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ABSOLUTE BRIGHTON . ISSUE 61 . FEBRUARY 2010

ISSUE 61 . FEBRUARY 2010

DAREDEVIL HAMSTER

TOP GEAR’S RICHARD HAMMOND

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VALENTINE GIFTS OF LOVE

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ABSOLUTE FEATURES 10 New Decade Chunky, loud jewels for 2010 22 Daredevil Hamster Richard Hammond on that accident and his Top Gear colleagues 32 J’adore... Gifts for Valentine lovers 42 Love is in the Air The honeymoon getaway 46 Styled For A Princess Top wedding dress designers 48 Have Your Cake Traditional wedding cakes ABSOLUTE REGULARS 9 Editor’s Letter 16 Celebrity Get The Look Get the stylish look of supermodel mum-to-be Claudia Schiffer 18 Absolute Celebrity Column with Austin Mutti-Mewse 21 Absolute Socialite Diary Peter Jarrette shares a page from his busy schedule 30 Absolute Faces And Places 56 Brighton At Its Best Tim Parker takes a trip to the North Laine area of Brighton 60 Absolute Travel Neil Geraghty visits Hong Kong and Macau as they prepare for Chinese New Year 65 Absolute Motoring The car of the year is unveiled 66 Absolute Education 68 Absolute Art 70 Absolute What’s On 72 Absolute Business Section 74 Absolute Distribution Points ABSOLUTE INTERIORS 24 Stylishly Floored The many options for flooring 26 Runners With Style Mister Smith Interiors unveil their new range of flooring and runners 27 Flower Power Floral makes an interior comeback 31 A Colourful Year The new styles arrive at County Kitchens

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ABSOLUTE HEALTH AND BEAUTY 34 Absolute Hair with Mark Woolley 37 Absolute Make-Up Column Celebrity make-up artist Jeni Dodson gives top tips for red lips this Valentines Day 38 Absolute Life Coaching 39 Beating The Blues Sheryl Waters gives advice on beating depression 41 Power Brushing The best electric toothbrushes available 44 Absolute Dental Column Gain the perfect smile for your wedding day ABSOLUTE FOOD AND DRINK 52 Absolute Restaurant And Bar Listings 54 Food For Love Rockerfeller oysters recipe for a romantic Valentines Day

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It takes months to handcraft a Bentley. It takes just 3.7 seconds to hit 60 mph with the new Continental Supersports (0–100 km/h in 3.9 seconds). It is powered by a potent twin-turbo W12 that offers the driving intensity of a supercar. Equipped with a new quick-shift gear­box and all-wheel drive, you can reach a top speed of 204 mph (329 km/h) in a heartbeat. Extreme performance. Extreme Bentley. But more than horsepower, this two-seater has all the refined styling you’d expect in a handcrafted Bentley. Plus, it has been developed with technology to run on gasoline or a mix of gasoline and bioethanol. As a result, you could reduce net CO2 emissions by up to 70% on a “well-to-wheel” basis (com­bined CO2 emissions of 388 g/km). Simply put, we couldn’t resist taking both design and performance to the extreme. HARWOODS OF SUSSEX London Road, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1AR. Tel 01798 877213 www.bentleymotors.com/harwoods

Fuel economy figures for the Continental Supersports in mpg (l/100km): Urban 11.5 (24.5); Extra Urban 24.4 (11.6); Combined 17.3 (16.3). CO2 emissions (g/km): 388. The name ‘Bentley’ and the ‘B’ in wings device are registered trademarks. © 2010 Bentley Motors Limited. Model shown: Bentley Continental Supersports, mrrp £166,600. Price correct at time of going to press.


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Oh my goodness, I don’t know where to start. I must confess, that editor’s letters can be sometimes difficult to write month after month - you’re usually on a tough deadline, stressed with a numb brain, and worry you’re repeating yourself. Not a good state of affairs. However, this month I can’t type fast enough, for all the exciting features this month’s magazine holds. So I’ll go through a few which I think will be of particular interest to you, our lovely readers. As a fan of Top Gear I was so excited when Danny Masters informed me that he’d managed to book an exclusive interview with the ‘Hamster’ Richard Hammond for Absolute Brighton. And upon reading it, I wasn’t disappointed. Also known as the ‘daredevil’ of the three motoring programme’s presenters, Richard spoke to Danny about ‘that accident,’ dispersed those rumours over the stunts and adventures in the popular TV show not being ‘real,’ and why his favourite place is being at home with his wife and children (women everywhere with love him even more now!) (Page 22) Whether it is love or a secret crush, we’re all getting ready to purchase those all important Valentines Day cards… and nowadays, a card isn’t all that loved ones expect. Valentines gifts are now mandatory, apparently. Yes, if you want to gain a Valentines gold star this year from your loved one you had better purchase a little (or big) token of your love. From lacy underwear to a cuddly teddy that you can record a romantic message in, we have found some of the most romantic ideas for lovers everywhere. (Page 32) And with romance comes weddings of course. Choosing a wedding dress is one of the most important decisions in many ladies’ lives; many have envisaged it since they were little. But when it comes to actually finding that dream dress, the task can turn in to a stressful one. To help any brides-to-be out there suffering this predicament, we select a pick of the best wedding gown designers, whose dresses are available in local shops throughout Sussex. They truly are beautiful. (Page 46). We have also selected some great honeymoon destinations for you (Page 42), and some of the best traditional wedding cakes available. (Page 48) Well, from all of us here at Absolute we wish you a very happy and romantic Valentines Day!

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ABSOLUTE CELEBRITY LOOK The Model Look

At 39, beautiful supermodel turned mum of two Claudia Schiffer has announced this month that she is 5 months pregnant making her and husband Matthew Vaughn happily expectant parents for the third time. Always impeccably stylish, Claudia recently stepped out in this stylish outfit. Perfect for shopping around the town. You too can steal Claudia’s catwalk look but without the designer price tag.

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Leopard Print Top Oasis £55 www.oasis-stores.com Animal Luella black sunglasses RRP: £64.99 Online price £58.49 www.sunglasses-shop.co.uk

February Absolute Celeb

Cynthia Nixon has been a talented actress for many years, but shot to fame in the iconic Sex and the City, when she played one of the four key roles - lawyer Miranda Hobbes. A breast cancer survivor herself, she plays an active role in bringing about awareness of the disease. She lives with her partner Christine Marinoni, to whom she is now engaged. Her latest venture is a starring part in the new version of An Englishman in New York with John Hurt, and there is a new Sex and the City feature film in the wings. We think she looks stunning in this mustard dress and heels, and is our celebrity of the month!

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O-BITCH-UARY…

With Austin Mutti-Mewse

!” ne go m I’ n he w e m t ou ab lk ta “Don’t The only A-list celebrity column in Sussex Gaga dreams of playing deranged Norma

If there’s one star who absolutely took the celebrity and music world by storm in 2009, it was Lady Gaga. The twenty-something has not only become a hit with her music, but is a style icon whose look has been likened to a young Liberace: “I like the fact people say I’ve taken a leaf from Liberace’s book,” says Gaga, “although I’m sure he wore more bling than me.” So what’s next for our favourite platinum blonde? “I’d love to have a go at playing Norma Desmond.” Lady Gaga revealed her love of the fictitious star of director Billy Wilder’s film Sunset Blvd (1950) to Bette Midler at the Royal Variety show last year. “I could do demented, deranged and deluded rather well,” she said convincingly.

Victoria Beckham too posh to share a public loo

Jackie Stallone talks to Queen Mother (apparently)

Victoria Beckham appears to be stealing Mariah Carey’s crown in the diva stakes. An ‘Absolute mole’ has revealed to me that ‘Posh’ is particularly pernickety about public toilets and is known to get her people to phone ahead an hour before her appearance at a London fashion store to make sure the loos have been locked to anyone else but her prior to her arrival. “She’s also one of those celebrities who tip-off the paps as to where she’s going to be and then blames everyone else when she’s caught on camera,” says our mole close to Posh. “She can’t help herself, she lives and breathes fame!”

Jackie Stallone says Celebrity Big Brother bosses may have duped her into signing up to the show a few years ago by telling her she was to be filmed staying at an English country house with a bunch of intellects, but it was she who had the last laugh: “I’m sure when this series ends I’ll be interviewed again talking about my time in the hell hole of a house and in turn receive more fan mail. The British love me!” she says. “I’m friends with the Queen, you know. I’m friends with her mother too and her sister.” Hmm, seeing the latter two are both no longer with us, it would appear Jackie’s obviously taken up with her role as a medium again!

Baywatch babe too shy for CBB spotlight Pamela Anderson says she couldn’t bare the idea of being in the spotlight 24-7 as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother: “I’m actually shy in many ways,” says the surgically enhanced former Baywatch blonde turned pantomime star. “I couldn’t stand being spied on for any amount of time; those on that show must be so desperate!”

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Holby star is cool about Dancing on Ice Jeremy Sheffield may well have the edge over his fellow Dancing on Ice skaters, as the British born star of Holby City and Hollywood films such as The Wedding Date (2005) and Last Chance Harvey (2008) with Dustin Hoffman, but it doesn’t stop him asking for advice. He recently got tips from the Queen’s former dress designer, Sir Hardy Amies, on how to ice skate. Sheffield, who was a male model at the tailor’s during the late 1980s, revealed that Sir Hardy was once a champion tennis player and ice skater. “He could have given Torvill and Dean a run for their money,” he said. “After being in LA for so long, the one thing I’m least looking forward to is the cold.”

Booth is back and in the saddle Hollyoaks actor Stefan Booth is making his way back on screen after devoting much time to charity work and sharing child care duties with his wife, model Debbie Flett, who he met acting in the TV drama, Breakwater. For Stefan’s latest film Gun of the Black Sun he’ll be utilizing his motorbike riding skills: “I ride my bike all the time so it’s not a great challenge for me – now horse-riding, that would be a different matter,” he says.

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England star launches Brighton Ladies League A

n initiative to offer ladies competitive smallsided football is being rolled out across England and will come to Brighton in February with the launch of a new community 6-a-side football league which is being supported by Arsenal and England star Kelly Smith. It is hoped that the weekly league will enable more ladies to take part in competitive football with relatively few 11-aside leagues still available despite the increase in popularity of women’s football. The ladies community 6-a-side football league will be running every Friday evening between 7.00pm - 9.00pm on the Astroturf pitch at Stanley Deason Leisure Centre. The man behind the initiative is Paul Spacey, who helps to run the UK’s largest and most popular network of men’s small-sided football leagues, Prostar Leagues. Spacey hopes the ladies leagues will eventually prove to be just as popular as men’s small-sided football, especially now that women’s football has overtaken netball as the official number one female participation sport in the UK. He said, “We have countless enquiries every day from women looking to get involved in a 6-aside league and we have now decided on a new venture and will work with the Football Association

to offer women throughout England the chance to do just that. It is fantastic to have Kelly Smith involved as she is one of the most high profile names in women’s football. In fact, she’s probably the David Beckham of the women’s game, but with a better left foot!” Teams will play a half hour game each week, there is no registration or affiliation fee and match costs are just £3 per player per week. Divisional winners will receive free kits and entry into the first ever UK Women’s National Cup while runners-up receive top quality individual trophies and there is also a top goalscorer competition. The league will be affiliated to the Football Association with all matches being officiated by qualified FA referees and the organisers hope to get female officials involved in the competition. All equipment is provided so that it is simply a case of turning up and enjoying the fun, providing you are aged 16 and over. Kelly Smith, MBE, commented, “It is great to see someone trying to get more ladies involved in competitive football. I grew up playing small-sided football, it’s a great way to improve your technique and fitness and the leagues will give ladies the chance to do that. It really is easy to get five or

six friends together to take part so this is a great opportunity for local ladies to get involved in the game. ” Anyone interested in taking part can either contact Kylie at Ladies Leagues on 0845 0745709 for more information or teams can register online at www.ladiesleagues.com.

