January Victoria Health Newsletter
Welcome to the January newsletter where we take a look at some innovative new products, we throw the focus on winter health and I bring you all the latest news and feedback. I will also be writing about the vital link between Vitamin D and Vitamin K for bone health, why we tend to put on weight in winter and we check in with Shelley von Strunckel, the Beauty Bible girls and the Legologist. The amazing Liz Wilde will be stepping onto my podium this month, so if you are adopted, or you know somebody who has been adopted, then I urge you to read this section of the newsletter.
Before anything, as we are all aware, VAT increases to 20% on 4 January and unless I become either the Prime Minister or the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the next few days, I’m afraid there is nothing I can do about it. Trust me, if I ruled the world, it wouldn’t happen, but I don’t and I’m afraid we will have to live with it. Additionally, many brands implement their annual price increases in January, so if you are sitting with a calculator and things don’t quite add up, this will be the reason why and again, my hands are tied. For the purposes of this newsletter, all prices shown are pre-increase as we still have a few days to go. Right, let us begin!
The Konjac Sponge
We are on a bit of a Japanese ‘mission’ at the moment, first we introduced you to the Haramaki, the Japanese tummy wrap, and now I am about to tell you about the Konjac Sponge, which is a handmade, 100% natural vegetable fibre, skincare sponge that cleans, exfoliates and moisturizes your skin. So if you are ready for a bit of a skincare revolution, read on:
Konjac is a perennial plant from the IndoChina Peninsula, which in its dried form contains around 40% Glucomannan, a highly purified vegetable fibre, also called Konjac Mannan. Konjac (Kinnyaku) has been a Japanese traditional food for more than 1500 years, it has almost no calories, but is very high in dietary fibre, therefore it is often used as a method to lose weight.
For over a century, the Japanese have been using the Konjac vegetable as a beauty treatment for their delicate skin as it has a natural soothing effect on skins suffering from acne, breakouts and blackheads. The sponge helps soothe the skin by removing dirt and oil and naturally balances the pH level, reducing the overall acidity of the skin. A reduction in acidity results in less bacteria, less dirt and oil and thus helps reduce the clogging that cause breakouts.
There are three different Konjac sponges, each will gently clean, exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin and whilst results will obviously vary from person to person, within one month of using the sponge on a regular basis, you should see a difference in skin tone and texture:
Konjac Sponge – White Round: This is the all-purpose original sponge, which is great for people with sensitive or extra dry skin as it helps revitalise the skin with natural botanical moisture and can be used as a stand-alone or with your favourite cleanser. This is the Konjac Sponge that I use and I have to say that my skin looked remarkably brighter after just one use. Having used it religiously over the past few weeks, I am well and truly hooked, so much so that I keep looking in the mirror just to ensure that I’m not hallucinating. It needs to be said that I get bored with products (and most things in life) quite rapidly if they fail to live up to expectation or they are not serving their purpose, but I am head over heels in love with my Konjac Sponge, so I just thought I’d mention the fact. Here is a top tip: run the wet sponge over your lips and it will help take away dried, cracked skin as if by magic. Then load your lips with Bee Sting Lip Plump and Lanolips 101 and wait for the comments. Oh my!
Konjac Sponge White Round £12; Bee Sting Lip Plump £20; Lanolips 101 £11
Konjac Sponge – Bamboo Charcoal: Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, this is the sponge to use if you have oily skin and is recommended for hypersensitive allergic skin, acne breakouts, shaving rashes and irritated skin. Something deep inside tells me that this little baby is going to be the ‘most wanted’ and whilst each of the Konjac sponges can be used very effectively without a cleanser, add your favourite cleanser and we enter the realms of the extraordinary. For breakouts, it just has to be either Cetaphil, as recommended by dermatologist all over the world, or the brilliant Trouble Free Facial Wash by Yes to Tomatoes.
Konjac Sponge Bamboo Charcoal £12; Cetaphil £7.95; Trouble Free Facial Wash by Yes to Tomatoes £8.99
Konjac Sponge – White Body: This is a small sponge to use on your body and can be used with or without soap, so it is perfect if you have sensitive skin or suffer from a compromised skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis. It is also ideal to use on babies or children who are prone to skin conditions.
