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ISSUE 78 . JULY 2011

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CONTENTS

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July 2011 . Issue 78

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ABSOLUTE REGULARS 9 Editor’s Letter 10 Summer Cool Sophisticated new trends 16 Fashion Column Absolute fashionista Natalie Wileman 19 Bohemian Rhapsody The boho look 20 Absolute Faces and Places 19 Preppy Guy Ties and blazers are definitely chic! 23 Albion News 24 Absolute Socialite Diary Peter Jarrette shares a page from his busy schedule 24 What’s going on... Thoughts and observations on recent news events by Mo Hunter-Shine 25 Celebrity Spotlight 26 Joyous July Five things to cheer you this month 56 The Age of Steam Tim Parker on what the railways did for Haywards Heath, and the Bluebell Railway 58 Absolute News 60 Shoreham Airshow What’s in store this year 62 Absolute Whats On 63 Absolute Art 64 Absolute Business 71 What’s Appening The best apps for Sussex 73 Absolute Property 74 Absolute Distribution Points ABSOLUTE INTERIORS 28 Water Baby There’s plenty of choice for your perfect swimming pool 30 Flower Power Beautiful floral accessories for the garden 32 Hit new Heights fabulous new TVs from Loewe 35 Sight and Sound Bose from Norman Hobbs

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ABSOLUTE HEALTH AND BEAUTY 36 Absolute Hair with Mark Woolley 40 Absolute Dental Column 41 Absolute Life Coaching 42 Nature’s Way Sheryl Waters with some homeopathic treatments for allergies 45 Absolute Make-Up Column Celebrity make-up artist Jeni Dodson with the natural approach to make-up 46 Colour Block it! Beautiful bold colours are the latest look ABSOLUTE FOOD AND DRINK 48 Listings The best restaurants in Sussex 50 Fillet Steak and Chips Enjoy fine dining with a flutter at Rendezvous Casino’s Upper Deck restaurant 52 Viva España Tasty tapas recipes

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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Director / Editor: Verity Craig

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Features / Design: Maureen Hunter-Shine

Advertising Manager: Rishma Patel

Sales Executive: David Hall

July is always a busy month in our bustling city, and this one has been no exception with many launches and celebrations taking place, including our own. Now in our 7th year, we are proud to launch The Absolute Brighton App this month. As with our TV website launched 3 years ago (www.absolutebrighton.tv), we are continually making sure that we keep our finger on the pulse as

Accounts: Chris Pugh

closely as possible, with what is in demand from you our readers and customers. We understand that readers want access to peruse Absolute Brighton from anywhere in the world 24/7, and likewise our loyal customers want the same rewards with advertisements being viewed in the same way. We hope you enjoy our free App (and also look forward to any feedback from you.) (Page 72) As I mentioned above, this month has also seen several exciting events and launches. The 2011

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Sussex Business Awards was one such occasion. Held at the wonderful Pub Du Vin in Brighton, the launch gave sponsors and potential entrees a sneak preview of what this year’s award ceremony will entail at The Grand Hotel in December. As proud sponsors of The Outstanding Brightonian Award for the BAHBAs arm of the Sussex Business Awards, it was great for us to catch up with familiar and new faces alike from some of the thriving businesses of Sussex. In this issue, the lady at the helm of the

Managing Director: Paul Craig

Sussex Business Awards, Caraline Brown (of Midnight communications), shares with our readers her plans and new introductions to this year’s event. (Page 64) Continuing to keep business at the helm, Brighton and Hove was also treated to the launch of

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its exclusive business club The Platinum Club. As the proud media partner to this exciting new networking fellowship, we were pleased to meet up with the organisers, Paula Seabourne-Pearson

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and Maarten Hoffmann (of Jenerator Creative), and ask them what is key to their new elite business

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The other big event to launch this month was of course the completion of work at The Amex Stadium for our Brighton & Hove football team, The Albion. After 14 years of planning and anticipation, it has been an emotional and thrilling time for many to witness that the stadium is finally complete and a game can now be played there (July 16th) for the very first time; and none more so than Albion Chief Executive Martin Perry. In his column this month, Martin tells us how this tremendous event of unveiling the new Amex stadium to some of the invited public has been, and how it felt to be handed over the stadium officially complete by its contractors. (Page 23) See you next month! ABSOLUTE

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Man: Paul Smith fuscia pink suit from Profile £595; Hugo Boss black shoes from Profile £199 Woman: Orange and purple dress from Profile by Diane von Furstenberg £529; Shoes models own; earrings from Accessorize £12; Black sequined evening bag from Tramp £10

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Man: Beige linen trousers by Nicole Farhi from Mottoo £139; Beige linen waistcoat by Nicole Farhi from Mottoo £129; Salmon linen shirt by Nicole Farhi from Mottoo £109; Tan boots from Gresham Blake £240; Woman: Red and black patterned dress by Nicole Farhi from Mottoo £395; Brown belt from Topshop £18; White gloves from Tramp £10; Shoes models own; Gold Chain necklace from Tramp £13; Brown bag with gold chain from Tramp £30; Earrings from Accessorize £12; Pink flower clip from Accessorize £8 ABSOLUTE

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Man: Black Suit with Red collar from Gresham Blake £420; Hugo Boss black shoes from Profile £199; Woman: Red sleeved dress with black lace detail from Walk in Wardrobe £115; Bag stylists own; Shoes models own; Pearl jewelled belt from Tramp (worn as necklace) £35

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Ripped Jeans by Dolce & Gabbana from Profile £549; Beige T-Shirt by Dolce & Gabbana from Profile £109.95; Grey Linen Jacket by Gresham Blake £350; Gucci baseball cap from Profile £129; Tan Boots from Gresham Blake £240; Sunglasses by Ray Ban £110

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ABSOLUTE FASHION Lace Dress from Hope and Harlequin £180; Linen Jacket from Tramp £80; Snake skin heels from Tramp £68; Bag from Miss Selfridge £25; Sunglasses stylists own; Necklace stylists own; Flower corsage broach from accessorize £8

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Man: Ripped Jeans by Dolce & Gabbana from Profile £549; Tan Boots from Gresham Blake £240; White linen shirt by Nicole Farhi from Mottoo £105; Trench coat by Nicole Farhi from Mottoo £225; Woman: Lace Dress from Hope and Harlequin £180; Trench coat by Gucci from Profile £1409; Shoes models own; Pearls from accessorize £8; Gold alice-band from accessorize £3;

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Bob Chen www.bobchenphoto.com STYLIST: Terrina Steel ASSISTANT STYLIST: Niomi Smart MAKE UP ARTIST: Claire Pimbley Www.clairepimbley.com Using MAC products MODELS: Male: Sky Bliss from RMG Models www.rmg-models.com Female: Sadie from Fresh Agents www.freshagents.co.uk STOCKISTS: TRAMP VINTAGE BOUTIQUE, 22 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4EQ, Tel: 01273 687968 MOTTOO, 12 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AH, Tel: 01273 326663 GRESHAM BLAKE, 20 Bond Street, Brighton BN1 1RD, Tel: 01273 609587 HOPE & HARLEQUIN 31 Sydney Street, North Laines, Brighton 01273 675222 PROFILE 27 Dukes Lane Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1BG 01273 733086 LOCATION: HAVANA SPOON Absolute Brighton Magazine would like to thank all the staff at Havana Spoon for their kind hospitality and help during the shoot. www.havanaspoon.com ABSOLUTE

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MORE THAN JUST PRADA A fashionista’s summer break

P Stylist and designer Natalie Wileman shows how you can prepare for your summer holiday, looking stylish and feeling great

rada aren’t the only ones going bananas this

all ages. Just add a floppy straw hat and a slick of red

season! As the weather yo-yos between

lippy and you are pool side ready!

seasons daily in Brighton, I dream of sunnier

City retreat:

climes and, in particular, what to wear in

Personally, I’m more a fan of soaking up the local

unfamiliar hot weather. Not a fan of the shorts

culture than the local sunshine. My dream holiday

and bikini top look, I believe this is one leisure time

destination is Paris. Not very exotic but perfect for

where most need inspiration. To avoid the ‘Brit

people watching, culture, and of course, dressing

abroad’ look, here’s my guide to holiday etiquette:

up! I Gigi has the perfect capsule collection of easy

Beauty:

to wear pieces, that can be dressed up or down, in

Holidays are about relaxing. A little forward beauty

light linens, soft cottons and luxurious silks. Add a

planning will ensure you can switch off and still look

directional pair of sunglasses, like this season’s Prada

gorgeous having reached your destination. I always

for extra statement. Specs, in the Laines holds a

visit the Usual Suspects in Hove. This one stop

fantastic collection of interesting frames.

shop means I can get my hair cut into something

Festivals:

easy to manage by one of their talented team,

If your holiday this year is to be held at a festival

before heading downstairs to see Zena McCarthy,

or two this doesn’t mean you should go without

resident beautician and make up artist, who will take

the exciting preparations. This is the perfect excuse

care of all my waxing needs, as well as tinting my

to invest in a pair of wellies. The celebrity choice is

eyelashes, which means I can safely avoid ‘panda eyes’

Hunters, and even Jimmy Choo has put their name

while floating around on my lilo in the Med. Perfect!

to them, so imagine this fashionista as she stumbled

Then it’s a quick head over to The Lanes, for a Garra

into a hunting shop, Aston Bourne in East Street,

Rufa fish pedi at Asase Spa. This is the newest craze,

in sequin stilettos and vintage fur to purchase my

where tiny fishes will nibble my toes into perfection.

pair. I expected them to laugh me out of the shop,

Boys take note, all the above have men’s treatments

but they were very friendly and, despite their

also, and we girls would love to see neat feet in your

rainbow colours of choice, I left with a classic green

summer sandals this year!

pair at a competitive price, proving shopping local is

Beach holiday:

always best!

Wherever you are headed on your beach holiday

Bon voyage! x

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needing a bikini! As you know I love a bit of vintage

As ever, don’t forget to check out my

styling and so this cherry print bikini from Dolly

facebook and Twitter pages for up to the

Dagger (below) is the perfect choice. It will work for

minute news of what’s hot in the city!

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The Glee effect

MyTuxedo sees rise in sales from choirs opular show Glee has made joining choirs

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enjoy singing but they don’t want to trawl the

for men trendy!

high street for the right mix of styles and sizes.

MyTuxedo.co.uk, an online formalwear retailer

Being able to order online and getting the

for men, has seen a sharp rise of 300% in

delivery in 24 hours is much less stressful!”

orders coming from men in singing groups and

MyTuxedo makes it easy to make multiple

choirs in the past year.

orders and a nifty little sizing chart gives

MyTuxedo.co.uk specialises in formalwear and

customers confidence that what they’ve

offers a vast range of products such as tuxedos,

ordered will fit. If you’re buying for a whole

morning suits, waistcoats, cravats, dress shirts as

choir or group, this can be a life saver.

well as accessories including cufflinks, top hats

To help choirs in the tough economic climate

and cummerbunds. The retailer has particularly

MyTuxedo is offering a 20% discount for group

seen a great deal of interest in two piece

orders (Terms and conditions apply). If choirs

tuxedos, matching bow ties and waistcoats.

want to make regular orders, MyTuxedo also

Tim Grimaldi, Director at MyTuxedo.co.uk

has a new corporate client service where

comments: “Glee has made it acceptable for

regular discounts are offered and for added

guys to croon. Choirs used to be seen as

convenience an online corporate account and

geeky but that’s all changed. Women love the

login is provided.

Glee guys and the ‘tuxed up’ look so men are rushing to make the most of it.

For more information visit

“The trend is great for business. Guys may

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Bohemian

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Fringed Denim Jacket Unique cropped sand denim jacket with all over fringe back and arm detail. www.topshop.com £120

Gold Slippers These beautiful gold summer pumps have reversible sequins, and are great for all round comfort day or night. www.femme-enfant.com £30

Gold Belly Belt This dazzling gold belly-dancing belt will make hips swing even more at parties this summer! www.femme-enfant.com £60

Aviator Sunglasses Go back to the 70s with Ray-Ban’s Jimmy Choo Cashmere Boots original vintage aviator sunglasses. With cashmere Donegal cable knit detailing, www.sunglasseshut.co.uk antique nickel studs and a lambsuede fringe, these £120 boots are certain to turn heads. www.jimmychoo.com £395

Lace Bando This wide lace flower bando features faux pearl detail and is in white. www.accessorize.co.uk £6

Cork Platform These sandals feature genuine leather broad straps with wrap around buckled ankle straps and open toe. The chunky cork platform and heel with metallic stud embellishment make the perfect boho 70s statement. www.newlook.com £29.99

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Paradise Maxi dress This stylish all-over print maxi dress has smock detailing and a halter-neck fastening option. www.monsoon.co.uk Monsoon, 38-42 East Street, Brighton. £65 Flared Jean No 70s inspired wardrobe would be complete without flares! These stretch denim bleached and distressed mid rise flared jean by Karen Millen feature branded metalwork and a cut that flatters all shapes. www.karenmillen.com Karen Millen, Nile St, Brighton. £105

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Basket Beach Bag This Kerela embellished basket bag is beautifully decorated with tassels and a metallic shoulder strap. Designed for hot days on the beach! www.accessorize.co.uk £55

Pondicherry Skirt This easy-wear white lace detailed maxi skirt is the original in bohemian babe style gone chic! www.monsoon.co.uk Monsoon, 38-42 East Street, Brighton. £45

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FACES & PLACES Hilary Wiltshire and Sally Bidwell

Dead Man’s GRIP! Guests gathered at Shoreham Harbour for the launch of local author Peter James’s latest book in the Roy Grace series, Dead Mans Grip. As onlookers gathered outside, a dramatic

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and unexpected scene unfolded before their

Guests watch as a van is pulled out of the harbour, and a hooded body is removed

eyes as if taken from one of the bestseller’s books. A white transit van was hauled out of the water and placed on the ground in front of the crowd by a large crane, then as a passenger was dramatically carried out of it by stretcher, it was revealed to be the author himself who leapt upon his feet and revealed himself in a black tie (true 007 style). Murder, Steven Feline, Yvonne Wade, Helen Shenston and Janet Hamilton-Bradbury

mystery... and a touch of magic. A dramatic launch event in Sussex not to be forgotten.