Food and drink experts at the Ideal Home Show

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regg Wallace, James Tanner, Ed Baines, Jun Tanaka, and Phil Vickery are among some of the UK’s Top Food & Drink experts to appear at the Ideal Home Show 2010. This year’s Ideal Home Show has created an unrivalled medley of some of the UK’s most coveted food and drink experts, who will bring cooking to life through a series of LIVE cooking demonstrations in the Celebrity Chef Theatre at the new look Ideal Home Show, 20th March – 5th April 2010, at London’s Earls Court. Eleven of London’s leading food and drink experts will come together under one roof to cook up a storm, and demonstrate the very best in fine cuisine everyday for the 17-day event. Visitors will be treated to first hand insights into a professional kitchen, with top tips, inspiration, advice and secrets from some of the most successful restaurateurs in the business. For the real foodies amongst us, there will also be a chance to grace the Chef ’s table, where lucky members of the Ideal Home Show audience will be selected, and invited to sit amongst some of Britain’s hottest Chef Talents, sharing cooking tips and advice while sampling their culinary creations. There will also be the chance to participate in LIVE Q&A sessions with the experts, focusing on wine and food matching, and a ‘Best of British Cook Off.’ The Ideal Home Show, London will open its doors for 17 days from 20th March – 5th April 2010, at London’s Earls Court. Tickets can be either booked online or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0844 4154144. Group bookings can be made by calling the Groups Hotline on 0844 4124650, or for further information about the show and to purchase tickets online visit the website www.idealhomeshow.co.uk Top left: Gregg Wallace. Left: Phil Vickery. Right: James Tanner

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ABSOLUTE SOCIALITE DIARY

CUPID AND COLLAGEN PJ, aka Peter Jarrette Brighton’s favourite socialite, tells of love found and lost, and a new place to help you stay beautiful! Dear diary Cupid is emptying his quiver in every direction, the naughty cherub! Out of the frozen months gone past comes the warming February news of frills and fancies as many begin their long trips to Love’s Altar. Dave “Mental” Evans, the publisher of my book Brighton Bible and MD of 4 Print and Design/ 4 Publishing, popped the question not long ago to his now fiancé, Keira Philo in a champagne filled private box at The Royal Albert Hall. Another young couple of my acquaintance, Aide Shann and Louise Skinner, have announced November as the month of their nuptials! Some prominent couplings sadly however, came undone in the dark days and long nights of this frigid winter. The chattering classes will know too well of whom I speak. All of us wish these two charming and warm people the best in their new directions. I remain besotted with my elegant wife of 20 years, Karin, and am still in awe of her amazing ability to find the mustard in the fridge or remember birthdays and anniversaries. However, my head has been turned by Jackie Newman and the lovely people at A New You, www.a-newyou.co.uk, the beauty enhancement clinic at 14-15 Queen’s Road. At A New You, I have been the recipient of an indulgent course of Botox which pleasured me and left me with a fretless brow. Whilst there I spied the collagen renewal treatment Genuine Dermaroller Therapy, available in only a handful of UK clinics, that is taking the entertainment and fashion worlds by secret storm. I booked myself straight in for that 3 month treatment faster than you could say Jack Robinson. Read how I get on next month. The wonders that could await you too upstairs in their discreet and calming clinic rooms are abundant. Drop in to see Jackie on February 10th as she hosts a Valentine’s sample night to help you enthral your love interest with your enhanced beauty! But enough of my social juggernauts! I previously told you of great changes afoot for Brighton and Hove and the millionaire machine, Martin Webb and Co. Well, they continue to gobble up ongoing concerns in the city with their latest surprise acquisition, The Atlas Lounge on Western Road. Is there more to come? I myself have been asked to broker the sale, 2.5 million pounds, of a residential building that comes complete with an expansive newly launched bar and bijou basement nightclub. A new direction for me but a Socialite, like a Boy Scout, must always be prepared…to earn. Finally this month I have effected an introduction to the celebrated UK author Martina Cole via a mutual friend, the archaeologist Paulie Riccoboni. Eager to expand my writing career (in the 80’s I had 4 bestselling worldwide children’s books published in two editions and several languages by Little Simon/Simon and Schuster NYC ), this multi tasking Socialite is in need of a literary agent for three salacious grown-up novels!

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ABSOLUTE INTERVIEW “…Personally, I like a car with some sort of character. It might be anything from a distinctive engine note to a quirky way in which it’s built.”

Richard’s five favourite drives in the world: 1. The Honister Pass in the Lake District. It’s a long and beautifully scenic road but I love it because Buttermere lies at the end of it. And that’s my favourite place in the world. 2. The Stelvio Pass. The hightest mountain pass in the Eastern Italian Alps running from Davos to Stelvio, it’s 15 miles of deserted perfection. 3. The Tranfagarasn in Romania. The road was built as a military route across the Carpathian Mountains and it’s got everything – steep, hairpin turns, long S-curves and sharp descents. A magnificent piece of roadbuilding. 4. The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA. Best driven in a big but simple V8 car so it quickly settles down into that wonderfully metallic V8 drone. I you nail along as the sun is setting, you see the salt flats opening up ahead of you like spilt milk – that’s a pretty spectacular drive. 5. The road that has my home at the end of it. Because the great thing about leaving my front door to go on one of our expeditions is knowing I’m going to come back to it. As I keep explaining to my wife and two daughters, the best thing about leaving home is that you get to come back. And what would be on the CD player? This makes me sound like an old fogey but the ultimate driving track is Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’. It doesn’t make you drive aggressively but you just settle into it and let it wash over you. And of course, it’s about home – and I love my home life!

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ABSOLUTE INTERVIEW Richard with his Top Gear colleagues, Jeremy Clarkson and James May

Daredevil Hamster He’s trekked to the North Pole in a dog sled, crashed at 300mph in a jet-propelled dragster and in the Christmas special of Top Gear, drove through the Bolivian jungle and negotiated the most dangerous road in the world. Danny Masters catches up with Top Gear presenter and self-confessed petrolhead, Richard Hammond Richard, given that you suffered a life-threatening brain injury during a previous Top Gear caper, why do you still put yourself through these ordeals? A very good question! We certainly don’t make these films to show how good or clever we are. But it’s an unmissable chance to give viewers the chance to see something extraordinary as seen through the eyes of three ordinary blokes. And of course I can’t deny it’s hugely exhilarating knowing that you’ve pushed yourself to the limit to prove something can be done, and delivered a great piece of television in the process. How close were you to dying when you crashed that jet car? Let me put it like this, doctors use a points system; fifteen is normal, three is a flatline. Apparently I was a three. I was that close to being dead. I actually damaged the part of my brain to do with spatial awareness, so afterwards I occasionally had trouble with parking; which was a bit of an embarrassment. Have you changed your lifestyle in any way since the accident? I run more. My doctor told me that to recover from a brain injury, it’s good to be quite fit. So I run more for my mental health then physical. It makes me feel good, and I feel the benefits immensely. If I don’t have a run at the beginning of the day, I’m miserable and moody all day - it does make a huge difference. In these budget conscious times, how do you justify the cost of Top Gear’s epic challenges? Compared to other forms of TV, we’re very inexpensive to run. Take our Christmas special in Bolivia...the cars were bought on the cheap, we were camping in ditches rather than staying in luxury hotels so we couldn’t have been more frugal. But more to the point, Top Gear is sold worldwide so I think you’ll find the show makes the BBC more money than it costs to make. And that’s a great thing because it props up other programmes that are worthy of making but commercially could never stand up on their own.

As you just mentioned, you and your co-presenters James and Jeremy had to camp out in the jungle. Who’s the worst camper? Probably Jeremy hates camping the most. I love camping – although, I prefer it when my tent isn’t full of cockroaches and spiders. But James and Jeremy get very middle aged about it, complaining about the standard of the zips on their sleeping bags etc. There was a lot of time spent sat round a smouldering camp fire with those two moaning about how wild it was and questioning why I’d spent most of my formative years under canvas in the Lake District. But I genuinely enjoy it, especially the sound of the wind smattering against the canvas. Are you sure you didn’t really all stay in 5 star hotels? No, honestly, when we do these trips, it really is the real deal. You can see by the way we look– and it’s shot in HD (high definition) which is a problem as we all looked like hell. You’ve road-tested loads of cars, what do you look for in a car when you’re buying one with your own money? Personally, I like a car with some sort of character. It might be anything from a distinctive engine note to a quirky way in which it’s built, or something interesting about it beyond the simple ability of it being able to move from one place to another reliably and efficiently, which all cars can. Who’s the best celeb driver you’ve ever had on Top Gear? Jay Kay (lead singer of Jamiroquai). He’s got a collection of sports cars and he really can drive them. He is a very good peddler! On Top Gear, how much of the banter between the three of you is rehearsed? It’s pretty much all ad lib. When we’re filming on location, we go out and we have an idea of what we want to do and generally we come back with something completely different and that’s the joy of it.

Is there any truth in the rumours that you three presenters don’t get on any more? It’s nonsense. People see our on-screen banter and think that we must hate each other. But the whole show is founded on taking the mic out of each other. That’s how we get by. We actually get on really well. We’ve been through a hell of a lot together over the last 7 years of doing the show, so we’re never short of things to talk about. I’m actually not filming with them today for the first time in ages and it doesn’t feel right. Do your two daughters have a love of cars? Yes, they already like cars. But then, lots of little girls do, don’t they? But they both love their ponies and chickens more, so they’re not entirely wedded to metal. Do you think it’s vaguely odd that women seem to be nuts for you? It is odd. I even made it into Heat magazine’s ‘weird crushes.’ But it’s worth remembering that James May also appeared on that list! And that’s not just odd. That’s pretty bloody weird. Finally, Jeremy constantly teases you about this but have you really had your teeth whitened? No, I honestly haven’t!

Richard with his beloved wife Mindy

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Floorlessly Stylish Stylish flooring in a home can make a chic interior statement. With so many different options available, which are the best and how practical are they? Tiled

Concrete

Tiled floors look great while being very

Concrete flooring is becoming more and more

practical. They’re easy to clean and are

popular. Plain or ornate concrete brick or

hardwearing lasting up to years in perfect

stone can be used, adding whatever characters

condition. But this all depends upon the quality

your home requires. It can also be stained in a

tiles used and the all-important fitting of them.

colour of your choice to suit the interior design

There’s no great secret to laying your own

of your home.

stunning tiled floor. With a little planning and

From limestone to bare concrete, this is

careful setting out, it’s as easy as tiling a wall.

another type of practical flooring and works

Floors have to take more wear than any other

especially well combined with underfloor

part of your home, so choosing tiles is the ideal

heating.

solution, especially for kitchens and bathrooms.

Concrete flooring is also good for a downstairs

It’s not a job for the complete novice but

room that leads on to an outside area since it

someone with competent DIY skills should be

is wearable to use for outside conditions, thus

able to tackle plain floor tiles. There’s usually

extending a room to a garden or patio area.

less cutting around awkward shapes than with

Wood

wall tiles and you’re not fighting against gravity.

Wooden flooring, whether it be natural oak or

However, if you have bought very expensive

laminated, can be the perfect flooring solution

natural stone or want a particularly complex

for most homes. Being ideal for a home with

pattern it may be worth calling in an expert.

children, pets or a bachelor, it is easy to clean

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Carpet

sufferers or asthmatics, since it doesn’t hold

The original in modern

hair or dust.

home flooring, carpet is

Apart from being a healthy type of flooring,

still a popular choice for

wooden floors can look very chic in any home

the domestic home. With

and any room. Again, this type of flooring also

so much choice nowadays

blends well with underfloor heating.

too, from style, pattern and

Natural materials

colour, this fully insulated

As well as wood, there are other natural

material continues to also be

products that make superb flooring. Bamboo

one of the most practical in

is one such product, and it has become a

floor choices too.

popular choice for a wide range of uses. It is

Quality carpet and

a grass species that grows wild in Asia, and

professional fitting is key to it having a long life and looking

it regenerates when cut so doesn’t need

stylish.

replanting and requires no fertilizers. It is fast

Quality carpet can be

growing, being able to be harvested in just

purchased locally from

three to five years.

www.mistersmith.co.uk

Bamboo is a good flooring material because it is durable, anti-microbial, water resistant, stable and has a look to complement any décor.

The luxurious feel of carpet

Cork is another natural flooring solution that doesn’t need extensive replanting and fertilizing. It comes from the bark of the cork oak, which grows mainly in the Mediterranean area, and it can be harvested every eight to ten years. The trees are not cut down; the bark is simply peeled off and then allowed to regrow. The cork bark is processed by compressing with acrylic and then can be made into tiles or cork sheeting. When it has been laid as a floor material, it needs to be sealed to make it hard-wearing. Cork makes a beautiful floor as is durable, comfortable to walk on, insulating against noise and temperature. Linoleum is another natural product that has been used for flooring for many years. It is derived from renewable, natural materials and its manufacture results in minimal waste creation. The major raw material in linoleum is linseed oil which is first oxidized to become thick and spongy. This mass is then bound together with wood resin, wood flour and limestone. Natural pigments are used to create a wide range of colors and designs and the linoleum is then backed with jute, another natural product. This flooring product is biodegradable, anti-microbial, non-toxic and easy to clean. It is much cheaper than hardwood floors too.

