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Liverpool Lifestyle Magazine Issue 13

INTERVIEW With Sense of Sound

FASHION You shall go to the ball WIN!

Amazing competitions inside

INTERIORS Domo hits the city

Winter Wonderland at Sefton Park Palm House

The sparkling venue for memorable events. Whether it’s for a wedding or a dinner party, Sefton Park Palm House creates a luscious and glamorous setting for the occasion with style. Avoid all the hubbub of pre-Christmas stress and take advantage of our special rates in January and February. A tropical setting at topical prices. Deep in the thick of winter we have some spicey rates to warm you up, why not give us a call on 0151 726 9304 to talk to our events team.

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NEWS, SOCIAL & MUSIC 6-9 Anything and everything fun in the city SOUNDING OUT 10-11 Interview with the inspiring Sense of Sound


WIN WIN WIN Competitions galore!


You shall go to the ball – gorgeous threads

Gollom's new pad was a snip thanks to the recession

ABOUT OUR FRONT COVER... ‘Heswall Wirral Peninsula’ by Eli Pascall-Willis Eli is a professional landscape photographer based in the North West of England. He grew up in the wonderful countryside of Mid Wales, and it was no surprise that when he took up photography, he was immediately passionate about the great outdoors. Eli says: “I enjoy more than anything being at a peaceful location either before dawn or with the final hours of daylight, away from the stresses of everyday life, absorbing the quietness or the drama of a place.” We sourced Eli through local art consultants, dot-art. The Liverpool-based art gallery and consultants exists to make affordable, locally sourced, original art accessible to all and help artists promote and sell their work. Contact Lucy on 0845 0176660/



Top tips from our business expert Jean Jones


Our man about town hits the top spots

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WEIRD & WONDERFUL Unusual properties around the UK

FOOD & DRINK 24-25 Three top eateries and meet our sommelier, Pavlos! LOCAL LOVELIES 27 Eventful days in the city





BUSINESS Prepare for that presentation WOMEN IN ART The amazing story of the Liverpool Calendar Girls HEALTH Joanne Willcox experiences the raw food diet LIFE IN FILM Expert Steve Wooding on life, resolutions and action HEAVEN ON EARTH

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GARDENING Prep and prune to protect your plants MOTORING Lotus Europa SE PROPERTY

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Our culture vultures swoop the city for events Bespoke furniture specialists Domo Design Ltd

Brave lady bares all in the name of charity

The spectacular Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Back to big school

How to get your five a day

The drive of your life...

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EDITOR: Jenny Morris

PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTRIBUTORS: Dave Evans, Diane Thompson, Matt Ford, Alex Petricca

CONTRIBUTORS: Paul Knowles, Joanne Willcox, Jean Jones, Frank Davis, Fliss Huxley, Toni Naylor, Steve Woodings, Annabel Farley, Michaela Riches, Stephen Davies, Steven Haye


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Liverpool will open its doors to stylish Danish furniture designer BoConcept on 11 September, and will become a destination store in its Chapel Street location, a stone’s throw away from the thriving Liverpool ONE shopping centre. Providing contemporary furniture for the working, sleeping, dining and lounge functions of the home, BoConcept offers affordable yet quality, flexible furniture which can be adjusted to suit rapidly changing lifestyle needs. Elaine Cunningham, owner of BoConcept Liverpool, said: “When looking for a location in Liverpool, the two Unity tower building’s reputation as a premier destination for office and luxury living as well as amazing design was the perfect choice to showcase BoConcept’s contemporary interiors collection. “We are delighted to open BoConcept in Chapel Street and introduce some Danish interior designs to North West shoppers.” Fast becoming the number one brand globally within home furnishings, the Danish furniture brand already has UK stores in London (Harrods, Notting Hill, Selfridges & Tottenham Court Road), Glasgow, Bournemouth and Leeds. For more information please call 0845 612 6600 or visit



If life is bogging you down and you feel you could make more of your days, then stop by the uplifting workshops of The Metaphorical Toolbox. The company specialises in providing workshops in creativity, run by partners Helen Collins and John Lightbody. Helen and John, both trained counsellors with years of hard work and experience behind them, and have already built a loyal client base for their varied classes. Based in Liverpool, The Metaphorical Toolbox is gearing up for a run of new September workshops. Helen explains: “I love working with people who are expressing their creativity. Courage, creativity and change go hand in hand. Where there is renewed courage, the creative process automatically surfaces. “People start to create paintings, businesses, writings, music, a garden, recipes, poetry – and new lives.” For more information please call 0151 291 4638 or visit



This September 25-26 will see the south end of the Pier Head light up in cinematic glory as the window of the new Museum of Liverpool will be transformed into a gigantic movie screen for a weekend of iconic cinema classics, locally produced short films and innovative contemporary moving images. Produced in partnership with FACT and Abandon Normal Devices (AND) and the new North West festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture. Bring your popcorn, sit back and enjoy! For further information visit or call 0151 233 2008



Over the Marine Lake, in Kings Gardens, seven competitors set up their fireworks, ensure their music is in place and prepare to go head to head with dramatic displays, choreographed to music. The sky over Southport will light up and be flooded with colour, Friday to Sunday, October 9-11.Advance tickets are on sale at Southport Tourist Information Centre, Lord Street, telephone 01704 533333 or visit We have two pairs of family tickets to give away for the Friday/Sunday show. To be in with a chance of entering please answer the following question: Which of the following is a famous firework: a) Roman Blind b) Roman Candle c) Roman Chandelier Please email with your answer by 30 September with day time contact details. 6


LIVERPOOL ONE GAINS ANOTHER TWO The shopping Mecca that is the gorgeous Liverpool ONE is celebrating the addition of not one, but two, brill new shops. Mamas and Papas, the design led nursery brand, will open this 17 September offering 6,000 square feet over two floors of award winning maternity fashion, limited edition baby wear, state of the art baby equipment and the elegant nursery interiors the brand is known for. From mini-fashions to a mega-watt highstreet name, Topshop/Topman – due to open an enormous store along with Mamas and Papas. Only the Oxford Street flagship store tops the sheer scale of top trends, affordable style and designer collaborations that the Liverpool store will enjoy. Be still our beating hearts. And if that isn’t enough there will be added extras – think make up, beauty salon and you’ll be on the right tracks. Hooray!


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You don’t have to be a betting person to know you’re on to a winner with The Prince’s Trust charity race day at Haydock Park. But you won’t have to wait ‘furlong’, as the event is being held on Tuesday 15 September. After the success of last year’s inaugural event, which raised a fence-jumping £15,000, this year’s charity race day will include a champagne reception, three course lunch and a speech from a young ambassador who has benefited from the Charity’s help. The day will begin at 11.15 am and guests will enjoy a number of races whilst also getting the chance to utilise the day’s tipster and participate in a charity auction. All the day’s proceeds will go directly towards helping disadvantaged young people in the North West to raise their potential and change their lives. To find out further information on the event or book tickets please contact Sharon Griffiths at The Prince’s Trust on 01244 403 067.



Merseyside Maritime Museum has unveiled a breathtaking new 120-cover restaurant and conference facility offering exceptional food and stunning views of the city. Located on the fourth floor of their Grade 1 listed home, the Maritime Dining Rooms has been a year in the planning and officially opened its doors to the public in August. The menu, which has been devised by executive chef Nigel Paul Smith, who has cooked for celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Paul Gayler, celebrates British and local produce, combining classic flavours with modern presentation. An excited Julie Ehlen, director of trading, said: “In completing this 12 month project we can now proudly boast that we have a restaurant that matches the quality offer that is the Merseyside Maritime experience. The dual aspect views are undoubtedly breathtaking and one of many unique selling points at Maritime Dining Rooms.” Food will be served seven days a week between 12 noon and 5pm to begin with, while a number of bookings have already been made for the restaurant post 5pm when Maritime Dining Rooms will cater for corporate and private functions. Head chef, Nigel Paul Smith, added: “Being located in a world heritage site demands that food and service standards compete with the best. It’s all about simple food in an unsurpassed environment for views, maritime heritage and quality customer service.” To book please call 0151 478 4056



Top hair experts Toni and Guy are changing the way they do hair colour - the consultation process has been tweaked and transformed with the new Toni and Guy (HEART) Colour method to pinpoint perfect colours for every customer. Now, when discussing colour options in consultations, a colour fan will be used to assess the skintone of the customer to achieve gorgeous results. Toni and Guy Southport is holding the first ladies colour evening this September and will invite guests to a fabulous evening to promote the new colour fan consultations and a small hair presentation with clothes from Mark Caine. For more information or to book your appointment please call 01704 535 300.



Just when it couldn’t get any better – Studio 2 has launched its brand spanking new lunch menu and we can’t wait to sample it! Chef, Ian Cook, is not only aptly named but is also a familiar face to TV’s Come Dine With Me fans, as he’s Liverpool’s winner and the show’s best-ever scoring contestant! Has that tickled your tastebuds? If you’ve yet to source out this jewel in Liverpool’s social crown then we suggest you get to it fast before the secret’s out. The perfect venue to kick-back after a long day, Studio 2 can morph into a chic location for corporate events, meetings and functions. The gorgeous Cam, Ian and Steve urge you to stop by for a spot of brekkie or lunch to receive the full Studio 2 experience.Studio2, Parr Street. Call 0151 707 1050 for more information.


TEE OFF FOR CHARITY The 10th annual Alan Hansen Golf Classic charity event will tee off this 18 September in aid of the Roy Castle Lung Foundation. Hosted by the Liverpool FC legend, the star-studded golf day will be held at Southport’s Hillside Golf Club and hopes to raise lots of money for the cause. The Roy Castle Lung Foundation is the UK’s only charity wholly dedicated to defeating lung cancer and its need for funding is as imperative now as it was 18 years ago when the charity was founded. The foundation focuses on three key areas of work; research, patient care and tobacco control. Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in the world, with more than 38,000 people being diagnosed each year in the UK alone. Despite lung cancer accounting for 22% of all cancer deaths, less than 4% of cancer research funding in the UK is actually directed in this area. For more information please call 0151 254 7211. 7

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RAGZ TO RICHES We all know that Liverpool has long been a city that nurtures musical talent ! welcoming artists from all over the globe and inspiring countless others to tap into the endless creativity the city is saturated in. Amongst the inspired is Norwegian beauty, Ragz; a striking, smiling young woman who has built up a loyal fan base in the city and around the UK.

LLM: So tell us a bit about yourself – what brought you over to Liverpool? In general music was the thing that brought me over. I came here to study but that was just the link – the means to get myself over. After graduating in 2005 it’s been an upward spiral – from doing the worst gigs in the world, which you have to do to get your name around and get to know people and places. We built ourselves up quite nicely – I love gigging so didn’t mind that we had to go through a few that weren’t great for us. Then you get to a stage where right now, I’m very happy with what we’re doing.


