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ABSOLUTE FEATURES 10 Wild Winter styles for wild times 22 She Rocks Christina Aguilera on diamonds and the men in her life 26 Sleep Tight The best in bedroom interior design 29 So To Bed The latest in stylish bedrooms 31 Modern Or Traditional? Christmas decorations for the home 37 Beautiful Stocking Fillers Toiletries perfect for presents 60 Gifts For All The perfect gift guide 72 Doing Good In Sussex Sussex Community Foundation 74 What Does It All Mean? An insight to Christmas traditions ABSOLUTE REGULARS 9 Editor’s Letter 16 Faces & Places 18 Celebrity Get The Look Get Michelle Obama’s look 20 Absolute Socialite Diary Peter Jarrette shares a page from his busy schedule 24 Absolute Celebrity Column with Austin Mutti-Mewse 46 Absolute Travel Christmas in Cologne 56 Absolute News with Mo Hunter-Shine 64 Old And New Passes Through Tim Parker visits Hassocks 66 Out and About In Sussex 70 Absolute education 80 Absolute Business section 82 Absolute Distribution ABSOLUTE HEALTH AND BEAUTY 38 Absolute Life Coaching 39 Absolute Make-Up Column Celebrity make-up artist Jeni Dodson gives top tips on getting that party season look 40 Absolute Dental Column 41 Sugar Alternatives Sheryl Waters looks at healthy sweeteners 42 Absolute Hair with Mark Woolley 44 Absolute Hotel Spa Review Verity Craig visits Alexander House Hotel and Spa






ABSOLUTE FOOD AND DRINK 51 Seeing In 2010 The Top Places In Sussex To Spend New Years Eve 53 Absolute Recipe Homemade mince pies ABSOLUTE

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Director / Editor: Verity Craig

Features / Design: Maureen Hunter-Shine

Sales Executive: Rishma Patel

Sales Executive: Lidia De Luca

As one year draws to a close and a new one begins, it’s often a time of contemplation for many of us. Sales Executive: David Hall

And what a year of ups and downs 2009 has been. Who would have believed that the unpredictable economic turmoil would turn in to one of horror for so many; hopefully we are all through the worst of it now though and the wounds are healing. Though, as bad as this became, it was probably not as surprising as the shock news this year of our supposedly trusted MPs, at the helm of our country,

Accounts Department: Shelly Hicks

taking such extortionate expenses, from holiday homes to duck houses; didn’t it become a media farce in the end? The fashion stakes had a few surprises this year too; from ‘jeggings’ (jeans leggings - my eleven year old niece Arabella introduced me to them) to shoulder pads making an entry once again.

Accounts/finance: Adam Style

Who would have thought that we would be dancing to Take That tracks again wearing such attire. So now it’s on to 2010 (I still find it hard to believe that when I type it!) and once again we are set to see a year of changes. Beating Tony Blair to the post, Baroness Ashton has already been hitting back at claims that she does not have enough experience for the post as EU high representative for Foreign

Managing Director: Paul Craig

Affairs and security, while at the other end of the scale Katie Price took the more drastic step by entering the jungle once again in the hope of winning over public opinion (by the time you read this I am sure that conclusion will be made).

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And here at Absolute? Well, through these testing times we have worked very hard to keep your

magazine as consistent and uplifting as possible. Hopefully it was a little ray of light through the

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‘recession’ (apologies for swearing).

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Finally, I would like to say a huge massive congratulations to my husband and business partner Paul who won a certain award this year at The Sussex Business Awards. (Mo Hunter-Shine mentions it in News, page 56). From all of us here at Absolute, we would like to wish each and every one of you a very happy and safe Christmas and a (more) prosperous New Year!



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LOVES BARBIE! The fabulously pink ‘Barbie loves Mimco Party’ took place in Mimco, Brighton, recently. The Mimco girls and Mimco lovers were adorned with beautiful lashes courtesy of Shu Adrian Mantel of Shu Uemura fitting lashes to Marta Valls

Uemura. Shoppers were also treated to Lauren Ray, happy in a new Mimco cap

pink and sparkly cupcakes by Angel food bakery, while sipping on rose wine. In true Mimco style, Barbie lovers were inspired to experiment in the pink world, dressing up in pink stars and crystals as well as playing with the Christmas jewellery range. The weather did not even stop the action as Mimco lovers come out to play despite the

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CHAMPAGNE HIGHS PJ, aka Peter Jarrette Brighton’s favourite socialite, tells of platinum egos, South African nights, rising stars and some groundbraking news Dear diary

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righton Babylon has been fuelled by near miss, high speed scandal and dirty doings this past month with cloak and dagger business takeovers and messy midnight motoring. We’ve seen a month of cars, stars and bars! Our shiny streets have been awash with Champagne highs and platinum egos. One very well established visiting London business executive nearly had his particulars taken down by our boys in blue when he ran a red light in the city as I squired him around some of our late night establishments. We were both amazed when the inquiring officer leant into the car and greeted me with “evening Party Pete!” My visiting guest was deemed under the limit and we were waved off with a wink. Phew. The end of a very popular Kemptown venue on St. James’ Street is on the secret cards as the much liked DJ Steve Cross is soon to announce the opening of something else in its place…you read it here first. Although some businesses have gone balls to the wall again this month, others have been more jiggle to the wiggle as the affable Silvio Irofti of Western Road’s popular M Bar invited me along as a special guest for a Middle Eastern night of carousing, belly dancing and live DJ’s. Keeping with all things international my wife Karin and I arrived to celebrate the 9th birthday of David and Katrin Smales’ South African deli restaurant Coriander, Hove Manor, whose special guests on that night was the South African Ambassador and his Cultural Attaché. Just a stone’s throw away from the Coriander, on Hove Street and now open, is Martin Webb and Warrick Armsby-Ward’s Connaught Pub and Kitchen. Again, we went along as Martin and Warrick’s guests for a very private dinner sitting the night before it opened to test run the kitchen which happily delivered very nicely indeed. The Connaught now boasts fresh, reinvented interiors overseen by The Connaught’s attentive manager Anna Henderson. There’s stunningly re-landscaped gardens and a sleek new kitchen captained by rising star, Head Chef Brett Mather. You’ll know the name Martin Webb perhaps as founder of the first all charity pub, The Robin Hood, and as former presenter of Channel 4’s Risking It All. Spotting another star in our city, jazz/soul singer David Mcalmont strolled past my ‘Beverly Dials’ home the other day with a huge bunch of balloons. He has some new killer tracks out soon, so listen out. Another star about to shine, Pasha De La Mare, who performs with me on our new 60’s tinged pop single, splashes across UK screens soon as she hosts a dinner on her favourite TV show Come Dine With Me. Soon I’ll have some groundbreaking news involving another Brighton nightspot, an international airline, the party I hosted for both of them and something along the lines of world domination! The city’s landscape is set to see some major changes in 2010 but in the meantime ‘Happy Holidays’ from me, and one last thing…what fun-loving, sexy, and single East Sussex society hostess is officially a self-proclaimed cougar? Not sure what a cougar is? Go watch Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate!


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SHE ROCKS Having gone from being the most provocative songstress in pop to becoming the face of Stephen Webster’s latest campaign, Christina Aguilera talks to Nicola McGeorge about being a muse, her jewellery collection and even ‘that ring’


cannot believe it was over ten years ago that I was bopping away to the infectious ‘Genie In A Bottle.’ It was sung by an innocent, new on the scene, pop princess named Christina Aguilera. Since then she has been entwined in my life whether it be me shaking my tush on a packed dance floor to ’Dirrty,’ crying in my room to ‘Beautiful,’ ( I cannot believe I just admitted that) or even singing karaoke on my 21st birthday to ‘Lady Marmalade’ dressed in a Moulin Rouge outfit. Come on, how many of you out there have fond memories that are associated to at least one of her songs? From girl next door to her sexually provocative ‘Stripped’ era and recently old school Hollywood screen siren, she has grown. She has reinvented herself throughout the years nearly as many times as Madonna, and after a few hits and misses, she has finally been accepted as a style icon in her own right. Opting for vintage glamour to which she adds her own unique spin, she has found a look which really works for her. Instead of being met with criticism, this move has received a lot of praise from fashionistas everywhere. This has resulted in her becoming the face and muse of Stephen Webster, one of the leading British figures in fine jewellery and silver design. “I like the fact that she keeps on moving,” says Stephen Webster. “The style she has now is a million miles away from where she was a few years ago. These things are very important when you are young. The place she is at now is perfect for my jewellery; both are about glamour. And equally, Christina’s talent and the jewellery feel as though they have a real substance.” The dynamic duo met in London while Christina was in the UK on a promotional trip. Having already bought a couple of pieces of his jewellery which she wore in the Lady Marmalade video, she was eager to meet him. “I immediately liked him,” she admits. “We met over cocktails with mutual friends and laughed and chatted the night away. He’s such a character and rock star in his own right. He lights up the room. There’s never a dull moment with Stephen around. We clicked right away and I continue to be a fan.”


A girl after my own heart, she does have a slight jewellery obsession. After buying Ozzy Osborne’s Beverly Hills mansion she had constructed in her closet a nearly floor to ceiling built-in cabinet with 15 black velvet lined drawers - custom made to

“It spreads across 3 of my middle fingers and sparkles so gorgeously!” house her jewellery collection. “I have everything from rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and even Stephen’s new watch. Honestly, too many to count. I have been collecting his jewellery for years now and I am always getting something new each time he introduces a new collection. It’s funny, when you open the drawers to my jewellery collection it looks like I have a Stephen Webster store in my own home!” Christina shares her home with her husband,

Christina with jewellery designer Stephen Webster

music marketing executive Jordan Bratman and their first child, one year old Max Liron Bratman. Both have been pivotal in her development. It has been since meeting Jordan that she decided to embrace a more mature image. She met Jordan in 2002, eventually getting married three years later. She seems to be more comfortable in herself since finding Jordan. There was, of course, her infamous interview with Ellen DeGeneres where Aguilera revealed that she and Bratman enjoy being nude on Sundays, saying, “You have to keep marriage alive, spice it up.” The story received so much coverage that supermodel Heidi Klum told DeGeneres that she and her husband, Seal, would consider doing the same ‘ritual.’ I have heard so much about her engagement/ wedding ring, that I was dying to find out more about it.“Stephen worked closely with my husband on the design, so it really is the ring of my dreams. I will cherish that one for the rest of my life. My husband also just gave me a beautiful Stephen designed locket as my first Mother’s Day gift, complete with a picture of my son Max inside. It is a heart shaped locket with a sword going through its centre made from red rubies and diamonds. It is absolutely stunning and, of course, has a very special personal meaning to me.” Stephen’s jewellery obviously has become more than just accessories for her. Are there any plans to work together again? “I’m always looking forward to time with Stephen…whether it be work or play. I respect him as an artist and love him as a friend. I’m currently in love with this amazing diamond encrusted bat ring I recently bought and wore on a photo shoot.” She continues, “It spreads across 3 of my middle fingers and sparkles so gorgeously! There is always room in my jewellery box for more Stephen Webster pieces!” What’s next for Christina? Only time will tell. Whether it be modelling for celebrity jewellery designers, launching her own perfumes or maybe even making her big-screen debut in a new musical called Burlesque. But as long as she keeps producing life changing music, I will remain her loyal fan.


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With Austin Mutti-Mewse

!” ne go m I’ n he w e m t ou ab lk ta “Don’t The only A-list celebrity column in Sussex Would Liza have given an X or 0 factor? The X Factor curse continues... Robbie Williams was bug-eyed and nervously sweaty during his recent performance, Whitney Houston lost her dress and struggled to speak - staring at the floor and looking very spaced out, and Cheryl Cole almost hyper-ventilated over her own performance, only to be derided by the press for her poor vocals and a ridiculous outfit that made her look like a toy soldier from the Brothers Grimm. So needless to say, producers were afraid Westlife might wobble. However, the Irish lads didn’t disappoint them. And then there was Bon Jovi... the ageless rockers rocked so well! However, a mole on the show revealed to me that Liza Minnelli had been seriously considered to appear on that show. The notoriously demanding diva who sung ‘Losing My Mind’ with The Pet Shop Boys twenty years ago, would surely have been a sequin too far and may have derailed the show altogether... but lets face it, the show would have been fun to watch!

HM enjoys a cuddly Christmas What does one buy the Queen for Christmas? Well, her former Royal Couturier Sir Hardy Amies struck on the novel idea of cuddly toys. Sent annually, the Queen was most impressed by his ingenuous choice of gift: “Dear Mr. Amies, Many thanks for the cuddly kangaroo you sent this year,” she wrote in a handwritten letter to Amies in 1965, “It found a home on the piano in the drawing room (at Sandringham) with the giraffe you kindly sent me last year. The Princes (Andrew and Edward) of course adore them.” This and many other written ephemera is currently on display in SIR HARDY AMIES, A Century of Couture at the House of Hardy Amies, 14, Savile Row.

Liz Taylor laments over Jackson Across the pond, Dame Elizabeth Taylor has asked if ‘the world’ does nothing else this Christmas then it should go to the movie theatre to watch ‘This Is It’. Twittering, the Oscar winner aged 77, wrote; “It is the single most brilliant piece of filmmaking I have ever seen,” adding, “you owe it to yourselves and your loved ones to see this again and again. Memorize it and say to yourselves, ‘I saw genius in my lifetime.’” Aside from being in the movie theatre herself, so overjoyed is she by the film, Elizabeth is set to be spending Christmas at home in Bel Air with her family.