Beautiful stained concrete flooring can make an artistc feature right under your feet!

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Runners with style Mister Smith Interiors unveil the new range from carpet designer Roger Oates

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oger Oates runners are celebrating the start of a new decade by introducing fresh exciting colours into their latest range. Alongside the traditional red stripes and charcoal, Farrow & Ball influenced shades, there are now fresh pinks, limes and baby blues all interwoven into Roger Oates classic designs. His ability to mix timeless classic style with chic new fashions set the runners apart from the mainstream. These stylish runners (supplied exclusively by Mister Smith Interiors, Brighton), are all made in 100% top quality

wool and fitted by their Roger Oates Star rated fitter. These ranges are supported by many fantastic designs from companies such as Crucial, trading with their broad striped carpet with its fantastic pinks and oranges (pictured) and Louis de Poortere, who offer a coordinate range of carpets to help match the stair runner onto the landing and into the bedroom, seamlessly. Mister Smith also have luxurious hand woven carpets from India. This quality of carpet, once only a desire of the rich and famous, now comes at an affordable price and defy belief with their density and supremely soft pile. Have them fully fitted or made into area rugs. All carpets can be cut into runners or bound to make rugs. Mister Smith will visit you and offer advice on what suits your home best, and this is backed up by a 5-star fitting service. Amtico floors still lead the market in attractive replica stone and wood floors and Mister Smith Interiors is proud to be a recommend supplier of              this type of flooring too. From Oaks to Limestones          to funky colours and sparkles, Amtico  offers design, quality and value for money.             There are some fantastic discounts in the winter

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sale so do visit their Brighton shop and see the huge range on offer. Home visits are made on a no fee, no obligation basis unless you feel you would like to use the skills of the interior designer, where a very reasonable charge is applied. Mister Smith Interiors 23 New Road Brighton Sussex BN1 1UF Tel: 01273 605574 Email info@mistersmith.co.uk www.mistersmith.co.uk.

Ripples promotes romance in the bathroom

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Home is where the heart is... For more information on these novelty sinks and shower bases, please visit www.ripples.ltd.uk

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1. Orla Kiely Heal’s doormat £30 www.heals.co.uk

4. Pimpernel Antique Rose placemats £8 for a box of 6 www.johnlewis.co.uk

7. Cath Kidston Rose Sprung Cushion £18 www.cathkidston.co.uk

2. Cath Kidston floral radio £200 www.cathkidston.co.uk

5. Bespoke Laura Ashley Rose silk curtains POA www.lauraashley.com

8. Floral Print Marks and Spencer mugs £5.00 each www.marksandspencer.co.uk

3. Rose print Marks and Spencer mugs £5.00 each www.marksandspencer.co.uk

6. Spray Flowers cup and saucer set £6.00 per set www.cathkidston.co.uk

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FACES & PLACES Derek and Pamela Carpenter

Le Bal MasQué

Kids’ Appeal, the small charity with a big heart, that supports and helps children suffering from leukaemia and cancer, hosted a Gloriously Romantic Masquerade Ball at The Old Market, Hove last December. Inspired by the Masquerade Ball from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ the old theatre was transformed into a magical setting by the use of décor, costumes and lighting. The Phantom’s

Leanne Bray and Scarlett Lowin

Deni Nice and Katherine Wilson of Walk in Wardrobe

Fantasy was recreated in one of the highlights of the evening. Set to the wonderful music of the film, the Ball opened with the Prologue to

Naomi Arnold and her mother, actress June Brown, Brian Ralfe and Anita Ellison

the Masquerade Ball with a sparkling fashion show, courtesy of Kate Wilson of Walk In Wardobe and her models; the spectacular finale, choreographed by Bethania Matheus of BM Models, featured stunning ball gowns. Live music was provided by the sensational Greeting the guests: Elliott Box and James Bartram - “The Naked Footmen”

Ray Lewis and his Drifters; as the Patron his involvement and support is of paramount importance to the charity. This major fundraising event will help Kids’ Appeal in its aim to provide a mobile holiday home for the families and children and continue to ‘change tears into smiles’. Pictures Richard Bidwell

The stunning Fantasy Parade

Models from the Fantasy Parade

The Fantasy Parade

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County Kitchens predict a colourful year The natural look, appealing curves and mood-altering lighting: not the ingredients of a hot date, but the biggest new trends to hit the nation’s favourite room this year

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he recession has consolidated the kitchen’s place at the heart of our homes for two reasons. Firstly, we are spending more time eating, entertaining and socialising indoors in a bid to save cash while still enjoying the fun things in life. Another symptom of the current economic climate is that people are opting to invest in their homes rather than sell them, with kitchen renovations proven to add the most resale value. This is borne out by people increasingly shunning the dining room in favour of a larger kitchen, with more than half a million dining rooms due to be demolished over the next 12 months according to research from Halifax Home Insurance. Add these factors together and it’s easy to see why homeowners are clamouring for stylish yet functional kitchens that can provide everything we demand of them on an affordable budget. So if you’re planning on updating your kitchen what should be on your wish list? It’s all about natural woods, curved lines and clever storage according to Bethan Barnfield, marketing manager at County Kitchens. “Natural oak units are set to be in high demand next year. This traditional look has been perennially popular but wood is making a comeback with a much more contemporary feel. Savvy customers are opting for colour stained or painted finishes to the wood for added depth and interest. “Shapes and curves are also going to be a style staple in the kitchen, and the move away from harsh angular lines will continue. Curved ends on peninsulas and islands are becoming more and more popular, as are Mondo units, which allow

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access into corner storage spaces via a carousel system. These are available in concave versions too, taking the angularity out of the kitchen. “There is an appeal in using smoother curves instead of sharp corners for people looking to bring smooth, flowing lines into their homes. Most styles also have their disadvantages, and it is true that you need to have adequate space to properly show off curves in your kitchen, however they can be cleverly built in to less generous areas to create a real focal point. “De-cluttering remains a watchword for modern life and the importance of having a place for everything people need to hand in a busy kitchen is set to grow and grow. Maximising the use of hard to reach corners and the back of cupboards is now much easier thanks to clever storage solutions such as ‘magic corners’, Le Mans units, carousels and half carousels, while deep drawers with food dividers and tall larders with pull-out drawers are becoming more and more desirable. “Increasingly smart storage means that the typical busy parent or time-poor young professional can easily lay their hands on that elusive tin of beans or spice jar without a ten-minute rummage through a dark cupboard! “Ambience also plays a crucial role in the home, especially for those romantic dinners and intimate gatherings. One thing sure to set the mood is the right lighting. “The best lighting is unobtrusive, so low-voltage spotlights fitted flushly into the ceiling create a subtle, ambient effect. People with small kitchens can make them look much more spacious, with clever under-cabinet or plinth lighting.

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“Plinth lighting creates a beautiful link between furniture and the floor, emitting a soft glow and perfect if you want to show off lovely new flooring. Meanwhile, accent lighting is increasingly used to highlight features and to create a mood, for instance inside a glass cabinet for a dramatic look. Lighting in a variety of colours is becoming increasingly popular as people choose colours such as cool blues, romantic reds and calming greens to fit their moods.” Speaking of green, a County Kitchens survey shows that eco-friendly appliances in kitchens is a growing priority for homeowners, with one in four Brits putting energysaving washing machines, dishwashers and recycling bins at the top of their kitchen wish-list ahead of televisions and American-style refrigerators. Another feature making a big splash with consumers is the soft-touch drawer opening mechanism. Until now this has been a request-only feature from kitchen showrooms, but next year will see this become an industry standard with all new kitchens being fitted with the slam-proof gliding drawers. Bethan concludes:: “2010 is set to be an exciting time for kitchens with more people looking to make the most of their current homes and really maximise their appeal. It’s important that not only does a kitchen have the impressive ‘wow factor’ aesthetically, but work from a practical perspective too. The resurgence of colourful lighting and the latest innovations in storage solutions mean that there has never been a better time to make the most important room in the home work harder for every lifestyle.” County Kitchens, Unit 4, Newtown Road, Hove. BN3 7BA Tel: 01273 234890. countykitchens.com Showrooms also in Chichester, Horsham and Worthing. ABSOLUTE

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2. Rose Heart You can’t beat roses as a gift of romance, and this display is designed in a unique heart shape full of beautiful roses. Available in different colours, and delivered to any address in the UK £130 www.interflora.co.uk 3. A Love you token Silver pendants to keep in a pocket or drawer as a little reminder of the love you share £6.95 www.allofmyheart.co.uk 4. Frankey Pink Bow Keyring Stylish pink bow keyring by Ted Baker £15 www.tedbaker.com

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5. Petite Bracelet by Lovelinks Bracelets from £22.95 and beads from £13.95 VJG,6 Warwick Lane, Worthing Tel: 01903 239574

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6. Swarovski Pierced Earrings Featuring red crystal £40 www.swarovski.com 7. Ted Baker Faizia Pink patent bag with long chain strap £65 www.tedbaker.com

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8. Gingerbread charm Jet and Gold £69.00 Mimco, Dukes Lane, Brighton www.mimco.co.uk

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9. Ted Baker Charry bracelet Cream bow cuff, bangle style bracelet £45 www.tedbaker.com

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Love is always bestowed as a gift -

freely, willingly, and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love. Leo Buscaglia

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10. Romantic black satin and lace lingerie Divine Bra - £49 Tanga - £28 La Vida, 11 Brighton Square, Brighton Tel: 01273 220080 11. Swarovski Collar Red and clear crystal collar style necklace featuring the pave technique £215 www.swarovski.com 12. CK Leather wallet RRP £45 Sale price £22 Clavin Klein, Unit 1-2 , The Waterfront Brighton Marina Tel: 01273 679402 13. Messenger bird charm gold necklace £69 Mimco, Dukes Lane, Brighton www.mimco.co.uk 14. Swarovski Bag Charm Red and clear crystal mesh. £80 www.swarovski.com

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15. Berryl by Ted Baker Leather travel wallet in orange £69 www.tedbaker.com 16. Nomination Composable Link Bracelet Stainless Steel base bracelet £8 18ct Gold links from £15 Over 400 links in stock VJG, 6 Warwick Lane, Worthing Tel: 01903 239574

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17. Gingerbread charm £69 Mimco, Dukes Lane, Brighton. www.mimco.co.uk

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Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

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Romance Celebrity steal their style With spring on the horizon and wedding bells ringing in the distance I wanted to take a catwalk look and bring it back to a style which brides-to-be can create themselves or anyone for that matter who is looking for a romance inspired style. The textured pony is a simplistic and undone style perfect for a wedding as it will signify youth and will compliment most dress choices. This is a great example of how you can successfully create a catwalk style without too much hassle yourself. Haphazard curls pulled back into a low slung ponytail, over the shoulder or straight back will bring out any caramel, honey and chocolate tones for those with lighter colourings and will be able to be seen through the top of the crown and the pony itself on your big day. Hair that already has a natural wave will work well on this style as it does with the beautiful Diane Kruger (pictured above), famed for her roles as Helen of Troy and German actress Bridget von Hammersmark in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. For those with fine or straight hair types wrap huge sections of hair around an iron such as the GHD IV styler on a low heat to give loose curls that aren’t kinked or too tight and to also smooth down the front section of the hair. Then allow for the style to rest for ten minutes before brushing the curls out to give texture to the hair and bring it into a very loose pony tail secured at the nape of the neck with a thin band. Loosen the hair from the scalp by gently teasing the hair back and spritzing with L’Oreal Play Ball Texture Tonic and bring forward to create volume and depth. Finally wrap a piece of hair through the pony around the band, to make the style looks natural, and pin to the head.

Essential products to maintain this look L’Oreal Play Ball Texture Tonic (£11.50) is a mineral texturising spray which will leave your hair boosted and with gorgeous mussed up locks smelling sweetly of lime. Shake the bottle well before use on dry or damp hair before styling and after for a light flexible hold. Ghd’s IV Styler (£119) is all you’ll ever need to create perfect curls, movement volume and straight thanks to its advanced technology and smart features. The styler has a new rounded barrel which makes it easier to create brilliant curles, waves, and flicks as well as perfect straight styles.

