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MARCH/APRIL 12

EASTER EGGCITEMENT

things to do in Birmingham

MUMS THE WORD

Mothers Day gift ideas

SPRING FASHIONS

the latest trends for this season

BE ON THE COVER! enter our ‘FACE OF GRIT’ competition


Another night out in A&E? A&E is for life threatening conditions, not your drunken night out. Make sure your night is memorable for all the right reasons. Stay sensible, drink responsibly and if you do have a minor injury such as grazes or bruises, self-treat at home.

The NHS belongs to us all. Let’s use it right. www.nhs.uk


MARCH/APRIL

With so much happening over the next few months this issue as per usual is jam packed with the best fashions, entertainment, food & drink and much more. The fashion section will get you eggs-cited this easter with some great new trends and what’s hot for the spring/summer seasons. The things to do section will keep you busy with plenty of things to entertain you as well as some great places to visit. The food & drink section will get taste buds tingling with everything from great places to eat and drink to fantastic recipe ideas. We hope you love reading this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together and have a great Easter!!

Tim

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CONTENTS FASHION & BEAUTY PAGE 7 TO 19 THINGS TO DO PAGE 20 TO 39 FOOD & DRINK PAGE 40-46 ACCOMMODATION PAGE 47-51


FASHION & BEAUTY


If you’re stuck for ideas on how to show your love and appreciation to your mum this Mother’s Day then LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics can help out. This year sees the launch of some fantastic brand new inventions to spoil mum rotten on her special day. Each are made with the finest ingredients and essential oils (only the best for mums), are not tested on animals and have minimal preservatives and packaging – so kind to Mother Earth as well! The Washing Up Fairy (£3.75) A magical Pink & Green fairy to swish around the kitchen sink to wash your dishes and soften your mitts. Following on from our crusade against people washing their hands with washing up liquid at the sink, we’ve made this lovely unpackaged, unpreserved, solid washing up wand so you can be the washing up fairy, while mum puts her feet up this Mother’s Day (she’ll last for around eight washes). Putty for Your Hands hand cleanser (£5.95) Ideal for hard working mums who have dry, cracked, sore hands. This is an incredibly softening cleanser, made with beautiful ingredients to soothe, soften and help repair skin. There’s an abundance of skin softening ingredients such as shea butter and marshmallow mucilage, while cornflower and talc allow smooth application. Keep a chunk by the sink for use whenever hands need a little extra TLC. Mum re-useable bubble bar wand (£4.95) Short for chrysantheMUM, these are a quirky alternative for mums who would prefer a lovely, hot, relaxing bath to flowers. The re-useable bubble bar mix is pressed into the shape of a flower and presented on a stick. Scented with an uplifting blend of orange, lime and juniper berries, the fragrance is reminiscent of a freshly mown lawn.


Gift Boxes Happy Mother’s Day tin (£29.95) A gorgeous tin containing a selection of bath-time treats for mum to lock herself away in the bathroom with for some serious me time! The Lush tins are turning into collectables and are great to store all your products in after you’ve gone through the contents – this one is inspired by the bright colour of all the wonderful new re-usable Bubble Bar wands and makes the perfect showcase for them all. With these three in there, along with four other year round favourites, mum can get over 20 baths from this selection tin! Contents: Tulip, Madame Butterfly and Mum reusable Bubble Bars, Rose Queen Bath Ballistic, You’ve Been Mangoed Bath Melt, Amandopondo Bubble Bar and Think Pink Bath Ballistic.

WIN A MAMMIA MIA GIFT BOX!! Our amazing pals at Lush have given us not 1 but 2 of these great gift boxes to give away this Mothers Day. Just answer the following question to be in with the chance of winning:

Q) You can get Mamma Mia gift boxes in both red and which other colour? A) Yellow B) Green C) Orange

Mamma Mia (£19.95) A gift for busy mums who don’t have the time to take a relaxing bath, but would appreciate an indulgent selection of treats nonetheless. It contains a selection of hand care products to give a rest to hands that do lots of dishes – there’s the new Putty for your Hands cleanser, to help soothe and soften mum’s hardworking hands; along with a Tiny Hands solid hand serum to deeply moisturise and repair sore and cracked skin; the new Washing Up Fairy solid washing up liquid wand completes the triplet of hand care armoury to look after mum’s hands, as it’s you who should be using this one! Contents: Tiny Hands Hand Serum, Putty For Your Hands Soap, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, Sultana of Soap, Washing Up Fairy solid washing up liquid wand.

