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editor’s welcome Have you ever been on one of those long coach journeys when you have no entertainment in the slightest? No reading material, no iPod, no smart phone, nothing. I have and let me tell you its not pleasant. In fact, its boring. Really, really boring. This is where Amigo comes in. Right now, I have no doubt you are bored and sat on a busy coach with lots of time to kill. Amigo is like your friend on a coach journey that takes form through paper and ink. Its there to keep you occupied and, hopefully, entertained. The days of staring out of the window at countless fields and trees are over. Over the course of this voyage you can find out where this summers UK hotspots are (p.9). You can discover the travel essentials that you need for any long journey (p.34). You can also catch up with London and its Olympic progress (p.60). With such a variety of articles, Amigo is sure you will have a much better journey…and its FREE! In return, I only have one favour to ask. At Amigo, we’re concerned for the environment. By travelling via coach you are using the greenest method of transport. But you can be even greener by leaving this magazine where you found it for the next lucky traveller. Not only will it allow us to entertain someone else, but it will also reduce the amount of paper we use by 2000%. That’s a number you can’t argue with. At Amigo, we like to use the phrase “you help us, we’ll help you.” We’ve done our part so it’s down to you…
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contents CULTURE 9 SUMMER HOTSPOTS The summer is about to begin and Amigo is here to give you a rundown of the UK’s hottest places to be. 14 SUMMER SAYS ‘FESTIVALS’ How has Glastonbury reacted to Isle of Wight’s challenge to its ‘best festival in the world’ crown? 18 DELICIOUS FOOD Ever fancied a fine dining experience but refuse to pay the price? Amigo has found the perfect events for all you would-be-connoisseurs. 20 JUNE EXHIBITIONS Amigo handpicks its favourite exhibitions. From art to quilts there is an event that suits anyone’s idea of fun.
CURRENT AFFAIRS 24 SPACE TOURISM In a few decades you could be in space on a rocket. Amigo looks at space’s expanding tourism potential. 6
26 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Japan’s tragic earthquake and nuclear disaster have shown the true extent of devastation. What lesson’s can we learn for the future?
FASHION 29 KEY SUMMER FASHION PIECES Looking good in summer is nearly as important as the sun itself. Check out this summers hottest and most fashionable items. 33 BEAUTY ON THE MOVE This summer’s must haves make you look fresh and feel good on a long journey. 34 TRAVEL ESSENTIALS Some products are a necessity. Unsure on which ones you really need? Amigo finds the travel essentials 38 THE DENIM SHIRT The ever-versatile denim shirt is a definite in any suitcase. Amigo shows the potential of this oh so simple piece of clothing.
40 VINTAGE SHOPS IN THE UK Want to know where to get vintage? Amigo has found the best vintage shops in the UK.
TECHNOLOGY 45 MOBILE PAYMENTS Smartphones just can’t stop being smart. This is their next attempt at making the world a quicker place. 46 COMPUTERS VS TABLETS With the early success of the iPad and other tablet devices, are PC’s on borrowed time?
ENTERTAINMENT 51 RETURN OF THE STROKES The Strokes are back. Amigo interviews the best indie band of the 00s. 54 BRITISH SOAPS The UK loves soaps. But what is it that keeps us so interested in the lives of ‘normal’ day-to-day people?
SPORT 49 THE FASHION OF SPORT Sport began as sport. Then clothing became as important as the game. Amigo explores the origins of fashion in sport. 60 BUILD UP TO THE OLYMPICS The world’s greatest show is coming to London next year. With less than 500 days, Amigo catches up with the preparations of London’s biggest event. 64 CUBS TO LIONS With the failure of the last World Cup still in our minds, we look towards England’s freshest talent. Remember, these guys could bring the World Cup home!
AMIGO SPECIAL 66 TOP LUGGAGE PICKS Your luggage is as important as you. Amigo doesn’t want to see it smashed to pieces so we have found the most fashionable, safe suitcases. 7
summer hot spots 2011 has already seen our hottest April in 100 years. Now meteorologists are predicting sunny days and heatwaves for the summer. So forget going abroad. Amigo has selected 5 of the best home holiday destinations from across the UK Words by Jessica Weston
As the cost of living seems to be increasing, staying in the UK this summer seems to be the most appealing option – particularly for your bank balance! Wherever you reside, there is never a summer attraction too far away. Check out these top five summer hotspots, all conveniently accessible by coach. No need to pay for petrol or parking, it’s the stress free option to enjoying your summer holiday. Words by Jessica Weston 10
Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire Spread across 42 acres with over 125 rides and attractions, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is worth a visit. Featuring the Ocean Boulevard shopping promenade, over 50 restaurants – there’s no excuse to go hungry after a long leisurely day, and a choice of luxurious hotels and B&B’s, meaning you can take a break from all the excitement and relax. Coach travel from any major UK city is affordable and convenient if booked in advance. With the spare pennies saved, you can splash out either in one of the A La Carte restaurants or a massage in one of the hotel’s health and leisure facilities.
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset For a beach with a difference, head to Weston-super-Mare. Home to the hottest summer events of the year such as T4 on the Beach, it attracts thousands of visitors every year. With festivals, caves, an aquarium and plenty of restaurants and nightclubs within a short walking distance, Weston-super-Mare has something to offer absolutely everyone. Best of all, it’s easily accessible by coach. Why not also check out the re-opening of the Grand Weston Pier, another popular attraction well worth a visit!
Barafundle, Pembrokeshire Often described as Britain’s ‘most beautiful beach’ Barafundle is the perfect getaway for a relaxing beach holiday. With clear waters and golden sands Barafundle is completely unspoilt by tourism, making you feel as if you were in the Caribbean! It’s the perfect pit stop to escape from reality. 11
| CULTURE Croyde Bay, Devon For those surf enthusiasts out there, there’s no better place in the UK than Croyde Bay. Known for its dramatic waves, only those brave enough dare venture out to sea. For a more relaxed scene head to the beach bar, sit back with a cocktail or three and soak up the lively atmosphere. In the evenings there are plenty of pubs, clubs and restaurants, featuring a selection of foods from around the world to get your stomach rumbling. All this for a mere £30 travel if not cheaper from anywhere in the UK – remember to pack your surf board!
Torquay, Devon Boasting two Michelin star restaurants and boutique style hotels, Torquay is definitely one for you food lovers. With water sports, fishing, boating and diving all available along the coastline, there is plenty to also keep even the most active person busy. With a temperate climate all year round, Torquay is a popular option for those choosing to holiday at home, it’s an offer you can’t refuse! a
music festivals June is upon us again so grab your wellies, your tents and your trilby hats... its the start of festival season! Whether you’re heading to Rock Ness, Download, Glade or Reading & Leeds this year, 2011 has a lot to offer festival lovers no matter what your preferred type of music.
The biggest contenders for the best festival in June this year are Glastonbury and Isle of Wight. Shaped by the hippie movement around the late 60s, the first ever Glastonbury fest was in 1970. It had T-Rex as headliner, an audience of 1,500 and it was just £1 per ticket! If only tickets were still that price! The lineups this year for both festivals are insane and completely worth the money, not only for the music, but also for the incredible atmosphere both festivals offer their punters.
