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JANUARY 2017 FREE EDITION South Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire

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

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Hello and welcome to your NEW LOOK January edition of the Cornfield Magazine.


Happy New Year to you all! 2017 is here and it’s time to begin those New Year resolutions and focus on our goals for the months ahead. With Christmas being over, we have all overindulged in the mince pies and mulled wine and are all ready to start off January with a new fitness regime and diet, or a brand new hobby. This month we have a great selection of New Year reads for you to enjoy!


In December, we had the chance to attend the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market for lots of festive treats, plus we had the chance to attend the Management Launch event of up and coming band, Chasing Deer in London. Then we enjoyed a fun day with the kids, discovering the recently launched Planet Play. Plus, we enjoyed an evening of festivities at the Magic Lantern Festival at the Botanical Gardens, plus much more.


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Not only this, but just in time for Christmas our latest addition to the Cornfield Office had arrived… Yes, we introduce our brand new Cornfield pool table! PS. if there anything you feel is missing or you would like to see more of in your Cornfield Magazine, please do get in touch. What ever you do, have a great month. Thank’s 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! ;).... Until next month folks....

Richard & Sam

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I trust that we are all in agreement that we are all ready to start the year off with some positivity as we begin to put things in place for new beginning and a fresh start, all for a brand New Year and a brand new you. The old you is out and 2017 is here upon us. The old you may have a track record of failing when it comes to creating New Year resolutions and implementing change. We all get that ‘January Feeling’, where we are in need of a clean slate and yes, all you actually need to see this through is a little bit of willpower and productiveness. Sometimes, we just need a push in the right direction to begin our transformation. There could be a number of reasons that you want to tackle becoming a new you. It may be that you have a tendency to eat the unhealthiest of foods and aim to lose weight by joining the gym, you may have had a disastrous year of relationships and dating and don’t know where to start, you may hate your job, need a new hobby or new friendships. It may be that you have just neglected yourself, which is exactly why you should take some time for you. Go on a weekend break away, or enjoy a spa day and beauty treatment, get your hair styled, enjoy a few little treats just for yourself. It’s way too easy to reflect on everything that has gone wrong the previous year and all the things we didn’t achieve. Many of us use the cliché of ‘my new years resolution is to not have any new years resolutions’. Is it just me

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or is this far too easy to say? We all need some goals to aim for, from time to time. So, we wanted to come up with an essential list to prepare for the new you, next year… Slow Down Set aside some time for you, to relax, unwind and do nothing. We all need a night in from time to time; we often need to maintain a sense of control over our busy lifestyles. Follow the 60% Rule No one is perfect and perfectionism is simply an illusion. Trying to be too perfect can be damaging. If you are in the position of rating your work, friendship and relationship, and it adds up to 60%, then you really are not doing too badly. However, do be careful with the all or nothing approach, workaholism, fear of failure and being too sensitive to other people’s judgments. Nourish Your Body It is proven that the food we eat has a large impact on our mood and our serotonin levels. Surrounding yourself with greens, probiotics and dark chocolate, all has a positive effect on our bodies.

Switch off all Tech The glare from our phones backlight can have a negative effect on how our bodies function, especially when we should be relaxing and before we go to sleep. Our bodies need to switch off and we all need up to 8 hours sleep. Trick Yourself into Saving We spend so much over the year and realise that we don’t require half of the things that we purchase or spend money on. It is always wise to have a good clear-out in January, so why not have a financial clear-out, clear out the subscriptions, look at lowering the bills, prepare a packed lunch and make your coffee form home. You will have saved without even realising. Change your workout Switch up your usual workouts. Doing the same fitness regime can sometimes appear tedious and a little boring, so why not try something a little different. There is so much choice with new fitness trends including PXT, Core Fusion Extreme and Bodhi, to name only a few.

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The Alternative

Healthy Breakfast This is way more delicious than that protein bar you were planning to eat. Skinny Fried Egg and Avocado Toast A healthy and delicious alternative to the most important meal of your day. This simple breakfast recipe only takes 5 minutes to prepare and even works as a power-packed snack. Ingredients 2 Eggs (fried) 2 Slices of Bread (toasted) 1 Small Avocado

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1 Tsp. Lime Juice Sea Salt & Black Pepper Parsley (optional for topping) Instructions 1. Prepare your toast and fried eggs to your own personal preference. 2. Peel and mash the avocado and add the lime juice, sea salt and black pepper. Mix to combine. 3. Spread the avocado mix evenly to each slice of toast, and then top each with a fried egg. Add additional seasoning to your taste and serve immediately

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Located in Resorts World in Birmingham is a selection of exceptional eateries for all to enjoy whilst doing a spot of shopping within this outlet-shopping destination. On visiting with the family, we decided to try out a few of the dishes on the menu at Las Iguanas, famously known for fusing together Latin American style dishes with Spanish, Portuguese and African influences. All ingredients are carefully sourced from across the world, enhancing the flavours with exotic tastes from Latin Americas 16th Century roots. On entering the restaurant you can immediately feel a sense of refreshing and vibrant design with the simple yet ethnic style décor and interiors, matching well with the Las Iguanas ethos. When handed our menus we decided to start with a simple breadboard, which consisted of sliced ciabatta, jalapeno and buttermilk cornbread and Pão De Queijo, served with spicy chipotle butter, olive oil and balsamic for dipping. After taking some time to enjoy our drinks and to catch up after a busy morning we were ready to devour our chosen mains. We opted for one Mexican classic dish, the Marinated Plcanha Steak Strip Fajitas, which were freshly cooked with a special mix of spices, onions and peppers. The fajitas were served with guacamole, soured cream, jalapeños, and tomato salsa in soft wheat tortillas. This dish was simply delicious and shows Latin America style food at its best. The second main choice was the Spicy Chicken Enchiladas, combined with pepper, onion and cheese in a hand rolled tortilla with smoky chipotle sauce served on a bed of spring onions, rice and refined beans, topped with cheese to finish. If you are looking for a dish to get those taste buds tingling then this is the dish you most definitely should be ordering from Las Iguanas.

To end this incredible dining experience, it was impossible to resist dessert and at this point we were feeling rather full, however, we continued the experience by opting for the Churros pudding, consisting of 3 churros dusted with cinnamon sugar and a chocolate ganache dip for dunking. This is a must have for those with a sweet tooth. Overall, the dining experience at Las Iguanas is on the top of my list when visiting Resorts World. Not only does this restaurant live for its food, but also the customer service was second to none. To discover new tastes with a Latin twist then you need look no further for a restaurant that serves top quality produce. Opening Hours Mon-Thu 10am-11pm Fri-Sat 10am-11.30pm Sun 10am-10.30pm Closed Christmas Day Resorts World Birmingham Pendigo Way Birmingham B40 1PU Tel: 0121 767 5861 Email:

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There are some recipes that are just so good, I can hardly wait to share the recipe with you. This is one such recipe! These Power Muffins are my personal favorite muffin recipe, and my kids go absolutely crazy for them, as well. You would think they were being tempted by a plateful of cupcakes, the way they beg for them!

Ingredients 2 cups of all-purpose flour 1 cup of oats–quick or regular oats 1/4 of cup + 1 tbs + 1 tbs of Truvia Baking Blend or 2/3 cup of sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups of honey nonfat Greek yogurt (I like Chobani) 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 4 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 cup of fresh blueberries

Instructions 1: Heat oven to 350°f. 2: Coat muffin tin with cooking spray or liners. 3: Combine flour, sugar, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. 4: Combine yogurt, eggs, butter, and vanilla in a second bowl. 5: Fold yogurt mixture into dry mixture; stir to combine completely. 6: Gently fold in the blueberries. 7: Spoon into muffin tins (don't be afraid to fill them until full). 8: Bake until the tops are golden and springs back when you gently touch it, 20-25 minutes.

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The Benefits of


HELLO READERS… Each month we will be featuring ‘top tips’ from the ever evolving world of Computers & the Internet.

1. Green Tea Contains Bioactive Compounds That Improve Health It is loaded with Polphenols like Flavonoids and Catchins, which function as powerful antioxidants. 2. Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter 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

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This Month were looking at ‘Identifying Fake Emails’

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.

With cybercrime on the rise particularly around this busy time of the year, we thought it important to emphasise how to identify a fraudulent message.

7. Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

A popular tactic used by cyber criminals is to steal data to send fake emails, pretending to be from a company or person you trust, in order to access your personal data such as your banking information, names and addresses. These emails will often be poorly written, with spelling and/or grammatical errors, and may include the following:

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

• Urgent payment requests • Emails linking to company websites which are different to the company’s real web address; • A link for you to update your payment information (which will take you to a false website) • Threats of consequences if you don’t respond or take action As a general ‘rule of thumb’ if you’re not expecting an email from that recipient or you’re unsure about the authenticity of that email, do not open it, delete it straight away and never open the attachments. If in doubt, contact the person or company to check if they did genuinely send you that email. For IT Training & Support give one of our friendly team a call on 0121 704 9648 or search online for “Tech Smart Training”.

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Sipsey Lingerie Gents Evening

In December we attended the ‘Gents Evening’ at Sipsey Lingerie, located in Solihull. The event hosted a variety of activities and items to purchase for all Gentleman involved, all in perfect timing for Christmas. The event itself included a fashion show with models showcasing particular lingerie and nightwear that would make the perfect gift for a wife or girlfriend. There was also the opportunity to sample a selection of wines with tastings from Pineau UK Ltd, plus artwork showcased by Castle Galleries, men’s fragrance and shaving products from Gruhme, some of the finest men’s attire from Clements & Church, air aesthetics and Tesla, who showcased the Model S, on entrance to the main event. The event at Sipsey Lingerie gave the opportunity for the gents to find the perfect Christmas gift for their wives or girlfriends with an array of luxury lingerie, shape wear, swimwear for a Winter break away in the sun, hosiery and a range of accessories including perfumes, bra accessories and much more, all from a range of elegant and luxury brands including the likes of Simone Perele, Stella McCartney lingerie, Bluebella and L’Agent. “The evening was fantastic for raising the Sipsey profile and was great to have Tesla there showcasing. Next year already looks busy with fashion shows and other events planned but first I will have my buying to do in January for the next season, which I am excited about and next year I will be introducing sports bras and men's boxer shorts. Also, to all the ladies, walk in and be properly fitted, we go from smaller cups to larger and in addition we also specialise in mastectomy, maternity and first teen bras and fittings.” Sukhy Nijjar - Director of Sipsey Lingerie For more information on Sipsey Lingerie, visit Sipsey Lingerie Limited 39 Drury Lane Solihull B91 3BP Tel`: 0121 704 3314

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Eat what you love and love how you look! After the excesses of the festive season many people will be desperate to shift the effects of too many mince pies. The CoolSculpting® procedure shapes what you see without surgery or downtime, so you’ll look great from every angle. In just 30 days initial results appear with full results at 90 days. Your clothes will fit better, and look better so you feel truly confident on every occasion. For further information on CoolSculpting® please visit

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Be-Ju Boutique Luxury Labels for Less Located in the charming village of Knowle is the beautiful and spectacular Be-Ju Boutique, a dedicated and devoted boutique that sells designer labels for less. Selling those pre-loved clothes, shoes and handbags that you have been holding on to has never been made easier; Be-Ju can help find your unwanted clothes and accessories a brand new home. Many labels that are resold at the Be-Ju boutique include authentic designer brands, such as, Karen Millen, Moschino, Chloe, Ted Baker, Versace, D&G and Boss. Those looking to sell their designer goods will be entitled to 50% of the final sale. It may be that you have received an unwanted gift, an item you have purchased in the wrong size or simply an item that just doesn’t suit your style. If this is the case, then you need look no further, Be-Ju is on hand to help. Be-Ju boutique stocks the latest in affordable luxury, high end fashions and trends, whilst stocking a wide range of beautiful dresses, for that perfect occasion, whether it be a wedding or evening attire. Be-Ju Boutique is a trusted one-stop destination that is

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managed by a reliable, friendly and passionate team that deliver the best in customer service and they will be happy to help with all of your fashion and styling requirements, whilst keeping stock fresh, current and competitively priced. Opening Times: 10am – 6pm, Monday – Saturday Be-Ju Boutique 144 Lodge Road Knowle Solihull B93 0HF Tel: 01564 770867 Mob: 07564 278285

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Who ate all thepies? Christmas is over! And so is the excuse to over eat and indulge in chocolate and treats! Especially those mince pies and Christmas puddings!

