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A Letter from the Editor

Back in June 2009 I was asked if I knew anyone who could do desktop publishing for an idea for a free London weekendbased paper. I was sat in a pub sipping at a pint of beer listening to the ideas about how it would be able to become a part of Londoners lives. As the pint started emptying, the ideas started making more and more

sense and by the time the glass was pessimistically empty, the inspiration was the complete opposite. We talked about how you’d be able to catch all the best events in London just by grabbing a copy and planning out your weekend. One of the focuses we always wanted on the paper was choice. Choice to go out. Choice to stay in. Choice in how to spend your well deserved time off work. We then thought about all those things that could be included for those going out. The latest events with the biggest names.

The classiest bars and the most anticipated cinema releases. The previews and reviews of everything that makes London great. We started thinking about those staying in too. The music they’ll want on their iPod. The DVD’s they’ll be chilling out with. The books on their shelves, games on their consoles and the cream of the weekend’s telly.

And then it happened. The past 6 months of planning, design, networking and tireless effort have been a blur of indescribable learning curves. But here, today, in your hands, you have the very essence of what was going through my mind back when I was sat in that pub. A pure unadulterated suggestive guide to help you plan your weekend out.

So if you’re going out, how about an afternoon at the O2 watching Strictly Come Dancing live, followed by a reflective drink at one of our reviewed bars and perhaps a meal at my personal favourite, The Green House in Mayfair, before partying the night away in the atmospheric Roof Garden. If you’re staying in, there’s plenty to do too. From cooking along with Gordon Ramsey on Friday night with a few friends, to renting In The Electric Mist with Tommy Lee Jones, to having a listen to the new OneRepublic album.

And if the whole Valentine’s thing is getting you down already, go have a chuckle at this issue’s Column Corner. Welcome along, London.

Steve Fanner editor@thisweeken

The TW Team

Well, what can I say! Only two issues from our beginning and we’re already into print. I want to share something with you – a small story about This Weekend London and its humble beginnings.

Editor Steve Fanner

Technology Damus Abagun

Design Jamie Carruthers Kyoko Nishimura

Public Relations Bayo PhatB Adekunle

Style & Beauty Yvonne Ottley-Awuah Advertising Abisoye Abagun advertise@

Special thanks to: Pretty Stylish London Jonathan Crouch Tom Dolton


he only competitor to Simon Cowell’s X-Factor on the Saturday nights during the run-in to Christmas put in another excellent performance in the ratings war again. On the back of its success back in 2009 and 2008, Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour returns once more for four nights only, at the O2 Arena in London. The Live Tour 2010, hosted by the delightful Kate Thornton, will see stars from the hit TV show, past and present, gather their gowns and dance shoes, to once again become dance contestants, competing for the votes of the audiences in arenas across the country. Remaining true to the show, the confirmed line-up for the live tour features Ali Bastian &

Premiere Brian Fortuna, Kelly Brook & Matthew Cutler, Natalie Cassidy & Darren Bennett, Ricky Groves & Aliona Vilani, Austin Healy & Lilia Kopylova, Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan, Zoe Lucker & James Jordan and finally Mark Ramprakash & Kristina Rihanoff. The cast also features Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite as a professional couple. From Thursday 4th until Sunday 7th February, the all star cast will be staging the same kind of breathtaking and dazzling performances captured on the amazingly successful BBC1 series, in front of a live audience at the O2 Arena. Those lucky enough to be in the audience of the televised shows note how special the performances

are in person compared to the recorded versions broadcast. Tickets are now available from for all six performances, with 19.30 evening performances on Thursday 4th, Friday 5thand Saturday 6th. There is also a 14.30 performance on the Saturday and the final two Sunday shows at 13.30 and 18.30.

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Events Music concerts

Hot tickets Elvis Presley In Concert, 28th Feb. The O2 R. Kelly, HMV Hammersmith Apollo, 9th April

JLS, at the Hammersmith Apollo, 13th and 25th February 2010 — 7 PM, £23.50 to £27.50

Rihanna, The O2, 10th May Alicia Keys, The O2, 25th May

JLS, at the Hammersmith Apollo

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13th and 25th Febr uary 2010

Ne-Yo and Jay Sean, at Wembley Arena, 14th February 2010 — 6.30 PM

If you don’t have the tickets to the show yet, TW hopes you have something really extra special for your significant other this valentine season. JLS (Jack the Lad Swing) The UK multiplatinum selling Boy Band who where runners up at the

f i f t h edition of the X-factor practically owned the charts in 2009 are going to make the hearts of everybody in love beat again at London’s Hammersmith Apollo with great tunes and hot dance moves.

Thinking of a knock out valentine why don’t you get yourself and your partner tickets to see Danny Williams face Sam Sexton for the British and Common Wealth Championship along with 8 other scheduled bouts which includes two other championship bouts. Venue: Wembley Arena Dates: 13th Feb. 2010

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Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, at the O2 Arena, 13th to 14th February 2010 — 6.30 PM

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Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise

Still not sure what you want to do this valentine? How about a Valentine’s day dinner cruise aboard the Symphony or the Naticia in 2010 where you will be welcome Glass of Champagne, seated in on well dressed private table, enjoy a delicious Four Course Menu with selected Wines, Beer and Soft Drinks served throughout, a single Red Rose for your date and souvenir photograph to remember a wonderful dinner on one of London’s best cruises. £150 per person - Supplement of £10 per person for guaranteed window table. Booking: 07900 352235

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Valentine’s Day Couple

Bungee Jumping I once imagined that I will propose to my girl friend in Paris by surprisingly bungee jumping from the top of the Eiffel Tower with the ring in one hand and flowers in the other with my girl friend at the base proving that I would give my life for her but I was 14 then and did not have a girl friend lol, however this valentine another thing would be nice would be couples bungee jumping, it something you won’t normally do, but imagine the adrenaline rush, definitely a trill worth experiencing Visit:

Chocolate Making Course for two We all like us some chocolate especially valentines, it is the minimum every lady expects to get, however this year why don’t you do something different, spend valentines making chocolate with her. book £145Per couple London (South East), For booking:


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Lion king at the Lyceum theatre

Termed as a roaring success by thousands of critics and fans, this stage adaptation of Disney’s classic lion king has been going on for more than ten years and I must say it deserve another 10 . The costumes are definitely the best I have seen in theatre and the music is just mind blowing, TW definitely recommends as a medicine to re-ignite the king in you and your relationship. Venue: lyceum Theatre, Convent Garden WC2E 7RQ Tickets: £20.50 Booking:


Like fine wine Chicago the longest running Broadway musical to hit the west end just keeps getting better, it a multi award winning production with great choreography costumes and lighting. Come see the story set in the 1920s about a night club dancer (Roxie) whose carrier is hindered by a murder charge, a smooth talking lawyer and a cell block of sin, “it would be a crime not the see it” as the official website rightly puts it. I thought I was the last person in London to see this show, but I was so wrong, because most of my mate have not too Venue: Cambridge Theatre, Seven Dials, London WC2 Tickets: from £25 Booking:

Why didn’t I see this earlier, not only is this a four star show, its 4 stars and a wink because it comes in pink This light hearted story of love, determination and the support of true friends translated in beautiful music, great choreography and in pink definitely proves that being true to yourself never goes out of fashion Elle Woods was expecting an engagement only to get dumped by her college sweet heart Warner (Duncan James) because she appeared too shallow and not serious enough. Like a phoenix out off ash, she rises out despair, driven by love and determined to prove she is more than just a pretty face and a hot body; she hits the books and heads to Harvard law school With a wonderful cast which includes the wonderful Sheridan Smith who plays the character Elle Woods so well that her charisma and free spirit touches you in your seat. Duncan James plays Warner, Peter Davison as Professor Callahan, Jill Halfpenny plays the beautician confidante Paulette, Susan McFadden as Elle's best friend Serena and Aoife Mulholland who plays the role of jailed fitness instructor Brooke Wyndham directed and choreographed by the Jerry Mitchell . There are loads of very exciting scenes in the show including “the bend and snap” which was my personal favourite, the court scenes and the opening scenes too. The entire production set is just fabulous, lightings are on point and I am so jealous of Elle’s wardrobe. This show has taken the west end by storm and continued to receive great reviews from critics, celebrities and individuals alike. Why don’t you check it out This Weekend, it sure will be a great way to start valentines as you will definitely feel so much better than before. Legally blonde Venue: Savoy Theatre, The Strand, London , WC2R 0ET

