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AFFINITY LUXURY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE
Time to Travel Style Edit
We help you decide MAY 2017 ISSUE 72
Full of Flavour Recipes to impress
Get set for summer
Make sure your hair is ready?
Join the Biggest 80's to 90's Party this Summer
The latest fashion trends you need in your wardrobe
Bedford Park Concerts do it again
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Summer may be just around the corner, but we’re already looking forward to the Autumn and a special day in October in particular – Saturday 7th, our 6th Annual Charity Ball and this year’s theme is ‘Enchanted Elegance’ . We’re loving this theme, and can’t wait to see all you elegant people on the night. A night that will see us having lots of fun whilst again raising monies for Cancer Research UK - Turn to page 9 to find out how to book tickets.
Another exciting announcement is that Matilda the Musical is coming to Milton Keynes Theatre next June. This is one of my all time favourite shows and is a big hit with adults and children alike, page 58 tells you all about it. We live in a society obsessed with weight loss and what we look like, sometimes though, it needs nothing more than a well cut blouse, or a different colour dress to make us look a stone lighter, page 28 tells you all about ‘The Clothes Diet’ - no cutting out anything here, it’s just about looking at the clothes we wear, and adjusting them to suit our body, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.
1. Elizabeth Cole Tassel Earrings, £80, revolve.com 2. Janjira Grapefruit & Tangerine Massage Candle, £32, janjira.co.uk 3. Silk Scarf, £45, Oliver Bonas 4. Flat Jewelled Slingbacks, £49.99, Zara 5.Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin, £22, opihr.com
Talking of how we look, another staple for a summer body is a tan. We all know how unhealthy sunbeds and the sun is for you, so lets cheat – We test some of our favourite fake tans that’ll have you looking just like you’ve holidayed in the Med (page 18). Finally, don’t forget there’s still time to enter our exclusive Bedford Park Proms Competition to win your very own table for 6 people with lots of added extras, turn to page 60 to see how to enter. . Until next month
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A Treasure Trove of Inspiration Looking for something unique for your special day, covering Beds, Bucks, Cambs, Herts & Northants. Picture Perfect at Treasure Trove Events specialise in Photo booth hire with the personal approach. The booths are a must have for any event keeping your guests entertained, helping to create treasured memories. Packages start from ÂŁ250 and NEW for Spring 2017,'Nully' the VW campervan photobooth will bring a smile to your guestâ€™s faces. The team at Treasure Trove Events will work closely with you to compliment your event , from finding the right themed background for your booth's photos to coordinating the professional attendants with your event theme. It really is the little details that make your day shine. Give us a call and see what we can do for you. 07961 023560 07577 701161 email@example.com www.treasuretroveevents.co.uk
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CONTENTS 48 16 22 30 34 37 42 44 48 52 56 64 68 72 82
Go Naked! Beauty Updates Hot Picks Gorgeous in Gingham Trendy Wedges Foodie News Tease your Tastebuds Dessert Dream Nautical & Nice A Grand Entrance Racing Ahead Right on Time Serenity in Santorini Your Stars
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Go Naked! The top 6 benefits of Eating Raw Foods
If you’re looking to spring clean your eating habits and boost your energy levels after a long winter, then you may want to think about increasing the quantity of raw foods in your diet, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. We talk to two Nutritionists about the best ways to increase the amount of raw food in your diet and what the benefits can be.
Nutritionist Shona Wilkinson, from Superfood.com, the online destination for all things health and wellbeing, explains “Raw food is thought to be healthy as it helps the food retain all the nutrients which could otherwise be destroyed during the cooking process, and therefore helps foods to retain their essential enzymes and nutrients.”
Increased Fibre Nutritionist Cassandra Barns explains, “Most of the foods we can eat raw are whole plant foods, so are naturally high in fibre. This means by making a focused effort to include more raw foods in every meal, you’re likely to naturally
increase your fibre intake. Fibre, of course, is beneficial for your digestion as well as helping to fill you up for fewer calories.” It can help you reach your 5-a-day (and more) “Vegetables and fruit should form the bulk of your raw food intake. So, again, focusing on eating more raw foods should naturally increase your vegetable and fruit consumption, as well as the variety you go for,” explains Cassandra.
It can give you a vitamin burst “Vitamins can easily be lost from foods in the cooking process – especially the water-soluble vitamin C and B vitamins.” Cassandra explains, “As a result, raw foods can contain much higher levels of some of these vitamins.”
An antioxidant boost Like vitamins, plant antioxidants such as polyphenols can be destroyed when a food is cooked or heated. Eating raw
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helps to preserve these active substances. And did you know that polyphenols are not only present in vegetables and fruit? Raw cacao – the unheated version of cocoa – is rich in them too. Try OMBAR (£1.99, Planet Organic) – a range of raw cacao bars in delicious flavours, such as Goji Berry and Cranberry and Mandarin. Cassandra says: “raw cacao has fantastic antioxidant benefits. Cacao is also a good source of minerals such as magnesium and iron. It’s a true super food as well as being a tasty treat!’
Increase of Nutrients Shona explains, “Cooking food may diminish its nutritional value. For example, certain vitamins, such as vitamin C and folate, are destroyed by heat.” However Shona goes on to explain, “We do know that some foods can be better for us when cooked because the fibrous part is broken down. This can make them easier to digest. Cooked tomatoes are higher in lycopene than uncooked ones.” Like anything therefore, it’s good to have a healthy balance between raw and cooked foods.
It’s alkalising “There is a theory that the typical modern diet high in refined and processed foods and animal products may cause increased acidity in the body. This may in turn be linked to poor health, including bone loss, as minerals are released from bone to try to ‘buffer’ the excess acidity. Raw plant foods, however, can have an overall alkalising effect, helping to create a better balance and favouring long-term health,” says Cassandra. Shona also advises that there are some foods that should always be eaten cooked, these include; red kidney beans, soy beans, fava beans, buckwheat greens, some mushrooms, rhubarb leaves, potatoes, parsnips and cassava. For the greatest benefit and to make you feel your best it’s important you listen to your body and make sure you’re eating a wide range of different foods.
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Get your Glow On Summertime is just around the corner, and no one wants to show off a pasty body, which is where Fake Tan comes in. We take a look at some of the best on the market that makes sure you’re glowing all over.
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1. Madame LA LA Tanning Mousse, £30, Superdrug 2. Bare Minerals Faux Tan Body Tan, £20, House of Fraser 3. Fake Bake 5 Minute Tan Mousse, £21.95, Debenhams 4. Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter Tan Mousse, £9.95, Superdrug 5. Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk £11.99, Superdrug 6 . Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Tan £29.95, www.vitaliberata.co.uk 7. Barry M In The Glow Tahitian Body Oil, £7.99, Boots 8. abeautifulworld Chocolate Sun Cocoa Illume, £32.50, www.chocolatesun.com 9. St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mist, £21, Superdrug 10. SUNKISSED Bronze Professional Moisturising Spray tan, £10, 11. PHD Never Miss a Spot Self Tan, £29.99, www.amazon.co.uk
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Veda Therapeutics Carolyn wood Herbal Medicine - Ayuverda Naturopathy - Therapeutic Massage - Ear Acupuncture
Herbalist (Dip Herb) Naturopath (Dip ND) MAMH, MANP, ITEC
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TREATMENTS Over 25 Years in the Medical and Cosmetic Profession Medically Accredited
I offer many wonderful treatments including:
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Natural and Organic
Whatever your skin type, Neal’s Yard have introduced their new natural and organic skincare kits. Beautiful and compact, they are ideal for traveling. Each kit contains four miniature skincare essentials in a handy organic canvas bag, making them ideal for organic beauty on the go, gifting or discovering a new skincare routine. Priced from £20 and available from www.nealsyardremedies.com with 5 different kits to suit every skin type,
A Little Boost
If you’ve tried every beauty product going and haven’t found anything to keep your skin looking fresh, youthful and wrinkle free, then you need to give Boost Oxygen Beauty a try. This unique beauty and wellness product offers a form of oxygen therapy in a handy portable can, for a spa like experience in the comfort of your own home. Providing 98% pure, natural, oxygen enhanced with 100% essential oil aromas of Pink Grapefruit and Frankincense. Available online www.boostoxygen.life for £24.99 (150 inhalations)
Belle by Worth
The House of Worth Presents Belle by Worth, a new fragrance Inspired by 'Beauty and the Beast' The House of Worth (£72, www.worthparis.com/belle), a prestige global fragrance designer, has released this new limited-edition women's scent inspired by the central character in Walt Disney's new live action adaptation of the classic tale "Beauty and the Beast". The fragrance takes the rose, also central to the legend, as the central inspiration.