January? New year, New you? Welcome to our NEW fashion article by local girl, Ivy Rouge. Each month she will bring you the best in fashion from designer gear to High Street retailers. Ivy studies Fashion Business and Promotion BA Hons at Birmingham City University and is currently working full time at H&M, whilst Ivy aspires to one day work as a buyer in the fashion industry. Ivy’s hobbies: “I like to keep up to date with fashion trends by following fashion pages on social media!”

So, what’s your New Year’s resolution? To quit smoking? Save money? Or maybe join a gym, workout and lose all the weight that you’ve pilled on over the festive season? Mine is definitely the second and third! As always! Every year without fail, I have the conversation with so many women to lose weight in the New Year. I think every woman thinks it! So why not, “just do it”? – Just do it, itself is Nikes famous slogan! JUST DO IT. Join a gym! Get yourself on a strict healthy eating diet and start your New Year feeling sexier and better. Especially, as now the winter period is almost over, you can look forward to summer and those summer holidays. Do you want to look good in your summer bodies and feel so HOT in your bikinis? Lying on the beach with a sexy slim physique and a cocktail. Its mad to think that Christmas has only just ended and the New Year has only just begun and already you’re automatically dreaming about summer and your summer holidays. To help you kick start your New Year’s resolution of dropping those extra pounds, I have selected my favourite workout clothes and brands that you must try out!

Instagram: @ivy.rouge Twitter: @ivyyrouge

Nike Pro Cool Tight Dri-FIT fabric keeps you cool, dry and comfortable too, no matter how hot your workout gets, by wicking sweat away from your skin where it quickly evaporates. £29.00

Women's UA Eclipse Bra Under Armour UK Shop Under Armour for Women's UA Eclipse Bra in our Women's Sports Bras department. Free shipping is available in United Kingdom.

Nike NSW No Show Socks Pack them in your gym bag ready to grab whenever you're going to work up a sweat.


£7.00 Adidas Cross Training V-Neck T-Shirt John Lewis Deep V-neck; Split side seams; Soft polyester & mélange fabric. Get fitter in comfort with this women's t-shirt from Adidas. £20.00

To end todays column, I would just like to say good luck to you all and hope you’ve had a very wonderful Christmas and New Year! xx

Nike Metcon 2 | Women's Training Shoe Designed for the unique demands of high-intensity training, the Nike Metcon 2 Women's Training Shoe helps you lift, run, jump and climb ropes with its incredibly low and stable heel, flexible forefoot and high-density rubber. £110.00

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Women’s Style


MINT Don't let the cold temperatures stop you from enjoying the great outdoors. Heres what to wear to conquer your winter workout.

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01 Nike Pro Fierce Sports Bra, Dark Grey £33.00 02 Nike Dri-FIT Stretch-Jersey Sweatshirt £40.00


03 Adidas Women's Techfit Macrohth Capri leggins £25.00 04 Reebok Women's Training Wrist Weights £23.00 05 Ello Syndicate Glass Water Bottle £14.00

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06 Hype Speckle Backpack - Mint / White £30.00 07 Nike Juvenate Teal Retro White £50.00 08 FitBit Alta Fitness Wristband £99.00

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Life is what we perceive it to be... Relish new challenges, take a leap of faith and back yourself to reach your goals.

Heather Fisher Team GB and England Rugby 7s player, previously GB Bobsleigher. Offering: 1-1 training with a difference Group sessions Young adults (9yrs -16yrs) skills and functional based Training to improve confidence and knowledge Sports specific young athlete development training Nutritional programmes and advise I have set up in Hockley Heath, needing any advice then don't hesitate to give me a shout. I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you.

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Why Pilates could help you? Physio 2 Pilates was first established in 2013 to provide Solihull with its first Pilates Studio run exclusively by Physiotherapists. Their fantastic team of passionate, Pilates trained Chartered Physiotherapists provide Pilates classes to suit a range of ability levels. Run by Zoe Rex, an experienced Physiotherapist and Certified Pilates Instructor, their purpose is to make Pilates accessible to all ages and all abilities. Zoe has spent years working alongside people that suffer with persistent pain and has found that Pilates has become a great benefit to helping people manage their symptoms, increase activity levels, as well as improve strength and flexibility. At Physio 2 Pilates the team feel it is important to provide a fun and relaxed environment where there is no pressure to perform, enabling every client to work at their own level and towards their own goals. They regularly work with people who suffer from a wide range of conditions including Back Pain and Osteoporosis, as well as people looking to improve or maintain their levels of fitness. Every Client that comes to the clinic will be offered an individual session with one of their experienced Physiotherapists. This ensures that each client can find the level of class that is right for them, whilst being taken through a series of introductory Pilate’s movements. Individual sessions are a great way to focus on your goals and tailor programmes to suit your needs, however, if you already practice Pilates and feel you wouldn’t need an individual session, the team at Physio 2 Pilates are always happy to discuss this with you.

What is Pilates? Pilates is a gentle, non-impact exercise programme that focuses on increasing your core abdominal and back strength. It works both the body and mind whilst being a fantastic way to improve posture, balance, flexibility and strength. Exercises can be done in standing, on a mat or on specialist equipment such as a Reformer. The Reformer has springs, which can help provide support for beginners and for more advanced participants will challenge the body and core to provide a full body workout. Pilates can aid

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in the management of Back Pain, helping to strengthen muscles whilst looking at control of movement. Working on breathing and body awareness can also help in the management of stress. Physio 2 Pilates can offer individual sessions, including small group sessions of 2 – 4 people, as well as Mat based classes of up to 10 and Reformer classes of up to 4. “It is essential that class sizes are small so that each client can be given the attention and support they require”, says Zoe from Physio 2 Pilates. “Every class is taught by a Chartered Physiotherapist who has been trained by the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates institute (APPI), so from the beginner just starting out to the elite athlete, we can help you to target your goals and produce results. We truly believe in Pilates for everyone”. The team receive many testimonials, here’s what one of their clients has to say: “I've attended Physio 2 Pilates for over three years now and what a difference it's made to me on a number of levels!

All instructors are all well trained, effective communicators and are committed to what they do. Class sizes mean the team gets to know the individual, and their capabilities, allowing them to tailor elements of the class to individual needs, if necessary. I now take a mat and a reformer class each week, as this is my investment in my ongoing health and wellbeing. I feel fitter and more capable... in mind and body!! Wholly recommended - they're a great team.” Anne - Solihull The team would love to hear from you, so if you would like more information please contact them on 0121 240 9202 or visit their website Like us on Facebook @Physio2pilatesSolihull Follow us on Twitter @physio2pilates

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The Midland

Hand Clinic

What have the Vikings ever done for us? They gave us Dupuytren's disease! This benign disease of the hand and digit causing your finger to bend down towards the palm was first popularised by Barron Dupuytren a French anatomist and Military surgeon. It tends to occur in males and has a strong genetic predisposition of those of Scandinavian or Northern European descent. If you keep poking your eye or having trouble getting your fingers in your gloves or pockets, come and enquire about our minimally invasive treatment options with injections, which have a proven record of rapid rehabilitation and early return to work, with high patient satisfaction.

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

Practice Base Address: Solihull Parkway Hospital Catchment area: Solihull, Central Birmingham, Sutton, Warwick and Worcester

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Rihanna has made a name for herself across the world for her talented singing skills, as well as her sex appeal. Here are some interesting facts about this Barbados-born singer.


She was never called Rihanna until she became a big star. Rihanna is actually her middle name, her full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

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She was born on February 20, 1988 in St. Michael, Barbados. Rihanna's father, Ronald Fenty, is an Irish Barbadian and her mother, Monica Braithwaite, is Afro-Guyanese.


Rihanna’s childhood was deeply affected by her father’s addiction to crack cocaine, alcohol, and marijuana, and her parents’ turbulent marriage ended when she was 14.

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All her siblings including herself have names starting with an “R.” She has two younger brothers Rorrey and Rajad. Rihanna says she was a tomboy growing up. We can safely say she is anything but boyish now. Rihanna was a military cadet during high school. She used to sell clothing with her dad at a street stall.

Rihanna attended Combermere High School in Barbados. In 2004, Rihanna won the Miss Combermere school beauty pageant.

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Her voice is a “Mezzo-Soprano” that covers three octaves. She said growing up, her singing idols were Madonna, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Beyonce. She won a talent show for her rendition of Mariah Carey's "Hero."


Her big break came in 2003 when she introduced to music producer Evan Rogers through mutual friends, who was vacationing in Barbados with his wife at the time. Rihanna went to audition for him with two of her classmates. He tells Entertainment Weekly, "The minute Rihanna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn't exist." She ended up leaving Barbados and moving to Connecticut with Rogers and his wife to try and jumpstart her career.

time. I had butterflies. I'm sitting across from Jay-Z. Like, Jay-Zee.


Rihanna was falsely rumoured to be having an affair with Jay-Z who was dating Beyonce at the time. The rumors were fortunately not true, and they also gave her a ton of attention when she was first breaking out on the scene.


Her first single “Pon De Replay” hit the Top Five in the Billboard Chart. Jay Z was concerned that Pon De Replay was so big that it would be the only song she was known for. Luckily, he was wrong.

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She recorded a demo tape which was sent to several record labels. Once she auditioned for Jay-Z, the president of Def Jam Records, he signed her on. She was 16 at the time and had moved to New York . She was so starstruck when she met Jay Z. 'Oh God, he's right there, I can't look, I can't look, I can't look!' I remember being extremely quiet. I was very shy. I was cold the entire

She toured with Gwen Stefani to promote her debut album Music of the Sun. Rihanna's first number one hit was "S.O.S (Rescue Me)". She hasn’t stopped since then.

She won her first Grammy for her song “Umbrella,” a collaboration with Jay-Z. Her second Grammy was for “Run This Town” with Jay-Z and Kanye West. Rihanna won Gillette’s Venus Breeze ”Celebrity Legs of a Goddess” award in 2007. Right after that, she insured her legs for $1 million.

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Men’s Style

Winter Workout Brights

Time for a NEW Year and a NEW You, so, why not invest in some of the best workout wear for men this winter. 01 Apple Watch Nike+ Space Grey £399.00



02 Ronhill Pro Beanie Hat £15.00 03 Adidas Originals V-Neck T-Shirt Grey £30.00

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04 Nike Sphere Half Zip Long Sleeve Top £60.00


05 Nike Tech Fleece Printed Short £79.00 06 Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones Black £250.00


07 North Face Base Camp Duffel Bag Small £95.00 08 Adidas NMD_XR1 Primeknit Shoes £120.00

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So we have enjoyed a wonderful festive season, eaten too much, drunk too much alcohol, not exercised as much as we should have and now feel that we need to start 2017 on a healthy note. We call it “making new year’s resolutions”. These usually consist of losing weight, joining a gym and cutting down on alcohol.

Eileen Fegan talks about the things to think about to make sure that 2017 is as healthy, happy and free from illness as it possibly can be. There are a number of simple and effective habits for you to take up in the New Year, which will carry you all the way through the next 12 months. As Hippocrates said...

If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.

MOVE Exercising has both short-term and long-term benefits. As soon as you start any form of exercise, from walking to running on a treadmill, it can improve your mood, reduce stress, and even make your brain work better. Over time, exercise can prevent health problems ranging from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypercholesterolemia and depression.

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Exercising, no matter how limited, will also keep you young. Research shows that our cells don’t really age – they either grow or decay. If you exercise, then you trigger growth in the cells and your body stays stronger, younger, fitter, healthier and better able to resist disease. Oh yes, stick with the exercise because studies show that activity that is repeated every day for 3 weeks, becomes a habit and gets easier.

NEVER MISS BREAKFAST Breakfast stands for “Break – Fast”. During our sleep, we are recharging our batteries and not consuming any calories or nutrition, therefore, “Breaking the Fast” is one of the healthiest things you can start doing in 2017, to ensure you start every day off, as healthily as you possibly can. A breakfast made up of protein and fresh fruit is probably the most beneficial, as it starts off your metabolism and

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also prevents you from getting hungry and over-eating later in the day. A prefect breakfast would include eggs, bananas and brown/wholemeal/granary toast, with decaffeinated tea or coffee and a glass of water.

