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Editor’s Letter Whoop, we did it Dorset, another grey, miserable dark winter is behind us, we can now move ourselves into top gear, shed the wellies, don the flip flops and head back out onto the golden shores of our divine Arcadian doorsteps.

With a new season of colour and warmth ahead, we take a moment to look at just some of the spoils of Spring rearing their loveliness over the next few Months, in the inner pages of our own Arkadian offering, in this edition we bring you new places to relax quayside, beautiful destination visits for amazing food, high-end motors, the wonderfully talented, the incredibly diverse, and of course a little bit of nonsense, as you know by now we’d have it no other way, this is our little slice of springtime delight.

Arka We’re now four years old and have experienced the best this wonderful town has on offer, and yet here we are, still bursting with amazing talent, fabulous hot spots, cool charismatic characters and a host of talent that’ll make your eyes bleed… well, perhaps not bleed, but open and be bright and be wondrous of the ability on display…

We thank you all for your entries into our Spring competition, and a massive thanks to our winner Si Emmett, loving your work, and loving our front cover, sums up all we are about here at Arkadia, sunshine, warmth, fairy lights and tattoo’s – good on you sport, and an amazingly big thank you to all of you who got involved, from us to you, have an incredible season, and enjoy all you do in our fabulous County!

Check out Badbury Rings Rewind May 26th to the 28th – inner pages, we’re back doing our cool party, and we’d love to see you there! Peace and Love Danny

Huge thanks once again to the clever people of Dorset who have made this edition possible, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Julie Foxall - Proof reader/Teacher of wisdom. Jodie House - Photo maker/Retro Van Owner Front Cover - Si Emmett

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Moira Purver SWA Though coming back to it later in life, I have developed a real passion for sculpture which has transformed my life since I established my studio in Purbeck in 2008. I love the new challenges and excitement I experience as I learn new skills and my work develops. As a figurative sculptor, I work largely from life to capture the essence of the warmth and vitality and movement in the human form. I love the touch of clay, its flexibility, the ability to make dramatic changes, its ease of creating different textures and finishes. Although a large part of my work involves portraying the softness of the female form, I have also completed several male sculptures using stronger muscle tone and texture. I received an award for my sculpture “Male Torso” at the Society of Women Artists exhibition in 2010 and my life-size “Self-Contained Man” was part of the Royal West of England Academy open exhibition in 2014. I have always loved music and dance and have enjoyed working with specific dance forms in the Argentine Tango, Flamenco and Ballet, as well as experimenting with expressing other forms of movement. I was thrilled in 2016 to be asked to work with the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain to create a sculpture for an award celebrating the life of its founder and artistic director Jill Tookey CBE. The Purbeck Art Weeks Festival (PAW) through the joint exhibition at Rollington Barn in 2008 was my first experience of exhibiting my work when I first started sculpting. I exhibited my total output to date (6 sculptures) at that exhibition. It was a great way to dip the first toe in the water and gave me the confidence to try for other exhibitions further afield. I have taken part in PAW every year since and am really pleased to be sharing an Open Studio with Fran Quinlan and Helen Biles this year in Harman’s Cross. Applying for selective exhibitions is an interesting challenge. I really enjoy reaching for the apparently unattainable but of course, there are many rejections along the way. I was relieved that the first time I had all 6 of my entries rejected I just turned to see what else I could apply for. For one exhibition, the Royal West of England Academy I applied 4 times before I finally had my life size “Self-Contained Man” accepted, but I think the years in between just made the final success all the sweeter. I was elected as a full member of the Society of Women artists in 2014 and found it very exciting to be recognised for something I had come to later in life.

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mind ‘Arnie’ in ‘Running Man’, a duel of beasts, I think going by the slobbery and boisterous nature, and I’m certain these bloodhounds could actually lick you to death. This is the annual South Downs Bloodhounds. 8 ‘runners’ all very hyper and dressed to impress, have gathered from the South Downs Bloodhounds to Leicestershire to Damerham and beyond. All awaiting the entrance of the hounds, a low baying emits along the driveway, this sound arrives first before the wagon carrying these scent finding furry beasts. The eager chatter silencing the already excited, and by this stage warmbellied port filled spectators. This sport has become increasingly popular since the fox-hunting ban. Human hunting - or ‘hunting the clean boot', as it is more properly known, because no simulated scent is used (as opposed to drag-hunting, in which a trace is laid using a rag dipped in chemicals or fox urine) the hounds actually follow the scent rather than the runners. If they do decide to go round in ‘figure of eights’ the dogs will actually run in the same circles whilst the runners theoretically can watch on.

Release the Bloodhounds A perfect day for 'Man Versus Beast'

It isn't a typical Sunday as I set up a rickety bar outside a cow shed amidst the rolling fields of North Dorset, having my first wee dram at around 10.00 a.m., no I’m not in the midst of some quirky farming festival, nor midlife breakdown… I have found myself on the guest list of one of North Dorset’s ‘quirkier’ pastimes and it turns out I am just one of nearly 500 plus strong crowd. Surrounded by children playing, baby carriers aplenty, young and old, all who have turned out to watch the human 'quarry', or runners for the less initiated, be chased to a formidable end across our pastures fair and pleasant. I have in my

The trails have been meticulously laid by Huntmaster Ollie Coward, with weeks of preparation for this day of hunting. There is something for all levels of rider, from huge fencing to ditches to a more sedate pathway for the young riders involved in this family adventure. The level of thought and process has been top end, and the gathering of over 200 riders goes to show this is something that has been highly anticipated on the seasons riding calendar… and the chap sure knows how to put on a show. arkadia magazine

All of the guests are treated to hot food aplenty, a passionate turnout, with local ale, cider and port provided by the local landlord of The Compasses Inn Damerham. The mood is high, the hounds are ready and the skies are clear of rain, all is set for the perfect day of family based hunting and catching up with friends and family alike. After a long day in the saddle, and a chase that sees both riders, horses and runners all sweating alike, we end the day with happy thoughts of animals and humans alike having exercised thoroughly. We speak with Zac, one of the Petersfield Bloodhound gang, strangely attractive in his ‘ball gown’, Zac uses this weekly event in his hometown to keep in shape for the 2 marathons in New York and Paris he is attempting to do side by side, he even bought his ‘husband’ along for the race too… From what I can see as an outsider looking in, this is a game for all to enjoy and one where all levels of rider skill and each member of the family can keep some form of tradition going in this tranquil and traditional part of our County. So after all this excitement, what is a crowd to do, maybe a few ‘settlers’ and a plate of hot food at the Compasses Inn, where I am sure the adrenaline-laden banter and the thrill of the day will be swept around the pub till the early hours. Thank you to you Mr Coward and your wonderful family for embracing the culture and the ethos, introducing me to the world that I thought was long forgotten. With real characters enjoying a real community event, something I have hoped to find for a long while, long may it continue in this beautiful style.

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Introducing Bentley’s First Ever Diesel Bentayga Diesel.

