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Issue 11

gaMe, Set & MatcH tennis Focus Interview With the Saturdays

Motoring the wonder of classic cars

Fashion

Here comes the sun


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CONTENTS ICON TO THE CITY

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We take a look at the evolving and iconic Lewis's

NEWS, SOCIAL & MUSIC 6-9 Gleaming nuggets of newsiness and suchlike INTERVIEW 10-11 The Saturdays stop by for a goss with the Ed

TO THE BEAT OF THE DRUMS 13 The stunning festival Africa Oye is back!

FASHION shoot

Here comes the sun – local fashion in Liverpool

ABOUT OUR FRONT COVER... ... A Portrait of Liverpool’s Skyline. Photographic artist Simon Barrow explains: “The image was taken in February 2009 from the short prom that runs alongside Seacombe Ferry Port. I was doing some location research for my HDR Photographic workshops that are about to start." We sourced Simon through local art consultants, dot-art. dot-art is a Liverpool-based art gallery and consultants which exists to make affordable, locally sourced, original art accessible to all and help artists promote and sell their work. Contact Lucy on 0845 0176660 / info@dot-art.com / www.dot-art.com

International tennis at Calderstones? You. Cannot. Be. Serious?!

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NETWORK

Our brand new feature dedicated to moving and shaking

in the picture

20-21

Food & Drink

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Our man about town, Paul Knowles, on the best parties in the city

Three of the best eateries in the region and what to drink this month

CULTURE

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INTERIORS

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We’re full to the brim with it

Our expert, Jan Blanchard of Guilt Edged, talks eco homes

Business 35 Jean Jones on how to live a stress-free life YOU AND WHOSE ARMY? 37 An evening with British Military Fitness – it’s tough! HEALTH 39 Walk your way to good health, says Joanne Willcox GAME, SET & MATCH! 42-43 The Liverpool International Tennis Tournament & Liam Broady interview TUNNEL VISION 47 Liverpool celebrates 75 years of the Queensway Tunnel

EDUCATION

The importance of learning a second language

Family

Exam tips for the whole family

Classic cars

Publishers: Managing Director: Anna Woodhams  Managing Partner: Clare Horton Editori: Jenny Morris CONTRIBUTORS: Paul Knowles, Joanne Willcox, Jean Jones, Townley Rogers, Lisa Elliot, Ollie Cowan, Heather Heaton, Gorge Wickstead, Jan Blanchard, Louise Dalrymple

Property

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Gardening Geoweb technology MOTORING SPECIAL How does a lobster answer the phone? Shello?

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Security tips for your home this summer

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Design: Chief Designer: Dan Burns Design Consultants: Caroline Johnson, Owen Smith

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Aintree Publishing Ltd is situated at Unit 3, Essex House, Bridle Road, Netherton, L30 4UE The Liverpool Lifestyle Magazine is a free monthly title. We produce and deliver 40,000 copies to homes and businesses around Merseyside.  Published by Aintree Publishing Ltd. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of each and every publication. However, under no circumstances can the publisher accept liability for any loss or damage, which may arise or result from errors or omissions in any advertisement. All opinions expressed are those of the writers and not necessarily those of The Liverpool Lifestyle Magazine or its publishers.


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anelagh Street is home to an icon. Steeped in a history as colourful as its summer fashions, and with a reputation that has stood the test of time, Lewis’s department store is as iconic to Liverpudlians as the Liver Birds, Albert Dock or the two great cathedrals. Firmly established in the psyche of the city, the store started life as a small clothing shop for men before being transformed by retail visionary David Lewis 153 years ago. Yes, 153. Having seen off world wars, recessions and the addition of retail giants to the city, Lewis’s continues to stand firm, adhering to its tradition of excellent customer service and brands for all, whilst effortlessly moving with the times and attracting new legions of customers as it goes. Managing director, David Thompson, told The Liverpool Lifestyle Magazine: “Lewis’s is a huge name in the north west and you’ll find that we have customers who have been coming to us for decades. When the rail link closed at Central Station temporarily, we saw a loss of 40% footfall in the store. As soon as transport links were reinstated however, we saw that 40% return – often, shoppers will simply go elsewhere but our customers always return.” Lewis’s isn’t shy of the spotlight, either. In the past 12 months the store has fronted its own campaign to postpone disruptive United Utilies work around the Ranelagh Street entrance of the store, and also found itself on one of the nation’s most popular television shows – The Apprentice. Apprentice contestants were less than supportive of the store when they were unsuccessful with their pitch for the ‘Cat Playhouse’ product and proposed retail price, but Sir Alan’s sidekick, Nick Hewer leapt to the store’s defence condemning the contestants for their naivety. “We’ve actually had great fun creating an Apprenticethemed window at Lewis’s,” says David, “we are now selling the ‘Cat Playhouse’ alongside our £1 t-shirts and have a cat-o-meter charting the progress of sales!” Lewis’s will see more change in the coming year or so as part of the impressive Central Village residential and retail development, that will see a transformation in the layout of the store and spectacular renovation to the interior. David explains: “The plans for Central Village will transform the area – behind the store we have essentially dead space, and this side of the retail centre will have something that will be a viable

alternative to Liverpool ONE.” Central train station is one of the busiest on the Merseyrail network, and visitors to the city will eventually step out into a retail Utopia – part of which will house the updated Lewis’s store. The company’s ethos as a ‘friend to the people’ still remains, and Lewis’s is known for its interest in supporting local businesses and independent brands. The store has revamped its clothing, and the first floor has been transformed into the Fashion Floor – offering a huge variety of affordable labels, unique to the city. Aimed at an 18-35 year old demographic, the Fashion Floor has everything from chic London labels, gorgeous shoes and can’t-buy-elsewhere garments which are sure to be a hit with the fashion-conscious Liverpool crowd. “We have brands from the old Quiggins store,” says David “we also have a local dressmaker due to set up, who specialises in bespoke clothing as well as a variety of labels that you just won’t find elsewhere in the city. We’re very happy with the result and hope it will be a success.” It’s clear to see that Lewis’s is exactly what it sets out to be – a friend to the people of Liverpool – immersing itself in the culture and character of the city, understanding its clientele and successfully attracting more with its ability to retain traditional values, but embrace contemporary fashion and society. Here’s to another 153 years, Lewis’s. For more information on the fabulous fashion floor, history of the building and any offers or news please visit www.lewissliverpool. co.uk or call 0151 709 7000

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NEWS

Every issue we bring you the best snippets of news from all over Merseyside for your delight and delectation...

Fundraising

Get Set, Go!

Ladies, it’s time to don your trainers and pink tracksuits – Race For Life is back! The annual fundraising event, organised by charity Cancer Research UK, is one of the most popular in the country. The 5km courses can be strolled or sprinted, you can dress up in costumes with your friends or go solo – whatever you choose you’ll be contributing towards a very worthwhile cause. Liverpool is hosting three events in total, so there’s no excuse not to get training! The first will take place on May 31st at Sefton Park, and a further two will be held on July 19th at Aintree Racecourse. For more info and to get signed up, visit www.raceforlife.org

Food & Drink

Seaside Scran

The Southport Food and Drink Festival is hitting the town this May 14-17 and looks set to be the busiest yet. This year will be the third annual event and has the backing of many bars and restaurants in Southport itself. With everything a seasoned gourmand could dream of, the festival will include samples of restaurant menus, fantastic local produce, beer and wine tasting, competitions and much more. Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, Cllr Lord Ronnie Fearn, said: "The Food and Drink Festival has proved to be incredibly popular with residents and visitors alike. "This is not just an event for hardcore food fans though as there will be a host of activities and promotions for everyone to take advantage of throughout the four days." To find out more go to www.visitsouthport.com or, if you are a local business looking to get involved, call 0151-934 2337

Food & Drink

Lovely Lilibets

Elizabeth Connard, chef patissiere and all round Queen of cakes has launched a little slice of cakey heaven on the streets of Southport. Lilibets of Paris is the only traditional French patisserie in the seaside town and has brought a touch of French elegance to excite the tastebuds of all who venture inside. Professionally trained at the world-renowned Le Cordon-Bleu in Paris, Elizabeth also offers a catering service for intimate dinner parties. As your personal chef for the evening, Elizabeth will create three courses of delectable French cuisine chosen by you for you and your guests. So whether it’s a gorgeous gateaux for one, or a dinner for eight it’s sure to be tres bon! For more info visit www.lilibetsofparis. com or call 01704 536001 Tarte au Chocolat Blanc et aux Framboises

Hot Gossip

P-P-P-Penguins?

