Celebrate:MK August September 2022

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August/September 2022. Issue 58


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CELEBRATE: lifestyle magazine Sky Bar review Our take on MK’s answer to The Shard, Fourteen

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FESTIVAL OF FOOD Hazel Roberts has the lowdown on the city’s newest food festival, coming to Campbell Park in Sept


GINGER MUM COLUMN The local lifestyle blogger shares her latest discoveries, treatments and places to eat in Milton Keynes


THEATRE FUN Cara Lee previews the best local shows in August and September


MOTUS YOUTH DANCE The charity has been nurturing young talent in MK for 10 years


JON’S DJ EZ DREAM Jon Boyle hopes to fulfil a lifelong ambition with his debut music EP



SKY BAR REVIEW Our take on the new Fourteen Sky Bar & Restaurant in central MK



GREAT CRAUFURD GIGS Vicki McCarthy chats to promoter Chris McAlinden about Sept shows

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Welcome from the Editor


elcome to the latest issue of Celebrate:MK, which is packed full of fun things to do in and around our new city in August and September. Have you been to the new sky bar in central Milton Keynes yet? If not, you really need to get yourself up there to start living the sky life! You can read my review of MK’s new hotspot, Fourteen, on

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pages 10-11. And are you into UK garage music? If so, you need to check out my debut 4-track EP, called Pretty Girl, which I’ve just released. There is an article about it on pages 1819, explaining how I’m hoping to fulfil a lifelong goal of having a track played by DJ EZ. Let me know what you think of it!

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MKFM duo mark 5 years on air Breakfast Show presenters Darren and Lia celebrate half a decade


arren and Lia have been waking up Milton Keynes every weekday morning for the last 5 years (when Michael Blades isn’t covering for them). MKFM’s troublesome twosome have all the latest news, weather and travel for Milton Keynes in addition to the best music to start your day from 7am. As well as the latest information for the local area, Darren and Lia get that grey matter working first thing with regular features and competitions including Call My Bluff, Mrs. D What’s for Tea and, most recently, Darren and Lia’s Treasure Chest. Speaking of her time hosting the MK Breakfast Show, Lia said: “We’ve been through a hell of a lot over the last 5 years together and it’s always such an honour to share that time with our loyal listeners. “Whether we’re unpicking the news of the day, discussing local issues or having a bit of banter, being a small part of somebody’s morning routine will forever be the best part of our day.” Darren added: “Breakfast is the show we said we would never do and after agreeing to do it for a few months, 5 years have already passed. We didn’t think for one minute that we would have ended up being the longest serving Breakfast presenters in Milton Keynes. Every dog has its day, we had ours about 4 years and 11 months ago.”

Here are some of their fun features to listen out for... CALL MY BLUFF: Darren tries his best to outwit Lia with a daily stat that has three possible answers, one is correct, two are totally made up. They play daily at 7.45am and you can help Lia by contacting the studio – which always winds Darren up. MRS. D: Wondering what to have for your tea? Have no fear as Mrs D is here daily at 8.30am with food inspiration for what to cook. As well as some handy suggestions for parents, her catchy song will have the kids singing in the car on their way into school. “Mrs. D, what’s for tea?” DARREN AND LIA’S TREASURE CHEST: Throughout June, Darren and Lia gave listeners the opportunity to win prizes

MKFM Co lumn from their trove of treasure every weekday morning Listeners tuned in to hear the daily code to unlock Darren and Lia’s Treasure Chest for their chance to steal some booty or gamble their prize by walking the plank for a chance to win a star prize of their choice. From smart televisions to family day trips out, MKFM has given you a reason to say “Ooh Arrr!” You can listen to the MK Breakfast Show with Darren and Lia weekday mornings from 7am to 10am on MKFM. Tune in on 95.0FM, 102.1FM, 106.3FM, DAB Digital Radio, online, on your mobile and smart speaker.