We are thrilled to introduce to you Bentley’s first ever diesel model – the bold and adventurous Bentley Bentayga Diesel. Passionate Bentley engineers have created a V8 diesel engine to completely reinvent how people think of diesel vehicles. Its performance characteristics are distinctly Bentley and like nothing seen before. The 4.0 litre, 8-cylinder diesel engine boasts clean technology and engineering innovation to deliver effortless grace round every turn. The engine is triple-charged, which means it offers quicker and more dynamic responses than conventional turbochargers. As well as an exceptional new engine, the Bentayga Diesel features a seven-seat option, meaning there’s outstanding space available for every passenger. With four, five and seven seat configurations available in one sumptuous interior, you’ll always reach your destination in true comfort and style. To find out more about this exciting new model, please do not hesitate to contact us at Bentley Hampshire. Bentleymagazine Hampshire. Bramshaw, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7JF T: 023 8081 3206 arkadia The name ‘Bentley’ and the ‘B’ in wings device are registered trademarks. © 2017 Bentley Motors Limited. Model shown: Bentayga Diesel. 18617

The Garden Room at Cranborne is nestled in a quiet corner of Cranborne Garden Centre in the walled, former kitchen garden of Cranborne Manor. This contemporary events building, with its own private garden, is a stunning venue for unique and beautiful wedding receptions which will be bespoked to suit each couple’s individual requirements. Wedding receptions can be held on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays throughout the year. The Garden Room can seat up to 70 guests for a formal wedding breakfast or 90 for an informal buffet or aftrnoon tea. Larger parties of up to 120 can be accommodated within a marquee on the lawn. Working with their approved, local suppliers, the team at Cranborne will tailor-make your day to provide catering, drinks, floristry, styling and all the little details just the way you would like them. Claire Whitehead, co-owner of Cranborne Garden Centre comments ‘We are so excited to be launching weddings in The Garden Room. This is a beautiful, contemporary building with a lovely private garden and a stunning outlook to the mature trees in the Manor Garden. I believe that every wedding should be unique and personal to each couple and I’m delighted to be working with some of the best local caterers, florists and wedding suppliers who will help us create really individual packages. Planning a big event can be really stressful and time-consuming, so each couple will have a wedding co-ordinator who will take care of the details, both in the run-up and on the day, allowing you just to relax and have fun’ To celebrate the launch of Weddings in The Garden Room, the team are offering special offers for weddings booked this year for 2017 weddings. For more information and to discuss your particular requirements, please contact us for an informal discussion. Tel - Claire Whitehead 01725 517248 or email


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“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera - they are made with the eye, heart and head” Henri Cartier-Bresson


riginally from Essex and now living in North Dorset , my interest in photography was sparked during visits to my aunt and uncle in Yorkshire, when I was very young. I was totally captivated by the stunning landscape and my uncle, himself a passionate photographer and gifted artist, very quickly realised he had an enthusiastic pupil on his hands! Through him I developed the ability to “see and interpret” the landscape and I now attempt to combine both his talents in my work in honour of his memory. I am of the firm belief that photography is “one of the arts” rather than a formal process. I have always had a deep love of nature and care passionately about our natural environment and the importance of its conservation. When I am out in nature my mind, soul and body come alive and I lose myself totally in my creativity, so much so that hours frequently pass unnoticed. All aspects of the natural world inspire me and through my photography I seek to portray the fragility of nature and the landscape and hope that this in turn will inspire others to appreciate the beauty of nature and also the important role the natural world plays for us all.

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Much of my work is centred around using ICM (intentional camera movement) and in-camera multiple exposure to create more of an illusion of a scene, rather than an actual representation, which invites the viewer to look more closely and to place their own interpretation of what the image evokes. For me, an image comes from the eye and the heart and the camera is simply a tool which brings a creation to life. I am particularly drawn to trees, water and reflections, especially our beautiful Jurassic coast, and these elements frequently feature in my images. Another aspect of my work is plant and flower photography and I endeavour to portray them in a unique and often abstract way. My work can be found at the following locations: ~Atmosphere Images Photography The Cygnet Gallery, Swans Yard, Shaftesbury www. The Bowridge Gallery, Gillingham


Local arts and crafts fairs and markets……..see my website for details I also run 1-2-1 photography workshops for women on location in the Dorset landscape.

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Dropping the S-Bomb on Poole harbour...

Tucked away at the back of the fisherman's quarter of West Quay Rd, there is a new chap doing his thing, the results are what can only be described as 'vintage retro boho' with a cool level of edginess... In my eyes this is how chill out bars should be!, Utopia has found its way to the South, Steve or 'Titch' as he is known has just bought a slice of reality to what is the edge of a fairly sedate and predominately food orientated part of Poole quay. With one of the most incredible views you're ever going to find in Dorset, this uber-exclusive bike shop, come cafe, come clothing store, bar, foodie haunt, chill out zone, biker clubhouse, laid back get away from the world 'clubhouse' has to be one of the best things we've come across since launching this crazy assed magazine 4 years ago, and boy have I seen some things over those years. With steely determination, a fixed focus, a passion for racing and an equal passion for the fashion, Titch retired early from the marines with a knee actually smashed to ribbons on his day job as a 'Mobility Instructor', came away from this 20 year career in the SBS (Special Boat Forces) and has thrown himself and half of his old squadron into making this site something incredibly cool, with his own take on the traditional 'ruin bar' look. Titch and his gang in just 4 months have this old seafood plant looking incredible, heart passion, blood and guts have gone into getting this site ready for the March 2017 opening, as you can see from my images, the site was still under construction, but still looks and feels amazing, from the purpose built mezzanine office to the downstairs shower, this is going to be on building that holds no end of possibilities, full of late night revelry, bikes that are being sold at prices reflecting the normal person's pocket, with 20 years in racing, moto-x and enjoying a full life of 2 wheeled adventure in the marines, the experience has left Titch with enough motoring knowledge to fill the 20 or so bikes he owns, and plans on selling through this site. Having competed around the world and a regular on the Hydro Garden Weston Beach Race, which has been the maddest, baddest and biggest event on the UK off-road calendar for over 30 years, this boy knows his stuff. His dream, to have a site where everybody can come and feel like they're at home, with an 'honesty bar' where you pay what you feel is right for your refreshments, your time staying here, this is a great way of looking after all patronage, and alongside the chilled out coffee scene, the future holds new and exciting up-cycled furniture formed from power boat engine parts and even a new clothing range in the pipeline, a one stop shop for biker and grease monkey heaven. With his eye firmly on a relaxed audience, and of course the Tuesday night bikers of Poole quay, alongside a legion of family and friends from the forces, this place looks to have the right set up, the right ambience and certainly the right vibe for kicking back, letting the day melt off your tired bones, surrounded by like-minded folk in one of the most idyllic spots you will find, I doth my bike visor to you mate, and I have every intention of bringing a few cold tinnies down on a regular basis, filling your honesty jar with my evenings tokens, and kicking back to the live music, hot food and regular banter you're sure to find at this quayside retreat, what a major turning point for the local's and the travelling bikers, we at Arkadia have missed this kind of outlook on the coast, and we will are thoroughly looking forward to sitting and watching the tides and the lifting bridge gently doing their things across the rest of this year...

