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BLOOM Contents May 2014

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e’re just coming up to the We can provide a platform for

health, design, food, news and

year and a half anniversa- business, events and promotions

the lowdown on the Giro d’Italia

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ry of Bloom Holywood and we’re

plus a regular means of commu-

which is happening just up the

delighted and to announce that we nication with the local commu-

road. It’s sure to be a remarkable

have joined The Holywood Cham- nity. Amazing and determined

event and one that has captured

ber of Commerce, the fantastic,

work has been carried out by the

the imagination of the country as

growing network of local busi-

Chamber - we look forward to our

you see the banners and promo-

nesses. We would like to take this

first meeting and in the meantime tions on your travels. To prepare,

opportunity to say how honoured

if there’s anything we can help

we’re off to dye something Giro

we are to become a member. We

out with, as always, give any of us

pink ready to swing it around in

have no doubt we share a common a shout at any time. Meanwhile,

the air shouting yeeeoow on the

ground of aims and objectives for

roadside in a few days time. Enjoy

in this month’s Bloom we have a

the town with our fellow members. cracking line up spanning sport,

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The lowdown on local bizz, headlines and events galore.

12 MASTERING THE ART

the issue and have a great May!

20 ACTIVE HEALTH Be work station smart with advice from Active Health Solutions.

24 COOKBOOK

Cathy McAleer the inspirational Introducing Morito and their founder of Hol,ywood Karate Club. innovative tapas and mezze.

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26 A SQUARE DEAL

One of the biggest events ever to be Holywood’s Justin Lowry has held here. Check out our special. launched a unique auction house.

18 LITTle i design Meet local designer with a difference Robin McFarland.

30 A WARM WELCOME.. ...to a new addition to Holywood High St, it’s Little Wing Pizzeria.

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Weekend activities for the whole family, from children’s activities to live music, from May to the beginning of September at Cockle Row Cottage, Groomsport. The Cottages are open 11am-5pm at weekends and daily from June-7 September. May’s events are: Sat 3rd Children’s Crafts, Archery Sun 4th Jumping Clay, Face Painting Sat 10th World of Owls, Crafts Sun 11th Clowning Sat 17th Children’s Crafts, Balloon Modelling Sun 18th Party Animals NI, Children’s Crafts Sat 24th Circus skills, Children’s Crafts Sun 25th Archery, Glitter Tattoos Sat 31st Puppet Show

Sunday 11th May. 10-4pm at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. An adult workshop that takes inspiration from the Ulster Museum’s ‘Curious Beast’ exhibition and our own farm animals. Artist Hannah Wilson will help you design and carve an image into lino. This can then be used to stamp the image onto paper creating wrapping paper or a greeting card. Two workshops will take place at 10am and 1.30pm each lasting 3 hours. Attendance on the workshop must be booked in advance at £8 per adult per workshop. Cost includes all materials and admission to the Folk & Transport Museum for the day. Places are limited so booking in advance is essential. www.nmni.com/uftm 4 bloommagazine.co.uk


CELEBRATE the season of Spring at the 2014 May Fair on the 10th from 11am - 3pm at St John’s Church, Helen’s Bay. There will be plenty for adults and children to enjoy. Take a horse and carriage ride or let the children enjoy the bouncy castle, craft making and treasure trail. There will be stalls, including plants and garden produce, bric a brac, books, toys, delicious homemade cakes and preserves, and games including ‘Soak the Vicar’, and a Coconut Shy. Refreshments will include teas and tray bakes, burgers, hot dogs and ice cream and there will be a fantastic raffle including a hamper and other prizes. An exhibition of paintings by local artists will be on display in the Church with an opportunity to purchase the original pieces of work. The exhibition will also be open to the public on Friday evening 9th May from 6.30pm to 8pm. So put the date in your diary now and come along for some family fun on Saturday 10th May at St John’s Church, Ford Road, Helen’s Bay. Adults £2, Children U14 Free

Bangor Rugby Club are getting ready to rock out their club grounds with their PARTY ON THE PITCH event this summer! With the announcement that Flash Harry is to headline their

HOLYWOOD KARATE CLUB cleaned up last month at the

gig on 7th June, tickets sales

Ardee International Open! Here’s the rundown on their fantastic

have really started to fly! Along

achievements. Scott Mcclean: Senior Men’s - Gold kata and Gold

with 4 locally based bands and

Kumite (Fighting). Fergus McMullan: Under 15 year olds - Gold

another formidable tribute

Kata and Gold Kumite and silver team kata. Christy Gallagher:

band in Kings of Lyon, the club

Senior Men’s - Bronze kata and Silver Kumite. Sol Boyles : under

grounds will be bouncing with

17 years Silver Kata and Silver Kumite. Matthew Rooney under

music, food stalls, beer tents

15yrs Silver Kata and bronze Kumite and silver team kata.