EAT AT LEAST 7 PIECES OF VEGETABLES AND FRUIT A DAY Fresh vegetables had the strongest protective effect, followed by salad and then fruit. A study of 65,226 men and women indicated the more fruit and vegetables people ate, the less likely they were to die - at any given age. Seven vegetables and fruit a day cut the risk of dying from cancer and heart disease. Risk of death by any cause over the course of a study by the University College London was reduced by 42% for seven or more portions of fruit and veg (up to around 10 portions a day).

AVOID TRANS FATS Trans fats are found mostly in processed foods, so if the list of ingredients includes the word, "hydrogenated," stay away. According to Dr. Michael Aziz, "trans fats are really like plastic," he said. "And when we eat them they incorporate in our cells and the cells cannot communicate or talk to one another." Interestingly, trans fats are used to prolong the shelf life of food, however, have the opposite effect on our bodies, by causing our cells to deteriorate and die. Dr Aziz goes on to say that “Hormones are disturbed and weight gain follows, but more troubling, the risk for heart disease, cancer, stroke, infertility goes up." Avoid the following foods that all contain trans fats; • Cookies • Crackers • Cakes • Muffins • Pie crusts • Pizza dough • Margarine • Vegetable shortening • Cake mixes • Pancake mixes • Chocolate drink mixes • Donuts • French fries • Potato chips • Candy • Packaged popcorn • Frozen dinners

GIVE UP SMOKING Smoking has been associated with at least 17 types of human cancer, but until now noone has seen how smoking causes many of these cancer types. The authors of a study at the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute, found

that, on average, smoking 20 cigarettes a day led to 150 mutations in each lung cell every year. These mutations represent starting points for genetic damage that can eventually lead to cancer. The numbers of mutations within any cancer cell will vary between individuals, but experts said this study shows the additional mutational load caused by tobacco. Other organs were also affected, with the study showing that 20 cigarettes a day led to an estimated average of 97 mutations in each cell in the larynx, 39 mutations for the pharynx, 23 mutations for mouth, 18 mutations for bladder, and six mutations in every cell of the liver each year.

MONITOR YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE According to Health Line, Even a small amount of alcohol has an affect on your body. When you drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream and distributed throughout your body. A tiny amount of alcohol exits your body in your urine and your breath. You absorb alcohol more slowly if you eat, especially if the food is high in fat. However, if you drink more than your body can process, you will get drunk. How quickly the alcohol is metabolized depends on a number of factors including your size and gender. Alcohol consumption causes physical and emotional changes that can do great harm to your body. The long-term effects of alcohol abuse are many, putting your health in serious jeopardy and endangering your life. Sticking to the recommended governments weekly guidelines of 14 units per week, will ensure you are as “safe” as you possibly can be.

looking after our own health, because once it’s gone, there is no getting it back – it’s gone. No-one really talks about their health when everything is going well, however as soon we become unwell, with a disease, condition or illness, it is all you can think about, talk about and obsess over. Be proactive and make a change today. If you can’t take up all of the 5 habits I have recommended, then just choose one and stick to it. Small changes are better than no changes. As Socrates said, “It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” Finally, it is very difficult to make changes in our lives, however, I really hope that you have been able to find some inspiration and enthusiasm in this article. Small changes will lead to bigger changes and before long, you are automatically doing it. Life is always so busy, with work, family, socializing, running around………….. We forget to take care of ourselves. Just remember what Jim Rohn once said; “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live”

Happy Healthy New Year, from all the team at Solihull Health Check Clinic

So, if you want to start 2017 off on the right foot, try these 5 relatively simple life changing habits and feel a difference immediately. It is really important that we start

Eileen Fegan, Clinical Director of Solihull Health Check Clinic RGN, BSc(Hons), CertEd, PGCert, CertITU, MhSc, ILM Solihull Health Check Clinic, The Lighthouse, 8 Gorcott Lane, Dickens Heath B90 1FF 0121 745 7400

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Christmas has been and gone and for many of us we have experienced a fun fuelled December calendar, with endless festivities, however for some of us Christmas can be a lonely and sad time of year for various different reasons and this often can catapult those of us experiencing this, into the lowest of times as we enter a brand new year. Many of us enter the New Year feeling positive, it’s a time for new beginnings, the next chapter and its time to get ticking off those resolutions, but unfortunately, for many of us this couldn’t be further from the truth. Divorce rates are higher, relationships come to an end, the stress of getting back to reality, the anxiety kicks in, we become lethargic, depressed and debilitated, leading us to reach our lowest point. That’s it… You’ve guessed it! And you’re not alone; you’re experiencing what they call, the dreaded winter blues, otherwise known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). The scientific evidence proves that daylight is the answer to our problems. Light that enters the eye causes changes in our hormone levels throughput the body. January is by far the worst month in our calendars;

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we find that we have overindulged in food, which leaves us feeling overweight and sluggish, leading us to believe that the latest diet fad will be the answer to all of our problems. Other challenges we face include having no money due to our spending habits at Christmas and then, of course, the miserable weather, that makes us go into hibernation over the winter period. Feel like there’s no way out of the winter depression? Well your wrong! Here are some tips in how you can help fight off those winter blues… Get outside as often as possible Escape from the indoors, don’t keep yourself locked away, this will only make you feel worse. Even sitting next to a window can help. Our bodies need to be stimulated

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by light, so, get out and about. There are some fantastic deals around, so, why not book a last minute winter break, somewhere sunny, even if it is only for a long weekend. Make the most of getting the fresh air. Create a Budget Believe me, creating a budget at the start of the year will be one of the best things you can do to get ready for the year ahead. Budgeting is necessary for having control over your finances and when used correctly budgeting can actually be a really fun task. All you will be required to do is to track your expenses and income, make a list of both of these things, incorporate your financial goals and keep check of your budget on a monthly basis. Consider Light Therapy Its cold and dark outside and we just want to snuggle up in front of a warm fire and make as minimal movement as possible. The darkness has many negative affects on our body and light is necessary to reducing symptoms of SAD. Research has also shown that blue light may be more effective in reducing symptoms. Many individuals are now considering light therapy, and in 80% of all cases, SAD symptoms have been reduced. You can now purchase your own light box from Amazon for less than £40.

Get Active Keeping active and maintaining your fitness is proven to improve your mental state and is actually one of the most important factors to beating the winter blues. If you take part in 30 minutes of exercise, 3 times a day you will begin to feel more active. Exercise is the key to beating depression and changing your mood by regulating the serotonin chemical in your brain. De Clutter Having a winter clean can be one of the most beneficial moves that you make in beating the winter blues. As they say having a clear space, leaves you with a clearer mind. Try Something New Having a new interest keeps the mind active, diverting your attention away from stress and depression. A new hobby or activity could be as simple as reading a new book, watching a new TV series on Netflix, joining a gym or writing a blog. If you have something to look forward to and focus on, you will have a much clearer outlook and rid of any surrounding negativity.

Doctors recommend sitting near or underneath your light box for 30 minutes, each morning. It is also important to get natural light into your home so make sure you keep blinds and curtains open during the daytime. Eat Your Way to Happiness No, that doesn’t mean eat everything and anything. It’s all about eating well and eating healthily. Making sure that you eat the right foods is crucial. We often crave all the comforting foods, including pizza and pasta, which leave you feeling sluggish and it is also important to stay away from foods that are high in sugar, yes forget those Christmas chocolates for a little while, everything in moderation, as they say. More complex carbs take longer to digest, which will prevent spikes in blood sugar, creating different moods and increased levels of serotonin in the brain. Instead you should opt for whole grains, spinach, yams, broccoli, beans, lentils and skimmed milk. These foods will fill you up whilst providing long lasting nourishment and don’t forget to eat your five a day.

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RIHANNA: I DON’T EVER GIVE UP She’s been performing on stage around the globe with her Anti World Tour and in this compilation feature, Rihanna tells – in her own words – where she gets her drive from and how she stays grounded. She also talks about her huge following on social media, relationships, friendships, her thoughts on starting a family and much, much more...

It’s been a busy year far for Rihanna. The pop star and fashion icon’s eighth studio album ‘Anti’ has been storming the charts worldwide and the 28-year-old has been performing on stage around the globe with her ‘Anti World Tour’. The Barbadian singer has sold over 200 million records to date and has eight Grammy awards. She’s the top-selling digital artist of all time, with over 200 million tracks downloaded and is the most viewed artist on Vevo/YouTube with over nine billion views. She is also one of the biggest artists on Facebook with over 81 million likes and has over 68 million followers on Twitter. In addition, she’s successfully launched six fragrances, two capsule collections with Armani, as well as four River Island collections and is currently the spokesperson for MAC & Viva Glam and the face of Dior’s ‘Secret Garden’ campaign. Rihanna is PUMA’s global ambassador for Women’s Training and now serves as the Creative Director, bringing her styling sensibilities and innovation to PUMA’s collections. She also serves as Contributing Creative Director and Punk & Poet brand ambassador for Stance.

ON WHERE SHE GETS HER DRIVE FROM... I’m very competitive with myself and I don’t like staying in the same place, I like growth. And personal growth is important to me and I take that through my career. I want to get better and every time the next step always has to be upward or forward and I guess I’m relentless in that way when it comes to my work. I don’t ever give up or I feel guilty stopping for a little bit but sometimes it’s good to stop. ON HOW SHE DEALS WITH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE SCREAMING FOR HER... It’s like dropping in a rollercoaster. It’s anxiety at its finest and it’s overwhelming. You almost hold your breath until the cameras stop flashing. It’s never comfortable. It will never be second nature.

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ON HER HUGE SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING... The most exciting part for me, the part that I love most about it and even with Twitter and social networking is that you really get to communicate with your fans one on one. ON HOW SHE FEELS ABOUT BEING A ROLE MODEL... Music is art for me. I really just want to make a great song, I want to make a video that has to really stay true to the song. I never ever want to compromise that. I’m an artist and sometimes it may offend some people and sometimes it might not be appropriate for society’s standards or, you know, but that’s all individual. It’s OK for me and that’s why I make it that way.

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Barbados. It’s warm, it’s beautiful, it’s the beach, it’s my family, it’s the food, the music, everything feels familiar, everything feels right, it feels safe and so Barbados is home for me. ON WHETHER SHE WOULD LIKE TO START A FAMILY ONE DAY... Eventually, I want to have a family but who knows when that will happen? God just has a way of working things out the way he wants to and you have no say in that. The only real plan I have at the moment is professional and I’m really looking forward to seeing what life brings to me. ON WHETHER SHE FEELS ANY PRESSURE BEING A SINGER AND WORKING IN THE FILM INDUSTRY... I don’t think about stuff like that. I always think about it being good for me.

ON HOW SHE STAYS GROUNDED. My experiences in life. And staying close to people and having a good group of friends around me. They’re brutally honest with me and I need that! ON FRIENDSHIP... Having good friends is very important and having friends that you’ve known all your life too. Because a lot of the friends I have in this industry I’ve met through work and some of them I really consider real friends and then a lot of them are people I just work with. And having a good team or a good group or people around you that you trust is very important. Friends are honest and they tell you when it’s good and they tell you when it’s bad and they’re there for you when things are good for you and there for you when things are bad. ON WHETHER HER FRIENDS COME TO HER FOR ADVICE... A lot of the time yes. I’m a very loyal person and I’ll tell it. But I turn to my friends all of the time. I need that. I don’t care what the media think, but I respect their opinions very much. ON HER FRIENDSHIP WITH KATY PERRY... She’s unbelievable. She’s such a strong being. She wants to be there for me and I’m like ‘Girl, I want to be there for you, don’t worry about me’. She’s one of my best friends. I mean, I have best friends I’ve known my whole life. But in the industry she’s one of my best friends. Not a lot of women I meet I can click with. Right away I loved Katy’s honesty. I enjoyed that and I enjoyed her company. She’s funny, she’s wild. And I love that. ON WHAT SHE CALLS HOME... For me, it’s wherever I feel safe really – safest. Anything that feels familiar, that feels comfortable. Most of the time that’s just

ON HOW SHE COPES WITH THE SCRUTINY INTO HER PRIVATE LIFE... Private life? If there’s such a thing! My private life is not private at all. And that’s annoying, especially because you can’t even have friends really without people speculating about the type of relationship you’re having. If you’re single and they’re famous, it’s a done deal that you’re an item. I’m supposed to be with a different man every day. It’s so inconsistent. I’ve gotta figure out who I’m meant to be dating right now because I can’t keep up! ON HOW IMPORTANT BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP IS TO HER... Being in love is definitely a big part of happiness, but you have to find real joy on your own first. You can’t wait around for a man to come along to make you happy. If a man is the one thing missing from your life, then it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be unhappy. There’s so much else in life. I think

people focus on love a lot. Sometimes when you’re looking for it that’s exactly when you don’t find it. ON WHETHER SHE WANTS TO BE SEEN AS TOUGH AND NOT EASY TO HURT... I don’t set out to look that way. I just think it comes out a lot in the way I dress, the way I move, my body language, the videos I make. I always try to stay true to self. Sometimes I let too much out of the bag! But I always act accordingly to how I feel. Sometimes it can come across as really vulnerable and sometimes it can come across as really defensive, aggressive and bold. But I’m not thinking about what’s coming across, I’m just doing what I feel like doing. The image comes after. ON WHETHER SHE BELIEVES IN ‘THE ONE’... I still believe in love. Even if you don’t have someone in your life there’s always that need to give love.