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WILLS AND ESTATE PLANNING A last will and testament is one of the most powerful documents that anyone can make. A will gives you choice over how to distribute whatever you own after your death; the ability to choose who will have the bulk of your estate; to appoint guardians for your children and give precious objects and heirlooms to those who will appreciate them most. If a will is not made, there is a comprehensive set of rules that dictate who will inherit your estate, and it may not be the person or people that you would wish to inherit for example a beloved partner of many years standing would not be entitled to inherit anything, if there was no marriage/civil partnership in place, or someone who you have not seen for years and do not really know could inherit. A will gives a level of certainty which cannot be provided by leaving matters to chance. However, a comprehensive estate plan should contain much more than your last will and testament. Powers of attorney should also be considered to cover the situation where you may lose mental capacity to make your own choices, and need to rely upon a trusted person to do this for you. There is also the possibility of an advanced directive or living will, in which you can specify your wishes for your future health care. This might cover the situation where you are in a coma or cannot be resuscitated. It should also be remembered that inheritance tax is currently charged at forty per cent once an estate reaches a certain value. With house prices rising again, more and more people are falling into the bracket of having to pay inheritance tax. The purpose of estate planning is to preserve and pass on, so far as possible,

family wealth, and to minimise wherever possible the burden of tax to the estate. An effective estate plan should take account of your specific expectations and the wider needs of the family. An estate plan may change over time with changes in the law, which do occur regularly, and the plan should be revised in accordance with those changes. The introduction of the new ‘main residence allowance’ provides a further inheritance tax relief that will ultimately mean that joint estates of up to a million pounds can be free of inheritance tax if planned correctly. When a close family member dies, it is such a distressing time that it can really help to have an experienced professional on board to handle difficult matters with sensitivity and experience. It can be very daunting to apply for a grant of probate whilst handling the distress of a bereavement, and having a professional to lift away this burden can be an immense relief.

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New Season of Dance at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts A new season of dance featuring some of the world’s top performers and choreographers takes to the stage at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts this spring. From 10-11 March Matthew Bourne returns to his roots with Early Adventures, a programme of hit pieces that launched his career and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment of his company New Adventures. Town and Country and The Infernal Galop were last seen on tour in 2012, while Watch With Mother has not been seen for nearly 25 years. Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole hosts All Night Long on 18 March – a brand new spectacular with guest dancers, a 14-piece band, amazing special effects and superb choreography. Loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera Carmen, Tavaziva’s Africarmen on 24 March is a sumptuous and evocative synthesis of ballet, contemporary and African dance. Jasmin Vardimon Company presents a brand new adaptation of the classic tale Pinocchio on 18 April, bringing to life the famous marionette as he embarks on a fantastic journey to become a human boy. Step back in time and relive special moments from the career of Fred Astaire on 27 April as Aljaz and Janette from Strictly Come Dancing take you on a magical journey of dance, live music and entertainment in Remembering Fred. From 9-10 May Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Triple Bill celebrates the power of storytelling alongside the versatility and virtuosity of the Company’s world-class dancers. Accompanied by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, this is an unforgettable performance of dance and drama. Plus, if you’ve ever wondered what a ballet dancer does to prepare for a day of rehearsals and performance there is an opportunity on the morning of 10 May to watch an open Company class on stage and find out. Expect great music and dance from South Africa, mixed with urban culture from London and Los Angeles in State of Emergency’s Where Is Home? On 12 May. This co-production between Lighthouse and Pavilion Dance South West is set in Soweto in the late 80s and follows a young man as he struggles against the security forces, confronts tribal tensions, deals with the death of his mother and falls in love with a girl from the wrong neighbourhood. Marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984 British miner’s strike, Coal, from Gary Clarke Company is a riveting piece of dance theatre which takes a nostalgic look at the hard-hitting realities of life at the coal face. See it at Lighthouse on 31 May when it rounds off the spring season of dance at the UK’s largest regional art centre.

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ranborne Garden Centre, set in the picturesque former walled garden of Cranborne Manor, has announced its schedule of events for autumn 2015.

The Garden Centre, CafĂŠ and Shop is much more than your traditional retail garden centre with a wide range of original stock, beautiful homewares and a traditional menu in the CafĂŠ with a modern gourmet twist. We have now also opened a Vintage Barn which has a delightful selection of interesting homewares, furniture and gift items. Cranborne Garden Centre offers a wide selection of stock with over 400 varieties of old-fashioned and modern roses, and a wide range of shrubs, climbers, herbaceous and bedding plants. New season roses now arriving. We will have over 400 varieties this year. Please download our Rose Catalogue for a full list of the roses we will be stocking this year.

The Garden Centre is also now the only supplier of Haddenstone Stoneware in Dorset. A range of items is in stock, plus any item can be ordered. Cranborne Manor Garden re-opens from Wednesday 1st March. It will be open every Wednesday until 11th October - 9am to 5pm, last entry 4pm. The Manor Garden will also be open on the following days this year: Sunday 26th March, Sunday 11th June, Saturday 8th July (for NGS), Sunday 20th August. Cranborne Garden Centre is a hub of inspiration for all those with an interest in gardening, horticulture, crafts and food. With experts on hand within the Garden Centre and visiting lecturers and experts we hope to provide a unique experience for our visitors. For full information on the events at Cranborne Garden Centre please see the website or call Tel: 01725 517248 Cranborne Garden Centre Cranborne Dorset BH21 5PP OPENING HOURS Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm Sunday 10am to 5pm

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camping is good for the soul make time for you and your family this may bank holidays

A beautiful May Bank Holiday three day 'exclusive' festival for 450 ticket holders. Aimed squarely at family fun, we bring you fun times at the most exquisite spot in Dorset, two nights of camping and three days of live music and fun activities. We have clay modelling, tutu making, star gazing, creative stations, bouncy castles, ice-creams, foraging and much much more to keep your little ones amused. For the big kids in us, we have local cider tents, gin palaces, wine and ales, the best high end food producers and an array of dazzling talented folk to help you party into the evening, an amazing line up of top end musicians, from country rock to reggae funk, an eclectic cultural mix of clothing, poetry and funky dj's, all coming together to create a mystical magical wholesome weekend of fun. On this Bank Holiday, we’re going to party like it’s the Iron Age. Real ale, local meat, vegan treats, some howling at the moon and a whole lot of cool music. We are offering up 500 invites to this special party at the foot of the iron age fort of ‘Badbury Rings’, just outside Blandford Forum and Wimborne. The Friday night is all about relaxing with friends and family, with a few tunes and a little forage into the unknown, Saturday and Sunday see’s live music from a collection of amazing local talent, hot tempting local food, DJ sets from some of Dorset’s finest. This is going to be a family vibe, very chilled out weekend event, we are looking to muster up a cool collection of interesting folk, all under one blanket of South Coast stars. Join us for a night to remember, and make this the start to a summer of amazing memories! Adults - £12.00 Fri Camping Tickets £20.00 adults (Sat with Camping) £10.00 - 10 - till Midnight. - Non camping

Early bird tickets now available - £30.00 for weekend Kids under 14 go free (Parental control required) Camping included, be aware there are no washing facilities. It’s back to basics under the hill... We are now introducing the ‘healing field’ a chance to unwind with therapists from all across Dorset helping you unwind, with massages, Indian head massage, reiki, tarot, yoga and more, a nice little enclosure away from the mayhem to reenergise your spirit and your soul. Arkadia

Events presents - Badbury Rings Rewind

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We put a shout out to our followers on social media for their interpretations of Spring, I think sometimes it's better to let the images do the talking. The winner was Si Emmett who we have on our front cover but goes without saying, what an incredible array of talented readers, massive thanks from us all here for arkadia putting a feeling of warmth and new beginnings into our worlds, and thankmagazine you for those that didn't get placed, we loved them all!!!

