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NN April 16

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From the Editor

Welcome to April! According to Wikipedia the Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, ‘to open’, in allusion to it’s being the season when trees and flowers begin to ‘open’. Although my bulbs have all been open for weeks due to our warmer temperatures.

Inside this month we have all of the regulars including ‘My Home Town’ from John Best, Arts Gateway MK, where he looks at his home town, Milton Keynes, not as an economic success but as an artefact, an art object worth noting, visiting and celebrating.

We also welcome Linda Allen from Travel Counsellors who kicks off her new monthly column with a guide to The Maldives – quite timely if you’re considering a getaway. And Roger Grenville-Jones discusses mis-sold endowment policies.

With the culling of the iconic British Motor Show in 2008 the next best thing for us Brits is the Geneva Motor Show, arguably THE biggest Motor Show in Europe. So if you’re a bit of a petrol head you might be interested to read Adam Tudor Lane’s article on page 40.

The Grand Junction Canal was completed in 1805 and soon became part of The Grand Union Canal, providing a major improvement in communications between London and Birmingham. About half way along its course is the small town of Wolverton and nestled close by at the side of the old canal on the border of Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire, you will find the hidden gem of a traditional awardwinning cider (Virtual Orchard) and a craft distillery (Wharf Distillery) – see page 35.

Enjoy the month guys and watch out for those shuddering words ‘April Fool!’

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