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Issue 12 October 2011

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s we rapidly approach our first anniversary in November, this month we have broken from our eleven month tradition and have put a piece of architecture on the front cover, the long awaited firstsite building. firstsite opened its door to the public for the first time at 10am on Sunday 25th September, and here at Colchester 101 we believe that this is one of the most culturally significant events to happen in our town for many a year. And judging by their enthusiasm many of the 3002 visitors that day agreed. With this world class visual arts gallery in the heart of our town Colchester now rises head and shoulders above our neighbours as a cultural centre and tourist attraction. You can read more about firstsite on page 16. It’s not just the good folk at firstsite who have been busy this month, here at 101 the town’s must-read magazine has also become one of the Colchester’s best nights out, in the form of Colchester 101 Presents our new events promotion featuring the best of the town’s musical talent. Our first event took place on September 17th at the new Judge and Jury music venue and was a huge success with eager music fans joining us to see Buddy Lee Dickens, The 633, and local surf guitar phenomenon Surfquake. With all that going on we still managed to find time to put together Colchester’s favourite magazine, and this week our dip into the local music scene saw Jo Weatherall interview the lovely ladies of Lady Bird and The Larks; Jason Cobb took a stroll around The Hythe area and shares his thoughts about Colchester’s seemingly forgotten area, as well as his photos, with us; Hazel Humphreys discusses comedy and the Internet; television gardener Sven Wombwell gets to grips with growing your own unusual fruit and veg; along with all your regular Colchester 101 favourites.

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Welcome to the October issue of Colchester 101

The Jason Cobb 101 Blog COMMUNITY

The Hythe

You can re-build at a pace that satisfies the developers, but it most certainly doesn’t satisfy the soul of the community. Just take a wander around Colchester’s forgotten industrial patch at the Hythe. Even on a damp grey day down by the old industrial heartbeat of Colchester the Hythe still had something unique to offer amongst the uneasy alliance of rubble and buy to lets. The area is far from dead I thought as I composed frame after frame, hoping to capture something of both the old and the new in a single shot. I lingered around the area opposite King Edward Quay, the former timber dock site that is now a dumping ground for old settees. Plans are in place to open up a grand antique and architectural salvage yard around this patch. This is a sure sign that an area is set to change. I noted the appeal of the springless settees, and pondered that if they were perhaps given a good shampoo, they could be passed off as a piece of salvageable furniture, fit to sell on for folk who like something with a bit of character. Strange, that. Here’s hoping that the new money that is about to come into the Hythe won’t be put off by the not so salvageable human waste that is being planned by Anglian Water along the Haven Road. Evidence was all around me of the way in which badlands caught between the old and the new sometimes takes a life of their own. The planners may be patient, but other forces occasionally help to speed along the pace of change. Burnt out buildings are rapidly becoming a heritage landmark around the Hythe. I completed my morning of fancying myself as something of a flâneur [ooh - get you] by taking in


the Hythe Station and the backdrop of words, images and thoughts, largely put in place by fellow Hythe lover, the writer and poet Martin Newell. You won’t find any contemporary urban vision of a non-existent luxury lifestyle dream being sold here; instead the industrial history of the Hythe, exploring themes of the way the area once was, and how it might move forward with the same feeling, given a modern twist. It’s not just art for art’s sake either. Even under the bruising skies of late summer, primary school kids were sucking the last days of freedom out of the six week break, and clearly enjoying reading something slightly different on the railway billboards to the usual banal advertising that is forced upon commuters. The dampness of the day eventually did for the digital camera, and I headed back along the Trail and out towards Wivenhoe. As soon as you are parallel with the University South Towers and the Hythe becomes something that is out of site, out of mind. It is almost as if a boundary has been put in place where the twisting muddy riverbanks of the Colne become at one with nature, rather than being tamed by the heavy industry that has characterised the Hythe of the past. I can’t say that I’m a flag waver for a 16 metre high chimney flue that is going to pump out the stench of re-processed sewage all day and all night, but at least a link with the industrial past will be put in place. The Hythe has to change. Here come the salvaged settees, the short-term residents in the temporary accommodation and even the stench of the green apple splats being floated down the Colne from the backside of Colchester.

A future for Jumbo? By Simon Crow Jumbo, Colchester’s iconic Victorian water tower has dominated the town’s skyline since its completion in 1882, but has sadly now stood unused and slowly decaying since it last saw service in 1984. Recently, plans to convert our much loved local landmark into penthouse apartments, flats, a restaurant and offices by insetting glass windows between its four legs were thrown out at Colchester Council’s planning committee by councillors anxious to preserve its heritage and character for future generations of townsfolk to enjoy. Colchester MP Bob Russell, along with the Balkerne Tower Trust, want to restore and preserve the historic building as a tourist attraction. But twenty-seven years since its closure Jumbo’s future seems no nearer being decided, so we asked 101 readers what they think. Andrew Frost wants the building to be left alone, saying “It has spent the n’th number of years as a redundant, yet attractive and historical feature on the skyline. Why not leave it as such? Does anything NEED to be done with it?” Ashley Smith disagrees “That’s a shame it would make a lovely restaurant rather than looking a bit derelict and lifeless at the mo.” “I don’t mind how it’s used” says Kathryn Ebdon “but I’m living in hope that someone will get permission to breathe life back into the town’s greatest landmark.” Joe Conner and Jon Armstrong are both in favour of the failed bid to convert the building. Joe’s vote would go for a “Combined restaurant/museum/tourist attraction” adding “my grandfather, an engineer, fixed the weather vane once upon a time.” Jon agrees “The restaurant plan is a brilliant idea. The council’s lack of vision is very depressing.” The last word though must go to Paul Wagland who informs us “I hate to point out what everyone’s already thinking, but it would be a great place to ride out the forthcoming zombie apocalypse.”

Sound of Silence Women for Women International Event Tracy Craig, the partner of this year’s Free Festival headliners lead singer Robbie Grey, has asked us to give a mention to the Sound of Silence, a very worthwhile charity event to raise awareness and funds for Women for Women International UK. This is a charity which helps female survivors of war, who have been brutalised, to rebuild their lives and regain their dignity. This event is a celebration of hope and brings together like minded people for live music performances, dance, art work, craft stalls, raffle prizes and much more. Find out more at and book a ticket.

Same as it ever was. Jason Cobb

One Event. Many Voices on Saturday 29th October at Suffolk New College, Ipswich 10.00am to 3.30pm.


By Cpl Michael Collier, AGC (RMP) On Tue 19 Jul 11, Cpls Collier and Smith of 1 Platoon, 156 Provost Company Royal Military Police deployed to the Ukraine on Exercise RAPID TRIDENT in support of C (Bruneval) Company (C Coy) Group, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA). This exercise was 16 Air Assault Brigade’s first post-Op HERRICK 13 exercise and, although the British contingent was only a Coy Group, it served to prove the Airborne Taskforce (ABTF) capability for its return to the contingency phase of the Brigade’s posturing. 1,600 miles later and with some dubious drivers hours over the 4 day road move, the troops arrived safely at Yavoriv Training Area (TA), Ukraine. The journey had been long, tiring and not without incident! Ex RAPID TRIDENT was a multi-national Airborne exercise involving 1,600 Airborne soldiers from more than ten different

Cpl Michael Smith (L) and Cpl Michael Collier (R) on patrol in Yavoriv Training Area, Ukraine.

Dog About Town

Life With Miss Berta By Andrew Dell Cpl Michael Collier

nations. The exercise initially consisted of numerous training stands, demonstrating vehicle CP’s, contact drills and building clearances, which afforded an excellent opportunity to see how the Armies represented conducted their training. The highlight of the exercise were the descents from a C-130 aircraft at 1,500 ft in simultaneous sticks of up to twenty parachutists, using American military parachutes and Jump Masters. Following this, a ceremonial parade was conducted by members of the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), who are part of the infamous 82nd AIRBORNE Division, whereby we were all presented with our US Wings. A very proud moment indeed. The final phase of the exercise saw the multi-national Company, made up of C Coy, 2 PARA and the Ukrainian Recce Platoon jump in and clear a drop zone (DZ) of insurgents. Sadly, the insurgents had the weather on their side and the Coy arrived at the DZ atop the Ukrainian BTR’s (AFV’s). After four days of heavy fighting and not a small amount of tabbing around every inch of Yavoriv TA, the Exercise was concluded. To celebrate, the Coy Gp, together with the American Jump Masters journeyed into Lviv, a major city in western Ukraine, for a final ‘attack’ of the culture and night life! The road party finally returned to Colchester on Tue 9 Aug 11, having completed the Calais Rally and the 1,600 miles back across Europe. Overseas opportunities like this one do not come around very often and the benefit of this type of training can be extremely beneficial both in your personal and professional development. This is one experience which I will never forget.

Cpls Michael Smith and Michael Collier getting a final kit check prior to the jump with 82nd AIRBORNE.

Thankfully, very little phases Berta. Growing up in a large town, she’s encountered loud traffic, crowded streets, unfriendly dogs and the various trials of public transport. And she copes admirably. I wouldn’t claim she’s a paragon of virtue - and neither would the parents of the children she occasionally barks at or the footie players in the park when she dashes onto the pitch to commandeer the ball but she’s generally obedient, well behaved and easy-going. Except during firework season. She’s happy to sit calmly at the side of the road, waiting to cross as buses and lorries rumble by, the the distant whizzes and bangs of fireworks send her into a frenzy of fear. I don’t think I know of any dog that isn’t at least bothered by the loud banging of fireworks and most, like my schnauzer, find them a source of real distress. Berta literally trembles and shudders and heads straight for my lap. Personally, I fail to see the joy of DIY fireworks. When you’ve seen the amazing New Year’s Eve displays over the Thames or the excellent annual displays in Castle Park, why on earth would you want to mess around with a few overpriced squibs in your back garden? But, plenty of people seem to find enjoyment in miniature explosives at home, or worse, in the street, and as the annual season of loud bangs and dog distress is unavoidable and fast approaching, it’s worth remembering a few helpful tips to make the whole experience less stressful and frightening… Obviously, make sure your dog is indoors during the evening. That goes for cats too. If your dog wants to slink away and hide, provide somewhere suitable - the cupboard under the stairs, a darkened room etc. Create a cosy ‘doggie den’ with cushions and an old duvet for comfort and to help muffle some of the noise. Try to limit walks to daylight hours. When night falls, close the curtains and try to mask any noise with the TV or some music. This is particularly difficult

but if your dog is showing signs of fear, try to ignore them. I know - the natural reaction is to provide a reassuring cuddle but in doing so you’ll be enforcing their behaviour and telling them that they’re right to be afraid. Try to engage your dog in some distracting play but don’t try to force them to do anything that they don’t want to do. In fact, try to act as normally as possible. Ignoring the noise could help your dog to understand that they don’t need to be afraid. I’ve never used one myself but apparently pheromone diffusers can be very helpful. They disperse calming chemicals into the room and may worth considering. Your vet can provide more information. In extreme cases, you may have to talk to your vet about some medication to sedate your frightened hound. A druggedup dog is definitely a last resort but if your canine friend is terrified then it’s a kindness to provide the appropriate relief. But if you don’t have a trembling schnauzer to worry about then you can head out and enjoy Bonfire Night with everyone else. Once again, the Annual King Coel’s Kittens Fireworks Display will take place in Castle Park, Colchester on 5th November 2011. Funds raised help to support people and groups with special requirements who live within the local community. Advance Tickets are available from mid-October from the Colchester Tourist Information Office and cost £7 for adults and £4 for kids up to age 15. The event kicks off at 6.30pm.


