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JANUARY 2018 FREE EDITION

Barnt Green, Alvechurch and Worcestershire

Property | Beauty | Fashion | Motoring | Lifestyle | Health | Celebrity | Food & Drink | Business Directory


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Welcome

IN THIS ISSUE

Hello and welcome to your New Year edition of the Cornfield Magazine.

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Here at Cornfield we are excited to welcome another 12 months filled with the exciting events, gigs and exhibitions our city has to offer. The first of our 2018 issues includes a glorious feature exploring the ways we can all accomplish a happier, healthier New Year. We consider the ways to achieve peace of mind through the practice of mindfulness, and look at the natural products designed to help revitalise and replenish tired winter skin.

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Our striking covers this month, courtesy of the BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions/Tiger Aspect Drama, feature shots from the Brummie-based phenomenon, Peaky Blinders. In a double page feature, we take a look back at the latest jawdropping series and the fantastic additions to the cast, including Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody. If the finale of Peaky Blinders IV left you gasping for more gangster-filled action, check out our critical reflection on the series to-date.

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This month we chatted to Strictly’s Anton Du Beke following the release of his much-anticipated debut album, From The Top. A blend of contemporary covers and 1940s classics, the album creates a sound that guarantees to have you dancing to your heart’s content. Dedicated to the late, great Sir Forsyth, From The Top celebrates the shared love of swing held between Bruce and Anton, as well as paying tribute to Anton’s wife, without whom, “Nothing would be possible.”

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Whatever you do, have a great month. Thanks again for continuing to support this great magazine. Enjoy the 'now' and most of all, keep it local. There's a lot of great stuff around you! ;)....

Richard & Sam

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Ken

Dodd by Tim Saunders

“Never live in the past even if it’s cheaper,” quips Sir Ken Dodd, who celebrated his landmark 90th birthday in November. He reveals that he will continue to do two gigs every week and 100 a year. “I used to do 400.” “Always look to the future,” he recommends. “My toenails are 90 but my brain is 21. When you wake up in the morning at 90 you thank God for allowing you to live so long and for giving you such an adventurous life. I’m very grateful.” A self-confessed chatterbox the nonagenarian still introduces his audiences to six new gags per show. “If two or three get a laugh you’re doing very well,” admits Ken, who returns to the stage for the sheer thrill of the experience. “You can never predict an audience. You have to learn to read them very very quickly. There is a lot of creativity in being a comedian.” The king of the one-liners looks forward to doing shows “because I love playing an audience”. “Some men go fishing and some men play snooker, I’m stage struck, I just love doing shows; it’s my life.” Knighted earlier in the year by Prince William at Buckingham Palace has added to Ken’s happiness. “It hasn’t changed me at all - I am the same Ken Dodd that I always was; I still put the same underpants on everyday… well not the same underpants. It is delightful. My family and friends all think it is wonderful. What I am very pleased about is that they have given this recognition to someone from show business; my type of show business; I am a variety entertainer. It really means a variety of skills. I’m here to fly the flag.”

Another ambition is for a Ken Dodd Archive because with his love for the written word, he adores books. “I get told off; if I buy another book my fine lady threatens that she will have me put away! I must have 100,000 books. I have a house and two little cottages and they’re all full of them. I have a passion for buying books particularly anything to do with show business. Some of which I have read and some that I plan to read and some that I will never read.” As a youngster he was offered a junior reporter’s job at the Liverpool Evening Express but a career in journalism was not as appealing as comedy.Aged 14, Ken was intrigued to discover how a joke was produced. “A joke has a surprise ending; a tag we call it. You are drawn into psychology and you start reading all the books on it by the philosophers such as Schopenhauer and Freud. Now Freud did very well with his jokes. He had a book called Jokes and their Relationship to the Unconscious. Freud came up with this wonderful formula: the acquisition of the psychic economy. Unfortunately, Freud never played Saturday night at the Empire, which makes a big difference believe me! Practically every psychiatrist and every psychologist that drew breath from Freud, Schopenhauer - there’s a whole list - they all have a different theory about why we laugh and it’s a fascinating and obsessive kind of study.” He has lived at Oak House, Knotty Ash (built in 1782) all his life. Passed down from his grandmother, he has enhanced the interior and plans to do the same with the garden. Tim Saunders is an author, journalist and businessman. He meets celebrities, goes on holiday and road tests cars.

Full to bursting with infectious enthusiasm and a zest for life, he says: “I’d like to live to be 190 because there are so many things to see, so many people to meet, so many things I’d like to do and places to visit.”

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The Benefits of

GREEN TEA 1. Green Tea Contains Bioactive Compounds That Improve Health It is loaded with Polphenols like Flavonoids and Catchins, which function as powerful antioxidants.

The green tea range offered by Newby hold a refreshing, natural flavor. Selecting the best leaves from prime harvest seasons, Newby’s dedicated tea tasters trial thousands of cups before selecting bespoke blends. Wherever you are, whoever you are, a cup of tea represents all the simple joys to be found in life. Discover the world of deeply satisfying flavor with every perfect cup.

2. Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter

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Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function. 3. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance This is because green tea has been shown to boast the metabolic rate. 4. Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Various Types of Cancer Green tea is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants, so it makes perfect sense that green tea could reduce the risk of certain cancers…Breast cancer-Prostate cancer-Colorectal cancer. 5. Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimers and Parkinsons The bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurone and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimers and Parkinsons, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders. 6. Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria Which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection The catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses. This can lower the risk of infections and lead to improvements in dental health and reduce bad breath.

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7. Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Some controlled trials show that green tea can cause mild reductions in blood sugar levels. It may also lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the long term. 8. Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Green tea has been shown to lower total LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. 9. Green Tea Can Help You Loose Weight Some studies show that green tea leads to increased weight loss. It is particularly effective at reducing dangerous abdominal fat. 10.Green Tea May Help You Live Longer 6 | Cornfield Magazine

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We are one of the UK's best known and most successful restaurant companies. We have 37 restaurants, including 4 sites with hotels so there are plenty of opportunities for career progression across the company. Our success is based on being the best – we have stunning properties, award-winning food and, we believe, the best people in the industry. Our restaurants look great, our food is unbeatable and our staff are outstanding. Working with us at Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill, you will feel a part of our family with like-minded people who progress their careers with utilising our career path, offering Leadership and Management Development programs, Chefs Academy and Apprenticeships for all roles and levels. All of our people get to develop their skills and knowledge of fresh fish and seafood too. Great performance is rewarded with our management bonus schemes (quarterly and annual), tronc, annual conference and awards, trips to Loch Fyne in Scotland to understand our heritage and company benefits which include Pension, Healthcare, Share Save Scheme, 33% employee discount, shopping vouchers to name a few. Great team, great place, fun environment rates of pay depending on experience. Job Type: Full-time and part time Required experience: Chef: 1 year Email your CV to: knowle@lochfyne.net


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Romantic Date Spots this

Valentine’s Day Carters of Moseley

The Wilderness

Itihaas

In perhaps one of the quirkiest suburbs of Birmingham, the independent restaurant, Carters of Moseley, stands as one of most renowned establishments within the region. Treat your loved one to the culinary delights of Carters of Moseley this Valentine’s Day, and feast ever-soromantically upon the Michelin starred cuisine. The ideal spot for a loved-up meal.

Fine dining perfection. Using the very best ingredients foraged from across Great Britain, The Wilderness explores the possibilities of natural British produce; delivering exemplary plates of tastiness to it’s guests. This February 14th embark upon a journey of culinary discovery, and book your spot for one of the best multi-course tasting menus available in Brum.

Winners of best restaurant in the UK for Cobra Good Curry Guide, Itihaas restaurant is an incredible choice for dining this Valentine’s Day. Located in the heart of Birmingham, Itihaas restaurant provides its customers with lavish traditional Indian favourites flavoured with delicate spices. Sample the specialty menus and soak in the sumptuous surroundings this February.

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Lasan Delivering exquisite modern Indian cuisine, Lasan offers a tasting menu that will delight you and your partner this Valentine’s Day. The fantastic restaurant, located in St. Paul’s Square, is loved by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey – and for obvious reasons. A contemporary, luxurious establishment that will make the perfect date spot this February. 0121 212 3664 B3 1SD

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Velassaru by Universal Resorts is a sophisticated resort that pairs contemporary luxury with the natural beauty of the Maldives. This 21 acre coral island is situated in the quiet South Malé Atoll and is possibly the finest resort accessible via speedboat. With its pearl-dust beaches, turquoise lagoon and myriad coconut groves the island is a magical setting for this 5-star resort. The resort’s villas are contemporary and unique. The island itself is corralled by 26 Deluxe Bungalows, 25 Deluxe Villas and 30 Beach Villas to the north. Located within their own private tropical garden just steps from the beach, the Deluxe Bungalows are subtly integrated into the natural foliage and provide a spacious intimacy; expertly crafted, these buildings are designed across two expansive levels with minimalist interiors and colourful accents. Beach villas are slightly larger and look out onto the beachfront with a sprawling sea-facing terrace, 10 of these villas have recently been upgraded to Beach Villa with Pools, each boasting 20 square metre private swimming pools. Emerging from the northern tip of the island is a jetty hosting the 17 airy and luxe Water Bungalows now all with swimming pools, each one rising out of the lagoon set on stilts. These villas offer uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, whether from the king-sized bed through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, or via the over-water deck leading down to the crystal clear waters below. Similarly, from the south-west of the island snakes a further jetty housing 28 spacious Water Villas and the resort’s exclusive Water Suite with a 10 metre long infinity pool. These huge villas represent unparalleled splendour, four with private pools and all feature king-size silk draped beds and a full sea-facing wall opening out onto an

expansive terrace above the lucid waters of the lagoon. For those looking for that extra touch of luxury, Velassaru offers the one and only Pool Villa, Deluxe Villa with Pool, and Water Suite all with large private pools. All of the resort’s accommodation comes equipped with an array of modern amenities and comforts as standard. The natural beauty of the island is the heart and soul of the resort experience. All spa, leisure and dining facilities have been created to celebrate the setting. The ocean is never out of sight. Guests have a wide range of dining options to choose from with several restaurants located close to the main reception and pool. Savouring continental and Asian cuisines at Turquoise is an intimate affair with its panoramic ocean backdrop, whereas Vela has a casual vibe and a creative international menu. Etesian offers Mediterranean gourmet dishes of the finest kind with truffles, cheeses and a wine library to envy. From a south-east facing jetty the oceanfront food theatre of Sand serves Eastern, Pan Asian and Continental cuisines from the live hot stone grill. Teppanyaki over the lagoon showcases contemporary Japanese cuisine with a creative twist. The ever-changing buffet at Vela ranges from local specialties, to European Classics and much, much more. Guests can enjoy Cornfield Magazine | 11


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stunning ocean views, freshly mixed cocktail and perfectly chilled wines and beer paired with a delectable and unique selection of International Tapas, at the alfresco Chill Bar. Alternatively, Velassaru private dining allows guests to eat from their own menu in a location of their choosing. Why not lunch for two on your own desert island for the most romantic day imaginable? Guests are likely to round off their evening in the chic setting of the spectacular beachfront bar of Fen. With cocktails to live music and the Maldivian sunset, Fen is the signature Velassaru experience. For those seeking total relaxation, The Spa at Velassaru is an experience not to be missed. One of the most beautiful over water spas in the Maldives, its ten treatment rooms, pool and yoga pavilion are all set on stilts over the clear blue lagoon allowing uninterrupted ocean views. The Spa offer guests signature treatments and rituals that are created to provide an authentic healing experience in the essence of Maldives. All treatments are done with locally sourced natural ingredients, like Virgin Coconut Oil rich with Vitamin E that complement the beauty of the island. The resort provides many opportunities for those who are a little more active. The beaches themselves vary from the broad and open to the small and secluded and the local waters are perfect for snorkelling or diving. Immersion, the resort dive school offers a full range of PADI courses for divers of all levels. With over 60 reefs teeming with vibrant marine life, guests have ample opportunity to explore the world’s best dive sights. Velassaru also offers windsurfing, catamaran, kayak hire and fishing trips, to compliment the fully-equipped gym and hard tennis court, as well as complimentary morning yoga, morning cruise and snorkelling tours. Excursions to desert islands are available plus the chance to take sea-plane photo flights, providing you with a bird’s eye view of the mysterious atoll formations, or glide across the ocean on a sunset cruise. A location of exquisite romance and beauty, Velassaru has been designed for couples, families and the young at heart. A stunning resort with distinctive style and personality combines affordable chic with true Maldivian hospitality.

