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emma McHugh turned the March 2020 lockdown to her advantage. Bored at home she turned her mind to visualising what she wanted to do with her life. She said, “I was so upset as I was used to working and I knew there was something I had to do and it was a new business. This is what my mind kept telling me. So I was planning it as if I was going to open a new shop but I still didn’t know what it was. Then it came to me. A spa, as I do lots of relaxing treatments, I do reiki/angelic reiki/ear hopi candle/cupping therapy. My GT Brows shop it so crazy and do around 150 clients a week. I knew we needed something more relaxing and Covid-19 didn’t even phase me at all. I just visualised what I was going to do and I have done it.” The women’s only luxury spa offers two holistic rooms, one meditation room, a sauna and Jacuzzi. Treatments include various massages including reiki treatments and hot stones, Indian head, reflexology and just everything relaxing for the mind and body. Gazala opens in March 2021.


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ew years are always filled with optimism and hope and this year is more so than ever. I have spoken to so many business owners during the last few weeks and no matter how concerned they are about the current economic climate, one thing is certain - time doesn’t stand still and we still have so much to look forward to. As always Lifestyle magazine is filled with news and features to ensure you live the lifestyle you love.

Hopefully in 2021 we will be able to add more events as restrictions are lifted. Starting with the Liverpool Lifestyle Awards on 8 May. Currently we’re allowed 130 people but hopefully will be able to increase numbers nearer the time. Go and nominate your favourite business or person at www. liverpoolifestyleawards.co.uk

Remember, happiness is a choice. Stay fabulous,

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TH EATR E ONE-MAN COMEDY BY JONATHAN HARVEY TO TOUR ENGLAND IN FEBRUARY Andrew Lancel stars in swan song directed by Noreen Kershaw. Play to re-open Liverpool’s unity theatre before touring for LGBT history month.


ollowing its critically acclaimed sellout premiere at Liverpool Theatre Festival in September, Swan Song, a revised comedy by acclaimed playwright Jonathan Harvey, is heading out on tour in February to coincide with LGBT History Month. Swan Song, a one-man play starring TV and stage actor Andrew Lancel, is directed by BAFTA awardwinning director Noreen Kershaw and produced by Bill Elms. The play will open at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre for six performances over three nights, this will be the first live performances at the theatre since closing in March. The show then moves on to The Atkinson Southport, Lighthouse Poole, Swan Theatre Worcester, Belgrade Coventry, Dukes Lancaster, City Varieties Leeds, and Capitol Horsham. All venue


will present to socially distanced audiences and more dates are to be confirmed soon. Swan Song was first staged at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1997, before transferring to Hampstead Theatre with award-winning comedy actress Rebecca Front in the lead role. Jonathan Harvey adapted the 70-minute play specially for Liverpool Theatre Festival for Andrew Lancel to play the solo role of Dave Titswell. Due to critical acclaim, the play will now perform at venues across the UK next year, these new dates replaced the November 2020 dates which were cancelled due to lockdown, now a longer tour is planned for Spring 2021. The news also comes as Andrew Lancel is set to have an appearance in the Royal Variety Performance, which is televised on Tuesday 8 December.

Andrew appears as Brian Epstein in Cilla The Musical, he also played Brian in Epstein The Man Who Made The Beatles in 2012, where Andrew Lancel first met Bill Elms who produced the play in Liverpool and London’s West End. Producer and the artistic director of Liverpool Theatre Festival, Bill Elms said: “Swan Song is a funny, clever and inspiring production which opened the inaugural Liverpool Theatre Festival. Andrew Lancel, Jonathan Harvey, and Noreen Kershaw are an incredible blend of creative talent, and the play went down a storm in Liverpool. It is such a lovely piece that I approached Andrew and the team with the idea to tour. People are excited for the return of live theatre – and we’re excited to give them that experience back after such a long time with a really special production.” Swan Song is a bittersweet comedy written by

Jonathan Harvey. Set in Liverpool, it is Christmas 1997, the world is changing and in the staff room, Gay, fortysomething, English teacher Dave Titswell finds that not all change is welcome. He has a crush, but life, love, and work are never straight forward for Dave. Will a school trip to The Lakes change things for the better, or make things decidedly worse? Swan Song will make audiences laugh, but equally pull at the heartstrings. Everyone knows someone like Dave – or could even be a Dave themselves. Andrew Lancel is no stranger to audiences. Well established on the national theatre scene, Andrew is also widely known for his television roles as DI Neil Manson in The Bill and super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street. He has twice played Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein on stage to great critical acclaim, first in Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles (also produced by Bill Elms) which premiered in Liverpool and went on to play London’s West End, as well as playing Epstein in the national tour of Cilla The Musical, Bill Kenwright’s stage adaptation of the TV series written by Jeff Pope. Andrew Lancel commented: “The last play

