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AFFINITY LUXURY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

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December 2016

Ship Ahoy! We set sail on a Silver Spirit Cruise

DECEMBER 2016 ISSUE 67

Fashion Edit dresses, dresses and more dresses

Shimmer & Shine

add some sparkle to your eyes this festive season

Christmas Gift Guide our favourite

Festive Dining

gifts just for you

ways to use that extra turkey


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As I write this there are 30 sleeps ‘til Santa, which can mean only one thing – this issue is all about CHRISTMAS! With presents to suit everyone in our Christmas Gift Guide (page 37), to festive recipes (page 52) and some of our favourite decorations(page 57) that will have you “Decking the Halls” with all that glitters – I do believe we may be spoiling you! December is a busy month when it comes to socialising with parties, parties and more parties, getting together with family and friends and visits to Santa – There’s no time to shop, which is where we’ve come in with some of our favourite party dresses, jewellery, shoes and Christmas jumpers so you won’t have to utter the words “I’ve got nothing to wear!” Fancy a pre Christmas getaway, then why not pack an overnight case and retreat to the country for some rest and relaxation at Hartwell House Hotel and Spa, page 74 tells you more.

5 1. Chase Distillery Advent Calendar £130 Selfridges 2. George 3. Alesha Dixon £179 LittleBlackDress.co.uk 4. Holly Wreath Mug 5. ECOYA Mini Reed Diffuser Gift Set £45 John Lewis

I hope you have a truly magical festive season full of love, laughter and fun with your family and friends, and if you’re looking for some Festive Fizz turn to page 55 for a selection of our favourites. Finally, all that’s left is for me to wish a very Merry Christmas to all of my family, friends, readers and advertisers – see you in 2017! Ho! Ho! Ho!

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CONTENTS 37 16 18 24 30 37 50 53 56 60 68 76 79 80

Beauty Updates Time to Challenge Hot Picks Christmas Jumpers Christmas Gift Guide Foodie News Festive Recipe Time to Dine Christmas Crackers Be Inspired Ahoy There Funny Girl Your Stars

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What does your kitchen mean for you!

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Luscious Locks

Haircare brand UNITE’s Christmas offering is a gorgeous collection of seven gift sets meaning there’s something for every hair type – the gifts include Fall In Love (£41.80), Hey Blondie (£36.30), Get That Boost (£41.80), Tame the Kink (£41.80), U Luxury (£59.40), Glossy Locks Set (£36.50), and Slay Style Set (£40) all available from www.unitehair.com

Tweezer Gold Beauty tool brand Rubis has launched two new products. Classic Rose Gold Six Stars (£29) are high quality cosmetic tweezers that facilitate comfortable, precise use with slanted tips ideal for plucking eyebrows, removing facial hairs and epilating unwanted hairs in other body zones. Additionally, the Rubis Classic Rose Gold (£32) bears the signature of creator Fides Baldesberger and comes complete with a black velvet case. Available from Harvey Nichols, Fenwick, Lookfantastic and online.

Fragrance in Red

BEAUTY UPDATES

To celebrate the festive season, Salvatore Ferragamo have launched a new look for their Signorina In Rosso fragrance. This limited edition is inspired by the signature red of the luxury fashion house; the bottle the colour of the festive season, contrasting with the rose gold Signorina logo and the rounded cap. A re-interpretation of the Vara bow features on the bottle in the Ferragamo red, with a touch of sparkle, with the bottle treasured inside a beautiful keepsake box. Priced at £60 for 50ml.

Never Grow Up

Brow Boost

The new BARDOU Booster Brow (£25) features a lip gloss style applicator, which allows for perfect placement by blending the product in seamlessly; fast fix technology, which ensures brows don’t smudge once dry; matrix technology, which merges with natural brow hairs to fill any gaps and give a boosted look; and nourishing properties which help gentle brow growth and health overtime. Available in four colours Priced at £25.

MAD Beauty have launched their Never Grow Up range. Drawing on inspiration from classic and inspirational sayings from Disney Movies over the years, the Never Grow Up range comprises NEVER TOO OLD ESSENTIAL BAG (£7.99), HAND CREAM TRIO (£6.99), LIP GLOSS TRIO (£5.99), and HANDY SET (£7.99). Available from Debenhams and ASOS

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The Challenge of Challenge nowhere. Suddenly we are in a difficult situation or we need to rise to some challenge that we didn’t choose or want and that can be a bit daunting or perhaps completely terrifying.

In many ways humans thrive on challenge - that’s what makes so many TV shows popular - it doesn’t matter if its baking, dancing, singing, doing up houses or even surviving in the jungle, being faced with a challenge is something that can make us grow - IF we are not defeated by it.

Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it. Amit Ray

We don’t grow when things are easy we grow when we face challenges Rachel Scott

Of course in the example above people choose themselves to face a challenge and in everyday life we sometimes do that - we decide to take on a course that we know will challenge us, or we decide to learn a new hobby or to run a marathon or raise money for a worthy cause. For a whole host of different reasons we set ourselves a challenge, something that we know will be tough. At other times in life though challenges just appear as if out of

Challenges of course can take many forms - they may be physical, social, mental, or emotional. They could also be, in fact are likely to be, a combination of all of those. Running a marathon for example takes a lot of physical preparation but also mental resolve and often emotional resilience.