and hopefully sunshine! Tickets

Effie Ellis O’Neill under 15yrs: Bronze Kata and Silver Kumite.

are only £15 and are available

Christian Boyles under 12yrs: Silver Kumite and Silver team kata.

on Ticketmaster, as well as in

Ashton Simms - first big international event won his first tound

Bloomfield shopping centre

and narrowly put out second round. Sensei Cathy McAleer said

every Thursday & Friday from

‘Fergus mcMullan was definitly fighter of the day and stood out

4-7pm and Saturday 1-5pm. For

with his speed, fitness and timing. Every round he won 6-0 and

more information please see the

his opponents could not stick his pace or fitness.’

Party on the Pitch on Facebook.

The North Down Craft

On the 10th May from 10am-5pm On the 17th May from 10am -

Collective returns with 14

you can join the Irish Garden

5pm also at the Museum you

unique crafts and a vintage tea

Plant Society in the gardens

can see the work that goes into

room. It takes place on Saturday of the Rectory at Ulster Folk &

preparing and driving a pony

10th May from 10am-4pm at

Transport Museum, Cultra for

and trap around the grounds In

Holywood Old School. Always a

their annual garden event and

the afternoon watch the horses

brilliant event to visit. Enjoy!

plant sale. An event that truly

and carriages trot around the

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marks the beginning of Summer.

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Get in touch with your story & share it with the readers in Holywood • stuart@bloommagazine.co.uk • “May Day Mayhem” with the Belfast Swing Jazz Band On 5th May, at Shorts Recreational Club, Holywood Road you can dance the night away, or just enjoy the fabulous music and the dulcet tones of swing diva, Caroline Brown. An end of season evening of great live Swing, Jazz & Dixieland. 8.30pm to 11pm. £5 Tip to Toes Clothing Alterations was opened in Holywood in Oct 2013 by Mrs Tip Moore. Tip has over 20 years experience in tailoring high end garments, began learning her trade at the age of 12 and has worked in Bangkok, England and Ireland. Situated on Holywood High Street above Sweeny’s chemist, they can take care of all your clothing needs, alterations, mending, cleaning, ironing. Tip to Toes presented a stall at the Thai Festival in T13 on 27th April showcasing their range of handmade handbags from Thailand. Tip and her son Cameron were happy to welcome the Lord Mayor of Belfast Máirtín Ó Muilleoir who expressed a great interest in their products for which they were extremely grateful. The Thai festival brought together a wide mix of Thai culture and part of that mix was Tip’s range of handbags

May Crone a valued customer of Tesco Extra Knocknagoney was presented with flowers and a gift voucher by Nicola Irvine store manager and Jean Cardy Com-

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Locals help launch new NI Angling Show North Down anglers Ingrid Houwers and Charlie (7) and Jack (11) Titterington are pictured lending their support to the launch of the new Northern Ireland Angling Show that will take place alongside the Irish Game Fair at Shane’s Castle on Saturday 28th & 29th June. The Angling Show and Fair take place from 10am – 6pm. Both events are sponsored by the NITB and Antrim Borough Council. You can visit the website www.irishgamefair.com to find out more.

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MASTERING THE ART Cathy McAleer is General Manager of Virgin Active, Holywood and has worked in the club for 12 years. She started karate when she was 9 and has since competed and trained all over the world to improve her knowledge and skills in Wado Ryu. We meet the inspirational founder of Holywood Karate Club.

“I also train in Kickboxing,’ says Cathy, ‘with Mr Billy Murray in Pro Kick. I have trained competitively in the both sports and achieved a Celtic title in kickboxing and a World title in Karate along with three European medals and many local and international titles over the years.’ Cathy was an assistant coach form the age of 16 and then achieved her 1st Dan (black belt) at 19. She set up her own club after returning from University in 2004 in Esporta health club, Holywood. The club grew in numbers and strength over the years and now they have a second club in Stormont Pavilion and cater for children and adults ranging from 5 up. ‘Recently I set up our own association “Northern Ireland Karate Academy”, as I believed we could offer many with the opportunity to learn the Martial Art and improve on fitness, confidence, bullying and more importantly fun. I have also taught many students who have had autism or asbergers