I saw before lockdown was Jonathan Harvey’s Our Lady of Blundellsands at The Everyman Liverpool, which I loved – so it’s very cool, and a little ironic, that my first play back is with Jonathan. We have known each other for years and worked together a lot but never on stage, so it’s humbling that he has adapted this play for me. It’s very funny, moving, and I think people will really relate to it today. His characters are literally gifts to play and to watch.” “This play is about reuniting too. Reuniting theatre and audiences with live performance is extra special. To be back with Epstein producer Bill Elms is a buzz, and I’ve worked on some very serious storylines on Corrie with Noreen Kershaw. It feels like coming home for us all in so many ways.” Award-winning Jonathan Harvey’s credits include Gimme Gimme Gimme; Murder Most Horrid; Coronation Street; Call The Midwife; and Tracey Ullman’s Show. His plays include Beautiful Thing, Corrie, Canary, Hushabye Mountain, Babies, Boom Bang A Bang’ and Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club. He also wrote the 2001 stage musical Closer to Heaven with the Pet Shop Boys and its sequel

Muzik. He has won the John Whiting Award, the George Devine Award, two Manchester Evening News Awards, an Evening Standard Award, two British Soap Awards and a Writers Guild of Great Britain Award. Jonathan added: “Swan Song is a comedy about a teacher who’s trying to hold onto his dignity while the education system crumbles around him – and I’m thrilled Andrew is playing Dave. I’m delighted to also be working with Noreen again, she directed many of my Corrie scripts and my last episode of Call The Midwife. As the original Shirley Valentine, Noreen definitely knows a thing or two about one person shows.” Noreen Kershaw’s directing credits include Our Girl, Moving On, Scott & Bailey, Emmerdale, Shameless, Heartbeat and Coronation Street. She is also known for acting in Life On Mars, Brookside, and Watching. Noreen also originated the title role of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre. Facebook: SwanSongOnStage Twitter: @SwanSongPlay Hashtags: #DaveTitswell #SwanSong



STILL HAVING A LAUGH He’s the celebrity that celebrities avoid, and one of our finest exports.


n many respects, Ricky Gervais is a pretty bad version of a celebrity. He looks like someone who works in a hardware store, has been fiercely loyal and faithful to partner Jane Fallon for the past three decades, doesn’t live in a 15-bedroom mansion, and couldn’t undertake a spate of brazen virtue-signalling if he tried. There’s also the small matter of him calling out other celebrities for their greed, corrupt dealings, bullying, two-facedness and hypocrisy at any available opportunity. A habit that began when he started naming and shaming out the great and the good during his debut hosting of the Golden Globes back in 2010 – remarkably, they keep inviting him back! – has


now extended fully into everyday discourse. And at the start of the recent Coronavirus lockdown we were treated to a brilliant display of Gervais bashing when a bevy of film stars, musicians and models felt the need to take to social media to inform us just how tough life was. “After this is over I never want to hear people moaning about the welfare state again; I never want to hear people moaning about nurses again, or porters,” he said. “These people are doing 14-hour shifts and not complaining. Wearing

masks, and being left with sores, after risking their own health and their families’ health selflessly. But then I see someone complaining about being in a mansion with a swimming pool. And, you know, honestly, I just don’t want to hear it.” Many regard Ricky Gervais a national treasure; a select few consider him a national disgrace. Either way, it's hard to avoid the magnitude of the man.

In his typical black t-shirt and jeans uniform, the actor, stand-up comedian, writer, producer and director is a melange of passionate sentiment, delivering fix-eyed intensity followed by a howling hyena cackle. A one-time aspiring singer and band manager (he looked after indie outfit, Suede, back in their earliest incarnation), Ricky flitted around the bounds of entertainment with guest spots on Channel 4's The 11'O Clock Show before landing pay dirt with selfscripted mockumentary series The Office. An overnight household name, the gritty comedy launched an unstoppable career. Follow-up series Extras, parodying the movie industry, was another smash hit, featuring A-list contributions from Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller, Patrick Stewart and Samuel L. Jackson. It was the perfect introduction into Hollywood, and he went on to star in a series of big budget comedies - Sky Kids, Ghost Town, Night At The Museum, The Invention of Lying and The Muppets. Some topped the box office, others crashed and burned badly, yet all of them satisfied

in Gervais a yearning for originality and creativity, and that flame has never lessened in its intensity, even in returning to small screen projects such as Life’s Too Short, Derek, Special Correspondents and the recent After Life, which garnered rave reviews. No matter what project he takes on, Gervais, who lives with longterm partner Jane Fallon, is a bastion for freedom of speech and common sense. He has unapologetic honesty that permeates every conversation, whether discussing the “scourge” of religion, or admiring the majesty of the natural world, or calling out nationalities, races, genders or persuasions, Gervais takes offence at people being offended. “It’s a disease that’s getting worse,” he says. “It’s not healthy and it’s not even real. Most of the people who claim to have taken offence by a statement someone makes on Twitter are actually some of the most offensive people I have ever encountered,” he laughs.

time – to sit back and raid all those little nuggets of ideas that have been scattered in the back of your mind for too long. “When you bring them to the front of your mind you realise some of them are pretty good and deserve fleshing out a bit. You also realise a good quantity more are utter crap, but what I love about the process is that while I'm writing, I see it, I live it in my mind. It's all there, I see it on screen, I see it and when you're the writer, director and producer, it comes as one.” “I get to protect my writing by directing and producing. I direct to protect the writing, I produce to protect the directing.” “The challenge is always to keep trying, keep things original, keep the creative processes rolling, and stay ever so slightly controversial!”