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Exercise RAPID TRIDENT, Ukraine


Fashion Tips & Trends By Fashion Editor, Angela Mitchell, Alter Ego Hair Design

Model: Lucy Hull Hair: Angela Mitchell & Chelsea Geater for Alter Ego Hair Design. Photography: Nick Mitchell

Enrich your wardrobe with Autumn colours 08


We are going to look at four main themes. The first theme, “Time to play”, is an energizing palette of clear whitened wintergreens, dusted with modern brights and a dark purple. Making time to have fun, experiment and be ever changing. Made for the techno generation who are easily bored and in need of constant stimulation. The material is natural and synthetic fibres, both have equal importance in this theme. Creating draping, fluidity and movement with a polished sheen. Using yarns and fabrics that can perform and energize, which means it should have a good stretch to it, with lots of graphic colour and patterns, such as fresh stripes and simple micro textures. Not forgetting the iridescent glow and rich luster of the fabric. Colours for this theme are: dawn blue, blackberry, calypso, mineral green, porcelain, mustard gold, amazon, apple green, mallard green and rifle green. The next theme to look at is “Time to escape”. This has a more powdery effect of colours using pinkish taupe, warm copper and soft browns, which are enriched by deep rose and blue grey. A sense of protection is draped in discreet luxury, enhanced by subtle beauty searching for a new perfection. This is a rough, raw dimension that hints to femininity with natural charm. Rustic yet delicate, wild yet precious. Creating luxury in our own space, relaxation time, making time to improve, beautify and rejuvenate. Even though this theme has a powdery finish, it also shares soft shimmer and luster. It’s feathery, twisted and ruffled with smooth luxurious shine. Using warm and soft textures that have burnt metallic colours infused into it. Mixing in delicate sheer textures that create transparent looks. Layering these textures from very fine to super chunky with exaggerated stitches. Colours for this theme are: cream tan, copper, burl wood, chateau rose, desert sand, beet red, incense, whitecap grey and lead shades. Our third theme is “Time to explore”, filled with rich, saturated levels of colour in warm tones of burnt orange, strong reds, gold’s and bronzes contrasted with vibrant teal and pinks. This is merged together to create a moody dimension. Making time to explore our own creativity and new ideas. Look at art activities such as painting, printing and crafts

but reinvent them in a futuristic way. Express your own individuality by making good use of hands and enjoy embellishing, enhancing and creating new looks in a modern way. Use this theme to find time to create your own identity through freedom of spirit. These pieces should have a handmade or rough look with a soft to the touch feel, creating lots of surface interest. Use more volume and rounded looks to create a more raised surface. Printed and hand painted velvety looks with rich vibrant gold and metallic. This theme loves irregular textures that are chunky but weightless. A definite rich bold use of pattern and colour. The colours for this theme are: chili pepper, beeswax, boysenberry, buckthorn brown, molten lava, seaport, beetroot purple, fuchsia red, partridge and decadent chocolate. Now, our final theme is “Time to shine”, mysteriously deep and intense shades of inky blues, greys and blacks through to futuristic purple from dark to light. Shimmering yet burnished highlights of silver and gold offer so many options. This theme asks us to visit an era when things were special, cherished and refined, yet it is reconstructed into the future to make it relevant to our modern life. Combine futuristic vision enhanced by technology with the decorative legacy of the past. This is the time to find exquisite beauty and perfection by looking at decorative form and modern adornment. Creating drama,

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This month let’s take a closer look at the beautiful colours of autumn and how it can enrich our wardrobes. Now, I feel that we have to remember that while looking at full clothing pieces that show off the new colour trends, we have to delve deeper into the very threads that each garment is made with. Textile trends come from a trade event called Spin Expo, an international trade fair for yarns, fibres, knitwear and knitted fabrics held in both New York and Shanghai. Trends are picked and described and put into categories or themes for new trends in Autumn 2011. desire and satisfaction. Using the finest thread count helps create polished surfaces from bright shine to subtle sheen. This theme loves sparkle of all kinds such as burnt and aged metallic, rich velvety finishes, exquisite embellishments and jewels. This category embraces fur and plush looks that have a soft feathery effect. Colours for this theme are: lily white, pewter, orchid hush, pea coat, heron, true navy, gothic grape, champagne and jet black. Now that we have taken a look at the four themes, lets take a closer look at where you can find some of these great looks, and it happens to be close to home at our very own Williams and Griffins on Colchester’s high-street. I have been researching two particular brands, one of them with the idea of clothes and accessories and the other looking more at the exquisite jewellery to enhance these fantastic looks. The jewellery we have used in this collection comes from a designer named “Ciro”. They have beautiful collections, the pieces that have caught my eye most have to be the beautiful fresh water pearls, which have great texture and shine that can be incorporated into any of the four themes of trend. Ciro has been a brand leader of costume jewellery and pearls since 1917. Looking at the clothes is a designer named “East”, which have some beautiful pieces that sit directly into each one of these wonderful themes. East Collections are handmade by craftsmen. In particular the collection East Artisan brings time-honored printing techniques and heritageinspired style back into the spotlight. Each and every piece is printed and embellished by hand, by skilled local artisans in India. East Artisan bridges the gap between past and present. Each piece, from floor length dresses to quilted coats, is infused with authenticity - from the hand worked paisley prints to the modern twist on the 70’s style. This collection evokes the wearer with a sense of adventure and exploration reminiscent of the past yet pointing towards the future. I’m sure you can see now after hearing about the trends why these particular collections are so fitting to what we desire for our own wardrobes this autumn. Enjoy playing with colour this season.



Peter Sherlock’s

Scent Train Bid TV and Price-Drop TV’s resident expert gives his regular lowdown on scents for both men and women, old and new, good and bad. This month, Peter’s full of Eastern promise as he explores the world of oud fragrances. Over the past decade or so, one fragrant ingredient above all others has taken the world of perfumery by storm - oud. Just about every niche and luxury fragrance brand has introduced at least one oud-based scent and the number of new additions to the market doesn’t look like abating any time soon. But what exactly is oud, what does it smell like and why does everyone seem to be going crazy for it? Oud is the ‘noble rot’ of agarwood, a resinous heartwood that occurs in trees belonging to the species of Aquilaria, Aetoxylon and Gonystylus - fast-growing, evergreen trees found throughout the continent of Asia. Agarwood or oud forms as a reaction to fungal or bacterial attack. When the trees become infected with a parasitic or mould, they secrete a fragrant, protective oil into the ‘wounded’ areas which gradually become harder and darker over time. For centuries, oud has been used to make incence throughout Asia and the oil extracted from the wood has long been a popular ingredient in perfume in the Middle East. As for the scent of oud, it has, as I’m sure you expected, a densely, rich woody fragrance. But there’s much more to it than that. It’s sweet yet smoky; bold, bitter, rich and tangy all at the same time. It truly is a wonder of nature. Oud works particularly well with that other great pillar of classic Middle Eastern perfumery, rose. Although there are many rose and oud scents out there, I find them all quite similar so my selection of fragrances focuses on the differing facets of agarwood itself and some alternatives to its more obvious bedfellow.

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Tom Ford, the fashion man with the midas touch who turned the ailing, archaic Gucci brand into the global powerhouse of today is the man that many credit with introducing the oud note into mainstream, Western perfumery. After Gucci, Ford became creative director at Yves Saint Laurent perfumes and set about creating a brand new men’s fragrance for the label. The result was 2002’s M7, something genuinely new and interesting in the world of men’s fragrances (including the first advertisement to feature full-frontal male nudity). Not a major commercial success, it’s now regarded as a cult classic with a dedicated following for its dark, sweet, almost medicinal woodiness. There’s also an agarwood fragrance in Tom Ford’s own Private Blends perfume range. Oud Wood is not dissimilar to M7 but smoother and a little less complex with excellent lasting power. Byredo is a highly-regarded niche brand from Sweden that produces some really interesting fragrances. Their Oud Immortel is deep and smoky whilst Oud Accord goes light on the agarwood, blending it with a soft leather and some juicy berries. L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Al Oudh isn’t one for the faint-hearted. It combines the rich, sticky density of oud with an enormous shot of cumin, a spice that when used in perfumery takes on the character of fresh sweat. Yes, really. This one is how I imagine a lumberjack smells after a hard day’s work. It’s big, bold and almost frighteningly human. I think it’s amazing.



When people enquire why I love perfume so much, one of the reasons I generally cite is the fact that it’s really the only affordable luxury in the world. By Kilian is a brand that will remind you of that luxury every time you use it. The gorgeous black bottles are sturdy and beautifully decorated and the lipstick-sized travel sprays provided with refills in smart presentation boxes are highly covetable. Pure Oud in the Arabian Nights series is a bright, contemporary, super-sweet take on the note while Incense Oud is a more interesting, dark and smouldering composition. Giorio Armani’s luxury line of fragrances is called Armani Privé and they come in handsome, refillable wooden flacons with big, pebble-shaped stoppers. Oud Royal is an excellent composition, blending amber tones and mellow florals and spices for some classy complexity. Highly recommended. Creed, the luxury line beloved of the Beckhams among many others, has recently launched its own take on the agarwood note with Royal Oud. Of all the oud frgarances out there, this is probably the most quiet, refined and easy-going of the lot. It’s a stylish affair that balances the oud with green, aromatic notes and a very light touch of spice. As you’ve probably gathered, these fragrances are all on the pricey side and will take some tracking down if you want to try them. But if you want to understand the biggest thing to happen in perfumery in recent years then start exploring the planet of the oud.

Peter is Managing Director of The Scent Train, a unique organisation that provides fragrance sales videos for online retailers and creates bespoke staff training courses.


Buddy Lee Dickens, The 633, and Surfquake @ The Judge and Jury It Shouldn’t Happen to a Promoter By Simon Crow With drummers, bass players, and vocalist dropping like flies the first Colchester 101 Presents event at the Judge and Jury looked all set to be a disaster on the scale of the Titanic. On the previous Tuesday The 633’s stand-in drummer had made a mess of his hand at rehearsals. “It’s ok,” my friend and 633 bass player Craig had reassured me “we’ll do a semi-acoustic set.” On Saturday morning Buddy Lee Dickens then nervously told me his drummer was sick “It’ll just be me and the bass player.” It wasn’t. The bass player later bailed too. I refused to be phased by the setbacks. These are pros. I’ve seen Buddy perform a solo set at Tin Pan Alley and he can pull it off. The 633 are great guys and will always give their best, and Surfquake don’t know the meaning of ‘second best’ or ‘less than perfect’.’ We still had a gig, though thoughts of having Surfquake bubble wrapped until they were safely on stage did play on my mind. And so to town. First stop a quick bite to eat at Nandos with a large glass of Pinot Grigio to calm my nerves. But no sooner had I taken my first sip of my ice cold wine than I picked up a voicemail to call Craig, who told me that 633 singer Mike Deans (Deansy) had emergency root canal work that day and couldn’t make the gig. I calmly asked our server for twelve bottles of

Pinot and a razor blade. At this point many bands would have just said “Sorry mate, we’re out.” Not The 633. Oh no. These guys love what they do and they don’t let people down. With panic levels rising they calmed their nerves with random beers from Aldi, and over the next two hours worked out how to arrange their set minus a drummer and singer, while I sat in Nandos doing a headcount of available musicians for the evening, wondering if we lost one more would he even have enough to put one band together? I needn’t have worried. When the time came Buddy took to the stage and entertained us all in the way only he knows how in his hardcore countrybilly style, and amongst other treats entertained us with his self-penned Root Beer, Smoking and Elvis’s That’s Alright Momma. I asked J&J owner Jimmy what he thought” He played the Spiderman theme!” he excitedly replied, “What more can I say?” Next up The 633’s Dan Bowen, in a change from the advertised line up, took to the stage and played a short solo set of his own material, which was actually rather good, before being joined by Craig and Mark Pinckney to then play the band’s semiaccoustic set. And what an interesting set it was, with only a couple of hours to put it together the guys did a magnificent job and you never would have guessed the disasters they had overcome to pull

it off. As musicians they showed their worth that night. And so finally to Surfquake, who did what they do best, they smashed it. The Judge and Jury, being a new venue, has yet to settle down with its own crowd, so assembled for Surfquake’s set were some who had come along specifically to see them and knew what to expect, and others who had heard there was going to be “some good bands on...” The former got what they came for, a razorsharp performance by one of the best bands in town, the latter were surprised to find themselves blown away, as well as sand kicked in their beers, by surf-guitar classics including Squad Car, Joe 90, and the Munsters theme alongside Surfquake’s own material including Stink Eye, Kool Kat Beasty and Mustang 10. By the time Surfquake left the stage the party was in full swing, and all that was left was for Gilly to spin some tunes and keep it going into the early hours in the way only Gilly can.