Norton’s Christmas box of delights What would Graham Norton like for Christmas? A ‘close friend’ says he’s making the presenter (who has recently endured a huge pay cut from his BBC bosses) copies of Mae West’s rendition of ‘Rock Around the Clock’, ‘Great Ball’s of Fire’, ‘Twist and Shout’ and, from the film Myra Breckinridge, ‘You Gotta Taste all the Fruit’. Yes, the Come Up and See Me Sometime Hollywood film legend actually made pop music during the sixties in an attempt to attract ‘youth.’ Eager to learn more? Then you should visit Mae West on You Tube. I’ve seen it and let’s just say Graham Norton’s either in for a treat or a nightmare!


Oh, Big Brother; Who’s next? Read it here first... There’s said to have been much chatter in the BB production suite over who’ll be in the last ever celebrity Big Brother scheduled for January 2010. Pamela Anderson, who is in pantomime this Christmas in Wimbledon (and looking for some presenting work on the BBC) is close to broke following a gargantuan overspend on her LA mansion. She has already declared, though, that she is ‘not going in there’ as has Richard Madeley (without his beloved Judy – oh, go on Judy, join Richard PLEASE!) Other ‘serious’ contenders are rumoured to be Ladette-to-lady Principal and task-master Gill Harbord (nicknamed Miss Sideboard) by wannabee socialites at Eggleston Hall, Eurovision songstress Gina G, X-Factor winner Shane Warne and Pop Idol turned yo-yo dieter Michelle McManus, madcap cook Nancy Lamb, Angela Rippon, 1960s American TV star Mary Crosby (below, the gal who pulled the trigger and shot JR Ewing on Dallas in 1980), songstress Betty Boo and even A-listers Victoria Wood and Jennifer Saunders (above). No matter who makes the final grade, Celebrity Big Brother is always much more entertaining than watching mere mortals! Just cast your minds back to the days of Vanessa Feltz, Jackie Stallone, Pete Burns and Anne Diamond...


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Then head down to the picturesque setting of Brighton Marina, and enjoy a party to beat all others at Karma. The award-winning late night venue for the over-25s will be putting on an evening of style and celebration for you and your friends to see in 2010. There will be a champagne reception upon arrival with luxurious canapés for all guests. But the climax of the night will be the spectacular audio visual countdown to midnight! All you and your friends have to do is sparkle in black and/or white party gear! Karma are giving away tickets to the first 50 applicants! If you would like the chance to receive free tickets to this not-to-be-missed event, email your name, address and mobile phone number to:

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Sweet dreams

There is much to think about when organising the layout of your bedroom. Think about space and light, and you may find you do not need as much in your room as you first thought. Afterall, less is more.... Plan your room When creating a plan for your bedroom, you are really deciding where to place your bedroom furniture. Placing the bed is the main decision to be made and a number of issues will influence the choice of position. Think about the following: 1 A double bed may require access for two occupants, so it shouldn’t be placed in a corner. 2 Bunk beds need plenty of clearance space for safety and access to the upper bunk. 3 Power points/TV aerials/phone sockets - socket availability may dictate where bedside tables, a dressing table or a TV unit are placed. 4 Personal taste will influence where the bed is placed in relation to the door. 5 Storage units - bear in mind that the bed should not be placed within the arc of opening wardrobe doors or drawers. Dressing the bed is as important as placing the furniture. Linen doesn’t have to slavishly match other fabrics in the room, but attention to colour and textures will help give the room a sense of style. Layering the bed 26

with folded throws and scatter cushions creates a cosy and welcoming environment when not in use.

Furniture myths and musts A crowded bedroom looks untidy and is difficult to relax in. There are many items of furnture that you may think are “must-have” pieces, but maybe thinking minimal will enable you to enjoy more space in your bedroom. Do all your clothes have to be stored in the bedroom? Clothes that are worn less frequently could be stored elsewhere, reducing the need for wardrobes. Is a bedside cabinet needed or will a shelf do? Must a computer work station be kept in the bedroom? Some sleep therapists suggest even the presence of a computer in a bedroom can lead to disturbed nights. Is a dressing table required if a bathroom vanity unit exists? These decisions will vary depending on your personal taste and requirements, but in essence, try not to sleep surrounded by too much clutter, and you will find your bedroom a much more relaxing place.


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ABSOLUTE INTERIORS Lighting Having the right light will help you wind down and get a good night’s sleep. But you also need good light so you can get dressed in the morning - you don’t want to leave the house wearing different socks! The most important light is the one beside your bed - useful for when one of you wants to read, and the other wants to sleep. You can mount bedside lights on the wall, hotel-style, or fix them behind or into the bedhead, use wall-mounted downlighters or simple table lamps beside the bed. An inexpensive table lamp on a bedside cabinet or chair is a great solution - make sure it’s high enough to read by and shaded so it doesn’t shine right in your face.

Some bright ideas Fit a dimmer switch on the main central light or wall light to create instant atmosphere. If you find yourself blinded by natural light streaming in through the window in the morning, put up voile or muslin curtains to diffuse the light. A dressing table (if you have to have one!) needs to be horizontally lit from both sides otherwise you’ll see shadows across your face. To be really relaxed, (and self-indulgent!) why not install a voice-activated light switch so you don’t have to get out of bed to turn the main light on and off! Don’t use candles in the bedroom unless you’re absolutely sure you won’t fall asleep while they’re burning.

Children’s rooms Kids have slightly different lighting needs, and there are all sorts of fun, decorative lights aimed at children, from aeroplanes to rotating carousels. For babies, you need low-level lighting so you can see during those frequent trips in the night to feed, change and comfort. Try a plug-in nightlight or small lamp with a shade and low-wattage bulb - no more than 12V. Safety is the most important consideration when organising lighting for the children’s rooms. Ensure prying fingers can’t open the fitting or get at the hot bulb or electrical wiring. Use wall-mounted lights rather than freestanding lamps that can be knocked over easily. Dimmers work wonders - they help to prepare a child mentally for bedtime. If your child has a computer or television in their room, don’t let them watch it in total darkness. It’s better for their eyes to use low-level light.

“From Breakfast on through all the day. At home among my friends I stay, But every night I go abroad. Afar into the land of Nod.

All by myself I have to go. With none to tell me what to do. All alone beside the streams. And up the mountain-sides of dreams. The strangest things are there for me. Both things to eat and things to see, And many frightening sights abroad. Till morning in the land of Nod. Try as I like to find the way. I never can get back by day. Nor can remember plain and clear. The curious music that I hear.

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Romance and rococo


here has never been a better time to visit And So To Bed’s Handcross showroom. The Winter Sale offers great savings on all their designs so why not treat yourself to an exquisite bed, luxurious mattress, delicious linens and beautifully styled bedroom furniture... the only problem is you will be spoilt for choice! For sheer inspiration, take a walk around the showroom where you’ll find everything from romantic brass to classic wood models and handsome designs in forged and cast iron. Several of their timeless wooden beds have been given a clever contemporary twist with a stylish hand painted or lavish silver leaf finish and many designs are now upholstered in silk damask, leather or a wide choice of fabrics... all bringing an elegant look to both modern and traditional interiors. Romantics will fall head over heels in love with And So To Bed’s Georgian Four Poster in its new silver leaf finish... hand applied, the silver gives a glamorous finish, highlighting the delicate hand-carving including the canopy decorated with Prince of Wales feathers. It’s a new look for this bedroom classic which is also available in traditional mahogany and in a wide range of hand painted finishes. And So To Bed’s collection of complementary Georgian furniture is available in all finishes including the new silver leaf. And So To Bed’s Juliet bedstead, inspired by the elegant rococo styles of 18th Century France, has also been given a new gilded finish. The period detailing and intricate carving of the caned head and footboards is hand gilded for a bed so splendid it is guaranteed to be the centre of attention in any bedroom. The showroom’s dedicated Mattress Studio offers expert advice and an unrivalled range of high quality mattresses to choose from and sample including And So To Bed’s own luxury label together with Vi-Spring and Tempur. Expert staff will encourage you to try a variety of mattresses, relax and recreate different sleeping positions. Once you’ve decided on your perfect bed and mattress, And So To Bed has all the furniture needed to complete the look, from bedside tables and chests of drawers to dressing tables and wardrobes. Many of the designs have a modern feel, with hand applied finishes in stunning colours, including chinese red, turquoise and silver leaf.

And So To Bed also has an extensive range of luxurious linens in neutrals and colours, cottons and damasks, all available to fit a bed of any size. The range also includes throws and bedspreads in dramatic silks, velvets and cashmere together with sumptuous silk cushions. So whether you want to buy a bed, a mattress, a desk or a bedspread, visit And So To Bed where experienced staff will help turn your perfect bedroom from dream into reality ... and take advantage of the winter sale where there is an overall 20% discount and even larger discounts off special pieces. And So To Bed High Street, Handcross,Haywards Heath RH17 6BJ Tel: 01444 401 789


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G R AT E N E WS Whether you prefer contemporary or a more modern look, Grate Fireplaces & Interiors have what you need for a warm, cosy and stylish hearth


re you thinking of redecorating your living room? Have you just bought a new house with an old and tired interior? You could transform your living space with a new fireplace or stove from Grate Fireplaces & Interiors in Portslade. Grate Fireplaces pride themselves on meeting the needs and exceeding the expectations of all of their customers, whether you live in a modest studio flat in the middle of town or a grand mansion in the countryside. They have products to suit all budgets and tastes from single electric fires and reproduction suites to sumptuous period fireplaces. With experience that goes back over forty years, the team at Grate Fireplaces have been providing goods for customers all over the UK and Europe and as far afield as the United States and Australia. With this wealth of expertise, you have only the most experienced of personnel helping you to choose a fireplace which best suits your needs. Once you have chosen your fireplace or stove Grate Fireplaces can help you to arrange, the fitting and installation of your fire, gas connection, the sweeping of your chimney,

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even the plastering of your walls if needed! All carried out by trusted third party tradesmen. There are over 200 antique and reproduction fireplaces and stoves on display in the showroom including working gas fires, so you can see first hand how your fireplace will look, work, and more importantly, you’ll feel the heat for yourself! Furthermore, Grate also stock a wide range of antique and reproduction overmantle mirrors, the perfect way to set off your fireplace. They have a beautiful collection of chandeliers to add a real touch of class to your home too. If you’re more of a minimalist, no problem! Also in stock are contemporary pieces to give you that real cutting edge look to your home. Grate Fireplaces are open seven days a week so get yourself down to North Street, Portslade or call and speak to one of the showroom staff and see if they can help you to add a new lease of life to your living space. Grate Fireplaces & Interiors 92-98 North Street, Portslade BN41 1DG 01273 416679

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Harrods Christmas Bear Cut Out Bauble £12.95 Fair Trade Heart And Ball Christmas Tree Decoration £3.50 per pair Harrods Red Tree Bauble (Also available in green and Gold) £5.50 each Red Glitter And Bead Hanging Ball 15cm £4.99 each Santa On A Sledge Hanging Decoration £3.49 each Red Feather Peacock tree decoration £8.00 Gold and Brown Tree Top Angel £17.99 each


If you’re a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas, you will love these festive decorations for your home

Nostalgia Range Toy Soldier Tree Decoration £2.50 each Decoupage 10cm Santa Bauble £3.49 each The Garden Centre Group 0800 413213 Holly Stocking Decoration £1.99 each The Garden Centre Group 0800 413213

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Glitter Fairy Tree Topper £6.00 Swirl Metal Tree table decoration £15 Squirrel Nut Cracker £17.00

15cm Glass Angel £4.99 each The Garden Centre Group 0800 413213 Silver Tin Deer Ornament £24.99 each The Garden Centre Group Gold baubles with black glitter swirl detailing. Each bauble 7cms. Set of 6. Black/gold. £8 www. Fabric Hanging Decoration – four different designs £3.99 each The Garden Centre Group Chablis Gold, Olive Leaf and Scroll Bauble £2.99 each The Garden Centre Group Black Feather Flower Tree Decoration £5.00 each Enchanted Range Diamanté Shoe Tree Decorations £2.50 each

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Charity blow-dry

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Hair shaved off for charity for Tony Young by daughter Trinity aged 5 and Kayleigh Lord

Venus Hair Design in Brighton raised over £1000 for Cystic Fibrosis Trust charity recently. The salon and their10 members of staff were surprised at the turn out, and would like to thank all their clients and local businesses for their huge donations and support, and a special thankyou to Gunn’s, Brighton Pier, Donatello’s, City College, Salon Supplies, Church Street and Ink Bar. The evening started with a complementary blow dry for all guests, followed by a raffle. The surprise of the evening was the sponsored colour change; Yazmin, a trainee stylist who suffers from the illness, put herself forward for a dramatic blonde to red colour change. Venus Hair Design are offering 25% off all services throughout December to ‘New Clients’. Be a part of it!

