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Allergies in Pets

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Just like people, dogs and cats can show allergic symptoms when their immune systems begin to recognise certain everyday substances—or allergens— as dangerous. Even though these allergens are common in most environments and harmless to most animals, a dog with allergies will have an extreme reaction to them. Allergens can be problematic when inhaled, ingested or contact skin. 

What Are the General Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs and Cats? … Continue Reading


November 11, 2019 November 2019 Comments Off on Apologies

We apologise to the number of people who sent in photographs for the October issue but which were not published. We had more than usual number of news items, which is always good, and had to remove some photos to fit these in.

Even with removing photos there was still not enough space for all the copy received . It was just not possible to fit in the later arriving items for the October issue. Which is a reminder that the deadline is not a target by which items will be guaranteed inclusion.  The deadline is simply the time from which we can not accept further copy.  To ensure your copy is printed get it in well on time

Art Critique 

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Have you ever looked at an art essay and had your eyes glaze over so hard you accidentally bought shares in Krispy Kreme? Art Critic Vanessa Crofskey is sick of exclusive jargon.

Let’s start with a very real Master’s critique I was a part of:

In an orange my mother was eating is rich with discursive relationships within and between artworks, such that a type of familial resemblance exists despite the disparate eras, styles, and practices of the three artists Menzies works alongside, and despite the different forms Menzies’ works take: digital video, prints set in handmade paper, framed Risograph print, textile, printed matter. … Continue Reading

Book review

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The Great Successor 

Having two very interesting books on hand at once is a real bonus.

 Anna  Fifield’s ‘The Great Successor – the secret rise and rule of Kim Jong Un’ had arrived first so I decided to read it before ‘Searching for Rewi Alley’. 

Anna Fifield has extensive Asian experience, she currently works out of Beijing as the Bureau Chief for the Washington Post and previously was the Bureau Chief for the  Financial Times working from Seoul.  She has visited Pyongyang six times and is the recipient of the Shorenstein Journalism Award for outstanding reporting on Asia which all makes her well placed to write this book. … Continue Reading


Thanks to our sponsors

The Martinborough Football Club held the P+K Marty Masters Se7ens on the 31 October, and it was a huge success. Thanks to all our amazingly generous sponsors; P+K Martinborough, Mitre10 Martinborough, Cool Change, The Claremont Hotel, Top10 Holiday Park Martinborough, Martinborough Vineyard,  Circus Cinema, Ata Rangi, HealthFit, Physio Spot, Dry …

Martinborough Golf Report

At the end of October we held the finals of the Club Championships in near perfect conditions.  In the Seniors Division Tony Russo took on Lance Phelps with Tony shooting a magnificent 63 in the morning round and continuing that form into the afternoon, finally winning on the 25th hole.  …

Martinborough Golf Report

Another very busy month at the Golf Club which began with the Mens 54/36 Hole Open.  The players had to endure some very windy conditions on the Saturday but fortunately the weather was a lot kinder on the Sunday.  Winners of the 54 Hole Division were:  Best Gross Owen Lloyd, …

Regular Features

From the mayor

Merry Christmas! We now have a new electorate MP, Keiran McAnulty and I look forward …

Cooking corner

Catering for a vegetarian this Christmas? Here’s the Vegan Society’s Nut Roast recipe Ingredients  1 …

Councillor comment

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Did you know

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Recyling calendar

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Regional Council notes

Time to start thinking Older residents in our region may well remember the massive flooding …

News from First Church

May these be the gifts your Christmas brings – Peace, Gladness, Good Health   and …

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