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A Letter From

THE EDITOR There’s nothing like a relaxing Christmas break to make you reflect about where you’ve been and where you’re going. It gave me the opportunity to sift through the archives and each edition left me wonderstruck by the work of decades past and brimming with ideas about how to push the magazine forward. Which is good timing, because not only are we at the dawn of a new year, but also a new decade. While it has been incredible to reflect upon the amazing and enduring legacy of this brand, Close Up has always been about celebrating innovation. And right now, this philosophy is more relevant than ever. There’s an unmistakably light, bright and breezy feel to this issue. Speaking of fresh, cover star Laura Whitmore has definitely brought her A game. She took the role of hosting the UK’s favourite reality TV show and now the Bray native has taken to Instagram to say that she is "gobsmacked" as it was revealed that Love Island: Aftersun attracted 1.4 million more viewers than previous years. Read more on Laura’s Love Island journey on page 6. Fashion Page 14

Now, it may be a small, four-letter word, but is there any greater power than love? And it’s not just poets, mystics and sages who tell us so. And it’s not just a romantic love that we’re talking about. Just watching a feel-good movie, petting an animal or practising selfless service for others increases our longevity and makes us feel marvellous. So, in this month of love, grab an object or affection (your mate, your girlfriend, your dog, someone else’s dog, a total stranger). For their health and for yours! Open heart, open arms – go forth and be in love! All in all, we’re celebrating life at its lightest, brightest and loveliest. Until next month,

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Happy New Year.

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COVER INTERVIEW

Laura

WHITMORE Laura Whitmore has landed the gig of a lifetime after being named as the new host of Love Island. The Irish TV host has so far enjoyed an impressive career on the box.

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I’ve watched her host every series and know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice. TV Presenter and model, Laura made a name for herself after MTV launched ‘Pick Me MTV’, a presenter search campaign to be the face of MTV News in 2008. Before hitting the big time, she worked as a researcher on Irish radio show, Lunchtime with Eamon Keane. In 2011 she replaced Caroline Flack on ITV2’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! NOW! and in 2012 she hosted the BRIT Awards alongside Keith Lemon, and in 2018 she hosted reality TV series Survival of the Fittest. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that longstanding host Caroline Flack has decided to stand down as the Love Island host. Taking to Instagram, Caroline posted “ Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it’s the best show on telly. In order to not detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is to stand down for series six. I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town.” So how is Laura feeling about taking the helm of TV’s most-watched show? “The whole thing just feels intimidating because it’s such a huge show, and I’m a huge fan and I know it so well,” Laura said an interview. “When I was on the plane going over, the lovely air hostess woke me up and she said, ‘Good luck with the show!’. Then I was at the hotel and an older guy came up to me and said, ‘I love the show, good luck!’. It’s such a big show that everyone knows you’re doing it. The show itself, I’m like, ‘Oh, I can do this. I’ve worked in TV a while’, but then so many people love this show so much, I just want to do it justice and just be me, I suppose.”

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The whole thing just feels intimidating because it’s such a huge show, and I’m a huge fan and I know it so well.

In a 2018 interview when promoting the series ‘Survival of the Fittest’, the star went on to admit that she’d often pestered her boyfriend for insider secrets, revealing she was a fan just like everyone else. Laura shared “I remember when he was doing Love Island I’d be like, ‘Tell me some secrets, tell me something that’s going on’, so that’s more what he would be telling me. “He’d be like, ‘I’m not allowed to tell you’, and I’d say, ‘Come on tell me who’s leaving!’ Stuff like that.” Despite it being a bittersweet new role for Laura after the troubles her good friend Caroline went through, it helps that her boyfriend, Iain Sterling, works on Love Island as the show’s hilarious narrator. Laura and her long-term boyfriend Iain have lived together in North London since late 2018, but they will be spending more time than ever together in 2020 as they film the winter series of Love Island, with plans to jet back and forth to South Africa throughout the series, while Iain continues to record the voiceover. “I also chatted to Iain about taking the role because we’ve always been very private with our relationship. I know we’ve been together a few years and we put stuff up on Instagram, but you can kind of control that, and this is obviously such a big show. He’s the best at what he does, he’s just so great. Iain is the heart of this show, his humour and what he does with it is basically what the general public are like watching the show. As well as helping the islanders find love, Laura is keen to act as a big sister to them and admits she’s become really attached to the previous islanders as she’s lived vicariously through their rollercoaster experiences on the show. “I think we forget that

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they’re real people,” she mused. “We’re watching it as a show, but it’s not Coronation Street – these people are real and their emotions are real so I think you’d have to be very cold to not become attached or protective.” Laura points to Amy Hart as an example. Fans of the show will remember in series 5 Amy emotionally left the villa after being dumped by Curtis Pritchard. “There was that episode where she was incredible,” said Laura. “I was in Majorca visiting Iain and I was at the airport flying back and I bumped into her. I was starstruck and went up to her and said, ‘I just want to say what you did was incredible’. But I didn’t realise she hadn’t spoken to anyone since she came out or even really seen the reaction. I gave her a hug and when I saw her afterwards, she told me I had no idea what that meant. She didn’t know everyone was on her side, and it was nice for her to see that. It’s impossible not to be attached.” When her appointment was announced back in December, the presenter revealed that she had “spoken [to Flack] a lot in the last few days since she stepped down,” adding: “She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role.” “It’s not a great situation at all. It’s not ideal and Caroline has been incredible,” explained Laura. “She messaged me before ITV contacted me and said that she really hoped I got the role. She said, ‘I know how much of a fan you are of the show’. I just thought that was so lovely. I’m so happy to do the show, but I just wish it was in a different situation.” Love Island continues at 9pm “I’ve watched her host every on ITV2 series and know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice.”


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FILM INTERVIEW

Liv

TYLER The star discusses the power of silence in the smash hit Ad Astra.

It’s easy to still think of Liv Tyler as a very new star on the Hollywood scene, but her legacy as one of the most successful names in the business is more than assured. A CV that includes Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk, and The Strangers is added to with sci-fi movie Ad Astra, out on DVD and Blu Ray this month. The film is the story of astronaut Clifford McBride (Brad Pitt) who embarks on a perilous mission to save the universe from his father (Tommy Lee Jones) who has lost his mind in a far off space station. Tyler plays McBride’s partner, who does not have many lines in the film but is a powerful presence throughout as he remembers their time together, haunted by the regrets of his past. “I felt like my character was almost like a dream at times, she comes to him in his memories and imagination” she says at a press event for the film. “It’s a very unspoken connection between the characters, it’s a story that’s told in their expressions and a lot is said through their eyes”.