BEAUTY UPDATES Plump & Shine
Beauty Hero Alert
It’s time to wave goodbye to forsaken, sorry-for themselves hands, with a dazzling sprinkle of diamond dust. This precious ingredient, which has made its welcome way from the jeweler’s window, is incorporated into the new rich cream formula Hand Rehab® Diamond Dusted Hand & Nail Therapy with SPF 20, (£15) from The Hero Project, made to strengthen your all important hands and nails providing protection from the sun whilst leaving hands feeling silky and smooth and available from www.theheroproject.co.uk
Clinique have launched a new addition of Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip Plumping Gloss to its Chubby range. This new high-shine gloss is designed to make lips appear fuller, smoother and more plumped. Refreshing upon application with an intense shine that adds a layer of dimension to lips providing immediate and long-lasting moisturisation. Available in eight shades ranging from nudes to violets and creams to pearls. Priced at £18, and available nationwide.
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The Power of ‘Yet’
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There is a lot of talk of mind-set these days - the underlying beliefs, often subconscious that can exert a sometimes significant influence upon almost every area of our life and happiness. Within education circles there has also been a lot of discussion about the work of Carol Dweck and ‘growth mind-set’.
impact on our lives. We have probably all heard that often learning takes place at the edge of our comfort zone, in some way there is always some stress involved in learning. If our belief is that there is always something new to learn we are more likely to embrace learning. If there is something we can’t do and we frame it as something we haven’t learned to do ‘yet’ our response may be very different from if we have the view that our abilities are fixed and we’ll never be able to learn that skill.
In very simple terms the research and theories of Carol Dweck have shown that one of the key influences on our lives and therefore success and achievements is what we believe about ourselves. Very specifically what we believe about our abilities and characteristics.
Becoming aware of our lack of knowledge or lack of skill in an area is okay, if we believe we can develop but not if our view is that we will never be able to do it. I wonder how often you may have said ‘I could never………..’ or ‘I’ll never been able to…….’ !
Through research and experiments she identified two almost opposing mind-sets, which she called the fixed and growth mind-set and they referred to the beliefs people held about their own characteristics in respect of intelligence and learning.
So criticism in those areas may be painful and the likelihood is we will avoid putting ourselves in positions where we have to do those things.
The Fixed Mind-set This is characterised by a belief that who you are in terms of your ability, creativity and characteristic is fixed - set in stone, unchanging. The problem with this is that it can create a situation where criticism is seen as an attack on character and, if the underlying belief is that this can’t be changed then understandably this becomes personal and is to be avoided. If you believe that your abilities can’t develop then the temptation will be to stay well within your comfort zone for that area and avoid anything that challenges you, because the underlying belief is that the skill can’t be improved.
The Power of the Growth Mind-set By developing a growth mind-set and encouraging children to develop a growth mind-set we open ourselves and them up to the idea that we continue to learn and develop and that means it is safe to take risks and to stray out of our comfort zone. A growth mind-set improves motivation and learning. When working with children or as a parent, it’s important to encourage them but this should be done in ways that encourage them to keep on learning - using phrases like, ‘don’t worry if you can’t do it yet’. Encourage them too by the fact that if they find something a bit hard that is a sign that their brain is growing.
The Growth Mind-set This mind-set emphasises the fact that everyone can develop and new skills can be learned, in essence that we are not ever ‘finished works’ but are always able to learn and develop ourselves in different areas. The thing that will bring about change is not just our aptitude but our effort and motivation, how we apply ourselves
Our Response One of the key things that mind-set determines is how we respond to situations. When faced with something challenging are we likely to steer clear or armed with a growth mind-set are we likely to respond positively to the challenge and put ourselves into position where we can grow and develop.
Of course we need to remember that as humans we don’t have a single view of ourselves, we may hold different views of our abilities in different areas of life, so we might feel we are accomplished in one area but not in another, and we may be more prepared to learn in one area than another.
To find out more about mind-set and the impact your mind-set may have on your life contact Sheila at: Attuned Education 01234 349067 07921193479 email@example.com www.attunededucation.com
The Impact But how can a simple mind-set have such an
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Midlife Madness Joys of the Great Outdoors
One of the great things about nights getting lighter and weather getting a bit warmer is that you can enjoy the great outdoors. And we know of course that it’s good for us! Well it is isn’t it - if you protect yourself from the hazards.
As an interesting aside, there are now specific programmes that encourage children to go outside and benefit from the outdoors, honestly, check out natural thinkers, I’m not saying it’s not a good plan just a bit surprised that it isn’t something completely natural as I look back in fondness on the days lost climbing trees and adventuring, in the spirit, if not having the actually adventures or even language ‘golly gosh’ of the Famous Five, if you doubt me check out www.naturalthinkers.co.uk
Clearly sun is only an occasional risk living in the temperate clime of the UK - but that almost makes it more dangerous, - it’s not always sunscreen weather but sometimes it is guaranteed on the days you have ventured out for a long bike ride or walk or even a trip to the seaside without the sunscreen! I personally love the outdoors and love sun - I know there are inherent dangers in the form of skin cancers and goodness knows what, but I have always told myself that firstly our sun is not that strong (I do know it’s the same sun but we are generally further from it) - and secondly I am sure as I age (gracefully) my bones could probably do with the vitamin D.
Anyway back to my overgrown hedge, so we tackled the disorganised and overfilled (not with cars - everything but in fact) garage, found secateurs and shears and set about our task. I remember noticing that there was a lot of flying wildlife for so early in the year - I’m talking bees and small flying creatures rather than anything that would add to the Attenborough wildlife portfolio, and yes, within minutes one landed and actually stung my poor fella. You know about man flu don’t you? So we had a short (yawn) interlude to apply potions and administer sympathy, coffee and, of course, chocolate biscuits, what is good for the dementor effect in Harry Potter works for all manner of other problems too!
But recently I have been reading about the toxic chemicals in sunscreen! Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, it seems. Apparently there are a lot of free radicals which can also be carcinogenic! So being outdoors is good for us, being close to nature relieves stress and makes us calmer but if we don’t use sunscreen there is a risk of cancer, oh and if we do use sunscreen there is a risk of cancer!!
Then it was back to the grindstone, or more accurately the shears and overgrown hedge. Clearly we had left it too long because some of the branches were really thick trunks. I’m not pretending to know how it happened but at some point a branch stabbed- YES stabbed my garden buddy in the ribs and a loud crack pierced the air!! I thought it was a twig snapping but it was something internal - ligament was our combined guess. Well not only was that the end of hedge trimming but it was the beginning of daily yoga! Which in fact, has been brilliant and I find I can move parts of me that I hadn’t been able to for years and I believe I am a calmer and nicer person!!
The answer is simple instead of long days out keep it short - you know a spot of gardening - that type of thing. Great plan! We had a rather overgrown hedge so I encouraged long suffering partner that what we needed to do on one of the warm spring days was to cut the hedge - we were wearing clothes, obviously, including gardening gloves so frankly sunscreen didn’t seem essential. Not only was it crossing a chore off the never ending household (including gardening) chore list – (who would be an adult home owner) but being in the great outdoors would be good for us too.
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The Clothes Diet Lose pounds just by watching what you wear, not what you weigh!
e’re all very aware that eating too many calorie-loaded foods is likely to result in weight gain, and many of us face daily negotiations with our food choices.
Yet why is it that some days we feel bigger in our clothes and some days we feel slimmer – despite weighing the same? The only thing that’s changed is …the clothes we’re wearing. Nutracheck co-founder, Rachel Hartley said: “When it comes to losing weight, no diet or exercise regime can make you drop half a stone overnight, but it’s completely possible to look as though you’ve lost a few pounds by careful clothing choices.” Next time you get dressed, take a few minutes to decide whether you’re wearing flattering (‘lower fat’) or unflattering (‘higher fat’) clothes. There are four basic themes that determine whether a garment or accessory appears ‘fattening’ – fit, shape, fabric and colour. Fit If you’re not feeling very confident about your weight, there’s a temptation to choose loose fitting clothes to cover up – but this can have the opposite effect. ‘Higher fat’ fits are any clothes that are too big, or too tight: both will make you look larger than you are. Anything with underwear showing through – think VPL under trousers, and too tight bras with cutting, narrow straps. If your bra cup is too small, you’ll spill over the top – not a good look. Avoid sleeveless tops and dresses that are not cut deep enough, allowing the skin around your armpits to squeeze out of the sides. ‘Low fat’ fits need a good base layer – so choose underwear that shapes you. It doesn’t need to be expensive – it just needs to fit you. If it feels too tight, put it away, it won’t flatter you. Shape ‘Higher fat’ shapes are anything oversized or with
excessive amounts of fabric. Think ‘Puffa’ coats, pleated skirts, supersized sweaters, ruffled shorts, frilled peasant skirts, dungarees, harem pants and baggy sweatpants. Steer clear of low-rise trousers; high rise shorts, jackets with breast pockets. If your sleeve length finishes across your hands, it can make you look swamped – have it shortened. ‘Low fat ‘shapes include clothes that skim your body. Flattering styles are mid-calf skirts; trousers with side pockets and boot cut jeans, V-neck sweaters and simple wrap dresses. Fabric ‘Higher fat’ fabrics can be the most alluring, heavy on texture, shine and bling. Be cautious about wide ribbed corduroy, velvet, metallic shines, fluffy mohair, wide stripes and loud florals. Avoid thin, poor quality jersey and T-shirt fabrics that cling to your lumps and bumps.