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I trained at Central Saint Martins as a painter. Having grown up in the New Forest, I took with me a striding love of open spaces, horses and dogs. The discord of the city with my childhood landscape maintained a presence as an indefinable desire to break out, run, immerse oneself and get lost in the dirty mass of life that is our Capital. At the end of 3 years, with tutors as varied as Gary Hume and Anthony Wishaw, I stood by my degree exhibition and felt like I had poured the central core of myself onto the walls. Enormous drawings on board, some as large as 8 x 12 feet, were an exercise in textured energy. Made with brown oil paint on board and sanded in places, they scribed a tightly composed tangle of horses dancing in the air, viewed from underneath they tumbled in space towards you. Horses have an emotional pull for people that goes beyond their beginnings as a tool for war, work and travel. An Arabian proverb says “The horse is God’s gift to mankind”. Their grace, emotional intelligence and plain power convey more emotion than many, or indeed any words. It’s this unbridled sense of being alive that I have always tried to capture. As a child, I drew dancers jiving to silent music, and ran and ran across the Forest. The shapes of certain animals are interesting in isolation; a horse’s hock, a lurchers’ aristocratic nose and waisted rib cage. Combine that with a transient snapshot of imminent motion and you have, what I like to draw. Anatomical accuracy is countered with a need for a distillation of movement. A slight blurring and drawing “through” a subject, are both tools to investigate the subjects’ insides as well as the surface. The innards contain not just bones and muscle but the lines of gravity and balance. It’s a well-used phrase that a good drawing is more about what you leave out rather than what you put in. For many years people have asked why my horses have no ears? For me they are superfluous and interrupt the flow of lines about the poll and eye sockets which I love, and until someone pointed it out to me I had not even realised they were missing! To compile a carefully fitted heap of favourite parts is a purely selfish pleasure. My mostly linear style, has morphed towards three dimensions, and I now “draw in air” with steel and copper. I am a long-time participant of Dorset Art Weeks and have shown in various exhibitions over the years. Mostly I work to commission through word of mouth in my studio at home. My website gives details of how to contact me and visitors are always welcome to see what I am up to. Anthony Wishaw once said I had to “feel my own narrative through life” and it would lead me towards my work. He was right.

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Simon Emmett,

Winner of our front cover feature - in his own words.

I’m a Photographer based out of the beautiful town of Lyme Regis Dorset. I got into photography some 10 years ago, I was always passionate about photography and wanted to explore this further, at the time I played the guitar and vocals in a band called “The Distant Echoes”, and always wanted to be the ‘photographer in the press pit’. So I quit the band and started out taking photos, sunrises & sunsets around the area of the Jurassic Coast. It was a couple of weeks after picking up my camera that I was lucky enough to be approached by the Bridport News, who asked to do a feature on my work. So my journey into photography began, from this I had numerous wedding bookings suddenly coming in, from all over the country - even Hampton Court, Yorkshire, I was then asked to cover various festivals as a Press photographer, an amazing thing to be asked to do.

I then ventured into fashion photography, but mainly vintage as it's my favourite period, 30’s 40’s & 50’s which to me is the best era of fashion, not only are the styles amazing but the cars too! I have many contacts who own a vintage car, from a 32 Ford Coupe, 54 Chevy Bel Air, Ford Mustang, and a 51 Ford Flare side pickup, and of course not to mention all the beautiful models I get to work with. I am mostly known as the guy who captures faces in waves! A few years ago I was down on The Cobb at Lyme shooting the big storm, when I uploaded an image of a wave crashing over the Cobb, and it went worldwide within minutes all the national papers were phoning me and it was sold world-wide. I seem to have a knack for timing the shots and these faces appear.

During this time I got to hang out with some major artists who have influenced my life, Johnny Marr from The Smith’s, Steve Cradock guitarist from Ocean Colour Scene also Paul Weller's band. K T Tunstall, Tears for Fears, Squeeze, Fun Lovin Criminals, all massive heroes of mine.

Since taking up Photography I see everything in a totally different way! I cover most genres of photography from, Portrait, Weddings, Fashion, New-born, Product, Press, Landscape, Seascape, Movie stills, but one of my favourite is food photography! I just love working with amazing Chefs who can create art on a plate, not to mention shooting cocktails, the bonus of shooting these is drinking them afterwards (I might add I’m not drunk in charge of a camera)

I was then asked by the Irish Guards to cover the Changing of the Shamrock at the Aldershot barracks where I got to photograph Kate & William, our future King & Queen of England, such an incredible experience.

Being that I am a self-taught photographer, I enjoy what I do with a passion, I had a dream and brought it to life! It helps living down in Dorset as we have some of the most amazing scenery and locations here.

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Sometimes the journey is part of the adventure, here in the heart of North Dorset, the destination and the journey to this delightful doomsday village make this the ideal night out, and tucked away in the heart of sleepy Shroton you’ll find The Cricketers. A fine-looking pub, both visually and gastronomically, with a revelation of clarity and good old fashioned country inn touches, designed to be sympathetic to the evening diners, beautiful low lighting lends itself to a cosy sensation of comfort and mellow thoughts, comfort is the key to eating in style at this destination pub, Sally and Joe put you at ease, with warmth and a friendly manner, so with the sun setting and the glow of the evening settling across the vale, you instantaneously feel settled in for an evening of anticipation. Having had a full refurbishment in Nov 2016, the clean open planned bar and restaurant is now a salient space, with covers for 100 diners, rolling in on a Monday night, the restaurant was more or less fully booked, and this theme continues for the week ahead, so be sure to call first to reserve your table, the styling and the lighting and feeling of space here, still manages to give you seclusion, warm cork walls, low brass lights and cosy snug seating allows you the privacy you desire when out with friends or family, fires were lit on my night out, and the place was filling nicely with locals and visitors alike. Ran as a village pub, and left to their own devices, Sally and Joe have created something distinct, with head chef Paddy Davy at the helm, the guy brings panache to this ‘pub grub’ that I have only ever experienced in the more flightier of hotels in Dorset and Hants, a village lad, living but a mere hop and skip from the front doors of his creative kitchen, Paddy has stridden the usual route to head chef, having worked around the world and utilizing his skills learnt in South East Asia, working with top chefs such as Alistair Little and Phillip Britten, soaking up the array of differing tastes in London’s food scene. The menu created here is nothing short of brilliant, if you want real pub grub, at real pub grub prices, then this is the place for you, for what you actually receive on your plate is all of the above with a seasoned chefs pallet and flair, the double baked cheddar and stilton soufflé for example, a starter on a menu I am always drawn to, and this I have to say was the lightest, creamy arkadia magazine

and full flavored and the main of glazed ham hock, with a crispy egg topping was incredible… all of this at prices you’d spend in any ‘thoroughfare’ pub in the land. The pub is fortunate, it has a great support locally from the schools in the area, such as Bryanston and Clayesmore, and the fantastic array of local shoot parties that visit this area, the clientele is looked after like family, you are treated to a night of good ale, amazing food, and wonderful solace should you desire. A regular haunt for foodies, ‘Men who Munch’ a far cry from ladies that lunch are found here weekly, devouring the latest local creations on the specials board, real foodies, passionate about good flavours, good company and good times, and with it all comes a chef that has been here for over 4 years, which in this crazy world of ‘chef grabbing’, to have your reputation is one thing, but surely this is built on the man leading from the kitchen, the same consistency of food is what drives this pub head and shoulders above its contemporaries, and what keeps the place booked solid for weeks in advance, open from 6.00 p.m Mon to Thursday, and Fri/Sat from 5.00 and all day Sunday for their renowned roasts… When we usually enquire to what drives a chef and who has inspired him the most to create daily dishes of passion, we tend to get the same ‘heroic’ legends ‘dished up’ to us, but the cheeky and charming Paddy bends his head slightly, looks me in the eye and says, can you say it was my mum, she is the woman that taught me my passion for cooking, and for that Mrs Davy, we thank you from the bottom of our very content tummies…