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One of the fears of any challenge is that somehow we might not be able to rise to it, that somehow we will be defeated or found wanting. In a challenge the end point


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But there are aspects to challenges that are not just about challenging ourselves. Life is what it is today because some people have not shied away from a challenge. This has often involved extreme challenge to themselves but also a challenge to others or to society when things have not been ‘right’. Whether it was Ghandi and Independence in India, Rosa Parkes fighting against racial discrimination or the suffragettes fighting for the right to vote - and of course many other besides, the world was in some way changed because of what they did. They saw something that wasn’t right and they stood up for what they believed was right, or fair or just, sometimes at great personal cost. If and when we see things that aren’t right, or fair or just, as humans we can challenge. I wouldn’t dream of suggesting that we should all become activists or lobbyists of some sort, though for some that may well be the case, I am talking about a level of personal integrity in a day to day sense, that means we’re actually liberated, secure and confident enough in ourselves to make sure we are not walked over or forced to accept things that don’t seem right by either being silent or turning a blind eye. I’m sure many of us will have had situations where we see people doing things or saying things that don’t seem right and there will no doubt have been times when we want to say something, but either because of our own lack of confidence, fear of reprisals or even perhaps a feeling that we haven’t the right to say something, we have kept quiet. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King

What has happened then? Well, I guess some people are able to forget about it and move on swiftly but others will find they either feel guilty or feel that they have in some way let themselves down. Those feelings are often about our personal integrity. Some people don’t feel they have to put right every wrong, after all there were plenty of women at the time of the suffragettes who didn’t feel the need to fight, but there were some who did. When faced with either a personal challenge OR something we feel we should challenge it is personal. Not everyone will feel the same thing but if YOU feel you should either rise to the challenge of throw down a challenge to others, even if it feels like something quite small like maybe challenging a racist joke or a demeaning comment, then you will feel satisfied when you do, even if it may take courage to stand up for what you believe to be right.

may well be important - but very often the ‘growth’ comes not from the completion or end point, though that may bring great satisfaction, but rather from the process. Someone climbing a mountain will need to train physically, and mentally, they will probably need to learn a lot of new skills and they may need to gather support from others. All of those aspects of the challenge can cause growth - whether or not the ultimate ‘end’ is achieved. Indeed how we respond to a challenge that we don’t ‘achieve’ can also cause us to grow, if we can allow ourselves to have a ‘long view’ - perhaps disappointment in the short term but growth and development in the longer term. You learn something valuable from all the significant events and people, but you never touch your true potential until you challenge yourself to go beyond imposed limitations. Roy T. Bennett

In fact the biggest challenge of all is perhaps living our lives in a way that is true to ourselves and that is bound to involve, on some occasions at least, rising to a challenge of some sort.

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Time to Sparkle

“The Festive party season is upon us, so make sure you jazz up your eyes with some of these sparkly eye products – that’ll have you shining all night long!”

MAC Eye Gloss in Spank Me £14.40 Debenhams

Boutique Twinkling Eyeshadow Quad £8, Sainsbury's Boutique

Urban Decay Liquid Moondust £15 urbandecay.co.uk

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Glitter Shadow £11, lookfantastic.com Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Hidden Gems Eyeshadows £7.49 Superdrug

Glitter Dust £4.99 H&M

Sephora Glitter eyeshadow £10 Amazon

Metallic Eyeliners £16.50 beautybay.com


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Midlife Madness The Power of Ignorance Growing up as a blonde girl in the North of England with a brother who won a scholarship to a prestigious grammar school ( and then on to Cambridge University), I spent a lot of time convincing myself and others that despite my blonde hair and femininity I was, in fact, very intelligent. Apart from one memorable occasion in a Maths class with Mr Stephenson when I insisted repeatedly that I hadn’t got a clue about simultaneous equations - because I knew that if I let slip that the penny had dropped I would have 25 to complete like the rest of the class. I could confess to a slight bit of guilt when he embarked on his eighth explanation in the same patient tone but somehow on that particular afternoon pretending I didn’t get it seemed preferable to admitting that, in fact, I did.

Now before you start grumbling about the fact that I allowed myself to be disempowered remember that is what some folk have done all their lives. How many people swear blind they don’t know how to use the ironing board, or a dishwasher, in fact there was a time in our house when I seemed to have to put considerable effort into getting people to realise that dirty laundry was what was meant to go in the ‘dirty laundry’ baskets and even longer convincing them that there was no magic fairy who got all the clothes clean, washed and back into drawers. Feigned ignorance clearly has a precedence. It’s a tool I have long used over certain things - like when warning lights come on in the car - how on earth would I know what they mean?? But as I age I find it is a strategy I am using more and more. The other day I went to a particular restaurant with a friend and we always tend to sit at the window table, so we sat down, and honestly I hadn’t noticed the reserved sign on it! Anyway when the waitress came up to tell us it was, in fact, reserved (we were thoroughly installed) and after a moment of her considering all our bags, coats and scarves she told us not to worry and moved the reserved sign to the next table - in the rather dark alcove - so it was a stroke of good luck that neither of us had noticed the sign!!!

Apart from that memorable incident, which might be further understood by the fact that Mr Stephenson, besides being an educator was also an Adonis, most of the time I got ‘it’ whatever ‘it’ was and whilst never thinking of myself as a rocket scientist, I was often amazed at how some people seemed to struggle to get what seemed fairly simple things. All that seems recently to have changed however. In fact, I delight now in not getting things as I have finally understood the truth that a bit of ‘ignorance’ can go a long way.

Then, when at an airport recently I had popped to the ladies in the boarding gate area and came out to find lots of people queuing up to board so I joined them well I hadn’t heard the call was just for priority boarding had I? Anyway when I reached the gate the very nice lady told me that was the case and I said sorry I didn’t hear, meaning the announcement, so she said it again a little louder but then smiled and said ‘never mind’ and let me through! There might be a lot of things I don’t hear, see or understand in the future!