‘Low fat’ choices are comfortable and understated: cotton, denim, wool crepe and silk. Ensure you choose good quality jersey fabrics in plain colours. Fine ribs, vertical pinstripes and elasticated fabrics can help by moulding curves. Colour ‘Higher fat’ colours include neons, bright primary colours, blocks of pastel and all-white outfits.
‘Lower fat’ options focus on darker hues: navy, charcoal, olive and burgundy – and, of course, black. But no one wants a cupboard full of black so use the darker primaries to break the black cycle. Dressing after weight loss Rachel said: “What we’ve seen after someone has lost a lot of weight is that their head can take a while to catch up with their body – they still see themselves as bigger than they are. We’ve had people tell us their clothes size for photo shoots, only to find we’ve had to pin dresses and trousers that are way too big and hanging off them! It can take a while to adjust mentally to the physical change”. www.nutracheck.co.uk
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Draped Swimsuit in Coral, £76, www.seasprayswimwear.com
Bouvet Ladubay Saumar Brut Rose, £9.99 www.majestic.co.uk
AFFINITY HOT PICKS
Embroidered Heels, £40, www.asos.com
Hotel Chocolat Marshmallow Nibbly Pot, £5, Hotel Chocolat
Lonna and Lilly Bracelets, £39, www.WatchShop.com
Hugo Boss Eclipse Rose Gold Watch, £179, www.bosswatches.co.uk
This month’s must have gifts and accessories
Embroidered Bird Top, £40, Oasis
Partridges Chelsea Flower Gin, £29.95, www.partridges.co.uk
Dartington Crystal Medium Cushion Vase, £30, www.dartington.co.uk
Stripe Satchel, £175, www.cambridgesatchel.com
Transformulas Youthful Hands & Feet, £29.95, www.transformulas.com
T3 Luxe Straightners, £145, www.T3haircare.co.uk
Three Wick Pineapple Candle, £75, www.covetedlondon.com
Jo Malone London Rare Teas Mini Set, £160, www.jomalone.co.uk
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Get Set for a Stylish Summer Whether backpacking through Bali, skiing in France or simply sitting on a sun lounger in your garden at the first sign of sunshine this summer, Paul Mitchell® has you covered. No matter what you are planning, there is no reason to sacrifice your style this season. Take a look at our top style tips to make sure you are feeling your best, whatever you end up doing this summer. Super-Charged Moisturizer The Sub-Zero Saviour: Long days in freezing temperatures can put unnecessary stress on your hair, causing it to dehydrate and even snap in places. Give you hair some TLC and deliver an intense dose of moisture with this concentrated mask for dehydrated locks. It will boost shine and improve elasticity preparing it for those icy slopes. £16.95 200ml or £8.95 100ml
Awapuhi Wild Ginger Finishing Spray The Humidity Hair Hero: This touchable hold hairspray is great for holding styles in hot and humid environments. It provides UV protection and humidity resistance, keeping your hair tame even in the hottest heat. No matter what style you choose, lightly spray a veil of this over your finished look to keep frizzy fly-aways at bay. RRP £19.75 300ml or £6.95 75ml
Dry Wash The Ultimate Festival Side-Kick: Dry Wash® is the perfect festival companion, allowing you to prolong your style for days, so you spend less time prepping your hair and more time enjoying yourself! For daytime, wear your hair in a simple French braid (or two!) and at night, enjoy the wavy texture when you release your hair. Use it to create extra volume and disguise second, third or fourth day hair. RRP £18.50 250ml or £10.75 50ml Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray The Backpacker’s Best Friend: This one is for any savvy travel junkies out there; it is the only styling product you need to take with you on your adventures. This texturizing spray will give your hair an effortless lived-in look with minimal effort. Spray liberally onto wet hair and tousle with fingers to create texture and separation or lightly spritz on to dry hair for additional lift and definition when hair is starting to look past its best. RRP £21.25 150ml or A£7.25 25ml
Ultimate Color Repair Triple Rescue The Perfect Poolside Partner: Just because you are using sun protection on your skin it doesn’t mean that other parts of you aren’t getting burnt. This dual-phase spray protects against excessive heat that can permanently damage your hair and cause your fresh holiday colour to look dull and faded. Slip this into your beach bag so you can top up after swimming and make sure your hair looks healthy, shiny and vibrant for your entire stay. RRP £18.50 150ml or £7.95 25ml
Available from salons nationwide or from selected online partners including LookFantastic, AllBeauty and FeelUnique.
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Gorgeous in Gingham Smart, casual, pretty, and fresh, Gingham can create many looks and this summer it’s a hot trend that will look gorgeous day or night.
Blue Gingham Swimsuit, £22, Tu at Sainsbury's
Gingham Frill Dress, £45, Simply Be
Gingham Floral Dress, £69, House of Fraser Gingham Bardot Dress, £22.99, New Look
La Redoute Blue Gingham Capri Trousers, £55, Cath Kidston
Gingham Skirt, £28, Miss Selfridge
Gingham Shirt, £24, M&Co Gingham Frill Shorts, £15, Pretty Little Thing
Ruﬄe Cold Shoulder Top, £16, F&F
Necktie, £3.99, New Look
Gingham Bardot Top, £35, Evans
Red Herring Dress, £29, Debenhams
Red Gingham Sandals, £19.99, New Look
Gingham Jumpsuit, £55, Littlewoods.com
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Cool in Cami Cami tops are a wardrobe essential, dress them up with statement jewellery and heels or down with shorts and flip flops, either way you’ll be bang on trend.
Boho Cami, £30, Boux Avenue
Yellow Floral Cami, £15.99, New Look
High Neck Cami, £16, Dorothy Perkins
Tropical Cami, £20, Dorothy Perkins
Cami, £19.99, Topshop
Falmer Cami, £16, Matalan
Floral Cami, £35, Elvi
Embelished Cami, £29, Monsoon
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One of our favourite pieces of footwear this season is the wedge sandal, versatile and stylish there are so many to choose from, we’re spoilt for choice.
Krysie Wedge, £85, Dune
Denim Wedge, £22, F&F
Aztec Wedge, £55, Faith Wedges, £34.99, Very
Kanvas Wedge, £65, London
Bella Wedge. £99, Hobbs
Stripe Wedge, £20, Dorothy Perkins
BIBA Tan Wedges, £79, House of Fraser
Natural Wedge, £22, F&F
Wedged Sandals, £29.99, TK Maxx
Munich Wedge, £65, Oﬃce
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Denim jackets, the one piece of fashion that never goes out of style and works day in day out any time of the year.
Embroidered Denim Jacket, £28, Matalan
Oversized Denim Jacket, £45, Miss Pap
Denim Jacket, £28, Dorothy Perkins
Dark Denim Jacket, £55, La Redoute
Frill Denim Jacket, £39.99, New Look
Denim Studded Jacket, £39.99, New Look
Ripped Denim Jacket, £24.99, TK Maxx
Denim Jacket, £49, House of Fraser
Oversized Denim Jacket, £40, Next
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Jump into a Jumpsuit It’s time to swap your dress for a jumpsuit, from figure hugging wrap styles to plunging necklines, glamorous to glamping there’s one for every occasion.
Khaki Jumpsuit, £28, Tu at Sainsbury's
Aztec Jumpsuit, £28, M&Co
Orchid Blossom Jumpsuit, £42, Wallis
Bardot Jumpsuit, £55 Wallis
Floral Jumpsuit, £95, Laura Ashley
Pinafore Jumpsuit, £59, La Redoute
Saﬀron Jumpsuit, £55, White Stuﬀ
H by Henry Holland, £45, Debenhams
wallis Stripe Jumpsuit, £30 Simply Be
Tassel Jumpsuit, £39.99, Bon Prix Vero Moda Frill Jumpsuit, £58, Littlewoods
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FOOD & DRINK
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A Natural Oasis Belvedere Vodka and Sky Garden in London are partnering to launch the 'Belvedere Sunset Sessions' launching from the 5th of May through the summer until September. A sky high drinking experience, with a lineup of musicians and special guest performances from some of the UK’s hottest new talent, who will play sunset sessions in a bespoke Belvedere Spritz bar. The Sunset Sessions will see Sky Garden’s bartenders blend three refreshing serves from Belvedere’s low sugar Spritz Collection. Taking inspiration from the surrounding plants and herbs of the garden, the cocktails contain only fresh natural herbs and fruits, available three ways - the grapefruit spritz, the citrus spritz or the cucumber spritz. www.skygarden.london/city-garden-bar
Easy Bean Chickpea Crispbread
Easy Bean Chickpea Crispbread have added two new flavours to their award-winning range. The Seaweed & Sesame – a nutritious blend of native seaweed is used to season this crispbread and the Cheddar Crunch has been seasoned with West Country Mature Cheddar giving bags of flavour. All the crispbreads in the range are made from natural ingredients, gluten-free, wheat-free, high fibre, no added sugar and suitable for vegetarians with a price of £2.95 for a pack of 6 and available from selected suppliers including www.natureintended.uk.com
Machiya, named after the eponymous townhouses that once typified the traditional cityscape of Kyoto, is now officially open at 5 Panton Street, London. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner, centered around homely and traditional Japanese dishes, some of them relatively new to London including Gyukatsu, a panko-crusted wagyu steak lightly fried until rare then finished cooking by the customer on their own shichirin (small Japanese charcoal grill). Set over two floors with the restaurant on the ground floor, The Bar at Machiya resides downstairs. Beautifully appointed with a light-wood counter, dark beams and modern decor in neutral tones, the bar offers a selection of traditional Japanese cocktails, all to be enjoyed with Japanese snacks (www.machi-ya.co.uk)
FOODIE NEWS Stay Cool This Summer
The English Tea Shop, have created 4 exquisite blends of iced tea designed to be the ultimate summer serve. Ideal as a chilled drink at picnics or as a mid-afternoon refreshment with friends, the organic and natural iced tea has all the taste of a proper brew without added sugar or sweeteners. Priced from £8.43 and available from Amazon, simply brew, pour over ice, and enjoy!
