me by publishers, authors or book tours I don’t actually pick a lot of them so it’s really good that I like most of them. Pivotal has over 400 pages so it is pretty big but hopefully, I will finish it after the weekend as I am not doing much and the weather is making it dark and dismal so just right for getting all cosy on the sofa.

What are you reading? How do you pick a book?

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