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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

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LETTER OF THE MONTH I have mousey brown hair at the moment, but want to surprise my boyfriend this valentine’s day with a gorgeous new colour to make myself feel a little more glamorous before we head out for dinner… any tips? The first thing for you to do is invest in some hair style focused magazines and really have a good look through to find a colour that you love. Make sure when researching that you choose a final image where the model or celebrity has a similar texture and colourings that are similar to your own. This will be a big help when assessing which tones will suit you. Then book in with your stylist for an in-depth consultation to discuss how bold you can go with a new colour. Since your hair is mousey, then I’d suggest going for a rich dark chocolate gloss. This will give your hair an ultra bright shine that will wow your partner and make your hair look exceptionally healthy. I’d ensure that this was done at least a week before your meal, just in case there is a problem with the change and you need anything rectified. Once you’ve been to the salon and had your colour done then invest in the L’Oreal Professionnel Vitamino colour range. The products have exceptional technology and even have a double locking system for advanced protection and will leave your newly coloured hair with longer lasting radiance. Your hair will be left extremely shiny, silky, protected and nourished with prolonged beautiful colour.

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MAKE HEARTS RACE THIS VALENTINES DAY WITH A SCARLET SMILE! It used to be that ‘back in the day’ red lips could strike fear into the heart of most women. But now with so many different formulations, shades and varying finishes to choose from, there is a perfect red out there for every woman. Whatever your generation, a simple red lipstick is a woman’s secret weapon. A symbol of love, lust, beauty, and passion. Red lipstick may not be for the faint-hearted but remains a classic, elegant and versatile addition to any handbag, and with these ck simple rules, everyone can wear it. So, pucker up your lipsti * To stop coffee and perfect that pout ! onto your etly ff o g in m co cre e glass, dis the cup or win to e tongu r u o y s s pre ut to ou’re abo y re e h w spot e lipstick sip and th k! won’t stic

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Rule No. 1: Choose the correct shade. If you are warm with olive or yellow undertones, choose a lipstick with orange or brown tones. Think brick red or fire-engine red. If you are cool with pinkish or reddish undertones, pick a red lipstick with berry undertones of blue or pink. Darker complexions should avoid the brighter reds and opt for deep rich shades in burgundy or plum. Rule No. 2: Prep your lips. Start with lips in the best possible condition, buff and balm the lips before applying any colour. You can Exfoliate gently with a soft, dry toothbrush. But remember to wipe any excess balm away. Rule No. 3: Concealer. Blend a small amount of light concealer around the mouth to enable you to achieve a polished look and to prevent the colour bleeding into fine lines. Rule No. 4: Lip liner. Liner is essential with red lipstick, It helps to hold the

colour and prevent the ultimate bleeding, Fill in the lips completely with lip liner first and trace the lip contours. Choose a lip pencil in a shade close to that of your lipstick. Rule No. 5: No shortcuts. Don’t be tempted to apply straight from the stick, work up the colour gradually and always use a lip brush. Kiss a tissue to remove excess before adding another layer, and the pigment will last a lot longer. To prevent lipstick on the teeth just make an ‘o’ with your mouth, pop your finger in and draw it out again – voila! Rule No. 6: Keep it simple. Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible eye makeup, a little mascara and beige shadow with a hint of blush. Remember: If you’re planning on eating while wearing red lipstick, avoid anything oily such as salad dressing. Oil dissolves lipstick and will spread the pigment into the lines around the mouth.

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Dazzling and Daring! 1. Chanel: Rouge Allure Lipstick in Lover This wonderfully luminous and satiny lipstick offers maximum colour with the very first stroke. Available from Boots. Priced £19.50 2. M·A·C: Lipstick in Ruby Woo Dita Von Teese wears this classic, a vivid blush red with a satin matt finish and good staying power. A fabulous ‘suits all’ shade. Available from www.maccosmetics.co.uk Priced £12.50 3. M·A·C: Lip Pencil in Redd Fabulous texture for filling the lip and using as a base, use on its own for a suttle effect and smudge with a finger- for those just bitten-lips. Available from www.maccosmetics.co.uk Priced £10 4. Bobby brown:Tinted Lip Balm - rose petal This unique formula comforts and moisturises your lips while providing a sheer tint of colour, offering finger-free and mess-free application. Available from www.bobbi-brown.co.uk Priced £12.00 5. Clinique: Different Lipstick in Angel Red Deliciously smooth and comfortable with a medium coverage that won’t stain your lips. (Fun fact: Nicole Kidman actually wore this shade in the movie Moulin Rouge.) Available from Boots Priced £14.50 6. Christian Dior: Rouge Dior Sérum De Rouge - 840 Crimson Serum A luminous lip colour and treatment in a fabulous couture lipstick pen, designed for impeccable lip application for the timid! Available from Boots Priced £24.50

Try these natural, cruelty-free lipsticks that burst with colour: Aveda: “Poppy’ A nourishing mint smoothing lip colour, a true multitasker, tackling fine lines, plumping and hydrating. A full-coverage satin lip formula with organic vanilla and spearmint. Available from www.aveda.co.uk 8 Dukes Lane, The Lanes, Brighton Priced £10.28 Elysambre: ‘Glossy True Red’ Containing 100% natural ingredients. They protect and moisturise with a long lasting formula. But best of all, they come in a waste-busting refillable tube. Available from www.ovelula.com Priced £10.99 ABSOLUTE

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ABSOLUTE LIFE COACHING Each month, Free Spirit Coaching respond to one of our reader's letters for guidance on an issue bothering them ‘I’m drinking too much alcohol, eating too much junk food and keep finding I’m being unnecessarily aggressive to people… I can’t help it. What can I do to change my life?’ Jonathan, Brighton age 32 Dear Jonathan, Simply put, there are two ways of looking at this, and before we answer your letter, can I say that Life Coaching would be a fantastic place to start for you and your situation. But anyway going back to the simple bit; we could sit here and ask you what started all this, why are you acting in this way, where did you learn to be aggressive and so on. In other words tell me about this ‘problem’ you have, describe it, think about it, become it and inevitably the problem will seem larger, more detailed and indeed more of a problem. You may even start to believe that you are this problem. You’ll hear people say “oh, you know Jonathan the drinker, the aggressive bloke down the road” and so it goes.

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Beat the Blues

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Depression can be a result of many factors from financial difficulties to a relationship breakdown. However, one cause that people often overlook is dietary. Our health expert Sheryl Waters discusses this often overlooked root of depression

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ere in the UK, depression is nearly epidemic. Sometimes there are emotional reasons for feeling depressed. Lack of life purpose, financial abundance, love and gratitude can all cause a feeling of being depressed. However, there is often a nutritional piece to the depression puzzle too, and lifestyle changes can dramatically transform someone who feels chronically down in the dumps. If you are depressed, whether you choose to take antidepressants or not, you will find that making some nutritional changes in your life will be beneficial to your overall wellbeing. Dietary Changes Sugar can cause blood sugar and adrenal imbalances that can cause mental lows. You may find you feel temporarily better from the sugar rush, but later you are sure to plummet to a steep low. If you find yourself emotionally eating, make yourself some sugar free treats using ‘agave nectar’ or ‘xylitol.’ Snacking on almonds or seeds is also a healthy quick fix. Avoid caffeine and alcohol since they also bring temporary relief, and energy will shortly turn to a low and give you a need for more. Eat as much raw fruit and vegetables as possible; this is vital. Every time you put something healthy into your body, you are nurturing and balancing yourself, and every time you put processed foods and rubbish in, you are causing imbalances. Be conscious of the foods you eat at all times. Put in as many nourishing foods that are giving your body vital nutrients. Remember, you are what you eat! Essential Nutrients While we need all nutrients for our mental and emotional health, some nutrients are particularly essential for those who suffer from depression. 
 Vitamin B6 is needed to produce the moodenhancing neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Garlic, cauliflower, mustard greens, banana, celery, and cabbage all contain this important vitamin. Folic Acid is a B vitamin that is often deficient in people who are depressed. It is found in green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, and fruit. Magnesium is the most common deficiency in the western world. It relaxes the mind, muscles and body. It brings about a sense of wellbeing and produces serotonin. Good sources of magnesium are legumes, nuts, whole grains and green vegetables. The number

one magnesium rich food is sugar free raw chocolate, which is becoming increasingly popular. Omega-3 fatty acids are good fats that are vital for moods and cognitive function, and can heal and prevent depression. In countries where more fish is consumed, there is a lower rate of depression. They are found in high concentrations in fatty, carnivorous fish such as herring, mackerel, tuna, and salmon. They are also found in hemp seeds, linseeds, coconut oil and chia seeds. Detoxification Besides toxic foods, we also need to be aware of toxins that may cause depression. Lead exposure was thought to be a thing of the past, but it is more common today than most realize. A recent study in the Archives of General Psychiatry (December issue) found that individuals with high lead levels have a greater risk of being diagnosed with Manic Depressive Disorder (MDD) and panic disorder, compared with those with low lead levels. For those who suffer with depression, it may be worth testing for lead, and if it is diagnosed heal it with herbs or chlorella, which can detoxify heavy metals. 
 In fact any toxin can cause depression. Deodorants, perfumes, beauty products, cleaning products and other chemicals should be considered as possible pieces to the puzzle for those with depression. Try to cut out as much as possible.

“In countries where more fish is consumed, there is a lower rate of depression” Supplements St. John’s Wort has long been used in folk medicine for sadness, worry, nervousness, and poor sleep. Today, the results of over 20 clinical trials suggest that St. John’s Wort works better than a placebo and is as effective as antidepressants for mild to moderate depression, with fewer side effects. SAM-e is a chemical that’s found naturally in the human body and is believed to increase levels of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Again, several studies have found SAM-e is more effective than placebo.

.5-HTP is produced naturally in the body and is used to make the neurotransmitter serotonin. It is also good for those who find sleep a problem and who get anxious and find it difficult to relax. Remember, these supplements may be good for some people but ineffective for others. Try them out one at a time to see if they improve your mood, or better yet, see a natural therapist who can tell you what will be best for you. Everyone is different and can respond differently. Exercise Regular exercise is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to improve the mood. Exercise releases mood-elevating chemicals in the brain and can decrease stress hormones. Yoga is particularly good for depression as it increases body awareness and helps the mind to relax and focus breathing. Any form of exercise will help. It is vital that anyone with depression gets their body moving at least six days a week. If nothing else, walk briskly to work or to the shops. Light Therapy Getting enough sunlight can be a challenge for those of us who live in England. During the winter when there is less sunlight, serotonin levels can drop, making us feel tired and prone to ‘seasonal affective disorder’ (SAD). One of the simplest ways to increase your exposure to light is to walk outdoors in the morning. Another option is to use special lights that simulate natural daylight. Studies have found they are very effective (these lights can be found online). Keep Working on Yourself Remember that depression may be a message that you need to make some changes in your life. Talk to a natural practitioner about unresolved emotional issues. Read books about coping mechanisms and looking at the world through a positive vantage point. Observe your thoughts rather than getting caught up in them; they are there, they are okay. Just take a distance and watch. Learning to meditate can help tremendously with this process. Keep searching for purposes in life. Making life meaningful is vital for those with depression. Be kind to yourself.

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Power Brushing Dentists inform us that the only way to get your teeth sparkling clean is with an electric toothbrush. Check out these latest models, using the latest technology and dental knowledge Waterpik Sensonic Professional SR-1000W The Waterpik® Sensonic® Professional Toothbrush is an advanced, high-speed toothbrush designed for powerful, yet gentle, plaque removal. The Sensonic® Professional Toothbrush features a new ergonomic design and a bristle speed that is 25% faster than other leading brands. It is clinically proven to remove significantly more plaque than other sonic toothbrushes. £69.99 (SRP) Sale price £46.99

Oral-B Triumph 5000 with SmartGuide The new sleeker, more ergonomic Oral–B Triumph 5000 is the next generation in premium rechargeable toothbrushes designed to fight plaque and be gentle on gums. This revolutionary toothbrush combines Oral-B’s most clinically advanced 3D cleaning and whitening technology. RRP£160.00

Oral-B Professional Care 1000 Over 75% of dentists now recommend using a rechargeable toothbrush and this sleek new design offers the perfect starter brush for anyone wanting to upgrade from their manual toothbrush. The Oral-B ProfessionalCare 1000 offers superior, yet straightforward cleaning for teeth and gums at a great price. RRP £60.00

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Love is in the air

After all the stress of organising a wedding, the honeymoon is a well-deserved treat for most newlyweds. Now all you need to do is to decide where to go… Barbados In Barbados, they’ve mastered the art of fine living. There you’ll discover a vibrant culture passionate in spirit and full of life; friendly people, some of the best restaurants in the world and white sandy beaches. A place where refined luxury and exceptional culinary delights dance and mingle among lush tropical greenery, limpid blue waters and warm golden sunlight How could you not fall in love all over again as you spend your honeymoon together on this beautiful island. Whether your idea of a holiday is spending a day on a sandy beach, trying some fly fishing or enjoying a rum punch (or three), Barbados has it all. Learn to trade the rush, rush life for the slow and easy. Rome Romantic Rome is still one of the most popular honeymoon destinations for newlyweds across the globe. With the option of a nearby sandy beach or a cultured history holiday, or both, Rome has it all and more. With the culinary delights of the Italian cuisine on offer, and a reliable climate, Rome also boasts some of the best hotels in the world, perfect for couples. Thailand For a truly beautiful holiday out of paradise, look no further than Thailand. This beautiful land surrounded by crystal waters and white sandy beaches is the king of honeymoon destinations. With a large choice of locations and top hotels to stay at, you and your loved one are sure to be wowed by this magical land of natural beauty. As you sit on the beach sipping cocktails in the sun together, Blighty will seem just a distant memory away… Maldives Sun, sand and sea, a thousand ‘Robinson Crusoe’ islands, massive lagoons with different depths and infinite shades of blue and turquoise, dazzling underwater coral gardens; The Maldives are a perfect natural combination for the ideal tropical honeymoon destination. However there is more to the Maldives than just that. The Maldives’ tropical climate is the main attraction; with warm temperatures year round and a great deal of sunshine. The climate only sees minor variations in daily temperature throughout the year. The hottest month on average is April and the coolest, December.