It began when I got a new phone a while ago - yes it came with the helpful instruction book that would take ages to read but instead I looked at it with a half puzzled expression (maybe I held it upside down as well, I really can’t remember), but within minutes one of the children (now adult) whipped it out of my hands and passed it back in the blink of an eye in full working order with photos on the screensaver, funky ring tone and a whole host of apps (admittedly some more useful than others) installed. 22


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Rose Gold Pearl & Diamond Ring £299, Ernest Jones

Herbal Tea by Sebastian Pole £20, Published by Frances Lincoln

AFFINITY HOT PICKS

SOS Solution for Scars £18.99, www.scienceofskin.com

Marc Jacobs Charm Bracelet £150, Very Exclusive

Christmas Cushion £25, House of Fraser

Joan Collins Paparazzi Compact Duo £34, www.joancollinsbeauty.com

This month’s must have gifts and accessories

Graze Mince Pie Flapjack £1.19, Sainsbury’s

Instamix Mini Camera £64.95, John Lewis

Prosecco Hat £20, John Lewis

Silk Chemise £79, John Lewis

Lentil Lites Crisps £13 a box (20 packs), www.fairfieldsfarmcrisps.co.uk

Santa Sign £2.99, New Look

Rainbow Sleeve Cashmere Sweater £210, www.store.orwellausten.com

Coach The Fragrance £69 (90ml) House of Fraser


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Energised and Uplifted Seal your energy field Visualise a large egg in front of you, open its door and step in, close the door behind you. The walls are transparent but very, very thick and the emotional charge and your family’s negative thoughts will bounce off the rubber-like outside walls.

We expect our homes to be a haven where we can replenish and restore ourselves after a hard working day, however you may find that quite the opposite is happening! Are your family and friends actually depleting your energy rather than uplifting you? Is your home holding an atmosphere that drags you down rather than lifting you up? If so you are very likely affected by the moods, thoughts and attitudes of the people who share your life. So how can you avoid this and how can you protect yourself from energy depletion? We bring you ten tried and tested ways of preserving your precious life force:

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Clearing needy hooks Those who are needy or lacking confidence will naturally be looking for ways to gain more vitality. Energetically they hook into you and suck your energy. To clear the hooks sweep your hands over your body and intentionally clear away them away. Cut the cords from your end by chopping imaginary links.


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Angry outbursts Visualise a garage door that you slam down when you come under any form of strong negative attack. Then step back. Don’t get involved in angry arguments as emotions do not engage the brain and you will be the one to suffer if you try to win the verbal battle. Emotional outbursts are draining so pull down the barrier and step back.

Keep your energy vital and strong Use quality essential oils in your bath, on your pillow or as a fragrance. Sandalwood and sage are protective and lavender will help to keep you calm when others are losing their heads! Wear crystals such as obsidian or tourmaline to create a defensive shield. Fresh air, good food, good uplifting company and exercise will help you to restock your energy reserves. Clear the atmosphere Spray around all the rooms with a mix of water and essential oils such as peppermint, lemon and sage. If the energy is very heavy following an argument, clear by burning frankincense or sage. Waft the smoke into all corners. Fresh flowers, uplifting music, opening the windows and drawing back the curtains to allow fresh air and light into every room, will also help. De-clutter Old magazines or newspapers sitting in piles are creating stagnant energy. Clutter in the home will lower the vibrations so regularly get rid of broken or unused household items.

Clear your own energy field At the end of each day sweep your hands through your energy field and around your body to release any negative vibes that have attached to you during the day. Use lime or lemon shower gel, or Epsom salts in the shower or bath to neutralise negativity. Spray yourself with peppermint or lemongrass essential oils.

Managing controllers and bullies If a family member, whether a child, parent or partner throws tantrums, sulks, bullies, or deliberately puts you down; you need to take evasive action. When they use words that are intended to harm your confidence say to yourself “DUCK”! See their thoughts, words and energy stream flowing over your head. Check your level of responsibility Carrying other people’s burdens is a quick route to exhaustion. If you are picking up or trying to fix your family’s personal problems, they will become burdens that drag you down and give you aches and pains in your shoulders and upper back. Sweep your shoulders every day and take a step back to see if you are taking on responsibilities that are not yours to carry.

When you enter your home spend a few moments radiating out positive vibes. Visualise streams of smiley faces floating around the office. Face every member of your family, even the teenagers, with a smile and hit them with your own bright and positive vibes - smiles are infectious! By protecting yourself and your home you can ensure you feel energised all day long.

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FASHION

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Let it Snow

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Holly Jumper £49 House of Fraser

Elfie Jumper 325 Very

Bah Humpug Jumper £16.99 Get The Label

Too Late to Be Good £34 Topshop George at ASDA

Red Herring Jumper £25 Debenhams Reindeer Heart Jumper £14.99 New Look Penguin Jumper £29 M&Co

Polar Bear Jumper Debenhams

Prosecco Jumper £15 Pretty Little Thing Merry Xmas Jumper £25 Very

Robin Jumper £26 Dorothy Perkins PeNice Jumper £12 George at ASDA


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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

