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December 2012 . Issue 83 Download the Absolute Brighton app free from itunes

ABSOLUTE FEATURES 10 A Grand Liaison Party season fashion 28 Hitting the High Note Welsh singing sensation Katherine Jenkins and her love of Brighton 34 Christmas Dining Design a beautiful festive table 62 Viva Vienna A Christmas treat in a beautiful city 71 The Tree Tim Parker finds some Sussex grown Christmas trees ABSOLUTE REGULARS 9 Editor’s Letter 17 Absolute Fashionista Natalie Wileman takes inspiration from the catwalks 18 Tippy Toes Dazzle on the dance floor this Christmas 20 Christmas Gifts for Her 22 Man Steps Festive footwear for the party man 24 Christmas Gifts for Him 25 Absolute Socialite Diary Peter Jarrette shares a page from his diary 25 What’s going on... Observations by Mo Hunter-Shine 26 Celebrity Spotlight 30 Albion News 31 Dreamy December Five things to put you in a festive mood 32 Absolute Faces and Places 40 Christmas Gifts for Them 66 Absolute News 20 Christmas Gifts for Kids 69 Absolute Whats On 74 Absolute Art 78 Absolute Business 82 Absolute Distribution ABSOLUTE HEALTH AND BEAUTY 43 Absolute Hair with Mark Woolley 44 Absolute Make-up Column Celebrity make-up artist Jeni Dodson on the power of red lipstick 46 Absolute Life Coaching 48 Absolute Dental Column 50 Festive Beauty Feel fabulous with luxury products 53 Healthy Holidays Sheryl Waters explains how you can look after yourself and still enjoy the Christmas fare






ABSOLUTE FOOD AND DRINK 54 Little Bay in Brighton A new luxurious place to dine and be entertained in style 55 Absolute Listings The best places to eat in Sussex 57 COMPETITION Win a meal at Coast to Coast, the new American diner at Brighton Marina 58 Recipes Make the most of seasonal vegetables at your Christmas table ABSOLUTE

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So the party season is finally in full swing. Deciding what to wear, which invites to take up and what to cook (or whether to cook at all) are the conundrums we now find ourselves facing. So now as we prepare to nurse those party heads, and get used to finding pine needles (just about everywhere) from our beautifully adorned Christmas trees, we have put together some gift guides

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taking into consideration every member of the family, and friends. So if you’re stumped as to what to buy that special person this Christmas, I hope our gift pages will give a helping hand. (See pages 20, 24, 40 and 68) If you are playing the host over this Christmas period, then be sure to have fun turning your dining room table into a stylish centrepiece for your guests to admire and enjoy; it can make the perfect

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finishing touch to any celebratory meal. So, with this in mind, we asked our interior design experts for their advice on creating a festive dining room; we’re not talking tinsel. These ideas go beyond merely just being a sprig of holly on the table! (See page 34)

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Tim Parker found out on his travels through Sussex this month, there are plenty on offer and all different types available. How lovely to have the knowledge that your tree grew near you, and that

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A very happy Christmas to you!

So, as one year draws to a steady close, my team and I would like to extend a very happy and healthy Christmas to all our readers and advertisers alike, and thank you for all of your continued support. We look forward to working with you again in 2012 and sharing some ever more exciting features in Absolute Brighton.


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ABSOLUTE FASHION Woman wears: Beaded dress from Tramp, £275; Bag by D&G from Profile, £1095; Necklace from White Mischief, £20; Headpiece from Tramp, £25; Earrings from Accessorize, £6.95 Man wears: Suit by Canali from Profile, £899; Black with white cuffs/collar shirt by Boss from Profile, £99.95; Tie by Canali from Profile, £69.95;


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Woman wears: Burgundy dress from Karen Millen, £295 Burgundy bag from Karen Millen, £95 Man wears: Black with white cuffs/collar shirt by Boss from Profile, £99.95; Trousers (as part of suit) by Canali from Profile, £899



Woman wears: 50s opera coat from Tramp, £85; Peeptoe shoes by D&G from Profile, £389; Headband from H&M, £12; Earrings from Tramp, £25 Man wears: Pink shirt by Boss from Profile, £99.95; Suit by Canali from Profile, £899; Black patent shoes by Patrick Cox from Profile, £299

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Woman wears: Red dress from Karen Millen, £190; Fur stole from White Mischief, £80; Tights from John Lewis, £18; Necklace from White Mischief, £20; Earrings - Accessorize - £6.99 Man wears: Black with white cuffs/collar shirt by Boss from Profile, £99.95; Tie by Canali from Profile, £69.95; Black patent shoes by Patrick Coxfrom Profile, £299



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woman wears: Leather jacket by Gucci from Profile, £10,150; Leather trousers by D&G from Profile, £565; Black patent platform shoes by Gucci from Profile, £409; Vintage hat from Tramp, £25; Grey snakeskin bag by Gucci from Profile, £825; Earrings from Accessorize, £6.95 Man wears: Tweed jacket by Paul Smith from Profile, £529; Floral shirt by Paul Smith from Profile, £139; Jeans by Gucci from Profile, £420; Shoes by Gucci from Profile, £420


Photographer: Paul Williams Stylist: Terrina Hair: Jermaine Jackson, Duke Hair: Tel: 07523 570275 and The Hair and Nail Lounge: Tel: 01273 321990 Make-up and nails: Claire Pimbley using MAC ModelS Daisy and Mauritz Stockists: WHITE MISCHIEF High Street, Henfield Tel: 01273 495566 Tramp Vintage Boutique 22 Trafalgar Street, Brighton. Tel: 01273 687968 John Lewis 300 Oxford Street. London Tel. 020 7629 7711 Karen Millen 5 Nile Street, Brighton Tel. 01273 220 581 Profile Dukes Lane, Brighton. Tel: 01273 727 022 Accessorize Absolute Brighton would like to say thank you to all the staff and manager at The De Vere Grand Hotel in Brighton, for their help and hospitality with this shoot. The De Ver Grand Hotel, 97-99 King’s Road, Brighton Tel: 01273 224300 ABSOLUTE

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rass Monkeys arrived on Portland Road, Hove, almost four years ago and quickly established a reputation for selling beautiful, unusual and affordable hand-made jewellery and metalwork produced by established and emerging, independent British designer-makers. Many of the makers are local, and eight of them work on the premises. The extensive selection of work includes beautiful and unique ranges of jewellery made from a diverse range of materials, from gold and silver to felt and cellulose acetate. Prices start from £17. Antique display cabinets and warm décor provide a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, allowing you to browse and try things on at your leisure. Sam and Jen, the owners, along with Cara and Holly, are all makers themselves. They are on hand to offer a friendly welcome and provide advice and suggestions, whether for yourself or for a special gift. Solo exhibitions and featured artists ensure a collection of work that changes regularly throughout the year,

while the on-site workshops enable bespoke commissions. Brass Monkeys also offers the opportunity to re-style old jewellery, working closely with customers to create a new and exciting piece. A wish list service is also available so that you can select the pieces that you might like others to buy for you. Jen says: “As makers ourselves, we have taken part in a lot of trade and retail events around the country and have had the opportunity to see a huge variety of inspiring jewellery. We have been fortunate to get to know many talented makers and so are able to beg, borrow and steal a wonderful selection of their work! This means we can stock really unusual and unique pieces along with more traditional work.” Brass Monkeys 109 Portland Road Hove, East Sussex BN3 5DP 01273 725170

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Left: Holly Hyams. Recycled brass rifle bullet and sterling silver cufflinks £94 Above: John Moore. Anodised aluminium and oxidised sterling silver reversible earrings £143 Top: Gabriella Casemore. Sterling silver necklace £86 Brass Monkeys (01273 725170)

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Inspiration from the catwalks❄ T Stylist and designer Natalie Wileman tells you how to party with style and be individual Moschino

he party season is upon us and with it

from the predictable. Sure, Kelly Rowland looked

comes the endless decisions as to what to

fabulous is her black tux white shirt combo on X

wear! Of course the little black dress has always,

factor, but haven’t we all seen that look a million

and will always be, the fail-safe answer to this

times before?

puzzle. But this season the catwalks gave us so

The androgynous look has always been at the heart

much inspiration for fabulous party looks that to

of YSL (pictured) and this season was no exception,

reach for the obvious seems almost an insult! Not

although this time it stood out even more with a

to mention all the fun you can have playing ‘dress up’

head to toe colour palette of white made more

this Christmas and New Year.

interesting with the mixing of textures, from sheer to

The great news is that colour is big this season,

feathers (see pictured)

which is perfect as this means you can re-work your

Haider Ackermann also proved that trousers can

favourite summer time staples. Lanvin (pictured)

look just as sexy and feminine as a dress, as long

was all about colour popping corals and voluminous

as you pick a fabric that makes you want to touch

cuts, finished beautifully with long black leather

it, such as high shine silk and satin in a deep berry

gloves and statement accessories, which, if you’re a

colour palette. Worn this time with a masculine

regular reader of my page, you’ll recall I covered in

blazer and no bra (but a hell of a lot of toupee tape

last months column (if you were very naughty and

for certain!)

missed it, you can find a copy of last months issue

However, for me the stand out look of the season

online where our back issues are stored

for party dressing came from Moschino who kept

things ever quirky to their brands roots, with an

Sheer fabrics made up a great part of the catwalk

amazing gold suit worn with crisp white shirt to

trends, and layering up these sheer fabrics will take

keep the look fresh, contemporary and sexy. (See

your look from ethereal elfin to sexy and suggestive.


Of course winter is always a time for tactile fabrics

Anyway, whatever you wear this party season

that leave you feeling warm and cuddled so for

remember to have fun with it and take a chance!

daytime looks it’s about wool, cashmere and leather.

And if you really do only feel comfortable in your

However, for evenings, look to silks, satins, feathers

LBD (little black dress) then that’s just fine; that’s

and furs to keep the look warm yet seductive.

what it’s there for after all!

Of course a warmer option than a dress will always

Merry Christmas to you all.

be trousers. And fortunately the androgynous look is always a firm party favourite. Again, I think this

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season is all about taking chances and stepping away

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Haider Ackermann

Yves Saint Laurent



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Suede Contrast Ankle boots Stylish suede and mesh ankle boots with a zip at the front and a curved heel. Leather soles. £49.99 HM, Western Road, Brighton

Tippy Toes Unleash those feet this Christmas and treat them to a pair of dazzling party shoes

PARTY TIME Hallie Gold Shoes This subtle shade of gold satin shoe by Kurt Geiger blends perfectly with the current nude look trend. £90 Kurt Geiger, North Street, Brighton

Jimmy Choo’s Zebra Print Faye Shoes Jimmy Choo shoes are often a canvas for creativity as evinced by Murial, embellished with a glittery corsage. On Faye, the flower has been exaggerated in flouncy ruby silk contrasting with the zebra print calf hair on this elegant sandal. £1195

Jimmy Choo’s Marlene Shoes Feather, an iconic sandal, famed for its debut as Carrie Bradshaw’s ‘Lost Choo’ in Sex and the City, has been reimagined as Marlene for the ICONS collection with couture elements such as hand-applied feathers and crystals. Go on…remortgage the home for them! £1295

Berry Colour Flower Platform Heel A stunningly classic berry coloured platform heel with material flower over toe. £89 Phase Eight, East Street, Brighton Also available in Debenhams stores. Kate Middleton’s Favourite! These nude shoes with high platform have caused quite a stir over the past year at LK Bennet ever since Kate Middleton stepped out in her pair, (reportedly causing thousands more to be made and ordered to meet the huge customer demand that followed). Finished in a highgloss leather, the Andie almond toe shoe is smart, modern and fun. £195 LK Bennett, East Street, Brighton 18

Scarlet Peeptoe Court Shoe Keanah from Ted Baker is a style to be worn again and again. The classic peeptoe silhouette means this style will never go out of fashion. The timeless bow detailing adds a sense of occasion to the shoe and the gold lining and sprayed resin sole gives unmistakable luxury; a must for the party season that lays ahead. Also available in peach, black and grey. £95 and


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A delicatessen




s well as collections from France, Italy and Germany including beautiful jewellery, hats and scarves, Hove’s latest fashion boutique stocks Nicole Urbanski’s own label. Following training as a dressmaker with a couture house in Dßsseldorf, Nicole arrived in London in 1987 with her sewing machine in her rucksack! Within the first six months of arrival she was fortunate enough to be discovered by the BBC and continued to work on costume drama, West End productions and international films for a number of years, alongside designers such as

Lindy Hemming and Jean Paul Gaultier. Nicole also designed a children’s collection for Paul Smith. She fell in love with Sussex whilst making costumes for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and decided to stay. With a desire to return to fashion, Nicole designed her first independent collection in 1997 designing two collections a year and offering a bespoke service to her clientele. Recognising that some women do not enjoy the rushed high street shopping experience, Nicole offers a bespoke service Mondays and Tuesdays where she can offer her time and personal attention. Nicole Urbanski 96 Church Road, Hove Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday by appt, Wednesdays to Fridays: 10.00am – 6pm Saturdays: 10am-4pm. Special Christmas late night opening on� Thursdays till 8pm, Sundays 11-2pm. Telephone 01273 728651 This wonderful new boutique offers something extra special!



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For Her….


Make that special lady’s Christmas one to remember with a present you know she’ll love


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8 1. Harrods Estée Lauder Teddy Bear Perfume Wrapped in a cheery winter sweater, this bear is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Open the compact to find Estée Lauder Beautiful perfume. This charming collectible compact comes elegantly boxed with a velvet pouch, and will make a unique gift for a loved one. Exclusively available from Harrods. £160 2. Candy Stripe Pj’s Cosy and stylish candy stripe cotton pyjamas. £30 3. Crystal Clutch Bag This elegant clutch bag is perfect for the lady who loves everything sparkly yet dainty. £155 LK Bennett, East Street, Brighton. 4. Hunter Fair Isle Slipper Socks If ‘staying in’ is the new ‘going out’, these beautiful



Fair Isle Hunter slipper socks are pure stay-at-home heaven. Available in Red and Black. £30 Aston Bourne, 11 East Street, Brighton. Tel: 01273 227775 5. Baby Grey Woollen Hot Water Bottle The perfect solution to those cold winter nights, this gorgeous hottie keeps warm when it’s cold outside! 100% Pure New Lambs wool Cover. £35 Tel: 0844 800 8867 6. Nudo Spaghetti Tin Kit Organic spaghetti and 250ml First Cold Press Extra Virgin olive oil in an attractive tall tin. £12. 7. Pin Up Set By Swarovski Swarovski unveil this beautiful necklace and earrings set in their Christmas range this year. Pin Up Necklace £250. Pin up Earrings £99.



8. Nail Decorations Beautiful lace inspired nail stickers. Party girls don’t go out without them! £4 9. Cara Tonkin Earrings Beautiful sterling silver and Swiss blue topaz earrings. £168 Brass Monkeys, 109 Portland Road, Hove Tel: 01273 725170 10. Electric Vouchers Treat a special lady to a new hair style at Electric Hairdressing, 18 Ship Street, Brighton. Tel: 01273 202088 11. Cire Trudon Room Spray The red fire of clove, cinnamon and orange dances in the mute sacred night to create this beautiful room spray by luxurious brand, Cire Trudon. Nazareth Room Spray in hand-blown glass bottle with atomiser. £105 Available from Papillon, 8 Union Street, Brighton.


