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Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire Edition

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

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Joe Lycett chats to us about his phenomenally successful stand up tour, heading back to the Midlands for some homecoming gigs over the next few months.



The Four Tops and The Temptations are back…One More Time. Read our exclusive interview in this month’s issue.

Scandinavian singing sensation Tove Stryke talks breaking into the UK’s music scene and her subsequent UK headliner tour.

Hello and welcome to your October edition of Cornfield Magazine. Our cover star this month is the hilarious Joe Lycett - a born and bred Brummie comedian who’s hugely in-demand and pun-tastic tour has been extended yet again. Read Joe’s thoughts on his critically acclaimed creation, I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett. Motown legends Duke Fakir of The Four Tops and Otis Williams of The Temptations chat to us ahead of their huge UK tour Together Again…One More Time, heading to Birmingham this November. We’ve listed the many reasons why you should support indie ventures, and chatted to some of the amazing owners of independent businesses based in the Midlands. Check out what’s on locally with this month’s edition of Cornfield Magazine – with insights into the best upcoming events, gigs and more. Happy reading!

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In Review

Tom’s Kitchen Birmingham Our Verdict: Greeted warmly by the front of house staff upon our arrival, we were shown to our table nestled at the back of the venue with a great view of the whole restaurant; a modern, open-planned space complete with plush leather seats, quirky artwork and impeccably shiny tiled walls. Tom’s Kitchen is at once both cosy and edgy, with harsh industrial interior elements – the visible hanging carcass suspended behind glass would be at home in a real chop-house, yet is made to look like a charming sculptural piece (granted, in quite an eccentric way). It’s clear to see the refined details present in the restaurant, right through from the table settings to the menu. Tom’s Kitchen as a brand is on point - the place has a relaxed feel, yet doesn’t feel informal. It’s an ideal place to take your date, go for an intimate family meal or a friendly drink with colleagues. It’s hard to feel anything other than content with the level of service received at Tom’s Kitchen; the waiters during our visit were constantly on the ball, topping up any diminishing drink levels and promptly taking orders. Faced with the British-inspired menu, I selected the ‘Meat & Fish Sharing Board’ for starters, with beautiful pieces of cured duck and an intriguing cod brandade. It’s a thoughtful menu, clearly created with care that manages to deliver hearty British flavours. For the main, I tucked into a ‘225g Cumbrian Rump Pavé Steak’ for a reasonable £25, which I asked to be served medium-rare - and it came so. My date was advised by the chef to take his ‘Shorthorn Rib-eye’ well done, which in hindsight was a good recommendation to ensure the marbling of fat was cooked through. Triple cooked chips and melt-in-the-mouth mash made excellent side portions. It’s food made with just enough fuss to elevate familiar flavours to new heights. Paired with a lovely Rioja, (Ramon Bilbao ‘Crianza’, Spain 2014), the meal was thoroughly enjoyable, and we were well looked after the entire evening. I would highly advise all foodies to try out Tom’s Kitchen Birmingham – the first venue established by the brand outside of London. Definitely head to the venue a little earlier than the time your table is booked for to try a pre-dinner cocktail. The seasonal beverages on offer are pretty lovely. 53, The Mailbox, Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RE 0121 289 5111

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In Conversation With:

Innovator and Chef

Tom Aikens Interview by Evie Kissack

When you first opened Tom’s Kitchen what vision did you hold for the restaurant? Do you feel that vision has been fulfilled? We’ve been open now for 11 years at our first site - we’ve just done a huge refurbishment of Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea. That’s been very exciting; we’re looking at working some other projects now too. Tom’s Kitchen is a brand that’s very close to my heart. In terms of what I love as a chef, it ticks all the boxes. Tom’s Kitchen uses UK-based suppliers wherever possible. Why is this initiative so important to you? I think it’s the backbone of what we do. We care so much about the produce; where it comes from, how it’s sourced. The one thing we need is great-quality produce to be able to create great dishes. Where do you find inspiration for your recipes? I think about the seasons. I co-ordinate the dishes with new produce either from spring, summer, autumn and winter harvests. That really spearheads the direction we go in for our menus. We break it down into the various sections of vegan, vegetarian, fish, meat, and then consider different taste requirements. It’s well thought out and it’s really about what’s in season. What’s your favourite thing about your job? I think it’s the day to day…we always create daily changing dishes and develop ideas in the kitchen - sometimes these dishes can be developed further and actually put onto the a la carte menu. So it’s a base for some of our chefs to gain confidence in creating dishes of their own, we give them à platform to do that. It’s a great way to produce new dishes and utilise the produce we get from our suppliers. Can you remember the first meal that made you fall in love with food? I’ve had a love for food since I was a kid. I lived in Norfolk with my parents and I had a very lucky childhood…my mother helped me to become a chef because she was always very passionate

about food and she always looked after us – we were well fed. There was always fresh, hot food on the table (never from a packet!). It was food she cooked daily. We had a big garden with lots of seasonal produce such as carrots and potatoes, strawberries in the summer, fruit trees with apples for crumbles…and in that way I developed an understanding for growing things in the garden, and seasonality. We had our own little garden patch at about eight years old – then I started creating things in the kitchen. Would you say that you have a careerdefining dish? I’m always evolving and changing – so I wouldn’t say I have a career-defining dish, but I definitely think it’s nice to have a signature dish that you feel is a comforting dish to you. With a signature dish, it evokes memories; it’s a dish you enjoy creating and it defines you as a chef. We have a couple of dishes like that at Tom’s Kitchen, and many of the dishes that have been on the menu since the very beginning are British classics. We never really change these dishes; we only change the seasonal produce. So maybe, 50% of the menu we keep the same. You’ve also worked extensively with several charities, and are often involved in fundraising events. Why do you feel it’s important to use your platform for these campaigns? I think it’s an important part of being a successful chef - being able to give back. It’s crucial to support charities. This is something I have always done through restaurants, or even my own personal achievements - like running (I’m a bit of a sportsperson). I often do marathons to raise money. What can you be found doing when you’re not in the kitchen or running marathons for charities? I have two girls aged four and six. They definitely keep me occupied as well. I have a short amount of time outside of work, but I tend to go to the gym a lot; I’m very much into keeping fit because of the hard work that comes with being a chef. I love spending time with my wife and kids – they take the priority in my life.

Can you see your little ones venturing into the culinary world? They do love being in the kitchen with me and understand that I’m a chef and what my job means. Whenever I’m cooking at home – I do a lot of home baking with them, which they love – they love sticking their fingers into the raw cake mix and eating it…which is what I did as well. They do enjoy mixing and tasting things in the kitchen already; it’s lovely to see.

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Independents The Midlands plays host to an array of fantastic independent eateries and bars. Rather than pumping money into chains, why not check our your local indie trader and help to support your community in the best way possible? In recent years, Birmingham has seen a surge in the number of places tapping into the casual dining sector – demonstrating a whole new way for consumers to enjoy their food and drink. We’ve investigated some of the best independent spots in the local area to find traders who are wholly passionate about the food and drink they serve, and put their hearts and souls into their businesses.

Holy Moly Macaroni Headed by chef Anthony Duffy, Holy Moly aims to ‘bring back proper mac’ to the masses - or least, the people of Brum. With the bolshy tagline ‘you don’t consume our mac and cheese, our mac and cheese consumes you’, it’s difficult not to want to try a bowl of the cheese-pasta combo. Located in Grand Central, Holy Moly serves up a variety of macaroni options featuring the legendary four-cheese sauce, with extra tasty toppings such as crispy onions, chorizo and prawns. Mac not your thing? The restaurant offers Yardbird dishes including an intriguing fusion of chicken, waffles and maple syrup.