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Festival of Food set for Campbell Park Hazel Roberts caught up with the organisers of MK’s newest food festival to find out what’s in store for visitors on September 17th...


aving personally played a large part in the creation and organisation of the MKFoodFest, it was with a heavy heart that we decided to wrap it up in 2020 after four very successful years. However, we were delighted when we were approached by Matt Cove from Events Managed, looking to step into the void left by the MKFoodFest. With his experience in running events such as the MK Bike Show, and in collaboration with WAC agency, it seems as if the future of food festivals in Milton Keynes is in good hands. We are looking forward to being able to attend a fantastic food festival this September without the headache of being the organisers – hope to see you there too! The Milton Keynes Festival of Food will take place between 10am and 6pm on 17th September 2022 in Campbell Park. This large, central location will accommodate numerous independent local food and drink businesses and will allow easy access for visitors from across Milton Keynes and beyond. Headline sponsor, Brioche Pasquier, an international company with a local presence, are delighted to be involved. “We are an international

brand but want to engage with the local community and we cannot think of a better way to do so!” says Olivier Ripoche, Managing Director Expect a great range of local artisan food producers and street food vendors. There will be craft beer, locally distilled spirits, cocktails, and a bar run by Silverstone Brewery. Chefs’ demos will be running throughout the day, featuring the likes of Phil Fanning from Paris House, Milton Keynes Chef of the Year James Carr, former Master Chef contestant Sofia Gallo, and students from Milton Keynes College; all taking place in a custommade demo kitchen supplied by Kiln Farm based Renov8 Kitchens. For less refined entertainment, check out the War of the Wings eating competition, where competitors will be eating spicy chicken wings live on stage, with MK Buffet Village increasing the heat of the spicy marinade at every stage of the competition. There will be 12 competitors taking part,

Food scene representing local businesses, including Odette Mould MBE from Harry’s Rainbow. Younger visitors will be kept entertained in a dedicated Kids Zone with food-related fun and games. All this will be set to a background of live music, coordinated by Newport Pagnell based, National Sound. With all the makings of a great day out, skip breakfast and come and sample the best of the local food and drink scene, enjoy the entertainment, stay all day and support local businesses too. To keep up the date with all the latest updates, follow @MKFestivalOfFood on social media.

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Treats and eats for summer Lifestyle columnist Amanda, AKA Ginger Mum, shares her latest discoveries, including new body treatments and places to eat in MK...


ummer is now in full swing and the region is looking resplendent in the sunshine! As you know, in the run up to sunny season, I’ve been enjoying trying out all sorts of beauty therapies of late, which leads me to my latest ‘tweakment’ discovery at Isis Centre in Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes.

I cannot fully explain this sorcery, it’s mind boggling to me but put simply, it zaps your fat with no effort required from you, other than drinking lots of water post treatment and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. I chose to target my bingo wings because let’s

face it, after a certain age, those blighters are nigh on impossible to shift. The easiest treatment I’ve ever done, in essence I lie still for 20 minutes each side whilst the lasers cross over at the objective area. Halfway through the treatment, I’d lost 3cms of fat from my upper arms. I can’t wait to see what results the rest of the course produces – keep an eye on my Instagram stories for updates. This painless revolutionary laser treatment can be used to target whichever area is causing most concern, give them a call on 01903 307075 to discuss your personalised laser body sculpting plan. Onto one of my other favourite subjects, food! As you all know, MK is brimming with gastronomic delights in the form of amazing independent

restaurants and takeaways. We were delighted to discover a new one for us,

Royal Wok in Bleak Hall, we enjoyed a bit of a feast from there. Serving up a plethora of Chinese, Thai and Singaporean dishes, this tasty takeaway is not to be missed. Everything we ate was bursting with fresh tasty ingredients, it’s no wonder they are building up quite a cult following already. Collection or delivery is a phone call away on 01908 663000 or online at www.royalwok.co.uk

The MK Dragon Boat Race on September 24th at Willen Lake should be quite the spectacle! A great way to support charities and enjoy family friendly entertainment for free! Call 01536 674 748 for more info or check it out online. See you in October guys!

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‘The sky is the limit for Fourteen Sky Bar & Restaurant in CMK’ Jon Boyle explains why his new favourite local bar is the stunning fourteenth floor sky bar in Hotel La Tour – MK’s answer to The Shard


f you fancy living the sky life, then the new Fourteen Sky Bar & Restaurant in central Milton Keynes is certainly the place to do it. With the highest viewpoint in the county, the fourteenth floor sky bar in the independently-owned Hotel La Tour offers incredible 360 degree views across our new city. The interior is stunning, with stylish, soft pastelcoloured chairs and sofas to relax on in the bar area whilst enjoying a drink and nibbles in front of a giant TV screen that was showing live sport when I visited. At the time of writing this, I have visited three times – once with a friend, once with my partner, and once with my 6-year-old son (pictured right) – and I have had a fantastic time on each occasion. I would go as far as to say it is my new favourite bar in Milton Keynes, as the decor, view and relaxed ambience are matched by an impressive range of alcoholic drinks and bar food. It really feels like you have been teleported to an elite sky bar in central London when you step out of the lift and take in the surroundings for the first time. Fourteen opened in April but I was hesitant to visit in the first few weeks as the reviews from friends were that the hotel was fresh out of the blocks with largely