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TONY KERINS | KEEPING A SKETCHPAD Everyday life has interested artists throughout the centuries, but there was never much money in it. Still isn’t. It’s everyday and we don’t take too much notice. Most of our photographs show us away from daily life, in best clothes or on holiday. Even personal Facebook posts tend towards the exceptional or the sentimental. As a young illustrator, I found it almost impossible to find a way to see and describe the look of the everyday. But I had to draw ‘Dad at the table eating beans’ or ‘Mum on a bike’. Of course the obvious answer is to look at a photograph, which I did. The other is to try and draw the everyday, which I also did. I now have about 180 small black sketchbooks which are filled with drawings of family life, Saturday nights, streets, journeys and theatre productions. Also hills, skies, beaches and the sea – but I live in Swanage (so every day’s a holiday). I moved there in 1986. The process of drawing from life is physical. It’s not photography. You engage eye and hand: use materials that have texture and contrary qualities. The subject matter is all in front of you. But what is it that you want to draw? The drama of the thing that’s happening? An accident of light that has moved you? The memory of this moment? Sometimes, the marks you make are an integral part of a complete image. At others, they serve only to map as accurately as you can, the information that will later become the structure of a painting. As well as illustrating and writing, I’ve recently taken on a studio at the Boilerhouse Gallery, where I’m turning this experience into oil-paintings. And I’m still be out and about with my sketchpad.

I use Daler-Rowney 'Ivory' A6 Artist's Sketchbooks. They're expensive, but the paper is smooth and perforated – always handy for tearing out the rejects. And they fit in your pocket.

Out for the Second Half December 2011 In fairness to Ringwood Town FC, I was standing on a pile of hard core that I supposed was there to repair the pot holes. It was done with love and humour in pen line, which is less subtle and less forgiving than pencil but it’s decisive so you get a strong image. The watercolour has bled a little but I hope it all adds to the damp atmosphere of Sunday morning sport. arkadia magazine

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Your plate or mine? Chef and broadcaster Matt Tebbutt presents Schpoons & Forx at Hilton Bournemouth, featuring a lively open kitchen as its focal point with a tandoor and stone oven. Indulge in British-inspired dishes infused with bold flavours and spices using the finest seasonal produce and freshest local ingredients. Let your mother know how special she is by treating her to a delicious gourmet meal that she doesn't have to cook. Join us on March 26th for only £28 per person. Call 01202 200 187 and quote “Mother's Day” at time of booking. Opening Hours Breakfast Monday - Saturday 6.30am until 10.00am Sunday 7.00am until 10.30am Lunch Served Daily 12.00pm until 3.30pm Dinner Served Daily 6.00pm until 10.00pm Hilton Bournemouth, Terrace Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5EL, United Kingdom +44-1202-200187

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The Albion 1777 Wimbornes secret Something unusual has happened in Wimborne, and it is right on your doorstep, a world of Georgian splendor tucked away in the square of the Town. All is not what it seems as you wander past 1777 at the Albion, located in the heart of the historic market town of Wimborne Minster, and dating back to the 17th Century, the oldest of four coaching inns in the town – of which only two remain the old pub is now transformed into a sleek very desirable and incredibly cool hotel. In those former days it was called the New Inn, having now been open for a year, we take a look at this wonderfully refurbished, and lavishly sympathetic hotel. The 1777 at the Albion has been newly restored into a Georgian style inn, twinned with The Olive Branch, Wimborne, the local Hall and Woodhouse eatery, so with a night to relax, Arkadia gets to enjoy this splendor of good food an extraordinarily large bed and we may even have a soak in the tub… Today the history of the inn can be seen in the three styles of rooms based on three themes of Georgian England; Gentility (Jayne Austin), Mercantilism (Charles Hall, our founder) and the Sea (Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy), each designed taking themes from the era. In 1756 the first meeting of the Poole Turnpike Trustees took place at the Albion in order to raise money for the building and maintenance of local roads. In the

late 18th Century a royal coach called at the Albion containing King George III who was seeking a vessel of ale for refreshment on his way to Weymouth (in those days called Melcombe Regis). It was through these journeys that King George III popularised coastal towns and bathing in the sea, hence many towns on the South Coast have the word ‘Regis’ in their title. In the mid-19th Century the Albion was the most important inn in the town housing both the magistrates’ court and being used as a school house during the rebuilding of the local school. In 1834 the Tolpuddle Martyrs, having been found guilty and sentenced to deportation to Australia, called at the Albion on their way from Dorchester assizes (periodic courts held around England and Wales until 1972). Bed and breakfast rooms (Served between 8-10 a.m at the The Olive Branch) can be booked by contacting directly on 01202 887288 or at Check in is from 3pm and check out is 11am. Late check-out may be available; parking here is complimentary to all of the guests and each room comes with its very own allocated parking space (Great for locality.) Great food is served just round the corner, at the Olive Branch which is featured in the next two pages and is only 152 steps to the right when you leave the gates. Food here is served daily from 8.00am to 11.00pm and tables can be booked via a receptionist or if you want, you can book online at www.theolivebranchwimborne. or over the phone. arkadia magazine

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The Olive Branch Wimbornes not so secret eaterie. Over the last few years, the once formal and fairly demure Hall & Woodhouse Inns has been seen a major conversion in its approach to the hospitality sector, from the wonderful ‘container ship’ restaurant and bar at Hall & Woodhouse, situated lovingly on Portishead Quay, a beautiful and very funky site made entirely of container units, to this laid back and funky establishment we have on our doorstep. Yes there are still the traditional Inns, such as The Crown in Blandford, which also has seen a traditional look refurbish just take place, and looks great, but perhaps the most spectacular bar and restaurant in Dorset, The Olive Branch is situated in the picturesque market town of Wimborne Minster and is easily accessible from Poole & Bournemouth. Grab the dog (yes a pet friendly pub!!) and head on down to this wonderfully eclectic hang out, a locals meeting place for night time collectives, business lunches, ladies lunches and even the odd gathering of bridge players settled in the nook of the fireplace snug, the feeling of belonging that envelopes you into it’s cool, funky interior, a culture I can imbibe with as I step into the buzz of life that is The Olive Branch. Having been the front runner in Dorset for so many years, this beautifully designed and decorated home of food and drink, still holds its head firmly above the parapet of cool places to go, with its traditional dining and breakfast area, through to its bohemian and urban mix of funky coffee shack amidst solid wooden benches which give you space and areas to relax, a place to impart your days adventures upon your gathering of friends.