Konjac Sponge White Body £12
In conclusion, each of the sponges will last up to three months if you look after them properly. After use, rinse with clean water several times and squeeze to get rid of any excess water. Store the sponge in a well ventilated, cool area to allow it to naturally air dry. The sponge will not work properly if you don’t follow these instructions and once it starts to break and crack, it is time to replace it. Just one further thing; I released the Konjac Sponges on the Addicts Bulletin a couple of weeks ago and we completely sold out in just 48 hours.
At the time of writing, we are still waiting for the next consignment to arrive, so I recommend you join the wait list and hope and pray that they arrive sooner, rather than later. Konjac Sponges rule!
I briefly wrote about Bergamonte in the December newsletter, but because the December newsletter was just a touch wild (a bit of an understatement!), I said that I would write about this impressive new supplement for helping to lower cholesterol in this newsletter.
An article from the Health Sciences Institute (HSI) in America, published earlier this year, reported that the Bergamot extract ‘knocks down cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar in staggering numbers and while you might not want to suffer through eating the extremely acrid bergamot fruit – even to get results like that – you can get its benefits without taking a single bitter bite. Bergamot polyphenolic extract comes in one unique supplement called Bergamonte’. So that’s what the HSI are saying and without getting too scientific, here are some facts:
Citrus Bergamot blocks a key enzyme in the production of cholesterol. Cholesterol is a natural product of the liver and in the right amounts does not pose a problem to the body. However, the body sometimes produces too much cholesterol and Citrus Bergamot helps inhibit an enzyme linked to the liver’s cholesterol production, thus inhibiting the liver’s ability to produce LDL (bad) cholesterol, whilst promoting HDL (good) cholesterol.
According to the Mayo Clinic, raising your HDL (good cholesterol) by 1 milligram per decilitre of blood, may help reduce your heart attack risk by 3%. Human clinical trials have shown bergamot polyphenolic extract to raise HDL by an average of 40% and to lower LDL by 36% after 30 days. Whilst results will obviously vary from person to person, this supplement is being seen as a breakthrough natural product in America for healthy cholesterol support, blood sugar support and it is also being used for weight control and the fight against Metabolic Syndrome (a group of conditions, including obesity, which may put you at risk for heart disease and diabetes).
Bergamonte £24.95 for 60 Capsules
Whenever I find out that Temple Spa are about to launch new products, I get rather over-excited for many different reasons. The first is because I know how much you all love this brand, the second is because their research and development is so extensive (it took five years to create Skin Truffle, but the wait was so worth it!) and the third, but vital reason, is that I trust them, which in this industry is no small thing.
I am not a lover of most ‘anti-cellulite’ products and over the past couple of years we have seen an explosion of products claiming any number of extraordinary results, which are so far-fetched it is almost laughable. I say ‘almost’ because the sad fact of life is that they are so hyped up, they sell in their millions. So without having a complete ‘soapbox moment’, let me just say that to my knowledge there is not one single product on the market that you can magically rub on to make cellulite disappear. What is possible is a multi-targeted activity that may help reduce the appearance of cellulite and will also help smooth and tone the skin. So, the first thing I am going to do is to write about Temple Spa’s new body therapy products, just released, and I will finish up with a ‘Spa at Home’ tip:
Go Figure: It’s pink, it’s a gel, it absorbs quickly and it has been formulated to help energise the skin, help stimulate collagen production and help improve skin quality. Its ingredients include Genistein (an active form of soy isoflavone) to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, Caffeine to help activate cell metabolism, Carnitine, Spirulina (for its firming properties), Menthol, Pink Grapefruit extract, Guarana extract, Ginseng extract, Green Tea extract and Ginger Essential Oil to help stimulate circulation. Temple Spa call it ‘Magic Knickers in a Bottle’ and I say that I’ve been following the Spa at Home tip (it’s coming in a minute!) and I need to report that I like the results rather a lot – these thighs were made for firming!
Go Figure £25
No Pain No Gain: Love the name. This is a natural massager that if used regularly with ‘Go Figure’, may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The wooden nodules give a really deep tissue massage that can help break down toxins and increase circulation. It is ideal for use on legs, thighs and arms. Always use long, smooth, circular strokes moving upwards towards the heart. For best results, use twice daily, in the morning and in the evening. I’m actually not sure what I love more, the brush or the adorable black drawstring bag this massager arrives in. It has ‘No Pain No Gain’ written on the bag and I could think of a million different uses for the bag alone!