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A smile to last a lifetime Dr Farrokh Sharifzad from Marina Dentalcare gives you some tips for the perfect smile on your big day

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Here are the top tips every bride or groom needs to know about a beautiful smile for the Wedding Day: 1. A Bright smile will make you look beautiful on the outside and make you feel great on the inside. 2. One of the easiest things you can do to improve your smile is to have a regular check-up and cleaning every six months or more if needed. 3. A perfect smile can be ruined by gum disease, which causes red, swollen and puffy gums. A thorough cleaning and polishing at least two weeks before your wedding can ensure healthy gums and fresh breath for your big day. 4. Daily brushing and flossing will keep your gums healthy. Dental check-up may reveal any decay or worn fillings in the front teeth, which can cause brown spots or stains. 5. Whitening is a must for anyone who wants a quick, painless, bright beautiful Smile makeover - unless your teeth have crowns or veneers already. If you decide to whiten your teeth make sure to avoid staining foods like tea, coffee, red wine and berries so your teeth will stay their brightest. If you choose trays or strips, do a touch up the night before your big day. Your teeth are always the whitest if you apply the trays the night before and the morning off your occasion. 6. Last minute tooth contouring allows cosmetic dentists correct minor defects in the shape and appearance of a tooth through a process referred to as tooth contouring or tooth reshaping. 7. For a complete smile makeover before your wedding you may consider other cosmetic dental treatment available to you. 8 For the Wedding Day, prepare a Bridal Dental-Emergency Kit Bring along some Vaseline to put inside your upper lip. This will limit the dryness of your lips that comes from showing your beautiful smile to your guest and cameras. It’ll also help to prevent your lipstick from getting on your teeth. 9. Have a travel toothbrush with toothpaste and travel size container of mouthwash to neutralise bad breath odours instead of masking them. To make sure you smile will look as beautiful as you are on your wedding day schedule a limited time Free Consultation with Marina Dentalcare and see how a perfect smile can make your wedding day perfect too. For more information, contact Dr Farrokh Sharifzad on 01273 628899 or visit www.marinadentalcare.co.uk for a complementary consultation.

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Designed for a p For most women, the wedding gown represents far more than a dress. It is the embodiment of a dream, perhaps one nurtured since childhood. We select a pick of the best wedding gown designers available in the UK 1 & 6 Augusta Jones Augusta Jones wedding gowns are designed to show every elegance and feminity about a woman. The materials and designed are individual for each design. Prices start from around £1200 www.augustajones.com www.whitemischiefbridal.co.uk

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3 & 4 Elie by Elie Saab These delicate classical gowns pay homage to the most sumptuous fabrics, in designs focusing on necklines and length. Numerous celebrities are also often seen wearing the Italian designers’ couture dresses on the red carpet including Angelina Jolie and Micha Barton. www.eliesaab.com 5 & 7 Saja by New York based designer Yoo Lee. Yoo Lee’s wedding gowns are beautiful boasting simplicity at it’s best. All gowns in Lee’s line are also affordable and attainable at £1000 or under. www.sajawedding.com 8 Vera Wang With the considerations of tradition, propriety, sensuality and fashion, Vera Wang wedding gowns capture every desire in one dress.

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Have your cake... ABSOLUTE WEDDINGS

Traditional cakes are making a comeback, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. In fact, you can have your cake and eat it too!

1. Chocolate wedding cake. Two tier sponge. £150.00 www.waitrosedeliver.com 2. Rose and Butterfly wedding cake. A rich fruit cake top tier, with two vanilla sponge bottom tiers. £225.00 www.waitrosedeliver.com

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3. A rich fruit cake covered with almond paste and soft ivory icing. £90 www.waitrosedeliver.com 4. Romantic Pearl cake. Comes in three tiers of either chocolate, fruit or all-butter sponge, or one tier of each flavour. From £179.00 - £199.00 www.marksandspencer.com 5. A rich fruit cake covered with almond paste and soft white icing £159.00 www.waitrosedeliver.com 6. Traditional wedding cake. Classically elegant. £12.00 - £55.00 www.marksandspencer.com 7. Snowflake wedding cake. Three tier round cake with sugar bride and groom and shimmering iced snowflakes. £310 www.confetticakes.co.uk 8. Classic Chocolate Rose cake £199.00 www.marksandspencer.com

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Weddings are Cascade Cars’ speciality. From home to the church or register office, and then to your reception. They will even colour-coordinate the ribbons on the car, to go with the bridal colour theme. Real or silk flowers can be place on the back parcel shelf to add to your special day. Your wish is their pleasure. There are two superb cars on offer: A silver Mercedes new shape S Class (4 passengers plus driver) which features a long wheel base, so there is plenty of room for extra comfort, or a silver Mercedes Viano MPV Carrier (6 passengers plus driver); perfect for bridesmaids or multiple guests on a night out. You can view both cars on the website along with all the information you need.

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eter Mantle trained as a classical actor at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, leaving in 1972 to spend the next 35 years working as a professional actor, writer and director. He now divides his time between the agency that he owns and traveling to Majorca every year to work for Brighton based company E3 Productions where he takes theatrical workshops for major holiday company’s entertainers. These workshops are designed as a series of confidencebuilding exercises to help people lose their inhibitions and deal with their nerves. It was while working with these young entertainers that Peter saw the possibilities of extending these programmes to deal with the effects on people in general in having to stand up and make an important speech in public. For some people, this may only happen once in their lifetimes, on their wedding day for example, but it couldn’t be more important to get it right than for that big day (or in the case of the best man, for someone else’s)! Having been a best man himself six times and a groom once (so far!), Peter has a wide experience of weddings and a deep knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. He is able to offer a personal and confidential service for Grooms, Best Men and Father’s of the Bride to ensure that they take full control of any nervousness they may feel about standing up and making the most important speech of their lives. As

a writer, with nine plays professionally performed, he can also advise and assist with writing any wedding speeches, with detailed advice on the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’. Peter also owns and runs The Elliott Agency, which represents a wide variety of actors and entertainers, all of whom rely on their ability to communicate with an audience no matter what the size. Why not give him a call and discuss your requirements in complete confidence, whether it be for a wedding, work or play? Peter’s experience: Peter Mantle has appeared in 21 productions at The York Theatre Royal, followed by shows at Harrogate Theatre Royal, Bath Theatre Royal, Windsor Theatre Royal, Swan Theatre Worcester, and The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford. He has played famous characters such as Heathcliffe in Wuthering Heights at The Lyceum Theatre, Crewe and has spent two seasons at The New Shakespeare Company in London’s Regent’s Park appearing in ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Othello’. He has also played Capt. Absolute in a UK tour of ‘The Rivals’ and appeared in Equus for The Royal National Theatre at the Alberry Theatre in the West End and spent five months in Sweden as leading man in Agatha Christie’s famous play, ‘The Mousetrap’. He joined the Café Theatre Company and

toured for five months in the thriller ‘House Guest’ appearing at venues in Dubai, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines. His TV work includes ‘Dr Who’ and ‘Shadow of the Noose ‘ for The BBC. Film includes ‘The Meaning of Life’ for Monty Python Films. Peter has also appeared in 14 TV Commercials both here and abroad and has presented and acted in over twenty corporate videos and training films for British companies including British Airways, Norwich Union, British Rail and Abbey Life. The Elliott Agency: 01273 454111 07775793741 elliottagency@btconnect.com www.elliottagency.co.uk

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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

Wokmania Oriental Cuisine 65-75 West Street Brighton Tel: 01273 746294

Coriander Restaurant & Deli North African & Latin cuisine 5 Hove Manor Parade Hove Tel: 01273 730850

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

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

Pelham House Fine Dining St Andrews Lane Lewes Tel: 01273 488600

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

Strada Italian Cuisine 160-161 North Street Brighton Tel: 01273 202070

Terraces Bar and grill Madeira Drive Brighton Tel: 01273 570526

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

Oki-Nami Sushi 6 New Road Brighton Tel: 01273 773777

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

Blanch House Fine Dining 17 Atlingworth Street Brighton Tel: 01273 603504

Buxted Park Fine dining hotel restaurant Buxted East Sussex Tel: 01825 733333

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

Newick Park Restaurant and hotel Fine dining Newick Nr Lewes Tel: 01825 723633

Whites Bar & Kitchen Homemade pub cuisine 23 High Street Steyning Tel: 01903 812347

Hotel du Vin Hotel and Bistro Ship Street Brighton Tel: 01273 718588

Artisan Modern European 197 High Street Lewes Tel: 01273 479713

The Real Eating Company Fine Dining 18 Cliffe High Street Lewes East Sussex Tel: 01273 402650

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

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

Cromwells at Golding Barn Fine Dining Henfield Road Nr Small Dole Tel: 01903 815999

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

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La Cantina Traditional Mexican food 10 Kensington Gardens Brighton Tel: 01273 623683

Karma Late night Moroccan themed bar The Waterfront Brighton Marina Tel: 01273 818000

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FOOD FOR LO LOVE With February being the month of romance, why not be a dream lover for your partner and serve up some oysters this Valentine's Day?

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ysters have been a favorite of food lovers throughout the centuries, beginning with the emperors of Rome, who paid for them by their weight in gold. They have always been linked with love. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, sprang forth from the sea on an oyster shell, and the dashing lover Casanova also used to start a meal eating 12 dozen oysters. The oyster’s aphrodisiac reputation has probably a lot to do with the fact that it is one of the most nutritionally well balanced foods, containing protein, carbohydrates and lipids. Oysters are an excellent source of vitamins A, B1(thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), C (ascorbic acid) and D (calciferol). Four or five medium size oysters supply the recommended daily allowance of iron, copper, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese and phosphorus. Oysters au natural should be served simply with crushed ice and seaweed. They may also be cooked in many ways, such as poaching, marinating, frying, grilling or baked.

Oysters Rockefeller By Alex Kingston Serves 2 Preparation time less than 30 mins Cooking time 10 to 30 mins Ingredients 6 fresh oysters in their shell, 55g/2oz butter, ½ small onion, chopped 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, 55g/2oz spinach, chopped, 55g/2oz fine breadcrumbs Method 1. Preheat the grill to its highest setting. 2. Open the oyster shells with a shucker (utensil used to open oysters with ease). Discard the top and loosen each oyster from the base of its shell. Set aside and keep cool. 3. Melt the butter in a small frying pan. Fry the onion and the parsley for 2-3 minutes, until softened. 4. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. 5. Add the breadcrumbs and cook for 1-2 minutes. 6. Place a teaspoon of spinach and breadcrumb mixture onto each half oyster shell to cover the oyster and place a small knob of butter on top of each. 7. Place the oysters onto a baking tray and transfer to the grill to cook until golden-brown. Tip: Try topping off this recipe with a sprinkle of fresh chilli and a squeeze of lemon juice.

The perfect accompaniment

Oysters and Champagne make the most delicious and romantic blend, so wash them down with your favourite bubbly. Why not try something a bit different. This Codorníu Pinot Noir, is a Spanish sparkling rose wine made 100% from the elegant Pinot Noir grape (RRP Majestic & Oddbins £10.99). Made just outside of Barcelona. It is elegant and dry yet with a refreshing splash of raspberry, blackberry and strawberry.