inexperienced staff – and all the obvious teething problems that brings. But since my first visit in June I have only seen those staff blossom, with young bartender Beau a particular star of the venue with her friendly, engaging nature. The food and drink prices in the bar are comparable to most mid-market venues in Milton Keynes, which came

as a nice surprise for such a pictureque setting. And because Fourteen is based inside a hotel there is no dress code, which is handy for when you fancy dropping in for an unscheduled drink or bite to eat. I have to admit it was a bit strange at first to see workmen in high-visability jackets drinking in the bar next to well-dressed couples, but the dress code issue is an

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unenviable conundrum for the owners to juggle to keep everyone happy. On my first visit I enjoyed a nice sharing platter all to myself (pictured above, left) in the bar area while catching up with my friend John,

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burger, chips and chicken goujons (above), and the service was the best yet. Fourteen really feels like the place to be right now and, with the young staff beginning to bloom, the sky is the limit for MK’s answer to The Shard.

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Five fab shows in August and September Cara Lee previews the hottest theatre shows to look out for in MK


here’s plenty of theatre and comedy on across Milton Keynes in the next two months. Multi award-winning Canadian-American musician and actress Martha Wainwright will be performing at The Stables on Saturday 6th of August, with support from Roseanne Reid! And for any trivia buffs out there, the Thinking Drifters Pub Quiz will take place on the 8th of September. Including five free drinks as part of a “fact filled journey through time”, the show is hosted by comedians and alcohol experts Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland.

Show Stoppers If you’re looking for something for the whole family to enjoy, The Reluctant Dragon will be flying to Stantonbury Theatre on Saturday 3rd September. Put on by Quantum Theatre, this enchanting tale of a boy who befriends and defends a dragon is based on the book of the same name by Kenneth Grahame. Comedy Cow also returns to The Venue on the 10th of September – while Rich Wilson hosts, Dane Baptiste

will take to the stage as a headliner. Matt Price and Craig Deeley will also feature as the opening and middle acts respectively. Finally over at MK Theatre, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be making a welcome return. This production of the vibrant classic stars Alexandra Burke as the narrator and Jac Yarrow as Joseph. More information on The Stables is available at stables.org, for Stantonbury Theatre visit stantonburytheatre.co.uk, read more about the Venue at thevenuemk.com and MK Theatre’s website is atgtickets.com/MiltonKeynes.







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Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical is a feelgood voyage at MK Theatre The true story of Cornish singing sensations Fisherman’s Friends, whose charity songs led them to superstardom at Glastonbury...


rand new show Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical will arrive at Milton Keynes Theatre this autumn from October 4th to 8th. The all-star cast includes James Gaddas, Parisa Shahmir, Robert Duncan, Susan Penhaligon and Anton Stephans. The show is based on the true story of the Cornish singing sensations, Fisherman’s Friends, and the hit 2019 film about their life. When a group of Cornish fishermen came together to sing the traditional working songs they’d sung for generations, they hoped to raise a few quid for charity. Nobody, least of all the fishermen, expected their story to end on the Pyramid stage of Glastonbury. Packed with sea shanties, Fisherman’s Friends is a

feelgood voyage about friendship, community and music. It features hit shanties made famous by the band including Keep Haulin’, Nelson’s Blood, No Hopers Jokers & Rogues and many more. The musical is directed by James Grieve and written by Amanda Whittington with choreography by Matt Cole, musical direction by James Findlay, set and costume design by Lucy Osborne, musical supervision and arrangements by David White, sound design by Dan Samson, lighting design by Johanna Town and casting by Jim Arnold. The hit 2019 Fisherman’s Friends movie, with a screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth, delighted fans across the world with the

sequel film, Fisherman’s Friends: One and All, released this August. The UK and Ireland Tour follows a highly successful, sold-out season at Hall for Cornwall, where box office records were smashed, making it the biggest selling production in Hall for Cornwall’s 25-year history. The production will also make its North American premiere in Toronto this Christmas in the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical is produced by ROYO, Flying Fish Productions, Mighty Village, with Island Records, David Mirvish and Cornwall Playhouse Productions. To book your tickets for Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical, at MK Theatre, visit ATGTICKETS.COM/MiltonKeynes