Words by Rachael Morey
Last year, Isle of Wight upped their game to compete with the UK’s most famous festival, Glastonbury with a line-up consisting of colossal headliners, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z and The Strokes. This year, they have bought it to the table again with massive headliners Kings of
Leon, Foo Fighters and Kasabian setting a benchmark for Glastonbury to follow. And with headliners U2, Coldplay and Beyoncé, they have answered in fine fashion. Glastonbury never fails to disappoint its music-obsessed crowd but its main attraction is that it offers an experience that’s not to be missed. During this time it becomes a magical land full of every kind of culture possible. From the hippy Green Fields to the ever-happening narrative at Shangri La, Glastonbury offers the kind of unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Whichever festival you decide to brave the British weather to attend, you are guaranteed an amazing time. Just don’t forget those wel-
lies, its amazing how quickly pathways can turn into swamps. Amigo is heading to Glastonbury, we hope to see you there! If you are looking to head to a festival this year, you can access both of these festivals via coach travel for a reasonable price. A direct return service to Glastonbury is provided by National Express from 60 different cities throughout the UK. Isle of Wight festival is run by Southern Vectis which includes coach and ferry travel to and from your chosen point of departure. By choosing to travel by coach, you could help the environment by generating at least ten times less CO2 emissions than driving a car to the festival. Keep that hippie tradition alive, do your bit for the economy and have the time of your life. a 15
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delicious food With its great variety of food to offer, summer is a special season for fine dining and food celebration. Do you know of any great food festivals near you? Amigo samples the Britain’s best food and wine festivals of coming June Words by Oxana Bondyuk 18
English Wine Week 28 May - 5 June It’s been a successful year for English wine with vineyards producing record numbers, and even the Queen starting to produce her own wine at Windsor. English Wine Week running between 28th May – 5th June is when wine producers, retailers and enthusiasts come together to celebrate fine English wines with many special events, vineyard visits, and tastings taking
place all over the South of England. From the Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey to Chilford Hall Vineyard and Winery in Cambridgeshire, England is bursting with terrific vineyards that are fast becoming popular tourist attractions. Opening their doors to the public, English Wine Week will showcase the best places to stay and the finest local vineyards, wine merchants and farm shops to experience across the country. See the full list of events at englishwineweek.co.uk.
Taste of London 16-19 June On 16th-19th June the capital’s best culinary festival, Taste of London returns to Regent’s Park for a long weekend. With 40 top gourmet chefs showcasing their talents and 200 producers offering a great variety of exquisite food and beverages, it’s the ultimate tasting menu. Taste of London is the place where the best known chefs will be sharing their secrets and showing off their culinary skills. If you want to watch Michel Roux Jr’s cooking sessions or taste Gary Rhodes’ signature dishes, this is the event for you. It is a unique celebration of world cuisine and ranges from classical French to contemporary Indian. The Secret Garden will be the stage for exclusive mini master classes and Q&A sessions with world famous culinary talent. There will also be plenty of wine tasting, cookery workshops and demonstrations. The relaxed atmosphere and beautiful surroundings will be an enjoyable experience for you food lovers, with Taste of London celebrating great tasting cuisine. Amigo’s recommended highlights for the event: seven-hour confit lamb from Tom Akiens’s Kitchen, La Pâtisserie Peugeot’s baking demonstrations, and a Tapas master class from Ben Tish. All the details are available at www.tasteoflondon.co.uk, and if you check their Twitter feed @TasteofLondon, there may be some last minute ticket discounts to be had too! a
A different form of entertainment
The sun is out and summer has just begun, June is certainly the time for exhibitions. From art fairs to renewable energy, exhibitions this month appeal to a variety of tastes and interests. With such an extensive list, Amigo has handpicked its highlights especially for you. Weâ€™re sure there will be one you find interesting! Words by Sam Vinicombe-Taylor
The Royal Bath and West Show, Shepton Mallet, 1-4 June The Royal Bath and West show is the country’s biggest rural festival. There is a fine selection of things to do with our highlights being the National Cheese Awards and the UK’s biggest cider competition. With art exhibitions, canoeing and a huge farmer’s market, this is one of those events that has everything to keep you and everyone else entertained.
London International Fine Art and Antiques Fair, Olympia, London, 10-19 June This event is a must not miss for any art heads. This 10 day event is a showcasing of some of the finest decorative works of art. It is a massive exhibition full of creative inspiration and classical style. The antiques are not to be missed either, although the price for a vase may have you backing off slowly.
BBC Good Food Show, NEC Birmingham, 15-19 June The BBC Good Food Show is all about inspiring people to create delicious summer food. Top celebrity chefs will be there handing out recipe tips and advice for the amateur chef like you and me. Masterchef will also be bringing there live show to the NEC, something that a fan of the programme should ensure they do not miss. (This event is also run alongside BBC Gardeners World Live, entry costs cover both exhibitions.)
Taste of London, Regents Park, London, 16-19 June Taste Festivals operates 15 events worldwide. In the UK we’re lucky to have the flagship event. Over 50,000 people attended last year and this event has an incredible line-up of Michelin starred chefs. From wine tasting to cheese sampling, this is a foodies dream. It is the capitals biggest food event and is surely not to be missed.
National Quilt Championships, Sandown Exhibition Centre, Esher, 17-19 June At Amigo, we love something different and it doesn’t get much more different than this. Did you know there is a National Quilt Championship? Nope, us neither, but we
really want to go! With hundreds of spectacular displays of competitive quilts from across the world, this is a once in a year opportunity to see anything like it.
The Guardian London Graduate Recruitment Fair, Business Design Centre, London, 22-23 June The Careers Group, University of London provides unrivalled careers advice to students and graduates at all stages of their lives. The Fair is a great opportunity for you to try out some of our fantastic services and to get all the information you need to embark upon a successful career. All students should try to get to this, it gives essential advice and information and can only help a career out. a 21
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space tourism Right now you’re on the M4 in a coach...in a few decades you could be in space on a rocket. Amigo looks at space’s ever expanding tourism potential. Words by Christopher GJ Cooley Ten years ago the first space tourist was launched into space on board a Russian flight to the international space station. The Russians welcomed the 20 million pounds that Dennis Titto paid. And the world welcomed a new viewpoint: that private space travel was, indeed, possible. Now ten years after its inception a new era of space travel seems to be opening up. I imagine looking back in a hundred years time at what I am writing about here today: ‘Space Tourism’, that’s the headline. It still sounds absurd, but I suppose by then it will be as acceptable as bungee-jumping. Then I imagine what I would have been writing about had I been alive two hundred years ago. What would
the headline have been then? ‘First man to fly!’ Or maybe ‘Around the World in a Balloon.’ Writing about the new prospect of space tourism, I can’t help but feel slightly whimsical. It won’t be long before it seems as natural as booking a flight from your armchair, hopping on a plane, and being thousands of miles away in less than three hours. Unperturbed, I will continue to report the recent developments in space travel as a leisurely pursuit. With NASA putting its space shuttle into retirement this year, a need for transport to and from the International Space Station remains. The private firm, SpaceX became the first contractor taking over from the shuttle.