How do pearls end up inside of oysters? An oyster produces a pearl when foreign material becomes trapped inside the shell. The oyster responds to the irritation by producing nacre, a combination of calcium and protein. The nacre coats the foreign material and over time produces a pearl. The “R” Myth Folklore says that oysters should be eaten only in months with an ‘r’ in them. This notion (ie. that oysters should not be eaten in the summer) may have started in the days when oysters where shipped without adequate refrigeration and could spoil. But today all that has changed and we can enjoy oysters twelve months a year.

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SWEET SURRENDER Have fun this Valentines Day with your loved one Flirtatious fondue with strawberries Ingredients 150g/5oz plain chocolate, such as Bourneville, broken into pieces 200ml/7fl oz double cream 15g/½oz butter 1-2 tbsp Cointreau or Grand Marnier 1 large punnet of lush, ripe strawberries, long-stemmed if possible Method 1.Place the chocolate, cream, butter and Cointreau or Grand Marnier in a bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and leave until the chocolate and butter have melted. Stir until mixed together and transfer to a small fondue bowl over a lit fondue heater.
 2. Wash the strawberries and pat dry. Holding on to the stalks, dip them into the fondue. Saucy tip! Any leftover chocolate sauce needn’t be wasted - you can have plenty of fun using it as a body paint, providing it’s not too hot!

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Brighton at its best The eclectic North Laine area of Brighton seems to be wearing the recession, as Tim Parker recently found out

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t was the 2nd of January and the Christmas Holidays were over, well

a dark, sultry and sexy woman. Stammering, I asked the lady behind the

almost, when I visited the Lanes and of course the North Laine. A

counter (a charming, pretty woman with lots of body jewellery and long

New Year, a new decade - I wondered what it would bring. Continued

black hair) about her range of merchandise. If I had been younger I

recession and disaster, or would it be a good year with more jobs and

would have blushed. “Ethnic and gothic clothing with funky make-up and

better prospects for those who are feeling the pinch? It was a cold

accessories.” “Do you have a brochure?” I asked. “No but I will give you

day and I was wearing the Fedora given to me by my friend William

a card.”

Catchpole. ‘There,’ he had said, ‘stick a press pass in the ribbon and at

Opposite Tantra, and this is one of the things that gives North Laine its

least you will look the part.’ Hardly a compliment but I am pleased with

charm, there is an array of different shops. A pick and mix, even more

the hat.

popular now that Woolworths is no more, a bookshop, another fashion

If you don’t know what a Fedora looks like, the boss man of Snoopers

shop - this one selling tops, one with a Madonna and child on a silk

Paradise in Kensington Gardens, Mr Drinkwater, wears one and he looks

blouse, and next to that Simon Robert’s Gallery. The gallery has some

very smart. I asked him about trade. “We are very busy,” he told me.

stunning pictures of Russian winters by Polyarnye Nochi. Arctic Winters

“Our business is recession-proof,” and he turned away to attend to a

can have great beauty but bring with them hardship and pain. What about

queue of customers. I walked upstairs to the picture gallery Brighton

my tea? Leaving Kensington Gardens, I hurried down Gardner Street to

Photography. It was full of interesting photographs, including a naked girl

Café Utopia whose Proprietor, Cordell Goody, had offered me a free cup

carrying a baby on what remains of Brighton’s West Pier; green seaweed

of coffee. There, I had a home-made scone instead of the tea cake I had

everywhere, the mother looked splendid.

promised myself. The last time I met Cordell he was campaigning to have

It was slow going walking down Kensington Gardens, crowds of happy

Gardner Street pedestrianised. The appeal failed but he and his friends in

people, babies in prams, children, young people, the middle-aged and

the area organised a splendid street party over the August Bank Holiday;

the elderly. Alas, there is no getting away from it, I belong to the last

there is to be another one this year.

category; it was time for a cup of tea and a toasted tea cake. once it

Cordwell confirmed what I had been told, takings and visitors to the

would have been a pint of Harvey’s. Before leaving the Gardens I could

North Laine are up by as much as 20% - good for the Laine and for

not resist a visit to Tantra, lured in by the amazing model in its window,

Brighton’s future. And then I remembered, for a month I had been

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ABSOLUTE PLACES promising myself and my wife that I would have a haircut, and my favourite barber, Richards in Church Street, was just round the corner. Sadly, it was closed. Once I had to ask for credit at Richards when I found I had left my money at home. “That’s all right Tim, we trust yer.” As it happens my friend and Accountant Terence Paddenburg, a good man, has an office on the other side of the road I rushed round. “Can you lend me some money to pay for my haircut?” He handed me a ten pound note and told me not to spend it all at once. I began to retrace my steps. I had been disturbed to learn earlier in the year that the Komedia had some financial difficulties. But I need not have worried. I learnt from Macina Kobler, Programme Director and one of the theatre’s founders, that takings are up and

“... Cordwell (proprietor of Café Utopia) confirmed what I had been told, takings and visitors to the North Laine are up by as much as 20%...”

so are audiences. ‘Penguins’ this year’s Christmas entertainment for children had sold out. I remembered the time, not so long ago, when I had taken our grandchildren to see the Gruffalo. It was marvellous entertainment which bought tears to my eyes. I looked at my watch, I had been in the North Laine for some two and a half hours. What about the Lanes? I walked down New Road to see what was going on at the Theatre Royal. What an improvement the road works in New Road have made. It has opened up the centre of Brighton turning it into a great meeting place, spacious, welcoming clean and tidy. But why allow cars and non-essential traffic? There was one of those damn great four wheeled drive cars parked near the church and underneath a little patch of oil. The foyer of the Theatre Royal was full of people and there is an exciting programme for the New Year - The Moscow Ballet, Spike Milligan’s War Memoirs and much else. Leaving the Theatre on a whim I thought I would visit Al Duomo, one of my favourite restaurants, and see if they were still staging their Opera Evenings. “Yes indeed,” I was told by the manager in charge, “Alberto (the owner) is working on some ideas for the New Year.” “How are things?” I asked. “We had a very bad time before Christmas, with some three hundred and fifty cancellations due to snow and ice.” I understood the problem, for four days I was icebound in Hove Park Road actually. I rushed across North Street into the Lanes. It is a different kind of place from the North Laine and perhaps it deserves a separate article, I must ask Verity, our editor. There were sale signs everywhere offering reductions of 40%, 50% 60% and 70%, and there were many more empty shops than to the north of what was once Hanningtons. On leaving East Street I noticed a shop that seemed dedicated to second-hand Singer sewing machines. Had it cornered the market? I hope to tell you in my next article.

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All Boats are not Created Equal

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The Tiger roars for 2010 Neil Geraghty visits two of Asia’s most exciting cities as they prepare for Chinese New Year, and the year of the tiger

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acau has always been Hong Kong’s feisty older sibling. While the British in Hong Kong were busy sipping High Tea on the Governor’s lawn, ex public school boys ensconced in their City apprenticeships at the HSBC headquarters, would secretly slip over the Pearl River to Macau to indulge in illicit liaisons, a flutter in the casinos (very un-British) and to quaff vintage port in mellow Portuguese restaurants. It’s been just over 10 years since Hong Kong and Macau were handed back to China and as Special Administrative Regions little has changed. Gambling is still banned in Hong Kong and in Macau’s bars you still see the hilarious spectacle of clueless ex public schoolboys inadvertently picking up ladyboys! For the Chinese, keeping Macau as an SAR has been a godsend. Like Hong Kong, gambling is strictly forbidden in mainland China, but policing it is nigh on impossible. The Chinese love nothing better than a flutter at the poker table and with China’s recent spectacular economic growth, the newly wealthy have been pouring into Macau turning this once sleepy Portuguese Colony into a glittering Far Eastern Las Vegas. The first thing you notice if you take the night ferry over from Hong Kong is the neon lights flickering on the horizon. There’s something about the intricate beauty of Chinese characters that lends itself perfectly to flashing neon and the effect in downtown Macau is breathtaking. Whole skyscrapers pulsate with kaleidoscopic light shows the most spectacular of which is the Grand Lisboa. Shaped like a giant golden lotus flower unfurling its petals, this 1000 room hotel and casino totally dominates the Macau skyline and is typical of the luxurious glitz that is a hallmark of Macau’s hotels. Expect cavernous rooms with spectacular views topped off with lashings of marble and crystal; all very OTT but wonderfully self-indulgent.

“The newly wealthy have been pouring into Macau, turning this once sleepy Portuguese Colony into a glittering Far Eastern Las Vegas”

Grand Lisboa Casino

Neon lights - a familiar sight in bustling Hong Kong

Place Your Bets In Macau The no holds barred glamorous décor extends into the vast casinos, but this is where the fun stops. Gambling is serious business in Macau; it’s one of the few cities in the world where traffic grinds to a halt while police convoys escort security vans weighed down by the $6 billion dollar booty that the casino’s generate each year. Inside these grandiose gambling dens there’s a hushed silence as hundreds of chain smoking punters sit transfixed in front of flashing slot machines while in the background ghostly avatar croupiers spin roulette wheels on giant screens. The Chinese are deeply superstitious and if you see a completely empty table chances are the number 4, synonymous with death, has cropped up once too often! There’s much more to Macau than casinos though. 450 years of Portuguese colonial rule has left an indelible Latin imprint on the city. The Historic Centre is awash with pastel coloured colonial mansions and picturesque crumbling churches. Many ex-pats stayed on after the handover and now run wonderfully atmospheric restaurants. Taipa Island is one of Macau’s most popular dining out neighbourhood’s. Rua do Cunha, popularly known as Food Street is lined by stalls serving up irresistible sizzling stir fries. Wander off into the picturesque alleyways lined by pretty colonial era gas lamps and you’ll soon stumble across Antonio’s, one of Macau’s most famous Portuguese restaurants. The larger than life Antonio himself enjoys nothing more than regaling guests with stories of his antics in Korean Soap Operas and, ever the showman, loves pulling out the

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The fabulous Hong Kong skyline

portable stove to rustle up flaming chorizos and crêpes suzette. How the old wooden beams have survived going up in an inferno is anyone’s guess! Tranquil Coloane, Macau Across the causeway from Taipa, Coloane is Macau’s lungs and is a beautiful island of feathery forests, giant butterflies and deserted beaches. It’s an ideal place to recover from the 8 hours jet leg that can hit you hard in Hong Kong and Macau. It’s also home to Lord Stow’s Bakery, a British run establishment which produces sublime pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts). They’re less cloyingly sweet than their Portuguese counterparts and with feather light crumbling pastry are utterly delicious, fully deserving the permanent queues that form daily outside. Following a visit to Lord Stow’s, you can vicariously burn off the calories with a visit to Macau’s Grand Prix Museum which has a stunning collection of sleek vintage machines driven by the world’s most illustrious Formula 1 stars. Genuine thrill seekers should make a beeline to the infamous 338m high Macau Tower which is home to the highest bungee jump in the world drawing gasps of disbelief from viewers on the observation deck. The Chinese Superstitions Continue To The Architecture After 3 days or so unwinding in Macau you’ll be ready for the electric pace of Hong Kong. The fabled Hong Kong Island skyline is one of the most iconic views in the world and is rapidly being mirrored across the harbour in Kowloon. Here dozens of super tall skyscrapers are sprouting up creating a spectacular gateway to the new China. The Harbour Grand, one of Hong Kong’s newest luxury hotels, takes full advantage of this fabulous new urban landscape. Head to the rooftop oyster bar at sunset (arrive early as the best seats are always taken) and enjoy the unforgettable views of sparkling skyscrapers that make Manhattan look like Hobbiton. It’s worth taking a tour around the Central Business District with a local guide to hear the fascinating Feng Shui stories. Hong Kong companies are obsessed with superstition and the skyscrapers all have stories to tell. The Bank of China tower, covered in dramatic zig zag struts has been accused of deliberately casting daggers of bad energy at its rivals which has led the newer buildings to don graceful cladding to protect themselves. Norman Fosters iconic HSBC headquarters auspiciously faces the harbour and is built on stilts to allow the dragon believed to live on Victoria Peak unblocked access to the water. Cast your eyes around the streets of Central and you’ll soon get an idea of Hong Kong’s main passion; shopping. Vintage double decker “Ding Ding” trams that look every inch like the Knight Bus from Harry Potter, rattle past giant Emporio Armani billboards while at night so many red and gold neon shop signs light up the shopping streets it’s about the only place in the world where the McDonalds sign is virtually invisible. For more sedate shopping, walk up the hill to Hollywood Rd which is lined by antique shops selling an 62

imperial treasure trove of Ming Vases, dainty Ching Dynasty figurines and mirror smooth jade. More affordable bric a brac can be found in nearby Cat St market which does a brisk line in vintage Kung Fu film posters and hilarious waving Chairman Mao alarm clocks.