If it’s just a drink you're after or a quiet rendezvous’ amidst cool cellar hideaways then the 'Bar' is the perfect place to meet and celebrate with friends and family over a pint of Badger Beer, the Beer Cave truly is something to behold with its curved ceiling partly made of Beer bottles of cork and dark beech… all adds up to a feeling of clean and clear inviting space, the place is a feast for the eyes as much as the menu is to the stomach. Offering something for everyone no matter what the occasion. The 'Herb Garden' with its old chairs & tables and selection of plants and herbs (used by the kitchen team in some of the dishes) is the perfect place to relax. Inside you'll find the 'Pantry' which encourages a more relaxed dining style with its long tables and benches. The ‘Dining Room’ allows for a more formal dining experience and is built around the open kitchen, allowing visitors to experience the kitchen team hard at work. If that's not enough then they have a Private function room accommodating up to 50 guests, a spectacular beer garden and terrace for al fresco dining. For enquiries about accommodation, bookings call 1777 at the Albion directly on 01202 887288 (manned between 3 pm and 8 pm). For phone enquiries about accommodation before and after these times, please contact The Olive Branch. We love dogs, as all good pubs should! Well-behaved dogs are welcome in our bar and outdoor areas. Wi-Fi access is free to all our guests (subject to availability). To enjoy 15% of your stay quote 1777ARKADIA when you contact the Albion directly? Valid until 30th April 2017

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So you want to make it in the music business and hold on to your integrity at the same time? In an industry dominated by talent shows like The Voice and X-Factor, in which sob stories carry more weight than songs and artists shoot to stardom then end up doing panto, you may be wondering if that’s still possible. To date, the options for unsigned artists wanting to reach a mass audience haven’t been all that appealing. They either queue up with thousands of would-be celebrities for a chance to sing someone else’s songs on a carefully crafted TV show, or they get lost in a gigantic pool of unvetted content on video sharing platforms like YouTube. But what if unsigned artists could sing their own songs and showcase their original music videos on TV without having to sell their soul or spin a hard luck story? And what if those videos could be viewed by millions of fans – on their TVs, tablets and phones – in the UK, the US, and beyond. That’s exactly the kind of global exposure a new British multimedia music platform called Britrox is offering, and all for as little as £70. Britrox, the brainchild of music and TV producer Paul Wookey, wants to be the go-to platform for unsigned singers and bands. It's hosted music shows – spanning pop, rock, indie, alternative, hip hop, R&B, country, blues and soul – are being shown on Sky and Freeview in Britain and America, with potential syndication deals in India, China and elsewhere on the cards. “There’s so much amazing talent out there that isn’t signed to labels, but platforms like YouTube and Sound Cloud are completely saturated and there’s no vetting process – you have great artists alongside terrible artists and you just won’t get seen,” says Britrox CEO Wookey. “With Britrox, artists get guaranteed TV airplay and they’re reaching the right audience – we have up to 50,000 views per night for our shows. And even though the world is moving online, bands and singers still want to be seen on TV. It’s still the number one place. Everyone has a TV in their living room,” he says. Its shows are also available on the apps Film On, which has 24.5 million subscribers in the US, and TV tibi, which is broadcast to 400 million homes across 26 countries. In development for a number of years, Britrox now has 70 episodes in the can and Wookey is in talks with TV channels around the world with a view to syndication. The platform has already played host to some emerging British talent and got the thumbs up from some industry insiders. arkadia magazine

“Britrox are true innovators and pioneers of new, current and emerging artists,” says Irish-born singer and songwriter Paul Archer of Burning Codes, who sang with Snow Patrol. “Paul and the team have brought a new, deeply empowering, bold and ultra-creative vision. Respect, respect, respect.” UK singer and songwriter Luke Potter says he was delighted to see his music and videos aired on Sky, Freeview and online around the globe as part of a halfhour Britrox show. “That was quite something to see my music featured like that,” says Potter. “Britrox are awesome at supporting and encouraging emerging acts and I’m so grateful for all their help.” Other artists whose music and videos have been featured include Indie singer and songwriter Sarah Pakiam, English singer and songwriter AnneMarie Nicholson, known as Anne-Marie, and Sweden’s Zara Larsson. Record producer Stuart Epps, who’s worked with Elton John and Led Zeppelin, believes Britrox is on the money with its approach, calling it “the very best new music platform around today”. “These days, more and more, unsigned artists are having to promote themselves to get their music out there. Britrox does this with its brilliant TV and film channel … this is the very best new music platform around today,” he says. Britrox invites unsigned artists to upload their videos via its website. In-house producers vet incoming videos, helping artists to turn their videos into something more professional if needs be. “Many artists think it costs up to £10,000 for a music video, but we can do it for £500,” says Wookey. For Bournemouth-based Wookey, Britrox is the culmination of several decades in the music, TV and entertainment industry. He cut his teeth doing a season as a Butlins’ red coat in Bognor Regis before moving on to cruise liners, then onto TV as a presenter and game show host and finally into the music business as a producer and talent scout. He now has big ambitions for Britrox and has just visited the Grammies, networking with industry executives and artists at the awards this February. Britrox also plans to offer the option of a record label to unsigned artists. They could still sign with bigger labels but Britrox would stay on as a subsidiary label, looking after the artist’s interests, even if the parent label drops them. “We’d sign an artist and support them through thick and thin. And with Britrox, we can give them the exposure they deserve,” adds Wookey. For the many artists who are keen to hold on to their integrity rather than be manufactured by Simon Cowell and who are tired of competing with 4 million daily uploads on YouTube, Britrox couldn’t have come at a better time. “Britrox is in it for the love of music and you can feel it,” says Irish-born Pakiam, who’ll release her fourth album this year.

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40 years of supporting local events, and still loving every minute of it. 2017 is a significant milestone for Porsche Centre Bournemouth as they celebrate 40 years representing Porsche in the area. Porsche Centre Bournemouth opened the Heddell & Deeks and was one of approximately 20 Centres representing Porsche in the UK. Originally based in Charminster, the first site is now a painting and decorating shop. The business moved to the current site in 1985 and was redeveloped in 2004. In 1992 Brian Deeks of Chapelgate Motors took over the company, followed by Inchcape PLC in 2007. On Saturday 20 May, they host a black-tie gala dinner in the showroom to look back at the people and Porsche cars that have shaped our Centre.

British Beach Polo Championships 2017 Friday 7 July to Saturday 8 July. This incredible event takes place on the beautiful Sandbanks Beach. This is one of the most prestigious and glamourous events in the South West’s sporting calendar. For more information

Tickets to this exclusive event, which includes a three course dinner and charity auction, are priced at £77.00 each and all proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support and The Dorset Children’s Foundation. Numbers are strictly limited, so to avoid disappointment, please call on 01202 983 033 or email for more information or to buy tickets. Porsche Centre Bournemouth is thrilled to announce that they have been awarded the 2016 Official Porsche Centre - Gold Award. The annual 911UK Porsche Awards are the original Porsche awards that recognise excellence and achievements in the Porsche UK industry. The awards are an open public vote (not just 911UK members) that includes a wide range of categories judged by a panel of industry experts. Neil Lines, Centre Principal said; "Winning any award is special. Winning an award voted for by customers is different. The entire team here strives to deliver the ultimate Porsche experience, working tirelessly to be different and go beyond any customer expectation. So they offer a big 'thank you' to the dedicated team and to the incredibly loyal family of customers".

