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CHERYL An interview with pop royalty

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Global Street Dance Championships

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CONTENTS M

ERRY CHRISTMAS!

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What’s On? Your Christmas entertainment guide

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Cover interview Cheryl

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Interview Caprice Bourret

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Spotlight News and reviews

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Music Previews

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Film New listings

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Christmas gift guide Last minute shopping

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Travel Winter getaways

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Fashion Festive trends

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Hair Sistachic waves

Motors What do you know about your parts?

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Interview Fifth Gear’s Johnny Smith

40

Chic Interiors Dress your home for Christmas

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Chic Exteriors Inspiration from garden designer Lee Bestall

Let us know how much you love Chic, Tweet us @Chiclifemag or Like us on Facebook at Chic Lifestyle Magazine.

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Welcome to the Christmas issue of Chic – your guide of where to go, what to do, and of course, what to wear! We’ve also got a very special cover star this issue – Cheryl Fernandez-Versini; plus don’t miss our interview with former model turned entrepreneur Caprice Bourret. If you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute then take a look at our gift guide for inspiration and don’t miss the interiors page where we show you the best way to dress your home for Christmas. Fed up of the festivities already? Head to the travel section to see our pick of the best winter travel breaks – from the Peak District to London and Amsterdam. See you in the New Year,

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Joe Carnall Jnr & Friends Christmas Show

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When: Tuesday 23 December Where: Plug Price: £12 This end of year gig has sold out four years in a row! Joe Carnall, former lead singer of Sheffield band Milburn, has been joined in previous years by members of Reverend and the Makers, The Subways, and of course Milburn. Expect anthems, covers and solo material.

Slipknot & Korn When: Friday 16 January Where: Motorpoint Arena Price: £42 The masked gods of metal are making a long-awaited return to the UK with their 2015 tour ‘Prepare for Hell’. The Grammy awardwinning, multi-platinum band will be crashing into Sheffield in January at the Motorpoint. A chaotic, visually fascinating, outrageous show is guaranteed.

Seth Lakeman When: Wednesday 28 January Where: City Hall Price: From £22 Mercury Prize-nominated Seth Lakeman will be playing in Sheffield in January to celebrate the release of his album, ‘Word of Mouth’. Expect a high energy performance with classic folk songs, fiddles, banjos and violas.

When: Friday 5 December – Sunday 14 January Where: The Lyceum Price: £10 - 24 Don’t miss this year’s fun-packed family pantomime! Dick Whittington is a rags to riches story of a young man and his cat on a journey to fame and fortune. The star-studded cast includes EastEnders actress Samantha Womack and CBeebie’s Andy Day.

Swan Lake When: Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 January Where: The Lyceum Price: £18 - 35 Moscow City Ballet bring their version of the world’s best known ballet to Sheffield in January. Composed, choreographed and premiered in Russia, you can guarantee that Tchaikovsky’s original magic will be preserved in this production.

To Kill A Mockingbird When: Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31 January Where: The Crucible Price: £11 - 26 This enchanting production of Harper Lee’s best-loved classic is an adaption of the award-winning West End production that received top reviews in 2013. A moving story of racial injustice in the Deep South, compassionate lawyer Atticus Finch and his gutsy daughter Scout are able to bring hope to a neighbourhood in chaos. Not to be missed.

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Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown

Sheffield Christmas Markets

When: Friday 9 January Where: City Hall Price: £20 Described as ‘the most important comedian of the past 25 years’, Roy Brown will be coming to City Hall for a night of laughs in January. Expect political incorrectness, wildly inappropriate banter and everything crude and rude. Not for the easily offended!

When: 14 November – 24 December Where: Fargate Price: Free entry

Square Hole Comedy

Get into the Christmas spirit and head down to the city centre for Sheffield’s annual festivities. Includes traditional wooden cabins, gifts, food and Santa! This year sees the introduction of a Moroccan market nestled in with the traditional setting, so expect some extra spice! Open daily 10am-6pm (8pm Wednesdays).

When: Monday 12 January Where: The Reed Deer Pub Price: £3 online, £6 on the door.

Burns Night Celebrations

The Red Deer are renowned for their comedy night that happens every second Monday of the month. Comedians include some of the circuit’s best professionals and promising newcomers. Not only does it make for a great night of laughs, but there’s also free cake! Where can you go wrong with that?

Russell Howard: The Wonderbox Tour When: Friday 19 December Where: Motorpoint Arena Price: £30.35 The cutest man in comedy comes to Sheffield this December; his tour has been extended into winter as it completely sold out earlier on the year. Known for his energetic, upbeat routines and razor-sharp comedy, laughs are guaranteed.

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When: Sunday 25 January Where: Wortley Hall Price: £24.95 You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy Burns Night – head to Wortley Hall for a night of haggis, wine, whiskey and bapipes to celebrate the works of poet Robert Burns. Your ticket includes a night of musical entertainment and a five course traditional Burns Night meal.

Handmade for Christmas When: Now until Sunday 11 January Where: Millennium Gallery Price: Free entry This winter the Millennium Gallery will bring together work by over 90 artisan makers from across the British Isles for Handmade for Christmas, one of the North’s leading showcases for the latest in contemporary craft and design. Handmade for Christmas will feature a range of textiles, jewellery, accessories, prints and homeware, providing an inspired alternative to the High Street for this year’s Christmas shopping.


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l y r e h C Following a two-year hiatus, pop royalty Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is back! The former Girls Aloud bandmate has released her fourth solo studio album and is once again gracing our Saturday night TV screens on The X Factor.

The Geordie goddess reveals to Chic why she no longer lives her life worrying about what other people think, why she doesn’t see herself as a fashion icon and how she’d love to see Girls Aloud take on The Spice Girls on The X Factor… Words: Jessica F oga rty

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Thanks to your latest single, ‘I Don’t Care’, you became the UK’s first female solo artist to have five number one singles. Tell us about the track? It’s exactly what it says on the tin. Its one of those feel free, have fun, and don’t really give a shit vibes. Same as the video. You make a clear statement in the lyrics of ‘I Don’t Care’ about how happy you are in life and how you don’t care what people say. Is this the message you want fans to interpret? Yeah, I mean I haven’t cared for a long time really. You can’t live your life worrying about what other people think or say about you. Even if I do hope that people enjoy what I do, I can’t make that the sole focus of my life because that would make you miserable. In your new music video, you have a make-upfree appearance, how did that feel? Quite liberating. In one scene I have make-up on from the night before, like when you wake up and you’ve forgotten to take your make-up off. In another scene I’ve got no make-up on. Yeah just carefree – enjoy your life and stop worrying about pointless little things. Stupid things. You’re branded in the media as a fashion icon. Do you feel under pressure to look good? I don’t take any notice of that. That’s not my role, that’s just for whoever writes about that and I don’t read about it either. If one of them wants to call me Kermit the Frog then maybe. How would you describe your latest album, Only Human? The album is pop but there’s obviously a lot of different sounds on there. There’s also a couple of R&B sounding songs. The industry is not like it used to be where it was all just one body of work and everything sounded similar so I wanted to show there was different sounds on there. What motivates you? I think keeping it interesting for yourself is important, because if you aren’t interested you are never going to interest your supporters. I think keeping an ear to the ground is one thing but not being too heavily influenced by what is going on around you and going with your gut instinct is more important. On the first track on the album it opens up with a philosopher, Alan Watt. Where did the interest in Alan come from, and how did you discover him? A friend of mine played me a snippet of his speech, which I have used a small section of on the beginning of the album, and I was really blown away by it. I really related to it. I know lot of young teenagers and young kids online and on my social network platforms that are confused about live and which way to go, which direction to take. I felt it was a powerful message to put out there. What’s your favourite track on the album? I change my mind all the time, like, for a while it was ‘Throw Back’, and then it was, ‘Coming Up For Air’. I don’t know I’m changing my mind all the time. I really don’t think there are any fillers on this one.

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Was there a last minute track you started working on and felt had to go onto this album? There was a song from me and Payne from One Direction for the deluxe album. It’s a ballad that was interesting and I wanted to put that on. How does being a TV judge compare to making your own music? It is an extension of what I do. It’s still music related even if it’s not me, it’s me helping someone create what I do. It’s helping somebody and giving them to opportunity to have what I have. If you look at One Direction, Ella Henderson and Cher Lloyd, people like that who have come from the X-Factor. To be part of someone’s journey like that, it’s just as much fun as doing it yourself. What’s next for you? How about following in Simon’s footsteps and launching your own record label? I’m concentrating on the here and now because as we all know, you never know what can change in the future. But, it is something I am interested in, and it is something I would love to look at for the future. But this year and right now, I’m just focusing on what is going on. Any plans to tour in 2015? I hope so, that’s the next thing I need to discuss with management and with my team. Maybe after Christmas when the craziness with X-Factor dies down, then we will get into that. But I hope so yes. On Jonathon Ross you and Mel B talked about the idea of a Spice Girls Vs Girls Aloud X-Factor, do you actually think that would happen? I would love that to happen, I mean I’m guessing I’m going to have to get on Cowell’s case a little bit more. But I think, it would be fun don’t you? Absolutely. Which band do you think would have the most songs? Well we were around for ten years, they were around for a few, so we may have a couple more than them. So what would be your secret weapon? And what Spice Girls track would be the biggest threat to you? They had some greats, I mean they are very nostalgic, they created such an impact on the industry and a lot of people all over the country would feel very nostalgic. But we had a really strong fan base that grew up with us over ten years, who were maybe 8 or 9 when we started and 18/19 when we split up you know. So, I think we both have a good audience. How does it feel being back on X Factor? This is my fourth series but I have been away for four years. I know what to expect this time around. But I still always get really nervous and anxious for my people you know, more than anything else it is an adrenaline filled night on Saturday and Sunday for your act so it’s a bit crazy but yeah, I enjoy it more because I know what to expect. So to sum up, are you happy with life in general? I’m very happy with life in general thank you very much for asking.


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Words: Jessica F oga rty

Caprice Bourret From supermodel to lingerie entrepreneur | Words:

She’s one of the most photographed women in the world, having appeared on over 350 magazine covers across the globe and more than 200 TV shows.

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How do you juggle being a celebrity, businesswoman and mum? I wish there was a formulae. You have to be Wonder Woman and sleep is not in the equation. Life is expensive and tough so you just have to work hard and keep going.

Former lingerie model, Caprice Bourret, ventured to England from Southern California 20 years ago.

Do you plan to return to California or is London home for life now? London is pouring down with rain right now yet I still love it here. The boys are in school here so I have no plans to move. The UK is home now.

She was voted GQ Magazine’s Woman of the Year, and Maxim’s International Woman of the Year for three years running. She received rave reviews in London’s West End playing the lead role in ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and the musical ‘Rent’. She later bought the rights to the hit production, ‘Debbie Does Dallas the musical’ which she produced and starred in, then in 2006, launched By Caprice Lingerie, which she fully finances, designs, models and markets.

After giving birth to your two sons, did you feel extra pressure to lose you your baby weight, being in the public eye? For the first year, I didn’t diet at all but breastfeeding helped me to shift a few pounds. Most mums will find their weight tends to come off naturally – running around after two boys is enough exercise.

Chic meets Caprice to see how life has changed from the mad world of modelling to becoming one the retail industry’s leading entrepreneurs, empowering women in business…

Do you miss your modelling days? Hell no! It was a fantastic career in my 20s and I was blessed to constantly have work and make money just from looking in to a camera but you become obsessed with how you look. I will admit, work is much harder for me now, but I’d still rather be running my own company than modelling.

What inspired you to launch, By Caprice Lingerie? I started the company in hope of creating a brand and company that I could pass on to my family and most importantly I wanted to do something that I love and feel passion for. How has the brand grown? Eight years ago when we first launched, there was demand for sexy lingerie. Some of my pieces just about covered a nipple. Now, we create more conservative pieces but they still have the underwire boost and remain fashion forward. My target audience is young women who want to feel confident but comfortable and have fun. The colours we use are much brighter than most other brands. We also launched By Caprice Swimwear on 2007 and By Caprice Bedding in 2010.