After the roaring success that was the Superlambanana trail, Liverpudlians are set to embrace an equally endearing trail of penguins across the city. The installations are part of the Winter Trail taking place over the Christmas period, and the giant penguins are expected to make their grand entrance in November to coincide with the Christmas light switch-on. This year is Liverpool’s Year of the Environment, and the penguins make a fitting symbol. Chosen because of its association with global warming and the melting polar icecaps, the penguins are sure to be a hit. Locations and background stories are currently top secret, so watch this space! 6

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Recommended

Oriental Elegance The sumptuous elegance of the world famous Orient Express is now on our doorstep as frequent trips are being made from the city to destinations all over the UK. The distinctive opulence of the 1930s inspired train, Northern Belle, carries lucky passengers through some of the country’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery. Whilst on board passengers are treated to Bellini brunches, champagne receptions and four-course fine dining. Sounds okay, eh? Destinations vary vastly, from castles and gardens, to gastronomic delights and city breaks. This June 18th the Northern Belle takes a day trip to the races – Ladies Day at Royal Ascot nonetheless – and July 8th will see a day trip to the great city of Edinburgh. To book your place call 0845 077 2222 or visit www.orient-express.com


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This May 3 – 10 will see jokes-aplenty descend onto stages around Liverpool. The good, the bad and the ugly of everything hilarious will perform in venues such as the Unity Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool Empire Theatre and Comedy Central at Baby Blue, amongst many others. Run by The Comedy Trust since 2002, The Liverpool Comedy Festival works at developing and sustaining new comedy talent and explores comedy as an art for that can improve and enrich people’s lives. Gillian Miller, chair of The Comedy Trust, said: “We have got a great line up already this year with more shows being confirmed all the time and we are looking to make 2009 the best yet. “We couldn’t put together such a popular festival without the support of our two media partners, the Liverpool Echo and Radio City. We have also had great support from the Culture Company and Liverpool City Council every year since we began in 2002 and we hope that this will continue in 2009 and beyond.” With top names already secured The Comedy Trust are promising a festival that is bigger and better than ever before. Big names such as Andy Parsons, Rob Brydon, Al Murray, Ross Noble, Phil Nichol, Richard Herring, Reginald D Hunter and Jimmy Carr will all be performing at the festival. For tickets and information please call 0870 787 1866 or visit www.liverpoolcomedyfestival.com

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City bar and restaurant, Alma de Cuba, will host the Official Players’ Party for this year’s Liverpool International tennis Tournament – and we’re all invited! Starting at 8pm, the free event on Thursday 18th June, is strictly on a first come, first served basis. Rob Preston, group operations director for Alma de Cuba, said: “We will see some of the greatest legends in the game in Alma de Cuba on the night and with a fantastic line up of players and sensational live music... our guests are guaranteed to have a ball.” For more information visit www. alma-de-cuba.com

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Fundraising

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The Park Hotel, Netherton, is hosting a charity night to support the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF) on June 19 and tickets are now on sale for the event. Chef David Nicholls founded the NSIF after his son was paralysed in a swimming accident. The cause raises funds for spinal cord and stem cell research and development, and promotes post-cure rehabilitation for spinal injury patients. Please see our reader offer in this issue’s advertisement. For donations contact Virgin Unite contact@virginunite.co.uk

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Formby Golf Day The Prince’s Trust Golf Day takes place at the illustrious Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa, Formby, on the 4th June. Entries are now open for teams across the north-west to sign up for event where up to 25 teams will be competing on the day itself. The afternoon round includes prizes for the top three teams, the ‘longest drive’ and ‘nearest the pin, and an extra special prize for the tricky ‘hole in one’ competition. Last year’s event raised over £15,000 for the Trust and all proceeds go directly towards funding programmes to help disadvantaged young people in the north-west to transform their lives through work, education or training. Teams of four golfers can enter for £600 – each golfer will receive a goody bag plus a drink and lunch on arrival followed by the afternoon round. For further information please call Sharon Griffiths at The Prince’s Trust on 01244 403 067. 7


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Liverpool’s Sound City is back for more this May 20-23, offering only the very best in exciting new music. Edgy band, White Lies, will perform alongside The Zutons, Little Boots, The Rascals and many more. In total, more than 400 acts from around the world will play to 25,000 people across 30 of Liverpool’s most prestigious venues for four days. Liverpool has long been heralded as a hotbed for musical talent, producing some of the world’s finest talents. Sound City celebrates music the Liverpool way – loud, proud and hugely eclectic, and is a must for all music fans out there. Wristbands are £60 in advance and £80 on the door whilst Festival/Conference passes are priced at th £120. Tickets for all gigs can be bought separately and more information can be found at www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk

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We Just Can't Get Enough...

...of The Saturdays Wowzers. It’s been a while since five fab ladies burst onto the scene with such pizzazz – even the cherished Girls Aloud femme fatales have been around for seven years. The Saturdays are a group that, like it or not, are unabashedly as fizzy pop as it gets and their star just keeps ascending. The band is made up of five feisty ladies – Rochelle, Frankie, Una, Vanessa and Mollie – each as glam, gorgeous and fluttery as the next. 10


They made their debut in 2008 with their album Chasing Lights that has so far produced four top ten hits, including the official Comic Relief 2009 single, Just Can’t Get Enough and the hit, Issues. We had a chat with two of the girls, Una and Mollie, to find out more about the popstrels... Hi girls – are you looking forward to your return to Liverpool in June? Una: Oh yeah, we’ve been before when we supported Girls Aloud at the Echo Arena and had a great time so we’re really excited about our performance at the Liverpool Empire. We’ve been to Liverpool a good few times and love it. That’s good to hear! Your current single, Just Can’t Get Enough, was the official Comic Relief 2009 single. How did it feel to be asked to represent such a famous charity event?

asked to join them on their summer dates too, it was fantastic. What can audiences expect on their evening with The Saturdays? Mollie: Oh, just so much fun. We try and everything we’ve got – we come off stage shattered because we just go for it. On tour it’s going to be pretty much every song from the album – so if they’re a fan of Chasing Lights then they should like it! What has been your best Saturdays moment so far? Mollie: There have been so many! Maybe performing at the O2 with Girls Aloud, then we went back to the O2 to perform at the Jingle Bells Ball which was great. I have always dreamt of performing at the O2, I’ve seen Justin Timberlake and the Spice Girls there and always thought ‘Wow imagine if I ever get to perform there’ – and we did it! Would you agree with the statement that you’re a ‘fivewoman whirlwind’? Una: (laughs) That’s a nice way of putting it really – we just feel that we work really hard and love what we do and can’t wait to take over the world! If you had to cover any Beatles song – which would it be?

Una: We were just really proud of it – we sold quite a number so we made quite a lot of money for Comic Relief and felt really honoured to be asked. It was a privilege to be in the position to be able to make that money back, in such an early stage in our career. There were two Comic Relief singles and ours sold the most!

we really want to make the most of it – go as many places as we can, you know, just world domination really!

Mollie: I think people think we get annoyed by it but actually it’s such a compliment – they’ve been around for so long and are so successful, we’re only in our first year so it’s brilliant really! I love them and have always been a fan of theirs way before we got together so it’s a great thing. Supporting them last year was just the best six weeks ever, we were on their arena tour then we were

What do you feel about your comparisons with Girls Aloud?

Mollie: (laughs) I think the song ‘Hold Me Tight’, it’s not one of their better known songs but it reminds me of my boyfriend, who’s from Liverpool actually – so I’d go with that.

What does the future hold for The Saturdays – what can we expect from the band in the coming months? Mollie: I think we just want to do as much as we can. People always think that pop careers are always short-lived and we really want to make the most of it – go as many places as we can, you know, just world domination really! The Saturdays are stopping in Liverpool on Monday 29 June at The Liverpool Empire. To book your seats please call 0844 847 2525 or for more info go online at www.liverpoolempire.org.uk 11


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AFRICA OYE IS BACK! Seventeen years ago a relatively small festival celebrating African music and culture began here in Liverpool. Ten years later, its popularity had risen so much that a new venue was needed and it was in Sefton Park that the Arica Oye festival found its home.

a spot and firmly plant yourself there all day. And don’t worry if you forget to have lunch, or need a drink, or fancy a shop because the Oyé village will be up and running. Over 40 stalls offering everything from handcrafted jewellery and art, fragrant and spicy foods, beautiful clothes and even a beer tent will be there throughout the two-day celebration and are certainly worth a visit too. The Jamaican reggae superstar, Freddie McGregor, will be performing at Oyé ’09, and as part of a further tour organised by

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he free annual event taking place on 20 and 21 June draws in crowds of over 20,000 – and more are expected with every passing year. Never have a more eclectic crowd gathered to listen to the powerful music of the world class performers at Africa Oyé. Families and friends of all ages and backgrounds head to Sefton Park, some laden with picnic rugs and cool bags, others with their cameras and sun hats to enjoy a weekend of fantastic sounds, smells and sights. The event seeks to present an Africa that is drenched in colour, laughter, culture and song – and in turn reverse the negative portrayals the country has been plagued by for decades. Africa is undoubtedly a country that has suffered, and continues to suffer in many ways, but events like Africa Oyé redress the balance and project an image of a vibrant, exciting and happy culture that deserves far more recognition than it gets. Over the years the event has spread its arms and plays host not only to artists from nations across the continent but also programmes music from South America and the Caribbean. The sound of salsa, reggae and soca are always guaranteed to get the crowd going, whether they partake in the odd hip-shimmy is entirely up to them however. The event is free to all – you are welcome to dip in throughout the weekend, or find

The event presents an Africa that is drenched in colour, laughter, culture and song. Oyé’s subsidiary company Oyé Tour and Trading the Odemba OK Jazz All-Stars from DR Congo will be playing in September and October this year (dates TBC). The ethos of the festival is clear – to blur the boundaries and banish intolerance and prejudice in an explosion of colourful celebration. The uplifting and powerful performances invoke a buzzing atmosphere that is infectious and word is spreading fast. If you do one thing this summer, then make sure it’s a visit to this superb event. You won’t be disappointed, I promise. Please check www.africaoye.com for tour update, ticket info, and festival information.