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2018 Travel Destinations The World Awaits Melbourne, Australia Brimming with trendy bars, incredible exhibitions and enough independent coffee houses to please even the most scrupulous coffee connoisseur, Melbourne is the ideal location to experience in 2018. The effortlessly cool city is often overlooked by Australia’s capital; but whilst Melbourne lacks coastal Opera Houses and Harbour Bridges, the city stands out for its exceptional restaurants, contemporary galleries, and stunning architecture. Discover the delights of Chinatown and the world-famous Shanghai Dumpling House, renowned for it’s less-than-perfect service and phenomenal dim sum. Melbourne’s diverse music scene parallels the distinctive suburbs that complete the city, offering everything from classy champagne bars to graffiti-clad rooftop venues. Find vintage shops and student havens in Fitzroy, watch the penguins walk along the beach in St. Kilda, or take in the sunset with an Espresso Martini next to the Yarra River. Affectionately referred to by locals as ‘Melbs’, the city is a great starting point for the picturesque Great Ocean Road drive. A city that perfectly balances modern architecture and coastal beaches - trust me, it’s well worth the 23-hour flight.

Budapest, Hungary If you haven’t got the time or budget for long-haul flights, this European city will make a wonderful weekend getaway. Packedfull of historical buildings and moving museum exhibitions, Budapest is a truly a unique experience. The cultural Castle District, home to the Royal Palace, demonstrates the best of Eastern European architecture and contains the Hungarian National Gallery, Castle Museum and National Széchenyi Library. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Budapest is the romkocsmá (Ruin Bars) scattered throughout the remarkable city. The most famous Ruin Pub, Szimpla Kert, is furnished with bric-a-brac and unusual objects, creating an interesting aesthetic for drinking visitors. Film screenings in the open-air courtyard and live music sessions are heavily attended, and compliment the eccentric, sublime surroundings. After a night of drinking, relax at Budapest’s Spa Baths, renovated with pools of various temperatures to cure any lingering hangover. For the partygoers amongst our readers, Széchenyi Baths’ SPArty is one for the diary. The weekly event is guaranteed to offer a unique musical and visual nightlife experience.

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Awareness of

Mental Health Awareness of Mental Health and Mental Illness is something that most of us have absolutely no knowledge of. With the stigma surrounding people who suffer from mental illness, not much is really known about who, how, why and when mental health issues affects anyone. Actually, we are ALL affected. Every year in the UK, at least one person in four is diagnosed with a mental health condition. By 2020, it is estimated that depression will be the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease (World Health Organization).

It is so important for everyone to be able to identify when someone is suffering and struggling with a mental health issue. We all have a responsibility to look after each other and help those in society who need our kindness and compassion, in times of stress, difficulty, sadness, bereavement, loneliness, depression, mania, low mood... There is no shame in suffering with a mental health problem. It may be short term, as associated with a bereavement, other loss, divorce or financial problem OR it can be a longterm diagnosed illness such as Bi-Polar, schizophrenia, paranoia or clinical depression. What is important, is to identify it, accept it, treat it and manage the symptoms. supporting someone through a mental illness can be challenging and exhausting, however, the person suffering, is really going through a very traumatic and frightening time. No matter how uncomfortable it is for you, watching the person with the condition and the condition presenting itself compares minutely to the feelings and fear they will be experiencing. Learn how to identify the signs and signals so you can support someone who is suffering. Mental health problems are disturbances in the way in which people think, feel and behave. Terms include mental disorder, mental breakdown, burnout, mental illness, mental

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ill health, nervous breakdown, stress, work related pressure and psychiatric illness. In 2004, 168 million working days were lost, due to health related illnesses and 56 million of those days were due to stress, anxiety and depression. Everyone, without exception will go through one of these 3 illnesses at some point, if not ALL of them throughout their life. The difference is the severity at which we all suffer them. For example, a new mum may experience a mild form of depression, called the "Baby Blues" usually occurring at 4-6 weeks post giving birth and lasting for a few weeks to a couple of months. A similar situation may result in a mum developing depression, which is longer lasting, deeper in low mood, more severe in symptoms and potentially harmful to both mum and baby. This could be diagnosed as post-natal depression or PND. There are also varying degrees of PND, which need to be managed carefully and compassionately. So, even an "off day", not wanting to get out bed, feeling worthless, loss of appetite or just being fed up, is a form of mental health and we all go through these episodes. As for employers, analysts reckon that this sickness absence costs £8.4 billion each year, plus another £15.1 billion in reduced productivity. A further £2.4 billion is lost replacing staff who leave work because of mental ill-health. Overall, recent estimates put the cost to UK employers at £30 billion to deal with stress and anxiety, according to a recent survey by OfficeTeam.


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This may be because of two related problems. The first is the stigma surrounding mental ill-health, despite its prevalence. One in four of us will at some stage suffer from mental illness. Employees are often reluctant to come forward and discuss mental issues with their employers, and by the same token, evidence suggests many employers underestimate the extent of the problem among employees each year. In the face of such figures, it's surprising that more employers don't make it a priority to promote positive mental health in the workplace. By taking some practical steps to improve management of mental health at work, it's estimated that employers should be able to cut losses by about a third. Even so, more than one in four HR directors said that they had no formal process. The important thing is not to think you are immune to experiencing any form of mental health issue. As we think, breath, eat and drink we are also programmed to "malfunction" in times of stress, worry and anxiety. Identifying this change in our Mental Health is the key to managing it and understanding what makes us tick.

Look at Mental Health First Aid Training as a way of identifying those in need and to become confident in offering support. www.mhfaengland.org. At Solihull Health Check Clinic, we see many patients who present with physical conditions, which actually have manifested themselves, because of mental health issues. A Well-Man/Well-Woman health check, can help you identify any worries, concerns and questions around your own mental health. For more information, go to www.healthchecksolihull.co.uk or call 0121 745 7400.

Eileen Fegan, Clinical Director of Solihull Health Check Clinic Solihull Health Check Clinic The Lighthouse, 8 Gorcott Lane Dickens Heath B90 1FF 0121 745 7400

Sadly, the suicide rate amongst men has rocketed in the last couple of years. Every day in the UK, 14 men take their own life. The statistics are higher in the Republic of Ireland. There is no age distinction or trend and there are often no warning signs. In a 3Ts report called Suicide in Ireland published in May 2014, Dr. Kevin Malone, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Mental Health at University College, Dublin, looked at 104 Irish families, bereaved through suicide between 2003 and 2008 and found worrying results. It was already common knowledge that most suicide victims are male, roughly 80%; what people hadn’t realized is how serious the problem was among younger men. Dr. Malone’s report found that suicide was the leading cause of death for young men in Ireland and that the country was the fourth highest in the EU in the 15 to 24 year old age group. By analysing almost 12,000 suicide deaths in those aged 35 and under, the report identified a four-fold accelerated suicide count up to age 20, levelling off from the age of 21 onwards. The Office for National Statistics official figures show that in the UK, male suicide rates are more than three times higher than females. The highest suicide rate was among men aged 40 to 44 at 25.9 deaths per 100,000. In England, suicide rates were highest in the northwest and lowest in London. World Mental Health Day is on October 10th every year, focusing on Awareness, Education and Advocacy. My message to you is please don't ignore the signs and symptoms of someone who is suffering and in need of help. If you don't feel able to offer direct support, let someone else know, so that something is put in place to help.

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When to give

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afrom break running By Verity Wright, www.runverity.com

Running can be uncomfortable, especially when you are just getting started, but it should never hurt. Aches and pains in the feet, ankles and shins are common among runners and, to be honest, most running injuries will go away in time. The best predictors of an injury are previous injuries so sometimes you need to think back, maybe you broke a leg or sprained an ankle as a child, this trauma can rear its head later in life, especially if you have just taken up running and have not exercised for a long time. We tend to lose our flexibility the older we get so it is so important to look after yourself once you start to take up running, especially as you increase your mileage. An important part of running is learning to recognise the warning signs of an injury early. Mild stiffness or tenderness that does not go away after a day or two’s rest or after the first few minutes of a run is one of the first signals. Ask yourself the following questions to see if you can determine the cause, it may be something very simple. Have you done anything different since you noticed your niggle? Are you doing too much too soon? Are you overtraining? Are you having enough rest? Are you warming up and cooling down every time you run? Do you need new trainers?

Here are my top tips for helping you have a comeback plan 1. Don't deny that you are injured, you must deal with it and accept your injury, but you may also experience some anger and depression and refuse to stop running. However, you will reach a point where the pain forces you to stop. You will be able to return to your training plan if you allow the healing process the time that it needs. 2. Stick to a routine, walk when you would have run, by sticking to your normal training routines you will still gain the psychological benefits of regular exercise.

Unfortunately, no one is injury-proof but before you panic, wait to see if the pain resolves itself within 24 to 36 hours. If it does, and you feel OK after your next run, that probably means you are good to go, however if you limp or notice a change in your running style, you need to stop and address the issue as this can lead to long term damage that may mean you should stop running permanently.

3. Keep up running friendships and support others in races, supporting is a great way to experience the race without the stress and it is appreciated by runners so much.

Running is hard as you don't see the results over night, it takes time, commitment and consistency but one of the things that running does teach you is to have patience.

4. Cross train so that you don't end up feeling lethargic and fat, go swimming, do yoga or Pilates, strength training to build up muscle strength, go biking, it will really help fill the void.