“Outside you’ll see rows of gleaming parked Bentleys with lucky 8 number plates” Walk, Eat and Watch in Hong Kong It’s easy to escape the hubbub of downtown Hong Kong; just jump on the regal looking red and gold Peak tram which has been carrying tourists up Victoria Peak since 1888. The tram weaves its way through the hillside apartment blocks at a gravity defying 27 degrees before entering the lush sub tropical forest that covers the upper reaches of The Peak. From the observation deck look out for the peregrine falcons circling over the distant skyscrapers and enjoy the refreshing breezes wafting in from the South China Sea. While not nipping over to Macau for a flutter in the casinos, the favourite evening past time for Hong Kong’s night owls is eating out. Not surprisingly you’ll find some of the finest Chinese cuisine in the world which bears no resemblance to the mounds of greasy noodles you find here in the UK. Street stalls and top restaurants alike make use of abundant seasonal ingredients all delicately spiced to perfectly balance their yin and yang flavours. One of the most enjoyable ways to experience Chinese food is in a Hot Pot restaurant. Yau Gwat Hei in the buzzing nightlife district of Wan Chai is a popular no frills example. Bowls of bubbling spicy stock are placed on tiny stoves in the middle of the table while plates of razor thin beef and pork, squeaky fresh greens and mushrooms straight out of a fairytale are placed around to toss in at your leisure. It’s a messy business, especially using chopsticks, but the soup gets more and more delicious as the meal progresses. On the other end of the spectrum Fook Lam Moon is a Michelin two starred restaurant frequented by Hong Kong’s film stars and millionaire business mandarins. Outside you’ll see rows of gleaming parked Bentley’s with lucky 8 number plates. Try the deep fried tofu with texture like crème caramel and the crab shells stuffed with crab meat and onions and fried in a meltingly light batter.

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ABSOLUTE TRAVEL A magnificent Morning Market No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a visit to Kowloon’s eclectic street markets. In the morning the Wet Market in Jordan is bustling with housewives peering over buckets of wriggling prawns while piles of grey thousand year old eggs, dried snakes and scarlet horned dragon add a touch of the mysterious East. Ladies Market is Hong Kong’s premier rag trade thoroughfare where the prices are astonishingly low. 10 T shirts for HK$10 is a popular offer and at just over £1 a pop who’s complaining. Temple St market at night is home to a bloke’s Aladdin’s Cave of electrical gizmos and gadgets. The end of the market leads into Yung Shue Tau Square, perhaps the fascinating corner of Kowloon. Here wise old men and sultry ladies sit in makeshift kiosks reading fortunes enveloped in clouds of incense. Opposite them old aged pensioners gather in ramshackle karaoke booths to drink chrysanthemum tea and to sing along to melancholic Peking Opera. Throughout Hong Kong and Macau you’ll stumble across similar snippets of local tradition and it’s this colourful street life that makes both places such rewarding city break destinations.

St Pauls Cathedral, Macau

6 nights in Hong Kong/Macau 6 nights in Hong Kong/Macau with Virgin Holidays, including scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow direct to Hong Kong, 3 nights accommodation at the 4V+ Harbour Grand on a room only basis and 3 nights at the 4v+ Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 on a B&B basis with transfers included throughout (including boat to Macau) starts from £1,099. Prices are per person based on 2 adults travelling and sharing a standard room, price includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Prices are based on departures Jan 2010. Virgin Holidays is a member of ABTA and is ATOL protected. www.virginholidays.co.uk or call 0844 557 3859

Chinese New Year is on 14th February 2010

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ABSOLUTE MOTORING

The Drive Of 2010 VW Polo wins car of the year

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he Polo, a car which in the eyes of many jurors looks and feels like a scaled-down Golf, has been even more appreciated than its bigger stable-mate, which took third place last year. In fact, it is the first Volkswagen CotY winner in 18 years, following the win in 1992... by a Golf. All the 59 Jury members from 23 European countries gave points to the winner, and 25 of them chose it as their favourite. The iQ received points from 58 jurors, with 20 top marks. The Opel/Vauxhall Astra was voted by 55 Jury members, with five of them giving top points. Even if the VW model is shorter than a number of competitors in the B segment, this generation of Polo is fully capable of accommodating at least four adult people in comfort. Room, performance, refinement and a reasonable cargo space endorse that affirmation. As well as practical reasons, the small VW appeals for its fine exterior design and the impeccable execution of the cabin, which has a level of perceived quality unprecedented in this category. Energy efficiency is also an important point

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for potential customers, with the current trend for downsizing. The Polo offers an interesting line of engines, and also the pleasant-to-use DSG automatic/sequential transmission, with two clutches. The new 1.6 litre TDi diesel engine perfectly suits the size of the car, while among the petrol engines is a lively 1.2 litre TSI with turbo which also balances performance and fuel economy. The Polo is offered in two kinds of Blue Motion derivatives, both with diesel engines. The 1.2 litre three-cylinder engine with 75 HP is homologated for an average fuel consumption of 3.3 litre/100 km, equivalent to an emission of 87 g/km of CO2.

Body: 3/5-door hatchback Size: 3.97 x 1.68 x 1.46 m. Transmission: Front Wheel Drive. Manual and automatic gearbox. Petrol Engines: 1.2 (60/70 hp), 1.4 (85), 1.2 TSI (105) Diesel Engines: 1-6 Tdi (75/90/105 hp) Maximum speed - 0-100 km/h Acceleration: Petrol engines: 157 to 190 km/h – 16.1 to 9.7s. Diesel engines: 170 to 190 km/h – 14 to 10,4s. Combined fuel consumption – CO2 emissions: Petrol engines: 5.5 to 5.9 l/100 km – 128 to 139 g/km Diesel engines: 4.2 to 4.3 l/100 km – 109 to 112 g/km

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ABSOLUTE EDUCATION

A Victorian education... for some H

ow would you like to live in a time where education was

Even after the Education Act, even though this allowed

not appreciated very much? This is exactly how it was

more children to attend school, it was not necessarily

during the Victorian era. It was not that people did not want

mandated that children attend. Many would go for a short

to be educated, but rather, it was more important to have

period of time, but still spend the majority of their days

children and adults alike working to be able to keep food

working in factories. This would be the case for many of the

on the table. The pay in the vast majority of jobs during the

children who were even too young to attend school by

heart of the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era was

todays standards.

simply not enough to be able to provide for an entire family.

For those students today, who complain about school, it is

Therefore, the poor children normally would be living in

worth remembering what a privilege it is to get an education

the streets or in overcrowded deserted homes. The times

at all!

they were not there they would be working in factories with terrible working conditions. They would typically spend 16 hours per day working. It was not until 1870, roughly halfway through the Victorian era that the Education Act was put into place. Prior to this point education was based on your social standing, your religion, and ďŹ nancial abilities to be able to attend school. The reason for a lot of this is that all types of education were always privately funded either through churches or private individuals. Sometimes there might be a charitable organization that would step in and provide funding for education. Now, though, with the 1870 Education Act many schools were receiving government grants to keep their doors open and make it free for those who wanted to attend. The boys and girls were still separated when it came to education, however. The girls would almost never attend schools. They were instructed to stay home with their mothers and learn the roles of being good wives and home makers as that is what they almost always ended up doing. Generally, it was only boys who were accepted to attend schools. They would learn basic things such as reading, writing, and arithmetic.

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The Lower Hall at Eton College, where the privileged few obtained a fine education in the 18th century

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ABSOLUTE EDUCATION

Should schools have uniforms?

To wear school uniforms or not has been an age old debate. Isn’t it funny how when you were at school you definitely thought uniform was a bad idea, and yet now as an adult most of you probably think it is a good thing, or do you? We look at the pro’s and cons of school uniform… you decide. YES! Uniform helps to create a strong sense of school ethos and a sense of belonging to a particular community (making a child feel proud to belong). As such, it promotes discipline and helps to drive up academic standards, which is why a uniform is often adopted by schools which are being reopened with a fresh start after being classified as failing. Uniform also acts as a social leveler, under which all students are equal in the eyes of the school and of each other. In institutions without uniform students are often competitive and worry endlessly about their appearance and the clothes they should wear. Pupils without expensive designer clothes and trainers may be singled out as social outcasts, or stigmatised as being from poor backgrounds. For these reasons, many parents prefer uniforms as they save them money on buying clothes for school wear and help their children blend in with the other kids. Uniform makes it easy to check that every student maintains a smart appearance and is dressed appropriately for their classes. In schools where students are allowed to dress as they like, in practice a constant battle

revealing, features T-shirts with offensive

As for preparation for adult life, the

slogans, would be dangerous while

business world is increasingly relaxed

performing scientific experiments, etc.

about dress codes, making those

Uniform is also good grounding; it prepares

schools that insist on uniform increasingly

students for life after education, when

anachronistic. Adults who attended

most will be expected to dress smartly

schools without uniform do not appear

and appropriately for work, adhering to a

to struggle in the workplace.

corporate dress code.

Often it is uniform that is inappropriate,

NO!

being too cold in winter or too hot in summer, largely because it is badly

Uniform suppresses individualism and

designed and cheaply-produced in

treats students en masse rather than

small quantities for a captive market.

encouraging teachers to recognise their

Girls in particular complain at being

different characters and abilities, and

forced to wear skirts even in the coldest

students to accept responsibility for aspects

months, when many would generally

of their own lives. Uniform was better suited

wear trousers

to an age of rote learning and military-style

from choice

discipline than to the more exploratory

and some, e.g.

and creative values of modern education

Muslims, for

– values which are increasingly important to

cultural reasons.

the wider economy. Many schools, indeed

Students will

many countries, manage to maintain senior

always attempt

school standards of discipline, community

to subvert any

and academic performance without

dress code,

adopting uniform.

strict or lenient,

Uniform makes students very identifiable

requiring staff

and emphasises the divisions between

vigilance in any

schools, making it very easy for bullying and

case.

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aking a highly innovative approach to contemporary craft, Hove Museum & Art Gallery commissioned ten artists and makers to create new pieces, and nine to exhibit existing work. Precious is the result, produced from objects which have had a previous life. 20 unique, show-stopping pieces – precious objects, all have had a previous life. Waste paper and fabric are transformed, landscapes made from computer parts, taps take on a new twist. Books, parts of furniture, drink cans are all reclaimed and re-made. 19 nationally and internationally known artists – explore where their imaginations can take you. Coming from all over the country and selected from 300 applicants, the makers reflect all aspects of contemporary craft in Britain today. For anyone who has ever glanced at a second-hand item and wondered where it came from, these artists explore where these objects can take you. Nothing in this exhibition is what you expect.

Be dazzled by the beauty in the overlooked and discarded.

Precious is created by Matt Smith, guest curator, and Polly Harknett, Curator of Contemporary Craft at Brighton & Hove Museums. After being shown at Hove Museum, it will take on a new life on tour to five other venues around the UK.

Precious Reclaiming Art and Craft 30 January to 23 May 2010 Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Above left: Paperlace dress and bodice; Margaret Marks Left: Mark Oliver Jacket Moth (detail); Mark Oliver Above: Baboon; Andrew Mockett

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selection of abstract paintings of neon lights by Dominic Bradnum is now on show at the Caroline of Brunswick. Tucked away in the cosy, fake-fur clad boudoir area of the pub, the sensually painted canvases seem to shimmer in the half-light of their shadowy surroundings. An exhibition of neon lights in oil paint by Dominic Bradnum Now until 28th February 2010 Caroline of Brunswick 39 Ditchling Road Brighton East Sussex BN1 4SB

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It’s Time To Dance! W

ith the growing interest in dance, the Martlets Hospice and the Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary Club are offering dance enthusiasts of all abilities the chance to step back in time and enjoy the elegance and fun of an Afternoon Dance. This exclusive partner dancing occasion will be held in the luxurious surroundings of the Empress Ballroom at the Grand in Brighton on Sunday 21st March. The event will be hosted by Rag Roof Theatre with a presenter playing records from the 20s, 30s and 40s. The programme will incorporate dance displays and brief dance instructions but will allow you ample time to take to the dance floor. During the afternoon you will be served tea and coffee, sandwiches, a selection of cakes and a welcome glass of bubbly. Guests are requested to dress appropriately for the occasion with gentleman expected to wear jackets and ties. The two main styles of dancing within the ballroom world are Standard and Latin. Standard or Modern covers the five ballroom dances which are Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep. Latin includes the Cha Cha and the Rumba. Most people have a go at all of them – the choice is yours! Why not use this afternoon to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary or provide a treat to those who love to dance but seldom have the opportunity to do so? As well as providing a great afternoon’s entertainment the profits from the Dance will support the local charitable work of the Martlets Hospice and Rotary Club.