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Maaya Indian Kitchen & Bar Tantalise your Tastebuds at
Nestled in The Hub, a vibrant area full of bars and restaurants in Milton Keynes and having just celebrated their first year anniversary is Maaya Indian Kitchen and Bar. This is the place to visit if you want truly authentic Indian food. The chefs here have mastered a menu that takes inspiration from generations of traditional family cooking with a unique blend of ethnic and progressive dishes infused to create a fresh and modern taste of India.
Dark wood and low lighting help to create a relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy pre dinner cocktails before treating your taste buds to some of the delicious dishes on the menu. It was a Monday night that we decided to see for ourselves just how good the food was and the place was buzzing, a sure sign that we were in for a treat.
Greeted warmly and given the choice of where we would prefer to sit, our Indian culinary experience began.
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Poppadoms and chutneys started our Indian journey, before being followed with Delhi Paapri Chaat (crispy delicate pieces of pastry topped with chickpeas and potatoes, accompanied by sweet yoghurt and tamarind). The textures and tastes amalgamated together effortlessly to produce a slight kick, with perfectly balanced flavours. Hubby chose Quail marinated in sugar, garlic and turmeric, then dipped in lightly spiced batter and deep-fried, another hit for authenticity and taste. Next up was a Tandoori mixed grill with vegetable Pilau rice, (a selection of different meats marinated in spices). The fusion of flavours seeped into the tender meat allowing every mouthful to be savoured. Chingri Mallai Curry (sautĂŠed prawns cooked in a tomato onion puree and finished with coconut milk), was the other dish. The spicy kick intermingled with a sweet tang that produced an array of distinctive flavours on the palette. The food here is definitely not to be missed, and I had certainly over indulged, so I opted out of dessert and settled for a refreshing peppermint tea instead, although hubby did no such thing and decided to go on our waitresses recommendations and try the Rasmalai â€“ A traditional favourite, of cured milk dessert with pistachio cream, a refreshingly cooling dish, that provided a sweet end to a memorable dining experience. Maaya certainly lives up to its authentic and unique Indian cuisine claim, serving a variety of exciting dishes that will have you counting the hours until you can visit again. Maaya Indian Kitchen & Bar The Hub, 2 Rillaton Walk Milton Keynes 01908 242665 www.maayamiltonkeynes.com
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Roast Cauliflower Tagine Ingredients
“Roasting cauliflower adds a smoky flavour, transforming this simple supper”
1 large cauliflower, cut into florets 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 onion, chopped 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tbsp harissa paste 400g (14oz) tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed 50g (2oz) dried apricots, roughly chopped 100g (3 ½oz) pitted green olives 400g (14oz) tin chopped tomatoes 50g (2oz) spinach Small bunch coriander, chopped Natural yogurt, to serve Wholegrain couscous or quinoa (optional), to serve
Method Preheat oven to 220°C/ 200°C fan/Gas 7. On a large baking sheet mix cauliflower with 1 tbsp of the oil, the cumin seeds and some seasoning. Roast for 30-35 minutes, turning halfway, until just tender and edges are charred. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1tbsp oil in a large pan; gently fry onion until softened – about 10 minutes. Add coriander, cinnamon and harissa and cook for 1 minute Stir in chickpeas, apricots and olives. Empty in tomatoes, then fill empty tin with water and add water to pan. Bring to boil; simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in spinach and roasted cauliflower. Check seasoning. Sprinkle over the coriander and serve with a dollop of yogurt and wholegrain couscous or quinoa, if you like. Recipe by: www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk
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Hummus with Seared Lamb and Toasted Pine Nuts Ingredients
"Just perfect to wow your guests with on an evening's outside dining this summer"
Lamb & Pine Nuts 75g pine Nuts 150g lamb (strips prepared for stir fry) 3 tbsp garlic infused olive oil Juice of Â˝ lemon 2 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley (or dill or coriander/cilantro) 1 handful pomegranate seeds (optional) For the Hummus 1 clove garlic (peeled) 2 x 400g cans chickpeas (drained) 4 tbsp olive oil 6 tbsp tahini 3 tbsp lemon juice 3 tsp maldon salt 2 tsp ground cumin 4 tbsp Greek yoghurt
For the Hummus Put the garlic clove, chickpeas, 3 tablespoons olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, salt and cumin into a food processor and blitz until a knobbly puree. Add the Greek yoghurt and process again, if the hummus is still very thick and paste-like add another couple of tablespoons of olive oil. (This will often depend on the chick-peas, as different sorts will make the hummus more or less thick.) Taste for seasoning, adding more lemon and salt if you feel it needs it. Put into a wide, shallow bowl ready to serve with the lamb, drizzling the top with a little olive oil just before the lamb goes on. For the Lamb and Pine Nuts Toast the pine nuts in a heavy based frying pan over medium heat; shake every so often until they take on a deep golden colour. Tip the pine nuts into a bowl, and put the oil into the pan and back on the heat. Cut the lamb into tiny, thin shreds, or fine dice if you prefer, and then add to the pan stirring furiously until the ribbons or cubes begin to crisp and brown at the edges. Hold half a lemon over the pan and give it a good hard squeeze, pushing the lamb around again in the pan as the juice drains down. Put the shreds of lamb over the hummus, lemony oil juices and all. Sprinkle with Maldon salt, grind over some pepper and scatter over the toasted pine nuts. Scatter with freshly chopped herbs and a few pomegranate seeds if to hand, and then serve immediately with lots of oven-warmed pitta Recipe by: www.nigella.com
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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge Sundae This is the ultimate ice cream sundae, peanut butter and chocolate all rolled into one â€“ delicious!
175 ml double cream 100g milk chocolate (chopped) 100g smooth peanut butter 3 tbsp golden syrup 4 scoops toffee ice cream (or caramel ice cream) 4 scoops chocolate ice cream 4 scoops vanilla ice cream 4 tbsp salted peanuts (roughly chopped or left whole to taste)
Put all the cream, chopped chocolate, peanut butter and golden syrup into a saucepan and place on the heat to melt, stirring occasionally. In about 2 minutes you should have your sauce ready. Get out four sundae glasses and put a scoop of toffee or caramel ice cream in each, followed by one of chocolate and then another of vanilla. Pour some chocolate peanut butter fudge sauce over each sundae and sprinkle with the salted peanuts. Recipe by: www.nigella.com
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Aldi have recently launched an exclusive collection of ‘green’ wines, including whites, reds and fizz, we bring your our favourites here
Gourmet Burger Night 5th May
7.30pm Arrival £20 per person Starter Platter, Make your own burger & American style shake
Pudding Night 19th May
7.30pm Arrival £16 per person Main Course and all you can eat desserts
Organic Prosecco DOC 2016 Go organic with your prosecco choice with this fresh and elegant fizz which uses organic cane sugar. Complex and fruity with notes of pear, green apple and honey notes, this is an ideal tipple to enjoy with friends. £7.99, www.aldi.co.uk
7.30 Arrival £20 per person Tapas starter, Fresh Paella made in front of you
Pudding Night 16th June
Main course and all you can eat desserts £16 per person
Father's Day 18th June
Serving 12-9 2 Course £21.95/3 Course £25.95 Free pint for all the dads
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Jean Claude Mas Estate Organic Sud De France 2016 A vivid white wine crafted by renowned winemaker Jean Claude Mas. With a rich and fruity taste, it has citrus and white flower notes, sure to take you to a tropical paradise. £6.99, www.aldi.co.uk
80 Acres Carbon Neutral Shiraz Viognier 2015 This delicious red has plum and blackberry flavours, coupled dark chocolate notes and a lusty finish that will keep drinkers satisfied for longer. £6.99, www.aldi.co.uk
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nice Nautical living is all about adding the hint of a carefree holiday atmosphere with a little coastal style, creating an atmosphere of being by the sea.
