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Contents | Contributors

Welcome Editor’s Letter The sun is splitting the stones one day, it’s snowing the next - those Mayan 2012 prophecies are beginning to feel unnervingly apt. Here at Chic we’re not letting it get us down though; if you can’t rely on the weather, you can always rely on your monthly fix of Chic Lifestyle to brighten up your day, and to prove it we’ve got a mag packed full of treats and titbits to keep you smiling. This month, while our travel editor has been scouting out our North Yorkshire cousin, Leeds, for the hottest bars and shops, the Chic chef has been soaking up the Mediterranean sun to bring you a taste bud tickling moussaka – don’t say we don’t look after you.

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A sneak peek at the unmissable events heading to the Steel City this month

Stewart Lee | Page 14 The star of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle and King of droll humour, drops by for a chat ahead of his appearance at the Lyceum later this month - LIFESTYLE -

Our cover star, Stewart Lee, will be bringing his latest show, Carpet Remnant World, to Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre on the 20th and 21st of April – we bring you an exclusive interview with the man himself. As if that weren’t enough, 90s pin-up turned star of the west end Jason Donovan drops in for a chat. As always, our beauty and fashion editors are on hand to give you their top tips to looking and feeling your best. We’ve been scouting out the finest restaurants and salons to to share with you, as well as giving you our hot picks of the month’s gigs, films and events in our regular flaunt feature. Each issue we shine a Spotlight on Sheffield’s vibrant arts scene; this month it’s the turn of local artist and photographer, Jeremy Williams to come under the microscope, ahead of a display of his work at Sheffield Showcase. We hope you enjoy spending an hour or so with Sheffield’s number one for lifestyle and culture; don’t hesitate to get in touch with any feedback or suggestions. We look forward to seeing you again same time next month.

Chic Fashion | Page 18 It’s pastel hues and fruity tones for the girls and neutral shades for the boys as we share some of this month’s favourite fashion finds

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We’ve always thought there were too many broken hearts in the world, thank god then for Jason Donovan the 90s pin up turned star of the West End tells us about his new record and upcoming TV spot.


Jason Donovan | Page 22 Your editor

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Beauty Review| Page 31 Chic’s resident beauty critic pays a visit to Attercliffe’s Beauty Beneath

The Team Managing Director Hussain Shafique


Kieran Smith

Design Director Shane Gilmartin

Web Designer Francesca Cirillo

Sales Manager Melanie Jackson


Catherine Thomson

Cuisine Recipe | Page 26

Hair Review | Page 32

Beauty Editor

Our resident chef walks us through a taste bud tickling authentic Greek Moussaka

We put Revelations Hair Studio to the test

Kate Hobson

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Jeremy Williams, Melanie Jackson, Penelope Crawford

Sheffield artist and photographer Jeremy Williams grants Chic an in-depth insight into his latest exhibit, “Dolls”

Special Thanks

Warren Higgins, Ian Harris, Revelations Hair Studio, Napoleons Restaurant & Bar, Claire Flack

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Cuisine Review | Page 27 Cuisine Review – The Chic foodies suss out the opulent Napoleons Bar and Restaurant on Ecclesall Road


Health | Page 38 Health Detective Penelope Crawford teaches us to think ourselves thin



Beauty Tips | Page 30

when you have finished with this magazine please recycle it.

Our in house beauty expert gives us her top spring tips

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City Break | Page 40 City Break – We take a stroll through North Yorkshire’s most vibrant offering – it’s Leeds!

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Happy Mondays

“ The opportunity to see “Kinky Afro” and “Step On”, performed live, is too good to turn down. ”

Happy Mondays - Sheffield O2 Academy

Sunday 6th May / 7:00 PM / Tickets: £35 /

Thanks to their I’m a Celebrity and Big Brother appearances, Sean Ryder and Bez are now TV land’s favourite waster uncles; funny, friendly and walking warnings of the dangers of excess. It’s hard to imagine that this pair of chuckle-brothers were part of a hugely influential, incendiary music movement as part of Happy Mondays. There must have been something in the Manchester water in


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the late eighties; the city became the creative hub for a host of bands exploring the new “baggy” sound. Best of these was, of course, the Happy Mondays, who along with Factory Records boss and Hacienda owner, Tony Wilson, spearheaded the “Madchester” scene and the second summer of love. Perhaps with Baz and Ryder’s entry back into the

public eye, a Monday’s reunion was inevitable, although not necessarily entirely welcome; the recent spate of early nineties band reunions have proved thus far a constant source of disappointment. That said, Ryder’s recent autobiography proves that none of his charisma and peculiar charm have dissipated, and the opportunity to see “Kinky Afro” and “Step On”, performed live, is just too good to turn down.

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Andy Warhol: Late Self Portraits / Graves Gallery Wednesday 11th April – Saturday 1st December Tickets Free Entry /

Andy Warhol was one of the most culturally significant figures of the 20th century - his Factory produced pop-art’s most iconic images, as well as setting the template for contemporary bohemianism. Between April and December, Graves Gallery will be hosting an exhibition that raises the question; who was Warhol? The exhibition of self-portraits, from the late seventies until just before his untimely death in 1987, reveals the many faces of the artist who succeeded in becoming a household name. Though the intense and dramatic portraits invite us to read endlessly into them, the ‘real’ Andy remains elusive. Chameleon-like, he plays many roles, from pop star to shy introvert. Andy Warhol: Late Self-Portraits features some of Warhol’s most iconic pictures and is co-curated by art collector Anthony d’Offay, who mounted the first UK exhibition of Warhol self-portraits in 1986. The exhibition will also offer a unique insight from the people who knew Warhol best - created by art historian Dr Jean Wainwright, The Search for Andy Warhol’s Voice features a series of audio recordings of Warhol’s family and close friends talking about the artist’s childhood, relationships and approach to his work.

An Inspector Calls / Graves Gallery Tuesday 24th April – Saturday 28th April Tickets: £13.50 - £23 /

From Stephen Daldry, the Oscar nominated director of The Reader, The Hours and one of Britain’s best-loved films, Billy Elliot, comes the multi-award-winning production of J. B. Priestley‘s classic thriller, An Inspector Calls, direct from its fourth West End season. When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences. Hailed as the theatrical event of our generation and winning more awards than any play in history, this landmark production from the National Theatre has thrilled audiences in the West End, on Broadway and throughout the world with its epic and wildly imaginative staging, raw emotion, evocative score, lashing rain and chilling suspense – be sure to catch it at the Lyceum Theatre this month.

Feeder / Leadmill

Monday 23rd April / 7:00 PM Tickets: £17.50 /

Formed in 1991, and releasing their début LP Polythene in 1997, it’s hard to believe that Feeder are now older statesmen of British alternative rock. Their twenty year career has produced seven albums, with their eighth, Generation Freakshow, scheduled for release on April 23rd. Feeder began life as a fast, abrasive rock band, before moving to a gentler sound, and greater commercial success with their 2002 release Comfort in Sound. Alternative rock, in the truest sense of the word, is a genre in which the Brits have long lived in the shadow of the States; Feeder were the best of just a handful of British acts to emerge from a post-Nirvana musical landscape, a position cemented by their stunning 2005 Download Festival headline slot. On the day of Generation Freakshow’s release, Grant Nicholas, Taka Hirose and Karl Brazil, will be taking to the stage of Sheffield’s Leadmill to power through a set of old classics and as yet undiscovered gems. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch one of the most electrifying live acts Britain has produced – we’re hoping for the flawless double-whammy encore, “Buck Rogers” and “Just a Day”.

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Ryan Adams

“ Adams has managed to cement his position as one of the greatest contemporary songwriters.”

Ryan Adams / Sheffield City Hall

Friday 27th April / 7:30 PM / Tickets £25 /

Talk about prolific – since the breakup of his band Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams has released thirteen albums in just twelve years. Between his solo début Heartbreaker and last year’s Ashes & Fire, Adams has managed to cement his position as one of the greatest contemporary songwriters – well, when you’re purportedly penning ten songs a day . . .