You’ve directed and starred in theatre productions. Do you have any plans to return to the stage? I’d love to! I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently – it would fit in well with my schedule especially now the boys are at school. I’m looking out for a new project. Are you taking a break for Christmas? Yes, I’m taking my children to see my mum in LA. What’s next for you? International expansion and building a website is next up on my to-do list.

Tell us about your latest collection for A/W 2014? I travel to Paris twice a year to source new embroideries and trends. This season I have focused on shades of purple with black. It’s everyday glamour.

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DISNEY ON ICE BREAKS BOX OFFICE RECORDS WORD S : JE S S IC A F O G AR T Y

The Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, has broken box office records for this year’s Disney On Ice spectacular – Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. During November the Arena was home to production for 5 days and 11 performances, welcoming over 60,000 customers through its doors to see their favorite Disney characters all in one magical show. Disney On Ice has been coming to the venue since it opened back in 1991 so that’s an incredible 270 performances seen by over 1.3 million customers. Motorpoint Arena General Manager Rob O’Shea said “Disney On Ice is a staple to the Arena’s calendar and year after year people just keep coming back for more proving that families just can’t get enough Disney magic. “The atmosphere when the show is in the building is very special and we are very proud to host such an amazing show.” Disney On Ice will be back at the Motorpoint Arena next year from 18th – 22nd November with another very special show, more information will be revealed soon with tickets going on sale in Spring 2015. Keep your eyes firmly on the Arena website – join their mailing list to be one of the first to hear www.motoprointarenasheffield.co.uk.

THEATRE | STOMP WOR DS : BROOKE SIMONITE

Sweeping quietly came one cast member on to the stage, then one by one more brushes entered the stage louder and louder, before crash bang wallop! What a noise. Well what do you expect when a brush breaks during a routine. The multi-award winning global phenomenon returned to the stage in Sheffield last month. Now entering its 23rd year, this smash-hit show has entertained over 15 million people world-wide and for one week only Sheffield audiences had the chance to rediscover the magic of the one and only Stomp. Using everyday household items from paint

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cans and pipes to bin lids and brooms, eight energetic performers fused dance, percussion and comedy to create a feel-good rhythmic- spectacular, in this inventive and infectiously entertaining show. Featuring new routines, new music and new choreography not seen in Sheffield before, Stomp was fresher, faster and funnier than ever before. You had no idea what would make you laugh out loud next. Each cast member interacted with ease, all having a background in dance to music – some self-taught. But being part of the audience was just as interactive as being a cast member – clapping hands and attempting ‘funky finger clicks’ caused a fit of giggles amongst the crowds. A terrific show for the whole family to enjoy.


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I use a mix of pencils and powdered graphite. Powdered graphite with a tortillion works wonders on medium and light tones. Pencils: prismacolor ebony, staedler lumograph and rotring tikky 0.5mm (2B leads). Erasers: Tombow mono zero, Koh-i-Moor kneadable and Sanford Artgum. First thing is composition – not putting pencil to paper. Think about what you’re after and how to represent the concept. No matter how good an artist you are, consider your options.

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Peace Happy People Words: Edward Wade

2014 has been a big year for Peace, playing main stage at Reading and Leeds festival, maybe the highlight. The group have also announced the release of their sophomore album ‘Happy People’ which will coincide with the band going on tour in 2015. I’m pleased to say they will also be in Sheffield at The Queens Social club on January 30th. One of the most sought after acts in the UK sprang onto the scene in 2012. A heart-on-sleeve, indie, zesty group have some powerful, uplifting choruses which add to their on stage charisma and powerful stage presence. Explains a lot considering their armies of fans up and down the country. The band still have their cheekiness, energy and their enigmatic appeal, but the music has developed since the band were playing low-paid gigs at indie clubs. ‘Happy People’ strays away from your classic indie music and has the kind of bounce that is more indie-pop. It will get people bouncing. ‘’I think it’s because we’ve got such short attention spans that we just always wanted to do something new and exciting’’ said Harry Koisser the groups lead singer. This new kind of adventure in song writing could be inspired by their last tour. Travelling around Europe to countries you have never been before, surely opens the door to new experiences. Hence why the new album was written on the road.

Gaz Coombes Matador Words : E dward Wade

Gaz Coombes has announced the release of his self-produced follow up album to ‘Here Come The Bombs’. ‘Matador’. The former lead singer and guitarist of Supergrass has shown his immense talent by recording the tracks in his home studio playing everything himself bar the drums on four tracks. Coombes has been on a bit of a journey since he parted ways with Supergrass in 2012. The songwriter is really starting to come into his own, you get the sense that he is an artiste who genuinely enjoys his work. Some of the sounds make you feel like Coombes is really pushing musical boundaries. Tracks like ‘Buffalo’ are a new classic, contemporary kind of sound. The album is definitely a departure from Supergrass sound ‘Alright.’ It is as though ‘Matador’ is a Gaz Coombes Supergrass, of the 21st century. In comparison to his first solo album the sounds are much more alternative, whilst keeping the acoustic sound. One problem I did find was, some of the slower more melodic tracks come too soon after the upbeat acoustic songs. The release of the new album will coincide with a new European and UK tour. It will be interesting to see which instrument the multitalented man will play when up on stage.

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TAKE THAT

NICKELBACK

OLLY MURS

Extra tour dates added

Tenth world tour comes to Sheffield

Words : Jessica F ogarty

Words: Jessica Fogarty

Second date announced for Sheffield

Due to extraordinary demand, Take That have confirmed that they are adding four new dates to their 2015 tour which was announced last month and sold out in a matter of hours, including an extra date at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on Wednesday 24th June 2015, in addition to their 1st and 2nd June dates. Four years since the band's last record-breaking tour Progress Live, next April will see Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald commence a 37-date UK tour. The band also scored their thirteenth No.1 single last week with ‘These Days’, their first since 2008 and followed-up yesterday with news that 'III' had also debuted at the top of the UK album chart, making it their sixth No.1 studio album. Take That are defined by some of the most memorable and spectacular live productions in UK music history and their fans can now look forward to an extra four magical nights in Glasgow, London, Birmingham and Sheffield on sale at 9:00am on Thursday 11th December. Previous tours have included everything from aerialists, circus performers, a wall of water, holograms, a giant elephant and on the last tour a 60ft robot. The band’s shows have never failed to excite and surprise their audience and next year’s are sure to be no exception. Special Guest for the duration of the tour will be rising star Ella Henderson who recently celebrated both her debut single, ‘Ghost’ and her first album, 'Chapter One', reaching the No.1 spot in the UK Charts.

Multi-platinum selling rock band NICKELBACK are set to embark on a massive headlining tour in 2015 in support of their eighth full-length studio album. No Fixed Address Tour marks NICKELBACK’s tenth world tour and will see the band performing in 31 cities across Europe next Autumn, playing Sheffield at the Motorpoint Arena on Friday 13th November 2015. Since first landing on the scene in 1996, NICKELBACK have cemented themselves as one of the most commercially viable and important acts of the past two decades. The group’s worldwide sales exceed 50 million units, solidifying their status as the second bestselling foreign act in the U.S. of the 21st century — behind only The Beatles. Amongst all of these accolades, they’ve been crowned Billboard’s “Top Rock Group of the Decade” as well. Along the way, they’ve received a staggering nine Grammy Award nominations, three American Music Awards, a World Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, 12 JUNO Awards and have been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. Tickets are on sale now priced £42.35 (including booking fee) when purchased online at www. motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or via the ticket hotline on 0114 256 56 56 or £40.43 (including booking fee) when purchased in person from the venue box office.

Tickets for Take That’s 24th June show at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, priced £64.90, £71.50 & £93.50 (including booking fee) are on sale now. Maximum limit 6 tickets per person. Tickets can only be purchased online at www. motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or through the ticket hotline on 0114 256 56 56. No tickets will be sold in person at the Arena Box Office.

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Words: Jessica Fogarty

Due to phenomenal demand, Olly Murs has announced that he will perform a second date at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on 1st April 2015, this is in addition to his 31st March show. Armed with stellar new album ‘Never Been Better’, which includes the swaggering first single ‘Wrapped Up’ (featuring Travie McCoy), and backed by his mesmeric live band, the show is not to be missed.  Olly Murs has released three hugely successful, multiplatinum selling albums to date including four Number 1 singles. His new album, ‘Never Been Better’ released on November 24th includes the soulful ‘Let Me In’ written with Paul Weller, the addictive pop of ‘Up’ featuring Demi Lovato, the straight ahead romance of ‘Beautiful To Me’ and the Ryan Tedder gem ’Seasons’.  Special guest will be Ella Eyre.  Tickets for the new date are on sale now, available in person at the Arena Box Office, by phone on 0114 256 5656 or online at www. motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk.  Tickets purchased online and through the ticket hotline are priced £60.50, £43.45 & £32.45 including booking fee. Tickets purchased in person at the Arena Box Office are priced £57.75, £41.48 & £30.98 including booking fee. 


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film THE HOBBIT :

THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES

Release Date: December 12th

ANNIE

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM:

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some festive family fun - and what says family fun more than everybody’s favourite musical orphan Annie! This modern re-boot of the 1982 classic sees Will Gluck taking to the director’s seat. Set in modern day New York, all the old favourites are back - Jamie Fox stars as Will Stacks (a hip Daddy Starbucks) and, of course, Annie, played by the adorable Quvenzhané Wallis, whose search for her parents will tug at the heart-strings of even the most bitter of Scrooges. You might even leave the cinema rapping “Tomorrow, Tomorrow”.

The Night at the Museum gang are back in the wackiest, most exhilarating adventure so far. The magical powers of The Tablet of Ankmenrah are about to be lost forever and Larry (Ben Stiller) will do anything to save them. Secret of the Tomb sees the gang travelling to London to embark on a global mission to save the day. One of Robin Williams last films poignantly sees him doing what he was best known for: good, old-fashioned family fun.

Release Date: December 26th

SECRET OF THE TOMB Release Date: December 19th

DUMB AND DUMBER TO Release Date: December 19th

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Release Date: January 2

nd

The final instalment in Peter Jackson’s trilogy is finally here - and the last battle promises to be the most epic so far. The deadly Smaug is on the loose, threatening to ravage the men, women and children of Lake-Town. Elsewhere, enemy Sauron has returned to Middle-Earth and is sending his army of minions to attack Lonely Mountain. Will Frodo and the Dwarves defeat the forces of evil once and for all? You’ll have to watch the film to find out, but with the biggest budget in movie history, the final instalment is set to be the most spectacular journey of all.

EXODUS:

GODS & KINGS Release Date: (3D) – December 19th

Legendary director Ridley Scott has turned his hand to biblical epics, telling the story of one man’s battle against the Egyptian empire. A story of emancipation and survival, Scott’s adaptation of Moses’ epic story will sweep you along on his journey. With cutting-edge special effects, Scott creates an immersive 3D experience which will leave you breathless.

UNBROKEN

Release Date: December 25th Angela Jolie’s second directorial turn recounts the life of olympic-runner-come-war-hero Louis Zamperini, whose survival of a planecrash was given special poignance when he was later taken captive by the Japanese Army in WWll. His experience is one that truly has to be seen to be believed. Based on a book by Laura Hillenbrand and with a screenplay crafted by the Cohen Brothers, Unbroken has oscar-bait written all over it.

