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Solihull Summer Fest returns to Tudor Grange Park on 25 – 26 August with another stellar line-up! See music from 10cc, Sister Sledge, Blue, Alesha Dixon, busted Rak Su and other amazing artists across the bank holiday weekend.


Find stationary essentials, helpful parenting advice on how to get children ready for their return to school.


Our Sports writer takes a look back at this year’s unforgettable World Cup tournament.

Hello and welcome to your August edition of Cornfield Magazine. Our cover star this month is singer, rapper, actress and TV personality Alesha Dixon, one of the many fantastic headliners appearing at Solihull Summer Fest across the August bank holiday. Also appearing at the festival is four-piece boy band and ‘One Love’ singers, Blue. We speak to original member Antony Costa about the eighteen-year friendship the band has shared, and what fans can expect from the live set list. Happy Mondays’ frontman Mark Berry, otherwise known as Bez, chats to us about life at the forefront of the Madchester movement and baggy music scene, reflecting upon his wild younger days and his excitement to play Shiiine On Festival this September. Our Back to School feature includes our recommendations for family-friendly events and attractions to visit during the summer holidays, and offers advice for parents preparing kids for the first day of school.

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From Summer to School


Stationery and school supplies Help your children to become classroom-ready with these fantastic products and stationery essentials.




1. Mi-Pac Mini - Glitterball Multi Mi Pac - £32.99


2. Converse All Star Backpack Surfdome - £23.99


3. Casio FX-83GTPLUS Scientific Calculator Casio - £11.99 4. Helix Compact Maths Set Ryman - £1.99


5. STABILO Boss Highlighters Pack of 8 Ryman - £9.99


6. Berol Handwriting Pen Pack of 12 Ryman - £15.99 7. Helix Controller Pencil Case Ryman - £4.99 8. Enjoy Every Day A6 Ruled Notebook Paperchase - £5.00 9. Leuchtturm Personalised Notebook - £19.20 10. Personalised Colourful Heart Pattern Pencil Case - £ 16.50

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Preparing for the

First Day

of School

From nursery to primary school Moving from nursery to primary school can be a very scary experience for children, so making sure they feel confident and comfortable on their big first day is an important task for parents. The first day of primary school should be seen as an exciting new step. Although many parents might be teary seeing their babies growing up so fast, starting primary school is a great adventure for children and will allow them to learn new skills, further develop their interests and make a new circle of friends. In order to make the move as easy as possible for your little ones, start to introduce a daily routine in the weeks leading up to their first day. Change their bedtime hours if necessary and perhaps get them to practice putting on their uniform independently. Here are a few recommendations for parents to prepare children for their move to primary school: Drive past your child’s new school several times and chat with them on the journey about their new school, so they begin to familiarise themselves with the building and surroundings. Talk positively about their move from nursery to primary school – mention the fact this step is key for them to become more independent and more grown up. If you have the information, it’s always handy to refer to your child’s new teachers by name in conversation. Children will begin to recognise names and thus meeting new teachers will become less daunting. If you know your child has a few friends that are also moving to the same school, get in touch with their parents to arrange a play date – it’s always easier to adjust to change if you have a friend by your side going through the same thing.

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Encourage your kids to try on their new uniform a few times – make sure they feel comfortable in their clothes and get used to wearing them. A good tip to remember is to label all items of clothing clearly so nothing gets lost! Asking your child about how they are feeling will reveal if they are nervous to start school, and will then allow you to help to settle any first day jitters before the big day. Although it may seem minor, some children are anxious about going to the bathroom alone, or putting their shoes on the right feet. Introduce a reward scheme to help your children to stay motivated. The homework and reading schedule at primary school will be much more intense than nursery, and may take a little while for your child to adjust to. Creating a sticker chart that rewards a positive attitude to learning, completing work, being well behaved at school and being brave on their first day is a great way to give your child encouragement. Remember, children perform their best at school when they are supported at home. Make sure your child gets enough sleep every night to help to boost their concentration and energy levels. Ensure your little ones also have time to play – arts and crafts, building with LEGO, or playing with their friends outside will allow them to relax and have fun in familiar surroundings after a day of learning. Cornfield Magazine | 7

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From primary school to secondary school Starting secondary school presents a whole new set of challenges for children, who are moved out of their comfort zones and are presented with different environments, expectations and demands. Having just received their SATs results and which school they’ve been accepted into, kids must now say goodbye to lots of friends and teachers they’ve known and formed bonds with for seven years. Secondary school is a time for your children to become more mature, to discover their abilities, and to become more independent. These are crucial school years that help your child to discover who they really are, and the friendships made at secondary school often last for a lifetime. To help your children to feel self-assured and happy about their transition from primary school to secondary school, try to follow these useful tips: Make sure your child has all the stationery and school supplies they need for their first day at school. A practical bag, pencil case and pens, as well as notebooks, comfortable shoes and a warm jacket or coat. Check your child’s confirmation letter - it should include a list of things children are expected to bring to school. Lots of children will be required to travel further on their journeys to and from school – practicing the route to school, whether on foot or by bus, is a great way to make your child feel comfortable with the route before their busy first week. The timetable at your child’s secondary school will be greatly different to their primary school schedule. Laminate a few copies to help your child to navigate their way around their new school and hopefully stop them getting lost in a much larger building. This will ensure they know where they’re meant to be and when they’re meant to be there.

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Consider buying your child a mobile phone. This may help to settle their nerves on the walk home from school and will give them the security to call someone should they need to. Make sure your child is aware of their school’s policy on mobile phones and have somewhere safe to keep it during classes. Check the school’s cash system – lots of secondary schools now have cash-free systems for lunchtimes, so you may need to organise ways to pre-pay for your child’s lunches before they start. If they do need cash, make sure they have a secure purse or wallet. The move to secondary school can be overwhelming for lots of kids – allowing them to choose their own school bag and shoes (provided they are appropriate and practical) will give them a way to show their personality and style and help them to still feel themselves during quite a daunting time. Always talk to your child about their school experience – what they liked, what they disliked, if they made any new friends… but don’t overwhelm them with questions. Just show your love and support for them, and help them with anything they feel they are struggling with. Most of all encourage your kids to feel excited about this move! Secondary school is the time during which lots children become more confident, whilst their learning sets them up for the path they choose to follow.

Bonjour! If you would like to learn or improve your French in a low-pressure, enjoyable environment, then here is your chance! The clever Language for Fun methodology and the structured but informal teaching is effective even if you don’t feel confident. You’ll be having conversations from the first lesson with like-minded fellow students. The venues are social places like pubs we use quiet areas and function rooms. We cater for all levels, including day and evening sessions, across 10-week terms. So, whatever your motivation - holidays, second homes, speaking to family, business, helping kids with homework, learning a new skill - we’re here to help! Try it out for just £5 in a taster session and see how fun and relaxed it is. Get in touch and open your horizons - à bientôt!

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Packed Lunch Ideas For the little ones Packed lunches should provide little ones with enough energy for the rest of their day at school or nursery, and help them to keep their concentration and energy levels high throughout the day. These quick and easy ideas for healthy packed lunches aim to minimise preparation time and maximise nutrition to keep your kids happy at lunchtime. Balanced lunchboxes should include several protein and starchy foods, at least one dairy product and a few pieces of fruit and vegetables. Top tip: remember to pack a few sheets of kitchen roll so kids can wipe their hands once they’ve eaten or clean up any spills.

Starchy Foods For sandwiches, wraps, croissants, pitta breads and bagels, try to use wholemeal, granary or multigrain options when possible. If you opt for sandwiches, why not cut bread into fun shapes (such as stars or rockets)? Biscuit cutters are an easy and cheap way to do this! Introduce children to new flavours and try quiche, frittatas, pizza slices, mini pasties, samosas, pasta salad, rice, cous cous or potato salads.

Fillings Aim to change the filling of sandwiches and wraps throughout the week. Alternating fillings will keep your kids interested at lunchtime and make their diet diverse and varied. Ham, chicken or turkey slices are an easy (and tasty!) way to introduce protein into children’s packed lunches, as well as fish options such as tuna and sweet corn or cucumber. For vegetarian children, cheese and salad, or falafel and hummus are great fillings. Jam, marmalade, lemon curd fillings or nut-free chocolate spread are sweet alternatives to use a couple of times a week for a treat.

Tasty Snacks By replacing chocolate with healthier alternatives, your children can enjoy a sweet treat or snack for their dessert and avoid food with high salt and sugar contents. Yoghurts, cubes of cheese and crackers are great snack foods to add to packed lunches. Cold rice pudding or custard, fromage frais (frozen overnight to keep cold) make great dessert pots too. Fruit and natural yoghurt or a box of raisins will give your kids one of their five a day. Remember that children of a young age are prone to developing nut allergies or intolerance.

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Sweet potato crisps are a great alternative to salty crisps, and other snack foods such as savoury muffins, cheesy biscuits, bread sticks with dips, scotch eggs and mini sausages will definitely help to fill your kid’s stomach. Always pack at least one piece of fruit or a pot of vegetables as part of your child’s packed lunch. Giving them an apple one day, followed the next by a banana, kiwi or orange will keep them interested. Berry pots are popular amongst children and sweet fruits such as strawberries work a treat. Carrot or celery sticks are great vegetables to pack for a light snack.