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This season at a glance 13 MAY '09 23 HUB Festival

14Here and Now Tour

14 May @ Liverpool Echo Arena The Here & Now brand is bringing another stellar line up of 80s stars to Liverpool T: 0844 8000 400 www.accliverpool.com

13Eric Clapton

13 May @ Echo Arena After a series of sold-out 2008 shows across North America, Scandinavia, and Europe, Eric Clapton has confirmed eight UK dates for May 2009. Ticket Prices: £55.00 / £45.00 Box Office: 0844 8000 400

23 - 24 May 11:00 - 19:00 Extreme sports fans, skaters, bboys, bgirls and bands will take over Wellington Dock, Liverpool for a bank holiday weekend with a funky urban twist. Amateur competitions, free promos, aftershow parties, loads of prize give-aways and legends in BMX, Skateboarding, Break dancing and Beat Boxing will all add to the mix. Tel: 0151 233 2008

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Jimmy Carr - Joke Technician

29 May @ Liverpool Empire It's rude, crude and offensive but those aren't the only reasons you'll enjoy it. Box Office: 0844 847 2525

Big Band Greats

13 June @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Sing Live Merseyside perform the music of the Big Band greats, from ‘Rat Pack’ to Buble. T: 0151 709 3789 www.liverpoolphil.com

International 18Liverpool Tennis Tournament 17 - 21 June @ Calderstones Park, Liverpool The tournament firmly established as a blue chip summer sports event in the UK is the largest exhibition event in Europe with ATP players, WTA players and the popular Legends part of the tournament programme. The perfect backdrop for the combination of fantastic sport and wonderful Corporate Hospitality. From £12.00. Tel: 0151 227 5940

Image by George Chin

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When We Are Married

30 April - 23 May at 19:30 pm @ Liverpool Everyman Playhouse For better or worse! J.B Priestley’s classic comedy satirises self importance and moral double standards to hilarious effect. Featuring a remarkable cast including TV star, Les Dennis. Box Office: 0151 709 4776

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Blue Man Group - Megastar World

20 May @ Echo Arena The Blue Man Group will be presenting their perfect anarchistic instruction manual on gaining popularity in the modern world of music and beyond. The Bald, glistening blue, mute men have taken with them all their self-crafted ensembles, together with Blue Man favourites such as whirlpool drumming, marshmallow throwing and paint spitting.Ticket Prices: £39.50 Box Office: 0844 8000 400

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Girls Aloud Live

1 – 3 June @ Liverpool Echo Arena T: 0844 8000 400 www.accliverpool.com

6 Beyonce Live

06 June @ Echo Arena The most heavily anticipated concert event of the year, Beyoncé's "I AM..." Tour will mark the artist's first full-length concerts since 2007. Ticket Prices: £75.00 / £49.50 Box Office: 0844 8000 400

Playboy of the 9The Western World

9-13 June @ Liverpool Philharmonic A story of love, rivalry and betrayal - a rich encounter with one of ’s most beloved dramatists. Box Office: 0151 709 4776

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the 20 Dark

20 June @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Don’t miss Liverpool legends OMD and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in this exclusive performance. Tickets from £15. Box Office: 0151 709 3789

28Ali Cambell Live

28 June @ Liverpool Empire Theatre Ali Campbell, the legendary voice of UB40, embarks on a full UK solo tour following his departure from the band he co-founded 30 years ago. The national tour will feature songs from Ali’s two solo albums, ‘Running Free’ and ‘Big Love’, alongside other reggae gems that Ali has always wanted to perform and, of course, classic UB40 hits such as ‘Red Red Wine’ and ‘Kingston Town’.T: 0844 847 2525 www.liverpoolempire.org.uk

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This issues shoot was set in the idylic surroundings of St Nicholas Church and features items from up and coming independant label Lola Loves' spring summer collection.

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Oversized shoulders as seen on the catwalks of Dolce and Gabbana

Lola Loves design studio creates spectacular handmade garments, each one unique and many items can be tailor-made to suit the customers wishes. Perfect for a special occasion or a night out on the town.

It's new collection features elements from key trends of this season, such as oversized shoulders as seen on the catwalks of Dolce and Gabbana and Gareth Pugh, a throwback of the 80s but with a softer, more feminine and wearable feel. Barely there nude shades are also a running theme, gracing the red carpets and catwalks alike, giving an air of innocence and romance. Lola Loves uses unusual combinations of fabrics with different weights and textures and completes the look with embellishments such as hand sewn flowers and studs, adding an edge to the innocent look of the dresses. The jumpsuit featured above is summer 2009's most coveted look and has made the transition from designer to high street suprisingly well. The monochrome design is a more elegant option with extra wide legs and soft layers of ruffles carrying on both the 80's and the romantic styles previously mentioned. Lola Loves Boutique is currently at 20a Richmond Street, look out for the new shop opening in Cavern Walks towards the end of May. Prices range from ÂŁ180 - ÂŁ350.

Photography: Paul Waring. www.paulwaringphotography.com, Makeup: Shell Sullivan, Styling: Louise Dalrymple 07527491722 Models: Rachel Byrne and Stephanie Smith from Pulse Agency, 0151 707 2535.

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NETWORK! W

elcome to our new regular feature, Network. The idea came about after a chat in the LLM office that revealed how many of us wished we had known more about networking, its benefits or where we could get started in the city. Networking has become an essential tool in the modern professional world, and can spark fantastic professional and personal relationships. Whether you’re a networking virgin or veteran, we aim to bring you the pick of Merseyside’s crop – enjoy!

FOCUS ON...

Thirsty Thursday is a networking group specifically aimed at female professionals in Merseyside. It’s a fantastic opportunity to network, catch up on gossip, unwind and make friends and takes place at a variety of the best venues in the city. Thirsty Thursday is a modern day women’s club and features in the most vibrant locations over the North. The May social at hair and body specialists, Portia, promises members an evening of elegance, this will be followed by the June social at hip new bar Studio Two. To register for free please visit www.thirstythursday.co.uk

GET NETWORKING: We’ve compiled a cross-section of events to make it easy for you...

MAY: 7th – DLIB 5TH Birthday Party @ Chameleon. 6.30pm-late (contact 0151 227 1633/ www.downtownliverpool.com) 7th – Women’s Institute hits Liverpool. To book please call 07764 487 284 or email gill.torres@greenhousemarketing.co.uk 15th – Launch of networking specialists, MAY 15 at Chameleon. For details on how you can attend please call Jeni on 0845 074 3314 27th – Legally Speaking, DWF Headquarters, 5 St Paul’s Square, Old Hall St. 8am-10am (contact 0151 2271633/www. downtownliverpool.com)

JUNE: 4th – Thirsty Thursday June Social @ Studio 2. Register for free at www.thirstythursday.co.uk to attend.

The way of the world is meeting people through other people. ~ Robert Kerrigan

25TH – Sexy Networking, Sir Thomas Hotel. 6.30pm-9pm. (contact 0151 227 1633/www.downtownliverpool.com)

IN THE KNOW Every issue we ask top networkers for their advice.

Joel Jelen, Ubiquity PR on Social Notworking:

If you’re using social networking for business and marketing, having 999 friends is not a visibility or credibility plan. Think of it like direct mail and its maximum 2% success rate. It’s a junk-mail, landfill clogging nightmare. Surely, being truly Tweet cred at social networking is to connect with your followers and friends like you know your mum. Social media for business should be about making money and priming contacts to hear your messages so they are greeted with a loving embrace. Businesses should have a set criteria outlined for who an ideal contact is and ensure that the majority of their followers are in their target market. Otherwise, they’ll be as popular as Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard in the Salford British Legion.

THIRSTY THURSDAY

If you or your company have any networking events coming up that you’d like to shout about, please email editorial@aintreepublishing.com

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Paul Knowles is one of the most invited movers and shakers in the City Female models all wearing - Elle boutique

Christina Brown modelling Emma Embery vintage collection

Chris Michael modelling a PeterWerth suit from Metquarter

Fashion @ Noir

  A Mothers Day fashion show was held in Noir that showcased pieces from Cricket, Emma Embery, Elle, Browns Boutique and PeterWerth in Metquarter. Over £2000 was raised for registered charity “The Liverpool Greek Society”.  Alice Anastasiou one of the committee members who organised the show said “I am really proud of all the models, they have all worked so hard and it warms my heart to see them supporting their Greek heritage".

Frank McKenna and friends with Derek Hatton and Herbert at Champu before the races.

Ladies day at the Grand National 

Leah Comer, Lisa McCabe, Herbert Howe, Natasha Hamilton, Georgina Hamilton, Kate Towers.

The Grand National

  The 2009 John Smith's Grand National saw thousands of people flock to Aintree to enjoy the amazing race course.  From the Tattersalls to the Sky restaurant and corporate hospitality the atmosphere was electric.  Style was in abundance this year and Liverpool city centre certainly witnessed some sights before and after.  New Champagne bar ‘Champu’ was a popular destination and the Living Room, Restaurant Bar & Grill and Newz Bar were all packed as usual.

Group shot of all the Grand National Jockeys

Willie Wonky comes to Liverpool 

Public chocolate demonstration 

Children's chocolate show

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Willie Harcourt - Cooze 

  Willie Harcourt-Cooze from Channel 4's Willie's Wonky Chocolate Factory was the highlight of the four day Chocolate Festival held recently in Liverpool ONE.  Performing shows on stage in Liverpool ONE's very own Chocolate Demonstration Theatre, situated on Paradise Street, the chocolatier entertained the public with various shows and demonstrations over the four day chocolate fair which included Thorntons, the Chocolate Cellar and Delifonseca. 