No Pain No Gain £16
Spa at Home: This will only take about ten minutes and if you are disciplined and do it every day, you will begin to see a difference in firmness and skin tone. Concentrating on your legs, thighs and arms, dry body brush the skin using upwards only movements. I recommend using Temple Spa’s ‘Giving It The Brush Off’ body brush. After you have dry brushed the skin, jump into a shower and if you are brave enough, turn the shower to cool/cold for the last ten seconds. Massage in ‘Go Figure’ with the ‘No Pain No Gain’ anti-cellulite massager and to finish the treatment, please drink a glass of water as this helps release toxins that may be trapped in the body’s tissues, into the bloodstream. It’s a very simple regimen, but if you want to see real results, then make this a New Year’s resolution and by the time the summer arrives (if it ever arrives), you won’t be on the prowl for ‘the next big thing’ that promises to melt fat in three and a half minutes and may well cost you an arm and a leg. May the Lord give me strength!
Giving It The Brush Off £16
Lavender Sleep Patches
I have been waiting for these to be launched for over six months and they have finally arrived. Sleep is a major issue for so many people, so these Lavender foot patches are a most welcome addition for the insomniacs amongst us. Lavender has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy and is believed to be beneficial for a multitude of ailments, including the suggestion that it helps improve the quality of sleep, helps promote relaxation and helps to elevate our mood.
According to medical knowledge, the human body has over 360 acupuncture points, with 60 of these and some 7000 nerve endings located on the soles of our feet, so anything that is absorbed through the soles of the feet can have an advantageous effect on our entire body. Combining relaxation with detoxification, these patches contain a synergistic blend of natural ingredients including Wood Vinegar, Chitosan, Tourmaline, Eucalyptus Oil, Mugwort Extract and of course Lavender Oil.
Before going to bed, just simply remove the outer packaging and then place a patch horizontally across the sole of each foot, pressing firmly to secure it. I always recommend putting a pair of socks on as well to help keep them in place because without giving you too much information, I tend to kick mine off during the night – ahem!
Lavender Sleep Patches £11.95 for 6 Patches; Lavender Sleep Patches £22.95 for 14 Patches
I first came across this skincare cream about ten years ago in LA, but because the packaging and the words on the pot were so completely bonkers, I didn’t even show it to Shabir because I knew his eyes would roll upwards rather dramatically and he would be in line for a heart attack when he read ‘the Ancient Kamitians’ Secret Magical Cream’ right on the front of the pot! I’m not quite sure how this happened, but a few weeks ago I saw a pot of it on his desk and I nearly fell over with excitement because this is one of my all-time-favourite cult products.
So it is an all-purpose skin cream with amazing results for helping to soothe and repair dry, rough and chapped skin, whilst also being great for compromised skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, post shave rash, stretch marks, blemishes and insect bites. It can also be used as a moisturiser, a massage balm and it softens nails and cuticles. It is 100% natural and has developed a cult following since it launched in 1991, picking up many celebrity fans along the way. It really is fabulous stuff and it’s in my bathroom, so I will just conclude by saying that through word of mouth, Egyptian Magic has become one of the most widely endorsed skin creams in the world.
Egyptian Magic £24.95 for 4 oz
News and Feedback
After much banging on my desk in complete and utter frustration, I am relieved to report that Heal Gel is now back in stock. Formulated by five of the UK’s leading plastic surgeons, this is the gel that helps treat post-operative scarring, keloid scars, blemishes and aged scar tissue as well as treating everyday injuries such as sprains, sunburn, bruising and many other inflammatory skin concerns. It has also received acclaim for helping to heal acne rosacea, so all I can say is that thank goodness it’s back and the Heal Gel famine nightmare is now over for the time being!
Heal Gel £32.50
Genki Haramaki: This from a VH Addict: ‘This morning I received my VH black box with a tummy wrap inside. I tried it on and haven’t taken if off. I was going to wear it outside, but it is so comfortable, feels so supportive for my back and is so cosy that I am wearing it around the house. Also it doesn’t do that rolling down thing, which I thought might have been a problem, but it hasn’t moved an inch. It is so brilliant, so now I’m going to need more.’ One last thing here, I apologise if you have had to wait for your Haramaki. With the Arctic conditions prevalent, it all went a bit bonkers and our delivery got held up in the snow somewhere. Sigh!