The cinematography is so beautiful in this film, it really struck me. The role was met with some criticism due to being quite a slight part, but the Lord of The Rings actor says that the elusive nature of her role is exactly within keeping with the film’s premise. “To me that was real, and to the story that was real, and in his mind and his connection, that was real,” she says. “All of our connections that you see—he’s alone so much and you see so much playing in his mind. The relationship with his father, through memory and through ideas, through imagination. You don’t always know if it’s real or not real.” While actors tend to be hyper critical of their own work, Tyler confessed to marveling at the finished film as a whole, which adopts a very unique visual perspective. “The cinematography is so beautiful in this film, it really struck me” she says. “Every shot really counts. It’s also a wonderful experience to be working with (Brad) and James, who are as passionate as I am about telling a story that is something that’s unique and daring. I’m very proud to be a part of that”.

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WEST-SIDE STORY Let it all hang loose in 2020, baby. Expect a major fringe trend from all your favourite brands in the coming season. Tassels, fringing – if it swishes when you walk, you’ll probably want to snap it up to get in on this fun fashion trend. It’s a bold look that’s currently populating high street stores and designer boutiques alike, but choose your weapons wisely and the pieces you pick up now will see you through next season too.

@demsims We all know neon has been (and will continue to be) very trendy, but pay special attention to this bright orange hue. It’s sure to make a major splash in 2020. Neon is a bold fashion choice, especially when it’s on an entire jumpsuit or gown. But that’s also what’s great about it – you can throw on a hot pink suit and call it a day. If you’re looking for a beginner’s guide on how to style bright hues, start with a casual streetwear aesthetic. The catwalks were full of ensembles that either had subtle pops of neon or were beaming head-to-toe creations. Designers have even put a sophisticated high fashion spin on neon shades in order to make them evening-appropriate.

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IAIN STIRLING Iain Stirling’s CelebAbility is BACK for another series.

This comedy, entertainment show sees teams of 3 go up against a squad of celebrities in a series of hilarious games. All rounds are based on the unusual skill or ability that the celebrities believe they naturally possess. All the games build up to a final prize winning game in which the remaining friends must answer questions about the remaining celebrities. Fewer celebrities mean fewer possible answers so the greater the chance of winning and the more questions answered correctly means the greater the cash prize! How does it feel to be back for another series of ‘Iain Stirling’s CelebAbility?’ We’re back for yet another series! People say all celebrities are talentless. Well, we are here to prove some of those people, kind of wrong! But who will reign supreme this year? Tune in (after Love Island, obviously) to find out! I’m genuinely buzzing about it! This is the best one yet, I can’t wait for everyone to watch it. It’s the silliest, the maddest, the funniest.

People say all celebrities are talentless What can viewers look forward to this series? Their favourite celebs doing crazy stuff. Basically, making a fool of themselves on national television! Do you have any standout moments from last series or a particular CelebAbility that sticks in your memory? This series we’ve got Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash who wrap presents competitively against one another. It was one of the most enjoyable moments of my life, watching Joe and Stacey scream at each other while wrapping presents! Stacey is a new team captain this year. What’s it been like having Stacey onboard? She is just brilliant. She is an absolute professional, an absolute charmer and a joy to work with. It’s been a real honour actually. TV royalty! Is there any other funny moments from filming this series that you can tell us about? There are loads! We had Katherine Ryan guessing how many Tinder matches people have had. And Roman Kemp appears and he is doing his impressions, obviously. What would you say your CelebAbility is? Knowing exactly how much McDonalds I need to feel completely full!

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MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT AT BARTS, CHELSEA Barts, a 1930s prohibition-style cocktail bar tucked away on Sloane Avenue, invites you to experience an immersive evening of mystery and investigation as you try to solve a thrilling crime of passion. The exciting murder mystery night, organised in collaboration with Torchlight Mysteries, will see you manoeuvre your way through an old apartment block to find the secret black door. Beyond lies not only Chelsea’s most notorious speakeasy, but also the scene of a terrible crime. Once you’ve solved the mystery, you can calm your nerves with a toast to the deceased and a complimentary cocktail from Barts’ Murderous menu and enjoy the afterparty. Tickets are £30pp and include a welcome drink. Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea SW3 3DW barts-london.com

I A-DOUGH YOU VALENTINE’S MASTERCLASS AT PAUL, COVENT GARDEN Swap flowers for flour this Valentine’s and get hands-on with three bespoke Valentine’s masterclasses to choose from at PAUL. Spend quality with your beloved learning to bake how to create beautiful heart-shaped baguettes, intricate heart-shaped brioche plaits and generously filled éclairs with PAUL’s master baker. The classes take place at PAUL Covent Garden on 11, 12 and 13 February from 6pm9.30pm. Tickets are £90 and include vegetarian/charcuterie/cheese platters and champagne to enjoy at the end of the class, as well as a luxury baker’s kit to take home, including limited edition PAUL apron, recipes and course certificate. 29 Bedford Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9ED paul-uk.com

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EDITORIAL

WINECDOTE VALENTINE’S DAY WINE MASTERCLASS, HACKNEY Winecdote is a new wine studio on a mission to teach Londoners about wine without the complicated vocabulary or stuffy atmosphere. Started by certified wine expert Claudia Bastiaensen, Winecdote in Hackney aims to make the whole experience more fun with blind tasting challenges, fun wine facts and plenty of approachable wines. On 14 February, Claudia will lead a Valentine’s Day Wine Masterclass featuring five romantic wines, including an elegant champagne, a voluptuous white wine and warming reds, alongside complimentary snacks. Tickets £40. Studio 001 in Netil House, 1 Westgate Street E8 3RL (entrance on Bocking Street) winecdote.com

LONDON SHELL CO’S VALENTINE’S CRUISE, PADDINGTON

UP AT THE O2’S CHAMPAGNE CLIMB, GREENWICH PENINSULA Up at The O2 is inviting adventurous couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day by climbing to the top of the world’s number one entertainment and music venue. The 90-minute climb to the peak of The O2 is guaranteed to set hearts racing and can be made extra special with a champagne upgrade – choose a Celebration Climb and get a glass of Lanson champagne each to enjoy once you reach the viewing platform at the top! Sunset Climbs, Twilight Climbs and Climb and Dine, where you can combine your climb with dinner at a restaurant in the O2, such as Gaucho. Tickets from £36pp.