For more great products visit www.lush.co.uk or in store New Street, Birmingham


Add a little exclusivity to your life with these stunning timepieces only available in STORM stores! The Luxura’s sleek crystal covered design is the perfect accessory for any woman who wants add a little dazzle to her day. Whilst the Chronotron’s multi function features and brushed meal strap make it a man’s must have timepiece

As a way of thanking their loyal customers and welcoming their new ones, STORM are offering all those spending over £59.99, one of the below watches for just £35. These watches are sure to be a chic accompaniment to any outfit day or night.

STORM store is located on Level 3 Upper Mall East Bullring Birmingham City Centre


BULLRING HOSTS THE ULTIMATE STUDENT NIGHT

Calling all students, celebrate the arrival of the summer term and fashion with Bullring. For one night only on Thursday 26th April, Bullring hosts the ultimate student evening with discounts, offers and treats from many of your favourite shops at the centre. Between 5pm – 8pm students armed with a valid student ID/card will be able to take advantage of a number of exclusive discounts including 15% off at Schuh and Gap, whilst enjoying 20% off at Bank, Karen Millen, Cult and the recently-opened lingerie shop, Boux Avenue. It’s one not to be missed. On the evening head straight to the Social Hub, located on Bullring’s Lower West Mall (outside Debenhams), where you’ll collect your list of offers and discounts along with your Bullring reward card to give you access to the offers on the night. From here you’ll also be able to keep an eye on Bullring’s Twitter feed to see photos from around the centre and your tweets when using #Bullringstudent. There will be music from some of your favourite Capital FM DJs and also the chance to win a Bullring gift card loaded with £1,000 to spend at the centre. Other treats to enjoy on the night include discounts at concessions and exciting in-store entertainment at Selfridges, complementary cupcakes and a gift with every purchase at French Connection and free soldering at Links of London when you buy a charm. To finish the evening in style head to handmade burger Co. at Spiceal Street where they’ll be offering 30% discount. Remember it’s for one night only so don’t miss out! Let us know if you’re planning on coming along by registering at www.browsebullring.co.uk and tweet at us @bullring #Bullringstudent.


Take It In Your Strides The hottest way to stay cool this summer? By investing in a pair of brightly hued trousers. Ride the rainbow wave in an array of washed blues, pinks and reds. Chinos have officially invaded the high street. And it doesn’t stop at the ankle. Oh, no. Crank it up a notch in above the knee or long shorts in eye poping shades. This season, it seems you have no choice, my friends...

1) Primark. Shirt £8, chinos £10, shoes £8 2) New Look. Straw hat £8.99, white shirt £14.99, orange slim tie £5.99, green chino shorts £14.99, grey shoes £24.99 3) Primark. Rasberry chinos £12

4) House of Fraser. Kenzo yellow chinos £145 5) Blue Inc. Red Longitude cargo shorts £24.99 6) Next. Chino shorts £22 7) River Island. Chino shorts 8) Matalan. Bright green chinos £22

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If you’re short of cash yet still want to look fab, it pays to be clever with your shopping. The first rule when on a budget is to beware of trying to economise by loading up with lots of cheap clothes. Instead, make sure you have your wardrobe essentials such as good-fitting jeans, plain tops that can be teamed with lots of items and of course a dress or tunic. Why? Well, they can be worn in a multitude of ways. For example, a tunic can be worn alone as a dress or worn over a pair of trousers for a funky look. By wearing a belt with it you can change the look as often as you like. Another versatile item is a shirt, this can be

worn over a dress, have the collars pulled up for a smarter look or dress down with a pair of jeans. Don’t forget to trawl through your wardrobe for unloved clothes that can be brought up to date with an accessory or two. Transform your t-shirts by pinning back a sleeve with a big hairclip or brooch. Scarves are another winner as they can be used as a headscarf, round your neck or clinched around your waist. The trick when you’re short of cash is to think literally and make the most of what you’ve already got.