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Adams’ career has followed a path laid out by the great singer-songwriters of the 1960s; a heady mix of drink and drugs all underpinned by a healthy dose of heartache - when Adams broke his arm in 2004, he simply used it as an excuse to write tracks under the influence of opium. When your output is as vast and fast as Adams’ is, there are inevitably

highs and lows, but when Adams is high, he soars; “Oh My Sweet Carolina”, a duet with country legend Emmylou Harris which appears on Heartbreaker, is arguably the most beautiful song of the past twenty years. Adam’s will be appearing at Sheffield City Hall on Friday 27th of April - be sure to catch him, you’ll be telling your children one day.

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Graham Coxon / Leadmill Friday 20th April / 7:30 PM Tickets £16 /

Seeing a reunited Blur chugging through “Girls and Boys” at this years Brit awards was in equal parts exhilarating and melancholic; once the inspired young upstarts of a fledging scene, the band were now performing as veterans. Since Blur disbanded in 2003, the individual identities of the members has become increasingly apparent – Damon Albarn has gone on to craft some of the most brilliant records of the past decade with Gorillaz and The Good, the Band and the Queen, Alex James published his autobiography while Dave Rowntree forged himself a career in politics. Guitarist Graham Coxon, Blur’s most enigmatic member and supposedly the catalyst for their break-up, has gone on to release a string of solo albums, ranging from lo-fi folk to ballsy garage rock. His most recent effort, A+E was released earlier this month; a visceral Krautrock inspired exploration of hedonism in modern Britain. Coxon will be appearing at the Leadmill on the 20th, with support coming from a local band chosen by the man himself!

Jimeoin / Sheffield City Hall Sunday 20th May £13.50 - £23 /

Following several years of acclaimed performances at the Edinburgh Festival, Jimeoin is fast rising through the comedy ranks, gaining status as a household name thanks to his appearances on the likes of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Royal Variety Performance and Live at the Apollo. Born in Northern Ireland, but with Australia as his adopted home, Jimeoin cut his teeth on the Aussie comedy circuit before going onto star in his own eponymous sitcom which ran for three seasons. Since the broadcast of his BBC show, Jimeoin Down Under, his dead-pan delivery, facial gurning and own brand of absurdest, observational humour have been winning over new fans with every show. Jimeoin will be bringing his latest tour, Lovely, to Sheffield City Hall on the 20th May. Acclaimed as one of the hottest stand-up comics of this generation as well as a prolific writer with an exceptional audience rapport, don’t miss out on your chance to catch this craftsman at work.

Simon Amstell / Sheffield City Hall Saturday 12th May / 8:00 PM Tickets £21 /

Best known as the former host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, or – god-forbid - Popworld, Simon Amstell’s TV-host persona is perhaps not the best representation of what the man is really about. Described by the Guardian as “Heidegger meets Woody Allen”, Amstell’s live shows are painfully honest, vulnerable, sensitive, and of course very funny. Following on from his critically lauded 2009 show, Do Nothing, Amstell is back with Numb; an exercise in soul-searching self-exploration and an attempt to cure his neuroses, all through his own idiosyncratic brand of comedy. With Numb touring nationwide, and a second season of Amstell’s BBC2 sitcom, Grandma’s House scheduled for broadcast later this year, he is fast becoming a comedic force to be reckoned with. Don’t miss out on your chance to catch Numb when it comes to Sheffield City Hall on May 12th - expect nothing short of phenomenal.

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S T E WA R T L E E Interview

hen Stewart Lee left the comedy circuit in 2000, Britain was forced to say goodbye to one of its funniest, smartest and most hard-working comedians. A regular fixture on the stand-up scene throughout the nineties, Lee forged a name for himself as a droll, angry, politically conscious iconoclast, regularly working alongside regular collaborator, Richard Herring. In 2004, following an absence of four years, Lee took up the pen once again, and over the past few years has risen to prominence as the elder statesman of sharp, opinionated British comedy, culminating with his critically lauded TV show, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. Time has done nothing to temper Lee’s attitude and passion, only instead of an angry young man, we now have an acerbic middle aged man; Lee is the voice of a generation, but which generation is up for question. Ian Harris caught up with Stewart to discuss his latest show, Carpet Remnant World, fatherhood, and getting “flabby”. Stewart Lee will be performing at Sheffield City Hall on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st of April

Well, the idea of the show is, that as a 43 year old comedian and dad of two all I ever do is drive around motorways doing gigs, going past all those massive warehouse type shops, or look after children, so I haven’t had time to write anything apart from jokes about things I’ve seen out of the window of the car. Of course, this is just a dramatic device and in the end it all ties together beautifully and turns out to have been a devastating critique of society. There’s also a load of old carpets in it which are quite expensive to transport around so, that explains the high ticket price. Yes. But for the better. Looking tired and dead suits my act. Also, because I’m too tired to learn anything verbatim the shows are more discursive and naturalistic now, which is good. I used to be very cynical, but when you have kids you can’t take any pleasure in the abject failure of the world. You have to hope, for their sake, that things get better, which is an interesting place to do stand-up from.

Yes, but people do laugh. I do stories and odd ideas really, not jokes as such, If I do a joke it sort of breaks the spell of the show and sticks out like a sore thumb.

I don’t know. More people are coming, but I don’t know if they’re coming to see me, or just someone they’ve heard is on the TV. It doesn’t seem to make the shows go any better or worse - there are still people in that don’t get it, just more people generally in the room. I’d rather not talk about it to be honest, I found it very confusing. I don’t know who chooses them or where they came from. It was a big surprise. I was happy for about ten seconds and then I just started worrying about whether people would come to see me expecting, ‘award winning comedy’ and then just hate what I do. I couldn’t go to the ceremony as I was working. When I got home I put the TV coverage of the after-show party on, I saw a load of skittles with the faces of comedians on, they had all fallen down apart from one with my face on, and then a woman in a red dress ran up and kicked it over - very violently. It was all quite strange really.

because it’s two different things. And I didn’t write it, I co-wrote the words with Richard Thomas, it was his idea and he wrote all the music. I’m fed up of talking about it to be honest. A far right pressure group called Christian Voice made up a load of lies about its content and stirred up 65,000 people who hadn’t seen it into wanting it banned for being blasphemous, so it basically closed and we never saw any money really for five years’ work. The guy in charge of Christian Voice, Stephen Green, even the Daily Mail won’t talk to him these days. I was very proud of the piece but the stress surrounding it means I don’t really like thinking about it.

I can’t remember. People tend not to heckle me. I don’t really invite it. If people shout stuff out it’s usually funny or helpful. That said I did a show at the Lowry in Salford and a drunk Turkish man came in and just kept going on at me for so long it meant there was no way I could really do the show as written, which was a shame. The venue tried to make out it was my fault and that I should reimburse people who wanted refunds out of my own pocket, so now if there are persistently disruptive hecklers, like there were last time I was in Cambridge, I force them out of the theatre myself and barricade the door with chairs.

I find that question quite offensive to be honest, but I will answer it anyway. It works better for my comedy to be old and decrepit, but I do miss being fit and thin. I have to suffer for my art I suppose, and so do my audiences.

Has he? I didn’t know that. I can see what he means; if you want punchy, well-written one-liners like he does you’re not going to get them from me, so I suppose what I do is irrelevant to what he feels comedy is. I wouldn’t imagine there’s much cross over of audience. And I am flabby, so he’s right on both counts. I met him once or twice, He was actually very nice. He lived near me for a bit and one of the old ladies at the church my wife goes to said, “the Scottish comedian from off the telly” was always going round to check she was alright, because she was a bit disabled, and help with stuff in her house. But then money started going missing. She couldn’t confront him about it, obviously. He moved away soon after. Back to Scotland I think.

Well, everything we think of as breakthroughs in stand-up has already been done better and first by Lenny Bruce. I think the best living comics are Daniel Kitson, Jerry Sadowitz and Kevin MacAleer, who is Irish. I really like Paul Sinha, who is a gay Hindu, and Simon Munnery. Boothby Graffoe is very good, a musical comedian. Greg Fleet, who is an Australian who doesn’t come here really. I don’t really like any comedians under 40. I don’t think you can really be any good at stand-up until you are 40. I don’t like any American comedians either, except some of the dead ones. Comedians seem much funnier when they’re dead, I think. I liked Dave Allen when I was a kid. My wife, Bridget Christie, is also one of my favourite comics. I thought she was so funny I married her. People say, ‘that must be funny, being married to a comedian,’ but the laughs soon wear off, Then it becomes like any normal marriage, awful.