Ablsoute fashion writer Natalie Wileman

Photographs Richard Bidwell

Author Peter James emerges triumphant! Tony Omotoso and Karen Bidwell Sandy Mansell, Carly Read and June King

Turid Weingartz and Melis Dagoglu

Judith and Martin Richards, Chief Constable of Sussex Police

Tracey and Stephen Curry

Kate and Dr. Nick Vaughan

Jordan Wyatt, Ryan Baker, Keith Wadey and Chris Lawrence – all from the stunt team

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Preppy Guy Ralph Lauren’s take on the preppy look

It’s all about blazers, shirts, checks and ties this season for men. Twinned with jeans or shorts, this style is chic, chic, chic… and oozes style Abercrombie & Fitch shirt This Hunters Pass shirt features button-down collar and moose embroidery on left pocket, and is available in various pink shades and patterns. www.abercrombie.co.uk £94 Hackett Cricket Jumper This Hackett cricket knit v-neck jumper is finely woven in quality cotton. Classically styled, the Hackett cable cricket jumper is expertly woven from finest quality natural materials. www.hackett.com £100

Striped tie Pink and white striped tie made of 100% silk (available in other colours). www.zara.com Zara, Churchill Square Shopping Mall, Brighton. £19.99

Regular slim fit jeans Straight leg jeans by Diesel featuring a dark vintage wash with whiskering. Designed with contrast stitching at the seams and back pockets, a button fly and five pockets. www.diesel.com £160

Navy waistcoat with watch chain Navy five button suit waistcoat with detachable watch chain and removable chest hankerchief. www.topman.com Topshop, Western Road, Brighton. £35

Messenger bag Who says handbags are only for the ladies? ‘Manbags’ are now all the rage, and this soft leather one by Armani is the perfect statement whether going to a meeting or simply on the beach this summer! www.emporioarmani.com £429

Linen blazer Stone linen blazer by Zara, with double buttons and pockets. www.zara.com Zara, Churchill Square Shopping Mall, Brighton. £89.99

Panama hat Olney Sienna Brisa panama hat, white with colour trim silk ribbon. www.johnlewis.com £50

Armani Derby shoes These calfskin leather white lace up shoes, will jump right out with any preppy outfit. www.emporioarmani.com £229

Spot patterned braces Adjustable black and white spot patterned braces, 100% silk. www.johnlewis.com £16

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ABSOLUTE CHARITY RIDE

NIGHT RIDERS No crowds, no queues, hardly any traffic. Just you and a couple of hundred other cyclists bowling through the night from London to Brighton

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n Friday 2nd September Martlets hospice is organising a sponsored night bike ride, where cyclists are invited to enter their Friday Night Ride to the Coast. It’s a chance to cycle the famous London to Brighton ride; but this time you’ll be leaving London at midnight. Hundreds of cyclists will cycle through the streets of London before rolling along leafy empty lanes, stopping halfway for coffee and cake and arriving on Brighton seafront in time for breakfast. The ride costs £15 to enter and all cyclists are asked to raise money for the Martlets Hospice in Hove. The charity say that the ride is open to everyone. All you need is a roadworthy bike with working brakes and good-quality lights. And they recommend you wear a helmet throughout. Your £15 entry fee includes a T-shirt, refreshments at the halfway stage and a medal.

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Robert Griffiths of the Martlets Hospice said “This is a ride for cyclists with a taste for adventure – we wanted to offer something a little bit different to our supporters so we came up with the idea of a night time ride. Last year’s event raised over £50,000 for patient care at the Hospice..” Fleur Hewitt, a rider from last year’s event said: “I wanted to thank you for arranging the night cycle, which although tough at times, made me feel over the moon. My boyfriend and I have raised about £1,700 and I feel privileged to be able to contribute to the success of the event and to help the Martlets.” For more details about the ride email the event organiser simon.legg@themartletshospice.co.uk or call the Fundraising Team on 01273 747455. To enter the event visit www.themartlets.org.uk or call the Fundraising Team for an entry form.

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ALBION UPDATE

Home at last... and not just football on the horizon

Fred Tobin serves up Sussex fare to Clive Beddall OBE at the Amex

Martin Perry, Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, continues his update for Absolute Brighton readers on the latest developments at the Amex Community Stadium

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e have now moved into our new home at the Amex Stadium as the furniture fittings and equipment are being put into place. Our building contractor Buckingham completed the handover on time and the stadium is looking fantastic. The seats are in, the lounges are taking shape, giant TV screens are being installed, and everything is on course to host Championship football this August. The first match to be held at the stadium will be the Sussex Senior Cup Final on 16th July. And then as a pre-season taster, Brighton & Hove Albion kicks off at the Amex on 30th July with a prestigious friendly against Premier League Tottenham Hotspur. Tickets will be limited for both and details will be available at www.seagulls.co.uk. The new season’s fixtures commencing with a very fitting home draw against Doncaster Rovers, the team we played at the very last game at the Goldstone Ground, are also now on the website. Exciting news from our catering and hospitality department is that they have booked their first awards event at the stadium - the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2011/12 banquet, renowned as the Sussex foodie event of the year. The seven-course banquet, created from the best Sussex produce, will be

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held at the Amex on 26th January 2012, compered by Danny Pike from BBC Sussex. Our superb chef Fred Tobin and his team are thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase the excellent catering at the stadium. Tickets will be on sale throughout the year at www.sussexfoodawards.biz To celebrate the club’s move to the Amex, ‘Brighton ‘Til I Die!’, the hit play created by Paul Hodson and Dave Blake to celebrate the club’s centenary - is coming back for three nights only in July at the Theatre Royal, Brighton. It will be showing at 8.30pm on 27th July and at 6pm and 8.30pm on 28th July. Visit www.ambassadortickets.com/brighton or call 0844 871 7650.

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ABSOLUTE SOCIALITE DIARY

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

Dear diary June has been a bountiful month for creativity and events throughout the city, and for me it started off with the sweet music from the fast up-and-coming band Sweet Sweet Lies fronted by the gifted, good-looking and sartorially switched-on lead vocalist Dominic von Trapp. Dominic guest listed me and another music-loving friend to his Juice-FM showcase at The Green Door Store where we were treated to a solid night of SSL’s indie/folk/post punk sounds and support from three other strong Brighton outfits. Dominic and the boys in SSL are known for belting out their catchy numbers dressed in just as catchy waistcoats and smart trousers. All very, very fashion meets music. Perfect! Now staying on all things fashion, Brighton Fashion Week 2011(year six of the designer and retail showcase) like the fountain of youth’s beautiful foal remains young and pretty, playful and pensive, eager and able and decidedly capable of galloping confidently alongside its powerful long-legged mother of global fashion. BFW2011 founder, the energetic visionary Liz Bishop pulled out all the stops to accommodate me and my ever-growing party in the front rows of all this season’s shows. You can see highlights, and fashion’s faces at www.brightonfashionweek.co.uk Thank you Lizzy! This year’s designers straddled the design decades with ease parading retro looks and pointed to our future with cutting-edge garments and, among the many to show, Jess Eaton, Brighton’s golden lady of innovative design struck ‘Road Kill’ gold with her creative collection of animal remnant recycling by the same name. Absoulte’s very own Fashionista and style columnist, Natalie Wileman skyrocketed onto the catwalks with her own collections, Former Glory, a couture line and Coco Sailor, a ready-to-wear children’s range, both of which I was thrilled to supply the following press and promo copy for: “Former Glory sets out in a sartorial manner an homage to three of fashion’s most celebrated and iconoclastic figureheads; Gianni Versace, Alexander McQueen and the newly fallen Dior star, John Galliano. Like ‘falling’ stars that blaze celestial designer paths through the fickle fashion universe, Former Glory seeks to bathe us in the godly glitter trails of their genius with the true-to-life fashion fairytale of the often cut-throat world of cloth and class and abrupt ends to careers with ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’. Former Glory‘s benchmark of ethically-sourced, de-constructed and re-interpreted, trendforward, vintage inspired and catwalk driven one-off pieces are zeitgeist and a les must de fashion! Coco Sailor lets fashion’s next generation of style-finders sound their own individual fashion voices away from the kiddie-cloning of the UK’s high-streets, with these unique, verve-vintage, romping-retro looks from the 1960’s through to the 1980’s. With hard wearing, well constructed items Coco Sailor pieces are all eco-ethically sourced, fun, colourful, stand-out, quirky (and sometimes controversial!) designs and patterns for stylish babies, girls and boys up to 10 yrs old. The playground for fashion has been won back by our energetic and imaginative nouvelle-generation from where all creativity and flair springs forth originally. We are all born this way!” See Absolute’s Fashionista column for contact details. So now as we blaze our own trails straight into a summer of work, fun and networking look out for me and all of the city’s socially minded business brains at the next big thing, The Brighton Beer Festival 2011! www.beerfestbrighton.co.uk straight from its Singapore based successful big cousin Beer Fest Asia www.beerfestasia.com and new to the UK debuting in our own inquisitive city! Me? I’ll be getting spoiled in the VIP! PJ pj@greycellevents.com www.facebook.com/peter.jarrette www.twitter.com/Socialitepete

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

Them and us My dad was a village policeman in Bedfordshire in the 60s. Every time I see Heartbeat, it reminds me of my childhood, with my dad the handsome Nick Berry character who knew all the village residents, and was always there to help. Our house was also a one-man station, where dad used to take house calls from all the villagers with a problem, from lost animals, found animals (including one time a horse) to more serious issues. There was a great deal of mutual respect, and therefore trust. In the 70s the county centralised the force, and we moved to the town. Based at the main station, my dad was then sent to wherever he was needed, and the community spirit between the public and the police in general was lost. Today that divide has deepened, but this is not only due to the distancing of the police from the public. Policing, and the perception of the police, has changed so much, and the arrival of such great virtuous concepts and policies as Health and Safety, Human Rights and Political Correctness has not helped. These are all perfectly grand in theory and purpose, to enable us to keep safe and be treated fairly, but the police are now tied up in so much bureaucratic red tape, that it must be almost impossible to know how to handle a given situation. The public often see the police as not handling situations with enough power or, on the other hand, using excessive force. They can’t win. Prisoners have to be treated with kid gloves, and it has recently been announced that a policeman is not allowed to jump over an obstacle higher than six feet if giving chase. Let our policemen do their job! And why doesn’t the government give them the support they need? When the Conservatives came to power, they promised to do all they could to crack crime, but have instead made severe cuts to policing. Home Secretary Theresa May gave a speech at the Police Federation Conference in May to defend the cuts and was greeted with ‘silent applause’ from the delegates. Her defense was that the police were not being singled out for deeper cuts than the rest of the public sector. She seems to have missed the point, rather!

... the arrival of such great virtuous concepts and policies as Health and Safety, Human Rights and Political Correctness has not helped. I am sure my dad would be saddened by the way the police force has lost its respected position in society and how the public’s perception has been demeaned. Stylish Worthing On a recent trip to Worthing to see family, I was interested, and pleased, to see that the seafront has been receiving a bit of TLC and is looking pretty smart. At the easterly end of the promenade, there is a new seating area incorporating big rocks from the beach, and at last it appears that the hideous swimming pool is to be demolished. Recent buildings that have been erected, like the flats on the old Warnes Hotel site, are stylish and pleasing to the eye. When I lived in Worthing in the seventies, I saw some hideous building work happening, and much of the westerly end of the seafront is still blighted by brutalistic constructions, like Marks and Spencers and the bowling alley car park. Let’s hope some of the sympathetic updating of the east side will spread along the whole seafront soon.

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Celebrity

ABSOLUTE CELEBRITY

SPOTLIGHT

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

Katie’s Pink Brigade Grows Sussex residents, look out for this bright pink bubblegum Range Rover buzzing across our roads (top left). And there’s no guessing which Brighton resident owns it… our very own Katie Price. Already owning customised pink automobiles that include a pink horsebox, pink scooter and pink VW Beetle car, Ms Price is said to have had her latest vehicle sprayed in her favourite girly colour at Project Khan in Bradford, complete with personalised number plate of her new boyfriend’s name. Lets hope she doesn’t go off of pink- it could be expensive!

A Decade Of Hotness! Last month saw Jennifer Aniston awarded with the Decade Of Hotness Award at the Spike TV award ceremony in LA. Defying her age of 42 years, Ms Aniston looked more

Celebrity style secrets …

how do they do it? Gok’s Top Tips

Style guru and everyone’s ‘wannabe best friend’ Gok Wan says that his number one tip to looking great is, confidence! Yes, he says that whatever your body shape or size, the key to feeling and looking sexy is finding inner love for yourself. And how do you do that we hear you ask? Gok says “If you have big boobs get them out on show… if you’re pear shaped make your shoulders look broad.” How Lowe Does He Go? Actor Rob Lowe has revealed that his toned physique and good looks are not all from doing nothing! Having seen an unflattering picture of himself in a magazine some years ago within a feature called ‘Worst Beach Bodies,’ he decided to do something about it before it was too late. The 47-year-old says that ever since that turning point, he “hits it hard in the gym regularly, plays tennis, basketball and

stunning and more confident than ever, wearing a skimpy

regularly goes surfing.”

black dress and heels.

At last, a Hollywood star that actually admits they have to work

Having been through so much uncertainty in recent years

at looking good!

in her private life after a failed marriage and several subsequent failed relationships, the actress proved that the one consistency in her life is her slim physique (which she puts down to “running every single day!” Ouch…

No Wedding For The Prince After all? After the lavish fairytale wedding that his brother put on for the whole world to enjoy, all lips were asking ‘will Prince

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Who’s going UP and who’s going DOWN this month… UP Lily Allen has shown strength and humility through a very sad and tough 18 months, after losing two babies. Now her luck has greatly improved with her new husband Sam Cooper and their forthcoming happy event. DOWN

Harry be next with long term love interest, Chelsey Davey?’

Oh dear! Cheryl Cole is going down and down. With

However, we hear that the South African blonde was

her dismissal from X Factor on both sides of the

overheard while holidaying in Ibiza telling friends that she’s

Atlantic, she’s without a job so will probably have to

“free and single to have fun” again. Keep those hats intact

start singing again with that mediocre voice of hers.

however, as we hear it may be Princess Beatrice next…

Can’t wait... ABSOLUTE

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ABSOLUTE JULY

JOYFUL JULY

FIVE THINGS YOU SIMPLY MUST KNOW ABOUT THIS MONTH!

The stadium comes alive

The Sussex Senior Cup final will be the first match played at Brighton & Hove Albion’s new Amex Stadium. The tie, which will take place on Saturday, 16th July, comes a month before the Seagulls play their first league game at the new ground. The Sussex County Football Association member’s club voted unanimously in favour of the final being played there. The attendance will be limited to 10,000 in order for the match to fulfil safety criteria. The Seagulls will put the remaining tickets on sale, giving corporate members and season-ticket holders priority. www.seagulls.co.uk

Loewe 3D

Loewe’s debut 3D TVs arrive on the market

How does your garden grow? The Martlets has organised Open Garden days throughout the summer to raise money for the hospice. You can enjoy a secret city garden in the heart of Brighton, a restored Lutyens rose garden from the 1920s or get up close to a monkey puzzle tree. Visitor entry is by donation and garden owners often sell refreshments and plants. The remaining open days are: Saturday, July 16. Martlets Hospice Garden, Wayfield Avenue, Hove, BN3 7DL. 1pm to 5pm. The hospice garden has been transformed. The centre of the garden has been designed as a courtyard with wide paths and seating areas. Sunday, July 17. 18 Chorley Avenue, Saltdean, BN2 8AQ. 11.30am to 4pm. This is a great town garden with interest and variety. It has a beautiful bonsai shelter and raised flower beds including an array of roses. Saturday, August 13 22 Cranmer Avenue, Hove, BN3 7JQ. 11am to 5pm. This garden is inspired by the idea of edible landscaping. Last year’s Open Gardens days raised nearly £5,000.