In spite of his youth, Eddie Redmayne seems to have become something of a veteran of the British acting industry and his stellar performance in this Stephen Hawking’s biopic shows us why. The film chronicles Hawking’s early years and his relationship with literature student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones.) When the two meet at a party at Cambridge University in the 1960’s the connection between them is instant and all-consuming. But then tragedy strikes when Hawking’s is diagnosed with motor neurone disease and given just two years to live. The couple face an uncertain future together and must fight for their relationship to survive. Part-love story, part analysis of marriage, The theory of Everything is ferociously raw and tender in equal amounts, revealing the little-known private battles of one of our must enduring geniuses.

BIRDMAN

Release Date: January 2nd Michael Keaton stars as washed up actor Riggan Thomas, whose stint as a former superhero in the Birdman trilogy is a long-forgotten memory. But now he has a chance to prove himself as more than a bygone film star with a stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story. His whole future hangs on the success of the production, but his co-workers aren’t exactly making it an easier for him. With the self-absorbed method actor Mike Shiner as one of his co-stars and the reappearance of his daughter-come-assistant, a recovering drug addict with a bitter worldview (played by the ever-charming Emma Stone) just making it to the opening night seems like it’d be an achievement. The director of the stunning Babel delivers another astoundingly affecting film, made all the more powerful by singularly transformative performance by Michael Keaton. A black comedy with a lot of heart.

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The dimwits are back 20 years after they first goofed their way into our hearts. Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels reprise their infamous roles as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne to provide viewers with a film that they are sure to belly-laugh their way through. This time the lovable idiots are on a mission to track down Harry’s long-last daughter. What’s more, Lloyd is in love with her. It’s not as icky as it sounds (or is it?) Just make sure you don’t snort in your popcorn.

INTO THE WOODS

Release Date: January 9th A star-studded cast headlines James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s beloved Broadway musical. In this amalgamation of grim fairytales, expect to see your favourite actors and characters as you’ve never seen them before: James Corden and Emily Blunt star as a childless couple, cursed by the wicked witch (Meryl Streep.) On their adventure, they encounter girl-next-door Anna Kendrick as Cinderella and face the wrath of the big bad wolf ( Johnny Depp.) It makes for fantastically entertaining family fun, with glittering performances from the ensemble. With Chicago’s Rob Marshall at the helm, we can guarantee a top-quality musical production. But will this fairytale have a happy ending?

THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: ANGELS OF DEATH Release Date: January 1st

The Woman In Black is everywhere - first she was a book, next she was a play, then she was a film starring Daniel Radcliffe, now she’s a sequel and she’s coming to haunt a cinema near you this January. Set 40 years after the original story, a group of children are evacuated from WWI London to Eel Marsh House. Starring War Horses’ Jeremy Irving, the sequel is sure to offer as many gothic delights as its predecessor, as the evil within is unleashed.


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Chic Gift Guide

Words: Megan Wright

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Delux Chocolate Cupcake Box

Paul Kenton ‘Blaze it Up’ Canvas

Just My Cup of Tea Gift Set

We all have a friend or family member who’s known for their sweet tooth, so why not satisfy their cravings and give them some handmade cupcakes as a gift? Hunky Dory Cupcakes will do all the work for you, and a huge range of products and flavours are available to let you pick something to your fancy. Available from Hunky Dory Cupcakes, visit www. hunkydorycakes.co.uk for enquiry information. Prices vary.

This box canvas is part of Paul Kenton’s unique collection of cityscape canvases. The warm tones of this depiction of the Thames would light up any room! Perfect if you’ve just moved into a new home or need some staple art pieces to brighten up your walls. Available from Castle Gallery, Meadowhall. Price: £695.

Cocoa Wonderland is a sweet little boutique chocolate shop located on Ecclesall Road. Other than selling gorgeous chocolate hampers, they also sell tea. This gift set includes 10 bags of tea leaves of a variety of flavours, including cherry blush, jasmine, pink Pina Colada, and even chocolate cake tea! The set also comes with empty tea bags for you to fill with the leaves. Available online at www.cocoawonderland.co.uk or at Cocoa Wonderland, 462 Ecclesall Road. Price:£25.

Fiorelli Blue Crystal Link Bracelet

Silver Faux Fur Throw

Ted Baker tan brogues

This stunning blue crystal bracelet would make an effective accessory for setting off that LBD at Christmas and New Year events. It’s a unique piece with distinctive shades of blue combined with sterling silver – sure to make someone feel special. Available from PA Jewellery, 23 Commonside, Crookesmoor. Price: £140.

This luxurious silver faux fur throw with purple fleece lining will help you survive the northern winter! Also well-matched to a night on the sofa, this throw is comfortable, fashionable and warm. It could be used as living room decoration or as an extra bed layer. Available from Next, Meadowhall. Price: £70 for 150cmx200cm, £90 for 165cmx240cm.

These brogues are made from bovine leather and feature signature embossed detailing. The blue tinted laces and lining give them a unique finish and are ideal for everyday wear with a suit or for a dressed down look with jeans. Available from Moss, Meadowhall. Price: £110.

Become a Brewer for the day!

iPad Air Smart Leather Case

Elemis Coconut & Milk Wrap

Kelham Island Brewery have a very special offer that would be a perfect gift for all beer enthusiasts. A £99 gift voucher gives you the opportunity to join the brewery for a full day of work: you’ll be able learn and understand the process, and even be able to take some beer home with you! A brewer certificate if also provided. Available from Kelham Island Brewery Shop or call 0114 2494804 to purchase via post.

This slim, sturdy, professional case is guaranteed to keep your iPad protected. It’s also pretty clever: open the smart case, and your iPad wakes up. Close it, and the iPad automatically goes to sleep. The case doubles up as a typing stand and folds in all the right places to make movie-watching and Facetiming as comfortable as possible. Available in tan brown, pink, blue and black, from John Lewis. Price: £65.

Treat someone to this heavenly relaxation session at Sheffield’s top spa. The coconut and milk wrap combines a soft milk bath and foil wrap to sooth and nourish your skin, and a soothing pressure point massage for your hair, face and scalp. A range of other relaxing treatments are also available as vouchers. Available from: Spa 1877, 65 Victoria Street, Sheffield, or online at www.spa1877.com/giftvouchers. Price: £65.

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Christma s& New Y ea r Marco’s at New Y ork Itali an

Merry & White 3 Course Christmas Lunch & Dinner Set Menu. 28th Nov – 24th Dec / Lunch £20pp / Dinner £28pp Available Mon – Sun. Best availability Sun – Thurs.

Whether you’re looking to add a touch of glamour to your Christmas party or just a festive evening out, you’re guaranteed to experience a White Christmas at our Marco’s New York Italian restaurant.

Santa’s Sunday Lunch.

Sunday 14th and 21st December / £20 per adult / £10 per child under 12 Santa will be heading to Marco’s with presents so we’ve created a special 3 course menu to coincide with his visit.

Stay the Night Festive room rates available in our Hampton by Hilton Hotel.

From £59

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New Year’s Eve Includes a 5 course set menu with drinks and Italian snacks on arrival. Enjoy a fabulous meal and great atmosphere with friends before continuing the party in some of Sheffield’s finest venues.

£60pp

0114 399 0990 / info@marcossheffield.com

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Festive fashion

Faux equals fabulous for Christmas 2014. Not only is faux fur a must for the cold nights, but faux lace is also a big hit thanks to the Likes of Lady Mary and Lady Rose. If you’re going for vintage-chic, keep accessories simple with bold earrings for this modest number from Karen Millen. Finish the look with a shrug to stay warm when walking from bar to bar.

The Work Christmas Party... possibly the most highly anticipated date in the office social calendar. You work with these people Monday to Friday, nine ‘til five and wear what is most appropriate for the company policy. The Christmas get-together is therefore your chance to be ‘you’ and express your personality through what you wear. So ladies and gentleman listen up, Meadowhall’s Style Adviser, Bethanie Lunn has picked out THE Christmas party outfits that will get you noticed at the big work do (in all the right ways)…

All products and brands are available at Meadowhall Shopping Centre. Meadowhall now has extended its opening times to allow customers to get as much Christmas Shopping done as possible. For details on openings, please see: www.meadowhall.co.uk

Graphic Lace Dress £180 Karen Millen

Next up on the festive fashion express is a little bit of sparkle – perfect for a confident and striking look at any Christmas party. Christmas is definitely one of my favourite seasons for dressing up as glitter is expected! For a fun, festive look choose something that is bold and above the knee and pair with killer heels and opaque coloured tights or wet-look leggings. Stripe Sequin Dress £75 Next

If looking casual is more your thing, look effortless in slim fitting trousers or chinos with a buttoned down shirt fastened right to the top for a mod look. Slogan tees also look great but don’t forget the accessories. Big watches, additional layers, hats and scarfs go a long way to complete the smart-casual appeal. Nixon Matte Time Teller Watch £55 Urban Outffitters

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If you are looking for a more grown-up, subtle shimmer, Reiss have got it covered with embellished pencil skirts and high-neck metallic tops.

Copper High Neck Metallic Top £69 Reiss Black Embellished Pencil Skirt £110 Reiss

Another look which is proving popular is the 1920s hard-nosed Peaky Blinders attire. Get the ‘Thomas Shelby’ swagger this Christmas by combining a sharp shirt and waistcoat with an oversized pea coat and finishing it off with a pair of ‘work boots’. This will give you a certain edge that will get heads turning. Grey tweed waistcoat £19.99 New Look

“Whatever look you decide to go for, remember so long as you’re confident and comfortable you will look and feel fabulous – after all ‘tis the season to be merry!” Merry Christmas! Beth x

Boots £55 Next

The Christmas Party is definitely a time to impress, so boys be brave! Add one statement piece to your outfit by picking up a rustic blazer and pair with a dark shirt or even a knitted jumper to prepare for the cold evenings around the town. If you’re feeling especially brave, opt for a tartan jacket. Checks are on trend but tartan looks particularly festive. Burgundy blazer £44.99 New Look

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Wool Cable Knit Raglan Sweater £199 Jaeger


fashion

Sheffield Style Show Fashion lovers of Sheffield enjoyed two days of catwalk shows and pop-up shopping, thanks to the Sheffield Style Show. The event, which took place at The Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, welcomed more than 25 Sheffield boutiques and designers who showcased the latest trends at discounted prices, to give visitors a head start on their Christmas shopping. Each exhibitor was hand-picked to provide an eclectic mix of online, graduate and well-known fashion labels who design luxury items for the whole family. Sister, who have been dressing the women of Sheffield in their exclusive designs for over 20 years; Ten Men Clothing; and Squirts designer children’s wear were just three of the names exhibiting.

There were catwalk shows for men, women and children at intervals throughout the day and live music from Sheffield’s own Jessica Steele – as seen on BBC’s The Voice Series 2. The event also helped raise awareness and funds for two local charities; Hallam FM’s Cash For Kids campaign, and also The Eden Dora Trust which is an amazing charity set up for Children with Encephalitis & Acquired Brain Injury. This Charity provides Support, Provision, Education, Awareness & Knowledge (SPEAK).

Words: J essica Fog arty

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beauty

SISTACHIC Long-lasting, luxury locks Fed up of back-combing and using clip-in extensions to give your hair va-va-voom? If you’re looking for a natural looking volume boost, then visit Sistachic for the best in longlasting, non-damaging weaves. The Handsworth based salon opened its doors in spring this year and the demand has continued to grow. “We’re almost fully booked until 2015” business founder Kim told us. She and her sister Robyn run the salon together, alongside CLAWS @ Sistachic by Meg Taylor and LVL lashes by Amour Beaute. “Initially we just learnt to weave so we could fit the extensions on each other” Kim told us. “But when friends and family saw the finished product, they all wanted to try it too. “We got so busy we gave up our full-time jobs and found a premises.” Sistachic offers free in-salon consultations for anyone wanting to find out more. Kim told us: “We’ll show you exactly how the bonds and weaves are fitted, the colour matching process and talk you through maintenance. “We use our own specialist method of weaving which is unique to us. We don’t use plaits or glues to apply to the hair – just a simple yet effective method of application that is secure, comfortable and easily maintained.” Sistachic use only the finest 100 per cent human Virgin Remy hair weaves to give lovely thick, full and natural appearance that will last in your hair for months. There’s a variety of weave colours to choose from – you have the choice of a full head colour to perfectly match your current shade, or add in highlights, an ombre finish or a brave shade of red, pink, purple or even blue.