Space Adventures, the company that successfully brokered the deal to launch Dennis Titto ten years ago is now striving to put the first private customer on the moon. A giant leap for travel agents! With Virgin Galactic being tantalisingly close in this space race of becoming the world’s first commercial space carrier, they’re taking bookings from whoever can afford the $200,000 suborbital flight. The waiting list is growing, so far over 400 men and women of all ages and professions have put down deposits of $20,000. Sarah Brightman, singer of ‘I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper’, is amongst them; “I was watching the first man land on the moon in 1969 when our TV packed
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timeline of space 1500 The Italian artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci made drawings of flying machines with flapping wings. 1783 Two Frenchmen - Jean F. Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandes - made the first free lighter-than-air ascent. They made the ascent in a hot-air balloon. 1891 Otto Lilienthal, a German, became the first person to successfully pilot a glider in flight. 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright of the United States made the first engine-powered, heavierthan-air flights. Their first flight went 120 feet (37 meters) and lasted about 12 seconds. 1909 Louis Bleriot of France became the first person to fly across the English Channel. 1910 Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin of Germany organized the first commercial airline. It used airships - blimps - and carried 35,000 passengers its first three years. 1924 Two U.S. Army planes made the first round-the-world flight. They took nearly six months to complete the 26,345-mile journey. 1936 United Airlines established the first kitchens for serving meals in flight. 1939 The first successful flight of a jet-engine airplane took place in Germany. 1944 The first rocket to reach space was a German V-2 Rocket 1952 De Havilland Comets, the world’s first large commercial jetliners, began service. 1957 Soviets launch first artificial satelliteSputnik 1. 1961 On April 12, the USSR announced the successful launch and return of its first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin who made a single orbit aboard Vostok 1. 1969 On July 20, with the landing of Apollo 11. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the Moon 1970 The first jumbo jet, the Boeing 747, entered airline service. 1976 Air France and British Airways put the first supersonic airliners into passenger service. 2001 On April 28, financier Dennis Tito launched aboard a Russian rocket en route to the International Space Station where he spent eight days orbiting Earth as the world’s first space tourist!
up. I got hysterical and my parents rushed me to our neighbours’ house. Seeing it changed me. The realisation that one can do things outside anything you can imagine gave me the drive and ambition to do what I do.” She is amongst those people who, when asked in primary school what they wanted to be when they grew up would say “an astronaut.” Their career paths may have veered off course but their dreams are still the same, and now, for the first time ever seem reachable. On the promotional video for Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson - the company’s founder, boldly states that he is going, and invites all to join him. No doubt he enjoyed the Star Wars and StarTrek movies just like the rest of us. In fact the Virgin spaceship is named Enterprise. From the looks of the spaceport in New Mexico he may even have seen Avatar! Many of the astronauts that have been to space have had profound life changing experiences. The power our planet has from afar is one perspective that seems to stay with astronauts long after their return to earth, literally a world-view. Many astronauts have reported what has come
to be known as an Overview Effect: A sense of interconnected euphoria coming from seeing the earth as a synergistic whole. With companies offering flights instead of government bodies and institutions, the privatisation era of space has begun. This will inevitably mean a shift in the sorts of ‘missions’ that will take place in space, (The 1000 Mile High Club for instance). But to begin with, the main customers will be governments contracting private firms and encouraging market competition. Free market capitalist economy is set to be the driver of a second space-race. Who will be the first hotel chain to open a space station? Will there soon be a budget challenger to Virgins monopoly of transport routes? easyShuttle? Who will brand the first ‘Ports’? And who will make the first on-board magazine for space flights? With many questions left, it’s only a matter of time. With funding coming from commercial bodies, the speed of current space-exploration should reach unprecedented levels. I for one hope so, as I too said “astronaut” when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. a
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lessons of japan’s disaster Japan’s tragic earthquake and nuclear disaster have shown the true extent of devastation that mother nature and human resource can cause. What lesson’s can we learn for the future? Words by Lola Bukvic
As the news of the devastation regarding the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which struck on the morning of 11th March 2011 flickers across our screens, we tune in with disbelief at the great impact and effects that Mother Nature can have on civilization and its surroundings. Yet despite our compassion and sympathy for Japanese citizens in the city of Sendai, and those within what is now a ‘no-go zone’ area due to the melting insulators at the Fukushima Nuclear plant, within seconds we resume to our secure and stable lives without giving a second thought to the possibility, and in fact certainty, that this natural disaster has affected us on a global scale.
The majority of us are aware of the effects that the Chernobyl disaster had on humanity back in 1986, with the explosion releasing detrimental quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, spreading over most of Western USSR and Europe. Yet as we sit back and relax in our comfort zone of the West, are we really safe from radiation? With a 20km exclusion zone declared around the Fukushima Daiichi plant forcing more than 200,000 to evacuate the area, the nuclear disaster is truly becoming less fiction and more fact, as we begin to come to terms with the destruction and potential threat that this is causing to Japan, surrounding countries and the environment.
| CURRENT AFFAIRS One of the biggest hazards standing is the impact on health that the increasing levels of radiation will trigger. Before we tape our windows shut, drain out our local supermarket and begin to hibernate for the next several years or so, radiation and radioactive material exists in more areas then one, causing us to come into contact with it more often than we are aware. From the food we digest to X-Ray scans, radioactive material at low levels is a rather common and non-toxic substance to the human race. However when levels begin to exceed 50 microsieverts, (the measurement used to calculate radiation) alarm systems must be signalled in order to avoid health problems. Overexposure to radiation ultimately leads to what is known as radiation sickness or toxicity, which can not only spur one specific health problem but can have a knock on effect throughout the entire human body. The first symptoms to occur are gastrointestinal effects, followed by vomiting and further blistering, and ulceration on the skin due to the drop in blood cells caused by radiation. The process of healing may very well occur for many, however if the levels of radiation and exposure are to increase further, cancer is most likely induced, especially that of the thyroid gland, due to genetic mutations. Radiation sickness and cancer can in all probability be minimized, and in the most fortunate cases completely avoided if caught in time. Escaping a nuclear crisis however does not necessarily mean that we can simply continue with our daily duties and celebrate that the problem is long gone. Radiation is well known for quietly catching up with us, as is the current issue we are facing globally today. Reykjavik, Iceland reported detections of radioactive particles within the atmosphere, yet at a reasonably low level meaning no cause for concern
as of yet. However radiation has now spread across the northern half of the globe; including Russia, Canada and the USA. If the Fukushima plant continues to emit smoke and radioactive material, it is rather possible that further damage will be caused to Japan and surrounding countries, initiating a global nuclear warning that would prove to be the greatest natural catastrophe to date. Those based in the countryâ€™s capital, Tokyo, have now been restricted from drinking tap water due to severe radioactive contamination, along with food and milk which are reportedly polluted
with 27 times the acceptable limit. The power of beating the plague of radiation is truly in our own hands. Fighting Mother Nature has never truly been successful, yet the least we can do is take crucial precautions and action against the threats that radiation poses on the survival of civilization. As of now, it is necessary for us bordering countries to begin any means of preventing external contamination in order to avoid what Japan is currently struggling through, and with a little peace of mind, embark on assisting and donating towards the recovery of a country in need. a 27
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summer’s key pieces Words by Tami Briesies Photography by Faye Sampson
bright colours With summer right around the corner, the trends have been bursting from every fashion house ready to make their way to the high street, so you little fashion minions (including myself) can afford them with what little spare cash you may have. A key trend that can be seen absolutely everywhere for SS11 is BRIGHT COLOURS. With Topshop, River Island and Zara
in particular jumping on the bandwagon, taking inspiration from the likes of Issa’s SS11 collection where brights were the main theme; you’d have to agree that they’re pretty serious about this one! Zara’s windows have completely been taken over by the trend with tangerines, magentas and sky blues in every item of clothing; from their tops, to their trousers, to their shoes. Ultimately the choice
to mix and match is endless, a fashion pick ‘n’ mix if you will. Once you’ve entered any of the stores mentioned above, you’ll essentially become a kid in a candy store. As far as getting that excited feeling in the pit of your stomach, I’d say it can only be a positive for the shopping addicted neurones in your brain. Your bank account on the other hand… well that’s a different story!