“Mimco is seeking a budding artisan to create an installation piece for its Brighton boutique.” MI MCO , 23 Dukes Lane, Brighton, BH1 1BG Tel: 01273 720816

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The artist selected will work with the Mimco team to put their creative signature in our Brighton boutique as well as receive a Mimco gift pack to the value of £500.

Artists must submit their folio (no more than 2MB) to mimcocompetition@absolutemagazine.co.uk The folio can be representative of any medium.

Tickets £25 includes light refreshments and a glass of bubbly Hosted by

with music from the 20’s, 30’s & 40’s To book your ticket call Rachel in the Fundraising Team 01273 747455 or email Rachel@themartletshospice.co.uk BRIGHTON & HOVE SOIRÉE ROTARY CLUB

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Terms and conditions: All entrants must be over 18 years old. Submissions must be emailed to mimcocompetition@absolutemagazine.co.uk or handed/mailed to the Mimco Brighton boutique by 5pm, March 31st 2010. The judges word is final and the winner will be notified on the 14th April, 2010.

For an entry form and more information please email mimcocompetition@absolutemagazine.co.uk or visit our Brighton boutique.

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ABSOLUTE WHATS ON

WHO’S BAD

www.whosbadmusic.com Be sure to play the video

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n glitzy jackets, glittering gloves and 80s regalia, Who’s Bad, the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band from America, is an infectious party production that takes audiences on a musical expedition spanning three decades of Michael Jackson’s chart-cresting music. From ABC to You Rock My World, no song is forgotten in this electrifying revival of Pop Music’s Royal Highness. Founded in 2003 by Vamsi Tadepalli and spearheaded by some of North Carolina’s optimum musicians, Who’s Bad has crafted an intricate performance complete with synchronized dance routines, blaring horn section and down-deep rhythms, each delivered with a precision that could only be superseded by the King of Pop himself. Since their first standing-room only concert in January 2004, audiences have crowned them must-see entertainment singing along as if the moves, the music, and the memories belong to us all.

Who’s Bad Thursday 25th February 2010 Worthing Pavilion Theatre Box Office: 01903 206206

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WHO’S BAD VIP PACKAGE The VIP package consists of a pair of tickets for the show, the opportunity to go backstage and meet the band, and a CD. You can win this great prize by answering the following question:

What year was Who’s Bad founded? Please email your answer to mo@absolutebrighton.com by February 18th 2010. Two runners up will each receive a pair of tickets.

The year of the Tiger The CEDP Chinese Centre presents this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations in Brighton and Hove. The theme this year is ‘A Beautiful Jasmine’; the Jasmine flower is a symbol of China, that represents elegance, pureness, beauty and friendship and it suits both refined and popular tastes. With this theme, the centre want to enhance the harmony of different communities within the city, and the cultural understanding between people of China and the UK. The actual Chinese New Year Day this year is 14th February. However, the main celebrations will take place at Hove Town Hall on Saturday 6th February 2010 between 12 noon and 5pm, with an amazing range of

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shows, both traditional and contemporary performances on stage, including music, dance, theatre and community choirs, and activities for all the family to enjoy. The hall will be brimming with fabulous exhibition stalls and a fun range of have-a-go workshops where you will be able to try your hand at calligraphy, brush painting, paper folding and lantern making, and sample hot and cheerful Chinese festive delicacies. In the lead up to the main event on 6th February, from January onwards, there will be a range of exciting educational and cultural activities taking place in schools across the City and the County. For more information visit www.cedp.org.uk

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ABSOLUTE REVIEW

Panning for Gold

New band are red hot at the Red Rooms, says Lidia de Luca

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n a cold Friday night recently, I made my way to the Red Rooms, a very cool and funky bar on Queens Road Brighton, to see a fresh new band from London, Panning for Gold. After a chat with owner Gary Brooks, I met up with the band members: Louis Bowers (Keyboard/Rap), Owen Jones (Lead Singer/ Guitarist), Graham Crawley (Bassist) and Jake Nipper (Drummer), all very friendly and confident guys. They told me how the band has been together for eight months and has already achieved a great deal. By putting so much passion and work in what they do, they have secured a headlining gig at the famous Café de Paris, London. The band members come from different backgrounds of music, from Rock, Indie, Jazz, D’n’B, Punk and Rap, all incorporated in their sound.

As I got settled into my seat, the bar filled up very quickly with a lively and friendly crowd to hear the warm-up band Sweet Sweet Lies, well-known in and around Brighton. The atmosphere builds up to the arrival of Panning for Gold on stage, and suddenly the Red Rooms was completely packed. When the band got up on stage, they introduced themselves to the crowd, and informed us that all songs are original, and written by themselves; you won't hear these guys doing covers. The band has got great stage presence, and they all certainly know how to work the crowd. Every song they played was just great and really got the crowd going. They incorporate their varied music styles perfectly, and with a touch of funk! I would recommend that you go and see this band, as there are great things to come for these guys!

After a full Jan/Feb London tour ending with Café De Paris on February 19th these are their Brighton dates before they go nationwide.... Red Rooms 23rd Feb Pearl Bar 25th Feb Red Rooms 26th The Platinum Club 27th Feb. www.myspace.com/panningforgoldlive www.brightonredrooms.co.uk

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ABSOLUTE FINANCIAL SERVICES

Your 2010 finances

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would like to start by saying a belated Happy New

Unfortunately there are many families and individuals

Year to all Absolute Brighton readers. My name is Ali

that are struggling with debt. Having assessed your

Saber and I am a mortgage consultant with Marcot

financial commitments such as mortgages, loans and

Limited, and I believe that the early part of a new year is

credit cards you may find that your debts far exceed

a great time to look at your finances and make sure that

your income. If you are struggling with debt I urge you

you understand what financial commitments you have,

NOT to put your head in the sand! You must deal with

and assess your plans for the year.

the problems facing you. Speak to your creditors and

Do you know what the rate of interest is that you are

try to explain your situation and come to an agreement

paying on your mortgage? Do you know what type of

with them and stick to it. You can also use the services

mortgage you have? What about your credit cards or

of Debt Councillors and advisers who can help you

loans, do you know how much interest you are paying

make a plan to sort out your debt and offer you

on them? What happens if you lose your job, have an

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accident or are diagnosed with a Critical Illness - do you

If you are looking to buy your first home there are

have any insurance? In my experience I have found, with

some great rates out there as long as you can meet the

great amazement, how many people don’t have a clue

requirements of the lenders.

what rate of interest they are paying or what product

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they have. It is also worrying how many individuals and

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families have no insurance to protect themselves against

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SME Risk Management

ABSOLUTE BUSINESS MATTERS

With the recent bad weather, Roger Clifton-Moore looks at Assessing all Categories of Risk

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s discussed in an earlier article, risk and business impact assessment is the first key stage of a companies risk management programme. The recent adverse weather has highlighted the fact that risk assessment is not just about measuring internal risks but is also about the wide area impact that may directly or indirectly effect your staff, business, customers and supply chain. Recently, many businesses have been adversely affected by the ‘denial of access’ to their own or their customer’s premises due to the protracted disruption of the private and public transport infrastructure. NATURAL Flood/Tsunami Storm/Lightning Temperature Extremes (Snow/ice/heatwave) Landslide/Subsidence Earthquake Disease/Pandemic/Epidemic OTHER THREATS (List)

Some have also been affected by power and other infrastructure failures brought about by adverse weather. Business Risk Assessment When conducting a business risk assessment you should address the full range of threats and exposures to your business both from a ‘local’ as well as a ‘wide area’ perspective. The likelihood of a specific disaster scenario occurring is subject to a large number of regional and local variables and is directly related to your particular business model and location. Risks can be categorised into three main groups, as shown in the following table which contains a checklist

ACCIDENTAL Human error Procedural Error Hardware/software failure Fire/Flood Supplier/Contractor failure (e.g. Utilities/outsourced services /supply chain) Structural failure Health & Safety issue (eg Asbestos threat, Legionnaire’sdisease) Explosion/gas leak/Pollution Aeroplane/other crash OTHER THREATS (List)

MALICIOUS Theft/Fraud Computer attack/virus Industrial action Industrial espionage Confidentiality Breach Sabotage/arson/ vandalism Extremist groups Civil disturbance/riot Terrorism/War Poaching of key staff National lottery OTHER THREATS (List)

by Roger Clifton-Moore, MD of RMI of key threats. This list is not exhaustive; there are other external threats that also need to be considered such regulatory changes, market forces, taxation / financing etc. There are four main variables that affect your level of business exposure from any particular risk / threat scenario: Likelihood of risk occurring Vulnerability to the risk Severity of risk Time taken to recover You should conduct a risk and business impact review in the context of the above variables. You can then chart your risk profile and take steps to mitigate your main business threats and exposures. Risk assessment is not a precise science and is best conducted with the help of an experienced third party who can conduct an objective review of all your business and IT functions. We are a Sussex based company, if you would like further information about the services we can offer or would like a copy of our BCM risk checklist do email or contact me. Roger Clifton-Moore MBCI Recovery Management International Business Continuity Management Phone: 01273 832 996 Mobile: 07860 438 267 Email: rmi-rcm@pavilion.co.uk Member of the Business Continuity Institute www.thebci.org

Legal & General £50K Fundraising Landmark

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n January the Martlets Hospice and Legal & General in Hove celebrated a huge achievement – Legal & General staff have raised over £50,000 for the Hospice in less than two years. This fantastic sum of money has been generated by staff at L&G who wanted to support their favourite local charity. The Martlets became L & G’s Nominated Charity of the Year in April 2007. The first target for L & G employees was to raise £28,000 for patient equipment including specialist beds and reclining armchairs, as well as equipping each bedroom in the InPatient Unit with a digital television and free view box for patients to use whenever they feel like it. Employees chose where the money they raise goes from a wish list supplied by the Hospice. In less than ten months they hit the fundraising target and kept on going! The next service to benefit was the hospice at home service – Martlets@ Home – this service allows patients to choose to

die in the comfort and privacy of their own home. Through dress down days, sponsored events like the Martlets Midnight Walk and the Noon Walk, office collecting boxes, a book exchange scheme and L&G’s employee match funding - staff soon hit their second target of £26,783. “The partnership between the Hospice and L & G has been hugely successful” said Gary Moyle from the Martlets fundraising team “we can’t thank the staff enough for their dedication and hard work in raising such an incredible sum of money for the Hospice.” Someone who has supported the Martlets whilst working for L&G in Hove is Jo Barnard. Jo first heard about the charity in 2003 “ My Nan was diagnosed with cancer, and very sadly she died at the Hospice, this was not long after I’d started working at L&G. As a family we got so much support in the time she was there. I was able to spend almost every day sitting with her and it was so nice to be surrounded by people going through the same thing as we were. One of the really special things about the Hospice is that once Nan died the help and support didn’t stop.” It sounds as if Hospice staff will go that extra mile for their supporters as well. Jo explains “Last year we were all invited to visit the Hospice to see where our money had gone. It was a chance to see what a difference our work had made to people’s lives. When you raise money for a bigger charity

you never really know where the money’s gone – to be able to see the difference is very special. It’s that personal touch which is so important when you’re working hard to raise money” Frances Borrer the CSR Savings at Hove L&G explained why they chose the Hospice “Our partnership with the Martlets has been so successful because many of our employees have first hand experience of the great work that the Hospice does. The Martlets is very close to our Hove office and to the hearts of many employees here.” ABSOLUTE

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

Terraces, Madeira Drive Caffyns showroom, Preston Road, 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 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 Blanch House, 17 Atlingworth Street 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 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 Zamaan, 38 Church Road 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 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 J Farrington Dentist, 40 Norfolk Square Starbucks, Western Road Brighton White, 2 Hampton Place Design Interiors, 56 Western Road Beauty Secrets, 65 Western Road Barneys Restaurant, Western Road Caffe Nero, 208 Western Road Coffee Republic, 55 Western Road Spektra Hairdressing, 69 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 Southern 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 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 Newick Park, Newick Buxted Park, Uckfield The Gallops, Woodmancote The Ginger Fox, Woodmancote Wickwoods, Albourne Cowdray Park, Cowdray, Midhurst Cromwells at Golding Barn, Small Dole Cherrywood Events, Stanmer House

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Absolute Brighton Magazine February 2010  

Brighton's Premier LIfestyle Magazine

Absolute Brighton Magazine February 2010  

Brighton's Premier LIfestyle Magazine

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