Well the audience numbers I’m getting now are big enough to do stadium gigs like all the famous comics, so I’m wondering if there’s a way of making that idea interesting or subversive. I’ve signed up for martial arts and contemporary dance classes for when this tour is over, and I’ve been talking to some people at The Circus Space in East London about what is entailed in being shot out of a cannon. I want to study kung-fu with the Shaolin Monks. I’ve also been doing Neuro Linguistic Programing studies, to try and control the minds of audiences to laugh at what I want them to, and mass hypnosis ideas, thinking about how Hitler and Stalin manipulated crowd responses. I’ve been trying to see how far I can spit ping pong balls, and trying to contact that guy who used to dance with ferrets down his tights on TV at night in the 80s. It’s all good stuff. Also, in the 19th century, the Hippodrome Theatre in London had a show with elephants in a water tank. I don’t think you’re allowed to do that sort of thing to animals now but I saw a show where someone swam in a tank with a python in Paris and these are all the sorts of things I’m thinking about for the next big tour, which won’t be until about 2016, so I’ve got lots of time to learn all these skills and get fit.

Well, I don’t know if it will be a snake. It might be just a big worm. In Australia there are worms that can grow up to 9 feet long - the Gippsland earthworm - Maybe I’ll use one of them.

You mean Jerry Springer the Opera? Jerry Springer the Musical is two rubbish things together so it isn’t funny. Jerry Springer the Opera is funny

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South Sea f: Southsealive South Sea Live is the latest admirable effort to bring some life to the Sheffield Music Scene. A real labour of love for Barnsley native Dave Hancock with support from his team, Iain West and Steve Gilberthorpe; time has been spent clearing out and revamping the bar to turn it into an authentic rock and roll venue. Hugely passionate about live music, the team behind South Sea have years of experience on the circuit being a band themselves, and are keen to bring some authenticity and excitement back to Sheffield’s underground scene. The 200 capacity venue’s centrepiece is its sixteen by ten foot stage, complete with impressive light rigs and smoke machine, all overseen by the seasoned in-house technician. Commitment to putting on quality gigs is too often neglected by those organisers putting pocket before passion, it’s refreshing to see a team genuinely keen to support Sheffield’s up-and-comings and thrilled to be a part of the Steel City’s rich musical heritage. There is surely no better way to spend your Saturday night than with a decent pint and some cracking live music courtesy of Sheffield’s finest – South Sea bar is situated at 3 Spooner Road in Broomhill. Get yourself down. 3 Spooner Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 5BL

Experience some of the best unsigned bands on the circuit in Sheffield’s new live music venue

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s n e m o W Fashion - Fruit Pastel Sweeten up your Summer wardrobe with the Spring/Summer collection of fruity tones. Think powder-pink, lemon and blush hues for a perfectly feminine and sweet-sorbet style! Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2012 Haute Couture catwalk gave us a desirable introduction to softly-structured tailoring in pastel hues. This season it’s all about modern femininity - we’re thinking pale pleats, floaty ruffles, cropped jackets and skyscraper heels for that chic and bang on trend Summer look. If candy shades are too girly for you, team them with bold brights and chunky accessories, or rock it up with Burberry’s ankle boots and embrace your inner Sugarbabe. Ralph Lauren

Stretch-Knit Pencil Skirt £620


Buckled Ankle Boots £525

Phillip Lim

Racer-Back Silk-Crepe Tank £210


Studded Mini Leather Shoulder Bag £1,100



Denimocracy Skinny Leggings £66

Wisp ruffled Stretch-Crepe Dress £810


Dylan Boucle Mohair-Blend Jacket £460

Miu Miu

Patent-Leather Sandals £420


Razor Wool-Twill Pants £825


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s n e M n o Fashi

- Neutralize -

For the guys, the Spring/Summer 2012 collection is all about being in neutral. The catwalks have been awash with linen and sandy shades to get us in the Mediterranean mood! This trend oozes understated style and a sense of chic mode, it’s easy-to-wear and comfortable, it’s perfect for the modern man. Dress it up with patterned shirts and brogues, or get beach-ready with slogan vests, espadrilles and those all important shades. YMC

Japanese Hawaiian Print Shirt £145


Aristide Lace-Up Espadrilles £60


Print Vest £16

Ray Ban

Wayfearers £135

Ralph Lauren

Repaired’ Sun-Faded Chinos £170

Paul Smith

Double Pocket Classic-Fit Shirt £97


Jacobs Tan Brogues £139

J Lindberg

Cannan Linen Chinos £130

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Finding fame alongside Kylie Minogue, as one half of everyone’s favourite on-screen couple in the late 80s; Jason Donovan scored his first UK number one in 1989 with the school-disco classic, “Too Many Broken Hearts”. In 1991, Donovan made the transition to musical theatre, taking the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Palladium, winning him further admirers and a third UK number one single. The nineties were unkind to Donovan, drug problems forced him out of public favour and by the time he became a father in 2000, he was ready to leave fame behind him. In 2006 however, thanks to the uncanny ability of reality TV to reignite a career, Jason Donovan won over a host of followers, new and old with his appearance on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Since coming third on the show, Donovan has forged his career anew, with appearances on Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s Echo Beach, as well as a steady musical output, Donovan has become one of the decades most surprising success stories. Chuff Media’s Warren Higgin’s caught up with Jason to discuss his latest release, Sign of Your Love, as well as his role in the upcoming Andrew Lloyd Webber ITV show, Superstar.


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Jason Donovan | Interview

Sign of Your Love is your sixth studio album, was it nice to get back into recording after everything you have been doing recently? Yeah, I have to say I love the recording process - it is something I enjoy a lot. What I would say is that having had the experience that I have had with the music industry, particularly post-Joseph and then a record called, All Around the World, which ironically enough was on Polydor. I realised that as much as I wanted to keep recording, that was not going to sustain my creativity. I probably wasn’t willing to take the risk on being a recording artist writing material, on the basis that it might not work after that. What I’m saying is, that there is a natural expiry date for a pop star and unless you are particularly clever with re-invention, unless you have that Madonna following and you have really dug deep into writing the songs, it’s a pretty difficult time to work your way through, so what I did was go into Theatre. I always felt that song writing and recording became almost like a hobby to me, I felt there was an expiry date on my sort of pop star years. It wasn’t really until the early part of 2000 that I actually decided - having done some more writing and I had new management - that I thought we could have another little pop at this. We have done three albums, having said that, three albums that are basically cover records. The first one, ‘Let It be Me’, had a song called ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ that I cowrote that was turned into a musical. My pop music career has never been proactive enough for it to warrant, you know, 12 studio albums. That is a reinvention process and risk process that I didn’t take, and I think I’m probably right as it would have been quite difficult during the 90’s. I always try to do different things, I try and be creative in whatever aspect of entertainment I’m in, you see that with Strictly, I’m not a dancer, but I dug deep and went out my comfort zone and the result was sort of… as it is. Being on Strictly, with Dave Arch and his wonderful orchestra, dancing with a big band and being around that on a very regular basis; did that have influence on you with this album? Absolutely, and I would argue that just from the fact there is a song called ‘Bewitched’ on the record - that was a track I danced to last year on Strictly, and also record companies become extremely interested in you when you’re on television! I think had it been any other company other than Polydor I mightn’t have gone the road that I choose. Is that because of the past relationship with Polydor? That’s a very good point, Polydor is a different company than it was 25 years ago, but I have a relationship and I know the work that they do, they do quality work, they are not a cheap brand, so I knew that if I was to (to use a business term) jump into bed with them, they were going to deliver a product that was classy, and it is a classy product and a good product. When did you find the time to record this? It was an extremely quick birth, I literally signed up before Christmas as I was heading out of Strictly, and we began sifting through songs in December and whilst on holiday in December/January, then late January/February we started recording. That was quick! The record really writes itself, you don’t have to disappear for 6 months into a bedroom and pick out melodies, chord structures and lyrics and stuff, its an A&R process and you get songs that you think will work with the personality and singer that you are. I tried to be as realistic as I possibly could, I’m not going to sing ‘My Way’ by Frank Sinatra, it’s too iconic, or ‘New York New York’… you get songs like ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, ‘Every time We Say Goodbye’, ‘Bewitched’ - certain songs, original songs that Polydor sent to me, one of which was ‘Make Love’, you know songs that would work with the theme. I’m not a vocal gymnast so we had to be careful that it was sort of simple, warm and effective and smooth and that’s what the record became. Do you think you will tour this album around the UK? That purely depends on the success you know, I’m not going to go out and tour a record that isn’t working! Only on the basis that, once again, I think that an artist like myself needs the leverage of a well received record to go out and sell tickets. I’m not trying to break in new songs here, I’m not trying to sell a new story – I gotta be careful what I say here but you know what I mean? It’s a bunch of songs from an era that represents my personality – I could go out there and sing “Too Many Broken Hearts” and some songs from Sign Of Your Love, but I would