SOUTH DOWNS WOOD FAIR Queen Elizabeth Country Park is in the heart of the new South Downs National Park, and the South Downs Wood Fair takes place in the glorious parkland at the foot of Butser Hill on 9th and 10th July. The Wood Fair showcases all aspects of wood, its production and its uses. On show is everything from large forestry machinery to small scale craftsmanship in wood. There is also a massive range of other crafts and exhibits on show,

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with plenty to interest the whole family. www.woodfairs.co.uk

Appsolute joy! Now you can read your favourite lifestyle magazine on the move! From July there will be an app available to download onto your iphone and you can view Absolute Brighton at any time, and keep up with what’s happening in Brighton and Hove, and across Sussex.

this month, and are offered in 40, 46 and 55

See page 72 for more

Inch screen sizes.

information.

They can convert 2D programmes into 3D and offer a 500GB hard disk for recording and playing back content, which can also be streamed to another Loewe TV in your home network. Available in black, white and silver. Price: £4,100 (46 inch model). www.normanhobbs.co.uk www.loewe-galerie.co.uk/chichester

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ABSOLUTE EVENTS

Lots at Festival of Speed BONHAMS UNVEILS EXCEPTIONAL 100 CAR LINE-UP FOR 19TH GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

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onhams is delighted to unveil an outstanding line-

estimates of £80,000 – 100,000 and £20,000 – 25,000.

up of sports, competition and touring cars for its

A modern highlight is the 2004 7.3-Litre Pagani Zonda

19th annual Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale, on 1st

C12 Roadster, painted in an ‘Elvis Presley Cadillac

July 2011.

Pink’, which has had only one owner from new, and is

Leading the pack is a very rare and handsome 1954

estimated to fetch £200,000 – 250,000.

Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet previously owned by

For racing aficionados, a BMC Competition

that legendary British Grand racing character, Innes

Department Transporter, which is described by

Ireland. Recently restored to concours condition, this

Bonhams as ‘an eye-catching and stylish addition to any

DB2/4 has a pre-sale estimate of £500,000 – 700,000.

historic race meeting’, has attracted a pre-sale estimate

Another major lot is a well-known, competition-winning

of £30,000 – 40,000, while boat enthusiasts will covet

1925 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix two-seater, formerly

a 1992 Hacker 28’ Runabout, which was commissioned

owned by past Bugatti Owners’ Club director and editor

by J Paul Getty as a tender to his 80-metre private

of Bugantics magazine, Mr Jack Perkins.

yacht, Talitha G, expected to fetch £35,000 – 45,000.

Expected to fetch £400,000 – 500,000, it is accompanied

In addition, Bonhams will be offering a fantastic 47-

by another beautiful Bugatti, a 1926 Type 37 Monoposto,

strong single owner collection of Heuer watches at this

estimated at £120,000 – 160,000.

sale, comprising 19 wristwatches, two pocket watches,

Other highlights include a 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2

assorted racing timers and group lots of sports

once owned by Sir Paul McCartney, expected to realise

timers, all from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Classic Heuer

£100,000 – 120,000, and two cars from the Patrick

chronographs, such as the ever popular Monaco, as well

Collection; the 1986 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale and 1990

the Autavia, Carrera , Montreal and Calculator, will go

Alfa Romeo SZ Coupe, which have attracted pre-sale

under the hammer, as will entry level collectors’ pieces.

For further information go to www.bonhams.com/goodwood

TICKET GIVEAWAY! As one of the premier family shows in the UK, this years RAFA Shoreham Airshow taking place on 20th-21st August at Shoreham Airport marks its 22nd year. Celebrating this year in style, guests will be able to enjoy firsthand the magnificent flying displays including new additions never seen before at Shoreham (see page 60). Organisers of this years show are generously giving away 3 pairs of tickets to three lucky Absolute Brighton readers. To have a chance at winning this much-in-demand prize, simply answer the following question: Shoreham Airport terminal is a Grade ll listed building. What style architecture is it famous for being? a) Victorian b) Art Deco c) Georgian

Please email your answer, name and postal address to: shorehamairshow@absolutemagazine.co.uk Closing date: 30th July 2011

Shoreham Airshow, Shoreham Airport 20th-21st August 2011 www.shorehamairshow.com

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Water Baby

ABSOLUTE INTERIORS

It’s that time of the year again when we feel hot under the collar, and all we want to do is dive in to a lovely swimming pool. This month we take a look at the best ideas for pool lovers while also looking at hot tub options for smaller garden areas

Outdoor Swimming Pools Not everybody would want to, or be able to, dig a hole and build their own outdoor swimming pool, but it may be easier than you think! Understandably, most people’s concept of an outdoor swimming pool is a fully tiled concrete pool at a horrific cost. They would be right! The cost of a basic concrete and tiled swimming pool starts from £35,000 for a 20’ x 15’ pool size and takes up to 10 weeks to build. Surprisingly, there are options available, though, that can be built within 10 days, look the same as

doing general DIY around the house; they are

multiport sand filter to suit the size of the

dug down pools with the same tiling but

famous for their ease to build.

Kafko swimming pool that you have chosen.

costs way under the cost of such pools.

The heart and lungs of a Kafko outdoor

This will ensure that it is easy for you to keep

There are such pool constructions as The

swimming pool is the filtration system. Every

your in ground swimming pool clean and safe

Kafko in ground swimming pool which is

Kafko in ground swimming pool comes with a

to use and help prolong the life of your liner.

ideally suited to the person who enjoys

high quality swimming Pool Pump and 6 way

Then all you’ll need to do is get swimming!

Hot Tubs Hot tubs make a fun and relaxing addition to any home, even if it has the smallest garden, terrace or balcony space. Popular for being great all-year-rounders, these little tubs are easily and quickly installed, have low maintenance requirements and are not expensive for what you get in return. Many now come complete with built-in lights and sound systems (and some even have built-in champagne buckets!) As well as being a luxury, hot tubs are good for helping to heal back problems and most muscular ailments. They are also great stress busters!

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Indoor Swimming Pools When planning on building an indoor swimming pool, the size and shape of it may well be determined by the space available for the pool hall. 5m x 10m is usually a minimum size for residential pools, with 6m x 12m being popular dimensions. Exercise pools with a constant depth of 1.2m x 2.5m wide are ideal for the dedicated swimmer who has a lack of space. Swimming machines are installed in them where a long pool is not practical. Specialties include hydrotherapy pools for special needs (and animal pools for therapy, training or display). Indoor pools are very popular in the UK due to the practical fact that they can be used all the year round.

Temporary Swimming Pools Above ground swimming pools are

One of the most favoured of this

designed to get you swimming quickly and

style is doughboy pools. These are

easily, so you can begin enjoying your pool

the most popular steel and resin

now instead of later. These packages are

built above ground swimming pools

surprisingly easy to build and are available

in the UK today. They are simple to

from top quality manufacturers.

build and the quality is exceptional.

Alternatively, you might like to consider the wooden pools. They are made by some of the UK’s foremost wooden swimming pool manufacturers. If purchasing one of these magnificent pools, a top tip is to always make sure the manufacturer you select uses 45mm environmentally-sourced redwood, certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council. These pools are treated with a preservative just before leaving the factory to ensure the longest life possible. Easily installed and affordable, these wooden pools are available in a range of sizes that will suit most garden spaces and make an attractive addition to a garden.

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ABSOLUTE GARDENING

Flower power in the

Garden!

Brighten up your time outside with some of these pretty fun accessories

1. Floral watering cans A trendy decorative watering can featuring Celia Birtwell’s innovative Pretty Woman print. £34.50 www.gardendivas.co.uk 2. A gorgeous country cottage style floral watering can. £6.99 www.homestansted.co.uk

3. Ceramic planters To set off your plants beautifully £29.95 - £32 www.thebalconygardener.com 4. Flower seeds £3.75 www.thebalconygardener.com 5. Ceramic bird bath £18.50 www.thebalconygardener.com 6.V&A Anemone garden tool set The anemone print is by William Morris, and this special garden tool set is offered in collaboration with the V&A Musuem. £19.95 www.wildandwolf.com 7. Spring Flowers garden hneeler £25 www.cathkidston.co.uk 8. Gardening gloves Rose Gauntlet Gloves. Beautiful long sleeved gauntlet style gardening gloves perfect for the rose lover. £29.95 www.gardendivas.co.uk Floral gardening gloves £5.75 www.thebalconygardener.com 9. Flower patterned picnic rug With a wipe clean base and folding into a carry case, this family sized picnic rug will go everywhere with you this summer... even the back garden. £31.96 www.outdoorandcountry.co.uk

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ABSOLUTE INTERIORS PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

Reach new heights at Loewe Exquisite craftsmanship is available for you to ‘test drive’

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Loewe Galerie Chichester 1 Little London PO19 1PP 01243 778050 www.loewe-galerie.co.uk/chichester

oewe Galerie Chichester offers the perfect environment to ‘test drive’ your next television. The car analogy is highly appropriate here as the German home entertainment systems maker likens the experience of buying its premium products to that of selecting a new car. And, as with premium car models, the Loewe range offers an extraordinary range of options – from décor-matching finishes, to intelligently designed TV furniture, to the latest technology – so it’s best to experience the line-up first-hand, and establish just what you want your from your TV system. Only when you run your hand across the polished and lightly brushed aluminium panel of the Loewe Reference do you fully appreciate the sublime craftsmanship involved in this hand-built wonder. Only when you experience the selection of finishes available from the Loewe Individual line will you fully grasp that your new television doesn’t have to look the same as everyone else’s new set. And only when you hear a Loewe TV do you remember that TV performance should be about more than just the picture. All Loewe TVs deliver superb sound from svelte chassis, and

Loewe doesn’t stop there – from the stunning Sound Projector to the wireless speaker options there is a sound solution to suit your home. As you would expect from a premium German maker, Loewe equipment also delivers the latest technology – however it only employs ‘meaningful iinnovations’ eschewing box-ticking tech frippery. Do you like the idea of pausing a TV programme in one room and then continuing watching it on another TV in another room? Loewe does that. Do you like the idea of one neat cable sock on show instead of a rat’s nest of cables? Loewe does that, too. And if you like the idea of a visually matched rack that hides your speakers and Blu-ray player, then Loewe Galerie Chichester is the place for that, too. Given the German maker’s typically superb build quality it seems almost churlish to mention the current 5-year warranty offer! Add a warm welcome from Galerie team Simon and Anne, not forgetting free home trials and consultations as well as installation services, and Loewe Galerie Chichester adds up to so much more than a TV store.

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PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

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ABSOLUTE BEAUTY

Which Side Are You On? Sweeping changes What have Angelina Jolie, Rosie

By Mark Woolley

Mark Woolley is the owner and creative director of Electric Hairdressing. Mark splits his time between the Brighton and London salons. For appointments call 01273 202088 www.electric-hair.com

Huntington-Whiteley and Megan Fox all got in common? Well, squint and you could be forgiven for thinking they are one and the same person with their alluring feline eyes and full pouty lips. Granted, but it is actually that they all have this understated approach to hair styling which translates into a look on the side that is incredibly easy to create but unbelievably sexy to look at. I am specifically referring to the voluminous side-sweep which these ladies have fully embraced and have showcased at its best. The great thing about this look is its simplicity and therein lies the beauty.

LETTER OF THE MONTH

Sweeping hair to the side creates the illusion of natural volume and body and this is key to achieving a look that is beautifully soft and luxurious. Minimal preparation is required but using the right product is essential so your hair feels light and bouncy with a silky sheen. Electric Smoothing Cream (£17) is specially formulated to nourish and tame hair so you’re

I don’t have enough time to fuss with my

left with an incredibly smooth base, but with none of the residue as it

hair so do you have any very quick and

evaporates during blow drying.

simple styling tips for summer?

Once you’ve got the foundation, you’ll have to look at adding volume in at the roots and creating movement through the lengths. Do this by

With such busy lives, spending time styling

blow drying small sections of hair around a Denman Head Hugger Brush

our hair so we get it absolutely perfect may

(£8.87), lifting at the roots and guiding hair away from the head. As

not be a possibility but there are some very

you reach the ends, keep them wrapped around the brush for a few

simple tips you can adopt to enhance

seconds before releasing to create a bit of a kick. Then, depending on

what you’ve got. Volume can jazz up any

how strong a shape you’re after, heated rollers or curling irons may be

look so aid it as part of your cleansing and

necessary for adding a few gentle waves. Stick to using larger rollers

blow drying routine by switching to the

and wider barrels as these create a softer, more subtle shape so hair sits

appropriate products – this means you won’t

more comfortably in front of the shoulder. Finally, after the simple action

have to spend that much more time on your

of sweeping your hair forwards to one side, lightly set the whole look

routine. Whilst hair is still damp, spritz some

with some L’Oreal Professionnel Crystal Gloss (£7.60) to help enhance

Kerastase Volumactive Expansion Spray

shine so hair looks even brighter and smoother.

to the roots and lengths, then blow dry as usual. It would be a shame to tie hair back once you’ve got this volume so create a rough side parting only with your fingers and sweep the roots to one side for a sexy and voluminous nonchalant day look. If you do want to tie your hair back, try out a low slung side pony. Loosely gather the lengths to one side in front of the shoulder and secure with a band just above the collar bone. For a little bit of texture, back brush the hair very gently

Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley

Megan Fox

Angelina Jolie

and then you’re good to go with a fresh new look.

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COME INTO THE PARLOUR Patcham has a new and exciting hair salon

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ince the age of 13, Janet Thatcher has had a burning ambition to own a hairdressing salon and today she has achieved that goal, taking over a salon in Patcham and completely refurbishing it, transforming it into a city-style establishment. It has been an interesting journey. Janet trained in the Midlands at a top salon, then moved to Brighton and worked in the city for many years before heading for the USA, working in San Francisco for four years. She then returned to England and worked in major London salons as a colour technician. Janet has had management positions in various salons, but she is excited about now owning her own salon, knowing she has the hairdressing experience together with the business direction and management skills to take The Parlour forward. Janet thought the Patcham salon had huge potential with a substantial catchment area and plenty of parking giving her a distinct advantage over city centre salons. It was essential that she be in a position to offer the skill, professionalism and glamour of a city centre salon, but at affordable prices.

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The Parlour offers all the usual services of a salon plus colour correction, extensions and the amazing Brazilian blow-dry technique for which Janet underwent extensive training in Beverley Hills. The Parlour re-opened its doors last month and business has been fantastic. Janet says: “The salon has been transformed. It has created a lot of interest from the community of Patcham. People cannot help but notice the amazing changes.� The Parlour had a successful launch night celebrating the re-opening. There was great support from friends and business associates and Janet is looking forward to the challenge of making The Parlour a great success.