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Live Review:

4 GOT 10 Village Children

@ Blackwater Bikers Shindig, Tollesbury

Although a small event, the Blackwater Bikers Shindig atmosphere is fantastic with everyone enjoying themselves. All proceeds go to the Essex Air ambulance fund. The ‘4 Got 10 Village Children’ are a relatively new band. They were formed in July 2011 and consist of Jackie (ex Mantis) on vocals, Jimmy C (ex Time Out, Stiff in The Morning) on drums, Tony Shillingford (ex Time Out, Next Doors Moose) and Mat Ottley (ex Red Hot Radiators, Opus Jinks) on Guitar. There was a definite buzz in the air prior to ‘the children’ taking to the stage. This is one event that should be in everyone’s diary. The band was in fine form as they launched into a cover of Cochise with the audience of around 300 immediately jumping to their feet. They manage to create this massive sound with just the four of them. Jimmy and Tony locking in together to produce a rock solid rhythm section, Mat providing a wall of guitars and Jackie soaring over the top

of them with soulful raunchy vocals. They played a mix of Guns ‘n’ Roses through to Alterbridge. The highlight has to be the bands version of ‘Rage against the Machines’ Killing in the Name which had an electrifying audience jumping in the air. This is a band to look out for in the future and if you’re lucky enough to have them gigging near you, make sure you’re there! Photo: Adam Hobden

Live Review: When I saw a comment on Facebook that Modern English were playing in Atlanta, Georgia that evening at the start of their American tour I immediately thought of my friends there, Dean and Lex, who I had fallen out of contact with a few years ago. Uncannily, less than twenty minutes later, I got a request from Lex to add me to her LinkedIn. I messaged her and said in my best American English “Hey stranger!” Within minutes phone numbers were exchanged and transatlantic phone calls made. “Do you guys like Modern English…?” I asked, still in my best American English. It turned out they are huge fans and have even seen them play “back in the day.” So a quick text to Robbie Grey, the band’s singer, and Dean and Lex were on the guest list for that night.

Dean has sent us this review of the gig which pays testament to this Colchester band’s influence on the music scene in America in the early 80s, and the love that nation has for them, proving they were more than mere one hit wonders. Here in Colchester in 2011 we have an amazing music scene with band after band exciting a whole new generation of music lovers. How good would it be if in another thirty years someone, somewhere in the world, would be writing so enthusiastically about one of our current local band’s performances the night before. If ever there was a cry for local bands and performers to work hard at what they do, do it well, and persevere then this is it. By Simon Crow

Modern English Hits Atlanta With Its Own New Wave @ Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta, Georgia, USA By Dean Williams

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Modern English rocked out Smith’s Olde Bar this past Tuesday on an atypical rainy night in Atlanta, GA. Formed in Colchester, Essex, England in 1979 by Robbie Grey (vocals), Gary McDowell (guitar, vocals), and Mick Conroy (bass, vocals), Modern English were originally known as The Lepers. The group expanded to “Modern English” when Richard Brown (drums) and Stephen Walker (keyboards) were subsequently added to the line-up of the band. Tonight’s line up featured Robbie, Gary, Stephen, Steven Walker (guitar) and Ric Chandler (drums). Although the band is best known in the U.S. for their 1980s song “I Melt With You” I for one was struck by their musical versatility and creativity. Listening to their performance was like my own personal “Hot Tub Time Machine.” I began reliving my teenage years growing up in the northern suburbs of NYC back in the early 80’s when I would often steal my Grandmother’s Chevy and take a few buddies of mine down to the dance clubs in lower Manhattan. New Wave was all the rage in 1983 and you could not go into one of New York City’s dance clubs without hearing a Modern

English song. What I liked best about their performance is that I came away feeling 30 years younger than I am. Hits like “Someone’s Calling”, “Hands Across The Sea”, and “I Melt With You” were complimented by recently released songs “Turning Tables” and “Blister.” I hope this is not the last that we have seen of Modern English in Atlanta. Modern English would be a great addition to Atlanta’s Music Midtown Festival. How would I best describe Modern English today? Well let’s just say they’ve reinvented themselves from an 80’s New Wave Band into a 21st Century Rock’n Roll Tsunami!


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Live Review: Hobo Chang @ The Ipswich Regent Toots Time Being asked to support a wellknown band is a fantastic opportunity. Opening for time-served legends such as Toots and the Maytals is, however an honour, one which this time fell to Hobo Chang. The date was Saturday, 17 September, the place the Ipswich Regent. Travelling with the band you could almost hear the butterflies fluttering as we crossed the border into Suffolk and headed toward the venue. The excitement was certainly building even though it was more than three hours before show time. Unfortunately, it was the last night of a long tour and the Toots crew were clearly knackered, which led to a lengthy set-up. As a result there was no time for a sound check and with minutes to spare all plans changed and your reviewer even had to run from the stage to mix the band. What seemed like seconds later the lighting kicked in. Right on cue Hobo Chang powered into ‘Nora’ and unleashed their unique brand of tripped out jazz and funky roots reggae. Leading from the front Fiona

Harmon had the audience’s ears transfixed on her distinctive and powerful voice within a few wellcrafted lines. Andy Kearton on drums laid down the beat in throbbing rhythmic sync with bassist Lulah Harper to build the foundations while guitarist Nick Munt and keyboard player Phil Pain drove the songs forward. Hobo Chang were on top form. With a very happy promoter standing beside the mixing desk the band continued to keep the crowd focused on the stage while they played a blinding set of Warning Doll, First Aid and Oh Yeah before finishing on a high point with Fatman Dub. As with any support slot it was short and sweet, but certainly long enough to win over many Toots and the Maytals fans. Mr Toots himself also summed up the strength of their performance by personally congratulating the band as they left the stage and giving Fiona a well-deserved hug. Enough said! Find out more at

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This Month’s

Essential Events Guide Sponsored by Cool Publicity Saturday 1st October Colchester United Football Club, Weston Homes Community Stadium Family Fun Wrestling Show (Wrestling) firstsite, High Street Camulodunum. Celebrating the cultural and artistic heritage of the town and the region, which became established as the capital of Roman Britain. (Exhibition) Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate The Winter’s Tale. Shakespeare’s tale of love and betrayal skirts the boundaries of tragedy and comedy to deliver one of the Bard’s most magical, mysterious and ultimately heart-warming plays. (Theatre) Molloy’s, 66 North Hill Was 3000 Roberts Live Lounge, Vineyard Street Full Phat 5 (LIve Music) Sky Rooms, 60 High Street THE BIG LICK. Metal/Rock/Alternative Night with DJs Yoshi, Oxy and Rev (Club Night) Slack Space, 19-29 Queen Street Argentine Tango Workshop. (Dance) The Bull, 2-4 Crouch Street Undercover in the Main Bar plus Surfquake in The Soundhouse (Live Music) The Fat Cat, 65 Butt Road Live Music The Judge and Jury, 4 Magdalen Street The Downsetters (Live Music) Tin Pan Alley, 7 Queen Street Live Music Waterstone’s Bookshop, High Street Martyn Waites AKA Tania Carver (Book Signing)

Molloy’s Ice Breaker Promotions presents… (Live Music) Slack Space One Drop. Exhibition exploring identity, as part of Colchester Black History Month. (Exhibition) plus Adults Craft Club. Simple Gifts to Make and Share with local artist Paula MacGregor. (Crafts) The Bull Open Mic Night with showcase from Ellie Cornell and Russell Briggs (Live Music) Thursday 6th October Colchester Arts Centre The Cabinet Of Leopold Thorn (Theatre) Colchester United Football Club Comedy Club (Comedy) Mercury Theatre The Winter’s Tale (Theatre) plus Mayakovsky: The Slanting Rain. A play about the poet; artist; playwright; Vladimir Mayakovsky. (Theatre) Molloy’s 4 Play Karaoke Slack Space One Drop. Plus Black Beat. An evening of African art and music curated by Courtney Mallick as part of Colchester Black History Month. (Live Music) The Bull Circa Fall in the Main Bar plus The Jazz Project in The Soundhouse (Live Music) The Judge and Jury Specky presents Ghost of The Highway, Looking Glass Diaries, Soul Shakers (Live Music) Tin Pan Alley Vietnam Invades (Student Night) (Live Music)

Roberts Live Lounge Retro Classics Night with DJ Adi Clark (Club Night) Slack Space One Drop (Exhibition) plus Salsa Party. An introduction to Salsa with a qualified Salsa dance instructor and 3 local Salsa Dance Groups. Part of Colchester Black History Month. The Bull Under Ether in the Main Bar plus Edge of Darkness & Monkeez Uncle in The Soudhouse (Live Music) The Fat Cat, 65 Butt Road Live Music The Judge and Jury Live Music Victoria Inn Spam Fritters (Live Music) Sunday 9th October Mercury Theatre Mayakovsky: The Slanting Rain Prested Hall Wedding Fair Stanway Rovers FC, New Farm Road Colchester Jazz Club 55th Anniversary Party with the Rae Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band (Live Music) The Judge and Jury Open Mic Night (Live Music) Victoria Inn, 10 North Station Road Joel Fisk (Live Music) Monday 10th October Colchester Arts Centre Colchester Folk Club with Jim Causley (Live Music)

Sunday 2nd October Castle Park History Maker Foundation World Biggest Piggy Back Race (World Record Attempt)

Friday 7th October Colchester Arts Centre Colchester Farmers Market plus The Laughter Zone with Sally Ann Hayward, Carey Marx and Mike Bubbins (Comedy)

Molloy’s ASA

Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street Omid Djalili: Tour of Duty. The Multi Award winning stand-up television and movie star is back on tour with a warm-up for his brand new comedy show. (Comedy)

Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North Stuff and Nonsense. A light hearted evening of poetry, prose and sketches sprinkled with a touch of jazz. (Theatre)

The Bull Jam Night (Live Music)

Stanway Rovers FC Colchester Jazz Club with Mysto’s Hot Lips (Live Music) Victoria Inn, 10 North Station Road Ash Mandrake (Live Music) Monday 3rd October Colchester Arts Centre Colchester Folk Club with Martin Simpson (Live Music) Mercury Theatre The Winter’s Tale (Theatre) Molloy’s Radioplay (Acoustic) Qube, 8 Crouch Street Argentine Tango Cafe Evening The Bull Jam Night (Live Music) Tuesday 4th October Colchester Arts Centre Meadows, Shrine ‘69, Chestburster, Black Temple Mass and Three Thrones (Live Music) Mercury Theatre The Winter’s Tale (Theatre) Molloy’s Richard Dobney Blues Band The Bull The Acoustic Sessions (Live Music) Wednesday 5th October Colchester Arts Centre The Cabinet Of Leopold Thorn. The creator of ‘Manly Truelove’ turns literary detective to perform this extraordinary story of ambition, loss, scandal and deception which took place in the obsessive, clandestine and occasionally ridiculous world of 19th Century Stage Illusion. (Theatre) Colchester United Football Club Zumba Dance Class and Salsa Dance Class (Dance) Mercury Theatre The Winter’s Tale (Theatre)


Mercury Theatre The Winter’s Tale (Thaetre) plus Mayakovsky: The Slanting Rain (Theatre) Molloy’s Angelfire Roberts Live Lounge Fraud (Live Music) Slack Space Pianofriday (Live Music). Plus One Drop (Exhibition). Plus Caribbean Fusion with The Saana Jay Dance Company. Caribbean Fusion Dance Hall performance and workshop, part of Colchester Black History Month. St Helena Hospice St Helena Hospice Awareness Day (Fundraiser) Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keeper’s Lane, Leavenheath Fleece Jazz with Norma Winstone (Live Music) The Bull Rob Radley and Freebird in the Main Bar plus Hokie Joint in The Soundhouse (Live Music) The Judge and Jury Stone The Crows (Live Music) Saturday 8th October Colchester Arts Centre Sea Legs Puppet Theatre: Little Bo Peep. Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and doesn’t know where to find them. Her companion Little Boy Blue is doing his best to help find the woolly runaways but he keeps falling asleep. (Kids). Plus Justin Moorhouse. Manchester stand up legend with his acclaimed stand up show (Comedy) Colchester United Football Club The U’s host Yeovil Town (Football) Headgate Theatre Stuff and Nonsense (Theatre) Mercury Theatre The Winter’s Tale (Theatre) plus Mayakovsky: The Slanting Rain Molloy’s Soul’d Out

Qube Argentine Tango Café Evening (Dance)

Tuesday 11th October Colchester Arts Centre Nadja, Plurals, Cloaca and Another Dead Hero (Live Music) Mercury Theatre Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Theatre) Molloy’s Next of Kin The Bull The Groovetails (Live Music) Wednesday 12th October Colchester Arts Centre Tom Stade. The co-star and co-writer of Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights, and as seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Stand Up For The Week. (Comedy) Colchester United Football Club Zumba Dance Class and Salsa Dance Class (Dance) Molloy’s Ice Breaker Promotions (Live Music) Slack Space One Drop (Exhibition) plus Uganda or UK? A presentation that extends the “One Drop” exhibition and contains a display of photographs and objects for hands-on interaction to appeal to parents and children, ages 6 to 14 years old. (Presentation) The Bull Open Mic Night with showcase (Live Music) Thursday 13th October Colchester Arts Centre Poetry Slam #2: Stanzamania! A multi-poet battle royal for lyrical supremacy! (Poetry) Headgate Theatre Downtown. A contemporary comedy of gay life: A must for gay men and their supporters! (Theatre) Molloy’s 4 Play Karaoke