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If people want to hear you, where can they go? Well we have a tour booked for October that’s all over the UK – I love the gigging; we’ve slept in the most random places and had only a sleeping bag between two, so it’s certainly not glamorous but that’s half of what it is. I cannot wait to go on stage though – the tiredness comes afterwards, it’s a journey. It’s what I do and what my life is – I can’t put it into words. For more information and tour dates please visit www.rawrip. com/ragz or Upcoming gigs: 19 Sept, Zanzibar, Seel St. 23 Sept, LEAF, Free Entry. 16 October, The Masque, Seel St, £5.

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Do you feel that the music you wrote when in Norway differs in comparison to the material you’ve written since living here? I think what happens when you see that much talent, meet new people and see gigs is that unconsciously you get so inspired by people. I didn’t see this at all in Norway – people don’t get up on stage and start playing like they do here. There are some massive talents, but the thing about music for is that you have to be hungry for it and try everything. In Norway it’s quite easy to have it as a hobby, as most people want to have a safe life – whereas when you are here, well – safe’s got nothing to do with it. If you find your audience there’s a big shift in the writing because you find yourself in it, and you can’t do that without putting yourself out there.


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Hi ladies, what can you tell us about Sense of Sound? J: First and foremost Sense of Sound is a company – the choir is a walking example of our ethos, which is accessibility, multiculturalism, intergenerational. We look for a passion that someone brings and I think that’s really evident when you see the choir. It’s high-spirited, high energy, very diverse and people’s musical journeys are very different sometimes and that’s what works so well. I started some workshops after writing about black women and music, in Liverpool, and I thought about the women that I knew that had really influenced me, and I thought of Perri, and of Saphena (Aziz) and of Juliet (Russell) our two other directors. We got together and talked about forming the company and that’s how it was started. Have you found Liverpool a receptive city for your work? J: The thing that’s never faltered or changed is the spirit of the city; the people, the friendliness, the humour and the creativity that exists here. There’s always been a really strong musical presence in the city – I’m not always personally happy that it’s always been very white- only. And I think that this is us trying to redress the balance because we’re all about mix; not one over the other, but a blend and a fusion of lots of things that represent life in the city. P: I mean Liverpool music can’t just be about the Beatles, which is what people instantly think of when you say music. J: What I think is really interesting about our choir is that we have people from all over the world singing – we have singers from Israel, Venezuela, Nigeria, Norway and Morocco.

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And how have you found doing television, in particular the competitive element in ‘Last Choir Standing’? P: It’s amazing. I had very mixed feelings about it but one of the biggest things I got out of it was being able to meet all those other choirs from all over the country. In a sense we all have a very similar kind of spirit, although we differ musically – the community amongst everybody is very similar.

You have worked alongside some notable contemporary musicians – Damon Albarn is a patron for example – how did you get involved with him? J: There was a festival called Sing London, and one of the artistic directors, Juliet Russell, is based there - we were one of the main organisations to be leading workshops and big voice projects within that festival. There was a press launch, and we were asked to demonstrate what we did. Bob, one of the organisers from Greenpeace said afterwards he had a project he’d commissioned Damon and Brian Eno and Massive Attack to write - this 16 minute piece called Five Minutes to Midnight. We learnt the piece in a few hours and did the performance on the Greenpeace boat on the Thames, hundreds of people lined the banks of the river – it was to stop more trident missiles being introduced into Britain – and there started our relationship with Damon. How do you incorporate the community with the work you do? J: We’ve just been commissioned to do 12 months’ training with hard to reach young people across the city – which is part of a national initiative, funded by Youth Music. We will go into the community and get young people who we’ve trained to show other young people what they’ve learnt as a way to encourage them to get involved with life. And what’s this I hear about an upcoming album? P: Over the next 12 months we’re putting together a CD. Lots of people have been asking where our CD is, so we’re getting together and doing one. The vast majority of it will be original material. Up until now we have been doing covers in our particular style... J: Our plan is to coincide the release of our album with the launch of an a cappella festival here in Liverpool in October 2010. It will be the first in the UK. How can people become involved with Sense of Sound? J: We have an introduction to singing course beginning in September, which is for people who want to dip their toe in. It leads on to the Singing in Harmony course, which is much more repertoire based, and there’s a performance at the end of it at The Bluecoat. It’s true that song makes you happy singing releases serotonin and stress and you feel so much better, it just lifts your spirits. I think that’s the basis of our company it's about nurturing and making a difference. P: There’s nothing that beats seeing those kids, the ones that are really shy and retiring, come out of themselves and the confidence it instils in them is amazing.

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Get inspired – find out more about the sensational Sense of Sound company, choir and community at www. or just call 0151 702 7799. 11

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WINE AND DINE @ ALMA DE CUBA The gorgeous Alma de Cuba have a fantastic prize lined up for a lucky LLM reader - a three course meal and a bottle of champagne for two people! Dine out in style in one of the city’s top social destinations, and once you’ve had your slap up meal you can go downstairs and have one of the bar’s amazing cocktails.




The Empire hosts yet another show-stopper as Lord of the Dance hits the stage this 1-4 October. Seen by over 50 million people in 40 different countries, the secret to this show’s phenomenal success is that it speaks to all, crossing boundaries of age, gender, and cultural diversity. The Empire Theatre has one pair of tickets up for grabs for a lucky reader – please enter by 25 September for your chance to win this brilliant prize.

Win a family ticket to see Disney on Ice presents Princess Wishes! With Tinker Bell as their guide, guests will see the inspiring stories of Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Mulan, Jasmine, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, when Disney On Ice presents Princess Wishes skates into the Echo Arena Liverpool from 25-29 November 2009. For your chance to win a family ticket to the show on Thursday 26 November, answer the following question: What magical matter does Tinker Bell use to help her friends in need? a. Tinker Bell’s pixie potion b. Pixie dust c. Fairy sprinkles Tickets are available from the Echo Arena Box Office 0844 8000 400




If you’ve yet to visit The Orchard, Blundell Street then we suggest you put it at the top of your list. A traditional English restaurant and cider tavern, this venue hosts everything from comedy nights to one-off events as well as offering fine dining in its sleek restaurant. All LLM readers will receive a massive 50% off their meal when quoting the magazine. A further two-course meal for two is up for grabs – just email win@ www.





25 September @ Liverpool Echo Arena Hit recording artist Michael Ball celebrates 25 years in the music industry with a special live concert at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. Box Office: 0844 8000 400



26 September @ Southport Beach From 26-27 September the annual Southport Air Show will once again return to the sea-side town to astound and entertain the public. Ticket prices start from £5.



27 September, Liverpool Empire Star Psychic, Sally Morgan, brings her national tour to the Liverpool Empire as she wows the audience with her psychic prowess. Phone 0844 847 2525



29 September @ Liverpool Phil Odemba OK Jazz All Stars, led and conducted by legendary Dizzy Mandjeku, this magnificent 12-piece band are the original exponents of smooth big band ‘Franco style’ Congolese Rumba. Box Office: 0151 709 3789



1 October @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Marion & Geoff, I'm Alan Partridge, Black Books, Little Britain, Q.I. and most recently his highly acclaimed performance as Uncle Bryn in Gavin and Stacey. Now this multi award winning writer / performer has a brand new stand up show. Box Office: 0151 709 3789



Dame Edna Everage & Sir Les Patterson 2 October @ Liverpool Echo Arena Australian national treasures Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson are going on a nationwide tour for the first time in 28 years. Accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra


Twopence To Cross The Mersey 6 October @ Liverpool Empire The 18 part run of this highly acclaimed musical based on Helen Forrester’s best selling book begins on 6 October at the Liverpool Empire. Box Office: 0151 708 3200



The Seagram Murals 3 Oct- 21 Mar @ Tate Liverpool - FREE! Perceived, as the artist intended, in reduced light and in a compact space, the subtlety of the layered surfaces slowly emerges, revealing the solemn and meditative character of the works-one not to be missed. Tel: 0151 702 7400



Date 5 Oct 2009 @ Philharmonic Hall Rated 18. From £5.50 per ticket Considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made, Francis Ford Coppola’s epic masterpiece features Oscar winner Marlon Brando. Soak up the atmosphere that makes a film at the Phil unique. Box Office: 0151 709 3789


8 October @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall three of the most legendary operatic icons: Brahms Fourth Symphony, Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Finish Composer Rautavaara’s Sound World all appear on the stage at Liverpool Philharmonic this October. www. T: 0151 709 3789





British Musical Fireworks Championship 11 October @ Southport Promenade Catch the last and most spectacular night of the annual British Fireworks Championships, held in Southport, and witness a fantastic lights show as the competition really hots up to find this year’s champion of pyrotechnics .



17 October @ Liverpool Echo Arena Following on the heels of his universally praised and successful album 24 Hours, Tom Jones has announce a full UK Tour, coming to the Echo Arena Liverpool on 17 October 15

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ummer is fading and our traditional 'Auburn Autumn' is back! Out with lazy days, pastels, and wellies and in with statement pieces, glam nights out, and a splash of Boudoir...But where does that leave your wardrobe? For a quick and easy solution, try updating your current look by adding a tailored piece; structured jackets and sky-scraper heels are a must-buy this season. A gorgeous pair of heels is an essential and gives any style that extra quality. We all want a bit of 'bounce' in our step too so liven up an outfit by trying different materials to give your look volume and energy - add metallics to an elegant look in order to give it that splash of rock 'n' roll. Have a nosy at the Givenchy and Jean Paul Gaultier's autumn 2009 Catwalks for tips and ideas on these styles. Be brave enough to stand out from the crowd on a night out in monochrome and muted colours; have your own Statement Style. Or for a more eye-catching 'WOW Factor' look go for darkened floral prints and experiment with shapes. The Chanel autumn collection is very eclectic and easy to adopt, so check this out for all the latest hot trends. As for you men, this autumn is all about masculinity; go all out with suits and tuxedoes and personalize this look using thin ties, scarves or statement coats. The 'New Man' is a great style and can be found on the Armani and Versace catwalks.

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NETWORKING Many people think that networking is an opportunity to sell face to face. But it doesn’t work that way – not if you want it to be effective. How many times have you been introduced to someone and they start rabbiting on about their business –some of the time you don’t even know what they are on about? Even less interested in hearing in-depth about how fantastic their widget is – personally I can’t wait to get away!


ow, I appreciate that time is precious and you need to make the most of your time networking. What I would suggest is, rather than get a million cards from people who - at the end of the day - will not remember you, it’s better to have a handful of people you have created an impression with. Ask them to tell you a little about themselves. They will probably

you have finished talking to the person, ask for their card. If they don’t have one, ask them to write down their details on the back of one of yours. Once you do part company, write down on their card something about them, a reminder of exactly who they are, for example: ‘Tall guy wearing dotty shirt’, or ‘woman with red bag - spoke about daughter Carrie and husband Cliff’. The more you write down the better. I can assure you, the next day you will not be sure if Mike, Mark or Charles was the guy with the spotty shirt! Next day, send a handwritten card. Yes, a proper handwritten card – no email – no internet card either. Just a small card with a flower on or just the words ‘thank you’. Packs of cards like these are available from many supermarkets at very little cost. Say something like: ‘It was great to meet you at....... Hope you managed to get home before Cliff was in bed, had a good holiday etc. Write your mobile number on the card and sign with your first name only. If they can’t remember you they will at least be intrigued (I have had calls to thank me for my cards). Five years on I have gone into offices of people I have met through network events and my card is still pinned on the wall! Your real objective is to get another meeting where you can continue to build warm, long lasting relationships that will help your business grow in more ways than the one-off sale.