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florals and fruits
Floral is absolutely everywhere you look at the moment, so it’s safe to say if you don’t have something floral in your wardrobe… you’re completely missing out! However it’s also a well known fact that too much can make you look like a rosebush in full bloom, so beware! Less is more in this instance. Opt for beautiful floral brogues, a playsuit or headband to get you in the SS11 mood!
With the likes of Stella McCartney showcasing fruit prints in her SS11 collection, we all know that this trend is the must have for this season. Tying in with bright colours, you’re able get gorgeous pieces printed with cherries, pineapples, apples, bananas… the list is endless! From a little hairclip in your hair to shoes on your feet, it’s essential to have a fruity print on your outfit this summer.
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chino shorts and trilby hats Chino trousers have been the word on everyone’s lips as of recently, and now as summer draws closer, the pant lengths are shrinking to make way for the newest trend; chino shorts! Available in an array of colours ranging from the outlandish lemon yellow to the safe choice of black, you’ll never go wrong. Pair with a simple tee or smart shirt; you’re bound to look handsome in either.
With the popularity of festivals in recent years, many have taken to wearing hats to protect their faces from the sun. For girls, this summer is all about the floppy hat. Boys, make way for the trilby! Popular amongst the likes of Frank Sinatra back in the day as well as the mods, skas and indie lads as of late, you’re bound to find the right one for you. With any ensemble, if the sun is out, grab your trilby! a
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fresh and radiant
beauty on the go Amigo thinks that looking fresh on a long journey is essential in making you feel good. This summer’s must haves make you look fresh and feel good. Words by Kristina Teodorović
Girls, Amigo has found a product that no makeup kit would be complete without this summer: Chanel’s Vialumiere Aqua foundation. A new generation texture, this beautifully lightweight foundation is not only easy to apply with its delicately sheer base, but it also leaves your skin feeling soft and glowing like no other foundation ever has. Releasing a scent of freshness on application, the light formula reveals a sense of nude beauty and feels like air on your skin. Perfect for keeping skin hydrated on long coach journeys and still looking radiant as you step out into a new city. The formula includes a UVB sun filter that will protect your skin from being damaged by the sun this summer. Chanel’s Vialumiere Aqua foundation is the ultimate nomakeup makeup. What’s more, the foundation is packaged in a portable plastic squeeze bottle, and is a must have beauty product on the go this season.
In addition to this beauty essential you could also try Chanel’s feminine, sexy, young and exciting Coco Mademoiselle. This refreshing and pure fragrance reveals a sense of sophisticated elegance with every spray. The exclusive blend of floral ingredients including jasmine may rose and iris is exquisitely combined with orange, bergamot and patchouli, revealing a deep oriental scent. This feminine fragrance has a strong personality and is perfect for daytime wear. The bottles’ new size is ideal for travel and easily stored in your handbag. Both Chanel’s Vialumiere Aqua foundation and Coco Mademoiselle perfume is the perfect combination for your summer beauty ritual. a Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, £31.50 and Coco Mademoiselle perfume 35ml/100ml, £45.00/£86.00 available at Selfridges (Selfridges.com)
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travel bag essentials Some products are a necessity. Unsure on which ones you really need? Amigo finds the travel essentials that everyone needs.
St Tropez Gradual Tan Spray
With summer fast approaching us, you’ll want to prepare for your trips to the beach. This tan spray mist promises to deliver a natural looking tan with its special ‘AromaGuard’ eliminating a minimum of 70% of that awful self tan smell. No streaks, just a smooth, even cover. It’s available from ASOS for £20.45, only pricey due to the brand but definitely worth a try.
Words by Tami Briesies Bobbi Brown Concealer
It’s the make up product on everyone’s lips. Sold every 30 seconds worldwide, the concealer and corrector help to lift and brighten baggy eyes, whilst neutralising any discolouration that may occur. This long lasting product is available as a kit for £23.50.
Benefit Lemon-Aid Eye Primer
It’s the new product that has been making waves. This Benefit primer has a creamy texture, when applied it gives a smoothing effect and brightens your eyes to make it look as though that wild night out in Shoreditch never happened! It’s available at ASOS for £16.50, slightly pricey but definitely worth it. 34
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With all you boys being rough around the edges, your hair can be damaged quite easily with towel drying and constant scratching, causing further thinning of the hair. This product promises to stop flatness and greasiness, allowing for a flake free head of hair. It’s available at the likes of Boots and Superdrug for under £4.00. Bargain!
Jean Paul Gaultier ‘Le Male’
It’s been around for near enough 15 years, but the subtle smell of lavender, mint and vanilla promise to attract every girl within a mile. Its long lasting, recognisable scent is perfect for day or night, turning heads wherever you are! Log onto Amazon to get it for £33, it’s definitely worth the price tag for the result it may have for you!
Clinique Maximum Hydrator Men often find it hard to find a good moisturiser. This product from Clinique has positive post shave effects, rehydrating and smoothing the fine lines that may be appearing. This long lasting product is available for a hefty £25.50, however for the effects, it’s worth the investment! 35
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the denim shirt Words by Aliya Zaidi Photography by Faye Sampson
The ever-versatile denim shirt is a definite in any suitcase. Amigo shows the potential of this oh-so-simple piece of clothing. Any frequent traveler will have felt the pain of trying to squeeze the required contents of a glamorous and exciting weekend break into a travel bag. In the current day and age where carrying a month’s supply of clothing for a weekend break is considered normal if not essential, packing has become increasingly frustrating and difficult. How can an individual ensure that the amount of clothing they are taking will translate to a suitable number of outfits? Whilst not many take pleasure in giving away how much thought goes into their outfits (hence the awe of ‘effortlessly stylish’ fashion darlings in the media), there is no worse feeling than pondering over a selection of pieces which are either mismatched or create an overload of trends. The key to ensuring a fail-proof wardrobe is by incorporating a piece that is bound to set any outfit on fire. Everyone has things in their closet that only work on a certain day with a certain hairstyle, but there has to be that one item that makes you feel confident and fresh. For some it’ll be a statement jacket or a trusted little black dress, but denim shirts have been the key to looking like fashions finest, without unnecessary glamour and poise this season. 38
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The denim shirt has made a comeback from the 80s, but this time with a revolutionary twist to go hand in hand with the cutting edge fashion of today. It can be thrown over leather leggings for a casually sexy look; teamed with luxurious beige and camel tones to create a polished, high fashion outfit; or simply worn over a floral dress. Denim on denim is back with a vengeance, but doesnâ€™t necessarily have to be the disaster that we all perceive; wear a sky blue washed denim shirt over a white tee with over-dyed indigo jeans to avoid the fatal clash of faded fabrics.