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and it has had a big impact on their lives. I went on to form the “Northern Ireland Karate Association”, which is affiliated member of the World Karate Confederation and in turn entitles the association to have world recognition on our grading syllabus and access into all WKC European, World Championships and international championships.’  The club and the Northern Ireland National Team Cathy coaches, compete in local, national and international events. In January they travelled to Munich and competed in the world championships and their next big international event is Argentina in October for the team. ‘The club have a number of outstanding students and champions at a world and international level like Tom O’Neill under 15 World Champion, Steven Quantrill under 18 World Kata champion, Stephen Corbett senior men’s World  Bronze medallist; Sol Boyles, Charlie Roberts, Effie Ellis O’Neil all under 16 years of age and Silver medallists at World and European level with excellent potential in future. Not to forget our juniors Christian Boyles undefeated Irish and Northern Ireland Champion for past four years along with Club mate Luca Lavery current under 9 Northern Ireland Champion and Scott McClean under 21 Champion.’ Many students Cathy has taught from 5 are now are turning 16 and 17. Roan Ellis O’Neill who has been member of the club from 5, has been assistant coach for past four years and will sit his black belt in June this year. ‘Roan is a credit to the club and a great role model. He has just recently been accepted onto a scholarship in Holland to study and will set up his own club while away for two years. Recently I achieved coach of the year at the Belfast Sports Council Awards and also was presented my 3rd Dan by the WKC in Munich this January for all my achievements and success.’

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Giro d’Italia 2014 Be Part of the Big Start On 8 May 2014 over 200 elite cyclists and entourage will descend on Northern Ireland in search of glory. Belfast will host a welcome celebration to remember! The Giro is one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events, and every other year its opening stages are held outside its home country of Italy. The organisers chose Northern Ireland for 2014 because of our magical landscapes, quality roads that are ideal for the race, the iconic architecture of our cities and the warmth and enthusiasm of our people. We have the local lowdown and beyond.

Giro Facts & Figures • The Giro d’Italia is a long distance, multi-stage bicycle road race for professional cyclists. It is held primarily in Italy, over a three-week period in May and June each year.

STAGE 1 /Belfast/Team Trial Start: Titanic Belfast Friday 9th May Marker 2: Newtownards Road Route overview Marker 3: Stormont

• The Giro is one of the European cycling calendar’s three Grand Tours, along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España.

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• The first Giro d’Italia was held in 1909. 2014 will mark the 97th event – it was suspended twice, during the two World Wars. • The 1909 race had eight stages; the 2014 race will have 21, over 3,450km.

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efore setting up Little i Design, says Robin, ‘I worked for nearly fifteen years in the television and film industry as senior model-maker in an animation company, sculpting miniature characters, props and sets, full scale raised sets for puppetry, as well as making the muppetstyle puppets themselves. Unfortunately due to the harsh financial climate, I was made redundant and after the initial period of blind panic, I decided to try my luck as a free-lance production designer. I have been continuing to do so for nearly five years now. However, I have always had a passion for interior design so decided that I would establish Little i.’ Since Robin was a child, he can recall looking around houses and making mental notes of things he thought were of interest. ‘I love the fact that one can add real character to a room by choosing an appropriate colour palette, wallpaper or furniture. I draw from my back-ground in TV and film, to bring a sense of drama to my designs.’ One of the principles that Little i Design is based on is that interior design should not be exclusively for the ultra-rich. Robin wants the average family to be able to afford his help. ‘There is no good reason why interior design should not be available to anyone who feels they would benefit from the skills offered by a designer. As such, my daily rate is akin to that of a handy-man.’  Robin sees his job as a quest to find out what, if anything, the client specifically requires from their space. ‘I meet with the clients and find out as much as possible about their requirements. Then, I would start researching on-line for inspiration. Create a mood-board: this allows both myself and the client to see my intentions design-wise. I also tend to prepare a few rough sketches. I may also visit various shops to get samples of wall-papers, as well as pictures. Then, I would meet with the clients a second time and show them my design ideas. Then, if I get their blessing, start work or further discuss their requirements and repeat the process with more clearly defined parameters.’  As well as the design part, Robin also undertakes the manual labour, painting, papering, laying wood and laminate flooring etc. He has certainly taken on some dramatic and theatrical projects which he has been seemingly born to do. ‘I loved doing the Tim Burton inspired bedroom. It was an interesting challenge to transform quite a small, awkwardly shaped room into a pleasing space. Some hard graft and thought from my side, and I have given the client something really special that they continue to enjoy long after I’m off the scene.’ @LittleiDesign

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Do you experience back or headaches as a result of sitting at your desk all day? A study by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy shows one third of NI workers reporting physical pain at work at least once a week. Holywood-based physiotherapists, Active Health Solutions have launched their free downloadable ‘Perfect Posture’ guide and ‘Back to Basics, Workstation Smart’ roadshow, offering one-hour work-station and ergonomics consultations to businesses.