As for where 2021 will take this creative powder keg. “As always, I have a few things on the go. The great thing about lockdown is you have time – too much 9


GARDEN MAINTENANCE With award winning Landscape Gardener Pip Probert

1. Now is the time to start putting the garden to bed - cutting away all the dead flower heads or foliage and removing it from the ground, avoiding pests and diseases. I prefer to leave a little height to the plant up to 30cm, so that if there are any harsh frosts, it hopefully won’t attack the heart of the plant. 2. For extra protection, mulch can be applied to the herbaceous borders, again keeping the brunt of the weather at bay. A layer of mulch can keep the plant warm and the moisture in the soil. 3. Time to clean out the greenhouse! Cleaning the glass is very important as it helps let as much light into the green house as possible. You can also add bubble wrap for extra warmth but don’t forget to ventilate on warmer days! 4. Don’t over water plants in your greenhouse. It


is easy to kill them with kindness, but they don’t need too much water during the winter seasons. Only water them if the compost feels dry. 5. Add fleece to any delicate shrubs. Tree ferns are a good example. You can put straw in the crown and fold the fronds in on themselves. Bubble wrap, fleece or a fleece jacket can be used to wrap around the trunk.

GARDEN WINTER TIPS: 1. I think that pots are fantastic - such a great way to create a simply display, quickly! If you are looking for a wintery scheme for your pots with lots of colour and seasonal interest, why not try some of the followings. Skimmia with its lovely red berries, Hellebores have a wonderful range of flower colour with different shapes and styles. Cyclamen is always a favourite with Hyacinth not far behind due to its strong scent. There is always a good range of winter bedding available for that additional splash or colour. 2. During the winter months, some plants area available as ‘bare root’ rather than potted up. This means that the plant has been grown in the ground with less time spent looking after it compared to a potted plant. Potted plants have to be re-potted as they grow. Bare root plants are available between the months of November and February, weather depending. Due to the upheaval of the plant and fact they are sold on without a pot or any surrounding soil, these can be a cheaper option. Trees, shrubs and roses are all available as bare root specimens. So if you

have an area that need renovating, now is the time! During the winter months, the plants become dormant, so they are not as effected by the upheaval - which is why bare root plants are available now. Great option if you have a large, natural garden to fill, as you can buy small ‘whips’ or a few pound each in bundles of 25-50. They also great for a cheap hedge! 3. This is a great time to plan for the year ahead. You have more room to move about your garden and make notes about what worked well and what didn’t. This is the time of year to lift plants, separate and move them. So think about where you have

gaps? Do you want to repeat, a particular plant or combination, as an accent? Do you lack colour at a certain time of the year? Now you can start to make the changes necessary to achieve the deserved effect next year. 4. A beautiful, seasonal plant that is often given as a gift is a Poinsettia. These gorgeous, bright and very bold plants are known as short day plants, as they flower when there are less than 12 hours of daylight. The red foliage are not petals, but bracts that surround the tiny flowers. So many beautiful varieties available an Dif you look after it all year round, you will have a stunning display every year!

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Essex Born Claudine Hope is a former actress, dancer and singer who's been living in Lancashire for 13 years has now joined Liverpool Live Radio as a Presenter on the Mid Morning Show with Roy Basnett.


laudine says she loves working in Liverpool and finds the Liverpool people super friendly. Hailing from a show business background, Claudine is looking forward to a new year with her two children and excited about her career opportunities and a new life for 2021. Having famous Godparents was bound to steer Claudine into showbusiness. Her godmother, Laurence Olivier Award winner Gemma Craven star of stage and screen inspired her love for musical theatre and so from an early age the stage was her passion, performing in front of an audience. Claudine’s godfather was Frazer Hines, best known for his long standing character in Doctor Who and for playing Joe Sugden in Emmerdale.


Having travelled the world as a dancer and

singer, musical theatre and television was her next burning desire.

She successfully had a career in the Westend, touring with 42nd Street and 20th Century Musicals. Her acting career includes ITV The Bill, Eastenders, Sex & Death with Martin Clunes and also various Theatral productions. Some of her funniest acting moments were in pantos cast as the fairy godmother starring alongside the cast of Coronation Street and Emmerdale.




xacerbated by lockdown and the increased use of social media to maintain contact and develop relationships. The report states that with the prospect of increasing lockdowns, be those national or local, these figures could be set to rise. This report is also backed up by a recent statement from the Citizens advice Bureau which said views on its divorce webpage on the first September weekend were up 25% compared with the same date in 2019. Law firm, Wright Hassall, has reported a 31% increase in the number of divorce cases since the beginning of lockdown with supporting research produced by the firm suggesting social media could be playing a part. The new survey conducted by the firm reveals that 44% of adults would contemplate ending their relationship if they found their partner to be sending or receiving inappropriate messages or images from someone else online – something which 30% of adults believe has got worse since the start of the pandemic.

