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ISSUE 16 SEPTEMBER 2012
IN THIS MON TEE OFF TO FOREIGN PARTS
AFFLUENT BRITS SPEND MORE TIME OVERSEAS
ACROSS SPAIN-IBIZA JOHNNY WESTWOOD
SPANISH STARS SUN SHINES ON EURO SKINCARE THERE´S MORE TO FAT ARMS THAN BINGO WINGS THE SEXY SIDE OF HAIRY FASHION
INTERVIEW WITH SEAN BEAN WORKERS GETTING PAID TO CHAT ONLINE
NTHS ISSUE LONG HAUL-CHINA
PREPARING PUPPIES FOR LIFE
JOKES CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN PETER SELLERS SEPTEMBER MOVIE RELEASES INTERVIEW WITH GORDON RAMSAY RECIPES
MATCH YOUR DIET TO YOUR PERSONALITY MOTORING and much more……...
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Golf is one of the nation's favourite participation sports and many a golfer simply longs to spend the holidays putting in 18 holes a day in sunnier climes. For many, the proximity of a course or two can be a big factor in deciding to invest in an overseas property. After all, it's probably seen as a retirement home too and then what could be better than being able to play a round any time in guaranteed sunshine. The problem may be, though, that if the rest of the family are in tow, the attractions of some great courses may not be matched by the sort of local amenities that keep children or partners happy. Even if they play too, they may want just a bit more. If you're a family of golf fanatics there are several options for the holiday home location that bear strong consideration- South Africa's Garden Route, Portugal's Algarve and Florida's fairways. All should make the shortlist. But if the family needs not just golf and sunshine, but swimming pools and plenty of sandcastle opportunities too, the coast with the most is the Costa del Sol. Victoria Harrocks and her husband James from Formby in the northwest of England, have just bought a three-bedroom penthouse apartment at Los Cortijos in Mijas. She explains that the decision was almost made for them. "My husband has been a member of the local golf club since the tender age of 10 and regularly puts in an appearance to work on his handicap and one by one we've all mirrored his interest," she says. "I take lessons when I get the chance, although I'm not going to divulge my pitiful handicap, and our boys age nine and five are also very handy with a golf club. We really have a couple of budding Tiger Woods on our hands. Initially we thought about buying a ski chalet for a second home as we are also fond of skiing but we soon realised that year-round sunshine topped our wish list and of course that meant year-round golf." Los Cortijos, a residential development of one, two and three-bedroom apartments in Mijas, quickly emerged as a frontrunner for several reasons. First was accessibility. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is on the Harrocks' doorstep and for an affordable weekend break both EasyJet and RyanAir can do the trip in just two and a half hours. Next was sunshine. The Costa del Sol is world-renowned for having the best climate in Europe bar none and shirt sleeves are the order of the day in December while northern Europeans are cloaked head-to-toe in thermal woollies. For further information please contact Lautier, email@example.com or visit www.lautier.com or telephone 00 34 916 502 802.
And then there's golf. The Costa del Sol has the highest concentration of golf courses in Europe, more than 50 at the last count, of which 12 are within minutes of Los Cortijos. Mijas is the Costa's true Golf Valley. Harrocks continues: "Of course our life does not revolve around golf so we need plenty of extracurricular activities to keep ourselves and the boys interested. Mijas is ideally located for sandy beaches, bars, restaurants and the town even boasts its own Aquapark, Racecourse and modern shopping centre. "Puerto BanĂşs with its swanky yachts and designer boutiques is 15 minutes drive to the west and if we don't fancy leaving the resort we've got heated swimming pools, a gymnasium and spa on the doorstep. I have family in Madrid so the launch of the high-speed AVE train in December 2007 direct from MĂĄlaga to Madrid in two and half hours is enormously appealing as is the news that a futuristic 1,000-berth marina is a definite addition to the Mijas coastline in coming years. This investment is not just for today, but for the future, and I am sure we've chosen well." The Harrocks hope to use their new home as often as school timetables permit and, who knows, with all that golf practice in the sun, Tiger Woods could have some competition on his hands. The properties at Los Cortijos all boast golf, sea and mountain views with no sub-standard views on offer and are superbly equipped with first-class laminate wooden flooring in living rooms and bedrooms, heating and comfort cooling, fully fitted kitchens, disabled-adapted lift access to just two apartments per floor, allocated parking and storage. On-site facilities include a gymnasium, spa, sauna, three swimming pools and manicured gardens while the Calanova golf clubhouse is within comfortable walking distance. SUPER PRICES NO COMMISSIONS APARTMENTS TOWNHOUSES VILLAS FINCAS COAST & INLAND TEL: 679111522
STORAGE KING SITTINGBOURNE Hi to all you unfortunate people basking in the heat when you could be back here in damp England clearing up after the floods knowing that for the next two weeks at least (Wimbledon) we will need our wellies on permanently. My name is Mick Edgeworth and I am the manager of Storage King in Sittingbourne, Kent and have been so since the store opened 3 years ago. Would you believe that 10 years ago I was prematurely retired from the Fire Service and ended up as a bar/restaurant owner in Torrievieja, Spain and enjoyed two years of fun in the sun. Then I fell in love and returned to be with my lovely Claire (wedding next year) so the dream had to be put on hold. I started with storage King as an assistant and within 9 months was offered the chance to manage the new build here and at the moment have around 90% full capacity storing anything from household goods to printing presses, which i later found out following a visit from the old bill that it was used to print dodgy ÂŁ20 notes , he always paid with a debit card thankfully. I like to think that we offer a friendly flexible service here so if you are after storing a small box or a 5 bedroom house we will be able to cater for your needs. So if at any time Spain is too much for you give me or my assistant manager Natale a call on 01795420247 or e mail us on Sittingbourne@storageking.co.uk and we will be pleased to talk to you. Mick Edgeworth Facilities Manager Storage King Sittingbourne
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Reduced in price from 550,000E to 490.000E Unique opportunity to buy a three storey villa with pool and sea views. The chalet is built in a modern style and located on the Cerro Gordo Natural landscape, in a unique and privileged place. The property has 3 bedrooms, living room with a large terrace, kitchenette, 2 marble bathrooms and 1 toilet. Floating wood floors. The swimming pool is 4m x 8m. The view from this house are exceptional, to the Mediterranean Seas and the natural park of Cerro Gordo. The property is South West facing and very tranquil.
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Andalusian Mediterranean House on 2 levels only 10 minutes from El Puerto Deportivo Marina del Este. Completely renovated to a perfect state in 2002. Reduced in price from 970.000 â‚Ź to 900,000 â‚Ź Opportunity to purchase this two level house built on a 1600m2 urban plot. 800m2 is dedicated to the house, swimming pool and terraces. The other 800m2 area is fruit trees. The large terraces and barbecue cover 200m2. The swimming pool is 120m3. On the ground floor there is a dressing room, large bedroom, bathroom and gymnasium. On the first floor there is an entrance hall, kitchen/dining room with fireplace, large dining room, bedroom with bathroom. There is a laundry room and the whole house has air conditioning. The house is South-East facing with lots of sun throughout the day and spectacular views of the sea and mountains.
LUXURY VILLA IN LA PUNTA DE LA MONA, GRANADA 2.300.000€ For sale exclusive luxury villa in the best residential area of the Costa Tropical. This Mediterranean style villa has spectacular views of the sea and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It has 5 bedrooms suitable for 8 people, 6 bathrooms, parking, private garden, private pool, terraces, barbecue, jacuzzi, air conditioning, internet, cable TV and satellite, telephone, WIFI, washing machine, central heating and a safe.
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A LUXURIOUS RURAL COMPLEX SITUATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL NATUAL SETTING OF LA ALPUJARRA. 850.000€ Operating as a tourist rental business with a portfolio of international clients this luxurious rural complex is close to the National Park of Sierra Nevada. Its location is ideal for relaxation and hiking. The main house has 10 bedrooms, 3 kitchens and 3 bathrooms. The complex has been restored in a traditional style with chestnut beams and double glazed windows.