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1. Aurora Blue & Purple Earrings £39 butterfly-jewellery.com 2. Bellamianta Bebella Gift Set £25 bellamianta.com 3. Michael Kors Bradshaw Rose Gold Chronograph Watch £229 watchshop.com 4. Origins Feel Good Christmas Candle £28 origins.co.uk 5. Happy Chain Bag £995 John Lewis 6. Gizelle Renee Lady V Leather Gloves with Cashmere and Mink POA gizellerenee.com 7. Moet Rose Cracker £16 John Lewis 8. JJLux By Caprice Bra & Brief Set, £41, House of Fraser 9. ECOYA Mini Madison Candle Gift Set £39 John Lewis 10. STORM Gold Mimoza Bracelet £49.99 watchshop.com 11. Ted Baker Robe £42 Debenhams 12. Kate Spade Champagne Pendant £88 katespade.co.uk 13. Charbonnel et Walker Hamper £75 Debenhams 14. Initial Make Up Bag £8 Next 15. Kate Spade Large 17 Month Diary £32, katespade.co.uk 16. ESPA Nourishing Lip Tint Trio £29, John Lewis 17. Ralph Lauren Jumper £110 House of Fraser


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Ingredients

Turkey Tetrazzini

12oz mushrooms, sliced 8 tbsp unsalted butter, divided 3 tbsp, 4 tbsp, and 1 tbsp 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 12oz egg noodles, spaghetti, linguini or other pasta 1 1/2 cups of milk 1/4 cup cream 2 cups chicken broth 1/4 cup dry sherry (or vermouth or dry white wine) 3 cups coarsely chopped cooked turkey 1 cup peas 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan(divided into 1/3 and 1/3 cups) 1/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese 2 tbsp lemon juice Salt and pepper Ground nutmeg (optional) 1/3 cup fine fresh bread crumbs Freshly chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Method

Preheat oven to 375F/190C/Gas 5 and heat water for pasta Cook the mushrooms in 3 tbsp of the butter over medium-high heat, stirring, until all of the liquid the mushrooms give off has evaporated, 5-7 minutes. Set aside. In a large saucepan, melt 4 tbsp of butter. Stir in the flour, and cook the mixture over low heat, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the pasta to the boiling water, cook until al dente. Put the butter and flour in a saucepan and slowly whisk in the milk, cream, chicken broth, and the sherry. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for about 5 to 8 minutes. In a large bowl combine the pasta, the sauce, the mushrooms, the turkey, and the peas. Stir in 1/3 cup of the Parmesan and the 1/3 cup of Swiss cheese. Stir in the lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste and a pinch of ground nutmeg to taste. Transfer the mixture to a buttered 3quart casserole. In a small bowl combine the remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan and the breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the tetrazzini, and dot the top with the remaining 1 tbsp butter, cut into bits. Bake the Tetrazzini in the middle of the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until it is bubbling and the top is golden. Garnish individual servings with chopped parsley www.simplyrecipes.com


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Turkey & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2lb ground turkey or chopped leftover turkey Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tsp poultry seasoning 2 1/2lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 onion, cut into 1-inch dice 2 carrots, peeled and grated 4 ribs celery, chopped 4 tbsp butter, divided 2 tbsp all-purpose flour 2 cups turkey or chicken stock Couple dashes Worcestershire sauce 10oz frozen peas 1 very ripe banana Couple drops hot sauce 2 cups mature grated Cheddar 1 1/2 cups all apple sauce 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce (ie: Ocean Spray) 2 pinches ground cinnamon

Method Preheat oven to 425F/220C/Gas 7. In a deep skillet heat 2 tbsp oil over high heat. Add meat and break up with a wooden spoon, season with salt and pepper and poultry seasoning. Place sweet potatoes in a pot, cover with water, bring to boil, add salt and cook 15 minutes until tender. Add onions, carrots and celery into the turkey. Stir, and cook for 5 minutes. While vegetables are cooking, heat 2 tbsp butter in a small pot over a medium heat. Add flour to the melted butter and whisk for 1 minute. Whisk in stock and season with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Cook for a few minutes to thicken. Stir peas into meat and turn heat off. Drain potatoes and return pot to the heat. Add remaining 2 tbsp of butter and melt over medium heat. Peel and slice banana and add potatoes to the pot. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper and a few dashes of hot sauce. Mash potatoes and banana to combine, adjust seasoning. Top the meat with the potatoes. Cover potatoes with cheese and place in the oven to melt cheese, for about 5 minutes. Serve. www.foodnetwork.com


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Candied Popcorn Stars We're loving these popcorn stars that make for charming edible ornaments

Method Combine sugar, corn syrup, water and butter in a large sauce pan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium; bring to boil. Cook, without stirring until a candy thermometer registers 255 degrees F. Remove from heat; stir in salt and vanilla. Quickly pour mixture over popcorn; toss gently to coat. Add the edible decorations, tossing gently to combine. Moisten or grease hands. Working quickly, press the mixture into 5-inch star-shaped cookie cutter. If the corn becomes too hard to shape, place in a warm (200 degrees F) oven for a few minutes to soften.

Ingredients 1 cup sugar ⅓ cup light corn syrup ⅓ cup water 2 tbsp butter ¼ tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla 8 cups Pop Corn ⅓ cup red and/or green edible decorations ¼ cup cinnamon candies

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Christmas pudding Night 23rd December £16 for a main course and as many desserts as you can squeeze in

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Christmas is the perfect excuse for a spot of indulgence and what better way to celebrate the festive season than with a bottle or two of these sparkling wines and champagnes Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé NV A vibrant rosé with a vivid aroma of red summer fruit, enticing wild strawberry and raspberry dominate the stylish and elegant palate. £48.25, Waitrose

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New Years Eve Party

£5 per person Ticket prices includes complimentary drink Dj playing till 1am Bar snacks available

Pudding Night

20th Jan £16 for a main course and as many desserts as you can squeeze in

Chinese Night

27th Jan To celebrate our Anniversary we're having a chinese night! £20 per person.