The data also reveals that 38% of people claim to have previously checked a partner’s phone or logged into their social media accounts to check for inappropriate content sent to or from someone else and almost 1 in 4 of those respondents in relationships (24%) confessed to checking this at least once during lockdown. In addition, the research also suggests we could be seeing a rise in online affairs due to the mundanity of lockdown life and the strain it can place on relationships. Indeed, the number of couples rowing during lockdown has increased significantly, with almost half of couples (46%) admitting they have had more tiffs with their spouse than usual. When quizzed on the reasons why they might be tempted to exchange flirtatious messages on social media with someone other than their spouse, the top reason was to feel desired by someone else (43%), followed by feeling unhappy in their current relationship (40%).

Dal Heran, Family Lawyer at Wright Hassall, comments: “Lockdown has put strain on a great many aspects of our lives; from mental health to our finances and indeed our physical health; all of which can have an impact on our relationships. “At Wright Hassall, we’re currently experiencing an increase in divorce enquiries which our research suggests could be being partially driven by people being tempted to go astray by the development of online relationships and flirtations.” “Couples are reporting a surge in arguments and mental health is, in many cases, suffering. This could be leaving many adults contemplating their relationships.” “The decision to divorce can be life-changing and it is something that we anticipate seeing even more of if additional UK regions are to be placed back under stricter lockdown restrictions.”


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xperts in computational communication at the Universities of Liverpool and Dundee launched a chatbot enabled website, based on the work of some of philosophy’s greatest critical thinkers, to help improve people’s ability to spot semi-fake news. The Fake News Immunity Chatbot brings classical philosophers, Aristotle, Socrates and Gorgias to life on your computer screen, introducing users to their rhetorical strategies, or fallacies, at the same time as testing susceptibility to a selection of fake and semi-fake news items. The chatbot is a quiz-like game that is fun, easy to access and can also help people find a way through the blizzard of misinformation currently circulating as Covid-19 disrupts life across the planet. Misinformation – or semifake news – is categorised as information which is misleading but was not intentionally fabricated, unlike disinformation, or fake news. Dr Elena Musi, in the University’s Department

of Communication and Media, is leading the project: “This is the first attempt to leverage human computer interaction to try and help the public acquire the skills needed to recognize the grey area of misinformation. “Our chatbot is unique as it allows people to play and be trained by the greatest thinkers and become their own factcheckers. You can play by yourself or encourage family, friends or colleagues to join in so you can quiz each other.

News items are offered up and users are asked to determine whether they are misleading, and why, with the support of the three philosophers and their ancient critical thinking techniques. The game has three levels – credulous, skeptic and agnostic – with users competing to pick up points shaped as gadflies. Fellow classical philosopher, Plato described Socrates as a gadfly stinging people with questions to keep them on a virtuous path.

“Learning together and helping each other to understand how news is produced for different purposes provides the necessary skills needed to flag misleading content in our news feeds.”

The Fake News Immunity Chatbot launched as part of the UKRI-funded Being Alone Together: Building Fake News Immunity project, which seeks to combat the proliferation of misinformation – described by the World Health Organisation as an “infodemic” - by helping the general public build ‘fake news immunity’.

Users choose an identity and are then guided through a discourse with the three philosophers, as each teaches their rhetoric speciality: Aristotle explains the ten fallacies, Socrates encourages the need to question everything and Gorgias challenges mainstream opinions.

To test your critical thinking skills, and spot some semi-fake news, try the Fake News Immunity Chatbot by visiting http://fni.arg.tech/. Find out more about the Being Alone Together: Building Fake News Immunity project by visiting https:// fakenewsimmunity. liverpool.ac.uk/. 19




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BY MIGUEL BARCLAY packet). Remove the pan with the mushrooms from the heat and then add to the gravy, along with a splash of cream.

Mushroom Meatballs Ingredients - 1 Portion 1 large potato Splash of milk Handful of mushrooms 1 pinch oregano 1 tbsp gravy granules 50ml single cream Handful chopped parsley 1 tbsp strawberry jam Salt & pepper Olive oil

Tip: If you have no milk, you can make a tasty mashed potato with just potatoes, salt and a splash of olive oil.

Mushroom & Cheese Tart Ingredients - 1 Portion 20cm x 30cm pre-rolled puff pastry sheet 75g grated cheddar Splash of single cream Handful sliced mushrooms A few sprigs if thyme 1 egg, beaten

Mushroom Gyros

1. Peel and roughly chop a large potato into chunks. Boil in salted water for about 20 minutes until soft, then drain and mash with a splash of milk and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Ingredients - 1 Portion

3. Mix about 50ml of boiling water with a tablespoon of gravy granules (or as the instructions state on the 22

4. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with the mashed potato and a dollop of jam.


2. Meanwhile, pan fry a handful of mushrooms for about 10 minutes over a medium to high heat in a splash of olive oil along with a pinch or oregano and salt & pepper.

Tip: Wraps are great for using up any leftover salad or veg you’ve got to hand.