Refreshing Drinks Pack a bottle of water or fruit juice for your child to enjoy at lunchtime. Fizzy drinks with very high sugar contents are banned in lots of schools – so instead send your child to school with a healthy, refreshing alternative. Pure fruit juice, water or semi-skimmed milk cartons are all great drink options to include as part of healthy packed lunches.

Top tip: Buy sturdy tupperware boxes and place food in separate compartments to keep food fresher for longer.

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South Birmingham SCITT

Considering a career change? It’s never too late to go back to school. Whether you’re thinking of taking your career in a new direction, or hoping to make the first steps towards achieving your dream job in teaching, the South Birmingham SCITT training scheme will provide you with the skills needed to reach your professional goals. Nationally recognised as a high achieving partnership, South Birmingham SCITT is structured and resourced to train teachers to meet the needs of 21st century learners. We understand the potential for teaching to transform lives and help our trainees to begin their journey as part of a fantastic, fulfilling and rewarding profession. Based in Solihull, the South Birmingham SCITT offers not only the tools you need to become a teacher, but an accessible location for commuters to complete their training.

Ideal for graduates The South Birmingham SCITT training programme boasts a 100% employment rate. Are you a recent graduate, or are in your third year of university? Now is the crucial time to choose your next steps and start your dream career. 89% of trainees enrolled on the SCITT training programme receive job offers to continue employment in the schools they have trained with – well above the national average. The nature of the programme means that the training caters to everyone – from postgraduates and students wishing to travel later in life, to those looking for a complete career change.

South Birmingham SCITT guarantees trainees will be confident and competent by the end of the programme, and will always be NQT ready.

Continued help and support The South Birmingham SCITT training scheme is designed to help and support applicants through challenges and times of change as they enter the teaching profession. We are committed to providing continued assistance, even beyond the yearlong, school-led initial teacher-training programme.

A career in teaching means that no two days are ever the same With the added benefit of training in at least two schools, those enrolled on the programme will receive a bespoke package of work experience and theory-based training, supported by guidance and encouragement. By learning on-the-job, trainees gain unparalleled insight through observation of experienced and practised teachers. Achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Postgraduate Qualification in Teaching and Learning (min PGCertEd) Primary and secondary teacher training – with secondary schools receiving bursaries to support training Learn from real teachers in real classrooms Train in at least 2 schools Secure career with at least 12 weeks annual leave

At South Birmingham SCITT we pride ourselves on our strong relationships with over 50 schools, including our collaboration with local teaching schools

Applications for September 2019 open October 2018

Talk to us today and take your first steps towards the career of your dreams. 0121 704 2581 ext 2929 @SouthBhamSCITT

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Keep the

Kids Busy this Summer

Babies & Toddlers Visit Midlands Arts Centre - a registered charity supported by Arts Council England - and experience family-friendly cinema! The Cinema Bambino screenings offered at MAC allow parents to enjoy special screenings of popular films with their babies; offering a relaxed atmosphere and an opportunity to get out of the house and meet other parents every first Friday of the month. The cinema facilities at MAC are adapted appropriately for Cinema Bambino screenings, with the noise turned down, lights turned up and ample buggy parking space. A leisurely stroll along Birmingham’s canal network is a lovely way to spend a summer’s day – be aware certain areas may not be suitable for prams and strollers as the ground may be uneven or paths may be too narrow. Edgbaston Park or Birmingham Botanical Gardens are lovely areas to take babies and toddlers – discover native plants and tropical flowers, as well as lots of bugs, butterflies and wildlife.

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Under 12s Head over to the many National Trust and heritage sites scattered around the Midlands this summer. Perfect for children under 12, National Trust properties are great spots to explore throughout August. Walk around beautiful acres of land, discover buildings’ histories and see just how many places you can tick off your list! Family discounts are readily available, so check these out online at the National Trust official website. Get crafty and try out pottery making classes, or make your own ceramics at home! Check out your local pottery centres for children’s pottery classes and organise a fun day of creativity! Alternatively, buy pre-made ceramics to paint at home with the kids. Painting bowls, mugs and plates are great options, as you can proudly display your creations in the cabinet at home for the family to use. The newly opened LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Birmingham is the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground, perfect for families with children ages 3-10! You'll enjoy two interactive LEGO rides, a 4D Cinema showing three different movies, MINILAND® where you can see dozens of the Midland’s landmarks built completely out of LEGO bricks, a children's play area and much more!

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Early Teens Support the fantastic independent cinemas in your local area by taking your teens to see the latest and much-loved classic films. The Mockingbird House in the Custard Factory (Birmingham), The Electric Cinema (Birmingham), The Regal Cinema (Evesham), The Reel Cinema (Kidderminster) and The Picturehouse (Stratford-upon-Avon) are all great places to try this summer. With lots of exceptional interactive displays, Thinktank is a great place to take your teens this summer. Particularly interesting for children with an interest in science, Thinktank is full of intriguing information, exciting exhibitions and monthly special events. See the website for more details. Thinktank is also suitable for babies and toddlers, and children of all ages. Climbing centres are a great way to bond with your children, and are excellent places to visit for a funfilled family day out. For newbies, book a session with an instructor and introduce your children to a great new hobby. Indoor climbing requires a certain level of agility and skill, so is great exercise for the kids during the summer holidays. The National SEA LIFE Centre holds a toddlerfriendly, soft play area, whilst feeding areas and an interactive rock pool will wow under 12s. For teenagers, displays featuring Hammerhead sharks, Gentoo penguins and other amazing amphibians are available. Perfect for children of all ages.

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Royal Leamington Spa Food and Drink Festival The hugely popular Royal Leamington Spa Food and Drink Festival is set to return on the weekend of September 8 and 9 and so brings the town’s Summer of Fun to a sizzling finale. With over 25,000 foodies flocking to the Royal Pump Room Gardens in the town centre from across the UK for the two-day annual extravaganza, it is the biggest event in the town’s calendar and regarded as one of the best autumn food festivals in the country. It is set to be a fabulous, fun filled weekend of activities and entertainment that will have everyone’s taste buds tingling and feet tapping. With more than 130 producers and retailers showcasing the best in local and regional food and drink alongside an impressive line-up of local chefs demonstrating their culinary skills on the Live Cookery Kitchen plus other regular favourites like the Kids Make & Bake Cookery School and live entertainment there is something for all ages. Alison Shaw, project manager of BID Leamington, which organises the festival with the support of local businesses, said: “People travel from far and wide to the festival and its reputation grows every year. The diverse range of local food and drink is a big attraction along with a packed programme of cooking demonstrations, tastings and live entertainment. Plus it’s totally FREE to attend.” Alison added: “The Festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of local businesses so we will be welcoming back many old favourites including The Royal Pug, The Cakery, Warwick Street Kitchen, and The Drawing Board as well as new experiences from the Steamhouse, Libertine, Slurp and CAU to name but a few. “It really is a complete celebration of local and international food and drink and a wonderful opportunity for people to come together to sample the very best food, drink and entertainment that the area has to offer.” Once again Aubrey Allen will be running the ‘Home Cook of the Year’ competition with applications available from its store in Warwick Street, Leamington. The three finalists will compete pan to pan, knife to knife in the Festival’s Live Kitchen on the Sunday. All of this is washed down with entertainment form local bands including Chasing Deer, AcSiA, Gloria Sunset and Boss Acoustics to name but a few. Visitors will also be able to pick up their Little Book of Offers which features over 80 fantastic and exclusive discounts and promotions across a wide range of products and services in the town centre. Full event details including the festival programme for Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, from 10am to 6pm, can be found at Admission is free.

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Create a thirst-quenching

Gin Kir

Kir, that famous French aperitif, created by mingling white wine with blackcurrant liqueur, has a long tradition dating back to 1841 when Crème de Cassis was first created. Named after a former Mayor of Dijon, Félix Kir (1876–1968), it became a particularly popular and celebrated international cocktail when Mr Kir proffering it at receptions to visiting overseas delegations and has since been known as the ‘Kir’. Meet the classic Kir – but better…

50ml Brockmans Gin 25ml Antica Formula 25ml Aperol 4 Raspberries Garnish: a slice of dehydrated orange (see Garnishes) Muddle 4 raspberries in a shaker and then add ice cubes and all the other ingredients. Shake till chilled. Double strain into a rocks glass over an ice ball. Garnish with a slice of dehydrated orange.

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Brockmans Gin

in Review

We decided to put three highly acclaimed gins to the taste test.

Aromatic botanicals flavour this unique gin. Hints of juniper, blueberries, blackberries, orange peel, and lemon peel create tangy notes, whilst liquorice, orris, cassia bark, almonds and coriander create woody and spicy flavours. This gin has a smooth finish thanks to the slow steeping distillation process. Brockmans was initially distilled with the intention of creating a gin to be enjoyed neat over ice, but is also delicious when served with ginger ale or premium tonic. To garnish, add a twist of pink grapefruit and blueberries, or serve with raspberries, lemon juice, sugar syrup and finish with a sprig of mint.

Manchester Gin

Edinburgh Gin

The award-winning Signature Gin from Manchester Gin is infused with citrus notes and a classic juniper undertone. The dandelion and burdock root creates an unusual but delicious flavour. Without a doubt, our favourite is the Raspberry Infused Gin – pink in colour and sweet in flavour. Mixed with a premium tonic, this gin holds floral tones and a smooth finish – perfect to enjoy with ice on a summer’s evening.