Can’t get to Venice this Valentine’s Day? An intimate cruise through Regent’s Park on London’s Regents Canal is your next best bet. London Shell Co is setting sail with another Valentine’s offering – a romantic two-and-a-halfhour dining cruise with seven-course seafood menu and optional wine pairing. The menu, inspired by the Best of British seasonal produce, will begin with a traditional aphrodisiac of oysters, followed by a range of incredible seafood dishes including truffled cods roe, salmon en croute for two to share and sea salt caramel truffles to finish. 14 February. Doors 6pm, cruise departs 7pm, return for 9.30pm. £75 per head. The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6PY londonshellco.com

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COUPLES FLIGHTS WITH THE LONDON HELICOPTER, BATTERSEA What could be more romantic than treating your other half to a luxury, exclusive flight over the London skyline for just the two of you? Choose from the London Buzz package, a 10-minute flight that takes in 18 landmarks from £200 per person on a shared flight (a private helicopter starts from £1,000); the London Sights package, a 20-minute flight that takes in 25 landmarks from £3000 per person (or £1,500 for private use); and London Max, a 30-minute flight that takes in a whopping 36 landmarks from £2,000 for private hire. Tours generally depart from Battersea but you can opt to depart from Redhill aerodrome, near Gatwick. The Pod Building, Bridges Court, Battersea SW11 3BE thelondonhelicopter.com

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FOOD

Dining

IN

For the hopeless romantic, dining in this Valentine’s Day will work a treat with these delicious recipes.

Cherry, mascarpone & amaretti pots Cherries, almonds and creamy mascarpone – what’s not to love? Serve in jam jars for a relaxed gathering, or wine or martini glasses for an elegant dinner-party dessert. Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 0 minutes Total time: 20 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients 180g pack Waitrose & Partners Cherries 2 tbsp icing sugar 1 tbsp lemon juice 150g mascarpone 150g natural yogurt 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste 100g amaretti biscuits Method Halve and stone the cherries, then toss in a bowl with 1 tbsp icing sugar and the lemon juice, and set aside for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a bowl, mix the mascarpone, yogurt, remaining 1 tbsp icing sugar and vanilla paste. Put the amaretti biscuits in a clean food bag and crush into rough pieces with a rolling pin. Divide 1/2 the crushed biscuits between 4 wine glasses, tumblers or jam jars. Divide 1/2 the mascarpone mixture between the glasses, layering it over the biscuits, then top with 1/2 the macerated cherries. Repeat to create a second layer. Serve immediately or make up to 2 hours in advance, chilling until ready to serve.

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Cook’s tip For a more grown-up dessert, add 1 tbsp Disaronno Amaretto almond liqueur with the other ingredients in step 1.


FOOD

Cook’s tip

Meatball, kale & mascarpone pasta bake

To make this vegetarian, replace the meatballs with 200g ready-cooked chestnuts (chop and add with the soffritto), stir 250g puy lentils into the tomato sauce and use a vegetarian hard cheese instead of parmesan.

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Total time: 50 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 300g pack reduced fat British beef meatballs 250g frozen Cooks’ Ingredients Soffritto Mix 3 sprigs rosemary, chopped, to give 1 tbsp 100ml red wine (see drink recommendation below) 2 x 400g cans chopped Italian tomatoes with olive oil and garlic 1 tsp honey or sugar, to taste 250g Napolina Bronze Die Penne Rigate 150g pack Pentland Brig kale, torn from the stems and roughly chopped 125g mascarpone 30g parmigiano reggiano, finely grated, plus extra to serve Method Heat 2 tsp oil in a wide pan. Add the meatballs and sizzle for 5 minutes until browned, then transfer to a plate. Add the remaining oil to the pan, followed by the soffritto mix and half the rosemary, plus a little seasoning; soften for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. Pour in the wine, let it bubble and reduce a little, then tip in the tomatoes and honey. Simmer for 10 minutes, drop in the meatballs and take off the heat. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and boil for 12 minutes, piling the kale on top for the final 2 minutes. Drain the pasta and kale, reserving 3 tbsp cooking water, then tip into a medium baking dish. Pour over the meatballs and sauce; toss gently together with the reserved cooking water. Dot the mascarpone across the top, scatter with the parmigiano reggiano and remaining rosemary, then bake for 10 minutes until golden. Serve with extra cheese, if liked.

Recipes and images courtesy of Waitrose. Thousands of recipes can be found at www.waitrose.com

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VALENTINE’S

Baecon Mug by Leeann Walker Art Wow £10

The Valentine’s Day Hamper Cuckooland £39

Cupids

Heart Marshmallows TK Maxx £3.99

ARROW This Valentine’s, let them know what they really mean to you with a thoughtful, one-of-a-kind Valentine’s gift that could only be for them. Give cupid a run for his money (or golden arrows) with one of our Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas. Red Paper Valentines Rose ‘I Love You’ Paper Tree £19.50

Valentine’s Makeup Bag Sainsbury’s Home £10

Floral Kimono F&F £18

Personalised Valentine’s Letterbox Biscuits Biscuiteers Baking £25

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Candles Home Sense £7.99


FOOD

Vegan sausage

PASTA

A quick and simple vegan dish. Cherry tomatoes are roasted with garlic just until they pop and blister, for a lovely intensified tomato flavour that’s lighter and fresher-tasting than a classic tomato sauce.

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients 400g cherry tomatoes 4 garlic cloves, sliced 3 tbsp olive oil 300g pack Linda McCartney’s 6 Vegetarian Sausages 2 courgettes, trimmed and sliced Pinch salt 300g elicoidali pasta tubes Handful basil leaves Method Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. Toss the tomatoes, garlic and 2 tbsp oil in a roasting tin; season. Remove the packaging and film from the sausages but leave in the foil tray. Put the roasting tin and foil tray in the oven for 15 minutes, giving each one a toss halfway through. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the courgettes with the pinch of salt for about 8 minutes, turning regularly until golden. In a separate pan of boiling water, simmer the pasta for 10-12 minutes then drain, reserving a cup of pasta water.

Cook’s tip Top with toasted flaked almonds to serve, if liked. Recipes and images courtesy of Waitrose. Thousands of recipes can be found at www.waitrose.com

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Remove the courgettes from the frying pan and set aside on a plate. Slice the sausages and add to the pan, frying for a couple of minutes, then tip in the pasta, tomatoes, any roasting juices, 2-3 tbsp pasta water and the courgettes. Toss together briefly and serve scattered with basil leaves.


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INTERVIEW

An interview with:

OLIVIA BUCKLAND We caught up with TV personality Olivia Buckland to talk all things Love Island, tanning and life!

We loved watching ‘Olivia & Alex: Happily Ever After’, how did you feel sharing so much of your private life with the public? We are used to sharing our private life anyway as we always try to be really open and honest with our followers so we didn’t mind letting the cameras in at all. Will there be another series of the show? The first series of the show had such an amazing response and we would love the opportunity to do it again. Watch this space, because you never know! Along with your house move, do you and Alex have any plans to grow your family soon? At the moment, we are focusing on the house and our dogs! I don’t want to grow up too fast, I am only 26 and we want to live our lives a bit more and focus on our business and new house before having children but we definitely would like them in the future.