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Unwind with a laugh or two… what the hell, make it the whole weekend! This Valentine’s weekend why not take your partner or your mates to one of TW’s highlighted comedy events and enjoy some of England’s best talents at some of the best venues! Tim Key’s “The Slutcracker” at the Soho Theatre, 9th to 13th February 2010 - 9.45 PM, Spank! 8:00pm, Friday 5 February, Price: £10, Lowdown at the Albany, W1W 5QU. Featuring: Helen Arney, Matt Kirshen and Tom Meeten

Chris Addison, from TV’s “The Thick of It”, 13th February 2010 — 8 PM

Catch Tim Vine’s “Joke-amotive”, Bloomsbury Theatre. 7th feb

Paul Merton, at the Comedy Store, 7th February 2010 — 8 PM

Sara Pascoe 8:00pm, 5th February, Price: £12, £10 concs, Soho Theatre

The Best In Stand Up Comedy Store, SW1Y 4EE. 8pm 6th February Price: £20.00 Featuring: Justin Moorhouse, Sean Meo, Ty Barnett(USA) The Funny Side Corner Store Covent Garden WC2E 7BN, 8:00pm, Saturday 6 February, Price: £12.50 , Featuring: Felix Dexter, Paul Kerensa and Craig Murray

The Comedy Store Players The Comedy Store, SW1Y 4EE 8:00pm, 7th February, Price: £17

Jonny Sweet – Mostly About Arthur Venue: Soho Theatre, W1D 3NE 8:00pm, 14th February, Price: £12, £10 concs

Abnormally Funny People, Soho Theatre, W1D 3NE, 8:00pm, 12th February, Price: £10, £8 concs, Featuring: Liz Carr, Paul Betney, Tanyalee Davis, Caroline Parker and more

This Is Not A Subject For Comedy, Phoenix Artist Club, WC2H 8BU 4:00pm, Saturday 13 February, Price: Donation Bad Film Club – Valentine's Special Venue: Waterman's, TW8 0DS 7:45pm, Sunday 14 February, Price: £7.50, £6.50 concs


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The Cuban

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Venue: The Cuban, London, EC2Y 9AW Date: Sat 13 Feb, 2010 Time: 7:30 PM Ages: 24 - 36  Side attraction: The Bluejacks Band

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Meet At Last Valentines Masquerade Ball

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Elvis Has Left The Building– John Bishop 8:00pm, Friday 5 February, Price: £15, £13 members

Food &


1 Oliver's Yard, City Road, EC1Y 1HQ

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What’s on your table?


Le Bouchon Breton

8 Horner Square, Old Spitalfield Market, E1 6EW

50% off food

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The White Swan

108 Fetter Lane, EC4A 1ES

50% off food

Table booking:

Hush Brasserie

8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, Mayfair, W1S 1EY

50% off food

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The India

21 College Hill, Cannon Street, London, EC4R 2RP

his weekend what’s on your table will not be looking at any specific bottle of beverage as we usually do, This Weekend it’s about the cocktails. If you are dining out or just hanging out, why don’t you try something different have a cocktail, try the house specials or one of the regulars (Woo Woos, flirtini, sex on the bitch, Kamikaze) or you could try something you have tried before as the bartender to recommended

something that will take where you want to go. And if Staying In is the plan This Weekend you can become your own Bartender invite friends or that significant other and make your cocktail. If are not sure what to make or how to make it, TW has taken time out to research and produce some exciting recipes of some of the naughtiest mix in town.

Amaretto Seduction

After Sex

Ingredients: 2.0 oz Lemon Lime Soda 0.5 oz Amaretto 1.0 cup Ice 2.0 oz Orange juice 1.0 oz Peach Schnapps 0.5 oz Sweet and Sour mix 1.0 oz Triple sec Directions: Combine all ingredients together in a blender, with or without ice. Blend well, pour over ice (if not already used) in a hurricane glass and serve.

Ingredients: 1.0 cl Banana Liqueur 1.0 Orange Juice 2.0 cl Vodka Directions: Pour the vodka and banana liqueur over ice cubes in a tall glass and fill up with orange juice. Garnish with a bit of grenadine and sugar.

Love in the Afternoon Ingredients: 0.75 oz Coconut Cream 0.50 oz Whipped Cream 1.00 oz Orange juice 2.00 oz Dark Rum 3.00 Strawberries 0.50 oz Strawberry Schnapps 0.50 oz Sugar Syrup Directions: Blend ingredients in a pina colada glass until smooth. Add half a glassful of crushed ice and blend again briefly. Garnish with a strawberry, add straws, then serve.

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Romeo and Juliet Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz. Patron Silver tequila 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier 1/4 oz. cherry or Chambord raspberry liquor 2 oz. chilled peach juice 3 maraschino cherries, garnish Orange spiral, garnish Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add tequila (or Absolut Apeach), Grand Marnier, cherry liquor and peach juice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and pour into a chilled fluted glass or large martini glass. Place orange spiral on the lip of the glass so it drapes down the side. For a fluted glass: drop a cherry into drink. For a martini glass: skewer three cherries on a swizzle stick and lay across the lip.


Between the Sheets Ingredients: 1.0 oz. Cognac or Brandy 1.0 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec 1.0 oz. Light Rum 1.0 oz. Lemon or Lime Juice Directions: Combine ingredients in a shaker with cracked ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

First Love Ingredients: 0.66 oz Champagne 2.00 dashes Cherry Liqueur 0.33 oz Gin 1.00 tsp Sugar Directions: Pour the champagne, gin, sugar and cherry liqueur into a cocktail shaker that is half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.



13-15 West Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NE Type of cuisine: French Average price: £80.00     Nearest tube: Covent Garden


100 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 0TN Type of cuisine: Spanish Average price: £30.00   Nearest tube: Leicester Square

Paradise by way of Kensal Green 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London, W10 4AE

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Le Gavroche

43 Upper Brook Street, London W1K 7QR Type of cuisine: French Average price: £70.00     Nearest tube: Marble Arch

Min Jiang

2-24 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 4PT Type of cuisine: Chinese Average price: £45.00     Nearest tube: Kensington

108 Marylebone Lane

108 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2Q Under £35, Cuisine: European

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Favela Chic

91-93 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3HZ Type of cuisine: Brazilian Average price: £35.00     Nearest tube: Old Street


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85 Sloane Avenue, London, SW3 3DX Cuisine: Malaysian 50% off food Average Spend: Under £45


Med Kitchen - West End

24 Cambridge Circus, London, WC2H 8AA Cuisine: Mediterranean 3 courses and Bellini £15 Average spend: Under £25

27a Hay's Mews Mayfair London W1J 5NY

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER MENU 2010 7-courses £120.00 7-courses with matching wines £180 Canapés Cornish crab and squid cannelloni salmon eggs and buckle sorrel Scottish scallop and Périgord truffle Jerusalem artichoke broth and sea beets Saint-Vincent asparagus poached hen egg, black truffle vinaigrette, foraged salad Steamed wild turbot with a crust of toasted sesame seeds Yuzu lemon sauce and Swiss chard fondant Roast saddle of Cévennes lamb spiky artichoke and puntarelle salad

The best things in life are usually hidden and like treasure hunters TW found “The Green House”, carefully tucked in Mayfair. This restaurant would serve as the perfect set to create a truly memorable valentine, The interior is sincere, a perfect example of doing more with less, shows class and substance, the contrast of white walls, dark polished wood floor and window frame helps the mint green leather stand out creating true richness The website of the restaurant describes the menu as creative European cuisines emerged from classical French back ground, customers like me call it delicious and very well presented, one of the best the city of London as to offer With a frequently changing menu, Chef Antonio Bonnet originally from Lyon and his team use the best in seasonal ingredients to create sensational menu that excites all your senses coupled with a very attentive service, the waiters are human yet very

attentive with a genuine smile as they seemed truly concerned and ready to lend a hand. The Green House is one of the only four restaurants in the world to win the wine Spectator Grand Award every year since 2005, with a cellar of over 2000 labels creating a lavish and wowing wine list that dazzles customers, but don’t be dazed, you would have a team of professional sommeliers to help you choose from the lot. The experience is fulfilled on a tripod of creativity experience and passion. The creativity of chef Antonio and his team, The head Sommelier for wine and the dedications and experience of Maitre D’ Jean-Marie and his international front house team. And this tripod is planted in a wonderful tastefully furnished location in Mayfair So if you think your partner deserves the truth this valentines why don’t you pick up the phone now and book a table for two, and experience this oasis of calm. Average spend: £100

Kazan City

34 - 36 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7DB Cuisine: Turkish 50% off food Average Spoend: Under £45

Four O Nine

409 Clapham Road, London, SW9 9BT Cuisine: French 50% off food and 2 courses £20 Average Spend: Under £45

Benihana - Swiss Cottage

100 Avenue Road, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3HF Cuisine: Japanese 8 courses for £22 Average Spend: Under £45

Amalfi Lemon tart sablé Breton and basil sorbet Dark chocolate parfait tonka bean tuile, Guinness and honey ice cream A selection of French and British cheeses (bread and oatcakes (in place of dessert £10.00, in addition to dessert £ 20.00)

FishWorks - Richmond

For table booking: 44 (0)20 7499 3331

13 - 19 The Square, Old Market, Richmond, TW9 1EA Cuisine: Seafood 50% off food Average Spend: Under £45 (


Events Classified So Afrique Evolve Afro beats, RnB, House, Hip-Hop, Dance Hall £7 Friday 26 Feb. 2010 www. Theticketseller.