Handful of sliced mushrooms 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp paprika 1 flatbread (or pita bread) Salad (lettuce, cabbage, tomato & onion) 1 tbsp yogurt 1 pinch oregano Olive oil Salt & pepper

Method 1. Lightly coat a handful of sliced mushrooms in olive oil, cumin, paprika and salt, then cook in the oven at 180c for about 15 mins. 2. Wrap the mushrooms in a warm flatbread or tortilla along with salad and a dollop of yogurt mixed with oregano.

Method 1. Grab some pre-rolled puff pastry and cut it to about 20cm x 30cm. Score a 1cm border and use a fork to prick the puff pastry everywhere except the border. 2. Grate about 75g of cheddar into a bowl using a fine grater, add a splash of cream and mix to create a paste. Spread it on the pastry then top with a handful of sliced mushrooms and a few sprigs of thyme. 3. Bake in the oven for about 20 mins until the pastry is golden brown. Tip: For an extra luxurious finish to the pastry brush the edges with beaten egg.




y name is Carla and I am originally from Italy. At the early age of 17 years old I left my country and went to live in Switzerland followed by Spain and England in later years. I have lived in England for many years, where I studied and worked. After so many years in England I decided that it was time for a move. By coincidence I discovered this beautiful island Cyprus, which I love living in it as it is safe, the weather is fantastic, people are lovable and it is a good place to expand and promote my business. For many years I suffered from acidity in my stomach and in the last four years from chronic cystitis. You might ask yourself what chronic cystitis is and it basically causes a painful pressure or burning in the pelvic region, and a frequent need to urinate. The condition affects women more often than men. If you've ever had a

urinary tract infection, the pain is very difficult to live with it as it affected my day to day life, sometimes not even feeling well enough to get up in the morning and keep going. I saw so many doctors in Italy and in the UK, who gave me plenty of antibiotics and medicines. These treatments didn’t help me to solve the problem, but actually they made my immune system weaker. This year I lost hope and I thought there was no solution anymore for me. One doctor in the UK told me that he could inject me several injections in my bladder, but with the risk that I would end up using the urinary catheter. I thought that this solution wasn’t the best and actually not very pleasant at my age wearing a urinary catheter. Finally three months ago I met an Italian guy in London who made me try a wellness coffee. He said that with this coffee and also tea his girlfriend resolved

the problem of chronic cystitis. I said to myself let’s try I don’t have nothing to loose. After less than two months my symptoms improved and I started to use the bathroom less often. Also the acidity in my stomach reduced. Today I feel much better and I am so happy that I discovered this wellness coffee and tea. These fantastic beverages not only help my health issues, but they can improve with high pressure, diabetes, anxiety, depression, weight loss and more. After the great result of these products, I decided to help other people by becoming a distributor. Today many people are happy and thanking me that I gave them these products. For more details about her wellness drinks contact Carla www. facebook.com/carlettauk





n aspiring Liverpool chef has been nominated for a prestigious national chef award. Kevin Hoang, who is a trainee chef at Lu Ban Bar & Restaurant located in the city’s iconic Cains Brewery, is a finalist for the Best Young Chef of the Year 2020 - China / south-east award. The 19-year-old, who lives in Liverpool’s Kensington district, is one of just four finalists in the category, with his rivals all based at restaurants in London. The competition, supported by UKHospitality and the Restaurant Association, also includes categories for the Best Young Chef in the UK and Best Young Waiter in the UK and China/ South-East Asia. The winners will be announced next year, with the winning chef in the China / south east Asia category winning a week’s work experience at the Wynn Hotel in Macau including accommodation,


flights from EVA Air and £500 from Lee Kum Kee.

Hoang, who has been working at Lu Ban since it opened in November 2019, said: “When I entered I didn't think I'd be chosen as a finalist, but now I have, I'm really happy about it. I love cooking real Chinese food and the chance to be recognised with an award is amazing.” Lu Ban executive head chef Dave Critchley, who oversees Hoang’s training, said: “Kevin is a fast learner and has the potential to become a great chef. “He shows his passion for authentic Chinese cuisine at Lu Ban every day and deserves recognition for his hard work. I'm so happy that he's been chosen as a finalist.” The competition, which is now in its 41st year, was relaunched last year the Nth Degree Global to recognise the best chefs and waiters and to promote hospitality as a vocation for young people. The finalists submitted a video entry and questionnaire, which was

assessed by a panel of judges, which included Ken Hom, Andrew Wong of Michelin-starred A Wong in London, Tony Truong of Mei Ume at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Wee Boon Goh at Imperial Treasure, London, and Chong Choi Fong of China Tang at the Dorchester, London. Finalists for Best Young Chef of the Year 2020 – China/south-east Asia: • Qing lee Chen, Imperial Treasure, London • Kevin Hoang, Lu Ban, Liverpool • Maurine Lordios, Kai Mayfair, London • Tibor Palasti, the Sushi Bar Harrods, London Chairwoman of Young Chef Young Waiter China/ south-east Asia, ChingHe Huang, said: “The aim of this competition is to support the next generation of talent to recognise and award those who continue to give their all, as well as attracting promising young talent to work in our special industry.”