You have to be extra patient when you are injured and being injured forces this patience upon you. You may have to create a Plan B if you experience setbacks and that can be hard...especially if it seems that everyone else is doing so well. A week can seem like a lifetime... Verity Wright is an England Athletics Qualified Coach in Running Fitness and runs a successful Athletics Coaching business in the South of England. She competes as an endurance athlete in events from 10k to 42k over country, roads, fells and mountains. If you want to know more, you can visit her website www.runverity.com

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5. Most importantly return to running with realistic expectations, start slowly and build gradually, set goals and don't do too much, too soon with too little recovery.


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How to Keep your

New Year's Resolutions

It's traditional to start the New Year off with a comprehensive list of resolutions, albeit, an often unachievable list. Most of us desire to eat healthier, exercise more and cut out ‘sins’, and set targets in an attempt to achieve these (difficult) goals. As the weeks progress, it's also traditional for us keen, well-intentioned individuals to lose track of our goals and move further and further away from our ultimate targets. But, how do we resolve this resolution-quitting, frankly frustrating problem? The first solution is setting targets that are actually achievable. We have all made the inevitable mistake of compiling lists of insurmountable resolutions in an attempt to tackle the upcoming year. More often than not, these lists contain resolutions only the most switched-on, overachieving organisation-fanatic might accomplish. No matter how good our intentions might be, New Year's resolutions often fade to a distant memory within the first few weeks of January. Here's a few simple ways to ensure you stick to your resolutions as much as humanly possible in 2018, to give you a bigger chance of becoming a better person this New Year.

Be realistic Don't set unattainable targets. It's easy enough to say, “I'm going to quit smoking this year, forever” and, “I won't let another drop of alcohol touch my lips in 2018”, but in reality these huge life changes – and they are pretty huge – will be extremely difficult to stick to (especially bad habits that stem from stress-induced states). Instead, be realistic about your ability to quit cold turkey. Most likely, these goals will be achieved over a longer period of time than in just a few short weeks – and this isn't necessarily a terrible thing. Instead of vowing to never eat a chocolate bar again, set a goal to significantly cut down your intake of whatever it might be you wish to banish from your life. It's perfectly fine (and natural) to struggle to give up items you have thus far relied on to get you through your daily life. By setting more achievable targets such as, “I will cut down my daily amount of 'x' each month”, by the end of 2018 you will have come closer in leaps and bounds to your ultimate goal.

Include your loved ones Setting goals to achieve the best version of you is wonderful. However, mixing-in resolutions that also help loved ones around you is the way forward for New Year's vows. Rather than pledging to join your local gym that you

fine-rightly know you will visit once before never mentioning again, try a resolution that makes others feel good, as well as you. Call your parents. Arrange a coffee with colleagues once a week. Spend more time with your children on the weekends. Prioritise the people who you value and care about most in life, and set your goals to show them how much you appreciate them. Honestly, this tactic will make you feel much better than any running machine ever could.

Don't be disheartened Giving up something you enjoy, or rely upon, is an extremely difficult and arduous task. When making your resolutions, take into account the fact that you might, at some point, relapse back to your old habits. However, this does not make you a bad person or a failure. It simply makes you human. As long as you keep your target in clear sight, and stick to your goals 98% of the time, eventually you will get there. By making your resolutions this way, you won't feel absolutely disheartened by your late-night trip to the fridge for a Cadbury Dairy Milk bar or a mid-week after-work beer and give up completely. You will instead take your natural human inclination to resort to your comfort items on the chin, and eventually move on from relying upon these items, one step at a time. As long as you are actively trying to achieve your goals and are focused on your intentions, you will progress! With these key ideas in mind, remain positive and enthusiastic towards your goals, and make 2018 your best year yet.


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The Midland At the Heart

of Dental Care The Dentists Dorridge, supports a preventative approach to private dental care, offering the very best oral health advice, up-to-date dental knowledge and the latest innovative techniques. As a fully registered Denplan Dental Practice, we offer a range of dental payment plans to suit every oral health need and budget to ensure our patients enjoy healthy teeth and gums for life.

Hand Clinic Sports

Upper limb injuries

From Tennis elbow to Golfers' elbow and Boxers’ fractures to Skier’s thumb, the list of sporting injuries is endless. We want you to play and enjoy your sport but early diagnosis and treatment will enable rapid return.

Experts in Children’s Oral Health At The Dentists Dorridge, we understand the importance of introducing your child to the Dentist. Our experienced Dentists can offer advice to help you to create a positive dental health care routine for your children from an early age. Dentist and Clinical Director Dr Emma Deacon BDS Birm LDSRCS Eng is dedicated to helping her clients improve their overall selfconfidence through aesthetic procedures, such as veneers, crowns and facial aesthetics. Now offering Anti Wrinkle Treatments and Dermal Fillers, Dr Emma Deacon is available for consultation appointments for all patients considering Facial Aesthetics treatments or cosmetic dentistry.

Combining Passion with Expertise Supported by our qualified Hygienist, Dental Nurses and Practice Manager, Implant Dentist Dr Will Murphy BDS MFGDP UK DiplmpDent RCS ENG, consistently high-quality dental treatments to significantly improve the oral health of our patients. For further details and to see the full range of available treatments please visit our website.

Put Your Hands In Our Hands Arthritis, including minimally invasive key hole to knuckles, thumb, wrist and elbow nerve injury including carpal tunnel Sports injury including fractures and ligament injuries Tennis related injuries including tennis elbow Golf related injuries including golfers’ elbow Finger contractures including Dupuytren’s disease Catchment area: Solihull, Central Birmingham, Sutton, Warwick and Worcester

T: 01564 779 868 / 07779 804 993 W: www.thedentistsdorridge.co.uk

E: info@thedentistsdorridge.co.uk The Dentists Dorridge, 9 Station Approach, Dorridge, B93 8JA

Hand Clinic PA: Alison James Email: alison@medicalpa-solihull.co.uk Call: 0121 364 1600 or 07830 774 476 All patients welcome whether you have private medical insurance or you are self-paying Midland Hand Clinic lead by Mr G Shyamalan FRCS NHS consultant hand surgeon.

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Practicing

Mindfulness Find Peace of Mind

Mindfulness is a practice that enables us to change the way we think and deal with certain situations and experiences, in a positive way. Being mindful can help us to manage difficult or stressful events and encourage us to make constructive choices. Stemming from practices within Buddhism and contemplative Asian traditions, the practice of mindfulness has been used as a tool to help to improve mental health for centuries. Practicing mindfulness can have a significant impact upon emotional health and mental wellbeing. As well as decreasing stress levels, achieving mindfulness can improve performance skills, enhance concentration levels and reduce anxiety.

What is mindfulness? "Mindfulness is an awareness of our thoughts and feelings as they happen moment to moment." - Professor Mark Williams (former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre) When we become more aware of our surroundings and feelings, we are able to easily recognise and acknowledge stress and anxiety. This in turn allows us to tackle these emotions more effectively. Due to the contemplative nature of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the UK Government’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recommended the practice for people who suffer with depression. Research has shown mindfulness can help to prevent depressive feelings, and future bouts of depression. When practicing mindfulness, our attention should be brought to the sensations that surround us, and we should concentrate on observing our environment. Being mindful allows us to take a break from stressful situations, and move into a more contemplative state. As well as practicing mindfulness throughout daily life, it can be effective to designate specific times in which to complete mindful practices. It is possible to combine mindful practices with activities such as yoga, meditation and tai chi. Paying attention to our breathing and developing a consciousness of our thoughts can help us to gain a better understanding of ourselves, and in turn positively change the way we view our emotions.

Yoga Yoga can help to improve balance, flexibility, co-ordination and strength, and as it isn't particularly strenuous, people of many different ages and abilities can perform it. Adults who are prone to falls may particularly benefit from yoga, as the

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activity strengthens the lower body and reduces weakness in knees and ankles. For sufferers of arthritis, yoga can help to increase flexibility and strength whilst reducing pain. Certain yoga positions may not be suitable for people with severe arthritis, or a similar health condition - always check with your doctor to find out beforehand.

Tai Chi Tai Chi can help to reduce stress and improve mobility, posture and balance. The practice was originally developed in China as a martial art, and has since been taught around the world as an exercise known to have a positive impact on general health and wellbeing. Tai Chi movements can be adapted to suit people with a disability or health condition, including wheel-chair users. It is possible, however, as with almost every exercise, that Tai Chi might not be suitable for people who are pregnant or suffer with chronic back pain or osteoporosis – again, check with your doctor before performing Tai Chi.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy There is a huge variety of ways for people to learn mindfulness, and these can be tailored to suit individual preferences and lifestyles. For example, a range of mindfulness apps and audiobooks are available, as well as online courses, face-to-face courses, and books. Visit www.bemindful.co.uk/learn-mindfulness for more information on how to start a mindfulness course, or find a mindfulness teacher in your area on the online directory.


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Daily Bread Yoga Group & Private Yoga Practice New Year, Fresh Start Do you wish to explore yoga as a means of becoming more relaxed, stronger, and more flexible, but aren’t quite sure about where to start? Daily Bread Yoga, based in Bromsgrove, can help you to begin your yoga journey today. Offering uplifting private practice classes and wellbeing programmes, Daily Bread Yoga can help you to concentrate on nurturing your body and mind. Founder of Daily Bread Yoga, Faye Jones, began her business with the aim to share her passion and expertise, and demonstrate the long-term benefits of regular yoga practice. No matter what your experience might be, Daily Bread Yoga can offer a practice style to support and enrich your lifestyle. As a full-time Yoga Teacher, Faye understands the individual requirements and needs of her clients, and is able to focus her efforts on nurturing and developing personal abilities to deliver an enjoyable yoga experience for everyone. Faye appreciates that group class settings can be a daunting experience, and therefore offers private individual classes catered to helping clients develop at their own speed with careful guidance and encouragement. At Daily Bread Yoga, all classes are taught in a safe, welcoming environment. The popular private classes are a brilliant option for clients that prefer one-on-one sessions, and wish to discover the mental and physical benefits that regular yoga practice can bestow in a more discreet environment. Private classes are also available to be held in the comfort of your own home if desired.

Yoga changes lives. It is thoroughly rewarding to be part of people's journey to better health, wellness and clarity. From day one students can expect to experience a deeper sense of relaxation and physical wellness. Faye Jones

Yoga for everyone! Daily Bread Yoga is inclusive of everyone. The practice aims to shake free the reputation of yoga as a female-dominated practice and banishes misconceptions that yoga is only suited for very spiritually aware and flexible participants. Experience the exceptional benefits of yoga for yourself! Regular yoga practice has been proven to create a greater range of mobility and flexibility, relieve lower back pain, lower stress levels, and improve brain function and help to tackle anxiety and depression. With free consultations offered alongside any block booking, Daily Bread Yoga is the perfect place to make a fresh start this New Year.