The Sex’D Up Red Valentine Glam Ball Yuppies bar Saturday 13th Feb. 2010 £10 10pm

Chocolate Thursdays Every Thursday 1 mattock Lane, Ealing Broadway Sexy R & B Neo Soul RnB and old school H&G FREE B4 8pm, Ladies FREE B4 10pm, £8 all night

Socialism Hidden London SE11 5EQ Thursday 11th Feb. 2010 9pm-3am £5 www.socialismonb.

Cohesion Club 414, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton Trance, Psychedelic, Progressive £8 b4 Midnight £12 after

Minted Every Saturday Shadans 90 New Bridge Street. London. EC4V 6JJ R&B, Hip Hop and old skool, funky house 9.30pm - 3.00am £10 before 11pm £15 thereafter

Keep Dancing Every Sunday 76 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, IG1 Funky House, Some RnB 9pm-1am www.thesituation.

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Night Life

Roof Garden


any years ago in Legends of the night, a prophecy revealed that a palace with trees, streams and animals will be built in the sky; the prophecy stated that this palace would be a place of merriment, music and joy. There would be no king or queen and everyone would be treated like princes and princesses. I must say this

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prophecy has been fulfilled because I have been to this palace. Located in the skies of London’s Kensington High Street on 1.5 acre are Palm trees, flamingos, ponds, roses, fountains and a tastefully furnished interior, great service, the right crowd and a wonderful rooftop view, did I mention good champagne

list and lovely cocktails too. The rooftop Garden is simply a perfect combination of Man and Nature. The large space and the different rooms give you different vibes, it almost seems like you are in a different place, a diverse music genre including twisted house, R n B, hiphop and pop, and a little bit of live music as there was a man playing live saxophone along to the music the DJ was playing. The bars are well spread, it’s a bit pricey but reasonably so and an outdoor to die for great for the right conversations. This is the only night club that has a flawless user and critics review, not one bad comment has been made about this wowing wonder so far. To confirm this TW not only asked a few of the visitors the night we secretly

visited, but also researched reviews from past users and we got the same answers, phrases like “I was blown away...”, “All I want to say is I can’t wait to go back...”“we had so much fun and got really drunk and the bouncers where nice enough to call us a cab...” it’s definitely a heavy weight...” and many more. Roof Garden is limited Edition virgin brand, owned by Richard Branson and to know surprise Roof Garden was awarded the winner of the Kensington & Chelsea Best Bar None "Best Club" Award 2009. Thinking of visiting this valentine’s weekend? Doors open at 10pm Fridays and Saturdays

Soho Lounge 69 Dean Street, London

Studio Valbonne 62 Kingly Street, Soho

Paper 68 Regent Street, London

Club 40-40 The guvnor bar, Dockland E16 2AB

Vendome 85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London.

Eve Club 3 New Burlington St, London

Camouflage 84-85 Wardour Street, Soho,

Movida 9 Argyll Street, London

Cafe de Paris 3 Coventry Street, Leicester Square,

Embassy London 29 Old Burlington Street, Londn


Column Corner

A letter to my valentine


ello lover! Are the first words that come to mind when I see a truly sexy, elegant but mostly beautiful pair of shoes. For most of us the love affair started from birth when those knitted or cute little mules were put on even before we could talk or walk, it was PURE UNADULTRATED LOVE at first sight that has blossomed over the years in different styles, shapes, colours. Be it sunny & bright summers, dreariest days, cold winter nights they have stuck and seen us through it all. As Charles Dickens said ‘ if you could see my legs when I take my shoes off you’d form some idea of what unrequited affection is’.

"shoes are much more important than frocks or suits, they give elegance to an entire look..."

Some people may say bags, accessories, hair, clothes but I agree with Marlene Dietrich who says ‘ shoes are much more important than frocks or suits, they give elegance to an entire look’. Be it from the famous red sole of the fab frenchie or the lesser known ones in the market. They have and will always be a faithful and loyal love and believe me more faithful than most men. Foundations of happy memories in flats, giving us instant power heels, speaking out on our behalf without uttering a word. Because irrespective of the different obstacles and potholes our feet go


"Even though in a moment of y ones MADNESS we bu too small, that are too big, don’t frighteningly high tfit in match a single ou ind m our wardrobe, blowing"

through we know that they would be kept safe, and supported kindly either in flats, peep toe, slingbacks, leather, patent or suede. Even though in a moment of MADNESS we buy ones that are too big, too small, frighteningly high don’t match a single outfit in our wardrobe, mind blowing expensive you can’t deny the thrill of happiness when you slide them on or place them in your closet and breathe a sigh of joy; so excuse Carrie for asking where the shoe closet was in S.A.T.C (the movie) or the sales guy who was sweating while trying on shoes on charlotte’s feet (the series). Throughout history the female specie have been known to maim and torture themselves in an effort to gain an extra height (for the shorties and smallies like me hehehe) the rewards far outweigh the cost: trust me. As red blooded human beings we all have our favourite pair be it the perfect black shoe (P.B.S as I like to call it) that goes with everything, or the new ones that were given as a pressie, or the 5year old pair that you just can’t throw out because you hope they won’t fall to pieces and make a mockery of you even though you have resoled them more times than you can recount, or the ones you spent your whole life savings and not yet received inheritance on, or the ones you wished you bought in all colours or better yet two pairs of the same, or the ones you saw at a designer sample sale or for a bargain price of 5quid(trust me there are some, don’t condemn/

snub the price of a beautiful pair of shoes). There is no greater measure of love than to care, and protect them fiercely, bring them out once in a while (in my case to say hi) and relish in their presence, and put them back in its proper safety net. So on this cold winter evening, even though I am not known to publish notes like some of you do on love, men/women, relationships/ marriage, sex, politics and the list goes on, I had to publicly celebrate the only non- human item amongst my TRUE LOVE because

"I believe and continue to strive to build a fabulous and hello lover! Collection" to be carried by them is of great honour and Laurie Schecter could not have said it better: ‘ shoes are the exclamation point at the end of a fashion statement’.

or the entire wardrobe worn by Carrie like SJP in S.A.T.C, which by the way were oh so fabulous. I believe and continue to strive to build a fabulous and hello lover! collection that even my daughters, granddaughters will rise up and say ‘ thank you from the deepest part of our hearts for these priceless inheritance you have left us’. And as for the small feet/ shorties like myself long shall heels reign either stiletto, wedges, no matter how torturous. I end by saying that what most people know or call SHOES but I simply call my HELLO LOVER! The most faithful and loyal so far. I am not a fetishist but I do LOVE SHOES♥♥♥♥♥................. Remi Turton

And although I may not have every edition of Choos like Tamara Mellon


Style Our gift guide takes the guesswork out of buying intimates she’ll love this Valentine’s day. Question of Shape Understanding her figure will make finding the perfect set less taxing. To play up her best features, study her curves and learn what style makes her feel sexy. Is she Athletic? If your woman is slender and athletic, bring out her shape with a playful shorts set. These are guaranteed to show off her toned stomach and accentuate a pert bottom. Look for a shorts complete with padded bra to bless her with a cleavage she’ll thank you for. Is she Curvy? Celebrities Scarlett Johansson and Kelly Brooke are famous for their hourglass figures; if your girl’s body shape is on par, then choose a basque or body to emphasize her knock-out curves and show off her enviable physique. Is she Pear Shaped? You’re a man who loves an ample bottom, so it’s no surprise that your Mrs. has a behind to rival Kim Kardashian. If she also has a small bust and narrow shoulders, then her body is best described as pear shaped. When buying lingerie, the key is to balance the body shape; A padded bra will add volume to the chest and when paired with french kickers, you’ll have a winning sultry combination. Is she Fuller Figured? You appreciate your lady for her voluptuous shape but if she tends to ask you ‘does my bum look big in this?’ then invest in a babydoll set. The empire line style is a surefire way to show off a great pair of shapely legs whilst drawing attention away from tummies and bottoms.