White And Blue Knot Cushion, £36, Brissi
Throw, £75, www.batela-giftware.co.uk
Wooden Seahorse Garland - £12.00, TCH.com
Blue Lantern, £8.00, JD Williams
'I do like to be beside the seaside' Print, £14.50, Of Life & Lemons
Shore Mug, £3.50, Sainsbury's Home Beach Hut Cushion, £32.95, Coastal Home
Cupboard, £239.95, Cuckooland.com
Set of Three Baskets, £125, Sweetpea & Willow
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Blue Fish Jug, £22, Coastal Home
Globe Lantern £96.95, Annabel James
Sandy Toes Sign, £4.00 TCH.com Estuary Throw, £85, The National Trust
Two Nautical Glass Bottles, £30.00, TCH.com
Coastal Cushion £32, Hutsly
Bedding Set, £23, La Redoute
Bucket Your Heart (set of 6) £23.50, www.batela-giftware.co.uk
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Nothing beats a delicious summer salad, just perfect for some alfresco dining, made even more tempting when served in one of these stylish salad bowls.
Hare and Daisy Bowl £11.95, www.in-spaces.com Geometric Ceramic Leaf Bowl - £15.00, TCH.com
Sanna Salad Bowl £25, www.made.com
Luscious Limes Salad Bowl £39.95, Peregrine Pottery
Sugarbush Salad Bowl, £30, Amara
Sophie Allport Bees Melamine Bowl
Morpheus Salad Bowl, £30, Amara
Cath Kidston Elvington Rose Salad Bowl, £8, www.cathkidston.com
Rebu Salad Bowl, £16, Amaroni Home
Naturals Acacia Bowl, www.creative-tops.com
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Comes to Milton Keynes We got terribly excited when we received this news – Matilda the Musical is coming to Milton Keynes Theatre next June 2018. The multi award-winning production of Matilda will embark on its first UK and Ireland tour in 2018-2019. The winner of 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, will be at Milton Keynes Theatre, from Tuesday 5th – Saturday 30th June 2019. The production will be accompanied in each location by a new education programme to engage young people, inspired by the musical. From a traveling library of stories led by Mrs Phelps, to whole school takeovers of Matilda, the RSC aims to reach over 15,000 children, in collaboration with touring theatre partners. Now in its sixth year in London’s West End, it is the longest running production at the Cambridge Theatre where it continues to play to packed houses. With book by Dennis Kelly, original songs by Tim Minchin and direction by Matthew Warchus, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
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Tim Minchin said: “I, like millions of others, feel like Dahl is in my blood, because I grew up with his books. So to have contributed to a piece of work that brings one of his most famous stories to life is one of my life's great joys. I’m utterly thrilled that audiences in cities all across the UK and Ireland will now share and be part of Matilda’s story.” Inspired by the incomparable Roald Dahl’s beloved book, Matilda was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011, where it opened to rave reviews. Winner of 85 major international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical has been seen by more than 6.5 million people worldwide. Having swept the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards, with a record-breaking seven awards, and winning four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for the four girls sharing the title role on Broadway, Matilda has now played in 51 cities worldwide and continues to delight audiences in London, Australia and on tour around North America. Tickets are on sale now for this unmissable musical, be sure to grab yours for what is sure to be a sell out show.
Tues 5th – Sat 30th June Milton Keynes Theatre 0844 8717652 www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes
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Everybody's Free (To Feel Good) at Bedford’s Biggest 80’s into the 90’s Summer Party Night Don’t Stop Movin’ at Bedford’s Biggest Summer Party coming to Bedford Park on Friday 4th August, featuring an amazing line up of 7 live acts who will take you through a journey from the 80’s into the 90’s and we can’t wait to PAAARRRTTTTYYY! From Jason Donovan, who was the ultimate 80’s heartthrob. Jason commanded an audience of 22 million in ‘Neighbours’, dated Kylie and went on to score no fewer than 16 hit singles and sell over 30 million records worldwide. Then there’s Go West (with full band), whose most iconic hit ‘King of Wishful Thinking’ became a smash chart success when it featured in ‘Pretty Woman’ starring Julia Roberts, they also had their classic hit ‘We Close Our Eyes’, ‘One Way Street’ as featured in Rocky IV. The band has continued to have success and are one of the busiest touring bands of the 80’s. The hits keep coming with another legendary 80’s icon Nik Kershaw (With full band). 1985 saw three hit singles, a world tour and an appearance in ‘Live Aid’. Nik also penned a number one hit for Chesney Hawkes ‘The One and Only’ and Elton John has described him as ‘the best songwriter of a generation’. The party continues into the 90’s with some of the most iconic live acts of the era that dominated the club floors and continue to this day to be featured on club classic compilations. The acts include Livin’ Joy whose club hit ‘Dreamer’ is sure to get the party revellers dancing the night away along with ‘Don’t Stop Movin’. Other acts include Baby D whose ‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’ was on everyone’s 90’s playlist. Rozalla’s feel good anthem
‘Everybody’s Free’ will add to the atmosphere creating a party on feel good zone. What better act to tie the two eras’ together than legendary DJ Dave Pearce with his epic dance anthems set. Dave Pearce is the creator and original presenter of BBC Radio 1’s Dance Anthems and has been a driving force in the UK Dance Scene for many years. Renowned for his energetic uplifting and anthemic “big room” sets incorporating Trance/Electro house and Progressive interwoven with reworked classics and also for his Trance Anthems and Pure Trance sets. Dave Pearce has sold over 1 million mix compilation albums in the UK with numerous top 5 UK Chart positions. He has held residencies in Ibiza, Ministry Of Sound in London and BCM in Mallorca. He has played at all the major dance festivals including Creamfields and has been featured three times in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs in the world. The night is going to be one BIG party, with roaming entertainers, special effects and some other surprises on the night! And if you’re used to going to parties as a VIP, this party night is no exception, just book tickets for the VIP experience. Tickets are now on sale, priced at £29.50 for adults and £15 for children. VIP tickets are priced at £98 for adults and £28 for children. www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk
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WIN! WIN! WIN! A Table for 6 at Bedford Park Proms You can have your very own table for 6 people at this year’s Bedford Park Proms. All you have to do is bring yourself and 5 friends along to Bedford Park and LPH concerts will do the rest – You will have your very own table and chairs in a prime position set up for six people with white linen, a programme each, a hamper each, a ticket each and a few little extras! This is a fantastic prize (if only we could enter ourselves!) To be in with a chance of winning just tell us “What theme are the Bedford Park Proms taking this year? and send your answer to: email@example.com - Closing date is 30th May – GOOD LUCK!
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Fryâ€™s Footie Corner
In the FA Cup, we have a showpiece final to look forward to with Arsenal facing Chelsea at Wembley. Both semifinals were keenly contested and there were a lot of fantastic goals scored. I, for one, am really looking forward to seeing the final. I think it would be a great way for Arsene Wenger to potentially end his career at the Emirates, but for Chelsea, they will be desperate to get the first part of the double out of the way.
The excitement of the play-offs are just around the corner and with money at an all-time high for newbies to the Premier League, the Championship final will be one to watch, particularly given the size of the teams involved. With Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion clinching automatic promotion, Huddersfield Town will be desperate to finish off a memorable campaign with success at Wembley Stadium. In League One, Fleetwood Town and Bolton Wanderers were fighting to the death to secure the last automatic promotion place, so they will have to dig deep to secure success in the play-off lottery.
With Manchester United still involved in the Europa League, the race for the Champions League places will go right down to the wire. At least one huge team with a big manager will miss out, so I am sure there will be plenty of jostling for position in the final few weeks.
The League Two automatic promotion race was secured long before the final day but there were so many teams in with a shout of reaching the play-offs going into the final few days of the season, that it is hard to know who will have the advantage. It is always those with momentum that tend to do well in knockout events. I would like to add my congratulations to Lincoln City on securing promotion from the National Conference. Their success was thoroughly deserved and the Cowley brothers are surely destined for bigger things in the future. We have had a couple of players on loan at the Imps in Harry Anderson and Lee Angol and I know they enjoyed their time at Sincil Bank.
It is always an exciting time and as a football fan, this is what it all comes down to â€“ holding your nerve and digging deep into that squad!
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The Audi R8 LMS GT4 A udi has been offering the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car since 2009, followed by the second generation of this success model in 2015, and the RS 3 LMS for the TCR category in 2016. Now Audi Sport’s portfolio of models has been extended once again.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 stands for production-based racing. It has directly been derived from the road-approved Audi R8 Coupé V10, is powerful and offers a high level of safety. At the same time, it is an affordable choice in terms of purchasing price and cost of ownership. It is the ideal race car for amateur campaigners, in line with the spirit of the GT4 regulations that continue a great sports car tradition, as fascinating road-going sports cars were a popular base in GT racing around the world more than half a century ago. In racing, the audience will be able to see the productionbased Audi R8 LMS GT4 for the first time in the Nürburgring 24 Hours from May 25 to 28. With that, the
brand fills another growth category in international motorsport. The GT4 class, which originated in Europe, will be intensively marketed on an international scale starting in 2017, with fielding opportunities in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe. “13 racing series in which GT4 models can compete worldwide already exist today worldwide,” says Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “Audi Sport GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers offering cars in the GT3 and TCR customer sport categories. Now we’re targeting the GT4 class at exactly the right time. These fast-growing business segments and the DNA shared by our race cars and production vehicles underscore our ambition to become a true global player in the high-performance league.”