The Original Gin holds a clean, zesty flavour enhanced with juniper berries and bright citrus notes. For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend the Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur that gives drinkers a warm, spicy finish. The Edinburgh Gin recipe gives a nod to its Scottish roots as it includes native plants and botanicals, including lavender, pine buds, mulberries and cobnuts. Best served with a zesty orange twist and premium tonic water over ice.

The Gin

Taste Test

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in Review

The White Horse

Balsall Common

Located in the rural village of Balsall Common in Warwickshire, The White Horse offers visitors a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a great dining experience or an evening drink. Serving menus inspired by seasonal ingredients sourced from local suppliers wherever possible, the food served at The White Horse is fresh and flavoursome. The venue definitely feels like a traditional country pub, but still upholds a great modern feel; the interior is clean and fresh with a cosy vibe. Situated close to the NEC and Birmingham Airport, The White Horse is very accessible and a great stop off for visitors looking for a great-quality Sunday roast, light bite or evening meal. For those opting for a drink after work on a hot summer’s day, The White Horse is a great venue to try. Chilled largers, real cask ales, new and old world wines and Champagne are all readily available, as well as spirits with tasty mixers for customers that prefer an ice-cold G&T in the sun. With a spacious garden and decking area, The White Horse makes a great spot to enjoy a quiet drink. Arguably, the best thing about The White Horse dining experience is the quality and freshness of the food served – homemade stone baked pizzas, grilled fish, tapas sharing plates and traditional British cuisine are all on offer. With a great level of service, attention to detail and friendly atmosphere, The White Horse in Balsall Common is an excellent venue to check out if you are ever in the area. Cornfield Recommends: The stone baked pizza selection – The White Horse offer 2 for 1 pizzas mid-week during selected times. All pizzas are made fresh and a variety of mouth-watering toppings are available. Open 12 - 11pm Daily - food served all day! Parlez Vous Brings Links With The Lions The White Horse pub and restaurant in Balsall Common have also launched a brand new wine list – having formed a fundraising link with The Balsall Common Lions Club.

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For the next 12 months, customers who enjoy a good red are urged to choose the 'Parlez Vous Malbec' as £1 from every bottle sold will be donated to the local group of Lions, part of Lions Clubs International, a network of volunteers who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Alastair Tyson, owner of The White Horse said: “We've been supporting charities for a number of years now through dining donations so we thought it was time for change. There's some additional good news - as well as fundraising for a great cause - if you choose the Parlez Vous Malbec on a Thursday - our 'wine'down' day - there's £5 off the bottle too." Mark Whitfield, Membership Director, Balsall Common Lions Club said: “We’re really pleased to have an association with The White Horse – a good pub, great food and the Parlez-Vous Malbec is delicious! We have a few other ideas for our partnership in the pipeline – watch our social media channels for announcements in the near future.”

The White Horse, A452 Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common CV7 7DT 01676 533207 - - @thewhitehorsebc

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in Review

Afternoon Tea Week

14 - 20 August 2018

Afternoon Tea Week celebrates the British tradition of sophisticated afternoon dining, established in 1840 by the Duchess of Bedford and made popular by the British monarch, Queen Victoria during her reign.

The Ivy Temple Row ‘Modern dining enjoyed in elegant surrounds’ sums up an Afternoon Tea experience at The Ivy Temple Row. Three tiers of scrumptious bites will satisfy any food cravings you may have, complimented by a chilled glass of Champagne. The marinated cucumber and dill finger sandwich melts in the mouth, and the smoked salmon on dark rye style bread with cream cheese and chives is equally tasty. Although the savouries are mouth-wateringly good, the stars of the show are the sublime selection of sweets on offer. The raspberry cheesecake is a taste sensation, as is the chocolate and salted caramel mousse served in an adorable miniature flowerpot with edible flowers. Our Afternoon Tea at The Ivy was so delectable; we wished we could order it all over again once finished. Cornfield recommends: a raspberry gin with elderflower tonic garnished with fresh strawberries to sip at the end of a wonderful afternoon.

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Traditionally if tea was to be served in bone china, the milk would be poured first to prevent the fine china from cracking under the heat of the hot water. Historically the cups were designed so that the shape of the cup released the fragrance of the tea leaves as the liquid cooled. We review some of the best afternoon teas available in Birmingham, Warwickshire and Worcestershire to honour the quintessentially British custom.

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AC Hotel Birmingham The AC Hotel’s Afternoon Tea experience is perfect for those looking to meet with friends and family for a casual and unpretentious meal. The service is fantastic – the staff at the AC Hotel Birmingham are highly attentive, and can whip up delicious cocktails to accompany the finger sandwiches and sweet treats being served. Try the roast beef and horseradish sandwich served on olive bread for a notably tasty snack, and save the best until last - hot scones with clotted cream and jam finish off the AC Hotel’s Afternoon Tea wonderfully. Based in the heart of Birmingham, in the modern Mailbox area, the AC Hotel is a fabulous setting to enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea with friends and family.

Harvey Nichols Without a doubt, the delicacies served as part of the Harvey Nichols Afternoon Tea platter are delicious. Innovative flavour combinations and experimental twists to classic dishes elevate traditional British Afternoon Tea to new levels. Dishes such as cucumber candyfloss and gin and tonic cod create unexpected tastes that intrigue the palate, whilst desserts handmade to perfection will satisfy any sweet tooth. Afternoon Tea cocktails in partnership with Edinburgh Gin are available for visitors to enjoy in luxurious surroundings – the pomegranate and rose gin fizz is particularly delicious and ideal for a refreshing afternoon drink. The Harvey Nichols Afternoon Tea is a great way to catch up with colleagues, celebrate birthdays, or to treat loved ones, and comes highly recommended to those wishing to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week in style.

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20% off A-La Carte menu with this voucher during August Tel: 01564 732750 Loch Fyne Knowle, The Bank House, High Street, Knowle, B93 0JU T&Cs apply. Food only. Excluding Friday & Saturday after 6pm. Not available in conjunction with any other discounts offer or promotion. We reserve the right to remove this offer at any time.

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Putting clients’ care at the heart of every treatment Dentelle is a centre of excellence in effective skin health treatments and nonsurgical, natural aesthetic interventions. The Solihull-based, multi award-winning clinic is one of the select few in the Midlands accredited with Save Face. Experts in facial rejuvenation and skin care With over 20 years of experience working in dental practice, and having refined her gentle injectable techniques over the past 10 years within the field of aesthetics, Medical Director Dr Clare Quinn LDS RCS (Eng) is well known in achieving natural cosmetic injectable results. By attending regular training programmes, Clare continuously keeps up-to-date with the latest non-surgical techniques, meaning her experience and expertise guarantees clients are in safe hands. Her highly trained and welcoming team of aesthetic therapists are happy to consult with every client to create a bespoke skin care and treatment programme delivering exceptional results. Save Face accredited Dentelle is one of the select few clinics in the Midlands accredited with Save Face – a national register of practitioners who provide non-surgical cosmetic treatments recognised by the Professional Standards Authority, the Government, The Department of Health, NHS England and The Care Quality Commission. Trust in high standards of practice, patient care, knowledge and sufficient training to achieve excellent aesthetic outcomes with Dentelle.

Highly Commended for

Once again, our independent clinic has been successful in gaining another National Award. The Safety in Beauty campaign is dedicated to paying special tribute to outstanding businesses within the beauty and aesthetics industry. This recognition highlights our dedication to going the extra mile, and our pursuit of the highest standards of safety. 26 | Cornfield Magazine

The Dentelle team’s Award Evening make-up was beautifully applied by our inhouse professional make up artist Zoe. Call the clinic to book for any special events.

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Preventing and treating sun-damaged skin Excessive exposure to the sun causes 90% of skin damage leaving age spots, rough patches of skin, irregular pigmentation and visible blood vessels. At Dentelle, although we can’t stop ageing, we can delay the signs and offer advice to protect and nourish your skin to keep you looking younger and healthier. Pigmentation and other signs of sun damage can be greatly improved by several of the treatments offered at Dentelle. IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment This is highly recommended by our team for clients suffering with sun-damaged skin. This is a form of light at specific wavelengths which can

improve the appearance of redness, age spots, acne scarring. It is not painful and there is minimal downtime associated with it.

HydraFacials This advanced hydra-dermabrasion involves specially designed treatment tips and a combination of detoxifying and rejuvenating infusions to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, redness, congested and enlarged pores, brown spots and areas of hyperpigmentation and under-eye puffiness.

Pharmaceutical grade skin care The AlumierMD range stocked at Dentelle includes several award-winning, anti-ageing products designed to enhance skin elasticity and firmness, diminish the appearance of dark circles and dramatically improve skin texture and tone. Our comprehensive medical skin care line includes state of the art science-based, luxurious formulations with innovative delivery systems. These products address multiple skin concerns, deliver results and perform progressively over time.

Skinpen Mechanical microneedling organically stimulates the skin’s natural ability to repair itself, triggering the body’s wound healing response that increases the formation and remodelling of collagen and therefore giving the skin increased elasticity, texture and tone.