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Step out in shoes your feet will dance to this party season 1 Vintage Butcher Shoe The worn-look leather and sole of this shoe is achieved using a shoe machine wash and injecting fabric into the rubber of the sole. The final finish is a smart but stylish shoe. £79.99 Zara, Churchill Square Shopping Mall, Brighton.


2. Round Toe Lapiled Shoe This attractive round toe shoe with suede contrast uppers, features printed leather sock and pop colour laces. £140 Ted Baker, Dukes Lane, Brighton.


3. Barstow Monk Strap Shoe This everyday, polished shoe is constructed to provide comfort with a detail that will punctuate any formal ensemble. £159 Reiss, East Street, Brighton. 4. Marc Hare Dress Shoes Black patent dress gibson style shoe with tan suede detail, as part of the Marc Hare Topman range for AAA. 100% Leather. £90 Topman, Western Road, Brighton.



5. Contrast Leather Brogue These stylist Loake 1880 Sloane black and white or brown and cream calf, correspondent Oxford full brogue’s ooze style and sharpness. Earn respect with your feet! £180 Tel: 0207 4260484 6. Black Leather Stitch Shoe Black leather square toe stab stiched formal shoe. 100% Leather. £65 Burton, Western Road, Brighton.


7. Mayfair Jimmy Choo’s A classic two hole Derby lace-up available in classic black patent leather, ideal for parties or those more formal occasions. £450


8. Leather Wing Tip Brogues By Burberry Leather wingtip brogues with thick contrast anti-slip rubber weather sole. Perforated and serrated brogue trim and leather insole embossed with the Burberry logo. £395




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For Him….


Spoil that special man with a gift you know he will love







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7 9 1. Diesel Beanie Hat Woolly designer hat by Diesel. £34.99 2. ‘MenAnTol’ from Julian Stephens Sterling silver. bracelet £145 Tel: 01273 692110

6. Ralph Lauren Bow Tie A preppy look can be worked with this striking Polo Ralph Lauren’s silk woven green and navy bow tie. Looks great paired with a crisp shirt and chinos to create a suitably dapper formal look. Alternatively, any man will stand out from the crowd looking sharp at that black tie event! £70

3. Barbour Leather Tarras Bag in Brown Barbour Leather Tarras Bag is a stylish and versatile bag. This leather tarras is a ‘must have’ for any occasion. £179.95 Aston Bourne, 11 East Street, Brighton. Tel: 01273 227775

7. Michael Kors Watch This round black chronograph watch by Michael Kors can be bought exclusively at Ernest Jones. £379 Ernest Jones, Churchill Square Shopping Mall, Brighton.

4. Classic Shave Brush This classic shave brush, is the perfect gift for the stylish man who has everything. £19.99

8. Reindeer Cardigan Chunky woollen reindeer pattern cardigan, perfect for those winter days. £60 Next, Churchill Square Shopping Mall, Brighton.

5. Kari Flo Ring One-off rings for men in sterling silver. Prices are from £216. Brass Monkeys, 109 Portland Road, Hove Tel: 01273 725170 24


e 9. Christmas Scented Stink Bombs Cire Trudon Nazareth collection now includes a variety of ways to scent your home over the holiday period including these ingenious perfumed stink bombs. Exquisitely scented with the aromas of clove, cinnamon and orange, these make a fun yet useful gift for the man who loves his home. Nazareth Perfume Stink Bombs (10 vials per tin): £30.00 Papillon, 8 Union Street, Brighton. 10. Microtouch Max Electric Razor For safe and precise grooming without the worry of cutting with a razor or poking about with scissors, Micro Touch Max has the answer. This powerful hair removal device will remove even the toughest hair with ease from even the most awkward areas, while looking stylish in its high-tech design. A nice little gift for the groomed techy fan! £14.99


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PJ, aka Peter Jarrette, Brighton’s favourite socialite, with the latest in great new venues, events and happenings

Dear diary Eating started early this holiday season for me at an event hosted at Sabai, the Thai restaurant. I had been told that a relatively new entertainer would be performing there. Although I was run ragged with work details relating to my Russian winter season tour schedule, recording my latest dance track for the Moscow clubs and publishing logistics and edits on my NYC based novel for 2013 release, I found the time, just a few hours and met my wife Karin en route from her office and we both went along to the evening. In our living and breathing city so many deals, opportunities and prospective projects are made available at these PR events and that is no word of a lie. Having said that, a lot of these get-togethers afford a chance to reconnect with faces and places that are mainstays of our social and business making fabric. The city’s circles grow and change and then every now and again the strong societal tides deposit familiar faces, after long lapses of time, back together under one roof or at certain celebrations. Brighton is funny in as much as, although it appears to be small ( the saying loosely goes ‘some of the best cities are those you can tour easily on foot... end-to-end in an afternoon’), it contains all the chances, chancers and social dancers of any of its larger rivals. The evening also gifted us the equally pleasurable chance to catch-up with some long-time acquaintances and friends like Chris and Anita Ellison, Mike Holland and his partner, the owner of Hove’s Sunlounge, Gemma Garrett, Sabai’s amenable owner Brian, the always effervescent socialite and PR tigress... the flame-haired Stephanie St. James and her daughter Charlotte-Elizabeth who grows more beautiful every year, Igor, the Mendoza publishing duo-Mike and Jennifer were there too as was everybody’s favourite gentleman lenser, Graham Franks and entrepreneurs Jason Palmer and his spouse David Powell and of course, Ambrose Harcourt. There was a great deal of air kissing too between sips of wines and Champagne and mouthfuls of richly flavoured Thai noodles, jasmine rice, green curries, skewered spicy pork strips, satay-style chicken and crunchy battered vegetables. You get my delicious drift. Jenny Dee is the certain someone that we bundled up against the quickly darkening late autumn night to go and see. Jenny Dee is someone you might have already seen for yourself and will more than likely see again. Ms. Dee is a young, blonde, talented and outgoing easy-jazz singer who entertained guests on this evening and was as comfortable mingling with us as she was performing in the intimate surrounds for us. Her enthusiastic and very friendly manager, John Goosens aka Danny Hunter was on hand to fill us in on the progress of his talent, who has quickly become a much enjoyed entertaining fixture in the salons of the city’s best hotels and restaurants. Danny Hunter himself reached the giddy heights of the UK’s pop world back in the late 50’s and early 60’s as a heartthrob rock and roll act signed to HMV with a string of hits across the globe and he knows well enough how best to guide his charge’s talents to greater exposure. So now Ms. Dee’s destiny and more show biz experiences await her further afield in London and foreign cities. She should be very excited! November was also my birthday month and very briefly I would like to thank my close amigos, new and old who found the time in their own hectic lives and in this case, on a busy weekend, to come along to the Connaught Pub and Kitchens for a long afternoon and evening of noise, boys, girls and social whirls with a very nice, if not a bit boisterous, pub quiz for afters! I was charmed to bits too when the internationally well known author Julie Burchill offered the bar staff £100 to string some speakers into our reserved section of the rooms so that we might hear my new dance track ‘Daddy Cool’ and a track Julie brought along as well of her own lyrical creation. I was also in high admiration of the author when she removed her luscious brunette bun and wrapped the two hairpieces around both her wrists. So you see... it was that kind of birthday filled with much fizzy shenanigans and may your Christmas be too! PJ



What’s going on....? Mo Hunter-Shine says it like it is

Bah humbug

Here we go again! On a sunny day in August, the first one came through – yes, the dreaded first press release about Christmas. Every year, the arrival of this first release gets earlier and earlier, and always brings out the Ebenezer Scrooge in me. All the commercial outlets in the country are starting to plan how they can make more money out of the coming festive season, scheming and plotting to make you part with your well-earned money. Bah humbug! From the time that first press release pings onto my screen, the floodgates are then open and they all pour through. Cosmetics, clothes, accessories, toys, gadgets, Christmas events, meals, parties etc etc. It’s all just one big commercial racket – a time to suck the consumer dry, all under the pretence of pertaining to celebrate a religious festival, which most people hardly relate to. I hate Christmas. Steady on, I hear you say. Are there any good things about this unique time of year? Well, I suppose so. As the winter nights get darker and colder, there is the thought of this special holiday break to look forward to. It is quite nice to get together with friends and colleagues you haven’t seen much of all year, to relax and enjoy the festive surroundings. Christmas decorations seem to be getting more and more stylish and sophisticated each year – it’s lovely to see the towns lit up in the dark December nights. I wonder if that Santa will be out singing carols in Montague Street in Worthing this year? Always cheering to hear those lovely songs in the cold night air. Perhaps I might send some cards this year. Perhaps to people I’ve lost touch with – maybe pick up a friendship again. It really will be good to get together with my family this Christmas. We are all so spread out throughout the year, so I’m looking forward to seeing them all – actually I can’t wait. I must try and get some good presents this year – you don’t have to spend too much to let someone know how much you care. It will be fun going shopping and it’s exciting if you hit on the right gift for someone – it gives you a warm feeling. Actually... I love Christmas..

Now then, guys and girls Most Absolute readers will remember the larger-than-life DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Saville, who passed away last month. Love him or hate him, you couldn’t ignore him. I remember how much I enjoyed his show Jim’ll Fix It, where he enabled children to realise their dreams. He seemed to get genuine pleasure from organising these special treats for wide-eyed kids, and gave so much pleasure to many people. The virtuoso violinist Nigel Kennedy made his first television appearance on the show, and has been thrilling us with his talent ever since. Jimmy worked as a porter for many years at Leeds Infirmary, and was heavily involved in charity work all his life. He was one of a kind and definitely a great British eccentric. Rest in peace, Sir Jimmy. ABSOLUTE ABSOLUTE

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Our undercover celebrity spies unravel the world of showbiz news and gossip

Kim Kardashian Falls Out Of Love And Lands on a Bundle TV reality star Kim Kardashian, is reportedly shocked at the backlash from the announcement of her break-up from new husband, athlete Kris Humphries. She insists the marriage was not a money-bagging scheme, and her mother (and manager) said outrageously on a TV chat show that, although the marriage generated $18

The Fake Factor! Poor Gary Barlow may be a great singer and songwriter, but his performances on the X Factor have been pretty uninspiring. Many have noticed that he has appeared to up his game lately, with witty remarks, and sharp comments. Go Gary! But apparently, these new puns and put-downs are being penned by his pal Ben Winston, a comedy writer and colleague of James Corden. Oh, well. Best to stick with what you’re good at!

exercise at this stage would be a massive donation to

More Golden Globe Controversy Expected in 2012

charity? Whatever the reasons for this early break-up,

Comedian Ricky Gervias caused controversy earlier this year

the pampered star has shown the world what a terrible

when he hosted the Golden Globe Awards, and managed to

role model she is for all the young women who watch

insult nearly everyone in the room. It is thought he will be asked

her tedious show and now consider marriage a game.

to host them again, and he has said he will not hold back. “I’m

million, her daughter was left out of pocket. Kim herself protests: “I married for love. I can’t believe I even have to defend this...” Perhaps a good damage limitation

not bothered about 50 delicate egos in a room, when there are

The Mature Father and The Baby Faced Young Pretender Hugh Grant recently become a dad at the age of 51 after a fling with Chinese actress Tinglang Hong, 32. His spokeswoman said: “Hugh Grant is the delighted father of a baby girl. He and the mother had a fleeting affair and while this was not planned, Hugh could not be happier or more supportive. He and the mother have discussed everything and are on friendly terms.” Meanwhile, teen heart-throb Justin Beiber has been named as the father of a baby boy, conceived after a one-off backstage fling with 20-year-old Mariah Yeater.


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about egos...

Who’s going UP and who’s going DOWN this month… UP Sir Alex Fergusson recently celebrated 25 years as manager of Manchester United. His success is down to integrity, hard work and his no-nonsense approach, which has enabled his team to reach incredible heights over the years he has been at the helm. Good luck for the next 25 years, Sir Alex. DOWN Going down! As a complete contrast, three members of the Pakistani international cricket team recently received prison sentences for their part in match fixing in 2010. Not only

Justin, (who is just a foetus himself), is shrugging of the

did they disgrace their country, but they also undermined

claims at the moment , but this hasn’t stopped some

the very spirit of sporting achievement. Let’s hope their

of his fanatical fans from issuing death threats to the

punishment is a warning to others who might be tempted

alleged mother online. Please, kids. get a life.

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�behnHitting the �x HIGH NOTE

Peter Jarrette meets up with Welsh singing

sensation Katherine Jenkins and discovers why residents of our city should look out for the starlet on Brighton’s new big wheel


atherine Jenkins has been one of the world’s leading crossover artists

albums in her cannon of recordings and Katherine’s eighth and most current

for almost a decade, easily applying her rich mezzo-soprano tones

offering, the newly released Daydream (Warner Music UK Ltd), is already

to her much loved discipline of classical opera to more accessible

meeting with, and being assured approval from all corners of the UK music

pop and musical theatre genres. She’s performed across the globe, singing


in several languages and she can deliver a wicked hymn! I was lucky to be

All accolades and plaudits garnered by this dedicated talent are deserved

meeting this talent.

without argument. And Katherine has worked at, honed and polished her

“You have a wheel in Brighton?” was one of the first things Katherine Jenkins

natural gift over many years, and incarnations from her enthusiastic years as

said excitedly, upon my mentioning our latest tourist attraction in passing.

a member of the National Youth Choir of Wales and on through her studies

Apparently no stranger to the sights and attractions of Brighton and Hove, the

from the age of 17 at the Royal Academy of Music.