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Change of hair colour for charity from blonde to red for Yasmin Bell

Lucky dip time for Aimee Magee, Kirsty Carey and Kim Buckwell

Two prizes for Victoria Harding with Charlie Hickey

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1. Skin Vivo Reversive Serum and Cream In 4 weeks, skin is able to regain up to 10 years of youthfulness. Skin Vivo Reversive Anti-Ageing Serum: £43 Skin Vivo Reversive Cream – available in a gel or a rich cream: £37 Also in the range is Skin Vivo Reversive Anti-Ageing Eye Gel: £29.50 2. New Black Tie Velvets 2009 colour collection by Clinique Prices from £12 - £23 3. Elemis Christmas Presentation Boxes. Each incluing Elemis hero products,. Prices from £25 - £195 4. The Organic Bloom range by Skin Blossom. For face hands and body. Prices range from £4.75 - £6.95. 5. Ruby & Millie Metallic’s Kit 2009 This mirrored palette contains multi-purpose metallics for lips and eyes, face and body. £19.00 Ruby & Millie Lip Gloss Purse 2009 Ruby & Millie’s lip purse is the perfect gift for any lip gloss loving girls. £16.00 6. Tua Tre’nd. This advanced at-home face lifting gadget uses micro-current technology to effectively fight the signs of ageing within weeks. Available for the special web price of £209. For more information call 0845 434 7990 or visit 7. Starry Eyed Liquid Eyeliners by Too Faced With pampering ingredients like, peach and cucumber, Starry Eyed Liquid Eyeliners are long lasting, fast drying and good for your skin and lashes! £17 8. Colourama range by MEMEME Enabling you to create a subtle or intense look. Full on glamour at a purse friendly price. Available now from over 300 Superdrug stores nationwide RRP £5.49. 9. Eyesential Lashes - a revolutionary new product that will make your own lashes longer, thicker, fuller and stronger £69.95 (Including postage and packing). 0870 42 029 42 Eyesential is a unique, non surgical gel that temporarily erases bags, puffiness, fine lines and dark circles, in minutes. £39.10 (contains 100 applications). (Including post and packing), call 0870 42 029 42 10. Arbonne’s Pampermint Gift Set. (Limited edition) Cool and repair feet. Gift set £31. Available until 31st Dec only, through Arbonne Independent Consultants. 0800 977 5721.


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New beginnings

Each month, Free Spirit Coaching respond to one of our reader's letters for guidance on an issue bothering them. This month's letter asks: "I have just been made redundant from my job; I hated it anyway… But what do I do now? I don’t want to do the same old job which was managing a team for a recruitment company. I am 47 years old, unattached with a small mortgage." Chris, Brighton Dear Chris Firstly think of the wonderful opportunity you have to explore other ventures, seize the opportunity; you say you hated your job anyway! Sit comfortably and think about the following: Embrace your intuition; be guided by your inner voice. Realise who you really are. Try something different. Possibly a completely new start, a new interest or a new skill.

You sound uncertain and unsure; certainty is created within you not your environment! Do you remember a time when you felt totally motivated? Go back to that time in your memory bank – ask yourself ‘what were the things that mostly energised and motivated me at that time?’ Motivation is merely a feeling and you want to detect what causes the feeling. Record the strategy you have just used. Try to discover the trigger for your motivation at that time? This exercise will be useful in determining another route to take in life. Happiness in life comes from growth and contribution. In the event your peer group has lower expectations than you, you will be brought down. Give yourself license to fly and kick out these self-limiting beliefs. People do the best they can with the resources available to them. Increase your imaginative resources… Magic moments change the quality of life! For further advice on this subject and others please visit WWW.FREESPIRIT.COM Terrina & Georgina

What is it you have always wanted to do? What are your skills? What would be the first step towards changing your life? Take the first step. Never say “if only…. if only… if only”. Possibly listen to others more.


Research areas you are interested in – explore the idea of retraining for a new career.

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Celebrity make-up artist Jeni Dodson is our independent beauty advisor bringing to you the latest beauty buzz and hot tips straight from the red carpet!

Be in no doubt, its festive season and Smokin’ is back! The Autumn/Winter shows were ablaze with dramatic smokey eyes this year; the ‘to die for’ eye make-up often seen on A lister’s such as Kate Moss, Keira Knightley and Jennifer Lopez. Why not step up the glamour this part season in muted metallics with the latest shades of charcoals, rich plums, blues and purples. And be sure of one thing, there’s a party palette with your name on it . . . The secret to having smouldering, smokey eyes is to simply blend, blend and blend. The goal is to control the smudge by perfectly blending the colours. Think soft and sultry, and avoid harsh lines and edges altogether. Eyeliner adds depth and richness to this look and is the vital key to making the eyes pop. Apply inside and out of the actual eye ‘wet line’ wrapping totally around the eye and into the lashes. Smudge well. You can choose to use just one shade of eyeshadow, or to layer several. Apply the darkest shade close to the lashes, and the lightest at the inner corner. Build up the intensity working deep into the crease of the eye socket R and gradually extend outward. TO WEA

Choosing the right shade

Follow these simple rules according to the colour of your eyes: For Blue Eyes Opt for taupe, soft peach, lavender, camel, lilac and other shades of browns and purples; your eyes will appear bluer than they really are. For Hazel Eyes Create sultrier eyes with shades such as lavender, deep mauves, pinks and deep plums. These colours work well and make hazel eyes appear more vibrant and alive. For Green Eyes To make your green eyes appear greener and lush, wear shades of brownish-pinks, salmon, peaches, mauve and soft purple. For Light Brown Eyes Choose shades of bronze, purple, gold, burnt oranges, mahogany, charcoals and chocolate browns. For Dark Brown/Black Eyes Navy, dark plums, burgundy, charcoal grey, black.


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And the rest of the face for this party look? Well styled eyebrows can add strength or gentleness, and will definitely make a difference. Curl lashes and apply two coats of black mascara. Add false lashes for extra va va voom. Lips and cheeks need to stay pale when your eyes pack this kind of a punch, so finish the look with a sweep of blush and a slick of tinted lip balm to keep the focus totally on the eyes.

My Santa wish list


Christian Dior – Jazz Club Couture Eye Palette This perfect combination of sophisticated shades makes this Dior limited edition palette simply irresistible. Available in two colour stories from Debenhams priced £44.00 Bobbi Brown – Earth Metal Lip and Eye Palette A perfect stocking filler packaged in a gift-ready chrome photographic carton. A limited edition containing six high-shimmer eyeshadows, four creamy lip colors, a mini eyeshadow brush, and mini lip brush. Available from priced £48.00 Chanel - Quatour Boutons De Chanel - Les Folies Noires With the height of sophistication Chanel do it again making eyes become magnetic and mysterious with these gorgeous deep, intense tones. Available from Boots priced £37.00 Dianne Brill – Smokey Palette in smoke blue flame and black. This innovative little trio is custom designed and perfectly packaged. Check out the whole range for girlie gifts! This one is available at Harvey Nichols priced £24.00 Nvey Eco - Palette No 6 Contains soothing chamomile and antioxidants Vitamin C, E and A, making for a smooth and soft organic eyeshadow formula and excellent for dry and sensitive skins. Available at priced £31.50. Youngblood - Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow in Raven or Heather Smoke An elegant, luminous eyeshadow, in handy bite sized pots, formulated with pure crushed minerals for long-lasting, hypoallergenic colour and is 100% natural. Add water to create a dazzling eyeliner. Available at www. priced £16.50


Paint your eyes on first. This way you can be sure not to ruin your foundation should powder fall. Always use a clean brush to blend using small strokes, gradually the colours should fade seamlessly, one into the other. ABSOLUTE

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A vital visit to the dentist


ith our mouth we eat and drink what sustains us. With it, we communicate ideas and feelings to the world through speech or a simple smile. It allows us to taste the nuance of a fine wine, the sweetness of a freshly picked berry, or mustard covered hot dog. Love or passion is expressed by it when we kiss a loved one or a child. When cancer affects our mouths, it does more than take away these everyday functions; it too often takes our lives. Through increased public and professional awareness, prevention through lifestyle changes, early detection initiatives, education, improved treatment modalities, and sponsorship of research, we can contribute to the reduction of suffering, permanent physical damage and disfigurement, and death caused by this disease. Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, and throat cancer. Oral cancer takes more lives than cancers we routinely hear about, such as cervical, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, skin (malignant melanoma), testicular, and many others. In the efforts to reduce the death rate from cancers the most significant progress has been made through early detection. Cervical, skin, prostate, and others that lend themselves to simple, opportunistic screenings and exams have all had their death rates reduced through programmes promoting early discovery. Regular oral examinations conducted by members of the dental team will have a definite impact on reducing the death rate associated with oral cancer. Dental Team After an informed public that is knowledgeable about the risk factors for oral cancer, the dental community is the first line of defence in early detection of the disease. It is important to realise that a visit to the


Dr Farrokh Sharifzad from Marina Dentalcare discusses how new tests can provide early detection, and therefore more successful treatment, of mouth cancer dentist is no longer about a filling, a crown, or a cleaning, but is actually a matter of life and death. Dental examinations, when properly done and which include a screening for oral cancer, will save lives. Any soreness, discolouration, induration, prominent tissue, irritation, hoarseness, which does not resolve within a two week period on its own, with or without treatment, should be considered suspect and worthy of further examination or referral. Besides a routine visit to the dentist for regular examinations, it is the patient’s responsibility to be aware of changes in their oral environment. When these changes occur, they need to be brought to the attention of a qualified dental professional for examination. COULD A TOOTHBRUSH HELP PREVENT MOUTH CANCER? The UK’s leading mouth cancer campaigners have reminded the public to reach for their toothbrush and make that dental appointment as research links gum disease to cancer. November was Mouth Cancer Action Month, and the campaign marked the biggest ever against the disease. Welcoming the research, campaign organiser the British Dental Health Foundation has urged people to make sure they look after their oral health to help prevent the disease. The key focus was for the early detection of the disease under the tagline of ‘if in doubt check it out’. The main aim was to increase people’s awareness of mouth cancer and give information and advice. US scientists have found that chronic gum disease may present a high risk for mouth cancer. Chronic gum disease or periodontitis, caused by a build-up of plaque in the mouth and characterised by long standing inflammation of the gums and eventual tooth loss, was linked to mouth cancers in both smokers and non-smokers.

The news could provide a clue to the rise in mouth cancers where none of the traditional risk factors - tobacco, excessive alcohol and the human papillomavirus (HPV) - were present. SALIVA SWABS SPOT CANCER IN BOOST TO MOUTH CANCER CAMPAIGN A true breakthrough in cancer research has seen saliva samples identified as a marker for early detection of mouth cancer. New research published this month saw scientists detect signs of mouth cancer by checking saliva. The findings are regarded as an important step in finding the “Holy Grail of cancer detection” by leading dentists. Facts and Figures l More than 5,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer in the UK each year. l Early detection and diagnosis improve survival chances to more than 90% and avoids the most radical and disfiguring surgery and results in a better quality of life for sufferers. l Mouth cancer is more common in men than women, but the differential is closing. l Mouth cancer is more likely to affect people over 40 years of age, though an increasing number of young people are developing the condition. l Tobacco and alcohol are thought to contribute to 75 per cent of mouth cancer cases. l Smoking is the number one cause for mouth cancer. Cigarette smoke converts saliva into a deadly cell damaging cocktail. Switching to low tar cigarettes will not help, as smokers of ‘lights’ tend to inhale more smoke than smokers of ‘regular’ cigarettes. l Poor diet is linked to mouth cancer. Evidence shows an increase in fruit and vegetables lowers the risk, also fish and eggs. For more information, contact Dr Farrokh Sharifzad on 01273 628899 or visit for a complementary consultation.


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Sweet Surrender

Our health expert Sheryl Waters takes a look at alternatives to sugar


he season to be jolly is just around the corner. It is also the season to stack on the pounds and gorge on sweets and sugar. But this year could be different. This year you could actually enjoy all of your favourite holiday treats without ever consuming sugar! Does this sound too good to be true? It is truly possible by simply substituting sugar with natural, healthy sugar alternatives. No matter what you may have heard, the truth is that sugar gives us absolutely nothing beneficial apart from a short term craving satisfaction. However, there are a multitude of reasons to avoid sugar. How is sugar bad for us? The typical effects of sugar are taught to us as children. Sugar can cause tooth decay by being used as a food source for the bacteria found on our teeth which causes plaque. In fact, the bacteria can actually turn the sugar into a glue, which makes it harder to be washed away by saliva. Sugar also causes hyperactivity, crankiness, and difficulty concentrating in children as any parent can attest to! In addition to these well-known effects, sugar can also contribute to a decrease in immune function, increased cholesterol, overgrowth of yeast, gastrointestinal problems, premature aging, cardiovascular disease, and more. Sugar feeds cancer, can weaken eyesight, can cause drowsiness and cause food allergies. It also contributes to eczema and causes anxiety and depression. Sugar contributes to osteoporosis. And we have probably all experienced the sugar low after a Christmas dinner. Natural alternatives are best Sugar is often replaced in foods by products that are either lower in calories or cheaper to produce including aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), sucralose (Splenda), and high fructose

corn syrup. These products also have detrimental side effects. Replacing sugar as well as these sugar alternatives with natural sweeteners will have a beneficial effect on health. Agave nectar is one alternative that is used by health conscious consumers. Agave nectar comes from the same plant that tequila is made from. It has recently become recognized as a healthy alternative to sugar and artificial sugar substitutes. It is about 90% fructose but is completely natural unlike the processed fructose found in high fructose corn syrup. Another benefit of agave is that it has a low glycemic value (less than 30, compared to sugar which is in the 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.) A food that is low on the glycemic index is less likely to be converted to fat. Agave nectar is more calorie dense than sugar but because it is about forty times sweeter much less can be used to achieve the same level of sweetness.