The Parlour Hair Design 70 Old London Road, Patcham BN1 8XQ Tel: 01273 555132

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Tigi are proud to reveal seven soon-to-be iconic products, aimed at industry, hairstylists and fashionistas alike. The new Catwalk Sessions Series collection helps to elevate hair design from the conventional. These seven wonder products will make any style go beyond transitional volume, classically curly or standard straight styles to create couture and styles that are versatile, with the power to create seasonal statement trends.

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For a unique Hen and Stag party enjoy a night of pampering at Asase Spa. Discount packages and late night opening available on request. Birthday party packages available upon request. Asase Spa is Brighton’s newest pedicure spa exclusively offering Garra Rufa Skin Treatment. Originating in Turkey, the essence of the practice is Garra Rufa fish being allowed to restore the skin’s health by nibbling the dead skin on feet. The experience is therapeutic and relaxing, a delightful sensation. The result is healthier and smoother skin and a noticeable improvement.

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FACES & PLACES

Katie Piper Foundation at Drakes

Piper is a beautiful young woman, rebuilding her life after surviving a brutal attack in 2008, where sulphuric acid was thrown in her face. Jane Leatham with her daughters, Becky Hollands and Sharon Crawford-Jones

Becky Hollands, of Becky Hollands Aesthetics met Katie at the Q-med annual conference at the Royal College of Physicians earlier this year, and they became friends. From its inception, the Katie Piper Foundation has relied on contributions from individuals. Becky Holland’s innovation has been to give a percentage of the money she receives for

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administering aesthetic treatments directly to Katie’s Foundation and simultaneously encouraging others to do so. This initiative came to life recently with the launch at Drakes Hotel, Brighton, and Katie was introduced to those involved in the beauty and aesthetic industry in Brighton, and the South East. After delivering a moving and Darren James and Johan van der Merwe

Yasmin Fakhrhosseini and Susan Cowen

Lisa Bond, Dr. Farrokh Sharifzad and Sonya Trott

amusing speech, Becky Hollands donated £2000 to the Katie Piper Foundation. The Katie Piper Foundation is working towards

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the delivery of an advanced rehabilitation and burns clinic in the UK. The aim is to include residential facilities for patients that will enable them to benefit directly from treatments and from social interaction with other survivors. Becky Hollands, actress BarbaraWhatley, and Beulah Grant

Photographs Richard Bidwell

Barbara O’Connor, Yasmin Fakhrhosseini, Becky Hollands, Susan Cowen and Sara Mendes da Costa

Ali Doughty, Hélène Sprey and Dawn Bennett

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ABSOLUTE DENTAL COLUMN

BREAK A SMILE, NOT THE BANK Dr Farrokh Sharifzad from Marina Dentalcare says it doesn’t have to cost the earth to have a combination of treatments to improve your smile

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here’s no doubt about it - nearly everyone wants a great smile. We look at all the movie stars on TV, people in the media and in advertisements, and say, “I want to have teeth just like that!” But when we talk to our friends and relatives about cosmetic dentistry, some say that we might need to take out a second mortgage to get that ‘dazzling smile.’Yet, by the time we go to our dentist for a check-up, we’re reluctant to bring up the subject of cosmetic dentistry altogether. You may be surprised to learn that not all cosmetic dentistry is expensive, (granted, some options are). To begin with, the procedure that costs the most usually involves 6 -10 porcelain veneers or crowns to improve a smile. While the results of this procedure can be excellent in the right situation, the cost is several thousand pounds. Some people say, “That sounds great, I’ll have it

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Fillings you may have had done as a child can be updated as an adult

done when I win the lottery!” The reality is that many patients do not want to spend thousands of dollars for a cosmetic procedure. So, what can the rest of us do who want to improve our smiles without breaking the bank? The answer involves having your dentist do several less-involved procedures used in combination. I have found that the combination of tooth whitening and shaping, and replacing old discoloured fillings with new white ones can affordably improve a smile. Many people have old white fillings on their front teeth (incisors or canines) that have become stained and now look unattractive. Others have silver fillings on the inside of their front teeth or on their side teeth (premolars) that can make them look darker than their other teeth. Still others have teeth that are uneven or pointed. For a reasonable price, your dentist can improve all of these situations. Here’s the order of what your dentist can do. First, your dentist whitens and shapes your teeth. After the teeth are whiter and attractively shaped, old and discoloured fillings can be replaced with new ones that match the whiter colour. Prices vary, but in many cases, the cost for this ‘smile enhancement’ will be less than a thousands pounds. So the next time you go to your dentist, don’t be afraid to ask about what cosmetic dental options are available, on a shoe-string budget. If you have decided to invest in your smile, it is important to choose a highly trained and experienced cosmetic dentist. Many aesthetic dentistry treatments require not only technical skill, but an artistic touch. Finding a dentist with artistic vision who has also mastered the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques is the key to obtaining natural-looking results. For further enquiries please contact us at info@marinadentalcare.co.uk

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ABSOLUTE LIFE COACHING

MAKE A LIST

This month Absolute Lifecoaching looks at how the simple task of making a to-do list can make a big improvement in leading an organised life

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re you one of those people that often finds yourself wishing you could make more free time, to enjoy family and friends? Maybe you also wish you were more organised with your daily routine and able to put your hand on items instantly. And wouldn’t it be great to reduce stress levels and kick negativity out of the door? If you answered yes to any of the above (or all), then we may have the simple trick that could make a big improvement in your life instantly and cost free. People who say they are too busy to sort out bills, paperwork, rooms, cupboards, garages etc seldom do get around to it – they are giving themselves licence to live in a muddle because they have a good reason for it! Believe it or not, living with a muddle around you, e.g. a desk or table full of

bills, can create more problems in the long term in your life, so lets try to address them. Every one of us has the ability to be organised but it can very often be running around like a ‘headless chicken’ which prevents us from being so; just not seeing the state of disorganisation ourselves, or even sheer laziness can hinder the way our lives pan out. But now is the time to change your life. Begin by writing a list; it can be as easy as that. Remain focused on the goals and objectives on the list and even share it with someone (this makes you accountable). They and you can then check daily or weekly that you are reaching your goals however small or large. There might be items on your list you take for granted but keep putting off e.g. go to the bank to pay in that cheque you’ve had for some time or call your insurance company for a smaller quote or take those items to the dry cleaner. Keeping a list and marking it off as you carry out each task, in turn puts pressure on you to do them. Ask yourself what would you like the first step

to be to being more organised? From this you can work out your own strategies. If its clearing your desk, place all items on the floor, clean the desk, discard unwanted bits (you may be surprised at how much clutter is unnecessarily taking up space.) Clean the surfaces and file the papers and bills you find. This strategy can also be applied to any area such as kitchen cupboards, garages, wardrobes, kid’s rooms and so on. Keep your list at hand (in a pocket or handbag) and stay focused on completing it. Once you see all those items on your list marked off, we guarantee you will enjoy the results and have a feeling of relief. Certain areas of your life will now feel organised. A common deterrent to this project is to be distracted and flit on to something else. So our advice is to keep self disciplined. Once your list is complete, it is time to start a new one! You’ll discover that changing your day-to-day life may be as simple as… making a list. For one to one life coaching contact Georgina or Terrina on 07775513188.

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ABSOLUTE HEALTH

NATURES WAY This month our health expert, Sheryl Waters, takes a look at the advantages of taking Homeopathic remedies for such ailments as allergies ou would think that sneezing and sniffling

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28 percent improvement in homeopathic subjects

they inhale pollen from flowers. The interior of

would be a thing of the past, as the weather

versus a 3 percent improvement in placebo

the nose becomes raw and dry, while the mucus

gets warmer and we put our winter coats away.

subjects.

flows profusely and is white. The symptoms are

Unfortunately, this is not the case, as the summer

What this research suggests is that homeopathic

accompanied by much sneezing and the person is

months can be a terrible time for allergies. Did

medicines provide an often effective and

cold and feels chilled.

you know that respiratory allergies today are the

extremely safe means of treatment for patients

fifth leading chronic disease and are the third most

with respiratory allergies. Furthermore, due to

common chronic disease among children under 18

the widely recognized safety of homeopathic

years old? It has been estimated that one in seven

medicines, it makes sense to consider safe methods

people had a respiratory allergy in 1950, but one in

before resorting to more risky treatments. With

four have one now.

homeopathy, you have nothing to lose. These

Allergy is the medical specialty that commonly uses

remedies are inexpensive and have no side effects

Allium Cepa

small doses of an allergen in order to desensitize a

whatsoever.You can’t overdose!

One of the common remedies used to treat

person to that allergen. This concept of using small

Using homeopathic remedies to treat allergies and

allergies homeopathically is made from the red

doses of what might cause a problem in order

hay fever prevents the side effects of suppressive

onion, producing the same symptoms in allergic

to help prevent or heal the person is an ancient

treatments like allergy medicines.

response that a person experiences while peeling

“Decongestants and expectorants only remove the symptoms...”

observation of many doctors and natural healers

an onion: bland tears. Allium cepa is the remedy

all over the world, and it is the basis for a type of

of choice when the tears flow copiously and are

natural medicine called homeopathy.

worse when exposed to damp air.

Because the primary principle of modern

Euphrasia

allergy treatment derives from the homeopathic

Euphrasia is the homeopathic remedy of choice

principle of ‘treating like with like,’ homeopathy

when the allergy symptoms are bland nasal

has been recognized as one of the best ways to

discharge that is worse lying down. The person

treat allergies, as well as a whole range of other

needing Euphrasia also can have stinging eye

symptoms.

discharge that is irritating to the skin.

Respiratory allergies represent the condition

Decongestants and expectorants only remove the

Nux vomica

for which there is a relatively strong research

symptoms; whereas, homeopathic remedies can

Nux vomica is indicated to treat allergies in an

base for efficacious treatment with homeopathic

get to the root of the disease and create a more

irritated and impatient individual. This homeopathic

medicines. A group of researchers at the University

permanent cure by increasing the vital force of the

allergy medicine treats allergies that are better

of Glasgow published four studies, three of which

individual.

outside. The person needing Nux feels chilled and

were published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal)

There has been other research that has focused on

sneezes frequently. The mucus flows well during

and the Lancet, two highly respected medical

particular remedies and how they effect particular

the day but becomes clogged up at night.

journals. Each study was randomized, double-blind,

symptoms. Here are just some:

So if you are sniffing and sneezing your way

and placebo-controlled.

Sabadilla

through the summer, consider using this natural and

When evaluating all four trials together (there were

The person needing homeopathic Sabadilla for

safe approach to healing. After all, you have nothing

253 patients in all of their clinical trials), there was a

their allergies has a hay fever that begins when

to lose apart from your runny nose and red eyes.

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FACES & PLACES

Brighton welcomes Japan

Sarah Eastlake and Fiona Skeffington

Anthony Duckels, Debbie Reynolds and Rhona and David Miele

The Brighton/Japan Festival 2011 was launched at an opening gala event recently by Moshi Moshi, and took place at the Thistle Hotel in Brighton. The event also raised funds for the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Photographs by Graham Franks

Alex Davison from Aloka and Tamaki Tachiwada from Aura Soma

Andy Kempa and Fiona Stewart

Event organiser from Moshi Moshi Karl and Soheila Jones and family

Jo Brooks of JBPR with Michael Harwood and Alan Allison

Simon Kirby MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven with ladies in traditional dress

Hitting the high notes! Pete, founder member of The Pete Cornish JAZZ FX band, seriously considered giving up his beloved saxophone because of failing teeth.

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FACES & PLACES

Countdown to Brighton Beer Festival After three successful years of Asia Beer Fest held in Singapore, Brighton Beer Festival 2011 comes to town this summer in July.

Vincent Lebon, owner of Plateau, organiser Stephanie Starling and Thierry Pluquet, owner of Plateau

At the recent press launch, held at The Plateau

Ruth Ratner, Briggy Smale and Michael Byron

in Brighton, local media were able to meet the sponsors, organiser and the Mayor to toast the run-up to a new and exciting trade, corporate, public and VIP Sussex event. Join in the fun at the festival’s state-of-the art heated mega marquee on Brighton’s

Ablsoute fashion writer Natalie Wileman

beachfront at the old paddling pool for four Caraline Brown from Midnight Communications, Briggy Smale, Rory Cameron from Brighton Beach Boys, and Franke Darling

days of sampling, socialising and a variety of live musical entertainment, revues, DJ’s

Stan Stanley from Samsara, Tony Meadows, Mayor Anne Meadows, and Alex Crane from Samsara

and bands. Enjoy a gourmet buffet including seasonal foods and much more, courtesy of award winning Due South. The Brighton Beer festival 2001 takes place on July 14th - 17th. www.beerfestasia.com Karin and Peter Jarrette with Franke Darling

Photographs by Diana Frangi

Tony Meadows, Debs Lewis, PR, Paula Seabourne-Pearson from Jenerator Creative and Mayor Anne Meadows

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Paula Seabourne-Pearson, Jeweller/Designer John Harrington, and Stephanie Harding

Karron Eubank, Kristian Meadows, and Paula Seabourne-Pearson

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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!

www.jenidodson.com

Beauty with a conscience - get that feel-good style and take a natural approach to looking and feeling great! Going green just got a lot more glamorous. . . It’s no wonder that more and more women are turning towards natural and organic skin care and make-up products to full fill their beauty needs. Red carpet regulars Rachel Weisz, Sarah Jessica Parker and Julianne Moore are just some of the Hollywood celebs who favour organic cosmetics to keep their skin looking radiant. We all want to look beautiful, and now it’s easy to create high-fashion looks, without compromising your health to do it. There are heaps of chic, eco-friendly brands now available offering gorgeous colours and silky textures which enable you to create looks as stylish and sophisticated as those achieved with traditional cosmetics. Nature has created an abundance of breathtaking colours, and there are few things in life as varied as the pallet of colour on earth. So whatever your mood, hippie chick, fashionista, hard-charging professional - you too can create a great look that is both sexy and fun.

The benefits of going green 1. Organic cosmetics are a lot better for your health, gentle on sensitive skin and on the health of the environment. Changing to a natural makeup containing nature’s own nourishing herbs and plant oils will free you from some of those harsh, synthetic chemicals and general nasty stuff that mainstream cosmetics companies put in their products. Leaving you with a beautiful healthy finish that is also cruelty free. 2. Packed with vitamins, essential oils, and natural minerals, they are rich in antioxidants to provide your skin with an anti-inflammatory effect to help even out skin tone allowing your skin to breathe, they will not clog your pores, cause breakouts or allergies. 3. Skin - Organic foundations will contain ingredients like chamomile, rose absolute or jojoba oil to provide your skin with a full coverage finish. To achieve a glowing effect, choose products that contain natural illuminators called micas as these will reflect light and reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles.