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The Midland

wit h a smile Hand Clinic

Welcome August Whether you're jetting off or staying in the UK, use these simple yet effective tips to get tip-top make-up in the heat. Under the blazing sun, a full face of make-up can turn runny, so be strategic about what you apply. When possible, choose a powder formulation or use an oil-free formula. This will help soak up any oil. To cover a blotch or a blemish, skip a heavy foundation and use a spot concealer instead.

The easiest way to both moisturise and even out skin tone, when necessary, is to use a tinted lotion. Even better, look for one that contains sun protection. Because a tinted lotion is sheer, you don’t have to match it to your skin tone exactly, as you have to do with foundation. You can even go slightly darker to warm up your complexion.

Get bronzed...correctly! For summertime radiance, nothing beats well-done bronzer. Powder bronzer is easier to apply than a liquid or cream. Pick one that is no more than two shades darker than your skin tone. After dabbing on your tinted lotion, wait a few minutes before sweeping on the bronzer; if your skin is still damp, the colour will go on patchy or streaky. Swirl the brush over the top of the compact and tap off any excess on the back of your hand. Sweep the brush along your temple, down towards one cheekbone, and then to your jawline, completing a number “3” figuration. Repeat on the other side. Finish by dusting the powder over your nose and neck (even the back, if your hair is up), making sure to blend at the neckline.


Upper limb injuries

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

Put Your Hands

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

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

Ask us about our self funding prices for minor hand surgery T: 07733 237 767 E: Twitter: @amy_hickey

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Beauty Products

Feel radiant this August

1. Boots, Bioderma, Atoderm Shower Gel, £7.80 A daily gentle soap-free cleansing shower gel - perfect for dry, damaged skin. Thanks to its moisturising agents, Atoderm Gel douche softens and protects the skin, whilst the soothing properties reduce sensations of tightness, gently cleansing and respecting skin balance.

2. Boots, Cantu Comeback Curl Next Day Revitaliser, £7.99 The Cantu Comeback Curl spray redefines, moisturizes and restores curls back to a frizz-free and full of life state. Made with pure shea butter and formulated without harsh ingredients - no mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, silicones, phthalates, gluten, paraffin or propylene.

3. Feel Unique, OSMO Blinding Shine Serum, £10.70 A shine serum for smoothing straight or curly hair. The lightweight formula provides fantastic shine and frizz free results. The OSMO Blinding Shine Serum is lightweight, creating glossy, healthy and easy to manage hair. Infused UV filters aid hair protection from heat damage. Cedarwood extract helps to improve the health of the scalp whilst extract of Rosemary is beneficial to the hair while adding gloss to brighten.

4. Feel Unique, Fudge Mineral Paste, £12.95 The Fudge Mineral Paste creates definition and texture and delivers a super matte finish with Microcrystalline Wax, Kaolin Clay and Lanolin Wax. For a firmer hold and a more matte effect, layer small amounts of Matte Hed by twisting small sections of hair and ribbon each strand with product and allow to dry. Repeat layer by reapplying before combing into final style.

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Corridor COUTURE

Our fashion team were in action again, following the annual Headz Up Business "Women In Business Expo 2018" fashion catwalk, where they took images of the designs on show. Brian Simpson - local fashion and beauty photographer explained, "I enjoy shooting a catwalk to keep current with fashion and for networking, however, my real love is a good fashion editorial. I'm particularly pleased with how these turned out and am looking forward to sharing them." 1. Rhyanna Mae wears a fabulously flattering floral printed twopiece A-line ball gown with a halter neck - leading to a deep v-neckline at the back. A super stylish design with pockets in the skirt. 2. Rachael is the epitome of elegance wearing the perfect pageant gown in blue matt satin. The plunging neckline is detailed front and back with sequins and diamante. The back goes into a v shape to the waistline and flows into a long train, giving an amazing silhouette. 3. Raven wears a stunning ballgown with a pearl and diamantĂŠ bodice leading to a full skirt of layers of tulle, for the princess in you! Images taken at Women in Business Expo organised by Headz Up Business. Models organised by Joshua Williams. Models: Rhyanna Mae, Rachael Butler, Raven Dixon-Biggs (Miss Diamond West Midlands)

Photography by Brian Simpson Designs by Kiss Me Kate

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Hampton Clinic Hampton Clinic is a private and elegant medispa developed by Dr. Lorraine Hill, a doctor with over 20 years’ experience. The Clinic is a sanctuary of calm and tranquility, within the woodland estate of Hampton Manor; offering the highest standards of aesthetic treatments, for both men and women.

Combination treatment with coolsculpting and ultherapy

Dr. Hill has embraced world leading technologies to ensure she can deliver unmatched results in quality, safety and efficacy. Her areas of expertise include: non-invasive fat reduction with CoolSculpting® and Aqualyx, skin rejuvenation with Botox and dermal fillers, non-surgical facelifts with Ultherapy and advanced medical skincare regimens for problematic skin. skin and can be tailored to specific concerns, such as acne prone skin, The Clinic boasts a wide range of pigmentation and ageing. This can be beauty and holistic services provided a perfect complement to other skin by highly experienced therapists, 7 rejuvenation treatments on offer such days a week, (9am-8pm). One of the as microneedling, and great skin care. most popular treatments performed at the Clinic is the HydraFacial – a With its links to Hampton Manor and revolutionary treatment, with a huge its Michelin starred restaurant, Peels, celebrity following, the HydraFacial the Clinic is perfectly placed to offer a works to resurface and nourish your host of services and ‘tweakments’,

ranging from pamper packages and bridal make up, to CoolSculpting and Ultherapy. There’s something for everyone at Hampton Clinic, the hidden gem of Aesthetics…

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Natural Complexions Aesthetics Clinic

Imagine a place where you can escape the pressures of everyday life – an idyllic sanctuary where you can leave the hectic world, a place to relax, rejuvenate and rebalance your mind, body and soul…welcome to Natural Complexions. Based in the heart of Wythall, Natural Complexions offers a wide range of skincare treatments to clients from near and far. Our treatments are designed to improve, perfect and care for your skin, and are complemented by our great range of skincare products to prolong the results of your treatment.

Facial Treatments

Owner and aesthetician, Keith Newell, who has over 40 years of medical experience in dentistry and facial aesthetics, heads the Natural Complexions team. Keith’s professional experience includes the new Level 4 training in mesotherapy, Level 4 skin needling, skin peel treatments and noninvasive surgery, combined with redermalisation and collagen replacement.


Keith has used his knowledge and experience to create a skincare business that delivers a personal service for every single customer. Whether you visit our clinic at Becketts Farm, or order skincare products via our website, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.

Body Treatments There are various issues with our bodies that we often feel concerned about. Our range of body treatments aim to leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, relaxed, tightened and slimmer. The idea behind our body treatments is that it’s just as important to have your body felling as good as your face.

No matter what your skin type, we have a selection of facials that are suitable for your skin. People with tired, dull looking skin, acne, Rosacea and facial lines can all benefit from our treatments. Our facials are full of vitamins and minerals to give your skin a boost and to help repair damage caused by every day life.

Everyone can benefit from a peel treatment, from boosting your skin for a special occasion to treating a specific type of problem skin, or just as a pick-me-up. The peel treatments we offer here can actively reduce the look of acne or acne scars, age pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, rough skin and scaly patches, scars and sun damaged skin on the face, neck, décolleté, hands and body.

Medical Treatments Our medical treatments will address the bigger concerns with your skin, from total hydration to rebuilding your collagen levels helping to reduce lines and add volume. Medical needling aims to help with stretch marks and scarring, whilst mesotherapy can tackle hair loss in men and women. We have dermal fillers for peri-orbital (nose to mouth) and peri-ocular (eyes) area. √ Great treatments √ Great products √ Great service

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

Address: Old Office Buildings Becketts Farm, Alcester Road, Wythall B47 6AJ

Quote ‘CornfieldSummer’ on booking to receive 10% off skincare treatments and 5% off skincare products

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The city, home to beautiful architecture – including its famous cathedral – has plenty to offer by means of landmarks, independent shops, excellent events and of course, Worcestershire Sauce. With buildings dating back to the early 18th century and an intriguing connection to the English Civil War, Worcester has a rich history waiting to be discovered. Royal Worcester Porcelain Worcester is known for its Royal Worcester Porcelain, established in 1751 by Dr John Wall. Following the grant of a Royal Warrant from King George III, Dr Wall and a group of local businessmen opened the Royal Worcester Porcelain factory, before proceeding to create porcelain painted in blue and finished with a glaze. The transferral of print to porcelain was the brainchild of Robert Hancock, who was the first man to apply the transfer in 1756. The porcelain became so prestigious that it was used for official Royal dinner services and received a Royal Warrant as Manufactures to their Majesties – earning the title Royal Worcester Porcelain. The Worcester Royal Porcelain Company Ltd created a new material, Parian, which revolutionised the industry following major modernisation in the late 19th century. After making the discovery his recipe for porcelain could withstand boiling water, Dr Wall’s factory rose to fame. Although the company went into administration 10 years ago, the Museum of Royal Worcester is open to the public and displays collection of some of the finest and rarest pieces of Royal Worcester Porcelain. The Museum displays over 10,000 ceramic objects, the largest collection of Worcester Porcelain in the world, and includes thousands of artefacts in the classic English blue and white style.