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Arch 13 Having launched a brand new wine bar showcasing unique wines, great cheese and great charcuterie options, Connolly’s Wine Merchants have created an ideal space for clients to enjoy perfect pairings between the two. Headed by certified sommelier, Abigail Connolly - the only certified female sommelier in Birmingham - Arch 13 aims to create an unpretentious environment for customers looking to enjoy a cosy drink on an evening, or experiment with new grapes and flavours. The Connolly family has been shipping wine into Birmingham since 1906, meaning customers wholly trust in their expert reputation. Extending her family’s heritage into the 21st century, Abigail chats to Evie Kissack about the bar’s unique atmosphere and the broad range of wines, spirits and fine beverages available. The new wine bar, Arch 13, has recently launched. How are you finding this enterprise? It’s going really well! We’ve had great reviews from everyone that’s come in, which is great when you’ve first started. In terms of what we are doing now, it’s much more exciting – well, for me anyway! [Laughs] The shop has been here since 1991, so it was just a way really to renew it a little bit and bring a bit more excitement to the brand. The general representation of wine bars is that they are quite stuffy and full of business types drinking Bordeaux…whereas we are not like that. We want to be accessible and bring people out of their comfort zones in what they would normally drink. What makes the environment at Arch 13 different from other wine bars? I think we can cater to everyone – we can obviously cater to the people that know everything, but it’s more about getting people to try things that they wouldn’t normally try. We always give tasters of drinks to people if they aren’t sure what they want to order – we just talk to people ‘on a level’ really, rather than in a ‘prestigious or pretentious’ way. You’ve been very open about the challenges you have faced being a female wine sommelier. What changes do you think the industry needs to see, and what advice would you give to other women hoping to enter this profession? I think the industry needs to change in general, because I think we need to get more young people into it. I don’t think it’s only about getting just more women into it – although this would be great as

well…it’s about encouraging younger people that are training. It’s difficult because it’s often not seen as a ‘proper job’ in this country, whereas when I’ve worked abroad before in France it’s seen as a professional career. In terms of women, it’s important just not to be deterred. The industry is still very ‘male-dominated’ and perceived as only for red-trousers-and-tweedjacket-types…[Laughs] But, just be yourself. You don’t have to drink really expensive wine to be a sommelier – that isn’t what it’s about. How do you select the wines for your everchanging menu? We change the wine list every 10 days or so – for us it’s just about getting the right balance. Whether it’s balancing the budget, flavours, the profiles of wines…we try to have something for everyone. The best part of the job is drinking it! [Laughs]. Head down to the annual Winter Wine Tasting organised by Connolly’s Wine Merchants on Thursday 1 November at The Library of Birmingham from 5.30pm – 8.30pm and discover the 100+ different wines and spirits available. Visit for more details.

Connolly’s Birmingham, Arch 13, 220 Livery Street, Birmingham B3 1EU 0121 236 3837 #arch13 @connollyswinejq

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Baked in Brick Having started with a custom-made wood-fired pizza oven and a shed at the bottom of his garden, it’s fair to say being named ‘Best of the Best’ at the European Street Food Awards is an impressive feat for the Baked in Brick team. Set apart from the thousands of other foodie ‘pop ups' that have emerged in recent years, Baked in Brick flaunts quirky renovated classic vintage vehicles (lovingly up-cycled by owner Lee Desanges himself) and an inspired menu. The new 60-seater restaurant, based in Birmingham’s arty hub of Digbeth, serves artisanal pizza and charcuterie boards to be enjoyed in a trendy venue with a relaxed atmosphere. Evie Kissack chats to owner Lee DeSanges about the Baked in Brick story. Tell me a little bit about your journey from garden shed to Digbeth restaurant. Basically, you’re right - it all started in the garden. I put a wood-fired oven in the garden and continued cooking and training as a chef. I’ve been on holiday to Cyprus a lot and they always tend to cook on wood-fired ovens over there. I had a summerhouse at the bottom of the garden and we just had pizza parties and friends over and that’s how it all started really. I went to a lot of street food events anyway, and knew that you had to stand out and be a bit different to be noticed. That’s how I ended up buying a Mini on eBay…and converting the Mini into a wood-fired oven. There’s a barbeque under the bonnet. Have the demands of the 65-seater restaurant differed from your street food pop ups and experience on the festival circuit? You know what, it’s been really good. I’m lucky that I’ve got a great team around me – the manager and other chefs and the front of house staff – everyone is brilliant and it’s helpful because at the moment I’m away a lot. Over summer I’m at various festivals most weekends. I’m used to just a few members of staff and now I have about 15. It’s all got to be done properly; you have to find the right balance - so it’s very different to street food. You’ve tapped beautifully into the casual dining sector. Why do you think this trend has become so popular in recent years? I think these days people want value for money. People are really buying into knowing where their money is going. Whether they’re buying organic food, or going to farmer’s markets…people like to know that the money they spend isn’t going to a big corporation; it’s going to an individual. Also it’s about variety as well. If you come to Digbeth Dining Club with a group of friends there’s always going to be something for everybody there. I think it’s about the entertainment as well, it’s cool, it’s fun, there’s live music, cocktails, craft beer…it’s interesting and good value for money. What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs? Work hard – it’s not easy. Advise-wise, know your market. Know what you want to do, don’t try and do what everyone else does. Just keep going. The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA 0121 740 1256

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Grace and James Haven’t heard of Grace and James before? Then get yourself down to Kings Heath pronto and discover this little gem nestled at number 23 on York Road (just opposite the Hare and Hounds). The neighbourhood spot is both a relaxed bar and deli shop, allowing customers to take their purchases home or enjoy a bottle in-house for a small corkage fee. The wine list is personally selected by the Grace and James team, changing every day to include Organic, Biodynamic and Natural wines made by winemakers who respect the environment, avoid the use of additives, chemicals and pesticides and focus on delicious flavours. The thoughtful menu includes vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and other dietary requirement options – just ask the helpful team for advice and recommendations. Although it’s hard to pick the best thing about this local independent (as there are just so many good things - like the trendy comfortable interior and décor, and great playlist) arguably the most notable feature is the expertise of the husband and wife co-owners. Because the small team chooses everything available in-store, any questions you might have about the products can be answered then and there. Monthly wine tasting events hosted by experts are a great way to be guided through the differences between Minimal Intervention, Natural, Organic and Biodynamic wines. A great new addition to Birmingham’s expanding independents scene. I will stop gushing now – but advise all readers to check out this charming little bar! 23 York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7SA

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We are Now Accepting



We believe that everyone should enjoy excellent oral health. Here at Paul Lowe Dentistry in Solihull we want you and your family to experience the remarkable benefits to health and well-being that first class dental care can deliver. We also want you to enjoy a welcoming environment which combines friendly, personal service with the professional expertise of a highly accomplished dental practice.

Our Practice is preventative-based around a team of friendly dentists and dental hygienists. As a Denplan-registered practice we offer a number of plans to enable individuals and families to budget for their dental care. For more information please call and talk to us!

What is a dental hygienist?

thoroughly cleaned and that the bacterial biofilm, which plays an important role in gum disease, is removed. They will also remove unsightly staining and the hard deposit (tartar), which cannot be brushed off. An appointment with your hygienist can therefore help to keep your gums healthy, teeth whiter and reduce the likelihood of decay and tooth infections, which, in turn, will help give you a confident smile. We offer the latest AirFlow system, a highly effective means of removing biofilm and the most stubborn staining.

Dental hygienists are highly skilled members of the dental team, having qualified from a university dental school. They not only treat gum disease but also play a key role in prevention by helping ensure that you can practise the most effective home-care routines.

Why are dental hygiene treatments important? Maintaining a high standard of oral hygiene as advised by a dental hygienist can reduce your risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay. Furthermore, there is increasing evidence of a link between periodontal (gum) disease and systemic illness such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes - another important reason for having a healthy mouth.