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A M Y H I C K E Y ’ S M O N T H LY B E A U T Y T I P S

r a e Y w NEW Ne Make Up It’s that time of year again, we have overindulged, drank a little too much and haven’t had our 8 hours sleep.... YES, it’s January.

Gorgeously hydrating foundations


Nars sheer glow foundation feels light, is fragrance free and covers all those little imperfections.

Below I’ve listed my favourite products to cheat the fresh faced ‘I love January 2017’ look!

Hydrate your skin, your skin will be dehydrated not only from the festive fun but from the weather and central heating. My Top 3 Products to feed your skin



This multi functioning magic spray hydrates your skin, whilst holding your make up on for hours... Whats not to love? Chill, Cooling And Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay.

Give your lips a little TLC with the 2 great products


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Smooth out open pores and keep your make up on longer with this unique hydrating primer by Smashbox.

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Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation SPF10. This beautiful foundation leaves your skin looking like youve stepped out onto the red carpet, it really does make you glow and feel a million dollars.

Lets get cheeky with a flush of colour

Skinseuticals B5 serum. Instantly hydrates and plumps the skin leaving it looking smooth and youthful.



BareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is genius. Its lightweight formula is ant aging, helps lock moisture in and protects the skin from those winter rays with an SPF20.

Clinique superbalm, hydration and gorgeous colours. This yummy formula is a must for delicate lips.

Perricone no blush blush. With its intelligent ingredients and hint of colour this is a must have product. The serum based formula sweeps over the cheeks leaving a flattering glow.

Tarte cosmetics universal lip and cheek palette. I love this easy to use palette. I love how you can double up on cheek and lips making the morning make up routine much more simple.


Beni balm by Benifit Hydrating Balms smell divine, whilst leaving your lips feeling moisturised and plump.


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New Year,

New Hair

Runway and celebrity hair stylist Matthew Curtis reveals how his salons can help us all enjoy a hair makeover for the New Year, regardless of hair type and budget.

1. Strapped for cash 3. Blow the budget Try a blow dry from £25

Extensions from £250

“Why not plump up the volume with a pampering blow dry come New Year? At my new Matthew Curtis salon at Rosewood London, customers can opt for this treatment from as little as £25 for an express blow dry, and £45 for a custom blow dry with a protégé stylist. My expert team will be able to advise customers on the best styles, blow-dries or hair ups for any occasion, ensuring you look fresh for the New Year. Intensive hair treatments are also available to ensure the most luxurious, high shine result.”

“The most common – and incorrect – assumption people make when it comes to extensions is that they’re for younger women who want really long hair. Actually, extensions are ideal for anyone not blessed with natural thick hair. Investing in high quality hair extensions can quite literally change your life, as anyone who’s tried them will tell you! Those who benefit most from extensions are those whose natural hair has never been able to hold a style, and those who struggle to grow hair around the sides of their head, which results in a flat appearance. Correctly applied, keratin bonded hair extensions will never damage your natural hair and can last up to 6 months with absolutely no maintenance in between.

2. Mini splurge A pop of colour with Balayage Natural Free Hand colouring from £120 “In Winter, a popular request is to tone down blondes, warm up brunettes and perhaps go for the chop. This year, blondes continue to opt for natural, ‘free hand’ strand colouring techniques such as balayage, which is a really easy look to maintain, and means you can extend wear between salon appointments. Brunettes also want in on the trend, and adding a few highlights is a great way for them to spice up their winter look. The best bit thing about balayage at this time of year is its cost-effectiveness – great in the New Year when we’re feeling the pinch from party season! Ease into the trend by asking for just a few highlights to contour and frame your face. Then, if you love the effect, you can go for more one the bank balance has recovered!”

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Aftercare is simple, invest in a soft bristle brush, which will glide over the bonds without catching, tie your hair in low ponytail at night to avoid pulling and wear, and make a habit of gently running your fingers through the bonds to keep them separate. My salons use Great Lengths hair extensions, which are made from 100% Indian hair, which is ethically sourced and never disappoints. We colour match extensions to each client’s hair colour. Consultations for this service are free of charge, and the application process can vary from 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on how many bonds the clients requires.”

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Our Top 5 Winter Scents

for Men & Women The winter brings us to introduce our top 5 Winter scents for women and men. It’s the time to evoke the warmth for those long Winter months. There are many enchanting scents for Fall on the High Street, but at Winter we should be wearing all things spice for the ladies, whilst gentleman should be wearing woody and musky colognes. So, put aside those citrus scents and take a look at our recommended top 5 picks for Winter.

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Dior – Sauvage - EDT100ml - £68 Diptyque 34 – Boulevard Saint Germain - EDT 100ml - £90 Yves Saint Laurent – La Nuit De L’Homme - EDT 100ml - £70 Givenchy – Gentleman only Absolute - EDP 100ml - £69 Valentino – Uomo - EDT 100ml - £66

Alexander McQueen Parfum – 50ml - £285 Chanel NO5 L’eau Spray – 100ml - £96 Charlotte Tilbury – Scent of a Dream - 100ml - £96 Tom Ford – Orchid Soleil - 100ml - £108 Yves Saint Laurent – Black opium - 90ml - £75

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Fusion Bring global style into the home with Fusion. Updated from last year’s successful collection, John Lewis is introducing a contemporary and graphic look to the Fusion trend. Combining Moroccan, Persian, Indian and Chinese influences, monochrome block prints sit alongside spices tones of saffron and paprika. Fusion includes statement bed linen, throws, tableware and wall hangings, bringing the flavour of travel into the home, and making it the ideal trend for anyone searching for a touch of wanderlust. Bring global style into the home with Fusion. Updated from last year’s successful collection, John Lewis is introducing a contemporary and graphic look to the Fusion trend. Combining Moroccan, Persian, Indian and Chinese influences, monochrome block prints sit alongside spices tones of saffron and paprika. Fusion includes statement bed linen, throws, tableware and wall hangings, bringing the flavour of travel into the home, and making it the ideal trend for anyone searching for a touch of

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over to its domestic products. A fantastic range of dining tables is on offer including substantial solid oak tops to fine hairpin leg desks with zinc tops.

Furniture Making in Birmingham: Alive & Kicking It's not very often that you hear of successful manufacturing businesses these days, but Rigg and sister company Klarity Glass certainly fit this description. Based at Alexander's Wharf in Kings Norton they make all manner of stylish products for discerning clients across the UK and abroad. Style An eclectic range of styles is on offer from Rigg including contemporary, vintage industrial and Scandinavian. The in-house range of designs includes materials such as steel, oak, zinc, copper, brass and high pressure laminates. Rigg almost exclusively manufactures its products at its own factory in Birmingham. Also produced locally, Klarity has a successful range of crisply-styled furniture focussing on glass. The Klarity website also presents a large range of branded Italian pieces. Commercial and Domestic Rigg supplies commercial-quality, heavy-duty furniture to large offices, restaurants and bars. The strong skill-set required for this market is also carried

Facilities Complimenting the design studio, the Rigg factory in Kings Norton is comprehensively equipped with modern and traditional equipment for wood and metalworking. A glass bonding function extends this capability for the building of pieces such as the beautiful range of Klarity coffee and dining tables. People When calling you will most likely initially speak to Michelle at reception. A very helpful, caring member of staff who is always on hand to help, whether with an existing order or to discuss a new enquiry. If she can't help directly she will point you to the correct department. Peter has a long history in the glass furniture industry following masters-level degree design education. He will be able to help you choose from a vast array of furniture or help guide you through development of a bespoke item. Colleague Kevin is also on hand to help with manufacturing and design queries. He is often found on the factory shop-floor ensuring production goes smoothly, as well as innovating new processes.

Rigg Ltd: / 0800 651 0001 Klairty: / 0800 619 0599

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Somnus British by Design

Founded by William Rhodes, Somnus bedding was established in 1840 and holds over 175 years of experience in creating luxury bespoke handmade beds and mattresses’, that have been crafted in Britain, through five generations. All materials are locally sourced and filled with natural upholstery fillings inside each pocket sprung mattress. Somnus are also the proud winners of two Queens’s awards for Enterprise of innovation and sustainable development, the UK’s most prestigious business award. Not only are Somnus bed experts, they are sleep specialists too, that use traditional craftsmanship, in order to create a superior level of comfort in every bed for the best nights sleep. Attention to detail is key and nature plays an important contribution to a Somnus bed, using a unique blend of luxurious upholstery fillings including layers of Yorkshire Dales eco wool, handteased long stranded horsetail, mohair, tree silk cotton, cashmere, flax and hemp, with some materials being grown on their very own farms with their very own flock of sheep and alpacas. Luxury and comfort come first with heritage being born in every stitch. Somnus focus on having superior springs with the latest innovation of Sensa intelligent pocket springs, which help maintain excellent posture. The zenith range have revolutionized the world of bed manufacturing by developing the I_Tuft, featuring invisible tufting that contains natural latex, made from milk of the tropical rubber tree, perfect for ventilation, durability and pressure distribution. Somnus beds also strive to revive the art of weaving and have recently invested in state of the art weaving looms, which are used on the Yorkshire based manufacturing facility. For resilience and breathability, you need look no further when it comes to finding the perfect bed or mattress. For more information you can view a range of Somnus beds at Thomas Hearn in Kenilworth for further information. You can also find out more about what this luxury hand made brand has to offer by visiting

Thomas Hearn

Luxury and comfort come first with heritage being born in every stitch

Providing Quality Service & Premium Brands Located in Kenilworth, Thomas Hearn are suppliers of both modern and traditional furniture made to suit any room within your home. With over 70 years of experience, this family business prides itself on offering a friendly and expert service at competitive prices. At the showroom in Kenilworth you will be able to view a huge selection of living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, including beds, all to suit a variety of tastes and styles. The team at Thomas Hearn strives to offer ‘best practice’ and will help ensure customers make the right choice when styling their homes, supplying some of the best premium brands, as well as some of the smaller manufacturers. In addition to Somnus Thomas Hearn provides brands such as, Hypnos, Tempur and Vispring as well as other popular brands including Cavalier, Parker Knoll, Stressless, plus many more.


Customers can have the confidence in Thomas Hearn and can rest assured that Thomas Hearn will be on hand to help with all customer requirements.

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To receive 5% off your purchase at Thomas Hearn, present this voucher to the team at the Kenilworth Showroom this January. Voucher valid from 10th January-31st January 2017.