Tin Pan Alley Vietnam Invades (Student Night) Friday 14th October Colchester Arts Centre Art Not Apathy presents New Town Kings, Animal Noise and Housework (Live Music) Headgate Theatre Underneath the Lintel. Who has returned a library book 113 years overdue? The Librarian has to know and following the clues in the book begins a mysterious adventure that will span the globe and the ages and learns the significance of decisions taken in a moment Underneath The Lintel. (Theatre) Molloy’s Batman’s Cat Roberts Live Lounge Syxx (Live Music) Slack Space Pianofriday (Live Music). Plus One Drop (Exhibition). Plus Uganda or UK? (Presentation) Stoke By Nayland Golf Club Fleece Jazz with Phillip Clouts Quartet (Live Music) The Bull The B Goodes and Stone Shuffle Jones in the Main Bar. Plus The 633 presents The Raging Bull in The Soundhouse (Live Music) The Judge and Jury Live Music upstairs. Plus Soundcheck (downstairs in Tribal) with DJs Roachie, Seffi B, Huffle, Stereofreakz and The Deadbeats (Club) Tin Pan Alley Live Music Victoria Inn Scoobs (Live Music) Saturday 15th October Colchester Arts Centre Variety Night. A cornucopia of delight in the true tradition of old time variety. Expect the unexpected. And watch out for the celebrities. (Variety) Headgate Theatre Acting Theatre Workshop 2. Designed to build confidence in expressing character through movement, and the second part will use music to create non verbal scenes that convey stories through the movement of the actors. (Workshop). Plus AcoustiCity with Megson (Live Music) Molloy’s Stone A Cross Roberts Live Lounge 80s/90s Night with DJ Phill Terry (Club NIght) Slack Space One Drop (Exhibition) plus Uganda or UK? (Presentation) St Botolph’s Church Colchester Chamber Choir: In Nature’s Realm Stoke By Nayland Golf Club Feel The Real presents Funkfest with DJs Gilly, Malone, Mick T and Funky I (Club Night) The Bull Scooby in the Main Bar plus Even Nine in The Soundhouse (Live Music) The Fat Cat Live Music The Judge and Jury Out Of Exile (Classic 80s) The New Inn Beatles Night with DJ Jeff Scott Tin Pan Alley Live Music Sunday 16th October Colchester Arts Centre Adam Hills: Mess Around. An adlibbing extravaganza showcasing Adam’s penchant for spontaneity as he bases almost an entire show around the audience. No script, no plan, no idea. (Comedy) Stanway Rovers FC Colchester Jazz Club with Barry Tyler’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band (Live Music)

Slack Space One Drop (Exhibition). Plus Uganda or UK? (Presentation)

Tin Pan Alley Jam Night

The Bull Elliot Chapman (Live Music)

Victoria Inn Snake Oil (Live Music)


Molloy’s Craig Reed Qube Argentine Tango Cafe Evening (Dance) Slack Space Cicely’s Cakes. A demonstration of preparing, cooking and eating delicious Caribbean foods. (Cookery) The Bull Jam Night (Live Music) Tuesday 18th October Colchester Arts Centre Dave Arcari and Hokie Joint (Live Music) The Bull Blind Pilots (Live Music) Wednesday 19th October Colchester Arts Centre Hal Cruttenden. Following the success of last year’s ‘Lively’ tour, where Hal was “angry...but not sure why”, he embarks on his second ever solo national tour, this time armed with yet more witty observations, minute grievances and misplaced anger. (Comedy)

The Judge and Jury Wild Coyote (Live Music) The New Inn Thud and Blunder (Live Music) Tin Pan Alley Live Music Victoria Inn 7th Step (Live Music) Saturday 22nd October Colchester Arts Centre Storybox Theatre: The Pea, The Bean & The Enormous Turnip. Rod Burnett weaves together a glorious tapestry of tales. He tells of a pea which finds a real princess; he tells of the biggest turnip in the world; and he tells of a bean which runs away to make its mark. (Kids). Plus Jason Byrne: Cirque Du Byrne. (Comedy) Headgate Theatre Little Woman (Theatre)

Victoria Inn Hobo Chang (Live Music) Saturday 29th October Colchester Arts Centre Halloween Monster Mash in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support (Disco) Colchester United Football Club The U’s host Notts County (Football)

Roberts Live Lounge 70s /80s Night with DJ Simon Lewis (Club Night)

Molloy’s Ice Breaker Promotions presents (Live Music)

Mercury Theatre Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Theatre)

Slack Space One Drop (Exhibition) plus Free Kids Craft Table (Kids)

Slack Space Open 4. The forth in a series of open exhibitions of artists who live or work in Colchester Borough and have not exhibited in Slack Space before. (Exhibition). Plus Free Kids Craft Table. Unsupervised craft table with wide range of art and craft materials. (Kids)

Molloy’s Stalker

The Bull Stiff In The Morning in the Main Bar. Plus Essex Rocks in The Soundhouse (Live Music)

Thursday 20th October Colchester Arts Centre Asere (Live Music)

The New Inn Unmistakably Real (Live Music)

Minories Gallery Gardens, High Street The Moonlight Festival with Animal Noise, Jazmine Ava Band, Snake Oil, The Hat Check Honeys and DJ Gilly (Live Music)

Headgate Theatre Underneath the Lintel (Theatre)

The Bull Open Mic Night hosted by Theo Pearce with Showcase

Headgate Theatre Musical Theatre Workshop for 8 to 16 yr olds (Kids) plus Nutshimit. A film filled with moments of visual beauty, sensuousness and humour, showing the indigenous Mushuau Innu people of Northern Canada in the full glory of the wild landscape of Labrador; a place they call Nutshimit. (Film)

The Judge and Jury Serenity Zest - Acoustic pop with a difference

Mercury Theatre Wretch. A compelling and exposing journey, led by an enquiring wretch, who says and does the unsayable, the undoable. (Theatre)

Sky Rooms Reflective Promotions presents Generation (Electronic Music Club Night)

Slack Space One Drop (Exhibition)

Colchester United Football Club Zumba Dance Class and Salsa Dance Class (Dance)

The Bull Comfortable Strangers and Rekovered in the Main Bar. Plus Keep Colchester Cool presents Slopes, Ben Wuyt, Gareth v The Shark plus Slow Life in The Soundhouse (Live Music)

Molloy’s Cushti

Colchester United Football Club Zumba Dance Class and Salsa Dance Class (Dance)

Molloy’s Ice Breaker Promotions (Live Music)

Wednesday 26th October Colchester Arts Centre Paul Foot: Still Life. One of the UK’s most creative and original comedians. His recent Edinburgh Shows have met with great critical acclaim as did his appearance on the last series of “Never Mind The Buzzcocks” on BBC2. He is a BBC New Comedy Award and Daily Telegraph Open Mike winner. (Comedy)

The Fat Cat Live Music The Judge and Jury The Doggett Brothers (Funk and Soul) The New Inn The Collective (Live Music) Tin Pan Alley Live Music

The Bull Open Mic Night and Showcase (Live Music) Thursday 27th October Colchester Arts Centre Limbik: Ghost Town. Every boom has its bust. Nestled high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Bodie was one of the richest mining camps of the Californian Gold Rush. After years of prosperity, good fortune and greed, the streams are about to run dry. Ghost Town follows the inhabitants of Bodie fighting to survive as the mines shut down, jealousies spark and a final showdown looms. (Theatre)

Philip Morant School and College “Come and Sing” day with John Rutter (Fundraiser) Roberts Live Lounge 60s 70s Night with DJ Buzby (Club Night) Red Lion Hotel Fancy Dress Halloween Weekend Sky Rooms THE BIG LICK Halloween Party (Metal/Rock/Alternative Night) Slack Space Jazz Jam (Live Music). Plus Open 4 (Exhibition). Plus Free Kids Craft Table (Kids). Plus Life Masks (Venetian Mask Workshop)

Sunday 23rd October Colchester Arts Centre David Christophersen: Piano Recital #2 (Live Music)

Mercury Theatre Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. A wonderful story of laughter and tears, life and death, love, coffee and a goat. (Theatre)

The Bull Junkyard Aliens in The Main Bar plus Angry Vs The Bear presents Club AVB with Angry Vs The Bear, The Kubricks, The Chevin in The Soundhouse (Live Music)

Molloy’s 4 Play Karaoke

Stanway Rovers FC Colchester Jazz Club: Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces (Live Music)

Molloy’s 4 Play Karaoke

The Fat Cat Live Music

Slack Space One Drop (Exhibition). Plus Recorder Orchestra (Live Music)

Tin Pan Alley Jam Night (Live Music)

Slack Space Open 4 (Exhibition) plus Free Kids Craft Table. (Kids)

The Judge and Jury Halloween apectacular: Stiff in the Morning and Precious Burlesque.

Victoria Inn Hat Check Honeys (Live Music)

The Bull The AMs (Live Music)

Monday 24th October Colchester Arts Centre Colchester Folk Club with Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman (Live Music)

Tin Pan Alley The Sagittarian Club presents The Struck Bats and The Raffles Gang (Live Music)

Tin Pan Alley Vietnam Invades (Student Night) (Live Music)

Colchester Town Hall, High Street Retro 1940s Themed Dance with The Hep Chaps and DJ Look Out Lance (Live Music)

The Bull Panic In Detroit (Live Music) The Judge and Jury Live Music Tin Pan Alley Vietnam Invades (Student Night) (Live Music) Friday 21st October Circle Bar Hi Grade with DJs The Deadbeats, Mat Tha Hat, IBRO, The Rev Wright, Duracell and Stagz (Club Night) Colchester Arts Centre Eduardo Niebla (Live Music) Headgate Theatre Little Woman. In a time of war and sacrifice we meet four sisters. Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth face their ever-changing world as we see them grow from girls into women, through romance and courtship, illness and loss, loving and letting go. (Theatre) Molloy’s Angelfire Roberts Live Lounge Something For The Weekend (Live Music) Slack Space One Drop (Exhibition). Plus Pianofriday (Live Music) Stoke By Nayland Golf Club Fleece Jazz with Renato D’Aiello & Rachel Gould (Live Music) The Bull Bad Hatters and No Excuse in the Main Bar plus Story (featuring Dennis Stratton) in The Soundhouse (Live Music)

Headgate Theatre Musical Theatre Workshop for 8 to 16 yr olds. Enjoy singing and dancing in the popular highenergy show ‘Skrek - The Musical’. Come and meet new people and learn new skills while also having fun. This 3-day intensive workshop will culminate in a free performance for an invited audience. (Kids)

Wivenhoe Town Cricket Club, Rectory Road Wivenhoe Funny Farm with Marion Pashley, Okse, Craig Deeley and MC Hazel Humphreys (Comedy)

Qube Argentine Tango Cafe Evening (Dance)

Friday 28th October Colchester Arts Centre Gareth Richards & Nat Luurtsema. Gareth Richards’ engaging observational comedy and inspired one-liners have made him in an instant favourite on the comedy circuit. Nat Luurtsema was a 2008 Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee after just eight months doing stand-up. (Comedy)

The Bull Jam Night (Live Music)

Colchester United Football Club Neil Diamond Tribute Night (Live Music)

Tuesday 25th October Colchester Arts Centre Pop Will Eat Itself (Live Music)

Mercury Theatre Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Theatre)

Colchester United Football Club The U’s host Bournemouth (Football) Headgate Theatre Musical Theatre Workshop for 8 to 16 yr olds (Kids). Plus Making Sense of “Essex ‘68”: The Campus and the Community. A workshop on the making of a documentary film about campus activism in Wivenhoe Park in 1968. (Workshop) Molloy’s Live Music The Bull The Bull Introducing… (Live Music)

Molloy’s Stiff in the Morning Qube SHAFT: Soul Classics, Jazz, Funk, Weekender Anthems, RnB with DJs Gilly, Jimmi Dixon, Chaz J (Club Night) Roberts Live Lounge Blueprint (Live Music) Slack Space Pianofriday (Live Music) plus Open 4 (Exhibition) plus Free Kids Craft Table (Kids) Stoke By Nayland Golf Club Fleece Jazz with Jon Lloyd Quintet (Live Music)

Sunday 30th October Colchester Arts Centre Scott Matthews (Live Music) Red Lion Hotel Fancy Dress Halloween Weekend Stanway Rovers FC Colchester Jazz Club with Barry Palser’s Ex Factor (Live Music) Victoria Inn Lady Bird & the Larks Halloween Fancy Dress Party (Live Music) Monday 31st October Colchester Arts Centre Colchester Folk Club with Rag Mama Rag (Live Music) Qube Argentine Tango Cafe Evening (Dance) The Bull Jam Night (Live Music) Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in our events listings, we cannot accept responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions. Events may be cancelled or postponed, and you are therefore advised to check with the relevant venue before travelling.