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Italian Grand Rose This lively, sparkling wine is imbued with a delicate strawberry hue, with a bouquet that’s intense and elegant. Its fruity flavours of fresh raspberries and red cherries provide a sublime crisp, dry finish. £7.99, Marks & Spencer

Tsarine Rosé Brut NV Draped in ruby silk, a fine stream of fine bubbles envelops this rosé champagne. Like some magical alchemy, aromas of wild strawberry, wheat and blackcurrant buds awaken the instinct of our senses. On the palate, body and finesse combine in red berry and cream notes. Gentleness and pleasure come together as one. £36.99, Ocado


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Time to Dine at Olivier’s At the heart of the picturesque Georgian village of Woburn, standing proudly at the gateway to the Woburn Abbey Estate, you will find The Woburn Hotel, one of Bedfordshire's finest country hotels, and within its doors you’ll find the multi-award-winning Olivier’s Restaurant.

walls, wooden furniture and dark leather chairs all adding to the relaxing atmosphere where we were looking forward to enjoying some of the delightful dishes on the menu. Our dining experience began with some freshly made breads (cheese and onion, garlic and thyme), which tasted just as good as they smelt.

Stylish elegance is immediately apparent and on arrival the welcome is extremely warm and inviting. Seating ourselves on the comfortable sofas in the drawing room for pre-dinner drinks, we studied the menu which was full of so many delicious sounding dishes it was difficult to make a choice. We were shown into the dining room, with its dove grey

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We then enjoyed starters of Crab Ravioli with a Lemon Grass Broth (with pak choi, crispy seaweed and a kaffir lime leaf emulsion); these were full of flavour with a slight kick being created with the lemon grass. Chicken confit terrine with a sweetcorn relish and sweetcorn mousse


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was utterly divine. The sweetcorn relish complimented the chunky pieces of chicken in the terrine to perfection. The taste and presentation of both dishes was faultless. For the main event I had the sirloin steak, the meat was excellent, tender and cooked perfectly – a serious melt-inthe-mouth moment. Breast of Guinea Fowl served with gnocchi and petit pois, the combination of tender meat with soft flavorsome gnocchi was another dish that was full of flavour and cooked to perfection. The food is presented beautifully and the chef clearly takes pride in his work. We were comfortably full, but purely for research we bravely ordered dessert in the form of raspberry cheesecake (dessert of the day) and a lemon meringue dome. The cheesecake was light, fruity and a real treat on the tastebuds. The lemon meringue dome was deliciously refreshing on the palette and the perfect end to an amazing meal. With its contemporary surroundings, welcoming staff, delicious food and relaxing dining Olivier’s is an absolute must. We’re already planning our next visit! Olivier’s Restaurant The Woburn Hotel George Street, Woburn 01525 290441 www.thewoburnhotel.co.uk


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Fry’s Footie Corner

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First and foremost, I must congratulate my daughter Jane on her fifth annual charity gala ball. I know all the hard work that goes into such an event, she worked morning, afternoon and night to make sure everyone had a wonderful time. Like the other four, it was a full house and a very successful occasion. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the event, the fireworks were a wonderful addition and I would personally like to thank all the people for coming and supporting an occasion like this and for everybody’s participation in the auction items. The auction helped raise great needed money for Cancer Research. All the many photographs that were taken in the evening will appear in the January edition of Affinity 70

so make sure you all get your copy! The ladies looked beautiful and the gentlemen looked very smart! Before we see the awaited January edition, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas the most successful New Year you have ever had. I am sure you will enjoy the festivities. See you in 2017 – Where The POSH will have hopefully gained some points to see them climb the table into the top three of League One!! Merry Christmas!

Barry Fry


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Fit for a King at Hartwell House


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If it’s good enough for Royalty then it’s good enough for us! Hartwell House stands within 90 acres of beautiful parkland in the Vale of Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire. Owned by the National Trust and managed by Historic House Hotels this country retreat is steeped in history that stretches back to almost a thousand years and was once home to the exiled Louis XVIII of France. As you make your way down the sweeping driveway you can almost hear the horse drawn carriages of days gone by and dream you are Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice being greeted by the doorman as your carriage draws to a halt in front of the large imposing front door! Walking through the above-mentioned door into The Great Hall it is evident that the building’s architecture is as impressive as its history. Full of original Jacobean and Georgian features, with it’s ornate stone fireplace, intricately carved ceilings and gold framed portraits, this was just one of many rooms that took our breath away. A staircase lined with extraordinary carved figures leads us up to our room, a Royal Room. Tastefully decorated in traditional country house style with antique furniture, fine art and an amazing tapestry adorning the wall above the bed, it is easy to see how you can slip back into being ‘Elizabeth’ waiting for Mr. Darcy to call on you! A visit to Hartwell House wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the pleasures of the spa, which is situated just 100 yards from the main house. Whether you want to lie peacefully around the Grecian inspired pool, or try out the gym, steam room, sauna or hot tub it is entirely your choice, I opted for the lounging round the pool (it’s hard work waiting for Mr. Darcy to arrive) until it was time to be pampered just a little more with ‘The Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience’ a treatment that helps to release tension held in every part of the body, leaving you feeling deeply relaxed and re-charged, this is a luxurious treatment that certainly did what it said on the tin and left me floating along in a bubble of calm. Dinner was served in the Soane dining room, which is styled after a room at 11 Downing Street as a tribute to John Soane, yet another example of history and elegance combined. The menu was full of tempting dishes but after much deliberation we opted