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Paul McMahon, President, Belfast Chamber of Trade & Commerce is pictured with Rachel Saligari, Active Health Solutions at the launch of the ‘Back to Basics, Workstation Smart’ roadshow

Holywood Practice Gets ‘Back to Basics’

10 Points to Consider in Your Workstation Set-up • The screen should be directly in front of you, arms distance away and the top of the screen should be at eye height. If you use a document holder it should be at the same distance and close to the screen. • Sitting close to the desk allows your arms to hang in a non-effortful position. If your armrests stop you getting this close adjust them down if possible to shorter stocks, or take them off. • Your keyboard should be about 6-8 inches from the edge of the desk so that you can get support through your forearms. The keyboard should be on an angle that allows your wrists to be a straight plane, i.e. not ‘cocked’ of bent. • Adjust the back of the seat down so that you have the lumbar support at about belt level. Have the • backrest angled back marginally and where possible the base tilted slightly forward, opening up the angle of the spine. You shouldn’t be sitting as straight as 90 degrees. When not typing change position and relieve loading on spinal discs. • Drive the mouse with the largest muscles, i.e. shoulder and upper arm not hand and fingers. Avoid the use of wrist supports that dissuade any joints closer to the body than the wrist from moving. • Adjust your seat height so that your forearms are at the same level as the desk. If you have armrests they should also be at the level of desk, but shouldn’t preclude you from getting close enough to the desk so that your belly almost touches it. • If your feet don’t touch the floor you need a footrest. The only other reason to have a footrest is if you have excessive pressure on the back of your thighs or knees from the base of the seat. Ideally, you should have at least a fist width between the edge of the seat and the back of your knees. • Ensure lighting is adequate so you avoid squinting or poking your chin forward on your neck to see the task in front. Also, avoid glare on your screen from ambient light by adjusting curtains and blinds. • Arrange your desktop keeping the items you need often within easy hands reach, and those you use less often further away. Also, try to schedule breaks, like going to make a coffee. Vary your tasks to avoid sustained sitting throughout the day. • Use a laptop stand so that the top of the display screen is as close to eye level as possible. To arrange for Active Health Solutions to visit your organisation for a one-hour ‘Back to Basics, Workstation Smart’ consultation call 028 9042 1188 or download the complimentary ’Perfect Posture’ guide at www.activehealthsolutions.co.uk.

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Clothing Alterations Weddings, Accessories, Dry Clean & Iron We can alter, resize, repair or restyle your clothing. Our aim is to make you feel more comfortable & confident in your clothing Alterations Our premises on the Holywood High Street offers a pleasant environment with a team of highly skilled seamstresses that take pride in their work and the level of service they provide. We use only the latest equipment, offer spacious changing rooms & fitting areas with multiple mirrors. We can sew anything from fine silks to heavy leathers

Weddings Wedding alterations are our speciality. We understand that your day must be perfect and so we will push for perfection. We have the best seamstresses and we work to see a happy bride and family.

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As the little sister of Moro, Morito has been serving delicious and innovative tapas and mezze in the heart of London’s Exmouth Market for over three years. Sam and Sam Clark’s little gem of a tapas bar packs a big culinary punch, attracting critical acclaim and constant queues. Now, with the publication of the cookbook of this hugely successful restaurant, Morito’s small plates can be cooked, eaten and shared at home.

CHICHARRONES DE CÁDIZ “Chicharrones are a meatier and classier variation of pork scratchings. This Cádiz version is made by slow-roasting belly of pork, chopping it up and serving it with lots of freshly squeezed lemon juice and ground cumin.” Serves 4-6 2 garlic cloves, crushed to a paste with 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon ground fennel seeds 1kg piece of organic or freerange pork belly, skin scored 2 teaspoons fine sea salt ½ medium onion, peeled ½ lemon, cut into wedges, 24 bloommagazine.co.uk