Remember that everything you do on TV will be seen by a lot of people! Have you got any tips for new homeowners? Prep as much as you can before the move! Get the boxes, tape and make lists. It helps so much. Also, treat yourself to some new bits for your home. A new home is the perfect excuse to add some new touches and flairs. What advice would you give to the current Winter Islanders? Remember that everything you do on TV will be seen by a lot of people! Be yourself but make sure that you are true to yourself and don’t look back and regret anything. Enjoy it too, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. Do you have a favourite Winter Islander? It’s still early days but really like Sophie; I think she is coming across really well and she sticks up for what she believes in which I like.

Photographer credit: James Rudland

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What do you have coming up in 2020? Loads! I will be doing another campaign with Cocoa Brown which I am super excited for, we’ve got the new house and I am also going to New York for work. I can’t say much more on that at the moment but watch this space.

Olivia Buckland is the face of Cocoa Brown which is available in Superdrug and Primark stores nationwide.


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FOOD

Chocolate & raspberry

TORTE

This is a spectacular dinner party dessert or special celebration cake. Raspberry-flavoured dark chocolate goes into the decadent mix, and a layer of fresh raspberry compote through the middle of the cake adds beautiful contrast. Serve with creme fraiche to cut through the richness.

Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus cooling Cooking time: 50 minutes Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes, plus cooling Serves 10 Ingredients 200g frozen raspberries 150g Fairtrade golden caster sugar 3 x 90g bars Divine Fairtrade 70% Cocoa Smooth Dark Chocolate with Raspberries, broken into chunks 100g unsalted butter, softened 3 British Blacktail Medium Free Range Eggs 100g ground almonds 50g self-raising flour 50g Fairtrade cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting 150ml soured cream 1 tsp freeze-dried raspberries, to decorate Method Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4; line a deep, 20cm cake tin with baking parchment. Heat the raspberries and 50g sugar in a small pan with 1 tbsp water until broken down, then simmer for 6-7 minutes until jammy; set aside to cool. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water; set aside to cool. Beat the butter and remaining 100g sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, then the almonds, flour and cocoa, followed by the soured cream. Fold in the chocolate until everything is just combined. Pour half the mixture into the prepared tin, then pour the raspberry compote into the middle, spreading it out but leaving a 2cm border clear around the edge. Cover with the remaining chocolate mixture and bake for 35-40 minutes until cooked. Cool completely in the tin. Dust with cocoa powder and sprinkle with freeze-dried raspberries before serving with crème fraîche, if liked.

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Cook’s tip This delicious cake can be made a day in advance, and is great served chilled or at room temperature.

Recipes and images courtesy of Waitrose. Thousands of recipes can be found at www.waitrose.com


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FILM INTERVIEW

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FILM INTERVIEW

Finding your

VOICE

Gabrielle Union explores the nature of truth in her new film The Public.

It’s incredible to believe that Gabrielle Union has been entertaining audiences on the big screen for over two decades. Landing her first big screen role in 1999’s cult hit Bring It On, the star has gone on to work with some of the biggest and best in the business. She worked opposite Will Smith in the 2003 hit Bad Boys II, played a powerful businesswoman in the hit comedy Think Like A Man and its sequel, and was part of an award-nominated ensemble in drama Birth of A Nation. A performer capable of bringing laughter as well as putting a lump in your throat, she takes on a very different type of role in this month’s new release, The Public. Directed and starring industry legend Emilio Estevez, alongside Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone and Michael K. Williams, The Public tells the story of a group of homeless people who seek refuge in a public library when a cold front hits New York. Refusing to leave after closing, the incident escalates into a hostile stand off where the well-being of humans clashes with societal preconceptions. Union plays a reporter covering the event, who covers the incident from an angle that guarantees headlines, rather than delivering the truth. The film premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and was warmly received by critics, who praised the film’s heart and determination to shine a light on a very real problem. Despite being set in The Big Apple, the film’s issues will strike a chord with anyone who sees it.

life is repeatedly put under scrutiny by the press, and has become the subject of false rumour and innuendo during her time in the spotlight. “I play a member of the media in the film, and the part really looks at what it is to have that role in society” she explains. “We ask whether it’s to tell the truth, or to change the truth in order to further your own career? My character chooses the second option, which is to distort and ignore the truth for the betterment of her own career. That’s something we see a lot of these days!” Both through her work on the film and her experience in life, Union came to some conclusions about what is common practice in today’s media landscape. “I learned that the principles of journalism aren’t subscribed to by many of the media” she says. “There’s a responsibility to report the truth and find out what’s really going on, and many people aren’t doing that” she also believes there is a conflict of interest when journalists become stars in their own right. “Some journalists have publicists and brands” she says, “so it’s unlikely that the truth is at the top of their agenda”.

We don’t give people a voice to tell their story, and this film looks at that issue and gives a voice to characters that are marginalised.

For the actor, this is much more than cinematic hand wringing. “It’s a celebration of their humanity” she says of the homeless characters at a press event for the film. “I think a lot of society makes a decision about who they are, we don’t see the human side, the people behind the labels. We don’t give people a voice to tell their story, and this film looks at that issue and gives a voice to characters that are marginalised”. Union also feels strongly about the intentions of the character she plays in the film, and it’s easy to understand why. As well as being a public figure, she is one half of a celebrity couple with her husband, NBA basketball hero Dwyane Wade. The couple’s

It’s a subject she feels passionately about, which means she is in good company making this film. Director Emilio Estevez is a passionate campaigner for liberal causes, while Alec Baldwin has been an outspoken critic of the current White House administration through his work on Saturday Night Live. Union herself is a vocal political campaigner who was personally called upon to advise the Obama administration. She has also spoken out for victims of assault, advocated for better mental health care, and criticised the handling of the case surrounding the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2013. She has been praised by no less than Oprah Winfrey for her strength to voice her concerns and speak up for those who are suffering, but do not have the same platform as her. Given this history, she feels at home in people who feel strongly about today’s issues. “It’s awesome!” she beams. “Sometimes you can feel like you’re alone in feeling the way you do, but when you are joined by so many voices that feel the same way it’s awesome. I’m The Public is happy to work with so many people in cinemas from who are as passionate about their February 14th. beliefs as I am”.

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Wish

LIST Close Up’s monthly guide to what you should be wishing for…

TURN UP THE HEAT

HE’S HER LOBSTER!

BLAZER SQUAD

Stick it in a pot and it heats the contents in gradations of a 10th of a degree, but up 92C. So now you can sous-vide stuff without having to make space on your counter for a massive water bath.

The Wild Card is a personalised card with a character that pops out in a burst of confetti! Spoil the Rachel to your Ross this Valentine’s Day by choosing your favourite character and personalise the card with your own photo.

Blazers are an easy way to smarten up any outfit, and one in a statement fabric like this will make everything look instantly pulled together. Wear with jeans and a slogan tee for a smart/casual look.