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MÓTUS – dancing creatively across Milton Keynes MÓTUS Youth Dance Company is currently seeking to recruit its next generation of members with a passion for dance, aged between 13 and 19, to participate in weekly sessions from September 2022 at its Wavendon Pavilion base. We take a closer look at the charity that has been nurturing young MK dance talent for almost a decade...


ince its inception in 2013, MÓTUS – a charity specialising in dance – has strived to unlock the potential and harness the talent throughout the city of Milton Keynes. With its mission to see our theatres and arts scene thriving, MÓTUS has provided a platform to programme high quality dance from national and international dance circuits for our stages and performance spaces. Since 2014, MÓTUS has presented annual festivals featuring diverse and eclectic programmes featuring the very best in all dance genres that are designed to inspire, motivate, and connect, including collaborations with the IF Festival, produced through The Stables, MK Gallery, Arts for Health, and MK Council.

HIGH-FLYERS: Action from the ‘SPRING’ show at MK Rose, curated by MÓTUS (photo by Jane Russell). Right page photos, from left to right, are Paramount Parkour at ‘SPRING‘ (Jane Russell), ‘Universe & Me’ at the centre:mk (photo by Simon Beckett) and a Hofesh Shechter workshop (photo by Helen Parlor)

JUMP START is MÓTUS’s U.Dance endorsed youth dance platform (a nationwide project) which welcomes hundreds of young dancers to The Venue MK to share talent and passion. The next U.Dance event is programmed for 18th March 2023 at The Venue MK – get in touch to get involved! MÓTUS also runs MYDC – a youth dance company centred around creativity in dance, creating choreography and

performance. Running every Thursday in term time from 5.30pm - 7pm and open to secondary aged young people. MÓTUS runs a rich and varied workshop programme which continually supports the creation of new work through its ‘Adjustments’ programme, which aims to provide platforms for new and original work to be made and seen. In April 2022 MÓTUS curated ‘SPRING’ for

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International Dance Day in partnership with The Parks Trust and Cenotaph Trust, with just over 200 participants performing all sorts of dance and, in May, brought the Internationally renowned Hofesh Shechter II Company and a new production of

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Contemporary 2.0 to The Venue MK for a sold out performance. Corporate partnerships also play an integral part in MÓTUS’s offering. MÓTUS can assist companies with bespoke activity programmes centred

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Jon aims to fulfil lifelong DJ EZ dream with his debut EP Celebrate:MK editor Jon Boyle is hoping his new Pretty Girl EP will strike a chord with DJ EZ after setting himself the target of having one of his songs played by the legendary UK garage DJ when he was 21, as one of three life goals...


elebrate:MK editor Jon Boyle is hoping his debut Pretty Girl EP will hit the right note with DJ EZ and fulfil a lifelong dream. Jon, who has been making UK garage music since he was a teenager, set himself the target of having one of his songs played by the legendary DJ and radio presenter when he left university, as one of three life goals. And the dad-of-one is now hoping his debut four-track EP strikes a chord with EZ after finally finding the time to finish it during the pandemic. Jon said: “I set myself three goals based around my hobbies when I was 21 – to become a football reporter, to become a DJ and to make a track that my musical idol DJ EZ would

Even if EZ hates three of the tracks but plays one, it would be a dream come true and I could die a happy man!

IN THE MIX: Jon Boyle DJing at The Hub and, below right, warming up for Oxide & Neutrino. Below, inset, UK garage legend DJ EZ play. I’ve been very fortunate to achieve the first two as I have worked as a football reporter for various newspapers and DJd at my favourite bars and clubs, warming up for some of my favourite garage artists like Oxide & Neutrino along the way. “I’ve been making garage music since I was a teenager but only since the pandemic have I started making songs that I would be happy to play out myself as a DJ, so this debut EP has been a long, gradual journey for me. I’m

hoping EZ will like at least one of the tracks – even if he hates three but plays one, it

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“Alexa, play Jon Boyle Pretty Girl album”

would be a dream come true and I could die a happy man!” The EP’s title song Pretty Girl is an upbeat bumpy garage track with edgy female vocals, reminiscent of the classic vibes of MJ Cole. The second song, Come On, is a bassy two-step instrumental track that rekindles the dark energy of DJ Zinc songs of yesteryear – perfect for MCs to spit lyrics over. The third track, Love Song, is a pumping vocal garage-house track with a nice blend of orchestral