4. Eyes - Toxic chemicals such as mineral oil, petroleum, chemical colourings, or aluminium are often found in eye makeup. Organic brands use soothing ingredients such as chamomile and vitamins C, E and A which are excellent for dry and sensitive skin. 5. Lashes - Mascara is really a beauty essential that every women should have, but continuous use of chemical mascaras may cause the eye lashes to become brittle. Organic based mascaras on the other hand will contain ingredients such as nettle, buckthorn and horsetail herb to nourish and condition the lashes to build a full dramatic look. 6. Lipstick - Most of us wear makeup every day, and the ingredients from each application can be absorbed into our skin. It is important to find a lipstick that is good enough to eat. Look for an organic lipstick with a castor oil base combined with soothing safflower beeswax and vitamin E for antioxidant and nourishing properties for smooth lips.

GO FOR GREEN 1. Elysambre Organic Fluid Foundation: Light in texture, Elysambre’s foundation fluids are non-greasy and have a long lasting transparent natural effect. Containing Jojoba and Horsetail, and the company offers a refilling service. www.lovelula.com £18.49 2. Nvey Eco Organic Eye Shadow: Renowned for its great range of colours and luxurious feel containing, chamomile and vitamins C, E & A make for a smooth and soft formula excellent for dry and sensitive skins. A favourite of Hillary Duff. www.theremustbeabetterway.co.uk £16.00 3. Suki Colour Pure Cream Stain for Lips and Cheeks: This hydrating, multi-tasking colour is ideal for both your cheeks and that perfect perky pout. The colours are natural, yet vivid to moisturise skin while imparting gentle color to leave skin silky and sparkling. www.beautyok.co.uk £21.50 4. Lavera NEW Trend Organic Double Black Mascara: This mascara is super smooth and non-clumping and makes lashes look fabulous, a Volume Mascara with a little more oomph. This non-irritating natural and organic formula contains beeswax, liquorice root and sea buckthorn to condition and hold lashes in place. www.pravera.co.uk £12.90 5. Inika Mineral Lipstick Range: Smooth and creamy vegan lipsticks, formulated with natural vitamin E and jojoba oil. Inika lipsticks will keep your lips feeling soft and sensuous all day. www.buyorganics.co.uk £11.76 6. Zoya Nail Polish: A long lasting polish offering an array of fantastic funky colours, all free of toxic Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP. www.buyorganics.co.uk £9.44 ABSOLUTE

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Blingtone eyeshadows. £9.99 www.myfacecosmetics.com

Lil’ Bling nail colour in Bellbottom Blue. £5.99 www.myfacecosmetics.com

Chachatint Lip and Cheek Stain. £24.50 www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

Full-finish Lipstick. £14 www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

Le Vernis nail colour in Morning Rose and Mimosa. £17.50 www.chanel.co.uk Glossimer for lips, in Pensee. £20 www.chanel.co.uk

Colour block it! Watermelon Blush. £23.50 www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

Great nail colours from Nailgirls. £20.00 www.nailgirls.co.uk

Be bright, be bold, be exciting! Fresh & Juicy Orange Collection from La Biosthetique. Prices from £11.50 www.biosthetique.co.uk

Colour Treat lipstick from Prestige. £6.49 www.boots.com

2true Glossiwear nail polish. £1.99 www.superdrug.com Barry M Lip Paint in Dolly Pink. £4.49 www.barrym.com

Barry M Nail Paint in Neon Green. £2.99 www.barrym.com

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Rouge Prodige Lipstick in Clemantine and Miami Pink. £16.34 www.clarins.co.uk All For Eve Red Lipstick. £10.50 www.clarins.co.uk

ABSOLUTE BEAUTY Nubar nail lacquers from the Trendy 2 Collection, in Hot Yellow, Orange and Fushcia. £6.80 www.feelunique.com

Dior Vernis Summer Look nail colour in Aloha and Paradise. £23 www.dior.com

Hydrating Long-Lasting Lipstick by Sisley. £30 www.sisley-cosmetics.co.uk

Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour in Dollface. £18.50 www.lauramercier.com

Let Loose Shimmering Eye Shadow Dusts from Prestige. £4.99 www.boots.com

g! Barry M Lip Lacquer Crayon in Party Pink. £4.99 www.barrym.com

Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss SPF 15. £14 www.debenhams.co.uk

BellaPierre Cosmetics Shimmer Powder. £12.99 www.feelunique.com

Vivid colours from the 2true range. Prices start from £1.99 www.superdrug.com

Brightly Coloured Lengthening Mascaras from Barry M. £5.19 www.barrym.com ABSOLUTE

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ABSOLUTE best

restaurants and bars...

Reflections Restaurant and bar Rendezvous Casino Brighton Marina Tel: 01273 605602 www.rendezvouscasino.com/ 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

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Meze Meze Greek Cuisine 168-170 South Street Lancing Tel: 01903 765333

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 Rock & Roller Bar and grill 85 Western Road Brighton Tel: 01273 710014 Tipaza Tapas Restaurant 104 Western Road Hove Tel: 01273 777307

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

The Connaught Pub and Kitchen 48 Hove Street Hove Tel: 01273 206578 Whites Bar & Kitchen Homemade pub cuisine 23 High Street Steyning Tel: 01903 812347 Havana Spoon Brasserie Bar 70-72 Church Road Hove 01273 651651

The Coach House Homemade fine dining 59 Middle Street Brighton Tel: 01273 719000 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 AG's Grill Room Alexander House Hotel Fine Dining Turners Hill East Grinstead Tel: 01342 714914 Karma Late night Moroccan themed bar The Waterfront Brighton Marina Tel: 01273 818000

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Welcome to Thailand... no passport required Open 7 days a week 12 noon to 10.30pm To book please call 01273 207444 5 & 20 Brighton Square, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 1HD www.streetthai.co.uk Dine at Street Thai this summer and enjoy a delicious creamy coconut ice cream or yummy sunshine mango ice cream on us. Offer applies when purchasing a main course dish and on presentation of this voucher. Valid until end of September 2011.

DAY’S BUFFET RESTAURANT

Voted Best Chinese Food in Brighton & Hove – The Argus Our food taste is excellent and presentation is magnificent

KEEP EVERYONE HAPPY THIS SUMMER WITH A DELICIOUS MEAL AT DAY’S.

Remember to use your REWARD CARD and check out our new website! Spend quality time with your loved one Booking is advised to avoid disappointment

We invite you to EAT AS MUCH AS YOU WISH Day’s Restaurant is offering more kinds of dishes for the same great price. Enjoy the wonderful dining experience with the taste and warmth of the Orient hospitality

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ABSOLUTE RESTAURANT REVIEW

The Upper Deck Restaurant at The Rendezvous Casino has recently experienced a fresh make over. Our Editor Verity Craig paid it a visit

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ituated in the heart of Brighton Marina, is the city’s much loved

Upon our visit we were offered the A La Carte menu. Paul and I are one

casino, The Rendezvous. Already renowned for its gaming

of those couples who have the same taste and so often find we order

entertainment, this casino has much more to offer including its

the same, but fortunately on this menu there were many things we liked,

restaurant, Upper Deck, which is exactly where my husband Paul and I

we didn’t have the problem of ending up with the same of everything.

were heading upon our recent visit.

Stephane kindly gave us his recommendations, which we took up. For my

Situated upstairs overlooking the casino floor to one side, we were

starter I ordered the scallops, served in the half shell with a cider beurre

immediately struck by the magnificent view this restaurant boasts along

blanc and some chive toast on the side (£7.50). The scallops were large

the whole side of the wall. We were greeted by the friendly staff and

and tender, cooked to perfection with the cider beurre blanc being a new

restaurant manager Stephane Lamamy, who promptly informed us that

addition that I hadn’t experienced with scallops before; it was delicious.

the wonderful view is actually a new addition as part of the recently

Paul meanwhile had the crispy pork bonbons in a sour chilli sauce served

refurbished restaurant. Stephane explained that where large stickers

with iceberg Julienne with black sesame dressing (£6.50). Again this was

previously covered the view, he requested they be removed. Now is

a dish beautifully displayed (more what you would expect from a highly

revealed an amazing view of the open harbour of Brighton Marina; an

priced restaurant). Paul described his starter as slightly hot from the chilli

often busy view of boats coming and going.

while the tasty black sesame dressing complemented it. Needless to say,

So indeed, we didn’t hesitate when asked where we would like to sit in

all was devoured with relish.

this modern restaurant - by the window please!

Still enjoying the view, we were looking forward to our main dishes. I

After a stressful day at work, it was so nice to step in to a restaurant,

chose the roast crispy skinned salmon with mussels in a sorrel sauce,

which had a relaxed feel yet superb service from the onset; we were

potato gillette with vegetables and salad, and rapeseed oil (£17.50). All of

offered warm bread rolls and aperitifs. As I drew the short straw to drive

these flavours blended together exquisitely, while the salmon was tender

that night, Paul asked which red wines they offer by the glass. Stephane

(and for those of you put off by fish due to bones, I can happily report

(who is French) was clearly very knowledgeable and so on seeing Paul

not even one was found). This was a dish I would look forward to having

pondering over which wine to order, he asked his waiter to get two

again… and again.

tasting options for Paul to try. What a nice touch we thought.

Paul opted for the roast lamb rump braised neck with fondant potato, minted peas and carrots and aphelia cress in a rosemary jus (£20). I was surprised by his choice since he doesn’t very often choose lamb, as he is not at all keen on fat on meat. However, after Stephane assured him there was not an inch of fat on this particular lamb dish, Paul took his word and ordered it. And Stephane did not let him down. Several times Paul commented to me how tender the lamb was and how tasty this dish was (and in case you’re wondering, not a trace of fat was found). We sat having enjoyed our two courses admiring the new décor of the Upper Deck. The atmosphere was relaxed and customers came and went for their meal before or after a ‘flutter’ on the casino floor. Eating in this restaurant made a change for us, as the environment is so different to a standard place to eat. It added a fun dimension, while the overall standard was much higher than you would expect in a casino. But then again, why shouldn’t it be? For instance, in Las Vegas the home of casinos

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“So often you read a review for casino restaurants stating ‘great casino, fun night… ok food.’ Well not here.” they have Michelin star restaurants within the casinos. The restaurants play an important part of the casinos there. And clearly The Rendezvous (owned by London Clubs International) has spotted that gap here when it opened over 7 years ago in Brighton; for their standard as a casino has always been recognised as a very high-end experience. Something that the General Manager Campbell Dickson has always maintained since he first opened its doors. What Campbell and his team have obviously noted is that the casino experience these days includes wining and dining as a whole. So often you read a review for casino restaurants stating ‘great casino, fun night… ok food.’ Well not here. After our short break, we were ready for our final course. This time Paul selected the Sussex and continental cheese board (£7). It was a beautifully presented selection with some seasonal chutney and artisan biscuits. Meanwhile, I was the bad girl and ordered the too-tempting devilish chocolate fondant served with homemade ice cream and chocolate ganache. It was an absolute treat which I thoroughly enjoyed (all was consumed!) Stephane and his team are clearly doing a great job at Upper Deck, and are clearly passionate about their work, which happily flows through to the restaurant adding to the experience for customers. We had enjoyed a lovely evening at The Rendezvous and have both since commented how we look forward to visiting again soon (and enjoy a flutter on the tables after!) Rendezvous Casino, Brighton Marina Village, Brighton. www.rendezvouscasion.com/brighton Reservations hotline: 01273 605602

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Viva España!

Enjoy the relaxed way with food just like our latino friends in Spain

THE TAPAS LIFESTYLE Tapas are small dishes of meats, seafood and vegetables, and are served in Spain all day long, helping to keep people going between meals. Prepare a few dishes together, however, and they make a great meal, which is how the Brits tend to eat it. Tapas is sociable food, without the focus of a large meal, diners are free to talk and eat freely, while the tapas take a delicious back seat. Tapas can be practically anything from a chunk of tuna, cocktail onion and an olive skewered on a long toothpick, to piping hot meat with sauce served in a miniature clay dish - or anything in between. In most regions, you must order and

Gambas al Ajillo

Patatas Bravas

One of the most common ‘tapas’ of Spain quick, easy and FULL of garlic flavour. Prep time: 10 minutes, cook time: 10 minutes

Another classic Spanish tapas dish. The sauce has a slight bite from the Tabasco, hence the name bravas, which means ‘fierce.’ Prep time: 10 minutes, cook time: 20 minutes

province of Granada, one small tapa

Ingredients: 5-6 medium potatoes, salt to taste 1½ - 2 cups olive oil 8 oz can of tomato sauce 1½ tsp mustard, ½ tsp Tabasco sauce ½ tsp sweet Spanish paprika toothpicks for serving

The word tapa actually means ‘lid’ or

Ingredients: 1 lb shrimp, 25 count to a pound 4 large cloves of garlic, finely minced 1 tsp sweet Spanish paprika 1 tsp red pepper flakes 2-3 oz of cognac (or dr y sherr y instead) 1/4 cup virgin olive oil 3 tsp chopped fresh parsley 1 lemon for juice 1 baguette Preparation: Warm olive oil in a sauté pan or heavy frying pan and add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté for about one minute or until they begin to brown. Raise the heat to high and add the peeled shrimps, lemon juice, sherry or cognac and paprika. Stir well, then sauté, stirring briskly until the shrimp turn pink and curl – about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer shrimps with oil and sauce to a warm plate or serve right from the pan. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sprinkle with parsley. Ser ve with fresh bread.

Preparation: Peel the potatoes. Cut potatoes into 1/3” to 1/2” chunks as follows: Cut the potato lengthwise, then cut it lengthwise again. You should have four long pieces. Now, cut each of those pieces into

pay for a ración or serving, but in the is complimentary with each round of drinks ordered.

THE ORIGIN ‘cover’ and there are several stories about the origin. One claims that while on a long trip, King Alfonso had stopped to rest in the town of Ventorillo del Chato in the southern province of Cádiz, and he ordered a glass of jerez or sherry. There was a gusty wind, so the inn keeper served him his glass of sherry covered by a slice of ham to prevent the sherry from getting dirty. King Alfonso apparently liked it, and

3-4 pieces, cutting crosswise. This should give

when he asked for a second glass, he

you nice bit-sized pieces, small enough to use a

requested another tapa or ‘cover’ just

toothpick to skewer. Sprinkle with salt.

like the first.

Heat the olive oil and fry the potatoes for about ten minutes. Use a slotted spoon or spatula to remove and set them aside to drain. Put 1-2 tablespoons of the olive oil into another pan. Heat over medium heat. Pour tomato sauce into the pan and ‘sauté’ this for five minutes. Turn heat down and add the mustard, stirring well. Finally, add the Tabasco and paprika, and mix well. Taste the sauce and adjust as necessary. Place the potatoes on a plate or in a wide open dish. Pour the sauce over the potatoes and serve warm, with toothpicks.