for the Brixham crab with Avruga caviar, avocado and red pepper sorbet and the duck liver parfait with flavours of apples and toasted brioche – both dishes were impeccably presented and were infused with flavours and textures that had our tastebuds wanting more. The mains consisted of Aylesbury duckling served with salt-baked celeriac and confit potato on a bed of spinach – the duck was tender and melted in the mouth and the duckling jus was just divine. Venison loin and braised shoulder was the other choice and was served with parsnip puree, red cabbage, and duchess potato – the parsnip puree and red cabbage complemented the meaty venison perfectly creating an explosion of tastes on the palette. There’s always room for dessert and the strawberries, vanilla cream, meringue and strawberry sorbet was heavenly as was the Mango meringue soufflé We retired to the Drawing Room for our coffee before climbing the Grand staircase to bed, getting held up along the way as we noticed yet another detail on one of the carvings. The sun came up on another day and we enjoyed a breakfast feast of croissants, pastries, fruits, yoghurts, jams and of course a full English accompanied with freshly brewed tea and coffee. After breakfast we went for a wander round the grounds, marveling at how magnificently grand the house looked from a distance. Hartwell House makes you feel like Royalty. It’s a place where you can enjoy some peace and tranquility and immerse yourself in the luxury of your surroundings – somewhere that is definitely fit for a King. BOOK IT! An overnight stay in January 2017 in a Royal Room starts from £400 per room including dinner, bed and breakfast. An overnight stay in January 2017 in a Four Poster Room starts from £650 per room including dinner, bed and breakfast. www.hartwell-house.com


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Welcome aboard the Silver Spirit!


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or those seeking an unforgettable Christmas gift for someone special, Silversea, founded in the 1990’s, recipient of the USA’s Global Traveller 2016 Leisure Travel Award for ‘best luxury cruise line’ and a Condé Nast Traveller 2015 award for food in the ‘world’s best small cruise ship’ category, offers a voyage like no other. This Italian, family owned business, features a fleet of eight small ships and provides exceptional standards of service and comfort.

where Amedeo, an excellent pianist, performs and he entices passengers onto the dance floor with ease.

Embarking at Piraeus, Athens, along with our bulging suitcases, my mother and I were enchanted with our first view of the sleek lines of the Silver Spirit, which was launched in 2009 and carries 540 passengers, served by a dedicated crew of 376.

There is no shortage of on board dining venues and we took advantage of the open seating option offered by the ship’s main dining room, The Restaurant, which serves modern Mediterranean and regional dishes. I sampled the mouthwatering broiled lobster tail with drawn butter, vegetable vermicelli, parsley potatoes and lobster coulis, and served with a glass of Vincent Girardin CortonCharlemagne 2011, it was perfect.

The simple and efficient check-in procedures ensured that no time was wasted and we were promptly escorted to our luxurious and spacious suite, sumptuously furnished with a plump sofa, two leather tub chairs, soft carpeting and comfortable beds swathed in crisp white linens with soft feather filled pillows. We took a moment to relax on our private veranda, admiring the view across the glittering ocean, and our charming butler arrived. Graciously introducing himself, he poured two glasses of chilled champagne with a flourish, and presented us with a selection of Bvlgari and Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries. He then requested our preferences for keeping the fridge fully stocked with complimentary soft drinks, wines and spirits, and the contents of our fruit basket. The luggage was swiftly delivered, and whilst our butler unpacked, we headed for the deck to watch ‘anchors aweigh’ as we sailed sedately on the sparkling waters of the Aegean, bound for Santorini, Rhodes, Aghios Nikolaos, Katakolon, Argostoli, Corfu, Dubrovnik and Venice. The Silver Spirit offers eight passenger decks, with interiors adorned with an imposing art collection including works by Rembrandt, Chagall and Picasso and several Salvador Dali sculptures. The decor follows modern and Art Deco themes with a soothing palette of colours and there are several lavishly furnished bars including the Panorama Lounge

Other socialising spots include the Connoisseur’s Corner, a clubby cigar and cognac lounge where guests are welcome to relax in low-slung leather chairs and enjoy their preferred cigar, fine cognacs, vintage wines, ports, and a selection of the world’s finest caviar including Royal Oscietra.

Up with the larks the following morning and our ship had docked in Santorini, which was a dazzling sight from our veranda. After a delicious in-suite breakfast, served by our butler with much aplomb, we hurried off the ship to explore our first port of call. Back on board in time for luncheon we dined in La Terrazza, which offers a buffet style extravaganza. Temptations included a choice of meat or fish, pasta or pizza, a salad bar and indulgent desserts that just cannot be ignored. We dined ‘al fresco’ on the back deck, cool in the shade of the overhead canopy, and then an afternoon snooze in the sunshine was just the ticket. For water babes, the pool deck features an impressive swimming pool with three bubbling Jacuzzis surrounded by ultra comfortable sun loungers and the pool bar and grill serves light fare for luncheon, which means that those of us who prefer not to be disturbed during our sun bathing sessions may dine ‘in situ’. After a pre dinner tipple on our veranda we made our way to The Bar, where Captain Mino Pontillo’s Welcome Reception was in full swing. Tasty canapés, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were served by a bevy of dapper waiters and our fellow passengers were simply dazzling in their elegant formal wear. Ladies, dressed in stylish, flowing evening gowns and gentlemen resplendent in their evening attire.