WOR DS: JE SSI CA FOG A R TY

The fitting process takes around one hour 30 minutes, then all you need is a maintenance check every six to eight weeks to tighten the bonds to prevent the natural hair from knotting at the root area. If you need any repairs, just call in to the salon – no appointment necessary – and Robyn and Kim will fix for free. Weave prices start from £190 for 14 inches. Maintenance checks cost £35 and removal is £30. If you want to get your beauty fix while at the salon, visit CLAWS @ Sistachic who can create beautiful and unique nail enhancements, whilst always ensuring your natural nails stay healthy. Treatment prices start from £13. Amour Beaute, also located in the salon, offer LVL lashes with immediate results. They’re a more cost effective and lower maintenance alternative to eyelash extensions – lasting up to six weeks for £45. For a limited time over the festive season and New Year, Sistachic also have an in-salon makeup artist offering MAC application. Whether it’s a treat for yourself or someone special this Christmas, book in now for your hair and beauty fix. Gift vouchers are also available.

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Sistachic 325A Handsworth Road Sheffield, S13 9BP www.sistachic.co.uk Sistachichairextensionsandbeauty@ aol.com Kim 07713 151 277 Robyn 07545 968 881 Mon 9.45am-5pm Tue 9.45am-7.45pm Wed 9.45am-5pm Thu 12pm-7.45pm Fri 9.45am-1pm Sat 9am-1pm Sun closed Amour Beaute Katriona 07581030533 Beth 07446165661 (Mon & Sat) CLAWS @ Sistachic Meg 07896125570


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Tell us what’s on

your mind?

With Christmas just around the corner, we at Chic hit the high street to ask the people of Sheffield their opinions on all things festive. Words: Jessica Beasley

Having a drink in the Sleigh Bar and walks in the Peak District on Christmas Day.

sarah, 27, PA AT SHEFFIELD HALLAM

Beth, 25, Fundraiser

What’s the best thing about celebrating Christmas in Sheffield?

Joey, 28, Support worker Carols by Candlelight at Fulwood Church makes me feel pretty festive.

The Christmas markets - the music, the smell and the atmosphere. Everyone’s just so jolly.

What’s your favourite Christmas Memory?

Someone bought me The Full Monty for Christmas and I watched it on Christmas Day.

Josh, 26, History student Barry, 27, Sales aDVISOR at Office.

The Christmas party with the Office gang - the people of Sheffield are a great laugh and the buzz and atmosphere in the run-up to Christmas is second to none.

Last year I’d just moved in with my partner and we enjoyed a bottle of champagne on Christmas day!

Jess, 25, Midwife

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chic INTERIORS

Dressing your home for Christmas The festive season is just around the corner and thoughts are starting to wander to that star on the top of the tree or the subtle sparkle needed to bring your home to life this Christmas. But if you’re looking to sell this winter, what’s the best way to decorate without putting off potential buyers? Eadon, Lockwood and Riddle, one of Sheffield’s leading estate agents are on hand to stop you getting your tinsel in a tangle with their helpful tips on how to fill potential buyers with festive spirit with just one visit to your home.

Candles Candles are a fab way to create a warm, homely environment and can be positioned anywhere throughout the house. Think about having clusters of candles that vary in height and opt for neutral colours so potential buyers aren’t put off by bright hues that are not to their taste. Head outside and pick yourself a few sprigs of holly complete with red berries and weave them in and out of the candles to give your display a really subtle and classy Christmas twist. House of Bath Everlasting Tree Shaped Wreath - £39.95

The Christmas Tree

Debenhams Christmas Candles - £6

The Door Wreath The front door will be the first thing any potential buyer sees, so get them feeling Christmassy before they even enter your house with a Wreath on the door. Although real leaves and berries look lovely at first, browning and dying branches soon follow so go for something that looks as natural as possible but will last the course. Add in a few fairly lights to brighten up that chilly winter evening and put a twinkle in the potential buyers eye.

No house is complete without a tree at Christmas but if your property is on the market this festive season there are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to the all-important centre piece. A real tree will fill your home with the wonderful fresh pine smell that can only be associated with Christmas but make sure you hoover up any lingering pine needles before your viewer arrives! Don’t overdo it on the decorations and stick to a colour theme…red with either silver or gold is always a safe bet! Tesco Direct Red Baubles - £5 for 40

The Festive Home Throughout Red cushions are a really easy way to bring a splash of seasonal colour to the house without being too loud and in your face. Only use them in rooms that are neutral in colour so as not to cause a clash. The kitchen is always a huge selling point to a potential buyer so don’t neglect it when decorating your house for Christmas. A few subtle hints dotted around will bring a smile to a buyers face and some homemade mince pies fresh out the oven probably wouldn’t go down too badly either!

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Inspired Garden Lee Bestall has been designing and managing the creation of gardens for over 10 years. Lee regularly writes for gardening magazines throughout the country and is a stand in presenter on BBC Radio Sheffield gardening hour. Contact Lee at www.InspiredGardenDesign.co.uk

Surviving Christmas Surviving a modern day Christmas can be a real challenge for humans, but just imagine how difficult it is if you’re a houseplant. You’ve been reluctantly forced to flower, grown in a light controlled polytunnel and you’ve been force fed with growth stunting hormones to ensure you’re not too straggly when flowering on Mrs Cratchit’s table …. and here’s me feeling sorry for those turkeys! It seems such a shame that after all that effort; you go and kill the poor thing after just one week of taking custody. This year its going to be different, because whether giving or receiving a houseplant this festive yuletide, help is at hand with my top tips for keeping them alive (till new year at least!). House plants give such a wonderful display, and are sure to last longer than a bunch of flowers. Choose from large flowering Cyclamen, brightly coloured Azaleas, sweetly scented Jasmine and of course the traditional Poinsettia. Oh. And don’t forget about bulbs, ‘Paperwhite’ Narcissus are synonymous with Christmas, and forced Hyacinths too, but I can appreciate that their strong scent is best savoured in spring. Before we go on to the care of houseplants, lets just clear one thing up; houseplants hate houses! Dry central heating, low light levels and draughts are all things houseplants really don’t like, as most of these plants come from very humid, tropical parts of the world. The best way to ensure your flowers bloom for longer and your leaves don’t go brown at the tips, is to ensure the right conditions for survival.

Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! Lee.

Avoid direct sunshine Water plants by plunging them into a bowl of tepid (not cold) water and then allowing the water to fully drain out from the pot before returning to its location

Create a ‘plant area’ where groups of plants can be stood together, this will create more humidity

Remove faded flowers to prevent disease and to promote flowering

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Avoid placing plants in a draughty location such as windowsills or near to a frequently opened door (they wont appreciate the large fluctuations in temperature)

Winter survival tips

Ensure the compost never dries out or is too saturated, water little and often

Avoid hotspots such as in front of, or above a radiator or fire

Azaleas like humid conditions, so stand these on a tray of gravel filled with water (but ensure plants are not sat in water)


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Boutique bedrooms at Brocco… One of Sheffield’s best-known local buildings – the Edwardian villa at Hunters Bar, on Brocco Bank – re-opened its doors to the public in November. Brocco on the Park, as it is now known, welcomes customers to its eight boutique bedrooms and neighbourhood kitchen: a welcome addition to S11’s bustling hospitality scene. Local entrepreneur Tiina Carr has refurbished the Edwardian villa with loving care over the past year. Her team have transformed the landmark villa into high-quality guest accommodation with Scandinavian-inspired interiors. Brocco’s eight bedrooms boast large inviting beds, ensuite bathrooms and quirky individual features like bubble chairs or feature baths as well as complimentary reading books at your bedside and Smart TV. A bird theme throughout links the hotel to its parkside setting and attention to detail is paramount throughout all three floors with luxurious furnishings and accessories.

Brocco Kitchen is a 52-seater restaurant serving fresh seasonal food 7.30am-8.30pm. Head Chef Leslie Buddington has worked previously in Soho House Hotel and the Curator’s House, and his menu is designed to appeal to diners in search of cleaner eating, as well as classic cooking. Signature dishes include cardamom breakfast buns, seasonal salads and proteins that pack a punch. The Kitchen’s airy interior – in a modern extension to the historic main building – and heated outdoor terrace afford fantastic views of Endcliffe Park.

one night or more, stopping for coffee after a walk in the park or meeting friends for dinner and drinks.”

We were pleased to hear all guests receive a complimentary breakfast and a free car parking space per party booking – a big perk if spending time in the city centre.

“Due to popular demand, we’ll be bringing those back in the New Year.”

Tiina Carr, owner of Brocco, said: “The support and interest we’ve received from the neighbourhood and beyond has been overwhelmingly positive. “ We’ve tried hard to create a neighbourhood hotel and kitchen, which encourages our guests to eat, sleep and live well. Everyone should feel welcome at Brocco: whether you’re staying for

Leslie Buddington, head chef, commented: “We’ve been developing our winter menu to make the most of the season. “Our picnic platters and afternoon teas should be popular and we’ve already sold out all dates for candlelit afternoon tea with carols in December.

Rooms start at £85 per night for bed and breakfast. Book now at: www.brocco.co.uk or call 0114 266 1233. Visitors to the café can simply turn up to get a table. Brocco on the Park, 92 Brocco Bank, Sheffield, S11 8RS

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Chic meets Sheffield’s Bunmi Scott, founder of foodsyoucan.com – a resource website for multiple food intolerances, allergies, lifestyle and health…

How could the food industry improve the free-from offering? Supermarkets need to lower their prices – I understand ingredients are more expensive but a gluten free loaf of bread for example is twice or even three times more expensive than a standard loaf. Also, packaging needs to improve, as many products are suitable for multi-allergies but don’t advertise this.

What inspired you to launch Foods You Can? Nine years ago I found out I had food intolerances and allergies. I was 24 years old and didn’t want to spend hours trekking round four or five supermarkets looking at food labels. With a background in marketing, I had an idea to launch a website which listed where you can buy specific foods for people with intolerances. I got in touch with leading businessman Douglas Gurr, the president of Amazon China, who liked my idea and passion so decided to invest and become my business mentor.

What are the most common allergies and intolerances? There are so many, but very common ones include: gluten, dairy, nut, yeast and soya Do Free-From foods have more nutritional benefits? A lot of celebrities set Free-From trends but often people don’t do their research to discover the health impacts. For example, the chances are you’ll gain weight not lose weight going Gluten-Free. Most Free-From Gluten choices are higher in sugar, fats and carbohydrates than your standard options. It’s important to check the nutritional information on the food labels to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet. The Foods You Can website aims to provide as much information as possible on Free-From foods so people can make an informed decision.

How has the business grown? From the initial concept of listing free-from-food stockists, we’ve expanded the site to include product comparison. You can now see which stores offer the lowest prices, plus discounts, promotions, daily deals and vouchers. As well as that, you can now search for places to eat that offer free-from foods throughout the UK.

How do people get in touch for more advice? We have a 24 hour live chat service on the site, so we can offer bespoke advice. We get clients from all over the country asking us where to go for the best Vegan restaurants in Sheffield, or which ingredients to use to make a Gluten-Free lasagne etc. At the moment we’re receiving a lot of requests about cooking Free-From at Christmas so we’ve launched a recipe section on our website – they’re free to download. We have just moved from Ecclesall Road to a bigger premises on Chesterfield Road – our team is growing and growing. We have up to 40,000 visitors on our site each month.