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To find out more about the awards, please visit 911UK Porsche Awards This year Porsche Centre Bournemouth is sponsoring a range of extraordinary events in the local social calendar. Upton House Music Festival Thursday 8 June to Saturday 10 June. Three nights of open air concerts including Sir Bryn Terfel CBE, Billy Ocean and Michael Bolton will be staged on the beautiful lawns of Upton House, allowing you to either picnic on the lawns, purchase a Gold Circle reserved seat or enjoy VIP hospitality. For more information

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My name is Fo, I was raised in London by Irish parents. Coupled with the Asian and Caribbean environment of Southall, I was immersed in different cultures from an early age. As soon as I was old enough, I decided I wanted to travel as much as I could. Hitch-hiking was an affordable method at the time, it also allowed me greater access to the real people and cultures of the countries that I was visiting. Photography was one of the ways I managed to document these evocative experiences. Later in life, I studied at Dartington College of Arts where I gained my Art & Social Context B.A. (Hons) degree, followed by a PGCE at Exeter University a few years after. I raised two beautiful children, settled in the South West and spent twenty years as a primary school teacher. I absolutely loved helping every child experience, grow and learn. Unfortunately, the stresses of life got the better of me and I gave up teaching in 2014. The upside to this is I can now immerse myself back into the things that I have always been passionate about. Drawing, painting, singing and photography are all wonderful therapies. When I am taking photographs, I become absorbed in the moment. Art and photography, for me, are intertwined. The etymology of the word photography is Greek and means ‘drawing with light’. Many artists use photographs for reference. Sometimes I sketch what I plan for a photograph, or I picture it in my head. However, the best ones for me are the ones that serendipitously happen. The picture that is suddenly there, right in front of my eyes, often with the crowd of people walking by not seeing it. Those are the images I love to capture. A scene or sight or flicker of light that I can say “Look. Can you see that?” And I love the ‘Oh yeah!’ response when others actually ‘see’ what was always there. I strive to capture the expressions and evocative moods of people or places. Strong colours, shapes or patterns are what draws me. Some of my more ‘arty’ creations are quite textural and abstract. Viewed from a distance, the image balanced composition, form and light. In some of my photographs, there are alternative abstract patterns which can only be seen on closer inspection of detailed sections (like in ‘Waves’). My daughter recently quoted a rehashed rhetorical question when I was singing in the car and she couldn’t concentrate. She laughed to herself and said, “I was going to ask you to stop but then I realised that ‘asking Mum to stop singing would be like asking the Pope not to s**t in the woods’”. But she was right. Asking me to stop singing would be like asking me to stop photographing, or drawing or laughing. These are all part of who I am. I am still learning, pushing the boundaries of my own abilities and developing new skills as I go. I just hope that the viewer can enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoy creating them.


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Welcome to The Sandford Pub

At the Sandford Pub, our focus is on friends, family, and great food. We are a family run pub and, once you take a seat, you too will become part of the Sandford family! Our patrons enjoy a warm and welcoming environment to compliment their perfectly prepared meal. The meats used in any of our dishes are sourced directly from local producers. You don't get any fresher than that! Apart from our wide variety of freshly prepared meats and side dishes, we also offer a selection of desserts that includes delicious, locally sourced Purbeck Ice Cream. There's nothing better than completing your Sandford Pub meal with a sweet treat! Feel free to browse through our gallery, take a look at our mouth-wateringly delicious menu, and book your table for an unforgettable meal served by our friendly staff. Jamie, Zanda, and the Team at the Sandford Pub

Wareham Road Sandford, Dorset BH20 7AE 01929 550 800 / Working Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11:30 - 23:00 Sundays 11:30 - 22:00

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When our in-house photographers go off on their excursions, we have the thrill of seeing first hand the adventure they took, here Jodie House gives us an insight into the world of Iceland, a mystical place of adventure and lava... They say, if you don’t like the weather in Iceland then wait five minutes. The Nordic country is fast becoming a 'go-to destination' for those searching for a minimal sanctuary. This young land is the most sparsely populated country in Europe, with only just over 300,000 people residing here, building their homes on sand and lava fields. The locals know that their time here is a temporary one as Iceland is volcanically active. Icelanders are known for running towards eruptions and I can see why. The beauty of this place immediately draws you in. We began our day with a hearty artisan breakfast by candlelight (the sun rises at 10:40 am) at Reykjavik’s Kex Hostel. A cool and creative retreat housed in an old biscuit factory offering live music, arts and the best dates-inblankets known to man. Camera packed and wrapped up, we put our curiosity in the hands of our guide and photographer Benjamin Hardman and his trusty 4-wheeled steed. Leaving the capital Reykjavik in darkness we headed straight into a heavy storm. The rain of the city soon gave way to dense fog. As we made it through the ‘pass’ - a deadly part of the 828-mile highway, a gift from the US military - then the beauty unfolded. I have never driven on a lava field, but its solid black state was hypnotically glorious, softened by the blankets of bright green moss and playful Icelandic horses who survive by putting their backs to the wind... I thanked them hugely for that tip! We had the luxury of freedom to shoot and explore the non-tourist locations, which of course there are many. The majority of tours take place on the islands of Iceland, but I found the beauty within the Islands ordinary. I was enchanted though by the glacier rivers, which carve their way to the coast. Beaches long ago shaped by the volcanic activity. Vík beach, once counted as one of the ten best beaches in the world, is a stretch of fine black sand. Puffins reside in shallow soils and with a vicious current that tourists underestimate for a chance ‘selfie’. I did have to run from the grasps of icy water. And once was enough. In the vast expanse of the volcanic mountains, little turf houses nestled, evidence of Icelandic’s commitment to live together with this uncompromising landscape. Iceland gives the gift of insignificance. It also gives the gift of quiet and peace. Giving way to creativity. Icelandic traditional arts include knitting thick jumpers, wood carving and weaving. But Icelandic’s also have edge –Björks creative roots are here and she is an active campaigner, trying to prevent the destruction of the Highlands and Iceland’s natural beauty. As we increase our need for internal quiet, more of us will seek out the untouched land of our northern friends. Go, respect the sea and if you are brave, try the fermented shark. It’ll put hairs on your chest. Flights: Easyjet to Keflavik starts at £37.99 each way from Bristol / Gatwick Kex Hostel low-cost dormitory stays.