1) Matalan. Butterfly print kimono £14, printed playsuit £10. 2) Want Her Dress. Floral sleeveless patern dress, £29. 3) Primark. Set of 3 skinny belts, £2. 4) Primark. Blue sleeveless dress with yellow belt, £13. 5) Tesco. F & F pink skinny jeans, £14. 6) Sainsbury’s. TU womens brooch, £4.50. 7) ASDA. George silver leaf cuff, £5. 8) Matalan. Cami top, £8. 9) Primark. Chunky panel wedge, £16. 10) Internacionale. Dark floral scarf, £5.99. 11) Internacionale. White butterfly contrast back tee, £9.99


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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

1) Isme. Graham & Brown hearts canvas, £25 2) Sainsbury’s Home. Mum cushion. 3) House of Fraser. Cupcake apron by Linea. 4) House of Fraser. Mummy Rules mug by McLaggan, £8. 5) Tesco. F&F flower print purse. 6) Internacionale. Rose print stud earrings, £2.99. 7) Bodyshop. Chocomania bath & body collection. 8) Sainsbury’s. TU Clothing womens rings, £6.50 each. 9)British Heart Foundation. Metal red heart key wall hanger, £6.99.


shoPPing in Canley Welcome to a wide range of retail offering great value, everyday shopping, fashion and lifestyle brands. With so much convenience and choice, Cannon Park is all the shopping you’ll ever need!

www.cannonparkshopping.co.uk

Just off the A45 in Canley | Free Parking | Bus service: Travel West Midlands 19 & 19W and Centro 42 and Megabus Lynchgate Road, Coventry CV4 7EH | Telephone: 024 7641 7392


THINGS TO DO


One of the most eagerly-awaited and distinctive events in the film calendar, returns to Birmingham from 14-18 March 2012 with another jampacked line-up of cinematic delights. Now established as a highlight on the UK’s cultural and film calendar, Birmingham’s Flatpack Festival returns with an opportunity to explore past and future cinema at its most experiential, as well as some of Birmingham’s hidden nooks and crannies. The festival’s name reflects its portable and versatile nature. With an emphasis on genre-busting and progressive cinema, screenings and events are as likely to be found in warehouses and churches as more traditional venues like the century-old Electric Cinema.

Confirmed highlights for the sixth edition in 2012 include: Suzan Pitt, Misspent Youth, Bikermania, Five Stories High, Charlie Hall, The Icebook, Kit Downes, Colour Box, Film Bug (the festival within a festival), Luminaris and many more

Up to date information can be found at: www.flatpackfestival.org.uk.


CONTRABAND 15 - 1 hr 50 mins Chris Farraday long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs, Chris is forced back into doing what he does best-running contraband-to settle Andy’s debt. Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian, to head to Panama and return with millions in counterfeit bills.

THIS MEANS WAR 12A - 2 hrs Two of the world’s deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends - until they discover that they’ve fallen in love with the same woman. Deciding to keep their friendship a secret from her, they pull out their full arsenal of fighting skills and high-tech gadgetry to defeat their greatest enemy - each other.

PROJECT X 18- 1 hr 28 mins Three high school seniors attempt to make a name for themselves by throwing one unforgettable house party. As word spread, the party takes on a life of its own and before the night is over, dreams are ruined, records are blemished and legends are born.


THE RAVEN 15 In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allen Poe joins forces with a young Baltimore detective to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders.

For these movies and more get yourself down to the AMC in Birmingham, Broadway Plaza. Possibly the best cinema in Birmingham with ample parking (which is free for the first 3 hours), multiple screens, tasty food and drink and most importantly comfy seats!! Why would you want to go anywhere else?