The next day you will not be sure if Mike, Mark or Charles was the guy with the spotty shirt!

start telling you what they do, what they are selling and why it’s great. Act interested, maybe delve a little deeper. Ask a couple of questions that aren’t business-based. What kind of hobbies do you have? Do you have a family, or maybe you’re planning a nice holiday? Ask what would be useful for them to get out of tonight. See if there is a contact that may help them in some way or benefit from what they are selling. You have gone into networking with the right attitude, been genuinely interested in the person(s) you have met, struck up great rapport and maybe even thought of contacts for them. That’s only the beginning. No point in doing all this correctly and then letting the whole warm and friendly contact cool off. Once

Happy Networking! Words by Jean Jones. T: 07841204753 E: 19

Paul Knowles is one of the most invited movers and shakers in the City

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Eddie Reed & Robert Preston

Jennie Bowan, Kate Jordan, Beverley Smith-Jagger (Director) and Emma Roberts from the Sellick Partnership

DLIBBusiness Oscars Jim Hancock, Steve Broomhead and Kerry Clayton

More than 200 of the city's business leaders gathered at Sefton Park's Palm House for the 5th Downtown Liverpool in Business (DLIB) Awards. The event, dubbed Liverpool’s business ‘Oscars’, rewards companies who have had an outstanding year, and have also demonstrated a long term commitment to the city. Winners included Restaurant Bar & Grill, CBG Group plc, Red Hot Media and Rathbone Investment Management Ltd

Ken Tipton of Clarity Creation and Karen Deas Red PR

Graeme Sharp (ex Everton striker) in the middle with guests

Mococo Fashionable jeweller Mococo held their official launch party recently in Metquarter Liverpool. Guests were spoilt with champagne and chocolate coated strawberries and delights served by Café Rouge before taking advantage of exclusive jewellery brands such as Pandora and Thomas Sabo. The night didn’t stop there as guests then moved on to The Living Room for cocktails and an exclusive show of Mococo's new sparkly jewellery.

Thomas Keaney, Richard Whitehead, George White (KWP Partners)

Amanda Harrington, Maureen Hooson the owner of Mococo

Thomas Keaney and Richard Whitehead (staff party in Bistro Pierre)

City Law Firm Celebrate 1st Year

Richard Whitehead & Thomas Keaney (Outside Mathew St Office)

Criminal law firm Keaney Whitehead Partnership (KWP) founded by solicitors Thomas Keaney and Richard Whitehead celebrated their first birthday recently. The latest edition to Liverpool lawyers pride themselves on their reputation for providing high quality legal advice for local people. The three partners, which include George White are all born and educated in Liverpool and are proud of their achievements coming from Kensington, Huyton and Toxteth. 20

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and reports on a variety of recent high profile events you may have missed

Ian Sadler (Hooka), Brooke Vincent and Sacha Parkinson (Coronation Street), Brian Belo, Dion Padan (Hooka), Kris Donnelly, Lisa Appleton, Mario Marconi

Hooka’s third birthday

Ian Sadler (Hooka), Brian Belo (Big Brother), Dion Padan (Hooka)

Kris Donnelly (Big Brother), Dion Padan (Hooka)

Champagne was flowing at trendy Wood Street salon, Hooka as they celebrated their third birthday. A host of TV stars turned out including Coronation Street stars Brooke Vincent and Sacha Parkinson and Big Brother contestants Craig Phillips, Brian Belo, Mario Marconi and Lisa Appleton. Owner Dion Padan was also celebrating being named the nation’s favourite hairdresser

Marcus Croman (Portia Sports Therapist), Jay Bores (Maritime FC)

Louise Dybell (Portia Beauty Therapist), James Tohall (Maritime FC)

Portia staff with Maritime FC players.

Portia Gillman, Maritime FC players, Maureen Gillman

Award winning Beauty Spa Portia Portia hair and beauty spa recently celebrated winning another award by hosting an event at their luxurious Duke Street Spa. Local football team Maritime FC turned up to thank Maureen Gillman and daughter Portia for sponsoring their new home and away kit and the players tried various treatments from the spas new sports therapist Marcus. Other treatments on offer were crystal clear facials, massages, spray tanning, waxing and the spa’s high tech laser machine to book an appointment call 0151 707 7797 or visit

Dame Ellen navigated her way straight to the diving pool

Dame Ellen MacArthur DBE, Thomas Holmes, John Boyd, Genai Watts and Ben Hayes (Sports Co-ordinator at Oakmere Community College)

It's all aboard the Glaciere Centre

Dame Ellen Macarthur Raises The Mast Internationally renowned yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur DBE sailed into Liverpool to officially open the Glaciere Sail Dive Centre at Oakmere Community College, in Walton. Ellen MacArthur said: "I was really excited to be asked to open the new centre, which is providing some brilliant facilities for young people to go sailing and diving.” The Glaciere Sail Dive Centre will now allow Oakmere to provide further accredited learning and enrichment opportunities to disadvantaged 13-19 year olds in Merseyside, enabling them to progress to employment, education or training. Worth in the region of £500,000, the Glaciere Sail Dive Centre is exclusive to Merseyside and the only one of its kind in the UK. A full list of courses offered within the Glaciere Sail Dive Centre is available at Alternatively, for further information on opportunities available at Oakmere Community College, contact Amy Fairclough on 0151 213 0194.

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Heard about the old woman who lived in a shoe? Well if you venture over to Texas you’ll find a whole family living in a pair of cowboy boots! Or take a trip to Wales and seek out the woodland wonderland that wouldn’t look out of place in Lord of the Rings. Homes have ceased to be simply roofs over our heads – plots of land are blank canvasses for the property exhibitionist and disused, dilapidated buildings are swirling beautiful castles to dreamers. Even on our own doorstep people are getting creative with where they choose to call home. Words: Fliss Huxley Architects and property designers are getting all the more ambitious downstairs (I broached it with Dad but unsurprisingly I was told to go these days; programmes such as Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs’ and back to the drawing board) – but some people have gone further in Five’s ‘I Own Britain’s Best Home’ echo the growing nationwide their quest for bespoke living. demand and interest in what can be achieved with a little creativity From restoring striking structures such as windmills, churches and and a lot of hard work. theatres – to renovating water towers and underground space, it Zero-carbon homes are making a debut, alongside the many different seems the mindset of the 21st century Briton is one of exploration guises of the eco-home and properties that make the most of the and discovery when it comes to creativity. environment with lots of light, waste recycling plants, rain conversion Simon Dale, creator of the woodland home in Wales, designed and systems and ground heat processing. These new concepts aren’t built his home for his family with the environment in mind. Set into lacking in style either – many using ecothe hillside the home resembles an elfin friendly materials such as cedar and dwelling, a fairytale cottage or troll's maple, amongst others too. grotto – it’s fun, beautifully crafted and Here in Liverpool, the waterfront relies on nature to power it. recently welcomed a new addition – the Of his decision to go against the design first of several planned floating homes. grain, Simon says: “Our society is almost Banish the thought of quaint country entirely dependent on the availability of barges – we’re talking large, penthouse increasing amounts of fossil fuel energy. style homes - that just happen to sit on For our energy consumption to decrease water. Crowds gathered to watch an we must reduce consumption and enormous crane delicately position the dramatically increase the productivity of 80-ton property into the chilly waters of our land. Queen’s Dock where it will assume its “This will require developing position as a national show home for infrastructure and skills to enable similar custom-made properties. locally self-reliant living. The simplest, The idea – thought up by Wilmslowsustainable solutions involve small-scale based Floating Concepts – is one permaculture type land management “It seems the mindset of the 21st century of many; the company have grand systems centred around individual or Briton is one of exploration and creativity.” designs of their own for more small groups of dwellings. apartment-style properties, but also “The house was built with maximum larger family homes and even offices, shops and hotels. regard for the environment and by reciprocation gives us a unique Floating Concept’s chief executive and co-owner of Liverpool Marina, opportunity to live close to nature. Being your own 'have a go' David Beard, said: “I am confident waterborne living will bring new life architect is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something to existing water space and provide exciting environments which are which is part of yourself and the land rather than, at worst, a mass perfect for 21st century living. produced box designed for maximum profit and convenience of the “Our aim is to dispel perceptions of water-based living as being construction industry.” restricted to narrow boats and show an alternative of aspirational Watch this space for our next eco-issue where we delve into the living.” world of the eco-home. If floating homes don’t, well, float your boat (sorry!) then maybe you should think about designing your own home from scratch. If For weird and wonderful homes visit www.unusualhomes. you could live in any home, what would it be? When I was younger and see Simon’s creation at and I wanted a slide from my bedroom into a huge swimming pool Liverpool’s floating homes at


It’s a hard job we have here in the food section of the magazine – gallivanting across Merseyside, stuffing our gills with food from all the top recommended eateries in the region. It’s a tough life. Tougher on our waistlines though... Anyway – this issue we waggled our fingers in the lucky dip and drew three corkers from the hat. The elegant execution of new classics at Blakes set the bar for a trio of top evenings out and we weren’t disappointed. Chaophraya has earned a sparkling rep over the region and won many national awards in the process, and new kid on the block – Merchants Bar and Restaurant – looks set to make waves on the Castle Street scene once again. As the nights close in we say get out and dine yourselves silly. Enjoy...