Why should patients see their hygienist? Seeing your dental hygienist regularly ensures your teeth and gums are

How often should patients visit a hygienist? Your dentist and hygienist will recommend a time interval between visits according to your needs. Generally, this may be six months as part of a preventative regime or three monthly for those who are susceptible to gum disease.

Why not book an appointment to see a dental hygienist today?

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The skin & facial

aesthetics specialists you can trust The Dentelle team really wants to help your skin stay healthy and glowing all year long. Now available is the opportunity to join their Love My Skin VIP Membership scheme, an excellent way to ensure long-term skin health and save money at the same time! Members, both women and men, can spread the cost of regular facials at a time interval to suit and they receive a range of exclusive benefits in return. There are 3 membership options to choose from, called Glimmer, Glow and Glamour, all of which feature regular HydraFacials, Environ facials, Fire & Ice and Guinot treatments. Exclusive membership benefits include:

Fantastic clinic, lovely team, great atmosphere and very professional. A place you just want to keep going back to. Dentelle offer a range of treatments that make you look and feel fabulous. - Ros Every visit a pleasure, relaxing, rejuvenating and great results! Friendly, knowledgeable staff and a great range of treatments. Highly recommend! - Lynda

Great skincare all year round Savings of up to £400 per year Complimentary Pamper sessions Unlimited 10% saving on all retail skincare products 10% off all IPL (Intense Pulse Light) treatments Special VIP member offers

Choose the VIP Membership Plan that’s right for you

To find out more, come to the official launch of the NEW VIP Membership Plan at Dentelle's Love My Skin Open Day on 18th October (10am - 7pm). On the day there will be treatment demonstrations, bespoke skin care advice and the opportunity to discuss VIP Membership options with one of the team whilst enjoying a glass of Prosecco and a tasty cupcake.

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

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Monthly Hair Care Tips

With Celebrity Hair Stylist Jay Birmingham Jay Birmingham opened his very own studio December 2017 in the prestigious Edgebaston area of Birmingham. Taking the next step in his solo career, Jay offers one-on-one private VIP hair experiences, bridal and wedding packages, luxury hair extensions using Beauty Works and his signature cut and blowdry experience at Jay Birmingham Hair. Working closely with celebrity clients like Helen Flanagan, Amanda Holden, Jess Wright, Ferne McCann and Katy Piper to name a few, Jay is accustomed to the crazy busy lifestyle associated with shoots and filming. Jay Birmingham is not your ordinary hairdresser, he’s your friend and counsellor; he gets to know his client along with knowing their hair, which is why many of his clients are so loyal to him. Jay believes in the latest techniques, trends and fashion; which means clients will always be caught up with the times!

Exclusive hair care advice Your luxury salon, based at Highfield Beauty in Edgbaston, offers a range of treatments for clients. How does it feel to have your own base in your home city? Having my own salon in my home city of Birmingham is definitely one of the key highlights in my career so far. Being able to welcome clients into my own salon is an incredible feeling and I am really proud of this achievement. As a global session stylist and celebrity specialist, you have an incredible body of work behind you. Could you pick a career highlight? I have been so lucky to have lots of ‘pinch me’ moments in my career, working with celebrities on shoots and music video sets etc. is always super fun and exciting and those days are definitely amongst my highlights. I would say my ultimate career highlights are opening my own salon and being my own boss and my recent appearance on stage with Andrew Fitzsimmons at the Beautyworks Masterclass. He is someone I really look up to in the hairdressing industry and to work alongside him was simply amazing! When did you first discover your passion for the hair industry? I first trained as a hairdresser in Mayfair, London and worked in that salon for three years. This is where my love for this industry really blossomed and I knew it was a career I had to pursue. As my skills developed I began to work with extensions and bridal hair which just furthered my love for my job and I eventually went on to open my own salon. You hold extensive experience in session styling, salon work and VIP treatments. What advice would you give to aspiring young hairdressers? My ultimate top tip would be to work hard and be prepared to dedicate yourself to this industry if you want to be successful. There are times where my schedule is so busy, but I always show up as a professional and arrive on time, even when I have had little sleep and worked long hours the day before. It is

a demanding job but it is so worth it when you have drive and passion. Work hard and there is no reason you can’t succeed. For readers considering extensions, what are the benefits of receiving a set at Jay Birmingham Hairdressing? I pride myself in my knowledge of extensions and I always share this with my clients. I can advise clients what type of extensions will work best for their hair type and I am always completely honest about this. Working closely with Beautyworks means I provide my clients with the highest quality hair too that I can trust and truly believe in. Finally, what hair care advice could you offer our readers to ensure their locks stay radiant throughout the autumn months? Treat your hair with lots of TLC, as the winter months draw in the colder weather does impact your hair and it is important to combat this as best you can. I recommend using a deep conditioning mask once per week to ensure your hair remains in top condition. One of my favourites is the Oribe Signature Moisture Mask, it is quite a high price point but it really does work. I would also do your best to forego using heated styling tools on a daily basis. Taking a little extra time to give yourself a really nice blowdry at home or visiting the salon for one every so often should last you for a few days. This way you don’t have to use your curling tongs or straightening irons on a daily basis and this simple change will have a positive impact on your hair and you will notice a difference.

Have a question for Jay? Send in your hair care queries to for the chance to have your question answered in one our upcoming issues! @JayBirminghamHair

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Aesthetics Clinic Imagine a place where you can escape the pressures of everyday life – a place to relax, rejuvenate and rebalance… welcome to Natural Complexions.

Based in the heart of Wythall, Natural Complexions offers a wide range of skincare treatments designed to improve, perfect and care for your skin. The great range of skincare products available to purchase at Natural Complexions are chosen to prolong the results of the treatments offered. Whether you visit our clinic at Becketts Farm, or order skincare products via our website, you can rest assured that you’ll find the perfect skincare solutions for you.

Great treatments | Great products | Great service

Owner and aesthetician, Keith Newell discusses the benefits of booking an appointment with Natural Complexions: How can clients benefit from a free consultation at the Natural Complexions Clinic? We can discuss your problems and concerns to advise you on the best course of treatment. All treatments are administered by a trained practitioner in a safe environment, and can be offered as part of a bespoke treatment plan. What results do SkinCeutical peels achieve? The Pigment Balancing peel efficiently exfoliates dead skin cells whilst helping to refine skin texture and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. The peels will renew your skin to lift and brighten your appearance. What are the advantages of receiving Mesotherapy? Mesotherapy provides the skin with a special cocktail of nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins, minerals and amino acids to boost its appearance significantly. This will help restore the balance of your skin, to help with rejuvenation and skincare.

FREE consultations available – individual skin assessments and advice, no obligation. Give us a call today on 01564 824114 for more information or book your free consultation. Visit: to browse our skincare range.

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How long do results for SkinCeutical Peels and Mesotherapy last? Depending on the concerns, usually three to six months. But, you will always be advised of this on your personal treatment consultation.

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Great friends, a few drinks and a party – what could possibly go wrong? A patient explained to Mr Shyamalan in clinic, “We were all having a laugh and I agreed to have a go at arm wrestling. A couple of days later my arm was quite sore and my biceps looked out of shape when I tensed it, so I thought I’d best get someone to take a look at it.” He was seen at a Spire hospital and diagnosed with an acute distal biceps rupture. In the surgical profession we like to call it the ‘Popeye sign’!

He said: “The injury didn’t spoil the party and I don’t plan to let it spoil anything else. Mr Shyam has done a great job and so it is now up to me to make sure the end result is as good as it can possibly be.” However, he has promised that the next time an arm wrestling contest is suggested he’s going to keep his sleeves buttoned down and his hands in his pockets!

The damaged tendon snaps like an elastic band and recoils towards the shoulder. You find the end of the tendon in the arm and trim it. You then find the area of bone it pulled out from and drill a hole into the bone. You can reconnect the tendon using a device called an Endobutton. Finally you screw the tendon to the bone to create a solid ‘belt and braces’ fixation. This sort of injury typically occurs in middle-aged men who sustain a sudden forced biceps contraction with a straight elbow, like doing a rugby tackle. It also can be ruptured in weight lifting and boxing. As for the patient, the pain disappeared after about a week and he is already back to lifting light weights as he looks forward to a ‘full recovery’.