Let Paul know about your events at paul@pkpr.co.uk


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

Julian Bennett, Sharon Simons (Malmaison)

Miss Lliverpool Amanda Ball

New model Agency in Liverpool

Models are Franchesca, Chelsea and Holly with Carly Stenson from Hollyoaks

The Italian Club Fish

  TV presenter, Julian Bennett has opened his model agency ‘John Alexander’, on Victoria Street, Liverpool; his name given to him before he was adopted (he only found his real family a few weeks ago). His client, Lipsy needed eight fantastic models and Julian knew Liverpool would provide the goods so he held an open casting at the swanky Malmaison, Liverpool. Sharon Simons, Business Development Manager at Malmaison said ‘Liverpool has so many stunning people its no wonder he found the models here’.   

Bold street's most recent eatery celebrated its launch at the restaurant. Guests were treated to champagne, seafood and live entertainment from crooner, David Knopov. The Italian Club Fish, like its mother ship further down the street, The Italian Club (minus the pesce) is the brainchild of Rosaria Crolla and is heavily influenced by the family’s Scottish-Italian background.

Rosaria Crolla (Owner), David Knopov (crooner)

Lord Mayor of Liverpool with LFC past and present

Trevor Hicks, victim's Father

Gabriella Crolla, Maurizio Pellegrini (Head Chef)

Stephanie (waitress), Gabriella Crolla

Kenny Dagleash lights the memorial candle

Hillsborough 20 years on.  A special memorial service was held at Anfield recently to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.  Families of the victims and players past and present were part of the estimated 30,000 at the service which included a two-minute silence at 1506 BST - the time when the match was stopped.  Liverpool's two cathedrals rang their bells 96 times as a mark of respect for the 96 people who lost their lives.

Let Paul know about your events at paul@pkpr.co.uk

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250g Entrecote, naturally reared, grass fed, dry aged on the bone sirloin served with garlic butter

Gourmet around the globe Liverpool has evolved, nay – is still evolving – into a big old melting pot of scrumminess when it comes to the restaurant scene, successfully taking inspiration from all over the globe.

Malmaison Restaurant

Malmaison Liverpool is situated in the upmarket Princes Dock area; a striking Manhattan style building that sits comfortably between the Three Graces.  Sitting in the plush, purple bar having a drink before we went through into the brasserie, I was able to fully appreciate the how lavish and grand the building and decor is. With the tasteful low lighting, dark colours and comfortable velvet couches, the secluded corners are effortlessly romantic. We were then greeted by Pavlos Shakas, the Malmaison's astute Head Sommelier, who talked us through his wine list, clearly compiled by an enthusiast who knows his vino well enough not to disappear into a world of gobbledegook when describing them. Leaving the wine choice for the evening in Pavlos's capable hands, he showed us the most spectacular wines to perfectly match each course.  To start I ordered the salt and pepper squid with lime mayonnaise, (£5.75). Deliciously simple, lightly coated in seasoned flour and then fried to perfection. My date was also charmed by her starter: chicken liver parfait with toasted brioche and grape chutney (from the homegrown and local set menu). She described it as 'heaven', saying that "every mouthful was a melt in the mouth moment & the only bad point was that it had to come to an end". For my main I had ordered the 250g Entrecote; a naturally reared, grass fed and dry aged on the bone sirloin, served with garlic butter (£18.50). The stunning cut of steak came served on an inch-thick wooden chopping board. The star of the dish though was the slice of bone filled with marrow to spread over the steak. What a taste! It was an unusual, flavoursome delicacy that has to be tried to be believed. As a side I ordered the hand cut fries with vodka ketchup (£3.25) and the tomato and onion salad (£2.95).  This dish really

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The Wine Room

This issue we embrace a trio of exotic and classic cuisines – from across the Orient to the chic streets of Noo Yoik and back to Blighty... Malmaison, 7 William Jessop Way, Liverpool, L3 Tel: 0151 229 5000 Web: www.malmaison-liverpool.com

takes some beating, it ticked every box for me; exciting, unusual and incredibly tasty.  Feeling experimental herself, my other half ordered the lamb mixed grill; cutlet, sweetbread, liver and kidney (£14.95). Commenting that it was interesting to dine on the complementing textures of lamb, personally I'd recommend this dish to any adventurous meat lovers out there.  For pudding we both opted for a selection from the staggeringly huge cheese trolley that we had seen on the way in. If you like cheese, this is the best cheese selection out there. Malmaison promotes its brasseries as stand-alone ventures, and now I know why - whether you are staying or not, that this is not just any hotel restaurant. The food was of the highest quality, the service was outstanding & all at a very reasonable price. We had a spectacular evening and the sommelier's wine choices were the icing on the cake. Dan Burns

Chicken liver parfait with toasted brioche and grape chutney OOPS! We must apologise to the wonderful Pavlos Shakas for not crediting him on his fantastic Prosecco wine column last issue. Sorry Pavlos!

Ahhh Rose...blushed and pink in hue, reminiscent of 1970’s ladies that lunch, and ever so passé darlings. That is, until a relatively recent revival that saw racquet-shaped bottles of Mateus Rose and the like fly off the shelves at an alarming rate. Not just for show, the spectrum of colour, strength, flavour and depth that a good bottle of the pink stuff holds is not to be sniffed at. Well chilled on a summer's day (or even on

a warm evening), roses make a surprisingly good food match. They are not wines to dwell over too long, but are best glugged gleefully. And they look so good in the glass, too: after all, aesthetics is an important but often underestimated part of the dining experience. The qualities to look for in a good rosé would be crispness and freshness (buy the most recent vintage), fruitiness, good balance (they need acidity to provide food compatibility, since they


The Oriental At Shorrocks Hill

Firm city dwellers, it takes a mighty tempting treat to lure the hubby and I further than the Birkenhead tunnel. But a treat we did indeed enjoy at the scrumptious Formby-based Oriental@ Shorrocks Hill. Its owner, Stephen Tso, is a restaurateur with notable experience in heading a wide variety of Chinese restaurants in and around Liverpool and rates The Oriental as his most exclusive venture yet. The restaurant is tucked away in Formby, and provides a warm, relaxing welcome from the outset. Whilst we perused the vast menu, hubby and I sipped on cold Tsingtao beers. The wine list was excellent but with a designated driver allocated only one beer, it seemed unfair to slosh down that tempting bottle of Sancerre... After much deliberation we decided on a sharing banquet for two (£22.50pp). There are several to choose from so we went for the middle of the road option, though it was anything but. Stephen prides himself on catering for every individual’s needs – tailoring menus around allergies or intolerances frequently, something that has earned the restaurant a loyal clientele. We snacked on crispy prawn crackers until our soups arrived – hot and sour for him, crab and sweetcorn for me. Both were delicious, my unctuous but delicately flavoured soup slipped down nicely, whilst the hot and sour brought a slight glow to the hubby’s cheeks. The ‘special emperors combination’ platter that arrived next on an enormous plate had, amongst other things, Phoenix Rolls, Won Tons and Satay Chicken with a spicy dipping sauce. We took our time, sensing we’d have to loosen the belts at the end of the evening... Our next course was a favourite – crispy duck pancakes, shredded in front of us and presented beautifully with a pink orchid garnish. Yum.

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Oriental At Shorrocks Hill Lifeboat Rd, Formby, Liverpool, L37 2EB Tel: 01704 878009

A rest was needed whilst we contemplated our main dishes – fried King prawns ‘Szechaun style’ and black pepper fillet of beef on a sizzling hot platter. These were served with Lo Hon Monk’s vegetables and Yeung Chow friend rice. The plates arrived with a flourish, the black pepper beef sending a plume of spicy steam to the ceiling when it hit the hot plate. Both dishes were superb but my favourite was the deep peppery hit of the beef – gorgeous. Wonderful setting, welcoming atmosphere and fantastic food – well worth a visit. For bookings call 01704 878 009 or email info@orientalatshorrocks.com Jenny Morris

James Monro, 69 Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, L2 2EN Tel: 0151 236 9700 Web: www.themonro.com Email jamesbookings@themonro.com

The Monro on Duke Street has always been a favourite of mine – even before its lovely new refurb. So imagine how happy I was to learn I’d be reviewing its sister venture, The James Monro on Tithebarn Street. The James Monro is a New York style restaurant and bar – so I donned my best Carrie Bradshaw heels and skipped up town for dinner. The building has a traditional pub feel to it, but with light walls, classic fittings and high ceilings it exudes the elegance of a 19th century dining hall. The James Monro frequently holds themed evenings and has a

great selection of handpicked real ales, as well as a good wine list. Tummies were rumbling as we greedily scanned the menu. I finally opted for a starter of spicy crab and prawn fritters (£4.50) that came with a chilli and lime dipping sauce. The old man opted for Hudson rabbit with sweet tomato sauce on tagliatelle (£4.25). My fritter was juicy, thick and full of lots of lovely crab meat and whole prawns. It certainly had a kick to it, and was tempered by the sweet and tangy sauce. The other half loved his rabbit – juicy cuts in a tasty sauce and great value for money. On a health kick (of sorts) I opted for the Cajun catfish on spinach, Yukon potatoes and a caper and dill salsa (£11.95) for my main. Four succulent fillets topped the spinach and buttery spuds - the Cajun spices were fragrant and intoxicating. The salsa sliced through the spice with a zing – delicious. My man went for the New Yorker Bronx burger (£11.95) – a mix of beefburger, Vermont cheddar, Applewood bacon and hand-cut chips. I took his muffled silence and full mouth as a thumbs up. This was all washed down with a fruity Corte Vigna Pinot Grigio (£12.95). We finished the evening with a slice of pecan and bourbon pie and the cheese plate (both £4.95) – both scrumptious, both filling, and both frightfully calorific...diet starts again next week. Jenny Morris

don't have tannin), and low cost (they are glugging wines, after all). Contrary to some vino-phobes, rose is not made by combining red and white wine – that just makes for a bad hangover and fizzled tastebuds. Red grapes are crushed and only brief contact is allowed between the skins (which contain the coloured pigments and tannins) and the juice (which comes from the colourless flesh of the grape). It is the degree of the contact between the skins and the juice that determines the final colour of the wine. Thus rosé

wines lack both the deep colour and the tannic structure of red wines made from the same grape varieties, and in this sense are more like white wines, and are best served very cold. Superb on a sunny day, accompanying a picnic with friends, or as an after work tipple on a warm afternoon – roses hit the spot easily, bottoms up! Jenny Morris 25