MUM’S THE WORD

18th March Black Country Museum

Treat your Mum to a special day out with a visit to the Museum. As a Mother’s Day special, tickets are HALF PRICE for Mums when accompanied by a paying child (any age). Enjoy an extra special treat with a mother’s day lunch in the new Workers Institute Café or the Hobbs Courtyard café.

18th March Botanical Gardens Give Mum the perfect gift. A day out in the gardens. Mum gets in free with another paying person, from 10am - 4pm

17th-18th March Mothers Day Weekend Cadbury World is the ideal place to bring your Mother for our Mother’s Day weekend. What more could you ask for but chocolate and a fantastic day out! Every mother that comes to visit Cadbury World over the Mother’s Day weekend will receive a fabulous Heart shaped 50g Milk Tray box. So why not make a day of it and have the special Mother’s day Roast dinner in the restaurant for £6.99. When this meal is purchased for your mother, they will also get a free dessert!

18th March Shimla Pinks How about she doesn’t cook tonight? Take her to Shimla Pinks for their fab Mothers Day meal. £14.95 per person includes poppadoms, chutney, starter, main, rice, naan and dessert. (Min 2 people)


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FLORENCE & THE MACHINE with special guests The Horrors LG Arena - Tuesday 13th March Tickets £29.50 plus fees at theticketfactory.com or call 0844 338 8000

BEAR GRYLLS The Mud, Sweat and Tears live tour 2012 The NIA - Friday 23rd March Tickets £39.50 plus fees at theticketfactory.com or call 0844 338 8000

LIVE AND UNSIGNED The NEC - Saturday 24th March For more information visit liveandunsigned.uk.com


THE GADGET SHOW LIVE 2012 The NEC - 11th - 15th April Tickets £15.99 available online only at theticketfactory.com

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - ALEGRIA The NIA - 18th - 22nd April Tickets £50 at theticketfactory.com or call 0844 338 8000

DRAKE LG Arena - 19th - 20th April Tickets £35 at theticketfactory.com or call 0844 338 8000

NKOTBSB- NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK & BACKSTREET BOYS LG Arena - Friday 27th April Tickets £50 at theticketfactory.com or call 0844 338 8000


BELGRADE THEATRE PRODUCTION BRINGS THE OLYMPICS TO THE MIDLANDS Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre is bringing the Olympic Games to the Midlands with its brand new production of Alexander Galin’s gritty 1980 Moscow Olympics drama, Stars in the Morning Sky. Running in the Belgrade’s intimate B2 auditorium from 17 March to 7 April, Stars in the Morning Sky tells the story of a group of women, who, after being branded as prostitutes by the authorities, find themselves banned from the streets of Moscow during the 1980 Olympic Games. In a bid to show the world a cleaned-up version of life in the Soviet Union these troubled and vulnerable women are banished to a disused mental hospital on the edge of the city. On one unforgettable night, there is both brutality and unexpected romance, as the characters discover what is precious to them – and cling to it for dear life. This new version of Stars in the Morning Sky has been written by award-winning, Coventry based playwright Chris Hannan and will be directed by the Belgrade’s Artistic Director, Hamish Glen. Along with the Belgrade’s revival of its FA Cup play We Love You City, Stars in the Morning Sky has been granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Tickets for Stars in the Morning Sky are available now from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or via www.belgrade.co.uk priced from £8.25 to £19.25. Cheaper tickets are available online.


The New Art Gallery Walsall

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Contemporary exhibitions / The Garman Ryan Collection DiSCO.the family gallery / Free family events Adult Events / Costa / Shop / Art library Visit today or log on to our website to find out about the latest exhibitions and events and join our mailing list: thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk

thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk 01922 654400 TexBox: 0845 1112910