rather the public take to it, get the theme of a tour, and go out and do it that way, than sort of just another greatest hits. Traditionally an artist would make a record and get on the road and the record would have a duration and sell over a long period of time, do you know what I mean? You’re breaking the songs, seeing what works and what doesn’t work - I don’t think that’s the sort of artist I am at this particular point in life. You said that record labels were very interested when you had appeared on television - over the past few years you have done two massive TV programmes with I’m A Celebrity and Strictly. Did you notice much change in the public’s perception and reaction to you when you did those? Yeah I did actually, I think it’s a matter of… I’m slightly reinventing myself in a different way. It’s not like changing your character per say, its throwing your emotional spirit in front of the camera in order to be edited in such a way so people like you or they don’t. I would be lying to suggest there is a means to an end for doing something like that, it’s a way of keeping the currency up, and it’s a way of creating other opportunities. with strictly particularly this was an opportunity to demonstrate a skill of mine, another skill, in the future. With Strictly being about the dancing and your album about the singing and your history of acting, do you see yourself more as an all round entertainer? I do see myself as an all-round entertainer, I don’t think there is a problem with that. I enjoy all aspects of entertainment, and I can now put dancing as part of that journey. I’m a bit of jack of all and a master of none! But that’s held me in good stead for many many years. It’s very difficult just to be a straight actor or successful singer those days, you really have to multi-task, you’ve got Jamie Cullen on Radio 2, Sting trying to be an actor… You have had a fantastic career on the stage with some classic roles, Joseph, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Rocky Horror Show – what exactly are you doing on [Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new ITV show] Superstar? My role is a mentor-type, I’m part of the process that brings everyone to boot camp. I’m not a judge, I want to be clear about that - the judging panel is yet to be decided I believe, it will include obviously Lloyd Webber but I’m not on the judging panel as such. Will you still be there each week on the shows? I think I will be there on the live shows, and I will be there as a major part of steering these kids to getting onto the live shows. Have auditions started already? The actual elimination process we did the other day, we took 104 kids and whittled them down to 40 and I was involved in that process along with Melanie C. Both she and I have been on the panel along with a guy called David Grinrod, who is a casting director. In a funny way you are a bit of a judge but it’s not on the front line of the live show. Is there anyone that has particularly stood out for you? A number of people have stood out, yes, but I wouldn’t be able to just say their names! I would say to you, unlike X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, what you tend to find with a show like ‘Jesus’ is yes, there a number of people form ordinary jobs, but there’s a lot of people who come in from musical theatre, courses and stuff like that who see this as an opportunity. So the standard was incredibly high, I don’t think we saw one car crash! We are not trying to exploit people; this is not a show where you have a sort of pantomime contestant. It’s good, as that can be pretty… not embarrassing… but the wrong way of using TV. Any plans to return to the West End stage yourself? I would love to - it’s just a matter of time. The West End calls you, you don’t call it!

Jason’s new album ‘Sign Of Your Love’ is out now on Polydor Records. Interview conducted by Warren Higgins at Chuff Media

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Cuisine | Recipe

A Traditional Moussaka

The Greeks may not know how to keep the Germans happy, but they certainly know a thing or two about home cooking. This traditionally Greek dish is wholesome, rich and absolutely delicious. Layered like a lasagne, but with so much more character, this classic is sure to make your guests come back for seconds.

To Cook: 1. Set the oven at 180˚C. 2. Chop the aubergines into half centimetre thick slices and cook - without oil - on a hot griddle pan until they are slightly browned.

3. Brown the onions and garlic together in a small amount of olive oil. Turn the heat up high and add the lamb. Fry until all the meat is browned.

4. Add the herbs, cinnamon, tomato purée and red wine. Season to your taste and cook gently for a further 20 minutes.

5. For the topping, melt the butter in a clean pan and add the flour. Stir well to combine and gently cook the paste for a few minutes. Add the milk a small amount at a time, stirring or whisking well each time to give a smooth, glossy consistency.

6. When all the milk has been combined, season well before adding the bay leaf and nutmeg. Heat until the sauce starts to thicken but do not boil.

7. Take the sauce off the heat and whisk in the two egg yolks. This gives the topping an extra richness and body.


Ingredients: 450g minced lamb 2 medium-sized aubergines 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped small 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 1 heaped tablespoon chopped fresh mint 1 heaped tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 rounded tablespoons tomato purée 75ml red wine salt and freshly ground black pepper

8. Layer the meat, aubergine and a small amount of the topping (in that order) in a large

baking dish. Be sure to save most of the topping for the final layer. Grate your favourite cheese on top and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes, until it is golden brown and puffy on top.

Serve with a fresh Greek salad of cucumber, tomatoes and olives.


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For the topping: 600ml whole milk 75g plain flour 75g butter ¼ whole nutmeg, grated 1 bay leaf 2 egg yolks salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cuisine | Review

Napoleons Restaurant & Bar

There’s no point pretending a Casino would be top of most peoples list for a dining experience, but I had heard a fair bit of hype surrounding the beautifully refurbished Napoleons Restaurant & Bar on Ecclesall Road - I would be lying to say I didn’t go in without a few preconceptions.

We were greeted by the warmest of staff and offered to take drinks at the bar before our meal; the weekly special cocktails sounded inviting, but, being resposible adults, we thought those best left for later, opting instead for a Peroni - a familiar name amongst the impressive selection of of beers, lagers and draught cider.

“ food is sublime ” And so to the night’s revelation – Napoleons food is sublime; it’s robust, well thought out and well executed. There is something about the food, anybody who has a passion for the kind of higher-end restaurants generally found in Manchester and London, would recognise: modern, big on flavour, uncontrived, comforting. There were starters such as ‘Sardines on Toast with Gremolata Dressing Micro Herbs and English Muffin with Bacon infused Scrambled Egg coupled with Tomato and Five Bean Sauce. Whilst I’m sure these were all very refined, I opted for White Onion Soup with a Blue Cheese, Honey and Walnut Croute. Delicious. A perfect consistency with a light, delicate flavour, the crouton was deliciously crisp and cheesy. My partner chose the Goats Cheese and Parma Ham Puff Pastry with Plum Chutney - again this was rich and creamy as you’d expect with the lightest crisp pastry while the plum chutney cut through the richness providing the perfect, morish starter. Consider our appetites whet.

What defined these dishes was not the work done on service, but everything prior: the balance of ingredients, the preparation and the execution was clearly a result of care and precision.

On to the mains, the Pan Fried Seabass with Butternut Squash & Lentil Ragout was the stand out dish; seriously crisp skin on the generous serving of fresh succulent fillets partnered with the sweet ragout, giving an exceptional balance of flavours. The same can be said of the Ridings Reserve Lamb Casserole with Rosemary Potato Wedges and Minted Pea Puree, which was rich and hearty - the lamb was of the highest quality and just melted in your mouth, and though initially sceptical about minted peas, to my delight, it worked perfectly.

We finished our meal with a dessert platter for two - we didn’t expect three full size desserts to be laid out in front of us. These were Napoleons ‘Jelly and Ice Cream’, a cute take on this school-day classic consisting of a fairly tart raspberry jelly with a tiny ice cream cone of creamy vanilla ice cream which couldn’t fail to raise a smile, a Minted Chocolate Brownie with Milk Sorbet was as lush as it sounds, and finally the curveball, Sweetcorn Panna Cotta with Lemon Confit and Nut Brittle. I could take or leave the sides to this dish as the lemon confit was far too sour and didn’t quite

work with the most incredible Panna Cotta I have ever had. It sounds like it shouldn’t work - is it savoury or sweet? I’m still not sure - but it excited me, this dish is worth a visit alone.