A new sweetener derived from a West African berry is just beginning to make its way onto the market. The sweetener brazzein, to be marketed under the brand name Cweet, has long been eaten by both humans and animals... Stevia is another natural alternative to sugar and sugar substitutes. It is an herb native to Paraguay that has been used for centuries as a sweetener. It contains no calories and no carbohydrates. In 2008 the FDA approved its use as a food additive; previously it was sold only as a dietary supplement. Stevia also does not raise blood sugar so is a good choice for diabetics.

Xylitol is a natural substance found in fibrous vegetables and fruit, as well as in corn cobs and various hardwood trees, like birch. Xylitol looks, feels and tastes exactly like sugar - though that is where the similarity ends! While sugar wreaks havoc on the body, xylitol heals and repairs. It also builds immunity. It has a minimal effect on blood sugar and insulin levels, inhibits yeast, including Candida Albicans , and is good for your teeth since it fights plaque and cavities by 80% and promotes re-mineralization of tooth enamel. In its crystalline form, it can replace sugar in cooking, baking, and all your favourite yuletide yummies. A new sweetener derived from a West African berry is just beginning to make its way onto the market. The sweetener brazzein, to be marketed under the brand name Cweet, has long been eaten by both humans and animals (particularly apes) in the region, and was first synthesized into a sugar alternative in 1994 by researchers from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Brazzein is anywhere from 500 to 2,000 times as sweet as sugar by weight, so only small amounts are needed to sweeten food. Unlike many sugar alternatives, brazzein is said to have no aftertaste. It does not affect blood sugar and is safe for diabetics. Replacement of sugar in your diet can be difficult because it is in everything. So this year, make your own Christmas puddings and cakes using natural, healthy sugars that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn you into a Christmas log. Let this be the most wonderful time of the year for your body too! Sheryl Walters is a kinesiologist, reflexologist and nutritionist and works in London and Brighton. Tel: (01273) 676551 / 07930 477091


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Party perfect

Mark Woolley is the owner and creative director of Electric Hairdressing. Mark splits his time between Brighton and London and is available for appointments on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For appointments call 01273 202088

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By Mark Woolley

The party season is officially upon on us, and the trend I love at the moment is that of sophisticated un-done glamour. Blake Lively has been sporting some stunning looks recently for after-parties; tumbling pre-Raphaelite waves full of gloss and shine are the style to be making your own this party season, a la Cheryl Cole, Blake and Megan Fox. Start by washing hair with an investment shampoo to ensure hair is prepped for styling such as Shu Uemura’s Muroto Volume shampoo. This is a great product for lifting limp hair and will also help to maintain your tresses after styling. The next step in creating this amazing volumunious look is to blow dry hair until it’s slightly damp, take 4 Denman Headhugger ceramic heat retaining brushes and wrap massive sections of your hair around the brushes as you would with rollers and move on. Once you’ve set the Headhuggers in place put your hairdryer onto a hot heat and dry off to set the shape and leave to cool. This technique will create volume you’d only image could be created at the salon. While waiting for your hair to set, you can finish getting ready by picking out the perfect dress or applying your make-up. If you really want to pull out all of the stops this party season in creating glossy waves, treat yourself to a trip to the salon asking your stylist to cut in triangular layers to achieve a waterfall of volume and movement through the hair due to the heavy graduation that will flow through your locks.


I’m going to my work’s Christmas party and want to wow my colleagues with a gorgeous up-do; the problem is, I can never see what I’m doing at the back. Can you suggest a simple look that isn’t too high maintenance? The dolly bun is making a big comeback with fashionista’s at the minute and is a hot trend for the up-coming party season. It’s such an easy style to create so will work perfectly for your Christmas party look. Firstly work a volumizing lotion such as L’Oreal Techni.Art’s volume architect into the roots of your hair for added volume and then spritz with a light hairspray for hold. Then pull your hair back loosely twisting it into a looped bun using an elastic band. Leave a few loose strands around the front of the head to frame your face and tong loosely to stay on trend with this party season’s big hair trend. Another trick for creating a gorgeous up-do that isn’t high maintenance is to add a hair band or hair piece to a classic ponytail, whether it be a clip or slide a la Cheryl Cole who knows how to get that extra wow factor when sporting gorgeous up dos as we’ve been seeing her recently by using stunning Swarovski encrusted hair accessories.


maintain this look Henman Headhugger ceramic radial brushes are the perfect tool for creating rolling curls. The concave shape of this hot curl brush ‘hug’s the contour of the head allowing maximum styling performance and even prevents sections of the hair sliding off while blow-drying. The Muroto Volume Shampoo from Shu Uemura’s new Art of Hair range is the essential volumizing shampoo for creating tumbling party curls. Formulated with depsea water, this product will help to maintain shape after styling to ensure your hair is kept looking fabulous. Massage the lightweight formula into your hair fully before washing out and feel the lifting effects instantly. 42


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FACES & PLACES Artist Lester Magoogan outside his exhibition

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at Stanmer House The unique work of a talented local young artist, Lester Magoogan, was featured recently at a special event at Stanmer house. The event was organised by Sussex Community Foundation as part of their

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Celebrating Sussex series, showcasing inspirational Sussex people and organisations as well as raising awareness and support for the Foundation. Lester is gaining national recognition of his minimalistic drawings with recent exhibitions at Tate Modern, The Lowry and Oxo Gallery. Art Republic in Brighton and London are

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now stocking limited editions of his prints. Recently he has branched into animation, taking fourth place in the BBC Animator of the Year Competition, and he won recognition at an art and moving picture festival in Prague. The Stanmer event was also supported by the Kevin Richmond and Jill Cullum

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Escape to the country Our Editor Verity Craig unwinds before Christmas at Alexander House Hotel and Spa


aving been lucky enough to have visited Alexander House Hotel and Spa before, I knew that my husband Paul and I were about to embark upon a treat as we excitedly packed our overnight bags for our stay. Last time was a visit to the Utopia spa, and this time was an overnight stay in the 3 year old wing of the hotel in one of the spa suites. The luxury hotel Spa is located in 170 acres of private gardens and parkland situated in the heart of the Sussex countryside. Upon arrival on a gusty day in November, the long stretching driveway looked beautiful, surrounded by large rhododendrons and imposing trees adorning the entrance (it must look especially stunning during spring). The friendly staff greeted us as we entered the parking area where our cases and keys were taken away (so they could park our car). The large entrance hall of Alexander House is bold and traditional with large oak wooden panels across the walls and a great open fireplace, perfect on a blustery winter’s day.

“There are so many different areas to enjoy, from two hot tubs (inside and outside), to the large swimming pool and the sauna and steam rooms...” The Interior The décor of the hotel is what I would describe as traditional versus modern - eclectic. And the blend works perfectly for this stunning country hotel. There are so many attractive bespoke touches too, that give it a feel of a grand home rather than a clinical hotel - from an ornate antique birdcage in the entrance hall, to the sumptuous comfy seating and oversized mirrors that adorn the walls. Upon entering our room for the night, we were pleased to see that the high-end interior design continued to the suites; ours had a large double bed sitting at an angle and a large alcove cut in to the ceiling above, and the view across the gardens, where there was a hot tub, were also a pleasant surprise. The rooms are furnished to a high level of standard and facilitated with state-of-the-art facilities. The bathrooms are spacious and finely enhanced with


marble, large freestanding bathtubs and very large showers (with those fantastic over pour shower heads). Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa suites have clearly been designed with attention to every detail. However, we had no time to spare - there was work to be done. We hurriedly donned our dressing gowns and slippers (provided by the hotel) and made a beeline towards the Utopia spa. We were fortunate as our room had its own short cut to the spa.

The Utopia Spa As soon as you enter the spa, you are greeted with calm and serenity, and friendly relaxed staff. Earlier this year, Guinot awarded Utopia spa the Top Crown Spa for 2009. The highly elegant décor continues through to the spa giving it a stylish yet tranquil feel with its dimly lit interior. The facilities at this Sussex spa are second-to-none. It is fitted with wonderful subterranean plunge pools with a domed ceiling above, and Grecian columns. There are so many different areas to enjoy, from two hot tubs (inside and outside), to the large swimming pool and the sauna and steam rooms. And if you fancy just doing absolutely nothing, there is the relaxation room where, upon leather loungers snuggled up with a fleece upon you overlooking the garden view, you can sleep, read magazines or just contemplate (something that in our fast and stressful lives these days, we rarely get the chance to do). Paul and I chose to relax in there after we had each been indulged with a wonderful all over relaxing body massage. We both admitted we had drifted away; this must be a good medicine! It is the perfect place to get pampered.

The Restaurants There is a choice of two different restaurants at the hotel. For our lunch we chose to eat at Reflections Restaurant. It is modern and sleek, and overlooks a beautiful courtyard. Here they serve freshly prepared, no-fuss dishes throughout the day, including light bites, salads and tasty vegetarian menu options. We enjoyed paninis, salad and chunky homemade chips. The courtyard (Flames Courtyard) is apparently used during warmer months for alfresco dining - I can see that it makes the perfect setting. For our evening meal we ate in Alexander’s Restaurant, which is the more formal restaurant of the two. It has been granted two AA Rosette. The head chef, Kirk Johnson, uses the finest local ingredients, which provides a lovely dining experience. The room for this fine dining restaurant is ornate, keeping its original coving and traditional colours. The service and the food was just what you would expect from a top fine dining restaurant anywhere. The experience After an enjoyable English breakfast the following morning, our stay at Alexander House Hotel and Spa had sadly drawn to an end. We both felt refreshed and ready for the weekend ahead. And with this Sussex hotel being so close to home, we didn’t have a horribly long journey home, which makes it even more appealing for a sneaky stay away to recharge those batteries. I look forward to my third visit to Alexander House, very soon I hope. Spa day vouchers are available from £95. Spa suites are currently from £410 for a double for one night. A classic bedroom is from £240 (double for one night). (The above prices include a full English breakfast). Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa Turners Hill, East Grinstead, West Sussex For bookings, telephone: 01342 714914


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Cologne for Christmas Neil Gerraghty visits one of Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forgotten gems, Cologne, and discovers Christmas there

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ologne is one of Europe’s most laid back summertime cities. On warm July evenings the ancient gabled marketplaces turn into giant outdoor lounge bars where crowds of fun loving Rhinelanders gather to cool off over their beloved local tipple, kölsch. This refreshing top fermented pale ale perfectly encapsulates the sparkling Cologne character and as the sun sets over the Rhine locals like nothing more than grabbing a few kölsches and ambling down to the riverside meadows for impromptu midsummer night parties. You might think this feel good atmosphere fades away during the cold dreary German winter but nothing could be further from the truth; Rhinelanders simply refuse to give up the summer ghost. On November 11th the city launches itself into Carnival season which lasts right through to Easter. With street parades, riverside funfairs and masked balls, this so called “Fifth Season” is a wonderful time to visit the city. Festivities come to a climax in the week before Easter with Rosenmontag (Rose Monday), a street parade that attracts over a million

“The mighty Gothic cathedral... is home to the magnificent 13th Century gold reliquary of The Three Kings and Christmas pilgrims have been making a beeline to Cologne since medieval times.”

revellers dressed as Jecke (carnival clowns). The procession is led by the Dreigestirn, a time hallowed carnival triad made up of a Prince, Farmer and Virgin. The Virgin is always played by a man in drag and following his lead you’ll spot hundreds of burly German lads sporting blond plaits dressed up as Heidis. Rosenmontag is also a great occasion for kids as the carnival floats, when they pass by, shower the crowds with thousands of sweets. During Advent, carnival festivities are suspended but few cities do Christmas better than Cologne. The mighty Gothic cathedral which soars above the compact city centre is home to the magnificent 13th Century gold reliquary of The Three Kings and Christmas pilgrims have been making a beeline to Cologne since medieval times. The jewel encrusted reliquary stands in the apse of the cathedral and sparkles temptingly in an impregnable glass case just crying out for a Lara Croft style heist. The massive cathedral took over 600 years to complete and when the brooding black towers were finally completed in 1880 it briefly became the tallest building in the world before losing its crown to the Eifel Tower in 1889. Climbing the 509 steps of the south tower is one of Cologne’s greatest and most exhausting thrills. Kids love the creepy dimly lit spiral staircase which echoes to their shrieks but for vertigo sufferers the flying buttresses, blackened gargoyles and vertical drops make this a Gothic Horror on a monumental scale! Nowadays Cologne’s Christmas markets, rather than the cathedral, attract seasonal visitors from all over Europe - almost 2 million of them last year. With four main