Brighton Wheel got this top-flight entertainer very, very excited on our first

Katherine is in Brighton again this coming February (10th) to perform for

introduction. “Really?” she continued. “When did this happen? Well, I’ve got to

her many fans at the Brighton Centre. She has made the trip south many

visit that!” she exclaimed. The Brighton Wheel should be flattered that already

times and declares a genuine love of the city and its Sussex surrounds. “I love

it has turned the talented and extremely beautiful head of one of the nation’s

coming into Brighton to perform, she tells me. The audiences are so warm

most loved recording stars.

and their energy and receptiveness really engage me, and that reflects in my

Katherine’s melodic voice has assured several chart topping albums since her

performance. It’s an absolute joy to appear on stage for them.” Katherine has

debut with the album ‘Premier’ in 2004. She is the first female artist to be

played at two of our top venues, The Dome and the Brighton Centre, both

awarded two consecutive Classical Brit Awards and her second album ‘Second

of which she adores. She says “I love them in equal measure. It’s seldom an

Nature’ was the 2005 Brit Awards Album of The Year. To date she has seven

issue to me where I play, though, venue-wise. For me it is the enjoyment that I can give and receive from my audiences. Appearing in Brighton does have its own special appeal to me, though. It is unlike any other city in the country. Just driving into it is exciting; the ride in through the area’s beautiful landscape is a pleasure in itself. I get restive glimpses here and there that remind me of my own home countryside in Wales. I enjoy a stroll along ‘the prom’ too, if my schedule allows me the time and I have tucked into some rather lush fish and chips at one of your seafront restaurants.” Katherine is a strict pescatarian and a lover of salads and vegetables. “My all time favourite food are prawns and I adore them any way they come... grilled, breaded, barbequed... you name it! Yum!” She maintains her figure and the energy needed for her hectic schedule touring, appearing on television shows and radio programmes by eating regularly and well. “What is your ‘sin’ food?” I ask curiously. “Ooooh... that’s easy. Chocolate, and anyway it comes! Mousse, cake, in boxes… and my favourite is Green and Blacks! Having said that, I do avoid any dairy when I’m singing; it isn’t ideal for the voice.” When she is touring she does have a regime of not talking from



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ehn x

“…Merry Christmas Absolute Brighton readers. I’m looking forward to seeing you in the New Year in Brighton” the end of the performance straight through to

cosmetics is MAC. Katherine is widely admired

our local pub and we catch up on a year’s worth

her sound check at the beginning of the next

too for her sense of style and lists Suzanne Neville,

of gossip. Then it’s off to Midnight Mass with mum.

evening’s show. In the hours between shows

Jenny Packham, Dolce & Gabanna and Victoria

I always look forward to a tremendous Christmas

she will run doing between 5-10 kilometres and

Beckham as some of her favourite designers. “I

lunch at home and my sister and I try and help

unwind afterward with a massage. “This helps me

did eventually come to meet Victoria (Beckham)

mum out in the kitchen. But to be honest we don’t

to relieve the stresses of touring.You are under

and she has her designs sent to me from time to

interfere too much. That’s her gig! She’s a legend in

a certain amount of pressure to be the best you

time. It’s a pleasure to wear her label. My day-to-

the kitchen and you don’t want to get in her way! ”

can be and give a good show to people who

day wear is more a mix of High Street labels like

So, my meeting with the lovely Katherine Jenkins

have spent their hard earned money to see you.

Reiss, French Connection and Oasis mixed in with

was drawing to an end. I asked her if there is

So you really owe it to them to be at the top of

Azzedine Alaia and Roland Mouret.” She then adds,

anything else that she would personally like to

your game.” She continues, “But I don’t punish

“Let’s not forget shoes though! I’m big on YSL,

add to our interview and she giggles, “ why, yes...

myself. I like to maximise my comfort on the road

Brian Atwood and,” she sighs, “Louboutin.”

it is Christmas isn’t it? Merry Christmas Absolute

by bringing along my own comfy pillow and my

I ask Katherine about her plans for the festive time

Brighton readers. I’m looking forward to seeing

own blanket. I’ll scent my hotel suite with Baise

upon us, being as busy as she is on tour. She has

you in the New Year in Brighton and, of course, at

Diptyque candles and slip into a bubble bath. I’ll

only just begun to wind down after some very

the latest Big Wheel in town!” You see, Katherine

read an historical novel. I really enjoy that genre,

hectic months of work and has some 25 or so

does have a special interest in seeing our big wheel

but right now I’m devouring One Day by David

dates around the country starting January 7th. She

since before she attained the dizzying heights that

Nicholls.” Katherine is known too for her flawless

tells me, “Certainly, I have a Christmas routine. I’m

her gifts have brought her to, she worked, among

complexion and luxuriant trademark tresses.

off to my mum’s in Wales. I get to see Lily!” (Lily is

other things including a singing teacher and a

When asked if she would ever consider doing one

Katherine’s little white ‘Westiepoo’ that she bought

fashion model, as a tour guide on the London Eye!

of those shimmering hair advertisements she’s

in Harrods’ pet shop.) She continues, “Lily doesn’t

quick to reply, “Of course!” One wonders why she

come on the road with me. She does spend some

hasn’t yet. She apparently looks after her much

time with me at my London home, but when I’m

styled hair with rejuvenating masks and keeps her

away she stays with my Mum. I’m looking forward

Katherine will be performing at The Brighton

skin clear and fresh with ‘triple oxygen facials,’ as

to cuddling her. On Christmas Eve my sister and

centre on February 10th 2012.

well as Sisley and Elemis products. Her choice of

my closest friends, that I’ve known since school, hit

Katherine Jenkins has clearly come full dress circle!


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ALBION UPDATE The Food and drinks Awards are being held at the Amex Stadium in January 2012

Paul Rogers, former Albion captain and Head of Commercial Services at the American Express Community Stadium, gives us an update on the latest events and developments at the stadium


e are finally getting back to the traditional Saturday afternoon match with 3 o’clock kick-offs and are back to our winning ways with a solid 2-0 win against Barnsley last month. The npower Championship this season is a much tougher proposition than League One, with most of the teams containing players that have played at a higher level. But our players are certainly rising to the challenge being helped enormously by the sell-out crowds at the Amex. The noise generated by the home fans inside the stadium has been tremendous and long may it continue. We have received very positive reviews from the visiting clubs too; the opening of the concourses post match has been a huge success with home and away supporters circulating throughout the stadium. We also hosted our first international match when England under-19s took on Denmark, and a near 17,000 strong crowd saw England win 1-0 with West Ham United striker Rob Hall scoring the decisive goal. We were also able to showcase the 1901 Club with the hospitality packages on offer in the Bupa Lounge where we had over 400 diners. We had former Albion players Gary Chivers hosting the evening and were

delighted with how it went. We have regular ex-players hosting the 1901 Club lounges on match days including Andy Rollings, Kerry Mayo, George Parris and Bob Booker who has performed a number of roles within the football club and it is great to have them on board. We all watch the game and sit there very envious of the magnificent facilities the players have. Our events team have had a very busy period with a number of high profile events taking place with over 5000 people attending the Brighton Baby Expo on Sunday 13th, we also had the launch of the brand new Range Rover Evoque hosted by Caffyns with the vehicles showcased in our concourse areas. The Amex also hosted the Young Sussex Chef of the Year competition in anticipation of the Sussex Food and Drinks Awards being held at the stadium in January. Six local young chefs took part and will eagerly await the outcome in January. We have also hosted a photoshoot for Profile, one of our lounge sponsors who dressed Albion skipper Gordon Greer as well as Will Hoskins and Romain Vincelot in a range of their clothing.

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Dreamy December

1 Downton Abbey Christmas Special Don’t worry! Britain’s favourite period drama Downton Abbey is set to grace our screens over the festive season with a Christmas special, so fans can get their fix! The series has captured the imagination of the country, and over 15 million Downton devotees are expected to tune in. Suave Nigel Havers is to star as handsome aristocrat Lord Hepworth, and according to reports, he will end up wooing one of

the beautiful Crawley sisters, but the fate of his love life will ultimately be decided by family matriarch, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Dame Maggie Smith. Downton Abbey was re-commissioned for a third series, which will be set over an 18month period in 1920 and 1921, covering the ever-dramatic lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. Exact date and time to be confirmed.

3 A view to 2012

2 Step into Cheryl’s shoes Put it in your diaries now and be the first to be wearing a pair of Cheryl Cole’s new shoe collection. Having been ‘X-cluded’ from X-Factor, the starlet is following in the fashion footsteps of her chum Victoria Beckham and is working with designers making her own shoes. Available exclusively at from December 6th, just in time for Christmas!

Park Plaza County Hall, Addington Street, London, is auctioning off one of the best views in London by putting its ultra-luxury suite up for silent auction. The highest private bidder will receive perhaps the best view in London for the evening of 31st December 2011 to see in the New Year in style. In addition to a private balcony with views across the city and New Year’s Eve fireworks displays, the lucky bidder will receive a magnum bottle of Champagne to party the night away with. Email bids should be made to before 3pm on 14th December 2011. It is free to enter and the highest bidder will be notified of their success by 5pm on 16 December 2011. Please include full name, telephone number and private bid amount. No minimum bid. For more information about Park Plaza visit

4 Get your skates on at Brighton Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is now open until January 22nd. With the former Royal pleasure palace as backdrop, the 800 square metre rink has space for 250 skaters per session and superb child-friendly facilities, with penguin stabilisers and learners’ area, as well as boots available in sizes from ‘just walking’ with double blades to safe blades for bigger kids and adults. Its new ‘pop up’ restaurant and bar Feast, created by a collaboration between Temple & Shian and Peppermint, is also offering a unique and exciting experience – open to skaters and non-skaters alike


– with great family food and sharing platters by day and something more indulgent by night. It has a Champagne and oyster bar and the food on offer ranges from cheese fondues and hearty homemade soups, including a delicious Christmas menu, sharing platters or even a whole roast suckling pig for parties. Royal Pavilion Ice Rink tickets cost from £10 for adults and £7 for children under 12 On sale online at or by calling 0844 847 2352.

Christmas pudding race returns

The Xmas Pudding Race returns once again to Brighton. Tackle the tricky obstacle course; hold on to the Christmas pudding and cross the finishing line to claim the medal. The great Christmas Pudding Race is the most entertaining way to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Martlets

Hospice and will take place in Brighton on 3rd December 2011 at 11am on New Road (next to the Theatre Royal). Last year’s event raised £8,500 and organiser Ryan Bromley is hoping for more this year.


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FACES & PLACES David and Gloria Lane

“And The Award Goes To…!”

Tony Scarrott

Sussex very own local Actor /Writer /

Producer Peter Mantle put on another amazing Dinner Theatre Production entitled “And The Award Goes To….!” It was performed by a string of professional actors each giving a thank you speech on being nominated and receiving the coveted Carl and Susie Petersen, Candy White and David Otway

Shoreham Golden Pebble Award. The Cast performed to a packed house at the popular Shoreham Centre venue. It was suspected that the laughter echoed down to Shoreham High Street. The audience sat at round tables and were served the most delicious three course meal

Elaine Goodwin, Rowena Clark and Lesley Goff

courtesy of Caterers Circa Events. Peter Mantle had written the show especially for the Brighton & Hove Soirée Rotary Club of which he is a past President. It was a charity Paul and Sue Tucke

event, with most of the monies raised going to current President Lillian Harrop’s preferred charity of the year, Whoopsadaisy Children’s Charity.

The cast and producers of the Show

Pictures Richard Bidwell Peter Wilkinson and Joanna Balmer

Former stunt performer Eddie Kidd and wife Sami

Maggie and Bryan Bedson and friends

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Good Buys For An Exquisite Christmas Table… Above: The Ice Palace Dinner Setting This stylish Dorma set, will finish off a beautiful table with style and elegance. Dorma Kensington Dinner Plate £9.99 Dorma Kensington Soup Bowl £7.99 Dorma Blenheim 24 Piece Cutlery Set £59.99 Sliver Round Charger Plate £1.29 Silk Ivory Set of 4 Napkins £5.99 From top left: Bauble Place Card Holder These Shimmering Snowflake Bauble Place Card Holders are stylish and practical (and will also prevent any arguments over where everyone should be sitting!) Pack of 6 £7.99

Rocking Rudolf Camera Keeping a fun disposable camera on the table for family or friends to enjoy, will make sure you have those happy memories of Christmas forever. £4.50 Table Confetti This shimmering snowflake confetti will add a touch of sparkle to your table! £3.50 Black Brick Tea light Holder This gorgeous chunky glass cube tea light holder has a swirl of rich black flowing through the crystal. When lit the colours flood the area around the tea light holder- a stunning effect. Size: H: 7cm, W: 8cm £22


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FACES & PLACES Nina Holland and Faye Whittaker

Ash Skatulla, Lara Baldwin and David Green

Carol-Ann Theobald and Lara Baldwin

Painting the town red!

Local businessman Brian Coomber has been busy refurbishing his paint and decorating shop in Hove, adding some marvellous new lines including The Little Greene Paint Company, Sanderson and Morris & Harlequin wallpapers, in addition to his stock of paints including Crown, Macpherson and Sandex. One evening recently Brian and his family held a party to celebrate the relaunched service. It was a splendid party and if you missed it go along to Boundary Road and see what Brian and his team have done‌You can be sure of a warm welcome and some great decorating advice. In addition to being the proprietor of Hove Paints and Wallpapers, Brian is himself a builder and decorator by trade.

Margaret Dundas with owner Karen Coomber

Hannah Gardner and David Coomber Philip Evans of Hove Funeral Services with Lillian Harrap

Hove Paints and Wallpapers, 28 Boundary Road, Hove. Words Tim Parker. Pictures Richard Bidwell Owners of Hove Paints and Wallpapers, Brian and Karen Coomber

Peter Mantle and Absolute Brighton stylist Terrina Steel

Ian Steel and Absolute columnist Tim Parker

Richard and Chrissie Little


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Spooky Goings On

At Hove Shop

Linda Stephen-Martin, Mia Stephen-Martin and Philippa Stephen-Martin

Businesswoman Philippa Stephen-Martin gathered customers, friends and family together at her Hove shop, Manor Of Things, for an evening of goulish goings on to celebrate Halloween. Generous amounts of treats, rather than tricks, flowed in the form of champagne and canapĂŠs, devoured by all the scary looking guests.

Millie Millington, Izzie Millington and Rosie Lees

All of the guests made a tremendous effort with costumes disguised as witches, skeletons and mommies. Frequently being acclaimed for her work as a Sussex entrepreneur who started several businesses single-handedly, it also gave Philippa a chance to enjoy herself with customers and friends alike.

Jenny Rowlands, Nancy (6) and Emma Stanton

Manor Of Things sells a unique amount of unusual and beautiful items, from interior pieces and ornaments to beautiful handbags. An Aladdins cave, nestled in Hove! Manor Of things, 9 Richardson Road, Hove. Linda Stephen-Martin and Mark Gregory

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A new treat in town FOR GROWN UPS!

he Jive Monkey is Brighton’s newest and most unique theatre and bar venue situated right in the heart of the city. Tucked discreetly away at 5 Steine Street, The Jive Monkey is the brainchild of photographer and producer Sam Eddison and Brighton actress Laura Nixon. Laura is famed for her uncannily accurate onstage portrayal of Marilyn Monroe as seen in the hit show ‘Alive & Swinging with Marilyn Monroe’ which has been wowing audiences at Brighton’s Komedia. Sam and Laura’s vision of an intimate, adaptable performance space and laid back bar has come to life in this venue which is set to be one of the city’s most loved venues. Two floors of Monkey magic are on offer. A luxurious ground floor bar with comfortable sofa seating plus an upper floor featuring an intimate and multifunctional theatre space with tables, chairs and bar, all fully air conditioned plus state of the art sound and lighting. The upper theatre lends itself to a more

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1. Ethnic Lantern Detailed ethnic lantern suitable for candles and outside use as well as in the home. £30 Next, Churchill Square Shopping Mall, Brighton. 2.Tails Festive Tipples Gift Pack For that couple who love to ‘shake, stir and pour’ up cocktails like true pro’s, this Tails gift pack of shakers and ingredients will help them celebrate in style. £11.99 Also available from Ocado and House Of Fraser 3. Cire Trudon Fragranced Candle Cire Trudon’s Nazareth collection is the perfect seasonal gift for the home. Inspired by the scent of Christmas, this clove, cinnamon and orange fragranced candle releases a luxurious aroma. Available from Papillon, 8 Union Street, Brighton. 4. Paella Set Food Nation paella set. For the gourmet couple. £18.50 Boots, North Street, Brighton.