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On arrival, we were wowed by the £1.5 million makeover that had been completed in June 2010, with the establishment now housing a 110 seater restaurant. If you haven’t been lately, long gone is the main bar area that saw some very late, drunken nights by most of us over 30s. In its place is now a cool, contemporary, chic, very intimate and, dare I say, sexy restaurant and bar. The ambience and lighting was perfect for the time of day and this gradually increased as the night went on with the music volume being tweaked slightly the later it got – a nice touch.

The pricing at Napoleans is surprisingly reasonable; think 2/3 courses (Sun-Thurs) £17/£19, Fri & Sat £22 & £24. This is aided by a wine list which accelerates from £17.50 upwards, we really enjoyed our Cabernet Sauvignon at £22.50. We slipped downstairs to play a bit of roulette after dinner, where, surrounded by a relaxed friendly clientele, the casino feels more upmarket than its competitors. A great night out and Napoleons Restaurant and Bar turns out to be the one part of the casino which isn’t a gamble. Issue 42 | Chic Lifestyle Magazine


The Vault

442 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1FQf: 07783 126 604 Take a few moments out of your grey day and take a peek into the deep depths of The Vault… Director Tracy Webb set up The Vault at the end of last year, transforming the former HSBC bank into an Aladdin’s cave; an eclectic mix of vintage dresses, accessories, ornaments, crockery, furniture, books, new artwork, crafts and gifts ranging from jewellery to bath bombs. The spaces are rented by various people, meaning a huge range of products are on offer. Downstairs lies the old bank vaults – a mysterious, peaceful escape filled with intriguing discoveries, artwork and trinkets. Passionate about bringing Sheffield’s antique quarter back to its former glory, Tracy is hoping to work together with neighbouring antiques businesses to create something for the city to be proud of, and artist Henrika Stephens has even got the council involved in her mission. The newest addition to The Vault’s spoils is The Epicurean Pantry – so named after 307BC atomic materialist Epicurus’ philosophy that pleasure is the greatest good. This viewpoint certainly rings true in their indulgent selection of coffees and homemade cakes, biscuits, jams, pickles, vinegars and oils – something to soothe after a busy day.

Another new surprise is the Furniture Room – fantastic for finding that perfect missing piece for your home or quirky new set of chairs. Pick up some furnishings with a bit of history to liven up your pad. Fancy flaunting your wares in The Vault? You’re in luck – Tracy currently has two spaces and a cabinet free for collectors or arts and crafts sellers. If you think you can add to the diverse range of trinkets and treats, give her a call on 07783 126 604. All are welcome to pop in for a nosey – who knows what you might discover?


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Beauty | Tips


Spring is here and with it comes a whole new realm of beauty benefits. Shake off the shackles of winter and fill your bathroom shelves with bright new products to welcome in the fresh season and peeks of sunshine. This month we’ve uncovered the latest tips, tricks, lotions and potions just for you, plus we review the make-up skills at Beauty Beneath and new hair salon Revelations.

Tip Off

Ciaté Caviar Manicure

For the ultimate in bling encrusted talons, Ciaté have a fabulous treat with their newly launched Caviar Manicure. Tiny, caviar-like beads are applied to the nail over a Ciaté Paint Pot colour to create a 3D effect. Available in black, white and multicolour, the product creates a stunning, sugar-dusted effect – a breathtakingly striking accessory to any outfit.

Unreal Sunless

The British sun isn’t too generous with the rays, so more often than not we find ourselves reaching for the tan in a bottle. Faking it isn’t without its perils however; tan build - up can result in orange glows and scaly skin. Suffer no more – Unreal Sunless have created their Tan Removal Gel. Once applied to damp skin and left for 10-15 minutes (or even a soak in the bath), the tan can be removed with a flannel or exfoliating gloves, leaving skin soft and silky, thanks to a generous dose of luscious oils. The Gel will also lighten a newly applied tan, and a fresh tan can be applied straight after.

Four7Two Cosmetics need not be a solely selfish pleasure; entrepreneur Clare Madden used her experience in the industry to create a range of ‘lipsticks with other people in mind’, and we met up with her to discover exactly what it’s all about. After becoming a Guinness World Record holder for the most lipstick applications in one hour (an impressive 472), Clare was inspired to raise more money for charity by launching a limited edition lipstick. Having pitched her idea to several companies without success, Meadowhall stepped in to offer their support and Four7Two was born. The scheme has now created a range of four lipsticks in a range of colours, with the aim of raising £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and over £5,000 for Helen’s Trust. The colours of Clare’s four lipsticks all have a deeper meaning than simply looking good: ‘Beat It!’, a bright red, based on the idea of finding the courage and strength to beat cancer, ‘Gentle Soul’, a nude dedicated to Clare’s late grandad who sadly died of cancer, ‘Magical Glory’, a vibrant pink, as Clare says, it’s ‘magical’ how cancer brings us together, and ‘Precious’, a citrus peach so named as life is precious.

Citrus - Precious


Brilliant Brows A perfectly positioned brow can work wonders to a face – never underestimate its power. However there’s a fine line between the good and bad – no one wants to see an under or an overplucked brow. Here’s our simple tricks for a beautiful duo of brows.

Clare had a stall in Meadowhall up until the end of March, but if you missed it her products are available online at With plenty of interest from the London fashion world and a growing following on Twitter (@Four7Two) and YouTube (Four7TwoCosmetics – check out the Keith Lemon clip), Clare’s venture looks set for big things, whilst raising a fantastic amount for charity.

1. First pluck the unruly hairs which have a habit of growing where you don’t want them to, around the edge of the main bulk of your brow.

Nude - Gentle Soul

2. Concentrate on the shape of the brow. Don’t attempt to dramatically change your natural shape – work with what you’ve got. Keep the brow as long as it is naturally (although if you have a few rogue hairs in the middle between your brows then these can go), it’s only the width you need to tame. 3. Brush your hairs upwards then trim a line along the top of your brow, just trimming off the ends of the longer hairs. 4. Using an eyebrow pencil which either matches or is one shade darker than your natural colour, create a shape on the inner side of the brow (either round or square) then taper the shape out. How defined you go is up to you depending on how dramatic a look you’re after. Try: Tweezerman’s newly launched Safari Print Cheetah Slant Tweezers, available in wild blue, orange and pink print.

Red - Beat it 30

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Beauty Review | Beauty Beneath

Beauty Beneath

Make-up is a girl’s best friend, but even though you dream of having the dazzling face of a movie star, this look isn’t the easiest to create yourself. On the hunt for some tips and tricks, I popped down to Beauty Beneath in Attercliffe for a professional application. Owned and managed by Afshan Islam, the salon offers a full range of beauty and hair services, ranging from massages to colouring. A bijou boutique of monochrome flock wallpaper, glittering chandeliers and luxe purple walls, Beauty Beneath is a haven for all things beautiful. Afshan offers make up application for all occasions, including weddings, parties, nights out and special events. Her skills haven’t gone unnoticed – amongst a host of hair and beauty accolades, she recently won the International Beauty Awards, pipping competitors from across the globe to the post.