Hard Days Night Hotel, North John Street, Liverpool, L2 6RR Tel: 0151 236 1964


The Wine Room

A Beatles themed hotel has been a surprisingly long time coming in Liverpool – but they say that good things come to those who wait. The Hard Days Night Hotel is a tasteful homage to the fab four – affectionate nods to the band can be spotted everywhere from the ceiling decorations to cocktail names, but one thing that isn’t taken lightly is the quality. We arrived at adjoining Blakes restaurant (named after Sir Peter Blake, designer of the Sgt Peppers album cover) for dinner – a sexy, sleek space with the obligatory Beatles artwork, a bustling open kitchen and an eclectic customer base. Sipping the refreshing, light and dry English white (yup, you heard me right) – Denbies Flint Valley Dry White, NV Surrey (£23.00), we surveyed the menu. The first thing that grabs your attention is the twist in the tale of each meal. From standard beginnings are born delectable delights – a goats cheese starter is the norm these days; but one with an asparagus panacotta to accompany the ruby beetroot (£6.50) and flash of aged balsamic – well, now we’re talking. Tang of cheese, mellow beetroot and delicate flavour of the asparagus through the panacotta, delicious. My friend enjoyed the richness of the duck patties, white truffle sausage and sautéed foie gras (£8.95) with spring onion and orange salad, in fact he barely uttered a word – thumbs up. The seared monkfish, atop a crushed, warm and intensely buttery new potato and fennel salad (£22.95) was framed by a coral swirl of crayfish and chervil veloute and was every inch as

Who's that guy?

tasty, moreish, light and satisfying as one would hope. My dining partner’s Conway Valley lamb trio of braised shoulder, double cutlet and sweetbread, potato crisp, honey glazed vegetables and redcurrant jus (£24.95) was resplendent as it was delivered from the kitchen. A taste can confirm it was lusciously pink and heady with flavour – and perfectly portioned for my hungry companion. Feeling full, we requested a taster selection of desserts (£6£7) – envisaging delicate morsels of saccharine loveliness – our stomachs groaned as we saw two plates laden with every dessert on the menu make its way towards us... I’d like to say we tasted a wee bit here and there. I’d be lying. Every dish was so utterly scrumptious that a napkin had to be placed over my friend’s white chocolate mousse for fear of spontaneous combustion. My particular favourites were the juicy passion fruit cheesecake and the rhubarb and rosewater lattice pie – ooh, and the mint truffle profiterole. And maybe the apple and sultana turnover. Oh, okay – all of them.

Who's that guy or girl that stands there in the restaurant seemingly doing nothing apart from opening the odd bottle of wine and chatting with the diners? Hopefully they are a professional sommelier and should be a trusted source of knowledge to guests and a respected member of the establishment. A good sommelier should be schooled in oenology, spirits, waters, beers, well

the list is endless. Such knowledge can only be passed down. Fortunately for myself I was schooled by Professor Guiseppe Vaccarini(best sommelier of the world 1978). The most important thing I've learned from him, is that knowledge is key, but humility is the pre-requisite. An understanding of people goes a long way to being a successful sommelier. The sommelier might work from a list of 50 to 5000 different labels of wines, but be sure that he will

The Orchard

57 Blundell Street, L1 0AJ T: 0151 709 3060 Merchants is Liverpool’s brand new restaurant on Castle Street. Formerly Room, Merchants has done a great job of putting its stamp on the high-domed Georgian space. The bar area has changed, now protruding into the middle of the room in a square which makes it more welcoming – think ‘Cheers’ but without the barflies. Sitting in a quiet corner we looked at the impressive but thankfully jargon-free menu, pleasantly surprised by the variety of choice available. We nibbled on marinated olives and sun blushed tomatoes (£2.95) to whet our appetites before we dived into our food. On recommendation I ordered Tempura soft shell crab, radish and crab coleslaw, (£6.25). The crab was battered in its shell and arrived looking beautiful; a crisp, delicately battered crab, halved on top of a bed of homemade coleslaw. An absolutely stunning starter that has to be tried to believed, I would go as far as saying that this is the best start to a meal I have had dining in Liverpool (high praise indeed! – Ed). My friend went for pan fried king prawns, sushi flavoured risotto (£6.95) which was everything you would want from a prawn and risotto dish but without the wow factor of the crab (I'm sorry but it stole the day!). We chinked glasses to a bottle of Vin de Pays d'Oc Rothschild, Pinot Noir from France (£18.95). A warm, rich red with an aromatic bouquet – and perfectly complemented our main course choices. My friend’s pork belly, crushed butternut squash with tomato and


15-16 KENYON STEPS, PARADISE STREET, LIVERPOOL ONE 0151 707 6323 Thai cuisine is the new pan-Asian; people will often ask “Where you off to for dinner? That new Thai place? Ooh I love Thai food.” And we do – there’s something colourful and exotic and not wholly familiar about the methods, ingredients, combinations and culture of Thai cuisine, but it’s one us Brits are eager to get to know. With this in mind, we looked forward to our jaunt to the Thai joint of all Thai joints, Chaophraya (which I’m reliably told is pronounced Chow-pie-ia) up on Liverpool ONE’s gastronomic top level. We sat amidst the hustle and bustle of a surprisingly busy Thursday night service – and the open kitchen is truly that. Wall to wall windows, jam-packed with immaculately dressed staff and steam pluming from the many pans on the go. We sat downstairs, but on a trip to the ladies (first floor)I was amazed at the Koi carp pond, the spectacular walled aquariums and private dining box for larger groups – it’s a must see, and must-book! To food. Starving and indecisive after looking at the impressive menu, it was concluded that a set menu would be the sensible choice. There are a few to choose from, ours (including starters and mains – a total of 12 different dishes) was on the pricier have a knowledge of all those wines. I'm often asked: “How do you know and retain so much information?” The answer will always remain, “I've been doing this a long time.” You can learn so much from a book, but continual tasting and the absorption of that information will only come with time. I've been fortunate to have worked in three leading hotels of the world and have helped train hundreds of waiting staff, but sharing what I know has been the main reason I have remained in the hospitality industry.

chorizo chutney (£12.95) was a tasty lattice-topped hunk of pork belly, fresh vegetables in cabbage leaf parcels and a stunning quenelle of the chutney. A flavourfilled dish that looked and tasted delicious. The 8oz beef fillet made a beeline for my place-setting; served with homemade chunky chips, air dried tomato (£21.95) and smokey onion rings (£2.50). When I cut into the 2" thick tender fillet I knew this was no ordinary steak. The tower of chips and the delicately battered onion rings were a great accompaniment. Suitable stuffed we decided to go halves on the tiramisu with coffee ice cream (£4.50) portioned hugely and served in a way I hadn't seen before - the tiramisu served in a large cappuccino cup and the ice cream in a tiny espresso cup - absolutely delish! Overall, the food was superb, price was fantastic for the excellent quality, service was personal and attentive and the atmosphere oozed luxury and grandeur. A must visit place that is sure to be a complete success. end at £30 per person, but well worth it. A starter platter arrived with three sauces to dunk and swipe the skewered chicken, marinated prawns, minced Thai fishcake and spring rolls. Each morsel was as delicately flavoured as the next – the contrasting flavours hit the spot and proved that it is the complexities of Thai cuisine that delight. Hubbie and I tucked into the platter with gusto and soon the lemongrass-tinged, coconut and chilli fragrant remnants were whisked away to make room for our mains. All were marvellous – I would highly recommend the Gaeng Massaman Gae lamb dish, so utterly moreish and light I could have tucked into it all night. Other highlights were the enormous King prawns; rare and sizzling sirloin steak, fatly sliced and showered in Thai herbs. Choo Chee was fabulous; fresh fillet of seabass, swimming in a sea of thick, creamy curry sauce. This could easily feed three or four people, and if you’re with a mixed crowd then the set menus offer the perfect solution. We managed to squeeze in a good few mouthfuls of deep-fried ice cream (coconut for me, chocolate for him – around £4-5) but soon had to call time on our evening for fear of ice-cream induced mania. We’ll be back!

I've been at Malmaison Liverpool for nearly two years now. As I approach 40 years old I'm still treading the floor and enjoying it, that's the way I want it – still working, doing what I love and at the highest level. Come down sometime, even if it's just for a chat about wine, you don't have to be an expert, wine is for everyone. Pavlos Shakas, Head Sommelier Malmaison Liverpool. Tel: 0151 229 5000.


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8 Thomas Steers Way. Liverpool ONE. L1 8LW. T: 0151 709 7097 Zeligs is set in a vast New York style warehouse space and serves perfectly authentic Italian dishes.

85 Bold Street, Liverpool City Centre, L1 4HF T: 0151 707 2110 The menu offers a range of authentic Italian fish and seafood dishes in a relaxed and rustic location.

7-9 Back Colquitt Street, Liverpool, L1 4NL One of Liverpool’s newest and best bars. At Chameleon they aim to chill, thrill and entice you. Whatever your mood, rest assured, you’ll be in a good place.




167-169 Allerton Road T: 0151 724 6655 With a laid back and ambient feel, great wine, and even better food. Absolutely brilliant night guaranteed.

57 Blundell Street, L1 0AJ T: 0151 709 3060 The Orchard is a country pub-style restaurant and cider tavern spread over two floors of an old spice mill on Blundell Street situated in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.


165 Lord St, Southport, PR8 1PF Tel: 01704 540066 Offering All Day Breakfasts, traditional meals, lunches, afternoon teas. Open 10.00am - 6.00pm. 7 days a week


5-6 Kenyon Steps Liverpool ONE, L1 3DF T: 0151 707 6323 Thai Restaurant offering Royal Thai cuisine in fine dining surroundings, experience the UK's number one Thai experience.


9 Altway, Aintree, L10 3JA T: 0151 520 0282 This modern friendly restaurant offers quality Peking and Cantonese style cuisine. (20% off all takeaway meals from menu.)

62 Castle Street, City Centre. T: 0151 702 7897 E: Opening10 August 09. Introductory offer for all readers 50% off your total food bill*. Valid until 31st August. *terms and conditions apply

Kenyon steps, Liverpool ONE, L1 3DF E: T: 0151 707 6654 200 capacity, stylish cocktail bar with luxury VIP Champagne booths.


92-94 Duke St, L1 5AG Tel: 0151 707 9933 Email: Liverpool's premier gastropub. A wide selection of organic wines and real ales adds to the unique experience while the warmth of their hospitality and welcome is renowned. 2 Campbell Square, Liverpool. L1 5AX T: 0151 709 5335 Buena Vista Social Club returning to Liverpool on 31st October - after show party at La Cubanita.

Hope Street, L1 9BZ T: 0151 707 6060, Located in Liverpool's creative arts quarter, this is reflected in its diverse menu. An elegant dining experience in one of the city's most established venues.


Central Buildings, North John Street, Liverpool, L2 6RR. T: 0151 243 2121. Award winning restaurant Blakes offers an A La Carte Menu locally sourced and organic produce.

Parr Street Studios, L1 4JN T: 0151 707 1050 THIS is the studio where Coldplay, Take That & the Spice Girls recorded. If your yet to visit this layedback hidden gem then your in for a treat. Drinks, food and music.

34th Floor, West Tower, Brook Street, Liverpool, L3 9PJ T: 0151 236 5534 Dine in widescreen at Panoramic. Offering the finest food, hand crafted with love: a warm atmosphere and cinematic views of the city below.