Lingerie, with love... By Yvonne Ottley-Awuah

Image Credit: Miss Lala’s ‘Cross My Heart’ Balcony Bra, £75 and Suspender Brief, £70 (0207 836 6670)


A Sense of Style Master the art of matching lingerie to her natural sense of style. If your lady is coquettish, or passionate about all things pretty and feminine, go for delicate shades and details like bows and ruffles. But for the woman who is more adventurous, you can afford to be more daring; think striking colours and interesting prints for a look that is a flamboyant as her personality. Remember to keep things classy and don’t fall victim to gimmick buys; a word of advice - if she wants to dress up as a naughty house maid, rest assured, she’ll order the outfit herself. Size matters Don’t leave the sizing of her lingerie to chance,take a sneak peak at the label in her favourite bra and briefs to get savvy to her cup and waist size. That way, you avoid the risk of a tight squeeze or offending your special lady with an over generous estimation.


STYLZE BUZ One Day Diva February 6th 2010 11 – 4.30 pm Jalouse Private Members Club Hanover Square, Mayfair W1S 1HU

Head down to Jalouse Private Members Club in Mayfair Check and out the launch of new fashion event One Day Diva. This charity soiree is being held in honour of Breast Cancer Research with a percentage of proceeds going to the cause. You’ll be able to buy amazing designer clothes and accessories (new and gently worn), plus rub noses with some of the hotest upcoming fashion designers in one place. Funky Bling, Rous Iland Boutique and Frankie & Lola Dress Agency are amongst the many sellers and you’ll also meet celebrities, get personal advice from stylists and special treats. For more information visit:

1. Chiffon rose print bra, £10 and briefs, £4 Sainsbury’s Tu Clothing

Home Visits by Matches

2. Glam Spot’ Plunge Bra, £26 and Thong, £12 Ultimo (0845 130 3232)

4INTIMATES of the best

Matches Fashion have launched their Private Shopping Service. Now you can arrange home visits with their team of personal shoppers to have a selection of pieces couriered for you to browse and buy. (020 7792 9958) Fancy yourself a fashionista? Take a snap in your coveted outfit and post your style on - the internet’s largest source of fashion inspiration from real people around the world.

3. Boudoir Bra, £69.00 & Shortie, £69.50 Fleur of England (0117 970 6701)

4. Ella Corset, £289 Myla (08707 455 003)






By Yvonne Ottley-Awuah

Situated in the heart of Mayfair, Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel is home to a small but perfectly formed spa - ideal for a quick escape from the bustle of London’s West end.

There are three private treatment rooms, including a room for two and each one has a shower and changing space directly within. If you’ve never tried a hot stone massage, Brown’s Hotel spa is definitely the place to try it; expect an hour of total serenity and bliss whilst your dedicated therapist glides warm stones over your body, melting away stress and muscular tension. It has been said that each massage stroke with a hot stone is the equivalent to ten manual hand strokes - it was this information that prompted me to try it myself, and there is definitely some truth to the suggestion. In my opinion, a hot stone massage feels more thorough than using hands alone and with the added benefit of heat, my aches and pains were eliminated quicker, so there was less time spent grimacing as the therapist worked


on my stubborn knots and more time to drift off into a light snooze. The atmosphere is fabulous; with spa sounds, scented candles and heated treatment beds, the spa truly offers a superb setting to recharge. After your spa session, why not head over to the tea room to pamper your taste-buds with an array of sweets and soothing tea. You’ll be ready to conquer the London shops again in no time. Hot Stone Massage is available from £90. To book call: 0207 518 4009 Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP Tel: 0207 493 6020




‘Kiss It Better’ with Clinique Clinique is collaborating with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity for the KISS IT BETTER appeal - raising money to fund research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer. ‘I ♥ Kisses’ Long Last Glosswear SPF15 priced at £13 will be sold exclusively in House of Fraser stores nationwide during the month of February, with £2 going to the KISS IT BETER appeal.

Designer Nails

THE REVIEW Over the last month, our beauty editor has been testing everything from body butters to lip balms. If you’re a chocolate lover, we think you’ll love the two hero products we’re about to share with you.

1) 24 Hour Naked - Coco de Mer Body Butter, £4.80

Sophy Robson, the expert manicurist that Vogue and designer Tom Ford has on speed dial is now available at Fortnum and Mason. Available treatments at The Sophy Robson Nailcare Clinic, include her signature medi pedi and bespoke nail extensions. Prices start from £40. Fortnum and Mason, 181 Piccadilly London, W1A 1ER.

2. Ciaté Paint Pot - Guest list, £9:00 It doesn't smell like of cocoa, but it looks a chocolate explosion on the nails. This mouth-watering shade looks terrific against tanned skin and the flat brush makes application a doodle. Not only does this lacquer look fab on the nails, the packaging is adorable with its chic little bow. Aww!

Skincare brand Ark has launched the Loving Range; Try their indulgent Bath and Body Oil 100ml, £24.00. It’s packed with ingredients that give it a sexy floral fragrance for an experience that is alluring as it is cleansing. Just a few drops in the bath before the big date and you’ll be channeling your inner minx in no time.

Editor’s Choice: LOVE SCENTS

Set hearts a flutter with our pick of fragrances that capture the essence of romance. Plus, get £10 off any fragrance with House of Fraser’s Valentine offer from 7th - 13th February. See instore for full details. 1) Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Limited Edition 100ml, £92

2) Marc Jacobs Lola 100ml, £60

3) Vera Wang Glam Princess, £34


All offers available and correct at time of going to print. May be subject to variation

ARK Loving Range

This is just pure, gorgeousness in a jar. The scent alone is enough to satisfy your chocolate craving and with the added benefits of Shea butter, passionflower extracts and coconut. What’s more it contains 97% natural ingredients and gentle enough for sensitive skin. Be careful with this one - it’s addictive.

It Must Be Love

Column Corner

enough teddy bears to make George W. Bush popular again. Meanwhile, other people treat Valentine’s Day as if it’s the set date for their execution. Rifles at 20 paces. Ready. Aim. Leave on their own until death eventually releases them from their relentless single life.

Today I realised that Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. I was walking down the road past a pub I used to frequent when a sign lunged at me, adorned with garish writing and hearts and roses and little cherubic figures firing arrows coyly at passers by.

Both of these people could well be me, a single (pun intended) year apart. It’s difficult to balance this curmudgeonly streak with hopeless romanticism, but I like to feel that I usually carry it off without appearing to be suffering from multiple personality disorder. However, there is one area

matched with Kate Beckinsale’s gloriously beautiful face and accent. Serendipity shows Cusack and Beckinsale attempting to track each other down several years after a spending a single night together where they clicked. Whilst searching, they constantly visit the same places, seeing traces of the other’s activity, unaware of its significance. They are ships passing in the night. Equipped with absolutely no lighting gear for some reason.

future in HG Wells’ The Time Machine. Humankind has evolved into two different species, with happy couples swanning about in the sunlight, whilst a subspecies, made up characters they left jilted at the altar live underground, afraid of the light, struggling to trust again. Of course in The Time Machine, the subterranean Morlocks survived by eating the Eloi, but in the world of romantic comedies, it’d be difficult to blame them.