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5. Glenrothes The Glenrothes Select Reserve will fill your senses with all things festive. The iconic bottle looks great too. £35 Available from Sainsbury’s. The Glenrothes full portfolio of single malts is available at 6. Dreyfuss 500 Desk Phone Get this iconic design classic for the couple you know like gifts that are different, wacky and stylish all in one! The Wild and Wolf Dreyfuss 500 Desk Phone is a great looking design from the late 1940s, finished in the brushed chrome effect that was introduced in 1954. Simply plug it into existing phone sockets and away you go! £49 7. His and Hers Pillow Cases Have no confusion over who’s side of the bed is who’s with these wonderful His and Hers pillowcases. The pillowcases feature a large His or Hers on each pillowcase and then the first name of each partner running down the edge of the pillowcase. £19.99 for the pair and personalization.

8. Harrods Christmas Hamper It is known that customers come from far and wide to get hold of a Harrods Christmas pudding here in the UK, and its faithful companion brandy butter; a festive must have. Presented in a Harrods gift box and delivered straight to the front door, a luxury gift (but without the luxury price tag). £25 9. Mr & Mrs Board Game A game for all partners, young and old, with questions designed to tease out gems of information on subjects that you may not expect! Guaranteed to cause arguments, blushes and laughter amongst partners, friends and couples of all ages. £25.69 WH Smith, Churchill Square Shopping Mall, Brighton. 10. Squirrel Nut Cracker This little ingenious and rather stylish nutcracker makes the perfect gift for the couple who have everything. Simply place the nut in the squirrel’s jaws and push his tail to see him bite. It’s the cutest way to crack a nut. £18.50 Available from


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ABSOLUTE BEAUTY Electric Colour Protect Shampoo £17.50

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Electric in the world of music and film

his past month has been one of

performing and promoting her new

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the busiest but also one of the

album to drop in for a cut and blow

were amazing and smelt just beautiful!

most exciting as I got to work with

dry, after which she commented that

I agree!

some hugely talented people in the

it looked ‘healthier than ever before’

music and film industries.

which is always great to hear!

Another talent I’ve been working with

First up were Bryony, Tahnee, Katiya

The London Film Festival also

is actor, Luke Evans, who currently stars

and Claire from quirky girl group,

descended upon us recently with a

in Immortals. I styled his hair for a photo

The Scarletz. The girls came into the

raft of brilliant films already attracting

shoot for an American magazine

salon to touch up their colour and

early nods, come awards season.

which was shot in Shoreditch in London

get their hair blow dried before their

One of the most talked about was

on a cool Saturday morning. We also

performance on the open catwalk at

Wuthering Heights so it was great to

got him ready for The Three Musketeers

Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model

meet one of the stars, Nichola Burley

film premiere in London and I styled his

Live at the ExCel centre in London. I

to give her a cut and colour before

hair again for a soon to be released

had a lot of fun with the girls and look

the film premiere at The Curzon in

advertising campaign. He’s brilliant

forward to seeing them more often.

Mayfair. I couldn’t be more pleased

to work with - talented and incredibly

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as Nichola loved her hair. She later

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ABSOLUTE MAKE UP 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!

Power of the Iconic red lip this Christmas If there’s one thing every woman should have in their make-up bag, it’s a classic red lipstick especially this party season. For centuries, women have been painting their lips red to enhance their appeal; a practice that dates back as far as the ancient Egyptians. Some of the boldest, most beautiful women in Hollywood have used red lipstick to make their own unique statement, and now you can too. It’s official! A group of scientists at Manchester University found that men notice lips far more than other features on the face. Scientists used eye-tracking software to show that in ten seconds, men will spend more than half of that time staring at a woman’s lips. Geoff Beattie, who led the investigation says “Our research suggests that red lips and perceived attractiveness are still inextricably linked, with red lipstick the most powerful attractor, and one that significantly increases visual fixation”. The study also showed that there is little discrimination between full-mouthed and thin-lipped girls in regards to make-up, as those who wear lipstick were considered more attractive than those who did not. So there you have it - whether you have very fine, bee-stung, rosebud or downright pneumatic lips, everyone wins. By simply changing your lipstick shade, you may not only give your face a lift, but your pulling power too, this Christmas!

❅ Follow these simple rules to a perfect pout and go grab some mistletoe! 1. If your lips are even slightly chapped, gently exfoliate with a gentle sugar scrub to make them smooth and flexible. Just mix a dash of olive oil with a pinch of brown sugar and dab on lips, massage for a minute. Then, take a damp face cloth and gently rub back and forth on the lips for sensuously smooth skin. 2. Before applying lipstick, blot lips with a tissue to remove any lip balm or moisturiser, as the oil will stop lipstick from sticking. 3. Pick a formulation that looks moist but not super-glossy. Lipsticks that are moisturising and creamy will glide on easily. 4. If you’re fair, a classic red is best. Brick flatters dark complexions, opt for orangey shades on olive or golden skin. Try mixing up your own shade of red, mix orange and dark pink together and have fun with it, discover your own signature colour!


5. Take your time. Trace your mouth with natural-coloured liner, then smudge. Follow with lipstick, define and enhance the curves by using a tiny brush for precision. 6. Prevent your lipstick from bleeding and creating creases around your mouth, by applying foundation and a bit of concealer to the edges of the lip line. Dust your lips with translucent powder to set, then re-apply a second coat. 7. Be sure to avoid going beyond your lip line, as this will look outdated and unnatural. Tone everything else down. The only must-do with red lips : your eyebrows. Fill them in with a pencil or powder to frame and balance the face. In our 30s we st art noticing tiny lin es around the lips. For a po lished look, pair a shim mery lipstick with lip liner, applied after the lipstick.


RED HOT! 1. Illamasqua Lipstick Matte, with high density pigments and luxurious, long-lasting formulation. They glide on smoothly and have amazing staying power (eat, drink, kiss - they won’t budge!) £15.00

2. Intensive Hydra-Plump Lipstick by Terry A hydrating, plumping and regenerating protective lipstick that provides a light veil of colour. £25.00 3. DuWop Private Red lipstick An ingenious lipstick. Annatto lends a rich pigment base, hibiscus flowers act as a gentle antiseptic and henna leaves a long-lasting stain. £18.00 4. Besame Classic Colour Lipstick A semi matte finish with one coat coverage, containing the highest natural pigment for a feather proof finish to the lips. £16.00

5. 3 Custom Color Century in Red Lip Palette Iconic red lipsticks for the decades of the 20th century, plus one for the 21st. All are paraben-free and contain vitamin E, jojoba oil and moisturising shea butter and avocado oil. £30.00 6. Bobbi Brown - 20th Anniversary Lip Palette This collector’s edition palette features the 10 original Lip Colours launched by Bobbi in 1991, plus 10 bright, ultra modern options. Wear the shades on their own or mix and blend them. £43.00


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LETS GET BACK TO BASICS… Relive those winters that we loved so much as children


t’s wintertime and we are sure that

warming suppers and long walks looking

Whatever you loved about winter is still

many of us will know someone who

for the earliest signs of Spring?

there to be enjoyed, a time to embrace all

finds the winter months a struggle.

First of all get yourself kitted out, it

the good bits and actively make the winter

We saw a lady called Joely for a session

doesn’t have to cost vast sums; just a

a time to enjoy once again.

this week, who said she was dreading the

really warm coat, colourful scarves and

A happy Christmas to all of our readers

cold, the dark and most of all Christmas;

waterproof boots starts to set the scene.

from Terrina and Georgina.

seems the season of festive fun isn’t so

Then find places to sit by fires, whether

If you are interested in Life Coaching

for everyone. Well, truthfully it comes

in your own home or out and about, take

please contact Georgina or Terrina at

as no surprise. There’s lots of evidence

a good book and soak up the sound of


to suggest that moods lower during the

crackles and warmth. Over winter we need

All our sessions are done with the utmost

longer evenings, when getting out and

energy and soups enriched with warming


about is not so easy.

ginger and spice, slow cooked casseroles

However here at Absolute Life Coaching

and taking time to cook them all add to a

we have a strategy to conquer the

warming winter. Remind yourself of the

wintertime blues and have a ball. Whatever

parts of winter you used to enjoy; for us

your circumstances you can make the

it’s the long walks through woodlands and

wintertime fun again. We are calling it our

countryside, followed by hot drinks.

‘Rediscovering the Winter Strategy’- and there are loads of ways you can do this. Remember the winters we had as children, how we loved the arrival of snow, hot fires,

Whatever your circumstances you can make the wintertime fun again


Move that body! M

oving into the winter, it’s often hard to get motivated and get out and do the exercise that feels so liberating in the warmer summer months. But perhaps this is

the time when your body needs attention the most. Keeping flexible, our muscles toned and our bones strong through the winter, is an important way of preventing ourselves from injury and illness. Energising ourselves with Pilates for example, is a great way of maintaining strength when the body is cold at this time of year, as is running a great way to blow away all the cobwebs. Dragonfly Clinic, a sports injury clinic and Pilates studio based in the centre of Brighton, is offering a variety of Christmas vouchers for sporty and non-sporty types alike. Look after your loved one and treat them to a gift that gives them a boost for the New Year. Vouchers include running courses, nutrition workshops, Pilates courses and sports therapy treatments to suit all budgets. Call the clinic on 01273 311 711 to find out more or visit



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Asase Spa assures the highest standards of care and hygiene at their outlets in Brighton


urther to recent hysterical press coverage, we at Asase Spa would like to assure all current and future customers that we maintain very high standards of hygiene for our Garra Rufa foot pedicures, and all our procedures. We take particular attention to provide the highest standards of care to ensure all treatments are carried out in a safe and healthy manner. All our tanks work in line with the industry regulations and the water in each tank is filtered using UV sterilizers, killing 99.9% of any harmful bacteria. All customers have to complete a health declaration form prior to treatment - hands and feet are checked when using the wash area to ensure that any potential risks are spotted. Asase has sought advice from the local Health Authority, and strictly follows guidance as given. All fish used are genuine Garra Rufa fish which have no teeth so are unable to bite you. The tiny fish therapists nibble away on dry skin to provide the ultimate spa treatment for your feet, leaving your skin feeling smooth, soft and thoroughly

pampered. The Garra Rufa fish do all the work, while you enjoy the therapeutic sensations of our now legendary fish pedicure treatment! Please be aware that due to our health and safety policy, we reserve the right to refuse to treat feet with open wounds, sores, blisters etc. As our fish spas are solely used for pedicure reasons, we also have the right to refuse those with any transferable skin conditions and skin disorders. If you have any concerns at all about the procedures, please email us or call into the spa and speak to one of our assistants.

Asase has sought advice from the local Health Authority, and strictly follows guidance as given

We would like to thank our customers for all their support. Asase Spa Unit 13, Hanningtons, 19 Brighton Place, Brighton BN1 1HJ 01273 746888 Also now open on Brighton Pier

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS... is my two front teeth! Dr Farrokh Sharifzad from Marina Dentalcare discusses the use of porcelain veneers to close that gap in your smile forever

What to do about gaps in your smile? David Letterman has one. So does Chris Rock. But, for most people, there’s nothing funny about having a gap-toothed smile. When your teeth have wide spaces between them, you’ll find yourself embarrassed to talk, laugh, or enjoy life the way you should. A natural, healthy looking smile Gaps can occur between any of your teeth, on both the top and bottom rows. They’re usually genetic, although they can also occur because of injury. Gaps can be quite embarrassing; they are, rightly or wrongly often associated with poor dental hygiene. Aside from being aesthetically unappealing, gaps between teeth are also a breeding ground for bacteria, and can be the precursor to a host of dental problems, like gingivitis and cavities. There are numerous easy, painless, and quick ways to repair a gap-toothed smile. The most popular method I use in my two practices is porcelain veneers - thin shells of ceramic that can close the gaps between your teeth. Porcelain veneers: Porcelain is an easy solution. They look and feel very much like real teeth, and they can be used to correct a variety of smile problems cracks, chips, discolouration and gaps. You can close those gaps in about a week, over the course of two dental appointments.


The porcelain veneers are permanently attached to the front surface of your teeth with special dental cement. Porcelain veneers are custom-created from a model of your mouth, and custom-coloured to match your natural teeth. Once the veneers are applied, they are permanent, and you treat them as you would your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers cover the gaps between your teeth and you will be able to smile with confidence.


Finding the right dentist: It is important to know that the end result is highly dependant upon the skill of your cosmetic dentist. You want a dentist who has experience with creating, placing and colouring the veneers. Be sure and ask lots of questions beforehand, and ask to see samples of past work. You want to find a cosmetic dentist - this is different from a traditional dentist. After:

Don’t let gaps in your smile hold you back! The solution is simple and easy. Close those gaps between your teeth and open up your world with a dazzling new smile! If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers, contact Dr Farrokh Sharifzad on 01273 628899 or visit for a complementary consultation.


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Young talent to help cathedral David Tupper DL, High Sheriff of West Sussex invited members of the West Sussex Youth Musicians Orchestra to perform at a gathering hosted by himself and his wife, Hilary, at Champs Hill, Pulborough. The concert was a wonderful success and in aid of one of the High Sheriff’s chosen charities of the year, the Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust. Guests on the evening included David and Mary Bowerman, The Earl & Countess of Cork and Orrery Alison Godfrey, Director of the Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust, Mike Coleman, Chairman of West Sussex County Council , The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, Dean of Chichester Cathedral and Peter Clementson, Chairman of Chichester District Council who very much enjoyed the evening. More than £5,000 was raised.

High Sheriff and Sheriffina David and Hilary Tupper Chairman of WSCC Mike Coleman with wife Christina

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High Sheriff David Tupper With Peter Griffiths, WSCC Cabinet member for Education and Schools Soloist Maddi Cutter

Sculptor Philip Jackson and wife Jean Michael Brown of WSCC with wife Wendy

High Sheriff with Musician’s and Adam Barker Soloist Jess Wadey

Mayor of Chichester, Tony French


The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, Dean of Chichester Cathedral

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HAVE A HEALTHY CHRISTMAS Our health expert Sheryl Waters gives advice to help you have a happy and healthy festive season


O HO HO! It’s Christmas time, the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, it can also be the time of year to plump up, get toxic and become exhausted. So how can we have a joyful season while staying healthy physically and emotionally? Use sugar alternatives in your baking Sugar is a toxin that creates incredible imbalances, and is the number one problem. It causes a whole host of illnesses including diabetes. We have so many alternatives these days which make delicious sweetening for our food without the side effects simple. Here are a few possibilities: Date syrup or date sugar (not sugar at all) is made from dates, so it contains all the vitamins, minerals and fibre of the fruit. Xylitol is a widely approved sweetener; even people with diabetes can put this on their healthy food list since it doesn’t create a sugar intolerance for people with diabetes. The best part is that it is actually known to reduce the incidence of tooth decay and offers protection against cavities.