Redeem your 5% discount at Thomas Hearn, 102 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL

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The Chinese New Year is one of the most important holiday dates for the Chinese. The New Year is defined to be the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar, whereas the Christian New Year is based on the solar calendar. The Chinese New Year however, is based on the traditional solar The history of the Chinese New Year first started during the ‘Shang Dynasty’ (1766BC – 1122BC) and some even believe it started from as early as the Emperor Yao & Shun (-230BC). The celebrations always start on New Years Eve and continue for a further 15 days, up until the middle of the 1st month. As a tradition, the Chinese clean their houses from top to bottom and display traditional New Year decorations throughout their homes. This festive time of year brings together family reunions, where relatives visit one another for a New Years Eve dinner, where fish and dumplings are served, signifying prosperity. Families also go shopping and they watch traditional Chinese shows, whilst enjoying fireworks displays, which aim to warn off any evil in china. The first person to launch the fireworks is also believed to be the person who will obtain the best of luck for the year ahead.

candle, which indicates the moon phase and the solar year. The lunar month is only actually 2 days shorter than a solar month. In order to catch up with the solar calendar, an extra month is inserted every few years. This is why the Chinese New Year falls on a different date every year.

New Year celebrations are also highlighted by a religious ceremony, showing honor to haven, earth, family ancestors and the Gods. In modern China, working professionals often are entitled to a 7-day holiday, including the weekend. Many take this as an opportunity to visit various tourist destinations.

The Beast called ‘The Year’ Through tales and legends the beginning of the New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast, called ‘ The Year’. The beast itself looked very much like an Ox, with a Lions head that inhabits in the sea. On the evening of New Years Eve, the beast was known to make his appearance, harming people, animals and properties. People soon found out that the best was afraid of the colour red and anything associated with fire, as well as loud sounds. For protection the people would every year, post ‘red duilion’ in front of their house, as well as launching

fireworks and hanging lanterns at the end of the year.

Lanterns Lanterns are often lit on Chinese New Year, all across the world. Normally the traditional lanterns are decorated with a red paper shell, which included candles inside for illumination. The lantern is normally hung on door fronts or inside the house. In some parts of China the lanterns are lit at the ‘Yuan Xia Festival’ held on the 15th of the first month of the traditional Chinese calendar.

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Sans Oriental is a unique and stylish restaurant, located in the idyllic Market Town of Henley in Arden. Sans provides a variety of quality and flavorsome food, within its restaurant where you will expect excellent customer service within a tranquil and welcoming atmosphere. This is the perfect place to treat yourself to a lunch or dinner in a within a classy environment for an evening of dining and enjoying traditional Chinese cuisine and Asian Fusion style dishes. Also, do not miss out on the Chinese New Year Celebrations at Sans which will be held on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of January, with the New Years Eve dragon dance taking place on each evening, starting at 7.30pm. Sans restaurants also plays host to regular pop, swing and Jazz nights for all to enjoy. For further information on future events and for the latest offers you can visit their website and Facebook page. Opening Hours: Mondays – Closed (apart from Bank Holidays) Tues-Sun 12pm – 2pm & 5.30pm until 11pm

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Year of the

Rooster 2017 brings the year of the Rooster, the 10th in the Chinese Zodiac. Lucky Colours: Gold, Brown, and Yellow Lucky Numbers: 5, 7 and 8 Lucky Flowers: Gladiola & Cockscomb Years of the Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 & 2029 Personality: Observant, hardworking, confident, outrageous, talented, frank and honest. Best Suited Careers: Sales Person, restaurant owner, athlete, teacher, waiter, journalist and surgeons. Lucky Lunar Months: 2nd, 5th, and 11th

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D M & C O . H O M E S - Y O U R L O C A L , P R O A C T I V E E S TAT E A G E N C Y

Happy New Year to you all. I know that I took part in some serious festive eating and drinking and I hope that you did too. Is it time for a dry January?! (Probably not in this office!)

So, what's new for 2017 at DM & Co. Homes?

the right agent for you, I am prepared to put my neck on the line and offer you a 50% reduction in our standard agency fee if we fail to agree a sale on your property within 14 days of instruction (T & C's Apply).

Well, it's all go at DM & Co.! Two rather large steps.... Firstly, We have a new member of staff, Gareth who joins us from a national franchise agency and secondly, we have extended our office and it has been transformed over the Christmas break - please do pop in to book your FREE valuation and meet the team!

If you are SERIOUS about SELLING, why not take us up on this and let us perform for you!

The market had slowed down considerably in December with homeowners reluctant to market over the Christmas period, even though there are record numbers of buyers out there. We are now looking to take as much stock on as possible to satisfy the demand and whilst any agent can say that they are

Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous 2017. Kind regards, Dominic

P.S. Are you a local builder? Can you recommend a local builder? I would like to hear from you!

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Martin LEWIS

Money Sins Are you a sinner? Financially that is. There are a host of everyday money misdemeanours that millions of people do, costing them thousands, without being aware of it. These aren’t horrors like grabbing a payday loan, but the result of simple misunderstandings, bad habits or inaction. So having recently toured around the UK doing roadshows for the sixth series of my ITV show, I’ve collated five of the most common. 1. Saving while you’ve expensive debts Savings rates are depressingly low – the top easy-access rate is 1%. Credit card and other interest rates are depressingly high. So, £1,000 credit card debt at 18% costs it costs you £180 a year, the same amount saved in top paying savings account at 1% interest only earns you £10. If you had both, pay the debt off with your savings and you'd be £170 a year better off. Many of you will be thinking, "but I want to keep my savings, what if the boiler packs up or the roof falls in?" However, that’s a sentimental strategy, not a logical one. Let’s carry on the £1,000 debt and £1,000 savings scenario to show you why. - If you don’t pay the debt off with the savings and an emergency happens that cost you £1,000 to fix, you’d use all your savings and still £1,000 of credit card debt. - If you do pay off the debt with the savings, and a £1,000 emergency happens, you’d need to pay for it on your credit card, meaning you still have no savings and £1,000 of credit card debt. 46 | Cornfield Magazine

The end result of them both is the same, yet by paying off the debt with the savings, you save in the meantime.

saving £240/year. This don’t ask don’t get saving works at all the big firms, so if you won’t do a comparison, at least do this.

The only exception is if the debt is at 0%. Then the financially savvy and disciplined can do what’s called stoozing, where you deliberately build up 0% debt only to save it and earn interest. Though with current saving rates so low, it’s not as easy as it used to be. Full help on that at

3. Only making the minimum repayments on credit cards Credit card minimum payments are based mostly on a percentage of the balance, which only just covers the interest. So, you hardly clear any off.

2. Not at least asking your energy firm are you on its cheapest deal Most people in the UK are on their energy firm’s standard tariff, which typically means they’re overpaying by £300 a year. I’ve talked about switching until I’m blue in the face, and, of course, the best plan is take five minutes to do a full market comparison via my or any approved comparison site. Yet for some that doesn’t hit home. So, let me be plain. Even if you won’t do that, just pick up the phone and ask your current provider “Am I on your cheapest tariff?” and, if not, switch to that as there’s no change but the price! For example, as I write (it can change daily), on EDF’s standard tariff someone with typical usage pays £1,070/year. It also has a 12month fix at £880/year - £190/year less. British Gas’s standard tariff with typical use is £1,044/year, but it also runs Sainsbury Energy (i.e., it’s the same company but a different name), and its cheapest fix is £804/year –

A 30-year-old with £3,000 debt on a credit card at 17.9% interest, who made only typical minimum repayments, would take 27 years to clear it. By then, they’d be 57 and have paid a total cost £4,000 in interest (see my minimum repayment calc at to work out how long it’ll take you). Now you may be thinking ‘easy to say, but I can’t afford more than the minimum.’ Well, I have a solution. On £3,000 debt, the current minimum is around £70 a month. If instead of opting to pay the minimum, fix your repayment at £70. The debt will clear in five years at a total cost of £1,500 in interest, saving £2,400. Though if you’ve debt on more than one credit card, focus all spare cash on repaying the most expensive, making only the minimums on the others. That way you get rid of the most expensive debts first.

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4. Don’t cover your home’s value on buildings insurance Your house price is the wrong figure; you only need to insure the usually much lower rebuild cost. – literally how much it would cost to rebuild your home should it get knocked down. This is often far less than the market value. There’s information and a calculator on this at 5. Saving or borrowing to pay your children’s tuition fees I’m often freaked out by parents telling me they’re saved up so their child won’t have to pay tuition fees at uni. Worse, some even extend their mortgage. My problem isn’t just that it’s actually students’, not parents’ responsibility to repay this… All new English full-time students can get a tuition fee loan and a living loan to help pay for uni costs. You’re eligible to start repaying in the April after leaving, but only if you earn over £21,000, and you repay 9% above that. Repayments stop after 30 years. In many ways, it acts far more like a tax than a loan, and how many would save “in case my child earns enough to be a higher rate taxpayer”

An extreme example provides clarity. Imagine your child goes to uni and becomes a brilliant poet, who never earns above the £21,000 threshold. They would never repay a penny. So, if you paid the fees for them, you’d throw £27,000 away.

repay in real terms what they borrowed within the 30 years. If not, again it means pay their tuition fees and you’re paying more than they’d need to repay. For most parents if you want to help them, a better thing to prioritise is building up a mortgage deposit. For far more on this see my guide.

Most of course will earn over the threshold. However only high earners will earn enough to

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If you have any local gossip please contact Charlie on: 0121 796 6800 or email

Being based in Henley in Arden and working as a local writer and Content Editor for the Cornfield Magazine. I have a keen passion for all things lifestyle, food, fitness, fashion and interiors. Each month I will be using this page to bring our readers the latest local news, launches, awards and events all happening within Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Birmingham.

New Openings… Thai Tapas in Warwick Get those taste buds tingling with the recently launched Giggling Squid, located on the High Street in Warwick. The Thai extravaganza combines street style food with a range of coastal specialties. You will immediately fall in love with the array of flavorsome dishes on the menu and what’s even better is that the Giggling Squid provides a takeaway menu, to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. The giggling Squid is open from 12pm daily. For more information visit

For Wine lovers A brand new concept has arrived in Birmingham’s social scene with the launch of Bottles, a wine bar created by Richard Everton, who draws his inspiration from his time spent in Bordeaux. There are a huge selection of over 300 wines, ports and champagnes stocked at this fantastic new wine bar where you can also gain expert advice. Bottles also use state of the art dispensing machines, which offers D.I.Y. wine tasting opportunities.

January has officially arrived and the festive fun is over! Often January is used as a time to recover from all of the social events we have attended in our diaries. I like to use January for some me time, a time to relax, perhaps enjoy a spa break or beauty treatment, to get me prepared for the year ahead. It’s the time of year when we all suffer from the January blues. I for one certainly feel I have overindulged on the mince pies and prosecco which has left me feeling rather lethargic, however, I am going to make sure I remain positive and focused on achieving all of my New Year resolutions. Another reason as to why January is an excellent time of year is of course all due to the January sales. It’s the perfect time to head to boutiques and shops locally for some fantastic purchases, and locally we have some great locations that you can visit for a spot of shopping, whether it is the High Street favourites in Solihull’s Touchwood Centre or even perhaps Grand Central in Birmingham. Alternatively there are many local towns and villages that have an array of fashion and interior boutiques including Knowle, Dorridge, Dickens Heath and Henley in Arden, to name only a few. Henley in Arden also welcomes the recently launched the brand new luxe boutique Adorn & Favour, selling a range of luxury furniture, home accessories and gifts. We all look for some interior inspiration in the New Year and like to make a few refreshing changes to our home décor, and as they say it’s out with the old and in with the new. So, why not head down to the brand new boutique in Henley for some inspiration for you and your home for 2017.

Relax and Rejuvenate in January Santai Spa As I explained, its that time of year to treat yourself to a day of relaxation after a busy 2016. If you are looking for a local Spa to visit then I recommend the Santai Spa, based in the Genting Hotel at Resorts World Birmingham.

treat yourself to one of the most luxury spa treatments, which can be tailored to you, targeting your own concerns, from skin rejuvenation, cellulite, muscle toning and hair removal.

Enjoy a variety of facilities at your own leisure, including the 15 metre pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna, gym, salt cave and experience shower, plus, its very own vive juice bar. Be pampered and why not

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While at university, the young Michael McIntyre once went to visit a friend, only to find the door answered by a complete stranger. ‘Who is it?’ shouted his friend from within. ‘It’s Hugh Grant, but he’s all Chinesey’ replied the man at the door. ‘Why do I look foreign?’ is a question Britain’s hottest comedian has been asking himself ever since. It’s a perpetual mystery to him that he has always looked a little like Mr Miyagi from the film The Karate Kid. McIntyre may only be in his 30s, but his autobiography is crammed with enough incident to satisfy an entire lifetime. One of the most popular comedians around, his DVD Hello Wembley was the fastestselling stand-up DVD of all time, selling a staggering 1.4 million copies: and where once he performed to stag parties and audiences of inebriated businessmen in basement clubs, he now regularly headlines at venues such as the O2 Arena. For anyone who’s a fan of McIntyre’s brand of Tiggerish anecdotal humour, this memoir of his rise from debt-written obscurity to superstardom won’t disappoint.