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Trends From Catwalk to High Street

Animal Print Seen on many AW catwalks for 2018, animal print is back in a BIG way. Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein and Balenciaga are just a few of the top designers who have brought back this trend for autumn. 1. Animal print shirt, Mango, £35.99 8. Animal Ruffle Slip Dress, Topshop, £39.00 11. Animal Square Neck Cami, Oasis, £28.00 4. Leopard Print Trousers, Zara, £29.99

Where to Watch

the Fireworks Birmingham Botanical Gardens Fireworks Display November 5 2018 5:00pm Adults £8/Members Free

Vinyl and Leather Glossy fabrics are a key trend for this year’s autumn and winter months. Shiny materials are set to give feminine designs a rather edgy undertone. Every woman should have her trusty staple piece – the luxurious leather jacket – hidden in her wardrobe. This season, leather skirts, trousers, boots, belts, coats have been hitting the catwalks. 5. Vinyl Slingback Shoes, Zara, £39.99 3. Vinyl bag, Mango, £17.99 2. Slim-fit faux leather trousers, Mango, £29.99

Kenilworth Castle Annual Bonfire and Fireworks Gala November 3 2018 Adults £10/Children £5 Advance tickets only

16. Leather High Waisted Pencil Skirt, Jigsaw, £198.00

Tweed and Check Modern twists on the classic prints are remaking tweed and check looks this season. Pair these typically ‘old fashioned’ materials with unexpected partners – a leather skirt, a colourful heel, or sporty trousers. Who says tweed is only for schoolteachers? 14. Lorenna Check Dress, Phase Eight, £89.00 15. Kensington Tweed Large Cross Body Bag, Kurt Geiger, £139.00

Red Make a statement with this bold, beautiful colour. Oscar De La Renta, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera and Coach all embraced this daring look in their AW18 catwalks. 10. Strappy Jumpsuit, Mint Velvet, £129.00 9. MOTO Red Straight Leg Jeans, Topshop, £40.00 12. Verity Backpack, Whistles, £280.00 13. Abigail Frill Wrap Dress, Whistles, £159.00

Warwick Racecourse Warwick Town Bonfire and Fireworks November 3 2018 5:00pm Adults £7/Children (Under 15) £1/Infants Free

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Essentials Matchstick Monkey Mini Monkey Teething Toy £9.99 For parents travelling with little ones, this soft textured teether is an excellent ‘life saver’ product to keep in your hand luggage. Available in a range of different textures to help massage the sore gums and ease teething pains, the Mini Monkey is ergonomically designed to allow babies to hold it from a very young age. Made with FDA approved food grade silicone and BPA free non-toxic materials.

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Bioderma's Photoderm MAX Tinted Aquafluid - £7.99 This fragrance free, oil free product is suitable for all skin types making it a handy holiday essential perfect for hand luggage. With anti-shine protection and a water-resistant SPF 50+ UVA/UVB formula, this product provides protection against the damaging effects of the sun.

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Las Vegas By Evie Kissack

Sin City; known for its casinos, world-famous performers, extravagant spectacles, and garish architecture. Granted, it’s not the first place most think of when organising a family holiday, but Vegas shouldn’t be underestimated. I recently headed to Las Vegas as part of a party of seven, which included my cousin of a similar age, parents, uncle and grandparents - an unlikely combo for a trip to the infamous strip. Vegas presumably will always be a little too over-the-top and inyour-face for me to enjoy for more than five days. However, this bizarre and incomparable resort situated in Nevada’s Mojave Desert has attractions, nightlife, and entertainment that has to be seen first-hand to be believed. Vegas is also a short drive away from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World: the Grand Canyon – a breath-taking geologic phenomenon with immense erosional forms. When I first visited the Grand Canyon, I headed to the West Rim owned by the Hualapai Tribe in Peach Springs, and paid to walk out over the Skywalk (a glass bridge that tests your nerves completely). When visiting for the second time, we headed over to the South Rim, looked after by Arizona’s National Park Service, stopping off at the world famous Hoover Dam en route. Although the drive was a lot longer than our previous road trip, the views were prodigious and entry was a fraction of the price of the West Rim. A stop off at Rod’s Steak House on Route 66 was an excellent way to end the day before returning to Vegas for drinks. The Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas is a great attraction filled to the brim with information about the history of the mobster-owned casinos and how many made their fortune bootlegging during the prohibition era. For drinks away from the hectic strip and hotels, Don’t Tell Mama is a great tiny bar just off the famous Fremont Street with live music – guests can even dabble in a spot of open-mike action accompanied by a lounge pianist (that seems to know every song ever written). Of course, an obligatory trip to each grand hotel on the strip has to be included on any Las Vegas bucket list. Take a gondola down the canals of The Venetian, watch The Bellagio’s nightly erupting water feature, head to New York New York and take a rollercoaster ride on top of the building, head up the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas and go to the top of the Stratosphere to test out the famous rides atop the tallest building in Nevada. Be sure to gamble sensibly, and enjoy the delights and many lights of Sin City!

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Lipault and Jean Paul Gaultier Join Forces

Unisex bags that are easy to wear and to mix-and-match, but definitely out of the ordinary. The limited edition travel collection, named ‘Ampli’, in silky nylon and soft leather, takes in Lipault’s travel must-haves: weekend bag, tote bag, suitcases and toiletry bag. A collection of twelve exclusive pieces, the bags and luggage feature the Parisian designer’s logo embossed on a metal plate. The collection is inspired by two of his favourite themes, the tennis striped suit and the famous conical breasts corset - popularized by Madonna during her Blond Ambition Tour World Tour. There are twelve exclusive pieces, available, between masculine and feminine, intense black or brilliant burgundy.

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I’m About To Lose Control And I Think

Joe Lycett


he phrase ‘bigger and better’ might have been coined specifically for Joe Lycett’s touring show. Continuing with his current tour, I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett (more on that punning title in a minute), the Birmingham-born, bred and based-comic is taking a brand new set of observations, setpieces and gags to larger venues than he’s appeared in previously on his solo tours. Not that he’s especially fazed by any of it.

“I certainly have some big nights planned on this tour. I said to Sarah Millican that I felt I had to write a show that was big enough for those venues and, in her infinite wisdom, she said ‘No, the show should be good enough for 100 people’. So, it’s intimidating in terms of the scale of it and the sense that there’ll be a lot of eyes on me, but I always try and do the best possible show I can. There’s no point otherwise.” Joe Lycett’s comedy career started off at Manchester University (he won the Chortle Student Award in 2009) before taking several acclaimed shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and supporting the likes of the aforementioned Millican and Jack Whitehall in some of the nation’s enormo-domes. Given that he’s played in rooms of all shapes and sizes, he’s in a strong position to know exactly what works for him. “The beauty of stand-up is that generally it does scale up and it’s about your ability to connect with an audience. I think arenas might be too big for the type of shows I want to do, but the theatres are great. I’ll be using PowerPoint again which gives the crowd something to focus on and that can scale up as big as you like.” And so to those Joe Lycett pun-based show titles. Having brought us Some Lycett Hot in 2012 (the show with which he was nominated as Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe), he’s since come up with If Joe Lycett Then You Should Have Put A Ring On It and That’s The Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett. Somewhat trapped in a pun-based maze of his own creation, I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett is the latest in that vein. “You can’t go too far wrong with the Pointer Sisters,” Joe insists. “James Acaster suggested that I went the whole hog and went for I’m So Joe Lycett, And I Just Joe Lycett, I’m About To Lose Control

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And I Think Joe Lycett. There was another long one that was a strong contender but then I listened to the Pointer Sisters song and thought ‘can I walk on feeling confident to this music?’ And yes I probably can, so let’s name the whole tour after that.” The reality is, of course, that he may well be running out of readymade titles to maintain life in the ‘Like It/Lycett’ theme. “Any time I meet a musician I request that they write a song with ‘I Like It’ in the title. The thing I love about all this is that there are now proper discussions about the title. I’ll be sitting down with my agent who also represents Frankie Boyle and Jimmy Carr, and the main question is: ‘which Lycett-based pun shall we go for this time?’” In terms of the actual content of his show, Joe once more rejects the notion of a fixed theme and instead is riffing on bizarre and funny stuff that’s happened to him in the last couple of years. “I’m not that sort of writer where I can restrict myself to a theme just in case nothing good comes of it. I prefer to get annoyed about stuff and then maybe you can spot loose themes that you can tie together. This one won’t necessarily be about losing control. Or if it is, it’ll be by pure chance.”

