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June 2006 Newsletter

Editorial

During the month of June ,Staff and members alike look forward to their summer holidayís . We are taking to the stage during the month of June when we go on an outing to the Olympia Theatre. Locally the Budweiser Irish Derby Festival is on at the Curragh, and in Kildare town.

All the ladies of the Clubhouse will be getting out their sun cream lotion for all the fine weather when it comes. We wish all the , boys and girls who are doing their exams at this time all the best also we wish Michael Burke all the best with his exams.

If anyone has any articles or comments they would like to submit please e-mail them to us at: platinumclubhouse@eircom.net

Philip


Summer (June)

June has been used and abused as far as musicals are concerned at least. It is because of itís sound. ĎCrooning to the Moon in Juneí is only a start!. At least for one it was ďJune is bustiní out all overĒ which was a bit lively and a bit more to the point, as we do expect our roses to be making a show by then. Just because itís ĎJune, June, Juneí we sometimes feel that, because Summer is here we should be making progress on the gardening front, the romantic, and also in panic feeling that if we donít get a bit of sun and sand shortly, we will have to wait for a whole other year to do so!

This year I propose to forget, at least for a few days, that the longest day of the year comes and goes too quickly and try to convince myself that real summer doesnít have to have the longest light hours etc. Even stranger things happened many years ago on St. Johnís Eve but thatís another story. So my advice this month is donít panic! Spend a little more time to watch the grass grow and the river flow as part of the amazing flux of life that we are part of and should in our acceptance of inevitable changes also enjoy to the best.. Happy June.

Best, Lydia


What's in Newbridge for Tourists

Newbridge is one of the biggest towns in County Kildare. In the past few years, the population of Newbridge has exploded and in recent years a good number of foreign nationalists have come to live and work in the area. Recently, the New White Water Shopping centre has opened. In this complex there is everything for the shopper, be it male or female, and plenty of Coffee shops to fill the belly. In the main town of Newbridge there are plenty of shops, and pubs who have music in them at the weekends. At the weekend there is grey -hound racing on a Friday and Saturday night.

Kildare being a football and racing county, there is racing often on the Curragh only two miles from Newbrige town, and in the local football and soccer pitches there are matches on a regular basis. The river Liffey flows through Newbridge and it is perfect for a spot of fishing or a walk along its banks. Finally no visit to Newbridge is complete without dropping into Platinum Clubhouse for a cup of tea and a chat.

Philip


Socials in June

Saturday 3 th Barbeque Clubhouse
Wed14th Olympia Theatre
Friday 30h Employment Dinner
Wed 11th Jan Bowling


My Starting Achievement's

Let me start off by saying a big Thanks to all at Platinum Clubhouse for making me feel very welcome. My name is David I was born in London England to Irish parents. My Mother is from Kildare and my Father from Kerry. Anyway I wont bore you with the details of my background Ha Ha.
Just recently I completed a course in basic computers at the V.T.O.S centre in Newbridge. It ran for 10 weeks about 20 classes. I thought it was very interesting and a very well run course. And I would highly recommend it to everyone who has not got round to doing a computer course. I donít know why but I had a fear of using a computer, maybe it was a fear of the unknown, or it was all them people that I met that would speak to me in computer jargon.
There is a computer at my place of residence, but I would not go near it. But now you cant keep me off the thing. I feel very proud of myself and feel that finally Iím starting to achieve my real goals in life
.

David


Summer Here
Save Water

Fix any leaky taps or water pipes, even a small drip can add up to a lot of water over time. Donít leave the tap running while brushing your teeth or shaving. A shower uses much less water and energy than a bath. Run dishwashers and washing machines with full loads.
Also, wash at a cooler temperature, up to 90% of the energy used for washing is used heating the water. In the garden, leave the grass a little longer, maybe 2.5 inches, this will shade the roots and cut down on evaporation.

Peter


Beauty of Country Side

Winding roads through glens that never end, Many ditches shelter each side of a country trail, Busy cars scoot along each awkward bend, As pedestrians carry on their routine way without fail, I cycle along contented, inhaling the fresh air. As I listen to the birds whistling their chirpy song. Just myself and natural scenery for to share, As nature of countryside was in me belong. Rich green foliage grows natural at each dyke.

With many trees growing wild with great ease, In summer childhood I travel in haste on my bike. With freedom in my heart I do as I please. Remembering back the ecstasy of my childhood days, Running through the fields and having fun. A feeling of country comfort within me lies, Been a country boy with glee I wish forever begun.