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Monday 17th October Colchester Arts Centre Colchester Folk Club with Lady Maisery (Live Music)

A first look at firstsite By Simon Crow


Turning a corner and finding yourself face-to-face with Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup II is just not something that happens every day in Colchester. Until now that is. Since the end of September you have been able to go and see it, along with Turners, Moores and a host of local, national and international artists in the new firstsite building, Colchester’s very own regional base for the visual arts.



Pictured above: firstsite, Colchester Rafael Viñoly Architects Photograph © Richard Bryant /

community, growing local talent and enhancing and promoting Colchester as a cultural destination which will all continue to make Colchester an exciting place to live and work and attract visitors from around the UK. Exhibitions will change regularly, but there is one permanent exhibit, The Berryfield Mosaic which was found on the site in 1923 and hung in the Castle until its recent restoration. It has now been returned to almost the exact spot where it lay buried for nearly 2000 years. And, in keeping with the town’s Roman heritage, firstsite’s inaugural exhibition is entitled Camulodunum and considers how history is recovered, represented and re-enacted. The building also contains a 260 seat auditorium and meeting rooms which are available to hire, in addition it is home to Musa, the town’s fabulous new ‘destination’ restaurant, headed by top chef Paul Boorman known to many locally from his time at Clarice House and Lifehouse Spa. Head along for an evening meal with friends, or simply relax with a coffee or a glass of wine on the outside terrace. firstsite is a destination in itself and here at 101 we believe Colchester is extremely lucky to have it and the opportunities and kudos it will bring to the town. firstsite opening times are: 8am to 7pm Monday to Wednesday 8am to 11pm Thursday to Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday

Photo top right by Douglas Atfield


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irstsite is so much more than just an art gallery though, it’s an innovative cultural and social space, with contemporary art at its heart. Colchester’s new iconic building, and landmark destination, was designed by award-winning architect Rafael Viñoly in a competition that attracted over 100 entries from around the globe. Where once stood the old multi-story car park and bus park, this crescent-shaped building built around a D-shaped eighteenth century garden, and clad in a unique golden alloy, now stands and is one of the largest contemporary art venues in the UK, set to attract 500,000 visitors a year to our town. It is also the cornerstone of Colchester’s Cultural Quarter, a scheme to regenerate the town’s St Botolph’s area as part of the council’s £500 million investment programme in the town centre. In time three new hotels will be developed in the area, accommodating many of the town’s new visitors, as well workspace for creative businesses and the proposed Vineyard Gate shopping centre. Turn the corner from the High Street into Queen Street in a couple of years’ time and a very different local landscape will greet you. As part of the plus Tate group of regional galleries, firstsite’s mission is to make contemporary art relevant and life changing for everyone, and includes local outreach programmes and community art projects. It is also dedicated to supporting the creative


If you like music, you’ll love The Larks! By Jo Weatherall

Much like their songs, Lady Bird and The Larks are a bunch of independent individuals who harmonise perfectly. Sally, Jeanette, Lorraine, Alison and Sandy make up this very unique and talented vocal harmony group. Try to define them and you come unstuck immediately. Put them in a box and they will jump out like a five-headed jack-in-the-box. One of their fans, when trying to describe The Larks said, “If you like music, you’ll like The Larks.” When I met them, they were bubbling over with enthusiasm for their music. Sally Theobald, songwriter, lead singer and guitarist explains, “We love what we do and don’t want to limit ourselves. We straddle genres.” They pride themselves on appealing to any audience. The fact that they are women does not, they feel, define them. Their fans are as diverse as their songs. At every gig The Larks arrive on stage with a Tesco bag-for-life each, stuffed with costumes and props. At first glance they may look like a comedy cabaret act with their feather boas, alien eyes, fangs, tabards and rude aprons. However, this is to underestimate them. There is a lot of comedy in their act, but there is so much more besides. Just like life, their songs convey the fun, the frustration, the tragedy and the love we all experience. These are universal stories, brought to life by Sally’s clever lyrics and the beautifully crafted harmonies provided by the rest of the band. The only musical accompaniment is Sally’s guitar. Rehearsals are an opportunity for the five women to eat chocolate, drink tea, laugh and to think up new ways of surprising the audience. Oh, and to sing. Alison and Lorraine are classically trained, but they don’t see this necessarily as an advantage. Lorraine points out that they don’t get hung up on technical terms. “We refer to certain harmonies as ‘crunchy ones’ or ‘bendy scrunchies’.” Everyone seems to understand. The element of surprise is one of their many strengths, and it seems as if nothing is off limits. As Lorraine says “it is not unusual for someone [in the band] to ask what you’ve got in your kitchen drawers”. Sandy adds “there always has to be a spatula at some point”. They are referring to a new song called ‘I’ll get my coat’,


which Sally describes as “the opposite of burlesque” in which the woman in the song is cooling off and putting her clothes back on. This number requires an array of kitchen implements, as well as the aforementioned rude aprons. Inspiration for a song can come from anywhere and strike at any time. One Halloween, Sally spotted some phallic-looking ‘alien eyes’ in Poundland which led her to write ‘Mars and Venus’ a tongue-in-cheek

The Larks are refreshingly awed by their audiences who have been so supportive and appreciative. Some, though, are a little over-enthusiastic. Sally reminisces about a gig where there was very little room to manoeuvre, let alone perform their usual stage act. “I rescued a man from falling. I’m surprised I still have my teeth!” The Larks always stand in formation with sopranos on the left, Sally in the middle and the lower voices on the

song about the differences between the sexes. The Larks wear these strange contraptions on their heads. Lorraine complains “sometimes they underestimate how much room we need,” and Sandy adds “one night I was holding the roof of the tent up with my plastic eye.” About a year ago, the idea for their new song ‘Foxtrot Oscar’, based on the phonetic alphabet, came about when a fireman friend was leaving the house and said “I’m going to Foxtrot Oscar now”. Think about it. Songs like this one are often on Sally’s mind for a while “bumbling around like a washing machine” before they come to fruition.

right. Consequently, Alison and Jeanette are always at opposite ends, even for rehearsals. On the way to a gig a few months ago, the two of them found themselves next to one another in the car. Jeanette says “we were having an impromptu rehearsal in the car, and discovered that we were both singing the same harmony!” They had to hurriedly change the arrangement in time for the gig that night. Lorraine then pipes up “well there ARE only four notes in a chord.” They recently lost one of their sopranos, Jenny, who moved away. Sandy, her replacement, says “I was a bit nervous at first, but she taught me everything. The virtual Jenny is

always there”. The band miss Jenny as a friend, but are happy the transition was so smooth. In a serious moment Sandy addresses the rest of the band, “I’m so privileged to have been asked. You have all welcomed me so wonderfully.” Everyone goes quiet for a second. The moment passes and the Larks are back to hilarity again. Alison says “Some friends drove past a pub, caught a glimpse of pink feathers through the window and realised we were playing a gig”. Jeanette adds “We leave a trail of feathers everywhere we go. It’s our calling card.” As the room descends into laughter, one of the Larks pipes up “a very feminine calling card!” This particular song is a country and western number entitled ‘Thank You Jesus for Making Me a Girl’, for which the Larks dress up in cowboy hats and feather boas. It will feature on their forthcoming EP, ‘Bird’s Eye View’ (currently in post-production) along with ‘Healed’, ‘Marley’s Song’, ‘Bing Bong I’m a Checkout Girl’ and a bonus track. The first time Sally played ‘Marley’s Song’ to the rest of the band they all cried. This touching tribute to motherhood is one of their more serious songs. The Larks are now ready for something a bit more lighthearted and are considering future themes. Punk and disco are both on the agenda. Someone suggests they wear rollerskates on stage, but this is vetoed on the grounds of safety. The stand-out moment for me, when I saw them perform last time, was the meticulous way they folded their outfits in between numbers. There is nothing worse than a crumpled tabard. Lady Bird and The Larks are playing at The Bull, Colchester on Friday, 16 December.


At Pat Molloy’s we pride ourselves on offering a great range of entertainment throughout the year for the residents and visitors to Colchester. From our live music nights six days a week where we source all the best bands and upcoming local talent to watching all of the sports action with our three big screens and two Sky boxes, ensuring you’ll never miss a try, penalty or pass. As the nights draw closer and thoughts turn to Christmas, we’re going all out to ensure that we are first choice in everyone’s minds as the place to celebrate the festive season. Whether you’re looking to celebrate with friends, family or colleagues, we’re confident that we’ll make it a Christmas to remember and one that will bring a smile to your face! We’ve got a great Christmas menu available with prices ranging from £5.99 for a Christmas dinner to £9.49 for a three-course meal. For those Christmas Party Planners looking for a venue to celebrate their work Christmas party, then perhaps we can tempt you with our

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Something for all Occasions offer of a free bottle of wine when you book for a group of six people or more? Already we’ve got our live music schedule lined up with Stalker showcasing their musical talents on Friday 9th December. Saturday 10th December sees the return of the everpopular Soul’d Out. Cushti plays to the crowds on Saturday 17th December as well as seeing them play in the New year. Stiff in the Morning make a return from their huge success at our opening party where they’ll be entertaining customers on Friday 23rd December. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg with plenty more bands to come. With our excellent range of cask ales, draught lagers, wine and of course, the best pint of Guinness this side of the Liffey at a budget-busting price of £2.95, we know that our value for money deals and the warm welcome from our team will keeping you coming back for more! To find more on how you can book your Christmas celebration at Pat Molloy’s, visit our website.

Contact Adam Wyatt Manager of Pat Molloys Colchester for further details Pat Molloy’s, 66 North Hill, Colchester, CO1 1PX. Tel: 01206 578555

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What’s Your Marmite Wine? By Sir Raz, The Wine Guy

Even the makers of that stinky brown stuff, Marmite, don’t expect everyone to like it, so why would you like every wine? I’ve been following an interesting discussion this week on the “interweb” about wines that are popular that you just don’t get or even like, “Marmite wines.” What are yours? Personally, I think Pinotage is like chewing rubber flip flops after someone has walked over hot tarmac in them. It’s a hybrid grape from South Africa and, being unique to them, it’s pushed as the signature grape for the country. It’s bad on its own, but I can even taste it in a blend. That rubber note appears and hangs around in your mouth for the next year or so. Most Sauvignon Blanc seems to me like tart cat pee with a fruit pastel dissolved in it, especially if it’s from New Zealand. I enjoy a few Loire ones, but even they are trying to impersonate the New World, so unless you know the

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wine it’s too much like Russian roulette. Last week I found a nice little Touraine one, fruit salad like, it was at La Talbooth and I can’t remember the full name, but I do know everyone else preferred the Chilean Sauvignon Blanc that followed. Luckily, there are so many great wines about that you can avoid your Marmite wine if you want. I notice that this month Decanter magazine’s team tasted 12,254 wines, now that’s a wide choice, even I will find something I like. This month it’s Marmite wines, the ones I really love:

By Melissa Porter

Toffee Apples Nothing beats the crunch of a home made toffee apple. Better make these yourself rather than letting the kids help though, hot melted sugar burns like hell!

6 medium sized eating apples 6 wooden sticks 1lb unrefined brown sugar 2oz butter 2tsp white wine vinegar 1/4 pint water 1tbsp golden syrup

Lightly butter a baking sheet. Push a wooden stick into each of your apples. Place all the remaining ingredients in a large, heavy based pan. Heat, stirring occasionally, until all the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Dip each apple in the syrup, letting any excess drip away. Leave to cool on your baking sheet.


Domaine les Yeuses ‘Les Epices’ Syrah 2008 Vin de Pays d’Oc. Spicy nose and blackberry fruit, a roasted pepper note added savoury complexity. It tastes like a more expensive Crozes Hermitage. £7.49 on offer from Majestic when you buy 2, although they may be onto the 2009.

might have been a bad marmite wine, but this is beautifully textured, elegant minerals with a hint of greengage. Dry, not like other Vouvreys semi sweet, it has a hint of honey and a creamy finish. It will age well too, gaining more complexity for 5 or even 10 years. £7.50 from Dubro Wines.

The Accomplice Chardonnay 2009, Hartenberg Cabernet Australia. A great value peachy wine Sauvignon/Shiraz 2008. for everyday drinking. £6 from Dubro Wines. Smooth tannins and ripe blackcurrant fruit with a spicy note from the Shiraz. Domaine des AubuisiŹres, Vouvray, South African without a hint of Cuvee de Silex 2010, Loire France. Marmite. Their Chardonnay is good 100% Chenin Blanc from the Loire too. £9.50 from Dubro Wines.