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“When toasting, always use the bottom of your glass, look each other in the eye and never cross elbows as your love life will be jinxed for 10 years!” Christmas markets meandering through the picturesque medieval market squares and many smaller ones dotted along the Rhine, Cologne has one of the finest collections in Germany. The largest is held in Domplatz, where the cathedral provides a spectacular backdrop to 160 brightly lit wooden pavilions. It’s particularly noted for its Christmas food stalls where you can munch your way through delicious homemade Stollens and a mouth-watering array of heart warming Christmas biscuits including Zimsterne (cinnamon stars) and Dominosteine (layered gingerbread, jam and marzipan in a chocolate shell). Nearby, the Altermarkt Christmas market is a magical place for children. Whimsical gnomes and fairies perch on Hansel and Gretel style half timbered stalls while a puppet theatre and Santa’s Grotto keep the toddlers entranced. The market spills out into Heumarkt where older kids will love the outdoor ice skating rink. Be warned though, ice skating is engrained in the German blood and even the tiniest tots race around like Michael Schumacher at breakneck speeds. Cologne’s oldest Christmas market at Neumarkt is a great place to stock up on beautiful hand decorated glass baubles and advent candles. A short stroll away, Rudolfplatz is a popular after work watering hole where friends meet up for hot steaming mugs of glühwein (mulled wine) in the shadow of Hahnentorburg, one of Cologne’s most picturesque mediaeval city gates. The wine comes in an astonishing variety of fruit and spice flavours. “Hot Heidi” is a favourite and has a delicately spiced bilberry flavour which perfectly accompanies the rich meaty Thuringer Bratwursts you’ll spot sizzling in all the Christmas markets. If the capricious winter weather dampens the festive spirit then there are plenty of cosy indoor bolt holes to while away the hours. Get a glimpse of what Madonna’s living room might look like in the swanky Museum Ludwig which boasts one of the largest Picasso and Warhol collections in the world. Cologne’s ancestry is rooted


firmly in ancient Rome (you’ll spot intriguing ruins all over the city) and the fascinating Romano-Germanic Museum vividly brings to life its ancient past including some deft of hand detective work worthy of the latest Falco novel. Kids and chocoholics alike will be in Seventh Heaven at the Schokoladenmuseum by the Rhine. Don’t miss the heavenly Three King’s Gateau in the cafe and if you really want to push your airline baggage allowance to the limit, you can haul off a 3 kilo chocolate Father Christmas, reputedly the largest in the world. Serious shoppers should jump on a train to nearby Düsseldorf where window shopping along the glittering boutiques of the Kö, Germany’s most famous shopping street, is like rifling through the ads of a glossy airline magazine. Words of caution though; never ask for a kölsch in Düsseldorf. The two cities have a fierce but good humoured rivalry and have two quite distinct brewing traditions. Düsseldorfers drink Alt, a mellow brown ale and anybody asking for a kölsch will be jokingly asked to leave the premises! On Christmas Eve, like clockwork, Cologne’s Christmas markets close down but the festive spirit continues alive and well in the city’s beer halls. Früh am Dom, close to the cathedral is one of the most atmospheric and is a nostalgic medieval style warren of wood panelled halls adorned with heraldic shields. Here wise cracking köbes (waiters) scurry around swinging circular trays of kölsch. It’s taken for granted that you’ll be drinking kölsch and a glass is automatically placed in front of you and a tally started on your beer mat. There’s a lot of etiquette to remember in the beer halls. Köbes have a proud lineage that stretches back to the Middle Ages and command a great deal of respect in Cologne. Always remember who the boss is; never raise your hand when calling them over and you’ll have made a friend for the evening. When toasting, always use the bottom of your glass, look each other in the eye and never cross elbows as your love life will be jinxed for 10 years! Long into the night groups of friends sit singing carnival songs and Christmas carols but whatever time of year you visit Cologne you’ll always be struck by the festive spirit that permeates this effervescent Rhineland city. For more information on Cologne please visit


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Home made mincemeat! Of course you can buy delicious mincemeat ready to put into your mince pies, but why not have a go at making your own? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier than you think!


For 6lb mincemeat: 12oz (350g) seedless raisins 8oz (225g) sultanas 8oz (225g) currants 4oz (110g) cut mixed peel 4oz (110g) chopped dried prunes 12oz (350g) soft brown sugar 1lb (450g) cooking apples - peeled, cored and grated 8oz (225g) shredded suet grated rind and juice of 2 oranges grated rind and juice of 2 lemons 2oz (50g) chopped almonds 2oz (50g) chopped pecan nuts 1 tbsp (15g) mixed spice 1 tsp (5g) freshly grated nutmeg 5fl oz (150ml) brandy


1. Mix all the ingredients together, except half the brandy, in a large ovenproof bowl and cover and leave to stand overnight. 2. The next day, preheat the oven to 110C/225F/ Gas 4, cover the bowl with foil and place in the oven for about 3 hours. 3. Allow to cool, then mix in the rest of the brandy and put into sterilised jars. Note: If possible, this mincemeat needs to mature for at least two weeks before using. Once sealed, it can keep for at least a year. See for more Christmas recipes

Mince Pies are traditionally filled with mincemeat (a preserve typically containing apple, dried fruits such as raisins and sultanas, spices, and either suet or vegetable shortening), and are eaten around the Christmas and New Year period. These little sweet pies are best served hot with cream, or a scoop of brandy butter on top, and washed down with a glass of mulled wineâ&#x20AC;Ś well, it is the season to be merry! Mince pies Ingredients 175g plain flour 100g butter, diced 25g caster sugar 411g mincemeat (either homemade from the recommended recipe on this page, or pre-made)

Method Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas 5. Sift the flour into a bowl, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs, then stir in the sugar and 1tbsp cold water and gently knead to form a soft dough. (Or, pulse all the ingredients in a food processor.) Roll out half the dough on a lightly floured surface and stamp out 12 x 7.5cm (3in) rounds and use to line a bun tray. Fill each pastry case with 1tbsp mincemeat. Roll out the remaining pastry and stamp out 12 x 6cm (2in) rounds. Brush lightly with water and cover the mincemeat, sealing the edges well. Use a fork to prick the surface of each pie and cook towards the top of the oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden. Cool in the tin for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool before serving.

For a more festive look to your pies, use a star-shaped cutter for the pastry toppings. Once cold you can store your mince pies in an airtight container for 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.


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hristmas comes to the historic Sussex market town of Steyning on 9th December – and award-winning local restaurant Whites will be adding its own sparkle to the proceedings! Christmas Late Night Shopping in Steyning is a hugely popular annual event. Thousands flock to the town to visit the colourful stalls and fairground rides and to enjoy the jugglers, fire eaters, carol singers and live bands. There will be plenty of chestnuts roasting on open fires – plus an appearance by Father Christmas. On the night itself, exhausted revellers can recharge their batteries at Whites Bar & Kitchen where, along with some delicious food, they will be given a complimentary glass of Bolney Bubbly. Outside meanwhile, Whites’ very own posse of elves will be handing out candy canes and vouchers entitling any child dining with their parents to eat free of charge up to and including Saturday 19th December.

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month’s break may not seem like much of a big deal for most bands. But that’s the longest period that Brighton-based pop/rock band Two Choices have been apart in their 10 year existence. And they’re no old timers either. At the age of 24, Ash Plank, Tim Cook, Tom Clarke and Ryan O’Sullivan have been playing together since their school days way back in 1999. Since then, Two Choices have played over 500 gigs all across the UK and Europe, from venues smaller than some peoples bathrooms, through to places as large as the Brighton Centre and everywhere in between (including B&Q’s car park… don’t ask) In 2008, the band released their debut mini-album ‘Longest Journey’. It was described as ‘infectious pop-rock’ and was unapologetic in its approach. It’s very apparent that Two Choices know what kind of music they like writing and aren’t affected by various scenes and trends that occur around them. The band toured continuously throughout 2008 and 2009 and spread their wings as far as Italy, Holland, Austria and France. The continent has seen some of the best response to the band’s music, with a huge number of friends on the Two Choices’ myspace page coming from Italy. Unlike many bands who write their own music, Two Choices have really concentrated their efforts on the often overlooked pub scene. When asked why this was, lead singer Ash said “You go to a club night and nine times out of ten you don’t get paid and you’re just playing to other bands and your mates. Who wants to do that? We’d rather get paid to play at a packed pub on a Saturday night, full of people out for a good time. We throw in a few well-known covers mixed in with our own stuff really seems to be the way to make new fans”. The proof is in the pudding too; Two Choices have sold well in excess of 1000 copies of their album at gigs alone. This coupled with online sales and an array of merchandise has really helped to fund their tours.

The band is set to release a new e.p towards the end of this year with plans to tour Europe and dip their toes in the US market in the spring/summer of 2009. Guitarist Tom said, “This is a really exciting time, we can’t wait for people to hear the new material and get out and play it to them!” Visit Two Choices on facebook, myspace, iTunes and just about everywhere else!


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Absolute Brighton had a very sweet package delivered to them courtesy of Angel Food- Brighton’s favourite little cake makers. Angel Food Bakery was Brighton’s first original cupcakery. Situated in the heart of the Lanes, they are offering Brighton & Hove businesses a unique touch to their client hospitality services with beautiful personalised company cupcakes. And for just £2.25 each, they are a tasty work of art at bargain prices. As you can see from the Absolute Brighton ones, Angel Food can print anything with edible icing on cupcakes or standard size cakes, for corporate occasions or just for fun; from logos to pictures or maybe you just feel like putting your face on a cake! All you have to do is email your picture or logo to info@ and they’ll deliver them to your door the following day. Look out for their scrumptious Christmas cupcake menu on or visit the bakery & cafe at 20 Meeting House Lane, Brighton. And just so you know, Absolute Brighton can vouch for the fact they are really scrumptious!

Throughout December, Brighton Marina has something really special to offer all you Christmas shoppers. It’s a fantastic German style market complete with wooden chalets and a large marquee and over 70 stalls. You will be able to find handmade decorations, Christmas trees, wreaths, mistletoe, poinsettias, holly and ivy, Christmas gift wrap, handmade cards, calendars and beautiful flower arrangements.

The market will take place each Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 20th December from 11am – 4pm. Santa will be appearing at The Christmas Lodge and raising funds for Brighton based children’s charity, Rockinghorse, who provide direct donations of equipment, treatment and therapy to sick and disabled children. The Christmas Lodge will be open between 11am and 3pm Saturday & Sunday, and entrance fee is £3.50.



Newick Park Hotel was nominated as a finalist for the Johansen Condé Nast Innovation in Sustainable Hospitality award 2010. Condé Nast Johansens are publishers of one of the most prestigious hotel guides on the market, and present awards annually to those properties, worldwide, that represent the finest standards and best value for money in luxury and independent accommodation, Tom Hibbert, the General Manager of Newick Park Hotel, is delighted that the hotel was chosen as a finalist and thanked all his colleagues for achieving great recognition from all the work they have done: “We continually look at improving our sustainability from growing as much of our produce on our parkland for our 3AA rosette restaurant as possible, to being more cost effective with the day to day running of the hotel, and yet retaining our luxury home from home feeling that we are renowned for”.

Celebrating 21 years in the business, the Sussex Business Awards held a glittering evening of celebration and surprise at The Grand Hotel, Brighton organised for the first time by Midnight Communications. Our own Absolute Brighton was also celebrating. MD Paul Craig was awarded Sussex Entrepreneur of The Year. Upon receiving the award from the sponsors of the award, Red Seven, Paul told the audience: “Being an entrepreneur means that you take a lot risks; however, I have never been as nervous embarking upon a new venture as I was just now sitting in my seat waiting to hear who had won this fantastic award! Thank you…” He then went on to dedicate the award to his parents, and wife Verity who he runs the businesses with, thanking them for their support over the years. Paul is also owner of Karma and bar/restaurants and Showtec Light and Sound. This years winners from the event can be viewed at



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FACES & PLACES Ana Aqiular, Paul Corney and Artisan owner Kasia Zindulska


Jolanta Skolnowska, Daniel Bradley, Penny Bradley

party for RSPCC On a mild winter evening, Artisan in Lewes hosted a festive evening to raise money for the RSPCC, and to launch their autumn and Christmas menu.

Marzena Czapnik

Guests were warmed-up with mulled wine and hot seasonal bites, whilst they enjoyed listening to the beautiful voices of the Vivace choir, who were there to help Artisan raise money on the night. The evening also marked the launch of a new art exhibition by local and international artists. All profits made from the

Regina and Robert Koenig with artist Dagmara Rudkin

evening went to the RSPCC. To view Artisan’s new seasonal menu and exhibitions visit If you have a charity event and would like a choir to sing for free contact Mandy Fischer, Daniel Lyons and Lesley Isaacs

Pictures Richard Bidwell Camilla Oliver, Jim Oliver, Sarah Payne

James Lancaster with fiancée Anna Carey and Ray Farrow

Agnieszka Bujnowska, Sabina Skrobacz, Lidia Bienkunska Mirek Bujnowski and Kasia Bujnowska

John Sandford and “Vivace”

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The best of

Sussex business! The 21st anniversary of the Sussex Business Awards concluded with a bang as the winners of the 2009 Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony held at the Grand Hotel, Brighton. The event was attended by over 350 business representatives from across the region. Drusillas Zoo Park was one of the big winners Walk in Wardrobe’s Katherine and Mark Wilson

of the night. They were awarded with the prestigious title of Sussex Company of the

Phil and Geraldine Bloomfield of Sussex County Sports Partnership

Year, as well as the gong for Best Customer Service in Sussex. Recognised as the best small zoo in the UK, Drusillas has been part of family life in Sussex for many years. However, it was FDM Group plc which received the greatest recognition taking home awards for International Business of the Year and Best Employer in Sussex. Rod Flavell, Managing Director of FDM Group plc, was honoured with the celebrated title of Sussex Businessperson of the Year. Malcolm Diamond, chairman of the judges commented: “This evening’s ceremony

Nic Ramsey and Jamie McCartney of She Said, Impure Art and Brighton Body Sculpture Owners of Drusillas Zoo - big winners on the night

demonstrates the breadth and scope of Clive and Jess Loseby and Lucy Wright and Paul Whitehed Deputy Mayor of Brighton and Hove Garry Peltzer Dunn with John Healy of Healy’s Solicitors

businesses that the region offers. Those honoured this evening are truly deserving of the titles with which they have been awarded. Other winners on the night included Paul Craig from Absolute Brighton, Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Redseven.