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strings and a deep bassline. The final track on the EP, Take Me Away, is a classic speed garage 4x4 roller that would not sound out of place in a DJ set alongside Double 99’s classic anthem Ripgroove. Jon Boyle’s Pretty Girl EP is out now on all major music platforms including Spotify. To stream or download it, scan the QR code below, ask your smart speaker to “play Jon Boyle Pretty Girl album” or visit linktr.ee/jonboylemk

Only since the pandemic have I started making songs that I would be happy to play out myself as a DJ, so it has been a long, gradual journey for me



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Accidental promoter Chris brings two great gigs to the Craufurd Music reporter Vicki McCarthy caught up with Chris McAlinden to discuss bringing Dodgy’s Nigel Clarke to MK on Sept 3 and Mike Wilton Band on Sept 16


s I write this edition's column, we’re in the midst of a heatwave and I’m in the midst of dieting to lose the leftover lockdown weight! I ended up working (and eating) more than ever during what’s possibly been the strangest and most testing of times, while others were a bit more motivated… discovering untapped skills and taking on new hobbies. My interview subject for this edition of Celebrate:MK falls into the latter category. Step forward local musiclover Chris McAlinden, who accidentally found himself becoming a gig promoter during ‘Covid times’ and is now looking forward to

hosting two revered artists at The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton this September. When we met up for a chat in July, the obvious question was how does one become an accidental live music promoter? “Like many, I was really missing live music during the lockdowns,” Chris explained. “When restrictions began to ease, there weren’t many gigs happening or to look forward to, so I thought I’d have a go at putting on an event myself.” With the seed of an idea firmly planted, Chris approached Mark Morriss, lead singer of Britpop darlings The Bluetones, who was receptive to the idea.

The scene “It started with a field,” Chris laughed, “I literally blagged a field! Along with a marquee and gazebos to accommodate Mark for the night!” The socially distanced event turned out to be a great time for all involved. So, Chris was ready to do it again and looked to arrange another gig on behalf of Mark, but this time at local venue Unit 9 in Old Wolverton. Another lockdown sadly put paid to those plans and ever resourceful, Chris and

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ears, Chris was able to put on a “proper gig” for Mark at Unit 9 in August 2021 – which I attended; I hasten to add. Which brings us up to now, as Chris prepares for his next bookings, with the new city of Milton Keynes playing host to DODGY’S NIGEL CLARKE and MIKE WILTON BAND this autumn. Nigel will be gracing the Craufurd’s stage on Saturday 3 September, with Mike and his band following suit on Friday 16 September. “They’re going to be great gigs,” Chris smiled. “Like Unit 9, The Craufurd has been incredibly supportive of my ideas. We can’t wait to welcome both artists along with their loyal fans and followers.”


So, is this new hobby for keeps? “Yes, for now,” Chris agreed. “Besides continuing to bring artists that I like and admire to MK, I also want to start working more with local, unsigned bands – I’m thinking a showcase is definitely on the cards. “But I’m open to suggestions and recommendations.” I plan to attend as many gigs as possible in the coming months, and Chris’s events are on that list. Besides the obvious joy of seeing and hearing live music, the dancing, pogoing, and moshing have the additional benefit of burning calories! For tickets to either gig, visit thecraufurdarms.com

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ummer has arrived! And with that – the school holidays. Luckily, we are spoilt for choice in Milton Keynes when it comes to parks, playgrounds and green spaces and, with countryside on our doorstep and cities close by, there is no reason to fear that long 6 week stretch! To cool off when temperatures rise, my kids LOVE a splash park or swimming pool (or failing that, even a paddling pool). Our favourite is the Splash and Play in Parson’s Close Recreation Ground. Situated in the heart of Leighton Buzzard, there is also a café, beach, skate park and band stand, with a playground currently in refurbishment. Best yet, the splash park is entirely free! We also love Eversholt Swimming Pool, situated in the beautiful village of Eversholt, just outside Woburn. On long hot days, this is THE outdoor pool to visit as

the setting is simply stunning – make sure to book online in advance as it is very popular. And lastly… Splash ‘n’ Play at Willen Lake is one of the UK’s largest splash parks with over 60 unique water features, with sessions running for 45 minutes at a cost of £5 per child. Next up, The Patch MK reopens at the end of July (check online for exact timings) – and we are so excited as it is bigger and better this year! A well as Pick Your Own Sunflowers, Wildflowers and Wheat, there are also mazes to explore (including The Lost

