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Lots of lovely stuff for you this month, whether you’re planning to stay in, curled up on the sofa with your copy of Canterbury Index or planning some gentle exercise in this beautiful county. We have suggestions for lovely walks, or take the James Bond trail in a car around the places visited by Ian Fleming, author of the Bond books. If you are on a fi nancial diet but not a food diet, then we have some mouthwatering recipes for a romantic dinner at home on Valentine’s Day. So if you forget to book a table in a restaurant, or can’t afford to eat out, dive into our food pages.

I was surprised to see the statistics on the number of Kent children being schooled at home – a sharp increase in the past few years (see our School’s Out story on the news pages). Timely then that this month we are running a feature on our education page about the Lernejo School in Canterbury, which pupils and parents say is an excellent alternative to mainstream school. And what do you

think? Is home-schooling a good idea? Let us know at canterburyeditor@ We will print the best replies.

Mary Gold

Bag free days out

Do you live in Kent? Good, because there are thousands of free tickets going begging for Kent residents to bag a really great day out during the 2012 My Kent Big Weekend this spring. From Monday, January 23,

visitors to the special website www.mykentbigweekend. can apply for tickets, two per Kent household, to more than 108 different attractions and experiences. The website will be live

for applications until midnight on Monday, February 13, to give everyone plenty of time to browse this year’s bumper selection of days out – ranging from coach trips to France to visiting castles, gardens, historic houses, train and boat trips. If you don't have access to the internet, then staff at visitor information centres across the county can help you apply for tickets. When the website closes, tickets will be allocated by ballot system for My Kent Big Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18 which marks the climax of the fi rst English Tourism Week.

Bowled over

Going to the cricket this year? Well you can forget about struggling to put together a packed lunch and lugging heavy hampers because a new Sainsbury's Local will be opening at Kent Cricket's St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury. The store, opening this spring in time for the cricket season, will

Beat The Belly Buster Challenge!

Set in an old 1900s cinema, The Picture House in Canterbury has put a taste of the silver screen into its menu.

Every Monday, this classy

restaurant releases its latest range of entertainingly themed gourmet burgers. With titles such as ‘The Italian Job’, ‘Jaws’ and 'The Godfather’, this intriguing menu will surely have you aching for a sequel! Its most impressive burger behemoth,

referred to only as ‘The Terminator’, contains

24oz of lean beef and is the subject of the what has now become the milestone of the high street; the Belly Buster Challenge. Indeed, if anyone can fi nish this mammoth burger, they will be rewarded by getting it for free! For more details on bookings and menu, please visit www.

bring 25 new jobs to the city and will no doubt be stocking all those picnic favourites – cucumber sandwiches, strawberries and champagne. The shop will be at the

front of the St Lawrence Ground, off the Old Dover Road, attached to new cricket club offi ces which are being built at the moment.

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The INDEX magazine February 2012

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