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

culture Renoir, Conversation C Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Salvador Dalí Lobster Telephone, 1936 Plastic, painted plaster and mixed media

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This Is Sculpture

From May 1 the Tate Liverpool will be exhibiting a unique collection of sculptures as part of the Tate Collection for DLA Piper Series: This Is Sculpture, sponsored by DLA Piper. The displays feature masterpieces from the Tate Collection by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, alongside recent acquisitions of contemporary art by Sarah Lucas, Jim Lambie and Terence Koh, among others. Philip Rooney, managing partner at DLA Piper Liverpool said: “Great

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cities need great culture to thrive, and with Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 we have seen that culture can be a driver of change for residents, visitors and business. The DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture display builds on the legacy of 2008 and strengthens Liverpool's position as one of the world's great cities. Seeing sculpture presented in such new and innovative ways is both exciting and important.” For more information please call 0151 702 7400.

One Night In Istanbul This July sees the Liverpool Empire Theatre welcome local playwright, Nicky Allt, to the stage with his latest play, One Night in Istanbul. The show boasts a great cast, including John McArdle –known most famously for his role as Billy Corkhill in Brookside. John is joined by Liverpool-born comedian, John Bishop in his stage debut and Wirral actress Anne-Marie Davies. One Night in Istanbul – which runs from 9-18 July – is set on that historic night in 2005 when Liverpool Football Club won the Champions League, and the play follows the unprecedented success of Nicky’s play, Brick Up the Mersey Tunnels. For information call 0844 847 2525 or visit www.liverpoolempire.org.uk

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The Lady Lever art gallery in Port Sunlight, Wirral, will be exhibiting classics from the French Impressionists. The exhibition will give visitors a rare opportunity to see works usually only on display in Sweden’s capital. Works by Renoir, Monet, Degas and Rodin are amongst some of the artists to be featured in this exhibition of 13 treasured works.   The exhibition is a result of a collaboration between National Museums Liverpool and National Museum Stockholm and will include Monet’s 'Break-up of ice on the Seine' and Renoir’s 'Young Parisian Lady' along with bronze sculptures by Rodin and Degas.  For further details please contact 0151 478 4136 or visit www. liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever

Sisley, On the Shores of the Loing C Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Batty For Botanicals

The stunning Ness Gardens, Neston, is in glorious bloom and will be hosting all manner of events over the summer months. The one that caught our eye, however, is that little bit different. A ranger will take you on a guided tour around the beautiful gardens at dusk – a little dark, you may think, for marvelling at the colours of a summer idyll, and you would be correct. Because what you will be marvelling at, in fact, are the swoops

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ur homes can, with a bit of hard work, be redesigned economically using materials we already have to hand. Summer is full of natural products from our gardens to enhance all our rooms - we just need a little imagination. Firstly let’s give everywhere a good clean - that makes you feel better and everywhere sparkles in the sunlight (dust loves to glow in sunlight so let’s remove it). Paintwork and walls need some paint. Do the minimum you can get away with to cover marks if finances are tight. When placing furniture, rugs, ornaments and furnishings back into place reposition them to create a feeling of space. Declutter and throw away all furniture that you do not need anymore. Remember one of the reasons we hang onto things is guilt, well now if you take all your treasured wooden objects to the tip it will be recycled into chipboard and your treasured relic (not your antiques of course) will live on in another form and this removes the guilt and frees the spirit to design your home the way you wish GUILT FREE.

Now all the hard work has been completed the carpets, curtains and soft furnishings have been cleaned (we suggest a professional to do this if budgets will allow) they will all last a lot longer with the correct treatments. Invest in some new cushions to enhance the colours of summer – vibrant brights - if your base colours are neutral which will reflect the beautiful colours from your garden into your home. For the finishing touch take yourself into the garden, have a good look round at the beauty of nature and select flowers and leaves that will bring natural beauty into your home, plus you have the added bonus of the natural summer scents in your home. For those who do not have a garden go to the local florist and choose flowers from their varied and vast selection that they have to offer, ask for their help because they are invariably very knowledgeable. Bring summer into your home whilst supporting your local community and shopping local. Enjoy the summer and your home. Words by Jan Blanchard, Guilt Edged. www.guiltedged.net

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ideas were giving away an umbrella in the rain, little gifts and handing out sweets on the train. If you would like to join in and do the same, send your ideas and kind actions to jeanjones@jjexecutivecoachingltd.co.uk and I will post you and your idea on my blog. The people in Liverpool have already done this kind of thing for me on numerous occasions. I asked for change for the parking meter the other day and a very kind person insisted I take the money for the meter. She said ‘You’ll be waiting here

I used to work at one of the big banks. I was given small appointment slots of time in my diary. I arranged with my boss to allow me to change the times to make them longer. Of course, this meant I could only see half the number of people. Guess what? I was more successful! I actually recruited more customers by seeing less of them but by spending more time with them. The best part of it was I felt good about the job I did for those customers and I’m sure they appreciated

Let’s rebel against the hustle and bustle of today’s stressful lifestyles. forever for change of a £20 note’. I once had a rail ticket given to me when I was enquiring at the station which one to buy. I made sure I told those people how thrilled and kind I thought their gesture was and I hope that they felt they received their money’s worth in feel-good factor too. Let’s face it, I suppose in some way we always have our own interests at heart, even if it’s because it makes us feel good to make someone else’s day! It’s what I call a win/win situation.

it too. Let’s rebel against the hustle and bustle of today’s stressful lifestyles. Give ourselves more time to care. In the long run I am sure it will pay off tenfold.

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group then split into their respective colours – Wayne took the blues t’s Spring It’s 7pm. It’s cold, dark and starting to rain and I, along – and we headed off to start the real work. Gulp. with about 80 other nutcases, am running around Calderstones Light jogging smattered with sprints had the group panting but raring Park as part of the new British Military Fitness class here. If you to go. I was surprised at how far I was pushing myself in terms of haven’t heard of the relatively new craze sweeping the nation, then let running time and speed. If this was the gym I’d be in the sauna by me fill you in. now thinking what a great workout I’d had, with only myself to spur British Military Fitness (BMF) does pretty much what it says on the me on. tin. It is army fitness for civilians, led by a formidable bunch of rather Participants are encouraged to pair up, and there’s a lot of focus on hunky soldiers (sorry Sergeant!) who take no prisoners, but really team-based exercises. Easy to see why there is such a big return push all levels to test their fitness limits. The nationwide classes have percentage – over 70 per cent of people who take part in a free trial become so popular that more venues are popping up over the UK go back and sign up – people come alone but on a regular basis. Absolutely anyone over the make friends quickly. Wayne agrees: “It’s an age of 16 is eligible, all levels are catered for, The BMF team at Calderstones Park & incredibly social environment, people form and the classes guarantee to improve fitness, Liverpool Lifestyles editor Jenny Morris friendships here. We organise loads of events, strength and help lose weight. Fantastic. too. Wayne Forsyth, head instructor for BMF at “We’ve taken groups to Mount Snowdon, Calderstones Park, explains: “This is a totally been on weekend camping trips, a running different exercise experience than going to club has started along with a climbing night the gym. And what gym can offer unlimited too – everyone’s invited and they’ve been very classes at such a small fee every month? popular. There’s no extra cost with the trips, “When you go to the gym you’re free to do it’s all off our own backs because we enjoy it.” what you want, stop when you like, and go at The rest of the session passed surprisingly whatever pace you want. When you’re with quickly. The exercises and routines were so us, we’re the boss and you do what we say! varied that it kept our interest – important for a It sounds tough but it’s done in a fun way and class of beginners – and just as we went at full everyone enjoys the classes here.” pelt and our hearts were thumping, we then Now, I’m not exactly a stranger to exercise, slowed down and did (equally challenging) but we certainly haven’t been on good terms toning exercises like press and sit ups. recently. So it was with a slight sense I never felt truly unable to go on, but of trepidation that I sidled up to the knew I was pushing myself further than BMF meeting point on Calderstone I had done in a very long time. The Road on a drizzly late February atmosphere was buzzing and within a evening. I was greeted by the BMF van few minutes of the session all nerves by a beaming Wayne and his fellow had melted away and I was having a instructors, Andy and John, and told to real hoot. put on a blue vest. Turns out blue is the The boys operate the Calderstones Park colour of the beginners group (thank and Sefton Park classes and assure me goodness!), followed by intermediate they are there come rain, sleet or snow. reds and advanced greens. I found it With years of experience as army fitness slightly worrying that the instructors instructors between them, the guys at Liverpool’s British Military had flashlights strapped to their heads, but jogged on regardless... Fitness are warm, welcoming, funny and just ever so slightly scary. Ahead of me the entire group formed to make enormous jogging Your first session is free – I strongly recommend a visit. circle on the grass. John stood in the middle and gave orders, and Now drop and give me ten. the odd joke, whilst we span around, sprinted, skipped and – my For details of BMF classes near you visit www.britmilfit.com or call finest moment – completed forward rolls head first into squelchy 0870 241 2517. Alternatively email fitness@britmilfit.com for further mud. I felt like a big kid, it was great! information. Phew, I was already out of breath and that was just the warm up! The

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Walking as meditation I will tell you what I learned myself. For me a long, five or six mile walk helps. And one must go alone and every day.