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A great bite at Graze Kate Alleston tells us about a new style menu and seven day opening at Graze

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bout to celebrate their fifth birthday, multi award-winning Graze Restaurant is proud to announce that it will soon be opening seven days a week from the memorable date, Monday 4th of July. Owner Kate Alleston says “Restaurants are traditionally closed Sunday evenings and Mondays largely in order to give staff some time off. However, that does mean that choice is limited for those people who want to go out and eat at those times. Manni, my business partner, and I have wanted to open on these nights for some time but logistics meant we couldn’t. But circumstances have changed recently; we have taken on extra staff and the menu has changed quite a lot over the last year or so under our fabulous head chef, Gethin (Russell-Jones) and we now believe the food is more balanced, directed at what diners want every day of the week, and exciting them even more than before.”

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Although Graze still specialises in their indulgent seven course tasting menu, the new style menu also offers patrons the choice of classics such as Rib eye steak with duck fat chips and market fish specials of the day. Variations of these are also available at lunchtimes and early evenings on the specials board with a glass of wine from just £10. So if you haven’t eaten there yet and have a special occasion to celebrate or just want a quick but stylish bite to eat at lunch or dinner, then there’s something at Graze for everyone. Live entertainment on a Sunday evening is also planned so if you want to know more, check out the website for regular updates or subscribe to the seasonal newsletter. Graze Restaurant 42 Western Road, Hove BN3 1JD www.graze-restaurant.co.uk newsletter@graze-restaurant.co.uk Tel: 01273 823707

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Classic New York Baked Cheesecake

From the English Cheesecake Company

Base 250g digestive biscuits 80g butter (melted) Cheesecake 400g Philadelphia cream cheese (full fat) 120g Castor Sugar 1 large egg 1 egg yolk 1 tsp Madagascan vanilla flavour 340g sour cream 3 tbsp cornflour Method 1. Pre-heat the oven to 1300c. 2. Crush the biscuits in a food processor (or put in a plastic bag

and bash with a rolling pin). 3. Mix with the melted butter. 4. Press into a 9 inch springform tin. 5. Beat the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. 6. Pre mix the sugar and cornflour and beat into the cheese/cream mix on a slow speed. 7. Slowly mix in the remaining ingredients (vanilla, eggs, egg yolk) until mix is smooth. 8. Pour into the tin. 9. Bake for approx 50 minutes and then check, it should be set but slightly wobbly in the centre. 10. Leave in the tin to cool. 11. Serve as required. 12. Store in the fridge and use within 2 days.

www.englishcheesecake.com

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Steam

The age of

The railways helped to develop Haywards Heath, and the Bluebell Railway keeps the spirit of the steam age alive, as Tim Parker finds out

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elow is a remarkable picture of a magnificent railway viaduct which spans the valley of the River Ouse Valley, just north of Haywards Heath. It’s built on a curve and is without doubt one of the most beautiful and imposing structures in Sussex. Completed in 1842, it is 1, 475ft long and 96ft high. Beautiful is not a word that is normally used to describe railway viaducts but an exception can be made for David Mocatta’s masterpiece. He was the architect responsible for the Italianate style of the viaduct which still supports the London to Brighton line. Why the railway company should have employed an Italian architect I’ve no idea. Still, why not? The spanning of the River Ouse brought the railway to Haywards Heath and turned a sleepy little village with a few dozen houses into the thriving town it is today. Mocatta, a talented man, also built Brighton Station, with living quarters for employees. John Betjeman was a great admirer of his work and looking up at that extraordinary glass roof it is difficult not to be

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impressed. In those days it was quite usual for companies, including Hanningtons and Vokins in Brighton, to employ live-in staff. As a rule the staff lived in very small almost monastic rooms, although to my astonishment I found the staff bedrooms in Hannigtons all had stained-glass windows. Living in had great advantages; warmth in the winter and food, precious commodities for the working classes. The Brighton to London railway line was built in a couple of years at a price of £2 million. Goodness knows how long it would take in this day and age and as to the cost, well, it would be billions. Our friends from Ireland did most of the heavy work and were fantastic builders. Let’s get back to Hayward’s Heath, in the year I842. Farming in Sussex had never been really profitable and, except for some favoured sites, most of the land was of marginal value. So, when the railways came most landowners were delighted; it meant more money in their pockets and more work for everyone, except for the

drovers. And there were other advantages. Communications with London, particularly from Haywards Heath, became excellent while living in Sussex was relatively cheap with the added attraction of good clean air as opposed to the smog and grime of the capital. Soon houses surrounded the station and the town grew rapidly to become one of the first commuter towns in England. Haywards Heath today, however, with its many businesses providing local jobs, and the new Princess Royal Hospital, is of course much more than a commuter town.

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“The Bluebell railway... has amassed one of the largest collection of steam locomotives in the UK”

Picture courtesy of The Bluebell Railway plc

Hayward’s Heath is sited on the edge of the Sussex High Weald which, with its hills, magnificent trees and lakes, is one of the most beautiful places in all England. It is easy to forget that when Henry VIII was King, the Sussex Weald was a very important industrial area producing iron and glass. Indeed, many of its lakes are man-made hammer ponds. Just a few miles to the east of Haywards Heath was another railway, the East Grinstead to Lewes Branch Line, which, despite many good arguments for keeping it going, was closed in 1957. That was the fate of many branch lines across the country, The beautiful viaduct at Balcombe

and Sussex was hard hit. Consequently, the motor car reigns supreme almost everywhere, except for the city centres. Now even our country roads can be clogged from dawn to dusk. The closure of the Steyning to Shoreham branch line by Doctor Beeching also proved to be a social and financial disaster restricting the trade of the Shoreham Port and its ancillary businesses. Shoreham Port could as often as not deliver its heavy goods to London and elsewhere by train, but now they go by heavy lorries and you can’t take the train to work or to school if you live in Shoreham. However, when the Lewes East Grinstead Line was closed a remarkable thing happened. A group of railway enthusiasts determined they would do everything in their power to keep the line open. The result of that vision and dogged determination was the Bluebell Railway and today steam engines and carriages of every kind make the nine mile journey from Sheffield Park via Horsted Keynes to Kingscote, almost into the heart of East Grinstead. The Bluebell railway has now been running for over 50 years and in that time has amassed one of the largest collection of steam locomotives in the UK, second only to the National Railway Museum.

In addition, it has a collection of almost 150 carriages and wagons. It is good that the upkeep of this collection, and the running the trains, provides some useful jobs for the local community as well as helping keep old skills and trades alive. The Bluebell Railway is not run as a stuffy old museum with a ‘don’t touch’ policy. Rather it is managed with humour and verve. Over the years it has bought great pleasure to millions of people, including myself. As I said, you can travel almost to the heart of East Grinstead on the Bluebell line. Almost, but not quite. There’s a problem. The Imberhorne cutting into East Grinstead has been used as a rubbish tip and some 300,000 cubic meters of rubbish have to be removed before a new station can be opened within a 100 yards from the present mainline station. Work has begun but it is a slow and expensive business. Still, what a triumph it will be for the Bluebell Railway when the connection is made. So, take a ride to remember, you will be treated to the unique and marvellous sounds of a steam engine and you can watch that ribbon of white smoke trailing behind you. www.bluebell-railway.com ABSOLUTE

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NEWSXTRA SUSSEX FOOD AND DRINK AWARDS OPEN FOR VOTES!

CITY COLLEGE IN HOSPITALITY RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR NEW STADIUM

he sixth annual Sussex Food and Drink Awards is open for votes this week, inviting the public to choose their local food heroes online at www.sussexfoodawards.biz. Awards include: Sussex Food Producer of the Year – sponsored by The Southern Co-operative. The winner will be a producer of a single food ingredient or a prepared food product, which is delicious and local to Sussex. Best Sussex Food/Farm Shop – sponsored by the South Downs National Park and Collabor8. The winner will creatively sell mainly Sussex produce and could be a farm shop, gate sale, a farm delivering local produce, a delicatessen or independent local/high street shop. Best Sussex Eating Experience – sponsored by Mayo Wynne Baxter. The winner could be a restaurant, hotel, pub or café which uses and promotes mainly Sussex produce and offers consistently high quality food in an enjoyable atmosphere. Sussex Farmer of the Year – sponsored by Knill James. The winner will be a Sussex Farmer who has made the greatest contribution to promoting local produce in the county – first round votes should be in by July 29th for shortlisting and voting re-opens in September. Voting will stay open until October 2nd, when a shortlist will be vetted by a panel of experts, chaired by food industry expert, Clive Beddall OBE. Winners will receive their trophies at the awards ceremony, renowned as the Sussex foodie event of the year, on 26th January 2012, to be held at the stunning new Amex Stadium. www.sussexfoodawards.biz

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undreds visited a recruitment drive seeking 600 catering and hospitality staff for the Amex Stadium held at City College Brighton & Hove, in partnership with Azure Catering and Brighton & Hove Jobs. Said Julie McPhater, Work-based Learning Manager at City College: “It went absolutely brilliantly, with hundreds filling in application forms and the buzz around the college has been unbelievable, with students really inspired by the job opportunities ahead.” City College Principal Phil Frier says: “It’s becoming very apparent that the new stadium is creating outstanding employment opportunities in the city and as a College, we’re keen to find work for our own catering and hospitality students and to work with our partners to help fill these positions by holding these events which are open to anyone with the relevant credentials.” The stadium is seeking all grades of catering staff to work alongside its star chef Fred Tobin, who was once personal chef to the Prime Minister and also

worked at the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane, Harrods in Knightsbridge and The Grove in Rickmansworth. Chefs, logistics porters, kitchen porters and goods receiving porters will be needed to work in the seven kitchens and other back of house areas in the stadium, providing superb catering for matchday hospitality and a huge range of non-matchday events, from trade fairs and conferences to weddings and private parties.

PETER JAMES Absolute Brighton’s favourite author, Peter James, has won many awards for his fabulous crime thrillers, and is up for yet another well-deserved gong after the publication of Dead Man’s Grip (the latest in the Roy Grace series). Look out next month for details of the award, and how you can vote for your local author.

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NEWSXTRA LOCAL MP HIGHLIGHTS WORTHY RECYCLING CHARITY

News items brought to you by Mo Hunter-Shine mo@absolutemagazine.co.uk

ABSOLUTE BRIGHTON SPONSORS THE OUTSTANDING BRIGHTONIAN AWARD

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he Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, Mike Weatherley, has highlighted the problems

faced by a local recycling service, and has helped out by acting as a driver for a morning to help with food drops. The charity, FareShare, distributed 270 tons of un-sold food from high street shops to the local poor and vulnerable last year. It is an extremely efficient recycling service that supports over 3,200 people in

Previous winners of the Outstanding Brightonian Award: Mike Holland, Tony Bloom and Sue Addis

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ach year the people of Brighton and

Addis from Donatellos, stepped up to

Hove vote for the person they think

collect her award for her unceasing local

has made the greatest contribution to the

charity work and support of the city’s

refuges, young people at risk, vulnerable children,

city during the previous 12 months, and

business community. Donatello in the

those with mental issues, the unemployed and people

Absolute Brighton is proud to once again

Lanes is one of the city’s best known and

with terminal illness. Volunteers take surplus food

be sponsoring this important award. The

most admired restaurants and Sue is

from local shops and distribute it to 43 local charities.

judges are looking for the person who

equally well regarded for her hard work.

Although Brighton is one of the most efficient of the

has done the most to improve the quality

Most recently Tony Bloom, Chairman of

16 national FareShare groups, our local branch faces

of life for people in the city.

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club,

a deficit of £33,000. It costs £131,000 a year to keep

Previous winners of the title include

businessman, and property investor,

vehicles on the road, to cover the costs of warehousing

local entrepreneur, Mike Holland, who

was named Outstanding Brightonian for

and staff wages.

was responsible for the restoration

his outstanding work on the American

Mike enjoyed hugely his time as a driver but is now

of Stanmer House, turning it into

Express stadium at Falmer.

keen to emphasise the severity of the funding crisis

an exceptional venue for weddings,

We want to know who YOU think has done

which this incredible project is now facing. He

conferences and parties. Mike is

the most for Brighton over the last year?

commented: “I had no idea just how many charities

currently working on the rebuilding of the

How have they improved the quality of

that FareShare helps locally. It is an incredible service

city Engineerium.

life for people in the city and how do they

with community involvement at so many levels.”

The first ever award was jointly received

bring attention to the positive aspects of

FareShare is now looking specifically for a local hero

by local DJ, Norman Cook, and Brighton

living in Brighton?

who might be able to assist with warehouse premises

& Hove Albion FC for its work within the

to reduce running costs of the scheme which helps so

Brighton community. Roger Marlowe of

The people of Brighton are invited to

many deserving causes.

Paskins Townhouse was another proud

make their own nominations via the

To find out more about volunteering, driving or

recipient for his work in promoting the

website and the judges will also each

donating, please contact Nathan or Seb on

Brighton hotel industry.

offer nominations of their own.

01273 671111.