“Coconut oil is a delicious and healthy oil. It`s been shown to protect against or eliminate numerous diseases, including heart disease - a problem it once had an undeserved reputation for creating.” Stevia is a South American herb that has been used as a sweetener by the Guarani Indians of Paraguay for hundreds of years. It has a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia is caloriefree and doesn’t upset blood sugar levels. In fact, it can actually assist in regulating blood-sugar levels. Hydrate Water and herbal tea will take up space and fill you up, lessening the desire for more food and too many holiday drinks. It is vital that when we are indulging in alcohol that we fully hydrate ourselves, since drinking impacts our kidneys. Drinking one pint of water for each beverage will help you be aware of how many you are knocking back so you can still feel jolly the next day.

Graze, don’t gorge People who eat little and often throughout the day are more likely to lose weight without hunger than people who eat all at one or two sittings. Having healthy snacks, such as fruit or chestnuts (not mince pies), in between meals is a good way to keep from becoming hungry and overeating. This will also keep your blood sugar levels even so you have more energy. Use coconut oil Another easy tip to add health to your holidays is to simply start using coconut oil as your primary cooking oil, and consume coconut oil liberally each day. Coconut oil is a delicious and healthy oil. It`s been shown to protect against or eliminate numerous diseases, including heart disease - a problem it once had an undeserved reputation for creating. Coconut oil is known to reduce threats to our immune system and aid in detoxification - which are two important keys to health. Because let`s face it, if you are going to succumb to eating junk or processed foods on occasions during the holidays, don`t you want to be sure your body can effectively remove the residues? Scent your home with essential oils Use essential oils to add a festive feeling to your home. Evergreen is emotionally grounding, harmonising, and elevating - perfect for the holidays, especially when family gets together. Holiday spices are stimulating and uplifting - and are considered aphrodisiacs, as well. Cinnamon is a holiday favorite that is available in several varieties. Clove bud has a warm sweet scent that works well by itself or combined with other spice or citrus oils for a holiday zing. Frankincense and myrrh are two of the famous gifts offered to the Christ child by the Three Wise Men. They are known to inspire the spirit and enhance meditation. Get some exercise Take a brisk walk when you get a few minutes. This is a great time of year to get bundled up and take a long walk in the countryside, or even to walk around the decorated city and do some shopping. Walking gets our heartbeats up and helps us to detoxify any extra holiday snacking. It also helps us to clear out emotional stress that may be felt this busy time of year.


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The opulent surroundings of Little Bay Restaurant

LITTLE BAY arrives in Brighton Modern European style cuisine, extravagent décor, sea views and opera - all in one place. What more could you ask for?


he first Little Bay restaurant outside of London has opened on Brighton seafront. The restaurant chain is run by Peter Ilic, who is behind the very popular café Food Ilic on North Street, Brighton. Little Bay focuses on fresh ingredients at a low price, and offers live opera Wednesday to Saturday evenings at 8pm! For the Christmas period there is a charge of £10.95 per head for a three course meal at any time, when the party consists of 12 or more people. On Christmas Day, Little Bay is open between 12 noon and 6pm, offering their traditional five course set lunch menu for just £27.95 per person. Visit and enjoy this new dining experience in Brighton - you can eat your meal in beautiful surroundings, while enjoying a lovely sea view and even an operatic performance and... it won’t break the bank. Little Bay Brighton 60 - 64 Kings Road, Brighton Tel: 01273 731330 -


PARTY OFFER FOR PARTIES OF 12 OR MORE PEOPLE 3-COURSES - £10.95 ALL DAY all @ £2.25 until 7pm, £3.55 after 7pm Soup of the day- Served with Warm Bread Classic Prawn Cocktail- Avocado & Marie-Rose Sauce Choux de Crab with Ginger, Chillies, and Citrus Hollandaise Pressed Red Peppers and Feta Terrine- Walnut Salad & Toast Smoked Mackerel Pate- Potato Salad & Poached Free Range Egg Moules Mariniere- Steamed Mussels with Shallots, Garlic, White Wine,and Fresh Parsley Smoked Salmon,Crème Fraiche & Avruga Caviar- Served with Toasted Muffin Croustillant of Smoked chicken- Baked with Mushrooms & herbs served with Sour Cream

all @ £6.45 all day Grilled Beef Burger-100% Aberdeen Angus Beef, Topped with Cheese and served with Home Cut Chips Fried in Goose Fat Organic Lamb Meat Balls- Tomato sauce & Cauliflower Mornay Mediterranean Butter Beans – and Home Made Grilled Sausage Spaghetti Arrabiata- Chili, Garlic & Ripe Tomato Sauce, Parmesan cheese

all @ £6.45 until 7pm, £7.95 after 7pm Traditional Roast Norfolk Turkey – served with all the Trimmings Roasted Poussin Dijonaise- Served with Creamy Mustard Sauce & French Beans Braised Shoulder of Lamb- Slow cooked with Garlic & Rosemary,Coco Bean Cassoulet Pan Roast Barbary Duck Breast- Sautéed Pak choi, Honey & Ginger Sauce Steamed Paupiette of Salmon- Avocado & Tomato salsa Pork Stuffed with Cheddar & Cream Cheese- rolled in breadcrumbs, Mushroom Veloute Vegetarian Greek Moussaka- Tomato fondue & Macedonian Salad Chicken Breast Stuffed With Minted lamb- Garlic Beans & Port Wine jus Fillets of Sea Bass Baked in Foil- New Potatoes, Baby Spinach & Olive Oil

£2.25 until 7pm, £3.55 after 7pm Christmas Pudding – served with Brandy sauce Apple Cake with Vanilla Ice-Cream Profiteroles with Banana Cream and Hot Chocolate Sauce Chocolate Log with poached Pear and Vanilla Ice-Cream White Chocolate and Pistachio Parfait Cheese Platter

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Reflections Restaurant and bar Rendezvous Casino Brighton Marina Tel: 01273 605602 brighton

Havana Restaurant and bar 32 Duke Street Brighton Marina Tel: 01273 773388

Terre a terre Vegetarian and vegan 71 East Street Brighton BN1 1HQ Tel: 01273 729051

English's Of Brighton Classic Seafood Restaurant 29-31 East Street Brighton Tel: 01273 327980

Reflections Alexander House Hotel Fine Dining Turners Hill East Grinstead Tel: 01342 714914

Chilli Pickle Indian cuisine 42 Meeting House Lane Brighton Tel: 01273 323824

Jamie's Italian Italian cuisine 11 Black Lion Street Brighton Tel: 01273 915480

Castle Inn Hotel British Cuisine The Street Bramber Tel: 01903 812102

Buddies 24-hour dining 46-48 Kings Road Brighton Tel: 01273 323600

Street Thai Thai cuisine 5 & 20 Brighton Square Brighton Tel: 01273 207444

The Gallery Bistro Fine Cuisine 115 Church Road Hove Tel: 01273 777488

Crown and Anchor Homemade British pub cuisine High Street Shoreham Tel: 01273 463500

Ginger Fox Gastro pub Henfield Rd, Albourne, Nr Brighton Tel: 01273 857888

Merkaba - Myhotel Hotel Bar 17 Jubilee Street Brighton Tel: 01273 900300

The Royal Oak Fine Cuisine Poynings West Sussex Tel: 01273 857389

C么te Brighton French Bistro 115 116 Church Street Brighton Tel: 01273 687541

Terraces Bar and grill Madeira Drive Brighton Tel: 01273 570526 Green Mango Thai cuisine 8 Church Road Hove Tel: 01273 327226

The Connaught Pub and Kitchen 48 Hove Street Hove Tel: 01273 206578 Coast to Coast American Dining 3, The Waterfront Brighton Marina Tel: 01273 626170 Havana Spoon Brasserie Bar 70-72 Church Road Hove 01273 651651

Tipaza Tapas Restaurant 104 Western Road Hove Tel: 01273 777307

The Coach House Homemade fine dining 59 Middle Street Brighton Tel: 01273 719000

The Dyke Pub and Kitchen 218 Dyke Road Brighton Tel: 01273 555672

In Vino Veritas Tapas and bistro dining 103 North Road Brighton Tel: 01273 622522

Buxted Park Fine dining hotel restaurant Buxted East Sussex Tel: 01825 733333 Days Restaurant Oriental cuisine 75-79 East Street Brighton Tel: 01273 748888 Trattoria Pascal Italian cuisine 105 Western Road Brighton Tel: 01273 722556 Hotel du Vin Hotel and Bistro Ship Street Brighton Tel: 01273 718588 The Townhouse Contemporary British cuisine 81-82 St Jamess St Brighton Tel: 01273 693216 Karma Late night Moroccan themed bar The Waterfront Brighton Marina Tel: 01273 818000


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Authentic American restaurant now open at Brighton Marina


n authentic flavor of the USA is now available to all visitors of Brighton Marina with the recent opening of Coast to Coast, an exciting new American restaurant and bar. The new restaurant, located in the centre of the Marina, specialises in all American favourites, offering diners a great venue and excellent food and drink all year round. Guests will experience a gastronomic adventure from east to west

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coast America, with dishes and cocktails inspired by recipes from across the continent. Authentic dĂŠcor completes the experience with leather booth-seating, dark wood tables, maps of the Lincoln Highway and classic US memorabilia on the walls. Open throughout the day from breakfast through to dinner, the diverse menu means there is something for everybody. From Aberdeen Angus beef burgers, served with straw fries and spicy ketchup to traditional deep dish Chicago style pizzas, plus delicious seafood dishes, steaks, sizzling fajitas, wraps and South-Western specials. Desserts including chocolate honeycomb and blackcurrant cheesecake ice-cream and traditional favourites such as Blueberry crumble and profiteroles are sure to tempt all guests. Coast to Coast will be serving up American cocktails, mocktails and beers with favourites ranging from a classic Mojito to Margaritas. Brighton Marina 3 The Waterfront Brighton BN2 5WA Tel: 01273 626170

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AMERICAN DINING Coast to Coast, the new, authentic American restaurant and bar at Brighton Marina, is giving readers the chance to win a meal for themselves and three friends up to the value of £160 - to indulge in the fabulous selection of popular American food and drinks that Coast to Coast has to offer. The ideal destination for any occasion, Coast to Coast is casual dining at its best. Guests will experience a gastronomic adventure from east to west coast America, with dishes and cocktails inspired by recipes from across the continent. Open throughout the day from breakfast through to dinner, the diverse menu means there will be something for everybody from freshly pressed Aberdeen Angus burgers, to traditional deep dish Chicago style pizzas as well as delicious seafood dishes, steaks, sizzling fajitas, wraps, salads and specials. There’s also a fabulous selection of cocktails, ranging from classic Margaritas and Martinis to more contemporary Mojito’s and mocktails alongside an all-American beer line-up. Diners can relax and enjoy themselves while listening to some Motown and American rock, guaranteed to make you smile! To enter Coast to Coast’s VIP competition and win a meal for you and three friends, simply answer the following question: Which of the below is a popular American dish? a) Burgers b) Sausages c) Fish Fingers Email your answer to: with your answer, name and telephone number. Entries in by December 31st please For more information visit and don’t forget to like us on facebook at Terms and conditions. The prize is valid for the winner plus three friends. Competition entrants must be over 18. The prize is redeemable against a total food and drink bill of £160 and anything consumed over and above this amount will be charged at the standard restaurant prices. The prize must be redeemed by 29th February 2012 and is not valid on 14th February. Competition is not open to people employed by, or relatives of people employed by, Coast to Coast restaurants or TRG PLC

Discover one of Santa's secrets this season with our exclusive 50% offer... For half the price, you can privately hire the stunning venue that is Proud Brighton Ballroom for any seasonal soiree. If that doesn't tickle your festive fancy, then alternatively you and your partner or friends can join us for our Supper Club, whilst enjoying the decadent delights of our very own Winter Wonderland for just £49. This includes a 3 course dinner, a free glass of Cava, burlesque and cabaret entertainment throughout the evening and entry to our club night after.

Now open Thursdays for Supper Club, as well as every Friday & Saturday. For more information, email or call 01273 605789

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VEGGIE DELIGHTS An alternative dish for your Christmas table, and some great vegetable side dishes bringing to life that seasonal favourite - Brussels sprouts

Parsnip, cranberr y & chestnut loaf A modern take on the nut loaf, this makes a great vegetarian centrepiece for Christmas Day or a special dinner Ingredients: 4 tbsp butter , plus a little extra for greasing 3 onions , chopped 15g pack sage , 6 leaves reserved, the rest shredded 200g pack cooked chestnuts 100g walnuts 100g breadcrumbs ½ tsp mace 1 egg, beaten 500g cranberries 175g caster sugar 550g parsnips, choose long, thin ones if you can, peeled then halved lengthways 1 tbsp honey Method: 1. Melt 1 tbsp butter in a large non-stick pan, add the onions and gently cook for 10-15 mins until very soft. Stir in the sage for 1 min, then tip into a large mixing bowl. Pulse the chestnuts in a food processor until chopped

into small bits, then tip these into the bowl with the onions and repeat with the walnuts. Now add the breadcrumbs, mace, beaten egg, 1 tsp salt and some pepper and mix everything together well. 2. Tip the cranberries and sugar into a pan and simmer for about 8-10 minutes over a high heat. The sugar will melt and cranberries will pop and become saucy - keep bubbling until sticky. Set aside to cool. 3. Grease a 900g loaf tin, line with a long strip of baking parchment that covers the bottom and two ends, then grease. 4. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, and boil the parsnips for 3½ minutes. Drain well. From the thinner ends, cut off lengths of parsnip that fit widthways across the bottom of your loaf tin. Keep going until you have enough to snugly line the base of the tin. Roughly chop all leftover parsnip and mix into the nut mixture.

5. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Mix the parsnip lengths with 1 more tbsp butter and the honey to coat, then fit them into the tin. Top with ¹/³ of the nut mixture - pack it down well and smooth the surface. Spread ¹/³ of the cranberry sauce on top, leaving a small gap around the edges. Top with the remaining nut mixture and pack down as before. Cover with foil then bake for 1 hour. 6. To serve, melt the remaining 2 tbsp butter in a small pan and sizzle the reserved sage leaves for a minute. Splash water into the remaining cooked cranberries until saucy. Loosen around the sides of the loaf with a round-bladed knife if you need, then turn out. Drizzle with the sage butter and leaves. Serve in slices with extra cranberry sauce.