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s long as I approached walking as exercise, I never made it past the front door. But one day, not so long ago, my parents were very ill and had been for many months, I was just getting over surgery and was nervously waiting for results and my dad rang me that morning in tears, worried about my mother and her illness... I felt at that very moment I was going to burst with grief and panic, so I bolted out of the house at lunch time as if I were leaving the scene of a crime. Filled with anxiety, painful memories, and my own unrealistic expectations from the past weeks of what the future held for me and the changes that were inevitable. The only safe place for me was the present moment; my foot against the pavement, the wind on my face, my breath entering and leaving my body. Forty minutes later I stopped, discovered to my amazement that I was on the other side of town, and headed back home, calm and centred. I have been walking ever since. Slowly I am learning what Henry David Thoreau knew: “It requires a direct dispensation from Heaven to be a walker.” But I still don’t walk for exercise. Instead, I walk regularly for my soul and my body just tags along. There are different reasons why people should walk - to increase the heart rate and build strength, to solve a creative problem, to finish that argument with yourself or someone else, to saunter and wake up to the world around you, and to meditate. I walk for all of them, but most days, I go on walks for a “moving meditation”. Fitness of the spirit. I try to quiet the voices in my head, take long strides, and concentrate on the slow, steady rhythm of my breath, comforted by the interior silence. Suddenly my reverie might be broken by the sound of birds

singing, a dog barking, or the sight of a pretty garden. Thoreau complained of walking sometimes “without getting there in spirit....The thought of some work will run in my head and I am not where my body is-I am out of my senses.” This happens to me as well, but I have learned to train myself to return my awareness slowly to the physical act of walking, for here in the present moment, one step at a time, I have found peace. If you have had difficulty sitting down to meditate, you might like to give walking meditation a chance, especially now that the beautiful weather has returned. Take into consideration your preferences-if you are not a morning person take a walk at midday, in the late afternoon, or after supper under the stars. Even if you work in a city during the day, you can break at lunch and take a walk. No-one needs to know that you’ve shut the world out and are meditating as you walk down the street. Twenty minutes to a half hour every day is a good amount of time to restore a sense of serenity. I have found there is a no wrong way to do walking meditation. Sometimes we expect to experience immediate transcendence and are disappointed when it seems as if nothing is happening. Let go of expectations and life will unfold, step by step. I recommend 'Walking into wellbeing' call Linda on 07810 827 837.

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Step 2: Cut back on booze

They may be strolling the red carpet, but health-conscious Hollywood A-listers are rarely seen knocking back alcoholic drinks at glitzy award ceremonies and premieres. Not only are wine, beer and spirits packed with empty calories, but drinking grog can entice you into eating salty snacks that can undo all your good work.

Step 3: Get moving

Trendsetting Gwen Stefani has a killer body – but it doesn’t come easy. A “chubby” kid at school, the sexy songstress sweats it out at the gym or goes for long runs outdoors. “I have to work out hard to be as hot as I am,” says the 36-year-old. For anyone not keen on pounding the pavement, speed walking and hiking are great alternatives when it comes to burning energy.

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Low in calories and high in vitamins and fibre, fresh vegetables are the ultimate slimming food. Fill up on salads and incorporate a wide range of colours to reap the benefits.

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A great weight-loss drink, many A-listers enjoy this metabolismboosting beverage. Model Sophie Dahl is a fan of the tea, which helped her drop from a size 14 to a size 8. “The more I drink, the less hungry I feel,” says the 28-year-old.

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Advantage Liam Broady The Liverpool Lifestyle Magazine was lucky enough to catch up with rising star, Liam Broady, for a chat prior to his appearance at the TraditionICAP Liverpool International Tennis Tournament.

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iam, of Stockport, is set to be a big name in the tennis world if his track record is anything to go by. He’s already following in the footsteps of top tennis pro, Rafael Nadal, after becoming Britain’s first European Junior Masters champion in Italy last autumn. When we spoke to Liam – who will turn 15 before the tournament – he was training hard in France. It’s a tough life... Hi Liam, you’ve been described as one of Britain’s hottest prospects – how does that feel? (Laughs) Well, you just try to keep your feet on the ground. It’s really flattering, but there are some great players and I have a lot of competition.

What do you think the best thing is about playing tennis at your level? I love the competition – it’s great to compete at this level doing something I really enjoy. The travel aspect is great too, though I don’t get much time to relax around my training schedule! My training schedule varies depending on where I am, when I’m at school in the UK I’ll train in the evenings for a couple of hours and at weekends. When I’m here [France] it’s more intensive and I train every day.

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I love the competition – it’s great to compete at this level doing something I really enjoy.

Modest as well... So what age did you start playing tennis? I was about four years old I think. I used to play football more, but then I suppose it became obvious that I was a bit better at, and preferred, tennis.

What’s your top ambition or dream – where do you see yourself in five years for example? I want to play in the French Open, that’s my ambition and I’m working hard to get there.

Are you looking forward to playing in Liverpool this June? When I played for the juniors last year it was fantastic – the weather was great and there was an awesome atmosphere. So yes, I can’t wait to get back there for the tournament this summer.

If you had the chance to play anyone, who would it be and why? It would have to be Nadal – he’s someone I look up to and he’s a fantastic player. My idol though, really, is Andre Agassi so if I had another chance, then I’d like to play him too.

The Liverpool Lifestyle Magazine wishes you good luck Liam, we’ll be there in our supporting role to the Traditional-ICAP Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, June 17-21 at Calderstones Park, Liverpool.


GAME, SET & MATCH! Whatever the weather, the great British love for tennis abounds in the coming weeks and Liverpool is no exception. Dust off those sun hats (and brolly) and get ready for the cream of tennis talent to grace Calderstones Park as the annual Liverpool International Tennis Tournament comes to town. Pass the strawberries, love... Words by Jenny Morris

organisations. Tournament director, Anders Borg, says: “To have Mats and Michael playing in Liverpool is fantastic, they are true champions and will give the tournament and the fans a real feast of tennis. “The fact we also have Mardy, who is surging up the rankings, and two of the hottest prospects in Liam and Bernard underlines what a unique tournament this is.” The Tradition-Icap Liverpool International, which is supported by Liverpool City Council, is famous for spotting talent. Over the years Ivan Ljubcic, David Ferrer and Novak Djokovic have all played in Liverpool and went on to break into the top ten. Jamie Murray also competed in one of his first professional outings here

You don’t need to be a tennis fanatic to enjoy a quintessentially English pastime.

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repare to be wowed with tremendous volleys, serves and backspins as tennis pros past, present and future appear alongside one another at the eighth annual Liverpool International Tennis Tournament this June 17-21. Legends taking part this year include the former world No.1, Mats Wilander, 45, and former world No.2, Michael Stitch. Wilander will play on the final day of the tournament at Calderstones and is expected to draw a huge crowd – Wilander is famous for, amongst other things, being the last man to win three grand slam titles in a year (1988) before Roger Federer’s success. Stitch shot to fame after an electrifying Wimbledon final victory in 1991 against fellow German, Boris Becker, and promises to be every bit the showman in his scheduled matches throughout the five days of the event. Michael said: ''I have heard a lot about Liverpool over the years and all the good work they have done to develop tennis. l am very much looking forward to playing the event.'' Playing for Germany, Stitch won both the Davis Cup and the Hopman Cup in 1993 and in 1992 won the men's doubles titles at both Wimbledon (with John McEnroe) and the Barcelona Olympic Games (with Boris Becker). New talent to keep your eyes on include the fast rising American star, Mardy Fish, who has already won two tour titles this year, and Robin Soderling of Sweden. Both men are the top seeds in the men’s singles, in which the two-time Liverpool finalist Vince Spadea will also feature.

The tournament is a fantastic day out for all ages. You don’t need to be a tennis fanatic to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a quintessentially English pastime in the beautiful surrounds of leafy Calderstones Park. In fact brand new to 2009 is the introduction of Healthy Active Lifestyles (HAL), a programme to inspire schoolchildren via tennis, and is supported by the Liverpool City Council and selected health

in 2006. Past star appearances at Liverpool’s grass court tournament are Martina Navratilova, Pat Cash, Martina Hingis and Goran Ivanisevic. Our interviewee, Liam Broady is tipped for the top so why not book in early and catch him and his peers on their way to the top? For more information visit www.liverpooltennis.co.uk. For corporate sales please call 0151 227 5940.

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DOG TALES Here’s a heart-warming tale if there ever was one. Seven month-old Sophie, a gorgeous shaggy Old English Sheepdog (OES), had been deposited at a pound by her previous owner. She was seen to be overly aggressive towards both humans and other dogs and her future looked bleak until a chance meeting with the Fern family. The Ferns were already proud owners of 10 year-old fellow OES, Holly, and were on the look out for a spritely companion and addition to their family. When they visited Sophie, they were upset to learn that she was facing an uncertain future, and were advised against considering her. Meanwhile, a concerned member of staff from the Birkenhead-based pound contacted OES Welfare for help as at this point Sophie was showing so much aggression that people couldn’t get near her. It was at this juncture that BarkBusters’ Nikki Platt was contacted for expert advice. When Nicki arrived she took Sophie out of her small kennel and away from the deafening noise of the other

dogs. When alone, Nicki could see that Sophie was expressing clear fear aggression, and didn’t want to harm anyone, she was scared and wanted be left alone. The process of rehabilitation started under Nicki’s watchful eye and after only twenty four hours Sophie was playing happily and progressed quickly from there on in. Nicki explains: “Most aggressive episodes are triggered by the fear of being caught in a particular situation. Dogs aren’t born aggressive, they become aggressive for a myriad of reasons. They have a large variety of body language that they use to convey a “stay away” message.  People frequently misinterpret this body language, approach the dog inappropriately and are bitten. The sad thing is that most episodes of aggression aren’t investigated and treated properly.  Consequently, the reason for the aggression is usually buried with the dog.”