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For those keen on activities, a daily programme is delivered to each stateroom with details of events held during the day and included a stretch class, Pilates, Yoga, table tennis, shuffleboard, golf putting and a number of enrichment lectures, seminars and cooking demonstrations.

Later we dined in the Stars Supper Club; a retro experience, which recalls the romance and opulence of Manhattan’s legendary Rainbow Room. Delectable small plate selections are served on food sensitive dishes whilst guests are entertained by the ‘live’ jazz band and a cabaret vocalist. And in the likely event that diners are overwhelmed with the desire to display their nifty footwork on the dance floor mid-course, the food remains at the right temperature. Other dining options include Le Champagne, the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant at sea, which features a small walk-in wine room. For fans of Asian fusion cuisine, Seishin, offers sampler menus or a nine course degustation and by night, La Terrazza, presents a wide range of authentic Italian dishes. For those seeking the utmost privacy, there is the option of in-suite dining, selecting dishes, course by course, from The Restaurant menu, or from the room service menu, available around the clock.

Entertainment choices include the Show Lounge, which presented a striking performance by four soloists and a pianist from Milan’s Academia Teatro alla Scala. The audience was treated to a selection of enigmatic, evocative and beautiful librettos from the world’s most magical operas and the soaring voices of the soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor and baritone were magnificent. Another highlight of the cruise was a performance by Moss Hills, the talented cruise director. A first rate entertainer and a master drummer, guitarist, saxophonist, keyboard player and singer, he soon had the audience singing along to his repertoire and some took to their feet in the aisles with fervour.

And for those of us with a passion for doing as little as possible, the Spa is the place to be. Covering 8,300 sq ft, there are nine treatment rooms, interior and exterior relaxation areas, and an outdoor whirlpool.

Or, you may prefer to select a good book from the ship’s library, sink into one of the chairs in the Observation Lounge and whilst admiring the view of the ocean blue over the ship’s bow you may recall the words of Mark Twain who once said; ‘twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbour. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover’.

Review by: Rebecca Underwood, Travel Journalist BOOK IT!

For brochures and quotations visit www.silversea.com or call 0844 251 0837. Rates include complimentary shore excursions, on board WIFI, beverages in-suite and throughout the ship (including select wines, premium spirits, speciality coffees and soft drinks). Transportation from the ship into the towns of most ports of call is complimentary and gratuities are also included.


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ot on the heels of a record breaking, critically acclaimed West End run, this ‘utterly irresistible’ (The Sunday Times) new production of Funny Girl stars Olivier Award-winning Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice.

’Sheridan Smith is hilarious, glorious, touching. She carries us through everything with a performance that is all-singing, all dancing, all-joking and, somehow, all-soul too. An unforgettable star turn.’ The Times

Funny Girl brought global fame to Barbra Streisand 50 years ago, boasting some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including People and Don’t Rain On My Parade. Half a century later, this ‘exhilarating embrace of a production’ (The Independent) tours the UK after wowing critics and audiences alike in London’s West End. This iconic musical tells the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star.

‘Triumphantly reinvents Funny Girl for a new generation” Evening Standard ‘Don’t miss your chance to see this ‘phenomenal production’ The Telegraph Tues 28th February – Sat 4th March Milton Keynes Theatre 0844 8717652 www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes


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STARS

Manish Kumar Arora (K.P. Astrologer, Numerologist, Tarot Card Reader & Vastu Consultant) reveals what’s in store for you this month

Sagittarius (22 November - 21 December) Your sentimental life will be touched by an electrifying gust, when everything will take the shape of intentions, rather than facts. Unmarried persons will unexpectedly and madly have crushes. Experienced ones will behave quieter, but they must be prepared for a meeting, which will make them fall in love. You'll be in good shape and will happily notice some improvement of your physical resistance. Favourable Dates: December 2, 5, 11, 14, 20, 23 Favourable Colours: Red & Green

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Capricorn (22 December – 19 January) This month will bring opportunities for your career and money and will encourage your studies, specialiseations, publishing or cultural initiatives and business and pleasure trips. Fate itself will help you to work on new projects. Your confidence level will be high which will assist you to increase in your income, but you should try to make a decision after a lot of thought. You might get involved in legal proceedings if you are not careful. Favourable Dates: December 4, 5, 13, 14, 22, 23 Favourable Colours: Blue & Green

older misunderstandings about your house or other properties to be solved. Favourable Dates: December 3, 6, 12, 15, 21, 24 Favourable Colours: Red & White

Cancer (21 June – 22 July) The inheritance, investments, the income from collaborations, your business flair, banks and other financial institutions will make your existence intensely colourful. Your hard work and efforts will increase your benefits. You will enjoy worldly pleasure, but you might behave lavishly in this duration. This month will be favourable for your health. If you already have a stagnating or regressing relationship, it can become more vulnerable and can face disturbance Favourable Dates: December 4, 8, 13, 17, 22, 26 Favourable Colours: Green & Blue

Aquarius (20 January – 18 February) You will have high aspirations and involvement in a partnership business will increase sources of income. Your proficiency in your work will increase your benefits. Good policy making and judiciousness will reduce your economic problems. The time will be favourable to change a job. You will be able to maintain happiness and peace in your home through your intelligence. Your enthusiasm will increase because of achievements of your child, if applicable, in this duration. Favourable Dates: December 4, 6, 13, 15, 22, 24 Favourable Colours: Blue & Red