It’s probably not spoiling it to say that they end up together, the music swells, and it’s a happy ending. I “aww” and gag in the same measure. However, the most jarringly I don’t believe in fate, and the whole unbelievable thing for me in “I imagine that the world in which romantic notion of people being thrust romantic comedies is how well men comedies take place is populated much like the together by a higher power (except manage to vocalise themselves in this case where it is a Hollywood whilst standing at the altar at the world of the future in HG Wells’The Time Machine” writer) is completely ludicrous to wedding. Throughout the whole film they can be monosyllabic, stuttering Ok, perhaps not all of the above; of Valentine’s Day (and romance me. But perhaps it’s because the and generally showing a complete in fact it was a rather tastefully as a whole) which prompts these closest I’ve come to a serendipitous inability to demonstrate even the decorated sign (or at least as tasteful two rather conflicting view points moment with a woman is choosing simplest communicative faculties. as chalk on blackboard can be), to clash. The Romantic Comedy. the same colour box to open on Yet get them in front of an audience an itbox game twice in a row. nevertheless, the gaudy hallmarkof people who they are about to bred associations built up over many Don’t get me wrong, I love romantic waste the time (not to mention the years meant that it was as terrible an comedies. At best they can be a Still, it could be worse, at least I wedding presents) of, an audience assault on my mind’s eye as I have well written and entertaining study haven’t got married in a romantic who, after the speech, will no doubt ever, erm, seen. I felt like I was being of inter-gender politics, at worst comedy, whilst in real life, the loathe them, in front of this mixture smothered by a Forever Friends bear.  they can be tacky, clumsy and divorce rate stands at around 50%, of indifference and soon-to-be formulaic. Either way, I’ll almost the number of times in romantic enemies they suddenly become Stretched metaphors aside, it’s one certainly enjoy whilst I’m watching, comedies that weddings fail to make capable of voicing their feelings as of those holidays which can vary and then feel a little disgusted it as far as the vows is a similarly loquaciously as any poet laureate. massively from year to year. Everyone with myself afterwards. Make your shocking percentage. Someone can argue good and bad things own joke about pornography. …other people treatValentine’s day as if it’s the set about Christmas (seeing family and date for their execution. Rifles at 20 paces. Ready. traffic jams respectively) or New So whilst I can sit through two and a Aim. Leave on their own until death eventually Year (a time for new beginnings vs. half hours of John Cusack dodging releases them from their relentless single life.” getting too drunk and passing out 20 a suddenly and unexpectedly minutes before New Year). But with vindictive planet in ‘2012’ without Valentine’s Day some people utterly questioning it, I watch him almost always bursts in, declares his/ Obviously without these traits, and devotedly embrace it, they narrowly miss Kate Beckinsale a her love for the bride/groom and a romantic comedy wouldn’t go out and buy a metric ton of couple of times in ‘Serendipity’ promptly leaves with them, without be as romantic, or as comedic, roses, write years worth of and I can’t help but consider it an bearing a thought for the guests or so complaining about them is a soppy messages written affront to the laws of probability. the spouse with which they were, completely pointless exercise, but up until 5 minutes ago, planning on on several acres at least I’ve managed to write about worth of cards Serendipity is one of my biggest spending the rest of their life with. Valentine’s Day without sounding in red glitter, guilty pleasures when it comes too much like the chubby girl who a n d to films, it’s a cheesy, yet passable I imagine that the world in which didn’t get asked to go to prom. film made better by John Cusack’s romantic comedies take place is borderline deranged acting style, populated much like the world of the - Jonathan Crouch

Read “6 Lessons learned from Romantic comedies” on Jonathan’s blog


What's on This Weekend The Book of Eli – Rated 15 – Action Starring: Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Michael Gambon

Sherlock Holmes

It’s Complicated: 2hr 0min - Rated 15 Romantic comedy, starring: Meryl Streep, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin Sherlock Holmes: 2hr 8min - Rated 12A Action/Adventure/ Mystery, starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams Precious – Rated 15 – Drama Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd Daybreakers: 1hr 38min - Rated 15 - Action/ Drama/Horror/Thriller starring Willem Dafoe, Isabel Lucas, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill Avatar 3D: Rated 12A - Action/Adventure/ Fantasy, starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver Brothers – Rated 15 – Drama Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Clifton Collins Jr. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll: 1hr 55min - Rated 15 - Drama starring: Olivia Williams, Naomie Harris, Andy Serkis, Ray


Soon to be released

Valentine’s Day Release Date: 12/02/10 Starring: Jessica Alba

4 When it was announced that Guy Richie was lined up to direct a new interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, there was a sharp intake of breath by both general cinema goers and critics alike. A director famed for his smart London-based gangster movies tackling a famously slow paced source material. With Robert Downey Jr as Holmes and

When successful bakery owner Jane (Meryl Streep) and her ex-husband, Jake (Alec Balwin) recover from their messy divorce, a mutual friendship starts to develop between them again. Whilst out to dinner together, the spark that started their relationship in the first place starts to make its magic happen again. The only catch is Agness … Jake’s new wife. To make things even more confusing, Jane’s architect, Adam (Steve Martin) begins to develop a special relationship with her. Throw together two divorces, a new wife, the kids and a

The Wolfman: Release date: 12/02/10 starring: Benicio Del Toro

Jude Law as Watson there was plenty of talent for the director to work with. And boy does it work! The relationship created between the leads is cultivated and believable throughout the movie, both roles being perfectly cast. Downey Jr in particular really captures an alternative and more accurate view of the famed detective. Although

there are some very unessential moments, (a showdown on top of one of London's landmarks being the worst) there are some simply stunning sequences which are uniquely Richie. A film which is both highly enjoyable and extremely fun can only be considered a success. Tom Dolton

It's Complicated

generous serving of lies, turn the oven to ‘raunchy’ and leave to bake. There’s only one way to

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Release Date: 12/02/10 Starring: Logan Lerman

describe 2010’s 3-time Golden Globe nominated rom-com. It’s, well … It’s Complicated.

The Lovely Bones Release Date: 19/02/10 Starring: Rachel Weisz


Cinema Ninja Assassin

3 Homicide detective Tom Craven (Mel Gibson) sets out on a desperate personal mission after his daughter Emma is shot and dies in his arms inside the doorway of the family home. Initial indications suggest that the shot was intended for the detective, but he starts to unravel the rich tapestry of lies and secrets of Emma’s life. Becoming increasingly involved

James McTeigue is now developing as a director in his own right, with production assistance in the form of the Wachowski Brothers. Orphaned Raizo, played by South Korean star Rain, is brought up by a clan of secretive ninjas who carry out political assassinations across the world, made untraceable by their perfection in stealth and efficiency. When Raizo is made to execute a disloyal member of the clan, he fights back and attacks the clan. With the world’s

most efficient killers on his trail, he aims to bring down the clan with the help of EUROPOL. The fight scenes are reminiscent of the Matrix style one-against-all clashes and there’s no shortage of graphic effects in the many severed bodies throughout the film. If you’re looking for realism and a solid plot, leave your expectations at the door. If you’re looking to be entertained in high-paced, combatpacked, blood-bathed action, then step right in.

Edge of Darkness in the dark underworld that his daughter was previously a part of, he meets Jedburgh (Ray Winstone), a government agent who makes assassinations untraceable. Feeling that he was nothing else to live for in his life, Tom makes no hesitation in pursuing every possible to lead to find the person responsible for the murder of his daughter.

Fish Tank

New on DVD

Video Club In the adaptation of James Lee Burke’s bestselling novel, Academy Award winner, Tommy Lee Jones stars in this psychological thriller as Detective Dave Robicheaux. When encountering a drink-driving movie star, he is alerted to a corpse in one of the local swamps which Dave believes to be related to a murder he witnessed many years ago. The movie stars are in town for a local shoot when Dave discovers

the funding of the film comes from a corrupt criminal with mafia ties. Jones’ portrayal of Robicheaux is authentic to Burke’s novel, capturing his complex personality and attitude well, and this develops further as the string of discoveries throughout the film come to light. This is certainly one of Jones’ most empathetic performances of a character to date, yet his on screen charisma still brings his own slant to the picture.

In The Electric Mist With the Cannes Jury award under its belt, and nominations for 3 European and 8 British Independent Film awards, Fish Tank was one of the most critically acclaimed British movies of 2009. This dramatic story of troublesome 15 year old Essex girl Mia, takes us through her increasing desperation for her life to amount to something when her mother’s new boyfriend Connor changes the dynamic of her world.

Having been down heartened by her peers at school, her friends and her family, the gentle optimism and care Connor provides makes her fall for him. The modern context of the film and avoidance of typical Hollywood storylines give this picture a truly realistic and believable plot which unfolds constantly throughout. One for the movie connoisseurs and drama fans alike.

Our Actor of the Weekend

this issue is Jackie Chan. We take a look back at some of his kick-ass films from over the years.


Rush Hour (1998) When the Chinese Consul’s daughter is kidnapped and held for ransom, Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) is sent to assist the FBI in the investigation. City hot-shot, detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) of the NYPD is deployed on the case until he finds out he’s actually there to keep Lee out of the way. The mismatched pair goes through a hilarious first few days until the trail heats up to pursue the kidnappers. The ‘fastest hands in the East and the biggest mouth in the West’ set out to apprehend the perpetrator and bring the Consul’s daughter back safely.