Packing around the key piece can be used as a clever tactic to keep baggage weight to a minimum. A denim shirt can be complemented with a white vest, a t-shirt, two dresses (casual and evening), a skirt and pair of jeans and leggings. This formation equates to seven different outfits! Only two or three would be required on a weekend break, providing flexibility depending on mood and weather conditions. Investing in a different colour or style will allow variation if wearing the same shirt several times over one weekend isnâ€™t ideal. Dark washed denim shirts look slick and
sophisticated, and work with the same styling methods as their light washed versions. This versatile piece can even be shared between a couple; slim fit on a man with beige chinos, oversized on a woman with leggings or tucked into a floral mini skirt. Despite this being a good tactic in saving suitcase space, there will no doubt be conflicts in deciding who gets to wear the shirt. Make sure that each party has their own key piece to ensure an effortlessly stylish weekend break. a
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vintage shops in the UK Vintage is bang on trend. Vintage is cool. Want to know where to get it? Amigo has found the best vintage shops in the UK. Words by Uruj Mushtaq
beyond retro 110-112 Cheshire Street Brick Lane London E2 6EJ
As vintage clothing has gradually taken the fashion world by storm, I decided to investigate some of the top vintage stores in the UK. The first on my list of must-visit shops is Beyond Retro; one of the leading vintage shops based in London with branches around the world. Starting out as a charity shop selling vintage clothing, Beyond Retro began to buy all of its clothing from various charities. With both second 40
hand and original pieces, its unique and inspirational vintage fashion prints and high-quality vintage garments are well sought after, with celebrities such as Kate Nash, Jessie J, Alexa Chung and many more often caught snapped in some of their clothing. The shop is well-known for hosting live bands in-store, with regular art exhibitions adding to their profile. Due to the popularity of the store, it looks like the price tags are slightly higher than the average vintage stores, but prices do start at just ÂŁ1 for silk scarves, stretching to a hefty ÂŁ50 for evening gowns. The bright colours, distinctive patterns, and choice of era are absolute paradise for vintage lovers.
For men, this classic military style jacket is perfect for those who enjoy the original styles from the 1930s, rather than those imitations currently available on the high street. With buttoning detail and intricate design, itâ€™ll make you look rather dapper!
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the real mccoy
decadence vintage fairs
21 McCoys Arcade Fore Street Exeter Devon
39 Waverley Drive Bangor County Down BT20 5LD
I stumbled upon this shop whilst on my quest, and was absolutely blown away by the jaw-dropping collection this shop contains. The Real McCoy is a very old and established vintage shop located in Exeter, Devon. They have been around for at least 100 years selling clothing ranging between the 1800s and the 1980s. From 50s style dresses to 70s inspired shirts, jewellery and accessories, there are plenty of garments to have a rummage through. What’s most surprising is the look, style and size of the shop; with many levels and different clothing ranges, it includes a department for fancy dress and a quaint café. You’ll never want to leave!
Another fine addition to my list is Decadence Vintage Clothing store. This stylish boutique located in Northern Ireland, Wales isn’t limited to just vintage fashion, but includes creations from recycled local designer clothing, and home ware using versatile materials. This shop was originally inspired and created by the owner Becky Moore, who was a vintage fairs fanatic. From this, she decided to produce something similar and started her first store known as ‘Frock Around the clock’. After its huge success, Becky then started to hold popular vintage events in Wales, attracting lovers of vintage fashion from all across the UK.
Looking at some of the collection that the Real McCoy has to offer certainly makes it a goldmine for retro admirers. This 1920s inspired beaded dress is an absolute master piece, which reminds us of the well-known fashion icon Gloria Swanson. Just an example of the treasures the shop has to offer. This men’s leather jacket from the rock n’ roll era of the 50s is perfect for that weekend away. Throw it over a white tee for the leisure look, or with a chequered shirt for an edgy look.
Taking a quick look at some of the home ware collection produced by Decadence, this retro tea set has been created by request. Showcasing another classic example of the services this shop has to offer.
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where will mobiles go next? Smartphones just can’t stop being smart. This is their next attempt at making the world a quicker place. Will it catch on? Words by Oxana Bondyuk It’s only a matter of time before you’ll be able to pay for your morning coffee, daily newspaper, train tickets or even a haircut with a wave of your mobile phone. Amigo takes a look at how the future of mobile payments is shaping up… In recent years mobile phone technology has become more sophisticated, allowing us to make conference calls, take photos and videos, and even watch live television on the go. Nevertheless leading smart phone manufacturers will soon be offering the next service; it’s only a matter of time before mobiles will be used in exchange for cash whilst grabbing that coffee on the way to work, and possibly paying for that quick trim at the hairdressers!
This is the future of a cashless society, predicted by the pioneering alliance of mobile phone operators and industry specialists. Within less than a year Near Field Communication technology is to be a standard for mobile phone developers. This technology enables short-range wireless communications between the phone and N.F.C readers, and can be used to make small value payments, often without shoppers having to enter a PIN to complete the transaction. The new system will make small purchases easier, quicker, and just as secure. Nick Holland, a mobile-transactions analyst at Yankee Group, has said the new technology will be more sophisticated than credit cards with
a magnetic stripe, and customers have no need to worry about the security of their payment information. One estimate suggests 40,000 businesses around the country could be using mobile payments by the end of 2011. Pilot trials are already under way on a smaller scale, with Pret A Manger, Boots, Tesco, McDonald’s, Little Chef and the National Trust all giving it a go. It is predicted to be main stream by the end of the summer, with major manufactures, mobile operators, and payment systems such as Visa and MasterCard investing heavily in the development of the system. Guests of the London Olympics in 2012 may be able to leave their wallets at home and pay with their phones alone. It will mean more NFC fitted mobile phones appearing on the market, and more contactless pay points being installed in retail stores, cafes, restaurants and ticket offices. As there is still an accountable percentage of the population who do not own a smartphone, credit cards are expected to be around for a little while longer. So don’t worry if you’re not a techno nerd, cash and card are still acceptable – for now. a 45
PCs vs tablets With the early success of the iPad and every other manufacturer launching a similar tablet device, are PCs on borrowed time? Words by Oxana Bondyuk
With the recent launch of tablet devices proving to be a worldwide phenomenon, the technological world has begun to look into computing devices more thoroughly, debating whether the time has come for us to bid farewell to what may now be deemed as the old-age computer. The computer, our technological best friend, providing us with a free window to the world and our own digital memory bank, has become such a staple in 21st century liv46
ing that the idea of a competitor or replacement seems somewhat unnecessary. However as technology continues to develop at a rapid pace and modern society now consists of a more up-beat and fast-moving lifestyle, we have begun to search for a device that will ultimately match our new-fashioned and modernised way of living. The tablet device may be our gateway into the future and advancement of technology, however in several years to come, with the
steady improvement of each new tablet released, will its features and qualities finally override those of the traditional computer? Weighing up the pros and cons of each, we may find an answer to this question that has shaken up the tech world. With its sleek and sophisticated appearance, the lightweight tablet is the perfect companion for those who are seeking a device that can be transported at ease, offering laidback and relaxed portability, whether to the office or worldwide.
| TECHNOLOGY Many have claimed that the tablet is a quicker and more efficient alternative to the PC thanks to the touch screen display, providing us with the ability to access numerous features at the flick of the finger, rather than enduring the slow process of the mouse. One of the greatest benefits of the iPad, the top selling tablet, is the Applications feature, allowing customers to choose from over 65,000 games, movies, e-books and many more, alongside the built-in apps such as iTunes, email, Internet browser, maps and a camera being the latest addition. However despite the technological advances that the tablet is known for, difficulties regarding certain design mechanisms and restrictions have been reported which have pushed computers back into first place. Despite the choice of apps and features which the tablet boasts, only one window can be open at once, which has proved to cause frustration to those that multi-task who are used to jumping between programmes, especially when utilised for work-related tasks. The keyboard, having been divided into 3 cycles due to the size of the screen, has cause difficulties to those who have grown up with the physical keyboard, which is by far more time efficient and straightforward. Finally one of the major setbacks of the Pad is the disability of adding or expanding memory, hard drives, printers and scanners limiting customers on their chosen and desired content.