Book your next session today, and find the health and happiness you deserve! Venues: Wellbeing at The Wishing Well, Bromsgrove, Finstall Village Hall, Finstall, Urban Fitness, Bournville College, The Courtyard at No. 3a Coffee Shop, Aston Fields. For more information and online bookings, visit www.dailybreadyoga.com or email dblifestyleyoga@gmail.com.

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South Birmingham SCITT Considering a career change? It’s never too late. If you’re dreaming of becoming a teacher, but are unsure of what steps to take, the South Birmingham SCITT training scheme could be the perfect choice for you.

At South Birmingham SCITT we pride ourselves on our strong relationships with over 50 schools, including the collaboration with local Teaching Schools. We have an incredibly diverse workforce and learning environments. Whether you’re thinking of taking your career in a new direction, or looking to make the first steps towards your dream job, South Birmingham SCITT is there to provide you with the skills you need to achieve your future goals

Nationally recognised as a high achieving partnership, the South Birmingham SCITT is structured and resourced to train teachers to meet the needs of 21st century learners. South Birmingham SCITT recognises the potential for teaching to transform lives and encourages trainees’ enthusiasm to achieve entrance into a rewarding, humbling profession. Based in the area of Solihull, South Birmingham SCITT offers not only the tools you need to become a part of a rewarding and fulfilling profession, but an easilyaccessible location for commuters to complete their training. The nature of the programme means that the training caters to everyone – from postgraduates and students wishing to travel later in life, to those looking for a complete career change in 2018. South Birmingham SCITT is committed to providing continued assistance, even beyond the yearlong, school-led initial teacher-training programme. With the added benefit of training in at least two schools, those enrolled on the programme will receive a bespoke package of work experience and theorybased training, supported by guidance and

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encouragement. By learning on-the-job, trainees gain unparalleled insight through observation of experienced and practised teachers. Achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Postgraduate Qualification in Teaching and Learning (min PGCertEd) Primary and Secondary Teacher Training Learn from real teachers in real classrooms Train in at least 2 schools Secure career with at least 12 weeks annual leave

A career in teaching means that no two days are ever the same. Teaching is a profession that requires creative ways of thinking, offering practitioners the opportunity to continuously develop professionally.

Think this might be you?

100% employment rate

89% of trainees receive job offers to continue employment in schools trained with, well above the national average. South Birmingham SCITT guarantees trainees will be confident and competent by the end of the programme, and will always be NQT ready

Talk to us today and take your first steps towards the career of your dreams. Secure your place for 2018 - applications now open.

Elizabeth.ford@ninestiles.org.uk www.southbirminghamscitt.org.uk 0121 704 2581 ext 2929 @SouthBhamSCITT


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Honest Beard Oil Available from the National Theatre Bookshop shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk - £30.00 Start your New Year off on a clean slate with Honest Beard Oil. Pledge to cleanse the environment in 2018. With simple, biodegradable and reusable packaging that’s kinder on your carbon footprint, refresh those Mo’vember straggles with Honest Beard Oil. Nourishing oils of jojoba and avocado, alongside beautiful scents of cederwood and black pepper will clean and condition your beard whilst promoting healthy hair growth. New year, new you, new cosmetic resolutions.

Natural Restoring Kit naturasiberica.co.uk - £14.99 Show your hair and body some love after the party season draws to a close with this replenishing gift set. The protective shampoo and conditioner set helps to effectively replenish colour-treated hair by gently cleansing, moisturising and restoring damages. This wonderfully natural set also includes Extra-Firming Hand Cream, formulated to lift and restore elasticity to delicate skin. Rich in vitamins E and C, the set is suitable for vegetarians is vegan-friendly.

Youth Elixir Organic Face Oil (for Dry or Mature Skin) www.missorganics.co.uk £32.00 This potent blend of vitamin-rich, cold pressed organic oils will feed, hydrate, and protect your skin restoring its youthful radiance. Miss Organics have hand-blended certified organic ingredients with antioxidant benefits to help minimise skin ageing. 100% natural, vegan and UK made.

Dr. Bronners Soap drbronner.co.uk - £13.99 For the Organic ‘Green’ Goddess, Dr. Bronner’s Almond Liquid Soap is part of an entirely natural, organic and fair-trade skincare range. With 18-in-1 uses, and enriched with pure organic oils, Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap is the ideal product for those wanting to ‘go natural’ in 2018. Be good to your skin, and indulge in soap excellence this New Year!

Organic Facial Oil BY SARAH LONDON bysarahlondon.com - £16.50 The Organic Facial Oil by Sarah London fuses a signature blend of light, delicate and nourishing organic oils. Using handcrafted, allnatural and plant-based extracts, this wonderful product keeps skin nourished even when on the go! Designed with travel in mind, you can take this hand-luggage friendly product everywhere. Banish tired, winter skin and revitalse with Sarah London Organic Facial Oil.


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Dentelle Aesthetic Skin Solutions

New Year. Better Skin. Happier You. At Dentelle, we pride ourselves on being a centre of excellence in natural facial rejuvenation and non-surgical, natural aesthetic interventions. Our Solihull-based, multi award-winning clinic is one of the select few in the Midlands accredited with Save Face. At Dentelle, we prioritise our clients’ health and safety and put their care at the heart of every treatment. Combining expertise with passion, our team takes the time to understand individual needs and expectations to guarantee a high level of comfort and satisfaction for all clients.

Be the best you. Revitalise tired, winter skin with our range of skin-boosting treatments! Whatever your skin concerns may be, our experienced team can guide you towards the best treatment to suit your needs, and plan an effective course of therapies and skin care. We offer a range of treatments that have been clinically proven to have psychological benefits and create a greater sense of confidence for our clients with regards to their appearance. Medical Director Dr Clare Quinn LDS RCS (Eng) produces natural looking cosmetic injectable results every time.

HydraFacial

Lip treatments

Fire and Ice Facial Guinot Hydradermie

IPL hair removal and skin rejuvenation

Environ Vitamin Facial

Acne treatments

Radiofrequency skin tightening

Manicures and pedicures

Profhilo skin refreshing

Eyelash and eyebrow treatments

Dermal fillers for lifting and improving facial contours

Relaxing aromatherapy massage

Wrinkle smoothing injections

Professional Makeup Artist for glamour and bridal

Skin Health for Men 2018 is the year to address more skincare solutions for men. No longer should skin treatments be considered as ‘just for women’. Our forward-thinking clinic will ensure all patients feel relaxed and at ease, and banish any apprehensions and reservations first-time clients might have. The male grooming industry has grown rapidly in recent years, and at Dentelle we are at the forefront of providing aesthetic skincare solutions for men. “Men don't talk about skin care much, and I am one of them. Furthermore, I am not the type to gush. However, following my HydraFacial with Clare at Dentelle I am compelled to do both! It was the first time I have ever had a clinical facial and I didn’t know what to expect, but Clare eased me through the six steps, which take just under one hour in total. What I experienced was soothing, cleansing, moisturising, non-invasive, non-irritating and thoroughly relaxing. I looked and felt more youthful, fresh-faced, and rejuvenated. I will be returning to Dentelle as I was impressed, and I don't impress easily!” - Steve from Solihull.

Call the clinic now to book a no obligation, confidential consultation or book your treatment now!

Call: 01564 770770 Email: ask@dentelle.co.uk

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The

Detox Myth In recent years, the buzzword 'detox' has captivated consumers and fitness-addicts across the globe. But what exactly is detoxing? The Collins English Dictionary defines detoxing as a "treatment that is intended to remove poisonous or harmful substances from your body," that is "given to people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol in order to stop them from being addicted." The word detoxing, however, has been taken away from the medical realm of rehabilitation and instead has been redefined in the health and fitness industry as a way to banish harmful toxins that ‘build up’ in the body. This marketing myth aims to convince unsuspecting buyers to purchase various 'detoxing kits'. Put simply, detox dietary claims are often very exaggerated, completely ill informed, and actually are often more damaging and harmful than beneficial. A prolonged lack of protein (as suggested by many detox plans) can result in a weakened immune system, and has the potential to break down muscles. Fasting for periods of time can appear to result in weight loss, but this is simply loss of water, rather than fat. By not eating healthily or regularly, you are likely to feel symptoms such as tiredness, dizziness, nausea and irritability. Depriving your body of essential foods and nutrients through strict detoxing methods is in itself potentially dangerous. Qualified, registered dietitians have dismissed many claims made by so-called detoxing gurus, and instead promote simple, healthy, balanced lifestyles.

The Truth Eating healthily significantly increases energy levels, improves the functioning of liver, and has a beneficial impact upon skin condition, appearance, and complexion. Physical changes to appearance can in turn promote positive emotional health. By making changes to our daily lifestyle and eating habits, it is possible to boost our overall wellbeing and secure a healthier future in years to come. "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf Eating healthily is about balance. Instead of falling for the 'detox myth' and subjecting your body to unhealthy crash diets or ‘quick fixes’, begin your healthy lifestyle this New Year. We've all heard the positive effects of eating '5 a day' and exercising regularly – and it really is that simple.

Cook from Scratch Although it seems like a very time-consuming task, unsuitable for busy lifestyles, cooking from scratch can be made easy. By creating meals from a range

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of raw, organic ingredients, we know exactly what is going into our meals. Cooking from scratch gives us an opportunity to develop cooking skills and explore the exciting flavours and ingredients on offer. Signing up to monthly subscriptions can help to alleviate the pressure of shopping for a variety different ingredients. Companies such as Hello Fresh provide pre-proportioned ingredients and weekly recipes from around the world to your doorstep, and encourage cooking convenient delicious meals with healthy produce. Check online for more information at www.hellofresh.co.uk.

A Diverse Diet It isn’t only fruit and vegetables that are good for you! To ensure you keep a regular, balanced diet, make sure you fill your kitchen with a variety of fish, lean meats, low fat dairy products, fruit, vegetables and nuts. Eat food filled with nutrients such as fibre, minerals, proteins and good fats to ensure you provide your body with enough energy and goodness. Stick to recommended portion sizes, and always read the label to check saturated fats, sugars, and salts content.

Drink H2O Drink plenty of water. It's that simple. Water is completely natural, free, cheap and good for you! Replace fizzy energy drinks packed full of sugar with a glass of milk or water – this is especially important for children. If you don't particularly enjoy drinking water, try adding a lime wedge or drink a bottle of sparkling water. It’s recommended we drink six to eight glasses of fluid every day – and water is the best option! For more information on balanced, healthy diets given by the experts, visit The Eatwell Guide in the Livewell section on the NHS website.


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Free Debt Help on your Doorstep Worried about your finances in 2018? Spent more than you anticipated this Christmas? The CAP Debt Help project might be for you. When financial trouble hits, it’s easy to feel alone. Local debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is here to help. Following the success of CAP’s Debt Help project, launched last year in partnership with Dickens Heath Church, the volunteers will continue to help people through their journey towards financial freedom. Christmas can be a very strenuous time financially. With the burden of extra costs such as food, gifts and travelling (to name but a few), many people find themselves struggling in the New Year. Whatever your situation might be the CAP team are on hand to give you the guidance you need in 2018.