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By Melissa Porter Fruit Blackberry, dates, figs, lemon, pears and tomatoes. Vegetables Beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprout, butternut squash, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, celeriac, chestnuts, cranberry, fennel, garlic,

globe artichoke, leek, mushrooms, parsnip, peas, peppers, potato, pumpkin, radishes, runner beans, spinach, swede, sweet potato, swiss chard and turnip. Meat & Game Game season from 1st September to 1st February. Mallard, Partridge,

Pheasant, Pigeon, Teal, Venison, Widgeon, Woodcock, Wild Rabbit. Fish Brill, clams, crab, grey mullet, haddock, halibut, hake, john dory, lemon sole, lobster, mackerel, monkfish, mussels, oysters, plaice, scallops, sea bass, and turbot.

Spotlight on ‘Pumpkins’ The pumpkin is the very symbol of autumn; hence its association with Halloween. It is technically a fruit, part of the gourd family, and can come in varying sizes: some as small as little melons, others requiring a wheelbarrow to get them home. Choose smaller ones for eating, as the flesh will be sweeter and more moist. Pumpkins are a good source of beta-carotene, potassium and vitamin C. In season September to November, but harvested pumpkins can keep for months longer Storage Pumpkins are hardy and can be kept for weeks or months in a cool, dark place. Preparing Pumpkins have a tough, inedible skin and are filled with seeds. One way of preparing them is to cut the pumpkin into chunks, get rid of the seeds and strings, then boil or steam the chunks until tender. Once cooked, the skin will be soft and much easier to pull off, and then you can use the cooked flesh in different ways. You can also roast large chunks in the oven, with some olive oil and your choice of spices (cumin and chilli work well), and serve in the skin as a vegetable.

chunks in stock with onions, blitz to a smooth consistency and be bold with seasonings (coriander, cumin, chilli, paprika). For a dramatic flourish, serve the soup in little individual, hollowed out pumpkins (cut the base of each one flat so it doesn’t topple over). Pumpkin can also be used up in risottos, and in sweet recipes. The classic American Pumpkin Pie is one option, or you can use it in cheesecakes, muffins and cookies.

The Godfather Challenge This is the challenge • Eat six Houston Donuts • Drink a two pint Shakey Jakey’s milk shake Complete the Godfather Challenge in under twenty minutes to and you will get your money back and a free Houston Donuts t-shirt from Era.

Are you up to the challenge? Located in Short Wyre Street, just a short walk from the new firstsite building, Houston Donuts is unique in Colchester. Based on American donut shops all their ingredients are locally sourced and freshly prepared on the premises every day. Donut prices start at just 50 pence, or for £2 they will make you The Houston Donut from a choice of 12 fillings, 5 glazes and 12 toppings… that’s an almost endless combination of flavours. Or try one of their £2.50 savoury donuts from a choice of hot dog (yes it’s a hot dog in a donut!), bacon and maple syrup, pizza or their mighty Breakfast Donut crammed full of bacon, sausage, egg and cheese. Bite it. Lick it. Love it.

Did you know? The largest pumpkin pie ever made was more than five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake. For more information and tips about seasonal eating, visit

Use it up Pumpkin soup is thick, velvety and comforting in cold weather. Simmer

Pumpkin Pie 1 1/4 cups pumpkin flesh 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup evaporated milk, undiluted 2 tablespoons water 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 unbaked pastry case (9-inch) or 250g chilled shortcrust pastry used to line a 18cm deep fluted flan tin. Chill for 30 minutes before baking blind at 200OC for 10 minutes. Whipped cream

Place the cubes of pumpkin in boiling salted water and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain the pumpkin well and puree in a liquidiser or food processor until smooth. Combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, spices, and flour in a mixing bowl. Add eggs; mix well. Add evaporated milk, water, and vanilla; mix again. Pour into pastry-lined pie pan. Bake at 200oC for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 180oC and bake about 35 minutes longer, or until centre is set. Serve this delicious pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar!


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Food and Family The Greyhound Pub Events in October and Restaurant, Family Day: The Big Draw Sunday 2nd October Art Exchange, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ. 2.00pm - 4.30pm, Free Entry. Booking essential.

Wivenhoe By Rebecca Price

Not all was as it seemed when we first arrived at the Greyhound. Walking into the first entrance into the pub we were met by two men playing darts. My partner and I exchanged looks and both thought we were in the wrong place. Then I noticed the other entrance - the lounge bar. As we walked in we received a warm welcome. I told the bar maid we had a table booked and she smiled and asked “Would you like to follow me up stairs?” Not really knowing what to expect we were led up a flight of stairs into a huge, bright and welcoming room. Our table was easily the best in the restaurant, situated in the front bay window underneath a chandelier, an ideal spot for those who like to people watch. I noticed a series of paintings around the room. An instant talking point which quickly prompted questions about how they come to be there. Our drinks order was taken and menus placed in front of us. The choices were varied but simple. Great dishes and definitely something for everyone - all at very reasonable prices! My partner chose Paté with Port sauce and I went for the good oldfashioned Prawn Cocktail. I ate mine, and half of his! The Pate was by far the best choice. For mains he went for the Mixed Grill whilst I enjoyed a whole Sea Bass in Lemon and Herb Butter served with Chips and a Side Salad. The portions were generous in size and well presented. The sea bass was cooked to perfection and the lemon and herb butter complemented it really well.

The Mixed Grill was made up of a chicken breast, steak, a sausage, and Gammon. All really big cuts of meat and the steak was cooked just how my partner liked it, medium well. After our mains had been enjoyed and cleared away our host Jane came up to greet us and I finally had the opportunity to ask about those paintings. She told us how they were painted by one of her customers and told a story of a young, beautiful woman in a French café who captured the heart of a waiter. Jane told us of how she took on the Greyhound eight years ago, opened the restaurant downstairs about a year ago and since November last year has welcomed guests into the dining room upstairs. With the additional space they are now able to cater for Christmas parties and other events. They are even planning on putting on a Christmas dinner on Christmas Day! They have employed a local chef only uses locally sourced ingredients and clearly knows how to put them together. Jane and her customers both agree that they have struck gold with him. The Greyhound is definitely a hidden gem in Wivenhoe and worth a visit, I for one know that I will be returning with the rest of the family for another taste of that fabulous paté.

Play fun drawing games, do a life sized self portrait and add you and your family to our crazy campus picture. A great opportunity for the whole family to experience drawing fun! Colchester Farmers Market Friday 7th October Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Nr. Mercury Theatre. 9.30am - 2.00pm. Free Admission. Quality foods, locally produced. Over 20 Stalls. Make a date to support your local producers. Cheese and Wine Festival 14th, 15th and 16th October Southbank Centre Square Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 11.00am - 8.00pm daily. Free Admission. The festival celebrates the relationship between cheese and wine. You will get the opportunity to meet artisan producers, learn from culinary experts and get involved in a host of demonstrations and tutored tasting as well as buying some of the finest cheese and wine products currently available. Wivenhoe Farmers Market Saturday 18th October The Congregational Church Hall, High Street, Wivenhoe. 9.00am - 12.00pm. Free Admission. Over 18 stalls of fresh, seasonal and local produce. Experimental Food Society Spectacular Exhibition Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd October The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL. 1.00pm - 6.00pm Friday, 11.00am 6.00pm Saturday. £5 Entry. Britain’s most talented and exciting gourmet artists; an awe inspiring assemblage of butter sculptors, sonic food artists, food magicians, cake artists, food futurologists, conceptual food artists and jellymongers to name a few. Consultants to Michelin starred chefs and exhibitors at art houses such as the V&A and Tate Modern, they will challenge your perception of food and show you that there is more to life than just swallowing.


Fungi Forage in Lexden Park Tuesday 25th October Meet Lexden Park car park off of Church Lane. 10.00am - 12.00 pm £3 adult, Children Free. Booking essential. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied. Join fungi expert Ian Rose on this forage around Lexden Park and discover the fascinating mushrooms and toadstools that grow there. Will you discover a stink horn, an ear fungus or a shaggy ink cap? Seed Gathering Children’s Activity Thursday 27th October Meet at the Visitor Centre 10.30am - 12.30pm £3 per child. Booking essential. Suitable for ages 4+. Join the Ranger and see how many different tree seeds you can find. Decorate a pot then plant up some of your seeds to take home and nurture. Lawford Craft & Farmers Market Saturday 29th October Venture Centre 2000, Bromley Road, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 2JE 10.00 - 2.00pm This month’s produce will include fresh organic beef, pork and chicken, sizzling sausages, artisan breads, cakes, fresh fruit and vegetables, Norfolk and Suffolk cheese, jams, jellies, pickles and preserves, biscuits, chocolates and much more. The food traders are all small local producers who grow, rear or make their own products within a 20 mile radius of Colchester. The art and crafts are mainly created by local people. Contact Cindy, Mobile: 07521 646434. Moonlight Festival Saturday 29th October The Minories, 74 High Street, East Hill, Colchester, CO1 1UE 5.00pm - 11.59pm Advance Tickets £8 or £10 on the door Free entry for children under 15 with a paying adult. The Moonlight Festival is a Halloween event for all the family. Expect to be enticed into a magical world of goblins, witches, wizards, jokers and more. Beautiful lighting, glow sticks, fire dancing, gypsy swing and live magical performers to thrill and excite you. There will be live music and Colchester’s own DJ Gilly on the decks until 11pm.


PIZZA AND PASTA Strada 19-20 North Hill CO1 1DZ Tel: 01206 542854 Valentino’s 11 High St, Wivenhoe CO7 9BE Tel: 01206 825738 Ristorante Favoloso 2-4 Balkerne Passage CO1 1PA Tel: 01206 549080 Finezza 45 Osbourne Street CO2 7DB Tel: 01206 619128 Ask Colchester 16 North Hill CO1 1DZ Tel: 01206 366379 Pizza Express 1 St. Runwald’s Street CO1 1HF Tel: 01206 760680 Zizzi 12 Headgate CO3 3BT Tel: 01206 576816 Prezzo 1 Culver Street East CO1 1LD Tel: 01206 573388 Granata’s Restaurant 42 North Hill, Colchester CO1 1PY Tel: 01206 762277 Portofino Haven Rd, Colchester CO2 8HT Tel: 01206 795043 Pizza Hut Turner Rd, Colchester CO4 5JR Tel: 01206 546545 Mussi’s 3-7 Museum Street CO1 1TN. Tel: 01206 762000 GASTROPUBS Rose & Crown Nayland Road, Great Horkesley CO6 4AH Tel: 01206 271251 The Anchor 26 Court Street, Nayland CO6 4JL Tel: 01206 262313 FAMILY Balkerne Gate Brewers Fayre Ipswich Road CO4 4WP Tel: 01206 852932 Harvester 186 London Road, Stanway CO3 8NZ Tel: 01206 575456

The Lion Public House The Street, Ardleigh CO7 7LD Tel: 01206 230083 The Cricketers Spring Lane, Fordham Heath CO3 9TG Tel: 01206 583357 Beefeater Restaurant & Pub The Albert, Cowdray Ave CO1 1UT Tel: 01206 561914 Dedham Restaurant & Boat Hire Boat House, Mill Lane, Dedham CO7 6DH Tel: 01206 323153 Fountain House Dedham Hall, Brook Street, Dedham CO7 6AD Tel: 01206 323027 The Greyhound Pub and Restaurant 62 High Street, Wivenhoe CO7 9AZ Tel: 01206 825573 Green Room Restaurant North Hill Hotel, 51 North Hill CO1 1PY Tel: 01206 574001 ORIENTAL Fai’s Noodle Bar 26-27 St. Botolphs Street CO2 7EA Tel: 01206 762288 Banquet 1408 Chinese Restaurant 342 London Rd, Stanway CO3 8LT Tel: 01206 211588 North Hill Noodle Bar 2 North Hill CO1 1DZ Tel: 01206 618790 House of China 19-21 Crouch Street CO3 3EN Tel: 01206 575111 Embassy Oriental Buffet 2 Balkerne Hill CO3 3AA Tel: 01206 572266 Orientation Oriental Restaurant Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gt CO1 1PT Tel: 01206 368100 Chef Canton Chinese Restaurant 2a Crouch Street CO3 3ES Tel: 01206 572703 China Blue 25 Head Street CO1 1NH Tel: 01206 761876 China Chef 73 Crouch Street CO3 3EZ Tel: 01206 546953