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Famed for online spats which often become huge viral hits before making their way into his stage act (a local council and an email spammer have previously been put through the Lycett wringer), he has a new set of targets to air his ire towards when he hits the road, including a curious pickle he got himself into involving the head office of a financial establishment which took exception to a slice of on-the-spot Joe japes featuring a friend who worked in a bank’s building, a security pass and a ridiculous made-up name. “It’s fascinating, because this bank went back through all my tweets and Instagram posts to check if I had done something similar in the past. Who knew that a massive bank would have a sense of humour failure? So, I want to make a point about banks and power and the way they mould us into what they want us to be.” Taking a broader view on the world, Joe may even be having his say on the divisive man in the White House. “I have been writing about him and trolling him a little bit, but haven’t we all: it’s like shouting into the void. I haven’t really done much political stuff in my stand-up but I feel that at this point, as many of us as possible have to say ‘we’re not cool with this’. Even if he’s impeached and leaves, he’s opened so many doors that we’ll never be able to close on how we expect politicians to behave; people saying appalling things might not seem that appalling because it’s already normalised.”

also published an acclaimed humour book, Parsnips, Buttered. When it comes to putting together a show, he will always have a half a mind on those people rolling up in their thousands. “You should trust that if you find something funny then other people will. The whole thing about building up an audience is about taking people with you who will be on the same page, but some things that I think are hilarious might die a death so you then try to reconstruct it. There’s one routine in the new show that I really care about and really want to work, but it’s not quite there yet in terms of working for an audience, but I believe in that routine so I will work on it to make it work. And there are others that I like but don’t quite believe in enough to fight for. You have to pick your battles in writing stand-up comedy: do you want to make that point or not? And if you do then you always find a way of doing it.”

I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett is on now!

Still, in moments of crisis (and the US going head to head with North Korea over nuclear weapons certainly has a 1960s Cuban Missile-style vibe to it), the world of comedy is always able to thrive. “It’s a good time to be an artist because there’s lots to talk about, so weirdly all that stuff helps. Unless things go to a complete state of emergency there’s always scope for people to hear someone talk about the state of things in an intelligent way. Actually, I don’t know whether I’m the person to do that. I can sit here and talk about it at length, but to actually construct a thing that can change people’s minds is quite another thing.” Instead, Joe is yomping up and down the highways and byways of the UK taking his brand of storytelling comedy to a loyal fanbase that he knows will be well up for his stand-up. He may also be appearing in front of newer crowds who will have been attracted to him from more recent TV work such as hosting duties for Live at the Apollo and Sunday Brunch, and appearances on Taskmaster and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, while he’s

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This Autumn It is a common misconception that there is little to do in the garden when it isn’t spring or summer, aside from harvest. The autumn months are the perfect time to prep your garden for the warmer times of the year, when flowers bloom and bees gather pollen. Clear up your vegetable beds Get rid of dead foliage that clutters your vegetable beds! Continue harvesting autumn crops like cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale and leeks and ensure you do not overwater plants like tomatoes or courgettes that will be coming to the end of their fruiting season. Harvest fruit and vegetables that are ready, making sure you do not leave ripe crops as they will begin to rot. Collect any seeds that look ready to be gathered. Ideally, they should be harvested during dry, sunny spells, however days like this are very scarce in October. To solve this issue, make sure you store your seeds in a dry and sealed container. Alternatively, freeze seeds and herbs for winter use. Prepare for spring! Planting and sowing now means that your trees and plants will have grown by spring, and you will also have the satisfaction and benefit of having nurtured them yourself, ready for the flowering season! Your plants will be healthier having been grown with care and attention, and your garden will definitely be the envy of your neighbours. Plant spring bedding such as wallflowers, primulas, winter pansies and spring bulbs. You can also begin to tidy and cut back plants, taking cuttings of tender perennials. Give the lawn a final mow at the end of the month, keeping it free of leaves to allow light to get to the grass. Improve your soil with a dressing of compost. Turn over your compost heap, possibly using garden debris and leaves to start a new one. Winter flowers Get creative, and arrange your cuttings into magnificent displays to brighten up your home this autumn. If you are considering growing flowers for winter, prepare indoor plants now, so that they are ready just in time for Christmas. Flowers such as cyclamen coum, stock and polyanthus are all brilliant winter bedding plants, and will breathe life and colour into your garden. Make sure all houseplants, which have been outside during the summer, are brought back inside.

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The Four Tops &The Temptations Entitled Together Again… One More Time, this tour is potentially one of the last opportunities for music lovers to see both The Four Tops and The Temptations performing live in the UK. The Four Tops’ back catalogue is rich with many of the bestloved songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s, including classics such as I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch and their UK and US number one smash hit, Reach Out (I’ll Be There). By their side, three-time Grammy Award winners, The Temptations have been an integral part of the world of vocal R&B virtually since its inception. Formed in 1961, they have gone on to be one of the most successful groups of all time – in any genre – achieving thirty seven Billboard Top 40 hits, including four #1’s, and ranked at number 68 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time. Today, Duke Fakir

performs classic hits alongside new members Ronnie McNeir, Harold Bonhart and Lawrence’s son, Lawrence Payton Jr, keeping the outstanding legacy and music of The Four Tops alive. The current line-up for The Temptations is founding member, Otis Williams, with Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr. Evie Kissack caught up with both founding members and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winning artists, Duke Fakir and Otis Williams.

Duke Fakir - The Four Tops Are you looking forward to heading over to the UK? Oh absolutely. We love the UK – especially Birmingham. The crowds treat us so well. They make us feel like royalty. I’ll tell you what they make us feel like - and this is an old expression of mine - they make us feel like an old Rolls-Royce that you polish up and bring out on a Sunday for a nice drive through the countryside. What a wonderful expression. [Laughs] We feel very loved, respected. Sometimes it still feels like we’re in the 60s and our hit records are playing on the radio the way the crowds respond to them. It’s such a wonderful trip in so many ways. Not just on stage; the Tops, Temps and Tavares…we have so much fun together offstage too. We play golf together if it’s warm enough, we go for food…really we are great friends. You’ve toured extensively with Otis since the 80s. How does it feel to still be heading out on amazing tours together? On stage, it’s a true competition, right down the line - we compete. It’s a wonderful feeling that we can still perform together after all these years. Sometimes on stage I think we are having more fun than the audience are! [Laughs] After all these years, do you ever still get nervous before a show? I don’t get nervous - I get excited. I still get a great feeling when I hit the stage. The audience makes you feel that way. I’ve been performing in these halls for 60 years, and I’ve loved every moment. I will sing every song until I can’t sing another note as long as we are appreciated. Being on stage is about performing and making the audience feel at home - a part of what you’re doing. You’re helping them to enjoy

the music…that’s what it’s all about. The audience’s enjoyment brings enjoyment to us - every night, every show. You performed with the original band members for four decades - how has it been working with Ronnie, Lawrence Jr and Harold? It’s bittersweet, of course. It’s different because I don’t have my brothers alongside me, but the new guys are still like family. They’re doing such a great job, working to keep ‘The Four Tops’ name at the same height that it always has been. Lawrence Jr is very good, just like his dad. It’s sometimes just like the [original] guys are still there – they are so similar. It’s as close as you can get to the real deal! [Laughs] We pay tribute every night to the three brothers of mine that have gone on. That makes it feel real, like they are there next to me. We keep the legacy going that they worked so hard for. We really, really miss them, but it’s enjoyable performing the work they have created and that people still accept the songs in the very same way.