Photographs courtesy of Midnight Communications The 2009/2010 winners!

A happy mechanic!

A double win! Small Business of the Year winner Mark Woolley with Entrepreneur of the Year Paul Craig



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Nic Ramsey, Jamie McCartney and friends Justine Cobb of Crunch, Jim Powell and Dave and Jo Blood of Posture People

Mark and Fran Woolley, Susie Wilding, Martin Whellans and Maria Weijers

Mark Jenkins of Hugo Morris

Caraline Brown of Midnight Communications and guests

A twirl from Caraline Brown of Midnight Communications

Peiter Smart, Janet Shepherd, John Francis, Christine MacDonald, Sussex Business Award winner Paul Craig, Absolute Brighton editor Verity Craig, Niomi Smart, Jason Webb, Tara and Jai Michaels

Introducing the award ceremony, comedienne Zoe Lyons

Fiona Graves of Midnight Communications


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The London to Brighton vintage car race passes through Hassocks. Picture courtesy of Car shown is on display at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu.

Old and new pass through Hassocks is a village that has kept its community spirit, and is thriving, as Tim Parker found out on a recent visit


t was the afternoon of Sunday 1st November 2009 that I visited

sodden deer stalker hat, however, was a picture of misery. I smiled as

Hassocks. I had forgotten that it was the same Sunday when a vast

the Bugatti disappeared from sight proceeding, oh so slowly, towards

collection of vintage cars would, puffing and wheezing, make their

Clayton Tunnel. It will never make the hill I thought, but I had other

annual pilgrimage to Brighton. ‘An article on Hassocks would be nice,’

things to do, mainly to find out something about Hassocks. Later that

said Verity, our Editor. ‘Of course,’ I said, although I had no idea where

afternoon I made my way back to Brighton via Clayton Hill, and at the

Hassocks started and where it ended. And what about Keymer? I am

bottom of the hill were several old cars and lots of steam but not, as

now told it’s a village in Hassocks but it’s on some signposts and not

far as I could see, the old lady and her splendid car. I breasted Clayton


Hill in my old Mondeo alongside (although not in the same class as)

Before we get to Hassocks (and Keymer, if I can find it) let me tell

two vintage cars and asked a yellow-coated attendant if the old lady

you about my ringside view of this years old crocks rally; the vintage

made it in her Bugatti. ‘Of course, Sir, we saw to that,’ was the very

car run that is, not the locals. Did you know that the first rally was to

satisfactory answer.

celebrate the day when cars were allowed to drive along the highways

Now let me tell you what I found out about Hassocks that wet

without being proceeded by a man with a red flag? Well anyway, after

Sunday afternoon. Hassocks, which is named after a tuft of grass, is set

all the fine weather we have been having, the weather that Sunday

between two neighbouring villages, Hurstpierpoint and Ditchling. It is

was, let’s be charitable, disappointing. My mother, who is now with

a very different kind of place than those two ancient villages although

St Peter and I hope waiting for me, could never spell disappointing,

all three have the same marvellous backdrop: a wonderful stretch of

she always spelt it with one p and two s’s. But I digress! Back to my

the South Downs.

story: I was standing on the pavement outside Southdown Nurseries

Unlike its two neighbours, the better part of Hassock is a modern

when an old lady drove slowly past in what I was told was a Bugatti.

village built in recent years. Despite the recession, building continues

She was smiling and looked happy enough despite the clouds of steam

with new houses for sale. These houses have helped to bring younger

issuing from every part of her old car. The man sitting by her side in a

people into the village which has a strong community spirit. Then



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ABSOLUTE PLACES “...when the Romans arrived, Hassocks became a staging post on their road network between Londinium Augusta (modern London) and Novus Portus (possibly Portslade or perhaps Hove, actually) ”

Gardeners’ Question Time

there is the railway, enabling many to get to work in nearby Sussex towns without clogging our overburdened roads. Driving round the village, I was impressed that the planners had left enough open spaces Borde Hill Gardens for people to breathe. It’s a pleasant, leafy village in good order and it

is no wonder that Gardeners’ Question Time has held court in the Hassocks Community Centre. I have written about a number of Sussex towns and villages in recent months and have learnt a little of their Saxon and Roman history and of the Ancient Britons who preceded them. The first metal workers were busy in Sussex and Hassocks 600 years before Christ and when the Romans arrived, Hassocks became a staging post on their road network between Londinium Augusta (modern London) and Novus Portus (possibly Portslade or perhaps Hove, actually). What we can be sure of is that there was a Roman Cemetery in the village but so far no Mansio has been found. What is a Mansio you may ask? It was a Travellers’ Rest, the Roman equivalent of a Travelodge although not, I

Oatland Mill in winter

guess, as comfortable, but then again… Today the village has grown to around seven thousand inhabitants and there is plenty apart from gardening going on. Hassocks is large enough to support a busy shopping street. The shops may not be the smartest in the county but they offer a good service and ensure there’s no need to travel outside the village for essential supplies. There is a long established delicatessen together with two restaurants, one Indian and one Chinese, and a well-used community centre, the Adrasta Hall. Importantly, the schools are good. There is an Infants school and secondary education is provided by Downlands Community School which is remarkably well equipped and, thanks in large part to a generous donation from the late Chelsea Football Club’s Vice Chairman Mathew Harding’s wife, has a splendid Sports

Entrance to Memorial Gardens Hassocks

Hall. One of the great problems for many Sussex villages is that high

Rain or shine, the vintage cars always make the journey!

property prices drive young people away from their birthplace. The villages and small towns remain picturesque but inside they die. One by one shops close, then the pub, then the post office and the church opens for perhaps one day a week only. There’s no easy answer but at least all seems well in Hassocks, a garden village with sport for everyone. Here’s just a sample of what’s on offer: A cricket club, a football club, a sports hall, tennis clubs and courts, squash courts, hang gliding, cycling, a skate park together with no end of local societies and clubs which I don’t have the space to list. And then, of course, there’s walking in the beautiful countryside. So do go pay Hassocks a visit and if you find Keymer, please let me know, I never did find it. ABSOLUTE

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Snow Queen. Picture by Shaun Webb Design and Mike Eddowes

Picture: Pete Jones


hichester Festival Youth Theatre presents the world premiere of Bryony Lavery and Jason Carr’s new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. Over 70 young people aged 10-19 will combine collective storytelling, movement, music and dance to present a revamped musical version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale with the help of a pair of red kicking boots, some pots of honey and some geriatric magic. Originally told as seven separate stories, The Snow Queen begins with the tale of a magic malevolent mirror which changes everything good to bad; the story follows a little girl called Gerda who loses her best friend, a little boy called Kay. Join Gerda and Granny Snow on an epic journey following the Northern Lights to the Snow Queen’s Ice Palace. Along the way, they travel through a beautiful bewitched flower garden, down an ice-packed river, meeting a prince and princess, a rambunctious robber girl and a group of enchanted grannies

and granddads from Finland and Lapland. Friendship, excitement and adventure are certainly guaranteed in this snowy, icy tale. The Snow Queen will be supported by Chichester Festival Theatre’s professional creative team. Dale Rooks, Youth Theatre Director will co-direct this production with CFT’s trainee director Abigail Graham. Dale has directed the Christmas show at Chichester Festival Theatre for the last six years as well as running weekly Youth Theatre sessions and summer promenade performances. Theatre credits include A Christmas Carol, Toad of Toad Hall, James and the Giant Peach, Peter Pan, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Oliver! The Snow Queen Chichester Festival Theatre 16th -31st December. Tickets £8.50 - £23 available online at or from the Box Office 01243 781312

Jack and the Beanstalk

his year’s bumper Eastbourne pantomime is Jack and the Beanstalk, and it promises to be packed with Fe-Fi-Fo-Fun! Eastbourne’s pantomime is an annual highlight in the theatrical calendar and each year the show builds on its own incredible success. This year a selection of performances are almost totally sold out, so to be sure you don’t miss out the advice from the theatres is book early. The panto stars Emma Barton (inset) in the title role of Jack. Emma is known to many for her long running role as Honey Mitchell in EastEnders, however audiences may not realise that she is an accomplished musical theatre actress who has enjoyed West End success and is currently touring the country as Roxie Hart in the hit musical Chicago. Returning once again due to huge audience demand are Eastbourne favourites; Martyn Knight who returns for his sixth consecutive pantomime this year as Dame Trott and Carl Patrick who is back for his fourth year running as hapless sidekick Simple Simon, with local actor Kevin Pallister (Emmerdale) as the evil Fleshcreep. Tickets are already selling fast for this giant of a pantomime so early booking is strongly advised to save disappointment. This isn’t just pantomime, this is Eastbourne pantomime… JACK AND THE BEANSTALK 11th December 2009 until 10th January 2010 Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne Tickets from £10.50, to book call 01323 412000 or online at



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ABSOLUTE WHATS ON Robinson Crusoe at the Connaught Theatre

PANTO MANIA IN Worthing Two family tickets to be won!


here will be plenty of Christmas enchantment in Worthing this year when two pantomimes fill the town with festive cheer. From pirates to princes, fairies to faraway lands, there’s a show to make everyone smile. Todd Carty (Eastenders, The Bill, Dancing on Ice) will take a break from his directing and ice-rink escapades to star as Buttons opposite Worthing favourite Lucinda Kennard (Dream Team) in the title role of Cinderella. Anna Bingham (Splash FM) will star as the fairy godmother and Kevin Tillett, the dame from Snow White last year, will return by popular demand as Ugly Sister Fannie alongside Ugly Sister Annie played by Steve Humpherson. Together the cruel, camp and crazy duo become the Ugliest Sisters Ever. Trying to keep everyone in check is Brian Weston (Juliet Bravo, ‘Allo ‘Allo) as Baron Hardup but his bumbling ways make it a difficult task. The story of Cinderella has always brought joy and happiness to children and adults alike. Meanwhile at the Connaught Theatre, Tracy

Shaw (Coronation Street) will battle through stormy seas and treacherous thunderstorms to create the traditional role of Robinson Crusoe who falls in love with Lucy Locket played by children’s television star Katie Sheridan (Genie in the House). There are terrifying cannibals and shipwrecking storms that threaten to separate the adventurous pair but with the help of Robinson’s loyal servant Man Friday played by Harvey James they manage to reach a desert island only to discover the evil Pirate-Ghost Davy Jones (Matt Rixon) has been plotting their downfall. Luckily Robinson’s mother Dame Mollycoddle Crusoe, played by writer and last year’s dame Christopher Lillicrap, is never far away with a joke for every occasion and a cheerful singalong song when the sea-voyage becomes too frightening - they may even have a little supernatural help from Morgana Ghost of the Sea (Nicola Miles). Whichever panto you see, there’ll be excitement for everyone and boundless laughter. So whether you want high-energy


entertainment at the Pavilion or beautifullycrafted tradition at the Connaught, there’ll be plenty of magical merriment in Worthing this Christmas. Cinderella Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing. BN11 3PX Thursday Dec 10th – Sunday Jan 3rd Tickets: £9.50 - £17.00 Times vary according to day please call box office for details Robinson Crusoe Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing. BN11 1LG Thursday Dec 3rd – Sunday Jan 3rd Tickets: £9.00 – £15.00 Times vary according to day please call box office for details Box Office: In person at the Connaught and Pavilion theatres Telephone 01903 206206 Visit Cinderella is at the Pavilion Theatre

Absolute Brighton and Worthing Theatres would like to invite you to enjoy the festive frolics of either Robinson Crusoe at the Connaught Theatre or Cinderella at the Pavilion Theatre. For the chance to win one of two family tickets (for four people including at least one child) simply answer this question: What should you usually do when a nasty pantomime character enters the scene? a) Wave enthusiastically b) Boo and hiss c)Throw flowers Please send your name, address, telephone number and email address along with your answer to: Absolute Pantomime Competition, Absolute Brighton, 42 Wilbury Villas, Hove BN3 6GD. Alternatively you may email Entries to be received by Monday December 14th (Tickets not available for use on 24th, 26th and 30th December)


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Chilli Pickle for Sarva The Chilli Pickle Indian Bistro in the Brighton Lanes held a charity event in aid of Sarva, a small organisation that works with the