“Every week we see people who think that there is no way out of their money problems and every week we offer them a solution that really works. If you are struggling with debt then there is hope. We can help you.” Pam Stableford, Solihull CAP Centre Manager

Help to relieve your post-Christmas stress now, and sign up for a consultation with CAP’s free counseling service to start your journey towards financial freedom. Don’t be left feeling helpless. Call Christians Against Poverty’s freephone number 0800 328 0006 or visit www.capuk.org for more information.

The Debt Help project aims to relieve the stress of postChristmas debt for all clients this January. Experience has shown that there is always a way out of financial debt, and no financial difficulty is too big or too small to deal with. CAP volunteers are on hand to help those experiencing debt problems in the New Year to manage their financial difficulties. By providing expert advice free of charge, regardless of age, faith, gender or background, the CAP Debt Help project is open for all. The CAP policy ensures clients are guided through their time of need, and will never be left to face their problems alone.

Why CAP? The Debt Help project differs from other similar services. CAP volunteers visit clients in the comfort of their own homes and are able to work towards creating viable solutions to suit individual financial circumstances. By negotiating with creditors and supporting people right up until they are debt free, CAP ensures they stand by their clients every step of the way. With over 306 CAP Debt Centres across the UK, the largescale project has proven very successful. Now available in Solihull, CAP provides local people access to the service, and comes highly recommended by TV’s Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis. Cornfield Magazine | 29


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Healthy Body,

Healthy Mind Lorna Jane Astro Yoga Bra Moonlight Print Available from www.lornajane.co.uk £55.00

HOKA ONE ONE ARAHI Trainers TRIED & TESTED Available from www.hokaoneone.eu £105.00

Known for its groundbreaking approach to running, HOKA ONE ONE tackles stability head-on with the ARAHI trainers. The Cornfield team tested the trainers in a bid to test the impact of the J-Frame technology™, designed to further enhance the active foot frame.

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“I was shocked at how lightweight the ARAHI trainers are. The trainers are extremely well cushioned, and not once did I experience any uncomfortable ‘new shoe’ symptoms such as blisters or rubbing. The trainers were perfect for running - I even upped my running regime to squeeze in a few extra runs a week. The ARAHI trainers are supportive on my feet, and make me feel very stable on uneven ground. The vibrant, colourful appearance of my trainers ensured I was easy to spot when running next to busy roads, and when exercising in the evening. Amazing product.” – Evie Kissack

Lorna Jane Astro 7/8 Tights Moonlight Print Available from www.lornajane.co.uk £85.00

“What I liked most about the ARAHI trainers was the cushioned sole. The ARAHI design seemed to hug my feet and mould perfectly to their shape. In the past, I have found running trainers are not protective enough for the soles of my feet and this has sometimes led me to skip exercising. However, these trainers did just the opposite. The padding and durability of the soles of the trainers is fantastic. As a busy parent, I don’t get a lot of time to exercise alone free from distractions, so it’s important my time spent working out is as efficient as possible. The ARAHI trainers were a very secure fit and allowed me to exercise with confidence and stability - I highly recommend them!” – Adelle Toomer

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Brandwood Clinic

Changing Lives Every Day: Sam’s Story Director of Cornfield Publishing, Sam Fraser, has undergone Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) with Brandwood Clinic at their clinic in Monkspath. After many years of feeling self-conscious and embarrassed about his hair loss, Sam has recently completed a three-stage process with the aim to rejuvenate his natural hairline and in turn, enhance his overall confidence. Brandwood Clinic’s director-practitioners Paul Clark and Simon Lane are two of the most experienced and highly regarded SMP specialists in the world. The two experts created many of the techniques in popular use and developed the most natural approach to replicating realistic-looking hair follicles. Paul and Simon ensure clients’ hair is matched and blended to create natural and realistic outcomes. As innovators and artists, Brandwood Clinic’s trained practitioners produce effective hairlines using a natural organic pigment to perfectly replicate a hair follicle at its shortest length.

Stage One: Visible Results “I hope, by the end of the treatment, the result will have a noticeable affect on my confidence and in turn, my lifestyle. I already feel less self-conscious about my hairline than before, after only the first step of the process!”

Stage Two: Enhanced Confidence “Now, my hairline looks much more defined, and the areas where I experienced thinning before have been evened out almost completely. I didn’t think there could be another stage – as the end results of the second stage are so great.”

Stage Three: Final Outcome “When I first saw the final results of the SMP treatment, I was completely blown away. The difference, although striking to me, still remains subtle in the sense that it is not obvious I have had any treatment at all – it looks completely natural. “I want to thank Paul and Simon for helping me to regain a level of confidence I have not felt in years. The difference to my hairline is outstanding. I now have a ‘feathered’ texture instead of a receding hairline, and it comes as no surprise to me that the technicians at Brandwood created this look – it looks completely different to other examples of SMP I have seen from other clinics, it is miles ahead of the curve! “The feathered hairline I received gives the appearance of a close-shave, and the thinner, balding patches across my scalp have been fully filled out. I am in awe of how authentic the treatment looks. But, more than the physical changes, I am most impressed with the affect the treatment at Brandwood has had upon my self-esteem. My feelings towards my personal appearance have completely changed! I now feel happy with my outward appearance, and have regained a little part of myself. To some, thinning hair and baldness might not seem like a huge deal, but for sufferers it can be very damaging to self-confidence levels. No longer do I worry about looking older, or whether my hair will completely fall out. Now, all I focus on is feeling happy and healthy. The results are priceless, and I will always be grateful for the brilliant skill and the dedication of the team at Brandwood Clinic.”


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See our previous issues to read Sam’s journey during his SMP treatment sessions with Brandwood Clinic.

SMP Solutions Scalp Micropigmentation is becoming an increasingly popular means of addressing hair loss for both men and women. The procedure replicates hair follicles at their shortest length and can either enhance your existing look or create a fresh appearance of closely-cut hair. Whether it’s a receding hairline, diffuse weakening of the hair on the crown, Alopecia Areata or total baldness; there is an SMP procedure and hairline choice to create your desired outcome. SMP works for any man experiencing hair loss, regardless of age or ethnicity. A noninvasive process, SMP rejuvenates both hairlines and clients, reversing the effects that baldness and thinning hair can have upon an individual’s self-confidence. Amongst their treatments are many exclusives, so advanced that they are difficult for other technicians to copy. The combination of experience, artistic ability and skill allows Paul & Simon to deliver authentic-looking techniques, such as the 3D Scatter Technique. This development alone, with its textured effect and unparalleled realism, revolutionised SMP treatments.

Before Treatments

After Treatments

Adding this to the numerous hairlines pioneered by Paul & Simon puts Brandwood Clinic in pole position amongst Scalp Micropigmentation providers. Clients travel from all over the world to consult them and you’re fortunate enough to have them on your doorstep.

Brandwood Clinic is definitely ahead of the curve in Scalp Micropigmentation Solutions. A fantastic team of specialists who deliver exceptional customer care and a high level of expertise

0121 296 9280 | www.brandwoodclinic.com | info@brandwoodclinic.com Brandwood Clinic Limited, Shelly House, Farmhouse Way, Monkspath, Solihull B90 4EH


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IV

Peaky

Blinders IV

A Look Back at the Acclaimed New Series *Warning – contains minor plot spoilers

The highly acclaimed, gangster-based drama recently returned to our screens for a much-anticipated fourth series, seeing the reappearance of several deplorable characters, joined by new notable names. Directed by David Caffrey, produced by Joe Donaldson, and written by Steven Knight, the fourth series of Peaky Blinders combines the exceptional minds of several renowned creatives in a formidable plotline filled of action-fuelled drama. The fourth series of the popular saga first aired on BBC Two back in November 2017, following high expectations from fans of Steven Knight’s Birmingham-based drama. The new series saw the introduction of Academy Award-winning actors Aidan Gillen and Adrien Brody to the already-impressive cast, giving the series a new, intensified ‘Mafia’ edge. Peaky Blinders originally shot to popularity following the initial release of the first series back in 2013, when the nation was introduced to the nefarious activities of Tommy Shelby, played sublimely by actor Cillian Murphy. The first episode of series one quickly captured the nation’s attention, featuring fearful criminal organisations, missing machine-guns, and shell-shocked ex-soldiers. Unsurprisingly, the series was crowned a roaring success, adding praised actors such as Tom Hardy and Aiden Gidden to the mix as new episodes were produced. The fourth series, set in December 1925, began with the re-introduction of the audience to notorious Tommy Shelby OBE, having now reached a new level of unrivalled authority. Since becoming distanced from his closest friends and family both physically and emotionally, Tommy is shown to be residing in a country house, away from the Small Heath slum in which he grew up and subsequently ruled for many years. After receiving a cataclysmic, anonymous letter on Christmas Eve in his new home, the former gangster fears for his family’s safety and vows to return to Birmingham to tackle the awaiting danger. The fourth series wonderfully blends graphic violence with an intimate portrayal of family estrangement, as viewers are shown the attempts made by the Shelby family to reconcile despite many burning tensions and underlying disputes. The pressure to fight for survival and resist annihilation from an unprecedented threat reaches a climactic point in the series, resulting in nail-biting, intense watching.


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“It’s a very different world from that in which we live today. Everything is monitored now. None of this could exist on that level. I think that fascinates people and there’s a freedom in that. It’s stylised, it’s grounded and it’s very compelling.” Adrien Brody in an interview with the BBC In an interview for the BBC, Cillian Murphy explains the emotional challenges facing his character Tommy Shelby in the latest series. “At the beginning of series four, the family are fractured. Tommy is isolated, understandably after what went down at the end of series three. Time has lapsed and they’re all getting on with their lives but not in the way that we normally associate with the Peaky Blinders.”

handling a general strike and balance his business stresses with his personal conflicts. Adrien Brody’s appearance in the fourth series, as Mafia member Luca Changretta, raises the plotline to another level and brings the gangster antics into a completely new league.

“It’s not just bravado,” Brody tells the BBC, “Luca Changretta’s not someone you want to be at odds with.” And the actor isn’t wrong. Having grown up in Queens in New York alongside Italian American culture, Brody was able to bring his personal experiences to the fascinating character, and deliver a spine-chilling performance. Despite his frankly extensive

Murphy goes on to explain, “Emotionally, the family have to try and put the recent past behind them and find a way of reconnecting, particularly with what has happened between Tommy and Polly.” Having betrayed his family at the end of series three, Tommy is faced with juggling the repercussions of his master plan, and must deal with the affect of his actions upon his family and, in particular, Polly. The issue of regaining trust is a common thread sewn through each episode of the new series, linking even the most minor characters within the plot together. In the latest series, we see Tommy’s empire has significantly grown. Now the owner of two factories, the infamous gangster-cumbusinessman must come to terms with

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repertoire of character portrayals, Brody has never actually played a character much like Luca Changretta. The actor explains in his interview with the BBC that things have become personal between Tommy and Luca, meaning ego, entitlement, and overwhelming senses of superiority create severe bursts of tension. With regards to acting style, Brody has spoken previously about Steven Knight’s ability to write material that, “Sings and speaks to you, and allows your imagination to run with it,” thus allowing the character to “become something really wonderful.” Certainly, the American’s performance brings an added dimension to the series, sitting perfectly against the other remarkable characters, which are acted phenomenally.