Valentine’s Day Lobster Wild Card www.boomf.com £8.49

Pink Boucle Military Blazer www.missselfridge.com £59

Anova Nano Precision Cooker www.menkind.co.uk £100

PHOTO-FRENZY

SKIN HEROES

TEMPTING TASSELS

It’s nice to have photos around the house, but you’re too busy to go to SnappySnaps and gluing your phone to the fridge with Instagram open isn’t as satisfying. So hook it up to the Instax printer to print off glossy mini-prints instead.

With winter comes breakouts, stemming not only from the cold weather but also from the food and alcohol consumed over Christmas. Make sure to keep your skin hydrated with a high-performance detox mask, instantly clearing and illuminating your skin.

Fabulous fringing is one of the biggest trends of the year so far and we’ve seen it everywhere from fashion and soft furnishings, to stationery and furniture. If you just want to try this trend in a small way, then add a tasselled cushion with a pop of colour is the perfect option for you.

Fujifilm Instax Link Smartphone Printer www.selfridges.com £109

Antipodes Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask www.lookfantastic.com £24.99

Yellow Tassel Cushion www.wilko.com £8

MAKES SCENTS

BOOKCASE THIS

FLOWER POWER

Surprise a loved one with a luxurious gift this Valentine’s Day. The new Vetiver & Golden Vanilla makes a delectable gift for him or her. Purchases of two or more products can be presented in a heartshaped gift box and selected scents can be engraved with a loved one’s initials or a short message.

Heart-racingly suspenseful, this supernaturally tinged tale of forbidden love, buried secrets and betrayal has more than one surprise up its sleeve. Conjuring a storytelling magic all of its own, this richly imagined story of books comes wrapped in layers of enchantment, enigma and stunningly evoked detail.

This product celebrates the white clover found amongst the Provençal wild grasses. A flower that grows in unexpected places, it denotes a woman of beauty, strength and unpredictability. The fresh citrus-floral scent, is the perfect Spring fragrance to be layered with an array of complimentary body products.

www.jomalone.co.uk £78 per 50ml Cologne and £122 per 100ml Cologne

The Binding by Bridget Collins www.waterstones.com £8.99

HERBAE par L’OCCITANE L’EAU uk.loccitane.com £50

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FEBRUARY 2020

The

EDUCATION Supplement

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EDUCATION

WINCHMORE HILL

EDUCATION

– is it important to you?

We live in a culture where possessions can be acquired, enjoyed and upgraded with ease. However, EDUCATION is not a commodity but a partnership between your child, the school and you.

The teachers we met were outstanding, they established a confidence in me that my daughter would be both well cared for and well educated. A child must be in an ENVIRONMENT that is right for them so that they are happy and therefore able to learn without distraction.

After having a tour of PGHS we knew straight away that this school was perfect for our daughter. Children today live in a very fast paced, technology driven world where the time to develop a love of learning and to be creative is being eroded.

Wendy Kempster is Head of Palmers Green High School in North London.


BOOK COMPETITION WIN a set of fantastic fiction to give your child’s library a boost! Simon and Schuster children’s books have teamed up with Close Up magazine to give away ten sets of these great reads from some of their top authors:

A Sprinkle of Sorcery

(Ages 8+) The Widdershins sisters are back in another standalone adventure full of magic, mayhem and sibling loyalty. The family curse has been lifted and sisters, Betty, Fliss and Charlie, are free to leave the miserable prison isle of Crowstone. But when a mysterious girl, accompanied by a will-o’-the-wisp, arrives on the Widdershins’ doorstep with a map to an unchartered island and a hagstone that reveals hidden secrets, it seems another adventure is brewing.

It assures me that my daughter is being pushed to recognise her full potential and is surrounded by like-minded individuals who are all seeking the same educational goals. By choosing PGHS you can be sure that your child will: • be immersed in a truly EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE • be encouraged to love learning • explore the curriculum with like-minded children • have time to be creative and imaginative • challenge themselves in and out of the classroom • have wide ranging opportunities • receive the care and attention they deserve. If you have not yet visited the School, please do come along as soon as you can. The ENVIRONMENT you choose for your child’s EDUCATION is probably the most important decision you make as a parent.

I liked the small setting, just for girls, the small class size and felt that the academic standard was strong and would help our daughters achieve their full potential. Don’t wait to see how it goes at another school, register your daughter at PGHS where we know how it goes!

We looked at three schools and knew when we came into PGHS that this was the school we wanted our daughter to come to.

Please visit our website at www.pghs.co.uk to view our forthcoming Working Open Mornings and Taster Day dates. Alternatively, if you would like to book a personal tour please call Admissions on 020 8886 1135 or email office@pghs.co.uk.

And when Charlie is kidnapped, it’s up to Betty and Fliss to journey through misty marches, past swarms of wisps, and ghostly pirates, and on to a fabled island that could just hold the answer.

Loveboat Taipei

(Teen) Eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents are packing her off to study in Taiwan for the summer. It’s bad enough that they have such high expectations for her: straight As, no alcohol, no boyfriends… But now she will have to spend her last summer before college amongst the over-achieving Asian teens that her parents have always wanted her to be, including Yale-bound prodigy Rick Woo. However, unbeknownst to her prudish parents, the summer program is actually an infamous free-for-all nicknamed Loveboat where the teens are more into clubbing and drinking snake-blood sake than calligraphy and touring sacred shrines. Finally free from her parents’ strict rules, Ever sets out to break them all… But how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

The Boy Who Made the World Disappear (Age 8+) The Boy Who Made the World Disappear is a fantastical smorgasbord of insatiable black holes, glamorous international travel, and mysterious lollipop ladies – with a delicious sprinkling of science on top. Its protagonist, Harrison, is inspired by and shares his name with Ben Miller’s middle child.

Harrison tries his best to be good. He doesn’t steal from shops, he shares with his sister and he never cheats at board games… but Harrison also has a BIG flaw. He can’t control his temper! So when he’s given a black hole instead of a balloon at a party, he seizes the chance to get rid of everything that makes him cross. But when it’s not just things he hates that are disappearing into the black hole but things he loves, too, Harrison realises that sometimes you should be careful what you wish for... To enter, email sayhello@closeupuk.com headed ‘BOOK COMPETITION’ with your full name, address and preferred book. Closing date 29th February 2020. Good luck!

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EDUCATION

Setting a GOAL Just like adults, kids love rewards, and having an aim will keep them motivated. Use the reward chart to set tasks and targets for your child to carry out, to get lots of fun rewards as an incentive. Reward charts allow kids to visualise positive reinforcement and this helps encourage a clear link between stars and good behaviour. My Responsibility Fabric Wall Hanging www.amazon.co.uk £17.95

Top tips to making HOMEWORK FUN •

Allow children to take small breaks if needed

Make sure they have a drink nearby

Lots of praise!