I used to pick wild mushrooms on a cow dung field, Or searching from bush-to-bush for birdís eggs, Nature in my heart had me entirely healed. Being aware of any stinging nettles on my legs, I loved to smell the wild and scarlet briar rose, Or collecting the colourful lilac on each tree. The cowslip and the buttercups lavishing growth Just some of the pleasures the country meant to me. My countryside is familiar to me in many ways, Of all the land I explored through the many years. But the inner culture of this area within lies, In a lifetime of dreams forsaken by many fears.

Derelict buildings are scattered from place-to-place, Once children reared there but now gone abroad. It is of my countryside within me to embrace, To the beauty of a homeland created by our true lord. A natural beauty my countryside does behold, That develops more within the seasons of each year. Even though these country landscapes are centuries old, My heart will be within its nature oh so near. As pedestrians carry on their routine way without fail, I cycle along contented, inhaling the fresh air. As I listen to the birds whistling their chirpy song. Just myself and natural scenery for to share,
As nature of countryside was in me belong.

Rich green foliage grows natural at each dyke. With many trees growing wild with great ease, In summer childhood I travel in haste on my bike. With freedom in my heart I do as I please. Remembering back the ecstasy of my childhood days, Running through the fields and having fun. A feeling of country comfort within me lies, Been a country boy with glee I wish forever begun. I used to pick wild mushrooms on a cow dung field, Or searching from bush-to-bush for birdís eggs, Nature in my heart had me entirely healed. Being aware of any stinging nettles on my legs, I loved to smell the wild and scarlet briar rose, Or collecting the colourful lilac on each tree. The cowslip and the buttercups lavishing growth Just some of the pleasures the country meant to me.

My countryside is familiar to me in many ways, Of all the land I explored through the many years. But the inner culture of this area within lies, In a lifetime of dreams forsaken by many fears. Derelict buildings are scattered from place-to-place, Once children reared there but now gone abroad. It is of my countryside within me to embrace, To the beauty of a homeland created by our true lord. A natural beauty my countryside does behold, That develops more within the seasons of each year. Even though these country landscapes are centuries old, My heart will be within its nature oh so near.

Paddy


Summertime

Summer is here at last a time to enjoy the weather, long bright day, flowers, shrubs, birds are out beautiful country side many people are now planning holidays, and some are planning week ends away + day trips We now have at Platinum our own mini bus and we should also avail of some trips out We donít need to leave our beautiful county Kildare. We all ready have visited our Japanese gardens a good day was had by all. We have many beautiful old houses and castles in Kildare and we should try and visit some in the near future. All of these houses and castles can be seen by the public 7 days a week.

Here is a list of those venues to be visited.

Leixlip Castle (leixlip)
Castle martin House (Kilcullen)
Castleton House (Celbridge)
Carton House (Maynooth)
Strafing House (Straffin)


Chicken and Pasta Salad

225g 8oz pasta preferably small shells
75 ml 3fl oz olive oil 30ml 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
15ml 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove crushed salt and pepper
350g 12oz cooked chicken chopped
175g 6oz cooked peas
1 red pepper pith and seeds removed and cut into strips
2 celery stalks sliced
125g 4oz mushrooms sliced
4 lettuce leaves
2.5ml .5 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water for 5 to 8 minutes or until it is al dente drain then place in a salad bowl add the oil vinegar lemon juice garlic and salt and pepper to taste toss well to coat cool completely add the remaining ingredients except the lettuce and nutmeg and toss well to coat line a salad bowl with the lettuce leaves and spoon the chicken mixture into the centre sprinkle over the nutmeg note cooked turkey may be substituted for the chicken and serve.


Handy Tips

Cut your lawnís every week & remove all dead heads from flowers. watch out for green fly.


Announcements:

Get Well wishes to: All our members who are unwell.

Birthday Wishes: Elizabeth, Martina,James, Kieran, Roisin, Linda, Darren, Desmond, Lydia, Siobhan,

Welcome to our new members: Fidelma, Brian, Dennis

Disclaimer: The views, opinions and beliefs expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of Platinum Clubhouse.

Contributors: Paddy M, Peter, Lydia Brian Stephen, Philip, David, Patrick

Editorial team:Patrick, Breda, Carmel, Philip, Clive Tom

Any articles, items or pictures in this newsletter may only be reproduced following permission from Platinum Clubhouse.


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