Naree Thai Restaurant 10 North Hill CO1 1DZ Tel: 01206 560633 The Thai Dragon 35 East Hill CO1 2QX Tel: 01206 863414 Thai 1 82a East Hill CO1 2QW Tel: 01206 870011 MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINE Al Batta Café Authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. Turkish coffee, pastries, paninis, salads and hot meals. 18 Sir Isaacs Walk Tel: 07854 752026 INDIAN Alishan Tandoori Restaurant 19 Osborne St CO2 7DP Tel: 01206 564009 Ashiana Tandoori 181 Magdalen Street CO1 2JX Tel: 01206 570533 Curry Hut 34 Osborne Street CO2 7DA Tel: 01206 769209 Tandoori Villa 6 Villa Road, Stanway CO3 0RH Tel: 01206 369600 Curry India Tandoori Restaurant 119-121 Crouch Street CO3 3HA Tel: 01206 571555 Raj Palace 28 North Station Road CO1 1RB Tel: 01206 760920 Way to the Raj 90 Coggeshall Rd, Marks Tey CO6 1LS Tel: 01206 211495

BISTROS AND BARS Love Bistro The Minories, 74 High St. CO1 1UE Tel: 01206 765131 The Anchor 26 Court Street, Nayland CO6 4JL Tel: 01206 262313

The Angel St. Marys Square, Kelvedon, CO5 9AN Tel: 01376 573746

Chystal Restaurant 49, St. Botolphs Street CO2 7EB Tel: 01206 545566

Jardine 140 High Street, Wivenhoe CO7 9AF Tel: 01206 820390

The Barn Brasserie Brook Road, Great Tey CO6 1JE Tel: 01206 212345

Restaurant at The George Hotel 116 High Street, CO1 1TD Tel: 01206 578494

Baumanns Brasserie Ltd 4-6 Stoneham St, Coggeshall CO6 1TT Tel: 01376 561453

BAR AND GRILL Qube Bar & Grill 8 Crouch Street CO3 3ES Tel: 01206 578800 Copacabana Bar and Grill 62 High Street CO1 1DN Tel: 01206 765090 FISH ‘N’ CHIPS Fish N Grill 120 High Street CO1 1SZ Tel: 01206 540333 Myland Fisheries 32 Nayland Rd, Mile End CO4 5EQ Tel: 01206 841495 Rons Plaice 56 London Rd CO3 4DF Tel: 01206 540436 Nindys 28 Dugard Ave, Colchester CO3 9EJ Tel: 01206 769184 The Islander 37 High St, West Mersea CO5 8QA Tel: 01206 382305

Parliament Restaurant at The Red Lion High Street CO1 1DJ Tel: 01206 577986

Milsoms Stratford Road, Dedham CO7 6HW Tel: 01206 322795

Bellapais St. Johns Street CO2 7AH Tel: 01206 571830

The Old Siege House 75 East Street CO1 2TS Tel: 01206 792333

ENGLISH Fountain House Dedham Hall, Brook Street, Dedham CO7 6AD Tel: 01206 323027

AMERICAN Sloppy Joe’s American Dinner 37 High Street CO1 1DH Tel: 01206 577229

TRADITIONAL The Coast Inn 108 Coast Rd, West Mersea CO5 8NA Tel: 01206 383568

La Cascada Fox St, Ardleigh CO7 7PP Tel: 01206 864030

MODERN CUISINE The Bakehouse 5 High St, Wivenhoe CO7 9BJ Tel: 01206 824569

SPECIALITY Le Talbooth Gun Hill, Dedham CO7 6HP Tel: 01206 323150

Frankie & Benny’s Tollgate West CO3 8RH Tel: 01206 216220

La Tasca 14-15 North Hill CO1 1DZ Tel: 01206 768060

Titash Restaurant Ltd 40b High St, West Mersea CO5 8QA Tel: 01206 381778

Nando’s Chicken Restaurant 11-13, Head St, Colchester CO1 1NX Tel: 01206 760344

Clowns Restaurant 61a, High Street CO1 1DN Tel: 01206 578631

Cafe Rouge - Colchester 59 High Street CO1 1DH Tel: 01206 541839

The Peldon Rose Inn Colchester Rd, Peldon CO5 7QJ Tel: 01206 735248

EUROPEAN The East Street Grill East Street CO1 2TZ Tel: 01206 866677

The Lemon Tree 48 St Johns St, Colchester, CO2 7AD Tel: 01206 767337 The Lexden Crown 235 Lexden Rd, Colchester, CO3 4DA Tel: 01206 548490 Warehouse Brasserie 12 Chapel Street North CO2 7AT Tel: 01206 765656 Mimosa The Crescent, Colchester Business Park CO4 9YQ Tel: 01206 751555 FISH AND SEAFOOD West Mersea Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant Oyster House, Coast Rd, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8LT Tel: 01206 381600 The Company Shed 129 Coast Road, West Mersea CO5 8PA Tel: 01206 382700 For your restaurant to be considered for inclusion in Colchester 101 please call us on 01206 544700 or email


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My house is damp - help! As the temperature falls from summer, the windows are shut. That nice warm airflow is stopped - it has become “a draught”. On goes the heating, at least for a few hours a day, “just to keep off the chill”. But with higher energy costs, we are reluctant to run that heating unit all day, so the temperature inside goes up and down. We might put in more insulation, double glaze, add draught preventers to doors and windows, fill the wall cavities, put more quilt in the loft over the ceilings. All well-intentioned, all potential problem causes. If you don’t have ventilation, the moisture we all produce from breathing, cooking, washing ourselves and the laundry stays inside the dwelling. Eventually the air inside becomes saturated - excessive humidity. Ever been to the tropical house at the Zoo, and decided it was too uncomfortable for you? Even filling up your room with too many possessions will restrict the airflow, and cold spots in the room result. Added to your damp, humid air, that

can lead to condensation. Which is simply warm, wet air hitting a cold surface. Air circulation is vital to your health and to prevent condensation. Germs will multiply in your living space: condensation can encourage mould on the wet surfaces. Damaged decorations, clothes and furniture, anyone? Some kinds of mould aggravate asthma and skin conditions, so you don’t want that - do you? Varying temperature leads to condensation too, under the conditions mentioned. Moisture can be held as vapour by warm air, but when the room cools by a few degrees, that air can retain less, so droplets form on walls or windows. It costs very little more to run heating at a continuous but slightly lower - level, so you will avoid these other problems. You will be more comfortable, at almost the same costs. Double glazing and draughtstopping can be good, but if they lead to reduced air circulation, not good. When all homes had open fires and rattly sash windows, no-one had condensation – the draughts blew it all


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Lexden, Colchester. £345,000 Located in the heart of Lexden and within walking distance of the town centre, this three bedroom, three storey property has a spacious kitchen/family room with access to a sunken courtyard and sitting room with inglenook style fire place and bay window. This really individual property has to be seen.

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St Julians Grove, Colchester. £620pcm Ezelet are offering this four bedroom end of terrace house situated within walking distance to town and railway station. The property benefits from a through lounge dinner which leads to a kitchen and access to the rear garden. Upstairs there are four bedrooms and a large bathroom. The house has gas central heating, garage and a garden.

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By Sven Wombwell

The first fruit that comes to mind is the kiwi, ornamental varieties such as Actinidia kolomikta have been grown in this country for years but not for its fruit. This variety has multi coloured leaves and makes a really unusual climbing feature, but you can actually grow edible kiwis with some success. Kiwis were originally called the Chinese gooseberry because many who tried it said it had a similar taste to the gooseberry. They were renamed in the 20th century for marketing reasons, firstly to ‘mellonette’ and then to ‘kiwifruit’ (after the New Zealand bird…brown and furry!), the latter as to avoid the import tax on ‘melons’ coming into the USA. Kiwi ‘Hayward’ is the most commonly grown species world wide and if planted in the right place become really vigorous climbers. They require a really sunny sheltered wall and are best kept pruned to size otherwise they become a bit rampant. They are borderline hardy with the young shoots often damaged by late frosts and if grown in a cold garden they are best kept safe under glass. Female Kiwi ‘Hayward’ plants need a male pollinator nearby in order for pollination to occur and one male can service many females. ‘Hayward’ can produce a really heavy crop of lovely sweet fruit if the right conditions are provided. Another great kiwi to try is Kiwi ‘issai’ which is a Siberian variety. The fruits are much smaller and sweeter than normal varieties and can be eaten like grapes with the skin on. The advantage with this variety is that they don’t require a pollinator and are happy by themselves. Blueberries (Vaccinium corybosum) have become a really popular choice for gardeners all over the UK these

I was talking to my dad the other day about the more unusual fruit and veg that can be grown in this country and I thought what a great article it would make this month. More and more these days I am asked by clients to design vegetable plots into peoples gardens and am asked if can include more unusual varieties of edible plants. There is always a real competitive edge with fruit and vegetable gardeners to see who can grow the biggest, the best and the most unusual, so what is out there and what can we grow.

days and there are huge numbers of different varieties around to purchase. Blueberries are really well suited to our climate as long as they are given the appropriate spot to grow. Seeing as they are a forest dwelling plant they like an ericaceous soil to grow in, so if you don’t have acid soil in the garden they are best grown in pots. If you can plant a couple next to each other to improve cross pollination, they will produce fruits alone but they will be bigger and more abundant if planted together. They also prefer to be watered using rain water; tap water contains lime which will neutralise the acid. Blueberries are often confused with the closely related bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) which grow wild all over countries like Norway and Sweden. We have a family home in Sweden and we always go out picking ‘blueberries’ in the summers out in the woods. The bilberry fruits are usually a little smaller and if you ask me have a more intense delicious flavour. My dad is dead keen on growing lots of ‘Chinese leaves’ on his allotment and has great success with mizuna, pak choi, mustard greens etc. All of these a pretty easy to grow and are well worth it! Pak choi likes its roots to be kept pretty moist and grows pretty quickly, my dad grows it in grow bags in rows so he can monitor them easily and maintain the moisture levels more easily. They are an absolute magnet to slugs who love any plant with juicy tender foliage so keep a watch-full eye on them! I would also suggest staggering planting so that you get successive crops throughout the growing season. Mizuna and other mustard greens have to be to be one of the easiest

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edibles to grow and are great in salads and stir fries! It will pretty much grow anywhere and can even be grown in a pot in the window sill if you are short of space. Seeds can be sown pretty much all year round if you can keep them warm enough to germinate but are best sown in June, July and August (I have planted mine from mid spring onwards and they are fine!). You can get a crop as quickly as 6 weeks after sowing and they will tolerate pretty much any soil type as long as they get some sun. Another interesting vegetable/fruit to try is okra; this again can be grown in this country as long as the frost does not get the young growing tips. It is best sown from March - April under glass at a constant temp of around 20oC once germinated it can be potted on into 9cm pots and kept above 15oC until ready to be planted out. If you live in a milder part of the UK they will be fine in a pot or even the border if you harden them off for a good 1015 days. Once the flowers appear give

them a good dose of potash every other week which will help fruit production and cut off the fruits when they are still young and tender. The plants are covered in tiny hairs that can be quite irritating to the skin so I would wear gloves when harvesting. If you live in a cooler area of the country I would keep them under glass but you may get away with them in a pot on a warm patio. Other things you could try include, lemongrass, peaches, Chinese red beans, Chillies, artichokes, Japanese turnips, Chicory, endive, radicchio, soya beans, Good King Henry... Supposedly here in Colchester we have some of the warmest and driest weather in the country so we can grow a wide variety of unusual and exotic fruit and veg, but with a bit of experimentation and risk taking you can grow plants that will raise a few eyebrows, and raise the bar amongst your gardening chums! Go for the exotic... if you don’t try you will never know!