BEAUTIFUL 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT IN MARBELLA 270,000€ 2 Bedroom apartment in wonderful location, close to all services. Puerto Banus only 8 minutes away and close to Casino Marbella. Apartment completely renovated with quality luxury materials including marble flooring. Sold fully furnished.
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Swinging back towards Greece In the summertime when the weather is fine euro leaders take their break so after six months during which the unwelcome financial spotlight had shone on Spain, it swung in late August back towards Greece. It was not that investors no longer had any concerns about Spain, more that they find it difficult to panic about more than one thing at a time. With most of Europe - and most European political leaders - on their summer holidays investors recognised that there could be no realistic expectation of anybody doing anything to move the situation forward until September. Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, did his best to improve things in late July. At a speech in London he said the ECB would do "whatever it takes" to preserve the euro, "and believe me, it will be enough". A week later he reiterated his position after the monthly meeting of the ECB governing council. The Bank and the EU bailout funds would, together, apply their theoretically unlimited spending power to support the price of Euroland sovereign bonds, thereby lowering borrowing costs for Spain and Italy. Investors were quite impressed by the strategy and the euro strengthened in early August. In the space of little more than a week it rose by nearly three cents against the pound and by a cent and a half against the US dollar. But then it all went cold. In the following fortnight the euro made no further ground against the dollar and it fell back by two cents against the pound. In late August the euro was a cent and a half higher against the pound and two and a half cents higher against the dollar than its position a month earlier. Compared with its levels at the beginning of June the euro was unchanged against the dollar and two cents weaker against the pound. As they have during most of the last couple of years, investors are paying more attention to the political manoeuvrings in the euro area than they are to the minutiae of economic data. As long as the figures announced are within shouting distance of analysts' forecasts they tend not to make waves. Only a handful of times have off-base ecostats sent currencies adrift. On one occasion Germany and France reported better than expected figures for economic growth in the second quarter of the year. Investors became excited that Euroland as a whole might avoid a negative reading but it was not to be; euro area gross domestic product shrank by -0.2% in Q2. At another time, Britain managed to deliver, on successive days, three sets of economic data that exceeded analysts' forecasts. Inflation, unemployment and retail sales were all more positive than expected for the pound. Sterling went up on the news but was unable to hang onto its gains. Latest news also confirmed that the UK was far from recovering as UK disappointed with the release of data on public finances and factory orders. Unexpectedly public sector net borrowing went up by .6bn so the UK wants its people to spend more!! Not sure where the money is going to come from particularly when you consider UK banks are considering charging you for the "benefits" you get with your UK bank account.
So investors spend their time watching Brussels, Madrid, Frankfurt, Berlin and Athens for hints of what might - or might not - be coming next. In the immediate future they will be keen to find out whether Prime Minister Antonis Samaras can persuade Euroland's movers and shakers to relax the repayment terms for Greece's bailout borrowings. The next scheduled big deal is the ECB governing council meeting in Frankfurt on 6 September. Having been wound up to expect overwhelming force from the ECB in support of Spanish and Italian government bonds, they will be looking for something serious. Experience suggests they will probably not get it, and that Sig Draghi will simply restate his master plan with a warning that national politicians must get on with their budget reforms and banking union. That same experience also suggests a meek response from investors, who have become accustomed to living on a diet of jam tomorrow. Currency Range During the Month:
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As the world becomes a smaller place thanks to improved transport links and the globalisation of businesses, new research has uncovered the emergence of a new type of international citizen. Lloyds TSB International has found that 20% of wealthy Brits have spent over a month overseas in the past year, while 12% have left Blighty for more than a month on a single trip. Business opportunities, more affordable holidays and a preference for life in the sun have also contributed to the growing trend as Brits opt for a continental lifestyle over the miserable battle that living in the UK often amounts to. The bank carried out a study of over 1,000 well-off Brits and found that one in five spent at least a month outside of the UK in the previous 12 months. This equates to more than half a million people nationally and suggests that Brits are increasingly spending more time outside of the UK. Research also showed that some 12% - about 340,000 nationally - have spent over a month abroad in a single trip, with two per cent, or 57,000, spending a month or more away for work. This supports the idea that a new class of travellers is being created thanks to the expanding international network of business and social connections. Nicholas Boys Smith, Director of Lloyds TSB International Wealth, said it's becoming increasingly clear that more people are spending time abroad for business and pleasure than they did 10 years ago.
He also pointed out how "a new global village of international mobile citizens" is being created that didn't just include the super-rich. He says: "Ten years ago people spoke about the 'haves', the 'have-nots' and the 'have-yachts'. Now I think we're increasingly seeing that you don't have to be a billionaire to be detaching from your country of origin - 17% of wealthy Britons are also thinking of leaving the country in the next two years. "Now it is more a case of the 'haves', the 'have-nots' and the 'have-frequent-fliercards'. "The survey found that people were heading to a different part of the world because 32% see more offshore business opportunities in a different country, 27% find their organisation does more business abroad and their job role developments or changes have prompted more travel for 25%.Boys Smith continued: "Many people are now far more comfortable travelling the world, working in other countries and experiencing different cultures. "They say an Englishman's home is his castle, but many people now move around as if on a boat, mooring their home in different places as they sail life's journey. "Leisure travellers were found to be spending more time away from home because 43% can afford more holidays abroad, while 40% have retired in the past five years and 28% prefer how people live on the continent. The option of having benefits, such as pensions, transferred to Europe has also fuelled the exodus as increasing numbers of middle-aged and older Brits choose to live out their days in the sun rather than under an umbrella.
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Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean Sea 79km off the coast of Valencia in Spain. It is the third largest of the Balearic Islands and its cities have become world famous for their tourism and riotous nightlife. It is well known for its summer club parties, which attract large numbers of tourists. More than four million passengers are registered annually through the airport alone each year. Ibiza is home to some of Spain’s most famous night-clubs. Well-known clubs are Privilege, Amnesia, Space, Pacha, Eden, Es Paradis, Underground and DC10. During the summer top producers and DJs in dance go to the island and play at the various clubs. Many of these DJs run their own weekly nights around the island and many use Ibiza as an outlet for presenting new songs. Ibiza has achieved worldwide fame as a centre for house and trance. Since 2005 live music event Ibiza Rocks has helped to redefine the Ibiza party landscape. Bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Prodigy and the Kaiser Chiefs have played in the courtyard of the Ibiza Rocks Hotel. The island’s government and the Spanish Tourist Office have been working to promote quieter, more family oriented tourism by passing rules that include the closing of all night-clubs by 6.a.m. at the latest and requiring all new hotels to be 5 star. Families are catered for at a wide range of resorts that provide family entertainment and things to keep the children occupied. There are play parks and play areas in most resorts. In San Antonio Bay there is a little cart track, fun fairs and trampolines and in Playa D’en Bossa there are carousels and bouncy castles.
If you love watersports thereâ€™s a lot you can do in Ibiza including windsurfing, sailing, parasailing, pedaloes or diving. The spectacular coastline and clear waters make Ibiza a popular resort for amateur and professional divers. The cargo ferry Don Pedro sunk in 2007 very near to Ibiza port and is open for recreational diving. The Hippy Markets are a must see with an selection of clothes, jewellery and trinkets to purchase. The biggest markets are on Wednesday in Es Cana and on Saturday in San Carlos. Also worth a visit to explore the winding cobble streets and magnificent views from the ramparts is Dalt Vila, Ibiza Townâ€™s romantic medieval castle. The main entrance is up a slope and across a drawbridge through the Portal de Ses Taules. Open all year is Can Marca Caves near Puerto de San Miguel beach, with breathtaking sea views as you descend to the entrance and see the age old stalagmites and stalactites. Here you can watch the spectacular Music and Light Show with a 30ft. cascade of water.