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“ superstar results ”

I’d asked for an evening look so Afshan used dark shades to create a dramatic look, blending a dense black on the outer sides of the eyes into a brown shimmer, through to a light shimmer on the inside corner of the eye. Each colour blended perfectly into the next for a graduating effect. She strengthened the smokey eye look by using no harsh lines, softly using black pencil liner around the edges of my eyes and the inner corners, producing a dramatically dark, defined appearance without being too severe. A touch of highlighter beneath my brows added to the shimmer and made my eyes appear larger. She added false lashes – soft and short as long lashes would cover up the eye shadow after all the hard work, and plenty of mascara finished off the eyes. Foundation-wise, Afshan used Charles Fox paint sticks – a brand which is used on catwalks, photo shoots, theatres and movies as it gives full coverage. She used three varying shades of foundation as a face isn’t simply one colour – beneath the cheekbones, for example, is shadowed so needs a slighter darker shade to help to contour the face - this gave a creamy finish. Afshan applied a soft peach powder blush along my cheekbones to contour the

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Afshan predominately uses MAC products, which produce professional, superstar results. She started with the eye-work – this surprised me, as I always leave the eyes until last, but Afshan explained that she starts with eyes as dark powder tends to fall onto the rest of the face, ruining any foundation already applied, so finishing them first avoids this. She concealed the dark shadow beneath my eye then applied a primer to form a base for the make up. Applying an invisible powder beneath the eye to catch any loose powder, this is removed once the eye make up is finished.

jaw line and give a chiselled look. To finish, Afshan filled in the edges of the lips with a liner to strengthen their shape and act as a barrier against bleed from the lip colour, then applied a nude pink shade of lipstick topped off with a gloss to add a bit of glamour. The completed look was impressive – perfect for a night out with dark, dense, shaded eyes, shimmering highlights and glamorous lips. The effect Afshan had created on my eyes was beautiful, perfectly graduating from one shade to the next, and the intense black eyeliner brought out the colour of my eyes as a bright blue. Afshan proved why she’s one of the best in the business and certainly showed off her skills.

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Tresses | Review

- Revelations Hair Studio Hair Review

The latest addition to Sheffield’s impressive array of hair salons is Revelations in Broomhill. I popped down to take a peek and put them to the test. The new salon is deliciously luxuriant, with cream walls, silvery-blue flock wallpaper, wooden floors and glimmering chandeliers dripping crystals from the ceiling. Pride of place however, goes to the huge, ornately framed mirrors, propped up at each cutting station adding a unique touch of class to the salon. Having opened just three weeks ago, the salon is already proving popular, with a steady supply of clients whilst I was there.

“ Deliciously luxuriant ” I was met by stylist Zoe, who, after 11 years’ experience of cutting hair, moved from a salon in Stockport to work at Revelations. We discussed what I wanted from my visit to the salon, and Zoe recommended I have a few centimetres taken off my hair to remove the damaged ends, helping to return my locks to the stronger areas. The first step was the wash – Revelations uses Joico products which help to repair, reconstruct and protect hair, to make it stronger and healthier. Zoe used the K-Pak range on my hair, which restores hair to perfect condi-


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tion, specially formulated to rebuild, revive and protect. She explained that she’d use a series of treatments to boost as much moisture and care into my hair as possible, starting with the K-Pak Chelating Shampoo - a creamy cleanser which removes hard water deposits and product build up without stripping the hair of its natural oils.

“ Friendly staff ” The second step of the treatment is the Leave-In Protectant, sealing cuticles to give hair maximum protection against chemical, thermal and environmental damage, making hair smoother and maintaining the colour. This was followed by the Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor, which, made up of 80 per cent protein, helps to build hair from within. Specifically created to repair weakened hair, the product provides optimum protection, elasticity and shine. To give the most effect, Zoe left on the final stage of the treatment for about 10 minutes, wrapped up in a towel, allowing it to soak deeply into my hair. Once washed off, Zoe set about the cut, trimming off the damaged, brittle ends, up until the strongest point of the hairs. She tidied the ends and trimmed a bit off the layers to produce healthier, blunt edges. Zoe applied a dose of Joico Split End Mender throughout

my hair to repair the damaged parts which hadn’t been cut, then added a touch of Joico Body Luxe Thickening Elixir to boost volume and body into my fine hair, and Root Lift Volumizing Foam into the crown area for added oomph. Using a square brush, Zoe blowdried my locks, brushing sideways to add volume whilst still drying the same way as the hair grows, to keep it smooth and shiny. After a spritz of TIGI Catwalk Straightening Spray to protect the hair, Zoe whizzed through the GHDs to add a sleek, straight finish before working my hair into an updo. Backcombing through the top and crown area, she created a beehive look by pulling my hair up at the back then pinning in place, forming oodles of volume – I was impressed by how much more hair it made me appear to have! She then fixed in place with a flexible hold finishing spray and the look was complete. “ Destined for big things ” My hair was left soft and silky, looking much healthier thanks to the blunt cut, and stayed silky the next day. Zoe and all the staff at Revelations were lovely and friendly and it was a pleasure to spend time at the salon. This is one new salon that’s destined for big things!

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Face Off Winner | Claire Flack

Claire Flack

Claire Flack, of Sheffield’s Wigs and Warpaint salon, was announced as winner of the American Crew FACE OFF 2012 competition, awarded in London’s stylish Paramount Bar at the top of the Centre Point building. The main prize is an all-expenses paid, four-day trip to LA at the end of May, where Claire will style a photo-shoot with the American Crew artistic team at Hollywood’s Milk Studios. Commenting on her achievement Claire says,“To be a winner is such a high point of my career, as I have entered Face Off on three occasions, it is definitely third time lucky. I was so pleased with the strong masculine look that we achieved, although I shot the look twice to make sure it was exactly how I imagined. I would like to sincerely thank American Crew, Paul Taylor and his team for giving me the opportunity and I am very much looking forward to the LA trip” Now entering its fourth year in the UK and established as a firm fixture in the British hairdressing calendar, FACE OFF is a black and white photographic and men’s grooming competition, which showcases some of the nation’s most talented, up and coming stylists. We want to congratulate Claire and wish her the very best!

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Emmaus Sheffield

Unit 5, Sipelia Works, Cadman Street, S4 7ZG Phone: 07783 126 604 Emmaus Sheffield is charity with a difference – striving to help formally homeless people rediscover their dignity and pride as part of a working community. As South Yorkshire’s first such community, Emmaus (pronounced E-may-us) Sheffield is a haven for the formally homeless, a safe and welcoming environment providing a home, work and companionship. The scheme is geared towards becoming self-sufficient through social enterprise, helping people get back on their feet. Emmaus was first founded in Paris in 1949 by Father Henri-Antoine Groues, better known at the Abbé Pierre, a Catholic priest and MP. Arriving in the UK in the early 1990s, Emmaus was introduced by a businessman called Selwyn Image, who remembered his time as a volunteer at the Emmaus Community in Paris after talking to a homeless man. The first Emmaus Community in Britain opened near Cambridge, with this and the following Communities across the UK being based upon the Abbé Pierre’s founding principles of acceptance, sharing, working for others in greater need and self-respect. In the Emmaus Community, each person has his or her own room, and lives and works for the Community. In return for this opportunity, the members agree to refrain from drugs, alcohol and violent behaviour, to sign off from primary benefits and work to the best of their ability in the Community business. The job roles can involve refurbishing and repairing

broken furniture and electrical goods, which are then sold in the Community’s shop, and as a result of this work, the members of the Community (or Companions, as they are called), learn many valuable skills, helping the Community reach its self-sufficiency goal.

Lawrence Buckley launched the boutique with clothes collected from the universities. Another feature of the store is Tam’s Bric-A-Brac, selling collectables, glassware, pottery, paintings, records, gifts, toys and games, where customers can discover plenty of surprises.

The Emmaus Community is an indispensable way for people to move away from dependency, to self-reliance and self-respect – something individuals would find incredibly difficult alone, but alongside the support and guidance of Emmaus, this challenge becomes a whole lot more achievable.

All products in the store are kindly donated by the public, and Emmaus Sheffield offers a free collection service. Items must be in a saleable condition – check out the website for a full list of what is accepted.