Genki Haramaki £19.99
High Twelve B Complex: The following appeared in The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine and because of its importance, I am replicating it here: ‘A reader asks which Vitamin B supplement is nearest to the products used in the recent Optima trial (the Oxford University project to study memory and ageing), which showed positive results with people suffering from age-related memory loss. Pharmacist Shabir Daya recommends High Twelve B Complex by Viridian, one capsule daily.’
High Twelve B Complex £13.85 for 90 Capsules
I have known the wonderful Liz Wilde for many years; we have laughed together, worked together and shared more than one glass of champagne together. She is the beauty editor of ‘Take A Break’ magazine, a VH Addict and a fanatical supporter of all that we do and all that we stand for. What I didn’t know, until recently, is that she was adopted at six weeks old and was told five years later. Such was her struggle to come to terms with her adoption, that she harboured her ‘secret’ and didn’t even tell her best friend for 15 years.
For 30 years, Liz tried to ignore how being adopted had affected her. She was successful, outgoing and popular and absolutely terrified of being abandoned again. Liz says: ‘I got sick and tired of hiding my pain. I studied life coaching for two years and while learning how to help others, I also learnt what was going on in my own head. It was a revelation. I discovered all the emotions that had been messing with my life, such as anger, sadness, fear, shame and guilt. I also recognised how finely tuned my self-preservation was. How difficult it was for my mind to trust that people wouldn’t hurt me and how I had recreated the exact same feeling of being an outsider, which I had experienced throughout my childhood’.
After ten years of coaching hundreds of clients, Liz now feels ready to share what she has learnt with other adopted adults and she has found her life purpose, to help ease the pain and hurt of adoption. Her website, www.coachingtheadopted.com, offers one-to-one coaching and also features her e-book, which you can download from the site, called ‘Why Didn’t You Want Me’. Powerful, but heartbreaking, if you are adopted, or know somebody who has been adopted, I urge you to share Liz’s journey in the hope that her bravery may help transform many, many lives.
Many people find they eat and sleep more in winter. Many also dislike the dark mornings and short days and this is commonly referred to as ‘winter blues’. As night falls, the pineal gland starts to produce a substance called melatonin that tells our body clock that it is night time; bright light at daybreak is the signal for the gland to stop producing this melatonin.
On dull winter days not enough light is received to trigger the waking up process and as bright light is linked to serotonin, a neurotransmitter and mood elevator. An excellent supplement to help counter “winter blues” and increase serotonin levels is Magnolia Rhodiola Complex. This supplement contains Magnolia extract to physically relax the body, Rhodiola, which helps increase serotonin uptake to help elevate mood, and Theanine, which helps relax the mind.
Magnolia Rhodiola Complex by LifeTime Vitamins £22.50 for 60 Capsules
Most of us tend to gain a few pounds in the winter months because we are less active in the winter months than during summer. It is literally a matter of calories in against calories out. In theory, our diet should not change in the winter months, but in practice people do tend to eat more sugary foods and starches increasing the potential for weight gain. There may also be underlying stress associated with the lack of sunlight, rather like SAD (Season Affective Disorder), but not full blown, which can sometimes cause adrenal stress resulting in increased insulin production. Insulin deposits fats onto fat cells causing weight gain.
So if you want to kick start weight loss, firstly cut down the calories, secondly start exercising and I highly recommend the Reviber Plus for a full body workout the lazy way (just stand or sit on it!) and thirdly take a course of 10 Day Downsize, the bestselling American weight loss supplement that will help you lose the inches if you don’t eat crisps and doughnuts at the same time! Finally, I just need to tell you that 10 Day Downsize contains Konjac, which is high in dietary fibre and is often used as an ingredient to help weight loss. So now that’s two reasons to worship Konjac. There has to be a third reason, and when I find it, I’ll tell you.