The Greeks call Ibiza the “Islands of Pine Trees” because of the hardy pines that grow in the harsh landscape. Thick woods, especially in the unspoilt northeast cover about half of the island. The most common crops on the island are olives, figs and almonds. Ibiza’s local cuisine is typically Mediterranean with typical meals of fish stew and rice with pork or you could sample fresh sardines on the beach. Ibiza restaurants have become renowned for having the best in style and flavours. Although Ibiza is known primarily for its party scene, large portions of the island are registered UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are protected from the development and commercialisation of the main cities. Examples include the remains of the first Phoenician settlements at Sa Caleta and “God’s Finger” in the Benirras Bay. Because of the islands rustic beauty, companies and artists often use the location for photographic and film sheets. Ibiza’s rugged coastline is interspersed with dozens of sandy beaches, most intensively touristy, although there are a few remaining out-of-the way beaches.
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As a magazine it is always brilliant for us to interact with all of our advertisers and when possible try their products and services for ourselves. Well to our pleasant surprise we received an invitation from Captain Pat of Bluewater Granada to board his vessel the ‘ANA LUIS’ from the beautiful port of La Herradura on the spectacular area of the Spanish coast called Costa Tropical. We jumped at the chance to have a glimpse of what delights his client’s experience. We arrived at the sun baked Marina del Este and parked with ease in the ports ample car parking area and were immediately astounded by the serenity of the area, with the ports many quaint bars, Tapas, restaurants and pizzerias even a mini market. The plethora of different boats from yachts, fishing boats to luxury vessels for fishing, diving, pleasure charters and cruisers are a sight to see. It did not take us long to find the Ana Luis on her berth and from our first impressions we just knew we were in for a special treat - a pristine vessel with the height of luxury. We were greeted onboard by Captain Pat hand his deck hand, Mark, both of whom were dressed in smart attire and we were shown around the boat. After the additional 8 guests arrived onboard that we were introduced to, we were taken through the necessary safety procedures. We were then asked if we needed any sun tan lotion which they keep onboard. (Although we declined, it was a big mistake – the power of the sun out at sea is strong - so always accept the lotion if offered!) We were then treated to a taster of things to come with canapés and Champagne of the highest, exquisite quality whilst we were still in the port just to get our taste buds tingling. All the fresh food is professionally created and served and with Captain Pat’s meticulous eye to detail it was almost a shame to dig into the gourmet display: But we just had to do it! Canapés & Champagne just for Starters When everyone was ready the powerful engines were fired up and we set off out of the port into the shimmering blue Mediterranean Sea. It seemed very strange at first, as we did not know any of the other couples onboard but within minutes everyone was chatting to each other and enjoying the sunshine and company.
Captain Pat at the helm
Mark made sure we had plenty of soft drinks, beers or spirits during our trip and catered to our every whim in a polite and professional manner whilst Captain Pat was at the helm. Being very knowledgeable Pat knows just about everything there is to know about the waters and scenery we were viewing and is always chatting away, answering questions clients may have. After cruising by for some time in the glorious sunshine and being treated like Kings and Queens the boat anchored off a scenic stretch of coastline. We were treated yet again to more gourmet cuisine and of course drink whilst we took in the scenery, relaxing but keeping our eyes open, hoping to see the local dolphins. You also had the opportunity to swim in the sea and enjoy the rich blue shimmer of the water with an expert looking out for your safety. Everyone took the opportunity to do the Titanic scene at the front of the boat whilst it was anchored. When everyone was fed, watered and relaxed, the anchor was lifted and we started our cruise back to the port. As we re entered the port the cruiser was professionally reversed into the berth where it all started and our new friendships were made. Would we recommend a charter with Bluewater Granada? Oh yes 100%. Whether it is a corporate or club event or a couple on holiday that would like to experience the finer things in life or celebrate perhaps a special event, anniversary or birthday perhaps or just something you do not do in your normal day to day life and crave a different experience and at a price that is surprisingly affordable, call +34 655 224 055 or book online. Its an event that you will remember with treasured memories for life.
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I have worked in show business as a professional actor and singer since the late 1980’s. I trained in London at “The Actors Institute” and also in rep. Touring as an actor with Children’s shows through to Shakespeare it was hard work but was the best ground work for any performer. After a successful tour of “Macbeth” I moved to London and in the early 1990’s I was cast in a minor role in “The Chief” with Martin Shaw for Anglia television this was to be the first of many television programmes. I have been lucky enough to have worked in most sides of this profession. I spent 10 years in Musical Theatre and was lucky enough to sing with the wonderful Petula Clark. I have worked with Madonna made films with Penelope Cruz and Ray Winston worked as a voice over artiste, been a voice double for Kenneth Williams done pantomime for many years toured the UK many times playing in most of the Number One theatres up and down the UK. The last west end show I was in won an Olivier Award for best new production “Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk” so I am very proud to have that on my CV. In 2005 I toured with my one man comedy show around Europe and it brought me to Spain. I fell in love with the country and decided to move here. Since living here I have had many great things happen I have had a documentary on my life made with Nick Berry to be shown on British television, I had a record released “Johnny Remember Me (Dance Mix) on an album “Forever Country”. I now concentrate on my new show “A Tribute To The Legends Of Country” which I perform over Europe and of course in Spain in Hotels, Timeshares, Bars, Festivals and other Venues. I have made many Television appearances over the last 7 years singing live on programmes across Europe I also have had sell out Concerts in the UK and in Europe I am also very proud to be the only country singer in Spain to represent Country music for America and am asked regular to perform at the International Festivals in Spain. To find out much more about me check out my website www.johnnywestwood.info Check out my Facebook page and website for extra appearances.
Julio was born in Madrid in September 1943. In the 1960’s he studied law in Madrid and was a goalkeeper for one of Real Madrid’s football teams. However, in September 1963 he was involved in a car crash which injured his spinal cord and doctors thought that he would never walk again. As he slowly began recovering his health he began playing guitar. When he was recovered he travelled to the UK to study. Julio married Isabel Preysler in 1971 and the couple had three children, Chabeli, Julio and Enrique but the marriage was annulled in 1979. Julio’s father was kidnapped by Basque terrorists in 1981 and although he was found alive two weeks later, Julio moved his children to Miami, Florida where he signed a deal with CBS and started singing in different languages such as English, French and Portuguese. His first hit was “Begin the Beguine” that reached No.1 in the UK. In 1984 Julio released the album 1100 Bel Air Place which sold four million copies in the USA. It featured the hit singles “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”, a duet with Willie Nelson and “All of You” with Diana Ross.
His romantic image and magnetic stage presence have made him one of the best selling artists of all time. His albums have sold millions in more than a dozen languages. According to Sony he is one of the top 15 selling music artists in history. In 2010 Julio married his girlfriend of 20 years, Miranda Rijnsburger in an intimate ceremony in Marbella followed by a traditional Catholic mass in Malaga. The couple has three sons and twin daughters, Miguel, Rodrigo, Victoria, Christina and Guillermo. In 2011 he recorded a number of his best known songs for an album â€œ1, Vol 1â€? which was a major commercial success.
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Attitudes to the sun are changing. Although a sun-kissed complexion is still seen as healthy and attractive, a growing number of sun savvy shoppers are concerned about the damaging effects on their skin. Moderate amounts of sunlight can be good for us as it improves our mood, helps the skin to produce vitamin D and can be used to aid treatment of some skin conditions. But too much of a good thing can cause sunburn and premature ageing, and, in some cases, lead to skin cancer, incidences of which are increasing in the UK. According to latest research from Mintel, almost half of sun worshippers use protective creams during a day out in the sun and around a quarter use it to prevent premature ageing. Spanish consumers are among the most sensible about suncare in Europe with half using sunscreen to avoid the risk of burning or developing cancer, the highest percentage within the Big 5 European countries surveyed. Nearly 20% use sunscreen to avoid tanning altogether, more than twice the average for the UK's eight per cent. Nica Lewis, Mintel's global skincare analyst, says: "Greater media coverage and health education programmes are helping to improve consumer awareness regarding the dangers of too much sun. "As awareness grows of overexposure to the sun's UV rays, more consumers across Europe are taking extra care by using sun protection products when they are out in the sun, and not just when they are on their holidays. "Brits, the researchers found, are fans of self-tanning products, with a 30% increase in new products between 2009 and 2011.Anti-oxidant claims in sun protection are another growing trend. According to Mintel's Global New Product Database, 30% of new suncare products launched in the Big 5 last year promoted antioxidant benefits, a 36% increase in just one year, reflecting efforts to meet sun worshippers' desire to fight premature ageing.