The Sheffield Community is based in Sipelia Works – a former cutlery factory and Grade II listed building, near the city centre. Their shop opened in August 2007, and in January 2008 once the conversion of the first floor accommodation was completed, they welcomed their first Companions. The Community Shop is located on Blast Lane, the heart of the Community where the Companions sell their recycled goods. Items such as beds, dining tables, sofas, chairs, wall units, coffee tables, lamps, pictures, pedal bikes, barge paintings, cookers, washers, dishwashers, fridges, freezers, toasters, kettles, books, DVDs and CDs are all waiting to be discovered in the shop. Unlike other secondhand shops however, Emmaus Sheffield is very careful about the items they take in, meaning their customers receive the very best quality used goods. Within the store lies La Boutique – a vintage clothing store created by French business students Charlotte, Charlene, Eva and Justine. Using the fashion and business expertise from the four students, on volunteer placement from La Rochelle in France, Community Manager

It’s not just all about the shop, however – the team at Emmaus Sheffield can offer a range of services including garden and grounds maintenance and clearance, drive and path power washing, plus a full PAT testing service, all at fantastic rates for homes or businesses. Emmaus Sheffield is run by volunteers, who undertake an amazing job to help the former homeless get back on their feet. Volunteering is a fantastic way to gain experience and skills, helping your CV to stand out from the crowd. Many volunteers go on to gain employment thanks to the skills and references gained at Emmaus Sheffield. The charity is always looking for new volunteers, so if you think you can help in the retail, recycling, gardening, driving or housing sector then get in touch with Emmaus Sheffield, and help them to help you. Follow the Community at Emmaus Sheffield on Twitter at @EmmausSheffield and Facebook, ‘Emmaus Sheffield’. Purchases from their shop can also be made on Ebay – search for ‘emmaus-sheffield’.

Spotlight | Dolls


Dolls by Jeremy Williams Sheffield is home to one of the most diverse and fruitful art scenes in the country. Catering for all tastes and abilities, the city is a hub of creativity and imagination, boasting a host of galleries, from the small, intimate Old Sweet Shop, right through to the spacious Millennium Gallery. Each month we aim to shine our Chic Spotlight on one of the Steel City’s most inspired artists; this month is the turn of Jeremy Williams, a photographer, actor and writer who has recently moved to Sheffield from Melbourne. We catch up with Williams ahead of an exhibition of his latest work, Dolls, at Sheffield Showcase this month.

“The whole series started as a study of fairy tales; I did not really get very far with the idea though. Not for lack of motivation or drive, but because on the day I was all set to do my first shoot of the series I read about four different photographic series that were dealing with the same subject area - it was a case of being forced back to the drawing board.” Birmingham born, Sheffield based photographer Jeremy Williams is not someone who believes in short answers. Having started his working life as an actor (his website bio lists “highlights including the staging of my debut play “Poppycock!”, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in “Henry V” and playing Claire in Genet’s “The Maids” in no less than three productions”), Jeremy is clearly comfortable under a microscope. Ask him a question and he will reel off an essay in an instant. But there is something charming about a talker, and his sheer passion for his output is apparent with every word that he effortlessly conjures. Having barely supped his cappuccino (with cinnamon not chocolate), he continues, “It did not take long to really reconfigure the plan. I knew I wanted to work with the notion of stereotyping and childhood; we are a product of our surroundings, or so I think anyway, and it just clicked that the most logical starting point was the children’s toy. I have to admit that I was not really an overtly doll friendly child. I did quite like anything horsey-but dolls-not so much. I never had an Action Man and I once set fire to my best friend’s Barbie!” Having broken his flow with a slightly nervous bewildered laugh, Jeremy smiles a ‘don’t worry’ at me before continuing,“It was an accident, I promise. The deal was, that when she was at mine we would make up plays or hang off the climbing frame singing whatever song we hearted that week, then when I was at hers, we would play either Daleks or Barbie. I preferred Daleks as it meant we ran around her house screaming ‘exterminate’ and throwing pillows at each other, but more often than not she opted for Barbie. One such day we were coming Barbie’s hair and I pulled too hard with the comb, Barbie’s head flew off and landed on a lamp. The hair set on fire instantly. It was all very innocent really. Without hesitation he anticipates my next question and continues unperturbed. “Back to the series though, I knew what I wanted to say but I did not really know how to go about it. Dolls are merely representations of their human counterparts - they are not without censorship. I remember when I first moved to Australia and saw golliwogs on sale everywhere. I was shocked. They are deemed to be socially unacceptable in this country, so I started to question what the other dolls represent within society.” “Whether the way we see dolls as kids affects the way we view other people?”, I interject, guessing Jeremy’s intentions - he is thrilled I get him. He rewards himself with his first sip of our meeting. It is clearly a relief. He sits back in his seat cupping his mug and looks across at me inquisitively; Did you have a favourite doll when you were growing up?” He is going to turn the tables. Having worked as a music photographer and journalist in Melbourne up until just before his Sheffield relocation in Janu-

ary, Jeremy is used to being on the other side of the conversation and is clearly able to subtly manipulate the direction of our discussion. “I had a G.I. Joe,” I respond hesitantly, before noting, “He is missing from the series isn’t he?” “M.I.A.,” he laughs, “but if you want me to add him in last minute then you could pose for me...” He pauses to just before the point of discomfort, before explaining, “I bracket him in with the Action Men of the toy world. They are designed for boys and while it is accepted that they are essentially sexless dolls, the fact they go to war makes it socially acceptable for boys to play with them. Meanwhile Ken, another male doll, is only an accessory to Barbie; she is the toy the girls are expected to want, and he is basically the boy toy for girls. There is no fundamental difference between the two, simply societal judgment creating a distinction.” Willing and able to accept his lack of sincere desire to include my childhood hero in his collection, it seemed only reasonable to probe into his selections, including his childhood nemesis Barbie... “I should be honest again, I just played it by ear. I had certain dolls I knew I had to tick off my list, then others that just came to the fore throughout the process. There were some I would have loved to explore, but simply could not find the right model. Maybe next time?” With so many dolls from which to choose, Jeremy’s approach to their selection may sound at a surface level to be somewhat haphazard. However, it is clear in dialogue that the final eight portray his message loud and clear. Surprisingly, when questioned about individual images and their intention, Jeremy is a closed book; “Art is all about interpretation, once the images are in the public forum, it is no longer really about my intention but rather their understanding of my work. Some may just see a pretty picture, others may delve deeper.” Clearly aware that I deemed his answer unacceptable, Jeremy takes a long sip of his now barely-there cappuccino before offering up a compromise; “Around the time I started work on the series I read a blog entry online about an experience of a shop assistant. They were working their shift at a game shop somewhere in the States when a Dad came in with his two kids. The younger boy was choosing his birthday present. The Dad left his two sons to it, barely paying attention. After a few moments the boy chose a game that was covered in Princesses - he wanted that one - the father was appalled and said no, offering instead to buy the young boy a fighting game. The young boy insisted he wanted the game he had chosen while the father stressed he would not get his son a “girls game.” Suddenly the older boy interrupted and explained it was he who was getting the present for his brother, that he would purchase the game his brother his had chosen because it did not matter if boys played with princesses or soldiers, really the game was the same thing. The father stormed off unable to accept the decision. It is a different take on social expectation, but the father’s stereotyped attitude is so similar to the way people approach dolls. The older boy is right in my mind. At the end of the day it should all just be “child’s play.” “Dolls” is being exhibited as part of Sheffield Showcase from April 16-29.


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Health| Think Yourself Thin

Think Yourself Thin Health awareness is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s body-concious society. Sadly it too is becoming more and more essential, with levels of obesity, cancer and mental illness rising anually. People are often uneducated on how best to care for their body and, without knowing the facts, can do more harm than good.

Penelope Crawford runs Hydrodetox, a colonic hydrotherapy and health screening service based in Sheffield. An expert in all things good for you, Penelope is also a health and wellness coach. She has been kind enough to offer her expert advice to our lovely Asian Chic readers, in order to help keep you looking and feeling your best. This month, The Health Detective shows us all how we can think ourselves thin! Every year we spend millions on diets and gym memberships, but obesity specialists increasingly believe the problem doesn’t just lie in what we eat or how much exercise we take, but how we think. “ confused messages ”

There is a non-stop communication between your mind and body - I think that the mind is the most important because it drives your behaviour. Nutrition and exercise specialist Janet Thomson, is convinced we become overweight as a result of confused messages from the brain sabotaging our attempts to slim. So, if we have been told we are ‘well-built’ or ‘chubby’ or that ‘dieting is a waste of time’, these messages can stick. Were you always forced to eat everything on your plate as a child, even if you really didn’t want to? Without even realising, our emotional link with food can become toxic and we will no longer eat only when hungry and stop when full. However, Janet Thomson maintains this can be changed and has devised a programme of mind exercises that she believes can boost our chances of getting - and staying - slim.