Roasted shallots, Brussels sprouts, Ruby Red pomegranate and pan-fried hazelnuts Serves 4-6 Preparation time: 10-15 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 12 shallots, peeled 2 tbsp rapeseed oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 500g Brussels sprouts 60g Butter 1 red skinned pomegranate seeded 50g chopped toasted hazelnuts


Method: 1. Preheat oven to 190°c gas mark 5 or 375°f. In an ovenproof dish toss the shallots in the rapeseed oil, to coat and season well with sea salt and black pepper. 2. Put dish into the oven and roast until the shallots are golden brown and tender for approximately for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3. While the shallots are in the oven, trim the Brussels sprouts of any discoloured outer leaves and cook in boiling salted water for 7-10 minutes or until just soft, drain and plunge into cold water. Remove


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Chopin potato & sprout crush

Creamed Brussels Sprouts with Nutmeg

Serves 4 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves 4 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 650g Chopin potatoes chopped into quar ters 6 rashers back bacon finely diced 250g Brussels Sprouts shredded Oil for fr ying Ground black pepper

Ingredients: 450g fresh sprouts, outer leaves and ends of stalks removed 30g butter 100ml double cream 1tsp grated nutmeg Small bunch fresh parsley, roughly chopped Black pepper

Method: 1. Place the potatoes on a large pan of water and bring to the boil then simmer for 8-10 minutes or until tender 2. Fr y the bacon in a fr ying pan with a dash of oil till crisp then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Then tip the shredded sprouts into the same pan and stir until wilted and tender. 3. Once the potatoes are done, drain them and roughly crush them with a potato masher or a fork. Tip in the bacon and potato into the fr ying pan with the sprouts, over a low heat season with black pepper and stir to combine making sure you incorporate any meaty bits from the bottom of the pan.

Method: 1. In a pan of boiling water simmer the sprouts for 8-10 minutes until just done. Drain then tip into a food processor. 2. Add the butter, cream, nutmeg and 他 of the parsley and season to taste. Whizz until semismooth so it still has some texture. 3. Check the seasoning then spoon into a warm serving dish and scatter with the remaining parsley and a good grind of black pepper. NB. You can also add some diced crisp bacon to this recipe if you like. Also, any leftover brussels sprouts can be used in bubble and squeak the next day.

the Brussels sprouts from the cold water immediately and set aside. 4. Then heat a fr ying pan on a gentle heat and melt the butter and add the Brussels sprouts. 5. Cook the Brussels sprouts gently, stirring occasionally until they are hot, ensure not to brown them. 6. Take the dish from the oven and add the roasted shallots, pomegranate and toasted hazelnuts into the fr ying pan and cook for a fur ther 1 minute, season well and ser ve immediately!


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The Castle Inn Hotel & Conference Centre 4 Course Pre-Xmas Menu December 1st to 24th - £21.95

Please mention Absolute Brighton when booking and present this advert to receive a House Bottle of Wine with your meal for £5

A selection from our Christmas menu


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Please call or speak to us about conferencing facilities and functions: weddings, birthdays, funerals etc. We support local business so all of our produce is sourced locally.

Get in the festive spirit at Plumpton Racecourse’s Christmas Raceday on Monday 19th December. It’s a great day for all the family as you can meet Santa and his reindeer, join in with the carol singers and watch the performing majorettes. This is all in addition to the excitement of a competitive programme of 7 action packed races. The 19th December race meeting is also very popular with parties looking to celebrate Christmas, with hospitality packages from only £75 per person, come and join in the festivities. Suites can be booked by calling the racecourse office on 01273 890383 Gates Open 11am First Race 12.30pm Book your 2-4-1 tickets online by Monday 12th December. Promo code is DEC2011 Free entry for Under 18's

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ABSOLUTE TRAVEL “Vienna’s largest Christmas market is held in front of the spectacular Neo Gothic town hall which at Christmas is decorated in glittering tiers of fairy lights”

Christmas Waltz Neil Geraghty discovers the spirit of Christmas past in magnificent Vienna


f any city could be described as a living Christmas card then it’s Vienna. The city simply wallows in nostalgia and on a recent visit there, it didn’t take me long to succumb to Vienna’s sentimental love for times gone by. I’d arrived on a breezy November’s evening and after checking into the wonderfully cosy Hotel Altstadt decided to take a stroll over to Vienna’s historic centre. This took me through the magnificent Hofburg Palace where drifts of autumn leaves were swirling around giant bronze equestrian statues and gilded copper domes were sparkling in the floodlights. As I walked down the palatial shopping street The Graben, I stumbled across Peterskirche whose elegant curved facade and onion domed towers make it one of the prettiest Baroque churches in Vienna. The doors were open and inside, forests of flickering candles were softly illuminating the sumptuously ornate interior. By coincidence, a free classical music concert was about to begin so I grabbed a seat on an embarrassingly creaky wooden pew and sat back to admire the beautiful church. Above me, a huge oval dome was covered with pastel frescoes of fluttering angels while to my left a delicate painting of a Madonna and child surrounded by a golden halo shimmered in


the candlelight. To complete the Christmas atmosphere the organ suddenly broke out into a tinkling festive sonata. After the concert I decided to visit Cafe Hawelka, one of Vienna’s best loved cafes. A delicious baking smell was wafting out of the kitchen and I asked one of the waiters what it was. He told me that the chefs were cooking traditional evening snacks called buchteln which are crispy dough balls, filled with apricot jam but I’d have to wait 20 minutes before they were ready. I ordered an einspänner, a black coffee topped with a mountain of whipped cream and settled back to soak in the atmosphere of this enchanting cafe. With its comfy red and white striped sofas, rickety pink marble tables and mellow lighting I could almost imagine Freud and Jung thrashing out their psychoanalytical theories a 100 years ago. After 20 minutes, like magic the waiter brought a plate of steaming buchteln to my table. Biting into one, I gasped as the piping hot jam sizzled on my tongue. They were absolutely delicious though, similar to the lightest fluffiest doughnuts you’ve ever tasted. Christmas is all about comfort food and in Vienna comfort food is second to none.


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Left: Christmas Market at the Town Hall. Picture by Peter Rigaud Above: Dome of Hofburg Palace. Picture by Peter Rigaud Top right: Baubles in the Christmas Market. Picture by Peter Rigaud Right: Church of St. Charles Borromeo: Christmas market. Picture by Karl Thomas

All pictures ©WienTourismus

Out on the streets workmen on cranes were busily adding the final touches to the city’s Christmas decorations. Virtually every Baroque house in the city centre is festooned with stone carved garlands and cherubs so it’s only natural that Vienna’s Christmas decorations have a classical feel. This year, sparkling chandeliers are draped elegantly across the shopping streets providing a perfect counterfoil to Vienna’s magnificent St Stephen’s cathedral. It’s almost as if Vienna’s medieval stonemasons had Christmas on their mind when they built this Gothic masterpiece. The delicately tapering spire resembles a giant Christmas tree while its steeply pitched roof is covered in colourful patterned tiles giving the odd impression that the cathedral is covered in festive wrapping paper. Austria is a staunchly Catholic country and Vienna’s churches always display beautiful cribs. St Stephan’s is no exception and the softly lit interior is home to one of the country’s most enchanting examples. As erstwhile capital of the mighty Austro Hungarian Empire, Vienna is built on a truly imperial scale and is full of magnificent public spaces. These provide fabulous stage sets for Vienna’s Christmas markets which by mid November can be seen popping up all over the city. The markets are conveniently located near to all of Vienna’s main tourist sites and there’s

nothing better than strolling out of a palace or museum and refuelling with a steaming mug of spiced glühwein and a kartoffelpuffer (crispy potato rosti). Vienna’s largest Christmas market is held in front of the spectacular Neo Gothic town hall which at Christmas is decorated in glittering tiers of fairy lights. The festive backdrop is heightened by Vienna’s tallest Christmas tree which each year is donated by a different Austrian province, the honour falling to Burgenland this year. As you wander around Vienna you’ll find Christmas markets catering to all different tastes. One of the most traditional is held on the cobbled lanes of Spittelberg, one of Vienna’s most picturesque neighbourhoods which still retains much of its 17th Century village charm. Here you’ll find a treasure trove of hand made Christmas baubles and mouth watering arrays of lebekuchen and stollens. Spittelberg is also home to some of the most atmospheric eateries in the city. Look out for the beisls, the Austrian equivalent of Italian trattorias which serve up paprika spiced wursts, soups and schnitzels; heart warming food for a teeth chattering central European winter.


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Above: Christmas market, Spittelberg. Picture by Manfred Horvath Right top: Cakes at Cafe Demel. Picture by Peter Rigaud Right: The Viennese Ball. Picture by Manfred Horvath. All pictures ©WienTourismus

When you wander around Vienna’s ornate Baroque palaces and churches it’s easy to forget that at the beginning of the 20th Century, imperial Vienna was at the vanguard of experimental art, literature and architecture. If you’re tired of wallowing in Christmas past, help is at hand at the Museumsquarter which adds a dash of startlingly contemporary architecture to the heart of Habsburg Vienna. Two enormous minimalist cubes house the Leopold Museum and Mumok, the Museum of Modern Art. After admiring the Leopold’s collection of seductive Gustav Klimt and brooding Egon Schiele paintings you can go outside and enjoy a distinctly 21st Century Christmas market. Igloo bars serve up ice cocktails, bizarre light shows swirl around and you can even try your hand at fashionable curling! No News Years Day would be complete without the Vienna Philharmonic’s famous Strauss concert which is watched by millions of classical music fans around the globe. The concert gives an inkling of what winter in Vienna is all about. In truth, the festive season lasts right through until Lent and for winter entertainment the city is second to none. The star winter attractions in Vienna are the snowy white Lipizzaner stallions who prance and pirouette under the giant chandeliers of the Spanish Riding School conjuring up all the splendour of the long vanished Habsburg Empire. If you’re on the snow covered streets of Vienna at 2 o’clock in the morning in January, don’t be surprised if you stumble across ladies dressed in sparkling ball gowns tucking into hot dogs. They’ll have just left one


of Vienna’s grand balls and for Strictly Come Dancing fans, Vienna is the perfect place to brush up on your Waltz. Where else in the world can you dance the night away in the splendour of a Habsburg Palace for a mere �70? If the King’s College Choir’s Christmas carol concert brings a nostalgic tear to your eye then don’t miss the Vienna Boys Choir. They sing every Sunday at the Hofburg Chapel and whatever time of year you visit Vienna, their celestial voices conjure up all the festive spirit of this most nostalgic of European capital cities. Where to stay A double room at the Altstadt Hotel,, costs from 139 euros per night, including breakfast. e-mail hotel@altstadt How to get there BMI, British Midland International flies between London Heathrow and Vienna twice a day, with fares from £99 return including taxes and charges. Enjoy a generous checked baggage allowance of 20kgs per person and complimentary food and drink on board. For more information and to book visit The CAT (City Airport Train) from Vienna airport goes to the centre of the city in just 16 minutes, it runs every 30 minutes, 365 days/year.


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Ice dancers from Holiday on Ice’s ‘Tropicana’ perform in Brighton Pavilion’s new ice rink

Skating at The Pavilion

FACES & PLACES James Stenning and Pauline King

Two hundred celebrities, journalists and

dignitaries enjoyed the official launch party of Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Ice Rink and Feast restaurant & bar, open to the public now until January 22nd. Guests enjoyed a preview ice dance

Mayor Anne Meadows and Tony Meadows

performance from Robin Cousins’ Holiday on Ice show Tropicana: The Passion Tour, which will be showing at the Brighton Centre from January 13th to 29th. Brighton & Hove Gay Men’s Chorus serenaded guests onto the ice rink for their first skate this season with tunes from their Ice Rink manager Shella Parkin with Paula Seager, Natural PR

debut album being released in December. Royal Pavilion Ice Rink tickets cost from £10 for adults and £7 for children under 12, on sale online at or by calling 0844 847 2352.

Peter Perhac with 10-month-old Elizabeth

Andrea Fox from Juice 107.2

Maggie Taylor and Joy Elkins

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Dancers Peter Schaufuss’ ballets at Brighton Dome


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oin NSPCC teamGO for the Brighton Marathon on 15th April 2012 and help get one step closer to ending cruelty to children. As official National Charity for Brighton Marathon the NSPCC can guarantee the ultimate feel good factor of knowing you are helping children most in need. You’ll be invited to an exclusive training day with Olympic athlete Liz Yelling and can look forward to cheering squads along the route, refreshments and a massage after you’ve crossed the finish line in your NSPCC running vest. Every penny raised by the runners will go towards ChildLine’s 25th anniversary appeal. Ready to take on the challenge? Email: or call 020 7825 2621.

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hree young chefs came out of the Amex Stadium kitchens victorious after what judges have described as the most exciting cook off yet seeking the Sussex Young Chef of the Year 2011/12. Six made it through a rigorous process of assessment and public voting to reach the cook off and were required to create a three-course meal in just 90 minutes using Sussex produce, which was judged by an expert panel chaired by Clive Beddall OBE. The three declared finalists are Craig Holden from The Mill House in Ashington, Paul Peach from The Horseguards Inn in Tillington and Rob Lightbody from Jeremy’s Restaurant at Borde Hill Gardens near Haywards Heath. They will all attend the Sussex Food & Drink Awards dinner and find out who will be Sussex Young Chef of the Year 2011/12 on 26th January, at the Amex Stadium, where a seven-course Sussex banquet will be served to 350 foodies and leaders in the industry, created by top chef Fred Tobin. See 66

Mark Godfrey, General Manager for Consumer Electronics and Photo Specialists, Sony; Glen Chapman; Andrew Davies, Managing Editor Taylist Media. Picture courtesy of ERT Awards


len Chapman of Brighton’s Panasonic Store in the Imperial Arcade, opposite Churchill Square, Brighton, has received the “Salesman of the Year for Independent Stores” for 2011 from the top electrical industry publisher ERT magazine. Glen was visited by the national magazine’s mystery shopper some months ago and was awarded an unsurpassable 10 out of 10 for his knowledge, presentation and general helpfulness, beating all other Brighton electrical stores visited on the same day. Glen was eventually shortlisted from all winning entrants from the whole of the country and was invited, along with two other candidates in the category to the prestigious London final, where ERT magazine’s expert panel finally selected Glen as their top choice for 2011.

Panasonic Store Brighton’s Managing Director David Stanbridge said today “We are delighted by Glen’s well deserved award - we pride ourselves on the quality of training for our staff and always strive for polite, friendly and informed service for our customers - so for one of my staff to receive a national industry award from such an important magazine as ERT is thrilling”. Steve Lea from Panasonic UK also added “Panasonic Store Brighton opened one year ago and in that short time one of the Imperial Arcade store’s employees has received a top national industry award - we are so pleased. Glen has obviously benefited from Panasonic’s training and his employer’s guidance, but his personal enthusiasm and quality of service has shone through and placed him in top position in the country - many congratulations Glen.”


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For The Little Ones… Make children’s Christmas a real treat with some of these great gift ideas


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1. iball 3 Remember Simon Says? This is the 21st-century version: an interactive brain-training game consisting of a sequence of coloured lights, which you have to repeat within a specific time. Each ball has its own unique ID, so you then upload your score to the global database and compete for world domination! Recommended for ages 14 + £20 2. Hello Kitty Tween Sofa This Hello Kitty Tween Flip Out Sofa is perfect for any girls bedroom. This comfortable sofa turns into a fun lounger. The inflatable liner with a removable and washable cover is easy to inflate and makes it easy to store away. £34.99 Toys R Us, Old Shoreham Road, Hove. 3. Mini Mouse Tutu Pyjama Set Mini Mouse PJ bottoms, from £8 Mini Mouse tutu PJ top, from £8 Next, Churchill Square Shopping Mall, Brighton.



