from-the-horses-mouthHello. My magazine has now been running for three years so I think it’s fair to say it is  established.

Of course, the magazine couldn’t have existed without input and cooperation from many helpful people like my parents, Robert Williams, Ruth Minich, Brenda Condoll and Michael Blackburn. I have been fortunate to witness the magazine readership grow weekly and have seen a steady  increase in the number of subscribers.

The competitions have proved to be a popular inclusion in the magazine and have provided me with some very interesting material which I have been able to use.

Many people have been kind enough to let me interview them about their work and lives and this is something I intend to continue doing in the future. If you would like me to interview you, you can contact me

The magazine exists for everyone and aims to give a voice to people who are usually ignored – you can view the magazine at:

Best Wishes, Dean Charlton.




Kieran, can you tell me a bit about this club you’re involved with? ANDYMANSCLUB  is a great place for men, from all backgrounds, to get together and discuss problems like mental illnesses (I suffer from bi-polar) and alcoholism etc. We all get together and it becomes almost like a brotherhood.

Where do you meet? My main meeting place is the Shay Stadium in Halifax although we have meeting places in Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Hull (Pulse Rate Group Wincolmlee), Leigh Sports Village, S. Wales (Bridgend The Brewery Field) and one has just opened in H.M.P. Armley for the people in there. Please note that all meetings are at 7 pm on a Monday evening, everything is confidential in the room, not judgemental and no counsellors are present.

Who started the group? A professional rugby league player called Luke Ambler who has played for Halifax and represented England and Ireland.

What made Luke start the group? His brother-in-law Andrew committed suicide out-of-the-blue, having seemingly never having had a problem in his life; he left his kid and his wife behind so Luke took responsibility for them both and realised that men don’t often express their feelings and talk about their problems – they have a shield up and feel they have always got to be the ‘man’. So Luke created this safe place for men to go in order to try and stop things like this happening again.

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from-the-horses-mouthSubject: Nature

Open to everyone. First Prize: £100, Second Prize £50 and Third Prize £25.

Maximum entry is 3 pictures per entrant. Maximum 4MB per image file.

Email pictures as jpg or png to:

You must join the magazine (free) via sign-up form at: from the same email address as the address used to send the images to us.

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Louise, can you say a bit about yourself? I’m forty-six. I’m married to Victor and have three children – Mathew twenty-two, Charlotte fifteen and Sebastian who is thirteen. I was born and bred in Halifax and have always lived in Halifax. I originally come from the Holmfield area of Halifax and now live in Skircoat Green.

How long have you had your café and how did you come to own it? I bought it on the 25th of this year and it came about because I was a regular customer when the then owners asked me if I was interested in buying the café. I went home and had a talk with my husband and we decided we would like to buy it – the rest is history!

Did you always want to have your own business? Yes, I’ve always wanted to work for myself but was not quite sure in what line. I have however, always been interested in catering and this opportunity just came out of the blue.

How did you know you would be able to make a success of this business when you had never run a café before? Well I’ve done various jobs in the past and thought sometimes you just have to take a risk and see if it works out. I like a challenge!

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from-the-horses-mouthWe have a new competition!: a short story competition (up to 5,000 words) with prizes of £100, £50 and £25. There is also a poetry competition with a prize of £50. Entries must receive us by the 31st of December 2016 through:        All winning entries will appear in our magazine From The Horse’s Mouth.

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Kate, can you say a little about yourself? I’m a complementary therapist who supports you to heal yourself. I was originally a biology and environmental conservation lecturer who has a degree in Genetics and Microbiology. I then taught subjects like anatomy and physiology for nearly twenty years before I became a healer – so it’s a weird but necessary mix of experience that I have in my tool box. All my complementary health teachers have been scientists or medical doctors too. I do believe there is a need for western medicine, at times.

As a complementary therapist I will work with you through your medical treatment programme helping you to heal your body naturally at the same time. Thereby greatly improving your health, zest and zing for life. Although if you lead a balanced and healthy life, whilst working regularly with a skilled therapist, we can actually pick up imbalances and difficulties and eliminate them, before they become a disease.

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Written by Rumbi Mapanga
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. (Hebrews 11:24-27 NKJV)

You might be surprised like I was when I first heard that faith has eyes. Yes I knew about faith but no one had ever explained to me that it had eyes.
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Written by Rumbi Mapanga

Isaiah 43:1-2

But now, God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end – Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, and your Saviour.

Growing up as a child I never used to fear anything. I thought I was invincible and untouchable. Unlike my peers I believed so much in my family that no matter what happens around me my family especially my mother, father, brothers and sister would always be there for me. I never thought there would ever be a time in my life when I would feel so lonely and abandoned. My family were my anchor and for a long time yes they were to me a safe refuge. I remember a time when I did something stupid and when I called one of my brothers to come to my rescue, he turned up no questions asked despite that I had put myself in that predicament.

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from-the-horses-mouthMY NOT VERY SERIOUS STARS

Scorpio 24 Oct – 22 Nov

An acupuncturist friend may puncture your ego with some much needed home truths. If you’re worried about your looks, it is time that you started appreciating what you have and how well you are. As a genius, expect more lows than highs.

Sagittarius 23 Nov – 21 Dec

Your lover may disappoint you this month by buying, what you consider to be, a poor birthday present. A man with dyed hair may come to your rescue in your hour of need. A good time to start eating Peking duck.

Capricorn 22 Dec – 20 Jan

Someone may give you a diamond ring this month but be careful of their motives. A long lost relative may contact you soon to ask you for money. You may find a purse and wonder what you should do with it but remember your karmic path.

Aquarius 21 Jan – 19 Feb

It may be necessary to hire a Private Detective this month if you suspect that your partner is playing away. You may go off of eating haddock and become obsessed with spinach. A man of the cloth may try to influence the way you live your life.

Pisces 20 Feb – 20 Mar

You may feel very nostalgic at the moment and long for past times and romance that you once had, but this will pass and you will start to enjoy the present moment again. Be proud that you have a strong moral code and that you know right from wrong.

Aries 21 Mar – 20 Apr

A neighbour may irritate you this month but be aware that it is better the devil you know. Don’t get into a friend’s car that contains their lost pet snake. If you can’t stop smoking, it is a good time to try and cut down.

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from-the-horses-mouthA RECIPE FROM ROBERT WILLIAMS

Recipe for Sour Chickpeas
¾ lb chickpeas
3 pints of water
300gms finely chopped onions
2 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1 tablespoon of grated ginger
4 tablespoons of lemon juice
6 tablespoons of veg oil
½ lb of finely chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon of ground coriander
1 tablespoon of ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric
2 teaspoons of garam masala
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Cooking Instructions:

1. Soak chickpeas for 20 hours.
2. Boil and then simmer for 1 1/2 hours, strain and save cooking liquid for use as stock
3. Put 2 tablespoons of chopped onions, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, ginger and lemon juice and set aside.
4. Heat oil, put in remaining onion and fry for 5-6 mins.
5. Add tomatoes, put in coriander, cumin, turmeric and cook for 1 min.
6. Add chickpeas, 2 teaspoons of salt, garam masala and cayenne, mix and simmer.
7. Cover for 20 mins and cook gently.
8. Add mixture set aside from item 3.

Serve with rice and raita.

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