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 And the happiest news of all? Within a week Sophie was ready for rehousing and reunited with the Fern family who had kept in touch with Nicki over Sophie’s rehabilitation, and they are living happily ever after... Nicki wants to thank all involved in Sophies rehabilitation and hopes we all can learn a lesson about dogs fear being mistaken for aggression!

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Seventy-five years ago, thousands of Liverpudlians flocked to catch a glimpse of King George V as he opened the engineering masterpiece that is the Queensway tunnel. It was on July 18 1934 that the King travelled north to unveil the Birkenhead tunnel, a like of which had never been seen. At 3240m (two miles) long, the tunnel was a record holder – the largest underwater tunnel in the world no less – and cost a total of £8m.

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ast forward several decades and a new millennia, and once again thousands of Liverpudlians are expected to flock to the Queensway Tunnel. Twenty thousand, in fact. And not only are they expected to flock to the tunnel – they will be able to walk through it as part of the celebrations surrounding its 75th anniversary. The ‘Under and Over the Mersey’ event will take place on Sunday 19 July and is expected to sell out quickly. Over 20,000 people are expected to attend the walk-through, and organisers Merseytravel say it will be the last chance to do so ‘for years’. It is also hoped that the event will raise thousands for local charity, Claire House children’s hospice, Merseytravel’s corporate charity for 2009. All proceeds raised through ticket sales will be donated to Claire House and Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, visited the hospice to meet children and families who will benefit from the windfall.  Councillor Dowd said: “Meeting the children of Claire House puts so much into perspective. They are such incredible children, with incredible families and great people looking after them.  “Knowing that they will directly benefit from the proceeds of this event, particularly from donations made by all of those people taking part, is fantastic and we are delighted support them in any way we can.” Everyone taking part is being encouraged to support their own worthwhile charities if they would like to, whether in fancy dress or through their own sponsorship.  Councillor Dowd added: “We want people to really enjoy the day and make it one to remember. The event will be something to tell your children and grandchildren about because it will not happen again for years.”

The tunnel, that links Liverpool to Wirral, will welcome celebrity personality Keith Chegwin to host the event and add his trademark sense of fun to proceedings. ‘Under and Over the Mersey’ will celebrate the occasion with a 1930s carnival atmosphere – traditional carnival rides, elegant vintage cars, musicians and circus performers to name a few. Walkers will enjoy a whole host of activities too – including a return ride on a ferry ‘cross the Mersey – who knew tunnels could be so much fun? Everyone taking part will also receive a medal to commemorate the day and celebrate their effort.  Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel, said: “This is the legacy of a special event held last year to celebrate European Capital of Culture. We’re making it even better this year and we hope that thousands of people will come along, take part, enjoy themselves and help raise some money for some truly fantastic causes that are close to their hearts.  “This year we are planning something special to celebrate a milestone in the history of the tunnel; at its time, the largest underwater road tunnel in the world. Seventy-five years on it is still an amazing feat of engineering and we’ll be bringing some of that history back to life.” Single tickets are £5 and family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are £15.  Walks are timed at 10.30am, 11.15am, 12 noon, 12.45pm or 1.30pm and everyone taking part can choose the time that suits them best. For more information about the event, call the information line on 0151 330 1702. Everyone taking part in ‘Under and Over the Mersey’ will receive a wristband that will give them two-for-one entry to Spaceport, The U-boat Story and Mersey Tunnel Tours until 16th August 2009.

Seventy-five years on it is still an amazing feat of engineering and we’ll be bringing some of that history back to life.

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Hello! Hola! Ciao! Bonjour, Konichiwa and Jak Siemasz! When we go to school we instantly recognise the importance of learning English, science and even mathematics if we have to (I’ve never been a fan of division) but have you ever considered how important it is to learn a second, or even third language?

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panish students learn Catalonian, the French also teach in English, and Germany has adopted a variety of neighbouring mother tongues. However the United Kingdom has always distinctly lacked a second language. With an abundance of languages to learn, including the trio of homegrown languages – Gaelic, Welsh and Irish, British schools have in the past limited themselves to teaching German, Spanish and French – but most schools only offer these courses as an option, rapidly reducing the number of bilingual school-leavers. Therefore should the responsibility fall to parents to encourage their children to learn a second language? Young minds are far more receptive, with a sponge-like ability to soak up and retain information. Hiring a language tutor, or enrolling family members in courses is an option, and costs do vary so don’t discount these choices immediately! Libraries offer comprehensive varieties of language books and CDs for the whole family to use, at their own pace, and could be a fun way to introduce language to young children. Learning a language can actually start at any age. Night classes are increasingly popular with older generations, who want to learn new skills and trades. Most colleges and universities in the UK run night classes in a wide variety of courses, catering for nearly all the subjects available to students who are still in education To speak Italian is seen as romantic, to speak Spanish is passionate and to speak French is suave. These three have

always been the most popular languages in UK schools but now a rise in overseas employment and foreign work has also brought Chinese, Polish and Japanese into the mix. Soon children of all ages, some as early as seven years-old, could be taking English in the morning, Chinese Modern Art after break time, followed by Catalonian Spanish then French History in the afternoon. Conversely, forgotten British languages are being resurrected in the education system. Such is the desire to broaden horizons in school and increase the linguistic capability of students across the nation, that Wales now has 20% of all schools in the country teaching entirely in the Welsh natural language. Gaelic and Irish are also facing a revival as some schools are launching lunchtime classes for students who want to discover lost cultural roots. Creating a higher IQ, more precise reasoning skills and a greater ability to deal with and understand complicated problems are just a few of the advantages to a bilingual person. Being able to speak a second or third language also opens the door to a wash of well paid career opportunities. Statistics show that a person is more likely to get a well paid job if they have a second or third language than someone who doesn’t. Imagine going on holiday and not having to fumble around for a small phrase book to ask where the nearest restaurant is. It would be fantastic, or should I say; sería fantastico! Words by Ollie Cowan

“Soon children of all ages could be taking English in the morning and Chinese Modern Art after break”

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before moving onto the next section. Research also shows that allowing your child to teach you something that they have learnt is much more rewarding than letting them just simply take in information. According to a collection of surveys we can only take in 10% of all the information we read but an astonishing 95% of what we teach to someone else.

here are only a select few words than can instantly bring your mood right down and one of them is ‘Revision’. Nail biting, hair pulling and door slamming are all signs that your child is revising, or trying to revise, for those all important exams. Whether it is SATs, CATs, GCSEs or A-Levels, all exams need to be revised for – but revising can create massive amounts of stress –not just for the child but also for their family too. Despite the fact that there will always be some stress and tension when it comes down to revising, there are certain ways that you can go about helping your child which will ensure a more relaxed and stressfree revision period and happy home in general. Learning is always that bit more effective if it is an enjoyable and fun experience. Try to encourage your child to write notes and use colourful diagrams to remember things –the best sort of diagrams to use are ‘mind maps’ – imagine a tree with many branches. All of these branches carry vital relevant information and subsequently can be easily related back to the original topic. At the end of a subject or topic it's important for your child to summarise everything they have just learnt by creating a mind map or diagram of their choice. This will reassure them that all the information has gone in and will also act as a quick recap

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Learning is always more effective if it is an enjoyable experience.

Finally, to aid in the revision process help your child to draw up a friendly revision timetable. Also try not to let their social lives or their jobs interfere with studying – resting and sleeping will ensure that their brains remain active and ready for more learning.

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JOE BROWN Friday 9 October 7.30pm £21.50-£28.50 ‘The best value for money gig in town, and the standing ovation proved it’. Liverpool Daily Post

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THE CELTIC TENORS MATTHEW GILSENAN, JAMES NELSON & DARYL SIMPSON WITH THE ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Friday 16 October 7.30pm £15-£35 ‘As three standing ovations proved, it was worth every penny’. Ulster Herald

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Technique

The Geoweb units are collapsible, easy to carry and install. A geotextile membrane is laid out over the constructional area. The Geoweb units are then installed, layer after layer. Each layer of cells can be backfilled with an appropriate material depending upon its final use.

Applications Embankment construction

On very steep slopes the product can be installed in steps to enable footpaths, buildings and even steep planted areas to be constructed without the risk of surface erosion.

Stream crossings

Can be constructed on top of clay and gravel beds the cells are filled with concrete and brushed to produce an exposed aggregate surface.

Car parking with a lawn area

The cell confinement system is buried just below the lawn surface and clean angular stone is backfilled into the cells. The surface is top-soiled over and lawn

turf is laid to produce a lawn area capable of withstanding vehicle parking and movements. This is also good for lawn areas with high wear and heavy use.

Field entrances

Usually a very muddy area where access is concentrated. The installation of this system when backfilled with clean stone provides dry access.

Garden buildings

Can be installed onto previously unusable steeply sloping garden areas by using the system to produce a retaining wall without the need to resort to costly concrete or brick walls.