Get the children involved as much as possible

Include singing/acting/hand movements with certain tasks to keep the children engrossed

Set goals so they are working towards a target

Use pictures/photos and include lots of colour to make it interesting

Stationery CORNER Ideal for school and getting creative at home, treat your little ones to our fantastic favourite collection of kids stationery. Children Kid Maths Cube Bluelans £1

EASYoriginal Ergonomic Rollerball Left Handed STABILO £7.70

Writing Set 32 Pieces Bic £19.99

Lift Off Teeny Tiny Drink Bottle With Strap Smiggle £8.50

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Pack of Personalised Mixed Pencils Studio From £2.49

24 Pack Shuttle Pens FANTESI £11.58


WINCHMORE HILL

Looking for a school where your daughter will excel?

PGHS is recognised for its all-round excellence in a small and nurturing environment NUMBERnow ONE IN THEfor: SUNDAY TIMES LEAGUE TABLE FOR SMALL INDEPENDENT Registration open Nursery for girls aged 3 years, Reception 2020 entry SCHOOLS 2019 - A*/9/8 - 61% and A*/9 to A/7 - 81% and 11+ in Entrance. In-year admissions are also available.

WORKING OPEN MORNING - Tuesday 10th March 2020 9.30am to 11am WORKING OPEN MORNING - Thursday 30th April 2020 9.30am to 11am TASTER DAY (for Year 5 pupils) - Friday 15th May 2020 9am to 3pm WORKING OPEN MORNING - Friday 26th June 2020 9.30am to 11am Please contact us to book a place on our Open Mornings. Personal tours are also available

Palmers Green High School, 104 Hoppers Road, London N21 3LJ PGHS Nursery, 85 Wellington Road, Enfield, EN1 2PL Tel: 020 8886 1135 www.pghs.co.uk Email:office@pghs.co.uk


BLOG

Katerina Mum to Rico and blogger to all! www.keepingupwithkaterina.com @keepingupwithkaterina

Even though it’s February – this is my first column of the year, so it’s only right to wish you all a very happy New Year! I hope you’ve all got off to a good start of this year and the decade! I think that where we ended a decade, everyone was a bit more reflective than normal of their achievements and growth (or was it just me?!). I started this year by having a ‘Vision board party’ with some of my favourite ladies and I can’t recommend it enough! For those who don’t know, a vision board is literally a board you create with cut out pictures/words drawings, scribbles of anything you want to obtain/achieve. In a way, a visual to do list (with a bit of extra added sparkle!) The first ever vision board I made was many years ago, before Rico and even before Jamie. Thinking back to it really made me feel grateful – and I realised that the life I’m living at the moment include so much of what I visualised, dreamed of and prayed for (apart from the jeep and hot body but we can’t have it all ha!) Sometimes we get so caught up in forever looking into the future of what’s next to achieve, what’s next to buy, what’s next to do, that we don’t stop and actually appreciate what we have in the moment. As a person who has anxious tendencies – I feel as though I’m forever living in future, what might happen,

what could happen and trying in a way to control and have the best handle on what life might throw my way. So as much as my usual resolutions include, loosing weight, going to the gym (which – shockingly enough to you all – I have yet to even drive near one this year let alone go in) my main resolution this year is to live in the moment. Be present in the present. I’m living a life the single 20 year old me once dreamed of, with my soulmate, in our own house, with a beautiful little human I get to call my son, an amazing group of real friends, a crazy beautiful supportive family, a job I enjoy and in general a fulfilled life (also can’t forget that fact that I get to write my thoughts into a magazine for others to read! How great is that!?). My life is far from perfect and I forever get days that I feel as though I’m not where I want to be or haven’t achieved things I would of wanted yet, but I’ve learned that giving yourself the credit for what you have achieved will help you to give yourself a break and actually enjoy life in the now! Thanks for reading lovelies, until next time

Katerina x The business in spotlight this month is bouncy castle company “Krazy Kastles”. Krazy Kastles are a fun, reliable and reasonably priced company who specialise in a variety of different castles with designed sure to suit any customer. So wether you’re a princess, superhero or wanting to reveal the gender of your baby in an amazingly unique way - Krazy Kastles are the people for you! They have kindly offered my readers 20% off their 2020 booking when quoting my column!

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Quainton Hall School has excellent academic results alongside extensive extra-curricular and sporting opportunities.

Quainton Hall Nursery

We are now taking applications for the places available in our nursery.

Quainton Hall School, Harrow, HA1 1RX

For nursery applications or an appointment to visit our school call

020 8861 8861

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With an emphasis on high academic expectations and standards combined with a broad and balanced curriculum, Quainton Hall School offers first rate facilities set within a secure, nurturing and family-centred environment. Established in Central Harrow at the end of the nineteenth century, Quainton Hall is a thriving IAPS co-educational Preparatory School dedicated to the education of children between the ages of two and a half and thirteen years. We offer a broad and inclusive education firmly centred on the core values of respect, integrity, determination and humility and believe in setting high expectations,

leading by example and creating a secure, positive and inspiring learning environment where staff and pupils can feel challenged and supported to achieve individual success in all aspects of school life. We are a school that is proud of its academic tradition, that possesses a genuine sense of community and that very much has at its heart the interests of the girls and boys. As educators and in the increasingly competitive environment in which children find themselves today, we believe it is our duty to foster creative thinking, to develop independent learning and to support every child in gaining the confidence to believe and know that they ‘can’. Quainton Hall School, Harrow, HA1 1RX 020 8861 8861 admin@quaintonhall.org.uk www.quaintonhall.org.uk


EDUCATION

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HALF TERM DIARY By Sophia’s Diary

Is Half Term approaching already? With only one week off this time, we have searched for the most exciting and fun things to do for little ones. Here are our top picks:

AN ARABIAN TEA PARTY WITH PRINCESS JASMINE Children will be decorating ‘Abu’ monkey Cupcakes and Magic Carpet Biscuits and Princess Jasmine will take them on an adventure with fun and games. They will then sit down to sandwiches and drinks which are supplied by Fields Cafe and this is all included in the price of the ticket. Friday 21st February, 10-12pm or 12.30pm-2.30pm Fields Cafe, St Luke’s Church EN2 ailsa@craftychefs.co.uk

THE ARTZ KIDZ – TOY STORY SPECIAL Children take part in exciting and imaginative drama game based around the theme of Toy Story. All children will create their own Forky friend to take home. The younger children can also create their own mask and older children a canvas painting. They will also be carrying out dance and singing workshops with a performance to parents at the end of the day. Children have the chance to meet new friends, build confidence, work in teams while simulating their imaginations skills alongside fully trained teachers and practitioners of ‘The Arts’. Wednesday 19th February, 9.30-1.30pm and Thursday 20th February, 9.30-2.30pm Firs Farm Primary School, Rayleigh Road, N13 5QP Thursday 20th February, 9.30-1.30pm Coffee & Crayons Café, 161 Ballards Lane, Finchley, N3 1LJ Book online at www.theartzkidz.com

VALENTINE’S DAY DISCO

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Little ones can enjoy a fun packed disco with games, soft play, arts and crafts, dancing and more! There is also a cafe on site for grown-ups too. Friday 14th December, 4.30-6.30pm KB02 Venue Hire, 220 Green Lanes, N13 5UD holidayclub@annmarietimeforchange.com

A good fairy turned evil by jealousy casts a bad spell on a young princess. But an act of pure love will undo her magic, restoring her heart and bringing peace and harmony to the whole kingdom. Character and narrative led stories will engage boys and girls from start to finish and are loved by all ages. Tuesday 18th February, 3pm Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, London N18 1PJ www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk

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FILM REVIEW

New in the MOVIES by James Luxford Happy New Year! We start off 2020 with something for everyone – four Oscar contenders, two quirky dramas, and a very fast blue hedgehog. Enjoy!