Worcestershire Sauce The original Worcestershire Sauce was created by chemists John Wheeley Lea and Willam Perrins in 1835. Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is still made and loved today, although the original recipe remains a secret. Of course, the ingredients are now listed on the bottle, but the precise instructions and preparation method for the condiment remains heavily guarded. Throughout the 19th century, Worcestershire Sauce was used to give large amounts of flavour to food, and was used in the process of tenderising meat. Many companies attempted to replicate the method and recipe to share the success Lea and Perrins held, however the original creators of the product still today are synonymous with the famous sauce. Many stories have been told regarding the first production of Worcestershire Sauce, but the story largely believed is that the creation of the product began as a result of a request made by Lord Sandys – a local aristocrat who asked Lea and Perrins to recreate a recipe he had discovered during his time as Governor of Bengal. At first, both chemists hated the taste of the sauce they had created and kept it in storage. After returning to the bottle some time later, the business partners found they loved the flavour and reproduced the sauce with the official branding of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce.

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Sites and Attractions Of course, the medieval cathedral is an exceptional sight, and rife with history. The breath-taking Anglican building holds King John’s tomb and is situated on a bank overlooking the River Severn. For those who enjoy discovering religious history and taking in fabulous architectural wonders, this cathedral is definitely worth a visit. The National Trust property Greyfriars’ House and Garden is a popular visiting spot for tourists, and a great place to take pictures of the timbered merchant’s house and walled garden. The house was saved from demolition and is situated in Worcester city centre. Elsie Moore, who inherited the property with her brother, moved into Greyfriars in 1949. Moore was determined to restore the house to its former glory, before donating Greyfriars to the National Trust to ensure the preservation of a key piece British history. The Tudor House Museum also offers visitors a chance to walk back in time – the

hands-on exhibits are designed to showcase the 16th century architecture and fascinating stories of weavers, tavern owners and 400 years of residents that have lived in the property. Check out the Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum for information on local history, fine art and relics. The Victorian building holds a popular café and gift shop for visitors to explore after visiting the exhibitions. There are lots of parklands for picturesque walks and local shops to discover in the pretty city centre. Visit and for more information.


Open Studios

This August bank holiday weekend, from Saturday 25th to Monday 27th August, artists, craftspeople and arts organisations will open their studios, homes and shared spaces at 81 different locations all across Worcestershire. A diverse collection of arts and crafts will be on display from talented artists and collectives, in a range of different media, including painting, printmaking, textiles, photography, ceramics, jewellery and mixed media. Visitors will have the opportunity to delve into unseen creative spaces and talk directly to artists about their inspiration and creative processes. Some venues also offer demonstrations and have a go sessions as well as a chance to purchase exclusive works and entry to all venues is FREE! To find out more, visit Worcestershire Open Studios is sponsored by Bevere Gallery and Malvern School of Art.

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: e d i u G r Inside

Belfast By Evie Kissack

With a fascinating, infamous narrative surrounding the city, Belfast is definitely the place to travel for keen historians. The graffiti-clad peace walls and murals are available to discover by several organised tours. Visit the oldest traditional pub in Belfast, Kelly’s Cellars, to enjoy a pint of Guinness listening to Irish musicians perform live in a relaxed atmosphere. Titanic Belfast is a must-see attraction as the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience with over nine intriguing and interactive galleries. Self-guided tours allow visitors to discover the most infamous ship in history’s journey - from her conception in the early 1900s to the tragic sinking. The Botanic Gardens are a great spot to explore Belfast’s Victorian heritage, and often the Gardens hold concerts, events and festivals for visitors to attend. Trek to the top of Cave Hill for incredible views of the whole city, starting the journey at the city’s famous landmark, Belfast Castle. The five caves found on the side of the cliffs are the reason for the hill’s namesake, and the feature known as Napoleon’s Nose is thought to have been the inspiration behind the giant in the classic novel by Jonathon Swift, Gulliver’s Travels. For literary lovers, visit the CS Lewis Square and find a collection of public art sculptures depicting characters from the brilliant book, The Chronicles of Narnia. If you find the time, be sure to take a trip out of the city to the Giant’s Causeway for breath-taking views across Ireland’s most celebrated coastline – National Trust members enter for free.

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t s i l k c C he


Get Summer Ready







05 1. Lipault, By The Seine Bucket Bag, Colbalt Blue, £169.00 2. Lipault, Miss Plume Backpack, Exotic Blue, £35.40 3. Lipault, Miss Plume Spinner, Sliver 55cm, £189.00 4. Argos, ION360 U, Camera and Portable Charger, £299.99 5. Polaroid Zip Printer £109.99 6. Argos, Polaroid Snap Touch Camera £139.99 8 & 9. Boots, Nanogen, Essential Healthy Hair Travel Kit: For Him and Her £11.50 each Cornfield Magazine | 37

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l l u h i l o S o t et ur ns

Musical Sunshine


This year’s Solihull Summer Fest is set to be the biggest and best yet. Now in its third year, thousands are expected to descend on Tudor Grange Park over the August bank holiday weekend for what is it fast becoming one of the most popular music events of summer. With more than 10 hours of live music each day, the Saturday line-up includes Sister Sledge, 10cc - who had 11 Top Ten UK singles including ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ and ‘I'm Not In Love’, Blue who sold 40 million singles worldwide, Rak-Su winners of X Factor, singer and Britain’s Got Talent judge, Alesha Dixon and Birmingham’s very own Roland Gift from the Fine Young Cannibals. They’ll be supported by well-known tribute acts The Ed Sheeran Experience and Robert Lamberti as George Michael. Sunday provides an exclusive opportunity to see Busted performing their only confirmed gig for 2018. The line-up also features Razorlight, who topped the singles chart with ‘America’, Lightning Seeds, SKA bands, The Beat feat Ranking Roger and The Dualers. There’s also a very special treat from the legendary Sugar Hill Gang, whose club classic ‘Rapper's Delight’, is credited for introducing hip hop music to a wider audience. Gates open from 11am until 10pm. In addition to the music there will be fun fair rides, a food village full of street vendors and a huge variety of bars, including Real Ale and Prosecco. Exclusive VIP tickets are available and include entry in to the VIP area and garden, a VIP and cocktail bar, luxury toilets and Gold Circle access to the front of the stage. Festival Manager, and good friends of the Cornfield Publishing team, Sarah Elliott, said: “Come along and experience all the fun and excitement of a festival on your doorstep! It’s fantastic to think we are now in our third year and are becoming such a popular fixture in the local and wider music festival entertainment scene. “We always try to ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy – and this is promising to be our biggest and best Solihull Summer Fest yet!”

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Antony Costa

of Blue:

“The best thing about being in Blue is that we’re the best of friends and we always will be.”

Evie Kissack chats to Antony Costa, member of legendary boy band Blue ahead of this year’s Solihull Summer Fest. So Blue will be performing at Solihull Summer Fest next month, are you looking forward to the event? Yeah, very much so. Obviously the boys and me always love performing if and when we can, so we are looking forward to the festival on the 25th of August. Exactly. What can fans expect from the set list – can we look forward to the favourites? Just all the old songs…that’s all we can say at the moment really. I don’t want to dwindle too much on new stuff…because we haven’t got any! It’s all about the classics, all about the old tunes that hopefully people know and love. What’s your personal favourite song to perform live? I do like a bit of ‘One Love’, just because it’s just one of them songs…I think it was the first song from our second album and it always brings a bit of a nostalgic feel to it. It was the start of Blue being taken seriously. We weren’t just a ‘one album wonder’, you know. I think ‘One Love’ definitely holds a special place in my heart. You have such a loyal fan base – did you ever expect to have the following you now have when Blue first started? Not at all…not at all. I think for us it was just four lads living the dream. When we first started we were just trying to make it in the business and had no idea how big or how small we were going to be. We just did our music and let the songs speak for themselves. From that it just grew and grew and grew – and that’s it. We have a great history of different songs and albums, and we really appreciate that we can get a second bite of the cherry now. We can still get out there and perform, so it’s just a great feeling. It really is. You also released the memoir ‘Blue: All Rise, Our Story’ back last year – how did you find working on the book? Yes, last October. It was a good therapy session because you relive your whole life - I think for us it’s about the memories that we have and how we’ve kept going. We’ve now created a book that we can keep on our bookshelves for the rest of our lives and look back on. It was a nice feeling to be able to relive those stories again, for sure.

The book is written in an interesting way, in that all four members give personal accounts of particular events. Did you discover things about the other boys you didn’t know prior to writing the book? Definitely, of course. The good thing about Blue is that we – if you excuse the pun – we’re an open book. That’s why the band has lasted so long on and off for 18 years. The best thing about being in Blue is that we’re the best of friends and we always will be. We are a tight knit group, and nobody can come into our little inner circle and spoil that because we know each other better than anyone else. It’s just one of them things a lot of people have tried to break us, but they can’t. You’ve enjoyed such an amazing career in the arts and have taken part in TV shows, plays, music videos, not to mention the Eurovision Song Contest; if you had to, could you pick a career highlight? I think, personally, it would be me and the boys winning our first BRIT back in 2002 for Best Newcomer. As I said, nobody gave us a cat in hell’s chance to win that. We were part of the category and we were just so grateful to be part of it. When Trevor Nelson announced that Blue had won the category we just went absolutely mental!