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Otis Wiliams - The Temptations How has the preparation for the tour been? It’s been great. I’m looking forward to the tour…but that’s a given. It’s a pleasure to be working together again. It’s always a joy coming over to England – we’ve been coming since the 60s. The English crowds receive us so well... it’s like coming home. How do you find working with Duke after all these years? Well, history keeps repeating itself over and over again, in a very wonderful way. It’s nothing but praises and kudos between Duke and myself – to still be able to carry our groups after losing such great members feels wonderful. We identify with each other, after what we’ve both gone through, and to have still survived. Of course, I miss the original guys – we had performed together since the 60s. I carry on in their stead…it’s just unfortunate that they aren’t here. I try to think straight ahead and carry on performing the songs that I know and love. It’s bittersweet. Did you ever expect to be at the forefront of the Motown movement and Psychadelic Funk era? No. [Laughs] At the beginning, all we ever wanted to do was just sing. We wanted to make money and sing to the girls. [Laughs] We didn’t have any idea that it would be this wonderful for so long. It’s an amazing feat to be able to sustain, to carry on…because show business can be so fickle and music can be popular one day and the next day it’s something else. To be able to withstand, and live through all of that…it’s a blessing. I give it all first and foremost to God. What is it about The Temptations that has given the group such longevity? You can’t say one single thing…but first of all you have to love the songs. When you hear groups saying they’re tired of singing their songs, you know, we don’t feel that way. People pay money to be able to hear songs like My Girl…we try to play these songs like the first day we recorded them. It’s a blessing to be able to have fans that grew up listening to our music and know the songs that The Temps and The Tops are known for. It’s a wonderful ride and I never would have imagined it would have lasted 58 years. It’s a milestone because most acts don’t last that long. But here we are – and The Tops have even lasted longer than we have! It’s just a wonderful ride.

How did you first get into the musical world? Were you surrounded by music growing up? Well, yes. Growing up in Texas I got to listen to the great gospel singers - then when I moved to Detroit, when Rock n Roll was in its infancy, I heard the great songs of that era. I was very impressed, and knew that was what I wanted to do. When I moved to Detroit, on just about every street corner there was a group performing. That's when I knew I wanted to get into music, and found myself with my own little group at fourteen, trying to sing. Seven years later The Temptations had formed and we started creating hits! You are so well known not only for your incredible vocals, but also your flashy outfits and dance moves. [Laughs] Can fans expect to see some choreography during this tour? Oh yeah, oh yeah! We are still known for our choreography - we are definitely doing that. I think our fans would be sorely depressed if we were to come out and just stand and sing. We try and keep ourselves in shape. Doctors have actually referred to us as athletes because we are so physical on stage. You do have to get your rest when you’re performing night after night on stage; the key is the rest. [Laughs]

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Cadbury World A day packed full of chocolatey fun! Heading out with four little ones in tow, the Cornfield Directors took a trip to Birmingham’s most famous attraction, Cadbury World, for a day of family fun. It can be difficult to find events suitable for children under the age of 10 that will keep them occupied and excited for a whole day. Cadbury World offers a chocolate-filled experience for the whole family to enjoy, including a 4D Cinema Chocolate Adventure, ‘Have a Go’ stations allowing hands-on chocolate making lessons, an African Adventure Play Area and thrilling rides! Ride through a chocolate wonderland and discover friendly Cadbury characters on an adventurous and magical journey with the Cadabra, and head over to the Chocolate Making zone for delicious tasters! The interactive nature of the Purple Planet self-guided exhibition allows families to explore the state-of-the-art chocolatey world at their own pace– it’s nothing like you’ll have ever seen before! “Our children were thrilled throughout the whole day at Cadbury World. They spent hours playing in chocolate rain, running around the huge Play Area and getting involved with chocolate-making techniques. Cadbury World isn’t just a spectacle – it allows little ones to learn whilst having fun, discovering how chocolate arrived in Europe, how it’s made and the art of chocolatiers. We also loved seeing the famous drumming Cadbury gorilla doing his thing! Highly recommend all parents to book a day out at this fantastic attraction – it’s guaranteed to be fun for the whole family!” See Rastamouse at Cadbury World this Autumn Children’s TV superstar, Rastamouse, and the all-mouse reggae band Da Easy Crew will appear in a live show for the very first time at Cadbury World this month with plenty of opportunities to sing along and join in the fun. Expect plenty of singin’, dancin’ and jammin’ in this interactive performance as Rastamouse, Scratchy and Zoomer search for their new band member. Guests can join the adventure on 6th & 7th and 13th & 14th October. All entertainment is included in the standard ticket price, ensuring a visit to Cadbury World is a great value family day out all year round. Visitors planning a trip can also enjoy an extra 5% saving when booking online in advance. For more information, or

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Animal crackers: dogs, cats and a whole menagerie return to Birmingham

The ultimate day out for animal lovers of all ages! Now in its fifth year, the National Pet Show comes back to Birmingham’s NEC on 3rd and 4th November bigger and better than ever. Far from simply showcasing gorgeous dogs and adorable cats, there’ll be a dizzying array of species, from ponies to pythons, chickens to chinchillas and far, far more, all under one roof. Supported by headline sponsor PDSA Petsurance, it’ll be pet heaven for animal lovers of all ages to get up close and personal with them and learn all about them. There’ll be fascinating talks from experts, interactive demonstrations and jaw-dropping animal displays. Each day Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, The Supervet, will inspire young visitors at his specially built ‘Noel’s Ark’, Autumnwatch TV presenter Michaela Strachan will host SuperDogs Live, a fantastic live show celebrating the nation's love of dogs and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Lucy Heathand little furry superstar Trip Hazard will enthral visitors with their dancing routines. In School 4 Dogs Lucy will also showcase her astounding training skills. With a focus this year on the rehoming of pets from rescue charities (last year 250,000 dogs and cats alone were taken in by them*) the show’s Animal Rescue Barn aims to ‘matchmake’ as many animals and new owners as possible during the weekend. Pet experts will help to ‘find the perfect pet for you’, taking in lifestyle and psychological factors to give them their ‘forever home’. There’s masses of action in the Main Activity Ring, including Temptation Alley, a real crowd-pleaser where dogs have to run the gauntlet of toys and treats. Then there are amazing dog agility performances and displays from adorable miniature horses.