Mintel GNPD also shows an increase in facial care launches with UV protection. In France alone there was a 43% jump in the number of new face creams with SPF between 2011 and 2010, reflecting further sun savvy as consumers incorporate sun protection into their everyday skincare routine. A minimum SPF of 15 is suggested for adults, even in a moderate climate such as the UK's. Children need an SPF of 25 or higher because they are more vulnerable to burning. Sunscreens now aim to protect against UVA rays as well. These are long-wave rays which are responsible for ageing and wrinkling as they cause damage deep in the skin. The level of protection against UVA is shown by a star rating, with four stars indicating the maximum protection category. Remember, sunscreens are only one component of skin protection and should be combined with wearing protective clothing and avoiding the midday sun. Sunscreen should be applied up to 30 minutes prior to exposure, reapplied after swimming or exercise and again after two hours in the sun. Ultraviolet rays can also damage your eyes and cause cataracts so sun worshippers should also ensure they wear good quality protective glasses.
Bingo wings are the curse of the over-40s and unfortunately one fitness expert has discovered they're not the only upper arm challenge we have to contend with. Sports therapist and personal trainer Rich Jones has identified a horrifying six different specimens which afflict the middleaged's upper arms, regardless of sex. But thankfully as well as focusing on the problems of flabby flappers, the Surrey-based specialist has also diagnosed six specific ways to tackle the tallow that besets our overendowed appendages. Rich's list of shame includes: Arm charms - Think Madonna, Susan Sarandon and Anne Robinson. An Arm Charm, often the unavoidable result of ageing and sudden weight loss, is a fold of skin that hangs loosely from the arm and can be seen on even the fittest of women. Rump Lumps - so-called because they look like a small backside at the top of your arms and are the result of extra weight at the top of the arms and on the pectoral muscles. Classic Bingo Wings - upper arms that carry too much weight and lack tone. Even slim women have problems fighting the flab and can be spotted sporting this unattractive accessory. Double Chubble - someone verging on obese might well end up with Double Chubble if they don't get a handle on their weight. Think Bingo wings with wings. Jabba Flabba - probably the least flattering description of all. Jabba Flabba suggests your arms look like the unpleasant character from Star Wars - Jabba The Hut. Chap flaps - Men of all ages can suffer with flabby arms when they put on weight. Rich has a number of top tips to help the middle-aged from showing their age on their upper arms. These include: 1.
Drinking water - can help you to lose weight and appear thinner.
Cardio like a maniac! Many women do the same thing at the gym every day. For toned, defined and thinner arms you need to increase your training intensity. Try a few sessions of hill sprints, wind sprints, boxing per week and you'll notice a huge difference.
Skipping - will help your arms progress by miles. They get a great workout while you're doing cardio. You will notice increased weight loss, increased muscle definition and you can do as much or as little of it as you like depending on how thin you want your arms.
Split your weights routine -Many women do a full body weights workout each time they go to the gym. But if you work out every muscle group every time you will not be able to stress it as much. So, if you want to tone your arms try splitting your workout so that you train your biceps and triceps on their own day.
Go natural - eating natural foods like fruits, vegetables and good meats will help you tone your arms and weight loss is easier.
Get boxing - Everyone who has tried boxing on a regular basis has had amazing muscle definition results. Boxing may be the best thing for you as, like skipping, it allows you to get a heavy cardio workout whilst working the muscles.
Increase weight/decrease reps - When you weight train, do not believe the myth that using light weights with high reps will tone your arms. If you want to tone your arms, you should gradually begin to use heavier weights with less reps. Each time you work out you should stress the muscles slightly more than the last by increasing the resistance placed on it.
Toning really means weight loss - remember if you want to tone your arms, you really need to focus on losing fat. Fat makes arms look soft and it is losing that fat that makes your arms look hard, defined and toned.
Rich says: "It doesn't matter how nice your muscles are, if there is a layer of fat covering them, you will never get to see them. So, if you are having trouble toning your arms then perhaps you should shift your focus to weight loss practices like a clean diet and good cardio as opposed to weight training five days a week."
George Clooney's is suave, David Beckham's is sexy and Russell Brand's is just downright rebellious. Beards are the latest celebrity obsession and where their heroes tread, our fellas are bound to follow. But what makes a beard good or bad? Can whiskers ever really be winsome or are tickly tashes just too much for us girls to take? Ken Picton's senior stylist and Prynhawn Da presenter Daffyd Rhys gives his top tips for the perfect beard. Dafydd says: "It is a man's duty to attempt to grow a beard at some point in his life. One might say, that to most young men it is the sign of becoming a man. To middle aged men it is a sign that he is in control of his appearance or perhaps sometimes, a beard is born out of plain laziness. If you've made a decision to grow a beard, the most important thing is to be confident in your decision - don't let other people's personal opinions change yours. The best time to start growing a beard is on holiday or the week before. This will give your beard the chance to develop enough growth so that when you return to work it will look substantial. It will take approximately four weeks for your beard to start to take shape. It's important to refrain from attempting to shape your beard before four weeks, even if you are only going for a goatee or handlebars, as this may result in you shaving off a little too much. Once you have grown your beard to a reasonable thickness and length, it is time to start the exciting part - shaping. The best place to start is the neckline; using any good high street neck trimmer, and start at the neckline at your desired perimeter. Do not shape the beard at the cheekbones as this will create an unwanted almost cartoon-like effect. Most good beard trimmers will have a grade setting which will become your best friend. Start short at the beard line and work your way up to thicker or longer areas.
Although the skin is covered with hair, you must take care and remember to look after this area with cleansers and moisturisers. Men sometimes forget to shampoo their beards but this is essential. Some shampoos will include exfoliating beards, such as Aveda Men Exfoliating Shampoo, and this will help to get rid of dead skin cells stuck around the root of the hair which may cause irritation. If you do not normally use a conditioner on your hair it may be worth applying a small amount on a twice weekly-daily basis to your beard as the texture may be coarser than that of your hair. Last but not least, try to set yourself a six to eight week target. This should stop you getting tempted to shave it off and will give your beard a chance to develop to its full potential. Good luck and happy bearding!
International star Sean Bean takes on a character like no other for his starring role as Simon, a college English teacher who specialises in poetry, whose secret alter ego, Tracie, is gay, lonely, and looking for love. As fate would have it Tracie falls head over heels in love in unexpected circumstances following a scuffle with some blokes out on a stag night. Before long Tracie is entangled in a triangular love affair that leads to a terrible crime of passion and the dock. So why has Sean made this massive departure from his brilliant action heroes? Roles such as Alec Trevelyan, James Bond's nemesis in Golden Eye, Boromir in The Lord Of The Rings; and the iconic Richard Sharpe are embedded as rock solid favourites. And, earlier this year when Sean's Eddard Stark was beheaded in Game Of Thrones, a major twitter and online outcry came from fans. Boycotts of the next series were threatened.
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Sean's answer is disarmingly honest. And he chuckles as he says: "I had a call from my agent saying, 'Do you fancy playing a transvestite?' I said, 'Not really, why?'" But as soon as she said it was a Jimmy McGovern project, who I've wanted to work with for a while, I was interested."