MARCH LISTINGS Live Music, 7 Nights Per Week

MON 12TH

ROCKAOKE with the Lettuce Heads live

FREE

TUES 13TH

ELLE TIYO LIVE

FREE

WEDS 14TH

ROCKAOKE WITH The Chebbs

FREE

THURS 15TH THE CHEBBS LIVE

FREE

FRI 16TH

CAPTAIN HOWDY LIVE

FREE

SAT 17TH

THE TIDE LIVE

£5

SUN 18TH

BLOOMFIELD AVE LIVE

£5

MON 19TH

ROCKAOKE with The Chebbs

FREE

TUES 20TH

SNATCH LIVE

FREE

WEDS 21ST

ROCKAOKE with Shine Live

FREE

THURS 22ND THE TIDE LIVE

FREE

FRI 23RD

THE CHEBBS LIVE

FREE

SAT 24TH

THE GODS OF ROCK LIVE

£5

SUN 25TH

ROADHOUSE FLAIR COMPETITION

£5

TUES 27TH

ELECTRIC MAYHEM LIVE

FREE

WEDS 28TH

ROCKAOKE with Regulator

FREE

THURS 29TH LEGS 11 LIVE

FREE

FRI 30TH

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THE AVANTIS LIVE


OPEN MIC EVERY MONDAY & THURSDAY DRINKS DEALS BETWEEN 4-8PM TO BOOK TICKETS CALL 0121 246 2273 OR VISIT www.theroadhousebirmingham.com

APRIL LISTINGS MON 2ND

ROCKAOKE with the Lettuce Heads live

FREE

TUES 3RD

DEFINITIVE LIVE

FREE

THURS 5TH

THE VIPERS LIVE

FREE

FRI 6TH

THE HOUND DOGS

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SAT 7TH

THE CHEBBS LIVE

£5

SUN 8TH

THE TIDE LIVE

FREE

TUES 10TH

BIG DOG LIVE

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THURS 12TH

THE VIPERS

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FRI 13TH

THE TIDE

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SAT 14TH

CAPTAIN HOWDY LIVE

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SUN 15TH

BLOOMFIELD AVE LIVE

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SAT 21ST

THE GODS OF ROCK

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SUN 22ND

MCGOOZER NIGHTS LIVE

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THURS 26TH

THE AVANTIS LIVE

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WWwww.theroadhousebirmingham.com The Roadhouse Birmingham, Wharfside Leisure Complex Lifford Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham, B30 3DZ

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All listings are correct at time of print. All listings are subject to change at anytime so please check the website or call the Roadhouse team before you travel


Well why not? When London has so much to offer how could you refuse? With everything from the arts of Tate Modern to the West End, shopping, nights out at great bars and clubs to a huge line up of summer festivals and events. Here are just a few reasons why we’ll be visiting London this spring.

Dickens and London- Museum of London February 2012 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. To celebrate the occasion, the Museum of London presents Dickens in London. Discover what life was like in 19th century London and learn about Dickens’

The World Shapespeare Festival - April until July The World Shakespeare Festival is a collaboration between many partners, both in London, and in the rest of the UK. In London, the festival is spread across many exciting institutions including National Theatre, Globe to Globe, Barbican and Roadhouse.

Camden Crawl 2012 - 4th-6th May This year, the Camden Crawl is bigger than ever, with three days of indie fun over the May Bank Holiday weekend. More than 250 musical acts will be packed into Camden’s two-mile stretch of pubs and music venues.

E4 Udderbelly Festival - 5th April until July Back in London with its biggest line-up ever, the E4 Udderbelly Festival brings the best UK and international acts to London. Performances this year include Tim Minchin, The Boy With Tape on His Face and The Vocal Orchestra.


This unique extravaganza showcases only the best in entertainment; witness acrobats defying gravity as the ancient discipline Icarian Games returns to centre stage. An act rarely seen in circus arts, steeped in tradition, this remarkable display of human juggling where the human body becomes catapult and catcher in an elaborate, explosive and highly choreographed presentation of power, poise and agility. The show features traditional Chinese acts with the amazing legendary Bicycle Act which will keep the audience on the edge of their seats as 12 artistes manoeuvre onto a single bicycle. Witness the unpredictable and exhilarating twists of foot juggling with drums, the famous swinging poles, the sensational contortionist and the dynamic hoop divers with their amazing somersaults, leaps and jumps which all go towards completing this action packed programme. Suitable for an audience of all ages, with evocative sets, soaring musical score and extravagant new costumes this will entertain the entire family long after the final curtain falls! Don’t miss this stunning production that features the most daring, breath-taking and thrilling artistes to tour the UK.