In 2006, Brighton restauranteur, Sue

Visit www.sbawards.org.uk

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More flying displays are set to make the 2011 airshow one of the biggest in its history

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ach year Don Bean MBE Shoreham Airshow Organiser supported by his trusty team of volunteers tries to come up with ideas that will make the show better than the year before; not an easy task in the current economic climate. “I am confident that we have done it for the 2011 event,” said Don. “Once we have finished one show we start planning the next by booking all the displays and making sure all the things required are in place such as fencing and the all important toilet blocks. We are even having to book these now for 2012 due to the Olympics – but that is another story.” We have aircraft that will take the flying into almost six hours of non-stop entertainment. The Royal Air Force will be sending their Hawk solo display flown by Flt Lt Juliette Fleming, the force’s first female solo display pilot. She will be joined by the Tucano and Tutor solo displays as well as an array of classic jets including the Hawker Hunter, Folland Gnat and De Havilland Vampire. We are also hopeful of having the Red Arrows fly through during the show.” Among the many other air displays will be The Vulcan, the cream of the military parachute teams with the Parachute Regiment Red Devils and the RAF Falcons jumping, always popular with spectators. Another spectacle this year will be a fourship from the Breitling Wingwalkers, the four Extra 300LPs from The Blades and the Yakovlevs flying their Russian aerobatic aircraft in close formation. If its ground attractions you want, we have the children’s circus, fun fair, and craft tent along with many trade stands. There is even an opportunity to meet the pilots and some celebrity guests at the RAFA and RNLI Stands as well as lookalikes and Dads Army and Haurel and Lardy. For advance tickets phone the Ticket Hotline 01903 282354 or look at the Airshow website www.shorehamairshow.co.uk

Photography and words by John Periam, Press Officer for Shoreham Airshow FROM TOP: The Hunter Scramble! Tucano and Spitfire The four ship Breitling display

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Soundwaves Festi

ew commissions, n f o ts h ig n d n a Four days and experiences. s ce n a rm o rf e p collaborations, 2011 from 14 – 17 July

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Brghton Beer Fest ival 14th - 17th July The Old Paddling Po ol www.beerfestbrigh ton.co

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Music fans are invited to take a trip back to the summer of ’63, to relive Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s sizzling performance in the box office hit that has become a cult classic. Songs include She’s Like the Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, Be My Baby, Hungry Eyes and, of course, the Oscar-winning (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life. A NIGHT OF DIRTY DANCING Thursday 21st July 2011 7:45pm Pavilion Theatre Marine Parade Worthing Tickets: £19.50 and £18 Box office: 01903 206206 www.worthingtheatres.co.uk www.easytheatres.com

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Lucha Future is a brand new spectacular event bursting with heroism and villainy, masked athleticism, virtuosity and the uniquely Mexican high-flying take on free wrestling – Lucha Libre. Brighton Dome 12A Pavilion Buildings Brighton, Friday 1st - Saturday 2nd July Evening shows 7.45pm. Family matinee 2.15pm (doors). Tickets: £12.50 - £32.50 Ticket Office: 01273 709 709 www.brightondome.org www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Ladies Day

Reason 4 Stars of TV’s X Factor, The Reason 4 are on the brink of becoming the latest huge pop sensation. And thousands of music fans will get to see them perform their debut single, Take It All, live for the first time as the group support Peter Andre at Fontwell Park on July 2nd. PETER ANDRE IN CONCERT Support: The Reason 4 and Paradise Point Saturday, July 2nd. Gates open 5pm, music 7pm Fontwell Park Racecourse, Fontwell, Nr Arundel, Tickets £35 plus booking fee Fontwell Park 01243 543335 www.fontwellpark.co.uk In person from Fontwell Racecourse 9am to 5.30pm Mon-Fri Ticketmaster 08444 999 990 www.ticketmaster.co.uk Ticketline 0844 888 9991 www.ticketline.co

Get the girls together at Brighton Racecourse for Frosts Lad ies Day on 4th August – the most sty lish event of the year! Dine in the luxury marqu ee, drink champagne on the premie r lawn or enjoy private hospitality in your own suite. Don’t forget to ‘dress to impress’ with some fantas tic prizes being awarded for the bes t dressed on the day. Frosts car s are the lead sponsor of this year’s Lad ies Day so expect to see some luxury car s on site… and perhaps you’ll bag one of your own for a weekend if you win best dressed! Ladies Day admission pric es start at £17 in advance. To book your tickets cal l the Racecourse office on 012 73 603580 or visit the websi te on www.brighton-racecour se.co.uk

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The Horse at Goodwood

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he history of Goodwood and the Dukes of Richmond is inexorably linked with horses. The first Duke of Richmond originally came to Goodwood to enjoy the foxhunting with the Charlton Hunt, then the

most fashionable hunt in the country. The second Duke commissioned the leading equestrian artist, John Wootton, to paint six of his favourite hunters with local landmarks in the background. His son, the third Duke was an early patron of George Stubbs, England’s greatest animal painter, and stayed at Goodwood for nine months in 1759 while he painted three sporting scenes: Racehorses Exercising; The Charlton Hunt; and Shooting at Goodwood. Each shows meticulously observed horses. The third Duke also commissioned the celebrated architect, Sir William Chambers to design a magnificent stable block which is one of the grandest in the country. It is still in use today for race meetings. The first public race meeting at Goodwood was held in 1802 and racing has taken place up in the Downs ever since. The fifth Duke was particularly instrumental in drawing up the rules of racing and was a successful race horse owner. In the twentieth century, Goodwood has hosted horse trials, carriage driving championships and for 21 years, international dressage. The summer exhibition, The Horse, will showcase horse-related art from the Goodwood collection, including the Wootton and Stubbs paintings and a picture of the first ever horse box. Visitors will also be able to tour the stables.

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Sussex means business As one of the proud sponsors of The Sussex Business Awards, Absolute Brighton talks to the woman at the helm of the awards, Caraline Brown (also founder of Midnight communications) and discusses her plans for this year’s prestigious award ceremony taking place at the Grand Hotel in December

Caraline, as the person at the helm of The Sussex Business Awards this must be a busy time for you? The awards go in 4 phases – the first is finding the

around 50 visits were made across the county; these

Also three years after receiving an award these

visits can be tremendously valuable. Our sponsors

same 120 award-winning companies outperformed

are all successful businesspeople in their own right

the comparison companies by an average of 17% for

and can provide really valuable feedback and insight

sales and 36% for share value.

into the organisations of the entrants.

And what’s more, during the final year that

The publicity is also vitally important. Working with

performance was tracked the award winning

our media partners, The Argus, Sussex Life, Juice FM

companies experienced even greater increases with

and Absolute Brighton we ensure that the awards

sales growing by an average of 77% more than the

are kept front of mind between now and the awards

non winning companies.

presentation in December. In addition, all finalists are entitled to use a Sussex Business Awards logo on

We hear that you have made some exciting changes to this years awards. Can you tell us

sponsors and the second is the launch itself.

their marketing material and web site.

This year we wanted to spread the love across the

Can businesses enter more than one

With the economy in its current state, rather than

county and decided to do things a little differently

category, and how do they enter?

try and stage two separate events, this year we have

and decided to launch in the east of the county as

Sussex companies have until 2nd September to

decided to combine the Sussex Awards and the

well. So two launches this year and both done and

prepare their applications for a chance to triumph at

Brighton Awards - two separate competitions and

dusted thank goodness!

the most prestigious business awards in the county.

one great night out.

The Sussex Business Awards are recognised

To enter go online at www.sbawards.org.uk You

Midnight is well known for putting on a great show

can enter up to three categories, plus the Healthiest

(we drove Marcella Whittingdale into the Metropole

Workplace. There is a small entry charge of £50

on a tuc tuc one year!) but we haven’t yet worked

for one award and £100 for three to cover the

out how we will present both these events on the

business sector that the county has to offer?

administration costs of the scheme.

same night. But I guarantee it will be interesting and

Each year we receive over 200 entries from

As the longest established award ceremony

businesses large and small, new and old, across the

for business in Sussex, can only long-

region. Last year’s winners included The Brighton

established and large companies apply?

Marathon (organised by Grounded Events) which

Quite the opposite. Our most popular category is

scooped two awards - Leisure & Tourism and the

always the Most Promising New Business award

Best New Business Award.

which is also the most exciting to judge as it is here

Lettings agency, Leaders, was named Sussex

you learn about all the exciting new ideas that are

Company of the Year with Higgidy Pies and

developing in our region.

as the main date in the Sussex business calendar by many business leaders. Do you think this is reflected by the high calibre

Brighton Institute of Modern Music both runners

a bit about this?

different! One thing is for sure. We will definitely be returning to The Grand once more. Last year we sold out within weeks and the event was attended by well over 400 businesspeople from across the region. And finally, don’t forget to enter your nominations for Brighton’s Outstanding Brightonian - the person you think has done the most for Brighton. The first ever award was jointly received by local

With the current downfall in the economy

DJ, Norman Cook, and Brighton & Hove Albion FC

across the UK, have you seen an impact

for its work within the Brighton community. Roger

upon the awards or are you seeing striving

Marlowe of Paskins Townhouse was another proud

businesses across Sussex?

recipient for his work in promoting the Brighton

In times of recession winning an award really can

Other than hopefully winning, what can

hotel industry as was Mike Holland, responsible for

make a difference. A recent study carried out by the

business owners, entrepreneurs and

the restoration of Stanmer House.

British Quality Foundation compared the financial

employees of businesses that enter the

Most recently Tony Bloom, Chairman of Brighton

performance of 120 award winning companies

awards expect from being included within

& Hove Albion Football Club, businessman,

across Europe.

the entries as well as attending the event

and property investor, was named Outstanding

They tracked financial performance over 11 years

itself?

Brightonian for his outstanding work on the

and found that the award winning companies

Once the entries are in, the judges draw up their

American Express stadium at Falmer.

showed improvement in financial performance after

first shortlist and set out on their visits. Last year

For further information, please visit:

just one year of winning their first award.

www.sbawards.org.uk

up - although neither were disappointed as BIMM went on to win The Creative Industries Award and Camilla Stephens of Higgidy was named Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Winner Takes All As previous winners, Absolute Brighton’s Paul Craig and Electric Hair salon founder Mark Woolley, know what winning one of the much respected Sussex Business Awards feels like. Here, Mark and Paul share with our readers their reflections and tell us why winning an award can actually help improve business Mark Woolley Winner of Businessperson Of The Year 2010 Business background:

Paul Craig

Owner and founder of Electric hair salons Brighton,

Winner of Entrepreneur of The Year 2009

Reading, London and Oxford

Business background:

Mark, as winner of last year’s feted

Owner and founder of Showtec, owner of Karma at

Businessperson Of the Year award, how has

Brighton Marina and Absolute Brighton Magazine as

it impacted on business or recognition as a

well as a property developer and investor in various

business leader for you?

businesses.

I know quite a few of the past winners and so I am

Paul says:

sure this award gives business people recognition

“Since winning the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

across the business community. Being recognised for

in 2009, I still have to pinch myself. I have always

your achievements is always something to be proud

been aware that The Sussex Business Awards are the most prestigious in our county and for me to

of, so I display the trophy in our Brighton salon for everyone to see. Since winning the award, a lot of

presentation angles. Once you have progressed from

be alongside such high calibre fellow entrees was a

the local businesses and my own personal clients

stage one, the face-to-face interview is very detailed

bold and nerve-wracking experience. As I said in

have brought it up on their own accord which has

and, I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

my winning speech on the night of the event, I recall

spawned interest in what we do at Electric, which is

What advice would you give to prospective

sitting at our table throughout the ceremony thinking

fantastic.

business leaders thinking of entering for this

‘you need guts at times to be in business, but this is

Was entering a decision you made with the

award?

the most nerve-wracking experience of all!’

knowledge it may improve business?

The reality is you won’t win an award, even if you

It was a surprise and absolute thrill when my name

Entering and winning an award will ultimately help to

have the best business in the world, unless you

was announced as the winner. It really was not only

build your profile and create awareness about your

give your entry time and then more time. It usually

an emotional time for me and my family on the

business, so I did enter the award on these grounds.

takes a number of weeks to pull all the information

night (after all those years of pure grafting), but also

It was actually perfect timing as I was about to launch

together from different parts of the business and

I felt I had a great sense of recognition that night for

my brand new Electric Haircare range so winning

collate it. You then have to spend a lot of time

not only my hard work but for all of our staff ’s hard

the award gave me a great boost of leverage and the

writing and rewriting, while coordinating the design

work, those who make every nut and bolt work

support I received on a national scale, let alone from

and presentation. Never underestimate how your

within the businesses that I (and my wife) own.

the local community, was incredible.

entry looks as we know first impressions count. On

Since winning, having the winning logo on our

Do you use the award as part of your

content be succinct and honest about what you say.

marketing and my email signature has also helped

marketing?

Try and let the judges see the passion you have for

gain business on several occasions; one potential

Yes. We display the award in the salon and also

your business.

customer even told me outright that having seen

use this information across our other salons to

And finally, are you entering any more

the ‘entrepreneur of the year’ logo at the bottom

demonstrate to other regions how serious and

awards this year?

of my email was the final persuasion to place a

successful our business is. We also include the

I’ve been so busy this year launching the brand new

large amount of business with us (Showtec) as it

winner’s logo on any advertising and promotional

Oxford salon and the new Electric Haircare range so

immediately proved our legitimacy to him.

material we create. It also has a constant presence on

I haven’t had the time I’d like to dedicate to entering

The only trouble now is, where do you go from

our website.

awards, but this is always something I’ll consider for

winning such an accolade in your home county? Well,

Is the entry process stringent?

myself and the business.

in our case it is by being involved and sponsoring

Yes, I think it is. When entering an award you need

mark@electric-hair.com Tel: 01273 748486

the awards. Absolute Brighton is proud to be the

to be aware that there are many judges looking

Salon: 01273 202088

sponsor of The Outstanding Brightonian Award. My

through your submission, and they have many other

Electric Hairdressing

advice to anyone in business would be ‘to just go

awards to consider. I took it very seriously and made

18 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AD

for it and enter,’ it can make a real difference to your

sure we were covering all possible content and

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business and is a great experience.”

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Awards launch

Midnight Communications hosted the launch All the Editors together: The Argus Business News Editor John Keenan, Sussex Life’s Simon Irwin, Absolute Brighton’s Verity Craig and What’s Happening’s Mike Mendoza

evening for the 2011 Sussex Business Awards. Business owners and VIP guests alike were told of the new introductions for this years awards as well as what to expect on the ceremony night. There are eleven trophies up for grabs this year, including the prestigious

Questions and answers for the Sussex Business Awards panel Helena Beard of KBC PR with Karen Lord of Morrisons Solicitors

Sussex Company of the Year and the award for the Most Promising New Business, as well as the search for the Sussex Businessperson of the Year. Kate Barker of Midnight Communications with Karen Burrell of Freedom Leisure

And for the first time, the Brighton and Hove Business Awards (the BAHBAs), will form part of the 2011 competition with Absolute Brighton sponsoring the Outstanding

Phil Jones of Wired Sussex with Vaseema Hamilton of Brighton Institute of Modern Music

Brightonian Of the Year Award. Last year’s Sussex Business Awards winners included The Brighton Marathon (organised by

Ambrose Harcourt of AHPR, Tim Hutchings of Brighton Marathon and Guy Hilton of Hilton Metropole

Grounded Events) which scooped two awards Leisure & Tourism and the Best New Business Award. To enter go online at www.sbawards.org.uk Photographs Graham Franks

Soozie Campbell, Brighton City Centre Manager, Raj Anand, Spicy Group and Melanie Farmer Sussex Innovation Centre

Madam Mayor of Brighton and Hove Anne Meadows with Consort Tony Meadows and Deputy Mayor of Worthing Councillor Charles and Pauline James Debs Lewis of Greycell Events and Megan Russell of Kelly Services

Gemma Garret and Mike Holland

Proud sponsors of the Sussex Business Awards gather

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Connect2Law Sussex law firms sign up to the new referral network, to provide a wide range of services

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egal practices across Sussex have welcomed the launch of Connect2Law, a newly launched network to help law firms grow their

business by offering services outside their specialist areas. While Connect2Law is well-established in other parts of the UK, the scheme was recently introduced to Sussex by Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors, one of the largest law firms in the area. According to Lara Squires, the firm’s Business Development Manager, the uptake has been extremely good: “We began rolling out Connect2Law in February this year and now have 27

Lara Squires and Sarah Edmunds

estate agents

member firms. Smaller and specialist practices in particular have welcomed the opportunity to join our network because it means they can refer work

Absolute Brighton…

that is outside their area of expertise without the risk of losing the client. It

putting business at the forefront

benefits their clients too, as it means they can continue to deal with their

Sarah Edmunds whose practice, Sarah Edmunds Legal, is based in Lewes and Uckfield is delighted to be a member of Connect2Law. She said: “It’s an ideal proposition for an intentionally small firm like ours that offers core services such as conveyancing, wills, probate and commercial property. We provide a friendly, reliable and affordable service and hence build very good

lettings mortgages

trusted solicitor and not have to look elsewhere for another legal provider.”