The script was brilliant, and very moving. It's a really touching story about a complicated man. He has a relationship with another man, which develops into deep love, and then spirals out of control into something quite dark and disturbing. "It's a grown up story about identity and about being true to who you are." Sean is full of praise for director, Ashley Pearce, for his 'real vision' about how to shoot this unconventional take on a classic love story, by Shaun Duggan and Jimmy McGovern. "It's not about sex; it's about falling in love. In Tracie's case it's with the wrong person, which is something everyone can relate to whatever their preferences are. All credit has to go to producer, Sita Williams, and her team in Manchester for casting against type. The casting is so unlikely it makes you sit up and take notice," says Sean referring to his co-star Stephen Graham, who has been acclaimed as Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire, a performance described by Scorsese as an explosive, psychotic force. At over six feet tall, Sean, who is known for his instinctive ability to get under the skin of his characters, freely admits that finding his way with Tracie was "seriously challenging." "There I am, a big bloke, it's a week before filming and I'm practising walking in high heels round my house. It felt like I was on stilts. I thought, this hurts. I'll never stop hobbling. I need to be able to get my balance and posture right. My sympathies go out to women now. I understand what they go through! Mind you, I can say I've really got the hang of heels now, I don't think they're that bad. I can dance in them too. In fact there's a pile behind my kitchen door," he jokes. But for this athletic actor the real jolt to his system came when work started properly and filming began. "I was straight in at the deep end. Day one was a Tracie day. There's me tottering into a small house in Manchester in stilettos, a mini skirt, bright blue eye make-up, false eye lashes, a blonde wig, and the crew all standing around ready to start work. It was reality check time, big time. I thought there's no middle ground here; I'd better jump straight in, throw caution to the wind, and really go for it. Tracie is no wall flower. There's nothing in-between about this situation, dive in mate. It really helped that the crew were welcoming people, terrific fun to be around and everyone bonded. Once that first public day was out of the way, getting the job done it was really a pleasure and totally enjoyable," says Sean. "The experience of being Tracie was great fun and really liberating. I've not had an adrenalin rush like it for ages. So was this dual person like playing two separate parts? "Very much so," says Sean, adding that Simon was easy to play. "Compared to Tracie, Simon's a boy scout. Simon's a pretty straightforward guy, quiet, reserved and into his books. He's a private person but he has a secret. People who know Simon don't know about Tracie.â€?
If you work in an office, use a work laptop or mobile phone, the chances are you'll have done it. Most of us have sneakily logged on to our social networking accounts when we should be working believing that a few minutes checking the latest posts hardly matter. But now new research has revealed that adults spend more time on social networks at work than they do at home - meaning many companies could be paying their workers to go on Facebook, Twitter and other sites. The survey shows some managers may need to keep a closer eye on their workforce to check they are doing what the get paid for - and employees need to be careful their boss doesn't find out they are chatting when they are supposed to be working. The study was carried out by money-saving website VoucherCodesPro, after the team decided to examine internet usage and habits after noticing a high amount of traffic between 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday, when people should be working. Of more than 1,000 full-time workers asked to select their working pattern, the majority - 69% - said they worked MondayFriday from around 9am to 5pm.They were asked to estimate how many hours, per week, they spent on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter when they were supposed to be working; either through a laptop or their mobile phone. This wasn't to include in lunch breaks or in their own allocated free time during the working day.
The average person in full time employment admitted to spending up to 1.5 hours per day on social network sites whilst they were supposed to be working; or 7.5 hours per week, which in most cases is an entire working day. The most common times for switching on to social networks at work was between 10am and 11am and 3pm and 4pm.When asked about their social networking usage in their free time, the average respondent claimed to spend 45 minutes per day on social networks; or 5.25 hours in a week. That means that most adults in full time employment spend more time on social networks when they should be working that they do at home or in their free time. Of all the respondents that did admit to spending more time on social networks when they should have been working, 46% blamed "ease of discreet access" through phones and on their computers as the main reason. George Charles, MD of VoucherCodesPro, says: "Particularly for those with office-based jobs, it's not difficult to see why they might get tempted to access their social network profiles when they should be working. Especially with the introduction of things like Tweet Deck and Facebook's push notifications, it's actually harder than ever to switch off. "What employees do need to be careful of is their boss finding out they aren't working when they thought they were. Perhaps it's best to leave social networking for lunch breaks and after work!"
China is a vast, varied and beautiful country which rewards its visitors with world-class sites such as the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall.It boasts stunning scenery, including the limestone peaks of Guilin and the majestic Yangtze River, a diverse culture and exciting cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. With the help of specialist travel company Cox & Kings, we highlight the must see top five places to visit in this Eastern wonderland. Beijing - Located in northern China, this ancient powerhouse dates back over 3,000 years. A must-see is the mighty Forbidden City in the heart of this Far Eastern jewel and built in the 15th century during the Ming Dynasty, the Forbidden City is one of the finest preserved imperial palaces in China. Stretched over 178 acres this UNESCO world heritage site features 90 palaces, courtyards, 980 buildings and 8,704 rooms. Marvel at the traditional architecture and imperial history before hotfooting it to Jingshan Park to see the panoramic view of the palace. Sunset is one of the best times to capture this awe-inspiring scene! Xian - The eternal city is one of the oldest settlements in China where you can visit a 3,000 year old banpo village with archaeological remains dating back to the Neolithic Age. The Famen Temple holding the finger bones of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, is a great attraction for Buddhist enthusiasts. Or if you seek an archaeological site that packs a punch, head to the Terracotta Army. Over 2,000 years old, the life-size figures feature 8,000 warriors and 670 horses positioned in battle, representing the armies that belonged to China's first Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
The Yangtze River - To feel the beating heart of China is to experience the Yangtze River, the third longest in the world. Almost 4,000 miles long, the Yangtze entwines through 11 provinces, from glistening glaciers of the Tibetan plateau down to the rush of Shanghai. Embark on a cruise to see some of its exhaustive natural beauty and drift through the three mighty gorges Qutang, Wu and Xiling for one of the best views of soaring mountains and staggering landscapes in this oriental paradise. Guilin - Limestone pinnacles and luscious vegetation are the hallmark of Guilin. Featuring two rivers and four lakes in the south of China, Guilin is a region of beautiful bamboo groves, crystal clear waters and captivating caves. Enjoy a boat trip on Li River and flow past picturesque traditional fishing villages. Alternatively, head down below to the subterranean world of Reed Flute Cave. Over three miles in length, the cave allegedly dates back 500,000 years. Illuminated with eerie stalagmites and stone pillars, this natural phenomenon will captivate even the most well-travelled tourist.
Yunnan Province - Off the beaten track in the pocket of south-west China lies Yunnan, the sixth largest province. The perfect destination for the explorer who wants to get under the skin of this mysterious country, far looking beyond lanterns, chopsticks and Chinese dragons, Yunnan is a trekker's paradise and one of China's best kept secrets. Delve into tropical rainforests featuring over 2,500 varieties of flora and fauna and 30 endangered species, including red pandas and snow leopards. Venture towards Lake Dian filled with charming fishing villages and farmland, or head to the mountainous north-west to view the Three Parallel Rivers National Park. This watery gateway is a UNESCO world heritage site and where Asia's greatest rivers Yangtze, Mekong and Salween collide in a staggering geographical wonder.
New puppies can melt the coldest heart - their adoring eyes defying even the most determined among us to ignore them. But while it's tempting to give in to their pleas for treats from the table, it's far better to be cruel to be kind and resist repeated begging for the sake of the pup's behaviour patterns and health. Growing puppies need careful consideration when it comes to their menu, and breed, size and adult activity levels should be the determining factors for the proper selection of type, amount, and composition of food. In the case of medium-breed puppies, which at their adult age will weight between 11 and 25 kilos, it is vital to provide the body with a properly balanced food for both energy and growth. Puppies in this group will grow up to have a variety of tasks such as companionship dogs, athletic dogs, exhibition dogs, herd dogs, and working dogs. Experts at Butcher's Pet Care says it is necessary to provide a proper amount of energy that matches the animal's rate and phase of growth. The development of medium-breed puppies is divided into two stages. The first stage is a period of intense growth and takes place from birth to the sixth month of life. The second phase is the period between the seventh and 12th months when growth gradually slows. During the first phase, the skeletal system undergoes rapid development. The young body makes use of the energy it receives, including protein, to build up its bones. During the second period, the formation and reinforcement of the muscles that connect to the bones and joints occurs, and the dog's shape begins to resemble that of an adult dog. During this time, the process of tooth replacement from baby to adult teeth also takes place. As they reach their first birthday, the period of development comes to a close, and a mature medium-breed dog with an established personality should be emerging from the young adventurous pup.