The decision between the two devices boils down to personal taste and preference, and even though the computer may face a minor challenge, its advantages clearly override those of the tablet, which is still to endure several improvements and developments until it can be considered a valid and more practical substitute. a 47
the generation that have their sound back The Strokes are back. The Strokes have changed. The Strokes deserve your attention. Amigo interviews the best indie band of the 00s. Words by Sam VinicombeTaylor
Bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Oasis all have one thing in common that is different to most other groups: they are bands that created the music that their generation is recognised for. Bands this rare are to be treasured. They define the sound of their generation. They are unique; nothing has or will sound like them (and if they do, they’re poor imitations). The Strokes are one of these bands. In early 2002, guitar music was dead. Since Oasis, there hadn’t been a band that had caught general interest. It was ‘uncool’ to listen to guitar music, as it was a time of garage, pop and rap. Then The Strokes came along. They brought energy, attitude and swagger back
to indie guitar music. Suddenly the talk was all about this young band from New York and their giant singer. Standing at 6’ 2”, Julian Casablancas is the kind of figure that draws all the attention when walking into a room. The Strokes brought back what was missing from indie, and in the process became the sound of the 2000s. The Strokes are my generation’s band; they changed and defined the sound that I listened to. They are my Oasis. I’ll never understand how it felt to be a teenager when The Beatles emerged, but I have The Strokes instead. Even though they can’t be compared, I love them as if I were a screaming girl at Shea Stadium in ’66. 51
Whatever happened, happened In 2007, after touring their third album, The Strokes announced a split. Their manager suggested that it was a “much needed break”, and rumours soon spread that there was a division in the band that had caused it. When I asked, Albert Hammond Jr (rhythm guitar) honestly replied, “We hit a wall as a band and we stopped communicating. I just hid under a sea of drugs and resentments and angers and had to figure them out for me as a human being.” Nikolai Fraiture (bass) chipped in, saying, “It never came to blows. Just shouting matches.” Reassuring us that The Strokes never became violent towards each other, but there was a division. Casablancas, who went on to release a solo album during the 52
break, was blamed by most sources for the divide due to his obsessive, perfectionist, won’t let anyone do anything in the band-ness. Hammond, again, had something to say on the matter, “I don’t even know the truth. But I don’t think Julian was holding up a record. We’ve still made it. Maybe it took longer but sometimes that happens.” His somewhat confusing reply shows the extent of the confusion over the situation. The album that “took longer” was 4 years in the making. During this time there was a lot of uncertainty and speculation over whether the band would actually get together again. All members were independently doing their own thing, and Casablancas’ solo album seemed like a spanner in the works. So did the Strokes ever think that it may be over? Nick Valensi (lead guitar) seemed to think so, “It did seem like a possibility. I definitely had that
thought cross my mind.” As did Fraiture who added, “Yeah because time was getting on and we’re getting older.” Surprisingly though, its Casablancas, the evil figurehead in this who disagrees, “I never thought of it in those terms. I would never do anything to break up the band.”
Look how they’ve changed They, their fans and everyone else may have been doubtful, but The Strokes are back together with a new album and a fresh set of festival dates. It’s been an entire decade since they released their debut album ‘Is This It’, and they are no longer the kids on the scene. They may still be ‘rock stars’, but do they live the lifestyle to match the tag? Fraiture likes to think so, “Yeah. Rock star excess. I’m going to go straight to the bar after this actually. I’m starting to get a bit antsy.
(laughs)” However age does seem to be catching up with other members. Valensi was quick to point out, “Well, I’m married. I have kids. I’m not traipsing round town like a bachelor any more. Having a family comes with added responsibilities.” The guitarist isn’t the only one to have departed his previous lifestyle. Both Casablancas and Hammond Jr are now teetotal. Casablancas joked, “Well I still drink water. And soda. But I stopped drinking alcohol.” At this point the conversation took a serious turn. Hammond Jr admitted, “I had to man up. It was either teetotal or death. Otherwise I wouldn’t have done it. Drinking was never a problem, but it got pretty bad with drugs.” So has being in the Strokes changed? Fraiture has said “it’s definitely changed, but I don’t think in a bad way. Once the people who’ve decided to stop are comfortable with other people drinking, it’s fine”
The place to see them is the UK This summer sees the full live return of Casablancas and co. and they will embark on a busy schedule, playing in Reading, Leeds, T in the Park, and Oxegen festivals in the UK alone. The Strokes have been through and seen it all, so do they still feel the pressure of headlining such events? “I don’t think pressure ever goes away. It’s part of life.” said Hammond Jr, “It’s part of being in the system of entertainment. It adds to how you create, but I don’t think you can relax on anything.” With so many gigs around the world, I couldn’t help but ask the cliché question that every interviewer seems to ask: where is your favourite country to play? Fabrizio Moretti was quick to answer – the same answer I was half expecting, half hoping, “Definitely England. It’s got some
crazy crowds. It’s really fun to play to, and I’m not just saying that. Our first experience away from home was there, so it was pretty eye opening.” Casablancas quipped, “It’s among the best if you’re talking about crowds, but not if you’re talking about the weather” just to assure me that Moretti wasn’t alone in his opinion. This summer is your chance to see the Strokes. They love playing here and say the crowds are the best. They’re great live, and don’t forget they are the band of my generation. It’s your opportunity to miss, but I thoroughly suggest you don’t. a See The Strokes at T in the Park, Ox egen, Reading and Leeds festivals this August. National Express run coaches from many destinations to each of these festivals.