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Apearing at

Solihull Summer Fest

National sweetheart and household name, Alesha Dixon, is set to perform at this year’s Solihull Summer Fest on Saturday 25 August. An accomplished singer, songwriter and dancer, Alesha started her musical career at just 19 years old as part of the R&B/garage girl group, Mis-teeq. Alongside friends Sabrina Washington, Su-Elise Nash and Zena McNally, Alesha rose to fame achieving seven UK Top 10 singles and releasing two popular albums. After reaching success in the US with their single ‘Scandalous’, the members of Mis-teeq eventually parted ways to pursue solo careers. Alesha’s hugely triumphant second solo album, ‘The Alesha Show’, was released in 2008 and featured hit singles ‘The Boy Does Nothing’, ‘Do You Know The Way It Feels’ and Brit Award-nominated ‘Breathe Slow’, raising the singer’s career to new heights. The album followed Alesha’s champion title as the winner of Strictly Come Dancing (2007), showcasing further her incredible dancing abilities and likeable character to the nation. Alesha secured her place on the judging panel of the popular show following her win; a position she held for many years before breaking into the UK talent show scene. Alesha was also hired as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, a move that allowed her to share her musical expertise and offer guidance to hopeful candidates. Her impressive portfolio includes several television hosting positions, as well as a vast repertoire of popular songs both from her solo career and time with Mis-teeq. Fans can expect to hear some of her greatest hits over the bank holiday weekend in what will undoubtedly be an incredible live performance, with songs guaranteed to have crowds singing along. Expect a mixture of up-beat dance-pop tracks from Alesha’s fantastic solo albums alongside a few soulful R&B tunes from her days as part of a successful girl band.

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Interview with Mark Berry (Bez) of Happy Mondays “A ramshackle band known as the Happy Mondays saved me.” By Evie Kissack

Since the legendary Haçienda days, Bez’s dancing has become synonymous with the Salford band that epitomised the Madchester movement. The maraca-shaking dancer rose to fame accidentally following an entirely impromptu, outlandish and inexplicable performance with the Happy Mondays as they supported New Order. In an honest and open interview, Bez reminisces on the craziness that surrounded life as part of a band at the forefront of the baggy music scene in the 1990s, and explains how the Happy Mondays saved him from himself. So you’re playing in Birmingham at Shiiine On Festival this September! Yes, I’m looking forward to it! We have quite a few dates this summer lined up. We did our first gig at Doncaster Races the other day. It was really good – well, I really enjoyed myself I don’t know about anyone else. I judge the gigs by how much I enjoy them. [Laughter] Well I was going to ask actually - it’s over 30 years since the Haçienda days, doyou still love getting up on stage with the boys? Yeah, definitely. I’ve made a bed and I lie in it. I’ve left it a little bit too late for a career change, so yeah, I am really happy doing it and it makes me happy that people still want to come and watch us after all this time. It’s amazing really. You’ve got a huge fan base that has followed you since the 80s and 90s… I always say that I’m flabbergasted by it. When you’re not on stage is beekeeping what you can be found doing? Yeah, we are trying to live a sustainable lifestyle at the moment. That takes up a lot of time. Generally trying to live life and appreciate the experience. I try to enjoy my experiences and have awareness every day. You mentioned that you ended up as part of the Happy Mondays basically by accident. What did you want to be growing up? I never really knew what I wanted to do. Growing up I was involved in petty crime and all that…for me going on stage with the Happy Mondays was a changing moment for me. It propelled me into a whole new direction, something I’m always grateful for. I know people who were involved in criminology. I’m just glad I managed to escape my circumstances at the time through the Happy Mondays. It’s amazing for me.

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Make the Most of Your

Outdoor Space Al Fresco Dining Take advantage of the glorious summer weather by dining al fresco style. Utilise your garden or patio space by creating a tranquil spot perfect for entertaining guests, or enjoying a meal with friends and family on a summer’s evening. The term al fresco originates from the Italian language, and translates roughly to ‘in the open air’. Now, the phrase is used widely throughout the world, relating especially to eating outdoors. Dining al fresco style is a popular way to enjoy glorious weather with friends and family, and make the most of warm summer evenings. To transform your space into an al fresco dining-haven, consider accessories and lighting, the perfect garden furniture, tableware, and plants. Hosting outdoor dinner parties is a great way to entertain guests in a relaxed atmosphere, serving up delicious cuisine and jugs of sangria.

Follow these tips to ensure your al fresco dinner party crowns you the ultimate host of outdoor entertaining:

1. Purchase citronella candles Creating a candlelit outdoor space will certainly create an enchanting, fairy-tale setting for any al fresco party. Remember to place several citronella candles outside also, to avoid your guests being bitten by bugs. Providing guests with bottles of bug spray will also help to keep mosquitos away so you and your guests can enjoy the summer evenings as much as possible.

2. Provide blankets Although the sun might be shining at the time your guests arrive, by the evening the temperature can drop. Placing a few blankets on chairs will allow guests to wrap up should they feel the need to once the weather gets cooler.

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3. Invest in comfortable outdoor furniture Provided you have the space, it is worth investing in good-quality outdoor furniture if you regularly entertain guests or enjoy a quiet drink on warm summer evenings. Modern rattan sofas complete with outdoor dining tables and comfortable cushions are a great way to elevate outdoor spaces to more practical, stylish heights. Thousands of options are available – from furniture sets, to gazebos and garden tables, fit for every size and shape of garden.

4. Create a hassle-free sharing menu Selecting the right foods to serve at an outdoor dinner party is crucial. Choosing meals that can be cooked with minimum preparation and fuss will leave you lots of time to entertain and chat with your guests. Light potato and green bean salad makes a great starter, accompanied with crusty bread and balsamic oil and hummus dips. For main meals, quiche with ripe tomatoes or spaghetti with pesto, pine nuts and feta are lovely summer recipes and are easy to transport outside. These dishes are great for sharing, and guests can even serve themselves and decide their own portion sizes. If you have the budget, wood fired ovens are fantastic for outdoor dining and will allow you to cook piping hot pizzas for your guests in front of their eyes – this cooking method even has the benefit of filling the outdoor air with delicious smells.

5. Beautifully decorate your space Hanging fairy lights and bunting, picking brightly patterned soft furnishings, and choosing gorgeous tableware will transform your garden into a magical dining space. Place fresh flowers as centrepieces and for more formal settings organise place cards for your guests. Tea light holders and lanterns work wonderfully as table decorations, and mismatched crockery will create an eclectic vibe.

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The Original Muck® Boot Company story began in 1999 with the sole purpose of building the most comfortable, high-performance footwear on the market. The need for a more comfortable boot for use in messy and tough conditions led to the design of The Original Muck® Boot Company branded footwear. Every boot in the line is expected to deliver the same 100% waterproof quality and comfort that inspired the original footwear. Over the last two decades, the line has grown to over 60 styles of rubber and leather footwear, all designed to stand up to tough conditions, whether on the farm, in the city, or in the great outdoors. Today, the Muck® Boot brand sets a standard of comfort and quality that goes beyond the expectations of customers around the world. Quickly establishing a strong and loyal customer base, the brand has become one of the fastest growing lines in the waterproof footwear market. All Muck® Boot products are 100% waterproof.

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Save the


Over 30 species of UK bees are under the threat of extinction. Several species of bees have been listed as endangered. Should bees become extinct, the natural world would drastically change. In order to maintain stable, healthy food supplies, bees and other pollinators are essential. In short – we rely on bees and their ability to pollinate plants for most of the food we eat. How can we help?

By transferring pollen between flowering plants, bees ensure plants are able to grow, multiply and produce food. We also rely on bees for the clothes we wear as cotton plants are also pollinated.

Plant wildflowers, herbs and pollen-rich flowers. This will provide bees with nectar and pollen sources.

In recent years there has been a concerning decline in the number of bees present in the wild. This drop in the population of bees is a result of a combination of factors; many caused by climate change and human causes.

Create a bee bath. Fill a shallow dish with fresh water and stones or pebbles, making sure the pebbles are not submerged. Place the dish in a shady spot in your garden, giving bees a place to drink and stay hydrated.

A loss of natural habitats, decline in food sources and exposure to pesticides all contribute to the declining number of bees in the wild.

Cut out the pesticides. Use natural methods of pest control to avoid harming bees.

There are thousands of species of bees, all with different characteristics that determine which plants they are suited to pollinate. Farmers rely on the diversity of bees to ensure their various produce thrives. Our nutritional security would be greatly impacted should we suffer a loss of pollinators. We need essential micronutrients obtained from crops and wild plants in order to keep our diets healthy. Lack of this would lead to cases of vitamin A, iron and folate deficiency. Bees also help to maintain biodiversity and create thriving natural ecosystems (around 80% of European wildflowers require pollination).

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Purchase or make a bee house. Placing bamboo in a case and sanding down the ends will give bees a place to burrow into. Alternatively ready-made bee shelters are available to purchase. Visit to find out more information and how you can take action to help to Save the Bees.