The first year of life creates the basis and the conditions for the health of the dog over its entire lifetime, with the formation of a motor system with strong and healthy muscles, a properly developed digestive tract, circulatory and respiratory system, as well as immune system and healthy skin to serve as a barrier against micro organisms that can cause illness. This is a time when the body needs the proper amount of energy and nutrients in the form of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, Puppies of medium-sized breeds require three meals a day for the first six months of life and two meals a day for the next six, until they reach the age of one. Feeding should occur at regular times of the day, and it should be accompanied by fresh, room-temperature drinking water. In the case of nutrition for puppies, both wet and dry ready-made foods should be used according to the producers' recommendations, including those of portion size. Improper selection of the daily amount, overfeeding, feeding with table scraps, and allowing the dog to eat as much as it likes will lead to obesity, which in turn will result in irreversible changes in the skeleton and problems in adult life.
Male or Female? You might not know this...but a lot of non-living objects are actually either male or female. Here are some examples: FREEZER BAGS: They are male, because they hold everything in...but you can see right through them. PHOTOCOPIERS: These are female, because once turned off....it takes a while to warm them up again. They are an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed...but can also wreak havoc if you push the wrong Buttons. TYRES: Tyres are male, because they go bald easily and are often over inflated SPONGES: These are female ...because they are soft......squeezable and retain water. WEB PAGES: Female...because they're constantly being looked at and frequently getting hit on. TRAINS: Definitely male... Because they always use the same old lines for picking up people.. EGG TIMERS: Egg timers are female because....over time....all the weight shifts to the bottom. HAMMERS: Male..... Because in the last 5000 years.....they've hardly changed at all...and are occasionally handy to have around.
THE REMOTE CONTROL: Female. Ha! You probably thought it would be male...but consider this: It easily gives a man pleasure, he'd be lost without it...and while he doesn't always know which buttons to push...he just keeps trying
With the high rate of attacks on women in secluded car parks ... Especially during evening hours.... The Edinburgh City Council has established a 'Women Only' car park at the Tesco shopping centre. Even the parking attendants are exclusively female so that a comfortable and safe environment is created for patrons. Below is the first picture available of this world-first women-only parking lot in Edinburgh!
Why did the chicken cross the road…???.....
Harold was an old man. He was sick and in the hospital. There was one Nurse that just drove him crazy. Every time she came in, she would talk to him like he was a little child. She would say in a patronizing tone of voice, ’And how are we doing this morning',
or 'Are we ready for a bath', or 'Are we hungry?' Old Harold had had enough of this particular nurse. One day, at breakfast, Old Harold took the apple juice off the tray and put it in his bed side stand. Next, he was given a urine bottle to fill for testing. So you know where the juice went!
The nurse came in a little later, picked
up the urine bottle and looked at it. 'My, it seems we are a little cloudy today. ' At this, Old Harold snatched the bottle out of her hand, popped off the top, and drank it down, saying, 'Well, I'll run it through again. Maybe I can filter it better this time.' The nurse fainted! Old Harold just smiled!
….and that, my friends, is why the chicken crossed the road.
DON'T MESS WITH 'OLD' PEOPLE!!!!
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SEPTEMBER CELEB SALMA HAYEK – SEPTEMBER 2 1966 After a successful beginning to her career in Mexico Salma moved to Los Angeles where she was given the starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in the film “Desperado”. This was followed by a role as a vampire queen in “From Dusk Till Dawn”. She has also starred in “Fools Rush In”, “Wild, Wild West” with Will Smith and “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”. Hayek was an executive producer of the television series “Ugly Betty”. She was the voice of Kitty Softpaws in “Puss in Boots”, once again opposite Antonio Banderas.
KERRY KATONA – SEPTEMBER 6 1980 The English singer is best known for her TV appearances, predominantly on reality shows. She was a singer with girl group Atomic Kitten and went on to be a magazine columnist, an actress and appeared in commercials for Iceland and Asda supermarkets. Kerry won the third series of “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” and was the runner up of “Celebrity Big Brother 2011”.
PINK (ALECIA BETH MOORE) – SEPTEMBER 8 1979 The American singer-songwriter, musician & actress had a three year career with the R&B girl group Choice before releasing her first solo single in 2000 “There You Go”. Her second album “Misunderstood” was a huge success with sales of 13 million. The album produced 4 Top 20 singles “Get the Party Started”, “Don’t Let Me Get Me”, “Just Like a Pill” & “Family Portrait”. Other top singles include “Trouble”, “God is a DJ”, “Who Knew” & “So What”. Billboard magazine named Pink the number one Pop Artist of the decade in 2009. She has sold over 40 million albums & 70 million singles worldwide. Pink is a prominent campaigner for PETA.
HUGH JOHN MUNGO GRANT – SEPTEMBER 9 1960 The English actor and film producer has received a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and an Honorary Cesar. His films have earned more than $2.4 billion worldwide. His first hit was “Four Weddings & a Funeral”. Other roles include “Mickey Blue Eyes”, “Notting Hill”, “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, “About a Boy”, “Love Actually” and “American Dreamz”. Grant was arrested in L.A. by vice police on 27 June 1995 for committing a lewd act in a public place with Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown. Grant dated actress Elizabeth Hurley for 13 years before making an amicable decision to split. He is godfather to Hurley's son Damian.
BRITY BIRTHDAYS JULIA SAWALHA – SEPTEMBER 9 1968 The English actress is best known for her role as Saffy, the straight laced daughter in “Absolutely Fabulous”, opposite Jennifer Saunders & Joanna Lumley. She also played Dorcas Lane in the BBC’s costume drama “Lark Rise to Candleford” and Carla Borrego in “Jonathan Creek”. Her sister Nadia starred in the soap Eastenders. Julia reportedly had an affair with Keith Allen, the father of Lily Allen and it was also reported in 2004 that she had married her Jonathan Creek co-star Alan Davies but this was denied and they took legal action against the reports.
COLIN FIRTH – SEPTEMBER 10 1960 The English film, television & theatre actor is probably best known for his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. He played another Mr Darcy - Mark Darcy in “Bridget Jones Diary” & Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”. Other films include “The English Patient”, “Shakespeare in Love”, “Love Actually” “Nanny McPhee”, & “Mama Mia”. In 2011 Firth received an Academy Award for his portrayal of King George VI in “The King’s Speech”. The role also won him the Golden Globe, BAFTA & the Screen Actors Guild Award. Firth received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011 & was made a Freeman of the City of London in March 2012.
JASON STRATHAM – SEPTEMBER 12 1967 The English actor is best known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie movies “Revolver”, “Snatch” & “Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels”. He had the lead role in “The Transporter, “Death Race & “Crank”. He appeared alongside Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis & Jet Li in “The Expendables”. He usually performs his own fight scenes & stunts. In 2011 he began filming “Parker” playing the criminal Parker previously portrayed by Mel Gibson. Jason was in a seven year relationship with model Kelly Brook. Since April 2010, he has been dating Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
JEREMY IRONS – SEPTEMBER 19 1948 The English actor received classical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He began his acting career on the London stage & appeared in “The Winter’s Tale”, “Macbeth”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, Godspell and Richard II. His first major film role was in the romantic drama “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”. Other film roles include “The Mission”, “Reversal of Fortune”, “Die Hard with a Vengeance”, “Lolita” and “The Man in the Iron Mask”. He was the voice of Scar in Disney's “The Lion King”. In October 2011 Irons was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN.