the misery that grips the nation The UK loves soaps. We have so many of them. But what is it that keeps us so interested in the lives of ‘normal’ day-today people? Words by David Moore
The word omnibus refers to one thing: Sunday afternoon, after the roast, with the only thing stopping us drifting off is seeing what shenanigans have been occurring on ‘the Street’ or in ‘the Square’. The sensational storylines with reactions featuring the phrase “Oh, it was so sad!” or “I was crying my eyes out”, leave me puzzled. The attempts from soap writers to make it as realistic yet dramatic as possible reaches the point where the pain of seeing someone ditched at the altar feels like the norm. May the Lord have mercy on us all the
day a wedding goes without a hitch! The two obvious big players in the ‘soap drama wars’ are Coronation Street and Eastenders, trying to constantly outdo each other with recent storylines including baby snatching/replacing/returning, and the ‘whose the daddy?’ storyline for baby Jack in Corrie. We love the shock and awe of both soaps – it’s too tough to choose our fave! Of course let’s not forget our beloved Cheshire based drama that is Hollyoaks. With recent controversial storylines involving violence, murder, and domestic abuse it’s
| ENTERTAINMENT compellingly grim, eh? Even Emmerdale hasn’t shied away from such awful scenarios with sexual assault, village fires and amnesiaridden characters being this year’s focus. Why can’t we have more storylines about a successful business that passes off without any problems? It would be novel for their finance to be sourced legally, with all directors of the company sans prior convictions or CCJ’s. Doesn’t that sound riveting? Imagine Phil Mitchell opening a greetings card shop that breaks even in its first financial year of trading. How’s that for a storyline? Or perhaps the Dingles finally up sticks and move to Newcastle in a journey that essentially combines Emmerdale with the newly embarrassing Geordie Shore. Shenanigans ahoy as Barbour coats meet Cheryl Cole in a smash hit first episode. As our own lives may not be so theatrical, we Brits love to zone out for half an hour and enter the working class market of the East End or Cheshire suburbs via the Yorkshire village. Look at the history of British soaps in the last twenty years. Plane crashes, drug abuse, sexual assault, bomb plots, shootings, and oh so many extra-marital affairs make up the trajectory of what we have on our screens most nights of the week. Nosing in on someone else’s misfortune is just too tempting. As in reality, watching people argue in the street, on the bus or in a shop leaves you feeling uncomfortable, but you just can’t stop watching. Without this drama, scandal, vice and folly we wouldn’t be half as addicted to staring into the chaos that is the British soap. Take a seat, settle down and observe half an hour of ridiculously entertaining television. a
scandal timeline: eastenders 1986
In a long awaited revelation, Vic landlord ‘Dirty Den’ Watts serves divorce papers on his wife Angie after she cons him into thinking she has an incurable illness. “Happy Christmas, Ange,” he snarls.
Zoe plans to go to Spain with Uncle Harry, not knowing he’s her father after raping Kat as a child. “You can’t tell me what to do,” Zoe yells, “you ain’t my mother!”. Kat responds “Yes, I am!”.
Whilst at Phil Mitchell and Kathy Beale’s engagement party in the Vic, a furious Grant plays a taped confession of wife Sharon’s affair with his brother. Kathy attacks Sharon and Grant almost kills Phil.
Controversially brought back to life in one of soap’s greatest comebacks, Dirty Den is killed (again), this time by Walford Witches Chrissie, Sam and Zoe, marking the show’s 20th anniversary.
With Ian’s wife having had a steamy affair with David Wicks, the commonly known Walford slapper Cindy Beale hires a hitman to rid herself of Ian for good. Perhaps divorce would be better?
Max Branning’s affair with son Bradley’s wife Stacey is spectacularly revealed at the family’s Christmas festivities when a DVD called The Happy Couple is played, collapsing both their marriages.
Remember e20? The only nightclub in East London apparently. Owner Steve Owen clobbered his bunny boiler ex Saskia with an ashtray. The consequences lead to the thrilling murder trial of innocent Matthew Rose.
Caught in the act by his father Masood, Syed finally comes clean with his wife Amira about his affair with Christian. Sending shockwaves throughout his Muslim family, Syed is disowned and left shamed for disobeying his faith.
Described as the biggest soap whodunit since the JR episode in Dallas, 22.6m watched Phil Mitchell being shot. Thought to be the most hated character on Eastenders at the time, there were at least five suspects, turning out to be girlfriend Lisa.
As he most controversial storylines of the year, Ronnie swaps baby James with Kat’s newborn after finding him motionless in his cot. Kat’s world falls apart as she is led to believe her baby has died. The truth isn’t revealed until April, when Ronnie suffers a breakdown.
when sport became fashionable Sport began as sport. Then it became fashionable and clothing became as important as the game. Amigo explores the origins of fashion in sport. Words by Tami Briesies
Over the last few years, the sports world has seen a burst of sports stars trying to make their way into fashion, exchanging their bat, racquet and clubs for a needle and thread. Now you may be thinking, who the hell is she actually talking about? There’s not been a successful sports person’s clothing line other than Fred Perry! Oh, but I shall tell thee, you are so very wrong. It seems there’s more happening under the radar than some of us would expect. Shane Warne of all people has found his way into the world of fashion! The Australian cricketer, also currently fumbling around with the one and only Liz Hurley, launched his own clothing line in 2009; a range involving men’s and boy’s wear for fans and spectators alike. Coincidentally (or not) called
‘Spinners’, Warne recently announced that for the Indian Premier League, he would launch a limited edition line of t-shirts, saying “The move into the Indian market is one that I’m immensely proud of — it’s something we have planned for a long time — and something that I have a lot of faith in.” Don’t get me wrong; I understand they want to prolong their careers and branch out to something completely different but clothing? For individuals such as Shane Warne especially, it just seems as though it’s something to do, not an actual passion. I’m sure that Fred Perry, didn’t do it because he was a major fashion lover or even for the money. Rumour has it, he was just introduced to it all and found a liking for it, involving himself in every form of the company where possible. The same goes for Welsh rugby star Shane Williams, who has recently
established his clothing line, SW11; with a logo featuring a silhouette of Williams himself diving in for a try. The origins of this, he explains, all boils down to a completely different point of business, “The idea for the range came over the past year and a half, when Shane Williams Promotions (his corporate events business) kept getting approached about whether we had any merchandise or clothing brands.” Initially, as a branch for a different section of his ever-growing tree, it has started to leaf for better things to come. Alongside these two charmers, tennis player sisters Venus and Serena Williams have also launched their own clothing lines, with one named ‘Aneres’, (yes, that’s ‘Serena’ backwards, lazy right? If I were to do that, Apple would sue me!) as well as contributing to various brands such as the nail varnish company, O.P.I, and finding a fair amount of
success in the United States. I suppose for stars such as the Williams sisters, a side project is a great way to extend their already massive fortune. I don’t see a problem with wanting to make millions, do you!? For Fred Perry’s ever-popular clothing line, things have been going 100mph ever since the tennis star himself altered Tibby Wegner’s sweatband. Over the decades, Fred Perry has been loved by skinheads and mods, making it fashionable not only on the tennis court, but for all the teenagers (yes, your parents) of the 60’s and 70’s…alongside the braces, shaved heads and Dr Martins. The slim fit, cotton pique shirt with the infamous laurel wreath is still as popular as when it first launched, and I would be a liar if I said I didn’t own one. The line has seen the contribution of various designers and music artists, with the likes of
Amy Winehouse (yep, she somehow left the pub one afternoon), Raf Simons and Richard Nicoll. Typically British, the laurel wreath logo is recognised worldwide, and worn in over 50 countries, with the company itself promising that “the original Fred Perry cotton pique shirt is still made to the same high standards”, and I’d have to say that if you ever did step into a Fred Perry store anywhere in the country, the standard to which the apparel is made is second to none. What sets Fred Perry apart from the various sports people’s clothing lines, is its history. The story of how it came about has grown, with the start of the laurel wreath logo (which consequently started out as a pipe!), to the escalation, and the complete line featuring the polos, t-shirts, trousers, jackets and various accessories. Believe you me, I would gladly purchase in a flash! a 59
the countdown begins The world’s greatest show is coming to London next year. With less than 500 days left, Amigo catches up with the preparations of London’s biggest event. Words by Tami Briesies