QUEEN & SLIM Out Now

The issue of racial tension in America is approached in a fearless and hard-edged manner in this drama about a couple on a Tinder date (Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya) who must go on the run across the country after killing a police officer in self-defence. Startling performances from both leads underpin a story that’s hard to watch at times, asking serious questions about the way we approach race in society, threaded with a Bonnie and Clyde love story that feels authentic from beginning to end.

HHHHH PARASITE 7th February

If you are one of those people that ‘doesn’t do’ foreign language films, you might want to change that policy for a film from South Korea that may be one of the movies of the year. This incredible movie follows a poor family who slowly infiltrate the home of a wealthy CEO by replacing their household staff. Part mystery, part comedy, part social commentary, this is a gripping look at the lengths people will go to in order to get a glimpse of a better life. Miraculously filmed and featuring glorious performances, this is sure to win Oscars. Do yourself a favour and catch it!

HHHHH THE PUBLIC 14th February

What happens when desperation becomes a police incident? That’s the question at the heart of this story about a group of homeless people who take over a public library to shelter from the elements. Starring Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union and Emilio Estevez (who also directs), this is a heartfelt look at a very serious problem, with a talented cast overcoming the occasionally clunky story.

HHHHH MIDNIGHT FAMILY 21st February

In Mexico City, there are fewer than 45 public ambulances active for a population of millions. This has led to a rise in private ambulances, such as the one run by the Ochoa Family in this heart-breaking documentary. The shifty practices and dire financial structure (their patients are not obliged to pay, and rarely do) paint a picture of a medical system falling apart. It’s hard to get through, but is essential viewing for anyone who doubts the merits of a public healthcare system, or wonders what we would do without it.

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DARK WATERS 28th February

Mark Ruffalo takes time off from Avenging to produce and star in his passion project, playing a lawyer who takes on the very energy company he used to work for after he sees the damage it does to customers. If you think two hours of investigation and litigation feels like a slog, you’re not entirely wrong. The plot can seem a little sluggish at times, but is helped along by an incredibly committed performance by Ruffalo, and a plot that asks how far we are prepared to push our planet for profit.

HHHHH

BIRDS OF PREY AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN 7th February

The winner of longest title of 2020 is a sequel of sorts to Suicide Squad, following Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) as she leaves The Joker and helps a team of superheroes save a young girl from a crime lord (Ewan McGregor). Harley became a pop culture phenomenon and a Halloween costume staple last time she was on the big screen, can Robbie keep up the momentum for her awards season success and score big at the box office too?

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG

Another foreign language classic. This French period drama follows an artist (Noémie Merlant) who is hired to paint a spirited, wealthy young woman (Adèle Haenel) before she is forced into marriage. The pair fall in love, making the painting take on much more significance as their time together is limited. Gorgeously shot and masterfully acted, it’s a love story that stands among any of the great movie romances as the two women overcome their fears to embrace love, even if it’s only for a short time. A simple but brilliant film that had us blubbing in the final half hour!

An icon of video game history comes to life in a movie that so far has been more famous for the wrong reasons. The design of Sonic The Hedgehog in the film’s official trailer horrified people so much that the release date was moved back, allowing for a design that seemed more like the Sonic we knew. He’s a little more familiar, and looking to take down his nemesis Doctor Robotnik (Jim Carrey) alongside his new friend, played by James Marsden. It’s a movie that should be a hit with kids and nostalgic adults, provided the new design is as good as the trailer promises.

28th February

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TRAVEL

Hungary for

LOVE

Move over Paris, Budapest is where to look for romance this Valentine’s Day…

Forgo Parisian stereotypes this Valentine’s Day and head east for a romantic sojourn in Budapest. It’s difficult to conjure up a more romantic vision than the Hungarian capital – all turrets and towers, castles and cobbles, palaces and bathhouses. So, wrap up warm for a romantic walk along the River Danube, which originally separated the two cities of Buda and Pest, or take a sunset stroll around the ancient ramparts of the hilltop castle. Budapest has it all. WHERE SHOULD I STAY? The palatial Corinthia Hotel Budapest is said to have served as the inspiration behind Wes Anderson’s award-winning film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Built in 1896 as the Grand Hotel Royal, the 441-room luxury hotel has been given a complete makeover and restored to its former glory. Being dropped off at this neo-classical landmark, within walking distance of the city’s Andrassy Avenue, and entering the marble lobby will take your breath away. Everything is on a grand scale, from the six-storey internal glass courtyard and the imposing staircase leading to the huge ballroom, to the magnificent Royal Spa, complete with ESPA products, a 15-metre pool, seaweed and mud baths, saunas and hot tubs.

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Experience one of the hotel’s new one-bedroom executive suites, with its contemporary décor, two marble bathrooms and a handy Nespresso coffee machine. You will be bowled over by the hotel’s attentive staff and impeccable service, with everyone from the doorman to the restaurant maître’d remembering your name.


TRAVEL WHICH STARS WILL I SEE?

WHERE CAN I SHOP?

Names in the Corinthia’s star-studded guest book include Sir Sean Connery, Colin Firth, Dame Helen Mirren and rapper Snoop Dogg. Budapest is a popular backdrop for many films, too, including Evita. Angelina Jolie filmed Wanted and In the Land of Blood and Honey here, while Brad was also in town for zombie film World War Z. A great time to spot pop stars is during the annual Sziget Festival, where the Prodigy, REM and Dizzee Rascal have all performed.

Label lovers should head to Andrassy Avenue, the long leafy boulevard that connects the city centre with City Park, and where you’ll also find the Opera House. Vaci Street, the main pedestrianised thoroughfare, is lined with High Street labels such as H&M, Zara and Mango, as well as malls, cafés and bistros. You’ll find Fashion Street – home to Hugo Boss, Lacoste and Max Mara – and Hungarian handicrafts on Deák Ferenc Street.

WHAT MUST I DO?