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NERO- SUN 18TH MARCH HMV INSTITUTE- £18.15 One of the bright new starts of the UK dubstep scene, Nero have already started 2011 with a bang, with recent single Me and You added to Radio 1’s A-List and hitting the UK top fifteen. Debut album Welcome Reality will be released later this year, a record which looks set to propel them into the mainstream.

KORN- MON 26TH MARCH O2 ACADEMY- £29.50 Korn will never forget where they came from: a dark place where salvation arrives in the form of twisted, throbbing guitar riffs, syncopated chaotic funk beats, a schizophrenic bass thump and an unmistakable cathartic howl. Emerging from the depths of Bakersfield, California with a sound unlike any other in 1994, Korn have been able to cement themselves as one of the most important bands in rock n’ roll history.

LOSTPROPHETS- MON 23RD APRIL O2 ACADEMY- £22.50 With their new album ‘Weapons’ out on April 2nd, Lostprophets will play their first headline UK tour in two years.

NKOTBSB- FRI 27TH APRIL LG ARENA- £45.25 The news that every girl that grew up in the 90s has been waiting for. New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys are back! Not only are they back, they’ve also teamed up for a mammoth tour. The ‘NKOTBSB’ tour will see both bands gracing the stage with some of their best-loved hits including ‘Hangin’ Tough’


FOOD & DRINK


BACON & CHORIZO PASTA BAKE Pasta is one of the UK’s favourite Italian dishes. It’s yummy, healthy BUT can cost a fortune in restaurants or bought as a ready meal. When it is so easy and cheap to do at home you will start wondering why your not eating pasta every night!

RECIPE 1) Pour the olive oil into a medium frying pan. Add the onion and cook over low heat until transparent. Add the peppers, mushrooms and bacon and continue cooking until the peppers are soft, stirring often. Stir in the chorizo and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. 2) Preheat the oven to 180C. Then bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Cook the pasta until it is almost tender, about 2 minutes before the recommended time on the packet. Drain and pour the pasta into a baking dish. 3) Mix in the meat and vegetable sauce. Stir in half of the diced mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with the remaining mozzarella and the grated cheese. Bake until the top is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Serve with garlic bread and a side salad.

INGREDIENTS * 60ml (4tbsp) extra virgin olive oil * 1 large onion, sliced thinly * ½ green pepper, chopped * ½ red pepper, chopped * 200g (7oz) mushrooms, thinly sliced * 8 rashers bacon, cut into narrow strips * ½ chorizo sausage, cut into rounds * 1 x 225g tin chopped tomatoes * 325g (10z) fusilli pasta * 1 light mozzarella * 125g (4oz) mature Cheddar, grated


Chamberlains wins award at the National Fish and Chips Award 2012 A recently opened Fish and Chip Restaurant has won a prestigious award at the National Fish and Chip awards 2012 held in London last week. Chamberlains Quality Fish and Chips beat finalists from Southport and Cardiff to be crowned the “The Best Newcomer to the Fish and Chip Industry in the UK” as well as “Best Chippy Chips in the Midlands.” Chamberlains Quality Fish & Chips opened in March 2011 and although the family run restaurant has only been serving up Britain’s most famous dish for 12 months it is already gained an excellent reputation with 5 star ratings on review sites. The owners want to provide the best Fish & Chip experience in the West Midlands in terms of quality of food, service and environment and recognise that diners will travel for quality fish and chips. As well as a modern clean take away the restaurant has 76 seats, is fully licensed, has free car parking, disabled facilities and wi fi access. The decor has a modern contemporary feel with images of Birmingham of years gone by. Chamberlains not only serve fish and chips as trained chefs are on hand to offer other main courses, tasty starters and tempting deserts. All food is cooked fresh to order and the fish and chips are cooked the traditional way in beef dripping although the customer can specify vegetable oil if preferred and even gluten free batter is available which means customers with Coeliac disease can even enjoy tasty fish and chips. Obviously the most favourite dish is fish and chips and the Chamberlains cod or haddock meal is served with fresh chips, choice of mushy peas, side salad, curry sauce or onion rings, crusty bread and butter and either a pot of tea or cup of your choice of coffee. For those wanting meat they offer Bowketts Pies and dishes such as homemade beef burgers with mature cheddar and spring onion as well as a chicken and vegetarian meals. Chamberlains, situated next to what was Jonathans is located on the junction of Hagley Road West and Wolverhampton Road is open every day for lunch, tea and dinner from 12noon to 9pm and for those wishing not to eat in they also have a takeaway option.