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Michael was born in Merton on 15th February 1976 He comes from a show business family as his father helped write the popular bbc comedy The Kenny Everret Show He attended Edinburgh University for one year before dropping out. Michael McIntyres debut comedy DVD "Live and Laughing" was the fastest selling debut DVD of all time.

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He writes as he talks, with a frenetic, gagstrewn energy but, along the way, there’s plenty of time for observational humour on human exasperation. He was born during the long, hot summer of 1976 (‘my mother didn’t need to buy me clothes for eight months, and the first word I learnt was ‘Nivea’). His dad was 37-year-old record producer Ray Cameron (most famous for co-writing The Kenny Everett show and producing Clive Dunn’s 1971 novelty bestseller Granddad): his mum a gorgeous 19-year old Hungarian showgirl. Even as a baby his quasi-oriental looks were a source of bafflement to his family. ‘A midwife once asked my parents if my father was Chinese or Japanese,’ he writes. ‘Questions were asked about my mother’s fidelity. My father beat up our local drycleaner, Mr Wu.’

‘My mother was looking more like Krystle Carrington every day,’ he recalls, ‘Her shoulder pads were so large she was once late picking me up from school because one of them had wedged in the door of her new BMW.’ With the marriage over, the family home in Hampstead was sold, ironically to Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne (‘when my mother told me to tidy my room because a man who bites the heads off bats was coming to view it, I thought it was a threat’). McIntyre is equally adroit when reminiscing about his schooldays. One end-of-year report was so bad he threw most of it in the bin, only allowing his mum to see the best bits, which were PE and Religious Education. ‘It didn’t seem to concern her that I was learning only two subjects, or that I was all set to be the next David Icke.’

Given his parents’ age difference, it was perhaps inevitable that his mum eventually fell for a much younger man, who turned out to be a strapping young builder hired to renovate their family home.

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His big break came on the royal variety performance in 2006 when his performance received rave reviews Michael McIntyre's wife, Kitty is a qualified aromatherapist He supports the football team Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) He was judge on Britain’s Got Talent in 2011

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McIntyre’s father took his own life in Hollywood, his suicide was kept hidden from MIcheal for 17 years He was on top gear in 2009 as the ‘star in a reasonably priced car’ and completed the lap in 1 minute 48 seconds after nearly rolling the car over on the last corner.

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Interview with Michael McIntyre,

Michael McIntyre's Big Show Tell us a bit about series two of Michael McIntyre's Big Show? The show has naturally evolved from the first series and now everything has gone up a notch. We have lots of entertainment items running through the show, audience surprises, Unexpected Star, Send To All, stand up and much more. Knowing that series one was a success has allowed us to expand the ideas for series two and explore more parts of it, we have tried to make them even more fun and be more confident with them. How does it feel to be bringing the show back to BBC One? I am really excited about it. It's been a gradual process, because first and foremost I am a stand up. I do stand up in every show but I am interested and excited by entertainment television. I'm new to it and what's really surprised me, because we record the show in a theatre, is how big the laughs are. The atmosphere has been amazing; almost annoyingly as I think I can't really get laughs like this with my jokes! So much of the comedy that comes out the show is natural to the situation, so it works really well. I have really enjoyed the opportunity and responsibility of trying to create a family entertainment show. What can you tell us about this series Unexpected Stars? This series we've got a space next door to the theatre, so people don't even know they are coming to the theatre now. The first Unexpected Star this series is a fireman and he thinks he is giving a fire safety course. One week the space is a wine bar, one week it's a photography studio so every week it's changing. Then we get people into the theatre but they still don't know they are coming onto the stage. When it was a bar next door, the Unexpected Star thought the theatre was actually a club around the corner, so we had people queuing onto the stage with a bouncer on the end, we

had disco lights and we were all on our feet dancing. We also have actors in the room next door and I can control them via an ear piece. I am able to add those moments. It's very funny and more ambitious than ever, even if it doesn't quite work. In the first show the fireman avoided some of the things we had set up for him but you just go with it. What do you think about the Unexpected Stars when they reveal their talent? I've been amazed by them, I genuinely don't know how they are going to perform. The fireman in the first show is completely mind blowing. I've never heard that song sung so well, it's incredibly emotional. To be honest they have all been amazing. When I had the idea originally for it I never thought it was going to be a platform for talent. It is what it is, they are a member of the public who is going to be the unexpected star of the show. If they want to be a singer or if it's a dream for them then that's great but I wasn't expecting talent like this. The audience also just love the fact that someone is having that moment because they have seen what they have been through and they just love that and they are part of it. Tell us a bit about Send To All and the celebrities you have playing it this series... We have really good guests for Send To All; fun texts and really fun apps. I had a lot of fun! I play with peoples phones beforehand; everybody has different things on their phones. We've had people's CCTV, Carol Vorderman's fart machine, I ordered a taxi on Olly Murs' phone and there were some very private photos on Jamie Oliver's phone which are really funny. Jamie was such a great sport. It is amazing that people just hand over their phones. Jack Whitehall appears in the show and he didn't seem to believe that people actually give me their phones! They genuinely have no idea what the text says so they are terrified. It was my wife's idea to do Send To All with celebrities because I was doing it my show with audience members and then I played it with James Corden and I thought that was probably as funny as it would get because that was hilarious. What new elements to the show do you have in store for viewers in the new series? The main difference is that we have more audience hits. In the last series we just did two surprises on the audience. That seemed to work really well so this series we've got audience hits in every show. They may be the best part of the show, they are very funny, one was emotional which was surprising and it's worked really well, it's been a lot of fun. What can we expect from the celebrity guests, comedians and music acts on the show? There are lots of great comics on the show this year such as Russell Howard, Sarah Millican, Jack Whitehall, Al Porter and Ricky Gervais as David Brent. Every show has music in it we have the likes of Ellie Goulding, One Republic, Sting and Olly Murs. There is an exclusive from the new musical School of Rock in the first show which is something a bit different. So it's about finding the right blend and pace and setting fun things up and trying to pack as much entertainment as we can into an hour.

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1. Where are the smallest bones in the human body found? 2. What is the oldest University in Britain? 3. What is the name of He Man`s arch enemy? 4. Where in Britain could you ride on the `Pepsi Max Big One`? 5. How old do you have to be to legally buy a lottery ticket in the UK? 6. What is the third letter of the Greek alphabet? 7. True or false : Thomas Edison who invented the lightbulb was afraid of the dark? 8. What 1995 film features the line `Every man dies, not every man really lives? 9. What is the capital of Cuba? 10. What does the letter `V` stand for in DVD? Answers on page 58

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The lights go out and I can't be saved Tides that I tried to swim against Have brought me down upon my knees Oh I beg, I beg and plead

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Each month we take a look at the newest albums that are charting now. The Wonder Of You

Elvis Presley Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Nobody But Me Michael BublĂŠ Michael's new album is his first album in three years and is his 9th studio album.

Joanne Lady Gaga Joanne is the fifth studio album by American singer Lady Gaga.

You Want It Darker Leonard Cohen Fourteenth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter.

Walls Kings of Leon An album of moody, moonlit arena rock from the Followill clan.

We will also pick a golden oldie that’s worth a listen. I Am What I Am Shirley Bassey This was the only studio album recorded by Shirley Bassey for the Towerbell Records.

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BOOKReview The Circle by Dave Eggers A Review by Savannah Seger “If you aren’t transparent, what are you hiding?” (Eggers).

our servers, it can never be lost.” Eggers’ description of the cloud is parallel with the modern technology most of us use today.

Put down your phone, shut your laptop, disconnect; The Circle is undoubtedly a critique of contemporary society’s need to be socially connected at all times, and as contemporary readers we are hypersensitive to this critique. There is constant unrest felt by Eggers’ characters resulting in an anxiety about online participation. As the characters consume and produce data, they fall deeper and deeper into a social connection that is inescapable. But to what extent does data consumption in this provocatively contemporary text reflect how technology affects the individual? Eggers’ text leaves readers to question the responsibility we have to define what it means to be human and to be real in the wake of our technoreality twenty-first century.

As you devour the pages of The Circle, you begin to realise that your hunger for more is also reflected in the novel itself: Eggers uses binge eating as a metaphor for social media consumption, reiterating unhealthy ramifications; Mae’s ex-boyfriend, Mercer, says, “You’re not hungry, you don’t need the food, it does nothing for you, but you keep eating these empty calories… some digital binge”. Mercer’s old-age viewpoint of the Circle stands in stark contrast with contemporary notions of speed and consumption; his character provokes the idea that twenty-first century conditions are parasitic and destructive to the nature of humanity.

Meet Mae, a newly graduate who boastfully scored a job through her successful friend, Annie, at the world dominating, glamorous, corporate business, the Circle. The circlers mirror online users, particularly users of the globally pervasive social network, Facebook. Social networking promotes and rewards participation, but readers are inclined to feel uncomfortable when they discover that Mae’s naive susceptibility to exploitation through the gratification of online social reward is like peering through a looking-glass. That Mae later becomes entrapped and enslaved by anxiety is evidently a product of her constant data consumption and Eggers successfully heightens our awareness to this as a symptom of the contemporary. Whilst there is a physical body, Eggers presents a virtual self existing in a weightless space in The Circle. Mae’s body belongs to the world around her and her virtual identity is consumed by the world. She is under a transparent surveillance whereby freedom is condemned, or as her manager, Bailey says, “PRIVACY IS THEFT”. When she enters the Circle, she becomes a permanent online presence; she is told her data is “all backed up in the cloud and on

Eggers stresses a narrative reflective of a new consciousness of ‘generation Y’, the youth who have grown up with technology. It has been argued that this generation suffer from increased anxiety caught up with the need for instant gratification, a product of living in a society preoccupied with speed and consumption. The Circle is a whirlwind of a read, a tumbling fast paced narrative set in a futuristic world that seems all too close to the real world we live in, but can Mae escape it? The Circle begs us to ask, what does it mean to transgress the boundaries of the human? Have technological devices and human beings become entirely inseparable? And what are the consequences of this? Watch this space, The Circle will also be appearing on our big screens in 2017, starring actress Emma Watson and the new release will be directed by James Ponsoldt.