Shanghai Noon (2000) When the Princess of the Chinese Emperor is abducted and taken to America, he sends out three of his finest guards and Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) for being to blame for the kidnapping. Whilst in America, Wang’s train is hi-jacked by outlaw Roy O’Bannon (Owen Wilson) and his gang, who kill Wang’s uncle. After a fight in a saloon, Roy agrees to show him they cowboy way to help him in his quest in the West. The friendship of the two is tested throughout the film and cultural differences between them make the film even funnier.

The Legend of Drunken Master (1994) Before Chan’s commercial success in the ‘Comedy Cop’ genre, his roots were firmly in martial arts and stunt work. Of all the dubbed films that were never realised in the UK, even his most dedicated of fans claim Drunken Master II is by far his best martial-arts based film. The film focuses not so much on the plot at his more recent films have done, but more on the technical choreography required in the intense fighting sequences. From the man that started out providing stunt work in Bruce Lee films, Chan’s own style is most prominent in this film.


Music Club GIGS

Resident DJ Spin City provides the lowdown and the highlights of music this weekend.


Gigs Feb. 5th 5th FEB

Example Won’t Go Quietly

THE AUTORAMAS, MONKEY ISLAND @ Ryan’s Bar, Stoke Newington, 20.00

Even though his first release was way back in 2006, Example has finally found something we love. Produced in a dance style similar to David Guetta makes it damn catchy.



Pitbull ft Akon Shut It Down

TOWERS OF LONDON, LEIKA @ The Watershed, Wimbledon, 21.00, £10

Pitbull’s new track includes a collaboration with R’n’B superstar Akon providing melodic vocals. The aggressive synth baseline is similar to Bonkers.

Gigs Feb. 6th 6th FEB CHEW LIPS, CHARLI XCX – HMV Next Big Thing @ Borderline, 19.30, £10


JAMES MARSTERS @ The Tabernacle, 19.00, £22.50

Plan B Stay Too Long

WILEY, SUB FOCUS, JACK BEATS, RIVA STARR, SBTRKT - Annie Mac Presents @ Koko, 21.00, £15

Plan B’s first single of his upcoming album really shows off his own style. Elements of Rock, Rap, Pop and Funk make this one unique.

TAMARA - Giles Peterson Worldwide Awards @ The Garage, 19.00, £25


Journey Don’t Stop Believing

Gigs 7th 7th FEB

The TV success of Glee recently pushed their version to number 3 in the charts, but everyone seems divided. I’m sticking thoroughly to the old school.

MA, METAMORPHIC, SPLATTER @ The George Tavern, Shadwell, 15.30, £5 EDEN, WILL CONNOR (Vultures) @ Bar & Co, Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, £6adv £8door


Owl City Fireflies

Gigs Feb 11th11th FEB

Holidays are over and we’ve all had a month of getting stressed as we slip back into old patterns. De-stress with this one. Electro-Acoustic goodness.

MAN LIKE ME @ The Garage, 19.00, £10adv HIGHTOWN CROWS @ Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues, Wardour St, Soho, 21.00 BAND OF SKULLS, GENERAL FIASCO, BIRDS OF TOKYO – HMV Next Big Thing @ The Garage, 19.30, £10adv MONSTERS IN THE ATTIC (acoustic set) @ Pangea Project, Stamford Hill, 20.00 12th 12thFebFEB CAPISCE?, UNDERGROUND BOUNDERS & THE VANITY, GHOST WRITERS @ Monto Water Rats, 19.00, £6 FOUR TET, JOY ORBISON @ The Dome, Tufnell Park, 19.30, £12 Post punk garage rock edgyness from San Diego’s The Soft Pack WASP @ Shepherds Bush Empire, 19.30 13th 13thFebFEB THE PRISCILLAS, THE HIGH PRIEST OF RAP & THE BROTHERHOOD, THE VINYL STITCHES @ Windmill, Brixton, 20.00, £5 DIMINISHED 5TH, EL SCHLONG, PURE NEGATIVE, DOPE FIGHT @ Bull & Gate, 20.00, £5flyer £6door 14th 14thFebFEB THE LIMITS OF THE DEAD @ Bridgehouse 2, Canning Town, 20.00 THE GODFATHERS, THE NIGHTINGALES plus DJs - Valentine’s Day Massacre show @ ULU, 19.00, £12.50adv £14door LAIL ARAD plus more - Charity Gig Against Domestic Violence @ Ministry of Sound, 20.00


DJ Spin City’s Top 10

Second Album Syndrome – What’s that? OneRepublic’s second studio album takes the band in an exciting new direction as they steer away from the diverse artistic styles that filled their debut, Dreaming Out Loud, which highlighted their journey to success. Waking Up gives us a clearer look into the sound that songwriter Ryan Tedder wants to develop from OneRepublic, having recently written songs for Beyoncé, Leona Lewis and Hilary Duff.

Some of the songs on the album are also uncannily similar in style to much of Chris Martin’s masterpieces with Coldplay. Made For You is quite discordal and with slightly harrowing, reverberated vocals, whilst Fear would not sound at all out of place on their X&Y album. The penultimate track Marchin On has its roots firmly placed in the Indie popularisation of the Mid-Noughties with an anthem-like choral structure.

The first single off the album, All The Right Moves sounds very influenced by Justin Timberlake with lots of two tier vocal lines but with their own production style. This probably isn’t too surprising considering their links with Timbaland in the past. Good Life, already released in America has a more overall atmospheric, fully polished sound and is expected to also be released as a single over here too.

However, what makes this a great album are the few tracks which really give a dynamic edge to the sound. Everybody Loves Me has a great southern-states rock sound with very little synthetic additions and a shallower, yet effective timbre. Secrets on the other hand uses a variety of strings and harmonic vocals to give a rich and vibrant contrast to the aforementioned track which succeeds it.


3OH!3 ft Katy Perry Starstrukk

Last issue’s number one is still riding high. Excellent reception of this one in the clubs. Nice legs, Daisy dukes, makes a man go Woo-Woo!


OneRepublic All The Right Moves

One of the problems bands suffer is the change of direction after the initial success. These guys haven’t! See main article.


Jay Sean ft Sean Paul & Lil Jon Do You Remember Great song to lead us into spring. Smooth vocals from Jay Sean are always pleasing on the ear, with a bit of energy infused into the track from Sean Paul and Lil Jon.


Lil Wayne ft Eminem Drop The World

This offering from Lil Wayne is looking more promising considering the last few tracks released. Eminem provides the key addition to the song.

10 Girls Can’t Catch Echo

Like London buses they say. A few years back and the chart was maledominated. These girls are aiming to follow the likes of Girls Aloud, The Saturdays and the mix-n-match Sugababes.


New on the Bookshelf

Book Club


Dante’s Inferno Release Date: 04/02/10 PS3, PSP, Xbox 360

Games & Gadgets

Over the past decade, we’ve seen countless video games inspired from movies, (some movies even inspired by games), inspired from TV and from novels - So how about poetry? Dante’s Inferno is an immense Action/ Adventure game true to the words of Inferno – from Dante Alighieri’s epic poem Divine Comedy. You take control of the knight, Dante, who having escaped the clutches of death himself, returns to find the spirit of his beloved Beatrice wrenched into Hell by Lucifer. Desperate to save her in eternity, Dante gives chase and embarks upon a quest more terrifying and deadly that one could image. To succeed, he must pass through nine circles of hell; Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud and Treachery; each circle sparking a new style of play, more difficult foes and a spiralling development within the game itself. Accompanying the video game is a feature length animated film with a simultaneous release date, distributed direct to DVD, and the rights to a full length motion picture have been snapped up by Universal Pictures. With such a cultural basis for the storyline, exceptional production in the video game and huge commercial viability for other media, Dante’s Inferno will be sure to engulf the charts in flames. Bioshock 2 Release date: 09/02/10 PS3, Xbox 360, PC

10 years on from the events of Bioshock, and the city of Rapture has taken a darker turn for the worst. The new protagonist for the sequel is a Big Daddy, but this humanoid-in-adiving-suit can act of his own free will. Taking on the rest of the Big Daddies, retrieving the ADAM chemical from the Little Sisters, and encountering the deadly Big Sisters, Bioshock 2 has a new spin on a commercially and critically successful initial venture. The cut scenes are visually stunning with an excellent use of a dark colour palette, Hollywood cinematography and an enchanting storyline, whilst the in-game graphics provide an intense energy to the player and make this title an exceptional addition to the first person shooter collection On release on February 9th across three of the four major platforms, Bioshock 2 looks set to re-capture the imaginations of gamers everywhere.