Leo (23 July – 22 August) Great ideas, unique talents and all the range of aptitudes you have need a well-conceived promotion strategy. Professional decisions will layon material motivations, there will be ideas for new strategies to raise income and the way you manage your money will become more mature, more organised. You should expect some sensual obstacles that will limit your affairs to flirts only, or something that will cause your erotic development. Favourable Dates: December 1, 3, 10, 12, 19, 21 Favourable Colours: White & Red

Pisces (19 February – 20 March) Social status, work and career will be the most active life domains in December. You will risk with your own projects having obeyed your inner voice. Ambitions will come true and initiatives made will eventually be successful. There will be novel and favourable occasions. The month will end most likely with all the same incredible joyful closeness that was present at the beginning. It is important to protect the family happiness from a third-party intervention. Favourable Dates: December 7, 8, 16, 17, 25, 26 Favourable Colours: Yellow & White

Virgo (23 August – 22 September) This month will bring you an ample relational opening, a period of opportunities and flourishing moments. It can help you find your soul mate, improve your couple life or regain your freedom if you're in a relationship that doesn't satisfy you. Moreover, it can bring you more professional offers simultaneously, so that you have a lot to choose from. You will get desired results if you maintain your zeal and passion towards your work. Favourable Dates: December 3, 6, 12, 15, 21, 24 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Grey

Aries (21 March – 19 April ) You will have good financial conditions and will be enthusiastic, confident and dedicated at the work-front. This duration may bring positive changes in yourself. The area of home-related worries will unwind and the blocks that have prevented you from developing some projects will fade away, allowing initiative to take place. You'll truly be preoccupied with love and it feels like there's some promise in the air. Favourable Dates: December 4, 5, 13, 14, 22, 23 Favourable Colours: Blue & White

Libra (23 September – 22 October) This month, misunderstandings clear up, situations become simpler and fantasy and creativity are replaced by lucidity and efficiency. Your objectives will become clear and practical. You'll be on your own, and if you get to serious work, you'll be happy to see that your income will grow constantly. Perseverance and consistency at work will pay off if supported by like-minded people, and if you do not hesitate to ask for help when the need arises. Favourable Dates: December 2, 8, 11, 17, 20, 26 Favourable Colours: Red & Green

Taurus (20 April – 20 May) The experiences during this month will improve your managerial qualities. You will lead your team to meet your goals. Your work will be appreciated by your seniors. If you're not scared of working hard and systematically, this month will help you lay the foundations for a good professional situation, consolidate your position and build something long-term, that will provide satisfaction in the future. You can hope to build a more harmonious relationship with your partner. Favourable Dates: December 3, 4, 12, 13, 21, 22 Favourable Colours: Red & Yellow

Scorpio (23 October – 21 November) Your job or business will solicit you considerably, demand precise objectives and feasible strategies, impose limits and standards, and eat up your time, energy, and patience. You may experience short-term friendship in this period. Newcomers in love will have a turbulent period of reconciliation, parting and new reconciliations. Significant events, even challenges and probably, complications will tend to pile up on domestic front. Your household expenditure might increase in this duration. Favourable Dates: December 2, 9, 11, 18, 20, 27 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Green

Gemini (21 May – 20 June) This period will start with peak moments. If you have been in a deep loneliness, you will suddenly and very unceremoniously see yourselves in the middle of friends. Your private life will experience the same. You will find a person that will awake your dormant passions. The atmosphere at home will loosen up and there are good chances for some

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A quiet night in... Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan A gripping, festive novel, Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan reveals the devastating power of secrets. Worlds apart. A love without limit. In the snow-topped mountains of the Canadian Rockies, Meg and Mitch are living their dream. But when a polar storm hits, tragedy strikes. Alone in the tiny mountain log cabin she shares with Mitch, Meg desperately tries to radio for help - and it comes from the most unexpected quarter, a lone voice across the airwaves that sees what she cannot. As the snow melts and they try to live with their loss, the friendship Meg thought was forever is buckled by tensions, rivalries and devastating secrets. Nothing is as she thought and only her radio contact understands what it is to be truly alone. As they share confidences in the dark, witnessed only by the stars, Meg feels her future begin to pull away from her past and is forced to consider a strange truth - is it her friends who are the strangers? And a stranger who really knows her best? Morgan Morgan is the company's greatest achievement - a fully realized artificial intelligence in human form that walked and talked within a month of her creation and proved herself capable of sustaining herself like any normal child within six months. Yet, few people within the company actually know that Morgan exists, and no one knows her full capabilities. After a horrifying accident at the laboratory facility where the company houses Morgan, a corporate troubleshoot and riskmanagement consultant soon learns that the company has been safeguarding what could turn out to be a fantastic hope for humanity or a threat to everyone. Release Date: 13th December Almost Christmas Recently bereaved, long-suffering Walter (Danny Glover) has one festive wish. During his first Christmas without his late wife, he'd like his extended dysfunctional family to gather together under the same roof for just five days without killing one another. That's easier said than done given the catalogue of calamities that is about to unfold. Feuds, romances, kitchen disasters, decoration catastrophes and an unexpected irate visitor wielding a shotgun are just the start of it, as Walter's colourful brood threaten to implode before the big day. This fun-packed festive comedy from the producers of 'This Christmas' and 'Think Like a Man' boasts a fabulously talented ensemble cast. Amid all the laugh-out-loud high-jinks, there's also a heartfelt message about the importance of family. But not before the great Danny Glover utters his trademark 'Lethal Weapon' catchphrase: "I'm too old for this ****!" Release Date: 25th November

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