The fun-packed Kids Zone will be a magnet for children with an exciting new animal handling area where they ca n meet creatures great and small, learn all about their different needs and how to care for them. Then there are talks, story-telling, book signings, face painting, arts and crafts and much more besides. The National Pet Show is the ideal opportunity for some serious pre-Christmas shopping. Amazing gift ideas (for the pet who’s got everything), abound throughout the show. They include such luxuries as buttoned leather chesterfields, gourmet grub and doggy beer. Alternatively, for smaller, bespoke or exclusive stocking fillers the show’s Marketplace area promises to be an Aladdin’s cave of goodies for pets and pet lovers alike. Whether it’s for pampered pets – or purrfect presents for owners, there’s something for everyone. @nationalpetshows @nationalpetshow @nationalpetshow Hall 4, The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Saturday 3rd November - 9:30am - 5:00pm Sunday 4th - 9:30am to 5:00pm For ticket information and prices, please visit *Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH), 2017

WIN TICKETS - National Pet Show The National Pet Show is the ultimate day out for animal lovers! For more show information: For your chance to win one of three pairs to the National Pet Show, simply head to the competition page on our website at, fill out the online form and answer this question in the ‘Feedback’ section:

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1. What is the bestselling book in the world? 2. What is a group of geese called? 3. What is the name given to a young bear? 4. Which country`s national rugby team are called the All Blacks? 5. What colour jersey does the overall leader of the Tour de France? 6. What is the longest river in the world? 7. What is the largest country in the world? 8. What is ornithology the study of? 9. In what sport is the `Fosbury flop` technique used? 10. A Sphinx has the body of which animal? Answers on page 64

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EventsG uide

Welcome to our new Events page. We have expanded, adapted and improved our distribution points. This means our Events section will include listings from a much wider area. Christmas Craft Fair

on Saturday, 24th November, 10.00am – 3.00pm, at St. Philip’s Church Hall, Manor Road, Dorridge. There will be refreshments all day as well as a selection of Craft and Home Produce Stalls, Tombola and Bottle Stall. Father Christmas will be visiting.

National Trust, Solihull Centre Our National Trust meeting on Friday October 26th is at Solihull Methodist Church, Station Approach commencing at 2pm in the Hall. David Keith Jones will present ‘Ravenna, Florence and the Gates of Paradise’. David is a professional photographer specializing in travel and uses his own images. Ravenna was once the capital of the Roman Empire and has 5th century mosaics which contrast with Florence and its renowned Renaissance architecture. All are welcome and enquiries to Tony Fryer on 01564 776001.

BLOSSOMFIELD PLAYERS "HOOK, LINE and STINKER" Peter Pan as you have never seen it before! Join Captain Hook in the Neverglades with Croc O'Doyle, Stinker Bell and Crusoe Robinson and also travel on the wind with Peter Pan, Wendy Darling and a host of other 'darlings'. from the pens, pencils and quills of Tim Perkins and Barrie Bennett 4th - 8th December 2018 Blossomfield Club, Widney Lane, Solihull B91 3JY (aka Theatre Royal Widney Lane!) Every evening at 7.45pm For tickets, £9: Email Mobile/text - 07746 636745

Acoustic Music Convention upstairs at The Old Rectifying

House, North Parade, Worcester Thursday October 11th: Barney Newman and Tom Leary, blues night, support tbc Thursday October 25th: Said The Maiden, traditional folk from this talented trio; Support tbc

SOLIHULL STAMP & POSTCARD CLUB If you are interested in stamps or postcards, then we are here to support your interests. Meet likeminded people in a friendly environment. Our meetings include short talks and displays by members on favourite items from their collections and an opportunity to buy and exchange items. We meet on the second Thursday of the month from Sept through till April at the Solihull Tennis/Cricket Club, Marsh Lane, Solihull B91 2PF from 10.30am – 12.30pm. All welcome, £1.50 including tea/coffee & biscuits. Further details visit or phone Paul 01564 776 879

KNOWLE CAMERA CLUB Interested in Photography? Want to improve your skills? We are a friendly club who meet at Dorridge Methodist Church, Mill Lane, Dorridge. Meetings take place fortnightly on Thursday evenings at 7.45 pm. Meetings comprise of visiting speakers, training evenings and member competitions. The first two meetings are free, so why not come along and see for yourself? For more information please contact Tony Albutt on 01564-782175 or visit our website

The Revels Drama Group presents TRIO! An evening of One Act plays. Darlings, You were Wonderful! by Derek Lomas. Pity about Kitty by Jimmie Chinn. The Worst Day of My Life by Alan Richardson These plays will make you laugh,

cry and look at the world around you in a different light. Secrets and lies lie at the heart of two of them – who is telling the truth and who is not – whilst the third has drama at its very heart. Whether you enjoy comedy or something more serious, come to Knowle Village Hall and enjoy three very different plays on one night! At Knowle Village Hall October 11th - 13th 2018 at 7.30pm Adults £8, Concessions £7, Members £6. Tickets on sale from 3rd September 2018 (Adults £8.00, OAP/Child £7.00, Members £6.00) Telephone 01564 779801 to book tickets or write to Linda Cooper, 44 Kixley Lane, Knowle,

Shirley Ladies Circle We are Shirley Ladies Circle, a group of women aged 18-45 who meet once a month for social activities and to help raise money for charity. This year our chosen charity is The Royal Star and Garter Home. So far we have been part of the Shirley Beer & Cider festival to raise funds for them. As a group we get up to lots of different activities, this summer we have been to laser quest, African drumming, pizza making and for a mad hatters tea party. We have our 60th Charter coming up in October. If you’d like to get involved then contact us at: On twitter @Shirleycircle or at

WYTHALL COMMUNITY CHOIR We are a community choir, with 60 regular attendees. We have a professional musical director and accompanist though the rest of us have varying abilities in singing. We meet Monday nights, during term time, 7.15pm - 9.30pm at the scout hut in Wythall Park. Generally, we are rehearsing for a concert or performance. Come and join us. No

audition necessary. Just turn up from Monday 10 September onwards or contact

26th Lions Festive Walk Thursday 27 December 2018 26th Lions Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton National Trust House and make a donation for SoLO Life Opportunities and The UK Sepsis Trust, as well as local causes After the disappointing snowy weather last year which prevented many walkers taking part the Lions are hopeful that the choice of 4 routes between 1.4 miles to 8.6 miles through beautiful Warwickshire countryside will offer a choice to suit everyone whatever the weather this year “We hope readers will put the date in their diary now and invite friends and relatives to join them for this traditional Twixmas walk off the Christmas pudding”. visit the Lions website to download the free entry form to complete and bring along on the day. Every year we say “Every £ donated will go to charity, when all our costs have been more than covered by our generous sponsors”.

Personal Training at your home or in the gym. Each session is designed especially to help you meet your health and fitness goals, from weight loss and toning, muscle building, training for an event or just wanting to look your best for a special day. I will work with you one to one, one to two or in small groups, the choice is yours.I also offer body conditioning and aerobic workouts, which is a great fun way to tone up and keep fit. Email me for more details:

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This area is for local events, what’s on, clubs and societies. These listings are FREE. If you would like to add your info on this page, then please email the details to: If you would like your event in a black box, it’s a minimal charge of £20 per month. Or if you would prefer to sponsor the page with the banner at the bottom, please call our sales team on 0121 796 6800 for more info.

Arden PTFA presents:Fireworks Festival Saturday 10th November 2018 Venue - Arden Academy, Station Road, Knowle B930PT Gates open - 5pm Junior Display - 6pm Main Display - 7.15pm Advance Entry Tickets - Family (2A+2C) £15/ Students (3-18yrs) £3/ Adults £5 At the Door - Family (2A+2C) £20 / Students (3-18yrs) £5 / Adults £7 Join us for - Street Food Units, TWO amazing displays with DJ and Music, Real Ale, Mulled Wine and Prosecco Bars, Stalls and more! Book online at ardenfireworks

Round the Corner Quilters Round the Corner Quilters are holding an exhibition on 23rd February 2019, to show quilts created by ladies in this local group, together with workshops and demonstrations. The exhibition will be held in Shirley on 23rd February 2019 Proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s Society

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB HENLEY FLOWER CLUB meets on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm at the Henley Baptist Church Hall. Visitors £6.00 Next meeting 11th September 'Green Fingered Flower Arranger' by Linda Seabrook

Yoga classes As yoga classes often close for the summer we are running a ten week summer school every Thursday with ten different fully qualified teachers. Classes are open to everyone regardless of ability, age or gender. Wear comfortable clothing; bring a mat and a blanket. Being held at Shirley Community Centre 274 Stratford Road, Shirley B90 3AD. £8.00 per session. 19:30 to 21:00 / 0121 250 5005 for further details Please come along and give us a try

and if you like yoga why not get your friends to come along too.