Do you think there are enough establishments offering free-from foods? Yes, I do think that supermarkets and restaurants are now offering much more variety of free-from foods but not enough of them offer multi-allergy options. For example I’m dairy free and I’m vegan but many dishes will only cater for one or the other, not both. How do you know if you have a food intolerance or multiple allergies? Many people are non-believers so my aim is to educate on food allergies and intolerances. After eating a meal, many think it’s normal to feel full or bloated but the chances are you have an intolerance. Another service we offer is food testing – you can come to us, we’ll come to you for a blood test, or we can send you a non-bloodtest home kit. We send the tests to a lab and invite you to discuss the results with us.

Visit www.foodsyoucan.com Email info@foodsyoucan.co.uk Like on Facebook Follow on Twitter and Instagram

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2014 figures revealed the Free-From industry to be worth more than £355 million. In 2018, it’s expected to be worth £538 million. 55.2% of the population buy Free-From foods


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DIALS Covent Garden’s hidden shopping village… Words : Jessica F ogarty

Seven Dials brings you seven streets of independent boutiques, premium brands, indulgent beauty and grooming salons, bustling bars, unique restaurants and luxury hotels. Centred on a towering monument, the Seven Dials village is just a five minute walk from Covent Garden London tube station. It’s an ideal destination for a winter weekend break or the perfect place to find some extra special Christmas gifts.

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Seven Dials Book Exchange – 9 Shorts Gardens Escape the world and disappear into a book at the Seven Dials Book Exchange. Relax in the vintage armchairs, hide away in the mini private reading room or take your book away on your adventures. To take part simply bring in a book you’ve finished reading and swap it for another, completely free. Whether you’re a fan of David Bailey or Jo Nesbo, classics or contemporary literature, you are sure to find one that takes your fancy. Their unmanned doors are left open seven days a week and you can also charge your mobile phone for free (in a secure locker) whilst you browse.

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Timberyard – 7 Upper Marin’s Lane Timberyard is the ultra-cool coffee shop, awarded 'London's Best Cafe for Out-Of-Office Workers' at the Coffee Stop Awards 2014. They specialise in a variety of coffee, hot chocolates and teas – brewed for exactly three minutes (a timer accompanies the tea pot on your tray). The two-storey shop and workspace also offers a selection of grilled sandwiches, soups, salads and quiches as well as areas to work or browse on laptops and iPads. Although not advertised on the exterior, there is a cinema room and an art exhibition downstairs showing the work of London blogging artists.


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Miller Harris – 14 Monmouth Street Miller Harris offers shoppers a wonderful array of fragrances, candles, scented body products, and hand crafted ceramics made by Astier de Villatte. Founder, Lyn Harris, has been working in the fragrance industry for more than twenty years and launched Miller Harris in 2000. She spent five years training in France at one of the highly prestigious schools of the perfume elite in Paris and then Robertet in Grasse. Lyn’s signature style is defined by her love of naturals and her precision in using them is prevalent in all her creations. The distinct and iconic style of both the products and the shops has established Miller Harris as one of the most aspirational fragrance houses in the world.

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Tredwell’s – 4a Upper St Martin’s Lane Tredwell's is Seven Dial's latest resident – founded by celebrity chef Marcus Wareing – offering modern London cooking in a New York meets Paris bistro setting. With an eclectic mix of food to share, combined with a great cocktail list, it needs to be on your places to visit. Arranged over three floors, Tredwell's is flooded with natural light highlighting the amazing clock made from knives. We recommend: an appetiser of table olives with feta and tomatoes, a starter of beetroot hummus and charred bread, a main of hanger steak with mushroom ketchup and if you’ve room for dessert – check out the daily specials, often creations invented by the man himself, chef Wareing.

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Caudalie – 39 Monmouth Street The Seven Dials store is Caudalie’s first flagship store and boutique spa in the UK. Born on the vineyards of Bordeaux, Caudalie is a natural and effective skincare collection created using the potent powers of the grapevine extract. Upstairs in the store, shop the various award winning collections wile downstairs, try out the products in the boutique spa. Ideal for anyone looking for the ultimate pampering experience, choose between five types of facials or a relaxing and firming massage.

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Pierre Herme – 38 Monmouth Street Pierre Herme is a French pastry chef most famous for his macaroons. Providing a truly Parisian gourmet experience, the ‘Picasso of pastry’ new boutique proposes a signature offering of the famous macaroons – in seasonal flavours – plus chocolates, cakes and confectionary creations. The Seven Dials store is the first Pierre Herme boutique to open in the UK. The brand has ten stores in Paris, as well as Japan, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

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MUSIC Berwick Street has strong connections with the music industry throughout history. In the 1980s, Berwick Street became a destination for vinyl record collectors when it was known as ‘The Golden Mile of Vinyl’.  This corner of Soho is still home to central London’s largest concentration of independent record shops. Did you know? Berwick Street was the location for the cover shoot of the 1995 Oasis album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’. Ian Brown cycled backwards down Berwick Street in the music video for F.E.A.R. and T-Rex front man Marc Bolan worked on his mum’s stall on Berwick Street market in the 1960s.

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BERWICK STREET Shopping soho style

Words: Jessica Fogarty

This famous London shopping street is transforming! Work in new underway to extend the cobbles, making room for even more businesses in Berwick. The street is home to one of the capital’s oldest markets and is conveniently located on the walking route from Shaftesbury Avenue to Oxford Street. Work is set to be completed by 2016 but its business as usual until then…

HISTORY The Berwick Street Rag Trade Berwick Street is synonymous with the fashion and textile industry. In the early 20th century the shops and stalls were popular with young working girls shopping for silk stockings and affordable ready-towear fashion. Famous and Infamous Characters Berwick Street has seen its fair share of quirky characters over the years – from actors to writers, gangsters to musicians. Did you know? The notorious Chevalier d'Eon (1728 – 1810) lived at 38 Brewer Street (now No. 71) as a woman for thirty-three years. He was a diplomat, writer, spy, brilliant swordsman and elegant transvestite.

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NUDIE JEANS

SHOP Nudie Jeans – 29 D’Arblay Street Swedish denim label Nudie Jeans have recently opened their first ever UK store on the corner of D’Arblay Street and Berwick Street. The concept store is also home to the first Nudie Global Repair Station, offering customers an alteration and repair service on their well-loved Nudie Jeans by a denim specialist. If they’re beyond repair then hand them back to the store and they’ll give you discount off your next pair. Nudie recycle all used demin – even the rug in store is made from recycled jeans.

THE MARKET Street trading in Berwick Street probably started in the late 1770s when shopkeepers displayed their wares on the pavements, but it was not officially recognised as a market until 1892. MUST-TRY MARKET STALLS: Jerusalem Falafel The only place where you can buy hot, freshly-made falafel wraps from a shed! Paradise Juice Bar Mouth-watering fresh fruit smoothies made in front of you - irresistible Pizza Pilgrims  Napoli-inspired hot street food served from the back of a converted Piaggio van. Tongue ‘n’ Cheek Street food inspired by unusual cuts of meat and with an Italian touch. SOHO BIKES

The Bread Man Divine smells wafting from this stall make it impossible to not stop- a huge variety of fresh bread hot from the oven.

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Soho Bikes – 26 Berwick Street Soho Bikes specialise in mountain biking so you can buy top of the range bikes and accessories, get your bike checked, fixed and serviced, watch the latest biking events on an in-store screen and enjoy a coffee and pastry all in one place. Part owned by Rob Warner, a professional mountain biker, many visitors pop in just to relax with a flat white in the chilled atmosphere. This venue definitely rocks a cool Soho vibe. Berwick Street Cloth Shop – 14 Berwick Street The Berwick Street Cloth Shop offers an extensive and diverse range of thousands of fabrics. The creative and knowledgeable sales team will help you to visualise ideas and find fabrics to match any brief. Sister Ray – 34-35 Berwick Street Starting from a humble record stall on Camden Market in the mid 80s, Sister Ray has steadily grown into one of London’s most recognised suppliers of quality, alternative vinyl and CDs. Sister Ray is the largest independent record store in London’s West End, stocking the finest new releases, a huge range of classic albums and a superb selection of rare and second- hand vinyl. Bang Bang – 9 Berwick Street Tapping into a growing interest for vintage fashion and the need to re-use and recycle clothing, Bang Bang buy vintage, interesting, and bold clothing from people who no longer wish to wear them and sell them to people who do.


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Yorkshire The Devonshire Fell Tuesday December 23rd

A countryside getaway for you and your furry friend

DEVONSHIRE FELL

WORD S : JE S S IC A B E AS L E Y

The Devonshire Fell, a 4-star boutique hotel in the stunning Yorkshire moors, is offering a most unusual deal. Between now and the 23rd of December you and your furry friend can take advantage of their "muddy paws" package. For £364 per couple (dogs go free), you and your pooch can lap up a little luxury. For you, there's a delicious two-night dinner and bed-andbreakfast; for your pooch there's a litany of doggy treats, a complimentary new toy to chew on and trowels for drying up those muddy paws after a countryside adventure. Located in the landscape that has inspired rustic poetry and prose throughout the generations, it is easy to see why the Yorkshire Dales are considered amongst the beautiful of English countryside. The Devonshire Fell enjoys a particularly scenic perspective, overlooking spectacular views of the River Wharfe and a pleasant walk away from the picturesque village of Burnsall. Being clustered in the rolling hills of the Dales, the hotel is just on the border of the Duke of Devonshire's 30,000 acre Bolton Abbey Estate. The interior matches the chocolate-box pretty visage, with the bright, warm and welcoming decor reflecting its philosophy: luxury, with all the comforts of home. The hotel is also famed for its food and is a 2AA Rosette restaurant - it upholds its focus on quality by serving the best local produce. Sitting down to one of their home-cooked dishes after a long walk in the blustering countryside offers all the comfort of sinking into a hot bath after a long day at the office. If you and your pet are still not relaxed enough, you can curl up in their light-filled Conservatory and admire the picture-postcard views of one of Britain's greatest beauty spots. To book a "Muddy Paws" stay at The Devonshire Fell, call 01756718111 or email res@devonshirehotels.co.uk.

Amsterdam Way to Valhalla Festival Saturday December 20th

An unforgettable glimpse into a hidden world WOR DS : JE SSIC A BEASLEY

The twice-sold out Dutch night circus is returning to Amsterdam and it promises to be more awe-inspiring than ever. On the night of Saturday December 20th, Amsterdam RAI will return to host Valhalla: a winter extravaganza characterised by its celebration of the unconventional. It uncovers the beauty of the bizarre and the wildness in the weird. It is an opportunity for us to unite, tear away the mask that we call our 'personas' and delight in our own individuality and the extraordinary possibilities of life. The classic circus theatre and the raucous Amsterdam night-life offer the perfect melange – a Cirque Animale of music styles. The Horse hosts a variety of innovative styles, with offerings from Joris Voorn, The Martinez Brothers, Hot Since 82 and Kölsch. Soul-stirring deephouse can be enjoyed at The Cobra, with Robin Schulz and Alle Farben. The Monkey, led by deephouse heroes Joris Delacroix and Andhim, for those who desire a truly authentic sound. Heavy bombastic techno

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will thunder through the sound speakers at The Elephant with music from Planetary Assault System LIVE, Harvey Mckay and from our Dutch friends: ROD and Juan Sanchez. For the musical leprechauns amongst you, The Tiger will cater for your diverse taste, where Yellow Claw, Oliver Heldens, and Tchami will represent "eclectic sound." The UK sound will finds its home at Valhalla by Boddika, KiNK, Ben Pearce and De Sluwe Vos at the Bear, hosted by the incomparable Desperados. It wouldn't be right if the musical climax of the night wasn't brought to us by The Amsterdam sound live at The Camel, with Boris Werner and Prunk amongst the esteemed line-up. Valhalla promises to explode your eardrums with incredible music, but also ignite your senses with spectacular visuals: acrobats, clowning and freak-and-peep shows will all be ready to thrill a new generation of Valhalla audiences. To say anymore would be to give away our secrets, but we can guarantee you an unforgettable ride through circus culture and beyond. To buy tickets visit the Valhalla website on wwww. valhallafestival.nl. Early bird tickets are €44,50 and regular tickets cost €49, 50. Let the show begin! For more info, visit the Valhalla's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/waytoyalhalla.