To bring a taste of Hungary home, make sure you visit the Great Market Hall. In this magnificent 19th-century hall, you’ll find all manner of salami and pastries, as well as Pálinka brandy and Tojaki dessert wine. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of Kreinbacher, a Hungarian sparkling wine.

Hop on one of Budapest’s numerous trams – it’s one of the cheapest ways to see the city. Look out for the number 2 tram – it winds its way along a particularly scenic route. Take the charmingly rickety funicular up to the top of Castle Hill and you’ll discover a host of medieval treasures, including the 13th-century Royal Palace. The best views are to be found at Fishermen’s Bastion, where you can look across to the majestic parliament building on the opposite riverbank. Get lost among the narrow-cobbled streets on Castle Hill and stumble upon hidden bistros and pastry shops, such as Rétesvár, lovely for crepes. Budapest is famed as the city of healing waters, so a visit to one of the traditional bathhouses is a must. They may be housed in ornate buildings and decked out with mosaics, stained glass and marble, but they’re certainly not pampering havens. If you signed up for a massage after you’ve dipped in and out of the thermal pools, you’ll be slathered in suds on a marble table and then given a rather robust massage! One of the most beautiful ones is the Gellért Baths, with its art nouveau indoor swimming pools and ornate Viennese-style café, while one of the largest is Széchenyi, in the City Park, with its 15 indoor and outdoor thermal baths. The Rudas Thermal Bath, has six thermal pools of varying sizes and temperatures. One of the best spots has to be the outdoor rooftop pool, set against the stunning backdrop of the Buda Hills.

WHERE CAN I EAT? Hungarians love their indulgent pastries and desserts, and one of the most beautiful settings to enjoy them is Café Gerbeaud. You’ll feel you’ve stepped back in time as you enter this architectural gem on Vorosmarty Square, with its dark wood panelling, marble table tops and glass chandeliers. Enjoy a warming slice of apple strudel and a whipped cream-topped hot chocolate. It’s located right next to the River Danube, so work off your calories with a riverside stroll afterwards. Traditional Hungarian cuisine is heaty, warming fare, with menu staples including paprika-flavoured soups and stews. To try some of the classic dishes in more of a gourmet style, dine at the Michelin-starred Borkonyha, while the more low-key Klassz is a lively bistro offering local specialities and a lengthy wine list. HOW DO I GET THERE? EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) flies from London Gatwick to Budapest from £40 one way. Book a stay at the five-star Corinthia Hotel Budapest (www.corinthia.com/budapest; +36 1 479 4000).

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FILM INTERVIEW

Tom

HANKS The big screen legend discusses playing a small screen legend in his Oscar nominated new film.

Tom Hanks has done it all in his long career in Hollywood. Three Oscars, numerous culture-defining hits, and the opportunity to play some important men in history, including TV host Fred Rogers in his new film A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood. It follows a cynical reporter (Matthew Rhys) assigned to write a profile on Rogers (Hanks), whose kind nature begins to help him deal with his own past. While Rogers is not an immediately familiar name to UK audiences, he is a legend in the US thanks to his children’s show that taught generations of youngsters how to deal with things like depression, loss, and anger. The film explores Rogers’ genuine kindness, which may be hard to believe in today’s society. “Cynicism has become the default position for so much of daily structure and daily intercourse. Why?” Hanks asks at a press conference for the film. “Because it’s easy and there’s good money to be made at it. It’s a great product to sell.”

There’s a place for cynicism, certainly. But why begin with it right off the bat? Hanks believed that the greatest gift Rogers gave to culture was a positive message. “When Fred Rogers first saw children’s programming, he saw something that was cynical” he explains. “That’s a cynical treatment of an audience, and we have become so inured to that when we are met with as simple a message as, ‘You know what? It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood’ that we get some sort of slap, a little bit. And we are allowed to start off feeling good. There’s a place for cynicism, certainly. But why begin with it right off the bat?”

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood is in cinemas now.

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In learning about the man, Hanks said one thing he admired, particularly as a public figure, is Rogers’ ability to turn questions on the press. He recalls a situation where Roger is asked if he ever has a bad day. “He’d say, ‘Well, of course I have bad days. You must have bad days every now and again, too. Particularly with the fact that you have to do this story on a deadline. That could really put some pressure on someone like you. Is there ever a time when you haven’t made a deadline and you felt bad because of it? That must make you feel pretty blue.’”


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INDULGE The Aman Spa is balm for mind, body and soul. Here, treatments are anchored to age-old Bhutanese traditions. The hot oil head massage, featuring warmed coconut oil and long, soothing strokes, helps to release deep-rooted emotional stress, though after the gruelling ramble up to the Tiger’s Nest monastery, nothing breathes life back into sore muscles like a soak in a Bhutanese hot stone bath infused with the healing herb khempa.

EXPLORE Paro’s pine-carpeted terrain is dotted with temples and monasteries, the most sacred of which is the cliff-clinging Tiger’s Nest. The climb tot his spiritual marvel is worth the effort. Less strenuous is the amble to the Drukgyel Dzong ruins. Make time, also, for a visit to the Kyichu Lhakhang temple to join one of the monks in the ceremonial lighting of 108 butter lamps.

TASTE Mornings begin in the dining room with cups of masala chai and hunks of rye toast spread with local honey. As the day unfolds, inventive twists on classic Bhutanese dishes grace the menu alongside flavourful Indian and Western plates. A highlight is the thali-style supper – a sequence of slow-cooked dhals and tandooried meats, soundtracked by live dranyen (traditional Himalayan lute) music. www.aman.com

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It is only too easy for businesses dealing with office politics, poor trading or cashflow difficulties to take their eye off the ball when it comes to their employees’ rights. As an Employment Tribunal (ET) decision strikingly showed, however, it is precisely at such moments of crisis that professional advice is most needed (Charalambous v Venturespring Ltd). The case concerned the former commercial director of a business consultancy firm. Tensions developed between her and the firm’s controlling shareholder after hopes of exponential growth failed to materialise. Amidst serious liquidity difficulties, the office atmosphere became corrosive. After her salary was underpaid month after month, the woman lodged a grievance which was substantially ignored and never resolved. Commissions due to her were miscalculated downwards and, after she complained, she began to be excluded from strategic commercial decision making. She ultimately resigned and launched ET proceedings. In ruling on the matter, the ET found the firm guilty of multiple breaches of the legal obligations it owed to its employee. It had set out to undermine the working relationship in response to the woman’s justified complaints that payments lawfully due to her were being withheld. She had thus been constructively dismissed in circumstances which were automatically unfair.

Noting that the firm had compounded its wrongdoing by failing to respond to or play any part in the proceedings, the ET described its conduct as lamentable. The woman was awarded compensation of over £36,000 in respect of her unfair dismissal and other sums representing arrears of wages, commission, holiday pay and expenses. Her total award came to £96,931.

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