10 Day Downsize £27.50 for 60 Capsules; The Reviber Plus £243.70
Our bodies can fight off colds and infections provided that there are no nutritional deficiencies. Poor nutrition is the main reason for making us more susceptible to infections because many nutrients play a key role in the maintenance of an optimal immune system. The first step for optimal health is ensuring that there are no nutritional deficiencies within the body and although in a perfect world we would gain all the nutrition we need from food, in reality this rarely happens. Step up Shabir, who loves the supplement My Favorite Multiple Energizer so much, we call it Shabir’s Favorite Multiple. If Shabir had his way, then everybody in the world would take this food-state supplement. Two things to say; if you are going to take a multi-vitamin then it should only be food-state because synthetic supplements just don’t do it and the second thing is that I do know how to spell ‘favourite’, but this is an American supplement and they spell the word differently over there. Just saying!
My Favorite Multiple Energizer £14.95 for 60 Tablets
I would like to think that each of you having been taking an immune supporting supplement, such as Astragalus, and a food-state multi-vitamin from the first day of Autumn, but in reality I know that with the best will in the world, some of you are going to catch a cold, have a hacking cough or get the flu this winter. Flu is a contagious disease that is transmitted as an airborne, respiratory virus and is known for its abrupt onset of fever, muscle pain, aches and sore throat. If you think that your immune system could be compromised, then I suggest you take a course of 10 Day Get Well Stay Well sooner, rather than later, but you may also be grateful for the following two products, which are both powerfully effective:
10 Day Get Well Stay Well £25.50 for 60 Capsules
Triple Flu Defense: There are many different flu viruses and they are continually mutating to form new strains. Just like the flu vaccine, what worked in previous years, may not work well during the current year. Triple Flu Defense is a tincture blended in America, which changes its formulation each year so that it is most effective in fighting the current season’s flu viruses. If you are taking it for preventative purposes, you just need to take 20 drops once a week, but should the need arise, then use 20 drops three times a day until full recovery. Very clever.
Triple Flu Defense £22.95 for 30 ml
Marshmallow and Mullein Cough Syrup: Our favourite cough syrup; this is the rather magical stuff that helped cleared a friend’s dreadful cough in just 48 hours. The formula contains Marshmallow root, Mullein, White Horehound and Elecampane, all traditional herbs used to help promote the health of the respiratory tract. The herb Mullein has a traditional use for colds and sinus congestion and its leaves and flowers are used to help reduce mucous. The dosage is one or two teaspoons up to six times a day and it is suitable for children over the age of six (with a reduced dosage).
Marshmallow and Mullein Cough Syrup £9.78 for 100 ml or £15.65 for 200 ml
Health Stars, Beauty Bible and The Legologist
In Health Stars this month, Shelley von Strunckel gives us an overview of the year ahead, takes a look at the month of January for all of us and writes specifically for each sign of the zodiac for the month ahead. The past year has been a tough one for most of us and remaining optimistic was a difficult act to uphold, but we’ve made it through. The sense of ‘family’ overrides everything and so does a sense of humour, so we shall just hold hands, rock on and I hope that Shelley’s wisdom and guidance helps each of you through 2011.
Beauty Bible: In Beauty Bible land, Sarah and Jo are taking it a bit easy after the completion of the Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible, which is being published in March. I do so love a bit of excitement, so of course as soon as I have further details about the book, I will let you know. Meanwhile the girls have written about the products they love on this month’s Beauty Bible page on our site, so do go and have a look to see what they have to say about The WonderCap, Renew Rose & Sandalwood Facial Oil by Aromatherapy Associates, Miracle Lotion and Bee Sting Lip Plump. A tiny little sneak preview here, this is what they are saying about HA: ‘the beauty editors’ secret for plumping out tired, dry, mature skin. And it helps with joints too! Genius.’ Oh tra la la, we do not do south-sliding-faces!
Beauty Bible; Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength by LifeTime Vitamins £32.75 for 30 Capsules
The Legologist: Over to The Legologist where Kate is determined to get her body back into shape and declares that her body will be her temple this year, with a special emphasis on her thighs. She has plans and she will be sharing the super-worker products that help achieve her body boosting goals with all of you. Sounds good to me, so let’s all follow Kate this year because this girl tells it as it is. Now let’s have a sneak preview from Kate too and she chooses Viridian’s Coconut Oil as one of her products of the month. This is what she has to say: ‘Coconut Oil – a natural solution for dry skin which also gets sensitive, this is absolutely amazing. It performs on every level, making skin supple, soft and hydrating; it applies like a dream and it smells divine’.