ollyoaks star Kieron Richardson and his husband Carl Hyland reveal how their showstopping, ultramodern kitchen was specially designed for entertaining friends, family and their two twins. The Manchester-based couple have completely transformed their L-shaped kitchen space with a “dream” white island and floor to ceiling metallic slate tower units, all designed and made by Wren Kitchens. Kieron describes his new Autograph Elements and Milano Contour kitchen as “incredible” and it boasts a feature mirror wall, secret walk-in pantry, Neff’s famous slide and hide oven and a party-ready wine cooler. “I’ve always wanted a kitchen island,” said the excited 36-year-old actor. “For us, especially with having the children now, storage, storage, storage is the main thing!” “In our old kitchen there wasn’t much space. With

having kids, you want to bake and get creative, so that’s what we can use the island for now!” “We’ve still got eyes on the kids if we’re eating breakfast at the island and they’re playing in the room.” At the envy of his friends and family, Keiron laughs: “When we show people our kitchen, they all say they want one!” “We watched Gogglebox and saw Rylan’s kitchen and thought “oh that’s really fancy and really nice”. “We went for the offwhite seafoam colour. We could have gone for the high gloss white, but we thought it would look too clean and too white - we’re so pleased we didn’t as it looks incredible!” “The doors and drawers are wipeable. Trust me, 3-yearolds, crayons and drawing on things… it happens, and I

don’t have to stress myself out because you can simply wipe it clean.” “The focal point of their kitchen has to be their stunning Milano island, and when combined with textured, metallic slate tower units it creates a breathtaking look. To ensure the sleek style continues throughout, we’ve added tonnes of hidden storage and integrated appliances.” For a full-on winter look, the couple opted for a magical snow, gold and navy themed extravaganza in the open-plan living area to match the plush Chesterfield style sofa. “Normally we would go out with the family and go to a local pub. But this year we definitely want to spend Christmas day in the new kitchen."


The Batman filming at St Geo

rge’s Hall in October

LIVERPOOL CONTINUES TO MAKE A SCENE IN THE FILM AND TV INDUSTRY Despite the Covid-19 pandemic bringing the film and TV sector to a standstill, Liverpool still proved a screen hit in 2020 - and took centre stage for one of the UK’s biggest productions of the year. In a report looking back at a unique year for Liverpool Film Office, latest figures show that despite effectively being shut down for six months, the city region has still: Hosted 212 productions, which consisted of 670 filming days. Boosted the local economy by nearly £13.5 million. Supported 490 jobs. The report shows that even though figures were down in 2020 (a 35 per cent drop in the number of productions and a 62 per cent drop in the number of filming days), the productions that did head to the city region when it was safe to do so -


were high calibre and high value. These included: The Batman (Warner Bros) • The Irregulars (Netflix) • Time (BBC) • So Awkward (CBBC) • Munich 38 (Netflix) • Moving On Series 12 (BBC) And the productions are also being hailed as providing an essential lifeline to Liverpool’s hospitality industry with more than £2.1 million invested in the sector as a result of productions booking around 25,000 room nights. Other TV filming highlights have included COBRA Series 2 (Sky), Ridely Road (BBC One) Viewpoint (ITV 1), It’s a Sin(Channel 4), Intergalactic (Sky) and Hospital (BBC). Despite the obstacles Covid-19 posed, the

Liverpool City Region Production Fund – the first local authority-supported fund of its kind in the UK for more than six years – continues to attract more productions to the region, create jobs and boost the local economy. The latest projects to receive funding include BBC One Jimmy McGovern drama Time which stars Stephen Graham and Sean Bean and Channel 4’s Help which again stars Stephen Graham alongside Jodie Comer. More funding announcements will be made in the new year. The Film Office also established the Film & TV Development Fund in response to Covid-19 which saw the creation of a £250,000 fund to support regional producers, writers and other creative talent. To find out more about Liverpool Film Office head to www. liverpoolfilmoffice.tv.


AS THE GOVERNMENT WARNS THAT RESTRICTIONS MAY BE IN PLACE UNTIL THE SUMMER, HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO REMAIN POSITIVE IN CHALLENGING TIMES: • Find inspiration. Listen to your favourite music and sing at the top of your voice. Reread your favourite book and wear your favourite outfit that makes you feel good. • Consider the source. It’s easy to get pulled into discussions on social media or spend a lot of time tuned into the news. Stay updated from reputable sources; go right to the source. Read the studies and interpret the data and consult with trusted colleagues • Practice gratitude. Consider starting each day, recognizing/ writing 5 things you are thankful for • Avoid engaging. While we can’t control the actions of others, we can control our own reactions, so don’t get

drawn into arguments. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. • Surround yourself with positive people. When you are presented with negativity, take a deep breath and walk away. • Escape. Make time for the things that bring you joy, whether it’s getting outside, reading a novel, or cooking something new. Self-care is more important than ever. • Look after your health. You don’t need a gym to workout. Download some free tutorials on youtube. Fifteen minutes a day can improve your wellbeing.

or text, or sending an email. Stay connected. • Don’t waste energy worrying about things out of your control. It isn’t your fault we’re in this situation • Smile. It’s already been mentioned but you may need reminding.