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The Audi R8 LMS GT4 shares more than 60 percent of its assembly components with the road-approved Audi R8 Coupé and is produced at the Böllinger Höfe site as well. The customers of the new race car benefit from these synergies in terms of purchasing price and cost of ownership. Audi Sport is developing the GT4 model, which delivers up to 364 kW (495 HP) depending on its rating, during the course of the 2017 season before a final homologation level has been achieved and approval for racing is requested. During the second half of the year, the team of
Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, will be preparing the production of the race car. Consequently, the first customers will be able to receive the new Audi R8 LMS GT4 before the end of the year. Around the globe, Audi Sport draws on an extensive network of service, spare parts logistics and professional support for the R8 LMS GT4. Audi Sport customer racing has established this infrastructure for the GT3 project on four continents and, like for the RS 3 LMS, uses this proven network for the GT4 model range as well.
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Luxury and Refinement
No. Ten Manchester Street at
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Location, location, location is definitely a main attraction for boutique hotel No. Ten Manchester Street, offering guests a taste of London luxury away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets of the city. Tucked quietly away within a terrace of Edwardian town houses in one of Marylebone’s finest streets, this hotel combines luxury and refinement with a convenience and energy. It’s not until you get close and see the smart black railings, flag flying high and the elegant No. Ten plaque on the wall that you realize this is a hotel, it manages to blend into the suburban street effortlessly. The large door opens directly onto an intimate reception area, dominated by two grand high-backed red velvet chairs that make you feel like Royalty arriving home after a hard days work. The light from the stunning rectangular chandelier makes the black marble floor gleam even more and the woman behind the reception desk couldn’t be more friendly - you feel as soon as you walk through the door that this place is special. The hotel boasts many unique characteristics such as large bay windows and period features, mixing old London charm with contemporary cool. With 45 bedrooms spread out over five floors, all rooms have a colour palette of creams, gold’s and dark wood - Our room; a Junior Suite was modern and stylish. It housed a lounge area that was furnished with plush, luxurious Christopher Guy sofas, and accessories, a bedroom area with a bed swathed in the softest Egyptian-cotton sheets, and to the side our own kitchenette area (never mind the night we were moving in for the week!!). The finishing touches here are carefully thought out, chocolates, monogrammed His and Hers slippers, soft fluffy gowns, a Nespresso coffee machine, not one but two flat screen TV’s both with ALL Sky TV channels including Sports, Movies and Atlantic, Wifi and even a Smartphone for use with free local and international calls to selected countries. The En-suite bathroom was just as impressive featuring a rain shower, bath and T London luxury toiletries. Exploring the hotel before we headed out for the evening and we stumbled across Cigars at No.Ten. This is the ultimate fantasy for any cigar connoisseur, an opportunity to experience some of the worlds
finest cigars, housed within a walk-in humidor containing a range of, hand-rolled Havana cigars; including Cohiba, Montecristo, Partagas, Trinidad, Bolivar, Hoyo de Monterrey, and Davidoff; all of which can be enjoyed inside in the Cigar lounge or outside on the all weather Cigar Terrace, complete with large throws and outside patio heaters. Both areas are decorated in dark hues, with portraits of famous people dominating the walls, this place is certainly worth spending time in, even if you’re not a cigar buff, a drink in the surroundings is a must – sit for too long soaking up the atmosphere though and you’ll not want to leave. Unfortunately we weren’t having dinner at the hotel as we were off out, but the menu in Dieci’s Restaurant (an Italian affair), certainly looked appetizing. Walking into the lobby area on our way out, we were so impressed with the friendliness and efficiency of the staff. A polite is everything aright, to hailing us a cab, carrying our bags and enquiring about our day. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble. After the most divine sleep, Breakfast was served in Dieci’s Restaurant. A welcoming area, with comfy sofa seats and chairs, dim lighting, dark plush carpets, and atmospheric lighting. Breakfast was buffet style with hot and cold options available including an assortment of yoghurts, cereals, pastries, as well as the traditional English breakfast staples. There is the option to order fresh off the menu and choices include such things as Eggs Florentine, Eggs Royale, omelette and even mixed berry pancakes – Breakfast was tasty and varied and certainly set us up for the day. Our time at No. Ten came to an end far too quickly - I had fell in love with this hotel, a place right in the heart of London, but with an intimate elegant feel. Perfect for a weekend of exploring the Capital, knowing that at the end of the day you can escape the hustle and bustle and retreat to your own little hideaway of modern style and traditional warmth. BOOK IT!
Prices start from £265 for a Suite Dreams Package for 2 people in a Junior Suite including a bottle of Prosecco on arrival, VIP turndown and VAT. www.tenmanchesterstreethotel.com
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Santorini Style and Serenity in
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Santorini, one of the world’s most-renowned and best-loved romance spots / celebrity hangouts, is home to the Mediterranean’s coolest, crisp accommodation – Canaves Oia Suites. Located on the tip of the island with incredible caldera views, the whitewashed retreat offers a vast array of world-class experiences that will ensure you enjoy a summer break - fit for the A-Listers.
Delicious Delights: Whether you fancy an indulgent Champagne breakfast or a decadent fine dining experience under the stars, the suite’s Petra Restaurant is the ultimate luxury eatery on Santorini. If you are spending the day by the pool (and who could blame you?) then grab a spot of lunch inspired by the finest mix of Greek/ Mediterranean flavours or, choose to retire in the evening for a candle-lit, a la carte culinary adventure at Petra’s poolside. The ocean view haven is not only available for guests as it proves quite the catch for visitors of the island and locals alike. The smell of fresh fish, the sound of laughter and the rhythm of chilled beats, continue to tempt many. For an unparalleled intimate dining setting, visitors can enjoy a once- in-a-lifetime private Panoramic Balcony experience at Canaves Oia Suites. This picturesque terrace that houses just one candle-lit table with unobstructed views of the caldera and majestic starry sky, proves there is truly, no spot more romantic in all of the Cyclades. Rejuvenating Remedies: Holidays are for relaxing and Canaves Oia Suites recognises this, which is why they have sculpted a world-class Spa experience into the complex. Transformed from a 17th Century wine cave, the charming and luxurious environment of Canaves Spa is paired with signature treatments and unforgettable experiences. Choose from the likes of the Bali Paradise Therapy, using fruit extracts and herbs or the Terra Sigillata Therapy, consisting of 3 fresh mineral muds to help you feel like your best self. The Spa teams with award-winning global brand Elemis as quality and lavishness are the order du jour at Canaves Spa.
Serenity in the Sun: Sun-soaked tranquility is easy to come by in Santorini, but Canaves Oia Suites have made it even easier with their BRAND NEW this season, infinity style pool overlooking the shimmering caldera. White-washed walls and sapphire waters blend seamlessly into the spectacular scenery and the adjacent Petra poolside restaurant is on hand to serve up refreshing cocktails to keep you going through theday.
Hit the High Seas: Surrounding this charming island is the deep blue of the Aegean Sea, unobstructed views of which are available from around Canaves Oia Suites. But, there is truly no better way to enjoy the water than by being on it and so, the resort offers guests and the public alike, luxurious cruises and excursions on an array of Catamaran’s. This is the optimal method of exploring Santorini’s mysterious caldera and the perfect spot from which to see the dramatic volcanic landscape. Elegantly designed interiors, complete with a full equipped bar and spacious dining area will play host on your excursions, although if you would rather enjoy the sunny rays, the vessels have ample room for lounging on the upper level deck. Some catamaran examples include the 40ft Catamaran Oia Lagoon, 56ft Catamaran Lagoon 560 and the impressive 74ft Ocean Voyager Catamaran sailing boat. Whether it is a romantic tour you’re looking for, a chance to chill with friends, a private or semi-private experience - the chance to cruise in style, is here. BOOK IT!