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By Alex Dudley - Warning: contains plot spoilers

Alex Dudley reviews the critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning drama series based on the popular 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid’s Tale is based on a futuristic theme, set in the land of Gilead – a dystopian totalitarian society that was formerly part of the United States. Following the ‘Second American Civil War’, fertile women (Handmaids) are pushed into childbearing services for the rich and powerful. The show originally aired in 2017 before the second season began earlier this year on Channel 4. The Handmaid’s Tale has been widely praised by critics and audiences, becoming the first streaming show to win an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Series’. The show has won further awards at the Golden Globes including ‘Best Television Drama’, whilst lead actress Elisabeth Moss (Offred) won the award for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series’. The fictional plot follows the life of Handmaids living in a fundamentalist regime, who are now owned by the state after fertility rates drastically collapsed as a result of sexually transmitted diseases and environmental pollution. Following chaos and turmoil after the ‘Second Civil War’, the totalitarian government of Gilead takes control over women’s rights and bodies. The series begins by introducing audiences to the new ‘world’. The way of life for citizens is divided and organised into classes by power-hungry leaders; women are subjected to brutality and a loss of rights that states by law they are now no longer to own property, handle money or work. The primary purpose for women is to be used for reproduction. Women – especially Handmaids - are forced to endure ritualised rape by their male masters with the aim to become pregnant. The show focuses on the extremist interpretation of the biblical account of Bilhah. Moss portrays the main character June Osborne in the series, who is renamed Offred following the changes to the law. She is the Handmaid registered to the Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski.) Offred is her given name as it includes her registered owner’s name.

The first season centers on Offred’s transition to becoming a Handmaid and how, even though she can remember life before the war, she has to forget it or the risks could be deadly. At the beginning of the first episode, you see how the Eyes take women and hunt them like wild animals. Offred’s husband sacrificed himself to give her a chance to get away - something she was unable to do. Once she was caught, she was knocked unconscious and the last thing she remembered seeing was her daughter being taken away from her. Other cast members include Madeline Brewer (Ofwarren) and Ann Dowd (Aunt Lydia). Aunt Lydia is the maid in control of overseeing the re-education process of changing women on the outside world into Handmaids in Gilead. She is often strict and brutal, but as the series goes on, audiences may intepret a softer side to her character. The Handmaid’s Tale is a gripping and heartbreaking drama with fictitious plot lines – yet scarily, there is a realistic element to the series, with a level of seriousness with regards to potential future times. The acting as a whole is brilliant, and the writing is genius across both series one and two. The series is one that grips and engages audiences within the first five minutes of the first episode. Season three has already been commissioned with filming due to take place by the end of the year, and is scheduled to be released summer 2019. The Handmaid’s Tale season two is currently available on 4oD. Visit for more information.

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It's a little bit funny This feeling inside I'm not one of those who can Easily hide 1. Who played Basil Fawlty in `Fawlty Towers`? 2. Who had a hit single with `Crocodile Rock` in 1972? 3. Who is the author of the `Harry Potter` books? 4. Which two colours are Dennis the Menace`s jumper? 5. The Colosseum is located in the capital city of which country? 6. Michelle McManus found her fame on which TV show? 7. What is the most common surname in England? 8. Who was the lead singer in The Police? 9. What was the hunchback of Notre Dame`s name? 10. Who is the animated star of the computer game Tomb Raider? Answers on page 65

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EventsG uide

Welcome to our new Events page. We have expanded, adapted and improved. Our new distribution points, revised to reach a wider audience, this means our Events section will include listings from a much wider area.

Allen’s Cross Harvest Fest Allen’s Cross Harvest Fest, Sunday 30th September 2:00pm – 6:00pm Admission Free. Stalls, hot food, entertainment, plant and vegetable sales, lots of fun for all the family. For more information contact Sheila on 0121 478 310 or email Allen’s Cross Community Garden, Rear of Allen’s Cross Community Centre. 24 Tinkers Farm Road, Northfield, B31 1RH

An Evening at the Opera “An Evening at the Opera” with Gaynor Keeble ( mezzo soprano) and Friends will be held at Knowle Village Hall on Saturday, September 8th at 7.30p.m. Gaynor is well known in the operatic world, having sung at many famous venues, including the Royal Opera House and it promises to be a lovely concert. Tickets : £8.50 from 01564779898 and 01564778163. This is a Knowle Village Hall Refurbishment Fund raising event.

WYTHALL COMMUNITY CHOIR We are a community choir, with 60 regular attendees. We have a professional musical director and accompanist though the rest of us have varying abilities in singing. We meet Monday nights, during term time, 7.15pm - 9.30pm at the scout hut in Wythall Park. Generally, we are rehearsing for a concert or performance. Come and join us. No audition necessary. Just turn up from Monday 10 September onwards or contact

Personal Training at your home or in the gym. Each session is designed especially to help you meet your health and fitness goals, from weight loss and toning, muscle building, training for an event or just wanting to look your best for a special day. I will work with you one to one, one

to two or in small groups, the choice is yours.I also offer body conditioning and aerobic workouts, which is a great fun way to tone up and keep fit. Email me for more details:

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

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

Saturday Night social Dance Graham & Denise Darby present a Saturday Night social Dance, supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance & Prostate Cancer at Lickey End Social Club, Bromsgrove on Saturday 4th August. Ballroom, Latin & Social Sequence Dancing to live music by Graham Darby - Doors open at 7.30pm Dancing from 8pm - 11pm - pay on the door £5 per person. For further details please call 01543 502722 or visit

Centre Stage Balsall Common Friday14th & Saturday 15th September Centre Stage Balsall Common are performing "Time of my Life", a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn, at the Heart of England School in Balsall Common on the 14th & 15th September. Gerry Stratton has organised a family dinner with is sons Glyn &

Adam at his favourite restaurant to celebrate his wife Laura's 54 birthday, but what happened before and after..? It is a play not to be missed. Tickets are £8 and can be obtained from Linda on 01676 534406 or via the website "

Yoga classes As yoga classes often close for the summer we are running a ten week summer school every Thursday with ten different fully qualified teachers. Classes are open to everyone regardless of ability, age or gender. Wear comfortable clothing; bring a mat and a blanket. Being held at Shirley Community Centre 274 Stratford Road, Shirley B90 3AD. £8.00 per session. 19:30 to 21:00 / 0121 250 5005 for further details Please come along and give us a try and if you like yoga why not get your friends to come along too.

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

Wednesday Night Football Are you in year 9 at school, going into year 10 in Sept 2018? Do you want to play football for fun? 7pm to 8pm every Wednesday at South Bromsgrove School 3G pitch from 16th May. Call Paul on 07977 042 907 for more info

Moseley Folk Festival 31 August-2 September Set in the leafy surrounds of Moseley Park, this year’s three-day festival is headlined by Levellers, Teenage Fanclub and Nick Mulvey. Bring your folding chairs and blankets, relax and make yourselves comfortable... but equally for those of you who prefer a more energetic affair, fear not, as this festival has an eclectic bill of traditional, contemporary and experimental folk! Once again, the folk musicians will spill out of the 11-acre park into some of Moseley’s finest pubs, throughout the village.

Warwickshire Watercolourists Art Exhibition August Bank Holiday Weekend Saturday 25th - 27th August 2018. Open 10am - 5pm Berkswell Reading Room Meriden CV7 7BE. Free Entry with disabled access and easy car parking. Refreshments with home made cakes available, proceeds to charity. Over 200 items of artwork will be on display, most of which will be for sale together with a wide range of prints and notelets. The Warwickshire Watercolorists are recognised as one of the leading leisure painting groups in the area.

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

GCSE Maths Revision Courses Located in Solihull 9 - 12 during the school holidays cost £60 per

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

session. Small group sizes to ensure individual attention, places are limited to 5 students per course. Focus on core topics, develop good question-answering skills and examination technique, boost students' self-confidence and motivation.see or ring Jackie on 07952 150928

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

National Trust, Solihull Centre Art Classes Art Classes at the Core Courtyard Gallery, The Core Solihull and Central England Arts in Hampton in Arden. Thursdays 10am-12pm and 12.30-2.30pm. Join our friendly group of artists and watch Artist Vicki Gorman demonstrate drawing and painting techniques then try them out yourself, and develop your own style. Beginners to advanced, all abilities are welcome. To book a place and to get more details please contact the box office on 0121 7046962 or contact Vicki on 07940483320 or email New Art classes are also starting on

Tuesdays 10-3pm and 1pm-3pm at Central England Arts, Hampton in Arden call Vicki on 07940483320.

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

Taps Festival 20-22 September No, no, no, this isn’t a B&Q event about mixers, single levers and monoblocs but a much more interesting three-day celebration of beer, street food and music. Co-hosted by Birmingham street food tsars Digbeth Dining Club and Craft Beer Rising the event will showcase over 175 independent beer & cider factories – hic! Some big names in the music industry will also be playing including Don Letts, Norman Jay and Massive Attack’s Daddy G

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

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The 2018

FIFA World Cup By Alex Dudley

Wow, what a tournament. The country was gripped with World Cup fever for the tournament that nearly saw football come home. In a competition rife with surprises, brilliant moments and the odd controversial moment (mainly involving the use of VAR), the 2018 World Cup will surely go down as one of the best in recent memory.