• Smile. Even behind your mask. • Say hello. Reach out to others, whether greeting them during your walk, making a call



Editor Amanda Moss reports from her hotel room in Paphos


cut short my trip to Liverpool to visit my family to fly back to Cyprus, for fear of being stuck in the UK for months. This would have wreaked havoc on my business. Arriving at Liverpool Airport at 4am, the place was eerily deserted except for around 20 people. As my daughter and I got to the boarding gate, passengers were being turned down if they couldn’t provide proof of residency in Cyprus. Thank goodness for my yellow slip. There were 30 people on the flight, plenty of social distancing and of course we had to wear our masks for the entire journey. When we landed we were taken to a room in arrivals where we had to take a covid test. My daughter and I already had a negative result from one taken 2 days previously but rules are rules and we paid the 60 euro each. From taking the test, we were ushered through


passport control and straight onto a bus where we were driven to our quarantine hotel, Leonardo Maris Spa Resort in Paphos. We were given a sandwich and a banana and sent to our rooms where were are to remain for the next seven days.. The room, which we are forbidden to leave, is nice, a large bed where Honey and I can sleep without encroaching on each other’s space. Water is provided in the rooms but no tea or coffee so glad I brought my own. No alcohol is allowed either. In the evening they forgot to bring us our dinner so we phoned down. Minutes later a cold pasta pie was delivered in a sad polystyrene container along with a banana and a yoghurt. Breakfast was marginally better, some sweaty cheese and ham slices, some dry bread and cornflakes that tasted of paper.

The meals have been bland and luke warm at best. Really craving something tasty. Christmas day was the longest day ever. We spent hours on video chat with our family back home.Sitting around for so long has given me back ache, despite me doing workouts everyday in the little space we have. Time seems to stand still in here. This morning I couldn’t face lying in bed any longer and walked five kilometres of the bedroom floor, we have run out of toilet roll, my eyeliner pencil needs sharpening and I don’t have a sharpener and I miss my protein shakes. The hotel left us cleaning products to sanitise our rooms and we have to change our own sheets. We have 4 days to go and are surviving on our good humour, positive affirmations and social media. Thankfully it is so easy to stay connected to everyone. Quarantine is a small sacrifice to be able to live in the country we love. And at the end of the day I got to fly home to spend a few days with all my children, and fly back. Something that many families did not get the privilege to do.



The Happiness of Pursuit Top performance coach and business consultancy leader.

I am a business owner and director of Dasala Ltd a performance coaching and business consultancy business. I work across all sectors with a focus on leadership and senior management with a mind to always help individuals and teams to perform at their best. I speak across the UK and Europe as a keynote speaker to audiences of managers and leaders from business.

Zie l schmerz Ok, I’m showing off a bit now ... this is my new favourite word. The Germans have just the best words to describe things. So what does Zielschmerz mean? The literal meaning is the dread of getting what you want. It’s a bit of a strange theory to wrestle with ... why would anybody be scared of getting what they want ... I guess it’s more about daring to dream but not doing anything about your dream because you think it’s out of reach ... or maybe thinking that you just don’t deserve it The thing about dreams is that they are ideas and concepts that you have in your head and they excite you. And they remain dreams because you haven’t yet experienced

them. But mostly they remain dreams because you don’t quite know where to start to make them happen. Well, the starting point is don’t be afraid to feel afraid. Courage and vulnerability go hand in hand when you set out on a dream a good dollop of apprehension is good for you because it keeps you grounded. Once you accept that a bit of fear is ok there’s something else you need to know. Failure is ok too. I know lots of successful people and I don’t think I know any that succeeded at their first attempt, so by definition they have failed along the way. In some cases many times. Failure is a part of the journey.

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And then of course there is the plan. The steps. The milestones. The goals. These are the things you need to articulate so that you set a clear path to fulfilling your dream. I should now admit that Zielschmerz is a word invented recently by a guy called John Koenig ... it really does mean ‘the dread of getting what you want’ ... and it definitely does exist as a state of mind ... because if a person doesn’t take the first step to make their dream come true then the fear and dread wins. If you want to find out how to take the first step or learn about other methods and strategies to help your own personal development please email me at darren@ dasala.co.uk.

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REVEALED: THE TOP SEARCHED CONSPIRACIES THEORIES Some people still believe IN 2020 the conspiracy theory that 2020 was a crazy year! It seemed like more happened in the past 11 months than in the past decade. Did it really? No, of course not. But the things that are happening are so huge and complicated and unexpected it feels as though it has. Beyoncé and the Illuminati, aliens and crop circles, lizard people. Most people love fun conspiracy theories about the world we live in, but some are more popular than others depending on where you live. To find out more about the mysteries that grab our attention, Fresh Student Living analysed data from the last 12 months to uncover the most Googled conspiracy theories, legends and myths around the world.

Avril Lavigne died, and was cloned by a lookalike named Melissa. Similar stories have surfaced over the years about different celebrities, like Paul McCartney, which spurred the ‘Paul is dead’ conspiracy theory.