Martin Peters, Anna Hadley and Karen and Kevin Short

forgotten people of the Indian subcontinent. With over seven hundred pounds raised it will help to put 15 children through 1 yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schooling or train 1 adult to become a nurse Chilli Pickle proprietors, Daun and Alun Sperring Katie Berry and Liam Tarvit

for 1 year as well as raising awareness to the cause. The event was a real success and a night

David Manners and Bernard Davies from the charity Sarva

enjoyed by all. The entertainment went down a treat with a traditional Indian dancer, live sitar and tabla playing, as well as an abundance of tasty Indian street food and wine, supplied by Butlers Wine. Henry Butler of Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wines who supplied the wine for the evening with Nick Richardson of Brightfish

Pictures Graham Franks Chris Buckingham, Maureen Cole and Peter and Alison Skilbeck

Sarva supporter, Jennifer Smith Authentic Indian street food from waitress Judy Classical Dancer, Seeta Patel, performed a dance from South India Authentic Indian music from Gafima and Gavin of Indigo Eye

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11+Scholarship Day Saturday 30th January 2010 Entry into year 7, September 2010 Lancing College Preparatory School awarded ‘OUTSTANDING’ in recent ISI Report Lancing College Preparatory School, The Droveway, Hove, East Sussex BN3 6LU

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Keep the kids healthy this winter Kids and wintertime go together like peanut butter and jelly. Most kids can’t wait for site of any snow to build that snowman or sleigh down the neighbor’s hill. But for parents, wintertime can bring on an extra helping of worry, especially with the unwelcome arrival of swine Flu this year. Here are some tips to help keep kids healthy and safe during the winter. Follow these steps to ward off illness: 1. Have your child immunized each winter with the current influenza vaccine. 2. Make sure your child washes his/her hands frequently to avoid getting bugs. They should wash before eating and after using the restroom, sharing toys, coughing and blowing their nose, and after school. 3. Ensure your child gets enough sleep to help their body fight off infection. 4. Serve your child nutritious foods to boost their immune system. 5. Use a cool-mist humidifier in your child’s bedroom if they have a cold or tend to get nosebleeds. 6. Give your child a snack before heading outside. The calorie boost will help give their body energy in the cold weather. 7. Pay attention to the temperature and wind chill. Keep your child inside if the temperature is less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. 8. Dress your child in layers, with one more layer than you would wear yourself. Start with long underwear, a turtleneck or shirt and a gaiter, a sweater and then a coat. A waterproof top layer is best too. 9. Don’t forget a hat that covers your child’s ears, but do forget about a scarf, which can be a strangulation hazard. A neck gaiter is better. 10. Keep an extra dry pair of gloves on hand so your child can trade in their wet ones and stay outside a little longer. 11. Check on your children regularly when they are outside. Better yet, Banner:Layout play outside with them! You’ll have fi15:10 rsthand Page 1 Brighton Absolute 7 16/11/09 knowledge of the weather conditions and share in the fun.



Daily Telegraph, June 2009


Pre-Prep and Prep Schools Saturday 30 January Senior School (11+, 13+, 16+) Saturday 6 February

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ABSOLUTE EDUCATION A message from Sompting Abbotts School:

“Welcome! At Sompting Abbotts we set out to fulfil the ideal of happy children, developing naturally through careful teaching in an environment specifically tailored to their needs. We aim to protect childhood in a society that encourages its early decline: a world of invention, enthusiasm and excitement as well as a place of learning where sound values are taught. This is achieved by the family nature of the school – small, caring, flexible – in tune with the needs of individual children and families. We endeavour to foster a warm friendly atmosphere, encouraging respect for others and developing self-discipline. Talents are nurtured, support and guidance promoted, progress and strengths encouraged and broadened. We warmly invite you to come and see for yourself. ”

Christmas in the sun! We all know that the Christmas school holidays will be cold and dark here in Britain, but how will it be on the other side of the world...?


hristmas in Australia and New Zealand comes in the middle of their summer - no white Christmas for them! Most of the time it is blue skies, bright sunshine and temperatures in the eighties (25 C) and above. Preparation for Christmas starts in early December when decorations are put up, including door wreaths, artificial trees and nativity scenes. Christmas cards with designs similar to those found in the UK and US (holly, snow scenes, Dickensian Christmas scenes etc) are sent out to family and friends. In many homes, Christmas cakes and puddings will be baked ready to eat on Christmas Day. In the cities and towns, many shopping centres and stores have their own Santa. Because it is so warm at this time, flowers tend to be the main form of decoration, particularly the native Christmas Bush (a plant which has little red flowered leaves) and Christmas Bell. However, some people do have a real tree with lights and decorations, which are put up just before Christmas Eve. The school summer holidays start a week before Christmas with children being off until after Australia Day on 26 January. This is a time when exams are over and results are eagerly awaited! Many people will attend the midnight service on Christmas Eve before returning home to wait for Father Christmas/Santa Claus to come and leave presents under tree. Before they go Brighton Absolute Banner:Layout 7to bed, 20/10/09 09:12out Page children leave a glass2of milk or 01903 235960. coke for him and some carrots for his reindeer.

Christmas Day is a time for families to get together and exchange gifts before either going to church or having their Christmas lunch. Until recently this would have been a traditional meal of turkey, cranberry sauce, ham, pork and vegetables followed by a flaming Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. However, due to the diversity of cultures within Australia, and the fact that the weather is so hot at this time of year, many people now have cold meat or seafood with salads and it is often taken as a picnic either to the country or to the beach. In some parts of Australia there is a new tradition beginning to take hold - that of ‘Christmas in July’, which is the coldest month of the year as it is in the middle of their winter. Temperatures are still well above freezing but it is cooler than it is in December! This is when families will gather together and have the traditional Christmas meal together with all the trimmings such as including party hats and streamers.

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SUSSEX IN NEED Wouldn’t it be good if there were a trusted establishment that you could give charitable money to, and they would then choose the person or area in your community that needed it the most? Well, there is, in the form of Sussex Community Foundation. Verity Craig talks to the Foundation’s Fund Development Manager Bike for Life project is an independent cycle training organisation based in Brighton, dedicated to promoting cycling

Janet, can you explain how Sussex Community Foundation works? Sussex Community Foundation provides a flexible vehicle through which people and companies can support their local community. Its purpose is to help donors to reach those groups which are really making a difference at the heart of our communities and are most in need of funding. Often these are smaller organisations for whom a small grant can go a long way. How was the Foundation set up? The Foundation was established in 2006 by the Duke of Richmond working with a steering group of people from across the county. Although relatively new to Sussex, the Foundation is part of a well established network of local community foundations working across the UK. The Duke recognised that there was a gap in Sussex and

Janet Ormerod about this good cause created by local people for local people recruited a number of Founder Donors to help provide set-up funds. Since then we have awarded £1.7 million to over 750 groups across Sussex including help for homeless people, youth clubs, older people’s groups, sports clubs, arts festivals and many more. How do you go about raising funds for areas that need it most? A wide range of people and organisations use Sussex Community Foundation as a channel for their local giving, including individuals, families, companies and charitable trusts. There are a number of ways people can get involved, for example through making a donation to ‘The Sussex Giving Fund’ which is to support a variety of charities and community groups across Sussex. Alternatively, by supporting one of our geographical

City Coast Crossover provides food and clothing for homeless people in the centre of Brighton. A grant from the American Express Fund at Sussex Community Foundation helped the charity maintain their minibus which is an essential part of their operation.


or themed funds, details of current funds are on our website. Individual donations of £10,000 or more can be used to set up a Named Fund at the Foundation which enables the donor to tailor their giving to exactly the causes they want to support. You can also leave a permanent legacy for Sussex by including Sussex Community Foundation in your will. The Foundation is also building a significant endowment fund, the income from which will provide a sustainable resource for local groups. Do you have any particular targets for fundraising? Our main fundraising focus at present is the ‘Grassroots Endowment Challenge’. We need to raise £1.5 million by March 2011 and the Government will match every pound donated. We can also match Gift Aid. So, many people will see their donation increased two and a half times. This is an exciting opportunity for everybody in Sussex to double the impact of their charitable giving and help strengthen the local community. And how do you find the areas/people that really need help? We are building an in depth knowledge of the local community through the applications we receive and the groups we fund. We work closely with other organisations where we know what the needs are ‘on the ground’ in their patch, in particular local CVS (Councils for Voluntary Service) and their equivalents. We also advertise widely the availability of grant funding. In 2008-09 we received over 600 applications so we are never short of groups to support! Can you give us an example of a good cause that Sussex Community Foundation has recently been able to help? Fareshare is just one example of a local project that we have supported. Based in Brighton, they collect good quality surplus food from food manufacturers and retailers and distribute to local charities and community groups including homeless projects,


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Adventure Unlimited provides outdoor adventure and educational events to enrich the lives of young people, in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Sussex Community Foundation has helped to fund climbing courses and new equipment.

“The Foundation does a truly professional job in supporting local causes and ensuring that the lesser known charities receive support that they would have trouble obtaining elsewhere” Nik Askaroff - Founder Donor night shelters, day centres and lunch clubs. Fareshare makes a significant contribution to reducing waste. In 2008 the charity diverted 280 tonnes of food from landfill to help local charities. They also make good use of volunteers, and provide work placements for unemployed and disadvantaged people as a steppingstone into employment. As well as independent donors, does the foundation also have regular business donors? Yes, a number of companies that operate in Sussex have decided to use Sussex Community Foundation to help with their local giving. For example American Express, Veolia ES South Downs, William Reed Business Media, Southern Water and RWE npower renewables. Several smaller companies are also making general donations or supporting specific local funds such as our Worthing & Adur Fund. How does a business or individual go about donating funds to Sussex Community Foundation? Donors can make a one-off or regular donation via our website, by cheque or bank transfer or through standing order. Individuals or companies who are interested in establishing their own Named Fund are encouraged to contact the Foundation to discuss the options

available. Named Fund holders can receive press coverage and be given a high profile on our website, or if they prefer can remain anonymous. Do you notify donors where their money has gone or will be going? We produce a regular newsletter featuring groups that have received funds that goes to all our supporters. Donors with Named Funds also get detailed reports on the groups they have supported and the impact of those grants. We organise ‘Seeing-is-Believing’ visits to funded groups to see the impact firsthand. The Foundation recently put on a special event at Stanmer House showcasing the wonderful art of Lester Magoogan, who also has Down’s Syndrome. Can you tell us a bit about why you decided to get involved in this event and how it came about? The event was organised by Sussex Community Foundation as part of their Celebrating Sussex series, where we put the spotlight on inspirational Sussex people and organisations as well as raising awareness and support for the Foundation. Lester is a great example of a talented individual who has overcome disadvantage and disability to reach his full potential as an artist. We wanted to give Lester a platform to showcase his art and also use the event to introduce people to the work of Sussex Community Foundation.

The Foundation provides an opportunity for donors to support a vast range of grassroot art activities run by, and for, local people. The creative arts can inspire people to fulfil their potential and are an important way of bringing communities together. And finally, what plans does the Foundation have for 2010? Our top priority is to reach our target for the Grassroots Endowment Challenge and ensure that Sussex gets all the Government money available. It is a great incentive for donors with every pound donated being worth at least two pounds to Sussex. We also want to continue attracting new Named Funds from individuals and companies and expand the development of geographic and ‘Themed’ Funds set up by groups of donors. Ultimately we want to develop funds that will support the whole breadth of charities right across Sussex. To do this we need to continue inspiring donors to come forward and help make a difference in our community. Sussex Community Foundation
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What does it mean? We take for granted the many customs and traditions we follow at Christmas, but where do they come from? Why do we pull crackers and send each other cards? Why do we go to pantomimes, and kiss under the mistletoe? Like many Christian festivals, the origins are not always clear, but some originated relatively recently, and some have their origins in ancient pagan rituals…



Back ancient Rome, evergreens were used as a part of the Saturnalia festival-the New Year celebration, when branches and twigs of evergreens were exchanged as a goodluck blessing. It is believed that pagans of Scandinavia were the first people to bring trees indoors, as a mid-winter symbol of the promise of the coming warmth of spring. The German Saxons were probably the first to light their trees with candles, and adorn them with decorations, which were tokens of good fortune. As the tradition of the indoor evergreen was very strong in Germany, it is believed that the first use of Christmas trees by Christians started there. Many experts place its origin as far back as the eighth century. The first Christmas tree in England was in 1841, and is almost universally considered to be the one set up by Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, in Windsor Castle.

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Vintage hand made card sent by a lady in Norfolk to her hisband in 1891

The history of the Christmas card is more definite - it originated in England in 1843. Sir Henry Cole was a wealthy and successful and well-known businessman. He was instrumental in modernising the British postal system, and played a prominent role in the construction of the Royal Albert Hall. He also arranged for the Great Exhibition of 1851, and was involved in the inauguration of the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 1843 he commissioned an artist, John Calcott Horsley, to create a card that could be sent out to his friends an clients, to wish them a merry Christmas! The Christmas card he commissioned was a three-paneled design that allowed for the two outer panels to be folded in towards the middle one. Each of the two side panels depicted a good deed. The first showed an image of people clothing the poor, and the other side panel showed an image of people feeding the hungry. The middle piece had an image of a well-todo family making a toast, surrounded by an enormous feast. The inscription on the inside of the card read “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.” Sir Henry had 1000 printed, and many were sold for a shilling. Of those, only twelve exist today in private collections. The printed card became highly fashionable in England during the years that followed.