Biggest disappointment In a category where England would normally find themselves as the laughing stock of the international game, this time the shoes were on the opposite feet. This time, it was England and the rest of the world’s time to laugh at the usually ever consistent and 2014 World Cup champions, Germany. Germany had a disastrous campaign, which was epitomised in a catastrophic 2-0 defeat to South Korea, resulting in the Germans finishing bottom of their group below Sweden, Mexico and South Korea. Questions were asked of the

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players, management and the development of players, but recently the DFB have revealed that Joachim Löw will remain as manager for the foreseeable future. This result meant that since 1998, every champion football team has failed to make it out of the group stage in the World Cup following their successful campaigns.

Biggest surprise It was a competition full of surprises – confirming why the World Cup is such a special occasion. Germany

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Every fan would have been thinking that the writing was on the wall once that final whistle was blown shortly after the 93rd minute Colombian equaliser. 30 nailbiting minutes of extra time followed just waiting for the penalties to begin. Nerves would have been in shreds following Jordan Henderson’s missed penalty but that would be short lived as Colombia’s following two penalties were also missed. Handing Eric Dier the chance to put England into a World Cup quarter final, which he thankfully did. The penalty shoot-out tension was finally put to rest.

Best goal losing their opening game to Mexico, and Argentina’s capitulation against Croatia are notable shocks… but the biggest shock of them all was the Spanish failing to overcome the resilient hosts. Already recognised as the weaker half of the draw, the Spanish were the notable stand out team and highly supported to reach at least the semi-finals. This all changed in the first knockout stage where a subdued and disappointing Spanish team failed to create a notable chance in 120 minutes of football. This was highlighted by the fact that even the goal that Spain scored was an own goal and they could only manage to hold on to the lead for 20 minutes when they conceded one of the most ridiculous penalties of the tournament which Russia subsequently scored. The hosts held on for penalties where misses from Gerard Pique and Koke helped the lowest ranked side left in the competition into the quarter finals.

Best moment Who could possibly forget that night on Tuesday 2 July? It will be forever remembered as the night that England finally won a penalty shootout in the World Cup.

The 2018 World Cup was sparkling with genius, memorable and magical moments. It is very difficult to pick just one goal that stands out above the rest. For the technique alone, Benjamin Pavard’s would win that very narrowly. In possibly the best game of the summer, Pavard reacted to a half cleared ball by Nicolas Otamendi to half volley a rapid approaching ball into the top left hand corner of the Argentinean goal. The technique was magical, he cut across the ball in such a way that it looked nearly impossible to put the ball where it ended up. It bent from outside of the post and around Argentine defender, Marcos Rojo to bend back into the goal. Magic. The goal also gave France the lead in a tight game against Lionel Messi’s Argentinian team and effectively put the French on their way to glory.

Best player So many players to choose from. France’s exciting Kylian Mbappe was excellent throughout, including his mesmeric performance against Argentina - which is probably the stand out individual performance of the whole tournament. Belgium’s Premier League pair of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne were brilliant for the consistent Belgian side. The pairing was lethal on the counter attack and left Japan and Brazil bemused by their power and pace.

However, England’s Tottenham Hotspur duo of Harry Kane and Kieran Trippier have stood out above the rest. Kane’s lethal finishing and leading from the front has been a revelation for the Three Lions throughout the competition and to finish as the top scorer is as BBC pundit Alan Shearer says: “Life changing and truly career defining.” My vote would go for the latter of the two, with Trippier’s game being the main focal point of England’s plan during the tournament. His delivery is the best that we have seen since David Beckham, not to mention his coolness with his penalty in that vital shootout against Colombia and his outstanding free-kick against Croatia to put the country in dream land. He has been an unsung hero for England after his place was questioned by many pundits in the lead up to the opening game.

Best team There is only one team this can be awarded to, France. The 2018 champions were undoubtedly the best team on show. They flattered to deceive throughout the group and in parts throughout the knock out games but when the pressure was really on, they delivered. Boasting the best defensive pairing of Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane, dynamic midfielders N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba but then rounded off by Antoine Griezmann and Mbappe is just an embarrassment of riches. Led by 1998 world champion Didier Deschamps, they never looked like they would lose once they got back ahead in the final against the valiant Croatia. In a 15minute spell they blew their opponents away, taking the game from 2-1 to 4-1. Will they be able to maintain their crown in four years time in Qatar? We will have to wait and see but I for one, cannot wait. Roll on 2022.

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UK Brand By Alex Dudley

In what is arguably the most exciting news to happen to the British wrestling scene in the past thirty years, the global wrestling corporation WWE has announced the company will set up a UK brand. The announcement was made at the recent United Kingdom Championship tournament at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It shows a tremendous show of faith by WWE’s Chief Operating Officer, Triple H, in the talent that the UK is producing in the wrestling world. Clearly, the company is willing to spend time, resources and efforts on cracking the British market. The brand - ‘WWE NXT UK’, as it will be officially called - will be shaped by superstars in the wrestling world. The legendary Johnny Saint will be the on-air general manager; Saint’s career as an in-ring performer is now over having called time on his career in 2011 after 53 years in the business. The UK brand will challenge already-established promotions such as Progress (owned by UK Championship holder, Pete Dunne) and the Scottish hardcore show, ICW. As well as having a full roster of performers, there will also be tag team championships and a woman’s championship, adding to the United Kingdom Championship scene. Birmingham’s Pete Dunne currently holds the United Kingdom Championship title. The 14-time winner and COO to WWE, Triple H, spoke about Dunne in glowing terms: “I see a lot of talent there. He’s one of those guys that just eats, sleep, breathes it and he’s constantly learning. So if I had to pick one guy (to be a potential British world champion) it would be Pete.” The above statement is a massive vote of confidence from ‘The Game’ for young Dunne, considering he is still currently only 24 years old! The wrestler has become a global superstar among fans following his ‘WWE Match of the Year’ against Tyler Bate at NXT Takeover: Chicago. This was the match that won Dunne the championship. Bate himself has connections to the West Midlands as he resides in Dudley. He was the inaugural UK Champion, a feat he achieved at just 19 years old, making him the youngest holder of a WWE title ever. Tyler recently won the NXT Tag Team Championships at the Royal Albert Hall alongside training partner and another fellow Dudley lad, Trent Seven, as they beat the Undisputed Era. However, both wrestlers lost their titles one week later.

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The three guys from the Midlands or, ‘British Strongstyle’ as they are known, are going to be a fundamental part of the UK NXT brand moving forward. They are seen to be the most talented and recognisable faces amongst fans as they have already appeared on WWE’s flagship show, Monday Night Raw. Speaking after the announcement, Dunne said: “Anyone who’s dedicated some time to this and worked really hard, now it’s an option. More of my peers and friends are now able to work full time with this because of the WWE.”

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Quiz Answers. 1. John Cleese

2. Elton John

3. J K Rowling

4. Red and Black

5. Italy

6. Pop Idol

7. Smith

8. Sting

9. Quasimodo

10. Lara Croft


Drink and Drive Every year, hundreds of people are killed or seriously injured due to involvement in drink driving accidents.

What are the consequences of drink driving? Heavy penalties including financial, criminal, employment and personal consequences, for example: A criminal record and strict driving ban Prison time up to 6 months and licence endorsement for 11 years Large fines and increased insurance costs Serious injury and death to yourself and others Loss of independence, respect and a job Negative impacts upon mental health What are the laws surrounding drink driving? In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the legal alcohol limit for drivers is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, 107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine. In Scotland the legal alcohol limit for drivers is lower. Visit for more information.

AVOID driving the morning after drinking – you may still be over the legal limit ALWAYS plan how to get home without driving if you are planning to drink alcohol ALWAYS wear a seatbelt – you are two times more likely to die in a crash if you don’t NEVER accept a lift from a driver that has been drinking NEVER give someone a drink that you know is planning to drive NEVER drink and drive – you can help to reduce the number of people killed every year For more information, visit THINK! at

To report someone operating a vehicle whilst intoxicated call the police on 999 as soon as possible. Only try to talk someone out of drink driving if it is safe to do so – people may get violent or abusive. Tell a member of the security team or bar staff if anyone is present. Remember to note the car’s registration number a description of the vehicle and the person involved.

Drink driving can have catastrophic results upon your life, and the lives of those around you. NEVER drink and drive.

How much alcohol can a person drink before they are over the limit? It is impossible to determine how much alcohol takes an individual over the limit as alcohol affects people completely differently. How alcohol affects you can depend on everything from your weight, age, sex, metabolism, your eating habits, your stress levels and mental state, and the type of alcohol you are drinking. How does alcohol affect driving? Alcohol makes everyone’s driving worse – no exceptions. Alcohol largely creates feelings of overconfidence meaning drivers make risky decisions and therefore drive as they normally wouldn’t. People’s reactions are slowed when drinking alcohol – so judgements of speed, distance and stopping times are hugely affected. Research suggests most drink drive crashes occur within three miles with the start point of a given journey, so if you believe you will be safe when driving even short distances, you are mistaken.

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Cornfield Magazine August 2018 Worcestershire issue  

Welcome to your August issue of Cornfield Magazine Our cover star this month is singer, rapper, actress and TV personality Alesha Dixon; one...

Cornfield Magazine August 2018 Worcestershire issue  

Welcome to your August issue of Cornfield Magazine Our cover star this month is singer, rapper, actress and TV personality Alesha Dixon; one...