When it comes to Denver Airport, the story goes that it was built by the New World Order and is home to the sprawling underground headquarters of the Illuminati. Top Conspiracy Searches All Over the World

Top 10 most popular searches in the UK vs the US

Topics around unexplained alien activity ranked highest on the list of Google searches virtually everywhere, with mysteries like crop circles, Area 51 and UFOs being the favourites. The top ‘crop circle’ searches come from America (33,100) and the UK (9,900).

Aside from hugely popular searches around alien activity, lizard people and the moon landing, the Avril Lavigne and Denver Airport conspiracies are two of the most popular across both countries.

The Loch Ness Monster, one of the most famous Scottish legends, also cropped up in Google searches this year from almost every country. Last year, YouGov asked nearly 4,000


people in the UK whether they believe in the Loch Ness Monster. 71% said no against just 15% who said yes, although 12% admitted to not knowing either way, which means the verdict is still out! The top ‘Loch Ness Monster’ searches come from America (4,400) and the UK (2,900). Some of the best conspiracy theories involve celebrities being cloned, the Illuminati and lizard people. In Russia, there are around 70 searches for ‘is Elvis alive?’ every month, which means the old conspiracy about the King being spotted out and about is still doing the rounds. Two of the most Googled celebrity Illuminati myths involve Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, with people in France, Hong Kong, Slovakia, Thailand and South Africa all searching similar topics in the last 12 months. For more interesting stats and the full data set click the link: https:// freshstudentliving. co.uk/2020/11/18/topconspiracy-theories/





MANISH KUMAT ARORA • EMAIL: manish@manishastrologer.com ARIES (21 MARCH–19 APRIL)

A month of considerable effort, of ambitions and initiative, in which you can take big steps in the direction you want. General career trends seem to be satisfactory. Expanding your reach can figure strongly for some.. It will be a month with lovely romantic trends.


You’ll be willing and courageous to try things you wouldn’t have tried before. It’ll be a privileged period for creativity and for promoting aptitudes, products, brand. There’ll be opportunities you’ll speculate quickly; you’ll be resourceful and persuasive.


You would climb up the ladder of profession now. It is time for you to assert your capabilities in the work field. Determination is the key- word to succeed in your profession. The period will bring extra energy, tenderness or curiosity and lend thirst for adventure.


The results of your efforts put in for the last few month shall begin to give results now. Almost all the aspects of your life would be feel a change now. Success is on the cards when you work with a group with common interests.


Your finances would improve

a lot on a positive scale. The desire to develop, learn, and grow is real, and you’re likely to find satisfying outlets for doing so. It’s also a good time to stoke the fires of an ongoing romance. Confidence is the key to a positive relationship with your partner.

VIRGO (23 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER) Your sense

of creativity need to be boosted for best performance throughout the month. New ventures, new businesses, or new positions are in for you now. You seem to be oscillating between a romantic-adventurous approach and a realistreserved one.

LIBRA (23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER) Your creativity shall be at it best this period. Put it into good use for financial or monetary benefits. Your financial inflows this month would be quite satisfactory with inflows coming much from external sources rather than your own efforts.

SCORPIO (23 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER) Your projects are

likely to move in a positive direction. Team efforts shall give good rewards hence go with the gang. Possessiveness is likely to wreak havoc on your relationships and hence try to keep yourself cool.

SAGITTARIUS (22 NOVEMBER -21 DECEMBER) You’ll benefit from

a big mental strength and an extraordinary capacity for concentration. A well-planned budget based financial performance shall help you a lot. You’ll constantly move, communicate, write, persuade, and negotiate.

CAPRICORN (22 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY) A general slow and

steady approach is better else you would lose steam at the end of the race. Patience is much needed for this period as also a tab of your diet and exercise. Material benefits shall not entice you and you get into a more spiritual phase in life.

AQUARIUS (20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY) Career shall remain

satisfactory and pleasant. Put your creativity into full good use rather than the back burner. Talents and creativity will be strong points that you can use with success.. Some amount of socializing shall also help in the professional field.

PISCES (19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH) Progress need to be

made in the right direction so that your financial ship stays afloat. Expenses related to family and friends would burn your fingers to some extent. Take some time off now and then to retreat into your own personal shell that shall rejuvenate you for the long run ahead.





ncreased credibility. A business award win, short-listing or nomination can act as a 3rd party endorsement for your business. A win can give a seal of approval to your activities and is a sign of quality for potential customers, so can form part of your sales pitch. It can also help with relationships with suppliers. Just being short-listed can improve brand awareness and promote your business to new customers. Make sure you maximise PR


exposure and update your marketing materials with the award logo including business cards, website, literature, email and sales material. We provide finalists and winners with rosettes to add to your branding. Awards celebrate hard work and success and are great PR opportunities. It’s fantastic to be recognised so it’s important to make sure that people know what your business has achieved. Winning a business award can open doors to getting contracts,

finding new supply channels and breaking into new markets. The Liverpool Lifestyle awards is one of the most talked about business event6 of the year and trends locally on social media. It is one the best ways to raise your business profile and drive customers to you.


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