Check out our new releases for all the info on the latest video games. Dead Rising 4 The fan favourite hero Frank West returns in an all-new chapter of Dead Rising 4 for Xbox One and Microsoft Windows 10 Uncover the truth behind the mysterious outbreak at the Willamette Memorial Megaplex Mall as you fight for survival with an all-new collection of weapons and vehicles at your disposal. Discover a million ways to kill dangerous new zombies as you traverse a vast, open world sandbox - or die trying. The Last Guardian The much-anticipated The Last Guardian is a PS4 exclusive title from visionary game director Fumito Ueda. Sharing stylistic, thematic and gameplay elements from the legendary Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. In The Last Guardian you are a young boy who befriends a strange creature named Trico. You must gain its trust and work together to evade the enemies hunting you. Steep Steep is an upcoming open world extreme sports video game developed by Ubisoft Annecy and published by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game places a great emphasis on online multiplayer, focusing on competing in various winter sporting challenges with other players online. Cornfield Magazine | 55

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Planet Play launches in

Solihull Planet Play opened its doors on Saturday 3rd December, launching its brand new purpose built soft play Centre in Solihull. The Centre has a range of brand new facilities, where you can take the kids for a day of fun and entertainment. The Centre will keep the kids entertained and there is also a separate baby’s and toddlers area, allowing parents the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy a catch-up with family and friends, knowing that their children are having an incredible time enjoying all that Planet Play has to offer with its safe and secure location. Adults and children alike can enjoy a selection of hot food, tea and barista coffee, plus a selection of home made cakes upon visiting this marvelous new venue. Planet Play, also offer fantastic deals on children’s party packages, which consists of a Standard Package, which costs only £7.49 per child, for a minimum of 10 children. The package allows up to 2 hours of play within the soft play centre, plus buffet style food served in a private dining room with a choice of 3 items from the children’s choice menu, as well as jelly and ice cream to finish along with a party bag for each child. Alternatively, there is an Enhanced Package, costing 9.99 per child, again, with a booking for a minimum of 10 children. The party allows 2 hours of play within the soft play centre, plus a private party room for a buffet, served with a choice of 5 items from the children’s menu, as well as jelly and ice cream, party games, a lucky bag and present for each party boy or girl, plus a gift bag for each child attending the party. As a little extra something special, each birthday boy or girl will receive one free return entry. Party times can be booked between 10am and 6pm; however, there is even the opportunity to book the venue exclusively for your child’s birthday party if booked between 10am-12pm or 4.30pm-6.30pm. There is also the chance to book a face painter as an optional extra. And adults need not worry; family platters are available for parents and relatives, serving up to 4, whilst featuring items from the main menu. Planet Play is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for an activity for your children to enjoy over the February half term in Solihull, plus there is a discount available for all child minders. For more information visit: Tel: 0121 742 5433 Planet Play Unit 1 Hobs Moat Road Solihull B92 8JN

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A Solihull Entrepreneur has launched an innovative campaign to improve the public perception of the motor trade, including one of the UK's cheapest MOTs A businessman who originally trained as an accountant introduced one of the UK's cheapest MOT tests, in a bid to combat the "unnecessary profiteering and upselling" by car garages. Kamran Saleem, aged 35, who owns award-winning independent premium service centre, MotorServ-UK, located in Monkspath, Solihull, has introduced a no-strings £15 MOT only for an indefinite time period.

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MotorServ-UK frequently faces motorists finding themselves ill-prepared or worried for visits to car garages. Fed up with the motor trade's reputation for charging customers for work that's either not done or not required, Saleem put his entrepreneurial skills to the test by launching initiatives such as, 'No pass no fee MOT' and 'Brake Pads for life.' A resident of Solihull and graduate from Aston University Business School, developed a taste for entrepreneurship. As well as founding MotorServ-UK in 2014, Saleem is also a director of a major Birmingham-based accountancy and asset finance business. Commenting on his mission to restore the public's faith, in the motor repair sector in his hometown, he said: “Whilst I'm proud to have been born and bred in Solihull, I believe the motor trade as a whole is perceived as doing the public a disservice. Our business has been built on transparency, quality and value for money, not to mention massive investment in skilled people, state-ofthe-art premises and equipment, so we're on a mission to drive out the unscrupulous traders” Centred around customer satisfaction, MotorServ-UK have a whole array of benefits and pleasantries. They offer a Gold Member package, which entitles members to £400 worth of free service items, in exchange for paying for their next service in instalments. Revenue and staff headcount has doubled over the last 12 months trading. MotorServ-UK even held a Free Fun day in September where they closed down the workshop for a day as an opportunity to give back to the community; with over 600 people in attendance for the day and over £3,000 worth of prizes awarded. Following years of complaints to Trading Standards about rogue garages, the Government has recently introduced a new Motor Ombudsman. Motorists who feel ripped-off, cheated by garages and dealers can seek resolution by taking their case, free of charge, to this industry-wide service, covering new and used cars, service, repair, finance and warranties.

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2. Oxford

3. Skeletor

4. Blackpool Pleasure Beach

5. 16

6. Gamma

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All-New Kia Niro Hybrid vehicles are in vogue these days - or so it appears. Will this technology take over the conventional power plants we know one day?

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer

FAST FACTS Max speed: 101 mph

I don’t have the psychic wherewithal to tell you.

0-62 mph: 11.1 secs

But a lot of automakers seem to be following

Engine layout: 1580cc 4-cylinder petrol + 32kW electric motor

this trend – and now it’s Kia’s turn.

Max. power (PS): 141 (combined engine + electric)

The Abarth uses the same 1.4-litre, four-cylinder turbo-charged petrol engine as Fiat’s 124 - except in the Abarth it produces 170PS, compared with the Fiat 124’s 140PS. The Abarth’s power unit spins with the proper Italian sports car vigour you’d hope for. It feels wayward and entertaining at high revs - and you’re aware of the turbocharger when you push on. The sports car is quick to respond and the gear change is rapid and exact. The best thing about the 124 Spider, though, is the noise it makes. Popping burbles emit from the quad tailpipes when doing the 062mph gallop, as I found out testing the car at Silverstone Circuit, in Northamptonshire. The two-seater Abarth will reach the magical figure in 6.8 seconds, on its way to 143mph. Fold the roof, via a simple fastener, and the Abarth 124’s sound is even more delectable. For an added dose of pleasure, the Abarth 124 has a Sport setting. Hit the button and things 58 | Cornfield Magazine

become louder, tighter and faster. The throttle feels more insistent, and weight is also added to the steering, making you feel even more united with the road – or race track. The 124 Spider feels most pleased driven hard, with the tail-end hunkered down over the rear wheels. Even when you go too brutally into a bend and lose traction

Combined mpg: 64.2

CO2: 101 g/km Price: £26,995

for a jiffy, the Abarth 124 continues to play nicely. Working out what the rump of the car is going to do soon becomes second nature.

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On the whole, the Abarth 124 Spider is a grin maker, although your beam might falter for a moment when you see the price-tag - £29,565. Yes, it’s a large lump of cash, but once you’ve heard the melodious tailpipes, felt the performance and experienced the handling for yourself, you’ll appreciate that this car is worth every single bank note.

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MUSIC Reggae Legends


perform a Charity Gig Reggae Legends UB40 perform a Charity Gig in Aid Of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. We had the chance to attend one of UB40’s most intimate concerts yet, all in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity’s Star Appeal, as part of the Superhero Challenge. On Thursday, November 17th at 7pm, we saw Birmingham’s legendary reggae band, UB40 perform an intimate concert at Park Regis Hotel Birmingham, as part of a charity fundraising evening in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s £3.65 million star appeal, to create the UK’s first Centre for children with rare diseases. The event, which sold out within an hour of going on-sale, has raised over £10,000, with further donations and auctions that were made on the evening itself. On the evening itself we were lucky enough to pick up our very own-signed Anthony Joshua boxing glove. As part of The Superhero Challenge – an attempt was made to break the World Record, by six athletes, for the longest consecutive workout (26 hours) to raise £100,000, which took place on the 20th November. UB40 guitarist and vocalist Robin Campbell said, “We love intimate gigs and it was for a great cause.” The new Rare Diseases Centre will be the first of its kind in the UK and all the money raised will make a big difference to the brave children and young people that are living with a rare or undiagnosed condition. For more information on this years star appeal visit

We love intimate gigs and it was for a great cause.

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Chasing Deer Management Launch Event Midlands band set for big things This month we had the opportunity to catch up with the fantastic ‘Chasing Deer’ at their Management Launch event in Ealing, London, where we got to talk all things music, including their latest album ‘Rewriting History‘, whilst enjoying the bands special performance. We also had the chance to discuss how London life has been treating the band, since making their big move. Originating from the Midlands, ‘Chasing Deer’ are set for big things with new material coming very soon. You can also check out our interview with Adam, Chris and Rob from Chasing Deer, online via

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Winner of our Annual Christmas Giveaway Here at the Cornfield Magazine we launched our annual Christmas giveaway back in our November edition. We teamed up with Oakes Farm Shop in Balsall Common and gave the chance for one of our lucky readers to win a Christmas Hamper, full of wonderful and tasty treats, worth over £100. We are happy to announce that Leila Parks is this year’s lucky winner of the annual Christmas giveaway. Don’t forget to look out for future competitions within the Cornfield Magazine. You could be our next lucky winner.

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The 2017 Arenacross Tour is gearing up to be the biggest and best yet and, in a few weeks’ time, on the 21st of January 2017, it will fill the Genting Arena with an incredible three-anda half-hour evening Show. Suitable for all ages, show-goers can expect to enjoy incredible fast-paced action, both on the arena floor and some 40’ above it, with music, lights, lasers, confetti, fireworks and, of course, the odd Mexican wave or two thrown in for good measure! AX offers a fast and furious night of family entertainment and there is nothing else quite like it. Naturally, the only way to understand what it’s all about is to sit ringside and absorb the atmosphere but, if you need a little persuading, here’s our Quick Guide to AX! You don’t have to be a petrol-head to enjoy it…

Pre-Show; Foyer time Allow plenty of time to check out the latest uber-cool 2017 AX merchandise. Make sure you get a programme to follow the evening’s schedule. Head over to the Rider Signing desk to meet and greet the incredible AX athletes. Take your souvenir programme for them to sign. Wander round the AX partner stands and look out for the freebies!

Pre-Show; In the Arena Take your refreshments and find your seat. Immerse yourselves in the atmospheric music and get ready for the night ahead.

In a bid to earn the Best Trick accolade from the audience; the more you shout, the more outrageous they get. Then there’s ‘the train’ where they all jump in quick succession and shockingly close to each other – if one goes down….. well you get the picture.

The Show; Racing Kids from the age of seven through to adult Pro racers take to the same tightly-packed racing circuit – not all at the same time though! The youngsters have two sets of racing each and the top three go to the podium. The Pros have to score points in heats to determine who will be graded through. The top eight automatically make it to the Main Event.

Watch the action from previous shows on the BIG screens.

The rest of them have to do battle in the dreaded Head-to-Head where two riders go against each other until just two are left standing. This is what they call ‘dirty racing’ – it’s brutal!

Listen to the AX hosts – DJ BBQ and Mr MX Jeff Perrett – explain the night ahead.

The Main Event

Keep your eyes peeled for the t-shirt-shooting canons and get ready to catch.

The Show; Freestyle Eight world-class, show-boating, FMX athletes roar into the auditorium ready to delight you with three jaw-dropping shows. Show 1. The hosts introduce the riders as they perform their warm-ups and introduce you to a few slick tricks. We say warm-up, but these eager-beavers are likely to pop some gravity defying tricks right from the very off. Show 2. It starts to get competitive after the interval as the FMX guys execute perfect backflips (yes they do go upside-down) and side whips, with a Tsunami, Cliffhanger, Shaolin, Captain Morgan, Teepee and the like – you’ve really just got to be there! Show 3. Immediately prior to the main race event, the FMX boys return for their finale and take their high-flying skills to the next level.

This is the big money event where the best indoor motocross racers from across Europe and beyond, compete for a share of the huge £200,000 series prize fund. Fourteen laps of pure adrenaline-charged action and you can rely on the commentators to get you to your feet. They take no prisoners. It’s fierce, fast and frantic and there can only be one winner! So there you have it … AX in a nutshell. It is the best way to lock out the winter blues and tickets are on sale now. Head over to for more information and to buy tickets or call the 24-hour ticket lines; Ticket Factory 0844 3388 222. Ticketmaster 0333 321 9999.

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Local Events

What's On

Solihull Photographic Society Tuesday 10th January 2017. "All about Robins" by BBC presenter David Tideswell. Tuesday 17th January. Competition of both prints and projected images, with an independent judge. Tuesday 24th January. The best images from the Midland Counties Photographic Federation, prints and digital. Tuesday 31st January. A presentation by award winning photographer Valentina Koulagina. All meetings start at 7.30pm and are held at the WI Hall, Warwick Road, Solihull. Visitors will be made welcome. £3 at the door please. Further information can be found on our website

Earlswood Village Hall Earlswood Village Hall (B94 6BZ) 'Flicks in the Sticks' presents 'The Imitation Game' on Friday 20th January. Doors/Bar open from 7pm, light snacks available during the interval. Admission £4 members £5 non-members - pay on the door. More information

Balsall Common Lions BC Lions - What's Going On? January 6th Balsall Common Lions Bingo, Village Hall, 7.30pm 20th Balsall Common Lions Bingo, Village Hall, 7.30pm 23rd Balsall Common Lions Presentation Evening. Berkswell & District RBL, Station Rd, Balsall Common, CV7 7EF February 3th Balsall Common Lions Bingo, Village Hall, 7.30pm 17th Balsall Common Lions Bingo, Village Hall, 7.30pm March 3rd Balsall Common Lions Bingo, Village Hall, 7.30pm 17th Balsall Common Lions Bingo, Village Hall, 7.30pm 25th VIVO in Concert. Tickets £17.50 (to include Hot Supper). Licensed Pay Bar. 7.00pm. for 7.30pm. Heart of England School, Gipsy Lane, Balsall Common, CV7 7FW. For Tickets contact: Lion Ross Collins 01676 534820 / 07813 937921 31st Balsall Common Lions Bingo, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Film Club Join us at TANWORTH- in-ARDEN Village Hall. Our Film Club meets at 7.15pm 2nd Thursday of the month October to April.