The origin of the Christmas Cracker seems to have one of the most definite origins, with most experts agreeing that it was invented by a sweet shop owner, Tom Smith. Always on the look out for new ideas, it was on a trip to Paris in 1840 that he first discovered the ‘bon bon’, a sugared almond wrapped in a twist of tissue paper. This simple idea eventually evolved, over the next seven years, into the cracker. He decided to bring the ‘bon bon’ to London and during the Christmas period that year they sold extremely well, but in January demand virtually ceased. Anxious to develop the ‘bon bon’ idea further and stimulate sales, Tom decided to place a small love motto in the tissue paper and he encouraged his regular customers to takes supplies, many did, and within a short while, orders were sufficiently high and sales profitable enough for him to increase his staff. By now, Tom knew that he had an unique and potentially very commercial idea. At this time, the majority of ‘bon bons’ were still sold at Christmas and he began to think up ways to capitalise on this short but very profitable season and make his ‘bon bons’ even more appealing. It was the crackle of a log as he threw it on his fire that gave him the flash of inspiration which eventually led to the crackers we know today.

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These cheerful musical interpretations of classic fairy tales, performed by professional or amateur actors - and the audience - became popular in England in the 1500s. There are pre-Christian roots to the pantomime, most notably the playing of men by women and the other way around. This probably stems back to the pagan winter festivals, where roles were reversed in plays: males would play females; masters, servants and children would play parents.


Jack and the Beanstalk in Eastbourne - see page 66

Mistletoe was held in high esteem in ancient times, thought by many religions to be a sacred plant with supernatural power. Like the Christmas tree, it is an evergreen, symbolic of the eventual rebirth of vegetation that will occur in spring. Mistletoe is frequently mentioned in regard to Celtic and pagan rituals. In some cultures the mistletoe was symbolic of peace, love and goodwill, and has been considered to have aphrodisiac qualities. The modern day tradition of kissing under the mistletoe stems from Norse mythology. Norse goddess Frigga declared mistletoe as a sacred plant to symbolise love (rather than death that it previously stood for). Being a symbol of love, kissing under the mistletoe became a tradition.


Although meat has always been at the centre of traditional Christmas feasts, it has not always been in the form of turkey. Serving a large roasted joint of meat at Christmas is believed to originate from ancient sacrificial rites to appease the gods, and hopefully ensure a good harvest in the year to come. Popular meats used for early celebratory purposes were beef, mutton, pork, peacock and swans. King James I is responsible for the emergence of turkey. He introduced it during the seventeenth century because it was far kinder to his delicate digestive system! Not everyone could afford it, though, and the poor had to make do with goose.


The history of the Christmas wreath dates back to the ancient cultures of the Persian Empire. Then they were considered to be the symbol of importance and success. Today the wreath has a strong Christian association, and stands for a circle that has no beginning and end. Hence, it is treated as a symbol of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eternity.


There appear to be no written records of the origin of the Christmas stocking, but there are popular legends that attempt to tell the history of this Christmas tradition. Most agree that the tradition probably originated in America, and one of the most popular stories has several variations, but the following is a good example. Long ago, there lived a poor man and his three beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married, and he was worried what would happen to them after his death. Saint Nicholas was passing through the village when he over heard the discussion of some villagers who were talking about the situation of the three girls. St. Nicholas wanted to help them, but he knew that the old man would not accept charity. He decided to help in secret. He waited until it was night and crept into their house through the chimney. He had three bags of gold coins with him, one for each girl. As he was looking for a place to keep those three bags, he noticed stockings of the three girls that were hung over the mantelpiece for drying. He put one bag in each stocking and off he went. When the girls and their father woke up the next morning, they found the bags of gold coins and were of course, overjoyed. The girls were able to get married and live happily ever after. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. Sometimes the story is told with gold balls instead of bags of gold. That is why three gold balls, sometimes represented as oranges, are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas. The tradition began in many European countries. Originally, children simply used one of their everyday socks, but eventually special Christmas stockings were created for this purpose. Another origin theory for Christmas stockings is from Dutch children who would place their wooden clogs by the fireplace to dry. The children would use these wooden clogs as containers for straw to feed reindeer. The clogs eventually changed into stockings which were hung from the mantle shelf of chimneys. ABSOLUTE

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ABSOLUTE BUSINESS MATTERS SME Risk Management, Business Continuity Management, Plan Testing and Maintenance

by Roger Clifton-Moore, MD of RMI

This is the fourth part of my series of articles looking at risk management issues for SMEs. The first three articles looked at Risk Assessment, the development of a recovery strategy and the associated recovery plans/emergency call lists for your business. This month we are addressing plan testing and maintenance.


lan testing and maintenance is an essential part of your overall risk management strategy. There is no point making the effort of developing a business continuity strategy and plan if you do not review, test and maintain it! Your plan should preferably be reviewed / updated quarterly and fully tested at least annually. By regularly reviewing and testing your plans you will ensure the following: 1. Your internal and external ‘emergency call lists’ will be kept up to date - most plans fail when used in a real emergency due to inaccurate contact information! 2. The off-site ‘Battlebox’ will contain the correct contents i.e. latest versions of the recovery procedures / essential documents / forms etc. 3. Your staff will be familiar with the plan and trained re what to do in an emergency 4. Your recovery strategy and plan will continue to evolve in line with your business development Reviewing and Maintaining the Plan It is recommended that the plan for each business function is reviewed quarterly. This should be done by the ‘Plan Owner;’ usually the functional head (see previous article in November’s issue). Each section of

the plan should be reviewed with particular emphasis on the internal and external ‘emergency call lists’, the ‘Battlebox’ items and your minimum recovery requirements (i.e. IT data/applications and office services etc.). This should be a formal process administered by your nominated BCM Coordinator who is responsible for the master set of plans and updating version numbers/ audit trails etc. Note: the review date/version number should be updated even if there are no changes to the plan. Periodically, you should also redo your business risk assessment to ensure that your recovery strategy and plan remains relevant – reference article one in this series (September’s issue). Testing the Plan Testing is vital to ensure your recovery strategy and plan remains viable. Remember, the objective of a test is to identify any weaknesses in the recovery strategy / plan. It is much better to find a problem during a test than at the time of a real emergency! Testing the plan also familiarises and trains your existing and any new staff in what to do in an emergency. There are several levels of plan testing that you should conduct as follows:

1. Desk Walkthrough – set a disaster scenario and ‘walk through’ the plan with your team 2. Callout Test – conduct a callout test, this is the best way to check the contact information is accurate - also consider an ‘out of hours’ test 3. IT Test – it is essential you prove that you can successfully recover your IT voice and data networks and the business critical application systems and associated electronic records 4. Integrated Test – at least annually, representatives from each business function should be directly involved in a full recovery test preferably at your designated off-site recovery location We are a Sussex based company. If you would like further information about the services we can offer or would like a copy of our BCM risk checklist do email or contact me. Roger Clifton-Moore MBCI Recovery Management International Business Continuity Management Phone: 01273 832 996 Mobile: 07860 438 267 Email: Member of the Business Continuity Institute

FACES & PLACES A new friend for Daisy Urban!

Sussex Sports Awards It’s an auspicious date for sport in Sussex.

For once Friday 13th brought lots of luck for the 15 deserving winners of the Sussex Sports Awards 2009!

From Nibbles, Mike and Wendy Sellen, ason Giddings and Kelly Goss

Held in the Oxford Suite at the Hilton Brighton Metropole from 7:00pm, the evening was hosted by Derek Redmond, one of GB’s greatest 400m runners ever. All of the Sussex Sports Award finalists have shown huge passion and commitment to their game making their hard work and talent count for more than just luck!

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Being more S-Pacific Liam Russell makes a move for international success with his first visit to East Asia... (Day 1) From my seat onboard a flight to China via Hong Kong this is the perfect opportunity to set the scene; this is my first visit. For the past two years the practice’s sister company called Zenith3D has been working with its Chinese partner, based in Shenzhen in southern China, to provide images and animations for the construction industry and its associated professions such as commercial property agencies – the relationship, like many nowadays, was started through the net – it was love at first ‘site’. Advisors say that working with China at this juncture puts us between two and five years ahead of the competition. This visit was decided on during my last talk for the UKTI. During the talk, I was asked what China was actually like “on the ground” having to then admit that I had not actually been. A little embarrassing considering our two years trading, although that meeting resulted in my nomination for the Institute of Director’s award for Director of The Year – startup! (Day 2) The itinerary for this trip is split between Guangzhou, Shenzhen and then Shanghai. Shenzhen is about current business with Zenith3D. Shanghai is about promoting Liam Russell Architects. Guangzhou

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(where I now write the article) is to meet others who are making progress to gather useful advice. The first impression is of a country making no apologies for its unbounded progress: each airport is shining new. The trains are as good as any we have (better in fact) and cleaner than anything we have experienced. Hermes, Prada, Nike, Puma, Audi, Rolex etc – international brands are massive here and one literally trips over them throughout the ‘megacities’. It is a symbol of the new affluence and quite impressive. (Day 3) A visit to a local factory: a Brit, who came to China six years ago, after success selling “Anything he could fill a container with” is now turning over £30 million dollars a year, employing five hundred staff, and makes products from hospital beds, to the innards of 80% of Las Vegas’s one-armed-bandits, to dog bins. This is a very sophisticated setup in its use of technology and the incredible efficiency. The potential in China is so great that you literally wade through a feeling that anything is possible. Afterwards, a quick plane ride, arrival at another stunning airport and 35km in seven minutes aboard the fastest train in the world to arrive in Shanghai: I am reliably informed that Shanghai is different to

most other cities in China. It certainly looks fantastic and in some way reminds me of the best bits of Paris and Greenwich in New York. The Art Deco hotel is excellent – details via email on request. (Day 4) Sustainability is high on the practice’s agenda and in this regard we are promoting our skills; today’s briefing with the various UK government advisors has been about how we develop our client base. Out of that I have agreed to spend Day 5 teamed up with another business (from the UK) to provide architectural support for a world renowned clothes designer’s new showroom here in Shanghai – an unexpected bonus! Now, another meeting, and then to the old town or Bund for some food – some Chinese black skinned chicken soup to start (for health), and finish, a Chinese fortune cookie or three! For UK or International projects contact Liam Russell and his team to discuss your requirements. Liam Russell Architects Ltd Tel: 0845 180 3676 Mob: 07971 573 422 Email: Website:

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EACH MONTH, ABSOLUTE BRIGHTON WILL BE DELIVERED TO SELECTED HOMES IN PRESTIGIOUS AREAS IN AND AROUND THE CITY. THIS MONTH: HOVE PARK AREA These are some of the many places where you can pick up your copy of Absolute Brighton BRIGHTON Brighton Station, Queens Road Jury’s Inn Hotel Studio 27, Queens Road Parsons, Son and Basley, Queens Road Starbucks, Churchill Square Oxygen, 74 West Street Moksha Café, 4/5 York Place, Jimmy Chop Chop, Trafalgar Street The Laines Deli, 31 Trafalgar Street Easy News, 29 Trafalgar Street The Point Hairdressers, Trafalgar Street Rosalins Hair and Beauty Salon, 78 Trafalgar St Fired Earth, Prince Albert Street Gars, 19 Prince Albert Street Ambience Gallery, Meeting House Lane Kellerwood, 12d Meeting House Lane Jeremy Hoye, 22a Ship Street Brighton Beautique, 14 Ship St She Said, Ship Street Gardens Reiss Clothing, East Street Toni & Guy, 68 East Street Champneys, 24 East Street Madame Geisha, East Street Regent Arcade Art at Five, Bartholomews Karen Millen, Nile Street Velvet, Bond Street Art @ Tailor Made, 3 Brighton Square Solutions inc, Hannington Quarter, Donatellos, 1-3 Brighton Square Fratellis, 20 Brighton Sqaure Starbucks, Market Square Elite dressmakers, The Lanes Browns, Duke Street Powder, 5a Duke St Look Fantastic, Duke Street Havana Restaurant, 32 Duke Street Hotel Du Vin, 2-6 Ship Street Electric, 18 Ship Street Leone Clare, Upper North Street Sabai Thai Restaurant. 165-169 Princes Place, North Street Juice FM, North Street Ha! Ha! Pavilion Buildings Dome Box Office, New Road Treatment Rooms, 21 New Road Okinami Restaurant, New Road Shine Hairdressers, Gloucester Road Midnight Communications, Foundry St Priory Partnership, Frederick Place Tower Point, North Road Wagamamas, North Road Myhotel, 17 Jubilee Square Skin Clinics, Jubilee Square LA Fitness, North Road O-zone, 21 – 23 Church Street Aruna Newsagents, 55 Gardner Street AIB Bank, Marlborough Place Graves Jenkins, 26 Marlborough Place Healys Solicitors, 8 Old Steine Venus Hairdresser, Old Steine

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WORTHING Bryce’s Seafood, The Steine The Fish Factory, Brighton Sofa, Marine Parade Casa Ciro, Marine Parade Richard John Hair, 2 - 4 Royal Arcade

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