GONE BUT NOT
PETER S PETER SELLERS CBE SEPTEMBER 9 1925 – JULY 24 1980 Sellers was born in Portsmouth and made his stage debut at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, when he was two weeks old carried on stage by Dick Henderson. He began accompanying his parents in a variety act that toured the provincial theatres. He developed his mimicry and improvisational skills while working in Ralph Reader’s wartime Gang Show. In 1948 Sellers played comedy turns in between the nude shows at the Windmill Theatre in London. During the early 1950s, Sellers, along with Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine, took part in the successful radio series, “The Goon Show” which ended in 1960. Sellers played four main characters – Major Bloodnok, Hercules Grytpype-Thynee, Bluebottle and Henry Crun. His film career included roles in “Orders are Orders”, opposite Sid James, Tony Hancock, Donald Pleasance and Eric Sykes, “The Ladykillers” opposite Alec Guinness, “I’m All Right Jack” with Terry Thomas which earned Sellers a BAFTA. In 1960 he portrayed an Indian doctor in the romantic comedy “The Millionaires” opposite Sophia Loren. Sellers and Loren developed a close relationship, culminating in Sellers declaring his love for her, in front of his first wife, Australian actress Anne How. Sellers went on to star “Dr. Strangelove”, “A Shot in the Dark” and “What’s New Pussycat?”, “There’s a Girl in My Soup”. But he is probably best known for his portrayal as Inspector Clouseau in “The Pink Panther” series of movies. In 1964 Sellers met Britt Ekland, the Swedish actress and after only days the couple married. Sellers showed signs of insecurity and paranoia, becoming jealous when Ekland starred opposite attractive men. On April 5th 1964, prior to a night of passion with Ekland, Sellers took amyl nitrates but suffered a series of eight heart attacks as a result. After recovering Sellers carried on filming.
SELLERS Sellers was a close friend of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowden who was married to Princess Margaret. Sellers and Snowden along with their wives spent many weekends together and went on several holidays together on boards Sellers yacht. In January 1965 Seller and Ekland announced the birth of their daughter Victoria and in May they moved to Rome to film “After the Fox”. The film star the couple but Sellers was unhappy with his wife’s performance which led to massive arguments. When Sellers was awarded the CBE, the night before the investiture at Buckingham Palace, the couple argues and Ekland scratched Sellers face so badly, he needed make up to cover the marks for the ceremony. During their next film together Sellers told the director to fire his wife. Ekland served him with divorce papers and their divorce was finalised on 18 December 1968. His next wife was young model Miranda Quarry who he married in 1970. By 1973 the marriage was failing and after seeing Liza Minnelli perform live he became entranced with her. Liza and Sellers were engaged three days later but the relationship lasted only a month before breaking up. By 1974 his friends thought that he was having a nervous breakdown. He was deeply distrustful, self absorbed, shy and insecure when out of character. This was the time his career reached an all time low with the actor taking roles in commercials.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
It was only the chance to play Clouseau again in “The Return of the Pink Panther” that restored his career as an A-list film star. This was followed in 1976 with “The Pink Panther Strikes Again”. In the same year Sellers began dating actress Lynne Frederick, whom he married in February 1977. According to biographer Roger Lew, Lynne Frederick was the most poorly treated of all his wives. Spike Milligan detested his friend’s choice of partner and believed that she was to blame for Sellers increasing alcohol and cocaine dependency. In March 1977 Sellers suffered a major heart attack and had to be fitted with a pacemaker. After his recovery Sellers once again played Clouseau in “Revenge of the Pink Panther”. Which was a commercial success but the critics were tiring of the role. Sellers last film was “The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu and his final performances were in a series of advertisements for Barclays Bank. Four adverts were scheduled to be filmed in Ireland but only three were filmed as Sellers collapsed in Dublin, again with heart problems. After only two days in care and against the advice of his doctors Sellers travelled to the Cannes Film Festival but he was ill again. On 21 July 1980 Sellers returned to London and checked into the Dorchester Hotel. He had plans for a Goon Show reunion dinner with Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe the next day. On the day of the dinner Sellers took lunch in his suite at the Dorchester and shortly afterwards collapsed from a heart attack. He died aged 54 just after midnight on 24 July 1980. Harry Secombe said “I’m shattered. Peter was such a tremendous artist. He had so much talent, it just oozed out of him.” Fellow Goon Spike Milligan was too upset to speak to the press at the time of Sellers death. Lynne Frederick inherited almost his entire worth, an estimated £4.5 million while his children received only £800 each. In a 2005 poll to find “The Comedian’s Comedian” Sellers was voted 14 in the list of top 20 greatest comedians.
VIRGO You're less optimistic and energetic than usual, Virgo. Your mind feels sluggish - your whole body does, in fact. You're either coming down with the flu or completely and thoroughly disheartened. This would be a good day to take some time off. Issues from the past may come back to haunt you. Perhaps you should address them once and for all.
LIBRA You may be discouraged about money matters today, Libra. Perhaps a raise you'd been hoping for didn't come through. Perhaps a professional project didn't work out as you expected. Now is the time to put your ingenuity to work and figure out a way to earn the money you need. Trust that you have the necessary know-how. A good opportunity awaits you.
SCORPIO Mars will be moving through your sign all month to bring energy and focus. You'll be active and busy as well as eager to get going on new projects. Venus is in Cancer until September 6. Before Venus moves to Leo, plan a trip with someone close to visit friends or family. After September 6, you'll concentrate more on making business connections with people who can help you. Don't hesitate to sell yourself and be proactive.
SAGITTARIUS Jupiter will be in Gemini and opposite your sign this month. This placement will help you have a positive attitude toward relationships and faith in other people. However, there could be power struggles, especially with your partner. Uranus in Aries and your sector of romance and creativity will make life unpredictable. You could develop an unexpected crush on someone or come up with sudden insights out of the blue.
CAPRICORN Life at home will be unstable and tense this month with Uranus and a Full Moon falling in your sector of home and family. You could feel uneasy for weeks, culminating in an argument or crisis during the Full Moon. Be empathetic if someone is having difficulties. Try not to be too judgmental. Venus in Cancer until September 6 will aid in smoothing over interpersonal relations.
AQUARIUS You'll be in a great mood and feeling positive when it comes to love this month. Jupiter is in Gemini and your romance and creativity sector. There will be many opportunities to meet a new love interest or spend quality time with your partner. You may experience some tension with a loved one after Venus moves to Leo on September 6. However, much of the stress can be alleviated if you're tactful and kind.
PISCES Venus in Cancer during the first week will help you feel attractive and loving. There might be a chance for a new connection with someone nice. Jupiter in Gemini and your sector of home and family all month could bring power struggles. Personal growth will be possible while you're learning how to stand firm in your beliefs. It might be difficult to cope with everyday events and responsibilities, but you'll have a rich inner life and strong creativity.
ARIES This could be a stressful month with Uranus and Pluto in square and Saturn opposite your sign in Libra. There will be tension when dealing with others, and perhaps upsets regarding your career. A Full Moon in Aries on September 29 will further stir things up. You could feel like your world is in turmoil and go through a personal crisis. A New Moon in Virgo on September 15 will help you pay closer attention to managing your stress and taking care of your body.
TAURUS Mars will be in Scorpio and opposite your sign all month. Expect to feel defensive and argumentative when dealing with the public or someone close. You'll be irritable and find it hard to be patient. The Sun and Mercury will be in Virgo and your house of romance and creativity for most of the month. Your social life will be busy and you'll have to juggle many commitments and responsibilities.
GEMINI A positive attitude and faith in the future will help you feel good about your life this month. A strong desire to help others and live ethically will inspire trust when dealing with others. You'll have strong opinions but willingly listen to other points of view. Mercury and the Sun will be in Virgo for most of the month, bringing bickering and a critical attitude toward family members. You might waste a lot of time and energy focusing on small issues from the past.