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MOTORING

So what do you know about your parts?

WRITTEN By Alistair Hague motoring expert at CLP Automotive, Sheffield.

OEM vs OE vs Aftermarket

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t some point or another, your vehicle will need to be serviced or repaired which usually involves parts of your car being replaced. The process of finding a garage that you trust can be difficult enough without having to then make the decision about the vehicle parts that will be used. OEM refers to the original equipment manufacturer, for example Bosch or Pagid etc. These parts are made by the same company, the same way, with the same material as the manufacturer specifies. OEM parts will come in the original manufacturer packaging and stamped with their logo.

packaged with the vehicle manufacturer’s logo however the quality and fit of the part will be the same as OEM parts. Why Would You Choose OEM Parts? OEM parts provide you with the highest savings without having to compromise the quality. As the parts come from the manufacturer direct, they are of high quality but tend to be less expensive. When and Why Would You Choose OE Parts? There is a common misconception that using an independent car garage (such as CLP)

Main vehicle manufacturers, for example, BMW, Audi and VW contract the part with their specific specifications and design to part manufacturers such as Bosch and Pagid. Instead, these parts will be stamped and

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to service your new car will invalidate the warranty. This is not true. At CLP, we service cars according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule and criteria using only manufacturer approved parts – OE parts ensuring the warranty remains valid. Aftermarket Parts Aftermarket parts are produced to serve the same purpose as OE and OEM parts but will be different in look and could be made with different materials. Obviously, these parts will be less expensive but the quality will vary. Some aftermarket parts are inferior because of the use of lower-quality materials. Therefore, it is best to pay that little bit extra for OEM parts in exchange for good quality.


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The Flux Capacitor. Chic meets motoring expert and Fifth Gear presenter Jonny Smith as he unveils the first npower rapid charging point at Meadowhall Shopping Centre… Word s: J e ssi c a F o gart y

November saw the official launch of the first npower rapid charging point to be installed at Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping complex, as part of the innovative Electric Vehicles Inmotion! scheme currently being rolled out across South Yorkshire. The charging point was officially unveiled by British motoring journalist and television presenter Jonny Smith, who is currently working on a project to build Europe’s fastest street legal EV, the ‘Flux Capacitor’, sponsored by npower. Tell us about your creation, The Flux Capacitor? It’s a 1970's modified Enfield 8,000 – set to be Europe’s fastest street legal electric car. I have a background in classic and custom cars so three years ago I had the idea to build a hot-rod electric car. Instead of ripping apart a modern car, I decided to look at cars that had been and gone in history. I fell for the Enfield 8,000 because it’s a British made car that has been almost forgotton about – it wasn’t designed to go fast and it looks weird too.

How fast will it go? It has 125 times more power than when it was first made. It is street legal but it’s designed to go fast not to be used to run to the chippy and back. The option is there though. We’ve not started racing just yet so the top speed is to be confirmed. Are there enough charging points for domestic electric cars? I have seen an increase in the number of charging stations and more importantly a reduction in the time it takes to charge. Most people are sceptical of new things and are put-off buying an electric car because they worry they’ll run out of charge and because of the expense. However most people commute less than ten miles per day so it wouldn’t be a problem. I can drive from Sheffield to Lincoln with just one stop-off. It takes around 20 minutes to charge – I can grab a bite to eat and have a toilet stop in this time. Whereas previously, it could have taken anything up to four hours to charge. Was being a motoring journalist always your dream career? I was good at English at school and I grew up

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around cars so I just kind of fell in to it. This is the only career I’ve ever known. I couldn’t imagine doing anything different. What do you prefer – writing motor articles or presenting motoring shows? Ooh good question. Both have taken me to interesting places – posh and dangerous. Writing is my first love but presenting is exciting. Although you have to repeat yourself a lot which is annoying. You’ve owned more than 120 cars in your lifetime. Do you have a favourite? The best was the very first car I bought and I’ve still got it – a 1967 Beatle 1500. It’s sentimental more than anything. It has a special place in my heart. I’m hoping it will be a family heirloom that my kids might like. What’s next for you in 2015? Racing my Flux Capacitor is going to be a very involved project. I’ll also be busy filming the 15th series of Fifth Gear and a new US show I’m presenting called Mud Sweat and Gears which launches in January. If this is a success hopefully I’ll be busy filming for the rest of the year. Watch this space.


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STEEL CITY SAUCE Yorkshire’s favourite spicy sauce launches cook book Beloved Yorkshire sauce, Henderson’s Relish, released a brand new cook book in November (14) featuring a huge variety of delicious recipes inspired by the spicy sauce. Made in Sheffield for 130 years, Henderson’s Relish is synonymous with the Steel City, and has a proud place on every kitchen table across the region. A family business still blending to Henry Henderson’s original recipe (a secret known only to three living people) the spicy sauce is one of a kind, and has inspired not only food but art, music and literature as well. The Henderson’s Relish Cookbook features exciting recipes by chefs, famous figures and local enthusiasts, from Yorkshire

brisket, to casseroles and pies as well as the more innovative marinated beef Asian spring rolls and intriguing dessert creations. There’s even a couple of Hendo’s cocktails. The book also delves into the history and mystery of the sauce, taking a look at the cultural icons that have been inspired and comforted by a splash of Hendo’s, from Richard Hawley to Pete McKee and Kid Acne, among others. “It’s like Worcester sauce but a million times better.” - Matt Helders, Arctic Monkeys The Henderson’s Relish Cook Book is available from www.amazon.co.uk and Henderson’s Relish, 2 Parkway Rise, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S9 4WQ, 0114 242 5724.

Henderson’s Relish Family Pie

This is the pie that our friends at The Rutland Hotel served to Jim Dowd MP on his visit to the Henderson’s factory.

I ng r e di e n t s - Se rv e s 4 For the rough puff pastry 225g plain flour ½ tsp fine salt 250g unsalted butter, cold but not rock hard (or you can use half butter & lard) 150ml ice-cold water 1 free-range egg, beaten, to glaze

For the filling 1kg braising steak, cut into matchbox-sized pieces 3 tbsp plain flour Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tbsp olive oil 300ml Kelham Island beer 2 garlic cloves 2 onions Handful fresh thyme sprigs 300ml good quality beef stock 1 tbsp tomato purée 6 tbsp Henderson’s Relish 50g butter

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medium heat, shake off the excess flour from the beef and fry for 10 minutes, until golden brown all over. Transfer the meat to a bowl and add the beer, Henderson’s Relish and stock. Chop the garlic and onion into chunky pieces. Add the meat and herbs to the pan and fry to soften for a few minutes. Add the tomato purée, cover and simmer the stew for 1-1½ hours until the beef is almost tender and the sauce has thickened. Cool overnight if possible. Melt the butter in a large frying pan then add to the cooled pie filling and add to the pie dish.

To make the pie, preheat the oven to 200°C. Roll out the pastry to the thickness of two £1 coins and wide enough for the pie dish with some excess. Use a sharp knife to cut the pastry – if it’s too big it doesn’t matter. Lay the pastry over a rolling pin to lift it on to the pie. Press down gently to seal. Holding the knife blade horizontally, make a patterned edge by pressing down gently all around the edge of the pastry (this will help the layers in the pastry to puff up). Cut a couple of slits in the top of the pie to release the steam while cooking. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the pastry is golden-brown and puffed all over.


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YORKSHIRE’S BEST DRESSED LADY RACEGOER 2014

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Julie Short from Beverley, Doncaster, is officially the best dressed lady racegoer in Yorkshire for 2014. She landed the coveted title at a glittering final at Doncaster, which brought together all nine winners of the individual best dressed lady competitions held at the county’s racecourses throughout the summer. Her outfit comprised of an elegant monochrome pencil dress with a peplum, finished off with black guipure lace trim, which Julie designed and made herself. She also wore a matching jacket, perfect for the autumnal weather conditions. Julie, who runs her own fascinator business, Divine Fascination, also created the striking head piece which completed the winning look. Accessories included hand-made lace gloves, along with shoes and hand bag from Dorothy Perkins. Reacting to her success, Julie said: “I am totally overwhelmed and in utter shock. Things like this just do not happen to me. “The outfits I design are very personal, so it is both humbling and flattering when other people also like what I have created. I can’t thank the judges enough for choosing me. What a day!” Head judge Helen McIlroy from the Best Western Premier Mount Pleasant Hotel in Doncaster said: “In truth any one of the ladies would have been a very worthy winner. “However we felt that Julie’s entire outfit was so beautifully coordinated and showed exceptional attention to detail. Also, the monochrome look is very much of the moment.” Julie received a luxury two night break in a Spa Suite with treatments included at the Best Western Premier Mount Pleasant Hotel in Doncaster, a £500 fashion voucher for Yasmine of Bawtry and Epworth and a fabulously stylish art deco diamond ring valued at £2,500, courtesy of loveVintageDiamonds.com. She will also be the face of Go Racing in Yorkshire for 2015, which promotes racing at the county’s nine racecourses.


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During spring 2015, The Harley Gallery will be host to an exhibition by fresh new talent and established favourites. The Harley Open Exhibition, running this year for the third time, is a biennial art competition which attracts entries from artists from across the country. Previous exhibitors have included established artists Richard Combes, Sarah Sharpe and Aran Illingworth, but anyone can enter this competition, whether professional or amateur. Lisa Gee, Director of The Harley Gallery, explains: “It’s really exciting to see the entries for The Harley Open Exhibition. “We receive a wonderful mix of pieces, from a wide range of different artists with different styles, different subjects and different experience. “It’s great to see pieces from practicing artists hung next to pieces by people who are new to making art. There’s a lot of talent out there.” The Open Exhibition will be on show from Saturday 14 February until Sunday 12 April 2015. This year, the exhibits will be chosen by two artists, James Green (as seen on Channel 4’s ’Portrait Artist of the Year 2013’) and Julian Bray, plus two curators, Lesley Beale, Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham, and Kirstie Hamilton, Museums Sheffield. Prizes will include The Harley Prize, £750, sponsored by The Harley Foundation, The Judges Prize, £250, sponsored by Welbeck Estates Company, The People’s Prize, £250, sponsored by Caddick Construction and the Avonside Renewables Prize, £250. Further prizes have been sponsored by Creswell Crags, The School

of Artisan Food and The Welbeck Farm Shop. Debbie Watson, marketing manager at Caddick Construction, comments: “As the main contractor working to create a new high quality gallery building at Welbeck we are proud to sponsor The People’s Prize in this year’s open exhibition at The Harley Gallery. “Our team is currently completing work on site, which will display historic works from The Portland Collection, so it’s fitting that we be involved in the search for the East Midlands’ next budding artist.” Many of the works will be for sale, providing an excellent opportunity to buy original art. Arts Council England’s Own Art scheme is available for purchases from £100 to £2,000, and allows you to spread the cost of buying contemporary art. Visit The Harley Gallery from 14/02/2015 – 12/04/2015 to see The Harley Open Exhibition. The Gallery is free to enter, and has free parking. www.harleygallery.co.uk

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ASIAN WEDDING FAIR MAGNA SOUTH YORKSHIRE 08.02.15 WORD S : JE S S IC A F O G AR T Y

The most awaited exhibition showcasing UK’s diverse fashion talent returns on the 8th February 2015. Moonlight and Chandni, leading Photography & Film, Event and Wedding Planners in South Yorkshire, will be sponsoring this fashion extravaganza for the second time. Based in the imperial area of Attercliffe, South Yorkshire, the sponsors had this to say: “We are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring such a highly recognized event. The turnout last year was incredible and hopefully it will be even better this time around.” Chandni and Moonlight, both respectable companies, specialise in planning Wedding Events and have been doing so for the past two years. The reason behind them sponsoring such an event is as said, “It links to our business, especially with it being in the Yorkshire region. To be honest, there are not many wedding exhibitions like this one and I’m really glad that we’ve secured this position as sponsors, because it helps businesses like ours and others based in the North reach more customers.” The previous Asian Wedding Fair, which took place on the 2nd February 2014, had a turnout of approximately 3,000 people. Initially expecting to be the biggest Wedding Fair in South Yorkshire, it knocked those figures by becoming the biggest Wedding Fair in the whole of Yorkshire. Its scale was so vast that ARY, one of the most popular and watched Asian Channels in the world, covered and broadcasted the event. Unexpectedly, this meant that the Fair was being broadcasted internationally across the world. India, Pakistan, and the UK were just some of the countries that participated in viewing the event from their television sets. The grand venue took place at the Magna Centre, a huge building for exhibitions and conferences. As intended, the location was a big statement for businesses across the UK. This is because many distributors of wedding related products were not having as much success in their local areas, especially up in the North of England. The Asian Wedding Fair was a chance for these talents to showcase their majestic embroidery and stunning wedding sets to a much wider audience.