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Interview with Carlotta Barrow

Carlotta’s story is so full, so varied, so surprising and so wonderful, where to begin? At beginning, and go on till the end as the King said to Alice. She has lived, on and off, in her present house, at the end of Peveril Point, since her mother bought it in 1947. It is an arty place, John Everett’s family owned it in the first decade of the 20th century. The view of Old Harry and Swanage can’t really be bettered anywhere. Carlotta is closely related to Whistler on her grandmother’s side and she has creative arts wound into her DNA. Her first, and very successful career was as a dancer, classically trained at the Arts Educational School. She graced the West End stage in the late fifties to the end of the sixties till a cartilage collapse cut short the dancing and later a nasty car accident altered the course of life. Her scrapbook of this time is impressive, she could have doubled for Audrey Hepburn, worked with so many famous names including Gary Cockrell, who came over from America with West Side Story. He created the Beat Girls, the dancers on BBC 2’s Beat Room, forerunners to Pan’s People. Carlotta’s nickname is Zooks, and Beat Room went on to be called ‘Gadzooks’ the first in colour in the late 60s. Tom Jones and Lulu were the resident singers. Her immersion in the theatre led her to a fascination with Cinemoid gels used to produce lighting effects and she developed several light paintings and colour presentations. Soon she teamed up with avant-garde artist Michael Hannaker and then started working with Perspex, creating still and then, in a startlingly imaginative leap, kinetic sculptures. During the end of the sixties and early seventies she lived in a tiny flat in Covent Garden, but this was where it was happening. At that time London was the most exciting place to be on the planet. ICI sponsored some of the Kinetic Sculpture, keen to publicise their Perspex and plastic. They appear Tomorrows World and designed even more complex sculptures that cast fascinating moiré patterns, and the BBC used some of these for Top of the Pops and Doctor Who.moiré patterns, and the BBC used some of these for Top of the Pops and Doctor Who. In the early seventies her art was getting noticed, she was interviewed by Joan Bakewell, and had several important exhibitions. By this stage she was designing futuristic installations of central domes and linked spheres with iris openings, but her car accident got in the way and she moved into film art directing and designing sets. She worked on Warhol’s study for a film, went to evening classes in drafting drawing and was involved in designing several sets for a film on Romanticism, this led on to work on Danger UXB, The Long Good Friday, The Black Panther, and she worked as set decorator for the first six series of Poirot. Carlotta has carried on painting, drawing, writing poetry, and 3D work, but has really concentrated on her stone carving. She is deeply involved in the Burngate Sculpture project and is doing her best to make sure it continues. She teaches youngsters and is raising Heritage grants via her Purbeck Arts trail and in early October 16 the launch of her Purbeck Sculpture trail. She was helped enormously when she started stone sculpting by Tony Viney and his son Damian, and was influenced by the doyenne of Purbeck Sculpture, Mary Spencer Watson. Your reporter had to dab away a tear on reading Carlotta’s poetic tribute to Mary written shorty after her funeral in March 2006.

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My photography journey actually began in my late teens with a trusty Olympus OM10 35mm film camera along with a variety of lenses. I was a keen motorcyclist at the time with a need for speed and would often travel to race circuits throughout the UK, along with the yearly visit to the Isle of Man for the annual TT races, in the hope of capturing images of my road and circuit heroes for me to pin on my wall back home. Relationships and work soon got in the way and the photography quite quickly took a back seat. Gathering dust I decided to sell all my equipment to a work colleague at the time and that was the end of my photography through 35mm film. From a child, I have always had a passion for nature and its wildlife. I have always been a shy individual and avoided crowds whenever and wherever possible, choosing to be out and about in the countryside walking for miles and watching the birds, insects and mammals that would happily pass by me as I sat quietly for periods of time. Approximately 13 years ago after walking the Jurassic coastline over a period of 6 days and admiring mother nature at its very best, I decided to take the plunge and enter the digital age of photography and combine my previous knowledge of photography with my lifelong passion for wildlife. My new journey had begun and never in a million years did I ever think it would reap so many rewards on so many levels. Initially, I spent the first few years walking around with the camera around my neck and would click away at the passing wildlife which always kept a safe distance and I was often quite frustrated that my images were not as detailed as I would like them.

images Dean Mason

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After a previous relationship breakup, I then decided to stay single and threw myself completely into my photography for 5 years, I decided to purchase some of Nikon's finest, along with a pop-up hide and tripod. My aims and focus were to get nearer to the wildlife without disturbance to its habitat and to hopefully achieve the kind of images I was looking for in my mind’s eye. The only way to achieve this kind of image as far as I was concerned was to be up and about before they were, my alarm was often set for 3am allowing me to get to my destination and being set up in my hide in the dark before the wildlife decided to make a move. Over the years I have been incredibly lucky to have witnessed and photographed some amazing wildlife moments, from kingfishers and their mating ritual to a cheeky water vole picking berries from the edge of a small stream in Kent. Achieving these kinds of images take time, effort and a lot of commitment with a good understanding of the subject you are photographing. For example: To photograph the water vole I had to dress in full chest waders and quite literally sit in a stream for approximately 24 hours over a two-day period, with no guarantees that any voles would even make an appearance! Luckily I was rewarded with a few images, one of which and after a great deal of persuasion from my wonderful wife Steph decided to enter it into the BBC’s Countryfile calendar competition for 2017 in aid of Children in Need. Winning the competition was a complete shock and to be honest everything I had always avoided, my quiet and shy life shattered by film crews and a TV celebrity (John Craven), but after all said and done I was honoured that my image from 22,000 entries was chosen by the public

Dean Mason

BBC’s Countryfile calendar competition for 2017

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to grace the front cover of the calendar. Not bad for a self-taught photographer who has learned much by making loads of mistakes over the years and proof that anyone out there with a passion and understanding for what they do, with hard work, effort and commitment can achieve anything they strive to achieve. One of my favourite subjects over the years has been the ever elusive kingfisher, I became completely obsessed with the river king and queen consequently devoting 3 years solidly in photographing them. Every weekend, evening and holiday I would be somewhere along the river Stour hidden from view with my pop up hide and sat patiently for them to show at some point during the day. Summer days would always be the longest and quite often I would be sat within my hide from 5 am to 9 pm depending on the available light on any given day. Some days would be very fruitful and activity would be plentiful, others would offer not a single visit but the excitement and anticipation for the next day were always my drives. One of my kingfisher images was used by Zeiss optics of Germany (Kingfisher on no fishing sign) in a worldwide advertising campaign promoting the launch of their Victory SF binoculars back in April 2015 the voiceover for the same campaign was TV personality and wildlife guru Simon King, a proud moment it was indeed. With the complete support and backing of my wife Steph in May 2016 I decided to leave my 20-year employment within the timber trade and follow a dream, we decided to choose the quality of life over quantity and opened the Windows on Wildlife Nature Photography Hide based in Creech, near Wareham. The aim of the hide is to offer photographers of all levels the opportunity to photograph numerous woodland and garden birds on an up close and personal level that visit our raised infinity/reflection pool on a daily basis. There is also the opportunity to photograph various passing mammals that may appear and would include Sika deer, foxes and Badgers. The hide is a 5 person timber construction, fully lined and insulated for that extra bit of comfort during those cold days that occur way too often in the UK. It has a fully blacked out interior to eliminate movement from within the hide, giving less opportunity of spooking the wildlife and ensuring that you get the images you are hoping for. Our hide is of multipurpose usage and you are not governed by just the one position during your visit, swapping photographic windows is allowed and encouraged. The hide also offers an abundance of space for each individual to move around freely, including plenty of room for all your camera equipment and personal belongings. For further details about the hide, please visit: arkadia magazine

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