Peaky

Speakeasy

Peaky Blinders-inspired bar opens in Birmingham City Centre

But, why is it that audiences are so compelled by the show? Perhaps it’s a combination of the gritty, raw acting styles that bring the sensational storyline to life, paired with the intimate camera angles that give glimpses into the underground world of Birmingham in the 1920s. It could indeed be the complicated, complex plotline written by Knight or the star-studded cast – not to mention it’s set in our brilliant city. More than likely, it’s a combination the many listed elements prior, including the unparalleled work of the crew and cast, that makes the series such a riveting and addictive watch. The fourth series of Peaky Blinders, with its (at times) beautiful cinematography, meticulous attention to historical detail, and impeccable cast once again sets the programme aside from others of its kind in the most recent series. If you haven’t already, the series is one well worth binge watching. Tom O’Rourke, landlord of the Peaky Speakeasy, recently opened his brand new venture – a Peaky Blinders-themed secret bar hidden underneath The Peaky Blinder pub, in Birmingham. Inspired by Steven Knight’s critically-acclaimed Birmingham saga, O’Rourke has transformed the former Hole in the Wall pub into a secret 1920s speakeasy bar. The former historical pub has been given a new lease of life since closing its doors over 30 years ago. Punters are granted access to the secret bar via a sliding bookcase, giving the illusion of a real illicit establishment. The secret speakeasy underground bar will be open daily from 7pm, offering special events throughout the year with nods to the BBC Two drama, including 1920s food, music and of course, drink! Customers visiting the pub wearing the famous Peaky Blinders caps have the chance to make it onto the Peaky Blinders Hall of Fame – a wall of pictures featuring guests wearing amazing costumes, stars from the show, and actor lookalikes. The new Brummie bar is definitely a tourist spot for all fans of the Peaky Blinders series. Find the speakeasy bar below The Peaky Blinder, in Dale End. Image Credits: BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions/Robert Viglasky © Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd 2017/Tiger Aspect Drama

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The blue eyed actor who became famous for starring in the 2003 film 28 Days Later and Peaky Blinders.

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Murphy began his career in the creative industry as a rock musician. He began performing as an actor in short films after his career as a musician didn’t work out.

The actor is a particular favourite of acclaimed film director Christopher Nolan, and has appeared in more than five of Nolan’s productions.

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The Hollywood actor was born in Douglas, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

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The Irish actor not only plays the notorious Tommy Shelby in BBC Two’s Peaky Blinders, but is also an Executive Producer for the show.

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In an interview with The Independent, Murphy revealed he prefers reading to watching television, despite his career path.

Murphy’s professional reputation rose to fame after his appearance in the successful film 28 Days Later.

Murphy was heavily involved with the Rock the Vote campaign in Ireland in 2007, in an attempt to encourage young voters to become involved in the general election.

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In September 1996, he starred in his debut performance in the play ‘Disco Pigs’.

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Separation can be very difficult, particularly after the festive period which is often a time when relationships come under the most pressure. Separation can be a very sensitive and complex area. Thursfields have a specialist and dedicated Family Law Department to help with your case. Our team is committed to explaining family law and giving you the support that you need. Bespoke advice is offered which is tailored to your personal circumstances. It is important to instruct a lawyer with experience who can tailor advice to your needs and case. Thursfields have offices right across the Midlands including Birmingham, Solihull and Worcestershire. Our family law department has been recognised by the Legal 500 as one of the best in the region, so you can have complete confidence in their work. A number of the lawyers within the department have also been named in Legal 500 – the guide to the best lawyers and law firms. If you are facing issues or are unsure about your position, do not hesitate to contact one of our family team to find out what our experienced solicitors can do for you.

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Stylish Stationary for 2018

kikki.K Goals Journal www.kikki-k.com - £21.00 Set your goals for 2018 with kikki.K’s divine Goals Journal. Discover the life you want to live through exercises, prompts and planners – including 12 goals tabs to help you to achieve your dreams and aspirations every month of the New Year. Personalised Leuchtturm Notebook from Urban Cottage Industries www.urbancottageindustries.com - £19.20 Get organised for 2018 with this quality notebook – perfect for jotting down work-related information or writing your thoughts. The hard cover, A5 notebooks can be personalised along the edge, and are available in a variety of colours. MUJI Monthly Weekly Diary www.muji.eu - £12.95 Organise and manage your time with MUJI’s range of stylish, simple diaries. Available in a variety of colours, with recycled paper, suede or vinyl cover options, MUJI’s Monthly Weekly Diaries cater to a variety of tastes and styles. Fabriano Large 2018 Diary www.shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk - £15.00 Jot down your thoughts, mark important dates and keep your plans in order with Fabriano’s range of 2018 diaries, available in five colours. These colourful, multilingual diaries feature a week spread over two pages, making them ideal for seeing the week ahead at a glance. Faber & Faber Poetry Diary www.faber.co.uk - £12.99 This wonderful diary incorporates the beauty of popular poets’ words into everyday organisation, including contemporary pieces and classic works. The 2018 edition of the Faber & Faber Poetry Diary includes poetry from Emily Brontë, William Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats and Carol Ann Duffy. The 365 Bullet Guide www.anthropologie.com/en-gb - £9.99 Say hello to the bullet system: a revolutionary organisation method that will increase both your efficiency and your creativity. Grab a notebook and pen, and get bulleting!

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2018

Décor Trends

Add distinguished style to your home this New Year with these simple but effective interior design trends. Greenery Filling the snug spaces of your home with luscious plants is a trendy, affordable way to achieve décor bliss this New Year. Adding fresh plants to your interior will literally breathe life into your living spaces, and give any room a new edge. Living green walls are an excellent way to produce a home-grown installation and compliment your interiors. Burgon & Ball Verti Planter John Lewis Set of Two Eye-Catching Planters £9.95 Pottery Ceramics are set to be an artistic styling trend for 2018. Pottery blending rich accents of colour combined with a rustic edge will give any home a wonderful modern twist. Hand-painting your own pottery using minimalist techniques will create both therapeutic benefits as well as a chic, modern aesthetic. Wabi-sabi, the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection, translates perfectly to this new interior trend and incorporates rough linens, organic pottery and interesting textures. Whistles x Blue Guy Cup Handmade/Exclusive Collection £15.00

Natural Accents Decorate your home with bespoke wooden lighting pieces alongside soft furnishings to create perfect, cosy rooms. An ever-conscious awareness of environmentally friendly materials has risen to the top of the agenda for 2018. Cork, once merely used as cheap wine bottle stoppers, has since risen to a high end, fashionable product. The biodegradable, waterproof, resistant material is an extremely eco-friendly way to create new textures within the home. As feature walls, or subtle home accessories, natural materials are the way forward for interior design in the New Year.

Tile Patterns Adding tiles with intricate and detailed patterns will add an exciting element to any room. Using tiles as wallpaper creates an interesting, unexpected and eccentric edge to any home - not to mention the added benefit of higher damageresistance. Experiment with this simple, yet elegant trend, and instantly add intrigue, beauty and character to any room in your home for 2018.

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Last month’s winner: Julie Adams from Solihull

GAMES PAGE

And when you smile the world is brighter You touch my hand and I'm a king Your kiss to me is worth a fortune Your love for me is everything

1. In the police force, what rank comes above Chief Inspector? 2. In what decade did the BBC begin television broadcasting? 3. In `The Lord Of The Rings`, what type of creature was Legolas? 4. In which American state is Death Valley? 5. What is the official language of Brazil? 6. Which famous singer was born Thomas Woodward in 1940? 7. What is the most populated city in America? 8. Which of the four main Balearic Islands is closest to Spain? 9. Which is older? Stonehenge in England or the Colosseum in Rome? 10. What is the collective name for a group of insects? Answers on page 52

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auto BIOGRAPHIES

McLaren 570GT The letters ‘G’ and ‘T’ are used far too often on cars. And, yes, I’m referring to a grand tourer rather than a gin and tonic. Some automakers think that by sticking a ‘GT’ badge on the boot lid it makes their product instantly irresistible. Many are wrong about that. But McLaren isn’t. Indeed, the 570GT is so far from wrong, it’s untrue. McLaren’s 570GT is one of the best cars the British firm makes and it’s undeniably the most multitalented sports car, too. You can probably tell I was utterly blown away with the 570GT when I tested it on British bitumen recently. Fundamentally, McLaren has taken the awesome 570S and has injected it with an extra dose of civility. The result is the 570GT – a machine that’s as refined as possible without swapping for a smaller power unit and additional seats. The 570GT even looks like the 570S, but there are some major differences between the models. The latter’s flying buttresses have been replaced by curved bodywork that comprises a glass hatch. There’s a respectable 220-litres of load space under there, meaning the 570GT has a genuine practical edge to it. The car also has a glass roof that makes the cabin airy and full of mood-enhancing light. The engine, normally on display in the McLaren 570S, is tastefully concealed under a leather floor in the 570GT. While, inside, the car gets extra soundproofing, soft-close doors and electric heated seats. If that’s not enough to start justifying those letters ‘G’ and ‘T’, the 570GT is equipped with a more hushed exhaust system and softer suspension. The steering is also milder than the 570S’. These changes make the McLaren 570GT a car you could use every day. The ride is pliable enough to make our pothole-ridden roads bearable, and motorway cruising din is subdued enough so that your ears don’t bleed. But, just because you could use the GT on a daily basis doesn’t mean this is a lacklustre McLaren. Oh no. In every other way, the

570GT does everything else a full-fat McLaren does. And, most importantly, it looks one of the meanest, sexiest cars out there. It’s a major head-turner, that’s for sure. With just a quick stab of the 570GT’s starter button, the twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 lump barks into life. Depress the gas pedal and the increase of velocity is hard-hitting, due to the 570 horses under the lid. And snapping up and down the cogs via the paddle-mounted gears-shifters is a real smile-inducer. Zero to 62mph is done in an insanely rapid 3.4 seconds, while the top speed is a licencelosing 204mph. Regardless of the additional luxuries added to the GT, this McLaren’s cabin stays broadly the same as in the 570S’. It’s a work of genius in contemporary sports car interior design and a long way from the chaotic button-fest of the Ferrari 488 or the unemotional ambience in Porsche’s 911 Turbo. You sit near to the ground but erect in the 570GT, so visibility is

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FAST FACTS • Max speed: 204 mph • 0-62 mph: 3.4 secs • Combined mpg: 26.4 • 3799cc twin-turbocharged V8 • Max. power (PS): 570 • CO2: 249 g/km • Price: £154,000

very good. And, as mentioned earlier, it’s comfortable enough to be used as a realworld form of transport. While the alterations from the 570S to GT could be seen as fairly minor, they make a substantial difference to the McLaren driving experience. The British sports car maker has constructed a machine that is as calm as possible, without kicking any of the theatre to the kerb.