relationships with our clients – they trust us to give them clear, honest advice, but we can’t be experts at everything. Being part of Connect2Law means we can now help our clients with a whole range of legal issues.” Over 2200 law firms in the UK belong to one of the 21 Connect2Law hubs across the country.   Mayo Wynne Baxter is the hub for firms within BN and RH postcodes, providing members with access to specialist lawyers, free continuous professional development (CPD) training, fee share and a written non-poaching agreement.  Member firms also have access to a

companies

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bulk purchasing group known as CostController which can reduce core

solicitors

overheads by around 20%. Law firms interested in finding out more about joining Connect2Law should contact Lara Squires at Mayo Wynne Baxter on 0800 8494 101 or email

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Platinum at The Grand The inaugural launch of the prestigious Platinum Club took place recently at The Grand Hotel and Absolute Brighton has been appointed as the exclusive and official Media Partner to the Club. The Platinum Club is the region’s premier business club offering a unique networking platform for substantial and influential

From The Grand; Sales Executive Alice Jones, and Deputy General Manager Paul Fearon

businesses in the county and is open to the

Reggie Lenney of All Health Studios with Dianna Bonner of World Vision Photos

CEO’s and Senior Partners only. The Club is proud to be different as there are no speeches, no presentations, no sit down meals and no sponsors but rather an informal champagne and canapé reception encouraging free

Ablsoute fashion writer Natalie Wileman

movement. The launch meeting saw an impressive array of local businesses in attendance, such as Dino Skinner of Healys, Keith Jackman of Mercedes Benz and Bruce Hayter of Rix and Kay

Coutts Bank, Harwood’s Bentley, Mercedes Benz, Mishon Mackay, Sussex Country Cricket

Name badge for Jonathan Perham of Coutts courtesy of Bronwen Eastwood

Club, HSBC Bank, Healy’s Solicitors, Rix & Kay Solicitors, Acumen Business Law to name but a few. The meetings are once a month, and any companies wishing to join should contact Maarten or Paula at Jenerator Creative on 01273 621421 or e-mail

Director of The Platinum Club and Jenerator Creative Paula Seabourne-Pearson with John Keenan from The Argus and Penina Shepherd of Acumen Business Law

info@jeneratocreative.com Photographs Graham Franks

Director of The Platinum Club and Jenerator Creative, Maarten Hoffmann with Dino Skinner of Healys

Stuart Scott of Bite Studio Actor Russell Floyd

Clive Gordon of Gordon House Promotions with Greg Mishon from RDF Group

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Members Only As the pioneers of The Platinum Club, Jenerator Creative founders Paula Seabourne-Pearson and Maarten Hoffmann share with our readers the secret behind their new successful elite business club in Sussex Paula and Maarten, please tell us a bit about

What is the criteria for a business leader

The Platinum Club:

who would like to join the club?

The Platinum Club is a new premier business

Potential members should be recognised as a

forum for business leaders in the region. Brighton

substantial top end company within the region.

has a huge appetite for networking but so many

or, an influential company that has an innovative

of them lack focus. Our Club is based on Affinity

product or service that we feel our members

Marketing, whereby top end companies get together

might be interested in, and in this case we drop the

to explore mutually beneficial collaborative deals

aforementioned criteria. We also invite a range of

between companies. This could be media share,

interesting guests each month to ensure a good mix

data sharing, joint sponsorship and straight B2B

of DNA within each monthly meeting. We certainly

trade, plus much more. The Platinum Club is only

want to do business but it is just as important to

open to CEO’s and Senior Partners of substantial

enjoy the evening and to meet an eclectic range of

or influential businesses. We allow only 4 businesses

people.

per sector and once reached, then that category is closed.

How can prospective members apply? Simply contact us at Jenerator Creative on

Sussex has had many business clubs over

01273 621421 or by e-mail at:

the years. What are you hoping that

info@jeneratorcreative.com

The Platinum Club will bring that will be different? Our difference is the calibre of the members and the amount of effort our company Jenerator Creative put into assisting in deals and agreements between members. In addition, we do not have any speeches, presentations, sponsors or seated meals. Rather, an informal champagne and canapé reception that encourages free movement between members without getting pinned down in a seat between people with whom one might have no synergy or business interest. We both also work

And finally, what do you think is key to a successful networking business club? Preparation: Know who is attending and what their company does. Be bold: Talk to everyone as you never know where that next gold-plated contact will come from. Follow up: If you make a great contact, follow up to arrange the next meeting. If in doubt, talk to us and we will tell you everything you need to know about the attendees and arrange the introduction

Next meeting and where:

other members with whom they have expressed an

The next meeting is June 3rd and, as always, at The

interest in doing business.

Grand Hotel. As The Grand is our partner in The

brand business leaders as members. Can you mention a few?

Maarten Hoffmann

– discreetly and confidentially.

hard to ensure that all members are introduced to

We hear that you already have many high

Paula Seabourne-Pearson

Platinum Club, the monthly meetings are always held there; The finest business club in the City at the finest hotel in the City.

Our founding members are Coutts Bank, Mercedes Benz, Bentley Motors’ Cars, Sussex Cricket Club, HSBC International, Healy’s Solicitors, Rix and Kay

Contact details:

Solicitors, Conciair, Harwood’s Racing Club, Mishon

Paula Seabourne-Pearson or Maarten Hoffmann at

Mackay, Juice FM, Acumen Business Law and of

Jenerator Creative. Tel: 01273 621421.

course, our Official Media Partner and Brighton’s

Mail: info@jeneratorcreative.com.

leading lifestyle magazine, Absolute Brighton.

Web: www.jeneratorcreative.com

ABSOLUTE Brighton is proud to announce that we are the official media partner of The Platinum Club

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The Terrace Exclusive Phillip Plein property is unveiled in the heart of Milan for customers around the world.

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hat is the definition of Garden Eden nowadays? Imagine a city centre, in the most exclusive area. The spirit of fashion and creativity is around and

you are a part of it. Did you ever dream about a place, where all of your wishes are fulfilled? A place where you can relax in the heart of a pulsating, fast moving,

lunch and dinner. Several times per month private dinners will be arranged. A

exciting city?

free membership belongs to the best clients, personal friends and international

The doorman welcomes you.Your exclusive experience begins.You are sitting

celebrities. Mr. Plein himself selects the members, the number is strictly limited.

outside on the terrace, surrounded by nature. Palm trees and flowers are shining

Every member will be the owner of a personalized membership card and can

brightly as sun’s rays’ fall on them.You listen to lounge music. Italian specialties,

bring one additional person to the Terrace. All services are offered for free.

barbecue, fresh fruits, self-made bread, ice-cream, exclusively prepared for you

The effect of a mixture between an easygoing, natural atmosphere and beautiful

from the private cook of Mr. Plein.You drink a glass of champagne.You choose

fashion creates a thoroughly relaxed and very different mood in the center of

your food from the delicious menu. The atmosphere is calm. A private meeting

Milan. The designer himself appreciates the terrace: “The Terrace completes

point. An exclusive membership.

the PHILIPP PLEIN lifestyle. Our lifestyle is defined through diamonds, fashion,

When the day ends and the evening comes, you can enjoy our open air cinema

furniture and a private membership club. We want to present to our partners

and the unique Terrace atmosphere. On some days, a masseuse will stay with you

and friends from around the world something special and exceptional,” states

to promote your relaxation and well-being even more. Together with the sunset

Philipp Plein.

of Milan, the exclusive PHILIPP PLEIN Terrace, presents one of the most wanted

It is difficult to find the counterpart of such a roof garden. A place where your

and beautiful scenes.

wishes are fulfilled. The PHILIPP PLEIN Terrace is a modern Garden of Eden.

The 500 square metres Terrace combines a our men’s and women’s showroom.

PHILIPP PLEIN International AG

A PHILIPP PLEIN store is positioned on the Terrace, to visualize the look of the

Säntisstrasse 5

mono-brand stores to you, that are located in the most beautiful and fashionable

8580 Amriswil, Switzerland

cities worldwide. The PHILIPP PLEIN Terrace is available for morning coffee,

e-mail: press@philipp-plein.com

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Where’s It Appening in Brighton and Hove?

Absolute Brighton takes a look at some of the best Apps that our city has to offer Brighton Marathon App

AroundMe App

Keep on track with what’s happening with the next Brighton Marathon with this clever app that includes a countdown to the next race, live news and a map of the course to be taken in the city. Download free in app search engine.

If you’re ever seized by the need in Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove Bus Time App Brighton and Hove bus real time infoboard app is a unique and useful way to keep in touch with the local bus timetables in real time. A very useful free app for bus travelers! Simply search Brighton and Hove bus real time info and download.

for a curry, a jog around the park or you’ve simply been caught short, a new iPhone application may be able to help. The free AroundMe app, launched by Brighton and Hove City Council, locates council services, tradesmen, pubs and restaurants near you at any given time. Paul Colbran, Brighton and Hove City Council’s head of ICT, said: “This app gives our residents instant mobile access to lots of local information.” Download free in app search engine.

Albion Fans App

The Hickstead App

The Albion App is a great way of interacting with our local football club and will automatically pull in all the latest content from the Albion website straight to your iPhone, making sure you never miss a goal! Simply search for ‘Football League’ in the App Store and then you can set your club to Brighton & Hove Albion to start receiving Seagullsspecific content.

Want to know all about the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead, Sussex? There’s now an app for that. Hickstead has become the latest equestrian venue to embrace modern technology, following the launch of its exclusive free iPhone app. Available to download now, the app will be a must-have for anyone who wants to keep up to date with the action from the British Jumping Derby Meeting (22nd - 26th June), the Longines Royal International Horse Show (26th -31st July) and the All England Jumping Championships (8th -11th September). To download the app, users can search for ‘Hickstead’ on the iTunes website. The Hickstead app is currently available on iPhone only.

Walk Brighton App WalkBrighton brings a new level of detailed walking information for pedestrians traveling across the city. Crossings, railways and footpaths are all carefully detailed on this 3D illustrated mapped app. Download free in app search engine.

…and finally, the Absolute Brighton App After months of hard work Absolute Brighton is proud to unveil to you our very own App this month. Not only can you now download the magazine itself free and read it page by page from anywhere in the world, you will also be able to keep up to the minute with what’s happening in our vibrant city and its surrounding areas. We hope you enjoy this App. Download free in app search engine.

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App! Look out for the arrival of your favourite local magazine’s App this month! Keep up to date with what’s happening in Brighton & Hove, and across Sussex Flick through each page of Absolute Brighton wherever you go Never miss an issue and view it from anywhere Advertisers, your marketing will now go in an additional direction, improving your awareness and yields

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It’s a bargain! Savvy parents, in the position to buy, are turning to the auction rooms to invest in property for their student offspring, say industry experts.

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ith fees tripling to £9,000 per year in 2012, university applications have soared this year, leading to an increase in demand for student properties. As a knock-on effect, so-called ‘bank of mum and dad’ landlords are snapping up properties now to let to their offspring. Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) reported a rise of 12,914 applications compared to the previous year with students wanting to secure places for 2011 before the fee changes take place. Scott Hendry, expert at national lender Auction Finance Limited, has seen an increase in parents purchasing properties for their children. “There are great opportunities at auction for those looking to invest in the student buy-to-let market, with rents on the rise and demand on the increase there are high yields available. Universities are at, or near, full capacity and good accommodation is sought after. “Investing is definitely a growing trend amongst parents. Student property is a sound investment for

the future and there are bargains to be had. We’d seen a lull in this type of purchase in the auction rooms; parents were put off by lending difficulties, red tape and a troubled property market but things are starting to change. “Right now we’re seeing more student property purchase on our books again and I see it as a sector that is going to perform well this year. For anyone in the position to buy, it’s a smart move – you’re saving cash on rent and investing for the future. It’s a money-maker – through both equity and rental income. Rent is virtually guaranteed for two years for the duration of studies. Oliver Adams, Director of Auction House Lancashire, said: “We have always seen parents looking to invest in university towns as it’s a win-win situation. Parents get a sound investment property with immediate income, along with the security of knowing their child is safe. In the last 3-6 months at Auction House Lancashire, we’ve noticed a greater number of parents securing student property at auction. “

Auction Finance Limited offers five key tips for parents looking to invest 1. Location is key. The property needs to be near shops, nightlife and within walking distance from main college buildings. 2. Remember a three bedroom house can easily become a four bedroom by converting one of the rooms on the ground floor. 3. Accommodation for five or more students will need a Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) license. 4. Avoid properties with gardens – they need maintaining. 5. Decide between old and new. Old will be cheaper but will require upgrading. Remember - students like space so Victorian terrace homes with their generous room sizes make a good investment. www.auctionfinance.co.uk

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CALL: 01444 414 642 VISIT: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm. Late night every Thursday until 7pm. Prices correct at print date. Photographs for reference only. Specification on site may differ. Offers available on selected plots.

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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 Parsons, Son and Basley, Queens Road Starbucks, Churchill Square Moksha Café, 4/5 York Place, Jimmy Chop Chop, Trafalgar Street The Laines Deli, 31 Trafalgar Street Easy News, 29 Trafalgar Street The Point Hairdressers, Trafalgar Street Rosalins Hair and Beauty Salon, 78 Trafalgar St Fired Earth, Prince Albert Street Gars, 19 Prince Albert Street Ambience Gallery, Meeting House Lane Kellerwood, 12d Meeting House Lane Jeremy Hoye, 22a Ship Street Brighton Beautique, 14 Ship St She Said, Ship Street Gardens Reiss Clothing, East Street Toni & Guy, 68 East Street Champneys, 24 East Street Madame Geisha, East Street Regent Arcade Art at Five, Bartholomews Karen Millen, Nile Street Velvet, Bond Street Art @ Tailor Made, 3 Brighton Square Solutions inc, Hannington Quarter, Donatellos, 1-3 Brighton Square Fratellis, 20 Brighton 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 Top to Toe, 46 Upper St James Street Four Seasons, 3 Upper Rock Gardens Alvia Hotel, 36 Upper Rock Gardens

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

HOVE Coral Stadium. Nevilll Road, Hove Skerritts, 23 Coleridge Street Tranquility in the City, 12 Boundary Rd Eaton Road Dental Practise, Eaton Rd The Cricketers, Hove Cricket Ground Tai Hair and Beauty, 7 Blatchington Rd Robbies Car Wash, Hove Station Toast of Brighton, 40 Church Road 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 TJ Signs, Portland Business Park

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 House, Southover Rd Chalk Gallery, 4 North Street Gorringes, 15 North Street Gorringes, Market 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 NK Hair, Brick Lane Henfield Richwards Estate Agents, Henfield White Mischief Weddings, Henfield Ghyll Manor, High St, Rusper Ripples Bathrooms, Keymer Rd, Hassocks Shepherd and Dog, Fulking White Horse Hotel, Rottingdean Bright on Beauty, 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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