Bayonetta Since just about after Bayonetta was announced, I have held great expectations for this game. In fact, only the Heroine does it any justice when she states and I quote: “I’ve got a fever and the only cure is more dead Angels!” You are Bayonetta, a dark witch whose clan was eradicated 500 years prior to the present day. However, it becomes immediately clear that the sassy mistress only has misfortune ahead of her. She has no memory of her life but being witch makes her heaven’s target. Even without being hunted by angels, residents of the inferno also want her dead so they can collect the beauty. So, she kills two birds, pun intended, with one stone. By decimating angels,

hell stays happy and Bayonetta is given time in our world. This however is not made easy by the fact that some unseen creep keeps talking in her head; she has a fat ally who only complains; a wannabe journalist accuses her of killing his father; and a crazy witch (that’s right: ANOTHER WITCH) is out to kill her… oh and she’s a mother. Fortunately, she has a kickass arms dealer.

The story, though good and punctuated with both cheesy lines and some juvenile nudity, isn’t really the selling point. It is all about the gameplay and dare I add presentation. The latter is actually a great reason to get this exclusively on the Xbox 360. I know, because I own the Ps3 version. The gameplay however is as silky and fluid as no game has ever been. Transitioning seamlessly between combos, pulling of witch time just in the nick of time, and summoning the wrath of inferno to devour your enemies, are the most basic of the gameplay and it is an excellent formula. With a ten for replay value; nine for presentation; seven for story; another ten for gameplay; and an



t’s back to work and business as usual for CEO Steve Jobs as he launches the product which could see Apple dominate one of the future revolutionary markets in technology. I’ve been asked by scores of people why there is such a buzz and media hype about the iPad. Dozens have likened it to the Amazon Kindle e-book reader and countless more have simply suggested that

The Apple iPad Apple are trying to disguise what it essentially ‘a big iPhone’. Admittedly, the iPad has many of the features of the latest iPhone 3G (and not having phone ability actually makes it highly similar to the iPod touch). Further to the point, there are currently e-book readers on the market which can perform the majority of these functions almost as flawlessly as the iPad itself.

overall 9 out of 10, this hack-andslash masterpiece will have you saying “Your halo is mine!”

Sebi Thomas

Scroll back your touch-screen calendar to November 2007 when the UK got its very first iPhone. Enormous queues formed outside all of the country’s O2 shops to get their hands on ‘groundbreaking’ touch screen technology – technology which had been in existence and commercial use for years before the iPhone was even dreamt up. However, the fact that this technology was being used wasn’t the reason for the surrounding hype, but the way in which people can see it changing their lifestyle. In fact, if you told me five years ago that I’d be using my mobile to find the best price on a TV whilst out

shopping, listening to music and watching ondemand TV whilst waiting at the bus stop, I would quite possibly have laughed in your face. I did however do all of these things today without feeling any novelty factor whatsoever – it has become standard lifestyle. The iPad then is set to go about changing our lives even more. Described by market analysts as the product to fill the gap between the smart phone and the netbook, its possibilities for changing our lifestyles are probably not yet fully recognised. Being able to have basic laptop computing power and display in an ultra-portable form can allow extensions to our everyday routine which haven’t even been considered yet. For example, how many times have you received an e-mail on your phone that has a lengthy document for you to read, or a link to a website which you know will take some considerable effort on your part to chase up and reply to? The bigger screen allows webpage viewing on a regularly sized screen and reading longer blocks of text

becomes much more manageable than dragging your screen across each line in a typewriter-esque manner. How about when the inevitable app and in-car accessory integrate your digital music library with your large touch screen SatNav? Or when you just have to share that amazing picture on Facebook with a friend at lunch and you don’t have to show them a tiny dim-lit LCD screen? Catching a live video stream of the game on the top half of the screen and chatting to your friends on the bottom half. We really don’t know the limits of what innovation this will inspire thousands of developers to deliver to us. Of course, being prefixed by the ninth letter of the alphabet means that there will be seamless integration with your iPod Nano, iPhoto, iTunes, iWork, iPhone and iMac. And having a touchscreen means that you won’t wear out the letter ‘i’ on the keyboard like I’m about to. Oh shut…



Television PICK of the WEEKEND

8 Out of 10 Cats Fri 5th, 22.00, C4 Jimmy Carr and the team captains, Sean Lock and Jason Manford, are joined by Little Britain star David Walliams and presenter Fern Britton.


Gordon Ramsay’s


Jaws 2 Fri 5th, 22.35, ITV When two divers and a water-skier go missing, the local police chief fears that he is about to relive his greatest nightmare.

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Gordon Ramsey’s Cookalong USA Fri 5th, 21.00, C4 Spectacular, scrumptious and hugely entertaining. Combines fantastic food with pranks, stunts and a memorable appearance from Jay Leno.




1 re d chilli pepper 5 large ga rlic cloves , peeled 1 large beef to mato  1 lemon  Small hand ful of fres h basil leav 3 spring on es  ions 100g ches tn ut mushroo ms, cleane (can also d use button Following his successful live TV cookalong in the UK, Gordon Ramsay mushroo m instead)  s has taken his show over the pond to get America cooking along too. 3 shallots, peeled The triple Michelin starred chef who brought us Ramsay’s Kitchen Small hand ful of flat Nightmares, The F-word and Hell’s Kitchen, will once again give us -leaf parsle 3 small sp y  rigs of rose 60 minutes to prepare a full three course meal from the comfort of mar y 450g smal l waxy pota our own kitchen. toes  300g peas, def rosted if using froz 225g med iu en m-size raw, For starters, the swearing one helps us through preparing Angel peeled prawns hair pasta with prawns, chilli and tomatoes. Tastebuds will 4 small si rloin steak s (approx. continue to be treated with a main course of Steak Diane with each) 200g sautéed potatoes and peas. The desert finale consists of a quick 400ml dou ble cream  but delicious tiramisu recipe. 225g masca rpone  60g salted butter 200g ange Here at TW, we love a bit of good home-cooked food. And if we l hair past a 4 Italian can do it whilst watching some celebs on TV have a crack at it sponge fing ers, or Savo iard i with us, then even better. Whoopi Goldberg and LeAnn Rimes 35g icing appear alongside the chef with a memorable appearance from sugar  1 vanilla po US chat show host Jay Leno. d, or 1 teas po on vani extract lla Piece of ch Here’s what you’ll need to get ocolate 60ml Marsa involved on Friday night to la, or swee t dessert w su ch as Vin Sa ine serve yourself and your three nto 60 ml brandy lucky guests – just get them to or cognac 60ml white do the washing up. Yes, Chef! w ine 225ml co ld strong coff ee

Popstar to Operastar Fri 5th, 21.00, ITV The five remaining popstars perform new arias as they bid for viewers' votes and the approval of the panel.


Television Rude Tube Fri 5th, 22.50, C4 Heroes & Villains. Alex Zane presents another top 50 funny, crazy, crude and amazing masterpieces from the world wide web.

Kindergarten Cop [Film] Sat 6th, 18.55, ITV2 Detective John Kimble (Schwarzenegger) goes undercover as a teacher to find the ex-wife of an infamous drug dealer.

QI XL Sat 6th, 21.15, BBC2 Gifts. Stephen Fry delivers us a specially wrapped package of wittiness with Jan Ravens, Jimmy Carr, Clive Anderson and Alan Davies.

Johnny English [Film] Sun 7th, 18.45, ITV2 Rowan Atkinson and John Malkovich star in this spoof spy comedy where the bumbling hero is set to rescue the crown jewels.

Heroes Sat 6th, 22.00, BBC2 Superhero drama. Sylar starts to find his true identity, while Peter and HRG go on a quest to find someone that can save Hiro.

Kill Bill Vol. 2 Sat 6th, 22.45, BBC2 Tarantino's stylish, violent samurai sequel in which the vengeful assassin, The Bride, concludes her ruthless quest for revenge.

Lark Rise to Candleford Sun 7th, 20.00, BBC1 Dorcas is fascinated by his lonely existence, and is determined to entice him back into the world. But can she succeed and discover his true identity?