The entertainment was first-class as headlining acts included: Britain’s Got Talent’s hilarious act Signature and artists Khiza and Sonny J. There were food stalls also available for people to discover and relinquish their taste buds. Out of the norm, there was also a play area for children. This hadn’t been done previously by any other exhibition and was well applauded by parents as this catered to a family event. In addition to this, the community spirit prospered more than usual. The local and national businesses managed to come together and present their reputable work to people far and wide from the UK. Along with this, it brought a new sense of closeness by having a similar impact upon customers. The major selling point of this venue was the fact that Zaf Shabir showcased a fashion show at the Fair. Zaf Shabir, a prominent figure in the modelling industry, produced his own fashion show at the venue to promote and advertise the local fashioning industry. Zaf, one of the most well-known South Asian models in the UK, had this to say: “I believe it was really important for me to attend this event. First, I was conscious about the idea, simply because the venue didn’t seem like it would attract the numbers it did. But…I was surprised and proud at the turnout. It went really well. Beautiful gowns and luxurious accessories were worn on - 23 -

the catwalk, many produced by local designers from Sheffield, Bradford, Birmingham, Manchester, and London.” The extravaganza returns on the 15th February 2015. As expected, it will be bigger and better than before. The Asian Wedding Fair has decided to showcase magnificent talent through using shell booths alone. Last year, there were shell booths alongside tables when presenting various wedding materials. The decision for this is to enable a greater sense of professionalism and make it easier to showcase talented work to attendees. Food will be available like previously, plus Halaal flaring, fire breathing and a Muslim marriage event. Also, with much excitement, it is confirmed that the event will be advertised and broadcasted by TWO Sky Channels. Expecting a larger turnout than last year, it is an event that wedding goers, brides, grooms, families, wedding industry businesses and people generally interested in art cannot afford to miss. You’ll regret it if you do. For sponsorship opportunities and advertising call: 0114 256 0991 / 07800 558 337 Email: info@asianweddingfair.com or visit: www.asianweddingfair.com


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Was ‘lose weight’ on your New Year’s Resolution list at the beginning of the year? Did you achieve this goal? If not, don’t despair there is always next year! As we approach the last chapter of 2014 think about why you may not have achieved your fitness goals. Perhaps it was lack of motivation or maybe you didn’t know where to begin. Take the next few weeks to think about how you are going to achieve your fitness goals in 2015. A problem many people face is they jump straight into a healthy regime for example they cut out all ‘bad food’, do a cardio workout 5 times a week and then eventually get bored of this and give up! Rushing into a new regime without thinking and planning it is a common mistake lots of people make. In this article I’m going to talk about what to do over the next few weeks to prepare yourself for losing weight in the New Year.

Words: Av i Sam r a

Step 1. Write down what it is you want to achieve. For example, if you want to lose weight, write down how much weight you want to lose in total and then break it down into how much weight you want to lose in a month, three months etc. Breaking your weight loss goals down makes it much more achievable and less daunting! Step 2. Plan how many times a week you will exercise and at what time. Create a timetable for exercising. We all lead busy lives and planning ahead will enable you to be more organised. Also think about what you enjoy, there is no point in joining a boxing class if you don’t like boxing! You may enjoy dancing so look for classes in your local area.

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Step 3. Write a food diary of exactly what you eat at the moment. Often people don’t realise how much they are eating and how badly they are eating unless they write it down. Once you have done this you will be able to clearly see where you are going wrong and some patterns may emerge with your eating habits. For example, are you snacking on unhealthy foods late at night in which case you may need to address what you eat for your evening meals as they may not be satisfying you.

Step 4. Research into some healthy, nutritious meals to make. Being healthy doesn’t mean being boring! Get a list of delicious recipes together that you can try in the New Year. Think about how you will incorporate healthy eating into your daily life. For example this may mean making your own lunch and taking it to work. You may have a sweet tooth so look into some healthy treat recipes too!

Step 5. Take pictures of yourself! There is nothing better than looking at the progress as you proceed on your fitness journey. Take pictures now and then after one month etc and you will see how your body is changing and that is a fantastic motivator.


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Lingaa RELEASED 12TH DECemBER

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth returns to the screen for this breathtaking action thriller. It’s been four years since veteran Tamil cinema icon Rajinikanth’s last major live-action performance in ‘Endhiran’. But now he explodes back on to the screen with dual roles in this $25 million action epic. Plot details are under wraps, but the spectacular trailer reveals that the film’s entire huge budget is up on screen for all to see, from vast crowd scenes to incredible stunts. Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Shetty are cast as female leads. The film also marks Rajinikanth’s third collaboration with director K.S. Ravikumar after their huge 90s hits ‘Muthu’ and ‘Padayappa’.

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The Taking of Tiger Mountain RELEASED 24TH DECEMBER

Regarded as ‘one of the masters of Asian cinematography’, director Tsui Hark will release his newest project this Christmas. The Taking of Tiger Mountain is an epic, 3D war film that has been shot in the Greater Khingan mountain range in north-east China. The film is based on the novel ‘Tracks in the Snowy Forest’ by Qu Bo, which told the story of a communist state soldier who disguised himself as a bandit to infiltrate a local gang that hid in the local mountain. Originally a propaganda story, it will be interesting to see how Hark, known for challenging authority in his films, puts his spin on this tale whilst also incorporating battle and war scenes.

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Titli RELEASED 25TH decEMBER

Shot in various locations around Delhi, Titli is one man’s story of his attempt to break out of the violent, family brotherhood he belongs to and begin a new life without crime. Unfortunately, his plans are halted by his troublesome brothers, who marry Titli off against his will in an attempt to keep him in the arms of the brotherhood. Titli’s story takes an unsuspected turn when he is able to find an unlikely ally in his new wife, who strikes a dubious deal to help him break free from his brothers’ grasp. Titli received rave reviews at this summer’s Cannes Film festival: expect an honest story full of emotion and surprises.

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Based on the 2007 Thai horror film of the same name, director Bhushan Patel has recruited Bollywood heartthrobs Bupashi Busa and Karan Singh Grover to star in his version of Alone. Not for the faint-hearted, the film tells the story of a pair of conjoined twins and their bittersweet relationship. A failed separation operation leaves one twin dead, and whilst the other tries to move on with her life, she feels guilt at being the surviving twin. The horror begins when the spirit of her dead sister starts to furiously meddle in her life…

A film for all sports fans, Tevar is a remake of the 2003 Telugu hit ‘Okkadu’, which received numerous award nominations for both acting and production at the time. Arjun Kapoor, son of producer Boney Kapoor and star of ‘Ishaqzaade’, is the lead character Pintoo in Tevar, a story that, on the surface, is the heart-warming tale of a man determined to do well in the contact sport, Kabbadi. However, the story develops into a complex web of family relationships, love and drama. Sonakshi Sinha of ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Rowdy Rathore’ fame stars as Pintoo’s love interest.

If you’re looking for a light-hearted, fun and silly film to make you smile on a cold January day, Twenty Once Again is a good choice. A Chinese remake of the 2014 Korean hit ‘Miss Granny’, the film is based around a woman in her seventies who goes back to being in her twenties after having her photo taken at a mysterious photo booth. Lu Han, known for being a member of the Korean-Chinese boy band EXO, will play the grandson in this Chinese comedy, whilst Asian film legend Kuei Ya-Lei will star in the lead role.

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ALIGARH A LUXURY NEW DINING EXPERIENCE FOR SHEFFIELD Slide into a sleek circular booth or candle-lit table and prepare to be wined and dined in style…

Aligarh has just opened its doors in Crosspool, offering a mouthwatering menu of traditional and modern delights straight from the sub-continent. Formally the location of Artisan Restaurant – which had rave reviews in the town before its closure – we knew Aligarh was under pressure to impress. The décor has been re-vamped but the intimate, romantic ambience remains with low level lighting and luxurious furnishings. We visited on a Wednesday evening and the restaurant was surprisingly full – our expectations grew seeing such demand from customers just a few weeks after opening to the public. After receiving a warm welcome from our waiter, we ordered our drinks and tucked in to the poppadum’s and pickle tray while we browsed the menu. The Tikka King Prawns caught our eye on the starters menu, as well as the Onion Bhaji – I’m confident you can always judge the talents of an Indian chef solely on the taste and texture of their bhajis – an Indian favourite for most. The starters arrived promptly – the three large Tikka King Prawns were marinated with yogurt, vinegar, special herbs, then grilled over charcoal and served with a Hyderabadi side sauce. Delicious! The Onion Bahji’s didn’t disappoint either – two circular onion rings dipped into spicy batter and deep fried until golden then served with a fresh fruity side salad. For main course we opted for the Shahi Murgh Tandoori and Meat Hyderabadi. The Tandoori consisted of chicken marinated in a spice yogurt and cooked on charcoal. It’s then cooked with tomatoes, onions, green chilli, garlic, coriander, ginger and peppers and arrives at the table served on a sizzling plate, on a bed of onions with a side Hyderabi sauce. You’ll find the Meat Hyderabi dish on the chef special’s menu – we opted for chicken cooked with tangy spices, green coriander, fresh cream, yogurt, tomatoes, garlic and ginger in bay leaf juices, cardamom and cloves. This dish is full of distinctive flavours. Collecting our clean plates, the waiter informs us Aligarh uses only the highest quality and freshest ingredients which are blended seamlessly to create a cocktail of different flavours. We were offered dessert – but unfortunately had no room to fit in a tempting treat or coffee. Next time! We’re sure to be back again soon – the food is rich in taste and full of flavour coupled with great service in an elegant setting at an affordable price. There are plans to move upstairs in the near future too. The family run business plan to use the first floor space as a private function room and cooking school. Keep a watch in Your Sheffield News for more details coming soon. Words : Jessica F ogarty

Aligarh Restaurant 32-34 Sandygate Road Crosspool Sheffield, S10 5RY 0114 266 6096 info@aligarh.co.uk Opening times Mon to Thurs: 5:30pm - 10:30pm Fri and Sat: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

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Asian inspired Christmas Cooking Chinese cookies Ingredients: 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup peanut butter chips 1 cup chow mein noodles 1 cup dry roasted peanuts Directions: 1. Melt chocolate and peanut butter chips in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently, until smooth. 2. Mix chow mein noodles and peanuts in a large mixing bowl. Pour chocolate mixture over noodles and peanuts and turn to coat. 3. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Drop mixture by rounded tablespoonful’s onto prepared sheet. 4. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.