Prices start from £925.57 per night for 2 people in a Junior Suite Plunge Pool Caldera Sea View including American Champagne buffet breakfast or Room Service breakfast, all taxes and a complimentary bottle of wine with fresh fruits upon arrival in mid July. www.canaves.com
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With its rich and proud history, the cultural legacy of Italy’s importance in classical antiquity and the Renaissance, iconic monuments (boasting the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any country), famously delicious cuisine, varied and beautiful landscapes, ranging from picturesque coasts to some of the tallest peaks in Europe, friendly people, and generally blessed with great weather, it’s easy to see why Italy appeals to so many – whether visitors are looking for a cruise, city break, tour, or an activity holiday. My previous trips to Italy have been on cruises, visiting some of the most notable cities for a few hours, or perhaps overnight, so I’ve dipped my toes, so to speak. My recent trip with Back-Roads Touring was a very new and different experience, and highlighted the benefits of touring in a small group as much as it did Italy’s diversity. As an adapted version of the Italian Indulgence tour, my trip had fewer two-night stays in hotels than the original tour, but I found that changing hotels was much more seamless than I had thought. One of the most acclaimed benefits of cruising is waking up in different places but only having to unpack once – so I anticipated that this might be an issue, but it wasn’t. Firstly, porterage meant that I didn’t need to lay a finger on my suitcase except for opening and closing it, or leaving it outside my room to be collected, and check-in was always smooth and quick, it was expertly overseen by Isabelle, and the group number was small (again, another major benefit of small group touring!). Over eight days, starting from Florence in central Italy and wInding our way to Venice in the northeast, I had truly indulged in the diversity, beauty, culture, and authenticity of Italy (and certainly its cuisine and wine!), and had experienced the Back-Roads Touring difference. The pace was relaxed and the atmosphere friendly and informal, there was plenty of scope for freedom and flexibility, and the worries and stresses of
checking in and out of different hotels had been taken care of. The small group size enabled us to get to know one another better, as well as enabling us to enjoy intimate and authentic experiences, such as private tours of family-run grappa distilleries or having a private castle opened up to us spontaneously, or staying in a hotel inside Venice as opposed to a few miles away on its outskirts. This was an entirely different way of travelling for me, and I felt that I was able to immerse myself a little more in the country I was visiting, Discovering smaller but nonetheless charming towns way off the usual tourist trail, and learning so much about the Italian way of life and what was special about each region and by soaking up the local atmosphere for myself. The itinerary we followed (and the original, complete 'Italian Indulgence' tour) weaves varied landscapes - from rolling Tuscan hills carpeted with vineyards (albeit not yet with vines), to the vast lakes and Alpine backdrops of the Lake District to name just a couple – it contrasts small towns with the famous 'must-do' cities, and threads together some authentic and immersive experiences seamlessly into a memorable and beautiful tapestry. What made the tour really special, though, was the knowledge, professionalism, and friendliness of our tour leader, Isabelle, who was passionate, funny, and informative, and helped make the whole experience memorable and enjoyable, as well as entirely smooth. With Isabelle was Fabio, the driver who always made sure the luxurious mini-bus was pristine every day and greeted us with a friendly smile, a family-like atmosphere was created for the group, which really enhanced everything. BOOK IT!
To indulge in Italy or experience the BackRoads Touring difference for yourself, contact the experts at Select Travel Holidays. www.selecttravelholidays.co.uk
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The Beauty of Bodysgallen Hall Inside and Out
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Set in over 200 acres of gardens and parkland with the picturesque Snowdonia as its backdrop, is Bodysgallen Hall, a 17th century National Trust Hotel – As the solid wooden door slowly creaks open you half expect to be greeted by the short Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, shuffling from room to room investigating a murder. The hotel is impressive, reminiscent of Stately home visits back in my school days, where the conversation on the coach home always had us discussing what it would be like to live in such grandeur. Well now I didn’t have to imagine, I was experiencing it myself with a few days break at Bodysgallen Hall in one of my favourite places – North Wales. Through the wooden front door is the large entrance hall with oak paneling, a grand fireplace and large lattice stained glass windows. Furnished with antiques that are complemented with fresh flowers along with historic pictures hanging from the walls, make this space just perfect for taking morning coffee, afternoon tea or sitting in one of the alcoves, gazing in awe out of the window at the stunning views outside. As you climb up the old wooden staircase, even more ancestors adorn the walls. Reaching the first floor you discover a second magnificent lounge room, with history coming at you from every angle. Above the grand fireplace is the 17th century coat of arms of the Mostyns, Wynns and Vaughans – the previous residents of Bodysgallen Hall & Spa Hotel. Everywhere you turn you stumble across another hidden nook or another piece of history – a few days here to explore is just not long enough. Continuing up the stairs to the next floor and we reach our room. In fitting with the rest of the hotel, the room is quaintly country and history combined, home- made biscuits and mineral water are little touches that make this hotel feel like a home from home, I felt if I sat in a little corner for too long my mum might shout up that dinner was ready. It is not just the house that is steeped in history and charm, the garden is just as impressive and includes a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with sweet- scented herbs, a rockery with a cascade, a walled rose garden, and several follies, hiding stone statues and benches so you can rest your weary legs in between exploring the lush greenery and beautiful outdoor space. Dinner is served in the high ceilinged Dining Room. Heavily draped windows and delicate candlelight create a romantic atmosphere in a restaurant where head chef John Williams prides himself on using produce from the hotel’s own garden. We ate on a blustery evening, where the wind gently rattled the windows, all we needed was Hercule Poirot to appear and announce the murder he had been waiting for earlier had now been committed! Our dining experience began with a glass of champagne and a selection of delicate canapés that teased our tastebuds
ready for the food that was to follow – The fillet of mackerel, with pickled cauliflower and pineapple was faultless as was the poached wood pigeon, which was cooked perfectly. Main courses were just as delightful, fresh sea bass served with barbeque aubergine, crab fritters, roquito peppers and tomato flavours proved mouthwateringly delicious and of course you can’t possibly visit Wales without eating some Welsh Lamb, this one was slow cooked with fennel pollen that just melted in the mouth, served alongside smoked red pepper puree, vegetables, potato fondant and a rich, smooth jus that fused all the flavours and textures together effortlessly. Desserts followed and hubby simply drooled at the warm pear and ginger cake, served with a scoop of apricot sorbet and warm roasted pear, and the panna cotta with a banana passion fruit sorbet was just right for me - light and refreshing. We retired in front of the roaring fire for our coffees, where the warmth of the flames and the food in our bellies had us going into a slight food coma, before we dragged ourselves back up the old wooden staircase to bed. Next morning, freshly brewed tea and coffee was served in our room before we returned to the dining room to enjoy a traditional Welsh breakfast alongside some spectacular scenery. (Little tip; ask for a table next to the window.) Before we set off for a day exploring I headed to the spa, a short walk away from the main hotel. Consisting of a large swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool, steam rooms and gym. A refreshing morning swim, before it was time to be pampered with a Darphin Facial treatment. This was so relaxing and included a blissful foot massage with hot towels as well as a neck massage. Afterwards I retreated to the cosy relaxation room, a herbal tea and soft music keeping the tranquil atmosphere the spa is so good at creating. I finally managed to drag myself away and I left feeling invigorated and revitalized. There’s so much to see and do in North Wales and Bodysgallen Hall lies at the heart of it all. The mountains and coasts of Snowdonia, the North Wales Borderlands, the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, and the bustling North Wales Coastal Resorts are all within easy reach which means only one thing - one visit just isn’t enough you’ll just have to return to this special hotel a few more times. BOOK IT!
Prices in June start from £185 per room for 2 people sharing, including breakfast. www.bodysgallen.com
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Bursting With Culture Historic Cities
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Famed for its enviable Mediterranean climate, watersports and its myriad festivals, the Region of Murcia, in southern Spain, is also a haven for history buffs and culture vultures – and a week's holiday taking in everything it has on offer could cost from less than £22pppn in June. The region's strategic location has ensured it retains many of its important historical links: rock-paintings in caveshelters dating back to the Iberian period; the splendour of Roman antiquity with its urban refinement and penchant for the theatrical; Visigoth cities; Arab medinas; Christian castles, watch-towers, churches and temples; and numerous civil and military buildings. The mix of cultures affords an opportunity to sate one's appetite for all things cultural, historic and relaxing in a picturesque region of Spain, which boasts four stunning cities. The region's multicultural capital, Murcia – the seventh largest city in Spain – boasts a beautiful baroque cathedral dating from 1394; the imposing 15th-century Almudí Palace, which has been both a grain store and the city's law courts; and, a couple of miles from the city but clearly visible, the castle of Monteagudo, an 11th-century fortress atop a rocky hill almost 150m above sea level to mention only three attractions. Going from one terrace to another, from one square to another, walking about the streets and enjoying life in the open air is one of the best ways of blending in with the Murcian atmosphere. Enjoying some cañicas – small draft beers – here, while chit-chatting, is a real pleasure. If you add a couple of typical tapas from the region, we're talking about luxury. You won't be able to say 'no' to marineras (Russian salad served on top of a long, crunchy ring-shaped bread stick, and topped off with an anchovy in brine), caballitos (prawns covered in pastry), matrimonios (anchovies in brine and vinegar) or pasteles de carne (beef-filled pastries). Cartagena, 27 miles south of the city of Murcia, can trace its maritime origins back to 227 BCE, when the Carthaginians first set foot on its shore. Like the region as a whole, Cartagena enjoys a plethora of archaeological sites with many Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and Moorish ruins remaining. And, its Port of Cultures project is designed to make the city's historical and cultural sights more accessible for tourists – a good example being the panoramic elevator, which connects the port with the Concepción Castle, which adorns the top of one of the city's five hills. Directly across from City Hall, the Museo del Teatro – the city's jewel – showcases artifacts excavated from the magnificent Roman Theatre, which dates from between 5 and 1 BCE.