Watch great films in good company.We have a bar.Contact Mike on 01564742106 or Jo on 01564742374.

FITCAP BOOTCAMP Start the New Year with a bang!!! Boxercise bootcamp every Monday and Friday. Mondays class, Sheldon Community Centre. 7.30 till 9pm Fridays Class. North Solihull Sports Centre. 7 till 8.30pm No memberships or contracts. Just turn up and pay. All equipment supplied. Legs bums and tums, Boxercise, cardio and circuits. ONLY £2 PER SESSION Contact Sam on 0750 109 7388 for more info.

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Road, Solihull. Visitors will be made welcome. £3 at the door please. Further information can be found on our website

The Revels Drama Group presents Cinderella January 26th – 29th 2017. Knowle Village Hall. Thursday, Friday & Saturday evening performances 7.30pm Saturday & Sunday matinees 2.30pm. Doors open 45 minutes before performances start The much-loved story of ‘Cinderella’ comes to life on stage in Knowle. When a poor village girl meets the Prince of her dreams, will she get to the Palace Ball? Find out in this traditional pantomime, suitable for anyone aged 4 years old and older and enjoy the show! Tickets on sale from 12th December 2016 (Adults £8.00, OAP/Child £7.00, Members £6.00). Telephone 01564 779801 to book tickets.

Solihull Pensioners’ Convention VALENTINES BARN DANCE Earlswood Lakes Fundraising are organising a Valentines Barn Dance. Please could you include the following information in your local events section? VALENTINES BARN DANCE Earlswood Village Hall, Shutt Lane on Friday 17 February 2017 at 7.30pm. Licensed Bar, reasonable prices, so no need to bring your own. Raffle. Tickets are £10.00 per person (family ticket 2 x adults and 2 x young people under 16 - £35.00) and this includes a fish and chip supper. Tickets available from Pam on 01564 702145. Loads of fun and laughter. Book early to avoid disappointment. Any questions please contact me.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm. The season runs from mid September to end April. We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton. If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £3). Free car park. Or contact us for further details 01564 793320.

Solihull Photographic Society Tuesday 10th January 2017. "All about Robins" by BBC presenter David Tideswell. All meetings start at 7.30pm and are held at the WI Hall, Warwick

We are a friendly, non-party-political and non-denominational group of pensioners who meet at the Solihull Methodist Church Hall on the fourth Wednesday morning of each month. The National Pensioners’ Convention campaigns to improve the quality of life for pensioners during their retirement years. As a local branch we have speakers on important issues affecting pensioners such as care, health, sheltered housing and specialist holidays but also mixed with lighter topics. New members will be very welcome. contact: Alan Thomas, Secretary 0121 705 3342

Slimming Word (Solihull) Solihull Municipal Club Brick Kiln Lane (off Widney Lane) Solihull, B91 3LE 07435234239

SILHILL BRIDGE CLUB meets at St. Helen’s Church Hall in St. Helen’s Road, Solihull, on Mon and Thurs evenings for duplicate bridge, and Wed afternoons for rubber/Chicago bridge. We pride ourselves on being a friendly group open to new players of intermediate standard and above. Wed afternoon sessions are particularly helpful to people wishing to improve their standard of play. Further details from the Secretary on 01564 782232

or the Web:

Solihull Local RSPB Group. Meetings held on second Tuesday in the month at 7-30 pm at the Oliver Bird Hall, Church Hill Road, from September until April. Interesting talks, no knowledge necessary, just enthusiasm for wild life. £4 non members £3-50 members. Monthly walks led by an expert.Further information Tel. 0121 707 3101.

Weight Watchers Solihull Womens Institute 745 Warwick Road Solihull, B91 3DG

HENLEY BRIDGE CLUB meet Tuesdays at 7pm for a friendly game of duplicate bridge at The White Swan, High St, Henley in Arden. Contact the Secretary 01564 792993 or the Treasurer 0777 887 1930

Crossfit We base our training on everyday human movements like lifting, pulling, carrying, jumping, pushing and running. With over 18 years experience, Solihull cross fit is truly a health plan for the future. Unit C,267 Swallows Industrial Estate, Cranmore Boulevard,Solihull B90 4QT 07779 618572/07528 581380

ARDEN ARTISTS We are a small friendly group of painters aiming to expand our membership. We meet every Tuesday afternoon at Knowle Village Hall for a tutored session covering all aspects of watercolour painting, with occasional ventures into ink and wash, and pencil and charcoal drawing. All levels are welcome, so even if you have never tried before, why not come and have a go? For further details please either call in one Tues afternoon or call the number 0121 705 2784

The Strolling Players a singing group based in Knowle, present their annual concert at Knowle Village Hall on Saturday, 10th December. "A Medley of Song" is being

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performed in aid of the R.N.L.I and begins at 7.30p.m. Tickets cost £8.00 ,available from 01564772071 or from any of the Players.If you are interested in joining the Group, please contact 01564778163 for more details. We would love to find another Alto, a top Soprano and some Tenors.

Nurture- Yoga Private seasons or small groups. A welcoming, friendly environment for students to come together. Daytime and evening classes offered in Knowle and Balsall Common. All classes are suitable for beginners. More experienced practitioners are also welcome. 35 Newton Road, Knowle, B93 9HL, 0779 018 9313

Solihull Writers Solihull Writers is a friendly writing club meeting every second and fourth Wednesday at the Solihull Methodist Church, 7:30-9:30pm. For details call Helen on 07946 075233 or see

Knowle Ramblers We are a friendly walking club meeting at weekends on a fortnightly basis. Our walks are usually about 7 miles in length with occasional shorter walks. We meet at Knowle Village Hall Car Park and lifts can be provided to the walk's location. New members are welcome, please bring walking boots and a picnic lunch. Details of our programme can be found on our website,, or by contacting Margaret on 01564 776355 or Glenys on 0121 705 1059

Knowle & Dorridge Running Club We will be running our successful 0-3 mile beginners course in January 2017. Knowle & Dorridge running club, c/o Knowle & Dorridge cricket club. Station Road, Dorridge.

KNOWLE FLOWER CLUB we meet at 1.30 pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, at the Knowle Village Hall, St. John's Close, Knowle. If you enjoy flowers, we have a demonstrator on the 1st Thursday, when you can sit and watch and a practice class on the 3rd Thursday, when you can learn how to flower arrange. Visitors are very welcome.

Further information please contact 01564 777588 or 0121 704 2211.

Knowle & Dorridge Lions Knowle & Dorridge Lions invite you to visit our website and consider whether you would like to join our active & thriving club and help put something back and organise some of the most popular fundraising events in the area – Knowle Fun Run, Lions Festive Walk and Heart of England Bike Ride. Call President Richard Buckley on 0845 33 58 94

Tots and Tales Tots and Tales is a new group for babies and preschool children with a parent and carer. Thursdays, term time, 10-11.30am at Solihull United Reformed Church, 741 Warwick Road, Solihull. Opposite House of Fraser. Push chair access and limited parking via Union Road. Twenty minutes organised time of nursery rhymes and stories followed by craft, refreshments and free play. All welcome. No charge.

Pauline Quirke Academy Spaces now available at Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts, Solihull. PQA is a weekend performing arts Academy, based at Lighthall School, Shirley. We provide tuition for children and young people from 4-18 years. Students spend three hours with us, rotating through sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. We are currently enrolling for all our age groups, to come for a FREE taster session please call Helen on 07772 897655.

Solihull Local Group RSPB Meetings are held the second Tuesday in every month, from September until March 2017. They take place in the Oliver Bird Hall, Church Hill, Solihull at 7-30. Talks are varied and interesting. Admission charge for talks is £3-50 members, £4 non members. For further information please contact 0121 707 3101.

Solihull Ramblers We are the local group of the Ramblers' Association, which is a registered charity caring for the countryside. We provide led walks of various distances between 3 and 15 miles. Our walks take place 3 times a week throughout the year, on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. Also weekly evening walks during the summer months. Other activities include social events and weekends away. Newcomers are very welcome to join us on 3 "taster" walks. Further

details at or call the group secretary on 0121 705 5753.

BARSTON U3A Small. friendly branch, meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.30, welcomes new members. Further details from the Membership Secretary 01564 777262 or at

Friendly Folk Folk Dance Club Friendly Folk meet at 7.45 every Monday evening from September. We meet a t Elmdon Heath Community Centre, Cornyx Lane, B91 2SF Folk dancing is probably the simplest form of dancing with no fancy footwork to learn. If you have ever been to a barn dance and enjoyed it, why not give it a go? Newcomers are always welcome, with or without a partner. For further information contact Neil on 0121 444 1492 or Jim 01564 773929

Self Defence (Krav Maga Midlands) Things you need to know about KRAV MAGA………. 1) KRAV MAGA is not a martial art. It is a self defence system. 2) KRAV MAGA teaches you how to keep yourself safe. 3) It is very easy to learn. Women,Men,children and seniors can all learn despite there size,weight,health and physical condition. 4) The secret of KRAV MAGA is based on your natural resources. Classes in Shirley,Acocks Green,Knowle,Hockley Heath and Coleshill. Call Bartosz 07830676646 Call Russell 07450865854 Call Alex 07462895194

Join us, TANWORTH-inARDEN Village Hall Our Film Club meets at 7.15pm 2nd Thursday of the month October to April. Watch great films in good company.We have a bar.Contact Mike on 01564742106 or Jo on 01564742374.

Local Yoga Classes Monday 7.45pm- 9.15pm Mixed Ability: Highfield Hall (beginners welcome) Tuesday 10.30am - 11.45am Ladies Only (all abilities) Highfield Hall. Thursday 11am - 12.30 Intermediates Hockley Heath Pavillion. Friday 10.30 12am Beginners Hockley Heath Baptist

Centre. For availability or for more info contact Jane (experienced qualified Yoga Teacher) on 07734284144 or

KNOWLE BADMINTON CLUB Knowle badminton club play at Arden school sports hall every Tues evening from 7.30-10pm. Currently looking for new members to join our club. We are a friendly, welcoming club and have a mixed and mens team in the Coventry league. We use feather shuttles and are looking for good social/ league standard players. Please contact me if you are interested in coming along or just turn up and join in. Pauline 07770140249.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB Enjoy learning about flowers at Henley Baptist Church Hall at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday each month when there is a demonstration followed by refreshments. Visitors welcome £5.00. Telephone 01564 792837.

Cottage Garden Society We are a friendly group and meet on the first Saturday afternoon of each month from September-April, 2.30pm at Bentley Heath Community Centre, Widney Road, Bentley Heath, Solihull B93 9BQ. We have a talk every month on a variety of garden related topics. All welcome. Contact Margaret on 01564 783475 for further info.

BRIDGE From Beginner to Grandmaster – new members welcome. West Mids Bridge Club is situated in our own licensed premises in the centre of Solihull. Bridge is available every day with duplicate sessions to suit every level of player. Lessons and practice play with qualified English Bridge Union tutors for beginners, improvers and beyond. Visit our website at 909 Warwick Road, Solihull, B91 3EP (on the corner of Hampton Lane and Warwick Road). Or, email or call Christine on 07747 115320

Friends in Recreation Group If you are 50+ come and meet us at the Bentley Heath community centre Widney Road, Bentley Heath, Solihull, West Midlands B93 9BQ. Every Wednesday afternoon from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. (But you can come when it’s most convenient). To paint for pleasure. For further details, please call 0121 704 4136

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Cornfield Magazine January 2017  

Our January edition has arrived and focuses on the beginning of a New Year, with a fresh start and a New You. Resolutions and goals are key...

Cornfield Magazine January 2017  

Our January edition has arrived and focuses on the beginning of a New Year, with a fresh start and a New You. Resolutions and goals are key...