Dal Shovra: Indian lentil soup Serves : 4

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups mung beans or 1 1/2 cups red or yellow lentils 1 teaspoon turmeric 1/2  teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon cumin 1/4  teaspoon cardamom 2 - 3 curry leaves or 2 - 3 bay leaves 6 cups chicken stock (preferably home-made) or 6 cups vegetable stock (preferably homemade) 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or 3 tablespoons ghee 2 teaspoons mustard seeds 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped Salt and pepper 1/2 - 1 lemon

Directions: 1. Rinse the beans or lentils. 2. Bring to a boil with the stock, turmeric, Cayenne, cumin, cardamom and curry/bay leaves. 3. Let simmer until the beans or lentils are very soft (ca 30 minutes). 4. If using bay leaves, remove them now. Curry leaves can be left in the soup. 5. Run the soup quickly in a blender to a not too smooth consistency (or mash the lentils/ beans with a ladle). 6. Sautee the garlic and mustard seeds lightly in the fat and add to the soup. 7. Let simmer for another 5 minutes. 8. Add salt, pepper and squeezed lemon to taste. 9. Serve hot with pita or paratha bread.

Arabic honey cake S erves: 8

Ingredients: 3 eggs 1/2  cup sugar 1/2  teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3  cup butter, melted 1/2  teaspoon baking powder 1/2  cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon flour For the topping: 1/2  cup butter 1/2  cup sugar 1/3  cup honey 1/2  cup slivered almonds 1/2  teaspoon cinnamon Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F Spray an 10” round baking pan with non-stick spray. 2. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla together until it whitens. Add the melted butter and mix well. 3. Sift the flour and baking powder together and add to egg mixture and mix gently. 4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake 10-12 minutes. 5. While cake is baking prepare the topping by melting the additional 1/2 c butter over medium heat and then adding the rest of the ingredients. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. 6. When the first 12 minutes of baking time ends, remove cake from oven and gently pour the topping mixture over the cake. 7. Return the cake to the oven and bake another 15-20 minutes until completely baked. 8. Pour the topping gently on the cake and return it to the oven for another 15-20 minutes.

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Absolut mango spice M akes : 1 Cocktail

Ingredients: 1 1/2 parts Absolut Mango Vodka 1 part mango nectar 2 slices jalapeno 1/2 part agave syrup 3/4 fresh lime Dash of orange bitters Preparation time: 3 minutes Directions: 1. Muddle jalapeno, agave syrup and mango nectar. 2. Add remaining ingredients. 3. Shake with ice. 4. Fine strain into a cocktail glass. 5. Garnish with a jalapeno slice.

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Words: Molly Murray

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onveniently situated right next to the Hillsborough Park tram stop, newly opened Spice Story offers delicious authentic Indian cuisine. Welcomed with warm and attentive service we were seated comfortably amongst the sophisticated and calm ambience. Although initially disappointed to hear that the Lamb Tikka was not available that evening, my second choice starter of King Prawn Tandoori more than made up for it. Set on a bed of salad the prawn dish exploded with flavour with enough kick to satisfy without overpowering the complimenting array of luscious tastes. The portion size was spot on without leaving me too full for my next course, the prawn tandoori was the perfect taster to begin the evening. Meanwhile, my dining partner opted for Paneer Pakura, an Indian delicacy of cheese dipped in batter and fried, he thoroughly enjoyed the perfect textures of the crispy outside and the melting softness of the inside. Both picking from the chef ’s specials for our main courses we were impressed to see such a varied selection catering to all tastes and fancies. In the mood for a mild curry I opted for a Chicken Korma dish; sometimes at risk of being slightly bland this Korma was delightfully rich with strong flavours and perfectly tender chicken. Served with a platter of soft, warm garlic naan bread and rice the dish was delightfully smooth and creamy, complementing the dishes signature nutty flavours. With a slightly more impressive threshold for spice than my own, my dining partner chose Shah-e-jahan for main course, a

dish consisting of king prawns, lamb, chicken and mushrooms, a pleasantly spicy dish rich with a complimenting variety of textures and tastes. Making a point of introducing traditional North Indian desserts to their customers, which is a rarity in restaurants of this cuisine, Spice Story offers a selection of authentic sweet dishes with hopes to further expand. Keen to try something new, and both lovers of sweet things, we browsed the menu struggling to settle on just one dessert each. Finally settling on Falooda with Kulfi for myself, a sweet spaghetti-esque dish enriched in cream and ice cream, I was delighted with my choice. As with every dish we’d been served the Falooda was bursting with flavours and left me in a state of total satisfaction. My dining partner chose Gulab Jamun with Kulfi Ice Cream for dessert and was in absolute awe of the delicious dish. Although served as a small portion, it was perfectly satisfying; the luscious hot sponge saturated with syrup combined beautifully with the refreshingly cold and sweet ice cream. All together the six courses alongside a few soft drinks came to the reasonable price of £38.68. Leaving the restaurant impressed with the quick and attentive service and smitten with the delicious food I would wholeheartedly recommend a visit for your next meal out. Spice Story is an authentic restaurant that, from my experience, offers above and beyond quality service and food.

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The British Curry Awards 2014 Words: Jessica Fogarty

Bigger and better than ever before, the 10th British Curry Awards honoured the nation’s finest restaurants in spectacular style. Stars of stage and screen gathered at Battersea Evolution to see the industry’s finest chefs rewarded for their hard work in continuing to innovate and perfect the nation’s favourite dish. In a special video message played at the event, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “These awards are a great night for this country.Curry is one of our country’s greatest achievements and one of our most exciting exports too.” Hosted by TV’s Kate Silverton and Hardeep Singh Kohli, the awards helped showcase Britain’s finest culinary talent. This year, a phenomenal 206,378 public votes were received, with 2,641 restaurants being nominated. More than 1,600 guests packed into the lavish venue to celebrate the stars of the industry and crown this year’s champions.

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This year’s Special Recognition Award was presented to one of the founding fathers of the British curry industry, Shams Uddin Khan of Maharani Restaurant in Clapham. Home Secretary Theresa May was this year’s guest of honour and said: “It’s not hard to see why the Prime Minister and others have called these the ‘Curry Oscars’. “The British curry industry really is one of Britain’s greatest success stories. Through hard work and innovation, you’ve built a vibrant industry, which generates wealth, promotes growth and employs tens of thousands of people.” The British Curry Awards was established by British entrepreneur and restaurateur Enam Ali MBE in 2005. He said, “These awards have changed the public’s perception of British curry and we are getting the recognition for providing truly world class cuisine.”


British Curr y Awards 2014 Winners Best Spice Restaurant in London Central & City: The Cinnamon Club, Westminster Best Spice Restaurant in London Outer & Suburbs: Shampan Welling, Kent Best Spice Restaurant in South East: Maliks Restaurant, Maidenhead, Berkshire  Best Spice Restaurant in South West: Myristica, Bristol Best Spice Restaurant in North East: Aagrah Midpoint, Thornbury, West Yorkshire Best Spice Restaurant in North West: Blue Tiffin, Oldham  Best Spice Restaurant in Midlands: Mem Saab, Nottingham  Best Spice Restaurant in Wales: Rasoi Indian Kitchen, Swansea Best Spice Restaurant in Scotland: Light of Bengal, Aberdeen    Best Casual Dining: Dishoom Covent Garden  Newcomer of the Year: Five Rivers A La Carte, Walsall  Best Delivery Restaurant/ Takeaway by Justeat.com: The Chilli Pickle, Brighton

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Murmur/Inked

(Production by Aakash Odedra) When: Friday 23 & Saturday 24 January Where: Linbury Studio Theatre, the Royal Opera House, London Price range: £7-20 Inspired by classical South Asian dance and contemporary choreography, Aakash Odedra has a growing reputation for producing some of the most creative and beautiful dances in the field. In Murmur/Inked, Aakash explores how learning difficulties and misconceptions around them can be conveyed through visual design and movement.

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‘Bollywood Seduction’ Club Night

When: Sunday 21 December Where: Itihaas Restaurant, 18 Fleet Street, Birmingham Price: £16.50

When: Every Wednesday 10pm-230am Where: Satan’s Hollow, 101 Princess Street, Manchester Price: Price: £3 before 11pm, £5 after. £1 off ticket price with a valid NUS card.

Organised by Muslim and Single, this event aims to help you meet people, whether it be friends or something more! A complimentary Halal buffet is provided in a friendly, relaxed, safe and secure environment in the heart of Birmingham. The format allows you to speak many people face to face, and also includes icebreakers for anyone who’s feeling shy.

Seduction is Manchester’s longest running Asian club night. Music includes bhangra, Bollywood, RnB and hip hop, and special guest DJs are regularly announced. Satan’s Hollow club is close to Piccadilly Gardens, so easily reachable by bus or tram.

New Year’s Eve Family Dinner and Dance When: Wednesday 31 December Where: Platinum Suite, Cobden Street, Leicester Price: £27.50 children (under 10), £35.75 adult. A group offer is also available, £330 for a table of 10 adults. This New Year’s celebration will include a three course meal by Feast India, live Bollywood performances and a variety of casino games. What’s more, the night will be hosted by award-winning DJs Kudos Music, playing a mix of genres until late into the night.

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Aaja Nachle New Year’s Eve Celebration When: Wednesday 31 December Where: 198 Cranbrook Road, Ilford Price: £30 children (under 10), £45 adult. A group offer is also available with the Buy 10 Get 1 Free £450 deal. Aaja Nachle is a popular night out in Essex that sells out on a regular basis. If you’re keen to celebrate the New Year in style, this event will be held in a swanky club with stylish decorations and lighting. Put on your best dress and enjoy a four course meal, consisting of the finest Indian and Punjabi dishes (vegetarian and Halal are available), as well as a paid bar service that offers beers, wines, spirits, champagnes, cocktails and soft drinks. Entertainment goes well into the night, with traditional performances and a live DJ. All age groups are welcome.

Asian Wedding Exhibition

Bolly Active Dance Classes

When: Sunday 25 January Where: London Marriot Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London Price: £9

When: Every Wednesday 7-8pm Where: Pineapple Dance Studios Price: £6 per session Bolly Active is a weekly Bollywood inspired dance fitness class taught at the famous Pineapple Dance Studios. The classes are taken by renowned choreographer Urvashi, whose notable credits include choreography for films My Big Fat Love Story and Cash. In the sessions, you can expect basic fitness routines in a fun atmosphere, incorporating fast and slow Bollywood type dance steps from the Eastern world.

Brought to you by leading bridal magazine, Asian Bride, this exhibition is one of the UK’s finest wedding displays to help you get some inspiration and make some arrangements for your big day. Tickets will get you entry into an exhibition of over 70 stalls from a variety of exhibitors, plus guaranteed attendance to a catwalk show that will preview the latest bridal fashion trends.

The Ming Exhibition When: Running until Monday 5 January Where: British Museum, London Price: £16.50 This exhibition examines the impact of China’s Ming Dynasty of the fifteenth century. These emperors established Beijing as the country’s capital and built the famous Forbidden City. At the exhibition, you can see items that have never seen before in the UK; new excavations that have taken place over the last ten years have uncovered many unseen treasures of the Ming period.

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10 News British Curry Awards 14 Food Spice Story review 15 Recipes Christmas cooking

19 Film Listings for December / January 21 Health Sticking to those New Year’s resolutions 24 Art Discovering new Sheffield Talent

16 Food Aligargh review

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Welcome to the Christmas issue of Asian Chic – your guide of where to go and what to do this festive season. We’ve got your Christmas social calendar sorted with our What’s On Guide and Film Listings. If you’re looking for a venue to celebrate Christmas with friends and family then check out our food pages where we’ve reviewed Aligarh at Crosspool and Spice Story at Hillsborough. Plus get the gossip from the British Curry Awards and see the pictures from the event. Have a very Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year,

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