4. Harrods ‘My First Puppy’ My First Harrods Puppy features a beautifully soft plush coat making this cuddly toy perfect for little hands to hold - the ideal start to a life-long cuddly toy collection. £14.95 5. Lego Death Star Recreate the action and adventure of the Star Wars™ movies with the ultimate Death Star playset by Lego! This amazingly detailed battle station features an incredible array of mini-figure-scale scenes, moving parts, characters and accessories from Episodes IV and VI on its multiple decks. £274.99 6. Paint Your Own Peppa Pig A perfect present for the little artist who also loves Peppa Pig; they can now have fun painting their very own Peppa Pig money box. Includes one ceramic money box, six pots of paint, one paint brush and a sticker sheet. Suitable for ages 3 years and over. £9.99 Argos, Western Road, Brighton.


7. Play-Doh 50th Birthday Fun Factory Set Commemorate Play-doh’s 50th birthday with this fantastic Fun Factory Set! Squeeze, shape, mould and extrude all kinds of crazy shapes with this classic set! Recommended ages 3 years + £7.97 Toys R Us, Old Shoreham Road, Hove. 8. Hunters Original Childs Wellies Hunters comfort and fit for kids. £32.00 Aston Bourne, 11 East Street, Brighton. Tel: 01273 227775 9. Kiddizoom Twist Not so long ago, a two megapixel camera would have impressed the adults. Now it’s obligatory for toddlers too! In this impressive kids camera, the lens twists around allowing kids to film you, themselves, or their friends with ease. There are also built-in games, a digital zoom and effects to be added to the pictures. Suitable for children ages 3 and over. £64


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The Brighton Christmas Teddy Bear Fair Brewins’ Bruins wonderful, new Brighton Christmas Teddy Bear Fair promises to be a lovely event with a fine array of artist teddy bears and furry friends for sale, displayed in an atmospheric Christmas setting. Sun 11th December 10.30am Brighton Racecourse £3.00 Children under 14 FREE

Festive Food & Drink Fayre Avoid the hustle and bustle of crowded shopping areas, and visit the Festive Food & Drink Fayre where you can get everything you need for a special festive feast. Festive Food & Drink Fayre Ardingly showground, West Sussex 3rd and 4th December 2011 Open from 9am to 4pm on both days. Admission prices are £2.50 for adults and £2.00 for students and senior citizens. Society members and children under 16 years free. Further details on or from the South of England Centre on 01444 892700


Direct from London’s West End, tantalising yet tasteful, camp and colourful, Burlesque is coming to Sussex. An Evening of Burlesque is a brand-new theatre production that recreates the tradition of Burlesque, with a modern-day twist. AN EVENING OF BURLESQUE MARTLETS HALL Friday 2nd December 2011 8pm Civic Way, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, Tickets £19.50 Conces: £18.50 Box office: 01444 242888

See in the New Year at Proud The End of the World is Nigh! Celebrate like it’s your last night on earth with a whole evening of world famous entertainers, Live music, DJs and so much more. We will be presenting a delectable vision of undraped loveliness, sassy, saucy acts from the cream of the crop in Burlesque, Variety and Cabaret! For the Final countdown be surrounded by delights of the flesh, glitter, glamour and decadence. Expect a night no other, filled with plenty of surprises! End of the World Party Saturday 31st December Proud Ballroom, 83 St Georges Rd, Brighton 8:00pm Prices: TBC 01273 605789


With The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedral Choir Festive cheer is on its way to Chichester with an enchanting annual event offering carols, music and seasonal readings. The Christmas Concerts have been a fixture in the city’s calendar for almost five decades, with local musicians leading a night of yuletide songs and music. 5th – 10th December Chichester Festival Theatre 7.30pm. Tickets £13 - £23 01243 781312

Christmas and New Year in Sussex

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Minerva Theatres Oaklands Park, Chichester, 5th - 10th December 7.45 pm Tickets 01243 781312 or online at

An evening with Rick Wakeman Rick Wakeman has endeared himself to many performance genres, having released over 150 records, 50 DVDs, 25 film soundtracks, appeared in numerous television programmes and performed more than 4,000 live concerts. He is equally at home on any stage, with any band, orchestra, chamber group, or just his piano. An Evening with Rick Wakeman December 10th 2011 Assembly Hall, Worthing Box Office: 01903 206206


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a n a c HOLIDAY ON ICE i p o r T O

n Friday 13th January 2012, The Brighton Centre will be playing host to the UK premiere of Tropicana – The Passion


Tour, a brand new show from Holiday on Ice and one that you will certainly not want to miss! Created and choreographed by former Olympic champion, Robin Cousins MBE, TROPICANA takes you on a journey that celebrates love, life, music and dance in one of the most thrilling ice spectaculars you will ever have set your eyes on. Robin Cousins’ love of skating and desire for artistic excellence has given us some of the most unforgettable performances ever

There’s passion and power in the songs and that’s what I’ve

seen on ice. In Tropicana, Robin invites you to share his dance and

always tried to convey in the shows I create, so I am absolutely

musical inspirations - from the high octane rock ‘n’ roll of fifties

delighted to have been given the opportunity to showcase this

America to a smouldering bolero and the steamy Latin rhythms of a

wonderful music in TROPICANA and hope this will add a new

tropical night club – brought to life by a cast of over 40 world class

dimension to the audience’s enjoyment of these great songs.”


For the first time in Holiday on Ice’s history, Tropicana employs a

As well as offering an original musical score, Tropicana features

giant, state-of-the-art LED screen as the backdrop to the show,

interpretations of some of the best loved songs from world-

enhancing the action on the ice with a thrilling light show that

renowned songwriter Barry Manilow including ‘I Can’t Smile

incorporates additional footage of the skaters.

Without You’, the iconic ‘Mandy’ and the one and only ‘Copacabana’. Robin comments: “A few years ago I was working with Barry

Tropicana will be delighting audiences in Brighton from Friday 13th

Manilow on a TV Special and I found his music works just as great

– Sunday 29th January 2012. Get your tickets now at

skating should. It flows beautifully and soars in all the right places. or call the box office on 0844 8471538.



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The tree For many Christmas would be unthinkable without a tree. Dark and green with the scent of pine, it brings joy to young and old and hope for the future. For many homes the tree will be the centre of the family Christmas.

Wilderness Wood at Hadlow Down

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❅ “Christmas trees did not become popular in England until the 1840’s when Queen Victoria asked Prince Albert to decorate a tree for their children”


he Christmas tree has its dramas. Is it too large? Maybe it’s too small. Where is the fairy doll and the box of baubles? Damn it, the lights are not working and they were new last year. But of course in the end, the tree will be finished, decorated with glittering ornaments, lights, and topped with a star which, in our case, is held up high by a fairy doll. She has blue eyes, is over fifty years old and still looks good. From time to time my wife Beth will make her a new dress. At the bottom of the tree there will be the presents, parcels to be opened on Christmas day when children, and some adults, will try to guess what they have been given from the shape of the parcel. It’s not easy to wrap a scooter! The end of the year has been celebrated for centuries. The early Vikings marked the season with the lighting of great Yule logs to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness and the rebirth of the sun. The winter solstice is the darkest time of the year but the Vikings knew, as we do, that after the solstice each day would bring a little more light and the sun would grow warmer day by day. Yule logs in pre-Christian times were very important especially during the darkest days of the year when their burning gave essential warmth and would lift the spirit, a promise of better times. Evergreens, too, were a sign of life, when other trees were bare and brown and even the sun was dying, evergreens that bore berries, holly, ivy, mistletoe and laurel, were venerated. And what, I wonder, did the Ancients make of the Christmas Rose that miraculously flowers in the deep mid-winter? The Romans, a superstitious lot at the best of times, decked their halls with evergreens and nailed boughs of laurel to their door posts, laurel being a symbol of victory in the Roman world. Martin Luther has been credited with the creation of the Christmas tree. It is said that he was so moved by the sight of stars shining 72

Johnny Woodord sells trees from his cabin in Ovingdean

Tim Parker discovers some of the best places in Sussex to find that special Christmas tree through fir trees on a winter’s night that he tried to reproduce the scene for his children by decking a fir tree with candles. Alas, for most of us living in towns and cities, light pollution is such that we rarely have the opportunity of seeing the heavens in all their glory. Christmas trees did not become popular in England until the 1840’s when Queen Victoria asked Prince Albert to decorate a tree for their children. Now Christmas trees are everywhere in towns, cities and villages. And in London’s Trafalgar Square there is always a great tree presented by the people of Norway. So, what about your tree? Who are you going to buy your tree from this year and what kind of tree are you going to choose? Well I have done some research both on your behalf and mine. First you need to decide what type of fir you want. It depends of course on what shape of fir you find most attractive but the following species are highly recommended: Noble Fir, Nordman Fir, Norway Spruce, and Frasers Fir. However, the most important consideration is to make sure your tree is freshly cut. Some trees are sold in pots; a nice idea but not always successful.


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As to where you can find your perfect tree, well there are three retailers and growers that I can recommend, two in Brighton and one in Balcome. I would be happy with a tree purchased from any one of these specialists. Their prices are competitive and, crucially, the quality of their trees excellent and they are from Sussex First there is Johnny Woodford, a remarkable and interesting man who in addition to his Christmas tree business is a well known wood sculptor. He grows his own trees twelve miles north of Brighton but sells them from his cabin in Ovingdean. Turn north at St Dunstans on the Brighton seafront road and his cabin is the first building on the right. He will be open for business from 1st December and cuts his trees according to demand so you can be sure of new stock. Telephone 0777 0758393. My next choice is Jonny Anstead of the Hannover ChristmasTree Company. They sell locally grown trees of good quality and have a very good reputation. They also offer an excellent service: they sell the majority of their trees by email and offer a delivery service in the Brighton, Hove and Lewes areas. Additionally, they will collect your used tree after Twelfth Night, a real bonus. At weekends Hannover Christmas Trees can be found at the Hanover Community Centre. Telephone 01273 672439, email My third choice is another Sussex enterprise, Wilderness Wood at Hadlow Down, East Sussex. It is, of course quite a drive from Brighton but is well worth a visit. It’s a great place to explore: sixty acres of beautiful woodland set on the Sussex High Weald. Wilderness Wood is a family run enterprise with a fantastic collection of trees and it is one of those rare places where you can choose your own tree while it is still growing in the ground. From 1st December Wilderness Wood throws a Christmas festival. It’s magical and there is more to see and do than I can describe in this article. Maybe I will see you there. Telephone 01825830509, email: Christmas, a time of trees and Christmas tales. I’ll end by telling you a true Christmas story. When I was eight the proper candles we had always used on our Christmas tree were, much to my disgust, replaced by a chain of electric bulbs, My father couldn’t get them to work so he told me to climb a step ladder of some nine feet to check the various bulbs. Near the top of the tree I replaced a green bulb. There was a bang and a crash and I landed in a heap on the floor. My father had forgotten to turn off the electricity. He picked me up, shook me, and cried “Don’t tell your mother.” A very Happy Christmas to you all!

Sculptor Johnny Woodford at work

Some of his magical creations

Johnny Woodford’s cabin is like a winter wonderland


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Kosta Boda Glasswear

Dreams Idol Sculpture: £265.00

2 Nile Pavilions, Nile Street, The Lanes, Brighton BN1 1HW Telephone: 01273 776 070 email:

Amazonas Turquoise Sculpture: £1,355.00

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Saraband Small vase: £270.00

Mirage small vase: £235.00

Schamen Clear Sculpture: £275.00

Bubble Bird Sculpture: £1,205.00

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J’Adore Ronnie Wood

Local artists and invited guests joined Karen and John Menetrier at J’Adore Art in Nile street, Brighton, for the launch of a special Owner of J’Adore Art, John Menetrier with Jennifer Wells from The University of Brighton

collection of works, created and signed by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood. Ronnie picked up a paintbrush long before he

Roland Hobden

picked up a guitar, and has had a love affair with the canvas for five decades. The collection captures the dynamism and charisma of the Rolling Stones on stage. Pictures Graham Franks Ruby Dinsmore Brighton Artist Julie Anne Gilburt

Jazz singer Jenny Dee

A Ronnie Wood cake carefully held by waitress Paulina

Josh Little and Ruby Dinsmore

Jennifer Wells from The University of Brighton with Christopher Wells

Artist and actor Chris Ellison


Owners of J’Adore Art Karen and John Menetrier by Ronnie Wood’s “Got Me Rockin”

Tall Paul


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Help make a childs Christmas Brighter with Northwood’s Toy Appeal. Help make a child’s Christmas brighter with Northwood’s Toy Appeal

our Christmas appeal is hoping to provide 250 children aged 4 to 16 in foster care with presents to open on Christmas day. Children in care are one of the most vulnerable groups in society. We hope this appeal will help to raise the profile of children in care Our appeal is hopingthey to provide andChristmas the various challenges face as250 well children aged 4 to 16 inspecial foster care with on presents as giving something to open toChristmas open on Christmas day. Children in care are day.

one of the most vulnerable groups in society. We hope appeal help to raise the profile of The this criteria forwillthese toys children in care and the various challenges they and gifts include: face as well as giving something open on All gifts must be new, secondspecial hand to items Christmas day. are not suitable. gifts should also be

unwrapped sothese each toys itemand cangifts be carefully The criteria for include: selected forbe the children young All gifts must new; secondand hand items are not peopleGifts whoshould will receive them. suitable. also be unwrapped so each item can be carefully selected for the children and Herepeople are some young whoideas: will receive them. • educational toys and craft kits, crayons/pens etc Here are some ideas: • board games and jigsaws • Educational toys and craft kits, • Current books and annuals crayons/pens etc • Pretty clothing/hats & scarfs • Board games and jigsaws • Any popular toys currently in • Current books and annuals • Pretty clothing/hats and scarfs

demand. e.g Lego, hello Kitty • Suitable DvD’s or CD’s that are in demand • Sports kit, footballs, rugby balls etc

and 9.30–1.30pm Saturday.

What about money? • Anywill popular toystocurrently in demand, Cash be used buy additional gifts and e.g Lego, Hello Kitty gift vouchers as required and gives the • Suitable or CDs that are demand appeal theDVDs flexibility to make upina shortfall • gifts Sports rugby etcwhere of forkit,a footballs, particular ageballs range necessary. What about money? Cash will be used to buy additional gifts and gift

What happens to the Toys vouchers as required and givesand the Gifts? appeal the they will be distributed to families in the flexibility to make up a shortfall of gifts for a week leading to Christmas Day. particular age up range where necessary. Please giftstointhe by the 2011 What drop happens toys17th andDecember gifts? They will be distributed to families in the

The off point in Northwood weekdrop leading up to Christmas Day. Office: 53a Western Road, Hove, BN3 1JD. Please drop gifts in by the 17th December 2011 For all monetary donations please visit The drop-off point in Northwood Office: 53a Western Road, Hove, BN3 1JD. brighton and follow the links For all monetary donations please visit Office opening hours are: brighton and follow the links. 9.30am–5.30pm Monday to Friday Office opening hours: 9.30am–5.30pm Monday to Friday

Northwood will doNate £100 for each New property takeN oN before 20th december 2011!