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Dancing on Ice Returns by Alex Dudley

The dancing spectacle, Dancing on Ice, will make a return for 2018 for the first time in over four years. The show is back by popular demand and will be hosted by the much-loved double act, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. This year’s main celebrities are Love Islander Kem Cetinay, and Coronation Street legends Anthony Cotton and Brooke Vincent. Dancing on Ice sees celebrities team up with professional ice skaters to take on complex dance routines, after which the public can vote for their favourites with different couples leaving the competition week-by-week. Just think Strictly Come Dancing, but on ice! The show obviously comes with an element of danger, and the risk of injuries is very high. This makes the programme gripping, and always full of intensity. Past winners include Olympic gold medallist, Beth Tweedle, rugby star Kyran Bracken and actor/singer Ray Quinn. Quinn also won the last series which was an All-Star edition of the show. The emotional advert for this year’s series features two polar bears dancing on a frozen lake - an advert, which has been highly praised on both Twitter and Facebook. The new series is sure to be a hit! Celebrities risk it all, engaging in a highly dangerous and strenuous sport in order to wow audiences. The dazzling performances on the show always give fans something to talk to throughout the week until the next episode is aired. The judges for the show are experts in both dance and ice-skating; Olympic gold medallists Torvill and Dean headline the panel, alongside fan-favourite Jason Gardener and Diversity member, Ashley Banjo. Other celebrities taking part include Bake Off winner Candice Brown and cricket star Monty Panesar. Training for the new series has already begun and has been taking place since early November. The celebrities’ ice-skating abilities differ somewhat, and some celebrities have made no secret of the fact that they cannot even stand on ice. Rehearsals are very

demanding and tiring, and the celebrities are required to learn skills and routines very quickly. Some injuries have already been reported with both Brooke Vincent and Kem Cetinay being involved in 'bad' falls. The tenth series starts on 7th January 2018, on ITV.


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Quiz Answers.

1. Superintendent

2. 1930s

3. Elf

4. California

5. Portuguese

6. Tom Jones

7. New York

8. Ibiza

9. Stonehenge

10. A swarm

BRYAN ADAMS THE ULTIMATE TOUR SET FOR THE UK IN SUMMER OF 2018 Multi-million selling recording artist Bryan Adams is back and will embark on a seven-date UK arena tour in May 2018. The tour comes in support of his new album Ultimate. Bryan Adams The Ultimate Tour will hit the Genting Arena in Birmingham on 25 May 2018. Bryan Adams is one of the most exciting live musicians in the world and his energetic performance, effortless stage presence and incredible vocals are guaranteed to thrill and entertain. Bryan Adams The Ultimate Tour will see the showman perform a rip-roaring set of material from his forthcoming new album Ultimate, which features a mix of new tracks and enormous hits from an incredible back-catalogue including “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, “Can’t Stop This Thing We’ve Started”, “Summer of ‘69”, “Heaven” and more. Bryan Adams wowed critics during the recent ‘Get Up’ tour for his “remarkable energy” (Telegraph) and “cool and classy” (Daily Express) performance style. Earlier this month he closed Prince Harry’s Invictus Games in Toronto with a mind-blowing concert where he was joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen. The release of Ultimate, out 3 November, marks Bryan Adams’ fourteenth studio album. Lead single ‘Please Stay’ is out today. Bryan Adams The Ultimate Tour 25 May 2018, Genting Arena Tickets for the Genting Arena date are on general sale from 9am 20 October 2017 from www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Tickets priced at £43.28/ £51.75 (includes admin fees and 90p facility fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee per order.


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MORRISSEY ANNOUNCES UK TOUR Low in High School will be released digitally and in physical formats: CD, coloured vinyl and limited edition cassette. Low in High School will be Morrissey’s first studio album since 2014 and his debut for BMG. The album will see BMG partnering with Morrissey on the new release and on the launch of his new label, Etienne Records. Low in High School was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios. The record is produced by Joe Chiccarelli (who has worked with Frank Zappa, The Strokes, Beck and The White Stripes to name a few). Rising to prominence as frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey went on to forge an even more successful career as a solo artist, with all ten of his solo efforts landing in the Top 10 on the UK album charts, including 3 entries at the #1 position. Releasing his debut solo album Viva Hate back in 1988, he has since released a number of critically acclaimed follow-ups including Kill Uncle and Your Arsenal, and hugely successful comeback album You Are the Quarry after a five year hiatus in 2004. Tickets for the Genting Arena date are on general sale from 10am 03 November 2017 from www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Tickets priced at £40.45/£56.84/£74.35 (includes admin fees and 90p facility fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee per order.

PALOMA FAITH WILL RELEASE HER EAGERLY-ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM ‘THE ARCHITECT’ ON NOVEMBER 17 VIA RCA RECORDS Paloma Faith – one of only two British female artists this decade to have their last three albums go double platinum in the UK – will release her long-awaited fourth album, ‘The Architect’, on November 17 via RCA Records. The new album – her first in more than three years and since giving birth to her first child – features an array of acclaimed co-writers, producers and collaborators including: Sia, John Legend, Jesse Shatkin, TMS, Starsmith, Tobias Jesso Jr., Eg White, Rag'n'Bone Man, actor Samuel L. Jackson and journalist and activist Owen Jones. Paloma, who won the BRIT Award for British Female Solo Artist in 2015 following the phenomenal success of her last record, 2014’s ‘A Perfect Contradiction’, explores both personal and political themes on the album. Whilst the music is classic Paloma – with sweeping orchestral tracks, smooth soul, sleek disco grooves and stomping electro pop all featured on the album – the lyrics raise social and political questions, and cover powerful and topical themes, such as motherhood, social anxiety, wealth inequality, technology’s impact on feelings of alienation…. oh and also the future of the Western world, Donald Trump, Brexit and the refugee crisis – all within the confines of classic pop. Title track ‘The Architect’ features - if you can imagine it – Paloma as Mother Nature, singing to humanity, while ‘Guilty’ reflects on the Brexit vote from the perspective of a Leave voter who regrets their choice. Lead single ‘Crybaby’ ponders whether war would cease to exist if men successfully dealt with their emotions, and ‘Lost and Lonely’ is sung from the viewpoint of a skeleton!

Tickets for the Genting Arena date are on general sale from 9am 29 September 2017 from www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Tickets priced at £40.45 / £51.75 / £112.77(VIP) (includes admin fees and 90p facility fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee per order.


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Professor Brian Cox Live 2019 Having set two Guinness World Record titles with his previous sell-out live UK and Ireland tour, Professor Brian Cox, OBE is heading back out on the road with a brand new show for 2019. Taking audiences to the edge of our current understanding about the origin and evolution of our Solar System and the Universe, Professor Brian Cox Live 2019 offers a fascinating insight into the workings of nature at the most fundamental level. Whether an avid science reader or a total novice, Professor Cox makes challenging ideas accessible to all, exploring the vast, possibly infinite universe and our place within it from earth to the edges of the cosmos. Brian will once again be joined by co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince to oversee an audience Q&A, giving fans the chance to ask any question they have. Brian is Professor of Particle Physics at The University of Manchester, The Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society. As a broadcaster, Brian has presented a number of highly acclaimed science programmes for the BBC, boosting the popularity of subjects such as astronomy and physics and garnering a host of accolades, including two Royal Television Society awards and a Peabody Award for Wonders Of The Solar System. He has also authored a series of best-selling books, including the widely acclaimed Human Universe and the recently released

Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos, and is recognised as the foremost communicator for all things scientific. His latest critically acclaimed BBC series, Forces of Nature, aired in 2016 whilst he recently once again co-hosted Stargazing Live. He holds two Guiness World Record titles for a science tour for his total sell-out debut tour, which began in 2016. Brian is perhaps the world’s foremost communicator of all things scientific. His innate ability to make highly complex matters enormously entertaining and easy to contemplate for the avid science bod or total novice alike has made his science television shows ground breaking in their audience reach and accessibility. The first-ever Professor Brian Cox Live tour was seen by over 150,000 people around the UK and Ireland.

Micky Flanagan Is Back On Tour With His Brand New Show ‘An’ Another Fing…’ One of UK Comedy’s biggest names, Micky Flanagan took to the Jonathan Ross show on Saturday night to announce his 16 date ‘An’ Another Fing…’ 2017 tour. This follows his record breaking “Back In The Game” tour of 2013 which took in an incredible 129 shows - making it the biggest comedy tour in the world that year - having sold an unbelievable 500,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland alone. The reviews were nothing short of celebratory, The Times exclaimed, “Micky Flanagan is on fire” *****, The Daily Star said he was “at the top of his game” *****, and The Daily Telegraph proclaimed “Flanagan is the man of the moment, comedy’s meteoric success” ****. Micky Flanagan- An’ Another Fing… *New date* 19 May 2017 Barclaycard Arena + 18 May 2017 Barclaycard Arena

The Dancing on Ice Live UK Tour will be skating back across the country next year, starring the legendary Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. Following a four year break, this spectacular new show will perform all over the UK throughout March and April 2018. Tickets for this live extravaganza will go on sale at 8.00am on Friday 24th November. In addition to the scores from the Ice Panel Judges, arena audiences can text vote from their mobile phones for their favourite skating couple. Audience votes will then be added to the scores from the Judges to decide the overall celebrity winning couple. They will then take to the ice to perform a magical finale. The 27 show spectacular will visit some of the biggest entertainment venues across the UK, with the tour culminating at Arena Birmingham on 15 April. Torvill and Dean’s Dancing on Ice- Live UK Tour 2018 13-15 April 2018, Arena Birmingham (13th - 7.30pm, 14th - 2.30pm/7.30pm, 15th- 1.30pm/6.30pm)


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John Bishop WINGING IT Comedy superstar John Bishop is set to return to Birmingham this weekend, having announced his long awaited return to stand-up comedy, with a brand new live show, WINGING IT. On announcing Winging It, John said: "When I start this new tour, it will be three years since my last live show Supersonic, which is the longest break I've ever had. I'm very much looking forward to getting back on the road there really is nothing like performing stand-up in front of a live audience. The new show is called Winging It, and in some respects having come to comedy relatively late, it sometimes feels like that’s what I'm doing in life! But I'm enjoying every minute of it." Winging It will see John back on stage for his fifth UK tour, performing in his own inimitable style. His last tour ‘Supersonic’ was watched by more than 500,000 people and received huge critical acclaim. ‘Rollercoaster’ in 2012 was another sell out, and followed the successes of his ‘Sunshine’ tour in 2011 and the ‘Elvis Has Left The Building’ show in 2010, for which he was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award. John Bishop has had an incredible career. Within three years of his first ever comedy gig, John was playing to sold out arena audiences across the country and released the fastest selling stand-up DVD in UK history. He has achieved huge success with a number of his own comedy, entertainment and documentary shows including ‘John Bishop’s Australia’ (BBC1), ‘John Bishop’s Britain’ (BBC1), ‘John Bishop’s Only Joking’ (Sky1), ‘The John Bishop Show’ (BBC1), ‘The John Bishop Christmas Show’ (BBC1) and ‘John Bishop’s Gorilla Adventure’ (ITV1). John has also turned his hand to something completely different – interviewing. ‘John Bishop: In Conversation With…’ sees him chatting, one on one, with some of the UK’s biggest names from the world of entertainment, sport and music to discover the people behind the public persona, in intimate and revealing one hour interviews on the W Channel. Tickets for the new Genting Arena date are on general sale from 10am 13 November 2017 from www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Tickets priced at £40.45. (Prices include admin fees and 90p facility fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee per order.