Desperate Housewives Sun 7th, 22.00, E4 Susan is convinced that Danny is responsible for her daughter's attack and aghast when he is released from prison.

Paul Merton in Europe Fri 5th, 22.50, Five Paul heads to Milan to see how the city's loves of football and fashion have fused with the notion of a footballer living in a department store.

Haiti’s Killer Quake Sat 6th, 19.30, C4 This documentary looks at what happened and why, using 3D graphics and location footage to pick apart the mechanics of the quake itself.

Seven Ages of Britain Sun 7th, 21.00, BBC1 The story of Britain through its art and treasure. This episode spans from the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 to the death of Richard II in 1400.

Match of the Day 2 Sun 7th, 22.00, BBC2 Adrian Chiles presents action from two derbies with Chelsea hosting Arsenal, and Wolves making the short journey to Birmingham City.

All Star Mr and Mrs Sat 6th, 20.30, ITV Comedian Robert Webb, actor Andrew Sachs and presenter Anthea Turner and their spouses compete to raise money for charity.

The National Lottery Sat 6th, 20.05, BBC1 Five contestants compete to win a big money jackpot. All five could share it, or just one of them could take the lot.

Alan Carr: Chatty Man Sat 6th, 23.15, C4 The self-confessed king of camp chats on the sofa with funny-man Ricky Gervais and reality TV star Katie Price.

Most Shocking Sun 7th, 22.00, Virgin 1 Documentary series revealing the crazy and outrageous scenarios encountered by police while on patrol.


Sport on T V

Fri 5th, 22.00, SS1 Booth v Marsh Jason Booth faces a constantly improving Matthew Marsh for the British Super-Bantamweight Title, live on Sky.

Fri 5th, 19.30, ESPN W.Bremen v H.Berlin Lots of goals expected as Werder Bremen stay at home to take on bottom-of-the-league Hertha Berlin.

Sat 6th, 13.30, B.Euro 2 GP2 Action from Abu Dhabi in the GP2 Asia Series Round 2. Catch a glimpse of some of F1’s future drivers in one of the most exciting motorsports.

Sport & Match of the Weekend h will match whic a in l a n e Saunders with Ars title. Russell helsea clash C e u , g d a n e e L k e r e ie This W the Prem the Blues. running for w-down for lo e th s u s define the e giv from Bridge


Sat 6th, 14.00, BBC1 Six Nations Rugby

The Italians visit Ireland for the Six Nations opener at 14.00, followed by England hosting Wales in one of the strongest rivalries in the competition. Catch all the action live on BBC1 or via the BBC iPlayer.

Sun 7th, 14.30, BBC1 Six Nations Rugby In the third opening match, the French start their Six Nations campaign against Scotland. Catch all the action live on BBC1

Sun 7th, 23.00, SS1 NFL Super Bowl XLIV Drew Bees and the New Orleans Saints take on Peyton Manning and the Indiana Colts to compete for the 44th Super Bowl in Florida

Sat 6th, 19.15, B.Euro FIS World Cup The World Cup of Skiing from Canmore, Canada.

or via the BBC iPlayer.

Sat 6th, 12.45, SS1 Liverpool v Everton This weekend’s high profile derby comes from Anfield as Liverpool seek to clinch an advantage in the chase for fourth spot over rivals Everton.


Sun 7th, 13.30, SS1 Birmingham v Wolves Impressive Birmingham take on relegation strugglers Wolves in a bid to secure themselves from

the drop.

y virtue of the weather, Chelsea found themselves knocked off top spot in the Premier League last week as Arsenal swept Bolton aside at the Emirates. In turn, Manchester Utd scored four against a hapless Hull to secure the lead for themselves at the weekend whilst Chelsea and Arsenal concerned themselves with the FA Cup –with varying degrees of success. Those football fans expecting a form of pass the parcel to kick-off at the top of the table – much as has been the case with fourth place – are likely to be disappointed as the season progresses. Games in hand should even themselves out in the next couple of weeks, by which point we’ll probably have a far greater idea of where the Premier League trophy will end up come May.  Well that’s my view at least. A disappointing December eroded the optimism I had uncharacteristically built up about Chelsea’s chances and, despite outstanding performances against Watford and Sunderland (and a professional one against Preston), I’m still harbouring concerns that Chelsea will have to be at their most consistent best to win the league this year. Unlike many, I refuse to write United off and still see them

as the most likely destination for the trophy alongside Ancelotti’s Chelsea. Begrudgingly I also have to admit that, in addition to playing some quality football, Arsenal have looked more threatening this year. But I decided to put this pessimism to the test – to try and find out where it was coming from. I looked up the  BBC’s Premier League predictor  – which allows you to input scores for each of the remaining games this season and calculate the final league table. Did my pessimism match what I thought each individual result would be?  As it turns out, I’m really not that pessimistic. After predicting who-knows-how-many results for forthcoming Premier League games, I was almost surprised to see that, at least subconsciously, I still expect to see John Terry lifting the title for Chelsea come the end of this season.  My predictions led to Chelsea finishing top of the table with 85 points, Man Utd finishing second with 83 and Arsenal third with 78. Liverpool get fourth place by virtue of finishing with 69 points, four points ahead of Villa. For those more concerned about the bottom of the table, I had Bolton,


Football Sun 7th, 16.00, SS1

Chelsea v Arsenal

The top two placed clubs in London battle it out at Stamford Bridge to gain the upper hand in an increasingly close run in to the close of the Premier League. The reverse fixture back in November saw Chelsea take all three points at the Emirates with two goals and an Arsenal own goal.

Sat 6th, 15.00

Bolton v Fulham

A fiery Bolton side picked up no less than six yellow cards along with their point at Craven Cottage back in November 2009.

Portsmouth and Hull as the unlucky three due relegation. Coincidentally, 85 points is pretty much the figure Chelsea are on course for at the moment (I keep a record of what Chelsea’s potential points total could be, based on results to date, on the  Chelsea stats page here). It wouldn’t be the highest points total in history, but it’s been a strange season in the Premier League.   There’s room for manoeuvre, too – the total figure includes only draws with Birmingham (home), Arsenal (home), Everton (away), Man United (away), Man City (home), Spurs (away) and Liverpool (away). It does however rely on beating Aston Villa at home and anticipates going the rest of the season unbeaten: on recent evidence, highly unlikely. 

Of course my final tally also relies on Chelsea’s closest rivals dropping points, too. I supposed that Arsenal would drop points to Villa (away), Man United (home), Stoke (away), Birmingham (away), Spurs (away), Fulham (home) and Man City (home). I reckoned Utd would drop points to Villa (away), Everton (away), Liverpool (home), Arsenal (away) and Man City (away). There are some fairly big assumptions in there, and it’s almost guaranteed that Arsenal and Man Utd won’t drop points in so many games. But nevertheless I still surprised myself with my own optimism – so who knows what the end result will be. But, with Chelsea temporarily (we hope) falling to fourth, the chase is most certainly on…

Wed 10th, 19:45

Arsenal vs Liverpool

These are tough times for the gunners, facing Chelsea on Tuesday and now Liverpool will the young guns guided by new signed veterans sol Campbell be able to upset Rafa Reds and their quest to remain a top 4 team

Sat 6th 17.30, ESPN

Tottenham v Villa

Spurs previous form had been consistently good until Hull, Leeds and Liverpool intervened. Both will be fighting for the final Champions League spot.

Sat 6th, 15.00

Burnley v West Ham

Whilst Arsenal and Chelsea fight for top-spot, these two fight for survival. The reverse fixture saw 8 goals, 2 penalties and a red card. Relegation battle on.

Sat 6th, 15.00

Scunthorpe v C. Palace

As Crystal Palace drop from ‘Playoff Race’ to ‘Relegation Place’, three points become a necessity as they venture off to Scunthorpe

Sat 6th, 15.00

Peterborough v QPR

QPR have a chance to make amends for their recent dismal performances with a match against Championship trailers Peterborough.

Sat 6th, 15.00

Barnsley v Watford

Fellow mid-tablers Barnsley will be fired up for this one, having lost 3 vital points against Watford by only a goal in September.

Sat 6th, 15.00

Swindon v Charlton

Whilst Norwich’s impressive performances and Leeds’ cup run have grabbed League One headlines, Charlton have put in solid consistent wins.

Sat 6th, 15.00

Millwall v Norwich

The Lions invite league contenders Norwich City to The Den. Boxing Day saw the constistent canaries slot two past Forde.


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