EASTER CHOCOLATE COOKIES Easter is fast approaching and how can you not love yet another excuse to spend the day scoffing chocolate. If you can’t afford to buy your loved ones Easter Eggs this year why not show off your culinary skills and bake some tasty treats to give as gifts instead.

RECIPE 1) Mix together the flour, cornflour, salt, icing sugar and butter in a food processor until it comes comes together to form a dough in the machine. Remove the dough, knead gently and form into a ball. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 60 minutes. 2) Pre-heat the oven to 180° C. Then remove dough from the fridge and roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1cm thickness. Cut out shapes using an egg-shaped cookie cutter. Grease and line 2 baking trays. Arrange on the baking trays spaced apart then bake for 12-15 minutes until they just start to colour. Remove from the oven and leave them to cool on their trays for a few minutes. 3) Place the chocolate in separate heatproof bowls. Microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring in between, until you have smooth melted chocolate. Allow the chocolate to cool and thicken a little. Paint the melted milk chocolate onto the top halves of half the cookies. Use the melted dark chocolate on the other half of the cookies.

INGREDIENTS For the cookies * 300g plain flour a little plain flour, for dusting * 50g cornflour * 250g unsalted butter, cubed * 75g icing sugar * salt * 4tbsp caster sugar For the garnish * 200g milk chocolate, roughly chopped * 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped


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ARE YOU CARRYING OVER £1,000 WITH YOU EVERY DAY? A new survey published by Endsleigh, the number one student insurance provider, reveals that today’s student will take £2,652 worth of possessions with them to university. In addition, students are getting more tech savvy, with all students owning a computer, and expensive items carried on their person every day. The survey, compiled by Endsleigh and the National Union of Students, revealed that 83% of students will be taking a laptop, a desktop computer (14%) and/or a tablet PC (4%) to university for the start of the new term. Endsleigh found that the average student carries many of their most expensive possessions with them every day, including items such as laptops, iPhones, MP3 players and digital cameras. As a result, students regularly have an average of £1,165 worth of gadgets on them, even excluding other popular items, such as jewellery, makeup, cash and credit cards. Other popular possessions students take to university include: • MP3 players/iPods (64%) • Digital cameras (60%) • Hair straighteners (39%) • Games consoles (25%) • Sports equipment (including surfing and ski) (20%) • Bicycle (17%) A fifth of students take a musical instrument to university, and these are the most expensive possession, with the average valuation worth £684. Every student takes a mobile phone to university, with 59% taking smart phones such as iPhones or Blackberries. Many students take more than one mobile to uni to take advantage of cheap tariffs and deals. The average student’s wardrobe is worth £542. Endsleigh’s top tips to help students keep their possessions safe: 1. Ensure that you check the security of your accommodation when you arrive and raise any safety concerns with the landlord/halls of residence immediately 2. Always make sure the doors and windows to your room/flat are locked when you leave 3. Make sure valuables are not left in full view if leaving them unattended any length of time 4. Try not to draw attention to valuable possessions when walking around the town or campus 5. Ensure you are covered by contents insurance that is specially tailored to students’ needs Get a quote online at www.endsleigh.co.uk/student/pages/student-possessions


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