LOCAL LOVELIES New seasons mean a whole load of new events and festivals – hurrah! This September Liverpool welcomes a whole host of evenings, events and festivals to the city and The Liverpool Lifestyle Magazine couldn’t be happier. We look at two of our faves for the upcoming weeks – the delectable Liverpool Food and Drink Festival and one of the best shopping streets in the city – Bold Street – that will host its very own independent festival. We can’t wait!


he Liverpool Food and Drink Festival was a long time coming but is now establishing itself as one of the top dates in the foodie calendar. Over fifty of the city’s top bars and restaurants have signed up for this year’s gourmand gala which is set to be a corker. Well known local and national eateries such as The London Carriage Works, Wagamama, Panoramic and Italian Club Fish are the latest establishments to sign up for the annual event which will launch this year on 13 September at Sefton Park. The week-long festival will delight thousands of visitors with constant supplies of culinary wonder – from a la carte fine dining to rustic home cooking – and let’s not forget something to wash it all down with! Cooking demonstrations will entertain as much as the live music and whilst the kids play in the designated area, you can nip off for refreshment in one of the many beer tents. Vince Margiotta, whose Il Forno and Sapporo brands are amongst those sponsoring the event, said: “Slowly we are building a festival to be reckoned with. Our aim is to be lauded as one of the UK’s major food and drink festivals in years to come.” Following on from the success of the Liverpool food and Drink Festival is the wonderful Bold Street Festival – organised and established by the Bold Street Traders Association in the name of one of Liverpool’s most quirky, original, independent and interesting streets. Whilst a few big chains have made their mark on the street, it has done little to budge the small independent shops and companies, standing firm and forming their own working community. The Bold Street Festival 2009 celebrates just that – a festival of independence and originality, and organisers urge people to stop by and enjoy the day on 26 September. There will be everything from Tai Chi and yoga demonstrations, live music and raffles to in-store discounts, a popcorn stand and samples from the bars

and eateries on the street. Utility’s manager, Kate Cowie, explained: “Bold Street Festival is to celebrate the independence and uniqueness that you rarely find in city centres any more. Bold Street benefits from a host of independent specialist retailers and it was felt that collectively we have a much stronger voice and can reinforce the identity of the street locally, regionally, nationally and perhaps as important internationally.” New shops are opening all the time on Bold Street and the festival organisers hope to draw attention to both old and new on the 26th September. Festival spokesman, Rich Pontefract of Another Media, said: “The festival really emulates what Bold Street is all about – it celebrates its broad appeal to all manner of customers. The festival’s funded solely by the Bold Street Traders Association and champions

“Small festivals can be extremely influential in helping create quarters or districts to develop a stronger identity.” what is of, and about, the city of Liverpool.” Kate agrees: “Small festivals can be extremely influential in helping create quarters or districts to develop a stronger identity and thus help city centres be more distinctive. They can inject vitality, a sense of theatre, fun and entertainment to shoppers and visitors alike. “The Bold Street Festival also highlights Liverpool’s cultural heritage and will promote new business and footfall to this historic and dynamic area of the city.” For more information on The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, please visit www.liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival. or call 0151 522 9362. For more information on the Bold Street Festival please visit 27

Every issue we look at the cultural goings on all over.

Must See



Local art consultancy and gallery, dot-art, will host a striking exhibition of sculptural works and drawings by the celebrated local artist, Tony Evans. He is perhaps best known for his piece, ‘Inspiration’ – a huge winged horse commissioned by Liverpool Community College for their Myrtle Street centre in 2008. Tony specialises in animals in action using mainly copper and bronze (often recycled) and the work is a result of hours of intense concentration and physical effort. His spectacular work captures the spirit, energy and splendour of a whole menagerie of animals – from frogs to a magnificent life size Bengal tiger. All work is for sale and admission is free. The exhibition is open to the public at dot-art, 16 Queen Ave, Castle St, 12-6pm Mon-Fri and by appointment. The exhibition is open from 14 Sept – 16th Oct. Please see or call 0845 017 6600 for more details.



Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a new festival that welcomes audiences to experience the best in new cinema and media art in a celebration that spills from screens and galleries into the streets and imaginations of the North West. The festival debut will take place in Liverpool this 23-27 September. Visitors should expect an eclectic array of screenings, installations, online projects, public realm interventions, workshops and live events, with a distinctive emphasis on ideas and discussion. AND exists to create a space where artists and filmmakers can offer striking new perspectives, and visitors can enjoy, discuss and interact with ideas, in a festival that questions the normal and champions a different approach. For more information please visit .uk.



Always with our finger on the pulse, we reported back in issue 11 about a wintery penguin invasion set to hit the city. Well, readers, we were right! As part of the Go Penguins project for the Winter Trail, over 100 friendly fellows will flood the city – and a small colony will make their way across the public transport network. An early arrival of one of the colony, nicknamed Perry, was spotted recently on board the famous Mersey Ferries. Councillor Mark Dowd, chair of Merseytravel, welcomed the arrival on board Royal Iris Ferry. He said: “We are proud to support this project which draws together the themes of art and the environment in such an imaginative way. “The Superlambananas captured the public imagination so spectacularly last year and we hope Go Penguins will do likewise.” From mid-November, colonies of small and large penguins will be on display for seven weeks in a special city centre trail. For more information please visit




If you’ve yet to clock interior design consultancy, MYO, then make sure you make a beeline for them next time you’re in the city. The brand new bespoke office and display studio showcases a stunning tribute to quality interior fashion and technology, and highlights that the team are true experts in their field. Check out our fashion shoot, held at the unique venue, for a taster of the MYO experience. For more information call 0845 052 6977 or visit www.


Those of us with young families will be aware of the challenges faced by working or single parents when choosing who cares for your child. Worry no more, as top author Lucy Martin has come to the rescue with her new book for the 21st century family; The Childcare Bible: The ultimate guide to all forms of childcare. Lucy offers clear, comprehensive guidance on the world of nannies, nurseries, childminders and much more. Published by Vermillion at £14.99, The Childcare Bible will help you choose what’s best for your family and what to do if things go wrong.


Lavazza, Italy’s favourite coffee is sponsoring London Fashion Week, being held at Somerset House. To celebrate, Lavazza is giving 2 lucky readers the chance to indulge in a rare fashion experience by winning a pair of tickets for a day at London Fashion Weekend (24th-27th September). The lucky individuals will be part of an exclusive creative hub of designers, buyers and fashionistas who will be able to buy designer goodies at discounted prices. To start the day in style Lavazza has organised free London Fashion Weekend goody bags for all Lavazza ticket winners, allowing you to take a piece of LFW home. All you have to do is answer the following simple question and submit your answer and details to Lavazza is which country’s favourite coffee? a) Italy b) France c) Germany Closing date for entries is 18 September. Winning tickets are for Sunday 27th.


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If you could decorate and furnish your home however you wanted, what would you choose? Elegant swirls of textured wallpaper? Chandeliers that sparkle with a thousand beams?

Or maybe sumptuous Rococo suites of furniture, each piece as ornate, colourful and unique as the next? Now imagine achieving the home makers’ dream; that you could be instrumental in the design of your own sofas customised to your requirements and sizes. Imagine no more, because Liverpool-based furniture design company, Domo Design Liverpool Ltd, can provide this unique service for you. We all want to put our own stamp on things – it’s most people’s desire to want to stand out from the crowd, now the opportunity for you to do just that is available at Domo Design Liverpool Ltd. All of our sofas can be tailored to your requirements, no matter what size, colour or fabric, we offer the highest quality materials, advice, knowledge and skill that result in beautiful pieces for your home. This is exclusive service at its finest – as owner, Steve Doyle, explains: “If you can imagine it, we can make it”. Domo Design Liverpool Ltd is located out of the city centre to allow our customers breathing space, privacy and time to discuss ideas with us for their perfect home. The team at Domo Design have years of professional experience in the execution of detailed requests. All sofas are meticulously hand-crafted on the premises by dedicated and highly skilled craftsmen. The upholstery is finished to the highest specification and only the very best will do for Domo Design’s customers who are after that something extra. Additionally, we cover everything you could want for your home; including dining furniture, curtains, wall coverings and much more. Everything can be created or sourced directly from us, with minimum stress or hassle for our customers. The company has already caught the eye of several notable customers – from footballers to high profile business people,

Domo Design Liverpool Ltd attracts discerning people who know what they want, and all they’re missing are the tools to make it happen, which is where the furniture experts come in. Luxurious fabrics are sourced from the finest suppliers in Europe; sumptuous, soft, rich fabrics and leather that complement the specific designs of the customer and add the final flourish to a stunning aesthetic composition. This month, Domo celebrates its own revamp and re-launch – extending its services to encompass everything a customer could want when furnishing their home. The showroom highlights some of the possibilities available, but really this is the tip of the iceberg.

"Meticulously hand-crafted on the premises by dedicated and highly skilled craftsmen." Everything that passes through the doors of this elite company is an original. “People are amazed at the possibilities when they come to speak to us – we can cater for every taste and pride ourselves on the quality of our service. You have to see it to believe it, but if you have an idea – no matter what it is – we can discuss it and set about creating it.” With suppliers and furniture sourced from high-end companies such as Jet Class and Reflex, Domo Design Liverpool Ltd prides itself on the professional relationships it nurtures with such world class manufactures. Domo: “Be the first to be different”. For more information please contact Domo Design Liverpool Ltd on 0151 523 6411 or email steve@ 33

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Beat the credit crunch with Fazakerley Advice Bureau We have over 10 years experience giving advice in the Community.

Get free help from us. We have 3 experienced debt specialists who can advise you on what to do. Debt advice and assistance on all priority and non-priority debts, including rescheduling and challenging decisions. We also assist in bankruptcy. Don't delay - it may only make matters worse for you: make an appointment or just call into our drop-in centre Mon to Fri 9-12

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Charges for services, including treatment of income and capital, deprivation of capital, out of area placements, free registered nursing care, top up payments and deferred payments Challenging assessment, service provision or charging decisions, the failure of Local Authority to provide services in accordance with an Agreed Care Plan, or delays in providing services Complaints about the decision making process or standards of care provided, in the home, or in residential care

WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE A WILL HERE If you do not make a Will your Assets could go to relatives that you do not wish to benefit from your Estate. Making a Will with us is not expensive. If you are in receipt of State Benefits you will most likely not have to pay anything at all. If you are not receiving State Benefits our current charges are ÂŁ40.00 for one Will, ÂŁ75.00 for two Wills, e.g. husband and wife. All Wills prepared here are carried out by Julian Green who has over 40 years legal experience in the preparation of Wills.


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PRESENTATION Business is all about selling; products, topics, or concepts. When making a business presentation the most important thing is to know your material. If you don’t know everything about what you are selling then it’s not likely that the audience will be buying. Keep your audience focused and interested. Making effective business presentations takes practice, but with the following tips up your sleeve, you’ll be ready to take on the challenge...

Words: Annabel Farley

Use Key Phrases About Your Topic Seasoned presenters use key phrases and include only essential information. Choose only the top three or four points about your topic and make them consistently throughout the delivery. Simplify and limit the number of words on each screen. Try not to use more than three bullet points per slide. The surrounding space will make it easier to read.

Use Slide Designs Effectively When using a design theme (PowerPoint 2007) or design template (earlier versions of PowerPoint), choose one that is appropriate for the audience. A clean, straightforward layout is best if you are presenting to business clientele. Select one that is full of colour and contains a variety of shapes if your presentation is aimed at young children.

Slide Layout is Important Make your presentation slides easy to follow. Put the title at the top of the slide where your audience expects to find it. Phrases should read left to right and top to bottom. Keep important information near the top of the slide. Often the bottom portions of slides cannot be seen from the back rows because heads are in the way.