Who’d have thought that six years ago London won the race (excuse the pun) to host the 2012 Olympics, prompting the entire city, if not the entire country, to burst into a frenzy of excitement and hurriedly start preparing for the biggest event of the sporting world. With just over a year until this “once in a lifetime” event, London has done an amazing job with the preparation, completing the construction of the Olympic stadium in March this year, which started in May 2008. 60
The £496 million arena, situated in Stratford, has been built to seat 80,000 spectators, with 55,000 of those seats able to demount for smaller events after the Olympics. With a “sunken bowl” design, the stadium exudes a Roman amphitheatre vibe, and if the build up to it all is anything to go by, it will almost be as though Julius Caesar himself is actually there. You can hear the cries and screams of the crowd already, “GET HIM!” “DON’T LET HIM LIVE!” Although not so gruesome… This February also saw the Olympic Park Legacy Committee select West Ham United over Tottenham Hotspur to assume ownership after the Games, leaving Spurs with their old ground at White Hart Lane. The benefits for London as well as the entire nation are circling like a pack of vultures. The Olympic Village is set to be converted into over 5,000 new homes, increasing housing opportunities, and essentially
lowering prices for the rest of us. Improvement in transport is also set to happen, with work to the Underground well underway, it may be causing frequent weekend disruptions for now, but of course only for a positive outcome. Increasing tourism is another factor adding to the excitement of the Games. Although London already has overturn within this department, the Olympics are set to launch tourism levels sky high, increasing profits for both hotels and restaurants. It is not, however, just about the obvious positives, but the underlying benefits London will gain from the Games; it is a chance to showcase to the world how great London truly is, and to exhibit the prestige of the country. If Kate and Wills had over two billion people worldwide watch them get married, then the prospect of the biggest and longest running sports event returning to England will be the
| SPORT word on everyone’s lips, and the gossip for all ears. Sports looking to win medals at the Games next year include the obvious rowing, sailing and cycling. Hockey, gymnastics and tae kwon doe are hopefuls for next year, continuing to improve year on year. Badminton for England is looking to qualify for a medal, but has suffered severe cuts which may result in them unable to reach their full potential for medal status. We just hope that the sport is able to improve before the events start. Of course, with the tickets set to be released to their buyers in the next few days, the whole country will be looking to travel down to Stratford and various surrounding areas of London for the Olympics. Although trains and your own transport may be a good idea, many will see these two options as far too expensive; after paying £200 for four tickets to see Usain Bolt in the final, I am certainly not prepared to pay sky high prices for train tickets to the South East of the country! Coach travel has become extremely popular recently, and for the Games it is a great option. If organised and booked a good amount of time before the events, you’ll be able to save some pennies and see the countryside whilst travelling, with the benefit of not having to drive yourself. Victoria Coach Station is your destination, from there it’s easy to access the Underground or bus service to Central London to view all the various attractions Trafalgar Square and the London Eye, before checking out the newest and most exciting venue for this time; the Olympic Stadium. Just a stone throw away via the Central Line eastbound. This unforgettable experience is one that cannot be missed. A chance for England’s capital to show the world just how amazing it truly is. a 61
rising england stars
cubs to lions With the failure of the last World Cup still in our minds, we look towards England’s freshest talent. Remember, these guys could bring the World Cup home! Words by Liam Barnett
It was Alan Hansen who made one of the most famous ‘gaffes’ in football pundit history. ‘’You’ll never win anything with kids’’ he exclaimed on ‘Match Of The Day’, after seeing a Manchester United team filled with youth team graduates Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Gary Neville, lose 3-1 against Aston Villa in the opening game of the 1995-96 season. United went on to win both the Premier League and FA Cup that year, leaving Hansen red faced and the butt of jokes from Gary Lineker et al as those ‘kids’ swept aside whoever was put in front of them for the best part of a decade. It must have been hard to swallow for Hansen, not only did he look a wally but he had to watch United upstage his treasured Liverpool. Youth, it seems, is what Fabio Capello is turning to in a bid to end what will be 46 years of hurt come next summer’s European
championships, for our beloved but underachieving England team. After a decade of watching the likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand impressing but not dazzling in the three lions (dazzling is what Spain do and they won the World Cup in 2010), Capello has begun the process of discovering England’s brightest young talents. Now, there are two main players that I believe will be key for England and integral to any future success we may have: In goal, the Italian tactician has made Manchester City’s Joe Hart, England’s number one. Hart has experienced a rapid ascend after impressing whilst on loan at Birmingham City in 2009/10, at City in 10/11 and after a Roy of the Rovers style display in a 4-0 win against Bulgaria in September 2010.
are good news for England, and our hopes of ending the long wait for a major trophy. Make no mistake about it; Jack Wilshere is integral to England’s future success.
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At just 24 years old, Joe Hart is already number one for both club and country, and already is being talked of as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. It’s an old adage that you have to be mad to be a goalkeeper, now Hart isn’t mad but he’s brave, supremely talented, plays the game with a smile on his face and loves to wind up opposition strikers! Iker Casillas, the Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper, regarded as the best in the world, said of Hart: “When Buffon and I are well into our thirties, Joe will be at his peak. And I expect him to be the No.1 keeper in the world. Everything he does is so natural and he has that goalkeeper’s instinct, which you can’t just learn.’’...Couldn’t have said it better myself. England is in safe hands. In midfield, Capello looks to have put his faith in a fearless 19 year old named Jack Wilshere. Since making his Premier League debut for Arsenal aged 16 years and 256 days in 2008, Wilshere has gone from strength to strength. Since returning from a three month loan at Bolton, he has been ever present in Arsenal’s midfield, showing no fear, and class beyond his 19 years. His
best performance came in February 2011, during a Champions League game against Barcelona in which he dominated a Barca midfield that included Xavi and Iniesta. His showing that night would have turned heads even if the opposition were Bristol Rovers, but Barcelona!? That was the night Jack Wilshere introduced himself fully to the world, with crunching tackles and incisive passing. August 2010 saw Wilshere make his England debut against Hungary, much to the nation’s delight, who see the same qualities that Paul Gascoigne had that made him a key player during the 90’s. Since then Jack has started both the friendly against Denmark and the Euro2012 qualifier against Wales. The latter game saw Wilshere again impress, pulling the strings all afternoon. At just 19 and a regular in an Arsenal team that also features prominently in the Champions League as well as the Premier League, Wilshere will only improve as a player. His technique will sharpen and his decision making ability will improve as he matures. Whilst these improvements are good news for Arsenal, more importantly they
As well as Hart and Wilshere, I feel I should mention Chris Smalling and Andy Carroll. Manchester United defender Smalling has had an incredible journey, just three years ago he was at non league Maidstone United and now he has made over 30 appearances for Manchester United via a two year stint at Fulham. He was called up to the England squad for the friendly with France in November 2010 but was an unused substitute. Touted as an almost identical replacement for Rio Ferdinand, Smalling has a very bright future for both club and country. Andy Carroll’s tale is slightly different but astonishing all the same. A Newcastle player from 2006 to 2011 via a loan at Preston North End, 22 year old Carroll moved to Liverpool in January of this year for a British record £35m. A classic number nine, Carroll is fantastic in the air but also possesses a deft touch and a rocket of a shot, much like his idol Alan Shearer. Shearer is an England legend, it would have delighted Carroll to have followed in his footsteps by making his England debut against France in November 2010, then scoring his first goal against Ghana in March 2011. If Shearer and Sheringham were England’s ‘SAS’, we now have Carroll being complimented by Wayne Rooney’s creativity to create the ‘RAC’ (not as scary sounding I know). At 22 and 25 respectively, Carroll and Rooney have the ability to fire England to success, no doubt about it. So, watch out Spain, Brazil, Germany, the ‘RAC’ are coming! a 65
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