And, of course, the city has fresh seafood aplenty. Try the typical caldero, a type of fish stew served with rice and garlic, washed down with local wines and accompanied by the traditional drinks of the area such as the asiatico coffee – coffee with condensed milk, cinnamon, lemon and whole coffee beans. Smaller in size but equally big in character is Caravaca de la Cruz, one of five holy cities in the world and permitted, by Papal authority, to celebrate the Perpetual Jubilee, meaning a celebration every seven years at the town's Sanctuary of the True Cross. And 2017 is one of those years! Legend has it that, in 1232, the Moorish King Abu Zeid was converted to Christianity when he saw how two angels brought a cross down from heaven to a priest held prisoner in the castle, in order for him to give mass. Almost 400 years later, inspired by the legend, on the site of the fortress, the Sanctuary of the True Cross was built, with its spectacular red marble façade and its fascinating Holy Art and History Museum. Created by the Knights Templar to house a fragment of the 'True Cross', it is, now, primarily a shrine to which thousands of pilgrims pay their respects every year. Caravaca has narrow streets and small squares, with its baroque and renaissance buildings all overlooked by the castle and church at the top of a hill. Yet for all its apparent 'other worldliness' it remains a living town, with its sunbleached houses and towers seemingly defying the onset of the 21st century. Lorca is the city of the sun; the city of 100 shields or, maybe, even 100 names. Indeed, its many names are a consequence of its various influences from the Iron Age to the 21st century. It has, arguably, more monuments than any other locality in the region, with plenty of free-to-enter museums, squares, palaces, notable buildings and churches too. The impressive medieval castle, for example, where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together for centuries, can be seen from far away. Its baroque town centre is one of the most important in the region, while the Columna Miliaria, milestones – eliocroca to the Romans – for the Via Augusta, which passed through the district, can be seen at the Lorca Municipal Archaeological Museum together with other Roman artifacts. BOOK IT!
A 7 night, 4* break in the city of Murcia in June costs from just £152.50 per person, based on 2 sharing, on a room-only basis, at the Arco de San Juan, in the heart of the historical centre of Murcia, near the cathedral. A week in Cartagena will cost from £222.25 per person, based on 2 people sharing, on a room-only basis, at the 4* Hotel Alfonso XIII hotel, 500m from the old town. www.murciaturistica.es/en
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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
Taurus (20 April – 20 May) Professionally, it’s not the best time for teamwork and other cooperative endeavours, it’s time to carve your own path in life. Do your best to be on top form, make career adjustments if needed, and don’t be afraid to show others exactly what you’re made of. Romantic sparks occur in your life now. Avoid overdoing or overstating your intentions, or jumping into something blindly. Favourable Dates: May 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22 Favourable Colours: Red & Blue
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Gemini (21 May – 20 June) Your personal beliefs may be tested now. Your impulses and faith matter, and all of the attention you’ve been giving to mundane affairs have you wondering when you’re going to have some fun. You want to take a leap of faith now. You may see the light in a friendship, realising its importance in general, as well as the importance of acceptance and camaraderie. A pleasant break from routine, even a short vacation, would be appropriate now. Favourable Dates: May 3, 7, 12, 16, 21, 25 Favourable Colours: Red & Blue
endeavours could prosper now, particularly those that draw upon the emotions or that require creative visualization skills. Favourable Dates: May 1, 3, 10, 12, 19, 21 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Red Sagittarius (22 November - 21 December) You are more motivated to make money now. At the root of this is likely to be a quest for a sense of personal freedom. You prefer to lead a group rather than follow during this period, and there are certainly ways to do so without stepping on others’ toes. You are bolder in your love of nature, yet not aggressive either. You make friends easily and are especially fond of love and admiration. Favourable Dates: May 2, 7, 11, 16, 20, 25 Favourable Colours: Blue & Green
Cancer (21 June – 22 July) It’s time to do something self-expressive, fun, and creative. You may be required to complete a creative project at this time. You are more stimulated by all that is unconventional during this cycle, and your ideas are original and progressive now. Your emotions are on your sleeve right now. It is a good time to put your needs first, but doing so with respect for others will take you further. Favourable Dates: May 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 20 Favourable Colours: Blue & Grey
Capricorn (22 December – 19 January) This is an excellent time for presenting your ideas or asking for what you want. You’re at your best when you are showing the world your practical, competent, and responsible side. Strong opportunities for enhancing or attracting a close partnership occur now. In general, you are adaptable when it comes to your affections–very willing to compromise, negotiate, and make peace. You are more diplomatic than usual during this transit. Favourable Dates: May 2, 8, 11, 17, 20, 26 Favourable Colours: Blue & Yellow
Leo (23 July – 22 August) This is a favourable time for learning something new, feeling at ease in social situations, taking care of the details of daily life, and developing a mental rapport with others. The role you play for other people in your life becomes the focus. You may feel that your schedule gets overloaded at this time with things to do. If a romance were to begin during this time frame, it would be characterised by a strong feeling of camaraderie. Favourable Dates: May 3, 4, 12, 13, 21, 22 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Grey
Aquarius (20 January – 18 February) You are more willing than usual to explore life’s secrets. This period brings greater in-depth understanding and an inclination to delve beneath the surface of matters to get to the bottom of them. Research uncovers new material that allows you to develop a better overall picture of the events. You prefer an intellectual, communicative, and witty partner just now, and your powers of attraction are increased through expressing these types of qualities. Favourable Dates: May 3, 8, 12, 17, 21, 26 Favourable Colours: Purple & White
Virgo (23 August – 22 September) This can be an invigorating period. A new approach to friendships or new friendships altogether, a new path towards happiness and fulfilment, new associations or affiliations, or plenty of social activity are in store for you. Circumstances may be such that you bring a new spirit of friendship into a romance or other connections this month. You enjoy talking about what interests you, and you find great value in the exchange of ideas. Favourable Dates: May 4, 8, 13, 17, 22, 26 Favourable Colours: Red & White
Pisces (19 February – 20 March) Energies thrown toward recreation, travel, or just cooking up great new ideas are well spent and serve to refresh and renew your vitality. Creative projects can flourish with enlarged focus and redoubled efforts that somehow don’t tire you out. Special attention to and from a partner is in focus, and flattery will get you everywhere if you use it wisely. One-to-one relating appeals to you more than group activities or more casual connections. Favourable Dates: May 1, 6, 10, 15, 19, 24 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Purple
Libra (23 September – 22 October) You may find yourself in a position in which there is a blending of the financial with social or public affairs. Diplomacy, correctness in manner, finesse, and charm will be a big plus in aiding financial gains, especially in areas requiring public contact. Your ability to grasp unusual subject matter and to intuitively understand what others are trying to say wins you some brownie points. Your humanitarian impulse may also be stimulated. Favourable Dates: May 7, 8, 16, 17, 25, 26 Favourable Colours: Green & White
Scorpio (23 October – 21 November) This month presents stellar opportunities for partnerships, negotiations, and positive reinforcement in general. This is a time when you recharge your batteries, rest up, reflect, and perhaps close matters that have run their natural course. Resolving subconscious influences or matters from the past reinforces a sense of personal fulfilment. Creative
Aries (21 March – 19 April) This is the time of year when you are most desirous of change on a deep level. Clearing out psychic junk may be part of the picture now. You are more willing than usual to explore life’s secrets. Romantic inclinations are also highlighted, as are any kind of celebratory, playful, and justfor-fun endeavours. Your physical health, as well as the relationship between your body and your mind, are in focus. Favourable Dates: May 3, 4, 12, 13, 21, 22 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Red
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A quiet night in...
The Fix by David Baldacci
Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter—a family man with a successful consulting business—and his victim, a schoolteacher. Nor is there a hint of any possible motive for the attack. Enter Harper Brown. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, she orders Decker to back off the case. The murder is part of an open DIA investigation, one so classified that Decker and his team aren't cleared for it. But they learn that the DIA believes solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security. Critical information may have been leaked to a hostile government—or worse, an international terrorist group—and an attack may be imminent.
Miss Sloane Willing to bend the rules for her clients, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) remains one of the most sought-after lobbyists in Washington, D.C. When asked to help oppose a bill that imposes regulations on firearms, she instead joins a scrappy boutique firm that represents the backers of the law. Her defiant stance and determination to win now makes her the target of powerful new enemies who threaten her career and the people she cares about. Release Date: 12th May
Why Him? Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective dad, visits his daughter at Stanford where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). A rivalry develops and Ned's panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous hightech world and learns Laird is about to pop the question. Release Date: 15th May
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AFFINITY LUXURY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE JULY 2016 ISSUE 62
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Affinity is a premium quality luxury lifestyle monthly magazine. Targeting men and women who aspire to a luxury way of life. http://www.aff...
Published on May 4, 2017
Affinity is a premium quality luxury lifestyle monthly magazine. Targeting men and women who aspire to a luxury way of life. http://www.aff...