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telephone: 01273 715 890 email: 53a western road, hove, brighton, bN3 1Jd

DeCeMber 2011

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ABSOLUTE BUSINESS The Grand in all its glory

TOP SERVICE The De Vere Grand Hotel in Brighton has a colourful 150-year history. General Manager Andrew Mosley tells Absolute Brighton about his passion for the famous hotel, its connections with the local community and his hopes for the future Andrew, the role that you have as the manager of The Grand Hotel

We’re hosting party nights right the way up to Christmas; three courses

Brighton, is the envy and intrigue of many people. Please tell us about

and coffee, novelties and a disco in our beautiful Kings Restaurant is from

your day to day running of this magnificent hotel:

just £29.95.

Inevitably no two days are ever the same, but my key focus is customer

Then there is Christmas Day lunch itself! This time served in our newly

interaction - both from a new business (sales) perspective and with guests

refurbished Empress Suite. Plus for the first time, we’re open to non-

in house. I also work closely with my operational team to ensure the

residential guests for our amazing Boxing Day night gala dinner dance.

highest standards are maintained at all times. Plus of course, there are the finances to keep an eye on! Were you familiar with Brighton before your role at The Grand? Yes, I used to work for De Vere and so knew The Grand then, plus I’ve lived on the south coast for some time now, so have always loved Brighton. What is your business background prior? I’ve always been a hotel manager – 18 years as a General Manager! I wanted this job since the age of 14 and I have never looked back. What have your plans been for The Grand within the city (working with

“The Kings Restaurant at The Grand is most definitely open for all, and we are keen that people realise we serve fabulous food at a very reasonable price in relaxed surroundings.”

the community)?

The Grand Brighton has a tremendous reputation across the country.

I have been working very hard with my team to ensure The Grand is as

What do you think makes it such an everlasting popular hotel?

connected to the local community as possible. It gives me a real buzz when

The Grand Hotel is one of those ‘living legends.’ Various moments in

we are chosen to host local events and we are also very proud of the

time over its 150 year history mean that most people have heard of The

work we do with a number of local charities.

Grand, whether it be because of Royal visits, party conferences, the famous

Please tells us about the newly improved restaurant at the Grand? Is it

bombing of 1984, large events or just happy family stays and holidays by

somewhere that the public can visit as oppose to only residents of the

the sea. I don’t think that will ever go away, but just in case we always work


hard to keep ourselves ‘on the map.’

The Kings Restaurant at The Grand is most definitely open for all, and we

And finally, what plans do you have for The Grand in 2012?

are keen that people realise we serve fabulous food at a very reasonable

The List is endless, but overall it’s to keep improving, get even closer to

price in relaxed surroundings. Main courses on our new a la Carte menu

the local community and help win more business and events for ourselves

start at £12.95 and there’s a great choice. We’re very proud of our newly

and for Brighton. We are very energetic and are a hungry team who care

awarded AA rosette as I think it shows we’re right up there with the best

passionately about what we do, so hopefully the only way is up!

Brighton has to offer. Our latest updated offering is Sunday lunch – back

The Grand, 97-99 King’s Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2FW

to traditional family values and hospitality. It is two courses including our

famous carving trolley, and costs just £14.95.

Please see pages 10-15, where The Grand Hotel was used as the location

What offerings is there this Christmas at The Grand?

for this month’s Absolute Brighton fashion shoot.



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“Various moments in time over its 150 year history mean that most people have heard of The Grand… I don’t think that will ever go away” Picture by Stephen Lawrence


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ABSOLUTE BUSINESS Andy Parsons Chartered Architect and

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Don’t worry about FITS,


Going green is still a great deal.

o since my last column, which mentioned solar panels we have now heard the news that the Feed In Tariff (FITS) has been drastically changed. The amount paid back through the energy companies for each unit of electricity you generate through solar panels has effectively been halved. To be honest, I’m not surprised it has happened, as you only have to look at the history of FITS in other countries to see that it was inevitable that the tariff would be reduced. It will slow down the number of solar panel installations, but the market will pick up again - panels are becoming cheaper, installation will be cheaper and energy costs are still rising. A solar installation will pay back at a rate of 5%; even under the new rates, it’s still better than money in the bank. Plus this is only the very start in terms of the government encouraging home owners to invest in energy efficiency and energy production. Next Autumn, The Green Deal arrives, the basics of which provide funds to upgrade your home to be more energy efficient. The funds are borrowed against the potential savings in energy costs, and will be placed as a charge on your property. This will probably last 25 years, and if you move the purchaser takes on the charge. Whether it will all work or not it is difficult to say but the principle of upgrading your home to massively reduce energy bills is a good one, and one we have already embraced as architects. We have a brilliant software system in place at Yelo that allows us to survey a house, enter the results into an extensive database and create a bespoke home energy masterplan. The masterplan tells you exactly how your home is performing

“Next autumn, The Green Deal arrives, the basics of which provide funds to upgrade your home to be more energy efficient” and the various measures you can carry out to improve its energy efficiency. These measures are all broken down into a very clear but detailed report indicating implementation cost, payback period, difficulty of achieving (DIY or Professional Builder) and predicted energy saving. If you’re thinking of renovating or are interested in saving energy at home please call us, you’ll find us very friendly and full of advice. We are also offering reduced rates on the home energy masterplan if you mention Absolute when you contact us. Yelo Architects, 12a Marlborough Place, Brighton BN1 1WN Tel: 01273 608444

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ABSOLUTE LAW Alan Larkin of family Law Partners In the first of our new regular monthly feature, Alan Larkin of Family Law Partners discusses the problems with the family justice system


When is family law ever out of the headlines?


rises in the adoption system and big money divorce settlements. There is never a dull moment. Behind the news stories lies the reality of grief, anger, and stress caused by the loss of a home, a relationship, and possibly contact with your children. The stakes don’t get much higher. The political and economic backdrop does not help: a slow, inflexible family court system; the Government’s determination to kill Legal Aid; a £2 billion budget cut for the Ministry of Justice. Around 18 months ago, the Government asked David Norgrove to chair an independent review panel to examine all aspects of the family justice system. The Review now recommends: • Overhauling the family justice system so that the professionals involved work together for the benefit of children and families. • Significantly reducing the time taken for cases where children may be taken into care. • Empowering families to make their own arrangements for their children when they separate with the use of the family court being a last resort. David Norgrove, in his previous life as a director for clothing at Marks & Spencer’s, was well positioned to declare the family justice system shabbily dressed, and in danger of coming apart at the seams. Agree with his recommendations or not, there are few who would challenge this view. Whilst David Norgrove was still in menswear, the Family Law Partners’ team knew that the family justice system was not fit for purpose. We focus on dispute resolution services such as mediation or the collaborative model to keep our clients out of court, although we are no strangers to that arena if necessary. We were recently recognised as one of the leading family law firms in the South by Chambers UK, a fiercely independent and respected legal directory. A headline of our

Family Law Partners are committed to delivering a solution-focused approach for clients.Their dispute resolution services help minimise both the emotional and financial cost to families. Family Law Partners are the only Sussex based family law firm ranked in the prestigious Chambers and Partners UK Directory and can help with: Divorce and separation Mediation, which can include involving your children Collaborative law Financial issues, including inheritance claims and wealth protection Post and pre nuptial agreements Civil Partnership Dissolutions Children issues Cohabitation

own, perhaps? Family Law Partners

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These are SOME of the many places where you can pick up your copy of Absolute Brighton BRIGHTON Jury’s Inn Hotel Studio 27, Queens Road Peach Software, Queens Road Parsons, Son and Basley, Queens Road Starbucks, Churchill Square Hollister, Churchill Square Republic, Churchill Square Moksha Café, 4/5 York Place, Jimmy Chop Chop, Trafalgar Street The Laines Deli, Trafalgar Street Gaff, Trafalgar Street Easy News, Trafalgar Street The Point Hairdressers, Trafalgar Street Rosalins Hair and Beauty Salon, 78 Trafalgar St Fired Earth, Prince Albert Street Gars, Prince Albert Street Mesmerist bar, 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 Office Shoes, Cranbourne Street, Reiss Clothing, East Street Toni & Guy, 68 East Street Champneys, 24 East Street Madame Geisha, East Street Jack Wills, 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 Square 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 All Bar One, 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 Terraces, Madeira Drive Wynne Baxter, 15-19 Dyke Road Blenios, Seven Dials Uden Estate Agents, Seven Dials John Hoole Estate Agents, 214 Dyke Rd Dyke Golf Club, Devil’s Dyke, Dyke Road The Clinic Chiropractors, 34 Dyke Road Avenue Albion Hotel, King’s Road Parade Brighton Centre, Kings Road Brighton Metropole, Kings Road Cavendish House, Kings Road The Grand, Kings Road The Thistle Hotel, Bartholomews Old Ship Hotel, Kings Road Holiday Inn, 137 Kings Rd, Kings Hotel, 139-141 Kings Road Marina West Hotel, 26 Oriental Place Brighton House Hotel, 52 Regency Sq Pelirocco Hotel, 10 Regency Square Hotel Una, 55 Regency Square Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road

KEMPTOWN Seaspray Hotel, 25 New Steine The Square Hotel, 4 New Steine New Steine Hotel, 12a New Steine New Madeira Hotel, Marine Parade Drakes Hotel, 44 Marine Parade Brighton Laser Clinic, Marine Parade Sun Qube 66 St George’s Road Spruce, 11 George Street Gin Gin Restaurant, 74 St James Street Forde Hairdressers, 88 St James Street Four Seasons, 3 Upper Rock Gardens Alvia Hotel, 36 Upper Rock Gardens Blanch House Hotel, Atlingworth Street

BRIGHTON MARINA Karma, Waterfront Seatle Hotel, Waterfront Rendezvous Casino David Lloyd, Marina Walk of Fame Café, Waterfront Neilson, Locksview ASDA (Petrol station) Marina Dental Care, Marina Square

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La Fourchette, 42 Church Road Tingleys, 46 Church Road Callaways Estate Agents, 59 Church Rd Fabulous Floors, 67 Church Road Harry’s, Church Road Alpha Contracts, 51–53 Church Road Havana Spoon, 70-72 Church Road Mishon Welton Estates, 94 Church Rd Waves, 99 Church Road Property Moves, 109 Church Road Hove Family Dental Practice, 11 New Church Road Misty’s, 116 Church Road Coffee Republic, 57 Church Road Mishon Mackay, 170 Church Road Clinic Nine, 212 Church Road Lansdowne Place Hotel, Lansdowne Pl Arscotts, 54 Lansdowne Place Caffé Nero, The Drive Starbucks, Western Road Brighton White, 2 Hampton Place Design Interiors, 56 Western Road Beauty Secrets, 65 Western Road Hove Kitchen, Western Road Caffe Nero, 208 Western Road Coffee Republic, 55 Western Road Spektra Hairdressing, 69 Western Road, Tipaza, 104 Western Road Intoto Kitchens, 119/120 Western Road Nail Studio, 1 Brunswick Rd Brunswick Pub, Brunswick Road GK UNA hair salon, 19 Upper Market St Tin Drum, Second Ave Le Lion D’or, George Street The Hair and Nail Loft, George Street Diamond Nails, George Street Murray Media, 1 Blatchington Road Babylon Lounge, Western Esplanade The Lawns Café, Hove Lawns, Kingsway Hove Practice, 28 Wilbury Road Gym and Tonic, 42 Queen Victoria Road

PORTSLADE Tooth Smart, 137 Portland Road, Hove Heart FM, Franklin Road, Portslade Rivervale cars (Mazda), Victoria Rd Caffyns Volvo, Victoria Road, Portslade Hair and Beauty Lounge, Portland Road Westbourne Motors, 270 Portland Road

SHOREHAM/LANCING SOUTHWICK Frosts Cars, Brighton Road, Shoreham Glam, 14a High Street, Shoreham Stephanie Reed, 80 High Street Crown and Anchor, High St, Shoreham Identity Hair Salon, High St, Shoreham Showtec, High St, Shoreham The Smile Studio, East St, Shoreham Hair and Nail lounge, 30 East Street, Crop Shop, 7 St Mary’s Road, Shoreham The Holmbush shopping centre Shoreham Airport

Style and Silver, Bank House, Southwick Square

WORTHING Bryce’s Seafood, The Steine The Fish Factory, Brighton Sofa, Marine Parade Casa Ciro, Marine Parade Richard John Hair, 2 - 4 Royal Arcade Splash FM, Guildbourne Centre Shaun Slater Gould, Ann Street Liming Restaurant, 13/15 New Street Food Restaurant, New Street Euphoric. 17 Chandos Road Burlington Hotel, Marine Parade (Gio’s) Tangerine Bar, Marine Parade Caffyns Plc, Goring Rd, Goring Montage, 29 Brighton Road

BURGESS HILL Porsche Mid-Sussex, York Road Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road

LEWES Lewes District Council, Southover Rd Chalk Gallery, 4 North Street Lewes Estates, High Street The Crown Inn, 191 High Street Seasons Of Lewes, 199 High Street Artisan, 197 High Street Cubitt & West, 209 High Street Wycherley Estate Agents, 56 High Street Cheese Please, 46 High Street Bone, 36 High Street White Hart Hotel, High Street Pelham House Hotel, High Street Wynne Baxter, 221 High Street Shelleys Hotel, High Street Dome Hairdressing, High Street Laportes, 1 Lansdowne Place Esquire, 3 Lansdowne Place Equilibrium Health Centre, 16 Station St Avant Garde, 28 High Street Oyster lingerie, 5 North Court Dorset pub, 22 Malling St

OTHER AREAS Harwoods, London Road, Pulborough Polka Dot, Hurstpierpoint South Lodge Hotel, Lower Beeding The Royal Oak, Poynings Tottington Manor, Edburton, Henfield Richwards Estate Agents, Henfield White Mischief Weddings, Henfield Ripples Bathrooms, Keymer Rd, Hassocks Shepherd and Dog, Fulking White Horse Hotel, Rottingdean Angels n’ Saints, Rottingdean Buxted Park, Uckfield Baloos, Woodmancote The Ginger Fox, Woodmancote Cowdray Park, Cowdray, Midhurst Cherrywood Events, Stanmer House



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Brighton Centre 13–29 January 2012

Box office: 0844 847 1538

From classic colonial to new cool. A gastro brasserie, bar and late night lounge in the heart of Hove. With a superb French chef and new menu, Havana Spoon builds on the Havana brand with a glamorous modern twist.

Christmas menu now available in the restaurant and online.

70-72 Church Road, Hove BN3 2FD Reservations 01273 651651

Absolute Brighton December 2011  

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