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Penelope Crawford The Health Detective For more more information on how you can lose weight easily contact The Health Detective on 07734961242

• THINK about how you will look and feel a month after you have achieved your weight-loss goal — slim and healthy. Now, visualise yourself three months after that and six months later. Commit to spending one minute just before you go to sleep each night and one minute when you wake each morning,while you are in a sleepy, trance-like state, visualising yourself like this. Creating powerful positive emotions helps generate faith in your ability to succeed. It will also give you less desire to comfort eat. • WRITE down exactly what you want to achieve — to be comfortable in size 12 jeans? To run a marathon? — and what you are prepared to do to get there — ‘I will eat less’ or ‘I will stick to a training regime’. Write them on post-it notes and stick to the mirror, fridge etc. Read these mission statements out loud at least twice a day. • IDENTIFY the thoughts and behaviour that may have kept you from achieving your goals in the past. Make a list of all the things that could have been making

you gain weight (too many takeaways, too much wine), then write a list of alternative behaviours that you intend to do instead (planning meals, drinking alcohol only at weekends). • KEEP a food diary: write down everything that passes your lips. Studies show that even if you don’t consciously restrict your food intake, a diary makes you more conscious of what you eat. Being aware is a step forward. • SPEND time with like-minded people who have already achieved, or have similar goals. Who you spend time with directly affects your attitude because your unconscious mind will be continually processing their shared experiences as well as your own.

• FOOD INTOLERANCE TESTING When you know which foods are stressing out your body or depleting it, then you will automatically lose weight more easily. Your digestion will improve and your body can utilise the energy more efficiently. This leads to an immediate boost in energy and vitality, which will cause you to want to exercise more, thereby increasing your metabolism. • IMPROVE YOUR BOWEL FUNCTION If you eliminate your waste products and have good absorption of nutrients from your food and supplements, you will not have the urge to over-eat and it will be much easier to keep portion size down.

• FOLLOW two simple eating rules: never use food as a reward or treat — eat only because your body needs fuel, then give it the best quality fuel possible. Never ban yourself from eating something. This will only make you want it more.

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City Break | Leeds

- LEEDS City Break

This month, wave hello to Leeds, West Yorkshire’s pearl of a city! Whether you’re looking for a mini-break with that someone special, a cheeky little shopping spree, or a wild night on the town, Leeds has it all. Team Chic took on a heady combination of shopping trip and sleek night out - trust us, it was hard to say goodbye!


Whether you’re passionate about art and sightseeing, simply fancy a wander outdoors, or want to relax and unwind, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Leeds.

Leeds Art Gallery

Recently hosting an exhibition of acclaimed artist Henry Moore, the city gallery on The Headrow is a must-see venue for anyone with a keen eye for fine art. Over three floors of exhibits, there are superb displays from historical artists and sculptors such as Stanley Spencer and Rodin, as well as outstanding contemporary displays by the likes of Paula Rego and Mark Wallinger. Feast your eyes on the vast display of paintings, sculptures and videos from the permanent art collection housed at this prestigious gallery, and get a taste of classic and modern art which promises to inspire, entertain and educate. The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA

Victoria Quarter

The mix of retailers, together with breathtaking architecture lends this shopping complex an atmosphere of class and sophistication.

Tropical World

Waterfall Spa

Tropical World promises to excite, entertain and provide an extravagant experience like no other.

3 Brewery Wharf, Dock Street, Leeds, LS10 1JF

Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6AZ

Take a break from reality, and immerse yourself in the wonder that is Tropical World. Find yourself walking across the sandy white beach, before exploring the rainforest where you’ll experience beautiful tumbling waterfalls, jungle pools and exotic animals including snakes, meerkats and tropical insects.

Canal Gardens, Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 1ER


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Harewood House

Renown for its stunning architecture, the outstanding home of the Earl of Harewood is one of Leeds’ main tourist attractions, boasting a rich collection of fine porcelain and exceptional art collections. For those more at home in the great outdoors, then explore the award-winning gardens surrounding this beautiful Victorian Manor. Lose yourself in the elaborate flowerbeds of the Parterre, or the tranquil Himalayan Garden, which features a picturesque waterfall and the Bhutanese Stupa.

Known as the premium shopping area in the North of England, Victoria Quarter is an unmissable shopping experience. Situated in Leeds City Centre and home to leading designer stores like Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton and Karen Millen, this is nothing short of a shop-a-holic’s paradise.

Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG

If all that shopping and sight-seeing has left you a little weary, treat yourself to an extensive choice of invigorating treatments at the Waterfall Spa. This spa places emphasis on pure indulgence, and is the ideal place to lie back and be pampered in style. Featuring a gourmet restaurant, champagne bar and opulent boudoir, you won’t know where to start!

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From simplistic daytime dining, to continental cuisine coupled with exquisite wines, there is something for everyone. We hand-picked some of our favourites that were just too good to miss!

Anthony’s Patisserie

We all know that shopping makes for hungry work; located in Leeds’ most prestigious shopping centre Victoria Quarter, is the elegant, stylish and highly reputable bistro Anthony’s Patisserie. With an excellent reputation for their quality fresh produce, this delicious eatery offers light luncheon, home-made pastries and an assortment of confectionery, perfect for small gifts. Furnished with marble and Italian leather, this really is the perfect place to unwind over a tasty treat, or two, or three... 37 Queen Victoria Street, Victoria Quarter, Leeds, LS1 6EA

cocktails and fine champagne, Oracle is the perfect setting for a glamorous and sophisticated evening surrounded by friends. Definitely one of Leeds’ must-visit bars, enjoy partying with a tasty cocktail or two, whilst taking in spectacular views of the river.

3 Brewery Place, Leeds, LS10 1NE


Chic and smart, Mook is one of the leading cocktail bars in Leeds and is a real gem. For cocktails of all shapes and sizes; long, short, signature and of course the classics (mine’s a Cosmo!) Mook is a must-visit bar. With an eclectic music scene, and an effervescent atmosphere, you’re guaranteed to spend around 90% of your night dancing; between sampling the finest cocktails of course!

Queen’s Court

With a trendy and extravagant crowd, this gay bar/ club promises to be a night to remember. Open ‘til 4am and busting out the latest chart hits all night, as well as serving up a vast selection of drinks, this venue offers a cutting-edge, stylish atmosphere. With a courtyard for those that want a more chilled-out vibe, and an upstairs nightclub, Queen’s Court shows why it is such a hit for Leeds’ thriving gay community, but why am I telling you? Get down there and experience it for yourself, if you think you can handle it! 167-168 Lower Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LY

Hirst’s Yard, Leeds, LS1 6NJ

Salvo’s Restaurant

One of the most innovative Italian restaurants to grace the North, Salvo’s was voted the UK’s Best Neighbourhood Italian Restaurant by Gordon Ramsay! A family-run restaurant serving luscious contemporary cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere, Salvo’s has worked out the perfect recipe for fine dining. Host to an appetizing selection of traditional Italian dishes, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice, and that’s before you’ve even seen the extensive wine list! All this makes Salvo’s the ultimate destination for a cosy night with that special someone. 115 & 107 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3PX

Bird by Vineet

Vineet Bhatia, the first Michelin-starred Indian chef in Britain owns this incredible restaurant that is guaranteed to get your taste-buds tingling. The inventive menu features modern interpretations of traditional Indian cuisine, that you simply can’t afford to miss. Be sure to pay the stylish Bird by Vineet a visit and prepare to be invigorated with a taste of India that’s better than the real thing. Alea Casino, 4 The Boulevard, Clarence Dock, Leeds, LS10 1PZ


Renown for its nightlife, our visit only served to confirm why Leeds is still one of the top cities in the UK for a full-on night on the tiles. With everything from chic cocktail bars to thriving gay bars, you’re guaranteed a night to remember!

Tiger Tiger

A local favourite with a vibrant atmosphere and a crowd of all ages, Tiger Tiger is one venue where you can’t go wrong. With several themed bars and a nightclub all under one roof, you’ll spend the night shimmying from room to room, sampling the tasty beverages and mingling with the vast throng of party-goers. It’s always busy so make sure you arrive early to secure your party’s seats for that all important presession rest! The Light, 117 Albion Street, Leeds, LS2 8DY


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