World Dinosaur Maze) as well as countless opportunities to explore, build, dig, climb and slide! We also recently sampled the AMAZING gelato, brownies, cookie cakes and pizza slices at the new Great Gelato in Stony Stratford and I can

confirm that they are all truly scrumptious. Best yet, they sell kid sized gelato, too. And lastly, we recently went to Thrift Farm to visit the newly refurbished Potting Shed Café, Garden Centre and jumping pillows. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Whaddon, at Thrift Farm you can get up close to rabbits and guinea pigs, hand feed goats, collect eggs at the hen house and zoom around on the pedal tractors. There is also an outdoor play area and zip wire, as well as countless animals to meet in the animal barn. A fantastic day out for all – guaranteed. Have a lovely summer – until next time! Faye x For more family adventures in Buckinghamshire and beyond, follow Faye on Instagram @meandbeau_travels

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Wall panelling ideas for every room interior design co lumn


his season consider adding panelling to your home! This popular way to inject style comes in many shapes and sizes. Originally panelling was designed to protect walls and also add insulation. Panelling can be a simple way to bring architectural shape to featureless rooms. These days it is generally added for drama and effect in all rooms. Try creating an extended head-board with rustic boards cut to length for that earthy vibe. Pair this with whites, neutrals and plenty of foliage for a healthy living space. Using acoustic wood slats with felt backing adds immediate impact to a room. Try darker woods such as walnut or smoked oak as a focal point. Vertical slats can be particularly effective in giving the impression of a taller ceiling. These are available in 2.4m or 3m lengths. If you are leaning towards traditional panelling, then the classic tongue and groove style adds simplicity to a space. Divide up the newly panelled space with simple coat racks or peg hooks in hallways to add practicality. Everyone loves a feature wall, but if you are bored with wallpaper or an accent paint colour, consider a squared panelling feature for your dining room area. Originally dating from the Jacobean era; squared panelling has shaker style attributes because of

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pace saver wheels are the additional tyres that are stored in the vehicle, which are smaller and thinner than your vehicle’s regular tyres. They are designed only to get you to a safe place in order to get a regular tyre fitted. Usually, you are only permitted to drive at 50mph on a spare saver wheel and this is in dry conditions. In wet, icy

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Walk on the wild side with Beast Jason Day previews August and September’s cinema releases, as Idris Elba stars in a film about a lion hunting tourists on an expedition Bullet Train (Out on 3 Aug) A tedious and derivativelooking action epic as Brad Pitt takes on umpteen baddies on a bullet train in Japan.

treats the deceased like roadkill, but passenger Jessica Chastain (also his wife) is morally conflicted, and personal and cultural fireworks ensue.

Nightclubbing – The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC (5 Aug) This fascinating documentary focuses on one club – Max’s Kansas City – with recollections about the music and the scene by alumni such as Alice Cooper.

See How They Run (9 Sep) Star-studded period thriller. A film producer wants to turn a play into a movie, but when cast and crew end up dead, police inspector Sam Rockwell and ‘green behind the gills’ newbie Saoirse Ronan attempt to crack the case.

Beast (12 Aug) Idris Elba leads this thriller about a tourist and his two daughters hunted by a lion during a safari expedition, with Sharlito Copley as their guide. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (19 Aug) I am getting old as this is the first time I have heard of this Japanese franchise. But incredibly, ‘Super Hero’ is the twenty-first feature film in the series. The Red Ribbon Army from Goku’s past has returned with two new androids to challenge him and his friends. The Forgiven (2 Sep) Drunk driver Ralph Fiennes kills a young man en route to a party in Morocco and attempts to cover it up. He

Jackie Brown: 25th Anniversary Reissue (16 Sep) A dusting-off for this stylish Quentin Tarantino film that’s also one of his least celebrated. ‘Blaxploitation’

wer e i v e r l ee R icon Pam Grier - in her comeback - takes the title role of a flight attendant who gets caught by the FBI for smuggling. And on at the MK Gallery... Elvis (2 Aug) / Minions: Gru (2-4 Aug) The Gallery is showing director Baz Luhrman’s gorgeous biopic of ‘Elvis the pelvis’ (Austin Butler) and the latest in the series of animated blockbusters about the comic adventures of the yellow critter-helpers. For more: bit.ly/MKGalleryCinema You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

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