Limit the Number of Slides Keeping the number of slides to a minimum, ensures that the presentation will not become too long or drawn out. It also avoids the problem of continually changing slides during the presentation that can be a distraction to your audience. On average, about one slide per minute is about right.

Limit Punctuation and Avoid All Capital Letters Punctuation can needlessly clutter the slide and the use of all capitals makes statements more difficult to read and is like SHOUTING at your audience! Avoid Fancy Fonts Choose a font that is simple and easy to read such as Ariel, Verdana or Times New Roman. Avoid script type fonts as they are hard to read on screen. Use, at most, two different fonts – perhaps one for headings and another for content. Keep all fonts large enough (at least 24pt and preferably 30pt) so that people at the back of the room will be able to easily read what is on the screen. Use Contrasting Colours For Text and Background Dark text on a light background is best, but avoid white backgrounds – tone it down by using beige or another light colour that will be easy on the eyes. Dark backgrounds are effective to show off company colours or if you just want to dazzle the crowd. In that case, be sure to make text a light colour for easy reading. Keep your colour scheme consistent throughout your presentation.

Use Photos, Charts and Graphs Combining photos, charts and graphs and even embedding digitised videos with text, will add variety and keep your audience interested in the presentation. Avoid having text only slides. Avoid Excessive Use of Slide Transitions and Animations While transitions and animations can heighten your audience’s interest in the presentation, too much of a good thing can distract them from what you are saying. Remember, the slide show is meant to be a visual aid, not the focus of the presentation. Keep animations consistent in the presentation by using animation schemes and apply the same transition throughout the presentation. Make Sure Your Presentation Can Run On Any Computer Use PowerPoint’s ‘Package for CD’ or ‘Pack and Go’ feature when burning your presentation onto a CD. In addition to your presentation, copy of Microsoft’s PowerPoint Viewer is added to the CD to run PowerPoint presentations on computers that don’t have PowerPoint installed.


NOT JUST ANOTHER MEDIA COMPANY... Here at The Liverpool Lifestyle Magazine, we like to champion local independent businesses that work hard to promote a positive image of the city. Despite a tough economic year for the UK, Liverpool continues to move forward creatively and commercially. It is the spirit and originality of the companies and initiatives involved that continue to be the driving force behind Liverpool’s unique character.

Another Media is one such company. Based in Liverpool the organisation has adapted to change and has offers a range of activities including promotional distribution, design, print, publicity and events. Formed in 2007, the company was set up as a collective, with a core team of full-time staff, and also links with a number of freelancers with different backgrounds who are able to utilise the company structure and facilities to deliver their own projects. Current clients are varied but include Tate Liverpool, Africa Oye, CALM, BBC Big Screen and Baa Bar Corporation, to name but a few! Another Media are currently working on a new project, in partnership with LARC and other relevant parties, to install bespoke leaflet stands into all of the major arts organisations on Merseyside. These stands will only contain the print

of each of the involved partners, and is an initiative to encourage cohesion and cross-pollination amongst the aforementioned arts organisations, and enhance the visitor experience to Merseyside itself. The project will come to full fruition in September 2010, with 30 stands being installed across venues in the region. Spokesman for Another Media, Richard Pontefract, comments: "We are really proud to be working with such venerable institutions as the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and The Bluecoat Arts Centre on such a worthwhile project. Merseyside has so much to offer for arts and culture consumers, and it is great to be able to play an integral part in promoting these sites." Keep your eyes peeled for the Culture Box invasion this September onwards...








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Shelly Hughes poses in Pierre de Lune by David Graux

Nicola Manlows poses in 'Spa' by Steve Hanks



Debbie Jones poses in Woman Standing in Front of a Mirror by Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg

One lady with a vision to create something beautiful out of an ugly disease has succeeded in her quest. Sharon Harper, along with photographer Andrew John, has spearheaded a campaign to raise awareness, funds and smiles through the Housewives in Art calendar production for charity Cancer Research UK. The calendar depicts the ladies in replications of classic nude artwork and is itself, a work of art. The bravery of the women involved in the project, and those they posed for, is truly inspiring. We bring you the story of LiverpoolÊs own calendar girls.


t takes a brave lady to bare all in front of a camera, but that’s exactly what happened when mother of four, Sharon Harper, put out a call for women to star in her new calendar. The women who made the final cut come from a variety of backgrounds, are different ages, heights, shapes and sizes. However, they all share one thing; each woman has had their lives affected by cancer. Many have lost friends and relatives to the disease. A few are still fighting it. Sharon approached photographer, Andrew John, and together the Housewives in Art calendar was born. A collection of beautiful nude shots were masterfully altered to replicate classics from artists such as Degas and Vecchio, and the result is a touching, intimate and poignant collection – showing women at both their strongest and most vulnerable. Of her idea, Sharon explains: “My inspiration of the calendar was the realisation that at some point in everyone’s life they’d be told that either they or someone close to them had cancer. “We wanted to use real women for whom taking part in this project would involve overcoming their own insecurities about their bodies. Posing naked is an incredibly brave thing to do – but all of these women recognise that it is nothing in comparison with battling cancer.” Did you know that there are more than 200 types of cancer – each with different causes, symptoms and treatments? Each year in the UK around 293,600 new cases of cancer are diagnosed – meaning most UK citizens have been directly or closely affected by

the disease. Countless fundraising initiatives go far to fund the extensive research into the improvement of cancer drugs, treatments and a cure, but charities like Cancer Research UK need constant funding to carry on with their vital work – and projects like Housewives in Art to raise awareness. Andrew, photographer and creator, also had a vested interest in the project: “I lost my mother to cancer and felt strongly that a creative project that would result in money being raised for Cancer Research was something I wanted to be involved in. “The whole experience has been totally inspiring. Creating this calendar has been a journey for all of us – and the courage that these women have shown throughout has amazed me.” Local councillor, MP candidate and broadcaster, Debi Jones also lent her support by stripping off for her own portrait – admitting it was something she had never envisaged doing: “The last time I came close to anything like this was on stage in the Pyjama Game in my twenties!” she exclaimed. But after talking to Sharon and Andrew, Debi decided it was something that she couldn’t turn down. “I enjoyed it immensely. It was a great experience and very professionally done – I didn’t feel nervous at all; in fact on the set there were only two people – myself and Sharon – until Andrew came in to shoot. “It is for such an extremely good cause, and every photograph was very tastefully done for everyone involved. The calendar was such a good idea, too – the WI’s Calendar Girls was the first of its kind but there have subsequently been an awful lot of copycats; this was something totally different, and very good.” Andrew adds: “I have worked with premier football players, rugby stars and celebrities, but no-one has inspired me like these women. I feel privileged to have worked with them.” To purchase the Housewives in Art 2010 calendar, please visit or www.andrewjohnphotography. Alternatively, please call 0151 527 2065. For further details please visit 37

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Back to basics This article was going to be an abundance of the benefits of homemade soups, but as I'm sitting here on a dock in the Keys in sunny Florida, the thought of soups and chilly weather is too depressing to contemplate folks. Sorry. It’s all about me, because guess what? I've just lost 15 lbs in 10 days in 90 degree heat surrounded by azure blue ocean. Let me tell you a story, as Max Bygraves would say, are we sitting comfortably?


boarded the plane en route to our family summer holiday. Having worked non stop. Lost some weight (don't be ridiculous!) Anyone that knows me would say the same. I'm currently two stone overweight, couldn't care less - or could i? I have never been on a diet, don't believe in them, I love my food too much. Yes I eat healthily and like most of us if I exercised more I'd lose the two stone I need to, which in my book is the only way to live - a balance of exercise and healthy eating. So, on arriving, I called in at the Hippocrates Health Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida, (showbiz eh!) where one of my friends work. This is turning into a busman's holiday - I talk cleanses, detox, skin issues seven days a week, and my 11 year old was saying "Mother get over yourself, give us all a break, how can you do this at Disneyworld", but I was really in the zone and wanted to do this; every day I talk about bloating, indigestion, gas, diarrhoea, constipation. But now I hear that according to the world gastroenterology organisation, 70m of us are feeling below par because of these digestive complaints, and a growing body of research is uncovering a deeper concern - these upsets are intricately linked to the won't budge fat that plague 67% of us. Both conditions are due to a severe deficiency in metabolically active enzymes. I have learned there is a surprisingly easy fix for enzyme deficiencies - I'll keep this brief so as not to bore you here - eating 70% raw food increases cellular enzyme levels as much as tenfold in 4 days, and sticking with the plan for 10 days as I have (respect!?) floods the body with so many enzymes and nutrients that the pancreas and liver are able to focus on eliminating toxins and converting stored fat into usable energy. This optimises metabolism producing the fastest (and easiest) weight loss you'll ever experience: Skin looks great AND I've lost most of my cellulite - move over ULRIKAKAKAKAAA! September is an ideal month to complete a raw food detox plan since supermarkets are overflowing with what you need to succeed - a huge variety of delicious fruit and veg. And the bountiful produce that's available right now is seasonal and so at its enzyme rich, nutrient-dense peak. Another very valid point I learned from our American friends in their research is that the summer's ample sunshine (yes ample here in Florida, ha ha!) significantly increases

the body's production of vitamin D and seratonin. These key compounds stabilise blood sugar, reduce appetite and dampen carb cravings by as much as 81% making it far easier to stick to a healthy eating plan, so maybe start this during hot weather or after a summer holiday. OK, let's get down to what I ate; for 10 days I have stuck to 70% raw foods, including unlimited fruit, veg, nuts, sprouts and seeds. I ate as much as I liked whenever I liked; I, greedy guts Willcox, wasn't hungry and the weight fell off me. Note to all, something I preach to all my clients, enjoy your fruit in the morning as the body's ability to flush trapped fluids and toxins and metabolise stored fats peak between 6am and noon, so fill up in the morning. A SAMPLE DAY...BREAKFAST, unlimited enzyme rich fresh fruit, such as watermelon, apple slices, cantaloupe, kiwin fruit, strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, frshly squeezed orange juice. LUNCH, salad, 3 cups of mixed greens with unlimited chopped vegetables like peppers, cherry tomatoes, half avocado sliced, mix in 1tblsp olive oil, 1tsp lemon juice. DINNER, 4 oz grilled tuna or salmon, at least 1 cup raw vegetables and salad mixed with red wine vinegar and olive oil, unlimited lightly steamed veg ( I had peppers, broccoli, and carrots mixed in 4 oz organic wine - yahoo some wine!). For snacks, I had apple and pear slices and 2 tsp hummus dip and unlimited vegetables, I took a vitamin B12 supplement every day (recommended). I plan on hitting the gym when I return, I'm in the zone baby! Go to my website, for full details. I also drank a fab new health drink called mona vie, now that's another installment... JOANNE WILLCOX colonic hydr otherapist has written various articles on health and nutrition over the years. She has three health clinics in Chester, Liverpool and Wirral. T: 0845 055 6418 39

Is your summer hairstyle fading out or in need of seasonal rejuvenation? Why not try a whole new experience at Bobbers Hairdressing? With two sites ideally located in Mossley Hill and West Derby your perfect look and pamper experience is never too far away. Client care and comfort are top priority and the salon has steadily grown a solid reputation, becoming the first member of ‘365 Day Hairdressing’ in Liverpool. Which means they are committed to ensuring your hot new look is consistently as hot between salon visits; 365 days a year, so no more fighting with the hairbrush to create 'that' style again. They strive to make hair management at home a breeze, advising you on styles that are easy to do and look gorgeous too. The prestigious salon is a platform for the highly skilled techniques needed in modern hair design; dedication in the area of luxury hair, edgy styles and genuinely standing out – and a desire to offer difference. Each and every customer is offered a full consultation before going anywhere near a pair of scissors; the talented stylists pay careful attention to each client and create a look suited to their

individual lifestyle, personality, face-shape and hair type. The salon maintains a high standard of training throughout its stylists and trainees – who are sent to some of the UK’s top academies, and who have consistently won top awards for their skills, including the Paul Mitchell Colour Trophy and many local competitions. The salon’s work is also regularly covered by many national and international publications. Offering late night openings for customer convenience, the salon is dedicated to creating "The Ultimate Experience" based on a desire to offer modern creative hairstyles. With a state of the art shampoo area, luxurious seating, a free range of refreshments and sophisticated surroundings over two floors, what's not to love? This hair experience will leave you feeling refreshed, fabulous and ready to take on the world, making Bobbers Hairdressing ideal for a day full of preening, pampering and perfecting. Go on – treat yourself!