Stream bank protection

Can be installed in steps along the bank or laid on the slope itself, either backfilled with stone or with topsoil and marginal planting to stop your garden being washed away.

use topsoil and seed the steps to provide a wild flora stepped path.

Driveways & footpaths over protected tree rootzones

Geoweb also serves to protect tree roots, by laterally distributing loads from surface contact pressures and allowing both water and air to percolate down.

Steep slope planting & protection

The system allows steep slopes and banks to become vegetated by providing a firm footing for young roots to become established. It also preserves natural drainage.

Where to buy & get advice Any large builders merchants such as Buildbase, Travis Perkins. Larger hardware stores also sell small scale mat systems.

Steps down banking

Cut into 1ft sections and backfilled with stone to provide steps without the need for joinery or brickwork. You can even

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Driving for nothing

– and your kicks for free

With some parts of the motor trade in dire straits, one local car scene’s bucking the recession as drivers get ‘hooked on classics’. Frank Davis reports.

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he graunch of gears, whine of a duff starter motor and that nail biting time when the MOT’s due - welcome to the world of classic motoring … It’s like a parallel universe, a motoring twilight zone where the uncool is cool, trash treasured and the modern often given short shrift. Here, an old Marina is every bit as admired by given some as a sixties Maserati and anyone – with a bit of common sense – can discover the joys of cars which rely more on oily rags and spanners than an expensive mechanic in kid gloves. And while some classics are shined, buffed and polished within an inch of their lives, others are used in the real world, true ‘workaday’ cars that still raise a smile. I’m firmly in the latter camp, buying a Japanese classic as a surprise Christmas present for my wife that’s also used as her daily driver. Yes, it was an impulse buy, purchased after leaving a note under its windscreen; days before Christmas, its lady owner called from Formby and we agreed a very reasonable price for a 1993 Daihatsu Mira with full service history, dodgy exhaust and missing radio aerial. A classic? Well, there

are about 30 left in the UK and it’s a hoot to drive and still gets admiring glances from those ‘in the know’. That was one of my better buys - I’ve also been lumbered with a couple of Triumph Dolomites with either engine or bodywork ‘issues’ (owners of any eighties BL cars will know what I mean …) which proved disastrous wastes of money. Meanwhile, it was envious glances all round this Easter after clocking an H registered BMW 3 series convertible which looked like its hood had been subject to a vandal attack in the leafy ‘burbs of Childwall – turned out my brother in law had been offered it after casually mentioning he was approaching that time in his life when he had a little more money to spend and was looking to relive his youth (when he had a Morris Marina estate for goodness sake …) Said BMW was given him free by his boss, its cracked cracked plastic rear window testament to the fact its top had never been opened for a good few years. Like me, he’s a classic car virgin, so how can you buy a useable car without breaking the bank - or the marriage vows? Is it all about having pots of dosh, or can you realistically buy a car that’s rising in value to enjoy virtually ‘free’ motoring over the next few years? And don’t forget you'll be doing the environment a great favour – Gavin Green of ‘Car’ magazine once wisely observed that the greenest cars in the world are the ageing Mercedes taxicabs which are still doing sterling service in the near East forty or fifty years on…

Some classics are shined, buffed and polished within an inch of their lives, others are used in the real world

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kay – so let’s start with a few statistics. Over 35% of burglaries committed are crimes of opportunity, crimes that in theory, could be prevented. If your home lacks basic security then you may find yourself ten times more likely to be a target – and when we say basic, we mean basic. Just the addition of strong locks on doors and windows can increase security tenfold. Got your attention? Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, recently revealed plans to provide homeowners with discount vouchers for DIY chain, B&Q, so home security improvements are more financially accessible. Ms Smith explained: “I want us all to work together to stop those criminals who may think they can take advantage in tough times.” The Home Office has also released statistics that back up the opinion of a ‘credit crunch crimewave’ – the percentage of domestic break-ins rose by 4% to 69,000 between July and September 2008 as the country slipped into recession. A spokesperson for B&Q said: “Everyone should feel safe in their own home. This is not about scaremongering, it is about taking sensible precautions.” So – it’s time to equip yourself – we have some helpful hints that don’t require any outside work, huge cash withdrawals or increased stress. It seems obvious, but close those windows and lock those doors! Opportunists just love an open kitchen window. A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “Many of the burglaries reported to the police in Sefton are via insecure doors and windows. “Always check your front and back doors are secure even if you are in. Police officers are working hard to identify those responsible for burglary. If you see or hear anything suspicious please contact the police.” Fit strong locks to all doors and windows, paying extra attention to the ground floor. If you think you would benefit from new

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windows or doors then ensure that they are certified to British Standard BS7950 (windows) or PAS24-1 (door) and if possible opt for laminated glass on your windows as it’s harder to break. Install a chain and/or bar lock to your front and back doors, and if you don’t have one already then invest in a door viewer – this enables you to peer through a hole in the door to view your visitor before opening and is easy to install. Don’t hang a spare key anywhere near the letterbox, and if you leave the keys for family under the doormat or tiles then find somewhere else soon – canny burglars know all the usual places. Think about your current locks, too. When were they installed? Does the door rattle? If the lock seems unstable then it is essential that it is replaced as soon as possible. When looking for a local locksmith ensure that they are members of the Master Locksmiths’ Association. If you are lucky enough to be going away on holiday this year, make sure you can relax by the pool in the knowledge that your home is as secure as possible. Top tips to remember include; cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries, cut the lawn before you go, if possible ask a friend or neighbour to call in – ask them to collect post, draw curtains at night and open in the mornings and generally make the place look lived in, and be prepared to return the favour! Finally – alarms. If you have a visible burglar alarm it can put off even the most brazen thief. There are many alarm systems on the market to choose from, and they vary to suit every type of budget. There are smaller audible alarms that can be fitted easily yourself, or more elaborate systems that will require professional assistance and a bigger budget. Always remember to talk to your insurance company for its recommendations before you make a decision and look for the British Standard BS4737 or BS6799 certified models. To request a B&Q voucher and a burglary prevention pack please call 0800 456 1213. 57


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We are delighted to offer for sale this well proportioned extended semi detached family residence which benefits from an array of attractive features. Three bedrooms; through lounge; conservatory; fitted kitchen; breakfast room; garage conversion which houses downstairs shower room and utility room.  Outside there are gardens to front and rear driveway providing off street parking.  The property is situated on Church Road between Priesthouse Lane and Kenyons Lane.

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Three bedroom detached property situated in a popular residential area.  The accommodation comprises of: entrance hall; lounge; dining room; fitted contemporary kitchen; utility room with store room and shower room; to the first floor there are three bedrooms a contemporary bathroom and access to to a loft room via a drop ladder.  The property benefits from a gas central heating system and a solar panel water heating system and mostly double glazing. 

We are delighted to offer for sale this three storey detached family residence which benefits from having undergone an extensive programme of improvements. The accommodation briefly comprises: to the ground floor three reception rooms; a fitted contemporary kitchen; downstairs cloaks; to the first floor there is a spacious landing; three bedrooms; bathroom; to the second floor are two further bedrooms and a shower room.

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Bescar Lane, Scarisbrick

A modern detached family residence situated in part of a prestigious gated community with a pleasant outlook over a substantial front garden and communal greens.  The entrance hall has staircase to a galleried landing; downstairs cloakroom; three reception rooms; kitchen/morning room with integrated appliances and utility room; to the first floor there are five bedrooms; en-suite shower room; a "jack and jill" en-suite and a family bathroom with.  Outside there is to the front a sweeping driveway leading to double garage, a substantial lawned front garden.

no chain

£249,950

£695,000

£325,000

The Meadows Maghull

An extended and immaculately presented semi detached property with a large rear garden. Gas central heating, double glazing. Porch, entrance hall, fitted cloakroom, family room, living room, sitting room with double doors to spacious kitchen/breakfast room. First floor, four bedrooms (all with fitted wardrobes) and bathroom with modern white suite.  Driveway with parking for cars, large lawned rear garden with patio area, side driveway to double garage with gym to the rear.

Haymans Green, Maghull

Aintree Lane, Aintree Village

A most impressive three storey mid town house. Gas central heating. Vestibule, entrance hall, fitted cloakroom, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room. First floor, front entertaining room and bedroom. To the second floor two further bedrooms and a combined bathroom. Lawned front garden, courtyard to rear with parking for car.

£145,000

no chain

£275,000

£159,995

Sefton Mill Court, Sefton Vil-

An attractive semi detached property in a cul-de-sac location overlooking parkland with a gas central heating system and double glazing. Enclosed porch; hallway; front sitting room with gas fire; rear living room with patio door to garden; kitchen; to the first floor there are three bedrooms and a shower room.  Outside there is a driveway, garage and gardens to front and rear.

21 Westway, Maghull, L31 2PQ

An extended semi detached house of considerable character situated in the rural village of Bescar with open views over farmland. Gas central heating and uPVC double glazing. Porch, entrance hall, living room, dining room, stunning extended kitchen/ breakfast room with integrated appliances, sitting/family room. First floor, master bedroom with fitted wardrobes, two further bedrooms and modern bathroom. Spiral staircase to occasional room on second floor. Driveway with parking for cars, lawned front garden, lawned and fenced rear garden with patio area.

A well planned semi detached house offering excellent potential for improvement and modernisation. Gas central heating, double glazed windows. Porch, entrance hall, living room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room. First floor, three good sized bedrooms, bathroom and separate w.c. Driveway, car port, paved garden and garage to rear.

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