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Funny Farm View from the


The diary of an independent comedy promoter by Hazel Humphreys olden times comedy promoters filled their stages by accosting the nearest unhinged exhibitionist (a mate in the pub or a beardy bloke standing on a roundabout shouting at cars) and offering them a gig in exchange for magic beans. Later, booking acts became more sophisticated, with promoters placing telephone numbers under the Time Out listings for gigs with names like “The Grin Reaper” and “Funny Lingus”, then never answering calls and simply giving stage time to anyone who turned up on the night (hence the 1980s trend of confused Belgian tourist “character acts”). Now, mere decades away from realising “Tomorrows World” dreams of a jet-pack for every citizen and a working transport infrastructure, the modern promoter has been forced to embrace the latest technologies in their quest for talent. The Internet is a comedy promoters dream, with its propensity for idiocy, self-promotion and a myriad of ways to waste time (I haven’t progressed beyond videos of kittens jumping into boxes; can it get any better?). Thanks to social networking there’s access to performers as well as potential audience members. In a single afternoon I can book gigs, advertise them, test out jokes on Twitter, do a quiz that proves I’m Napoleon Bonaparte and find out whether that persistent itchy lump is anything to be concerned about. How can the Internet be a bad place? Recently, less friendly web inhabitants have garnered media attention. One sicko was jailed for leaving taunting messages on tribute sites to dead teenagers. Then comic Dom Joly reported a threatening Twitter abuser (the “delightful”

@deathtojolykids) to the police. Amongst the brighteyed multitudes flirting, exchanging recipes or idly surfing porn, lurks a SHOUTY minority of “haterz” eager to land some stinging blows then dance away under their cloak of anonymity. I’ve never overly worried about “trolls”. At least any nutter satisfying their urge for hostility online is doing it safely ensconced in their own bedroom on a throne of crusty socks rather than defecating through peoples letterboxes. I enjoy taking the mickey as much as the average sociopath, but wonder what drives people that extra mile to deliberately aim to hurt. It must be a heady mix of loneliness, selfloathing and some messed up medication. The comedian Stewart Lee collects “hateful” online comments about himself, admitting he

undertakes this labour of love to maintain his public persona of a bitter, self-obsessed comic who would care about the ramblings of keyboard warriors. I like the idea of using Internet vitriol as part of a creative process. Turn vicious comments into a joke or poem. Or write them down on paper then fold it into an origami phallus. Or just step away from the computer. Meet up with your friends, because you have friends. Gits will be gits in any medium (I’ve found nastier things inside envelopes than emails), and sadly we can’t ban them, or the internet. Which is just as well. There’s kittens to watch and gigs to plug. Next Wivenhoe Funny Farm is on Thursday 27th October featuring the divine Marian Pashley amongst others. Find out more on


School-Based Centre of Excellence Opens Hello again and welcome to the world of Colchester United. We have had a difficult start to the season but there has been much to be positive about, especially the amount of goals we have scored. The manager wants us to be on the front foot as much as we can and wants us to attack teams whenever the opportunities arise. This can of course leave us short of numbers on occasions at the back and we have also conceded more goals that we would have liked. There is a certain risk of this with how we want our full backs to play but hopefully, we’ll score more goals than we concede more often than not. It isn’t just on the pitch that positive


things are happening, a couple of Colchester United projects are now up and running off it. I have seen the pictures of the progress being made on the new training ground and it is certainly taking shape very quickly. We are going to have five pitches all the same size as the one at the Weston Homes Community Stadium so we’ll be spoilt for choice whenever we go out to do our week’s work ahead of games. Thurstable School is located not too far away from the new training ground in Tiptree and the beginning of the academic year saw an innovative scheme start for a group of our Centre of Excellence boys. They have all moved over to Thurstable to


continue their education but lunchtime and after school won’t be quite the same for them. I’m sure they used to spend all their lunchtimes and afternoons playing football on the school field but from now on, it won’t be jumpers for goalposts for them. They will be having structured training sessions with the Centre of Excellence coaches and massively increasing their contact time with their coaches. This will give them the best possible chance of making a career in football and hopefully in a few years time, we’ll see them coming through into the first team squad here. They must work very hard though, take on

board everything the coaches tell them and practise on all aspects of the game in the next few years. A word of warning for them though – statistics show that only a very small percentage of boys make it as professional footballers. They must pay as much attention to their education as their football and the great thing about doing what they’re doing at Thurstable is that they have the opportunity to excel in both areas. Good luck lads.

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By Luke O’Loughlin

Colchester will host an exciting International Theatre Festival later this month (26-29 October), including a programme of three new plays which have been created in Italy, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Poland: A funny, frightening and moving story, Eve Ryman is inspired by the medieval morality play Everyman and tells the story of a woman travelling with Death towards her final reckoning. Featuring Mercury regular Clare Humphrey and directed by Janice Dunn, it will be performed in promenade style (with the audience following Eve to different locations along the way). Movement, music and dance will entertain audience members in Trojan Women, where they will also become characters in a ceremonial setting somewhere

between the living and the dead. This play is based on Euripides’ The Passion of Trojan Women. A minimalist production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest highlighting the psychological depth and symbolic elements of the text, performed in many languages. The centrepiece and highlight of the Festival is a new production of Louis de Bernières’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (27 Oct - 12 Nov) featuring Company actors Tony Casement, Roger DelvesBroughton and Gus Gallagher, scores of beautiful character puppets and a specially

commissioned score, recorded by the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra for this moving and unique version of the best-selling novel and blockbuster film. All performances take place in or around the Mercury Theatre. Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01206 573948 or online at The International Festival also presents the interACT Annual Conference in the newly completed iconic firstsite building which will attract delegates from across the UK and around the globe, putting Colchester on a world stage.

Black History Month Events at Slack Space It’s October! It’s Black History Month! Slack Space is thrilled to be working with the Colchester Black History Month (BHM) committee in order to offer three weeks of art, performance, events and activities around the theme of Black identity. The main exhibition will run from Wed 5 Oct - 22 Oct and is inspired by the BHM theme of Identity’: Who is Black? ‘One Drop’ explores the differences in colour of Black people of mixed heritage. The one-drop rule is a historical colloquial term from the United States used for the social classification as ‘Black’ of individuals with any African ancestry, meaning any person with ‘one drop of black blood’ was considered as Black. The principle automatically assigned children of a mixed union between different socioeconomic or ethnic groups to the group with the lower status. The onedrop rule was adopted as law first in Tennessee in 1910 and then in Virginia in 1924, following the passage of similar laws in numerous other states. In addition to the main exhibition, a number of smaller instillations will run concurrently.

Thurs 6 Oct from 7pm will be an evening of Black music and a celebration of African Culture and Art with Image and Sculpture. From Wed 12 Oct – Sat 15 Oct, the instillation ‘Uganda or UK’ will offer hands-on activities for parent and child participation, exploring the similarities and differences of everyday life in Africa and the UK. A number of events will also take place in the space: Fri 7 Oct 7.30pm features Sanna Jay Dance Co. with a Fusion Dance Hall workshop, music and performances. A vibrant and explosive evening! Sat 8 Oct 8pm features Salsa Dance Night with DJ Mgjazz playing the best of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue & Reggaeton. The evening will be an introduction to salsa dance with Instructor Malcolm Green. On Mon 17 Oct at 7.30pm you can come and join us for a mouth-watering tasty treat with Cicely’s Caribbean Cooking. Discover cooking tips, recipes and sample foods of the West Indies. Fri 21st Oct 8pm is the BHM Committee Soiree, to which invited guests are welcome.

On Sat 22 Oct at 8pm the exhibition finale will be presented by Lawrence Walker, Chairman of Colchester Black Month 2011 with Special Guest Nardia Foster, the author of ‘Out of Slavery - The History of British Black Caribbean people in the United Kingdom.’ Invited guests are welcome. Please email Slack Space are thrilled to be working with Black History Month, especially on the back of the extremely successful Japanese Cultural Exchange exhibition which ran from 24 August to 10 September. The exhibition was attended by over 1,800 people who enjoyed a unique insight into Japanese art and culture with talks, events, workshops, film and children’s activities.

Slack Space are very keen to work with the cultural communities of Colchester. If you are interested in holding a cultural exhibition or event at Slack Space then please contact us at


Colchester 101 Colchester’s Access All Areas Magazine October 2011.

Putting Colchester on a world stage!

A Problem Shared

Abandoned Each month readers have an opportunity to tell their own stories about issues that affect, or have affected, their lives. This month an anonymous reader tells of the heartache and financial strain of becoming a single mother with no support or financial help from her childrens’ father. All names have been changed. It was David’s 40th birthday and I’d booked us a table at the local gastro-pub to celebrate. All the family were there, our two children Jack and Emma, my mum and dad, his dad (his mother had died from cancer the previous year), and his sister. He’d seemed a bit nervous and jumpy all day but I just put it down to an impending mid-life crisis and the reality of being 40 hitting home. But as we ate he seemed to get worse. He wasn’t interested in his food and seemed a very distracted. Suddenly, without warning, he just stood up and said “I can’t do this anymore. I’m sorry” and walked out of the pub. A horrible sickening feeling came over me. Every instinct told me this was more than a little panic attack about his age. The whole table seemed to know it too. “Stay there,” his father told me “I’ll go and see what his problem is.” I’ll cut a long story short and tell you what the problem was, as I was to find out an hour later. He’d been having an affair with his best friend’s wife for the past six months and they had decided to set up home together. In the USA, her home country. He’d even used his skills to get himself a job and a visa to get him into the country. They had planned to tell me, and her husband after his birthday, but obviously the guilt trip of a family birthday meal had been too much for him. My world fell apart in an instant. There had been a few times recently when he’d seemed a bit distant but I’d thought nothing of it as he worked long hours, or at least I thought he’d been at work, and probably had a lot on

his mind. He moved out the next day after she had told her husband, thankfully they had no children, and she moved in with him at a hotel in town, then they moved to New York together three weeks later, with him promising to come back to see the children regularly and make monthly maintenance payments “They are my children and I don’t want them to go without” were his words. I’ll never forget those words because to this day I have never seen a penny from him. Not a single penny. The divorce went through and I bought him out of his share of the house, but still no money came. “You don’t understand... we’ve had to rent an apartment... it’s extremely expensive to live in New York... anyway, you’ve got a four bedroom house, you’re all right...” I’ve heard them all. Every single possible excuse not to pay towards bringing his children up. I lost my job a few months later. I managed to get another one after only two months out of work but it wasn’t as well paid and money has been very tight ever since. It would be a lot less tight if David paid his maintenance! I’ve been to court and maintenance orders have been made but are virtually unenforceable as he lives overseas. I’ve tried to have him served by the court when he has been back in the UK but he is too slippery and they never manage to catch him. The kids have only seen him a handful of times in the four years since he left. His dad calls and said he’s in the country and wants to see them and comes over and picks them up and they stay at

his for a day or two and see their dad. The last time we went through this charade he said to me “I don’t agree with what David’s doing but he’s my son and him and those children are all I have left.” I of course let him see the kids on a regular basis regardless of what his son has done as it wouldn’t be right to stop him seeing his grandchildren. Recently I’ve had to take in a lodger, a lovely Turkish student, to help make ends meet. It’s weird having her around the house, another adult in the home that we all used to share as a family. But it’s nice to have the adult company and the kids like her. She has even taught them a little Turkish and said we can all go and stay at her parent’s home in Turkey for a week next summer. And as for the children, well Jack is 13 now and Emma is 10. Jack is angry at not having his dad around, and is also starting to understand how I struggle financially. Emma remembers some of when her dad was with us but is thankfully now well past the days of asking “Why does everyone else see their daddy?” and “How can daddy really love me if he went away?” It used to break my heart. I’ve given up trying to get anything from him, and for the childrens’ sakes I’m just grateful for what little time he does spend with them. But how could anyone do what he has done? Those kids are his flesh and blood. How could he abandon them, and not even feel he has to pay towards me looking after them? How?

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If you need help and support to deal with an addiction or crisis, below are contact details for organisations dedicated to providing support and advice for a variety of problems.

Alcoholics Anonymous Support group for persons needing help to overcome and recover from alcoholism. Helpline 0845 769 7555 Email: Al-Anon Family Groups Support for anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking. Helpline 020 7403 0888 Email: Narcotics Anonymous Support group for persons needing help to overcome and recover from drug addiction. Helpline 0300 999 1212


Cocaine Anonymous Support group for persons needing help to overcome and recover from cocaine addiction. Helpline 0800 612 0225 From UK Mobile Phones 800 612 0225 Email: Colchester Gay Switchboard Help and advice for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender individuals and those affected by HIV and AIDS. Helpline 01206 869191 or 0845 1 23 23 88 Brook Free and confidential sexual health advice and services for under 25s providing professional advice on Contraception, STIs and Pregnancy. Helpline 0808 802 1234

Overeaters Anonymous Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. Helpline 07000 784985 beat The leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. Helpline: 0845 634 1414 Email: Youthline 0845 634 7650 Email Relate Support and advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support. Telephone: 0300 100 1234

Families Need Fathers Support and information if you are separating or divorced and are worried about not seeing your children, or the effects on them. Open to mothers, fathers, grandparents, new partners and extended families. Helpline: 0300 0300 363 Samaritans If you are in crisis, feel distressed or are perhaps thinking of suicide, Samaritans trained volunteers can give you the time and space to talk about your feelings, help you explore your options and perhaps seek a way to face the future. 24/7 Helpline 01206 561234 Open Road Reducing the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol on users, their families, partners and society. Telephone: 0844 499 1323


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Colchester 101 October 2011  

Colchester's must-read magazine

Colchester 101 October 2011  

Colchester's must-read magazine