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on Caroline and Dawn look forward to welcoming clients old and new @thesalon. Why don't you call in for a free consultation, where they will listen to your hair concerns and recommend a colour and cut that you will find both manageable and flattering to your face shape and skin tone. We specialise in all aspects of hair cutting, colouring and long hair dressing. We look forward to seeing you @thesalon

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    in Woolton Village. Owner Caroline McCabe has chosen airy with crisp white  the area as a prime location for her new venture. floor tiles. The oval After spending the past 15 years as art director at a high sandcast mirrors are !   " #$   ! %& profile city centre salon, Caroline felt that to open her all hand made. There own salon was a natural progression, the obvious next is an amazing beaded step in her career, to bring the high quality work and curtain that helps to professionalism from the city centre, to Woolton Village. separate the shampoo Caroline enjoys the creative side of hairdressing, and her area, and a feature wall position as art team leader enabled her to take part in with purple boutique style wallpaper. many shows and exhibitions and photo shoots both in UK Caroline is building up a strong team starting with Dawn and abroad. She was a member of the L’Oreal Portfolio Palliser, who worked with her in the city centre. They both share the same philosophy in hair. Together they have of Artistic Hairdressers, and a finalist in the British Hairdressing Awards twice in her own right and twice with more than 30 years experience, both specializing in all aspects of hairdressing, Dawn is particularly well known for the Art Team. her Bridal and long hair work. The salon, designed by Caroline herself, is beautifully

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ou see, I think we have it all wrong when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. If this year was a play or movie, at this point in time, heading towards the last quarter of the year, we’d be at the beginning the ‘Final Act’ – the little quiet before the most exciting bit. Even if you aren’t a student of the dramatic arts, you may still be aware that in the standard story-telling form, there are three main ‘acts’ or sections. The first introduces the characters in their everyday situations and leads us through an intertwining of their stories into one coherent tale around a central shared issue, theme or problem. The second act then involves how the characters are called or pulled, because of that central point, from those normal lives into a situation that requires them to question the way things are and grow or change in some way. And in many of what I’d mark as the best tales, there’s also an ‘inversion’ or crisis; a point at which doubts creep in and the level of commitment and determination required to get through to the end is revealed to be even greater than first thought – where doubts creep in, emotions are high and it looks as though all may be lost. And then comes the final act, usually preceded by a slight lull or dip as the protagonists gather themselves and plan for the final push to the climactic moments and the denouement to follow. That’s where we’re at now in the annual calendar – the slight lull before the final push. You see, it’s NOW that the plans are really made to create the success that the major characters are after and, if there’s a sequel to be had, it’s also in this final act that the seeds begin to be sown and hints made as to what might follow. It’s rare, if ever, that the plans are made at the very beginning and, if they are, they’ve usually been abandoned by the second act because they didn’t work. More to the point, if you think about your favourite movies or plays, the plans that succeed are often quite the opposite of what would’ve been produced by the character’s original mindset. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions – the beginning of the

movie of your life for that year – how often have you abandoned plans made in January by the ‘end of the first act’ or before? I think it’s because they’re made in a rush at the wrong time, after the madness and excitement of the holiday season. Or - they come from the way we’ve been thinking in previous years and we didn’t give enough thought to them and whether they are what are best, or we’re just doing them because we ought to. The best time for planning those resolutions is right NOW. We’ve had the first and second acts to reflect on already and there’s often that little lull in many people’s lives post-summer (unless you’re a teacher, in which case, a few weeks back might’ve been more suitable- sorry!). We now know what’s worked so far and what hasn’t and are probably better placed than at any other time of year to decide what’s best to do for the year’s final act

ThatÊs where weÊre at now in the annual calendar ! the slight lull before the final push.

and make plans for our sequel – 2010! There’s also another great reason to sort out your plans and begin to take action on them now – when it comes to the end of the year, you’ll already have done something and got some momentum up so that - even if you coast through the holidays it’ll be so much easier to get going again in the New Year. So, how will your story of 2009 end? “Happily ever after”..? “To Be Continued”..? Or perhaps some other way that, if you think about it now, would set the scene for a sequel like no other? Remember, it’s your story, so it is entirely up to you. Just do yourself a favour and make that choice now, in the little quite before the final rush. Dr Steve Wooding BSc PhD MANLP is director of Ice and Lemon – Human Communications and Personal & Professional Development Specialists, and a qualified Hypnotherapist. Contact Steve at


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The futuristic gleam of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral can be seen for miles ! its space-age design catching the eye of commuters, tourists and locals alike. Its incorporation of cubism, modernism and vast vibrant swathes of colour make the interior something of a masterpiece and has attracted visitors far and wide. The spectacular design ! inside and out ! is truly something to behold and the design and build of such an iconic structure is a testament to LiverpoolÊs creative spark and forward-thinking. We delved into the colourful historic world of the cityÊs Catholic home. The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral cuts an impressive figure in the city’s skyline – but only a couple of centuries ago it would have been a seemingly impossible dream to have such a striking place of Catholic worship in the UK, let alone Liverpool. Cathedral Dean, Canon Anthony O’Brien, spoke to The Liverpool Lifestyle Magazine about the importance of the cathedral to the city. He said: “The cathedral as the seat (cathedra) of the Archbishop of Liverpool is a spiritual home to Catholics of this whole region and as well as being the venue for important services within the Diocese. “Along with our sister cathedral at the other end of Hope Street we are an integral part of the life of the city. To complete the picture, every week, we welcome thousands of tourists and visitors to our building.” The Irish potato famine of 1847 saw Liverpool’s Catholic population shoot up dramatically, this – coupled with the restoration of the hierarchy - gave Catholics renewed confidence and a voice in a city that was prepared to listen. The first commission to design a Catholic cathedral for the city was in 1853 and entrusted to Edward Welby Pugin. The striking design, incorporating a dominant central steeple, was partly finished and formed the Lady Chapel where it stood for a century before being demolished in the 1980s. A site was found on Brownlow Hill – the former Poor Law Institution or Work House – which had been a shelter for the destitute and desolate people of the city for over 150 years. In 1941 Sir Edward Lutyens was commissioned to build a cathedral here that contrasted with the impressive Anglican Cathedral that was in progress on the other side of the aptly named Hope Street. WWII halted the progress, and Lutyens’ designs were deemed over-ambitious and complex – leaving only the Crypt in the present cathedral. The design was scaled down and re-jigged by Adrian Gilbert Scott – brother of Giles, architect for the Anglican Cathedral – in 1953, and it was this interception that paved the way for the structure we see today. Fast forward seven years, and a worldwide call was put out for imaginative designers and architects hungry for a challenge. The remit was to design a cathedral for Liverpool which would relate to the existing crypt, be capable of construction within five years, cost no more than £1m (relative to 1960), and express the new spirit of the liturgy. Of the 300 entrants, it was the design of Sir Frederick Gibberd that struck a chord with the panel, and building began in 1962. The cathedral of 2009 is undoubtedly a place of

joyous worship, impassioned faith and community spirit – Liverpool has put its mark inside the cathedral where the enormous central space is circled by ten chapels, each as individual as the next. The magnificent central tower sends rainbow lights in a shower of colour, lighting up an immense space and somehow giving it a feeling of warmth and safety. Canon O’Brien agrees: “I love the sense of light and colour which this creates within the building, which changes throughout the day... The circular shape with no internal columns or pillars means that even when the building is full everyone has an unrestricted view of the central space and that all have a sense of being gathered together as a community, feeling part of the services that take place here.” The innovative design of the Cathedral bells, entrance and steps, open the building out to the city – welcoming all walks of life to enjoy a spiritual home, immersed in a history as rich as its tapestries. You can contact the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on 0151 709 9222. Alternatively please email Upcoming events: Thursday 24 September 2009- Friday 25 September 2009 3.00pm – 3.00pm Visit of the relics of St Therese of Lisieux Saturday 26 September 2009 2.00pm-4.00pm ‘Memories’ - an afternoon of flower arranging and demonstrations given by Molly Houghton. Price per ticket is £8.50 (£7.50 for Cathedral Friends) this includes afternoon tea (home made scones and home made jam).


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Starting and settling into a new school, whether it’s from nursery to primary or from primary to secondary, can be a daunting and anxious time for both children and parents. The greatest transition is often from primary to secondary school where children suddenly find themselves back at the bottom of hierarchical ladder. Parents are expected to step back and give their child a greater degree of independence; therefore letting go can also be an issue.


ach child’s reaction to starting a new school will be different but it’s important to plan ahead to ensure any problems are headed off or addressed at the outset. Most schools have programs and literature in place to help parents deal with this process. Induction evenings and taster days, usually held at the end of the summer term, are all designed to help parents prepare for the changes ahead and for the children to settle in more quickly. Here are some tips to help you and your child adjust during those first few weeks of term. Be positive and try to hide any of your own anxieties. Give your child plenty of reassurance. Remind your child that all the other children in their class will be feeling the same way. Get to know your child’s new teacher. Hopefully you may have already met them through an induction event but if not then organise a short meeting. Remember it is going to take time for your child to settle in and for your family to establish a new routine. Keeping a consistent routine will help everyone cope. Ask your child about their day at school and make time to discuss what has been going on. Try to focus on the positive aspects and monitor issues over time rather than react to them as soon as they arise. Be prepared for a mixture of emotions over the first few weeks. Help your child be prepared by encouraging them to organise

what they need for school each day. Help them pack their bag each night and make it a routine before TV or bed or just after tea. Go through their timetable to help them get used to organising their week. Keep an eye on homework, there will a bit a lot more of it! Help them manage this increased pressure by providing a quiet space in which to work undisturbed by others. Your child will be expected to work more independently so they should be encouraged gradually to work on their own. They will be emotionally worn out, so no late nights but lots of treats. Use the weekends to try and establish new friends. Get to know other parents in your child’s class. Encourage your child to keep in touch with old friends who may have gone to a different school. Attend school events and do not wait for the first parents evening to address any problems.