CANCER You'll be empathetic, supportive toward others, and willing to do anything to help if needed this month. At the same time, you'll find that others will do the same for you when asked. However, there may be someone in your life who's critical and demanding, perhaps a spouse. He or she tries to be honest and give constructive feedback, but you may find this person overbearing at times. Your feelings could get hurt. Take the comments in stride. Mars in your sector of romance will bring intense feelings of love and passion this month.
LEO Venus moves to your sign on September 6. This planet will bring opportunities for romance and you'll be popular and charming. Mars is in Scorpio and your sector of home and family for most of the month. There could be arguments at home or with your parents during this time. You'll be irritable and restless, but you'll get a lot done around your living space. Jupiter in your sector of friends and associates will bring a sense of being inspired and supported by the people in your circle.
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DIRECTOR: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich STARRING: Albert Brooks Ellen DeGeneres Alexander Gould RELEASE DATE: September 14
First released in 2003, Disney Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” takes audiences into a whole new world in this undersea adventure about family, courage and challenges. When Marlin, an overly cautious clownfish living in the Great Barrier Reef, helplessly watches his son get scooped up by a diver, he must put aside his fears of the ocean and leave the safety of his coral enclave to find Nemo. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory, a forgetful but relentlessly optimistic fish, Marlin finds himself the unlikely hero in a seemingly impossible land-and-sea rescue.
THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET DIRECTOR: Mark Tonderai STARRING: Jennifer Lawrence Elisabeth Shue Max Thieriot Gill Bellows RELEASE DATE: September 12
Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her and daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared - leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot) as the sole survivor. Against Sarah’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan – and the closer they get, the deeper they’re all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.
Morse meets The Da Vinci Code in a new novel arriving in paperback this month. Which sounds rather strange, until you realise it's a detective mystery set in Oxford concerning an international historical conspiracy (if such a thing exists). In reality The Inheritance is better than both the long-running TV show (and source material books), and the best-selling Dan Brown outing. Simon Tolkien's ability to set pace whilst delivering a wealth of observations and (often important) information is truly impressive, meaning things neither suffer from the often sluggish pace synonymous with Lewis and his boss, nor the feeling that things need to slow down so we can catch up properly. A familiar character for fans of the author, Inspector Trave returns for another World War II era story, this time set some time after peace in Europe. Shades of Agatha Christie are more than tangible thanks to the dying days of Empire undertones, adding to the notion that the creator has a little of several truly accomplished scribes in him. Though he replicates none of them, instead crafting a unique form of his own that only owes debt to others in the same way any story ever written does. As the narrative unfolds we learn about the death of an eminent art historian, who appears to have been off-ed in particularly suspicious circumstances. In fact, it's so questionable it would take the most dim-witted every day cop to miss all the evidence that appears to incriminate the academic's estranged son, Stephen. His fingerprints are on the murder weapon, and usually that's good enough proof for most courts and residing judges. Throwing a typical genre curveball, Tolkien slowly begins to suggest that all may not be quite so cut and dried. The murdered man was in pursuit of a lost relic at the end of the war, taking him across France on a bloodthirsty search for fame and wealth. Once Trave learns of this, it's not long before he's booked on the next passage to Europe, and picking up on a trail of clues he hopes will lead him to some firm conclusions as to what happened in 1944, and who would be willing to silence those involved in the covert treasure hunt with murderous actions. The stakes are high then, what with Stephen, a potentially innocent man, facing the gallows, and every chance the journey to France could turn into a wild goose chase. To make matters worse, time is in short supply, though from a reader point of view this only adds to the thrilling sense of intelligent urgency, and resulting desire to finish the pages in record time. That shouldn't be too hard, given how difficult it is to put down, making for a wholly recommended read well worth picking up.
Those who would like to see Gordon Ramsay in prison will have been happy of late, what with the chef's recent series, Gordon Behind Bars. A thought-provoking, astonishing and occasionally moving look at the culinary titan's efforts to set up a catering business with the inmates of HMP Brixton, we asked him a few questions now the cat's out of the bag. What was it like walking into prison for the first time? How did you feel? “I've been in a few dangerous situations. But this has been one of the most intimidating experiences, because at times, you could just sense the atmosphere reaching boiling point, and you were just waiting for that fight to start. Everyone got particularly nervous when the cameras were around. And we were a small crew. The sense of intimidation was rife. You could feel it in the air the minute you walked in there. It was bloody intense.” How did you select the prisoners to take part? Did a lot of them want to do it? “We had an overwhelming response. We spoke to over 100 prisoners, we had to find out what they were in for, what their sentence was and they had to be security cleared. You have to understand that a lot of them were on remand, so they get moved on a regular basis.” What were the biggest logistical problems you faced? “If someone wanted a knife or a peeler or a spatula or a plastic scraper, you'd have to go to the shadow board on the wall, take out what you wanted, sign for it, give them a number, and then they weren't allowed more than two utensils out at any one time. When one thing went missing, it was bedlam, the place would be on lockdown, everyone would be searched, and you've lost half a day. Getting them out of bed in the morning was tough as well - they don't have to be up. Most of them get locked up after dinner, at 5:15pm, and they're not let out the next day until the morning. So gathering them around was just horrendous. You'd go to every wing, accompanied by an officer, you'd have to take the crap on the wings from those who didn't get on the course, and so by the end I stopped gathering them, I had to get the officers to do it. But they came in dribs and drabs for the first couple of weeks. I had to say to them "If I say 9am, I really want you in here for 9am." To be honest, that's not that early to start. You can be quite aggressive in the kitchen. Did you have to modify that at all? “I've been with offenders, from robbers to smuggling arms to gang members, you name it, we dealt with it. You knew any time that it was going to kick off. It could be about anything. The first big argument was because somebody left his sauce in his cell, and didn't have it to add to his sandwich at lunchtime. I had to walk on eggshells, because it was very fragile, insecure, awkward temperaments that I was dealing with. Every time something went wrong, you could tell it was going to kick off. They did push my buttons, I did get upset, because there's only so much you can take before you get to boiling point. And I did end up letting rip in the end.”
Did you uncover any talent there who you would consider employing? “Well, Paul was working for me at The Savoy Grill. David I've got my eye on. He was pretty disciplined. There was another guy from Brixton, called Adonis. Smart guy, 6'5", he got caught with a shotgun under his bed. He's a talented, talented guy, so methodical, everything was really precise. At some points you found the prison a terrible, oppressive place, at others you said you felt it was more akin to a holiday camp.” What are your opinions now about prison? “What struck me most was the waste of time, effort and energy that could be channelled into something incredibly positive. Lying in bed, reading the newspaper, deciding what you're going to have for dinner, playing the X-box, watching TV, going to the gym, their minds are so bored. They resent the outside world, they have a grudge, and they're losing their self-esteem on an hourly basis. They have lost their will to work, and had all responsibility taken away from them. For me, it's such a waste, such a missed opportunity. They're just using the system, they've not motivated to do anything. They've got everything they need. If they were given more incentives to do some work, to get job ready, to be disciplined, it would help them, and surely their time would also go faster. © Channel 4 Press OfficeImage credit: Neale Haynes
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METHOD: 1. Heat oil on medium in a large non-stick skillet. 2. Add onion and bell peppers and cook four five minutes. 3. Add 235ml of water and cook until water has evaporated and vegetables are softened. 4. Add garlic, tomato paste, chilli powder, and cumin, and season with salt and pepper. 5. Cook and stir for one minute. 6. Add beef and cook for about seven minutes. 7. Season taco filling with salt and pepper. 8. Spoon filling into tortillas, top with salsa and lettuce, and fold. Serve immediately.
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INGREDIENTS: One melon Four bananas 250g mixed seedless grapes Two green apples and two red apples One pineapple One pear 200g strawberries 200ml orange juice
A delicious dessert for a summer BBQ. An interesting alternative to a simple fruit salad - and you can barbecue them if you're feeling really adventurous! Serves 4.
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Wash and cut all fruits into bite-size pieces. Arrange fruit on skewers. Lay in a tray and pour orange juice over them. Eat immediately or refrigerate to barbecue later.
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