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Anton Du Beke on From The Top: “I want to give people songs to dance to.” Words by Evie Kissack

Cornfield’s Content Editor caught up with nationally-loved, Strictly sensation Anton Du Beke ahead of the release of his debut album From The Top, featuring old school swing classics, original songs and surprising covers. Produced by award-winning producer, Brian Rawlings, and featuring vocals from quintet The Overtones, From The Top is a wonderful collection of inspired tracks – a credit to Anton’s creative repertoire. Good afternoon Anton! How are you? Hello my love! I am fantastic, thank you! Firstly, a few congratulations are in order I’ve been listening to the new album From The Top - I think it’s fantastic. Oh thank you! I love you for that. And another big congratulations to you and your wife for your new arrivals! It’s such wonderful news to hear about the twins. Aw - thank you. How have you managed balancing Strictly, making the new album, welcoming the twins… and everything else? Well, that’s easy - I’ve got an incredible wife, Hannah, who is remarkable. She keeps everything bubbling along perfectly, and she just loves - as I do - having the twins. She’s really enjoying being a mum and nothing would be possible if it weren’t for her. She’s amazing. That’s so lovely! Now I know you’ve dedicated From the Top to a couple of very important people in your life – the first being your wife Hannah. You’ve spoken about the song ‘More’ having particular significance? Absolutely. It’s a song that I played to her early on in our relationship, and it’s such a great track. It’s just a beautiful, special song. It’s actually the song I played when she was having the babies. [Laughter] I had it on in the background. So it just – it’s one of those songs, you know – it has such a huge significance. I know the other special person you dedicated the album to, was the late, great Sir Bruce Forsyth. Absolutely, the late and incredibly great Bruce Forsyth. We did a song together a few years ago;

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it’s called Me And My Shadow. We sung it on Strictly Come Dancing, which is an immense highlight for me, for both my life and career. He was just a great man, and I loved him dearly. I was privileged enough to be able to call him my friend. They say you never meet your hero, but it was completely the opposite for me really. He was the loveliest, most generous, fabulous and inspirational man I’ve ever met. We played a lot of golf together and chatted all the time… he was amazing. What an incredible tribute to his life, and how wonderful to be able to say that From The Top is dedicated to him. Well it just seemed fitting really, because we both loved the same sort of music and he was just a great guy. He was a great performer and if you love showbiz he was the ultimate showman. He was exactly as you’d want an entertainer to be. Do you know what I mean? He always looked great, he always looked sharp, he always had a line - whether it was for 5, 000 people at the Albert Hall or three people on the golf course. He was always entertaining. It was amazing. You’ve spoken about your shared love for swing, and the new album features some absolute swing classics. Moondance and Beyond the Sea are my personal favourites, I’ve grown up listening to these songs it’s a brilliant album. Oh I love you - you are my favourite person, by the way. [Laughter] Moondance was made with The Overtones, who are brilliant. They are just great fellas with great voices. Like you, I grew up with all of these songs, and I listened to them, and I loved them and I danced to them…the problem I had with

the album was what to leave out. I had a list as long as my arm! I’m hoping the album is so successful that they let me do another one! It’s just great tracks. We’ve done them in such a way – I mean we haven’t reinvented the wheel with them but we’ve made new arrangements. We had a wonderful orchestra, a 36-piece orchestra, which has an incredible sound, I mean, it sounds just remarkable. I love the cover of I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor. It’s so unexpected! [Laughter] Well, it’s hilarious because it was Polydor’s idea really. They wanted to throw in a couple of things – we have a brand new song in there called Nothing but Love, which is brilliant! It was written for me by Ed Drewett - who is a tremendous songwriter, I mean, he’s written for everybody. Amazing. I always wanted something a bit different as well, so we have the Arctic Monkeys cover in there. I had to try to make it work because it has such a great title, so again we put together a great vocal arrangement and swing arrangement and we had a go. And it just turned out super – I love it! It definitely did. I was listening to the album again this morning and I suddenly thought, “Hang on a minute, I know this song from somewhere…” It just fits so wonderfully with the swing classics. I will have to tell them [Polydor] that you love it, because they will be delighted. When they [Polydor] say these things, and throw ideas at you, you sometimes think, “Oh, I’m not really sure – Arctic Monkeys and Fly Me To The Moon, I’m not sure those two things are going to go well together…” And then we did the arrangement and its just great. Just great.


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It works perfectly. I mean I’d like to do more of that stuff, recreating songs alongside classics. I think it’s a brilliant version, so yeah; I’d like to do more. It was a lot of fun. The whole album has a really upbeat, positive feel to it. Swing music does make you want to get up and dance. What message did you want the album to give to listeners? Well, exactly that! I want people to get up and dance. I want to give people songs to dance to. I want you to take hold of your wife, or your husband, or whoever, in the kitchen, and have a little dance around to the music. Because that’s exactly what it makes me want to do. The album songs are ones that I’ve grown up listening to and dancing to, and I want people to feel the same way. I’m so delighted the album has an uplifting vibe to it as well because when you’re creating music and you’re thinking, “This is great, I’m loving this!”, just because you like it doesn’t necessarily mean other people are going to like it as well. So, the fact that people have had a positive reaction – I’m just thrilled, thank you.

So, sadly Strictly ended for you and your partner Ruth in week 7 this year. As a Strictly fan, I have to ask - what are your thoughts on this year’s show? Again, great! Every year, it’s such a massive show and goes from strength to strength. It’s just fantastic. I mean, how do you beat last year? This is always the question you end up having to ask yourself. The beginning of the following year we think, “How do we top last year?” because every year seems to be remarkable. It is just a wonderful show. I think it definitely remains relevant in today’s world of television. It’s the only time, nowadays, that a whole family, and different generations, speak the same language. And that’s the remarkable joy of Strictly Come Dancing, is that we are all in it together. If you’re sitting there with your parents, or granny, and watching Strictly, you all have your favourites and you have different reasons for loving it probably me being your personal favourite, naturally. Well, of course. So, that’s the joy of Strictly really.

I would say the album does a very similar thing – combining contemporary music from the Arctic Monkeys and swing classics, it brings the generations together also. Well that’s lovely for you to say, and I hope that that’s the case because it makes me really, really happy. I don’t want it to be specific to one generation; I want everybody to like it, of course. I think they’re great tunes, and I think that the album has an uplifting vibe, and hopefully everyone’s dancing around the kitchen to the music! That’d be great! [Laughter] What more could you want from an album? What more could you want, exactly. Merry Christmas mum! [Laughter] See the full interview online at www.cornfieldpublishing.co.uk. Anton’s debut album From The Top is out now. Buy your dancing-around-the-kitchen tracks online at www.antondubeke.tv. @TheAntonDuBeke

Now you’ve created your debut album, what are your hopes for the future? Is this just the start of your musical career? Well I’d like to create more music because I’ve enjoyed it so much. There are so many great songs that I wasn’t able to record, so I’d like to do that. I mean I’m in such a privileged position, because I’m working on Strictly Come Dancing (the best show on TV), and I get to go on tour and do my own thing, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with Polydor who are an incredible record label and company – I just really want to ask if I can do more, if that’s alright with everyone else? Thank you very much. [Laughter]

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by Alex Dudley

The tennis season begins again at the end of January 2018, beginning with the Australian Open. The Australian Open kick-starts the entire tennis season – but who will finish on top this year? Here, we look at the Grand Slams, which will be taking place over the next 12 months.

Australian Open (15th- 28th January) The first Grand Slam of the New Year comes from down under, in Melbourne, Australia. Tennis fans can expect a lot of early starts to see if last year’s champions, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, can replicate what they achieved 12 months ago. The one main difference between this tournament and the other three top tournaments is that this Grand Slam is possibly the most gruelling in terms of weather conditions – the tournament is played in the height of the Australian summer. Sir Andy Murray will be hoping to improve on last year’s performance, in which he failed to reach the quarter-finals and lost to the 50th seed, Mischa Zverev. Murray is hoping this year will be the year he wins the Australian Open, having reached the final five times, but losing all five in straight sets.

French Open (27th May- 10th June) The stars will have to wait a few months before locking horns with their rivals again, as the French Open takes place nearly four months after the curtain raiser for the season. The picturesque Roland-Garros plays host to the French Grand Slam, and this is the only Slam played on a clay surface. Last year’s winner was Spaniard, Rafael Nadal. The women's champion was Jelena Ostapenko. Nadal has won the French Open ten times, an achievement that has never been equalled. Last year the tennis champion beat Stan Wawrinka in straight sets in the final. Murray lost in the semi-final to Wawrinka in last year’s tournament. However, the year before in the 2016 French Open, Murray did reach his one and only final of the Grand Slam, losing on this occasion to long time rival, Novak Djokovic. This feat, however, did make him the first Brit to reach the French Open final since Bunny Austin in 1937.

Wimbledon (2nd-15th July) The biggest, (and in my opinion, the best), Grand Slam of the year takes place in mid-summer at London's Wimbledon. The tournament for me is the most spectacularof the year. Last year’s extravaganza was won by eight-time winner Roger Federer, and the women's champion was Garbine Muguruza. British hopes were dashed in the men's quarter-finals as Murray was knocked out by American, Sam Querrey. But, in the women's half of the draw, Johanna Konta shocked the world as she blasted her way through to the semifinals, the highest any British women has placed at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1978. Murray has previously won at the All-England Club, having won the Wimbledon title on two occasions. He also won Olympic Gold at Wimbledon during the 2012 Olympics.

US Open (27th August- 9th September) The final Grand Slam of the year comes from New York City and the US Open. The Grand Slam, played on a hard court at Flushing Meadows, is the most lucrative of the season. Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber were the 2016 winners, but for the first time in Grand Slam history, neither of them was able to defend their titles at the 2017 competition, as they were both out with injuries. The prolific Rafael Nadal and up-and-coming American Sloane Stephens claimed both titles. Both Nadal and Stephens will be returning for the next tournament, but both will face tough competition. Andy Murray did not compete in the competition last year, as he suffered injuries throughout his season. Murray will be looking to repeat his feat from the 2012 tournament where he won his first Grand Slam.

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