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it and save half for tommorrow you will need one apple, seven strawberries two kiwi fruits, one handful of sultanas, seven slices of tinned peaches, one glass of apple juice. Wash, peel (where needed) chop everything into bitesize pieces, mix together in a bowl, pour on apple juice, and keep in fridge covered until you want it, how easy can it be? You can stir-fry vegetables, take a banana to work, put extra kidney beans in your chilli, make a tasty salad, make up a fruit smoothie – water, fruit (I use frozen mixed fruits from the supermarket) add some natural yoghurt and blend, etc…there really is no excuse for not getting your five a day. Did you know : Olives contain just three calories each as well as wrinkle busting vitamin E and anti-inflammatory antioxidants that can help protect against heart disease! MYTH: Cutting fat out of your diet is the key to weight loss.

While you should limit foods high in saturated fat, some fat is necessary to maintain a healthy body. A fat free diet is not the We all know we should eat key to weight loss. While it's true five portions of fruit and that many people eat too many vegetables every day, of the bad fats (resulting in but why? Well here are weight gain), there are good six good reasons for fats that are required for starters: optimal health. Healthy fats play an important • They are packed with role in helping our body vitamins and minerals use vitamins such as • They can help you D, E, A and K. They're maintain a healthy also important for weight healthy skin and hair. • They are an Healthy fat choices excellent source of include olive oil, fibre and antioxidants canola oil, avocado, • They help reduce the flax seed and dry risk of heart disease, roasted nuts such as stroke and some almonds. Moderation cancers. is key and the amount • They taste delicious and of healthy fats that you there’s so much variety to need is dependent on the choose from total number of calories you • They are portable, easy require for weight loss. A good s g co to prepare and are great for point for this is to work out your in t nt ain ea snacks. Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). so ma , n i ny k s of t the heir n Initially this can seem a lot, but with a Food Rules: Eating For Fitness utrients just under bit of planning is easily achievable, and the Avoid stimulants, too much caffeine, sugar benefits will help you look and feel great inside and and alchohol wear you out mentally and physically. out. Don’t skip meals, not eating breakfast, skipping lunch then Here are a few ideas to help you achieve your five a day, and eating a large dinner will disrupt you metabolism and cause remember you can always eat more when I lived in Canada they weight gain. recommended up to eight portions a day, so feel free to eat a bit Eat five small meals a day, include lean protein and complex extra. carbs to stablise blood sugar. So a quick snack (this gives you two portions of your five a day) Try to cut out sweet desserts and processed sugar, these all you need is one carrot and half a red pepper, wash them, slice only lead to energy highs and slumps. them, seeds out of the pepper, peel the carrot, cut all into sticks Words: Stephen Davies. and eat them, it’s that easy. Stephen Davies is a trained personal trainer and fitness Homemade fruit salad, this is enough for two people and will expert. Reach him at for more deliver three portions of your five a day (you can always make information. nt of fibre compa

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As summer fades out and we rapidly approach autumn, there are still lots of jobs to be completed before the onslaught of winter, our gardening guru Steven shares his expert advice on how to have your garden gleaming in time for the first frosts.

So - where to start Now is a good time to divide your herbaceous perennials and place in allocated areas of your garden. For those lucky enough to grow their own fruit make sure you pick apples and blackberries as they start to ripen for use in pies and desserts. Cut out fruited canes of raspberries but wait to prune blackcurrants until the leaves have fallen. You can also lift and pot up rooted strawberry runners. Net or cage ripening fruit to protect them from wildlife.

For those who grow their own vegetables: Pick out tomatoes and ripen indoors by the end of September. Dig up remaining potatoes before slugs damage them. Regularly pick French beans, runner beans, courgettes, cucumbers and peppers to prevent them becoming tough or bitter and to encourage further crops.

Trees and shrubs: Late summer flowering shrubs can be pruned this month. Give evergreen hedges a final cut ready for winter. If the weather is already autumnal you can now plant and move shrubs and trees without having to worry about their survival. Clear fallen leaves from borders. Get down to your local garden centre to purchase a vast selection of bulbs for that wonderful spring colour.

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Lawns Continue mowing till the first frost arrives. Start to think about autumn/winter lawn care which includes scarifying, aerating and top dressing. You can prepare your lawn for winter by applying a fertilizer which is high in potassium. You can do this after scarifying and aerating but before applying a top dressing. When applying top dressing work it into the lawn using a stiff brush so that the grass protrudes above the dressing. There is still time for lawn repair using seed which should be done

by the middle of September. Hopefully we will still have some dry days which will allow us time to paint fences, sheds and other wooden features. For these jobs use a water based preservative. The best gardens grow out of good design and planning and the way you want to use your garden determines how it evolves. September can be a good month to sit and reflect on this, then put together your project so that work can be carried out and completed so that the garden is ready to use for spring and summer next year. Steven Haye is owner of Oak Leaf Landscapes; specialists in stunning garden transformations, big or small. Gold Medal Winners at the Southport Flower Show. Call Steven on, 0151 526 1921 or 07732333784. 55


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can rival these materials, there is also a vast array of colours to arble and granite come in the list of most sought after choose from. natural stone. They’re incorporated in various household “It’s easier than people think to replace tired worktops with applications – from glimmering kitchen work tops to granite or marble. Here at Prestige, for example, we offer a a fully marbled bathroom, the effect is stunning. People tend measuring service in the morning and a supply and fit the to prefer to choose granite for the counter tops and slabs in kitchens – granite has low maintenance costs and is extremely next working day – this includes fully installing appliances and cookers, and sinks are plumbed in durable and hardwearing. too.” Natural stones are put to use in the Marble flooring is a huge hit with form of slabs or tiles for floorings, natural stone fans, it’s not often worktops, staircases and more. that a floor is thought of as the Using natural stone makes the focal point of any room, but home comfortable, vibrant, elegant polished marble with its myriad of and stylish because they are so unique. characters and unique naturallyThe most striking advantage of formed patterns creates an exquisite finish to a room. natural stone is its capability to With the desirability on the withstand the elements – they are increase, does this mean supplies immobile to natural hazards, and of the stunning stones will whilst you may not be expecting dwindle? Not at all, says Paul: Hurricane Ste in your kitchen “Prestige source our Grade A anytime soon, it does go to show "Granite and marble are materials from all over the world, how sturdy and strong these with the Italians having the best materials are. the most hardwearing solid quality control system in place to Granite and marble aren’t just for surfaces available - nothing guarantee the perfect product. swanky show homes – whilst it “With one of the largest mountain is an investment, you potentially else can rival these materials." ranges in the world, Italy can offer save thousands in the long run endless supplies of natural granite in replacements of discoloured, and marbles, so as long as the mountains can be seen, the weathered man-made worktops. The natural colour never fades supply is plentiful.” and they require very little maintenance, and are therefore cost For more information about Prestige Granite and effective, and luxurious. Marble’s service, please call 0151 548 1144 or visit www. Someone who knows a lot about transforming your home with . The company, that has supplied natural materials is Paul Mudd of Liverpool-based Prestige high quality granite and marble for over 20 years, can be Granite and Marble. He explains: “Granite and marble are the found at Dixon Road, Knowsley Industrial Park, L33 7PX. most hardwearing solid surfaces available and nothing else 61

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MERSEY AVENUE Three/Four Bed Semi House One/ Two Reception MERSEY AVENUE Rooms Three/Four Bed Semi Conservatory House Fitted One/ TwoKitchen Reception D/G / GCH Rooms Landscaped Gardens Conservatory Fitted Kitchen D/G / GCH Landscaped Gardens



LARCHWOOD AVENUE 3 Bedroom Extended Semi house 2 Reception Rooms LARCHWOOD AVENUE Garage and Attractive 3 Bedroom Extended Semi Gardens house Upvc double glazed and 2 Reception Rooms gas central heating. Garage and Attractive Gardens Upvc double glazed and gas central heating.


BACK LANE LUNT Three Bed Semi House Two Reception Rooms BACKKitchen LANE LUNT Three BedD/G Semi House Heating TwoCentral Reception Rooms Views OfKitchen Open Farmland D/G Central Heating Views Of Open Farmland


DEYES LANE MAGHULL Semi Detached Three Bedrooms Lounge, Dining Room DEYES LANE MAGHULL FittedDetached Kitchen Semi Gardens and Rear ThreeFront Bedrooms GarageDining NO CHAIN Lounge, Room Fitted Kitchen Gardens Front and Rear Garage NO CHAIN £179,995





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£499,000 £499,000

BELLS LANE LYDIATE Spacious Barn Conversion 4 Bedrooms, 3 Reception Rooms. Kitchen/breakfast, Utility Room & W.C. Galleried Landing, Master Bedroom With Dressing Room & Sauna. Sizeable Gardens & Ample off road parking. Double

PILLING LANE LYDIATE Detached Barn With Planning Three Bedrooms All With PILLING LANE LYDIATE En-Suite Barn Facilities Detached With Lounge / Study Planning Kitchen & DiningAll Room Three Bedrooms With Gardens En-Suite Facilities Lounge / Study Kitchen & Dining Room Gardens



SOUTHPORT ROAD Detached True Bungalow Two Bedrooms Lounge & DiningROAD Room SOUTHPORT Fitted Kitchen/Breakfast Detached True Bungalow Rm Two Bedrooms Garage, Gardens, D/G C/H Lounge & Dining Room ViewsKitchen/Breakfast of Farmland NO Fitted CHAIN Rm Garage, Gardens, D/G C/H Views of Farmland NO CHAIN

SUNNYMEDE DRIVE Semi Detached Property Four Bedrooms ,Study Area Two Reception Rooms Kitchen/Breakfast Two garages Landscaped Gardens

TITHEBARN LANE Four Bed Detached House Two With En-Suite FacilitiesLANE TITHEBARN TwoBed Reception Rooms Four Detached House Kitchen/Breakfast Room Two With En-Suite Annexe Facilities Garden With Cabin Two Reception Rooms Kitchen/Breakfast Room Annexe Garden With Cabin

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The 'Two of Us' suite is the perfect setting for weddings. Decorated with subtle tones which provide a glamorous backdrop for any bride to make her entrance. Accommodating up to 80 guests for a civil service and 110 for wedding breakfasts.

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The Liverpool Lifestyle Magazine - Issue 13  
The Liverpool Lifestyle Magazine - Issue 13  

We're getting all Autumnal as we shift seasons - think sleek sexy fashions, elegant eateries and top events plus much more. Love Liverpool?...