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TO FINISH juice of 2 lemons 3 teaspoons cumin seeds, lightly toasted and roughly ground The following is the Moro recipe for roast pork belly, but if you have a tried and trusted method, feel free to use your own. Preheat the oven to 230°C/450°F/ Gas 8. Mix the garlic with the fennel seeds and rub it over the flesh side of the pork belly. Turn the meat over and dry the skin thoroughly – a hair dryer works well. Generously sprinkle the skin with the salt and then leave for 20 minutes, then dust off the excess salt. Place the onion half in a roasting tin and put the pork belly on top to create a convex shape, which will help the crackling form. Place

on the top shelf of the oven. It is important that the oven is really hot to start with, in order to blister the skin and create good crackling. Roast at this high heat for 20-30 minutes or until hard crackling has formed, then reduce the heat to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Pour 3 tablespoons of water into the bottom of the pan to prevent the meat juices burning. Continue to cook for about 2 hours or until the meat is soft and tender. Cool completely and remove any bones. Dice the pork into generous bite-sized cubes. Heat a frying pan until hot, but don’t add any oil. Fry the cubes of pork until they have caramelised, crisped up and heated through. Transfer to a plate, squeeze over plenty of lemon juice and sprinkle liberally with the cumin. Add extra salt to taste if needed.


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RED PEPPER TORTILLA “Red peppers add sweetness and colour to a tortilla. Perfect with a Gilda and a glass of fino sherry” Serves 6-8 2 medium potatoes (225-250g), peeled, sliced into quarters lengthways and cut into thin triangles 8 tablespoons olive oil 1 large Spanish onion or 2 medium onions, thinly sliced 2 sprigs of thyme 2 bay leaves, preferably fresh 2 red bell peppers or 3 Romano peppers (page 280), deseeded and sliced ¼ teaspoon sweet smoked Spanish paprika (page 280) 8 organic or free-range eggs Toss the potatoes with ½ a teaspoon of salt, transfer to a colander and leave to stand for 15 minutes. Set a large non-stick

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frying pan over a medium heat and add 4 tablespoons of the olive oil. When hot, add the onion, thyme, bay leaves and a pinch of salt and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and golden. Add the peppers and paprika and continue to cook for 10 minutes until the peppers start to soften. Now add the potatoes and cook for a further 15 minutes or until tender but not coloured, stirring every now and then. Remove from the heat and transfer the mixture to a dish, discarding any excess oil. Cool for 5 minutes. Crack the eggs into a large bowl and whisk lightly. Remove the thyme and bay leaves and fold the vegetable mixture into the eggs and check the seasoning. Wipe the frying pan clean and return it to a medium to high heat. When hot add 2 more tablespoons of oil and swirl it around the pan and up the sides to coat. As the oil begins to smoke, pour in the mixture, while gently

shaking the pan with the other hand to ensure it is evenly spread. Lower the heat and let the tortilla cook for 3-5 minutes. Using a spatula, gently check whether the underside of the tortilla is golden brown and the runny exposed side has formed a ring of cooked egg around the edge. Remove from the heat, rest for a minute, then take a plate about the same size as the pan and rest it over the pan. Carefully invert the tortilla on to the plate. Return the pan to the heat. When hot, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and gently slide the tortilla back into the pan to cook the other side. Lower the heat and tuck in the edges of the tortilla to neaten. Cook until golden brown underneath and firm to the touch, turning again if the tortilla is still runny in the middle. Remove from the heat and leave for a few minutes to settle, then turn the tortilla out on to a clean plate. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. bloommagazine.co.uk 25


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n The Square Auctions, Belfast’s very first ‘walkin e-bay’ style auction house, will open its doors with a grand opening auction on Thursday 8th May 2014. A unique combination of consignment shop and auction house, On The Square will offer the option to walk-in and buynow throughout the month and at monthly stock clearance auctions. Managing Director of On The Square Auctions Justin Lowry has long thought Belfast needed a go-to spot for second-hand and antique furniture that offers a flexible service. “We have worked very hard to create a welcoming environment at On The Square Auctions so that anyone - even if they’ve never come to an auction before - can come along, view, get involved and bid for their desired items. Or if you see an item and have to have it, you can secure it there and then with our ‘buy-itnow’ option.” @OTSAAuctions

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Justin and partner Jill O’Neill, founder of vintage furniture design emporium ReFound, both share a love of unique finds for the home and relish the opportunity to source and offer a range of pieces to suit all tastes. “We have new stock coming through our doors weekly, which can include anything from the functional to the unusual. It’s great to be able to provide a flexible shopping experience full of surprise finds with everything at an accessible price to customers.” From vintage and antique to contemporary and brand new, On The Square Auctions offers a wide variety of homewares to add to any room in the home, as well as bulk furniture sets, ideal for furnishing commercial premises. In addition to buy-it-now auctions, their services also include liquidation stock sales, house clearances, valuations, furniture restoration, upholstery and sourcing of furniture and antique items. The grand launch auction will take place on 8th May at 6pm, featuring a huge

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