Parlez-vous francais or Hablan espanol? Small group meet in Henley. More infos about, feel free to contact me at 07891390947

YOGA WITH ANNA, SOLIHULL Monday 6-7pm, Wednesday 7:158:15pm and Friday 6-7pm all at Solihull Sixth Form College. Plus Wednesday 9:15 - 10:15am at Oliver Bird Hall. All classes £7. For more info or any questions please email or visit the website

Read Easy Solihull Each day, we help those with little or no reading skills, in personalised, one-to-one reading lessons. As we approach our second birthday in November, we celebrate the successes we have seen, and the opportunities we have had the privilege to create. Readers have met personal challenges, accepted new career prospects and grown in confidence. Word is spreading; However, we cannot grow to meet these extra demands without more people on our Management Team. Roles in the team are varied and very flexible. At present, we particularly need support in the following areas: Publicity - Fund Raising Admin support - Referral Agency Networker Please get in touch with Lynn or Deborah if you have a few hours to spare each month, and would like to get involved with the organisational aspects of Read Easy Solihull. Further info:

ROSEHILL FLOWER ARRANGEMENT SOCIETY meets at the Trinity Centre (Lickey Parish Hall) Old Birmingham Road, B45 8EU, on the second Monday each month (except January). Meetings start at 2.00 p.m. Join us for flowers, fun and friends. For further info please call Belinda on 0121 447 7477.

National Trust, Solihull Centre Art Classes Art Classes at the Core Courtyard Gallery, The Core Solihull and Central England Arts in Hampton in Arden. Thursdays 10am-12pm and 12.30-2.30pm. Join our friendly group of artists and watch Artist Vicki Gorman demonstrate drawing and painting techniques then try them out yourself, and develop your own style. Beginners to advanced,

all abilities are welcome. To book a place and to get more details please contact the box office on 0121 7046962 or contact Vicki on 07940483320 or email New Art classes are also starting on Tuesdays 10-3pm and 1pm-3pm at Central England Arts, Hampton in Arden call Vicki on 07940483320.

PILATES WITH HELEN For improved flexibility, better posture and enhanced muscular strength. Mondays : 9.30-10.30am & Thursdays: 7.00-8.00pm at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley. Wednesdays : 9.3010.30am at Dorothea Mitchell Hall, Station Road, Claverdon. £6.00 per session. No booking required. Please bring a workout mat. Email :

Due to the popularity of this page, we are now having to limit the amount of words for each post. If the post is too long, it may be edited by us or not included at all. We will also only keep a post for a few months to make space for new events etc. So, please keep it short and to the point!

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Quiz Answers. 1. The Bible

2. A gaggle

3. A cub

4. New Zealand

5. Yellow

6. Nile

7. Russia

8. Birds

Brand New in Coventry is Now Open! TeamSport Coventry has finally opened its doors, becoming the latest indoor go-karting venue for the franchise. The 500m circuit features multiple levels, challenging turns and long stretches perfect for gaining speed. Located at Charter Avenue Industrial Estate, the track welcomes racers as young as eight, and is ideal for birthday parties, team bonding, or a fun activity to try with friends and family. Our team were invited to give the track a spin, and reach a verdict for ourselves. Despite taking a few laps to get the hang of things, we thoroughly enjoyed our time karting – it’s fair to say our competitive streaks came out by the end of our racing session. The new Midlands go-karting track features a fully licensed Fuel Bar, serving delicious drinks and food to enjoy once your race time has finished. Free parking and a full spectator area for guests who don’t fancy pushing 40mph in a kart are also available.

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Strap on your helmet, brace yourself, and get ready for the race of your life!

The ancestral home of Britain’s car industry, there are few places four wheels are more at home than Coventry, and if you live in the UK’s motor city, you can now enjoy a fast and fun day of putting pedal to metal on the city’s brand-new go karting track. TeamSport ensures every race is safe, giving full safety briefings carried out by trained staff at the beginning of each session. Race wear and safety equipment is available to hire out on the day, with balaclavas at a small additional cost. If you need help honing your skills, quick tips and tuition are available too. Head down to TeamSport Go Karting Coventry now to find out just how entertaining a day of karting can be!

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An Interview with Matthew Sharp – Creator and Entrepreneur

Fortress Boxing How did you first get the idea for Fortress Gloves? I would and still do see professionals, and not just pros, but pros at the very top level that spend 20- 40 minutes wrapping their hands on a daily basis. I thought, ‘Why are these top athletes having to go through this process, surely there’s a better way?’ And that’s how it started. I would spend hours drawing concepts and once I was happy with a design I would make models from fabric and existing products. Soon enough I had to teach myself how to sew and I would create models that I could trial. Once I was happy with the design I started to work with a seamstress to perfect the concept. What’s unique about Fortress Gloves? The Fastwraps are designed to give the user the ultimate protection and convenience. Fastwraps are put on like a glove as opposed to traditional methods consisting of several meters of bandage...the patented design consists of multiple interactive features, which create a great, customised fit for each user. What opportunity did you see in the market when you started the business? I found myself struggling with all the other available products for one reason or another and just kept thinking, ‘surely there is something better than this?’ I couldn’t find it so I had a go a creating it myself. Once I managed to design a product that I believed exceeded all current products on the market I started to really think seriously about the market opportunity and how this really was a viable business. What advice would you give to early-stage businesses and start-ups? I’m not sure I am at a stage were I could offer any business advice as such, but with regards to bringing a unique product to market, what I have learned is that if you do your research and are willing to listen to the criticisms and adapt then there is tremendous potential out there. It’s so easy to think you know it all. It’s the criticisms and advice that you can learn from and I too am learning every day and am always thinking of the next design. When did you first create the designs, and what job did you have beforehand? I originally went to De Montfort University in Leicester and studied Product Design. I was always very practical and artistic, not really an academic by any stretch - in truth I struggled

academically and was very lucky to get into college, let alone university. Sadly when I graduated the recession had hit everyone hard; design and manufacture here in the UK was and still is fairly non-existent. So, I got into the building game. I had worked on roofs and for a window-fitting firm on the weekends and during the holidays since I was a teenager, and this was all outside the design world. As the next 10 years or so went by I just developed my skills as a builder, predominately renovating small residential houses and selling them on. What are the main challenges you have experienced and seen as an independent business? Taking a design to market! Transferring your thoughts onto paper is easy; transferring a design on paper to a physical form is quite straightforward. Where it gets difficult is production. The logistical issues, the labour issues, product testing, cost implications, the practicality of the product in manufacture… something can be made as a ‘one off’ sample and be great, but if the process cannot be simplified and run smoothly as a production item maintaining quality, it’s no good, and you have to rethink it all again. Do you think you were destined to become an entrepreneur? Again, I wouldn’t consider myself successful yet, but I do believe you have to have confidence in your product and business and trust your instincts. So many people thought I was crazy, but I just knew there was a market for Fortress Gloves. What future do you see for Fortress Gloves? What are your goals for the company? I see so much for the future and it’s frustrating because you want to do it all at once and you just can’t. My plan is to always keep developing the Fastwraps and keep creating new and innovative products that allow us to stay ahead of the curve. As an entrepreneur, what motivates and drives you? Happy customers and good feedback. I can get 100 positive comments and great reviews, but that one bad one will stick in your head. Rather than ignore it, I take it on bored and try and improve in that area. Matt with TV personality Spencer Mathews.

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Cornfield Magazine October 2018 Central Birmingham, Solihull & Warwickshire Edition  

Welcome to your October edition of Cornfield Magazine. Our cover star this month is the hilarious Joe Lycett - read the Bru...

Cornfield Magazine October 2018 Central Birmingham, Solihull & Warwickshire Edition  

Welcome to your October edition of Cornfield Magazine. Our cover star this month is the hilarious Joe Lycett - read the Bru...