The Legologist; 100% Organic Raw Coconut Oil by Viridian £13.50 for 500 grams
Over the past few years, much has been written about the importance of taking Vitamin D3. We are all mostly deficient in this crucial vitamin, which plays a role in the formation and maintenance of a healthy bone structure and is vital for efficient calcium absorption. Vitamin D is also associated with immune, mood and cardiovascular health and the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of Vitamin D has recently been increased in America.
While most people now know that optimal levels of D3 should be maintained (we recommend 1000 IU daily), little is written about the equally vital need for Vitamin K for bone health. Insufficient D and K2 intake lie at the juncture of age-related bone conditions and they operate synergistically to help optimize bone mineralization, whilst helping to prevent calcium deposits in vascular tissues. Low Vitamin D is linked with arterial calcification and bone loss and Vitamin K helps stimulate bone formation and also helps modify specific proteins that ensure arterial flexibility.
The body of clinical evidence supporting mutually reinforcing interplay between Vitamins D and K in both bone and heart health is growing at a steady pace. Continuous combined therapy with Vitamins K2 and D3 have been shown to significantly increase vertebral bone mass in early post-menopausal women, and that is just one example of some pretty remarkable research coming out of America. Because I am such an advocate of preventative health, I have been urging all of you to take D3 for several years and having studied the evidence on K2 extensively, I am now taking it and I recommend you do too.
Vitamin D3 by Life Extension £16.95 for 250 Capsules; Super K with Advanced K2 Complex £22.50 for 90 Softgels
The Final Bit
As we head into the New Year, it is always fascinating to look back at what has been and to look forward to what may be. The relentless search for pioneering, cutting-edge products is always in the forefront of our minds, most especially when their discovery enhances our health and wellbeing. But it isn’t all about products, it is also about knowledge and events that at times can retrospectively mark a significant turning point in each of our lives. I hope that over the coming year, each change, each discovery, each event, however big or small, helps play a positive role for each of us.
That said, here are just a few of my favourite things over the past year:
- All things Magnesium. This just has to be the health story of the past year with a lot more to come this year. Magnesium rules and if you haven’t yet discovered the astounding therapeutic benefits of a Magnesium bath, then I highly recommend that you do. I love the Magnesium Oil Original Flakes, but it comes in a liquid version too (Magnesium Oil Original Bath Soak).
- The demise of a product is not something that I would necessarily say is a highlight, more like a nightmare scenario, but out of bad comes good. So we said au revoir to Stopain and we welcomed Magnesium Oil Joint Spray, a little miracle for aching bones and joints.
- Dispelling the myths about lanolin. For too long lanolin has been falsely perceived as the ‘bad boy’ of the cosmetic industry. It is complete rubbish. Can’t be bothered to fight it and would rather lead by example. The ‘example’ happens to be Lanolips101. Sheer and utter brilliance from the Australian girl (Kirsten Carriol). Watch out for Lemonaid Lip Aid. Already launched in Australia, we will be launching it exclusively in the UK very, very soon. Start getting excited!
- Reading the research coming out of Harvard about Resveratrol. Halfway through last year I stopped taking GliSODin and started to take Optimised Resveratrol with Grape-Berry Actives. See the thing is that if they are saying that Resveratrol is the most potent antioxidant on the market, then that’s what I want to be taking. Thank you Harvard. Big worship.
- Winning Best Health & Beauty website from Harpers Bazaar. And now Vogue has bestowed even more glory unto us and has called us a ‘Mecca’. I think I like that. See ‘In The Press’.
- Discovering Lash Extender by DivaDerme, the 30 year old secret to fabulous lashes, most especially because I just can’t be bothered with false eyelashes or lash extensions that give me an allergy and make me look like a pantomime cow.
- Sage Complex: Can’t live without this stuff, nor would I want to. It balances my dancing hormones and it means that Shabir is still alive because I haven’t lost the plot completely. I give thanks. A couple of months ago I wrote about a special deal of two packs of Sage Complex for £40. I said at the time that it would be for one month only, but out of the kindness of my heart I kept it active and it will stay active until 4 January.
So we come to the end of another newsletter and because I have released this early, I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year and at the stroke of midnight, we will raise a glass of virtual champagne to each and every one of you. Together with Shabir, I thank you for your amazing loyalty and support, it means so much to us.
With very best wishes